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Higher EU ETS Carbon Price Expected in 2019 (Int'l)
Date: 2017-10-18
According to a just released Reuters report, analysts have raised their forecasts for 2019 European carbon prices in the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) on expectations that plans to reform the market will significantly curb oversupply.

Analysts expect EU Allowances (EUAs) to average €7.16 euros/tonne in 2018, and €9.92 per tonne in 2019, according to the survey of seven analysts by Reuters published on Wednesday. The forecasts were up 19 pct and 16 pct, respectively, on prices given in July, of €6.01 for 2018 and € 8.54 euros for 2019.

The European Union's ETS, a cap-and-trade permit system to regulate industry pollution, has suffered from an excess of allowances (EAUs) supply since the financial crisis. (Source: Times of India, Reuters, Others, 11 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EUAs,  EU ETS,  Carbon Emissions,  Emissions Trading,  Carbon Emissions,  

Biofuels Cut Uruguayan C02 Emissions by 7 pct (Int'l)
Date: 2017-10-18
In Montevideo, a Uruguayan government commissioned study by Uruguayan sugar bioethanol and biodiesel producer Alcoholes de Uruguay (ALUR) reports Uruguay has achieved a 7 pct pct annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions through the increased use of biofuels in the transportation sector.

ALUR's research suggests the use of biodiesel as a substitute for oil based diesel cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 70 pct and bioethanol reduces emissions by 66 pct.

According to the government statement, the results show that Uruguay is on target to meet its Paris Climate Agreement commitment of a 15 pct reduction in the consumption of petroleum-derived fuels in transport. (Source: ALUR, Biofuels Int'l, Various Media , Oct., 2017) Contact: Alcoholes de Uruguay, Dario Rodriguez, R&D, (598) 2309 02 42 / 46 int. 2000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Biofuels,  Bioethanol,  Ethanol,  

Biodiesel Board Responds to EPA's Proposed RFS Cuts (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2017-10-18
"The EPA's proposal earlier this summer was inadequate, underestimating the power of domestic biodiesel production and ignoring the intent of the law. This additional request for comment is even more disappointing. It is critical that our members, champions in Congress and stakeholders again demonstrate to EPA the industry's proven success record and capacity for continued growth. There will be serious impacts to the tens of thousands of American biodiesel workers who were promised that this administration had their back.

"What's most frustrating is it appears that EPA has not bothered to look at the facts we've put before them in our formal comments on the original proposal for the RFS -- facts that support higher volumes of biodiesel and other advanced biofuels. This is not the first year the biodiesel industry has been without the tax credit, or the first year there's been uncertainty in the biodiesel industry. But every year we have prevailed, providing volumes above and beyond the requirements," NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen said. (Source: National Biodiesel Board , October 16, 2017)Contact: NBB, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, (800) 841-5849,

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  RFSBiodiesel,  

Cielo's Alberta Renewable Diesel Refinery Underway (Ind. Report)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2017-10-18

Dominion Energy Va. Seeks 300 MW Solar, Wind Power (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy Virginia
Date: 2017-10-18
US utility Dominion Energy Virginia reports it has issued an RFP and is seeking bids for approximately 300 MW of solar and onshore wind generation. The company is soliciting bids for energy, capacity and environmental attributes including Renewable Energy Certificates for new solar and onshore wind facilities 10 to 150 MW (ac) in size. The facilities must be located in Virginia and be interconnected to Dominion Energy Virginia's transmission and/or distribution system.

The RFP outlines the proposal requirements and power and asset purchase agreement terms requiring commercial operations dates in 2019 or 2020. (Source: Dominion Energy Virginia, Twitter, Photon, Others, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Virginia,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

Chinese Wind Power Subsidies to End Within 5 years (Int'l)
New and Renewable Energy Bureau at the National Energy Bureau
Date: 2017-10-18
In Beijing, the New and Renewable Energy Bureau at the National Energy Bureau, is reporting the Chinese wind power industry will be independent from government subsidies in three to five years. The government believes wind power could be self-sufficient ahead of photovoltaic by 2020 or 2022.

Although the country's total wind power reached 154 million KW as of June 2017, nearly triple the figure from 2012, the usage rate is low and Many wind turbines are halted and idle due local power grid failures. Also, the price of wind and photovoltaic energy are still too high and still rely on subsidies to develop. (Source: China New and Renewable Energy Bureau National Energy Bureau, Asia Times, The DailyBrief , Oct., 2017) Contact: China New and Renewable Energy Bureau National Energy Bureau,

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Wind,  Wind Subsidies,  

Boralex, Infinergy JV to Develop UK Onshore Wind Projects (Int'l)
Date: 2017-10-18
Montreal-based renewable energy developer Boralex Inc. and UK-based Infinergy are reporting a 50-50 joint venture agreement to develop a 325 MW pipeline of onshore wind projects in Scotland. for a total estimated capacity of 325 MW.

The JV pipeline, which includes 10 wind projects ranging from 6 to 80 MW, would allow Boralex to acquire or resell the projects at future dates. The projects are at different stages of development, from early stage to being on the verge of full authorization.

The JV partners have committed to invest a total of £6.6 million($Cdn 10.9 million until the end of 2019 -- £5.5 million ($Cdn 9.1 million) from Boralex. Infinergy will act as the principal developer of the joint venture projects. (Source: Boralex Inc., PR, Oct., 2017) Contact: Infinergy Ltd., Esbjorn Wilmar, CEO,; Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Infinergy,  Wind,  Onshore Wind,  

Aussie 28 Turbine Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
Global Power Generation Australia
Date: 2017-10-18
In the Land Down Under, construction is underway on the foundations for 28 turbines at the Crookwell 2 wind farm near Canberra. The $125 million project is expected to generate around 304,000-MWh of power per year -- sufficient power for 41,600 area homes.

The Crookwell 2 wind farm is being developed by Madrid-headquartered Global Power Generation Australia (formerly Union Fenosa Australia) and is supported by ACT large feed-in tariffs. The project is slated for completion and commissioning in September , 2018. (Source: Global Power Generation Australia, Riot Act, 17 Oct., 2017) Contact: Global Power Generation Australia,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Australia Wind,  

Badger State Ethanol Doubles Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Badger State Ethanol
Date: 2017-10-18
Monroe, Wisconsin-based Badger State Ethanol LLC reports it's recently completed expansion has increased its ethanol production from 40 million gpy to 90 million gpy. The dry-mill ethanol plant, which began production in 2002, also produces 128,000 tpy of distiller grains (DDGs) for livestock feed.

The company worked with engineering-firm Lucas E3, which installed a patent-pending secondary distillation system that reduces the amount of heat needed for production. (Source: Badger State Ethanol, Madison Journal, 13 Oct., 2017) Contact: Badger State Ethanol, Erik Huschitt, CEO & General Manager, (608) 329-3900,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Badger State Ethanol,  Ethanol,  DDGs,  

EPA Approves The Andersons Marathon Ethanol Efficient Producer Pathway (Reg & Leg)
The Andersons
Date: 2017-10-18
The U.S. EPA has approved an efficient producer pathway for The Andersons Marathon Ethanol LLC, allowing the 110 million mgpy Greenville, Ohio facility to generate renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol.

To qualify for compliance with the RFS program, any new production above the grandfathered gallons must meet a 20 pct greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction threshold when compared to the program's gasoline baseline. The efficient producer pathway petition process is designed to aid ethanol plants in gaining pathway approval for expanded production above those grandfathered volumes.

According to documents published by the EPA, The Andersons Marathon Ethanol plant achieves a greenhouse gas reduction of 22.5 percent when compared to baseline gasoline. A typical natural gas-fired dry mill ethanol plant that produces 100 percent dry distillers grains achieves a 16.8 percent GHG reduction when compared to the gasoline baseline. (Source: EPA, Ethanol Producer, Various Media, 13 Oct. 2017)Contact: The Andersons Inc, (419) 893-5050,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs,  RFS,  The Andersons,  Ethanol,  Marathon Ethanol,  

WSU, NARA Touting Woody Biomass Renewable Jet Fuel (Ind. Report)
Washington State University,Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance,
Date: 2017-10-18
Following on our 16 Nov., 2016 coverage, a 32-member research team at Washington State University, Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), are touting the production of biofuel from regionally sourced woody biomass lumber and mill wastes.

According to NARA Co-director Mike Wolcott, woody bioimass forestry and lumbering wastes can be used as feedstocks for commercial aviation biofuels. As previously reported, Alaska Airlines used the fuel on a flight from Seattle to Washington, D.C. last November. The project received approximated $40 million in funding support. (Source, Washington State University, Daily Evergreen, 16 Oct., 2017)Contact: Washington State University, Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, Ralph Cavalieri, Project Director, (509) 335-5581,,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance,  ,  

Floatgen Floating Deep-Water Wind Foundation Set for Installation (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-18
Paris-headquartered wind energy developer Ideol is reporting the inauguration Floatgen, a 2 MW offshore demonstration project to establish the technical reliability and economic feasibility of deep water floating wind turbines.

The demo project will incorporate a Vestas V80 2 Mw turbine and is intended to demonstrate the development potential of offshore deep-water wind projects that make better use of higher wind resources. The patented floating wind foundation is expected to be installed by the year end. (Source: Ideol, EBR, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ideol, +33 (0)4 86 20 80 50,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ideol,  Floatgen,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind Turbine,  

LevelTen Energy Touting Clean Energy "Mutual Funds" (Ind. Report)
LevelTen Energy
Date: 2017-10-18
On Monday, Seattle-based LevelTen Energy reported its first clean energy portfolio of 410 mw, which represents two wind and two solar projects in the region of PJM. According to the company, the clean power portfolio will be offered to small corporations as a "clean energy mutual fund" and already has "un-named" customers.

LevelTen Energy also announced that it has closed a series A $6.8 million funding round with new investors including Prelude Ventures, Techstars Venture Capital Fund, Founders' Coop, Wireframe Ventures, Element 8 Fund and Avista Development, a subsidiary of Avista Corp. (Source: LevelTen Energy, 16 Oct., 2017)Contact: LevelTen Energy, Bryce Smith, CEO, (800) 995-2152,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

SolarStone, Winona Ink Solar Garden Contract (Ind. Report)
SolarStone Partners
Date: 2017-10-18
In Minnesota, the City of Winona Council reports it will contract with SolarStone Partners for the developement and construction of a community solar garden.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city will get about 40 pct of its energy from the solar garden for the next 25 years at a price of 13 cents per kWh. That is around 2 million kilowatt hours of the city's annual approximate 5 million kilowatt hours used. The contract is expected to save $1.9 million in energy costs over its 25-year term. (Source: Winona Daily News, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of Winona,; SolarStone Partners, Gordy Simanton, VP of Business Development (612)801-2000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  SolarStone Partners ,  Solar,  

The Clean Growth Strategy -- Leading the way to a Low Carbon Future -- U.K.'s Clean Energy Strategy Attached (Int'l Report)
Climate Change,Low-Carbon Energy
Date: 2017-10-18
In LOndon, the UK government's just-published Clean Energy Strategy which supposedly leads the way to the low-carbon future that the 2008 Climate Change Act calls for, is being widely criticized as the "same old, shop-worn green remedies -- smart meters, smart grids, EVs, hydrogen, bioenergy, carbon capture and storage, etc. -- dressed up as new solutions at an estimated cost of £20 billion over the next few years.

Down load The Clean Growth Strategy -- Leading the way to a Low Carbon Future HERE. (Source: UK Gov., Seeking Alpha, Various Other Media, 16 Oct., 2017)

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

LSSU, Johnson Controls Ink Energy Efficiency Contrast (Ind. Report)
Lake Superior State University,Johnson Controls
Date: 2017-10-18
Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste.Marie, Michigan, reports it has inked a 20 year, $700,000 contract with Johnson Controls. Under the terms of the deal, the company will assess how the school is using energy and recommend energy management and efficiency improvements.

According to the school, theirs and other studies are typical at college campuses, especially colleges with older buildings with questionable energy efficiency. The contract and study will cost the university $700,000, but the school says the contract's expected energy efficiency recommendations, if completed, could deliver more than $10 million in savings. The study will begin immediately and likely take more than six months to complete. (Source: Lake Superior State University, October 16, 2017) Contact: Lake Superior State University, (906) 632-6841,; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Control,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Johnson Controls,  

SCE&G Offering Free Residential Energy Check-ups (Ind. Report)
South Carolina Electric & Gas
Date: 2017-10-18
Cayce, South Carolina-headquartered South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) reports it is offering residential customers a free Home Energy Check-up, valued at $250, to help improve the energy efficiency of their homes and manage their energy consumption.

A SCE&G Home Energy Check-up includes an inspection and evaluation of windows, doors, caulking, weather stripping, insulation levels, appliances, water heaters and HVAC systems. The walk-through process, which usually lasts an hour, allows for accurate assessment of the home's energy efficiency. The home owner receives a custom report of the inspection findings including: an energy consumption overview; specifics on using a thermostat efficiently; a home HVAC system overview; overview of the home's past energy usage; and detailed recommendations for energy efficiency and weatherization upgrades and improvements. (Source: SCE&G, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: SCE&G, Ginger Greenway, Energy Information Services Manager, (877),510-7234,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SCE&G,  Energy Efficiency,  

Verdigris APIs to Manage Smart Building Energy (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2017-10-18
Verdigris, a company that provides an AI-powered energy management and IoT platform for commercial facilities, has announced the launch of a new set of APIs to power smart buildings. The APIs allow customers to integrate Verdigris data with applications to gain insights about energy consumption, forecast electrical demand, and other meaningful energy-related insights.

Verdigris is an end-to-end energy management solution for commercial facilities that combines hardware, software, and AI to deliver data and analytics about building operations. The platform includes hardware consisting of 42 non-intrusive, snap-on current transducers (CT) in a daisy chain connected to a hardware bud. The hardware connects to a cloud-based analytics tool through 4G or Wi-Fi.

The Verdigris API, which enables third-party applications and systems to retrieve collected data, can be used by developers to create a dashboard that shows energy usage, power quality, and equipment health in real time. The initial set of APIs includes an Energy API to access energy consumption data (increments are minutes, quarter hourly, hourly, and daily), a Forecasting API to forecast building electrical demand based on historical data, and a Disaggregation API to track device-level energy usage from a single circuit. The company plans on releasing additional APIs in Q4 including a Voltage API, a Power Factor API, and a Power Quality API. (Source: Verdigris, Programable Web, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Verdigris, Mark Chung, CEO,

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

EU Spending on Energy Efficient Buildings Hits $112bBn by 2026, says Navigant Report (Ind. Report)
Navigant Research
Date: 2017-10-18
A just published report from Navigant Research examining the European market for energy efficient building technologies claims that although the continent is already a leader in building sustainability legislation and initiatives, the European market for energy efficient building technologies is expected to jump from today's $83.5 billion to $111.9 billion in 2026. In terms of legislation, the EU has two key pieces of legislation -- the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) -- through which European countries are delivering their 2020 emissions reductions goals.

The next step for Europe is the Clean Energy for All Europeans legislation which was proposed in November 2016 and agreed upon by the European Energy Council this past JUne.

However, according to Navigant Research, "this legislation is regarded by many as a compromise" and that "Original energy efficiency targets of 40 pct by 2030 have been reduced to 30 pct and energy savings targets of 1.5 pct per year have been reduced to 1 pct per year from 2026 through 2030 based on the results of positive progress reports in 2024." (Source: Navigant Research, Oct, 2017) Contact: Navigant Research, Tom Machinchick, principal research analyst,,

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

Renters, Landlord Energy Efficiency Incentives Available in Middletown, Conn. (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-18
In Connecticut, Comfortable, Healthy, Energy Efficient and Renewable Middletown (CHEER) -- a collaboration between the city of Middletown's Clean Energy Task Force, North End Action Team, Home Energy Services (HES), New England Conservation Services (NCS), Sunlight Solar and others is aiming to help both landlords and renters increase energy efficiency, take advantage of lower cost renewal energy and lessen the city's dependence on fossil fuels. Eligibility is based on household incomes under 60 pct of the state median income based on family size.

The primary partner for the CHEER initiative is Woodbridge-based New England Conservation Services, (NECS) which conducts energy audits and helps connect owners and renters. NECS partners with HES, which offers energy efficiency funding from the state and performs energy efficiency assessments and other related core services. (Source: City of Middletown, New England Conservation Services, Middletown Press, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of Middletown,; New England Conservation Services, www.; SunLight Solar,

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

Energy Emissions Expected to Fall in 2017, Increase in 2018, says EIA (Ind. Report)
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Date: 2017-10-18
The U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Short-Term Energy Outlook forecasts is predicting a drop in energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for 2017 but a 2.2 pct bump in 2018. By the end of 2017, annual heating degree days are predicted to be higher than in 2016 and cooling degree days are expected to be lower. Heating and cooling degree days generally show a return to normal temperatures based on the average of the previous 10 years. Because of this, EIA predicts that in 2018, both heating and cooling demand will increase, by 7.5 pct and 2.4 pct, respectively.

In 2018, energy-related CO2 emissions are projected to increase for all three fossil fuels, petroleum, natural gas and coal, totaling 111 million metric tons of additional CO2 emissions.

The EIA expects electric power generation from coal- and natural gas-fired sources to rise by a combined 97 billion kWh. The agency also predicts CO2 emissions from coal to increase by 28 million metric tons and that CO2 emissions from natural gas will increase by 29 million metric tons, which combined makes up 52 pct of the forecasted increased in energy-related emissions for 2018. (Source; EIA, Other, Oct., 2017)Contact: US EIA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Energy Information Administration,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  

Innogy Takes Control of Triton Knoll Offshore (Int'l, M&A)
Statkraft, Innogy
Date: 2017-10-16
Frankfort Germany-headquartered RWE Innogy, Germany's largest energy group, reports it is now the sole owner of the £2 billion ($2.64 billion) UK Triton Knoll offshore wind farm project. Innogy purchased Norwegian state-owned Statkraft's 50 pct stake in the project for undisclosed terms.

The 860 megawatts capacity Triton Knoll is due to go live in 2021 and is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 800,000 UK households. (Source: Innogy, Economic Times, 12 Oct., 2017) Contact: Statkraft, Christian Rynning-Toennesen, CEO, +47 24 06 70 00,; RWE Innogy, Peter Terium, CEO, +49 (0) 201 122 2088,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Innogy,  Offshore Wind,  

Notable Quote

Date: 2017-10-16
"The citizens just don't trust that EPA is honest with these (CO2 emissions) numbers. Let's get real, objective data, not just do modeling. Let's vigorously publish and peer-review science. Let's do honest cost-benefit work. We need to restore the trust." -- Scott Pruitt, Feb., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pruitt,  

K2 Management Snares Energy Yield Analysis Firm (M&A)
K2 Management
Date: 2017-10-16
K2 Management has agreed to acquire global energy yield analysis consultancy, Prevailing. Headquartered in Bristol, UK, the company has offices in Scotland, Germany, Australia and the USA. The deal is slated to close before the year end.

Prevailing has been involved in energy yield analysis for more than 1,200 projects in over 30 countries since its founding in 2009. (Source: K2 Management, 12 Oct., 2017) Contact: Prevailing, +44 7970 179785,; K2 Management, Henrick Stamer, CEO, +45 86 10 10 40,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News K2 Management,  Wind,  

E.ON Acquires b.ventus Stake (Ind. Report, M&A)
Date: 2017-10-16
E.ON has bought a stake in b.ventus, a German start-up offering a single-source solution for wind power generation for business customers. b.ventus manufactures a wind turbine with a hub height of 30 meters and can be installed quickly, does not require a lengthy permitting process, and can be integrated with existing embedded generation facilities, such as a cogeneration unit or solar array. E.ON made the investment as part of its accelerator and incubator to support energy-related start-ups.

b.ventus handles everything from installation to operations, maintain and, if necessary, repair. According to E.ON, a customer's average ROI is about six years. (Source: E.ON, PR, 12 Oct., 2017) Contact: E.ON, b.ventus,; b.ventus,

More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON,  Wind,  

Naperville Renewable Energy Grants Support Solar Projects (Funding)
Naperville Renewable Energy Program
Date: 2017-10-16
In Illinois, Naperville City Council reports it is considering granting $50,000 from the Naperville Renewable Energy Program for two rooftop solar installations to Midwest Sports and Pain Specialists and North Central College.

The Naperville Renewable Energy Program is funded by business and resident voluntarily contributions that are added to monthly electric power bills. The program fund presently has a balance of approximately $1.4. The fund provides grants to commercial customers who invest in solar, wind, photovoltaic, biomass and fuel cell technology projects. (Source: Naperville City Council, Naperville Sun, 13 Oct., 2017) Contact: Naperville Renewable Energy Program,

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

SDTC Invests $5.4Mn in Ultra-Thin Solar Cells (Ind. Report)
Metamaterial Technologies
Date: 2017-10-16
In Atlantic Canada, the Canadian federal government's Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) agency is reporting approximately $5.4 million in funding to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based Metamaterial Technologies for research aimed at developing a potentially revolutionary technology for powering vehicles using ultra-thin solar cells. The SDTC investment is part of a $17.9 million effort to commercialize the product.

The cleantech firm claims its patented new metaSOLAR cells are 70 pct thinner than those presently available and can collect and utilize light from all directions and perform at a higher efficiency than competing products. (Source: SDTC, Metamaterial Technologies, CleanTech Canada, 13 Oct., 2017) Contact: Metamaterial Technologies, George Palikaras,CEO, (902) 482-5729,; Sustainable Development Technology Canada,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sola,  Thin Film Solar,  Solar Cell,  SDTC,  

World Bank to Report Aggregate GHG Emission Starting 2018 (Int'l)
World Bank
Date: 2017-10-16
The World Bank reports it will start reporting the net global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from all of its projects beginning in 2018. Until now, the bank only tracked emissions on a project-by-project basis and the data was said to be often difficult to find. Many other multilateral development banks -- including the Asian Development Bank -- already publish their net carbon emissions.

Beginning in 2018, the World Bank will report in its Corporate Scorecard aggregate GHG emissions from its investment projects in key sectors, including $11 billion invested in renewable energy and $4.5 billion in energy efficiency in the past five years. The World Bank is also taking steps to measure its clients' exposure to coal, and was "evaluating options to work with these clients to move toward more renewable energy options." noting that in In 2018 the bank tripled its climate change commitments through financial institutions to $1.4 billion. (Source: World Bank, DEVEX, 14 October 2017) Contact: World Bank IFC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  

A Dwindling Role for Coal (2017) -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Union of Concerned Scientists
Date: 2017-10-16
A Dwindling Role for Coal, anew report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) notes there is historic transition underway in the US electricity sector from coal to newer, cleaner technologies. The report addresses the speed with which the transition is occurring and begs the question, what next?

The report notes that the share of US electricity coming from coal dropped from 51 pct in 2008 to 31 pct in 2016. It also notes that roughly one in four existing coal-fired power plants will be retired or converted to natural gas retire or convert to natural gas while another 17 pct are economically nonviable and could face retirement soon.

Download Dwindling Role for Caol 2017 fact sheet HERE. (Source: Union of Concerned Scientists, Oct., 2017) Contact: Union of Concerned Scientists,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Union of Concerned Scientists,  Coal,  

Bloomberg Adding $64Mn to War on Coal Arsenal (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-16
According to, former Big Apple Mayor Michael Bloomberg contributing $64 million towards the fight against coal power plants. The , will benefit from the donation. The new funds are intended to support the Sierra Club and environmental groups working with mayors, governors, utility regulators and private sector leaders to "develop, implement and strengthen policies" that make it easier for solar and wind power to compete, according to a news release. The effort is aimed at closing 60 pct of the nation's coal-fired power plants by the end of 2020.

The Bloomberg initiative comes on the heels of the Trump administration's announcement that it will begin an appeal of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan mandating 32 pct cuts in CO2 emissions by 2030. (Source:, 12 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Power Plan,  Bloomberg,  Climate Change,  Coal,  

WELTEC Doubling Brittany AD Biogas Plant Capacity (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-10-16
German biogas plant manufacturer WELTEC BIOPOWER reports that together with its French partner WELTEC Agripower it is working on an extension of an existing anaerobic digestion (AD) project in Iffendic, Brittany. The biogas plant was originally constructed and commissioned in 2014. With the expansion, the plant will double its capacity to generate 500 kW a day, sufficient power for approximately 1,000 homes. (Source: WELTEC Biopower GmbH, PR, 15 Oct., 2017) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, Ann Borries, +49 (0) 4441-999 78-220,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER,  Bioenergy,  Biogas,  

Aussie Airline Plans Biofuel Use on L.A. Routes (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2017-10-16
In the Land Down Under, the Australian airline Qantas reports it will begin using biofuel on its Los Angeles-based aircraft in 2020 and will purchase 8 million gallons of jet fuel during each of the next 10 years from U.S. fuel producer SG Preston. The fuel will be a 50 pct blend of traditional jet fuel and 50 pct fuel made from non-food plant oils. Qantas provides daily flights from Los Angeles to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

A carbon-offset agreement reached a year ago by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) calls for a worldwide reduction in commercial aviation emissions to 50 pct of 2005 levels by 2050. Airlines whose emissions rise above 2020 levels would have to purchase carbon-offset credits, under the ICAO agreement. (Source: Qantas, Travel Weekly, 15 Oct., 2017) Contact: Qantas, +61 02 9691 3636,; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211,,; SG Preston,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  Qantas,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  SG Preston,  

Alaskan Seaweed Biofuel Feedstock Study Funded (Ind. Report, R&D)
US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
Date: 2017-10-16
US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) reports it is in discussions with Kodiak College, part the University of Alaska and other interested and possible stakeholders to plan the first steps of a bi-coastal pilot project to modernize methods to grow sugar kelp -- seaweed -- as a biofuel feedstock. The project is bankrolled by a $500,000 grant to the University of Alaska/Fairbanks through a new DOE program called Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER). To date the agency has funded 18 projects to develop new tools for the production of macroalgae (seaweed) as fuel, chemical feedstock and animal feed.

According an ARPA/E release. "By further developing this untapped resource, the U.S. could eventually produce enough seaweed to handle as much as 10 percent of our demand for transportation fuel. The group estimates the U.S could produce at least 500 million dry metric tpy of macroalgae which could yield about 2.7 quadrillion thermal units of liquid fuel.

Kodiak College, in collaboration with the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, will investigate cost-effective ways to grow, harvest and transport large amounts of sugar kelp based on technologies applied in the fishing industry. (Source: DOE ARPA/E, SitNews, Oct., 2017) Contact: US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy University of Alaska, Prof. Michael Stekoll, 796-6279,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Seaweed,  Biofuel,  US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy,  

ExxonMobil Plant Boosts Refinery Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Date: 2017-10-16
US oil giant ExxonMobil is reporting the opening of its third cogeneration plant in Singapore to help increase energy efficiency at its Jurong refinery.

The 84-megawatt plant uses natural gas and waste heat from the refinery to generate both electricity and steam in order to power plant operations, replacing two older and less efficient boilers. It will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of more than 150,000 four-room flats and improve energy efficiency by up to 5 pct resulting in a cut in CO2 emissions by more than 265 kilotonnes -- equivalent to removing more than 90,000 cars from Singapore's roads, according to ExxonMobil. (Source: ExxonMobil, Channel News Asia, 12 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobi,  Energy Efficiency,  

Sparkfund Launches Technology Subscription for Energy Systems Across Building Portfolios (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-16
Washington, DC–based Sparkfund, a leader in energy efficiency-as-a-service solutions, has launched the Sparkfund Technology Subscription™ the company's new procurement strategy and contract. The technology subscription is an easier easy way for commercial building owners and tenants to quickly implement state-of-the-art energy technologies and energy savings systems for lighting, HVAC, building controls, energy storage, and other technologies, through a single monthly payment that covers installation, repairs, monitoring and servicing.

Sparkfund makes it easy for property owners to roll out new technology across an entire building portfolio. In less than three years, Sparkfund has completed 160 energy projects in 41 states, helping a range of customers save more than $3 million in annual energy costs. (Source: Sparkfund, PR, Oct., 2017) Contact: Sparkfund, Angela Ferrante, (844) 867-7275,

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

Netherlands Killing Coal by 2030 (Int'l Report)
Netherlands, Coal
Date: 2017-10-16
The new four-party coalition government of the Netherlands reports it plans to introduce a binding target to lower CO2 emissions by 2030 in order to put a floor beneath carbon prices. Meanwhile, coal-fired power plant will have to comply with recently revised pollution standards that will be implemented after 2021 and will include tougher limits for emissions of mercury, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide.

According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the proposed legislation is expected to be a blow for utilities Engie , RWE AG and Uniper SE (FRA:UN01), which brought 3 new coal-fired power plants on line in 2015. The Netherlands aims to source 14 pct of its energy mix from renewables by 2020 and reduce to 16 pct the share of emissions in non-Emissions Trading System (ETS) sectors from 2005 levels. (Source: Various Media, Renewables Now, Others, 12 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Renewable Energy,  Renewables,  

ICAO Green Fuel called "Palm Oil Trojan Horse" (Int'l Report)
ICAO ,Air Transport Action Group
Date: 2017-10-16
In a joint letter to ICAO Airline industry representatives have strongly rejected suggestions put forward this week by a group of environmental NGOs that the planned widespread use of alternative aviation fuels would rely on palm oil and result in more deforestation.

According to the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) , the aviation industry envisions that 2 pct of all international jet fuel will come from sustainable sources by 2025. However, for the industry to meet its goal of halving carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 compared to 2005, much wider deployment of biofuels will be essential. Although five alternative jet fuel pathways from a range of feedstocks have been approved for use in aviation, with more waiting in the wings, the NGOs behind the letter to ICAO believe that only fuels derived from vegetable oils can be scaled up sufficiently.

According to bioenergy campaign group Biofuelwatch, any large-scale use of aviation biofuels made from hydrotreated vegetable oils (HVO) would almost certainly rely on palm oil -- the cheapest type of vegetable oil available in large quantities, and is cheaper to refine to HVO than other types of vegetable oil. The group has described the airline industry's green fuel plans as "a Trojan horse for palm oil." (Source: ATAG, Runway Girl. 12 Oct., 2017) Contact: ATAG, ATAG executive director Michael Gill Sustainable Aviation Fuels User Group,; Air Transport Action Group,; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211,, [

More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Transport Action Group,  ICAO ,  Aviation Biofuel,  Palm Oil,  

Paris Banning Internal Combustion Vehicles from 2030 (Int'l)

Date: 2017-10-16
It is being widely reported that the City of Lights will ban diesels and other fossil fuel internal combustion cars by 2030 -- the first major European city to make such a dramatic move in the fight against climate change.

Paris already has plans to ban diesel cars by 2024. Accounting for more than 40 pct of the total market, diesel cars have been pointed out as a major source of pollutants and NOx emissions. Since the recent VW "diesel-gate" vehicle emissions scandal, diesel cars have been carefully scrutinized and found to be polluting several dozen times more than allowed. Paris also plans to promote public transport and make Paris 100 pct CO2-neutral by 2050. (Source: Various Media, DriveMag, 12 Oct., 2017)

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ABP's €24.5Mn UK Food Waste-to-Energy Plant Now Online (Int'l)
Anaerobic Digestion
Date: 2017-10-16
In the UK, ABP Food Group's renewable division Olleco reports the opening of a €25.5 million, 15MW Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The facility uses food waste and cooking oil to generate green energy equivalent to the requirementsof of 12,000 homes in the UK, according to a company spokesperson. The Olleco facility will convert in excess of 100,000 tonnes of waste into heat, power and bio-methane for export to the national grid, and bio-fertilizer for both of ABP Food Group and other farm suppliers.

In 2015 the company opened the world's first certified carbon-neutral abattoir in Ellesmere where waste material from the food processing operation is used in conjunction with used cooking oil to provide the energy requirements on site.(Source: ABP. 13 Oct., 2017) Contact: ABP Food Group,; Olleco,

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Athena Sustainable Materials Inst. Celebrates Green Building Leadership (Ind. Report)
Athena Sustainable Materials Institute
Date: 2017-10-16
The Ottawa, Ontario-headquartered not-for-profit Athena Sustainable Materials Institute and its US affiliate in Pennsylvania, is touting 20 years of Green Building a leading pioneer in the Green Building and sustainability metrics leadership and significant industry impact:
  • The Athena Institute started a revolution in green building design with its free tools for true cradle-to-grave environmental impact measurement of new construction;

  • As pioneers of life cycle assessment (LCA) for the built environment, the Athena Institute is transforming tactics and accountability in green design;

  • Thousands of design professionals, sustainability consultants and students are using the Athena Impact Estimator for buildings – the first, most comprehensive, and the only free LCA tool for the North American design and construction sector;

  • Countless building and roadway projects can claim quantified environmental impact reductions thanks to the data and tools provided to the public by the Athena Institute.

  • Two decades of work at the Athena Institute enables the LCA incentives and embodied carbon calculations in green building programs like LEED v4, the Living Building Challenge, the International Green Construction Code, and the Canada Green Building Council's Zero Carbon Building Standard.

  • Twenty years of Athena Institute collaboration with the manufacturing sector has spurred sustainability leadership by the makers of construction materials. For example, Portland-limestone cement, a reduced-carbon version of cement, is gaining acceptance and clearing regulatory hurdles thanks to LCA performance data from the Athena Institute. (Source: Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, PR, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Athena Sustainable Materials Inst.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  LEED Certification,  

  • Ameren Ill. Expands Energy Efficiency Plan Savings (Ind. Report)
    Ameren Illinois
    Date: 2017-10-16
    Ameren Illinois recently filed an amendment to its energy efficiency plan under the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), which commits the company to an additional average annual savings of 12,043 megawatt-hours (MWhs) over four years. The amendment seeks to expand Ameren's efficiency programs to more moderate- and low-income customers and create local, sustainable jobs.

    The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved Ameren Illinois' energy efficiency plan in September but directed the company to change and amend the plan in accordance with the final order in the case.

    Ameren's energy efficient plan includes $114 million in annual investments for the next four years in electric and gas efficiency programs. It aims to achieve nearly 9 pct, or 2,502,368 MWhs, in cumulative persisting energy savings by the end of 2021 and includes a goal of 16 pct cumulative persisting savings achieved by 2030. The plan will go into effect in Jan., 2018. (Source: Ameren Illinois, PR, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ameren Illinois,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Illinois,  Energy Efficiency,  

    BHE's 212-MW Illinois Wind Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    BHE Renewables LLC,Geronimo Energy
    Date: 2017-10-13
    Further to our June 1st, 2015 coverage, BHE Renewables LLC, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, reports construction is underway on the 212-MW Walnut Ridge Wind Farm in in Bureau County, Illinois.

    The 212-MW wind park will be installed on about 14,000 acres (5,700 ha) of farmland and is slated for commissioning in 2018. BHE Renewables purchased the project from Geronimo Energy LLC in 2015. The scheme has 140 MW PPA in place with the US General Services Administration (GSA). (Source: BHE Renewables, Renewables, Oct., 2017) Contact: BHE Renewables,; Geronimo Energy, (952) 988-9000,; Berkshire Hathaway,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geronimo Energy ,  Berksire Hathaway,  Wind,  BHE Renewables LLC,  

    Hanover Co-op Lauded for Refrigerant Emissions Cuts (Ind. Report)
    GreenChill Partnership, Hanover Co-op Food Stores
    Date: 2017-10-13
    In New Hampshire, Hanover Co-op Food Stores have been recognized by the EPA's GreenChill Partnership for its work on reducing refrigerant emissions. Among the program's 10,800 U.S. GreenChill Partnership grocery store members, the Hanover Co-op has recorded the greatest improved emissions since joining the partnership -- 82.9 pct reduction since 2011 -- as well as the most improved emission rate from the previous year -- 77.4 pct reduction from 2015 to 2016.

    According to the EPA, an average grocery store can leak up to 1,000 pounds per year of refrigerant gas into the atmosphere, contributing to pollution and ozone depletion. (Source: EPA, Valley News, 8 Oct., 2017)Contact: Hanover Co-op Food Stores, (603) 643-2667; EPA GreenChill Partnership,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Refridgerant Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  Emissions Reductions,  

    Ubiquity Energy, EFAF Partner on Philippines Solar Projects (Int'l)
    Ubiquity Energy
    Date: 2017-10-13
    Davao City, Philippines-based international solar panel and solar roofing tile distributor Ubiquity Energy reports it is partnering with EFAF to bring innovative solar solutions to under-served areas of the Philippines. The partnership's first project is slated tp get underway this month.

    EFAF will install and maintain residential, commercial and municipal solar projects throughout the Philippines and will offer a wide range of Ubiquity Energy products including solar cell phone/laptop chargers, portable solar chargers for outdoor use, LIFI bulbs, Solar Air Conditioning/Central Air and others. (Source: Ubiquity Energy, MENAFN, 11 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ubiquity Energy, Michael Tabudlong, +63-917-716-3438,; EFAF,

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    Climeworks, Reykjavik Energy Partner on Icelandic CCS (Int'l)
    Climeworks ,Reykjavik Energy
    Date: 2017-10-13
    Following up on our June 9th coverage, ETH Zurich University spin-off company Climeworks, in collaboration with Reykjavik Energy is touting CarbFix2, a trial project to combine direct air capture (DAC) of CO2 with permanent geological storage. The CarbFix2 project is at Hellisheidi is centrred around one of the worlds largest geothermal power plants.

    The first stage in the process sees CO2 captured from ambient air using Climeworks' DAC technology, which involves a patented filter that binds the CO2 with the moisture in the air. Next, low-grade heat from the geothermal plant is used to release pure C02 which is sequestered 700 meters underground where it reacts with basaltic bedrock and forms solid minerals, creating a permanent storage solution.

    Climeworks opened the world's first commercial DAC plant at Hinwil, Switzerland, earler this year. Although that facility's carbon capture capacity is only 900 tpy and Carbfix will sequester only 50 tpy, Climeworks believes the technology can be scaled up. (Source: Climeworks, The Engineer, 12 Oct., 2017) Contact: Climeworks, Christoph Gebald, CEO, +41 44 533 2999,; Reykjavik Energy Edda Sif Aradottir, CarbFix project leader ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Climeworks,  Reykjavik Energy,  Carbon Capture,  

    Australia's Sapphire Wind Farm Receives First Blades (Int'l)
    Sapphire Wind Farm,CWP Asset Management
    Date: 2017-10-13
    In Australia, the first 62 meter long Chinese manufactured wind turbine blades for the Sapphire Wind Farm between Glen Innes and Inverell,New South Wales, are reported to have arrived by truck from the Port of Newcastle.

    According to CWP Asset Management, the company behind the Sapphire Wind Farm, foundations for 63 of the 75 turbines have been laid and access roads completed. The project's first turbine is expected to be erected by the end of the month. (Source: CWP Asset Management, Glen Innes Examiner, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: CWP Asset Management, Andrew Houston, Project Manager, +61 (0)2 4013,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Wind,  Wind,  

    Where's the Beef? -- €1.2Bn and Still No EU CCS (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-10-13
    The EU Observer is reporting that over the past decade the European Union (EU) has spent at least €587 million in grants, subsidies, and public procurement on 63 carbon capture and sequestration projects (CCS), none of which have yet come to fruition.

    According to the EU Financial Transparency System database, figures on just six CCS projects suggest that another € billion has been spent. In that case, the EU's total spending on CCS in the past ten years would be close to €1.2 billion.

    Even so, CCS is not dead. Last month, the Scottish government said it would make money available for a study into the feasibility of a CO2 storage in the North Sea. This week, three fossil fuel companies announced they would work together on a CCS project in non-EU country Norway, according to the EU Observer. (Source: EU Observer, 6 Oct., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  

    Ringneck's S.D. Ethanol Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Ringneck Energy ,Fagen
    Date: 2017-10-13
    Following on our July 28th coverage, Ringneck Energy LLC is reporting that Fagen Inc. has begun construction of a long-delayed, $150 million corn ethanol plant just south of Onida Township, South Dakota. Construction is expected to be completed within 16 months.

    The plant is expected to produce 80 million gpy of ethanol and 240,000 tpy of the dry distiller's grain (DDGs) from about 28.6 million bpy of locally sourced corn. (Source: Ringneck Energy LLC, Capitol Journal, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ringneck Energy LLC, Walt Wendland, Pres., CEO, (605) 258-2900,,; Fagen Inc., (320) 564-3324,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ringneck Energy,  Fagen,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol ,  

    €5Mn Loan Supports Serbian Energy Efficient Housing (Int'l Report
    Green for Growth Fund ,European Investment Bank
    Date: 2017-10-13
    The Green for Growth Fund (GGF) reports it has extended a €5 million ($5.9 million) long-term loan to Belgrade, Serbia's Halkbank a.d. Beograd -- the former Cacanska Banka -- to support energy-efficient housing in the country. Cacanska Banka was one of the first Serbian banks to offer dedicated energy efficiency financing and became a GGF partner in 2011. The GGF is also providing technical assistance and training on energy efficiency, energy monitoring and activities that increase public awareness of energy-efficient housing.

    The GGF was initiated as a public-private partnership in December 2009 by German Development Bank KfW and the European Investment Bank (EIB). It invests in measures designed to cut energy use and CO2 emissions by a minimum of 20 pct in the 19 countries which it covers. (Source: European Investment Bank, Green for Growth Fund, SeeNews, 12 Oct., 2017) Contact: European Investment Bank,; Green for Growth Fund,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Green for Growth Fund,  Energy Efficiency ,  

    Grassley Urges Trump to "Keep Biodiesel Promise" (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2017-10-13
    Speaking earlier this week at Renewable Energy Group's (REGI) biorefinery in Newton, Iowa, Senator Chuck Grassley (R - Iowa) didn't pull his punches when he said President Trump "should keep his promise and not just protect, but grow biodiesel volumes." Grassley was joined by biodiesel producers, soybean and corn farmers and other biodiesel related industries to discuss the EPA's proposal reducing minimum volumes for biomass-based diesel for 2018 as well as further reductions to the proposed 2019 volumes that are favored by the petroleum industry.

    Grassley also spoke about his American Renewable Fuel and Job Creation Act of 2017 and continuing effort to re-instate the federal biodiesel tax credit, which lapsed at the end of 2016, and reform the incentive to focus it strictly on domestically produced biodiesel. "A credit for domestic production will ensure we're incentivizing the domestic industry, rather than subsidizing imported biodiesel. We should not provide a U.S. taxpayer benefit to imported biofuels. A producer credit will do what Congress intended -- incentivize investment in U.S. biodiesel production," the Senator said. (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Globe NewsWire, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: REGI, Brad Albin, VP Manufacturing, Anthony Hulen, Corporate Affairs, (703) 822-1972,,; Senator Chuck Grassley, 202) 224-3744,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Grassley,  Renewable Energy Group,  Biodiesel,  RFS,  

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