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Jamaican Energy Efficiency Programme Saves $131Mn (Ind. Report)
Jamaican Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology
Date: 2017-03-27
In Kingston, the Jamaican Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology reports the government has earned more than $131.5 million through its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP).

The EECP, a collaboration with international funding partners, has retrofitted various government facilities including public health, administrative and educational buildings while, at the same time offering energy conservation and efficiency training for local firms and tradesmen.

The EECP, launched in 2012, aims to enhance Jamaica's energy efficiency and conservation potential through the design and execution of energy efficiency and energy conservation cost-saving measures in the public sector. The EECP was originally programed to expire at the end of 2015, but was extended with additional government funding. (Source: Jamaican Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Jamaica Information Service, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: Jamaican Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology , (876) 929-8990, www.mstem.gov.jm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jamaica,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  


$2Mn Grant for Penna. School Energy Efficiency Upgrade (Funding)
USGBC
Date: 2017-03-27
The South Middleton School District in Pennsylvania is reporting receipt of $2 million in grant funding from the state Department of Community and Economic Development to help offset the costs of the recent energy efficient expansion and upgrading of Iron Forge School to USGBC LEED Gold certification standard.

The Iron Forge design features should result in a building that is 30 pct more energy efficient over the next 5-years than the national average for new schools. The upgrades include rooftop solar arrays, a displacement ventilation system that reduces the energy use for air handling by 25 to 30 pct, ice energy storage and improved insulation, LED lighting, high efficiency pumps and motors and other energy management and efficiency and features. (Source: Carlisle Sentinel, 23 Mar., 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  


SALKA, Castlelake Seal Summit Wind Project DEal (Ind. Report)
Salka LLC
Date: 2017-03-27
San Diego-based renewable energy developer SALKA LLC reports it has inked a purchase and sale agreement with the investment firm Castlelake, L.P. for the Summit Wind Project in California's east San Francisco Bay Area.

The project will repower a former Altamont Pass wind farm by replacing 569 100-KW turbines with 27 modern turbines.

The purchase and sale transaction is expected to close in the summer. Salka will continue to manage the development and construction of the project until it achieves commercial operations, at which point funds managed by Castlelake will own and operate the wind farm. The wind farm is Salka's latest renewable energy project but its first wind farm sale. (Source: SALKA LLC, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: SALKA Energy LLC, Jiddu Tapia , CEO, (210) 918-2000, www.salkaenergy.com; Castlelake, www.castlelake.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Tar Heels Study Possible Wind Farm-Military Conflict (Reg & Leg.)
Wind
Date: 2017-03-27
In the Tar Heel State General Assembly meeting in Raleigh, Republican legislators Harry Brown, Louis Pate and Norman Sanderson have tabled the Military Operations Protection Act of 2017.

The bill halts the approval of new wind facilities in North Carolina while an independent study is done on the effects that building wind turbines could have on the state's military operations. The bill aims to avoid conflicts with the state's six existing installations before additional projects are developed. North Carolina is home to roughly 60 pct of all incentive-qualifying wind and solar energy facilities in the nation, according to on of the bills sponsors, Sen. Harry Brown. (Source: Coastal Review Online, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: Sen. Harry Brown, (919) 715-3034, harry.brown@ncleg.net


ALLETE Clean Energy to Provide Wind Power to Xcel (Ind. Report)
ALLETE Clean Energy
Date: 2017-03-27
ALLETE Clean Energy reports it will build, own and operate a 100-MW wind farm north of Glen Ullin, North Dakota to provide power to Xcel Energy under the terms of a recently signed 20-year PPA. The Clean Energy One project has been under development since 2011. Construction is expected to begin in 2018 and be completed in 2019.

With the completion of the Clean Energy One project, ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Minnesota-based ALLETE Inc., will own and operate approximately 640 MW of wind generation capacity in five states. (Source: ALLETE, Daily Energy Insider, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: ALLETE Clean Energy, Allan S. Rudeck, Pres., (218) 355-3232, www.allete.com

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


James Fisher Snares Roto360 Wind Turbine Installer (Int'l, M&A)
James Fisher & Sons
Date: 2017-03-27
In the UK, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria-based marine engineering firm James Fisher & Sons is reporting the purchase of wind turbine installer Rotos360 for up to £6.5 million -- £1.5 million upfront cash and the balance based on profits until the end of 2019.

The acquisition would complement Fisher's existing work in offshore renewables and would help in its construction of the Galloper wind farm on the coast of Suffolk.

Rotos360, which repairs and reconditions wind farm rotor blades, was created in 2013 as part of a government-funded research project to reduce operation and maintenance costs of offshore wind turbines. (Source: James Fisher & Sons, Digital Look, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: James Fisher & Sons, Nick Henry, CEO, +44 (0) 1229 615400, www.james-fisher.com

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


Notable Quote

Date: 2017-03-27
"It's clear that the administration intends to halt or reverse everything domestic and foreign related to addressing the challenge of climate change. It's breathtakingly consistent."

"The President's 2018 Budget eliminates the Global Climate Change Initiative and fulfills the President's pledge to cease payments to the United Nations' climate change programs by eliminating U.S. funding related to the Green Climate Fund and its two precursor Climate Investment Funds." -- Kei Koizumi, Former Obama Admin. Office of Science and Technology Policy

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


Alberta Carbon Tax and the Cost of Higher Education (Ind. Report)
University of Calgary
Date: 2017-03-27
In oil soaked Alberta, the University of Calgary reports that province's new carbon tax will likely drive up the school's utility and energy costs by $3.5 million in the 2018-2019 school year. The higher costs are attributed to increased utility, heating and gasoline costs for the university's campus and 174 vehicle fleet.

Alberta's carbon tax is currently set at $20 per tonne of carbon emissions but will rise to $30 per tonne in 2018 and jump to $50 per tonne in 2022. Under the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan, institutions that emit over 100,000 tpy of greenhouse gases are categorized as "high emitters" and eligible for subsidies to maintain competitiveness in the province's energy sector and other carbon-intensive industries. The university's heating and cooling plant alone accounted for 65,500 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2014. (Source: University of Calgary, The Gauntlet, 24 Mar., 2017)Contact: University of Calgary, Bart Becker, Facilities VP, (403) 220-2043, bbecker@ucalgary.ca, www.ucalgary.ca; Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773, http://aep.alberta.ca/about-us/ministers-office/default.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Calgary,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  Alberta Carbon Tax,  


Lewis County PUD Scores $1.7Mn for Energy Efficiency (Funding)
Centralia Coal Transition Grants Weatherization Board , TransAlta
Date: 2017-03-27
The Centralia Coal Transition Grants Weatherization Board in Washington State reports it has approved $1,684,500 in grant funding for the Lewis County Public Utility District to supplement energy-efficiency programs available to the utility's customers.

The first grant disbursement is in the amount of $842,250, while the balance is contingent on the PUD's performance in utilizing the funds to supplement its programs.

Most of the funds will be used for the installation of ductless heat pumps, HVAC, lighting, window upgrades and to supplement existing or pending insulation, lighting controls and other pending programs.

The weatherization board is one of three boards tasked with allocating $55 million over 10 years to ease the impact of TransAlta's shifts away from coal. The money was donated by TransAlta. (Source: Centralia Coal Transition Grants Weatherization Board , The Chronicle, 23 Mar., 2017)Contact: Centralia Coal Transition Weatherization Board, (360) 742-3052, coaltransitionboard@transalta.com, http://cctgrants.com: TransAlta, www.transalta.com [

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  TransAlta,  


€200Mn Clean Energy Bridge Financing Fund Launched (Int'l)
European Investment Bank, Eiffel Investment Group
Date: 2017-03-27
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Paris-based asset manager and investor Eiffel Investment Group are reporting the launch of the Eiffel Energy Transition Fund devoted to European green economy investments. The fund will provide bridge financing for solar, wind, biogas and biomass projects, energy efficiency and storage projects continent-wide.

EIB contributed €40 million ($43.2 million) to the fund, while Eiffel Investment Group is providing €100 million ($108.0 million)and several unspecified public and private institutional investors are now conducting due diligence. The fund is expected to total €200 million.

The credit lines granted by the fund will have a maturity of 6 to 36 months and will be guaranteed by the financed assets. Loans will be repaid once the developer has been awarded a long-term financing contract. (Source: EIB, Various Media, PV Mag, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: EIB, Jonathan Taylor, VP, +352 43 791, www.eib.org; Eiffel Investment Group, www.eiffel-ig.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank ,  


Bermuda NGO Seeking Zero-Carbon Transportation (Int'l Report)
Bernuda,Greenrock Bermuda
Date: 2017-03-27
Greenrock Bermuda, a not-for-profit environmental public interest organization has challenged the Bermudian government to commit to renewable energy and ambitious cuts in transportation related carbon and other emissions. The organization is also calling for adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change, as was previously done with the Kyoto Accord. The group is also calling for the establishment and enforcement of vehicle emissions standards by 2018, "zero-carbon" public transportation by 2030, and the complete phasing out of internal combustion engines by 2040. (Source: Greenrock Bermuda, PR, Royal Gazette, 23 Mar., 2017) Contact: Greenrock Bermuda, www.greenrock.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Transportation Emissiuons,  Carbon Emissions,  


Swiss FDC Fault's Country's Carbon Trading System (Int'l, Report)
Swiss Carboin Market
Date: 2017-03-27
In Zurich, the Swiss the Federal Audit Office (FDC) is taking Switzerland's decade-old carbon trading system to task for not encouraging companies to reduce their emissions and claiming that that setting goals is a more effective measure.

Rather than cut their own carbon emissions, industrialized nations use the scheme to typically buy the credits which then pay developing countries to cut their greenhouse gases instead. But among industrialized nations there is trading, too, and the Swiss began looking into setting up an emissions trading platform similar to Britain's, which was launched in 2002. In the EU scheme, power companies were included whereas the British trading scheme was open to all sectors except transport and power sectors.

In Switzerland, the C02 tax has since 2008 been the main instrument for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But companies that generate a lot of emissions can be exempted and must participate in the Swiss emission trading system or commit to reducing their emissions by setting a target. The system lets companies keep polluting up to a certain limit, after which they must offset their emissions. They can then buy back the surplus rights of a company that pollutes less.

The auditors found, however, that a large number of emission allowances were available free of charge, to prevent companies from relocating their production. Half of the 55 companies that participated since 2013 have so far not had to buy emission rights. (Source: swissinfo.ch, Mar., 2017)

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


Dubai Flying High with Airport Carbon Accreditation (Int'l)

Date: 2017-03-27
In the UAE, Dubai International (DXB) and the Dubai World Central (DWC) Airports report that efforts to cut their carbon footprints in 2016 saved 5.17 million kWh of power -- sufficient power for 235 homes for a full year.

The savings are the result of a range of initiatives including installation of solar panels and energy management equipment, participation in Earth Hour and World Clean Up Day, LED lighting, occupancy sensors, optimization of chiller plants, energy saving variable frequency drives for pumps and other technologies and initiatives.

The two airports are the first in the GCC states and two of 56 internationally to achieve Level 2 ACI accreditation. (Source: Emirates News Agency, Airport Carbon Accreditation, 22 Mar., 2017) Contact: Airport Carbon Accreditation, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org

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



Date: 2017-03-27
alifornia opened another front in its fight against global warming on Thursday, launching a new strategy for slashing so-called super pollutants that have an outsize impact on the climate.

The plan targets emissions such as methane from cow manure, black carbon from diesel exhaust and hydrofluorocarbons from refrigerators. Regulators at the Air Resources Board, which approved the strategy, and other government agencies will now need to write detailed rules for achieving the reductions.

As the world races to limit rising temperatures from climate change, some experts have suggested that targeting these pollutants could help make big gains more quickly. They hope the state's action will help demonstrate policies that other governments could imitate.

The emissions are sometimes referred to as “short-lived climate pollutants” because they have a relatively short life span once they’re dispersed into the atmosphere. But they’re particularly potent — methane, for example, is about 80 times more damaging in terms of heating the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

The law sets targets for reducing certain emissions by 2030. Methane and hydrofluorocarbons would need to be cut to 40% below 2013 levels, and black carbon would need to be reduced to 50% 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% of the state’s methane emissions. (Source: CARB, LA Times, 23 Mar., 2017)


Rhode Island Offers $1.9M to Cut Diesel Emissions (Funding)
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Date: 2017-03-27
In Providence, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management reports it is offering $1.9 million in grant funding to help local businesses reduce diesel emissions from their vehicle fleets.

The grants, which are available under the state's Clean Diesel Fund established in 2016, can be used to replace vehicles and replace or upgrade transport refrigeration units, convert vehicles to clean alternative fuel and other steps to improve fuel efficiency or decrease emissions. (Source: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Greenwich Times, 25 Mar., 2017)Contact: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, www.dem.ri.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management ,  


Edeniq Files Cross-Complaint Against Ametis in Failed Merger Action (Ind. Report)
Edeniq, Aemetis
Date: 2017-03-27
Following on our May 9, 2016 coverage, in a March 20th statement, Visalia, California-based cellulosic and biorefining technology specialist Edeniq, Inc. reports it has filed a cross-complaint against Cupertino, California-based renewable chemicals and fuels producer Aemetis for fraud and negligent misrepresentation among other claims.

Edeniq claims it terminated its merger agreement with Aemetis in August 2016 and is defending itself against a merit-less lawsuit Aemetis filed shortly thereafter. The company claims that two two of Aemetis' four original claims dismissed.

Edeniq claims that Aemetis was unable to finance the merger and fraudulently induced Edeniq to enter into the agreement by misrepresenting the circumstances under which it could do so. Edeniq also seeks to enjoin Aemetis from misappropriating and using its trademark. (Source: Edeniq, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: Edeniq Inc., Lily Wachter, (559) 302-1777, lwachter@edeniq.com, www.edeniq.com; Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0939, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Edeniq,  Aemetis,  Cellulosic,  


Flow Battery Maker Primus Power Raises $32Mn (Ind. Report)
Primus Power
Date: 2017-03-27
Hayward, California-headquartered flow-battery-maker Primus Power reports it has secured $32 million in equity financing in a round that includes existing investors DBL Partners, Anglo American Platinum, 12BF and the Kazakhstan Nanotechnology Fund. New investors include Hong-Kong based Success Dragon and Matador Capital. Since its founding in 2009, Primas has attracted $94 million in equity, plus an additional $20 million in grant funding.

The new funds will be used to help "accelerate the commercial momentum" of its EnergyPod 2 battery system, which is based on the company's zinc-bromide flow batteries and to introduce its flow batteries into the Chinese market. (Source: Primus Power, PV Mag., 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: Primus Power, www.primuspower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Primus Power,  Battery,  Flow Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Vancouver Approves Ethanol Terminal, Sans Crude Oil (Ind. Report)
NuStar
Date: 2017-03-27
Further to our 22 July, 2016 coverage, the city of Vancouver, Washington, is reporting approval of NuStar's plan to store and ship ethanol, but not to handle crude oil at the same Vancouver facility.

Two years ago, San Antonio-headquartered NuStar Energy floated a proposal to handle 22,000 bpd of oil without first completing an environmental impact statement. When the cited nixed theproposal, NuStar dropped its oil plan and switched to ethanol storage and shipping instead. NuStar's ethanol plan was approved on the proviso that oil would at no future date enter the picture. NuStar has until April 5 to appeal the decision. (Source: NuStar, Various Media, KUOW, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: City of Vancouver, Community and Economic Dev., Jon Wagner, jon.wagner@cityofvancouver.us, www.cityofvancouver.us; NuStar Energy, (210) 918-2000, www.nustarenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NuStar,  Ethanol,  


Vega Biofuels Inks Alaskan Biochar Reseller Agreement (Ind. Report)
Vega Biofuels,AK Provisions
Date: 2017-03-27
Norcross, Georgia-based biochar specialist Vega Biofuels, Inc. is reporting completion of a recently announced 5-year agreement that will see Alaska-based AK Provisions, Inc. market Vega's biochar product to the legal cannabis industry throughout the state of Alaska.

Vega Biofuels has received and completed the first order under the terms of the agreement with AKP. AKP is establishing a Cannabis growing facility in Anchorage and will use Vega's biochar in its soil mixture. (Source: Vega Biofuel, Various Media, Mar., 2017) Contact: Vega Biofuels, Inc., (800) 481-0186, info@vegabiofuels.com, www.vegabiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vega Biofuels,  Biochar,  AK Provisions,  


LCFS Driving New Advanced Biofuel Demand, says UNICA (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources BOard
Date: 2017-03-27
California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), America's second-largest driver of biofuels consumption after the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), could soon dramatically increase demand for low-carbon fuels under the California Air Resources Board (CARB) proposed statewide decarbonization scoping plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030.

This action is part of the Golden State's effort to reduce emissions 80 pct by 2050, as mandated by state legislation, and low-carbon transportation is key to reaching the goal. Transportation, primarily on-road travel, generates 40 pct of the state's total greenhouse gas emissions -- the single-largest source of statewide carbon dioxide emissions. Under the LCFS, which was first adopted in 2009, fuel producers nust reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of their products 10 pct from a 1990 baseline by 2020 and reduce emissions and other air pollutants.

Under the proposed scoping plan update, California's transportation fuel CI would become much more stringent. One alternative proposal would increase the LCFS target to an 18 pct CI reduction by 2030, which would avoid between $55 million and $340 million in economic damages related to climate change, according to CARB.

CARB's transportation fuel life-cycle analysis boosts the need for advanced biofuels capable of providing more energy with fewer emissions. Sugarcane ethanol has one of the lowest carbon intensities of all the fuels that are commercially available in California, and the commodity's designation as a low-carbon fuel under LCFS lifecycle CI assessments is an important attribute for increased supplies. Since 2011, Brazil has exported nearly 300 million gallons of sugarcane ethanol to California. Since 2004, Brazil's sugarcane ethanol industry has invested over $30 billion in production and capacity, and is slated to produce an estimated 7 billion gallons of ethanol during the 2016 harvest season. (Source: Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association Release, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, Leticia Phillips, North American Representative, (202) 506-5299, http://english.unica.com.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association,  Los Carbon Fuel,  Biofuel,  Ethanol ,  Ethanol,  Brazilian Biofuel,  Biofuel,  California Air Resources BOard,  


Neste Welcomes Sweden's Biofuels, Emissions Standards (Int'l)
Neste
Date: 2017-03-27
In a recent release, Oslo-headquartered renewable diesel producer Neste says it welcomes the Swedish government's draft law proposals for the emission reduction mandate for traffic fuels and the continued tax exemption for high-blend biofuels. Long-term perspective and ambitious targets provide a much needed basis for innovation and investments in the biofuels sector, while ensuring the necessary carbon emission reductions in transportation.

"Sweden is showing worldwide leadership with its ambitious goal to reduce carbon emissions from its transport sector by 70 pct by 2030. A growing Nordic market for biofuels is emerging, as also Norway and Finland have recently set very high biofuel targets. The large resources of forest-based raw materials in these countries are expected to play a big role in reaching these targets," said Kaisa Hietala, Exec. VP of Neste's Renewable Products business.

Neste is the world's largest producer of high-quality renewable diesel. In 2016, various wastes and residues accounted for almost 80% of our raw material usage globally. The majority of Neste's €41 million annual R&D budget is spent on developing and pilot-testing new raw materials for biofuels. The company has a strong focus on developing cost-efficient technologies to convert forest residues into biofuels, and develop new raw materials such as algae. (Source: Neste Corporation, PR, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: Neste, Matti Lievonen, CEO, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP of Renewable Products, Virpi Kroger, Marketing & Sales Development, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4379, virpi.kroger@neste.com, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blends,  Renewable Diesel,  


Alliance Bio-Products Seek Fla. Ethanol Plant Funding (Funding)
Alliance Bio-Products,Alliance BioEnergy Plus
Date: 2017-03-27
Alliance Bio-Products, a West Palm Beach, Florida-based special purpose wholly-owned subsidiary of Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc., reports it has submitted Regulation D (506(c) offering to the US SEC to secure funding from investors to purchase an 8 million gpy ethanol facility in Indian River County, Florida. The acquisition will allow Alliance BioEnergy to increase production capacity of its eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based fuels and other products by leveraging its patented cellulose-to- Sugar (CTS) conversion process.

Under the offering, the company will offer 1 million shares of 8 pct Convertible Preferred Stock at $10 per share, with a preferred minimum investment of $5,000. The offering will be conducted through the company website. (Source: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Alliance Bio-Products, Chemicals-technology.com, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Alliance Bio-Products , Jim Brown, Pres., Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106, daniel@alliancebioe.com, www.alliancebioe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance BioEnergy Plus,  Ethanol,  


EU Allows Biomass as Substitute for Energy Savings (Int'l)
Energy Efficiency Directive
Date: 2017-03-24
A leaked European Commission (EC) Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) document has revealed that EU member states will be able to meet part of their Energy Savings Obligation under the revised Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) by replacing old oil boilers with new biomass systems, and similar measures. Such a move will not only earn them energy savings through better efficiency but also entitle them to cancel some of the required savings by counting the renewable energy produced by the new biomass-fired boiler.

In November, the EC proposed that the current obligation on countries to deliver annual end-use energy savings of 1.5 pct should continue after 2020. The proposal included a new exemption, which would allow countries to reduce the needed savings by the amount of renewable energy generated by installations in buildings.

The document notes that existing renewable energy measures be taken into account if they generate end-use energy savings relative to the technology they replace. (Source: EU, ENDS Waste & Bioenergy, Mar., 2017) Contact: EU Energy Efficiency Directive , ec.europa.eu/energy/en/topics/energy-efficiency/energy-efficiency-directive

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


Patriot Solar Opts for Chapter 11 Protection (Ind. Report)
Vanguard Energy Partners,Patriot Solar
Date: 2017-03-24
Albion, Michigan-headquartered solar panel and rack manufacturer Patriot Solar Group LLC reports it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan. The filing blamed Vanguard Energy Partners' LLC failure to pay a disputed $1.1 million related to four solar installation projects for its financial distress.

Specifically, Patriot Solar claims Vanguard severely delayed returning signed subcontractor agreements which prevented the manufacturer from beginning work on time. Other delays stemmed from Vanguard's failure to perform the necessary site work ahead of time and to gather some of the required permits, Patriot claimed. Patriot generated annual sales of approximately $10.3 million in 2016, according to court documents. The company (Source: Patriot Solar, Mich. Biz, 19 Mar., 2017) Contact: Patriot Solar, Jeffery Mathie, (517) 629-9292, www.patriotsolargroup.com; Vanguard Energy Partners, (908) 534-1302, www.vanguardenergypartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Patriot Solar,  Vanguard Energy Partners,  Solar,  


JA Solar Growing p-type mono PERC Cell Capacity (Int'l)
JA Solar ,Silicon Module Super League
Date: 2017-03-24
Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) member JA Solar is continuing to expand manufacturing capacity in 2017 after guiding total shipments to be in the range of 6GW to 6.5GW, up from 5.2GW in 2016.

JA Solar ended 2016 with an in-house annual ingot/wafer manufacturing capacity of 2.5GW, up from 1GW in 2015. In-house solar cell capacity reached 5.5GW, up from 3.6GW at the end of 2015 and in-house PV module capacity also reached 5.5GW at the end of 2016, up from 3.6GW, according to a statement.

In 2017, JA Solar will add 500MW of ingot/wafer production capacity to reach 3GW and 1.5GW of solar cell capacity to reach an in-house production level of 7GW by the year end. The company notes that its 1.2GW Malaysian solar cell facility, which had predominantly produced P-type multi cells, will shift around two thirds of capacity to P-type mono-PERC cells in 2017.

The Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) is a group of big-six c-Si module suppliers in the modern solar PV industry. The "big six" industry group members were Canadian Solar, Hanwha Q CELLS, JA Solar, Jinko Solar, and Trina Solar. Yingli Green, the world's largest solar monocrystalline silicon manufacturer and GCL , the world's largest solar poly crystalline silicon manufacturer, both joined the SMSL in mid-2016 (Source: JA Solar, PV Tech, 20 Mar., 2017)Contact: JA Solar, www.jasolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Silicon Module Super League,  JA Solar,  Solar ,  Solar Cell,  


Statkraft Selling UK offshore Wind Assets (Int'l, M&A)
Statkraft
Date: 2017-03-24
In Oslo, Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft reports it will sell its minority stakes in the 317-MW Sheringham Shoal and the 402-MW Dudgeon offshore wind parks in UK waters. The company anticipate closing the transaction before the year end with KPMG serving as an advisor, according to the report.

Statkraft presently holds a 40 pct stake in the operational Sheringham wind park, 30 pct interest in the Dudgeon plant, and a 30 stake in the the 4.8-GW Dogger Bank offshore wind scheme. (Source: Statkraft, Renewables Now, Others, 22 Mar., 2017) Contact: Statkraft, Patrick Pfeiffer, Managing Dir., Statkraft US, (415) 543-7777, Jon Berg, Communications, +47 24 06 70 00, Jon.Berg@kld.dep.no, www.statkraft.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Offshore Wind,  


Carnegie Plans Battery Ready Western Australia Solar Farm (Int'l)
Carnegie Clean Energy
Date: 2017-03-24
In the Land Down Under, North Freemantle-headquartered Carnegie Clean Energy -- formerly Carnewgie Wave Energy -- is reporting plans to construct a 10-MW "battery-ready" solar energy plant at Northam , east of Perth in Western Australia.

The facility, which will generate sufficient power for more than 4,000 homes for 25 years, will incorporate 34,000 solar panels on 25 hectares of land and will deliver energy into Western Australia's grid. The project, which is expected to cost between $15 and $20 million, is expected to get underway by mid 2017 for completion by the year end. (Source: Carnegie Clean Energy, SBS, 20 Mar., 2017) Contact: Carnegia Clean Energy, Michael Ottaviano, CEO, +61 8 9335 3993, enquiries@carnegiece.com, www.carnegiewave.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carnegie Clean Energy,  


The Climate Group Highlights LED Lighting Advantages (Ind. Report)
The Climate Group
Date: 2017-03-24
The Climate Group is reporting the launch of its 2017 Global LED Consultation update to help cities and key stakeholders assess the energy saving potential of light emitting diode (LED) public lighting systems.

The new update highlights the benefits of LEDs and and demonstrates savings of up to 50-70 pct from LEDs, and up to 80 pct with smart controls. The update notes that LED technologies in cities reduce carbon emissions, modernize critical aging infrastructure, and can facilitate the trialing of evolving smart city concepts, as well as boosting new Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives and data services.

The Climate Group's ongoing consultations continue to facilitate dialogue between policymakers, city managers, businesses, financiers and lighting solution providers to help accelerate the much-needed roll-out of LED lighting. (Source: Climate Group, LEDinside, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: The Climate Group, Dr. Peter Curley, LED Program Manager, +44 20 7960 2715, info@theclimategroup.org, www.theclimategroup.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News The Climate Group,  LED Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  


U.S. Biomass-Based Diesel Imports Hit New Heights (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2017-03-24
According to the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Short-Term Energy Outlook., U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel, including biodiesel and renewable diesel, increased by 65 pct in 2016 to hit a record 916 million gallons. The growth is being credited to increasing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets and the biodiesel blender's tax credit. The biodiesel blender's tax credit has expired several times in the past, most recently expiring at the end of 2014, only to be retroactively reinstated.

U.S. imports of biodiesel, which totaled 353 million gallons in 2015, nearly doubled in 2016 to 693 million gallons. Sixty-four pct of the imports originated from Argentina , followed by Indonesia at 15 pct and Canada with 14 pct.

The report projects biomass-based diesel imports to remain largely flat in 2017 because of the expiration of the blender's tax credit, before increasing in 2018 as a result of increasing RFS targets. Net imports of biomass-based diesel are expected to remain at roughly 800 million gallons in 2017, accounting for approximately one-third of total US biomass-based diesel consumption in 2007, before increasing to around 900 million gallons in 2018. (Source: US EIA, Mar., 2017)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  EIA,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  US EPA,  


PHG Energy Re-brands as Aries Clean Energy (Ind. Report)
PHG Energy,www.phgenergy.com/
Date: 2017-03-24
Antioch, Tennessee-headquartered industrial fuel gas conversion equipment supplier PHG Energy reports it has re-branded as Aries Clean Energy.

The company holds eight patents for innovations in the gasification field. Most of the patents have been deployed in projects for both industry and municipalities, converting a mixture of wood waste, biosolids and others to electricity. Aries Clean Energy also operates a solar design and installation division focusing on commercial and community scale projects. Formerly Aries Energy, that group is also being renamed. (Source: PHG Energy, PR, Bioenergy Insight, 23 Mar., 2017) Contact: PHG Energy, Greg Bafalis, CEO, (615) 471-9299, www.phgenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PHG Energy,  Gasification,  Woody Biomass,  Waste-to-Energy,  Biosolids,  


NASA Confirms Biofuels Cut Jet Engine Pollution (Ind. Report)
NASA
Date: 2017-03-24
In a recent study, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center has found that Using a biofuel mix to power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 pct compared to conventional fuels. The new research results were derived from a test series using a DC-8 flying at altitudes up to 40,000 feet while its four engines burned a 50-50 blend of aviation fuel and a renewable fuel produced from camelina plant oil.

The formation of contrails is key to aviation's impact on climate change, according to NASA. Contrails are produced by hot aircraft engine exhaust mixing with the cold air at cruise altitudes, and are composed primarily of water in the form of ice crystals. Persistent contrails can create long-lasting, and sometimes extensive, clouds that would not normally form in the atmosphere, and are believed to be a factor in influencing Earth's environment.

NASA plans to continue these studies to understand and demonstrate the potential benefits of replacing current fuels in aircraft with biofuels. NASA also said it plans to demonstrate biofuels using their proposed supersonic X-plane. (Source: NASA, AVWeb, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: NASA, Richard H. Moore, Scientist and Report Author, (717) 433-8259, www.nasa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  Aviation Biofuel,  Climate Change,  Aviation Emissions,  camelina,  


Ethanol Production Linked to Habitat Destruction (Ind. Report)
Wildlife Federation,University of Wisconsin-Madison
Date: 2017-03-24
A University of Wisconsin-Madison study is reporting a strong tie between ethanol production and the destruction of wildlife habitat which the EPA rules say should not be converted to crop production.

Even so, study co-author Ben Larson, senior manager of forestry and bioenergy at the National Wildlife Federation, say the EPA has been lax in enforcing that rule and that millions of acres of wildlife habitat nationwide have been converted to crop production -- most of it planted with corn for ethanol.

The study finds that the EPA should rethink how it implements the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and to enforce the rule about ethanol plants and corn use.

Wisconsin is among the top ten states for ethanol production, with nine plants with a total production capacity of 500 million gpy. (Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Public News Service, Mar., 2017) Contact: National Wildlife Federation, Ben Larson, (800) 822-9919, https://online.nwf.org; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Renewable Energy Center, https://energy.wisc.edu/research

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CARICOM Planning Regional Energy Efficiency Strategy (Int'l)
CARICOM
Date: 2017-03-24
The Caribbean Community Countries (CARICOM) -- Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, The Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago -- reports that member country representatives are slated to meet in Georgetown, Guyana, on March 30th to establish a Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC) and minimum building energy efficiency standards based on recommendations by the consultancy firm Solar Dynamics' Development of Minimum Energy Performance Standard (MEPS) for public and commercial buildings. The meeting will also review the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in an effort to adapt it, where necessary, and present for acceptance and adoption by member states as a Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code.

The CARICOM Energy Strategy calls for a 33 pct reduction in energy intensity to be applied in all CARICOM Member States by 2027. REEBC is expected to address: thermal performance requirements for walls, roofs and windows; day lighting, lamps and luminaire performance; energy performance of chillers and air distribution systems; the electrical wiring system; solar water heating; appliances; renewable energy; zoning of buildings, climate classification, building energy management systems, and others. (Source: CARICOM, Jamaica Observer, 22 Mar., 2017) Contact: CARICOM, www.caricom.org

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USGBC Touts Top LEED Certification Winning Cities (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2017-03-24
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) reports that more than 3,400 properties in 1,324 cities nationwide were awarded LEED certification in 2016. The flurry of activity pushed LEED designations to a record 28,582 properties as of March 14, with approximately 12 pct of those certifications -- 3,442 properties in all -- occurring since January 2016.

More than 472 million square feet of space was LEED certified between January 2016 and mid-March of this year. A total of 10 cities each saw at least 10 million square feet of newly constructed or renovated space certified.

Approximately two-thirds of all LEED properties have attained "Gold" or "Silver" certification while 5 pct scored "Platinum" recognition, the highest certification level available.

The U.S. cities with the most LEED-certified space, ranked by square footage are New York with 30, 647 million square feet, followed by Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta, and Los Angeles with 10,853 million square feet. (Source: US Green Building Council, Memphis Bus. Journal, 22 Mar., 2017))Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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Ontario's Carbon Credit Auction Results Expected April 3rd (Ind. Report),

Date: 2017-03-24
Ontario, Canada's largest province's cap-and-trade system held its first quarterly auction on Wednesday, 22nd, the proceeds of which are earmarked for investment in programs that reduce emissions and help businesses and consumers adapt to a low-carbon economy. The provincial Liberal government expects the auction -- held every three months -- to bring in $1.9 billion a year for a total of $8 billion by the end of 2020.

Ontario plans to link its cap-and-trade system with a joint Quebec-California market which, in its most recent auction sold only 18 pct 18 per cent of allowances offered. Previous auction results ranged from a high of 88 pct to only 11 pct on the low end. Since 2014, the linked market has sold 74 per cent of its credits at auction.

Ontario is capping emission allowances at roughly 142 megatonnes this year, declining about four per cent each year to 2020, when the Liberals hope to have achieved a 15-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over 1990 levels. As the emissions cap declines, the government hopes companies have more incentive to invest in technologies that cut their emissions. Ontario's results will be made public on April 3. (Source: Ontario Environment Ministry, Various Media, 23 Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Ontario Carbon Market,  Carbon Credit Auction,  Carbon Credits,  


Siemens Touts EDF Luminus Wind Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
Siemens Wind Power,EDF Luminus
Date: 2017-03-24
German energy giant Siemens Wind Power reports receipt of a new order for wind turbines from Belgian electric power producer EDF Luminus for EDF's Sibelco, Katoen Natie, and Loghidden City windpower projects in Belgium. The three projects will have a combined capacity of 28.8MW.

Under the terms of the deal, Siemens Wind Power will supply and install nine 3.2 MW turbines of the D3 product platform, as well as a 15-year service agreement. (Source: Siemens Wind Power, power-technology.com, 22 Mar., 2017) Contact: EDF Luminus, https://edfluminus.edf.com; Contact: Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, Thomas Richterich, Onshore Wind CEO, +49 69 797 66 60, www.siemens.com

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Mitsui Financing Siberian Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
Mitsui & Co,Komaihaltec Inc
Date: 2017-03-24
In frozen northern Russia, the Siberian town of Tiksi is planning the installation of three, 300-MW wind turbines in a wind park to be developed by the Japanese company Komaihaltec Inc. Japan's Mitsui & Co. will fund the project which is expected to come online by mid-2018.

Tiksi is the administrative center of the Bulunsky District, Sakha Republic. It is located on the shore of the Buor-Khaya Gulf of the Laptev Sea, not far from the Lena River delta. The Laptev Sea is located between the northern coast of Siberia, the Taimyr Peninsula, Severnaya Zemlya and the New Siberian Islands. (Source: Barents Observer, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: Komaihaltec Inc., www.komaihaltec.co.jp/english; Mitsui, www.mitsui-global.com

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Senvion Confirms First WInd Turbine Contract (Int'l Report)
Senvion,NTR
Date: 2017-03-24
IRELAND: German turbine manufacturer Senvion is reporting its first Irish contract with infrastructure investor NTR for five MM82 2.05MW turbines for the 10.25-MW Teevurcher project in County Meath, north-east Ireland. Delivery is slated for this summer. The project is expected to be commissioned and online by the year end.

NTR previously ordered Senvion turbines for the 26.7MW Quixwood Moor project in southern Scotland, UK, which is also expected to come online this year.(Source: Senvion, WP Monthly, 20 Mar., 2017)Contact: Senvion, Andreas Nauen, CEO, Helmut Herold, 011 +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

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EC Clarifies Appliance Energy Efficiency Labeling (Int'l)
European Council
Date: 2017-03-24
The European Union's European Council (EC) reports it and the European Parliament have agreed on regulations setting a framework for energy efficiency labeling. The proposed regulation will replace the current legislation (Directive 2010/30/EU) retaining its main principles but further clarifying, strengthening and extending its scope. The agreement is subject to member states Permanent Representatives (Coreper) confirmation.

The Energy labeling framework clarifies the energy efficiency and energy consumption of household appliances -- dishwashers, televisions, fridges, etc. -- to help homeowners reduce energy consumption and costs. The regulation establishes deadlines to replace the current A+, A++, A+++ classes with an A to G scale and sets out a procedure for rescaling labels based on technological development.

The proposal also sets clearer rules on promotional campaigns, national incentives to promote higher classes of efficiency and aims to improve enforcement mechanisms and transparency towards customers by creating a database of products covered by energy labeling requirements. (Source: EC, PR, 23 Mar., 2017)

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Trump Budget Calls for Elimination of ENERGY STAR (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-03-24
President Donald Trump released his budget blueprint, which serves as a framework for his official budget request to be released in May. The blueprint calls for the elimination of the EPA's ENERGY STAR program , as well as cuts in funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

The Trump presidential "circus" has described the ENERGY STAR program as a "lower priority and poorly performing" program. The DOE proposal for EERE would not eliminate funding entirely, but instead "focuses" it on research that can be commercialized and properly carried out and funded by private commercial enterprises, not by governments. (Source: Various Media, Window & Door Manufacurers Assoc., 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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N.H. Energize 360 Energy Efficiency Campaign Underway (Ind. Report)
Energize 360
Date: 2017-03-24
In New Hampshire, the communities of Dover, Durham, Lee, Northwood and Portsmouth are reporting have formed an "Energize 360" campaign to provide energy efficiency and clean energy options at bulk discounts for community homeowners and businesses.

Energize 360 initiative provides free site visits, a Home Heating Index score, property energy use analysis, energy audits, weatherization, solar electric systems, and heat pump installations to help property owners qualify for rebates and incentives.

Energize 360 is a partnership between Seacoast Regional Energy Hub, Seacoast Area Renewable Energy Initiative, ReVision Energy, and Yankee Thermal Imaging. (Source: New Hampshire Public Radio, AP, Energize 360, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: Energize 360, Contact: Energize 360, www.energize360.org

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Albany Georgia Woody Biomass Plant Testing Underway (Ind. Report)
Albany Green Energy
Date: 2017-03-24
Following on or Feb. 13, 2015 coverage, Exelon Energy subsidiary Constellation is reporting that its 50-MW Albany Green Energy woody biomass energy plant in Albany, Georgia, has begun its testing phase. The facility is expected to supply energy to Georgia Power and steam to Procter & Gamble and the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.

When fully operational, the plant is expected to utilize as much as 100 tpd of chipped wood biomass. (Source: Constellation, Albany Herald, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: Proctor & Gamble, www.pg.com, www.pg.com/sustainability; Constellation, Kelly Biemer, (410) 470-9700, www.constellation.com

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Global Coal Plant Decline Renews Hope on Climate Goals -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
SIerra Club, CoalSwarm
Date: 2017-03-24
In Washingto, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and San Francisco-based CoalSwarm are reporting the release of their joint Boom and Bust 2017: Tracking the Global Coal Plant Pipeline report.

The report's findings include a 62 pct drop in new coal plant construction starts globally, a 48 pct reduction in worldwide pre-construction activity, and an 85 pct decline in new Chinese coal plant permits. Overall, the report notes the number of coal-fired power plants under development worldwide saw a dramatic drop in 2016 due to shifting policies in Asia, including a dramatic clampdown on new coal plant projects by Chinese central authorities and financial retrenchment by coal plant backers in India. In China and India, construction is now frozen at over 100 project sites.

According to the report, the combination of a slowed new coal plant pipeline and an increase in outdated coal plant retirements brings the possibility of holding global temperature increase to below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels "within feasible reach," provided countries continue to step up action.

Read the report HERE. (Source: Sierra Club, 23 Mar., 2017) Contact: Sierra Club, Cindy Carr, , (202) 495-3034, cindy.carr@sierraclub.org, www.sierraclub.org; CoalSwarm, (415) 206-0906, www.coalswarm.org

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Pakistan Needs $40Bn by 2030 to Cut GHG Emissions (Int'l Report)
Pakistan Minister for Climate Change,
Date: 2017-03-24
In Islamabad, the Pakistan Minister for Climate Change, Zahid Hamid, has said the country needs $40 billion by 2030 to meet its voluntary international commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 pct. The Minister added that an additional $14 billion per year was also needed for the country to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

According to the minister, Pakistan has developed comprehensive policies and plans that include both adaptation and mitigation measures, both of which are subject to and dependent upon the availability of adequate funding.

The minister added that the recently approved Pakistan Climate Change legislation established three important institutions -- the Pakistan Climate Change Council, Pakistan Climate Change Authority and Pakistan Climate Change Fund. Specifically, the Climate Change Council would approve and monitor implementation of a comprehensive adaptation and mitigation policies and may direct any government agency to prepare and implement climate change projects. The Climate Change Fund would be utilized for expenditures incurred by the authority, for financial assistance to suitable adaptation and mitigation projects and for sustainable development of resources and research. (Source: Pakistan Minister for Climate Change, Dawn, 22 Mar., 2017) Contact: Pakistan Ministry of Climate Change, www.mocc.gov.pk


Hawaiian Energy Storage Tax Credit Mothballed (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-03-22
In the Aloha State, Senate Bill 365 which would have provided a tax credit for energy storage projects has failed to advance to the House after being deferred by the Senate Committee on Transportation and Energy. The bill would create a cash rebate program for energy storage staewide.

The bill was supported by the state's renewable energy industry which noted that the investment in energy storage is a crucial next step toward the development of a resilient and reliable electrical grid that can accommodate more renewable energy resources and help Hawaii achieve its clean energy goals. (Source: Resource Energy, Pacific Business, Mar 20, 2017)

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NorthVolt Plans €4Bn Lithium-Ion Battery Plant (Ind. Report)
NorthVolt
Date: 2017-03-22
According to the Irish Independent, is reporting that Stockholm-based lithium-ion battery specialist NorthVolt aims to raise €1 billion by 2018 for the construction of a €4 billion lithium-ion battery factory. The company plans to break ground late in 2018 and will announce a shortlist of possible plant sites in about a month.

NorthVolt is seeking equity investors for half the capital needed to build the factory with the rest raised through debt with the European Investment Bank or through the issuance of green bonds. The company expects to lower the cost of lithium-ion battery packs significantly, aiming to halve prices by 2022. (Source: NorthVolt, Irish Independent, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: NorthVolt, Peter Carlsson,CEO, www.northvolt.com

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Notable Quote
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-03-22
"It is critical that the world captures every last bit of energy efficiency, if we are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to keep below dangerous rises in temperature. I am pleased that this important new study shows how information and communication technology can play an essential role in saving energy. Now we need more and effective government policies that reward such action and penalize delayed responses." -- Christiana Figueres, Former Exec. Sec., UNFCCC

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VA Health Care System Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-03-22
In the Lone Star State, the Amarillo Veterans Affairs Medical Center reports it is the first VA medical center to combine solar power and thermal storage technologies to generate energy and export excess energy. The Amarillo VA has also been recognized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as a leader and winner in pollution prevention.

To achieve greater efficiencies, the Amarillo VA constructed an ice thermal storage system designed to shift the facility's air conditioning peak load from daytime to nighttime. The center also constructed parking areas covered by solar panels. The two technologies together produce approximately 3.5 million kWh annually, over one-third of the center's total energy consumption. When the thermal storage system runs in tandem with the PV system, the center can defer daytime air conditioning, which fulfills the mission's objective of net-zero energy consumption during peak sunlight. (Source: Amarillo VA Medical Center, US Dept. of Veteran Affairs, PR, 16 Mar., 2017) Contact: Amarillo VA Medical Center, Samuel Hagins, Energy Manager, (806) 355-9703, www.amarillo.va.gov

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Alberta Funds Farm Center Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
Lethbridge Farm Stewardship Centre
Date: 2017-03-22
In oil soaked Alberta, Energy & Environment Minister, the Hon. Shannon Phillips has awarded $54,000 in climate funding to support the installation of a 15-kW solar photovoltaic system and other energy upgrades to the Lethbridge Farm Stewardship Centre. The funding is part of the province's On-Farm Energy Efficiency and On-Farm Solar PV Program which promotes and funds energy-efficiency improvements and solar panels on Alberta farms.

The facility serves as a valuable resource for producers and other partners to explore innovative ways to care for the environment and make informed decisions related to environmental stewardship. The On-Farm Solar PV Program funds energy-efficiency improvements and solar panels on Alberta farms. (Source: Lethbridge Farm Stewardship Centre, Lethbridge Herald on March 19, 2017) Contact: Lethbridge Farm Stewardship Centre, (403) 329-1212, http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/eng3096

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Getting Wind and Sun onto the Grid -- IEA Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2017-03-22
According to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) recent Getting Wind and Sun onto the Grid report, the growing level of variable renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar will present challenges for grid operators as they seek to integrate variable electricity generation into traditional grids and require changes to avoid overspending and delays, while simultaneously protecting the security of energy supply.

The report seeks to identify the expected challenges being faced and soon to be faced by grid operators in integrating variable renewable energies (VRE) and to identify solutions to these same challenges.

According to the report, variable renewable energy reached double-digit shares of annual electricity generation in ten countries in 2015 -- including at least 50 pct in Denmark, and around 20 pct in Ireland, Spain, and Germany. This has recently been confirmed by new figures from the European Union's Eurostat which highlighted the region's progress towards ensuring at least 20 pct of the EUs energy consumption comes from renewable energy sources.

The report identifies four stages of VRE deployment and integration, each with its own specific characteristics and operational priorities. The report also attempts to specifically identify the challenges throughout each of the four phases, and provide solutions.

Download the Getting Wind and Sun onto the Grid report HERE. (Source: IEA, Mar., 2017) Contact: EIA, www.iea.org

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