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Nordsee One Offshore Wind's First Turbine Online (Int'l)
Northland Power,Nordsea One
Date: 2017-04-03
Toronto-headquartered Northland Power Inc. reports that the first of 54 wind turbines of the 322 MW Nordsee One offshore wind farm in Germany has been installed and is generating power. . All 54 Nordsee One turbines are expected to be completed and online by the year end.

When fully operational, the 332 MW wind farm is expected to generate more than 1,300 GWh of electrical energy, which is sufficient for approximately 400,000 German households. Nordsee One is 85 pct owned by Northland with Innogy SE holding the balance. (Source: Northland Power, PR, 31 Mar., 2017) Contact: Northland Power, Nordsee One Offshore, John Brace, CEO, www.northlandpower.ca, www.nordseeone.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northland Power news,  Offshore Wind news,  Nordsea One news,  


Snohomish PUD Touts 2nd Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
Snohomish County PUD,Washington State Clean Energy Fund
Date: 2017-04-03
In Washington State, the Snohomish County PUD is reporting the installation of its second energy storage system at a substation in Everett. The system , which is the PUD's largest containerized vanadium flow battery system by capacity, received a $7.3 million investment from the Washington State Clean Energy Fund.

The battery storage systems are designed to improve reliability and the integration of renewable energy resources, which are rapidly growing in the Pacific Northwest. The system batteries were manufactured by UniEnergy Technologies, Doosan, GridTech and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The energy storage system was made possible in part (Source: Snohmish County PUD, EL&P, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: Washington State Clean Energy Fund, http://www.commerce.wa.gov/program-index/state-energy-office-clean-energy-fund-overview/; Snohomish County PUD, (425) 783-1000, www.snopud.com; UniEnergy Technologies, (425) 290-8898, www.uetechnologies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Washington State Clean Energy Fund,  Snohomish County PUD,  Energy Storage,  UniEnergy Technologies,  


Navigant Releases Energy Storage Tracker 1Q17 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Navigant Research
Date: 2017-04-03
Energy Storage Tracker 1Q17, a just released report from Boulder, Colorado-based Navigant Research provides an overview and tracking of the number of global energy storage projects, based on its own database. The report found that there was a global total of 1,420 energy storage projects, encompassing more than 43,000 individual systems.

According to the report, ongoing improvements in the performance of energy storage technologies are serving to solidify energy storage as a viable part of the global electricity grid. Combine this with developing regional regulatory and market drivers, declining capital costs, and new business models, and the days of energy storage being a nonessential extra to renewable energy systems is long over.

Access the Energy Storage Tracker 1Q17 report details HERE. (Source: Navigant, April, 2017) Contact: Navigant Research, (303) 997-7609, www.navigantresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Research,  Energy Storage,  


Constellation Biomass Plant Expected Online by Summer (Ind. Report)
Constellation Energy
Date: 2017-04-03
In Albany, Georgia, a 50 MW biomass plant built by Exelon subsidiary Constellation Energy is slated to begin operation this summer. The $200 million facility was built in partnership with Proctor & Gamble in collaboration with the City of Albany, the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority, the Georgia Public Service Commission and Georgia Power, which will purchase power at or below avoided cost from Constellation.

The new facility will provide 100 pct of the steam and 60-70 pct of the total energy needed to run the adjacent Proctor & Gamble paper products plant. (Source: Exelon, PR, 28 Mar., 2017) Contact: Constellation, Excelon, www.exeloncorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Constellation Energy,  Exelon,  Biomass,  


Abandoned Biodiesel Plant Cleanup Could Cost $1Mn (Ind. Report)
TreOil Industries
Date: 2017-04-03
The US EPA reports it will lead an emergency cleanup of the long-abandoned TreOil Industries Biorefinery northwest of Ferndale, Washington State. The facility has been on the Washington State Department of Ecology's list of hazardous sites since 2001. All attempts to get business and property owner Jagroop S. Gill, of Delta, B.C., to clean up the site have been unsuccessful, according to state officials. The emergency cleanup could cost $1 million.

When last operational, the TreOil Industries biodiesel refinery processed distilled tall oil for small-scale miscellaneous industrial operations, according to EPA. Tall oil is a byproduct of turning wood into wood pulp for paper production and is a mixture of primarily acidic compounds found in pine trees, the EPA said. It is a component of rubber products, inks, adhesives and is used as an emulsifier for asphalt. Fifty above-ground storage tanks, about 30,000 gallons of liquid tall oil and 165,000 gallons of solidified tall oil, as well as 700 containers of hazardous liquids, solids and gases will be removed from the abandoned site. (Source: Bellingham Herald, 31 Mar., 2017)Contact: Treoil Industries Ltd., (360) 371-0777

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Tall Oil,  


Woody Biomass Pellet Plant Slated for Allendale, SC (Ind. Report)
Thunderbolt Biomass
Date: 2017-04-03
Charleston, South Carolina-headquartered Thunderbolt Biomass, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of woody biomass pellets, reports it plans to launch a new 14.500 sq-ft, 60,000 tpy processing facility in Allendale, South Carolina. The $6 million facility will utilize locally sourced raw materials such as sawmill residuals, forestry residuals, thinnings and in-woods chip operations to produce wood pellets for heating and other valuable products.

As incentives, the state Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project and Allendale County awarded a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to the project. (Source: Thunderbolt Biomass, Powering SC, 31 Mar., 2017) Contact: Thunderbolt Biomass, Knox Grant, Pres., (843) 514-4232, www.usa.com/frs/thunderbolt-biomass-inc.html

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


NuStar's Terminal Ethanol Refrofit Plan Approved (Ind. Report)
NuStar Energy
Date: 2017-04-03
In Washingto State, the city of Vancouver has given the green light to pipeline and terminal operator NuStar Energy's preliminary proposal to retrofit existing terminals at the city's port on the Columbia River to handle ethanol, subject to the company withdrawing its 2015 application to handle crude oil at the terminal site.

The approved plan allows San Antonio-based NuStar to retrofit existing terminal and storage facilities for ethanol using 2 4.2 million gallon existing tanks to temporarily store the rail-shipped ethanol, The fuel would then be transferred by truck or marine vessels along the Columbia River. The plan also proposes processing a potential 32 rail cars a day. (Source: NuStar, TankTeminals.com, April, 2017) Contact: NuStar Energy, (800) 866-9060, webmaster@nustarenergy.com, www.nustarenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NuStar Energy,  Ethanol,  


California Legislates Short-Lived Super Pollutants (Reg & Leg)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2017-03-31
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board is launching a new strategy for slashing short-lived "super pollutants" including methane from cow manure, black carbon (soot) from diesel exhaust and hydrofluorocarbons from refrigerators. These "super pollutants" have a relatively short life span once dispersed into the atmosphere but are particularly potentas green house gases.

The new strategy sets targets for reducing super pollutants emissions by 2030. Methane and hydrofluorocarbons would need to be cut to 40 pct below 2013 levels, and black carbon would need to be reduced to 50 pct below 2013 levels. Meeting the goals could require more efficient refrigerators, replacing wood stoves and diverting waste from landfills. Some of the projects would involve incentives funded with public dollars. The biggest and most controversial changes could occur at dairies, where manure contributes an estimated 25 pct of the state's methane emissions. (Source: CARB, LA Times, 23 Mar., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Black Carbon,  California Air Resources Board,  


W. Va.'s Third Landfill Gas-to-Energy Plant Operational (Ind. Report)
Cox Enterprises
Date: 2017-03-31
Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises is reporting that the New River Energy landfill gas-to-energy facility near Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia, is now fully operational and generating sufficient power for approximately 2,300 homes. The facility is a joint venture of the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority (RCSWA) and Seven Island Environmental Solutions, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises.

The Beckley facility is the third landfill in the state to use methane for power generation rather than burning it in a flare. The city of Charleston landfill has had a system similar to Beckley's since 2011, as does the Wetzel County landfill which has been in operation since 2003, according to the EPA.

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas 28 to 36 times more effective than CO2 at trapping heat in the atmosphere over a 100-year period, according to the EPA. (Source: Cox Enterprises, State Journal, 26 Mar., 2017) Contact: Cox Enterprises, www.coxenterprises.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  Cox Enrterprises,  


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2017-03-31
"We don't even know how far we've gone, or if we've gone over the (climate change) edge. There are tipping points, feedback loops. This is not some linear set of problems that we can predict. We have to take measures against an uncertain (climate change) future which may well be something no one ever wants. We are talking about extinction. We are talking about climate regimes that have not been seen for tens of millions of years. We're not there yet, but we're on our way." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown, July 21, 2015

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Jerry Brown news,  


Canadian Coalition Highlights Carbon Offset/Emission Reduction Solutions (Ind. Report)
Viresco Solutions
Date: 2017-03-31
Meeting in Calgary, more than 75 Canadian agriculture industry leaders from crop and livestock organizations, NGOs, and governments including Carbon Credit Solutions, Agrium and Ducks Unlimited Canada have launched the ad hoc Coalition on Offset Solutions.

The coalition advocates the creation of a global Bio-Offset Hub and a dedicated $30 million multi-year research and innovation fund to advance the optimization of greenhouse gas reductions and the generation of economic value for agriculture and forestry producers as well as municipalities. The hub will be a multi-stakeholder network for collaboration with government and funding agencies to develop emission reduction policies and programs.

Financed by membership fees and investments, the Coalition aims to make the Bio-Offset Hub a global center for leadership on biological emission reductions.

The biological sector -- including agriculture, forestry, wetlands and municipal waste -- represents more than 30 pct of Canada's carbon reduction potential. Expanding carbon reduction innovation through dedicated funding envelopes, gives producers an edge in international markets requiring and promoting low-carbon agricultural products. It also helps to put Canada's economy on a low carbon pathway. Canada is already a world leader in biological offsets and emission reduction strategies and Alberta's offset market has the largest number of biological reduction protocols in the world. (Source: Coalition on Offset Solutions, MarketWire, yahoo Finance, 27 Mar., 2017)

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


Tlou Energy Investing in COal Bed Methane Projects (Int'l)

Date: 2017-03-31
In Botswana, Tlou Energy Limited is reporting completion of a £3.1 million placement of new ordinary shares to UK and Australian investors.

The proceeds of the placement, along with existing cash, will be invested in coal bed methane opportunities and the acquisition and interpretation of new 2D seismic data of prospective coal bed methane reserve areas. The funds will also cover the completion of various studies as required for the submission of federal mining license applications and on-going production testing. Tlou Energy is focused on delivering power in Botswana and the broader southern African region through the development of coal bed methane projects. (Source: Tlou Energy, Coal World, 28 Mar., 2017) Contact: Tlou Energy Limited, www.tlouenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal Bed Methane,  


Aussie Bio-Manufacturing Hub in Planning Stages (Int'l. Report)
VTT,CSIRO,Australian Paper
Date: 2017-03-31
In the Land Down Under, Federation University, Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), the Australia Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), and Melbourne-based Australian Paper Co. are reported to be advancing plans to create a bio-manufacturing hub in the Latrobe Valley.

The venture, which could create thousands of jobs and stimulate hundreds of millions of dollars of investment, aims to use Australian Paper's existing 50 MW biomass plant at the Maryvale mill to form the core of a bio-manufacturing facility. This bio-refinery would use lignin extracted from trees to produce high-tech, renewable bio-products.

Subject to the findings of a $2.7 million concept feasibility study, a $20 million pilot plant would be constructed in 2020 follows in 2022 by a $100 million full-scale bio-refinery. A critical part of the plan is the immediate establishment of a research centre, a BioCore, with Federation University, VTT and CSIRO. The research center is expected to cost approximately $15 million. (Source: Australian Paper, Gippsland Times, 28 May, 2017) Contact: VTT, Kati Koponen, +358 40 4878123, kati.koponen@vtt.fi, www.vtt.fi; Australian Paper, +613 8540 2300, www.australianpaper.com.au; CSIRO, Karl Rodrigues, Energy Director, enquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News CSIRO,  VTT,  Bio Products,  Bioenergy,  


Will Trump Tamper with the Wind Tax Credit? (Ind. Report)
Wind
Date: 2017-03-31
Will the Trump Administration keep the wind energy tax credit? That's the big question in Iowa where about one-third of all households are powered by wind and the nation's third largest creator of wind energy related jobs.

During the campaign, Trump notoriously criticized wind turbines as being too expensive and that the industry cannot survive without the tax credit. Governor Terry Branstad optimistically says "that was before the election" and Trump has assured him the wind production tax credit will remain. "I know there are those that would like to undo some of the things that have been done, but I feel confident it's going to be maintained. And I think that President Trump recognizes how important renewable energy was to his victory here in Iowa and the heartland."

Branstad notes that former Texas Governor Rick Perry is now Trump's energy secretary, and that Texas is the nation's number one wind energy producer. And, according to AWEA, there could be 250,000 jobs in the U.S. wind energy sector by 2020. (Source: KGLO Radio, Others, 28 Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Tax Credit,  


Beer Giant AB InBev Commits To 100 pct Renewable Electric. (Int'l)
AB InBev
Date: 2017-03-31
The world's largest beer maker AB InBev reports it is committed to sourcing 75-85 pct of its electricity through renewable energy direct Power Purchase Agreements and/or on-site solar projects. According to AB InBev, its commitment to renewable energy will lower the company's operational carbon footprint by 30 pct -- equivalent to removing nearly 500,000 cars from the highway. Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100 at The Climate Group.

In Mexico, AB InBev has inked its first Power Purchase Agreement with Spanish electric company Iberdrola for 490 gigawatt-hours of wind power per year for its largest brewery, in Zacatecas. (Source: AB InBev, PR, Zacks, Others, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: AB InBev, www.ab-inbev.com

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


SSE, Statoil, SSE Take Statkraft's Dogger Bank Stake (Int'l, M&A)
Statoil,SSE,Statkraft
Date: 2017-03-31
Further to our March 24th coverage, Oslo-headquartered oil and gas producer Statoil and Britain's SSE report they have both acquired an additional stake in the Dogger Bank Offshore Wind development site, in the North Sea off the east coast of England.

Last week, both Statoil and SSE announced they had both increased their individual stakes in the Dogger Bank Offshore Wind development site by 12.5 pct -- acquired from original consortium partner, Norway's hydropower company Statkraft. This brings the owning consortium down to three partners -- SSE and Statoil, both of which now hold a 37.5 pct stake in the project, and German energy company RWE Innogy, which retains its original 25 pct.

The Dogger Bank Offshore Wind site includes four separate projects with a combined capacity of 4.8 gigawatts (GW). (Source: SSE, Statoil, PR, 28 Mar., 2017) Contact: Statoil, www.statoil.com; Statkraft, Jon Berg, Communications, +47 24 06 70 00, Jon.Berg@kld.dep.no, www.statkraft.com; SSE, www.sse.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News SSE,  Statoil,  Offshore Wind,  Statkraft,  Dogger Bank,  


College Energy Efficiency Upgrades Could Save $5.1Mn (Ind. Report)
Ameresco,Rhode Island College
Date: 2017-03-31
In Providence, Rhode Island College reports it and Ameresco have inked a $5 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC), which is expected to save the institution more than $340,000 annually for the next 15 years.

Ameresco will perform energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades at 33 buildings and across 1.2 million square feet on campus. The improvements are likely to include: energy management system advancements, central plant improvements, building weatherization, energy efficiency motors, demand-control ventilation, transformer replacements, window air conditioner timers, air handling unit/rooftop unit replacements, vending machine controls, kitchen hood controls, repair of heat recovery units, and water conservation measures.

The two-year project is underway and scheduled for completion in September 2018. (Source: Rhode Island College, Energy Manager, 30 Mar., 2017) Contact: Rhode Island College, www.ric.edu; : Ameresco, Michael T. Bakas, Snr. VP, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rhode Island College,  Ameresco,  Energy Efficency,  


Colombian Ethanol Producer Upping Capacity to 500,000 lpd (Int'l)

Date: 2017-03-31
In Meta, Colombian ethanol producer Bioenergy reports it is increasings its ethanol production capacity from 113,000 lpd to 504,000 lpd.

Bioenergy, which is operating from its El Alcaravan plant, is currently storing its ethanol as it strives to hit its ethanol production capacity of 504,000 lpd of ethanol. (Source: Bioenergy, 28 Mar., 2017). Contact: Bioenergy, Rafael Pittaluga, GM,, +578 661-2432, www.bioenergy.com.co

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  


ETI Project to Remove Biomass Impurities (Int'l)
Energy Technologies Institute
Date: 2017-03-31
In the UK, the Loughborough-headquartered Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is reporting the launch of a £2.2 million Feedstock Improvement project aimed at making biomass cheaper and more efficient.

The project will be led by biomass specialists Forest Fuels with Uniper Technologies, the University of Sheffield's PACT facilities and the University of Leeds. The project includes construction of a prototype biomass plant pre-treat different forms of woody biomass energy feedstocks to remove impurities. The cleaned feedstocks will then be blended and combustion tested at the University of Sheffield's pilot scale Advanced Capture Technology Facilities, with support from the University's Energy 2050 Institute. The ash produced during combustion testing will then be examined by The University of Leeds. Biomass fuels, including waste wood, arboricultural and forestry residues and purpose-grown biomass feedstocks such as miscanthus, will be included in the research study which could lead to lower environmental and operating costs for power producers.

The ETI is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies and the UK Government. ETI act as a conduit between academia, industry and the government to accelerate the development of low-carbon technologies. (Source: Energy Technologies Institute, Renewable Energy, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: Energy Technologies Institute, +44 (0) 1509 202020, info@eti.co.uk, www.eti.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Energy Technologies Institute ,  Biomass,  Bioenergy,  


Georgia Whole Foods Earns Green Building Recognition (Ind. Report)
Green Building Initiative ,Whole Foods
Date: 2017-03-31
In the Peach State, commercial real estate developer S.J. Collins Enterprises reports the Whole Foods Market at Peachtree Crossing in Chamblee has achieved a Green Globes® rating by the Portland, Oregon-based Green Building Initiative™.

The Whole Foods design included the use of efficient irrigation strategies, local species of drought-tolerant plants , "green" walls" , high performance materials and insulation, insulated skylights, awnings and canopy systems.

The not-for-profit Green Building Initiative and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Development Organization are dedicated to accelerating the adoption of green building practices. Founded in 2004, the organization is the sole U.S. provider of the Green Globes and federal Guiding Principles Compliance green building certification programs. (Source: Green Building Initiative, S.J. Collins, Mar 28, 2017) Contact: Green Building Initiative, (503) 274-0448, info@thegbi.org, www.thegbi.org; S.J. Collins, www.SJCollinsEnt.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building Initiative ,  


Governors Reaffirm Commitment to Clean Power Plan Targets (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
Clean Power Plan
Date: 2017-03-31
With the Trump administration's announcement that the U.S. will begin to dismantle Obama's Clean Power Plan, California Governor Edmund (Jerry) Brown and New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo have issued issued the following statement reaffirming their ongoing commitment to exceed the targets of the Clean Power Plan and curb carbon pollution:

"Dismantling the Clean Power Plan and other critical climate programs is profoundly misguided and shockingly ignores basic science. With this move, the Administration will endanger public health, our environment and our economic prosperity.

"Climate change is real and will not be wished away by rhetoric or denial. We stand together with a majority of the American people in supporting bold actions to protect our communities from the dire consequences of climate change.

"Together, California and New York represent approximately 60 million people and 20 percent of the nation's GDP . With or without Washington, we will work with our partners throughout the world to aggressively fight climate change and protect our future."

California and New York lead the nation in ground-breaking policies to combat climate change. Both states -- which account for roughly 10 pct of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in the United States -- have adopted advanced energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to meet and exceed the requirements of the Clean Power Plan and have set some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in North America -- 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. California and New York will continue to work closely together and with other states to help fill the void left by the federal government. These efforts complement California and New York's ongoing efforts to broaden collaboration among sub-national leaders on climate change, including through the Under2 Coalition -- a pact among cities, states and countries around the world to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius in order to avoid potentially catastrophic consequences. California and New York are among the Under2 Coalition's 167 jurisdictions representing more than one billion people and $25.9 trillion in combined GDP -- more than one-third of the global economy. (Source: Office of Gov. Jerry Brown, PR, 28 Mar., 2017)Contact: Governor of California, Edmund G. (Jerry) Browm, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov; N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  Jerry Brown,  Andrew Cuomo,  


California Forest Bioenergy Project Awarded $4.9Mn (Funding)
Camptonville Community Partnership
Date: 2017-03-31
Further to our Sept. 12, 2016 coverage, in the Golden State, the Camptonville Community Partnership reports its planned community-scale forest bioenergy power plant is proposed to receive $4.9 Mn in funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) as part of its Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Demonstrate and Evaluate Environmentally and Economically Sustainable Woody Biomass-to-Electricity Systems funding program.

Camptonville's 3 MW direct combustion boiler steam turbine generator power plant will integrate advanced emissions controls and a state-of-the-art low water use condenser and will be the first of its kind in California.

Camptonville's power plant will utilize forestry waste woody biomass to generate power for export to Pacific Gas & Electric's grid under the California public utilities BioMAT program.

The project will be implemented by Camptonville Community Partnership in collaboration with Gaelectric, ICF Inc., Center for Sustainable Energy, University of California Davis, Babcock Power Environmental, Direct Contact, and DE Solutions. (Source: Camptonville Community Partnership, USDA, YubaNet.com, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: Camptonville Community Partnership, Refine Miller, Bioenergy Project Manager, (530) 288-9355, CPP@cville.K12.ca.us, www.camptonville.com/ccp_overview.html,www.camptonville.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  Camptonville Community Partnership,  


BioHiTech Takes Minority Stake in MSW Recovery Facility (M&A)
BioHiTech Global
Date: 2017-03-31
Chestnut Ridge, New York-headquartered waste management specialist BioHiTech Global is reporting acquisition of a 17.2 pct equity interest in the nation's first resource recovery facility utilizing a proprietary mechanical biological treatment (MBT) technology, developed by the Italian firm Entsorgafin, for the disposal and recycling of mixed municipal solid waste (MSW). BioHiTech, through its interest in Apple Valley Waste Conversions, has the exclusive development rights for this technology in eleven states in the northeast US and the District of Columbia.

The waste-to-solid fuel plant utilizing the MBT a patented process is currently under construction in Martinsburg, West Virginia, for commissioning in Q4 2017. The facility, which is being partially financed with a $25 million tax-exempt bond issued by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority, will receive MSW through a ten-year contract with a regional waste hauler, approximately half of which will be converted into a clean burning EPA approved "solid recovered fuel" (SRF) through the patented MBT process. The facility has a 10-year contract for the sale of the SRF with a West Virginia that intends to use the SRF as an approved supplement to fossil fuels in cement production. (Source: BioHiTech Global, Mar., 2017) Contact: BioHiTech Global, Frank E. Celli, CEO, (888) 876-9300, www.biohitech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioHiTech Global,  MSW,  


Ice Energy Touts Solar+ Thermal Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Horizon Solar Power.Ice Energy
Date: 2017-03-31
Santa Barbara, Calif.-based thermal energy storage specialist Ice Energy and Horizon Solar Power, a Temecula, California-based solar installer, have completed the installation of a solar-plus-storage system at the Palm Springs Cultural Center in California’s Coachella Valley.

The project features 73.6 kW of solar panels and five Ice Energy Ice Bear 30 integrated heating, cooling and energy storage systems that have replaced the center's outdated HVAC system. During the day, the solar PV supplies the energy needs of the center, including charging the Ice Bears. In the evening, the Ice Bears provide up to four hours of cooling using a fraction of the electricity normally needed, according to Ice Energy.

According to Ice Energy , California's Self-Generation Incentive Program, combined with Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, enabled the center to install the solar-plus-ice-storage system with minimal up-front investment. (Source: Ice Energy, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, CEO, (877) 542-3232, info@ice-energy.com, http://ice-energy.com; Horizon Solar Power, (844) 765-2780, www.horizonsolarpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ice Energy,  Horizon Solar Power,  Solar Energy Storage,  


Japan Investing Heavily in Overseas Renewables -- IEEFA Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis
Date: 2017-03-31
In its recently released Japan: Greater Energy Security Through Renewables Electricity Transformation in a Post-Nuclear Economy report, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) investigates Japan's present and plans for future overseas renewable energy investments.

According to the report, Japanese investors are keen for renewables, a phenomenon that is freshly apparent in the country's continuing momentum across both domestic and overseas solar and wind energy activity.

Japanese banks have been attracted to renewable energy infrastructure investments abroad by their strong annuity yields backed by long-term PPAs from mostly highly rated utilities, according to the report.

Access the full Japan: Greater Energy Security Through Renewables -- Electricity Transformation in a Post-Nuclear Economy HERE. (Source: Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis March-2017) Contact: IEEFA, www.ieefa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis,  Japan Renewable Energy,  


Galloper Offshore Wind's 56 Foundations in Place (Int'l Report)
GeoSea,Galloper Wind,Innogy
Date: 2017-03-31
RWE Innogy UK, the lead developer of the 336MW Galloper offshore wind farm off the UK's east coast, reports the installation off all of the project's 56 turbine foundations have been completed two months ahead of schedule. Installation of the Galloper project's 6 MW Siemens turbines is slated to get underway soon for commercial operations in 2018.

The Galloper wind farm is a joint equity partnership between Innogy UK, UK Green Investment Bank, Siemens Financial Services, Macquarie Capital and Sumitomo Corp. (Source: Innogy UK, Various Media, ReNews, 28 Mar., 2017) Contact: UK Green Investment Bank, www.greeninvestmentbank.com; RWE Innogy, Peter Terium, CEO, Dr. Hans Bunting, Managing Director, 011 +49 (0) 201 122-2088, www.rwe.com; Siemens Financial Services, www.finance.siemens.com; Macquarie Capital, (212) 231-1000, www.macquarie.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Green Investment Bank,  Macquarie Capital,  Offshore Wind,  DeoSea,  Galloper Wind,  Innogy,  


Kriegers Flak Offshore Windfarm Subsidies Approved (Int'l Report)
European Commission
Date: 2017-03-31
In Brussels, the European Commission's competition commission is reporting its approval of Danish government subsidies for the proposed Kriegers Flak offshore windfarm in the Danish section of the Baltic Sea.

The commission ruled that aid for the Kriegers Flak windfarm was in accordance with European Union guidelines because "it helps the EU to meet its energy and climate targets." The support will be granted as a premium on top of the electricity price in the Nord-Pool market. Europe's leading power market.

The windfarm will utilize 600 Vattenfall turbines and is expected to be operational by 2021. The expected to generate sufficient power for approximately 600,000 households. (Source: European Commission, Various Media, AP, 28 Mar., 2017)

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


Superdome Rewarded for Energy-Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
CLEAResult
Date: 2017-03-31
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome stadium in New Orleans has been awarded a $50,000 cash incentive for energy efficient lighting upgrades through the Energy Smart Large Commercial & Industrial Solutions program. The upgrades are expected to save the Superdome nearly $450,000 per year and just under 4.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.

In addition to lighting upgrades, the Large Commercial & Industrial Solutions program also provides incentives for: high-efficiency unitary air conditioning and heat pumps (split systems and rooftop package units); electric chillers; energy efficient motors; window films; and other measures to cut energy consumption and increase efficiency.

The incentives are based on $0.10 per kWh for qualifying lighting upgrades and $0.12 per kWh saved for all other upgrades. Total incentives per facility per program year cannot exceed $50,000 or the cost of the upgrade, whichever is less. Funding is limited, and incentives are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Energy Smart program was developed by the New Orleans City Council and is administered by Entergy New Orleans. The program provides energy-efficiency solutions to residential and commercial customers, as well as to government organizations. The program is implemented by CLEAResult, an energy-efficiency consulting firm. (Source: Biz New Orleans, 28 Mar., 2017) Contact: Energy Smart New Orleans, www.energysmartnola.info; CLEAResult, Glenn Garland, CEO, (512) 327-9200, www.clearesult.com

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Greencoat Acquires 16MW Langhope Rig Scottish Wind Farm (M&A)
Greencoat
Date: 2017-03-29
London-headquartered Greencoat UK Wind reports the acquisition of the 16MW Langhope Rig wind farm in Scotland from GE Energy Financial Services for £39.8 million. The wind farm, near Hawick in the Scottish Borders, was developed and built by SSE and commissioned in December 2015. The Langhope Rig acquisition raises Greencoat's generating capacity to 436MW.

Greencoat Capital LLP is the investment manager to Greencoat UK Wind PLC, a sector-focused infrastructure fund invested in UK wind generation assets and listed on the London Stock Exchange's main market. Greencoat UK Wind is currently invested in 18 wind farms, both onshore and offshore, with net generating capacity of 400.1MW. The assets have produced over 2,000GWh of power to date.(Source: Greencoat UK Wind, RENews, 27 Mar., 2017)Contact: Greencoat UK Wind, www.greencoat-ukwind.com

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Apex Clean Energy Planning 300MW Oklahoma Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2017-03-29
Virginia-based renewable energy developer Apex Clean Energy reports it is is advancing its plans to build a 300 MW, industrial scale wind farm on 40,000 acres of land in Johnston, Murray and Pontotoc counties, Oklahoma. The power generated by the wind farm will be transmitted to lines owned by the Public Service Co. of Oklahoma. The project is expected to break ground before the end of 2018 for commissioning in 2019. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, ADA News, 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., Mark Goodwin, Pres., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

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Beatrice Offshore Wind Set to Begin Construction (Int'l)
Seaway Heavy Lifting,Beatrice Offshore Wind
Date: 2017-03-29
In the Netherlands, Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) reports it will soon begin installing piles for jacket foundations for the £2.6 billion the Beatrice offshore wind farm.

Prior to driving the piles into the seabed, the company will implement the piling mitigation protocol which includes the deployment of the acoustic deterrence device (ADD) and a soft start piling procedure. Seaway Heavy Lifting will design, engineer, fabricate and install the jacket foundations and array cables for 84 Siemens 7MW wind turbines, as well as transporting and installing the offshore transmission modules under the terms of an EPCI contract.

The 588MW wind farm is a partnership between SSE with pct, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners with 35 pct, and SDIC Power which will hold 25 pct. The project is slated to be fully operational in 2019. (Source: Seaway Heavy Lifting, offsahorewind.biz, 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: Seaway Heavy Lifting, +31 79 363 7700, www.seawayheavylifting.com.cy; SSE Renewables, Paul Cooley, Director of Renewables, www.sse.com; Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, www.cipartners.dk; SDIC Power, www.sdic.com.cn

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Xcel Investing $1.6 Bn in SW Region Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2017-03-29
Xcel Energy reports it will invest $1.6 billion in the construction of two new wind energy developments as well enter into a long-term contract with two existing sites, adding 1,230 MW of capacity to its regional system.

The company plans to build the Sagamore Wind Project in Roosevelt County, N.M. by 2020 and the Hale Wind Project in Hale County, south of Plainview, by 2019. Two prospective wind fields in Cochran County and Crosby County near Lubbock, Texas, owned by NextEra Energy Resources and known collectively as Bonita Wind Project, will generate an additional 230 MW from 2019 to 2049.

According to a company report, wind comprised 19 pct of all energy produced in Xcel's Southwest Region, and is expected to generate nearly 40 pct of the company's energy by 2021, when Sagamore, Hale and Bonita are all online. (Source: Xcel, Amarillo Globe News, 21 Mar., 2017)Contact: Xcel Energy, Beth Chacon, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com

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U.S. Cities Committed to 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
UNEP Climate Action
Date: 2017-03-29
UNEP Climate Action reports that the cities of Madison, Wisconsin and Abita Springs, Louisiana, have committed to transition to 100 pct renewable energy. Both cities are the first city in their states to commit to sourcing the entire communities' power demand from renewable energy.

Madison and Abita Springs have joined a growing coalition of U.S. cities including San Diego, California and Salt Lake City, Utah , as well as Georgetown, Texas and Greensburg, Kansas, Pueblo, Colorado, and Moab, Utah, that are committed to 100 pct renewable energy and net zero emissions targets. (Source: UNEP, Climate Action, Mar., 2017) Contact: United Nations Environment Programme, +254 20 762 1234, unepinfo@unep.org, www.unep.org

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Retailing E85: An Analysis of Market Performance -- July 2014 - August 2015 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Fuels Institute,National Association of Convenience Stores,
Date: 2017-03-29
. According to the Alexandria, Virginia-headquartered Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing, the domestic biofuels market continues to expand due in part to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). However, what is the potential for continued growth when regular gasoline prices continue to trend lower than usual? Is price difference alone the reason why consumers choose to purchase or not purchase E85?

Retailing E85: An Analysis of Market Performance -- July 2014 - August 2015, a newly released Fuels Institute report utilized daily sales data from 20 pct of the all U.S. E85 retailers to provide an analysis of E85 retail sales prices and volumes with unleaded sales over a 13-month period. The report, Retailing E85: An Analysis of Market Performance -- July 2014 - August 2015 is a follow-up to the E85 retail performance analysis published by the Institute in 2014.

The Fuels Institute was founded in 2013 by the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing (NACS) which, through recurring financial contributions and daily operational support, helps the Fuels Institute to invest in and carry out its work to foster collaboration among the various stakeholders with interests in the transportation energy market and to promote a comprehensive and objective evaluation of issues affecting that market and its customers, both today and in the future.

Access the Retailing E85: An Analysis of Market Performance -- July 2014 - August 2015 report HERE. (Source: NACS, 28 Mar., 2017) Contact: Fuels Institute, www.fuelsinstitute.org; Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing, www.nacsonline.com

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First Solar Set to Begin 48.5-MW Aussie PV Project (Ind. Report)
First Solar Inc
Date: 2017-03-29
Tempe, Arizona-headquartered First Solar, the U.S.' largest solar panel manufacturer First Solar Inc reports it has secured financing for the 48.5-MW Manildra solar farm in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. RCR O'Donnell Griffin Pty Ltd is the contractor for the 466,000 thin-film PV module project.

The $85 million (AUS) project has received $9.8 million (AUS) ($7.5 million) in support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and has a 13-year PPA with local utility EnergyAustralia. Construction is slated to get underway in June for completion in Q2, 2018. The project will increase First Solar's installed capacity in Australia to over 400 MW, according to First Solar. (Source: First Solar, Various Media, Renewables Now, 27 Mar., 2017)Contact: First Solar, Brian Kunz, VP Project Dev., Steve Krum (602) 427-3359, steve.krum@firstsolar.com, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

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GCL's North Carolina Solar Projects Find Financing (Ind. Report)
CIT Group,GCL New Energy Holdings
Date: 2017-03-29
CIT Group Inc., through its commercial bank subsidiary CIT Bank, reports it has arranged $59.8 million in financing for GCL New Energy Inc.'s construction of 8 solar projects totaling 84.5 MW in North Carolina. CIT Bank will provide a construction and tax equity bridge loan and back-levered term loan facility to GCL New Energy Inc., on undisclosed terms.

The GCL PV facilities in Wilson County, eastern North Carolina, which are nearing completion, will sell electricity under 10-year, fixed-rate PPAs agreements with the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency. Three of the facilities are expected to start generating electricity for the city of Wilson by the end of March. (Source: GCL New Energy Holdings, Renewables Now, Others, 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: CIT Group, www.cit.com; GCL New Energy Holdings, en.gclnewenergy.com

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QSTec Manufacturing Polysilicon in Qatar (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Qatar Solar Technologies
Date: 2017-03-29
The Qatar-based polysilicon manufacturer Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) reports it has begun producing polysilicon at its factory in Doha. The facility's present 8,000 MT capacity will be expand it to 50,000 MT.

In 2014, QSTec acquired a 29 pct stake in German solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG, and in 2016 secured a 45 pct interest in Centrotherm. QSTec is a joint venture founded by Qatar Solar, a fully owned subsidiary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, which owns 70 pct of the company, SolarWorld and the Qatar Development Bank. (Source: QSTec, Various Media, PV Mag, 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: QSTec, Dr. Khalid K. Al Hajri, CEO, www.qstec.com

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Brookings Comments on Trump's Executive Order on Energy Independence (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Brookings Institution
Date: 2017-03-29
"First and most prominently, the (Trump) executive order directs the Environmental Protection Agency to review the Clean Power Plan, one of Obama's key regulatory actions to drive down greenhouse gas emissions in the electric power sector. Because an executive order cannot directly overturn a regulation, the EPA will have to come to a finding about whether the CPP should be revised or repealed. Technically, the EPA does not have an option to repeal and not replace, because the Supreme Court has already ruled that the current interpretation of the Clean Air Act -- the legislation upon which the CPP is based -- requires the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. Repeal without replacement would contravene the Supreme Court's order, so Trump's EPA must come up with an alternative that will hold up in court.

"Second, dismantling the CPP would put the U.S. on a higher pollution and less ambitious emissions track in the medium term. The CPP targeted a roughly 32 percent decrease in CO2 emissions from the power sector by 2030, primarily from accelerating the long-term shift away from coal-fired electricity generation. In addition to having impacts on the U.S. economy and health, removing the CPP would imply a costly delay in implementing what in the long run will be necessary reductions in our overall greenhouse gas emissions over time. In addition, the approach in the CPP was developed over many years of consultation with industry, health advocates, states, and other stakeholders. While it would impact coal, it did provide a reasonable approach to reducing the most harmful emissions and steering the economy toward a sounder energy system for the future.

"In addition, while Trump argues that the CPP rollback will benefit jobs, he is referring to a relatively small set of interests. While it is important to be mindful of the need to blunt the potential economic hardship that people working in dying industries face, even insiders acknowledge that the coal sector is not going to recover even with these rules rolled back, not least because of mechanization. Recent Department of Energy statistics show that the coal mining industry employed roughly 66,000 miners in 2015, compared to an estimated 3 million jobs supported by clean energy. Therefore, the likely impact of the order on the coal industry will be fairly weak in the near term and, at best, mediocre in the long term. While reversing the moratorium on new coal mining leases will open new sources of supply, it will not in itself reverse the trends in energy markets that have increasingly favored gas. In addition, other regulations to control air pollution will continue to restrict the burning of coal for electricity.

"Dismantling the CPP would have an effect on the overall U.S. climate strategy and will make it harder and more expensive to achieve the necessary levels of greenhouse gas emissions in the longer term. But it is also important to remember that the CPP, in targeting roughly one-third of overall U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, is only one part of the overall strategy to drive down U.S. emissions. Electricity currently makes up about 39 percent of U.S. energy use and is responsible for about 30 percent of overall U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. While many of the most inexpensive and economically efficient opportunities for emissions reductions exist in the power sector, a number of other areas that will continue to see efficiency gains, such as in appliance and equipment standards and the first round of auto fuel economy standards implemented under Obama. As one example, existing appliance and equipment efficiency standards are expected to reduce U.S. CO2 emissions by 3 billion tons by 2030 -- fully half of the estimated reductions from the CPP." (Source: The Brookings Institution, Nathan Hultman, March 28, 2017)

Note:The prestigious Brookings Institution is a century-old, Washington, DC-headquartered nonprofit public policy think tank that conducts in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level. -- Brookings www.brookings.edu



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Mariposa Biomass Project Wins $5Mn R&D Funding (Funding)
Mariposa Biomass
Date: 2017-03-29
Further to our February 3rd coverage, in the Golden State, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is reporting the Mariposa Biomass Project has been awarded $5 million in grant funding from the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) for construction of a 2.4 MW woody biomass demo facility at the Mariposa County Industrial Park. The Mariposa County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) will be the project administrator.

The $5 million grant is in response to a June 27, 2016, CEC competitive solicitation to fund applied research and development activities and technology demonstration and deployment activities to advance biomass-to-electric power generation. (Source: CEC, MBP, 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: MBP www.mariposabiomassproject.org; Calif. Energy Commission, Bryan Early, (916) 654-4714, Bryan.Early@energy.ca.gov, www.energy.ca.gov

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Apple's 2017 Suppliers Improve Efficiency, Cut Emissions (Int'l)
Apple
Date: 2017-03-29
According to the iPhone producer Apple's latest annual Supplier Responsibility Report, the company's Energy Efficiency program now has three times as many participating suppliers as it did last year, helping reduce carbon emissions by over 150,000 metric tpy -- equivalent environmental impact as taking 31,000 cars off the road for a year.

Over 200,000 metric tons of waste were diverted from landfills in 2016, with Apple suppliers achieving 100 percent UL Zero Waste to Landfill validation for all final assembly sites in China for the first time. As part of it's responsible sourcing efforts, Apple notes all of its smelters and refiners of tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold are participating in independent third-party audits for the second year in a row. (Source: AppleInsider, 27 Mar., 2017)

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Honeywell, Tinker AFB Ink $243Mn Energy Efficiency Deal (Ind. Report)
Honeywell Building Solutions
Date: 2017-03-29
Following up on our October, 21, 2016 coverage, Honeywell Building Solutions is reporting the signing of $243 million facility energy efficiency and modernization project contract with the Tinker Air Force Base Air Logistics Complex in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The completed project is expected to reduce the Tinker facility's energy consumption by 23 pct and save the base $20.5 million a year in energy and operational costs.

The project is the largest energy savings performance contract the Air Force has awarded to date and is a joint effort among Tinker, Honeywell, the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Headquarters Air Force Material Command and the Air Force Civil Engineering Center.

The project will include modernizing manufacturing lines to eliminate wasted ventilation and increase worker safety, updating wastewater treatment systems to provide equipment control and alarm monitoring, installing two new 2,000-ton chillers to increase cooling systems reliability, upgrading paint booths to reduce energy used by the painting process, decentralizing the steam heating plant with a distributed heat system to lower energy use, installing more efficient LED lighting with wireless controls and installing smart meters to more closely monitor and track building energy consumption, Honeywell said.

Through previous projects, Honeywell and Tinker have cut the base's overall energy use by 37 percent, saving about $12 million in annual energy and operating costs. An $80.6 million upgrade begun in 2012 replaced four centralized boilers with smaller, more efficient systems as part of an effort to save the base $170 million over 20 years while also cutting water use and carbon dioxide emissions. (Source: Honeywell Building Solutions, NewsOK, Others, 28 Mar., 2017) Contact: Honeywell Building Solutions, John Rajchert, Pres., (800) 345-6770, www.buildingsolutions.honeywell.com, www.honeywell.com; Tinker AFB, (405) 739-2026, www.tinker.af.mil

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Canada Could Miss 2030 Emissions Target, says Environment Canada (Ind. Report)
Environment Canada
Date: 2017-03-29
In Ottawa, Environment Canada is reporting that, based on policies in place in November, 2016, the country will not only likely to miss its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target, it is also likely to pump out 30 pct or more emissions than promised for 2030.

The agency projects that based on policies as of Nov. 1, Canada will emit between 697 and 790 megatonnes of greenhouse gases in 2030, depending on a range of factors that include oil prices and the rate of economic growth. Canada's goal under the Liberal government is to cut emissions to 523 megatonnes in 2030 -- a reduction of 30 per cent below 2005 levels.

Environment Canada's projections, which were compiled in February and published online this month, are more an "educated guess" and "plausible outcome" than projections based on policies in place as of Nov. 1, 2016, the agency said as a disclaimer.

Access the Sustainability Indicators Progress Towards Canada's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target report HERE. (Source: Environment Canada, Mar., 2017) Contact: Environment Canada, Catherine McKenna, Minister, www.canada.ca/en/government/ministers/catherine-mckenna.html

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AkzoNobel Aims at Energy Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l)
AkzoNobel
Date: 2017-03-29
AkzoNobel reports that as part of its Planet Possible sustainability agenda it has committed to use 100 pct renewable energy and become carbon neutral by 2050. The company's share of renewable energy currently stands at 40 pct with almost half the company's sites around the world having improved their energy footprint and moved toward zero carbon emissions in 2016.

AkzoNobel is involved in several ongoing sustainability partnerships, notably in the Netherlands. These include sourcing energy from two new wind parks, switching from gas to sustainably generated steam to provide energy for chemicals production and investigating the possible launch of a waste-to-chemicals factory. (Source: AkzoNobel, Automotive World, 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: AkzoNobel, Ton Buchner, CEO, www.akzonbel.com/sustainability

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Cool Planet Raises $19.3Mn for Biochar Initiative (Funding)
Cool Planet
Date: 2017-03-29
After raising $100 million in 2014 for its biofuel business, Greenwood Village, Colorado-based woody biomass-to-biofuels producer Cool Planet reports it has now raised $19.3 million for its pivot to biochar. The new focus on biochar is in part due to ongoing low oil and gasoline prices which has made biofuels less competitive. North Bridge Venture Partners, which led the $19.3 million Series A round, was also an early investor in Cool Planet's biofuels business.

According to Cool Planet, its Cool Terra product sequesters carbon and enriches soil and boosts crop yields by nearly 15 pct. The company is also investigating ways product could be used reduce livestock methane emissions. (Source: Cool Planet, ImpactAlpha, 27 Mar., 2017)Contact: Cool Planet, Howard Janzen, CEO, Mike Rocke, (940) 584-0490, www.coolplanet.com

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Delta-Q Touts Li-Ion Specific Battery Charger (New Prod & Tech)
Delta-Q Technologies
Date: 2017-03-29
Vancouver-headquartered battery charging specialist Delta-Q Technologies is reporting the upcoming release of its first lithium-specific battery charger -- the ICL1200.

The ICL1200. is designed for lithium battery systems with any lithium-ion chemistry. It uses Controller Area Network (CAN-bus) communications and carries a comprehensive set of global regulatory approvals, including touch-safe requirements for the European electric vehicle market.

Delta-Q Technologies is a leading provider of battery charging solutions that improve the performance and reliability of electric drive vehicles and industrial equipment. (Source: Delta-Q Technologies Corp., PR, 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: Delta-Q Technologies, Trent Punnett, VP Marketing & Sales, www.delta-q.com

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Macquarie Closes Battery Storage Project Financing (Ind. Report)
Macquarie Capital,Advanced Microgrid Solutions
Date: 2017-03-29
NYC-headquartered Macquarie Capital, the corporate advisory, capital markets and principal investing arm of Macquarie Group, is reporting the the closing of the first non-recourse project financing of battery-based energy storage systems with CIT Bank.

The financing backs a 50MW fleet of behind-the-meter battery storage systems located in certain grid-constrained pockets of the West Los Angeles Basin service territory of Southern California Edison (SCE) that Macquarie Capital acquired from Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) in August 2016.

The fleet of energy storage systems, which will be located at various large-load commercial, industrial and government host sites in Los Angeles and Orange counties, will be used for utility grid services including flexible and reserve capacity, solar integration and voltage management in addition to retail energy services such as demand management, back up generation and enhanced power quality. (Source: Macquarie Capital, PR, 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: Macquarie Capital, Michael Silverton, (212) 231-0494, www.macquarie.com; Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Susan Kennedy, CEO, (415) 638-6146, info@advmicrogrid.com, http://advmicrogrid.com.

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Yaskawa Elec. Invests in Kinetic Energy Storage Startup (Int'l)
Yaskawa Electric Corp., Teraloop Ltd.
Date: 2017-03-29
Japanese electrical equipment manufacturer Yaskawa Electric Corp reports it has completed a strategic investment in Finnish grid- and utility-scale kinetic energy storage startup Teraloop Ltd. The terms and exact sum invested have not been disclosed.

The investment is intended to accelerate the process of bringing Teraloop's patent-pending storage solution to the market and help complete a prototype for a full simulation in commercial working conditions.

Helsinki-headquartered Teraloop is currently working on the commercial-scale prototype with a consortium of Nordic technical co-contractors. The company is also developing systems ranging from 10 MW/10 MWh to 100 MW/100 MWh. (Source: Yaskawa Electric Corp., PR, Renewables Now 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: Yaskawa Electric Corp, www.yaskawa.co.jp/en; Teraloop Ltd., www.teraloop.org

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NBB Files Biodiesel Anti-dumping Petitions (Int'l, Ind. Report)
ational Biodiesel Board
Date: 2017-03-29
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) reports it has filed an anti-dumping and countervailing duty petition with the U.S. Commerce Department and International Trade Commission against Argentina and Indonesia for flooding the U.S. market with subsidized biodiesel.

According to NBB data, the dumping margins for Argentina is at 23 pct and Indonesia at 34 pct. (Source: NBB, WNAX Radio, 27 Mar., 2017)Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, (202) 737-8801, www.biodiesel.org

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Indonesia Counters US Biodiesel Anti-Dumping Duties (Int'l)
Indonesian Trade Ministry
Date: 2017-03-29
In Jakarta, the Indonesian Trade Ministry reports it has submitted a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over a petition issued by the US Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission to impose anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imports of biodiesel from Indonesia.

The petition to apply such duties in the US was submitted by the US-based National Biodiesel Board (NBB). In 2013, the European Union (EU) increased duties on Indonesian biodiesel from 8.8 pct to 20.5 pct and between 22 pct and 25.7 pct for Argentinian producers, to apply for five years in both cases. Indonesia sold $982.52 million worth of biodiesel to the 28 member EU trading bloc in 2012, a year before the duties were erected. Sales dropped to about half in 2013 after the tariffs were imposed.

Meanwhile, Indonesia's annual biodiesel exports to the US surged by 117 pct in the 2014-2016 period to 350,176 tpy for 93.75 pct of Indonesia's total 2016 biodiesel exports, (Source: Indonesian Trade Ministry, Jakarta Post, Various Other Media, 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: Ministry of Trade Republic of Indonesia, www.kemendag.go.id/en; World Trade Organization, www.wto.org

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Xcel Touts 1.23 GW in SW US Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2017-03-27
US utility Xcel Energy is reported to have submitted a proposal to add 1,230 MW of primarliy company-owned new wind power capacity in Texas and New Mexico. To date Xcel has proposed 11 new wind farms in seven states totaling 3,380 MW. The plan, to be implemented through 2021, includes a mix of owned wind parks and PPAs.

Xcel has submitted proposals for the 522-MW Sagamore Wind project in Roosevelt County, New Mexico, and the 478-MW Hale Wind scheme in Hale County, Texas. The former is developed by Invenergy, while NextEra Energy Resources developed Hale Wind. (Source: Xcel Energy, Various Media, 22 Mar, 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com

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