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"Bait-and-Switch" -- Notable Quote
RFS
Date: 2017-10-13
"It's outrageous that the EPA would change course and propose a reduction in renewable fuel volumes. This seems like a bait-and-switch from the EPA's prior proposal and from assurances from the President himself and Cabinet secretaries in my office prior to confirmation for their strong support of renewable fuels." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Grassely news,  RFS news,  Renewable Fuels news,  


MST Researchers Tout Modular Biodiesel Facility {New Prod & Tech)
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Date: 2017-10-13
At Missouri University of Science and Technology, professor Joseph Smith and his colleagues have developed a small, modular biodiesel production facility that they claim could make small-scale biodiesel production feasible for small communities.

According to Smith, waste cooking oil recycling produces glycerol which, when mixed with salt and water, is relatively unused. Smith explains that their process eliminates salt production and the excess glycerol and water mixture can be fermented to methanol for biodiesel. (Source: Missouri University of Science and Technology, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Missouri University of Science and Technology, Prof. Dr. Joseph Smith, (573)341-4294, www.smithjose@mst.edu, www.mst.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


Methane-to-Liquid Fuel Process Developed at Liverpool Univ. (Int'l)
University of Liverpool
Date: 2017-10-13
In the UK, University of Liverpool researchers are reporting the development of a plasma synthesis process for the direct, one-step conversion of carbon dioxide and methane into methanol, ethanol and other high value fuels and chemicals.

The conversion process uses a unique atmospheric-pressure, non-thermal plasma reactor with a water electrode and a low energy input. The process could be used to convert flared methane from gas in oil and gas wells into valuable liquid fuels and chemicals, which can be easily stored and transported. (Source: University of Liverpool, Biofuels News, Others, Oct., 2017)Contact: University of Liverpool, 011 +44 (0) 151 794 2000, www.liv.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Liverpool ,  Methane,  


€17Mn Irish Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Announced (Int'l)
Ireland Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform,
Date: 2017-10-13
In Ireland, the government Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform reports a total of €17 million will be allocated for a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, beginning in 2018.

The scheme aims to encourage industrial and commercial heat users to switch to greener, renewable energy technologies and systems , including biomass. The scheme will cover additional costs of generating heat from renewable sources by providing a payment on a "per unit of energy produced" basis. (Source: Ireland Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, AgriLand, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ireland Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, +353 1 676 7571, www.per.gov.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Biomass,  


"Subsidies Give Renewables an Unfair Edge", says Pruitt (Opinions, Editorials and Asides)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-10-13
"I would do away with these incentives that we give to wind and solar. I'd let them stand on their own and compete against coal and natural gas and other sources (oil), and let utilities make real-time market decisions on those types of things as opposed to being propped up by tax incentives and other types of credits that occur, both in the federal level and state level," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaking at a recent Kentucky Farm Bureau event.

Editor's Note In broad strokes, it may be worth noting that fossil fuels -- coal, natural gas and oil -- receive approximately $7.40 for every $1.00 in subsidies paid to the renewables -- wind,solar, bioenergy -- sector, according to the U.S Office of Management and Budget. So where's the unfair edge? (Source: Scott Pruitt, Various Media, ZME Science, 10 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy SubsidiesRenewables,  Wind,  Solar,  Bioenergy,  Scott Pruitt,  


WPI Solar Energy Capture & Storage R&D Funded (R&D, Funding)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Date: 2017-10-13
In the Bay State, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), funded by $800,000 in National Science Foundation (NSF) grants and an award from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, reports it is developing less expensive and more efficient materials to generate and store solar energy.

The first project is focused on discovering new materials for solar cells while a second project aims to lower the cost of producing hydrogen using solar energy or electricity from other clean energy sources. Generating hydrogen could be an effective way to store solar energy, according to the research team.

The researchers are investigating electrocatalysts like tungsten disulfide, a crystalline material that tends to form sheets that are just three atoms thick. Electricity generated from a renewable energy source, such as a solar cell or wind turbine, can be transferred to the tungsten sulfide sheets through an electrically conductive supporting material. The electricity makes its way to the catalytically active edges of the sheets, where it is transferred to the water molecules, causing them to split into oxygen and hydrogen, according to the WPI release.

In addition to the NSF funding, the solar cell materials project was supported by a three-year, $68,885 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in 2016. The WPI research teams are collaborating with colleagues at Boston College (electrocatalysts project) and the University of Texas at Arlington (solar cell materials project). (Source: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 11 Oct., 2017) Contact: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Alison Duffy, Public Relations, (508) 831-6656, amduffy@wpi.edu; WPI Energy Research Group, Prof. Pratap Rao, http://energy.wpi.edu; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (617) 315-9355, www.masscec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Clean Energy Center,  Worcester Polytechnic Institute,  Solar Cell,  Energy Storage,  


Energy Efficiency Investments Rising, says Johnson Controls (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2017-10-13
According to Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) 2017 survey of more than 1,500 facility and management executives in the U.S., Canada, and 10 other countries, global interest and investment in energy efficiency is on the rise, with 70 pct of organizations surveyed paying more attention to energy efficiency than a year ago.

Consistent with previous year's studies, investments in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment were the most popular energy efficiency- related improvement made last year. Investments in "smart" buildings, energy management, energy efficient lighting (LED), energy storage and energy security were also on the rise among survey respondents. Building energy benchmarking and certification, along with government policy were found to be the key drivers for energy efficiency upgrades and investments. (Source: Johnson Controls, Facility Exec, Oct., 2017) Contact: Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com

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


Vapor Energia Investing $63Mn in Food Waste Biomass Project (Int')
Vapor Energia
Date: 2017-10-13
In a news release, the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo government reports Vapor Energia will invest BRL 200 million ($62.7 million) over 5 years to develop a biomass-to power project that will use vegetable waste and residues as fuel.

The investments will be made in partnership with a private equity fund and DMI Group, which will allow Vapor Energia to raise all the resources needed for building the project.

Developed in Brazil, the power generation system used in this project is up to 40 pct less expensive, 21 times less polluting and 100 pct renewable, according to Vapor Energia CEO Roberto Zanella. (Source: Vapor Energia, Renewables Now, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Vapor Energia, www.linkedin.com/company/vaporenergia

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vapor Energia,  Biomass,  


E.On Completes EFR Battery Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
E.ON
Date: 2017-10-13
E.On is confirming completion of an Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) project following the installation and connection of its 10MW battery at the Blackburn Meadows Biomass Plant last month in Yorkshire, the UK.

The project will offer sub-second responses to keep the national grid stable, maintain a safe frequency and make more efficient use of renewable energy resources. The Blackburn Meadows batteries will also be used to bid into the capacity market.(Source: E.ON, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: E.ON, David Topping, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com; BlackburnMeadows Biomass, www.bdp.com/en/projects/a-e/blackburn-meadows-biomass-plant

More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON,  Energy Storage ,  Battery,  


Abundance Launches £1.4Mn Biomass Project Fundraising (Int'l)
Abundance ISA,Monnow Valley Biomass
Date: 2017-10-13
In the UK, London-headquartered Abundance Investment has opened a new biomass project, Monnow Valley Biomass, to investors, promising an effective 8 pct annual rate of return over a 19-year term.

The offer is aimed at raising £1.4 million and is due to close on 30 October, or earlier if fully subscribed. Abundance raised £300,000 for the project in late 2015. Monnow Valley Biomass Plc. will use the proceeds for refinancing and the installation of two new biomass systems in Herefordshire. Investors can put their money into the project via the Abundance Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) in order to enjoy tax-free returns. (Source: Abundance Innovative Finance , P2P Finance News, 10 Oct., 2017)Contact: Abundance Innovative Finance, +44 (0)20 3475 8666, support@abundanceinvestment.com, www.abundanceinvestment.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


Vancouver Convention Centre Goes Double Platinum (Ind. Report)
Vancouver Convention Center
Date: 2017-10-13
It has been nearly nine years since the West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre opened its doors, and it is still making waves for its high standard of green building design. In British Columbia, the expansion wing of the Vancouver Convention Center reports it has been awarded LEED Platinum certification, version 4, for existing buildings operation and maintenance. The new certification is in addition to the Convention Center's 2010 new construction Platinum certification.

The second Platinum accolade is based on its operations relating to waste management, energy efficiency, indoor water use reduction, and facility maintenance and renovations. With the new certification, the convention center is now the first double LEED Platinum convention center in the world.

The convention center boasts a six-acre green roof, a restored marine habitat, a black water treatment plant that recycles grey and black water for toilet flushing and green roof irrigation, a seawater heating and cooling system, floor-to-ceiling windows for maximum natural light, and local wood materials harvested in a sustainable manner. (Source: Vancouver Convention Center, Daily Hive, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Vancouver Convention Center, BC Pavilion Corporation, Ken Cretney, President and CEO, www.bcpavco.com; Canada Green Building Council Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CaGBC,  LEED Certification,  


priMED Centre Scores CaGBC LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
priMED Medical Products,CaGBC
Date: 2017-10-13
Edmonton, Alberta-headquartered global medical product manufacturer, priMED Medical Products, Inc. (priMED) reports it has been awarded Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification for the priMED Mosaic Centre -- the northernmost net-zero energy commercial building in the world.

In addition to its water efficiency, material selection and innovative design, the priMED Mosaic Centre includes: multi-media conference rooms, "huddle" spaces, a 12 meter Living Wall, electric vehicle charging stations, an exterior garden and courtyard and other features. (Source: primed, Newswire, 10 Oct., 2017 Contact: priMED Medical Products, David Welsh, President and CEO, (780) 497-7600, www.primed.ca; Canada Green Building Council Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

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


CO2 Solutions Announces NRG Carbon XPRIZE Partnerships (Ind. Report)
CO2 Solutions,Hago Energetics
Date: 2017-10-13
Quebec City-based CO2 Solutions Inc. reports that Thousand Oaks, California-based Hago Energetics Inc. and India's Breathe Applied Sciences Pvt Ltd will separately partner with CO2 Solutions in the Carbon XPRIZE. These two new partnerships bring the total number of entries to six for CO2 Solutions in this competition, including CO2 Solutions own two entries converting CO2 into biofuels from respectively coal and natural gas flue gas streams.

These combined entries will propose CO2 Solutions' carbon capture technology with the partner's CO2 utilization technology. Hago Energetics' technology converts CO2 from power plants into activated carbon, biochar and renewable fuels using energy from biomass. Breathe Applied Sciences' technology converts CO2 into methanol and other value added products. (Source: CO2 Solutions Inc., 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Carbon XPRIZE, www.carbon.xprize.org; CO2 Solutions, Jeremie Lavoie,(418)842-3456, ext. 223, jeremie.lavoie@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com; Hago Energetics, www.hagoenergetics.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  Carbon XPRIZE,  


UK Coal-Fired Power Plant Closures Plan Confirmed (Int'l)
UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2017-10-13
In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is confirming that the UK federal government is proceeding with its plan to phase out unabated coal-fired power stations by 2025 to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution.

BEIS reiterated its decision to close coal-fired power plants following lengthy consultations with businesses, trade bodies, interested individuals and other stakeholders, the majority of which felt "there is unlikely to be a significant risk to security of supply from regulating to close unabated coal." Many industry participants concluded that regulation was "not necessarily required to drive the switch away from coal." Many underscored the effectiveness of carbon pricing -- carbon tax -- through the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and UK's Carbon Price Support and the emissions reduction requirements under the Industrial Emissions Directive. The was "little support" for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology to be deployed to existing coal plants due to the nascent nature of this technology, high development costs and uncertain timetable for investment. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, SPG Global, Platts, Oct., 2017) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  CCS,  Carbon Tax,  Clean Coal,  EI,  


Geneva Airport, Neste Introducing Renewable Jet Fuel (Int'l)
Neste
Date: 2017-10-11
In Switzerland, the Geneva Airport reports that in collaboration with Finland-based Neste it will introduce renewable jet fuel for aircraft operations, targeting at least 1 pct of annual jet fuel consumption from late 2018.

The project is the culmination of a 15-month partnership between Geneva Airport, Sir Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, and SkyNRG which developed an Airport Approach model to help airports play a more active role in accelerating the uptake of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). (Source: Geneva Airport, ATW, Oct. 2017)Contact: Carbon War Room, www.carbonwarrrom.com; Neste Corp, Sam Holmberg, VP Marketing & Services, +358 50 458 4078, Paul Paoletta, Neste Aviation Solutions, + 41 79 429 11 39, paul.paoletta@neste.com, www.neste.com; SkyNRG, Merel Laroy, +31 6 30833505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Neste,  Carbon War Room,  SkyNRG,  Jet Biofuel,  


Austin-Bergstrom Earns Airport Carbon Accreditation (Ind. Report)
Airport Carbon Accreditation
Date: 2017-10-11
In the Lone Star State, The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport reports it has joined the Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) Airport Carbon Accreditation program and has been recognized for its efforts to manage and reduce carbon (CO2) emissions. Presently 27 North American airports are recognized by ACI's international carbon accreditation program.

To receive ACI's Level 1 accreditation the Austin airport: created and published an official environmental policy; calculated the carbon footprint for the airport developing a base year following ACI's methodology; and enlisted a third party to verify the calculations.

Other carbon reduction initiatives include: using 100 percent Green Choice Energy – Wind power; cutting fossil fuels consumption and converting to electric vehicles; sing Green Seal products such as water based paints and cleaning products; developing recycling and waste management programs; and using energy efficient construction, renovation and engineering designs. Source: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Oct 5, 2017) Contact: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, www.austintexas.gov/department/airport; Airport Carbon Accreditation, http://airportco2.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Airport Carbon Accreditation,  


Zaluvida's "Mootral" Cuts Cattle Methane Emissions (New Prod & Tach)
Zaluvida
Date: 2017-10-11
In the UK, researchers funded by the Swiss-led life science group Zaluvida, together with leading European universities have developed "Mootral", a fruit and vegetable-based cattle feed supplement that Zaluvida claims instantly reduces methane emissions from ruminants by at least 30 pct.

By applying unique bio-active compounds in animal feed, Mootral reduces greenhouse gas emissions by the agricultural sector and enables increased revenues from climate-smart meat and dairy products. (Source: Zaluvida, PressWire, 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: Zaluvida, Christoph Staeuble, CEO, info@zaluvida.com, www.zaluvida.com; Mootral, www.mootral.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Livestock Methane,  Methane Emissions,  


Moventas Consolidating in Texas (Ind. Report)
Moventas
Date: 2017-10-11
In the Lone Star State, Big Spring's City Council has agreed to lease Building 9 at the McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark to Moventas, a Finnish company that repairs wind turbine gear boxes. The company is closing facilities elsewhere in the U.S and consolidating operations in Texas. (Source: City of Big Springs, Various Media, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Moventas, Arto Lahtela, CEO, +358 20 184 7000, moventaswind@moventas.com, www.moventas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Moventas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


Siemens Gamesa Inks UK Offshore Wind Farm Service Agreement (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2017-10-11
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports it has inked an extension of its service agreement for the 504 MW Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Suffolk, in the UK.

The extension rune through 2022 and is the latest of three service contract extensions recently awarded to Siemens Gamesa -- two 10-year service agreement extensions for the London Array wind farm and the Lynn & Inner Dowsing wind farms. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, CleanTechnica, Others, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  


Open Ocean Winds Could Power the Planet, says Report (Ind. Report)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2017-10-11
New research into open ocean wind speeds and reliability for wind power generation has found they could power the entire world, if they could be harnessed. The research, led by Anna Possner at the Washington, DC headquartered Carnegie Institution for Science, also found that such a project could dramatically alter the climate in potentially dangerous and unpredictable ways. Even so, the study found the overall outlook for using ocean winds for power to be "extremely positive."

The report suggests a floating wind farm placed in an area of the ocean where wind speeds are up to 70 pct higher than they are onshore could generate an "absolutely incredible amount of energy and, according to the data, could sustain human civilization on its own."

Access the report HERE. (Source: BGR, Japan Today, Various Others, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: Carnegie Institution for Science, Anna Possner, www.anna-possner.com; Carnegie Institution for Science, (202) 387-6400, https://carnegiescience.edu

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


FINTECC Finances Aversi Pharma Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Int'l)
Aversi Pharma
Date: 2017-10-11
Aversi Pharma, a privately-held pharmaceutical company in the country of Georgia, is reporting receipt of $245,000 in financing from Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change (FINTECC) for the installation of energy efficiency upgrades in its hospitals and clinics.

Energy efficient upgrades include double-glazed windows, high-efficiency chillers and boilers as well as LED lighting and light control. The upgrades are expected to deliver 25 pct energy savings per year.

FINTECC is part of a global drive towards climate technology transfer for developing countries and countries in transition. FINTECC helps companies in participating European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) countries implement energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency and materials efficiency measures and other climate technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the company's website. (Source: Aversi Pharma, Energy Manager, 5 Oct. 2017) Contact: FINTECC, www.finchannel.com; Aversi Pharma, www.aversi.ge/en

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


Idaho Governor Honors Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-10-11
In Boise, the Idaho Governor's Office of Energy and Mineral Resources reports Governor C.L. Otter has recognized nine organizations across the state for their implementation of energy efficiency measures and reducing their environmental impact.

The 2017 State of Idaho Awards for Excellence in Industrial Energy Efficiency and Commercial Energy recognize Idaho organizations that are exceptional leaders in implementing energy efficiency at their facilities. Projects implemented by these nine recipients in 2016 would save enough energy to power more than 1,200 Idaho homes for a year, the news release said.

Recipients of the Governor's recognition for energy efficiency leadership include: CTI Foods/SSI Foodservice Inc. of Wilder; Brigham Young University; J.R. Simplot Company of Pocatello; Agropur Inc. of Jerome; City of Idaho Falls Wastewater Division; City of Ketchum/Sun Valley Water and Sewer District; Boise Towne Square Mall; Boise State University Foundation, and Ada County Juvenile Probation Services. (Source: Standard Journal, 10 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


Triodos Bank Finances Gamma Solutions' UK Solar Farms (Int'l)
Triodos Bank,Gamma Solutions
Date: 2017-10-11
Triodos Bank, Europe's leading sustainable bank, reports it has provided £17.9 million of loans to Madrid-headquartered developer Gamma Solutions SL for the Stokes Marsh and Stoneshill solar farms in the UK.

The ground-mounted solar projects have capacities of 15.1MWp and 5.0MWp, and were commissioned in March 2015 and March 2017. With over 62,000 solar panels installed over 41.5 ha, the projects are expected to generate sufficient power for 5,068 homes and reduce 7,716 tonnes of CO2 emissions. The projects receive revenues under the UK Renewable Obligations Certificates (ROC) scheme and under power sold via Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

The finance package will assist Gamma Solutions to consolidate its UK solar portfolio and release funds for new projects. Triodos Bank are collaborating with Gamma Solutions on the finance of further projects including a portfolio of rooftop solar projects in Spain. (Source: Triodos, PR, 6 Oct., 2017) Contact: Triodos, Vincent van Haarlem, Fund Manager, Triodos Renewables Europe Fund, www.triodos.co.uk; Gamma Solutions SL, +34 915 25 88 00, www.gammasg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Gamma Solutions,  


Mongolian Gobi Desert Wind Farm Goes Online (Int'l. Report)
Clean Energy Asia
Date: 2017-10-11
In Mongolia, Clean Energy Asia LLC and its its shareholders Newcom LLC and SoftBank subsidiary SB Energy Corp., are reporting commercial opereations are underway at ite 50MW Tsetsii Wind Farm located in the Gobi Desert. The Tsetsii Wind Farm is SB Energy's first power generation project in Mongolia.

Mongolia has a power-supply capacity of 1130MW, consisting of 88 pct coal, 6 pct diesel, 6 pct renewable energy, and 2 pct hydropower, sources according to the Department of Energy, Mongolia, 2015. The country plans to increase renewable energy's share to 20 pct by 2020 and to 30 pct by 2030. (Source: Clean Energy Asia, PR, Various Media, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: Clean Energy Asia LLC, SoftBank Group Corp., SB Energy Corp., Kenichi Yuasa, +81.3.6889.2300, sbpr@softbank.co.jp, www.sbenergy.co.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Asia,  Wind,  


AVAPCO, BYOGY, Petron Tout Biorefinery Partnership (Ind. Report)
AVAPCO, BYOGY, Petron Scientech
Date: 2017-10-11
The US DOE reports Phase 1 of the American Process Company (AVAPCO) Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts project to co-produce full replacement renewable jet fuel, gasoline, diesel and Bioplus® nanocellulose from woody biomass in an integrated biorefinery at AVAPCO's site in Thomaston, Georgia, is underway.

The project is intended to demonstrate that co-production of high volume commodity fuels and low volume, high value co-products enables profitable biorefineries at commercial scale. ABBA integrates the biorefinery value chain by converting woody biomass to cellulose and cellulosic sugars, which are then converted to cellulosic biojet and nanocellulose.

The project received $3.7 million support from the US DOE Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower program , the scope of which includes definition engineering, permitting and financing activities. Upon completion of Phase 1, the project will be eligible for up to $45 million in additional DOE support for project construction and operations.

The project will utilize AVAPCO's AVAP technology for co-production of biomass-derived lignocellulosic sugars, cellulosic ethanol, cellulosic butanol, nanocellulose, and lignin to demonstrate the conversion of cellulosic ethanol to ethylene. The Byogy Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) processing facility has been relocated to the Thomaston site as part of the project to convert the bio-ethylene to full replacement biofuels.

Petron Scientech Inc., headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, is a Technology development, Design & Engineering and Consulting company licensing technology for the conversion of renewable ethanol to bioEthylene and further conversion of Ethylene to various derivatives including bioEthylene Oxide, bioGlycols, and other chemicals used in a wide range of day-to-day renewable plastics. (Source: AVAPCO, PR, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Byogy Renewables, Kevin Weiss CEO, (408) 800-7704, admin@byogy.com, www.byogy.com; AVAPCO, American Process Inc. , Kim Nelson, PhD, (4040 872-8807, ext 213, knelson@americanprocess.com, www.americanprocess.com; Petron Scientech, Yogendra Sarin, Pres. & CEO , (609) 919-0204, www.petronscientech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AVAPCO,  BYOGY,  Petron Scientech,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


GEVO, LANL Collaborate on Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel (Ind. Report)
Los Alamos National Laboratory , GEVO
Date: 2017-10-11
Englewood, Colorado-based ethanol and isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc. reports it is partnering with the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) on a project to improve the energy density of certain Gevo hydrocarbon products, such as its alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ), to meet product specifications for tactical fuels for specialized military applications such as RJ-4, RJ-6 and JP-10, which are currently purchased by the US Department of Defense (DoD). The DOE Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio) funding is supporting the project.

Gevo and LANL are looking to develop a low-cost, catalytic technology that would be bolted-on to Gevo's existing isobutanol-to-hydrocarbons process to produce high energy density fuels (HEDFs). With the successful scale-up of this technology, it is believed that Gevo's HEDFs could be produced at a lower cost than the petroleum-based equivalent. If this project is successful in scaling HEDFs cost-effectively, there may be an even broader application in the general aviation sector, enabling higher energy density jet fuel that would provide superior mileage to traditional aviation fuels.

Gevo produces isobutanol, ethanol and high-value animal feed in Luverne, Minnesota, and has developed technology to produce hydrocarbon products from renewable alcohols. The company also operates a biorefinery in Silsbee, Texas, in collaboration with South Hampton Resources Inc., to produce renewable jet fuel, octane, and ingredients for plastics. (Source: GEVO, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: Los Alamos National Laboratory, (505) 667-5061, www.lanl.gov; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Los Alamos National Laboratory ,  GEVO,  Alcohol Jet Fuel,  Isobutanol,  Ethanol,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Climate Change -- Notable Quote
Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth
Date: 2017-10-11
"Climate change is a global, long-term issue so we've been sustaining a platform to tackle that problem for many years. We should keep as many options as possible to tackle this issue, to make the general public know about it and for each government to support and promote measures." -- Dr Kenji Yamaji, Director-General, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth , Tokyo. 7 Oct. 2017, www.rite.or.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


New EPA Rule OKs Texas Coal Plant Pollution Increases (Reg & Leg)
Obama Clean Energy Plan
Date: 2017-10-11
The Texas Observer is reporting that a new EPA air pollution rule will allow Texas coal plants to emit almost twice as much sulfur dioxide than an earlier proposal by the Obama administration. Aside from being a key component in forming haze, sulfur dioxide exacerbates respiratory illnesses such as asthma and contributes to acid rain.

For instance, in 2016, the Big Brown coal plant east of Waco, emitted 42,000 tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) , 4,500 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and about 7.5 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). Under the old rule, the plant was required to cut SO2 by 97 pct, bringing its yearly emissions down to 1,380 tons. The reduction would have either required the plant to install expensive scrubbers. Under the new rule, the plant can continue to emit 42,000 tons of SO2.

According to Rice University civil and environmental engineering professor Dan Cohan,"The new proposal is a sham. It does nothing. It sets a cap that's higher than what those plants have been emitting for the past few years. Texas is allowing more power plants to keep burning coal un-scrubbed than anywhere else in the country. Rather than do nothing, which would get [the EPA] sued for violating the Clean Air Act, the strategy appears to be to issue a rule that is so weak that it accomplishes nothing. But by having the rule there, they can claim that they're doing something. It's a very cynical approach to environmental protections." (Source: Texas Observer, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: Rice University, Prof. Dan Cohan, https://cohan.rice.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Obama Clean Energy Plan,  


Bioenergy Could Help Secure UK's Energy Future, says ETI (Int'l)
nergy Technologies Institute
Date: 2017-10-11
In the UK, new research published by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) reports that bioenergy could meet around 10 pct of the country's future energy requirements and help reduce 55 million tpy of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, if used in combination with carbon capture and storage (CCS). ETI's research also noted that by planting nearly 1.4 million hectares of second generation, non-food bioenergy crops by 2050, the UK could achieve a cost-effective, low-carbon energy system, as well as create new farming and forestry jobs.

ETI programme manager Geraint Evans said: "Biomass is already one of the largest and most versatile sources of renewable energy in the UK. To keep the UK on the trajectory for scaling up domestic biomass production into the 2050s, there should be a steady increase in the planting of second generation bioenergy crops on marginal arable land or appropriate grassland in the UK by about 30,000ha per year. Steadily increasing the planting of bioenergy crops in the UK would allow the sector to develop best practices. This approach will also help the sector monitor and manage impacts on other markets and the wider environment more effectively." (Source: Energy Technologies Institute, power-technology.com, 6 Oct., 2017) Contact: Energy Technologies Institute, Dennis Gammer, ETI CCS Strategy Manager, www.eti.co.uk

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Cdn. Government's Climate Change Readiness Questioned (Ind. Report)
Canadian Environment commissioner
Date: 2017-10-11
In Ottawa, the Canadian Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand's annual report questions the federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's readiness and ability to protect over $66 billion in federal assets like bridges, roads and airports, while still providing services when disasters and the impacts of climate change strike.

According to Commissioner Gelfand, "Only five of the 19 federal government departments she audited for the annual report have even figured out where the risks are from climate change, let alone how to mitigate such risks." "It's time to move from planning to action," the commissioner added.(Source: Insurance Business Canada, Canada Press, Various Media, 6 Oct., 2017) Contact: Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand, www.oag-bvg.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change Global Warming,  


UNEP Warns of Horn of Africa Climate Change Social, Economic Strife (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
UN Environment Program
Date: 2017-10-11
Speaking in Nairobi, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Program (UNEP), Erik Solheim, noted the Horn of Africa region could become an epicenter of violent political and economic conflicts as climatic shocks intensify and global warming becomes the main driver of civil strife, terrorism and forced migration.

"There is no denying that climate change will remain a big security challenge not only in Somalia but also in other Horn of African countries. Communities will continue fighting over over-stretched natural resources such as land, pasture and water," Solheim remarked. "Massive investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation is key to promote sustainable development and stability in the East and Horn of African region" he added. (Source: UN Environment Program, Xinhua, 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: UN Environment Program, Erik Solheim, Exec. Dir., +254 20 7621 234, executiveoffice@unep.org, www.unep.org

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Aussies "Officially" Define Carbon Neutral Buildings (Int'l)

Date: 2017-10-11
The Australian federal government has released standards for what officially constitutes a carbon neutral building or precinct, with the clear definition expected to help spur the transition to a net zero sector.

A key hurdle to claiming carbon neutral status will be proving reduction in use of energy, through the attainment of at least a 4 Star NABERS Energy rating or a 4 Star Green Star Performance rating. The average NABERS Energy rating is now 4.4 stars.

Buildings can either go for a base building rating or whole building rating, with the base building rating seen as a "stepping stone" towards whole building certification. The draft standard had a third pathway for certification for buildings that were ineligible for NABERS or Green Star rating -- directly through the federal government's Carbon Neutral Program -- however this has been deferred.

The standard covers energy efficiency and operational energy emissions from resource consumption and waste generation necessary for a building's day-to-day operations. Embodied energy is not included, however the standard said embodied energy from construction materials and processes may be considered in future versions. The standards offer a pathway for property owners to make carbon neutral claims for their buildings and precincts. (Source: Green Building Council Australia, Fifth Estate, 10 Oct., 2017)Contact: NABERS, www.nabers.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Low-Carbon,  Net-Zero Carbon,  


AGP Opposes EPA's Proposed Lower Biodiesel RFS Levels (Ind. Report)
Ag Processing Incorporated
Date: 2017-10-11
Omaha-headquartered Ag Processing Incorporated reports it opposes a recent EPA proposal to reduce the biodiesel requirements of the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biodiesel requirement by up to 315 million gallons and the 2019 requirement by over 1 billion gallons from current levels.

According to AGP VP of Corporate Relations and Government Affairs Matt Caswell, the EPA is trying to justify their proposal by the mistaken belief the U.S. biodiesel industry lacks the production capacity to provide 2.1 billion gpy of biodiesel to the market.

AGP is a major U.S. soybean processor and is owned by 148 local and regional cooperatives representing over 250,000 farmer producers across the United States. (Source: Ag Processing Incorporated, WNAX Radio, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ag Processing Incorporated,Matt Caswell, VP Corporate Affairs, Craig Pietig, (402)-492-3322, www.agp.com

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New Hampshire Bank Wins LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2017-10-11
In Manchester, New Hampshire, St. Mary's Bank reports its headquarters building has been awarded the US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

LEED certification was extended for the implementation practical and measurable construction and operation strategies including: the use of recycled construction products and materials; well-insulated walls and roof; tight-fitting windows and doorways that prevent heating and cooling losses; LED lighting; energy efficient plumbing fixtures; rooftop solar; and an energy monitoring system. (Source: St. Mary's Bank, Cabinet Press, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: St. Mary's Bank, www.stmarysbank.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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Aemetis Risks Loosing NASDAQ Listing (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2017-10-11
NASDAQ reports that on October 5, 2017, its Listing Qualifications Department advised Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. that based upon the closing bid price of the Company's common stock for the last 30 consecutive business days, the Company did not meet the minimum bid price of $1.00 per share required for continued listing on The Nasdaq Global Market. Aemetis will have 180 calendar days, or until April 3, 2018, in which to regain compliance to Nasdaq Listing Rules or risk being de-listed.

Aemetis, Inc. is an international renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the production of fuels and chemicals through the acquisition, development and commercialization of technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by conversion of first-generation ethanol and biodiesel plants into biorefineries. The company produces approximately 60 million gpy of ethanol in Keyes, California and operates a technology lab in College Park, Maryland. (Source: NASDAQ, Aemetis Inc. 5 Oct., 2017)Contact: Aemetis Inc., Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 390-3275, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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London Environment Strategy calls for Zero Carbon by 2050 (Int'l)
London
Date: 2017-10-11
London Mayor Sadiq Khan's office has released a draft of the London Environment Strategy outlining the city's strategy to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The city's plan is backed by serious science and stakeholder consensus, according to the Mayor's office.

The city's air quality strategy calls for Londoners to make 80 pct of their trips on foot, by bicycle or public transport and all taxis and cars-for-hire to be zero emission vehicles by 2033, buses by 2037, all new road vehicles by 2040, and the entire transportation system will be zero emission by 2050. As part of its strategy, London also plans to develop a resilient, low- or zero-carbon energy infrastructure that allows the city to generate more of its own energy.

London has also joined the BreatheLife network , making it the world's first mega-city to commit to reaching the World Health Organization's air quality guidelines. (Source: Times of India, UNI, Oct., 2017) Contact: London Mayor Sadiq Khan, www.london.gov.uk/people/mayoral/sadiq-khan

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Landsec Touts Science-Based Carbon, Energy Efficiency Targets (Int'l)
Landsec
Date: 2017-10-11
In London, the UK's largest commercial property company Landsec, with a portfolio of assets, including shopping centres and offices valued at £14.4 billion, reports that rather than making incremental improvements in the operational energy efficiency of each of its 120 assets, it is adopting a science-based target for reducing costs and corporate carbon emissions.

Since 2013, the company's energy saving measures have resulted in a 19 pct cut in carbon intensity (kgCO2/m2). By 2030, that is expected to drop by 40 pct and set the company on an 80 pct carbon intensity reduction by the middle of the century. Landsec's tenants have also avoided energy and carbon costs of £2.9 million per year when compared to 2013/14 costs.

Elsewhere, site specific energy reduction assessments continue to find more energy reduction opportunities. In 2016, 65 Landsec projects costing a total £2.4 million are expected to save customers 7.7 million kWh of energy and £877,000 per year in reduced energy bills, with a ROI of under 3 years. The company is also transitioning to strategic energy management programmes, rather than purely focus on operational activities. Additionally, the company's new Responsible Property Investment Policy makes carbon emissions, sustainability and energy efficiency a major consideration in new property acquisitions. (Source: Landsec, CSR, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Landsec, Tom Byrne, Landsec’s Energy Manager. Robert Noel, CEO, https://landsec.com

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Enel Inks $330Mn Wind Farm Tax Equity Deal (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power North America
Date: 2017-10-09
Enel Green Power North America, acting through Thunder Ranch Wind Farm Holdings, reports the signing of a $330m tax equity agreement with Goldman Sachs' Alternative Energy Investing Group and GE Energy Financial Services for its 298MW Thunder Ranch wind farm in Oklahoma. The wind farm is expected to begin operations before the year end.

Thunder Ranch wind farm requires $435m investment and after the tax equity agreement, the two passive investors will receive 100 pct of Class B and Class C equity share in the project. (Source: Enel Green Power, CTBR, Others, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: GE Energy Financial Services, Kevin Walsh, Managing Director Renewable Energy, http://geenergyfinancialservices.com; Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

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Terrapass, Lyft Partner on Transport Carbon Offsets (Ind. Report)
Terrapass,LYFT
Date: 2017-10-09
Houston-headquatered Terrapass, a member of the retail energy provider Just Energy Group, reports it is partnering with Lyft, the fastest growing ride-share on-demand transportation service in the US, to offset carbon emissions associated with travel for all University of Michigan football games for the 2017/2018 season.

Football fans traveling via Lyft will have their travel to and from Michigan State stadium balanced with carbon offsets purchased by Terrapass. The carbon offsets will be sourced from the South Kent Landfill in Byron Center, MI.

Just Energy specializes in electricity and natural gas commodities, energy efficiency solutions, and renewable energy options in Canada, the UK, Germany and the U.S. The company serves approximately 1.5 million residential and commercial customers. (Source: Just Energy Group. PR 6 Oct., 2017) Contact: Just Energy Group Inc., Morgan Smith, (713) 881.8641, mpsmith@justenergy.com, www.justenergy.com; Terrapass, www.terrapass.com: Lyft, www.lyft.com

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Microsoft Adding 37 MW of Wind Energy to Irish Grid (Ind. Report)
Microsoft,ElectroRoute
Date: 2017-10-09
In Dublin, Microsoft Corp. reports it is entering into a 15-year PPA with GE for purchase 100 percent of the wind energy from its new, 37-MW Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland. As part of the deal, Microsoft also signed an agreement with Dublin-based, Mitsubishi-controlled energy trading company ElectroRoute which will provide energy trading services to Microsoft.

This PPA builds on Microsoft's strategic partnership with GE, announced last year. The wind farm will integrate GE's Digital Wind Farm technology, which makes renewable energy outputs even more reliable. Microsoft is also acquiring an Irish energy supply license from GE. The supply license will benefit both Microsoft and the Irish power grid, as it allows the company the flexibility to easily grow and invest in renewable energy in Ireland over time. ElectroRoute will act as trading service provider for the supply company. Once operational, the new wind project will bring Microsoft's total global direct procurement in renewable energy projects to almost 600 MW. (Source: Microsoft, PR, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Sebastien Duchamp, sebastien.duchamp@ge.com, www.ge.com; ElectroRoute, +353 1 687 7122, www.electroroute.com

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BC Dist. of Houston Lauded with Climate Leader Award (Ind. Report)
Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities
Date: 2017-10-09
In Canada, the Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities Green Communities Committee (GCC) reports it has recognized the District of Houston with its Climate Leader of 2016 "Accelerating Progress on Charter Commitments Award." The Green Communities Committee was established under the Climate Action Charter to support local governments in achieving their climate goals.

The District of Houston's Climate Action Character commitments include the reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions to 33 pct of 2007 GHG levels by 2020 through the implementation of the Community Energy and Emissions plan as well as the Official Community Plan. I

Under the community plan, LED street lights were installed in 2016 and a life-cycle maintenance plan was completed for better energy management and greater energy efficiency. The year, the District of Houston is increasing its use of renewable energy, "fine-tuning" its energy conservation and efficiency measures as well as its commitment to its Climate Action Charter commitments. (Source: Green Communities Committee, Houston Today, 4 Oct., 2017)Contact: Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities, www.ubcm.ca; District of Houston, (250) 845-2238, doh@houston.ca, www.houston.ca; Green Communities Committee, www.toolkit.bc.ca

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Naturstrom Comissions Wattendorf Bavarian Wind Farm (Int'l)
Naturstrom
Date: 2017-10-09
Dusseldorf, Germany-based wind energy developer Naturstrom reports the commissioning of its 29MW Wattendorf wind farm in Northern Bavaria.

The project consists of five GE 2.5-120 turbines each with a 2.5MW capacity and six GE 2.75-120 machines each with output of 2.75MW. The turbines are designed for low wind sites and have 139-metre hub heights and 120-metre rotor diameters. Construction of the project started in April 2016. The wind farm is expected to generate some 63 million kWh of electricity a year.

The Wattendorf project boosts Naturstrom's wind power portfolio to 57 turbines with a combined capacity of 134MW. (Source: Naturstrom, RENews, Oct 5, 2017) Contact: Naturstrom, Thomas Banning, 0211 77 900 100, www.naturstrom.de

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U.S. GHG Emissions Drop 2 pct in 2016, EPA Reports (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-10-09
In Washington, the US EPA website reports the nation's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from major industrial facilities declined 2 pct in 2016 to 2.99 billion tonnes, The decline was led by a large cut from the power sector during the initial phase of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.

The drop was led by a 4.6 pct cut from power plants to 1.88 billion tonnes from 1.97 billion tonnes in 2015. The EPA data notes that natural gas and oil sector emissions rose to 283 million tonnes in 2016 from 233 million in 2015. (Source: EPA Website, Oct., 2017) Contact: EPA, www.epa.gov

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dynaCERT Touts Proprietary GHG Tracking System (New Prod & Tech)
dynaCERT
Date: 2017-10-09
Toronto-headquartered dynaCERT Inc. reports the filing of a U.S. Provisional Patent Application for its "Systems and Methods for Tracking Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated With an Entity."

The dynaCERT patent-pending technology creates hydrogen and oxygen on-demand through electrolysis and supplies these additives through the air intake to enhance combustion, resulting in lower carbon emissions and greater fuel efficiency. The technology can accurately track, measure and report on greenhouse gas emissions. The data collected by the system will be used to determine the amount of greenhouse gas credits or offsets with a view to certify carbon credits. dynaCERT Inc. manufactures, distributes, and installs Carbon Emission Reduction Technology for use with internal combustion engines. (Source: dynaCERT Inc., 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: dynaCert, Jime Payne, Pres., CEO, (416) 766-9691x2, jpayne@dynaCERT.com, www.dynaCERT.com

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America's Clean Energy Revolution (Ind. Report)
Natural Resources Defense Council
Date: 2017-10-09
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released its Fifth Annual Energy Report America's Clean Energy Revolution highlighting the increase in capacity of both solar and wind energy over the past 10 years.

According to the report, U.S. solar energy capacity is 450 pct higher than prior EIA predictions for solar energy capacity and 350 pct greater than previously predicted.

Download the full NRDC report HERE. (Source: NRDC, PR, Supra, 7 Oct., 2017) Contact: NRDC, www.nrdc.org

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Amber Trails Tagged Canada's Greenest School (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2017-10-09
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools named the newly-constructed,, 78,000 square-foot Amber Trails Community School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the winner of the annual CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competition. The CaGBC Greenest School jury is comprised of green building industry experts from across the country.

The school achieved more than a 50 pct reduction in water use, more than 68 pct in energy savings and a lower carbon footprint with a combination of geothermal heating and cooling, radiant floor heating, low-flow fixtures and other initiatives. The school received LEED Platinum certification in 2016, and won the CaGBC's Excellence in Green Building for New Construction award in May 2017.. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, Oct., 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, CaGBC , Thomas Mueller, CEO, Pres., , (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

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Trump's Obama Clean Power Plan Repeal Effort Expected (Reg & Leg)
EPA,Clean Power Plan
Date: 2017-10-09
According to Bloomberg, CNN and others, the US EPA still plans to propose the repeal of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan meant to curb primarily coal-burning lower generation plant greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed repeal effort is in line with Trump's string of executive orders seemingly aimed at discrediting the Obama administration and challenging the legality of the Clean Power Plan itself. The proposed repeal -- see attached -- is widely expected to be launched this week.

Review the full EPA proposal HERE. (Source: EPA, CNN, Various Others, Oct. 7, 2017)

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Schools Join Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge (Ind. Report)
Madison City Schools
Date: 2017-10-09
In Alabama, the Madison City Schools system reports it is expanding its commitment to Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge and will add additional building square-footage to its existing 20 million square foot commitment.

The Madison City Schools are committing to a 20 pct reduction within the next 10 years. To date the district has saved at least $130,000 in energy costs through the installation of motion detection sinks, toilets and lights, and other upgrades and initiatives. (Source: Energy Alabama, WHNT19, 7 Oct., 2017) Contact: Madison City Schools, (256) 464-8370, www.madisoncity.k12.al.us; Energy Alabama, Daniel Tait, CEO, https://alcse.org; Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge, www.nabpc.org

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Canton NY Wins Clean Energy Community Designation (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2017-10-09
In the Empire State, the community of Canton has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in recognition of its leadership in cutting energy consumption and costs and driving the adoption of clean energy locally.

The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local New York State government leaders implement energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable development projects in their communities. The program demonstrates the importance of communities helping New York reach its Clean Energy Standard of 50 pct of the state's electricity coming from renewable energy resources by 2030.

The Clean Energy Community designation qualifies Canton to apply for up to $100,000 in grant funding toward additional clean energy projects, with no local cost share. (Source: NYSERDA, Canton NY, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: NYSERDA. Clean Energy Communities, www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec

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Finland, Uttar Pradesh Explore Smart City, Solar Power Projects Partnership (Int'l)
Clean Energy
Date: 2017-10-09
In Lucknow, India, the government of Uttar Pradesh reports it is in talks with a group of 23 Finnish companies regrading the development of renewable energy, biofuel, electric vehicles, smart grid and smart cities technologies and projects. The Uttar Pradesh government is aims to build partnerships to work on smart city and solar energy projects in the state.

According to Kimmo Tiilikainen, the Finnish Minister for Environment and Energy , Finland's technology can be used for biomass projects, energy saving projects, management and related clean energy projects. (Source: Finnish Minister for Environment and Energy, Twitter, News18 India, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: Finnish Minister for Environment and Energy. www.ym.fi/en-US

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