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Finnish Carbon Taxes Rise While Coal Slides (Int'l, Reg & Leg)
Finland,Finland Energy Department,
Date: 2017-09-06
In Helsinki, Reuters is reporting that Finland will introduce legislation to phase out coal and increase carbon taxes in 2018. Approximately 10 pct of the country's energy consumption is from coal-fired power plants which consumed 4.1 million tonnes of oil equivalent in 2016. (Source: Finland Energy Department, Reuters, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Finland Energy Department, Riku Huttunen, Director General, +358 29 516001,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Carbon Tax,  

Notable Quote
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-09-06
"We're taking action on a number of issues I know mean a lot to people here in Saskatoon and across this great province. That includes moving forward with our plan to put a price on carbon pollution.

"I know this can be a contentious issue but I also know it's the best way for Canada to reduce emissions while we grow our economy in a clean and sustainable way." -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Lib), 31 Aug., 2017)

Editor's Note: Last December, eleven Canadian provinces and territories -- excluding Saskatchewan and Manitoba -- agreed to the carbon price plan in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The federal government wants provinces to phase in carbon pricing that would reach $50 a tonne by 2022 or develop a cap-and-trade system. If the provinces fail to do so, the feds have promised to impose a plan upon them.

The Manitoba government of Premier Brian Pallister (PC) has been considering a $25 per tonne carbon tax by 2022 -- half of what the federal government has insisted must be in place by 2022. Manitoba farmers would be exempt from the tax, which, at $25 per tonne, would raise $250 million annually and add about $6.00 to the cost of a 50-litre tank of gasoline and up the cost of an average home's natural gas heating cost by $265 per year. (Source: Manitoba Sustainable Development, Canada Press, Others, Contact: Government of Manitoba, Premier Hon. Brian Pallister,

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

Nordex Cost Cutting Cuts 400 - 500 Jobs (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-09-06
Wind turbine maker Nordex reports it is axing 400 to 500 jobs in Germany and other European centers by the end of 2017. Globally, the company employs approximately 5,200. The move is seen as a cost-cutting measure in the face of declining demand and "market conditions." (Source: Nordex, Various Media, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  

APS Touts Next Generation Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Arizona Public Service
Date: 2017-09-06
Phoenix-headquartered Arizona Public Service (APS) reports it has proposed a new plan that rewards customers for targeted energy conservation during high demand times and provides more opportunities for customers to save with APS's new rate plans. The program would also incentivize solar power use when the state's solar resources are abundantly producing energy. According to APS, this new targeted energy efficiency approach can help better integrate renewable resources and delay the need for future infrastructure. .

Specifically, APS is offering new rebates, incentives and/or increased opportunities for: smart thermostats; electric vehicle charging infrastructure; electric school buses and charging infrastructure; increase energy storage funding from $4 million to $6 million) for water heater timers for residential HVAC; support for home Performance with Energy Star; support energy efficient new residential construction and solutions for Business. The plan would also guide customers on how to make the most of the new APS rate plans and to take advantage of home pre-cooling, shifting the use of appliances to off-peak hours, and staggering the use of major appliances as ways to cut energy consumption and costs. (Source: APS, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Arizona Public Service Co., Stacy Derstine, VP Customer Service,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Arizona Public Service,  Energy Efficiency,  

LED Lighting Market Growing 18 pct CAGR, says Report (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-06
According to a just released report from London, UK-based Technavio Market Research, the LED light market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of more than 18 pct from 2017 to 2021.

The growth is being attributed to the demand for energy-efficient lighting solutions across all sectors and an increased adoption of LED lighting worldwide.

Technavio notes that four market drivers are contributing to the growth of the global LED market: favourable policy environment and governmental support; demand for energy-efficient lighting solutions; increasing outreach of energy-efficiency certification programs; and upcoming international events and infrastructure projects.

In addition to the events, governments are making significant investments in the development of infrastructure projects and smart cities to complement the economic growth. (Source: Technavio, Compound Semiconductor, 5 September, 2017)Contact: Technavio Research, Jesse Maida, Marketing, (630) 333-9501 - US Office,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED LIght,  Energy Efficient Light,  Technavio,  

Cielo Funding Advances Renewable Diesel Refinery (Ind. Report)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2017-09-06
Vancouver, British Columbia-based Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. reports the closing of the second tranche of its private placement of up to $3,000,000. A total of $550,000 was raised in the second tranche by way of the issuance of 5.5 million units at $0.10 per Unit. The Company intends to close one additional tranche of the Private Placement by issuing additional Units.

As of July 17, 2017, the Company has raised $1,400,000 which has been or will be used for the ongoing construction of Cielo's first commercial-scale variable waste feedstocks-to-renewable diesel fuel refinery and for general working capital. (Source: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. 2 Sept., 2017) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 2,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  Cielo Waste Solutions,  

Biocoal Woodchip R&D May Cut Steel CO2 Emissions (Int'l, R&D)
Date: 2017-09-06
In Stockholm, Sweden, steelmaker SSAB and metallurgy specialist Swerea MEFOS are reporting a SEK13,000,000 ($1,632,295) research project that they claim could cut carbon emissions from steelmaking by as much as 30 pct by using biocoal -- woody biomass -- in blast furnace-based steel manufacturing. SSAB presently accounts for approximately 10 pct of Sweden's CO2 emissions.

According to the SSAB - Swerea MEFOS joint release, the project will showcase the possible replacement of black coal with pre-treated biomass products from forestry operations. The project is expected to begin operational testing in 2018/2019. (Source: SSAB, Swerea NEFOS, Steel Times, Int'l., 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Swerea MEFOS,; SSAB, Era Kapilashrami, head of metallurgy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biocoal,  Carbon Emissions,  

Amec Foster Wheeler Scores $604Mn Methanol Plant Contract (Ind. Report)
Amec Foster Wheeler
Date: 2017-09-06
London, UK-headquartered Amec Foster Wheeler reports it has been awarded a $604 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) fixed price contract for part of a $1.85 billion methanol plant being developed by Yuhuang Chemical, a US-based subsidiary of China's Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Company.

The project, which includes the construction of a 1.8 million-tpy methanol plant, is being built at YCI's 1,300-acre site in St. James Parish, Louisiana. (Source: Amec Foster Wheeler, Digital Look, 6 Sept., 2017) Contact: Amec Foster Wheeler, Jonathan Lewis, CEO, +44 (0)20 7429 7500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AMEC news,  Amec Foster Wheeler news,  Methanol news,  

Nigeria Joining CORSIA Aviation Carbon Emissions Scheme (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-06
In Ikeja, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) reports Nigeria will join the C02 Emissions Mitigation Measures and Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) implementation when the pilot phase of the program takes off in 2021.

The NCAA also reports the country has developed and submitted its State Action Plan to ICAO and Nigeria was joining CORSIA to be able to contribute to solutions for carbon emission. NCAA adds it has developed State Action Plan and measures to address CO2 emissions from international aviation through aircraft technology; operational improvements; sustainable alternative fuel for aviation; and others. (Source: NCAA, ICAO, Gistmaster, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Captain Muhtar Usman, Director General, CEO, +234 1 493 0026,; CORSIA details HERE

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  

Stuttgart Airport Fleet Switches to Synthetic Diesel (Int'l)
Baden-Wurttemberg Stuttgart Airport
Date: 2017-09-06
In Germany, the Baden-Wurttemberg state airport reports it is switching all vehicles that are not yet electrified to a synthetic diesel produced from residual and waste material as well as vegetable oil from certified sustainable cultivations. The synthetic fuel reduces CO2 emissions by about 70 pct and emits significantly less air pollutants when burned.

By switching to synthetic diesel, the airport operator moves a step closer to the new climate protection goals formulated in its "Fairport-Program" which aims to slash airport greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030 as compared to 1990. Stuttgart Airport operations are targeted to be entirely carbon-neutral by 2050. (Source: Baden-Wurttemberg Stuttgart Airport, ETN, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Baden-Wurttemberg Stuttgart Airport, +49 711 9480,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Synthetic Diesel,  CO2 Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  

Ameren Illinois' Energy Efficiency Nixed (Reg & Leg)
Ameren Illinois
Date: 2017-09-01
This week in Peoria, administrative law judge has denied Ameren Illinois' proposal to lower energy efficiency targets outlined in the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). A final decision ultimately rests with the Illinois Commerce Commission. The utility's plan has been generally criticized by consumer advocates for falling short on conservation and job goals. That regulatory agency is expected to render a final decision in September.

Ameren claims its plan is an alternative approach to the goals set forth in the FEJA that takes into account the needs of its low- to moderate-income customers who have already been paying into energy savings programs. The utility company claims the projects in its efficiency proposal would cost more per unit of energy saved but make a bigger difference in the living standards of its customers. (Source: Ameren Illinois, Journal Star, Sept., 2017) Contact: Ameren Illinois,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Illinois,  Energy Efficiency,  

HyperSolar Touts "Green Hydrogen" Breakthrough (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2017-09-01
In the Golden State, Santa Barbara-based HyperSolar, the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, is reporting the integration of a low-cost hydrogen catalyst into its solar hydrogen production device.

HyperSolar approached Professor Jong-Beom Baek and his research group at South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) to develop a catalyst comprised primarily of ruthenium, carbon and nitrogen that can function as well as platinum, the current catalyst used for hydrogen production, but at a 20x reduced cost.

HyperSolar integrated this ruthenium-based catalyst for hydrogen evolution with its proprietary low-cost catalyst for oxygen evolution onto a triple junction silicon solar cell. The device demonstrated the production of copious amounts of hydrogen and oxygen bubbles under water within a minute of exposure to simulated sunlight.

HyperSolar's preliminary techno-economic analysis projects that the levelized cost of hydrogen from the device could be competitive with current industrial hydrogen made from the steam reforming of natural gas. (Source: HyperSolar, NASDAQ, 29 Aur., 2017) Contact: HyperSolar, Tim Young, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News HyperSolar,  

RMP Inks Alternative Solar Net-Metering Program (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power,Utah Division of Public Utilities
Date: 2017-09-01
Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), Utah's largest power provider reports it has agreed with the Utah Division of Public Utilities to drop its bid to change the way customers with rooftop solar pay for their power and will instead grandfather in existing net-metering customers until the year 2035 and decrease the value of credits customers receive in exchange for the excess power their panels generate.

Under the terms of the agreement, RMP will continue to accept new net-metering applications through Nov. 15 then cap that program to new customers. Existing and households with new rooftop solar installations will be treated more or less as any other residential customer after Nov. 15th. RMP also agreed to author a study on the costs and benefits of rooftop solar that will be used to establish a permanent rate for surplus power delivered to the utility when the transition period ends. Net-metering customers will continue to receive credits from Rocky Mountain Power for surplus power as they currently do, through the year 2035. The utility currently credits rooftop solar customers the equivalent of 10 cents per kilowatt hour, according to Rocky Mountain Power. The agreement is subject to the Utah Public Services Commission approval.

(Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Salt Lake Tribune, Sept., 2017)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,; Utah Division of Public Utilities, (801) 530-7622,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Solar,  Net Metering,  

Important Notice -- Labour Day Holiday Publishing Schedule

Date: 2017-09-01
In recognition of the September 4th Labour Day holiday, we will not be publishing on Labour Day, Monday, September 4th. We will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday, September 6th. Have a safe holiday weekend.

EPA Temporarily Waives Ren. Fuel Blending Requirements (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-01
Following on our August 25th coverage, the Washington Examiner is reporting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday approved a fuel blending waiver in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, and D.C. -- due to possible fuel supply disruptions caused by Hurricane Harvey. In addition, the elimination of the volatility requirements for gasoline allows the corn ethanol industry to sell higher 15-pct ethanol blends in the gasoline supply in those states, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) which earlier this week lobbied the EPA head Scott Pruitt to issue a national fuel waiver.

The EPA fuel waiver will make it easier for gasoline and diesel supplies to be distributed by relaxing Clean Air Act regulations that require special blends be made available to meet state-specific emission requirements. Current EPA emission rules don't allow for E15 to be blended in the summer because of its high fuel volatility and pressure rating. The new waiver relaxes those requirements for reformulated gasoline and low volatility gasoline through Sept. 15, opening up an opportunity to sell more E15 from the Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic. (Source: RFA, Washington Examiner, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, Snr. VP, (202) 289-3835,

More Low-Carbon Energy News E15,  Ethanol Blend,  RFA,  Fuel Emissions ,  EPA,  Scott Pruitt,  

GSU R&D Photosynthesis Insight Could Yield Novel Solar Cell Design (Ind. Report)
Georgia State University
Date: 2017-09-01
In Atlanta, Researchers from Georgia State University (GSU) report they have explored a concept called "inverted-region electron transfer," which could lead to new cells that could harness energy, such as hydrogen gas.

The team analyzed the photosynthetic reaction centers found in the freshwater cyanobacterium species Synechocystis, which possess the same machinery used in this process as plants. During this procedure, plants absorb energy from the sun, making an electron move rapidly across the cell membrane. The electron essentially never returns to its starting point, which is what makes solar energy capture so efficient in plants. By contrast, the electron often returns to its starting points in artificial solar cells, causing the contained energy to be lost.

In a statement the researchers said the "findings point to new ways on how one might think about designing artificial solar cells that can be used, for example, for producing hydrogen gas, which can be used as a clean and renewable fuel."

This understanding could be useful in the solar market industry which is focused on enhancing production of solar technology and driving down costs. The work has revealed one design principle that is at play in efficient solar energy conversion in plants, and the hope is that this principle could be utilized in the design of new and better types of artificial solar cells, according to the researchers. Findings from this study were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Source: Georgia State Univ., Aug., 30, 2017), Contact: Georgia State Univ., Prof. Gary Hastings, Lead Researcher, Department of Physics and Astronomy, (404) 413-2000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Cell,  

Arensis Snares Scottish Wood Pellet Maker Verdo (M&A, Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-01
In Los Angeles, Arensis, an international provider of off-grid energy generation systems is reporting the acquisition of the Verdo Renewables 60,000 tpy woody biomass pellet plant in Grangemouth, Scotland. The acquisition, part of a £50 million UK investment plan, gives Arensis a sustainable, carbon-neutral fuel supply for its German sister company Entrade power generators.

Arensis has 185 power systems in operation across the UK, and currently delivers 85 pct of all small-scale biomass generation in country. The company operates a biomass research institute at the Knowlsey Industrial Park near Liverpool and recently installed 32 Entrade biomass conversion units at two Greenyard frozen food processor locations in the UK. (Source: Arensis, Various Media, Bioenergy Insight, , 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Arensis, Entrade, Julien Uhlig, CEO, (213) 477-7392 - U.S. Office,,; Verdo Renewables, +44 0 1264 342 009,

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

Trump "Stands by Ethanol Industry" -- Notable Quote
Date: 2017-09-01
According to a tweet from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R - Iowa) "U.S. President Donald Trump told him he is 'pro ethanol' and will stand by a campaign promise to support the ethanol industry. He (Trump) assured me he's 'pro ethanol' and I'm free to tell the people of Iowa he's standing by his campaign PROMISE." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Twitter, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Etanol,  Trump,  

Iceland Organizing Forestry Carbon Offset Program (Int'l)
Carbon Offset
Date: 2017-09-01
In Reykjavik, Icland's national broadcasting service RUV reports that visitor to Iceland will soon be able to offset emissions associated with their travel as part of a partnership with the Iceland Forestry Department and Landsskogar ehf., a private company that will plant and manage a forest paid for by the sale of carbon offsets. The location of the forest and the source of the trees has not yet been determined but is still in the organization stage.

Under the scheme, travelers will be able to book a flight, tour, car rental or other tourism services and be able to add on trees to offset the environmental impact. (Source: Iceland Forestry Department, Lonely Planet, Aug., 2017) Contact: Iceland Forestry Department,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  Carbon Offset,  

€47Mn Available for Romanian Carbon Emissions Reductions (Int'l)

Date: 2017-09-01
The European Commission Agency for South-Eastern Regional Development reports it has allocated €47,210,000 for carbon emission reduction initiatives and projects in urban areas of Romania until March 20 2018.

Investments meant to improve public urban transport and other low-carbon or carbon emissions reduction projects may qualify for funding.

Under the offering, the European Fund for Regional Development ensures 85 pct of project value, the state budget 13 pct and the applicant's contribution must be 2 pct or more. (Source: EC Agency for South-Eastern Regional Development, ActMedia, Romanian Business News, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Romanian Agency for South-Eastern Regional Development,

UK Offers Waste-to-Aviation Fuel Development Funding (Int'l. Funding)
UK Department for Transport
Date: 2017-09-01
In London, the UK Department for Transport reports it has offered £22 million in funding to support the development of low carbon waste-based fuels for aircraft without requiring engine upgrades or modifications.

The funding will be used to build up to five new low-carbon waste-to-fuel plants by 2021. With waste-based fuels, aircraft will emit as much as 90 pct less carbon than fossil fuels. (Source: UK Department for Transport,, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: UK Department for Transport, Jesse Norman, +44 0 300 330 3000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Jet Fuel,  

New Biodiesel Fuel Center Open in Norfolk, Nebraska (Ind. Report)
Sapp Bros.
Date: 2017-09-01
In Norfolk, Nebraska, Sapp Bros. Inc. is reporting the acquisition and activation of a new 30,000-gallon B100 biodiesel tank located along Highway 81, north of Norfolk. The facility will handle B100 fuel made predominantly from locally grown and processed soybeans. (Source: News Channel Nebraska, 30 Aug., 2017) Sapp Bros. Inc., Andy Richard, Pres.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioodiesel,  Soybean Biodiesel,  

Former Abengoa Biodiesel Plant Back in Action (Int'l. Report)
Abengoa,Cepsa Bioenergia
Date: 2017-09-01
In Spain, after an 18 month mothballing, Abengoa's former biodiesel plant in San Roque is back in business under the ownership of Cepsa Bioenergia. The upgraded plant, which produces 200,000 metric tpy of FAME along with 25,000 tpy of glycerin, has been integrated into Cepsa's Gibraltar-San Roque Refinery complex next door.

Cepsa Bioenergia purchased the facility from Abengoa in February as part of the latter's asset liquidation process during its bankruptcy and restructuring process. (Source: Cepsa Bioenergia, El Estrecho Digital, 29 Aug., 2017) Contact: Cepsa Bioenergia, +34 913 54 27 12,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cepsa Bioenergia,  Abengoa,  Biodiesel,  

Walmart Expects 1 Billion Tonne CO2 Emissions Cut (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-01
Arkansas-headquartered retail giant Walmart reports the launch of Project Gigaton, a new sustainability platform that will eliminate over 1 billion metric tons (gigaton) of greenhouse gases from the Walmart supply chain by 2030 -- the equivalent of removing 211 million cars from the road for an entire year. By way of comparison, in 2014 entire plant's total carbon emissions was 9.75 gigatons.

Project Gigaton focuses on limiting Scope 3 carbon emissions which are a consequence of normal business operations, but over which the company has no direct control. In order to cut down on these carbon emissions Walmart has launched an online portal where their suppliers can navigate to better manage their waste, energy use, product design, packaging, deforestation, and more. The project is also intended to make Walmart's processes and operations more transparent. (Source: Walmart, Good360, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Walmart, Kathleen McLaughlin, VP,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Walmart,  Carbon Footprint,  

U.S. DOE Promoting Net-Zero Energy Schools (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-01
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports it is working with k-12 school districts around the country to break down barriers to zero energy schools and to create educational facilities that can produce enough renewable energy to meet their consumption needs.

To that end, DOE has partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop a feasibility study on zero energy schools and provide specific energy usage targets to cost-effectively achieve zero energy and focused on strategies to balance energy consumption and energy supply. The pathways for managing energy consumption include optimal design of the building walls, roof, and windows, lighting systems, heating ventilation and air conditioning systems, controls, and service water heating. (Source: US DOE, NREL, ProudGreenBuilding, Aug. 31, 2017)Contact: NREL, Dr. Martin Keller, Director,; US DOE BETO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  NREL,  US DOE,  Energy Efficiency,  

Tougher EU Vehicle Emissions Tests Now in Force (Int'l)
Vehicle Emissions
Date: 2017-09-01
In the European Union, effective today, tougher and more realistic vehicle emissions tests, including anew laboratory test WLTP, will introduce much more realistic testing conditions for measuring vehicle pollutants and CO2 emissions.

Under a second new test to measure emissions on the road -- RDE Test -- a car will be driven on public roads over a wide range of conditions using portable measuring equipment. RDE will complement WLTP to ensure that pollutant emission levels, measured during the laboratory test, are confirmed on the road.

Together, the new tests will provide a more accurate basis for measuring a vehicle's fuel consumption and emissions. The new tests will apply only to new cars from September until the end of the year and to all vehicles from September 2018. (Source: EURACTIV, Others, 30 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  

P.E.I. Willow Carbon Sequestration Study Wins Funding (Funding)
Greenhouse Gas
Date: 2017-09-01
In Canada's smallest province Prince Edward Island, (pop. 146,000; 5,660 sq. km) the East Prince Agri-Environment Association has been awarded $895,000 for a project to study willow trees planted on riverbanks can act as a carbon storage sinks to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and protect streams and rivers from nitrogen and phosphorous runoffs.

The project is one of 20 supported by the $27 million Canadian Federal Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program, a partnership with universities and conservation groups across Canada. The program supports research into greenhouse gas mitigation practices and technologies that can be adopted on the farm. The East Prince Agri-Environment Association is a group of 12 farm families that came together in 2015 to explore ways of building a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly agriculture industry. (Source: CBC, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Agriculture Canada Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Sink,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Carbon Storage,  

Vestas Wins 25-Turbine Mongolian Wind Farm Order (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-09-01
Copenhagen-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of a 55 MW order for the Sainshand Wind Park in Mongolia. The order includes turbine supply and installation and a 15-year Active Output Management 4,000 service contract. The Sainshand Wind Park, the country's largest, will incorporate 25 V110-2.0 MW turbines in 2.2 MW Power Optimized Mode. Long-term project financing is provided by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Turbine delivery and commissioning is slated for the first half of 2018. (Source: Vestas, Economic Times, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  

Duke Energy, Florida PSC Agreement Calls for $6Bn in Florida Energy Investments (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2017-09-01
Duke Energy reports it plans to add 700 MW of solar power capacity in Florida in the next four years under the terms of an amended agreement with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC). The agreement, which proposes an investment of approximately $6 billion in solar energy, smart meter, grid improvement, new billing options, electric vehicle charging stations and up to 50 MW of battery storage systems, will come into force in January 2018.

Duke Energy intends to start building a 74.9-MW solar park in Jasper, Hamilton County at the beginning of next year. It will be its sixth photovoltaic (PV) facility in the state, comprising about 300,000 solar modules with an expected output sufficient for 20,000 homes. (Source: Duke Energy, RenewablesNow, Others, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Florida, Harry Sideris,Pres.,; Florida Public Service Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Solar,  PV,  

Xcel Announces 2.4-GW Colorado Clean Energy Plan (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2017-09-01
Xcel Energy and a coalition of 14 diverse groups have presented a new Colorado Energy Plan to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that includes adding 2,400 MW of clean energy capacity, mostly from renewable sources.

The clean energy proposal would entail a $2.5 billion investment in rural Colorado that could increase the state's renewable energy standard to 55 pct by 2026. Xcel intends to issue an all-source RfP seeking up to 1,000 MW of wind, 700 MW of solar and 700 MW of natural gas and/or storage capacity. The plan sets utility ownership targets of 50 pct of renewable generation resources and 75 pct of natural gas-fired, storage, or renewable with storage generation resources in the portfolio, according to an Xcel statement. The plan is subject to CPUC approval. (Source: Xcel Energy, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy Colorado, David Eves, Pres.,; Colorado Public Utilities Commission, (303) 894-2000,

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

HERO Energy Efficiency Funding Now in Palm Beach (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-01
In the Sunshine State, home owner across Palm Beach County now have access to HERO financing for residential energy, efficiency and wind-resistance improvements. Low, fixed-interest HERO program funding can be repaid over time through a voluntary additional assessment on the homeowner's property tax bill. Eligible improvements include solar panels, energy-efficient HVAC systems, roofing and windows, roof-to-wall connections, storm shutters and other products that can protect against wind damage and meet or exceed Florida Building Code requirements.

HERO, a public-private partnership between the Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC) and Renovate America, is the nation's largest Property Assessed Clean Energy(PACE) financing program.

HERO financing offers fixed interest rates ranging from 3.49%-7.99 pct and funds up to 100 percent of the home improvement, while the term of the financing is based on the useful life of the product, up to 25 years. (Source: Renovate America, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Renovate America, Greg Frost, (619) 568-6747,,; Florida Development Finance Corp., Bill Spivey, Exec. Dir., (407) 956-5600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News HERO,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Financing,  

West Milwaukee School District Borrowing $15.8Mn for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-09-01
In Wisconsin, the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District reports it will borrow $15.8 million in state trust fund loans for energy efficiency and capital improvement projects at various properties.

The total $15.8 million is split between two separate loans -- one totaling $12.8 million to finance energy efficiency projects and one totaling $3 million for capital improvements of "an everyday nature."

The energy efficiency projects include adding LED lighting, boiler replacements and others are slated for completion sometime in the next 18 months. The $3 million loan for capital improvements will cover things like flooring, parking lots, and exterior facility maintenance. All those projects will be completed in the 2017-18 school year. (Source: West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, Journal Sentinal, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, (414) 604-3000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  

Increased Focus on Energy Efficiency Urged in UK (Int'l)
REMEHA,Energy Institute
Date: 2017-09-01
In the UK, following the results of a recent Energy Institute (EI) survey, REMEHA, a leading supplier of heating solutions and a pioneer in condensing boiler technology and low carbon boiler systems, is calling for a strengthening of government's energy efficiency policy and a more robust follow through on policy enforcement and delivery.

Of the respondents to the EI survey, 64 pct said that energy efficiency should be prioritized since it is considered he least expensive and lowest risk measure to reduce emissions and support the UK in seizing the economic advantages of moving to a low-carbon economy. Despite the importance of energy efficiency, only around half of those surveyed felt that government policy had been effective in this area during 2016. Without better policy instruments, nearly eight out of 10 respondents believe the UK will fall short of meeting the fifth carbon budget, which requires emissions to be 57 pct lower than 1990 levels by 2030. (Source: REMEHA, Heating & Ventilating Review, Aug., 2017) Contact: RENEHA, Paul Wilson, Nat. Sales Mgr.,; Energy Institute, Louise Kingham, CEO, +44 20 7467 7100,

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

Fiberight's ME. Waste-to-Fuel Project Near Startup (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-30
Following on our October 24, 2016 coverage, Maryland-based Fiberight reports its waste-to-energy plant which is under construction in Hampden, Maine, is reaching financial close and expects to begin accepting waste material from more than 100 area communities as originally scheduled. The facility may not, however begin processing biofuels from the wastre immediately and large portion of the waste may be headed for landfill sites.

Fiberight is a privately held company with operations in Virginia, Maryland and Iowa. The company focuses on transforming municipal solid waste (MSW) and other organic feedstocks into next generation renewable biofuels, with cellulosic ethanol as the core product. (Source: Fiberight, CM, 26 July, 2017) Contact: Fiberight LLC, Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO, (408) 390-3275,,

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Busan Opens Korean Methane Fuel Cell Power Plant (Int'l Report)
Busan Green Energy
Date: 2017-08-30
In South Korea, Busan Green Energy Co. Ltd. , a special purpose company formed by the Busan Metropolitan City government, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company, Busan City Gas and Samsung C&T Corporation, are reporting completion of a 180.8 billion won fuel cell power plant near Hauendae Shin Dosi.

The power plant will utilize the hydrogen and oxygen compound methane, a central component of natural gas, causing a chemical reaction to generate electricity. The facility will generate 250,000 MWh of energy and 240,000 Gigacalories (Gcal) of heating per year.

Busan Energy Co. Ltd. manufactures and distributes renewable energy equipment. The Company produces electricity generators, fuel batteries, and other products.(Source: Busan Green Energy, Korea BizWire, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: Busan Green Energy , +82-51-703-1831

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EC Study Highlights Ethanol Blend Benefits (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-30
In Brussels, the European Commission has just released the attached report highlighting the benefits of higher ethanol blends in gasoline. The study, conducted by ICF for the Commission's Directorate-General for Climate, assessed the impact of higher levels of bio components in transportation fuels and found that increased ethanol blends would result in reduced emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO) and particulate matter (PM). For example, ethanol blends reduce emissions of HC/CO/PM by 5 to 20 pct compared to petrol with no ethanol. The study also found that compared to current blending levels, the use of higher ethanol blends will not result in adverse evaporative emissions impacts in petrol, a higher level of renewable ethanol in petrol boosts boosting engine performance and efficiency while cutting emissions.

Access the full study HERE. (Source: ePURE, PR, 29 Aug., 2017) Contact: ePURE, Robert Wright, Sec. Gen, +32 2 657 6679,,

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Brazilian Sugar Mills Increase Ethanol Production (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2017-08-30
Reuters is reporting that Brazilian sugar mills cut sugar production in August while increasing ethanol production as demand and prices for the biofuel improved, Forty pct of the plants able to produce both sugar and ethanol had shifted toward ethanol production in Auigust, according to cane industry group UNICA.

The country's center-south region produced 3.16 million tonnes of sugar in the first half of August, compared to 3.41 million tonnes in the previous two-week period. Mills crushed 45.29 million tonnes of cane in the period versus 50.74 million tonnes in late July. Ethanol production fell to 1.95 billion liters from 2.08 billion liters late in July. Hydrous ethanol production jumped 14 pct in the first half of August from the second half of July. (Source: UNICA, Reuters, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: UNICA,

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Ardagh Group Wins ENERGY STAR Building Certification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-30
Indianapolis-based Ardagh Group, Glass - North America, a division of Ardagh Group, reports its Fairfield, California plant has been awarded its second US EPA ENERGY STAR® building certification for superior energy performance.

The majority of the Fairfield facility's energy consumption is generated by lighting. The 24 hour, five-day-a-week distribution center has 64 docks, 10,000 square feet of office space, and more than one million square feet of storage and warehouse space. By installing energy-efficient, motion-sensor lighting fixtures throughout the distribution center, Ardagh Group was able to reduce operational costs, while reducing its impact on the environment.

Since 2010, 10 Ardagh Group facilities and buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR certification 32 times. Source: Ardagh Group, PR, 29 Aug., 2017) Contact: Ardagh Group, John Riordan, President and CEO, Gina Behrman, Marketing, (765) 741-7092, ,; ENERGY STAR,

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ReneSola Considers Assets Sale to Retain NYSE Listing (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-30
Chinese solar manufacturer ReneSola reports it has been told for the second time in less than a year that it has fallen below NYSE listing criteria, as its average market cap has remained below $50M for 30 consecutive trading days. To regain compliance and avoid relisting, the company is considering the sale of PV production operations and its LED distribution businesses which, if sold, could could eliminate approximately $573 million in debts, according to the company. (Source: ReneSola, Seeking Alpha, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: ReneSola Ltd., Brian Armentrout, (603) 748-6933,,

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Vector Ads LG Chem Energy Storage Solutions to Line (Int'l)
Vector Energy Solutions
Date: 2017-08-30
In the Land Down Under, Vector Energy Solutions Ltd. reports it will be expanding its energy storage options for residential, industrial, and commercial customers, starting with LG Chem's battery storage products. LG Chem manufactures and supplies utility scale Li-ion batteries with over 2.8GWh of renewable energy and other projects to date.

Vector Energy Solutions presently handles the Tesla Powerwall energy storage system and can finance and install the product as well as provide end-to-end service. (Source: Vector Energy Solutions, PR, 29 Aug., 2017) Contact: Vector Energy Solutions, Brian Ryan, 1800 853 945,,

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RFA Calls for Hurricane Harvey Fuel Waiver (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2017-08-30
In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) asked the agency to "take immediate action to expand the scope and geographic coverage" of the fuel waiver issued by the agency Aug. 26 in response to Hurricane Harvey.

"While EPA's August 26 waiver of certain reformulated gasoline (RFG) and Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) requirements was a welcome step, it is not delivering meaningful relief from escalating gasoline prices in Texas and across the rest of the country. Specifically, RFA is asking EPA to relax the RVP limits to 10 psi for all finished gasoline blended with ethanol in conventional and RFG areas nationwide, through Sept. 15. In effect, this could be achieved by specifying that gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol by volume qualifies for the "special provisions for alcohol blends" found in 40 C.F.R. 80.27(d) (i.e., the 1.0 psi "waiver" for 9 -- 10 pct ethanol blends.

"In the days since EPA issued the August 26 fuel waiver, market conditions have worsened and supply shortages are expected to be more severe than previously thought. Gasoline futures prices have surged nearly 10 percent since August 24, 2017, the day before Hurricane Harvey made landfall.

"It is being broadly reported that at least 10 percent of the nation's refining capacity has been shuttered as a result of the hurricane, and analysts now expect further price surges in the wake of hurricane-related refinery and terminal outages. In addition, both offshore and onshore drilling rigs have been idled, leading to lower crude oil production and tighter supplies for refineries in the weeks ahead.

"The action we are requesting would significantly enhance flexibility for blenders and refiners and help alleviate the logistical challenges and shortfalls that are causing gas prices to spike. Relaxing RVP requirements to 10.0 psi nationwide would immediately allow gasoline blenders to produce fuel that complies with EPA regulations using any available gasoline blendstock on the market. It would also immediately allow blenders to use up to 15 percent ethanol by volume in all finished gasoline in all areas of the country, proving a badly needed source of additional supply and helping to offset gasoline shortfalls resulting from refinery and terminal outages.

"While the waiver issued August 26, 2017, allows gasoline with less than 9 pct ethanol by volume to qualify for the special provisions for alcohol blends requirement (i.e., the 1 psi waiver for E10), it did not allow blends containing up to 15 percent to qualify for the provision. Extending this temporary waiver to 15 percent ethanol blends would greatly assist in alleviating current price spikes and supply crunches." (Source: RFA, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., CEO,(202) 289-3835,

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Ohio State Energy Efficiency Projects Set to Begin (Ind. Report)
ENGIE,Ohio State University
Date: 2017-08-30
In Columbus, Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) reports it has received the Ohio State University Board of Trustee approval to begin updating the campus's energy infrastructure under the terms of a 50-year deal to manage the university's energy assets. Ohio State Energy Partners is comprised of Engie and Axium, an investment firm.

OSEP will begin replacing inefficient "near retirement" age equipment on campus with more efficient new-age technology. Some parts of the plan will happen more quickly, like replacing streetlights, but the most important way for the Energy Partners to exceed its efficiency goals is through building audits to identify specific inefficient aspects where each building could improve. Fixes could include "behavioral economics", new insulation, analyzing building usage, lighting and temperature controls. (Source: Ohio State University, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Ohio State Energy Partners, Serdar Tufekci , CEO,

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Identifying Potential Markets for Behind-the-Meter Battery Energy Storage: A Survey of U.S. Demand Charges -- NREL Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-30
The attached NREL report presents the first publicly available comprehensive survey of the magnitude of demand charges for commercial customers across the U.S. -- a key predictor of the financial performance of behind-the-meter battery storage systems. There are an estimated 5 million commercial customers nationwide who can subscribe to retail electricity tariffs that have demand charges in excess of $15 per kilowatt -- over a quarter of the total 18 million commercial customers the U.S. While the economic viability of installing battery energy storage must be determined on a case-by-case basis, high demand charges are often cited as a critical factor in battery project economics. Increasing use of demand charges in utility tariffs and anticipated future declines in storage costs may also serve to unlock additional markets and strengthen existing ones.

Download the full Identifying Potential Markets for Behind-the-Meter Battery Energy Storage: A Survey of U.S. Demand Charges report HERE. (Source: NREL, Aug., 2017) Contact: NREL,

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Bluff Point Wind Center Energy Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2017-08-30
In a news release, NextEra Energy Resources LLC reports construction of its $200 million wind project in Jay and Randolph counties Indiana is well underway. The project includes construction of the 119.9-MW Bluff Point Wind Energy Center in southern Jay County and 57 General Electric wind turbines which are expected to generate sufficient power for more than 36,000 homes. the release said. (Source: NextEra Energy Resources LLC, WISHTV, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources LLC, Zack Melda, Project Director, (561) 691-7171,

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50 Home Depots Host Rooftop Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
Home Depot
Date: 2017-08-30
Following on our 21 August coverage, U.S. home improvement retail giant Home Depot reports the installation of solar panels on 50 of its 2,282 retail store locations.

The installations, which are part the company's expansion of its alternative energy portfolio, are expected to reduce electricity grid demand by an estimated 30 to 35 pct annually at each Home Depot location. The average Home Depot store roof, at approximately 104,000 square feet, will accommodate 1,000 panels.

The Home Depot is working with Current, powered by GE, on 20 solar installations at stores in New Jersey, as well as eight stores in Connecticut, Maryland and Washington, DC. and an additional 22 stores in California and New York. (Source: Home Depot, PV Buzz, Others, 27 Aug., 2017) Contact: Home Depot,

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Hokkaido Leads Japanese Prefectures in Renewables Generation (Int'l)
Japan's Natural Resources and Energy Agency
Date: 2017-08-30
In Japan, Hokkaido prefecture is the leading producer of electric power from renewable energy sources among the nation's 47 prefectures, according to data compiled by Japan's Natural Resources and Energy Agency.

In fiscal 2016, a total of 28.42 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity was produced nationwide from the five alternative sources, also including wind, geothermal, biomass and waste-to-energy power generation -- sufficient power for 9.5 million Japanese households. The agency's data also showed that on a prefecture-by-prefecture basis, Hokkaido accounted for nearly 10 pct of the nation's total, generating 2.72 billion kilowatt-hours. Among all prefectures, it was the leader in solar power and second in wind and biomass power. (Source: Japan Natural Resources and Energy Agency, Japan Times, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: Japan Natural Resources and Energy Agency,

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Romeo Power Raises $100Mn for Battery Facility Launch (Funding)
Romeo Power
Date: 2017-08-30
Vernon, California-headquartered battery and energy storage startup Romeo Power reports it has raised almost $100 million in financing from unnamed investors, including $65 million in contracts, with which to launch its 113,000 square-foot, fully automated manufacturing facility, scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. Once operational, the plant is expected to produce 1GWh of battery capacity on a single shift, reaching 4GWh capacity per shift during 2018.

The company will produce cylindrical lithium-ion cells for mobility and a product named Powerstack for stationary energy storage based on the same battery pack design. Romeo Power says that energy density in its batteries can be 25 pct higher than competing lithium-ion providers. The product's thermal performance is good enough to improve (reduce) charging times by anywhere from 15 pct to 30 pct and have inbuilt protection against thermal runaway and is well-protected against cross cell propagation, according to the company. (Source: Romeo Power, Energy Storage, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: Romeo Power, Michael Patterson, CEO, (323) 675-2180,

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Blatter Wraps Up Prairie Wind Farm Turbine Installations (Ind. Report)
Blattner Energy,MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-08-30
Avon, Minnesota-based renewable energy specialist Blattner Energy reports work on the second phase of the 84-turbine, 168-MW Prairie Wind Farm near Oskaloosa, Oklahoma, is near completion. Construction began on the Prairie Wind Farm in April.

MidAmerican Energy will soon purchase the project from Blattner to supply Mahaska County and MidAmerican Energy customers in Iowa with wind energy by the year end. (Source: Blattner,PR, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: Blattner Energy, (320) 356-7351,; MidAmerican Energy,

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Delaware Establishes Offshore Wind Working Group (Ind. Report)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2017-08-30
In Dover, Delaware Governor John Carney on Monday signed an executive order establishing the Offshore Wind Working Group to study potential environmental and economic development benefits of offshore wind development to serve Delaware.

The working group will begin meeting next month and will review economic opportunities and environmental benefits of offshore wind development, and the costs and benefits of developing offshore wind. Working group members also will review laws and regulations governing the development of renewable energy, and recommend changes. Additionally, they will identify barriers and opportunities involved in developing offshore wind to benefit Delawareans.

By December 15, the working group will submit a report to the Governor that makes recommendations on short- and long-term strategies for developing wind power to serve Delaware, and plans to develop job opportunities in the offshore wind industry. The group also will draft any necessary legislation, including possible amendments to Delaware's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act. (Source:, 28 Aug., 2017)Contact: Delaware Governor John Carney,

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Scottish Non-Profits Call for Low-Carbon Infrastructure Investments (Int'l. Report)
British Lung Foundation, WWF Scotland
Date: 2017-08-30
In the UK, the British Lung Foundation in Scotland and the World Wildlife Fund are calling on the Scottish Government to focus investment on low-carbon infrastructure projects that create green jobs, boost the economy, improve health and address climate change.

The move follows calls for the Scottish Government to include a target in the Climate Change Bill to ensure every home in Scotland has an Energy Performance Certificate band C. The two groups claim the Government's 2015 commitment to make energy efficiency a National Infrastructure Priority had not been backed by the necessary funding. (Source: British Lung Foundation, WWF Scotland, Holyrood Mag., 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: British Lung Foundation in Scotland , Irene Johnstone,; WWF Scotland, Sarah Beattie-Smith, Senior Climate and Energy Policy Officer, +44 131 659 9100,

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