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BRD, Alkol BioTech Ink EUnergyCane Supply LoI (Ind. Report)
Bio Refinery Development,Alkol BioTech
Date: 2018-01-19
Bio Refinery Development BV (BRD) reports the signing of a letter of intent (LOI) with London-based Alkol Biotech for the supply of up to 500,000 tpy of EUnergyCane, a sugarcane variety, to be used as feedstock at a proposed biorefinery.

Alkol Biotech adapts plant varieties to grow in colder and drier climates, offering better resistance to pests and diseases, along with higher productivity. The first crop it is developing is EUnergyCane, a sugarcane variety.

BRD is a commercialization partner in Bioforever (BIO-based products from FORestry via Economically Viable European Routes), a consortium of 14 companies in Europe that aims to build a biorefinery to produce products normally sourced from oil. The consortium includes Avantium, Borregaard, Royal DSM, Green Biologics and MetGen. The consortium is addressing several pre-treatment technologies for the production of intermediates, such as cellulose, C5 and C6 sugars, lignin and humins. The consortium aims to create conversion routes from the intermediates to a variety of building blocks and end products, such as carbon binders, butanol, resin acid, enzymes and furan dicarboxylic acid (FDCA), and to demonstrate lignocellulosic value chains at pre-industrial scale for some final products.(Source: BRD, PR, Alkol Biotech, Jan., 2018) Contact: Bio Refinery Development BV, Anton Robek, CEO, +31 62 00 16964,,; Alkol BioTech Ltd., +44 20 3475 8387,; Bioforever,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio Refinery Development,  Biomass,  Alkol BioTech,  Bioforever,  Biomass,  

Shell Cansolv New Boundary Dam CCS Facility Tenant (Ind. Report)
SaskPower,Shell Cansolv,CCS,Boundary Dam
Date: 2018-01-19
On the Canadian prairies, SaskPower is reporting Shell Cansolv would be moving into the Boundary Dam Power Station carbon capture and storage (CCS) test facility this year. The Boundary Dam Power stations's first client, Mitsubishi-Hitachi, completed its testing and left in March 2017 when its contract expired.

The Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project in Estevan, Saskatchewan, is the world's first and largest project of its kind. The $1.24 billion government- industry partnership between the Government of Canada, Government of Saskatchewan, SaskPower and private industry will see the full integration of a rebuilt coal-fired generation unit with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology into the operation of a commercial power station, resulting in low-emission electricity and CO2 for enhanced oil recovery operations or storage in deep saline aquifers. (Source: SaskPower, Estevan Mercury, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, (306) 242-9222,; SaskPower, Mike Monea, Pres., CCS Initiatives, Robt. Watson, CEO, Howard Matthews, VP Power Production, (306) 566-2121,; Shell Cansolv,; Boundary Dam CCS,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Boundary Dam,  SaskPower,  Shell Cansolv,  CCS,  

ADNOC Expanding Carbon Capture, Use & Storage Tech. (Int'l.)
Masdar,Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Date: 2018-01-19
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) reports it will expand its use of Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) technology in its own operations to meet a six-fold increase in the utilization of CO2 for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) over the next decade. The volume of the greenhouse gas sequestered underground will be equivalent to the CO2 emitted by 1,000,000 or more motor vehicles each day.

To date, ADNOC has stored approximately 240,000 metric tons of CO2 collected from Emirates Steel Industries (ESI). Starting in 2021, the company will increase the utilization of CO2, expecting to reach 250 million standard cubic feet per day by 2027 by capturing additional CO2 from its gas processing plants and injecting it into different onshore oil fields. In 2016 ADNOC and Masdar together launched the first commercial-scale CCUS facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). (Source: ADNOC, PR, Al-Bawaba, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company,; Masdar Institute, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar,  Abu Dhabi National Oil Company ,  CCS,  CCUS,  CO2,  Enhanced Oil Recovery,  

DNV GL Launches CCS Certification Framework (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-19
The German certification body DNV GL is reporting the launch of a framework for certifying geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) and a recommended practice for the safe and reliable design and operation of CO2 pipelines. The certification framework serves to improve stakeholder dialogue and investor predictability, and the recommended practice provides a recipe for the safe transportation of CO2.

The DNV GL certification framework enables verification of conformity with the new ISO standard, ISO 27914:2017 CO2 capture, transportation and geological storage. This standard represents an international consensus on the requirements for the safe and effective storage of CO2 in geological formations.

The DNV GL certification framework provides additional clarity about the requirements an operator should meet and offers a recipe for how to meet them at different points in the lifecycle of a geological storage project, thus improving investor predictability and decreasing both capex and opex risks. The updated recommended practice for design and operation of CO2 pipelines helps implement the new ISO standard 27913:2017. It is based on new knowledge gained from the CO2PIPETRANS joint industry project, which was completed in 2016, with specific focus on dense phase CO2 model validation, fracture arrest and corrosion. (Source: DNV GL, Port News, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: DNV GL, +49 40 361 490,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DNV GL,  CCS,  CO2,  

Scottish Fund to Tackle Climate Change Launched (Int'l Report)
Scotland,Climate Change
Date: 2018-01-19
The Scottish government is encouraging farmers, crofters and land managers to apply for its Agri-Environment Climate Change Scheme, which opened Wednesday, 17 January. The initiative, jointly funded by the EU, will support environmentally friendly land management that safeguards and improves the country's natural heritage and helps businesses adapt to climate change. To date, the fund has distributed more than £100 million to 2,090 businesses in Scotland since 2014. (Source: Farmers Weekly, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: Agri-Environment Climate Change Scheme,

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

100 pct Hawaiian Biofuels Legislation Tabled (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-19
In Honolulu, the Hawaiian legislature is considering Senate Bill 2019 which is intended to encourage the use of biofuels by requiring that all motor vehicle fuel sold in the state contain at least 10 pct (E10) biofuel by volume. The bill also requires the biofuel used in the blend be produced in the state from locally grown and sourced feedstocks. If passed into law, the legislation would come into force no later than ninety days after the commercial scale production of biofuel in Hawaii has been sustained over a period of four consecutive weeks.

The legislature notes that biofuels can help achieve the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2045, by transitioning away from fossil fuels.

Download Hawaiian Senate Bill SB201 HERE. (Source: Hawaiian State Legislature, Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Hawaii Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  

EU Parliament Ends Support for Palm Oil Biofuel (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-19
Transport & Environment reports the European Parliament (EP) has voted to limit the use of food crop-based biofuels to 2017 national consumption levels and never higher than 7 pct of all transport fuels. The EP also voted to remove biodiesel made from palm oil, the highest emitting biofuel in the market today, from the list of biofuels that can count towards the renewables target in 2021. The EP also approved an overall transportation fuel biofuel blending rate of 12 pct.

An EU commissioned study found that 80 pct of all biofuel consumed in the EU is food-based biodiesel which on average produces 80 pct more CO2 emissions than petroleum diesel. The study also found Palm oil biodiesel to be three times worse for the climate than fossil diesel. (Source: European Parliament , Transport & Environment, Others, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: European Parliament,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  

Credit Unions Fund Planned $112Mn Nevada Biofuel Plant (Funding)
USDA Rural Development Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Bio based Product Manufacturing Assistance Program,Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC
Date: 2018-01-19
A consortium of credit unions led by Jefferson Financial FCU of Metairie, La. is reported to have funded a $112.6 million loan to Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC. The loan was guaranteed through the USDA Rural Development Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Bio based Product Manufacturing Assistance Program and is the largest to date for the USDA program, which assists in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and bio based products.

The loan recipient, Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC, will use the funds to convert distiller's corn oil from ethanol plants into renewable diesel fuel. The loan will fund a new plant in Nevada that is scheduled to open in Q2, 2019. (Source: Credit Unions Insight, CU Capital Market Solutions, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: CU Capital Market Solutions, Bill Mullally, Marketing, (678) 960-2905,,; Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC, Ryze Capital Partners, (949) 812-7000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ryze Renewables Reno,  Etrhanol,  Corn Oil,  

Lockheed Martin Energy Seeks Flow Battery Partners (Ind. Report)
Lockheed Martin Energy
Date: 2018-01-19
Lockheed Martin Energy reports it is seeking development and manufacturing partners in the solar industry as it readies its long-duration flow battery at the end of the year. The company has an established lithium-ion business.

The company says it sees wind and solar shifting, T&D deferral and microgrids as the primary applications for long-duration energy storage. Accordingly, the company is initially targeting wind and solar as well as hybrid systems developers and manufacturers.

Lockheed Martin has prototypes up and running at its Massachusetts facility and is planning a commercial launch of the product in late 2018. (Source: Lockheed Martin Energy, PR, PV Tech, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Lockheed Martin Energy, John Battaglini, Dir. Bus. Dev.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lockheed Martin Energy,  Flow Battery,  Energy Storage,  

DEWA Studying 400MW Pumped Hydro Storage Island (Int'l)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2018-01-19
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it and the GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) and the Belgian Dredging, Environmental & Marine Engineering Group (DEME) have inked a MoU to study the possible construction of an island with a 400MW , 2,500MWh capacity pumped hydro storage power station in the Arabian Gulf. The initiative is part of DEWA's efforts to diversify the energy mix and enhance energy storage technologies.

Stored hydropower reportedly accounts for the biggest share of the world's operational electricity storage. Pumped-storage facilities integrate well with irregular renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power as water is stored when excess energy is produced. (Source: DEWA, PR, Dubai Media Office, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: DEWA , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority ,  Pumped Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  

Crimson Renewable Energy, First Element Fuel Score CEC Funds (Funding)
Crimson Renewable Energy,California Energy Commission
Date: 2018-01-19
The California Energy Commission (CEC) reports it has approved $4.4 million in grant funding to Bakersfield-based Crimson Renewable Energy LP to design and operate an advanced commercial-scale biorefinery that converts restaurant trap grease, inedible animal fats, and other low-value feedstocks into biodiesel fuel. The grant is funded through ARFVTP which invests in advanced alternative and renewable fuels and vehicle technologies.

The CEC also awarded Newport Beach-based First Element Fuel almost $8 million in Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) grants to construct hydrogen fueling stations in Redwood City, Studio City, Beverly Hills, and Mission Hills. (Source: California Energy Commission, Green Car Congress, Others, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: First Element Fuel, (949) 205-5553,; Crimson Renewable Energy, (661) 617-8600,; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Alternative Fuel,  Hydrogen,  

APT Touts Lower Cost Fuel Desulfurization Tech. (Ind. Report)
Alternative Petroleum Technologies
Date: 2018-01-19
Reno, Nevada-based Alternative Petroleum Technologies, Inc. (APT) is reporting the development of its patented, cost-saving Oxidative Desulfurization (ODS) process for distillate fuels.

The ODS process, which has been validated by the US Argonne National Labs, uses liquids in a low pressure and low temperature environment to achieve distillate fuel sulfur levels less than 15 ppm. The ODS process produces a finished fuel ready for use.

APT is now seeking locations and licensing agreements to deploy, scalable, skid-mounted ODS systems that are ideal for smaller refineries and fuel distributors. (Source: Alternative Petroleum Technologies, Inc., PR, Jan 17, 2018) Contact: Alternative Petroleum Technologies, Neal Patel, Director of Business Dev., , (775) 322-4605, Marty Ellery, (414) 322-9437,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  

LA Lawmaker Proposes Climate Emergency Mobilization Agency ((Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-19
In the Golden State, more than a month after 200,000 residents fled their homes due to wildfires and in the wake of ongoing droughts, flooding and mudslides, Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz is proposing the creation of the Climate Emergency Mobilization Department. The new emergency measures agency would deal with controlling carbon emissions, climate change related dissasters and mitigation as well proactively fight climate change in the city of Los Angeles.

Organizing the the city's resources to combat climate change is nothing new for Los Angeles, which already has sustainability officers in place. The proposed department would oversee carbon emissions reduction goals, explore funding measures and make mitigating climate change a priority at City Hall.

According to California State University, Los Angeles, professor Stephen LaDochy, "Aaddressing climate change head on will be harder to avoid in the future, as more impacts are felt across the region. LaDochy added "there is a direct connection between natural disasters and human-made pollution. Rising temperatures, shorter rain seasons and mudslides are all connected to climate change," he said. (Source: Courthouse News, 17 Jan., 2018)

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

CPL, Nottingham U. Touting Biomass-to-Biocoal Tech (New Prod & Tech)
Innovate UK,CPL Industries
Date: 2018-01-19
In the UK, a new facility capable of producing next-generation biocoal is being developed by CPL Industries, together with The University of Nottingham and the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA). The facility will use Hydrothermal Carbonisation technology (HTC) to convert high-moisture biomass, including food waste, into next-generation solid fuels with coal-like properties.

The process, which will be managed by CPL at its plant in Immingham, North Lincolnshire, requires only hours to produce a high-energy, low-carbon biofuel for domestic and industrial uses.

The new £4 million facility, which is expected to begin production this summer, is being co-funded by ERA, a consortium of six Midlands universities and the British Geological Survey (BGS), which has investment from Innovate UK. (Source: CPL, HPV, Jan., 2018) Contact: CPL, Tim Minnett, CEO, +44 0 1246 277001,; University of Nottingham, Prof. Colin Snape, Director of Efficient Power from Fossil Energy and Carbon Capture Technologies, +44 115 95 14115,,; Innovate UK, Ruth McKernan, CEO, +44 (0) 7766 901150,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biocoal,  Innovate UK,  

Avangrid Completes New Wind Farms in Colorado, New Mexico and California (Ind. Report)
Avangrid Renewables,Iberdrola Renewables
Date: 2018-01-17
Portland, Oregon-based Avangrid Renewables, formerly known as Iberdrola Renewables, LLC, reports it has begun operation on than 500 MW of new wind farms in California, New Mexico, and Colorado: 131 MW, 57-turbine Tule Wind Farm in the McCain Valley, California; the 298 MW, 142-turbine El Cabo Wind Farm near Albuquerqur New Mexico; and the 75 MW, 36-turbine Twin Buttes II Wind Farm in Colorado. The three projects all have long term PPAs in place.

Avengrid's U.S. fleet now includes 3,300 wind turbines across 22 states.

Avangrid is a diversified energy and utility company with approximately $32 billion in assets owns regulated utilities and electricity generation assets through two primary lines of business, Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks incorporates eight electric and natural gas utilities serving approximately 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables operates over 6 GW of owned and controlled renewable generation capacity, primarily through wind and solar, in 22 states. (Source: Avangrid, PR, Various Media, 14 Jan., 2018) Contact: Avangrid Renewables, Laura Beane , ceo,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables,  Iberdrola Renewables,  Wind,  

Aseagas Scuttles Philippines Batangas Biomass Power Plant (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-17
In the Philippines, Manila-headquartered AboitizPower Corp. reports it is scuttling operations of its Aseagas Corp. subsidiary 8.8-MW biomass power plant in Batangas due to a shortage of organic effluent wastewater from its supplier, Absolut Distillers, Inc.. The company had invested equity of around 950 million PHP ($18,740 million) in the biomass plant and has around PHP 460 million in liabilities, according to a company statement.

AboitizPower, which acquired the biomass plant in July 2016, expected to start operating and delivering power to the Luzon grid before October 2016. (Source: AboitizPower, Business World, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: AboitizPower, +63 2 886-2800 ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AboitizPower,  Biomass,  Aseagas,  

CT Green Bank Accepts Aurora Solar Remote Shading Simulation Software (Ind. Report)
Aurora Solar,CT Green Bank
Date: 2018-01-17
North Vancouver, BC-based Aurora Solar Technologies reports the Connecticut Green Bank has joined rebate authorities around the country in declaring Aurora's remote shading simulation software an acceptable replacement for onsite inspections previously required when applying for rebates associated with solar system installations.

Aurora's technology incorporates the measurements of a site's solar potential as part of a standardized "Solar Shade Report" that consolidates all the information solar companies need in making financing, installation and rebate decisions.

Rebate authorities that accept Aurora's remote shading include: CT Green Bank; New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC); New Jersey Clean Energy Fund; City of Roseville Residential Solar Energy Program; Oncor; and the Energy Trust of Oregon. The US National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) has also validated Aurora's shade reports as statistically equivalent to on-site measurements. (Source: CT Green Bank, Aurora Solar, Solar Power World, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Connecticut Green Bank, Bryan Garcia, Pres., CEO, (860) 563-0015,; Aurora Solar Technologies, Michael Heaven, CEO, Pres., (778) 241-5000, ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aurora Solar,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  CT Green Bank,  

Greek Biomass CHP Developer Seeking Project Partner (Int'l)
PPC Renewables
Date: 2018-01-17
Attica, Greece-based PPC Renewables S.A.(PPCR) a wholly owned subsidiary of Public Power Corp. S.A., is reported to be seeking a partner for its proposed 25 MWe-45 MWth biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant the be constructed in the city of Amyntaio, Greece.

The proposed facility will be located near PPCR's existing thermal power plant and will use the existing facilities to connect to the electrical and district heating grids. PPCR is offering a partner a majority stake in a new subsidiary company that will finance, design, contract, oversee construction and installation, operate, maintain, manage and promote all aspects of the proposed 225,000 metric tpy biomass facility, according to a PPCR press release. PPCR also expects to enter into an agreement with the biomass subsidiary for the procurement of a portion of the biomass fuel. (Source: PPCR, PR, Biomass Mag., 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: PPCR, +30 211 211 8000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PPC Renewables,  Biomass,  

Middle East Renewable Energy Triple by 2035, says Siemens (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-17
According to Siemen's new report Middle East Power: Outlook 2035, the Middle East region is expected to more than triple its share of renewable energy output from 5.6 pct in 2016 to 20.6 pct in 2035.

The report notes that natural gas will continue to be the primary source of power in the region, accounting for 60 pct of installed capacity through 2035, predominantly through increasingly efficient natural gas-fired power plants. The report adds that solar power is expected to account for around 61GW of capacity by 2035 and that wind power has "significant potential" in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. (Source: Arabian Business, Siemens, Jan., 2018) Contact: Siemens,

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

Masdar Takes Stake in Montenegro Onshore Wind Farm (Int'l, M&A)
Masdar,Krnovo Green Energy
Date: 2018-01-17
Masdar reports it has inked a share purchase agreement with Paris-headquartered Akuo Energy, the leading French IPP in renewable energy, to acquire 49 pct of Krnovo Green Energy, a subsidiary of Akuo Energy and owner of the now operational 72-MW Krnovo Wind Farm -- Montenegro's first wind energy project.

The Krnovo Wind Farm incorporates 26 GE wind turbines and supplies approximately 45,000 households under a 12-year power purchase agreement with the state utility operator.

Akuo Energy SAS develops, finances, builds and operates solar, wind, biomass and hydro power plants and operates in 13 countries. (Source: Akuo Energy,ME Construction News, 14 Jan., 2018) Contact: Akuo Energy , Eric Scotto, CEO, + 33 1 47 66 09 90,; Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, +971 2 810 9238, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar,  Wind,  Akuo Energy,  

Fortum's 35-MW Russian Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l Report)
Fortum Oyj
Date: 2018-01-17
Following on our Nov 3, 2017 coverage, Helsinki-headquartered Finnish utility Fortum Oyj reports it has commissioned and begun power production at its 35-MW wind farm in the Ulyanovsk Region of Russia. The plant is the first wholesale market wind generation facility in Russia.

The Finnish utility will receive "capacity supply" payments of between €180 per MWh and €200 per MWh for a period of 15 years. (Source: Fortum Oyi, Renewables Now, Others, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: Fortum Oyj, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, +358-50-453-6322, +358 10 4511,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum Oyj,  Wind,  Russia Wind,  

Turkey Touts $11Bn NEEAP Energy Efficiency Plan (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-01-17
In Ankara, the Turkish government is touting its National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) under which it intends to invest $11 billion to cut primary energy consumption by 14 pct. NEEAP is supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

To achieve its goal, the the plan calls for: increased use of renewable energy; district central heating schemes; encouraging the use of combined heat and power; and others.

Of all the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, Turkey has the highest growth rate of energy demand, as per government figures. The country meets around 26 pct of its total power demand from domestic resources and is mainly dependent on imports. The government intends to develop 30 pct of its total installed capacity by 2023 to generate 34GW of hydropower, 20GW of wind energy, 5GW of solar energy, 1.5GW of geothermal and 1GW of biomass. (Source: Daily Sabah, OECD, 12 Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

LED Street lighting Mandated in India (Int'l Report)
LED Street Light
Date: 2018-01-17
In Mumbai, the Indian state of Maharashtra Urban Development Department (UDD) reports it has ordered the state's 28,691 civic bodies -- 27 municipal corporations and 235 municipal councils -- to switch to and use only energy efficient LED bulbs for street lighting. The order also calls for all LED street light purchases and installation to be completed through the Central Government owned subsidiary Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL's) Escrow account.

The order is in keeping with the UDD's Energy Conservation Policy of June 2017. (Source: Maharashtra Urban Development Department, Outlook, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Maharashtra Urban Development Department,; Energy Efficiency Services India, Saurabh Kumar , Managing Dir.,

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

Carleton's $1.6Mn LED Lighting Upgrade Near Completion (Ind. Report)
Carleton University
Date: 2018-01-17
Carleton University (enrollment 38,26) in Ottawa, Ontario, reports its project to replace all on-campus exterior and tunnel lighting with new, energy-efficient LED lights is nearly complete.

KE Electrical Services, the contractor, is installing 1,200 LED light fixtures. The $1.6 million project is being financed by the University's Strategic Infrastructure Fund. The upgrade to LEDlighting is expected to deliver savings equivalent to the energy consumed by 93 houses annually. (Source: Carleton University, Charlatan, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: Carleton University, Trevor Stewart, Dir. Capital Renewal and Construction, (613) 520-2600 ext. 3326,,; KE Electrical Services, (613) 839-0351

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

Jinnergy's HJT PV Module Scores IEC Standard Certification (Int'l)
Jinneng Clean Energy Technology
Date: 2018-01-17
In Shanghai, PV cell and module manufacturer Jinneng Clean Energy Technology Ltd. reports its ultra-high efficiency heterojunction (HJT) module has passed the International Electrotechnical Commission's (IEC) new standards in a test conducted by TUV Rheinland, an independent third-party testing, inspection and certification organization. The new IEC PV module performance and safety standards raised the requirements on design and production of PV modules and established entrance standards to regulate the PV market.

JINERGY follows a technology iteration strategy and has deployed three generations of cutting-edge technology: polycrystalline, Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell (PERC) monocrystalline and HJT. Among them, HJT is considered to be a bridge for solar cell efficiency to reach 25 pct. (Source: Jinneng Clean Energy Technology Ltd., PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: Jinneng Clean Energy Technology Ltd.,; International Electrotechnical Commission,; TUV Rheinland,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jinneng Clean Energy ,  Solar,  PV Module,  

Solaria Raises $23Mn for Manufacturing Expansion (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-17
Freemnont, California-headquartered solar energy and module specialist Solaria reports it has raised $23 million from a syndicate of investors. The new funds will enable the company to expand its manufacturing capacity both in the United States and South Korea, where it makes PV products in collaboration with an OEM manufacturing partner.

Solaria plans to expand its PowerXT module production from 100 MW to 300 MW per yearby the end of 2018. In addition to its PowerXT modules Solaria also manufactures building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) architectural glass products. (Source: Solaria, PV Mag., 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Solaria, Suvi Sharma, CEO, (510) 270- 2500,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solaria,  Solar,  

Canadian Federal Carbon Tax Rebate Proposal Floated (Reg & Leg)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-01-17
In Ottawa, recently released Canadian government (Lib.) draft legislative proposes that any federal revenues raised by a carbon tax can either be rebated back to any provincial government that hasn't imposed a provincial carbon tax. A rebate could also go directly to individuals or divided between the two. Those province that voluntarily chooses to use the federal carbon price system will get the revenues to use how they see fit. But those that have the system imposed on them -- Saskatchewan and New Brunswick -- for refusing to enact one that meets the minimum requirements could find themselves sidestepped, with Ottawa sending those rebate cheques directly to residents.

As previously reported, Ottawa requires every province to have a system with a minimum $20 per tonne carbon price in place by Jan. 1, 2019, rising by $10 a year until 2022. HERE. (Source: CBC, Various Media, Canadian Press, 15 Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  

Does Replacing Coal with Wood Lower CO2 Emissions? -- MIT Report Attached (Ind. Report)
UMass Lowell, MIT
Date: 2018-01-17
New research from researchers at MIT, Climate Interactive, and UMass Lowell has found that that displacing coal with wood for power generation can make climate change worse for many decades or more.

In the new study, Does Replacing Coal with Wood Lower CO2 Emissions? Dynamic Lifecycle Analysis of Wood Bioenergy the researchers -- John Sterman, the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at MIT Sloan School of Management;Juliette Rooney-Varga, Director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative; and Lori Siegel, PhD, Senior Modeler for Climate Interactive -- examine the climate impact of replacing coal power generation in the EU and UK with wood pellets sourced from forests in the Southern US..

The researchers found that wood pellets burned in European and UK power plants, such as the Drax facility in North Yorkshire actually emit more CO2 per kilowatt hour than that generated by coal. This is because wood is both less efficient at the point of combustion and has larger processing and supply chain emissions than coal. Their research shows that using wood instead of coal in power generation increases the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, worsening climate change until -- and only if -- the harvested forests regrow.

US forests are a main source for EU wood pellet imports, which have been rising as demand has grown. These forests grow back slowly, so it takes a long time -- 40 years or more -- to repay the initial 'carbon debt' incurred by burning wood instead of coal.

The researchers also explored an increasingly common scenario in which hardwood forests harvested for bioenergy are replaced with faster-growing loblolly pine plantations. Surprisingly, replanting with fast-growing pine plantations worsens the CO2 impact of wood because managed plantations do not sequester as much carbon as natural forests.

The research found that continued growth in wood use, as many predict, will worsen climate change throughout the rest of this century, or longer. This is because the first impact of substituting wood for coal in power generation is an increase in CO2 emissions. For countries using wood bioenergy as a component of their climate policies this could take them backwards. Indeed, bioenergy from wood made up 44 pct of the EU's renewable energy production in 2015.

Critically, the analysis doesn't support continued coal use as it is the most carbon intensive fuel and a major contributor to climate change. The researchers stress energy efficiency, solar, wind and storage as the cheapest, safest, and quickest ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Access the , Does Replacing Coal with Wood Lower CO2 Emissions? Dynamic Lifecycle Analysis of Wood Bioenergy Report HERE. (Source: MIT Sloan School of Management, Jan., 2018) Contact: MIT Sloan School of Management, John Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management, (617) 253-1557,; Climate Interactive,; UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative, (978) 934-4000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  

BESS Scores £28.5Mn Santander Investment (Int'l, Funding)
Santander,Battery Energy Storage Solutions
Date: 2018-01-17
In London, Santander Bank reports it has pumped £28.5 million in project financing into London-headquartered battery builder Battery Energy Storage Solutions Ltd.(BESS).

The funding will help BESS deploy an additional 49MW of battery storage capacity onto the national grid by the end of January, bringing its total capacity to 63MW.

in 2017, BESS raised £50 million in an equity investment round led by New York investment firm Tiger Infrastructure Partners. At that time, BESS had 14MW of batteries installed on the national grid or co-located with solar power plants. By the end of 2018 the company plans to build and operate a portfolio of 100MW of grid scale battery storage assets. (Source: Battery Energy Storage Solutions Ltd., Santander, BusGreen, Jan., 2018) Contact: Battery Energy Storage Solutions Ltd.,,; Santander Bank,

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Tesla Powerpack Selected for NZ Energy Storage Project (Int'l.)
Mercury NZ
Date: 2018-01-17
New Zealand electric power producer and retailer Mercury NZ, fka MightyRiverPower, reports the selection of Tesla as the provider for a scalable national grid-connected battery trial. Mercury NZ is investing over $2 million to research the integration of 1 Megawatt/2 Megawatt per hour battery technology with New Zealand's electricity system.

The trial involves the Tesla Powerpack 2 large-scale battery and is the same modular, scalable technology installed in Tesla's projects in South Australia and Southern California. The trial will be located at Mercury's R&D facility in South Auckland, which is connected to the national grid and has the capacity to scale battery storage. The project is slated to be underway in August, 2018. (Source: Mercury NZ, NZ Herald, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: Mercury NZ, Fraser Whineray, CEO, +64 9 526 8270,; Tesla Powerpack,

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1.5Mn LED Fixtures Installed in Walmart Global Fleet (Ind. Report)
Walmart,General Electric
Date: 2018-01-17
American discount retail juggernaut Walmart is reporting that as a result of its extensive LED lighting program with Current, powered by GE, it has over the past decade installed over 1.5 million energy efficient LED fixtures across more than 6,000 stores, parking lots, distribution centers and corporate offices in ten countries. According to Walmart, the LED initiative has reduced lighting energy consumption and cut power costs by more than $100 million.

Walmart is also moving aggressively to complete LED and controls retrofits in 100 percent of its distribution centers in the U.S., along with a new initiative to replace all other forms of overhead lighting with LED.

A first-of-its-kind startup, GE Current blends advanced energy technologies like LED and solar with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings and industrial facilities more energy efficient & productive. (Source: Walmart, PR , 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy,; GE Current, Karen O.Neil, (857) 265-9133,,

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Idaho School Wins $75K Energy Efficiency Incentive (Ind. Report)
Idaho Power
Date: 2018-01-17
Idaho Power reports it has awarded $74,338.85 in incentives to the new Skyway Elementary School. The funds came through Idaho Power's New Construction Program, which offers cash to commercial and industrial entities to help ease the cost of building with energy efficiency in mind. Things the district, architects and builders added to increase energy efficiency in the building include, but are not limited to, high performance heating and cooling units, a reflective roof treatment and efficient exit signs.

According to a press release from Idaho Power, Skyway's energy savings totaled 368,472 kWh for an annual savings of $38,282.91 (Source: Idaho Power, Idaho Press Tribune, 15 Jan., 2018)Contact: Idaho Power,

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ENVIA's Fuel Believed to Meet US EPA RFS (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-17
Alliance News is reporting London-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys PLC notes that its JV partner ENVIA Energy claims that fuel produced at the Oklahoma City gas-to-liquids plant meets the requirements to be submitted for qualification under the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Accordingly, the facility has submitted numerous Renewable Identification Number (RIN)credits to the US EPA registration system.

Subject to the confirmation of the pathway compliance, all necessary processes to trade the D7 RIN credits will be completed in the first quarter of 2018.

ENVIA's Fischer-Tropsch process creates a drop-in fuel from renewable biogas and pipeline natural gas. For a fuel produced exclusively from renewable feedstock, this equals to RIN values at around $4.0 per gallon . (Source: Velocys PLC, ENVIVA, Alliance News , 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 - Houston Office,,; ENVIVA Energy,

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CIBC Atlantic Trust Invests in Aemetis Inc (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-17
According to its SEC filing, Atlanta-based CIBC Atlantic Trust Group LLC has purchased 1,468,507 shares of Cupertino, California-based specialty chemicals producer Aemetis tock, Atlantic Trust Group LLC owned 7.41% of Aemetis at the end of the most recent reporting period.

With the purchase, institutional investors now hold almost 18 pct of Aemetis' stock, according to Zacks.

Aemetis, Inc is an international renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the production of fuels and chemicals through the acquisition, development and commercialization of technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by conversion of first-generation ethanol and biodiesel plants into biorefineries. (Source: Aemetis,Zacks, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939,,; CIBC Atlantic Trust Inc.,

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Virginia Environmental Center LEED Platinum Certified (Ind. Report)
Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) Environmental Center
Date: 2018-01-17
In the Old Dominion State, Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) Environmental Center reports receipt of the US Green Building Council's LEED Platinum Certification for new construction energy efficiency. The center is the first building in the city of Alexandria and Fairfax County to achieve LEED Platinum.

A few of the facility's sustainability highlights include:

  • 13 pct of the building's total energy use comes from renewable energy sources;
  • 24 pct of its construction products were derived from recycled materials; and
  • 36 pct reduction in potable water use. (Source: Alexandria Renew Enterprises Environmental Center, USGBC, ProudGreen Building, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: AlexRenew, Karen Pallansch, CEO, (703) 549-3381,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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  • Green Party of Canada Concerned Liberal Government Weakening National Carbon Pricing System (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Green Party of Canada
    Date: 2018-01-17
    "Reducing the responsibility of the biggest polluters is simply irresponsible," said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). "The Pan-Canadian Framework, negotiated by the federal government with the provinces and territories, is already weak. It is not clear how it can even achieve the Harper target, now endorsed by the Liberals, which itself is too weak to achieve what we pledged in Paris. The federal government cannot afford to lose a single ton of emission reductions.

    "The most recent Environment Canada data show that nearly 40 percent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions came from just 563 individual operations, mainly power plants, refineries and cement plants. They should be contributing their fair share towards meeting our commitments to slash GHG and avoid going above 1.5 degrees C global average temperature, as promised in Paris. Instead, those big polluters located in provinces that have refused to create their own carbon tax will have a special rate based on a complex pricing mechanism using energy intensity and an average of industry emissions," said Ms. May.

    "With hundreds of millions of dollars a year in federal subsidies still going to the fossil fuel industry - which successive Canadian governments have promised to phase out since 2009 - the Trudeau government is already breaking its promise to Canadians," added Green Party climate critic and meteorologist Richard Zurawski. "The new proposal to give carbon tax breaks to the largest polluters is yet another squandered opportunity to show real leadership in the fight against climate change." (Source: Green Party of Canada, PR, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Green Party of Canada, Debra Eindiguer , (613) 240-8921,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax news,  Carbon Tax news,  GHGs news,  

    UK Could Miss Carbon Emissions Targets, says CCC (Int'l)
    Committee on Climate Change.
    Date: 2018-01-17
    In London, according to a reports from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the U.K. could exceed its carbon-emissions targets by 3 pct or more 00 65 million tons of CO2 -- even if all of its green initiatives go exactly to plan.

    The U.K. has legally-binding targets known as carbon budgets to set out a plan to gradually reduce pollution. The fourth carbon budget seeks to cut emissions by 51 pct by the middle of the next decade compared with 1990 levels. It's on track to meet its target for 2020. As previously reported, Germany, Ireland and Belgium probably won't meet their 2020 goals and are likely to exceed their limits. The U.K. is allocating £100 million to research carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, Bloomberg, January 16, 2018) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, +44 (0) 207 591 6080,

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    Lincoln Closes 300MW Texas Wind Farm Financing (Ind. Report)
    Lincoln Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-01-15
    Chicago, Illinois-based I Squared Capital portfolio company Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) reports it has closed project financing for its 300MW Tahoka Wind project in Lynn County, Texas.

    Project construction and term financing is being supplied by Morgan Stanley, while long-term tax equity is being provided by BHE Renewables. for the project. The wind farm will incorporate 120, GE 2.5-127 wind turbines as well as long term services.

    According to LCE, the company has developed over 1.8GW of renewable projects across California, New Jersey, and Texas since 2011. In 2017, the company installed a total of 503MW of wind energy. (Source: Lincoln Clean Energy, CTBR, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, (512) 215-4452,,

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    Phoenix Pegs GHG Emissions Reduction Goal at 30 pct (Ind. Report)
    City of Phoenix
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In the sunny Southwest, Phoenix City Council is reporting approval of a new goal to reduce citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 pct below 2012 levels by 2025. The 30 pct reduction target keeps Phoenix on track to achieve its 2016 commitment to a 80 pct GHG reduction by 2050 -- a goal that allows the city to exceed the requirements of the Paris Climate Accord to which the city remains committed.

    The City Council has instructed to the appropriate city agencies to identify possible actions to help the City reach its goal: accelerating the transition to electric vehicles and alternate transportation; significantly increasing trees and shade in Phoenix; improving energy efficiency of new and existing buildings; and expanding options to purchase clean energy.

    Last year the city of 4,574,351 residents committed to reducing GHG emissions by 40 pctby 2025 within its own facilities and operations. (Source: City of Phoenix, AZBig Media, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Phoenix,,

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    UPM Biofuels Scores RSB Sustainability Certification for Carinata Biofuel Feedstock (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    UPM Biofuel,Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
    Date: 2018-01-15
    Helsinki, Finland-headquartered UPM Biofuels is reporting receipt of a sustainability certificate from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) for the cultivation of Brassica carinata (Carinata) as an oilseed crop specially designed for sustainable production of biofuels.

    The RSB certification in biofuel feedstock production complements UPM Biofuels' existing sustainability certifications like International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) and RSB certifications for its UPM BioVerno biofuel production.

    RSB is one of the European Commission's approved voluntary schemes used to show compliance with the EU Renewable Energy Directive's sustainability criteria. In addition to EU RED criteria, the sustainability of biofuels is evaluated against 12 principles which have been approved by a wide variety of stakeholders, including NGOs and UN agencies. (Source: UPM Kymmene Corporation, NASDAQ, PR, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: RSP, Rolf Hogan, Exec. Dir.,,; UPM Biofuels Development, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials news,  UPM news,  Carinata news,  Biofuel news,  Biofuel Feedstochk news,  

    VLC Energy Connects Battery Energy Storage to UK Grid (Int'l)
    VLC Energy,LG Chem
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In the UK, VLC Energy, a joint venture between developer Low Carbon and VPI Immingham, reports it has connected the 40MW battery park in Glassenbury, Kent, and a 10MW battery park in Cleator in Cumbria, to the national grid.

    The two developments use LG Chem lithium-ion battery modules and energy management systems from NEC. The service is expected to save the system operator an estimated £200 million over four years by enabling "ultra-fast system balancing" (Source: VLC Energy, Energyst, CleanEnergy, Others, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: VLC Energy,; VPI Immingham, +44 1469 565800,; LG Chem,

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    $14Mn Sought for Aussie Landfill Gas Power Plant (Int'l Report)
    Sunshine Coast Council
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In the Land Down Under, the Sunshine Coast Council reports it is seeking a $14 million bid to expand the Nambour landfill and develop a landfill gas power plant to generate electricity.

    The first stage of the proposed five-stage expansion, which is expected to extend landfill's life by 22 years, is expected to be operational by 2027. The electricity generated will be fed back into the grid. (Source: Sunshine Coast Council, Sunshine Coast Daily, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: Sunshine Coast Council,

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    OPPD's Retail Sales 30 pct Renewables in 2017 (Ind. Report)
    Omaha Public Power District
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In the Sooner State, the Omaha Public Power District reports that 30 pct of its retail power sales in 2017 were from renewable, primarily wind, energy sources. its retail energy sales in 2017. The traditionally coal-dependent utility's 2016 retail sales were just 13 percent. OPPD aims to achieve 50 pct renewable energy sales by 2020. (Source: OPPD, Omaha World Herald, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: OPPD, Tim Burke, Pres., CEO, (877) 536-4131,

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    Green Bond to Fund Engie Renewables Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-01-15
    French utility Engie reports it has issued a green hybrid bond to fund renewable energy or energy efficiency projects, as well as related R&D projects. The €1 billion bond, with an interest rate of 1.375 pct, cannot be called until April 2023, the utility stated. As a subordinated perpetual bond, it would continually pay interest until redeemed. It is intended to replace two other bonds: one worth €600 million and another worth €300 million. The bond has been rated Baa1, BBB and BBB+ from Moody's, S&P and Fitch respectively.

    Engie, which has operating wind assets and projects under development in more than 20 countries, also owns and develops onshore wind and solar projects worldwide.totaling 1.77GW of installed capacity, which it aims to grow to around 3GW by 2021. (Source: Engie, Windpower, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Engie,

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    sPower Purchases Vests Wind Turbine Componants (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-01-15
    Salt Lake City-headquartered renewable energy supplier sPower reports it has placed an order with Vestas, in a first-time partnership, for 2- and 4-MW compatible turbine components that qualify for 80 pct of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and enable 400 MW of future project development.

    Wind energy is reportedly expected to generate more than $85 billion of economic activity in the U.S., including an addition of nearly 50,000 jobs across the wind value chain. (Source: sPower, Various Media, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: sPower, Ryan Creamer, CEO, Naomi Keller, VP Marketing, (801) 679-3514,,; Vestas, Chris Brown, President United States and Canada, +45 97 30 00 00,

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    Companies Quickly Adopting Carbon Pricing Schemes (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-01-15
    The Economist is reporting that 41 OECD and G20 governments have announced either a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade scheme, or both. Add state and local schemes, and they cover 15 pct of the world's emissions, up from 4 pct in 2010.

    Of the approximate 6,100 worldwide companies that report climate-related data to CDP, 607 now claim to use "internal carbon prices" while 782 say they will introduce similar measures within two years. Total annual revenues of these 1,389 carbon-price champions amount to $7 trillion, according to the Economist.

    CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international non-profit that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to help manage their environmental impacts. (Source: CDP,Economist, Jan., 2017) Contact: CDP, (212) 378 2086,,

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

    Big Apple vs Big Oil Over Climate Change Disasters (Ind. Report)
    New York City,BP, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell,Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2018-01-15
    The New York City government is commencing legal action against "Big Oil" -- BP, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell -- in an effort to hold them responsible for present and future damage to the city from climate change. The sBig Apple's suit claims the companies together produced 11 pct of all of global-warming gases and that companies and that the oil industry in general has long been aware of the consequences of their processes and products but sought to obscure them.

    Although the City's legal strategy has been embraced by several California cities and counties, prior lawsuits seeking to blame companies for their role in causing climate change have generally been unsuccessful. For example, in 2017, California's Marin County, San Mateo County and the cities of Imperial Beach, San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Cruz took legal action related to climate change on the grounds that the oil companies were "public nuisances" and caused injury to the localities under common law. (Source: City of New York, Washington Post, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: Office of New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General,

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    Vail Resorts Moving to Renewables, Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
    Vail Resorts
    Date: 2018-01-15
    Broomfield, Colorado-based Vail Resorts reports it has contracted with Schneider Electric subsidiary Renewable Choice Energy, based in Boulder, Colo., to help identify and implement renewable energy projects that it can either purchase, fund, or purchase power from as part of its comprehensive sustainability commitment and goal of utilizing 100 pct renewable energy.

    Vail Resorts is not necessarily seeking projects or PPAs from states where it has operations. State where Vail has no operations, ie Pennsylvania or Nebraska, would qualify. Many cities and some counties where Vail does business have adopted 100 pct renewable goals, among them South Lake Tahoe, Breckenridge and Park City. The utilities that serve these resorts have also generally agreed to work with the localities to push the clean-energy agenda. (Source: Vail Resorts, Mountain Town News, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Vail Resorts, Auden Schendler, VP Sustainability, Rob Katz, CEO, (303) 404-1800,

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    UCLA Addresses Air Travel GHG Emissions Impact (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-01-15
    The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) reports the launch of a program to reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions from university business-related air travel. The pilot program, which will run from January 2018 through December 2020, imposes a $9 carbon mitigation fee to domestic round-trip flights and a $25 fee to be applied to international round-trip flights.

    Air travel mitigation fees will be added to a fund that a fund that will help finance finance university projects that make a measurable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

    Air travel emissions account for approximately 5 pct of UCLA's greenhouse gas emissions, and have continued to grow during the last several years. UCLA is a signatory to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which specifies that each institution decrease its emissions. UCLA's Sustainable Practices Policy also has a sustainable transportation component which includes a guideline regarding business-related air travel greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to a comprehensive carbon neutrality commitment. (Source: UCLA Newsroom, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: UCLA, Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer, ,; American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment,

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

    British Columbia's Carbon Emissions on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    British Columbia
    Date: 2018-01-15
    According to the most recent data from the Canadian Province of British Columbia, the province's 2015 carbon emissions were estimated at 63.3 million tonnes of carbon equivalent, an increase of 1.6 pct above the previous year and only 2 pct less than in 2007 -- a far shot from its original legislated 33 pct emissions reductions by 2020 over 2007 levels.

    The province's previous Liberal government conceded that the 2020 target would not be met and renewed a target of reducing emissions 80 pct by 2050 while dismissing a 40 pct by 2030 target as recommended by a climate panel it had commissioned. The present NDP government notes that the 2015 emissions were offset by 1.7 million tonnes of forestry offsets, reducing the emissions to 61.7 million tonnes. (Source: Various Media, Vancouver Sun, 12 Jan., 2018)

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