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UK Waste-to-Energy Production Increases -- Report Attached (Int'l)
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Date: 2017-10-09
In the UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Energy Trends is reporting Q2 bioenergy production from waste rose 3 pct compared with the same quarter in 2016.

In Q2 2017, energy production through bioenergy and waste was 2.4 million tonnes of oil equivalent. Total energy production was 2.5 pct higher than in Q2, 2016. In Q2 2017, generation from bioenergy fell slightly, 0.5 pct , on a year earlier, with increased generation from biodegradable waste offset by reduced generation from landfill gas and plant biomass.

Energy Trends covers statistics on production and consumption, in total and by fuel, and provides an analysis of the year-on-year changes.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: UK Dept. Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, MRW, Oct., 2017) Contact: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Energy,  Biomass,  Renewable Energy,  

EU Launches Smart Specialization Platform on Bioenergy (Int'l)
European Union, Bioenergy,Biofuel
Date: 2017-10-09
The European Union (EU) is reporting the launch of the Smart Specialization Platform on Bioenergy (S3P), a tool to improve inter-regional cooperation on biofuels, biogas and bioenergy related knowledge transfer. The S3P-bioenergy is intended to coordinate, rationalize and plan their bioenergy strategies, developing a shared vision on knowledge-based bioenergy policy development, and set a collaborative strategic agenda in regions where bioenergy is an important economic driver.

SP3 is led by the regions of Lapland (FINLAND) and Castilla y Leon (SPAIN) and engages 14 regions committed to developing forest-based and non-food agriculture-based bioenergy as the basis for sustainable regional growth. (Source: European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment, Oct. 6, 2017)Contact: European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment, +32 (0)2 646 82 10,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  

Spero Energy Scores Bio-Based Products R&D Grant (Funding)
Spero Energy Inc.
Date: 2017-10-09
Purdue Research Park-based Spero Energy Inc. is reporting receipt of $100,000 in USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant funding for R&D to increase the availability and competitiveness of biobased products within the agricultural market.

Spero Energy is a Purdue University spin-out pioneer technology provider for the manufacturer of high value renewable chemicals from biomass lignin. The company's patented renewable, biobased chelate molecules are used to bind essential micronutrients and deliver them efficiently to a variety of crops. Effective use of biobased chelates is shown to increase crop production and yields.(Source: Spero Energy, Hoosier Ag, Oct., 2017) Contact: Spero Energy,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Spero Energy,  Bioproduct,  Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  biochemical,  

City leaders warming to energy efficiency idea

Date: 2017-10-08
Officials considering $1.6 million LED lighting project in pursuit of future savings Logansport, Indiana city and utilities officials continue to consider upgrading local street and building lighting, which an energy firm estimates would lead to over $1.4 million in savings over 15 years. The consideration stems from an energy audit representatives from Siemens' Indianapolis office discussed with officials in March. That audit explored options for increasing energy efficiency for the more than 3,000 streetlights throughout town and at nine municipal properties, including the City Building, the two fire stations and a garage rented out to the local ambulance service. A guaranteed energy savings contract would help pay for the project, through which public entities work with companies like Siemens to plan a project that guarantees energy savings. Those savings can be used to help fund the project, allowing public entities to avoid a large investment. The $1.6 million project would be finished in six months or less and start out by resulting in annual savings of about $145,000. The city's principal and interest payments along with an annual service contract of about $10,000 for Siemens to measure and verify the savings for three years would mean the city would pay more on the program for the first four years than it would be saving on energy costs, he said. (Source: Loganport, Pharos-Tribune, 6 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  LED Light news,  SIemens news,  

Carbon Neutral Fuels Could Cut Emissions, says Bosch GmbH (Int'l)
Robert Bosch GmbH
Date: 2017-10-06
Gerlingen, Germany-headquartered automotive components, engineering and electronics company Robert Bosch GmbH reports it has developed the concept of carbon neutral engines that could neutralize CO2 and other related emissions emissions by using these emissions as the input from which diesel, petrol and substitute natural gas can be created to run vehicles with the use of electricity from renewable resources. When these synthetic fuels are used, vehicles become carbon neutral.

In Europe alone, the use of such vehicles in tandem with electrification could save 2.8 trillion kilograms of CO2 by 2050, according to Ulrich Schulmeister, Bosch's VP of engineering. Globally, CO2 emissions will have to be cut by half within the next 40 years if the Paris agreement climate targets are to be achieved, and they will have to be reduced by a minimum of 85 pct in developed countries.

According to Bosch, synthetic diesel and gasoline fuels commercialization pilot projects are underway in Norway and Germany. Since even classic cars can run on synthetic gasoline and current infrastructure can be used for refueling, it would take far less time to achieve a high degree of market penetration. (Source: Robert Bosch GmbH, PR, Tires & Parts News, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Robert Bosch GmbH, Ulrich Schulmeister, VP Engineering,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Robert Bosch GmbH,  Synthetic Fuel,  Carbon Neutral,  

AMP's Dairy Waste-to-Fuel Pathway CARB Certified (Ind. Report)
AMP Americas,California Air Resources Board
Date: 2017-10-06
Chicago-headquartered CNG and RNG producer and marketer for heavt transport vehicles AMP Americas reports its RNG operation at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana has received the first dairy waste-to-vehicle fuel pathway certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB awarded the company a Carbon Intensity (CI) score of -254.94 gCO2e/MJ, which the company noted is the lowest ever issued by CARB.

AMP Americas' Fair Oaks Farms facility began production in 2011 and produces over 1.5 million gpy of renewable transportation fuel from dairy waste. The facility is the first, and to-date only, U.S. EPA Renewable Fuel Standard-certified dairy waste-to-vehicle fuel project in the U.S.. Construction is currently underway for a second RNG project using dairy digester methane gas, according to AMP. (Source: AMP Americas, Fleet Owner, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: AMP Americas, Grant Zimmerman, CEO, (312) 300-6700,; CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  AMP Americas,  California Air Resources Board ,  

Big Apple Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
New York City
Date: 2017-10-06
In the Empire State, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's office has released a plan that aligns the city with with the Paris Climate agreement limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C. The Mayor's plan calls for the city to cut emissions by 80 pct below 2005 levels by the middle of the century and for the city to offset all remaining carbon pollution by 2050.

The plan, which focuses on specific actions including a greater reliance on renewable energy, covers building codes, energy production, energy management and efficiency, as well as significant measures to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles and clean transportation.

Download Aligning New York City with the Paris Climate Agreement HERE. (Source: City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Various Media, Oct., 2017) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio,

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Neutrality,  Mayor Bill De Blasio,  

MID Buying Solar to Meet Calif. Renewable Mandate (Ind. Report)
Modesto Irrigation District
Date: 2017-10-06
In the Golden State, the Modesto Irrigation District (MID) reports it will purchase approximately $230 million-worth of Southern California-generated solar power over the next 20 years to meet the state's renewable energy mandate. The power will be purchased at a fixed price and sold st the market rate at time of sale.

MID secures most of its renewable energy credits (RECs) from wind farms in northwestern states and expects to meet California's 33 pct from renewable sources threshold in 2020, but would fall behind a higher mandate by 2023 without the new solar purchase.

MID will spend about $7 million a year buying solar power from NextEra Energy's Blythe IV solar farm in Riverside County near the Arizona border. MID will pay another $5 million a year for power from Recurrent Energy's Mustang Two Barbaro solar farm in Kings County near the Lemoore Naval Air Station. (Source: Modesto Irrigation District , Modesto Bee, 28 Sept., 2017) Contact: Modesto Irrigation District, (209) 526-7337,

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

Vattenfall Grows Windcollectief Wieringermeer Holdings (M&A, Int'l)
Date: 2017-10-06
Vattenfall is reporting the acquisition of an additional 32 turbines in the Wieringermeer wind farm project which upon completion will be the largest windfarm on the Dutch mainland. With the latest qcquisition, Vattenfall will own 82 out of 100 at the future Wieringermeer wind farm.

The acquisition was made from Windcollectief Wieringermeer, a joint venture between ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands), Nuon and partners, and Windcollectief Wieringermeer. ECN will retain ownership of 17 the remaining turbines.

(Source: Vattenfall, WindTech, 29 Sept., 2017) Windcollectief Wieringermeer,; Vattenfall, Valentin Voigt, Project Manager, +46 8 739 5000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Wind,  

Iowa Biodiesel Board Urges Trump to Stop EPA Gutting of RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Iowa Biodiesel Board
Date: 2017-10-06
The Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB) has sent the following message to the Trump Administration urging the President to stop the U.S. EPA from slashing biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program which was intended to stimulate renewable fuel growth, not hinder it:

"Gutting biodiesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard would bring an Iowa manufacturing success story to its knees, deal a blow to an already struggling farm economy, and shake the state economy. This is a major issue for the Midwest and U.S. agriculture, and we implore President Trump to stop his EPA administrator (Scott Pruitt) from forsaking this driver of American jobs, all in an apparent move to appease the oil industry.

"The market is already reacting to this impending blow. Commodity prices crashed on the news of EPA's indicated plans to cut biodiesel. We were already in the midst of a downturn in the ag economy, with many farmers in the red for the fourth year in a row. We have excess feedstock capacity due to a surplus of corn and soybeans on the market, which has lowered commodity prices. Gutting the RFS would exacerbate farmer struggles and could push us deeper into an agriculture recession. It could also cost thousands of Iowans their jobs as plants are forced to make cutbacks and even shutter their doors. We do not believe this is what President Trump wants for rural communities.

"Here in Iowa, many of us feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football as Lucy pulls it away. We have stood on the edge of expansion. Many of our plants have already spent millions of dollars on expansion, based on the promise of a growing RFS, and others have had further growth planned. This would mean more jobs, more dollars circulating through Iowa's communities, and more American manufacturing. We have the capacity to achieve this, but it is at a standstill." (Source: Iowa Biodiesel Board, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Iowa Biodiesel Board, Grant Kimberley, Director, (866) 683-4172,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Biodiesel Board ,  RFS,  EPA,  

NRRI Touts Refined Woody Biomass Solid Biofuel (Ind. Report)
University of Minnesota Duluth
Date: 2017-10-06
University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is touting the launch of its Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) Coleraine Lab. The facility can convert 3-4 tpd of woody biomass waste to solid briquette biofuel that "replicates the energy output and durability of traditional coal" and can be used as an alternative to coal. A further processing could to create syngas or liquid fuels, according to the Lab.

In 2018, the lab plans to install a moving bed torrefaction reactor increase the output of briquettes. Another methodology, hydrothermal carbonization, will convert processed materials and agricultural products to an "energy mud" that can be used alone or "with other torrefied products to form solid fuels."

The NRRI bio-energy lab is partially funded by Xcel Energy, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Power, Heetway, K.R. Komarek, Inc. and the Consortium for Advanced Wood to Energy Solutions, which was launched in 2014.

The Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energfy Solutions (CAWES) is an open-platform collaboration of public and private sector institutions representing green energy, forest management, research, philanthropy, and private industry committed to advancings sustainable, scalable, distributed wood-to-energy solutions that stimulate forest restoration and rural economic development through research and application of advanced wood-to-energy solutions. (Source: UMD, Business North,4 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of Minnesota Deluth, (218) 726-8000,; NRRI, Dr. Rolf Weberg, Exec. Dir., (218) 788-2694,; CAWES,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet,  torrefaction,  Biofuel ,  

Neste's Taking Action on Climate Change Forecasts Renewable Diesel, Bioplastics Growth -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-06
Helsinki-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues,, has published a business environment outlook called Taking Action on Climate Change.

The Neste report discusses key changes taking place in the energy, transport and chemicals markets. As global commitment to tackle climate change requires major efforts to reduce emissions, the use of fossil raw materials will inevitably need to decline in all of these sectors.

Neste estimates approximately 10 pct of the global car fleet will be electric cars by 2013 and that renewable diesel will remain a competitive solution for reducing transport emissions. By 2021, renewable diesel demand is expected to have doubled in North America, the Nordic countries and Europe. The company also believes that the problem of emissions from diesel vehicles can be solved, and that diesel technology will remain competitive for a long time to come.

Neste is also developing new business operations from bioplastics, a market that is expected to grow by more than 40 pct by 2021. About 80 pct of this growth is expected to come from durable biobased plastics, such as Neste's bioplastics solution, the demand for which is growing faster than for biodegradable plastics. Neste also expects 20 pct of its renewable business sales volume to come from from renewable jet fuel, renewable chemicals and bio-based plastics, according to a company release.

Download Neste's Taking Action on Climate Change report HERE. (Source: Neste Corporation, PR, 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: Neste Corp., Sam Holmberg, VP Marketing & Services, Kaisa Lipponen Director, Corporate Communications, +358 50 458 4078,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  Climate Change,  Renewable Diesel,  

IEA Raises Renewable Electricity Forecast (Int'l Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2017-10-06
The Paris-headquartered International Energy Agency (IEA) reports it has raised its forecasts for renewable energy over the next five years following a record 2016, mainly driven by a surge in solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in China, India and the US.

The IEA expects global renewable electricity capacity to rise by more than 920GW -- 43 pct -- by 2022, due to supportive policies for low-carbon energy and cost reductions for solar PV and wind. In 2016, net additions to renewable energy capacity -- including hydropower, solar, wind, bioenergy, wave and tidal -- set another world record and grew by 165GW, 6 pct more than in 2015, the IEA said. Renewable energy will account for 29 pct of the global energy mix in five years with China leading the charge, followed by the US, India and the European Union. (Source: IEA, Reuters, Others, 4 Oct., 2017) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Renewable Energy,  

Solar Wind Energy Tower Pre-Certified for Ariz. Project (Ind. Report)
Solar Wind Energy Tower
Date: 2017-10-06
Annapolis, Maryland-headquartered Wind Energy Tower, Inc., developer of the patented Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, reports the California Energy Commission has reviewed and approved its application for the planned 1750 MW San Luis Energy Tower submitted on behalf of Arizona Green Power LLC.

The planned facility, which is expected to begin commercial operations by December 31, 2021, is estimated to 5,000,000 MWh per year. (Source: Solar Wind Energy Tower, PR, 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: Solar Wind Energy Tower, Inc. (410) 972-4713,,; Arizona Green Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Wind Energy Tower,  

Senvion Scores 97 MW Argentine Wind Turbine Deal (Int'l)
Senvion,EREN Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-10-06
Hamburg-headquartered Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has secured an agreement for its first partnership in Argentina with Paris-headquartered EREN Renewable Energy for the supply and delivery of 27 Senvion 3.6M114 NES turbines.

Upon completion by the end of December, 2018, the Los Hercules wind farm will see a total rated output of 97,2 MW. The wind farm will be built by Senvion on a full EPC basis. The wind farm is expected to generate sufficient power for approximately 64,000 homes per year. Senvion has South American offices in Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires. (Source: Senvion, Oct., 2017) Contact: EREN, Fabienne Demol, VP Bus. Dev., +33 (0),,; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EREN Renewable Energy ,  Senvion,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  

Parkwind Announces Oriel Wind Farm Agreement (Int'l Report)
Oriel Windfarm,Parkwind
Date: 2017-10-06
Belgian offshore wind farm developer Parkwind reports has agreed on a significant but undisclosed investment to become a strategic partner in Oriel Windfarm, an Irish sustainable energy company established in 2005 to develop offshore wind farms in Ireland.

When completed, the 55-turbine, 330-MW Oriel Wind Farm will be the first fully operational commercial wind farm developed in Irish waters and the ninth-largest power plant in Ireland.

To date, Parkwind has developed, constructed and now operates three offshore wind farms located in the Belgian concessions zone in the North Sea,and plans to have more than 1000MW of offshore wind production capacity in operation by 2020. (Source: Oriel Windfarm , Parkwind, Business Irish, 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: Oriel Windfarm, +42 9322952,,; Parkwind, Francois Van Leeuw, CEO, +32 16 24 07 90,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oriel Windfarm,  Wind,  Parkwind,  

Court Orders Reinstatement of Obama Methane Rule (Reg & Leg)
Obama Methane Rule
Date: 2017-10-06
In San Francisco, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Laporte on Wednesday ordered the Interior Department to immediately reinstate an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands.

The order comes as the Department of Interior (DoI) is moving to delay the rule until 2019, on the grounds that it is too burdensome to industry. The DoI tried earlier to postpone part of the rule set to take effect next year. The ruling found the DoI failed to give a "reasoned explanation" for the changes and offered no details on why an earlier analysis by the Obama administration was faulty.

The rule forces energy companies to capture methane that's burnt off or "flared" at drilling sites on public lands during production because it pollutes the environment. An estimated $330 million a year in methane is wasted through leaks or intentional releases on federal lands, enough to power about 5 million homes a year. (Source: DoI, Various Media, 4 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Emissions,  Obama Methane Rule,  

ExxonMobil Expands Methane Emissions Reduction Program
Date: 2017-10-06
Fort Worth-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil has announced an enhanced program to reduce methane emissions from its production and midstream facilities nation wide. across the United States.

The program prioritizes actions at sites operated by subsidiary XTO Energy and includes efforts to develop and deploy new, more efficient technologies to detect and reduce facility emissions. The program includes a commitment to phase out high-bleed pneumatic devices over three years, extensive personnel training, research, and facility design improvements for new operations.

XTO's efforts include research conducted with ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company and third-party equipment manufacturers to develop efficient, state-of-the-art equipment to detect, quantify and reduce emissions at production sites. These research efforts build on an extensive portfolio of more than two dozen existing methane research projects and pilots already under way.

ExxonMobil recently participated in methane emissions studies conducted by the University of Texas and Environmental Defense Fund and is active in ongoing methane research, including participation in a methane measurement reconciliation study with the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and in supporting research currently underway at Harvard, the University of Texas Energy Initiative, and Stanford University's Natural Gas Initiative. (Source: ExxonMobil, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Climate Change,  Methane,  

J. Craig Venter-led Team Granted $10.7 Mn to Optimize Metabolic Networks Enabling Next-Gen. Biofuels (Funding, R&D)
J. Craig Venter Institute
Date: 2017-10-06
In La Jolla, California, the not-for-profit J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) is reporting receipt of a 5-year, $10.7 million grant from the US DOE Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Genomic Science Program to optimize metabolic networks in model photosynthetic microalgae, called diatoms. The aim is to substantially increase oil, or lipid production, enabling next-generation biofuels and other bioproducts.

Building on prior synthetic biology and diatom research, methodologies will be developed and optimized for introducing and transplanting new biological functions into diatoms, which are a globally abundant class of algae. Initial modeling exercises will guide targeted genetic manipulations, associated systems biology experiments, and result in iterative network and genome-scale cellular modeling.

Based on the photosynthetic efficiency and growth potential of microalgae, it is estimated that annual oil production of greater than 30,000 liters, or about 200 barrels of microalgal oil per hectare of land may be achievable in mass culture of oil-rich algae. This is 100-fold greater than that of soybeans, a major feedstock currently used for biodiesel. (Source: J. Craig Venter Institute, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: J. Craig Venter Institute, Andrew Allen, Ph.D. , (858) 200-1800,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AlgaeVenter Institute,  Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  

Brockton, Mass, Scores LED Street Lighting Grant (Funding)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Date: 2017-10-06
In the Bay State, the city of Brockton reports is receiving $283,000 of an overall $4.3 million in recently announced state grant funding for energy efficient LED street lighting. The state's Rapid LED Streetlight Conversion Program is being offered to an additional 40 Massachusetts town and cities.

Since its 2016 launch, the Department of Energy Resources Rapid LED Streetlight Conversion Program has provided $11.4 million to Massachusetts communities for new street lighting. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Brockton Enterprise, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Lighting,  LED Light,  LED Street Light,  

ACEEE Releases 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-06
The recently released eleventh edition of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) State Energy Efficiency Scorecard benchmarks state progress on efficiency policies and programs that save energy while benefiting the environment and promoting growth. States are ranked by: utility programs, transportation, building energy codes, combined heat and power, state initiatives, and appliance standards.

Holding the top spots in the 2017 scorecard are Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Oregon in that order. The most-improved states are Idaho, Florida, and Virginia. The Scorecard shows that energy efficiency is a key resource in these states and others, with utilities spending approximately $7.6 billion in 2016 for efficiency programs nationwide and saving 25.4 million MWh of electricity.

Download the report. HERE (Source: ACEEE, 27 Sept., 2017) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

Vietnam Aims to Increase Forest Carbon Storage (Int'l)
VietNam,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2017-10-06
VietNamNet Bridge reports the Vietnamese government is launching a project aimed at cutting emissions from deforestation and increasing forest CO2 absorption. The project will be implemented in the six provinces where forest coverage accounts for 57 pct or 2.9 million hectares, of the country's total forest area.

The global Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and World Bank have committed to pay Viet Nam $60 million for the absorption of 10.3 million tonnes of CO2 from 2018 to 2024.

This project is the first regional-level project implemented by the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programme in Viet Nam. Cities discharge 70 pct of Vietnam's CO2. (Source: Vietnam Bridge Vietnam Net, Others, Oct., 2017)

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

ENERGY STAR Cuts Could Threaten Canadian Climate Plan (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-06
According to Natural Resources Canada (NRC), the Trump Administration's plan to slash the DOE ENERGY STAR program budget by 40 pct could cripple the program and put at risk up to one-third of the emissions reductions Canada hopes to achieve from its national climate change action plan. Indeed, NRC is skeptical that Canada could continue with the ENERGY STAR if the Americans withdraw.

President Trump's spring budget proposal has threatened to eliminate the entire $50 million funding for ENERGY STAR but House of Representatives passed its budget bill, which proposes to cut the ENERGY STAR budget by 40 pct.

Canada joined ENERGY STAR in 2001, and expects to spend spend approximately $10.5 million to run its side of the program this year. The ENERGY STAR program is the basis for almost all of the energy-efficiency programs run by Canadian provincial energy efficiency and climate change programs aimed at cutting nearly 30 million tonnes of carbon-equivalent emissions over the next 13 years . (Source: ENERGY STAR, Canadian Press, Various Media, 1 Oct., 2017) Contact: ENERGY STAR,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Eficiency,  

Green Charge Developing Bay State's Largest Energy Storage Installation (Ind. Report)
Green Charge
Date: 2017-10-06
ENGIE subsidiary Green Charge Networks reports it will develop and operate a 3 MW battery energy storage system at the 5.76-MW Mt. Tom Solar array adjacent to the former Mt. Tom Power Station in Massachusetts.

The system, which could be the largest utility-scale energy storage system in the Bay State when completed in April 2018, will deliver energy to Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E). The system will be used to optimize intermittent solar energy and reduce utility capacity costs for HG&E while reducing stress on the grid. HG&E was awarded a $475,000 MA Department of Energy Resources Grant to contract with, schedule, measure, and analyze the energy storage system. (Source: Green Charge, Power Engineering, Others, October, 2017)Contact: Green Charge Networks, (800) 426-5010,,; Holyoke Gas & Electric, (413) 536-9400,; ENGIE,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Charge,  ENGIE,  Energy Storage,  

Tropical Forests Becoming Carbon Sources, Not Sinks (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-04
A recent NASA study that combined ground and satellite measurements has concluded that tropical forests seem to be a net source of heat-trapping carbon emissions, rather than a carbon sink.

The study bolsters a growing consensus that tropical forests are drying out or being cleared, burned and logged so fast that they now emit more carbon than they sequester. Whereas earlier estimates based on measurements of atmospheric carbon flows suggested that tropical forests might be carbon neutral or even a net sink, more-recent studies -- including ones based on data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite -- agree broadly with this recent paper, according to David Schimel, an ecologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Schimel suspects that human activities such as starting fires and natural factors including droughts have severly hindered tropical forests' carbon storage capability.

The study estimates that the world's tropical forests release approximately 425 million tpy of carbon -- equivalent to roughly 5 pct of the globe's annual fossil-fuel emissions and about five times more than estimated in 2011. (Source: NASA JPL, Nature, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: NASA JPL, David Schimel, (818) 354-4321,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA JPL,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Sink,  

Oil Giants Ink Norwegian Carbon Storage Agreement (Int'l Report)
Shell, Statoil,Total
Date: 2017-10-04
Energy Voice is reporting oil industry giants Norske Shell, Statoil and Total have formed a partnership to develop full-scale carbon capture and storage CCS)in Norway. In June, Gassnova awarded Statoil the contract for the first phase of the project. Norske Shell and Total E&P Norge are now entering as equal partners while Statoil will lead the project which will store CO2 captured from onshore industrial facilities in Eastern Norway.

The first phase of this CO2 project could reach a capacity of approximately 1.5 million tpy. The project will be designed to accommodate additional CO2 volumes as required at future dates.(Source: Various Media, Energy Voice, 2 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  Statoil,  Total,  CCS,  Carbon Storage,  

WKN Unloads 25 MW Swedish Wind Farm Projec (Ind. Report, M&A)
Date: 2017-10-04
Husum, Germany-headquartered turn-key wind energy developer WKN AG is reporting the sale of its seven-turbine, 25.2-MW Laxaskogen Sweden project to an un-named German private investor. Financials details have not been released. The project is expected to be completed and commissioned in Q1 of 2019.

WKN AG is one of the leading developers of turn-key energy projects in Europe and the United States. The comany's activities range from location evaluation and development to planning and financing, to the turn-key construction, operation and administration of energy farms. (Source: WKN AG Website, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: WKN AG, Roland Stanze, CEO, +49 (0) 4841 8944-100

More Low-Carbon Energy News WKN,  Wind,  

ADM, RCC Tout $208Mn Illinois CCS Project (Ind. Report)
Richland Community College
Date: 2017-10-04
In the Land of Lincoln, Richland Community College (RCC) and U.S. agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) based in Decatur are touting the startup of the Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project. The project will store captured CO2 in Mount Simon Sandstone formations that stretch underground through Illinois, Indiana and parts of Kentucky, but area the researchers survey is about a mile wide and a mile deep surrounding the injection site.

The U.S. DOE is footing 68 pct of the cost of the $208 million project with the remaining $66 million split among other participating agencies. The federal money came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which was intended to help the economy recover following the 2008 recession. The DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory manages the project which was developed by scientists at the University of Illinois. (Source: ADM, Herald & Review, Others, Oct., 2017) Contact: ADM, Alison Taylor, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Juan Luciano, CEO, (312) 634-8100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Storage,  Archer Daniels Midland,  

Novato Calif. Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project Opens (Ind. Report)
MCE,Waste Management
Date: 2017-10-04
San Rafael California-based community energy utility MCE Clean Energy and Houston-headquartered Waste Management Inc. are reporting the opening a 3.9 MW landfill gas-to-energy facility at the Houston, Texas based waste and recycling firm's Redwood Landfill site in Novato, California.

The $14.5 million plant is expected to eliminate 8,900 metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions and generate sufficient base load electric power for over 5000 households. The project is MCE's third renewable energy project in Novato. (Source: MCE, Waste Management Inc., 3 Oct, 2017) Contact: Waste Management, Paul Pabor, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 632-3674, MCE Clean Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  MCE ,  Waste Management,  Methane,  

NEC, Dale Power Partner on UK Distributed Energy Storage (Int'l)
NEC Energy Solutions
Date: 2017-10-04
Westborough, Massachusetts-headquartered NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES) reports the appointment of Dale Power Solutions as its first Qualified DSS® Partner and product re-seller, distributor and independant contractor in the UK.

The two companies currently have several projects focused on frequency response and transmission charge management applications either under development or construction in the UK. The projects utilize NEC's DSS® scalable energy storage platform designed for commercial and industrial (C&I) sites.

Dale Power Solutions is one of the UK's leading and largest providers of secure power services and solutions energy storage units. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261,,; Dale Power, Chris Grimes, +44 7931349296,,

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Funding Available for Community Renewable Energy Projects (Funding)
Rocky Mountain Power,Blue Sky
Date: 2017-10-04
In Salt Lake City, Rocky Mountain Power reports its Blue Sky program is now accepting funding applications for renewable energy projects.

The Blue Sky program, funded by more than 44,000 Blue Sky customers, helps cover the cost of installing solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable energy systems for non-residential, community-serving organizations.

Since 2006, the Blue Sky program has added 128 renewable energy projects across Utah, Wyoming and Idaho and supported more than 1.9 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy. This year the program expects to have close to $2 million available for new renewable energy projects. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Blue Sky Program, Keven Hoopiiaina, Renewable Energy program manager,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Renewable Energy,  Community Solar,  Community Energy Projects,  

sonnen Pledges Solar Power Microgrids to Puerto Rico (Int'l)
sonnen Inc.,Pura Energia
Date: 2017-10-04
German energy storage specialist sonnen Inc., the global leader in installed and working residential energy storage systems since 2010 and creator of the "sonnenCommunity," is reporting its Puerto Rico Energy Security Initiative (PRESI) will help bring energy security to hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico.

sonnen Inc., which has had functional energy storage units in Puerto Rico since early 2016, will supply a microgrid and solar array as well as a team of engineers and technicians to help lead the microgrid campaign from system design through final installation. The entire operation is contingent upon establishing a stronger line of communication with Pura Energia, a Puerto Rican solar installer. (Source: sonnen, Inc., PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: sonnen Inc., Blake Richetta, US Snr. VP,; Pura Energia, (787) 245-8660,

More Low-Carbon Energy News sonnen Inc.,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

DONG Values UK Post-Brexit Wind Industry at £7Bn (Int'l)
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-10-04
Copenhagen-headquartered energy giant DONG Energy, soon to be known as ORSTED, is projecting that the export value of wind energy could be as much as £7 billion to the UK economy after Brexit. According to Benj Sykes, head of programme asset management at DONG Energy, the UK and the wind industry must seize the export opportunities presented by Brexit.

DONG is currently building the first phase of the Hornsea project, which has a capacity for 1.2 GW and was guaranteed a price of £140 per MWh. (Source: DONG Energy, Oct., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy , Samuel Leupold, CEO, Wind Power, Benj Sykes, +45 99 55 11 11,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  Wind,  

CSU Funded for Better Algae Biofuels R&D (Funding, R&D)
Colorado State University
Date: 2017-10-04
Colorado State University scientists are reporting receipt of as much as $3.5 million over three years in US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) funding for Rewiring Algal Carbon Energetics for Renewables aimed at improving how algae-based biofuels and bioproducts are made. The overall project goal set by the Department of Energy is to double the yield of biofuel precursors from algae to about 3,700 gallons per acre per year.

Strategies to be used by the team to meet this goal include increasing algal cultivation productivity, optimizing biomass composition, and extracting and separating different types of algal lipids to reduce the cost of upgrading them to renewable diesel.The study will be led by scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.

The researchers will use an algae species called Desmodesmus armatus, and will focus on fundamental processes of efficiently channeling carbon dioxide into useful fuel intermediates. The project will work to ferment carbohydrates in the algal cells into chemicals of interest, including ethanol, as well as a fuel precursor called 2,3 butanediol.

Other partners on the project will work on the algae-to-bioproduct life cycle, including modification of growing pond conditions, and separating algal solids from water to remove lipids.

The multidisciplinary team includes CSU's Ken Reardon, professor of chemical and biological engineering; Graham Peers, associate professor of biology; and Jason Quinn, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; along with partners at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, Arizona State University, Utah State University, and representatives from industry. San Diego-based Sapphire Energy is a project partner and has pioneered the use of D. armatus for biofuels. (Source: Colorado State University, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Colorado State University, Prof. Ken Reardon,,; US DOE BETO,

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€16Mn Woody Biomass Heat Plant Slated for Lithuania (Int'l)
Axis Industries Group
Date: 2017-10-04
BaltCap, a leading private equity and venture capital investor in the Baltic countries , reports that its BaltCap Infrastructure Fund (BInF) and Axis Technologies, a subsidiary of Lithuania-headed Axis Industries Group, have inked a EPC contract for a 48 MW woody biomass plant near Gariūnai in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The €16 million biomass heat plant is expected to supply nearly 10 pct of the Vilnius heat demand when completed and fully operational by the beginning of 2019. (Source: BaltCap, Various Media, Bioenergy Int'l, 2 Oct. 2017)Contact: BaltCap,; Axis Industries Group, +370 5 239 4804, <

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Danforth Scores $16Mn to Enhance Sorghum for Bioenergy (Funding)
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center,
Date: 2017-10-04
In the Show Me State, the St. Louis-based independent plant science institute Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is reporting receipt of a 5-year, $16 million grant from the U.S. DOE for continued research using green foxtail (Setaria viridis) grass.

The project aims to identify new genes and pathways that contribute to photosynthesis and enhanced water use efficiency. The researchers will then deploy these genes using tools of the emerging field of synthetic biology to accelerate development of elite energy sorghum varieties for production under marginal environments.

This project aims to deliver stress-tolerant sorghum lines, addressing DOE's mission in the generation of renewable energy resources. The development of a low input, environmentally safe and highly productive sorghum germplasm will help in the production of biofuel and establish an environmentally friendly lignocellulosic energy economy. Sorghum is a member of the grass family is among the most efficient crops in conversion of solar energy and use of water, making it an ideal crop to target for improvement. (Source: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Melanie Bernds, (314) 587-1647,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Danforth Plant Science Center,  Sorghum,  Cellulosic,  

John Laing Takes Majority Stake in 149-MW Texas Wind Farm (M&A)
John Laing Group,Akuo Energy
Date: 2017-10-04
UK-based John Laing Group plc reports it is investing $85 million for a majority stake in Akuo Energy, the French renewable power producer controlling the 149-MW Rocksprings wind project in Val Verde County, Texas. The acquisition is John Laing's third renewable energy investment in the US.

The Rocksprings project will incorporate 53 General Electric (GE) 2.3-MW wind turbines plus 16, 1.72-MW turbines. The facility will sell its output to two investment grade corporate off-takers. (Source: John Laing Group, Renewables, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: John Laing Group plc, +44 (0) 20 7901 3200,,; Akuo Energy, +1 31 22 83 34 00,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Akuo Energy,  John Laing Group,  Wind,  

Installed Energy Storage for Microgrids Revenue Tops $22Bn by 2026, says Navigant Report (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-04
Energy Storage for Microgrids, a new report from Boulder Colorado-based Navigant Research examines the global market for energy storage for microgrids (ESMG) and provides an analysis of trends and market dynamics, with forecasts for capacity and revenue that extend through 2026.

The report says interest in energy storage-enabled microgrids is growing alongside an increase in solar PV and wind deployments. Although not required for microgrids to operate, energy storage systems have emerged as an increasingly valuable component of distributed energy networks because of their ability to effectively integrate renewable generation. According to the report, a cumulative 14,850.7 MW of new ESMG capacity is expected to be installed, generating approximately $22.3 billion in revenue throughout the next 10 years,

The report identifies the key market drivers and barriers within the global ESMG market and analyzes specific trends and market dynamics for individual world regions. The report also examines the major technology issues related to ESSs for microgrids.

An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download HERE. (Source: Navigant Research, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant,  Energy Storage,  Microgrid,  

RedT Energy Supplying First Aussie Hybrid Energy Storage System (Int'l, Ind. Report)
redT Energy
Date: 2017-10-04
In the UK, London-headquartered energy storage specialist redT Energy reports the sale of a vanadium/lithium hybrid energy storage system to be deployed at Monash University's new Biomedical Learning & Teaching building in Melbourne, Australia.

The system consists of 900 KW an hour of redT flow machines coupled with a 120 KW C1-rated lithium battery. Along with on-site solar PV assets, the system is expected to reduce the university's energy costs and create potential new revenue streams in the form of contracted and merchant grid services. The sale is the first hybrid energy storage system in Australia. (Source: redT Energy, Alliance News, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: redT Energy, Scott McGregor, CEO, +44 (0) 207 061 6233,

More Low-Carbon Energy News redT Energy,  Energy Storage,  

Faraday Battery Institute Battery Research Center Launched (Int'l)
Imperial College London,Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2017-10-04
In the UK, the Office of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, reports the foundation of the Faraday Battery Institute, a new independent, national, battery technology and energy storage research institute at Imperial College London.

The Institute -- a consortium of Oxford University, Imperial College London, University College London, University of Warwick, University of Cambridge, University of Southampton and Newcastle University -- will be led by University of Oxford, which includes Imperial College London. Initial funding of £65 million will be provided by the Sec. of State Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and is part of government's £246 million investment in battery technology. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK and the Advanced Propulsion Centre will also contribute. (Source: Imperial College London, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: Imperial College London, Dr Nic Hylton, Research Development Manager,; Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Imperial College London,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

Livestock Methane's Climate Impact Underestimated (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-10-04
A new study suggests that researchers may have underestimated the impact of methane emissions from livestock on climate change. Considering changes in the way livestock is kept and used, researchers found that previous estimates that served as basis for the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, were underestimated by 11 as much as 11 pct. The study, which has been published in the journal Carbon Balance and Management, also showed that methane was responsible for about 16 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2006.

Methane is reported to be 85 times more potent than CO2 when it comes to trapping heat and impacting climate change.

Download the full study HERE. (Source: Springer Open, Nature, TechTimes, Others, 30 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Livestock Methane,  Methane,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate CHange,  

EIB Funding Oxford PV's German Perovskite Pilot Plant (Int'l)
Oxford Photovoltaics,European Investment Bank
Date: 2017-10-04
UK perovskite technology developer Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd reports it expects to receive $17.6 million financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for its pilot site in Brandenburg, Germany. The project will convert an existing PV thin-film module factory into a "first-of-a-kind" plant for the production of tandem silicon-perovskite PV cells.

Oxford PV acquired the Brandenburg facility in late 2016. (Source: Oxford PV, Contact: Oxford PV, Renewables, 2 Oct., 2017); European Investment Bank,

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Tampa Electric Adding 600MW of PV Solar Energy (Ind. Report)
Tampa Electric
Date: 2017-10-04
Tampa Electric reports it has sealed a deal with Florida's Office of Public Counsel, the Florida Retail Federation, the Florida Industrial Power User's Group, a consortium of hospitals, and the federal government for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants across West Central Florida. The utilitry expects to invest approximately $850 million to install 6 million panels at 10 new projects over the next four years. The new projects are expected to produce sufficient electric power for more than 100,000 homes.

The first 2 projects are expected to be completed by September 2018. The second phase will feature 4 projects and is due to complete by January 2019, while two other phases are expected to be complete by January 2020 and 2021. (Source: Tampa Electric, Contact: Tampa Electric, Gordon Gillette, CEO,

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Agrisoma Confirms Carinata Jet Biofuel Collaboration (Ind. Report)
Agrisoma Biosciences
Date: 2017-10-04
Gatineauu, Qubec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. reports it is expanding its partnership with the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville to advance the supply of bio jet fuel in the U.S.

Agrisoma, in collaboration with working with a network of 40 academic researchers from seven Universities associated with UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, aims to maximize production of the tiny Carinata oil seed for jet biofuel production. The research project will operate under the oversight of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, in conjunction with the Florida-based Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC). The USDA is providing $15M in grant funding from the USDA to support the research initiative. (Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO,,; SPARC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Carinata,  

GEVO to Supply Jet Biofuel to Virgin Australia (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-04
Englewood, Colorado-headquartered isobutanol producer GEVO Inc. reports it will supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to the Virgin Australia Airlines in Brisbane, Australia, beginning this month.

The ATJ fuel will be blended into traditional jet fuel and supplied to flights departing Brisbane Airport, including Virgin Australia flights. Gevo will supply the ATJ from its hydrocarbon plant based in Silsbee, Texas. The ATJ is derived from isobutanol produced at its commercial isobutanol plant in Luverne, Minnesota. (Source: GEVO, Virgin Australia, NASDAQ, 3 Oct. 2017) Contact: Virgin Australia, John Borghetti, CEO, +61 7 3295 3000,; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Virgin Airline,  Jet Biofuel,  Isobutanol,  

MagneGas Seeks Advanced Biofuels Grant for Multi-Fuel Gasification System (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-02
Tampa, Florida-headquartered MagneGas Corporation, a clean technology company in the renewable resources and environmental solutions industries, reports it is applying for an innovative grant to produce a multi-fuel gasification system which is small, efficient and cost effective.

The grant is supported by the Small Business Innovation Research Program, National Institute of Food & Agriculture and is led by the USDA, which recently awarded MagneGas its first grant. The grant will be used to support the development of a new type of gasification system which follows the principles of clean coal technology, by transforming low efficiency fuels such as coal or wood, and gasifying it into a syngas.

MagneGas Corporation owns a patented process that converts various renewables and liquid wastes into MagneGas fuels that can be used as an alternative to natural gas or for metal cutting. (Source: MagnaGas, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: MagneGas, Ermanno Santilli, CEO, (727) 934-3448,

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AB 262 Makes Materials Carbon Footprint Major Factor in California Construction Projects (Reg & Leg)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2017-10-02
In the Golden State, legislators are considering Assembly Bill 262 -- the Buy Clean Act -- requiring all state departments and the Universities in the state system to purchase steel and other infrastructure building materials from low-carbon producers. Currently, pricing is the deciding factor and the manufacturer's carbon footprint hold little sway in the state's purchasing process.

If passed into law, contractors bidding on state projects would be required to submit Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) proving that steel, glass, rebar and cement to be used in a project are at or below the average carbon footprints. Businesses in the state are already required to meet the most stringent climate regulations in the nation and are thus well-poised to meet AB 262's requirements. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Capital & Maine, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: California Air Resources Board, (800) 242-4450,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  California Air Resources Board,  

Former Sec. of State Baker Calls for Fed. Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-10-02
Last Thursday at the Global Energy Transitions Summit in Houston, former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III caled for a carbon tax as the most efficient way of reducing emissions and fighting climate change.

According to Baker, a carbon tax proposal represents a good faith effort to move beyond debate over current climate policies and fighting climate change using a carbon tax and tariffs would be more effective than emissions regulations.

"I don't think we ought to let our national debate on this issue wait until somehow 'the moment is right.' Such a perfect moment may never arrive if we spend too much time debating the exact role that mankind may play in climate change and not enough time seeking solutions," Baker said. (Source: Source: Xinhua, Various Other Media, 28 Sept., 2017) Contact: Rice University Baker Institute,

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DONG Energy Changing Focus and Name to Orsted (Int'l Report)
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-10-02
Danish energy giant DONG Energy reports it is changing its name to Orsted and refocusing it business on "green" renewable energy. The company is also divesting its upstream oil and gas business, the company and halting all use of coal.

"Our focus going forward will be on green growth based on our existing business platforms in offshore wind, biomass, green customer solutions and advanced waste-to-energy solutions" , CEO Henrik Poulsen said in a release.

The name change is expected to formally approved and adopted at a corporate shareholders general meeting on Oct. 30th. (Source: DONG Energy, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy, Henrik Poulson, CEO, +45 99 55 11 11,

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

DFW Leads Texas in LEED Residential Construction (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-02
In the Lone Star State, the residential sector has the second most LEED-certified single and multifamily residences in the country, with more than half of the state's 6,945 LEED-certified residential construction properties in Arington and Dallas- ort Worth (DFW). Currently, there is about 1.3 million residential square feet of green construction in the U.S. By 2018, LEED-certified construction is projected to contribute nearly $30 million to the US GDP -- a number that is likely to grow as the USGBC certifies more than 2.2 million new square feet of LEED space daily. (Source: USGBC, Dallas Innovates, 27 Sept., 2017)Contact: USGBC, Nick Brousse, USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

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