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Philly Schools Energy Savings Could Yield $600M, (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-03-22
The Philadelphia School District is touting an energy-savings program that could ultimately yield at least $300 million. The savings would be used to pay for some of the system's $4.5 billion in deferred capital projects at approximately 300 school district buildings.

The work would be done under "energy performance contracting" will allow the system to use the savings to fully fund the capital work. The district spends about $45 million annually on energy costs but anticipates lowering the costs to about$23 million per year. (Source: Philadelphia Energy Authority, philly.com, 20 Mar., 2017) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Authority, Emily Schapira, Exec. Dir, www.philaenergy.org

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


NYC Hilton, Entic Ink Hotel Energy Efficiency Deal (Ind. Report)
Entic, Hilton
Date: 2017-03-22
Pembrook Pines, Florida-headquartered smart-building software specialist Entic has been chosen by the 47-story New York Hilton Midtown Hotel to provide operational efficiency and energy savings through enhanced "visibility" into the 1,900-room hotel's major energy consuming systems. The project marks the 26th engagement between Entic and Hilton, who in 2015 embarked on an enterprise-wide initiative to bring energy savings and sustainability to Hilton's portfolio of properties.

Entic delivers energy and water savings through increased operational visibility and control under an affordable, easy-to-implement subscription model. Used by some of the most recognized names in hospitality, healthcare, commercial office real estate and sports, Entic provides real-time financial and engineering dashboards so that business and facility managers can make better decisions. (Source: Entic, PR. Mar., 2017) Contact: Entic, Carlos Diaz, CEO, (954) 391-7824, www.entic.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Entic,  Energy Efficiency,  


NJ Startup Arkados Group Snares SolBright (M&A)
SolBright Renewable Energy,Arkados Group
Date: 2017-03-22
Charleston, South Carolina-based large-scale solar installation specialist SolBright Renewable Energy reports it is being sold to Newark, N.J.-based Arkados Group for an expected $15 million, according to a federal securities disclosure filed Monday.

Arkados Group is a startup firm working to develop software that tracks how much energy office buildings and factories use. The company also installs energy conservation equipment like solar panels and LED lights. (Source: SolBright Renewable Energy, Post& Courier, 20 Mar., 2017) Contact: SolBright Renewable Energy, Patrick Hassell, Founder, (843) 535-8500 , info@SolbrightRE.com, www.solbrightre.com; Arkados Group, www.arkadosgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolBright Renewable Energy,  Arkados Group,  


SC Utility Dominion Energy Planning Solar Farms (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2017-03-22
In the Palmetto State, the utility Dominion Energy is reporting plans to construct two solar farms in Jasper County later this year.

Together, the projects will cover nearly 1,000 acres and generate over 80 MW of electricity to power which is sufficient to power approximately 13,000 homes. It is also roughly equivalent to all of South Carolina's solar capacity at the end of 2016.

Chemicals manufacturer Solvay will purchase the power generated by the larger of the two projects, while the Cayce-based utility SCE&G will buy the remainder. (Source: Dominion Energy, 20 Mar., 2017) Contact: Dominion Energy, www.dom.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Dominion Energy,  


Hanwha Q Cells Wins Turkish Solar Plant Contract (Int'l Report)
Hanwha
Date: 2017-03-22
The South Korean solar cell manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells reports it has formed a 50-50 consortium with the Turkish firm Kalyon Enerji. The consortium won the bid for the 1 GW project in Konya, beating three other bidders.

The new solar project will be a "revolutionary step for the country's energy sector and a threshold in shifting toward new renewable energy", according to Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak. The plant will have a 15-year power purchase guarantee with the government agency. (Source: Hanwha Q, Korean Herald, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: Hanwha Q CELLS, www.q-cells.us; Hanwha Group, www.hanwha.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q,  Solar,  


SolAero Provides Solar Power for Solar-Soaring Project (Ind. Report)
SolAero Technologies
Date: 2017-03-22
Albuquerque-based SolAero Technologies Corp., a provider of solar cells, panels, and composite structural products for satellite and aerospace applications, is reporting delivery of its high performance, lightweight solar cell technology to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to power its Solar-Soaring UAV demo project.

SolAero's UAV-TJ high efficiency solar cells will convert solar radiation directly into electricity to provide power for extended duration flights, to charge the vehicles' batteries for overnight flight and to enable payloads that consume too much power for batteries alone.

SolAero's solar cells were integrated into flexible sheets and ultimately onto the vehicle carbon-fiber wing tips, which will generate approximately 40W of power. (Source: SolAero Technologies, PR, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: SolAero Technologies, Brad Clevenger, CEO, (505) 559-2685, www.solaerotech.com; Naval Research Laboratory: www.nrl.navy.mil

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolAero Technologies ,  Solar,  


Greenbelt Commissions Aussie Wheat Waste-to-Ethanol System (Int'l)
Greenbelt Resources,Standard Ethanol Pty
Date: 2017-03-22
Paso Robles, California-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation is reporting the commissioning of the first commercial-scale waste-to-ethanol system for Melbourne, Australia-based ethanol producer Standard Ethanol Pty. Ltd.

The modular, 500,000 gpy automated system features proprietary distillation and dehydration modules and plant-wide implementation of Greenbelt's proprietary automated process controls. (Source: Greenbelt Resources Corp., PR, 20 Mar., 2017) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, www.greenbeltresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,  Standard Ethanol Pty,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


Honeywell UOP to Boost Diamond Green Biodiesel Output (Ind. Report)
Honeywell UOP,Diamond Green Diesel
Date: 2017-03-22
Morris Township, New Jersey-based Honeywell UOP, an operating unit of Honeywell International Inc., reports that its Ecofining process technology will be utilized by the Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco, LA, to augment its renewable diesel production capacity from 10,000 bpd to 18,000 bpd by Q2 of this year. This largest commercial advanced bio-fuel facility in the U.S. is a joint venture between Darling Ingredients Inc. and Valero Energy subsidiary Diamond Alternative Energy.

The facility has been using Honeywell UOP's Ecofining technology to convert inedible oils and other waste feedstock to produce Honeywell Green Diesel, a renewable fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct compared to diesel produced from petroleum. This bio-diesel has a lower cetane value of 80 compared with cetane value of 40–60 in petroleum diesel. Cetane values indicate how quickly and completely diesel fuel will burn. Also, higher-cetane diesel fuel provides better engine performance with lesser emissions. (Source: Honeywell UOP, Zacks, 20 Mar., 2017) Contact: Honeywell UOP, Renewable Energy and Chemicals Business, Veronica May, VP, www.uop.com; Diamond Green Diesel, www.diamondgreendiesel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell UOP,  Biodiesel,  Green Diesel,  Diamond Green Diesel,  


Meyer Burger Confirms $15Mn PERC Cell Tooling Contract (Int'l)
Meyer Burger
Date: 2017-03-22
Existing Asian customer places order for the Swiss firm’s MAiA 2.1 upgrade cell coating platform. Delivery and commissioning expected in second quarter of the year. Swiss solar industry tool specialist Meyer Burger is reporting receipt of anew upgrade order for its MB PERC cell tool, the MAiA 2.1. The $15 million order from an existing Asian manufacturer, is slated for delivery and installation during Q2 of this year.

Meyer Burger's MAiA 2.1. tool is a cell coating platform for PERC cells, and is an upgrade on previous iterations. This year to date, orders for Meyer Burger's PERC tooling technology have surpassed $100 million.(Source: Meyer Burger, PV Mag., 20 Mar., 2017) Contact: Meyer Burger, Peter Pauli, CEO, +41 33 221 2800, info.pvsystems@meyerburger.com, www.meyerburger.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Meyer Burger,  Solar,  


Manta Biofuels Relocating to Owings Mills, Maryland (Ind. Report)
Manta Biofuel
Date: 2017-03-22
Manta Biofuel LLC, a Baltimore based biotechnology firm that has developed a three step method for growing and harvesting algae for the production of renewable crude oil, is reportedly expanding operations to Owings Mills, Maryland.

In July, 2016, Manta Biofuel won a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to further develop its algal technology. Manta's algae biofuel can be used as a drop in replacement for traditional crude oil and can be refined into gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other petroleum derived products. Refiners are the primary end consumers of crude oil and this is the larger market Manta will address in the long term. (Source: Manta Biofuel, Baltimore BUsiness Journal, 20 Mar., 2017) Contact: Manta Biofuel, www.mantabiofuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Manta Biofuel,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  


Automaker SEAT Supporting LIFE+ Methamorphosis Biofuel (Int'l)

Date: 2017-03-22
Spanish automaker SEAT and water management company Aqualia are touting "LIFE+ Methamorphosis", an innovative biomethane alternative fuel produced from wastewater.

To produce their biomethane, wastewater is separated from sludge in treatment plants, and then becomes gas after a fermentation treatment. Following a purification and enrichment process, the biogas can be utilized as fuel and works well in compressed natural gas (CNG)-fueled vehicles.

The two firms are establishing a commercial production prototype in a municipal waste treatment plant serving Barcelona. The LIFE+ Methamorphosis biogas can be utilized directly in cars or could be added to the natural gas distribution network, according to the project's website.

SEAT will supply vehicles to test the biofuel. The European Commission is funding the project. Other companies participating include Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, Gas Natural, the Catalan Institute for Energy, and the Barcelona Metropolitan Area. (Source: SEAT, New Atlas, 20 Mar., 2017) Contact: SEAT, www.seat.com; Life Metzmorphosis, http://www.life-methamorphosis.eu/en/el-projecte

More Low-Carbon Energy News biomethane,  Alternative Fuel,  


Pakistan Reaffirms Commitment to Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2017-03-22
In recognition of the International Day of Forests, Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif touted the government's Green Pakistan Programme which was created to fight adverse impacts of Climate Change.

In his message, the PM added that the government realizes the importance of trees as best instruments of Climate Change Mitigation and also noted that the country is committed to deal with the impacts of climate change through its technology framework, enhanced capacity building, and its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Radio Pakistan, Other Media, 21 Mar., 2017)

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


Keystone State NGO's Want Stiff Methane Emission Rules (Ind. Report)
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Date: 2017-03-22
In Harrisburg, a loose coalition of Pennsylvania residents, environmental organizations, and health professionals have come out in support of Governor Tom Wolf's proposal to reduce methane emissions from new oil and gas operations.

In January, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released important measures to address methane pollution from new oil and gas operations. March 22nd would have marked the public comment period deadline for the measures. Yet the industry's aggressive lobbying of state legislators likely prompted DEP to extend the comment period to June 5th.

The coalition emphasized the urgent need for DEP's proposed standards for new sources, and called on DEP to quickly develop rules to cover existing sources of natural gas that are already polluting the air. However, since the measures were introduced the General Assembly has been working to undermine them through Legislation (SB 175) that would prevent the state from adopting methane standards that are more stringent than the federal government's. (Source: Earthworks and Partners, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: Clean Air Pennsylvania, www.CleanAirPA.org; Earthworks & Partners, www.earthworksaction.org; Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Neil Shader, (717) 787-1323, www.ahs.dep.pa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,  


Global Energy CO2 Emissions could be Cut by 70 pct by 2050, says IRENA (Ind. Report)
International Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2017-03-22
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by 70 pct by 2050 and completely phased out by 2060.

To help achieve this goal, the share of renewable energy in primary energy supply would need to increase to 65 pct in 2050 from 15 pct in 2015, and an additional $29 trillion of energy investment would be needed to 2050 -- equivalent to 0.4 pct of global GDP. Such investment should provide stimulus that, with other policies supporting growth, would boost global GDP by 0.8 pct in 2050.

Globally, 32 gigatonnes of energy-related CO2 were emitted in 2015. Emissions need to fall to 9.5 gigatonnes by 2050 to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees C above pre-industrial temperatures, IRENA said. (Source: IRENA, Reuters, Others, 20 Mar., 2017)Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Renewable Energy Agency ,  


German CO2 Emissions Rising Despite Renewables Transition (Int'l)
CO2 Emissions
Date: 2017-03-22
The EU Observer publication reports that Germany, the trading bloc's largest emitter, spewed more greenhouse gasses in 2016 than in the previous year. Germany emitted the equivalent of 906 million tonnes of CO2 in 2016, compared to 902 million in 2015, according to the German Environment Agency. The increase was due to the transport sector, and an increased use of private automobiles in particular. The EU Observer adds that the increase is on contrast with Germany's image as a front-runner in the transition towards clean energy.

In most EU countries an increase in renewable energy correlates with a decrease in greenhouse gases. In Germany, approximately 40 pct of electric power generation currently comes from coal power plants, which are heavy emitters. Even so, Germany is still seen as a positive model for the rest of the world, according to the publication. (Source: EU Observer, Others, 27 Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Renewable Energy,  


Cielo Closes on XR Resources Asset Acquisition (M&A)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2017-03-22
Following on our November 28, 2016 coverage, Vancouver-based Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. (CSW) reports it has closed on the purchase of the assets XR Resources Inc. near Calgary, Alberta. XR Resources assets include a 4.2 MMgy biodiesel plant formerly owned by the bankrupt Western Biodiesel Inc. The plant was mothballed in 2013.

Cielo also reports it has entered into exclusive negotiations with an arms-length third party "Strategic Funder" for all costs associated with the construction of the first 6 refineries producing high-grade renewable diesel fuel in Alberta, including the purchase of the property and development of the existing biodiesel refinery on the property in High River, Alberta, as announced on November 16, 2016. (Source: Cielo Waste Solutions, PR, Mar. 20, 2017) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext 222, donallan@cielows.com, www.cielows.com; XL Resources Limited, www.xlrco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo Waste Solutions,  XR Resources,  


Notable Quote
Biofuel
Date: 2017-03-22
"I believe cellulosic fuels, biofuels made from nonfood crops are the only solution that will make a difference." -- Vinod Khosla Contact: Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures, (650) 376-8500, www.khoslaventures.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosics,  Biofuel,  Vinod Khosla,  


Xebec Touts Biogas Upgrading Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
Xebec Adsorption
Date: 2017-03-20
Xebec Adsorption Inc., a global provider of gas generation, purification, and filtration solutions for the energy and renewables marketplace, is reporting a breakthrough in its fast-cycle pressure swing adsorption (PSA) technology for upgrading biogas to renewable natural gas (RNG). By optimizing the process design and combining it with a novel adsorption/desorption cycle, Xebec can now achieve recovery rates of up to 98.5 pct while operating at low pressure, allowing operators to maximize revenue, lower operating costs and, consequently, increase profitability, the company says.

PSA recovery rates typically deliver recoveries in the 94 percent to 96 percent range. With this breakthrough in the PSA process and cycle design, Xebec can offer a step change in achievable recovery rates, up to 98.5 percent, offering its proven adsorption technology that is cost effective, flexible and reliable. (Source: Xebec Adsorption Inc., PR, March 16, 2017)Contact: Xebec Absorption, Kurt Sorschak, President & CEO, (450) 979-8700, ksorschak@xebecinc.com, www.xebecinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xebec ,  Methane,  Biogas,  


Delivery Disruption and Delay

Date: 2017-03-20
Due to a late winter wind and snow storm we are experiencing electric power and internet service disruptions and delivery delays. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


EDF RE Launches Dist. Electric, Solar Storage Unit (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewable Energy,groSolar
Date: 2017-03-20
EDF Renewable Energy is reporting the launch of a new Distributed Electricity and Energy Storage focused on distributed solar and storage projects up to 30 MW in size.

The new unit, which builds on the company's acquisition of groSolar in April 2016, plays a critical role at the junction of many of EDF RE's existing businesses, serving to both better integrate renewable energy products into the grid while providing a bolt-on addition from a sales perspective. Canada and over 300 MW of storage projects. (Source: EDF Renewable Energy, CleanTechnica, 16 Mar., 2017)Contact: EDF RE, Tristan Grimbert, Pres., CEO, EDF EN North America, www.edf-re.com; groSolar, (800) 374-4494, www.grosolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewable Energy,  groSolar,  Solar,  Energy StorageWind,  


Avangrid Wins Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind Farm Lease (Ind. Report)
BOEM,Avangrid Renewables
Date: 2017-03-20
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is reporting the sale of the rights to develop offshore wind energy off the coast of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to Portland, Oregon-headquartered Avangrid Renewables, part of the Iberdrola Group, for $9 million. Avangrid out bid Wind Future LLC, Statoil Wind US LLC, and wpd offshore Alpha LLC. (Source: BOEM, Avangrid, Various Media, 17 Mar., 2017) Contact: AVANGRID Inc., James P. Torgerson, Pres., Frank Burkhartsmeyer, CEO, (503) 796-7000, www.avangrid.com; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Avangrid Renewables,  Wind,  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,  


Green Building Alliance, ILFA Partner on Product Hub (Ind. Report)
International Living Future Institute
Date: 2017-03-20
Following on our October 5, 2015 coverage, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) reports it is partnering with Green Building Alliance (GBA) to create a Living Product Hub. The Hub will serve as an outreach tool connecting innovative buildings, communities, and projects to the ILFI network to accelerate regenerative buildings and manufacturing. The collaboration will advance ILFI and GBA missions and accelerate sustainable development across Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and beyond. ILFI will also create an advisory board for the Living Product Hub.

LIFA runs the Living Building Challenge, Living Community Challenge, Living Product Challenge, Net Zero Energy Certification, the Cascadia Green Building Council and other leading-edge programs.(Source: ILFI, PR, 15 Mar., 2017) Contact: International Living Future Institute, Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, (401) 661-3679, amanda.sturgeon@ilfi.org, www.ilfi.org; Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Alliance ,  Green Building,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


Aviation Biofuels Slash Aircraft Particle Emissions, Reduce Contrails, says NASA (Ind. Report)
Aviation Biofuel,NASA
Date: 2017-03-20
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government, study has found that the contrails created by planes running on a biofuel mix can cut particle emissions by as much as 70 pct. The benefits come not just from reducing carbon emitted directly into the atmosphere but by also cutting down the chance of contrails forming, which can have an even bigger impact on the Earth's atmosphere.

According to the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), aircraft were responsible for producing over 780 million tonnes of CO2 in 2015. To try to reduce that footprint, the industry is improving the efficiency of its jet engines, looking at alternate flight paths, and increasingly turning to biofuels made from halophyte, camelina or other sources.

To investigate the effects of using biofuels, NASA and agencies in Germany and Canada ran a series of tests as part of the Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions Study (ACCESS). The ACCESS tests found that the biofuel mix reduced particle emissions by between 50 and 70 pct, which is good news not just for CO2 air pollution, but for cutting back the likelihood that contrails will form. NASA plans to continue to study the benefits of biofuels, and will demonstrate them with the supersonic X-plane, QueSST. (Source: NASA, New Atlas, 16 Mar., 2017) Contact: Air Transport Group, www.atag.org; NASA, www.nasa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  NASA,  


Carinata Jet Biofuel Potential Touted (Ind. Report)
Agrisoma Biosciences
Date: 2017-03-20
Researchers at North Dakota State University North Central Research Extension Center are reporting that the mustard oilseed crop carinata offers growers a crop to diversify rotations, especially in semiarid regions, and is a promising biofuel crop, particularly as a feedstock for jet fuel.

According to research agronomist Eric Eriksmoen, carinata is easier to refine into jet fuel and biodiesel than are other plant products. The plants' lower gel temperature relative to petroleum-based diesel fuels makes carinata a good fit for biodiesel used in northern regions.

Carinata's primary developer, Agrisoma Biosciences, has been contracting with farmers in western North Dakota and eastern Montana to produce the crop and South Dakota State University (SDSU) is developing ways to expand carinata production and create processing capacity. Funding is coming from the South Dakota legislature, the South Dakota Oilseed Commission, the North Central Sun Grant Initiative, and from Agrisoma. Carinata trial yields have been as high as 3,000 pounds per acre, but a typical yield is 1,500 to 2,000 pounds. (Source: Successful Farming, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences, Steven Fabijanski, Pres., CEO, info@agrisoma.com, http://agrisoma.com; North Dakota State University North Central Research Extension Center, Eric Eriksmoen, (701) 857-7677, www.ag.ndsu.edu/NorthCentralREC

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  carinata,  Agrisoma Biosciences,  


Global Warming Concern at Three-Decade High in US - Gallup Poll Attached (Ind. Report)
Global Warming
Date: 2017-03-20
According to a recently released Gallup survey, 68 pct of Americans believe humans are causing climate change,62 pct are convinced we're already experiencing its negative effects, 45 pct say they worry a "great deal" about climate change, and 21 pct say they worry a "fair amount" about the problem. The poll was conducted March 1-5.

Meanwhile, a separate poll found that 57 pct believe that newly elected President Donald Trump will do a "poor job" of protecting the environment. The poll also found that a record 71 pct of Americans agree that most scientists believe global warming is occurring.

Access the Global Warming Concern at Three-Decade High in US -- Poll Attached HERE. (Source: Gallup, 14 Mar., 2017) Contact: Gallup Poll, www.gallup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


Global Carbon Emissions Stabilize, says IEA (Int'l Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2017-03-20
According to International Energy Agency (IEA) data, energy sector emissions of 32.1 gigatons were unchanged from 2015 and 2014 despite 3.1 pct growth in the global economy.

Carbon dioxide emissions fell in the United States and China, the world's two largest energy users and emitters, and were stable in Europe. This helped to offset increases in CO2 emissions in the rest of the world, the IEA said. U.S. emissions fell by 3 percent to their lowest level since 1992 helped by higher use of shale gas and renewable energy displacing coal. For the first time, the United States produced more electricity from natural gas than from coal last year. Emissions in China fell by 1 percent as coal demand declined despite its economy growing by 6.7 percent. China used more renewables, nuclear and gas in power generation and spurred a switch to gas from coal in the industrial and building sectors. Still, the IEA said keeping emissions flat was not enough to prevent global temperatures from increasing by more than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the IEA said. (Source: IEA, Mar., 2017) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Active Energy Group Raises £11Mn for CoalSwitch Dev. (Int'l)
Active Energy Group
Date: 2017-03-20
London-headquartered timber and forestry group Active Energy Group Plc (AEG) reports it has raised £11.57 million through a five-year convertible loan note to existing and new investors. The cash will be used to advance the development of the company's CoalSwitch technology and construction of the first commercial-scale plant that will burn CoalSwitch.

The CoalSwitch product is made from waste wood biomass including pulp and saw mill by-products such as bark, sawdust and thinnings, and wood which is over-age, under-quality, blow-down, beetle-kill, forest-fire damaged, or industrial waste.

CoalSwitch will be rolled out where AEG can source high volume feedstock. (Source: Active Energy Group PLC, 15 Mar., 2017) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy Group,  Woody Biomass,  CoalSwitch,  


Blattner, Black & Veatch Win FPL Solar EPC Contracts (Ind. Report)
FPL,BLattner,Black&Veatch
Date: 2017-03-20
Florida Power & Light Co. reports the selection of Blattner Energy and Black & Veatch for renewable energy engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the construction of its new universal solar projects.

Blattner Energy will be the EPC contractor for four 74.5 MW solar power plants targeted for Dec. 31 completion -- FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center in Putnam County; FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center in Alachua and Putnam counties; FPL Indian River Solar Energy Center in Indian River County; and FPL Wildflower Solar Energy Center in DeSoto County.

Black & Veatch will be the EPC contractor for four 74.5 MW solar power plants targeted for March 1, 2018, completion -- FPL Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center in Brevard County; FPL Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center in Indian River County; FPL Hammock Solar Energy Center in Hendry County; and FPL Loggerhead Solar Energy Center in St. Lucie County.

Construction is slated to get underway this spring. The new plants combined will generate sufficient electric power for 120,000 homes and avoid over 525,000 tpy of carbon emissions. FPL currently operates more than 335 MW of solar generating capacity and has installed small-scale solar arrays for more than 100 Florida schools and similar facilities. (Source: FPL, NASDAQ, 16 Mar., 2017) Contact: Black&Veatch, www.bv.com; Blattner Energy, www.blattnerenergy.com; FPL, Eric Silagy, Pres., CEO, www.fpl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News FPL,  BLattner,  Black&Veatch,  Solar,  


ACOA Grants $1.5Mn for P.E.I. Solar Energy Project (Funding)
ACOA, Prince Edward Island
Date: 2017-03-20
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), a Canadian federal government development agency erports it will provide $1.5 million in grant funding for a solar energy installation and storage system at Credit Union Place in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. The balance of the $3 million project will be funded by the City of Summerside, which expects to save about $100,000 a year in energy costs. (Source: ACOA, CBC, 16 Mar., 2017) Contact: ACOA, www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/Eng

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  ACOA,  


Honeywell Energy Efficiency Systems at LA AF Base (Ind. Report)
Honeywell
Date: 2017-03-20
Honeywell reports it has partnered with the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army to implement renewable energy measures and energy efficiency improvements at Los Angeles Air Force Base as part of an $11 million energy savings performance contract.

Honeywell will install 3,400 rooftop solar PV modules designed to generate approximately 1,275 kilowatts of power in four buildings at the military base. The company will also update existing lighting fixtures, install rooftop air conditioning units, integrate smart irrigation controls at Fort MacArthur and add solar reflective window film at seven buildings within the Los Angeles AF Base.

The project aims to cut energy consumption at Los Angeles AF Base by 17 pct a year for $800,000 per year in energy saving over the term of the contract. business. (Source: Honeywell, Executive Business, 16 Mar., 2017) Contact: Honeywell, John Rajchert, Pres. Building Solutions, (800) 345-6770, www.buildingsolutions.honeywell.com, www.honeywell.com

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


Black Hills Adds 34 Turbines to Col. Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Black Hills Energy
Date: 2017-03-20
Rapid City, South Dakota-based Black Hills Energy reports the addition of 34 wind turbines to its Peak View Wind Project 40 miles south of Pueblo, Colorado. power supply in Colorado. The addition of the new turbines will reportedly bring the utility closer to meeting a state requirement of sourcing 30 pct of its electricity from renewable sources. The 34 new wind turbines have a generation capacity of 60 MW -- sufficient electric power for as many as 28,000 homes. (Source: Black Hills Energy, Coloradoan. AP, 18 Mar., 2017) Contact: Black Hills Energy, www.blackhillsenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Hills Energy ,  Wind,  


GES Mexico Completes 200 MW Mexican Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
Global Energy Services
Date: 2017-03-20
Vizcaya, Spain-headquartered Global Energy Services (GES) is reporting completion of a 95-turbine, 200 MW wind farm in Mexico.

The project included the whole Balance of Plant (BOP)-- civil works, medium voltage grid, step-up substation, high voltage grid and interconnection substation. GES' civil works included the turbie s and foundations, access roads and three bridges. The electrical works included 100 km cable for the medium voltage grid and 20 km high voltage line. (Source: Global Energy Services, PEI, 17 Mar., 2017) Contact: Global Energy Services, +34 944 712 131, ges@services-ges.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Energy Services ,  WInd,  Mexico Wind,  


Glasgow Slashing Carbon Emissions (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-03-20
In Scotland, a recent report published in the Glasgow Herald finds that the city of Glasgow has slashed its CO2 emissions by more than one million tonnes. The city of 2.3 million is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 30 pct by the year 2020. Emissions fell from over 4,000 kilo-tonnes [kt] in 2006 to just under 3,000kt in 2014. (Source: Glasgow Herald, GlasgowLive, Mar., 2017)

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EC Backs €75Mn Net-Zero Energy Building Loan (Int'l.)
EIB
Date: 2017-03-20
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) Investment Plan for Europe reports it is backing a €75 million European Investment Bank (EIB) loan to Swedish real estate developer Castellum. The loan will finance construction of two net-zero energy office buildings -- the Torsplan building in Stockholm and the Citypassagen in central Crebro, according to the press release.

Buildings account for 40 pct of energy consumption and 36 pct of CO2 emissions in the EU. Older buildings can be up to 20 times as inefficient in their energy consumption for heating as new ones. Approximately one-third of Europe's building stock is more than 50 years old, but by improving energy performance and reducing energy demand, CO2 emissions could be reduced by around 5 pct.

EC legislation driving energy efficiency in buildings includes the 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive. Countries, too, have national measures to reduce the energy consumption of buildings. These include schemes to provide financial support for insulation measures, air sealing, and improved ventilation systems. (Source: EC, New Europe Online, 16 Mar., 2017)

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Solar Philippines Investing $150Mn in new Tarlac Plant (Int'l)
Solar Philippines
Date: 2017-03-20
Manila-based Solar Philippines reports it is investing over $150 million in the development of a new solar power plant in Tarlac. The 150-MW project, which will utilize locally manufactured solar panels, will be the first power facility in the Philippines to be built at a lower cost than coal and the first with battery storage for 24-hour power, according to the company. The facility is expected to utilize 450,000 solar panels on over 150 hectares.

Solar Philippines also plans to start construction on several other projects this year, including a 50MW facility in Batangas and in Cavite, which will supply power distribution giant Manila Electric Co. (Meralco). (Source: Solar Philippines, 18 Mar., 2017) Contact: Solar Philippines, Leandro Leviste, Pres., +632 817 2585, inquiries@solarphilippines.ph, www.solarphilippines.ph

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Alberta Touts Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Alberta
Date: 2017-03-20
In oil-soaked Alberta, Canada, the provincial government is touting three residential energy efficiency programs funded by revenue from the province's carbon levy. The programs provide the funds for energy efficiency rebates and incentives for families and communities through energy-saving appliances, solar panels and retrofits of homes and buildings:
  • Residential No-Cost Energy Savings Program offers direct, no-charge installation of energy efficiency products to residences (homeowners and tenants), including assessing household lighting, water and heating components and installing energy-saving products.

  • Residential Retail Products Program offers rebates to residential customers at retail outlets around the province. The initial focus is on lighting, insulation and appliances. Consumer electronics, water-heating products, and other options will be offered in subsequent campaigns;

  • Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program offers incentives for high-efficiency products from a comprehensive list, initially using mail-in rebates for the purchase and installation of electric and gas-based products such as lighting, heating and cooling systems, and hot water systems. (Source: Energy Efficiency Alberta, South Peace News, 18 Mar., 2017) Contact: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773, www.alberta.ca/energy-efficiency-alberta

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  • China Launches Coal-to-Ethanol Production Line (Int'l Report)
    Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum,Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics
    Date: 2017-03-20
    In Beijing, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is reporting the launch of the world's first production line to turn coal into ethanol and/or alcohol for human consumption. The production facility, which was developed and constructed by Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum and the academy's Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in Liaoning province, can produce more than 100,000 metric tpy of pure ethanol.

    China currently produces 7 million tpy of ethanol each year using other methods, which can "hardly satisfy" its industrial and energy needs, according to Liu. (Source: Chinese Academy of SciencesGeoNews, AAPP, March 18, 2017) Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum, english.sxycpc.com, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, english.dicp.cas.cn; Chinese Academy of Sciences, www.cas.ac.cn

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    Enerkem Touts Minn. Garbage-to-Ethanol Plant Proposal (Ind. Report)
    Enerkem,SKB Environmental
    Date: 2017-03-20
    Montreal-headquartered waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer Enerkem Inc is touting its proposed Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota plant to turn garbage into ethanol. The $200 million biofuels plant would process approximately 200,000 tpy of garbage into ethanol to be blended with gasoline.

    The plant would be built by Enerkem Inc. and SKB Environmental Inc., a St. Paul-based waste and recycling company. Subject to regulatory approvals, the plant could be operating by 2020, and would produce about 20 million gpy of fuel.

    Enerkem presently operates a small demonstration facility in Quebec, and a commercial plant in the city of Edmonton, Alberta. The Minnesota plant would be the first in the U.S. and would be twice of the size of the Edmonton facility. (Source: Enerkem, TwinCities Pioneer Press, 19 Mar., 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Tim Cesarek, Sr. VP Bus. Dev., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, apare@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; SKB Environmental, (651) 224-6329, www.skbinc.com

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    Notable Quote
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2017-03-20
    "As the saying goes, the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones; we transitioned to better solutions. The same opportunity lies before us with energy efficiency and clean energy." -- Steven Chu, Former United States Secretary of Energy

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    Manitoba Farm Lobby Calls for Carbon Tax Exemption (Ind. Report)
    Keystone Agricultural Producers
    Date: 2017-03-20
    Winnipeg, Manitoba-headquartered Keystone Agricultural Producers, a Canadian farm lobby group, is calling for farmers to be exempt from any carbon tax on the inputs used in food or livestock production.

    The lobby group's position is in response to the Canadian federal government's September proclamation that all provinces must have a carbon pricing system in place by the end of 2018 or it will impose such a system.

    According to Keystone Agricultural Producers President Dan Mazier, while some jurisdiction are implementing a tax, other jurisdictions, most notably the United States, are not. Farmers in those jurisdictions where a carbon tax is implemented, especially those that rely on export markets, will be at a distinct disadvantage to those in jurisdictions that don't impost a tax, according to Mazier. Accordingly, the prospects of a carbon tax have significant implications for agriculture, Mazier added. (Source: The PoultrySite News Desk , Keystone Agricultural Producers, 17 Mar., 2017) Contact: Keystone Agricultural Producers, Dan Mazier, Pres., (204) 697-1140, www.kap.mb.ca

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    Notable Quote

    Date: 2017-03-20
    "Regarding the question of climate change ... We're not spending money on that anymore. We consider that to be a waste of your (tax payers) money." -- Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump's Budget Director , Mar 16, 2017

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    S. Korea Adds 1.31 mln Tons of Emissions to ETS (Int'l)
    South Korea
    Date: 2017-03-17
    In Seoul, the South Korea Finance Ministry reports it will inject $23.1 million worth of greenhouse gas emissions rights in the trading market this month as part of its efforts to support the country's carbon trading system (ETS). The ministry approved some 1.31 million tons of greenhouse gas reductions achieved by non-mandatory businesses, according to the finance ministry.

    The Korean ETS was launched in January, 2015, when 600 local companies are given 543 million tons of Korean allowance units (KAUs) with which to purchase extra emissions rights when they surpass their own quota. The over-the-counter emissions reductions are dubbed Korean offset credits (KOC), which are eligible to be traded on the ETS market. During the 2015-2016 period, the panel approved a combined 15.6 million tons of KOC. South Korea aims to curb greenhouse gas emissions by 37 pct from 2030 business-as-usual levels. (Source: South Korea Finance Ministry, Yonhap, 16 Mar., 2017) Contact: South Korea Finance Ministry, english.mosf.go.kr

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    Aussie State Adds $20Mn to Energy Storage Commitment (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-03-17
    In the Land Down Under, Victoria State reports it will add another $20 million to its existing $5 million commitment to large-scale energy storage energy storage projects. The funding is intended to help companies boost energy storage to 100MW by the end of 2018. A cabinet task force has also been created to ensure that the government stays focused on the challenges of electricity pricing, energy efficiency and security, as well as renewable energy resources. (Source: news.com.au, SBS, 14 Mar., 2017 )

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    ADI Energy Updating US DOE HQ Lighting to LED (Ind. Report)
    ADI Energy,Philips
    Date: 2017-03-17
    Smithfirld, Rhode Island energy services firm ADI Energy is reporting the partial completion of a light upgrade under the DOE ENABLE program at the 1.8 million sq-ft DOE James Forrestal Building in Washington DC. The upgrade will utilize Philips Lighting's InstantFit LED lamps to cut energy consumption by up to 45 pct and reduce maintenance costs.

    Construction and installation of 33,000 plus LED lights has been completed to date. ADI Energy will guarantee the energy savings over the 13-year term.

    The DOE ENABLE program helps federal facilities to capitalize on energy and water savings earlier than a traditional ESPC by enabling contract award and construction to begin in approximately six months or less. (Source: ADI Energy; Philips Lighting, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: ADI Energy, Jon Rizzo, CEO, (401) 349-4420, www.adienergy.com; Philips Lighting, Matt Marcus, (551) 227-6790, matt.marcus@philips.com, www.philips.com; DOE ENABLE Program, https://www.energy.gov/eere/femp/downloads/energy-savings-performance-contract-espc-enable-program

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    Cox Completes Methane Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project (Ind. Report)
    Cox Enterprises
    Date: 2017-03-17
    In Atlanta, Cox Enterprises is reporting completion of the New River Energy landfill gas-to-energy project in Beckley, W. Va. The facility has the capacity to offset 14,200 tpy ofCO2 and produce sufficient electric power for 2,000 homes.

    The New River facility is part of Cox Enterprises' Seven Islands Environmental Solutions new technologies program. The company seeks to send zero waste to landfill by 2024 and become carbon-neutral by 2044. Since 2007, the company has invested more than $100 million in sustainability and conservation initiatives offset 82,000 tons of CO2, diverted 97,000 tons of waste from landfill and conserved 57 million gallons of water. (Source: Cox Ent., PR, 15 Mar., 2017) Contact: Cox Enterprises, Keth Mask, VP Environmental Sustainability, www.coxenterprises.com

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    EmiratesGBC Collaboration Promotes Building Energy Benchmarking, Eficiency (Int'l)
    Emirates Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-03-17
    In the UAE, the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) , in partnership with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), reports it is working with Dubai-based hotels, shopping malls and others on an energy benchmarking project to assess building efficiency.

    The Benchmarking Project aims to support the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) initiative under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) an initiative led by the UN Secretary-General, and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

    The Benchmarking Project will measure the energy performance of 100 buildings in Dubai in the three focus groups of hotels, malls and schools. DSCE will support to the Benchmarking Project and mark the first BEA demonstration project in Dubai, which will serve as a referral point to advance energy efficiency of buildings in the city, and double the rate of efficiency by 2030. (Source: Emirates Green Building Council, CPI Financial, 14 Mar., 2017)Contact: Emirates Green Building Council, +971 4 346 8244, www.emiratesgbc.org

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    Nat. Gas Methane Emissions Higher than Previously Thought, says Purdue (Ind. Report)
    Purdue University
    Date: 2017-03-17
    A recently released Purdue University study has concluded that natural gas-fired power plants emit between two and 120 times the amount of methane than estimated by the EPA. Methane, the main component of natural gas, is at least 34 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

    According to the study, about 3 pct of gas can leak during the lifecycle of the fuel before it loses its climate advantage. The research showed that plants generally stay under that threshold. Late in the Obama administration, the EPA and Interior Department created regulations to reduce methane leaks in oil and natural gas drilling, but did not include other industries. (Source: EPA, Purdue University, Mar., 2017) Contact: Purdue University , Prof. Paul Shepson, (765) 494-7441, pshepson@purdue.edu, www.purdue.edu

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    Energy Trust of Oregon, ICF Ink Energy Efficiency Services Contract (Ind. Report)
    Energy Trust of Oregon ,ICF
    Date: 2017-03-17
    The Energy Trust of Oregon reports it has inked a 5-year contract with Fairfax, Virginia-headquartered energy technology services provider ICF to manage its existing buildings commercial energy efficiency program. The funding for the first year of the contract is $14.3 million.

    Under the contract, ICF will provide continuing and expanded energy efficiency services to the Energy Trust and customers of the five investor-owned utilities it serves, to support its growing commercial retrofit program. (Source: ICF, PR, 14 Mar., 2017) Contact: ICF, Mike Mernick, Snr. VP, Erica Eriksdotter, (703) 934-3668, erica.eriksdotter@ICF.com, www.icf.com; Energy Trust of Oregon, (503) 493-8888, www.energytrust.org

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    Nordex Snares ABO Wind "Cold Climate" Turbine Order (Int'l)
    Nordex,ABO Wind
    Date: 2017-03-17
    Nordex is reporting receipt of an order for three, N131/3000s turbines from Wiesbaden, Germany-based wind energy developer ABO Wind. The add-on order is for ABO's Muntila, northern Finland wind project.

    Nordex will supply and install the "cold climate" turbines in Septemeber. A premium 12-year service and maintenance contract for the entire wind farm is included in the deal. (Source: Nordex, NA Windpower, Others, 14 Mar., 2017) Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 381 6663 3300, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex-online.com; ABO Wind, +49 (0)611 267 65-0, kontakt@abo-wind.de, www.abo-wind.com

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    48 MW Floating Offshore Wind Farm Wins Approval (Int'l)
    Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd
    Date: 2017-03-17
    At Holyrood, the Scottish government has granted approval for the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm about 9 miles south-east of Aberdeen.

    Upon completion, the floating offshore wind project will incorporate eight, 6-MW turbines with an electric power generation capacity sufficient for as many as 56,000 homes. (Source: Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd, UNEP, Climate Action, 14 Mar., 2017)Contact: Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd., http://www.offshorewind.biz/tag/kincardine

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