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Pension Fund Plans €50Mn Low-Carbon Equity Investments (Int'l)
ERAFP
Date: 2017-05-22
In Paris, France's €27 billion civil service pension scheme ERAFP reports it will invest €50 million in international equity funds aimed at combating climate change.

In selecting the investment, ERAFP will use a virtual asset management platform it helped create in partnership with Cedrus Asset Management and amLeague, an active management index performance and data provider in November 2015.

ERAFP's first investments, for around €10 million , have been made in an "Inflection Point Zero Carbon" fund from asset manager La Francaise. ERAFP also selected four funds focused on companies that offer products or services that could help cut carbon emissions. The La Francaise Inflection Point Zero Carbon fund invests in companies "delivering solutions to the climate change challenge," according to a fund document. (Source: ERAFP, I&PI Europe, 19 May, 2017) Contact: ERAFP, https://www.rafp.fr/en/what-erafp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Energy,  


NY State's Methane Emissions Oversight Stiffened (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-05-22
In the Empire State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the state will increase its oversight of the greenhouse gas methane released by landfills, farms the oil and gas industry and other sources.

Landfills account for more than half of the state's known methane emissions. Farms account for 22 pct of methane emissions, oil and gas facilities account for another 11 pct, while the industrial and transportation sectors account for the balance. Methane is about 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, but much shorter-lived in the atmosphere.

Under the state methane plans, the state would help local landfills divert more organic waste away from disposal and improve gas collection systems that can harvest methane and burn it to generate electricity. Of the top 30 methane sources in New York, 27 are landfills, according to EPA figures. (Source: New York State, Office of the Gov, May 19, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  


Kiwi's to Spend $14Bn to Meet Paris Agreement Targets (Int'l)
New Zealand
Date: 2017-05-22
In a briefing of recently released documents from the New Zealand Official Information Act, Energy Minister Judith Collins said the cost to the economy of purchasing international carbon credits to offset New Zealand’s emissions will be $14.2 billion over ten years -- $1.4 billion annually. According to the minister, "an over reliance on overseas purchasing at the expense of domestic reductions could also leave New Zealand exposed in the face of increasing global carbon prices beyond 2030".

The minister added It's not yet known where the money will come from to foot the $14.2 billion dollar bill but noted that businesses reliant on carbon-intensive transport will be required to purchase international credits to account for their emissions, while the government will absorb the cost of buying credits for industries exempt from the Emissions Trading Scheme such as agriculture.

New Zealand's pledge under the Paris Agreement is to reduce emissions by 30 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 while domestic emissions are expected to increase. Source: NZ Newshub, 22 May, 2017) Contact: Energy Minister, Judith Collins, https://judithcollins.national.org.nz

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credits news,  Cap-and-Trade news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


Planned WV Methanol Plant Secures State Loan (Funding)
US Methanol
Date: 2017-05-22
Following-up on our August 15th coverage, the West Virginia Economic Development Authority reports its approval of a $10 million loan to help Aliso Viejo, California-headquartered US Methanol develop a methanol production facility west of Charleston, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

The loan funds will be primarily used for the purchase of purchase of machinery and equipment for the planned Liberty One Methanol plant which will be reconstructed from a methanol plant that is being disassembled in Brazil. The plant is expected to be up and running by the year's end or early 2018. (Source: West Virginia Economic Development Authority, Charleston Gazette, AP, 19 May, 2017)Contact: West Virginia Economic Development Authority, (304) 558-3650, www.wveda.org; U.S. Methanol, Brad Gunn, COO, (888) 772-9930, www.usmeoh.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  US Methanol,  


Japanese Biotech euglena Touts Algae Jet Biofuel PLans (Int'l)
euglena
Date: 2017-05-22
Tokyo-based algae specialist Euglena Co. Tokyo-based euglena, a biotech venture formed by the University of Tokyo reports it is expanding overseas operations and hopes to sell algae-based jet fuel overseas, and expects commercial use of the fuel by 2020.

euglena, which launched in China in 2015, Construction of euglena's pilot algae biofuel plant in Yokohama will start on June 1. The new plant, which carries a 5.8 billion yen price tag, will produce 125 kiloliters of algae biofuel a year. (Source: euglena, May 19, 2017) Contact: Euglena Co., www.euglena.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News euglena,  Algae,  Biofuel,  Algae Biofuel,  


Antarctic "Greening" Attributed to Climate Change (Ind. Report)
University of Exeter
Date: 2017-05-22
According to Widespread biological response to rapid warming on the Antarctic Peninsula, a paper from the UK's University of Exeter, plant life on Antarctica is growing rapidly due to climate change.

Few plants live on the continent, but scientists studying moss have found a sharp increase in biological activity in the last 50 years. The researchers used moss bank cores -- which are well preserved in Antarctica's cold conditions -- from an area spanning about 400 miles. The scientists analysed data for the last 150 years, and found clear evidence of "change points" -- points in time after which biological activity clearly increased -- in the past half century. The research team, which included scientists from the University of Cambridge and British Antarctic Survey, say their data indicate that plants and soils will change substantially even with only modest further warming. The researchers now plan to examine core records dating back over thousands of years to test how much climate change affected ecosystems before human activity started causing global warming.

Plant life only exists on about 0.3 pct of Antarctica, but the findings provide one way of measuring the extent and effects of warming on the continent. The research was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). (Source: University of Exeter, PR, EurekaAlert, 18 May., 2017) Contact: University of Exeter, Dr. Matt Amesbury, +44 (0) 1392 725892, http://geography.exeter.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


GLOBAL 100 GREENHOUSE GAS PERFORMANCE -- NEW PATHWAYS FOR GROWTH AND LEADERSHIP -- Thomson Reuters Financial and Risk White Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
Thomson Reuters
Date: 2017-05-19
This just released Thomson Reuters white paper reveals not only the latest greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data from the world's 100 largest publicly traded emitters (Global 100) but the pathways these companies have for emissions reduction and earnings growth. This information is critical as analysts and investors consider long term financial performance and as regulators continue pressing for increased transparency.

The report was written in collaboration with CDP, an international not-for-profit organization holding the world's largest collection of self-disclosed corporate environmental data, and BSD Consulting, a global sustainability consultancy, with key contributions from Baker MAccess the white paper HERE. (Source: Thomson Reuters , May, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Univ. Complex Meets Georgia Peach Green Building Standard (Ind. Report)
Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System,
Date: 2017-05-19
Clearview Hall, Columbus State University's newest student housing project, has scored "Two Peaches" under the Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System. The system, which is part of the state's Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Act, rates and recognizes state owned and/or managed buildings that optimize energy performance, increase the demand for materials and furnishings produced in Georgia, improve the environmental quality in the state, conserve energy, protect the state's natural resources, and reduce the burden on the state's water supply.

The $25 million, 121,000-square-foot Clearview Hall complex is home to 457 freshmen students, four learning communities and one faculty-in-residence member.

Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System, HERE. (Source: Columbus State Univ., 16 May, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  Green Building,  


DTE Aims for 80 pct CO2 Emissions Reduction by 2050 (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2017-05-19
Following on our JUne 10, 2016 coverage, Michigan utility DTE Energy has unveiled its sustainability initiative plan to reduce the company's carbon emissions by 30 pct by the early 2020s, 45 pct by 2030, 75 pct by 2040 and 80 pct or more by 2050. To achieve it's goal, the utility plans to utilize more renewable energy, transition 24/7 power plants and sources from coal to natural gas, and increase options for customers to cut energy consumption and reduce energy bills.

Specifically, DTE plans to construct an additional 6,000 mw of renewable energy capacity, supplementing the 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy DTE has built since 2009. The utility will also continue retiring its coal-fired plants, having already announced the shutdown of 11 coal units by the early 2020s. The company also intends to invest $5 billion over the next five years to modernize the electric grid and gas infrastructure. Since 2009, DTE Energy has invested more than $2 billion in wind and solar energy. (Source: DTE Energy, Energy Insider, Various Media, 18 May, 2017)Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  CO2,  


2017 Better Buildings Progress Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Better Buildings Challenge
Date: 2017-05-19
The US DOE reports that its Better Buildings Challenge has led to a combined 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings, according to the attached 2017 Better Buildings Progress Report.

The Better Buildings Challenge initiative aims to make commercial, public, industrial and residential buildings 20 pct more energy efficient over the next decade by focusing on overcoming market barriers and sharing partner-created solutions. The Challenge's 345 diverse member organizations represent more than 4.4 billion square feet of building space, include more than 1,000 industrial facilities, and have committed $7 billion in financing. Partners have shared energy performance results for nearly 38,000 properties. On average, partners are improving by more than 2 percent per year.

Download the full U.S. DOE 2017 Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, ProudGreenBuilding, 16 May, 2017) Contact: US DOE Better Buildings Initiative, https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/

More Low-Carbon Energy News Better Buildings Challenge,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Savings,  


CaGBC Touts Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2017-05-19
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) reports it has selected 16 commercial, institutional and multi-family buildings and warehouses Canada-wide to participate in a two-year pilot of its Zero Carbon Building Standard. The standard, which assesses a building's carbon performance, will be formally released on May 29 in Vancouver.

The buildings selected are both new and existing range from 20,000 to 1.3 million square feet. Projects were chosen for their "ambitious environmental leadership and potential to aggressively raise the bar for carbon emissions reduction in Canada." (Source: CaGBC, REMI Network, 17 May, 2017) Contact: CaGBC, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org, CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Initiative, www.cagbc.org/zerocarbon

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council ,  


USGBC, Seoul Agree to Advance LEED Green Buildings (Int'l)
Green Business Certification Inc.,USGBC,Seoul Metropolitan Government
Date: 2017-05-19
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Seoul Metropolitan Government are reporting an agreement to accelerate the LEED green building rating system in the the city of Seoul (pop. 10,000,000 +-). The intent is to lay the groundwork for the city's sustainable development and building energy efficiency and performance as a way to help mitigate climate change. South Korea currently boasts more than 6.5 million gross square meters of LEED certified space.

The LEED green building rating system is administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). (Source: USGBC, Seoul Metropolitan Government, PR, Korea IT Times, 18 May, 2017) Contact: Seoul Metropolitan Government, english.seoul.go.kr; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Green Business Certification Inc., www.gbci.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


Vaisala Touts Triton Wind Profiler Success (Ind. Report)
Vaisala
Date: 2017-05-19
Finland-based environmental and industrial measurement specialist Vaisala reports that its Triton Wind Profiler remote sensing system will soon reach 20 million hours of collected wind data since market introduction in 2008. The data have been gathered over 3700 deployments, spanning 45 countries and six continents.

Vaisala's SkyServe online platform enables users to monitor data gathered by the Triton and allows Vaisala technicians to assess the performance of the global wind fleet with a minimum of downtime.(Source: Vaisala, Renewable Energy, 15 May, 2017) Contact: Vaisala , Pascal Storck, Head of Renewable Energy , www.vaisala.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vaisala,  Wind,  


Georgia Power Planning 139-MW USAF Base Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2017-05-19
Georgia Power and the US Air Force are reporting the planned construction of a 139-MW solar farm near Robins Air Force Base, Houston County, Georgia. The facility, which will occupy 800 acres, will incorporate more than 500,000 solar panels and occupy more than 800 acres owned by Central Georgia Joint Development Authority.

Georgia Power expects to break ground in 2018 for completion and commissiong in 2019. (Source: Georgia Power, WMAZ, Others, May, 2017) Contact: Robins Air Force Base, www.robins.af.mil; Georgia Power, Norrie McKenzie, VP Renewable Energy, www.GeorgiaPower.com/Solar

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Solar,  


Tesla, GMP Tout Vermont Home Energy Storage Program (Ind. Report)
Tesla,Green Mountain Power
Date: 2017-05-19
In a blog post, Tesla reports it has teamed up with Vermont utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) to launch what they claim is a "first-of-its-kind" energy storage aggregation program using Tesla's lithium-ion battery solutions.

GMP will deploy Tesla's residential Powerwall and utility-scale Powerpack storage solutions bundled into a "single resource of shared energy." GMP will deploy up to 2,000 Powerwall batteries to homeowners within its service territory enabling more renewable energy and increase grid efficiency, according to Tesla. Customers will be charged a $1,500 one-time fee or $15 per month for a 10 month term. (Source: Tesla, GMP. Blog, Solar Industry, 16 May, 2017) Contact: Tesla, www.teslamotors.com, http://ir.tesla.com/corporate-governance.cfm; Green Mountain Power, Mary Powell, Pres., CEO, (888) 835-4672, www.greenmountainpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Powerwall,  Tesla,  Green Mountain Power,  ENergy Storage,  


Lebanon, Mo. Solar Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Solar
Date: 2017-05-19
In the Show Me State, the city of Lebanon -- pop. 14,800+- -- is reporting work is under way on the 3.15 MW Lebanon Solar Farm , which is expected to be operational late July. The facility is planned to incorporate 9,400, 335 watt solar panels in a fixed, ground mounted position. The completed facility will generate sufficient electric power for as many as 400 average homes. (Source: City of Lebanon, Lebanon Daily Record, 16 May, 2017) Contact: City of Lebanon, Laina Stames, City Clerk, (417) 532-2156, www.lebanonmissouri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


GE Supplying Wind Turbines for 2 Chinese Projects (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-05-19
GE Renewable Energy reports it will supply nearly 200 MW of wind turbines to the Qiansongba and Senjitu III wind projects in the Hebei province in China.

GE Renewable Energy will provide 27 of its 1.85-82.5 wind turbines to the Qiansongba project, and 54 2.75-120 wind turbines to be installed at the Senjitu III project. Together, the two projects will psupply sufficient energy for 800,000 homes. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, CleanTechnica, Others, 16 May, 2017) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, CEO Onshore Wind, www.ge-energy.com

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


200-MW Aussie Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
AGL Energy
Date: 2017-05-19
In the Land Down Under, Australia's second-largest energy retailer AGL Energy Ltd. is reporting construction is underway on the $450 million, 200-MW Silverton Wind Farm in north-west NSW, near Broken Hill. Upon completion in mid-2018, the wind farm will be the largest in NSW, with 58 GE 3.43-130 wind turbines generating 780,000MWh of renewable energy a year-- sufficient power for 137,000 average Australian homes.

The project is the first greenfield development for the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF), and is is being delivered by a joint-venture consisting of GE and CATCON. (Source: AGL Energy, ecogeneration, 16 May, 2017) Contact: AGL Energy Ltd., Adam Mackett, Project Manager, +61 (2) 9921 2999, www.agl.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News AGL Energy Ltd,  Wind,  Australia Wind,  


CLEAResult, NV Energy Collaborate on Low-Income Solar Project (Ind. Report)
CLEAResult ,NV Energy
Date: 2017-05-19
Austin, Texas-based CLEAResult Consulting Inc. and Nevada's largest utility, NV Energy are reporting completion of Nevada's Lower Income Solar Energy Pilot Program enabling low-income customers to benefit from solar.

The Program, which was passed by the state legislature in 2013, allocated 2 MW of private solar projects to be installed for the benefit of low-income customers. In 2016, NV Energy and CLEAResult joined forces to implement and manage the second phase of the pilot project aimed at delivering 1 MW of solar energy to non-profit organizations serving lower-income communities. Fifteen solar PV systems were installed on buildings for organizations serving children, veterans and families in need during the second phase.

The Lower Income Solar Energy Pilot Program received funding from the Nevada Governor's Office of Energy. (Source: Electric Light & Power, 16 May, 2017) Contact: NV Energy, Jesse Murray, Dir. Renewable Energy Programs, www.nvenergy.com; CLEAResult, Michele Negley, VP, (512) 327-9200, www.clearesult.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CLEAResult ,  NV Energy,  Solar,  


BioAmber Reports Increased Bio-succinic Acid Sales (Ind. Report)
BioAmber
Date: 2017-05-19
In Montreal, bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber is reporting a 46 pct jump in sales, seven new clients and a new throughput record in Q1 2017.

Additionally, the company's cost of goods sold increased from $3.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 to $4.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, due primarily to an increase in the volume sold partially offset by a reduction in the company's production costs. (Source: BioAmber, Canadian Biomass, 16 May, 2017) BioAmber Inc., Jean-Francois Huc, CEO, (514) 844-8000, www.bio-amber.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioAmber ,  bio-succinic acid,  


Univ. of Louisville Continues Hemp Alternative Fuel R&D (R&D)
University of Louisville
Date: 2017-05-19
In the Bluegrass State, the University of Louisville's Conn Center for Renewable Energy reports it is again planting hemp at its Belknap Campus. There will be two different varieties of hemp growing, as well as kenaf, an African plant used for fiber and oils. Hemp, a variety of cannabis has a different biochemical composition than marijuana, is used largely for its fibers and oil which has biofuel applications.

Hemp, a once common crop in Kentucky until it was federally criminalized in the 1930s. In 2013 the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation creating a hemp pilot program in anticipation of federal law changes that would make it legal to grow hemp again.

Earlier this year, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced it had approved 209 grower applications, allowing them to produce up to 12,800 acres of hemp for research purposes. In the past year, the Conn Center's hemp crop has led to two inventions and patents. (Source: University of Louisville, PR, 17 May, 2017)Contact: University of Louisville, (502) 852-5555, www.louisville.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hemp.Biofuel,  


Tesla Gigafactory Readies for Solar Products Production (Ind. Report)
Tesla
Date: 2017-05-19
Tesla Energy reports it is ramping up for solar panel production at its Gigafactory 2 plant in Riverbend, near Buffalo New York. Production is expected to be well underway this summer.

Tesla's super low-profile solar panels will be the majority of production at the $900 million Buffalo factory. Tesla also announced plans to begin production of its newest Solar Roof tiles at its Fremont factory by the end of June. The company will eventually ramp production of the glass solar roof tile at Gigafactory 2 which, when fully operational will be the largest solar panel factory in the Western Hemisphere. (Source: Tesla, Buffalo News, 17 May, 2017)Contact: Tesla, www.teslamotors.com, http://ir.tesla.com/corporate-governance.cfm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Solar,  Tesla Gigafactory,  


Grant to Increase E15, E85 Availability in Hoosier State (Funding)
Indiana Office of Energy Development
Date: 2017-05-19
The Indiana Office of Energy Development and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council are reporting the awarding of nearly $160,000 to the Valparaiso-headquartered regional fuel and convenience store chain Family Express Corp. The grant funding is part of a program to expand the availability of ethanol fuel blends throughout the Hoosier State. With the funding, Family Express will deploy eight blender pumps capable of dispensing E15 and E85 ethanol blends.

The Indiana Corn Marketing Council used funds provided by its member farmers to leverage additional money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership. The grant program is run in partnership with the Indiana Department of Agriculture, Greater Indiana Clean Cities and South Shore Clean Cities. (Source: Indiana Office of Energy Development, nwi.com, 15 May, 2017)Contact: Indiana Office of Energy Development, www.in.gov/oed; USDA Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership, www.fsa.usda.gov; Family Express Corp., (219) 462-6144, www.familyexpress.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Ethanol Blends,  Biofuel,  


Novozymes Investing $36Mn to Increase Capacity (Ind. Report)
Novozymes
Date: 2017-05-19
Copenhage-headquartered bioscience giant Novozymes reports it plans to invest another $36 million in its Blair, Nebraska plant in anticipation of the ethanol industry's continued growth. The investment in new tanks and related appurtenances is expected to increase the plant's enzyme production capacity by half.

While Novozymes does not produce ethanol, its enzymes -- molecules that act on other molecules to unlock chemical reactions -- allow ethanol plants to produce more ethanol per kernel of corn. (Source: Novozymes, Omaha Herald, 17 May, 2017) Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Enzymes,  Ethanol,  


Green Plains Completes Cargill Feed Yard Acquisition (M&A)
Green Plains,Cargill
Date: 2017-05-19
Omaha-headquartered ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. is reporting its subsidiary, Green Plains Cattle Company, has completed the previously announced acquisition of two cattle feed yards located in Leoti, Kan. and Yuma, Colo. from Cargill for approximately $36.7 million, excluding working capital. Green Plains Cattle Company as the fourth largest cattle feeder in the U.S.

Green Plains Inc. is a diversified commodity-processing business with operations related to ethanol production, is the second largest consolidated owner of ethanol production facilities in the world with 17 dry mill plants, producing nearly 1.5 billion gpy of ethanol at full capacity. (Source: Green Plains, NASDAQ, 15 May, 2017) Contact: Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700, www.gpreinc.com; Cargill, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains,  Cargill,  


POET Touts $120Mn Marion Ohio Ethanol Plant Expansion (Ind. Report)
Poet Biorefining ,POET
Date: 2017-05-19
In a press release, Souix Falls, South Dakota-headquartered POET Biorefining has announced plans to invest $120 million to increase its Marion, Ohio plant's ethanol production capacity from 70 million gpy to about 150 million gpy.

The plant currently uses about 24 million bpy of locally sourced corn and will consume about 50 million bpy after the expansion. The company's present corn purchases total about $330 million dollars a year in Ohio. The Marion plant also produces and sells the leftover spent corn as Distillers Dried Grains (DDGs) for animal feed.

POET has 27 refineries in seven states, including three in Ohio. The plant expansion is slated to begin this summer for completion in late 2018. (Source: POET Biorefining, Columbus Dispatch, Others, 17 May, 2017)Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380, www.ethanolproducts.com

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


Va. Gov. Takes Executive Action to Limit CO2 Emissions (Reg & Leg)
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Date: 2017-05-19
In the Old Dominion State, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Tuesday instructed the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to begin a process of establishing regulations that will reduce carbon emissions from power plants, a plan that could include the state linking with emissions-trading programs in other states.

McAuliffe opted to take an executive-action based on the likelihood that the Republican-led state General Assembly would not have approved a plan to address carbon emissions, the governor's spokesman said. Furthermore, with the future of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan in doubt, McAuliffe believed the Commonwealth needed to take action on its own to regulate power plant carbon emissions.

McAuliffe's executive action calls for regulations to abate, control, or limit CO2 from Virginia's power plants. The rule is intended to "allow for the use of market-based mechanisms and the trading of CO2 allowances through a multi-state trading program." The proposed regulation is due to be presented to the air board by December 31. The state air board will decide on whether to put the draft regulations out for public notice and comment under the Virginia Administrative Process Act. Once this regulatory process has begun, a future governor would have to take similar administrative procedures steps to undo any rules that are adopted. (Source: Office of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, ThinkProgress, 17 May, 2017) Contact: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, (804) 786-2211, https://governor.virginia.gov; Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, (804) 698-4000, www.deq.virginia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Power Plant Emissions,  Clean Power Plan,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


European Investment Bank Carbon Footprint Report 2016 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2017-05-19
The attached European Investmment Bank'(EIB) Carbon Footprint Report details the EIB's GHG emissions and the measures actions that the EIB Group takes to continue reducing emissions and its carbon footprint.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the financing institution of the European Union (EU). Created by the Treaty of Rome, its shareholders are the EU Member States and its Board of Governors is composed of the Finance Ministers of these States. The EIB enjoys its own legal personality and financial autonomy within the EU system. The mission of the EIB is to contribute, by financing sound investment, to the policy objectives of the EU, as laid down in its statutes and in decisions of the European Council.

The EIB contributes towards the integration, balanced development and economic and social cohesion of the EU Members by raising substantial volumes of funds and offering fav ourable terms towards financing capital projects in accordance with EU objectives. Outside the EU , the EIB implements the financial components of agreements concluded under European development aid and cooperation policies.

Download the European Investment Bank Carbon Footprint Report 2016 HERE. (Source: EIB, May, 2017) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Carbon Footprint,  


Global CCS Institute Calls for CCS Action (Ind. Report)
Global CCS Institute
Date: 2017-05-17
Addressing a UNFCCC pre-COP23 meeting in Bonn, Germany, Global CCS Institute's European General Manager, John Scowcroft reported that "whilst climate change talks are worthy and necessary, more climate 'action' is needed if the Paris Agreement's 'below 2 degree' targets are going to be met. This year, we need to ensure that this agreement, and subsequent talks, translate into tangible results. Industry, governments and policymakers need to ensure that momentum is maintained and all clean technologies are given equal impetus to succeed," Scowcroft added.

As 197 sovereign governments meet in Bonn ahead of this year's November COP23, the Global CCS Institute addressed the pressing need to accelerate the global deployment of CCS in the power sector and other industries. Despite positive CCS progress advancements over the last few years, especially in the US and China, the Global CCS Institute warns that more needs to be done to roll-out CCS and drive investment in the technology. There are currently 17 large-scale CCS facilities in operation with five more coming on stream within the next 18 months. (Source: Global CCS Institute, World Coal, 15 May, 2017) Contact: Gloibal CCS Institute, +61 3 8620 7300, info@globalccsinstitute.com, www.globalccsinstitute.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global CCS Institute,  CCS,  


Wood Pellet Maker Rentech Reports Q1 Loss (Ind. Report)
Rentech
Date: 2017-05-17
Rentech, Inc., is reporting a gross loss from continuing operations for Q1, 2017 of $0.7 million. A year ago the company reported a gross profit of $0.1 million. Operating loss from those continuing operations for the first quarter of 2017 was $31.0 million, as compared to $10 million in the prior year period.

Consolidated revenues from continuing operations for Q1 of 2017 were $32.2 million, as compared to $39.9 million in the prior year period. During Q1 2017, Rentech recorded impairment charges of $20.9 million relating to Augusta, Georgia-based Fulghum Fibres Inc. Revenues from Fulghum Fibres were down $19.9 million in Q1 as compared to $27.4 million for the same period 2016. (Source: Rentech, Canadian Biomass Mag., 16 May, 2017)ontact: Rentech, Sean Ebnet, VP Wood Fiber Bus., Julie Dawoodjee Cafarella, VP Investor Relations, (310) 571-9800 ext 341, jdawoodjee@rentk.com, www.rentechinc.com; Fulghum Fibres, (706) 651-1000, www.fulghumfibres.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rentech,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


Deepwater Wind Proposing 26-MW Conn. Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Deepwater Wind
Date: 2017-05-17
In Connecticut, Providence-based Deepwater Wind's proposed 26-MW, 175 -acre Tobacco Valley Solar Farm near Simsbury is reportedly receiving a frosty reception from area residents. The project is expected to produce enough energy to power 5,000 homes, though Deepwater would be selling the energy to utilities.

Deepwater, which recently completed the Block Island offshore wind farm, was selected for the project from a pool of respondents to the Three-State -- Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island -- Clean Energy Request for Proposals. The company is also working on solar projects in Foster and Glocester, R.I., and belongs to a group that has completed projects totaling 800 MW of solar energy.

The project is subject to regulatory approval by the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and local regulators. If approved, construction would take 12 to 16 months. The contract calls for the solar farm to operate for 20 to 25 years and for Deepwater to then remove all equipment and return the site to agricultural use. (Source: Hartford Courant, 11 May, 2017) Contact: Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000, www.dwwind.com

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Wartsila Snares Greensmith Energy Management Systems (M&A)
Wartsila,Greensmith
Date: 2017-05-17
The Helsinki-headquartered technology group Wartsila reports it has sealed a deal to acquire Greensmith Energy Management Systems Inc. a US-based leader in intelligent energy storage technology and solutions provider for an undisclosed amount.

The acquisition will enable Wartsila to expand its footprint in the energy storage market and position itself as a leading global energy systems integrator. The transaction, which is subject to US regulatory approvals, is expected to close prior to 1 August, 2017. (Source: Source: Wartsila Oyj Abp, PR, 15 May, 2017) Contact: Wartsila, Risto Paldanius, Dir. Energy Storage, +358 40 584 2767 risto.paldanius@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com; Greensmith Energy, John Jung, President and CEO, Mallory Sass, Marketing, (408) 966-5950, msass@greensmithenergy.com, www.greensmithenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Greensmith,  Energy Storage,  Energy Management,  


Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance of Buildings Directives Revisions -- FEDARENE Position Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
FEDARENE
Date: 2017-05-17
The attached position paper is based on consultation with the members of the European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment (FEDARENE) in response to proposals for the Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance of Buildings Directives, as set out in the ‘ Energy Efficiency Directive released on November 30, 2016.

The Position Paper recommendations include:

  • To raise the energy saving target proposed in the Energy Efficiency Directive to 40 pcy by 2030;
  • To specifically require that efficiency be considered before supply, and that this principle is consistently applied;
  • To embed multi-level governance throughout the Clean Energy for all European proposals;
  • To provide a more detailed requirement to enable and facilitate the participation of citizens, industry and civil society in the development and delivery of National Climate and Energy Plans, clarifying that participation is more than just consultation;
  • To move the requirement for energy renovation of public buildings from EED Article 5 to the EPBD, and extend it to cover all public buildings, together with clear plans for supporting finance and within the limitations provided for under Article 4 regarding historic buildings etc.;
  • That the definition of decarbonization of the building stock includes a specific requirement to avoid the reintroduction of fossil-fuel based heating systems post major renovation, unless all other alternatives can be shown to be technically inadequate,
  • Ensure that energy efficiency and renewable energy knowledge and skills are integrated into the standard (mainstream) training for all building trades and professionals;
  • To set out (for example in Article 20 of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive), a clear requirement for effective energy advice (and not just information) to support building owners throughout the process of deep renovation; and others.

    Download the full FEDARENE Energy Efficiency Directive & Energy Performance of Buildings Directive HERE. (Source: FEDARENE, +32 2 646 82 10, fedarene@fedarene.org, www.fedarene.org

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


  • Trina Supplying Panels for 5th Largest Aussie Solar Farm (Int'l)
    Trina Solar
    Date: 2017-05-17
    In the Land Down Under, the 18-MW Sunshine Coast Solar Farm in Valdora is reported to be on track to be fully operational by mid-year. The solar farm, which incorporates Trina Solar panels, will offset 100 pct of the Sunshine Coasts Council's electric power consumption across all its facilities and operations and is expected to save the Council as much as $22 million, after costs, over a 30-year period based on the current cost of electricity.

    The facility will incorporate 57,000 pieces of Trina's Duomax PEG14 315 W photovoltaic (PV) solar panel modules and is the country's fifth largest installed solar plant. (Source:Trina Solar, AllAfrica, 15 May, 2017) Contact: Trina Solar Ltd., Investor Relations, +86 519-8517-6878, ir@trinasolar.com, www.trinasolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trina Solar ,  Australia Solar,  


    ICS Calls for IMO to Commit to Maritime CO2 Targets (Int'l)
    International Chamber of Shipping
    Date: 2017-05-17
    In a submission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States, the London-headquartered International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is urging the IMO to adopt the following objectives relative to climate change maritime CO2 emissions:
  • Maintain international shipping's annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels;
  • Reduce CO2 emissions per tonne-km, as an average across international shipping, by at least 50 pct by 2050, compared to 2008;
  • Cut international shipping's total annual CO2 emissions by an agreed percentage by 2050, compared to 2008, as a point on a continuing trajectory of CO2 emissions reduction; and
  • Remain in control of additional measures to address shipping CO2 reductions and to develop a global solution, rather than risk the danger of market distorting measures at national or regional level.

    According to the 2014 IMO GHG Study, international shipping emitted 921 million tons of CO2 in 2008. As a result of technical and operational measures, this figure declined by 13 percent to less than 800 million tons of CO2 in 2012 or 2.2 percent of the world's total CO2 emissions. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping, MarEx, 14 May, 2017) Contact: International Chamber of Shipping, Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org; International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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


  • UK Researchers Tout Coffee Waste-to-Biodiesel Process (R&D)
    Lancaster University
    Date: 2017-05-17
    In the UK, Lancaster University researchers are reporting a breakthrough that could produce 720,000 tpy of biodiesel fromused coffee grounds. According to the researchers, the high calorific value of coffee waste could produce a greener, commercially competitive biofuel.

    In the traditional process currently used by a small number of businesses; manufacturers mix spent coffee grounds with hexane and cook the mixture at 60 degree C for between 1-2 hours. The hexane is then evaporated to leave behind the oils. Methanol and a catalyst is then added to make biodiesel, and a glycerol by-product which also needs separating. The chemical engineers have consolidated the existing multi-stage process into a single step, known as in-situ transesterification. The new procedure combines the extraction of oil from the coffee grounds with its conversion into biodiesel.

    Led by Dr. Vesna Najdanovic-Visak, the researchers have consolidated the process by using just methanol and a catalyst. This completely removes the need for hexane as well as saving on chemical waste. Najdanovic-Visak and colleagues' method can extract the same amount of biodiesel as the old method in just ten minutes. The report detailing the study has been published in the Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering. (Source: Lancaster University, Biofuels Int'l., Others, May, 2017) Contact: Lancaster University, Vesna Najdanovic-Visak, +44 (0) 1524 593314, http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/engineering/about-us/people/vesna-najdanovicvisak

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coffee,  Coffee Biodiesel,  Biodiesel,  


    Universal Biofuels Wins Indian Biodiesel Supply Contract (Int'l)
    Aemetis,Universal Biofuels
    Date: 2017-05-17
    Cuperetrino, California-based renewable chemicals and fuels producer Aemetis is reporting that its Indian subsidiary Universal Biofuels has been awarded its first contract to supply biodiesel to the Indian government-owned Oil Marketing Companies in a public tender process.

    The Indian biodiesel market is approximately 25 billion gpy, of which less than 250 million gpy of biodiesel is currently blended. The OMCs provide about 70 pct of the fuel consumed in the country. (Source: Aemetis, Biofuel Digest, Others, May, 2017) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0939, www.aemetis.com; Universal Biofuels, +91 40 4005 8029, www.universalbiofuelsltd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  


    Lawrence Commissions $11.3Mn Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    City of Lawrence,360 Energy Engineers
    Date: 2017-05-17
    In the Sunflower State, the City of Lawrence Commission is touting its $11.3 million energy conservation project, part of the state's Facilities Conservation Improvement Program, and the authorization of an energy performance contract (EPC) with Lawrence-based 360 Energy Engineers to move forward on over 30 energy efficiency projects which are expected to be completed by mid-October.

    The installation of Solar panels, LED lights and new heating and cooling systems are included in the city's energy conservation program. About 40 pct of the improvements will go toward both interior and exterior LED lighting in the city's 40-plus buildings. The EPC guarantees that the energy savings will cover the payments on the bonds issued by the city to fund the upgrades. (Source: City of Lawrence, Lawrence Journal World, 15 May, 2017) Contact: City of Lawrence, City Commission, (785) 832-3400, https://lawrenceks.org/commissioners; 360 Energy Engineers, (785) 856-3360, www.360energyengineers.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Danbury, Eversource Offer Incandescent-LED Bulb Swap (Ind. Report)
    Eversource,Clean Energy Communities,Energize Connecticut
    Date: 2017-05-17
    The City of Danbury, Conn. reports it has partnered with the utility Eversource on a program that allows Danbury residents to exchange to five incandescent light bulbs -- in any condition -- for new, energy-efficient LED bulbs, free of charge. Additional LED bulbs will also be offered at discounted prices.

    Through the Conn. Clean Energy Communities program, Danbury residents that participate in Energize Connecticut programs -- such as Home Energy Solutions -- help the city earn points toward "Bright Idea Grants" that fund community-selected energy saving projects such as the upcoming light bulb swap. (Source: EnergizeCT, Eversource, Danbury Patch, 15 May, 2017) Contact: EnergizeCT, (877) 947-3873, www.EnergizeCT.com; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource,  Clean Energy Communities,  Energize Connecticut ,  


    Alfanar Inks 50 MW Egyptian PV Project Deal (Int'l Report)
    alfanar Energy
    Date: 2017-05-17
    Riyahd, Saudi Arabia-headquartered renewable power project developer alfanar Energy reports it has inked an agreement to construct a 50 MW solar PV plant in Egypt. A PPA was also signed with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company.

    The plant will be constructed as part of the proposed 1.8 GW Ben Ban solar power complex in the Aswan governate in Upper Egypt. The 14. 4 square-mile, $3.5 billion Ben Ban complex is expected to come online in 2018 and will be administered by the New and Renewable Energy Authority. The complex is expected to include 41 PV plants developed by 39 private developers under Egypt's feed-in tariff scheme.

    According to alfanar Energy, it has secured $55 million in funding for its project from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector. Egypt aims to meet 20 per cent of its power needs with renewable sources by 2022. (Source: alfanar Energy, Power Engineering, 15 May, 2017) Contact: alfanar Energy, 00966-11-920-006111, www.alfanar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  PV,  


    United PV Subsidiary Acquiring 110 MW Chinese Solar Assets (M&A)
    Panda Green Power,United Photovoltaics,China New Energy
    Date: 2017-05-17
    The Hong Kong Stock Exchange reports that Panda Green Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Photovoltaics, reports it will acquire a 100 pct equity interest in China New Energy Holdings from Asia Pacific Energy and Infrastructure Investment for $154.1 million. The deal includes solar, wind and hydropower assets. The group will also issue 559,701,493 consideration shares as part of the agreement, according to a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

    Upon the completion, China New Energy will indirectly acquire 110 MW of solar capacity ing include both incomplete and operational assets, as well as the rights to develop undisclosed projects. It will also acquire 4.58 GW of hydropower capacity, in the form of unfinished and operational assets, as well as the development rights for projects. (Source: United Photovoltaics, Panda Green Power, PV Mag., Other Media, 15 May, 2017) Contact: Panda Green Power, www.unitedpvgroup.com; United Photovoltaics, www.unitedpvgroup.com; China New Energy, +86 20 8705 7185, www.chinanewenergy.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Panda Green Power,  Solar,  China Solar,  United Photovoltaics,  China New Energy,  


    Grocery Giant Supports COP21 with Renewable Electricity Pledge (Int'l)
    Tesco
    Date: 2017-05-17
    In the UK, grocery giant Tesco has pledged to source all of its global electricity requirements from renewables by 2030 in an effort to meet the climate change targets set at COP21.

    To date, Tesco has invested over £700 million in energy efficiency in its stores and distribution centres since 2007, and cut its emissions by 41 pct per square foot of its real estate for annual energy cost savings of approximately £200 million.

    Even so, the company acknowledges that more needs to be done to reach its targeted absolute reductions of 35 pct by 2020, 60 pct by 2025 and 100 pct reductions by 2050 compared to 2015 levels. To that end, Tesco intends to source all of its electricity from renewable sources, has signed on to the RE100 initiative, and will push its sustainability practices down the supply chain by encouraging the use of credible science-based targets on a two degree trajectory. Alternatively, suppliers will be asked to achieve absolute emissions reductions of 7 pct by 2020 and 35 pct by 2030. (Source: Tesco, Clean Energy, 15 May, 2017)Contact: Tesco, +44 (0) 11 44 1992 632222, www.tesco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesco,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Renewable Energy,  


    $520Mn in Energy Efficiency Upgrades Slated for CUNY (Funding)
    City University of New York
    Date: 2017-05-17
    As previously reported, Empire State Governor Cuomo has announced that the City University of New York (CUNY) system's 19 campuses will receive over $520 million in energy efficiency upgrades, beginning the year.

    Of the total, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will be financing and implementing more than $140 million of the projects projects and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) is delivering $380 million in projects ranging from the installation of high-efficiency lighting to the replacement of outdated HVAC sytems. The initiative, is part of the university's Sustainable CUNY Conserves program. (Source: City University of New York , 15 May, 2017) Contact: CUNY, www2.cuny.edu; BuildSmartNY, www.buildsmart.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City University of New York,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Vineyard Power, Avangrid Partner on Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,Avangrid Renewables,Vineyard Power
    Date: 2017-05-17
    Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of Avangrid Inc., reports it is partnering with Vineyard Wind and acquired a 50 pct ownership interest in Offshore MW, a 400-MW offshore wind farm being developed south of Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Offshore MV is owned by the Danish company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

    Pending state regulatory approvals, the utilities will be responsible for issuing the RFP to wind developers and negotiating contracts. The draft RFP includes a general time frame for establishing the energy contracts, with the whole process projected to take about 16 months. (Source: Vineyard Power, Vineyard Gazette, 15 May, 2017) Contact: Vineyrad Power, Richard Andre, Pres., (508) 693-3002, www.vineyardpower.com; Avangrid Renewables, www.avangridrenewables.us; Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, +45 7070 5151, www.cipartners.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Avangrid Renewables,  Offshore Wind,  


    Thunder Ranch Wind Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Enel Green Power North America
    Date: 2017-05-17
    Enel Green Power North America reports construction of its 298-MW Thunder Ranch wind farm in Garfield, Kay and Noble counties in Oklahoma is underway. The $435 million project is slated to come online by the end of the year.

    With this project, Enel now operates 1.1 GW of wind in the Sooner State with an overall investment of nearly $2 billion. The now operates or is developing renewable energy facilities in 23 states and two Candadian provinces. (Source: Enel Green Power, Power Engineering, 15 May, 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power North America,  Wind,  


    Eoltech Touts IREC-Index Wind Energy Monitor (Int'l Report)
    Eoltech
    Date: 2017-05-17
    Toulouse, France-based wind energy consultancy Eoltech reports the receipt of of contract for the deployment of its multi-source wind energy IREC-Index for the monitoring of 24 wind farms in France totaling 500MW.

    IREC-Index monitors a wind turbine or wind farms output against the available wind resource to detect potential turbine performance discrepancies. The IREC-Index is based on at least four distinct and independent regional sources of wind data which can help wind energy operators optimize the energy performance of their wind portfolio.

    Since its launch in 2010, the IREC-Index has been tested and validated on more than 130 wind farms, representing 1,600 MW, with an average correlation level of more than 97 pct. (Source: Eoltech, PR, 15 May, 2017) Contact: Eoltech, Habib Leseney, CEO, +33 5 61 15 44 13, www.eoltech.fr/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eoltech,  Wind,  


    Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market Growth Report -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Global Carbon Capture and Storage
    Date: 2017-05-17
    360 Market Updates' recently release Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market Report assesses key opportunities in the market and outlines the factors that are and will be driving the growth of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) industry. which is expected to increase at a CAGR of 9.18 pct during the years 2017-2021.

    The report covers: emerging market trends; market dynamics' industry structure and developments; market share assessments for the regional and country level segments. The report includes key market players, market strategies, detailed value chain analysis and review of growth factors essential for the existing market players and new entrants.

    Review report details and a Sample PDF of the Carbon Capture and Storage Market Report HERE. (Source: 360 Market Updates, May, 2017) Contact: 360 Market Updates, www.360marketupdates.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Carbon Capture and Storage,  CCS,  


    Marine BioEnergy Developing Kelp Biofuel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    Marine BioEnergy,University of Southern California
    Date: 2017-05-17
    Researchers at the University of Southern California Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies will carry out a project proposed by Marine BioEnergy Inc., a California-headquartered company focused on growing and developing Pacific kelp as a source of biofuel.

    The plan includes submersible drones dragging lines seeded with kelp plants in deep, nutrient-rich waters during the night then floating it back up to shallow waters to take advantage of the sunlight during the day. The kelp would then be harvested at sea and processed into biocrude, the basis for biofuel.

    The test project has received over $2.1 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, and will be carried out off the coast of Catalina Island, California, over the next two years, beginning this fall. (Source: Marine Bioenergy, Daily Breeze, May, 2017) Contact: Marine BioEnergy, Cindy Wilcox, Pres., www.marinebiomass.com Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies , (213) 740-6780, wies@usc,edu, http://dornsife.usc.edu/wrigley

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kelp,  Biofuel,  


    Baylor Business School Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    Baylor University,USGBC
    Date: 2017-05-17
    The In Waco, Texas, Baylor University reports that its Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for meeting standards that reduce the building’s environmental impact. The $100 million, 275,000-square-foot facility, which houses Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, opened in August 2015.

    The Foster Campus achieved LEED Gold certification by executing strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Several other Baylor University campus buildings are LEED certified. (Source: Baylor University, USGBC, Am. School & University, 15 May, 2017)Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Generate Capital Acquires NOVI Energy's Community Digester Bioenergy Facility (M&A)
    Generate Capital,NOVI Energy
    Date: 2017-05-17
    San Francisco-based Generate Capital reports it is purchasing NOVI Energy's bankrupt Fremont Community Digester bioenergy facility for $4.4 million. The digester facility, which cost $22 million to build, opened in 2012 as the first large facility in Michigan to accept organic waste from companies and turn it into renewable energy.

    A power purchase agreement for the energy the plant produces remains in place with Consumers Energy, but the next step will be finding firms in the area to provide feedstock to power the facility. (Source: Generate Capital, MiBiz, 14 May, 2017) Contact: Generate Capital, www.generatecapital.com; NOVI Energy, (248)735-6684, www.novienergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Generate Capital,  NOVI Energy,  

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