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US DOE Announces $22Mn for Seaweed Biofuels R&D (R&D, Funding)
US DOE Seaweed Biofuel
Date: 2017-09-27
The US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is reporting the availability of $22 million in funding to develop biofuels from seaweed -- microalgae -- and relevant technologies across 18 innovative projects. Seaweed can be used as a feedstock for domestic transportation fuels, chemicals and a range of other commercial products.

The funded projects include developing cultivation and harvesting systems, advanced components, computer modeling, aquatic monitoring and advanced genetics tools. (Source: US DoE, Energy Live, Various Media, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: DOE ARPA-E,

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

Chicago LEED Green Residential Construction Leader (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-27
Construction of both residential and commercial green buildings is increasing around the country, with developers, builders, sellers and buyers alike attracted by the lower construction costs and energy savings and faster sales afforded by green buildings.

A recent report from ABODO, the apartment finder app looked at the square footage of USGBC LEED certified apartment buildings in various cities and found that the Chicago area topped the list for average square footage of residential LEED projects. As a whole, the State of Illinois boasted the highest average square footage for LEED projects in the country, clocking in at 109,052, 680 of which are in Chicago. (Source: ABODO, USGBC, Chicago Agent, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: ABODO,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

Navigant Names Non-Lithium-Ion Batteries for Grid Storage Leaders -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Navigant Research
Date: 2017-09-27
Navigant Research Leaderboard: Non-Lithium Ion Batteries for Grid Storage, a new report from Navigant Research examines and evaluates the strategy and execution of 13 vendors of non-lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries for grid storage.

Despite their popularity -- especially in electric vehicle applications -- li-ion batteries are not well-suited for all stationary storage applications. Many non-Li-ion battery technology providers, ranging from startups to well-established corporations, are offering alternative technologies such as flow batteries, advanced lead-acid batteries, and zinc-based batteries.

According to the report, ViZn Energy and Sumitomo Electric have become the leading vendors of non-Li-ion batteries for grid storage because of their low cost technology, the strong technical capabilities of their products, and/or their financial strength and industry experience. Additionally, Li-ion batteries have significant momentum in storage markets worldwide.

A report executive summary and details is available for free download HERE. (Source: Navigant Consulting, Navigant Research, PR, 26 Sept., 2017) Contact: Navigant Consulting, Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Research,  Energy Storage ,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Li-Ion,  Grid Energy Storage,  

Lime Launches SAVE™ Powers Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Orlando (Ind. Report)
LIme Energy
Date: 2017-09-27
In the Garden State, Newark-based energy efficiency products and services provider Lime Energy Co. reports the Orlando, Florida rollout of its SAVE™ program for commercial and small business customers.

The SAVE™ program is designed to allow small businesses to benefit from the technology advances already achieved by larger companies and institutions. Under the program, Lime Energy provides a free energy assessment and installs new energy-efficient equipment customized to a specific business's needs at no cost to the customer. Lime Energy guarantees monthly energy cost savings and bills the customer for only a portion of realized savings, thus allowing businesses to permanently reduce their operating costs with no out-of-pocket expenses and no burden of debt.

Details of Lime Energy's Orlando SAVE™ program are HERE. (Source: Lime Energy, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: Lime Energy, Adam Procell, President & CEO , Lime Energy Media Relations Christopher Maresca, (201) 416-2575,,

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

GTT Unloading Smart Home Energy Patent Portfolio (Ind. Report)
GTT Group
Date: 2017-09-27
Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group), the premier provider of patent analysis and transaction advisory worldwide, is reporting the availability of the Smart Home Energy Management Patent Portfolio related to energy management systems (EMS), methods and devices for local and remote management power usage, battery charging and storage, and security applications for Smart Homes and Buildings. Patents in the portfolio cover a secure EMS control interface, managing network traffic among connected devices using different protocols and controlling the charge/discharge of battery cycles, and others. (Source: GTT Group, PR, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: GTT Group, (503) 200-5168,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GTT Group,  Energy Management,  

Solecco Solar Launches Interlocking Rooftop Solar System in UK (New Prod & Tech., Int'l)
Solecco Solar
Date: 2017-09-27
In the UK, Leeds-headquartered solar roofing tile specialist Solecco Solar is reporting the launch of a new "full roof" interlocking solar roof tile system. The zero-glass system has a low carbon footprint and is an eco-asset which drives energy efficiency and protects against rising electricity costs. (Source: Solecco Solar, PBC Today, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: Solecco Solar, James Birch, Jonathan McManus, +44 (0)113 467 8725,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

UF Scores $15Mn for Carinata Oil Seed Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Date: 2017-09-27
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) reports that researchers led by Prof. David Wright, have been awarded a $15 million grant by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to investigate the use of inedible carinata oil seed for aviation jet fuel production and other valuable bio-products.

Prof. Wright heads University of Florida Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC). SPARC is comprised of scientists from several Southeast U.S. universities, government agencies, Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., and Applied Research Associates Inc., and a consortium representing the commercial aviation industry.

SPARC aims commercialize carinata to produce cost-effective, environmentally friendly jet fuel while mitigating risks along the entire supply chain, according to Prof. Wright. Wright led studies have initiated large-scale production of the crop in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, an area which has been identified as "ideal" areas for carinata production. (Source: University of Florida, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Contact: SPARC,; USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture,; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO,,; University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, (850) 875-7116,

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

"Bait-and-Switch" -- Notable Quote

Date: 2017-09-27
"It's outrageous that the EPA would change course and propose a reduction in renewable fuel volumes. This seems like a bait-and-switch from the EPA's prior proposal and from assurances from the President himself and Cabinet secretaries in my office prior to confirmation for their strong support of renewable fuels." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) responding to yesterday's EPA RFS announcement

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS news,  Biofuel Blend news,  Biodiesel news,  

$36Mn Carbon Capture Tech. R&D Funding Announced (Funding)
Date: 2017-09-25
In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office Of Fossil Energy (FE) has announced approximately $36 million in Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies financial assistance to advance carbon capture technologies. The funding will support cost-shared R&D projects that will continue the development of carbon capture technologies to either the engineering scale or to a commercial design.

More details on this FOA can be found HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: US DOE Media, (202) 586-4940

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CO2,  CCS,  

PowerHouse Announces Qatar Waste-to-Hydrogen Fuel JV (Int'l)
PowerHouse Energy Group
Date: 2017-09-25
UK-based PowerHouse Energy Group reports it has entered into a MoU with Doha, Qatar-headquartered Energy & Environment Holding (EEH), an independent energy and environmental consulting firm, to jointly investigate establishment of a network of "DMG" systems for the conversion of waste-to-hydrogen and distribution of the fuel.

According to a release, EEH would hold 51 pct of the joint venture project and be responsible for the acquisition of suitable land, permitting, licenses or approvals and identifying and supplying appropriate waste streams, as well as securing project financing. (Source: PowerHouse Energy Group, PR, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: PowerHouse Energy Group, +44 (0) 203 368 6399,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Fuel,  

Active Energy Planning Asian Biomass Plants (Ind. Report)
Active Energy, Lumino
Date: 2017-09-25
Advanced Biomass Solutions (ABS), an affiliate of Active Energy, reports has entered into an agreement with California-based Lumino Capital for the financing, development and operation of eight CoalSwitch™ plants across South East Asia.

Each plant will be capitalized primarily by equity investments and debt financing from Lumino and a consortium of financial institutions. Lumino and its affiliates will also supply woody biomass feedstock that will be used in the plants and processed into CoalSwitch. Lumino will also source long-term off-take agreements with entities in Japan and South Korea, including two biomass plants currently under development by its parent, Solariant.

The two companies plan to create a vertically integrated model encompassing the key components needed for the successful commercial roll-out of CoalSwitch™. Lumino will utilise its network of finance providers, as well as source both woody biomass and long-term offtake agreements, whilst ABS will supply the technology and plant construction." ABS will be responsible for the construction and ongoing operations, management and the maintenance of each CoalSwitch plant. (Source: Active Energy Group, PR, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500,; Lumino Capital,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy,  Biomass,  CoalSwitch,  Advanced Biomass Solutions,  

CO2 Storage Monitoring Technology Touted (New Prod & Tech)
University of Edinburgh
Date: 2017-09-25
In Scotland, University of Edinburgh researchers report they have developed a new method of monitoring sequestered carbon by analyzing its chemical fingerprint. Designed to monitor and ensure the safe storage of industrial greenhouse gas emissions, the new method will aid the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

The researchers found that the chemical fingerprint of CO2 captured from power stations and industrial sites remains recognizable after it's injected underground, and can be distinguished from other sources of the gas, such as groundwater or natural emissions from plants and bacteria.

According to a University of Edinburgh statement: "The chemical fingerprint of captured CO2 varies depending on the capture technology used. This will be useful for tracking CO2 injected into storage sites and means that in most cases there is no need to add expensive artificial tracers." (Source: University of Edinburgh, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Sept., 2017) Contact: University of Edinburgh, Dr. Stephanie Flude,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  

Assam Petrochemicals Plans Second Methanol Plant (Int'l)
Assam Petrochemicals Plans Second Methanol Plant (Int’l)
Date: 2017-09-25
In India, Assam Petrochemicals Limited (APL) reports will invest close to Rs 1337 Crore to etablish a second unit in Namrup in Upper Assam for the production of methanol and formalin .

The new facility will produce 500 tpd of methanol and 200 tpd of formalin. India produces just 25 pct of its domestic methanol requirement and imports the balance from the Middle East. (Source: Assam Petrochemical, Economic Times, 24 Sept., 2017) Contact: Assam Petrochemicals Ltd., +91 361 246 1470,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Assam Petrochemicals news,  Methanol news,  

MEM, GCube Partner on First Indonesian Wind Farm (Int'l)
Modern Energy Management
Date: 2017-09-25
Bangkok, Thailand-based Modern Energy Management (MEM), a specialist in delivering project lifecycle certainty to renewable energy developers, reports it will will carry out marine warranty surveying (MWS) services at the Sidrap wind farm in Northern South Sulawesi, on behalf of GCube Underwriting. The 75-MW Sidrap Wind Farm will incorporate 30 Gamesa turbines to be offloaded at a jetty specially-constructed for the project. (Source: Modern Energy Management, Windpower Engineering & Dev. 20 Sept., 2017) Contact: Modern Energy Management,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

Morgan Stanley Plans Carbon Neutrality by 2022 (Ind. Report)
Morgan Stanley
Date: 2017-09-25
New York-headquartered multinational financial services giant Morgan Stanley reports will seek to source 100 pct of its global electric power requirements from renewable energy sources under a plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2022. To that end, the company plans to cut overall energy consumption by 20 pct from 2012 levels, improve energy efficiency and consider power purchase agreements, renewable energy credits and carbon offsets. Morgan Stanley will also join the Climate Group and CDP RE100 Initiative comprised of companies committed to power 100 pct of their operations with renewables.

Since 2006, Morgan Stanley has lowered its carbon footprint by 36 pct and met its previous goal for cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions earlier than planned.(Source: Morgan Stanley, Renewables Now, Other Media, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: Morgan Stanley, (212) 761-4000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  CDP,  RE100,  

Ethanol Crop Residue Opportunities Touted (Ind. Report)
Trestle Energy
Date: 2017-09-25
Following-up on our June 1, 2016 report, San Diego-based Trestle Energy LLC, a low carbon fuel company working with ethanol producers, and Iowa-based Regional Strategic, Ltd. in two joint studies have found that collecting, processing and delivering corn stover (stalks, leaves, stubble) byproducts of ethanol production for use in generating electricity. The stover is compressed into biomass pellets that can be burned like coal in existing power plants, reducing CO2 emissions and increasing renewable energy supplies.

The studies reveal that with modest infrastructure investments, building even a single pellet facility can deliver economic benefits for power producers and across farm economies.

The studies, commissioned by Larksen LLC, Trestle Energy's affiliate for biomass supply, focus on Nebraska and Iowa, two leaders in U.S. ethanol production. Nebraska's ethanol industry produces roughly 8.32 million tpy of harvestable corn stover and Iowa's industry produces around 15.6 million tpy. The economic impacts show that building a corn stover industry to complement ethanol production in Iowa could deliver over $1 billion in additional labor income and contribute $2 billion to Iowa's GDP by 2030. In neighboring Nebraska, the analysis shows the potential to generate $840 million in labor income and $1.5 billion in GDP over the same period. What is required is modest infrastructure investments to enable coal-fired power plants to blend biomass into their fuel mix. (Source: Trestle Energy LLC, PR, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: Trestle Energy, James Rhodes, Pres., (858) 220-9529,,; Larksen, LLC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trestle Energy ,  Ethanol,  Corn Stover,  Cellulosic,  

Cargill Planning $90Mn Wichita Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-25
Minneapolis-headquartered agricultural industry giant Cargill reports it will construct a new 60 million gpy biodiesel plant in Wichita, KS . Construction is slated to begin this Decembe for completion and commissioning in 2019. The site is located next to an existing Cargill oilseed processing facility.

The new $90 million plant will be the company’s third biodiesel production facility in the U.S. Midwest. (Source: Cargill, Powder & Bulk Solids, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: Cargill, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cargill,  Biodiesel,  

India Beating China in Climate Change Measures (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-09-25
According to the Bonn-based not-for-profit NGO Germanwatch, India is out-performing China on climate change protection measures deployed as rated by the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). The performance was analyzed on parameters such as emissions levels, development of emissions, renewable energies, efficiency and climate policy.

Germanwatch notes that India's per capita emissions are "relatively low" despite the fact India is one of the ten largest CO2 emitters. It also states that India's 25 pct of the energy supply is covered by renewable energy and that the Indian government is running "one of the largest renewable capacity expansion programmes in the world".

Over all, India's performance in areas of efficiency and emission levels puts India far ahead of China. When it comes to energy efficiency, India's performance has been categorized as a "poor". However, China trails India with a "very poor" performance in terms of energy efficiency too.

Both India and China have performed almost equally when it comes to development of emissions, climate policy and renewable energies. Within the G20 economies, India's climate change performance is ranked 4th, while China is ranked 12th. (Source: Germanwatch, MoneyControl, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Germanwatch,

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

Statoil Surpasses Climate Target Years Ahead of Schedule (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-25
Oslo-headquartered oil and gas producer Statoil reports it has achieved its 2015 target of reducing the CO2 emissions from the Norwegian continental shelf by 1.2 million tpy from 2008 to 2020 -- equal to the annual emissions from some 600 000 vehicles.

In 2008 the petroleum industry, under the direction of Konkraft, set a collective energy efficiency goal equivalent to 1 million tonnes of CO2 per year between 2008 and 2020. Statoil's share of this was 800,000 tonnes. In 2015, four years ahead of schedule, Statoil achieved this goal and raised its target by 50 pct to 1.2 million tonnes the same year.

In August 2016, the petroleum industry, under the direction of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, launched an ambition of introducing carbon reduction measures equivalent to 2.5 million tonnes on the NCS by 2030, compared with 2020. Statoil's share of this is 2 million tonnes. (Source: Statoil, Oil & Gas Eurasia, 22 Sept., 2017) September 21, 2017) Contact: Statoil, Arne Sigve Nylund, Exec. VP, Development and Production Norway,; Norwegian Oil and Gas Association,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Carbon Emissions,  Emission Reductions,  

Notable Quote

Date: 2017-09-25
"Carbon capture technologies are one of the most effective ways we can continue to leverage the sustainability of our Nation's fossil fuel resources while advancing environmental stewardship." -- US Sec. of Energy Rick Perry, 22 Sept., 2017

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  

Community Solar Program Announced in Denver (Ind. Report)
Denver Housing Authority,Namaste Solar
Date: 2017-09-25
The Denver Housing Authority reports it will launch a low-income community solar program that includes a 2 MW solar project.

The program will be supported by utility Xcel Energy's community solar program, GRID Alternatives Colorado, Enterprise Community Loan Fund and Monarch Private Capital will serve as financial partners. Boulder, Colorado-based Namaste Solar will serve as the installation partner. (Source: Denver Housing Authority , PV Mag., September 21, 2017) Contact: Denver Housing Authority, (720) 932-3000,; GRID Alternatives Colorado, (866) 921-4696,; Namaste Solar,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Community Solar,  

HEI Subsidiary Acquiring Honokaa Power Plant (Ind. Report)
Hamakua Energy Partner
Date: 2017-09-25
Boston-based private equity firm ArcLight reports Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. subsidiary Pacific Current has purchased Hamakua Energy Partners' naphtha-fueled 60-MW power plant in Honokaa, Hawaii. The facility's power is sold to HELCO under a long-term PPA.

By 2045, 100 pct of power supplied in the state is required, by law, to come from renewable sources, such as wind, geothermal, water, bioenergy and solar. (Source: ArcLight, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, 21 Sept., Sept., 2017) Contact: Hamakua Energy Partners, (808) 775-1711,; ArcLight Capital Partners, Dan Revera, Managing Partner,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcLight,  Hamakua Energy Partner,  

Asia Bioenergy Technologies Sells T7 Global Stake (Int'l, M&A)
Asia Bioenergy,T7 Global
Date: 2017-09-25
In Kuala Lumper, Asia Bioenergy Technologies Bhd (ABT)reports the sale of its has disposed of its entire 8.88 million shares in T7 Global Bhd, formerly known as Tanjung Offshore Bhd, for RM3.65 million. T7 Global, through its subsidiaries, is involved in energy, design and engineering, aerospace, education, manpower, property, and information communication technology. The sale proceeds will be channeled back into its technology incubator funds, which will be used for future investments.

Asia Bioenergy Group is a business and technology incubator and strategic advisory group focused on incubating start-up biofuel, biomass-to-energy and other technology companies and early stage high growth companies. (Source: Asia Bioenergy Technologies, The Edge Markets, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: Asia Bioenergy Tech.,; T7 Global, +60-3-2785-7777 ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asia Bioenergy,  

Hurricane Impacted Johnson Controls HVAC Equipment Owners Offered Rebates (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2017-09-25
Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls reports that homeowners living in Texas counties effected by Hurricane Harvey -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Area (DR-4332) -- will qualify for rebates on the purchase of replacement HVAC equipment, effective immediately.

The program assigns rebates according to equipment efficiency -- expressed as Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER for air conditioners and heat pumps and as a percentage for furnaces -- with more efficient products earning larger rebates. The program applies to many YORK®, Coleman®HVAC, Luxaire®, Champion®, Fraser Johnston®, Guardian® or Evcon™ air conditioners/heat pumps and furnaces. Rebate details are HERE. (Source: Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions, 20 Sept., 2017 Contact: Johnson Controls Building Technologies, (855) 324-3650,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls ,  

Toyota's Plano Texas HQ Earns LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-25
In the Lone Star State, Toyota Motor North American (TMNA) headquarters campus in Plano reports it has achieved U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Platinum certification -- the most widely used green building rating system in the world. The new Toyota HQ campus is the largest commercial LEED Platinum project in Texas, to date.

The 100-acre campus incorporates renewable energy, repurposed rainwater, recycling, sustainable landscaping and other LEED qulifying energy efficiency features. (Source: Toyota Noryh America, PR, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: Toyota North America, Amanda Roark, (469) 292-2636,; USGBC Texas Chapter, Jonathan Kraatz, Exec. Dir., (214) 571-9244,

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

75F Lauded for Smart Building Automation System (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-25
Burnsville, Minnesota-based "smart" building automation specialist 75F was recognized at the recent GreenBiz VERGE Conference in Silicon Valley for its intelligent building automation solution that delivers significant energy savings and workplace comfort improvements.

By developing and installing smart building technology, 75F assists customers in achieving US Green Building Council LEED certification goals. According to the company website, instead of reacting to problems, the 75F system predicts needs and manages buildings accordingly. (Source: 75F, PR, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: 75F, Kristen Johnson, Marketing Director (612) 616-6272,,

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

Ottawa Commits $6.2Mn to College Energy Efficiency (Funding)
Marianopolis College
Date: 2017-09-25
In Ottawa, the Canadian government reports it will invest $6.2 million in a $13.7 million energy efficiency upgrade project at Marianopolis College, in Westmount, Quebec. Ottawa's contribution is through its Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, while Marianopolis College and its partners are providing $7.69 million. (Source: Marianopolis College, Montreal Gazette, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: Marianopolis College, (514) 931-8792,;Government of Canada Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

NZ Green Building Council, Superhome Tours Partnering (Int'l)
New Zealand Green Building Council
Date: 2017-09-25
The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) reports it is partnering with the Superhome Tours which showcases sustainable houses by providing popular tours of innovative homes. The agreement will see homes on the Superhome Tours verified under the New Zealand Green Building Council's Homestar certification scheme. Homestar is a national rating tool that measures the health, warmth and efficiency of New Zealand houses. (Source: NZ Green Building Council, PR, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: NZ GBC, Andrew Eagles, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Zealand Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  

MidAmerican Repowering Iowa Wind Turbines (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-09-25
In the Hawkeye State, MidAmerican Energy reports it will upgrade hundreds of older wind turbines across Iowa for increased unit efficiency and power generation capacity. The older turbines will be retrofitted with newer, more efficient components, including longer blades, to extend the life of the turbines.

MidAmerican has entered into agreements with General Electric (GE) to complete the upgrades that are slated to begin later this year at various sites including the Victory wind farm in Crawford and Carroll Counties and the Intrepid wind farm in Buena Vista and Sac Counties. Additional sites and schedules are expected at a later date. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, CBC Online, 24 Sept., 2017) Contact: MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632,

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

CPFL Completes Sao Paulo Biomass Energy Substation (Int'l)
CPFL Energias Renovaveis
Date: 2017-09-22
Brazilian renewable energy firm CPFL Energias Renovaveis SA is reporting the inauguration of the 800-MVA Morro Agudo substation and transmission lines to facilitate the flow of biomass energy generation from the Sao Paulo countryside. The project, including the associated reinforcements and improvements in distribution and transmission lines, came in at approximately $32 million . (Source: CPFL Energias Renovaveis,Renewables Now, 20 Sept., 2017) Contact: CPFL Energias Renovaveis, 011 5501-4632 / 5501-4655,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  

Fremont, Michigan Regional Biodigester Reopens (Ind. Report)
Generate Capital,Dynamic Systems Management
Date: 2017-09-22
San Francisco-based waste-to-energy infrastructure specialist Generate Capital Inc. report has resumed operations at the Fremont Regional Digester facility in Michigan. The plant can process approximately 165,000 tpy of organic waste into renewable electricity -- sufficient power for 2.500 homes per year.

Generate Capital partnered with Dynamic Systems Management LLC, an experienced Waukesha, Wisconsin-based developer and operator of biodigesters, to manage the facility. With the new upgrades, the plant is now equipped with state-of-the-art controls for improved monitoring and measures to minimizes odors. A stringent digestate management plan approved by the Michigan DEQ ensures the full life cycle of the waste is accounted for. (Source: Generate Capital, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Generate Capital,; Dynamic Systems Management Daniel Meccariello, CEO, (262) 825-3133,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News biodigester,  Dynamic Systems Management,  Generate Capital,  Biogas,  

$81Mn Bord na Mona Georgia Wood Pellet Plant Planned (Ind. Report)
Bord na Mona
Date: 2017-09-22
In Ireland, Newbridge, County Killdeer-headquartered Bord na Mona, the semi-government owned peat and renewable energy company, reports it plans to invest as much as £60 million ($81.3 million) in a proposed new willow woody biomass wood pellet plant in the state of Georgia, USA.

The plan is in keeping with the company's strategy to shift away from its core peat business towards more renewable energy sources, especially biomass.

Georgia has provided attractive incentives to Bord na Mona, including a fast-track planning process and tax credits. The proposed project, which is awaiting the Georgia government's New Era division approval, could be online within 24 months, according to a company statement. Wood pellets from the plant would be shipped to Ireland for power generation. (Source: Bord na Mona, Irish Times, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord na Mona,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Willow,  

Siemens Gamesa Wins 300Mw Chinese Wind Turbine Order (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-09-22
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is reporting receipt of an order for 150 of its G114-2.0 MW turbines for delivery to the Xilinhot wind complex reportedly being developed by the Chinese state-owned Huaneng Group utility in Inner Mongolia.

Turbine delivery is set to begin in Q2 of 2018 for completion by the year end. The contract includes long- term operation and maintenance. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, CleanTechnica, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, Álvaro Bilbao, CEO, Siemens Gamesa Asia Pacific,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Wind,  China Wind,  

UK Parliamentary Group Supporting Bioethanol Industry (Int'l)

Date: 2017-09-22
In London, a new bi-partisan committee of Parliamentarians and Peers has been launched to support and promote the UK's bioetrhanol industry and products, according to a report in Bioenergy Int'l. The group will hold events and meetings to discuss policy, share news and report on relevant issues as well as holding the government to account on environmental commitments.

The group aims to raise awareness of the industry, its economic impact, the supporting role it plays for British agriculture, and the environmental benefits of the bioethanol it produces, E10 in particular. (Source: Biofuels Int’l., Various Media, 20 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  E10,  UK Biofuel,  

$1Mn DOE Grant Supports Seaweed Fuel R&D in Mississippi (R&D)
University of Southern Mississippi
Date: 2017-09-22
The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab at Ocean Springs has received two US Department of Energy grants totaling $1,000,000 for research on seaweed "ranching" and the use of seaweed as fuel or biofuel feedstock.

The grants were announced by the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Thad Cochran (R.-Miss.) who commended the university for promoting research that could help the economy and the environment. (Source: US DOE, University of Southern Mississippi, Penn Energy, 20 Sept., 2017) Contact: University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab., (228) 872-4200,, University of Southern Mississippi, (601) 266-1000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Seaweed,  Biofuel,  

$15Mn DOE Funding for Integrated Biorefineries R&D (Funding, R&D)
DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, BETO
Date: 2017-09-22
In Washington, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA are reporting the awarding of as much as $15 million to eight projects seeking to enhance the operations of integrated biorefineries and resolve R&D challenges needed for the "successful scale-up and reliable operations" of integrated biorefineries (IBRs). Other objectives will be to cut capital and operating costs and support the production of advanced or cellulosic biofuels and higher-value bioproducts.

The projects will focus on: continuous handling of solid materials and feeding systems to reactors under various operating conditions; high-value products from waste in an integrated biorefinery; industrial separations within an integrated biorefinery; and analytical modeling of solid materials and reactor feeding systems.

Thermochemical Recovery International Inc, Texas A&M Agrilife Research, White Dog Labs, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the South Dakota School of Mines, Forest Concepts, Clemson University and Purdue University are among the funding recipients. (Source: US DOE, BETO, Renewables Now, Others, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: US DOE BETO,; USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorefinery,  DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office,  BETO,  

Acciona Launches Spanish Wind Energy Storage Plant (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-22
Further to our 2nd june coverage, Spanish infrastructure group Acciona SA is reporting the opening of its first wind energy battery storage plant in Barasoain, Navarre province Spain. The energy storage system, which includes two batteries, a fast-response 1 MW/0.39 MWh battery that can maintain 1 MW of power for 20 minutes, and a slower-response battery of 0.7 MW/0.7 MWh that can maintain 0.7 MW for one hour, was installed at a grid-connected wind farm to show how batteries can help boost the penetration of renewable energy in the transmission system and optimize the management of the energy produced.

The project incorporates Samsung's Li-ion SDI technology working together with a 3-MW AW116/3000 wind turbine and was supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). (Source: Acciona, Renewables Now, Others 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: ACCIONA, +34 91 657 64 60,

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$3.9Bn Dubai CSP Project Awarded to ACWA Power (Int'l Report)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2017-09-22
Following up on our Jan. 25th coverage, in the UAE, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it has awarded a 700 MW concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) project to Riyahd, Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power.

The project, which is expected to cost nearly $4 billion, will combine tower and trough technologies and use scale and local infrastructure synergies to set a new benchmark price of $73/MWh for CSP with storage.

The project is the fourth development phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) 1 GW Solar Park increasing to increasing to 5 GW by 2030.(Source: DEWA, ESI Africa, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: ACWA Power, Andrea Lovato, Bus. Dev. Dir., +966 11 2835500,; DEWA , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO,

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GFG Alliance Acquires Aussie Solar Company ZEN (Int'l., M&A)
GFG Alliance,ZEN Energy
Date: 2017-09-22
UK-headquartered GFG Alliance, operating through its energy division SIMEC Energy, reports it has taken a majority stake in Australian solar company ZEN Energy to power its newly purchased Arrium steel and mining business.

ZEN Energy, a small-scale solar energy generation and storage business, has been re-branded SIMEC ZEN Energy and will work towards improving energy security for GFG's South Australian operations, and reduce power costs for its other businesses nationwide. It will also project-manage the development of SIMEC Energy Australia's new large-scale energy projects, which include solar, battery storage and pumped hydro. (Source: GFG Alliance, SIMEC Energy, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: GFG Alliance, Sanjeev Gupta, CEO, +44 (0) 203 205 8550,; ZEN Energy,,

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Primus Energy Flow Battery Trials in South Africa (Ind. Report)
US Trade and Development Agency
Date: 2017-09-22
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) reports it is underwriting a demonstration by South African utility Eskom to trial Hayward, California-based Primus Power's flow batteries. South African utility-scale solar power developer Solafrica Energy won a USTDA "sole-source" grant for the project which is intended to determine where the South African grid network would benefit from the deployment of batteries. A plan would then be formulated for large-scale deployment of Primus Power's EnergyPod 2, zinc-bromide flow battery systems.

Sole Source grants cover the total capital cost of a feasibility study, pilot and/or demonstration programme if a local company has identified an appropriate US firm that is both able and interested in USTDA-related activities. USTDA establishes US commercial interests and advances economic development in developing and middle-income global economies. (Source: US Trade and Development Agency Primus Power, Energy Storage News, 20 Sept., 2017) Contact: US Trade and Development Agency,; Primus Power, Tom Stepien, CEO, (510) 342-7600,; Eskom, Barry MacColl, GM Testing and Development, Solafrica Energy,

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Solifor Perthuis Reports Forest Carbon Credits Sale (Ind. Report)
Carbonzero,Enviro EcoCredit
Date: 2017-09-22
In Quebec City, Solifor Perthuis, a partrnership initiative of the Fonds de solidarite FTQ and Scierie Dion & Fils, is reporting the sale of 140,000 tonnes of voluntary carbon credits to Just Energy and TD Bank Group. The transaction was handled by Canadian voluntary carbon credit trader Enviro EcoCredit and Carbonzero and is the largest transaction in Quebec involving forest carbon capture.

The Solifor Perthuis project generated 140,000 tonnes of CO2 reductions by establishing plantation forests dedicated to carbon sequestration. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the carbon credits will be donated to Laval University. (Source: Fonds de solidarite FTQ, PR, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: CarbonZero, Dan Fraleigh, CEO,; Fonds de solidarite FTQ, (514) 850-4835,

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CO2 Solutions, Carbicrete Partnering in Carbon XPrize (Ind. Report)
CO2 Solutions,Carbicrete,Carbon XPrize
Date: 2017-09-22
Quebec City-headquartered CO2 Solutions Inc. reports it is partnering with Carbicrete Inc. as a third entry in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize. Both CO2 Solutions and Carbicrete had been selected to participate in the second round of the prestigious NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize which allows semi-finalists offering CO2 utilization and carbon capture technologies to enter into synergistic partnerships. These combined entries will propose CO2 Solutions' carbon capture technology with the partner's CO2 utilization technology.

Carbicrete's technology allows manufacturers to produce cement-free, carbon-negative concrete. Concrete is the world's most common building material, but the production of its main ingredient, cement, accounts for 5% of global CO2 emissions. (Source: CO2 Solutions Inc. 20 Sept., 2017) Contact: Carbicrete,; XPRIZE, Eric Desatnik (310) 741-4892,,; CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456,,

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Duke Investing $30Mn in NC Energy Storage Systems (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2017-09-22
Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered Duke Energy reports it plans to invest $30 million to install two battery energy storage systems in Asheville and Hot Springs as a part of its Western Carolinas Modernization Plan.

The two sites are the first of a long-term plan to establish energy storage capacity in the region.

Duke will install a 9-MWlithium-ion battery system at a substation in the Rock Hill community in Ashville, and a 4-MW lithium-ion battery system in Hot Springs, Madison County. (Source: Duke Energy, Citizen-Times, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Carolinas, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, Robert Sipes, VP Western Carolinas Modernization,

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France Announces Carbon Tax Increase (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-09-22
French Environment and Energy Minister and "green activist" Nicolas Hulot has outlined the government's legislative plans to encourage households to conserve energy. The proposals include improved subsidies for upgrading home insulation and more efficient heating systems, a "scrappage" fee to encourage drives to exchange old gasoline or diesel powered cars for cleaner hybrids and electric-powered vehicles, and others.

Under the new plans, the existing system of tax credits available energy efficiency upgrades will be replaced by a direct payment, paid immediately after the work is completed.

Hulot also confirmed the carbon tax will be increased from €30.50 per tonne to €44.60 per tonne in 2018, and continue to increase until it reaches €100 per tonne in 2030, as specified under the 2015 Energy Transition Law (Source: Transition, Tax News, 20 Sept., 2017)Contact: French Environment and Energy Minister Nicolas Hulot,

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Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2017-09-22
"I'm a Republican. I believe that the greenhouse effect is real, that CO2 emissions generated by man is creating our greenhouse gas effect that traps heat, and the planet is warming. A price on carbon -- that's the way to go in my view." -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), 3 Sept., 2017) Contact: Sen. Lindsey Graham,

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EU Lowering Imported Chinese Solar Panel Minimum Prices (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-22
The EU announced on Sept. 16 that it would progressively reduce the minimum prices that Chinese solar panel makers are allowed to sell their products for in Europe, allowing price cuts every three months beginning Oct. 1 but ending July 2018. Chinese companies that sell below the minimum prices are subject to import duties of up to 64.9 pct. (Source: EU, SA News, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2017)

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Citigroup Pledges 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2020 (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-22
NYC-headquartered financial services giant Citigroup reports it will be powered by 100 pct renewable energy by 2020. The company is looking at onsite power generation, power purchase agreements and renewable energy credits to help reach its goal.

Citigroup owns or leases over 57 million square feet of real estate in over 7,900 properties including its new NYC global headquarters currently under construction to LEED Platinum energy efficiency certification standards.

Citi is joining the global "R100" initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP and part of the We Mean Business Coalition. (Source: Citigroup, Energy Mgr., Other Media, 19 Sept., 2017)Contact: Citigroup Inc.,

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CaGBC Roadmap Recommends Energy Efficiency Retrofit Strategy (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2017-09-22
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has released A Roadmap for Retrofits in Canada, a detailed recommendation for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from hospitals, universities and other large building accross Canada. The report provides recommendations to retrofit large buildings that will contribute to achieving a reduction in GHG emissions of at least 30 pct -- 12.5 million tonnes -- by 2030, with the potential to reach 51 pct -- 21.2 million tonnes. Among its key findings, the Roadmap concludes that:
  • Achieving a 30 pct or more reduction in building emissions by 2030 is achievable by focusing on a targeted number of buildings that have the greatest potential to reduce carbon;

  • Buildings including office buildings, shopping malls, universities, and arenas constructed between 1960 and 1979 across all provinces represent the age class with the largest opportunity for total carbon emissions reductions;

  • Alberta and Ontario currently emit the most carbon and therefore have the greatest potential for reducing emissions. This is due to the carbon intensity of Alberta's electricity grid and the number of large buildings in Ontario;

  • All provinces will need to prioritize recommissioning for large buildings -- between 25,000 and 200,000 sq.ft -- and deep retrofits for buildings over 35 years old in order to meet the target. These two actions will reduce emissions by a collective total of 4.1 MT CO2e, providing 62 pct of the reduction activity needed;

  • Fuel switching must be completed in 20 pct of buildings over 35 years old across Canada. Currently, fuel switching is particularly attractive in provinces with clean electricity grids such as British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. In these regions, significant effort should be put into increasing the adoption of efficient heat pump technology. This will reduce emissions by 1.6 MT CO2e, or 25 pct of the reduction activity needed;

  • In provinces with carbon intense electricity grids -- Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia -- 30 pct of buildings will need to use renewable energy in order to meet the target. This will cut emissions by 0.9 MT CO2e, representing 13 pct of the reduction activity needed.

    The report provides the following policy recommendations for the Federal Government: include a GHG metric in Canada's future retrofit building code; develop regional retrofit roadmaps; prioritize investments in scalable retrofit projects; and supporting mandatory energy benchmarking.

    A Roadmap for Retrofits in Canada details HERE. (Source: CaGBC, Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia., 20 Sept., 2017) Contact: CaGBC,

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  • Biogas Project Included in Carbon Inv. Fund Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Trust,California Bioenergy
    Date: 2017-09-22
    U.S.-based private investment fund Climate Trust Capital, an independent entity of the Climate Trust, reports it will invest more than $862,000 of Climate Trust Capital's Fund I in a covered lagoon digester -- its first carbon investment in the biogas sector.

    The project will destroy methane and produce carbon offsets under California's cap-and-trade system. The investment is based on the anticipated ten-year value of carbon credits from a livestock digester project located at West-Star North Dairy farm in California's San Joaquin Valley. Visalia-based California Bioenergy LLC (CalBio) is partnering on the digester project which is expected to begin generating carbon offsets in January 2018 with initial cash flow from the sale of these offsets in 2019.

    Climate Trust Capital's Fund I is focused on investing in high-quality, U.S.-based carbon offset projects. Fund I will be the first in a series of Climate Trust Capital-led investment funds built to appeal to institutional and impact investors. The West-Star North project will be developed in accordance to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) Compliance Offset Protocol for Livestock Projects. (Source: Climate Trust Capital, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: California Bioenergy Inc., (559) 667-9560,,; Climate Trust Capital, (5030 238-1915 x211 ,

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    UK Offshore Wind Farm Costs Plunging Sharply (Int'l. Report)
    Offshore Wind
    Date: 2017-09-20
    According to the Financial Review (Iran) the cost of generating electricity from offshore wind farms fell sharply in the UK to the point where it one of the cheapest ways to supply the grid. Wholesale power prices in the UK have averaged about $62 per MWh over the past year.

    In a recent UK government auction that handed out power-purchase contracts worth $232 million a year, all of the bids to build offshore wind farms and other renewable technologies were below the $122 per MWh. Auction winners included DONG Energy A/S, with an offer of $76 per MWh for power from its Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm, followed by EDP Renovaveis SA and Engie SA.

    The contracts-for-difference auction was for "less-established technologies" such as offshore wind, tidal and anaerobic digestion. The power-purchase agreements are fixed for 15 years.

    The offshore wind industry has seen its costs plunge as the capacity of its turbines doubled since 2007. It’s set to double again by 2020, driving down costs further, according to Greenpeace. (Source: Financial Review (Iran), 12 Sept., 2017)

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

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