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Upsolar Offering Floating PV Tech in Europe (Int'l Report)
Upsolar System Italia
Date: 2017-04-07
Photovoltaic (PV) modules maker Upsolar is reporting that having deployed a large floating solar array at a test-bed in Singapore in 2016, its technology is now being oppered to European customers through Upsolar System Italia Srl.

Upsolar's system installations, which utilizes Upsolar modules mounted on galvanized steel assemblies atop high-density polyethylene floats, are gaining market share because of the higher panel efficiency and lower costs of land use, according to the company. (Source: Upsolar System Italia, RenewableNow, 5 April, 2017)Contact: Upsolar System Italia, +39 0 422 185 2222, www.upsolar.com/it

More Low-Carbon Energy News Upsolar,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  


Southern Power Commissions 120-MW W.Tex. PV Park (Ind. Report)
Southern Power,First Solar Inc
Date: 2017-04-07
US wholesale energy provider Southern Power is reporting the start of commercial operations at the 120-MW East Pecos solar park in West Texas. The facility uyilizes approximately 1.2 million solar panels by First Solar Inc., which constructed the park in 2016 and provides operation and maintenance services. The facility's power output outputand related renewable energy credits will be sold to Austin Energy under a 15-year PPA.

Southern Power presently has 3,200 MW of U.S. renewable energy project in operation or under construction, according toi the company. (Source: Southern Power,Solar, Renewables Now, Other Media, 6 April, 2017) Contact: Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power,  Solar,  First Solar Inc ,  


Calgren Renewable Fuels Announces Biodiesel Funding (Ind. Report)
Calgren Renewable Fuels , Jatrodiesel Inc
Date: 2017-04-07
In the Golden State, ethanol producer Calgren Renewable Fuels is reporting receipt of a notice of proposed award for $3.6 million from the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program for construction of a supercritical biodiesel plant at Calgren's 57 million gpy corn ethanol plant in Pixley. The award would require $4.9 million in matching funding.

The 5 million gpy biodiesel facility will be engineered and built by Jatrodiesel Inc., The facility will utilize high-FFA feedstock, including distillers corn oil produced on-site from Calgren's ethanol process, along with brown grease, acid oils and other low-cost feedstocks. The grant is being awarded to Calgren Renewable Fuels through its special-purpose entity, SJV Biodiesel LLC. Startup is expected before the year end. (Source: Calgren Renewable Fuels, PR, April, 2017) Contact: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Lyle Schlyer, Pres., (559) 757-3850, lschyler@calgren.com, www.calgren.com; Jatrodiesel Inc., (937) 847-8050, www.jatrodiesel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jatrodiesel ,  Calgren Renewable Fuels,  Biodiesel,  Ethanol,  Biofuel ,  


IGPC Awaits $100M Ethanol Plant Expansion Approval (Ind. Report)
Integrated Grain Processors Co-Operative
Date: 2017-04-07
Following up on our October 26, 216 coverage, Aylmer, Ontario-based Integrated Grain Processors Co-Operative (IGCP) reports it is awaiting final municipal approvals for a planned $100 million doubling of its ethanol production capacity from 190 million lpy to over 378 million lpy. The additional ethanol is intended to supply local markets.

IGPC, which is awaiting the town of Aylmer's final approval of their site plan, is set to begin construction and expects the plant to be operation by November, 2018. (Source: IGPC, St. Thomas Times-Journal, 4 April, 2017) (Contact: IGPC, Jim Grey, CEO, (519) 765-2575, www.igpc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Integrated Grain Processors Co-Operative,  IGCP,  Ethanol,  


Indiana Retail Ethanol Blend Pump Grants Offered (Funding)
Indiana Office of Energy Development,Indiana Corn Marketing Council
Date: 2017-04-07
The Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) and Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) are reporting that Indiana fuel retailers can begin applying for a share of $122,687 in funding through the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels (HHF) Blender Pump Program.

The grant program, which aims to expand the availability of higher ethanol blends, is a partnership between OED, ICMC, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Greater Indiana Clean Cities and South Shore Clean Cities. To date, the program has provided more than $1.36 million in grant funding. OED received $895,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency to put toward the HHF program, and ICMC will contribute $443,400 as well. (Source: Indiana Office of Energy Development, Herald Tribune, 4 April, 2017) Contact: Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program, grants@oed.in.gov; Indiana Corn Marketing Council, k[parent@indianacorn.org, www.indianacorn.org; Program guidelines www.in.gov/oed/2736.htm.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indiana Office of Energy Development,  Indiana Corn Marketing Council,  Ethanol Blend,  


Petroecuador Inks $95Mn E5 Ethanol Offtake Agreement (Int'l)
Petroecuador
Date: 2017-04-07
Petroecuador, Ecuador's state-owned petroleum fuel company reports it has inked a $95 million offtake agreement for domestically produced "Ecopais" anhydrous ethanol. commercial roll out of the Ecopais -- a 5 pct ethanol - gasoline blended transportation fuel. The agreement will see the fuel marketed in eight provinces. (Source: Petroecuador, Various Media, Biofuels Digest, 4 April, 2017) Contact: Petroecuador, www.eppetroecuador.ec

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


Saab Touts Aviation Biofuel Test Success (Int'l, Report)
Saab,Aviation Biofuel
Date: 2017-04-07
Swedish industrial giant Saab is reporting the conclusion of recent tests of 100 pct rapeseed-based "CHCJ-5" biofuel in a Saab single-engine JAS 39 Gripen fighter aircraft. The test flights reportedly found no differences between the biofuel and ordinary jet fuel.

The testing program was carried out in collaboration with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), Saab and GKN Aerospace, which produces the RM12 engine for the Gripen C / D. The tests are part of a wider initiative that aims to reduce the environmental impact of aviation, according to Saab. (Source: Saab, airforce-technology.com, 5 April, 2017) Contact: Saab, Saab Future Business, Aeronautics Research and Technology , Goran Bengtsson, Director, www.saabgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saab,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


HZI BioMethan's Brie Facility Exports First Biomethane (Int'l)
Hitachi Zosen Inova BioMethan
Date: 2017-04-07
Switzerland-headquartered Hitachi Zosen Inova BioMethan (HZI BioMethan) reports that its biogas processing plant currently under construction in Brie-Comte-Robert, France, is now feeding biomethane into the grid,

The as yet un-named facility, which is one of 5 such plants in France, uses a wet digestion system and membrane technology to produce an average of 130 metres cubed per hour of biomethane, according to HZI. The plant's capacity is designed to be increased to 2.21 million m3 per year.

HZI BioMethan was created when the Swiss company bought the assets of insolvent Germany-based MT-BioMethan more than two years ago. (Source: HZI BioMethan, ENDS Waste & Bioenergy, 6 April 2017) Contact: HZI BioMethan, +41 44 277 11 1, info@hz-inova.com, www.hz-inova.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Methane,  Biogas,  


Idaho Sorghum Biogas Proposal Awaits Approval (Ind. Report)
Treasure Valley Renewables
Date: 2017-04-07
In Caldwell, Idaho, Canyon County commissioners are reportedly considering a development agreement for Weiser, Idaho-headquartered Treasure Valley Renewables' proposed $94 million sorghum and biogas manufacturing facility near Parma. A decision is expected on April 27.

Treasure Valley Renewables plans to produce sorghum-based food storage products that could be used as a styrofoam alternative. The water and gas produced by that process, along with food waste, would be used to make fertilizer, while a third entity would clean and deliver biogas to trucking companies.

There are reportedly 12 similar anaerobic digester facilities in Idaho. Intermountain Gas Co. has agreed to accept natural gas created at the facility into its existing pipeline network. Treasure Valley filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2013. (Source: Idaho Press-Tribune, 4 April, 2017)Contact: Treasure Valley Renewables LLC contact information is not presently available; Canyon County commissioners, (208) 454-7507, www.canyonco.org/elected-officials/commissioners

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Sorghum,  Treasure Valley Renewables,  


Ont. Cap-and-Trade Auction Sell-Out Raises $472Mn (Ind. Report)
Ontario Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2017-04-07
The province of Ontario reports that its first first auction of greenhouse gas emissions allowances, held March 22, 2017, was a sellout. 25,296,367 current (2017) allowances were sold at a settlement price of $18.08 and 812,000 future (2020) allowances were sold at $18.07 for a total of $472,031,155. The total proceeds will be invested in low-carbon programs and projects that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and help families and businesses reduce their own emissions through the Climate Change Action Plan.

To date, the province has committed $325 million to the Green Investment Fund to kick-start climate change actions by:

  • Helping homeowners use less energy and reduce energy bills through home retrofits;
  • Supporting more electric vehicle charging stations across Ontario;
  • Retrofitting social housing developments to boost energy efficiency;
  • Helping businesses reduce emissions ;
  • Funding local environmental organizations doing important conservation work ; and
  • Providing Indigenous communities with training, tools and infrastructure to address climate change.

    The auction was administered using services contracted by the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) Inc., with oversight from an independent market monitor to ensure market integrity. (Source: Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change , 3 April, 2017) Contact: Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 235-5743, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-environment-and-climate-change

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Ontario Carbon Tax,  


  • Vattenfall, BMW Tout Wind Energy Storage Deal (Ind. Report)
    Vattenfall,BMW
    Date: 2017-04-05
    Swedish government owned utility Vattenfall and BMW are reporting a new lithium-ion battery grid wind energy storage agreement.

    The batteries will be to power its i3 electric sedans and will include a proprietary battery management system created by BMW. The agreement calls for 1,000 batteries a year -- the the same 33 kWh batteries used in BMW electric vehicles -- for use at the 122-MW Princess Alexia wind farm near Amsterdam. The installation will be Vattenfall’s first large storage project in the Netherlands. A second installation at the Pen y Cymoedd wind farm in Wales is under consideration, as well as at a future wind farm under consideration near Hamburg. (Source: Vattenfall , PR. 3 April, 2017) Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  BMW,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


    Magnolia Wins U.S. Thin Film Solar Cell Patent (New Prod & Tech)
    Magnolia Solar
    Date: 2017-04-05
    Rogers, Arizona-based Ecoark Holdings, Inc. reports its Albany, New York-headquartered subsidiary Magnolia Solar, Inc. has recently been awarded U.S. Patent No 9,590,133 which relates to the development of "Thin Film Solar Cells and Methods of constructing the same."

    Magnolia Solar, which was acquired by Ecoark in 2016, develops flexible, lightweight, high-efficiency solar cell technologies for a wide range of applications. The company's technology portfolio includes nanostructured antireflection coatings, advanced thin film photovoltaic absorber structures, and novel low-cost manufacturing processes. Magnolia Solar is now the assignee of seven U.S. Patents and has 16 additional patent applications that are at various stages of review at the U.S. Patent Office. These issued patents describe and protect Magnolia Solar's innovations in the field of high-performance, lightweight flexible solar cells for photovoltaic applications and expands the intellectual property portfolio to these issued patents. (Source: Ecoark, Magnolia Solar, MarketWire, 4 April, 2017) Contact: Magnolia Solar, (518) 618-4200, www.magnoliasolar.com; EcoArk, Randy May, CEO, (479) 259-2977, info@ecoarkusa.com, http://www.ecoarkusa.com/

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


    Con Edison Solutions Confirms DOL ESPC Contract (Ind. Report)
    ConEdison Solutions,U.S. Department of Labor Mine and Safety Health Administration
    Date: 2017-04-05
    ConEdison Solutions, an energy services unit of Con Edison, reports it has entered into an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for energy efficiency upgrades at U.S. Department of Labor Mine and Safety Health Administration's 288,000 square foot facility in Beaver, West Virginia. Under the terms of the contract, ConEdison Solutions will be responsible for the financing, implementation, and post-construction services associated with the contract.

    Prior to signing the contract on December 20, 2016, CES developed and finalized an investment grade audit report and proposed the necessary energy efficiency improvements including: domestic hot water heaters, cooling towers, energy management and controls system, air handling units, lighting improvements, water conservation measures and vending machine controls.

    The completed contract is expected to save the DOL $415,000 in energy costs in the first year and over $290,000 per year thereafter. (Source: ConEdison Solutions, EL&P, April 3, 2017) Contact: ConEdison Solutions, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094, www.conedsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ConEdison Solutions,  Energy Efficiency,  


    MD EmPower Energy Efficiency Program Extended (Reg & Leg)
    EmPower
    Date: 2017-04-05
    Further to our March 8th coverage, Maryland lawmakers have granted final approval to an extension of the state's EmPOWER energy efficiency program, which is widely supported by a broad coalition of Maryland business and environmental groups.

    The EmPOWER Act, which was first passed in 2008, requires utilities to reduce per capita electricity use by 10 pct by 2015. Under the program, utility customers are charged a fee on their monthly bills. The money is used for efficient appliances, home energy checkups, rebates and bill credits for reducing electricity use.

    Although the EmPower program expired in 2015, the state's Public Service Commission asked utilities to invest more in energy efficiency when a report found that for every $1 spent in the program, the state has saved $1.81 through reduced energy prices. (Source: Baltimore Sun, 28 Mar., 2017)Contact: EmPOWER Maryland, www.psc.state.md.us/electricity/empower-maryland

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EmPower Maryland,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Consumptio,  


    Natural Gas Plant Methane Emissions Higher than Expected (R&D)
    Purdue University ,Environmental Defense Fund
    Date: 2017-04-05
    In addition to its cost benefit for electric utilities, natural gas generates significantly lower carbon emissions per kWh than coal. Even so, a new study from Purdue University and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has found that methane emissions from natural-gas power plants are 21 to 120 times higher than originally estimated. These findings are based on measurements of methane emissions at three power plants and three refineries in Utah, Indiana, and Illinois. According to the EDF DeSmogBlog. "power plants currently use more than one-third of natural gas consumed in the U.S., and the volume used is expected to increase as market forces drive the replacement of coal with cheaper natural gas." (Source: Environmental Defense Fund, Purdue Univ., Green Car Congress, 29 Mar., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Natural Gas,  Purdue University,  Environmental Defense Fund ,  


    UK's GHG Emissions Fall Fourth Year in a Row (Int'l. Report)
    UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2017-04-05
    in London, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS0 is reporting that Britain's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell by 6 pct to 466 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in 2016, compared with 2015 levels. The drop, which is being largely attributed to a decline in coal-fired power generation, marks the fourth straight yearly drop. The country's GHG emissions have fallen 42 pct since 1990, meaning it is half way towards meeting its Paris Accord target to cut its GHG emissions by 2050 to 80 pct below 1990 levels.

    Britain plans to close all coal-fired power stations by 2025 unless they are fitted with CCS technology. The UK is Europe's second-largest emitter behind Germany. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Reuters UK, 30 Mar., 2017) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  GHGs,  


    Blockchain Platform Carbon Management Application Lauded (Int'l)
    IBM,Energy-Blockchain Labs
    Date: 2017-04-05
    In China, IBM is touting the world's first blockchain 'green asset management platform' to decrease emissions while supporting low carbon emission-enabling technology.

    Powered by the open source Hyperledger Fabric, the blockchain-based carbon management application is a joint effort by IBM and Chinese company Energy Blockchain Labs. The solution works as a carbon credit management ledger that will enable carbon asset development aka CER or carbon emission reduction quota issuing, a popular way of encouraging companies and large enterprises to reduce their carbon footprint, according to IBM.

    It is estimated that the platform will significantly shorten the carbon assets development cycle and reduce the cost of carbon assets development by 20 to 30 pct, enabling the cost-effective development of a large number of carbon assets. (Source: IBM, Energy-Blockchain Labs, April, 2017) Contact: IBM, www.ibm.com/ibm/responsibility/citizenship; Energy-Blockchain Labs Cao Yin, Chief Strategy Officer, https://blockchainfutureslab.wordpress.com/tag/energy/

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IBM,  Carbon Emissions,  China Carbon Emissions,  


    California Climate Investments Using Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2017-04-05
    In its recently released California Cap and Trade Annual Report the California Air Resources Board (CARB ) focused on ways the state's cap-and-trade auction revenue has been put to use to combat climate change throughout the Golden State.

    The cap-and-trade funds are distributed by California Climate Investments, which awarded more than $500 million in 2016 to projects in 57 of the state's 58 counties. The funds are allocated to efforts that will directly impact climate change efforts with a legislated bias towards effecting change in disadvantaged communities. In 2016 50 pct of investments were made in disadvantaged communities, far exceeding this requirement.

    Download the full Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Monies Annual Report to the Legislature on California Climate Investments Using Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds HERE. (Source: California ARB, April, 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  California Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  


    MAKE Names Vestas Top Wind Turbine Manufacturer (Ind. Report)
    Vestas,MAKE Consulting
    Date: 2017-04-05
    New market analysis from Denmark-headquartered MAKE Consulting has tagged Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas as the leading wind turbine OEM in 2016, with the company further strengthening its stranglehold on the top spot as the world's leading wind OEM, with 8.7 GW added across 36 markets in 2016. Vestas nearest competitor GE, by nearly three percentage-points -- the largest differential between the top two spots in the ranking since 2013.

    MAKE ranks the top 10 in descending order as Vestas, GE, Goldwind, Gamesa, Siemens, Enron, Nordex, United Power, Mingyang and Envision. (Source: MAKE, CleanTechnica, 3 April, 2017) Contact: MAKE Consulting, +45 7026 6628, info@consultmake.com, www.consultmake.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  Vestas,  


    Trump Challenged on Energy Efficiency Inaction (Ind. Report)
    Trump
    Date: 2017-04-05
    A coalition of environmental NGOs -- including the Consumer Federation of America, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club -- along with the state of California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, New York City and Pennsylvania, have launched a broad legal challenge against the Trump administration's "illegal suspension of rules to improve the energy efficiency of ceiling fans, portable air conditioners and other products." The challenge comes on the heels of the DOE's delayed standards proposed under the Obama administration to reduce air pollution and operating costs associated with the products.

    The coalition plans to sue the DOE in 60 days for the agency's stalling of proposed standards for air compressors, commercial boilers, portable air conditioners, power supplies, and walk-in coolers and freezers. Implementation was delayed after the Trump White House directed federal agencies to put new regulations on hold until the Trump appointed new leaders could review them. The Obama administration issued a similar directive in 2009. (Source: YubaNet, Common Dreams, Reuters, Various Media, 3 April, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    ASE Urges Congress to Advance Energy Efficiency Bills (Reg & Leg)
    Alliance to Save Energy
    Date: 2017-04-05
    In the nations' capitol, the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) is calling for Congress to advance the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 385) and another bill related to external power supplies and energy efficiency standards (S. 226, both of which cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week, according to the Daily Energy Insider. Other energy legislation -- the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2017 (S. 239) and the Power and Security Systems Act (S. 190) also cleared the Committee.

    The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act would improve home building codes and further public-private partnerships to enhance the efficiency and productivity of American manufacturing and decrease federal spending by improving efficiency across the nation's largest energy consumer -- federal government. The bill is also expected to create more than 190,000 jobs and save consumers $16.2 billion a year by 2030.

    S. 190 would extend an exemption for certain security or safety alarms or surveillance systems from efficiency standards under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. S. 239 would amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to encourage the increased use of energy performance contracting in Federal facilities. (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, Daily Energy Insider, 3 April, 2017)Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, www.ase.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Code,  Energy Efficiency Standards,  


    REX American Investing in Ethanol Plant Expansion (Ind. Report)
    REX American Resources
    Date: 2017-04-05
    In a recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, Dayton, Ohio-headquartered REX American Resources Corp. reported it will invest $20 million to $30 million in available cash into increasing capacity at its ethanol plants this year.

    In fiscal 2009 REX closed its last retail locations to focus on its transition primarily into alternative energy. (Source: REX American Resources Corp, PR, Dayton Business Journal, 3 April, 2017) Contact: REX American Resources, Stuart Rose , CEO, (937) 276-3931, www.rexstores.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News REX American Resource,  Ethanol,  Alternative Fuels,  Ethanol,  


    Butamax Snares Kansas-Based Nesika Energy Ethanol Plant (M&A)
    Butamax Advanced Biofuel,Nesika Energy
    Date: 2017-04-05
    Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol specialist Butamax Advanced Biofuels, a 50/50 JV between BP and DuPont, is reporting acquisition of Nesika Energy and its ethanol facility in Scandia, Kansas. Butamax plans to add bio-isobutanol production capacity to the facility.

    A cost-effective alternative to isobutanol, bio-isobutanol can be blended with gasoline in higher concentrations than ethanol without compromising compatibility or performance. Blends of bio-isobutanol can also be transported along existing pipelines without the same water solubility issues as ethanol. (Source: Butamax, Biofuels Int'l, Others, 3 April, 2017) Contact: Butamax, Stuart Thomas, CEO, (302) 695-3216, www.butamax.com; Nesika Energy, (785) 335-2054, http://appleonedevelopment1.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nesika Energy,  Butamax Advanced Biofuel,  Isobutanol,  


    Aussie Commission Wants E10 Ethanol Blending Ended (Int'l)
    Australia Biofuel
    Date: 2017-04-05
    In the Land Down Under, the federal Productivity Commission has recommended elimination of a controversial biofuel blending policy designed to boost ethanol consumption. The Commission cited rising gasoline prices and a reduction in competition for the recommendation. The Commission also claimed that the ethanol-gasoline blending mandate may not have delivered the expected environmental benefits and that cars may be using up to 60 pct more petrol than expected. Accordingly, the commission is recommending the E10 program be eliminated in 2018.

    The Commission's recommendation has been rejected by the NSW state government as it prepares to launch an advertising campaign in support of its most recent attempts to encourage motorists to use E10. In 2016, the NSW government legislated reforms including requiring a wider range of petrol stations to sell E10, established an online fuel price board and asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to regulate the wholesale price of ethanol in a bid to drive down its price. (Source: Australia Productivity Commission, Canberra Times, Others, 3 April, 2017) Contact: Australia Productivity Commission, www.pc.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Biofuel Blend,  


    LG Offering New NeON®R Solar Panel in Australia (Int'l)
    LG Electronics
    Date: 2017-04-05
    South Korean electronics giant LG Electronics (LG) reports it is introducing its LG NeON® R solar panel to the Australian solar market.

    The LG NeON® R solar panel has enhanced durability, performance under real environment, aesthetic design plus industry leading output efficiency guaranteed over 25 years. The NeON®R has no metal electrode on the front of the module, but has 30 multi-ribbon busbars at the rear of the module, allowing the panel to perform at a higher efficiency when the temperature is higher due to the panels upgraded low-temperature coefficient of Pmax -0.30 (%/oC). The LG NeON® R can be either roof or ground mounted, according to the LG release. (Source: LG Electronics, PR, 3 April, 2017) Contact: LG Electronics USA, John Taylor, (847) 941-8181, john.taylor@lge.com, www.lge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Electronics ,  Solar Cell,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  


    Biofuel Additives -- Global Market Outlook (2015-2022) -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Wise Guy Reports
    Date: 2017-04-05
    According to the Biofuel Additives -- Global Market Outlook (2015-2022) report, the global biofuel additives market accounted for $4,424 million in 2015 and is expected to reach $12,340 million by 2022 -- growing at a CAGR of 15.8 pct during the forecast period.

    The report finds that increasing biofuel usage owing to decreasing reliance on the oil producing countries and supportive government regulations are key factors fueling the market growth although the high cost of these additives may impede the market growth during the forecast period. Furthermore, increasing demand for biofuel additives in emerging regions is anticipated to provide growth opportunities for this market.

    North America accounted for the largest share in biofuel additives market due to higher production and consumption of biofuels. However, Asia Pacific is expected to witness highest growth on account of increasing demand from emerging countries such as China and India.

    Report details are available HERE. (Source: Wise Guy Consulting, 3 April, 2017) Contact: Wise Guy Consulting, Norah Trent +1 646 845 9349 / +44 208 133 9349, sales@wiseguyreports.com, www.wiseguyreports.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuels,  Biofuel Additive,  


    Dukosi, Swindon Silicon Partner on Battery Management (Ind. Report)
    Dukosi, Swindon Silicon Systems
    Date: 2017-04-05
    In he UK, Edinburgh-based battery management technology innovator Dukosi and electronics firm Swindon Silicon Systems are reporting the signing of a comprehensive development agreement to market Dukosi's disruptive semiconductor chip based battery management solution. The product, which will have automotive applications, is expected to be available in late 2018.

    Dukosi's battery management system acquires, processes and stores discrete data directly at the cell then transmits real-time information on cell health and performance to support master level control of the battery pack. The approach optimizes system architecture design and management of batteries in electric vehicles, industrial and grid energy storage applications. (Source: Dukosi, PR, 4 April, 2017) Contact: Dukosi, +44 131 445 7772, www.dukosi.com; Swindon Silicon Systems, www.swindonsilicon.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Technology,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Bushmills Ethanol Joins Growth Energy (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy, Bushmills Ethanol
    Date: 2017-04-05
    Growth Energy, the trade association for U.S. ethanol producers and supporters, welcomed Bushmills Ethanol as its newest member. Bushmills Ethanol is located in Atwater, Minnesota and produces 49 million gallons of ethanol per year. (Source: Growth Energy, Bushmills, Minnesota Farm Guide, 4 April, 2017) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org; Bushmills Ethanol Inc., (320) 974-8050, www.bushmillsethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Bushmills Ethanol,  


    Archimedes Touts India's First Rooftop Wind Turbine (New Prod & Tech)
    Archimedes Green Energys
    Date: 2017-04-05
    Hyderabad, India-headquartered Archimedes Green Energys (P) Ltd. is touting the launch of India's first Rooftop Wind Turbine -- the AWM Archimedes Wind Mill which is presently being manufactured in Korea.

    The silent rooftop wind turbines can generate 1500kWh of energy at low velocity winds from 0.9 meter/second to as high as 14 meters/second and rotates a full 360 degrees to take advantage of low wind speeds. In high winds such as 22 meters/second, the unit automatically stops to avoid damage to the turbine. Available in two sizes -- 36Kgs and 112kgs -- the unit is easily transportable and ideal for small residential applications. (Source: Archimedes Green Energys , April, 2017) Contact: Archimedes Green Energys, Gajjala Suryaprakash, CEO , info@archimedesgreenenergys.com, www.archimededgreenenergys.com

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


    LCE Confirms 100-Turbine Texas Wind Farm Financing (Funding)
    Lincoln Clean Energy
    Date: 2017-04-05
    US wind and solar developer Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) reports it has arranged financing with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) and Rabobank for its Willow Springs wind project in Texas. Long-term tax equity will also come from BAML and from BHE Renewables LLC, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

    I Squared Capital-backed LCE has ordered GE 2.5-116 wind turbines and a 30-year service agreement for the 100-turbine wind park.When fully operational, the wind farm is expected to generate approximately 1 TWh of power annually,which will be sold to Merrill Lynch Commodities. (Source: GE, Renewables Now, Others, April, 2017) Contact: Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, (512) 215-4452, info@lincolnclean.com, www.lincoln-clean-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lincoln Clean Energy,  Wind,  


    Notable Corporate Climate Change Quotes
    Climate Change
    Date: 2017-04-05
    "We believe climate change is real and the science is well accepted. Climate change is one of our most significant global challenges and strong action is critical to meeting the serious threat posed by greenhouse gas emissions." -- General Electric, Jeff Immelt, CEO

    "Our company's success ultimately depends on our ability to reliably source high-quality crops and other raw materials. (Clean energy is) key to unlocking new business growth potential for the US and around the world." -- General Mills, Ken Powell, CEO

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


    ESB to Fund €10Mn in Irish Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l)
    Smart Energy Services
    Date: 2017-04-05
    Dublin, Ireland-headquartered ESB Smart Energy Services reports it fund €10 million in energy management and efficiency projects to help large energy users in Ireland reduce their energy costs in 2017. In 2016, Smart Energy Services partnered with 50 Irish and UK companies to help deliver more than €20 million in energy savings. The company aims to achieve €50 million in savings with its partner companies by 2018.

    ESB has worked with businesses from a variety of sectors to unlock smarter and more efficient ways of reducing energy costs. Customers include Tesco Ireland, Druids Glen Golf Club, the Dublin Airport Authority and others. (Source: Smart Energy Services, Business World Ireland, 4 April, 2017) Contact: ESB, Smart Energy Services, Jophn Walsh, +353 21 238 6555, esbnetworks@esb.ie, www.esb.ie/being-innovative/smart-energy-services

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Energy Services,  ESB,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  


    DRAX Biomass Wins Bankrupt Louisiana Pellets (M&A)
    Drax Biomass ,Louisiana Pellet
    Date: 2017-04-05
    Following up on our March 1st, 2017 coverage, UK-headquartered DRAX Biomass reports it has won the bidding battle for the acquisition of the bankrupt Louisiana Pellets' 450,000 metric tpy woody biomass plant in Urania, Louisiana.

    DRAX Biomass expects to close the purchase by the end of April, subject to court approval. Financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed. (Source: DRAX Biomass, Bioenergy Insights, Others, 4 April, 2017) Contact: DRAX Biomass, Pete Madden, Pres., CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com, www.draxbiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Louisiana Pellet,  DRAX Biomass ,  Woody Biomess,  Wood Pellet,  


    Index Tracks Declining Power Sector Carbon Emissions -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Carnegie Mellon,Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
    Date: 2017-04-03
    In Pittsburgh, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) Americas and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) report the unveiling of the CMU index measuring carbon dioxide emissions from the U.S. electrical power generation sector.

    The CMU Carbon Index, which found that U.S. power producers had cut CO2 emissions intensity by 24pct since 2005, offers a comprehensive picture of the environmental impact of electricity production in the U.S and will measure the environmental impact of the U.S. power grid during the previous 12 months and over an extended period to 1990.

    The CMU index also provides a summary of the amount of electric power was generated by coal, natural gas, nuclear, and renewable energy sources.

    According to the Carbon Index: more than half of the reduction in CO2 emissions intensity since 2005 is due to a shift from coal to natural gas; emissions intensity of the natural gas fleet has reduced by 17 pct since 2001, as more efficient turbine technologies and operating schedules have been introduced; since 2005 renewable electricity has grown from 9 pct of U.S. generation to 15 percent--an increase of nearly 75 percent.

    Access the CMU Carbon Index HERE. (Source: CarnegieMellon College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, PR, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering, Professor Samaras. Professor Azevedo, http://engineering.cmu.edu; Carnegie Power, www.changeinpower.com; Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas Inc., Paul Browning, Pres., CEO, www.psa.mhps.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carnegie Mellon,  Carbon Emissions Emissions,  


    Ontario Landlords Prohibited from Foisting Off Cap-and-Trade Costs to Tenants (Reg & Leg)
    Ontario Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2017-04-03
    At Queens Park in Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Housing is proposing regulatory changes under the Residential Tenancies Act(2006) that would prohibit residential landlords from passing a building's carbon costs within natural gas bills to tenants in the form of rental increases.

    As previously reported, Ontario natural gas consumers will pay Cap-and-Trade costs as part of their "distribution" charges on natural gas bills. The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 permits landlords to apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for higher than usual -- above guideline -- rent increases where the landlord experiences an extraordinary increase in operating costs (such as utilities).

    Landlords will not, however, be permitted to include the impact of increased natural gas bills arising from Cap-and-Trade costs in a request for above-guideline rent increases. In effect, the landlords will be required to absorb the impacts. (Source: Aird & Berlis LLP, Aird & McBurney LP, BLOG, 27 Mar, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon EmissionsOntario Carbon Tax,  


    Lanzanol Low-Carbon Fuel Demo Project Awarded $4Mn (Funding)
    LanzaTechn PNNL
    Date: 2017-04-03
    The US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office reports it will supply $4 million in grant funding to LanzaTech for a 3 million gpy low-carbon jet diesels and fuels from industrial off gases demo project.

    LanzaTech will recycle ArcelorMittal steel production waste gases to produce "Lanzanol", an ethanol intermediate. A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and LanzaTech developed process will be used to convert Lanzanol and ethanol to jet diesel or fuel and other cost-effective products.

    The project participants include LanzaTech, PNNL, Petron Scientech, Nexceris, CRI Catalyst Company and Gardner Denver Nash, Ambitech and others. The fuels' environmental impact will be evaluated by Michigan Technological University and Audi will check the properties and effects of the fuel and diesel produced. The other project partners are Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative and Airlines for America. (Source: LanzaTech, Talk Daily News, 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: ArcelorMittal, www.arcelormittal.com; PNNL, www.pnnl.gov; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Virgin Atlantic,  


    Union Core Purchasing Enbridge's Eddystone Rail Facility (M&A)
    Enbridge,Union Core America
    Date: 2017-04-03
    Canadian energy giant Enbridge Inc. reports it has agreed to sell its dormant crude-by-rail terminal outside Philadelphia to Wilmington, Delaware-based Union Core America, a privately held company that wants to make road fuels with high concentrations of ethanol. Union Core America would use the facility to blend E85 gasoline.

    Although originally set to close in April, the transaction has been stymied by by local investors that have minority interests in the terminal. The transaction is now expected to close before the year end.

    The 90,000 bpd crude rail facility, in Eddystone, Pennsylvania, was built in 2012 by Enbridge and local investors to deliver Bakken crude oil to Monroe Energy's refinery outside Philadelphia. The facility received its last shipment in February 2016, according to the Reuters report. (Source: Enbridge, Reuters, 28 Mar., 2017) Contact: Enbridge Inc., www.enbridge.com; Union Core America, Gerald Jones, Pres., 2711 Centerville Rd. Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE., 19808

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enbridge ,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  E85,  


    GM Cuts Energy Consumption, Costs Across 32 Sites (Ind. Report)
    General Motors
    Date: 2017-04-03
    Automaker GM reports it has saved $2.3 million annually with the installation of 45,000 efficient LED lighting fixtures and sensors across 32 of the company's global locations. The energy efficient light upgrades are expected to improve future productivity and cut energy consumption by 60 pct for an estimated $2.3 million savings in annual energy costs.

    According to a GM release, the company is committed to reducing energy intensity 20 pct by 2020 using a 2010 baseline. To date, the company has reduced its energy 14 percent using GE software solutions to improve inline scheduling and production monitoring, as well as data collection for existing energy systems. (Source: GM, GE, MarketWired,Mar. 29, 2017) Contact: GE, www.ge.com; GM, www.gm.com

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


    China "100 pct Committed" to Paris Climate Agreement, says Pres. Xi Jinping (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Paris Climate Agreement
    Date: 2017-04-03
    Last week in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping , in an apparent response to Trump's move to dismantle Obama-era policies and extract the U.S. from the world's climate change fight, called for the U.S. to "honor its commitments" to fight climate change. Speaking for Pres. Xi Jinping foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said:

    "Whether other countries commit to these goals or not, China is resolute in meeting the goals and actions. We will continue to work with relevant parties to enhance dialogue to move forward the efforts to ensure our economy can be put on green and low carbon path. It will also pass on green climate to our future generations.

    "Climate change is a challenge faced by all mankind. The Paris agreement is a milestone in the global campaign in climate governance. It is a consensus of the international community and ushered a new stage of the global endeavour in seeking low carbon development, Lu added.

    "All countries including, the US and China, have made contributions and we still believe that all parties should go with the tide, seize the opportunity, fulfill their pledges and implement the agreement." (Source: PTI, Hindustan Times, Others, 29 Mar., 2017)

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


    Hickenlooper Takes a Stand on Obama Clean Power Plan (Ind. Report)
    John Hickenlooper
    Date: 2017-04-03
    In Denver, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (Dem) is taking a stand against Trump's move to quash the Obama Clean Power Plan. Hickenlooper says his state, the seventh-largest energy producing state in the U.S., will not be deterred by Trump's agenda and will continue its push to increased renewable energy and slashing carbon pollution.

    According to the governor, Colorado has been addressing climate change since at least 2004, when voters approved a measure requiring utilities to source a minimum of 10 pct of their power from renewable sources by 2015. The target was later increased to 30 pct by 2020. In 2010, the state enacted legislation requiring utilities to replace some coal-fired electrical generating plants with natural gas facilities.

    According to a spokesperson for the governor, Colorado has not yet met the goals but is on track to do so by 2030 -- the deadline in the Clean Power Plan for U.S. states to cut carbon emissions 30 pct. Although some states favour Trump's move others are moving ahead on their own initiatives to cut carbon emissions or encourage renewable energy. (Source: Office of Gov. John Hickenlooper, LMTonline, AP, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, (303) 866-2471, www.colorado.gov/governor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News John Hickenlooper,  Obama Clean Power Plan,  Carbon Emissions,  Trump,  


    Notable Quote
    Niskanen Center
    Date: 2017-04-03
    "There are probably 40 Republican members of the House and maybe 10 Senate members who are to varying degrees uncomfortable with (republican) party orthodoxy on climate. We've moved people from rather unthinking dismissal of carbon pricing to cautious neutrality to entertaining a conversation and exploring the possibilities. When that may bear fruit depends on political circumstances and windows of opportunity that you can't predict." -- Jerry Taylor, founder of the Niskanen Center, a libertarian think tank. Contact: Niskanen Center, www.niskanencenter.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Con Edison's 2016 Energy Efficiency Incentives Exceed $40Mn (Funding)
    ConEdison
    Date: 2017-04-03
    New York energy company ConEdison reports it spent $40.8 million on energy efficiency incentives in 2016, resulting a reduction of 160,200 MWh of electric power consumption and 266,500 dekatherms of gas usage.

    In 2016, commercial and industrial customers received $4.9 million in energy efficiency incentives, small businesses scored $19.9 million, multifamily buildings received $10.9 million, and residential customers received $5.1 million. Since 2009, ConEdison has spent over $280 million on incentive payments for energy-saving HVAC, lighting, and building management systems. (Source: ConEdison, DEI, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: ConEdison, Vicki Kuo, Dir.Energy Efficiency, kuov@coned.com, www.coned.com, www.coned.com/energyefficiency, www.conedsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ConEdison,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


    Sharp Tours High-Efficiency NQ-R256A PV Module (New Prod & Tech)
    Sharp
    Date: 2017-04-03
    Tokyo-headquartered electronics giant Sharp Corporation Sharp is reporting the availability of its NQ-R256A (256W) monocrystalline PV module to the European market.

    The NQ-R256A incorporates back contact cell technology for efficiencies of 19.8 pct . With back contact cells all connectivity is removed from the front to the backside. The technology reduces the losses from 6 pct to 3 pct for an improvement of 50 pct. The NQ-R256A module has IEC certification (IEC/EN 61215 and IEC/EN 61730) and comes with a 10-year product guarantee and 25-year linear power output guarantee. (Source: Sharp., PV Tech, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: Sharp Corp., Miyuki Nakayama, PR, +81-3-5446-8205, www.sharp-world.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sharp Solar,  Solar Cell,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  


    400 MW Cimarron Bend Kansas Wind Farm Online (Ind. Report)
    GE Energy Financial Services,Enel Green Power North America ,Cimmeron Bend
    Date: 2017-04-03
    Enel Green Power North America Inc. (EGPNA) is reporting that the second and final half of its 400 MW Cimarron Bend wind farm in in Clark County, Kansas, is now online. The facility's power generation is being sold under two bundled, long-term ppa: one with Google and one with the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU).

    The $640 million Cimarron Bend wind farm, the largest wind farm in Enel's global portfolio, is owned by EGPNA Renewable Energy Partners LLC, an equally owned joint venture between EGPNA and GE Energy Financial Services.

    According to EGPNA, Cimarron Bend can generate sufficient energy for over 149,000 U.S. households and around 1.3 million mtpy of CO2. In addition to Cimarron Hills, EGPNA owns four other wind farms totaling 1.1 GW in Kansas.(Source: Enel Green Power North America NA, Wind Power, Others, 31 Mar., 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Rafael Gonzalez, CEO, (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com; GE Energy Financial Services, http://geenergyfinancialservices.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Energy Financial Services,  Enel Green Power North America,  Wind,  Cimarron Bend ,  


    Thomasville Schools, Schneider Electric Ink Energy Efficiency Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2017-04-03
    In the Peach State, the Thomasville City School System reports it has sealed an deal with energy management specialist Schneider Electric for a comprehensive energy efficiency modernization of its facilities. The $2.9 million self-funded project will encompass energy efficiency upgrades to five schools and the board of education office facility. Upon completion, the school system is expected to save $150,000 per year in energy expenses.

    Schneider's energy conservation measures includ:

  • Installation of a district-wide building automation system to increase visibility into energy management;
  • Interior and exterior LED lighting upgrades;
  • Water system upgrades to reduce consumption ;
  • Installation of a PC power management system to reduce computer power usage;
  • Extensive sealing of windows, doors, gaps and cracks across all buildings to improve comfort and efficiency.

    Upon completion of the project, the district will reduce its power consumption by 1.4 million kilowatt hours, with no up-front capital investment. In addition to annual energy savings, the upgrades will remove 1,049 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. Construction is underway and is expected to be complete this fall. (Source: Thomasville School System, PR Web, Variuos Media, 30 Mar., 2017) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.enable.schneider-electric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric ,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • EIB Commits €50Mn to European Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2017-04-03
    According to a European Union release, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and BPER Banca Group are providing €50 million in funding for European energy efficiency projects. The first project, in Italy, is based on European Commission guarantees and assistance under the Private Finance For Energy Efficiency (PF4EE) EU instrument and the LIFE Programme, a joint initiative between the EIB and the European Commission to increase the volume of loans to support energy efficiency investment.

    The aim of the new EIB/Commission instruments is to generate €1 billion or more in energy efficiency investments and contribute to EU objectives related to cutting CO2 emissions and fighting climate change.

    Projects seeking funding must be connected to the energy efficiency of buildings or productive structures, district heating or district cooling plants, public lighting infrastructure, or high efficiency heat and power cogeneration plants. (Source: EIB, Automotive World, 30 Mar., 2017) Contact: European Investment Bank, Jonathan Taylor, VP, +352 43 791, www.eib.org; BPER Banca Group, www.bper.it

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Adwen Installs 8-MW Offshore Wind Turbine Prototype (Ind. Report)
    Adwen
    Date: 2017-04-03
    Adwen Offshore, an Areva-Gamesa company, reports it has reached the final stages of the installation of its 8-MW AD 8-180 offshore wind prototype in Bremerhaven, Germany.

    The foundation and three sections of the tower, including the power section, have been installed, with the fourth and fifth sections expected within days. The hub has been mounted on the nacelle and is undergoing additional testing. The AD 8-180 is expected to be used for three French offshore projects. (Source: Adwen, PowerEngineering, 30 Mar., 2017) Contact: Adwen Offshore, David Guiu, CCO, contact@adwenoffshore.com, www.adwenoffshore.com

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


    NextEra Considering Cocha County, Ariz. Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2017-04-03
    Juno Beach, Florida-headquartered NextEra Energy Resources reports it is investigating construction of a 50-trubine, 200-MW wind farm in Concho County, Arizona. NextEra developed a similar wind farm -- the Perrin Ranch -- in Coconino County near Williams, Arizona.

    NextEra Energy Resources, which owns Florida Power and Light, owns 110 wind and solar installations in 29 states and in Canada. (Source: NextEra Energy Resources, White Mountain Independent, 31 Mar., 2017) Contact: NextEra Energy, Steven Stengel, Communications, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources ,  Wind,  


    Infigen Advances 113 MW New Zealand Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
    Infigen Energy
    Date: 2017-04-03
    Australian renewable enrgy specialist Infigen Energy reports it has reached financial closure and is proceeding with construction of its wholly owned 113.2 MW Bodangora wind farm near Wellington, New Zealand. The $236 million project will be funded from a $163 million construction facility provided by NORD/LB and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and $74 million1 of equity from Infigen. The project has a PPA with EnergyAustralia for 60 pct of its power production until 2030.

    Bodangora wind farm will be built by a consortium comprising General Electric (GE) and civil-engineering construction company Civil & Allied Technical Construction (CATCON) under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. Infigen will provide the equity funding and will operate the wind farm once completed. (Source: Infigen Energy, 31 Mar., 2017) Contact: Infigen, Richie Farrell, GM, Strategy & Corporate Affairs, +61 2 8031 9900 Rosalie Duff , Investor Relations, +61 2 8031 9901, rosalie.duff@infigenenergy.com, www.infigenenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Infigen Energy,  Wind,  


    Invenergy Planning 120-Turbine Santa Rita Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Invenergy
    Date: 2017-04-03
    Independent renewable energy developer Invenergy LLC is touting its proposed Santa Rita Wind Farm spread across approximately 50,000 acres in Irion and Reagan counties, Texas.

    The $350 million, 120-turbine project, which would incorporate GE 2.5 MW turbines to generate sufficient power for approximately 70,000 homes, is expected to take one year to construct. The City of Denton has signed a long term PPA for power from the project. (Source: Invenergy, San Angelo Standard-Times, 1 April, 2017) Contact: Invenergy, Amy Francetic, Snr. VP New Ventures and Corporate Affairs, (312) 224-1400, http://invenergyllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  

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