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Utilities Knew: Documenting Electric Utilities’ Early Knowledge and Ongoing Deception on Climate Change From 1968-2017 -- Report Attached (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2017-08-02
"Scientists had begun to warn electric utilities about climate change by 1968, and by 1988 the industry's official research and development organization had acknowledged that, 'There is growing consensus in the scientific community that the greenhouse effect is real.'

"Despite this early knowledge about climate change, electric utilities have continued to invest heavily in fossil fuel power generation over the past half a century, and since 1988 some have engaged in ongoing efforts to sow doubt about climate science and block legal limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

"The Energy and Policy Institute's new report provides a first look into the electric utility industry's nearly 50-year long relationship with climate science, based largely on original research that reviewed scores of industry documents."

Download the report Utilities Knew: Documenting Electric Utilities' Early Knowledge and Ongoing Deception on Climate Change From 1968-2017 HERE, (Source: Energy and Policy Institute, July, 2017) Contact: Energy and Policy Institute,

Groups Seek FHA Clean Air Standard Reinstatement ( Reg & Leg)
U.S. PRIG,Federal Highway Administration,NRDC
Date: 2017-08-02
In the nation's capital, the Natural Resources Defense Council, U.S. PIRG -- a public interest advocacy group, and the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of Clean Air Carolina, report they have taken legal action against the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) for illegally suspending the Clean Air Standard this year, and are seeking its immediate reinstatement.

The suit claims the Trump administration ignored requirements under the federal Administrative Procedure Act when it suspended the transportation greenhouse gas standard which was intended to curb transportation sector climate-changing emissions. The suit asks the court to invalidate the suspension, meaning that the standard would go into immediate effect and thus help slow climate change and reduce ground-level ozone and other harmful pollutants . (Source: U.S. PIRG, PR, 31 July, 2017) Contact: NRDC, Jake Thompson, 202-289-2387,,; SELC and Clean Air Carolina, Claudine McElwain , 434-977-4090,,; U.S. PIRG, Matthew Casale, 617-747-4314,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Federal Highway Administration,  Clean Air Act,  NRDC,  

Lake Erie Icebreaker Offshore Wind Project Advancing (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-02
After considerable confusion and delays, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) reports the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation's (LEEDCo) Icebreaker Windpower project construction permit application for its 20.7 MW Icebreaker wind farm in Lake Erie is ready to be re-submitted and processed.

If constructed, the project would utilize six MHI Vestas V126-3.45 MW wind turbines mounted on mono bucket foundations about ten miles off of Cleveland. As previously reported, LEEDCo partnered with Fred. The project is expected to begin construction in May 2018 for completion in October 2018. (Source: LEEDCo, offshore wind biz, 1 Aug., 2017)Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  LEEDCo,  

NIPSCO Recognizes Valparaiso's Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Valparaiso University
Date: 2017-08-02
In the Hoosier State, Valparaiso University reports that its recently completed $30 million, 55,000 sq-ft addition to its Center for the Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry will receive approximately $150,000 in energy efficiency rebates from the Northern Indiana Public Service Company's (NIPSCO)Business Energy Efficiency Program.

The project, which included LED lighting, an energy-efficient HVAC system and other features, saved 954,533 kWh and 80,681 therm. of natural gas. (Source: Valparaiso University, 31 July, 2017) Contact: Valparaiso University (219) 464-5000,; NIPSCO, (800) 464-7726,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NIPSCO,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  

75F Touts Xcel Funded Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,75F
Date: 2017-08-02
Burnsville, Minnesota-headquartered building controls specialist 75F reports it is the first partner company to help its customers take advantage of the One-Stop Efficiency Shop® for HVAC upgrades.

The 75F Facilisight application suite provides remote and mobile access to building management system control, monitoring and scheduling and achieves HVAC efficiency through Dynamic Airflow Balancing and Outside Air Optimization from remotre locations. Eligible small- and mid-size businesses in Xcel Energy Minnesota's service territory can qualify for up to 60 pct rebates on HVAC efficiency upgrades and may qualify for 3.9 pct APR financing as part of the Xcel Energy program. (Source: 75F , PR, 31 July, 2017) Contact: 75F, Deepinder Singh, CEO, Kristen Johnson, Marketing Director, (612) 616-6272, (888) 590-8995,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  75F,  Energy Efficiency,  

Save Energy Systems Touts HVAC Systems Updates (Ind. Report)
Save Energy Systems
Date: 2017-08-02
Westborough, Mass.-based energy efficiency services provider Save Energy Systems is reporting feature updates to its patented Demand-Limiting Controller (DLC) HVAC management system designed specifically for small to medium-size commercial facilities.

The new features and upgrades include: individual room zoning control; automated fan ventilation; compressor coil freeze prevention; duct supply temterature monitoring; smart start insight and control; energy cost reduction and excellent ROI. (Source: Save Energy Systems, Marketwired, July 31, 2017) Contact: Save Energy Systems, (617) 564-4800,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Save Energy Systems,  Energy Efficiency,  

Valero Reports Falling Earnings for 2017 (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-02
San Antonio, Texas-based Valero Energy Corp. subsidiary Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC, is reporting that its adjusted operating income for its ethanol segment was $31 million in Q2 of this year -- down from $49 million in the corresponding period of 2016. The company's ethanol production averages 3.8 million gpd. High energy costs and competition is being cited for the decline. (Source: Valero, Ethanol Prod., Other Media, 31 July, 2017) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  

Carestream Cuts Colorado Plant Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-02
Rochester, NY-based medical equipment manufacturer Carestream reports its manufacturing facility in Windsor, Colo., has reduced its energy consumption by 5.4 pct over the past two years and has earned a Colorado Industrial Energy Efficiency award from the Colorado Energy Office. The company’s goal is to cut an additional 5 pct in energy use from 2015 to 2020.

The Carestream Colorado plant achieved energy savings of 5,119 megawatt-hours over two years by rebuilding a 40-year-old steam turbine chiller that significantly reduces electricity consumption and installing variable frequency drives on four cooling tower fan motors, eight cooling tower supply pumps and three chilled water pumps to allow each system to use only the precise amount of energy required to obtain the desired flow of water for manufacturing operations, and other improvements. The plant also maintains an ongoing list of projects designed to enhance production and reduce energy use, recycles a variety of materials and works to control hazardous waste from product manufacturing and maintenance activities. The company is also updating its Environmental Management System to meet the new ISO 14001:2015 standard. (Source: Carestream, PR, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: Carestream Health, Robert Salmon, (585) 627-6560,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Consumption news,  

Evogene, DuPont Pioneer Announce Collaboration (Ind. Report)
DuPont Pioneer,Evogene
Date: 2017-07-31
DuPont Pioneer and Israel-based Evogene Ltd., a leading company for the improvement of crop productivity and economics for biofuel and other industries, report the signing of a multiyear collaboration for research and development of microbiome-based seed treatments in corn.

Under the terms of the agreement, DuPont will provide access to its extensive seed treatment application technology and product development expertise. Evogene will apply its predictive computational biology platform to decipher plant/microbiome interactions along with its microbial formulation and fermentation technologies. The combination of these key capabilities increases the opportunity to fully activate the potential of the emerging field of microbiome-based seed treatment products. Product development efforts under the collaboration will utilize, as a starting point, Evogene's proprietary microbe combinations which are already identified and validated in field testing to have significant positive impact on key crop characteristics, including yield productivity as previously disclosed by Evogene in 2016. Pioneer will obtain worldwide marketing rights for any products, with milestone payments and royalties to be paid to Evogene. Specific financial terms and additional details of the agreement were not disclosed. (Source: Evogene, DuPont Pioneer, Street Insider, July 26, 2017) Contact: Dupont Pioneer, Neal Gutterson, VP R&D,; Evogene Ltd., Ofer Haviv, Res., CEO, Karen Mazor, +972 54 22 88 039,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont ,  Evogene,  

Michigan Advanced Biofuels Plant Construction Date Set (Ind. Report)
SynSel Energy
Date: 2017-07-31
Further to our July 17th coverage, SynSel Energy Inc. and the town of Ontonagon, Michigan, are reporting the planned construction of a $300 million advanced biofuels plant at the site of the shuttered former Smurfit-Stone Container paper mill is slated to get underway next summer. The town's Lost Bowl Development agency is partnering with SynSel Energy Inc. and a U.S.-based financier to develop the project.

Elmhurst, Illinois-based SynSel Energy plans to build an identical $300 million plant in Lumberton, Mississippi. The new plant will use locally sourced waste woody biomass generated by area logging operations to produce "drop in" biofuels. (Source: SynSel Energy, Mining Gazette, 30 July, 2017) Contact: SynSel Energy, Tim Tawoda , CEO, )630) 516-1287,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SynSel Energy,  Drop In Fuel.Woody Biomass ,  

Air BP Extends Jet Biofuel Footprint in Sweden (Int'l Report)
Air BP
Date: 2017-07-31
Air BP has extended its biofuel footprint in the Nordics with the supply of commercial jet biofuel (biojet) now available at Halmstad Airport, Sweden. BP collaborated with Halmstad Airport and Swedish domestic airline, BRA to make this possible.

The first batch was delivered to Halmstad Airport on June 29th and was successfully uplifted by BRA when it refueled its ATR 72-600 aircraft. The fuel is available to all airlines that refuel at the airport. This follows Air BP's introduction of biojet at Oslo Airport in January 2016.

Air BP is growing its regional biojet footprint on an ad-hoc basis. In October 2016, Air BP was the first aviation fuel supplier to be independently certified Carbon Neutral for into-plane fueling operations at 250 Air BP locations. In November 2016, Air BP announced an investment of $30 million in biojet producer Fulcrum with the aim of distributing and supplying biojet into aircraft at key hubs across North America to meet growing demand. Air BP presently fuels over 6,400 flights daily at more than 600 global locations in over 45 countries. ( Source: Air BP, PR, July 26, 2017) Contact: AirBP, Thorbjorn Larsson, General Manager Air BP Nordics,

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

Oklahoma to Host World's Second Largest Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-07-31
In Oklahoma, Invenergy is developing the world's second largest wind farm -- the 2,000 MW Wind Catcher and an accompanying 350-mile high-voltage transmission line. Upon completion, the massive $4.5 billion installation, which will utilize General Electric 2.5 MW wind turbines, will be sold to Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power. (Source: Invenergy, MotelyFool, 29 July, 2017)Contact: Invenergy, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400,; Ameriscan Electric Power, (614) 716-1000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  American Electric Power,  

1,000-MW N.B.-Mass. Wind Energy Connection Proposed (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-07-31
Halifax, Nova Scotia-headquartered power producer Emera Inc. reports it has submitted a proposal to deliver 1,000 MW of wind energy from Atlantic Canada to Massachusetts. The power would be partially sourced from five New Brunswick wind farms incorporating 250-300 turbines at the Salmon River, Black Spruce, Colborne, Silver Brook, and Andy's Pond wind farms and the Yorkshire and Higgins Mountain II wind farms in Nova Scotia.

The Emera proposal includes a 600-kilometre undersea cable from a new DC converter in Saint John, New Brunswick to Plymouth, Massachusetts. If accepted, Emera's proposal could be in-service by December 2022. (Source: Emera, CBC, 29 July, 2017)Contact: Emera, Robin McAdam, Exec. VP, (902) 450-0507,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emera,  Wind,  

Direct Energy Solar Shutters Maryland HQ Office (Ind. Report)
Astrum Solar, Direct Energy Solar,
Date: 2017-07-31
Columbia, Maryland-based solar energy specialist Direct Energy Solar, formerly known as Astrum Solar, is reporting the closure of its HQ as it it shifts it business plan from residential solar installation to community solar projects and energy storage systems. (Source: Direct Energy Solar, CTBR, 29 July, 2017)Contact: Direct Energy, Mike Senff, VP, (416) 758-8700,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Astrum Solar,  Direct Energy Solar,  Solar,  

Short Funding Blamed for NH Renewable Energy Rebate Program Cancellations (Ind. Report)
N.H. Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2017-07-31
In Concord, the N.H. Public Utilities Commission reports it has suspended it renewable-energy rebate programs until further notice. The PUC cited tight funding and long waiting lists for the cancellations.

The residential rebate provides up to $2,500 to homeowners who install qualifying wind or solar electric systems. The business-commercial rebate covers up to 25 pct of the cost of solar electric or thermal systems installations.

The residential and commercial rebates, which come out of the 2007 Renewable Energy Fund which has experienced a drop in revenue from $4.2 million to an estimated $3.6 million.

The Renewable Energy Fund is part of the state's commitment to source 25 pct of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Electric power providers that miss the quota or purchase credits from other producers pay into the fund. (Source: N.H. Public Utilities Commission, SentinalSource, 30 July, 2017)Contact: N.H. Public Utilities Commission, Amanda Noonan, Dir. Consumer Services, (603) 271-2431,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Rebate,  Solar Incentive,  Solar,  

JPS Planning 24.5-MW Energy Storage Facility (Ind. Report)
Jamaica Public Service Company
Date: 2017-07-31
In Kingston, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), the island's sole electric utility, reports it will be doubling its expenditure on energy efficiency and related projects within the next six months in a concerted effort to drive corporate internal efficiencies and lower customer electric power costs. The initiative includes construction of a cutting-edge renewable energy storage facility.

In In June, JPS announced plans to build a 24.5-MW -- first of its kind in the Caribbean -- facility to store energy as a safeguard against power outages. (Source: Jamaica Public Service Company, Jamaica Gleaner, 29 July, 2017) Contact: Jamaica Public Service Company, Emanuel DaRosa, CEO, (876) 975-0830,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  

JPMorgan Chase Commits to Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
JPMorgan Chase
Date: 2017-07-31
New York-headquartered banking giant JPMorgan Chase reports that by 2020 its properties in more than 60 countries that will be powered by renewable energy. JPMorgan also plans to facilitate $200 billion in clean financing through 2025.

To that end, JPMorgan Chase will install on-site renewable energy generators, sign power purchase agreements with renewable energy projects and reduce its energy consumption, according to a press release. As a pilot program, the bank will install solar panels at Chase branches in California and New Jersey and install large-capacity fuel-cell technology at commercial sites and small-capacity fuel cells at retail sites. (Source: JP Morgan, CNBC, 28 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News JPMorgan Chase,  Renewable Energy,  

Go Electric Inks Army Energy Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
Go Electric Inc
Date: 2017-07-31
Anderson, Indiana-headquartered energy storage specialist GoElectric Inc. is reporting receipt of a $1.7 million contract to construct 1-MW, lithium-ion battery energy storage system at the Tooele Army Depot in Tooele, Utah.

The energy storage project is expected to help the depot more efficiently provide power across its 24,000-acre site as well as cut energy costs by using battery power to avoid peak-usage charges.

Go Electric Inc. develops customer side of the meter energy solutions that help facilities, communities and military bases be energy resilient and sustainable, according to the company's website.(Source: GoElectric , AP, 30 July, 2017) Contact: Go Electric Inc., (765) 400-1347,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Go Electric,  Energy Storage,  Battery Energy Storage,  

Democrats Introduce Carbon Tax Legislation (Reg & Leg)
American Enterprise Institute
Date: 2017-07-31
On July 26 at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced this year's version of their bill to tax carbon dioxide emissions. A companion bill was introduced in the House by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and David Ciciline (D-RI).

The American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act would put an initial tax of $49 per metric ton of CO2 equivalent and raise the tax every year by 2 pct above inflation. The tax revenue would provide $550 refundable credits to taxpayers, some to lower the corporate income tax rate from 35 pct to 29 pct , and some to provide grants to states for various programs. The bill would also create a border adjustment system that would tax imports from nations that do not have comparable carbon taxes and refund taxes on exports to those nations.

Former Treasury Secretaries Baker, Shultz, and Paulson; former EPA Administrators Ruckelshaus, Thomas, Reilly, and Whitman; and leading economists and former presidential economic advisors Arthur Laffer, Gregory Mankiw, and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, reportedly all support a revenue-neutral, border-adjustable carbon fee. (Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute, 30 July, 2017) Contact: Competitive Enterprise Institute, (202) 233-1101,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  American Enterprise Institute,  Competitive Enterprise Institute,  

Algae Cultivation Techniques for Biofuels Explored at WSU (R&D)
Washington State University
Date: 2017-07-31
Washington State University researchers report the development of a way to grow algae more efficiently and quickly -- in days rather than weeks -- and thus make algae a more viable feedstock for biofuels and other applications.

According to a release, researchers would like to produce algae efficiently because of its potential environmental benefits. Oil from the algae can be used as a petroleum alternative, and algae also can be used as food, feed, fiber, fertilizer, pigments and pharmaceuticals. Growing and harvesting algae in wastewater streams could also reduce the environmental footprint of many manufacturing processes.

However, its industrial use hasn't caught on, primarily because algae needs a lot of time and water to grow. Generally, large ponds are required, and harvesting is labor intensive. Researchers have begun developing biofilm reactors to grow the algae, but the reactors aren't efficient because of pH or temperature variations or a limited supply of carbon dioxide gas. The patent-pending biofilm reactor recycles gasses and uses less water and lower lighting than typical reactors. The system allows the algae to simultaneously do photosynthesis like a plant while also "eating" carbon and respiring like an animal, the researchers say. The researchers fed the algae glycerol, a cheap waste product of biodiesel production, and urea, another inexpensive chemical that serves as a nitrogen source for the algae. Due to the design, CO2 and oxygen are recycled in the system.

The researchers have filed a patent application on the technology and are working to optimize the process which was funded through a Fulbright fellowship. (Source: Algae Research, VDF Central, July 26, 2017) Contact: Washington State University, Prof. Haluk Beyenal, Gene & Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering,

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

First Solar Unloads Indian Solar Portfolio for $300 Mn (M&A)
IDFC Alternatives, First Solar
Date: 2017-07-31
Mumbai, India-based IDFC Alternatives infrastructure fund reports it is acquiring Arizona-based First Solar's entire 200 MW portfolio of seven operational solar power projects in India for approximately $300 million.

These projects are located in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The transaction is expected to close prior to December, 2017.

IDFC Alternatives manages over $3.4 billion on behalf of leading institutional investors worldwide. (Source: Economic Times, 26 July, 2017) Contact: IDFC Alternatives,; First Solar, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  

AIA Endorses Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-07-31
In Washington D.C., the not-for-profit American Institute of Architects (AIA) is reporting its strong support of bipartisan legislation. The legislation -- H.R. 3507 -- makes permanent a key energy efficiency tax incentive for owners and designers of energy efficient buildings and that expands its benefits to designers of hospitals, schools and other non-profits. The bill also modifies Section 179D of the tax code -- the Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Deduction -- to make small to mid-sized architect firms organized as Subchapter S corporations eligible for the deduction.

The section 179D tax deduction was originally passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and has been extended several times until it last expired at the end of 2016. A recent economic study found that nearly a million jobs over ten years and billions of dollars in annual GDP are created by this widely used deduction.

According to data released by the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings are responsible for 75 percent of all electricity consumption in the U.S., with about half of that coming from commercial buildings. In an effort to curb this trend and encourage broader energy efficiency, section 179D allows qualifying building owners and businesses to receive an up to $1.80 per square-foot tax deduction for their energy-efficient buildings placed into service during all open tax years. (Source: AIA, Architect News, 28 July, 2017) Contact: AIA, Thomas Vonier, Pres., (800) 242-3837,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Georgia Power Rewards College's Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2017-07-31
Georgia Power reports it has awarded a $100,000 energy efficiency rebate to Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

To qualify for the rebate, the liberal art college updated lighting in more than 15 on-campus facilities, replaced chillers that serve a large portion of the campus, and completed other energy related improvements that Georgia Power estimates will save more than 2,000 megawatt-hours of power consumption annually.

Georgia Power's Commercial Energy Efficiency program rebate program has awarded more than $44 million in rebates since it began in 2011. (Source: Georgia Power,, 28 July, 2017) Contact: Agnes Scott College, (404) 471-6000,; Georgia Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  

Monroe Ct. Awarded $400,000 for Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Funding)
Conn. Department of Housing
Date: 2017-07-31
In Connecticut, the town of Monroe reports receipt of $400,000 in Department of Housing (DOH) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities program funding . The town will use the funding to upgrade the energy efficiency and otherwise rehabilitate 10 low and moderate-income households. The upgrades will include furnace and heating systems replacements, electrical upgrades, window and door replacements, and other energy efficiency upgrades.

The CDGB grants are awarded to towns with fewer than 50,000 residents. Since 2011, DOH and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority have funded nearly 21,000 units of housing across the state. This amounts to over one billion dollars of investment and is leveraged with another $2.5 billion in investments from the private sector and other sources. (Source: CDGB, Monroe Courier, 28 July, 2017) Contact: Department of Housing (DOH) Commissioner Evonne M. Klein, (860) 270-8262,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Sustane Tech Secures $2.6Mn for Cdn. Waste-to-Fuel Demo (Funding)
Sustane Technologies
Date: 2017-07-31
In Nova Scotia, Halifax-headquartered Sustane Technologies reports it has secured a $2.6 million investment in its waste-to-fuel and energy technology as part of the Canadian federal Government's Innovation and Skills Plan. The funding will support construction of a new demonstration facility in Chester, near Halifax where landfill waste will be processed into a clean-burning, high-value fuel.

This project is also being funded through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), which works with Canadian companies to bring early-stage clean technologies to market. (Source: Sustane Technologies, SDTC, WMW, 28 July, 2017) Contact: SDTC, Leah Lawrence, President and CEO, (613) 234 6313,; Sustane Technologies, Peter Vinall, CEO, (902) 200-1642,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SDTC,  Sustane Technologies ,  Renewable Fuel,  Waste-to-Fuel,  

Johnson Controls "Smart City" Energy Efficiency Proposal Considered in Marquette (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2017-07-31
In Michegan, the town of Marquette city commissioners are preparing to vote on a Milwaukee-headquartered Johnson Controls (JCI) "budget-neutral", $28 million energy performance contract for infrastructure and energy efficiency improvements throughout the community of 20,200 +- inhabitants.

The $28 million JCI contract guarantees the city will save $42.4 million over the 20-year contract, with no additional tax burden or water utility rate increase on the community, according to the JCI proposal executive overview. The contract work includes: 22 traffic intersections; replacing 3,300 water meters with a "smart city" advanced metering infrastructure system; renovations to city hall; 2,500 LED street lights and 125 bike path lights; an electrical co-generation plant at the Wastewater Treatment Plant; numerous building envelope, lighting and HVAC improvements; and others. (Source: City of Marquette, Johnson Controls, Mining Journal, 29 July, 2017) Contact: City of Marquette,; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Smart City,  Energy Efficiency,  

Ecuador Ratifies Paris Accord (Int'l. Report)
Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-07-31
In a formal announcement last week, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said his country has ratified the Paris Accord on Climate Change and has officially joined virtually every nation on earth -- except the U.S. under the Trump administration -- seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the effects of global warming.

This coming Thursday and Friday, Ecuadorean lawmakers and others from more than 20 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean will meet in Panama for the second Summit of the Parliament Network on Climate Change (RPCC) and Renewable Energies. The event was organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino), headquartered in Panama city, to discuss measures to fulfill the commitments agreed under the Paris Accord. The Global Environment Facility, the United Nations Environment Program, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the International Union for Conservation of Nature are among the organizations expected to attend. (Source: Various Media, telesur, 29 July, 2017)

Editor's note: While Ecuador, with a population of 16.39 million and a gdp of $97.8 billion compared the US with 323.1 million and a gdp of $18.57 trillion, can apparently afford the Paris Accord Uncle Sam can't, according to Pres. Donald Trump, and had to drop out.

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

Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2017-07-31
"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), (401) 453-5294,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

Green Alliance Calls for Post Brexit UK-EU Climate, Energy Ties (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
UK Green Alliance
Date: 2017-07-31
In the UK, the Green Alliance think-tank is warning that a UK failure to collaborate with the EU post-Brexit on energy and climate policy could raise energy costs for UK consumers and unnecessarily complicate UK carbon emissions reductions. Accordingly, the organization is calling on the UK government to continue its cooperation with the EU on energy and climate post-Brexit, on the grounds that it is "strongly in the national interest, particularly in relation to the growing low carbon economy" which already represents almost 3 pct of the UK's GDP.

The Alliance suggests the UK reconsider the hard line on the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which governs the shared energy and climate rules across the EU and countries in the wider Energy Community. It also suggests that an "association agreement" to maintain barrier-free energy related trade. The Green Alliance also urges the UK to stay aligned with EU product standards and environmental principles as a significant divergence from these could undermine UK competitiveness and the ability to trade in low carbon goods and services, as well as weakening health and environmental safeguards. (Source: Green Alliance, July, 2017) Contact: Green Alliance, +44 20 7233 7433,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Alliance,  UK Green Alliance,  

The Fracker in Chief! What Next? -- Notable Quote
Donald Trump
Date: 2017-07-28
"I'm a tremendous fracker, coal, natural gas, alternate energy, wind -- everything, right? But I'm going to produce much, much more energy than anyone else who was ever running for office. Ever.

"We have more natural resources under our feet than any other country. I don't want to say oh, okay, we won't use it." -- Pres. Donald Trump (Source: The Hill, 13 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fracking,  Donald Trump,  

Vail Resorts to Eliminate Emissions by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Vail Resorts
Date: 2017-07-28
The Denver Post is reporting that the world's largest mountain resort operator, Vail Resorts, is launching "Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint", a company-wide effort to eliminate 100 pct of its operations-related emissions and ease the environmental impact by 2030.

With major destination ski resorts in Australia, British Columbia, California, Utah, Vermont and Colorado, Vail Resorts is large enough to influence environmental change. To that end, Vail plans to create new renewable energy power plants to feed its network of resorts by 2030. It also aims to convince resort industry suppliers and vendors to reduce environmentally harmful packaging and use compostable products to divert waste from landfills by 2030. Additionally, Vail Resorts is joining the RE100, a group of global companies committed to using 100 pct renewable energy. (Source: Vail Resorts, Denver Post, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Vail Resorts, Rob Katz, CEO, (3030 404-1800,; RE100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emisions,  Carbon Footprint,  Renewable Energy,  RE100,  

Smart Energy, Energy Storage Plan Touted in UK (Int'l)
SMart Energy,Ofgem
Date: 2017-07-28
In the UK, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark is promoting an innovative plan that will transform how homes and businesses store and use energy. The plan would support innovative new technologies that give homes and businesses more control over their energy consumption.

The proposed plan would also create opportunities and jobs in new technologies such as smart appliances, smart meters and other improvements to manage the energy system.

The plan also recognizes the role that energy storage can play in a smart energy grid and the opportunities presented by falling costs of battery technologies designed to store surplus energy.

The full implementation of the plan to move to a smarter energy system alongside other changes could help save as much as £40 in energy costs over the next few decades, according to research conducted for BEIS by Imperial College and the Carbon Trust. (Source: Ofgem, Various Media, 26 July, 2017) Contact: UK Business and Energy Secretary, Rt. Hon. Greg Clark,; Ofgem, Chris Lock, +44 0207 901 7225,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SMart Energy,  Energy Storage,  Ofgem,  

Perspectives for the Energy Transition -- Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy System -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency,IRENA
Date: 2017-07-28
In the jointly published and released Perspectives for the Energy Transition -- Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy System study, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have identified technically feasible pathways towards achieving a transition to a low-carbon energy economy.

Published ahead of this months G20 Summit, the IEA/IRENA study explores the investments needed for an energy sector transition that would be consistent objective of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The two agencies note that investments in financing the clean energy transition would yield important co-benefits and that a transformation of the energy system in line with the 2 degree C goal is "technically possible but will require significant policy reforms, carbon pricing and additional technological innovation." The study also addresses policy interventions such as power market reform; significantly increased levels of investment in energy supply and end-use sectors; low-carbon fossil fuel technologies; steady, long-term price signals; near-term scaled-up budgets for technological innovation; and stronger price signals from phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and carbon pricing.

Download the Pespectives for the Energy Transition -- Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy System Report HERE. (Source: IRENA, IISD, 25 July, 2017)Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000,; International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Energy,  Renewable Energy,  International Energy Agency,  IRENA,  

Carbon Trust Managing IEEA Energy Efficiency Grants Scheme (Intr'l)
Carbon Trust
Date: 2017-07-28
In the UK, the Carbon Trust reports it will run a new £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) launched in January by the U.K. Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). IEEA aims to support marketing, funding and co-funding of new and available energy efficient technologies from start-up and existing companies for a range of industrial sectors.

The IEEA is funded by the Energy Innovation Programme, led by BEIS, and will be delivered by the Carbon Trust with support from engineering firm Jacobs and infrastructure specialist AMEC Foster Wheeler. Funding, which will range from £150,000 tp £1 million will support demonstration projects across the UK, is anticipated to unlock a further £11 million of private sector investments. (Source: Carbon Trust, British Palstics and Rubber, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Andrew Lever, Director of Innovation, Al-Karim Govindji, Senior Manager of Innovation, Nils Lehmann, Project Manager, +44 (0) 207 832 4773,

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Tri-State LED Nails Interstate+Lakeland Lumber Lighting Retrofit Contract (Ind. Report)
Tri-State LED
Date: 2017-07-28
Greenwich, Ct.-based Tri-State LED, a division of Revolution Lighting Technologies,reports it has been selected by Interstate + Lakeland Lumber for a series of LED lighting retrofits of the company's Connecticut locations in Bethel, Newtown, Stamford and Greenwich.

Tri-State LED, who was selected as a program contractor within Eversource's Small Business Energy Advantage Program (SBEA), in late 2016, secured incentives and zero-interest financing through the SBEA program to reduce the project's payback time. The SBEA program is designed to help Connecticut small businesses reduce energy costs through the identification, education and selection of cost-effective, energy efficient turnkey solutions. (Source: Tri-State LED, PR, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Tr-State LED,; Eversource Small Business Energy Advantage Program,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  Eversource,  

Waste Wood Biomass Plants Planned for Napa, Calif. (Ind. Report)
Napa Recycling and Waste Services
Date: 2017-07-28
In California, the city of Napa, and Napa Recycling and Waste Services are proposing the development of two, 1-MW each waste woody-woody biomass burning power generation facilities in the city of 81,500 residents.

According to the Napa Valley Register, each of the two plants would cost approximately $12.6 million to construct. Power from the facilities would be sold to the utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The plants will generate around 15,000 megawatt-hours per year for approximately 2,200 households. (Source: Napa Recycling and Waste Services, Napa Valley Register, CDR, 26 July, 2017)Contact: Napa Recycling and Waste Services, (707) 256-3500,

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Ireland Expected to Miss 2020 GHG Emissions Target (Int'l)
Climate Change Advisory Council
Date: 2017-07-28
In the UK, the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) reports that Ireland is likely to miss its 2020 targets to reduce emissions "by a substantial margin" which will have negative implications for 2030 Paris Climate Accord obligations.

CCAC says the lack of a framework to prioritize policies, including a switch away from the private car, and an "absence of decisions" in the recently launched National Mitigation Plan is contributing to the problem.

The CCAC report also says "It is urgent that effective additional policies are implemented to place the economy on an environmentally sustainable pathway to a low-carbon Ireland in 2050." It also notes that while the National Mitigation Plan identified a range of options, "the introduction of, and commitment to new, cost-effective emission reduction policies and measures is essential." It also recommends the removal of ongoing subsidies for power production from peat which, when co-fired co-firing with with 30pc biomass and 70pc peat, produce more emissions than coal. (Source: Irish News, 27 July, 2017) Contact: Climate Change Advisory Council , Professor John Fitzgerald, Chairperson,

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Onida S.D. Ethanol Plant Construction Set for August (Ind. Report)
Ringneck Energy
Date: 2017-07-28
Following-up on our Oct 19, 2016 coverage, Ringneck Energy, LLC, reports it will begin construction of a long-delayed, $137 million corn ethanol plant in Onida Township, South Dakota in a matter of weeks. Construction is expected to take 14 to 16 months.

Wentworth, South Dakota-based South Dakota Ethanol recently pledged to partner with Ringneck Energy on the project. (Source: KCCR, 26 July, 2017) Contact: Ringneck Energy, Walt Wendland, Pres., CEO, (605) 258-2900,,

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Biomethane Central to UK Clean Air Strategy, says ADBA (Int'l)
Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association
Date: 2017-07-28
In the UK, the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has called on the Government to make biomethane-fueled buses and heavy transport vehicles central to its Clean Air Strategy.

Biomethane is a low-carbon transport fuel produced by anaerobic digestion (AD), a natural process that breaks down organic wastes and purpose-grown crops to create a biogas that can be upgraded to create a methane-based fuel. The UK AD industry currently has sufficient capacity to produce enough biomethane to power the UK's entire bus fleet, and the use of biomethane for buses and HGVs has increased in recent years in response to concerns over the cost of fossil-fuel-based fuels and their negative impact on air quality and greenhouse gas emissions..

"The use of biomethane derived from well-managed feedstocks as vehicular fuel can help to reduce the scandalous levels of air pollution we see in towns and cities across the UK, costing thousands of lives each year", according to ADBA CEO Charlotte Morton. "Long-term support for AD is crucial for reducing emissions from the difficult-to-decarbonise transport sector and for improving air quality in our cities and towns to save lives," Morton added. (Source: Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), July, 2017) Contact: ADBA, Charlotte Morton, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3176 0503,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Biomethane ,  

Barbados Advances Renewables, Energy Efficiency Plan (Int'l Report)
Gov. of Barbados
Date: 2017-07-28
Further to our June 30th coverage, in Bridgetown, the Caribbean island nation of Barbados government reports it aims to save as much as $3 million per year in electric power costs with the implementation of a $24.6-million Public Sector Smart Energy Programme (PSPP).

The program, which is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Union (EU), includes upgrading approximately 30,000 street lights nationwide to energy efficient LEDs, greater energy efficiency measures and an increased reliance on renewable energy sources for the island's power needs.

The government aims to reduce the Bds$800 million ($400 million US) fuel import bill , 50 pct of which is used for power generation. It also aims to promote the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources and to allow independent power producers to supply electricity in addition to the Barbados Light and Power Company (BL&P). (Source: Gov. of Barbados, IPS, 27 July, 2017) Contact: Barbados Light & Power, Roger Blackman,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LED Street Light,  Barbados,  

Sebigas Touting Beer Waste Biogas Potential (Ind. Report) feedstock
Date: 2017-07-28
In Italy, Bologna-based biogas specialist Sebigas is reporting success in testing the use of beer brewing barley malt scraps as feedstock for biogas production.

Sebigas, which has built more than 60 biogas plants since 2008, believes the results from its tests could be used to boost take-up of this growing feedstock in Italy, where beer consumption and the growth of micro-breweries is on the rise.

SEBIGAS specializes in the design, manufacture, maintenance and management of biogas plants worldwide. The first brewery biogas plant was opened in 2010 in England. (Source: Sebigas, ENDS Waste & Bioenergy, 25 July, 2017)Contact: Sebigas, +39 0331-1817711, +39 0331-1817644,

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Old Dominion State Switching to Alternative Fuels (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-07-28
In Richmond, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe reports that 319 state and local government vehicles have been transitioned to alternative fuel, exceeding the Governor's 300 vehicle goal by the end of the Administration. It is also is also notable progress toward a low-carbon clean fuel alternatives Virginia.

The Governor also awarded Chesterfield County with the Governor's Green Fleet Award for its leadership in the alternative fuels transition by implementing 50 vehicles and five advanced fueling stations that allow state and local vehicles to visit and refuel.

In 2014, Governor McAuliffe unveiled the Virginia Energy Plan committing to accelerating the development of advanced vehicle technology and the use of alternative fuels for vehicles in the Commonwealth as well as advancing the existing 2012 Commonwealth Alternative Fuel Program. (Source: Office of the Governor of Virginia, PR, 26 July, 2017)Contact: Governor Terry McAuliffe,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  CNG,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Ethanol,  Electric Vehicles,  

Calif. Governor Brown Signs Cap- and-Trade Extension (Reg & Leg)
California Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2017-07-28
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law California A.B. 398 , a 10-year extension of the Golden State's cap-and-trade program designed to decrease the state's GHG emissions by 40 pct from 1990 levels. Companion legislation -- AB 617 -- will monitor air quality in particularly polluted communities and will be empowered to order emission reductions for both mobile and stationary sources. Together, the two laws will require large industrial facilities to update old equipment with cleaner, more modern equipment by December 2023. (Source: Law360, Various Others, 25 July, 2017)

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PG&E Lauds Governor, Legislators for Cap-and-Trade Climate Change Action (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Pacific Gas and Electric
Date: 2017-07-28
San Francisco-headquartered Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is applauding Governor Jerry Brown and the California State legislature for Bill 398 strengthening and extending the state's market-based, emissions reduction Cap-and-Trade program through 2030.

PG&E supported AB 398 and Assembly Bill 617 which addresses local air quality concerns in affected communities. Both global greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollutants are important public health and policy issues that must be addressed. PG&E believes both bills target these problems with focused policy solutions, according to a PG&E release. (Source: PG&E, PR, 25 July, 2017) Contact: PG&E, Lynsey Paulo, (415)-973-5930 ,

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Suzlon Scores Saudi Wind Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
Suzlon,Alfanar Energy
Date: 2017-07-28
Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Groupis reporting receipt of an 50.4 MW order 24 units of its S111-90m wind turbines totaling 50.4 MW from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based Alfanar Energy. The S11X 2.1 MW platform incorporates Suzlon's doubly fed induction generator technology designed to optimally harness available wind resources.

The deal represents Alfanar's first renewable energy project in India and its first contract with Suzlon. Suzlon will execute the entire wind farm on a turnkey basis, including operations and maintenance services. The project is expected to be completed and commissioned by March, 2018. (Source: Suzlon, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000,,; Alfanar Energy,

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Suez Wind Project Bidder Shortlist Announced (Int'l Report)
Egypt New and Renewable Energy Authority
Date: 2017-07-28
The Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) is reporting it has selected four international companies -- Vestas, Siemens, Enercon and Ray Power -- as bidders for the establishment of a 250 Mw wind farm in the Gulf of Suez. The new bids will be received from the four companies by mid-August. Twenty-one companies, including Orascom, General Electric, Lekela Power, and Nordic Power, purchased the tender prospectus,

NREA also reports it has arranged a €115 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance the wind farm project which is expected to get underway in 2018. The Egyptian government plans to generate 20 pct of the country's electricity from renewabltoe sources by 2020. (Source: New and Renewable Energy Authority , DN Egypt, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Egypt New and Renewable Energy Authority, +20 0 22725891,; EIB,

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AC Energy Expands Indonesian Renewables Activities (Int'l)
Ayala Corp,, AC Energy, UPC Renewables
Date: 2017-07-28
Ayala Corp. subsidiary AC Energy reports its affiliate AC Energy International Holdings Pte Ltd. has entered into a development funding arrangement with UPC Renewables Asia Pacific Holdings Ltd. and UPC Renewables Asia I Ltd. for Indonesian renewable energy power generation projects with 50 MW capacity or less. Under the terms of the agreement, AC Energy will have accompanying rights to participate in further construction funding of other Indonesian renewable energy projects.

UPC Renewables develops, finances, constructs, owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation assets on a global scale. Along with its partners, UPC Renewables has developed and operated renewable energy projects in Italy, USA, Canada, China and the Philippines. (Source: AC Energy, Business World, 25 July, 2017) Contact: AC Energy, John Eric T. Francia, Pres., CEO,; UPC Renewables , +63 2 576 7961, (305) 416-6101 -- US Office,,

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Advisian, Ventolines Seal Wind Industry Cooperation Deal (Int'l)
Advisian Power & New Energy,Ventolines NL
Date: 2017-07-28
Advisian Power & New Energy reports it has sealed a deal with wind industry services provider Ventolines NL, under which Ventolines will have global access to wind energy projects that WorleyParsons may be invited to support, while at the same time providing Advisian with complementary onshore and offshore wind energy expertise.

Ventolines' wind project services include development, contracting, financing, construction and operations. The company provided construction management and electrical and quality advisory services to Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore Wind Farm, and others. Anne De Groot, CEO of Ventolines, New Energy, including onshore and offshore wind, is one of the top strategic growth areas for Advisian, the company highlighted, adding that because of the rapidly growing opportunities in the sector, this partnership is complementary with regards to each party’s specific skill sets. (Source: Advisian,, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Advisian, Neil Mackintosh, Exec. VP,; Ventolines NL, Anne De Groot, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advisian Power & New Energy,  

N.C. HB 589 Renewables Legislation Signed into Law (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-07-28
In Raleigh North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper's office reports the signing of House Bill 589, the controversial legislation that imposes an 18-month moratorium on on-shore wind development in close proximity to military installations that are important in the state's economy.

Additionally, HB 589 establishes competitive bidding for most utility-scale solar projects in the state and increases the state's solar energy capacity to 6,800 MW by 2022. It is also expected to save the state's ratepayers an estimated $849 million over the next decade. (Source: NC PNS, Charlotte Bus. Journal, Others, 27 July, 2017) Contact: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, (919) 814-2000,

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Houston Data Center Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC,Houston Skybox One Data Center
Date: 2017-07-28
In the Lone Star State, the 96,129-square-foot purpose-built Houston Skybox One Data Center reports it has been awarded LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The facility is the only data center in Houston and one of a handful in Texas to receive the designation, according to a release.

The building's LEED qualifying green features include: multiple rooftop solar arrays; guaranteed 100 pct renewable energy for individual occupants; an industry leading PUE rating, highlighting design efficiency for the Houston climate; an "evaporcool" system for improving mechanical efficiency; three times the rainwater detention required by code; and other energy efficiency equipment and features. The facility provides four private data halls and 54 MW of power. (Source: Houston Skybox One Data Center, ProudGreenBuilding, 27 July, 2017)Contact: Houston Skybox One Data Center,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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