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BEIS Announces Energy Efficient Homes Strategy (Int'l Report)
Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy
Date: 2017-10-25
In London, the UK government's Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports the issuance of its Clean Growth Strategy to achieve a low carbon economy and future.

The strategy emphasizes:

  • long term goals for greater residential energy efficiency;
  • continued support for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) policy;
  • improvd standards in new boiler installations;
  • a consultation in 2018 on how to make the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in the private rental sector more effective;
  • establishing a clear link between cold homes and ill health, which costs the NHS £760 million per year;
  • creating the 2032 Pathway, which could see millions more properties insulated, especially those in fuel poverty;
  • a commitment for a review of building regulations for energy efficiency, following the current review on regulations for both domestic and non-domestic buildings:
  • use smart meter data to promote energy efficiency;
  • reform of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to focus on long-term decarbonization, and others. (Source: Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, UK Landlord News, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

  • Alliance Bioenergy Seals Brokerage Deal (Ind. Report)
    Alliance BioEnergy ,Progressive Fuels Limited
    Date: 2017-10-25
    Partnership Will Bring Alliance BioEnergy Plus Products to the Global Cellulosic Ethanol, RINs and LCFS Market West Palm Beach, Florida-headquartered Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. , whose patented cellulose-to-sugar (CTS) conversion process will revolutionize the production of fuel, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural and industrial products, is reporting an exclusive 5-year brokerage agreement with Progressive Fuels, Ltd. (PFL), an independent interdealer broker in the wholesale physical biofuel, agriculture, CCA, Renewable Identification Numbers (RIN) and Lower Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS) markets.

    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,; )Contact: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Alliance Bio-Products, Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Progressive Fuels Limited,  Alliance BioEnergy ,  

    Singapore Consortia Wins S$17.8Mn for Energy Storage (Int'l)
    CW Group,Red Dot Power
    Date: 2017-10-25
    In Singapore, two Singapore-led consortia led by CW Group and Red Dot Power will receive about S$17.8 million in grants to build two utility-scale energy storage systems the two systems which use lithium-ion and vanadium redox flow technologies respectively.

    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,; Red Dot Power,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CW Group,  Red Dot Power,  

    CDB Supports Caribbean Energy Storage, Grid Modernisation (Int'l)
    Caribbean Development Bank
    Date: 2017-10-25
    The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) reports it has approved $350,000 in funding for energy storage and grid modernization in the Caribbean. The grant is intended to support stakeholders with design and planning of storage and grid solutions.

    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 ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  

    UK Utility Supports "Robust, Strong Carbon Price" (Int'l)
    SSE,Scottish and Southern Energy
    Date: 2017-10-23
    The UK utility major Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has come out in favour of a "robust and strong carbon price" as the best way to meet government goals to combat climate change without further regulation and with fewer state subsidies. SSE, the largest UK utility by market capitalization, has warned the government that energy companies need clarity in its approach to taxing carbon emissions if it expects utilities to invest in a new generation of gas-fired power stations.

    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,; Sandbag,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Carbon Tax,  Carbon,  Sandbag,  Climate Change,  

    Windlab Lands Kennedy Energy Park PPA (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Windlab,CS Energy,Eurus Energy
    Date: 2017-10-23
    Following up on our October 17, 2016 coverage, Australian renewable energy developer Windlab reports it has secured a 10-year agreement with the Queensland government-owned CS Energy, which will buy both the renewable energy and some of the large-scale generation certificates (LGCs) produced from phase 1 of the Kennedy Energy Park, the country’s first grid-connected large-scale hybrid project combining wind, solar and battery storage.

    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,; Windlab, Roger Price, CEO, +27 21 701 1292,; Eurus Energy Holdings,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eurus Energy,  Energy Storage,  Wind,  Solar,  CS Energy,  Windlab,  Wind,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

    Voltus Touts $10Mn to Reinvigorate DR Innovation (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-23
    San Francisco-based energy management specialist Voltus, Inc., a provider of cash-generating energy products, reports it has closed on a $10.1 million investment from Prelude Ventures and a family office represented by Energy Innovation.

    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,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Voltus,  Demand Response,  

    P2P Marketplace Sun Exchange Seed Round Raises $1.6Mnn (Ind. Report)
    Sun Exchange
    Date: 2017-10-23
    P2P solar equipment leasing marketplace Sun Exchange has raised $1.6 million in seed financing from a group including Network Society Ventures, Kalon Venture Partners, BoostVC, Techstars and Powerhouse.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sun Exchange,  Solar,  Community Solar,  

    Massive Amazon Wind Farm Opens In West Texas
    Amazon Wind Farm Texas
    Date: 2017-10-23
    High Plains Public Radio is reporting that online retail giant Amazon's largest wind farm to date is up and running near Snyder, West Texas. The wind facility incorporates more than 100 turbines and will generate enough clean energy to power more than 330,000 homes.

    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,  

    Canadian Methane Emissions Worse Than Feared (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-23
    A just released study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology reports the Canadian oil and gas industry could be emitting methane -- a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 -- at rates 25 to 50 pct higher than official estimates. The research compared aerial survey measurements of fossil fuel infrastructure in Alberta to emissions reported by industry and other figures.

    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,  

    South Portland 3,000 Panel Solar Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    City of South Portland
    Date: 2017-10-23
    The city of South Portland, Maine, reports it has powered up a new 3,000 panel solar farm, the largest solar farm in the Pine Tree State. The solar installation will be used for the city municipal and school buildings, and is currently expected to generate 12 pct of their total daily needs.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    Veolia Cuts Univesity'e Power Costs, Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    University of East Anglia
    Date: 2017-10-23
    French waste-to-energy group Veolia, through its subsidiary Veolia CHP UK, reports it has contracted with University of East Anglia (UEA) in England to help the school cut its carbon emissions.

    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,, 17 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of East Anglia, +44 1603 456161,; Veolia,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  

    Colorado Climate Plan Ignores Coal Pollution (Ind. Report)
    Center for Biological Diversity
    Date: 2017-10-23
    According to the Tuscon-based Center for Biological Diversity, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper's recently released Colorado Climate Plan identifies financial subsidies to encourage methane capture or flaring, but fails to address or recommend limits on coal mine emissions or to control methane pollution from oil and gas operations.

    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,,; Arch Coal,; Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arch Coal,  Hickenlooper,  Coal,  Methane Emissions,  Arch Coal,  

    EPA Sued for Missed Renewable Fuel Reporting Deadlines (Reg & Lag)
    EPA,Sierra Club
    Date: 2017-10-23
    In the nation's capital, the Sierra Club is taking the the US EPA to court claiming the agency is years overdue on its reporting obligations, and failure to address the growing prevalence of respiratory illness and environmental degradations the group says are being cause by corn and soy-based ethanol. According to the suit, the EPA violated the Clean Air Act by failing to update Congress on the environmental impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard program, and failed to study whether increased ethanol use is causing harm to the environment.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuel Blend,  Scott Pruitt,  Sierra Club,  ,  

    Global Rush for Aviation Biofuel -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Oakland Institute
    Date: 2017-10-23
    According to the not-for-profit Oakland Institute think tank, the aviation industry has high hopes for biofuels which are being billed as the path to both profitability and sustainability. Unfortunately, emerging evidence suggests that as airlines rush to procure biofuel, they do so at the expense of people and the environment. Since commercial biofuel flights began in 2011, airlines have embraced feedstocks that are either not economically viable, environmentally dangerous, or both.

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

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

    Target Touts 100 pct Renewable Energy Target (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-23
    American Big Bax retailer Target is touting a new climate policy and goals based on the Science-Based Targets initiative -- a commitment to source 100 pct renewable energy for all their domestic operations.

    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,  

    EU Parliament Forestalls Int'l Flight Carbon Fees to 2021 (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-10-23
    Last Wednesday in Brussels, the European Parliament approved a plan to exempt commercial flights arriving in and/or departing from Europe from EU carbon emission controls until 2021.

    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,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  Carbon Emissions,  EU ETs,  

    Woods Hole Seaweed Farming for Biofuel Pilot Funded (Funding)
    Woods Hole Ocean Institute,Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.
    Date: 2017-10-23
    In the Bay State, researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution report they have been awarded $5.7 million over three years in grant funding from the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to develop tools and technology to advance the mass production of seaweed for biofuels production. The researchers will establish a pilot farm in Nantucket Sound this fall to grow sugar kelp.

    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,, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Woods Hole Ocean Institute, Scott Lindell, Erin Fischell, (508) 540-9900,; US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woods Hole,  Seaweed,  Biofuel,  

    EEG Online Tool Helps Hotels Reduce Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency Group
    Date: 2017-10-23
    Lebanon-headquartered Energy Efficiency Group (EEG) reports the launch of its Hotel Energy and Sustainability Portal (HEP), an online portal which will help hospitality groups streamline their utilities analytics and align all energy and sustainability management initiatives for enhanced carbon footprint reductions.

    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 ,,

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

    Majority of EU Biodiesel Feedstock from Imported Crops (Int'l)
    European Union,European Commission
    Date: 2017-10-23
    According to a recent analysis of European Commission data by NGO Transport and Environment, almost 55 pct of EU biodiesel is made with imported primarily palm oil feedstock. Biofuels currently comprise 4.9 pct of EU transport fuel, with biodiesel accounting for 81 pct of this figure, one-third of which is made from imported palm oil.

    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,, 18 Oct., 2017)

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

    ICAO 2050 Vision on Sustainable Aviation Fuels Nixed (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-10-23
    Last week, 25 countries convened by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rejected the 2050 Vision on Sustainable Aviation Fuels that included volume-based targets for biofuels proposed by the ICAO Secretariat.

    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:, Various Other Media, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: ICAO,

    Energy Efficiency, Management Program Participation Rates Growing (Ind. Report)
    Association for Energy Services Professionals
    Date: 2017-10-23
    According to findings from Trends In Energy and Demand Management, a new, wide-ranging energy industry survey conducted by the Association for Energy Services Professionals in partnership with Essense Partners, utility-driven energy management programs are growing, although participation rates are still somewhat low. The first part of the report focused on energy management programs was released today with coverage of energy efficiency jobs, distributed energy resources (DER) and the Internet of Things, slated for release before the year ened.

    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,

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

    First Floating Wind Farm Now Online Off Scotland (Int'l Report)
    Statoil ,Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy
    Date: 2017-10-23
    Statoil and its partner Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. are reporting construction of the 30MW "Hywind" pilot project, the world's first floating deep-ocean wind farm off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. WHen fully opereational, the facility will generate sufficient power for about 20,000 households.

    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,; Statoil, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec VP New Energy Ventures, Stephen Bull, Snr, VP, Offshore Wind, Leif Delp, Hywind Project Dir., +47 51 99 00 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Statoil,  Mardar,  

    Center for Low-Cost Biofuels, Biochemicals Funded (R&D Funding)

    Date: 2017-10-23
    Northwestern-led center receives $12 million grant from US Department of Energy Northwestern Engineering will lead a new center dedicated to accelerating the production of sustainable, low-cost bio-fuels and chemicals. Called Northwestern University is reporting the multi-institutional Clostridia Foundry for Biosystems Design is being awarded a five-year, $12 million grant from the US Department of Energy. The center's researchers from Northwestern, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and waste-gas-to-fuel clean-energy specialist LanzaTech, will focus on clostridia, a bacterium that metabolizes carbon to produce fuel.

    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,; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,; ORNL Center for Bioenergy Innovation, (865) 576-8141,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biochemical,  LanzaTech,  ORNL,  ,  

    CEMEX Wins SCE Energy Efficiency Award (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-23
    CEMEX reports it received the Southern California Edison (SCE) 2017 Energy Efficiency Award Friday for its commitment to conserving energy and land stewardship at its Victorville Cement Plant. which has served the California High Desert community for more than 100 years.

    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,; ENERGY STAR,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  SCE,  CEMEX,  

    Aemetis Expanding Cellulosic Ethanol Capacity in Cal. (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-20
    Cupertino, California-based advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports its subsidiary Aemetis Advanced Products in Keyes, California has inked a 55 year lease at a former US Army munitions facility located in Riverbank, California which is near the existing Aemetis biofuels plant in Keyes, California.

    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. ,, Oct. 18, 2017) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Cellulosic,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

    Novomer to Open New Innovation Center in Rochester (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-20
    Boston-headquartered sustainable chemicals specialist Novomer Inc. is reporting plans to open the Novomer Innovation Center in Rochester, N.Y. to meet the growing demands of the company's bio-based chemicals business. The new facility will house technology research, product development activities, and a COEth™ Process demonstration unit. All equipment, production assets, and employees will be transferred from the existing product development and pilot operations location to the new 26,000 sq ft facility.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novomer,  Biochemical,  

    Mahindra Wins First Indian Solar-plus-Storage Contract (Int'l)
    Mahindra,Bridge to India
    Date: 2017-10-20
    According to consultancy firm Bridge to India reports India's state-run coal mining and power firm NLC India has auctioned a 20MW solar PV project to be combined with 28MWh of energy storage capacity in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to Mahindra Susten . The $46 million (US) contract includes EPC and O&M services for 25 years.

    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,; NLC India,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mahindra,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

    EPA's Pruitt Folds on Ethanol Quota Changes (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-20
    According to Bloomberg, the White House has yielded to political pressure and instructed EPA head Scott Pruitt to back away from two changes regarding ethanol quotas -- a possible reduction in biodiesel requirements and a proposal to allow exported renewable fuel to count toward domestic quotas.

    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,  

    Bay State Tops ACEEE Energy Efficiency List (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-20
    For the seventh consecutive year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has touted Massachusetts as the most energy-efficient state in the United States. The success of Massachusetts in energy-efficient transportation policies and utility-sector programs helped it stay at the top of the rankings.

    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 report is available HERE. (Source: ACEEE, Oct., 2017) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Nebraska Corn Growers Offer Ethanol Flex Fuel Pump Grants (Funding)
    Nebraska Corn Board
    Date: 2017-10-20
    In the Hawkeye State, the Nebraska Corn Board reports it is offering gasoline filling stations up to $50,000 in cash incentives to install E15 - E85 flex fuel pumps. The goal is to increase the availability of ethanol blend furls and to help retailers.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nebraska Corn Board,  Flex Fuel,  E15,  E85,  Ethanol Blend,  Corn Ethanol,  

    Gold Standard Launches Online Carbon Credit Shop (Int'l)
    Gold Standard
    Date: 2017-10-20
    Following on our July 14the coverage, Geneva, Switzerland-based Gold Standard, an organization established by WWF and other NGOs to catalyze action on climate change, reports the opening of an online carbon credits "shop" where individuals, small businesses and organizations can purchase carbon credit to offset their emissions.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gold Standard,  Climate Change,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credit,  

    AEP OnSite Partners Commissions NY State Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    AEP OnSite Partners,NYSERDA
    Date: 2017-10-20
    In the Empire State, AEP OnSite Partners, owner of a new solar array with 7,752 ground-mounted PV panels at the Madison County landfill, reports it will sell 100 pct of the facility's power production to the county under the terms of a 25-year PPA. The solar power is expected to run both the county office building and the county jail, saving more than $3 million over the 25 years, according to a press release.

    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,; AEP OnSite Partners,; NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  AEP OnSite Partners,  NYSERDA,  

    Orange Renewable Commissions 140 MW of Indian Solar Projects (Int'l)
    Orange Renewable
    Date: 2017-10-20
    Indian wind and solar energy developer Orange Renewable ie reporting commissioning of 140 MW of solar parks in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The capacity, which the company says is sufficient for approximately 175,000 homes, includes the 40-MW Charankar plant in Gujarat and the 100-MW Dhule PV complex in Maharashtra.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  India Renewable Energy,  

    Maritime Shipping Emissions below 2008 Levels (Int'l. Report)
    IMO,ICCT,International Chamber of Shipping
    Date: 2017-10-20
    A recent study from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has found that total CO2 emissions from maritime shipping are still way below 2008 levels due in part to the industry's overall increase fuel efficiency. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) welcomed the ICCT findings that maritime shipping emissions appear to have stabilized.

    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,; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,; International Chamber of Shipping,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping ,  ICS,  ICCT,  IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  

    Ameren Missouri Touts Major Renewables Investment (Ind. Report)
    Ameren Missouri
    Date: 2017-10-20
    In its recently filed Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), the Show-Me state's largest utility, Ameren Missouri outlined its plans to invest in at least 700 MW of wind generation by 2020 and 100 MW of solar projects in the next decade -- the utility's largest renewable energy investment to date.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Renewable Energy,  Ameren Missouri,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  

    EBRD Ups Egyptian, Serbian Wind, Solar Investments (Int'l)
    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    Date: 2017-10-20
    In London, the UK-headquartered European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it is financing more than 1 GW of new renewables capacity in 2017. To date, the Bank has invested more than €4 billion directly in renewable energy, supporting projects in over 20 countries and funding more than 6.5 GW of capacity.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,  EBRD,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

    Fiji Issues Green Bond for Climate Mitigation (int'l Report)
    Green Bonds
    Date: 2017-10-20
    In Suva, the government of Fiji reports it has issued a sovereign $50 million green bond to fund climate change mitigation efforts and to achieve 100 pct renewable energy and reduce its CO2 emissions in the energy sector by 30 pct by 2030. The World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the Australian government through a Capital Markets Development Project helped Fiji with the issuance.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bonds,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Renewable Energy,  World Bank,  

    Energy Insecurity Boosts Biofuels Market -- Technavio Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-20
    In London, market research specialist Technavio's latest report on the global biofuels market provides an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2017-2021. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Market,  Technavio,  

    Ameren Missouri Commits to Major Emissions Cuts (Ind. Report)
    Ameren Missouri
    Date: 2017-10-20
    Ameren Missouri, the Show-me state's largest utility is now among the first utilities in the country to announce an ambitious carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction goal of cutting its CO2 emissions by 80 pct by 2050 compared to 2005 levels. To that end, Ameren is retiring half of its coal capacity by 2050. The average age of Ameren's coal fleet is nearly 50 years, with the newest plant being 40 years old.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Carbon Emissions,  

    MN CERTs Offers Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2017-10-20
    In Minnesota, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) reports the availability of community clean energy and energy efficiency projects statewide. Since itis founding, CERTS has awarded more than $1 million to over 270 community clean energy and energy efficiency projects. CERTS project funding is provided through the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.

    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,

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

    Tetra Tech Wins USAID Central Asian Clean Energy Contract (Int'l)
    Tetra Tech,ASAID
    Date: 2017-10-20
    Pasadena, California-based Tetra Tech reports has been awarded a $24 million "indefinite delivery indefinite quantity" contract by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to help the governments of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy across the region.

    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,,; USAID,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tetra Tech,  Clean Energy,  USAID,  Renewable Energy,  Climate Change,  

    LED Streetlights Could Save West Haven $388,000 (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-10-20
    The city of West Haven, Connecticut reports the New Haven-headquartered utility United Illuminating will begin converting the city's 4,388 high-pressure sodium streetlights to newer LED, or light-emitting diode, early next year. The conversion is expected to save the city almost $390,000 per year in street lighting cost, according to a city release.

    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,; United Illuminating, Roddy Diotalevi,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Streetlight,  Energy Efficient Light,  LEDs,  

    Portland Upgrades to WiFi Controlled LED Lighting (Ind. Report)
    Portland Maine
    Date: 2017-10-20
    The city of Portland, Maine's largest city, reports that its efforts cut energy consumption and costs and to become a "smart" city will include the installation of energy efficient LED lighting -- and wifi -- in street lights throughout the city and neighboring islands.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Street Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  LEDs D,  

    LED Lighting Major Factor in NW Region Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
    Date: 2017-10-20
    In its annual survey of the region's public and investor-owned utilities, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council found that the region's utilities spent $475 million on efficiency improvements in 2016, 64 pct of it by investor-owned utilities.

    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,; Energy Trust of Oregon, (503)493-8888,‎

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    Arizon Univ Funded for Biofuels, Bioproducts R&D (Funding, R&D)
    University of Arizona, Institute for Energy Solutions
    Date: 2017-10-20
    In Tuscon, the University of Arizona Institute for Energy Solutions reports receipt of up to $15 million over 5 years in grant funding from the USADA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to lead a new center focusing on the mass production of biofuels and bioproducts in the U.S. Southwest.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Arizona,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Bioproducts,  Biochemical,  

    Canadian Solar Selling Interests in Aussie Solar Farms (M&A)
    Canadian Solar
    Date: 2017-10-20
    Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc reports it has agreed to sell interests in three Australian solar farms with an aggregate 117 MWp to Foresight Solar Fund Limited ("FSFL"). The portfolio includes Longreach Solar Farm (17 MWp), Oakey 1 Solar Farm (30 MWp) and Oakey 2 Solar Farm (70 MWp) with FSFL acquiring 49 pct interests in each of Longreach and Oakey 1, and a 100 pct interest in Oakey 2. The Oakey 1 and Longreach facilities have 20-year PPAs with the Queensland Government and are under construction with connection to the grid expected in March and September 2018 respectively.

    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,; Foresight Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadaian Solar,  Solar,  

    NYC Greener, Greater Buildings Plan Cuts Emissions 14 pct (Ind. Report)
    New York City
    Date: 2017-10-20
    In the Big Apple, the mayor's Greener, Greater Buildings Plan has found that the energy consumption of 4,200 of Manhattan's largest buildings fell by 10 pct reduced carbon emissions by 14 pct and energy use by 10 pct between 2010 and 2015 and carbon emissions dropped by 14 pct during the same period.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bill de Blasio,  80X50,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  

    Maryland Offers $3.5Mn Animal Waste-to-Energy Funding (Funding)
    Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Animal Waste to Energy Grant Program
    Date: 2017-10-18
    In Baltimore, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Animal Waste to Energy Grant Program reports issued a $3,500,000 funding opportunity for pilot projects that use animal waste to generate electric power. The funding is intended for on-farm projects 2 MW or less and community or regional scale projects of greater than 2 MW capacity.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Energy,  

    CDP Report Takes Chemical Giants to Task on CO2 Emissions (Intl)
    Date: 2017-10-18
    Despite making progress on climate risks, the chemical industry is failing to meet the goals outlined by the Paris Agreement, says a new report by CDP. Catalyst for Change analyses 22 of the largest global chemical companies -- including AkzoNobel, DuPont, BASF and Dow Chemical -- with a total market capitalization of $650 billion and responsible for a quarter of all emissions of the sector at 276 million metric tpy of CO2 emissions. According to the report, rapid process innovations will be required in order for chemical companies to have any chance of aligning with the below 2-degree goal set out by the Paris agreement.

    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,

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