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BC Conservatives Launch Anti-Carbon Tax Website (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-10-02
In westrn Canada, the British Columbia Conservative Party is reporting the launch of its, website and petition dedicated to fighting the BC Liberal party's 2008 imposed Carbon Tax.

The BC Conservatives have steadfastly rejected the Carbon Tax as a punitive tax on the poor and middle class. Following a threat by the federal Liberal Party to impose a national carbon tax, other western Conservative parties have followed suit in a strong rejection of the tax, including the Saskatchewan Party and the United Conservative Party of Alberta, the BC Conservatives say. The website and petition are the latest tools in the ongoing BC Conservative advance against the Carbon Tax. (Source: BC Conservative Party,28 Sept., 2017) Contact: BC Conservative Party, Scott Anderson, Communications (250) 434-2550,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  BC Carbon Tax,  

Vattenfall, SaltX Pilot to Use Salt for Energy Storage (Int'l)
Vattenfall,SaltX Technology
Date: 2017-10-02
Vattenfall reports it has inked a letter of intent (LoI) with Hagersten, Sweden-headquartered SaltX Technology to carry out a pilot project that will use salt to store energy at a Vattenfall CHP facility in Berlin.

The project will be based on SaltX's "EnerStore" large-scale energy storage technology that stores surplus solar and wind generated electricity as heat in dried salt. The pilot is expected to be ready late in 2018 and to undergo testing by 2019.

"By adding water to the dry salt (calcium oxide) the salt turns into calcium hydroxide. The water starts a chemical process, which generates heat and degrees C. If you add hot steam instead of water to the salt, the steam temperature will rise up to 500 degrees C," according to SaltX. (Source: Vattenfall,, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,; SaltX Technology, Eric Jacobson, Bus. Dev., Marketing, +46 73-643 16 94,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Energy Storage,  

Samsung Supplying Battary Cells for Massive Aussie Energy-Storage Facility (Int'l Report)
Tesla,Samsung SDI
Date: 2017-10-02
In Palo Alto, California, Tesla reports it has selected Samsung SDI, rather than its EV battery supplier Panasonic, to supply battery cells for massive Australian energy-storage facility which Tesla CEO Elon Musk vowed to build within 100 days, "on time or its free" after regional power outages. Tesla is importing the Samsung cells to the U.S. for final assembly before sending them to Australia.

The South Australia state government has placed an order with Tesla for one the world's largest battery systems, capable of storing 100,000kW -- sufficient power for approximately 30,000 homes. (Source: Tesla, Nikkei, 30 Sept., 2017) Contact: Tesla,; Samsung SDI,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung SDI,  Tesla,  Energy Storage,  Panasonic,  

Cornell Reports Bioreactor Algal Biofuel Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
Boyce Thompson Institute
Date: 2017-10-02
Cornell University's Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and Texas A&M University researchers are reporting "algal droplet bioreactors on a chip", a new technology that may revolutionize the search for the perfect algal strain.

In the new technology, a single algal cell is captured in a droplet of water encapsulated by oil then millions of algal droplets squeeze onto a chip about the size of a quarter. Each droplet is a "micro-bioreactor", a highly controlled environment in which algal cells can grow and replicate for several days, forming a genetically homogenous colony that goes through its typical biological reactions, including the production of lipids.

The researchers first validated the chip system with algae known to grow faster or slower, or produce more or less lipid. They then screened 200,000 chemically mutated cells, identifying six mutants with both faster growth and higher lipid content. The screening, done on-chip, uses fluorescence detection of chlorophyll, representing total cell mass, and BODIPY, a fluorescent molecule that binds to lipids. All mutants with potential for improved growth or lipid production were recovered and verified off-chip.

The tools for improving throughput are already in development, including larger chips that can screen millions of droplets in one experiment.

With the discovery and development of much more efficient algal strains, commercial-scale production of biofuel from algae may finally be a realistic promise. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation. (Source: Cornell University, PR, Plant Direct, 28 Sept., 2017) Contact: Cornell Univ., George Lowery, (607) 255-2171,,; Texas A&M, Arum Han , (979) 845-9686; Boyce Thompson Institute, (607) 254-1234,

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

Solar-Tectic Touts Thin-Film Solar Cell Technology New Prod & Tech)
Solar-Tectic LLC
Date: 2017-10-02
In the Empire State, Briarcliff Manor-headquartered thin-film solar specialist Solar-Tectic LLC is reporting thatits patent application for a method of making III-V thin-film tandem solar cells has been allowed by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

The patent, the first ever for a thin III-V layer on crystalline silicon thin-film, covers group III-V elements such as Gallium Arsenide (GaAs), and Indium Gallium Phosphide (InGaP) for the top layer, as well as all inorganic materials, including silicon, germanium, etc., for the bottom layer. Solar-Tectic's patented technology uses common industrial manufacturing processes and no wafer which saves material and energy costs. A glass substrate instead of wafer also allows for a bifacial cell design for increased efficiency. (Source: Solar-Tectic LLC, PR, Novus Light, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Solar-Tectic LLC, Ashok Chaudhari, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar-Tectic ,  Solar,  Thin-Film Solar,  Solar Cell,  

Reliable Controls Dealer Scores Green Building Award (Ind. Report)
Reliable Controls,Taiwan Intelligent Building Association
Date: 2017-10-02
Victoria, BC-based Reliable Controls® reports that Authorized Dealer, Lucon Automation Co Ltd., has been recognized by the Taiwan Intelligent Building Association (TIBA) for its Excellent Intelligent Green Building System. The award is intended to encourage innovative development of building projects and systems with the advancement of information and communication technologies.

The objectives of the Association is to promote the exchange of intelligent green building technology and knowledge among Asian countries, to demonstrate the cutting edge intelligent green building technology developed in the Asia Pacific region, and to provide a safe, healthy, convenient, comfortable, energy-saving, and sustainable living environment for people in Asia and worldwide. (Source: Reliable Controls, PR,, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Reliable Controls,; Taiwan Intelligent Building Association,

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

Aggregate Industries, BASF Partner on Concrete Environmental Product Declarations (Ind. Report)
Aggregate Industries ,BASF Construction Chemicals
Date: 2017-10-02
Chicago-headquartered cement manufacturer Aggregate Industries (AI) reports it has partnered with BASF Construction Chemicals to create a suite of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to provide clients with detailed information on the environmental impact of their ready-mixed concrete, and to encourage the implementation of sustainable solutions. -- core issues within the construction industry.

Aggregate Industries have launched EPDs on their Agilia, Watertight and Diamondcrete ready-mixed concrete products.

The EPDs are based on life-cycle assessment (LCA) calculations using BASF's Life Cycle Analyzer tool to quantify the environmental impact of specialist and conventional concretes and compare the eco-efficiency of different concrete mixes.

The Life Cycle Analyzer allows concrete producers and specifiers to demonstrate compliance with European Standard BS EN 15804:2012 and to calculate indicators such as global warming potential (CO2), renewable energy consumption, acidification potential, and the cost impact of different concrete mix designs. (Source: Aggregate Industries, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Aggregate Industries, (773) 372-1000,; BASF +49 (0)621 60-0,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Concrete,  Cement,  COs,  Carbon Emissions,  

TEP Bid to Control Residential Power Seeks Approval (Ind. Report)
Tucson Electric Power
Date: 2017-10-02
The Arizona elcetric utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is reported to be seeking regulatory approval for a pilot program in which customers with "smart" internet-connected thermostats would allow the utility to remotely control a customer's air conditioner or adjust the thermostat to help the utility control the load on its power grid.

If the pilot program is approved, an initial 650 participating customers would receive an annual $40 incentive payment as well as save an undertermined amount of money on a time-of-use rate plan. TEP is also offering a $35 rebate on the purchase of a Nest thermostat which it will evaluate against other smart thermostats to determine those that qualify for the program.

Additionally, TEP proposes to use some participating customers' homes and water heaters to store energy. The utility also would explore "feeder-level" -- neighborhood-level -- power storage in some areas to help reduce peak demand. (Source: TEP, Tucson Daily Star, 30 Sept., 2017) Contact: Tucson Electric Power, David G. Hutchens, CEO, Joseph Barrios, (520) 884-3725,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power ,  Energy Storage,  Smart Neter,  Smart Thermostat,  

West Virginia Woody Biomass-to-Fuels Project Set for Early 2018 Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
PPD of WV One
Date: 2017-10-02
Orion Strategies, a Charleston communications firm representing PPD of WV One, a newly-formed limited liability company, reports PPD will construct a $73 million synthetic fuel-from-woody biomass waste plant in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

The plant will produce 7.2 million gpy of synthetic diesel fuel and 7.s tpy of biochar utilizing a clean energy system that produces an inexpensive hydrogen gas stream on demand from biomass and waste sources. The plant will utilize primarily locally sourced wood industry and forestry wastes as its principal feedstock. The company is looking to acquire a series of revenue bonds totaling close to $80 million to help finance the construction and equipping of the plant. Construction is scheduled to get underway early in 2018, according to Orion Strategies. (Source: Orion Strategies, PPD of WV One, Woodworking Network, September 29, 2017 ) Contact: Orion Strategies, (304) 982-6050,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biochar,  Woody Biomass,  

DOE Announces $22Mn Marine Biomass Production Funding (Funding)
Date: 2017-10-02
On September 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced 18 projects from the Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) program will receive $22 million in funding through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The MARINER projects aim to develop tools to address the technological challenges of efficiently and cost-effectively growing and harvesting macroalgae -- seaweed -- for use as a feedstock for biofuels and other bioproducts.

The cross-disciplinary MARINER projects focus on transformative, systems-level improvements and engineering, including advanced research in farm design and autonomous operation, which draw on fields such as cultivation and harvesting systems, advanced components, computer modeling, aquatic monitoring, and advanced breeding and genetics tools.

According to ARPA-E Acting Director Eric Rohlfing, "the United States has offshore resources capable of producing enough seaweed to handle as much as 10 pct of our demand for transportation fuel." The full list of the MARINER projects is available HERE.(Source: DOE ARPA-E, Nat. Law Review, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: DOE ARPA-E,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE ARPA-E,  Biofuel,  Seaweed,  

IPL Announces Hawkeye State Wind Farm Agreement (Ind. Report)
Alliant Energy, Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2017-10-02
Following-up on our August 9th coverage, Cedar Rapids based Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), an Alliant Energy unit, reports it has finalized an agreement with Virginia-headquartered Apex Clean Energy to break ground on its planned 300-MW Upland Prairie Wind Farm in northwestern Iowa.

The project will incorporate 121 turbines and generate sufficient power for 130,000 homes. Interstate Power & Light provides electric power to approximately 490,000 retail customers and natural gas service to 220,000 retail customers. (Source: Interstate Power and Light Company, Alliant Energy Corporation, PR, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, , Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595,; Alliant Interstate Power and Light, (319) 786-4411,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Interstate Power and Light ,  Alliant Energy,  Wind,  Apex Clean Energy,  

PacifiCorp RFP Seeking 1,270 MW of Wind in Wyoming (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-02
Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp Energy reports the issuance of an RFP seeking up to 1,270 MW of wind resources as well as a new 140-mile, 500-kV transmission line delivering power into the utility's Wyoming system, to be completed by the end of 2020.

To qualify, projects can be located in Wyoming, Oregon or Utah. The company will consider projects bid with power purchase agreements for up to 30 years, or "Build-Transfer" agreements where the bidder develops the project but ultimately transfers the project to PacifiCorp. Proposals for new or repowered wind resources must demonstrate that projects will qualify for the federal production tax credit, if applicable, and can be online by Dec. 31, 2020.

PacifiCorp reportedly aims to add another 859 MW of new wind capacity -- 85 MW in Wyoming and 774 MW in Idaho -- 1,000 MW or more of new solar capacity Between 2028 and 2036. (Source: PaifiCorp, UtilityDive, Various Other Media, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: PacifiCorp Energy, Laine Anderson, Director of Wind Operations,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PacifiCorp,  Wind,  Solar ,  

Vestas Confirms 174-MW MidAmerican Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Vestas, MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-10-02
Copenhagen-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of another order from Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary MidAmerican Energy Company, for 100 units of its V110-2.0-MW wind turbine for MidAmerican's 2,000-MW Wind XI project spread across multiple sites in Iowa.

The supply order includes commissioning and a five-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service agreement, along with previously purchased Production Tax Credit--qualifying components. The turbines will be manufactured at Vestas' Colorado factories for delivery beginning in Q2, 2018. (Source: Vestas, PR, Various Media, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,; MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  

US Residential Energy Storage Market Shifting, says GTM (Ind. Report)
GTM Research
Date: 2017-09-29
According to market analysis from GTM Research, grid-tied residential energy storage batteries in the US will this year for the first time overtake off-grid and grid-independent storage systems. GTM estimates that in 2016 the US installed more than 4,400 residential batteries, totaling 127 MWh, of which 86 pct were off-grid or grid-independent backup. Their share is expected to grow to 99 pct by 2022 as annual additions of off-grid and grid-independent systems will remain relatively flat, GTM Research projects.

While currently residential storage is concentrated in several markets such as Hawaii, California and states in the Northeast, which have suitable application and regulatory conditions, GTM Research expects the segment to grow, spurred by falling systems costs, utility rate design, and other factors. (Source: GTM Research, U.S. Residential Battery Storage Playbook 2017, Renewables Now, 27 Sept., 2017) Contact: GTM Research U.S. Residential Battery Storage Playbook 2017,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  GTM Research,  

Magellan Midstream Offering E-15 in Iowa (Ind. Report)
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Magellan Midstream Partners
Date: 2017-09-29
Tulsa-headquartered Magellan Midstream Partners LLP, one of the country's largest pipeline companies, reports it is now offering pre-blended E-15 at most of its terminals nationwide and at its facilities in Bettendorf, Dubuque, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Garner, Iowa City, Mason City, Milford, Sioux City, Waterloo and Whiting, Iowa.

Magellan operates the longest pipeline system for refined products and L-P-Gs in the United States, extending about 9,700 miles from the Gulf Coast and covering Iowa and 14 other states across the central U.S. (Source: Magellan Midstream Partners, Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc., Radio Iowa, 27 September 27, 2017) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Magellan Midstream Partners, (918) 574-7000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News E-15,  Ethanol Blend,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  

Philly Takes 8th in Residential LEED Certifications (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-29
Real estate website ADOBO reports Philadelphia has been ranked 8th in the nation with 909 US Green Building Council LEED-certified residential projects. The average square footage of Philadelphia's green projects is 17,901 square feet, with 0.15 projects per 1,000 people. Washington, D.C., which has 2,675 LEED-certified residential projects is the national LEED project leader, according to the ADOBO report. (Source: USGBC, Curbed Philadelpia, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

Xcel Energy Planning 300-MW South Dakota Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2017-09-29
Xcel Energy reports it plans to construct and own a 300-MW wind farm in South Dakota, the first publicly announced wind project to move forward under the phase-down of the production tax credit. The project, which brings the company's proposed wind farms to 13 representing 3,680 MW of capacity across seven states, puts Xcel on track to be the first US utility to exceed 10 GW of wind on its system. According to Xcel, he project is cheap enough to compete on cost with other fuel sources even without the full tax credit. (Source: Xcel Energy, Renewables, 27 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Wind,  

France Raising Carbon Tax with Many Exemptions (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-09-29
Reporting from Paris, Reuters notes the French government's 2018 draft budget has set a course for higher carbon taxes on fossil fuel as part of a tax on transport and heating fuels paid by all consumers. The budget plan , however, exempts utilities and other firms with high carbon emissions which operate with greenhouse gas emissions quotas or are exposed to international competition. Agricultural, heavy transport and taxi companies are also exempted.

The carbon tax will increase from the present €30.50 ($35.81) per ton to 44.6 euros in 2018, €55 in 2019, €65.40 in 2020, €75.80 in 2021 and up to €86.20 euros in 2022 then rise to to €100 in 2030. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 27 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  France Carbon Tax,  

PG&E Rebates Boost Napa Schools Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Pacific Gas & Electric,Napa Valley Unified School District
Date: 2017-09-29
In the Golden State, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) reports that since 2016 it has paid over $39 million in rebates to 385 elementary and secondary school districts that have saved an estimated $45 million in energy costs annually in Northern and Central California.

One of those districts is the Napa Valley Unified School District, which includes Napa, American Canyon and Yountville. Since 2012, PG&E and the Napa County Energy Watch teamed up on several energy efficiency projects projects at schools throughout the district including the installation of: LED lighting, fan motors for walk-in coolers, water heaters and boilers, power saving software, wireless thermostats on portable buildings, variable speed drives on pool pumps, and others that have saved more than 95,000 kWh and nearly 800 therms of gas.

California schools spend $700 million on energy annually, according to the California Energy Commission. (Source: PG&E, Currents, 26 Sept., 2017) Contact: PG&E,; Napa Valley Unified School District, Brian Bacinett, Energy and Environmental Compliance Specialist, (707) 253-3715,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas & Electric,  PGE,  PG&E,  Energy Efficiency,  Efficiency Rebates,  

Missouri Saves Over $1Mn by Cutting Energy Use (Ind. Report)
Missouri Department of Conservation
Date: 2017-09-29
In Jefferson City, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports it has saved $1.2 million in energy costs since 2010, including more than $250,000 in 2016 alone. To achieve savings, MDC installed: LED lighting in its largest buildings; on- and off-hour building climate-controlled systems; motion-activated lighting; geothermal heating and other upgrades and energy efficiency systems. In addition, all MDC staff are strongly encouraged to turn off lights, computers and other equipment during unoccupied periods. (Source: Missouri Dept. of Conservation, Energy Mgr., 27 Sept., 2017) Contact: Missouri Department of Conservation,

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

Perry Asks National Petroleum Council Input on CCU (Ind. Report)
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry
Date: 2017-09-29
Reuters is reporting U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose department cut Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) technology funding, is now asking his advisory group, the 200-member National Petroleum Council, to help find ways for oil drillers to exploit "enhanced oil recovery" technology that injects captured carbon dioxide into under producing oil wells.

The former Texas governor and presidential wannabe said carbon capture and utilization had "exciting potential" and touted the Petro Nova CCUS project in Texas which will capture over 5,000 tpd of CO2 for enhanced oil recovery. During last year election campaign, Perry proposed the complete elimination of the agency he now heads. Now, Perry's boss has proposed slashing the DOE Office of Fossil Energy budget by 56 pct to $280 million for the next fiscal year.

Interestingly, Perry previously said "Climate change is all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight. Al Gore is a prophet all right, a false prophet of a secular carbon cult, and now even moderate Democrats aren't buying it." (Source: U.S. DOE, Sec. Rick Perry Reuters, Various Others, Sept., 2017) Contact: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, (202) 586-5000,; National Petroleum Council, (202) 393-6100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  

CCS Equipped Coal, Gas-Fired Power Plants Favored in UK (Int'l)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Date: 2017-09-29
In the UK, a recent survey by the London-headquartered Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has found that approximately half of the 2,000 survey participants favour the construction of coal and gas-fired power plants equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCs) technology. Thirty-two pct said the priority should be generating electricity which had the least impact on the climate while 23 pct said it should focus on the cheapest cost for consumers. (Source: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Energy Live, 26 Sept., 2017) Contact: Institution of Mechanical Engineers , Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Energy and Environment,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Climate Change,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  

Ameren Missouri Plans $1Bn Solar, Wind Expansion (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2017-09-29
St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri reports it plans to invest approximately $1 billion to add at least 700 MW of solar and wind power -- sufficient power for 214,000 homes -- by 2020. The new wind facilities would be located in Missouri and neighboring states.

Adding 100 MW of solar power is expected to occur over 10 years, but no costs estimates are available. One solar facility at St. Louis Lambert International Airport is slated to be completed next year. Ameren also noted it is working to reduce its carbon emissions 80 pct by 2050 from 2005 levels. (Source: Ameren Missouri, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Dan Laurent, Dir. Energy Services, Michael Moehn, Pres., CEO, (314) 554-2165,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Solar,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

Siemens Gamesa Nails 97Mw Argentinian Wind Turbine Order (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2017-09-29
Siemens Gamesa reports receipt of an order for 28 units of its G132-3.465 MW wind turbines from the Argentine government controlled Parque Eolico Arauco SAPEM. The turbines will be installed in Phases III and IV of the Arauco Wind Complex in the province of La Rioja, in western Argentina. The turbines are slated for delivery in Q2, 2018 for commissioning in early 2019.

The Arauco Wind Complex project is the biggest wind power undertaking in central-northern Argentina and probably one of the biggest in the whole country. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, 25 September 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa ,  Wind,  

Net Power Clean Fossil Energy Demo Underway (Ind. Report)
Net Power
Date: 2017-09-29
Durham, North Carolina-based Net Power reports construction of it's first carbon capture demo facility near Houston, Texas, is underway. The 5-acre, $140 million facility will serve as a testing ground for the Allam Cycle, Net Power's technology that uses a high-pressure, highly recuperative, oxyfuel, supercritical CO2 cycle that makes emissions-free carbon capture part of the core power generation process, rather than an afterthought. Net Power's technology generates low-cost power from fossil fuels with virtually zero-emission, according to the company.

Net Power aims to license its technology to third parties -- oil and gas companies, power utilities -- and expects the first commercial plant to start its turbines as early as 2021. Net Power was formed by a partnership of 8 Rivers Capital, Exelon and CB&I, (Source: Net Power, Edgy Labs, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: Net Power, (919) 667-1800,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Newt Power,  CCS,  Clean Coal,  COs,  Carbon Emissions,  

ADB Lending $50Mn for Sri Lankan Rooftop Solar (Int'l Report)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2017-09-29
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it has approved a $50 million loan to aid the funding of the Rooftop Solar Power Generation Project in Sri Lanka. The project would finance rooftop solar power projects equivalent to 50 MW of additional capacity the ADB added. The project is expected to cost a total of $59.8 million, with the private sector providing an equity contribution of $9.8 million. The ADB will also administer $1 million in technical assistance from the Asian Clean Energy Fund under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility. This would be used, among other things, to help build capacity and support the implementation of the project in Sri Lanka. (Source: ADB, CNBC, 27 Sept., 2017) Contact: Asian Development Bank, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank ,  Rooftop Solar,  Solar,  

Siemens Gamesa to Develop Indian Hybrid Wind-Solar Project (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2017-09-29
Siemens Gamesa reports it has been mandated to develop India's first large, commercial hybrid wind-solar project. The project would involve a 28.8 MW solar facility being connected to an existing 50 MW wind farm.

Siemens Gamesa would be responsible for the design, engineering and commissioning of the new solar plant, as well as its "hybridization" with the existing wind farm. The project is set to come online by the end of this year, and will be located in the state of Karnataka. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, ADB, CNBC, 27 Sept., 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Hubrid Wind-Solar ,  

WELTEC BIOPOWER Expanding Biogas Operations in Ireland (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-29
Previously this month, the Irish Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (DCCAE) announced the adoption of the Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS), a new subsidy scheme to promote biogas and other renewable energies. The government plans to increase the amount of green electricity from the current figure of about 23 pct to 40 pct by 2020. Prior to the announcement, Ireland was the only European country without an incentive scheme for power and heat from renewable sources.

According to Vechta, Germany-headquartered biogas plant specialist WELTEC BIOPOWER, the conditions for expanding the network of biogas plants in Ireland are very good: Firstly, the agriculture and waste sector boasts an enormous biomass potential. Secondly, with a growth rate of 4.9 pct in 2016, Ireland is the fastest-growing national economy in the EU and offers a favorable investment climate.

WELTEC BIOPOWER has constructed almost 20 biogas plants in the UK., eight of which are in Northern Ireland, where WELTEC is currently building two AD plants that primarily use will hog slurry and grass silage and half of maize silage as feedstock. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER, PR, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, Ann Borries, +49 (0) 4441-999 78-220,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER,  Biogas,  Methane,  ,  

EC Launches Sustainable Building Performance Reporting Tool (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2017-09-29
The European Commission (EC) reports it has launched the pilot phase of Level(s), a new EU-framework for sustainable buildings Europe-wide. The test phase for Level(s) will run until 2019.

Level(s), which focuses on building performance indicators across areas such as greenhouse gas emissions, resource and water efficiency as well as health and comfort, aims to establish a "common language" around what sustainable building means in practice -- shifting the debate beyond energy performance. Each indicator in Level(s) is designed to link a building's impact with EU priorities for circular economy, and the framework effectively broadens the building agenda to deliver more of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

EC Level(s) details are HERE. (Source: EU, Sept., 2017) Contact: EU Environment,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Building Performance,  

Cdn. Businesses Call for Fed. Carbon Tax Commitment (Ind. Report)
Fenix Energy
Date: 2017-09-29
In Burnaby, British Columbia, Fenix Energy reports it has joined Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada, and over 160 other influential Canadian organizations in calling on the government to increase the adoption of clean renewable energy and commit to increasing the national carbon tax beyond 2022, apply the tax at the carbon source, and use border tax adjustments to protect Canadian industry. A carbon tax with these features would spur investment in renewables -- creating a triple pay-off for the "green" energy sector, the economy, and the environment.

Fenix Energy is growing a reputation among developers, municipalities and utilities for leading the delivery of thermal energy solutions. By upgrading the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems of high-rise buildings (new or old), Fenix turns developments into Thermal Energy Assets that harvest, store and trade energy. Completely scalable, our solutions work for a single building, multiple buildings within a development or across a city. Fenix Energy solutions create a win for the environment and the bottom line; making the business case for investing in renewables an undeniable one. Source: Fenix Energy, PR, Sept., 2017) Contact: Fenix Energy,; Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Canada Carbon Tax,  

Notable Quote
EPA, RFS,Growth Energy
Date: 2017-09-29
"For this Administration to begin taking steps backward after making so many declarations of support for renewable fuels is alarming, and our industry urges the EPA to move forward, not backward on the RFS. While these are significant reductions, they do not decrease the expected 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel in the RVO; however, we have significant concerns that this action indicates that the EPA may backpedal on the promise and growth of the RFS.

"The RFS was passed with the intent to lower our nation's dependence on foreign oil, keep our air clean, revitalize rural America, and provide consumers with more affordable fuel options at the pump. This shows a clear willingness from the EPA to reverse course and abandon the goals and promise of more renewable fuel blending in the RFS." -- Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy commenting on recent EPA Renewable Fuel Standard plans. Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  RFS,  Growth Energy,  

UPM Biofuels Finalist for Platts Global Energy Awards (Ind. Report)
UPM Biofuels
Date: 2017-09-29
In Helsinki, UPM Biofuels reports it is one of six finalists for the Industry Leadership category in Bioenergy at the 2017 Platts Global Energy Awards. UPM is nominated for its wood-based low emission advanced UPM BioVerno biofuels, and its one-of-a-kind commercial scale biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland.

The Bioenergy Industry Leader Award recognizes a recent innovation in bioenergy that is market competitive, ecologically sound and minimizes undesirable environmental impacts. The nominees must be producing or enhancing the application of bioenergy solutions. The judging criteria include challenges, financial results, innovation, leadership and operational excellence. (Source: UPM Kymmene Corp., PR, September 27, 2017) Contact: Platts Global Energy Award,; UPM Biofuels, Sari Mannonen, VP, +358 45 265 1345,

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Japanese Woody Biomass Power Capacity on the Rise (Int'l Report)
Japan Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-09-29
In Tokyo, Reuters is reporting a rush into wood-burning biomass projects with than 800 projects offering 12.4 GW of capacity already approved by Japanese authorities. The projects approved to date that use wood biomass fuel would need the equivalent of up to 60 million tonnes of wood pellets, compared with global output of 24 million tonnes in 2014, according to Japan's Renewable Energy Institute.

Japan Renewable Energy (JRE), in which Goldman Sachs has a stake, is among the companies entering the woody biomess power market with the construction of its first biomass power station north of Tokyo.

Japan wants renewables to generate 22-24 pct of its electricity mix by 2030. Of that total biomass power is targeted to generate up to 4.6 pct by 2030, and reached 1.8 pct by March 2016. (Source: Japan Renewable Energy, Reuters, 30 Sept., 2017) Contact: Japan Renewable Energy, Osamu Toribuchi, GM,

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ElectraTherm Touts First Georgia Plant Shipment (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-29
Reno, Nevada-based waste heat-to-power specialist ElectroTherm reports it has shipped its Power + Generator from its new Flowery Branch, Georgia, plant to the United Kingdom.

The system generates fuel-free power from biomass. The generator utilizes waste heat on applications such biomass boilers, oil and gas well flair gas, landfills, waste water treatment plants and others. (Source: ElectraTherm, Northern Nevada Business Weekly, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: ElecttraTherm, John Fox, Managing Director, (877) 883-7101,

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Procter & Gamble Woody Biomass Power Plant Completed (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-29
Following on our February 13, 2015 coverage, Exelon subsidiary Constellation is reporting completion of a 50-MW woody biomass CHP plant at Procter & Gamble's Albany, Georgia paper manufacturing facility.

The plant's fuel supply will be sourced from locally abundant biomass including discarded tree tops, limbs, branches and scrap wood from local forestry operations, crop residuals such as pecan shells and peanut hulls, and lumber mill mill waste.

The plant, owned by Constellation, supplies steam to the Proctor & Gamble facility and to a 9.5-MW electric power generator at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia. (Source: Constellation, PEI, Others, 26 Sept., 2017) Contact: Proctor & Gamble,,; Constellation, Kelly Biemer, (410) 470-9700,

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French Floating Wind Energy Project Secures Funding (Int'l)
Dietswell SA
Date: 2017-09-27
French engineering firm Dietswell SA is confirming receipt of €2.4 million ($2.9 million ) in financing from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) for the Eolfloat project to support the development of a semi-submersible floating platform for large-scale offshore wind turbines.

The €4.6 million Eolfloat project covers engineering, detailed construction studies and basin trials of a scale-model Trussfloat floating platform, using a scale model. A commercial version is possible at end-2018, according to Dietswell. (Source: Dietswell, Sept., 2017) Contact: Dietswell, +33 1 39 30 02 60,,

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Luxuries Giant LVMH Boosting Green Credentials (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-27
In Paris, LVMH, the world's largest luxury consumer products group -- Louis Vuitton, Moet & Chandon Champagne and 70 other luxury businesses -- reports it will contribute €30 to an in-house carbon fund for every tonne of CO2 emissions they generate from 2018, up from the present €15 per tonne.

The company will also tighten standards on packaging, materials sourcing, energy management, energy efficiency and other "green" projects and improvements. (Source: LVMH, The National Middle East, 21 Sept., 2917) Contact: LVMH, +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22,

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N.J. Missing GHG Reduction Target, says Rutgers Report (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-27
According to a new report from the Rutgers University Climate Institute, the Garden State "lacks coherent, comprehensive strategy to significantly reduce carbon footprint by mid-century and is going to require much steeper reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions to reach a goal to lower carbon pollution to 1990 levels by 2050." New Jersey enacted its Global Warming Response Act almost a decade ago.

Although the attached Rutgers report is short on recommendations it could provide a blueprint for the steps -- carbon tax, RGGI participation, cleaner transportation and greater reliance on renewable energy -- needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct which will require a 76 pct reduction from today's pollution levels.

According to the report, New Jersey's emission profile differs from other states in that there is less pollution from the power sector because of the state's reliance on nuclear which comprises 43 pct of the state's electricity mix. Mobile emissions and fossil fuels used in homes and businesses, primarily for heating, account for a greater share of the emission mix.

Download the An Examination of Policy Options for Achieving Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions in New Jersey -- September 2017 report HERE. (Source: Rutgers University, Georgetown Climate Center, NJ Spotlight, Sept., 2017) Contact: Rutgers,

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America's Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate Future -- NRDC Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-27
The attached Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) recently released America's Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate Future. report outlines measures the U.S. could take to increase renewable energy power generation and cut greenhouse gases 80 pct by 2050. The report aims to identify the cleanest, most cost-effective way to cut carbon pollution by 80 pct from 1990 levels by 2050 -- the necessary U.S. contribution if the world is to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Download the America's Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate Future HERE. (Source: NRDC, Sept., 2017) Contact: NRDC,

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Offshore Nordsee Wind Turbine Installations Completed (Int'l)
Nordsee,Innogy SE
Date: 2017-09-27
Innogy SE reports the installation of all 54 Senvion 6.2M126 wind turbines at the 332-MW Nordsee One wind farm in the German North Sea has been concluded and the project is set for commissioning before the year end.

Canada-based Northland Power Inc. holds an 85 pct stake in the project while Innogy SE retains the remaining 15 pct. The offshore wind farm , which will be operated and serviced from a base in Norddeich, will generate sufficient energy for as many as 400,000 homes. (Source: Innogy SE, Deutsche Winguard, Renewables, 22 Sept., 2017)Contact: Northland Power, John Brace, CEO,; Nordsee One,; RWE Innogy, Peter Terium, CEO, +49 (0) 201 122 2088,

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Sund & Baelt Selling 21MW Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l)
Sund & Bælt
Date: 2017-09-27
In Denmark, Sund & Baelt reports it is selling the 21MW Sprogo offshore wind farm off the Danish coast. The wind farm, which incorporates seven Vestas V90-3MW turbines and has been operational since 2009, is permitted to generate power until 2034 by the Danish Energy Agency. (Source: Sund & Baelt, RE News, Others, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: Sund & Baelt , Mikkel Hemmingsen, CEO, +45 33 93 52 00 Fax: +45 33 93 10 25,,

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Vestas Increases Indian Presence with New Delhi Office (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-27
Copenhagen-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports the recent opening of a business sales unit in Delhi, India to serve India and the Asia-Pacific market. The company also has a 200 MW blade production facility in Gujarat.

To date, Vestas has delivered over 4,500 turbines in India, with a total capacity of more than 3,000 MW according to the company. (Source: Vestas, Financial Express, Others, 23 Sept., 2017)Contact: Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00,

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Scottish Tidal Power Station Breaks Production Record (Int'l)
MayGen,Atlantis Resources
Date: 2017-09-27
Australian tidal energy specialist Atlantis Resources reports its four-turbine MeyGen tidal power station off the coast of Scotland generated a record 700MWh of electricity, enough to power 2,000 homes, during the month of August, 2017. Since the installation of a fourth turbine in February, MeyGen has dispatched 2GWh of electricity to the grid, according to company release. A final, fifth turbine is slated for installation within the next few weeks. (Source: Atlantis Resources, Alpha, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: Atlantis Resources, Tim Cornelius, CEO, +65 6248 4688, +44 131 659 9690,

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Ontario Joins California, Quebec Joint Carbon Market (Ind. Report)
Carbon Market
Date: 2017-09-27
The Canadian province of Ontario reports it will join Quebec and California and enter its joint carbon cap-and-trade market effective 1st January 2018. The agreement will allow the two provinces and the state of California to use carbon allowances issued by any of the participant Governments interchangeably, and to hold joint carbon auctions.

The initiative is expected to make it easier for participants to find a trading partner to purchase or sell carbon allowances. It will also provide access to lower cost reduction opportunities, which will lower the cost of compliance for the companies in all three states.

California has been holding joint cap-and-trade auctions with Quebec since 2014. Ontario has been running its own cap-and-trade since January 2017, and has completed three sold out auctions. (Source: UN Climate Action, 25 Sept., 2017)

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Ontario Legislation Calls for Carbon Tax Disclosure (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-09-27
At Queen's Park in Toronto, Ontario parliamentarian Monte McNaughton (PC) has tabled legislation that, if passed into law, would require natural gas companies to detail cap-and-trade costs on a separate line item on rate payer's regular monthly energy bills. The bill passed second reading in a spirit of bi-partisanship and is awaiting committee review and fine tuning.

British Columbia and Quebec have similar legislation in place. (Source: Toronto Sun, Postmedia Network, Other Media, 24 Sept. 2017)

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EPA Calls for Deeper RFS Cut (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2017-09-27
On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it wants to further reduce the renewable volume blend requirements for advanced biofuels, biomass-based diesel volumes for 2018 and 2019 and the total renewable fuel volumes in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The proposed reductions are in addition to the agency's proposal to cut those volumes already. The deadline for the final RFS is Nov. 30. The latest change will be subject to an additional 15-day public comment period.

In the EPA notice for data availability, the agency is seeking comment on a proposal to reduce the 2018 advanced biofuel volume requirement from the proposed level of 4.24 billion gallons to 3.77 billion gallons and also to reduce the 2018 total renewable fuel volume requirement from the proposed level of 19.24 billion gallons to 18.77 billion gallons. The EPA said in the notice the new proposal is based on concerns about biofuel imports. (Source: EPA, DTN, Various Media, 26 Sept., 2017)

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Heraeus Photovoltaics Opens Indian Office (Int'l. Report)
Heraeus Photovoltaics
Date: 2017-09-27
German renewable energy technology solutions provider Heraeus Photovoltaics on Sunday announced it has opened an India office in New Delhi and will bring in dedicated staff at its Engineering and Technology Centre in Singapore to help focus on the Indian solar cells market.

Heraeus, specialists in the field of thick film technology for photovoltaics, said it offers products for all solar cell architectures and photovoltaic technologies. (Source: Heraeus, IANS, 24 Sept., 2017) Contact: Heraeus Photovoltaics,

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ABB, Northvolt Partner for Mammouth Battery Plant (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-27
Following on our 22nd March coverage, ABB Technology Ventures and Stockholm-based lithium-ion battery specialist NorthVolt are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a wide-ranging supply and technology partnership that includes products and services for Northvolt's planned lithium-ion battery plant in Sweden and close collaboration on development of battery solutions and R&D activities. Under the MoU, ABB will support the initial phase of this project through an early investment.

Supported by ABB's industrial automation expertise, integrating robotics, machine and factory automation, electrification and ABB Ability™, ABB's unified, cross-industry digital offering, the Northvolt plant will supply European automotive industry customers with high quality and customizable battery solutions. The factory is expected to start production in 2020. (Source: ABB Technology Ventures, Northvolt, PR, Markets Insider, 26 Sept., 2017) Contact: Northvolt, Peter Carlsson, CEO ,; ABB Technology Ventures, +46 21 32 5000,

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Maritime Biofuel Collaboration Announced in Singapore (Int'l)
BHP, Goodfuels,International Maritime Organization
Date: 2017-09-27
In Singapore, energy providers BHP and GoodFuels report they have agreed to collaborate on a biofuels pilot project in 2018 as part of a larger discussion on the use of biofuels as a sustainable alternative maritime shipping fuel.

The two firms joined forces at the Singapore Biofuel Roundtable organized by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). The roundtable comes at an opportune time in light of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) 0.5 percent global sulphur cap on marine fuels which will come into effect from 2020, as well as he IMO's longer term plan to lower carbon emissions for shipping.

MPA is seeking seek collaborative partnerships with shipowners on the bio-energy front, including finding solutions to barriers to the use of biofuels. (Source: MPA, BHP, Goodfuels, American Shipper, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO ,, MPA, Andrew Tan, CEO, +65 6375 1600,; International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

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ConsenSys Launches CarbonX Personal Carbon Trading (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-27
NYC-based blockchain software technology specialist ConsenSys is reporting the launch of the world's first peer-to-peer personal carbon trading company, CarbonX.

CarbonX will purchase carbon credits and invest in carbon reduction projects. The offsets of these activities will then be transformed into ERC20 tokens on an Ethereum based blockchain and distributed through an open-loop style loyalty rewards programme.

Carbon X also plans to create their own CarbonX Tokens (CxTs) that will be offered by retailers, brands and businesses to incentivize people to make "carbon-friendly" decisions. CxTs can then be traded for carbon-friendly goods and services, other digital currencies or reward programme points on the CarbonX platform. (Source: ConsenSys, Bitcoin, The Block, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: CarbonX, Joseph Lubin,,; ConseSys, Joseph Lubin

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