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DTE Biomass Acquires Texas Renewable Nat. Gas Facilities (M&A)
DTE Biomass
Date: 2017-05-31
Ann Arbor, Michigan-headquartered landfill gas-to-energy developer DTE Biomass Energy Inc. is reporting the acquisition of two landfill gas-to-energy projects in Texas -- the operating Fort Bend Power Producers, LLC facility just outside of Rosenberg and the Seabreeze landfill gas development project in Angleton. Construction of the Seabreeze plant is expected to commence next month. The acquisitions bring the number of landfill gas-to-energy projects DTE operates in Texas to three and gives DTE five facilities enterprise-wide which convert landfill gas to pipeline-quality renewable natural gas (RNG).

The Fort Bend facility generates enough RNG to fuel 560 diesel transit buses for a year. DTE plans to increase the project's capacity to generate enough RNG to fuel over 1,000 diesel transit buses. Forecast to reach commercial operations in the fourth quarter of this year, the Seabreeze facility is expected to produce a similar volume. (Source: DTE Biomass, 28 May, 2017) Contact: DTE Biomass Energy, (313) 235-5555,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Biomass,  Landfill Gas,  Renewable Natural Gas ,  

Samsung Unveils Home Energy Storage Products (New Prod & Tech)
Samsung SDI
Date: 2017-05-31
Seoul-headquartered energy solutions and electronic materials specialist Samsung SDI Co. Ltd reports it is offering a new lineup of residential energy storage system (ESS) products for the global market.

The company's high-capacity ESS modules are scalable to 39 basic modules with a capacity of 4.8 kWh. This means the storage capacity can increase up to 39 times or that a maximum of 188 kWh can be stored, amounting to 20 days of power consumption by an average European household. The company is also launching high-voltage ESS modules that can scale up to 600 volts from the current 50 volts. High-voltage battery modules enable homes to save costs of parts needed for voltage transformation.

According to market researcher B3, global sales of residential ESS products are expected to grow around 16 pct annually to about 146,000 units by 2020. In 2016, Samsung SDI had the largest share in the global residential ESS market with 30 percent, it said. (Source: Samsung SDI, Korea Herald, 29 May, 2017) Contact: Samsung SDI,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung SDI,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  

Aussie Prohibition on CCS Funding May Soon be Lifted (Int'l)
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Date: 2017-05-31
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Clean Energy Finance Corporation my soon be permitted to invest in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology if the Turnbull government can convince parliament to approve the necessary regulatory changes. The $10 billion agency is presently banned from both nuclear and CCS technology investments.

The Business Council said carbon capture and storage technology would be critical in meeting Australia's emissions targets beyond 2030. The Australia Institute released a report on Tuesday that finds Australian governments have spent $1.3 billion on carbon capture and storage initiatives over the past 14 years with no large-scale projects resulting. (Source: Clean Energy Finance Corporation,, 30 May, 2017) Contact: Clean Energy Finance Corporation,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Finance Corporation,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  

Notable Quotes
Paris Agreement
Date: 2017-05-31
"The world's transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy is the story of growth for this century. We're already seeing the potential that this transformation represents in terms of more innovation, greater resilience, more livable cities, improved air quality and better health. Our report builds on the growing understanding of the opportunities for carbon pricing, together with other policies, to drive the sustainable growth and poverty reduction which can deliver on the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals." -- Joseph Stiglitz

Joseph Eugene Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the John Bates Clark Medal.

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

2nd-3rd Gen. Biofuels Market Expected to Reach $57,124Mn Globally by 2022, says Report (ind. Report)
Allied Market Research
Date: 2017-05-31
According to Second and Third-Generation Biofuels Market by Generation, Biofuel Type, Feedstock, and Application: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022, a new report published by Portland, Oregon-based Allied Market Research, the second and third-generation biofuels market was valued at $3,574 million in 2015, and is projected to reach at $57,124 million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 48.9 pct from 2016 to 2022. The transportation segment accounted for highest share of the total market in 2015.

Key Findings of the Second and Third-Generation Biofuels Market:

  • North America dominated the global second and third-generation biofuels market in 2015, in terms of revenue;
  • The complex lignocellulose segment accounted for around one-third share in 2015, and is anticipated to maintain its lead during the forecast period;
  • Based on fuel type, the bioethanol segment is expected to witness highest growth in the global market in the foreseeable future;
  • The U.S. generated more than two-thirds of the total revenue in the North American market in 2015, and is expected to remain dominant throughout the forecast period;
  • The Asia-Pacific second- and third-generation biofuels market is expected to grow at the highest rate.

    In 2015, North America dominated the global market with the highest share, in terms of both revenue and volume, owing to the high percentage of manufacturers and consumers and supportive government regulations. In addition, Asia-Pacific is expected to grow with the highest rate, registering a CAGR of 57.3 pct throughout the forecast period, owing to rapid growth in transportation sector in countries, such as China, Thailand, and India, increase in awareness about application of second- and third-generation biofuels, and favorable government rules & regulations.

    The key players of second- and third-generation biofuels market profiled in this report are Algenol Biofuels, Inc., Abengoa S.A., Blue Marble Biomaterials, Sapphire Energy, Inc., Chemrec AB, GranBio, DONG Energy A/S, INEOS Bio, Clariant, and ZeaChem, Inc.

    Access a report Summary HERE (Source: Allied Market Research, OpenPR, 29 May, 2017) Contact: Allied Market Research, (503) 894-6022,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuels,  Secon Generation Biofuel,  Allied Market Research,  

  • LogiNext Launches TYP to Cut Carbon Footprints (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-05-31
    Global transportation fleet management and logistics provider LogiNext reports it's clients will help it cut its CO2 emission in the U.S. by 15 million pounds by 2018 through their participation in its "Track Your Footprint" (TYF) program. At the end of 2018, the client with the greatest reduction in their carbon footprint would win rebates and exclusive early access to new technology disruptions in workforce and logistics optimization through LogiNext .

    TYP enables LogiNext clients to track and manage the carbon emissions of their delivery trucks and other fleet movements through the Footprint' tab on their dashboards and apps. The feature provides real-time analysis of fuel usage, corresponding carbon emissions and possible alternative carbon footprints their activities are creating. The enterprises that reduce their carbon footprint within a year would receive rebates and the first-hand exclusive experience of upcoming disruptions from LogiNext, putting them ahead of their competition.

    LogiNext presently helps its 250 enterprise clients: save more than 700,000 gallons of fuel; cur their CO2 emissions by more than 12.6 million pounds; and achieve a 25 pct drop in their total emissions. (Source: LogiNext, Digital Journal, 29 May, 2017) Contact: LogiNext, Dhruvil Sanghvi, CEO, Sharjeel Siddiqui, +91 8898888692, Phone: +91 8898888692 ,

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

    DeTai New Energy Plans Expansion into Biofuels Sector (M&A)
    DeTai New Energy Group, China Century Bio Energy
    Date: 2017-05-31
    In Hong Kong, DeTai New Energy Group Ltd reports it has inked a non-binding MoU for the acquisition of biological butanol specialist China Century Bio Energy (Hong Kong) Investment Co Ltd. Financial and othet terms of the deal have not been released.

    China Century's butanol technology uses high concentration organic sewage as the feedstock. The biofuels it makes are mainly used in power generation, and in marine and car fuels. The company holds respective stakes of 67 pct and 88 pct in Ningbo Shi Fenghua Hualian Century Bio Energy and Zhejiang Hualian Century Bio Energy. (Source: DeTai New Energy Group, Renewables Now, Others, 30 May, 2017) Contact: DeTai New Energy Group Ltd., +862 3100 0600,,; China Century Bio Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DeTai New Energy Group,  Biofuel,  Butanol,  ,  

    CaGBC Touts Zero-Carbon Building Standard (Ind. Report Attached)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-05-31
    In Vancouver, the Canada Green Building Council has released the country's first Zero Carbon Building Standard -- "the next evolution of green building."

    The standard is designed to be broadly applicable for new and existing buildings and is the first program of its kind to make carbon reduction the key indicator for building performance.

    A zero carbon building (ZCB) is "one that is highly energy efficient and produces onsite, or procures, carbon-free renewable energy in an amount sufficient to offset the " New buildings seeking Zero Carbon Building Design certification must model a zero carbon balance, have highly efficient envelope and ventilation systems to meet thermal energy demand intensity targets (TEDI), and produce at least 5 pct of their power requirements on-site via renewable energy systems, among other requirements. Existing buildings seeking Zero Carbon Building - Performance designation must meet most of the same demands as the new buildings, but are exempt from needing to produce on-site renewable energy or achieve the TEDI targets.

    Designations for new, older buildings HERE. (Source: CaGBC,, 30 May, 2017)Contact: CaGBC, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  

    Xcel Energy Cuts Carbon Emissions 30 pct (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2017-05-31
    In Minneapolis, Xcel Energy has released its Corporate Responsibility Report highlighting the company's achievements as it transitions to cleaner energy sources, provides energy efficiency programs, economic development and energy assistance support.

    In 2016 Xcel Energy reduced carbon emissions 30 pct since 2005, four years earlier than expected. The company now anticipates it will achieve at least a 45 pct reduction in carbon emissions system wide by 2021. To reach its goal, the company is transforming how it produces energy and adding significant amounts of low-cost wind and solar energy, encouraging energy efficiency, retiring aging coal units and repowering some facilities with cleaner natural gas.

    The company is also: reducing air emissions, such as nitrogen oxide, by approximately 70 pct; cutting water consumption by 35 pct; offering more than 150 energy-saving programs that combined, help customers annually save about a terawatt-hour of electricity -- enough to power more than 142,000 homes; spending $2.4 billion with local businesses -- 70 pct of its spending on goods and services. (Source: Xcel Energy, PR, 30 May, 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy,

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

    Eguana AC Battery Selected for DOE SunShot Award (Ind. Report)
    EdgePower,Eguana AC Battery,SunShot
    Date: 2017-05-31
    Calgary, Alberta-based power conversion and control systems for distributed energy storage specialist Eguana Technologies Inc has been selected by EdgePower, a technology provider of energy management software and hardware, to provide battery storage systems for the SunShot Award Reducing Storage Cost with PV Forecasting and Load Control.

    EdgePower will develop the solution, integrating its load control EMS with Eguana's Commercial AC Battery energy storage system to demonstrate demand charge reduction and solar firming behind-the-meter as a value added feature. Development and validation will be completed this summer with equipment installation at the host site planned for the last quarter of 2017.

    EdgePower products include an onsite energy management gateway, site control software for energy management and demand charge reduction services, wireless LED dimming and smart-relay lighting controls, supervisory control of Building Management Systems and HVAC equipment, cloud-based alerting, reporting and analytics of facility operations, and customer site support services. (Source: Eguana Technologies Inc., PR, 30 May, 2017)Contact: Eguana Technologies Inc., Justin Holland, CEO, (416) 728-7635,, Vishwas Ganesan, Bus. Dev., (408) 685-2670,,; EdgePower,; Sun Shot Initiative,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EdgePower ,  Eguana Technologies,  AC Battery,  Energy Storage,  Energy Mangement,  SunShot ,  

    Southern Oil's Biocrude Plant Set for June Opening (Int'l)
    Southern Oil Refining
    Date: 2017-05-31
    In the Land Down Under, Renewables Now is reporting that Australian waste oil refiner Southern Oil Refining is set to open its $18-million (AUS) Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant in Gladstone, Queensland.

    The pilot plant is expected to produce approximately 1 million lpy of biocrude from wood waste, plastics, sugarcane trash and bagasse and other green wastes. The fuel will be sold to the US navy, the Australian Defence Force, local heavy road transport operators and others. (Source: Southern Oil Refining, Renewables Now, 30 May, 2017)Contact: Southern Oil Refining, Tim Rose, +61 2 6925 8755,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Oil Refining,  Biocrude,  Biofuel,  

    Notable Quote
    Donald Trump
    Date: 2017-05-29
    "We know that the (greenhouse gas emissions) levels that were agreed to by the prior (Obama) administration would be highly crippling to the US economic growth. The president has told you that he's going to ultimately make a decision on Paris and climate when he gets back. He's interested to hear what the G7 leaders have to say."

    "He (Trump) wants to do the right thing for the environment. He cares about the environment. But he also cares very much about creating jobs for American workers." -- Gary Cohn, White House Chief Economic Advisor.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Agreement,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Ice Energy, Horizon Solar Nail Palm Springs Theater Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Horizon Solar Power,Ice Energy
    Date: 2017-05-29
    Following on our March 31 coverage, Horizon Solar Power, a Temecula, California-based solar installer and thermal energy storage specialist Ice Energy are reporting the completion of a solar-plus-ice-battery-storage system at the Camelot Theaters at the Palm Springs Cultural Center in California's Coachella Valley.

    A solar-plus-storage system comprised of a rooftop array of 73.6 kW of solar panels and five Ice Energy Ice Bear 30s replaced the theater's outdated HVAC system. During the day, the solar PV supplies the energy needs of the theater, including charging the Ice Bears. In the evening, the Ice Bears provide up to four of cooling using a fraction of the electricity normally needed.

    California's Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), combined with Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing enabled the installation with a minimal up-front investment. (Source: Horizon Solar Power, NewsWire, 23 May, 2017) Contact: Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, CEO, (877) 542-3232,,; Horizon Solar Power, Frank Kneller, (847) 337-4076,, www.horizonsolar

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Horizon Solar Power,  Ice Energy,  Energy Storage ,  

    NZE Townhouse Complex Underway in Scottsdale (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-05-29
    In Scottsdale, Arizona Real estate investment firm Caliber and Phoenix-based Net Zero Energy (NZE) developers, MODUS Development, report they have begun construction on their second environmentally sustainable townhouse community development, the Eclipse.

    The $9.1 million, 20-unit NZE townhouse project is designed with Zero Energy Star® certification for maximum energy efficiency. The projects features virtual assistants, energy management, security, locks, cameras, smoke detectors, electrical control, and other smartphone applications. (Source: Caliber, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Caliber, Chris Loeffler, CEO,,, MUDUS,

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

    China NEA Introducing Green Credits to Bolster Renewables (Int'l)
    China National Energy Administration,
    Date: 2017-05-29
    In Beijing, the China National Energy Administration has announced that beginning July 1, 2017, Chinese electric power generators and retailers will be required to purchase green electricity credits (certificates) as proof that electricity has been generated through renewable energy sources. The government presently pays electric power generators a premium for renewable energy, but that system will be gradually phased out.

    After July 1, electric power producers will be expected to increase the share of renewables in their portfolios to 15 pct by 2020 or be forced to make up the shortfall by purchasing green electricity certificates.

    To encourage investment in renewables, the state has so far supported energy firms by directly subsidizing the price paid by the grid -- the extra cost of buying renewable electricity as compared to coal-fired power. By the latter half of 2016,approximately $8 billion in subsidy payments was still outstanding.

    The new system is designed to reduce the financial burden on government by phasing out direct subsidies for renewables and shifting the cost onto companies trading certificates. This will help renewable electricity firms see a quicker ROI because electronic certificates will be awarded to generators (excluding hydro) as soon as power is delivered to the grid.

    The NEA also revealed that in 2018 the government is likely to implement quota audits and compulsory certificate trading, though this is not yet official. (Source: China National Energy Administration, China Dialogue, 23 May, 2017) Contact: China National Energy Administration,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China NEA,  Renewable Energy Credits,  Renewable Energy Subsidies,  

    TAF Launches Building Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (Ind. Report, New Prod & Tech)
    Toronto Atmospheric Fund
    Date: 2017-05-29
    In Ontario, the not-for-profit Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) is reporting the launch of the Building Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (BEE-Cal) decision support tool for municipal planners. The Excel-based tool helps users calculate the estimated local impacts of various municipal energy efficiency options ranging from tighter building standards to financial incentives and energy benchmarking and reporting.

    The BEE-Cal provides a preliminary analysis that can help initiate or inform a dialogue around energy efficiency on the municipal level. In addition to estimating carbon emissions reductions, the BEE-Cal also gauges potential energy savings, local job creation, and improved social equity through a number of metrics. The BEE-Cal allows users to:

  • Customize energy efficiency policies for a number of municipalities across Canada (through an embedded extensive database);
  • Compare potential impacts of different policies or groups of policies;
  • Estimate the potential benefits of energy efficiency policies;
  • Conduct a sensitivity analysis of a single policy using different impact levels, time length policy is in effect, and building types;
  • Assess whether a package of policies is sufficient to meet municipal goals or targets.

    The TAF, which invests in urban solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, aimms to reduce Toronto's GHG emissions by 80 pct by 2050. (Source: Toronto Atmospheric Fund, PR, 26 May, 2017) Contact: Toronto Atmospheric Fund, (416) 392-0271,,

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

  • Potential Decline in Carbon Carrying Capacity Under Projected Climate-Wildfire Interactions in the Sierra Nevada -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    University of New Mexico, Carbon Storage
    Date: 2017-05-29
    Potential Decline in Carbon Carrying Capacity Under Projected Climate-Wildfire Interactions in the Sierra Nevada, just released study from a multi-university team of biologists shows what could be a startling drop in the amount of carbon stored in the Sierra Nevada mountains due to projected climate change and wildfire events.

    According to University of New Mexico Assistant Professor Matthew Hurteau and report co-author, roughly half of all human-emitted carbon is absorbed by vegetation and the ocean, and is stored through natural processes -- something that helps limit our actual carbon impact on the atmosphere. But, as forests begin to change due to global warming and large scale fires, the amount of forest carbon uptake will decrease, accelerating the amount of man-made carbon making its way into the atmosphere.

    Because California is experiencing warmer and dryer conditions due to global warming, certain tree species are not able to flourish across particular geographic regions like they once were. Less tree growth, means less carbon uptake in forests.

    The study also shows that wildfires will play a big role in the reduction of stored carbon. And while many of these incidents will occur naturally, Hurteau says we are, in part, to blame for their significance. Hurteau adds that researchers have identified strategies for reducing some of the fire risk by actively thinning forests to manage tree density and restoring surface fires.

    Download the Potential Decline in Carbon Carrying Capacity Under Projected Climate-Wildfire Interactions in the Sierra Nevada report HERE. (Source: University of New Mexico, PR, Scientific Reports, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Univ. of New Mexico, Prof. Mathew Hurteau, (505) 277-0863,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Storage,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  Deforestation,  

    Con Edison Home Energy Storage-to-Grid Program OK'd (Ind. Report)
    New York State Public Service Commission,Consolidated Edison
    Date: 2017-05-29
    The N.Y. State Public Service Commission (PSC) reports it has approved Consolidated Edison's program allowing residential battery energy storage systems to export electricity to the grid in select commercial locations in Brooklyn and Queens.

    Under the Brooklyn/Queens Demand Management Program, customers will be able to use installed battery storage systems to export power to the electric grid to respond to Con Edison's calls to reduce peak load conditions in the area.

    The program is expected to cut peak hour energy demand, save homeowners cash, and defer the construction of a $1 billion electrical substation, according to the PSC. (Source: New York State Public Service Commission, PR, 25 May, 2017)Contact: ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094,; NY PSC, Jon Sorense, (518) 416-2496,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy Storage,  Consolidated Edison,  New York State Public Service Commission,  

    S&C Completes Ameren Illinois Microgrid Project (Ind. Report)
    S&C Electric,Ameren
    Date: 2017-05-29
    S&C Electric Company reports it has provided the intelligent automation and control systems at Ameren's Technology Applications Center (TAC) near the University of Illinois campus,for Ameren Corporation's microgrid facility in Champaign, Illinois. The Ameren microgrid provides multiple sources of distributed generation -- solar, wind, natural gas and battery storage -- as well as advanced automation to support the TAC and a 1 MW residential load.

    The Ameren microgrid is the first system in the U.S. to utilize S&C's PureWave® SMS-250 Storage Management System, which provides 500 kWhrs of lithium-ion battery energy storage for the microgrid system. The SMS-250 stores energy from both the utility and the facility's generation sources; provides the voltage signal for the microgrid; enables renewable integration and smoothing; and controls the microgrid frequency and power quality. The project also uses a mix of new distributed generation sources including a 100 kW wind turbine, a 125 kW solar array, and two 500kW kW natural gas generators. (Source: S&C Electric Company, PR, 23 May, 2017) Contact: S&C Electric, David Chiesa, Business Development,; Ameren,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren,  S&C Electric,  Energy Storage,  

    Oil Majors Invest $4.6Mn in Kite Wind Power Generation (Int'l)
    Shell, Schlumberger, EON
    Date: 2017-05-29
    Oil giants Royal Dutch Shell, Schlumberger, and EON are reported to be backing the Kite Power Systems (KPS) initiative. The KPS initiative, which receive a total of $6.4 million in funding from its three investors, is slated to begin testing in Scotland later this summer.

    KPS is constructing a 17-meter device that flies on high air currents above the ground and generates power by the kite's constant pulling and contracting tether cable. (Source: Shell, Schlumberger, EON, The Street, 26 May, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kite Wind,  Wind,  Shell,  Schlumberger,  EON,  

    Two Innergex French Wind Farms Come Online (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Innergex Renewable Energy
    Date: 2017-05-29
    Longueuil, Quebec-headquartered Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports that its recently acquired Vaite (38.9 MW) and Rougemont-1 (36.1 MW) wind farms in France have begun commercial operation. Innergex holds a 69.55 pct stake interest in the wind farms and Desjardins Group Pension Plan owns the remaining 30.45 pct.

    Vaite and Rougemont-1's average annual production is estimated to reach 93,140 MWh and 84,720 MWh respectively, enough to power more than 37,300 French households. All the electricity produced by the two wind farms will be sold under fixed-price, 15-PPAs PPAs with Electricite de France (EDF).

    Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. develops, owns and operates run-of-river hydroelectric facilities, wind farms and solar PV farms and carries out its operations in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, Canada, France and Idaho, USA. (Source: Innergex, Renewable Energy Inc., PR, 26 May6, 2017))Contact: Innergex Renewable Energy, Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2550,; Electricite de France,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innergex Renewable Energy,  

    Telehouse London Wins Data Centre Energy Efficiency Award (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-05-29
    In London, global data center provider Telehouse has been named winner in the Data Centre Energy Efficiency Project of the Year category for the 2017 Data Centre Solutions Awards. Telehouse was presented the award for its world class data center and latest addition to the London Docklands data center campus Telehouse North Two.

    North Two features vertical Indirect Adiabatic and Evaporative (IAC) cooling system, delivering power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.16 across six floors of plant space. This innovative technology positions this 24,000 square-meter facility as one of the most efficient and greenest data centers in the world.

    Telehouse is is the data center subsidiary of Japanese corporation KDDI, a leading Japanese mobile and fixed-line telecommunications and ICT solution provider to more then 3000 corporations in 28 countries worldwide. (Source: Telehouse Europe, 24 May, 2017) Contact: Telehouse Europe, Paul Leonard, +44(0)20-7512-4445,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Data Center Energy Efficiency,  

    Sky Solar Invests in PV Tech AmberWave Systems (Ind. Report)
    AmberWave, Sky Solar
    Date: 2017-05-29
    Hong Kong-headquartered ndependent power producer Sky Solar Holdings Ltd is reporting an unspecified strategic investment in New Hampshire-based building integrated pv technology firm AmberWave Systems Inc.

    As part of the investment, Sky Solar's Sky Capital America Inc unit will provide project financing, system design, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) management and operations and maintenance (O&M) services for the first 250 MW of AmberWave BIPV technology deployments.

    New Hampshire-headquartred AmberWave makes flexible silicon PV cells for solar integrated metal rooftops, unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites. (Source: Sky Solar, RenewablesNow, 23 May, 2017) Contact: SKY Solar Holdings, +81 3 5235 3470,; AmberWave Systems Inc.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sky Solar,  Solar Cell,  Amber Wave,  

    GE, Innvenergy Ink Wind Turbine, Cyber Security Deal (Ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy,Innvenergy
    Date: 2017-05-29
    GE Renewable Energy reports it has been selected to provide wind turbines to a 300-MW wind farm being developed in Texas by independent clean energy provider Innvenergy. GE Renewable Energy, who will provide 120 of its GE2.5-116.90-meter wind turbines for the Santa Rita wind farm being developed in Reagan County, Texas, by Invenergy. A separate cybersecurity agreement has also been inked by the two companies.

    (Source: GE Renewable Energy, CleanTechnica, Innvenergy, Others, 26 May, 2017) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, President and CEO, Onshore Wind,; Invenergy Wind, (312) 224-1400,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Innvenergy ,  Wind,  

    Renewables Net Metering Set for Newfoundland (Ind. Report)
    Labrador Hydro, Newfoundland Power
    Date: 2017-05-29
    The Public Utilities Board of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada's easternmost province, is reporting approval of a net metering policy for renewable energy power generators with a capacity of up to 100 kW. The scheme, which comes into force July 1, 207, will be open to Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Newfoundland Power Inc. customers generating power from wind, photovoltaic, geothermal, biomass, tidal, or wave energy sources of 100 kW or less up to a system total limit of 5 MW.

    Under the framework, the two utilities are responsible for developing and implementing net metering programs for their respective clients. The utilities will be updating their websites with additional information in the coming weeks and expect to be in a position to begin accepting customer net metering applications effective July 1, 2017. (Source: Newfoundland and Labrador PUB, PV Mag., 22 May, 2017) Contact: Labrador Hydro,; Newfoundland Power,; Public Utilities Board of Newfoundland and Labrador, (709) 726-8600,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Metering,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  

    Canada to Cut Oil-Gas Industry Methane Emissions (Reg & Leg)
    Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Date: 2017-05-29
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, has announced regulations to reduce methane emissions and air pollution from Canada's oil and gas sector.

    These regulations are part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change to reduce methane emissions by 40 to 45 pct by 2025 and remove approximately about 20 megatonnes of CO2from the atmosphere a year -- equal to removing about five million passenger vehicles from the road each year.

    Quick facts on the proposed regulations:

  • Provinces and territories will have the flexibility to develop their own regulations to replace the federal ones provided they achieve similar outcomes;
  • The oil and gas sector is Canada's largest emitter of climate-warming methane gas and "volatile organic compounds", some of which are toxic to human health and are contributors to smog;
  • Reducing methane emissions is one of the lowest cost actions Canada can take to reduce greenhouse gases;
  • The proposed methane regulations will be phased in between 2020 and 2023;
  • Canada is also making significant financial investments of $14 million to support the work of Canadian companies working on methane-emission reductions in Mexico and Chile. Canada is also working with Mexico to support its commitment to developing methane regulations for oil and gas;
  • Canada has made progress in reducing volatile organic compound emissions through regulations for the transportation sector and industries outside of the oil and gas sector;
  • In total, 26 refineries, oil-sands up-graders, and petrochemical facilities would be affected by these regulations;
  • Under the proposed regulations, companies would need to regularly check and repair leaks from their equipment, use cleaner technologies to minimize emissions, monitor emissions at their property line, and report the results to the Government;
  • The proposed air pollution regulations would have the secondary effect of reducing methane from oil and gas facilities.

    The Government of Canada is supporting this committing $200 million to support clean-technology research, development, and demonstration and adoption of clean technology in the natural resources sectors. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, PR, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers, Press Secretary , 9613) 462-5473,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Metrhane Emissions,  

  • Peatlands' Role in Climate Mitigation Examined (Ind. Report)
    International Institute for Sustainable Development
    Date: 2017-05-29
    Last week in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) held a thematic session on the management and protection of peatlands and role of peatlands in climate change mitigation and in the protection of biodiversity.

    Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Indonesia and Peru may contain some of the worlds large tracks of peatlands, with research suggesting that in the DRC alone, peatlands may hold 30 billion tons of carbon or three years worth of global carbon emissions.

    carbon emissions. In concert with the GLF, the Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR) of the CIGAR research found "unprecedented extents and volumes of peatlands in the tropics, three times the size of previous estimates, and mainly outside Asia. The research is meant to help countries find out if they have peatlands, determine their size and ascertain how best to protect them. (Source: IISD, 25 May, 2017) Contact: International Institute for Sustainable Development, (204) 958-7700,,; Global Peatlands Initiative, +254-(020) 762-5109,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Institute for Sustainable Development,  Carbon Emissions,  Peatland,  Carbon Storage,  Climate Change,  

    HPE Touts Climate Science-Based Supply Chain Program (Ind. Report)
    Hewlett Packard
    Date: 2017-05-29
    Palo Alto, California-headquartered IT-major Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is reporting the world's first comprehensive supply chain management program based on climate science. The initiative will provide HPE suppliers with the tools they need to develop a customized plan to reduce their own emissions and drives a global standard for supplier greenhouse gas (GHG) engagement and abatement. HPE's objective is for this innovative program to act as a model for the industry and the world.

    The program will require 80 pct of HPE manufacturing suppliers1 to set science-based emissions reduction targets in their own operations by 2025, seeking to avoid 100 million tons of emissions -- equivalent to removing 21 million cars off the road for an entire year.

    As part of the goal, HPE will reduce manufacturing-related GHG emissions on an absolute basis within our supply chain by 15 pct by 2025, becoming the first IT company to establish a supply chain goal that is in line with climate science.

    HPE previously committed to reaching 100 pct renewable energy, reducing operational GHG emissions by 25 pct , and increasing the efficiency of its product portfolio 30 times by 2025. (Source: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lara Birkes, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (415) 860-9320,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hewlett Packard,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate CHange,  Energy Efficiency ,  

    Universal Biofuels Inks BP Biodiesel Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-05-29
    Cupertiono, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has inked a three-year biofuels supply agreement with BP Singapore Pte Limited (BPS), the regional trading arm of BP Plc, which has an expanding biofuels portfolio.

    The Universal Biofuels 50 million gpy plant in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh is expected to begin shipments to foreign marketsbeginning in Q3. Universal Biofuels is the only India biofuels producer approved under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard for delivery of tallow and waste oil biodiesel into California. (Source: Aemetis, Inc., 25 May, 2017) Contact: Aemetis Inc., Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO , Satya Chillara, IR, (408) 213-0939,,; BP Singapore, +65 6371 8888,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  BP,  Biodiesel,  

    Neutral Fuels Touts "Enzymatic" Biodiesel Breakthrough (Int'l)
    Neutral Fuels
    Date: 2017-05-29
    In the UAE, Dubai-based biodiesel producer Neutral Fuels reports it has become the first company in the world to commercialize an "enzymatic biodiesel." The company has developed a way of using a strain of enzyme derived from the fungus that grows on a soy bean to allow it to process poor quality used cooking oil into good biodiesel.

    The company foresees the development having a major impact on the adoption of renewable fuels in the logistics and wider transport industries. "Last year we grew 40 pct, and this year we're going to double, and it's astounding the level of uptake we're now seeing," according to Neutral Fuels CEO Karl Feilder. (Source: Neutral Fuels,, 28 May, 2017) Contact: Neutral Fuels, Karl Feilder, CEO,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neutral Fuels,  Biodiesel,  

    UPM Biofuels Wood-based Liquid Biofuels RSB Certified (Int'l)
    UPM Biofuels
    Date: 2017-05-29
    Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels reports it has received a new acknowledgement of the sustainability of its value chain by receiving an RSB (The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) certificate for both UPM BioVerno renewable diesel and naphtha, as well as production side streams turpentine and pitch.

    RSB verifies the sustainability and reliability of feedstock sourcing and production and certifies the sustainability of biofuels evaluated against 12 principles which have been approved by many stakeholders, including NGOs and UN agencies. In addition to the greenhouse gas savings compared to fossil fuels, the RSB principles cover biodiversity, human rights and environmental and social responsibility throughout the value chain.RSB is one of the European Commission's approved voluntary schemes, which can be used to show compliance with the EU Renewable Energy Directive's sustainability criteria. RSB certification can also be used to verify the sustainability of biomaterials for non-energy applications.

    UPM Biofuels uses crude tall oil, a residue from pulp production, to produce both biofuels and biomaterials in its 120 million lpy biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland. (Source: UPM, PR, 29 May, 2017) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Maiju Helin, Senior Manager, Safety, Sustainability and Quality, +358 50 325 6046, Sari Mannonen, UPM Biofuels, +358 45 265 1345,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuels news,  Biofuels news,  Tall Oil news,  

    ICM SMT V2™ Tech Installed at NUVU Ethanol Plants (Ind. Report)
    ICM Inc,NUVU Fuels, Carbon Green BioEnergy
    Date: 2017-05-29
    Colwich, Kansas-headquartered ethanol technology specialist ICM Inc. and NUVU Fuels LLC are reporting the adoption of ICM's patented Selective Milling Technology V2 (SMT V2™) NUVU's Carbon Green BioEnergy in Lake Odessa, Michigan and Iroquois BioEnergy in Rensselaer, Indiana. These two 55 million gpy production facilities are scheduled to be the first commercial scale adopters of ICM's new advanced designe™d SMT V2™.

    SMT V2 enables plants to produce increases of up to 3 pct ethanol yield and up to 15 pct distiller's oil recovery, and ultimately, increased revenues. ICM's new design provides up to a 50 pct reduction in horsepower, while providing an opportunity to dramatically change the grind profile and to reduce suspended solids throughout the plant.

    SMT V2 is a platform technology that frees more starch critical for enzyme conversion to sugar by selectively targeting and flaking larger starch particles into smaller ones; separating starch away from fiber, protein, or fats. Using a newly designed proprietary milling device, the new and improved SMT V2™ allows plants to take advantage of these benefits, while also maximizing efficiencies by reducing the amount of energy needed. (Source: ICM Inc., 26 May 2017) Contact: ICM Inc., Dave VanderGriend, CEO, Chris Mitchell, Pres., (316) 796-0900,; NUVU Fuels, Mick Miller, Pres., (320) 585-7901,,; Carbon Green BioEnergy, (613) 374-4000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICM Inc,  NUVU Fuels,  Ethanol ,  

    Greenfield Specialty Alcohols Now Greenfield Global (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Specialty Alcohols
    Date: 2017-05-29
    In Ontario, Toronto-based Greenfield Specialty Alcohols Inc., Canada's largest ethanol producer, has changed its name to Greenfield Global Inc. The company says its new name, Greenfield Global Inc., better reflects its broad product categories and commercialization of biochemicals and biofuels.

    The name and branding is effective immediately and will be implemented across the company's products and services through the calendar year and 2018. (Source: Greenfield Global, 26 May, 2017) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, Pres., CEO,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Greenfield Specialty Alcohols,  Alcohol Fuel ,  

    Northland Power Plans $4.96Bn Offshore Wind Investment (Ind. Report)
    Northland Power,
    Date: 2017-05-26
    Following-up on our October 26, 216 coverage, Toronto-headquartered headquartered Northland Power Development Inc reports it will invest $4.96 billion (US) to develop offshore wind farms in partnership with Singapore-headquartered Yushan Energy Pte Ltd. In 2015, the two firms formed the JV Hai Long Offshore Wind Farm Project Office to facilitate deployment of more than 100 wind turbines at two sites 40km to 50km offshore.

    Hai Long is seeking syndicated loans and offering equity positions to finance the construction, which is set to begin in 2019 for commercial operation by 2023 or 2024. (Source: Northland Power, Taipei Times, 19 May, 2017) Contact: Northland Power, (416) 962-6262,; Yushan Energy,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Northland Power,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

    CO2 Solutions' Quebec Carbon Capture Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    CO2 Solutions
    Date: 2017-05-26
    Quebec City-headquartered enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology specialist CO2 Solutions Inc. reports it has completed the preliminary engineering phase of the carbon capture project at the Resolute Forest Products' pulp mill in the Saint-Felicien region of Quebec and the commercial reuse of the captured CO2 by Serres Toundra greenhouse facility.

    The next phase of the project will involve detailed engineering of the CO2 capture and reuse facility, which is scheduled to be completed by October 2017. The completed capture plant is expected to be commissioned and begin production in late 2018.

    The $8.4 million unit will be designed to produce 30 tpd of CO2, a higher number than what was initially expected. Since the anticipated revenues were based on a 15 tpd estimate, the company now believes annual revenues from the project will amount to $750,000. (Source: CO2 Solutions, PR, Canadian Biomass, 24 May, 2017) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456,,

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

    Empire State Moves to Cut Methane-Gas Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo
    Date: 2017-05-26
    In Albany, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has introduced 25 actions meant to reduce methane-gas emissions by 2020. The Governor's initiate is part of the state's effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 40 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. Methane accounts for approximately 10 pct of New York's total greenhouse-gas emissions.

    The plan, which establishes a strict monitoring system, will limit methane emissions from new and existing oil and gas infrastructure, support energy production or capture and combustion of methane at landfills and farms, and provide incentives to address methane leaks in pipelines. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Engineering News-Record, JM Eagle, 24 May, 2017) Contact: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Landfill Gas,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  

    Swiss Voters Approve Renewables Strategy (Int'l, Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2017-05-26
    In Zurich, almost 60 pct of Swiss voters have endorsed a new energy strategy that aims to promote renewable energy, ban new nuclear power plants and lower energy consumption. The program also aims to improve and increase building energy efficiency.

    Solar, wind, biomass and geothermal energy production will be increased and hydroelectric utilities can expect additional subsidies. Nuclear power, which accounts for approximately 38 pct of power produced in Switzerland, will be phased out gradually, starting in 2019. (Source: Swiss Info, 21 May, 2017) Contact: Swiss Info,; Energy Minister Doris Leuthard,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

    NZ Bioenergy Assoc. calls for More Woody Biomass Use (Int'l)
    New Zealand Bioenergy Association
    Date: 2017-05-26
    The New Zealand Bioenergy Association (NZBA )reports it is disappointed the Government is not recognizing that by investment in bioenergy and other renewable energy opportunities within New Zealand that it can avoid squandering $14 billion on carbon credits to overseas countries to meet our climate change obligations.

    According to the NZBA, "Government should be sitting down with renewable organizations as a group and discussing how we can deliver the highest value options and ensure the economy and society benefits across all measures -- not just cost. This should be done before they start paying any of that $14 billion. Buying carbon credits offshore will only give tax payer money away when it could be used to help business and local government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We should be taking advantage of low-cost opportunities to reduce our carbon emissions here in New Zealand by increasing our use of bioenergy, particularly in the heat sector."

    “Bioenergy has the potential to add revenue of $6 billion to the country's economy, and to create jobs and economic growth -- particularly in the regions. In the short term, we'd like the Government to encourage the heat market to use wood fuel, farmers to process farm waste to produce bioenergy and local authorities to use organic waste for heating and transport fuel instead of dumping it in landfills," the NZBA added. (Source: NZ Bioenergy Association, PR, Scoop NZ, 24 May, 2017) Contact: NZ Bioenergy Association, Grant Smith, Chair, +64 (0)4 385 3398,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  

    EPA Issues 90-day Stay on Landfill Methane Rules (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2017-05-26
    In the nation's capital, the U.S. EPA reports a 90-day administrative stay for the August 2016 New Source Performance Standards and Emissions Guidelines for municipal solid waste landfills. This stay will allow EPA to reconsider certain aspects of the new source standards and emission guidelines for existing landfills.

    Consistent with President Trump's Energy Independence Executive Order, EPA will continue to review these actions to ensure that they protect the environment and enable a growing economy.

    Municipal solid waste landfills receive non-hazardous waste and under updated rules are required to install and operate landfill gas collection systems that monitor landfill gas/methane emissions.

    Rule details are available HERE. (Source: US EPA, News Release, 23 May, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Landfill Gas,  Obama Methane Rule,  

    Notable Quote -- One More from the President

    Date: 2017-05-26
    "I'm still open-minded. Nobody really knows. Look, I'm somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It's not something that's so hard and fast. I do know this: Other countries are eating our lunch." -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump discussing climate change. 11 Dec, 2016)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump news,  Climate Change news,  

    The Donald Would Dump "Really Clean Coal" R&D (Funding)
    Date: 2017-05-26
    In the Trump administration's just released budget proposal, the President's promise of "really clean coal" has been dimmed by a proposed $1.7 billion cut in the agency's budget. To date, the DOE has spent an average of $200 million per year researching ways to capture and store the carbon dioxide emitted when coal is burned to make electricity, with at best limited success. It looks like the dream of "really clean coal" just got a little tougher.

    With the proposed cuts, the agency would focus on basic research and free those technologies to private industry for development and commercialization. (Source: DOE, Bloomberg, Various Media, May 24, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CLean Coal,  Coal,  USEPA,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Notable Quote
    Clean Coal,Donald Trump
    Date: 2017-05-26
    "My administration is putting an end to the war on coal. We're going to have clean coal, really clean coal," -- Donald Trump, Mar, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal,  Donald Trump,  Coal,  

    Yanchang Touts Upcoming Chinese CCS Project (Int'l Report)
    Yanchang Research Institute
    Date: 2017-05-26
    Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum (Group) Co Ltd. Yanchang Research Institute is reporting that Asia's first commercial carbon capture and storage (CCS) project is slated to begin operation in 2018 in northwestern China's Shaanxi province. The project will have an annual capacity of 360,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which will be used for enhance oil recovery operations.

    The company has submitted and is awaiting a feasibility study to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and it is awaiting official approval. Two projects, boosting the company's capacity to capture CO2 by a total of 1.3 million tpy are already in operation. In 2013, the NDRC implemented a new policy to promote carbon capture and storage. The policy called on local governments to take further steps on pilot projects, which could enhance research on capturing CO2 to help tackle climate change and create economic benefits. (Source: Yanchang Research Institute,, China Daily, 24 May, 2017) Contact: Yanchang Research Institute,; NDRC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Carbon Dioxide,  NDRC,  Emissions,  CCS,  

    Scottish Power Seals Two US Offshore Wind Deals (Ind. Report)
    Scottish Power
    Date: 2017-05-26
    Glasgow-headquartered Scottish Power Renewables, part of the Iberdrola Group, confirms it has won the right to build two offshore wind farms in the US which it says could eventually power 400,000 homes. Financial and other details have not been disclosed.

    The two wind farms, which will be constructed off the coast of Massachusetts and North Carolina, are expected to start generating power by 2022 and 2025 respectively. (Source: Scottish Power, BBC News, 21 May, 2017) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scottish Power,  Wind,  

    Natural Power Wins Scottish Turbine Service Contracts (Int'l)
    Natural Power,Fred.Olsen
    Date: 2017-05-26
    Castle Dougla, Scotland-headquartered Natural Power, an independent renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, reports it has been selected for maintenance service at the Rothes Wind Farm and Paul's Hill Wind Farm located South West of Elgin, Scotland.

    Rothes Wind Farm incorporates 22 Siemens 2.3 MW CS turbines, each rated at 2.3 MW, providing a total installed capacity of 50.6 MW. The Paul's Hill Wind Farm, which utilizes 28 Siemens 2.3 MW CS turbines, went into full operations in May, 2006 , and generates sufficient power for approximately 35,000 homes .

    Natural Power offers proactive and integrated consultancy, management and due diligence services across the onshore wind, offshore wind, wave, tidal, renewable heat, solar pv and hydro sectors globally. (Source: Natural Power, PR, RealWire, 22 May, 2017) Contact: Natural Power, Jane Maher, PR, +44 (0) 7887 995 589,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Power,  Wind,  

    Verisk Analytics Acquires MAKE (M&A)
    Verisk Analytics, MAKE
    Date: 2017-05-26
    Jersey City, New Jersey-headquartered Verisk Analytics, a data analytics specialist, is reporting the acquisition of MAKE, a research and advisory firm focused on wind power. MAKE will become part of Wood Mackenzie, a Verisk Analytics business that provides research and advisory services to the power and natural resources sector. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    MAKE, with locations in Denmark, China and the U.S., offers reports, access to MAKE's proprietary databases and forecasts, analyst presentations, direct analyst access and bespoke consulting projects. (Source: Verisk Analytics, GTM , 22 May., 2016) Contact: MAKE, +45 7026 6628,,; Verisk Analytics,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Verisk Analytics,  Wind,  MAKE,  

    DNV GL Creates Web-Based Wind, Solar Forecasting (Ind. Report)
    DNV CG
    Date: 2017-05-26
    The global energy advisory and certification specialist DNV GL is reporting the addition of its suite of short-term wind and solar power forecasting services with the launch of Forecaster NOW, an on-demand Web portal with e-commerce-enabled transactions.

    Forecaster NOW provides on-demand forecasts of select power markets with hourly resolution to seven days. Easily accessible on the Web, Forecaster NOW aims to provide energy traders, plant operators and other stakeholders with immediate estimates of future wind and solar plant energy production, according to DNV GL. These instant forecasts can help energy traders validate trading instincts and inform operations and maintenance managers regarding scheduling. Forecaster NOW also provides insight into the potential impacts of wind and solar generation on power supply and pricing, delivering energy traders the data needed to help validate timely trading decisions in Texas' ERCOT market, the company adds. (Source: DNV GL, NA Windpower, 22 May, 2017) Contact: DNV GL Energy Advisory, Craig Collier, head of forecasting for the Americas, Carole Barbeau, Americas President, +49 40 361 490, GL,  Wind,  Solar,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DNV GL,  Wind,  Solar,  

    Saint-Gobain Renews Recommits to Better Plants Prog. (Ind. Report)
    Saint-Gobain,U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program,
    Date: 2017-05-26
    Malvern, Penna.-based high prtformance building materials specialist Saint-Gobain reports it has renewed its commitment to the U.S. DOE's Better Plants Program, an initiative of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Better Buildings Initiative, which works with leading manufacturers to improve energy efficiency to drive cost savings for the industrial sector.

    Saint-Gobain joined the program in 2011 and committed to reduce its energy consumption by 20 pct by 2020 at its 84 U.S. manufacturing plants. In addition to its renewed pledge, Saint-Gobain was recognized on May 15 as a winner of DOE 2017 Better Practice Award for its Water, Waste and Energy (WWE) Program which encourages the reduction of a plant's environmental impact. (Source: Saint-Gobain, PR, 24 May, 2017) Contact: Saint-Gobain NA, Thomas Kinisky, Pres., CEO,;US DOE Better Plants Program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Saint-Gobain,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Bldg. Energy Efficiency Tax Incentive Stressed (Ind. Report)
    Regional Economic Models Inc
    Date: 2017-05-26
    According to a study by Regional Economic Models Inc. (REMI), 77,000 or more new design and construction jobs would be created annually over 10 years -- along with almost $7.4 billion more in annual GDP -- if Congress and the Trump Administration continue an important energy efficiency tax policy, the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction (Sec. 179D). The deduction allows qualifying building owners and businesses to receive up to a $1.80 per square foot tax deduction for certain energy efficient improvements placed into service during all open tax years.

    The REMI study documents job creation and GDP growth under three scenarios that continue energy efficiency tax policies:

  • Modernizing Section 179D, including increasing the deduction to $3 per square foot and making certain other reforms to strengthen it, generates significant job creation -- on average 76,529 per year during its first decade.
  • A long-term extension of the deduction at its current $1.80 per square foot level creates an average of almost 41,000 jobs per year over 10 years.
  • A long-term extension at $1.80 per square foot, extension of the deduction to hospitals, schools, and other non-profits and to tribal community facilities, and an increase in the energy efficiency requirements creates almost 40,000 jobs per year over the next decade.

    The study was co-funded by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Alliant Group LP, Ameresco, Blue Energy Group, Concord Energy Strategies, Energy Tax Savers, Energy Systems Group, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).(Source: Regional Economic Models Inc., Proud Green Building, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Regional Economic Models Inc.,

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

  • Global Market for Energy Efficient Bldg. Tech. Expected to Reach $360Bn in 2026, says Navigant (Report Available)
    Navigant Research
    Date: 2017-05-26
    Energy Efficient Buildings Global Outlook, new report available from Navigant Research examines the global market for energy efficient building products and services, providing an analysis of market issues and global forecasts for revenue, segmented by product type, service type, region, and construction type, through 2026.

    The report analyzes nine key segments: HVAC, lighting, controls, water efficiency, water heating, building envelope, other, and commissioning and installation services.

    The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including market drivers and hurdles, opportunities, and current market trends, related to energy efficient building technologies. Global market forecasts for revenue, segmented by product and service type, region, and construction type, extend through 2026. The report also examines the key regional market dynamics and technologies related to energy efficient building products and services, as well as the competitive landscape.

    An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download HERE; Additional report information is HERE. (Source: Navigant Consulting, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Research,  Building Rfficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  

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