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French Climate Plan Ends Fossil Fuel Sales, Adds €100 Carbon Tax (Int'l)

Date: 2017-07-07
In Paris, the French Minister of the Environment, Nicolas Hulot, a "green" leader and former swashbuckling TV star, has announced the new government of President Emmanuel Macron's plan to stop the sale of all fossil-fueled automobiles by 2040 as part of its plan to cut CO2 emissions and fight climate change.

The ban will be achieved through a mix of financial incentives for alternative fuel vehicles and increased taxes on older, internal combustion cars. The plan would also bring in a national carbon tax which would be upward of €100 per tonne of carbon. The plan would also end the issuance of new oil exploration and development licenses and incentivize renewable energy projects, according to Engadget. (Source: Le Figaro, Financial Times, Engadget, 6 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


Norwegian Firm Orders 11 Additional Nordex Turbines (Int'l)
Nordex
Date: 2017-07-05
The Nordex Group reports receipt of a follow-up order for eleven N117/3600 turbines from Midtfjellet Vindkraft AS, a long-standing Norwegian customer. The turbines are for the Midtfjellet III wind farm on Stord island, southwest Norway. Turbine delivery and installation is scheduled for spring 2018. The project is owned by a joint venture comprising the Hamburg-based Aquila Capital and the local energy suppliers and power plant operators Fitjar Kraftlag SA, Ostfold Energi Vind AS and Vardar Boreas AS. The order includes a 5-year Premium Service Agreement .

Nordex operates manufacturing facilities in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States and India. The firm’s product portfolio is focused on onshore turbines in the 1.5 to 3.9 MW class, which are tailor-made for the market requirements in developed and emerging markets. (Source: Nordex, Hamburg News, 4 July, 2017) Contact: Nordex, www.nordex-online.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex news,  Wind news,  Wind Turbine news,  


THE BOTTOMLESS PIT -- The Economics of Carbon Capture and Storage -- (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-07-05
"The idea of carbon capture and storage (CCS), capturing carbon dioxide and storing it permanently has been around for nearly 40 years and Carbon dioxide capture technology has been used in practice since the 1920s. But over the last two decades, enthusiasts for the technology have promoted the idea of applying CCS on an extraordinary scale. Since most international energy agencies agree that fossil fuels will remain the dominant form of energy consumption in the next three to four decades, they claim that only the global deployment of CCS will allow nations to continue to use cheap oil, gas and coal. Without this mega-project, they warn, it will be all but impossible to prevent a global warming dis- aster.

"Both the International Energy Agency and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have highlighted the crucial role CCS technologies will have to play if the international community wants to meet the emissions pledges set out in the Paris Agreement. Yet in spite of these warnings, and the strong support of world leaders and many climate scientists, OECD governments have been stepping back from funding large-scale CCS projects, thereby slowing the pace of development. As a result, few CCS projects are in the works, and many more have been cancelled, not least by President Obama and the British government. What is more, the hundreds of billions that are being spent on renewable energy have significantly worsened the prospects of the technology ever being applied on anything like the utopian scale that is being advocated.

"This new Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) report explains the reasons for the manifest failure of CCS to progress and illustrates the economic and technological limits of a technology that has been promoted for too long on the basis of wishful thinking."

Access THE BOTTOMLESS PIT -- The Economics of Carbon Capture and Storage report HERE. (Source: Global Warming Policy Foundation June, 2017) Contact: Global Warming Policy Foundation, Gordon Hughes, www.thegwpf.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture and Sequestration,  


Tar Heel State Senate Adopts Wind Energy Moratorium (Reg & Leg)
Wind
Date: 2017-07-05
In the Tar Heel State, the Senate has approved an amendment that would stop all wind energy projects in North Carolina for four years. The amendment was added to House Bill 589, a strongly supported solar energy policy update.

The moratorium through the end of 2020 would give a consultant time to determine where wind farms might conflict with training areas for military aircraft. The moratorium would block two projects already in development, Alligator River in Tyrrell County and Timbermill Wind in Chowan and Perquimans counties. Both have already been approved by the Department of Defense under the state's 2013 regulations governing wind development. (Source: WRAL, Other Media, 29 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Record $25Mn PACE Funding Deal Sealed in Washington DC (Funding)
PACE,Property Assessed Clean Energy
Date: 2017-07-05
In the nation's Capitol, Washington's professional soccer team, DC United, reports it has closed on a $25 million clean energy and energy efficiency funding package for installation the 20,000 seat Audi Field stadium which opens next year.

The PACE-funded energy efficiency features include an 884 KW solar array, a "green" roof, LED lighting, HVAC, insulation and storm-water retention systems. The funding is through through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (DC PACE) program, in partnership with locally-based EagleBank. At $25 million, the funding is the nation's largest single PACE note issued to date and the first issued for a stadium project.

The stadium's PACE-funded measures are expected to result in a 25 pct reduction in energy use and a reduction of 820 metric tpy of CO2. (Source: US DOE, ProudGreenBuilding, Various Others, 28 June, 2017) Contact: DC United, www.dcunited.com; PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Chicago Joins Coalition Threatening Suit Against EPA Over Methane Rules (Ind. Report)
Methane
Date: 2017-07-05
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and 14 other attorneys general, the California Air Resources Board, and the City of Chicago have alerted EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that they plan to sue if the agency continues to ignore its legal duty to control emissions of methane from existing oil and gas operations.

The coalition's notice to the EPA cited the agency's failure to fulfill its obligation under the Clean Air Act to control methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas sources and for "unreasonably delaying" the issuance of such controls. It also argues that EPA's failure to act since September 2015 to issue controls on methane emissions from existing sources in the oil and gas industry violates the EPA's non-discretionary duty under the Clean Air Act and is an unreasonable delay in setting such controls.

Last week, a coalition of 14 states filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against EPA's actions halting regulation of methane emissions from new sources in the oil and gas industry. In February, a coalition of seven attorneys general and two environmental agencies urged U.S. Senate leadership to oppose a Congressional Review Act resolution to repeal a rule regulating methane emissions from oil and gas operations on public lands.

Illinois AG Madigan has also condemned federal executive's attempt to eliminate the Clean Power Plan and opposed the drastic budget cuts proposed for the EPA. (Source: Office of Illinois Attorney General, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Office of Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, (312) 814-3400, www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Clean Power Plan,  


DONG Energy, Tetra Pak Touting New Climate Goals (Int'l. Report)
DONG Energy, Tetra Tech
Date: 2017-07-05
Denmark's largest company, offshore wind developer DONG Energy reports it will phase out the use of coal at its power stations entirely by 2023. The announcement is in keeping with company's goal of reducing its CO2 emissions in power and heat generation by 96 pct compared to 2006. DONG, which has already reduced its coal consumption by 73 pct since 2006, is the first among the large European energy companies to decide to phase out coal for the production of electricity and heating.

Meanwhile, Pully, Switzerland-headquartered food packaging specialist Tetra Pak pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its operation by 40 pct from 2015 levels. The company added that by 2040, emissions will be down 58 pct compared to a year ago. Tetra Pak has also committed to reduce GHG emissions across the value chain by 16 pct per unit of revenue by 2020 from a 2010 base-year.

Download DONG's Energy for a Sustainable Future report HERE (Source: DONG Energy, Tetra Pak, 3 June, 2017) Contact: Tetra Pak, Mario Abreu, VP Environment, www.tetrapak.com; DONG Energy, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com

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


Notable Quote -- DONG Energy
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-07-05
"In ten years, DONG Energy has transformed from one of the most coal-intensive utilities in Europe to a global leader in renewable energy. In 2016, green power and heat accounted for half of our energy generation, and we have more than halved our greenhouse gas emissions since 2006.

"By 2023, we want to achieve a 96 pct reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions per kilowatt-hour produced compared with 2006. We are very proud to announce today that this target has been approved as being scientifically in line with what we need to do as a company to tackle climate change. With this reassurance, we now know that we are doing our part to support the UN Sustainable Development Goal on climate action as well as the Paris Agreement. That is a big deal to us." -- Filip Engel, Senior Director of Sustainability and Environment, DONG Energy.

More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy news,  


Shipping Ind. Alliance Seeks to Lower Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
International Maritime Organization
Date: 2017-07-05
A group of shipowners and operators and maritime industry related firms have joined forces with the London-headquartered International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Global Industry Alliance (GIA) in a global effort to improve shipping industry energy efficiency and reduce carbon output in maritime transport. GIA members will work together to identify and develop innovate measures and promote the implementation of new energy efficiency marine technologies, as well as operational measures, such as best practices, alternative fuels, and IT.

GIA members include ABB Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd., DNV GL, Lloyd's Register EMEA, MarineTraffic, Ricardo UK Ltd., Royal Caribbean Cruises, Shell International Trading and Shipping Co. Ltd., Silverstream Technologies, Stena AB, Total Marine Fuels, Wartsila Corp., Mediterranean Shipping Co., and Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (Source: International Maritime Organization, American Shipper, 30 June, 2017) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  International Maritime Organization,  


UPS Increasing Alternative Fuels Fleet (Ind. Report)
UPS
Date: 2017-07-05
In Atlanta, UPS reports it is adding more alternative fuel vehicles and advanced technology vehicles to its fleet while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources as part of the company's commitment to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global ground operations 12 pct by 2025. The company's initiative was developed using a methodology approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. By 2020, UPS plans that one in four new vehicles purchased annually will be an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle, up from 16 pct in 2016. By 2025, 40 pct of all ground fuel will be from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel, an increase from 19.6 pct in 2016.

UPS presently operates more than 8,300 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles worldwide including electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, CNG, LNG, propane , lower-carbon footprint renewable diesel and renewable natural gas (RNG) . (Source: UPS, PR, 27 June, 2017) Contact: UPS, Kristen Petrella, (404) 828-4182, kpetrella@ups.com, www.ups.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuels,  


Cummins Westport Launches Natural Gas Playbook (Ind. Report)
Cummins Westport
Date: 2017-07-05
In Vancouver, natural gas engine manufacturer Cummins Westport Inc. (CW) is reporting the launch of the Natural Gas Playbook website, a five step guide featuring information and tips on how to assess, specify, prepare, implement, and operate/maintain a Cummins Westport powered natural gas fleet. It provides information to users who have questions about operating natural gas vehicles.

The Playbook also offers a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator and a Payback Calculator to track fuel savings, average fleet speed, service intervals, and fuel system capacity requirements.

Natural Gas Playbook www.cwiplaybook.com. (Source: Cummins Westport Inc., CNW, June 27, 2017) Contact: Cummins Westport, Todd Skene, Manager, Investor Relations, Westport Fuel Systems, (604)718-2046, invest@wfsinc.com, www.cumminswestport.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas,  Cummins Westport ,  


Tosoro Converting ND Refinery to Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
Tesoro
Date: 2017-07-05
San Antonio-headquartered independent petroleum products refiner and marketer Tesoro Corp. reports it plans to convert approximately 5 pct of it's Dickinson, North Dakota diesel refinery production to renewable diesel fuel from vegetable oils. The partial conversion to renewable diesel is slated for the year end. If the changeover is successful the company is considering converting the entire refinery to renewable diesel.

The changeover is expected to cost approximately $3.5 million. The North Dakota Industrial Commission Renewable Energy Council is recommending a grant of $500,000 for the project. (Source: Tesoro, Prairie Public News, 29 June, 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,  Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  


Neste MY Renewable Diesel Reduces Particulate Emissions (Int'l)
Neste,Renewable Diesel
Date: 2017-07-05
In Finland, Neste is reporting a study lead by Tampere University of Technology has found that the use of pure Neste MY Renewable Diesel in working machines efficiently reduces particulate matter emissions on average by 35 pct and as high as 60 pct.

The study measured the local exhaust pipe emissions of working machines from two size categories, operating in an environment simulating real-life working conditions. The tests covered, for example, loading and driving of the working machine both with and without load. The results were derived from a comparison between the use of pure Neste MY Renewable Diesel and conventional fossil diesel meeting European EN 590 diesel fuel standard specifications and consisting of 7 percent of conventional biodiesel, in line with the maximum limit specified by the standard. (Source: Neste Corporation, PR, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Neste, Jukka Nuottimäki, Associate, Neste, tel. +358 50 458 2726, jukka.nuottimaki@neste.com, www.neste.com; Tampere University of Technology, Panu Karjalainen, Postdoctoral Researcher, +358 45 359 2979, panu.karjalainen@tut.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  


Algae as a Sustainable Feedstock for Biodiesel Production -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-07-05
There is an increasing interest in algae as a biodiesel feedstock to avoid the utilization of food resources for energy production and to circumvent the food versus fuel competition.

Supercritical alcohol transesterification, a relatively new process, offers advantages over conventional transesterification, such as a faster reaction time , catalyst-free operation, ability to handle inexpensive feedstocks, and higher biodiesel purity. It is conducted at higher temperatures and pressures (supercritical state), where the raw materials exist as fluids that possess a useful combination of liquid and gas properties.

Using algae as raw material and supercritical alcohol transesterification as conversion process, a more sustainable biodiesel production technology can be developed. It would reach large-scale production capabilities on a long-term basis without adverse effect on the food supply chain. In the Review Status and Prospects of Supercritical Alcohol Transesterification for Biodiesel Production published in WIREs Energy and Environment, George Philippidis and colleagues at the University of South Florida present an in-depth look at the current status and future prospects of supercritical transesterification. Its emphasis is on biodiesel production from more sustainable raw materials like algae. The researchers identify the advantages of the new technology and discuss ways to overcome its challenges.

Status and Prospects of Supercritical Alcohol Transesterification for Biodiesel Production HERE. (Source: University of South Florida, Wiley, Advanced Science News, 29 June, 2017) Contact: University of South Florida, George Philippidis, (813) 974-9333, gphilippidis@usf.edu, www.usf.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Biodiesel,  


Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ Certification Expanded (Int'l)
Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe
Date: 2017-07-05
In London, the Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe, a global underwriting standard for developing and measuring energy efficiency retrofits, reports its Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ (IREE) certification is now being applied to energy efficiency projects across industry, street lighting and district energy. The certification was previously only available to the building sector. The expansion received funding from the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme.

ICP aims to standardize energy efficiency upgrades through the adoption of best practices that work to make projects more attractive to investors and building owners. The protocols adopted by IREE-certified projects and verified by credentialed Quality Assurance providers help reduce transaction costs and increase confidence in savings to help engage private capital and scale up energy efficiency investments.

The expansion will be overseen by the ICP Europe Consortium, which includes EnergyPro Ltd; RdA Climate Solutions in Portugal and Spain; Serimus in Germany; Denskatt in Austria & Bulgaria; and Verco in the UK; as well as Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes (EEIP) and GRESB, the global ESG benchmark for real assets.

The consortium aims to develop the new energy performance protocols for the additional sectors, referencing existing best practices. (Source: Green Buildings Certification, July, 2017) Contact: Green Building Certifications Inc., Sarah Stanley, sstanley@gbci.org, www.gbci.org; Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe, europe.eeperformance.org

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


Jamaican Energy Efficiency Programme Saves $100Mn (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-07-05
In Kingston, the Jamaican Minister of Science, Energy and Technology reports the Jamaican government has saved more than $100 million in energy costs under its Energy, Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP). Electric power consumption by State entities has fallen 410 gigawatt-hours (GWh) since the beginning of the programme in 2011 to under 400 GWh in 2015.

The Ministry has begun adoption of an Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) Methodology as a blueprint to guide the strategic development and modernization of the energy sector over the next 20 years. When completed, the IRP will establish the projected electricity demand over a 20-year period and determine the generating capacity and technologies necessary to satisfy the demand over the period. The IRP components include: institutional strengthening; investments in energy efficiency and conservation; demand side management and energy efficiency/conservation education awareness. The IRP programme is administered by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). (Source: Jamaica Information Service, 30 June, 2017)

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


Orient Green Power Selling Unprofitable Biomass Arm (M&A)
Orient Green Power,Shriram Ventures
Date: 2017-07-05
Following on our September 9, 2016 coverage, India's largest independent renewable energy-based power generation company Orient Green Power reports it has approved the sale of its unprofitable biomass operations to promoter firm Shriram Ventures (SVL) for €37 million. The sale excludes the 20MW cogeneration plant in Kolhapur, Maharashtra and a 10-MW plant in Rajasthan, which are being sold to third parties. Excluding these facilities, OGP's biomass portfolio totals 68 MW.

The sale is pending the usual due diligence, stockholder, creditor and regulatory approvals. (Source: Orient Green Power, Bioenergy Insights, Others, 3 July, 2017)Contact: Orient Green Power, S. Venkatachalam, MD, +91 44 490 15678, info@orientgreenpower.com, http://orientgreenpower.com; Shriram Ventures, secl@shriram.com, www.shriram.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orient Green Power,  


CEE, GCL Ink $62.3Mn, 100 MW Chinese Solar Deal (Int'l)
China Energy Engineering
Date: 2017-07-05
Beijing-based China Energy Engineering (CEE) subsidiary CEE Tianjin repoprts it will construct a 100 MW solar project for GCL New Energy in eastern China. The PV array will cost approximately $62.3 million and be completed within the next four months, according to a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

In July 2016, CEE Zhejiang signed a deal to install 20 MW of solar capacity for GCL New Energy in Suzhou, Anhui province. Around the same time, CEE Tianjin agreed to build the second 36.16 MW phase of a 100 MW project that GCL New Energy was developing in Hebei province. CEE Tianjin followed with an additional agreement to complete the third 42.98 MW phase of the Zhangjiakou project. In a separate announcement, Suzhou GCL revealed plans to transfer shares of Jinhu Zhenhui Photovoltaic and Shandong Wanhai Solar Power to Xi'an Zhongmin GCL New Energy, a GCL New Energy venture with Zhongmin New Energy (Shanghai) Investment. The agreement is related to 130 MW of solar capacity in China. By the end of 2016, GCL New Energy had roughly 1 GW of solar capacity under construction in China. The company secured approval to issue $254 million of green bonds this past March and expects to complete 1.5 GW to 2 GW of solar capacity before the year end. (Source: China Energy Engineering, PV Mag., 3 July, 2017) Contact: China Energy Engineering Group Co.Ltd, en.ceec.net.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Energy Engineering,  Solar,  China Solar,  


Vattenfall Streamlines Wind, PV Business (Int'll Report)
Vattenfall
Date: 2017-07-05
Sweden's government-owned renewable energy specialist Vattenfall reports it has split its wind business into three units covering offshore, onshore and for the first time photovoltaic and battery storage, effective 1 July, 2017. In a statement, Vattenfall indicated it planned to invest as much as €150 million in large scale as well as decentralized PV and battery projects.

The offshore wind unit will be headed by Michael Simmelsgaard. Sandra Grauers-Nilsson head the onshore group and Claus Wattendrup is in charge of the new PV and batteries division. (Source: Vattenfall, renews, Others, July 3, 2017) Contact: Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  PV,  Energy STorage,  Solar,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Trident Proposes 1,000-MW Calif. Offshore Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Trident Winds
Date: 2017-07-05
In the Golden State, Trident Winds LLC is proposing construction of a 60 -- 100 turbine deep water wind farm off the coast, from Cayucos to north of Piedras Blancas. The project, which would be more than 20 miles offshore, would utilize floating foundations and would generate 1,000 MW of electricity that would reach the mainland through underwater transmission lines to the PG&E substation in Morro Bay. Subject to approvals and other considerations, the project could be operational and online sometime in 2025, the company says.

Trident was the first company to apply for a lease to build a wind farm off the Central Coast. The land it would be leasing is in federal waters, so the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is the responsible agency. Statoil, a Norwegian energy company, has since applied to compete for the lease. (Source: Trident Wind LLC, Tribune, July, 2017) Contact: Trident Winds LLC,, Alla Weinstein, www.tridentwinds.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trident Winds,  Offshore,  Deep Water Wind Wind,  Floating Wind Foundation,  


Notable Quote -- Stephen Hawking

Date: 2017-07-05
"We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump's action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid.

"Climate change is one of the great dangers we face and it's one we can prevent if we act now." -- Cambridge professor and world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking,


GE Tackles JPMorgan Chase Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
General Electric
Date: 2017-07-05
In New York, GE reports it has begun the second phase of a collaboration with JPMorgan Chase & Co. to install new energy management and digital technology meant to boost energy efficiency at about 4,500 Chase branch offices nationwide.

The effort includes controlling HVAC, sensors, software and lighting controls to help Chase branches cut electric and gas consumption by 15 pct.

The deal is the next step of a program that began last year to retrofit Chase office with LED lighting. To date, 2,500 branch offices have had new lighting installed, cutting Chase's lighting energy consumption by 50 pct. (Source: GE, Columbus Dispatch, Others, 3 July, 2017) Contact: GE Power, www.gepower.com; JPMorgan Chase Corporate Office, (212) 270-0589, www.jpmorganchase.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric,  JPMorgan Chase,  Energy Efficiency,  


Moixa Touting TEPCO Funding, Battery Trial Collaboration (Int'l)
Moixa,TEPCO
Date: 2017-07-05
London, UK-headquartered battery storage company Moixa reports it has secured £2.5 million in new investment and will collaborate with Japan's largest utility Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) on a pilot trial of its compact battery system in Tokyo. Moixa is also planning trials in Europe and the US within the next 12 months.

Moixa received £500,000 in equity investment from TEPCO and another £500,000 equity investment from First Imagine! Ventures , as well as a £1 million funding facility from Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Moixa says it expects to have installed 50,000 batteries and to be managing twice as many using its patented, cloud-based 'GridShare' platform in the UK by 2020. Moixa holds UK and US patents on managing distributed batteries for grid services. (Source: Moixa, PR, 3 July, 2017) Contact: Moixa, Somon Daniel, CEO, +44 0 207 734 1511, info@moixa.com, www.moixa.com; TEPCO, www.tepco.co.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News TEPCO,  Moixa,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Schneider Presents $1Mn Energy Savings Award (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2017-07-05
Schneider Electric presented its $1,000,000 Savings Milestone Award to Alabama's Etowah County Board of Education, in recognition of the district's strides in energy conservation since the start of the project in 2015. In energy terms, this amounts to more than 3,000,000 kWh saved -- sufficient power for 311 houses for an entire year.

Schneider Electric's energy efficiency project for the school district consisted of enhanced lighting in classrooms, hallways, gyms and outdoor spaces; mechanical replacements at the central office; new building controls; and the implementation of Voice over Internet Protocol and IT enterprise management systems.

These upgrades cut the district's energy consumption by 29 pct and reduced its utility budget by more than $565,000 annually. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 2 July, 2017) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.enable.schneider-electric.com; Etowah County Board of Education, www.ecboe.org

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


Loews Vanderbilt Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
US DOE Better Buildings Solution Center
Date: 2017-06-30
The U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge has recognized Loews Hotels & Co. for the energy efficiency upgrades made at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

Loews had set a goal to reduce energy use across all of its hotels by 20 pct in ten years. Over the past two years, the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel has improved its energy efficiency by 22 pct and achieved a total energy cost savings of $328,250.

To achieve its goal, the Vanderbilt Hotel upgraded all public-area lighting fixtures to LEDs, installed new direct-drive elevator hoist motors on seven passenger elevators, replaced outdated 750-ton centrifugal chillers with re-sized, highly-efficient 500-ton chillers, and installed a new, more efficient water system. The hotel also installed new variable frequency drives on the existing chilled water and condenser pumps for enhanced HVAC efficiency and replaced the water distribution media inside the cooling tower. And by enhancing and insulating the hotel's exterior envelope and ballroom roof, the building's overall R-value was improved by 20 pct. (Source: US DOE Better Buildings Solution Center, Contact: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, www.loewshotels.com/vanderbilt-hotel; Better Buildings Solution Center, https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/solutions

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Better Buildings Solution Center,  Energy Efficiency,  


2nd Creston Wind Farm Completed in Cornhusker State (Ind. Report)
Loup Power
Date: 2017-06-30
In Nebraska, Loup Power District officials are reporting completion of the 2nd Creston Wind Farm project, near the community of Creston. With its completion the District will have in operation, through a PPA with Bluestem, 13.7 MW of wind renewable power generation -- approximately 6 percent of the District's peak demand for power. (Source: Loup Power District, NCN News, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Loup Power District, Neal Suess , Pres., (402)-564-3171 www.loup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Loup Power,  Wind,  


Micro-Algae Biodiesel Cuts Emissions up to 80 pct, says Chilean Researchers (Int'l, R&D)

Date: 2017-06-30
In Santiago, Chile, researchers at Catholic University's Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioprocesses report that algae-based biodiesel can cut particulates and emissions by as much as 80 pct in high-power diesel engines, compared to fossil diesel.

According to the researchers, "Some species of micro-algae can accumulate a large amount of oils, whose origin is the fixation of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These can be used to produce biodiesel in a similar way to the biofuel produced with oils used in frying." The research also investigated the emissions-reducing potential of waste-based fryer oils, and looked at engines of the types used in trucks and buses, some of which incorporate a catalytic system to transform and eliminate pollutants. (Source: Catholic University, Biofuels Digest, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Catholic University, Prof. Cesar Saez, Engineering, www.researchgate.net/profile/Cesar_Saez-Navarrete/info, www.uc.cl/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Biodiesel,  CO2 Emissions,  


Barbados Plans 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Barbados
Date: 2017-06-30
In the capital city of Bridgetown, the Managing Director of Barbados Light and Power (BL&P) LTD, Roger Blackman, reports that the Government of Barbados is working with stakeholders and investors to meet the island country's electric power needs with 100 pct renewable energy by 2013. Blackman noted that BL&P planned to work with all stakeholders, including Government and investors such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Commission, to find the right energy solutions for the island nation of 285,000. (Source: Barbados Light & Power, Barbados Advocate, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Barbados Light & Power, Roger Blackman, www.blpc.com.bb

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


Quebec Investing $1.5Bn in Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Hydro-Quebec,Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
Date: 2017-06-30
In Quebec City, Pierre Arcand, the Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, is touting the province's first action plan in its 2030 Energy Policy which includes 42 measures to accelerate the transition toward sustainable energy sources, notably hydro-electricity, wind, solar power and natural gas. The policy aims to reduce the province's oil consumption by 40 pct by 2030 and eliminate the use of coal. The province is prepared to invest $1.5 billion in the program.

Additionally, the government will ask Hydro-Quebec to develop expertise in solar energy and construct a solar park and increase hydro-electric power production. The plan includes a goal of converting 25,000 homes from oil-based heating systems to other forms of energy within three years. (Source: Montreal Gazette, Presse Canadienne, Others, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Hydro-Quebec, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, (514) 289-5005, www.hydroquebec.com; Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, https://mern.gouv.qc.ca/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Hydro-Quebec,  


Neo Solar Inaugurates 200 MWp Taiwan Solar Facility (Int'l)
Neo Solar Power
Date: 2017-06-30
The Taiwanese solar cell and module manufacturer Neo Solar Power (NSP) is reporting the opening of the country's first automated high-efficiency module production facility at Hsinchu. The 200 MWp facility will produce NSP's new Glory BiFi modules for regional markets at the new site.

According to the company, the Glory BiFi has been developed to perform optimally in harsh climatic environments, including high temperatures and in areas prone to salt mists and typhoons.

Previously the company confirmed it is pivoting away from multicrystalline cells to produce only monocrystalline products, with a particular focus on mono-PERC cells. Prior to the opening of its latest fab, the company was running at full 600 MWp capacity for mono. (Source: Neo Solar Power, PV Mag, Others, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Neo Solar Power, Sam Hong, CEO, +866 3578 0011, www.nsp.com

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


Kettering Schools Score $536,241 Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
Dayton Power and Light,AES Corporation
Date: 2017-06-30
In the Buckeye State, Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of AES Corporation, reports it has awarded $536,241.52 in energy efficiency rebates to Kettering City Schools.

Kettering City Schools installed LED energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors at each building which significantly improved energy efficiency and reduced energy costs. The upgrades are expected to save 1,236,000 kWh of energy annually. Other school initiatives include manually turning off lights when not in use and adjusting thermostat temperature set points seasonally. As a result of these latest projects, Kettering City Schools will achieve energy savings of more than 2.3M kilowatt hours annually. (Source: AES Corp., Dayton Power & Light, 26 June, 2017)Contact: Dayton Power and Light, Tom Raga, CEO, Mary Ann Kabel, 937-224-5940, www.dplinc.com; AES Corporation, www.aes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dayton Power and Light ,  AES Corporation,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


Canada Day, July 4th Holidays Publications Schedule
Holiday Schedule
Date: 2017-06-30
In celebration of Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day we will not be publishing on Monday, July 3rd. We will resume our regular publications schedule on Wednesday, July 5th.

Have a safe holiday.


Guelph Considers $8Mn Switch to LED Streetlights (Ind. Report)
City of Guelph
Date: 2017-06-30
In Ontario, the city of Guelph is considering the upgrading of its 13,000 street lights to more cost-efficient and energy-efficient LED lighting. The upgrading is expected to cost approximately $8 million, an amount that is expected pay for itself within six years when maintenance costs are included in the calculations.

Guelph Hydro, which maintains the city's street light system, would undertake the switch to LEDs. In 2016, the city spent $2 million on street lighting -- $1.5 million of that on electricity and the balance on maintenance. The city currently spends $121 annually per street lamp for electricity, but that cost is projected to drop to $67 per light with the change over. (Source: Guelph Today, 26 June, 2017) Contact: City of Guelph, Alex Chapman, Climate Change Office Manager, (519)822-1260 X 3324, alex.chapman@guelph.ca, www.guelph.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Lighting ,  


Milwaukee Sewage Comm., WM Ink 20-yr. Biogas Deal (Ind. Report)
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission,Waste Management
Date: 2017-06-30
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report that the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission has approved a revised 20-year agreement with Waste Management to use biogas from the company's Metro landfill in Franklin, Wisconsin.

Under the terms of their agreement, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) will construct an $11 million gas treatment plant at the landfill site while Waste Management will maintain a gas extraction system and build a pipeline to the Emerald Park Landfill operated by Advanced Disposal. The gas will be used for power generation at MMSD's Jones Island water treatment facility.

The agreement is expected to save district rate players as much as $10 million over the 20 year contract. MMSD will pay Waste Management 36 pct of the market price for natural gas based on energy content, not volume, under the terms of the revised agreement. (Source: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission, Bioenergy Insight, Others, 28 June, 2017)Contact: Waste Management, (414) 281-8900; Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission, (414) 325-5100,www.mmsd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission,  Waste Management,  Biogas,  


Global Biomass Fuel Industry Situation and Prospects Research report 2017 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-06-30
The recently released Market.Biz Global Biomass Fuel Industry Situation and Prospects Research Report 2017 provides an overview and analysis of the biomass fuel industry. The report includes industry definitions, applications, classifications and Biomass Fuel industry chain structure as well as a detailed study and competitive analysis of the international biomass fuel market. The report also provides information on company profiles, product description, capacity, Biomass Fuel production, cost, market revenue of Biomass Fuel industry and contact details. The report includes product types, prices and regional market revenue and other related details.

Global Biomass Fuel Industry Situation and Prospects Research Report 2017 summary and details HERE. (Source: Market Biz, Contact: Market Biz., (857) 239-0696, inquiry@market.biz


Notable Quote
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-06-30
"In ten years, DONG Energy has transformed from one of the most coal-intensive utilities in Europe to a global leader in renewable energy. In 2016, green power and heat accounted for half of our energy generation, and we have more than halved our greenhouse gas emissions since 2006.

"By 2023, we want to achieve a 96 pct reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions per kilowatt-hour produced compared with 2006. We are very proud to announce today that this target has been approved as being scientifically in line with what we need to do as a company to tackle climate change. With this reassurance, we now know that we are doing our part to support the UN Sustainable Development Goal on climate action as well as the Paris Agreement. That is a big deal to us." -- Filip Engel, Senior Director of Sustainability and Environment, DONG Energy.

More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  Biomass,  Coal,  


DONG Inks Coal-to-Woody Biomass Power Plant Agreements (Int'l)
DONG Energy,Novo Nordisk, Novozymes
Date: 2017-06-30
The Danish utility DONG Energy reports it has concluded agreements for the conversion of the Asnaes Power Station from coal to bioenergy in an effort to help phase out coal-fired generation in Denmark by 2023.

DONG inked agreements with Novo Nordisk, Novozymes and Kalundborg Forsyning to allow the connection of a new forestry-waste and wood chip-fired plant to the power station's existing installations and systems.

The new bio plant will supply steam and district heating under a 20-year contract from 2019 to Kalundborg Forsyning. The conversion is slated to get underway later this summer. (Source: DONG Energy, renews, Others, 28 June, 2017) Contact: DONG Energy, Thomas Dalsgaard, Exec. VP, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com; Novozymes, www.novozymes.com; Novo Nordisk, www.novonordisk.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  DONG Energy,  Woody Biomass,  


Second Netherlands Wind+Storage Project Now Online (Int'l Report)
Alfen
Date: 2017-06-30
In the Netherlands, wind and solar developer Alfen reports it brought a 3 MW energy storage system connected to a wind farm online this week at the 122 MW, 36-turbine Princess Alexia facility in the town of Zeewolde-- Netherlands' second-largest wind farm. Vattenfall subsidiary Nuon, which operates the wind farm, and BMW collaborated on the project.

This is Alfen's second wind and energy storage project following the May installation of a 1 MWh battery storage solution at the 9 MW Giessenwind wind farm in the town of Giessenburg.

Alfen offers a portfolio of solutions to transform, store and distribute sustainable electric energy and is often partner in connecting solar parks and wind turbines, according to the company's website. (Source: Alfen, PEI, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Alfen, +31 36 54 93 400, info@alfen.com, www.alfen.com

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Raisio Group Commissions Finnish Woody Biomass Facility (Int'l)
Raisio
Date: 2017-06-30
Finland's Raisio Group is reporting the commissioning of a 50-gWh woody biomass bioenergy plant at its main production facility. The highly automated €8.5 million plant uses two to three truckloads of locally sourced wood chips daily.

Raisio's operations are divided into two divisions: Brands and Raisioagro. Raisio's Brands Division includes Healthy Snacks, Benecol, Benemilk and Confectionery. Raisioagro is also a modern agritrader and partner of livestock producers and contract farmers. (Source: Raisio, European Supermarket Mag., July, 2017) Contact: Raisio Group, +358 2 443 2111, www.raisio.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass ,  


Kentucky Utilities Tout Energy Storage Testing Demo (Ind. Report)
Electric Power Research Institute
Date: 2017-06-30
Following up on our March 13th coverage, in the Bluegrass State, Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) and the Kentucky Utilities Company, in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is reporting the launch of an Energy Storage Research and Demonstration Site at the E. W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg, Ky.

The project will allow the utility to develop, test and evaluate the potential benefits of utility-scale battery energy storage technologies and investigate operating needs and associated costs. Researchers will also use the site to advance control technologies, increase value gained from storage and determine solutions to integration challenges for energy storage on the electric grid.

The site includes three testing bays for energy storage technologies, each able to house up to one megawatt of storage. Testing multiple storage technologies at one time will allow researchers to assess how the individual systems operate and any potential grid integration challenges as the systems work together. The site will also function as a "virtual lab" for use by other utilities working with EPRI to address potential gaps associated with utility-scale energy storage. (Source: LG&E KU , 28 June, 2017) Contact: Louisville Gas and Electric, https://lge-ku.com; EPRI, www.epri.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Electric Power Research Institute ,  


Notable Quote

Date: 2017-06-30
"We are witnessing a transformation of global power markets led by renewables and, as is the case with other fields, the center of gravity for renewable growth is moving to emerging markets." -- Faith Birol, Exec. Dir., International Energy Agency

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency news,  


Miss. Power Plant Clean Coal Effort Unplugged (Ind. Report)
Mississippi Power
Date: 2017-06-30
Following on our February 8th coverage, Southern Company's Mississippi Power reports it is "immediately suspending start-up and operations activities" at the Kemper Power Plant involving the gasification of coal from a nearby lignite mine. The plant will continue to run on natural gas. The plant was meant to showcase technology to capture carbon dioxide from coal -- aka "clean coal."

To date, the Kemper project has cost $7.5 billion, but the planned carbon capture and coal gasification technology is $4 billion over budget and three years behind schedule. Southern Company has unloaded Approximately $800 million of the plant's spiraling costs on ratepayers, and the plant has received $382 million in federal Energy Department grants, according to the company. Southern and its Mississippi Power subsidiary has already written off $2.9 billion of the project cost, according to a June 23 Standard and Poor's credit analysis.

The plant was intended to be the first clean-coal plant of its kind in the U.S. and a model for CCS technology. (Source: St Louis Post Dispatch, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Mississippi Power, Anthony Wilson, Pres., CEO, (855) 693-8326, www.mississippipower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal,  CCS,  Mississippi Power,  Southern Company,  Kemper ,  


CCC says UK Low-Carbon Economy Transition Stalled (Int'l)
Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2017-06-30
In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) reports that lack of government action on climate change is making it difficult for businesses and the public to grasp the opportunities of the transition to a low-carbon economy. According to the CCC's 2017 report to parliament, progress has been made but continued advancements depend on "significant new measures."

Greenhouse gas emissions are about 42 pct lower than in 1990, about halfway to the 2050 commitment to reduce emissions by at least 80 pct below 1990 levels. However, progress is stalling with emissions mainly falling in the power sector since 2012 and rising in the transport and buildings sectors.

CCC calls for the government to continue reducing emissions across the economy and to address the gap between agreed upon emissions reduction targets and the impact of existing policies. The government should also find ways to bring forward additional low-carbon electricity generation through the 2020s and set out a strategy for deploying carbon capture and storage technology, CCC said.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. The CCC's role is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, BBC, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, +44 (0) 207 591 6080, www.theccc.org.uk

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Carbon XPRIZE Competitors Partner on New Entry (Ind. Report)
CO2 Solutions,Team CERT
Date: 2017-06-30
Quebec City-based CO2 Solutions Inc. reports it will join forces with Team CERT, a multidisciplinary team of researchers affiliated with the University of Toronto, for a combined entry to the Carbon XPRIZE competition sponsored by U.S. utility NRG and Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA).

The three-round competition, which aims to advance technologies that convert CO2 from a liability into valuable products, has a total prize purse of $20 million. Both teams have already advanced through the first round of the 4.5-year competition, which runs to 2020. The winners in each of two tracks—one focused on testing technologies at a coal power plant and one focused on a natural gas power plant—will be awarded $7.5 million grand prizes.

In addition to continuing with its initial entry in the competition, through which it will demonstrate its process of capture and reuse of CO2 into acetic acid, CO2 Solutions has also been authorized to partner with other contenders offering a CO2 reuse process only.

Team CERT's work on addressing the need for carbon-neutral fuel systems has focused on efficient reduction of atmospheric CO2 into usable carbon products for renewable fuels and chemical feedstocks.

CO2 Solutions' process exploits an enzyme catalyst called carbonic anhydrase, which is responsible for facilitating efficient CO2 transfer during respiration in humans and other living organisms. The technology lowers the cost barrier to carbon capture, sequestration and utilization (CCSU). (Source: Carbon XPRIZE, JWN, 28 June, 2017) Contact: XPRIZE, Eric Desatnik (310) 741-4892, eric@xprize.org, www.xprize.org; CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456, evan.price@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  Carbon XPRIZE,  


Engie SA, Uniper SE Abandon Rotterdam CCS Project (Int'l)
Engie SA , Uniper SE
Date: 2017-06-30
In Amsterdam, Engie SA and Uniper SE reportedly no longer intend to participate in a test project to capture and store carbon dioxide generated by one of several major new coal plants in the Port of Rotterdam. Accordingly, the Dutch Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp said in a statement he would "examine whether legal steps can be taken to recoup" unspecified subsidies paid to the companies if they do not change their minds and return to the project by Sept. 15.

The plants, which were commissioned in 2014 and 2016, have become a point of contention between environmentalists who want all coal plants in the country to be shutdown and the companies, who say they will demand compensation if they are. The plants and the companies were originally granted construction licenses and other considerations on the proviso that they would participate in the carbon storage project. (Source: Engie SA, Uniper SE, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Reuters, Others, 27 June, 2017) Contact: Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, www.government.nl/ministries/ministry-of-economic-affairs; Engie SA, www.engie.com/en; Uniper SE, www.uniper.energy/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Storage,  


Blue Flint Ethanol Celebrates 10th Year (Ind. Report)
Midwest AgEnergy,Blue Flint Ethanol
Date: 2017-06-30
In Underwood, North Dakota, Midwest AgEnergy's Blue Flint Ethanol reports the completion of its 10th year in business.

Located adjacent to Coal Creek Power Station, Blue Flint Ethanol is the first co-located, directly integrated ethanol plant in the world. The plant's location is a key factor in making Blue Flint one of the most cost-effective, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly ethanol plants in the country, the company says. As a by-product of generating electricity, the Coal Creek Station produces process steam which Blue Flint Ethanol uses in its ethanol production process.

The facility has produced over 650 million gallons of ethanol in its 10 years of operations. (Source: Blue Flint, MidWest Ag Energy, Fuel Marketer News, 28 June, 2017) Contact: Flue Flint Ethanol, Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zueger, CEO, (701) 442-7500/(7010 251-3900, www.midwestagenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Midwest AgEnergy,  Blue Flint Ethanol ,  Ethanol,  


US Ethanol Production Capacity Increasing, say EIA (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2017-06-30
According to the US EIA's recently released U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity Report, U.S. fuel ethanol production capacity reached 15.5 billion gpy at the beginning of 2017. Total capacity of operable ethanol plants increased by approximately 4 pct -- more than 600 million gpy between January 2016 and January 2017.

The report also notes that most of the country's 198 ethanol plants and fuel ethanol production capacity are located in the Midwest region. Total nameplate capacity in the Midwest was 14.0 billion gpy at the beginning of 2017, an increase of about 4 pct -- more than 530 million gpy between January 2016 and January 2017. Actual U.S. production of fuel ethanol reached a total of 14.8 billion gallons in 2016. (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 28 June, 2017) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov/petroleum/ethanolcapacity/index.php

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Fuel Etanol,  US EIA,  


JinkoSolar Supplying Modules for Fuji Electric Project (Int'l)
JinkoSolar
Date: 2017-06-30
Solar module manufacturer, JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has entered into an agreement with Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., to supply photovoltaic (PV) modules for installation at a solar plant in Tomakomai, on the southern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The plant includes a 10 Megawatt-hours (MWh) energy storage system, and is expected to begin commercial operations in 2018.

Per terms of the contract, JinkoSolar will supply its high efficiency solar modules worth 38.4 MW beginning in July through to November. The Hokkaido island project is funded through Tokumei Kumiai investments by Japanese institutional investors, Aquila Capital from Germany and Japan's Green Power Development Corporation. (Source: Jinko Solar, Various Media, Zacks, 26 June, 2017) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792, pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jinko Solar,  Solar,  


NTE Energy NC Solar Energy Center Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
NTE Carolinas Solar
Date: 2017-06-30
NTE Carolinas Solar, a subsidiary of NTE Energy, reports the North Carolina Utilities Commission has given its approval for the Fayetteville Solar Energy Center. Planned for Cumberland County, North Carolina, the 30-MW center will feature 124,000 solar photovoltaic panels. The project is expected to begin construction in 2018 and reach full commercial operation in 2020.(Source: NTE Energy, 26 June, 2017) Contact: NTE Carolinas Solar, Seth Shortlidge, Pres., CEO, (904) 687-1857, www.nteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Energy Efficiency Policies Cut Global Power Demand 11 pct in 2016, says IEA (Ind. Report)
IEA
Date: 2017-06-30
The International Energy Agency (IEA), a Paris-headquartered think tank reports that 11 pct of global energy demand was cut last year through the energy efficiency policies of many countries.

According to the IEA's Faith Birol, "If energy consumption growth is slowing in many countries, it is thanks to energy-efficiency policies that tamper demand growth as more value and productivity is extracted from each unit of energy." The implication being that many economies can still see growth without a parallel rise in energy demand. Birol said the 11 pct energy saved is the equivalent of the total energy demand in the European Union. (Source: International Energy Agency, Business Day, 27 June, 2017)Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Faith Birol, Executive Director, +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Faith Birol,  Energy Efficiency,  

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