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Former Aussie Prime Minister Still Opposes Carbon Tax (Int'l)
Australia Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-01-05
Australian parliamentarian and former Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is perhaps best remembered for his politically incorrect comment "The science of human-caused climate change is CRAP", is reportedly "back on the warpath" in his crusade against low carbon energy and may well sink the current Labour Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's national energy guarantee policy. Abbott has declared he doesn't support plans for overseas carbon credits being made available to Australian businesses on the grounds that it is a carbon tax in sheep's clothing.

The national energy guarantee would involve energy retailers delivering a set level of ready-to-use power in each state to shore up reliability, while also being compelled to meet a lower emissions target. According to acting opposition leader Tanya Plibersek, major business and industry groups support reducing carbon pollution by trading in well-regulated markets.

Abbott was Australia's 28th Prime Minister serving from 18 Sept., 2013 to 15 Sept., 2015. (Source: DailyMail, Australia AP, Others, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: Tony Abbott,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tony Abbot,  Australia Carbon Tax,  Carbon Credit,  

Indonesia Extending Biodiesel Subsidy to non-Public Sector Obligation Sector (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-01-05
In Jakarta, the Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry reports it will extend the B-20 biodiesel subsidy to the non-Public Service Obligation sector, starting in the period of May to October 2018. The PSO sector blends around 2.5 million-3 million kl of biodiesel/year. The addition of non-PSO demand could increase that to a maximum of 5 million-6 million kl/year.

In 2017, the allocated subsidies, which cover the price gap between the biodiesel price and the gasoil price, amounted to IDR 9.6 trillion ($712.3 million), down slightly from IDR 10.6 trillion in 2016.

(Source: Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, S&P Global, 3 Jan., 2017)Contact: Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Rida Mulyana, Director General of Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesia Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Blend,  

China Touting World's Largest Carbon Market Plan (Int'l Report)
National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2018-01-05
China, one of the world's major carbon dioxide emitters, is unveiling the world's largest carbon market encompassing more than 1,700 companies in the power sector accounting for over 3 billion metric tons of emissions in total, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The market aims to do a cap-and-trade system where companies with larger emissions purchase allocations from companies who emit less. Any company that reaches 26,000 tons of carbon in a year-to-year basis is automatically included in the market. This threshold might be lowered in the future, according to the NDRC.

China aims to cap its emissions by 2030 and greatly reduce its dependence on fossil fuel with the goal of generating 20 pct of their energy from eind, solar and other low-carbon sources, according to the NDRC. (Source: National Development and Reform Commission, BNEF, GineersNow, 4 Jan., 2018) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Market,  China Carbon Market,  National Development and Reform Commission ,  

Active Energy CoalSwitch Plant Nears Commissioning (Ind. Report)
Active Energy
Date: 2018-01-05
Forestry management company Active Energy Group PLC and its subsidiary Advanced Biomass Solutions is reporting completion of initial testing of its 5 tph CoalSwitch biomass fuel plant in Utah. Commissioning is expected to be completed within the next few weeks.

CoalSwitch is made from woody biomass including pulp and saw mill by-products such as bark, sawdust, thinnings, and wood which is over-age, under-quality, blow-down, beetle-kill, forest-fire damaged, or industrial waste. CoalSwitch can be burned by old, coal-fired generation facilities without the need for a retrofit. (Source: Active Energy, ProactiveInvestors, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy,  CoalSwitch,  

Kontrol Acquiring Energy Analytic Specialist (M&A)
Kontrol Energy,The Target
Date: 2018-01-05
Vaughn, Ontario-based energy efficiency solutions and technology provider Kontrol Energy Corporation reports it has entered into a letter of intent to acquire energy analytics and management software specialist, The Target. The transaction will be structured as an asset purchase valued at $1 million, subject to closing adjustments.

The Target provides real-time operational monitoring and analytics with cloud-based solutions and detailed asset management analytics. The company's technology is currently installed in more than 120 buildings spanning over 12 million square-feet.

Kontrol Energy Corp. is a leader in energy efficiency solutions and technology. Through a disciplined mergers and acquisition strategy, combined with organic growth, Kontrol Energy Corp. provides market-based energy solutions to our customers designed to reduce their overall cost of energy while providing a corresponding reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions., according to the company's website. (Source: Kontrol Energy Corp, PR, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Kontrol., Paul Ghezzi, CEO, (905) 766-0400,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kontrol Energy ,  Energy Management,  Energy Analytic,  

Mid.West Cellulosic Ethanol Stalls, says (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-03 is reporting that while advanced biofuels are still thought of as the next generation of renewable fuels, corn-based ethanol still makes up most of the nation's fuel supply. In addition to cutting the carbon footprint for America's vehicles, bio-based ethanol was supposed to provide jobs to rural communities and give farmers new revenue sources, the article adds.

According to, "ten years of federal incentives were supposed to encourage investment in cellulosic technologies, but only three plants have been built in the Midwest since 2014.

Cellulosic ethanol is harder to manufacture than grain ethanol because it uses the inedible parts of plants, making it harder for machines to process. Cellulosic companies also faced challenges like finding a steady supply, fluctuating markets, and policy indecision. Of the three major plants in the Midwest, the one in Kansas went up for sale in 2016. DuPont announced in November that it's looking for a buyer to take over its plant in Nevada, Iowa. (Source:, KTIC, 29 Dec., 2017) Contact: Successful Farming/,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuels,  Ethanol,  

EU Bioplastics Producers Seek Bioethanol Duty Reductions (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-03
The European Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) reports that EU-based bioplastics producers are becoming increasingly concerned about their ability to compete with players in the Americas due to the high duties they must pay for their ethanol feedstock and have urged the EU to forego existing import duties of 60-40 pct on bioethanol used exclusively for applications in chemical intermediates.

According to Brussels-headquartered BIC, Europe's bio-industries -- chemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals, paper, textile, biofuels and bioenergy -- employ approximately 3.3 million people and have annual turnover of € 674 billion. (Source: Bio-based Industries Consortium, Bioplastics, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Bio-based Industries Consortium,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioplastic,  Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  

Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol Sale Finalized (M&A)
NOBLE Group, Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol
Date: 2018-01-03
Following on our 29 Nov., 2017 coverage, Singapore-based commodities trader NOBLE Group on Tuesday reported it had completed the sale of its US-based ethanol producer, Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol (Nasbe) to Mercuria Investments for a total of of $18.1 million, after adjustments. (Source: NOBLE Group, Business Times, Straits times, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: Noble Group, +852 2861 3511, (713) 244- 0560 -- Houston Office,; Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol, (574) 703-3760,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol,  .Ethanol,  

LSIS Big Data Analysis Improves Building Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
LS Industrial Systems
Date: 2018-01-03
South Korea-based electric power systems provider LS Industrial Systems Co Ltd (LSIS) reports it has begun "commercializing" its smart energy system. The system optimizes the use of energy with artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and cuts electric power costs.

The company installed its high-capacity energy efficiency and energy storage system intelligent building system (IBS) along with photovoltaics (PV) and smart meters, lighting and heating occupancy detectors, electric blinds controlling natural light and light emitting diodes, which are controlled by BEMS in its R&D headquarters and realized a 70 pct cost savings, according to the company.

LSIS's energy efficiency system analyzes a building's overall electronics, energy consumption and variable energy spending patterns according to the use of renewable energy sources, weather and time. (Source: LS Industrial Systems , Korea Times, 28 Dec., 2017) Contact: LS Industrial Systems , (224) 352-2265 -- US Office,

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

Univ. of Bristol Beer-to-Butanol Process Touted (New Prod & Tech)
University of Bristol
Date: 2018-01-03
In the UK, research chemists at the University of Bristol report they have developed a way to convert ethanol -- an active ingredient found widely in beers and other alcoholic drinks -- into butanol through petrochemical processes using a catalyst to speed up the chemical reaction -- a process similar to those used for refining gasoline. Butanol can be used as a non-corrosive "drop-in" fuel for gasoline engines with little or no engine modifications.

Although the University of Bristol process is currently able to produce a few hundred grams of butanol from beer, researchers predict the fuel can be used on an industrial scale within 5 years.

According to lead researcher Professor Duncan Wass, "Alcoholic drinks are an ideal model for industrial ethanol fermentation broths as ethanol for fuel is essentially made using a brewing process. If our technology works with alcoholic drinks -- especially with beer which is the best model -- then it shows it has the potential to be scaled up to make butanol as a petrol replacement on an industrial scale. However, the point is not for beer to become the main source of transport fuel, but rather for it to offer important lessons learned for the butanol technology to be further developed." (Source: University of Bristol, UN Climate Action, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Bristol, Professor Duncan Wass,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Butanol,  Drop-In Fuel,  Biobutanol,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Alternative Fuel,  

IndianOil Touts Rice Straw Ethanol Production Plan (Int'l Report)
Indian Oil Corporation
Date: 2018-01-03
Indian Oil Corporation (IndianOil) reports it plans begin production of cellulosic ethanol at the rate of 100 kilo litre per day from locally sourced rice straw and other biomass feedstocks at the village of Baoli in Panipat district, Haryana, India.

IndianOil Corporation Ltd is India's largest commercial enterprise. The IndianOil Group of companies owns and operates 10 of India's 20 refineries. Besides, the corporation supplies Indane Gas to over 47.5 million households through a network of 4990 Indian distributors.(Source: Indian Oil Corp., BW Online Bureau, , 28 Dec., 2017) Contact: Indian Oil Corporation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Oil Corporation ,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  

Iowa's 2017 Ethanol Production Tops 4.2Bn Gal. (Ind. Report)
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,
Date: 2018-01-03
In Des Moines, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) is reporting that the Hawkeye State's 43 ethanol plants produced a record amount of the gasoline additive in 2017, narrowly topping the 2016 record. According to the Association, Iowa's ethanol plants produced 4.2 billion gallons of ethanol in 2017 ahead of the 4.1 billion gallons of ethanol produced in 2017. (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Newton Daily News, 29 Dec., 2017) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  ,  

Lignocellulosic Bio-Ethanol Market Outlook and Opportunities in Grooming Regions; Edition 2017-2022 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-03
Lignocellulosic Bio-Ethanol Market Research Report provides an analysis of the principal global lignocellulosic bio-ethanol manufactures and geographic regions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure, development trends, competitive landscape analysis, key regions distributors analysis, production and market share, revenue, price and gross margin, supply, consumption, regional export and import values and other pertinent data.

A PDF report sample and details are available HERE. (Source: Market Reports World, PR, SATPRNEWS, 30 Dec., 2017) Contact: Market Reports World, (408) 520-9750, +44 (020) 3289 7501,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Cellulosic,  Bioethanol,  Biofuel,  

Hanwha-Kalyon Turkish PV Plant Construction Underway (Int'l)
Hanwha Q
Date: 2018-01-03
Following up on our March 22 coverage, Hanwha-Kalyon reports Construction is underway on Hanwha Q CELLS' 500MW photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing facility in Ankara, Turkey. The new facility is part of a Karapinar Renewable Energy Resource Area (YEKA) tender, which was awarded to Hanwha Q CELLS and Kalyon Enerji's joint venture (JV) Hanwha-Kalyonby the Government of Turkey last March.

The new facility will reportedly integrate ingot, wafer, cell and module processes, as well as feature Hanwha Q CELLS' Q.ANTUM high-efficiency solar cell technology. Hanwha-Kalyon will also establish on-site R&D centre in the region to carry out various projects in solar technology. Upon completion, the facility will produce modules to build the 1,000MW (AC) solarpower plant Konya-Karapinar (Source: Hanwha, Kalyon Energi, PowerTechnology, 2 Jan., 2017)Contact: Hanwha Q CELLS,; Hanwha Group,; Kalyon,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q,  Solar Cell,  Solar,  

Wello Penguin Wave Energy Slated for Bali (Int'l Report)
Wello Oy,Gapura Energi Utama
Date: 2018-01-03
Espoo, Finland-based wave energy developer Wello Oy reports it will deliver a 10MW Wello "Penguin" wave energy park in Bali for Gapura Energi Utama, an Indonesian infrastructure company. Wello's patented "Penguin" wave energy converter floats on the water surface and can work in harsh ocean conditions.

Upon completion, the facility is expected to be the largest in the world. Delivery and construction is slated for the end of 2018, subject to regulatory approvals.

The cost of energy generated with the Wello Penguin is competitive compared to offshore wind energy, according to Wello. Wello's patented "Penguin" wave energy converter floats on the water surface and can work in harsh ocean conditions.(Source: Wello, Clean Energy 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: Wello Oy, Heikki Paakkinen, CEO, +358 9 888 4881,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wello,  Wave Energy,  

TenneT Foresees Artificial Offshore Wind Hub Island on Distant North Sea Horizon (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-03
As originally reported in June, 2016, Dutch electricity network operator TenneT is envisioning construction of a North Sea artificial island to collect, distribute and transmit offshore wind energy from numerous North Sea wind turbines to the Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Norway, Germany and Denmark, according to the company website.

TenneT's proposed artificial island is intended to serve as a hub for wind farms and is expected to cut operating costs and allow the use of the far cheaper alternating current connections.

TenneT's idea, dubbed the North Sea Infrastructure, would ideally be of modular construction and be built sometime between 2030 and 2050, according to the website. (Source: TenneT, WindEurope, .Xinhua| , 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: TenneT, 011 +31 (0) 26 373 1112,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tennet,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  

EIB, Yes Bank Co-financing $400Mn Indian Renewables Projects (Int'l)
European Investment Bank,Yes Bank
Date: 2018-01-03
The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it is partnering with Yes Bank, a private Indian bank, to co-finance $400 million in commercial-scale solar and wind energy projects in the Indian states of Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan.

Yes Bank was the first bank in India to launch a green bond back in February 2015. The bank has raised at least $250 million through three green bond issues in collaboration with International Finance Corporation and FMO, the development bank of Netherlands. (Source: Yes Bank, EIB, CleanTechnica, 1 Jan., 2017) Contact: European Investment Bank,; YES Bank, Rana Kapoor, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Yes Bank,  European Investment Bank,  Wind,  Solar,  India Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  

Capstone Infrastructure Completes Nova Scotian Wind Farms Acquisitions (M&A)
Capstone Infrastructure
Date: 2018-01-03
Toronto-headquartered Capstone Infrastructure Corporation reports it has acquired the remaining interests in Glen Dhu Wind Energy Limited Partnership and Fitzpatrick Mountain Wind Energy Inc. as well as closed a new corporate credit facility. Capstone acquired the remaining 51 pct interest in Glen Dhu, a 62.1 MW wind facility located near Merigomish, Nova Scotia, and the remaining 50% interest in Fitzpatrick, a 1.6 MW wind facility located near Pictou, Nova Scotia. Both wind farms have long term PPAs and continue to be managed and operated by a subsidiary of Capstone.

Capstone currently owns, operates and develops thermal and renewable power generation facilities in North America with a total installed capacity of net 541 megawatts. (Source: Capstone Infrastructure Corporation, PR, 1 Jan., 2017) Contact: Capstone Infrastructure Corp., Andrew Kennedy, CFO, (416) 649-1300,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Infrastructure,  Wind,  

Iberdrola Connects Wikinger Offshore Wind to German Grid (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-03
Further to our February 22 coverage, Spanish energy giant Iberdrola reports it has connected its 350MW Wikinger offshore wind farm about 34km north-east of the Ruegen island in the Baltic Sea to the German power grid.

The €1.4 billion Wikinger wind project can generate sufficient energy for 350,000 homes and offset an estimated 600,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. The Wikinger offshore wind farm incorporates 70 AD 5-135 turbines manufactured by Adwen. According to Adwen, the turbines are made up of a 222 ton nacelle, 443ft diameter rotor, 254ft long blades, and a 246ft high tower. Iberdrola is presently developing the 714-MW East Anglia One wind farm in the UK North Sea with an investment of £2.5 billion. (Source: Iberdrola, EBR, 1 Jan., 2017)Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, Frank Burkhartsmeyer, CEO, (503) 796-7000,; Adwen Offshore, David Guiu, CCO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Adwen,  

Norwegian Auto-dimming Street Lights Cut Power Consumption (Int'l)

Date: 2018-01-03
In Oslo, MailOnine is reporting Norway has installed auto-dimming LED street lights along a five-mile stretch of a highway near Hole, Norway, outside of Oslo.

The LED lights dim to 20 pct of capacity when vehicles or pedestrians are not present and rise to full brightness as vehicles approach. The energy saving light system reportedly saves 2,100 kWh per week. (Source: MailOnline, 1 Jan., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED,  Street Light,  

Aussie Oakey 2 Solar Farm Reaches Financial Close (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar
Date: 2018-01-03
Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc.reports the 70 MW Oakey 2 Solar Farm in Queensland, Australia has reached financial close with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) for a facility commitment of approximately A$55 million (US$42.8 million).

Canadian Solar has a EPC contract to complete the construction of the Oakey 2 Solar Farm as well as a 2 year O&M services contractfor the Oakey 2 Solar Farm which is expected to begin commercial operation in November 2018. Once operational, the project will generate approximately 138,800 MWh of clean solar power per year powering over 23,000 homes in Queensland.(Source: Canadian Solar Inc., PR, 2 Jan., 2018)Contact: Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Canadian Solar,  

Cyprus Missing Paris Climate Accord, EU Energy Plan (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-03
In Nicosia, the Cyprus Mail Online reports that despite the Cypriot government's claim that it has a national energy plan to help cut carbon emissions and fight climate change, "Cyprus is at an initial preparatory stage regarding the development of an integrated national energy and climate plan for the years the years 2021 to 2030, and no targets are set yet beyond 2020." The European Commission (EC) expected a draft energy and climate action plan to be submitted by Cyprus, and other EU member states, to be submitted before the end of 2017.

The EC requested each member state to produce and submit a draft integrated National Plan for Energy and Climate covering the period 2021-2030, with binding commitments on carbon emissions reduction, adoption of renewables and energy efficiency. Following review and inclusion of additional measures that may be requested by the EC, the binding plan should be submitted by January 1, 2019. In order to meet the goals of the EU energy roadmaps for 2030 and 2050, national plans are to be updated every five years, with the first update by January 1, 2024, with integrated national energy and climate progress reports to be submitted every two years.

National plans are required to demonstrate how they will contribute to achieving the EU targets of a 40 pct reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 in comparison to 1990, and achieving 27 pct renewable energy mix and a 27 pct increase in overall energy efficiency. (Source: EU, Cyprus Mail Online, 30 Dec., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Paris,  GHGs Climate Agreement,  Renerable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

Bend Realizes Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)
Bend Oregon,Georgetown University Energy Prize Challenge
Date: 2018-01-03
The city of Bend, Oregon, which ranked 17th out of 49 cities during its two-year participation in the 2015-16 Georgetown University Energy Prize Challenge, reports the city saved enough electricity to power 2,188 Oregon homes for a year and a total of $30,000 in power costs while the city government cut its energy consumption by 11.5 pct.

While Bend's total energy consumption rose in conjunction with the city's rapid growth, energy use per household fell by 1.8 pct during the challenge period when more than 3,200 homes in Bend installed a total of 46,839 energy-saving LED light bulbs with help from the Energy Challenge. (Source: City of Bend, Bend Bulletin, 26 Dec., 2017) Contact: City of Bend, Gillian Ockner, Senior Policy Analyst, (541) 388-5505,; Georgetown University Energy Prize,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Georgetown University Energy Prize Challenge,  

Ireland Reports Climate Change Mitigation Fund Plans (Int'l)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-01-03
In Dublin, the Irish Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) reports that "targeted increases in capital expenditure" will support the delivery of its €100 billion climate change mitigation -- climate action objectives plan to meet its Paris Climate Accord goals and commitments.

The DPER plan calls for emissions credit trading, energy-efficiency grants, near zero-energy building standards, renewable electricity support schemes. The DPER plan also calls for additional capital support for public transport, infrastructure for urban cycling and walking, a renewable heat incentive scheme, and an electric vehicle purchase grant scheme. (Source: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, The Times, 31 Dec., 2017)Contact: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, +353 1 676 7571, +353 1 678 9936

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

Wellesley Mass, Wins Green Communities Certification (Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Date: 2018-01-03
In the Bay State, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities Division reports the town of Wellesley (pop. 28,000 +-) has been designated a Green Community.

The designation qualifies the town for an initial $137,250 in grant funding and for future grants to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The funds support energy reduction projects that should save the town and taxpayers money.

Wellesley's first grant application will include an exterior LED lighting project and an audit of the Town's water and wastewater treatment equipment and operations. Almost half of the municipalities in Massachusetts have earned a Green Communities designation. (Source: Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee, Swellsley, 30 Dec., 2017) Contact: City of Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee, (781) 431-1019 x2229,,; Mass. DER Green Communities,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  

UMass Touts Non-Electric Batteries (New Prod. & Tech)
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Date: 2018-01-03
A team of chemists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst reports it has developed a polymer-based system that can yield energy storage density more than two times higher than previous systems.

The new system is able to reach an average of 510 Joules per gam with a maximum of 690, while the previous high-energy storage density achieved in a polymeric system was in the range of 200 Joules per gram. According to the researchers, if energy storage density improves, possible applications for the new technology could include solar energy storage. (Source: Univ. Massachusetts Amherst, Scientific Reports, R&D, 29 Dec., 2017) Contact: Univ. Mass. Amherst, Chemistry Prof. Dhandapani Venkataraman, (413)545-2028,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Massachusetts Amherst ,  Energy Storage,  

Oregon Lawmakers Plan Cap-and-Trade Legislation (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-01-03
In Salem,the Oregon News Service is reporting that state legislators in Salem have been working on a draft cap-and-trade bill for introduction this month. The bill aims to reduce the carbon emissions and help Oregon reach its goal of slashing emissions levels 80 pct below 1990 levels by 2050.

Sen. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland), one of the bill's architects, said recent changes will ensure that rural Oregonians see the benefits of revenue generated by the program.

According to Denbow, funds would first go to businesses affected by the policy change, followed by 60 pct of revenue going to communities most affected by climate change, 20 pct to carbon-sequestration projects, and the remaining 20 pct to projects aimed at cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. (Source: Oregon News Service, 1 Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

Green Financing Option Positions Innovest Energy Group for Sales Growth (Ind. Report)
Innovest,Shepherd Lighting Solutions
Date: 2018-01-03
Cleveland-headquartered Innovest Global Inc. is reporting the availability of Shepherd Lighting Solutions' (SLS) Lighting Energy Efficiency Program (LEEP) proprietary financing tool to convert indoor and outdoor lighting to LED technology. The program results in savings up to 75 pct annually on lighting costs.

The SLS LEEP program is offered in partnership with Innovest Energy Group, one of the largest commercial financing companies in the USA. (Source: Innovest Energy Group, PR, Contact: Innovest Global Group, Dan Martin, CEO,,; Spotlight Growth,; Shepherd Lighting Solutions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Innovest,  Energy Efficient Light,  Shepherd Lighting Solutions,  

Aspen Plans Collaborative Climate Change Action (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-03
In Colorado, the City of Aspen, which adopted a climate action plan in 2007 targeting an 80 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, reports it is stiffening its plan in keeping with Aspen's expansion and growth in population.

According to Chris Menges with the city's climate action department, "Even with a ton of action, 10 years of really driven action in Aspen, with our growth, it only reduced emissions 7 pct. That's only a fraction of the ultimate goal."

The city's new climate action plan incorporates 46 action items including a commitment to work collaboratively with other regional governments, businesses, and utilities. (Source: City of Aspen, Aspen Public Radio, 2 Jan., 2017) Contact: City of Aspen, Chris Menges, (970) 429-1798,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

Barnstable County Scores Anaerobic Digestion Funding (Funding)
Environmental Protection’s 2017 Sustainable Materials Recovery Program
Date: 2018-01-03
In the Bay State, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection reports its 2017 Sustainable Materials Recovery Program has awarded over $700,000 to Barnstable County -- The Cape and Islands -- communities.

The grant funded projects include technical assistance to communities in managing recycling and waste disposal including anaerobic digestion facilities and others. (Source: Mass EPA, , 31 Dec., 2017) Contact; Environmental Protection 2017 Sustainable Materials Recovery Program,

More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,  Biomass,  

EU Chemical Industry Cuts GHG 36 pct by 2050, says EU JRC (Int'l)
EU Joint Research Center
Date: 2018-01-03
According to a European Commission Joint Research Center (JRC) study on the EU chemical and petrochemical industry's capacity to achieve the EU climate targets, the the sector can cut its greenhouse gas emission by 36 pct bt 2050.

The JRC Energy efficiency and GHG emissions: Prospective Scenarios for the Chemical and Petrochemical Industry study suggests innovative energy technologies that it claims can significantly cut GHG carbon emissions without hindering the sector's growth. The inference is built on a model reckoning for fuel prices, GHG remittance and the payback period of technologies such as combined heat and power (CHP) and carbon capture and storage (CCS).

The JRC study establishes 26 key chemical products gauging for 75 pct of the industry's aggregate energy utilization and for a major part of its GHG emissions. Source: EU Joint Research Center, Chemicals News, 2 Jan., 2017)Contact: EU Joint Research Center,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU Joint Research Center,  Carbon Emissions,  

Energy Efficiency Earns Phoenix Convention Center $175,000 Rebate (Ind. Report)
Arizona Public Service
Date: 2018-01-03
In Arizona, the 900,000 square-foot Phoenix Convention Center (PCC) reports its recently completed energy efficiency upgrade program and participation in Arizona Public Service's (APS) Solutions for Business energy rebate program, resulted in more than $175,000 in rebates for the LEED-silver certified facility. The PCC energy efficiency upgrades included an upgrading to energy efficient LED lighting technology which earned the APS rebate.

In addition to the LED conversion project, the facility participates in several other sustainability initiatives including hosting a rooftop solar generating power plant that produces enough energy to power 12-14 homes annually. Source: PCC, Trade Show News Network, 2 Jan., 2017) Contact: APS, David Werth, Energy Efficiency Programs Manager,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Public Service,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  

Notable RFS Quotes from a Former Trump Foe
Date: 2018-01-03
"Some petroleum companies seem to be taking their influence for granted, and that could prove their undoing with a White House that is known for drawing a clear line between friends and foes."

"Thanks to the RFS, billions of dollars have been invested into making America the global leader in biofuel production. That's why President Trump promised legions of Midwest voters that he would revitalize the rural economy and spur growth in rural towns by expanding the biofuels market. Since then, the president's support for the RFS (Renewable Fuels Standard) has been rock solid, helping turn around three straight years of falling farm income under the previous administration. Without the RFS, this would never be possible."

"The RFS makes crystal clear economic sense, and it remains vital to U.S. energy security." -- U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) (Source: Washington Examiner, NewsMax, 2 Jan., 2017) Contact: Sen. Rick Santorum,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  RFS,  

Carbon Capture Tech Projected at $10 per tonne (New Prod & Tech)
Innovator Energy
Date: 2017-12-22
Innovator Energy LLC is touting a new mechanism to separate CO2 from power plant flue gas. The process requires 75 pct less energy than existing CO2 capture processes. The company's CO2 Evolution™ carbon capture technology is the first entirely powered by discarded, abundant low temperature waste heat with a temperature as low as 28 degrees celsius and has 90 pct lower operating cost than existing CO2 capture processes. The technology could capture carbon dioxide at approximately $10 per metric ton.

The company is seeking $3 million in grant funding from the US DOE and has secured funding from an unnamed investor to construct a pilot plant that will use actual waste gas from a power plant or chemical factory, and capture 1,000 kg per day of carbon emissions. (Source: Innovator Energy LLC, Next Big Future, December, 2017) Contact: Innovator Energy LLC, Ethan Novak, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Innovator Energy,  

Holiday Publications Schedule -- Important Notice

Date: 2017-12-22
In celebration of the Holiday Season, we will not be publishing the week of Monday, 25 December 2017. We will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday, 3 January, 2018.

We wish all our readers Compliments of the Season and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Thank you.

BHP Billiton Ditching WCA Over Climate Policy Differences (Int'l)
BHP Billiton,World Coal Alliance
Date: 2017-12-22
In a press release, Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Billiton reports it intends to quit the World Coal Alliance (WCA) in March, 2018, over the association's differing stance on climate change. BHP is also considering withdrawing from the United States Chamber of Commerce (USCC), following that body's criticism of the Paris Agreement and its opposition to carbon pricing. The coal giant will , however, retain its membership in the Minerals Council on the condition it stops policy advocacy which runs counter to BHP's own position. BHP Billiton is the WCA's major funder.

In the release, Billiton Chief External Affairs Officer, Geoff Healy noted: "This review makes clear the principles for our ongoing participation in industry bodies. While we won't always agree with our industry associations, we will continue to call out material differences where they exist and we will take action where necessary, as we have done today. Importantly, we will also continue to communicate our own views directly to investors, governments and civil society and will redouble our efforts to engage, clearly and constructively, with our industry associations to positively influence the position they take on matters important to our Company."

According to the International Energy Association (IEA) every country, except India, cut its coal consumption in 2016. (Source: BHP Billiton, PR, Various Media, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333,,; World Coal Alliance,

More Low-Carbon Energy News BHP Billiton,  World Coal Alliance ,  Coal,  Climate Change,  

EU Zero Energy Building Directive Acknowledges Challenges (Int'l)
Date: 2017-12-22
According to researchers at the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, EU Directive 31/2010 requires all EU countries to improve the energy efficiency of all buildings, either by constructing new nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEBs) that consume the minimum of energy or retrofitting existing buildings to nZEB standards. Under the directive, all public buildings must be nZEBs as from 1 January, 2019, and by 1 January 2021, all new buildings must be nZEBs.

The directive acknowledges construction in seven Southern Europe countries -- Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain -- have subtle construction and climate differences that make it difficult to directly compare nZEB regulations and programs. The directive also recognizes sociological and technological barriers hampering the retrofitting of existing buildings or development of new nZEBs. The directive also notes "the poor training of practically all the players, starting with the administration, including construction workers, and going right up to citizens, constitutes a huge human chain in which there is still a lack of understanding about what nZEBs are and how to achieve them." (Source: University of the Basque Country, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: University of the Basque Country, Juan MarĂ­a Hidalgo, Study Co-author, +34 946 01 20 00,

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

Biodiesel Market Hits $64,497.4Mn by 2026, says Report (ind. Report)

Date: 2017-12-22
Biodiesel fuels are fast replacing conventional fossil fuels across the world. The government in different countries is also supporting eco-friendly alternatives such as biodiesel. Moreover, biodiesel is the only fuel that can be used across energy segments such as heat, transportation, electricity, hence, this is also one of the factors contributing towards the rising demand for biodiesel.

The research report on the global biodiesel anticipates the market to witness robust growth. It is estimated to increase to 6.9 pct CAGR between the forecast period 2017 and 2026. The global biodiesel market by the end of 2026 is estimated to reach US$ 64,497.4 million revenue.

The global biodiesel market is divided into the application, feedstock type, and region. Based on the feedstock type, the market segment includes animal fats, yellow grease, canola oil, distillers corn oil, and soybean oil. Among these, soybean oil is expected to witness significant growth in the global biodiesel market during the forecast period 2017-2026.Based on the application, the market is segmented into power generation, agriculture, fuel, and others. Fuel is expected to witness the highest growth in terms of market volume in the global biodiesel market during the forecast period 2017-2026.

Geographically, Europe is expected to be the largest region in the global biodiesel market during the forecast period. Germany and France are the biggest producers of biodiesel in Europe. Europe also consumes more diesel and biodiesel than petrol. Meanwhile, the supply and demand for biodiesel are gradually increasing at the same level. The current energy taxation regime in Europe also supports biodiesel over ethanol.

Report preview and details HERE. (Source: Transparency Market Research, PR, Dec, 2017) Contact: Transparency Market Research, (518) 618-1030,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  

INL Touting New Carbon Capture-to-Syngas Tech. (New Prod & Tech)
Idaho National Lab
Date: 2017-12-22
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) are touting a new, efficient process for converting captured carbon dioxide (CO2) into syngas, a mixture of H2 and CO that can be employed to produce chemicals and fuels.

INL's process uses specialized liquid materials that renders CO2 soluble and allows the carbon capture medium to be directly added into a cell for electrochemical conversion to syngas. When syngas can be created from captured CO2 at substantial current densities, it increases the process chances for industrial application.

The INL researchers have applied for a provisional patent and are in talks with a Boston area company involved in electrochemical technology R&D, according to the INL release. (Source: INL. Dec., 2017) Contact: INL, (866) 495-7440,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngas,  Carbon Capture,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Idaho National Lab,  

Global Zero-Energy Buildings Market 2017-2021 -- Research and Markets Report Available (Ind Report)
Research and Markets
Date: 2017-12-22
Research and Markets' new Global Zero-energy Buildings Market 2017-2021 report predicts the global zero-energy buildings market to grow at a CAGR of 39.02 pct during the period 2017-2021.

According to the report, zero-energy building construction retrofitting practices are common in the global construction industry. The aim is to utilize only as much energy as buildings produce onsite through renewable energy systems.

Access report details and information HERE. (Source: Research and Markets, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: Research and Markets Laura Wood, Senior Manager, (917) 300-0470, (800) 526-8630,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Research and Markets,  Zerp-Energy Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

NYC Considers Grading Bldgs. on Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
New York Building Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-12-22
In the Big Apple, city council is considering a measure requiring residential and commercial buildings of 50,000 square-feet or larger to post a federal energy efficiency rating and a simplified A-D letter grade in their lobbies starting in 2020. The requirement would eventually be extended to buildings of 25,000 square-feet or more. The proposal has been criticized Real Estate Board of New York "too simplistic", according to Wall Street Journal coverage. (Source: The Real Deal, WSJ, Various Media, Dec., 2017) Contact: New York City Council,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  

Alberta Offering $63Mn Support for Biofuels, Bioenergy (Funding)
Alberta Bioenergy Producers Group
Date: 2017-12-22
In oil-soaked Alberta, the provincial government reports it plans to award $63 million in grant funding over seven years to support ethanol, biodiesel, biomass power generation and other bioenergy projects province-wide. An additional $440 million will support oil sands innovation, $225 million will support new technologies that reduce emissions, $240 million will support industrial energy-efficiency projects, and $400 million in loan guarantees will be available to support investment in efficiency and renewable energy measures to reduce risk for financial institutions and make it easier for companies to invest.

The awards will come from the province's Climate Leadership Plan. (Source: Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Bioenergy Producers Group, Biomass Mag., Others, Dec. 20, 2017) Contact: Alberta Environment and Parks,; Alberta Climate Leadership Plan,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Bioenergy Producers Group,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  

EU Energy Ministers Supports 27 pct Renewables Target (Int'l)
Council of EU Energy Ministers
Date: 2017-12-22
On Monday, the Council of EU Energy Ministers came out in support of the European Commission's proposed renewable energy target of at least 27 pct by 2030. The Council also agreed on a 14 pct renewable fuel target for the transport sector by 2030 for each member state, with a 3 pct sub-target for advanced biofuels, for which double-counting will be possible. The existing 7 pct cap on first-generation biofuels is maintained, the Council said and added that if a member state sets a lower cap, it could reduce its overall target for renewables in transport. (Source: Council of EU Energy Ministers, 19 Dec, 2017)Contact: Council of EU Energy Ministers,

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Iowa Bioscience Development Center Proposed (Ind. Report)
Iowa Economic Development Authority
Date: 2017-12-22
In the Hawkeye State, the Iowa Economic Development Authority is proposing the state increase capital available for investment in bioscience companies and establish a public-private Iowa Bioscience Development Center to coordinate existing assets and strategy implementation while advancing specific business areas and overall sector growth.

The study identified biofuels, biochemicals and other areas of focus and development, but made no recommendations on the location or funding of the proposed Bioscience Development Center.

Down load the study HERE. (Source: Iowa Economic Development Authority, PR, Des Moines Register, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: Iowa Economic Development Authority,

In Other Recent Billiton News -- Coal Giant Calls for CCS (Int'l)
BHP Billiton
Date: 2017-12-22
Australian mining giant BHP Billiton has called on governments to provide more help to industry in developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects as a way to reduce global emissions, meet climate targets and support millions of jobs globally. The company claims more is needed from both governments and industry to promote CCS.

According to BHP's climate change specialist Dr.Fiona Wild, "Although CCS and its component processes have successfully been demonstrated, more needs to be done to make it economically viable for wide deployment. In the nearer term, industry and government must work together to develop pilot projects, demonstration plants and 'first of a kind' commercial scale CCS operations." (Source: BHP Billiton, The Australian, BHP Website, Feb., 2017) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333,

Notable Quote: "We have knowledge of geology, markets and economics, so there's probably something we can bring to the table here in terms of our understanding around CCS to try to push this technology down the cost curve so it can be more readily available at scale and affordable costs." -- Fiona Wild, BHP VP Sustainability and Climate Change.

More Low-Carbon Energy News BHP Billiton,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  Coal,  

GE Aviation Testing with GEVO ATJ Jet Biofuel (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-12-22
As previously reported, Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc. has announced that GE Aviation has begun jet engine combustor element testing with a jet fuel constituted 100 pct of company's renewable ATJ. The testing is part of the FAA's Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) initiative to support the advancement of new aircraft, engine know-hows, and to develop sustainable alternative jet fuels.

Bio-based hydrocarbon fuels exhibit similar performance features to commonly used petroleum-based fuels but with decreases in particulate matter and other air quality linked emissions. Certain bio-based jet fuels, like GEVO's ATJ, have the prospect to enhance performance, like offering increased energy density which turns into better mileage, according to GEVO.(Source: GEVO, GE Aviation, US Markets Daily, 20 Dec., 2017) Contact: GE Aviation,; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358,,; FAA CLEEN,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  GE Aviation,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  

NBB, Others Calls for Biodiesel Tax Credit Reinstatement (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-12-22
In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), the Advanced Biofuels Association, the National Association of Truckstop Operators, the American Trucking Association, the National Association of Convenience Stores, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America and the Petroleum Marketers Association of America have sent a letter sent to Congressional leaders calling for a retroactive, multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax incentive before the end of the year.

"The signatories of this letter represent companies from all segments of the biomass-based diesel value chain, including production, blending, distribution, marketing and consumption of biodiesel, renewable diesel and renewable aviation fuels. We share the view that extending the biodiesel tax incentive is consistent with sound tax, energy and economic policy. A seamless, multi-year extension of this worthwhile tax incentive will help create jobs, reduce fuels costs, diversify the nation's energy supply and bolster domestic energy production.

"The biodiesel industry is interested in consistency and durability as it relates to the biodiesel tax credit, which we hope to see reinstated this year. This letter shows how important that credit is to a broad range of industries. Tens of thousands of U.S. jobs in manufacturing, agriculture, trucking and other industries are at risk. The clock is ticking, and we hope that Congress acts quickly to reinstate the biodiesel tax credit." (Source: National Biodiesel Board, PR, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, (800) 841-5849,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit,  NBB,  

Morocco's Khalladi Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l Report)
ACWA Power
Date: 2017-12-22
In Riyadh, Saudi power plant investor, developer and owner ACWA Power reports its Khalladi Wind Farm near Tangiers has delivered its first power to the Moroccan grid.

The 40-turbine, 120 MW Khalladi wind farm will produce approximately 380 GWh per year -- sufficient power for of a city of 400,000 inhabitants.

The MAD 1.7 billion ($180.4 million) Khaliadi wind farm project was financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in collaboration with the Clean Technology Fund and the BMCE bank. (Source: ACWA, PR, Monacco World News, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: ACWA Power, +966 11 2835555,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACWA Power,  Wind,  

Rapeseed as Biodiesel Crop Declining in EU, says Report (Int'l)
Date: 2017-12-22
According to a UkrAgroConsult study for the European Commission, rapeseed, the most produced oilseed in the EU will lose ground as a biodiesel feedstock crop over the next decade due to a drop in the demand for biofuels, competition from other oilseed crops, declining policy support and growing competition from imports. A sharp decline rapeseed cultivation to around 6 million hectares by 2030-31 versus an average 6.5 million in the past five years, would outweigh improving yields and push down production, the study added.

Rapeseed oil accounts for more than 60 pct of vegetable oil use in biodiesel production in the EU. The study forecasts biofuel demand for vegetable oils would fall from 10.5 million tpy in 2017-18 to 9.1 million tpy in 2030-31. (Source: UkrAgroConsult, Black Sea Grain, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: UKrAgroConsult, (38 (044) 451-46-34, +38 (044) 220-52-42 (fax),,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  Rapeseed,  Oilseed ,  

Halo Acquires Former FloDesign Wind Turbine Technology (M&A)
Halo Energy,Ogin,FloDesign Wind Turbine
Date: 2017-12-22
In the Bay State, Summerville-based small-scale wind turbine specialist Halo Energy is reporting acquisition of wind-turbine technology developed by Waltham, Mass.-based Ogin Inc -- fka FloDesign Wind Turbine.

Halo Energy plans to incorporate this technology into its small-scale sub-10-kW turbines for on-site-generation on telecommunications towers, offshore oil & gas rigs, commercial and industrial facilities, and mobile power plants.

Unlike conventional open-bladed 5-kW wind turbines that have rotor diameters greater than five meters, Halo Energy's "hooded" 5-KW turbine will have a 3.5-meter diameter allowing it to be sited where other turbines cannot. (Source: Halo Energy, Windpower, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: Halo Energy, Vin Loccisano, CEO,; Ogin Inc.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News FloDesign Wind Turbine,  Halo Energy,  Wind Turbine,  

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