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LT Smart Energy Snares Guangshuo New Energy (Int'l, M&A)
LT Smart Energy
Date: 2017-05-05
Hong Kong-headquartered LongiTech Smart Energy Holding Limited (LT Smart Energy), a leading operator of smart energy cloud platforms in China, is reporting completion of its acquisition of Guangshuo New Energy Co., Ltd. at an aggregated consideration of HK$130 million through the issuance of 44,820,000 shares at the issue price HK$2.9 per share.

With the acquisition, LT Smart Energy will own the entire equity interests in Guangshuo New Energy including seven distributed PV power stations totaling 23.51 MW of installed capacity and three PV solar power stations with a total installed capacity of 30 MW, all in the PRC. (Source: LT Smart Energy, Korea IT Times, 28 April, 2017) Contact: LT Smart Energy, Wei Qiang, CEO, +852-29696868, Marketing@longitech.hk, www.longitech.hk/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News LT Smart Energy,  Solar,  PV,  


Woodland Biomass Penalized $4.22Mn for Improper Hazardous Waste Disposal (Ind. Report)
Woodland Biomass
Date: 2017-05-05
In California, Yolo County Superior Court has ordered Woodland Biomass Power Ltd. to pay $4.22 million in penalties, costs and remediation costs for falsifying records and illegally dumping hazardous waste on agricultural lands.

The company, which burns woody biomass to generate electricity, claimed the ash was not hazardous, but the claim was based on faulty methods and, at times, falsified summaries of the test results for the ash, the release said. The firm also provided the falsified records to various governmental entities, individuals and companies. (Source: SacBee, 2 May, 2017) Woodland Biomass Power Ltd., (530) 661-6095

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woodland Biomass Power,  ,  Woody Biomass,  


ARENA's $800Mn Investment Plan Stresses Solar Energy (Int'l)
ARENA
Date: 2017-05-05
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is reporting the launch of its investment priorities almost $800 million of funding over the coming years as the country shifts from fossil fuel generation to a low-carbon economy and more renewables.

The plan, titled Innovating Energy, establishes four new priorities: delivering a secure and reliable electricity system; accelerating solar PV innovation; improving energy productivity; and exporting renewable energy.

Additionally, ARENA has launched A-Lab, a series of innovation and collaboration laboratories bringing together and objectives. ARENA will also focus on reducing the cost of solar energy which is expected to produce one-third of Australia's electricity within 20 years. (Source: ARENA, May 1, 2017) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au

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


Verdo Energy Scuppers UK Biomass Plants (Int'l Report)
Verdo Energy
Date: 2017-05-05
Danish wood pellet and biomass briquette manufacturer Verdo Energy reports it will close two unprofitable production facilities in the UK. The two plants, which have combined capacity of 110,000 tpy of wood pellets and 30,000 tpy of briquettes, are located in Grangemouth, Scotland and Andover, Hampshire.

Overall, the company's international energy business generated record revenues of €350 million in 2016, up by almost €53.7 million on 2015, according to a company release. (Source: Verdo Energy,, PR, ENDSwaste&bioenergy, 3 May, 2017) Contact: Verdo, Kim Frimer, Director, info@verdo.dk, https://verdo.dk/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Verdo Energy,  Biomass,  ,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


Singapore Airlines Flies First Biofuel-Powered Flights (Int'l)
Singapore Airlines ,AltAir Fuels
Date: 2017-05-05
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the national air carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) are jointly reporting the completion of SIA's first flight powered by sustainable biofuels.

The May 3rd flight was the first of 12 "green package" flights the airline is operating over a three-month period on its nonstop San Francisco to Singapore route. The flights will be powered by a combination of hydro-processed esters and fatty acids, a sustainable biofuel produced from used cooking oils, and conventional jet fuel. The biofuel, produced by AltAir Fuels, will be supplied and delivered to San Francisco by SkyNRG in collaboration with North American Fuel Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Aviation Oil (Singapore), and EPIC Fuels. (Source: Channel News Asia, Singapore Airlines, PR, 3 May, 2017) Contact: AltAir Fuels, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, (843) 720-8920, bryan@altairfuels.com, www.altairfuels.com; SkyNRG, +31 (0) 20 470 7020, info@skynerg.com, www.skynrg.com; Singapore Airlines, www.singaporeair.com/corporate

More Low-Carbon Energy News AltAir Fuels,  Singapore Airlines ,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


£2Mn UK Biomass Waste Project Underway (Int'l Report)
VG Consulting, VG Energy
Date: 2017-05-05
In the UK, renewable energy specialists VG Consulting and VG Energy report they are consulting with Merseyside waste management firm CCC Waste Management on the development of a £2 million biomass plant.

The project has received planning consent for the installation of 4, 10MW Heizomart biomass boiler systems and a Wellvent drying floor, which will be installed by technology partners VG Energy. (Source: VG Consulting, VG Energy, PR, 3 May, 2017) Contact: CCC Waste Mangement, Sean Munro, Director, www.cccwaste.com; VG Consulting, www.vg-consulting.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News VG Consulting,  VG Energy,  Biomass,  


Veolia Inks €341Mn Chinese Biomass Deal (Int'l Report)
Veolia
Date: 2017-05-05
French waste management specialist Veolia reports the signing of three Chinese deals worth €864 million including a biomass project deal.

The biomass deal involves the company winning a €341-million project to boost the production of electricity and steam from biomass for chemicals and construction clients in North China's Hebei province, via its subsidiary Veolia China.

Veolia collects, sorts, treats and recycles millions of tons of municipal and industrial waste every year. An increasing amount of this waste is looped back into new consumption and production cycles. In addition to its wide-ranging waste management services, Veolia develops biomass production, using organic waste as a resource for industrial production processes and municipal services. (Source: Veolia, PR, Bioenergy Insights, Others, 4 May, 2017)Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia,  Biomass,  Waste Mangement,  


PSE&G Direct Install Program Could Save School $48,000 in Annual Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
Public Service Electric and Gas
Date: 2017-05-05
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) and Ben Porat Yosef Yeshiva day school in Bergen, New Jersey, are reporting the completion of $300,000 in energy efficiency improvements as part of the PSE&G Direct Install Program. The improvements included high efficiency lighting and HVAC improvements throughout.

The improvements are expected to save 225,000 kWh of electricity annually -- equivalent to the usage of more than 30 average size homes. The school will also save almost 14,000 therms of natural gas annually, which is equal to the yearly use of 14 typical New Jersey homes, as well as nearly $48,000 annually in energy costs. (Source: PSE&G, Ben Porat Yosef, PR, 4 May, 2017) Contact: Public Service Electric, Susanna Chiu, Director of Energy Efficiency Programs, (973) 430-7000, https://pseg.com; Ben Porat Yosef School, https://benporatyosef.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Public Service Electric and Gas ,  


Indian Data Center Wins IGBC Platinum for Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
ICICI Bank,Indian Green Building Council
Date: 2017-05-05
In India, the Mumbai-based ICICI Bank Data Centre has been named the country's first platinum-rated project under the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Green Data Centre Rating System.

The data center's green features include a photovoltaic array installed on the façade for on-site renewable energy generation and LED energy efficient lighting fixtures resulting in a 20 to 25 pct cut in electric power use, 25 to 30 pct reduction in water consumption, enhanced air quality and excellent day-lighting and staff health and well-being. (Source: Hindu Business Line, , ProudGreenBuilding, 2 May, 2017) Contact: ICICI Bank, www.icicibank.com; Indian Green Building Council, www.igbc.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Indian Green Building Council,  


Toronto Hospital Awarded CaGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council.
Date: 2017-05-05
In Toronto, Ontario, the Humber River Hospital, North America's first fully digitized hospital, has been awarded LEED Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

The building was specifically designed on lean, green and digital principles including:

  • 100 pct fresh air circulation;
  • 20 pct of materials used to construct the facility contained recycled content and 46 pct were sourced regionally;
  • 96 pct of construction waste was diverted from landfill;
  • 38 pct of the project's total site area includes vegetated open space;
  • 33 pct water use reduction and water efficient landscaping using captured rainwater;
  • Vegetated "Green" roof and reflective roofing materials to reduce heat island effect. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, Humber River Hospital, (Source: CaGBC, 3 May., 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


  • CaGBC Pitches Bldg. Energy Benchmarking, Efficiency Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-05-05
    The Canadian province of Manitoba, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is recommending the province's recently released budget committing $1.7 billion to strategic infrastructure for the years 2017 and 2018, with $641 million for health, education and housing infrastructure and $370 million for municipal, local and other provincial infrastructure, focus on energy efficiency initiatives.

    Though green infrastructure was not specified in the budget, the CaGBC is calling for building energy efficiency retrofits as well as a comprehensive building energy benchmarking program to gather performance data on the energy and water use of large buildings.

    According to CaGBC, the Manitoba green building industry supported over 5,500 direct jobs and generated $438.8 million in GDP. (Source: CaGBC, JOC News, 2 May, 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy BenchmarkingGreen Building,  Canada Green Building Council ,  


    Nissan Joins Tesla, Mercedes in Home Energy Storage Race (Int'l)
    Nissan,Tesla,Mercedes-Benz
    Date: 2017-05-05
    Japanese automaker Nissan is reporting the launch of its XStorage Home, a British-made lithium-ion battery energy storage system to rival Tesla and the recently announced Mercedes-Benz offering, as detailed in our April 28th issue.

    The cells will be manufactured by Nissan in Sunderland, UK, and sold in the UK in partnership with Eaton Corp, a US power management company. The XStorage Home systems will be sold for £5,000 and up, with installations carried out by a nationwide network of electricians beginning in July. (Source: Nissan, CTBR, Guardian, May, 2017) Contact: Nissan, http://electricalsector.eaton.com/energystorage_Nissan_xstorageContactus_UK; www.nissan.co.uk/experience-nissan/electric-vehicle-leadership/xstorage-by-nissan.html; Mercedes-Benz, ; Tesla, www.teslamotors.com, http://ir.tesla.com/corporate-governance.cfm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  Powerwall,  Nissan,  Tesla,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  Mercedes-Benz,  


    Dutch Offshore WInd Farm Completed Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
    Northland Power
    Date: 2017-05-05
    Toronto-headquartered renewable energy developer Northland Power Inc. is reporting the completion of the 150 turbine, 600MW Gemini Offshore Wind Farm in the Dutch North Sea. The project was completed ahead of the schedule, within its total budget of €2.8 billion, and has generated more than €250 million of net pre-completion revenues, the company reports.

    The wind farm is expected to generate sufficient power for 1.5 million people in the Netherlands, and reduce the country's CO2 emissions by 1.25 million tpy. The Gemini offshore wind farm is owned by Northland Power with 60 pct, Siemens Financial Services with 20 pct, Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors with 10 pct and N.V. HVC with the remaining 10 pct stake. (Source: Northland Power, 1 May, 2017) Contact: Northland Power, John Brace, CEO, (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Northland Power,  Offshore Wind,  Nordsea One,  


    Vattenfall Seeking Rooftop PV Partnerships (Int'l Report)
    Vattenfall
    Date: 2017-05-05
    Swedish renewable energy specialist Vattenfall reports it is sseking partnerships with small and medium-sized businesses in Germany to use roof space for the production of photovoltaic electricity.

    Vattenfall's sustainable solar partnership allows customers to lease the PV system over a period of usually 20 years, after which the company owns the system. Under the flexible solar partnership, the lease term of the plant is initially at least eight years, after which the customer can extend the contract, purchase the plant or hand it over to Vattenfall for further use. In either arrangement, Vattefall assumes all initial costs as well as maintenance and operation management on behalf of the customer. (Source: Vattenfall, May, 2017) Contact: Vattenfall, Valentin Voigt, Project Manager, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  PV,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


    Climate Science Denier Appointed to DOE Renewable Energy Office (Ind. Report)
    Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
    Date: 2017-05-05
    In Washington, Pres. Donald Trump has appointed a climate science skeptic and fossil fuels champion, David Simmons, as Acting Assistant Secretary to the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. The agency has a $2 billion budget which Trump is proposing to slash by more than one-half, according to E&E News.

    The appointment is the latest in a string of appointments where the fox is put in charge of the hen house. Simmons -- the fox -- is well known for comments such as:

    "We have to look at the track record of the oil and gas industry [which is] producing low-cost, reliable energy, particularly when the alternative is much, much higher prices."

    "The most simple of all points is that no matter what the renewable (energy) guys say, what they will admit is that their type of power -- wind and solar -- is more expensive and will increase the price of electricity. And in an economy that is struggling, it is critical that we do everything we can to keep prices low."

    "It is unseemly that the American taxpayer has contributed billions of dollars to these (wind and solar energy) facilities." (Source: The Independent, 3 May, 2017) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy,  


    UCLA Carbon XPRIZE Team Scores $1.5Mn Donation (R&D, Funding)
    UCLA,XPRIZE
    Date: 2017-05-05
    UCLA has received a generous $1.5 million gift from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation to support faculty members competing for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. The funds will support the team's efforts to develop a process for capturing CO2 and converting it into a material that can be used in building and construction.

    UCLA's Carbon Upcycling team, led by Prof. Gaurav Sant, professor of civil and environmental engineering and materials science, is one of 25 that has advanced to the semifinals by demonstrating a process for capturing CO2 emissions from power plant smokestacks, the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions. The trapped emissions will be used to create a CO2-neutral building material called CO2NCRETE, which can replace traditional concrete. The binding component of traditional concrete is responsible for nearly 9 percent of global CO2 emissions.

    A total of up to 10 teams will advance to the Carbon XPRIZE finals, with up to 5 teams in each of two parallel tracks -- one will test technologies at a coal power plant, and the other at a natural gas power plant. The finalists will split a $2.5 million purse, and the winning team in each track will receive $7.5 million. (Source: UCLA, 2 May, 2017) Contact: UCLA, Prof. Gaurav Sant, (310) 206-3084, gsant@ucla.edu, www.lcc-ucla.com; XPRIZE, Eric Desatnik (310) 741-4892, eric@xprize.org, www.xprize.org; COSIA, www.cosia.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UCLA,  XPRIZE,  Carbon,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Ethiopian CO2 Reduction Project Finds Funding (Int'l)
    World Bank "Bio-carbon Trust Fund"
    Date: 2017-05-05
    A new Ethiopian climate related initiative, the Oromia (State) Forested Landscape Project (OFLP), has been launched with the intent of significantly cutting Ethiopian carbon emissions by 2030. carbon emission by 2030 was launched yesterday. The project, which received an initial $18 million in grant funding from the World Bank Bio-carbon Trust Fund , could qualify for an additional grant of $50 million Bio-Carbon Fund based on results in slowing deforestation throughout Oromia State. The project is intended to support forest protection, sustainable forest management, and forest development all of which could contribute to reduction of emissions and enhancement of carbon stock in Oromia forested landscapes, according to the state Environment, Forest and Climate Change Authority.

    The OFLP pilot project is part of an international initiative that includes Zambia, Columbia and Indonesia. (Source: World Bank Bio-carbon Trust Fund, Ethiopian Herald, 3 May, 2017) Contact: World Bank Bio-carbon Trust Fund, http://siteresources.worldbank.org/PAKISTANEXTN/Resources/293051-1089890926900/BioCF-Backgrounder.pdf

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


    BNP Paribas Pledges Carbon Neutrality by Year End (Int'l)
    BNP Paribas
    Date: 2017-05-05
    The Paris-headquartered international banking group BNP Paribas reports it is commited to becoming carbon neutral by the end of the year in terms of the CO2 emissions arising from its own operations.

    Since 2012, BNP Paribas has reduced its direct CO2 emissions by 15 pct per employee, in line with the Group’s target of a 25 pct reduction by 2020. This achievement is the result of a specific policy of promoting energy efficiency at the Bank’s buildings and data centres -- a significant challenge given that the premises occupied by BNP Paribas worldwide total over 7 million square metres -- and also optimising business travel. The Group will also work to offset CO2 emissions that cannot be directly avoided or easily reduced, such as those arising from staff travel and natural gas consumption, through partnerships with benchmark organisations, in accordance with our Corporate Social Responsibility policies

    Other BNP Paribas initiatives include:

  • BNP has entirely ceased financing coal mining and coal-fired power plant projects in any country, and will not finance electricity companies unless they have drawn up a plan for reducing the proportion of coal in their generation mix that is at least as ambitious as the national carbon reduction plan in the country in which the company is established

  • BNP has earmarked €100 million for investments by 2020 in innovative startups working to drive forward the transition to sustainable energy;

  • BNPis working to progressively incorporate a climate-related component into the methodology of rating companies and ventures which it finances. The bank have just joined the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition which, under the aegis of the World Bank, aims to support and encourage the implementation of a worldwide system for pricing carbon into industry and business;

  • BNP has, in line with its involvement in the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition, published the carbon footprint of over 100 funds managed by BNP Paribas Investment Partners (BNPP IP); meanwhile BNPP IP offers a wide range of low-carbon funds to investors. (Source: BNP Paribas, 3 May., 2017)Contact: BNP Paribas Group, https://cib.bnpparibas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BNP Paribas news,  Carbon Neutral news,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BNP Paribas,  Carbon Neutral,  


  • Malta Registers EU's Largest Carbon Emissions Drop (Int'l)
    Eurostat
    Date: 2017-05-05
    According to the EU statistics agency Eurostat data, the Island nation of Malta registered an 18.2 pct drop in carbon dioxide emissions in 2016, marking the largest drop across the EU. Other EU nations registering significant decreases include Bulgaria (-7 pct), Portugal (-5.7 pct) and the UK (-4.8 pct). As a whole, the 28-nation trading bloc decreased its CO2 emissions by only 0.4 pct in 2016 compared to 2015 levels.

    EU member states with emissions increases in 2016 include Finland (+8.5 pct), Cyprus (+7 pct), Slovenia (+5.8 pct ) and Denmark (+5.7 pct). (Source: Eurostat, Malta Today, 4 May, 2017) Contact: Eurostat, ec.europa.eu/eurostat

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


    Olin Brass Tagged 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR,Olin Brass
    Date: 2017-05-05
    Schlumberg, Illinois-based Olin Brass, a subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year -- Energy Management Award winner for its efforts to improve the energy efficiency of U.S. buildings and facilities through its actions.

    Olin Brass, an ENERGY STAR partner for the last four years, received the distinction for formulating an energy management program with the EPA's ENERGY STAR resources. (Source: Olin Brass, ENERGY STAR, 4 May, 2017 Contact: Global Holdings, Olin Brass, Dale Taylor, President, (847) 240-4700, http://gbcholdings.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


    Statoil Begins Long Island Offshore Wind Preliminaries (Ind. Report)
    Statoil
    Date: 2017-05-03
    Following on our December 21st, 2016 coverage, Statoil, the Norwegian state controlled energy conglomerate that spent $42.5 million for lease rights to build a wind-energy array off the coast of southwestern Long Island, reports it has begun staffing here as it begins the four- to five-year process of acquiring the more than two dozen state and federal permits necessary for the construction of more than a gigawatt of wind power to begin in 2024.

    According to Statoil, 400-600 megawatts could be developed by 2024, with the remaining number phased in over the next several years. Statoil expects to eventully deploy about 100 turbines with 10 MW capacity each. The company has also begun meeting with local and state officials to inform them of the plan and address concerns. (Source: Statoil, Newsday, 29 April, 2017) Contact: Statoil, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec VP New Energy Ventures, Stephen Bull, Snr, VP, Offshore Wind, +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Dominion Virginia's Power Plan Foresees CO2 Restrictions (Ind. Report)
    Virginia Dominion Power
    Date: 2017-05-03
    In Richmond, Virginia Dominion Power, one of the nation's largest energy producers with a portfolio of approximately 26,200 megawatts of generation, is reporting that the carbon footprint for a typical Dominion Virginia Power customer would shrink by as much as 25 pct over the next eight years under a new company plan. When added to reductions already made by Dominion, carbon emissions to meet the energy needs of a typical residential customer would fall by up to 46 pct between 2007 and 2027.

    The main drivers of these improvements are a significant drop in the subsidized cost of utility-scale universal solar power, the ability to support the variable output of solar and wind with highly efficient natural gas generation, and Virginia's two nuclear power stations. This combination is expected to provide the lowest cost and best environmental performance while maintaining around-the-clock reliability.

    On the Federal level, Dominion anticipates future national energy policy to include limitations on greenhouse gas emissions in some form, i.e. the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan which is now under attack by the Trump administration. Nonetheless, the federal government remains under a legal requirement to address carbon as a regulated pollutant.

    At the state level, the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board is currently considering a petition on carbon limitations and is developing proposals to reduce carbon emission in Virginia, irregardless of federal action or inaction.

    Dominion has lowered carbon emissions in recent years through a number of other measures. It has converted four coal-fired power stations to natural gas or renewable biomass; built highly efficient natural gas power stations in Virginia to reduce imports of electricity from higher-carbon sources outside the state; encouraged energy conservation; and increased efficiency of its existing stations to produce more energy with the same amount of fuel. The company's newest coal-fired station, the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, can use biomass for up to 20 pct of its fuel.

    Dominion's 2017 plan includes advancing renewable energy, grid modernization and strengthening against cyber or physical attacks, providing more control and information for customers, making the power grid a "two-way" street, and improving the company's ability to restore power promptly after outages. Dominion's alternative plans all assume the future will include some carbon restrictions resulting in the potential closures of certain fossil-fueled generating plants. (Source: Dominion Virginia Power, PR, 1 May, 2017) Contact: Dominion Virginia Power, Robert M. Blue, Pres., CEO, www.dom.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Virginia Dominion Power,  Clean Power Plan,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Footprint,  


    Engie Installing Eos Energy Storage Technology in Brazil (Int'l)
    os Energy Storage,Engie,Northern Power Systems
    Date: 2017-05-03
    The French multinational utility Engie, formerly known as GDF Suez, reports it is developing a 5MW hybrid solar and wind energy project complete with a 1MW / 4MWh zinc hybrid cathode battery system from Eos Energy Storage, in Tubarao, Brazil.

    Eos' Aurora grid-scale storage system based on the company's patented znyth zinc hybrid cathode batteries will be used in the project. The energy storage company will work with power generation equipment provider Northern Power Systems, which will supply its FlexPhase power conversion technology and "intelligent" controls.

    Eos and Northern Power Systems are currently finalizing site-specific engineering and design tasks ahead of breaking ground on the project later this summer, according to Engie. (Source: Engie, Energy Storage, 25 April, 2017) Contact: Eos Energy Storage, Philippe Bouchard, (212) 628-7191, info@eosenergystorage.com, www.eosenergystorage.com; ENGIE Group, Julie Vitek, (713) 636-1962, julie.vitek@na.engie.com, www.engie-na.com; Northern Power Systems, Pavel Jakovlev, Marketing Manager, (802) 461-2955 ext.7, pjakovlev@northernpower.com, www.northernpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News os Energy Storage,  Engie,  Wind,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Northern Power Systems,  


    LED Lighting Dominates in the Land Down Under (Int'l Report)
    LED Lighting
    Date: 2017-05-03
    The Australian City of Ryde in NSW reports it is currently undertaking LED retrofit projects with smart control LED technology. The city aims to convert all existing lamps to LED and requiring all new lighting to be installed with similar technology.

    Lighting replacement is also underway in regional Northern Tasmania where six Tasmanian communities are joining forces to replace more than 9,000 street lights in partnership with Ironbark Sustainability.

    Western Australia (WA) has also embarked upon energy efficient LED public lighting projects, with funding assistance from State and Federal Government. Council buildings, recreation areas, and other local government assets have been retrofitted with LED lighting. (Source: Expotrade Global, PR, Others, April, 2017)

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


    Sacramento Offering Free Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    Rebuilding Together Sacramento
    Date: 2017-05-03
    In the Golden State, Rebuilding Together Sacramento, the California nonprofit that revamps the homes of low-income, elderly and disabled residents, reports it is now offering free energy-conserving services for area homes. The group's Home Energy Conservation Program includes weather stripping, caulking and installation of energy-efficient lighting and water-saving shower heads that can reduce energy use by 10 to 20 pct, according to a release. (Source: Rebuilding Together Sacramento, PR, SaccBee, May, 2017) Contact: Rebuilding Together Sacramento, (916) 455-1880, www.rebuildingtogethersacramento.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


    SP&G Launches Green-e Certified Natural Gas Offset and Wind REC (Ind. Report)
    Spring Power and Gas,Center for Resource Solutions
    Date: 2017-05-03
    In San Francisco, the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is reporting that Maryland and New Jersey natural gas and electricity retailer Spring Power and Gas (SP&G) has launched two Green-e certified products: "Zero Gas" -- a natural gas product paired with Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets; and "Wind REC", a Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificate (REC) product. Both are available to new Spring Power and Gas customers in MD and NJ.

    SP&G's Zero Gas product is the first Green-e Climate certified carbon offset natural gas program for residential customers in Maryland and New Jersey. Zero Gas matches a customer's natural gas usage with Green-e Climate Certified carbon offsets to ensure that 100 pct of the carbon emissions caused by a customer's gas usage are offset.

    Through the Spring Green program, Spring matches 100 pct of the electricity used by its electricity customers, and matches it with nationally sourced Green-e Energy certified wind RECs.

    Green-e Climate is the global retail standard for high-quality carbon offsets and an independent, third-party certification for gas offset programs. Green-e Energy is the leading renewable energy certification and verification program in North America. A program of the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, Green-e is North America’s leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. (Source: Spring Power & Gas, Center for Resource Solutions, 3BL Media, 27 April, 2017). Contact: Center for Resource Solutions, (416) 561-2100, https://resource-solutions.org; Spring Power & Gas, www.springpowerandgas.us; Green-e, Richard Booth, Pres., www.green-e.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Center for Resource Solutions,  Carbon Offset,  


    MidAmerican Aiming for 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    MidAmerican Energy
    Date: 2017-05-03
    In Des Moines, Iowa's largest utility MidAmerican Energy reports it is investing $3.6 billion in wind power with a goal of producing 100 pct of its energy from renewable sources.

    The Warren Buffet - Berkshire Hathaway controlled company plans to build an additional 1,000 turbines over the next couple of years on top of the more than 2,000 it already has around the state, the Des Moines Register reported. Upon completion, the utility's share of its energy that comes from renewable sources will jump from 55 pct to nearly 90 pct.

    The Hawkeye State's other major power producer, Cedar Rapids-based Alliant Energy, reportedly expects its wind energy share will grow to about 30 pct within seven years. (Source: MidAmerican, Omaha World-Herald, AP, 1 May, 2017)Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, CEO, Pres., Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

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


    Norsepower Plans Maritime Wind Power Propulsion Tests (Ind. Report)
    Norsepower Oy Ltd
    Date: 2017-05-03
    Helsinki-headquartered engineering firm Norsepower Oy Ltd., in partnership with Maersk Tankers, The Energy Technologies Institute and Shell Shipping & Maritime, is reporting the installation and preparation for testing of Flettner rotor sails on-board a Maersk Tankers vessel. Tests, which are expected to commence in 2018, are intended to confirm the feasibility of maritime wind propulsion technology on tanker vessels.

    Maersk Tankers will supply a 109,647 ton Long Range 2 product tanker, which will be retrofitted with two 98 feet tall by 16 feet in diameter Norsepower Rotor Sails which combined are expected to reduce average fuel consumption on typical global shipping routes by 7-10 pct.

    The Norsepower Rotor Sail is a modernized version of the Flettner Rotor -- a spinning cylinder using the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship. Each Rotor Sail is made from lightweight composite sandwich materials. (Source: Norsepower, The Log, 30 April, 2017) Contact: Norsepower, Tuomas Riski, CEO, +358 12 330 5732, www.norsepower.com; Magnus Flettner Rotor, http://magnuss.com/flettner.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    European Energy Selling 25MW Danish Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
    European Energy A/S,Aquila Capital
    Date: 2017-05-03
    Soborg, Denmark-headquartered renewable energy developer European Energy A/S is reporting an agreement to sell a 25.05 MW wind farm at Kappel in the municipality of Lolland, Denmark, to a fund managed by Aquila Capital. The wind farm consists of 6 Vestas V117, 3.6MW turbines and 1 Vestas V126, 3.45MW turbine.

    The sale is conditional upon numerous conditions, financing and regulatory approvals. (Source: European Energy A/S, PR, 1 April, 2017) Contact: European Energy A/S , Jens-Peter Zink, Chairman, +45 2047 8220, jpz@europeanenergy.dk, www.europeanenergy.dk; Aquila Capital, Roman Rosslenbroich, CEO, +49 40 87 5050 100, info@aquila-capital.de, www.aquila-capital.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Energy ,  Wind,  Aquila Capital,  


    SeaTwirl Touts Keeled Floating Wind Turbine (New Prod & Tech)
    SeaTwirl
    Date: 2017-05-03
    SeaTwirl AB, the Swedish developer of a floating vertical axis wind turbine with folding blades, is reporting receipt of a U.S. patent.

    The turbine is mounted on a buoyant underwater structure anchored in deep water. The wind turbine, tower and underwater structure are permanently joined and rotate as a single unit with water carrying the full weight of the structure which, similar to a sailing boat, is stabilized by the keel.

    The unit does not require a yaw system for the turbine to face the wind nor a pitching mechanism to turn the rotor blades. Accordingly, fewer moving parts incur lower maintenance and operating costs. The SeaTwirl S2, 1MW turbine is expected to be available in 2020. (Source: SeaTwirl AB, Maritime Executive, Others, 30 April, 2017) Contact: SeaTwirl AB, Gabriel Strangberg, Managing Director, Gabriel.Strangberg@SeaTwirl.com, +46 70-480 55 29, www.seatwirl.com

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


    Calif. PUC Reopens Solar+Storage Energy Subsidies (Ind. Report)
    California Public Utilities Commission
    Date: 2017-05-03
    In Sacramento, the California PUC reports it has opened the application process for its Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) for solar+storage projects that include an energy storage component. SGIP is designed to provide citizens with incentives to support existing, new and emerging DERs by providing rebates for behind-the-meter solar+storage installations.

    Of the SGIP budget of $566,692,308 through 2019, 79 pct of the money will go to energy storage projects, while 21 pct will go to traditional generation projects. Additionally, 13 pct of the energy-storage-project money will focus on residential projects less than or equal to 10 kW in size, while 52 pct of the generation reservation will be reserved for renewable generation projects.

    The size of the rebate depends on the size of the project and the other incentives of which they take advantage. Effective immediately, energy storage systems larger than 10kW that do not take the investment tax credit (ITC), and residential systems of less than 10 kW, will be reimbursed at a rebate rate of 50 cents per watt-hour. Projects larger than 10kW that take the ITC will be reimbursed at a rebate rate of 36 cents per watt-hour.

    The PUC expects the money funding those levels of projects to be gone shortly after the portal opens today. Once those sell out, there will be a 20-day rest period, at which point the application will reopen with lower incentive levels (10 cents per watt-hour lower). If the decreased incentive level sells out and reaches budgeted funding limit within 10 days, the incentive level will decrease by another 10 cents per watt-hour. (Source: California PUC, PV Mag., 1 May, 2017) Contact: California PUC, (415) 703-2782, http://www.cpuc.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Public Utilities Commission,  Wind,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy Subsidies,  Solar,  


    Australian Vanadium Studying Residential Battery Market (Int'l)
    Australian Vanadium
    Date: 2017-05-03
    On the heels of Tesla's success and Mercedes-Benz recent announcement, West Perth-based Australian Vanadium (AVL) reports it is investigating its potential entry into the residential battery energy storage market through it wholly owned subsidiary VSUN Energy.

    AVL has retained TFMS, a commercialization consultant, to study the market, including: a high level residential VRB costing study; preparation of VRB product budget; identification of potential funding partners and grant assistance; and an analysis of potential technology partners and manufacturing sites.

    AVL's redox flow battery (VRB) offers the ability to store large amounts of energy for delivery over an extended period. Small scale VRBs are also ideally suited for small scale standalone applications such as powering remote telecommunications facilities and irrigation pumping facilities, according to a company release. AVL's vanadium redox flow batteries are currently being marketin Australia by GILDEMEISTER. (Source: Australian Vanadium, PR, 2 May, 2017) Contact: Australian Vanadium, Vincent Alar, MD, +61 8 9321 5594 info@australianvanadium.com.au, www.australianvanadium.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australian Vanadium,  Home Energy Stroage,  Energy Storage,  


    Ellomay Acquiring 300 MW Spanish PV Project (Int'l, M&A)
    Ellomay Capital ,Talasol
    Date: 2017-05-03
    In Tel-Aviv, renewable energy and energy infrastructure sector investor and operator Ellomay Capital Ltd. Is reporting the €10 million purchase of the entire share capital of Toledo, Spain-based Talasol Solar S.L. .

    Talasol is promoting the construction of a 300 MW PV plant in the municipality of Talavan, Caceres, Spain at a projected cost of between €225-255 million ($245 million - $278 million). The project is slated to be construction ready within 10-15 months.

    To date, Ellomay inrenewable energy related ventures include approximately 22.6MW of PV power plants in Italy and approximately 7.9MW of photovoltaic power plants in Spain;

  • 9.375 pct indirect interest in Dorad Energy Ltd., which owns and operates one of Israel's largest private power plants with production capacity of approximately 850 MW, representing about 6 pct-8 pct of Israel's total current electricity consumption;
  • 75 pct of Chashgal Elyon Ltd., Agira Sheuva Electra, L.P. and Ellomay Pumped Storage (2014) Ltd., all of which are involved in a project to construct a 340 MW pumped storage hydro power plant in Israel;
  • 51 pct of Groen Gas Goor B.V., a project company developing a 375 Nm3/h anaerobic digestion plant in Goor, the Netherlands.

    (Source: Ellomay Capital Ltd, PR, 30 April, 2017) Contact: Ellomay Capital, Kalia Weintraub, CFO, +972 (3) 797-1111, miria@ellomay.com, www.ellomay.com; Talasol, +34 925 82 51 82

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ellomay Capital ,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Talasol,  


  • California Forest Biomass Project Scores CEC Funding (Funding)
    Camptonville Community Partnership
    Date: 2017-05-03
    In the Golden State, as part of its Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program the California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded $4.9 million in grant funding to the Camptonville Community Partnership's CHP forest biomass project.

    The 3-MW project will be developed in collaboration with ICF INC., the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), Direct Contact, Univ. of California Davis, Babcock Power Environmental, Gaelectric and DE Solutions. The facility's power production will be sold to Pacific Gas and Electric for use in conjoined businesses. (Source: California Energy Commission, Daily Eagle, 1 May, 2017) Contact: Camptonville Community Partnership, Refine Miller, Bioenergy Project Manager, (530) 288-9355, CPP@cville.K12.ca.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Camptonville Community Partnership,  Forest Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    REGI Secures Ralston Biodiesel Plant Upgrade Financing (Funding)
    Renewable Energy Group Inc.
    Date: 2017-05-03
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) reports it has secured up to $20 million in financing from First Midwest Bank for a $24 million capacity-expansion and upgrading of its biodiesel refinery in Ralston, Iowa.

    The plant upgrade is expected to increase the plant's capacity from 12 million to 30 million gpy. This would match the capacity at the company's other Iowa biorefineries in Mason City and Newton. It would also qualify for the existing 2 cents per gallon biodiesel production tax credit for seven years beginning January 1, 2018. In that year, the new law also adjusts the current retail incentive for fuel containing a minimum 5 percent biodiesel blend (B5) to 3.5 cents per gallon and creates a new 5.5 cents per gallon incentive for blends of B11 or more.

    REGI owns 14 active biorefineries in the United States and Europe with a combined annual nameplate capacity of 502 million gallons. (Source: REGI, 1 May, 2017) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres. and CEO, Anthony Hulen, Corp. Affairs, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group Inc.,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  


    Univ. Of Iowa Switching from Coal to Miscanthus (Ind. Report)
    University of Iowa
    Date: 2017-05-03
    In the Hawkeye State, the University of Iowa in Iowa City reports it is replacing coal with Miscanthus grass as fuel in its power plant.

    Burning 1 acre of Miscanthus can offset 4 tons of coal in a power plant and a field of the grass can grow for a decade or more without replanting. Miscanthus can tolerate Iowa winters and can't produce seeds, so it won't invade neighboring fields, according to the university's renewable energy business development manager, Erin Hazen. The university plans to generate 10 pct of its energy from Miscanthus and use biomass fuels for the other 90 pct.

    Since 2015, the school has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 17 pct with Miscanthus and other biofuels, Hazen added. (Source: University of Iowa, University Herald, 1 May, 2017) Contact: University of Iowa, Erin Hazen, Renewable Energy Bus Dev Manager, (319) 384-3414, uiowa.eduwww.uiowa.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Miscanthus,  Bioenergy,  


    Enerkem's Edmonton Biofuels Plant Nearing Startup (Ind. Report)
    Enerkem
    Date: 2017-05-03
    In Oil soaked Alberta, Montreal-based waste-to-fuels specialist Enerkem reports that it Alberta Biofuels Plant at the Edmonton waste management centre is in its final stages of construction and will soon accept garbage for processing into biofuel.

    The $100 million project is awaiting a dryer that is central to Enerkem's process. according to Enerkem's Mike Labrecque. The site completed Phase 2 of it's construction late last year and the target of production for mid 2017 was set then. (Source: AM770, 30 April, 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Tim Cesarek, Sr. VP Bus. Dev., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, apare@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Ethanol,  Waste-to-Ethanol,  Enerkem Edmonton,  


    NACO Lauds County's Energy Efficiency Initiative (Ind. Report)
    National Association of Counties
    Date: 2017-05-03
    The National Association of Counties (NACO) reports it has recognized Woodbury County, Iowa, with its "County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability Award." The award recognizes the county's initiative to upgrade inefficient lighting in roughly 30 county buildings.

    The $900,000 project will make Woodbury County the Hawkeye State's first county to use light-emitting diode (LED) in all its buildings. The new bulbs are estimated to last at least 15 years and save the county tens of thousands of dollars in utility costs. Nearly half of the project cost is being covered by energy efficiency rebates. (Source: NACO, Sioux City Journal, 2 May, 2017) Contact: Woodbury County Iowa, www.woodburycountyiowa.gov; National Association of Counties, (202) 393-6226, www.naco.org

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


    Snetterton Woody Biomass Plant Completed Ahead of Schedule (Int'l)
    Burmeister & Wain,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2017-05-03
    Further to our November 28th, 2014 coverage, a joint venture of Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and PensionDanmark reports completion of the 44.2MW, £175 million Snetterton, Norfolk, biomass plant one month ahead of schedule.

    BWSC is responsible for operation and maintenance of the plant under a 15-year agreement. (Source: Burmeister & Wain, renews, 2 May, 2017) Contact: Burmeister & Wain, +45 48 14 00 22 l, bwsc@bwsc.dk, www.bwsc.com; Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, +45 7070 5151, www.cipartners.dk; PensionDanmark, www.pension.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Burmeister & Wain,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  Snetterton Biomass,  


    Enzyme Used to Recycle Biofuel Production Waste (Ind. Report)
    Sandia National Laboratories
    Date: 2017-05-03
    In California, researchers at the US DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) and Sandia National Laboratories are reporting their investigations into the use of a protein found in common soil bacteria to recycle industrial and agricultural wastes.

    The work, being conducted at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBI), targets LigM for its role in breaking down aromatic pollutants such as aryl compounds, a common waste product from industrial and agricultural practices, into something of value.

    LigM is utilised by the soil bacterium Sphingomonas to metabolize aryl compounds derived from lignin, the stiff, organic material that gives plants their structure. In biofuel production, aryl compounds are a byproduct of the breakdown of lignin. Many of the pathways leading to the breakdown of lignin involve demethylation, which is often a critical precursor to any additional steps in modifying lignin-derived aryl compounds.

    The researchers found that half of the LigM enzyme was homologous to known structures with a tetrahydrofolate-binding domain that is found in simple and complex organisms alike. The other half of LigM's structure was said to be completely unique, providing a starting point for determining where its aryl substrate-binding site is located.

    Study lead author Amanda Kohler, JBEI postdoctoral researcher at Sandia, noted that LigM is an attractive demethylase for use in aromatic conversion because it is a simple, single-enzyme system. LigM is also able to maintain its functionality over a broad temperature range.(Source: Berkeley Lab, National Academy of Science, WMW, 2 May, 2017) Contact: LBL Berkeley, Sandia National Lab, Amanda Koehler, (530) 902-8670, ACKohler@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov; Sandia National Lab., www.sandia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Enzyme,  Sandia National Lab,  Lingin ,  


    Notable Quotes on Clean Coal

    Date: 2017-05-03
    "Let us fund new technologies that can generate coal power while capturing carbon emissions" -- President George W. Bush said in his 2008 State of the Union address,.

    "We figured out how to put a man on the moon in 10 years. You can't tell me we can't figure out how to burn coal that we mine right here in the United States of America and make it work. We can do that."-- Presidential Candidate Barack Obama

    "My administration is putting an end to the war on coal. We're going to have clean coal, really clean coal." – Pres. Donald Trump

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal,  


    EU to Help Fund Iranian Carbon Emissions Cuts (Int'l Report)
    EU Commission for Climate Action and Energy
    Date: 2017-05-03
    At a recent high-level climate change conference in Tehran, the European Union (EU) Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy reportedly committed the European Union tp provide both technical and financial support to help Iran cut its carbon emissions. To that end, EU and Iranian officials are presently drafting a memorandum of understanding on how the EU's support will be delivered and used.

    The Iranian Meteorological Organization reports the country's greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 3 pct in the past decade. In Paris, Iran pledged to cut its emissions by 4 pct by 2030. According to the U.S. DOE's Center for International Affairs, the average temperature in Iran has increased by 1.8 degrees Celsius since 1750. (Source: EU, Iran Financial Tribune, 2 May, 2017) Contact: EU Commission for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Canete, https://ec.europa.eu/clima/index_en


    Appeals Court Stalls on Obama Clean Power Plan Ruling (Reg & Leg)
    Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2017-05-03
    At the Trump administration's request, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has agreed to postpone a ruling on lawsuits challenging Obama-era Clean Power Plan restrictions on carbon emissions. The government had asked the court to put a hold on the case shortly after President Donald Trump signed an executive order vowing to roll back the Clean Power Plan.

    The regulations were challenged by a coalition of states and industry groups that profit or benefit from burning coal. Environmental groups have opposed the delay and urged the court to rule. (Source: Salina Journal, Various Media, 2 May, 2017)

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    Chinese Renewables Could Draw $782Bn Investment by 2030 (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-05-01
    According to a recent report from the China National Bureau of Statistics, wind and solar energy sectors in China could receive up to $782 billion in investments from 2016 to 2030. In 2015, wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) investments in the country amounted to roughly 0.7 pct of the country's total fixed asset investment. By 2030, China's wind and solar industries are estimated to be worth 1.57 trillion yuan, according to the report published by Greenpeace East Asia and industry associations and research groups.

    China has committed to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and increase the share of non-fossil fuel sources in its total energy consumption by at least 15 pct by 2020, and 20 pct by 2030. To that end, the country will need to increase wind and solar power's share of primary energy consumption to 17 pct by 2030, according to the report. In 2016, China's solar capacity grew 81.6 pct to 77.4 GW, while wind power grew 13.2 pct from 2015 to 2016 to 149 GW. (Source: National Bureau of Statistics, UNEP, April, 2017) Contact: China National Bureau of Statistics, www.stats.gov.cn/english

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    South Australia Sets 1,540 MW Wind Output Record (Int'l Report)
    Australian Energy Market Operator
    Date: 2017-05-01
    Last TUesday in the Land Down Under, south Australia set a new record for wind output peaking at 1,540MW just before midnight, according to data from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). During that period, AEMO was required to have at least two large gas generators working under rules imposed by the South Australia state government last year following the state-wide blackout in September and other rolling stoppages since then. (Source: Australian Energy Market Operator, RenewEconomy, Others, 27 April, 2017)Contact: Australian Energy Market Operator, +61 3 9609 8000, www.aemo.com.au

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    PG&E Calls for Renewable Energy Proposals (Ind. Report)
    PG&E
    Date: 2017-05-01
    Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) reports it is seeking proposals from renewable energy developers for its Regional Renewable Choice Program. The program will give PG&E customers easier access to renewable energy by enabling customers to work directly with developers of new renewable projects. Customers will have the option to work with developers and subscribe to the output from a new renewable project equaling between 25 and 100 pct of their electric power consumption. Under the program, participating customers will pay the developers for the new energy directly and receive a bill credit from PG&E on their monthly energy statement.

    The program offers renewable energy developers an opportunity to submit proposals starting April 26, 2017 through noon Pacific Time on May 26, 2017. Projects will be chosen through a competitive bidding process and are expected to be selected by August 2017. This request for offers calls for a development target of 150 MW of renewable resources.

    Renewable energy developer proposal and other details are HERE. (Source: Pacific Gas & Electric Co., April 28, 2017) Contact: PG&E, Aaron JOhnson, VP Customer Energy Solutions, www.pge.com

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    Toshiba Touts Japanese Palm Shell-Fired Biomass Power Plant (Int'l)
    Toshiba,SIGMA POWER Ariake Corporation
    Date: 2017-05-01
    Toshiba Corp. reports its subsidiary SIGMA POWER Ariake Corporation (SPAC) in Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture, has begun commercial operation of its first biomass power plant, a 50MW facility that will supply sufficient electric power for approximately 80,000 households while reducing CO2 emissions by about 300,000 tpy. The newly retrofitted Mikawa Power Plant has been equipped to burn biomass in a circulating fluidized bed boiler and can handle a variety of fuels. including palm kernel shells (PKS) imported from Indonesia.

    The company has also begaun construction of an on-site large-scale carbon capture facility as part of a five year Demonstration of Sustainable CCS Technology Project sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment. (Source: Toshiba, Various Media, 28 April, 2017)Contact: Toshiba Corp., Press, Aya Oshima / Yuu Takase, +81-3-3457-2100, www.toshiba.co.jp

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    Selectronic, LG Chem Announce Energy Storage Partnership (Int'l)
    LG Chem.Selectronic
    Date: 2017-05-01
    Lithium-ion battery manufacturer LG Chem, Ltd. reports it is partnering with Aussie battery inverter supplier Selectronic to help Australian consumers reduce their electric power consumption and provide improved energy storage solutions using a Selectronic SP PRO battery inverter with LG Chem RESU batteries.

    The integration of LG Chem's RESU series with Selectronic's inverter has successfully completed over 30 field tests around Australia .(Source: LG Chem, CSO, 26 April, 2017) Contact: LG Chem, www.lgesspartner.com/au; Selectronic, Rod Scott, CEO, www.selectronic.com.au

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    NorthStar, Springfield Utilities Tout Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    NorthStar
    Date: 2017-05-01
    Stockholm-headquartered NorthStar, the Swedish-American energy storage provider, reports it is partnering on an energy storage system demo project with City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri. within the area of Energy Storage Systems (ESS). The demo project is initially intended to demonstrate how the Springfield electricity grid and the city's power supply can be made more efficient and sustainable by using NorthStar BLUE+ batteries monitored by the NorthStar ACE remote management solution . The joint ESS project will be deployed in September 2017.

    NorthStar ACE is a fully integrated remote monitoring system combining Bluetooth communication with an Internet of Things (IoT) concept. The cloud service is built to aggregate and display data on a system level and enable full remote control of the energy storage system. (Source: NorthStar, PR, Cision, 25 April, 2017) Contact: NorthStar, Hans Liden, CEO , +46 70 417 85 09, hans.liden@nsb.email, www.northstarbattery.com/ace; City of Springfield, Joel Alexander, Manager, Communication, City Utilities of Springfield, (417)-831-8902, joel.alexander@cityutilities.net

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    Duke Energy Report Stress Clean Energy Commitment (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2017-05-01
    In its just released 2016 Sustainability Report, Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered Duke Energy reports it has been diversifying its generating fleet by retiring older coal units, building state-of-the-art natural gas and coal facilities, and expanding renewables. According to the report, natural gas presently provides 28 pct of Duke Energy's electric power production while 38 pct of the electricity generated is from zero emission sources, including nuclear, hydropower, wind and solar. As a result of its system modernization, Duke Energy has slashed its CO2 emissions by more than 29 pct since 2005.

    Also in the report, the company announced a new goal to lower carbon intensity, measured in pounds of CO2 released per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated, by 45 pct versus 2005 output. In 2016, the company achieved an almost 25 pct cut in carbon intensity versus 2005.

    The Duke Sustainability Report also notes:

  • Duke is on track to meet its goal of owning or having under contract 8,000 MW of wind, solar or biomass capacity by 2020. At the end of 2016, the company had 5,400 MW;
  • Duke Energy remains on track as the price per kilowatt-hour of electricity remains lower than the national average in all six states the company's retail service area;
  • The company is on target to recycle 80 pct of its solid waste by 2018. Currently, 76 pct of the utility's solid waste is recycled. (Source: Duke Energy, Canadian Biomass, 27 April, 2017) Contact: Duke Energy, Lynn Good, Pres., CEO, Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres., www.duke-energy.com/renewable

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