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NY Seeks $1.6Bn for Renewable Energy Development (Ind. Report)
New York State
Date: 2017-06-09
In Albany, Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state is seeking $1.5 billion dollars of private investment to increase the state's renewable energy production, create economic opportunities statewide, and increase clean energy infrastructure and jobs by 2020.

The state's Clean Climate Careers initiative calls for the creation of 40,000 new jobs in the clean energy sector by 2020. The New York initiative is the largest renewable energy pledge of any state in U.S. history, according to the governor's release. (Source: Office of the Gov, WAER Syracuse Univ., 6 June, 2017) Contact: N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; NY State Clean Energy Fund, www.nyserda.ny.gov/About/Clean-Energy-Fund

More Low-Carbon Energy News Governor Cuomo,  Renewable Energy,  


ICF to Implement Energy Efficiency Alberta Program (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency Alberta
Date: 2017-06-09
In Calgary, Energy Efficiency Alberta is reporting the selection of Fairfax, Virginia-headquartered selected ICF to implement the Energy Efficiency Alberta (EEA) Business, Non-Profit and Institutional (BNI) Energy Savings program.

The new EEA agency is focused on providing programs and services to help Albertans save money and energy. This is the agency's first business, nonprofit and institutional program. (Source: ICF, PR, Business Wire, June, 2017) Contact: Energy Efficiency Alberta, (844) 357-5604, www.efficiencyalberta.ca; ICF, Duncan Rotherham, VP, Erica Eriksdotter, (703) 934-3668 erica.eriksdotter@ICF.com, www.icf.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ICF,  Energy Efficiency Alberta,  


Dallas Hosts Energy-Positive Big Box Store (Ind. Report)
TreeHouse
Date: 2017-06-09
In the Lone Star State, Austin-based retailer TreeHouse reports the opening of the state's first energy-positive retail, big box home improvement store in Dallas.

The building, which was designed by San Antonio-based architecture firm Lake & Flato, utilizes a south-facing, saw-tooth roof designed to allow for a huge array of solar panels, LED lighting, heat load reduction techniques, and north-facing windows to brighten the store with natural and artificial light without generating direct heat. The building also incorporates Tesla Powerwall battery energy storage units. (Source: TreeHouse, Texas Monthly, 6 June, 2017) Contact: TreeHouse, https://tree.house

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Positive,  Tesla Powerwall,  Energy Storage,  


Cemex Touts ENERGY STAR® Challenge Success (Ind. Report)
Cemex,ENERGY STAR
Date: 2017-06-09
In Houston, global building materials firm CEMEX USA reports two of its terminals have achieved the US EPA NERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy conservation. The terminals, located in La Mirada and San Diego (CA), each reduced their energy consumption by more than 10 pct. As previously reported the San Diego terminal achieved a 12.2 pct reduction in 2016, compared to 2015, and the the La Mirada terminal achieved a 23.2 pct reduction YoY.

The Energy Star Challenge for Industry is a national call-to-action to improve energy efficiency by 10 pct within five years. The Cemex terminals achieved it in just one year. The company plans to roll out the programme to all of its logistics operations. (Source: Cemex, Cemnet, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Cemex USA President, Ignacio Madridejos, Pres., Matt Wild, VP Logistics, Megan Lawrence, (713) 722-1799, www.cemexusa.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cemex,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  


Santa Barbara 30th US City to Take 100 pct Renewable Energy Pledge (Ind. Report)
Santa Barbara ,100 pct Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-06-09
In the Golden State, the City of Santa Barbara reports it has become the 30th city in the U.S. to commit to a transition to 100 pct clean and renewable energy by the year 2030. Other California cities that have taken the 100 pct Renewable Energy Pledge include San Diego, San Francisco, South Lake Tahoe, Del Mar and Palo Alto.

Santa Barbara, the first city on the Central Coast to make the commitment, will transition all municipal buildings and operations to 50 pct clean energy by 2020. (Source: City of Santa Barbara, 7 June, 2017) Contact: City of Santa Barbara, http://www.santabarbaraca.gov

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


CEM-8, IEA Affirms Importance of CCS, CCUS Development (Int'l)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2017-06-09
At the recently concluded International Energy Agency (IEA) 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM-8) meeting in Beijing, China, the energy ministers of Canada, China, Norway, and the United States, along with delegations from Australia , the European Commission, industry and key organizations, joined together to collaborate on driving further deployment of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). The countries represented in the discussion host 19 of the 22 CCS and CCUS projects currently in operation or under construction globally.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said, "I don't believe you can have a real conversation about clean energy without including CCUS. We have already seen the success of projects like Petra Nova in Texas, which is the world's largest post-combustion carbon-capture system," Sec. Perry said. The system at Petra Nova can capture 1.6 million tpy of CO2 from an existing coal-fired power plant unit, a capture rate of up to 90 pct from a supplied slipstream of flue gas.

According to IEA Exec. Dir. Dr. Faith Birol, "Investment has flowed to CCUS projects where there is a confluence of factors which constitute a viable business case. We need to find more such opportunities, where a commercial case for CCS can be built with reasonably modest well targeted public interventions." (Source: IEA, PR, Free Press Wire Service, 6 June, 2017) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org; CEM-8, www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Events/CEM8

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  International Energy Agency,  CCS,  Carbon Capture and Storage,  


Swiss Commercial Carbon Capture Plant Launched (Int'l)
Climeworks
Date: 2017-06-09
In Zurich, ETH Zurich University spin-off company Climeworks is reporting the completion and June 3rd startup of the world's first commercial carbon capture facility in Zurich.

The carbon capture facility incorporates three stacked shipping containers that hold six CO2 sponge-like collectors each. . Fans draw ambient air into and through the collectors until they are fully saturated, while clean, CO2-free air is released back into the atmosphere, a process that takes about three hours. The containers are closed and then heated to 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit), after which the pure CO2 gas is released into containers that can be buried or used for other purposes.

Climeworks sell containers of carbon dioxide gas to a number of key markets, including food and beverage industries, commercial agriculture, the energy sector and the automotive industry. (Source: Climeworks, Digital Journal, 6 June, 2017) Contact: Climeworks, www.climeworks.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Carbon Capture,  


Chinese CCS Project Captures 5.5 Mn Grant Funding (Int'l)
Reform Commission of the Peoples Republic of China
Date: 2017-06-09
The Reform Commission of the Peoples Republic of China (NDRC) reports it has granted $5.5 million to Yanchang Petroleum Group and Evanston, Illinois-based Northwest University to develop a large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration project in Shaanxi province, China.

Carbon-based fuels supply more than 85 pct of China's primary energy needs. Based on 2012 a pilot study, a commercial scale demonstration project could abate 1 million tpy of CO2, which is equivalent to abating annual CO2 emissions from nearly 220,000 cars. The demo project would be the first such CCS project in the PRC.

The Asia Development Bank (ADB) will support technical and front-end engineering design work for the CCS project, including a feasibility study, environmental and social impact assessments, and monitoring. The technical assistance will support a team of experts at the Joint Engineering Research Center at Northwest University in designing a comprehensive strategy to help China promote CCS. (Source: ADB, NDRC, The Financial, 6 June, 2017) Contact: Reform Commission of the Peoples Republic of China, en.ndrc.gov.cn; Asia Dev. Bank, www.adb.org; Northwest University Joint Engineering Research Center, (847) 491-5224, http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Reform Commission of the Peoples Republic of China,  ADB,  


ION Eng. Completes Mongstad Carbon Capture Demo (Ind. Report)
ION Engineering,Technology Center Mongstad
Date: 2017-06-09
Boulder, Colorado-headquartered carbon capture technology specialist ION Engineering is reporting completion of a six-month demonstration of its carbon capture system at the CO2 Technology Center Mongstad (TCM) in Norway. ION's Advanced Liquid Absorption System (ALAS) technology is capable of capturing over 90 pct of CO2 from refinery flue gas and natural gas, with low emissions and energy requirements.

During the TCM test campaign, ION conducted over 150 individual experiments, testing its system on residue fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) gas from Statoil's refinery, which closely resembles the CO2 concentration of the flue gas produced in coal-fired power plants. It also tested on flue gas from TCM's combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which is fueled by natural gas.

ION's proprietary ALAS is comprised of a liquid absorbent, process technology, and the company's newest analytical technology, a Multicomponent Liquid Analyzer, (MLA), which is capable of near-real-time compositional analysis of the liquid absorbent.

To date, ION is the only U.S. company to have successfully tested its capture technology on RFCC gas at TCM. Over $25 million in funding for the tests was provided by the US Dept. of Energy's NETL, with significant in-kind contributions from TCM. (Source: ION Engineering, PR, 7 June, 2017) Contact: ION Engineering, Dr. Buz Brown, CEO, www.ion-engineering.com; Technology Center Mongstad, +47 56 34 52 20, www.tcmda.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ION Engineering,  CCS,  Mongstad ,  


Collie Synfuels Seeks Aussie Coal-to-Diesel Project Funding (Int'l)
Collie Synfuels
Date: 2017-06-09
In the Land Down Under, Collie Synfuels reports it is seeking $1.8 billion in funding from the federal Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) for the construction of two coal-to-diesel fuel plants at about $725 million each.

One plants it proposed near the CarbonNet carbon disposal project in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, and the other near the Collie South West Hub sequestration project in Western Australia. For the plants to be economically viable, the price of oil needs to be approximately $95 per barrel, according to Collie Synfuels. (Source: Collie Synfuels, Australia Financial Review, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Collie Synfuels, Collie Synfuels, director Costa Tsesmelis, MD, +61 (0)8 9446 9057, www.collie-synfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Synfuel,  


Global Clean Energy Offers Algae REIT Update (Ind. Report)
Global Clean Energy,
Date: 2017-06-09
Houston-based Global Clean Energy (GCE) Inc reports that until oil prices rise or conversion costs of feedstock fall, it will focus on the profitable production of algae indoors in the controlled environments of industrial warehouses. To that end, the company plans to purchase a turnkey plant production site and has identified numerous facilities in three southern states which meet size, transportation and water requirements.

GCE plans completing projected production figures, production goals, sales figures and site acquisition costs in the very near future, and will be meeting with its' underwriter to determine the REIT pricing, according to a release. Global Clean Energy plans on becoming the managing general partner and retain 20 pct equity ownership of the REIT. The final size of the offering will be determined based on the speed at which the operation can be built out. (Source: Global Clean Energy Inc., PR, 6 June, 2017) Contact: GLOBAL Clean Energy, INC., Investor Relations, (713) 852-7474, www.globalcleanenergy.net, http://www.altenergymag.com/company_directory/global-clean-energy-inc/5072

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Clean Energy,  Algae,  Biofuel,  


Indian Refinery Planning Bamboo Biofuels Production (Int'l)
Numaligarh Refinery
Date: 2017-06-09
In India, the Arunachal Pradesh Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry is reporting plans to develop a bamboo biofuel refinery, the first of its kind in India, at the Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. (NRL) in Assam.

The Arunachal Pradesh government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with NRL for supplying locally sourced bamboo for feedstock. Three-quarters of Arunachal Pradesh's abundant and fast-growing bamboo resources are presently wasted. (Source: Numaligarh Refinery, Indian Express, Think Change India, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Numaligarh Refinery, www.nrl.co.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bamboo,  Biofuel,  


Giant Reed Leaf Biofuel Feedstock Potential Studied (R&D)
University of Tuscia
Date: 2017-06-09
Researchers at the University of Tuscia in Italy are investigating Giant Reed (Arundo donax) as a potential energy crop for use in biofuels production. The researchers used RNA sequencing to characterize giant reed's leaf transcriptome. The highly productive, fast-growing reed is highly adaptable to marginal land.

The transcriptome was characterized to search for homologous transcripts of genes involved in important metabolic pathways, such as lignin and cellulose biosynthesis. Homologous transcripts of genes involved in stomatal development and those related to stress-associated proteins (SAPs) were also identified.

This study provides the first available leaf transcriptome for giant reed. These data will be highly useful for studying the mechanisms underlying its extreme adaptability. The identification of homologous transcripts of metabolic pathways also offers a platform for genetic improvement. (Source: Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA), 7 June, 2017) Contact: University of Tuscia, +39 0761 3571, http://www.unitus.it

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,  


CEZ Acquires ABO French Wind Farms (Int'l., M&A)
CEZ Group ,ABO Wind
Date: 2017-06-09
In Czechoslovakia, CEZ Group is reporting the acquisition of 9 wind farms from the German developer ABO Wind on undisclosed terms. Located in six regions across France, the 9 onshore wind farms are in an advanced stage of development and have operational support in the form of a feed-in tariff guaranteed for 15 years.

CEZ Group has been active in the wind energy sector in Romania, Germany, Turkey and the Czech Republic, and currently operates more than 700 MW of wind farms in Europe.

ABO Wind has to date developed and connected 616 turbines with a total installed capacity of over 1,300 MW, 286 MW of which is in France. (Source: CEZ Group, June, 2017) Contact: CEZ Group, Tomas Pleskac, Chief Renewable Energy and Distribution Officer, +420 211 041 111, cez@cez.cz, www.cez.cz; ABO Wind, +49 (0)611 267 65-0, kontakt@abo-wind.de, www.abo-wind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CEZ Group ,  ABO Wind,  Wind,  


New Westminster Lauded with FortisBC Efficiency in Action Award (Ind. Report)
FortisBC
Date: 2017-06-09
In British Columbia, the City of New Westminster reports it has earned an Efficiency in Action Award from FortisBC for encouraging rental property owners and managers participation in FortisBC's Rental Apartment Efficiency Program (RAP). The program helps identify opportunities for energy and cost savings through rebate-qualified retrofits to apartment suites.

Since RAP launched late 2015, close to 10 pct of New Westminster's rental apartments have participated, collectively saving over 9,000 gigajoules (GJ) of natural gas, cutting energy consumption by 12 to 27 pct(depending on the building size and level of participation), and cutting CO2 output by more than 500 tonnes. (Source: City of New Westminster, Canadian Free Press Release, 5 June, 2017) Contact: City of New Westminster, Norm Connolly, Community Energy Manager, (604) 527-4572, nconnolly@newwestcity.ca, www.newwestcity.ca; FortisBC, www.fortisbc.com, www.fortisbc.com/commercialawards

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  FortisBC,  


Enviva Forest Conservation Fund Announces Grants (Funding)
Enviva Biomass
Date: 2017-06-09
Enviva Forest Conservation Fund awards 2017 grants The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund recently announced the recipients of its 2017 grants. Established by Enviva Holdings LP and administered by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the Fund is awarding $500,000 to three projects that will help conserve more than 8,000 acres of environmentally sensitive bottomland and wetland forests.

The 2017 Enviva Forest Conservation Fund grant recipients are: $175, 000 to Ducks Unlimited to assist with the acquisition of more than 6,000 acres in Camden County, North Carolina; North Carolina Coastal Land Trust is receiving $200,000 to help acquire 1,000 acres in Bertie County, North Carolina; and the Virginia Department of Forestry willreceive $125,000 to support a conservation easement on more than 1,000 acres in Sussex County, Virginia. (Source: Enviva Holdings LP, June 07, 2017) Contact: Enviva Biomass, www.envivabiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Enviva Biomass,  


Goldman Sachs Plans Woody Biomass Plants in Japan (Int'l)
Goldman Sachs,Japan Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-06-09
Nikkei Asian Review is reporting that Japan Renewable Energy, a solar power company established by Goldman Sachs, plans to build new biomass plants at ten or more locations in Japan by 2020, at an estimated cost of ¥40 billion (€326 million). It is projected that the total power generation capacity of the new facilities will reach 70,000kw.

Construction on the first of the woody biomass plants will begin on 13 June in the city of Kamisu, Ibraki Prefecture, on the site of a former factory. With construction set to finish in April 2019, the 24,400kw facility is expected to generate 200 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year by burning woodchips. (Source: Goldman Sachs, Nikkei Asian Review, June, 2017) Contact: Japan Renewable Energy, www.jre.co.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Goldman Sachs,  


Renaissance BioScience R&D Scores NRDC Support (Funding)
Renaissance BioScience Corp.
Date: 2017-06-09
Vancouver-based Renaissance BioScience Corp. reports it has been awarded a multi-year, non-repayable $500,000 contribution from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program. The funding will support the company's ongoing non-GMO yeast technology R&D and the utilization of advanced technology capable of improving the company's proprietary strain development platform. (Source: Renaissance BioScience Corp., Canadian Biomass, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Renaissance BioScience Corp., (604) 822-6499, www.renaissancebioscience.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Yeast,  


Tenaska, Minnesota Power Ink Wind Nobles 2 PPA (Ind. Report)
Tenaska,Minnesota Power
Date: 2017-06-09
US energy company Tenaska is reporting the signing of a 20-year PPA under which it will supply electricity to Minnesota Power from the 250-MW, Vestas turbine-equipped Nobles 2 wind project.

The 125-turbine wind farm, near Wilmont, is currently under development with construction slated to get underway in the second half of 2018. Commissioning and startup is expected in December 2019. The Nobles 2 project is part of a development portfolio that Tenaska acquired in 2016 from PRC Wind. Minnesota Power, which selected the project following a competitive process, has an option to purchase the wind farm after 10 years of production. (Source: Tanaska, Minnesota Power, RenewablesNow, Others, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Tenaska, (402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com; www.tenaskacapital.com; Minnesota Power, ALLETE, Alan Hodnik, Pres., CEO, Dave McMillan, Exec. VP, (218) 722-2625, www.mnpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Power,  Tenaska,  Wind,  


Economists Call for $100 Carbon Tax by 2030 (Int'l Report)
Carbon Tax,Carbon Price
Date: 2017-06-07
In a recently published report, Nobel Laureate and Columbia University Porf. Joseph Stiglitz and former World Bank chief economist Lord Nicholas Stern, meeting in Berlin, have suggested that carbon dioxide should be taxed at $40-$80 per ton by 2020 and be ramped up to $100 per metric ton or more by 2030 to help fight global warming. In the EU, carbon prices are presently slightly under $6 per ton.

According to the economists, the high price and price certainty would give businesses and governments an incentive to lower emissions even when fossil fuels are relatively inexpensive. They also suggest that poor countries could aim for a lower tax since their economies are more vulnerable.

On March 15, 2017 we quoted Lord Stern: "The basic scientific conclusions on climate change are very robust and for good reason. The greenhouse effect is simple science: greenhouse gases trap heat, and humans are emitting ever more greenhouse gases." (Source: AFP, Various Media, June, 207) Contact: Lord Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics, +44 (0) 20 7955-7871; n.stern@lse.ac.uk, www.lse.ac.uk; Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University, (212) 854-1481,jes322@columbia.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Lord Nicholas Stern,  


Notable Quote
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-06-07
"Specific carbon price (tax) levels will need to be tailored to country conditions and policy choices. Carbon pricing makes sense in all but low-income countries, which may be more challenged to protect the people vulnerable to the initial economic impacts, may decide to start pricing carbon at a lower level and gradually increase over time." -- Professor Harald Winkler, University of Cape Town, www.acdi.uct.ac.za/associates/professor-harald-winkler

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


ADB Supports Renewable Energy in South Pacific (Int'l)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2017-06-07
According to the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Pacific Energy Update 2017Report, the ADB is partnering with governments, communities, and the private sector to help improve and support the availability of clean and affordable sustainable power in the Pacific region -- the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia , the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

According to the report, ADB is helping to improve regional energy systems by: promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy; maximizing access to energy; and promoting energy sector reform, capacity building, and effective governance.

The report also provides a summary of existing operations and regional initiatives as well as the impacts of ADB-supported energy initiatives completed in 2016 and ongoing in 2017. (Source: Asian Development Bank, Pacifik, 5 June, 2017) Contact: ADB, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist, www.adb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energfy,  Renewable Energy,  


Columbia Utility Developing Commercial Accounts Energy Efficiency Incentives Program (Ind. Report)
Columbia Water & Light
Date: 2017-06-07
In the Show Me State, the city of Columbia Water and Light utility reports it is developing an incentive program to encourage commercial and industrial customers to make energy efficiency improvements.

The utility, which has money each year for incentive programs including a lighting rebate and HVAC rebate, would not require additional funding from the city for the new program.

The Water and Light Advisory Board has approved further development of the new incentives program which is still in its conceptual stage. (Source: Columbia Water & Light, Columbia Tribune, 4 June, 2017) Contact: Columbia Water & Light, Tina Worley, Utility Services Manager, John Wulff, Key Accounts Energy Management, (573) 874-7325, www.como.gov/WaterandLight

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Eficiency Incentive,  


SEER Selling Subsidiary to New Seneca Partners (M&A)
Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources,New Seneca Partners
Date: 2017-06-07
Golden, Colorado-headquartered renewable fuels and industrial waste stream management services provider Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources, Inc. (SEER), reports it has entered into a LoI for the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary, Tactical Cleaning Company, to an affiliate of New Seneca Partners for a total possible purchase price of $5.0 million. An initial $2.4 million will be paid at closing and the balance will be paid over three years, subject to performance . The deal is expected to close within 35 days, subject to the negotiation of definitive agreements and other customary conditions.

According to the company, SEER identifies, secures, and commercializes patented and proprietary environmental clean technologies in several multibillion dollar sectors (including oil & gas, renewable fuels, and all types of waste management, both solid and gaseous . The company four wholly-owned operating subsidiaries: REGS, LLC; Tactical Cleaning Company, LLC; MV Technologies, LLC and SEER Environmental Materials, LLC; and two majority-owned subsidiaries -- Paragon Waste Solutions, LLC; and ReaCH4biogas . (Source: SEER, PR, 6 June, 2017) Contact: SEER, John Combs, (720) 460-3522, www.seer-corp.com; New Seneca Partners, www.senecapartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources,  


Idaho Sorghum, Biogas Plant Wins Local Dev. Approval (Ind. Report)
Treasure Valley Renewables
Date: 2017-06-07
In Parma Idaho, Treasure Valley Renewables has been given the green light by the Canyon County Planning and Zoning Commission Monday to move forward on a proposed sorghum and biogas facility near Parma. The project is awaiting state regulatory and environmental approvals.

The company plans to build a complex of three limited liability companies including Boise Biogas which will operate anaerobic methane gas digesters to produce biogas and byproducts that will result in fertilizer, compost and livestock bedding. DualFuel Technology will clean and compress the biogas so it can be delivered through a pipeline for retail sale, but the gas will not be stored on site. Another company, Bio Ag Resources will use sorghum fiber in a pulping process to make fiber-molded plates, bowls and other products. (Source: Treasure Valley Renewables, Idaho Press Tribune, 5 June, 2017) Contact: Treasure Valley Renewables, Neill Goodfellow, VP, 804 Nw 24th St B, Fruitland, ID, 83619, USA

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sorghum news,  Biogas news,  anaerobic digestion news,  Methane news,  


SunPower Solar Helps Mass. Schools Cut Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
SunPower
Date: 2017-06-07
The Bay State, which is among the top U.S. states for the most solar capacity, adding 6.9 MW of solar bringing the state's total installed and operating solar capacity to 1,487 MW. Solect Energy and Green Street -- members of SunPower's national dealer network -- will installthe additional 6.9 MW of solar energy with the installation of high-efficiency SunPower® solar systems at 10 Massachusetts schools.

In Easton, Solect Energy has constructed a 2.8-MW SunPower solar carport system at Stonehill College. The college will buy electricity generated by the system at a competitive rate under a power purchase agreement (PPA) arranged by SunPower which requires no upfront investment.

In Bridgewater, Green Street has developed a 4.1-MW SunPower® Helix™ Roof system at Ajax United Drive, LLC. Green Street will own the offsite solar power system and renewable energy credits while Attleboro Public Schools will purchase the power through a 20-year PPA. Energy from the system is expected to meet about 75 pct of electricity needs for five elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.

SunPower solar technology has also helped a number of Massachusetts schools save on energy costs, including Cape Cod Community College, Clark University, Edgerly School, Harvard University, and University of Massachusetts Lowell. (Source: SunPower Corp., PR, Stockhouse, June, 2017) Contact: Solect Energy , www.solect.com; SunPower, Nam Nguyen, Exec. VP, www.sunpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  Solar,  


Minnesota Stays the Climate Change Course (Ind. Report)
Minnesto
Date: 2017-06-07
Last week in Saint Paul, Minnesota officials said irregardless of the Trump administration's controversial withdrawal from the Paris Climate agreement, the state will stick with its 2007 Next Generation Energy Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will look to local communities to tackle climate change.

The Paris targets are actually less ambitious than those in the 2007 Next Generation Energy Act which calls for a 30 pct reduction by 2025, and 80 pct by 2050. Since 2007, Minnesota has required utilities to increase their use of alternative energy sources and has tracked greenhouse gas reductions by sectors.

2007 Next Generation Energy Act, http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=861895ac-f2eb-4489-a922-231b94a57a64. (Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, Various Others, 2 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  GHGs,  Paris Climate Accord,  


GBCI Canada Green Building Resource Launched (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council, Green Business Certification Inc.
Date: 2017-06-07
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and U.S.-headquartered Green Business Certification Inc. are reporting a new JV to be known as Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI Canada). GBCI Canada will deliver enhanced services, credentialing, certification and verification for green business programs and tools such as LEED v4, WELL, SITES, PEER, Parksmart, Zero Waste and GRESB in Canada.

GBCI Canada is expected to begin delivering LEED v4 and all other GBCI rating systems via LEED Online and Arc during early 2018. It will use Canadian staff for support.

On Monday, CaGBC announced the Zero Carbon Building Standard for Canada and will continue to deliver and support this program, which aims to both eliminate carbon from buildings and promote the creation of more renewable energy in these structures. (Source: CaGBC, PR, June, 2017) Contact: Green Business Certification Inc., (202) 828-1145, www.gbci.org; CaGBC, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  Green Building,  LEED Certification,  ,  


Indian Cellulosic Ethanol Technology Touted (New Prod & Tech)
P.K. Sinha Centre for Bioenergy
Date: 2017-06-07
In India, the Indian Institute of Technology's P.K. Sinha Centre for Bioenergy, Kharagpur, reports the development of a patent-pending "soil-to-soil" enzymes technology for cellulosic biofuel production. The enzymes process is reportedly pollution-free, faster and less costly than chemical pre-treatment processes. (Source: P.K. Sinha Centre for Bioenergy, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, June, 2017) Contact: P.K. Sinha Centre for Bioenergy, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Prof. Rintu Banerjee, Director, +91 3222 283104, rb@agfe.iitkgp.ernet.in, www1.iitkgp.ac.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enzymes,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


Nevada Passes Solar Energy Incentive Legislation (Reg & Leg)
Nevada,Solar
Date: 2017-06-07
The office of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is reporting the signing of SB 145 which establishes the Solar Energy Systems Incentive Program that will encourage the installation of solar energy and storage systems.

SB145 requires the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) beginning on January 1 and ending in December 2023, to authorize the payment of incentives of up to $2 million per year for the installation of solar energy systems and distributed generation systems at locations that benefit low-income customers. The bill also requires creation of a Legislative Committee on Energy, and directs it to conduct an interim study analyzing the development of renewable energy, viability, expansion and implementation of energy efficiency programs. The bill also directs the new committee to analyze the viability of establishing green banks and similar entities to help finance the use and harnessing of clean energy projects in this State, for commercial and residential properties.

The governor also signed Senate Bill 204, which was recommended by the Governor's New Energy Industry Task Force and requires the PUC to determine if it is in the public interest for utilities to purchase energy storage. The act becomes effective on July 1, 2017 and the PUC must make its determination by October 1, 2018. (Source: Office of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, PV Mag, Others, June, 2017) Contact: Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, gov.nv.gov/Contact/Email-the-Governor

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Incentive,  Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Storage,  


NY Invests $1.5bn in Solar, Wind Workforce Training (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA,Wind,Solar,NYPA
Date: 2017-06-07
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) reports it a new initiative to help create 40,000 clean energy jobs by 2020. The $1.5 billion Clean Climate Careers scheme marks the largest clean energy procurement by a state in US history, representing an additional 2.5 million MWh of electricity a year. The initiative aims to grow the Empire State's emerging clean economy and prepare the workforce for long term careers in the sector.

In partnership with the ILR School's Worker Institute at Cornell University and Climate Jobs NY, the scheme will significantly expand energy efficiency and solar installations at public buildings, with a particular focus on wind and solar.

Additionally, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) is partnering with a consortium of banks to help municipalities finance energy efficiency and solar projects and plans to install more than 125MW of solar capacity in schools and other public buildings by 2020. (Source: NYSERDA, NYPA, Energy Live News, Others, 5 June, 2017) Contact: NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; NYPA, (914) 681-8186, paul.demichele@nypa.gov, www.nypa.gov

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Edmonton Launches Building Energy Benchmarking Pilot (Ind. Report)
City of Edmonton
Date: 2017-06-07
On the Canadian prairies, the city of Edmonton, Alberta reports it has kicked-off a voluntary Large Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure energy benchmarking program. The three-year pilot will track the energy efficiency of 300 buildings larger than 20,000 square feet. There are an estimated 4,500 buildings of this size in Edmonton.

In exchange for providing the program with building information, owners will be offered financial and non-financial incentives such as tenant information workshops, awards recognition and a rebate of up to $1,500 for each building that undergoes commercial energy audits. They will also be advised of Energy Efficiency Alberta programs for which they may qualify. The city will use the information gathered to set future benchmarks for building owners and develop strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The city has committed 20 of its own building to the program, including City Hall. (Source: City of Edmonton, Edmonton Journal, 5 June, 2017) Contact: City of Edmonton, Lisa Dockman, Snr. Environmental Project Manager, (780) 442-5311, www.edmonton.ca

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Lockheed Martin Selected for Fed. ESPC Energy Efficiency Contracts (Ind. Report)
Lockheed Martin
Date: 2017-06-07
Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered security and aeaorspace giant Lockheed Martin reports it has been selected for a DOE contract to improve energy and water efficiency at federal facilities.

Lockheed Martin is one of 21 companies selected to implement Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) designed to create federal infrastructure improvements and energy savings. The individual projects are part of an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract shared across all contractors, and with a base period of five years with one 18-month extension option.

Under previously awarded contracts, Lockheed Martin Energy has implemented and is developing numerous innovative projects, including an energy retrofit of the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua that delivers savings of more than 50 percent in energy use and cost.

Lockheed Martin Energy is a line of business within Lockheed Martin that delivers comprehensive solutions across the energy industry to include demand response solutions, energy efficiency, energy storage, nuclear systems, tidal energy technologies and waste-to-energy generation. (Source: Lockheed Martin, PR, 5 June, 2017) Contact: Lockheed Martin, said Bobbie Griffin, Federal Energy Solutions Programs Manager, www.lockheedmartin.com/energy

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ESG Awarded DOE IDIQ for Fed. Energy Savings Contracts (Ind. Report)
Energy Systems Group
Date: 2017-06-07
Newburgh, Indiana-headquartered energy services provider Energy Systems Group (ESG) reports it has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for federal Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) by the U.S. DOE. ESG is one of 21 companies awarded the $55 billion IDIQ contract to develop new energy and water savings projects for federal facilities.

The new IDIQ contract, which has a base period of five years and one 18-month extension period, has a ceiling amount of $55 billion will be shared by all contract holders.

ESG is a longstanding DOE ESPC IDIQ contractor, developing numerous projects including the first ever CHP facility for NASA and a $70.3 million ESPC, project at Naval Base Coronado's Naval Air Station North Island. (Source: Energy Systems Group, PR, 5 June, 2017) Contact: Energy Systems Group, Steve Spanbauer, Snr. VP, Meram El Ramahi, Director of Marketing(812)492-3734, www.energysystemsgroup.com

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DOE Seeks Biomass R&D Advisory Committee Nominees (Ind. Report)
DOE EERE
Date: 2017-06-07
The US is seeking nominees to to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Technical Advisory Committee. The committee meets quarterly to advise DOE and USDA Biomass R&D Initiative on priority technical biomass R&D needs and to make written recommendations to the Biomass R&D Board.

The next Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee meeting, which is open to the public, will take place June 15-16, 2017, in Washington, D.C. and will focus on developing advice and guidance that promotes R&D leading to the production of bio-based fuels and products.

Stakeholders interested in attending the meeting and/or presenting oral comments should contact Dr. Mark Elless Mark.Elless@EE.Doe.Gov and Roy Tiley rtiley@bcs-hq.com. Additional information is available HERE. (Source: DOE EERE, 5 June, 2017) Contact: DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

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$9Mn Inter-Agency Biomass R&D Funding Available (R&D, Funding)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Date: 2017-06-07
In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), report the availability of up to $9 million in funding through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) to support development of sustainable sources of renewable biomass, increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products.

Applicants will be permitted to address any or all of the following three legislatively mandated technical areas: feedstocks development; biofuels and biobased products development; biofuels development analysis.

In support of these goals, NIFA and DOE are soliciting applications from all interested parties, including for-profit entities, universities, nonprofits, and national laboratories. For FY 2017, DOE anticipates funding 1 to 6 awards, and NIFA anticipates funding 3 to 14 awards ranging from $500,000 to $2 million per award.

Details are available at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Exchange under reference number DE-FOA-0001637. Concept papers are due by July 7th, 2017 and full applications are due by September 22nd, 2017. (Source: US DOE, 5 June, 2017) Contact: US DOE, (202) 586-5000, https://energy.gov; BRDI, https://biomassboard.gov/initiative/initiative.html; National Institute of Food and Agriculture, https://nifa.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Institute of Food and Agriculture,  Biomass,  USDA,  ,  


Bioenergy S.A Announces First Commercial Ethanol Deal (Int'l)
Bioenergy S.A.,Terpel
Date: 2017-06-07
In Colombian, Bioenergy S.A. reports it will begin selling ethanol to Bogota-based oil and gas wholesale distributor Terpel in a move that marks the beginning of the commercialization phase of its business. The initial order is for 110,000 liters.

Bioenergy S.A., which operates from its 504,000 lpd plant in Puerto Lopez in the department of Meta, has produced a total of 800,000 liters to date and is seeking agreements with other wholesalers, according to the company. (Source: Bioenergy S.A, Finance Columbia, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Bioenergy S.A., Rafael Pittaluga, GM, +578 6612432, www.bioenergy.com.co; Terpel, www.terpel.com

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Invenergy Touts Clean Energy Venture-Cap Fund (Ind. Report)
Invenergy, Invenergy Future Fund
Date: 2017-06-07
In the Windy City, Invenergy, the country's largest independent wind power producer, is reporting the launch of the Invenergy Future Fund, a venture-capital fund that will invest in digital startups focused on clean power reliability. The aim is to fill a financing void that has historically plagued early-stage clean-energy firms. (Source: Invenergy, Invenergy Future Fund, Crains, 31 May, 2017) Contact: Invenergy Future Fund, Amy Francetic, CEO, www.invenergyfuturefund.com; Invenergy, (312) 224-1400, http://invenergyllc.com

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GE, Mainstream Launch Vietnamese Wind Partnership (Int'l)
Mainstream Renewable Power, GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-06-07
Further to our November 9, 2016 coverage, Mainstream Renewable Power, GE Renewable Energy and Vietnamese partner Phu Cuong Group are reporting a joint venture to develop a $2 billion, 800MW wind energy project in southern Vietnam. Upon completion, the Phu Cuong project will Vietnam's largest wind site.

The first 150-200MW phase is expected to reach financial close in 2018. GE will supply turbines to both phases of the project. (Source: Mainstream Renewable Power, GE Renewable Energy, Windpower Monthly, Other Media, 1 June, 2017) Contact: Mainstream Renewable Power, Andy Kinsella, CEO, +353 (0) 1 290 2000, www.mainstreamrp.com; GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, President and CEO, Onshore Wind, www.ge-energy.com

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402MW Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm Completed (Int'l Report)
Highland Group, Siemens Financial Services
Date: 2017-06-07
Construction has been completed on the 402-MW Veja Mate offshore wind farm situated 95km from Borkum island in the German North Sea with all 67 of the project’s SWT-6.0-154 turbines installed and generating electric power. The project will generate approximately 1,6TWh of electricity per annum

The €1.9 billion project is owned by the Highland Group, Siemens Financial Services and a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. (Source: Veja Mate Offshore, ERB, 1 June, 2017) Contact: Veja Mate Wind Farm, Henrik Scheinemann, CEO, +49 40 2576 7490,info@vejamate.de, www.vejamate.net

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Siemens Release Comments on Trump's Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Siemens
Date: 2017-06-07
"Siemens has committed to cut our global carbon footprint in half by 2020 and to make our global operations carbon neutral by 2030. This commitment is not contingent on international treaties or regulations.

"Siemens supports the Paris Climate Accord signed by 194 countries as it is an important element in enabling and encouraging governments, other businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to tackle climate change. Siemens is disappointed by President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.

"Along with other major corporations from around the globe, Siemens understands that taking action to address the causes of climate change is not only prudent, but also makes economic sense. Siemens' $110 million investment targeting our facilities will pay for itself in just five years and generate at least $20 million in annual savings thereafter.

"The company recognizes that an increased push for energy efficiency, renewable energy technology and electric mobility, along with the growing digitalization movement and carbon pricing, will speed up a carbon-free future, supporting the growth of a global middle class as well as prosperity for developing countries and increased resilience of economies." -- Siemens, Public Release, June 6, 2016

Siemens is a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. In infrastructure and industry solutions the company plays a pioneering role. Contact: Siemens, www.siemens.com

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Coal Comments on Trump's Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Coal Council
Date: 2017-06-07
The American Coal Council (ACC) has released the following a comment on President Trump's recent announcement to pull out of the Paris Agreement: "The President (Trump) made clear that the American people, the economy and jobs -- including coal jobs -- are his top priorities. The Paris accord would put America at a competitive disadvantage and our nation's abundant energy resources under lock and key. He reiterated continuing plans to reduce job-killing regulations and bring jobs, plants and factories back.

"America is an environmental leader and the administration's decision does not diminish that. Technology and innovation have resulted in tremendous air quality improvements, including from our nation's coal-fired power plants. More than 90 pct of the existing coal fleet is equipped with advanced emissions controls. For new coal plants, the use of HELE technologies -- high efficiency, low emissions -- reduces both conventional and CO2 emissions. Emissions reductions globally will be furthered by the continued development and deployment of these clean energy technologies."

According to the ACC website, the ACC represents the collective interests of the American coal industry -- from the hole-in-the-ground to the plug-in-the-wall -- in advocating for coal as an economic, abundant and environmentally sound fuel source. ACC serves as an essential resource for industry, policy makers and public interest groups. The Association supports activities and objectives that advance coal supply, consumption, transportation and trading. (Source: American Coal Council, PR, World Coal, 5 June, 2017) Contact: American Coal Council, (202) 756-4540, www.americancoalcouncil.org

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Dutch Wind+Energy Storage Facility Now Online (Int'l. Report)
Scholt Energy Services
Date: 2017-06-07
In the Netherlands, Almere-based Alfen B.V. reports its 1 MWh wind power and battery storage solution at the 9 MW, three-turbine Giessenwind wind farm in the town of Giessenburg is now online and being operated by Scholt Energy Services.

Scholt supplies power to businesses in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany and plans to initially use the Giessenwind facility storage system for energy trading while looking at other additional locations and applications. The company is also working on projects to connect its energy storage system directly to renewable energy sources. (Source: ALfen B.V., Sulzer Management, Power Engineering, 1 June, 2017) Contact: Alfen B.V., Andreas Plenk, Global Energy Storage System Sales, +31 36 549 3400, www.alfen.com/en

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Tata Power Solar Doubles Revenue (Int'l Report)
Tata Power Solar
Date: 2017-06-05
Further to our March 13th coverage, Mumbai-based Tata Power subsidiary Tata Power Solar, formerly known as Tata BP Solar, reports its revenues have more than doubled in the last two years. Earlier this year, Tata Power Solar doubled its cell and module manufacturing capacity from 200 MW to 400 MW,at its facility in Bengaluru. Additionally, Tata Power Solar has to date completed more than 330 MW of ground-mount utility scale and 140 MW of rooftop and distributed generation projects Indiawide.

Tata Power previously announced that its renewable business had surpassed 2,000-MW operating capacity with another 500 MW being under construction. The company added 1,350 MW of renewable capacity during the year.

Tata Power Solar manufactures solar cells and modules and provides engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to solar projects’ owners and developers. (Source: Tata Power, Hindu Business Line, 29 May. 2017) Contact: Tata Power Solar, www.tatapowersolar.com

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Hybrid Flywheel Battery Energy Storage Project Slated for Univ. of Sheffield, UK (Int'l Report)
University of Sheffield, Schwungrad Energie, Adaptive Balancing Power
Date: 2017-06-05
The University of Sheffield is reporting that the UK's first, and Europe's largest, battery flywheel hybrid system will be connected to the Irish and UK grids to help respond to energy demand. The €4 million project is aimed at stabilizing pressure on the existing grid infrastructure in Europe. €2.9 million of the funding is coming from the EU's Horizon2020 scheme.

In the first stage of the project, the flywheel facility will be installed and piloted by Schwungrad Energie Limited at the University of Sheffield's 2MW battery facility at Willenhall near Wolverhampton. The flywheel system will be capable of a peak power of 500kW and able to store 10kWh of energy.

The University of Sheffield is an expert hub for energy storage research in the UK and home to the leading Centre for Research into Electrical Energy Storage & Applications (CREESA). (Source: University of Sheffield, 2 June, 2017) Contact: University of Sheffield, Dr Dan Gladwin, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, www.sheffield.ac.uk/eee/staff/d_gladwin; Energy 2050, www.energy2050.ac.uk

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Forward Labs Touts Fast, Economical Solar Roofs (Ind. Report)
Forward Labs,Tesla Solar
Date: 2017-06-05
Palo Alto, California-based startup Forward Labs reports that its solar roof technology is 33 pct less expensive and more quickly installed than Tesla's individual shingle design solar roof. The roof's non-solar portions cost only $8.50 per square foot and the solar roof will cost about $3.25 per watt -- 33 pct less than Tesla's offering on average.

Forward Labs's solar roof is a standing-seam metal roof topped by a large piece of tempered glass beneath which sits an "optimal chromatic cloaking" layer.

The company is targeting homeowners looking to replace their roof or looking to design and build a new home, as well as new-construction professionals. The system goes beyond design. An average installation takes two to three days, according to the company. Multiple beta installations are already in operation, and Forward Labs is taking preorders for its first production roofs in 2018. (Source: Forward Labs, Tech Times, May, 2017) Contact: Forward Labs, Zack Taylor, CEO, (800) 408-3698, www.forwardsolarroofing.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar,  Forward Labs,  Solar,  Tesla Solar,  


Notable Quotes and Responses to Trump's Paris Climate Withdrawal

Date: 2017-06-05
"Today's decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.'s leadership position in the world. -- Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein

"The ($15 million Bloomberg Philanthropies) pledge aims to fill a significant funding gap that comes as a result of President Donald Trump's announced withdrawal from the Paris agreement and proposed steep budget cuts for international programs, including on climate," -- Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Bloomberg's $15 million pledge aims to "support the operations" of the United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN agency that coordinates the Paris pact.

"Protecting our planet and driving economic growth are critical to our future, and they aren't mutually exclusive. I deeply disagree with the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement." -- Bob Iger, CEO, Disney

"Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world," -- Elon Musk, CEP, Tesla Motors

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Donald Trump,  

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ECO Energy Installing Trina PV System on Biodome Project (Int'l)
ECO Energy Tech Asia
Date: 2017-06-05
Kowloon, Hong Kong[headquarered ECO Energy Tech Asia reports it will install Trina Solar's new photovoltaic power generation system in its new Biodome project in China. The photovoltaic system will be used for heating, cooling, dimming, shading and fully supply the Biodome with energy. The Trina system's rooftop system utilizes translucent amorphous silicon thin film solar panels. that as the roof of the Biodome. (Source: ECO Energy Tech, PR, 30 May, 2017) Contact: ECO Energy Tech Asia: www.ecoenergytechasia.com; Trina Solar, Investor Relations, +86 519-8517-6878, ir@trinasolar.com, www.trinasolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ECO Energy Tech,  Trina Solar,  PV,  Rooftop Solar,  


Imec Intros PV Energy Yield Simulation Software (New Prod & Tech)
Imec , EnergyVille
Date: 2017-06-05
Further to our Sept. 28, 2016 coverage, Imec is reporting the launch of new PV energy yield simulation software that combines optical, thermal and electrical parameters to provide detailed insight on thermal gradients in the solar module. The software model integrates the effect of these gradients, resulting in better accuracy than commercially available software packages. It can also be used to make a rapid assessment of material and technology changes at the cell and module level and their influence on the leveled cost-of-electricity (LCOE). (Source: Imec, PV Tech, 30 May, 2017)Contact: Imec, , +32 16 28 12 11, www2.imec.be

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Russian Renewables Auction Draws 450 MW Wind Project (Int'l)
Russian Association of Wind Power Industry
Date: 2017-06-05
In Moscow, the Russian Association of Wind Power Industry (RAWI) reports that Russia's 1,900 MW renewables auction for projects to enter operation in the next five years attracted 450 MW of wind power capacity in its first day of applications submissions.

Russian local-content rules allow renewables projects to only be installed if 40 pct of the equipment is manufactured locally. The percentage risies to 65 pct in 2018. But, since there are no domestic wind turbine manufacturers in the country, regulators have approved at least two potential original equipment manufacturers to provide turbines. (Source: Russian Association of Wind Power Industry, Kallanish Energy , 31 May, 2017) Contact: Russian Association of Wind Power Industry , www,rawi.ru

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