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Kimberly-Clark Inks 245MW of Wind Energy PPAs (Ind. Report)
Invenergy,Kimberley-Clark, EDF Renewables
Date: 2017-09-20
Irvine Texas-based health care and personal product giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. reports the signing of PPA for 245 MW of wind energy from two new wind projects in Texas and Oklahoma. One agreement with EDF Renewables in Northern Oklahoma is for 120MW from its Rock Falls Wind project. A second agreement with Invenergy is for 125MW of wind energy from Invenergy's Santa Rita Wind Energy Center in Texas. Both wind projects are presently in the development stages.

Adding wind-generated electricity to their energy mix will help Kimberly-Clark cut more than 25 pct of its GHG emissions in 2018, four years ahead of the company's 2022 target date. (Source: Kimberly-Clark, CBLT, 16 Sept., 2017) Contact: Invenergy, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400,; Kimberly-Clark Sustainability Global Head Lisa Morden,; EDF Renewables,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy ,  Wind,  EDF Renewables,  

Global Biofuels Market Reaches $218.7Bn by 2022, says Zion Market Research (Ind. Report)
Biofuel Markets
Date: 2017-09-20
According to Zion Market Research's just released Biofuels Market Analysis by Type (Bioethanol, Biodiesel), and by Form (Solid, Liquid, and Gaseous) -- Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2016 - 2022 report, the global biofuel market was valued at $168 billion in 2016 and is expected to climb to $218.7 billion by 2022 and grow at a CAGR of 4.5 pct between 2017 and 2022.

Report information available at (Source: Zion Market Research, PR, 19 Sept., 2017( Contact: Zion Market Research, +49-322 210 92714, USA/Canada (855) 465-4651,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biofuel Market,  

Renewable Energy, Environmental Groups Want Maryland's Renewable Energy Standard Increased (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-20
Maryland environmental advocates along with renewable energy developers and stakeholders are calling for the state to increase its renewable energy mandate to require 50 pct of the Old Line State's power to come from renewable sources by 2013.

The policy requires utilities purchase enough renewable energy certificates equivalent to a set percentage of their electricity supply or pay a penalty. Each certificate represents 1 megawatt-hour of electricity generated from renewable energy source.

According to the state Public Service Commission, Maryland electricity ratepayers paid more than $125 million for the renewable energy certificates in 2015. Wind and solar currently powers 117,000 residents in Baltimore. A similar previous proposal to increase the state's use of renewable energy was vetoed by Gov. Larry Hogan on the grounds that it would increase residential electric power rates. (Source: Morningside Herald, Various Others, 16 Sept., 2017)

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

British Airways, Velocys Tout Jet Biofuels Agreement (Int'l)
British Airways, Solena Fuels,Velocys
Date: 2017-09-20
In the UK, air carrier British Airways (BA) reports it is partnering with waste-based biofuels producer Velocys. Under the partnership, BA will help design a series of plants that will process hundreds of thousands of tonnes of household waste per year into aviation biofuel.

BA's previous 2010 waste-to-fuel "GreenSky" initiative with Washington-based Solena Fuels fell apart because of mixed government support, low crude oil prices and other factors. Factors that could lend support to the BA-Velocys initiative include the UK government's addition sustainable jet fuel incentives under its Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO), which was updated Sept. 14. Velocys presently produces fuel from waste in Houston, Texas. (Source: British Airways, Air Transport World, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Solena, (202) 682-2405,; Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 - Houston Office,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News British Airways ,  Solena Fuels,  Aviation Biofuel,  Velocys ,  

Bunge Taking 70 pct Stake in Malaysian Palm Oil Firm (Int'l, M&A)
Date: 2017-09-20
White Plains, NY-based agribusiness major, palm oil trader and ethanol producer Bunge Ltd. reports it will purchase a 70 pct stake in an un-named Malaysian palm oil producer for $946 mln, to expand its higher-margin food ingredients business.

Bunge Limited is a leading global agribusiness and food company operating in over 40 countries. The company buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains, processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products, produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane, and other related activities. (Source: Bunge Ltd, AgriBusiness, Sept., 2017)Contact: Bunge Ltd, (914) 684-2800,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bunge,  Palm Oil,  

Rhode Island Raises Climate Change Planning Level (Ind. Report)
Rhode Island,Climate Change
Date: 2017-09-20
In Providence, R.I. Governor Gina M. Raimondo's office reports the signing of an Executive Order outlining the state's Action Plan to Stand Up to Climate Change.

The order calls for establishment of a Chief Resiliency Officer to drive climate resiliency efforts both in government and in collaboration with business, academic and nonprofit partners statewide. Further, the Chief Resiliency Officer and the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council are directed to develop a statewide Action Plan to Stand Up to Climate Change and submit the plan to the Governor by July 1, 2018. The Plan will recommend key actions to make Rhode Island's residents, economy, infrastructure, health system, and natural resources more resilient to the impacts of climate change and identify and prioritize actions to enhance the state's resiliency to climate change.

The Executive Order builds on Rhode Island's work toward preventing climate change, but will focus primarily on critical investments to ensure that the is prepared for its effects. (Source:, PR, Sept., 2017) Contact: Janet Coit, Director of the Department of Environmental Management and Chair of the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council, (401) 222-6800,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

Pacific Ethanol Refinances $47.5 Mn Promissory Notes (Ind. Report)
Pacific Ethanol,Illinois Corn Processing
Date: 2017-09-20
Following on our July 12th coverage, Sacramento-based low-carbon renewable fuels specialist Pacific Ethanol, Inc.reports it has refinanced $47.5 million in promissory notes related to its July 3, 2017 acquisition of Illinois Corn Processing (ICP). To repay the notes, the company used $6 million of cash on hand and $42 million in proceeds from new term and revolving debt financing with CoBank, ACB. The ICP acquisition is Pacific Ethanol's ninth production facility, bringing the company's combined ethanol production capacity to 605 million gpy.

(Source: Pacific Ethanol, PR, NASDAQ, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, (916( 403-2790,,; Illinois Corn Processing, (309) 353-3990

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Ethanol,  Illinois Corn Processing,  

28 pct Increase in World Energy, Increased Renewables Predicted by 2040 (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-20
In it International Energy Outlook 2017 report, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that world energy consumption will jump by 28 pct between 2015 and 2040. The report also predicts that renewable energy will be the worlds fastest-growing energy source while the demand for coal will remain flat.

Specifically, the EIA projects that most of the growth in renewables will stem from countries outside the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and that non-OECD Asia -- China and India -- will drive over 60 pct of the world's total increase in energy consumption during the projected period. The EIA predicts that "renewables are expected to be the fastest-growing energy source" across the projected period, with annual consumption increasing on average by 2.3 pct between 2015 and 2040. Coal's share of global energy consumption is expected to fall from 27 pct in 2015 to 22 pct in 2040. (Source: US EIA, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: US EIA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Coal,  US EIA,  

NYC Mandates Increased Building Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
New York City
Date: 2017-09-20
In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio's office has announced new requirements for building owners to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of NYC's 14,500 least-efficient buildings, which together produce 24 pct of NYC's total greenhouse gas emissions.

The new mandates that will force building owners to make drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and meet fossil fuel caps which will see upgrades to boilers, water heaters, roofs, windows and others. Specifically, the new mandated fossil fuel caps will apply to all buildings over 25,000 square feet, and will require replacement of fossil fuel equipment as well as energy efficiency upgrades over the next 12 to 17 years. The new program is expected to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 7 pct by 2035

Smaller building owners will qualify for support from a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program low interest rate financing. It is expected that such a program will have the potential to finance $100 million annually in energy efficiency and clean energy projects. (Source: Office of NYC Mayor, Various Media, Sept., 2017) Contact: Office of NYC Mayor, Mark Chambers, Dir, Office of Sustainability,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  PACE,  

TOTAL Acquires GreenFlex Energy Efficiency Business (M&A)
Date: 2017-09-20
In Paris, French energy giant TOTAL is reporting the acquisition of GreenFlex. GreenFlex combines data intelligence and equipment management and financing to help clients efficiently manage their energy consumption. The acquisition will expand TOTAL's energy efficiency offering, over and above the growth of its affiliates BHC Energy in France and Tenag in Germany. TOTAL intends to offer its customers integrated solutions, from optimization of energy needs and sources and finding financing solutions to energy management and emissions measurement and reduction. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Greenflex offers various operational, sustainable solutions focusing on energy strategy and performance, financing the transition and asset management, integrating a sustainable vision and strategy, stakeholder relationship management, and responsible products and consumption. (Source: TOTAL, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Total, Laetitia Maccioni: + 33 6 24 60 57 65 l,; Investor Relations, +44 (0)207 719 7962 l,, GreenFlex,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Total,  GreenFlex,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  

Geneva Airport, Neste Introducing Renewable Jet Fuel (Int'l)
Neste,Carbon War Room
Date: 2017-09-20
In Switzerland, the Geneva Airport reports that in collaboration with Finland-based Neste it will introduce renewable jet fuel for aircraft operations, targeting at least 1 pct of annual jet fuel consumption from late 2018.

The project is the culmination of a 15-month partnership between Geneva Airport, Sir Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, and SkyNRG which developed an Airport Approach model to help airports play a more active role in accelerating the uptake of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). (Source: Geneva Airport, ATW, 18 Sept., 2017)Contact: Carbon War Room,; Neste Corp, Sam Holmberg, VP Marketing & Services, +358 50 458 4078,; SkyNRG, Merel Laroy, +31 6 30833505,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Neste,  Carbon War Room,  SkyNRG,  Jet Biofuel,  

Yale Touts University-Wide Carbon Charge Project (Ind. Report)
Yale University
Date: 2017-09-20
In New Haven, Conn., Yale University reports the implementation of a carbon charge designed to effectively tax University buildings for the cost of their CO2 emissions. The initiative, which took effect on July 1, is intended to research and develop lessons relevant to national carbon pricing policy.

The project -- a first for any U.S. college or university -- was initially recommended by the 2014 Presidential Carbon Charge Task Force to investigate the feasibility of carbon pricing. After a pilot program analyzed the impact of carbon pricing, the project steering committee found that a $40 per metric ton of CO2 price would be the most effective policy. The Carbon Charge Task Force, along with a $21 million capital investment in energy efficiency, is part of Yale President Peter Salovey's six sustainability initiatives.

Yale is a strategic partner of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, an alliance of private sector groups seeking to promote carbon pricing conversations among international companies. The university intends to cut campus greenhouse gas emissions 43 pct below 2005 levels by 2020 and to be carbon neutral by 2050. (Source: Yale News, 19 Sept., 2017) (Contact: Yale, Carbon Charge Initiative, Casey Pickett, Director, (203) 436-4314,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Charge,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Neutral,  

Oregon Carbon Cap-and-Invest Supporters Look to 2018 (Ind. Report)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2017-09-20
In Oregon, democratic supporters of a Cap-and-Invest proposal are laying the groundwork for the Oregon Legislature to take on the issue next year. The bill, which is intended to cut emissions and spur renewable energy, would set an upper limit on the amount of fossil fuels used by Oregon companies and impose a fee on companies that exceed the limit. The money generated would be used on projects that would reduce carbon emissions in Oregon. Republican Cap-an-Invest opponents are painting the proposal as essentially a new tax and not meant for tackling contentious issues such as climate change. (Source: NW News Network, Various Other, 18 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  

Notable Quote
C40 Cities
Date: 2017-09-20
"Cities and states can make a profound difference, no question. We can't do it all, but we can do what is fundamental -- make the shift in thinking." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) addressing a C40 Cities climate action event. (Source: ThinkProgress, Sept., 2017) Contact: Governor of California, Edmund G. (Jerry) Browm, (916) 445-2841,; C40 Group,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  Climate Change,  Jerry Brown,  

Calif. Passes PACE Consumer Protection Legislation (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-20
In Sacramento, the California Legislature reports it has approved and sent to Governor Jerry Brown a comprehensive consumer protection, underwriting and regulatory framework for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) The legislation -- AB 1284 -- would significantly enhance PACE underwriting, regulate PACE at the state level and enforce compliance with all PACE laws by PACE administrators and individual contractors. Specifically, the bill would:
  • Strengthen and standardize the current underwriting standards in PACE based on home equity and on-time mortgage and tax payment history; and require that the most accurate automated valuation models are used for establishing the value of the home;

  • Establish new underwriting standards predicated on income verification and ability-to-pay to determine that property owners can meet their annual PACE obligation in addition to their current debt obligations and basic household expenses; and;

  • Create a licensing and regulatory framework for the PACE industry in California, which will be subject to oversight by the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO).

    A companion bill -- SB 242 -- would establish state-of-the-art consumer protections, further setting PACE apart from other forms of financing by requiring a recorded, live, confirmation of terms before the property owner-borrower signs an assessment contract. SB 242 also sets data reporting requirements to local government partners, including data that speaks to the projected energy and water savings and the categories of products installed and homeowners served. (Source: California State Legislature, ProudGreenBuilding, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  

  • Climate Action Tracker Launches Updated Rating System (Ind. Report)
    NewClimate Institute
    Date: 2017-09-20
    The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) reports it has updated its government climate action rating system to better reflect the Paris Agreement's 1.5 degree C long term warming limit. The new categories help highlight the adequacy and fairness of government climate commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.

    The CAT now has expanded to six rating categories instead of the previous four, to properly describe the full range of action, or lack of action, by governments -- Role model, 1.5 degree C Paris Agreement compatible, 2 degree C compatible, Insufficient, Highly insufficient and Critically insufficient. The new ratings instantly identify the best and the worst government climate related programs and now rates countries like the US, Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia as "critically insufficient" and rates Japan and South Africa "highly insufficient."

    In addition to rating countries on their climate commitments, the CAT also provides a rating of each country's climate action implementation based on a detailed analysis of the policies and regulations designed to achieve their targets that a country has put in place. (Source: Climate Action Tracker, New Climate Institute, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: New Climate Institute,; Climate Action Tracker,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Action Tracker,  

    32.5-MW Solar Plant Planned for Georgetown Univ. (Ind. Report)
    Origis Energy, Georgetown University
    Date: 2017-09-20
    Miami-based solar company Origis Energy USA reports it has inked a PPA and contracted to construct a 105,000 module, 32.5-MW solar power plant in Maryland for Georgetown University in Washington DC. Origis will develop, build and own the 75,000 MWh solar project which is expected to supply 49 pct of Georgetown's electricity load for campus operations. Construction is expected to get underway in early 2019, for mid-summer completion. (Source: Origis Energy, Rnewables Now, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Origis Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Origis Energy,  Solar,  

    Orion Touts ADTRAN Energy Saving LED Upgrade (Ind. Report)
    Orion Energy System
    Date: 2017-09-20
    Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based LED lighting specialist Orion Energy Systems reports it re-seller Enersgae was selected to provide energy-efficient LED lighting solutions to communications equipment provider ADTRAN, Inc., plant in Huntsville, Alabama as part of the company's energy conservation and efficiency program.

    The energy conservation project qualified ADTRAN for a $70,000 incentive through a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) rebate program. The new LED systems are expected to cut electricity consumption by over 800,000 kWh per year for $60,000 or more in annual savings. energy savings. The systems' ongoing energy savings and three years return on investment. (Source: Orion Energy Systems, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Orion Energy Systems, Inc., Mike Altschaefl, CEO, (312) 660-3575,; ADTRAN, Inc.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orion Energy System,  LED Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  

    Consumers Energy Efficiency Program Saves Michigan Small Businesses Big Bucks (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2017-09-20
    Michigan's largest utility, Consumers Energy reports its voluntary 8 year old Small Business Energy Efficiency Program has helped more than 10,000 small businesses statewide lower their costs with incentives to cut energy consumption.

    Small businesses participating in the program receive free assessments identifying ways to reduce energy use and are directed toward rebates for upgrades that reduce their energy use. Since 2009 when the program began small businesses have received over $35 million in incentives from Consumers Energy, according to a company release. (Source: Consumers Energy, Renewable Energy, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Consumers Energy,

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

    Flourine Solar Cell Touted for Low Cost, Stability (New Prod & Tech)
    Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
    Date: 2017-09-20
    Scientists at South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology are reporting development of stable and cheap solar cells made out of flourine. The team led by Kim Jin-young developed the edged-selectively fluorine functionalized graphene nanoplatelets with structure of perovskite solar cells that can achieve a stability of 82 pct.

    A perovskite solar cell includes a perovskite structured compound, considered a next-generation technology with the potential of achieving even higher efficiency. However, low instability and high production costs have hampered the technology's commercial viability. (Source: Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Yonhap , NanoLetters, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, +82 52 217 0114,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar CellUlsan National Institute of Science and Technology,  ,  

    Lack of Incentives Stymie Aussie Timber Bio-Fuel Industry (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-09-20
    In the Land Down Under, the Queensland timber industry reports a lack of government incentives is hindering the development and growth of woody biomass -- wood waste biofuel and power production. Approximately 1 million tpy of wood waste is generated in Queensland, an amount that could create about 100 megawatts of baseload power, according to the industry group Timber Queensland which is investigating the viability of green power plants at the state's sawmills.

    The industry group says attractive feed-in tariffs would be beneficial to lock in forward energy contracts. In the meantime, Timber Queensland is collaborating with the sugar industry, which is leading the state's bio-fuels drive. (Source: Timber Queensland, ABC Rural Australia, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Timber Queensland , Mick Stephens, CEO, +61 7 3254 1989,

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

    Ethanol Flex Fuel Infrastructure Grants Offered Nebraska (Ind. Report)
    Nebraska Corn Board
    Date: 2017-09-20
    The Nebraska Corn Board reports it has allocated grant funding to support renewable fuel infrastructure in Cornhusker State. Through a grant program, the Board will award up to $50,000 for installation of flex fuel "blender" pumps, other necessary equipment and hardware to offer higher blends of ethanol fuel.

    Blender pumps make it easier for retailers to offer additional ethanol blended fuels and expands their fuel offerings in a growing "flex fuel" vehicle marketplace.

    Grants are available on a first come, first served basis funding is exhausted. A similar, highly successful incentives program was offered in 2016. (Source: Nebraska Corn Board, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Nebraska Corn Board, (402) 471-2676,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nebraska Corn Board,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  Ethanol Incentive,  

    Enel Green Power, Anheuser-Busch Ink Major Wind PPA (Ind. Report)
    Enel Green Power
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Missouri-based beer maker Anheuser-Busch, brewer of Budweiser and Stella Artois, is reporting it has sealed a PPA for 152.5 MW of wind energy produced at Enel Green Power's 298 MW Thunder Ranch wind farm near Billings, Oklahoma. Anheuser-Busch will receive approximately 610 gigawatt-hours per year of renewable energy -- sufficient to produce 20 billion 12-ounce servings of beer each year. (Source: Anheuser-Busck, Various Media, 14 Sept., 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Antonio Cammisecra, CEO, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Wind Energy,  

    China Acts on Biofuel with Ethanol Blending Plan (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-09-18
    According to statements from the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) , and the National Energy Administration, China is expanding the use of ethanol produced from agricultural waste under a nationwide policy to reduce the demand for and use of petroleum fuels. To that end, all petrol sold for vehicles in China will need to contain at least 10 pct ethanol by the year 2020. (Source: South China Morning Post, 13 Sept., 2017) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NDRC,  China Ethanol,  Ethanol,  

    Wisc. Anaerobic Digestion Project Scores $15Mn Grant (Funding)
    Wisconsin PSC,BC Organics
    Date: 2017-09-18
    The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) reports it has approved a conditional $15 million Focus on Energy grant to BC Organics, LLC to build and operate a $60 million integrated anaerobic digester project that will be shared by at least nine dairy farms in Brown County. The system will produce renewable natural gas from dairy farm manure and other waste. BC Organics is a consortium of 24 members led by Wisconsin-based Dynamic Concepts of Waukesha, along with WEC Energy Group, US Biogas LLC and BioStar Organics.

    The company must first obtain all of the necessary state and local regulatory approvals before construction begins in arly 2019 (Source: Wisconsin PSC, Wisc. AgConnection, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Wisconsin PSC, (608) 266-5481,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion news,  Wisc. PSC news,   news,  

    Philips, American Tower Partner on Smart Cities Offering (Ind. Report)
    American Tower Corporation,Philips Lighting
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Boston-based wireless infrastructure specialist American Tower Corp. and Philips Lighting report they are partnering to develope a collocation ready, 4G/5G enabled LED smart light pole for use on roadways and in urban areas. The new smart pole will collocate multiple wireless carriers in a single structure and incorporates a plug-n-play design to allow multiple wireless carriers to install radio equipment, including 4G and 5G small cell radios. (Source: American Tower, Philips Lighting, CivSource, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: American Tower Corp., Philips Lighting, Matt Marcus, (551) 227-6790,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Philips Lighting,  Energy EfficientLighting,  LED Light,  

    North Western Tribes Taking Carbon Tax Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Tribal leaders in the U.S. Northwest are considering their own plan to tax carbon emissions and are working on a Washington statewide carbon-tax initiative for the November 2018 ballot.

    According to a statement from Fawn Sharp, President of the Portland, Oregon-based Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, "there is a very high likelihood that tribal leaders will end up proposing their own carbon-tax initiative to send to voters next year." The Alliance said no piece of its proposal is finalized, and there's still time for the tribes and other groups to come together behind one ballot measure."

    According to the Alliance's website the coalition would like to see a carbon tax that generates more than $1 billion a year in revenue and dedicates 70 pct of that money to clean energy, mass transit, energy efficiency and similar projects. The remaining 30 percent would go toward clean water and forest-health projects.

    The tribal initiative calls for the carbon tax to start at $25 per metric ton of greenhouse gas emissions with increases based on inflation and other factors. (Source: Daily World, News Tribune, 16 Sept., 2017) Contact: Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, Fawn Sharp, Pres., (503) 249-5770,

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

    N.S. Offshore Wind Takes Back Seat to Newfoundland (Ind. Report)
    Beothuk Energy,Copenhagen Offshore Partners
    Date: 2017-09-18
    mega-wind farm pushed down priority list for parent company Copenhagen Offshore Partners St. John's, Newfoundland-headquartered Beothuk Energy reports its proposed $4-billion, offshore wind energy development off of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is now on hold. The 1,000-megawatt was planned to utilize Wind turbines on gravity bases in water no deeper than 30 metres.

    With the Yarmouth project on hold, Beothuk and Denmark-based Copenhagen Offshore Partners are now working on developing a 180-MW offshore wind energy project in St. George's Bay, Newfoundland. The Newfoundland project is estimated to cost up to $800 million, all of which is to be financed by Copenhagen Offshore Partners which would take an equity stake in the project. (Source: Beothuk Energy, SaltWire, 15 Sept., 2017)Contact: Beothuk Energy Inc., Kirby Mercer, Pres., CEO, (888) 465-9241,; Copenhagen Offshore Partners,

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

    Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Confirms £74Mn Refinancing (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-09-18
    In Scotland, the GreenPower and Ampere Equity Fund joint venture Carraig Gheal Wind Farm is confirming a trio of banks -- Sabadell, Santander and ING -- are providing a £74 million debt funding facility for the the Carraig Gheal project.

    The 20-turbine Carraig Gheal Wind Farm near Kilchrenan in Argyle began operations in 2013. (Source: GreenPower, Energy Voice, 16 Sept., 2017)Contact: GreenPower, Rob Forrest, CEO Carraig Gheal Wind Farm,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  GreenPower,  Scotland Wind,  

    California 100 pct Renewable Energy Bill Quashed (Reg & Leg)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Last Saturday in Sacramento, the California state legislature defeated a pair of bills to create a regional electrical grid and a measure that would have required all electricity in the state to come from non-carbon renewable energy sources by 2045.

    If approved, the would have made California the biggest economy in the world committed to getting 100 pct of its power from wind, solar and other clean alternatives. Hawaii has already set that goal, but its population is a fraction of the Golden State's 39 million residents.

    The 100 pct renewable energy bill was widely opposed by the state's publicly owned utilities -- Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Company -- and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1245, which claimed the bill did not do enough to protect consumers in the event that renewable energy proved more expensive the fossil fuels. (Source: Various Media, NBC, 16 Sept., 2017)

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

    Tidal Energy Generated Hydrogen Created on Orkney (Int'l Report)
    European Marine Energy Centre
    Date: 2017-09-18
    In Scotland, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) reports that for the first time sustainable hydrogen gas has been produced from tidal energy at its tidal energy test site at the Fall of Warness, Eday, Orkney.

    The project received £3 million in funding the from Scottish Government through the Highlands and Islands Enterprise program. (Source: European Marine Energy Centre, Energy Voice, 13 Sept., 2017) Contact: EMEC, +44 1856 852060,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Marine Energy Centre,  Tidal Power,  

    EP Votes to Rein In EU ETS Aviation Emissions (Int'k)
    ICAO,European Union
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Last week in Brussels, the European Parliament (EP) voted to place a firm time limit on the continued exemption of intercontinental aircraft emissions from participating in the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), putting it at odds with the more flexible approach backed by the European Commission. The Parliament also voted to reduce the amount of free allowances from 85 pct to 50 pct awarded to airlines under the EU ETS. Revenue from the auctioned allowances is used to fund EU member climate change policies.

    The European Parliament also voted to keep aircraft emissions from outside the European Economic Area out of the UE ETS until December 2020, pending the introduction of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) in 2021. CORSIA details HERE. (Source: ICAO, Runway Girl Network, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  EU ETS,  ICAO,  

    Thunder Bay Scores $12Mn in Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
    Thunder Bay,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2017-09-18
    The Ontario government has announced more than $12 million in funding for energy efficiency upgrades for the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) over the next five years. The funding will be used for new energy efficient windows, energy efficient lighting and heating systems at nine

    The funding will be drawn from current and future sales of greenhouse gas emission permits under the provincial cap-and-trade system, Approximately 9 DSSAB facilities. Source: DSSAB, CBC News, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: DSSAB, (807) 766-2111,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Tax,  Ontario Carbon Tax,  

    Clariant Inks Slovakian Cellulosic Ethanol Tech Agreement (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Swiss specialty chemical developer Clariant and Slovakia's first and largest bioethanol producer Enviral, report they have inked a sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology licensing agreement. Under the terms of their agreement, Enviral will use Clariant's sunliquid technology to help construct a 50 tpy cellulosic ethanl from agricultural waste plant in Leopoldov, Slovakia.

    Clariant’s sunliquid technology will be used alongside starter cultures from its proprietary enzyme and yeast platform to process Enviral feedstock into cellulosic ethanol. The sunliquid technology offers a completely integrated process using already established process technology. In order to achieve a strong commercial performance, feedstock production is integrated into the technology, alongside process specific enzymes and simultaneous C5 and C6 fermentation. (Source: Clariant, Biofuel Int’l. 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Enviral, Matej Sabol, CEO, +421 33/735 2411,; Clariant, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  

    Calif. Adding $1.5Bn to Alternative Transport Fuel Prog. (Funding)
    Calstart,Alternative Fuels
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Further to our Sept. 2, 2016 coverage, the California legislature in Sacramento reports it has agreed to direct up to $1.5 billion of revenue from the state's cap-and-trade greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions allowance program to expand the use of alternative transportation fuels. The $1.5 billion would be drawn from funds held over from the state's 2016 cap-and-trade program, which, as previously reported, was extended in July for another 10 years.

    The new legislative deal armarks $895 million is for new vehicles, ports, farm vehicles, electric vehicles previously targeted for environmental justice programs, according to the LA Times. (Source: Calstart, NGI, 1 5 Sept., 2017)Contact: CALSTART, John Boesel, CEO, Pres., (626) 744-5600,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CALSTART,  Alternative Fuels,  

    BlueSource, Haliburton Forest Tout GHG Partnership (Ind Report)
    Bluesource Canada
    Date: 2017-09-18
    In Ontario, the 100,000-acre Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve reports it has partnered with GHG carbon offsets developer Bluesource Canada to leverage the value generated by the Ontario carbon market to commit to long-term stewardship that maximizes CO2 emissions sequestered by the forest.

    The privately-owned Haliburton Forest, which has pledged to undertake sustainable forest management practices that will generate 75,000 tpy of additional GHG reductions over the long-term, currently sequesters an estimated 8 million tpy of CO2 and will continue to sequester amounts that significantly exceed what would have occurred through common-practice forest management.

    The long-term commitment to reducing GHG emissions will be made in the context of a GHG offset protocol being developed by the Ontario Government as part of the cap-and-trade program. The impending forest management protocol will create binding obligations on Haliburton Forest that provide the security that the GHG reductions will be permanent. (Source: BlueSource Canada, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: BlueSource Canada, Jamie MacKinnon, VP of Environmental Solutions, (416) 427- 4888,,; Haliburton Forest, Malcolm Cockwell, Managing Director,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Market,  Carbon Sequestration,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Bluesource,  Forest Carbon,  Carbon Sequestration,  

    Salalah Methanol's August Production Hits 8 Mn MT (Int'l Report)
    Salalah Methanol Company
    Date: 2017-09-18
    In Dubai, the Salalah Methanol Company LLC (SMC) reports it has reached a new production milestone of 8 million metric tonnes (8 MMT) in August. The 8 year ols company is wholly owned by Oman Oil Company (OOC). SMC, which owns and operates the methanol production facility in the Salalah Free Zone located near the Port of Salalah, recently secured a $728 million project finance facility 12 international, regional and local banks for funding an ammonia project. (Source: Salalah Methanol, Oman Tribune, 17 Sept., 2017) Contact: Salalah Methanol Company, +968 2321 8800,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Salalah Methanol Company,  Methanol,  

    Citizens' Climate Lobby Calls for Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Citizens’ Climate Lobby
    Date: 2017-09-18
    In the Grand Canyon State, the Flagstaff City Council has come out in support of Citizens' Climate Lobby -- Flagstaff chapter -- call for the U.S. Congress to pass legislation creating a revenue-neutral annual carbon tax that would be returned to households as a monthly dividend to offset rising energy costs. The plan also asks for a border tariff on goods from countries without similar fees on carbon.

    The carbon tax as proposed would start at $15 per ton of carbon dioxide produced in the first year, and gradually increase by $10 per tpy. In the first year, Flagstaff would receive approximately $9.4 million,and by the 12th year, Flagstaff citizens would receive a total $66.9 million in dividends. (Source: Citizens' Climate Lobby Flagstaff , Daily Sun, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: Citizens' Climate Lobby,

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

    Dutch Heavy Ind. GHG Emissions Virtually Stagnate (Int'l)
    EU ETS
    Date: 2017-09-18
    In the Netherlands, the Dutch Emissions Authority is reporting Dutch heavy industry GHG emission levels have remained at virtually the same levels -- with only a 4 pct drop -- since the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) was launched in 2005.

    In 2016, Dutch companies covered by the EU ETS emitted 94 megatons of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and perfluorocarbons (PFCs). The slight drop was apparently largely due to a reduction of nitrous oxide production in the chemical industry. But even this level is, in fact, higher than such pollution in 2012, which is attributable the rise to the opening of coal plants resulting in CO2 emissions.

    Overall, the Netherlands' greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 11 pct since 1990, but the government is required to make a 25 pct cut by 2020. (Source: Dutch Emissions Authority, Volkskrant,, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: Dutch Emissions Authority,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  

    Enerkem's Edmonton Ethanol-from-Waste Plant Begins Commercial Production (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Following on our May 3rd coverage, Montreal-headquartered biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste specialist Enerkem Inc. reports it has begun commercial production of cellulosic ethanol at its facility in Edmonton, AB, Canada. The plants is the world's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol from non-recyclable, non-compostable mixed municipal solid waste, according to Enerkem.

    The company has been producing and selling biomethanol since 2016, prior to expanding production to include cellulosic ethanol with the installation of its methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit earlier this year. (Source: Enerkem, PR, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Biofuels,  Cellolosic Ethanol,  

    European Home Energy Management Systems on the Rise (Int'l)
    Delta Energy and Environment
    Date: 2017-09-18
    A report from Edinburgh, Scotland-headquartered Delta Energy and Environment (Delta-ee) finds the number of home energy management systems (HEMs) equipped in European households was up 100 pct in 2016 from 2015 levels. The numbers have doubled from 20,000 to 40,000 within the space of a year, a sign of the global push towards greater energy efficiency and sustainability.

    HEMs offer a device that is installed within homes to monitor the use of energy and provide advice on how to cut energy waste and in turn costs. Delta-ee predicts HEM sales could exceed 200,000 in the near future. (Source: Delta Energy and Environment, Energy Digital, 16 Sept., 2017) Contact: Delta Energy and Environment, +44 131 625 1011,

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

    MSU Studying Camelina as Biofuel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    Michigan State University
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing reports it will use a $10 million U.S. Energy Department grant to study the metabolism and genes of the camelina oil seed plant, a biofuel feedstock . The research is aimed at achieving a 300 percent increase per acre in production, according to AP coverage. Camelina, which requires less water or fertilizer to grow than most food crops, has been used to produce aviation Biofuels and other products. (Source: Michegan State University, AP, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Camelina news,  Biofuel Feedstock news,  

    Recurrent Energy, Peninsula Clean Energy Ink 100MW Solar Power Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Solar Inc,Recurrent Energy
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Canadian Solar Inc is reporting that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, has inked a 15-year PPA with Peninsula Clean Energy in San Mateo County, California. Per the agreement, Recurrent Energy will supply 100 MW of new solar power to Peninsula Clean Energy from its Mustang Two solar PV project in Kings County, CA. The project is expected to commence its commercial operation in 2019.

    Peninsula Clean Energy is the official power supplier of San Mateo County, CA. It provides customers the choice of receiving electricity from clean, renewable sources at competitive rates. Customers can choose from its ECOplus option which is 50 pct renewable and 75 pct greenhouse gas emissions free or ECO100 option that is 100 pct renewable and 100 pct greenhouse gas emissions free. (Source: Canadian Solar, Nasdaq, 14 Spet., 2017) Contact: Recurrent Energy, (415) 675-1500,; Canadian Solar, (519) 837-1881,; Peninsula Clean Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Peninsula Clean Energy,  Canadian Solar,  Recurrent Energy,  

    Kent State Univ. Sciences Bldg. Expects LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,Kent State University
    Date: 2017-09-18
    In the Buckeye State, Kent State University is touting the opening of its new $2 million Integrated Sciences Building at the university's science mall in Kent, Ohio. The 66,000-square-foot, open design Integrated Sciences Building building is slated to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver sustainable design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. (Source: Kent State Univ.,, 13 Sept., 2017) Contact: Kent State Univ., www.kent.edi/cas; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

    Historic San Francisco Office Bldg. Earns LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    US GBC
    Date: 2017-09-18
    In San Francisco, the national commercial real estate firm Swig Company reports its historic San Francisco Mills Building and two adjacent properties have been awarded LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Mills Building is thought to be the oldest commercially-owned, multi-tenant building in the Bay Area to be awarded the USGBC certification.

    The Mills Building energy efficient features include: plumbing system to reduce water consumption; an indoor air quality program; green cleaning policies; low-energy LED lighting and sensor automation features; recycling and composting; electric vehicles charging stations and other features. (Source: The Swig Co,, Commercial Property Exec., 14 Sept., 2017) Contact: Swig Co., (415) 291-1100,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

    NRC Investing $950,000 in Carbon Capture Conversion Tech. (Funding)
    Natural Resources Canada
    Date: 2017-09-18
    In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRC) reports it is investing $950,000 in the University of Britich Columbia's Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute (CCCI) in Richmond, B.C. to support new technology to turn carbon emissions into building materials, alternative fuel and other valuable materials.

    The investment will enable CCCI to establish a multi-purpose technology development and scale up facility to validate and test carbon capture and conversion technologies up to one tpd and prepare them for scale-up, for testing and commercialization. The facility will develop the most efficient solutions for GHG emissions from a broad range of industrial processes, according to the NRC release. (Source: Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute, NRC, Sept., 2017) Contact: Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute, Goran Vlajnic, Exec. Dir., (604) 696-6945,,; Natural Resources Canada,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture,  Natural Resources Canada,  

    Pegasus Solar Raises Series A Funding (Ind. Report)
    Pegasus Solar
    Date: 2017-09-15
    San Jose,California-based rooftop solar mounting systems designer Pegasus Solar is reporting the closure of a Series A financing round, led by Ecosystem Integrity Fund, with participation from Okapi Venture Partners. Pegasus will use the proceeds to expand sales and customer support teams.

    The company is currently launching LightSpeed Mount Residential, rail-less mounting system to simplify solar adoption, speeding up installations and drive down cost.and to continue its efforts to design and manufacture efficient and functional solar mounting systems. (Source: Pegasus Solar, PR,, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Pegasus Solar, (510) 730-1343,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pegasus Solr,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  

    Chicago Launches Smart Building Pilot Program (Ind. Report)
    Accelerate Group,Green Building
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In Chicago, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), in partnership with local utility ComEd and the Accelerate Group, reports it is launching the Smart Building Operations Pilot, an innovative program that uses real-time energy data to incentivize energy-efficient choices.

    The Smart Building Operations Pilot aims to inform the day-to-day decisions of building equipment operators at 10 large Chicago buildings utilizing smart meters and sub-meters and:

  • Information -- The building will collect and display energy-use data in real time (or near‐real time), providing direct feedback to a building operator on the energy impact of their actions;

  • Interpretation -- The building will calculate an energy-use baseline, against which performance will be tracked every half hour, daily, and monthly. To raise awareness, building operators will receive alerts when energy use exceeds or is expected to exceed the baseline;

  • Motivation -- The program will provide an achievable and meaningful incentive to improve. ComEd will provide up to $5,000 up-front to cover hard costs and $0.05 for each kWh saved compared to the building's baseline.

    To date, the combination of Chicago's building energy benchmarking program and ComEd's energy efficiency programs have reportedly saved customers more than $2.5 billion in energy costs. (Source: City of Chicago, Various Media, ProudGreenBuilding, Sept., 2017) Contact: The Accelerate Group,; ComEd, (312) 394-3500,;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SMart Building,  Accelerate Group,  ComEd,  EDF,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  

  • DONG Wins World's Biggest Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l)
    DONG Energy
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In the UK, the BBC is reporting DONG Energy has been awarded a contract for Hornsea Project Two, the world's largest offshore wind farm located in the North Sea 55 miles off the coast of Bridlington, East Yorkshire. At 1,386 megawatts, Hornsea Two, which is slated for completion in 2022, could generate sufficient power for more than 1.3 million UK homes.

    According to DONG Energy, the contract guaranteed "strike" price was £57.50 per mWh, the lowest ever price for UK offshore wind. (Source: BBC, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy , Samuel Leupold, CEO, Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  Hornsea,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

    Alt. Energy Startup Ampt Closes $15Mn Financing (Funding)
    Date: 2017-09-15
    Fort Collins, Colorado-headquartered large-scale PV systems power conversion electronics and information technology specialist Ampt reports it has raised $15 million to expand its product portfolio and accelerate global growth.

    The company delivers products designed to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of solar energy generation. Its technology enables active j-boxes for module makers, a new class of lower cost, higher efficiency inverters for inverter manufacturers, and lowest cost cabling and monitoring solutions for balance of system and O&M providers. (Source: Ampt, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Ampt, (970) 372-6950,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PV,  Solar,  

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