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CCS Market Worth Over $6Bn by 2024, says Report (Ind. Report)
Global Market Insights,CCS
Date: 2017-08-30
According to a recently released report from Global Market Insights, Inc., the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Market will cross $6 billion by 2024, due to the growing demand for carbon technologies to meet 20 degrees C scenario along with strict government regulations to curb carbon footprint.

Product ability to reduce carbon emission by 85 pct to 90 pct makes CCS adoption preferable to other available alternates while favorable government initiatives to encourage adoption of sustainable technology along with measures to reduce toxic pollutant concentrations will stimulate CCS.

In the U.S. the 2008 U.S Energy Improvement and Extension Act introduced section 45Q to provide credit of $20 per tonne for storing CO2 in deep water saline formations and $10 per tonne for storing CO2 through enhanced oil recovery. In 2016, the Obama administration funded $90 billion through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act towards strategic clean energy investment and tax credit to promote development of low carbon technologies.

The report is available from Global Market Insights. (Source: Global Market Insights, World Coal, 29 Aug., 2017)Contact: Global Market Insights, (216) 525-0600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Market Insights,  CCS,  Clean Coal,  Coal,  

Cattle Methane Emissions Studied at Univ. Lethbridge (Ind. Report)
University of Lethbridge
Date: 2017-08-30
On the Canadian prairies, Alberta's University of Lethbridge reports it has been awarded $1.1 million by the federal government's Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program to investigate whether the use of biochar in beef cattle diets reduces the amount of methane they produce. The project is called Assessment of the Potential of Biochar Added to Beef Cattle Diets to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agriculture..

Because a single cow can produce 200 to 500 lpd of methane, the cattle industry is estimated to be responsible for about 38 pct of agricultural greenhouse gases. Cattle release methane and CO2 by silently belching about once a minute. The researchers hope to find a way to reduce the amount of methane produced while still maintaining a productive herd.

The researchers will be testing the effects of biochar which has been shown to create favourable conditions for the growth of bacteria that aid in digestion. The research will study whether small amounts of biochar added to cattle feed improves the efficiency of digestion and thereby reduces the amount of methane produced. Researchers will calculate the methane produced, measure the average daily gain, monitor the health of the cows, analyze the manure and test its effect on soils.

For the project, the University of Lethbridge will collaborate with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the universities of Manitoba and Alberta, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and two industry partners -- Cool Planet and Blue Rock Animal Nutrition. (Source: Univ. of Lethbridge, Aug. 2017) Contact: University of Lethbridge, Dr. Erasmus Okine, (403) 329-7185,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochar,  Methane,  Cattle Methane,  

Aemetis' Indian Enzymatic Biodiesel Unit Completed (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-30
Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. reports that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in India has completed the construction of initial process equipment and has obtained regulatory approval for the production of enzymatic biodiesel from low-cost waste oil feedstocks using Aemetis' patent-pending process technology at its biodiesel plant in Kakinada, India.

The Aemetis 50 million gpy Kakinada biorefinery can also produce and supply refined glycerin to pharmaceutical and industrial customers. The Aemetis plant is India's first and only biofuels producer approved under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard for delivery of tallow and waste oil biodiesel into California. (Source: Aemetis, PR, Aug. 28, 2017) Contact: Aemetis Inc., Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 390-3275,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  

CaGBC Launching Green Building Standards Organization (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council,Green Business Certification
Date: 2017-08-30
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) reports it has created a joint venture with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) to create Green Business Certification Inc. Canada, a new organization that will focus solely on project certification and professional credentialing of green buildings and businesses. New standards and certifications that GBCI Canada will oversee include a zero-carbon building standard which will be introduced in September.

The new program will be in charge of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system for improving the efficiency of water and energy use in buildings. LEED certification was previously offered through CaGBC. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, Business Vancouver, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184,; Green Business Certification Inc.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Business Certification Inc.,  Canada Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  

Veridium Lab Launching $150Mn Environmental Market Carbon Credit Offering (Int'l Report)
Veridium Labs
Date: 2017-08-30
In Hong Kong, environmental technology startup Veridium Labs reports it aims to raise $150 million in October through the sale of tokens backed by forest Carbon Offset Credits (Carbon Credits) and other credits used to fund environmental mitigation efforts. Proceeds will be used to build a platform to enable trading of assets backed by "natural capital" -- air, water, forests, and minerals -- an untapped and undervalued asset class that academics from several U.S. universities have estimated is worth more than $120 trillion.

Veridium will issue two types of tokens. VERIDIUM membership tokens will grant access to the trading platform while TGR tokens represent actual environmental mitigation credits. Some companies purchase the credits voluntarily while other credits, such as wetland or stream credits, are required by the U.S. EPA and other regulators. Pension funds and investment firms are the major drivers of environmental mitigation credits, as they try to ensure the companies they invest in are socially responsible, according to Veridium.

There will be 15 million "TGR" tokens at the initial offering, backed by REDD+ forest carbon offset credits issued by Infinite Earth and backed by natural assets from the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve in Borneo, Indonesia. Infinite Earth currently holds a 60-year lease on the Indonesian biodiversity reserve.

Veridium Labs Ltd., a joint-venture between ConsenSys AG and EnVision Corporation, is an Environmental FinTech company offering a real-world application of blockchain technology that uses the cryptographic environmental mitigation offsets issued through the Veridium Network to create an entirely new asset class of commodities with net positive environmental impacts. Veridium Labs is responsible for creating enterprise solutions for corporations that will drive demand for the tokenized natural capital assets issued on the blockchain through the Veridium Network. The company is currently working on climate change risk mitigation products for institutional portfolio management companies, pension funds and endowments as well as creating sustainable supply chain solutions for Fortune 100 & 500 companies. (Source: Veridium Labs, NYTimes, Others, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: Veridium Labs, Todd Lemons, CEO, +852-5808-0007, (980) 202-0297,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credit,  Carbon Offset Credits ,  REDD+,  Reforestation,  

SFU Sustainability Initiatives Earn LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
Simon Fraser University
Date: 2017-08-28
In Burnaby, British Columbia, Simon Fraser University (SFU) reports its Shrum Chemistry Building has been awarded Canada Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for its recently completed energy efficiency and renovations upgrades.

The Shrum Chemistry lab incorporates new systems for water efficiency and use reduction, optimized energy performance, and waste management, green cleaning practices. Sustainability achievements include diverting at least 75 pct of construction waste from landfills, and installation of new laboratory fume hoods that exhaust 50 pct less air when sashes are closed. (Source: Simon Fraser Univ., PR, 24 Aug., 2017) Contact: Simon Fraser Univ, Wendy Lee, Dev. Mgr., , (778) 782-3253,; Canadian Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, (866) 941-1184,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Green Building Council ,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  

Indianapolis Plans $12Mn LED Streetlight Retrofit (Ind. Report)
Indianapolis Light & Power
Date: 2017-08-28
The city of Indianapolis reports it plans to invest $12 million to retrofit more than 27,240 streetlights and use the energy savings from the new lights to pay for an additional 4,000 streetlight units. Indianapolis Power & Light will retrofit the city's conventional street lights with energy efficient LED technology over the next three years. The upgrade is expected to save an estimate $800,000 per year.

The plan requires Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approval. Th project is expected to get underway early next year. (Source: IP&L, Indianapolis Bus. Journal, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: City of Indianapolis, City Council, (317) 327-4242,; Indianapolis Light & Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Light,  LED Light,  Streetlight,  

Report to the Secretary (Rick Perry) on Electricity Markets and Reliability -- US DOE Report Attached Ind, Report)
Date: 2017-08-28
A US Department of Energy (DOE) new electric grid study has concluded energy efficiency is playing a key role in maintaining a reliable power system, even though the Trump administration is seeking to reduce programs that support efficiency.

According to the report he decrease in total electric power consumption nationwide can be in great part attributed to energy efficiency policies adopted by utilities as well as new technologies developed with assistance from the federal government also have helped to strengthen the reliability and resilience of the power grid and contributed to flattening energy demand.

Download the full DOE Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, Think Progress, 25 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Grid,  

Modon, Goldwind Ink Saudi Wind-Turbines Agreement (Int'l)
Saudi Industrial Property Authority,Goldwind Science & Technology
Date: 2017-08-28
Riyadh-headquartered Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) and National Industrial Clusters Development Program have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China-headquartered Goldwind Science & Technology to explore wind-turbines manufacturing opportunities in the kingdom.

Under the terms of the agreement, Modon will allocate land to the Chinese company in its industrial cities and the National Industrial Clusters Development Program will assist Goldwind in identifying investment opportunities and support its search for local partners. (Source: TradeArabia News Service, 25 Aug., 2017) Contact: Saudi Industrial Property Authority,,; Goldwind,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  Goldwind Science & Technology ,  

Northern Ireland's GHGs Down 30pct Since 1990 (Int'l Report)
GHG,Northern Ireland
Date: 2017-08-28
The Belfast Telegraph is reporting that Norther Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 30 pct since 1990 while the population grew by 16 pct. The GHG decrease is due primarily to a shift away from coal use for power generation and an increase and improvements in energy efficiency initiatives. The Telegraph also reports the ratio of emissions to gross value added (GVA) in Northern Ireland dropped 54 pct between 1998 and 2015. GHG emissions per household also decreased 25 pct over the past five years from a peak of 4.20 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per household in 2010 to 3.16 tonnes of CO2e in 2015. Fuel switching to natural gas from more carbon-intensive fuels such as coal and oil has reduced emissions, but more households creates greater demand for energy. (Source: Belfast Telegraph, 22 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  Climate Change,  

ECS Global Solutions Touts Smart Building Platform (Ind. Report)
ECS Global Solutions
Date: 2017-08-28
ECS Global Solutions Inc., a provider of integrated smart building and energy intelligence solutions, is near completion on the installation of a Smart Building Platform for Regent Medical Properties in New York City.

The integrated Smart Building Platform is being delivered through ECS' Smart Building as a Service program which includes open-architecture building automation for HVAC, intelligent LED lighting, IP camera and card access, and integrated on site sub-metering. The program enables precise energy and operations management while delivering continuous real-time data analytics on facility system performance.

The Regent Medical Properties installation has been financed through the Efficiency Made Easy program available from Constellation, a retail supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services and subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. The Efficiency Made Easy program enables commercial and industrial supply customers to implement energy efficiency and other solutions without upfront capital expenditures (Source: ECS Global Solutions, Facility Exec., 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: ECS Global Solutions, , Len Pisano, Chief Development , (718) 855-5888,,

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

Warren County Va. School Touted as Energy Net-Zero (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-08-28
In the Old Dominion State, the Warren County Public Schools commission reports construction is underway on the county's newest net-zero building.

The new Jennings Creek Elementary School is designed to reduce, or eliminate, energy costs while earning income for the district. The building's structural exterior walls are constructed of insulated concrete forms that look like giant Styrofoam Legos and reportedly cut energy consumption by about 25 pct for an avoided cost of about $11 million. The new building also incorporates a solar array that can be expanded to provide all of the school's energy requirements as well as a geothermal systems for heating and cooling. (Source: Warren County Public Schools, WKU, 22 Aug., 2017) Contact: Warren County Public Schools District, Jay Wilson, Energy Manager, (540) 635-2171,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Brookdale Energy Efficiency Yields $7.6Mn Savings (Ind. Report)
Brookdale Senior Living
Date: 2017-08-28
Brookdale Senior Living Inc., the Brentwood, Tennessee-based owner and operator of over 1,000 seniors living communities spanning 47 states, reports it's recent company-wide improved sustainability program to improve resident and staff comfort and to cut energy consumption has delivered $7.6 million in energy savings.

The company installed occupancy sensors in common rooms, offices and storage areas, completed LED retrofits throught 73 seniors living complexes, installed more than 48,000 occupancy sensors, retrofitted and installed 4,148 high-efficiency water fixtures, smart irrigation controls and achieved Energy Star certifications. The company is presently investigating a real-time energy monitoring system and increasing resident engagement through its "Turn It Off" challenge, which tasked each Brookdale community to find unique ways to reduce waste and cut and energy and water usage.

To date, Brookdale has achieved a 2.42 pct reduction in energy usage, saving 19.75 million kWh and yielding an estimated $7.6 million in normalized energy savings, according to the company's Sustainability Report. (Source: Bookdale Seniors Living, Senior Living News, August 22, 2017) Contact: Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Marla Thalheimer, Director of Sustainability, (888) 221-7317,

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

Low-Carbon Vehicles Qualify for Indonesian Tax Breaks (Int;l)
Indonesian Ministry of Industry
Date: 2017-08-28
In Jakarta, the Indonesian Ministry of Industry reports it has developed a policy of tax breaks aimed at promoting hybrid and electric vehicles, clean-diesel and fuel cell powered vehicles as a way of reducing emissions by 29 pct by 2030. The "Low Carbon Emission Vehicle" program is expected to be introduced before the year end.

The new program will replace the existing tax exemption program for gasoline-powered vehicles with low emissions and low fuel consumption. (Source: Indonesian Ministry of Industry, Nikkei Asian Review, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Indonesian Ministry of Industry,

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

Harvard Study Assess Oil Giant's Climate Change Communications -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-28
A newly published study by Dr. Geoffrey Supran and Dr. Naomi Oreskes of Harvard University marks an important advance in the examination of fossil fuel companies' responsibility for climate change. The study presents an empirical document-by-document textual content analysis and comparison of 187 climate change communications from petroleum giant ExxonMobil, including peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications, internal company documents, and paid, editorial-style advertisements ('advertorials') in the New York Times. The paper examine whether these communications sent consistent messages about the state of climate science and its implications, Specifically, the report compares ExxonMobils' positions on climate change as real, human-caused, serious, and solvable.

The paper concludes that ExxonMobil contributed to advancing climate science -- by way of its scientists' academic publications -- but promoted doubt about it in advertorials and thus misled the public.

Download the report HERE. (Source: IOP Science, Union of Concerned Scientists, 23 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  ExxonMobil,  

Voters Action on Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2017-08-28
A Yale University Program on Climate Change Communications survey of registered American voters of every political strip has found that the vast majority of voters want more action from the President, Congress and corporations.

  • 89 pct of Democrats want corporations and industry to do more to address global warming. So do 75 pct of independents and 56 pct of Republicans. Overall, 74 pct of voters say business needs to do more;
  • 86 pct of Democrats, 73 pct of independents and 47 pct of Republicans want citizens to do more to address global warming. The overall percentage was 68 pct;
  • About 61 pct of voters About 86 pct of Democrats, 63 pct of independents and 31 pct of Republicans said say Pres. Trump needs to do much more;
  • 87 pct of Democrats, 63 pct of independents and 36 pct of Republicans say Congress must do much more to address climate change. 60 pct said their senator or congressman should do more.

    Majorities of voters also said they supported policies to promote clean energy and reduce carbon pollution. The majority said they were worried about climate change. When asked about their engagement with environmental campaigns and organizations, about 80 pct said they've never been called on to lobby an elected official about climate change and two out of three have ever been contacted by an organization to work to reduce global warming. (Source: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Climate Change Communications, 25 Aug., 2017) Contact: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.,Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, Anthony Leiserowitz, (203) 432-5055,, www,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

  • Domtar Inaugurates Quebec Woody Biomass Power Plant (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-08-28
    Canadian pulp and paper giant Domtar is reporting the commissioning and startup of its 18 MW woody biomass fired power plant at its Windsor Mill in the Eastern Townships, Quebec. The $36 million second unit at this location will improve the energy efficiency of the mill while reducing production costs. In 2001, the Domtar Windsor Mill inaugurated its first 32 MW generating unit and now has a total production capacity of 50 MW . declared Éric Ashby, general manager of Domtar's Windsor Mill. (Source: Domtar, PR, 25 Aug., 2017) Contact: Domtar, Eric Ashby, Windsor Mill, GM, (800) 263-8366,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Domtar,  Forest Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

    AGP Completes Soyoil Biodiesel Plant Expansion (Ind. Report)
    AG Processing
    Date: 2017-08-28
    AG Processing Inc. (AGP) is reporting the completion of its previously announce expansion of its soybean biodiesel production facility in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. The expansion doubled the 1996 vintage plant's production capacity from 30 to 60 MMgy. The biodiesel expansion was in concert with construction of co-op's new on-site soybean oil refinery which supplies feed stock to the biodiesel plant.

    AGP is the largest farmer-owned cooperative represents over 250,000 soybean farmers from 16 states and Canadian provinces. AGP operates nine soybean processing plants including six plants in Iowa, located at Eagle Grove, Emmetsburg, Manning, Mason City, Sergeant Bluff, and Sheldon. Other AGP processing plants are in Dawson, Minnesota, St. Joseph, Missouri, and Hastings, Nebraska. AEP operates three biodiesel production facilities with installed capacity totaling 150 MMgy. (Source: AG Processing, Biodiesel Mag, 25 Aug., 2017) Contact: AG Processing, (800) 798-4282,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Soybean Biodiesel,  AG Processing,  

    Renewable Fuels Nebraska Launches (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Nebraska
    Date: 2017-08-28
    In the Corn Husker State, Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN) reports it has joined forces with Husker IMG Sports Marketing to launch, a campaign to raise awareness of Nebraska-produced biofuels, and the statewide availability of E15, and higher ethanol blends.

    Nebraska hosts 25 ethanol plants across the state that produce 2 billion gpy of ethanol for fuel and 6 million tpy of distillers grains for livestock feed. (Source: Renewable Fuels Nebraska, PR, 25 Aug., 2017) Contact: Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Mark Palmer, Exec. Dir., HuskerFuel,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Nebraska,  Biofuels,  Ethanol ,  

    Minnesota Introduces B20 Biodiesel Mandate (Ind. Report)
    Biofuel Blend
    Date: 2017-08-28
    The Governor of Minnesota's office reports that effective May 2018, diesel fuel marketed in the state will contain 20 pct biodiesel during warm weather months and 5 pct during the winter.

    The B5 mandate and the B10 mandate have added an estimated 63 cents to the price of each bushel of soybeans sold by Minnesota growers, according the the Governonr's office. (Source: Minnesota Farm Guide, 25 Aug., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  B20,  Biofuel Blends,  

    Big Rivers Scores Solar Education Grant Funding (Funding)
    Big Rivers Electric
    Date: 2017-08-28
    Henderson, Kentucky-headquartered Big Rivers Electric is reporting receipt of $84,175 in grant funding from the USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to assist in construction of a new, educational solar array project. The REAP program is available to small businesses, farmers, and ranchers who make energy-efficient improvements.

    Big Rivers, a member-owned, not-for-profit, generation and transmission cooperative, is currently constructing seven PV Array Systems in McCracken, Marshall, Livingston, Henderson, Daviess, Meade, and Breckinridge counties. The REAP grant will be utilized for purchasing and installation costs. Many of the selected locations are also offices for the member-owner distribution cooperatives that Big Rivers serves. The solar project is expected to cost approximately $435,000, with Big Rivers contributing more than $350,000. The seven solar arrays will generate a combined 165,000 kWh annually. (Source: Big River, PR, Gleaner, 26 Aug., 2017) Contact: Big River, Bob Berrry, Pres., CEO, (270) 827-2561,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Big Rivers Electric ,  Solar,  

    RER Energy Planning Reading Community Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    RER Energy Group
    Date: 2017-08-28
    Reading, Pennsylvania-based renewable energy specialist RER Energy Group report it plans to construct a 2.5-mw solar array on vacant farmland near reading. The project would utilize 8,200 solar panels to generate sufficient electric power for about 1,500 customers.

    The project's power would be fed into the National Grid electrical network. Under community solar farm systems, people who buy into an array receive a credit toward their monthly utility bill. RER Energy is active in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and International locations. (Source: RER Energy Group, TimesUniuon, 25 Aug., 2017) Contact: RER Energy Group, (610) 332-7232,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RER Energy Group,  Solar,  

    Comcast, Sunrun Deal Boosts Residential Solar Program (Ind. Report)
    Sunrun Inc.
    Date: 2017-08-28
    Philadelphia-based media giant Comcast Corp. reports it has sealed a 40-month deal with residential solar programs specialist Sunrun Inc. Under the terms of their agreement, agreement, Sunrun will act as the exclusive residential solar energy provider for Comcast Cable which will serve as one of Sunrun's strategic partners through marketing campaigns in selected markets. Sunrun is the nation's largest provider of residential solar, storage and energy services.

    Comcast plans to begin marketing Sunrun's rooftop solar services to its customers in selected states later this year. This agreement follows a successful one-year solar pilot program in which participating Comcast subscribers will have the option of signing up for a Sunrun BrightSave plan which provides customers with 20 years of solar energy at a fixed monthly rate.

    As part of this agreement, Comcast will receive fees for new customers they bring to Sunrun. Comcast is also eligible to acquire as much as 9.99% of Sunrun's stock if it can lock down 60,000 customers.

    The Comcast and Sunrun joint release notes that rooftop solar is projected to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the energy industry, nearly tripling in size in the U.S. by 2025, according a 2017 Bloomberg New Energy Finance report.(Source: Comcast, Sunrun, Zacks 25 Aug., 20170 Contact: Sunrun Inc., (855) 478-6786,; Comcast,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunrun,  Comcast,  Solar Energy,  

    ABB Supports China's 2020 Wind Power Goal (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2017-08-28
    The ABB Drives China Research and Development Center reports it is supplying its ACS800 next generation wind-generator converters made at its factory in Chaoyang, Beijing, to support China's wind power development goal of 210+ GW of installed capacity.

    ABB's ACS800 wind converters for DFIG (doubly-fed induction generators) moderates turbine speed and electrical current when wind speeds change. This makes it possible to better integrate supplying wind power to power while reducing the wear on turbines, according to ABB.

    The advanced ACS800 model was produced at ABB Drives China Research and Development Center and is fully compatible with interfaces built for prior designs. (Source: ABB, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: ABB, Lynette Jackson, +44 (0) 43 317 5404,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Wind,  China Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

    Planned wind turbine project moves forward

    Date: 2017-08-28
    Wednesday, August 23, 2017 By Joseph Hopper, Daily Reporter Staff Special use permits sought for Upland Wind Prairie Project approved After narrowly getting a recommendation from the Clay County Zoning Commission, the application for special use permits sought by Apex Clean Energy for its planned wind turbine project, the Upland Wind Prairie Project, was brought before the Clay County Board of Adjustments Tuesday evening. The meeting was held in the same manner as the Zoning Commission’s, with Apex Clean Energy giving an introductory presentation, followed by community input and then possible rebuttal by Apex Clean Energy before receiving questions from the board. “Upland Prairie is requesting special exception use permits for 73 wind turbines with 10 spares and two met towers and one substation. This is all on A1 agricultural property,” said Tammy McKeever, director of Clay County Zoning. “According to our zoning ordinance, we do allow for wind turbines in an A1 agricultural district as a special use permit.” During Apex’s opening presentation, Brenna Gunderson, senior development manager at Apex, suggested that Apex’s efforts to properly cite turbines with their planned layout exceeded the county’s requirements. “We’ve got over 19,000 acres signed to a lease, ... of that the build-able area is down to about 3,300 acres, so just 17 percent of that area,” Gunderson said. “Through this project, it really does become very difficult to move turbines (from their planned positions), but we also think it’s unnecessary. Unnecessary simply because we have definitely gone over and above the county’s requirements. We are looking at more than just distance, we are looking at sound and shadow flicker. And, we really believe that this wind farm, the way it’s designed, is not going to create any problems for the community. In fact, we think that this will probably be one of if not the, quietest wind farms in Iowa.” Adam Van Dike, a lawyer representing Apex, returned and spoke directly to the board, stating how he thought Apex met the county’s criteria for a special use permit. Van Dike also focused on setback distances, which was one of the concerns brought up multiple times during the meeting. During the public hearing portion of the meeting, speakers included participating landowners, nonparticipating land owners, Clay County residents, county supervisors from Franklin and Kossuth counties, and a resident of Dickinson County. While some members of the board expressed an interest in seeing a larger setback for the turbines as opposed to the 1,200 feet currently in ordinance, Assistant County Attorney Barry Sackett explained that the board is unable to amend the Clay County ordinance. After deliberation, the board voted 5-0, with board members John Olson and Jim Christensen noting their reluctance during the vote, to approve the application for special use permits for the Upland Prairie Wind Project. With the approval of the permits, the Upland Prairie Wind Project is allowed to be constructed on designated A1 agricultural land in Clay County.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind news,  

    RGGI Agrees on Increased Carbon Emissions Cuts (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-08-25
    Following on our July 17the coverage, the states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) -- Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont -- are proposing to cut emissions from power plants by at least 30 pct between 2020 and 2030 -- slightly higher than the current agreement to reduce emissions by 2.5 pct annually. The proposal has yet to be agreed upon by all of the RGGI states including Massachusetts which is calling for a 5 pct per year cut in emissions.

    Participating RGGI states agree to limit pollution from power plants, and to allow energy producers to bid against each other in auctions for the right to emit carbon. To date, the RGGI auctions have raised $2.7 billion that is being used to fund clean-energy and energy efficiency programs. (Source: MPR, MassLive, RGGI, Others, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

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

    IBC Solar Concludes Indian Solar Plant Financing (Int'l Report)
    IBC Solar,Solar Energy Corporation of India
    Date: 2017-08-25
    In Bad Staffelstein, Germany, PV and energy storage systems provider IBC SOLAR AG IBC reports it has concluded a debt finance agreement with L&T Infrastructure Finance Co Ltd for the Odisha Project, a 20 MW AC solar plant with the New Delhi-based Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The project was part of a 270 MW AC PV tender in the state of Odisha and assigned to IBC Solar through a competitive auction process during 2016. The PV project is expected to be in operation before the year end. (Source: IBC Solar, BW Business World, 22 Aug., 2017) Contact: Solar Energy Corporation of India,; IBC Solar, Albert Engelbrecht, Director Solutions International,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IBC Solar,  Solar,  

    California Carbon Credit Auction Realizes $935Mn (Ind. Report)
    California Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2017-08-25
    The Golden State's August 22nd carbon permit auction, the first since California extended its cap-and-trade system through 2030, realized $935 million making among the most successful in the programs five-year history, according to the Sacramento Bee.

    Of the total auction revenue, approximately $640 million will go to finance Governor Jerry Brown's proposed high-speed rail project and other projects intended to cut the state's carbon footprint. With a large balance already sitting in the account, a legislative analysis estimates that there will be more than $1.4 billion available to spend in the 2017-18 budget year, according to the Sacramento Bee. (Source: SacBee, 23 Aug., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Brown,  California Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Market,  Carbon Credit,  

    Albertans Favor Stricter Methane Rules, says Survey (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-08-25
    On the Canadian prairies, a new Environmental Defense Fund poll conducted by EKOS Research Associates has found that 41 per cent of Albertans think their province's emissions regulations should be equally as strict as U.S. regulations while 30 pct said Alberta's rules should be tighter than the U.S. standards. Fourteen pct of respondents thought the rules should be more relaxed and 15 pct had no opinion.

    The Canadian federal government and Alberta's energy regulator are in the process of designing new rules to reduce methane emissions. The proposed federal regulations would force industry to regularly check for gas leaks and install equipment that prevents the gas from venting. The feds estimate that its proposed rules would slash methane emissions by 282 megatonnes by 2035.

    Methane, aka natural gas, is at least 20 times more potent as a greenhouse gas over the long term than carbon dioxide. The energy industry is Canada's largest source and controlling those releases is considered to be one of the most cost-effective ways for the industry to address climate change. (Source: EKOS Research, BOE Report, Canadian Press, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: EKOS Research Associates,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  

    Greencoat UK Snares 69.5-MW Scottish Wind Farm (Int'l, M&A)
    Invenergy Renewables,Greencoat
    Date: 2017-08-25
    Greencoat UK Wind plc reports its acquisition of the 69.5-MW Corriegarth wind farm in the Scottish Highlands from Invenergy Renewables LLC for approximately £181 million ($232 million). With the acquisition, Greencoat's net generating capacity stands at 617 MW.

    The Corriegarth facility, which has been in production since April, incorporates 23 Enercon E82 turbines. The wind farm's power is sold to a UK utility under a 15-year PPA and receives support of 0.9 Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) per MWh of generated electricity. (Source: Invenergy, Greencoat Cap., RenewablesNow, 23 Aug., 2017)Contact: Greencoat UK Wind, +44 20 7832 9400,; Invenergy, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Greencoat,  Wind,  

    Starwood Sells Interests in Texas Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
    Starwood Energy Group
    Date: 2017-08-25
    Greenwich, Conn.-based privately held investment firm Starwood Energy Group Global is reporting the sale of 49 pct of its interests in the Horse Creek and Electra wind farms in Texas to Munich Re Group.

    The two identical 230-MW wind projects were constructed by Starwood Energy and began operations in late 2016. (Source: Starwood Energy Group, PR, Aug., 2017) Contact: Starwood Energy Group, 203.422.7700

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Starwood Energy Group,  Wind,  

    juwi Breaks Ground on 13.2-MW German Wind Project (Int'l)
    juwi Group
    Date: 2017-08-25
    Worrstadt, Germany-based renewable energy developer juwi Group reports it has begun construction of the 13.2-MW Schmoelln wind farm in the state of Brandenburg, northeastern Germany.

    The facility, which will utilize 4 Vestas V126 turbines of 3.3 MW each, is expected to be online by the end of 2017. The plant will be juwi's first wind park in Brandenburg, where it has already installed several photovoltaic (PV) parks. (Source: juwi Group. Various Media, 23 Aug., 2017)Contact: juwi group, Christian Hinsch, Communications, 011 +49. (0) 6732. 96 57-1201,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News juwi Group,  Wind,  

    Hanergy, Audi Tout Thin Film Solar Cell R&D Project (Ind. Report)
    Hanergy, Audi,Alta Devices
    Date: 2017-08-25
    In Bejing, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited is reporting its wholly-owned US subsidiary Alta Devices in Sunnyvale, California, and automaker AUDI AG have inked a Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Cooperation in Thin Film Solar Cell Technology and will jointly undertake the "Audi/Hanergy Thin Film Solar Cell Research and Development project".

    The two firms will initially integrate thin-film solar cells in the panoramic roof of Audi models with the aim feeding solar energy into the vehicle's electrical system , including air conditioning and other electrical appliances. In time, the solar power will be integrated into the vehicle's drive train battery for additional primary power.

    The two firms plan to jointly present an Audi vehicle prototype featuring an integrated prototype solar roof by the end of 2017.

    Alta Devices Inc. is a leading manufacturer of GaAs thin film cell devices and a supplier of mobile energy application products. It has the world's thinnest, lightest, flexible GaAs thin film solar technology with the highest conversion efficiency. (Source: Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited, CNW, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Hanergy, +86 10 8391 4567,; Alta Devices, (408) 988-8600,; Audi AG,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanergy,  Audi,  Solar,  Solar Cell,  Thin Film Solar,  

    NFU Hires Lobbyist to Push Biofuels Expansion (Ind. Report)
    National Farmers Union
    Date: 2017-08-25
    In Washington, the National Farmers Union (NFU) reports it has hired biofuels lobbyist Anne Steckel, former vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board, to push for the expansion of higher ethanol blends and advanced biofuels on Capitol Hill.

    . According to a recent study by the Iowa State University Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has boosted the value of the U.S. agriculture sector by $14.1 billion, or nearly $6,800 per American farm. Many biofuels advocacy groups have expressed support for the NFU initiative. (Source: NFU, DTN. 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Farmers Union,  Biofuels,  Anne Steckel ,  RFS,  

    Buena Vista Opens Carbon Sequestration Test Site (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-08-25
    In the Golden State, the city of Buena Vista Department of the Environment, in cooperation with the not-for-profit Urban Permaculture Institute (UPI) and Matter of Trust, are reporting the launch of a two-year study to measure the carbon sequestration impact of adding compost to the city's sandy soil to promote plant growth and act as a "carbon sink."

    The study aims to determine the feasibility of reproducing and expanding other, similar urban programs across the state. The city previously considered the sequestration impact of its parks and forests, but similar forest management proposals have focused largely on erosion control and windbreaks rather than the benefits of carbon sinks. (Source: Buena Vista Department of the Environment, Contact: Urban Permaculture Institute ,; Buena Vista Department of the Environment,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration,  Carbon Sink,  

    U.S. Raises Argentinian Biofuel Import Duties (Reg & Leg)
    US Dept. of Commerce
    Date: 2017-08-25
    Reuters is reporting that Argentine biofuel producers have threatened to halt exports to the U.S. after the U.S. Commerce Department's Tuesday decision to impose countervailing duties of up to 64.17 pct on Argentinian biofuel imports into the U.S.

    Imports, mostly from Argentina, made up nearly half of U.S. biodiesel consumption of 2 billion gallons in 2016. Argentinian biodiesel imports were valued at $1.2 billion, according to the U.S. Commerce Department data. The increased duty on imports would likely boost U.S. prices and encourage U.S. domestic biofuel production. (Source: Successful Farming, US Dept. of Commerce, Reuters, 23 Aug., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  

    Clark Public Utilities Opts for 23,000 LED Streetlights (Ind. Report)
    Clark Public Utilities
    Date: 2017-08-25
    In Washington State, the Clark Public Utilities reports it is replacing 23,000 high-pressure sodium bulb streetlights with new LED lights that consume significantly less energy over a longer lifespan.

    The $2.6 million project is being funded by the utility, an incentive from the Bonneville Power Administration, and a $350,000 grant from the Washington Department of Commerce. The project's ROI is projected to be about 4 years. (Source: Clark Public Utilities, The Columbian, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Clark Public Utilities,

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

    WI. School Dist. Approves $3.26Mn for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-08-25
    In Wisconsin, the School District of Beloit reports it has approved a resolution to invest $3.26 million for HVAC replacement, roofing, window and lighting energy efficiency upgrades at Converse, Gaston, Robinson and Merrill schools during the 2017-2018.

    The upgrades will be paid for by a revenue limit exemption from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Under the exemption, the school district will be reimbursed for approximately two-thirds of the energy efficiency upgrade costs. (Source: School District of Beloit, Beliot Daily News, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: School District of Beloit Director of Business Service, Jamie Merath,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    PSE&G Investing $69Mn in Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2017-08-25
    The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reports it has given the green light Public Service Electric and Gas Company's (PSE&G) proposed extension of three existing energy efficiency programs and the implementation of two new programs.

    PSE&G will invest a total of $69 million to continue its Hospital Efficiency Program, Residential Multifamily Housing Efficiency Program and Direct Install Program and to begin a Smart Thermostat Program and Residential Data Analytics Program. The two new programs will help residential customers save money on their home energy bills by encouraging the purchase of smart thermostats and by providing selected customers with personalized energy reports. (Source: PSEG, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: PSEG, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency,; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, (609) 777-3300,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,  

    Energize Connecticut Efficiency Financing Rate Drops (Ind. Report)
    Energize Connecticut
    Date: 2017-08-25
    In Connecticut, Eversource Energy, United Illuminating, Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut Gas have jointly announced a 2 pct drop in the annual interest rates for Energize Connecticut's Heating Loan Program. The new .99 pct rate rate is offered until the year end. Eligible homeowners can finance up to 90 pct -- to a maximum of $15,000 -- of the purchase and installation cost of high-efficiency natural gas furnaces, boilers or heat pumps. The financing terms are from 3 to 10 years based on the time it takes for the replacement heating furnace or boiler equipment to pay for itself from energy savings, plus two years.

    Energize Connecticut is an initiative of the State of Connecticut, the Connecticut Green Bank and the state's utilities. It is funded via a charge on customers' energy bills. (Source: Eversource, New Haven Register, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: EnergizeCT, (877) 947-3873,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energize Connecticut ,  

    Doing More with Less: Energy Efficiency Potential in Canada -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Conference Board of Canada
    Date: 2017-08-25
    According to the International Energy Agency, approximately two-thirds of economically feasible global energy efficiency measures have not been implemented. If Canada were to pursue energy efficiency improvements more aggressively, it could reduce its energy consumption by up to 15 per cent by 2035, according to a Doing More with Less: Energy Efficiency Potential in Canada a just released report from the Conference Board of Canada.

    Key areas for energy savings potential include lighting, space heating, and household electronics for residences, while in the commercial sector, lighting, computer and HVAC equipment hold the most promise. In Canada, electricity and natural gas utilities are largely responsible for the implementation of energy efficiency measures and the largest efficiency improvements will result from their actions, such as incentive programs to install energy efficient equipment or appliances, conducting energy audits, and performing energy efficient retrofits. Efficiency measures could also include a broader suite of policy instruments, such as land-use measures, equipment and building performance standards, and renewable subsidies.

    The report provides an overview of remaining energy potential that exists in Canada and applies their average energy intensity improvements to the National Energy Board's (NEB) long-term energy forecast to determine the impact that such improvements would have on Canada's future energy consumption.

    The NEB expects that Canada's energy demand will continue to grow at an average annual rate of 0.7 per cent, reaching 13,868 petajoules (PJ) by 2040. Applying a range of energy efficiency improvements could result in as much as a 15 per cent reduction in energy consumption forecasted by the NEB, approximately 5 per cent below the 2017 level for residential, commercial and industrial energy use.

    From a climate change perspective, however, the contribution of energy efficiency policies will be smaller. Electricity in Canada currently comes from sources that are approximately 80 per cent renewable or very low emissions and could be near 100 per cent by 2035. The most important contribution energy efficiency gains can make is to reduce the need for hydrocarbons to provide heat.

    Access the report at no cost HERE. (Source: Conference Board of Canada, 24 Aug., 2017) Contact: Conference Board of Canada, (866) 711-2262, contactcboc@,

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    Brazil Levies 20 pct Tax on U.S. Ethanol Imports (Int'l Report)
    Ethanol,Brazilian Agriculture Ministry
    Date: 2017-08-25
    In Brasilia, the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry reports it has approved a 20-pct tax on ethanol imports from the U.S.. The tax would be imposed only after a tax-free quota of 600 million lpy is surpassed. The tax will be in place for two years, after which it will be reevaluated.

    Brazilian ethanol imports grew to 1.29 billion liters in the first half of the year -- a 330 pct increase over the same period in 2016. The vast majority of the country's ethanol imports are from the U.S. (Source: Brazilian Agriculture Ministry, Reuters, Others, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Brazilian Agriculture Ministry,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Brazil Ethanol,  

    Biofuel, Biogas Groups Want Stronger Cellulosic Biofuels Targets (Ind. Report)
    Biotechnology Innovation Organization
    Date: 2017-08-25
    The nation's leading advocates for advanced liquid and gasified biofuels have written to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to urge the agency and its director, Scott Pruitt, to stand by President Trump's commitment to drive investment in the next generation of homegrown fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The letter was signed by leaders of the American Biogas Council, Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, and Coalition for Renewable National Gas.

    The letter calls for EPA Administrator Pruitt to reverse course on a proposal that would undercut "the next American manufacturing wave" by "looking backwards" in setting 2018 goals and issuing waiver credits that suppress demand for cellulosic fuels.

    Download the letter HERE. (Source: Biotechnology Innovation Organization, 22 Aug., 2017) Contact: Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Bret Erikson, VP, Paul Winters, 202-962-9237,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Standard,  Biotechnology Innovation Organization,  Biofuel,  ,  

    Ontario Touts Climate Change Action Plan -- Plan Attached (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-08-25
    The Province of Ontario reports it is investing in programs to improve ecosystem health in urban and rural communities as part of its effort to fight climate change. These programs are part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and are funded by proceeds from the province's carbon market. The province's Climate Action Plan include:
  • The development of a Land Use Carbon Inventory which will allow Ontario to assess the potential of agriculture, forestry and other land uses, such as wetlands and grasslands, to emit, remove and store carbon.

  • A $380,000 investment in the 50 Million Tree Planting by 2025 program and $750,000 in the Land Use Carbon Inventory from its carbon market in 2017/18. The support aims to reduce the costs of tree planting for landowners in urban areas.

    Ontario's carbon emissions cap-and-trade program has generated more than $976 million in proceeds from two auctions. Cap and trade auctions are held four times a year. Proceeds must by law be invested in programs that help Ontario families and businesses save money and lower greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, industry, buildings, waste, electricity and agriculture.

    The Ontario Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market form the backbone of Ontario's strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 pct below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050.

    Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan HERE (Source: Province of Ontario, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Province of Ontario, Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Recourses and Forestry,

  • Ingevity Purchasing Georgia-Pacific's Pine Chemicals Business (M&A)
    Date: 2017-08-25
    Georgia-Pacific LLC reports it has reached an agreement to sell its pine chemicals business to North Charleston, South Carolina-based specialty chemicals provider Ingevity for $315 million, including certain pine chemicals-related assets at the Crossett, Ark., plant. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals,is expected to close prior to the year end.

    Separately, Ingevity will enter into several contract manufacturing arrangements for oilfield and mining products currently produced at other Georgia-Pacific facilities. The parties will also separately enter into a 20-year, market-based crude tall oil (CTO) supply contract. (Source: Georgia-Pacific, Canadian Biomass, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Ingevity, (844) 644-3889,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia-Pacific news,  Ingevity news,  Biochemical news,  

    Air BP Biojet Available at Norway's Bergen Airport (Int'l)
    Air BP
    Date: 2017-08-23
    Air BP reports that as of August 16 it is offering commercial jet biofuel (biojet) to customers at Bergen airport in Norway. The company, in cooperation with Norwegian airport operator Avinor, introduced biojet fuel at Halmstad airport in Sweden in June 2017 and at Oslo airport in Norway in January 2016. Air BP has also supplied airlines with biojet fuel on an ad-hoc basis at Stockholm's Arlanda and Bromma airports and others.(Source: Air BP, PR, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Air BP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Air BP,  Aviation Biofuel,  

    £150Mn Sleaford Biomass Plant Refinance Completed (Int'l)
    Sleaford Renewable Energy
    Date: 2017-08-23
    In London, one of Europe's largest low-carbon energy infrastructure fund managers Glennmont Partners reports it has completed the £150 million refinancing of the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant on behalf of its dedicated clean energy fund, Glennmont Clean Energy Fund Europe I.

    The Sleaford REP, a 40MWe straw-fired biomass plant located in Lincolnshire, UK, has been in operation since 2014 and is being operated by Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC). The plant benefits from 2 ROCs under the UK renewable energy regime as "good quality CHP plant", providing free heat to the local community under long term offtake contracts. The proceeds from the refinancing repaid a project financing, and contributed to directly creating value for investors.

    Glennmont raises long-term capital to invest in alternative power generation projects including wind farms, biomass power stations, solar parks and small-scale hydro power plants. (Source: Glennmont Partners, PR 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Glenmont Partners, Joost Bergsma, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3725 8318,,; Sleaford Renewable Energy,,; Burmeister & Wain, +45 48 14 00 22 l,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Burmeister & Wain ,  Sleaford Renewable Energy,  Straw Biomass ,  

    Green Climate Fund Supporting Egyptian Renewables (Int'l Funding)
    Green Climate Fund,EBRD
    Date: 2017-08-23
    The UN's flagship climate finance Green Climate Fund (GCF) reports it will begin its $150 million loan and $4.7 million grant contribution to a $1 billion renewable energy drive in Egypt next month. The London, UK-headquartered European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will implement the project as well as contribute $2.3 million in grant funding and $350 million of loans. Other international development banks and private sector players are expected to match that investment.

    The money, which will support the Egyptian target of generating 20 pct of electricity from renewable sources by 2022, will fund technical assistance with policy and planning and encourage investors to enter the clean energy market.

    The GCF, part of the UNFCCC, was established to assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change. (Source: Green Climate Fund, Climate Home, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Green Climate Fund, +82.32.458.6010, EBRD, +44 (0) 207 338 6000,; UNFCCC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNFCCC,  EBRD,  Green Climate Fund,  Renewable Energy,  

    US Biodiesel Production Rising, says US EIA (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2017-08-23
    According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), US biodiesel production for the month of May, 2017, was 136 million gallons in May 2017, 9 million gallons higher than April 2017, and higher than the years 2016 and 2016. Biodiesel production came from 97 biodiesel plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gpy. The Midwest region remained the heart of the US biodiesel industry, accounting for 69 pct of the US' total production.

    1,054 million pounds of feedstocks were used to produce biodiesel in May 2017. Soybean oil remained the most widely used biodiesel fuel stock, with 546 million pounds consumed. Texas remains the biggest biodiesel producing state in the US. Nine biodiesel producers have facilities in the Lone-Star state, with a combined total capacity of 474 million gpy, according to EIA figures. (Source: US EIA, Aug., 2017) Contact: US EIA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Energy Information Administration,  USEIA,  Biodiesel,  

    Brazilian Corn Ethanol Plant Production Underway (Int'l)
    FS Bioenergia, Summit Agricultural Group
    Date: 2017-08-23
    Further to our August 14 coverage, FS Bioenergia reports it has begun production at its $115 million corn ethanol plant in Lucas do Rio Verde, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. FS Bioenergia, Brazil's first large-scale corn ethanol plant, is the result of an international collaboration between Brazilian agribusiness Fiagril and AKden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group.

    The FS Bioenergia plant will initially process 22 million bpy of corn and produce more than 60 million gpy of ethanol, 6,200 tpy of corn oil and 170,000 tpy of Distillers Dried Grains (DDGs) for livestock feed. The company plans to double production by late 2018. (Source: Summit Ag. Group, Wallaces Farmer, Various Others, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, (515) 854-9820,; FS Bioenergia, +55 65 35 48 1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FS Bioenergia,  Summit Agricultural Group,  Brazil Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  

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