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EU Parliamentarians Call for End of Palm Oil Biodiesel (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2017-03-13
A group of European Union parliamentarians is reportedly calling for the European Commission to take measure to promote the responsible cultivation of palm oil and phase out its use for biofuels. In 2014, 45 pct of all palm oil imported into Europe was used as transport biofuel fuel.

Palm oil production leads to deforestation and the destruction of jungles which are replaced by palm plantations. resulting in increased forest fires, the drying up of rivers, soil erosion, loss of groundwater, pollution of waterways and habitat destruction. The EU parliamentarians are calling for strengthened environmental measures to prevent palm oil-related deforestation and phase out the use of palm oil as a component of biodiesel by 2020. Products should also be able to be certified for the socially responsible origin of their palm oil. (Source: EurActiv, Biofuels Int'l, Others , Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  European Commission ,  


Notable Quotes

Date: 2017-03-13
"I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see. "But we don't know that yet. ... We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis." -- US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt) responds to Pruitt:

"I wish I could come up with another word -- it is pathetic, that that is the position of the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. You have the head of the Environmental Protection Agency who denies ... reality in face of overwhelming scientific evidence. Not only is it sad, it is a real threat to the well-being of this country and the world." -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt) responds to Pruitt

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


Amsterdam Expects Biodiesel Blends to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
Port of Amsterdam ,Good Fuels
Date: 2017-03-13
The Port of Amsterdam reports that vessels in its fleet will now run on fuel containing 30 pct biodiesel, reducing CO2 emissions by 25 percent compared to conventional diesel.

The port notes that, following a successful pilot, GoodFuels Marine has been awarded the tender to supply the Port of Amsterdam's fleet of five patrol vessels with the biodiesel bunkers. (Source: Port of Amsterdam, Ship & Bunker, 10 Mar., 2017) Contact: Good Fuels Marine, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, info@goodfuels.com, goodfuels.com/marine; Port of Amsterdam, www.portofamsterdam.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Marine Biofuel,  Marine Emissions,  CO2,  Good Fuels,  


NY Utilities to Develop Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
New York State Public Service Commission
Date: 2017-03-13
In Albany. the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) is providing New York utilities with new goals and requirements to help them tap into the benefits of energy storage systems. As part of a PSC order advancing utility planning of Distributed System Implementation Platforms (DSIP), the PSC directed the state's investor-owned utilities to deploy at least two energy storage projects by the end of 2018.

The order requires utilities to "significantly increase the scope and speed of their energy storage endeavors (and) by no later than December 31, 2018, each individual utility must have energy storage projects deployed and operating at no fewer than two separate distribution substations or feeders." Utilities will strive to have these energy storage systems perform at least two types of grid functions, such as increasing the generating capacity of a substation -- "hosting capacity" -- or help reduce the power needed when energy demand is at peak load.

The energy storage requirement is part of a broader order by the PUC to improve utility planning under Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), the state's strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system. Under REV, utilities will act as "Distributed System Platforms" (DSP) to develop smaller, cleaner energy systems as well as services to help consumers better manage their electricity usage. The order sets new deadlines and other requirements for utilities to further develop key elements of DSIP planning. The order also adopts a standard for sharing and protecting aggregated customer data and requires utilities to propose standards for the evaluation of energy efficiency in buildings. Sharing aggregated customer usage allows for innovative approaches to energy efficiency and enables DER developers of distributed energy resources to make investment decisions. It will also help community planning and community choice aggregation proposals.

Under the order, utilities must also provide more information and take other steps to encourage the development of DER, demand -- management and other energy -- saving initiatives (“non[wire alternatives" rather than constructing substations or other infrastructure to meet future energy needs. The utilities must do more to create online portals to provide information to help DER developers and projects to interconnect with the electric grid and improve hosting capacity maps and similar information.

(Source: NY State Public Service Commission, PR, 9 Mar., 2017) Contact: NY PSC, Jon Sorense, (518) 416-2496, Jon.Sorensen@dps.ny.gov, www.dps.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York State Public Service Commission ,  EnerService Commission ,  Energy Storage ,  Energy Efficiency gy Storage,  


LGE-KU, EPRI Launch Energy Storage Demo Site (Ind. Report)
EPRI,Louisville Gas and Electric
Date: 2017-03-13
Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), are reporting the launch of a new Energy Storage Research and Demonstration Site near Harrodsburg in Mercer County, Kentucky.

The project will allow the utilities to develop, test, and evaluate the potential benefits of utility-scale battery technologies, and investigate operating needs and associated costs. Researchers will also use the site to advance control technologies, increase value gained from storage, and determine solutions to integration challenges for energy storage on the electric grid.

The site includes three testing bays for energy storage technologies, each able to house up to one megawatt of storage, resulting in a total hosting capacity of up to three megawatts of energy storage. The first energy storage system installed on the site consists of a 1-MW lithium-ion battery system, a 1-MW smart power inverter and an advanced control system. (Source: Louisville Gas and Electric, Solar Power World, Various Media, 9 Mar, 2017) Contact: Louisville Gas and Electric, https://lge-ku.com; EPRI, www.epri.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  Electric Power Research Institute ,  


Aquion Energy Loosing Charge with Chapter 11 Filing (Ind. Report)
Aquion Energy
Date: 2017-03-13
In Pittsburgh, sodium-ion battery and large-scale energy storage system specialist Aquion Energy reports it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, halted its factory operations and ceased marketing and sales efforts.

In 2010, the company received over $5 in grant funding from the US DOE and in 2011 closed on $30 million in private funding from investors the likes of Bill Gates. In 2016 the company scored another $33 million to support its operations. Aquion had also been approved to receive $16.6 million in state grants and loans from the the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, according to the agency's online investment tracker. (Source: Aquion Energy, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Various Media, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: Aquion Energy, Tim Poor, Commercial Officer, www.aquionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aquion Energy,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  ,  


Q4 Energy Storage Installations Break Records (Ind. Report)
GTM Research,U.S. Energy Storage Association
Date: 2017-03-13
GTM Research and the U.S. Energy Storage Association are reporting that 230 MW/h of energy storage systems were installed in the US in Q4 of 2016 -- more than the previous 12 quarters combined. That strong finish put the total amount of energy storage systems installed in 2016 at 336 MW/h, or 100 pct over 2015. The U.S. energy storage market is now estimated to reach 7.3 GW in 2022, representing an investment of $3.3 billion.

According to Ravi Manghani, GTM Research's director of energy storage, "California will play a significant role in the future as utilities there continue to contract energy storage under the state's 1.3-gigawatt mandate. While California took over the pole position in 2016 from PJM, the market shift was also transformational in terms of applications -- from short-duration ancillary services to longer-duration capacity needs," Manghani added. Currently, 88 pct of all installed energy storage capacity in Q4 was delivered within California. (Source: GTM Research, Power Engineering, Various Media, 8 Mar., 2017)Contact: Energy Storage Association, (202) 293-0537, info@energystorage.org, www.energystorage.org; GTM Research, www.greentechmedia.com/research

More Low-Carbon Energy News GTM Research,  Energy Storage,  U.S. Energy Storage Association,  


IBM Lauded for Energy Efficiency, Emissions Reductions (Ind. Report)
IBM
Date: 2017-03-13
In its new report Corporations: Unlikely Heroes in America's Quest for Climate Action the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) applauds IBM for taking "aggressive actions against climate change since the 1990s." and maintaining its commitment to reducing through a greater use of renewable energy and energy efficiency efforts as well as reducing carbon emissions associated with utility sources of electricty as well as lowering transportation fuel consumption. IBM has also developed analytics and cognitive based IT solutions to enable utilities and grid operators to better integrate renewable electricity generated from wind and solar projects into the electricity grid. (Source: IBM, WWF, Sustainable Brands, 9 Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News IBM,  CO2 Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  


Statoil Slicing GHG Emissions by 20 pct by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
Statoil
Date: 2017-03-13
Oslo-headquartered Norwegian oil and gas producer Statoil reports it aims to cut its annual carbon dioxide emissions by 20 pct from current levels by 2030 -- about 3 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030. The oil giant also plans to reduce emissions per barrel of oil produced to 8 kg (17.64 lb) by 2030 from the present 10 kg (22.05 lb).

Statoil's greenhouse gas emissions were the equivalent of 15 million tonnes of O2 in 2016 -- roughly three times the emissions from all of Norway's 2.5 million cars. The company's goal is short of Norway's national target of a reduction in emissions of at least 40 pct from 1990 levels by 2030, according to Reuters coverage. (Source: Statoil, NASDAQ, Mar., 2017) Contact: Statoil, www.statoil.com

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


WELTEC Touts Biogas Substrates Analysis (New Prod & Tech)
WELTEC BIOPOWER
Date: 2017-03-13
German biogas specialist WELTEC BIOPOWER is reporting development of a quick test for identifying inhibitors in biogas substrates that may contain substances that prevent efficient biogas production. WELTEC's development is subsidized by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) via Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (agency for renewable resources). WELTEC's system delivers precise information on the gas production. Moreover, the change of the acid spectrum is monitored while deliberately adding inhibitors. The resulting target curves will henceforth be compared with the gas production curves of substrates to reveal whether the substrate contains any inhibitors. Previously, the aerobic four-plate inhibitor test used to be employed for identifying inhibitors. The test is designed for the dairy industry and does not reflect the conditions in the digester. With the new anaerobic procedure, results are to be available after three days allowing biogas plant operators to determine the quality of their input materials precisely, speedily and inexpensively. It will also allow biogas plant operators to quickly decide whether to purchase offered silage or liquid manure or whether to use a certain batch of their own slurry. It would also be possible for substrate providers to use this quick test to furnish evidence of the quality of their product. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER Gmbh, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER, Ann Borries, +49 (0) 4441-999 78-220, presse@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER,  Biogas,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER,  Biogas,  


Global Algae Biofuel Industry 2017 Market Overview -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Algae Biofuel
Date: 2017-03-10
Global Algae Biofuel Industry 2017 Market Overview, Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Technology, Applications, Growth, Market Status, Demands, Insights, Development, Research and Forecast 2017-2020, a new research study presents a comprehensive analysis and understanding the development of the global Algae Biofuel market.

The study examines the vital growth factors and the current trends that are estimated to enhance the growth of the global market. The research report also offers an-depth analysis of the global Algae Biofuel market, focusing on the product portfolio, primary applications, latest developments, regional segmentation, and the competitive scenario of the overall market. In addition, with the aid of diverse analytical tools, the research study throws light on the key opportunities and the challenges that are being faced by the prominent players that are operating in the globe market.

A report sample and details is available HERE. (Source: QY Research Reports, PR, 7 Mar., 2017) Contact: QY Research Reports, (518) 621-2074, sales@qyresearchreports.com , www.qyresearchreports.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Biofuel,  


Central Indiana Solar Farm Set for Construction (Ind. Report)
Indiana Municipal Power
Date: 2017-03-10
In the Hoosier State, the City of Greenfield officials report the sale city-owned property for the construction of $4 million, 11,000 panel solar farm. to the Indiana Municipal Power Agency. The project is slated to have about 11,000 solar panels. Construction is slated to get underway this coming May for completion before the year end.

Indiana Municipal Power provides electricity to 60 municipal utilities around the state. The agency presently owns and operates 13 solar farms in the state, including in Anderson, Crawfordsville, Peru and Washington. (Source: City of Greenfield, Greenfield Daily Reporter, Mar, 2017) Contact: City of Greenfield, Mike Fruth, Utilities Director, (317) 477-4300, www.greenfieldin.org; Indiana Municipal Power, (317) 573-9955, www.impa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indiana Municipal Power ,  Solar,  


Brookfield Acquiring SunEdison's TerraForm Yieldcos (M&A)
SunEdison,TerraForm,Brookfield Asset Management,TerraForm
Date: 2017-03-10
Following on our Jan. 13th coverage, it is being widely reported that Toronto-headquartered Brookfield Asset Management has sealed a deal to assume a controlling stake in TerraForm Power and TerraForm Global.

According to Brookfield, it will take a 51 pct controlling interest in TerraForm Power for $11.46 per Class A share. TerraForm Power will in turn have access to a portfolio of approximately 3,500 MW Right of First Offer (ROFO) provided by Brookfield, made up of around 1,200 MW of operating wind farms and around 2,300 MW of development-stage wind and solar projects across North America and Western Europe. Brookfield will also sponsor TerraForm Power to the tune of $500 million in equity. Additionally, Brookfield will acquire TerraForm Global for approximately $787 million in cash and assume approximately $455 million in net debt. (Source: Brookfield, CleanTechnica, Others, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: Brookfield Asset Management, (416) 363-9491, www.brookfield.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Asset Management,  TerraForm,  SunEdison ,  


King Co. Metro, Urban Solar Ink Solar Shelters Deal (Ind. Report)
King County Metro ,Urban Solar
Date: 2017-03-10
In Washington State, King County Metro (Metro) reports its it has inked a 5-year contract with Beaverton, Oregon-based Urban Solar for its PV, LED lighting equipped Solar Shelter Systems. Urban Solar provide solar LED lighting solutions for Metro's transit shelters and stops.

King County Metro is one of the 10 largest public bus agencies in the United States, with 8,000 bus stops and more than 1,800 public transit bus shelters.

Urban Solar manufactures solar power systems and commercial LED lighting solutions for transit, transportation, parking lots, pathway and general illumination applications. (Source: King County Metro, Solar Daily, 7 Mar., 2017) Contact: Urban Solar, Jeff Peters, Pres., (503) 356-5516, www.urbansolarcorp.com; King County Metro, kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Urban Solar,  Solar,  


Southern Current Invests in Orangeburg Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Southern Current LLC
Date: 2017-03-10
Charleston, South Carolina-headquartered solar energy specialist Southern Current LLC is reporting the launch of a new 8-MW direct current solar energy project in Springfield, Orangeburg County. The development is expected to come in at over $10 million in new capital investment when fully operational by the year end.

The Springfield project is the latest of an estimated $234 million in regional solar projects. (Source: Southern Current LLC, Times & Democrat, 7 Mar., 2017) Contact: Southern Current, Paul Fleury, Chief Development Officer, (843) 277-2090, www.southerncurrentllc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Current,  Solar LLC,  


GOP Aims to Kill Buckeye State Renewables Mandates (Reg & Leg)
Ohio, Renewable Energ
Date: 2017-03-10
In the Buckeye State, the Republican dominated Ohio House is considering legislation that would make voluntary the mandates that now require power companies to generate or buy and sell a percentage of their power from wind, solar and other renewable energy technologies.

The bill would allow customers that have signed a contract with an independent power company to avoid paying the supplier extra charges for green power. It would also let individual power companies decide what percentage of the power it sells has been generated by renewable technologies such as wind and solar. The law currently demands that by 2026, 12.5 pct of the power sold must be from renewables.

The standards under this proposed legislation would be completely voluntary and there would be no penalties for companies that chose not to sell green power without fines or penalties. And in 2026, even the voluntary benchmarks would be completely eliminated. The legislation does, however, continues rules on Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) but would effectively kill the future value of RECs. (Source: Cleveland.com, Various Other Media, 7 Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Standard,  Energy Efficiency,  


Quebec's Gaz Metro Snares Standard Solar (M&A)
Gaz Metro,Standard Solar
Date: 2017-03-10
Quebec, Canada-based diversified natural gas distributor and energy provider Gaz Metro Limited Partnership reports it will acquire Rockville, Maryland-headquartered Standard Solar, a distributed generation solar projects developer.

The acquisition is expected to help Gaz Metro expand its renewable energy effort, reduce the energy sector's environmental footprint and lower its greenhouse gas emissions.

Gaz Metro is engaged in electric distribution and production including solar and wind power, and natural gas distribution, LNG and renewable natural gas.

The deal is slated to close within the next few weeks subject to regulatory approval. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. (Source: Gaz Metro, EBR, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: Gaz Metro, Sophie Brochu, CEO, Martin Imbleau, Snr. VP, (855) 393-1313, www.gazmetro.com/en; Standard Solar, Tony Clifford, CEO, (301) 944-0527, info@standardsolar.com, www.standardsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gaz Metro,  Standard Solar,  Solar,  


Aussie Power Prices Doubled with Axing of Carbon Tax (Int'l)
Australia Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-03-10
In the Land Down Under, an analysis by the University of Melbourne's Climate and Energy College reports that the average wholesale electricity price soared to $134 a megawatt hour in the summer just finished, compared with $65-$67 in the two summers the carbon price was in place. It nearly tripled in 12 months in Queensland and NSW, and doubled in South Australia. Only Victoria among eastern mainland states escaped.

The dramatic increase, which has been blamed on everything from soaring fuels prices to uncertainty over the fate of aging coal-fired power plants, fuelling mounting calls for a bipartisan energy plan and a return to some form of carbon trading -- carbon tax to limit future price rises, ct emissions and help Australia meet its international climate targets. (Source: University of Melbourne Climate and Energy College, The Australian, 9 Mar., 2017) Contact: University of Melbourne Climate and Energy College, +61 3 8344 4124, www.climate-energy-college.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  


UK to Reset Carbon Price Following EU ETS Brexit (Int'l)
EU ETS,European Union
Date: 2017-03-10
At Whitehall, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond's new budget is suggesting that the UK government will set a new carbon price following Brexit and the country's exit from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

According to the new budget, starting 2021/22, the government will target a total carbon price and set the specific tax rate at a later date. The budget announcement is intended to pave the way towards a domestic scheme designed to disincentivize high carbon emissions, although previous similar programmes to regulate high energy use have been criticized for allowing the most energy intensive industries a reprieve from regulations. (Source: Various Media, Clean Energy, 9 Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


Wind Tops Hydro in U.S. Renewable Energy Capacity (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2017-03-10
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Electric Power Monthly for November 2017 Report, almost 9,000 MW of wind capacity was brought online in 2016, surpassing installed hydroelectric capacity for the first time. The EIA report noted that installed wind capacity ended 2016 at 81,312 MW compared with 79,985 MW of hydro.

Despite the shift, the actual power generation from the nation's dams is still expected to be greater than wind output in 3017, due in part to above-normal precipitation on the West Coast.

E There are more than 52,000 individual wind turbines in 41 states and two territories, and Texas leads the nation for installed capacity. The state has three times more wind generating capacity than any other, with more than 20,000 MW. Another 5,400 MW are under construction and 1,300 MW in advanced development, according to the EIA. (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Mar., 2017)Contact: U.S. Energy Information Administration, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Hydropower,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


Fortum Oyj Announces Stockholm Area Bioenergy Plant Plan(Int'l)
Fortum
Date: 2017-03-10
Finnish energy giant Fortum Oyj is reporting plans to construct a woody biomass power facility in Loovsta, but has release few specifics for the Stockholm area facility other than a construction startup date of 2018.

The company release added that its biomass-fired Vartan plant and waste-fired Brista facility are helping the city ditch coal by its target of 2022 and be fossil fuel free entirely by 2040. Coal-fired power plants in Vartan and Hasselby are currently due to be phased out and will need to be replaced by new bioenergy capacity, according to the company. (Source: Fortum, ENDS Waste & Bioenergy, 8 Mar., 2017)Contact: Fortum, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, Fortum, +358-50-453-6322, vesa.koivisto@fortum.com, www.fortum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum,  Bioenergy,  


A Switch for Switchgrass -- Biofuel Feedstock Report (Report Attached (Ind. Report)
University of Wisconsin
Date: 2017-03-10
Switchgrass has been lauded as a promising source of biofuel…. Genetically modifying switchgrass could boost crop yields and its commercial viability. But to close in on realizing that potential requires one small tweak: a genetic sterility switch that prevents the modified grass from contaminating the genes of nearby unmodified grasses. Dazhong Zhao, a UWM associate professor of biological sciences, hopes to build that switch.

Under current federal regulations, only genetically modified grasses that are absolutely sterile in the lab can enter field trials. Zhao and his team aim to create a sterile switchgrass by introducing a fusion gene into its reproductive cells, using a harmless bacterium as a delivery vehicle.

Access the A Switch for Switchgrass Report HERE. (Source: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee , 7 Mar., 2017) Contact: University of Wisconsin-Milwuakee, Ahao Dazhong, (414) 229-4214, dzhao@uwm.edu, https://uwm.edu/biology

More Low-Carbon Energy News Switchgrass,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Biofuel,  


National Labs Investigate Algae Strains for Biofuels (R&D)
DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Sandia National Laboratories,PNNL
Date: 2017-03-10
Sandia National Laboratories reports it is partnering with the Los Alamos National Lab, Pacific Northwest Lab, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Arizona State University to identify and test various strains of algae for resistance to a host of predators and diseases.

Their investigations are part of the new, $6 million Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization and Validation Research (DISCOVR) project to determine which algae strains are the toughest and most commercially viable. The U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is sponsoring the project.

Researchers estimate that 30 pct of current production on algae farms is lost each year due to pond crashes. For early crash detection, Jeri Timlin, an analytical chemist on Sandia's DISCOVR team, is using spectro-radiometric monitoring to watch the ponds for subtle changes in reflected light that indicate the presence of pathogens or predators. This technique can detect subtle color changes as well as other physical and chemical properties of the algae, making it possible to determine the pond's density and overall health.

While Sandia monitors ponds and evaluates resistance to diseases, PNNL will quantify the biomass production rate of 10 strains of algae that they grow in a variety of simulated environmental conditions. NREL then will perform compositional analysis on the same strains, seeking those best suited for fuel production. Later phases of the three-year project will involve partners in this "algae pipeline," increasing pond culture stability and evaluating the potential for generating products other than fuel, such as chemicals used for industrial purposes. (Source: Sandia National Laboratories, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy; Sandia National Lab, Jeri Timblin, (505) 844-7932, jatimbli@sandia.gov,www.sandia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy ,  Sandia National Laboratories,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  PNNL,  


ENERVEX Cuts Housing Authority Energy Costs by $80Mn (Ind. Report)
ENERVEX
Date: 2017-03-10
Georgia-based venting systems specialist ENERVEX is reporting completion of an economizer and heat exchanger project expected to save the City of Newark, N.J. Housing Authority more than $80 million in energy costs and significantly reduce the environmental impact of operating its 236-unit Atlanta residential facility over 15 years.

The ENERVEX Economizer solution recovers 607,926 more BTUs per hour and saves $35,621 per year, with boiler efficiency increases to 86.4 pct, better pressure control, elimination of overheating problems, and savings that will accrue long after hardware installation. (Source: ENERVEX, PR, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: ENERVEX, Steen Hagensen, Pres., (800) 255-2923, www.enervex.com; Newark Housing Authority, www.newarkha.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERVEX,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  


Singapore Stiffening Industrial Emitters Regulations (Int'l)
Singapore Carbon Emissions
Date: 2017-03-10
In Singapore, the government has indicated it will stiffen its existing Energy Conservation Act in an effort to tackle industrial greenhouse gas emissions and thusly tackle climate change, beginning in 2018. The country's industrial sector is thought to be responsible for approximately 60 pct of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions.

F The Act now requires large energy users to appoint an energy manager, routinely monitor and report energy use and annual emissions, as well as submit annual energy efficiency improvement plans to the National Environment Agency (NEA). Companies will also have to ensure common industrial equipment and systems meet minimum energy performance standards as well as follow a standardized protocol when measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions, all of which will help pave the way for the government's planned carbon tax on power stations and other large emitters from 2019.

Under the Paris Climate Pact, Singapore pledged to stop any increase to its greenhouse gas emissions by around 2030. (Source: Various Meda, Strait Times, 8 Mar., 2017)

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


Calf. Energy Comm. to Set Energy Efficiency Targets (Ind. Report)
California Energy Commission
Date: 2017-03-10
In Sacramento, California Senate Bill 350 directs the California Energy Commission (CEC) to establish energy efficiency targets that achieve a statewide, cumulative doubling of energy efficiency savings in electricity and natural gas final end uses by 2030, to the extent doing so is cost effective, feasible, and does not adversely impact public health and safety. To that end, the CEC is required to conduct a public process that engages with stakeholders.

The CEC is investigating what enhanced cost effective energy efficiency savings can be achieved from utility programs and from savings to be achieved from other sources, such as codes and standards and market activity. (Source: Calif. Energy Commission, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact:Calif. Energy Commission, Bryan Early, (916) 654-4714, Bryan.Early@energy.ca.gov, www.energy.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Energy Efficiency,  


Granite Falls Holds Majority Stake in Heron Lake BioEnergy (M&A)
Granite Falls Energy,Heron Lake BioEnergy
Date: 2017-03-10
In a recent SEC filing, Heron Lake BioEnergy LLC. reports that as of March 7, Granite Falls Energy, Llc holds a 50.58 stake in the company with a total of 39,420,949 shares.

Heron Lake BioEnergy operates a 50 million gpy dry mill fuel-grade ethanol plant in Heron Lake, Minnesota where it produces ethanol, dried distillers grains (DDGs) and non-edible corn oil. (Source: Heron Lake, Small Cap Exclusive, 7 Mar., 2017)Contact: Granite Falls Energy, (320) 564-3100, www.granitefallsenergy.com; Heron Lake BioEnergy, (507) 793-0077, www.heronlakebioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Granite Falls Energy,  Ethanol,  DDGs,  


Renewable Fuels Nebraska Opposes RFS Point of Obligation Changes (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Fuels Nebraska
Date: 2017-03-10
"Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN) remains strongly opposed to any change in the Point of Obligation if it would undermine the integrity of that important program. RFN is committed to the RFS (Renewale Fuel Standard) because it is good public policy, good for consumers, and good for Nebraska.

"The challenge facing the Nebraska ethanol industry today is access to the consumer. RFN supports measures that would eliminate barriers to the increased sale of E15 and open new markets for domestic renewable fuels."

RFN represents ethanol producers in the state of Nebraska, which produces approximately 2.5 billion gpy at 25 plants. (Source: Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Mar., 2017) Contact: Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Mark Palmer, Exec. Dir., www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Nebraska ,  Ethanol Blend,  Ethanol,  Point of Obligation,  


Building Energy Innovators Council Launched (Ind. Report)
Building Energy Innovators Council
Date: 2017-03-10
In Ontario, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS) CEO Gordon Hicks is reporting the launch of the Building Energy Innovators Council (BEIC), an industry-driven initiative to accelerate the collaboration, innovation, and adoption of clean building technologies across Canada. The BEIC will provide input to federal and provincial governments related to the types of incentive programs and policies required to increase adoption of new energy efficient building technologies and renewable energy solutions.

The BEIC will support utilities and governing bodies such as the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), with the promotion of their renewable energy and energy efficiency incentive programs and ensure they are effectively communicated industry-wide and adopted by owners and occupiers of real estate. The Council will consist of up to 25 founding members including: Brookfield Renewables, NRStor Inc., Cisco, Ecobee, Schneider Electrc, Mitsubishgi, EnerNOC and others. (Source: REMI Network, BEIC, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, Gordon Hicks, CEO, (905) 943-4100, www.brookfieldgis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  


VA Considers Home Energy Efficiency Score Reporting (Ind. Report)
Residential Energy Services Network,Appraisal Institute
Date: 2017-03-10
In the Old Dominion State, SouthEast Energy News is reporting that the Appraisal Institute and the Residential Energy Services Network is proposing the reporting and addition of Home Energy Rating System scores to home appraisals. The addition is intended to help builders and homeowners seeking financing for the inclusion of energy efficiency features in their projects. Virginia's home builders have come out in opposition to the move on the grounds that the changes will raise construction costs.

Following a public comment period, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will rule on the proposed changes .

Virginia ranks thirty-third among U.S. states for energy efficiency, with its code at or above the 2009 version of the International Building Code. (Source: Residential Energy Services Network, SouthEast Energy News, Construction Dive, 8Mar., 2017) Contact: Residential Energy Services Network, www.resnet.us; Appraisal Institute, www.appraisalinstitute.org; Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, (804) 371-7000, www.dhcd.virginia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Home Energy Efficiency,  


SRI to Advance Novel CO2 Utilization Strategy (R&D, Funding)
Southern Research Institute
Date: 2017-03-10
The U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy reports it has awarded $800,000 to Southern Research Institute (SRI) to develop cost-efficient and environmentally friendly methods of producing some of the most important chemicals used in manufacturing. SRI is developing a novel nano-engineered catalyst-driven process for the production of light olefins, such as ethylene and propylene, using CO2 from coal-fired flue gas and lower alkanes derived from shale gas as feedstocks.

Current ethylene and propylene production methods are cash- and energy-intensive as well as large greenhouse gas emitters. By combining CO2 with shale gas, which is readily available in the U.S., our new process promises to have meaningful economic and environmental impact, according to SRI.

The SRI project supports the Carbon Use and Reuse R&D portfolio being assembled by the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy. The portfolio is developing and testing novel approaches that convert captured CO2 from coal-fired power plants into useable products. (Source: SGO, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: Southern Research, Bill Grieco, Ph.D., VP Energy and Environment, Amit Goyal, Ph.D., Sustainable Chemistry and Catalysis Manager, (205) 581-2000, www.southernresearch.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Research Institute,  CO2,  


Notable Quote
Donald Trump.
Date: 2017-03-10
"I strongly believe in clean energy, in conserving energy, all of that -- more than anybody." -- Donald Trump.

Trump was commenting on clean energy and energy efficiency after receiving almost $1 million in energy-efficiency incentives and low-interest loans from New York state for Trump-branded residential tower in Westchester County, N.Y. in 2012.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Donald Trump,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


New Leaf Biofuel Doubling Biodiesel Production (Ind. Report)
New Leaf Biofuel
Date: 2017-03-10
In San Diego, biodiesel producer New Leaf Biofuel reports it has received a Notice of Proposed Award of $3.8 million in matching funds from the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (Program).

The grant, which will help fund a doubling of the company's biodiesel on-site production capacity to 12 MMgy, is provided under the Community-Scale and Commercial-Scale Advanced Biofuels Production Facilities solicitation. Under the terms of the grant, New Leaf will be required to contribute $4.5 million to the project which is expected to be completed and commissioned by Q4 2018.

New Leaf produces BQ-9000 biodiesel from used cooking oil collected from San Diego area restaurants. (Source: New Leaf Biodiesel, Various Media, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: New Leaf Biofuel, Jennifer Case, Pres., (619) 236-8500, www.newleafbiofuel.com; California Energy Commission Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, http://www.energy.ca.gov/altfuels

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Leaf Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


CPS Energy Offers "Save Now" Energy Assessments (Ind. Report)
CPS Energy
Date: 2017-03-10
In the Lone Star State, San Antonio electric and natural gas utility CPS Energy is touting its new "Save Now" energy efficiency program. Under the program, a CPS technician surveys a home's energy efficiency and recommends improvements to reduce energy consumption and cut utility bills.

The no-cost home efficiency survey takes about 45-to-90 minutes to complete and saves the average homeowner about 10 pct on their total energy bill. (Source: CPS Energy, News4SA, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: CPS Energy 'Save Now' program, www.cpsenergy.com/savenow; CPS Energy, www.cpsenergy.com

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


Welsh Research Explores Urban Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
Cardiff University
Date: 2017-03-10
Cardiff University, Wales, is reporting receipt of as much as €1.15 million in EU funding for three research projects as part of a Europe-wide drive to tackle fuel poverty and enhance urban energy efficiency. The research data will be applied across Europe in a bid to deliver more efficient use of energy in the built environment. The research projects will run through 2020.

Two of the Cardiff projects, the Horizon 2020-funded THERMOSS and PENTAGON projects, will seek new ways of managing urban energy resources. THERMOSS is aimed at addressing current barriers to the uptake of district heating and cooling (DHC) systems in Europe by designing the next generation DHC with a substantially increased share of renewables, operational efficiency and reduced environmental impact. PENTAGON will trial a new type of eco-district, using a range of renewable energy generation sources and advanced energy management.

The third project, PiSCES, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales Co-operation Programme, will look specifically at reducing the costs and carbon footprint of energy networks in the fish processing industry. Partner projects will be taking place in the UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Czech Republic and Ireland. (Source: Cardiff University, Pan European Networks, 9 Mar., 2017) Contact: Cardiff University, www.cardiff.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Delaware Ethanol Storage Project Wins Legal Challenge (REG & Leg)
Delaware Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board
Date: 2017-03-08
The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the Delaware Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board, meeting in the state capital of Dover, has rejected an appeal by the Delaware Audubon Society and the League of Women Voters against a project that is now destined significantly increase the amount of biofuel being stored at and shipped from a Delaware City refinery.

The two groups contended that the refinery's ethanol stroage and shipping project would amount to the type of bulk product transfer facility specifically barred by the state's landmark environmental zoning law. The Board ruled that the two civic groups that brought the appeal did not show that their members would suffer direct harm from the project. The groups can appeal the ruling to the Delaware Superior Court, although no indication of such a move has been given. (Source: Delaware Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board, News Journal of Wilmington, delawareonline, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: Delaware Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board, www.dnrec.delaware.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorefining,  Ethanol,  


USF Planning 1,000-Panel Rooftop Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
University of South Florida
Date: 2017-03-08
In Tampa, the University of South Florida Student Green Energy Fund (SGEF) is reporting the approval of a $1.2 million rooftop solar panel project to be installed at the Marshall Student Center (MSC).

The 1,000 panel installation is expected to generate approximately 525,000 kilowatt-hours per year, the equivalent to the annual energy use of about 39 homes. The solar installation will also cut USF’s carbon footprint by an estimated 370 metric tpy of carbon dioxide.

Construction is expected to get underway later this month for completion in May or early June. Funding for the project is a combination of the Administrative fees and Facilities Planning budget. (Source: University of South Florida, 5 Mar., 2017) Contact: University of South Florida, www.usf.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


Ethiopia Seeking Net Carbon Neutrality by 2025 (Int'l Report)
Carbon Neutral
Date: 2017-03-08
In Addis ABaba, the Ethiopian government reports that its Oromia Forested Landscape Program (OFLP) to help mobilize resources toward net carbon neutral by 2025 is scheduled to be implemented this year.

The $68 million OFLP project was established through two World Bank funds. One fund is for $18 million and is aimed at the restoration of forests on degraded land. The other is a $50 million fund for a program targeting carbon sequestration assessment and performance enhancement. Under the umbrella of the OFLP, environmentally-friendly businesses and industries in local communities, along with forest tourism, are also slated for development.

The OFLP will receive payments of up to $50 million for verified carbon credits against an agreed forest reference emission level from the World Bank for a decade. The forest reference emission level is part of a critical policy framework that gives countries a point to measure the results they have gained from REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries) implementation. An additional $18 million is under a five-year grant agreement focused on developing approaches that enable sustainable land use and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the BioCarbon Fund for Sustainable Forest Landscapes. The project will monitor and account for forest cover reductions and deforestation, and associated GHG emissions across Oromia by addressing causes of deforestation and degradation.

Ethiopia’s Resilient Green Economy Strategy (CRGE) underpins the country's goal to become net carbon neutral by 2025. The East African nation aims to accomplish key economic goals while reducing GHG emissions through efforts that include carbon trading. To reach its goal, the country would need to double its forest cover to approximately 30 pct of its landmass, according to MoFEC. (Source: Mongabay, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: BioCarbon Fund, www.biocarbonfund-isfl.org/ethiopia-program; Ethiopia's Climate-Resilient Green Economy Strategy, www.undp.org/content/dam/ethiopia/docs/Ethiopia%20CRGE.pdf

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Trading,  Carbon Credits,  VCC,  REDD,  Carbon Neutral,  


GE Touts Global Powering Efficiency Center to Help Reduce Coal Plant Emissions (Ind. Report)
General Electric
Date: 2017-03-08
Following on our 15 June, 2016 coverage, General Electric (GE) is touting its new global Powering Efficiency Center of Excellence (COE) in Baden, Germany. COE applies a total plant hardware and software approach to boost the efficiency of new and existing coal-fired power plants and significantly reduce their emissions. CEO will also create financial and integrated solutions on a worldwide or regional basis.

The COE aligns with GE's recent study finding that CO2 emissions from the world's steam fleet can be reduced by 11 pct when existing hardware and software solutions are fully applied. Coal-fired power generation provides electricity for about 40 pct of the world and accounts for nearly 75 pct of the electricity sector's carbon emissions due primarily to the inefficiency of older plants.

GE's Digital Power Plant software is designed to help increase power plant efficiency, cut carbon emissions and meet COP21 greenhouse gas emissions goals. The software interprets data drawn from sensors across the power plant, highlights key factors that may affect performance and takes appropriate action through a closed -loop control system. According to GE, the software can cut CO2 emissions from coal-fired plants by 3 pct and reduce coal consumption by 67,000 tpy with the same MW of output based on a 1,000 MW power plant.

GE's Digital Power Plant software can enhance the performance and reduce emissions of almost all steam plants -- including non-GE and legacy Alstom plants -- commissioned in the past 25 years, according to GE. (Source: General Electric, PR, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: GE Power, Steve Bolze, President & CEO, www.gepower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric,  Coal Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


ICAO Adopts New Aviation Carbon Emissions Standard (Reg & Leg)
International Civil Aviation Organization
Date: 2017-03-08
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council reports it has adopted a new aircraft CO2 emissions standard which will reduce the impact of aviation greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate.

The new standard will be applicable to new aircraft type designs beginning in 2020, as well as to aircraft type designs in-production as of 2023. Presently in-production aircraft which by 2028 do not meet the standard will no longer be able to be produced unless their designs are modified in accordance with the standard, according to a ICAO release.

ICAO's adoption of the new standard follows last October's agreement on the new Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). (Source: ICAO, Avionics, Others, 6 Mar., 2017)Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Civil Aviation Organization,  Aviation Emissions,  


Carbon Trust, WBIFC Deal Beefs-Up Livestock Emissions Programme (Ind. Report)
Carbon Trust,World Bank Group
Date: 2017-03-08
Green consultancy the Carbon Trust reports it has inked an agreement with World Bank Group member the International Finance Corp (IFC) aimed at promoting better productivity and reduced greenhouse gases in the Brazilian livestock supply chain which, according to the Carbon Trust, is responsible for over 40 pct of the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

The agreement is intended to boost collaborative efforts in support of a Carbon Trust program to improve the resource efficiency of Brazil's beef sector and its supply chain. The five year programme would deliver almost $1 billion in energy costs, cut emissions by 16 million tonnes and recover 200,000 hectares of degraded pastureland in Brazil, according to the Carbon Trust .

The two organizations have agreed to work together to develop a "simple and reliable approach" for measuring the climate-related impacts of IFC's projects in the meat and dairy industries.

The partnership follows approval last year from the IFC - which is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets - for a new definition for its 'Climate Smart Agri' programme, which includes animal protein as one of three strategic focus areas for reducing the climate impact of farming in emerging economies. (Source: Carbon Trust, BusinessGreen, Others, Mar., 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Tom Delay, CEO, +44 (0) 207 832 4773, www.carbontrust.com; World Bank International Finance Corp, https://finances.worldbank.org/ifc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Livestock Emissions,  Methane,  Carbon Trust,  World Bank IFC,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  


Ottawa Reviewing Energy Efficiency Regulations (Reg & Leg)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2017-03-08
In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government reports it has begun updating minimum energy efficiency and performance standards for products including furnaces, water heaters, vending machines and ceiling fans. The standards updates and improvements are part of Canada's plan to support the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

The aim is to deliver on the Canada-U.S. commitment to align and further improve energy efficiency standards by 2020 and is part of a series of updates expected over the next few years that will improve energy efficiency across Canada. They will provide Canadians, consumers and businesses with better access to energy-efficient products, saving them money while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

On March 4, 2017, a Notice of Intent was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, outlining the Government's proposed updates to 17 product categories under the Energy Efficiency Regulations. As well, new and updated standards proposed for six heating products would help implement the action plan on energy efficiency standards that was agreed to by federal, provincial and territorial governments last August. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Various Media, Mar., 2017) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Hon. Jim Carr, Minister, www.nrcan.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Natural Resources Canada,  


Is The End of the ENERGY STAR Program Near? (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR
Date: 2017-03-08
In Washington, the Trump White House is reportedly considering a draft budget featuring cuts to, or even pulling the plug on, the ENERGY STAR program, a voluntary efficiency standard used by many appliance and other product manufacturers to identify and certfy the appliance's energy consumption and efficiency.

The White House draft budget would slash ENERGY STAR and related programs, leaving only $5 million "for the closeout or transfer of all the climate protection voluntary partnership programs," subject congressional approval. Contrary to the President's logic, energy efficiency advocates and state regulators say cuts to the ENERGY STAR program are senseless because it saves people money while benefiting the environment. ENERGY STAR spends about $50 million through EPA and $7 million through the DOE, and saved consumers and businesses $34 billion in electric power costs and prevented approximately 300 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in one year.

Newly-Minted President Trump reportedly also wants to cut the EPA's $8.2 billion spending by 25 pct aand use the funds for increased defense spending. (Source: US DOE ENERGY STAR, Climatewire, E&E News, Others, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


Maryland Legislature Approves EmPOWER, Energy Efficiency Extension (Reg & Leg)
EmPOWER
Date: 2017-03-08
In Dover, the Maryland House of Delegates last week voted to extend the state's decade old EmPOWER program and to expand the state's present utility energy efficiency improvement targets of 2 pct for the year 2020. The EmPOWER act requires utilities to cut electricity consumption 10 pct by 2015.The legislation will now head to the Senate for approval. (Source: Various Media, Utility Dive, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: EmPOWER Maryland www.psc.state.md.us/electricity/empower-maryland

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  EmPOWER,  


Alfa Laval Scores $17.7Mn Chinese Energy-Efficiency Order (Int'l)
Alfa Laval
Date: 2017-03-08
Lund, Sweden-headquartered Alfa Laval reports receipt of a SEK 170 million ($18,787,007) order to supply Alfa Laval Packinox heat exchangers to a petrochemical plant in China. Deliveries are scheduled for 2017 and 2018. The heat exchangers will be used to recover energy in the production process of mixed xylene, an important ingredient in industrial chemicals and plastics manufacturing. (Source: AlfaLaval, PR, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: AlfaLaval, Gabriella Grotte, Investor Relations Manager, Svante Karlsson, Pres., Process Technology, Peter Torstensson, VP Communications, + 46 46 36 72 31, www.alfalaval.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alfa Laval,  Energy Efficiency,  


Aussies Tout "Electrical Fingerprint" to Reduce Energy Consumption (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Ecocentric Energy,CSIRO
Date: 2017-03-08
In the Land Down Under, Fremantle-based energy efficiency specialist Ecocentric Energy is reporting a 6-year research and licensing agreement with the Australia Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).

Under the terms of their agreement the firms will build on CSIRO's "cognitive metering -- electrical fingerprint" technology that identifies individual appliances and the appliance's energy consumption using a unique signature of high-frequency electrical data. The system gives clearer insights into precisely where energy is being consumed and savings that can be made.

Under the agreement, Ecocentric will license and use CSIRO's cognitive metering technology and work with CSIRO to further refine the system. (Source: CSIRO, Ecocentric, 5 Mar., 2017) Contact: Ecocentric, Tom Bray, CEO, www.ecocentric.energy; CSIRO, Karl Rodrigues, Energy Director, enquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ecocentric Energy,  CSIRO,  Energy Efficiency,  


Neoen Selected for 100 MW Zambian Solar Energy Project (Int'l)
Neoen S.A.S,World Bank IFC
Date: 2017-03-08
The Zambian Government and Neoen S.A.S of France, the preferred bidder for the Batoka Gorge World Bank Scaling-Up Solar Project, are reporting completion of negotiations for construction of a 100 MW solar power plant which is expected to be grid connected in Q3 this year. The conclusion of the negotiations paved way for signing of PPA between Neoen S.A.S and Zesco Limited.

Neoen S.A.S, will construct the 100-MW facility as part of the planned 500 MW under the Scaling-Up of the Batoka Gorge development which is being carried out under a special purpose vehicle called Bangweulu Power Company. Bangweulu Power is 80pct owned by Neoen S.A.S of France and 20 pct by IDC of Zambia. The IDC has now proceeded to issue a call for bids for the balance of 400 MW solar project. (Source: Neoen S.A.S., Lusaka Times, 5 Mar., 2017) Contact: Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022, www.neoen.com/en; World Bank IFC, www.ifc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen,  World Bank IFC,  


Anderson, Indiana Approves 2nd Solar Park Site (Ind. Report)
Indiana Municipal Power Agency
Date: 2017-03-08
In Indiana, the city of Anderson (pop. 56,00+-) reports it has granted the Carmel, Indiana-headquartered Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) a special zoning exception construction of a second solar park. The 19,350 panel solar park will cost an estimated $8.6 million and is expected to be online in Q4 of this year. (Source: Anderson City Council , Herald Bulletin, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: Anderson City Council, www,cityofanderson.com; Indiana Municipal Power Agency, (317) 573-9955, www.impa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indiana Municipal Power Agency ,  Solar,  


Abu Dhabi Utility Plans World's Largest Solar Power Plant (Int'l)
Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority
Date: 2017-03-08
The state-owned Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) reports it is closing on $872 million financing on what, upon completion in 2019 will be the world's largest solar facility.

Japan's Marubeni Corp and China's JinkoSolar Holding have been contracted to build and operate the 1,177 MW plant. The project will by funded with 25 pct equity and the remaining 75 pct by international debt.

Abu Dhabi aims to generate 7 pct of its energy from renewables by 2020. A special-purpose company will be formed to operate the project wich will be 60 pct owned by ADWEA while Marubeni and Jinko will hold 40 pct. Power generated will be sold to Abu Dhabi under the terms of a 25 year PPA. (Sourcxe: ADWEA, Iran Financial Tribune, Reuters, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: ADWEA, +971 55 645 5791, www.adwea.ae/en; JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792, pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com; Marubeni, www.marubeni.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ADWEA,  Solar,  Marubeni,  JinkoSolar,  


Leap Green Energy Acquiring Inox Wind Farm Assets (Int'l, M&A)
Leap Green Energy ,Inox Renewables
Date: 2017-03-08
Mumbai-based Inox Renewables Ltd reports it will sell its operating wind power farms to Chennai-based wind power company Leap Green Energy Pvt. Ltd. The assets being sold, which total 260 MW, are located in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The value and terms of the sale, which is expected to be completed over the next few months, have not been disclosed.

Inox Renewables, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gujarat Fluorochemicals Ltd and a part of the Inox Group, said it will remain focused on its wind turbine manufacturing business. (Source: Inox Renewables Ltd, LiveMint, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: Leap Green Energy, www.leapgreenenergy.com; Inox Renewables, www.inoxrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Leap Green Energy ,  Inox Renewables,  India Wind,  Wind,  

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