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Renovate America's HERO Program Expands in California (Ind. Report)
Renovate America,PACE
Date: 2017-10-30
According to Renovate America, an additional 15,000 homes across California now have access to HERO energy-efficient financing which is now available to homeowners in unincorporated areas of Tulare, Mendocino, Siskiyou, Amador and Glenn Counties and in the cities of Santa Rosa, Cupertino, Marysville and Shasta Lake.

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing platform HERO empowers property owners to make residential energy, efficiency and water conservation improvements and pay for them over time through an additional, voluntary line item on their property taxes. Renovate America administers the PACE HERO program. (Source: Renovate America, Remodeling, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: Renovate America, Blair McNeill, VP Market Dev.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  HERO,  Renovate America,  Energy Efficiency,  

Manitoba Releases Provincial Carbon Tax Scheme (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-10-30
On the Canadian prairies, the Manitoba government reports the release of its "Made in Manitoba" plan to fight climate change, saying the federal government's target for a carbon price would "impose an intolerable financial burden on Manitoba families and businesses." The Manitoba plan sets a carbon price of $25 per tonne -- half the federal government's target of $50 per tonne by 2022.

The federal government of Justin Truseau (Lib) has demanded that provinces establish a carbon tax that would start at $10 a tonne next year and rise to $50 a tonne by 2022. Manitoba claims its $25 per ton tax is fairer, will remain consistent, and "will achieve more than twice as many emissions reductions as the federal carbon tax." Cumulative emissions are projected to drop by more than one megatonne over the next five years under the Manitoba plan -- 80,000 tonnes more than with the federal carbon tax, according to the Manitoba plan. (Source: Gov. of Manitoba, CBC, 27 Oct., 2017)

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

DONG Commits to 100 pct Danish Woody-Biomass by 2023 (Int'l)
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-10-30
In Denmark, DONG Energy reports its 1951 vintage coal-burning Skaerbaek Power Station Skaerbaek Power Station has been given a new and greener life, which will benefit residents in the Danish Triangle Region and contribute to the country’s green transformation.

The Skaerbaek Power Station was converted from coal burning to burn gas in 1997 and has now been converted to using locally-sourced wood waste from sustainable forestry. The switch from gas to woody biomass chips is expected to cut the facility’s carbon emissions by about 250,000 tpy.

The company plans to switch all of its power generation facilities from coal to woody biomass by 2023. (Source: DONG Energy, 27 Oct., 2017) Executive Vice President and CEO of Bioenergy & Thermal Power, Thomas Dalsgaard.

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

World Bank
Date: 2017-10-30

Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Report Launched (Ind. Report)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2017-10-30
In London, the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a voluntary, CEO-led initiative comprised of ten oil and gas companies that pool expert knowledge and collaborate on action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has announced the release of its third Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Report and its first three investments to advance its commitments to spur the growth of low carbon technologies.

The billion-dollar OGCI Climate Investments fund was established in 2016 to invest in technologies and business models with the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

OGCI is partnering with United Nations Environment and the Environmental Defense Fund to provide financial and technical backing for the world's first global methane study to fill gaps in the identification and quantification of global methane emissions. OGCI is also working with Imperial College London on research provide a more accurate picture of total greenhouse gas emissions across the natural gas value chain and to identify emission "hot spots."

Download the full OGCI A Catalyst for Change report HERE. (Source: Oil & Gas Climate Initiative, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: OGCI, Pratima Rangarajan, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative ,  

Algoma Algal Biotech, MKU Ink Micro-Algae Biofuel MoU (Int'l)
Madurai Kamaraj University,Algoma Algal Biotechnology
Date: 2017-10-30
India's Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) reports the signing of a MoA with University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh research spin-out Algoma Algal Biotechnology LLC (Algoma) for a mutual transfer of knowledge and technology in the field of producing bio-fuel from micro-algae.

According to MKU, Toivo Kallas, a Distinguished Professor of Microbial Genetics and Biotechnology at UWO and the CEO of Agoma, whose research include photosynthetic energy conversion reactions and environmental responses of cyanobacteria and micro-algae, took interest in the research work led by P. Varalakshmi, an Assistant Professor with Department of Molecular Biology in MKU. Varalakshmi and her research team identified various micro-algae strains which have shown potential as feedstock for the production of biofuel.

Algoma is seeking a collaboration on the possibility of using genetic engineering and other techniques to improve the efficiency of energy conversion by the strains of micro-algae identified by MKU researchers and to advance commercialized production of bio-fuel from micro-algae. (Source: Madurai Kamaraj University, PR, 29 Oct., 2017) Contact: MKU, +91 452 245 8471,; Algoma Algal Biotechnology,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algoma Algal Biotechnology,  Micro-Algae,  Algal Biofuel,  

Pismo Beach Expects Major Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-10-30
The City of Pismo Beach, California reports it is proceeding with an energy efficiency initiative which city officials say will save them hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in energy costs. The initiative includes the installation of 700 KW of solar panels on select city buildings, energy efficiency upgrades at all city facilities, air conditioning, heating, lighting, and changing the city's vehicle fleet to EVs and other energy efficient vehicles.

The project costs $5 million, with $4.2 million for the solar panels financed through federal government clean renewable energy bonds. The immediate electricity savings will be used to pay for the loan, and the city expects to be cash positive immediately. Over the 30-year life of the new project the city expects to save more than $5 million in energy costs. (Source: City of Pismo Beach, KSBY, 26 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of Pismo Beach, Jim Lewis, City Manager, (805) 773-7007,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

CARB Touts New UC Riverside Emissions Testing HQ (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2017-10-30
In the Golden State, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports the groundbreaking of its $419 million joint southern California headquarters and research and testing facility that will also be the board's Southern California headquarters at University of California Riverside.

The 380,000-square-foot "state-of-the-Art" facility will be certified LEED Platinum, as well as the nation's single largest net-zero energy structure, according to CARB. Construction is slated to get underway in February. (Source: UC Riverside, California ARB, UCR Today, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: UC Riverside, Richard Chang, (951) 827-5893,; CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  UC Riverside,  

Date: 2017-10-29
California Air Resources Board Breaks Ground on Facility at UCR UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony for the California Air Resources Board’s test and research facility. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) broke ground Friday on a key $419 million research and testing facility that will also be the board’s Southern California headquarters.

The Air Resources Board played an instrumental role in uncovering the emissions defeat device installed by German car manufacturer Volkswagen on some of its vehicles, resulting in a worldwide scandal. The 380,000-square-foot square facility has been billed as state-of-the-art and will be certified LEED Platinum, considered the highest level of energy efficiency for building standards. The building will also be the nation’s single largest net-zero energy structure, according to CARB, which means it will produce as much energy as it uses. Solar panels on the rooftop and over the parking lot will supply at least 3.5 megawatts of electricity. Construction at the site is slated to begin in February. (Source: UC Riverside, California ARB, UCR Today, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: UC Riverside, Richard Chang, (951) 827-5893,

SEER, Biochar Now Announce Service Contract (Ind. Report)
SEER, Biochar Now
Date: 2017-10-27
Golden, Colorado-based renewable fuels and industrial waste stream management services provider Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources, Inc. (SEER) is reporting a partnership with Biochar Now, (BCN) a leading engineer and manufacturer of high-quality biochar. As a part of this new partnership, REGS, a wholly owned subsidiary of SEER, has received exclusive rights to perform all fabrication, manufacturing and environmental/remediation services required by BCN on all its water and soil clean up, reclamation or enhancement projects.

As part of the partnership, SEER made a $300,000 loan to BCN. (Source: SEER, PR, 26 Oct., 2017) Contact: SEER, John Combs, CEO, Pres., (720) 460-3522,; Biochar Now, James Gaspard, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SEER,  Biochar Now,  Biochar,  Renewable Fuel,  

Greensoil Increases Investment in SensorSuite (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-27
Toronto-headquartered building energy monitoring and saving solutions specialist SensorSuite, Inc. is reporting the closure of an unspecified investment from the Greensoil Building Innovation Fund. The funds will be used to expand and accelerate the deployment of its platform.

SensorSuite develops real-time building intelligence cloud platforms for reducing operational risks and improving the efficiency of buildings. The company creates solutions using sensors, cloud analytics, building controls, and software interfaces to reduce energy costs and increase occupant comfort. (Source: SensorSuite, PR, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: SensorSuite, Robert Platek, CEO, (855) 773-6767,; Greensoil Investments, Jamie James, MD,,

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

German Biogas Plants on the Rise (Int'l Report)
German Biogas Association
Date: 2017-10-27
According to the German Biogas Association, 205 new biogas plants were brought onto the German grid in 2016 preventing up to 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

For this year 2017, the Biogas Association is predicting a slight decrease in plant construction in Germany. Approximately 143 plants are expected, 130 of which are small manure plants. After subtracting the plants that were shut down, the association expects a net expansion of 137 new plants. In the existing plants, flexibility is increasing again, resulting in a predicted expansion in capacity of about 249 MW. Together with the new plants, this yields new installed capacity of 260 MW. (Source: German Biogas Association, GasWorld, Oct., 2017) Contact: German Biogas Association,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  

CDP Touts Carbon "A List" -- List Attached (Ind. Report)
CDP,Carbon Disclosure Project
Date: 2017-10-27
CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international non-profit that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts.

Thousands of companies submit annual climate disclosures to CDP for independent assessment against its scoring methodology. The Climate A List is released alongside the Water A List and Forests A List. This is the first year that CDP has announced company scores across all three areas simultaneously, reflecting a holistic approach to corporate sustainability.

The CDP A List focuses on investors, companies and cities taking urgent action to build a sustainable economy by measuring and understanding their environmental impact. To achieve this, CDP runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts, and has built the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world. The CDP's network of investors and purchasers, representing over $100 trillion, along with policy makers around the globe, use CDP data and insights to make better-informed decisions.

Access the CDP Climate A List HERE, (Source: CDP, Oct., 2017) Contact: CDP, USA and Canada Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  Carbon Disclosure Project,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

Australia's Kennedy Energy Park Funding Set (Int'l Report)
Tesla,Vestas, Windlab,Eurus Energy
Date: 2017-10-27
Following up on our Sept. 8th coverage, In the Land Down Under, energy storage and electric vehicle powerhouse Tesla and Vesta's $160 million combined solar, wind and energy storage Kennedy Energy Park is reported to have reached financial close and is set to begin construction.

Tesla will be providing the project's battery storage while system and Vestas will supply 12 turbines which will be connected to the national grid. The hybrid facility will consist of 43.2MW wind, 15MW solar and 4MWh of battery storage technology to generate sufficient electric power for over 35,000 35,000 average Australian homes when fully operational in 2018.

The project is owned by Kennedy Energy Park Holdings, a JV between Windlab and Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation of Japan. (Source: Tesla, Vestas, Energy Live, Others, 23 Oct., 2017)Contact: Tesla,; Samsung SDI,; Vestas, +45 9730 0000,; Windlab Ltd., Roger Price, CEO, +27 21 701 1292,; Eurus Energy Holdings,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Windlab,  Tesla,  vesta,  Wind,  Solare,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy,  Eurus Energy,  

Electrolux Added to CDP Climate Change A-List (Int'l Report)
Electrolux ,Dow Jones Sustainability World Index,CDP
Date: 2017-10-27
Stockholm-headquartered appliance manufacturer Electrolux reports it has been added to the CDP 2017 Climate A List in recognition of its efforts to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy.

As part of its goal to reduce carbon emissions by 50 pct by 2020, is working to reduce its environmental footprint by shifting to renewables and optimizing the use of energy and other resources throughout its operations, as well as improving the energy efficiency of appliances.

Previously this year, Electrolux was for the eleventh consecutive year, named an Industry Leader of the Household Durables category in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. (Source: Electrolux, PR, Cision, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Electrolux, Henrik Sundstrom, Head of Sustainability Affairs , +46-8-657-65-07,; Dow Jones Sustainability World Index,; CDP,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dow Jones Sustainability World Index ,  CDP,  Electrolux ,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  

2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-27
According to the 2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, since 2005 annual U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have declined by 758 million metric tons -- the largest decline of any country over that time frame.

By way of comparison, the European Union's total decline amounted to 770 million tons while the UK reported a 170 million metric ton decline. At the same time, China's carbon dioxide emissions grew by 3 billion metric tons, and India's grew by 1 billion metric tons.

According to the World Bank, U.S. per capita carbon dioxide emissions rank 11th among all countries. So, we are not the largest per capita emitter, but we do emit 2.2 times as much on a per capita basis as China. But, China has 4.3 times as many people, and that matters from an overall emissions perspective. China's lower per capita carbon dioxide emissions are more than offset by its greater population, so China emits over 70 pct more CO2 per year than the U.S.

Access the BP Statistical Review of World Energy HERE. (Source: BP, Forbes, Other Media, 24 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Carbon Emissions,  

Alliance BioEnergy Expanding Cellulosic Fuel Dist. (Ind. Report)
Alliance BioEnergy
Date: 2017-10-27
Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. reorts it has inked a 5-year exclusive brokerage agreement with Progressive Fuels, Ltd. (PFL), an independent inter-dealer wholesale broker in the biofuel, agriculture, CCA, Renewable Identification Numbers (RIN) and lower carbon fuel standards (LCFS) markets.

Alliance has a patented cellulose-to-sugar (CTS) conversion process for the production of biofuel, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and agricultural and industrial products.

The price of cellulosic fuels reached $4.33/gal. in California, in June 2017. Alliance can produce cellulosic ethanol for less than $1/gal., according to Alliance. (Source: Alliance Bioenergy, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 26 Oct., 2017) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy, Inc., Daniel de Liege, President and CEO, (888) 607-3555x1106,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance BioEnergy,  Cellulosic,  

Lallemand Biofuels Lands Lactic Solutions (Ind. Report, M&A)
Lallemand Biofuels,Lactic Solutions
Date: 2017-10-27
In Montreal, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, a business unit of Lallemand Inc., is reporting the acquisition of Lactic Solutions LLC., the developer of genetically modified lactic acid bacteria products for the biofuels industry. Lactic's products will create value for fuel ethanol producers through higher ethanol production yields and reduced consumption of antibiotics.(Source: Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits , 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: Lallemand, Jim Steele, CEO, Angus Ballard, Pres. of Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits,; Lactic Solutions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lactic Solutions,  Lallemand Biofuels,  

Greenbelt Testing Wine Waste as Biofuel Feedstocks (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt Resources
Date: 2017-10-27
In the Golden State, Paso Robles-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation reports it will work with Santa Maria, California-headquartered Central Coast Wine Services (CCWS) to test various wine making wastes for potential use as feedstock for Greenbelt's "Paso Robles ECOsystem" (PRECO) waste-to-energy project. The project will convert local wastes into bioethanol and other products.

Other waste derived-feedstocks tested or being tested include pomegranate husks, mandarin oranges, pistachio hulls, bagels, brewery wastes, sweet potatoes, sugar beets, and a variety of waste sugar and/or alcohol containing beverages. (Source: Greenbelt Resources Corporation, PR, Markets Insider, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO,; Central Coast Wine Services, (805) 318-6500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources ,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Biofuel,  Bioproducts,  

EU Parliament Seeks End of Palm Oil Biofuels (Int'l Report)
European Commission
Date: 2017-10-27
Meeting in Brussels, the EU Parliament's environment committee has voted to amend its renewable energy legislation to exclude food crop-based biofuels from EU renewables support by 2030, and from bioliquid transportation fuel produced from palm oil in particular by 2021. The original November 2016 EC proposal called for a gradual phase-out of food-based biofuels from the 7 pct in 2021 to 3.8 pct in 2030.

Complete legislation governing EU biofuels and bioenergy from 2020-2030 be agreed upon by all EU member states. (Source: EC, EU Eurostat, Argus, Others, Oct., 2017) Contact: European Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  European Commission,  

UNFCCC Reports COP 23 Climate-Neutrality Measures (Ind. Report)
UNFCCC,Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd
Date: 2017-10-27
The UNFCCC has released details of its plans to ensure that the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) is "sustainable to the greatest possible extent."

To attain its goal, COP 23 climate-neutral program will focus on energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy, offsetting unavoidable emissions, and other measures. In a further effort to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport, the UNFCCC is partnering with Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL), aiming to promote the use of biofuels as lower-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels. EERL's Climate Ethanol Alliance of bioethanol producers aims to speed up the low-carbon transition of the transport sector through the promotion of climate action. (Source: UNFCCC, PR, IISD, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd,; UNFCCC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  UNFCCC,  Ethanol Europe Renewables LtdCarbon Emissions,  

Recurrent Ads 71 MW-AC Solar in North Carolina (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar,Recurrent Energy
Date: 2017-10-27
Canadian Solar subsidiary Recurrent Energy reports the commissioning of the IS-42 PV project near Fayetteville, North Carolina. The 71 MW-AC single-axis mounted solar project, which is one of the largest solar projects east of the Mississippi, holds a long-term PPA to sell power to Duke Energy Progress. This is Recurrent's first completed project in North Carolina. (Source: Recurrent Energy, PV Mag, Others, 23 Oct. 2017)Contact: Recurrent Energy, (415) 675-1500,; Canadian Solar, (519) 837-1881,; Duke Energy Progress,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Solar,  Canadian Solar,  Recurrent Energy,  

PepsiCo HQ Awarded USGBC LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-27
Dallas-headquartered engineering and construction firm C1S Group reports it has begun energy efficiency related LEED standard renovation to multinational snack food and beverage giant PepsiCo's Purchase, New York, headquarters. Scheduled work includes electrical and mechanical systems, flooring, carpeting, lighting, ceiling, HVAC systems, among other renovations to meet US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification standards that are expected to save PepsiCo $215,000 per year in energy costs. Before the work began, the facility had an Energy Star score of 89.

Project highlights include:

  • 85 pct of construction waste was recycled during renovation;
  • total greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 1,230 tpy of per year;
  • an alternative transportation program was implemented, eliminating 34 pct of total commuting trips through vanpools, employee use of public transportation and fuel-efficient vehicles;
  • high efficiency indoor water fixtures were installed throughout the facility reducing consumption by 41 pct. (Source: C1S Group, Construction & Demolition Recycling, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: C1S Group, (972) 386-7005,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

  • Clemson to Test Vesta's Offshore Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
    Date: 2017-10-27
    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind reports it has inked an agreement with Clemson University in South Carolina to test a 9.5 MW offshore wind turbine at the University's state-of-the-art 15 MW test bench. Clemson's test bench is the world's largest and one of the most advanced wind energy testing facilities. Development of the test bench was supported by a $47 million Energy Department investment as well as about $60 million in outside funding. (Source: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Clean Technica, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: MHI Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00,; Clemson Wind Test Bench,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas Offshore Wind,  Wind Turbine,  Offshore Wind ,  

    Wanzek Contracts for Xcel's Foxtail Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-27
    In North Dakota, West Fargo-based Wanzek Construction has been hired by Xcel Energy to build the utility's $270 million Foxtail Wind Farm in Dickey County, North Dakota. Wanzek will also build the the Freeborn Energy Project in southern Minnesota and Iowa. The cost of the North Dakota project is $270 million. Work is scheduled to begin next spring with completion scheduled for 2019. (Source: Wanzek, PR, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Wanzek Construction, (701) 893-3623,; Xcel Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel,  Wind,  

    Global Infrastructure Partners Snares Equis Energy (M&A)
    Equis Energy ,Global Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2017-10-27
    US-based investment firm Global Infrastructure Partners reports the purchase of Singapore-based independent power producer Equis Energy and its renewables portfolio for $5 billion. Equis Energy's portfolio included over 180 renewable energy projects totaling 11 GW capacity either in operation, under construction or development across Australia, Japan, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, according to the company.

    The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018. (Source: Global Infrastructure Partners, Windpower, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: Global Infrastructure Partners,; Equis Energy, David Russell, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equis Energy ,  Global Infrastructure Partners ,  

    Univ. of Calif. Lauded for Sustainability Initiatives (Ind. Report)
    Excellence in Green Power Use Award
    Date: 2017-10-27
    In the Golden State, the University of California's Daily Calofirnian reports the school has been awarded the EPA's Excellence in Green Power Use Award for its efforts to reduce emissions and consistently generate sustainable energy.

    The award, presented in conjunction with the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, recognizes partners that both exceed the minimum benchmark requirements for green power usage and "demonstrate a distinct market impact through innovation, communications, and stakeholder engagement." Other award winners include Google and Microsoft.

    The UC had previously entered into long-term purchase agreements for power from two solar farms in California's Central Valley, the largest solar purchase ever made by a university system in the country. There are currently five solar locations on campus, Additionally, some buildings on campus use the US Green Building Council LEED, to evaluate the environmental performance of a building. The campus is also on track to become carbon-neutral by 2025 (Source: EPA, Daily Californian, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: EPA Excellence in Green Power Use Award,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  

    ComEd, CLEAResult Tout LED Light Incentives Success (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-27
    Austin,Texas-headquartered CLEAResult, a leader in designing and implementing technology-enabled energy efficiency programs for utilities, reports it has provided incentives for nearly 100 million energy-efficient lightbulbs, through a partnership with Illinois' largest electric utility, ComEd, as part of the utility's residential lighting discount offering.

    The offering provides instant in-store discounts at participating retail stores on select ENERGY STAR certified LEDs and trim kits. The 2008 vintage program has to date achieved energy savings of more than 3.3 billion kWh which is enough energy to power more than 265,000 homes for one year.

    CLEAResult partnered with ComEd to provide education and training to consumers and participating retailers, conducting more than 320,000 consumer events and 2,700 in-store training events to promote ENERGY STAR® certified lighting products. October 26, 2017 09:00 ET | Source: CLEAResult, 26 Oct., 2017) Contact: CLEAResult, George Malek, Director of Energy Efficiency Services, (512) 327-9200,; ENERGY STAR,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  CLEAResult,  ComEd,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  

    Housing Authority Energy Efficiency Program Confirms $902,000 Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Housing Authority of Lawrence County
    Date: 2017-10-27
    In western Pennsylvania, the Housing Authority of Lawrence County is reporting its 2016 guaranteed energy efficiency and water savings project has delivered over $900,000 in energy costs savings.

    The project includes new energy efficient lighting, extensive water conservation measures, high efficient boilers and furnaces, ENERGY STAR appliances and energy efficient windows. The residential upgrades delivered $902,463 in energy and water savings last year, even though most had been installed and operational less than a full year.

    This project was a partnership between The Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence and the residents of the upgraded housing units. The Efficiency Network, Inc., a Pittsburgh-area high technology energy efficiency and sustainability services provider completed most of the work. (Source: New Caste News, 24 Oct., 2017) , executive director of the Contact: Housing Authority of Lawrence County, Gene DiGennaro, Exec. Dir., (724) 656-5100,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Pa. Gov. Seeking RFS Waiver to Protect Refiners (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2017-10-27
    Writing from the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (Dem) has asked President Trump for a waiver to the RFS saying on the grounds that high RIN prices and market volatility may lead to closure of the state's merchant refiners.

    "As you are aware, obligated parties such as oil refiners are required to submit RIN credits to the EPA to demonstrate compliance with the RFS. However, the merchant refiners of the Northeast are not able to acquire enough RIN credits to meet their RFS obligations because they have limited blending capacity. Therefore, they must purchase RINs on the secondary market, where prices have increased significantly,," Wolf's letter read.

    Wolf's letter asked for a waiver "until or unless the market prices deflate. Absent this waiver, the Northeast and specifically Pennsylvania will experience significant economic impacts."

    The Clean Air Act allows a waiver if the EPA administrator determines the implementation of RFS requirements would severely harm the economy of a state, a region or the country as a whole. (Source: Feedstuffs, Various Media, Progressive Farmer, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs,  RFS,  

    Revelstoke Considering Woody Biomass-to-Fuel Study (Ind. Report)
    Woody Biomass
    Date: 2017-10-27
    In 2014, the City of Revelstoke, British Columbia, released an RFP for wood waste-to-energy energy power production and is now considering a report based on Canadian Biomass Energy Research data .

    Now, three years later, the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation (RCFC), Downie Timber, Louisiana Pacific and other area forest tenure holders , want to "screen the market" and move ahead with the proposed project. Many of their tenures have an abundance of low margin or unprofitable hemlock which, due to a high degree of rot, is considered a strong candidate for wood-to-fuel Bioenergy, according to the study.

    Revelstoke currently spends $12-million or more per year on imported fossil fuels. A woody biomass plant is seen as a way to retain that money in the local economy and enhance the area's forest sector's economic performance. (Source: City of Revelstoke, BC Local News, 20 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of Revelstoke, (250) 837-3637 -- Finance,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  

    Velocys Planning Natchez Mississippi Biorefinery (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    The UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys PLC reports Velocys reports it has taken an option on a 100-acre site in Natchez, Mississippi where it plans to construct a biorefinery that will process woody biomass into high specification renewable diesel and aviation jet fuel for the US market, its primary focus.

    According to the company, it has been offered $2 million in county tax incentives, $15 million in state tax breaks as well as smaller incentives. (Source: Velocys, Natchez Democrat, AP, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 - Houston Office,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  

    Stion Closing MIssissippi Thin-Film Solar Plant (Ind. Report)
    Mississippi Development Authority
    Date: 2017-10-25
    The Mississippi Development Authority reports it is considering its options regarding the planned closing of thin film solar maker Stion Corporations plant in Hattiesburg plant, and the $74.8 million the company owes the state.

    The San Jose, California company notified the Mississippi Department of Employment Security earler this week that it plans to shutter its plant Dec. 13, and that it is seeking a purchaser who will run it. Sale proceeds would go to creditors, a possible alternative to a bankruptcy filing.

    Stion raised more than $200 million from private investors, including Khosla Ventures, which holds a controlling interest in the company. Stion blames its closure on unfair foreign competition, and says that if President Donald Trump imposes anti-dumping tariffs on foreign solar panel makers, it might be able to sell the Hattiesburg plant. (Source: Stion, SacBee, 17 Oct., 2017) Contact: Mississippi Development Authority Stion Corp. (601) 545-7515,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mississippi Development Authority,  Solar,  Stion,  

    The Global Rush for Aviation Biofuel -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Oakland Institute
    Date: 2017-10-25
    According to an Oakland Institute report, aviation industry profits are increasingly threatened by erratic fossil fuel prices and consumer concerns with the role of aviation in climate change. Unfortunately, emerging evidence suggests that as airlines rush to biofuel to address these concerns, they do so at the expense of people and the environment.

    Access the report HERE. (Source: Oakland Institute, PR, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: Oakland Institute, (510) 474-5251,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  

    CCS Research Field Station Opens in Alberta (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Management Canada Research Institute
    Date: 2017-10-25
    On the Canadian prairies, the University of Calgary is reporting the opening of the Containment and Monitoring Institute's carbon capture and storage (CCS) Field Research Station in Newell County, southern Alberta.

    The research station -- a partnership between Carbon Management Canada Research Institute and the University of Calgary -- offers a unique site to develop and demonstrate technologies to detect and monitor C02 and other fluids stored in underground reservoirs. It also aligns with the university's commitment to a low-carbon future and its emergence as a leader in carbon capture and storage research.

    The 200-hectare CaMI field research station provides the step between modelling work that can be done on a bench scale and a full-scale field pilot. At the site, small amounts of CO2 will be injected into a reservoir 300 metres underground, where the CO2 remains a gas. The injection well at the site is surrounded by two observation wells and four water-monitoring wells to allow researchers to test a variety of technologies.

    The CaMI field research station received funding from the federal Western Economic Diversification Program and is currently funded by the University of Calgary's Canada First Excellence Research Fund via the Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources and Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes. CaMI also offers a subscription-based access to monitoring research outcomes from the field research station. Current joint industry partners include Statoil, Shell Global Solutions, RITE Japan, and Cenovus Energy. (Source: University of Calgary, PR, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes, (403) 210-9784,,; University of Calgary,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  CO2 news,  

    SimPath Touts Possible Biofuel Breakthrough (New Prod & Tech)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    Knoxville, Tennessee-headquartered startup SimPath reports it has licensed a pioneering cloning system developed by the US DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). NREL's system generates and assembles the biological building blocks necessary to synthetically bio-engineer fuels economically and efficiently. SimPath will develop the cloning system further to improve ORNL's method into a multi-gene DNA assembly kit that includes a software package for customers using synthetic biology techniques.

    ORNL developed the cloning system to aid studies of drought-resistant plants that rely on a water-saving form of photosynthesis, a system that has already brought about a 50 pct increase in production.

    ORNL and SimPath will continue to partner on the cloning tool, using feedback from SimPath's customers to enhance the system and fine-tune characteristics such as shelf-life, which determines the viability of live products. (Source: SimPath, ORNL, Bio-based World News, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: SimPath, Robert Moseley, Pres., info@,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  ORNL,  

    Norwegians Reconsidering CO2 CCS Projects Commitments (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    The Oslo-based Norwegian newspaper VG Forsiden reports that following the government's slashing of climate change related state aid in its 2018 budget, Norwegian companies working with carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) say they need to seriously cut their projects CCS projets and related budgets. The government's 2018 budget earmarks 20 million kroner ($2.5 million) to enlarge wide-ranging facilities for carbon dioxide purification in Norwegian industry.

    According to the environmental foundation Bellona, Norwegian industries -- Norcem, Yara and the Oslo municipal waste incineration plant -- currently need around 400 million kroner ($49.9 million) from the government -- more than the assigned budget, and are reconsidering their commitment to capture of carbon dioxide and CCS related projects. (Source: VG Forsiden, MENAFN, 21 Oct., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Norcem,  Yara,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  

    Mexican Carbon Market Set for 2018 Launch (Int'l Report)
    Minister of the Environment
    Date: 2017-10-25
    In 2018, the Mexican government plans to join the growing number of governments around the world with formal carbon cap-and-trade markets that incentivize polluters to reduce emissions.

    The Mexican Deputy Minister of the Environment, Rodolfo Lacy , says those heavy polluters can purchase the right to emit more carbon. Sellers will be companies that succeed at emitting less than their permit, or those that do projects like tree plantings that reduce carbon pollution.

    The government intends to integrate the Mexican carbon market with the California and Quebec market within five years. (Source: Mexico Minister of the Environment, Yale Climate Connections, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: Mexico Minister of the Environment,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Market,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Cap-and-Trade,  

    N.Korea Exploring Algae Biofuel to Skirt Int'l Sanctions (Int'l)
    North Korea, 38 North
    Date: 2017-10-25
    According Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies' North Korea-focused 38north,org website, Pyongyang is developing algae biomass as "a strategic resource" for both food and fuel production, as well as a way around increasingly tight economic sanctions. The country's researchers have reportedly been exploring aquaculture systems since the early 2000s.

    Using available data from nine North Korean facilities, 38 North estimates the country presently could produce 2,851 tpy of algae biomass containing approximately 1,425.5 tons of nutritional mass convertible to the equivalent of 4,075.6 barrels of oil. (Source: CNBC Asia-Pacific, 38 North 20 Oct., 2017) Contact: 38 North,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,   Algal,   Algae Biofuel,  

    Grant Helps Sheetz Expand Biofuel Blends Offerings (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    In the Keystone State, the Altoona-based gas bar and convenience store operator Sheetz is reporting receipt of $7 million in grant funding from the USDA Farm Service Agency to support the installation of pumps that dispense between 15 pct (E-15) to 85 pct (E-85) ethanol gasoline blends.

    Sheetz, which has operations across southwestern Pennsylvania, added 340 biofuel-capable fuel pumps at 77 locations in 2015. (Source: Sheetz, Pittsbugh Business Times, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: USDA Farm Service Agency,; Sheetz, (814) 946-3611,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  

    ICM Announces s FS Bioenergia Corn Ethanol Startup (Ind. Report)
    ICM,FS Bioenergia
    Date: 2017-10-25
    Colwich, Kansas-headquartered grain ethanol technology specialist ICM Inc. is reporting the commissioning and startup of FS Bioenergia, a JV between U.S.-based Summit Agricultural Group and Fiagril Ltda of Brazil. The project is Brazil's first standalone dry-mill corn ethanol plant.

    The ICM-designed ethanol plant is located in the middle of Mato Grosso, Brazil's Corn Belt, near the city of Lucas de Rio Verde. The plant's ethanol production is destined the country's growing domestic ethanol markets.

    ICM's scope of work included two patent-pending corn-to-ethanol processes to increase ethanol and oil yields, technologies, engineering, proprietary equipment, and services. Technologies comprised the Selective Milling Technology and Fiber Separation Technology. Services included on-site representation throughout the build and installation process. (Source: ICM Inc., 23 Oct.,, 2017) Contact: ICM, Dave VanderGriend, CEO, Issam Stouky, Global Business Development, (316) 796-0900,; FS Bioenergia, +55 65 3548 1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICM,  FS Bioenergia,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  

    Simon Fraser Touts Woody Biomass District Energy Utility (Ind. Report)
    Simon Fraser University
    Date: 2017-10-25
    In Surrey, British Columbia, Simon Fraser University reports set to start construction on a new biomass plant that will power the university and adjacent urban community while drastically reducing emissions. SFU, along with SFU Community Trust, which oversees the development of UniverCity, has partnered with Corix Multi-Utility Services Inc. to develop a $33 million neighbourhood energy utility project called the Burnaby Mountain District Energy Utility.

    The new energy utility will use woody biomass including forestry waste, recycled urban and construction wood waste . When fully operational, the plant is expected to cut the university's greenhouse gas emissions from all sources in the region by 69 pct. The district energy utility project has been approved by the British Columbia Utilities Commission and is slated for construction in 2018, according to a SFU release. (Source: The Peak, Simon Fraser University, 23 October, 2017) Contact: Simon Fraser University,; CORIX Burnaby Mountain District Energy Utility,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass news,  Biomass news,  

    New Certifications Reflect PV Ind. Specializations (Ind. Report)
    North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners
    Date: 2017-10-25
    The Clifton, New Jersey-based North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is reporting three new specialty certifications for the solar industry.

    Developed in conjunction with the U.S. DOE SunShot Initiative, the new certifications are: PV Design Specialist, PV Installer Specialist, and PV Commissioning and Maintenance Specialist. Beginning January 3rd, 2018, the new specialty certification exams, along with NABCEP's PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification exam, will be offered via computer-based testing (CBT) at over 600 test sites in the U.S. and Canada.

    Achieving specialty certification demonstrates that PV professionals possess the advanced training, knowledge, and competencies required for their job while conveying that they have earned an externally validated and rigorously developed certification. (Source: NABCEP, PR, 22 Oct., 2017) Contact: NABCEP, Shawn O'Brien, Exec. Dir., (518) 631-2751,; SunShot Initiative,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PV,  Solar,  SunShot Initiative,  

    Heraeus Largest PV Silver Paste Supplier in Taiwan (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    German PV silver paste producer and supplier Heraeus reports it has become the biggest PV silver pastes supplier in the Taiwan market. To better serve the market, the company established an applied engineering and R&D center in Taiwan and offers consulting services for clients to promote its PV products. Heraeus began producing PV silver pastes in Taiwan in 2015 and has to date shipped almost 100 tons. (Source: Heraeus, Economic Daily News, DIGITIMES, 23 October 2017) Contact: Heraeus Photovoltaics, Andreas Liebheit, Pres.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Heraeus,  Solar,  PV,  

    Meyer Burger Wins Italian 200 MW HJT Cell Lines Order (Int'l)
    Meyer Burger Technology
    Date: 2017-10-25
    Swiss solar machinery maker Meyer Burger Technology AG is touting a $45.7 million "strategic contract" for equipment to produce up to 200 MW of bifacial Heterojunction (HJT) solar cells for an un-named purchaser. Under the deal, two HJT cell lines will be delivered and installed beginning in mid 2018. The lines are expected to be in full production in 2019. The HJT equipment will replace the customer's existing thin-film technology which to has delivered more than 500 MW of installed PV capacity to date. Meyer Burger and the Italian solar manufacturer have also formed a joint development partnership to bring average HJT cell efficiencies beyond 23 pct. (Source: Meyer Burger, Oct., 2017) Contact: Meyer Burger, Peter Pauli, CEO, +41 33 221 2800,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Meyer Burger Technology,  Solar,  

    LONGi Scores PERC Solar Cell Efficiency Record (Ind. Report)
    LONGi Green Energy Technology
    Date: 2017-10-25
    Beijing-based monocrystalline products maker LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd. reports that Fraunhofer ISE CalLab of Germany has certified a photovoltaic conversion world record efficiency of 22.71 pct on its monocrystalline PERC cell. The company plans to begin production of the 22.0 pct efficient PERC cell before the end of 2017. (Source: LONGi Solar, Oct., 2017) Contact: Longi Green Energy Technology, +8629.81566863,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LONGi Solar,  LONGi Green Energy Technology ,  

    Vattenfall's Horns Rev 3 Offshore Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    Vattenfall reports construction work on the 406.7MW Horns Rev 3 wind farm off the Danish Jutland Peninsula in the Danish North Sea is underway. The offshore wind project will incorporate 49 MHI Vestas 8.3MW turbines mounted on monopile structures and will generate sufficient electric power for 425,000 Danish homes.

    Apart from Horns Rev 3, Vattenfall also plans to construct the Danish Kriegers Flak and Vesterhav South and North wind farms in the coming years. (Source: Vattenfall, CTBR, Various Others, 23 October, 2017 ) Contact: Vattenfall , Gunnar Groebler, +46 8 739 5000,; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00,

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

    DNV GL Unveils Online Battery Testing Tool (New Prod & Tech)
    DNV GL
    Date: 2017-10-25
    The certification body DNV GL is touting its new new BATTERY XT software tool that compiles life-cycle data and predicts battery degradation under different conditions and duty cycles, thus enabling operators to verify product warrantees and performance guarantees before they buy.

    Once tested, batteries can be sized to any duty cycle and developers can scale without waiting on data from suppliers. The BATTERY XT is "the world's only independently created database of Li-on battery performance to help the market deploy faster," according to a company release. (Source: DNV GL, Windpower, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: DNV GL , Davion Hill, Energy Storage Leader, +49 40 361 490,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DNV GL,  Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  

    OFICEMEN Releases CO2 Emission Reduction Roadmap (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    In Madrid, OFICEMEN, the Spanish cement association, has released its roadmap for reducing CO2 emissions to 2050.

    The document emphasizes the potential of new technologies, including carbon capture and storage (CCS), which it says could decrease the CO2 footprint of the Spanish cement industry by up to 80 pct in 2050. Using existing the technology the association estimates it could cut emissions by 35 pct from a 1990 baseline. (Source: OFICEMEN, Global Cement, 19 Oct., 2017) Contact: OFICEMEN, +34 91 441 16 88,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement,  CCS,  CO2,  

    Airport Carbon Accreditation Participation Taking Off (Ind. Repot)
    Airport Carbon Accreditation
    Date: 2017-10-25
    ACI World reports that with 36 new applications to Airport Carbon Accreditation and more airports reaching a higher level of certification within the programme 201 airports are participating in Airport Carbon Accreditation: 27 in North America, 8 in Latin America; 118 in Europe; 10 in Afrca and 38 in Asia-pacific. From May 2016 to May 2017, accredited airports collectively reducing the CO2 emissions under their direct control by 202,184 tonnes of CO2.

    With four levels of accreditation covering all stages of carbon management -- Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality -- the Airport Carbon Accreditation program is independently administered, institutionally-endorsed and supported by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Commission (EC). (Source: Climate Neutral Now, Advance, 19 Oct., 2017) Contact: Airport Carbon Accreditation Program, +44 845 868 2708,,

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