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DONG Dismantling World's Oldest Offshore Windfarm (Int'l. Report)
DONG Energy,Bonus Energi
Date: 2017-03-17
DONG Energy reports it's contractors have begun decommissioning the 1991 vintage, 11-turbine Vindeby offshore windfarm near Lolland in the southeast of Denmark. The decommissioned blades, nacelles and towers will be reused where possible and the concrete foundations broken-down and removed.

The turbines for Vindeby were originally supplied by Bonus Energi, now Siemens Wind Power, and the foundations were constructed by MT Hojgaard. (Source: DONG Energy, Offshore Wind, Others, 15 Mar. 2017) Contact: DONG Energy, Leif Winther, +45 99 55 11 11,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bonus Energi,  DONG Energy,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

NZ Turbine Manufacturer Windflow Technology Losses Rising (Int'l)
Windflow Technology
Date: 2017-03-17
In Christchurch, New Zealand, the long struggling and unprofitable wind turbine manufacturer Windflow Technologye is reporting growing losses -- $1.5 million in the six months ended December 31, compared to a loss of $798,000 a year earlier. In a statement, the company claimed operating revenue rose to $2.9 million from $953,000, while cost of sales jumped to $2.2 million from $173,000.

In the company's home market, New Zealand, the company says the market continues to stagnate due to an oversupply of power and weak prices for carbon in the global emissions trading markets. Windflow Technology is seeking licensing partners to build its 2-blade designs for large overseas markets. The company is also seeking sales in the Pacific region , and seeking additional operations funding. (Source: Windflow Technology, NZ Herald, 16 Mar., 2017) Contact: Windflow, Geoff Henderson, CEO, +64 3 365 8960,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

Google's New California Green HQ Wins Approvals (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-03-17
In the Golden State, Google reports that its new headquarters in Charleston East has been approved by Mountain View, Calif., city planners and construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. The new building , which is being designed for openness and energy-efficiency, will include a rooftop solar installation that will deliver 40 pct of the building's required electricity. The Charleston East facility is also being constructed to US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED platinum certification standards. (Source: Google, ProudGreenBuilding, March 14, 2017)Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

Empower Scores 3rd USGBC LEED Gold Certification (Int'l)
Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation
Date: 2017-03-17
In Dubai, UAE, Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (EMPOWER) reports it has achieved US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for its 3rd cooling plant in Business Bay, Dubai

Empower operates environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments such as Jumeirah Group, Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Ibn Battuta Mall, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai World trade Centre Residences, Dubai Design District, and others. (Source: Empower, PR, ZAWYA, 15 Mar., 2017) Contact: Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  

Canfor's B.C. Pulp Bio-Fuel Project Advances (Ind. Report)
Sustainable Development Technology Canada,Canfor Pulp,Licella Fibre Fuels
Date: 2017-03-17
Following on our July 6, 2016 coverage, Canadain pulp and paper giant Canfor reports it has received $13 million in grant funding from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) fund for its plans to convert pulp mill wood waste into bio-crude oil at a commercial-scale bio-crude plant in Prince George, B.C.

The project , in partnership with Licella Fibre Fuels of Australia, aims to produce bio-crude from the waste stream of the pulp process. Detailed engineering work is underway, according to Canfor. (Source: Canfor, 250News, 16 Mar., 2017) Contact: Canfor Pulp, Martin Pudlas, VP OPerations, Don Kayne, (604) 661-5241,,; Licella Fibre Fuels, +61 (02) 9119 6050,,; Sustainable Development Technology Canada,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canfor,  Licella Fibre Fuels,  Sustainable Development Technology Canada,  Bio-crude,  Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  

Louisiana Becomes 29th State to Offer E15 (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-03-17
The trade publication Convenience Store News is reporting that RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is now offering E15 ethanol-blend gasoline, making the Bayou State the 29th state to offer the fuel. The RaceTrac Petroleum station in Baton Rouge. It is now one of 672 locations nationwide offering E15. Other convenience store retailers currently selling E15 include: Sheetz Inc., Kum & Go LC, Thorntons Inc., Minnoco, Murphy USA, MAPCO, Family Express, Cenex and Protec Fuels. (Source: Convenience Store News, 15 Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend,  E15,  

Airlines Investigating Aussie Aviation Biofuel Prospects (Int'l)
Air New Zealand,Virgin Australia
Date: 2017-03-17
In the Land Down Under, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand are reporting the findings of their investigation into the viable commercial production of aviation biofuels from regional resources.

The two airlines have reviewed more than 30 proposals from organizations in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada and Europe and will now work with a shortlist of companies on strengthening the commercial case for investment. (Source: Air NZ, PR, 16 Mar., 2017) Contact: Air New Zealand, Lis Daniell, Head of Sustainability,; Virgin Australia, Robert Wood, Head of Sustainability,

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

Preem, Vattenfall Partnering for Woody Biomass Fuel Production (Int'l)
Preem, Vattenfall
Date: 2017-03-17
Stockholm-headquartered biodiesel producer Preem and Vattenfall report they are partnering to study the use of climate-smart hydrogen gas in the large scale production of biofuel for the Swedish market. The partnership will also evaluate options to produce green hydrogen gas by using electricity generated from hydro and wind power. The cost of the project will be equally shared by both parties.

Preem aims to generate about three million cubic metres of renewable fuel yearly by 2030. Vattenfall will supply climate-smart hydrogen gas for the fuel production. Preem presently produces biodiesel from tall oil, a by-product of the forestry industry, and is planning to produce renewable fuel from woody biomass and forestry byproducts. (Source: Vattenfall, Preem, EBR, 15 Mar., 2017) Contact: Preem, Petter Holland, CEO, Pres., +46 (0) 10 459 1000,; Vattenfall , Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Preem,  Vattenfall,  Biofuel,  

AgProcessing Expanding Port Neal Biodiesel Production (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-03-17
US agribusinesses AgProcessing (AGP) reports it is investing $38 million in the expansion of its 30 million gpy Port Neal biodiesel plant in Sioux City, Iowa, as well as construct a $90 million vegetable oil refinery, according to the Sioux City Journal. Construction on both projects is slated to get underway within months for completion before the year end.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority is supporting the project with the approval of $308,000 in incentives, $24,000 in loans and $280,000 in increased tax credits. (Source: Sioux City Journal, AgProcessing, PR, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: AgProcessing, Keith Spackler, CEO, Matt Caswell, VP, (402)496-7809,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AgProcessing,  Biodiesel ,  

Notable Quote
Cellulosics,Elon Musk
Date: 2017-03-17
"It's obviously tricky to convert cellulose to a useful biofuel. I think actually the most efficient way to use cellulose is to burn it in a co-generation power plant. That will yield the most energy and that is something you can do today." -- Elon Musk, Chairman, Tesla Motors

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Biofuel,  Biofuel,  Elon Musk,  

Conestoga Energy Snares Biodiesel Marketer VicNRG (M&A)
Conestoga Energy Holdings ,VicNRG
Date: 2017-03-17
Liberal, Kansas-based Conestoga Energy Holdings, LLC, is reporting acquisition of Soth Gate, Texas-based biodiesel marketing, distribution and terminal operator VicNRG. VicNRG operates eight terminal locations in Arizona, California, Indiana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Texas.

A subsidiary of Conestoga Energy Holdings, Conestoga Energy Partners, LLC operates three biodiesel plants in Kansas and Texas with a total production capacity of 205 million gpy. (Source: Conestoga Energy Holdings, PR, 14 Mar., 2017) Contact: Conestoga Energy Holdings, Tom Willis CEO, Fred Rayner, (214) 546-7315,; VicNRG, (817) 337-3311,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Conestoga Energy Holdings ,  VicNRG,  Biodiesel,  

60.9MW Jordanian Solar Power Project Construction Underway (Int'l)
ET Solutions AG,ACWA Power
Date: 2017-03-17
Munich, Germany-headquartered ET Energy Solutions reports it has broken ground on 60.9 MW solar power project in Mafraq, Jordan for ACWA Power, a Saudi-based independent power producer. Upon completion in approximately 10 months, the project will deliver power to National Electric Power Company (NEPCO).

Acting as the full turn-key EPC provider, ET Solutions, along with its consortium partner, Northwest Power Design Institute (NWPDI) of China Power Engineering Consulting Group, began construction at the beginning of this month. (Source: ET Solutions AG, 5 Mar., 2017)Contact: ET Solutions AG, +49 89 500 94050,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jordan Solar,  Solar,  ACWA Power,  

Notable Quote
Eric Schneiderman
Date: 2017-03-17
"We will vigorously oppose attempts by the Trump Administration to weaken our vehicle emission policies and put our public health at risk -- we won't hesitate to stand up for the right of our states to adopt stricter pollution standards that provide critical protections to the health of our residents and our environmental resources." -- NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Schneidermann was speaking as the leader of a coalition of attorneys general from Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection. The attorneys general were calling on the Trump administration to not interfere in state-level policies that enforce strict emissions standards for cars. All of the above states have adopted "the California standard" for emissions, which are stricter than even the Obama administration's requirements. (Source: Eric Schneiderman, PR, 15 Mar., 2017) Contact: Eric Schneiderman,

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

WRI Lauds Congressional Republican Climate Resolution (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2017-03-17
On Wedneday in the U.S.Congress, Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Ryan Costello (PA-6), and Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and 17 other republican legislator , introduced a House Resolution titled Republican Climate Resolution acknowledging that climate change is caused by human activity and calling on Congress to support economically viable solutions to combat this great challenge.

The World Resources Institute's U.S. Director Sam Adams, responded to the Republican Climate Resolution as follows: "Climate change should not be a partisan issue -- it is a scientific fact as undeniable as gravity, and an urgent threat to the United States' economic well-being. In these tumultuous times, it is encouraging that Republican members of Congress put forward this resolution to take measures to combat climate change that also grow the country's economy. Support for climate action by both U.S. political parties offers the firm foundation required to make real progress.

"Today, Republican members of Congress called for action to combat climate change. We look forward to their ongoing leadership to deliver on this commitment." (Source: WRI, 15 Mar., 2017) Contact: WRI, Andrew Pickens, Communications Specialist, Climate Program, (202) 729-7940,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News WRI,  Climate Change,  

Trump Budget Attacks Obama Climate-Change Policies (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-03-17
The Washington Times is reporting that the Trump administration's first federal budget, which was submitted to Congress on Thursday, clarifies the new administration's intention to put the kibosh on his predecessor's funding for the Clean Power Plan. Trump's budget proposal would save $100 million in fiscal 2018 by killing funding for climate-change research, international climate-change programs and the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which restricts carbon emissions from power plants. Additionally, Trump is expected to ink an executive order directing the EPA to roll back provisions of Obama's Clean Power Plan which could reportedly cost the U.S. economy $3 trillion and more than 6 million industrial sector jobs by 2040. (Source: Washington Times, Various Other Media, 16 Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Trump,  Clean Power Plan Climate CHange,  

Tata Power Solar Touts Manufacturing Capacity Expansion (Int'l)
Tata Solar
Date: 2017-03-17
Indian industrial and energy conglomerate Tata reports that its Tata Power Solar unit, the country's largest integrated solar company, has begun the expansion and modernization of its solar cell and module manufacturing facility in Bengaluru. The two-stage expansion doubles the company's module capacity to 400 MW and increases cell manufacturing capacity by 65 pct to 300 MW, according to a company statement. (Source: Tata Power Solar, Business Standard, Others, 14 Mar., 2017) Contact: Tata Power Solar,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tata Solar,  Solar,  India Solar,  

Solliance Claims 12.6 pct Perovskite Solar Cell Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-03-17
Further to our Mar. 18, 2016 coverage, Solliance, a cross-border Dutch-Flemish-German thin-film solar research initiative, is reporting the successful demonstration of an industrially-applicable roll-to-roll process for the production of solar cells, achieving a "record 12.6 pct conversion efficiency" on the cell level.

The Solliance initiative, which includes industrial partners Solartek, Dyesol, and Panasonic, is focused on using scalable, industrial processes towards the fabrication of larger-area PV modules suitable for seamless integration in a broad variety of PV systems. (Source: Solliance,, 14 Mar., 2017) Contact: Solliance, Ando Kuypers, +31 (0) 6 2299 5837 ,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solliance,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  

HyperSolar Patents Core Nanotechnology for Renewable Hydrogen Production (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2017-03-17
Santa Barbara, California-headquartered HyperSolar, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, is reporting receipt of a U.S. patent for the "Photoelectrochemically Active Heterostructures, and Systems for Producing Desired Products."

U.S. Patent No. 9,593,053 protects the Company's proprietary design of a self-contained solar-to-hydrogen device comprised of billions of solar powered water-splitting nanoparticles coated with a separate patent-pending protective coating that prevents corrosion during extended periods of hydrogen production. The aim of these nanoparticles is high conversion efficiency and low cost.

The technology enables manufacturing of ultra-thin sheets for solar-to-hydrogen production, requiring substantially less material as compared to conventional solar cells used in rooftop power applications. proprietary encapsulation coating. (Source: HyperSolar, Inc., 15 Mar., 2017) Contact: HyerSolar, Tim Young, CEO, (805) 966-6566,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News HyperSolar,  Solar,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News HyperSolar,  Solar,  

ABB Ability™ Cuts Energy Operating Costs 30 pct (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2017-03-15
Houston-headquartered ABB is reporting the introduction of its Ability™ Electrical Distribution Control System for cloud-based energy management, remote supervision and diagnostics. The system connects a facility's electrical equipment with the Internet of Things and leverages ABB circuit breaker's built-in sensing and connectivity to provide information and control functions to reduce total operating costs by as much as 30 pct, according to ABB.

ABB Ability™ Electrical Distribution Control System enables the remote monitoring and supervision of facilities, their energy consumption and costs and recommends energy management strategies. With alerts, immediate access to documentation and the remote diagnosis of devices, facility managers can take immediate corrective action to cut electric power costs by as much as 20 pct, depending on local tariffs. An additional 10 percent savings are possible through efficiency improvement actions, enabled monitoring of energy demands and costs. (Source: ABB, Asea Brown Boveri Ltd, PR, Globe Newswire, 14 Mar., 2017) Contact: ABB, +44 (0) 43 317 5404,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Energy Management,  Energy ,  

Siemens' Gamesa Acquisition Gets the Nod (Int'l, M&A)
Date: 2017-03-15
Following on our June 20, 2016 coverage, the European Union has given its "unconditional" approval for German conglomerate Siemens' planned acquisition of the the Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa.

As reported last June, Siemens detailed its plans to acquire a 59 pct stake in Gamesa, with current Gamesa shareholders continuing to own the remaining 41 pct. Siemens will merge its own wind business with Gamesa, and the combined company will have its global headquarters in Spain.(Source: EU, AP, Various Media, 13 Mar., 2017)Contact: Gamesa Corp.,; Siemens AG, Joe Kaeser, Pres., CEO, +49 69 797 66 60,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Gamesa,  Wind,  

E.ON's Rampion Wind Farm Turbine Installations Underway (Int'l)
E.ON,Enbridge,U.K. Green Investment Bank
Date: 2017-03-15
German energy giant E.ON is reporting that the first of the 116 turbines slated for the 400-MW Rampion offshore wind farm off the coast of Sussex have been installed. All 116 foundations for the turbines were anchored in the English Channel as of November, 2016. Upon completion and commissioning in 2018, the Rampion project will generate sufficient energy for 347,000 average households.

E.ON is developing the Rampion wind farm in partnership with Canadian energy company Enbridge and the U.K. Green Investment Bank. (Source: E.ON, Various Media, March 13, 2017) Contact: U.K. Green Investment Bank, 011 +44 (0) 330 123 3021,; E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170,; Enbridge, Al Monaco, Pres., CEO, (403) 231-3900,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rampion,  U.K. Green Investment Bank,  E.ON,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Enbridge,  

Florida GBC Touts New Water Star certification (Ind. Report)
Florida Green Building Coalition
Date: 2017-03-15
The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the developer and administrator of the "Florida Green" green building program is reporting the launch of the he Florida Water Star program, a voluntary water conservation certification program for new residential and commercial construction and existing home renovations. To date, more than 14,000 "Florida Green" projects have been FGBC certified.

The Florida Water Star program, in partnership with other comprehensive green building certification programs, encourages water efficiency in appliances, plumbing fixtures, irrigation systems and landscapes, as well as water quality benefits from best management practices in landscapes. Based on estimates, an average Florida Water Star homeowner can save up to 20 pct of water use annually. (Source: Florida Green Building Coalition, Proud Green Building, 12 Mar., 2017) Contact: Florida Green Building Coalition,; Florida Water Star,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Green Building Coalition ,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  

MidAmerican's Prairie Wind Farm Set for Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-03-15
In the Hawkeye State, MidAmerican and Mahaska County officials are reporting the expected groundbreaking on the 84-turbine Prairie Wind Farm to get underway in April for completion by the year end.

The 168 MW wind farm is one of several projects MidAmerican Energy is building, including the Beaver Creek wind farm in Boone and Greene counties, Iowa. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, Askaloosa Herald, 12 Mar., 2017)Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, CEO, Pres., Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  

Sun Setting on Sungevity with Chap. 11 Filing (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-03-15
Oakland, California-headquartered solar energy major Sungevity, Inc. is reporting its filing for Chapt. 11 protection and the decimation of its remaining workforce after the January collapse of an expected merger that would have added approximately $200 million to the company's empty coffers. Several investors, led by Northern Pacific Group, have reportedly agreed to take control of Sungevity's assets in exchange for $20 million in financing to keep the company's operations going. Those assets will then be sold off in a court-supervised auction, according to Sungevity.

Sungevity specialized in a software platform that connected homeowners interested in going solar with installers who could perform the work, supplying instant online quotes. Although executives touted their asset-light model and aggressively expanded both in the United States and Europe, Sungevity's share of the residential solar market remained well behind such competitors as SolarCity and Sunrun. (Source: Sungevity, GTM, SF Gate, 13 Mar., 2017)Contact: Sungevity, Alec Guettel, Co-Founder, Andrew Birch, CEO, (510) 496-5500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sungevity,  Solar,  

Tesla's Hawaiian Solar Energy Storage Plant Online (Ind. Report)
Tesla, SolarCity, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative
Date: 2017-03-15
Tesla, SolarCity, and Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) are reporting completion of a joint solar and battery energy-storage array in Hawaii. The facility, which includes 55,000 solar panels and 272 Tesla Powerpack lithium-ion battery packs, will be able to provide solar power to KIUC on demand, 24 hours a day.

KIUC has a 20-year has inked a PPA for electricity from the project at 13.9 cents per kilowatt-hour. (Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal, Green Car Reports, Others, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, David Bissell, Pres., CEO,; Tesla,; SolarCity Corp., Lyndon Rive, Pres., (650) 638-1028,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  SolarCity,  Kauai Island Utility Cooperative,  Solar,  Solar,  Solar Energy Storage,  

EU Funding Algerian Renewable Energy Diversification (Int'l)
European Union
Date: 2017-03-15
In a statement, members of a European Union (EU) bilateral consortium report they have agreed upon a $42.7 million package supporting economic reforms and renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives and projects in Algeria.

The funding package is intended to help Algeria diversify its economy from its dependence on oil as well as contribute to the creation of new jobs and the modernization of public finances, according to Johannes Hahn, the EU's Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy. Approximately 35 pct of the EU funding will be allocated to the promotion of renewable energy in the oil rich country. (Source: EU, UPI, Various Media, 13 Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Union,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

Soils Could Release More Carbon than Expected as Climate Warms, says LBL Study (Ind. Report)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Date: 2017-03-15
Soils could release much more CO2 than expected into the atmosphere as the climate warms, according to new research from the DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL).

Their findings are based on a field experiment that, for the first time, explored what happens to organic carbon trapped in soil when all soil layers are warmed, which in this case extend to a depth of 100 centimeters. The scientists discovered that warming both the surface and deeper soil layers at three experimental plots increased the plots' annual release of CO2 by 34 to 37 pct over non-warmed soil. Much of the CO2 originated from deeper layers, indicating that deeper stores of carbon are more sensitive to warming than previously thought.

Previously, the majority of field-based soil warming experiments only focused on the top five to 20 centimeters of soil. Experts estimate soils below 20 centimeters in depth contain more than 50 pct of the planet's stock of soil organic carbon.

The need to better understand the response of all soil depths to warming is underscored by projections that, over the next century, deeper soils will warm at roughly the same rate as surface soils and the air. In addition, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change simulations of global average soil temperature, using a "business-as-usual" scenario in which carbon emissions rise in the decades ahead, predict that soil will warm 4 degrees C by 2100.

The findings suggest the degree to which soil organic carbon influences climate change may be currently underestimated. "There's an assumption that carbon in the subsoil is more stable and not as responsive to warming as in the topsoil, but we've learned that's not the case. Deeper soil layers contain a lot of carbon, and our work indicates it's a key missing component in our understanding of the potential feedback of soils to the planet's climate." The research was supported by the Department of Energy's Office of Science. (Source: Lawrence Berkeley Lab., 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: LBL, Caitlin Hicks Pries, Berkeley Lab Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division, (510) 495-8046,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  Soil Carbon,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

Saskpower, Regina Commission Landfill Gas-to-Power Plant (Ind. Report)
Saskpower,City of Regina
Date: 2017-03-15
On the Canadian prairies, the City of Regina, in partnership with SaskPower, is reporting the unveiling of its Landfill Gas to Energy Project. The facility collects and uses methane gas to generate 1 MW of power which is sold to SaskPower's provincial electrical grid.

The $5 million facility is expected to generate approximately $1 million per year for the city coffers and slash the city's greenhouse gas emissions by about 30,000 tpy -- equivalent of removing 8,000 cars off the road. SaskPower has set a goal of 50 pct renewable electricity generation by 2030. (Source: City of Regina, CBC News Saskatchewan, Mar., 2017) Contact: Saskpower, Howard Matthews, VP Power Production, Mike Marsh, CEO, (306) 566-2121,; City of Regina,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Landfill Gas,  Saskpower,  

1-MW Rochester, Mass. Solar Facility Online (Ind. Report)
IGS Solar, Melink Solar Inc.
Date: 2017-03-15
In the Bay State, Ohio-based IGS Solar and Melink Solar Inc. are reporting completion of a 1-MW, ground-mounted solar array in the town of in Rochester. Half of the energy will go to local businesses and residents in Southeastern Massachusetts, and the balance will service a residential treatment facility in Brewster.

IGS Solar has also installed solar panels on top of Sturgis Public Charter School's east and west campus buildings. The school expects to save 20 percent on electrical costs a year through this arrangement. The nonprofit school did not have to put up any money to use the solar farm, she said.

The Rochester array was developed as part of the state's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs' Solar Carve-Out II program -- a market-based incentive designed to encourage development of new solar capacity in Massachusetts. (Source: Cape Cod Times, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: IGS Solar,High Scott,; Melink Solar, (513) 965-7300,

More Low-Carbon Energy News IGS Solar,  Melink Solar ,  Solar,  

Vivergo Calls for Higher Bioethanol Crop Cap (Int'l)
Vivergo Fuels
Date: 2017-03-15
Following on our March 6th coverage, Hull, UK-headquartered bioethanol producer Vivergo Fuels is sounding the alarm that the bioethanol industry and the thousands of jobs it supports are at risk unless the government backtracks on a recent recommendation. Vivergo backed the recent proposal to increase renewable fuel blends in transportation fuels but has expressed major concerns regarding plans to limit the amount of crops used to produce fuels such as ethanol via a so called 'crop cap'.

The Department for Transport recently proposed a low cap of 2 pct compared to a European standard of 7 pct. per cent. According to Vivergo, a cap of 2 pct or less would "not only severely impact" on the UK's ability to effectively implement E10 but also lead to the closure of the industry." Vivergo is calling for a 7 pct crop cap. (Source: Vivergo Fuels, Insider Media, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: Vivergo Fuels, Mark Chesworth, Managing Dir., +44 1482 70800,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivergo Fuels,  Biofuel Crop,  Biofuel Blend,  

Bay State Seeking Energy Storage Demo Projects (Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Date: 2017-03-15
In Boston, he Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (CEC) is reporting a solicitation for between 10 and 15 energy storage demonstration projects for which it will fund 50 pct of total project costs , to a maximum award of $1.25 million. Projects awarded under the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) program must be commissioned, interconnected, and able to provide operational data within 18 months of contracting with the CEC.

In 2015, the state announced a $10 million Energy Storage Initiative (ESI) to expand the state's energy storage industry and infrastructure. In the initiative's first phase, a Department of Energy Resources (DOER) study found that the state could support as much as 600 MW of energy storage. The aabove mentioned solicitation is the second phase of the ESI program, and it is designed to demonstrate the viability of storage in the Massachusetts grid.

The Massachusetts DOER is presently setting specific energy storage targets that are expected to be completed by July 2017 and could take effect as soon as January 2020. (Source: Massachusetts DOER, Utility Dive, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: Massachusetts DOER,; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (617) 315-2016,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Massachusetts Clean Energy Center,  

$1.9Mn Alt. Fuel Incentive Grants Awarded in Pa. (Funding)
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Date: 2017-03-15
In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reports it has awarded over $1.9 million to Pennsylvania schools and businesses for projects using alternative fuels and infrastructure.

The AFIG provides funding for projects to improve air quality through alternative fuel use. The most recent awards, which were granted in the Vehicle Purchase/Retrofit and Refueling Infrastructure catagories, are expected to save approximately 1.2 million gpy of gasoline.

In addition to the just awarded AFIG grants, DEP is offering a limited number of free technical assistance opportunities to municipalities, school districts, municipal authorities, and non-profit organizations to assist them in developing plans for building or expanding an alternative fuel vehicle fleet. Applications for the Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance Program will be accepted through June 1, 2017. The AFIG Fund was established under Act 166 of 1992 and is administered by DEP through the Energy Office.

Access full list of awardees HERE. (Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Neil Shader, (717) 787-1323,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ALternative Fuel,  Alternative Fuel Incentive,  

Wetzel Touts Waste-to- Renewable Fuel Tech. (New Prod & Tech)
Wetzel Energy Technology
Date: 2017-03-15
In Los Angeles, Wetzel Energy Technology Co, (WETCO) is touting its new "ec12" technology that converts low-grade diesel and industrial waste liquids into a renewable diesel product. According to WETCO, ec12 is an environmentally responsible solution with an under two-year return on investment.

WETCO, which aims to transform waste or plentiful low-cost raw materials of a carbon nature into all types of fuels, has approved a contract valued at over $100 million focused on rapid innovation through its production plant in China. (Source: WETCO, PR, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: WETCO, Tim Wetzel, CEO, (888) 877 4917,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Renewable Fuels,  

Pfister Installs Solar Net Zero Energy Maryland School (Ind. Report)
Pfister Energy
Date: 2017-03-15
Baltimore-based national solar energy installer Pfister Energy reports it was chosen to help create the first net zero energy school in Maryland. Wilde Lake Middle School's solar plan was designed to work with remote energy controls and other energy management solutions to offset onsite power consumption and eliminate reliance on the grid.

The school's new solar arrays are expected to produce over 826,000 kWh in the first year and over 19 million kWh over a 25-year period.

Pfister Energy provides turnkey renewable energy systems for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities, with an emphasis on building-integrated applications. Services include the design, procurement, installation, commissioning and maintenance of photovoltaics, solar thermal, LED lighting, natural daylighting, wind power, solar lighting, green roofing, geothermal, rainwater harvesting and fuel cell systems. (Source: Pfister Energy, PR, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: Pfister Energy, (973) 653-9880,,

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Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2017-03-15
"The basic scientific conclusions on climate change are very robust and for good reason. The greenhouse effect is simple science: greenhouse gases trap heat, and humans are emitting ever more greenhouse gases." -- Lord Nicholas Stern Contact: Lord Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics, +44 (0) 20 7955-7871;,

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Vega Biofuels on an Alaskan Legal Cannabis High (Ind. Report)
Vega Biofuels
Date: 2017-03-15
Norcross, Georgia-based Vega Biofuels, Inc. reports the signing of a 5 year agreement to provide its wood waste based biochar to AK Provisions Inc., a legal cannabis grower located in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska is the most recent state to legalize both medical and recreational cannabis use.

Biochar is a highly absorbent specially designed charcoal-type product primarily used as a soil enhancement for the agricultural industry to significantly increase crop yields. The production of Biochar for carbon sequestration in the soil is a carbon-negative process. It is made from timber waste using the company's patent pending torrefaction technology. AK Provisions will also market Vega's biochar to other growers throughout the state of Alaska through a re-seller agreement. (Source: Vega Biofuels,WMW, 13 Mar., 2017)Contact: Vega Biofuels, Inc., (800) 481-0186,,

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Forge Plans 25Mn LPY Ontario Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Forge Hydrocarbons,BIOX Corporation
Date: 2017-03-15
Forge Hydrocarbons reports it plans to construct a 25-milliom lpy renewable diesel fuel manufacturing plant on land at the BIOX Corporation site in St. Clair Township, Ontario. The facility, which is expected to begin production in late 2018, will be the company's first commercial-scale production facility.

BIOX is planning to spend $5 million on upgrades to the former Methes plant to increase its efficiency and expand its biodiesel production capabilities. The upgraded site is expected to be operational this July.

Forge's technology can produce renewable diesel fuel from most lipid feedstocks with 90 pct less greenhouse gases than conventional diesel. The company presently a pilot plant in Edmonton, Alberta and in 2015 received $4.2 million in grant funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada. (Source Forge Hydrocarbons, Sarnia Observer, March 13, 2017) Contact: Forge Hydrocarbons, Tim Haig, Pres., CEO, University of Alberta, Prof. David Bressler, (780) 492-4986,; SDTC, (613) 234 6313,; BIOX, Alan Rickard, CEO, (905) 521-8205 ext. 253,,

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New England Lawmakers Unite on Carbon Tax Proposals (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-03-15
The CT News Junkie is reporting that Connecticut lawmakers are joining legislators from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire to consider similar legislation that would impose a $15 per ton fee --tax -- on high carbon fuel pollution including petroleum products, coal, oil, natural gas, propane or others. It would also be levied on electric power generators that use fossil fuels.

In most states, the tax would be distributed back to residents and businesses, who according to proponents, would be "inspired" to lower their fossil fuel consumption as a result of the tax.

Connecticut's legislation would also require Massachusetts and Rhode Island to enact a similar proposal. At least 25 pct of Connecticut's carbon tax revenue would be redistributed back to low-income residents to improve energy efficiency; 40 pct would be redistributed as direct dividends to Connecticut residents and 30 pct would go to Connecticut businesses. (Source: CT News Junkie, Various Others, 13 Mar., 2017)

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Schneider Electric to Help USMC Base Reach Net-Zero Energy Resiliency (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2017-03-15
Andover, Mass.-based energy management and efficiency specialist Schneider Electric reports receipt of a contract from Exelon Corp. subsidiary Constellation to support the development of smart controls as part of an energy savings performance contract at the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany, Georgia.

Schneider supplied controls will be used to cut energy consumption, increase energy security and meet energy demand from renewable sources. These controls will manage the base's distributed energy resources (DER) as well as optimize energy efficiency and "Net-Zero" resiliency. Schneider Electric will also provide cybersecurity, ongoing system maintenance and energy optimization services. Other Schneider services will enable remote monitoring, visualization and reporting of energy loads,with the flexibility of generation control to achieve "Net-Zero" energy consumption. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 14 Mar., 2017) Contact: Schneider Electric, Mark Feasel, VP, Electric Utility Segment, Smart Grid & Microgrid ,,; Constellation,

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Greencoat Renewables Snares Brookfield Irish Wind Farms (M&A)
Greencoat Renewables,rookfield Renewable Ireland.
Date: 2017-03-13
In Ireland, Dublin-based Greencoat Renewables, a new wholly-owned subsidiary of Greencoat Capital, reports acquisition of the Knockacummer and Killhills wind farms totaling 137 MW from Brookfield Renewable Ireland.

The Knockacummer Wind Farm, located in Co Cork, incorporates 40 Nordex N90 turbines with a capacity of 100 MW. Killhills Wind Farm in Co Tipperary utilizes 16 Enercon E82 turbines with a capacity of 37.6 MW. The seed capital for Greencoat Renewables, which is managed by Greencoat Capital, is being provided by AIB and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF). Details of the two transactions have not been fully disclosed.

Greencoat Capital, which has made more than 15 investments on behalf of ESB, launched the UK's first listed renewable infrastructure platform with the establishment and listing of Greencoat UK Wind PLC which has grown to comprise £900 million of operating assets. (Source: Greencoat Renewables, Irish Times, 10 Mar.,2017) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner,; rookfield Renewable Ireland,

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Apple Contractor Renewables Pledge Includes Floating Solar (Int'l)
Date: 2017-03-13
In Japan, Apple manufacturing contractor Ibiden Co Ltd. reports it has committed to use 100 pct renewable energy spread across 20 new energy facilities. The company, which specializes in printed circuit boards and integrated circuit packaging for Apple, reports it will generate over 12 MW of solar power, with a large portion coming from a floating solar array. The 12 MW of solar power is sufficient for the company's needs, according to a statement. (Source: Ibiden, Various Media, Mar., 2017) Contact: Ibiden Co. Ltd,

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Georgetown, Texas Goes 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-03-13
In the Lone Star State, the Austin American-Statesman is reporting that with the recent termination of a long-term power contract, the city of Georgetown (pop. 54,900) is now one of the first cities in the U.S. to run on 100 pct renewable energy.

The milestone is met after the city ended a long-term power contract and found new options for power suppliers that would source renewable energy -- including wind and solar power -- from transmission lines in West Texas and the Panhandle. (Source: City of Georgetown, Austin American Statesman, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: City of Georgetown, More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

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Suzlon Refocusing on Wind R&D (Int'l, R&D Report)
Suzlon Group
Date: 2017-03-13
Hyderabad, India-headquartered renewable energy specialist Suzlon reports it has invested approximately $250 million in renewable energy R&D initiatives since 2012.

The company is focusing on lowering the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) by 20 pct in the next five years with new and more efficient wind turbines to make previously un-viable sites viable. The company is envisioning gigawatt size projects supported by increasing digitization and best-in-class service, advanced wind farm management technology to optimise wind farm performance. (Source: Suzlon, Telangag Today, 11 Mar., 2017) Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000,,

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PNE, Statoil Seeking LI Offshore Wind Farm Site Leases (Ind. Report)
PNE Wind ,Statoil ASA
Date: 2017-03-13
Bloomberg is reporting that Cuxhaven, Germany-headquartered PNE Wind AG and Norway's Statoil are asking the U.S. government to open additional sites for offshore wind farms off the coasts of New York and Massachusetts. The two firms are seeking leases to build at least 400 MW in Massachusetts, on adjacent sites with a total of about 390,000 acres, about 30 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. The sites abut areas leased for development by Dong and Offshore MW.(Source: PNE Wind, Bloomberg Quint, Others, 10 Mar., 2017) Contact: PNE WIND AG, Marcus Lesser, CEO, Scott McCollister, Inv. Relations, +49 (0) 47 21 - 7 18 - 454,,; Statoil Wind US LLC, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec. VP, New Energy Solutions,

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Jobs and Economics Impacts Resulting from U.S. Wind Projects 2017-2020 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
AWEA,Navigant Consulting
Date: 2017-03-13
Jobs and Economics Impacts Resulting from U.S. Wind Projects 2017-2020, a new study by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Navigant Consulting looks at the jobs and economic impacts resulting from U.S. wind power projects through 2020, and the results are highly encouraging.

Among the reports findings are the following:

  • The U.S. wind market will be in the 8-10 GW/year range through 2020, with cumulative new installed capacity of approximately 35 gigawatts (GW), on top of current U.S. wind power generating capacity of around 82 GW:

  • Total U.S. wind employment will reach 248,000 jobs in 2020. Total new wind economic impact will peak at $24 billion in the same year;

  • The U.S. wind industry will support 865,000 job-years of employment and provide $85 billion in economic impact in 2017-2020;

  • States with the highest total wind employment in 2017-2020 are TX, CO, and IA. Those states will also see the greatest positive economic impact from wind power projects through 2020;

  • Other states with large numbers of wind power jobs from 2017 to 2020 include: Illinois (30.2 thousand jobs), Ohio (28.4 thousand jobs), North Dakota (27.2 thousand jobs), Michigan (26.3 thousand jobs), Minnesota (20.1 thousand jobs), Florida (18.0 thousand jobs), Wisconsin (17.8 thousand jobs), Pennsylvania (15.7 thousand jobs), Oklahoma (14.9 thousand jobs), North Carolina (14.6 thousand jobs), New Mexico (14.2 thousand jobs) and Massachusetts (13.7 thousand jobs).

    Access the Jobs and Economics Impacts Resulting from U.S. Wind Projects 2017-2020 report HERE. (Source: AWEA, Navigant, 10 Mar., 2017)Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO, Lindsay North, Media Relations and Outreach, (202) 431-4587,,; Navigant Consulting Inc., (800) 621-8390,

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  • 48-MW Scottish Offshore Floating Wind Farm Wins Approval (Int'l)
    Offshore Wind
    Date: 2017-03-13
    At Holyrood, the Government of Scotland is reporting approval of the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm, a floating offshore wind installation comprised of eight 6-MW wind turbines approximately 15 kilometers off the coast of Aberdeen, in the country’s northeast. Upon completion, the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm will generate up to 50 MW -- sufficient power approximately 56,000 homes. The installation will also prevent carbon 94,500 tpy of CO2. (Source: Parliament of Scotland, CleanTechnica, 10 Mar., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FLoating Wind,  Offsgore Wind,  

    EPA Chops Oil, Gas Ind. Methane Reporting Request (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2017-03-13
    The Trump Administration reports it has withdrawn the Obama administration-EPA request that some 15,000 oil and natural gas companies provide information on their methane emission from field operations. The EPA was seeking information on the numbers and types of equipment used at onshore drilling and production facilities as well as more detailed information on methane emissions sources and control devices.

    Oil and gas operations are the largest industrial source of methane whicg is 25 times more damaging to the atmosphere than CO2, according to EPA. (Source: EPA, Chemical & Engineering News, 8 Mar., 2017)

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    Drax Biomass Launches Sustainable Forests Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Drax Biomass, American Forest Foundation
    Date: 2017-03-13
    Drax Biomass Inc. and the American Forest Foundation (AFF) are touting the Morehouse Family Forests Initiative (MFFI), a five-year, $1.1 million project to invest in the future of small family landowners near Drax's Morehouse BioEnergy facility in northeast Louisiana.

    MFFI will provide landowners with the tools and resources to implement forest management practices that can increase the commercial, recreational and ecological value of their lands while maintaining and improving crucial wildlife habitat in northeast Louisiana. American Tree Farm System Landowners who participate in MFFI will receive technical assistance and other resources to help them create individualized land management plans.

    Drax Biomass manufactures compressed wood pellets from sustainably managed working forests. AFF is a leading forest conservation organization that works with individual and family landowners to keep their forests healthy and productive. (Source: DRAX Biomass, News Star, 9 Mar., 2017) Contact: DRAX Biomass, Pete Madden, Pres., CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381,,; AFF, Tom Martin, President and CEO, (202) 765-3660,

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

    Sustainable Forest CO2 Impact Confirmed (Ind. Report)
    UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2017-03-13
    A new report from the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, titled Use of North American woody biomass in UK electricity generation, reaffirms the positive impact of U.S. biomass industry on U.S. forests and carbon emissions. The report reaffirms that when sourced sustainably, biomass can play an important role as a baseload renewable energy source. "This report can be added to a growing body of academic and scientific research which shows that using biomass in place of coal can reduce carbon emissions by 74 percent or more," accprding to the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA).

    The report and the accompanying Bioenergy Emissions and Counterfactuals (BEaC) Model was commissioned by the UK government to look at the carbon intensity of different supply chain models for the bioenergy industry and found that normal, widespread industry practices deliver major cuts in carbon emissions when compared to using coal for energy production.

    USIPA is a not-for-profit trade organization that promotes safety and sustainability practices within the US export wood pellet industry, as well as the growth of the overall bioenergy market. USIPA members include Enviva, Fram Renewable Fuels, Georgia Biomass, the Westervelt Company and others. (Source: USIPA, 9 Mar., 2017) Contact: USIPA, Seth Ginter, Exec. Dir.,; UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

    EQTEC Raises £500,000 for Newry Biomass Project (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-03-13
    Madrid-based engineering and biomass gasification and cogeneration power plant specialist EQTEC Iberia SL reports it raised £0.49 million before expenses through the placement of 7,461,538 new ordinary shares to Bulgaria-based EBIOSS Energy. EBIOSS will hold 92,701,197 ordinary shares, equating to 50.03 pct of the then enlarged share capital of the company, according to EQTEC.

    The net proceeds will be used for the ongoing development of the Newry Biomass project, including advancing some of the initial work streams involved in re-powering the plant such as engineering, design and preliminary mechanical and electrical works, as well as other projects. (Source: EQTEC, Didital Look, 9 Mar., 2017) Contact: EQTEC, +34 935 73 9981,; EBIOSS Energy,

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