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Japanese Consortium Snares Lion's Share of Irish Wind Portfolio (Int'l, M&A)
Invis Energy
Date: 2017-08-04
A consortium of Japanese companies including Kansai Electric Power (Kepco), lender Mitsubishi UFJ Lease and Finance (MUFG) and investment firm Sojitzcompanies, is reports it has taken a 60 pct stake in a 223MW portfolio of five Irish onshore wind projects developed by County Cork-headquartered Invis Energy.

Four of the sites are in operation and were completed between 2013 and 2017. The four operating projects are: 44.4MW Knocknagoum, 44MW Leitir Guingaid Leitir Peic, 65MW Knockduff, 25MW Killaveenoge. The fifth project, the 45MW Slievecallan West site, is under construction and slated for completion in early 2018. It will comprise 18 Nordex N90 2.5MW turbines. Invis will retain a 40% stake in the five projects, which are located in the southwest of Ireland. (Source: Various Media, Windpower, 31 July, 2017) Contact: Invis Energy, +353 1669 463, http://invisenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


German Automakers Propose NOx Controls to Save Diesel Auto Industry (Int'l)

Date: 2017-08-04
In light of accusations surrounding German automaker's collusion to beat vehicle emissions standards and "fixed" emissions tests, along with French and UK government pledge's to eliminate the sale of gasoline and diesel power vehicle by 2040, and the city of Stuttgart's steps to ban diesel cars because of the harmful effects of their emissions, particularly nitrogen oxides (NOx), the German auto industry is under preasue to ceanup it act.

The German auto industry is heavily invested in diesel engines to help meet tougher carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards and, rather then accept the demise of diesel is developing software upgrades that should reduce NOx emissions by between 25 and 30 pct on average with no negative effect on fuel economy or engine performance. (Source: Motor Authority, 3 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News NOx,  CO2,  Vehicle Emissions,  


Alphabet X Working on Renewable Energy Storage (New Prod & Tech)
Google Alphabet
Date: 2017-08-04
Mountainview, California-based Alphabet X (formerly Google X) is touting its new Malta energy storage project focused on building storage facilities that can support full-scale power grids. The Malta project, which uses cold antifreeze and hot salt to store power, is designed to keep power in reserve for longer than lithium-ion batteries similar to those used in Tesla's commercial-scale Powerpack stations.

With the Malta system, two tanks are filled with salt and another two are filled with antifreeze, or a similar hydrocarbon liquid, and then the system takes in electricity generated by renewable sources. This is converted into both hot and cold air which heats up the salt and cools down the antifreeze. Then, the process is reversed with hot and cold air pushed towards each other resulting in gusts of wind that yhat drives a turbine to generate electricity. (Source: Alphabet, Bloomberg, TC Crunch, 31 July, 2017) Contact: Alphabet Inc., (650) 253-0000, https://abc.xyz

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


Deepwater Proposes Offshore Wind Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Deepwater Wind,Tesla
Date: 2017-08-04
Bloomberg is reporting a new Deepwater Wind proposal would use Tesla's Powerpack commercial storage batteries in a new offshore wind plant near Massachusetts.

Tesla's Powerpack commercial storage batteries are specifically designed for renewable energy storage applications. (Source: Deepwater Wind, TC, 1 Aug., 2017) Contact: Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000, www.dwwind.com; Tesla Powerwall, www.teslamotors.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Energy Storage,  Deepwater Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Sono Plans $18,000 Solar-Powered Vehicle (New Prod & Tech)
Sono Motors
Date: 2017-08-04
Munich, Germany-based German tech startup company Sono Motors reports it plans to produce a 5-passenger, solar powered automobile that will sell in the European market for the equivalent of $18,000 US -- not including a $4,500 battery. The vehicle could run up to 18 miles per day off solar power alone, and as many as 120 miles off one battery charge.

Each car will incorporate 330 integrated solar cells attached to the body and covered with polycarbonate, which the company says will provide protection in the event of a crash. (Source: Electrek, Sono Motors, 30 July, 2017)Contact: Sono Motors, +49 89 4520 5818, www.sonomotors.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Didion Ethanol Plant Back in Production (Ind. Report)
Didion Ethanol
Date: 2017-08-04
Didion Ethanol in Cambria, Wisconsin, reports its recently reopened ethanol plant near the site of a May 31 explosion that killed several people is now back in production at near capacity and accepting corn from area growers for milling. (Source: Didion Ethanol, PR, Channel 3000, Aug 02, 2017) Contact: Didion Ethanol, Derrick Clark, VP Operations, (920) 348-5868, www.didionmilling.com/ethanol

More Low-Carbon Energy News Didion Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  


DOE BETO Announces Fourth MEGA-BIO Award (Ind. Report)
DOE BETO,Michigan State University
Date: 2017-08-04
The U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has announced it will award a fourth project -- up to $1.8 million -- under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity. In August 2016, BETO selected three projects for an initial round of funding. The total funding for the four MEGA-BIO awards is $13.1 million.

Michigan State University was selected to manage the fourth project, which will work in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MBI International to optimize a two-stage process for deconstruction of biomass into two clean intermediate streams: sugars for the production of hydrocarbon fuels and lignins for the production of multiple value-added chemicals and as a feedstock for renewable bichemicals.

All four projects are supporting the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels and/or products based on external factors, such as market demand. Producing high-value bioproducts alongside cost-competitive biofuels has the potential to support a positive return on investment for a biorefinery through converting biomass to where it is most impactful. Producing value-added coproducts is an approach to achieving DOE's strategic goal of producing hydrocarbon fuels at $3 per gasoline gallon equivalent. (Source: US DOE, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; US DOE EERE, http://energy.gov/eere

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  BETO,  DOE EERE,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  


ADM Refocusing Peoria Illinois Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Archer Daniels Midland
Date: 2017-08-04
On Aug. 1, Archer Daniels Midland Co.(ADM) announced that improved ethanol margins due to lower production costs and increased exports have been influential in the company's plans to reconfigure it ethanol plant in Peoria,Illinois.

According to ADM CEO Juan Luciano, the plant will simplify its production process and focus on the more profitable higher-grade industrial and beverage alcohol and export fuel and reduce the compan ethanol capacity by more than 100 million gpy.(Source: ADM, Various Media, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, media@adm.com, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland,  Ethanol,  


EDGE Adds Existing, Retrofit Buildings Certifications (Ind. Report)
EDGE Green building Certification
Date: 2017-08-04
The International Finance Corporation's (IFC) EDGE Green building Certification system reports is now offering green building certification for existing buildings, retrofits and major renovations in addition to new construction. EDGE makes it faster, easier and more affordable than ever before to build and brand green in more than 130 emerging markets, according to an EDGE release.

EDGE serves as an asset rating instrument that defines whether a building has met the minimum standard of 20 pct less energy, 20 pct less water and 20 pct less embodied energy in materials compared to a base case building.

Broadening the scope of EDGE to include buildings of all vintages is beneficial to building owners, managers managers, banks and buyers. (Source: EDGE, DMG, EcoBusiness, Aug, 2017) Contact: EDGE Buildings, edge@ifc.org, www.edgebuildings.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDGE Green building Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


Savona, Italy Registers First LEED for Cities Program (Int'l)
USGBC,Green Business Certification
Date: 2017-08-04
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the organization that certifies all USGBC LEED projects globally, reports that the city of Savona, Italy, ( pop. 62,000 ) is the first city in Europe registering for the LEED for Cities Program.

LEED for Cities combines sustainability, social equity and human experience with technology and analytics and is based on LEED -- the world's most widely used program for green buildings and communities.

LEED for Cities provides cities with a framework for measuring and managing the performance of water consumption, energy use, waste and transportation. LEED for Cities is administered through GBCI's Arc performance platform.

GBCI is the only certification and credentialing body within the green business and sustainability industry to exclusively administer project certifications and professional credentials for LEED, EDGE, PEER, WELL, SITES, GRESB, Investor Confidence Project (ICP), Parksmart and Zero Waste. GBCI's expansion into Europe will help facilitate the growth and advocacy of LEED, and GBCI's other sustainability programs in the European region. (Source: U.S. Green Building Council, PR, 31 July, 2017) Contact: USGBC, www.usgbc.org; Green Business Certification, www.gbci.org

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


enVerid HVAC Systems Developing Greener Buildings (Ind. Report)
enVerid Systems
Date: 2017-08-04
Boston-based enVerid Systems, Inc. is touting its HVAC Load Reduction® (HLR) modular technology, designed to reduce indoor air contaminants such as CO2, aldehydes and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) while reducing energy usage and related expenses.

Instead of the traditional process of replacing the entire volume of a building's indoor air every one to two hours, HLR modules clean and recycle existing indoor air enabling a 60 to 80 pct reduction in required outside air intake, and a decrease in cooling and heating energy consumption by as much as 40 pct. solutions. (Source: enVerid Systems, Inc., PR, Aug. 1, 2017) Contact: enVerid Systems, . Udi Meirav, CEO, enverid.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News HVAC,  Green Building,  enVerid Systems,  


SA Biofuels Touts New Oil Seed-to-Biodiesel Process (Int'l)
South Australian Biofuels
Date: 2017-08-04
In the Land Down Under, South Australian Biofuels is reporting that after 4 years of trials it has launched equipment that processes oil seeds into biodiesel. The equipment processes oil seed crops -- soya beans, canola, safflower, sunflower or mustard -- into biodiesel at a rate of 150 litres per hour and uses 13 watts of power per litre of fuel produced.

SA Biofuels engineering manager Morgan Hunter says the machine was developed with the intention of decentralizing the fuel production cycle. The company charges a fee per litre of fuel produced. (Source: South Austalian Biofuels, 1 Aug., 2017) Contact: South Australian Biofuels, Morgan Hunter , +61 418 819 976, info@sabiofuels.com.au, www.sabiofuels.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil Seed ,  Biodiesel,  


Sunbird Launches Cassava Bioethanol Feedstock Program (Int'l)
Sunbird Bioenergy Africa
Date: 2017-08-04
London-headquartered Sunbird Bioenergy Africa, a developer and operator of commercial-scale bioenergy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, reports it has begun work on a cassava out-grower programme to provide sustainable feedstock for a 120 million lpy bioethanol plant in Zambia.

The out-grower program aims to boost cassava production in Luapula Province to its maximum capacity by developing a cassava nursery and a microfinance initiative to support local cassava growers participating in the project. (Source: Sunbird Bioenergy Africa, Biofuels Int'l, Others, 3 Aug., 2017) Contact: Sunbird Bioenergy Africa, Richard Bennett, CEO, +44 (0) 1603 59 2190, info@sunbirdbioenergy.com, www.sunbirdbioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunbird Bioenergy Africa,  Cassava,  Biofuel,  


Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies Funding Announced (Funding)
DOE Building Technologies Office
Date: 2017-08-04
The US DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) reports it is investing up to $15.8 million in 13 projects that will drive innovation in early-stage R&D for advanced building technologies and systems that will serve as a foundation for future technological developments and reductions in building energy consumption.

This years Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) awards include novel materials exploration that will lead to more efficient insulation and windows, more accurate sensors, exploration and validation of both electric- and fuel-driven hybrid vapor compression technologies for more efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R), as well as advanced control algorithms, modeling, and analytics for reducing power consumption of miscellaneous electric loads.

The HVAC&R recipients include: Stone Mountain Technologies Inc.; University of Maryland; Arkema Inc.; Xergy; United Technologies Research Center; Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); University of California, Berkeley; Fraunhofer CSE (Boston); Stanford University, and others. (Source: DOE BETO, 3 Aug., 2017) Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Building Technologies Office,  BETO,  ,  


WA. Biodiesel Plant Seeks New Owner, Operator (Ind. Report)
Odessa Public Development Authority
Date: 2017-08-04
In Washington State, the Odessa Public Development Authority , the owners of a mothballed biodiesel plant, are seeking proposals from potential purchasers or lessees of its biodiesel plant, which has been vacant since June 2014.

The 8 million gpy plant has a daily crush capacity of 400 tons, a BNSF Railway siding and access to a commercial silo for seed storage. The plant was last occupied in June 2014. (Source: Odessa Public Development Authority, Capital Press, 31 July, 2017) Contact: Odessa Public Development Authority, Stacey Rasmussen, Mgr., (509) 982-7850, www.odessapda.com; Washington State Department of Agriculture, Mary Beth Lang, Bioenergy Coordinator, (360) 902-1800, https://agr.wa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


Iberdrola Inks 200-MW Texas Wind Farm PPA (Ind. Report)
Iberdrola,Avangrid Renewables
Date: 2017-08-04
Spanish power utility Iberdrola SA reports it has inked a power purchase agreement (PPA) with US utility Austin Energy for a 200-MW wind project in the Lone Star State. Under the terms of the contract, Iberdrola's US unit Avangrid Renewables will own and operate the wind farm and sell its output to the city of Austin for 15 years.

The proposed wind farm will be constructed between 2018 and 2019 at an estimated cost of $300 million. (Source: Iberdrola, RenewablesNow, Others, 1 Aug., 2017) Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, Frank Burkhartsmeyer, CEO, (503) 796-7000, http://iberdrolarenewables.com; Avangrid Renewables, (503) 796-7000, www.avangridrenewables.us; Austin Energy, Cameron Freberg, Utility Strategist, (512) 494-9400, www.austinenergy.com

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


Boralex Confirms 30MW French wind Farm Financing (Ind.Report)
Boralex
Date: 2017-08-04
In Montreal, Canadian wind developer Boralex Inc. reports it has closed on €46.4 million (C$67.9million) for the construction of the 30MW Chemin de Gres wind farm in France. The wind farm will incorporate 9, 3.3MW Vesta wind turbines.

The funding has been provided by a syndicate of lenders led by Credit Industriel et Commercial, Bpifrance Financement and Arkea Banque Entreprise et Institutionnels. The financing includes tax-free long-term financing of €40m (C$58.5 million) and VAT credit financing of €6.4 million (C$9.4m). (Source: Boraex, CBTR, Others, 1 Aug. 2017) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Enercon,  Wind,  


Pruitt Stymied by Order to Enforce Obama Methane Rule (Reg & Leg)
EPA
Date: 2017-08-04
In Washington, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has issued the latest ruling after a ruling by the court in July that the EPA unlawfully tried to delay implementing the Obama-era methane pollution rule which sets limits for GHG emissions for the energy industry, and requires companies to identify and fix leaks.

In June, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt sought a two-year pause on the new methane rule so the agency could "look broadly" at regulations and "review their impact" with the end view of abolishing the Obama era legislation. "Today's issuance of the mandate by the full D.C. Circuit protects families and communities across America under clean air safeguards that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt sought to unlawfully tear down," said Peter Zalzal, lead attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund, one of the groups that challenged the EPA. (Source: Newsmax, EDF, Various Others, , EPA, 1 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Scott Pruitt,  Methane Emissions,  


ADB Green Bonds Spurring Climate Change Funding (Int'l)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2017-08-04
In Manila, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports the sale of $1.25 billion in green bonds in a dual-tranche issuance to support its low-carbon and climate resilient projects. With the $1.25 billion for climate change support, ADB expects a 30 pct growth in overall financing.

The issuance was split into a $750 million , five-year offering that matures on Aug. 10, 2022, and a $500 million ten-year bond offering that matures on Aug. 10, 2027. Both bond issues were widely distributed geographically with 52 pct of the total issuance going to banks, 25 pct to central banks and official institutions, and 23 pct to fund managers.

The transactions were lead-managed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Agricole CIB, and J.P. Morgan. A syndicate group was also formed consisting of Citi, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, and TD Securities, according to ADB. ADB aims to raise between $27 billion to $30 billion from capital markets in 2017. (Source: ADB, GMA, Others, Aug., 2017) Contact: Asian Development Bank, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist, www.adb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ADB,  Green Bonds,  Asian Development Bank,  Green Bond,  Climate Change Funding,  


U.S. Climate Finance Facts (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Finance,Oxfam
Date: 2017-08-04
"The United States' annual contribution to the Global Climate Finance (GCF) of $500 million is just 0.012 percent of the total US federal budget. If the US would have made the planned payment of $750 million it would have been 0.018 percent of the total federal budget. The $500 million payment is just $1.53 per American per year. The $750 million payment is $2.30 per American per year. By way of contrast, Americans spend $37.32 per person on coffee each year.

"On a per capita basis, Sweden, Luxembourg, Norway, Monaco, United Kingdom, France, Denmark, German, Switzerland and Japan all pledged more to the GCF than the United States.

"In total the United States provided $2.6 billion in 2015 -- 0.06 percent of the total federal budget -- to assist partner countries with climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts through foreign assistance programs. The EU, Japan, France and Germany all provide more finance in absolute terms than the US." (Source: Oxfam America, Annaka Peterson, August, 2017) Contact: Oxfam America, Annaka Peterson, (800) 776-9326 info@oxfamamerica.org, www.oxfamamerica.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Finance,  



Date: 2017-08-03
Voltalia wins 8 MW in French solar tender Aug 2 (Renewables Now) - French renewable power plants operator Voltalia SA (EPA:VLTSA) said on Tuesday it has won two photovoltaic (PV) projects totalling 8 MW in France’s latest large-scale solar power tender. The winning projects are the 3-MW Tresques scheme in Occitanie and the 5-MW Parroc development in Nouvelle Aquitaine. The company said that the competition for the tender in those specific regions was fierce due to the good solar resources there. Both facilities will benefit from 20-year contracts for difference (CfDs) that will take effect upon commissioning, scheduled for no later than July 2019. The two solar parks will generate enough power to cover the electricity consumption of nearly 4,000 local homes, the company estimates. France’s Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity-based Transition announced the results of the second large-scale solar power tender last week, saying that 507.6 MW of capacity was awarded to 77 winners.


CARB, NBB Touting VESTA™1000 Biodiesel Additive (Ind. Report)
California ARB,NBB
Date: 2017-08-02
In Sacramento, the California Air Resource Board (CARB) reports it has certified VESTA™1000, a biodiesel additive that reduces measurable regulated emissions, including NOx, when blended with California's unique diesel formulation called "CARB diesel." The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) led the initial research and development into the additive.

VESTA™1000 ensures compliance with the January 1, 2018 implementation of CARB's Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation. A 20 pct (B20) blend of biodiesel with VESTA™ 1000 reportedly reduced NOx by 1.9 pct and particulate matter by 18 pct compared to CARB diesel fuel. California Fueling, LLC will produce the formula, and Pacific Fuel Resource, LLC will deliver the product to market. The two companies will work cooperatively with NBB members as well as those in the California fuel community to support the ongoing use of biodiesel diesel blends up to B20. (Source: NBB, Pacific Fuel Resource, July, 2017) Contact: Pacific Fuel Resource, Paul Nazzaro, (978)438-6090, paul@pacificfuelresource.com, www.pacificfuelresource.com; NBB, Kaleb Little, (800) 841-5849, klittle@biodiesel.org, www.biodiesel.org; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California ARB,  NBB,  Biodiesel,  


Lebanon Planning First Wind Farms for 2020 (Int'l Report)
Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation
Date: 2017-08-02
In Beirut, Lebanon, the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) is reporting that private companies -- Hawa Akkar, Lebanon Wind Power, and Sustainable Akkar -- have been issued permits to build wind farms totaling 200- Mw in Akkra, northern Lebanon.

The permits require the permit holders to sell power under the terms of a PPA to the state-run Electricite du Liban for 11.3 cents per kWh or a rate presently being negotiated.

Construction and commissioning of the new wind farms is expected prior to 2020. (Source: Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, The961, 1 Aug., 2017)Contact: Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, www.lcec.org.lb

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Appeals Court RFS Ruling Favors Alt. Fuels Industry (Reg & Leg)
EPA
Date: 2017-08-02
In what many alternative fuels industry leaders see as a victory, the Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Obama administration, fundamentally misinterpreted its authority under the National Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by reducing the amount of ethanol allowed to be blended in the nation's fuel supply.

The alt fuels and biofuels industry claimed the EPA erred in its interpretation of its own authority to waive biofuel requirements and that this misuse of authority played into arguments made by refiners and other members of the oil industry. The court agreed and ruled that the EPA can not waive the RFS requirements because of a shortage of biofuel refueling stations or pumps at gasoline stations, or similar reasons. The EPA can, however, waive the annual RFS blending requirements for ethanol and other biofuels only because of lack of supply.

With the court ruling, the EPA must now reset the 2016 annual Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements. (Source: CSNews, EPA, July 31, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  RFS,  Ethanol Blend,  


Quanta Wins Wind Catcher Generation Line Contract (Ind. Report)
Quanta Services,American Electric Power
Date: 2017-08-02
Houston-headquartered Quanta Services, Inc. reports it has been selected by American Electric Power (AEP) to provide turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solutions for the approximate 350 mile Wind Catcher Generation Tie Line. The 765kV single circuit power line will run between Guymon and Tulsa, Oklahoma, and two new substations.

Upon completion, the Wind Catcher Tie Line will deliver energy from the Wind Catcher wind farm in western Oklahoma to customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

Subject to regulatory and other approvals, the work is expected to get underway in late 2018 for 2020 completion. (Source: Quanta Services, Inc., PR, 31 July, 2017) Contact: Quanta Services, Duke Austin, Pres., CEO, (713) 341-7260, www.quantaservices.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Quanta Services,  American Electric Power,  Wind Catcher,  


Fulcrum's MSW-to-Fuels Project Nears Approvals (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum BioEnergy
Date: 2017-08-02
Following-up on our September 7th, 2016 coverage, the Nevada Appeal is reporting the Nevada State Board of Finance is set to approve $150 million in tax exempt revenue bonds to assist Plesanton, California-based Fulcrum BioEnergy's planned municipal waste-to- biodiesel and jet fuel jet and diesel fuel plant at the Lockwood dump east of Reno-Sparks into synthetic crude .

When fully operational, the facility will convert 175,000 tpy of municipal waste into approximately 11 million gallons of jet and diesel fuel. Fulcrum says it has invested approximately $130 million in the project to date and has all required environmental and other regulatory approvals in hand. (Source: Fulcrum BioEnergy, Nevada Appeal, 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 ,  Municipal Solid Waste,  Jet Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


Eight19 Secures $1.5M in Funding Round (Funding, Int'l Report)
Eight19
Date: 2017-08-02
Cambridge, UK-based flexible organic PV module developer Eight19 Ltd. is reporting receipt of £1.3 million ($1.5 million) from their most recent funding round.

Lucros Investment joined existing investors IP Group PLC, Clarium Capital Management LLC and Providence in the round. The funding will be used for product technology commercialization.

Eight19 manufactures organic photovoltaic modules on plastic using roll-to-roll production processes. (Source: Eight19, Photonics, 31 July, 2017) Contact: Eight19, Claudio Marinelli, VP Business Dev., +44 1223 437437, www.eight19.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Module,  Solar,  Eight19,  


MN PUC Considers CO2 Emissions "Social Cost" Rate (Ind. Report)
Minnesota PUC
Date: 2017-08-02
In St.Paul, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports it has voted to substantially increase the "social cost" of power plant CO2 emissions from to $43.06 per short ton of emissions by 2020. Several commissioners sought to increase the rate to more than $63 per short ton by 2020. The present rate, which was set two decades ago, is $0.44 to $4.53 per short ton of emissions. The increase could have a significant impact on utilities seeking to construct new power plants as well as consumers.

In 2010, Interagency Working Group established a social cost of carbon measurement for federal agencies to use in resource planning and policy making. President Trump suspended the use of a social cost of carbon measurement in federal planning.

Interagency Working Groups (IWGs) are the primary USGCRP vehicles for implementing and coordinating global change research activities within and across agencies. These groups are critical to integration and assessment of progress throughout the Program. The working groups span a wide range of interconnected climate and global change issues and address major components of the Earth's environmental and human systems, as well as cross-disciplinary approaches for addressing these issues. (Source: Minnesota PUC, alpha news, Various Others, 31 July, 2017) Contact: Minnesota PUC, Dan Lipschultz, Commissioner, (651) 296-0406, mn.gov/puc; Interagency Working Group, www.globalchange.gov/about/iwgs

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions Social Cost,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


Premier Solar Commissions Telangana, India Plant (Int'l)
Premier Solar Systems
Date: 2017-08-02
Hyderabad, India-headquartered Premier Solar Systems reports the commissioning of its 200 MW automated solar module manufacturing facility in Sangareddy district of Telangana. The plant's capacity is expected to be raised to 375 MW in the near future, according to the company. The company also plans to expand its product line to include solar powered electric-hybrid vehicles including e-rickshaws, solar cycle rickshaws, solar e-bikes and solar bicycles, according to a statement. Sakura Premier Solar, a special purpose vehicle, will manage the expansion project. (Source: Premier Solar Systems, Hindu Business Line, 28 July, 2017) Contact: Premier Solar Systems, +91 40 2774 44151, www.premiersolarsystems.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


GCL-SI Opens Vietnamese JV Solar Cell Plant (Int'l Report)
GCL System Integrated Technology
Date: 2017-08-02
Suzhou, China-headquartered GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd (GCL), a Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) member, reports it has begun production at its 600 MW JV solar cell plant with Vina Solar in Vietnam as well as an unmanned module assembly pilot project in China.

GCL has independently researched and developed numerous intelligent equipment and systems including a high-speed automated tabbing machine, a high-precision layout machine and a robot palletizing system. The company aims to achieve a 50 pct improvement in efficiency, a 60 pct reduction in online manpower and a 30 pct reduction in processing costs. Product quality improvement targets were being set at a 21 pct overall improvement across its manufacturing operations. (Source: GCL-SI, PR, 28 July, 2017) Contact: Silicon Module Super League, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/silicon-module-super-league-smsl-2016-s-m-reza-hosseini; GCL System Integration Technology, +86 512 6983 2777, gclsisales@gcksi.com, http://en.gclsi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GCL System,  Solar,  Vina Solar,  


Notable Quote

Date: 2017-08-02
"Fossil fuels are dead. Its a long-term view. It's not going to happen overnight. It's not going to be in two or three years." -- Hunter Harrison, CSX Railroad CEO

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal news,  Fossil Fuel news,  


BYD, KOSTAL Partner for High-Volt Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
BYD
Date: 2017-08-02
Chinese rechargable battery manufacturer BYD Co. Ltd. reports it is collaborating with inverter specialist KOSTAL. KOSTAL has lined-up BYD's high-voltage lithium battery storage solution B-Box HV for use with its PIKO inverter line. The combined battery and inverter system has both commercial and residential applications.

The new modular B-Box series is available in capacities ranging from 6.4 to 11.5 kWh, providing more than enough energy for the average household and can be scaled up to 58 kWh for commercial and industrial applications. The series offers a wide range of capabilities to meet light to heavy electrical load usage, off-grid or on-grid, single-phase or three-phase applications. (Source: BYD, PR, July 31, 2017) Contact: KOSTAL, Christofer Kiesel, Product Manager for PV inverters and storage systems, www.kostal-kontakt-systeme.com/en; BYD, Julia Chen, Global Sales Director, +86 (7) 558 988-8888, www.byd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BYD,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


2 degree Jump in Global Climate by 2100 Predicted (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2017-08-02
Two separate studies published in the journal Nature Climate Change are predicting that global temperatures are likely to jump more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by the year 2100.

One study used statistical analysis to show that there is a 95 pct chance that Earth will warm more than 2 degrees C by century's end, and a 1 pct chance that it will be at or below the 2 degree mark.

The second study analyzed past GHG emissions from fossil fuels and found that the earth's temperature will rise by 2 degrees by 2100 even if the burning of fossil fuels ceased completely. It also found that if emissions continue at for another 15 years, the global temperature could rise as much as 3 degrees. (Source: Nature Climate Change, Various Media, 31 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Warming,  Climate Change,  


Utilities Knew: Documenting Electric Utilities’ Early Knowledge and Ongoing Deception on Climate Change From 1968-2017 -- Report Attached (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2017-08-02
"Scientists had begun to warn electric utilities about climate change by 1968, and by 1988 the industry's official research and development organization had acknowledged that, 'There is growing consensus in the scientific community that the greenhouse effect is real.'

"Despite this early knowledge about climate change, electric utilities have continued to invest heavily in fossil fuel power generation over the past half a century, and since 1988 some have engaged in ongoing efforts to sow doubt about climate science and block legal limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

"The Energy and Policy Institute's new report provides a first look into the electric utility industry's nearly 50-year long relationship with climate science, based largely on original research that reviewed scores of industry documents."

Download the report Utilities Knew: Documenting Electric Utilities' Early Knowledge and Ongoing Deception on Climate Change From 1968-2017 HERE, (Source: Energy and Policy Institute, July, 2017) Contact: Energy and Policy Institute, www.energyandpolicy.org


Groups Seek FHA Clean Air Standard Reinstatement ( Reg & Leg)
U.S. PRIG,Federal Highway Administration,NRDC
Date: 2017-08-02
In the nation's capital, the Natural Resources Defense Council, U.S. PIRG -- a public interest advocacy group, and the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of Clean Air Carolina, report they have taken legal action against the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) for illegally suspending the Clean Air Standard this year, and are seeking its immediate reinstatement.

The suit claims the Trump administration ignored requirements under the federal Administrative Procedure Act when it suspended the transportation greenhouse gas standard which was intended to curb transportation sector climate-changing emissions. The suit asks the court to invalidate the suspension, meaning that the standard would go into immediate effect and thus help slow climate change and reduce ground-level ozone and other harmful pollutants . (Source: U.S. PIRG, PR, 31 July, 2017) Contact: NRDC, Jake Thompson, 202-289-2387, jthompson@nrdc.org, www.nrdc.org; SELC and Clean Air Carolina, Claudine McElwain , 434-977-4090, cmcelwain@selcva.org, www.selcva.org; U.S. PIRG, Matthew Casale, 617-747-4314, mcasale@pirg.org, www.pirg.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Federal Highway Administration,  Clean Air Act,  NRDC,  


Lake Erie Icebreaker Offshore Wind Project Advancing (Ind. Report)
LEEDCo
Date: 2017-08-02
After considerable confusion and delays, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) reports the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation's (LEEDCo) Icebreaker Windpower project construction permit application for its 20.7 MW Icebreaker wind farm in Lake Erie is ready to be re-submitted and processed.

If constructed, the project would utilize six MHI Vestas V126-3.45 MW wind turbines mounted on mono bucket foundations about ten miles off of Cleveland. As previously reported, LEEDCo partnered with Fred. The project is expected to begin construction in May 2018 for completion in October 2018. (Source: LEEDCo, offshore wind biz, 1 Aug., 2017)Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

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NIPSCO Recognizes Valparaiso's Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Valparaiso University
Date: 2017-08-02
In the Hoosier State, Valparaiso University reports that its recently completed $30 million, 55,000 sq-ft addition to its Center for the Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry will receive approximately $150,000 in energy efficiency rebates from the Northern Indiana Public Service Company's (NIPSCO)Business Energy Efficiency Program.

The project, which included LED lighting, an energy-efficient HVAC system and other features, saved 954,533 kWh and 80,681 therm. of natural gas. (Source: Valparaiso University, 31 July, 2017) Contact: Valparaiso University (219) 464-5000, www.valpo.edu; NIPSCO, (800) 464-7726, www.NIPSCO.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NIPSCO,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  


75F Touts Xcel Funded Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,75F
Date: 2017-08-02
Burnsville, Minnesota-headquartered building controls specialist 75F reports it is the first partner company to help its customers take advantage of the One-Stop Efficiency Shop® for HVAC upgrades.

The 75F Facilisight application suite provides remote and mobile access to building management system control, monitoring and scheduling and achieves HVAC efficiency through Dynamic Airflow Balancing and Outside Air Optimization from remotre locations. Eligible small- and mid-size businesses in Xcel Energy Minnesota's service territory can qualify for up to 60 pct rebates on HVAC efficiency upgrades and may qualify for 3.9 pct APR financing as part of the Xcel Energy program. (Source: 75F , PR, 31 July, 2017) Contact: 75F, Deepinder Singh, CEO, Kristen Johnson, Marketing Director, (612) 616-6272, (888) 590-8995, Kristen@75f.io, info@75f.io, http://75f.io

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  75F,  Energy Efficiency,  


Save Energy Systems Touts HVAC Systems Updates (Ind. Report)
Save Energy Systems
Date: 2017-08-02
Westborough, Mass.-based energy efficiency services provider Save Energy Systems is reporting feature updates to its patented Demand-Limiting Controller (DLC) HVAC management system designed specifically for small to medium-size commercial facilities.

The new features and upgrades include: individual room zoning control; automated fan ventilation; compressor coil freeze prevention; duct supply temterature monitoring; smart start insight and control; energy cost reduction and excellent ROI. (Source: Save Energy Systems, Marketwired, July 31, 2017) Contact: Save Energy Systems, (617) 564-4800, www.saveenergysystems.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Save Energy Systems,  Energy Efficiency,  


Valero Reports Falling Earnings for 2017 (Ind. Report)
Valero
Date: 2017-08-02
San Antonio, Texas-based Valero Energy Corp. subsidiary Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC, is reporting that its adjusted operating income for its ethanol segment was $31 million in Q2 of this year -- down from $49 million in the corresponding period of 2016. The company's ethanol production averages 3.8 million gpd. High energy costs and competition is being cited for the decline. (Source: Valero, Ethanol Prod., Other Media, 31 July, 2017) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


Carestream Cuts Colorado Plant Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
Carestream
Date: 2017-08-02
Rochester, NY-based medical equipment manufacturer Carestream reports its manufacturing facility in Windsor, Colo., has reduced its energy consumption by 5.4 pct over the past two years and has earned a Colorado Industrial Energy Efficiency award from the Colorado Energy Office. The company’s goal is to cut an additional 5 pct in energy use from 2015 to 2020.

The Carestream Colorado plant achieved energy savings of 5,119 megawatt-hours over two years by rebuilding a 40-year-old steam turbine chiller that significantly reduces electricity consumption and installing variable frequency drives on four cooling tower fan motors, eight cooling tower supply pumps and three chilled water pumps to allow each system to use only the precise amount of energy required to obtain the desired flow of water for manufacturing operations, and other improvements. The plant also maintains an ongoing list of projects designed to enhance production and reduce energy use, recycles a variety of materials and works to control hazardous waste from product manufacturing and maintenance activities. The company is also updating its Environmental Management System to meet the new ISO 14001:2015 standard. (Source: Carestream, PR, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: Carestream Health, Robert Salmon, (585) 627-6560, robert.salmon@carestream.com, www.carestream.com

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Evogene, DuPont Pioneer Announce Collaboration (Ind. Report)
DuPont Pioneer,Evogene
Date: 2017-07-31
DuPont Pioneer and Israel-based Evogene Ltd., a leading company for the improvement of crop productivity and economics for biofuel and other industries, report the signing of a multiyear collaboration for research and development of microbiome-based seed treatments in corn.

Under the terms of the agreement, DuPont will provide access to its extensive seed treatment application technology and product development expertise. Evogene will apply its predictive computational biology platform to decipher plant/microbiome interactions along with its microbial formulation and fermentation technologies. The combination of these key capabilities increases the opportunity to fully activate the potential of the emerging field of microbiome-based seed treatment products. Product development efforts under the collaboration will utilize, as a starting point, Evogene's proprietary microbe combinations which are already identified and validated in field testing to have significant positive impact on key crop characteristics, including yield productivity as previously disclosed by Evogene in 2016. Pioneer will obtain worldwide marketing rights for any products, with milestone payments and royalties to be paid to Evogene. Specific financial terms and additional details of the agreement were not disclosed. (Source: Evogene, DuPont Pioneer, Street Insider, July 26, 2017) Contact: Dupont Pioneer, Neal Gutterson, VP R&D, www.pioneer.com; Evogene Ltd., Ofer Haviv, Res., CEO, Karen Mazor, +972 54 22 88 039, karen.mazor@evogene.com, info@evogene.com, www.evogene.com

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Michigan Advanced Biofuels Plant Construction Date Set (Ind. Report)
SynSel Energy
Date: 2017-07-31
Further to our July 17th coverage, SynSel Energy Inc. and the town of Ontonagon, Michigan, are reporting the planned construction of a $300 million advanced biofuels plant at the site of the shuttered former Smurfit-Stone Container paper mill is slated to get underway next summer. The town's Lost Bowl Development agency is partnering with SynSel Energy Inc. and a U.S.-based financier to develop the project.

Elmhurst, Illinois-based SynSel Energy plans to build an identical $300 million plant in Lumberton, Mississippi. The new plant will use locally sourced waste woody biomass generated by area logging operations to produce "drop in" biofuels. (Source: SynSel Energy, Mining Gazette, 30 July, 2017) Contact: SynSel Energy, Tim Tawoda , CEO, )630) 516-1287, info@synsel.com, www.synselenergy.org

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Air BP Extends Jet Biofuel Footprint in Sweden (Int'l Report)
Air BP
Date: 2017-07-31
Air BP has extended its biofuel footprint in the Nordics with the supply of commercial jet biofuel (biojet) now available at Halmstad Airport, Sweden. BP collaborated with Halmstad Airport and Swedish domestic airline, BRA to make this possible.

The first batch was delivered to Halmstad Airport on June 29th and was successfully uplifted by BRA when it refueled its ATR 72-600 aircraft. The fuel is available to all airlines that refuel at the airport. This follows Air BP's introduction of biojet at Oslo Airport in January 2016.

Air BP is growing its regional biojet footprint on an ad-hoc basis. In October 2016, Air BP was the first aviation fuel supplier to be independently certified Carbon Neutral for into-plane fueling operations at 250 Air BP locations. In November 2016, Air BP announced an investment of $30 million in biojet producer Fulcrum with the aim of distributing and supplying biojet into aircraft at key hubs across North America to meet growing demand. Air BP presently fuels over 6,400 flights daily at more than 600 global locations in over 45 countries. ( Source: Air BP, PR, July 26, 2017) Contact: AirBP, Thorbjorn Larsson, General Manager Air BP Nordics,www.airbp.com

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


Oklahoma to Host World's Second Largest Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Invenergy
Date: 2017-07-31
In Oklahoma, Invenergy is developing the world's second largest wind farm -- the 2,000 MW Wind Catcher and an accompanying 350-mile high-voltage transmission line. Upon completion, the massive $4.5 billion installation, which will utilize General Electric 2.5 MW wind turbines, will be sold to Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power. (Source: Invenergy, MotelyFool, 29 July, 2017)Contact: Invenergy, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com; Ameriscan Electric Power, (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  American Electric Power,  


1,000-MW N.B.-Mass. Wind Energy Connection Proposed (Ind. Report)
Enera
Date: 2017-07-31
Halifax, Nova Scotia-headquartered power producer Emera Inc. reports it has submitted a proposal to deliver 1,000 MW of wind energy from Atlantic Canada to Massachusetts. The power would be partially sourced from five New Brunswick wind farms incorporating 250-300 turbines at the Salmon River, Black Spruce, Colborne, Silver Brook, and Andy's Pond wind farms and the Yorkshire and Higgins Mountain II wind farms in Nova Scotia.

The Emera proposal includes a 600-kilometre undersea cable from a new DC converter in Saint John, New Brunswick to Plymouth, Massachusetts. If accepted, Emera's proposal could be in-service by December 2022. (Source: Emera, CBC, 29 July, 2017)Contact: Emera, Robin McAdam, Exec. VP, (902) 450-0507, www.emera.com

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Direct Energy Solar Shutters Maryland HQ Office (Ind. Report)
Astrum Solar, Direct Energy Solar,
Date: 2017-07-31
Columbia, Maryland-based solar energy specialist Direct Energy Solar, formerly known as Astrum Solar, is reporting the closure of its HQ as it it shifts it business plan from residential solar installation to community solar projects and energy storage systems. (Source: Direct Energy Solar, CTBR, 29 July, 2017)Contact: Direct Energy, Mike Senff, VP, (416) 758-8700, www.directenergybusiness.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Astrum Solar,  Direct Energy Solar,  Solar,  


Short Funding Blamed for NH Renewable Energy Rebate Program Cancellations (Ind. Report)
N.H. Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2017-07-31
In Concord, the N.H. Public Utilities Commission reports it has suspended it renewable-energy rebate programs until further notice. The PUC cited tight funding and long waiting lists for the cancellations.

The residential rebate provides up to $2,500 to homeowners who install qualifying wind or solar electric systems. The business-commercial rebate covers up to 25 pct of the cost of solar electric or thermal systems installations.

The residential and commercial rebates, which come out of the 2007 Renewable Energy Fund which has experienced a drop in revenue from $4.2 million to an estimated $3.6 million.

The Renewable Energy Fund is part of the state's commitment to source 25 pct of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Electric power providers that miss the quota or purchase credits from other producers pay into the fund. (Source: N.H. Public Utilities Commission, SentinalSource, 30 July, 2017)Contact: N.H. Public Utilities Commission, Amanda Noonan, Dir. Consumer Services, (603) 271-2431, www.puc.state.nh.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Rebate,  Solar Incentive,  Solar,  


JPS Planning 24.5-MW Energy Storage Facility (Ind. Report)
Jamaica Public Service Company
Date: 2017-07-31
In Kingston, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), the island's sole electric utility, reports it will be doubling its expenditure on energy efficiency and related projects within the next six months in a concerted effort to drive corporate internal efficiencies and lower customer electric power costs. The initiative includes construction of a cutting-edge renewable energy storage facility.

In In June, JPS announced plans to build a 24.5-MW -- first of its kind in the Caribbean -- facility to store energy as a safeguard against power outages. (Source: Jamaica Public Service Company, Jamaica Gleaner, 29 July, 2017) Contact: Jamaica Public Service Company, Emanuel DaRosa, CEO, (876) 975-0830, www.jpsco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


JPMorgan Chase Commits to Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
JPMorgan Chase
Date: 2017-07-31
New York-headquartered banking giant JPMorgan Chase reports that by 2020 its properties in more than 60 countries that will be powered by renewable energy. JPMorgan also plans to facilitate $200 billion in clean financing through 2025.

To that end, JPMorgan Chase will install on-site renewable energy generators, sign power purchase agreements with renewable energy projects and reduce its energy consumption, according to a press release. As a pilot program, the bank will install solar panels at Chase branches in California and New Jersey and install large-capacity fuel-cell technology at commercial sites and small-capacity fuel cells at retail sites. (Source: JP Morgan, CNBC, 28 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News JPMorgan Chase,  Renewable Energy,  

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