The strategy emphasizes:
Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc., which focuses on the renewable energy, biofuels, and new technologies sectors, holds the license to the patented technology CTS, a mechanical/chemical dry process for converting cellulose material into sugar for use in the biofuels industry. The company aims to retrofit existing and/or shuttered ethanol plants with the mechnocatalytic cellulosic conversion process, transforming them into carbon-neutral and waste-free production facilities. (Source: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc., PR, 24 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Progressive Fuels Ltd., Curtis Chandler, President, www.progressivefuelslimited.com; )Contact: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Alliance Bio-Products, Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106, email@example.com, www.alliancebioe.com
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CW Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed CW Group Holdings Limited, will be working with Nanyang Technological University, while Red Dot Power is working with National University of Singapore, ST Kinetics' subsidiary Singapore Test Services, and German-American technology company Younicos.
The test-bed is expected to be operational for three years at two substation locations.(Source: Business Times, Energy & Commodities, 23 Oct.,2017)
Contact: CW Group, www.cwgrp.com; Red Dot Power, www.reddotpower.com.sg
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The Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean (CSES-S) fund will provide technical assistance supporting up to six energy storage and/or grid modernisation proposals, from the Bank's Borrowing Member countries (BMCs).
Since its founding in 2016, the CSES-S Fund has supported 15 technical assistance projects including 10 capacity-building projects, 4 development support projects and one regulatory support project.
The Canadian Government provided $3.9 million in grant resources to the CDB to support Disaster Risk Management and Climate Project in Haiti as well as an Energy Efficiency and Solar PV Projects.
(Source: Caribbean Development Bank, Energy Storage, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Caribbean Development Bank , Tessa Williams-Robertson, Renewable Energy , www.caribank.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,
In 2013, Britain introduced a carbon price support mechanism under which power generators pay a levy of £23 per tonne of carbon emitted -- almost five times more than in the rest of the EU. These arrangements have prompted power generators to shut down many of their coal-fired power stations in the UK. (Source: SSE, Sandbag, Financial Times, 22 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Scottish and Southern Energy,
www.ssepd.co.uk; Sandbag, www.sandbag.org.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Carbon Tax, Carbon, Sandbag, Climate Change,
The first phase of the Kennedy project -- a 50/50 JV with Eurus Energy Holdings and Windlab -- is a 60.5 MW hybrid renewable energy project comprises 43.5 MW of wind capacity, 15 MW of solar PV capacity and a 2 MW Lithium ion battery storage installation near Hughenden.
Windlab recently completed a capital raising and stock market listing to help it fund the first stage of the Kennedy project, and other projects in its pipeline. (Source: Windlab, CleanTechnic, Renew Economy, Oct., 2017)Contact: CS Energy, www.csenergy.com.au; Windlab, Roger Price, CEO, +27 21 701 1292, www.windlab.com; Eurus Energy Holdings, http://eurus-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Eurus Energy, Energy Storage, Wind, Solar, CS Energy, Windlab, Wind, Solar, Energy Storage,
Voltus's suite of energy management products and services delivers cash to commercial, institutional, and industrial customers at no-cost and no-risk in a simple, single page agreement. Combined with Voltus's industry-leading energy expertise and best-in-class cloud-based technology platform, this investment is meant to solidify Voltus as the world's leading provider of demand response.
(Source: Voltus Inc., 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: Voltus Inc., Veery Maxwell, Director of Energy Innovation,
Gregg Dixon , (617) 283-9387, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.voltus.co
More Low-Carbon Energy News Voltus, Demand Response,
Sun Exchange leverages blockchain technology to allow people to buy solar cells in solar projects mostly in solar-rich but power-poor emerging markets. More investors get access to solar panel ownership while providing businesses and communities access to cheaper power. Investors can purchase single solar cells for less than $10.
Sun Exchange has been in Africa since 2014 and has additional locations in California and Dubai. (Source: SunExchange, 20 Oct., 2017) Contact: Sun Exchange, Abraham Cambridge, CEO, https://thesunexchange.com
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Amazon plans to meet its energy needs from the facility and sell the balance to the Texas grid.
The new West Texas wind farm is Amazon's 18th wind farm with 35 more wind operations in the works. (Source: Amazon Wind Farm Texas, Engadget, High Plains Public Radio, 19 Oct., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon, Wind,
Oil-soaked Alberta has set a goal of reducing methane emissions 45 pct by 2025 -- a target researchers say could be severely compromised by the study's findings.
The methane gas currently being wasted would supply almost all the natural gas needs of Alberta, and is worth $530 million per year -- an economic cost for governments in the form of lost royalties and taxes, and for industry in terms of revenue, according to the syudy.
(Source: Environmental Science & Technology, Other Media, Climate Nexus, 18 Oct., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta, Carbon Emissions, Methane, GHG, Greenhouse Gas,
The solar project is expected to save South Portland roughly $3-million over the course of its 40-year service life span. (Source: City of South Portland, WGME, 19 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of South Portland, www.southportland.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,
Under the 10-year contract,
Veolia installed two of its combined heat and power (CHP) on the school campus to provide lifetime monitoring and maintenance for the CHP. The new CHP units will enable the school to
generate over 80 pct of its electric power needs onsite, reduce costs and cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by approximately 35 pct by 2020 against a 1990 baseline.
(Source: Veolia, power-technology.com, 17 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of East Anglia, +44 1603 456161, www.uea.ac.uk; Veolia, www.veolia.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia, Carbon Emissions, CO2,
Specifically, Hickenloper's greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan ignores the state's major methane pollution producer -- the St. Louis-based Arch Coal-owned West Elk coal mine near Paonia, Colo. The mine spewed more methane into the air from 2011 through 2016 than any other man-made source and was the state's worst source of methane pollution, according to EPA data. In 2016 the West Elk Mine vented directly into the atmosphere. Mines can reduce methane pollution significantly by flaring the gas, putting it in a pipeline for household use or using it to generate power. But Arch Coal, which operates the mine on public land, has reportedly refused to implement these measures.
Hickenlooper's administration has rejected recommendations from its own inspectors to require coal mines to file permits disclosing other pollutants emitted when methane is vented.
In September the Trump administration proposed approval of an expansion of the West Elk Mine into 1,700 acres of wildlands in the Gunnison National Forest.
(Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, (520) 623-5252, email@example.com, www.biologicaldiversity.org; Arch Coal, www.archcoal.com; Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, www.colorado.gov/governor
More Low-Carbon Energy News Arch Coal, Hickenlooper, Coal, Methane Emissions, Arch Coal,
According to the Sierra Club complaint, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is not submitting the required reports on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of the Energy Independence and Security Act's Renewable Fuel Standard program and has failed to complete the required "anti-backsliding" study to determine whether vehicle and engine air pollutant emissions changes, resulting from the Program's renewable fuel volumes, adversely impact air quality". the complaint says.
The Sierra Club says it sent a letter to Pruitt on February 23, informing him that he wasn't performing his duty in regard to the RFS program.
The Sierra Club seeks a declaration that Pruitt and the EPA have violated federal law, and an order compelling them to file the overdue reports.
(Source: Sierra Club, 20 Oct., 2017) Contact: Sierra Club, Devorah Ancel, Oakland, California Office, www.sierraclub.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, Biofuel Blend, Scott Pruitt, Sierra Club, ,
The report finds the aviation industry's goal of significantly reducing emissions by 2050 will prove impossible without an unprecedented expansion in biofuel production. This expansion, however, will only exacerbate the global land grabbing trend, a phenomenon that has already threatened food security and land rights throughout the developing world.
Access the report
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Target's initiative is focused on: increasing adoption of renewable energy operations wide; driving energy and water efficiency; investing in innovations supporting the transition to a lower-carbon transportation system;
considering climate impacts in raw materials sourcing, particularly the impacts of land use change, and designing plans to mitigate those impacts; and
supporting communities most heavily impacted by climate change and building their resilience to climate change impacts like extreme weather events
(Source: Target, CleanTechnica, Others, 19 Oct., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, Carbon Enissions, Climate Change,
For the first time ICAO and the vast majority of its 191 member states recognize that aviation needs sustainable alternative fuels in the short term to effectively decarbonize the sector. There are numerous industry and state initiatives aiming at developing new technologies respecting sustainability criteria as well as enabling sensible business models. Therefore, beyond the questions of the targeted volume, ICAO role will be essential to frame those initiatives and exchange best practices around the world.
(Source: ICAO, EURACTIV, Oct 16, 2017 )
Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.icao.in
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Although using seaweed as a biofuel feedstock is considered feasible, challenge is developing a large enough biomass and feed stock at a viable price.
(Source: Woods Hole, CapeCod.com, 16 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Woods Hole Ocean Institute, Scott Lindell, Erin Fischell, (508) 540-9900, www.whrc.org;
US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, www.arpa-e.energy.gov
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HEP has been developed as a direct result of EEG's two decades of extensive experience working with the hospitality industry internationally, helping them reduce their utility expenses and ecological footprint. This unique SaaS (software as a service), accessible from any browser on any device, offers : A Configurable Dashboard ; Advanced Utilities Analytics Module; Reports and Alerts; Knowledgebase/Technical Library; Projects Management Module ; and An internal Forum - driving inter communication between all users on energy and utilities optimisation topics The HEP includes complex tariff structures for every utility, endless submetering possibilities, ease of data upload through connectable sheets, a strong analytics engine to cope with Big Data and a 360° utilities management programme lifecycle.
EEG boasts a portfolio in the global hospitality industry includes more than 250 properties in 23 countries.
EEG covers the whole lifecycle of an energy efficiency program from the energy audit to the project Implementation and the measurement verification. (Source: EEG, Hospitality Net, 23 Oct., 2017)
Contact: EEG, Ronald Diab, Managing Director ,
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A new study commissioned by environmental NGOs found that the production of first generation biofuels has driven up food and animal feed prices by 4 pct in Europe, contrary to the EC's own data which found the impact of ethanol "negligible." The EU's 2009 Renewable Energy Directive caps the share of crop-based (first generation) biofuels, including both bioethanol and biodiesel, in transport fuel at 7 pct.
(Source: European Commission, EURACTIV.com, 18 Oct., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission, Biodiesel, Palm Oil, Biofuel,
The ICAO Secretariat's proposal intended to see 128 million tpy of biofuels use in plane engines by 2040, rising to 285 million tpy -- half of all aviation fuel -- by 2050. By comparison, some 82 million tons of biofuels are currently used annually in transport worldwide. The Secretariat's proposal would have led to an major expansion in biofuel production and would have accelerated the expansion of industrial palm oil. Although Airlines would like to see increased use of biofuel , such an expansion would lead to hundreds of millions of hectares of land being deforested or shifted from food to biofuel production.
(Source: RenewableEnergyStocks.com, Various Other Media, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: ICAO, www.icao.int
The study found that only 31 pct of the consumers surveyed had participated in a utility-run energy management program. However, over the last two years, 32 percent of energy efficiency professionals reported that program participation rates had grown from three to 10 pct, and 21 pct reported that participation rates had grown by more than 10 pct. Those trends are expected to continue over the next two years. In the survey, program sizes ranged from 140 participants to 50,000, with an average of 11,000. Participation rates ranged from one percent to 80 percent, with an average of 17 percent.
The survey found a disparity between the utility perspective of what is important to consumers, and what consumers say is important to them. Only 18 percent of those polled on the utility side said that energy efficiency was "very important" to consumers, but 58 percent of the consumers said that energy efficiency was "very important."
Among the top factors generating growth in programs, according to consumers:
Improved value and incentives (61 pct) ;
Improved communications between consumers and utilities (46 pct) ;
Improved digital interfaces, tools and energy data (36 pct) ; and
Redesign with consumer friendliness in mind (29 pct).
One surprising trend is that older consumers are more likely to participate in programs. (Source: Association of Energy Services Professionals, PR, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: AESP, Suzanne Jones, COO, www.aesp.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news, Energy Management news,
According to a Statoil statement, existing fixed turbines were only best for water depths of 20 to 50 meters. The new floating design is suitable for water depths of 100 meters or more where average wind speeds are often around 10 meters per second.
(Source: Statoil, Inquirer, 22 Oct., 2017) Contact: Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy, www.masdar.ae; Statoil, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec VP New Energy Ventures, Stephen Bull, Snr, VP, Offshore Wind, Leif Delp, Hywind Project Dir., +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind, Offshore Wind, Wind, Statoil, Mardar,
The center's work will identify the enzymes and computationally predict biosynthetic pathways within clostridia that are necessary to produce biofuels, develop a technology platform for accelerating testing and pinpoint which iterations produce the highest yields, then demonstrate a Biosystems design approach to engineer clostridia for improved production of next-generation biofuels and bioproducts. (Source: Northwestern University Center for Synthetic Biology, Oct., 2017) Contact:
Northwestern Center for Synthetic Biology, syntheticbiology.northwestern.edu;
LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, email@example.com, www.lanzatech.com; ORNL Center for Bioenergy Innovation, (865) 576-8141, www.ornl.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, Biochemical, LanzaTech, ORNL, ,
In May, the CEMEX Victorville Cement Plant was one of four CEMEX cement plants to achieve U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Certification for 2017. Other CEMEX operations in Southern California have recently been recognized for their commitment to energy conservation. Terminals located in La Mirada and San Diego, Calif., also achieved the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry for reducing their energy consumption by more than 10 percent. (Source: CEMEX, PR, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: CEMEX USA Ignacio Madridejos, Pres., Matt Wild, VP Logistics, Megan Lawrence, (713) 722-1799, www.cemexusa.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR, Energy Efficiency, SCE, CEMEX,
The lease provides for the construction of a cellulosic ethanol biorefinery using patented and proprietary process technologies developed by Aemetis, Lanzatech, and InEnTec to convert waste orchard wood and nutshells which are presently burned,into low carbon cellulosic ethanol. Aemetis plans to produce more than 10 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol annually to help meet cellulosic ethanol production requirements under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and the increasing demand for low carbon biofuels under California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The current market price of cellulosic ethanol sold in California is estimated to be more than $4.50 per gallon, approximately $3.00 per gallon more than conventional ethanol.
The existing Aemetis biorefinery in Keyes, California produces more than 60 million gpy of ethanol. The company plans to construct multiple phases of cellulosic ethanol production and add more than 40 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol capacity at its Riverbank, CA site.
(Source: : Aemetis, Inc. , BayStreet.ca, Oct. 18, 2017) Contact: Aemetis,
Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Biofuel,
Novomer Inc. is commercializing a family of high-performance, cost-effective, environmentally responsible polymers and chemicals based on proprietary catalyst technology. Novomer's synthetic chemistry technology allows bio-based feedstocks such as ethanol to be combined with carbon monoxide to produce chemicals and performance materials for various industrial applications.
(Source: Novomer, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: Novomer, Jim Mahoney, CEO, (781) 419-9860, www.novomer.com
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Other project bidders included Adani, Sterling & Wilson, Ujaas, Exide, Hero and BHEL.
India's Central Electricity Authority (CEA) is also currently debating how and whether to introduce a mandate for solar and wind projects above a certain size to be coupled with energy storage. (Source: Mahindra, Energy Storage, 17 Oct., 2017) Contact: Mahindra Susten, www.mahindrasusten.com; NLC India, www.nlcindia.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Mahindra, Solar, Energy Storage,
reportedly said "The administration essentially had no choice but to relent because Iowa senators were threatening to hold nominees hostage until they got their way," Stephen Brown, Head of federal affairs for petroleum refining company Andeaver, reportedly said. According to Iowa senator Chuck Grassley (R), was a matter of the president keeping his campaign promise.
(Source: Bloomberg, Various Media, AXIOS, 19 Oct., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA , Scott Pruitt, RFS, Ethanol Blend, Ethanol,
The state is in the midst of its 2016-2018 Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan, which establishes strong objectives for energy savings. Goals of 2.94 pct and 1.24 pct energy demand reductions in electricity and gas sales, respectively, are expected to save the state almost $8 billion in energy costs.
The grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are often based on geography as the program aims for an even distribution of E15 – E85 flex fuel pumps across the state.
(Source: Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Radio Network , 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: Nebraska Corn Board, Roger Berry, Market Development, (402) 471-2676, www.nebraskacorn.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Nebraska Corn Board, Flex Fuel, E15, E85, Ethanol Blend, Corn Ethanol,
The carbon credits offered come from a range of projects in Cambodia, China, Sudan, Ethiopia, Laos, Panama and Rwanda, with plans to add additional projects within the coming months.
With more than 80 NGO supporters, Gold Standard sets the best practice benchmark for climate and development projects. As well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, every project it certifies must contribute to at least three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
(Source: Gold Standard, Sustainable Brands, October 18, 2017)
Contact: Gold Standard, Marion Verles, CEO, +41 22 788 7080, www.goldstandard.org
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The project was funded through a $974,616 award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) NY-Sun Competitive PV program. Madison County is not invested in the project.
(Source: AEP OnSite Partners, Observer-Dispatch
Oct 19, 2017] Contact: Madison County Buyea Landfill, https://wastebits.com; AEP OnSite Partners, http://aep.com/about/majorbusinesses/aepenergypartners; NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
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The projects were developed under the viability gap funding (VGF) model through which the government provides financial support to make projects commercially viable and compensates the developer for the power produced at market rates.
New Delhi-based Orange Renewable develops, builds and operates wind and solar power facilities in India with assets in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu states. Earlier this week, the company said it has secured a 200-MW wind project in Tamil Nadu in India’s second tender for 1,000 MW of wind power generation that attracted record low bids of just INR 2.64 (USD 0.041/EUR 0.035) per kWh. (Source: Orange Renewable Power, +91 11 3050 1110, www.orangerenewable.net
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Maritime shipping accounted for 932 million tons of emissions out of 36 billion tons on a global basis.
According to ICS, the data supports its objective of holding the sector's total emissions below 2008 levels.
(Source: International Council on Clean Transportation, Casualties, 18 Oct., 2017)Contact: International Council on Clean Transportation, (202) 534-1600, www.theicct.org; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Chamber of Shipping, www.ics-shipping.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping , ICS, ICCT, IMO, Maritime Emissions, Shipping Emissions,
Presently, coal accounts for almost 70 pct of Ameren's power generation while solar and wind make up less than 1 pct of the supply. The company owns no wind projects and only purchases enough wind to power roughly 25,000 homes. The new commitment would raise winds share of the company's power generation to 10 pct.
(Source: Ameren Missouri, NRDC, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Dan Laurent, Dir. Energy Services, Michael Moehn, Pres., CEO, (314) 554-2165, www.AmerenMissouri.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Renewable Energy, Ameren Missouri, Coal, Carbon Emissions,
In this new announcement, the EBRD is financing 16 new solar power plants totaling 750 MW in Egypt including the 1.8 GW Benban solar site -- the largest solar installation on the African continent. The EBRD has also financed two recently completed Serbian wind projects totaling 300 MW.
EBRD investments over the last decade have focused increasingly on sustainable energy in support of climate finance. The EBRD is well on the way to meeting commitments made in the run up to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement of dedicating 40 pct of its total annual investments to green finance by 2020, the Bank says.
(Source: EBRD, New Europe Online/KG, 18 Oct., 2017)
Contact: EBRD, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EBRD, Wind, Solar, Renewable Energy,
The World Bank issued the first green bond in 2008. The island nation of Fiji the first developing country to issue a green bond. The Fiji bonds issued between 1 November 2017 – May 2018, will mature between 1 November 2022 and 1 November 2030, with interest rates of 4 pct and 6.3 pct.
(Source: Matangi, Tonga Online, Radio New Zealand, 18 Oct., 2017)Contact: Fiji Government Online Portal, www.fiji.gov.fj
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The report research on third-generation biofuel, algae fuel, is a key trend in the global biofuels market which is expected to witness steady growth during the forecast period. According to the report, technological advances and government reforms have helped biofuels gain traction as an alternate fuel.
The top emerging market trends driving the global biofuels market according to Technavio research analysts include: research on third-generation biofuel-- Algae fuel; increased investments in biofuels; the need to comply with environmental regulations; and the prevalent volatility in the price of oil, all of which have influenced a surge in investments in the biofuels market.
Technavio's sample reports are free of charge and contain multiple sections of the report including the market size and forecast, drivers, challenges, trends, and more.
(Source: Technavio, Oct., 2018) Contact: Technavio Research, Jesse Maida,
Media & Marketing,
(844) 364-1100 – US,
+44 203 893 3200 – UK, www.technavio.com
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Other utilities that have committed to major emissions cuts include Xcel Energy, DTE Energy, Duke Energy and others. (Source: Ameren, NRDC, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Dan Laurent, Dir. Energy Services, Michael Moehn, Pres., CEO, (314) 554-2165, www.AmerenMissouri.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri, Carbon Emissions,
Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) is a statewide partnership with a shared mission to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects including
energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies and practices for homes, businesses, and Minnesota institutions.
(Source: MN Certs,
Pineandlakes Echo Journal, Oct., 2017) Contact: MN Certs, Lissa Pawlisch, Director, (612) 624-2293, www.mncerts.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Funding,
Under the four-year contract Tetra Tech will provide technical services, including conducting pilot studies for the scaling up of renewable energy projects, developing innovative approaches to increase the integration of sustainable energy grid connections, and developing regulations to promote increased investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.
The USAID initiative aims to support the transition to low emission, climate resilient economies and boost each nations' ability to meet, track and develop more ambitious commitments to greenhouse gas emissions reductions. (Source: TetraTech, PR, USAID, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: TetraTech,
Dan Batrack, CEO, (626) 351-4664, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tetratech.com;
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The move to replace streetlights citywide follows the conversion in late 2015 of interior and exterior lights to LED at various other city facilities. (Source: City of West Haven, 19 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of West Haven, www.cityofwesthaven.com; United Illuminating, Roddy Diotalevi, www.uinet.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Streetlight, Energy Efficient Light, LEDs,
The $8.5 million project, which is expected to save $10 million in energy oosts over 10 years,
will be financed through a $4 million, 10-year loan by Bank of America Public Capital Group, among other financing facilities.
(Source: City of Portland, Press Herald, Energy Mgr, 17 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of Portland, www.portlandmaine.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Street Light, Energy Efficient Light, LEDs D,
Most of the region's energy savings, 44 pct, was in residences; 33 pct was in commercial buildings; and 20 pct in industrial buildings. Agricultural efficiency improvements contributed 3 percent to the total, and there were smaller amounts in low-income housing and utility system efficiency improvements. Of the total residential and commercial savings, 65 pct, came from improved lighting efficiency, predominantly LEDs.
The 2016 total included 222 average megawatts in savings through utility efficiency programs and 53 average megawatts in savings through programs and projects of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), which works to bring energy-savings technologies, energy-efficient lights and appliances to the marketplace.
Savings from investor-owned utilities and the Energy Trust of Oregon accounted for half of the region's energy savings. Publicly owned utilities contributed 25 pct of the total, and NEEA contributed 19 pct. (Source: Northwest Power and Conservation Council, KZTV, 17 Oct., 2017] Contact: Northwest Power and Conservation Council, www.nwcouncil.org; Energy Trust of Oregon, (503)493-8888, www.energytrust.org/upgrades/financing
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The center will research guayule and guar, perennial desert shrubs that produce natural rubber and organic resins, as potential feedstocks for developing biofuel and high-value bioproducts such as rubber, polysaccharide and resin. Bridgestone Americas, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, New Mexico State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Servic are partnering in the research project.
(Source: University of Arizona Research, Discovery and Innovation,
Oct. 16, 2017) Contact: University of Arizona, Institute for Energy Solutions, Kimberly Ogden, Dir.,
(520) 621-2211, https://energy.arizona.edu
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Both Oakey 1 and Longreach have been funded to date by equity from Canadian Solar, grants from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) , and senior debt from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.
(Source: Canadian Solar Inc., PR, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, www.canadiansolar.com; Foresight Group, www.foresightgroup.com
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In addition to the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, in 2014 De Blasio launched the 80X50 Initiative that would remove 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the city by 2030.
(Source: City of New York, Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Various Media, 19 Oct., 2017) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bill de Blasio, 80X50, Carbon Emissions, GHGs, Energy Efficiency, Green Building,
Qualifying projects must use animal waste, through any proven process, to generate electricity, reduce the volume of animal waste, and address the use of the byproduct.
The AWE Grant Program is open to all businesses, government agencies, and non-profits in Maryland. Applications are due by February 28, 2018. (Source: Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Animal Waste to Energy Grant Program,
Bergeson & Campbell, Various Media, 13 Oct., 2017) Contact: Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Animal Waste to Energy Grant Program, (410) 537-4000, energy.maryland.gov
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The chemical sector is responsible for an eighth of global industrial CO2 emissions. Despite the industry's ability to innovate on low carbon, it will struggle to fully de-carbonize if it doesn't make rapid and significant changes to its own highly polluting processes, the CDP report claims. The CDP report notes that the sector is still providing climate change solutions on the product side and is profiting from the low carbon transition, with around 20 pct of revenues coming from these products. representing close to $83 billion in revenues.
Download an executive summary of the CDP Catalyst for Change report HERE. (Source: CDP. Sustainable Brands,, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: CDP, Paul Simpson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3818 3946, www.cdp.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP, Paris Climate Agreement, Paris Climate Accord, CDP,