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Greatcell Solar, JinkoSolar Ink Collaboration Agreement (Int'l)
Greatcell Solar, JinkoSolar
Date: 2017-07-21
In the Land Down Under, Canberra-headquartered Greatcell Solar Limited (formerly Dyesol Limited) is reporting a non-exclusive Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement with Chinese PV solar panel manufacturers JinkoSolar with support from Nanyang Technology University (NTU) in Singapore.

Under the terms of the agreement, Greatcell will make available developmental Perovskite Solar Cell (PSC) devices and associated information on a strictly confidential basis to enable Jinko to further evaluate the technology. Jinko's aim is to enter into a long-term agreement with Greatcell to commercialize the technology and establish large scale manufacturing. (Source: Greatcell, ABN, July, 2017) Contact: Greatcell, Dyesol , Richard Caldwell , MD, Marine Andre, +61-2-6299-1592,; JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greatcell Solar,  JinkoSolar,  Solar,  Dyesol,  

DRAX Advancing Coal to Woody Biomass Conversion Plans (Int'l)
Date: 2017-07-21
In the UK, DRAX, the operator of a coal and biomass plant in North Yorkshire, reports it is advancing it is moving forward with plans to convert an existing coal-fired power generation unit to biomass. The company produced about 17 pct of the UK's renewable electricity in the first half of 2017.

Three of the company's six generating units are currently powered by compressed wood pellets and receive support from Renewable Obligation Certificates (for two units) and a Contract for Difference (CfD) (for one unit). (Source: DRAX, Bioenergy Insight, Other Media, 20 July, 2017) Contact: DRAX Group, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, DRAX Biomass, Pete Madden, Pres., CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381,,

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

Empyro Touts Fast Pyrolysis Bio Oil Production (Int'l Report)
BTG Bioliquids ,Empyro
Date: 2017-07-21
In the Netherlands, BTG Bioliquids B.V.reports that its Empyro Fast Pyrolysis Bio Oil plant in Hengelo, Netherlands, has produced a total of 15 million litres of Fast Pyrolysis Bio Oil (FPBO) fuel since its start-up in 2015.

Technip Benelux B.V. and BTG Bioliquids B.V. are currently marketing FPBO plants which can utilize a wide range of feedstocks. Connecting the two worlds of biomass and the petrochemical world is possible via this process and its product, according to Technip Benelux B.V. (Source: Empyro, Bioenergy International, July 20, 2017) Contact: Empyro B.V., +31 53 4861186,; BTG Bioliquids BV, ,; Technip Benelux B.V., Jan A. de Jager, VP New Technologies, +31 79 329 3600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  Empyro,  Technip Benelux,  

Northern Arizona Univ. Building Awarded LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
USGBC,Northern Arizona University
Date: 2017-07-21
In Flagstaff, Northern Arizona University's new Science and Health building has been rated LEED Gold by the US Green Building Council. It is the 14th ampus building to be LEED certified.

The five-story building features 54 faculty offices, 10 "interaction" spaces, 18 research labs, eight instructional labs, five classrooms and three lecture halls with a total capacity of 440 seats. (Source: Northern Arizona University, ProudGreenBuilding, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Northern Arizona University, (928) 523-9011,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  

Buildings Must be Net-Zero Carbon by 2050, says WGBS Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2017-07-21
According to the World Green Building Council's (WGBC) new From Thousands to Billions -- Coordinated Action towards 100 pct Net Zero Carbon Buildings by 2050 report, the world building sector must operate at "net-zero carbon" by 2050. And, Since the building and construction sector is responsible for around 30 pct of global energy consumption and the associated emissions, this sector will play a significant role in finding the solutions.

In the report, World GBC calls for all new buildings to operate at net zero carbon from 2030, and 100 pct of buildings must operate at net zero carbon by 2050. The report outlines how these goals can be achieved through concerted action by business, government and NGOs. Achieving these targets would help to ensure that the worst impacts of climate change are avoided, and bring about many other political and economic benefits.

The International Energy Agency estimates that the current global building stock is 223 billion square meters, and will almost double to 415 billion square meters by 2050. According to the Global Alliance for Building and Construction, current renovation rates amount to less than 1 pct of the existing building stock each year. In order to achieve universal net zero carbon in the building sector by 2050, renovation rates must increase by 3 per cent every year starting in 2017, and must accelerate for every year of delay.

Access the report HERE. (Source: WGBC, 17 July, 2017) Contact: WGBC, Terri Wills, CEO ,

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

Pinnacle Pellets Purchases 50th Andritz Pellet Mill (Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Andritz
Date: 2017-07-19
Prince George, British Columbia-based woody biomass pellet maker Pinnacle Renewable Energy reports the purchase of its 50th pellet mill -- a Sprout 26LM II -- from Andritz Feed & Biofuel. The unit was manufactured at Andritz's Muncy, Pennsylvania plant.

Andritz pellet mills produce more than 50 pct of all biofuel pellets worldwide, according to the company.

Pinnacle operates seven pellet plants throughout B.C. and produces more than 1.5 million tpy of woody biomass pellets. The pellet plants are located in Houston, Burns Lake, Meadowbank, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Armstrong and Lavington. In total, we employ more than 250 people in those communities.(Source: Andritz, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Andritz, Mike Curci, Global Biomass Manager, Bertil Stromberg, (518) 745-2975,,; Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., Leroy Reitsma, COO, (604) 270-9613,,

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

ORNL Biofuels, Bioproducts R&D Receives Funding (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-07-19
The US DOE reports it has chosen the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) as one of four bioenergy centers to receive funding to advance a new bio-based economy with the production of fuels and other products directly from nonfood biomass. The DOE will provide a total of $40 million in initial funding for the four centers in Fiscal Year 2018, with plans for a total five years of funding.

CBI will focus on the creation of high-yielding biofuel feedstock plants, using genetic studies to accelerate the domestication of perennial plants. CBI will create biocatalytic methods for high-yield production of advanced biofuels that can be blended with existing transportation fuels. The Center will also study ways to develop valuable byproducts from lignin left over after biomass processing.

CBI will work with partners from the University of Georgia, NREL, Dartmouth College, GreenWood Resources, MIT, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, University of California-Riverside, University of Colorado-Boulder, Penn State and others. (Source: US DOE, ORNL, 17 July, 2017) Contact: ORNL Center for Bioenergy Innovation, Gerald Tuskan, (865) 576-8141,,; US DOE Office of Science,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ORNL,  Biofuel Feedstock,  

"CCS Would Make Renewables, Nuclear Energy Look Cheap", says Report (Ind. Report)
Global Warming Policy Foundation
Date: 2017-07-19
"Eminent energy economist warns that carbon capture and storage will never be viable That is the stark message of Professor Gordon Hughes, Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh and a former adviser to the World Bank. In a new report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, Professor Hughes says that claims that costs will fall quickly are unlikely to be borne out in practice and even if they are, the total investment required makes CCS little more than a utopian dream.

"And even if the technology can be made to work for gas, it would come at a price that 'would make renewables and nuclear look cheap'. This is in part because of a lack of joined up policy, as Professor Hughes explains: 'Successive governments haven't thought their policies through. The focus on renewables is making CCS -- already a marginal technology -- even less viable.' A coherent strategy could reduce carbon emissions at a fraction of the current cost by switching to gas with the option to install CCS if/when it makes economic sense."

Access the full The Bottomless Pit -- The Economics of Carbon Capture and Storage report HERE, (Source: Global Warming Policy Foundation, July, 2017) Contact: Global Warming Policy Foundation, +44 2073406038,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Cabon Capture and Storage,  CO2,  Global Warming Policy Foundation,  

ExxonMobil, UW-Madison to Advance Biomass-to-Transportation Fuel Research (R&D)
ExxonMobil, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Date: 2017-07-19
Irving, Texas-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it and the University of Wisc.-Madison have agreed on a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels. The agreement aims to build a stronger understanding of the basic chemical transformations that occur during biomass conversion into diesel and jet fuels.

Over the past two years, research has focused on a multi-step approach for converting cellulosic biomass to transportation fuels. A new approach with the potential to reduce the number of processing steps will be explored in this collaboration. This approach using solvents could potentially dissolve the entire biomass, which might make it possible to convert the whole biomass into fuel-sized molecules in a single reactor.

Another potential process involves the catalytic transformation of bio-derived ethanol into bio-derived diesel and jet fuel. This technology could potentially allow larger diesel and jet fuel molecules to be produced from renewable sources.

ExxonMobil also partners with MIT, Princeton, Michigan State, Stanford, University of Texas and Georgia Institute of Technology in a range of areas from the development of lower-carbon energy sources to energy-efficient plastics manufacturing. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 17 July, 2017) Contact: ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP R&D, for ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company (972) 444-1107,; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Prof. George W. Huber,(608) 262-3571,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  University of Wisconsin-Madison,  Biomass,  Biofuel ,  

Bord na Mona Plans €1.2Bn Renewable Energy Investment (Int'l)
Bord na Mona
Date: 2017-07-19
In Ireland, Newbridge, Co.Killdeer-headquartered Bord na Mona, the semi-State peat and renewable energy company, reports it will invest €1.2 billion in developing major infrastructural projects in wind, biomass and other renewable energy sources over the next 13 years.

The move to renewables follows a €13 million drop in operating profits and problems following the previously reported acquisition of a horticulture business in the UK. The company is involved in Powergen, Biomass, Peat, Fuels, Waste Recovery, and Horticulture businesses. (Source: Bord na Mona Plc, STE News, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, +353 45 439000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord na Mona,  

Berkeley Joint BioEnergy Institute Funding Renewed (Funding)

Date: 2017-07-19
The US DOE's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), reports it has been selected as one of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs) to share in $40 million DOE funding in support of biofuels and bioproducts R&D. The funding is part of the the Office of Biological and Environmental Research within DOE's Office of Science.

JBEI was among three BRCs established by DOE a decade ago to accelerate fundamental research in advanced, next-generation biofuels, and to make such technology cost-effective and widely available. The other two centers were the BioEnergy Science Center, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in partnership with Michigan State University.

To date, JBEI research has yielded 672 peer-reviewed publications, 85 licenses, 23 patents, and five startups. JBEI has contributed to many scientific achievements, including: engineering bioenergy crops to increase sugar-containing polymers and decrease lignin in plant cell walls; developing an affordable and scalable ionic liquid pretreatment technology; developing microbial routes for the conversion of biomass-derived sugars into advanced, "drop-in" blendstocks for gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels. (Source: JBEL, PR, 17 July, 2017) Contact: LBL,; DOE Office of Science,

Al-Corn Modernization-Expansion Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
Al-Corn Clean Fuel
Date: 2017-07-19
Claremont, Minnesota-based Al-Corn Clean Fuel Co-Op is reporting that its plant expansion and modernization project is several months ahead of the scheduled July, 2018 completion. The expansion includes two 112-foot silos, two 2 million gallon ethanol storage tanks, four 75-feet tall fermenters with a total capacity 4 million gallons, and new corn storage bins.

Al-Corn, founded in 1994, grinds 17.5 million bpy of corn and produces 50 million gpy of ethanol. The expansion and modernization will expand ethanol production to 120 million gpy. (Source: Al-Corn,, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Al-Corn Clean Fuel , Randall Doyal, CEO, (507) 681-7100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Al-Corn Clean Fuel,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  

EeMAP Energy Efficient Mortgage Website Launched (Ind. Report)
EU,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-07-19
The Energy efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP) Initiative, a market-led and first-of-its-kind initiative, aims to incentivize people to purchase energy efficient properties or improve the energy efficiency of existing properties by offering preferential finance linked to the mortgage.

The initiative aims to demonstrate that energy efficiency has risk mitigation effects for lenders because of its impact in enhancing a borrower's ability to service their loan and on the value of the property which could, therefore, qualify for a better capital treatment.

EeMAP is an initiative by the European Mortgage Federation -- European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC); UK Green Buildings Council; Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Ca' Foscari University of Venice, E.ON and SAFE Goethe University Frankfurt. The project has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The website also hosts a series of videos summarizing the debates held at the Kick-Off Meeting and the comments of key supporters, including MEP Bendt Bendtsen, rapporteur on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. (Source: EeMap, Lending News, 18 July, 2017) Contact: EeMAP Initiative, Twitter at @EEMActionPlan.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  EU,  

ConEd Energy Management, Efficiency Program Extended (Ind. Report)
New York State Public Service Commission,Consolidated Edison
Date: 2017-07-19
In the Empire State, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) reports it has extended and expanded Consolidated Edison's (ConEd) Brooklyn Queens Demand Management (BQDM) program which is expected to save customers approximately $24.5 million over the life of the program.

BDQM will add additional distributed energy resources -- fuel cells, solar power, battery storage and thermal storage -- that will enable ConEd to delay additional traditional infrastructure construction and thus create savings for customers. ConEd's Energy efficiency initiatives have resulted in more than 110 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of annual energy reduction for small business hours and 27 GWh in multi-family residences and individual apartments, according to the NY PSC release. (Source: NY PSC, Energy Manager, 17 July, 2017) Contact: New York State PSC, (518) 474-7080,; Con Edison, Vicki Kuov, (212) 460-4600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  New York State Public Service Commission,  Consolidated Edison ,  

Pace Avenue Scores up to $1.5Mn Sunshot Funding (Funding)
SunShot Initiative,Pace Avenue
Date: 2017-07-19
The U.S. DOE SunShot Initiative reports it will award Oakland, California-based Pace Avenue up to $1.5 million as part of its SunShot Technology to Market 3 (T2M3) program. The grant will fund the development of "big data" and predictive analytics to identify homeowners, especially low- and moderate-income (LMI) homeowners, who could use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to install solar as well as make energy efficiency improvements. Pace Avenue will provide a match of up to $1.5 million for the two-year project.

The SunShot T2M3 funding program supports solar energy R&D and aims to maintain and accelerate the growth of next generation solar power technologies.

All T2M3 grants are subject to final negotiation between the awardee and recipient. (Source: Pace Avenue, PR Web, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Pace Avenue, Micah Myers, CEO CEO,; SunShot Technology to Market 3 (T2M3) program,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunShot Initiative,  Solar,  

Energy Efficiency Projects Save $54.5Mn in UAE (Int'l. Report)
Regulatory & Supervisory Bureau
Date: 2017-07-19
In its 2016 annual report, the Dubai Regulatory & Supervisory Bureau (RSB) for electricity and water notes that by the end of 2016, Dubai's accredited energy service companies have launched energy efficiency projects worth nearly $54.45 million. The projects are expected to deliver annual electricity savings of 95 gigawatt hours and water savings of 210 million imperial gallons (MIGD), and nearly 2,000 buildings will benefit from retrofitting for greater energy efficiency and savings.

The RSB also notes that power plants licensed by the RSB will constitute 18 pct of power generation capacity by 2021, with cooling accounting for one-half or more of electricity demand. The report also notes that cooling systems using recycled water for cooling consume as much as 30 pct less power than air-based cooling systems. (Source: Gov. of Dubai,, 17 July, 2017)Contact: Regulatory & Supervisory Bureau, + 971 4 3072024,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency ,  

Winery Solar System to Offset 95 pct of Power Bill (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-07-19
In the Golden State, Napa-based Monticello Vineyards reports it has installed a solar system expected to offset 95 pct of its monthly electric utility bill.

The solar PV system, provided and installed by Sugarland, Texas-headquartered SolarCraft Inc. utilizes 540 SunPower 327-watt solar panels, will produce 280,000 kWh annually, and pay for itself within 7 years, according to SolarCraft. (Source: SolarCraft Inc., Energy Manager, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Monticello Vineyards,; SolarCraft, (281) 340-1224,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  PV,  

Did Trump Hoodwink French Pres.? (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-07-19
While re-capping his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, asserted in a Sunday report by Le Journal du Dimanche that the American leader may rescind his universally criticized withdrawal of the U.S. from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

The neophyte French President was apparently under "the Donald's" spell and based his judgement on a vague Trump comment "that he would try to find a solution in the coming months."

Trump will no doubt deny the comment as "fake news." We can only hope that Macron has not been deceived. (Source: Sputnik, Various Other Media, July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  

Winery Energy Efficiency, Storage Saves $15Mn (Ind. Report)
Jackson Family Wines
Date: 2017-07-19
In Santa Rosa, California, Jackson Family Wines (JFW) reports that its 2015 installation of 21 Tesla Energy Power Wall stationary energy storage systems with a total 4.2 megawatts of storage capacity, along with other energy efficiency measures, have cut energy costs by more than $15 million. They also reduced the energy and water required to produce one gallon of wine.

The company is committed to reinvesting the energy efficiency savings in onsite renewable energy. (Source: Jackson Family Wines, Energy Manager, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Jackson Family Wines, (707)544-4000,; Tesla Powerwall,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  Tesla Power Wall,  ,  Energy Storage,  

Calif. Climate Change Act Extended to 2030 (Reg & Leg)
California Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2017-07-19
On Monday in Sacramento, the California State House and Senate Legislature extended the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 -- the Golen State's cap-and-trade climate change program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Act limits carbon emissions and requires polluters to acquire permits for each ton of carbon released. The program is the only one of its kind in the U.S. and is generally seen as a model for using regulatory financial pressure to encourage carbon-emitting industries to cut emission levels. The bill was supported by Governor Jerry Brown, national environmental groups and business interests seeking to limit emissions and fighting climate change. State law requires California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 pct from 1990 levels by 2030.(Source: The Standard, AP, Various Other Media, I, 18 July, 2017)

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

CWRU Testing PERC Solar Cell Durability (Ind. Report)
Case Western Reserve University
Date: 2017-07-19
In CLeveland, Case Western Reserve University reports it has been awarded $1.47 million in federal grant funding to determine the durability of a new, more powerful solar panel design that is presently commercially available.

The new "Passivated Emitter Rear Cell" (PERC) typically boosts the output of an off-the-shelf solar panel by 10 pct. And manufacturers can make the design changes without major re-tooling of production lines. What this means for customers is that installers can use fewer solar panels to get the same level of power, lowering the overall cost of a project. Or, if space is not an issue and the budget not as critical, installers can boost the total output of a solar array. (Source: Case Western Reserve University,, 14 July,2017) Contact: Case Western Reserve Univ., Roger French, CWRU Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension (SDLE) Research Center, (216) 368-3655,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  

EDF Renewable Energy Acquires Nevada Solar Projects (M&A)
EDF Renewable Energy,First Solar
Date: 2017-07-19
San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy recently has announced its acquisition of two solar project presently under construction in Nevada from Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar Inc. Terms of the deal, which was announce on July 14, have not been disclosed.

NV Energy subsidiaries Nevada Power Co. and Sierra Pacific Power Co. will purchase power from the two projects. Although this acquisition is EDF's entry into Nevada, the company has developed nine gigawatts of wind, solar, biomass and biogas projects in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. (Source: EDF, San Diego Bus. Journal, Others, 14 July, 2017) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Ryan Pfaff, Exec. VP, Tim Wheeler, Onshore Wind Development Manager,; First Solar, Brian Kunz, VP Project Dev., Steve Krum (602) 427-3359,, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewable Energy,  Solar,  First Solar ,  

Duke Unveils Kentucky Solar Power Plant Plans (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2017-07-19
Charlottle, NC-headquartered Duke Energy is reporting plans to develop, build and operate three solar power plants on sites in Kenton and Grant counties Kentucky . Power from the three projects will incorporate approximately 31,500 solar panel and generate roughly 6.8 MW that will be fed onto Duke Energy Kentucky's electric grid.

Construction is expected to get underway later this summer for completion by the year end. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 14 July, 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Kentucky, Jim Henning, Pres.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Duke Energy Kentucky,  Solar,  

Granite State Renewable Energy Rebates on Hold (Ind. Report)
NH Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2017-07-19
The NH Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports that due to exceedingly high demand and a long waiting list valued at $1.5 million, the state-managed rebate program for renewable energy investments is being put "on hold" at least until September. The hold order applies to the Commercial and Industrial Solar Rebate Program, as well as the Residential Solar and Wind Rebate Program, are closed to new applicants until at least September 1st.

The residential rebate program provides a one-time incentive of up to $2,500 for installation of new solar panels and wind turbines. According to the PUC, the program budget for fiscal year 2017 was approximately $2.4 million. As of May 23rd, the funds were fully reserved, and by the close of the fiscal year, on June 30th, the wait list exceeded $500,000 in potential rebates. The rebates are funded through "alternative compliance payments" assessed on electric suppliers. . (Source: NH Public Utilities Commission, NHPR, 17 July, 2017) Contact: NH Public Utilities Commission, (603) 271-2431,

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

Siemens Shuttering Ontario Wind Blade Plant (Ind. Report)
Siemens Wind Power
Date: 2017-07-19
Canadian-based Siemens Wind Power Ltd. reports that due to falling prices, changing demands and increasing completion, it is shuttering its wind turbine blade plant in Tillsonburg, Ontario.

The plant was commissioned 6 years ago as part of a province-wide effort to boost the province's reputation as a "renewable-energy hub." (Source: Siemens Wind Power, CBC, Others, 18 July, 2017) Contact: Siemens Wind Power, David Hickey, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Wind Power,  Wind Blade,  

Notable Quote

Date: 2017-07-19
"It's up to you and it's up to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of climate change.

"President Trump is trying to get out of the Paris agreement, but he doesn't speak for the rest of America. We in California and in states all across America believe it's time to act, it's time to join together and that's why at this climate action summit we're going to get it done." -- California Governor Jerry Brown)Contact: Governor of California, Edmund G. (Jerry) Browm, (916) 445-2841,

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

ACCIONA Acquires Balance of Ontario's Ripley Wind Farm (M&A)
ACCIONA Energy,Suncor Energy
Date: 2017-07-19
Renewable energy developer ACCIONA Energy International (AEI) reports that its Canadian subsidiary has acquired 50 pct of the 76 MW Ripley Wind Farm from Suncor Energy Inc. The Ripley Wind Farm was originally built as a joint venture by Suncor and ACCIONA in 2007. With the acquisition, AEI becomes the wind farm's sole owner and operator.

The Ripley Wind Farm near the eastern shore of Lake Huron generates sufficient electric power for 24,000 homes and has a 20-year PPA with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). (Source: Acciona, PR, 18 July, 2017) Contact: Suncor Energy Steve Williams, Pres., CEO, Sustainability Office, (800) 558-9071,,; ACCIONA Energy Canada, (416) 214-7040,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACCIONA Energy,  Wind,  Suncor Energy ,  

Overstock HQ Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-07-19
Overstock's 231,000-square-foot Peace Coliseum global headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded LEED Gold Certification.

Features contibuting to the LEED Gold Certification include the selection of a former EPA Superfund site as the location; installation of View Dynamic Glass to reduce energy costs; a heating and cooling system that uses variable refrigerant flow technology that transfers heat energy created from an onsite data center to heat the building; water-saving plumbing fixtures; fresh air intake monitoring system; sourcing one third of the facility's construction materials from within 500 miles; sourcing nearly one quarter of construction materials from recycled components; and adjacency to a commuter rail and other public transportation. (Source: Overstock, USGBC, HomeWorld Business, 18 July, 2017)Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,; Overstock, (801) 947-3100,

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

UPM's Straw Ethanol Plants Left Blowing in the Wind (Int'l)
Date: 2017-07-19
The future of Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels' proposed straw bioethanol plants in Myllykoski and Savonlinna in southeast Finland appears to be in doubt with the reported failure of an un-named Shenzen-based Chinese investor to supply €200 million of agreed upon funding.

The Chinese investor was supposed to sign the financing agreement in March this year so that the facilities could begin production in June 2019. The Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy previously awarded €30 million in grant funding to the planned bioethanol plants in an arrangement that is valid until the end of July. (Source: UPM Biofuels, Kouvolan Sanomat, Yle, 17 July, 2017)Contact: UPM Biofuels, +358 45 265 1345,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM,  Bioethanol,  Straw Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  

World's GHG Policies "Not Enough, " Scientists Say (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-07-19
New research indicates that simply reducing greenhouse gas emissions is not enough to avoid the massive costs and environmental destruction that young people are likely to face if the effects of climate change compound and worsen. The research is part of the scientific basis for legal action in Juliana et al. v. United States, filed in Eugene, Oregon Federal Court in 2015 by 21 young people, claiming the president and major government agencies are violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by failing to address climate change.

According to a just published Columbia University study by Professor James Hansen, former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies , most carbon in the atmosphere can be removed through improved forestry and agricultural practices alone, which would be comparatively inexpensive, and could enhance forest products and soil fertility. And, while reforestation and other measures to remove CO2 from the atmosphere will help, elevated fossil fuel emissions will require costly technological solutions to extract additional CO2 and prevent global warming.

However, if CO2 emissions grow at a rate of 2 pct a year -- they rose 2.6 pct a year from 2000 to 2015 -- nations would need to extract more than 1,100 gigatons of carbon from the atmosphere by 2100. This could be achieved only by using expensive technological solutions, according to the study. According to Hansen, CO2 should be reduced to fewer than 350 ppm from the current level of about 400 ppm. To do so, nations must reduce CO2 emissions by 6 pct a year by 2021, and extract roughly 165 gigatons ( 1 gigaton = 1 billion tonnes) of carbon from the atmosphere by 2100. Even if global average temperatures stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels -- the primary goal of the 2015 Paris climate agreement -- climate feedbacks could be "slowed," to the partial melting of ice sheets and resulting sea level rise. (Source: Court News, July, 2017)

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

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

Atlantic Renewable Energies' 5th Brazilian Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
Atlantic Renewable Energies
Date: 2017-07-17
In Curitiba, Brazil, Atlantic Renewable Energies reports that construction of its R$ 1.3 billion Lagoa do Barro Wind Farm Complex in Piaui state, Brazil, is now underway. At full operating capacity, the complex will incorporate eight wind farms with a total of 65 wind turbines with a total capacity of 195 MW.

The Lagoa do Barro Wind Farm Complex is the company's fifth development since 2009. The company currently has active operations in Bahia, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina -- 652 megawatts of power have already been sold.

Atlantic Renewable Energies is 100 pct controlled by the British private equity investment fund Actis, which has a growing portfolio of investments in Asia, Africa and Latin America. (Source: Atlantic Energias Renovaveis, PR, 13 July, 2017) Contact: Atlantic Energias Renovaveis, +55 41 3079-7100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Atlantic Renewable Energies,  

House Anti-Climate Change Amendment Defeated (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-07-17
Last Thursday in Washington, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected an amendment proposed by Arizona Rep. Scott Perry (R) that would have blocked a requirement in the pending National Defense Authorization Act for the armed services to study the impact of climate change on the military over the next 20 years.

That requirement was included in Democratic amendment requiring each military service to identify which 10 of its bases were most threatened by the effects of climate change. That amendment passed with support from Republicans. (Source: Climate Solutions Caucus, Think Progress, Others, 14 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

Shell Commits $1Bn to Clean New Energies Division (Ind. Report)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2017-07-17
Bloomberg is reporting that Royal Dutch Shell will spend as much as $1 billion per year on its New Energies division as the company expands into renewable power and electric vehicles.

Shell sees opportunities in hydrogen fuel-cells, liquefied natural gas and next-generation biofuels for air travel, shipping and heavy freight, especially in countries and regions that are not locked into coal-driven fossil fuel energy.

Shell says these regions and countries can potentially transition directly onto a less energy-intensive pathways to development but will still require fossil fuels to develop steel, cement and other energy intensive industries. (Source: Shell, Strait Times, 10 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  

NLC India Focused on Transition to Renewable Energy (Int'l)
NLC India
Date: 2017-07-17
In Kolkata, Indian state-owned lignite thermal power producer NLC India Ltd. -- aka Neyveli Lignite Corporation -- reports it is moving away from lignite power production and investing heavily in renewable energy.

The company recently won a 709 MW solar project in Tamil Nadu. and anticipates a total generating capacity of 1,500 MW by 2018 inceasing to 4,200 MW by 2020. This would include around 3,999 MW of solar power capacity and another 207 MW of wind energy projects. The company intends to establish 995 MW of solar generation capacity each at Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. The plant in Tamil Nadu is expected to be ready by March 2019 while that in Uttar Pradesh would come online by September 2019. (Source: NLC India Ltd., Economic Times, 12 July, 2017) Contact: NLC India Ltd.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NLC India,  Renewable Energy,  India Renewable Energy,  

IBC SOLAR Touts Expanded Services Range (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2017-07-17
In Bad Staffelstein, Germany PV and energy storage systems provider IBC SOLAR AG reports that solar installers in more than 30 countries are tapping into its new "Take-Care packages."

IBC SOLAR's "Empowering" package involves IBC SOLAR also providing support with an extensive system design, circuit diagrams and parts lists as well as telephone support to help put the system into operation. The "Ensuring" premium package also includes on-site support with a handover report and an optional workshop for service and maintenance work.

IBC SOLAR has been active in the photovoltaic and battery storage sector for more than 35 years and has more than 7,000 installed storage systems of all sizes worldwide. (Source: IBC Solar, PR, 13 July, 2017) Contact: IBC Solar, Albert Engelbrecht, Director Solutions International,

More Low-Carbon Energy News IBC SOLAR,  Solar,  PV,  Energy Storage,  

SynSel Energy Plans Ontonagon Advanced Biofuels Plant (Ind. Report)
SynSel Energy
Date: 2017-07-17
Elmhurst, Illinois-headquartered SynSel Energy, Inc reports it has chosen the town of Ontonagon, Michigan, as one of two initial U.S. sites for construction of an advanced biofuels from waste woody biomass plant.

SynSel Energy, Inc., is partnering with a U.S.-based financier and Lost Bowl Development, LLC, to develop the $300 million biorefinery at the site of the shuttered Smurfit-Stone Paper Mill in Ontonagon. A second identical $300 million plant will be developed by SynSel in Lumberton, Mississippi. SynTel Energy has developed, owns and operates biorefineries in the U.S. and Canada.. (Source: SynSel Energy, Daily Globe, 17 July, 2017) (Contact: SynSel Energy, Tim Tawoda, CEO, )630),

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel news,  Cellulosic Biofuel news,  

German-Turkish Consortium Chases Turkish Wind Power Project (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,Turkerler Energy
Date: 2017-07-17
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports it has joined with Kalyon Construction, and Turkerler Energy in a tripartite consortium that will participate in an upcoming Turkish Wind Energy Renewable Energy Resource Area (YEKA) project bidding valued at an estimated $1.2 billion.

The Zonguldak Wind Energy project requires at least 65 pct local technology and equipment inputs inputs to establish wind power plants that will have a combined output of 1,000 MW and meet the electric power requirements of 1.2 million households when commissioned in 2023. The consortium also agreed on long-term cooperation and will cover possible future YEKA projects. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, DAILY SABAH , 13 July, 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,; Turkerler Energy,; Kalyon Construction,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Turkey Wind,  

DOE Invests Additional $46M in Solar Energy Sector (Funding)
SunShot Initiative
Date: 2017-07-17
Last Wednesday, the US DOE Energy reports it was investing $46.2 million in 48 solar energy projects as part of its SunShot Initiative.

The SunShot program began in 2011 and has a goal of making solar energy cost-competitive with traditional energy by 2020. Through this program, the federal government funds solar research at National Laboratories, the study of solar panel use on federal lands, education on the benefits of solar energy, and solar incentives and subsidies. $25.7 million of the new funding will provide investment funding for 20 startup solar energy companies.

Although the SunShot program is receiving funding now, its future is uncertain. In FY2017, the Department of Energy dedicated $285 million to support SunShot. This was about 45 percent of the total funds earmarked for renewable energy development that year. (Source: US DOE, Inside Sources, Others, 13 July, 2017) Contact: SunShot Initiative, Charlie Gay, Dir.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunShot Initiative,  Solar,  

Minn. Soybeans Used in Bio-based Asphalt Sealant (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council
Date: 2017-07-17
The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council in Mankato, Minn., reports that the state's top agricultural crop, soybeans, are being used by BioSpan Technologies, Inc., of Washington, Missouri, in the production of RePLAY®; Agricultural Oil Seal and Preservation Agent, a 56 percent soybean biobased sealant for asphalt.

To date, the product has been used as a sealant on approximately 118,000 lane miles in Minnesota. Approximately 100 bushels of soybeans are required to manufacture a single lane mile of coverage. RePLAY not only extends the life of asphalt surfaces, but cuts down on labor costs, reduces road closures during application, and eliminates the harmful fumes of petroleum products used for road maintenance.

The research development of RePLAY was funded with farmer checkoff dollars, invested to identify markets and uses for Minnesota soybeans. Minnesota farmers produce more than 3 billion bpy of soybeans a portion of which is used to produce more than 70 million gpy of biodiesel fuel. (Source: Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, PR, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Mike Youngerberg,; , BioSpan Technologies, Inc., (636) 583-7974,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council,  Soybean,  Biodiesel,  Cassava Bioethanol,  

Sunbird, Mahtani Plan Zambian Cassava Bioethanol Plant (Int'l)
Sunbird Bio-energy
Date: 2017-07-17
Mahtani Group of Companies has partnered with Sierra Leone-headquartered Sunbird Bio-Energy Africa to invest $250 million 2 in a cassava bio-ethanol plant in Kawambwa District Luapula Province. The plant, which will be the first of its kind in Africa, will create a combined 32-MW power plant and 120 million liters of ethanol. (Source: Mahtani, Sunbied, ZNBC, 15 July, 2017) Contact: Sunbird Bio-energy,; Mahtani Group of Companies, Rajan Mahtani,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunbird Bio-energy,  Cassava Bioetrhanol ,  

Warburg Pincus Invests $100 mln in India's Cleanmax Solar (Int'l)
Cleanmax Solar,* Warburg Pincus
Date: 2017-07-17
NYC-headquartered private equity investment firm Warburg Pincus reports it has invested $100 million in India's largest rooftop solar developer, Cleanmax Solar. The funds will be used to help grow the company's rooftop sol;ar business in India. CleanMax Solar enjoys 24 pct market share in India's rapidly expanding rooftop solar market. (Source: CleanMax Solar, Reuters, Bridge to India, 13 July, 2017) Contact: Cleanmax Solar, 022-23676787 / 88,; Warburg Pincus, (212) 878-0600,

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Off-grid Energy Storage Systems Market 2017 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-07-17
Off-grid Energy Storage Systems Market 2017, a new research report from Fior Markets offers a thorough and complete study of off-grid energy storage systems, market size, market trends, applications, utilization ratio, import and export analysis, production capacity, prices, key players and related details during the 2017 to 2022 period.

Review report details HERE. (Source: TechAnnouncer, 13 July, 2017) Contact: Fiormarkets,

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OVPI, POWERCHINA Partner on 500MW Pumped-Storage Hydropower Project (Ind. Report)
Power Construction Corporation of China, Olympia Violago Water & Power
Date: 2017-07-17
Philippines renewable energy developer Olympia Violago Water & Power, Inc. (OVPI) reports it has sealed a deal with the Power Construction Corporation of China (POWERCHINA) for the design, procurement and construction of the proposed 500MW Wawa Pumped-Storage Hydropower Project (Wawa PSP) being developed by San Lorenzo Ruiz Builders and Developers (SLRB) and Singapore-headquartered Equis Energy. Equis is Asia-Pacific's largest renewable energy independent power producer (IPP).

The $1 billion energy storage project will assist in grid management and deliver 500MW of mid-merit and peak energy to the Philippine power market. The project is slated to begin construction by the end of 2017 for commissioning in early 2022. (Source: OPVI, Renewables News, 14 July, 2017) Contact: Equis Energy,; Power Construction Corporation of China,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Energy Storage,  

NRG's Return to Coal a "Strategy Built for Disaster" (Ind. Report)
NRG Energy
Date: 2017-07-17
On Wednesday, NRG Energy reported it was unloading its renewable energy assets and revert to coal and natural to fire its power plants. According to the Motley Fool, the return to coal and natural gas is expected to save the utility $1.065 billion in costs from operations, most of which will be realized by the end of 2018. The sale of between $2.5 billion and $4 billion in renewables assets would also remove $13 billion in debt and generate $6.3 billion in excess cash from the business by 2020.

According to the Motley Fool, NRG is "taking all of its forward-thinking assets with growth opportunities, from wind and solar to EV charging stations, and abandoning them to focus on aging energy assets is a "strategy built for disaster." (Source: NRG, Motley Fool 15 July, 2017) Contact: NRG Energy Inc., (609) 524-4500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRG Energy ,  Renewable Energy,  Coal,  

US EIA Reports April Densified Biomass Fuel Production (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-07-17
According to recently released U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data on the U.S. densified biomass fuel industry, there was nearly 12.71 million tons of capacity in place in April, 2017, including more than 12.09 million tons listed as currently operational or temporarily not in operation. An additional 163,500 tons of capacity is listed as planned or under construction.

The EIA data included 89 operating manufacturers of densified biomass fuel that purchased 810,000 tons of raw biomass feedstock, produced 480,000 tons of densified fuel, and sold 460,000 tons of densified biofuel fuel. Heating pellets accounted for 85,170 tons of production, while utility pellets accounted for 397,456 tons.

Domestically, respondents reported that sales of densified biomass fuel reached 69,290 tons in April, averaging $146.61 per ton. An additional 387,542 tons were exported, averaging $127.98 per ton. (Source: US EIA, 10 July, 2017) Contact: US EIA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  US EIA,  densified biomass,  

Xcel Plans Benson Power Biomass Plant Closing (Ind. Report)
Benson Power,Fibrowatt
Date: 2017-07-17
Following-up on our May 1, 2017 coverage, Xcel Energy reports it is seeking Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approval to cease power production and terminate its Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Benson Power LLC in Benson, Minnesota.

The Benson facility, the first power plant in the U.S. designed to burn poultry litter as its main source of fuel, generates 55 MW of electric power from a combination of turkey manure and wood chips. All of the energy is purchased by Xcel Energy. The plant, which was developed by Fibrowatt LLC, part of the Homeland Renewable Energy Group, went into production in 2007.

Xcel Energy has made four other filings with the PUC related to ending the state's biomass mandate requiring it to purchase power produced from wood chips, turkey litter and other biomass. (Source: Xcel Energy, Swift County Monitor-News, Others, July 14, 2017) Contact: Benson Energy, (320) 843-9013; Xcel Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fibrominn,  Turkey Litter,  Woody Biomass,  Xcel Energy,  Benson Power,  

IWI Plans Ontario Woody Biomass Pellets Plant (Ind. Report)
International Wood Industries
Date: 2017-07-17
Turlock, California-headquartered International Wood Industries (IWI) reports it will invest approximately $140 million in a wood products facility near Bonfield, Ontario. In addition, wood waste from the operation will be used on site to create pellets for home heating.

Work could begin on site as early as this fall, with construction completed by December of 2018 in time for production to start up in early 2019. The site is expected to include a sawmill, dry kilns and a planer mill, moulder mill, and CNC facilities (computer numerical control) in addition to ancillary buildings in support of the main processing plants.(Source: International Wood Industries, North Bay Nugget, 13 July, 2017) Contact: International Wood Industries, Gary Medwid, Pres., (209) 632-3300,

Schneider Electric Intos PowerTag Energy Sensor (New Prod & Tech)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2017-07-17
Energy management specialist Schneider Electric is reporting the launch of The PowerTag, a new product designed to make monitoring electrical assets easier for building owners and facility managers.

The PowerTag, which can be installed on any type of building, provides real-time measurements of currents, voltages, power, power factor and energy. Data from the PowerTag can be wirelessly sent to a concentrator and displayed via a webpage, or to other energy management and building management systems. Customized mail alerts can also be set up to enable remote monitoring. (Source: Schneider Electric, Channel News, 14 July, 2017) Contact: Schneider Electric,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Management,  Energy Monitoring,  

Energy Optimizers Secures PACE Funding for New Ohio Long-term Care Facility (Ind. Report)
Energy Optimizers,Property Assessed Clean Energy
Date: 2017-07-17
Upon opening later this year, the Livingston Health Care & Rehabilitation Center in Washington Township, Ohio, will be the first project in the Buckeye State to install solar energy using Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) funding. The funding was expedited in coordination from Energy Optimizers, USA.

PACE funding enables property owners to pay for property energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy installations by borrowing money through government loans or bonds.

The 100,000 sq-ft, $20 million long-term care facility, which is currently under construction, will incorporate both solar pv and solar thermal energy, LED lighting, high efficiency HVAC systems, and increased insulation as part of a $3.1 million energy efficiency features. Financing for the Livingston project will be provided through the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority and the Dayton Regional Energy Special Improvement District, Inc.

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs. (Source: Energy Optimizers USA, PR, 12 July, 2017) Contact: Energy Optimizers USA, Greg Smith, CEO, (937) 877-1919,; PACE,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Optimizers,  PACE Funding,  Property Assessed Clean Energy ,  

Manitoba Announces 100th LEED Building Certification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-07-17
On the Canadian prairies, the province of Manitoba reports the completion of 100 Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) LEED certified projects totaling 601,753 square-meters of space. Seventy-two of the certified buildings are in in Winnipeg, six are in Brandon and the remaining 22 projects are spread across the province. The 100 LEED certified projects include 41 silver, 34 gold and 9 platinum. (Source: Canada GBC, PR, Daily Commercial News, 14 July, 2017)Contact: CaGBC, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CaGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certfication,  

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