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Austin Energy Touts Renewables Power Plans (Ind. Report)
Austin Energy
Date: 2017-08-14
In the Lone Star State, Austin Energy is touting its renewable energy plan that would increase the city’s renewable energy goal from 55 pct to 65 by 2027 , with a possibility of later raising that goal to 75 pct renewable or even 100 pct. The utility says 100 pct renewable energy would raise the average houxeholder’s energy bill by approximately 11 pct.

Austin Energy presently generates or buys power from a mix of sources, including vast wind farms and solar arrays in West Texas, local gas plants, a nuclear plant in South Texas and a coal power plant in La Grange. The utility has committed to beginning to shut down its portion of that coal-fired Fayette Power Project, which it jointly owns with the Lower Colorado River Authority, in 2022. The city currently purchased 37 pct of its power from renewable resources, according to Austin Energy. (Source: Austin Energy, my Statesman, 11 Aug., 2017) Contact: Austin Energy, Cameron Freberg, Utility Strategist, (512) 494-9400,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Austin Energy,  Renewable Energy,  

CarbonCure, Outback Materials Partner on California High-Speed Rail Project (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-14
Fresno, California-headquartered Outback Materials has partnered with Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure Technologies in order to provide environmentally friendly concrete to projects in Central California, including the high-profile California High-Speed Rail project. This partnership solidifies Outback's commitment to help contribute to California’s environmental targets.

Outback has been dedicated to providing high-quality concrete from six local locations to the Central Valley for 50 years, and this new equipment will improve not only the environmental impact of the concrete they produce, but the overall integrity of the material, as well. CarbonCure’s technology, which will be installed in Outback’s Fresno plant, chemically sequesters waste CO2 in the concrete during the manufacturing process. CarbonCure is one of 27 semi-finalists in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE challenge, which has been called the Nobel prize for climate technologies. (Source: CarbonCure, PR, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies,,; Outback Materials, (559) 683-3131,; California High-Speed Rail Authority,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure news,  CO2 news,  Carbon Dioxide news,  Cement news,  

Nidec Supplying Energy Storage to Martinique Wind Farm (Int'l)
Nidec ASI
Date: 2017-08-11
In Japan, Nidec Group Industrial Solutions subsidiary Nidec ASI reports it will be installing 5MW / 5MWh of battery energy storage at the 14MW Grand Riviere wind farm on the French island territory of Martinique.

The project incorporates seven wind turbines of 2MW capacity each and an annual energy output of around 40GWh. Each turbine will be equipped with the battery energy storage system (BESS) that includes batteries, power conversion system, power management and energy management systems. (Source: Nidec ASI, Energy Storage, 9 Aug., 2017) Contact: Nidec,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Wind,  

U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report -- Final Draft Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-08-11
Scientists and environmental groups have expressed concerns that the White House will try to bury or otherwise suppress the attached final draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies.

The report concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. The report was completed this year and is part of the National Climate Assessment, which is congressionally mandated every four years.

Access the U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report HERE. (Source: Various Media, NY Times, 7 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

Piedmont California Updating Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
Paris Climate Accord
Date: 2017-08-11
In the Golden State, the city of Piedmont (pop. 11, 360) reports it is updating its existing seven year old Climate Action Plan to help residents and public and private entities reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change.

The City Council recently resolved the city would follow the the Paris Climate Accord commitments, despite the Trump administration's withdrawal. The new Climate Action Plan will set goals in line with state goals to decrease greenhouse gasses by 40 pct below 2005 levels by the year 2030 and 80 pct below the 2005 level by 2050. The new plan, which will be drafted by a six-person task force, is intended to become a model and leader for larger cities like Oakland, Berkeley and others. In addition to CO2 emissions, the plan will address refrigerants and other gases that affect climate change. The Climate Action Plan is expected to be completed this fall for adoption in early 2018. (Source: City of Piedmont, East Bay Times, 8 August, 2017) Contact: City of Piedmont, Emily Alvarez, Climate Action Task Force, City Planner, (510) 420-3070,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Paris Climate Accord,  

DOE Releases New Wind Energy Report (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-11
In Washington, according to a series of recently released US Energy Department wind market reports, America's wind industry added more than 8,200 MW of capacity in 2016, representing 27 pct of all energy capacity additions in 2016. In 2016, wind supplied about 6 pct of U.S. electricity, and 14 states now get more than 10 pct of their electricity from wind. The reports cover the land-based utility scale, offshore, and distributed wind energy sectors.

Access wind reports HERE. (Source: US DOE, 8 August, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Wind,  

Target Purchasing 100MW of Wind Energy for 150 Stores (Ind. Report)
Target Corp., Infinity Renewables
Date: 2017-08-11
Santa Barbara, California-headquartered Infinity Renewables reports that retailing giant Target Corp. has agreed to purchase 100 megawatts of output from Infinity Renewables' 474-megawatt Solomon Forks wind project in Kansas. Power from the Solomon Forks project will help offset the energy used at 150 Target stores in the area. Terms weren’t disclosed. The Solomon Forks wind farm is ex pected to be online in 2018. Other details have not been released. (Source: Infinity Renewables, Target, Aug., 2017) Contact: Infinity Renewables, (805) 569-6180,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Infinity Renewables,  

Notable Quote

Date: 2017-08-11
"The wind industry continues to install significant amounts of new capacity, and supplied about 6 percent of total U.S. electricity in 2016. A combination of federal subsidies, state mandates, and technological advancements continue to help drive new wind capacity additions." -- Daniel Simmons, DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Rick Perry,  

CWind Seals German Offshore Wind Farm Cable Deal (Int'l Report)
CWind.Merkur Offshore
Date: 2017-08-11
UK-based CWind, a British integrated service provider supporting the offshore wind industry, reports it has sealed a deal with Tideway to deliver all cable pull-in services for 66 offshore wind turbines and one offshore substation at the 396MW Merkur Offshore wind farm which is currently under construction in the German North Sea.

Merkur Offshore is a JV of its shareholders PG Merkur Holding , InfraRed Capital Partners, DEME Concessions and Coriolis. The Merkur Offshore wind farm features 66, GE Haliade 150 offshore wind turbines with nominal power of 6 MW each.(Source: CWind, EBR, 9 Aug., 2017) Contact: CWind Global, +44 (0) 1245 702000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CWind,  Offhsore Wind.Merkur,  

Singapore's KCT Group Selling 103MW Renewables Portfolio (Int'l)

Date: 2017-08-11
In Singapore, KCT Group reports it is seeking purchasers for its 103 MW renewable energy assets portfolio.

The asset sale is expected to go for $100-150 million. Kotak Mahindra Capital, an investment bank, has been appointed to help find financial and strategic investors. (Source: KCT Group, LiveMint, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: KCT Group, +65 6487 4646,,; Kotak Mahindra Capital,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

POET Expanding Marion Ohio Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Poet LLC
Date: 2017-08-11
Following on our May 26th coverage, Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Ethanol producer POET Biorefining, which has three plants in Ohio, said that it is set to break ground on a $120 million expansion that will double capacity at its 70 million gpy plant in Marion, Ohio. POET, which has two northwest Ohio plants in Fostoria and Leipsic, said the Marion plant will expand from 70 million gallons per year to 150 million gallons. It also will increase its production of high-protein animal feed (DDGs) from 178,000 tons to approximately 360,000 tpy.

The company said corn purchases from area farmers will grow from 24 million bushels to 50 million bpy. (Source: POET, The Blade, 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DDGs,  POET,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  

NYSERDA Selects Direct for Energy Management Program (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA,Direct Energy
Date: 2017-08-11
Qualified Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) vendor Direct Energy reports it has been selected by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for its Panoramic Power technology program. NYSERDA's RTEM program supports the installation of energy systems and information services that collect energy usage data that can be used to optimize a building's energy consumption.

Direct Energy Business will work with customers throughout the program's process including project scoping, submission of the NYSERDA application and installation. Direct Energy Business will also provide real time energy monitoring and quarterly reports. Eligible buildings include office buildings, health care facilities, and state and local governments. NYSERDA has dedicated $30 million to this program and it will be open until June 2021, or until all funds have been allocated. (Source: Direct Energy, PR, Aug., 2017) Contact: Direct Energy,; NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Direct Energy,  Energy Management,  

HCAVS, Autani Launch EnergyCenter Financing Program (Ind. Report)
Hitachi Capital America,Autani
Date: 2017-08-11
Hitachi Capital America Vendor Services (HCAVS) reports it has joined forces with Columbia, Maryland-based building automation specialist Autani LLC to provide financing to customers of its EnergyCenter suite of building management products and services.

Autani's EnergyCenter building management platform connects Lighting, Metering, HVAC, Refrigeration and Sensors to control, monitor and verify energy consumption through a single system with either wireless or wired connectivity. (Source: Hitachi Capital, 9 Aug., 2017) Contact: Htachi Capital America, Jeff Cowan, (952) 996-0270,; Autani,

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

Stem, CPower Tout Energy Management Partnership (Ind. Report)
Stem Inc., CPower
Date: 2017-08-11
Millbrea, Califonia-based intelligent energy storage specialist Stem, Inc. reports it is partnering with Baltimore-based CPower, a provider of demand response (DR) and demand-side energy management services for commercial and industrial customers. The partnership will combine Stem's energy storage services with CPower's demand response and curtailment services to offer an integrated solution for managing electricity demand, optimizing operations, increasing profitability, and advancing sustainability. (Source: Stem, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Stem Inc., (415) 937-7836,,; CPower, John Horton, CEO, Glenn Bogarde Senior VP, Sales, (410) 346-5294,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stem Inc,  CPower,  Energy Management,  

Ameresco, LCCC Ink GESA Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-11
Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has contracted with Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) in Ticoke, Pennsylvania to renew and upgrade the school's energy infrastructure and institute energy efficiency measures.

The nearly $8 million Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project is expected to earn the College $122,757 in energy rebates and incentives and deliver more than $576,000 annually in energy savings for the next 15 years.

The project includes energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades to 474,900 square feet of space in 17 campus buildings and and consists of 16 Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that will prove entirely self-funded within the 15-year repayment term. Work on the projec t is slated to get underway this fall. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: Luzerne County Community College,: Lisa Nelson, 570-740-0732,; Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, 508-661-2264,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  

AMP Americas Upping Manure Biofuel Production (Ind. Report)
AMP Americas
Date: 2017-08-11
Chicago-based AMP Americas is reporting receipt of a $47 million private equity investment from Houston-based EIV Capital. Launched in 2011 out of Fair Oaks Farms in northwest Indiana, AMP processes cow manure into a transportation natural gas fuel. The new capital will be used to launch a second renewable natural gas production operation at an as yet unnamed location. The company also plans to expand its network of CNG stations across eight states operated under its ampCNG segment. (Source: AMP, Chicago Tribune, 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: AMP, Grant Zimmerman, CEO, (312) 300-6700,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Natural Gas,  

Former Solazyme Under Chapter. 11 Protection (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-11
San Francisco-based microalgae specialist and biofuels maker TerraVia Holdings Inc., formerly Solazyme, reports it filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on 2 August, 2017. The company operates an R&D center in San Francisco, and two manufacturing facilities: one wholly-owned in Peoria, Illinois and one in Brazil in a joint venture with Bunge.

Netherlands-headquartered Corbion reports it has entered into a "stalking horse" stock and asset purchase agreement of approximately $20 million with TerraVia Holding. The auction process and transaction, which are subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, is expected to conclude within 60 to 90 days. (Source: TerraVia Holding, Corbin, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Corbion,; TerraVia Holding, (650) 780-4777,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solazyme,  Biofuel,  

Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels Plant Bond Issue Approved (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum BioEnergy
Date: 2017-08-11
Further to our August 2 coverage, in Carson City, the Nevada state Board of Finance reports it has approved the issuance of $140 million in bonds to help Pleasanton, California-based Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels construct and run a garbage-to-jet fuel production facility at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center. The plant is expect to cost a total of $340 million.

The new facility will process 175,000 tpy of landfill garbage garbage into a sludge that will be further processed at a California facility into 11 million gpy of jet fuel a year. (Source: Fulcrum, Las Vegas Sun, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Fulcrum BioEnergy, Jeanne Benedetti, VP, Jim Macias, CEO, Pres., (925) 730-0150,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  MSW,  Fulcrum Bioenergy,  Aviation Biofuel,  Biofuel,  

Biox Sombra Biodiesl Plant Upgrades on Hold (Ind. Report)
Biox, Methes Energies Canada
Date: 2017-08-11
Canadian biodiesel producer BIOX Corporation is reporting the postponement of upgrades at its Sombra, Ontario, biodiesel production facility pending a Sept. 7 shareholder meeting and review of a planned transition from a publicly traded to a private company. Biox’s board of directors are recommending that shareholders vote in favor of taking the company private.

Biox purchased the 50 million liter (13.2 million gallon) nameplate capacity biodiesel facility in Sombra, Ontario, from Methes Energies Canada Inc. in 2016 for $4.5 million. This spring, Biox announced it is working with Forge Hydrocarbons Corp. to lease Forge up to four acres at the Sombra site for construction of a 25 MMly renewable diesel plant using Forge’s technology. (Source: Biox, 89 Aug., 2017) Contact: BIOX, Alan Rickard, CEO, (905) 521-8205 ext. 253,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biox,  Biodiesel,  Methes Energies Canada ,  

Hawaiian Eucalyptus Biomass Plant on Track (Ind. Report)
Hu Honua Bioenergy
Date: 2017-08-11
In the Aloha State, Hilo-headquartered Hu Honua Bioenergy reports construction of its 30-MW eucalyptus-fired biomass power plant near Pepeekeo is on track for completion and commissioning in December, 2018.

In July, Hawaii Electric Light Co. (HECO) threatened to cancel, then amended a power purchase agreement with Hu Honua due to missed construction deadlines. Under the amended PPA, Hu Honua would produce up to 21.5 MW, of which HECO would purchase at least 10 MW. The project's construction costs are expected to reach approximately $250 million. (Source: Hu Honua Bioenergy, West Hawaii Today, 9 August., 2017) Contact: Hu Honua Bioenergy, LLC, www.; HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News HECO,  Bioenergy,  

Hawaii Seeks Operator for Reforestation Carbon Credits (Ind. Report)
Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Date: 2017-08-11
The Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife has issued an RfP for an operator to sell carbon offset credits for reforestation and recovery of its planned Puu Mali Forest Carbon Project on Mauna Kea .

The Puu Mali Forest Carbon Project calls for the planting of native trees and watershed land restoration. The improvements will be paid for through the sale of carbon offset credits, with one such credit typically certifying the storage of one metric ton of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in plants and other organic material. (Source: Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Honolulu Star, AP, Aug., 2017) Contact: Puu Mali Forest Carbon Project, (808) 587-0166,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credit,  Reforestation,  

Laguna Beach Sticks with Paris Climate Accord (Ind. Report)
Laguna Beach, Paris Climate Accord
Date: 2017-08-11
In California, the Laguna Beach City Council reports it will support other cities and countries initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Climate Accord.

To that end, the council unanimously adopted a resolution that supports goals of the Paris Agreement and commits the city to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through additional policies and programs than those currently included in its own Climate Protection Action Plan. The council also directed city staff to explore ways of measuring and reducing the city's greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: City of Leguna Beach, Daily Pilot, p Aug., 2017) Contact: City of Leguna Beach, City Council, (949) 497-3311,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Accord,  Climate Change,  

Shell Launches Methane Detection Pilot (Ind. Report)
Shell Oil
Date: 2017-08-11
In Houston, oil giant Shell reports it has launched a methane detector pilot at one of its shale gas sites near Rocky Mountain House in Alberta, Canada.

The Methane Detectors Challenge pilot test is part of a multi-stakeholder partnership that includes the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), oil and gas companies, US government agencies and technology developers. The initiative aims to enable better early detection and repair of methane leaks, and ultimately reduce emissions.

In addition to the Methane Detectors Challenge, Shell is involved in other partnerships, including the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) to understand the gaps in methane data and detection technology. (Source: Shell Oil, Aug., 2017)Contact: Shell US, (713 )241-6161,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Shell Oil,  

Utah Relaunches C-PACE Program Statewide (Ind. Report)
Sustainable Real Estate Solutions
Date: 2017-08-09
Sustainable Real Estate Solutions reports it has been selected by the Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development (OED) to administer the state's updated commercial property assessed clean energy (C-PACE) program.

Utah launched its statewide C-PACE program in 2015 after passing legislation enabling commercial PACE in March 2013. Senate Bill 221 authorized local governments to adopt C-PACE financing programs, which offered commercial and industrial property owners a unique mechanism to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy building upgrades.

Senate Bill 273, enacted in March 2017, expands the scope of eligible projects, establishing a statewide C-PACE District, and more clearly defines the process of developing and closing projects. In this updated program, financing is provided by private capital providers in an open market and repaid through a voluntary assessment on the owner's property tax bill over a period of up to 30 years. (Source: Sustainable Real Estate Solutions, PE Web, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development (OED),; C-PACE,; Sustainable Real Estate Solutions, Brian McCarter, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News C-PACE,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  

Taiwan's 1st Offshore Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l. Report)
Swancor Renewable,DONG Energy
Date: 2017-08-09
Taipei-based wind energy developer Swancor Renewable Energy Co. Ltd. is reporting that Taiwan's Formosa I offshore wind farm off the coast of Miaoli County has generated 6.5MW pf electric power since its commissioning and launch in April. The installation's capacity is expected to grow 1,500 pct to 120MW by 2019.

Formosa I is one of the three projects supervised by the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Bureau of Energy as part of its goal to install 1,000 offshore wind turbines by 2030. Taiwan's most promising areas for wind energy are along the island's western coast where DONG Energy is developing offshore wind sites. (Source: Swancor Renewable, Focus Taiwan, 6 Aug., 2017) Contact: Swancor Renewable,

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

Vestas Wins Cactus Flats Texas Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Vestas, Southern Power
Date: 2017-08-09
Vestas is reporting receipt of an unconditional, firm order for the supply and commissioning of 43 units of its V126-3.45 MW turbines, including a 20-year service contract, from Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power. The turbines are destined for installation at the Cactus Flats wind farm in Concho County, Texas. (Source: Vestas, Various Media, NA Windpower, Aug., 2017) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, US/Canada Pres., +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Southern Power,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  Cactus Flats,  

PacifiCorp "Re-Powering Wyoming Wind Turbines (Ind. Report)
PacifiCorp Energy
Date: 2017-08-09
Portland, Oregon-based, PacifiCorp Energy reports it is refitting and "re-powering" its fleet 2008-vintage wind turbines near Medicine Bow, Wyoming, with longer blades and newer technology to increase power production capacity.

The upgrades are expected to increase output of the wind projects by 20 pct on average while extending the operating life of the projects and thus allow the projects to re-qualify for federal production tax credits for an additional 10 years. (Source: PacifiCorp Energy, Saratoga Sun, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: PacifiCorp Energy, Laine Anderson, Director of Wind Operations,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PacifiCorp Energy,  Wind,  Wind Turbines,  

Alliant Energy Announces Iowa Wind Expansion Plan (Ind. Report)
Interstate Power and Light
Date: 2017-08-09
Alliant Energy reports it's Iowa energy unit, Interstate Power and Light, is seeking Iowa Utilities Board approval for an additional 500 MW of wind energy in Iowa. A decision is expected in early 2018. With the company's existing Iowa wind installation, the combined projects would represent a $1.8 billion investment and add up to 1,000 MW of new wind generation in Iowa -- sufficient power for as many as 430,000 Iowa homes for one year. (Source: Alliant Energy Iowa, Renewables Now, Others Media, 3 Aug., 2017) Contact: Alliant Energy Iowa, Interstate Power and Light,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Interstate Power and Light,  

DONG Dumps 50 pct of Borkum Riffgrund Offshore Wind (Int'l)
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-08-09
DONG Energy reports it has inked an agreement to sell 50 pct of Borkum Riffgrund 2, a 450 MW German offshore wind farm project, to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Borkum Riffgrund 2 is currently under construction and is expected to be fully commissioned in 2019. The total sale price amounts to approx. €1,170 million payable over a period from 2017 until 2019, subject to regulatory and other approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed before the year end.

The wind farm will utilize 56 MHI Vestas V164-8.0MW wind turbines and generate sufficient power for 460,000 German households every year. The wind farm is expected to be fully commissioned in 2019. (Source: DONG Energy, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Borkum Riffgrund,  

Tesla Taking Deposits on Solar Roof Tile Installations (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-09
Electric auto maker and soon to be solar giant Tesla reports it has begun installing its solar roof in the US. Earlier this year, the company began taking $1,000 (£761) deposits for its glass roof tiles which, according to the company, are indistinguishable from high-end roofing. Tesla claims the product, which takes around a week to install, is more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles.

As we previously reported, Musk says the new tempered, textured glass tiles look like ordinary roof tiles but allow light to pass through from above onto a standard flat solar cell. They are "tough as steel" and can weather a "lifetime of abuse from the elements" as well as be fitted with heating elements to melt snow in colder climates. According to Musk, the tiles are "never going to wear out", have a "quasi-infinite lifetime" and are comparable to competing high-efficiency solar panels. (Source: Tesla, Various Media, 4 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Solar,  Solar Roof Tile,  Elon Musk,  

CA Air Quality Offices Empowered to Shutdown Emitters (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2017-08-09
In the Golden State, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation giving air quality officials the power to quickly stop polluters when they endanger people's health. The law, which comes into force Jan. 1, 2018, will empower pollution control officers to issue immediate "cease and desist" orders when violations pose an "imminent and substantial" danger. The orders are temporary, pending a hearing before an administrative board.

Currently, air regulators seeking orders to curtail operations that violate rules and threaten public health must go through a lengthy administrative hearing process during which time pollution continues unabated. (Source: Various Media, LA Times, 7 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emittions,  

Green Bond Issuance on the Rise, says Moody's (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-09
Moody's, the rating agency, is reporting that $32.2 billion in green bonds representing 116 transactions from a total of 85 issuers were issued in Q2 of this year, although average transaction size decreased significantly to $278 million from $360 million in the previous quarter.

Just over 20 pct of bonds came from China, still the largest financier of such bonds, with $6.8 billion committed during Q2, followed by $5.8 billion in the US, $3.6 billion in the Netherlands, $3.2 billion in Germany and $2.9 billion of new deals from supranational issuers. This takes total green bond issuance to around $61.7 billion for Q1 and Q@ 2017, a 66 pct increase on the same period in 2016. It also suggests the market may exceed $120 billion by year end.

Most funds raised continue to be directed towards renewables and energy efficiency projects, which make up 27 pct and 21 pct of proceeds, respectively. This is in fact down on previous years, with Moody’s ascribing the reduction to the introduction of green building projects as a separate category from energy efficiency. (Source: Moodys, Renewables News, 3 Aug., 2017) Contact: Moody's,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bonds,  

Iowa Calls for Stronger Renewable Fuels Standard (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-09
In Washington, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and other renewable fuel supporters have celled on the EPA to strengthen the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) saying that ethanol and biodiesel blend levels are too low and if not raised could curtail future investment in the biofuels-biodiesel industry.

Iowa hosts two large cellulosic ethanol plants (Emmetsburg and Nevada) that use corn stover -- stalks, husks and other corn crop residue -- as feedstock for cellulosic ethanol. The two plants are expected to produce approximately 25 million gallons of fuel in 2018. Yet the proposed level assumes only 17 million gallons of liquid cellulosic biofuel from the entire country. Iowa and industry leaders also criticized the proposed biomass-biodiesel requirements that left the 2019 mandate at the 2018 level of 2.1 billion gpy. (Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Wallaces Farmer, 7 Aug., 2017) Contact: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  Ethanol,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  RFS,  Ethanol Blend,  

EMSA Launches Emissions Monitoring, Reporting and Verification System (Ind. Report)
European Maritime Safety Agency
Date: 2017-08-09
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), a European Union agency, reports the launch of THETIS-MRV, a new emissions monitoring, reporting and verification system to help reduce CO2 emissions from E.U. shipping. The system will enable companies responsible for the operation of large ships using E.U. ports to report their CO2 emissions, as required by the E.U.'s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Regulation.

The THETIS-MRV system enables companies to work together with accredited verifiers to prepare monitoring plans in a voluntary module and to release emission compliance reports to the European Commission and other authorities using the mandatory module.

In 2013, the E.U. Commission set out a CO2 emissions monitoring, reporting and verification strategy for progressively integrating maritime emissions into the E.U.'s policy for reducing its domestic greenhouse gas emissions.

Maritime shipping emits approximately 1,000 million tpy CO2 and is responsible for about 2.5 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions. Shipping emissions are predicted to increase between 50 and 250 pct by 2050. (Source: European Maritime Safety Agency, MarEx , 7 Aug., 2017)Contact: EMSA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Maritime Safety Agency,  Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions ,  

Kiwi NGOs Demand Zero Carbon Act to Fight Climate Change (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2017-08-09
A group of 14 New Zealand NGOs has issued an open letter to every member of the country's Parliament calling for a Zero Carbon Act to fight climate change.

The proposed legislation would set a target of zero-net emissions of harmful greenhouse gases by 2050 and bind future Governments to act decisively to reduce emissions. It would also establish an independent body to make recommendations to government on how to enact greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Oxfam, VSA, Unicef, and Amnesty International are among the NGOs that believe the New Zealand government is not doing enough to reach its Paris Climate Accord target of reducing its net emissions of harmful gases to 57.7 million tpy of CO2 equivalent. (Source: NZ Stuff, 8 August, 2017)

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

NH Scuttles Unused Carbon Emissions Registry (Ind. Report)
New Hampshire Air Resources Division
Date: 2017-08-09
In the Granite State, the N.H. Department of Environmental Services reports that the 1999 New Hampshire Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions Registry that allowed businesses to voluntarily record reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions with the state was allowed to expire on its May 16, 2017 sunset date because it was not being used. according to (DES) officials, and it had already expired on May 16, 2017. Further, the N.H. Legislature repealed the law creating it in June.

The registry was more a protection for industrial sources to voluntarily register their emissions, according to the New Hampshire Air Resources Division. The registry was intended to be a central database for business owners to record, if they desired, the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their companies and the actions taken to limited emissions, if any. (Source: N.H. Department of Environmental Services, NH Air Resources Div., Keene Sentinal, 7 April, 2017) Contact: New Hampshire Air Resources Division, (603) 271-1370,; N.H. Department of Environmental Services, (603) 271-3503,

Trump USDA Bans "Climate Change" -- If Only it Was That Easy! (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2017-08-09
The following list of "acceptable" Trump Administration terminology was issued to USDA underlings by USDA Director of Soil Health, Bianca Moebius-Clune:

"(The phrase) 'climate change' is in the 'avoid' category, to be replaced by 'weather extremes'. Instead of 'climate change adaption', staff are asked to use 'resilience to weather extremes'.

"The primary cause of human-driven climate change is also targeted, with the term 'reduce greenhouse gases' blacklisted in favor of 'build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency'. Meanwhile, 'sequester carbon' is ruled out and replaced by 'build soil organic matter.' "

We can't help but wonder if a rose by any other name really smells as sweet? (Source: USDA, Jezabel, The Slot, 7 August, 2017)Contact: USDA Director of Soil Health, Bianca Moebius-Clune, (202) 205-7712,

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Highways England Researching "Parafin Fuels" (Int'l Report)
Highways England
Date: 2017-08-09
In the UK, the federal Highways England agency reports it is researching replacing diesel with biofuels as part of a scheme to slash the dangerous levels of toxic nitrogen oxides or particulate emissions. To that end, the agency will be testing "paraffin fuels" including natural gas, treated vegetable oil and woody biomass converted to oil fuels as a direct replacement to diesel.

The Government recently announced that the sales of new petrol and diesel car should be banned by 2040. The ban could be lifted on cars that are powered by natural fuels such as vegetable oil.

The agency's research plans form a part of the Government's air quality strategy which aims to drastically reduce air pollution across the country. (Source: Highways England, The Express, Aug., 2017)Contact: Highways England,

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Bay State Gov. Supporting Woody Biomass Biofuels (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-09
The Boston Globe is reporting that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's (R) administration has proposed rules that would designate fuel derived from felled trees as a form of renewable energy. The Governor's regulations would provide financial incentives and subsidies for woody biomass renewable fuels.

Environmental advocates and others are opposed to the initiative on the grounds that the rules would increase carbon emissions and lead to greater deforestation. Supporters say the Governor's scheme poses little threat of deforestation to the state which is 62 pct forest covered and the 8th most forested state in the nation. (Source: Olympian, Boston Globe, AP 7 Aug., 2017) Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005,

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Enel Group Completes $250Mn EnerNOC Acquisition (M&A)
EnerNOC,Enel Green Power North America
Date: 2017-08-09
Following up on our June 26th coverage, Andover, Massachusetts-headquartered Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) reports it has closed on its acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of EnerNOC, Inc. for approximately $250 million.

EnerNOC offers energy intelligence software that enables businesses to boost facility efficiency, simplify utility bill management and ease reporting proceedures. Enel Green Power North America, Inc. manages a portfolio of over 100 renewable energy power plants totaling more than 3.3 GW with an additional 900 MW capacity currently under construction. (Source: EnerNOC, Inc., NASDAQ, Aug., 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900,; EnerNoc, Tim Healy, CEO, (617) 224-9900,

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Powin Wins 2.4MWh Hawaiian Energy Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
Powin Energy, Adon Renewables
Date: 2017-08-09
Tualatin, Oregon-based utility battery energy storage specialist Powin Energy Corporation reports it will provide 2.4MWh of energy storage systems across seven sites being built by Adon Renewables in Hawaii.

The seven solar-plus-storage projects will incorporate Powin's Energy Stack140 battery and Battery Pack Operating System (bp-OS) management software. (Source: Powin Energy 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Powin Energy, Geoffrey Brown, Pres., (503) 598-6659,, Adon Renewables, Adon Construction & Solar, Michael Chen, Pres., (808) 236-1110,

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ACE VP Wants RFS Point Of Obligation Unchanged (Reg & Leg)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2017-08-09
American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Senior VP Ron Lamberty is calling for the EPA's Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) Point of Obligation to remain unchanged. The ACE stance is in response to reports that the EPA was going to reject proposed changes to the Point of Obligation RFS rule requiring oil companies to blend a designated amount of ethanol into gasoline. An EPA ruling is expected within the next few weeks. (Source: ACE, WNAX , 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Ron Lamberty, (605) 334-3381,

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Promise's Energy Efficient Solar Water Heating Contributes to LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
Promise Energy
Date: 2017-08-09
In Hollywood, California, the Selma Community Housing residential development has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED for Homes Platinum certification for various energy efficiency features including the installation of a Solar Water Heating system installed by Los Angeles-headquartered Promise Energy Inc..

The system offsets 42 pct of the annual energy consumption for water heating, a savings equivalent to avoiding burning 12,000 pounds of coal or 1,300 gallons of gasoline each year.

The project transformed a parking lot into a five-story housing complex that improves environmental health through increased accessibility to public transportation and helps Hollywood lower its carbon footprint. (Source: Promise Energy, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Promise Energy, Jonas Villalba, VP Business Development , (888) 444-7911,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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U.S. Carbon Tax Worth $2.1Tn, says Dem. Senators (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax,US Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-08-07
Following on our July 31st coverage, Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz (D) of Hawaii say they do not yet have Republican support for a new bill to tax carbon emissions, and have asked a conservative group to help them find the support.

According to Sens. Whitehouse and Schatz, the bill would raise $2.1 trillion in federal revenue over 10 years by requiring companies to pay $49 per ton of carbon emissions next year, a figure that would increase annually.

BP, Royal Dutch Shell, PepsiCo, Walmart and other major corporation have come out in suppoprt of a carbon tax and their support could prove to be the game-changer in garnering Republican support.

In 2016, candidate Trump and a majority of the House opposed the same tax on the grounds that it "would be harmful to American families and businesses, and would not be in the best interest of the United States."

The carbon tax would cut CO2 emissions 36 pct below 2005 levels by 2025. (Source: Gephardt Daily, Various Sources, UPI, July 28, 2017) Contact: U.S, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, (Dem.-RI), (401) 453-5294,

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Notable Quote
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-08-07
"Virtually every person on the Republican side who has thought the climate change problem through to a solution has come to the same place: price carbon emissions to encourage cleaner energy and return the revenue to the American people." -- U.S, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, (Dem.-RI)

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Con Edison Proposes Maine Wind Energy Delivery to the Bay State Boston (Ind. Report)
Con Edison
Date: 2017-08-07
New York energy utility Con Edison reports it aims to partner with Maine Power Express LLC, (MPX) a group of energy developers, to construct wind farms in Penobscot and Arostock Counties, Maine. Power from the new wind farms would be transmitted to Boston through a bid process under consideration in Massachusetts.

Under the plan, MPX would build a 630-megawatt wind facility in Penobscot and Aroostook counties called County Line Wind. Then the partnership would deliver that power via an underground power line on an existing energy corridor that eventually connects to an underwater transmission line to Boston, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

If the MPX project wins the Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP, it would sign a 20-year power purchase agreement with Massachusetts utilities regulators, according to the release. Construction of the wind farms and the transmission corridor would be complete by 2022, according to the bid. Massachusetts is expected to make its selection in January 2018. (Source: Con Edison, Press Herald, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: Con Edison, (212) 460-4600,

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RIT Studying Solar Cell Energy Storage Technology (R&D)
Rochester Institute of Technology
Date: 2017-08-07
In the Empire State, researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) report the expansion of both solar cell technology and knowledge of environmental effects of energy storage on the electricity grid.

In solar cell technology, RIT researchers are focused on maximizing how much of the solar spectrum can be taken in using tandem junction solar cells based on III-V compounds -- metallic and non-metallic elements on the Periodic Table to supplement silicon, RIT said.

The project will be conducted over a two-year period and aims to expand the scope of III-V solar cells beyond niche markets.

The RIT research has received a $149,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the climate, health and environmental effects of operating energy storage devices and to propose new electricity system policies that allow the economic benefits of storage to be captured without causing inadvertent emissions. Work is slated to begin this fall. (Source: Rochester Inst. of Tech., Rochester Business Journal, Kerry Feltmer, Aug,, 2017) Contact: Rochester Institute of Technology,

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EU Countries Add 6.1 GW of Wind Energy to Date in 2017 (Int'l)
Date: 2017-08-07
According to the European wind energy advocacy group WindEurope, Europe has to date in 2017 added 6.1 GW of extra wind energy capacity in Europe -- 2.2 GW in Germany, 1.2 GW inthe UK and 492 MW in France. The report also revealed that there are 18 offshore wind project underway in Germany, UK, Belgium and Finland totaling 1.3 GW installed. (Source: WindEurope, Marine Journal, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: WindEurope, Giles Dickson, CEO,

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£1.5Mn Added to Scottish Gov. Offshore Wind Investment (Int'l)

Date: 2017-08-07
The Scottish Government is reporting an additional £1.5 million investment in the Carbon Trust's world-leading Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) development and demonstration programme in a bid to stimulate innovation in the sector. Funding will also continue for other projects exploring potential opportunities that offshore wind can offer to Scotland and ultimately lead to a reduction in costs.

Schemes receiving funding will be those which encourage international collaboration and knowledge-sharing between offshore wind developers. sectors to improve the industry as a whole. The OWA programme brings together nine of the largest offshore wind developers in Europe – DONG Energy, EnBW, E.ON, Iberdrola, innogy, SSE, Statkraft, Statoil and Vattenfall. (Source: Gov. of Scotland, The Courier, Various Media, 5 Aug., 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Andrew Lever, Director of Innovation, Al-Karim Govindji, Senior Manager of Innovation, +44 (0) 207 832 4773,

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Aurora Reports Gemini Bifacial Solutions Order (Ind. Report)
Aurora Solar Technologies
Date: 2017-08-07
North Vancouver, BC-based Aurora Solar Technologies Inc. reports receipt of an order for two Decima™ Gemini measurement systems, and Veritas™ process visualization systems, for deployment on new bifacial cell fabrication lines. In addition to this purchase, the unnamed customer has agreed to a joint project with Aurora to define, document and publish the economic benefits of Aurora’s bifacial cell measurement and visualization technology.

The ordered systems will be used to speed the ramp-up of the new production lines and assist in solar cell R&D and production equipment development. The systems are scheduled for delivery in September and October. (Source: Aurora Solar Technologies, 1 Aug., 2017) Contact: Aurora Solar Technologies, Michael Heaven, CEO, Pres., (778) 241-5000, ,

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