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Iberdrola Subsidiary Constructing 200MW Wind Farm to Power Apple (Ind. Report)
Iberdrola,Avangrid
Date: 2017-05-10
Electric utility company Iberdrola reports it will, through its U.S. subsidiary Avangrid Renewables construct a new 200MW Montague windpower farm in Gilliam County, Oregon to supply electricity to California technology giant Apple. To that end, Avangrid and Apple's energy subsidiary Apple Energy have inked a 20-year PPA under which Iberdrola will own and operate the facility. divesting electricity produced to Apple.

The approximately $300m Montague windpower facility is expected to begin construction next year for commissioning by 2020. (Source: Iberdola, power-technology.com, 8 May, 2017) Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, Frank Burkhartsmeyer, CEO, (503) 796-7000, http://iberdrolarenewables.com; Avangrid Renewables, (503) 796-7000, http://www.avangridrenewables.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  Avangrid,  


Renewable Choice Energy Issues Wind Developers RFI (Ind. Report)
Renewable Choice Energy, Schneider Electric,
Date: 2017-05-10
Boulder, Colorasdo-based Schneider Electric subsidiary Renewable Choice Energy (RCE) has issued a renewable energy request for information (RFI) for commercial and industrial customers in North America.

The RFI will allow the combined RCE and Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services (RCE-ESS) division to receive and warehouse up-to-date project and pricing information on behalf of its C&I clients, as well as enable developers to position their projects in future RCE-ESS client solicitations for large-scale wind and solar power purchase agreements. (Source: Renewable Choice Energy, PR, 5 May, 2017) Contact: Renewable Choice Energy, John Powers, VP, Strategic Renewables, (877) 810-8670, www.renewablechoice.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Choice Energy ,  Schneider Electric,  Renewable Energy,  


Origin Selling Aussie Wind Farm to Goldwind for $110Mn (M&A)
Origin Energy , Goldwind
Date: 2017-05-10
In the Land Down Under, Origin Energy has agreed to sell its Stockyard Hill wind farm project which is under-development in Victoria to China's Goldwind for $110 million. The agreement includes an 11 year power purchase agreement under which Origin will purchase all the power from the 530 MW project and associated renewable energy certificates once operations start in 2019.

The sale is part of Origin's asset divestment program, and the proceeds will be used to reduce debt, the company says. (Source: Origin Energy, SkyNews, 8 May, 2017) Contact: Origin Energy Ltd., Frank Calabria, +61 3 8635 3485, www.originenergy.com.au; Goldwind Global, www.goldwindglobal.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Origin Energy,  Goldwind,  Wind ,  


150 Turbine Dutch Offshore Wind Farm Now On-Line (Int'l)
Northland Power
Date: 2017-05-10
Dutch broadcaster NOS is reporting the Netherlands' largest wind farm 85 kilometres off the cost of Groningen has been formally commissioned.

The €2.8 billion, 600-MW Gemini Wind Farm was developed by Toronto-based Northland Power Inc and incorporates 150 Siemens wind turbines generating sufficient electric power for 785,000 households. (Source: Dutch News.nl, 8 May, 2017) Contact: Northland Power, John Brace, CEO, Sarah Charuk, Communications, (647) 288-1108, sarah.charuk@northlandpower.ca, www.northlandpower.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northland Power,  Offshore Wind,  Netherlands Offshore Wind,  Groningen Offshore Wind,  


Nordex Completes 5th South African Wind Installation (Int'l)
Nordex
Date: 2017-05-10
Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex reports it has deployed 37 wind turbines specifically designed for high wind conditions in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The 111-MW project is part of Round 3 of a South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.

The company has supplied wind turbines for five South African wind projects totaling 563 MW capacity. (Source: Nordex, Engineering News, 8 May, 2017)Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 381 6663 3300, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex-online.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  South Africa wind,  


Cuyama Valley Solar Farm Set to Begin Construction (Ind. Report)
First Solar
Date: 2017-05-10
Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar is reportedly set to commence construction on the 40-MW, 600,000 module Cuyama Solar Facility in the Cuyama Valley, Santa Barbara County, California.

First Solar expects to break ground next month for completion by the year end. First Solar plans to sell the facility which already has a long-term PPA with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (Source: First Solar, Noozhawk, 8 May, 2017) Contact: First Solar, Brian Kunz, VP Project Dev., Steve Krum (602) 427-3359, steve.krum@firstsolar.com, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  


French Pres. Elect Calls for Increased Renewables, Carbon Tax (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-05-10
French Preident-elect Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frederic Macron, the former Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry, has outlined his position on clean energy and climate change as follows:
  • Macron is calling for a doubling of France's wind and solar capacity by 2022;
  • a ban on all shale gas exploration and new hydrocarbon exploration permits;
  • the reduction of nuclear power's share of the French energy mix from the present 75 pct to 50 pct;
  • The Pres. Elect plans to integrate the "ecological cost" of carbon dioxide and climate change into the price of carbon by increasing the French carbon tax to €100 ($110) per tonne of CO2 in 2030. Macron's carbon tax plan could cost each French resident approximately $418 per year by 2030, based on current emissions per capita. (Source: Daily Caller, electric, Others, 8 May, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


  • $500Mn Biodiesel Refinery Proposed for Cowlitz,Tex. (Ind. Report)
    Riverside Renewables LLC
    Date: 2017-05-10
    In Houston, a group of investors is looking to develop a $500 million biodiesel refinery in Cowlitz County. would process 150 million gpy of virgin seed oil, excluding palm oil, as a "drop-in" replacement fuel for diesel trucks.

    Construction of the biodiesel refinery could potentially start in 2018 and generate an estimated 130 full-time permanent jobs. Few details have been released. (Source: Riverside Renewables, tdn.com, 9 May, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Riverside Renewables,  Biodiesel,  


    Active Energy Unloading Ukrainian WoodFibre Business (M&A, Int'l)
    Active Energy Group
    Date: 2017-05-10
    London, UK-headquartered Active Energy Group PLC reports that as part of a planned refocusing on its CoalSwitch fuel product it will sell its WoodFibre operations in Ukraine.

    As part of the refocusing-reorganisation, Active Energy has set up two separate affiliate companies -- Advanced Biomass Solutions (ABS) and Timberlands International. ABS will hold all of the current CoalSwitch operations controlled by Active Energy, as well as all future projects related to the group's biomass coal replacement technology.

    The CoalSwitch product is made from woody biomass including pulp and saw mill by-products such as bark, sawdust and thinnings, and wood which is over-age, under-quality, blow-down, beetle-kill, forest-fire damaged, or industrial waste. CoalSwitch can be burned by old, coal-fired generation facilities without the need for a retrofit. (Source: Active Energy, PR, Proactive Investors, 8 May, 2017) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy Group,  CoalSwitch,  


    Conifex Touts Woody Biomass-fired Mackenzie Power Plant (Ind. Report)
    Conifex
    Date: 2017-05-10
    Vancouver-headquartered Conifex Timber Inc., established in 2008, is a growth-oriented publicly traded Canadian company operating in British Columbia's northern interior, with a focus on forestry, sawmilling and biomass power generation.

    Feedstock for the company's Mackenzie Power Plant is supplied by Mackenzie Forest products, one of Conifex's two sawmill operations, and may be a blend of of residual byproducts from forestry and sawmill operations such as shavings, sawdust, trim blocks and hog fuel (bark). process.

    Conifex's business is the harvesting of timber and the manufacture and sale of lumber, primarily for North American and Asian markets. The company's sawmills process high-quality SPF logs into higher-grade and commodity-grade lumber. Wood chips are sold externally and used for pulp production, wood pellet manufacturering and feedstock for biomass power plants. (Source: Conifex, May, 2017) Contact: Conifex, Ken Shiels, (604) 216.2949, ken.shields@conifex.com, www.conifex.com; MacKenzies Sawmill, (250) 997.3201,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Conifex,  Woody Biomass,  


    Notable Quotes -- Energy Efficiency
    Alliance to Save Energy
    Date: 2017-05-10
    "Federal investments in energy efficiency have reaped huge returns for taxpayers, driving private sector investment, lowering energy bills, creating jobs and improving the environment. For these reasons, federal investment in energy efficiency has enjoyed broad bipartisan support in the Congress and the executive branch for decades.

    "Cutting funding to U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs, as has been suggested by the (Trump) administration, moves us in the wrong direction. Continued and aggressive federal energy efficiency programs at DOE are critical to driving U.S. economic growth." -- Kateri Callahan, Pres., Alliance to Save Energy in testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

    Editor's Note: The Trump Administration's recently released budget proposal included cuts to efficiency programs and proposed eliminating many of them. It would also decrease overall non-nuclear funding at DOE by almost 20 percent. The Administration is expected to release the full budget later this month. (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, Daily Energy Insider, 8 May, 2017) Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, www.ase.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Building Energy Benchmarking Delivers Savings (Ind. Report)
    National Electrical Manufacturers Association
    Date: 2017-05-10
    According to a survey conducted in 2016 by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), facility managers in New York City found that 84 pct of facility managers who benchmarked their facilities' energy use in accordance with city and regional ordinances made a low- or no-cost operational change to improve their buildings' performance while 82 pct invested in new equipment to improve energy performance. The most common energy-saving investments included lighting and lighting controls, heating and cooling upgrades, and energy management systems.

    Various Studies have shown that commercial, multi-family and public buildings that benchmark their energy consumption have cut their energy use intensity and increased their ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager scores faster than buildings that are not held to similar benchmarking ordinances. These findings help support the conclusion that implementing benchmarking laws can act as a catalyst to increase building efficiency. (Source: National Electrical Manufacturers Association, PR, CFM&D, 8 May, 2017)Contact: National Electrical Manufacturers Association, (703) 841-3200, www.nema.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmarking,  Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  


    San Diego Seeks 500MW Water Energy Storage Developer (Ind. Report)
    San Diego County Water Authority
    Date: 2017-05-10
    In the Golden State, ABC-TV affiliate KGTV San Diego is reporting that the City of San Diego and the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) are planning to build an energy storage facility at the San Vicente Reservoir, about 25 miles northeast of the city. If developed, the proposed 500 MW project would generate sufficient electric power for 325,000 households every year.

    The SDCWA and the city are seeking a partner to proceed with the project that is expected to be completed by 2025. (Source: San Diego County Water Authority, Energy Manager, 8 May, 2017) Contact: SDCWA, Kelly Rodgers, Energy Project Manager, (858) 522-6600, www.sdcwa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News San Diego County Water Authority ,  Water Energy Storage,  Energy Storage ,  


    Missouri Utility, NorthStar Partner on Battery Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    City Utilities , NorthStar Battery
    Date: 2017-05-10
    In Springfield, Missouri, City Utilities and Kista, Sweden-based NorthStar Battery Company report they are partnering to fund and construct a $1 million battery-powered electrical storage system in southwest Springfield. NorthStar has a manufacturing plant in Springfield.

    The project's more than 1,100 12-volt batteries and a power conversion system will be housed in two 400-square-feet buildings constructed by the current substation. The installation is expected to be completed in September at a City Utilities substation in Springfield.

    The battery manufacturer anticipates the installation will provide "proof of concept" for its NorthStar BLUE+ batteries and remote management system NorthStar ACE. (Source: NothStar Battery Company, Springfield News-Leader, 7 May, 2017) Contact: City Utilities, Scott Miller, GM, Jay Lorbach, Generation projects, (417) 863-9000, www.cityutilities.net; North Star Battery, (417) 575-8200, info@northstarbattery.com, www.northstarbattery.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City Utilities ,  NorthStar Battery,  Energy Storagey,  


    Ocean Absorption of CO2 More than Makes Up for Methane Emissions from Seafloor Methane Seeps -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    USGS
    Date: 2017-05-10
    According to a study by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Gas Hydrates Project and collaborators in Germany and Norway, the ocean waters near the surface of the Arctic Ocean absorbed 2,000 times more CO2 from the atmosphere than the amount of methane that escaped into the atmosphere from the same waters. The study was conducted near Norway's Svalbard Islands, above several seafloor methane seeps.

    Methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, but the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere where the study was conducted more than offset the potential warming effect of the methane emissions that were observed. The data also indicated that significant amounts of CO2 were being absorbed by the waters near the ocean surface, and that the cooling effect resulting from CO2 uptake is up to 230 times greater than the warming effect expected from the methane emitted.

    Most previous studies have focused only on the sea-air flux of methane overlying seafloor seep sites and have not accounted for the drawdown of CO2 that could offset some of the atmospheric warming potential of the methane.

    The research was conducted during a research expedition sponsored by CAGE and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany. USGS involvement in the Svalbard margin expeditions was partially supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

    The USGS Gas Hydrates Project is an international leader in the study of methane dynamics related to environmental and energy issues. In addition to the expeditions on the Svalbard margin, USGS has studied the interchange between methane and CO2 at the ocean surface in the Beaufort and Bering Seas, on the U.S. Atlantic margin, and in the Baltic and North Seas.

    The study can be accessed HERE. (Source: Proceedings of the Nationa Academy of Sciences, USGS, PR, 8 May, 2017) Contact: USGS, John Pohlman, Biogeochemist, 9508) 457-2213, jpohlman@usgs.gov, www.usgs.gov; GEOMAR, www.geomar.de/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGS,  Methane,  Seabed MethanecLimate Change,  


    NEB Report Addresses Canadian Biomass Power Generation -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Canada National Energy Board
    Date: 2017-05-10
    The Canada National Energy Board recently released a report on Canada's adoption of renewable power sources,

    The report indicates Canada had approximately 70 biomass generating power plants in 2014 with a total installed capacity of 2,408 MW. This includes facilities that rely on wood, wood byproducts and landfill gas. Overall, biomass accounts for 1.7 pct of Canada's electric generation capacity, and 1.9 ptc of actual generation. In 2015, 12,161 GWh of biomass-based electricity were produced. From 2005 to 2015, biomass generation grew by 54 pct.

    Within Canada, provinces with the highest biomass use are those with active pulp, paper and forestry industries, including Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, and New Brunswick. While few landfills in Canada recover methane for use in energy production, the report notes that some Canadian municipalities actively produce energy waste using either landfills or anaerobic digestion facilities. Landfill gas is also converted into pipeline-quality renewable natural gas in some locations.

    Internationally, the report shows that biomass generation reached 518 tWh in 2015, which accounts for approximately 2 pct of global power generation. Most generation is attributed to solid biofuels, such as wood pellets and chips. However, biogas, municipal solid waste and biofuels are also used to generate power.

    Download the complete NEB Canada's Adoption of Renewable Power Sources report HERE. (Source: Canada National Energy Board, May, 2017) Contact: Canada NEB, (403) 292-4800, https://www.neb-one.gc.ca/index-eng.htm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada National Energy Board,  Biomass,  Bioenergy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Tribal Groups Oppose BLM Methane Waste Rule Rollback (Reg & Leg)
    BLM
    Date: 2017-05-10
    A vote on whether to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Methane Waste Rule could come in the U.S. Senate in the next few days, and Navajo Nation and other tribal leaders are calling for its retention.

    Under the existing BLM Methane Waste Rule, oil and gas companies are required to identify and fix methane leaks and install equipment to capture methane gas at wells rather than venting or flaring it off. Opponents of the rule claim it is too expensive for the industry and call it government overreach.

    The Navajo Nation, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and three affiliated tribes in North Dakota have come out in opposition to a rollback of the Methane Waste Rule for health and employment reasons.

    Despite bipartisan opposition, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to repeal the rule, which was finalized in the last days of the Obama administration. Now the Senate has until this week to reverse it under the Congressional Review Act. (Source: Public News Service, 9 May, 2017) Contact: Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BLM,  Methane Rule,  


    Certified Passive House PLUS Slated for Vancouver (Ind. Report)
    City of Vancouver ,Passive House Standard
    Date: 2017-05-10
    In Vancouver, Marken Design + Consulting is touting the construction of the city's first home designed and constructed to the stringent Passive House PLUS standard combining highest energy efficiency and electric energy production.

    The 2-story wood-frame home uses as much as 90 pct less energy for heating and cooling and up to 65 pct less than a standard home on operating costs. Triple pane wood windows, heat pump hot water, high level of insulation, eco-friendly materials and a ultra efficient heat recovery ventilation system and solar array are among the sustainable building features incorporated into the custom passive design.

    The Passive House Building Energy standard originated in Germany in the late 1980s and is fast becoming the world standard in green, sustainable building techniques. It is estimated there are over 60,000 passive house buildings around the world. Currently, there are only about 40 such buildings in Canada. The city of Vancouver is developing an incentives program to encourage the growth of Passive Home construction standards. (Source: Marken Design, PR, Canadian Free Press Release & Media Distribution Service, 8 May, 2017) Contact: Markern, Alexander Maurer, www.markendc.com; Passive House Building Energy Standard, www.passivehouse.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Passive House Standard,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Biodiesel Blending Terminal Launched in S.D (Ind. Report)
    Victory Renewables,South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council
    Date: 2017-05-10
    The South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (SDSRPC) is reporting the opening of a new biodiesel blending facility near Rapid City, South Dakota. The new Victory Renewables biodiesel blending facility provides fuel marketers with convenient access to full loads of biodiesel or blend biodiesel with diesel fuel. Year-round biodiesel sales will be facilitated by a heating system on-site.

    The new biodiesel blending facility was funded in part by the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council and the soybean checkoff. (Source: South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, PR, Biodiesel, Various Media, 8 May, 2017) Contact: South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, (605) 330-9942, sdsrpc@sdsoybean.org, www.sdsoybean.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Blend,  


    Praj Opens India's First Second-Gen Ethanol Demo Plant (Int'l)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2017-05-10
    Mumbai-headquartered Praj Industries Ltd is reporting the opening of India's first integrated bio-refinery for renewable fuels and chemicals from agri-residue including rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, bagasse, cane trash, corn cobs and stover, and other feedstocks. v The second-generation bio-refinery demonstration plant is capable of producing 1 million lpy of ethanol.

    The Indian governments is calling for a 20 pct ethanol blend ratio in auto fuels. As a part of this drive, 10 to 12 second generation ethanol projects with an average 100,000 lpy capacity are planned and expected to be finalized. (Source: Praj Industries, PR, 8 May, 2017)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, info@praj.net, www.praj.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Second Generation Biofuel,  Praj Industries,  Ethanol,  Second Generation Ethanol,  Celluloisc,  


    green|spaces Touts Community Energy Efficiency, Green Space Funding (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Partners for Places - a project of the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
    Date: 2017-05-10
    Community Energy Efficiency Projects is reporting the winners of the Partners for Places Empower Chattanooga Program grant funding to raise awareness of community energy and green spaces.

    The grants will fund community energy efficiency projects furthering expanding the work of Empower, which provides educational classes to renters and homeowners teaching simple low and no-cost ways to lower their utility bills. More than 20 applications were submitted. The grants are made possible by Partners for Places - a project of the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Each of the grant recipients will be paired with a mentor from EPB and will work with green|spaces to refine and implement their ideas. (Source: greenspaces, 9 May, 2017) Contact: green|spaces, Dawn Hjelseth, {423) 648-0963 Partners for Places - a project of the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, www.fundersnetwork.org/partnersforplaces


    12 Indian Office Bldg.s Score LEED Platinum Certification (Int'l)
    Indian Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-05-10
    Indian realty major DLF is reporting receipt of LEED Platinum Certification from the India Green Building Council for 10.7 million sq-ft of its office projects in Gurgaon and Chennai.

    DLF is India's largest real estate developer with a current leased portfolio is about 30 million sq-ft of commercial space and land bank of about 64 million sq-ft. (Source: DLF, India Green Building Council, Daily News & Analysis, 8 May, 2017) Contact: DLF, www.dlf.in; Indian Green Building Council, https://igbc.in

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


    NATSO Calls for Extension, Phase Out of Biodiesel Tax Credit (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    NARSO
    Date: 2017-05-10
    NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, as well as a coalition of trade associations representing the entire biodiesel supply chain, has urged Congress to extend the biodiesel blenders' $1 per gallon tax credit as it considers tax reform legislation and to ultimately phase it out. This tax credit expired at the end of 2016. Extending and phasing out the biodiesel blenders' tax credit is needed to provide blenders, producers and consumers with necessary certainty to realize the environmental and cost benefits that the credit was designed to accomplish, according to NATSO.

    In letters to members of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, NATSO urged lawmakers to refrain from changing the existing biodiesel tax credit structure, arguing that the biodiesel tax credit is helping to displace traditional petroleum-based fuel with a cleaner-burning substitute.

    Recently, there has been a coordinated effort by a group of lawmakers representing states where biodiesel is produced and where its feedstock is grown to convert the biodiesel blenders' tax credit to a producer's credit which would drive up biodiesel prices and ultimately impede U.S. efforts to advance the utilization of cleaner-burning fuels, according to NATSO. (Source: NATSO, NGT, 9 May, 2017) Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Affairs, (703) 549-2100, www.natso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Blend,  Biodiesel,  NATSO,  Biodiesel Tax Credit,  


    Namibia Announces New Biomass Power Plans (Int'l Report)
    NamPower
    Date: 2017-05-08
    Namibian power utility NamPower, part of the Southern African Power Pool, reports plans to construct a 40MW biomass power plant at Otjiwarongo and another 20MW power plant around the Otavi area. said in an interview that tenders will soon go out for A third 150MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant will be built in the Arandis area.

    NamPower will holda 51 pct stake in the power plants and farm out 49 pct to interested investors, including contractors and financial institutions. Construction of the CSP power plant will take up to three- and-a-half years, while timelines on the biomass projects have not been revealed. (Source: NamPower, The Namibian, Bioenergy Insights, 2 May, 2017) Contact: NamPower, Simson Haulofu, Managing Director, +264 (61) 205 4111, webinfo@nampower.com.na, www.nampower.com.na

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  CSP Solar,  


    Xcel, Benson Agree on Biomass Plant Closure Terms (Ind. Report)
    Fibrominn,Xcel Energy
    Date: 2017-05-08
    Following on our May 1st coverage, Minnesota Public Radio is reporting that Xcel Energy and the western Minnesota city of Benson have agreed on a plan to mitigate the expected closure of a turkey litter-fired biomass power plant, due to high operating costs. The plant was formerly known as Fibrominn.

    Under the agreement, Xcel would provide a $20 million incentive to bring a new industry to Benson. The plant presently accounts for 25 pct of the city's property tax levy. The plant closure is subject to state regulatory approval. (Source: MPR News, Xcel, 2 May, 2017) Contact: Benson Energy, (320) 843-9013; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fibrominn,  Xcel Energy,  Biomass Power,  


    Biofine Forest Biomass Pilot Plant Launched in Maine (Ind. Report)
    Biofine Technology
    Date: 2017-05-08
    The University of Maine reports it is partnering with Framingham, Massachusetts-based Biofine Technology LLC to identify and develop new ways of using Maine's trees and forests.

    Biofine Technology, which has developed a process for converting forest biomass and woody biomass wastes into useful chemicals, home heating and transportation fuels, has opened a new 1 tpd capacity pilot plant in Old Town, Maine. (Source: Biofine Technology, WABI, 3 May, 2017) Contact: Biofine Technology, Stephen Fitzpatrick, (508) 532-6760, http://biofinetechnology.com; University of Maine, Hemant Pendse, Director of Bioproduct Research, www.aiche.org/community/bio/hemant-pendse

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofine Technology,  


    Study Claims CO2 NOT a Pollutant (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Concerned Household Electricity Consumers Council
    Date: 2017-05-08
    A recently released study on EPA's "endangerment finding," which was used as a basis for many of its regulations on fossil fuels during the past eight years reveals that the "EPA's basic claim that CO2 is a pollutant is totally false." The study was conducted by Drs. Jim Wallace, John Christy and Joe D'Aleo of the not-for-profit Texas Alliance of Energy Producers on behalf of the Concerned Household Electricity Consumers Council.

    According to the study, after naturally occurring events -- solar, volcanic, and oceanic -- have been accounted for, there is no "record setting" warming to be concerned about. "At this point, there is no statistically valid proof that past increases in atmospheric CO2 concentrations have caused the officially reported rising, even claimed record setting temperatures," according to the study. The study authors say there is "very, very little doubt but that EPA's claim of a Tropical Hot Spot, caused by rising atmospheric CO2 levels, simply does not exist in the real world." (Source: Times Record News, 5 May, 2017) Contact: Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, Alex Mills, Pres., (940) 872-3223, http://nonprofits.findthecompany.com/l/1467341/Texas-Alliance-Of-Energy-Producers#Overview&s=1lyWsL

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  


    Ameresco Wins IDIQ Contract for Federal ESPCs (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2017-05-08
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has been awarded a US DOE Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for federal Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs). Ameresco is one of 21 companies awarded the $55 billion IDIQ contract to develop new energy and water savings projects for federal facilities.

    The new IDIQ contract has a base ordering period of five years and one 18-month option period. The maximum contract ceiling amount of $55 billion will be shared by all contract holders. The new IDIQ is expected to be used for investments resulting in federal infrastructure improvements, energy savings, and job creation. According to the DOE, 362 projects have been awarded by 25 major federal agencies since the inception of DOE IDIQ ESPCs in 1998. The Energy Policy Act of 1992 authorizes federal agencies to use private financing for certain project implementation through Energy Savings Performance Contracts. ESPCs allow federal agencies to procure energy savings and facility improvements with no up-front capital costs or special appropriations from Congress. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Stockhouse, 5 May, 2017) Contact: Ameresco, Nicole A. Bulgarino, Executive VP, GM, Federal Solutions, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  ESPC,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  


    N.S. Power on Track for 2020 Renewables Target (Ind. Report)
    Nova Scotia Power
    Date: 2017-05-08
    In Atlantic Canada, the Nova Scotia Power Corp. reports it is on track to reach its mandated target of 40 pct renewable energy by 2020. In 2016, 28 pct of the province's electricity came from renewable resources, the company said in a news release. The corporation is currently required to source 25 pct of its power from renewable sources, raising to 40 pct by 2020.

    Nova Scotia Power emitted 10.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gas-equivalent emissions in 2005, and 7.1 million tonnes in 2016 -- a more than 30 per cent reduction from 2005 levels, which puts the company at having achieved the COP21 target of a 30 pct reduction by 2030.

    There are about 300 wind turbines in service across the province as well as a small but growing hydro, tidal and biomass power capacity. (Source: Nova Scotia Power, CBC, May, 2017) Contact: Nova Scotia Power, Mark Sidebottom, VP Power Generation and Delivery, www.nspower.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nova Scotia Power,  Renewable Energy,  


    UK Fastest EU GHG Emissions Slasher (Int'l Report)
    Eurostat
    Date: 2017-05-08
    According to data from the the European Union's statistics agency Eurostat, Britain was one of 11 member states to record decreases in 2016, due in part to the UK's uptake of low-carbon renewable energy.

    Despite reducing its CO2 emissions, the UK still accounted for 11.7 pct of total EU emissions in 2016, Poland, France, Italy and Germany made up the top five with 9.2 pct, 9.8 pct, 10.1 pct, and 22.9 pct in that order. The Eurostat figures are early estimates based on monthly energy statistics and may slightly differ from those published nationally. (Source: Eurostat, The Actuary, Others, May, 2017) Contact: Eurostat, ec.europa.eu/eurostat

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    CaGBC Launches Zero-Carbon Buildings Standard (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-05-08
    The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) reports it will unveil its Zero Carbon Buildings Standard at its Build Lasting Change Conference May 31-June 1 in Vancouver.

    To create the standard, CaGBC consulted with more than 50 stakeholders from government to academia to utilities, plus 40 institutions. They also researched North American and international programs designed to reduce the environmental impact of buildings, from construction to operations through the full life cycle.

    Access the CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative For Commercial, Institutional and Multi-Family Buildings in Canada HERE. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, April, 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

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    Atlanta Legislates 100 pct Clean Energy by 2035 (Reg & Leg)
    City of Atlanta
    Date: 2017-05-08
    In Atlanta, Georgia, the City Council reports the passage of legislation mandating that all city owned and operated facilities use 100 per renewable generated and/or sourced energy and associated technologies by 2035.

    The initiative makes Atlanta the largest city in the southeast with a 100 percent clean electricity goal. Only St. Petersburg, Florida has mandated a similar goal. (Source: City of Atlanta, ProudGreenBuilding, 5 May, 2017)

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    China Aims for 50 pct Green Buildings (Int'l Report)
    Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development
    Date: 2017-05-08
    In Beijing, the China Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has pledged that half of the new homes to be built in China by 2020 will be "green buildings" that are expected to boost building energy efficiency by 20 pct above 2015 levels.

    The thrust to smart buildings and modular prefabricated "green" buildings is intended to help upgrade China's building industry which is anticipated to grow by 7 pct annually. Of that growth, modular and smart buildings are forecast comprise 15 pct of the newly built Chinese homes by 2020, according to the ministry. (Source: Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, ECNS, 5 May, 2017) Contact: China Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, http://english.gov.cn/state_council/2014/09/09/content_281474986284089.htm

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    Diamond Giant De Beers Aims for Carbon Neutral Mining (Int'l)
    DeBeers
    Date: 2017-05-08
    In Johannesburg, South Africa, diamond industry giant De Beers Group reports it intends to make its mining operations carbon neutral within five years and, to that end, is investigating the possibility of storing large amounts of carbon at its diamond mines through the mineralisation of kimberlite tailings.

    Kimberlite, a rare type of rock that has ideal properties for storing carbon through mineral carbonation technologies. Mineral carbonation is a natural or artificial process where rocks at the Earth's surface react with carbon dioxide and traps it in solid carbonate materials such as kimberlite.

    DeBeers scientists believe that the carbon storage potential of a single year's kimberlite tailings could offset nearly 10 times the emissions of a typical mine. DeBeers' research is in its early stages and it may take some time before it is economically or practically achievable to tap into this full storage potential, according to the project leader Dr. Evelyn Mervine.

    Editor's note: Most diamonds are made of carbon that was in the earth's mantle since the earth was formed, but some are made of carbon from the bodies and shells of microorganisms like algae in ancient oceans. This organic carbon was buried in rocks that were dragged down into the mantle because of plate tectonics and continental drift. (Source: DeBeers, Australian Mining, 5 May, 2017) Contact: De Beers Group, Dr Evelyn Mervine, Project Leader, +27 (0) 11 374 7000, http://www.debeersgroup.com

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


    Canadian Carbon Tax Model Questioned (Ind. Report)
    Fraser Institute
    Date: 2017-05-08
    According to a report from the non-partisan Fraser Institute, a Canadian public policy think tank, carbon taxation in Canada is not set up to efficiently reduce greenhouse gas emissions and should be revenue neutral and not be combined with other emissions regulations.

    Report author Kenneth Green says Canadian provinces do not follow that model but will instead rebate the carbon tax revenues to voters, special interest groups and projects such as public transit bike paths. To be effective, carbon tax revenues should go back to the public through reductions in income tax and business taxes, not through income-based rebate programs, according to the Fraser Institute report. (Source: Fraser Institute, 660News, 8 May, 2017) Contact: Fraser Institute, Kenneth Green, (514) 281-9550, www.fraserinstitute.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax Rebate,  Fraser Institute,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  


    Portland, OR to Convert Waste Methane into Fuel (Ind. Report)
    City of Portland
    Date: 2017-05-08
    In Oregon, City of Portland is reporting approval of a plan to turn methane from the city's sewage waste into natural gas. The plan will recover and convert 100-percent of the city's waste methane into natural gas and is expected to net $3 million every year. The renewable natural gas produced from the methane will then be sold back to the city residents and, when applicable, to other places.

    The natural gas will be used, among other things, to power trucks that would otherwise be using diesel. This plan will produce enough renewable natural gas to replace more than 1 million gpy of diesel fuel and cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions by up to 21,000 tons annually. (Source: Portland Environmental Services, The Oregonian, 4 May, 2017) Contact: City of Portland, Mike Jordan, Environmental Services Director, www.portlandoregon.gov

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    Building Energy's First Iowa Wind Farm Online (Ind. Report)
    Building Energy Wind Iowa
    Date: 2017-05-08
    Milan, Italy-headquartered Building Energy SpA subsidiary Building Energy Wind Iowa LLC is reporting the the inauguration of its first wind farm in Iowa. The 30 MW, $58 million wind power project, located north of Des Moines, will generate approximately 110 GWh per year and sell its energy and related renewable credits under a bundled, long-term PPA with a local utility.

    The wind farm, which was developed, financed, and now owned and operated by Building Energy, incorporates 10, 3.0 MW geared onshore wind turbines and generates sufficient power for 11,000 U.S. households while avoiding t about 70,000 tpy of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to removing 15,000 cars off the road each year. (Source: Building Energy, Penn Energy, Others, 4 May, 2017) Contact: Building Energy S.p.A., Building Energy Wind Iowa LLC, www.buildingenergy.it

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    197MW Texas Bearkat Wind Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Tri Global Energy ,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2017-05-08
    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) reports construction is now underway on the first phase of the Bearkat wind energy project in Glasscock County, Texas. CIP acquired the project from the Dallas-headquartered renewable energy developer Tri Global Energy in July, 2016. Tri Global developed the community-sponsored windby local landowners and community investors have an opportunity to own a substantial stake in the development.

    Since the Bearkat project was acquired by CIP, Tri Global's has been working with CIP on the funding and construction of the wind project. (Source: CIP, CTBR, 5 May, 2017) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, +45 7070 5151, www.cipartners.dk; Tri Global Energy, John Billingsley, CEO, Susie Lomelino, slomelino@triglobalenergy.com, www.triglobalenergy.com

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    SolarMax Touts Modular Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    SolarMax
    Date: 2017-05-08
    German inverter manufacturer SolarMax reports it has begun shipping its modular MaxStorage TP-S energy storage system. The 3-phase MaxStorage TP-S , which was developed primarily for private applications, a lithium-ion storage battery, a self-learning energy management system and a seven-kilowatt SolarMax 7TP2 inverter in a single housing. As many as four batteries can be added, enabling a rated capacity of up to 9.2 kWh.

    A bidirectional DC/DC booster ensures high efficiencies. The integrated MaxWeb XPN data logger regulates the energy flow and adjusts it to suit energy needs and availability. SolarMax continuously monitors the battery status, thus guaranteeing high availability. The model is supplied with numerous interfaces. These include LAN, RS485, Modbus, KNX and an interface for direct marketing. (Source: SolarMax, PR, 4 May, 2017) Contact: SolarMax, +49 37 33 / 50 78 40, info@solarmax.com, www.solarmax.com

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    Enel's Lindahl Wind Farm in N.D. Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Trade Wind Energy,Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Enel Green Power North America
    Date: 2017-05-08
    Following on our July 8th, 2016 coverage, the $220 million, 75-turbine Lindahl Wind Farm in Williams County, North Dakota, reports it is now fully operational and online. The project is expected to generate sufficient electric power for more than 50,000 typical United States households.

    The 150 MW wind farm is located four miles north of Tioga, and is channeling electricity to Basin Electric Power Cooperative of Bismarck, which supplies power to Williams, Mountrail and Burke counties. The project, which was developed by Kansas-based Trade Wind Energy, is now owned by Andover, Massachusetts-based Enel Green Power North America. (Source: Enel Green Power, Williston Herald, 5 May, 2017) Contact: Basin Electric Power, Paul Sukut, CEO, (701) 223-0441, www.basinelectric.com; Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

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    11 MW Enel Wind Farm Connects to South African Grid (Int'l Report)
    Enel Green Power RSA
    Date: 2017-05-08
    Enel subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA) reports the commencement of commercial operation of its 111 MW Gibson Bay wind farm in Kouga Municipality, Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

    The project, which will generate approximately 420 GWh per year, is supported by a 20-year PPA with South African utility Eskom as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme as promoted by the South African government. (Source: Enel Green Power RSA, NA Windpower, 4 May, 2017)Enel Green Power RSA, www.enelenergy.co.za

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    NRC, Air Canada Measuring Biofuel Environmental Impact (Ind. Report)
    Air Canada, the National Research Council of Canada
    Date: 2017-05-08
    Air Canada and the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada are reporting their collaboration on the Civil Aviation Alternate Fuel Contrail and Emissions Research Project, a research project to test the environmental benefits of aviation /jet biofuel. The NRC-led project will measure the environmental impact of biofuels on aircraft contrails -- the trails of water vapour produced at high altitude through the interaction of hot engine exhaust with a cold atmosphere.

    During the test period that began last month and that is still underway, selected Air Canada flights between Toronto and Montreal, will by powered by biofuel produced by AltAir Fuels from used cooking oil. The test flights are being followed by a modified CT-133 research jet which samples and tests the contrail biofuel emissions.

    Recent research led by NASA in the United States has found that biofuels can cut particle emissions from jet engines by 50 pct to 70 pct. A reduction in the thickness and coverage of contrails produced by the jet engines of aircraft could reduce aviation's impact on the environment, an important beneficial effect of sustainable biofuel usage in aviation.

    Download NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution HERE. (Source: Air Canada, National Research Council Canada, EcoLog, PR, 5 May, 2017)Contact: National Research Council Canada, (902) 426-8250, www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/index.htm; Air Canada, Peter Fitzpatrick , (416) 263-5576, peter.fitzpatrick@aircanada.ca, www.aircanada.com

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    Bamboo Biofuels Production Planned in Arunachal Pradesh (Int'l)
    Numaligarh Refinery Limited
    Date: 2017-05-08
    In Arunachal Pradesh State, India, officials from the Arunachal Pradesh Resources Development Agency (APBRDA) and Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), a public sector company, are reported to be in discussions on the production of biofuels from locally sources, fast-growing -- as much as 36 inches per day -- bamboo.

    The state officials have agreed to support the company in sourcing bamboo from Arunachal, and to that end have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Numaligarh Refinery to to pave way for sourcing 3 lakh tpy of bamboo and enable its cultivation on a commercially sustainable basis. (Source: Northeast Today, 7 May, 2017)Contact: Numaligarh Refinery Limited, www.nrl.co.in; Arunachal Pradesh Resources Development Agency, www.apeda.org.in

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    REGI Closes on Biodiesel Plant Expansion Financing (Funding)
    Renewable Energy Group Inc
    Date: 2017-05-08
    Further to our November 9th, 2016 coverage, Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) reports it has secured financing of up to $20 million from First Midwest Bank for the previously announced $24 million capacity-expansion of its Ralston, Iowa, biodiesel refinery.

    The upgrade project, announced last November, is expected to increase the annual nameplate capacity of the Ralston biorefinery from 12 million to 30 million gpy. This would match the capacity at the company's biorefineries in Mason City and Newton, Iowa.

    REGI now owns 14 active biorefineries in the U.S. and Europe with a combined annual nameplate capacity of 502 million gpy. (Source: Renewable Energy Group Inc., Various Media, May 05, 2017) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres., CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

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    CA Utilities Assigned Additional Energy Storage Target (Reg & Leg)
    California PUC
    Date: 2017-05-08
    The California PUC reports it has added another 500MW of energy storage procurement targets to the Golden State's three main investor-owned utilities -- Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) -- by the state's Public Utilities' Commission (PUC). The new targets are in addition to an existing 1.325GW mandate.

    Under California's pre-existing AB2514 mandate, the three utilities are required procure the 1.325GW of energy storage by 2024 in four biennial solicitations. Different targets are set at customer, distribution and transmission level.

    The PUC has assigned each of the three utilities a 166.66MW target to make up the full 500MW, excluding the use of vehicle-to-grid (V2G), power-to-gas (P2G) and large-scale pumped hydro over 50MW. The utilities must hold a series of workshops and stakeholder engagement events during this year to define their proposals and plans to implement the ruling.

    As of this past February, the three utilities had procured 478.5MW of the total 1.325GW AB2514 mandated target. This is split across 192.63MW of customer-sited energy storage (190.14MW of which has been deployed by SCE), 95.87MW of distribution level storage and 190MW of transmission line-connected storage. California presently has 4.2GW of installed storage capacity, 96 pct of which is pumped hydro.(Source: California PUC, Energy Storage, 5 May, 2017)Contact: California Public Utilities Commission, www.cpuc.ca.gov

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    Chinese Q1 Installed Wind Capacity up 13 pct (Int'l)
    China National Energy Administration
    Date: 2017-05-05
    The China National Energy Administration is reporting that the provinces of Qinghai, Shaanxi, Henan, and Hebei saw the largest growth in installed wind energy capacity in Q1, 2017 with 68,700 GWh of electric power generation for a 26 pct increase over the same quarter, 2015. a year earlier.

    Overall, the country's Q1 electric power consumption rose by 6.9 pct, a 3.7 pct increase, while the country's energy intensity decreased by 3.8 pct. (Source: China National Energy Administration, Xinhua News Agency, 1 April, 2017) Contact: China National Energy Administration, en.ndrc.gov.cn

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    2016 Second Best Year for Global Wind Installations (Ind. Report)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2017-05-05
    Recent data from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) shows that 2016's global wind turbine installations hit 54.6 GW, down on the 2015 record of 63.3 GW.

    China, the U.S., Germany, India, Brazil, France, Turkey, Netherlands, the UK and Canada accounted for 88 pct of the new 2016 installations. (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, Kallnish, May, 2017) lContact: Global Wind Energy Council, Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, +32 2213 1897, www.gwec.net

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    Wind Generates 8 pct of U.S. Power in 2016 (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2017-05-05
    According to US Energy Information Administration (EIA) statistics wind energy accounted for 8 pct of the operating electric generating capacity in the U.S. during 2016 -- more than a third of all the nearly 200 GW of new utility-scale electricity generating capacity since 2007.

    The EIA attributes the figures to " combination of improved wind turbine technology, increased access to transmission capacity, state-level renewable portfolio standards, and federal production tax credits and grants." Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma, California, and Kansas account for half or more of all new capacity, according to the EIA. (Source: US EIA, May, 2017)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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    CNG, Landfill Gas, Biomass Activities Avoided 2.1 Mn Tons of GHG Emissions, says Fortistar (Ind. Report)
    Fortistar
    Date: 2017-05-05
    According to Fortistar, the builder, owner and operator of CNG, landfill gas-to-energy and biomass electric power plants across the U.S. and Canada, it's facilities avoided 2.125 million tons of GHG emissions in 2016. That's the equivalent of driving round trip from New York City to Los Angeles approximately one million times.

    Fortistar's investments and operations include: more than 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations 31 renewable landfill gas-to-energy facilities with 180 MW capacity; 298 MW of combined heat and power (CHP) electrical generating capacity and 1.8M lbs./hour combined steam generating capacity; and 65MW of renewable energy capacity generated by biomass in Canada.

    Fortistar owns and operates lower carbon energy generating assets that support the transition to zero carbon emissions. Fortistar companies include TruStar Energy, Primary Energy Recycling, Fortistar Methane Group, Fortistar Biomass Group, Clock.In and Carbonfree Chemicals. (Source: Fortistar, 2 May, 2017) Contact: Fortistar, Mark Comora, Pres., www.fortistar.com

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    Biotech Energy Opens Plattsburgh Corporate HQ (Ind. Report)
    Biotech Energy
    Date: 2017-05-05
    Biomass thermal energy systems specialist Biotech Energy, is reporting the opening of its corporate headquarters Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, New York.

    The company, which came to Clinton through the Start-Up NY Program, expects to create at least 10 new jobs in Plattsburgh and add biomass fuel pellets and wood chips to the college's renewable energy education program, which already includes solar and wind energy. Biotech plans to explore ways to incorporate its equipment and systems into the Clinton Community campus. Biotech Energy has been involved with other New England area biomass projects including one at Middlebury College, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Colby College. (Source: Biotech Energy, Press Republican, 3 May, 2017) Contact: Biotech Energy, Stanley Kinsman, CEO, (800) 340-1387, mail@biotech-energy.com, www.Biotech-Energy.com

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