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Go Electric Inks Army Energy Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
Go Electric Inc
Date: 2017-07-31
Anderson, Indiana-headquartered energy storage specialist GoElectric Inc. is reporting receipt of a $1.7 million contract to construct 1-MW, lithium-ion battery energy storage system at the Tooele Army Depot in Tooele, Utah.

The energy storage project is expected to help the depot more efficiently provide power across its 24,000-acre site as well as cut energy costs by using battery power to avoid peak-usage charges.

Go Electric Inc. develops customer side of the meter energy solutions that help facilities, communities and military bases be energy resilient and sustainable, according to the company's website.(Source: GoElectric , AP, 30 July, 2017) Contact: Go Electric Inc., (765) 400-1347, www.goelectricinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Go Electric,  Energy Storage,  Battery Energy Storage,  


Democrats Introduce Carbon Tax Legislation (Reg & Leg)
American Enterprise Institute
Date: 2017-07-31
On July 26 at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced this year's version of their bill to tax carbon dioxide emissions. A companion bill was introduced in the House by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and David Ciciline (D-RI).

The American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act would put an initial tax of $49 per metric ton of CO2 equivalent and raise the tax every year by 2 pct above inflation. The tax revenue would provide $550 refundable credits to taxpayers, some to lower the corporate income tax rate from 35 pct to 29 pct , and some to provide grants to states for various programs. The bill would also create a border adjustment system that would tax imports from nations that do not have comparable carbon taxes and refund taxes on exports to those nations.

Former Treasury Secretaries Baker, Shultz, and Paulson; former EPA Administrators Ruckelshaus, Thomas, Reilly, and Whitman; and leading economists and former presidential economic advisors Arthur Laffer, Gregory Mankiw, and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, reportedly all support a revenue-neutral, border-adjustable carbon fee. (Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute, 30 July, 2017) Contact: Competitive Enterprise Institute, (202) 233-1101, https://cei.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  American Enterprise Institute,  Competitive Enterprise Institute,  


Algae Cultivation Techniques for Biofuels Explored at WSU (R&D)
Washington State University
Date: 2017-07-31
Washington State University researchers report the development of a way to grow algae more efficiently and quickly -- in days rather than weeks -- and thus make algae a more viable feedstock for biofuels and other applications.

According to a release, researchers would like to produce algae efficiently because of its potential environmental benefits. Oil from the algae can be used as a petroleum alternative, and algae also can be used as food, feed, fiber, fertilizer, pigments and pharmaceuticals. Growing and harvesting algae in wastewater streams could also reduce the environmental footprint of many manufacturing processes.

However, its industrial use hasn't caught on, primarily because algae needs a lot of time and water to grow. Generally, large ponds are required, and harvesting is labor intensive. Researchers have begun developing biofilm reactors to grow the algae, but the reactors aren't efficient because of pH or temperature variations or a limited supply of carbon dioxide gas. The patent-pending biofilm reactor recycles gasses and uses less water and lower lighting than typical reactors. The system allows the algae to simultaneously do photosynthesis like a plant while also "eating" carbon and respiring like an animal, the researchers say. The researchers fed the algae glycerol, a cheap waste product of biodiesel production, and urea, another inexpensive chemical that serves as a nitrogen source for the algae. Due to the design, CO2 and oxygen are recycled in the system.

The researchers have filed a patent application on the technology and are working to optimize the process which was funded through a Fulbright fellowship. (Source: Algae Research, VDF Central, July 26, 2017) Contact: Washington State University, Prof. Haluk Beyenal, Gene & Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering, https://voiland.wsu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


First Solar Unloads Indian Solar Portfolio for $300 Mn (M&A)
IDFC Alternatives, First Solar
Date: 2017-07-31
Mumbai, India-based IDFC Alternatives infrastructure fund reports it is acquiring Arizona-based First Solar's entire 200 MW portfolio of seven operational solar power projects in India for approximately $300 million.

These projects are located in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The transaction is expected to close prior to December, 2017.

IDFC Alternatives manages over $3.4 billion on behalf of leading institutional investors worldwide. (Source: Economic Times, 26 July, 2017) Contact: IDFC Alternatives, www.idfc.com/alternatives; First Solar, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  


AIA Endorses Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-07-31
In Washington D.C., the not-for-profit American Institute of Architects (AIA) is reporting its strong support of bipartisan legislation. The legislation -- H.R. 3507 -- makes permanent a key energy efficiency tax incentive for owners and designers of energy efficient buildings and that expands its benefits to designers of hospitals, schools and other non-profits. The bill also modifies Section 179D of the tax code -- the Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Deduction -- to make small to mid-sized architect firms organized as Subchapter S corporations eligible for the deduction.

The section 179D tax deduction was originally passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and has been extended several times until it last expired at the end of 2016. A recent economic study found that nearly a million jobs over ten years and billions of dollars in annual GDP are created by this widely used deduction.

According to data released by the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings are responsible for 75 percent of all electricity consumption in the U.S., with about half of that coming from commercial buildings. In an effort to curb this trend and encourage broader energy efficiency, section 179D allows qualifying building owners and businesses to receive an up to $1.80 per square-foot tax deduction for their energy-efficient buildings placed into service during all open tax years. (Source: AIA, Architect News, 28 July, 2017) Contact: AIA, Thomas Vonier, Pres., (800) 242-3837, www.aiacontracts.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Georgia Power Rewards College's Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2017-07-31
Georgia Power reports it has awarded a $100,000 energy efficiency rebate to Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

To qualify for the rebate, the liberal art college updated lighting in more than 15 on-campus facilities, replaced chillers that serve a large portion of the campus, and completed other energy related improvements that Georgia Power estimates will save more than 2,000 megawatt-hours of power consumption annually.

Georgia Power's Commercial Energy Efficiency program rebate program has awarded more than $44 million in rebates since it began in 2011. (Source: Georgia Power, Decaturish.com, 28 July, 2017) Contact: Agnes Scott College, (404) 471-6000, www.agnesscott.edu; Georgia Power, www.southerncompany.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  


Monroe Ct. Awarded $400,000 for Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Funding)
Conn. Department of Housing
Date: 2017-07-31
In Connecticut, the town of Monroe reports receipt of $400,000 in Department of Housing (DOH) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities program funding . The town will use the funding to upgrade the energy efficiency and otherwise rehabilitate 10 low and moderate-income households. The upgrades will include furnace and heating systems replacements, electrical upgrades, window and door replacements, and other energy efficiency upgrades.

The CDGB grants are awarded to towns with fewer than 50,000 residents. Since 2011, DOH and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority have funded nearly 21,000 units of housing across the state. This amounts to over one billion dollars of investment and is leveraged with another $2.5 billion in investments from the private sector and other sources. (Source: CDGB, Monroe Courier, 28 July, 2017) Contact: Department of Housing (DOH) Commissioner Evonne M. Klein, (860) 270-8262, www.ct.gov/doh

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Sustane Tech Secures $2.6Mn for Cdn. Waste-to-Fuel Demo (Funding)
Sustane Technologies
Date: 2017-07-31
In Nova Scotia, Halifax-headquartered Sustane Technologies reports it has secured a $2.6 million investment in its waste-to-fuel and energy technology as part of the Canadian federal Government's Innovation and Skills Plan. The funding will support construction of a new demonstration facility in Chester, near Halifax where landfill waste will be processed into a clean-burning, high-value fuel.

This project is also being funded through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), which works with Canadian companies to bring early-stage clean technologies to market. (Source: Sustane Technologies, SDTC, WMW, 28 July, 2017) Contact: SDTC, Leah Lawrence, President and CEO, (613) 234 6313, www.sdtc.ca; Sustane Technologies, Peter Vinall, CEO, (902) 200-1642, info@sustane.co, www.sustane.co

More Low-Carbon Energy News SDTC,  Sustane Technologies ,  Renewable Fuel,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


Johnson Controls "Smart City" Energy Efficiency Proposal Considered in Marquette (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2017-07-31
In Michegan, the town of Marquette city commissioners are preparing to vote on a Milwaukee-headquartered Johnson Controls (JCI) "budget-neutral", $28 million energy performance contract for infrastructure and energy efficiency improvements throughout the community of 20,200 +- inhabitants.

The $28 million JCI contract guarantees the city will save $42.4 million over the 20-year contract, with no additional tax burden or water utility rate increase on the community, according to the JCI proposal executive overview. The contract work includes: 22 traffic intersections; replacing 3,300 water meters with a "smart city" advanced metering infrastructure system; renovations to city hall; 2,500 LED street lights and 125 bike path lights; an electrical co-generation plant at the Wastewater Treatment Plant; numerous building envelope, lighting and HVAC improvements; and others. (Source: City of Marquette, Johnson Controls, Mining Journal, 29 July, 2017) Contact: City of Marquette, www.mqtcty.org; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Smart City,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ecuador Ratifies Paris Accord (Int'l. Report)
Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-07-31
In a formal announcement last week, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said his country has ratified the Paris Accord on Climate Change and has officially joined virtually every nation on earth -- except the U.S. under the Trump administration -- seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the effects of global warming.

This coming Thursday and Friday, Ecuadorean lawmakers and others from more than 20 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean will meet in Panama for the second Summit of the Parliament Network on Climate Change (RPCC) and Renewable Energies. The event was organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino), headquartered in Panama city, to discuss measures to fulfill the commitments agreed under the Paris Accord. The Global Environment Facility, the United Nations Environment Program, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the International Union for Conservation of Nature are among the organizations expected to attend. (Source: Various Media, telesur, 29 July, 2017)

Editor's note: While Ecuador, with a population of 16.39 million and a gdp of $97.8 billion compared the US with 323.1 million and a gdp of $18.57 trillion, can apparently afford the Paris Accord Uncle Sam can't, according to Pres. Donald Trump, and had to drop out.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Accord,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2017-07-31
"Virtually every person on the Republican side who has thought the climate change problem through to a solution has come to the same place: price carbon emissions to encourage cleaner energy and return the revenue to the American people." -- U.S, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, (Dem.-RI), (401) 453-5294, www.csce.gov/about-csce/.../senator-sheldon-whitehouse-rhode-island

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Green Alliance Calls for Post Brexit UK-EU Climate, Energy Ties (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
UK Green Alliance
Date: 2017-07-31
In the UK, the Green Alliance think-tank is warning that a UK failure to collaborate with the EU post-Brexit on energy and climate policy could raise energy costs for UK consumers and unnecessarily complicate UK carbon emissions reductions. Accordingly, the organization is calling on the UK government to continue its cooperation with the EU on energy and climate post-Brexit, on the grounds that it is "strongly in the national interest, particularly in relation to the growing low carbon economy" which already represents almost 3 pct of the UK's GDP.

The Alliance suggests the UK reconsider the hard line on the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which governs the shared energy and climate rules across the EU and countries in the wider Energy Community. It also suggests that an "association agreement" to maintain barrier-free energy related trade. The Green Alliance also urges the UK to stay aligned with EU product standards and environmental principles as a significant divergence from these could undermine UK competitiveness and the ability to trade in low carbon goods and services, as well as weakening health and environmental safeguards. (Source: Green Alliance, July, 2017) Contact: Green Alliance, +44 20 7233 7433, www.green-alliance.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Alliance,  UK Green Alliance,  


The Fracker in Chief! What Next? -- Notable Quote
Donald Trump
Date: 2017-07-28
"I'm a tremendous fracker, coal, natural gas, alternate energy, wind -- everything, right? But I'm going to produce much, much more energy than anyone else who was ever running for office. Ever.

"We have more natural resources under our feet than any other country. I don't want to say oh, okay, we won't use it." -- Pres. Donald Trump (Source: The Hill, 13 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fracking,  Donald Trump,  


Vail Resorts to Eliminate Emissions by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Vail Resorts
Date: 2017-07-28
The Denver Post is reporting that the world's largest mountain resort operator, Vail Resorts, is launching "Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint", a company-wide effort to eliminate 100 pct of its operations-related emissions and ease the environmental impact by 2030.

With major destination ski resorts in Australia, British Columbia, California, Utah, Vermont and Colorado, Vail Resorts is large enough to influence environmental change. To that end, Vail plans to create new renewable energy power plants to feed its network of resorts by 2030. It also aims to convince resort industry suppliers and vendors to reduce environmentally harmful packaging and use compostable products to divert waste from landfills by 2030. Additionally, Vail Resorts is joining the RE100, a group of global companies committed to using 100 pct renewable energy. (Source: Vail Resorts, Denver Post, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Vail Resorts, Rob Katz, CEO, (3030 404-1800, www.vailresorts.com; RE100, www.there100.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emisions,  Carbon Footprint,  Renewable Energy,  RE100,  


Smart Energy, Energy Storage Plan Touted in UK (Int'l)
SMart Energy,Ofgem
Date: 2017-07-28
In the UK, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark is promoting an innovative plan that will transform how homes and businesses store and use energy. The plan would support innovative new technologies that give homes and businesses more control over their energy consumption.

The proposed plan would also create opportunities and jobs in new technologies such as smart appliances, smart meters and other improvements to manage the energy system.

The plan also recognizes the role that energy storage can play in a smart energy grid and the opportunities presented by falling costs of battery technologies designed to store surplus energy.

The full implementation of the plan to move to a smarter energy system alongside other changes could help save as much as £40 in energy costs over the next few decades, according to research conducted for BEIS by Imperial College and the Carbon Trust. (Source: Ofgem, Various Media, 26 July, 2017) Contact: UK Business and Energy Secretary, Rt. Hon. Greg Clark, www.gov.uk/government/people/greg-clark; Ofgem, Chris Lock, +44 0207 901 7225, www.ofgem.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News SMart Energy,  Energy Storage,  Ofgem,  


Perspectives for the Energy Transition -- Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy System -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency,IRENA
Date: 2017-07-28
In the jointly published and released Perspectives for the Energy Transition -- Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy System study, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have identified technically feasible pathways towards achieving a transition to a low-carbon energy economy.

Published ahead of this months G20 Summit, the IEA/IRENA study explores the investments needed for an energy sector transition that would be consistent objective of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The two agencies note that investments in financing the clean energy transition would yield important co-benefits and that a transformation of the energy system in line with the 2 degree C goal is "technically possible but will require significant policy reforms, carbon pricing and additional technological innovation." The study also addresses policy interventions such as power market reform; significantly increased levels of investment in energy supply and end-use sectors; low-carbon fossil fuel technologies; steady, long-term price signals; near-term scaled-up budgets for technological innovation; and stronger price signals from phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and carbon pricing.

Download the Pespectives for the Energy Transition -- Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy System Report HERE. (Source: IRENA, IISD, 25 July, 2017)Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000, www.irena.org; International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Energy,  Renewable Energy,  International Energy Agency,  IRENA,  


Carbon Trust Managing IEEA Energy Efficiency Grants Scheme (Intr'l)
Carbon Trust
Date: 2017-07-28
In the UK, the Carbon Trust reports it will run a new £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) launched in January by the U.K. Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). IEEA aims to support marketing, funding and co-funding of new and available energy efficient technologies from start-up and existing companies for a range of industrial sectors.

The IEEA is funded by the Energy Innovation Programme, led by BEIS, and will be delivered by the Carbon Trust with support from engineering firm Jacobs and infrastructure specialist AMEC Foster Wheeler. Funding, which will range from £150,000 tp £1 million will support demonstration projects across the UK, is anticipated to unlock a further £11 million of private sector investments. (Source: Carbon Trust, British Palstics and Rubber, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Andrew Lever, Director of Innovation, Al-Karim Govindji, Senior Manager of Innovation, Nils Lehmann, Project Manager, +44 (0) 207 832 4773, www.carbontrust.com

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


Tri-State LED Nails Interstate+Lakeland Lumber Lighting Retrofit Contract (Ind. Report)
Tri-State LED
Date: 2017-07-28
Greenwich, Ct.-based Tri-State LED, a division of Revolution Lighting Technologies,reports it has been selected by Interstate + Lakeland Lumber for a series of LED lighting retrofits of the company's Connecticut locations in Bethel, Newtown, Stamford and Greenwich.

Tri-State LED, who was selected as a program contractor within Eversource's Small Business Energy Advantage Program (SBEA), in late 2016, secured incentives and zero-interest financing through the SBEA program to reduce the project's payback time. The SBEA program is designed to help Connecticut small businesses reduce energy costs through the identification, education and selection of cost-effective, energy efficient turnkey solutions. (Source: Tri-State LED, PR, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Tr-State LED, www.tristateled.com; Eversource Small Business Energy Advantage Program, www.energizect.com/your-business/solutions-list/Small-Business-Energy-Advantage

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


Waste Wood Biomass Plants Planned for Napa, Calif. (Ind. Report)
Napa Recycling and Waste Services
Date: 2017-07-28
In California, the city of Napa, and Napa Recycling and Waste Services are proposing the development of two, 1-MW each waste woody-woody biomass burning power generation facilities in the city of 81,500 residents.

According to the Napa Valley Register, each of the two plants would cost approximately $12.6 million to construct. Power from the facilities would be sold to the utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The plants will generate around 15,000 megawatt-hours per year for approximately 2,200 households. (Source: Napa Recycling and Waste Services, Napa Valley Register, CDR, 26 July, 2017)Contact: Napa Recycling and Waste Services, (707) 256-3500, www.naparecycling.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  


Ireland Expected to Miss 2020 GHG Emissions Target (Int'l)
Climate Change Advisory Council
Date: 2017-07-28
In the UK, the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) reports that Ireland is likely to miss its 2020 targets to reduce emissions "by a substantial margin" which will have negative implications for 2030 Paris Climate Accord obligations.

CCAC says the lack of a framework to prioritize policies, including a switch away from the private car, and an "absence of decisions" in the recently launched National Mitigation Plan is contributing to the problem.

The CCAC report also says "It is urgent that effective additional policies are implemented to place the economy on an environmentally sustainable pathway to a low-carbon Ireland in 2050." It also notes that while the National Mitigation Plan identified a range of options, "the introduction of, and commitment to new, cost-effective emission reduction policies and measures is essential." It also recommends the removal of ongoing subsidies for power production from peat which, when co-fired co-firing with with 30pc biomass and 70pc peat, produce more emissions than coal. (Source: Irish News, 27 July, 2017) Contact: Climate Change Advisory Council , Professor John Fitzgerald, Chairperson, www.climatecouncil.ie

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


Onida S.D. Ethanol Plant Construction Set for August (Ind. Report)
Ringneck Energy
Date: 2017-07-28
Following-up on our Oct 19, 2016 coverage, Ringneck Energy, LLC, reports it will begin construction of a long-delayed, $137 million corn ethanol plant in Onida Township, South Dakota in a matter of weeks. Construction is expected to take 14 to 16 months.

Wentworth, South Dakota-based South Dakota Ethanol recently pledged to partner with Ringneck Energy on the project. (Source: KCCR, 26 July, 2017) Contact: Ringneck Energy, Walt Wendland, Pres., CEO, (605) 258-2900, walt@ringneckenergy.com, www.ringneckenergy.com

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


Biomethane Central to UK Clean Air Strategy, says ADBA (Int'l)
Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association
Date: 2017-07-28
In the UK, the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has called on the Government to make biomethane-fueled buses and heavy transport vehicles central to its Clean Air Strategy.

Biomethane is a low-carbon transport fuel produced by anaerobic digestion (AD), a natural process that breaks down organic wastes and purpose-grown crops to create a biogas that can be upgraded to create a methane-based fuel. The UK AD industry currently has sufficient capacity to produce enough biomethane to power the UK's entire bus fleet, and the use of biomethane for buses and HGVs has increased in recent years in response to concerns over the cost of fossil-fuel-based fuels and their negative impact on air quality and greenhouse gas emissions..

"The use of biomethane derived from well-managed feedstocks as vehicular fuel can help to reduce the scandalous levels of air pollution we see in towns and cities across the UK, costing thousands of lives each year", according to ADBA CEO Charlotte Morton. "Long-term support for AD is crucial for reducing emissions from the difficult-to-decarbonise transport sector and for improving air quality in our cities and towns to save lives," Morton added. (Source: Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), July, 2017) Contact: ADBA, Charlotte Morton, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3176 0503, http://adbioresources.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Biomethane ,  


Barbados Advances Renewables, Energy Efficiency Plan (Int'l Report)
Gov. of Barbados
Date: 2017-07-28
Further to our June 30th coverage, in Bridgetown, the Caribbean island nation of Barbados government reports it aims to save as much as $3 million per year in electric power costs with the implementation of a $24.6-million Public Sector Smart Energy Programme (PSPP).

The program, which is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Union (EU), includes upgrading approximately 30,000 street lights nationwide to energy efficient LEDs, greater energy efficiency measures and an increased reliance on renewable energy sources for the island's power needs.

The government aims to reduce the Bds$800 million ($400 million US) fuel import bill , 50 pct of which is used for power generation. It also aims to promote the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources and to allow independent power producers to supply electricity in addition to the Barbados Light and Power Company (BL&P). (Source: Gov. of Barbados, IPS, 27 July, 2017) Contact: Barbados Light & Power, Roger Blackman, www.blpc.com.bb

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LED Street Light,  Barbados,  


Sebigas Touting Beer Waste Biogas Potential (Ind. Report) feedstock
Sebigas
Date: 2017-07-28
In Italy, Bologna-based biogas specialist Sebigas is reporting success in testing the use of beer brewing barley malt scraps as feedstock for biogas production.

Sebigas, which has built more than 60 biogas plants since 2008, believes the results from its tests could be used to boost take-up of this growing feedstock in Italy, where beer consumption and the growth of micro-breweries is on the rise.

SEBIGAS specializes in the design, manufacture, maintenance and management of biogas plants worldwide. The first brewery biogas plant was opened in 2010 in England. (Source: Sebigas, ENDS Waste & Bioenergy, 25 July, 2017)Contact: Sebigas, +39 0331-1817711, +39 0331-1817644, www.sebigas.it

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas ,  


Old Dominion State Switching to Alternative Fuels (Ind. Report)
Virginia
Date: 2017-07-28
In Richmond, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe reports that 319 state and local government vehicles have been transitioned to alternative fuel, exceeding the Governor's 300 vehicle goal by the end of the Administration. It is also is also notable progress toward a low-carbon clean fuel alternatives Virginia.

The Governor also awarded Chesterfield County with the Governor's Green Fleet Award for its leadership in the alternative fuels transition by implementing 50 vehicles and five advanced fueling stations that allow state and local vehicles to visit and refuel.

In 2014, Governor McAuliffe unveiled the Virginia Energy Plan committing to accelerating the development of advanced vehicle technology and the use of alternative fuels for vehicles in the Commonwealth as well as advancing the existing 2012 Commonwealth Alternative Fuel Program. (Source: Office of the Governor of Virginia, PR, 26 July, 2017)Contact: Governor Terry McAuliffe, https://governor.virginia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  CNG,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Ethanol,  Electric Vehicles,  


Calif. Governor Brown Signs Cap- and-Trade Extension (Reg & Leg)
California Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2017-07-28
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law California A.B. 398 , a 10-year extension of the Golden State's cap-and-trade program designed to decrease the state's GHG emissions by 40 pct from 1990 levels. Companion legislation -- AB 617 -- will monitor air quality in particularly polluted communities and will be empowered to order emission reductions for both mobile and stationary sources. Together, the two laws will require large industrial facilities to update old equipment with cleaner, more modern equipment by December 2023. (Source: Law360, Various Others, 25 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  Jerry Brown,  


PG&E Lauds Governor, Legislators for Cap-and-Trade Climate Change Action (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Pacific Gas and Electric
Date: 2017-07-28
San Francisco-headquartered Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is applauding Governor Jerry Brown and the California State legislature for Bill 398 strengthening and extending the state's market-based, emissions reduction Cap-and-Trade program through 2030.

PG&E supported AB 398 and Assembly Bill 617 which addresses local air quality concerns in affected communities. Both global greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollutants are important public health and policy issues that must be addressed. PG&E believes both bills target these problems with focused policy solutions, according to a PG&E release. (Source: PG&E, PR, 25 July, 2017) Contact: PG&E, Lynsey Paulo, (415)-973-5930 , www.pge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric ,  California Cap-and-TradeCalifornia Cap-and-Trade,  


Suzlon Scores Saudi Wind Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
Suzlon,Alfanar Energy
Date: 2017-07-28
Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Groupis reporting receipt of an 50.4 MW order 24 units of its S111-90m wind turbines totaling 50.4 MW from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based Alfanar Energy. The S11X 2.1 MW platform incorporates Suzlon's doubly fed induction generator technology designed to optimally harness available wind resources.

The deal represents Alfanar's first renewable energy project in India and its first contract with Suzlon. Suzlon will execute the entire wind farm on a turnkey basis, including operations and maintenance services. The project is expected to be completed and commissioned by March, 2018. (Source: Suzlon, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000, info@suzlon.com, www.suzlon.com; Alfanar Energy, www.alfanar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Suzlon,  Wind,  


Suez Wind Project Bidder Shortlist Announced (Int'l Report)
Egypt New and Renewable Energy Authority
Date: 2017-07-28
The Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) is reporting it has selected four international companies -- Vestas, Siemens, Enercon and Ray Power -- as bidders for the establishment of a 250 Mw wind farm in the Gulf of Suez. The new bids will be received from the four companies by mid-August. Twenty-one companies, including Orascom, General Electric, Lekela Power, and Nordic Power, purchased the tender prospectus,

NREA also reports it has arranged a €115 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance the wind farm project which is expected to get underway in 2018. The Egyptian government plans to generate 20 pct of the country's electricity from renewabltoe sources by 2020. (Source: New and Renewable Energy Authority , DN Egypt, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Egypt New and Renewable Energy Authority, +20 0 22725891, www.nrea.gov.eg; EIB, www.eib.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Offshore Wind,  European Investment Bank,  


AC Energy Expands Indonesian Renewables Activities (Int'l)
Ayala Corp,, AC Energy, UPC Renewables
Date: 2017-07-28
Ayala Corp. subsidiary AC Energy reports its affiliate AC Energy International Holdings Pte Ltd. has entered into a development funding arrangement with UPC Renewables Asia Pacific Holdings Ltd. and UPC Renewables Asia I Ltd. for Indonesian renewable energy power generation projects with 50 MW capacity or less. Under the terms of the agreement, AC Energy will have accompanying rights to participate in further construction funding of other Indonesian renewable energy projects.

UPC Renewables develops, finances, constructs, owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation assets on a global scale. Along with its partners, UPC Renewables has developed and operated renewable energy projects in Italy, USA, Canada, China and the Philippines. (Source: AC Energy, Business World, 25 July, 2017) Contact: AC Energy, John Eric T. Francia, Pres., CEO, www.ayala-energyinfra.com; UPC Renewables , +63 2 576 7961, (305) 416-6101 -- US Office, info@upcrenewables.com.ph, www.upcrenewables.com.ph

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ayala Corp.,  AC Energy,  UPC Renewables ,  


Advisian, Ventolines Seal Wind Industry Cooperation Deal (Int'l)
Advisian Power & New Energy,Ventolines NL
Date: 2017-07-28
Advisian Power & New Energy reports it has sealed a deal with wind industry services provider Ventolines NL, under which Ventolines will have global access to wind energy projects that WorleyParsons may be invited to support, while at the same time providing Advisian with complementary onshore and offshore wind energy expertise.

Ventolines' wind project services include development, contracting, financing, construction and operations. The company provided construction management and electrical and quality advisory services to Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore Wind Farm, and others. Anne De Groot, CEO of Ventolines, New Energy, including onshore and offshore wind, is one of the top strategic growth areas for Advisian, the company highlighted, adding that because of the rapidly growing opportunities in the sector, this partnership is complementary with regards to each party’s specific skill sets. (Source: Advisian, offshoreWIND.biz, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Advisian, Neil Mackintosh, Exec. VP, www.advisian.com/newenergyfuture; Ventolines NL, Anne De Groot, CEO, www.ventolines.nl/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advisian Power & New Energy,  


N.C. HB 589 Renewables Legislation Signed into Law (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-07-28
In Raleigh North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper's office reports the signing of House Bill 589, the controversial legislation that imposes an 18-month moratorium on on-shore wind development in close proximity to military installations that are important in the state's economy.

Additionally, HB 589 establishes competitive bidding for most utility-scale solar projects in the state and increases the state's solar energy capacity to 6,800 MW by 2022. It is also expected to save the state's ratepayers an estimated $849 million over the next decade. (Source: NC PNS, Charlotte Bus. Journal, Others, 27 July, 2017) Contact: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, (919) 814-2000, https://governor.nc.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Solar,  NC Wind Moratorium ,  


Houston Data Center Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC,Houston Skybox One Data Center
Date: 2017-07-28
In the Lone Star State, the 96,129-square-foot purpose-built Houston Skybox One Data Center reports it has been awarded LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The facility is the only data center in Houston and one of a handful in Texas to receive the designation, according to a release.

The building's LEED qualifying green features include: multiple rooftop solar arrays; guaranteed 100 pct renewable energy for individual occupants; an industry leading PUE rating, highlighting design efficiency for the Houston climate; an "evaporcool" system for improving mechanical efficiency; three times the rainwater detention required by code; and other energy efficiency equipment and features. The facility provides four private data halls and 54 MW of power. (Source: Houston Skybox One Data Center, ProudGreenBuilding, 27 July, 2017)Contact: Houston Skybox One Data Center, www.skyboxdatacenters.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


College Touts Net-Zero Energy Facility Teaching Tool (Ind. Report)
Mohawk College,World Green Building Council
Date: 2017-07-28
In Hamilton, Ontario, the $20 million Mohawk College Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation, which is currently under construction, is being touted as a unique, hands-on learning tool for current and future building professionals alike.

The net zero-targeting project is part of Canada Green Building Council and World Green Building Council pilots that will establish benchmarks for carbon neutral buildings.

The Joyce Center facility is designed to support the expansion of the college's engineering program, although it will ultimately accommodate up to 1,000 students from various disciplines in flexible learning spaces. The facility is expected to operate at roughly 70.5 to 71 kWh per square metre on an annual basis, one-third of which is assigned to equipment and plug loads and two-thirds of which is assigned to building systems. The facility features geothermal and photovoltaics systems for heating and cooling, as well as occupancy sensor controlled lighting and ventilation. (Source: Mohawk College, Canadian Facility Management & Design, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Mohawk College, (905) 575-1212, www.mohawkcollege.ca; Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org; World Green Building Council, Terri Wills, CEO , www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  Canada Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Net-Zero Building,  


Denim Makers Targeted for Carbon Emissions Impact (Ind. Report)
stand.earth
Date: 2017-07-26
Nearly 75,000, Leading Environmental Group, Consumer Watchdog Urge Top Jean Companies to Stop Ignoring Climate Pollution Bellingham, WA, July 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the wake of Following on Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, U.S. denim pants makers Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, Wrangler, and Lee have pledged to support climate action. But, according to reports from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), denim and apparel companies ignore as much as 90 pct of the climate pollution they generate.

Industry watchdog groups Stand.earth and SumOfUs argue that by outsourcing jean production to contractors in developing countries, apparel companies are able to avoid accountability for the carbon emissions created by manufacturing their products. A newly-launched campaign from Stand.earth in partnership with SumofUs is targeting denim pant makers for ignoring their greenhouse gas emissions and calling on them to take responsibility for their devastating environmental impacts and to immediately begin addressing their greenhouse gas emissions.

According to an apparel industry study, the industry generates approximately 3 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions -- the equivilant of 163,000 passenger vehicles. (Source: stand.earth, 20 July, 2017) Contact: stand.earth, Todd Paglia, Exec. Dir., (415) 863-4563, www.stand.earth

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


UK Commits £246Mn to Battery Energy Storage R&D (Int'l)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2017-07-26
In London, the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is reporting the launch of the Faraday Challenge, a 4-year £246 million ($320m) investment round to boost UK-based R&D in storage technology. The funding will be distributed through three competition streams including a £45 million research competition led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the creation of a Battery Institute -- a consortium of universities that will address the key industrial challenges in battery development.

Additionally, Innovate UK will hold R&D competitions to bring the most promising results of the Battery Institute closer to market. The competition is aimed at finding the best proposal for a new open access National Battery Manufacturing Development facility. (Source: Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy PEI, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Prof. Philip Nelson,www.epsrc.ac.uk; Innovate UK, Ruth McKernan, CEO, +44 (0) 7766 901150, foi@innovateuk.gov.uk, www.innovateuk.gov.uk

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


DOE's NREL Lauded for Energy Innovation (Ind. Report)
NREL,Alliance to Save Energy
Date: 2017-07-26
On its 49th anniversary, the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is being recognized with the Alliance to Save Energy 2017 Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service.

According to the Alliance to Save Energy, "NREL has been at the forefront of innovation, from high-performance building efficiency with research into whole building and net zero energy design, to fuel efficiency and sustainable transportation innovations."

Additionally, last March the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) presented NREL with its Technology Advancement and Industry Impact Award for "consistently delivering on the crucial technologies that have driven the incredible expansion we've seen in each of the advanced energy industries." (Source: NREL, PR, 24 July, 2017) Contact: NREL, Dr. Martin Keller, Director, www.nrel.gov Alliance to Save Energy, www.ase.org; ACORE, Greg Wetstone , CEO,, (202) 777-7584, www.acore.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Energy Efficiency,  ACORE,  Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  


Coal-Fired Power Plant Switches to Woody Biomass Pellets (Int'l)
Korea South-East Power
Date: 2017-07-26
In Seoul, Korea South-East Power (KOSEP) reports it has completed the upgrading and refitting of its aging coal-fired Young Dong Unit 1 power station to use woody biomass pellet fuel. The upgrade cost approximately 96 billion won.

With the switch to biomass pellets, the 125-MW plant's air pollutant emission intensity of nitrogenous compounds and sulfur oxides have decreased drastically. (Source: Korea South-East Power, Korea Bizwire, Yonlap, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Korea South-East Power, www.koenergy.kr/kosep/en/main.do

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Sumitomo Takes 50 pct Stake in Pacific BioEnergy (M&A, Intl)
Pacific BioEnergy,Sumitomo Corporation
Date: 2017-07-26
Prince George, British Columbia-headquartered Pacific BioEnergy Corporation (PBEC) reports that Sumitomo Corporation of Japan has acquired a 48 pct equity stake in the company. Concurrently PBEC has acquired the 34 pct minority interest in Pacific BioEnergy Limited Partnership (PBLP) from its European partner giving it 100 pct ownership of the facility. PBEC, through the PBLP facility and affiliated manufacturing facilities in Chetwynd and Fort St. John currently markets in excess of 550,000 tpy of industrial grade pellets to the European and Asian markets. In addition, PBEC in partnership with the Nazko First Nation in Quesnel operates a 200,000 tpy Biomass pre-processing facility converting low grade timber into merchantable saw logs, high quality pulp chips, furnish for pellet manufacturing and "hog energy" fuel.

Sumitomo Corporation, which owns several power generation plants in Japan, has been importing wood pellets for power generation since 2008.

Since 1994, PBEC has exported approximately 3.5 million tonnes of wood pellets to markets in Europe and Asia. This equates to more than $600 million in sales. (Source: Pacific BioEnergy Corporation , 24 July, 2017) Contact: PBEC , Don Steele, CEO, (250) 562-7220, www.pacificbioenergy.ca; Sumitomo Corporation, www.sumitomocorp.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woodt Pellet,  Pacific BioEnergy,  Sumitomo Corporation ,  


IGPC Doubling Ethanol Production in Ontario (Ind. Report)
IGPC Ethanol
Date: 2017-07-26
Further to our October 26, 2016 coverage, Ontario-based IGPC Ethanol Inc. is investing $120-million to double ethanol production capacity at its facility in Aylmer, Ont. With the expansion, IGPC will produce at least 400 million lpy of ethanol, and will be one of Canada's largest renewable fuel producers.

When fully operational in November 2018, the expanded IGPC plant is expected to create over $248 million per year in economic activity in Ontario and add $73 million in GDP while generating $31 million in direct and indirect wages. It will also add an estimated $85 million over 25 years in tax revenues to federal government coffers. (Source: IGPC Ethanol Inc., Various Media, 24 July, 2017)Contact: IGPC Ethanol Inc., Jim Grey, CEO, (519) 765-2575, www.igpc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News IGPC Ethanol ,  Ethanol,  


Johns Hopkins Touts Emissions Reduction Success (Ind. Report)
Johns Hopkins University
Date: 2017-07-26
More than a decade ago, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, committed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 51 pct by 2025. Since making that pledge, the institution has grown by 11 pct. -- approximately 1.3 million additional square feet -- equivalent to half the square footage of the Empire State Building.

A new Johns Hopkins' report on the university's meeting its emissions and climate change commitment through fiscal year 2016, which ended on June 30, 2016, notes that "While total energy consumption has increased since our baseline year, we are getting more efficient per square foot. Consumption has decreased since last fiscal year, and total emissions are down thanks to conservation, efficiency gains, and improvements in our regional grid." The report adds that since determining a baseline measure of greenhouse gas emissions in 2008, Johns Hopkins has already achieved a 35 pct reduction through energy conservation strategies. (Source: Johns Hopkins, University News, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Johns Hopkins University, Bob McLean, VP Real Estate and Facilities, (410) 516-8000, www.jhu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Johns Hopkins University,  


Duke Awards $278.000 Energy Efficiency Rebate to UCF (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2017-07-26
In the Sunshine State, the University of Central Florida (UCF) (64,500 enrollment) reports receipt of $278,000 in rebates from Duke Energy for recently implemented energy-efficient initiatives. The school has earned more than $1 million in rebates for energy-efficient measures since 2010.

The recent upgrades include two water chillers for District Energy Plant IV, an under-construction water plant that will produce chilled and hot water to cool and dehumidify campus buildings. The chillers will hold 4,000 tons (1 million gallons) of chilled water that will serve Research Building 1 and be added to an existing underground infrastructure that serves nearly 75 pct of campus buildings. Over the lifespan of the presently under construction District Energy Plant IV the university is estimated to save $121,000 annually in operation costs. The remaining $78,000 of the recent rebate is from automation controls installed in Student Health Services, Mathematical Sciences and Engineering II buildings. The controls use CO2 sensors that measure when more outside air is needed to balance the CO2 levels in the buildings. Vents admit fresh air as needed to reduce the demand on de-humidification equipment. (Source: Univ. of Central Florida, Campus News, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; UCF, Curtis Wade, Dir. Utilities & Energy Services.(407) 823-2000, www.ucf.edu

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Ky. EEC Awards $1.6Mn for Energy Efficiency Projects (Funding)
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
Date: 2017-07-26
In the Bluegrass State, the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) reports that seven Kentucky organizations will share more than $1.6 million in grant funding to promote efficient technologies and practices in public and private-sector buildings. Recipients include education, utility service, local government, and waste water treatment organizations.

According to EEC, "These projects represent innovative initiatives that provide long-term benefits to the citizens of Kentucky. Some projects build upon existing programs that have already demonstrated the value of investments in energy efficiency while other projects integrate new technologies and practices in areas that support infrastructure in local communities." The grant funds are provided under a 2011 settlement agreement for Clean Air Act violations. The settlement required the permittee to invest in new and upgraded state-of-the-art pollution controls that will reduce pollution, save energy and protect public health and the environment. Kentucky received $11.2 million to implement environmental mitigation projects. (Source: Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Northern Kentucky Tribune, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, (502) 564-3350, www.eec.ky.gov

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Notable Quote

Date: 2017-07-26
"I was deeply concerned that other countries might have used it (Trump's US withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord) as an excuse to pull out of the Paris agreements. I was immensely gratified when, almost immediately after, the (entirety) of the world redoubled their commitment to the Paris Agreement almost as if they were saying, 'We'll show you, Donald Trump.'

"I really did think there was a chance (Trump) would come to his senses (and keep the U.S. in the Paris accord). But I was wrong about that." -- Al Gore, Climate Change and environmental activist, former US Vice President, Senator and Congressman , 24 July, 2017

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Beer Maker to Eliminate Brewery Carbon Emissions by 2030 (Int'l)
Carlsberg Group
Date: 2017-07-26
The Copenhagen-headquartered beer giant Carlsberg Group reports it is taking action on global climate challenges with ambitious new targets set out in its Together Towards ZERO sustainability strategy.

The beer maker is targeting the elimination of carbon emissions at its breweries by 2030 through the use of climate-friendly technologies, and engaging its value chain to reduce its beer-in-hand carbon footprint by 30 pct by 2030. The company also plans to be using 100 pct renewable energy generated electricity at its breweries by 2022.

In keeping with its commitment, Carlsberg recently joined RE100 -- a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100 pct renewable electricity. (Source: Carlsberg, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Carlsberg Group, Anders Bering, VP Corp. Affairs, +45 4179 1217, +45 3327 3300, https://carlsberggroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Enel's 90-MW Brazilian Wind Park Now Online (Int'l)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2017-07-26
Italian energy company Enel SpA's Brazilian arm Enel Green Power Brasil Participacoes (EGPB)is reporting that its $190 million (€163 million), 90-MW Cristalandia wind farm in Brazilian northeastern state of Bahia is now online. The wind farm is expected to generate approximately 350 GWh of electricity per year -- sufficient power for more than 170,000 local homes. The facilities output will be sold to a pool of Brazilian electricity distribution companies under 20-year PPAs. (Source: Enel Green Power, Renewables Now, Others, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Wind,  


End of Ill. Ethanol Subsidy Could Raise Gas Prices (Ind. Report)
Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association
Date: 2017-07-26
In a statement, the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association, an advocate for gasoline wholesalers, is warning that Illinois ' new budget could cause a shift away from E10 ethanol-mixed fuel. E10 gasoline has had a 20 pct tax exemption at the wholesale level since 2011. The new budget removed the discount that would have been up for renewal in 2018. Industry experts say that without the exemption retail gas prices in the Land of Lincoln are likely to jump between 7 and 10 cents per gallon at the pump. (Source: Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association, Illinois News Network, Quad-Cities Online, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association, Bill Fleischli, VP, (217) 544-4609, www.ipma-iacs.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  E10,  


Battery Storage, Energy Efficiency Companies Raise $1Bn January - June, 2017 (Ind. Report)
Mercom Capital Group
Date: 2017-07-26
The global clean energy communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital Group reports that global battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency companies raised more than $1 billion in venture capital (VC) funding during the January-June period of this year. In the corresponding period of 2016, $ 807 million was raised.

In January-June 2017, smart grid companies raised $304 million while VC funding into energy efficiency technology companies totaled $242 million in 20 deals. On a quarter on quarter basis, VC funding for battery storage companies jumped to $422 million in 10 deals in April-June this year compared to $58 million in eight deals in January-March 2017. VC funding into energy efficiency technology companies fell significantly to $29 million in Q2 2017 compared to the $213 million in in Q1 2017, the report said. (Source: Mercom Capital Group, PTI, Financial Express, Others, 25 Jan., 2017) Contact: Mercon Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, info@mercomcapital.com, www.mercomcapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercom Capital Group,  Energy Efficiency,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  SmartGrid,  


£9Mn Programme to Accelerate UK Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator
Date: 2017-07-26
In the UK, new £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) programme to help develop energy efficient technologies and the UK's industrial competitiveness has been launched. The Carbon Trust, an independent carbon reduction organization, will run the four-year scheme which aims to reduce costs and increase energy efficient options for a range of industrial sectors.

Under the IEEA scheme, between 15 and 30 technology developers and industrial companies may receive funding ranging from £150,000 to £1 million to support demonstration projects. The programme also aims to address technical and commercial challenges by providing "incubation support" and funding to increase UK expertise, exports and jobs.

The industrial sector accounts for 17 pct of the UK's total energy use, up to 40 pct of which is lost due to inefficiency in equipment, mechanical limitations and heat loss during the manufacturing process. (Source: Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, UK Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, www.carbontrust.com/client-services/programmes/industrial-energy-efficiency-accelerator


Enercon to Recondition 1,200 Turbines in India (Int'l)
Enercon,WindWorld India
Date: 2017-07-26
Following on our May 31st coverage, German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon reports that with the resolution of its decade-long legal battle with its former JV partner WindWorld India, it is set for a major refurbishment of its Indian wind turbine fleet.

With Enercon's re-entry into the Indian market, approximately 800 inactive wind turbines and a further 400 operating in curtailed mode totaling 860 MW capacity India could be refurbished and re-activated. During Enercon's legal exclusion from the Indian market, its former joint venture partner WindWorld India illegally used Enercon's technology to manufacture wind turbines, according to Enercon. Enercon will now supply original spare parts and required tools to Renom Energy Services, Kintech Synergy, and Powercon Ventures India, the firms that will repair and maintain the more than 6,700 Enercon wind turbines in India. (Source: Enercon, Various Media, July 24, 2017) Contact: WindWorld India, +91 22 6692 4848, www.windworldindia.com; Enercon Gmbh, Arno Hildebrand, www.enercon.de

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