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Singapore Developer to Cut CO2 Emissions 38 pct by 2030 (Int'l)
Date: 2017-05-17
In its Integrated Sustainability Report 2017, Singapore-headquartered City Developments Ltd (CDL) has pledged to cut its carbon emissions by 38 pct from 2007 levels. The developer also plans to establish a S$2.25 million research and development partnership with the National University (NUS) School of Design and Environment. Through the NUS-CDL Smart Green Home and NUS-CDL Tropical Technologies Lab, CDL will have a "test-bed" for future developments in smart and green building technologies.

In 2016, CDL achieved a 16 pct reduction in carbon emissions intensity from 2007 levels, and realized a 25-pct reduction in energy consumption from 2007. Over the past five years, more than S$16 million in savings were attained as a result of energy-efficient retrofitting and initiatives for eight office buildings.

Additionally, last month CDL launched the first green bond by a Singapore company, through its subsidiary CDL Properties. The bond raised S$100 million primarily from financial institutions and fund managers. (Source: CDL, 16 May, 2017) Contact: CDL, Grant Kelley, CEO, +65 6877 1818,

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

Albuquerque Announced $25Mn City Buildings Solar Plan (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-15
In New Mexico, the Albuquerque city council reports that the city will begin work on $25 million in solar installations on city buildings later this year.

Albuquerque has also secured federal Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs), which could allow it to double its funding. The projects will be financed at no cost to the public purse through energy savings and federal bond credits. According to the release, the solar installations will be the first step in fulfilling a goal set by the City Council last December for Albuquerque to source 25 pct of its energy from solar. (Source: City of Albuquerque, PR, May, 201) Contact: City of Albuquerque, Michael Riordan, COO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  City of Albuquerque,  

Nordex Supplying Xtended Power Package to ERG Wind Farms (Int'l)
Nordex,ERG Power Generation
Date: 2017-05-15
The Nordex Group is reporting receipt of an order from ERG SpA in Italy for its Xtended Power technology to raise the yield of of 63 existing multi-megawatt turbines at three wind farms.

Nordex says Xtended Power is capable of increasing yields by up to 2 pct by using a combination of optimized pitch control and a more intelligent turbine-control system. The Xtended-Power technology is included as a standard in the newer turbines. (Source: Nordex, Windopower Eng., 5 May, 2017) Contact: Nordex, Group,; ERG Power Generation SpA, Andrea Gaspari, Country Manager Italy, +39 010 24011,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  ERG Power Generation ,  

REC Next-Gen Solar Panel Production Underway (New Prod & Tech)
REC Group
Date: 2017-05-15
Solar panel maker REC Group reports it has begun commercial production of the latest incarnation of its TwinPeak 2 Series brand, a 72-cell next-gen solar panel.

Rated up to 350Wp (watt peak capacity [1,000 Wp = 1 kWp]), the new REC TwinPeak 2S 72 Series uses multi-crystalline technology to pack more power than other mono-crystalline panels of similar size.

The next-generation TwinPeak 2S 72 Series features large cell wafers to boost energy production, half-cut cell design to reduce resistive power loss, PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) technology. In addition, the 72 Series incorporates the TwinPeak split junction box spread across the middle of the module, which allows the panel to operate at peak efficiency in partially shaded conditions. The TwinPeak Series panel boasts a 17.7 pct efficiency rating. (Source: REC Group, Energy Matters, Others, 8 May, 2017) Contact: REC Group, Cemil Seber, VP, Global Marketing and Product Management,

More Low-Carbon Energy News REC Group,  Solar,  

Distributed Solar PV Plus Energy Storage Systems Navigant Report Available (Ind. Report)
Navigant Research
Date: 2017-05-15
According to Distributed Solar PV Plus Energy Storage Systems, a new report from Navigant Research, distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation combined with energy storage systems promises enticing alternatives to relying on base-load utility power between now and 2026. the report forecasts that the global annual market for PV and storage systems will exceed $49 billion by 2026.

Navigant's report examines the global market for distributed solar PV plus energy storage (Navigant uses the acronym DSES), providing an analysis of market issues and market forecasts for capacity and revenue, through 2026.

Distributed Solar PV Plus Energy Storage Systems report details are available at (Source: Navigant, Electrical Marketing, 8 May, 2017) Contact: Navigant Research, William Tokash, Senior Research Analyst, (303) 997-7609,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PV,  Navigant Research,  Energy Storage,  Solar,  

Jamaica Joins UN REED Program to Curb GHG Emissions (Int'l)
Date: 2017-05-15
Jamaica reports it has embarked on the first phase of the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forestry Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), a global initiative to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Programme aims to provide positive incentives to countries to contribute to climate-change mitigation through activities in the forestry and land use sectors. The programme falls under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and seeks to curb emissions, particularly in the forestry sector, most of which are tropical forests in developing countries.

The UNFCCC developed a set of guidelines for countries to implement the REDD+ mechanism which are to be implemented over three phases. The first is REDD+ Readiness, where countries are expected to design national strategies and action plans alongside relevant stakeholders, to be able to combat the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, build capacity and develop policies.

The phase also includes establishing a National Forest Monitoring System, which is a holistic system to monitor forest cover nationally over a period of time, as well as a measurement reporting and verification (MRV) system.

The country will also establish the forest reference emission levels, to estimate the total carbon dioxide the forested areas are emitting on an annual basis. This is used as a baseline to determine how well the country does in REDD+ activities.

A safeguard information system will also be set up to ensure that REDD+ activities are environmentally friendly and that any benefits accrued are distributed equitably to all stakeholders involved in the mitigation activities.

The UN-REDD was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).Jamaica is receiving support for the programme through the Green Climate Fund of the UNEP. (Source: Jamaica Information Service, 12 May, 2017) Contact: Jamaica Information Service, +876 926 3590,; UNDP,; UNFCCC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Deforestation,  Reforestation,  UNFCCC,  Climate Change,  REDD+,  UNEP Green Climate Fund,  

Study Finds Cover Crops Can Mitigate Climate Change (Ind. Report)
Penn State University
Date: 2017-05-15
Researchers from the Penn State College of Agriculture are reporting that cover crops, such as rye or buckwheat, can play a role in mitigating climate change.

According to Penn State professor of biogeochemistry Jason Kaye, cover crops clean carbon dioxide from the air, reduce the amount of fertilizer needed, and reflect radiation from the sun back into the atmosphere as well as playing an important role in preventing soil erosion.

Researchers also found if cover crops were planted in every available field around the globe, they could mitigate 10 pct of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. He calls that a modest impact. (Source: Penn State University, May, 2017) Contact: Penn State University, Jason Kaye, Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry Institution, College of Agricultural Sciences Department, (814) 863-1614,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  GHGs,  

EasyJet Claims Aviation Carbon Emissions Cuts (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-15
EasyJet, the British budget airline out of London's Luton Airport, claims to have cut carbon emissions to below 80 grams for each kilometer traveled by passengers for the first time. The carrier has now set a target of trimming these emissions further to around 77 grams by 2020, which would represent a reduction of more than 33 pct in 20 years.

The airline cited improving technology and a long-term focus on reducing weight and improving operating efficiency for the cut.

Looking forward, the airline is developing a hybrid plane concept which would use hydrogen fuel cell technology to further reduce carbon emissions. The zero-emissions system allows energy to be captured as the aircraft brakes on landing and is used to charge the system's lightweight batteries when the aircraft is on the ground similar to a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). The low-emissions energy can then be used by the aircraft when taxiing without needing to use their jet engines. (Source: EasyJet, TravelWeekly, 12 May, 2017) Contact: Easy Jet,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Aviation Emissions,  

Ryder Offers 100 pct Renewable Diesel in SF (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-15
Ryder System, Inc. , a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, reports it is now offering renewable diesel (RD) fuel, at its San Francisco, California fueling facility.

Based on production levels and availability of RD, Ryder will continue to monitor other markets with plans for expanding this offering. The Company will also continually analyze market opportunities to offer RD for fleets. Either through Ryder's fueling facilities or its new mobile fueling solution that provides fuel deliveries directly into vehicles parked on customer sites. This mobile service is now available through Ryder both in the U.S. and Canada. (Source: Ryder, PR, 15 May, 2017) Contact: Ryder System, Inc. Jonathan Mayor, (305) 500-3161,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel news,  Renewable Fuels news,  

Shuttered Paper Mill Considered for Biofuel Production (Ind. Report)
Biofine Technology
Date: 2017-05-15
Further to our May 8th coverage, shuttered paper mill in Old Town, Maine, is being considered by Biofine Framingham, Mass.-based Biofine Technology LLC as the future the site of a $60 million production facility to turn wood fiber into jet fuel.

Using technology developed by the University of Maine's Forest Bioproducts Research Institute, the Biofine plant could convert 200 tpd of biomass into 12,000 tons of crude oil for processing into diesel and jet fuel. The mill site includes a pulp mill, a 400,000-square-foot warehouse, and a biomass boiler.

The company, which hopes to break ground in a year, says it is negotiating with the mill's owner and seeking investors and financing. (Source: Biofine Technology, Woodworking Network, 10 May, 2017) Contact: Biofine Technology, Stephen Fitzpatrick, (508) 532-6760,; University of Maine, Hemant Pendse, Director of Bioproduct Research,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofine Technology,  Biofuel,  

Esco Technologies Snares Renewable NRG Systems (M&A, Ind. Report)
Renewable NRG Systems,Esco Technologies
Date: 2017-05-15
A St. Louis energy company has acquired Renewable NRG Systems in Hinesburg St. Louis-based Esco Technologies, Inc. reports it is acquiring Hinesburg, Vermont-headquartered Renewable NRG Systems, which will join Doble Engineering as part of Esco's Utilities Solutions Group. The terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The privately held NRG Systems helps energy companies decide whether and where to build wind turbines and is a leader in the design and manufacturing of "decision support tools" for the renewable energy industry, primarily wind. NRG Systems' instruments and tools assess the viability of a site for wind power generation and optimize the efficiency of fully operational wind power turbines. (Source: Esco Technologies, Burlington Free Press, 9 May, 2017) Contact: Esco Technologies, Vic Richey, CEO,; Renewable NRG Systems, (802) 482-2255,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Esco Technologies,  Renewable NRG Systems,  Wind,  

Stuttgart Ark. Solar Center Groundbreaking Announced (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources,Stuttgart Solar Energy Center
Date: 2017-05-15
In Arkansas, NextEra Energy Resources and Entergy Arkansas are reporting groundbreaking on the 81-MW Stuttgart (Arkansas) Solar Energy Center, two years after regulatory approval was granted. Even after yesterday’s groundbreaking, the center isn’t expected to be finished until January 2018. NextEra will own the 475-acre project, while Entergy will purchase the energy under a 20-year PPA.

The facility, which will supply approximately 1 pct of the state's electric power need, is expected to com online by the end of 2018. (Source: NextEra Energy Resources, PV Mag., Others, May 11, 2017} Contact: NextEra Energy, Steven Stengel, (561) 691-7171,; Entergy Arkansas,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources,  Solar,  Entergy Arkansas ,  

DP&L, Foodbanks Partner on LEDs for Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Dayton Power and Light
Date: 2017-05-15
In the Buckeye State, the Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) reports it is partnering with The Foodbank and other food pantries to distribute 160,000 free energy efficient LED light bulbs to help families reduce their energy costs. The LED distribution is part of the utility's ongoing energy efficiency efforts for customers. Other initiatives include rebates on appliance recycling, heating and air conditioning, discounts on energy-efficient lighting, and rebates for business customers.

Details on DP&L's energy efficiency programs are HERE. (Source: Dayton Power & Light, 11 May, 2017) Contact: DP&L, Tom Raga, Pres., CEO, Mary Ann Kabel, (937) 224-5940,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dayton Power and Light ,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  

Alexion Pharmaceuticals HQ Awarded LEED ertification (Ind. Report)
USGBC,Connecticut Green Building Council
Date: 2017-05-15
New Haven, Conn.-based Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and The Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) have announced that Alexion's global headquarters in New Haven has achieved LEED Platinum certification for Commercial Interiors.

Alexion was awarded LEED Platinum certification for implementing measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in various areas of building. The Company's 14-story global HQ features a "green" roof, renewable energy sources, high-performance water fixtures and materials such as paints and adhesives that provide increased air quality for building occupants. The building is expected to save 778,000 gpy of water and source fully half its of electricity from renewable energy sources. (Source: CT Green Building Council, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, 11 May, 2017) Contact: Alexion, Kim Diamond, (475)230-3775,; CT Green Building Council, Judy Swann, Exec. Gir., (203) 943-5711,

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

Sun Setting on SolarWorld AG with Insolvency Filing (Int'l)
Date: 2017-05-15
Bonn, Germany-headquartered solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG is reporting its insolvency and has filed for bankruptcy court protection in Germany. The status of the company's U.S. subsidiary -- SolarWorld USA -- is unclear.

In a brief statement, the company blamed its trouble on "illegal price dumping" by Chinese producers, "ongoing price distortions" within the market and a "no longer positive forecast for the future." in the SolarWorld’s downfall. (Source: SolarWorld AG, Various Media, 10 May, 2017) Contact: SolarWorld AG, SolarWorld USA, (805) 482-6800,; SolarWorld AG, Frank Asbeck, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarWorld,  Solar,  

Wartsila Intros Hybrid Engine+Storage Solutions (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-15
The Helsinki-headquartered technology group Wartsila Corporation is reporting the launch of new hybrid power plants, engines+storage and energy storage solutions to power markets globally. These new solutions provide added value by utilizing energy storage technology together with traditional engine based power generation. Wartsila also offers stand-alone energy storage solutions.

Wartsila has also introduced an energy management system (EMS) to optimize the usage of hybrid power plants. In July 2016, the company announced its co-operation with Greensmith, a leading provider of EMS software. (Source: warsila, 11 May, 2017) Contact: Wartsila, Risto Paldanius, Director, Energy Storage, +358 10 709 0000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Energy Storage,  

NextEra's Ont. Energy Storage Project Zoning Approved (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy
Date: 2017-05-15
NextEra Energy reports it has received zoning approval for the development of a 2-MW battery storage facility on a 4.2-acre site in Elmira, Ontario.

The facility would house a series of independent battery modules that would store excess power from intermittent sources -- wind and solar -- in the grid, releasing it when demand grew or generation dropped off. The system is designed to be self-contained, subject to 24/7 monitoring, and equipped with fail-safe mechanisms. NextEra presently has eight operating storage facilities in Canada. Moreover, (Source: NextEra, 11 May, 2017) Contact: NextEra Energy, Neil Watlington, Project Manager, Steven Stengel, Communications, (561) 691-7171,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy,  Energy STorage,  Battery Energy Storage,  

Sunverge, PetersenDean Offer Solar Energy Storage Systems (Ind. Report)
Sunverge Energy,PetersenDean Roofing & Solar
Date: 2017-05-15
San Francisco-headquartered Sunverge Energy, a provider of intelligent residential and business energy storage systems, and national solar installer PetersenDean Roofing & Solar have announced a partnership to provide energy storage systems to homeowners in the Golden State.

Sunverge Systems energy management platform allow customers to capture the power they generate from their rooftop solar and automatically use it when demand and energy prices are highest. Nationally PetersenDean installs about 2,000 American-made rooftop solar systems per month. (Source: PetersenDean and Sunverge, PR, 8 May, 2017) Contact: Sunverge, Ken Munson, CEO, (415) 795-3660,; PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, (800) 564-0362,

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

BIOX Renews Term Loan with FCC (Funding, Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-15
Canadian biodiesel producer BIOX Corporation reports it has secured renewal of its $7.5 million, 5-year term loan with Farm Credit Canada.

BIOX owns and operates 287.5 million litres of nameplate biodiesel production capacity at plants located in Houston, Texas and two facilities in southern Ontario. The company's patented production process is capable of producing the highest quality, renewable, clean burning and biodegradable biodiesel fuel utilizing pure seed oils, animal fats and other feedstocks with no change to the production process.

Farm Credit Canada is Canada's leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $30 billion. (Source: BIOX Corporation, PR, 12 May, 2017) Contact: BIOX, Alan Rickard, CEO, (905) 521-8205 ext. 253,,; Farm Credit Canada, www.

More Low-Carbon Energy News BIOX,  Biodiesel,  Farm Credit Canada,  

Flint Hills Biofuels Unit Awarded ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
Flint Hills Resources Biofuels and Ingredients
Date: 2017-05-15
Koch Industries' Flint Hills Resources Biofuels and Ingredients unit reports it has been awarded the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for 2017 in recognition of its energy management practices.

In 2016, Koch companies worked to improve energy efficiency in its chemicals and paper businesses and has saved more than $270 million across all its businesses since 2011, according to the company. The built an energy manager network to convey best practices, provide training, and exchange information to enhance its businesses' performance.

Flint Hills Resources subsidiaries produce and market jet fuel, ethanol, biodiesel, liquefied natural gas, olefins, polymers, intermediate chemicals, as well as base oils, corn oil and dried distillers grain (DDG). The company operates ethanol plants in Iowa and Nebraska with a combined annual capacity of 850 million gpy . (Source: Flint Hills Resources, Albany Herald, 12 May, 2017) Contact: ENERGY STAR,; Flint Hills Resources, Darrell Birck, VP Biofuels, Flint Hills Resources Biofuels and Ingredients,; KOch INdustries,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Flint Hills Resources Biofuels and Ingredients,  KOch Industries,  Flint Hills,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  

EIA Monthly Biodiesel Production Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-15
U.S. production of biodiesel was 94 million gallons in February 2017 -- 1 million gallons higher than production in January 2017. Biodiesel production from the Midwest region accounted for 71 pct of the United States total. Production came from 95 biodiesel plants with capacity of 2.3 billion gpy.

February 2017 totals included 37 million gallons sold as B-100 and an additional 46 million gallons of B-100 sold in biodiesel blends with petroleum diesel fuel. There were a total of 736 million pounds of feedstocks used to produce biodiesel in February 2017. Soybean oil remained the largest biodiesel feedstock during February 2017 with 369 million pounds consumed.

The Monthly Biodiesel Production Report provides data on operations of the U.S. biodiesel industry as part of EIA's response to section 1508 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Download the full EIA Monthly Biodiesel Production Report HERE. (Source: US EIA, May, 2017) Contact: US EIA, www,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EIA,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  

Co-ops Tout "Help My House" Energy Savings Program (Ind. Report)
Santee Cooper,The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina
Date: 2017-05-15
In South Carolina, Santee Cooper and other cooperatives are touting the "Help My House" on-bill energy efficiency financing program. The home energy efficiency funding mechanism is part of the USDA's Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) that recently made its first loans to help rural families and small businesses lower energy consumption and costs.

USDA's Rural Utilities Service awarded $13 million in zero-interest loans to South Carolina co-ops through KW Savings Co., a nonprofit created by the state's co-ops. KW Savings Co. will pour the RESP funds into lending pools for seven co-ops operating or interested in "Help My House." The group includes Aiken, Santee, Tri-County, Blue Ridge, Little River, Lynches River and Broad River electric cooperatives. Since its founding in 2011, co-ops have helped weatherize some 630 member homes. (Source: America's Electric Cooperatives, Santee Cooper, May, 2017) Contact: The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Mike Couick, Pres., CEO, (803) 796-6060,; Santee Electric Cooperative, ]; USDA Rural Energy Savings Program,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Santee Cooper,  Energy Efficiewncy Incentives,  

Tillerson Stalls Arctic Council on U.S. Climate Change Decision (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Arctic Council
Date: 2017-05-15
In Fairbanks, 11 May, members of the eight-nation Arctic Council have signed the Fairbanks Declaration 2017. The Declaration notes and the Council Members agreed that the Arctic region is warming much faster than other parts of the world and that immediate action is needed to reduce the effects of climate change.

The U.S. representative to the Council, Sec. of State Rex Tillerson, stalled on the American commitment to address climate change and took the position that the Trump administration was in no particular rush to address climate change and has not decided on its climate change policy or the U.S. honoring it commitments under the Paris Agreement.

The Arctic Council is a high-level intergovernmental forum that addresses issues faced by the Arctic governments and the indigenous people of the Arctic. The Arctic Council states include: Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States. Six international organizations representing Arctic Indigenous Peoples have permanent participant status. (Source: Arctic Council, VOA, 12 May, 2017) Contact: Arctic Council, +47 77 75 01 40,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

Ringneck Energy Seeking Ethanol Plant Financing (Ind. Report)
Ringneck Energy
Date: 2017-05-15
In South Dakota, the Capital Journal is reporting that Ringneck Energy LLC investors for the last piece of equity necessary construction of the company's planned 150 million, 80 million gpy corn ethanol plant south of Oneida. The company anticipates ground breaking and construction to get underway this summer.

The plant will utilize about 25 million bpy of corn as feedstock and employ about 40 people. The ethanol plant's main byproduct, distillers grain (DDG), will be sold as livestock feed. (Source: Ringneck Energy, AP, 14 May, 2017) Contact: Ringneck Energy, Walt Wendland, (605) 258-2900,,

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

Q1 U.S Wind Turbine Installations Number 908 (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-12
According to the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) recently released U.S. Wind Industry First Quarter 2017 Market Report a total of 908 utility-scale turbines were installed in Q1, 2017, for the strongest start in eight years.

Twelve states commissioned a total of 25 wind projects with Texas installing 724 MW in the first quarter, followed by Kansas, New Mexico and North Carolina with 481 MW, 242 MW and 208 MW, respectively. (Source: AWEA, LCG Consulting, 4 May, 2017)Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AWEA,  Wind,  

Innovative Solar Sells 1.8 GW of Solar to VVIO Power (M&A)
Innovative Solar Systems,VIVO Power
Date: 2017-05-12
Ashville, NC-based Innovative Solar Systems LLC (ISS), reportedly the largest solar developer in the country, is reporting closure of a joint venture deal with NYC-headquartered VIVO Power covering 37 solar facilities totaling 1.8 GW. Financial details have not been disclosed.

The two firms previously developed, constructed and financed two solar projects totaling 90 MW. Innovative Solar has a revolving yearly pipeline of over 10 GW per year and is seeking purchasers and general investors . (Source: Innovative Solar Systems, Power Engineering, May 8, 2017) Contact: Innovative Solar Systems, (828) 424-7884,; VIVO Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News VIVO Power,  Innovative Solar Systems,  Solar,  

Fort Drum Marches to the Beat of Woody Biomass Power (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-12
At Fort Drum In upstate New York, ReEnergy Holdings LLC reports that its 60-MW woody biomass power plant at the U.S. Army's Fort Drum is proving 100 pct of the facility's electric power through a behind-the-fence direct interconnection. The ReEnergy Holdings installation supplies power to Fort Drum under the terms of a 20-year PPA.

The plant primarily uses logging residues and shrub willow, a short-rotation woody crop capable of producing between 4 and 5 dry tpy of renewable biomass as feedstock. Over the past few years, more than 7,300 tons of willow have been delivered to ReEnergy facilities. (Source: US DOE BETO Feedstock Supply and Logistics, ReEnergy Holdings, 8 May, 2017) Contact: ReEnergy Holdings, Sarah Boggess, Director of Communications and Governmental Affairs, (518) 810-0200,,; Fort Drum,

More Low-Carbon Energy News BETO,  ReEnergy Holdings,  Woody Biomass,  Schrub Willow,  

CCCI Partners Aiming for Affordable Carbon Capture (Ind. Report)
SINTEF,Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute
Date: 2017-05-12
According to Goran Vlajnic, the Exec. Dir. of the Vancouver, the-based not-for-profit Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute (CCCI), a collaborative venture between CMC Research Institutes and BC Research Inc , the shift in government in the United States the issue of human-caused global warming has been lent even greater urgency.

Vlajnic, a former development engineer for Devon Energy, where he worked on a molten carbonate fuel cell for carbon capture, is on the front lines of the fight to reduce CO2 in industrial emissions and making carbon capture technology affordable and effective enough that companies worldwide will want to use it.

Vlajnic and the CCCI, working with U.S.-based Westec Environmental Solutions and the Norwegian research organization SINTEF, have created a unique "scrubber column" in which CO2 is captured by a precipitating solvent developed by SINTEF. Initial testing is being funded with $3 million from CLIMIT, Norway's national carbon capture and storage research funding program. If the two technologies can be integrated by the CCCI and scaled up, the combined process could reduce CO2 emissions for industrial companies using it. (Source: Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute, Business Vancouver, 9 May, 2017) Contact: CCCI, Goran Vlajnic, Exec. Dir., (604) 696-6545,,; SINTEF,; Westec Environmental Solutions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute,  

ORIX Corp., Sun Group Tout Solar JV Partnership (Int'l)
Date: 2017-05-12
SUN Group, a principal investor in emerging markets, is reporting a joint venture partnership for its distributed generation (DG) focused solar business, SUN Renewables, with ORIX Corporation (ORIX). ORIX is one of the largest Japanese financial services groups and the country's largest solar developer.

ORIX is one of the largest Japanese integrated financial services groups with diversified businesses ranging from finance, environment and clean energy, real-estate and leasing businesses. It has major presence across the entire value-chain of clean energy services from power generation, power supply, demand management, energy storage and energy efficiency. ORIX is the largest Japanese solar developer with 1 GW of solar projects (570 MW commissioned) including 150 MW of rooftop solar portfolio. It also has a major presence in wind and biomass power generation as well as energy storage and energy efficiency solutions for large private-sector customers. (Source: SUN Group, PR, 9 May, 2017) Contact: ORIX,; SUN Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SUN Group,  ORIX,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

Aemetis Scores $6Mn Indian Biodiesel Supply Contract (Int'l)
Aemetis Inc.
Date: 2017-05-12
Cupertiono, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has won its first contract to supply biodiesel to the India government-owned Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) in a public tender process.

In 2016, the Indina government approved the use of up to 100 pct biodiesel to blend or replace diesel fuel, but biodiesel producers are currently limited to sales directly to bulk customers, including trucking and bus companies and to OMCs. The government approval for sales of 100 pct biodiesel by producers to fuel retailers. OMC's are presently permitted to market blended biodiesel to railroads, bulk customers, and retail stations. India's total diesel market is approximately 25 billion gpy, of which less than 250 million gpy of biodiesel is currently blended. The OMC's provide about 70 pct of the fuel consumed in India.

Aemetis owns and operates a 60 million gpy ethanol plant near Modesto, California, and a 50 million gpy renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility on the East Coast of India. The Indian plant produces high quality distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin for customers in India and Europe. The company also operates a R&D laboratory at the Maryland Biotech Center, and holds a portfolio of patents and related technology licenses for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals. (Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, Baystreet, 10 May, 2017) Contact: Aemetis Inc., Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO , Satya Chillara, IR, (408) 213-0939,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  

Smisson-Mathis Energy Touts Georgia Biodiesel Project (Ind. Report)
Smisson-Mathis Energy LLC,Tactical Fabrication LLC, The Smisson Group
Date: 2017-05-12
Dublin, Georgia-headquartered Tactical Fabrication LLC and The Smisson Group of Macon, Georgia, report they have joined forces and formed a biodiesel joint venture, Smisson-Mathis Energy LLC, to retrofit an idled biodiesel plant in Laurens County, Georgia.

WHen fully operational the facility will use liquid enzymatic technology to convert "brown" grease to biodiesel. A 75,000 to 100,000 gpy pilot plant in Dublin, Georgia, is being used as a research facility to prove-out the process. said Benjamin Smisson, SME project manager. Smisson said SME anticipates closing on the site to occur in the next 60 to 90 days, after which the six-month-long retrofit process could begin. (Source: Smisson Group, Biodiesel Mag, Others, 10 May, 2017) Contact: Smisson-Mathis Energy LLC,;

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GOP Fails in Obama Methane Rule Repeal Effort (Reg & Leg)
BLM Methane Rule
Date: 2017-05-12
In Washington, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday failed to muster the necessary votes to repeal President Obama's methane rules for oil and gas drillers on federal lands. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a similar resolution using its authority under the Congressional Review Act back in February. Under the review act, the Senate had until Thursday -- May 11th -- to pass the rule.

The Bureau of Land Management rule for methane is considered duplicative due to an existing EPA rule requiring drillers to control their methane emissions from natural gas and oil wells. (Source: PBS, Inside EPA, 10 May, 2017)

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Notable Quotes on BLM Methane Rule Rejection
BLM Methane Rule,American Energy Alliance
Date: 2017-05-12
Following is a statement from World Resources Institute (WRI): "This was a smart move by the U.S. Senate to preserve a common-sense measure that helps companies cut methane waste from natural gas and oil production on public and tribal lands. This rule ensures that companies use modern technologies and best practices to reduce emissions of methane and associated pollutants, protecting public health and saving money for state governments and taxpayers.

"Methane causes far more warming than carbon dioxide emissions and must continue to be reined in to address the increasing threat of climate change." -- Sam Adams, WRI U.S. Director: Andrew Pickens , Communications Specialist, Climate Program, (202) 729-7940,,

American Energy Alliance issued the following statement: "The Senate just squandered an opportunity to protect American workers and families from a regulation aimed at making energy more expensive. The evidence against this regulation is overwhelming. Not only does this regulation fall outside of the BLM's jurisdiction, but the energy sector is already significantly reducing methane emissions without this top-down directive from the federal government.

"The cost of complying with this regulation will ultimately fall on the shoulders of the American people. Fortunately, the fight isn't over. It's now up to the Trump administration to do what the Senate failed to do and protect the American people from this unnecessary and costly regulation." -- American Energy Alliance , Thomas Pyle, Pres.,

Earthjustice submitted the following comments: "By preserving this win-win rule that protects public health and saves taxpayers money at the same time, Congress is managing to slowly rebuild its credibility as an institution that can serve as a check against powerful corporate interests" -- Earthjustice, Jessica Ennis, Senior Legislative Representative, (202) 295-7619,

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Egyptian Researchers Pursuing Jatropha Jet Biofuel (Int'l, R&D)
National Research Center's Department of Chemical Engineering
Date: 2017-05-12
In Assiut, Egypt, researchers at the National Research Center's Department of Chemical Engineering are researching aviation biofuels from recycled cooking oils and combining them with the oil of Jatropha seeds, a plant watered by sewage in the desert. The researchers are transforming natural oils to have combustion, viscosity, volatilization, flash point, and freezing point characteristics close to that of traditionally used kerosene airplane fuel. The National Research Center research team is also seeking to produce algae-derived biofuels.

According to the National Research Center, Egypt has succeeded in cultivating 420,000 square meters of Jatropha in Luxor province, south of Cairo. (Source: Egypt National Research Center Department of Chemical Engineering, Al-Fanar Media, 10 May, 2017) Contact: Egypt National Research Center Department of Chemical Engineering, +202 3337 1362,

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Senvion Confirms Borkum Offshore Wind Turbine Contract (Int'l)
Date: 2017-05-12
German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion reports it has contracted to supply and service 6.2M152 wind turbines to the 203MW Trianel Windpark Borkum II (TWBII) Borkum West 2.2 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

The TWBII offshore wind farm will incorporate 32 Senvion 6.2M152 turbines with a power upgrade, and will be installed 45 kilometers north of the island Borkum. The installation is slated to get underway in spring, 2019, for commissioning by the end of that year. (Source: Senvion, renews, Others, 8 May, 2017) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0,

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Vattenfall's Pen y Cymoedd WelschWind Farm On Line (Int'l)
Date: 2017-05-12
Swedish government-owned Vattenfall reports its largest on shore wind farm, Pen y Cymoedd in South Wales, UK, is now generating electric power at full capacity. The 228MW wind farm utilizes 76 Siemens wind turbines.

Vattenfall also plans to add a power storage plant utilizing more than 1,000 BMW lithium-ion batteries to the Pen y Cymoedd facility. The batteries, which have a capacity of 33 kilowatt hours (kWh) each, are equipped with a BMW-owned battery control system. (Source: Vattenfall, 8 May, 2017) Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,

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Nebraska Surpases 1,300 MW of Wind Energy Capacity (Ind. Report)
Nebraska Wind
Date: 2017-05-12
According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the Cornhusker State's growing number of wind farms is now generating in excess of 1,300 megawatts -- 1 gigawatt -- of wind-generated capacity. Nebraska is the 18th state to join the group of gigawatt-level wind energy states, according to AWEA. Wind accounted for over 10 pct of electricity generated in the state for the first time last year, according to federal Energy Information Agency data. Administration. (Source: Lincoln Journal, AP, 8 May, 2017)

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ACEEE Issues City Energy Efficiency Scorecard -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-12
The just released third edition of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) City Energy Efficiency Scorecard notes that the nation's cities are increasing their efforts to reduce energy waste through increased energy efficiency and greater reliance on renewable energy.

According to the ACEEE report, Boston remains the top US city for energy efficiency, receiving 84.5 out of a possible 100 points. Following Boston, the top 10 US cities for energy efficiency are New York City , Seattle , Los Angeles and Portland tied for 4th place, Austin , Chicago , Washington, DC, Denver and San Francisco. The five cities most in need of improvement on energy efficiency are Hartford , Memphis , Detroit , Oklahoma City and Birmingham.

Access the ACEEE City Energy Efficiency Scorecard HERE. (Source: ACEEE, PR, 10 May, 2017) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000,

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EnBW Albatros Offshore Wind Project Wins Approval (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2017-05-12
Karlsruhe, Germany-headquartered EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG reports its Supervisory Board has approved development and construction of the EnBW Albatros offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The facility has binding approval for connection to the grid.

Albatros will incorporate 16 Siemens SWT-7.0-154 turbines and will have an installed capacity of 112MW. Siemens has been appointed general contractor for the turbines, foundations and the transformer station. Geosea is the subcontractor responsible for the foundations. (Source: EnBW, WindTech, 9 May, 2017) Contact: EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG , Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320,

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India's Energy Efficiency Services Planning UK IPO (Int'l)
Energy Efficiency Services
Date: 2017-05-12
In New Delhi, India's state-backed Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL) reports is considering an IPO in Q4 as part of a plan to expand its power-savings business modelin to the U.K. The company is also planning a September issuance of $100 million in bonds and plans to invest £100 million ($129 million) over the next three years in various UK energy efficiency programs, according to a government email. EESL has also acquired two UK operating companies running energy efficiency programs for £6.8 million.

EESL is a joint venture between the India Ministry of Power and state-backed companies in the power sector such as NTPC Ltd., Rural Electrification Corp., Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd., Power Finance Corp., as well as the Bureau of Energy Efficiency. (Source: Energy Efficiency Services India Ltd., LiveMint, Others, 9 May, 2017) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services India, Saurabh Kumar , Managing Dir.,

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Enova, METRON Partner for Middle Eastern Energy Efficiency Opportunities (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-12
In the Windy City, Enova International, a technology and data analytics driven online lending company operating 11 brands in 6 countries and providing analytics services to businesses, reports it is partnering with the French big data start-up METRON to address the challenges and opportunities in the energy efficiency market in the Middle East and help industrial customers use smart energy management solutions to reduce utilities costs.

METRON will leverage its platform to collect high data volumes from industrial sites in real-time. The data will be analysed by Enova energy efficiency experts to ultimately transform them into tangible energy savings, adding to the Dh24mn of energy savings already guaranteed by Enova through existing contracts.

METRON's smart energy platform spans across all industries including chemicals, plastics, automotive, food, paper and glass industries. The first round of customer meetings indicated a strong interest from the market for Energy Intelligence solutions that result in energy savings while decreasing the environmental footprint, according to Enova. (Source: Enova, METRON,, 10 May, 2017) Contact: Enova, Anne Le Guennec, CEO, (312) 568-4200,

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ICF Inks $13.6Mn Con Edison Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
ICF, Con Edison
Date: 2017-05-12
Fairfax, Virginia-based consulting and technology services provider ICF reports it has won a contract under which it will assist Con Edison with its residential energy efficiency programs. The 3-year contract, which was awarded in Q,is valued at $13.6 million.

ICF will work with Con Edison to plan, design and market the programs and provide Con Edison with detailed analytics, call center support and information technology services.

Con Edison's residential energy efficiency programs include incentives for upgrades to HVAC, lighting, appliances and smart thermostats. (Source: ICF, 10 May, 2017) Contact: ICF, Mike Merrick, Snr. VP, Erica Eriksdotter, (703) 934-3668,,; ConEdison, Vicki Kuo, Dir.Energy Efficiency,,,,

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Honda Ohio, Indiana Plants Win EPA ENERGY STAR AGain (Ind. Report)
Honda,ENERGY STAR,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-05-12
Japanese automaker Honda reports both its Marysville and East Liberty, Ohio assembly plants have again received U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR certification, for the 11th year straight. Honda Manufacturing of Indiana's facility also earned the designation for the fifth consecutive year.

In 2016, the 2.8-million square-foot East Liberty plant expanded its use of LED lighting and installed two new high-efficiency 1350-ton chillers. Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg modified its compressed air storage system, allowing for maximum performance of the air compressors. (Source: Honda, NewsWheel, 10 May, 2017) Contact: ENERGY STAR,

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ETI Discovers 8X increase in UK CO2 Storage Potential -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Energy Technologies Institute
Date: 2017-05-12
In the UK, New research by the Impact of Brine Production on Aquifer Storage Project is reported to have discovered that brine production from rocks beneath the North Sea could hold mass carbon dioxide (CO2) storage potential. The study, funded by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) as part of its carbon, capture and storage (CCS) programme, discovered that an eightfold increase in capacity is possible via this method.

The project studied how controlled brine production could enhance the storage potential of saline aquifers that have already been identified as suitable CO2 stores. The aim was to produce a cost-benefit analysis of brine production using exemplar stores from the CO2-stored database and the UK Storage Appraisal Project (UKSAP). The project findings also highlight further opportunities in converting smaller aquifers into economically viable stores and lengthening the lifespan of certain storage sites by allowing operators to increase injection rates as new CO2 sources come on-stream. The project recommends further work that would support the development of CCS in the UK. ETI expects to release its full report findings later this year.

Access the ETI UK Storage Appraisal Project HERE (Source: Energy Technologies Institute, May, 2017) Contact: Energy Technologies Institute,

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Univ. of Mo. Awarded $500,000 for Woody Biomass R&D (Funding, R&D)
University of Missouri
Date: 2017-05-12
The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture reports it has granted the University of Missouri a three-year competitive grant for nearly $500,000 to support ongoing interdisciplinary research on energy derived from woody biomass.

Dr. Ronald McGarvey and Dr. Francisco Aguilar will conduct a study to determine the socioeconomic and environmental implications of the growth in woody biomass use for biopower. Specifically, the study will evaluate the impact on land and forest resources surrounding power plants using wood as a biopower feedstock; determine regional economic impacts of adoption of wood energy-based biopower systems; and quantify tradeoffs between cost, greenhouse gas reductions, and renewable energy generation obtained by increased use of wood energy for biopower. (Source: Univ. of Missouri, PR, 11 May, 2017) Contact: Univ. of Missouri, Assistant Prof., Dr. Ronald McGarvey, Lead Researcher, (573) 882-9564,

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Capstone Turbine to Upgrade Biogas-Fired WWTP (Ind. Report)
Capstone Turbine,NYSERDA
Date: 2017-05-12

Good Energy Launches £10Mn Bond to Fund Energy Storage Expansion (Int'l. Report)
Good Energy
Date: 2017-05-12
In the UK, London-headquartered renewable power supplier Good Energy is reporting its second corporate bond offering as it seeks to diversify and move into EV charging and the energy storage sector. The offering is for 4.75 pct gross over a four-year term and allows for over subscription up to a maximum value of £ 20 million.

In addition to eEV charging and nergy storage the company will add "green building" consulting services to its offerings. Good Energy's bond offer is open until 5 June 2017. (Source: Good Energy, Clean Energy, 10 May, 2017) Contact: Good Energy, Juliet Davenport, CEO, +44 (0) 1249 766 090,

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St. CLair Shores, Johnson Controls Ink ESP Contract (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2017-05-12
In Michigan, the St. Clair Shores City Council reports it has approved an energy savings performance (ESP) contract with Johnson Controls. Johnson Controls will oversee approximately $5.7 million worth of energy efficiency related work the cost of which will be paid for by an estimated $400,000 per year in energy savings, estimated to be over $400,000 per year. Under the terms of the contract, Johson Control guarantees the savings.

Approved projects include LED lighting upgrades to city buildings; new roofs for City Hall and other buildings; water conservation work; boiler and weather stripping replacements; HVAC upgrades and others. (Source: City of St. Clair Shores, C&G News, 10 May, 2017) Contact: City of St. Clair Shores, Mike Smith, City Manager, (586) 447-3311,; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency,

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Canadian Energy Mix Now 66 pct Renewables (Ind. Report)
National Energy Board Canada
Date: 2017-05-10
In a recently released report, the National Energy Board says a building spree in non-hydroelectric renewable power projects, such as solar, biomass or wind, between 2005 and 2015 has fueled a dramatic increase in renewable energy capacity in Canada's overall energy mix. Two-thirds of the country's electricity supply now comes from renewable sources such as hydro and wind power, according to the report.

Renewable energy production jumped 17 per cent between 2005 and 2015. The portion of all electricity in Canada generated by renewables is now 66 pct -- 60 pct from hydro, 4.4 pct wind, 1.9 pct biomass and solar power was 0.5 pct. Non-renewable energy accounted for the rest, with 16 per cent coming from nuclear power, about 10 pct from coal and 9 pct from natural gas. (Source: National Energy Board, Cdn. Press, City News, Others, 2 May, 2017) Contact: Canada National Energy Board,

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EU CO2 Reduction Trends Narrowing (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-05-10
According to data from the European Union's statistical agency Eurostat, CO2 emissions resulting from the 28 EU member state's energy consumption fell slightly in 2016, compared to the year before.

In 2016, carbon emissions dropped by 0.4 pct compared to 2015, but in 2015, CO2 emissions had increased by 0.7 pct compared to 2014, which means that for the second consecutive year the EU's carbon emissions are sightly higher than in 2014, according to Eurostat. CO2 emissions account for approximately 80 pct of all of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to potentially disastrous climate change. (Source: Eurostat, May,2017)Contact: Eurostat,

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