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Better Buildings Initiative Saves $1.9Bn (Ind. Report)
Better Buildings Initiative
Date: 2017-05-26
The U.S. DOE 2017 Better Buildings Initiative Progress Report finds that close to 350 public and private sector organizations have joined the initiative to save a combined 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in energy and cost savings. The Obama era Better Buildings Initiative was aimed at making U.S. buildings 20 pct more energy efficient by 2020.

Organizations that have signed on to the initiative account for more than 4.4 billion square-feet of building space and have dedicated $7 billion in funding, according to For Construction Pros. Initiative partners have reported results across nearly 38,000 properties and, on average, are on pace to meet the Better Buildings goal after improving energy performance by more than 2 pct each year. Since the program's launch, 40 organizations have met their energy goals, six have achieved their water goals and 12 have met their financing benchmarks. (Source: US DOE, Construction Dive, Others, 24 May, 2017) Contact: US DOE Better Buildings Initiative,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Better Buildings Initiative,  

Poet's Marion Ethanol Expansion Granted Tax Relief (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-26
Following-up on our May 19th coverage, the Marion County (Ohio) Commission reports it has granted a tax abatement for POET Biorefining's $120 million ethanol plant expansion in Marion.

The project is slated to get under almost immediately for completion and startup in late 2018. The expansion is expected to double the plant's present 70 million gpy capacity to 150 million gpy. (Source: Marion County Commission, Various Media, 25 May, 2017) )Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380,

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  

PSE&G Wants Rates to Encourage Energy Conservation (Ind. Report)
Public Service Electric & Gas
Date: 2017-05-26
In New Jersey, the state's largest utility Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G) CEO Ralph Izzo is calling on the N.J. Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to create financial incentives for utilities to help customers reduce home energy use, as well as expand access to renewable energy and new energy-saving technologies. He is also calling for ways to encourage energy efficiency, which is frequently the least expensive way to reduce consumption.

In March, PSE&G requested a rate increase to raise $74 million for energy-efficiency programs, including extending previous programs for hospitals, multifamily dwellings, and government agencies, nonprofits, and small businesses in urban enterprise zones. It was PSE&G's fourth energy-efficiency filing in a decade. (Source: PSE&G,, Others, 24 May, 2017) Contact: PSE&G, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, (973) 430-7000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  Public Service Electric & Gas ,  

DTE Biomass Snares Texas Renewable Natural Gas Facilities (M&A)
DTE Biomass
Date: 2017-05-26
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based DTE Biomass Energy, a subsidiary of DTE Energy, reports the acquisition of the Fort Bend Power Producers, LLC biomass facility outside of Rosenberg and the Seabreeze landfill gas-to-energy development project in Angleton, Texas. Construction of the Seabreeze plant is expected to commence next month.

Fort Bend and Seabreeze 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). RNG, which is versatile and fully compatible with the U.S. natural gas infrastructure, is used to power compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas vehicles, offsetting the use of fossil-based fuel.

Nationwide, DTE's landfill gas portfolio includes: 13 projects generating renewable electricity; 3 creating natural gas for industrial applications; and 5 producing RNG for vehicle use and other gas services. (Source: DTE Energy, PR, 25 May, 2017) Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development,; DTE Biomass, Mark Cousino, Pres., (734) 913-2080,

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

Energy Storage Supplies 4 pct of U.S. Capacity (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-26
According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data, energy storage and renewable fuels other than hydro, wind and solar together provide 4 pct of electric capacity in the U.S.

As of Dec, 31, 2016, 195 utility-scale geothermal units totaling 3.7 GW were in operation, primarily in Northern California. California also leads the nation in hydroelectric pumped storage.

Virginia's Bath County is the site of a 3 GW hydreoelectric pumped storage plant, which is the largest in the nation. All geothermal capacity is located in the western United States, while nearly all currently operating batteries and flywheels were added after 2010. Battery energy storage now totals 540 MW, with half located in California, Illinois and West Virginia. Nearly all of the nation's 44 MW of flywheel storage are located in New York and Pennsylvania. (Source: US EIA, Power Engineering, Others, May, 2017) Contact: US EIA, www,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Energy Storage,  

American Motorists Surpass 1 billion Miles on E15 (Ind. Report)
Growth Energy
Date: 2017-05-26
According to Growth Energy's ongoing analysis of fuel sales and consumption data from major gasoline retailers, American motorist have logged more than 1 billion miles on E15 -- attesting to E15's performance, safety, and value. The availability of E15 could save consumers up to $72 million by the end of 2017, based on U.S. EPA data.

The EPA approves E15 for use in any vehicle manufactured since 2001, which equates to 9 out of 10 cars on the road today. Automakers also approve E15 for use in nearly 75 pct of new cars. (Source: Growth Energy, 24 May, 2017)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  E15,  Ethanol Blend,  

Colombia Eyes Increased Ethanol Production, Blends (Int'l)
Date: 2017-05-26
In Bogota, the Fedebiocombustibles biofuels federation is reporting the commercial startup of Colombia's largest ethanol plant which will allow the blend of the biofuel in gasoline to be raised to 10 pct by year-end. Columbia's 6 ethanol plants produced a total of 456 million litres of the biofuel in 2015.

Columbia's present ethanol blending mandates stand at 8 pct (E8) in the central Antioquia department and 6 pct (E6) for the rest of the country, although three eastern departments that border Venezuela are excluded from mandates. Despite the 8 pct requirement, the country is currently unable to produce enough to meet the mandate.

Columbian biodiesel mandates range from 0 pct to 10 pct across the country. The USDA foercasts that biodiesel production will rise to 700 million lpy in 2017, up from 580 million litres in 2016. (Source: Fedebiocombustibles, REM, 25 May, 2017)Contact: Fedebiocombustibles, +57 1) 342 1552,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend news,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Blend,  

U. Minn, enVerde Partner on Biomass Waste-to-Energy (Ind. Report)
enVerde,University of Minnesota
Date: 2017-05-26
The Minneapolis-based waste-to-energy clean tech startup enVerde LLC reports it has sealed a deal with the University of Minnesota to develop technology that converts organic waste materials -- primarily agricultural and forest biomass wastes -- into synthetic gas (syngas).

The waste-to-energy technology, which allows organic wastes to be instantly gasified rather than combusted or incinerated, was developed and patented by Associate Professor Paul Dauenhauer in the University Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Sciences.

Once created, syngas can be used to power generators to make electricity and to create heat. Syngas is also a raw material component that can be substituted for traditionally produced chemicals -- including petrochemicals -- in the creation of industrial and household products and a variety of other fuels. It is especially valuable as a fuel in areas where natural gas is not readily available. (Source: Univ. of Minnesota, May, 2017) Contact: enVerde LLC, Dave Goebel, CEO, University of Minnesota, Professor Paul Dauenhauer, (612) 625-1313,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngas,  Biomass Waste-to-Energy,  Woody Biomass,  

Offshore Wind Market Worth $55.11Bn by 2022 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2017-05-24
MarketsandMarkets just released Offshore Wind Market by Component (Turbine, Substructure, and Electrical Infrastructure), Turbine Module, Substructure Type, Location (Shallow Water, Transitional Water, and Deep Water), and Region Global Forecast to 2022 report predicts offshore wind market will grow from the present $27.02 billion to $55.11 billion by 2022 -- a CAGR of 15.32 pct from 2017 to 2022.

The global market is witnessing a significant growth due to rising energy demand coupled with increasing share of renewables in the power generation mix, energy efficiency mandates demanding carbon emission reduction, and government incentives supporting renewable energy deployment.

The report includes profiles some of the leading players in the Offshore Wind Market, namely, Siemens AG (Germany), ABB, Ltd. (Switzerland), MHI Vestas (Denmark), General Electric (U.S.), EEW Group (Germany), A2Sea (Denmark), and Nexans (France) among others.

Browse 65 market data Tables and 64 Figures spread through 148 Pages and in-depth TOC on "Offshore Wind Market" HERE; Download PDF Brochure HERE. (Source: MarketandMarkets, PR, May, 2017) Contact: Mr. Rohan MarketsandMarkets, (888) 600-6441,;

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SynTech Bioenergy Touts BioMax®Technology (Ind. Report)
SynTech Bioenergy
Date: 2017-05-24
In Denver, renewable energy technology specialist SynTech Bioenergy is reporting the completion of its newest facility which will convert pecan shells into electricity in Texas.

Five similar plants are currently operating on walnut shells in California, and the company is preparing three additional units for a new California customer. The company is also manufacturing its first unit for the Japanese market.

Heat created in the Texas process is used to dry the pecan shells, creating no waste. The only byproduct of the technologies is organic biochar, a soil amendment (fertilizer) which aids plant growth, reduces the need for irrigation and increases global food supplies. From the feedstock entering the system to the electricity produced by the installed generator sets, the BioMax® system is carbon negative. Each system sequesters 1.07 ounces of carbon per kWh, amounting to approximately 35 tpy of sequestered carbon. (Source: SynTech Bioenergy, PR, 23 May, 2017). Contact: SynTech Bioenergy LLC, Jason Erickson, (360) 869-6766,,

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Birmingham Airport Terminal Lands LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
USGBC, Birmingham Airport Authority
Date: 2017-05-24
In Alabama, the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport announced it has been awarded LEED Gold for New Construction as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Business Certification. The Birmingham Airport Authority achieved its certification for following innovations and features:
  • Energy modeling was performed throughout the design process to evaluate energy consumption and to maintain the model, as designed;
  • Maximizing the utilization of natural daylight to improve passenger experience and to minimize the need for artificial lighting;
  • High-efficiency light fixtures to minimize energy consumption when artificial lighting is used;
  • Regional Materials: 44.47% of the total building materials have been extracted, harvested or recovered as well as manufactured within 500 miles of the project site;
  • Rainwater harvesting to reduce water consumption by building occupants and reducing discharge into the storm water drainage system;
  • High-efficiency thermal building envelope and solar water heating at public restroom clusters to reduce energy consumption;
  • Recycled content: 22.66% of the total building materials content, by value, has been manufactured using recycled materials;
  • Waste management practices were used by the construction manager throughout the project to practice construction activity pollution prevention. (Source: USGBC, Birmingham Journal, 22 May, 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,; Birmingham Airport Authority, Al Denson, Pres., CEO,

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

  • Researchers Study Oak as Biofuel Feedstock (R&D)

    Date: 2017-05-24
    Scientists from the universities of Pittsburgh and Oklahoma have published research into using oak wood to create new hydrocarbons, compounds of hydrogen and carbon generally found in crude oil. The researchers claim the "second generation" biofuel reduced GHG emissions by 80 pct compared to diesel.

    The researchers used pyrolysis, heating the wood to high temperatures in the absence of oxygen, to create the fuel they claim could offer almost three times as much energy output per energy input compared to corn ethanol.

    Despite confirming the potential use of the oak biofuel, the researchers say questions remain around whether the production process is practical and if the fuel would offer the benefits and greenhouse gas reductions claimed claimed. The efficiency and energy needed for the fuel-creation process, as well as the source of the oak feedstock, is also unclear.

    The research was published in The Royal Society of Chemistry's Energy & Environmental Science journal. (Source: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Professional Engineering, PR, 22 May, 2017)Contact: University College of London, Prof Mark Barrett Professor of Energy and Environmental Systems Modelling Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources Faculty of the Built Environment,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  

    DONG Wins Two US Offshore Wind Farm Leases (Ind. Report)
    DONG Energy
    Date: 2017-05-24
    Danish wind energy developer DONG Energy reports it has been awarded two offshore wind farm site leases -- Bay State and Ocean Wind -- totaling more than 1,000 MW each off the coasts of Massachusetts and New Jersey, respectively. (Source: DONG Energy,, 19 May, 2017)Contact: DONG Energy, Leif Winther, +45 99 55 11 11,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  

    Calif. Grid Sets 67 pct Renewable Energy Record (Ind. Report)
    California ISO
    Date: 2017-05-24
    According to California Independent System Operator (ISO, renewable sources produced a record 67.2 percent of the electricity on the portion of the Golden State's power grid on May 11th. The 67 pct figure does not include large hydropower facilities, which added another 13.5 pct, nor electricity from rooftop solar arrays. The ISO runs 80 pct of the California grid.

    California legislation requires utilities to source 33 pct of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020, rising to 50 percent by 2030. In 2016, the state's three large electric utilities collectively sourced 32.3 pct of their electricity from renewables. (Source: California ISO, SF Gate, 18 May, 2017) Contact: California Independent System Operator, (916) 351-4400,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  California Renewable Energy,  California ISO,  

    GE Wins 1.2GW Forestalia Wind Turbines Order (Ind. Report)
    Forestalia Group,LM Windpower,GE
    Date: 2017-05-24
    GE reports it will supply 1.2GW of wind turbines from its 3MW range for wind farms in Spain to be developed by Forestalia Group. GE will supply a further 300MW of 3MW machines to Forestalia, for a wind farm awarded to the Spanish company in Spain's tender last year.

    The turbines will be manufactured at GE's European facilities in Barcelona and Salzbergen,Germany. LM Wind Power, recently acquired by GE, will provide the blades from plants in Ponferrada and Castellon. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, renews, Various Media, 18 May, 2017) Contact: GE Renewable Energy,; Forestalia Group,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Forestalia Group,  LM Wind Power,  GE,  

    Bangladesh Set to Impose Carbon Tax (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-05-24
    DHAKA, May 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) -Thomson Reuters Foundation is reporting that Bangladesh will impose a carbon tax on June 1, 2017. The tax will be part of a larger bundle of "green" measures included in the upcoming annual budget.

    Many businesses and environmental groups have welcomed the plan on the grounds that Bangladesh -- one of the countries considered most threatened by climate change impacts -- needs to make a strong statement as some governments such as the U.S. pull back from action on climate change. Bangladesh produces about 0.44 tpy of CO2 per person, much lower than the United States' 16.4 tpy, Australia's 16.3 tpy and Qatar's 40.5 tpy, according to World Bank figures. (Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation, 23 May, 2017)

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

    New Jersey Legislators Want Back Into RGGI (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-05-24
    In the Garden State, the Democratic-controlled State Assembly has voted to require the state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state effort to combat climate change by curbing carbon pollution from power plants.

    The state's former republican presidential hopeful Gov. Chris Christie withdrew his state from RGGI in 2011 on the grounds that it was ineffective and a tax on utility customers. Since then, he has blocked legislative efforts to rejoin RGGI with vetoes.

    When it was a RGGI member, New Jersey received over $100 million from the program, but much of it was diverted to prop-up the state budget or fund other programs. RGGI member states include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. (Source: NJ Spotlight, Various Sources, 23 May, 2017) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  RGGI,  

    China, India Fast-Tracking Carbon Emissions Reductions (Int'l)
    Climate Action Tracker
    Date: 2017-05-24
    Recently released data from Climate Action Tracker (CAT) estimates that both India and China look set to overachieve their Paris Agreement pledges by reducing projected global carbon emission growth by roughly two to three billion tonnes by 2030, compared to earlier forecast.

    CAT is an independent scientific analysis produced by three research organizations that have been tracking climate action since 2009. The CAT tracks 32 countries covering around 80 pct of global emissions. (Source: Climate Action Tracker, News18, 23 May, 2017) Contact: Climate Action Tracker,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Action Tracker,  

    Shell AGM Nixes Carbon Emissions Reduction Targets (Int'l)
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2017-05-24
    Reuters is reporting that the international oil giant Royal Dutch Shell shareholders meeting in the Hague have overwhelmingly -- 94 pct -- rejected a proposal by an environmental activist group demand that the company set and publish annual carbon emissions reduction targets.

    Shell executives claimed that binding emissions reduction targets would mean "tying its hands" and weakening the company because it would be forced to reduce production and sales. (Source; Royal Dutch Shell, Daily Mail, Reuters, 23 May, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Pepsi Commits to Emissions Cuts, Increased Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-05-24
    Earlier this month, soft drink giant PepsiCo, Inc. reported their agreement with Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to report and verify the company's efforts to reach sustainability by 2025. Pepsi also announced plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions company wide by at least 20 pct by 2030.

    To achieve their greenhouse gas and sustainability goals, PepsiCo will work with suppliers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, explore alternatives to greenhouse gas-intensive materials, investigate low-carbon fuels and fleet operations, increase sustainable manufacturing operations, as well as partner with farmers and its suppliers to cut emissions. Since 2006, Pepsi has limited its greenhouse gas emissions and improved the energy efficiency of their legacy operations by 18 pct. (Source: PepsiCo, PR, May, 2017)

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

    Tyler Technologies HQ Installing Solar+Storage (Ind. Report)
    Tyler Technologies,W Energies Solar One
    Date: 2017-05-24
    In the Lone Star State, Tyler Technologies, Inc. reports it is installing solar panels with energy storage batteries at its headquarters in Plano. Dallas-based W Energies Solar One will installthe system which will qualify for Oncor incentives.

    Tyler Technologies is the largest software company in the nation solely focused on providing integrated software and technology services to the public sector — cities, counties, states and school districts. (Source: Tyler Technoligies Inc., PR, BusinessWire, 23 May, 2017) Contact: Tyler Technologies Inc., Richards Partners for Tyler Technologies, Lynn Moore Jr., Pres., Kurt Watkins, (214) 891-7624,,; W Energies Solar One,,; Oncor, (214) 486-2000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oncor,  Tyler Technologies,  W Energies Solar One,  Solar+Storage,  

    Sunetric, Sunnova Offer Solar+Storage in Aloha State (Ind. Report)
    Real Goods Solar,Sunnova
    Date: 2017-05-24
    Sunetric, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Real Goods Solar (RGS Energy) and US residential solar service provider Sunnova Energy Corp. report they are partnering to offer comprehensive, no money down, battery-backed residential solar solutions in Hawaii.

    Sunetric's services include complete project management, permitting and installation, in addition to Sunnova's lifetime monitoring, support and service throughout Hawaii. Sunetric's solution is supported by a Hawaii PUC mandated customer self-supply (CSS) program that allows homeowners to install solar systems that do not export power to the utility grid. The CSS program was established to help the state achieve 100 pct renewable energy status by 2045. (Source: RGS Energy, GlobeNews Wire, Nasdaq, 23 May, 2017) Contact: RGS Energy, (888) 567-6527,; Sunnova Energy,, Sunetric,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RGS Energy,  Real Goods Solar,  Sunnova,  Solar,  

    Texas Co-op Touts Solar Monitoring Software (New Prod & Tech)
    Bandera Electric Cooperative
    Date: 2017-05-24
    Texas-based Bandera Electric Cooperative (BEC) is reporting the development of Apolloware, a cloud-based software solution to help its commercial and residential members monitor solar and energy storage installations in real time and to receive the associated enhanced financial benefits. In addition, the software solution allows the utility to reduce system design and operation costs.

    BEC commercial and residential members will receive financial benefits by earning capacity reduction credits for production during electrical usage peak times. Those members will have a better understanding of when to sell into the market and when to store energy, according to BEC. An Apolloware pilot program is under way through the end of 2017. (Source: Bandera Electric Cooperative, 22 May, 2017) Contact: Bandera Electric Cooperative, William Hetherington, CEO, (866) 226-3372,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Software,  Solar Energy,  

    ADBA Urges Gov. to Deliver on AD, Biofuel Targets (Int'l)
    Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association
    Date: 2017-05-24
    In the UK, the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) is calling on the Government to push ahead previously announced plans to increase the amount of biofuel derived from waste used in the transportation sector.

    Last November, the government proposed new targets within the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) to increase the percentage of biofuel derived from waste, other than used cooking oil, by up to 30 pct. Under the RTFO, transportation fuel suppliers producing more than 450,000 lpy are required to ensure that a proportion of the fuel they supply comes from renewable biofuels.

    According to ADBA, the UK's Anaerobic Digestion (AD) industry has sufficient capacity to produce enough biomethane to power 50 pct or more of the UK's entire bus fleet. (Source: Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association, MRW, 22 May, 2017) Contact: Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association, Charlotte Morton, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3176 0503,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion ,  Biofuel,  Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association,  

    SkyNRG, AEG Fuels Supply Aviation Biofuels for Bombardier Demo Flights (Ind. Report, Int'l)
    SkyNRG,AEG Fuels,Bombardier
    Date: 2017-05-24
    Geneva, Switzerland-based SkyNRG and AEG Fuels report they have completed the delivery of sustainable aviation biofuels for the Bombardier Business Aircraft demonstration fleet flying from Amsterdam to the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. The fuel, which is produced by biorefinery AltAir Fuels, was supplied by SkyNRG and delivered to the KLM Jet Center who performed the re-fueling. This is the first delivery of biofuel completed by AEG Fuels. (Source: AEG Fuels, Bombardier, SkyNRG, 23 May, 2017) Contact: AEG Fuels, Claudia Arnold, (305) 913-5253,,; Bombardier, Anna Cristofaro, (514) 855-8678,,; SkyNRG, Merel Laroy, +31 6 30833505.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuels,  SkyNRG,  AEG Fuels,  Bombardier,  

    Hollywood Fla. Fleet Switches to E85 Blend (Ind. Report)
    Protec Fuel, City of Hollywood Florida
    Date: 2017-05-24
    Boca Raton, Florida-headquartered ethanol blend fuel retailer Protec Fuel Management, LLC is reporting completion of a turnkey project to enable the City of Hollywood to run all Flex Fuel capable vehicles on E85.

    The switch to E85 is expected to contributes to the city's cost management efforts and reduce greenhous gas emissions. Hollywood is the first municipality in South Florida to adopt the high octane, E85 fuel to power its fleet. Protec managed the installation of the two new, Wayne dispensers, to replace outdated equipment. (Source: Protec Fuel, PR NewsWire, 23 May, 2017) Contact: Protec Fuel, (561) 392-3667,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Protec Fuel ,  E85,  Biofuel Blend,  Biofuel,  

    TEP to Purchase Power from NextEra Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power,NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2017-05-24
    reports it will purchase power under the terms of a 20-year PPA from a 100-MW solar array south of Tucson currently under development by Juno Beach, Florida-headquartered NextEra Energy Resources. The array is expected to be completed and online by the end of 2019.

    TEP also plans to purchase power from a planned 100-MW wind project, and to make greater use of energy storage. TEP also notes the addition of three battery storage systems this year, including a 10-MW NextEra facility. (Source: Tucson Electric Power, 23 May, 2017) Contact: Tucson Electric Power, Carmine Tilghman, Director of Energy Supply and Renewable Energy, (520) 571-4000,,; NextEra Energy Resources, Steven Stengel, Communications, (561) 691-7171,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power,  NextEra Energy Resources,  Solar,  

    Fuels Groups Oppose RFS Point of Obligation Change (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-05-24
    Three fueling trade associations -- the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing (NACS), SIGMA (representing the nation's fuel marketers) and NATSO (representing the nation's truckstops and travel plazas) -- have launched a new video campaign aimed at demonstrating how shifting the compliance responsibility under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) away from refiners will raise hurt small retailers and the entire U.S. economy.

    The video is intended to dispel the widespread confusion created within the marketplace by a handful of merchant refiners and investors who have petitioned the EPA to shift the compliance requirements. Doing so would undercut RFS efforts to sustain the use of renewable fuels in gasoline and diesel fuel, according to the video.

    NACS, NATSO, SIGMA and a coalition of more than 35 organizations and companies representing the entire fuel supply chain, from refiners to retailers to renewable fuels groups, oppose shifting the compliance responsibility on the grounds that it would create disruption in the marketplace and ultimately raise prices at the pump. (Source: NACS, 23 May, 2017) Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Affairs, (703) 549-2100,; NACS,; SIGMA,;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  Point of Obligation,  NATSO,  SIGMA,  NACS,  

    GEVO Isobutanol OK'd for Arizona On-Road Vehicles (Ind. Report)
    GEVO Inc
    Date: 2017-05-24
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered isobutal and ethanol producer Gevo, Inc. is reporting that recently passed Arizona Bill HB2368 will allow Arizona gasoline stations to sell isobutanol-blended gasoline for on-road vehicles, effective August 2017. GEVO's isobutanol was previously approved and is being sold for off-road applications such as boating, ATVs, motorcycles, lawn tractors and similar equipment.

    According to GEVO, isobutanol is an ideal renewable gasoline blendstock because of its high energy content, high octane, low water solubility and low volatility. GEVO's isobutanol meets the ASTM 7862 specification that covers isobutanol blends with gasoline. (Source: GEVO, PR, 23 May, 2017)Contact: GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  

    Active Energy Seals Newfoundland Woody Biomass Deal (Ind. Report)
    Active Energy
    Date: 2017-05-24
    In the UK, London-based Active Energy PLC has revealed it is part of a deal to source logging industry waste wood for energy applications from two forests covering a combined 1.2 million hectares in Newfoundland and Labrador Canada. The company plans to sign a crown timber licence, which gives it a 20-year forestry management agreement to harvest and use up to 140,000 cubic mpy of wood from the two sites which are in close proximity to ocean port facilities.

    According to the Active Energy release, the company secured the deal with its affiliate Timberlands International. It hopes that another affiliate, Advanced Biomass Solutions, and Timberland will work together on the commercialization of its CoalSwitch product.

    CoalSwitch is made from woody biomass including pulp and saw mill by-products such as bark, sawdust and thinnings, and wood which is over-age, under-quality, blow-down, beetle-kill, forest-fire damaged, or industrial waste. CoalSwitch can be burned by old, coal-fired generation facilities without the need for a retrofit. (Source: Active Energy, PR, endswaste&Bioenergy, 22 May, 2017) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy,  CoalSwitch,  Woody Biomass,  

    CARB Launches Low Carbon Transportation -- Moving California Website (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2017-05-24
    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced the launch of Moving California, a new website that showcases how proceeds from the cap-and-trade program are funding a wide variety of ultra-clean and zero-emission trucks, buses, cars and low-carbon transportation projects throughout the state. CARB says Moving California also offers tools to help consumers and others find funding and transportation opportunities that meet their individual needs.

    The Low Carbon Transportation program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment— particularly in disadvantaged communities.

    To date, more than $600 million in cap-and-trade investments have helped deliver approximately 115,000 zero-emission and plug-in cars; 46 heavy-duty, zero-emission trucks; 950 zero-emission delivery, utility and refuse trucks; 407 zero-emission transit buses, shuttles and light rail cars; and 29 electric school buses in California.

    Moving California highlights many ongoing projects, such as the new zero-emission car-sharing programs in disadvantaged neighborhoods, low-carbon agricultural worker van-pools in the San Joaquin Valley, and pilot projects to help low-income consumers afford the cleanest vehicles on the market. CARB says the website also features testimonials from community members who have benefited from these programs.

    Access the the Low Carbon Transportation -- Moving California website HERE. (Source: California Air Resources Board, 18 May, 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  California Cap-and-Trade,  Cap-and-Trade,  

    Legend Solar Expands Energy Efficiency Offerings with Aspire Energy Acquisitions (M&A)
    Legend Solar,Aspire Energy
    Date: 2017-05-24
    Utah-headquartered Legend Solar reports it has has acquired Alberta-based energy efficiency specialist Aspire Energy and formed a new division. Legend Energy.

    The new division allows Legend Solar to offer homeowners and businesses a "Legend 360 Complete Modern Energy Package". The package typically includes multi-layer insulation, solar fans, air conditioner treatments, LED lighting and other energy-saving services and options designed to reduce power consumption and thus reduce the size of the solar array needed to offset the customer's energy consumption.(Source: Legend Solar, PR, 23 May, 2017) Contact: Legend Solar, Legend Energy Services, (877) 513-6412,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    GE Providing Energy Services to PyeongChang Olympics (Int'l)
    General Electric
    Date: 2017-05-24
    GE reports it will supply energy connection solutions and monitoring systems that will enable a secure and reliable power supply to 14 seperate venues at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic in South Korea. GE's energy monitoring system (EMS) tracks real-time energy consumption and enables prompt diagnosis in the case of power failures that may occur anywhere between the Olympic Games venues and live broadcasting, where reliable energy is crucial.

    Since 2005, GE has completed more than 1,000 infrastructure projects for Olympic Games venues, health centers and other surrounding commercial buildings. (Source: GE, Korea Times, 24 May, 2017) Contact: GE Energy Services,

    Nissan Joins Tesla, Mercedes in Home Energy Storage Race (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-05-24
    Japanese automaker Nissan is reporting the launch of its XStorage Home, a British-made lithium-ion battery energy storage system to rival Tesla and the recently announced Mercedes-Benz offering, as detailed in our April 28th issue.

    The Nissan cells will be manufactured by Nissan in Sunderland, UK, and sold in the UK in partnership with Eaton Corp, a US power management company. Beginning in July, the XStorage Home systems will sell for approximately £5,000 , exclusive of installation. . (Source: Nissan, CTBR, Guardian, May, 2017) Contact: Nissan,; Tesla Powerwall,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nissan,  Tesla,  Tesla Power Wall,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  

    Thermal Energy Generates Heat for Fenix Energy (Ind. Report)
    Fenix Energy
    Date: 2017-05-24
    According to Analytica Advisors' Clean Technology Industry Report, Vancouver, British Columbia-based green building and energy efficiency specialist Fenix Energy is making progress on its mission to "create the greenest cities across North America one building at a time." Fēnix Energy is gaining traction in the property industry by promising a "don't move until we prove approach" to municipalities and developers investing in renewables to enhance the environmental and economic returns of land portfolios.

    By leveraging the HVAC infrastructure of high-rise buildings, new or old, Fenix turns developments into Thermal Energy Assets that harvest, store and re-use energy that can then be traded within a building, a development (Network Energy System®) or across connected nodes throughout a district (Eco-District)and thus create a secure supply of efficient, renewable energy. (Source: Fenix Energy, PR, 23 May, 2017) Contact: Fenix Energy, Edward Smith, Managing Director, (604) 684-7241,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HVAC,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Storage,  

    Home Automation Making Progress in Energy Consumption Management and HVAC Control -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-05-24
    Home automation solutions are being increasingly in demand across the world and by consumers across multiple economic classes. The overall demand for home automation is far stronger in developed economies than emerging ones. Nations from Latin America and Asia Pacific are not showing any signs of slowing down their demand growth rate, however, as consumers, companies, services, and solutions are growing in numbers. Additionally, home automation systems have already evolved from being cutting edge, gimmicky services to complete home care and management solutions that not only help reduce a consumer’s overall power consumption, but also improve home security and safety.

    The global home automation market has been expanding at a CAGR of 26.3 pct within a forecast period from 2013 to 2020, by the end of which the market is expected to reach $21.6 billion.

    Browse The Report HERE. (Source: Transparency Market Research, May, 2017) Contact: Transparency Market Research,

    Abengoa Posts Profit Following Financial Restructuring (Int'l.)
    Date: 2017-05-22
    Fresh from restructuring, Spanish renewable energy giant Abengoa is reporting a Q1 profit of €5.56 billion, including non-recurring profits derived from its now-completed financial restructuring. The profit takes into account financial liabilities for €8.46 billion.

    Engineering and construction activity revenues reached €295 million and the earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to €49 million, versus €391 million and €7 million respectively in the first three months of 2016.

    The company's backlog in engineering and construction as of 31 March, 2017 included bookings of new projects for a total approximate value of €200 million in Chile, Argentina, UK and Belgium, among others. Revenues in the concession-type infrastructure activity hit €41 million and EBITDA amounted to €25 million in Q1 of 2017, compared to €34 million and €21 million, respectively, during the first three months of 2016.(Source: Abengoa, Various Media, 15 May, 2017)Contact: Abengoa,

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    Empower Micro Launches Smart Home Energy Technology (Ind. Report)
    Empower Micro Systems
    Date: 2017-05-22
    California-headquartered power electronics technology provider Empower Micro Systems is reporting the introduction of its Genesys 8K modular smart home energy platform developed for residential unified solar + energy storage deployments. The company is licensing the technology to inverter, PV module, and lithium-ion battery module manufacturers worldwide to gain traction in the growing residential smart energy sector.

    The Empower platform requires two components or stock keeping units (SKU) for residential deployments -- the module-level fractal Inverter 8K PowerBridge and the 8K PowerHub, which serves as a smart energy combiner.

    According to the company, the Genesys 8K modular technology delivers best-in-class efficiency, instrumentation-grade power quality, and unmatched reliability. Genesys 8K is designed for standard household alternating current (AC) wiring, providing a unified solar + energy storage system that eliminates specialty high-voltage direct current (DC) balance of system (BOS) costs, while effectively increasing the speed of installation. (Source: Empower Micro Systems,, 17 May, 2017) Contact: Empower Micro Systems, Mika Nuotio, CEO, (415) 816-2924,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Empower Micro Systems,  PV,  SolarEnergy Storage,  

    Aurora Solar Tech Scores Taiwanese Patent (New Prod & Tech)
    Aurora Solar Technologies
    Date: 2017-05-22
    North Vancouver, British Columbia-based Aurora Solar Technologies Inc., a leader in inline measurement and control technology for the photovoltaic manufacturing industry, reports the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office has allowed its infrared-based measurement patent entitled "Non-Contacting System and Method for Measuring the Dopant Content of Semiconductor Material and Method of Determining the Impact of a Semiconductor Material Fabrication Line upon Semiconductor Wafer." In addition to photovoltaics industry, the patented process includes any process where impurities are added to semiconductor material for the purpose of modifying its electrical properties, such as light emitting diodes (LED), integrated circuits and flat panel displays.

    Using Aurora's technology, 400 to 800 wafers can be measured in minutes as opposed to the traditional time and labor intensive practice of removing three or four wafers from each batch for a manual test. (Source: Aurora Solar Technologies, Inc. PR, 17 May, 2017) Contact: Aurora Solar Technologies Inc., Michael Heaven, Pres., CEO, (778) 241-5000,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aurora Solar Technolog,  Solar Waferies ,  Solar,  

    Enel Acquiring Tynemouth Energy Storage Project (Int'l, M&A)
    Enel,Element Power
    Date: 2017-05-22
    Italian energy company Enel Green Power reports it is purchasing London-based Element Power's 12.5MWh battery energy storage project in Tynemouth, UK. The 25MW standalone project has been acquired for around £17 million, including construction costs. The project is slated for completion in February, 2018.

    (Source: Enel, Element Power, SPP, 17 May, 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power, Francesco Venturini, CEO,; Element Power,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel,  Element Power,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

    Eastman Kodak Joins Li-Ion Battery Consortium (Ind. Report)
    Eastman Kodak
    Date: 2017-05-22
    From the Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York, Eastman Kodak Co. reports it has joined a global consortium of energy storage industry leaders to support the advancement of lithium-ion batteries. The consortium is investigating and considering the construction of a 15 GWh battery manufacturing plant in Australia. Eastman Kodak will provide coated anode and cathode electrodes and cell manufacturing for the project should it proceed.

    The Eastman Business Park is opening a new battery cell assembly facility in July that will add new capability to the existing Kodak Pilot Commercialization Center. The new facility will provide a full set of resources for energy storage inventors, entrepreneurs and commercial developers. When fully operational, the facility will produce 250,000 car batteries, 1 million home battery units or support 300 microgrids to power small towns. (Source: Eastman Kodak, Messenger Post Media , 16 May, 2017) Contact: Eastman Kodak, Dolores Kruchten, Pres.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eastman Kodak,  Lithium-ion Battery,  Li-Ion,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

    CSU Selects Stem's Intelligent Energy Storage Services (Ind. Report)
    Stem Inc.
    Date: 2017-05-22
    In the Golden State, California State University (CSU) Dominguez Hills reports the selection of intelligent energy storage specialist Stem, Inc. to deliver software-driven energy storage services and cut the school's energy costs.

    Stem is constructing a 1 MW, 4.2 MWh storage system to be housed on campus in Carson, California. Combined with an existing Stem storage system, the project will total 2 MW and 6.2 MWh hours. The storage systems will eventually be paired with solar to maximize clean energy generation and enhance the campus' onsite sustainability plans.

    Stem pairs intelligent software with energy storage to learn building load patterns and shift energy use away from peak demand times. With over 120 MWh across more than 600 locations, Stem is the world leader in the commercial-scale energy storage market. (Source: Stem , PR, 16 May, 2017) Contact: Stem Inc., ; CSU Dominguez Hills, Ken Seaton, Energy Manager, (310) 243-3696,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Stem Inc.,  Intelligent Energy,  

    XsunX Touts Energy Storage Solar Canopy Sales (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-05-22
    Aliso Viejo, California-based solar energy specialist XsunX is reporting growing sales of its solar energy and energy storage equipped car/truck port configurations. XsunX integrates solar energy, energy storage and power management systems to operate simultaneously while monitoring power storage and usage in real-time. (Source: XsunX, 19 May, 2017) Contact: XsunX, Tom Djokovich, Pres., CEO, (888) 797-4527,,

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

    Solar Specialist 8minutenergy Expands into Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    8minutenergy Renewables
    Date: 2017-05-22

    Great Lakes Ethanol Terminal Planned for Milwaukee (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Oil
    Date: 2017-05-22
    Petroleum distributor U.S. Oil & Refining Co., a unit of Wisconsin-based U.S Venture, reports it will construct a $3 million pipeline at the Port of Milwaukee that will allow the company to ship bulk supplies of ethanol over the Great Lakes. The project, which has been approved by the Common Council Public Works Committee awaits full Public Works Committee approval. council.

    U.S. Oil presently ships ethanol on the Great Lakes from a facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Source: U.S. OIl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 May, 2017) Contacxt: U.S. Oil & Refining Co., (253) 383-1651,; U.S Venture, 9920)739-6101, www.usventure.comm

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    San Jose Launching Community Clean Energy Choice (Ind. Report)
    San Jose Environmental Services
    Date: 2017-05-22
    In the Golden State, the city of San Jose City Council has voted to launch a Community Choice Energy (CCE) next spring to become the eighth of its kind in California. With a population of close to 1 million, the city is the largest in the state to establish a similar program. The San Jose CCE program will allow city residents to choose an alternative to utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric.

    Under the plan, San Jose residents will be automatically enrolled, but can drop out if they want to stick with PG&E. Customers will be able to purchase electricity from greener sources that may end up being cheaper than what major utilities offer. The city will offer at least one option with a rate equal to or cheaper than PG&E.

    The city expect the program to break even, but it will require $55 million to get off the ground. That could come from a loan or line of credit. (Source: Silicon Valley News, San Jose Blog, 19 May, 2017) Contact: City of San Jose, Environmental Services, Kerrie Romanow, Dir., (408) 535-8550,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy,  

    SoCalGas, UCR Partner on Renewable Natural Gas Research (R&D)
    University of California Riverside,SoCalGas
    Date: 2017-05-22
    The Center for Renewable Natural Gas at the University of California, Riverside, and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), San Diego, are touting the new Center for Renewable Natural Gas at the University of California, Riverside -- the first academic establishment in the U.S. dedicated to the study and applied research of renewable gas technologies.

    The center was partially funded by SoCalGas with a matching donation from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and the National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) and is part of UC Riverside's Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT).

    The center will focus on improving technologies and removing barriers to increase renewable gas use in California and beyond. Areas of research include: high yield renewable natural gas production; storing renewable energy with power-to-gas technology; technologies that can increase renewable gas use in heavy-duty trucking and other transportation; market and policy issues; and potential sites for renewable gas production projects. (Source: UC Riverside, Waste Today, Others,18 May, 2017) Contact: University of California, Riverside, Arun Raju, Director, Center for Renewable Natural Gas, (951) 781-5791,,; SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology,

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    NorthWestern Energy Seeks Montana Community Wind, Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
    NorthWestern Energy
    Date: 2017-05-22
    In Butte, Montana, NorthWestern Energy Montana legislation requires the utility to procure energy from Community Renewable Energy Projects (CREP), which meet certain criteria including cost-effectiveness to NWE's customers.

    CREP is part of the Montana Renewable Portfolio Standard which promotes the development and ownership of smaller renewable energy projects by in-state owners.

    Proposals are due June 28, 2017, with selection of finalists expected in September. All inquiries and correspondence regarding this RFP must be directed to Sapere Consulting. (Source: Northwestern Corp., PR, 17 May, 2017) Contact: NorthWestern Corp.,; Sapere Consulting, Steve Lewis, (206) 726-3695,,; NorthWestern Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NorthWestern Energy,  Renewable Energy,  

    25 SAISD Campuses Score ENERGY STAR Certification (Ind. Report)
    Cenergistic,San Angelo Independent School District
    Date: 2017-05-22
    In a press release, the Lone Star State's San Angelo Independent School District (SAISD) reports it has been award US EPA ENERGY STAR certification for 25 school campuses in recognition of their efforts to cut energy consumption and increase energy efficiency.

    To earn the certification, SAISD partnered with Cenergistic, Inc. to manage energy use throughout the district. Cenergistic worked directly with each campus to identify opportunities to save energy. As of January the district had achieved over $1.6 million in cost avoidance through the Cenergistic program, according to a SAISD release.

    ENERGY STAR certification signifies that the buildings perform in the top 25 pct of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. (Source: standard Times, 19 May, 2017) Cenergistic Inc., (214) 275-2814,; San Angelo Independent School District,; ENERGY STAR,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Efficiency,  ,  

    SunPower Biodiesel Assets Auction Announced (Ind. Report)
    SunPower Biodiesel
    Date: 2017-05-22
    Maas Companies will provide agricultural and energy professionals with the opportunity to purchase at auction a 3 million gallon per year biodiesel plant, a 72,325 sq. ft. manufacturing/warehouse facility, two oilseed processing facilities, a $1.1 million dollar 171,000 bushel grain handling facility, two retail fuel stations and surplus equipment on Thursday, June 15 at 10 AM at 1690 Elm Street in Cumberland, Wisconsin.

    SunPower Biodiesel, LLC. was an integrated agriculture-energy company marketing renewable fuel products produced from virgin vegetable oil from planted crops, used vegetable oil (UVO), canola, and fats, oils and greases (FOG) to produce biodiesel. The facility produced 3 million gpy of B100 biodiesel.

    The auction, which will be held onsite, includes real estate, two oilseed processing facilities, grain handling facility, retail fuel stations and related equipment. Sale details and equipment catalog are available at the auction website, (Source: Maas Companies, May, 2017) Contact: Maas Companies, (507)285-1444,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower Biodiesel,  Biodiesel,  

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