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WINAICO Complets UK Floating Solar Installation (Int'l)
East Green Energy,WINAICO
Date: 2017-07-10
Creglingen, Germany-headquartered solar PV specialist WINAICO reports it has completed the installation of 192 WINAICO WST-260P6 solar modules on a floating solar system on a reservoir in Norfolk, UK. The 50 kWp solar plant will generate more than 43.500 kWh of power annually.

According to Woodbridge, UK-based East Green Energy, the floating solar system provides all the advantages of a ground or roof mounted PV array, although, being more efficient, requires fewer panels to generate the same output. The panels are cooled by the surrounding water, which results in improved power production performance.

As a global PV brand based in Taiwan, WINAICO manufactures and distributes crystalline high performance modules worldwide. Furthermore, as a systems house for photovoltaics, WINAICO offers consultation, planning, maintenance services and complete PV system packages. (Source: WINAICO Deutschland GmbH, PR, OPEN PR, 4 July, 2017) Contact: WINAICO Deutschland GmbH, +49 7933 700 30-0, East Green Energy, +44 1394 380557,

More Low-Carbon Energy News East Green Energy,  WINAICO,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  

3SUN Seeking €14.1Mn for Solar Cell Tool Purchases (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Energy,3SUN,AMPERE
Date: 2017-07-10
Enel Green Power is reporting that its Si thin-film module manufacturing subsidiary, 3SUN is seeking €14.1 million in grant funding from Merloni Invitalia -- the Italian national agency for investment and enterprise development -- to support the acquisition of heterojunction (HJ) solar cell tools to expedite a switch in production to higher efficiency silicon technology.

Enel also reports 3SUN hosted the launch meeting of AMPERE (Automated Photovoltaic Cell and Module Industrial Production), which is funded by the Horizon 2020 European research and innovation programme aimed at increasing EU's European PV industries competitiveness. The AMPERE meeting included major European research centres and commercial companies and is coordinated by 3SUN. The AMPERE funding is primarily being used for the purchase and installation of the automated HJ manufacturing equipment at the 3SUN facility in Catania, Sicily. (Source: Enel Green Power, 3SUN, PV Tech, 3 July, 2017) Contact: Merloni Invitalia,; Enel Green Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Energy,  PV,  

Maui Corn, Sorghum Plantings for Biofuel Underway (Ind. Report)
Alexander & Baldwin,TerViva
Date: 2017-07-10
Further to our April 12th coverage, Honolulu-headquartered Alexander & Baldwin Inc., a major Hawaiian commercial real estate developer with a varied portfolio, reports it has begun growing sorghum and corn on Maui as part of a test project to develop biofuel to feed a planned anaerobic digester that would produce methane gas to power the Kahului wastewater treatment facility.

The corn and sorghum acreage , which is part of an extensive former sugarcane estate, could total 500 acres or more depending upon the projects success. A&B previously reported it is developing diversified agricultural ventures on the old sugar cane land.

In June, A&B announced a partnership with Oakland, Calif.-based TerViva to produce biofuel from pongamia trees on 250 acres in north Kihei/Maalaea. The pongamia TerViva partnership is a program of A&B subsidiary Central Maui Feedstocks LLC, which was organized in November. Anaergia contracted with the county in 2014 to build a waste conversion facility at the Central Maui Landfill. It also has proposed building a $50 million Maui Energy Park in West Maui to grow sorghum. (Source: Alexander & Baldwin, Maui News, 8 July, 2017 Contact: Alexander & Baldwin, Chris Benjamin, CEO, (8080 525-6611,; TerViva,

More Low-Carbon Energy News TerViva,  Corn Ethanol,  Sorghum,  Alexander & Baldwin ,  

Consumers' Cross Winds Energy Park II Underway (Ind Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2017-07-10
Following up on our June 19th coverage, Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, reports construction is underway on its Cross Winds Energy Park Phase II in Tuscola County's Columbia Township.

Phase II will incorporate 19 turbines and is expected to be completed and online in January, 2018. The completed Cross Winds Energy Park project - Phases I and II will incorporate 81 turbines to generate 155 MW at an expected total cost of $345 million, according to a company release. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, MLive, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Consumers Energy, Dennis Dobbs, VP,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Wind,  

Siemens Gamesa, DONG Seal 752MW Offshore Wind Turbine Deal (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa ,DONG Energy
Date: 2017-07-10
Siemens Gamesa and DONG Energy report the inking of an agreement the supply and maintenance of 94 8-MW turbines (752 MW) for DONG's Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farm 22 km off the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland.

The 8-MW turbines for this order are based on the existing Siemens Gamesa offshore direct drive platform. The turbine nacelles will be assembled in Siemens Gamesa's new factory in Cuxhaven, Germany and the blades will be manufactured in Hull, England.

The 752-MW Borssele 1 and 2 project will generate sufficient electric power for as many as 1 million households. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, July, 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Michael Hannibal, CEO, Offshore Wind,; DONG Energy, Samuel Leupold, CEO, Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  DONG Energy,  Siemens Gamesa ,  

BIO Statement on EPA's Proposed 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards (Opinions, Editorial & Asides)
Renewable Fuel Standards
Date: 2017-07-10
"BIO believes the agency (EPA) is wrong to waive more than half of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program's required advanced biofuel volumes and more than 20 percent of the required overall volume while failing to enable advanced biofuel producers to reach the market.

"BIO and its members are concerned with EPA's delays in issuing this proposal. We will work with the agency and the Administration to finalize annual rules in a timely manner and carefully consider the program's impact on investment in advanced biofuels. We believe the rule should do more to grow advanced and cellulosic biofuel production in the next year and to provide certainty for companies investing in new technologies and production capacity.

"EPA's proposed advanced and cellulosic biofuel volume obligations do not reflect the full potential for these innovative fuels over the next year. The agency continues to rely on a flawed methodology formulated by the prior administration that fails to ensure sufficient space in the U.S. transportation fuels market for all available advanced biofuels. BIO and its members look forward to working with EPA to identify and account for all qualifying volumes of advanced biofuel.

"BIO and its members have stressed to EPA the importance of speedier decisions on RFS pathway approvals. Biofuel producers must obtain this approval before they can produce RFS qualifying fuels. To date, EPA has simply taken too long to make its decisions on pathway approvals, with devastating results to individual companies, especially in the cellulosic and advanced biofuels industry.

"BIO believes the agency is wrong to waive more than half of the RFS program's required advanced biofuel volumes and more than 20 percent of the required overall volume while failing to enable advanced biofuel producers to reach the market. Further, BIO continues to strongly disagree with EPA's prior interpretation of its general waiver authority under the RFS statute and with EPA's ongoing stockpiling of carryover RIN credits. The RFS statute does not allow EPA to rely on demand-side factors under the oil industry's control as a basis for decreasing the fundamental requirement to use as much renewable fuel as the biofuel industry can produce. And the statute does not grant the agency leeway to create a permanent carryover RIN bank.

"BIO and its members look forward to working with EPA to improve the RFS program and to finalize necessary program rules." (Source: BIO, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Bret Erikson, VP, Paul Winters, 202-962-9237,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  BIO,  Renewable Fuel Standards,  

Slow Climate Mode Reconciles Historical and Model-Based Estimates of Climate Sensitivity -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-07-10
"The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report widened the equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS) range from 2 degree to 4.5 degree C to an updated range of 1.5 degree to 4.5 degree C to account for the lack of consensus between estimates based on models and historical observations. The historical ECS estimates range from 1.5 degree to 3 degree C and are derived assuming a linear radiative response to warming. A Bayesian methodology applied to 24 models, however, documents curvature in the radiative response to warming from an evolving contribution of interannual to centennial modes of radiative response. Centennial modes display stronger amplifying feed-backs and ultimately contribute 28 to 68 pct (90 pct credible interval) of equilibrium warming, yet they comprise only 1 to 7 pct of current warming. Accounting for these unresolved centennial contributions brings historical records into agreement with model-derived ECS estimates."

Download the full Slow Climate Mode Reconciles Historical and Model-Based Estimates of Climate Sensitivity report HERE (Source: Science Advances, 5 July, 2017)

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

AFPM Welcomes Proposed RFS Biofuel Changes (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
Date: 2017-07-10
"We (the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), are pleased the EPA has proposed a reduction in the amount of biofuels that must be used in the US. This is further recognition that the RFS is broken and not functioning how Congress originally envisioned.

"Acknowledgment of the high cost of compliance has been a long time coming, and we are grateful that this EPA proposal comes closer to reflecting what the market has shown year after year -- the mandated levels of advanced, cellulosic, and biodiesel in the RFS are unrealistic. Nevertheless, the mandates for conventional and advanced biofuels are still too high -- either exceeding demonstrated domestic biofuel production or the ability to use more biofuel than vehicles, engines, and the fueling infrastructure can handle.

"We are encouraged that EPA has signaled it won't pursue policies that push mandates beyond what the market can absorb, is committed to transparency and reducing manipulation in the RIN market, and wants to ensure we are not incentivizing imported biofuels over American refined gasoline and diesel.

"Today's proposal shows that EPA understands the RFS shortfalls and that it's determined to implement a workable and equitable program with the tools at its disposal. Ultimately, however, Congress must step in and repeal or significantly reform this broken program, which has failed to deliver on its policy objectives." (Source: American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, 6 July, 2017) Contact: AFPM, Chet Thompson, CEO, Pres., (202) 457-0480,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers,  

Scotch Pot Ale & Draff Bioethanol Touted ( New Prod & Tech)
Celtic Renewables
Date: 2017-07-10
Edinburgh, Scotland-based biofuel start-up Celtic Renewables, a spinout of Edinburgh Napier University, reports it is ready for a test run of its whisky residue-based biofuel produced from draff -- the sugar-rich kernels of barley which are soaked in water to facilitate the fermentation process necessary for whisky production -- and pot ale -- the copper-containing yeasty liquid that is left over following distillation.

Scotland's malt whisky industry generates approximately 750,000 tpy of draff and 2 billion lpy of pot ale which can be converted into millions of litres of advanced biofuel. As previously reported, the company scored £9 million of funding support from the Scottish Government as co-investment to build a commercial demonstrator plant in Grangemouth, with commissioning due in 2018. (Source: Celtic Renewables, BQ Live, 7 July, 2017) Contact: Celtic Renewables, Martin Tangney, Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 141 548 4417,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Celtic Renewables,  Bioetrhanol,  Biofuel,  

NY $700M Waste-to-Fuels Plant Progressing (Ind. Report)
New Planet Energy
Date: 2017-07-10
Los Angeles-based New Planet Energy reports it is advancing its planned $700 million, 250,000 sq-ft biofuel plant near the Town of Stoney Point, NY. The project is currently in the environmental impact study and permitting process.

When fully operational, the facility would process more than 4,500 tpd of locally sourced garbage into "solid recovered fuel", an EPA-certified alternative fuel. The remaining material will be converted into as much as 20 million gpy of sulfur-free diesel. (Source: New Planet Energy, LoHud, 6 July, 2017) Contact: New Planet Energy, John Cruikshank, Pres.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Fuel,  

REGI Lauds Ill. Biodiesel Incentive Extension (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2017-07-10
Ames, Iowa-headquartered biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) praised Illinois lawmakers for approving a five-year extension of a significant biodiesel incentive that was slateed to expire at the end of 2018. Under present legislation, Illinois biodiesel retailers are granted a 20 pct exemption of the state's 6.25 pct excise tax for selling biodiesel blends of 1 to 10 percent (B1 to B10). A full exemption of the state excise tax is provided for blends of 11 percent (B11) or more.

The Illinois House and Senate over rode Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the tax package, which extends through 2023 the full excise tax exemption for B11 and higher biodiesel blends. (Source: REGI, Globe Newswire, 7 July, 2017) Contact: REGI, Gary Haer, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, + (703) 822-1972,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  REGI,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Incentive,  

Wood Group Provides Control Solution for EDF EN Mexico Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
SgurrEnergy,Wood Group
Date: 2017-07-10
Aberdeen-Scotland-headquartered energy services provider Wood Group reports it has contracted to provide control solution for the 27 Clipper C89 wind turbines at EDF EN Mexico's 67.5MW La Mata y La Ventosa wind farm in Oaxaca, Mexico.

According to the company, the high turbulence and high wind speed site requires some turbines to be run in a reduced power mode.

Wood Group's control engineering team began working on a solution in October 2016 and, together with Romax Technologies, has recommended an automatic derating system to minimize turbine damage and otherwise optimize power production. Issues with overproduction, which can result in additional turbine wear, were also dealt with using a power feedback loop. (Source: Wood Group, 4 July, 2017)Contact: Wood Group, John Glithero, President Americas Division, (281) 828-3500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wood Group,  

Estonian Wind Developer Expands into Wood Pellet Production (Int'l)
Nelja Energia
Date: 2017-07-10
In Estonia, wind energy-company Nelja Energia reports it is diversifying into wood pellet production and power cogeneration with a new facility commissioned last month in Broceni. The €30 million plant will generate 19.4MWe of thermal power along with nearly 4MW of electricity for the 120,000 metric tpy wood pellet facility. (Source: Nelja Energia, PR, July, 2017) Contact: Nelja Energia,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nelja Energia,  Wood Pellet,  Wind ,  

Notable Quote

Date: 2017-07-10
"Climate protection increasingly makes economic sense across the G20 as renewable energy becomes cheaper than dirty coal and nuclear. Any G20 country that is still investing in coal and nuclear power plants is wasting their money on technology that will not be competitive in coming years." -- Tobias Austrup , Greenpeace Germany Renewable Energy Expert

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

EPA Proposal Trims Biofuel Blend Requirements (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2017-07-10
In the nation's capitol, the EPA has proposed a reduction in the amount of biofuels required to be blended with gasoline under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). As instituted in 2005, the amount of biofuels to be blended with gasoline was to be increased annually to reach 36 billion gpy in output in 2022.

Under the EPA's new proposal, gasoline refiners will be required to blend gasoline with 19.24 billion gallons of ethanol, 15 billion gallons of which would be "conventional" corn ethanol, according to Reuters. (Source: EPA, Reuters,, Others, 6 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  EPA,  Ethanol Bleand,  Rebnewable Fuels Standard,  

Neo Solar Unit Sells Fukushima Solar Project (Int'l, M&A)
Neo Solar Power,General Energy Solutions
Date: 2017-07-10
The Taiwanese solar cell and module manufacturer Neo Solar Power (NSP) reports its downstream PV project subsidiary General Energy Solutions (GES) had sold a 14.68MW project in Fukushima, Japan, to an unidentified Canadian clean energy company. The purchaser has a 2GW portfolio of PV assets in Canada, USA, India, UK and Japan, according to GES.

GES reportedly has approximately 100MW solar projects under development in Japan, 50MW of which are expected to be completed by the year end. . GES currently owns solar projects in Wakayama, Ibaraki and Fukutsu, Japan. (Source: Neo Solar Power, PV Tech, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Neo Solar Power, Sam Hong, CEO, +866 3578 0011,; General Energy Solutions, +866 3 597 2899, (677) 444-2690 -US Office,

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Energy Solutions,  Solar,  Neo Solar Power,  

Boviet Touting New 60-cell PERC Solar Modules (New Prod & Tech)
Boviet Solar Technology
Date: 2017-07-10
Vietnam's largest solar manufacturer Boviet Solar Technology Co. Ltd., through its US unit Boviet Solar USA, reports it will launch its newest 60-cell PERC solar modules at the Intersolar North America 2017 exhibition in San Francisco this week.

The new Boviet Solar USA 60-cell PERC modules include a 290W 60-cell Polycrystalline diamond-cut solar module and a 300W Monocrystalline Smart Module with built-in monitoring and module-level voltage shutdown. (Source: Boviet Solar USA, PR, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Tom Woolf, (415) 259-5638,; Boviet Solar USA, John Bereckis, President, (877)253-2858,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boviet Solar Technology,  

Notable Quote
Jones Lang LaSalle
Date: 2017-07-10
"The overwhelming majority (of real estate managers and property owners) desires to have green buildings or sustainable buildings -- It's true of big companies. It's true of small companies -- it's true of Jones Lang LaSalle (LaSalle Investment's parent company) and LaSalle and most Fortune 500 companies. That's not just in the U.S., it's global." -- Jacques Gordon, global head of research and strategy at Chicago-based real estate money management firm LaSalle Investment Management. Contact: Jacques Gordon, LaSalle Investment Management,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Sustainable Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2017-07-10
"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 Climate Change,  Jerry Brown,  

Cal. Governor Announces 2018 Climate Action Summit (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2017-07-10
In a prerecorded video address to the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, Californian Gov. Jerry Brown announced his planned Climate Action Summit to be staged in San Francisco in Sept., 2018.

Governor Brown's California Summit will mark the first time a state has sponsored an event in support of the Paris Climate Agreement, a landmark deal that was ratified by virtually every nation, but recently withdrawn from by "the Donald" Trump administration on the grounds that it was "too expensive" for one of, if not the wealthiest, nation on earth.

Details of the upcoming San Francisco Climate Action Summit have not yet been announced. (Source: SF Gate, Various Other Media, 6 July, 2017))Contact: Governor of California, Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown, (916) 445-2841,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Jerry Brown,  

Manitoba Planning Provincial Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
Manitoba,Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-07-10
Last week on the Canadian prairies, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister (Conservative) reported that his province will implement a "made-in-Manitoba" carbon tax rather than face the Canadian federal government's imposition of a $10 per-tonne carbon tax in 2018 raising to $50 per-tonne 2022.

The federal Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have make it clear that if the provinces do not impose their own carbon tax, a federal designed tax -- which the Manitoba Premier describes as "too high and unfair" -- will be imposed on them.

Manitoba is, however, seeking a legal opinion on the constitutionality of the federal plan before announcing details of the Provincial carbon tax. Manitoba's neighboring province of Saskatchewan is also exploring its legal options in fighting the federal carbon tax legislation. (Source: Manitoba Co-operator, 6 July, 2017)Contact: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

Johnson Controls Opens New Smart Asia-Pacific HQ (Int'l)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2017-07-10
In China, Johnson Control International reports it new headquarters building in Shanghai is set to receive China's Three Star Green and LEED Platinum building certifications. The new campus and its engineering center is one of the company's largest R&D centers in the world for building heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

Johnson Controls' Asia Pacific network includes over 100 branch offices, 17 manufacturing plants, 6 distribution centers , 5 major technology centers, 3 R&D centers and a chain of partners in over 200 cities. In 2014, John Controls Building Efficiency business opened a $35 million expansion of its manufacturing and research and development center in Wuxi, China. (Source: Johnson Controls, CCN, July, 2017)Contact: Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Green Building,  LEED Certification,  

PNNL Lauded for Energy Conservation Code Work (Ind. Report)
PNNL,International Code Council , Institute for Market Transformation and Institute for Market Transformation
Date: 2017-07-10
The US DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Sequim, Washington, reports it has been lauded by the International Code Council and Institute for Market Transformation for Leadership in Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Award 2017 for bringing national attention to energy conservation and sustainability for buildings.

The award recognizes PNNL's work in developing and implementing better building energy codes which, according to PNNL analysis, has could save the United States enough energy between 2010 and 2040 to power 340 million U.S. homes.

PNNL supports DOE's Building Energy Codes Program by participating in industry-led processes to develop building energy codes, analyzing the impacts of potential building code updates, and providing technical assistance and software tools to states that adopt and comply with the codes. (Source: PNNL, Tri-City Herald, July, 2017)Contact: PNNL, Bing Liu, Energy Codes Manager, (509) 371-6989,,; International Code Council,; Institute for Market Transformation, (202) 525-2883,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PNNL,  Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  

Dallas Project Nails $23.9Mn PACE Energy Efficiency Loan (Ind. Report)
Property Assessed Clean Energy
Date: 2017-07-10
In the Lone Star State, the 1910 vintage Butler Brothers Building redevelopment in downtown Dallas has secured a $23.9 million Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan in recognition of the $120 million project's energy efficiency and water conservation initiatives, according to the developer Alterra International.

The loan is the largest PACE program loan ever made in Texas and second largest in nation, according to law firm Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC, the firm that arranged the transaction. "This specific loan will aid in constructing energy-efficient systems and implementing water reduction technology," the law firm said in a statement. "The updates will improve the property value and enable the owner of the project to lower the overall first lien loan for the project." (Source: Alterra International, Dallas Morning News, 7 July, 2017)Contact: PACE,,; Alterra International,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  PACE Loan,  ,  

Chicago Tops US Energy-Efficient Office Market (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-07-10
According to a study from the commercial real estate services firm CBRE and Maastricht University, the Windy City has more US Green Building Council LEED Certified building spaces than any other US city. United States, To date this year, the city's LEED certified building space has jumped 6.5 pct to reach 66 pct. For the second year in a row, Chicago also had the highest percentage of buildings with LEED certification. The other cities in the top 5 for LEED and Energy Star certifications were San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.(Source: CBRE, Energy Manager, 7 July, 2017)Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,; CBRE, Carmen Cortez, (212) 984-6515,

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

BIOCOM Expects Small Sugar Ethanol Production Increase (Int'l)
Companhia de Bioenergia de Angola
Date: 2017-07-07
In Angola, Companhia de Bioenergia de Angola (BIOCOM) reports that sugar production in the 2017/2018 year may reach 63,000 tonnes, an increase of 20 pct over the previous year, and that 15,278 cubic metres of ethanol will be produced compared to 14,263 cubic metres in the previous year.

BIOCOM is the first Angolan company to produce and market sugar, ethanol and electricity from biomass, with the main target being small, medium and large wholesalers in the Angolan market. Biocom is a partnership between Odebrecht Angola Produtos e Servicos, a subsidiary of Brazilian group Odebrecht, Angolan company Cochan, and state-owned oil company Sonangol. (Source: Companhia de Bioenergia de Angola, Macauhub, Angop, 28 June, 2017) Contact: Companhia de Bioenergia de Angola, +380 63 192 3144,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Sugarcane Ethanol,  

Tesla Solar Panel Now On Sale
Date: 2017-07-07
Tesla’s company-branded solar panel is now officially on sale on selected stores. The official sale of the solar panel in stores follows after the announcement of the Silicon Valley-based Corporation which has instigated a push on Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Solar promotional supplies in its shops and verified a preliminary platform where it wholesaled some of its solar merchandises from the sites. The preliminary platform was a success and it is now expected that Tesla’s Solar Roof and other Tesla-Branded solar Panels will now be available on stores nationwide and globally.

As seen in reports, Tesla has expounded on the reports in their Q1 shareholders letter. “Recently, we tested sales of our solar and storage products in several Tesla stores, and saw sales productivity improve 50% to 100% relative to the best non-Tesla retail locations. Based on these results, we are working towards fully staffing more than 70 Tesla stores in the U.S. and abroad with dedicated Tesla energy sales people over the next two quarters.”

Back in November, Tesla acquired SolarCity for an amount of $2.6 billion – a very much discussed acquisition by the shareholders. However, some questioned the move. The acquisition was deemed the world’s first ever vertically integrated defensible energy corporation and so far, Tesla remains as the only company serving in that industry. Solar City helped Tesla in its Battery Storage goods has improved its mass scale solar solution infrastructure. (Source: Tesla,, 3 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla news,  Solar news,  

Arctic Deeply Examines Canadian Wildfire-Soot Arctic Ice Melt Connection (Ind. Report)
Arctic Deeply
Date: 2017-07-07
In its review of the latest Arctic news, including a link between Canadian wildfires, soot -- "black carbon" -- and the Greenland Ice Sheet's melt, Arctic Deeply notes the Earth is no longer absorbing carbon emissions at its previous rate.

As the Washington Post reports, researchers have for the first time tracked soot's journey between these points and noted the presence of soot is helping to speed up the Greenland Ice Sheet's melt, which could eventually contribute to global rising sea levels by more than 6m (20ft). The Post also reports that sea level rise is happening faster than anticipated and that atmospheric CO2 levels are increasing even as global emission levels have stabilized.

Arctic Deeply is an independent "Benefit Corporation" digital media project dedicated to covering Arctic issues. (Source: Arctic Deeply, 30 June, 2017)Contact: Arctic Deeply,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arctic Deeply,  Soot,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

2016 Global Solar Installations Up 50 pct, says IEA (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency.
Date: 2017-07-07
According to a recently released report from the International Energy Agency. the amount of solar energy installed on the world's power grids increased 50 pct year over year in 2016. Between 70 and 75 gigawatts worth of solar panels came online, close to half of those installations coming in China, where solar capacity more than doubled last year.

The report attributes a steady decline in solar technology costs in recent years for the growth. Last year Dubai's electric utility reported receiving bids on a segment of it's 5,000 MW desert solar farm of less than 3 cents per kWh -- on average. A retail electricity customer in the U.S. pays 12 cents per kWh. Solar, wind, hydropower and other sources combined for a global increase in renewable capacity of 6 percent last year. Renewables represented 24 pct of total electric power output, with 70 pct coming from hydropower dams, according to the report. "Renewable power is forecast to grow by 36 pct over 2015-21, making it the fastest-growing source of electricity generation globally," according to the report. (Source: IEA, Chron, 3 July, 2017) Contact: International Energy Agency,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  International Energy Agency.,  

Mass. Touts Green Communities Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Date: 2017-07-07
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources ( Mass. DER)reports it has recently awarded a total of $14,043,257 in Green Communities competitive grants to 72 municipalities across the Bay State. The awards are to help fund clean energy projects, providing financial support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the designated Green Communities' clean energy goals.

All Green Communities commit to reducing municipal energy consumption by 20 pct over five years. These commitments amount to collective energy use savings equivalent to heating and powering nearly 20,000 homes, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 45,000 vehicle off the road. The grants are funded through proceeds from Alternative Compliance Payments under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Daily Times Chronicle, July, 2017) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources,; Massachusetts Green Communities,

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

Dutch Pension Fund Invests €327Mn in Swedish Wind Farm (Int'l)
Date: 2017-07-07
The €389 billion Dutch Pension Fund ABP reports it has directly invested €327 million in the construction of the 80-turbine, Askalen project. When completed, the wind farm will be the largest t wind farm in mainland Sweden and will generate sufficient electric power for approximately 300,000 homes.

Askalen is the first wind farm in which ABP has taken a 100 pct stake, cutting out external managers and their fees. The project will be built in co-operation with Vasa Wind as operational manager, its owner Hg Capital, and Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas. ABP has invested in more than 100 renewable energy projects worldwide, including €250 million in Norwegian hydropower operator Smakraft through a joint venture with German asset manager Aquila Capital. Including the Askalen wind project, ABP's clean energy portfolio exceeds €3.1 billion. (Source: APB, 3 July, 2017)Contact: APB,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ABP,  Wind,  

DOE Announces $3.7Mn High Performance Housing Innovation Funding (Funding)
Date: 2017-07-07
The U.S. Energy Department has announced up to $3.7 million to study and validate new energy efficiency solutions that will lead to improved home energy efficiency, smarter home operations, and energy cost savings.

The selected projects will accelerate energy performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings using an integrated building systems approach to achieve peak energy performance. The work will also contribute to achieving the Residential Building Integration program's goals of reducing new home energy consumption by at least 60 pct and existing homes by at least 40 pct, relative to the 2010 average for homes in each U.S. climate zone. Building America project teams will focus on developing and implementing solutions to three interrelated core technical challenges: high-performance building envelope assemblies and systems; optimal comfort systems for heating, cooling, air distribution, and humidity control; and high-performance ventilation systems and indoor air quality strategies.

Projects selected for funding include:

  • Newport Partners: Development of Laboratory Test Methods for Low-Cost Indoor Air Quality Sensors;
  • Building Envelope Materials: Validation Study of Experimental Insulating and Air-Sealing Technology for Enclosed Roof Cavities;
  • University of Central Florida: Integrated HVAC Control Methods for Supplemental High Efficiency Mini-Split Heat Pumps in Existing Homes;
  • Home Innovation Research Labs Inc.: Advanced HVAC Equipment Design Strategies for Optimal Efficiency and Humidity Control;
  • Rocky Mountain Institute: Experimental Envelope Fabrication Process for Integrated Zero Energy Ready Multifamily Renovations;
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: Baseline Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Field Study in Occupied New U.S. Homes: Cold and Marine Climates; and
  • University of Central Florida: Baseline Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Field Study in Occupied New U.S. Homes: Hot-Humid and Mixed-Humid Climate. (Source: US DOE EERE, July, 2017) Contact: US DOE EERE,

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  • Solkiss Building Floating, Rotating Korean Solar Farm (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-07-07
    In South Korea, solar developer Solkiss reports it will install a 2.67 MW floating solar farm on the Deoku Reservoir. The installation will rotate to track the sun and thus deliver a 22 pct increase in capacity, the company claims.

    Two additional rotating solar plant are also planned for the Myeoku Reservoir. Combined, the two installations will add 3 MW of solar PV capacity to Solkiss' floating solar portfolio. All three projects are slated for completion by the end of November. (Source: Solkiss, PV Mag., Others, July 3, 2017) Contact: Solkiss, +82 63 5478301,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solkiss,  Floating Solar,  

    Empower Inks District Energy Co-operation Agreement (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-07-07
    In Dubai, the Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) reports it has signed a Global Co-operation Agreement MoU with the partners of the United Nations Environment Programme, District Energy in Cities.

    The agreement, which aims to enhance the conservational impact and development of district cooling in the UAE, defines common objectives and a collaborative framework intended to increase deployment of district energy in respective countries around the globe. The goal is to increase energy efficiency, reduce emissions, strengthen local and regional economies, and deliver the social and environmental benefits of efficient district energy systems.

    The Global Co-operation Agreement brings together countries such as Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Singapore, the UAE, the UK, and the US to jointly share efforts to advance the district energy industry and promote sustainable and resilient technologies. (Source: Empower, Trade Arabia, Emirates News Agency WAM, 3 July, 2017) Contact: Empower, Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO, +97 14 375 5555, info@empower,ae,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Empower,  Energy Efficiency,  

    NY's Largest Community Solar Project Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    BlueRock Solar,Active Solar Development.
    Date: 2017-07-07
    In Erie County, near Niagara Falls, New York, the Town of Grand Island Town Board reports its approval of the largest community solar project in New York state. The project will be constructed by Syracuse-based BlueRock Solar and Galway, New York-headquartered Active Solar Development LLC.

    The 18-acre solar array, which will break ground this summer, will serve many as 400 homes. (Source: Town of Grand Island, WIVB, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Town of Grand Island, Town Clerk, (716) 773-9600x600,,; Blue Rock Solar, (315) 418-4400,; Active Solar Development, (800) 865-3625,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  Solar,  

    Pruitt's Suspension of Obama Methane Rule Nixed (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2017-07-07
    In a 2-to-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has held that the EPA cannot suspend an Obama administration rule to restrict methane emissions from new oil and gas wells.

    EPA administrator Pruitt, a noted climate change skeptic, had imposed a 90-day moratorium, which he later extended to two years, on enforcement of parts of the Obama era methane regulation and argued that his action was not subject to court review. But the appeals court disagreed and ruled that the EPA's decision was "unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious." The court ruled that the agency lacked authority under the Clean Air Act to block the methane rule but did have authority to reverse the methane regulations. The court also ruled that the agency would have to undertake a new rule-making process to undo the Obama regulation. (Source: Various Media, NY Times, 3 July, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Methane Rule,  EPA,  

    Calif. Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Provide $34.5Mn to Calif. Low-Carbon Transportation Program (Ind. Report, Funding)
    California Department of Transportation
    Date: 2017-07-07
    In the Golden State, CALTRANS -- the California Department of Transportation -- reports the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program is providing $34.5 million in funding for 125 local projects aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and improving public transportation sustainability.

    The Low Carbon Transit Operations Program is funded through the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) cap-and-trade program auction proceeds into the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. CALTRANS says the projects are part of the California Climate Investments. (Source: CALTRANS, Equipment World, 5 July, 2017) Contact: CALTRANS, Malcolm Dougherty, Director,; California Climate Investments,; CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  California Department of Transportation,  California Air Resources Board,  

    Aussie Green Star Update Foretells Shift Towards Carbon Zero Buildings (Int'l Report)
    Green Building Council of Australia
    Date: 2017-07-07
    In the Land Down Under, Green Building Council of Australia reports it has updated its Green Star tools to prioritize carbon reduction in a push towards carbon zero commercial buildings.

    There are now minimum GHG requirements, with 5 Star Green Star buildings needing to obtain three Greenhouse Gas Emissions credit points and be 25 pct more efficient than a standard building; and 6 Star Green Star buildings needing a minimum of 6 credits and to be 50 pct more efficient than a standard building. Ninety-five pct of Green Star-rated buildings currently meet the requirements.

    According to the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, "significant" increases in minimum energy standards have been made in the 2019 National Construction Code update. Other changes include measures to build industry capacity in air-tightness testing, a new materials pathway to incentivize the use of sustainably sourced structural timber; the Construction Environmental Management credit has been renamed the Responsible Construction Practices credit, and includes a point for project teams that can demonstrate staff support through health and wellbeing programs. Another change includes new innovation challenges on carbon neutrality, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks. (Source: Green Building Council of Australia, TheFifthEstate, 4 July, 2017) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation, +61 2 8239 6200,; Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Council of Australia,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Heritage Hall in Kalamazoo Wins LEED Platinum for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Western Michigan University
    Date: 2017-07-07
    Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo is reporting the renovation of Heritage Hall, the oldest building on campus and the 16th building to be LEED certified, has recently been awarded U.S. Green Building Council Platinum certification. Building upgrades the helped the building achieve Platinum Certification include geothermal installations an LED lightin.

    Heritage Hall has also recently received the Governor's Energy Award for public buildings in Michigan. (Source: Western Michigan University, PR, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Western Michigan University, Peter Strazdas, Associate VP of Facilities Management, (269) 387-8584,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

    Siemens Gamesa Supplying Turbines for 752-MW Dutch Offshore Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
    Siemens Gamesa , DONG Energy
    Date: 2017-07-07
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and DONG Energy report they have inked an agreement for the supply and maintenance of 94 8-MW turbines (752 MW) at the Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind power project being developed 22km from the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland.

    The nacelles for this project will be assembled in Siemens Gamesa's new factory in Cuxhaven, Germany, and the blades will be produced in Hull, England. The 8-MW turbine is based on the existing Siemens Gamesa offshore direct drive platform. The 752-MW Borssele 1 and 2 project will generate sufficient electric power for one million households. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  DONG Energy,  

    Innergex, BayWa Ink Final Wind Acquisition Agreement (Int'l.)
    BayWa r.e.,Innergex Renewable Energy
    Date: 2017-07-07
    Longueuil, Quebec-headquartered Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports it and BayWa r.e. GmbH have reached a final agreement on the purchase two French wind projects totaling 43 MW. The €27.2 million ($39.9 million Cdn.) acquisition, subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to be concluded following the mechanical completion and commissioning in 3Q of 2017.

    Innergex's net share of the purchase price will amount to about €16.5 million ($24.2 million) and will be paid through available funds under its corporate revolving credit facility. Non-recourse debts related to the projects, which are already in place, will amount to €72.0 million ($105.7 million) and will remain at the project level.

    Innergex will hold a 69.55 pct interest in the wind farms and Desjardins Group Pension Plan will own the remaining 30.45 pct. (Source: Innergex Renewable Energy, CNW, CISION, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Innergex, Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2556,,; BayWa r.e. GmbH, Matthias Taft, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e.,  Innergex Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

    Wind Moratorium Causes Uncertainty in Tar Heel State (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2017-07-07
    Following on our July 5th coverage, two proposed wind farms have indicated they will pull out of eastern North Carolina if an 18-month moratorium on wind farm permits becomes state law. Both projects had been expected to apply for state permits as early as this year and potentially could have been generating electricity by 2019.

    But the moratorium, which means no wind farm will be a granted a state permit before Dec. 31, 2018, was inserted last week into an unrelated NC energy bill -- House Bill 589 -- which now awaits Gov. Roy Cooper's signature. (Source: News Observer, 5 July, 2017)Contact: Office of NC Governor Ray Cooper,

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    Google Euro Data Centers to Use Norwegian Wind Power (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-07-07
    IT giant Google reports it will use Norwegian wind power for at least one of its European data centers, beginning this Sept. Google will likely be using the wind power for at least one data center in Europe, it could also be used at multiple data centers in Belgium, Finland, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

    Google has a 12-year PPA for 100 pct of the power generated by the 50-turbine Tellenes Wind Farm. (Source: Google, 5 July, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Google,  Wind,  

    Negative CO2 Emissions from Biomass-Coal Blends Process Tested (Ind. Report)
    Gas Technology Institute
    Date: 2017-07-07
    In Ottawa, Canada, the Gas Technology Institute, US DOE, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and CanmetENERGY-Ottawa, report the commissioning of a new 1 MW pilot thermal plant to advance the development of an oxygen-fired pressurized, fluidized bed combustion (Oxy-PFBC) process.

    The Oxy-PFBC process generates electricity and heat with close to zero emissions by capturing the greenhouse gases created by biomass and coal combustion. PFBC process uses pressurised combustion of oxygen and recycling of CO2 to eliminate the presence of nitrogen and other constituents of air, minimizing the generation of pollutants and allowing the more efficient clean-up of CO2. The PFBC process can produce electricity from coal with nearly zero emissions, while biomass-coal blends can actually achieve negative emissions. (Source: NRCAN, Gas Technology InstituteBioenergy Insights, July, 2017) Contact: Natural Resources Canada,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Technology Institute,  Biomass,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  

    China Everbright Vietnam Waste-to-Energy Plant Underway (Int'l)
    China Everbright
    Date: 2017-07-07
    Hong Kong-headquartered environmental services specialist China Everbright International is reporting construction is underway on its Can Tho waste-to-energy project in Vietnam. the company won the bid for the project in last July on a Build-Operate-Own model. The $47 million (€41 million) waste-to-energy plant is capable of processing 400 tonnes of waste. Can Tho presently collects around 650 tpd of household waste. The project is slated for completrion and commissioning in mid 2018. (Source: China Everbright International, Bioenergy Insight, Others, 3 July, 2017) Contact: China Everbright, (852) 2804 1886,,

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    New Bord na Mona Bioenergy Division Proposed (Int'l)
    Bord na Mona, Bioenergy Ireland
    Date: 2017-07-07
    In Dublin, the Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment is calling for the creation of a new bioenergy division of the "semi-government owned" company Bord na Mona (BnM). The new division, to be known as Bord na Mona Bioenergy, will advance the work of Bioenergy Ireland to develop a proposed biomass CHP plant in county Offaly.

    The proposed CHP plant would utilize locally sourced straw, as well as forestry related woody biomass, as feed-stock. The facility would require a minimum 60,000 tonnes of straw to begin operations in early 2019.

    Bord na Mona was founded in 1946 as a partially government-owned company to supply peat from Irish bogs for fuel. (Source: Irish Farmers Journal, 3 July, 2017) Contact: Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Hon. Denis Naughten, +353 1 678 2000,; Bord na Mona, Mike Quinn, CEO,; Bioenergy Ireland,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord na Mona,  Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  Biomass,  Straw,  

    REGI Statement on EPA's Proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2017-07-07
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) President and CEO Randy Howard issued the following statement regarding the U.S, EPA's release of the proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for 2018 Conventional and Advanced Biofuel and 2019 Biomass-Based Diesel: "This proposal offers REGI and the American biomass-based diesel industry the opportunity to prove once again how we exceed expectations and we fully embrace that opportunity. The RVO is only one tool that aids biomass-based diesel growth and it is our job to convince policymakers that it should not restrain growth of American-made renewable fuel.

    "We remain confident in a positive outcome in the trade complaint against unfairly subsidized imported biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, and are just as confident that U.S. production can make up for any lost import volumes. And finally, there is momentum to reinstate and reform the federal biodiesel tax incentive to focus it on domestically produced fuel. So, we look forward to additional meetings with the Administration in the coming weeks to show how an industry that is only running at about 65 percent capacity, has ample feedstock supply, and is helping fill growing diesel demand can help President Trump reaffirm his commitment to growing the supply of all American made fuels." (Source: REGI, PR, 5 July, 2017) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Pres, Anthony Hulen, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, (703) 822-1972,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax IncentiveRenewable Energy Group,  

    EPA Proposes Slight Cut to 2018 RFS Mandate (Reg & Leg)
    Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2017-07-07
    In the nation's capitol, the EPA has released their proposed 2018 biofuel requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which mandates how much ethanol and other biofuels refiners are required to be blended into the gasoline and diesel fuel supplies.

    The proposal would require refiners use 19.24 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2018, down from the 19.28 billion gallons required in 2017 and about 25 pct lower than the target Congress outlined in 2007. The RFS statue envisions blending 26 billion gallons of biofuel into the fuel supply in 2018. EPA's proposal maintains the 2017 blending requirements for both conventional, corn-based ethanol and biomass diesel but lowers targets for cellulosic and advanced biofuels.

    According to an agency statement, its proposed volumes for 2018 are "consistent with market realities." Biofuel groups generally support the EPA's 2018 target for corn-based ethanol, but call for the mandate for other biofuels to be increased. (Source: EPA, The Hill, Various Others, 5 July, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard ,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  EPA,  Scott Pruitt,  

    Rutgers, Mich. State Study Enzymes for Biofuel Production (R&D)
    Rutgers University, Michigan State University
    Date: 2017-07-07
    Researchers at New Jersey's Rutgers University and Michigan State University report they have demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to corn stalks and other cellulosic biomass, and thus reduce enzyme costs in biofuels production, according to a study published this month in Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

    According to study senior author Shishir P. S. Chundawat, an assistant professor in the Rutgers Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering , "The bottom line is we can cut down the cost of converting biomass into biofuels." Typically, the enzymes tapped to help turn switchgrass, corn stover and poplar into biofuels account for 20 pct of production costs. Enzymes cost about 50 cents per gallon of ethanol, so recycling or using fewer enzymes would make biofuels more inexpensive.

    "The challenge is breaking down cellulose (plant) material, using enzymes, into sugars that can be fermented into ethanol. So any advances on making the enzyme processing step cheaper will make the cost of biofuel cheaper. This is a fairly intractable problem that requires you to attack it from various perspectives, so it does take time," according to Chundawat. (Source: Rutgers Univ., AAAS, EurekAlert, Public Release, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Rutgers Univ., Prof. Shishir Chundawat

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Enzymes,  Corn Stover,  

    Canadian Federal Carbon Tax Support Waning (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2017-07-07
    According to a new poll from the Vancouver-based Angus Reid Institute, 44 pct of Canadians nationwide say they support the liberal government of Prime Minster Justin Trudeau's planned carbon tax, while many provinces are opposed.

    In the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland, 71 pct, 68 pct, and 67 pct respectively, are opposed to the federal carbon tax , which will force provinces to have a minimum $10 per tonne tax on carbon by 2018 -- rising to $50 per tonne by 2022. In British Columbia, which already has a carbon tax, half of those polled were opposed to the federal initiative.

    Of those polled nationwide, about half said Ottawa should scrap its carbon tax plan to avoid disadvantageous competition with U.S. companies. Most provinces, including Alberta, B.C., Ontario and Quebec, already have some form of emissions plan in place.

    The Angus Reid Institute is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and public opinion polling foundation whose insight and analysis is dedicated to enhancing the understanding of issues that matter to Canada and its world. (Source: Angus Reid Institute, CleanTech Canada, 6 July, 2017) Contact: Angus Reid Institute, (604) 559-1771,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  

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