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Dominion Plans $1Bn Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Investment (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2017-06-30
In the Palmetto State, Dominion Energy reports plans to invest $1 billion or more in the construction of a pumped hydroelectric storage station at an as yet unidentified site in the coalfield region of Virginia.

The hydroelectric storage power station is expected to cost more than $1.8 billion to build and will be comparable in scope and cost to the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in Wise County.

Dominion Energy, which currently operates an existing pump hydroelectric storage station in Bath County, Virginia, is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,200 MW of generation, 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. (Source: Dominion Energy, Southeast Energy News, Register Herald, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Dominion Energy, www.dom.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Energy Storage,  Pumped Hydro,  


Exxon, BP, Shell Back $40 per Tonne Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Climate Leadership Council
Date: 2017-06-28
Oil giants ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Total are among a group of large corporations that have announced their support for the Climate Leadership Council, a group of senior Republican figures who in February proposed a $40 per tonne carbon tax as part of a "free-market, limited government" response to address climate change. The $40 carbon tax, which would rise over time and encourage a shift towards renewable energy sources, would be returned to the American public as "carbon dividends" with a family of four receiving approximately $2,000 in the first year. The Climate Leadership Council proposal would dismantle all major U.S. climate regulations, including the Environmental Protection Agency's authority over CO2 emissions and an "outright repeal" of the Obama administration's clean power plan.

Backers of the Climate Leadership Council supporters hope that strengthening public support for carbon taxes, along with growing concern over increasingly sever weather will start to erode the decade-long impasse in US climate policy.

Other supporters and founding members of the plan included Unilever, PepsiCo, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson and the green groups Conservation International and the Nature Conservancy. (Source: Carbon Leadership Council, Guardian, Various Others, June, 2017) Contact: Carbon Leadership Council, (202) 864-2552, info@clcouncil.org, www.clcouncil.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council,  Carbon Tax,  


Virgin Touts 22 pct Cut in Aircraft Emissions (Ind. Report)
Virgin Atlantic,LanzaTech
Date: 2017-06-28
UK air carrier Virgin Atlantic and its sister company Virgin Holidays are reporting a 22 pct cent reduction in aircraft carbon emissions over the last nine years. Total aircraft CO2 emissions across the two companies have reduced from 5,218,451 tonnes in 2007, to 4,082,195 tonnes in 2016.

According to Virgin, the savings are largely a result of a multi-billion dollar fleet investment in Boeing 787 aircraft, as well as a range of fuel saving initiatives such as single engine taxiing, real-time weather technology which helps pilots make smarter route choices, and rigorous weight management of all products on the aircraft, and other initiatives. Virgin Atlantic also pointed to carbon-reducing initiatives including a partnership with "clean tech" company Lanza Tech to create low carbon fuel through the recycling of carbon in waste industrial gases, and the carrier's order of 12 fuel-efficient Airbus A350-1000s due to enter service from 2019. (Source: Virgin Atlantic, Business Traveler, 26 June, 2017)Contact: Virgin Atlantic, Craig Kreeger, CEO, www.virgin-atlantic.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Aviation Emissions,  Virgin Atlantic,  


Nordex Wins Turkish Order for New 3.9MW Wind Turbines (Int'l)
Nordex,Erdem Holding
Date: 2017-06-28
Nordex reports it will debut its new N131/3900 low-wind turbine at a 39MW project being developed by Erdem Holding near the city of Afyonkarahisar in western Anatolia, Turkey. The N131/3900 turbines will be installed on 84-metre towers beginning spring 2018, with commissioning expected by the end of the year.

Nordex has secured over 100MW in orders from Erdem Holding in four years with the three previous orders coming in 2014, totaling 90.6MW. (Source: Nordex, Windpower, 26 June, 2017)Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 381 6663 3300, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex-online.com

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


DONG Energy Inaugurates Gode Offshore Wind Farms (Int'l)
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-06-28
Offshore wind energy developer DONG Energy is reporting the inauguration of the Gode Wind 1 and 2 offshore wind farms. at the Danish Embassy in Berlin. With 97 wind turbines and a total capacity of 582 megawatts, the two offshore wind farms generate sufficient electric power for approx 600,000 German households annually.

DONG Energy owns 50 pct of both Gode Wind 1 and 2, while Global Infrastructure Partners holds 50 pct share in Gode Wind 1. Talanx, the third-largest German insurance group, also holds an indirect interest. Four Danish pension funds hold 50 pct in Gode Wind 2.

In spring 2017, DONG Energy participated in the first of two German auction rounds for offshore wind energy. All three awarded projects -- with a total capacity of 590MW -- are located in the German North Sea and are expected to be completed by 2024, subject to final investment decision which is expected to be made in 2021. The Gode Wind 3 project will receive €60 per MWh in subsidies. (Source: DONG Energy, 26 June, 2017) Contact: DONG Energy, Samuel Leupold, CEO of Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com

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


54Mw Ray Wind Project in UK Now Operational (Int'l Report)
Vattenfall
Date: 2017-06-28
Swedish energy firm Vattenfall reports its 16-Senvion 3.4M104 turbine, 54.4 MW Ray Wind Farm near Kirkwhelpington in Northumberland, UK is now operational and delivering sufficient electric power for more than 30,000 UK households. The company reportedly invested around £90 million in the facility, which is the second Vattenfall UK wind farm to be completed in recent weeks, following the Pen y Cymoedd wind farm in Wales, completed in early May. (Source: Vattenfall, Renewable Energy, Other, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com

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


Floating Foundations, Turbines Ready for N.Sea Installation (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2017-06-28
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is reporting the installation of 6MW of wind turbines have now been installed on floating foundations in Stord, Norway, at the 30 MW Hywind Scotland project. The floating wind turbines will be towed to Scottish waters and installed at world's largest floating wind project off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in water depths between 90 and 120 meters.

The floating foundations are ballast-stabilized and anchored to the seabed. Commissioning of the Hywind project is slated for 4Q, 2017. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, PR, Windtech, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Michael Hannibal, CEO, Offshore Wind, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html

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


Southwest PS Proposes 1 GW of New Wind in NM, Texas (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,Southwest Public Service
Date: 2017-06-28
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Xcel Energy subsidiary Southwest Public Service Co. has proposed a 522-MW wind facility near Portales, New Mexico and a 478-MW wind facility in Hale County, Texas.

The two proposal, which are subject to regulatory approvals in both states, would increase wind's share of the company's generation mix from 20 pct to 40 pct.

Amarillo-based utility Southwestern Public Service Company generates, purchases, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity in Texas and New Mexico. The company generates electricity through various fuel sources, such as coal, natural gas, wind, and solar power. It also conducts various wholesale marketing operations, including the purchase and sale of electric capacity, energy, ancillary services, and energy related products. The company provides electric utility services to approximately 389,000 retail customers. It serves large commercial and industrial electric retail customers of various industries. (Source: Southwest Public Service, Santa Fe New Mexican, Power Engineering, Power Engineering, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Southwest Public Service,  Wind,  


Aussie Bio-Refinery Expansion Awarded $20Mn Incentive (Int'l)
United Petroleum
Date: 2017-06-28
In the Land Down Under, the proposed $26 million expansion of United Petroleum's sorghum ethanol bio-refinery in Dalby, Queensland, has received a $20 million incentive package from the Queensland state Government.

The Dalby bio-refinery -- Australia's first bio-refinery -- presently produces 76 million lpy of ethanol and animal feed products from locally-grown sorghum. The expansion will boost biofuel production capacity by 24 million lpy to 100 million lpy. The proposed expansion is part of a multi-million dollar investment in 21st century biofutures plants that could generate more than 330 jobs in regional Queensland. (Source: South Burnett Times, 27 June, 2017) Contact: United Petroleum, +61 3 6398 2226, www.unitedpetroleum.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News United Petroleum,  Australia Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Sorghum,  


Mexican Ethanol Blend Rate Increased to E10 (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-06-28
In Mexico City, Reuters is reporting that Mexico's energy regulator, CRE, has given the nod to an increase in the ethanol-gasoline blend from the present 5.8 pct to a maximum of 10 pct for domestic consumption.

The measure affects gasoline only, not diesel, and excludes Mexico City and a host of surrounding municipalities in the State of Mexico, as well as Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state and Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 26 June, 2017) Contact: CRE, www.cre.gob.mx/wfer/english.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mexico Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  E10,  


FP&L Biodiesel to Fuel Florida's Brightline Train (Ind. Report)
Brightline,FP&L
Date: 2017-06-28
The South Florida Business Journal reports that Miami-based Brightline's new passenger train system currently under development in Florida will run on biodiesel fuel supplied by Florida Power & Light Company (FP&L). FPL will supply two million gallons of biodiesel a year for the first two years of the project, according to FP&L.

Brightline's trains are powered by technology developed by Siemens, and are expected to consume 2 gallons of fuel per mile on the 67-mile run from Miami to West Palm Beach. The train is expected to begin operation in September. (Source: Brightline, South Fla. Bus. Journal, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Florida Power & Light, www.fpl.com; Brightline, gobrightline.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  FP&L,  


Sainsbury's Commits to 100 pct LED Lighting by 2020 (Int'l)
Sainsbury
Date: 2017-06-28
In the UK, grocery chain Sainsbury's reports it has joined forces with Current, powered by GE, to install approximately 250,000 LED lighting units in more than 450 of its stores nationwide by 2020. The upgrade is expected to cut the grocery giant's energy consumption by 58 pct and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.4 pct annually.

The supermarket chain has a committed to reduce its absolute carbon emissions by 30 pct by 2020 compared with 2005 baseline levels. To date, it has cut absolute carbon emissions by more than 20 pct and is on track to achieve its 2020 target.

According to the British Retail Consortium, the UK retail industry could save as much as £4.1 billion in cumulative energy and carbon costs by reducing its combined energy consumption 25 pct by 2050.(Source: Sainsbury's, edie,net, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Sainsbury's, Paul Crewe, Engineering and Environment, www.sainsburys.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sainsbury,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


Minneapolis, Minn. Univ. Studying Monopath Housing (Ind. Report)
City of Minneapolis
Date: 2017-06-28
In Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis reports it will receive $22,400 in US DOE grant funding to help test a new MonoPath green housing design. The city will work with the University of Minnesota to study two MonoPath homes that are designed for greater durability and energy efficiency at a lower cost than conventionally constructed homes. An additional seven homes will be built and studied over the coming 18 months.

Unlike standard homes, Monopath homes are constructed with 8 by 24 foot panels and are fitted with smaller furnaces and air conditioners for greater energy efficiency. Monopath housing was designed by two University of Minnesota alumni. (Source: City of Minneapolis, la Crosse Tribune, 26 June, 2017)Contact: City of Minneapolis, City Council, www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council

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


UK Could Miss 2030 Emissions Target, says Energy Inst. (Int'l)
Energy Institute
Date: 2017-06-28
In the UK, a survey by the London-headquartered Energy Institute has found that 80 pct of its members believe the UK will miss its carbon emissions reduction goal of slashing emissions in half by 2030. The warning comes on the heels of what industry professionals claim is "government dithering on energy policy" and the cancellation of a multi-million-pound competition to build mini nuclear power plants and government hesitation on subsidies for a pioneering tidal lagoon at Swansea. A flagship plan on how to meet the UK's 2030 target of cutting emissions by 57 pct compared to 1990 levels, originally expected in 2016, is also overdue. The delays are to a large part blamed on the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

According to the survey, most energy professionals favour maintaining EU energy efficiency, renewable energy directives, and climate legislation. Most oppose an energy price cap but favour stronger action on better building standards and energy efficiency as the best way to meet carbon targets and restore trust in the industry. The survey also highlighted the need to begin decarbonizing heat for homes and business. (Source: Energy Institute, Guardian, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Energy Institute, Louise Kingham, CEO, +44 20 7467 7100, www.energyinst.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Institute ,  Carbon Emissions,  


UC Merced Signs SunPower for 5-Mw Solar System (Ind. Report)
SunPower ,University of California Merced
Date: 2017-06-28
In the Golden State, the University of California, Merced, reports it has contracted with SunPower Corp. for the installation of a 5-MW roof-top solar power system complete with a 500-kilowatt energy storage solution from Millbrae, California-based Stem.

The 5-MW photovoltaic system and 500-kilowatt battery storage system will be financed by a power purchase agreement (PPA). In addition to energy cost savings from solar production, adding Stem's software-driven energy storage positions UC Merced to achieve significant demand charge savings over the first 10 years of the project.

Stem creates innovative technology services that transform the way energy is distributed and consumed. Styem analytics optimize the value of customers' energy assets and facilitate their participation in energy markets, yielding economic and societal benefits while decarbonizing the grid. (Source: SunPower Corp., 26 June, 2017) Contact: Stem, (415) 937-7836, info@stem.com, www.stem.com; SunPower, Nam Nguyen, Exec. VP, www.sunpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  University of California Merced,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Pacific Ethanol Acquiring Illinois Corn Processing (M&A)
Pacific Ethanol,Illinois Corn Processing
Date: 2017-06-28
Sacramento-headquartered Pacific Ethanol, Inc. reports it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pekin, Illinois-based Illinois Corn Processing, LLC (ICP) for $76 million, which includes $15 million in working capital. The transaction is expected to close in July 2017, subject to customary and other closing conditions.

ICP is a 90 million gpy fuel and industrial alcohol manufacturing, storage and distribution facility adjacent to the Pacific Ethanol Pekin facility and is located on the Illinois River. ICP produces fuel-grade ethanol, beverage and industrial-grade alcohol, dry distillers grain (DDG) and corn oil. (Source: Pacific Ethanol, NASDAQ, 27 June, 2017) Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, (916( 403-2790, investorrelations@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com; Illinois Corn Processing, (309) 353-3990, www.seacorholdings.com/pages/illinois_corn_processing

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


EWE Plans Massive Underground Redox Flow Battery System (Int'l)
EWE GASSPEICHER
Date: 2017-06-28
In Germany, EWE GASSPEICHER GmbH, a subsidiary of one of Germany's largest utilities EWE, is proposing to collaborate with Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, to construct giant redox flow batteries inside underground salt caverns currently used for natural gas storage -- the saltwater brine-for-power project(b4p).

The university developed the components to use in the battery, including saltwater and recyclable polymers for plastic parts. EWE did not reveal details of the project but indicated it would "supply a major city such as Berlin with electricity for an hour." The project's battery will initially be constructed and contained in plastic containers offsite then transferred into the caverns. The cavern battery could be operational by the end of 2023. (Source: EWE GASSPEICHER GmbH, Energy Storage, 27 June, 2017) Contact: EWE GASSPEICHER, brine4power project, Ralf Riekenberg, Manager, +49 441 350100, www.ewe-gasspeicher.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  redox flow batter,  


Notable Quote
CCS,Rick Perry
Date: 2017-06-28
"There was one fact missing from the headlines of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement, and that is the U.S. already leads the world in lowering emissions. And we've done this through innovation and technology, not signing onto agreements.

"We have already seen the fruits of clean technology, like CCUS -- Carbon Capture, Utilization, Sequestration -- right here in the United States. The Petra Nova facility in my home state of Texas ... uses a process to remove 90 pct of the carbon dioxide after coal is burned in that power plant." -- Rick Perry, US Energy Secretary, Rick Perry.

Interestingly, Sec. Perry was recently upbraided by the American Meteorological Society for lacking a "fundamental understanding of science" after he claimed carbon dioxide was not a primary cause of climate change.

The former Lone Star State governor told CNBC TV that "the most likely primary control knob (for climate change) is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in", rather than greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rick Perry,  Climate Chage,  CCS,  CCUS,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


Aviation Biofuel Research Progressing at Penn State (Ind. Report)
Penn State University
Date: 2017-06-28

According to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences professor of bioproducts, Prof. Paul Smith, developing the capability to produce the huge volume of ASTM-certified, high-energy, dense biofuels needed by the airlines, and the logistics to handle the massive amount of feedstocks necessary has been a slow process. And now, oil prices in the low $40-a-barrel range are bogging the process down further, as the cost differential between petrojet and biojet widens and thus increases capital risk.

Smith's lab is part of a group that is evaluating regional supply chains that could be used for alternative jet fuel production, including feedstock production, transportation and fuel conversion. Researchers are examining fuel-production pathways, feedstock and infrastructure requirements, and commercial fuel demand to create scenarios for future production as well as identifying potential intermediate materials and co-products for each pathway to understand potential ways to aid in making biorefineries more economical. The project aims to identify key barriers that must be overcome throughout the alternative-jet-fuel supply chain to produce and effectively market 1 billion gpy of alternative jet fuel in the near term and 10 billion gpy in the longer term. The goal, Smith pointed out, has been to produce aviation biofuel from non-edible lignocellulosic feedstocks, such as timber harvests and crop residuals.

Penn State is part of a cooperative aviation research consortium known as the Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment, funded by the FAA, NASA, the Department of Defense, the EPA and Transport Canada. Led by Washington State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the group is a coalition of 16 leading U.S. research universities and more than 60 private-sector stakeholders committed to reducing the environmental impact of aviation. (Source: Penn State University, PR, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Penn State College of Agricultural Science, Prof. Paul Smith, (814) 865-8841, pms6@psu.edu, http://agsci.psu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Penn State University,  Biofuel,  


EC Adopts Appliance Energy Efficiency Labeling (Int'l)
European Council
Date: 2017-06-28
Further to our March 24, 2017 coverage, meeting in Luxembourg, the European Council (EC) reports the adoption of energy efficiency labeling for household appliances being sold in EU countries. The labeling is intended to reduce energy costs and contribute to the moderation in energy consumption. The ruling is under the Clean Energy package -- revised directives on energy efficiency and on energy performance of buildings.

The EC also agreed on a proposal for a revised directive on the "decarbonization" of energy and energy performance of buildings. (Source: EU Council, EC, Independent, 27 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  European Council,  


Solaria Expands Solar Modules Production (Ind. Report)
Solaria
Date: 2017-06-28
Solar module maker Solaria Corp. has announced the expansion of its PowerXT cell and module manufacturing line at its headquarters in Fremont, Calif., in order to ramp up production of the 330Wp residential module. The expansion will allow the company to increase its U.S. PowerXT module production to more than 40 MW per year. (Source: Solaria, Solar Ind., 26 June, 2017) Contact: Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma, (510) 270-2500, www.solaria.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solaria,  Solar,  


Alaska HB 80 Enables PACE Energy Efficiency Financing (Reg & Leg)
Alaska Energy Authority,PACE
Date: 2017-06-28
In Juneau, the Alaska House is reporting passage of HB 80 allowing local governments to deploy a new program and provide a new financing tool for energy efficiency projects. The legislation allows local governments to deploy the PACE program that enables businesses to pay off loans for energy efficiency projects through commercial property assessed clean energy financing -- C-PACE.

The Alaska Energy Authority is working with the communities of Kenai Peninsula, Matanuska Susitna, Fairbanks North Star, Juneau and the Municipality of Anchorage -- to iimplement a uniform program and consolidate management of the initiative into a statewide entity. Smaller cities and boroughs could then join the program at later date. Representatives from the four boroughs and Anchorage are expected to begin regular meetings state entities, lenders and contractors as early as August to pass the necessary ordinances and to implement the program. (Source: KBBI News, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Alaska Energy Authority, Katie Conway, Gov. Relations Manager, (800) 315-6338, www.akenergyauthority.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiewncy,  PACE,  


San Diego's Balboa Park Focuses on Building Energy Efficiency, Sustainability (Ind. Report)
San Diego Balboa Park,
Date: 2017-06-28
In the Golden State, San Diego's Balboa Park reports that 10 Park buildings are now LEED rated as part of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership's (BPCP) vision to become an exemplar of sustainable practices. According to a release.

Presently: 10 buildings, dating back to 1911, are now LEED-certified and showcase diversity of buildings with smaller environmental footprints; energy retrofits saves more than 9 million kWh, the equivalent of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 1,450 passenger vehicles for one year; water retrofits of existing buildings' indoor plumbing fixtures save 3.2 million gallons of water annually, the equivalent of nearly five Olympic swimming pools; and stainability education has reached more than 9,000 visitors and staff through behind the scenes tours, a pop-up sustainability exhibit, workshops and training programs. Next, the park plans to focus on building automation, composting, and increased renewable energy generation. (Source:San Diego Balboa Park, ProudGreenBuilding, 26 June, 2017) Contact: San Diego Balboa Park, www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/.../parkingmanagementactionplan.pdf; Balboa Park, www.balboapark.org


Detroit 2030 District Aims to Half Emissions by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Detroit 2030 District
Date: 2017-06-28
In the Motor City, group of 12 Detroit business and institutions -- including Bedrock Detroit, Comerica Bank and Wayne State University -- have signed on as participants in the Detroit 2030 District initiative. The initiative is a project from the U.S. Green Building Council aiming to slash carbon emissions by 50 pct from existing buildings by the year 2030. New construction would aim to create buildings with "net-zero" carbon emissions.

The Detroit 2030 District has 39 members, including 20 property owners and operators of 61 downtown buildings covering almost 10 million square feet. Detroit joins 15 other North American cities with business communities that have signed onto the pact, and is the second city after Grand Rapids in Michigan to sign on to the project. (Source: USGBC, MLive, 26 June, 2017) Contact: USGBC, Emile Lauzanna, Regional District Director, Detroit 2030 District, Connie Lilley, Director, www.2030districts.org/detroit; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Detroit 2030 District,  USGBC,  Carbon Emissions,  


Shell, SBI BioEnergy Seal Development, Licensing Deal (Ind. Report)
Shell, SBI BioEnergy
Date: 2017-06-28
Reporting from Calgary, Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its subsidiary Shell International Exploration and Production B.V., report an agreement under which Shell will develop and license Edmonton-based SBI BioEnergy's patented continuous catalytic process for converting various waste oils, greases and sustainable vegetable oils into lower carbon drop-ins for diesel, jet fuel and gasoline.

SBI's drop-in products do not require blending or any modifications to engines or infrastructures. Biofuels emit less CO2 than petroleum products so their addition to fuels has the potential to reduce transport emissions and help fuel suppliers meet lower carbon or renewable fuel standards.

Under the terms of their agreement, Shell and SBI will work together to demonstrate the potential of the technology and, if successful, scale up for commercial application. (Source: Shell Canada, PR, 27 June, 2017) Contact: Shell Canada, Andrew Murfin, General Manager, Advanced Biofuels, www.shell.ca; SBI BioEnergy, Inder Pal Singh, Pres., Ceo, (780) 413-9832, www.sbibioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  SBI BioEnergy,  Biofuel,  Drop-in FUel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Sarasota Pledges 100 pct Renewables by 2045 (Ind. Report)
SIerra Club, Sarasota
Date: 2017-06-26
The not-for-profit environmental group the Sierra Club is reporting that the cities of Sarasota, Fla., and Columbia, S.C., have each made commitments to transition to 100 pct renewable energy.

The Sarasota City Commission adopted a goal of meeting all of the city's energy needs with 100 pct renewables by 2045. St. Petersburg is the only other Florida city with a similar commitment. In addition to the establishing a community-wide target for 100% renewable energy, the commission also voted to adopt a goal of powering all municipal operations in the city with 100 pct renewables by 2030 and at least 50 pct by 2024. (Source: Sarasota City Commission, Sierra Club, 21 June, 2017) Contact: Sarasota City Commission, (945) 954-4115, sarasotagov.org/Commissioners/Index.cfm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  100 pct Renewable Energy,  


NB Power, TransAlta Expanding Kent Hill Wind Capacity (Ind. Report)
NB Power,TransAlta
Date: 2017-06-26
New Brunswick Power (NB Power) reports it and TransAlta Renewables have agreed to add 17.25 MW of wind generating capacity at its existing Kent Hills site, subject to regulatory approvals and the completion of successful engagement with First Nations and other stakeholders, The 150 MW Kent Hills wind farm, which incorporates two separate wind projects, is known as Kent Hills 3 and is expected to begin operations in late 2018.

The Kent Hills wind farm began commercial operations in December 2008. Natural Forces Technologies Inc., a wind developer based in Atlantic Canada, co-developed and co-owns the Kent Hills wind farm with TransAlta. (Source: NB Power, PR, 20 June, 2017) Contact: NB Power, Marc Belliveau, Communications, (506) 458-4203, www.nbpower.com; TransAlta, (855) 255-9184, www.transalta.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TransAlta,  NB Power,  Wind,  


Gaelectric Launches New Irish Wind Farms (Int'l. Report)
Gaelectric
Date: 2017-06-26
Dublin, Ireland-headquartered renewable energy giant Gaelectric report it will launch two new wind farms totaling 27.6MW of renewable energy capacity in County Tyrone as part of a £41 million investment. The two new wind farms at Inishative and Cregganconroe, in Pomeroy, are the company's fifth and sixth operating wind farms in Northern Ireland. The company said that they would be enough to power 17,500 homes every year. , head of corporate affairs for (Source: Gaelectric, Belfast Telegraph, 21` June, 2017)Contact: Gaelectric, Patrick McClughan, +353 1 643 0800, info@gaelectric.ie, www.gaelectric.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gaelectric,  Wind,  


Mid. East, African Wind Capacity Rising to 40 GW by 2026 (Int'l)
MAKE Consulting
Date: 2017-06-26
According to MAKE Consulting's new report 2017 Middle East and Africa Wind Power Outlook, an estimated 40 GW of new wind power capacity is expected to come online in the Middle East and Africa by the year 2026. A projected 40 GW of new capacity is expected to be installed from 2017 to 2026.

In 2016, the Middle East and Africa region added a total of 676 MW of new wind power capacity, down slightly from the 682 MW added in 2015. The region's cumulative wind power capacity presently stands at around 4.3 GW, according to MAKE. (Source: MAKE Consultants, UN Climate Action, 21 June, 2017)Contact: MAKE Consulting, +45 7026 6628, info@consultmake.com, www.consultmake.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MAKE Consulting,  Wind,  


Netherland's Innogy Zuidwester Wind Farm Opened (Int'l Report)
ENERCON,innogy
Date: 2017-06-26
In the Netherlands, the 86-turbine, 430MW combined offshore wind farm project at Noordoostpolder, IJsselmeer, and the onshore turbines along the coastal dike has been officially opened.

The €150 million Innogy Zuidwester wind farm features 12 ENERCON turbines that replace 50 installations dating from the 1980s and 1990s. The new turbines have been operating at full capacity since the beginning of 2017. (Source: Innogy, WindTech, Others, 21 June, 2017) Contact: ENERCON Gmbh, Arno Hildebrand, www.enercon.de; Innogy, +49 (0) 201 122-2088, www.rwe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  ENERCON,  Innogy,  


17 Turbine Maryland Wind Park Denied (Reg & Leg)
Maryland Public Service Commission ,Wind Force
Date: 2017-06-26
The Cumberland Times-News reports the Maryland Public Service Commission has denied wind-power developer Wind Force's requested Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct a 17-turbine wind farm on Dan's Mountain. The commission found that the noise produced and the perceived shadow flicker would not be fully mitigated by incorporating licensing conditions. (Source: Maryland Public Service Commission, Cumberland Times-News, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Maryland Public Service Commission, (410) 767-8000, www.psc.state.md.us; Wind Force, +91 124 4319500, www.windforce-management.com/turnkey-development.php

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Cities Acting on Climate Protection, Despite Trump (Ind. Report)
U.S. Conference of Mayors,Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Date: 2017-06-26
According to preliminary results of a joint survey conducted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), U.S. cities and their leadership are committed to fighting climate change despite President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and inaction. The two organizations have partnered to form the Alliance for a Sustainable Future.

Survey responses from 66 cities ranging in size from 21,000 to 8.5 million population across 30 states found that:

  • 69 pct of responding cities generate or purchase renewable electricity to power city buildings or operations. An additional 22 percent are considering doing so;
  • 63 pct already buy green vehicles, including hybrid, electric, natural gas, and biodiesel, for their municipal fleets. 30 percent are considering it;
  • 71 pct have energy efficiency policies for new municipal buildings, and 66 pct have them for existing municipal buildings;
  • approximately 50 pct of responding cities are incentivizing energy efficiency in new and existing commercial and residential buildings;
  • approximately 50 pct have policies or programs that help citizens and businesses choose renewable electricity options; and
  • 66 pct of responding cities have public charging stations, while 36 pct are facilitating private infrastructure for electric vehicles. (Source: Strategies for the Global Environment, PR Web, Benzinga, Others, 24 June, 2017) Contact: U.S. Conference of Mayors , www.usmayors.org; Alliance for the Sustainable Future, C2ES, Bob Perciasepe, Pres., (703) 516-4146, www.c2es.org

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  • Enel Acquiring Energy Management Services Provider for $250Mn (M&A)
    Enel Green Power, EnerNOC
    Date: 2017-06-26
    Andover, Massachusetts-headquartered Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) reports it will acquire Boston-based smart energy intelligence software and management services provider Enernoc for approximately $250 million, subject to regulatory approvals. The deal is expected to close in Q3 of this year.

    The acquisition will allow EGPNA to expand its demand response services, in addition to providing EnerNOC's energy management technology and services to Enel's existing commercial and industrial customers. (Source: Enel Green Power NA, EBR, Others, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com; EnerNoc, Tim Healy, CEO, (617) 224-9900, www.enernoc.com

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    Show Me State's Largest Solar Farm Underway (Ind. Report)
    Gardner Capital,Solexus
    Date: 2017-06-26
    In Missouri, the Springfield News-Leader is reporting that developer Gardner Capital has broken ground on a 33,288 panel solar farm in Nixa, Missouri (pop. 20,740). The 72-acre project will generate sufficient electric power for 1,800 homes and generate almost 10 pct of the towns's total energy requirement.The installation is expected to save the town an estimated $2.5 million over the next 25 years.

    Gardner took over the project when Solexus, which is still part of the project, ran into permitting and financing delays and problems. (Source: Gardner Capital, Industry Dive, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Gardner Capital, (314) 561-5900, www.gardnercapital.com/development

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    NY Passes Energy Storage Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2017-06-26
    In Albany, a bipartisan coalition of Empire State legislators have unanimously passed NY Senate Bill 5190 and Assembly Bill 6571 to establish an Energy Storage Deployment Program for New York State.

    The legislation directs the Public Service Commission to develop an energy storage deployment program and a storage procurement target for 2030. The legislation aims to ensure that energy storage is among the options that New York regulators and utilities use to increase grid resiliency and integrate more renewable and distributed resources into the grid. (Source: Various Media, Smart Grid Observer, 23 June, 2017)

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    US Ethanol Prod. Down to 15.38Bn GPY Rate (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Agency
    Date: 2017-06-26
    In Washington, US Energy Information Agency figure as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, show that US ethanol production averaged 990,000 bpd -- down 12,000 bpd from the previous week and the lowest in seven weeks. The four-week average for ethanol production fell to 1.003 million bpd for an annualized rate of 15.38 billion gallons. (Source: US EIA, Biofuels Digest, 25 June, 2017)

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


    Powervault Home Energy Storage Offering Raises £1Mn (Int'l)
    Powervault
    Date: 2017-06-26
    In the UK, home energy storage battery manufacturer Powervault reports it is close to securing £1 million from more than 600 investors through a CrowdFund offering.

    Powervault's cloud-connected home energy storage system stores electricity from solar panels or the grid, and releases this stored energy at peak times. According to the company, the system can lower electric power bills by up to 20 pct. Within the next twelve months the company plans to launch a new product with second life batteries, larger inverter and energy utility revenues delivering a gross IRR of 15 pct and secure project financing to start a roll out of storage as a service. (Source: Powervault,CrowdFund Insider, 23 June, 2017)Contact: Powervault, Joe Warren, Managing Director, +44 (0) 20 3603 0230, contact@powervault.co.uk, www.powervault.co.uk

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    $46.4Mn Hawaiian School Energy Savings Loans Approved (Ind. Report)
    Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority
    Date: 2017-06-26
    Aloha State governor David Ige has approved a measure allowing the Hawaiian Department of Education to borrow up to $46.4 million through a "green energy" loan to reduce energy usage in its schools. Part of a broader initiative to air condition Hawaiian classrooms using a $100 million appropriation signed last year, the interest-free loan will speed projects that increase energy efficiency and lower electricity costs in public schools.

    The $46 million loan comes out of a special fund distributed through the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, which was established by the Legislature in 2013 to provide financing for clean energy technology. (Source: Honolulu Civil Beat, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, (800) 587-3868, dbedt.gems@hawaii.gov, http://gems.hawaii.gov; Green INfrastructure Authority, gems.hawaii.gov; Hawaiian Department of Education, www.hawaiipublicschools.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority,  


    Schneider Electric Supports Carbon Dividends Plan (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric,Climate Leadership Council
    Date: 2017-06-26
    Global energy management and automation giant Schneider Electric is touting its participation in and support of the Climate Leadership Council, a newly launched market-based climate solution that is both pro-growth and pro-environment.

    The Climate Leadership Council is an international collaboration to promote a carbon dividends framework as an effective, equitable and politically viable climate solution. Schneider Electric joins a broad coalition of top companies and NGOs, including 11 of the largest companies in the world, as well as former U.S. Secretaries of State, Treasury and Energy, to advance a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens the economy and protects the environment.

    The carbon dividends plan is based on: a gradually rising and revenue-neutral carbon tax; monthly carbon dividend payments to all Americans, funded by 100 pct of the revenue; the rollback of carbon regulations that are no longer necessary; and border carbon adjustments to level the playing field and promote American competitiveness.

    The carbon tax is a market-based mechanism to drive emission reductions while the dividend ensures the plan is beneficial for working Americans.

    BP, ExxonMobil, GM, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Royal Dutch Shell, Santander Bank, Total, Unilever, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy are among the Climate Leadership Council founding members. (Source: Schneider Electric, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org; Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.com

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    Feds Uphold Calif. Low-carbon Fuel Standard (Reg & Leg)
    Low-Carbon Fuel, Ethanol
    Date: 2017-06-26
    In the Golden State, a federal judge has upheld most of California's pioneering low-carbon fuel standard but allowed oil companies and other fuel suppliers to challenge rules that may favor California ethanol producers over their Midwest competitors.

    California's low-carbon fuel standard, part of a 2006 state law intended to reduce air pollution that causes global warming, requires suppliers of transportation fuel sold in California to achieve a 10 pct reduction in the amount of carbon released from their products by 2020 In 2011, the court blocked enforcement of the low-carbon standard, saying it appeared to establish a preference for California-produced biofuels. (Source: SF Gate, Others, 20 June, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Fuel Standard,  Biofuel,  EThanol,  


    Caltex Acquiring NZ's Largest Biofuels Retailer (Int'l, M&A)
    Caltex Australia,Gull New Zealand
    Date: 2017-06-26
    In the Land Down Under, fuel retailer Caltex Australia reports it has won regulatory approval from the New Zealand Overseas Investment Office to expand across the Tasman and purchase NZ's leading biofuel retailer Gull New Zealand in a roughly $325 million deal. The takeover is expected to be completed by July 3, 2017.

    The deal will be funded through a combination of existing and new bank debt arrangements and is expected to lift earnings per share by the end of its first full year of operation under Caltex, the company said in a statement. Gull has been operating in the New Zealand fuel market since 1998 with 77 retail sites in total, including 55 controlled retail sites and 22 supply sites. Caltex said it will retain Gull's brand, management and employees. (Source: Caltrex Australia, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Caltrex Australia, www.caltex.com.au; Gull New Zealand, www.gull.nz

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Caltex Australia news,  Biofuel New Zealand news,  


    Maritime Organizations Call for IMO to Set CO2 Targets (Int'l)
    IMO,International Maritime Organization
    Date: 2017-06-26
    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee reports it will meet in July to develop a strategy for the reduction of the sector's CO2 emissions aligning the international shipping sector response to the 2015 Paris Agreement's call for ambitious contributions to combat climate change.

    INTERCARGO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and INTERTANKO have proposed that the IMO maintain international shipping's annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels to reduce CO2 emissions per ton of cargo transported one kilometer by at least 50 pct by 2050, compared to 2008.

    The international shipping industry was not included in the Paris Climate Accord although the industry is responsible for transporting about 90 pct of global trade and 2.2 pct of the world's annual man-made CO2 emissions. (Source: Maritime Exec., Various Others, 22 June, 2017)Contact: International Chamber of Shipping, Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org; International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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    Coral Reefs Gone by 2100 without CO2 Emission Reductions (Int'l)
    UNESCO,United States National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration
    Date: 2017-06-26
    The just released UNESCO World Heritage Centre assessment of global climate change impacts on World Heritage coral reefs has found that over the past three years rising ocean temperatures have subjected 21 of 29 World Heritage reefs to severe and/or repeated heat stress, and caused some of the worst bleaching ever observed at the Great Barrier Reef (Australia) and others. The study predicts that all 29 coral-containing World Heritage sites would cease to exist as functioning coral reef ecosystems by the end of this century under a business-as-usual emissions scenario.

    Mass bleaching is caused by rising water temperatures associated with climate change. It only takes a spike of 1-2 degrees C to cause bleaching, and carbon emissions have caused a 1 degree C increase in global surface temperature since pre-industrial times, according to the study. Coral communities typically take 15 to 25 years to recover from mass bleaching.

    The assessment was developed with satellite data from the United States National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coral Reef Watch and received support from Agency Francaise pour la Biodiversite -- he French Agency for Biodiversity. (Source: UNESCO, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Francaise pour la Biodiversite, www.afbiodiversite.fr; United States National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, www.noaa.gov; UNESCO, en.unesco.org

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    IBM Cuts CO2 Emissions 38 pct since 2005 (Ind. Report)
    IBM
    Date: 2017-06-26
    Following-up on our March 20, 2015 report, Armonk, N.Y.-headquartered IBM reports it has cut CO2 emissions associated with its energy consumption 38.1 pct against base year 2005 -- adjusted for acquisitions and divestitures -- roughly equivalent to the emissions associated with the consumption of 1.8 million barrels of oil. The company also notes it will source 20 pct of its annual electricity consumption from renewables by 2020.

    IBM also notes that between 1990 and 2016, the company conserved 7.2 million MWh of electricity, avoiding 4.4 million metric tons of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to taking 900,000 cars off the road for a year. (Source: IBM, PR,23 June, 2017) Contact: IBM, Wayne Balta, VP Corporate Environmental Affairs, Rachel Thomas, rachel.r.thomas@ibm.com, www,ibm.com

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    Calif. Power Plant Seeking Woody Biomass Supply (Ind. Report)
    Blue Lake Power LLC
    Date: 2017-06-26
    In California, Blue Lake Power LLC reports it plans to restart its 12 MW woody biomass power plant in Blue Lake, 10 miles from Eureka, next moth. The facility's electrical power will be sold into the power grid in Northern California.

    Blue Lake Power LLC is presently seeking short and long-term supplies of high-quality woody biomass fuel for ongoing operations. Under its operating permit, the plant may burn fuel consisting of untreated wood including sawmill hog fuel, shavings, bark, branches, cull logs, tree tops, off-spec and waste lumber, skids, yard waste, walnut shells, similar woody agricultural waste, shredded lumber, woody materials from hazardous forest areas, etc. When fully operational the facility will burn approximately 175 highway loaded chip vans of fuel per week. (Source: Blue Lake Power LLC,PR, 25 June, 2017) Contact: Blue Lake Power, Mike Dedmore, Plant Manager , (707) 362-6175, (707) 668-5631

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    Manteca Plans $6Mn Waste Food-to-Biofuels Prod. (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission,city of Manteca
    Date: 2017-06-26
    The California Energy Commission reports it has awarded the city of Manteca a 50 pct matching grant of $3 million toward construction of a $6 million biofuel production facility at the city's wastewater treatment plant. The San Joaquin Valley Air Quality Control District has also awarded the city a grant to paid to the city when the project is completed and operational.

    The city plans to produce 250,000 gpy of compressed natural gas from 3,410 tpy of food waste from city schools, restaurants, residential garbage which contains 45.7 pct food waste, and other commercial sources. The wastewater treatment plant also generates 107,000 cubic feet of biogas per day and burns natural gas in boilers to heat digesters needed to break down sewage. The fuel will be used to power the city’s fleet of nearly two dozen solid waste collection trucks. (Source: City of Manteca, Manteca Bulletin,, 23 June, 2017) Contact: City of Manteca, Mark Houghton, Public Works Dir., (209) 456-8400, www.ci.manteca.ca.us

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    Solar Largest US Power Gen. Sector Employer (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2017-06-26
    According to the US DOE, solar power employed 3,74,000 people over the year 2015-2016, leading to 43 pct of the power sector's workforce and more than coal, gas and oil combined. The traditional fossil fuels employed 187,117 people, making up to just 22 pct of the sector's workforce.

    In 2016, employment in the solar power has increased by 25 per cent, adding 73,000 new jobs to the economy, while wind energy employment witnessed an increase of 32 pct. Between 2006 and 2016, the net generation from the traditional fossil fuels has declined by 53 pct electric power generation from the natural gas increased by 33 pct, and solar by over 5,000 pct. The report suggests that 6.4 million Americans now work in the energy industry. (Source: US DOE, Energy World, 24 June, 2017)

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    Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction -- PNNL Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    PNNL
    Date: 2017-06-26
    Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction, a new report from the US DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is studying how advanced building controls in energy-using equipment such as HVAC can decrease energy use and improve building operations finds that if fully used controls nationwide, the U.S. could slash its energy consumption by the equivalent of what is currently used by 12 to 15 million Americans.

    The report examines how 34 different energy measures, most of which rely on various building controls, could affect energy use in commercial buildings such as stores, offices and schools. According to the report, roughly 20 pct of America's total energy use goes toward powering commercial buildings, about 15 pct of which have building automation-control systems which, if properly maintained and used could cut annual commercial building energy use by an average of 29 percent.

    The report recommendations include:

  • repairing broken sensors that read temperatures and other;
  • turning off power-using devices like printers and monitors when not in use;
  • dimming or turning off lights in areas with natural lighting and/or when a room isn't in use;
  • lowering daytime temperature set-points for heating, increasing them for cooling, and lowering nighttime heating set-points;
  • reducing the minimum rate for air to flow through a variable-air volume boxes (about 7 pct reduction);
  • limiting heating and cooling to when building is most likely to be occupied (about 6 pct reduction).

    Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction HERE. (Source: PNNL, MTNV News, 24 June, 2017) Contact: PNNL, N. Fernandez, (509) 372-6083, www.pnnl.gov

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  • UK Researchers Measuring Tree CO2 Capacity (Int'l R&D)
    University of Birmingham’s Institute of Forest Research
    Date: 2017-06-26
    In the UK, England, researchers are testing Researchers at University of Birmingham's Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) have begun a 10-year experiment that will pump a forest full of carbon dioxide in an effort to determine how much carbon dioxide trees can take.

    The Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment will expose a mature woodland to CO2 levels predicted to be prevalent in 2050. Scientists aim to measure the forest's capacity to capture carbon released by fossil fuel burning, and thus determine the trees capacity to absorb carbon pollution long-term.

    With deforestation shrinking the carbon storage capacity of the world's forests, researchers hope that a greater understanding of their role in climate change mitigation could help policymakers make informed decisions. (Source: University of Birmingham, Citizen Digital, Reuters, 24 June, 2017)Contact: University of Birmingham Institute of Forest Research, Michael Tausz, Co-Director, +44 1785 284624, www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/bifor/index.aspx

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    Nevada Gov. Kills Renewable Energy, Community Solar Legislation (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2017-06-23
    GTM reports that Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) has nixed Nevada legislation AB 206 which would have increased the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 40 pct by 2030, up from 25 pct in 2025, and created new incentives for energy storage. A second bill, SB 392, which would have established a 200-MW community solar program by 2023, was also vetoed. Sandoval did, however, signed AB 405, a popular bill that restored net metering credits for rooftop solar customers in the Silver State, giving the distributed energy market an enormous boost. Following that win, supporters hoped the RPS and community solar bills would get approval too.

    In his vetot, Sandoval said he was concerned about passing new energy legislation in light of the state's pending Energy Choice Initiative which, if adopted, could dramatically restructure the state's electric power market. The Governor tasked his Committee on Energy Choice to study and make recommendations on the ramifications of a higher renewable portfolio standard and the community solar program. (Source: Office of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, GTM, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Nev. Gov. Brian Sandoval, gov.nv.gov

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