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Georgia Tech Wins $500,000 Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power,Georgia Tech
Date: 2017-07-17
Georgia Power reports it has issued a $500,000 energy efficiency rebate check to Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in recognition of the school's energy efficiency upgrades at two on campus facilities. The $500,000 rebate is the largest single rebate ever issued through the company's Commercial Energy Efficiency Program.

Georgia Tech earned the rebate by completing various energy efficiency upgrades including upgrading central water chillers, replacing existing motors with high efficiency inverter rated motors and conversions of condenser water pumps, and others. The upgrades are expected to save Georgia Tech more than 16 million kWh annually.

Georgia Power has awarded more than $44 million in rebates through the Commercial Energy Efficiency program since the program's inception in 2011. (Source: Georgia Power, PR, Various Media, 14 July, 2017) Contact: Georgia Power, www.georgiapower.com/commercialsavings

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


New England CO2 Emissions Down Since RGGI Inception (Ind. Report)
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Date: 2017-07-17
Contrary to U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Administration's apparent determination to debunk global climate change and its non-interest in reducing greenhouse gas pollution, the New England states and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) are considering more aggressive curbs on power plant carbon emissions.

The RGGI market-based cap-and-trade program sets limits on CO2 emissions in the nine RGGI member states -- Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. RGGI member state power generators can buy and sell emission allowances under the program which can give a financial boost to cleaner renewable energy sources.

RGGI notes that since its 2009 inception, carbon pollution is down 40 pct, electricity prices are down 3 pct, and RGGI member state economies have grown by 25 pct, none of which is directly or solely attributable to RGGI. (Source: MPR, RGGI, 17 July., 2017) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative,  RGGI,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Cap-and-Trade,  


Christie Blocks NJ RGGI Membership Again (Reg & Leg)
RGGI
Date: 2017-07-17
The Garden State's Democratic-controlled State Assembly's recent vote requiring the state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) has been defeated again by former republican presidential wannabe and state governor Chris Christie. On Thursday, July 13, Christie vetoed the assembly's legislative measure requiring the state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Christie withdrew his state from RGGI in 2011 on the grounds that it was ineffective and a tax on utility customers. Since then, he has blocked and discouraged all legislative efforts to rejoin RGGI.

When it was a RGGI member, New Jersey received over $100 million from the program, much of which was diverted to prop-up the state budget or fund other programs. (Source: NJ Spotlight, Others, 13 JUly, 2017) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.orgy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chis Christie,  RGGI,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Diesel Truck Fleet Emissions Drop 30 pct (Ind. Report)
Diesel Technology Forum
Date: 2017-07-17
A recent study by technical research firm IHS Markit for the Diesel Technology Forum has found that the U.S. diesel-powered heavy truck fleet of about 3 million vehicles is now more fuel efficient and 30 pct cleaner in terms of emissions than it was five years ago.

According to the study, the newest generation commercial vehicles have saved 4.2 billion gallons of diesel fuel and reduced 43 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), 21 million tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 1.2 million tons of particulate matter. Since 2011, U.S. diesel trucks were required to meet NOx emissions of no more than 0.2 grams per brake horse-power hour. This is in addition to particulate emissions levels of no more than 0.01 grams per brake horse-power hour set in 2007. (Source: Diesel Technology Forum, American Shipper, 14 July, 2017) Contact: Diesel Technology Forum, Allen Schaeffer, Exec. Dir., (301) 668-7230, aschaeffer@dieselfourm.org www.dieselforum.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions,  Diesel Technology Forum,  nitrogen oxides,  


Xcel, Energy CENTS Partner on St. Paul Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2017-07-14
In St. Paul, Xcel Energy reports it is partnering with the Energy CENTS Coalition on a community solar garden offering to help the city's Railroad Island area residents cut energy consumption and lower their energy bills.

Subscriptions to the program will be available without a credit check, long-term commitment or up-front payments. The program will include a free home energy audit to identify and install low-cost energy efficiency measures and provide energy conservation tips. Pending approvals, the program is expected to launch in 2018. (Source: Xcel Energy, EL&P, Others, 11 July, 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy-Minnesota, www.xcelenergy.com; Energy CENTS Coalition, (651) 774-9010, www.energycents.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Solar Garden,  Community Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  


2016 Clean Energy Spending 43 pct of Total Energy Investment, says IEA (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2017-07-14
The International Energy Agency's (IEA) World Energy Investment Report finds that global spending on energy fell by 12 pct overall in 2016, marking the second-consecutive year that investment has dropped as less money is funneled into costly gas and oil infrastructure. Even so, the reality for renewables looks brighter than ever as more and more funds are steered towards clean energy.

According to the report, there was a 12 pct fall in global energy investment in 2016, but equally significant is the fact that clean energy spending claimed a record 43 pct share of all expenditures.

The IEA calculates that $1.7 trillion was invested in the global energy sectors in 2016 -- 2.2 pct of global GDP. Spending on the electricity sector outstripped investment in gas, oil and coal supply for the first time ever – marking a notable tilt away from traditional thermal energies towards renewables and nuclear.

The U.S., meanwhile, accounted for 16 pct of global energy spending despite registering a sharp decline in oil and gas investment. With China, India and the U.S. cutting back on thermal power investment, carbon emissions stagnated in 2016 for the third year in a row, the IEA report found. (Source: IEA, 11 July, 2017)Contact: International Energy Agency, www.iea.org

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


InnoEnergy Investment Round Funding Available Year-round (Funding)
InnoEnergy
Date: 2017-07-14
Netherlands-based sustainable energy innovation company InnoEnergy reports that its Investment Round for the year 2017 is now accessible all year round. So far this year, InnoEnergy's Investment Round has supported seven new projects in the fields of renewables, smart and efficient buildings and energy efficiency totaling €13.5 million.

InnoEnergy backed projects typically have an overall cost of €500,000 to €50 million of which InnoEnergy funds from 20 - 80 pct with an average of 61 pct. InnoEnergy has supported over 90 renewables and other energy related projects totaling €170.5 million since 2011. (Source: InnoEnergy, PV Mag. 11 July, 2017) Contact: InnoEnergy, Diego Pavia, CEO, www.innoenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News InnoEnergy,  Renewable Energy,  


Energy Efficiency Upgrades Save Santa Paula $4Mn (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2017-07-14
In California, the Santa Paula Unified School District is expecting to save nearly $4 million in energy costs with the completion of energy efficiency upgrades performed by Schneider Electric.

Schneider Electric, which performed a facility energy audit and recommended: extensive interior and exterior LED lighting upgrades; heat pump replacements, and others.

The project received a $1.1 million grant fund California's Proposition 39 Clean Energy Jobs Act which provides approximately $550 million "to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy generation in schools." according to information on the Prop 39 page. An additional $2.7 million was provided by the Santa Paula district via an energy savings contract that offsets the cost of the upgrades with future operational and utility cost savings. (Source: T.H.E. Journal, 11 July, 2017) Contact: Santa Paula United School District, www.santapaulaunified.org; Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Schneider Electric,  


Saint Jean Carbon Advances Carbon Dots Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Saint Jean Carbon Inc
Date: 2017-07-14
Oakville, Ontario-based Saint Jean Carbon Inc, a carbon science company engaged in the design and build of green energy storage, green energy creation and green re-creation through the use of carbon materials, reports that its carbon dots project has a number of carbon nano level projects underway at the University of Western Ontario. In particular a lot of time has been placed on the carbon dots and the ability to create solar energy, recent tests show a significant increase in energy efficiency. The increase means more energy gathered effectively may create better solar panels in the future.

The project intellectual property will be owned on a 50/50 basis with the university and the Company. The project is funded over a two-year period by the Company contributing $10,000.00 per year and an NSERC grant for $100,000.00. The Company also provides "in kind" services and materials to the project. (Source: Saint Jean Carbon Inc., NASDAQ, 11 July, 2017) Contact: Saint Jean Carbon, Paul Ogilvie, CEO and Director, (905) 844-1200, info@saintjeancarbon.com, www.saintjeancarbon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saint Jean Carbon ,  Energy Storage,  


DONG, Siemens Unloading Offshore Wind Transport A2SEA (M&A)
DONG Energy,Siemens
Date: 2017-07-14
DONG Energy and Siemens are reporting an agreement to sell Danish offshore wind transportation and installation company A2SEA to Belgian marine engineering company GeoSea. Terms of the sale were not immediately available. (Source: DONG Energy, Siemens, Zachs, 12 July, 2017) Contact: A2SEA, +45 7592 8211, a2sea@a2sea.com, www.a2sea.com; DONG Energy, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com; GeoSea, +32 3 250 5312, www.deme-group.com/geosea

More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  Siemens,  A2SEA,  Offshore Wind,  GeoSea,  


G20 Communique Chides Trump on Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
G20
Date: 2017-07-14
"The Paris Agreement is irreversible !" That's the crux of the G20 Communique issued at the end of the Hamburg summit. In many ways, the message seems aimed directly at U.S. President Donald Trump and the U.S. withdrawal from the almost universally subscribed to agreement.

"We remain collectively committed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions through, among others, increased innovation on sustainable and clean energies and energy efficiency, and work towards low greenhouse-gas emission energy systems.

"We take note of the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from the Paris (Climate) Agreement. The United States of America announced it will immediately cease the implementation of its current nationally-determined contribution and affirms its strong commitment to an approach that lowers emissions while supporting economic growth and improving energy security needs.

"We reiterate the importance of fulfilling the UNFCCC commitment by developed countries in providing means of implementation including financial resources to assist developing countries with respect to both mitigation and adaptation actions in line with Paris outcomes and note the OECD's report Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth.

"We reaffirm our strong commitment to the Paris Agreement, moving swiftly towards its full implementation in accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances and, to this end, we agree to the G20 Hamburg Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth."

Download the full G20 Communique HERE. (Source: G20, PR, Various Media, July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News G20,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


"Green Building" Standard City Rankings Released -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Maastricht University,CBRE
Date: 2017-07-14
A new study conducted by CBRE in conjunction with Maastricht University, found that institutional owners of office buildings continue to seek "green building" certifications such as US GReen Building Council LEED Certification or ENERGY Star certification -- in the 30 largest U.S. markets.

Of all the buildings surveyed, 10.3 pct have ENERGY Star labels while 4.7 pct are LEED certified.

Chicago is at the head of the list in this year's survey of green office buildings with 66 percent of its office space having green certifications. The index shows Atlanta in third place with 55.1 pct green office buildings followed by Houston in fourth with 53.2 pct and Minneapolis/St. Paul in fifth with 50.9 pct follwed by Los Angeles, Denver, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and Manhattan NYC.

Access the 2017 National Green Building Adoption Index HERE. (Source: CBRE, Curbed Atlanta, 10 July, 2017) Contact: Maastricht University, www.maastrichtuniversity.nl; CBRE, www.cbre.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CBRE,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  LEED Certification,  ENERGY Star,  


BCA Singapore Converting Zero-Energy into Positive-Energy Building (Int'l. Report)
Building and Construction Authority
Date: 2017-07-14
In Singapore, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) reports it is collaborating with Singapore-Berkeley Building Efficiency and Sustainability in the Tropics (SinBerBEST) on research to transform BCA's flagship Zero Energy Building (ZEB) into a positive energy building.

SinBerBEST is a research entity under the National Research Foundation (NRF) CREATE Programme. It is hosted by the University of California Berkeley (UCB), with National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as main partners. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Since its launch in 2009, ZEB has delivered a net zero energy performance for seven continuous years, producing more energy than it consumes with a net surplus of between 7- 9 pct achieved on a yearly basis. The energy efficiency of ZEB will be enhanced to achieve a further 20 pct improvement over the current level and achieve an overall energy surplus of at least 40 pct with the upgrading of the existing solar PV system and savings from the smart technologies including: high-performance dimmable lighting fixtures and controls; demand controlled ventilation; plug loads management system; double skin building facade; wifi-based occupancy monitoring system and various and others. (Source: Singapore Building and Construction Authority , 11 July, 2017) Contact: Singapore Building and Construction Authority, Hugh Lim, CEO, +65 6534 0219, www.bca.gov.sg

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


CA Technologies Cutting GHG Emissions 40 pct by 2030 (Ind Report)
CA Technologies
Date: 2017-07-14
In its annual Sustainability Report, Software developer CA Technologies reports its commitment to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 pct by 2030, from a 2015 baseline.

Since 2006, the company has cut its GHG footprint by approximately 37 pct -- an amount equivalent to powering 5,218 homes for one year, according to the EPA. (Source: CA Technologies, BusinessWire, SYS-CON 11 July, 2017) Contact: CA Technologies, Erica Christensen, VP, Corporate Social Responsibility, www.ca.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CA Technologies,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Greenhouse Gas,  


SynTech Bioenergy Opens Hawaiian Office (Ind. Report)
SynTech Bioenergy
Date: 2017-07-14
Denver-based SynTech Bioenergy reports the opening of its office for sales and field service in Honolulu, Hawaii.

SynTech's BioMax advanced thermal conversion of biomass and other waste materials systems are modular and scalable for electrical output from 165 kW up to 1 MW. They can be powered by a variety of biomass and waste materials, such as wood chips, nut shells, and fruit pits. The systems are fully automated, can be operated and controlled remotely, and neither use nor produce water.

In addition to BioMax, SynTech's technologies include FluiMax, a fluidized bed gasification system suitable for larger applications and processing a wider range of waste materials, and LiquiMax, a proprietary Fischer-Tropsch gas-to-liquids technology for producing liquid fuels from natural gas and waste-derived gases. (Source: SynTech Bioenergy, PR, 10 July, 2017)Contact: SynTech Bioenergy LLC, Jason Erickson, (360) 869-6766, jerickson@syntechbioenergy.com, www.syntechbioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SynTech Bioenergy,  Biomass,  


Colorado Joins U.S. Climate Alliance (Ind. Report)
U.S. Climate Alliance,Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-07-14
On Tuesday 11 July, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) announced that despite Trump's withdrawal, Colorado has joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of states and territories supporting the Paris Climate Agreement on climate change. The other states are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

Hickenlooper said the state will increase its renewable energy usage goals and cut greenhouse gas emissions by one-fourth while keeping energy affordable or even cutting the cost by increasing building energy efficiency and eliminating the need for additional power generation stations.(Source: AP, SF Chronicle, Various Media, 11 July, 2017) Contact: Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, www.colorado.gov/governor

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  U.S. Climate Alliance,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


PNE WIND Subsidiary Sells Vivaldi Springtime Project (M&A)
Windkraft Nord USA,Pattern Development
Date: 2017-07-14
Husum, Germany-headquartered WKN AG subsidiary Windkraft Nord USA Inc. is reporting sale of the project rights of the 80-MW Vivaldi Springtime project in Montana to Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (Pattern Development).

Vivaldi Springtime is a "Qualified Facility" under U.S. law. Construction is expected to get underway this year with commercial operations slated for mid 2018. (Source: Pattern, PNE Wind, 12 July, 2017) Contact: PNE Wind USA, Ron Flax-Davidson, Chairman & CEO, www.pnewindusa.com; Windkraft Nord USA, www.wkn-ag.de/en; Pattern Energy, Pattern Development, Mike Garland , CEO, Pres., Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Pattern Development,  


Siemens, AES Partnering on Grid-Tied Batteries (Ind. Report)
Siemens, AES Corporation
Date: 2017-07-14
Energy giants Siemens and AES Corporation's San Diego subsidiary AES Energy Storage report they are creating a new company tagged FLURNCE. The company will build utility-grade lithium-ion battery energy storage systems to be marketed to utilities and energy providers worldwide.

The Siemens/AES announcement follows AES' deal to build a 100MW/400MWh battery system in Southern California, which would be tied to a new, 1,284 MW combined-cycle natural gas generator which is expected to be online by 2020. The storage is expected to be online by 2021. (Source: Siemens, AES Corp., ARS Technica, 11 July, 2017) Contact: AES Corporation, www.aes.com; Siemens, http://w3.siemens.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  AES Corporation,  Utility-Scale Battery,  Energy Storgae,  


LM Windpower Opens Blade Factory in Turkey (Int'l Report)
LM Wind Power
Date: 2017-07-14
Kolding, Denmark-headquartered wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power reports the launch of a new $50 million plant in Bergama, Turkey.

The plant, which is expected to have a 500 KW manufacturing capacity expandable to 1.5 GW, is the company's first new blade manufacturing site since it was acquired by GE Renewable Energy earlier this year. (Source: LM Wind Power, PR, PEI, 11 July, 2017)Contact: LM Wind Power, Alexis Crama, V.P. Offshore, Marc de Jong, CEO, +45 79 84 00 00, info@lmwindpower.com, www.lmwindpower.com

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


POET Criticizes EPA Mandated Cellulosic Ethanol Volumes (Ind. Report)
POET
Date: 2017-07-14
WNAX Radio 570 in Yankton South Dakota is reporting that POET officials are disappointed with the EPA's RFS volume levels for 2018 for advanced biofuels and cellulosic ethanol, both of which are lower than 2017 statutory levels. Advanced biofuels were 40 million gallons less than in 2017 at 4.24 billion gallons, while cellulosic levels were set at 238 million gallons for 2018.

According to POET official Matt Merritt, that level will curtail any progress for the advanced biofuel industry. Merritt said the EPA needs to give advanced biofuel investors certainty going forward and the best way to do that is through aggressive volume levels. Merritt says POET will be submitting comments on the 2018 RFS volume level proposal and asking for increased numbers in the final rule, according to WNAX (Source: POET, WNAX, 12 July, 2017) Contact: POET, Matt Merritt, (316) 303-1380, www.ethanolproducts.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  RFS,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


Alliance Bio-products Snares Shuttered Fla. Ethanol Plant (M&A)
Alliance Bio-products ,Alliance Bioenergy
Date: 2017-07-14
In the Sunshine State, West Palm Beach-based Alliance Bio-products Inc., a subsidiary of Alliance Bioenergy Plus Inc reports has received approval from the USDA Office of Rural Development (USDA Rural Development) for the collateral purchase of the closed 8 million gpy Ineos ethanol facility in Indian River County, Florida. The purchase includes land, the fully functional plant, and all related equipment and vehicles. (Source: Alliance Bioenergy, Construction & Demolition Recycling, 11 July, 2017)Contact: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Alliance Bio-Products , Jim Brown, Pres., Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106, daniel@alliancebioe.com, www.alliancebioe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance Bio-products,  Alliance Bioenergy ,  


DOE Awards $8Mn for Algal Biofuel, Products R&D (Funding, R&D)
Sapphire Energy,Lumen Bioscience
Date: 2017-07-14
The U.S. DOE recently announced the selection of three projects to receive up to $8 million to support research aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. The following projects will deliver high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms and cultures:
  • Seattle, Washington-based Lumen Bioscience will work with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to engineer strains that grow in seawater, resist contamination and predation, and accumulate substantial amounts of energy-rich components. Lumen Bioscience is focusing on agricultural production of algae on otherwise non-productive land in rural eastern Washington State, with the ultimate goal of creating new agricultural jobs in that region.

  • El Cajon, California-headquartered Global Algae Innovations in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, University of California at San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the J. Craig Venter Institute will deliver a tool for low cost, rapid analysis of algae pond microbiota, gather data on the impacts of pond ecology, and develop new cultivation methods that utilize this information to achieve greater algal productivity.

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, working with San Diego-based Sapphire Energy Inc. at its Las Cruces, New Mexico, field site, will evaluate designed pond cultures containing multiple species of algae, as well as beneficial bacteria, to achieve consistent biomass composition and high productivity. This project will help the algal R&D community better understand these metrics at commercial scales.

    The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy accelerates research and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and innovative solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security and economic vitality, while preserving our natural resources. The Bioenergy Technologies Office contributes to EERE's mission by working with industry, academia, and national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolio of research in algal biofuels technologies. (Source: US DOE, 11 July, 2017) Contact: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, https://energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy; Bioenergy Technologies Office , https://energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; Lumen Bioscience Inc., www.lumenbioscience.com; Sapphire Energy Inc., www.sapphireenergy.com; Global Algae Innovations, www.globalgae.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algal Biofuels,  Algae,  Biofuel,  Sapphire Energy,  Lumen Bioscience ,  


  • UBC Touts New Biofuel Bioreactor Technology (New Prod & Tech)
    University of British Columbia Okanagan
    Date: 2017-07-14
    University of Britich Columbia (UBC) Okanagan School of Engineering. Assoc. Prof. Cigdem Eskicioglu is reporting the development of a fast and cost effective bioreactor for biofuels production. The research might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce, according to a UBC release.

    "Methane is a biofuel commonly used in electricity generation and is produced by fermenting organic material. The process can traditionally take anywhere from weeks to months to complete, but with my collaborators from Europe and Australia we've discovered a new biomass pre-treatment technique that can cut that production time nearly in half," Prof. Eskicioglu claims.

    Starting with materials commonly found in agricultural or forestry waste -- including wheat straw, corn husks and Douglas fir bark -- Eskicioglu compared traditional fermentation processes with their new technique and found that Douglas fir bark in particular could produce methane 172 pct faster than before, Eskicioglu says.

    The new process pre-treats the initial organic material with carbon dioxide at high temperatures and pressures in water before the whole mixture is fermented. The new pre-treatment process uses equipment and materials that are already widely available at an industrial scale, so retrofitting existing bioreactors or building new miniaturized ones could be done cheaply and easily. In addition to producing biogas faster and cheaper, Eskicioglu says her new technique may also make methane production safer, Eskicioglu explains. (Source: University of British Columbia Okanagan , Public Relase, Contact: UBC Okanagan School of Engineering. Assoc. Prof., Cigdem Eskicioglu, Nathan Skolski Associate Director, Public Affairs , (250) 807-9926 , nathan.skolski@ubc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Bioreactor,  


    Blyth Offshore Wind Farm Foundation Set for Installation (Int'l)
    EDF Energy Renewables
    Date: 2017-07-14
    EDF Energy Renewables reports that the first of 5 "float-and-submerge" designed wind turbine foundations for the 41.5 MW Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Farm is on its way for installation 6.5 km off the coast of Blyth, Scotland.

    The project's concrete gravity based foundations (GBFs) and are being installed using a new "float and submerge" method -- the first time this method has been used for offshore wind turbines. Designed and built by Royal BAM Group in the Neptune dry dock on the River Tyne, the 15,000 tonne GBFs are being floated into position at sea and submerged onto the seabed to provide the support structures that act as the foundations for the installation of the wind turbines.

    The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator project will utilize five MHI Vestas V164 , 8.3 MW turbines and is being built by EDF Energy Renewables, a 50-50 UK joint venture between EDF Energies Nouvelles and EDF Energy. (Source: EDF Renewables, BAM Nutall , BDaily, 11 July, 2017) Contact: BAM Nutall, +44 (0)1276 63484, headoffice@bamnuttall.co.uk, www.bamnuttall.co.uk; EDF Energy Renewables , Matthieu Hue, CEO, www.edf-er.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Energy Renewables,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Gold Standard for Global Goals Launched (Int'l Report)
    Gold Standard
    Date: 2017-07-14
    Geneva, Switzerland-based Gold Standard today launches Gold Standard for the Global Goals, a new standard to quantify, certify and maximize the contributions of climate and development initiatives toward climate change mitigation and the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    The standard is set to help those who fund life-changing climate and development projects around the world -- including corporates, impact investors and government bodies -- measure the full range of benefits they have contributed to and report credible, verified impacts to their customers and other stakeholders. It is also anticipated that the best practice standard will protect businesses against accusations of "green-washing" as well as open up new avenues of funding for large-scale programmes, like green infrastructure and sustainable supply chain interventions around the world.

    Gold Standard sets the best practice benchmark for climate projects, ensuring the highest levels of environmental integrity and sustainable development in carbon markets. To accelerate progress toward the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, Gold Standard will now certify a range of independently-verified SDG Impacts in addition to its flagship carbon credits. (Source: Gold Standard, PR, 10 July, 2017) Contact: Gold Standard, Marion Verles, CEO +41 22 788 7080, www.goldstandard.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credits,  Gold Standard,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


    Vega Biofuels Packages Biochar for Ag Retail Market (Ind. Report)
    Vega Biofuels
    Date: 2017-07-14
    Norcross, Georgia-based Vega Biofuels, Inc. reports it has created a five gallon package of its Biochar product for the retail market. The new "Big Bucket of Char" packaging is designed specifically for the retail agricultural market. The product will be available to large growers in "Super Sacks."

    As we reported on 27 March, Vega Biofuels has entered into a five year Reseller Agreement to provide its Biochar product to legal cannabis growers in Alaska where individual residents are allowed to grow cannabis plants in their homes. The new "Big Bucket of Char" is aimed at those and other small growers.

    Biochar is an absorbent charcoal-type product primarily used as a soil enhancement for the agricultural industry to significantly increase crop yields. (Source: Vega Biofuels, PR, 13 July, 2017) Contact: Vega Biofuels, (800) 481-0186, info@vegabiofuels.com, www.vegabiofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vega Biofuels,  Biochar,  


    New Carbon Capture Bill Musters Bipartisan Support (Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Capture
    Date: 2017-07-14
    In Washington, bipartisan legislation that would expand the tax credit for carbon capture, allowing companies to retain incentives to invest in the costly technology, was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday by North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D). The bill, which is co-sponsored by 24 senators, including six Republicans, has broad support from conservation groups, labor unions and energy industry player such as Southern Company, Arch Coal, Peabody Energy and Occidental Petroleum.

    The bill would remove the Section 45Q tax credit, a cap on the amount of captured carbon that can qualify for the tax credit, and increase the federal reimbursement for carbon capture storage and re-utilization. The government currently offers a $20 per ton metric tax credit for carbon stored underground, and a $10 credit per metric ton for carbon captured and used for enhanced oil recovery. The legislation would increase the credits to $50 and $35 per ton, respectively. (Source: Morning Consult, Other Media, 12 July, 2017)Contact: North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, www.heitkamp.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  EnhancedOil Recovery,  COs,  Carbon Emissions,  


    CountryMark Invests in Biodiesel Industry (Ind. Report)
    CountryMark
    Date: 2017-07-14
    CountryMark Invests in Biodiesel Industry (Ind. Report) Mt. Vernon , Indiana based CountryMark, the 12th largest private company in the Hoosier State, reports it has invested $500,000 in the biodiesel industry and will soon be offering biodiesel to area farms and fleet operators.

    Biodiesel is primarily made from Indiana's second largest cash crop, soybean oil. (Source: HoosierAg, CountryMark, WFIE, 12 July, 2017) Contact: CountryMark Charlie Smith, Pres., (812) 759-9440, www.countrymark.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CountryMark,  Soybean Oil,  Biodiesel,  


    316MW Solar Farm Planned for NSW, Australia (Int'l)
    Photon Energy
    Date: 2017-07-12
    In the Land Down Under, Photon Energy has filed fits initial plans for construction of a 316-MW solar farm at Gunning, near Goulburn , New South Wales (NSW). If approved and constructed, the $380 million project would utilizes hundreds of thousands of solar panels spread over 590 hectares of land.

    Presently, the largest operating solar project in the Southern Hemisphere is the 104-MW Nyngan Solar Plant in western NSW. (Source: Photon Energy, ABC, 7 July, 2017) Contact: Photon Energy, Michael Gartner, Dir., Georg Hotar, CEO, +31 202 402 570, info@photonenergy.com, http://en.photonenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Photon Energy ,  Solar,  


    UN Green Climate Fund Private Banks Accreditation Criticized (Int'l Report)
    Green Climate Fund
    Date: 2017-07-12
    Climate Home reports that the Green Climate Fund's (GCF) recent decision to accredit more private banks and an increasing number of multinational banks, all of which are "profit driven", as conduits for UN climate funds will be to the disadvantage of poor countries and that money will not reach certain projects.

    . Accredited institutions help the GCF deploy funds to developing countries by assisting national institutions develop proposals and receiving funds from the GCF on their behalf. As of March, 2016, the GCF had accredited 22 entities including Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Credit Agricole and Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi (BTMU).

    In terms of its mandate, the GCF aims for a 50-50 funding balance between adaptation and mitigation. (Source: Green Climate Fund, Climate Homes, 10 July, 2017) Contact: UN Green Climate Fund, +82 32 458 6059, info@gcfund.org, www.greenclimate.fund

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Climate Fund,  


    St. Maarten Found. Submits Climate Change Mitigation Plan (Int'l)
    Nature Foundation
    Date: 2017-07-12
    In Cole Bay, the Dutch Caribbean, the non-profit St. Maarten Nature Foundation reports it has updated its Climate Change Response Plan for the island's coastal zone and nearshore ecosystems and has submitted it to stakeholders to be included in plans aimed at the mitigation of climate change effects.

    The plan is designed to tackle the effects of global warming on the island's Marine and Coastal Zone Ecosystem. The document gives an overview of the causes and threats posed by global warming, parameters for monitoring and recording those threats and possible mitigating suggestions to the effects caused by climate change to the coastal and marine environment, which are most vulnerable to the affects of climate change.

    For St. Maarten, climate change has been projected to bring with it serious consequences, particularly pertaining to sea-level rise, ocean acidification, invasive species and coral bleaching. It is estimated that with just five metres of sea-level rise various districts on the island including Great Bay, Simpson Bay and Cole Bay will be submerged. (Source: St. Maarten Nature Foundation, Daily Herald, 11 July, 2017)Contact: St. Maarten Nature Foundation, Tadzio Bervoets, Managing Director, +1721-544-4267, info@naturefoundationsxm.org, www.naturefoundationsxm.org

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


    CIFOR Touted as 2016 Top Climate Think Tank (Int'l)
    Center for International Forestry Research
    Date: 2017-07-12
    The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) has honoured the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) as the Top Climate Think Tank in 2016 outside of Europe and North America. CIFOR was sranked third worldwide for performance per capita.

    ICCG's standardized ranking, which measures efficiency per capita based on the number of researchers in the institution, and assesses performance based on 15 indicators in terms of activities, publications and dissemination.

    CIFOR's research in 2016 addressed the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement's focus on climate change, energy and low-carbon development worldwide.

    The ICCG is a joint initiative of the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. (Source: Center for International Forestry Research, 11 July, 2017) Contact: Center for International Forestry Research , www.cifor.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Forestry Research,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Accord,  


    India's EESL Refocusing on Clean Energy (Int'l Report)
    Energy Efficiency Services
    Date: 2017-07-12
    In New Delhi, India's state supported Energy Efficiency Services Ltd.(EESL), the only company in South Asia to only run LED lighting programs and other energy efficiency schemes, is reportedly planning to refocus its activities and services as an end-to-end clean energy firm.

    EESL, has enjoyed a 19-fold increase in revenue over the past two years and is now preparing to close on a Rs 30,000 crore investment over the next three to four years. Of that sum, Rs 5,000 crore is being earmarked for solar energy. (Source: EESL, Business Standard, 10 July, 2017) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services India, Saurabh Kumar , Managing Dir., www.eeslindia.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services,  Energy Efficiency,  Clean Energy ,  


    NIPSCO Converting 42,000 Streetlights to LED (Ind. Report)
    NIPSCO
    Date: 2017-07-12
    In the Hoosier State, Merrillville-headquartered investor owned utility Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) reports it will equip all of its streetlights with LED technology by 2022.

    NIPSCO will replace 42,000 company-owned streetlights, some 7,200 of which are being replaced this year in East Chicago, Schererville, Munster, Highland, Valparaiso, Kouts, Wheatfield, Hebron and Whiting. In 2014-2015, the utility ran an LED pilot program then began replacing its old fixtures with LED lighting in 2016. (Source: NIPSCO, nwi.com, 10 July, 2017) Contact: NIPSCO, (800) 464-7726, www.NIPSCO.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NIPSCO,  LED Light,  Streetlight,  


    Shading, Lighting Retrofits Slash Office Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Building Energy Exchange
    Date: 2017-07-12
    Researchers from the US DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) have found that by using advanced lighting and automated shades occupants on one 40,000 sq-ft floor of a New York City high-rise office building slashed lighting energy usage by nearly 80 pct. Researchers estimated that a building-wide retrofit -- excluding heating and cooling -- would have saved $730,000 in annual energy costs. Using industry estimates of typical installed system costs ranging from $3 to $10 per square foot, the shading and lighting retrofits would pay for themselves in three to 12 years.

    Berkeley Lab partnered with the Building Energy Exchange (BEEx), an independent nonprofit, to demonstrate that even in relatively modern office buildings, installing the latest generation of smart, actively controlled energy efficient lighting and shading can significantly lower energy costs.

    LBL will work with BEEx and building owners to further promote the business case for these advanced technologies and with DOE and manufacturers to develop next-generation products for improved energy efficiency. (Source: LBL, July, 2017) Contact: Berkeley Lab, Eleanor Lee, Project Leader, www.lbl.gov; DOE Office of Science, science.energy.gov; Building Energy Exchange, (212) 349-3900, www.be-exchange.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Building Energy Exchange ,  


    DOE Scaling Up Building Efficiency Packages Funding (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2017-07-12
    In Washingto, the US DOE's Building Technologies Office (BTO) reports it is investing more than $3 million in five projects to improve the efficiency of the nation's commercial buildings. This investment is designed to drive innovation in multi-system technology packages while also fostering the collaboration of dynamic industry teams that include energy consultants and nongovernmental organizations, utilities, and technology providers.

    These projects, which include matching private-sector funding, will leverage a combined $5.4 million to help ignite new innovative commercial building technology packages that can save significant energy in new and existing buildings. Findings from this work will also enable and unleash investment-level decision-making, helping accelerate the development of utility programs for packages of technologies that meet cost-effectiveness thresholds.

    Each project teamwill develop and verify the benefits and trade-offs of multisystem energy efficient technology packages (groups of technologies that improve efficiency across two building systems: envelope, lighting/electrical, plug, process, heating, ventilation, cooling, refrigeration, energy management and information, sensors and controls). These projects will help commercial building owners and operators better understand and optimize building systems in order to achieve significant cost-effective energy savings. Selected teams will create new synergies between building stakeholder groups, and, ultimately help utilities develop and release or expand more aggressive and ambitious energy efficiency program offerings. (Source: DOE BTO, PR, Various Media, EIN News Desk, July, 2017) Contact: DOE BTO, David Nemtzow, Director of the Building Technologies Office, (202) 586-9127, Buildings@ee.doe.gov, https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  


    $16.2Mn School Efficiency Upgrades Near Completion (Ind. Report)
    Bradley County Tennessee School Board
    Date: 2017-07-12
    In the Volunteer State, the Bradley County School Board is reporting the near completion of energy efficiency renovation projects totaling more than $16 million throughout the entire school system.

    Renovations and retrofits include heating and cooling systems upgrades, new windows, LED lighting and occupancy sensors, building envelope insulation and others. The work has been overseen by Energy Systems Group. (Source: Bradley County Tennessee School Board, Cleveland (Tenn) Daily Banner, 11 July, 2017) Contact: Bradley County Tennessee School Board, www.bradleyschools.org/?DivisionID=4282

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Driving Decarbonization: Pathways and Policies for Canadian Transport -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    https://www.canada.ca/en/services/.../climatechange/pan-canadian-framework.html
    Date: 2017-07-12
    As part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the Canadian federal government announced plans at the end 2016 to develop a national clean fuel standard (CFS). This report addresses several issues related to applying a CFS to transport.

    The report examines the potential for biofuels to contribute to transport decarbonisation, assess the potential for a CFS to be the key policy driving transport decarbonisation, and conducts a modeling exercise in comparing a highly flexible CFS with carbon pricing to drive transport decarbonization in Canada.

    Access the full Driving Decarbonization: Pathways and Policies for Canadian Transport report HERE. (Source: Energy and Materials Research Group (EMRG) School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University, June 29, 2017) Contact: Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, www.canada.ca/en/services/.../climatechange/pan-canadian-framework.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Climate Change,  CO2 Emissions,  


    SDSA Disappointed with RFS Biodiesel Volumes (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Standard,South Dakota Soybean Association
    Date: 2017-07-12
    According to South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) President Jerry Schmitz, the U.S. EPA's recently announced mandated flat lining of advanced biofuels volumes under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for 2018 at 2.1 billion gallons and the biomass-based diesel volume at that same level for 2019 is a missed opportunity missed an opportunity to boost domestic biodiesel production, which benefits the economy and the environment. Schmitz says the RFS is important for the biodiesel industry to grow because it provides a degree of certainty for investors, helps utilize surplus soybean oil and improves soybean prices for producers. In the coming weeks the Soybean Association will meet with the EPA to discuss the value of increased biodiesel volumes for both farmers and consumers nationwide. (Source: South Dakota Soybean Association, WNAX, 11 July, 2017) Contact: South Dakota Soybean Association, Jerry Schmitz, Pres., (605) 370-0278, www.sdsoybean.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Standard,  RFS,  Biodiesel,  Soybean Biodiesel,  


    LanzaTech, Indian Oil Partner on Off-Gas Ethanol Facility (Int'l)
    Indian Oil Corporation,LanzaTech
    Date: 2017-07-12
    In New Delhi, India's largest fuel retailer, the Indian Oil Company and LanzaTech are reporting a Statement of Intent to construct a 40 million lpy demonstration waste gas-to-bioethanol production facility at IOC's Panipat refinery at an estimated cost of Rs 350 crore.

    LanzaTech's gas fermentation process converts waste gas produced at refineries to liquid fuels and petrochemicals. Instead of sugars and yeast, the company uses a biological catalyst to ferment waste gas emissions. The basic engineering for the facility will begin later this year for installation at IOC's Panipat Refinery in Hayrana. The demo plant, which will integrated into existing site infrastructure, will be LanzaTech's first project capturing refinery off-gases. (Source: Indian Oil Corporation, PR, July, 2017) Contact: Indian Oil Corporation, www.iocl.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Oil Corporation,  LanzaTech,  Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  


    Google, Enco Seal Second Data Center Solar PPA (Ind. Report)
    Google, Enco
    Date: 2017-07-12
    Internet giant Google and one of the Netherlands' leading electricity providers, Eneco Energy, are reporting the signing of their second PPA for Google's newest data center in Eemshaven, the Netherlands.

    The PPA is for 100 pct of the electricity produced by an Eneco Energy solar farm in Delfzijl, near Eemshaven. The 30 MW Sunpower Delfzijl solar park came online earlier this year. (Source: Google, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 10 July, 2017) Contact: Encon, +31 88 111 0600, www.encon-energy.nl

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Google,  


    HyperSolar Hypes Renewable Hydrogen Tech Demo (Ind. Report)
    HyperSolar
    Date: 2017-07-12
    Further to our March 17 coverage, Santa Barbara, California-based renewable hydrogen technology specialist HyperSolar, the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, is reporting completion of a one square-foot prototype that demonstrates increased capability to produce renewable hydrogen utilizing commercially available silicon solar cells.

    The prototype is intended to demonstrate how HyperSolar's patent-pending technology can be scaled up while remaining highly productive. The prototype was completed at the University of Iowa campus. (Source: HyperSolar, 11 July, 2017) Contact: HyperSolar, Dr. Joun Lee, CTO, Tim Young, CEO, (805) 966-6566, info@hypersolar.com, www.hypersolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HyperSolar,  Hydrogen,  Renewable Hydrogen,  


    Virginia Governor Reconsiders RGGI Participation (Reg & Leg.)
    RGGI
    Date: 2017-07-12
    In the Old Dominion State, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is steering Virginia on an aggressive course to curb greenhouse gas emissions and perhaps join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

    To that end, McAuliffe has issued a directive to ensure the state is "trading-ready" with a structure that enforces carbon-reduction mechanisms. The directive follows a previous executive order requiring a state working group to recommend methods to reduce carbon emissions and boost Virginia's clean energy economy.

    All of the RGGI states -- Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- have deregulated their retail power markets while Virginia has not. (Source: Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe, July, 2017) Contact: Office of the Governor, Brian Coy, (804) 225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

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


    HeidelbergCement Cuts 2016 Carbon Emissions 22 pct (Int'l)
    HeidelbergCement
    Date: 2017-07-12
    HeidelbergCement reports it reduced its CO2 emissions by 22.6 pct compared to a 1990 baseline in 2016. CO2 emissions per tonne of cement were 598 kg last year, according to the company.

    The drop in emissions was partially due to a 23.5 pct increase in the use of alternative fuels at a number of plants throughout the group, an increase in CO2 technologies R&D, and participation in the EU-funded CEMCAP project. The CEMCAP project promotes the use of carbon capture technologies in the cement industry. HeidelbergCement's plant in Brevik, Norway, has hosted tests of various CO2 separation technologies. (Source: Heidelberg Cement, Worldcement.com, 11 July, 2017) Contact: HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com; CEMCAP, www.sintef.no/projectweb/cemcap

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HeidelbergCement,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Pacific Ethanol ICP Acquisition Promises Expansion (M&A)
    Illinois Corn Processing ,Pacific Ethanol
    Date: 2017-07-12
    According to a Pacific Ethanol release, its purchase of the Illinois Corn Processing (ICP) plant in Pekin, Illinois will close by the end of the month and make way for an expansion of ICP's diversified line of food- and fuel-based products.

    Sacrament, California-based Pacific Ethanol is purchasing ICP from its current owners, SEACOR Holdings Inc. and MGPI for $76 million. With the acquisition Pacific Ethanol will have a combined operating capacity of 250,000 gpy, according to a Pacific Ethanol release. (Source: Pacific Ethanol, Journal Star, 6 July, 2017)Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, (916( 403-2790, investorrelations@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com; Illinois Corn Processing, (309) 353-3990, www.seacorholdings.com/pages/illinois_corn_processing

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Illinois Corn Processing ,  Pacific Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


    Second US Offshore Wind Farm Development Underway (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy Virginia,DONG Energy
    Date: 2017-07-12
    Dominion Energy Virginia reports it's planned Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, the country's second offshore wind project, will the first U.S, offshore wind farm owned by an electric utility company. DONG Energy is a strategic partner in the project which is slated to begin engineering and development work immediately for completion and commissioning by the end of 2020.

    (Source: DONG Energy, Dominion Energy Virginia, PR, 11 July, 2017) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, https://twitter.com/dominionenergy, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Virginia,  Offshore Wind,  DONG Energy,  


    John Laing Takes 90 pct Stake in 100MW Texas Wind Farm (M&A)
    John Laing Group ,NRG Energy
    Date: 2017-07-12
    Following on our October 17, 2016 coverage, British infrastructure company John Laing Group plc reports it has taken a 90.5 pct stake in the 100.5MW Buckthorn Wind Power Project in Erath County, Texas. In 2016, John Laing Group invested $20.5 million (€18.6 million) in the 29.9-MW Sterling wind development in Lea County, New Mexico.

    Laing's stake in the Buckthorn project is in partnership with the developer NRG Energy. NRG will operate the project which incorporates 26 Vestas V126-3.45MW turbines and 3 Vestas V117-3.6MW turbines and is slated to come online before the year end. (Source: John Laing Group plc, CTBR, 11 July, 2017) Contact: John Laing Group plc, +44 (0) 20 7901 3200, enquiries@laing.com, www.laing.com; NRG Energy Inc., (609) 524-4500, www.nrgenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News John Laing Group,  NRG Energy,  Wind ,  


    Cielo Advancing High River Alberta Garbage-to-Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
    Cielo Waste Solutions
    Date: 2017-07-12
    Alberta-based renewable diesel fuel-from-garbage producer Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. reports it has received the necessary Development Permit from the Municipal District of Foothills , Alberta, and is moving forward with relocating its Red Deer demonstration plant to its High River Property, that was acquired earlier this year for $2.3 million.

    The relocated Demo Plant will be retrofitted into the company's idle bio-diesel plant to create a continuous flow high grade renewable fuel refinery. The conversion is expexted to cost approximately $2 million. (Source: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. , 10 July, 2017) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions, Don Allan, President & CEO , (403) 348-2972 Ext. 222, donallan@cielows.com, www.cielows.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo Waste Solutions,  Renewable Diesel ,  


    Tesoro Adding Renewable Diesel at Dickinson Refinery (Ind. Report)
    Tesoro
    Date: 2017-07-12
    San Antonio-headquartered independent petroleum products refiner and marketer Tesoro Corp. reports it is studying the possibility of turning vegetable oil into diesel fuel at its Dickinson refinery, formerly Dakota Prairie Refining, which it purchased from MDU Resources Group Inc. in July 2016.

    The company plans to retrofit an 8,000-bpd diesel hydrotreater to process soy or distillers corn oil into renewable diesel alongside its Bakken crude oil processing. The $3.5 million project would utilize 16,800 gpd of vegetable oils to create a 5-pct renewable diesel mix to be marketed in North Dakota by the end of 2017. The project received $500,000 in grant funding from the North Dakota Industrial Commission. Construction is slated to get underway in October for startup in December or early next year. (Source: Tesoro, Bismark Tribune, 9 July, 2017)Contact: Tosoro Corp., C.J. Warner, Exec. VP Strategy and Business Development, Sam Ramraj, VP, Investor Relations, (210) 626-4757, www.tsocorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesoro,  Renewable Diesel,  


    CPower Acquires Energy Efficiency Measurement Firm (M&A)
    CPower, eCap Network
    Date: 2017-07-12
    Baltimore-headquartered CPower is reporting acquisition of Pittsburgh-based energy efficiency measurement and verification services specialist eCap Network.

    eCap helps customers monetize their energy efficiency projects in PJM and was an early market entrant in the energy efficiency measurement and verification niche. (Source: CPower, PR, 11 July, 2017) Contact: CPower Energy Management, John Horton, CEO, Glenn Bogarde Senior VP, Sales, (410) 346-5294, Glenn.Bogarde@CPowerEnergyManagement.com, www.CPowerEnergyManagement.com; eCap Network, (412) 281-3808, www.ecapnet.com

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

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