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DONG Sets Science Based Emissions Reduction Target (Int'l)
DONG Energy, Science Based Target Initiative
Date: 2017-06-19
Copenhagen-headquartered offshore wind energy giant DONG Energy has confirmed that its target to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 96 pct by 2023 has been approved by the Science Based Target Initiative.

The Initiative is a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and is a member of the We Mean Business Coalition. The Initiative is designed to provide companies "with a clearly defined pathway to future-proof growth by specifying how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions." The Initiative helps companies ensure and develop emissions reductions that are in line with the level of de-carbonization necessary to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees C compared to pre-industrial levels. (Source: DONG Energy, CleanTechnica, Others, 16 June , 2017] Contact: Science Based Targets initiative,; DONG Energy, +45 99 55 11 11,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Target Initiative,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  DONG Energy,  ,  

Nordex Launches N131/3000 Wind Turbine in France (Int'l)
Date: 2017-06-19
The Nordex Group is reporting wind turbine orders totaling 36 MW from different project developers and power station operators. Orders include a total of 13 N131/3000, N117/3000 and N117/2400 turbines for projects slated to get underway this year.

Nordex will be installing its N131/3000 turbine in France for the first time. With a rotor diameter of 131 meters, the N131/3000 will be the largest turbine installed in the country to date, according to the company which currently has an installed capacity of more than 1.7 GW in France. (Source: Nordex, NA Windpower, Others, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 381 6663 3300,,

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

Cross Winds Energy Park Years Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2017-06-19
The Michigan Public Service Commission (PUC) on Thursday approved the Jackson-based Consumers Energy proposal to begin work on its proposed Cross Winds Energy Park III in Tuscola County in 2019, three years in advance of its originally approved 2022 start date. The projected was originall approved for 19 wind turbines with an optional 33 additional units.

says advancement of the projects will “help meet the expanded renewable energy portfolio standard set in the state's new energy laws.” The initial Cross Winds Energy Park in Tuscola County started serving electric customers in Michigan’s Thumb region in 2014. (Source: Michigan PUC, Consumers Energy, MPR, 16 June, 2017) Contact: Michigan PUC, Sally Talberg, Chairperson, (517) 284-8100,; Consumers Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Wind,  

Tri Global Closes on Fiber Winds Energy Sale (Ind. Report, M&A)
Lorenzo Wind,Tri Global Energy,NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2017-06-19
In the Lone Star State, Dallas-headquartered utility-scale wind energy developer Tri Global Energy (TGE) is reporting the sale of its 80 MW Fiber Winds Energy Project in Crosby County, Texas to Lorenzo Wind, a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, the largest renewable energy power company in North America.

The first phase of Crosby County Wind Farm came online in 2014. The third phase, which qualified for the federal Production Tax Credit in 2016, is expected to be operational by the end of 2020.

Since 2014, TGE has concluded over 3,000 MW of transactions with sponsor equity partners and the represented projects are now either in operation, construction or project financing. (Source: Tri Global Energy, PR, 15 June, 2017) Contact: TGE, John Billingsley, CEO, (972) 290-0825,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tri Global Energy,  Wind,  NextEra Energy Resources ,  

Alliant Takes Stake in EDF's Great Western Wind Farm (M&A)
EDF Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-06-19
EDF Renewable Energy is reporting the sale of a 50 pct stake in its recently completed 225MW Great Western wind farm in Oklahoma to a unit of Madison, Wisconsin-headquartered Alliant Energy, with the power contracted under a long-term deal with Google. The transaction is Alliant's first deal with EDF. (Source: EDF Renewable Energy, 15 June, 2017) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Tim Wheeler, Onshore Wind Development Manager,

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

Solar Paint Creates Energy from Water Vapor (New Prod & Tech)
RMIT University
Date: 2017-06-19
In the Land Down Under, researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne are reporting development of a new solar paint that can be used to produce clean energy.

The innovative paint draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and hydrogen. As a result, hydrogen can be captured as a clean fuel source. The paint contains a recently-developed compound that looks and feels like silica gel commonly used to absorb moisture but acts like a semiconductor. Additionally, the synthetic molybdenum-sulphide material catalysis the splitting of water atoms into hydrogen and oxygen.

According to lead researcher Dr. Torben Daeneke, mixing the compound with titanium oxide particles leads to a sunlight-absorbing paint that produces hydrogen fuel from solar energy and moist air.

Because titanium oxide is the same white pigment commonly found in wall paint when it is combined with the new material, the solar paint can "convert a brick wall into an energy harvesting and fuel production real estate." This means there is no need for filtered or clean water to feed the system. And, any location that has water vapor in the air -- including remote areas -- can produce fuel, according to Daeneke. (Source: RMIT University, Inhabitat, Science Daily, June, 2017) Contact: RMIT University, Dr. Torben Daeneke, +61 3 9925 2090,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

DOE Sued Over Stalled Energy-Efficiency Standards (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-06-19
Eleven states have instigated legal action against the the Trump administration Department of Energy over its failure to finalize energy-use limits for portable air conditioners and other products. The new standards would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save businesses and consumers billions of dollars, and conserve enough energy to power more than 19 million households for a year, but the U.S. Department of Energy has not met a requirement to publish them by now, according to California Attorneys General Xavier Becerra, who filed the lawsuit against the DOE in federal court in San Francisco. "This is absurd. The Trump Administration should stop stalling and start following the law," Becerra said.

Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Maryland, New York and the City of New York are the plaintiffs. (Source: Society of Environmental Journalists, AP, Others, 14 June, 2017)Contact: California Attorneys General Xavier Becerra,

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

China's First Large-Scale CCS Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
Global CCS Institute
Date: 2017-06-19
In Beijing, China reports construction has begun on the first of eight planned large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. The first CCS project, which was started by state-owned Yanchang Petroleum, will capture 800,000 tpy of CO2 emissions from a coal-to-gas petrochemical plant near the western Chinese city of Xi'an. The project will remove CO2 from two coal gasification (syngas) plants and use it for enhanced oil recovery operations. The seven additional projects include coal-fired power plants, fertilizer plants, and a chemical production facility.

The Australian not-for-profit Global CCS Institute assisted in getting the project off the ground as part of China's 2015 deal with the U.S. to combat climate change. (Source: International Energy Agency, Digital Journal, 18 June, 2017) Contact: Global CCS Institute,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global CCS Institute,  CCS,  China CCS,  

HiVE Touts Renewables Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
HiVE Energy Systems
Date: 2017-06-19
In the Aloha State, Maui-based HiVE Energy Systems reports it has developed a fully integrated energy storage system designed to store one full day of energy needs. Combined with a rooftop photovoltaic system, the HiVE system enables customers to eliminate the resident's monthly utility bills.

HiVE is an integrated, high performance energy storage solution designed from the ground up to work with any conventional solar system. HiVE's adaptive technology can be scaled for a wide range of residential, industrial, smart grid, and military applications, big or small. Partnering with SunBurst Finance and HNU Energy, HiVE's solar-integrated battery/financing leasing package provides solar installation, battery integration and system management and can be tailored to fit existing solar systems, according to a HiVE release. (Source: HiVE Energy System, Pacific Bus. News, 16 June, 2017) Contact: HiVE Energy Systems,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Solar,  

iDemand, Scantibodies Solar+Battery Energy Storage Project Underway (Ind. Report)
iDemand Energy Storage,SunFusion
Date: 2017-06-19
In San Diego, sustainable energy storage batteries manufacturer iDemand Energy Storage Inc. reports the completion of engineering work on a $4.1 million solar-plus-battery storage project for five buildings operated by Scantibodies Laboratory Inc., a biochemical manufacturer and research facility based in Santee, Calif. Construction is expected to get underway in July for completion by the year end.

The contract to make uninterrupted-energy-supply (UES) battery systems capable of storing and discharging up to 1.078 MWof solar energy was awarded to iDemand by SunFusion Solar Inc., also of San Diego.

The client aims to shave peak-load electricity demand during the latter part of the day by using excess energy stored and discharged from the battery systems. The current Scantibodies contract calls for 2 MWh for the five-building load. (Source: iDemand Energy Storage, 16 June, 2017) Contact: iDemand Energy Storage, Sandy Ellard, Pres., Walter Ellard, CEO , (858) 266-8385,,; Scantibodies Laboratory Inc.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  SunFusion,  

GMP Offers Energy Saving eSMartwater Program (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power,Aquanta
Date: 2017-06-19
Vermont utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) reports the launch of its eSmartwater program. The program includes electric water heater controls from Washington, DC, startup Aquanta, combined with a free Nest thermostat, for a fee of 99 cents per month.

GMP has been testing Aquanta's technology for several months, with the goal of using its real-time networks and predictive analytics to turn existing home water heaters into an energy-saving and grid-responsive energy storage device.

GMP estimates that about 50,000 electric resistive water heaters are in use by its customers. Each uses about 4 kilowatts of energy and a natural target for demand response programs that pay customers for the right to shut off their water heaters in emergencies.

Aquanta's $150 device installs on existing water heaters, measures both electricity and temperature, and connects via Wi-Fi to its cloud-based software platform to allow direct control via the homeowner's smartphone. It also gives the utility access to these water heater sensor-control devices in aggregate, not just as an emergency demand response resource, but as part of controlling its larger grid needs. (Source: Green Mountain Power, Aquanta, GFTM, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Green Mountain Power, Josh Castonguay, Dir. Generation and Renewable Innovation, (888) 835-4672,; Aquanta, Matt Carlson, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Mountain Power,  Aquanta,  

Ice Energy, Genbright Partner to Cut Nantucket's Peak Electricity Demand (Ind. Report)
Genbright,Ice Energy
Date: 2017-06-19
Hingham, Mass.-headquartered clean energy technology specialist Genbright LLC and thermal energy storage specialist Ice Energy reports they are joining forces to help reduce the island of Nantucket's peak energy demand.

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) awarded the two firms a contract to provide over 200 residential behind-the-meter energy storage solutions on Nantucket using Ice Energy's proprietary Ice Bear 20 technology. Genbright will perform real-time dispatch of the Ice Bears to deliver over 1 MW of peak demand reduction, which is equivalent to one year of growth in electricity demand on the island.

The $3 million project, which will begin this summer, aims to prove how new energy storage technologies can be deployed as "non-wires alternatives" to defer the need for a third undersea cable to Nantucket, which is expected to cost between $75-100 million. (Source: Ice Energy, Genbright, Marketwired, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Genbright LLC, Joe Crespo, (800) 977-5909,; Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, CEO, (877) 542-3232,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Genbright,  Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  

Powin Constructing 6 Ont. Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
Powin Energy,Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
Date: 2017-06-19
Tualatin, Oregon-based utility battery energy storage specialist Powin Energy Corporation reports it will construct and install six energy storage projects totaling 12.8MW/52.8MWh at two sites in Kitchener and Stratford Ontario, Canada. Upon completion by the end of September, projects will constitute the largest energy storage rollout in Canada.

The projects, which are all contracted with Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) as part of its long-term energy plan, are being developed in collaboration with Hecate Energy, a global developer, owner and operator of solar, wind and storage projects.

The projects will incorporate Powin's modular Stack 140 -- a modular, purpose-built 140kWh battery array that easily scales up to multiple megawatt applications. All Stack 140 systems are operated by Powin's proprietary bp-OS battery management software and include the industry-exclusive Battery Odometer and Warranty Tracker. (Source: Powin Energy, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Powin Energy, Geoff Brown, Pres., Victor Liu, (503) 598-6659,,; Ontario IESO, John Cannella, (416) 506-2823,; Hecate Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Independent Electricity System Operator,  Powin Energy,  

Kansas Ethanol Launches $3.7Mn Equity Financing Round (Ind. Report)
Kansas Ethanol
Date: 2017-06-19
In Lyons Kansas, Kansas Ethanol reports it has filed with the Securities and Equities Commission announcing the opening of a $3.7 million equity financing round. The company produces 55 million gpy of corn ethanol.

Kansas Ethanol's 2009 vintage plant was one of the first 14 ethanol plants to adopt ICM Fiber Separation Technology to boost yields. (Source: Kansas Ethanol LLC, Weekly Hub, Various Media, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Kansas Ethanol LLC, (620) 257-2300,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kansas Ethanol,  Ethanol,  

Husker Ag Lauded for Ethanol Marketing, Funding (Ind. Report)
Husker Ag
Date: 2017-06-19
Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB) has recognized Plainview, Nebraska-based Husker Ag and the company's management for his leadership and success with fuel retailers. Since 2012, Husker Ag in Plainview, Nebraska, has contributed more than $250,000 in grant funding to the state's fuel infrastructure for higher-blend ethanol pumps at stations statewide.

As previously reported, many of the flex fuel pumps being used by the state's retail fueling stations were partially paid for by the Nebraska Corn Board's Flex Fuel Infrastructure Grant Program on behalf of Nebraska's 23,000 corn producers through their checkoff program.

Husker Ag is an ethanol production facility built by Fagen Inc. and designed by ICM of Colwich, KS. Husker Ag expanded its operations in the fall of 2007 and now utilizes over 26 million bpy of corn to produce about 76 million gpy of denatured ethanol and about 450,000 tpy of modified wet distillers' grain (DDG) for cattle feed. (Source: HuskerAG, Nebraska Ethanol Board , 15 June, 2017) Contact: Nebraska Ethanol Board, Todd Sneller, (402) 471-2941,; Husker Ag, Seth Harder, Gen. Mgr., (402) 582-4446,; Nebraska Corn Board,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Husker Ag,  Nebraska Ethanol Board,  E15,  E85,  Ethanol Blend,  

Iran, UN Ink Carbon Sequestration MoU (Int'l. Report)
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Date: 2017-06-19
IRNA, the Iranian News Agency is reporting the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Iran and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for the third phase of an international carbon sequestration program in four Iranian provinces. The project is currently is being implemented in some 300 Iranian villages.

The project is aimed at fighting desertification and climate change, as well as energy conservation, soil erosion prevention, economic development and boosting employment in Iran. (Source: United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Trend, 17 June, 2017) Contact: United Nations Industrial Development Organization,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration,  United Nations Industrial Development Organization,  

Vietnam Plans Biofuel Revivals with E5 Mandate (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-06-19
In Hanoi, VietNamNet is reporting the Vietnamese government will cease the availability and production of RON 92 petroleum biofuel in Vietnam after December 31, 2017, after which only E5 biofuel will be produced and available to the motoring public in Vietnam.

The ruling is expected to revive many of the country's idled ethanol plants, including those in Dung Quat, Binh Phuoc and Phu Tho, which it is hoped will be back in production for the 31 Dec., 2017 deadline. (Source: Vietnam Bridge, VietNam Net, 14 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vietnam Ethanol,  E5,  Ethanol,  

KNM's Thai Bioethanol Plant Slated for July Startup (Int'l Report)
KNM Group
Date: 2017-06-19
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian process equipment manufacturer and energy developement firm KNM Group Bhd reports that its bioethanol plant in Thailand is expected to begin commercial production next month. According to a release, the first phase of to 200,000 lpd fuel-grade Impress Ethanol Plant has been commissioned. Construction on the second phase got underway in May and is slated for completion early in 2019. (Source: KNM Group, Star Online, 16 June, 2017) Contact: KNM Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  KNM Group,  

Biorefinery Developement Commercialization Center Awarded $1.5Mn (Funding)
Appalachian Regional Commission
Date: 2017-06-19
The Appalachian Regional Commission reports the awarding of $1.5 million in grant funding to New York's Alfred State College to support its Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) project. The project aims to help private and public partners leverage woody biomass resources to create sustainable business using advanced manufacturing processes.

The BDCC will develop and commercialize process that extract valuable chemicals from wood and use them to manufacture biochemicals, biofuels and other advanced materials.

The award was part of $15.7 million in grants made to 18 projects by the APC in mid-June. The projects aim to help grow the economies in coal-impacted communities in seven Appalachian states. The awards were made through ARC's Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization Initiative. The facility is expected to contribute to the creation of 15 new businesses and help 125 workers gain skills or retain or gain employment. (Source: Appalachian Regional Commission, Biomass Mag 16 June, 2017) Contact: Appalachian Regional Commission, (202) 884-7700,; Alfred State College, /

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biorefinery,  

Edeniq Secures $5Mn in Growth Equity (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-19
Visalia, California-headquartered cellulosic ethanol specialist Edeniq, reports it has secured commitments for $5 million in additional equity to support existing customer workload, grow its order pipeline, and roll out technology enhancements.Over the past 12 months, the raised more than $12 million, according to a press release.

Over the coming year, Edeniq expects to more than double average customer cellulosic ethanol production through plant optimization and technology enhancements that are being introduced to customers as early as the Q3 of 2017. While customers are currently averaging just over 1 pct cellulosic ethanol and a 2 pct lift in total ethanol production, the best-performing plants have achieved rates of more than 2 pct cellulosic ethanol and a 3 pct lift in total ethanol production.

The company's customer pipeline has reached 27 plants, four of which are registered with the US EPA for cellulosic ethanol D3 RIN generation. The remainder have submitted applications for D3 RIN production to the EPA, or are in the trial validation process, which is the first step in the registration process. Edeniq's customer plants that have registered with the EPA for cellulosic co-production represent approximately 400 million gallons of total ethanol production and have already generated well over $1 million in D3 RIN credits. The company currently sells or licenses its technologies to ethanol plants in the United States. (Source: Edeniq, PR, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Edeniq, Inc. Brian Thome, Pres., CEO, Lily Wachter, (559) 302-1777,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Edeniq news,  Cellulosic news,  

World Biodiesel Market to Hit 28.3Mn Cubic Metre in 2017 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-06-16
According to Market.Biz analysis, the Global Biodiesel Market is expected to hit nearly 28.3 million cubic meter by the end of 2017.

The report, Global Biodiesel Market 2017 Research study covers biodiesel industry development trends, details of import/export, biodiesel industry supply, product details and specifications, the cost of biodiesel market share and revenue, leading biodiesel manufacturers, biodiesel prices and market revenues, regional markets and related biodiesel industry information.

Request details and a sample report HERE. (Source: MarketBiz, Post Observer, 12 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  

Asahi Glass Touts Solar Cell Embedded Glass (Ind. Report)
Asahi Glass
Date: 2017-06-16
Tokyo-based Asahi Glass is touting Sunjoule, construction-use glass embedded with solar cells. The product, which can be used like normal window glass, can generate 2 to 4 watt-hours of electricity per square 15.6cm on a side.

Asahi Glass is targeting the Sunjoule project to construction projects in Australia and elsewhere in Oceania. The company . Asahi Glass aims to win the first export orders by the end of this year and boost the number of deals in Asia and Oceania to at least 15 by the end of 2020. (Source: Asahi Glass, Nikkei Asia Review, 13 June, 2017) Contact: ASAHI Glass,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Asahi Glass,  

Eskom Launches Battery Energy Storage Demo (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2017-06-16
In Johannesburg, South Africa's largest utility Eskom's Research and Innovation Centre reports the opening of an energy storage demo unit where it will test, compare and evaluate presently available energy storage technologies and solutions. The utility is seeking technology to meet an estimated 2000 MW of energy output needed on its network.

In addition to "smoothing" the output of solar farms onto the grid, Eskom also wants to investigate the use of energy storage to deal with peak demand periods and to defer grid transmission and distribution infrastructure costs. (Source: Eskom, Energy Storage, 12 June, 2017) Contact: Eskom, Barry MacColl, GM Testing and Development,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eskom,  Energy Storage,  Battery Energy Storage,  

RenewSys Launches India's First 5 BB Solar Cells (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2017-06-16
RenewSys, India's only integrated manufacturer of Solar PV Modules and components reports it has begun production of production 5 Bus Bar (BB) Solar PV Cells as part of its' RESERV range of solar PV cells. Commercial production of the 5BB Solar PV Panels/ Modules is expected to get underway in July.

5BB cells are expected to improve the panel/ module efficiency when compared to solar panels/ solar modules that use 4BB or 3BB cells. The additional Bus Bar in conventional silicon solar cells facilitates a uniform distribution of stress, making 5BB cells more durable. (Source: RenewSys, Business World, 15 June, 2017) Contact: RenewSys, +91 80 33494545,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  PV Cells,  

Senvion, RES Seal Aussie Turbine Delivery Deal (Int'l Report)
Senvion,Renewable Energy Systems
Date: 2017-06-16
German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion SA reports Senvion Australia Pty Ltd has inked a partnership agreement with Hertfordshire, UK-based Renewable Energy Systems' (RES) Australian unit for the delivery of turbines to the 429 MW Murra Warra wind project, construction of which is underway.

The German company will deliver 3.7M144 type turbines specifically designed for the Murra Warra project. (Source: Senvion, Renewables Now, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0,; RES, +44 0 1923 299200,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind,  Renewable Energy Systems,  

Rena, Aiko Collaborate on Solar Cell Plating Technology (Int'l)
Rena Solar,Aiko Solar Energy
Date: 2017-06-16
German equipment supplier Rena and China's PV producer Aiko Solar Energy are reporting the expansion of their collaboration into electroplating cell metalization technology. Todate, Rena has delivered 4 GW of wet chemistry tooling to the Chinese PV producer, and will deliver one of its InCellPlate to Aiko's new Yiwu production facility in Zhenjiang province.

In announcing the collaboration, the two companies say that the electroplating process can deliver a cost reduction per-watt of around $0.01, or around 15 pct.

Aiko produces both multi and monocrystalline PERC PV cells, including bifacial products. Rena has supplied alkaline texturing, Rena BatchTex, and edge isolation, Rena InOxide+, equipment to Aiko for its monocrystalline cell production lines. Aiko has achieved efficiencies of 21.5 pct on mono PERC cells and has achieved a bifaciality of over 70 pct. (Source: Rena Solar, PV Mag., Others, June 12, 2017) Contact: Aiko Solar Energy,; Rena Solar, +49 7723 9313-0,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  PV,  

UPC Renewables Touts 1,000MW Tasmanian Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
UPC Renewables
Date: 2017-06-16
UPC Renewables, a leading global renewable energy developer, has announced it will build two wind farms with an aggregate capacity of up to 1,000 MW in northwestern Tasmania. The projects will incorporate 49 wind turbines and are expected to get underway later this year. (Source: UPC Renewables, CleanTechnica, 12 June, 2017) Contact: UPC Renewables, Australia, Tasmania,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPC Renewables,  Wind,  

Apex' 23-Turbine Tenn. Wind Project Suspended (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2017-06-16
In the Volunteer State, the Crossville Chronicle is reporting that Apex Clean Energy's planned $100 million, 23-turbine Crab Orchard wind farm project about 100 miles from Nashville, Tennessee has been put on hold for 15 months by Tennessee General Assembly. The moratorium will allow a study of possible wind energy construction regulations. Tennessee is one of four states without such regulations.

The project has been widely opposed for reasons of possible noise, pollution and aesthetic considerations. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, Crossville Chronicle, Virginian Pilot, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., Mark Goodwin, Pres., (434) 220-7595,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Apex Clean Energy,  Wind,  

Texas Bans Production Tax Credits for Wind Farms Near Military Airbases (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-06-16
Lone Star State legislation that goes into force September 1st, would make wind farms within 25 nautical miles of military airbases ineligible for production tax credits has been signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

The legislation is intended to ensure that wind farm operations and wind turbines do not interfere with the mission readiness of the state's 11 airbases and do not have a "serious negative impact on the state's economy." (Source: Various Media, Power Engineering, 12 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Texas Wind,  Production Tax Creditnd,  

CCSL Scores Norwegian CCS Study Contract (Int'l. Report)
Carbon Clean Solutions
Date: 2017-06-16
Reading, UK-headquartered Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL) reports that in partnership with international engineering company Apply Sorco, it has won two carbon dioxide (CO2) capture concept study contracts from Norweigan fertilizer business Yara and Klemetsrud Energy Agency (KEA), Norway's largest energy recovery facility.

The collaboration will combine CCSL's carbon capture technology with Sorco's engineering expertise to help establish a complete carbon capture and storage (CCS) chain, including capture, transport and permanent storage, in the Scandinavian country. The study's findings will be used to establish cost estimates determine future government investment in CCS. A previous study found that carbon capture is technically possible at the Norcem cement factory in Brevik, the Yara ammonia factory on Heroya and at an energy recovery plant at Klemetsrud.(Source: Carbon Clean Solutions Limited, Gas World, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Carbon Clean Solutions, +44 (0) 203865 06 39, (872) 206-0197 - Chicago Office, info@carboncleansolutions,com,; Apply Sorco,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Clean Solutions,  CO2,  CCS,  

Whitefox Technologies in Talks with Pacific Ethanol (Ind. Report)
Whitefox Technologies, Pacific Ethanol
Date: 2017-06-16
UK-based engineering and membrane-based technologies specialist Whitefox Technologies and InnovateUK are reporting the company has inked a deal with Pacific Ethanol.

Pacific Ethanol successfully trialed Whitefox's ethanol dehydration unit at their Madera plant in 2015 and then agreed on a commercial deal in 2016. The two firms are now in talks for additional installations at 7 further Pacific Ethanol plants.

Whitefox specializes in membrane-based technologies with a focus on efficient ethanol production. Their solution minimizes waste and emissions whilst increasing energy efficiency and returns on production. The demand for Pacific ethanol is growing, with 850 million gallons exported from the US every year. (Source: Whitefox Technologies, Innovate UK, 16 June, 2017) Contact: Whitefox Technologies, Gillian Harrisson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7953 8446,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Whitefox Technologies,  Pacific Ethanol,  Ethanol,  

Carbon Trust Touts Low-Carbon Collaboration (Int'l)
Carbon Trust
Date: 2017-06-16
In the UK, the Carbon Trust reports it has launched the Energy Systems Innovation Platform (ESIP), a collaboration with Centrica, Dong Energy, SSE, Scottish Power, Statoil and Wood Group Clean Energy to address issues preventing a more effective transition to a low cost and low-carbon energy system. The ESIP is supported by the Scottish government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The initiative aims to find solutions to regulatory and other barriers deterring investment in energy storage, energy efficiency and similar technologies and solutions to achieving low carbon energy and a low carbon energy economy. The first results of this work are expected by the year end. (Source: Carbon Trust, renews, Others, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Andrew Lever, Director of Innovation, Nils Lehmann, Project Manager, +44 (0) 207 832 4773,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Trust,  Low-Carbon Energy,  

North Dakota Ethanol Producer Advancing CCS Plans (Ind. Report)
Red Trail Energy
Date: 2017-06-16
Following on our June 5 coverage, Red Trail Energy LLC in Richardton, North Dakota, reports it will move forward with the second phase of its carbon capture and storage (CCS) program following a U.S. EPA decision to grant North Dakota regulatory primacy over Class VI injection wells.

Red Trail expects the CCS system to be operational in 2019 or 2020, capturing about 180,000 tpy of carbon. Details have not been released. Red Trail Energy produces 64 million gallons of ethanol per year. (Source: Red Trail Energy, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Red Trail Energy, Gerald Bachmeier, CEO, (701) 974-3308,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Red Trail Energy,  Ethanol,  CCS,  

Notable Quote

Date: 2017-06-16
"We did some economic modelling looking at a new coal-fired power plant in the future with CCS and discovered that the cost would be the equivalent of two coal-fired power plants because of the energy required to capture the CO2, compress the CO2 and deliver the CO2 to the storage site.

"Carbon capture and storage is a hugely expensive process, finding geological storage sites is extremely difficult and it's a tough job for scientists to prove [they will be effective], and industry has walked away." -- David Hilditch -- Carbon Capture and Storage Co-operative Research Centre, a joint government-industry venture working on about 30 projects in Australia and across the globe. (Source: New Daily, ABB, Others, Carbon Capture and Storage Co-operative Research Centre, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Carbon Capture and Storage Co-operative Research Centre, +61 3 8595 9600,

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Taking Stock of UK CO2 Storage Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Energy Technologies Institute
Date: 2017-06-16
Termination of the most recent Government carbon capture and storage (CCS) Commercialization competition late in 2015 was a major setback for the decarbonization of the fossil power and industrial sectors in the UK. This Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) reports covers what has been learned about the CO2 storage aspects of CCS and other aspects of CCS that have changed since Commercialization Competition was launched in 2013.

The report found that delaying the implementation of CCS at scale would add between £1 billion and £2 billion per year to the otherwise lowest cost options for an energy system capable of reducing carbon emissions in line with the 2050 emissions reduction targets. The report also found:

  • UK has the CO2 storage capacity to meet its need out to 2050 and beyond ;
  • Storage appraisal to date shows there are no technical barriers to the storage of CO2 in UK offshore sites;
  • Lowest cost CCS can be achieved by combining large scale storage store over 3MT/a with shared infrastructure and existing risk technologies.

    Access the Taking Stock of UK CO2 Storage Report HERE. (Source: Energy Technologies Institute, June, 2017) Contact: Energy Technologies Institute, Dennis Gammer, ETI CCS Strategy Manager,

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  • Norwegians Ban Palm Oil Biofuel (Int'l. Report)
    Palm Oil Biofuel
    Date: 2017-06-16
    In Oslo, the Norwegian parliament has amended the country's Public Procurement Act to immediately cease the importation and use of palm oil-based biofuel. Conservationists laud the move and recommend the EU's biofuel policy be updated to reflect concerns about palm oil.

    The growth of the palm oil industry has been blamed for damaging environmental impacts, such as deforestation and high carbon emissions and research indicates that palm oil biofuel may be worse for the environment and the climate than fossil fuels.(Source: Mongabay, EcoBusiness, Others, June, 2017)

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    For Peat's Sake -- Understanding the Climate Implications of Palm Oil Biodiesel--Consumption -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-06-16
    "For decades the palm oil industry in Southeast Asia has been inextricably linked to deforestation, habitat loss and peat destruction in some of the most biodiversity rich areas of the planet. While recent efforts to reduce the ecological footprint of palm oil production are well-intended, such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge and a number of corporate commitments to halt deforestation, the current reality is that palm oil expansion is an ongoing environmental catastrophe.

    "Most palm oil is destined for human consumption, either as an ingredient or cooking oil, but in the last decade the most rapidly expanding vegetable oil market in the world has been biodiesel, driven in large part by European climate policy. In 2014, it has been estimated that over three million tonnes of palm oil biodiesel was consumed by EU vehicles, nearly a third of total EU biodiesel consumption. By tradition, biofuel carbon accounting treats land as a carbon-free commodity, a simplification that has allowed policymakers to believe that palm oil biodiesel is better for the climate than fossil diesel. Unfortunately, the truth is very different -- increased biodiesel demand in Europe drives palm oil expansion in Malaysia and Indonesia, and with that comes deforestation, peat drainage and biodiversity loss."

    Download the For Peat's Sake -- Understanding the Climate Implications of Palm Oil Biodiesel--Consumption report HERE. (Source: Rainforest Foundation of Norway, May, 201&) Rainforest Foundation of Norway, +47) 23 10 95 00,,

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    Energy Absolute Touts Thailand Energy Storage Plans (Int'l.)
    Energy Absolute
    Date: 2017-06-16
    Energy Absolute, a former Thailand-based biodiesel producer presently engaged in renewable energy power generation, reports that its renewable power plants will increase capacity to 404 megawatts this year and to 664 megawatts in 2018. The company also will expand into the energy storage sector with a product similar to Tesla's Power Wall.

    To that end, the company intends to construct a plant that will "rival Tesla's Gigafactory in both size and scope" at a yet to be determined Asian location. The new plant, which is expected to have a production capacity of 50 GWh by 2020, is expected to cost $2.9 billion. The company presently holds a 35.2 pct stake in Amita Technologies Inc., a Taiwan-based manufacturer of lithium ion and polymer batteries. (Source: Energy Absolute, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Energy Absolute,

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    Hawaii's MECO Tops in Solar Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Maui Electric ,Smart Electric Power Alliance
    Date: 2017-06-16
    In the Aloha State, the Smart Electric Power Alliance has ranked Maui Electric Co. (MECO) in the top 10 out of 412 national utilities for connecting the most new solar watts in total and per customer to the grid.

    Energy storage projects on MECO grids include a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at the company's Wailea Substation in South Maui and projects with the independently owned Auwahi and Kaheawa wind farms on Maui and the Lana'i Sustainability Research solar farm. A BESS is currently being tested on Molokai, the utility added.

    In 2016, 37 pct of the electricity used by MECO customers came from renewable resources, including private solar power, wind and hydroelectricity, according tp MECO. (Sourse: Maui Electric, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Maui Electric, (808) 871-9777,; Smart Electric Power Alliance,

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    Honolulu Simplifies Energy Storage Permitting Process (Ind. Report)
    Hawaii Solar Energy Association
    Date: 2017-06-16
    The Hawaii Solar Energy Association (HSEA) reports that energy industry stakeholders and the City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting have improved and hastened residential battery storage permit processing.

    Elemental Excelerator, the Distributed Energy Resources Council of Hawaii and the HSEA collaborated on the effort to improve the permitting process. In May, permits were issued for 163 PV systems with battery storage capabilities. (Source: Hawaii Solar Energy Assoc., Pacific Bus. News, 13 June, 2017)Contact: Hawaii Solar Energy Association,; Distributed Energy Resources Council of Hawaii,

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    Indian Oil Entering Battery Energy Storage Business (Int'l)
    Indian Oil Corporation
    Date: 2017-06-16
    In New Delhi, India's largest fuel retailer, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), reports it plans to launch an improved version of lead-acid battery for low cost mobility and industrial applications. The company is also working on lithium-ion battery chemistry for improved performance.

    India's energy storage market for rooftop solar and other off-grid renewable energy applications is expected to be worth Rs 16,500 crore by 2022, according to the Delhi-based not-for-profit Council for Energy Environment and Water (CEEW). To meet the expected growing need, companies are launching advanced technologies including Li-ion, flow batteries, flywheel and lead-carbon batteries. (Source: Indian Oil Corp., ETEnergy World , 14 June, 2017) Contact: Indian Oil Corporation,

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    Aussie Carbon Capture Financing Options in Doubt (Int'l. Report)

    Date: 2017-06-16
    In the Land Down Under, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Malcolm B. Turnbull is seeking parliamentary approval for the nation's "green bank" -- the Clean Energy Finance Corporation -- to fund carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. Both Labor and the Greens oppose the change.

    The Labor party is opposed to the change and some Labor MPs question both the science and economic viability of the technology. The opposition also claims it is inappropriate for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to fund CCS since it is forbidden to do so under existing legislation.

    Proponents claim CCS has the potential to cut Australian coal and gas power plant emissions by as much as 90 pct. Opponents say CCS should be looked at for use in the manufacturing sector, to help industry cut emissions. (Source: APP, Various Media, June, 2017)

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    Trump's EPA Renewable Fuel Standard Expected (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2017-06-16
    Reuters is reporting that the U.S. EPA is expected to announce its Renewable Fuel Standard -- renewable fuel use requirements for 2018 within days. Biofuels traders and industry players are reportedly expecting the EPA to to hold its proposed requirements for conventional corn-ethanol biofuel to remain virtually unchanged 15 billion gallons, the maximum under the RFS. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 15 June, 2017)

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    World Green Building Trends 2016 -- Developing Markets Accelerate Global Green Growth -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-06-14
    "For green building to accelerate globally, building industry professionals require the latest data and trends to inform their decisions. We are adding to the body of knowledge with The World Green Building Trends 2016 Study. Focused on global green building growth, the report features the results of more than 1,000 survey participants from 69 countries and includes 13 country-specific profiles, as compared to nine in 2013.

    "The report , presented by Dodge Data & Analytics and United Technologies Corporation, provides new world green building trends data to support green building development. This study demonstrates that green building continues to influence construction in both developed and developing economires."

    Download the World Green Building Trends 2016 -- Developing Markets Accelerate Global Green Growth report HERE. (Source: Dodge Data & Analytics, June, 2017) Contact: Dodge Data & Analytics, (800) 591-4462,,com; United Technologies

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    EDF EN Closes on Futuren Majority Share Acquisition (Int'l, M&A)
    EDF Energies Nouvelles, Futuren
    Date: 2017-06-14
    Following on our February 17th, 2016 coverage, EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) is reporting the completion of its acquisition of a 67.2 pct stake in French wind power producer Futuren SA. EDF EN is now preparing to file tender offer for the remaining shares. As announced a month ago, the renewables arm of EDF SA agreed to purchase 61.6 pct of Futuren's ordinary shares for €1.15 ($1.29) per share. In addition, it will purchase 96 pct of Futuren's convertible bonds at an ex-coupon price of €9.37. (Source: EDF EN, RenewablesNow, 9 June, 2017) Contact: Futuren, Fady Khallouf, CEO, +33 (0) 4 42 904 904,, EDF Energies Nouvelles, +33 (0) 1 40 90 2300,

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    General Mills, RES Ink Wind Energy Purchase Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Systems
    Date: 2017-06-14
    Minneapolis-based food giant General Mills reports it has sealed a 15-year PPA with Renewable Energy Systems (RES) for 100-MW of power from the 20,000-MW Cactus Flats wind project in Concho County, Texas.

    Under the terms of the deal, General Mills will help fund construction of the Cactus Flats project. Wind power generated at the site will be used for renewable energy credits that can be used toward achieving General Mills' greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. (Source: General Mills, PR, Renewable Energy Systems, Powder & Bilk Solids, 8 June, 2017)Contact: Renewable Energy Systems,; General Mills,

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    Raizen Offers $245m for Brazilian Sugar Ethanol Facilities (Int'l, M&A)
    Raizen Energia,Tonon Bioenergia
    Date: 2017-06-14
    Rio de Janeiro-based Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer Raizen Energia SA reports it has submitted a binding offer of $ 245 million to acquire two Brazilian mills belonging to Tonon Bioenergia SA.

    The two sugar and ethanol mills, Santa Candida in Bocaina and Paraiso in Brotas, both in Sao Paulo, will be sold through a court-supervised auction with sealed proposals. Raizen is a joint venture between Cosan and Anglo-Dutch oil group Royal Dutch Shell Plc . Raizen reportedly produced 528 million gallons of ethanol in 2015. (Source: Raizen Energia, Cosan SA Industria e Comercio, Renewables Now, Others, 14 June, 2017) Contact: Raizen Energia, +55 (21) 2145-9000,,; Tonon Bioenergia, +55 14 3666 9000,;

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    U.S. Ethanol Prod. Falls to 15.54Bn Gal. Annual Rate (Ind. Report)
    Ethanol,Renewable Fuels Association,
    Date: 2017-06-14
    In Washington, according to US Energy Information Administration (EIA) data, as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), US ethanol production averaged 999,000 bpd in April, down 21,000 bpd from the week before and a five-week low. The four-week average for ethanol production decreased to 1.014 million bpd for an annualized rate of 15.54 billion gallons.

    Ethanol stocks were 22.0 million barrels, down 3.5 pct from last week to the lowest level since late January. Average weekly gasoline demand plunged 5.1 pct from the previous week's record volume. Gasoline demand tallied at 391.3 million gpd for an annualized rate of 142.8 billion gallons. Refiner/blender input of ethanol fell 4.3 pct to 909,000 bpd. (Source: US EIA, Renewable Fuels Association, June, 2017) Contact: US EIA, www,; RFA, Geoff Cooper, Snr. VP, (202) 289-3835,

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    GBCSA Touts 250 Green Building Certifications (Int'l. Report)
    Green Building Council South Africa
    Date: 2017-06-14
    In Cape Town, the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) reports the issuance of 250 green building "Green Star" certifications in Africa.

    The 250 certified properties, which collectively cover close to 3.8-million square metres, are expected to save approximately 450-million kilograms of CO2 and 380-million kWh of energy per year. (Source: GBCSA, Creamer, 12 June, 2017) Contact: GBCSA, Dorah Modise, CEO, +27 86 104 2272,

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    New Online Green Building Materials Tool Launched (Ind. Report)
    Integrated Eco Strategy
    Date: 2017-06-14
    North Adams, Massachusetts-based Integrated Eco Strategy reports the recent launch of Red2Green, a new healthy building materials selection tool modeled after the requirements of the Living Building Challenge. The Living Building Challenge is a green certification program and design framework developed by the nonprofit International Living Future Institute of Seattle.

    The Red2Green software program provides a building materials database that standardizes the process for gathering, reporting and comparing ingredients and emissions information on projects that are used in all phases of new building and renovation.

    The Living Building Challenge is similar to the US Green Building Council's LEED standards. Under the Living Building Challenge, developers are encouraged to construct buildings that are considered to be self-sufficient, remain within the resource limits of their site, produce more energy than they use. According to Integrated Eco Strategy CEO Charlie Stevenson, Red2Green focuses on performance instead of looking at energy theoretically and a project needs to show 12 months of energy where all the power is produced by wind or solar on site. (Source: Integrated Eco Strategy, Berkshire Eagle, 12 June, 2017) Contact: Integrated Eco Strategy, Charlie Stevenson, Founder, Owner, (413) 776-9343,; Living Building Challenge,

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