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Waco, MP2 Energy Ink Renewables Supply Contract (Ind Report)
MP2 Energy
Date: 2020-02-21
In the Lone Star State, the City of Waco is reporting a contract with The Woodlands, Texas-based MP2 Energy that will see the city of 137,500 residents transition to renewable electricity sources in 2022.

Under the terms of the 7-year contract, MP2 Energy will provide electricity from three wind power companies and two solar farms at 3.226 cents per kilowatt-hour, about 14.6 pct less than its current contractual rate of 3.776 cents per kilowatt-hour. The city expects to save about $414,000 annually compared to the current contract. (Source: City of Waco, Waco Herald-Tribune, AP, Feb., 2020)Contact: City of Waco, Wiley Stem, City Manager, Kelly Holecek, Director of General Services,; MP2 Energy, 832-510-1030,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MP2 Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

CEMEX Commits to Cutting Cement Production CO2 Emissions (Int'l.)
Date: 2020-02-21
Global building materials and cement company CEMEX reports it supports the urgency of collective action to ensure compliance by all parties in the implementation of the Paris Agreement commitments and the fulfilment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Climate Action.

To that CEMEX has been working to cut cement production related carbon emissions through investing in energy efficiency, using alternative fuels, increasing its use of renewable energy and increasing clinker substitution through alternative cementitious materials. Through these efforts the company has achieved a reduction of more than 22 pct in net specific CO2 emissions compared to a 1990 baseline.

In 2019 CEMEX announced a goal to reduce 30 pct of its CO2 net emissions by 2030, but has raised its 30 pct taget to 35 pct our CO2net emissions by 2030, aligned with the Science-Based Targets Methodology.

Download the CEMEX Our Contribution Towards a Carbon Neutral World report HERE. (Source: CEMEX, Feb., 2020) Contact: CEMEX,

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

Greencoat Snares SSE Renewable's Tyrone Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l.)
SSE Renewables,Creencoat,Wind
Date: 2020-02-21
In the UK, SSE Renewables is reporting the £51 million sale of its 8-turbine, 18.8 MW Slieve Divena II wind farm in County Tyrone to Greencoat UK. SSE Renewables will manage the facility on behalf of Greencoat, while SSE Airtricity will take 100 pct of the wind farm's power production.

The wind farm is adjacent to the 30MW Slieve Divena development, which Greencoat acquired in 2017.The sale is expected to close later thin month. (Source: SSE Renewables, RTE Ireland - Ireland Public Broadcasting, 20 feb.,2020) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, +353 (1) 70 26737 - Dublin, +44 20 7832 9400 - London,; SSE Renewables, Paul Cooley, Director of Renewables,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SSE Renewables,  Greencoat,  Wind,  

Co-Optima Offers Biofuel, Bioenergy R&D Funding (Funding, R&D)
US DOE Co-Optima Initiative
Date: 2020-02-21
The US DOE Co-Optima Initiative is overseeing a Directed Funding Opportunity (DFO) to apply the unique, world-class capabilities of the consortium toward addressing specific challenges identified by applicants from industry and academia.

The Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) National Laboratory consortium is jointly sponsored by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office. Co-Optima focuses on developing new high-performance fuels that, when combined with advanced combustion approaches, can boost engine efficiency and cut emissions.

The Co-Optima DFO is seeking proposals that overcome key technical challenges to accelerating adoption of new fuel-biofuel blend stocks from renewable resources, enabling higher efficiency and lower emissions in on-highway vehicles. For this DFO, biofuel blendstocks, biofuel production, bio-blendstock/biofuel property R&D is of particular interest and importance.

Selected projects are anticipated to range from $200,000 up to $300,000 of Co-Optima National Laboratory assistance over the project duration of 12-18 months. Up to $2,000,000 will be available for this call and Co-Optima anticipates a total of 7-10 projects will be selected for funding. Industry partners will fund their own labor, materials, and other expenses directly, which contribute toward a 20 pct minimum cost-share requirement.

Directed Funding Opportunity for Collaboration with National Laboratories details HERE. (Source: Co-Optima, PR, 18 Feb., 2020) Contact: DOE Co-Optima,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fuel,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  Renewable Fuels,  Biofuel,  

Infineon Aiming for 2030 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
Infineon Technologies
Date: 2020-02-21
Neubiberg, Germany based semiconductor specialist Infineon Technologies AG reports it is aiming to become carbon-neutral by 2030, and will reduce its greenhouse gas footprint and cut direct and indirect emissions from electric power and heat production by 70 pct over 2019 levels by 2025.

In order to achieve its target, Infineon is committed in particular to avoiding direct emissions and further reducing the energy it needs for its plants and processes. Further expansion of its energy efficiency program and efforts aimed at smart exhaust air treatment will play a key part in achieving its goal. The company plans to compensate for unavoidable emissions by purchasing green electricity with guarantees of origin. Emissions will also be compensated to a smaller part by certificates that combine development support and CO2 abatement, according to a company statement. (Source: Infineon Technologies, Automotive World, 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: Infineon Technologies, Jochen Hanebeck, CEO, +49 89 234 65555,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Infineon Technologies,  

UMass, City of Lowell Commit to Renewables Initiatives (Ind. Report)
UMass Lowell
Date: 2020-02-21
In the Bay State, the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Lowell and the city of Lowell have announced the Green Community Partnership -- an alliance committed to driving down the city's carbon footprint. The effort, which is being funded by Lowell philanthropist Nancy Donahue and numerous community partners, already has $50,000 available for joint university-community clean energy projects.

A member of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, UMass Lowell has committed itself to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The city of Lowell has made substantial investments in the energy efficiency of its buildings resulting in a 31 pct reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.The city has also committed to using 100 pct renewable energy to the use of 100 pct clean and renewable energy.

For more information about the Green Community Partnership HERE. (Source: UMass Lowell, PR, Contact: UMass Lowell,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  

NC State Univ. Completes Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
North Carolina State University
Date: 2020-02-21
North Carolina State University in Raleigh is reporting the upgrading of all T12 fluorescent lights to LED light at Biltmore Hall and Pulp and Paper labs. The switch to LEDs is expected to save the school over 400,000 kW of electricity per year for an annual energy cost saving of $30,000.

Other "green" improvements and upgrades include the installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, lighting fixture-integrated occupancy sensors, thermal energy storage and water conservation capacity, and others. (Source: NC State University, Technician, 19 Feb., 2020) Contact: NC State University, Kerby Smithson, Energy Project Manager, 919-515-2011,

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

Nordex Claims Brazilian Wind Turbine Contract (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-02-21
Nordex is reporting receipt of an order for AW132/3465 turbines totaling 83 MW for the fourth phase of the 256 MW wind complex near Sao Miguel do Gostosahas in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

The contract is for the supply and installation of 24 of the Nordex AW132/3465 turbines and includes a 15-year service, maintenance and repair agreement. (Source: Nordex, 20 Feb., 2020)Contact: Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 40 300 30 1000, +49 40 300 30 1101,,

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

SANEDI Funded for Cool Roof Energy Efficiency Initiative (Int'l.)
South African National Energy Development Institute
Date: 2020-02-19
Having been awarded a $100 000 grant by the international Million Cool Roofs Challenge last year to deploy solar-reflective roof coatings, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) is now rolling out this low-tech cooling solution to communities across the country. The international Million Cool Roofs Challenge is expected to issue an additional $1 million grant to another African country team for rapid deployment of cool roofs.

This initiative is driven by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme (K-CEP) with the aim of rapidly scaling up the deployment of highly solar-reflective "cool" roofs that can reduce indoor daytime temperatures by almost 10 degrees C, while cutting air condition energy consumption and costs in low-cost housing. (Source: SANEDI, PR, 19 Feb., 2020) Contact: SANEDI, Denise Lundall, Project Officer, Energy Efficiency Cool Surfaces, +27 11 038 4300,; international Million Cool Roofs Challenge,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Cool Roof,  

UK Needs Major Wind Turbine Investment to Reach 40 GW Goal (Int'l.)
Aurora Energy Research
Date: 2020-02-19
In the UK, Oxford-based independent energy market analytics company Aurora Energy Research is reporting that if the UK is to meet long term renewable energy goal 40 GW capacity, 260 wind turbines will have to be installed on a yearly basis.

The UK's offshore wind capacity currently stands at 10 gigawatts with only 10 GW of new wind power facilities being contracted, leaving 20 GW still to be contracted, according to the Aurora report. (Source: Aurora Energy Research, CityAM, Feb., 2020) Contact: Aurora, Martin Anderson, Head of Renewables, +44 (0) 1865 952 700,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aurora Energy Research,  

UPC Renewables Planning 800-MW NSW Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
UPC Renewables Australia
Date: 2020-02-19
In the Land Down Under, UPC/AC Renewables Australia is reporting plans to construct an 800-MW, 175 turbine wind farm with possible energy storage capabilities in New South Wales State. If constructed, the "Valley of the Winds" facility is expected to generate sufficient power for for roughly 590,000 homes a year.

According to the company release, the project is subject to regulatory and environmental approvals and still in the early planning stage.

UPC/AC Renewables Australia is the developer of the 1-GW Robbins Island and Jims Plain wind projects in Tasmania and the 600-MW New England solar park scheme in New South Wales, and has an additional development portfolio of 3 GW located in New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria, according to the company website. (Source: UPC Renewables, Renewables, Feb., 2020) Contact: UPC Renewables Australia, (852) 2673 2233,, › australia

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPC Renewables Australia,  

NDSP Abandons Planned N.D. Soybean Crushing Plant (Ind. Report)
North Dakota Soybean Processors
Date: 2020-02-19
Brewster, Minnesota-based North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP) reports it has been forced to abandon efforts to build a large-scale soybean crushing facility at the Spiritwood Energy Park in Spiritwood, North Dakota, after more than three years and a $6 million investment.

If constructed, the NDSP soybean-crushing facility would have processed 42 million bpy of locally grown soybeans and produce approximately 935,000 tons of soybean meal and 475 million pounds of soybean oil for sale into domestic and export animal feed and soybean oil markets, including with respect to the soybean oil serving as a renewable feedstock for planned or existing renewable diesel refinery facilities in North Dakota and throughout the western U.S., according to the company website (Source: North Dakota Soybean Processors, , Website, 17 Feb., 2020) Contact:North Dakota Soybean Processors, Robin Skrivan (507) 842-6715,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News North Dakota Soybean Processors,  Soybean,  

MacroFuels Studying Seaweed for Biofuels (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-02-19
As part of the European Union MacroFuels project, researchers in Aarhus, Denmark, are testing a 3rd generation seaweed biofuel as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. Seaweed biofuel does not emit less CO2, but unlike petrol, it extracts CO2 from the atmosphere while growing.

Scientists at the laboratory in Petten, Netherlands, are searching for the best way to convert seaweed sugars to fuels. In some species, this can represent up to 60 pct of the plant. In the long term, researchers foresee the production of tons of ethanol and butanol and hope to cut the fuel production costs by 100 pct.

Download seaweed cultivation program details HERE. (Source: MacroFuels, European Commission, euronews, Feb., 2020) Contact: MacroFuels, Jaap van Hal, Project Executive, +31(0) 88 5154297,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MacroFuels,  Algae,  Seaweed,  Biofuel,  

NY Green Bank Claims Record Renewables Lending (Ind. Report)
NY Green Bank
Date: 2020-02-19
The state-backed NY Green Bank is reporting $117.5 million in clean energy investments in Q4, 2019, its strongest quarter to date. For the full year, Green Bank invested $276.1 million in renewable energy projects, bringing its total renewables commitment to $909 million to date.

NY Green Bank is focused on supporting investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, in support of the Empire State's goal to source 70 pct of its power from renewables by 2030. (Source: NY Green Bank, Renewable, Feb., 2020) Contact: NY Green Bank,, 212-379-6260,

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Green Bank,  Renewable Energy,  

Carbon Clean Solutions Raises $16Mn for Carbon Capture Tech (Int'l)
Carbon Clean Solutions Limited
Date: 2020-02-19
London-headquartered cleantech startup Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL) is reporting completion of an equity investment of $16 million from three global investors --- WAVE Equity Partners, Chevron Technology Ventures, and Marubeni Corporation.

IIT Kharagpur-incubated Carbon Clean is developing affordable carbon capture technology for utilisation and storage, as used by steel, cement, refining and petrochemicals and waste incineration plants.

The new investment will be used to deliver an existing pipeline of global projects to lower carbon emissions from industry. CCSL will also invest in the development of "containerised" solutions to achieve $30/tonne cost of CO2 capture by 2021. (Source: CCSL, Your Story, 18 Feb., 2020) Contact: Carbon Clean Solutions Ltd., Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3755 1600,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Clean Solutions,  CCS,  Carbon Capture Limited ,  

Munich Awarded Airport Carbon Accreditation (Int'l. Report)
Airport Council International
Date: 2020-02-19
In Germany, Munich Airport reports the Airport Council International (ACI Europe), the umbrella organization of European airports, has again recognized the airport for its continuous efforts to reduce its CO2 emissions.

The Munich Airport reduced its directly attributable CO2 emissions from approximately 3.4 kg per passenger in 2009 to around 2.2 kg per passenger in 2018 -- a drop of 35 pct.

The airport documents its emissions in accordance with the internationally recognized Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG), the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions.

The airport plans to achieve additional emissions reductions through innovative technologies, without purchasing carbon certificates, and to achieve ACA certified carbon "neutrality" by 2030. (Source: Munich Airports, PR, 18 Feb., 2020) Contact: Munich Airport, Jost Lammers, Pres., CEO, +49 811 5522128,; Airport Council International (ACI Europe), the umbrella organization of European airports, Airport Council International,; Greenhouse Gas Protocol,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Greenhouse Gas Protocol ,  

$10Bn Bezos Earth Fund to Fight Climate Change (Ind. Report)
Jeff Bezos
Date: 2020-02-19
In an Instagram post Inc. billionaire founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced the establishment of the personally-funded $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund.

The fund, which "aims to support scientists, activists, NGOs -- any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world", is expected to begin issuing grant funding this summer. (Source: Jeff Bezos, Instagram, 18 Feb., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Amazon,  Jeff Bezos,  

Fraunhofer Developing Mobil Wind Turbine Test Facility (Int'l.)
Fraunhofer Institute
Date: 2020-02-19
In Bremerhaven, Germany, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES) reports it is developing a Mobil-Grid-CoP facility to test the compatibility of very large offshore wind turbines with the grid and verify current and future grid system services and the electrical properties of wind turbines.

The project is receiving €12.7 million ($13.8 million) support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. (Source: Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy , Riviera Media, 18 Feb., 2020) Contact: IWFS, Prof. Jan Wenske, +49 471 14290-100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fraunhofer Institute ,  

Greencoat Acquires Irish Wind Farm for €35.4Mn (Int'l., M&A)
Greencoat Renewables
Date: 2020-02-19
Dublin-based Irish renewable infrastructure fund Greencoat Renewables Plc is reporting the purchase of the 14.1MW, 8-turbie Letteragh Wind Farm in County Clare, Ireland for the purchase price of €35.4 million. The facility came online in Dec., 2019. (Source: Greencoat, EnergyLive, 17 Feb., 2020) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, +353 (1) 70 26737 - Dublin Office, +44 20 7832 9400 - London Office,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencoat Renewables ,  Wind,  

UK Energy Sector Carbon Emissions in Rapid Decline (Int'l. Report)
Imperial College London
Date: 2020-02-19
A recently released report from Imperial College of London has found that levels of carbon emissions generated from power consumption in the UK fell by almost two-thirds in the last decade -- the fastest rate of decarbonisation in the world.

The research, conducted in partnership with research and insights company, Drax Insights, notes that emissions from power consumption dropped by a massive 14 pct in 2019, driven by the falling use of fossil fuels and increases in renewables which was eight-times higher in 2019 than in 2010 - with the combined capacity of wind, solar, biomass and hydro having grown six-fold over the since 2010, from 5.2GW to 38.5GW. An 8 pct drop in energy demand was also a factor.

In the last decade power sector emissions fell from 161 million tonnes in 2010 to 54 million metric tonnes in 2019. (Source: Imperial College London, Smart Energy, 17 Feb., 2020) Contact: Imperial College London,

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

$30Mn Biofuel Plant Underway in Sarnia-Lambton Ontario (Ind. Report)
Forge Hydrocarbons
Date: 2020-02-19
Further to our 27 Sept., 2019 coverage, Forge Hydrocarbons Corporation, a University of Alberta spin-out biofuel start-up, reports construction is underway on its 7.5 million gpy first-of-its-kind renewable fuels plant in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario.

The $30 million facility will recently purchased patented lipid-to-hydrocarbon technology developed by Dr. David Bressler at the University of Alberta. The technology takes waste fats and oils and turns it into renewable fuels, including jet fuel. (Source: Forge Hydrocarbon Technologies, PR, Blackburns, 19 Feb., 2020) Contact: University of Alberta in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, Prof. Dr. David Bressler, 780-492-4986,,; Forge Hydrocarbons, Tim Haig, Pres., 905-815-7786,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Forge Hydrocarbons,  

Yale Scores $15Mn for "Green" Energy-Neutral Complex (Ind. Report)
International Living Future Institute
Date: 2020-02-19
In New Haven, Conn., Yale Divinity School is reporting receipt of a $15 million donation to support construction of a 155-unit "green built" Living Village residential complex.

The Living Village unit, which will meet the requirements of the International Living Future Institute Living Building Challenge, will incorporate solar energy, on-site waste recycling, rainwater capture and use, and various other energy efficient technologies and features.

Upon completion, the project will be the world's largest living building residential complex and the first Living Building Challenge project in the state and in the Ivy League.

The Living Building Challenge is a green building certification program and sustainable design framework that visualizes the ideal for the built environment. (Source: Yale Divinity School, Greenwich Time, 18 Feb., 2020) Contact: International Living Future Institute Living Building Challenge, 206 223 2028,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Living Future Institute,  

Valmet Supplying Flue Gas Unit to Helsinki Woody Biomass Power Plant (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-02-19
In Finland, Espoo-headquartered Valmet Oyi reports it will supply a flue gas condensing plant and condensate treatment equipment, including a boiler make-up water production system to the city-owner central heating and power utility Helen Ltd's Vuosaari C woody biomass powered heating plant in Helsinki.

The new bioenergy heating plant will feature very high energy efficiency, as the heat from flue gases will be recovered to increase district heat production by 69 MW, according to the Valmet release. Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and bioenergy industries, according to its website. (Source: Valmet Oyi , PR, 18 Feb., 2020) Contact: Valmet, Risto Hamalainen, Director, Environmental Systems, Pulp and Energy, +358 4 0 505 2001,,; Helen Ltd, +358 9 6171,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Helen Ltd,  Valmet,  Bioenergy,  

Swiss Energy Efficiency Fund Raising €300Mn (Int'l. Report)
SUSI Partners
Date: 2020-02-19
Zug, Switzerland-based SUSI Partners reports raising €275 million for its second energy efficiency fund and expects to exceed the fund's targeted €300m fundraising . In January, 2019, the fund raised €45.4 million and another €103.2 million at its second close in July , 2019.

Since January 2019 SEEF II has invested in 17 energy efficiency related transactions across nine countries with total volume of €93m to date, the Swiss manager said. (Source: SUSI Partners, 19 Feb., 2020) Contact: SUSI Partners, Marco van Daele, Co-CEO and CIO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Clean Power All. Touts Online Solar+Storage Marketplace (Ind. Report)
Clean Power Alliance
Date: 2020-02-19
Following up on our October 24th, 2019 coverage, in the Golden State, electric power provider Clean Power Alliance (CPA) has launched new programs and online resources to help its customers access solar and energy storage backup power and earn financial incentives managing their energy use.

The programs will offer smart thermostat and solar energy and solar energy storage programs that will serve participating residential customers who will be paid for enrolling and reducing their energy during peak energy times and notified about when to reduce energy consumption.

CPA has also launched an online Solar Marketplace in collaboration with EnergySage for customers seeking solar and or solar-plus-storage battery systems. Customers can quickly receive and compare customized solar quotes from local, vetted contractors through the user-friendly website. Participating CPA customers will also get support from EnergySage's vendor-neutral Energy Advisors and educational tools to address questions about various solar and battery companies, equipment, and financing options. (Source: CPA, Feb., 2020) Contact: CPA, Ted Bardacke, Exec. Dir., 888-585-3788,; CPA Online Solar Marketplace, ; EnergySage,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Power Alliance,  Solar Energy Storage,  Smart Thermostat,  Energy Storage,  ,  

ASEAN Member States Focusing on Biogas (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-02-17
According to the Jakarta-headquartered Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centre for Energy (ACE) many ASEAN member states have been actively looking to increase the use of biogas in order to meet their respective bioenergy targets.

Combined, Indonesia and Malaysia have over 1,000 palm oil mills that produce almost 90 percent of global palm oil supply. This results in the generation of around 126 million tonnes of POME yearly. The demand for biogas has grown because of the need to shift to more renewable sources of energy and to increase electricity penetration within the ASEAN region.Indonesia has set a bioenergy capacity target of 810 MW by 2025, Thailand's goal is 5,570 MW by 2036 and Malaysia aims to achieve 1,065 MW this year.

The ASEAN nations -- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam -- have a combined population of population of 650 million and a combined GDP of $2.8 trillion. (Source: ASEAN Post, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: ASEAN Centre for Energy, +62 21 527 9332, +62 21 527 9350 - fax,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  ASEAN,  

Lekela's Western Cape Wind Farm On Budget, On Time (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-02-17
Amsterdam-headquartered utility-scale renewable energy developer Lekela Power B.V. reports construction of its Perdekraal East Wind Farm on the West Coast of South Africa, is nearing completion.

All of the projects 48 turbines and a new 500MVA main power transformer are expected to be installed by early April 2020 for an expected commissioning before the month end.

The Perdekraal East Wind Farm construction is reportedly on time and on budget with 40 pct of the 48 turbines installed. Upon completion, the facility will be the Western Cape's largest BW4 wind farm and Lekela's fourth operating wind farm in South Africa. (Source: Lekela Power B.V., SteelGuru, Power Nes, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: Lekela Power, B.V., +31-20-241 7299,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lekela,  Wind,  Wind Farm,  South Africa Wind,  

HECO On Track to Meet 2045 100 pct Renewables Target (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric
Date: 2020-02-17
In the Aloha State, Honolulu-headquarteed Hawaiian Electric (HECO) reports its use of renewable energy in 2019 increased over 2018 despite the unavailability of geothermal energy production due to a volcanic eruption on the Big Island and significantly lower wind energy production.

Electric power generation byrenewable resources increased by 156,064 MWh in 2019, a 6.7 pct increase from the previous year. The company achieved a 28.4 pct consolidated renewable portfolio standard in 2019, surpassing 27 pct in 2018.

The state is aiming for a 100 pct renewable portfolio standard by 2045, is based on the amount of renewable energy used by customers as a percentage of total utility sales. To that end, the state must reach 30 pct by the end of 2020, 40 pct by the end of 2030, and 70 pct by the end of 2040 to stay on track, according to a HECO statement from Snr. VP Jim Alberts. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Co, PR, Honolulu Star, 14 Feb., 2020) (Contact: HECO, Jim Alberts, Snr. VP, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric,  HECO,  Renewable Energy,  

UN Environment Programme Emissions Gap Report 2019 (Report Attached)
UN Environment Programme
Date: 2020-02-17
According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) annual Emissions Gap Report, even if all current unconditional commitments under the Paris Agreement are implemented, temperatures are expected to rise by 3.2 degrees C, bringing even wider-ranging and more destructive climate impacts. Collective ambition must increase more than fivefold over current levels to deliver the cuts needed over the next decade for the 1.5 degrees C goal.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that going beyond 1.5 degrees C will increase the frequency and intensity of climate impacts.

The report notes 2020 is a critical year for climate action, with the UN climate change conference in Glasgow aiming to determine the future course of efforts to avert crisis, and countries expected to significantly step up their climate commitments.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: UN Environment Programme, Dec., 2019) Contact: UN Environment Programme,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UN Environment Programme ,  Climate Chanmge,  Carbon Emissions,  

European Energy, RWE Ink Green Energy Offtake Deal (Int'l. Report)
RWE,European Energy A/S
Date: 2020-02-17
Soborg, Denmark-based large-scale wind and solar energy developer European Energy A/S reports it and RWE Renewables have inked a 7 year of ftake agreement under which, beginning 1 Jan., 2024, it will deliver three TWh of green energy to RWE in Denmark.

Three TWh of green power over seven years is sufficient energy for 115,000 homes and equivalent to the full annual production of 35 modern wind turbines or the annual output of a 400 MW solar plant for the period, according to RWE. (Source: European Energy A/S, Smart Energy Int'l., 11 Feb., 2020) Contact: RWE Renewables,; European Energy A/S, Knud Erik Andersen, CEO, +45 88 70 82

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Energy,  RWE,  Renewable Energy,  Green Energy Renewables ,  Wind,  

Notable Carbon Budget Quote from BP CEO (Innt'l. Report)
Date: 2020-02-17
"The world's carbon budget is finite and running out fast; we need a rapid transition to net zero. We all want energy that is reliable and affordable, but that is no longer enough. It must also be cleaner. To deliver that, trillions of dollars will need to be invested in replumbing and rewiring the world's energy system. It will require nothing short of reimagining energy as we know it." -- BP CEO Bernard Looney, Feb., 2020

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

ACEEE Comments on Pending Energy Efficiency Act (Ind. Report)
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Date: 2020-02-17
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is reporting the pending bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act energy efficiency bill now before the U.S. Congress would, if passed, help the US cut energy bills by $51 billion through 2050, as well as save 32 quadrillion Btu of energy and avoid 1.3 billion tons of CO2 emissions cumulatively through 2050.

According to ACEEE sernior policy advisor Lowell Unger, "The numbers are in: This would be the biggest cut of energy waste from any new federal law in a decade. By spurring the construction of more energy-efficient buildings and houses, reducing energy waste in industrial plants, and assisting energy improvements in existing buildings, it would cut our energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions, and that's just smart policy." (Source: ACEEE, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: ACEEE,

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy,  ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada Wins FedDev Ont. Funds (Funding)
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
Date: 2020-02-17
In Ontario, the Sarnia-based Ontario business accelerator Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is reporting receipt of $15 million (Cdn) from FedDev Ontario to promote new sustainable innovations that will encourage biofuel and other green energy development and investment in Ontario.

To that end, BIc is establishing the Ontario Bioindustrial Innovation Network (OBIN) -- a second hybrid chemistry cluster in Brockville, Eastern Ontario. BIC will partner with the St. Lawrence Corridor Economic Development Commission and St. Lawrence College to deliver OBIN.

Further to our BIC May, 2019 coverage, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has released Canada's first national Bioeconomy Strategy reflecting the views of more than 400 industry representatives from across the country. The Strategy recommends action on four key priority areas identified in foundational work by the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, the Economic Sector Strategy Tables, and Canada's forestry ministers. These priority areas call for: creating agile regulation and government policy; establishing biomass supply and stewardship; building strong companies and value chains; and building strong sustainable innovation ecosystems.

Download the Canada's Bioeconomy Strategy report HERE. (Source: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Biofuel Int'l. 17, Feb, 2020) Contact: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Sandy Marshall, (226) 778-0020,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioindustrial Innovation Canada ,  Biofuel,  

EESL Targeting 25 pct of Indian Energy Efficiency Mkt (Int'l.)
Energy Efficiency Services Ltd
Date: 2020-02-17
The India Economic Times is reporting India's state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) firm is planning to capture 25 pct of the country's $15 billion energy efficiency market over the next five years. EESL is specifically focused on the smart metering, electric vehicles and EV and charging infrastructures, off-grid power and distributed solar sectors. (Source: EESL, India Economic Times, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services Ltd., 011-4580 1260,

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North Carolina Bioenergy Project Funding Announced (Funding)
North Carolina Bioenergy Research Initiative
Date: 2020-02-17
The North Carolina Bioenergy Research Initiative and the New and Emerging Crops Program recently awarded $1 million in grants for 15 projects aimed at boosting bioenergy opportunities and crop production in the state.

The following organizations received bioenergy-specific grants in the 2020 Bioenergy Research Initiative funding round: $33,212 to North Carolina State University (NCSU) Department of Horticultural; $122,594 to NCSU Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources for a 2.5-year project titled Sycamore: Sustainable Bioenergy-Improved Soil Health; $30,465 to NCSU Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources for continued work on Loblolly Pine Biomass and Economic Analysis; $80,738 to Appalachian State University Department of Sustainable Technology & the Built Environment for a two-year Biochar - Anaerobic Digestion project; and $74,382 to NCSU Cooperative Tree Improvement Program to extend a Loblolly Pine Biomass Genetics/Cropping Study. (Source: NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: North Carolina Bioenergy Research Initiative, (919) 693-2483, (919) 693-6848 - fax,

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Sioux City Schools Awarded ENERGY STAR Certification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-02-17
In the Hawkeye State, the Sioux City Community School District (SCCSD) is reporting 21 of its buildings have earned US DOE 2019 ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance and efficiency.

The ENERGY STAR is awarded based on actual, verified energy performance. (Source: Sioux City Community School District, SiouxLand, KCAU, 15 Feb., 2020) Contact: Sioux City Community School District,

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2019 Carbon Emissions Hold Steady, says EIA Report (Int'l. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2020-02-17
The Paris-headuartered International Energy Agency (IEA) is reporting that despite global economic growth of 2.9 pct and two after two years of steady increases, worldwide CO2 emissions growth stalled at 33 gigatonnes in 2019. The leveling off is being partially attributed to the declining use of coal and an increase in renewable energy and natural gas.

The EIA report notes emissions from the power sector dropped to level last seen in the late 1980s, when the IEA estimates that electricity demand was one-third lower than today. (Source: IEA, Feb., 2020)Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

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OSU Scores $3.1Mn for Biofuel Feedstock, Emissions Study (Funding)

Date: 2020-02-17

Tenders Sought for 400MWp Moroccan Solar Power Projects (Int'l.)
Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy
Date: 2020-02-17
In Rabat, he Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) reports the release of a Call for Tenders from independent power producers (IPPs) for the construction of several photovoltaic solar power plants to produce 400 MWp.

The tendered solar power plants, as part of Phase I of the Noor PV II Multi-Site Solar Programme, will include both photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies to produce 800 MW with a storage capacity of 5 hours.

At least nine sites have been pre-selected for the implementation of the first phase of the Noor PV II Multi-Site Solar Programme. Expressions of interest are due before the month end. (Source: MASEN, MiddleEast Utilities, 16 Feb., 2020)Contact: Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, +212 5375-74550,

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Indian 2019 Green Bonds Markets Hits $10.3Bn (Int'l. Report)
Green Bond
Date: 2020-02-17
According to the India Brand Equity Foundation's (IBEF) India Economic Survey 2019-20, India has become the second-largest market globally for "green" bonds with $10.3 billion worth of transactions in the first half of 2019. China is the market leader.

The survey also notes that Social Bonds also maintained visibility with $5.5 billion of issuance within the labeled market. Climate bonds remained focused on green bonds, which are specifically linked to climate-change mitigation, adaptation and resilience.

"Green" bonds are debt securities issued by financial, non-financial or public entities where the proceeds are used to finance 100 pct green projects and assets.

In an effort to increase environmentally sustainable investments, India joined the International Platform on Sustainable Finance (IPSF) in October 2019. IPSF acknowledges the global nature of financial markets which can help finance the transition to a green, low carbon and climate resilient economy by linking financing needs to the global sources of funding. (Source: IBEF, Energy Infra Post, 16 Feb., 2020) Contact: IBEF Economic Survey,,

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ANP Reports 71th Brazilian Biodiesel Auction Results (Int'l.)
Brazil's Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency
Date: 2020-02-14
In Brasilia, the Brazilian Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) is reporting 1.12 billion litres (296.66 million gallons) of biodiesel from 42 producers have been contracted at a total price of $744 million in the 71th national biodiesel auction. (Source: ANP. United Soybean Board, Renewables, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact:Brazil Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency,,_Natural_Gas_and_Biofuels_(Brazil)

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Montana Climate Solutions Plan Released (Ind. Report)
Montana Climate Change
Date: 2020-02-14
The Montana Climate Solutions Council has published draft recommendations on how the Cowboy State should tackle climate change.

The Montana Climate Solutions Plan outlines dozens of possible initiatives that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the state adapt to the changing climate, develop new technologies and transition to a low-carbon, greener economy. The plan also recommends expanding the state's research and monitoring of climate change, incorporating climate change into government planning efforts, investing in energy storage, supporting community-based renewable energy projects, creating tax breaks for low- and zero-emission vehicles and offering building energy efficiency incentives.

Download the Montana Climate Solutions Plan HERE. (Source: Montana Climate Solutions Council, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 12 Feb., 2020) Contact: Montana Climate Solutions Council, (406) 444-2544, › DEQAdmin › dir › Climate

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Clean Energy Fuels Delivers 143Mn Gal. of RNG in 2019 (Ind Report)
Clean Energy Fuels
Date: 2020-02-14
Newport Beach, California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is reporting it delivered 143 million gallons of Redeem™ Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)in 2019.

In 2019, Clean Energy announced plans to exclusively offer zero-carbon1 Redeem at all of its fueling stations by 2025. At this pace Clean Energy would outdistance other alternative fuels, according to the release.

Redeem was the first commercially available RNG vehicle fuel, derived from capturing biogenic methane that is produced from the decomposition of organic waste from dairies, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants, according to the release.(Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR, 12 Feb., 2020) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397,,

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Google Back-Peddles on Lake Turkana Wind Farm Stake (M&A, Int'l)
Vestas Wind Systems,Google
Date: 2020-02-14
Internet giant Google's Alphabet Inc reports it will not proceed with its planned purchase of Vestas Wind Systems' 12.5 pct stake in the 310-MW Lake Turkana Wind Power plant , due to unspecified delays.

The $ approximately $695 million Lake Turkana wind farm was originally scheduled for completion in 2017, but came online in July, 2019.

Alphabet Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate headquartered in Mountain View, California. It was created through a corporate restructuring of Google on October 2, 2015, and became the parent company of Google and several former Google subsidiaries(Source: Google, Reuters, 13 Feb., 2029)Contact: Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00,,; Google Alphabet,

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Trump 2021 Budget Ups BOEM Offshore Wind Support (Ind. Report)
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Date: 2020-02-14
In its proposed 2012 budget, the Trump Administration is proposing $189 million for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), with $26.5 million earmarked for "advance offshore renewable energy development" compared with $21.3 in FY 2020.

According to BOEM, the $189 million funds will be used to "continue to advance renewable energy" through its leasing programme. BOEM notes it "will continue to use environmental science as the foundation for sound policy decisions." (Source: BOEM, Various Media, renews, 11 Feb., 2020) Contact: BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474,

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Novozymes Touts Innova Fit for Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-02-14
Danish enzymes and microbes specialist Novozymes is reporting the launch of Innova Fit -- an advanced non-GM yeast that eliminates ethanol production constraints caused by conventional and basic yeasts. According to the release, Innova Fit:
  • Powers through high temperature excursions without sacrificing yield -- Higher yields during fermentation temperature excursions, up to 36 degree C/96 degree F, reducing variability and process upsets.

  • Expands throughput by fermenting high dry solids -- Developed to withstand the rigors of hard running plants, Innova Fit can ferment up to 36 pct dry solids while tolerating high ethanol titers in fermentation.

  • Increases ethanol yield up to 2 pct -- Operating in a wide variety of fermentation times, Innova Fit excels in fermentations between 55 and 65 hours. As a drop-in solution, Fit converts more sugar to ethanol versus other non-GM yeasts to improve plant profitability.

  • May reduce need for yeast nutritional supplements: While many yeasts use urea and yeast food to support fermentation, Innova Fit could significantly reduce these costly inputs.

    Since 2018, Novozymes has released four yeast solutions as part of its Innova platform. Yeast and its development are a strategic growth area where Novozymes will continue working with innovation partners in the industry. Its Innova yeast products are the result of a dedicated development partnership with Microbiogen to bring new yeast technology to the market.

    Australian-based Microbiogen is an industrial biotechnology company specializing in the development of improved, industrial yeast strains, according to the company website. (Source: Novozymes, PR, GreenCar Congress, 11 Feb. 2020) Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy Commercial, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America,(919) 496-6926,; Microbiogen, Geoff Bell, CEO, (02) 9418 3182,

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  • BP Aiming for Net-Zero Carbon by 2050 (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-02-14
    In the UK, petroleum industry giant BP is reporting plans to become a net-zero carbon company by 2050 or sooner. To that end, the oil giant aims to:
  • Reach net-zero carbon in its oil and gas production on an absolute basis by 2050 or sooner.

  • Achieve a 50 pct cut in the carbon intensity of its products by 2050 or sooner

  • Install methane measurement at all BP major oil and gas processing sites by 2023 and reduce methane intensity of operations by 50 pct.

  • Increase the proportion of investment into non-oil and gas businesses over time.

  • More actively advocate for policies that support net-zero, including carbon pricing -- carbon tax.

  • Further incentivise the company's workforce to deliver aims and mobilise them to advocate for net- zero.

  • Set new expectations for relationships with trade associations.

  • Aim for recognition as a leader for transparency of reporting, including supporting the recommendations of the TCFD, and

  • Launch a new team to help countries, cities and large companies decarbonise.

    BP's current worldwide greenhouse gas emissions from its operations stand at 55 million tpy of CO2 equivalent (MteCO2e), and the carbon in the oil and gas that it produces is equivalent currently to around 360 MteCO2e emissions a year -- both on an absolute basis. Taken together, delivery of these aims would equate to a reduction in emissions to net zero from what is currently around 415 MteCO2e a year, according to the BP release. (Source: BP, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: BP press office, +44 (0) 20 7496 4076,,

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  • Nextchem, Saola Launch Renewable Diesel Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Nextchem,Saola Energy
    Date: 2020-02-14
    Rome-headquartered Italian renewable energy technology specialist NextChem, reports it is partnering with Wichita, Kansas-based Saola Energy to support the production of renewable diesel. Under their agreement, NextChem will be the licensor of the combined technology and will provide engineering, pprocurement, construction (EPC) services and training to ensure successful deployment of Saola Energy's patented technology.

    Saola's technology consists of a commercial-scale hydrotreatment step followed by isomerization to produce high-quality renewable diesel fuel from oils and residual fats.

    The process has a modularized approach and is conceived for capacities as low as 10 million gpy, making it suitable for both smaller bolt-on facilities with access to a limited supply of captive feedstock and larger standalone plants. (Source: NextChem, Saola Energy, Green Car Congress, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: Saola Energy LLC, (316) 413-3345,,; NextChem,, +39 06 9356771,

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    2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan (Ind. Report Attached)
    New Jersey PUC, Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-02-14
    In January, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) released its 2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan -- Pathway to 2050 outlining the policies, initiatives and actions the Garden State can take to affordably meet its ambitious 2050 clean energy and decarbonization target of cutting its carbon emissions by 80 pct and power its economy with a 100 pct carbon-neutral renewable energy by 2050.

    For the report, the Rocky Mountain Institute, together with Evolved Energy Research, analyzed six decarbonization pathways that New Jersey could take and summarized the findings and made recommendations for policymakers and the public.

    Download the 2019 nNew Jersey Energy Master Plan -- Pathway to 2050 HERE. (Source: NJPUC, Feb., 2020) Contact: NJBPU, 800-624-0241,

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    "Let Them Eat Cake" -- Better Yet, Plant 3Bn Trees (Reg. & Leg.)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-02-14
    In Washington, the Trump administration Republicans -- led by a president that proposes to cut down Alaska's Tongass National Forest and famously claimed "climate change is a hoax invented by China to gain a competitive edge" -- will reportedly soon introduce new energy, environmental and climate change legislation.

    The legislation will reportedly call for a tax credit for carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS) technology R&D and -- here's the exciting part -- the planting of 3.3 billion trees per year over the next 30 years -- well beyond the widely accepted crucial 2050 date -- when the fight to contain climate change may well be lost.

    "The Donald" reportedly wholeheartedly backs the proposed legislation which includes no targets, dates or quantities for reducing carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Various Public Media, Feb., 2020)

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