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Fuels America, RFA Part Ways Over Point of Obligation (Ind. Report)
Fuels America,Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2017-03-03
US biofuels lobby group Fuels America, a coalition of ethanol related industry players, reports it is parting ways with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) over plans to change the contentious Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) point of obligation requirement, the point in the fuel supply chain in which a party becomes obligated to comply with the RFS requirements.

In its initial rulemaking, the EPA defined an obligated party as a refiner or importer and explained then that they considered placing the point of obligation at the terminal. The EPA now says the RFS would be maintained, but responsibility for compliance would be shifted from refiners to fuel blenders.

Fuels America apparently took umbridge to RFA CEO Bob Dinneen's recent statement that the association "received a call from an official with the Trump administration" informing it that a pending White House order would remove oil refiner's obligation to blend ethanol with gasoline. (Source: Fuels Amercia, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; Fuels America Coalition, www.fuelsamerica.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  point of obligation,  Fuels America,  Renewable Fuels Association ,  


E.ON Touts Texas Waves Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
E.ON North America,ERCOT,Greensmith Energy
Date: 2017-03-03
E.ON North America is reporting that its Texas Waves energy storage projects will be co-located at the existing E.ON Pyron and Inadale wind farms in West Texas. Texas Waves consists of two 9.9 megawatt (MW) short duration energy storage projects using lithium-ion battery technology.

The Texas Waves projects will provide ancillary services to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market and will be capable of responding to shifts in power demand more quickly, increasing system reliability and efficiency. The project is expected to be online before the year end.

E.ON will be partnering with energy storage software and services provider Greensmith Energy for the Texas Waves projects. (Source: E.ON North America, PR, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: E.ON North America, Mark Frigo, VP Energy Storage, Mark Frigo, (503) 481-8622, mark.frigo@eon.com, www.eon.com; Greensmith Energy, www.greensmithenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON ,  Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  ERCOT,  Greensmith Energy,  


SimpliPhi Offers AccESS Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
SimpliPhi Power
Date: 2017-03-03
Ojai, California-headquartered SimpliPhi Power reports it is now offering its versatile "AccESS" energy storage solutions to residential installers. The SimpliPhi AccESS all-in-one-box energy storage system (ESS), which was developed in partnership with solar and energy storage installers, is now available from CivicSolar as a fully integrated energy storage and management solution that is ideal for installers new to energy storage and interested in applying for Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) incentives for their residential projects. The SGIP program reserves incentives specifically for residential energy storage projects of 10kW or less, with incentive levels decreasing as demand grows.

The AccESS plug-and-play Energy Storage System (ESS) easily integrates power storage into new and existing solar installations, both on and off grid. The system includes award-winning battery technology combined with a Schneider Electric inverter charge controller, associated power electronics and overall system management as well as pre-programmed software settings and system performance monitoring for a variety of installations, including self-consumption or net metering. (Source: SimplPhipower, PR, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: SimplPhipower, Catherine Von Burg, CEO, www.Simpliphipower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Solar,  


ConEdison Plugging Portable Energy Storage in NYC (Ind. Report)
NRG Energy,ConEdison
Date: 2017-03-03
In the Big Apple, ConEdison is reporting plans for the deployment of its "Storage on Demand" energy storage system. The system is designed to keep service reliable as consumption rises during hot summer months or whenever an electrical network needs short-term support.

NRG Energy will develop and build the battery storage system, which will consist of two mobile battery trailers and one mobile electrical switchgear trailer. Con Edison's first battery storage project, in partnership with GI Energy, will place batteries totaling 1 MW at the properties of four customers across the city.

"Battery storage technology is advancing quickly and can provide us with another tool to keep our service reliable on the days our customers need it the most," said Con Edison's VP fo Distributed Resource Integration, Matthew Ketschke. (Source: ConEdison, Mar., 2017) Contact: ConEdison Development, Matthew Ketschke, www.coneddev.com; NRG Energy Inc., (609) 524-4500, www.nrgenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRG Energy,  ConEdison,  Energy Storage,  


SkySpecs, Siemens Collaborate on Drone Wind Turbine Inspection Technology (Ind. Report)
SkySpecs,Siemens Wind Power
Date: 2017-03-01
Ann Arbor, Michigan-headquartered drone manufacturer SkySpecs reports it is collaborating with Siemens to develop and deploy a cost and time effective automated drone technology for on-site wind turbine and blade inspections.

Siemens is involving its Wind Power business and its next47 venture unit to help refine SkySpecs technology for utility-scale wind turbine inspections and prepare it for commercial readiness. The joint effort will enable Siemens to incorporate more advanced preventive maintenance techniques and provide significant turbine maintenance and power generation data. (Source: SkySpecs, PR, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: Skyspecs, Danny Ellis, CEO, Theresa Trevor, Media, theresa.trevor@skyspecs.com, www.skyspecs.com; Siemens Wind Power, www.siemens.com; next47, www.next47.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SkySpecs,  Wind,  Siemens Wind Power,  


LM Wind Power Plans Cherbourg, France Wind Blade Plant (Int'l)
LM Wind Power
Date: 2017-03-01
Global wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power reports it will open a new wind turbine blade factory dedicated to the offshore market in Cherbourg, Normandy, France. The new facility will be constructed on a site developed by Ports Normands Associes (PNA), a port authority that includes the Normandy region and the Manche Department.

Ground breaking is slated for this month and production is expected to begin in June 2018. The company operates factories in Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Poland, Spain and the United State, and has produced more than 185,000 blades since 1978. (Source: LM Windpower, PR, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: LM Wind Power, Alexis Crama, V.P. Offshore, Marc de Jong, CEO, +45 79 84 00 00, info@lmwindpower.com www.lmwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  Wind,  Wind Blade,  


Pattern Completes 184MW British Columbia Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Pattern Development
Date: 2017-03-01
Pattern Development is reporting construction of the 184.6MW Meikle Wind power project in the Canadian province of British Columbia, is now completed. The Meikle Wind project, which utilizes 61 GE wind turbines to generate sufficient power for over 54,000 British Colombian home, has a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with BC Hydro.

With the completion of Meikle Wind farm, British Columbia's total wind energy capacity now stands at 673.6MW, according to Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). (Source: pattern Development, PR, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: Pattern, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Development,  Wind,  


TTI-FSS Tampa Rooftop Solar Installation Online (Ind. Report)
Tampa Tank ,solaradvantage
Date: 2017-03-01
Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS) reports its new, 507-kilowatt rooftop solar system in Hillsborough County is now online and generating 60 pct of its on-site power needs. The solar installation, which covers most of the TTI-FSS's roof, is expected to pay for itself within five years through energy cost savings, a 30 pct-of-the-cost federal tax benefit, and accelerated tax depreciation. TTI-FSS's energy costs are expected to drop from 13 to 3 cents per kWh.

It is the first solar project developed by TTI-FSS's landlord, Shepard Capital Partners Tampa-headquartered solar and electrical contractor Solaradvantage completed the the installation. (Source: Tampa Tank, February 28, 2017) Contact: Tampa Tank, http://tti-fss.com; Shepard Capital Partners, www.shepardcap.com; Solaradvantage, Martin Clewis, (813) 399-1231, www.solaradv.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  solaradvantage,  


Indiana Senate OKs Solar Energy Incentive Cuts (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-03-01
In the Hoosier State, the Indiana Senate has passed legislation tabled by Sen. Brandt Hershman (R) that would eliminate much of the financial incentive for solar panel installations.

Solar panel owners who feed surplus energy to the power grid are currently compensated at a retail market rate that helps pay off their investments. The new bill would drastically reduce that rate in five years, although existing solar panel owners would be grandfathered in for 30 years. The legislation requires Indiana House of Representatives approval.

Solar energy reportedly accounts for less than 1 pct of Indiana's power.(Source: Various Media, WHIO, 27 Feb., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Incentive,  


Vattenfall Plans Aberdeenshire Wind Farm Expansion (Int'l)
Vattenfall,European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (
Date: 2017-03-01
Swedish power company Vattenfall reports it is seeking approval to add 16 wind turbines to the 36.9 MW Clashindarroch Wind Farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Vattenfall was behind the 11-turbine Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm (AOWFL) -- aka the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) offshore wind farm that now-US President Donald Trump claimed would ruin the view from his nearby golf resort.

On July 25, 2016, then presidential hopeful Trump tweeted "Offshore wind will destroy Scotland." As far as we can determine, Trump has not yet tweeted his opposition to Vattenfall's planned expansion and Scotland remains un-destroyed. (Source: Vattenfall, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 27 Feb., 2017)Contact: Vattenfall Wind, Gunnar Groebler, Sr. VP Wind, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre ,  Vattenfall,  Donald Trump,  


Buy Clean California Calls for Construction Material Carbon Disclosure (Reg & Leg)
Buy Clean California
Date: 2017-03-01
In the Golden State, the Buy Clean California Act -- AB 262 -- would require state agencies to evaluate the greenhouse gas emissions of cement, steel, asphalt and other products specified for infrastructure work.

AB 262 calls for the state to develop a formula to comparatively assess emissions associated with designated building or construction material production and for agencies to strive to purchase materials with the lowest emissions, regardless of production origin. Under AB 262 infrastructure project bidders would complete a standard form stating cumulative greenhouse gas emissions in materials' production.

"By focusing the buying power of California's budget, of which approximately $10 billion per year goes to infrastructure each year, AB 262 will help ensure a thriving market exists for low-carbon industrial products," according to Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). (Source: Office of California Assembly member Rob Bonta, Sacramento Concrete News, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Buy Clean California, www.buycleancalifornia.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


China Forecasts 1 pct CO2 Reduction for 4th year (Int'l)
Greenpeace East Asia
Date: 2017-03-01
In New Delhi, Greenpeace East Asia reports that for the fourth consecutive year, China's National Energy Administration is forecasting a roughly 1 pct drop in China's CO2 levels. According to Greenpeace East Asia, "This would be the fourth year in a row of either zero growth or a decline in CO2 emissions -- this reinforces China's growing status as a global climate leader, and sends a strong signal to US President (Donald) Trump."

According to the US EPA's 2011 report, China was responsible for 28 pct of the total global CO2 emission coming from the fossil fuels. This was followed by the US at 16 pct, while India was responsible for 6 pct of carbon emission.

The Greenpeace report also notes that China's absence of commitments to cut greenhouse gases other than CO2 will occasion an increase on GHG emissions until at least 2030. (Source: Greenpeace East Asia, Various Media,Feb 28 2017)Contact: Greenpeace East Asia, www.greenpeace.org/eastasia

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Emissions,  GHG Emissions,  


Egyptians Producing, Testing Jatropha Aviation Biofuel (Int'l)
IATA,Egyptian National Research Centre
Date: 2017-03-01
In Cairo, the Egyptian National Research Centre (ENRC), commissioned by the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation, reports it has produced and is testing jatropha seed-based aviation biofuel. The oil from Jatropha seeds, which have an oil content of between 20-25 pct., is extracted using organic solvents such as hexane, according to the ENRC.

The ENRC and its researchers are working to support the implementation of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) plan to increase the use use of biofuels and slash aviation carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2050. (Source: Egyptian National Research Centre, SciDev.net, Feb., 2017) Contact: Egyptian National Research Centre, +20 2 3337 1615, www.nrc.sci.eg; IATA, +41 22 770 2967, corpcommis@iata.org, www.iata.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IATA,  Jatropha,  Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


DRAX Bidding for Two Bankrupt US Wood Pellet Makers (Int'l, M&A)
DRAX,Texas Pellets
Date: 2017-03-01
In the UK, British power producer DRAX reports its is seeking the acquisition of several U.S. woody biomass pellet producers and to that end has submitted initial binding cash offers for the operating assets of Texas Pellets and Louisiana Pellets, both of which are in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Texas Pellets is the owner and developer of a wood biomass pellet manufacturing facility located in Woodville, Texas. Louisiana Pellets is based in in Urania, Louisiana.

Although DRAX' bids could be accepted by the sellers, the successful purchaser will probably be determined through auctions which are being held today, March 1 and tomorrow, 2 March 2017. According to a DRAX statement, "Drax has previously indicated its intention to expand its self-supply compressed wood pellet operations to support 20-30 pct of its generation requirement. Subject to a disciplined approach to pricing in the auctions, the acquisition of these assets would help Drax meet this target." (Source: DRAX, Insider Media, 27 Feb., 2017)Contact: DRAX, Andy Koss, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

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


CCS Market Worth $19Bn by 2024, says Hexa Research (Ind. Report)
Hexa Research
Date: 2017-03-01
| Hexa Research According to market consultancy and research firm Hexa Research’s Carbon Capture & Sequestration Market report, worldwide CCS is projected to grow at a CAGR of 25 pct from 2016 to 2024 reaching nearly $19 billion by 2024. This industry could witness significant growth over the next few years owing to high investments in emission reduction technologies. Moreover, in-depth research and exploration activities may also propel demand.

Factors attracting investment are popularity of clean power technologies and implementation of discharge compliance norms. Regulations from the U.S. transportation department & the EPA for medium and heavy-duty vehicles can improve the demand for carbon capture technology. Since this market is in the nascent stage, there is no clarity on the price of stocked up carbon. This may hamper demand in the forthcoming years.

The global Carbon Capture & Sequestration Market is divided into applications, technologies, and regions and segmented into industrial, agriculture, and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)which witnessed the highest demand and contributed to more than 50 pct of the overall revenues in 2015.

Significant technological improvements in non-power sectors can positively influence overall demand. Such positive initiatives regarding the application of latest technologies could benefit the global market in the long run. Moreover, greater awareness among policy makers about the importance of limiting carbon discharge can attract substantial investments. The various technologies are pre-combustion, post-combustion, oxy-firing, and industrial. Demand for pre-combustion technology in the United States may witness robust growth. Major global CCS players are Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.; The Linde Group; Sulzer Ltd.; AkerSolutions ASA; and Statoil ASA, according to the report.

Browse report details HERE. (Source: Hexa Research, PR, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Hexa Research, Ryan Shaw, (800) 489-3075, sales@hexaresearch.com, www.hexaresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture & Sequestration,  


SDG&E Touts Massive Li-Ion Energy Storage Installation (Ind. Report)
AES Energy Storage,SDG&E
Date: 2017-03-01
In San Diego, AES Energy Storage, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation, is touting two new Advancion® battery-based energy storage sites totaling 37.5 MW in partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).

One of the sites at a SDG&E substation in Escondido, California , hosts a 30 MW, four-hour duration energy storage project, representing the world's largest lithium-ion battery-based energy storage installation, 50 pct larger than the next largest installation. Both SDG&E sites join more than 200 MW of installed Advancion battery storage capacity deployed around the world.

In July 2016, SDG&E fast-tracked energy storage projects to enhance regional grid reliability and selected Advancion 4, AES' fourth generation battery-based energy storage platform. Already a leader in sourcing renewable energy for its customers with more than a third of its supplied energy drawn from wind and solar, SDG&E accelerated the deployment of battery-based energy storage to improve reliability and allow integration of greater amounts of renewable energy moving forward.

Advancion is the world's most proven energy storage platform, with more than 3.5 million MWh of delivered service and 436 MW in operation, construction or late stage development across seven countries and four continents. Designed for rapid deployment, AES delivered and interconnected SDG&E's Advancion arrays in six months. (Source; SDG&E, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: SDG&E, www.sdge.com; AES Energy Storage, info@aesenergystorage.com, www.aesenergystorage.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AES Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  SDG&E,  


IBM, VELCO Launch Smart Energy Specialist Utopus (Ind. Report)
IBM Research,Vermont Electric Power Company
Date: 2017-03-01
IBM and Rutland, Vermont-headquartered Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) are reporting the launch of Utopus Insights, in Valhalla, New York. Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

VELCO will be an investor and strategic partner in the new company. IBM Research's Smarter Energy team -- alongside the unit's intellectual property and technologies portfolio -- will also become part of Utopus Insights. IBM and VELCO hope the new venture will be able to "create dependable, industry-tested software" for the green energy market. Contact: Utopus Insights, Dr. Chandu Visweswariah, Pres., CEO, (914) 257-7254, http://utopusinsights.com; VELCO, (802) 635-2331, www.velco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vermont Electric Power ,  IBM,  Energy Software,  Energy Efficiency,  


Delta Touts Energy-Saving Building Solutions (Ind. Report)
Delta Group
Date: 2017-03-01
Delta India, a global provider of power and thermal management solutions, is reporting the launch of its integrated Delta Building Solutions compatible with the company's energy-saving, energy generation and energy storage systems such as BMS, HVAC, lighting, EV charging, temperature controls for energy efficiency, smart green buildings and other applications.

Delta Building Automation Solutions are featured with a comprehensive and integrated building management and control platform, which has been applied to many buildings globally to improve the operation efficiency of building systems and to reduce management complexity and cost.

Since 2006, Delta has built 23 green buildings worldwide incluing its headquarters building in Fremont, California, which has been certified as a LEED Platinum green building and is targeted to achieving the Net Zero standard. (Source: Delta, PR, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Delta, www.deltaww.com , www.deltaelectronicsindia.com

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


WELL Community Standard™ Taking Shape (Ind. Report)
International WELL Building Institute
Date: 2017-03-01
In New York, the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI) is reporting on the progress of development of the WELL Community Standard™, noting that its Working Group Members and contributors are providing the kind of industry perspective that bodes well for the standard's global uptake. The WELL Community Standard™ pilot is planned to be launched later this year.

The development of the WELL Community Standard focuses on evidence-based research and understanding requirements for community health and wellness to derive appropriate, actionable strategies and interventions. WELL Community Standard Working Group Members include Arup, Gale International, Hart Howerton, HKS, McLennan Design, Shanghai UBPA and the Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science, Tropicana Field Conceptual Master Plan Project in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the U.S. Green Building Council and others.

The WELL Community Standard™ will build on the existing IWBI WELL Building Standard, a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of buildings and communities that impact human health and wellness. To date, WELL has over 350 projects registered or certified encompassing over 73 million square feet in 28 countries worldwide. The International WELL Building Institute(IWBI) is a public benefit corporation focused on human health and wellness through the built environment. (Source: International WELL Building Institute, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: International WELL Building Institute, Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman and CEO, Callie Stanton, (646) 654-3438, cstanton@nikecomm.com, www.wellcertified.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News International WELL Building Institute,  US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


Siemens' HQ Shortlisted as Most Sustainable Building (Int'l)
Siemens
Date: 2017-03-01
Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects reports that Siemens' global headquarters Munich is shortlisted at the MIPIM Awards in the "Best Innovative Green Building" category. The building has also been certified DGNB Platinum and LEED Platinum.

The new HQ building, which was inaugurated in June, 2016, consumes 90 pct less electricity and 75 pct less water than its predecessor. The annual MIPIM conference is the world's largest real estate event. (Source: Henning Larson Architects, GlassonWeb, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Henning Larsen Architects, www.henninglarsen.com; Siemens AG, www.siemens.com/sustainability, www.siemens.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Sustainable Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Siemens AG,  LEED Certified,  


UK Insurer Launches Carbon-Offset Programme (Int'l Report)
Co-op Insurance
Date: 2017-03-01
In the UK, Co-op Insurance reports it is the first UK insurer to launch a new carbon offset programme, which will support carbon reduction projects in developing countries.

Under its programme, the insurer will offset 10 pct of its new customers' auto and home carbon emissions for the first year of their policy by backing carbon reduction projects in Ghana and Kenya. For each auto policy it will offset 10 pct of customers' cars CO2 emissions in the first year by supporting the provision of cookstoves in Ghana, which are up to 50 pct more efficient than the stoves they replace.

For each home policy, Co-op Insurance will offset 10 pct of customers' home CO2 emissions in the first year by purchasing water filters for Kenyan families . Furthermore, Co-op Insurance has been offsetting customer emissions through its Ecoinsurance motor policy enabling customers to offset more than one million tonnes of CO2 to date. With the new programme, the insurer will have a carbon offset as standard on all new home and motor policies purchased directly through Co-op Insurance.

Co-op Insurance is part of the Co-operative Group, which sources 99 pct of its electricity from renewables. The Co-op has reduced its direct carbon footprint by 43 pct since 2006. (Source: Co-op Insurance, Co-operative News, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: Co-operative Insurance, Mark Summerfield, CEO, Robert Stevens, Climate Care Partnerships, www.coop.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  


ENGIE Helps Finance Energy Efficiency Initiatives (Ind. Report)
ENGIE Resources,OpTerra
Date: 2017-03-01
Houston-headquartered ENGIE Resources, the third-largest non-residential electricity provider in the United States, reports it is now offering ENGIE Advantage™ a new financing solution to support energy efficiency and sustainability programs for large commercial and industrial customers. The offering is being made in conjunction with OpTerra Energy Services, the energy services company acquired by ENGIE in 2016.

ENGIE Advantage™ is available to all qualified commercial and industrial customers, and includes:

  • the ability to improve bottom line performance and achieve sustainability goals while offsetting capital investment with no upfront capital or deposit necessary;

  • simple, on-bill financing for projects with payback periods of up to five years;

  • the ability to finance multiple projects and sites through a single payment plan;

  • energy efficiency projects of any size and scale invoiced on monthly electricity bills, making payments clear and predictable;

  • contract addendums to add financings to current electricity agreements without waiting until the contract ends for upgrades to begin;

  • a wide range of turnkey energy services, including conservation, CHP, and water efficiency;

  • Expertise in utility incentives, tax benefits, and applicable grant funding.

    To date, Opterra has helped customers in multiple industries achieve over $2 billion in energy savings by enhancing energy performance in educational, commercial, health care, municipal and other markets. (Source: ENGIE Resources, PR, NewsWire, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: ENGIE Resources, J.D. Burrows, VP Marketing, (866) 999-8374, www.engieresources.com; Think Energy, (888) 923-3633, questions@mythinkenergy.com, www.thinkenergy.com; OpTerra Energy, www.opterraenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE Resources,  OpTerra,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Notable Quote
    Climate Change,Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2017-03-01
    "I'm a glass half-full kind of person. I think it is too early to know the implications of the new (Trump) administration on either science funding or climate change progress yet. While this administration returns climate change to a lower emphasis than the previous administration, it is more similar to what we saw previously, with the Bush administration, and we still have a Republican controlled Congress, so it's not clear it is new ground, or just a return to a lower status." -- Cornell University Prof. Natalie Mahowald commenting on the effects of the new Trump administration on climate science. (Source: Cornell University, Prof. Natalie Mahowald, Atmospheric Sciences, Feb., 2017) Contact: Prof. Natalie Mahowald, www.geo.cornell.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  


    SEER Sub. Secures $1.4Mn SulfAx™ System Order (Ind. Report)
    Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources.MV Technologies
    Date: 2017-03-01
    Golden, Colorado-headquartered Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources, Inc. (SEER), a provider of renewable fuels and industrial waste stream management services, reports that MV Technologies, its wholly owned subsidiary has secured $1.4 million in purchase orders for its next generation hydrogen sulfide removal system -- the SulfAx™ System.

    The SulfAx™ System eliminates hydrogen sulfide by optimizing a high-capacity granular media that is readily disposable as a non-hazardous material under California's stringent solid waste regulations. SulfAx™ Systems are for use in treating biogas streams from landfills to anaerobic digesters at farms, wastewater treatment facilities, and food & beverage processing operations. (Source: Seer Group, PR, MarketWire, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Seer Group, John Combs, CEO, (720) 460-3522, receptionist@seer-group.com; www.seer-corp.com; MV Technologies, www.mvseer.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  anaerobic digesters,  Landfill Gas,  Methane Emissions ,  


    MnSP Proceeding with SD Soy Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Soybean Processors
    Date: 2017-03-01
    Further to our Feb 13th coverage, Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP), a membership cooperative, and its subsidiary North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP) reports it is working with the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission to complete a construction feasibility study for its planned $240 million soybean processing plant in Spiritwood, North Dakota.

    When fully operational, the plant will have a soybean crushing capacity of 125,000 bushels per day and will produce 490 million pounds of oil, half of which will be used to produce biodiesel and other marketable products.

    MnSP owns and operates a soybean crush facility and biodiesel operation in Brewster, Minnesota. (Source: MnSP, World-Grain, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Minnesota Soybean Processors, Scott AUstin, GM, (507) 842-6677, www.mnsoy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Soybean Processors,  Soybean,  Biodiesel,  


    Hawkeye State Biodiesel Capacity on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2017-03-01
    The Iowa Biodiesel Board is reporting that plant expansions now underway or recently finished will boost the Hawkeye State's biodiesel production capacity by nearly 20 pct, up from 334 million gpy to almost 400 million gpy.

    According to Iowa Biodiesel Board Exec. Dir. Grant Kimberley, "It's no accident that Iowa's biodiesel manufacturing sector is thriving above all other states. Our proactive state biodiesel policies have effectively increased production and consumption in Iowa, benefiting our economy." As an example, "the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program gives grants for equipment changes needed to handle biofuels," Kimberley added. (Source: Iowa Biodiesel Board, Business Record, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Iowa Biodiesel Board, Grant Kimberley, Director, (866) 683-4172, www.iowabiodiesel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Iowa Biodiesel Board ,  


    1414 Degrees Touts Thermal Energy Storage System (New Prod & Tech)
    1414 Degrees
    Date: 2017-02-27
    In the Land Down Under, 1414 Degrees reports it is in the process of testing a prototype of its patented molten silicon storage device at its Tonsley Innovation Precinct site south of Adelaide.

    1414 Degrees' process can store 500 kWh of energy in a 70-centimeter cube of molten silicon -- about 36 times as much energy as Tesla's 14KWh Powerwall 2 lithium ion home storage battery in about the same space, the company points out.

    The device stores electrical energy by using it to heat a block of pure silicon to melting point – 1414 degrees Celsius. It discharges through a heat-exchange device such as a Stirling engine or a turbine, which converts heat back to electrical energy, and recycles waste heat to lift efficiency. The devices could increase the revenue of a wind farm by 25 pct, through increased output and exploiting higher wholesale prices when the wind isn't blowing. For a hydroponic farm, it can provide heat as well as electricity, according to the company.

    1414 Degrees also reports it has raised $500,000 of a $2 million seed capital issue and is in talks with a hydroponic herb farm and wind farm suppliers about pilot commercial scale trials of its technology. The company is also planning a $10 million IPO to fund construction of the first two 200 MWh units. (Source: 1414 Degrees, Next Big Future, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Kevin Moriarity, Chairman, +61 408 173 157, www.1414degrees.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  


    Community Battery Energy Storage Investigated (Ind. Report)
    DNV GL,Alfen
    Date: 2017-02-27
    A new DNV GL-led consortium, including partners Netherlands-based battery specialist Alfen BV – manufacturer and end-to-end system integrator of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) and Peeks -- a commercial aggregator of energy systems, reports it is examining the feasibility of, and building a business case for, community battery energy storage systems. The aim is to enable a multi-stakeholder approach to energy storage whereas most storage projects focus on a single stakeholder with few benefits.

    Community battery systems can help network operators adjust their electricity system and prepare for a growing share of renewable energy in the energy mix. The consortium will fine-tune the business case in consultation with grid operators, specifically focusing on what's required for an agreement between the grid operators and the commercial party using distribution grid services from the storage system. The major result from the project will be a business model framework and the accelerating adoption of community storage projects. The consortium expects to publish the results and the framework in September 2017. (Source: DNV GL, PR, 21 Feb., 2017)Contact: DNV GL, +49 40 361 490, www.dnvgl.com; Alfen BV, +31 6 13 98 8600, http://alfen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DNV GL,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Unicel Arch. Touts Contribution to LEED Cert. (Ind. Report)
    Unicel Architectural,
    Date: 2017-02-27
    Montreal-headquartered Unicel Architectural is touting its Vision Control® integrated louvers and how the louvers system can help attain multiple credits for high-performance green building energy efficiency LEED certification through optimized energy performance, thermal comfort, acoustic performance and more.

    According to Unicel Architectural, the company's Control® integrated louvers can contribute significantly toward obtaining LEED certification and deliver long-term cost savings. (Source: Unicel Architectural, PR, WebWire, 21 Feb., 2017) Contact: Unicel Architectural, www.unicelarchitectural.com www.unicelarchitectural.com /en/specialty-glazing.html; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Lockheed Martin Tech. Equipped Tidal Turbine Deployed in Pentland Firth (Int'l Report)
    Atlantis Resources ,Lockheed Martin
    Date: 2017-02-27
    In Edinburgh, Atlantis Resources Ltd. is reporting the deployment of a AR1500 tidal energy turbine equipped with new Lockheed Martin (LMT) technology in Pentland Firth, off the coast of Scotland. Lockheed Martin designed and delivered the 1.5 MW AR1500 turbine and the subsystems, the Yaw Drive System (YDS) and the Variable Pitch System (VPS).

    The installation is the latest development in the MeyGen project which deliver tidal power to as many as 175,000 homes in Scotland.

    The MeyGen project is the largest tidal energy project in the world. Atlantis plans to deploy nearly 270 turbines to generate about 400 MW of energy, enough to power 175,000 homes. (Source: Lockheed Martin, PR Newswire, 23 Feb., 2017) Contact: Lockheed Martin, Frank Armijo, VP, www.lockheedmartin.com/energy; Atlantis Resources Limited, +44 131 659 9690 – Edinburgh Office, www.atlantisresourcesltd.com; MeyGen Ltd., Dan Pearson, CEO, +44 (0) 3137 3467, www.meygen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maygen,  Atlantis Resources,  Lockheed Martin ,  Tidal,  


    AHBN Project Studying Poplar Biofuels Feedstocks (R&D)
    Oregon State University,Greenwood Resources
    Date: 2017-02-27
    As part of the federally-funded Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHBN) research project studying biofuel feedstocks, Oregon State University and its partners are cultivating 115,000 poplar-hybrid trees on 8o acres near Jefferson, in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

    The project has four sites throughout the Northwest and northern California. One acre of poplar trees can produce roughly 2,000 gallons of ethanol every three years. The poplar trees can be chipped and then converted into gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and ethanol, as well as other chemicals. (Source: Greenwood Resources, Albany Democrat Herald, 22 Feb., 2017) (Source: Contact: GreenWood Resources, Brian Stanton, CTO, Rick Stonex, Opereations Mgr., (800) 279-4509, www.greenwoodresources.com; Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest, www.hardwoodbiofuels.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oregon State University,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feddstock,  Ethanol,  Poplar,  Greenwood Resources,  


    GE Supplying Minnesota Solar-Wind Hybrid Project (Ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy, Juhl Energy
    Date: 2017-02-27
    GE Renewable Energy reports it will supply wind and solar components for the first ever US commercial integrated solar-wind hybrid project. The 4.6 MW project is a community project set for Red Lake Falls in Minnesota, and to be developed by North American developer Juhl Energy. GE Renewable Energy has been contracted to supply two 2.3-116 wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy's Onshore Wind business, as well as 1 MW of solar power conversion equipment.

    The 4.6 MW project is set to enter commercial operation later this year.

    The Red Lake Falls project will utilize GE's Wind Integrated Solar Energy technology platform to integrate the solar panels through the wind turbine's converter so that both wind and solar share all the same balance of plant to increase annual energy production by up to 10 pct. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, CleanTechnica, Others, 24 Feb., 2017)Contact: GE Renewable Energy Pete McCabe, President & CEO, Onshore Wind, www.ge-energy.com; Juhl Energy, Dan Juhl, CEO, Jody Janson, IR, (888) 438-5845, ir@juhlenergy.com, www.juhlenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Juhl Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    Dynapower Meets UL Smart Inverter Requirement (Ind. Report)
    Dynapower, Intertek
    Date: 2017-02-27
    South Burlington, Vermont-headquartered energy storage inverter specialist Dynapower reports its MPS-250 is the first storage-only energy inverter to be confirmed by Intertek to meet the UL 1741 SA draft "smart" inverter requirements.

    Compliance with this standard ensures that Dynapower's MPS-250 smart inverter is California Rule 21 and Hawaii Rule 14H compliant through the use of Intertek's SATELLITE™ Data Acceptance Program.

    In addition to the smart inverter features required by the new standard, Dynapower also incorporated Dynamic Transfer as a standard feature into the Generation 2 MPS-250. Dynamic Transfer enables a "backup power" mode of operation for energy storage systems. More than 300 MW of Dynapower's high reliability, energy storage inverters are deployed worldwide. (Source: Dynapower, PR, Bus. Wire, 22 Feb., 2017) Contact: Dynapower, Chip Palombini, sales manager of the energy storage group. www.Dynapower.com; Intertek, Sunny Rai, VP Renewable Energy, www.intertek.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dynapower,  Intertek,  Inverter,  Energy Storage,  


    RES Wins NREL Wind Energy Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Systems
    Date: 2017-02-27
    Hertfordshire, UK-headquartered Renewable Energy Systems (RES) reports its RESolve energy storage system has been selected for the energy storage test project at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) National Wind Technology Centre (NWTC). The RESolve system, which is expected to be installed in April, will be used to test various modes ranging from frequency regulation, renewable energy integration, and seamless grid-to-island transition.

    RES is the world's largest independent renewable energy company with a 12 GW portfolio and the expertise to develop, engineer, construct, finance, and operate projects around the globe. RES is active in a range of energy technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission, according to the company's website. (Source: RES, Various Media, 23 Feb., 2017) Contact: RES +44 0 1923 299200, www.res-group.com; NREL, www.nrel.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy Systems ,  


    3 Million Work in US Clean Energy Sector, says DOE (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2017-02-27
    According to the U.S. DOE's second annual The DOE's second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report, the clean energy industry now supports more than three million U.S. jobs, equal to the number of retail jobs and double the number of jobs in the construction sector.

    According to the report, almost 2.2 million work in energy efficiency, over 600,000 in clean power generation, 100,000 in advanced grid technologies, 100,000 in biofuels and 200,000 in advanced transportation, which includes hybrid and electric vehicles.

    Download the DOE's second annual U.S. Energy and Employment ReportDOR report HERE (Source: US DOE, Feb. 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Notable Quote

    Date: 2017-02-27
    "A revenue-neutral carbon tax would promote greater energy efficiency and the use of today's lower-carbon options, avoid further burdening the economy, and also provide incentives for markets to develop additional low-carbon energy solutions for the future." -- Darren Woods, ExxonMobil, Chairman , CEO, Bloomberg, 24 Feb., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax news,  


    DSM Snares PV Backsheet Maker Suzhou SunShine (Int'l, M&A)
    Royal DSM,Suzhou SunShine New Materials Technology
    Date: 2017-02-27
    In the Netherlands, Royal DSM, the Dutch firm that is active in health, nutrition and materials, is reporting acquisition of the technology and other assets of the China-based Suzhou SunShine New Materials Technology Co Ltd (Sunshine) - the manufacturer of a novel, high-performance solar PV backsheet based on co-extrusion technology.

    In 2016, DSM entered into a commercial alliance with Sunshine. Now, through this acquisition, DSM will expand its product portfolio for the solar PV market to include polymer sheets that protect PV solar cells. (Source: Royal DSM, BS B2B Bureau , Feb., 2017 ) Contact: Royal DSM, www.dsm.com; Suzhou SunShine New Materials Technology, +86 89168588 , www.js-sun.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal DSM,  Solar,  PV,  Backshgeet,  Suzhou SunShine ,  


    CPIA Reports Growing Chinese Solar PV Capacity (Int'l)
    China Photovoltaic Industry Association
    Date: 2017-02-27
    According to the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA), total PV installation capacity of 34.54GWp in power-generating stations and distributed systems was completed around China in 2016, accounting for 47% of the global total. PV power generation in China totaled 66.2 billion kWh in 2016, accounting for 1.3 pct of total power generation of all types.

    However, 7.4 billion kWh or 11.18 pct of PV power generation was wasted, mostly in northwestern China due to insufficient local grid capacity as well as overdue payments of PV feed-in subsidies.

    Total PV installation capacity for PV power-generating stations and distributed PV systems to be completed in in China in 2017 is estimated at about 20GWp. Since the China government will lower PV feed-in tariffs beginning July 1, installation is expected to be in rush in the first half of 2017 and then significantly drop in the second half. (Source: China Photovoltaic Industry Association , DIGITIMES, 20 February 2017] Contact: China Photovoltaic Industry Association, www.enfsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Solar,  China PV,  


    BC Commits Another $150Mn to Reforestation (Ind. Report)
    Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia
    Date: 2017-02-27
    The Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia reports thatB.C Premier Christy Clark's office has promised $150 million in the 2016-17 fiscal year for tree planting to help the province sequester carbon and fight climate change.

    "The rehabilitation and reforestation of damaged forest stands will provide significant greenhouse gas benefits and increase the use of low-quality fibre," according to the Provincial Forest Carbon Initiative. The initiative aims to cut carbon emissions in the forest sector and increase tree planting over an area of up to 300,000 hectares through 2021.

    The Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia was created by the B.C. government in February 2016 with an initial cash infusion of $85 million. The organization operates at arm's length from government and funds projects aimed at forest enhancement and wildfire reduction on provincial Crown land. (Source: Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia, PR, EcoLog, 24 Feb., 2017) Contact: Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia, Jim Snetsinger, Vice Chair, www.fesbc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration,  Reforestation,  


    Airex Inaugurates Quebec Biomass Torrefaction Plant (Ind. Report)
    Airex Energy
    Date: 2017-02-27
    Laval, Quebec-headquartered Airex Energy is reporting the commissioning of its biomass torrefaction demonstration plant in Becancour, Quebec. The $10 million industrial-size demonstration plant showcases Airex Energy's trademarked biomass torrefaction technology that significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions for many industries still using coal or coal byproducts.

    Airex Energy's torrefaction process converts biomass residues into biocoal pellets as a replacement for coal and oil. Biocoal's unique properties allows it to easily disintegrate, so it can be ground up and combined with bituminous coal in thermal power stations producing electricity, without major changes to existing systems for handling, storing, and grinding coal. The CarbonFX system also produces biochar for soil remediation, liquid filtration and metal reduction and rehabilition of inactive mining sites. (Source: Airex Energy, PR, 24 Feb., 2017) Contact: Airex Energy, Sylvain Bertrand, CEO , (450) 661-6498, www.airex-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Airex Energy,  biomass torrefaction,  Biochar,  Biocoal,  Wood Pellets,  


    Pacific Biodiesel Farming Sunflower Biodiesel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Biodiesel Technologies
    Date: 2017-02-27
    In the Aloha State, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies reports it is scaling-up sunflower and other biodiesel feedstock cultivation on the Island of in Maui. The initial crop project on 115 acres will expand diversified agriculture by growing combine-harvested oil crops on land previously used for sugar cane production.

    Pacific Biodiesel is planting sunflowers as its first biofuel crop on Maui, applying the knowledge learned from its past experience and partnership with the US military as part of the Hawaii Military Biofuels Crop Program that demonstrated the planting, growing and processing of biodiesel feedstocks on Oahu and Hawaii Island.

    Based on previous experience growing sunflowers, the company expects an initial yield of 100+ gallons of oil per acre per harvest, with up to three harvests per year possible. (Source: Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, Maui Now, Various Other Media, ,February 24, 2017) Contact: Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, (808) 877-3114, info@biodiesel.com, www.biodiesel.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Biodiesel Technologies,  Biodiesel ,  


    BSI Revises Building Energy Efficiency Specs (Int'l)
    British Standards Insitution
    Date: 2017-02-27
    In the UK, the British Standards Institution (BSI) reports it has revised and expanded its PAS 2030:2017 specification for the installation of energy efficiency measures in both commercial and residential existing buildings. The expansion includes definitive requirements for design aspects to be validated by installers, as well as specific methods, processes and procedures to be employed in commissioning installation and handover of projects.

    The PAS revision was sponsored by BEIS Home Energy and supports the government's Energy Company Obligatio nenergy efficiency scheme to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. The revisions in PAS 2030 were prompted by changes in UK legislation relating to energy efficiency and to meet the requirements of suppliers and users of energy efficiency measures.

    The revised PAS includes requirements for installation processes, process management and service provision, as well as criteria relating to installation methods, equipment, tools, product or system and material suitability. The commissioning of installed measures and the training, skills and competence of the people undertaking such installation, is also covered in PAS 2030. (Source: British Standards Institution, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: British Standards Institution, www.bsigroup.com

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


    Singapore Launching Carbon Tax in 2019 (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Singapore, Finance Minister,International Emissions Trading Association
    Date: 2017-02-27
    In the city-state of Singapore, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat last week announced plans to implement a carbon tax beginning in 2019, making it the first Southeast Asian economy to introduce a mandatory carbon pricing scheme.

    Recognizing Singapore's vulnerability to possible sea level rises brought about by climate change, the Finance Minister described his carbon tax proposal as the "most economically efficient and fair way" to meet Singapore's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target under the UN's Paris climate agreement. Singapore has committed to reduce its emissions intensity by 36 pct below 2005 levels by 2030.

    The Singapore government is considering a carbon tax between S$10 (US$7) and S$20 (US$14) per tonne of climate-warming GHG emissions. Six GHGs, including CO2, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons, will be covered. The tax will apply to power stations and other large emitters producing over 25,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. An estimated 30 to 40 companies fall in this category, according to the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). (Source: Gov. of Singapore, Finance MinisterBridges, 23 Feb., 2017) Contact: Singapore, Finance Minister, www.mof.gov.sg; International Emissions Trading Association, www.ieta.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Emissions Trading Association,  Carbon Tax,  Singapore,  Carbon Emissions,  


    DRAX Burns UK Taxpayers for £1Bn to Burn Biomass Pellets (Int'l)
    DRAX
    Date: 2017-02-27
    In the UK, the DRAX power station, Britain's single largest source of carbon dioxide emissions, has reportedly been given an additional £548 million to fund its controversial practice of burning woody biomass wood chips rather then coal. With this additional funding, DRAX has scored more than £1 billion in taxpayer support over the past two years to burn biomass fuel.

    Britain is more reliant on biomass, alongside wind and solar power, amid pressure to close dirty coal-fired stations. DRAX, which supplies about 7 pct of Britain's electricity, now generates two-thirds of its power from U.S. produced woody biomass pellets.(Source: DRAX, Sunday Times, Various Media, 26 Feb., 2017) Contact: DRAX, Andy Koss, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

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


    WRI Welcomes ExxonMobil's Support for Carbon Tax (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ExxonMobil, World Resources Institute
    Date: 2017-02-27
    Oil giant ExxonMobil's new Chairman & CEO Darren Woods recent blog post on the company's position on a carbon tax has been welcomed by the following statement by Sam Adams, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute:

    "It's a welcome sign that support for a carbon tax has been growing in recent weeks, including from the new CEO of ExxonMobil, who has reaffirmed the company's stated position in favor of a revenue-neutral carbon tax. After years of opposing climate action, it's time for ExxonMobil to fully align its considerable lobbying power, including through trade associations, to support an effective price on carbon.

    "The announcement comes on the heels of a proposal from several respected Republican leaders for a carbon dividend. We are hopeful that these announcements will jump-start a serious bipartisan conversation about how to enact a federal carbon policy that drives down emissions and benefits people." (Source: World Resources Institute, 24 Feb., 2017) Contact: World Resources Institute, (202) 729-7600, www.wri.org; ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon,  ExxonMobil,  Carbon Tax,  WRI,  World Resources Institute,  


    St. Paul Launches Climate Carbon Neutrality Plan (Ind. Report)
    Compact of Mayors
    Date: 2017-02-27
    In Minnesota, the city of St. Paul reports it is planning to institute an Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollution pave the way to the city's goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. St, Paul is one of 633 worldwide communities that have agreed, as part of a , to develop plans to address climate change.

    To expedite its goal, St. Paul city staff spent the past year gathering related data and found that St. Paul's emissions, which are caused by everything from car trips to home energy use to industrial processes, equaled 3.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2015, not including emissions from power plants.According to the data, transportation was responsible for 37 pct of the city's emissions, 35 pct was from commercial businesses and 17 pct was emitted by residential properties.

    Xcel Energy began working with the city last year to collect energy usage data and improve building efficiency as part of the company's "Partners in Energy" program, which dovetails with the city's action plan. (Source: Xcel Energy, StarTribune, Mar., 2017) Contact: Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, www.compactofmayors.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Compact of Mayors,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Action Plan,  


    China Investing $184Mn in Guinea Bissau Biomass Plant (Int'l)
    Biomass
    Date: 2017-02-27
    In Bissau, the capital city of Guinea-Bissau, the Chinese ambassador has announced that China will invest $184 million dollars -- almost 95 pct of the project's total cost -- in the construction of a 30 KW , 2 generator, biomass power plant in the city of Guinea Bissau.

    Guinea Bissau, a former Portuguese colony (pop. 500,000 +-), suffers chronic power shortages. In 2015, China pledged almost $60 billion in supports for African energy and other projects. In Guinea Bissau, china has covered the cost of a national stadium, main parliament building and a government palace. The b city is located on the Geba River estuary, off the Atlantic Coast of Africa. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, Feb, 207)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


    MGE Announces $107Mn Iowa Wind Farm Project (Ind. Report)
    Madison Gas and Electric
    Date: 2017-02-24
    In Wisconsin, MGE Energy Inc. subsidiary Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E) is reporting plans toconstruct a $107 million, 66-MW wind farm in Howard County, Iowa. The 33-wind turbine, 10-square-mile site about 200 miles west of Madison, will be the utility's latgest wind farm to date, according to a press release. If approved, construction could get underway early nest year for completion before the year end.

    The project is the latest in MGE's Energy 2030 framework, under which the company pledges to supply 30 pct of its electric sales with renewable resources by 2030, rising to 25 pct by 2025. The framework includes MGE's Shared Solar project in partnership with the city of Middleton, reduction of its ownership in the coal-fired Columbia Energy Center in Portage, and the Smart Thermostat Demand Response Pilot Program for residential customers, which, if approved, could be rolled out later this year. (Source: Madison Gas & Electric, Milwaukee Bus. Journal, Feb 22, 2017) Contact: Madison Gas and Electric , Gary Wolter, CEO, (608) 252-7222, www.mge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Madison Gas and Electric,  Wind,  


    Li-Ion Battery R&D Facility Slated for Rochester (Ind. Report)
    NEST iON Limited
    Date: 2017-02-24
    Irish high-performance lithium batteries specialist NEST iON Limited reports it is opening a new R&D facility at Kodak's Energy Storage Hub at the Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York. The company received $200,000 in grant funding from the New York Development Fund to help offset the cost of the $1.7 million move.

    The Eastman Business Park is home to a comprehensive suite of test, validation, prototyping, and pilot manufacturing tools specifically designed to help accelerate innovation out of the lab to high volume manufacturing in the energy storage sector. The Park's facilities, capabilities and amenities support energy-related technologies requiring thin film coated electrodes and other components, from batteries to ultra-capacitors to fuel cells to photovoltaics and beyond. (Source: NEST iON, PR, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: NEST iON, Boris Gragera, CEO, +353 87 173 0954, info@nest-ion.com, www.nest-ion.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Nation's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Approved in N.Y. (Ind. Report)
    Long Island Power Authority
    Date: 2017-02-24
    The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has given the nod to the South Fork Wind Farm, the nation's largest and the Empire State's first offshore wind farm. Approval of the 90 megawatt development 30 mi. approximately southeast of Montauk, is the first step toward developing an area that can host up to 1,000 MW of offshore wind power, according to a release from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office. The wind farm will generate sufficient electricity to power 50,000 Long Island homes. (Source: REV4NY, Office of NY Gov. Mario Cuomo, Construction Equipment Guide, LIPA, 22 Feb., 2017) Contact: REV4NY, www.ny.gov/REV4NY

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Long Island Power Authority,  Offshore Wind,  REV4NY,  

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