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College Touts Net-Zero Energy Facility Teaching Tool (Ind. Report)
Mohawk College,World Green Building Council
Date: 2017-07-28
In Hamilton, Ontario, the $20 million Mohawk College Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation, which is currently under construction, is being touted as a unique, hands-on learning tool for current and future building professionals alike.

The net zero-targeting project is part of Canada Green Building Council and World Green Building Council pilots that will establish benchmarks for carbon neutral buildings.

The Joyce Center facility is designed to support the expansion of the college's engineering program, although it will ultimately accommodate up to 1,000 students from various disciplines in flexible learning spaces. The facility is expected to operate at roughly 70.5 to 71 kWh per square metre on an annual basis, one-third of which is assigned to equipment and plug loads and two-thirds of which is assigned to building systems. The facility features geothermal and photovoltaics systems for heating and cooling, as well as occupancy sensor controlled lighting and ventilation. (Source: Mohawk College, Canadian Facility Management & Design, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Mohawk College, (905) 575-1212, www.mohawkcollege.ca; Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org; World Green Building Council, Terri Wills, CEO , www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  Canada Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Net-Zero Building,  


Denim Makers Targeted for Carbon Emissions Impact (Ind. Report)
stand.earth
Date: 2017-07-26
Nearly 75,000, Leading Environmental Group, Consumer Watchdog Urge Top Jean Companies to Stop Ignoring Climate Pollution Bellingham, WA, July 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the wake of Following on Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, U.S. denim pants makers Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, Wrangler, and Lee have pledged to support climate action. But, according to reports from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), denim and apparel companies ignore as much as 90 pct of the climate pollution they generate.

Industry watchdog groups Stand.earth and SumOfUs argue that by outsourcing jean production to contractors in developing countries, apparel companies are able to avoid accountability for the carbon emissions created by manufacturing their products. A newly-launched campaign from Stand.earth in partnership with SumofUs is targeting denim pant makers for ignoring their greenhouse gas emissions and calling on them to take responsibility for their devastating environmental impacts and to immediately begin addressing their greenhouse gas emissions.

According to an apparel industry study, the industry generates approximately 3 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions -- the equivilant of 163,000 passenger vehicles. (Source: stand.earth, 20 July, 2017) Contact: stand.earth, Todd Paglia, Exec. Dir., (415) 863-4563, www.stand.earth

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


UK Commits £246Mn to Battery Energy Storage R&D (Int'l)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2017-07-26
In London, the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is reporting the launch of the Faraday Challenge, a 4-year £246 million ($320m) investment round to boost UK-based R&D in storage technology. The funding will be distributed through three competition streams including a £45 million research competition led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the creation of a Battery Institute -- a consortium of universities that will address the key industrial challenges in battery development.

Additionally, Innovate UK will hold R&D competitions to bring the most promising results of the Battery Institute closer to market. The competition is aimed at finding the best proposal for a new open access National Battery Manufacturing Development facility. (Source: Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy PEI, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Prof. Philip Nelson,www.epsrc.ac.uk; Innovate UK, Ruth McKernan, CEO, +44 (0) 7766 901150, foi@innovateuk.gov.uk, www.innovateuk.gov.uk

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


DOE's NREL Lauded for Energy Innovation (Ind. Report)
NREL,Alliance to Save Energy
Date: 2017-07-26
On its 49th anniversary, the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is being recognized with the Alliance to Save Energy 2017 Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service.

According to the Alliance to Save Energy, "NREL has been at the forefront of innovation, from high-performance building efficiency with research into whole building and net zero energy design, to fuel efficiency and sustainable transportation innovations."

Additionally, last March the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) presented NREL with its Technology Advancement and Industry Impact Award for "consistently delivering on the crucial technologies that have driven the incredible expansion we've seen in each of the advanced energy industries." (Source: NREL, PR, 24 July, 2017) Contact: NREL, Dr. Martin Keller, Director, www.nrel.gov Alliance to Save Energy, www.ase.org; ACORE, Greg Wetstone , CEO,, (202) 777-7584, www.acore.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Energy Efficiency,  ACORE,  Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  


Coal-Fired Power Plant Switches to Woody Biomass Pellets (Int'l)
Korea South-East Power
Date: 2017-07-26
In Seoul, Korea South-East Power (KOSEP) reports it has completed the upgrading and refitting of its aging coal-fired Young Dong Unit 1 power station to use woody biomass pellet fuel. The upgrade cost approximately 96 billion won.

With the switch to biomass pellets, the 125-MW plant's air pollutant emission intensity of nitrogenous compounds and sulfur oxides have decreased drastically. (Source: Korea South-East Power, Korea Bizwire, Yonlap, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Korea South-East Power, www.koenergy.kr/kosep/en/main.do

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


Sumitomo Takes 50 pct Stake in Pacific BioEnergy (M&A, Intl)
Pacific BioEnergy,Sumitomo Corporation
Date: 2017-07-26
Prince George, British Columbia-headquartered Pacific BioEnergy Corporation (PBEC) reports that Sumitomo Corporation of Japan has acquired a 48 pct equity stake in the company. Concurrently PBEC has acquired the 34 pct minority interest in Pacific BioEnergy Limited Partnership (PBLP) from its European partner giving it 100 pct ownership of the facility. PBEC, through the PBLP facility and affiliated manufacturing facilities in Chetwynd and Fort St. John currently markets in excess of 550,000 tpy of industrial grade pellets to the European and Asian markets. In addition, PBEC in partnership with the Nazko First Nation in Quesnel operates a 200,000 tpy Biomass pre-processing facility converting low grade timber into merchantable saw logs, high quality pulp chips, furnish for pellet manufacturing and "hog energy" fuel.

Sumitomo Corporation, which owns several power generation plants in Japan, has been importing wood pellets for power generation since 2008.

Since 1994, PBEC has exported approximately 3.5 million tonnes of wood pellets to markets in Europe and Asia. This equates to more than $600 million in sales. (Source: Pacific BioEnergy Corporation , 24 July, 2017) Contact: PBEC , Don Steele, CEO, (250) 562-7220, www.pacificbioenergy.ca; Sumitomo Corporation, www.sumitomocorp.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woodt Pellet,  Pacific BioEnergy,  Sumitomo Corporation ,  


IGPC Doubling Ethanol Production in Ontario (Ind. Report)
IGPC Ethanol
Date: 2017-07-26
Further to our October 26, 2016 coverage, Ontario-based IGPC Ethanol Inc. is investing $120-million to double ethanol production capacity at its facility in Aylmer, Ont. With the expansion, IGPC will produce at least 400 million lpy of ethanol, and will be one of Canada's largest renewable fuel producers.

When fully operational in November 2018, the expanded IGPC plant is expected to create over $248 million per year in economic activity in Ontario and add $73 million in GDP while generating $31 million in direct and indirect wages. It will also add an estimated $85 million over 25 years in tax revenues to federal government coffers. (Source: IGPC Ethanol Inc., Various Media, 24 July, 2017)Contact: IGPC Ethanol Inc., Jim Grey, CEO, (519) 765-2575, www.igpc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News IGPC Ethanol ,  Ethanol,  


Johns Hopkins Touts Emissions Reduction Success (Ind. Report)
Johns Hopkins University
Date: 2017-07-26
More than a decade ago, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, committed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 51 pct by 2025. Since making that pledge, the institution has grown by 11 pct. -- approximately 1.3 million additional square feet -- equivalent to half the square footage of the Empire State Building.

A new Johns Hopkins' report on the university's meeting its emissions and climate change commitment through fiscal year 2016, which ended on June 30, 2016, notes that "While total energy consumption has increased since our baseline year, we are getting more efficient per square foot. Consumption has decreased since last fiscal year, and total emissions are down thanks to conservation, efficiency gains, and improvements in our regional grid." The report adds that since determining a baseline measure of greenhouse gas emissions in 2008, Johns Hopkins has already achieved a 35 pct reduction through energy conservation strategies. (Source: Johns Hopkins, University News, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Johns Hopkins University, Bob McLean, VP Real Estate and Facilities, (410) 516-8000, www.jhu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Johns Hopkins University,  


Duke Awards $278.000 Energy Efficiency Rebate to UCF (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2017-07-26
In the Sunshine State, the University of Central Florida (UCF) (64,500 enrollment) reports receipt of $278,000 in rebates from Duke Energy for recently implemented energy-efficient initiatives. The school has earned more than $1 million in rebates for energy-efficient measures since 2010.

The recent upgrades include two water chillers for District Energy Plant IV, an under-construction water plant that will produce chilled and hot water to cool and dehumidify campus buildings. The chillers will hold 4,000 tons (1 million gallons) of chilled water that will serve Research Building 1 and be added to an existing underground infrastructure that serves nearly 75 pct of campus buildings. Over the lifespan of the presently under construction District Energy Plant IV the university is estimated to save $121,000 annually in operation costs. The remaining $78,000 of the recent rebate is from automation controls installed in Student Health Services, Mathematical Sciences and Engineering II buildings. The controls use CO2 sensors that measure when more outside air is needed to balance the CO2 levels in the buildings. Vents admit fresh air as needed to reduce the demand on de-humidification equipment. (Source: Univ. of Central Florida, Campus News, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; UCF, Curtis Wade, Dir. Utilities & Energy Services.(407) 823-2000, www.ucf.edu

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


Ky. EEC Awards $1.6Mn for Energy Efficiency Projects (Funding)
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
Date: 2017-07-26
In the Bluegrass State, the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) reports that seven Kentucky organizations will share more than $1.6 million in grant funding to promote efficient technologies and practices in public and private-sector buildings. Recipients include education, utility service, local government, and waste water treatment organizations.

According to EEC, "These projects represent innovative initiatives that provide long-term benefits to the citizens of Kentucky. Some projects build upon existing programs that have already demonstrated the value of investments in energy efficiency while other projects integrate new technologies and practices in areas that support infrastructure in local communities." The grant funds are provided under a 2011 settlement agreement for Clean Air Act violations. The settlement required the permittee to invest in new and upgraded state-of-the-art pollution controls that will reduce pollution, save energy and protect public health and the environment. Kentucky received $11.2 million to implement environmental mitigation projects. (Source: Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Northern Kentucky Tribune, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, (502) 564-3350, www.eec.ky.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Notable Quote

Date: 2017-07-26
"I was deeply concerned that other countries might have used it (Trump's US withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord) as an excuse to pull out of the Paris agreements. I was immensely gratified when, almost immediately after, the (entirety) of the world redoubled their commitment to the Paris Agreement almost as if they were saying, 'We'll show you, Donald Trump.'

"I really did think there was a chance (Trump) would come to his senses (and keep the U.S. in the Paris accord). But I was wrong about that." -- Al Gore, Climate Change and environmental activist, former US Vice President, Senator and Congressman , 24 July, 2017

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


Beer Maker to Eliminate Brewery Carbon Emissions by 2030 (Int'l)
Carlsberg Group
Date: 2017-07-26
The Copenhagen-headquartered beer giant Carlsberg Group reports it is taking action on global climate challenges with ambitious new targets set out in its Together Towards ZERO sustainability strategy.

The beer maker is targeting the elimination of carbon emissions at its breweries by 2030 through the use of climate-friendly technologies, and engaging its value chain to reduce its beer-in-hand carbon footprint by 30 pct by 2030. The company also plans to be using 100 pct renewable energy generated electricity at its breweries by 2022.

In keeping with its commitment, Carlsberg recently joined RE100 -- a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100 pct renewable electricity. (Source: Carlsberg, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Carlsberg Group, Anders Bering, VP Corp. Affairs, +45 4179 1217, +45 3327 3300, https://carlsberggroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Enel's 90-MW Brazilian Wind Park Now Online (Int'l)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2017-07-26
Italian energy company Enel SpA's Brazilian arm Enel Green Power Brasil Participacoes (EGPB)is reporting that its $190 million (€163 million), 90-MW Cristalandia wind farm in Brazilian northeastern state of Bahia is now online. The wind farm is expected to generate approximately 350 GWh of electricity per year -- sufficient power for more than 170,000 local homes. The facilities output will be sold to a pool of Brazilian electricity distribution companies under 20-year PPAs. (Source: Enel Green Power, Renewables Now, Others, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Wind,  


End of Ill. Ethanol Subsidy Could Raise Gas Prices (Ind. Report)
Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association
Date: 2017-07-26
In a statement, the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association, an advocate for gasoline wholesalers, is warning that Illinois ' new budget could cause a shift away from E10 ethanol-mixed fuel. E10 gasoline has had a 20 pct tax exemption at the wholesale level since 2011. The new budget removed the discount that would have been up for renewal in 2018. Industry experts say that without the exemption retail gas prices in the Land of Lincoln are likely to jump between 7 and 10 cents per gallon at the pump. (Source: Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association, Illinois News Network, Quad-Cities Online, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association, Bill Fleischli, VP, (217) 544-4609, www.ipma-iacs.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  E10,  


Battery Storage, Energy Efficiency Companies Raise $1Bn January - June, 2017 (Ind. Report)
Mercom Capital Group
Date: 2017-07-26
The global clean energy communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital Group reports that global battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency companies raised more than $1 billion in venture capital (VC) funding during the January-June period of this year. In the corresponding period of 2016, $ 807 million was raised.

In January-June 2017, smart grid companies raised $304 million while VC funding into energy efficiency technology companies totaled $242 million in 20 deals. On a quarter on quarter basis, VC funding for battery storage companies jumped to $422 million in 10 deals in April-June this year compared to $58 million in eight deals in January-March 2017. VC funding into energy efficiency technology companies fell significantly to $29 million in Q2 2017 compared to the $213 million in in Q1 2017, the report said. (Source: Mercom Capital Group, PTI, Financial Express, Others, 25 Jan., 2017) Contact: Mercon Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, info@mercomcapital.com, www.mercomcapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercom Capital Group,  Energy Efficiency,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  SmartGrid,  


£9Mn Programme to Accelerate UK Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator
Date: 2017-07-26
In the UK, new £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) programme to help develop energy efficient technologies and the UK's industrial competitiveness has been launched. The Carbon Trust, an independent carbon reduction organization, will run the four-year scheme which aims to reduce costs and increase energy efficient options for a range of industrial sectors.

Under the IEEA scheme, between 15 and 30 technology developers and industrial companies may receive funding ranging from £150,000 to £1 million to support demonstration projects. The programme also aims to address technical and commercial challenges by providing "incubation support" and funding to increase UK expertise, exports and jobs.

The industrial sector accounts for 17 pct of the UK's total energy use, up to 40 pct of which is lost due to inefficiency in equipment, mechanical limitations and heat loss during the manufacturing process. (Source: Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, UK Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, www.carbontrust.com/client-services/programmes/industrial-energy-efficiency-accelerator


Enercon to Recondition 1,200 Turbines in India (Int'l)
Enercon,WindWorld India
Date: 2017-07-26
Following on our May 31st coverage, German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon reports that with the resolution of its decade-long legal battle with its former JV partner WindWorld India, it is set for a major refurbishment of its Indian wind turbine fleet.

With Enercon's re-entry into the Indian market, approximately 800 inactive wind turbines and a further 400 operating in curtailed mode totaling 860 MW capacity India could be refurbished and re-activated. During Enercon's legal exclusion from the Indian market, its former joint venture partner WindWorld India illegally used Enercon's technology to manufacture wind turbines, according to Enercon. Enercon will now supply original spare parts and required tools to Renom Energy Services, Kintech Synergy, and Powercon Ventures India, the firms that will repair and maintain the more than 6,700 Enercon wind turbines in India. (Source: Enercon, Various Media, July 24, 2017) Contact: WindWorld India, +91 22 6692 4848, www.windworldindia.com; Enercon Gmbh, Arno Hildebrand, www.enercon.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enercon,  Wind,  WindWorld India,  


Hanwha Q Cell Plans Floating, Sun Tracking Solar Plant (Int'l)
Hanwha Q Cells
Date: 2017-07-26
South Korean solar specialist Hanwha Q Cells Co.reports it will build an 80 MW floating solar power generation facility on an un-named reservoir, and has inked a MoU with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP), Hanwha Solar Power, and solar developer Solkiss to jointly develop the facility.

A rotating-based floating solar power station combines a floating structure with ground-based solar energy generation technology which, due to its ability to track the sun's movement, could generate 10 to 20 pct more electricity than a "fixed" installation. (Source: Hanwha Q Cells Co., Maeil Business News Korea 21 July, 2017)Contact: Hanwha Group, www.hanwha.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells ,  Solar,  Solar Farm,  


Irish Univ. Scores Wave, Tidal Energy R&D Funding (Int'l, Funding)
Queens University
Date: 2017-07-26
In Belfast, Queen's University reports it has been awarded more than €9.3 million in funding from the Special European Union (EU) Programmes Body to establish the Bryden Centre for Advanced Marine and Bio-Energy Research for cross-border research in the fields of bio-energy, wave and tidal power.

The Centre will investigate and develop the use of tidal power at ocean energy at sites in Strangford Lough and the North Antrim Coast in Western Scotland.

Matching funds for the project were provided by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation and the Department of Economy in Northern Ireland. Scotland's University of Highlands and Islands, the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, and the Agricultural Food and Biosciences Institute are participating in the project. (Source: Queens University, Power Technology, Others, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Queen's University, Belfast, www.qub.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Energy,  Wave Energy,  


Statoil's Hywind Floating Wind Farm Underway off Peterhead (Int'l)
Statoil
Date: 2017-07-26
Norwegian company Statoil reports its Hywind fully floating offshore wind farm -- the world's first full-scale floating wind turbine installation -- is well underway 25 km off Peterhead, Scotland. When fully operation by the year end, Hywind will generate sufficient electric power for 20,000 Scottish homes.

According to Statoil, the new wind farm will be the first of many in waters too deep to anchor conventional wind turbines on the seabed. Instead, the turbine tower is mounted on a huge, weighted tube that floats 78 meters deep in the sea and held in place by underwater mooring lines. The 12,000 tonne, 253 meter-high towers were built in Spain and assembled at Stord in Norway. The Hywind project costs £190 million ($337 million) and was subsidised by the British government. (Source: Statoil, BBC, Strait Times, Others, 25 July, 2017)Contact: Statoil, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec VP New Energy Ventures, Stephen Bull, Snr, VP, Offshore Wind, Leif Delp, Hywind Project Dir., +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Floating Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


German Sandbank Offshore Wind Farm Inaugurated (Int'l Report)
Vattenfall,European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (
Date: 2017-07-26
The offshore wind farm Sandbank with an installed capacity of 288 MW is now officially inaugurated. It is the latest cooperation between Vattenfall and and the 72 wind energy plants will provide 400,000 German households with renewable energy.

Vattenfall and Stadtwerke Munchen (SWM) are reporting inauguration and commissioning of the 288 MW Sandbank offshore wind farm 90 kilometers west of the island of Sylt in the German Bight. The 72-turbine Sandbank project is Vattenfall and SWM's second joint project and will generate sufficient power for as many as 4000,000 German homes. p> The investment costs for the Sandbank offshore wind farm are around . Vattenfall holds a 51 pct stake in the €1.2 billion Sandbank Offshore project while Stadtwerke Munchen retains the balance. (Source: Vattenfall, PR, 23 July, 2017) Contact: Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, Senior VP Wind, +46 (0) 8 739 50 10, www.vattenfall.com; Stadtwerke Munchen GmbH, www.swm.de/english.html

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


Siemens Gamesa Seals 76MW Mexican Wind Deal (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2017-07-26
Siemens Gamesa reports it has sealed a deal with independent developer Fuerza y Energia Limpia de Tiziminunder. Under the terms of the deal, Siemens Gamesa will supply and install 36 G114-2.1 MW turbines totaling 76 MW at the Tizimin wind farm which is being developed in the state of Yucatan. The agreement includes a five-year of service and maintenance clause. Commissioning is scheduled for 2018. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, NA Wind, Various Others, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.htm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  


Agrisoma, UPM Ink Carinata Oil Seed Supply Agreement (Int'l)
Agrisoma Biosciences
Date: 2017-07-26
Gatineau, Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. and Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels report the signing of a long-term supply agreement that will expand Carinata oil seed for biofuels production in South America. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will grow Carinata oilseed crops with third-party farmers in Uruguay and Brazil.

Agrisoma Biosciences created Carinata oilseed specifically for sustainable low-carbon aviation biofuel production and for the production of nutritious protein for animal feed. (Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., PR, 24 July, 2017) Contact: UPM Biofuels, +358 45 265 1345, www.upm.com; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences,  Carinata,  UPM,  


GEVO, Praj Partnering to Advance Isobutanol Technology (Ind. Report)
Gevo,Praj
Date: 2017-07-26
Mumbai-headquartered Praj Industries Ltd. reports it will partner with Colorado-based isobutanol specialist GEVO to use GEVO's proprietary technology to process sugarcane juice and molasses under the terms of a Joint Development Agreement and a Development License Agreement dating from November 2015.

Praj to adapt GEVO's isobutanol technology to using non-corn based sugars and lignocellulose feedstocks. The aim is to develop a process design package that will be offered for commercialization to cane juice and molasses-based ethanol plants, as licensees of GEVO's isobutanol technology. Licensing is expected to be focused on Praj plants located in India, South America and South East Asia.

Praj is working to adapt GEVO's technology to Praj's second-generation bio-refineries, enabling the production of isobutanol from lignocellulosic biomass. Gevo is expected to be the primary off-taker, marketer and initial distributor for isobutanol produced from the plants built by Praj that use Gevo's isobutanol technology. (Source: Praj, GEVO, Others, Biofuels Int'l, 25 July, 2017)Contact: GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, info@praj.net, www.praj.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  Praj,  Isobutanol,  


AECI Invests $5Mn in California Bioplastics Startup (Ind. Report)
Origin Materials,AECI
Date: 2017-07-26
South African specialty chemicals group AECI reports it has invested $5-million in West Sacramento, California-based startup Origin Materials to support the development of renewable technologies.

Origin pioneered the development of bio-based chemicals, which can be processed into many products for application in global markets worth over $200-billion.

AECI and its investment will assist Origin and its partners in developing and industrializing its process for producing at least 95 pct bio-based polyethylene terepthalate plastic bottles at commercial scale as early as 2020. (Source: AECI, Engineering News, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Origin Materials , John Bissell, CEO, hello@originmaterials.com, www.originmaterials.com; AECI, Mark Dytor, CEO, +27 (0) 11 806 8700, groupcommunications@aewci.co.za, www.aeci.co.za

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioplastic,  AECI,  Biochemical,  Bioproduct,  Origin Materials,  


Basque Offshore Wind Tower Plant Construction Underway (Int'l)
Port of Bilbao
Date: 2017-07-24
In Spain, the Port of Bilbao on the Bay of Biscay -- Basque region of Spain -- reports construction is underway on a $63 million plant that will manufacture wind turbines for the Haizea Offshore Wind Farm under development. Upon completion, the plant is expected to turn out 180 large offshore wind towers per year. The facility to a joint venture between Construcciones Intxausti, Byco (Inbisa Construccion) and Gaimaz Infraestructuras y Servicios.

Haizea Wind is controlled by TecnoAranda, a Spanish wind tower manufacturer with a 400 tower per year manufacturing plant in the province of Burgos. (Source: Port of Bilbao, Port Technology, 18 July, 2017) Contact: Port of Bilbao, www.bilbaoport.eus; Haizea Wind, TecnoAranda, +34 947 280 000 / Fax. +34 947 280 050, info@tecnoaranda.com, www.tecnoaranda.com

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


Mass. Offshore Wind Site Wins BOEM Site Plan Approval (Ind. Report)
BOEM, DONG Energy,Eversource
Date: 2017-07-24
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) reports it has aaproved an offshore wind Site Assessment Plan to the Bay State Wind offshore wind farm being developed by New England's Eversource Energy and Danish offshore wind giant DONG Energy.

The two firms are set to develop an area off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, that reportedly has the potential for 2 gigawatts (GW) or more of capacity. The partners have deployed three meteorological buoys to measure wave and wind speeds, as well as wave direction and currents. The two floating light and detection ranging buoys (FLIDARs) buoys and the single metocean/current buoy will be deployed for two years to gather additional project data. (Source: BOEM, Eversource, CleanTewchnica, 21 July, 2017) Contact: BOEM, (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov; DONG Energy, Thomas Brostrøm, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

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


Innogy Plans 3-Wind Turbine Dutch Dike Demo (Int'l Report)
Innogy
Date: 2017-07-24
In the Netherlands, Innogy Windpower and the Dutch water association Noorderzijlvest have signed an agreement to develop a three-turbine wind farm on a sea dike at Oostpolderdeich in Eemshavenon. The test project will be constructed on a dike, where there is almost constant wind, according to Innogy.

As we reported on 26 June, Innogy opened the 90-MW Innogy Zuidwester wind farm along the shore of the IJsselmeer lake as part of the 86-turbine, 430-MW Noordoostpolder wind power project. (Source: Innogy Windpower, Others, CTBR, 18 July, 2017) Contact: Noorderzijlvest, +31 50 304 8911, www.noorderzijlvest.nl; Innogy Wind, Jan Boorsma, Innogy Windpower Netherlands, +49 (0) 201 122-2088, www.rwe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Innogy Wind,  Innogy,  Wind,  


Massive Turbines Approved for Apple's Oregon Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Avangrid Renewables,Apple
Date: 2017-07-24
In Salem, Oregon state regulators report approval of the largest turbines ever deployed in the Pacific Northwest for the Montague Wind Power Facility -- Apple's Oregon wind power project being developed by Avangrid Renewables. The approval allows turbines with rotor diameters of 136 meters and generating capacities of 3.6 megawatts. A specific manufacturer or turbine model has not yet been identified. Construction of the Gilliam County wind farm is expected to get underway prior to Sept. 14, 2017, for completion and commissioning by the end of 2018. (Source: Avangrid Renewables, Portland Business Journal, 18 July, 2017) Contact: AVANGRID Inc., James P. Torgerson, Pres., Frank Burkhartsmeyer, CEO, (503) 796-7000, www.avangrid.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables,  Apple,  Wind,  


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2017-07-24
"You can take steps to combat climate change without crippling the economy. The fact many people still believe CC is a hoax is disheartening.

"I am not a climate change denier. I have said publicly that I don't know the answer. I am for clean air and clean water." -- Anthony Scaramucci, New White House Communications Director, March 11, 2016

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Viridor Touts Landfill Gas Fertilizer Trial (Int'l)
Viridor
Date: 2017-07-24
Exeter, UK-based Waste management firm Viridor reports it has commenced a government-backed trial to use CO2 emissions harvested from landfill, to plough back into the land as a fertilizer.

The project, with Oxfordshire-based CCm Research, is being undertaken at Viridor's anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Walpol. The plant treats household food waste and with the intent to add value and create new markets for the readily available waste resource."

According to Viridor, CCm Research's technology reduces carbon intensity and utilizing waste streams in the manufacture of compound fertilizer. The trial follows a successful initial project conducted over two years at Viridor's Ardley landfill site. (Source: Viridor, Air Quality News, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Viridor, www.viridor.co.uk

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1858 Vintage Bucknell Building Scores LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
Bucknell University,USGBC
Date: 2017-07-24
In Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Bucknell University reports its second-oldest on campus building -- Roberts Hall constructed in 1858 -- has been awarded US GReen Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency. According to the university, energy consumption dropped by 30 pct with the recently completed building restoration, addition of central air conditioning and extensive energy related upgrades. The work included the almost complete replacement of the building's exterior walls, new metal roofing, all new plumbing with low-flow fixtures, new double-paned, argon-filled vwindows, new HVAC, LED Lighting and occupancy sensors, smart thermostats and others. Roberts is the eighth LEED certifield building on the Bucknell campus. (Source: Bucknell University, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Bucknell University, www.bucknell.edu; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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Ont. Bldg. Code Upgraded for Greater Energy Efficiency (Reg & Leg)
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Date: 2017-07-24
At Queen's Park, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs has announced the replacement of the Ontario Building Code, effective January 1, 2019. The changes support the government's Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) of June 2016, with a view to reducing GHG emissions and implementing energy-efficient measures in new homes and large buildings. The concept is to bring these structures closer to being "net-zero energy buildings" (NZEB) where the energy used by the building is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on site.

New and modified requirements include: solar-ready roofs and conduits; reduction of trade-offs between building bnvelope and heating systems for energy efficiency compliance requirement of heat or energy recovery units in all buildings; encouraging "greywater" reuse systems; continuous insulation requirements; energy-efficient windows and sliding doors requirements; air leakage testing and air tightness requirements, and others. (Source: Ministry of Municipal Affairs , Globe, Miller Thompson LLP, Lexolocy, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, (416) 585-7041, www.mah.gov.on.ca

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Independence Utilities Center Earns LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
Burns & McDonnell
Date: 2017-07-24
In the Show Me State, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) reports it has awarded LEED Platinum certification for energy efficiency and water conservation to the Independence (Missouri) Utilities Center. The Kansas City-based firm Burns & McDonnell delivered architectural, engineering and construction services for a full-scale renovation of the 47,500 square-foot building which was completed in October 2016. The building has also been recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as a winner of a Capstone Award in the green design category.

Key additions and energy efficiency improvements include: new wall and roof insulation, thermal windows, aluminum exterior panels and sun shades, a "cool" white roof to reduce heat gain; high efficiency HVAC and new LED lighting; rooftop solar array and wind turbine capable of providing 15 pct of the building's annual energy needs; improved ventilation; energy recovery; heat pump; and others. The combination of systems makes the building 51 pct more efficient than a comparable baseline building. (Source: Burns & McDonnell, PR, 20 July, 2017)Contact: Burns & McDonnell, www.burnsmcd.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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REGI Completes German Biorefinery Upgrades (Int'l Report)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2017-07-24
Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group Inc. is reporting completion of upgrades at its biodiesel plant in Emden, Germany, at a cost of approximately € 2.5 million ($2.9 million). The upgrade included installation of a new biodiesel distillation column and a thermal oil heater.

REGI took sole ownership of the Emden biorefinery in January after its initial majority investment in the former Petrotec AG in December, 2016. (Source: REGI, Business Record, 20 July, 2017) July 20, 2017) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Pres, Anthony Hulen, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, Jean Scemama, VP REG Energy Europe, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

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Univ. of Illinois Awarded $104Mn for Bioenergy Crop R&D (Funding)
Univ. of Illinois Center for Advanced Bioenergy & Bioproducts Innovation
Date: 2017-07-24
The U.S. DOE reports it is awarding a total of $104 million over 5 years to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for biofuel-bioenergy research and development under the school's new Center for Advanced Bioenergy & Bioproducts Innovation.

The federal government funding is aimed at further developing bioenergy crops crops that can be converted into biofuels, lubricants and other products more efficiently. Researchers are hoping to treat the bioenergy crops themselves as factories, coming up with ways to get them to grow desired products internally, such as oils or triglycerides, rather than being turned into high-value end products later. For example, field grasses have attracted researchers' attention because they come back year after year and are efficient plants. (Source: Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Crains, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Univ. of Illinois Center for Advanced Bioenergy & Bioproducts Innovation, bioenergy@illinois.edu Vijay Singh, Director, vsingh@illinois.edu; Brian Jacobson, Pilot Plant Systems Analyst, bjacobs3@illinois.edu; http://bioenergy.illinois.edu www.illinois.edu

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Produce Shipper Scores Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Idaho Power
Date: 2017-07-24
Ontario, Oregon-based produce company Baker & Murakami Produce Co. LLP reports it has partnered with local utility Idaho Power to expand energy efficiency at the Treasure Valley onion operation. The facility was upgraded to LED lighting and a new high-capacity variable frequency drive air compressor (VFD) to run the produce packing line. The upgrades are expected to save $18,000 in annual energy costs while also helping reduce the company's carbon emissions.

The company has received $32,400 as the first in a series of 3 planned energy efficiency incentive payments from Idaho Power. (Source: Baker & Murakami Produce Co., The Packer, 19 July, 2017) Contact: Idaho Power, Baker & Murakami Produce, Idaho Power, www.idahopower.com; murakamiproduce.com

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U.S. Bill Calls for 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2050 (Reg & Leg)
Environment America
Date: 2017-07-24
The Washington, DC-headquartered not-for-profit Environment America organization is lauding Representatives Jared Polis (CO), Jared Huffman (CA), Raul Grijalva (AZ) and Pramila Jayapal (WA) for their introduction of a bill to phase out fossil fuels and completely replace them with renewable energy by 2050.

The bill would establish and implement a comprehensive plan to ramp up renewable energy, energy efficiency, and the electrification of transportation and heating, while halting the development of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Commenting on its proposal, Environment America's energy program director Rob Sargent said: "The reality is inescapable: fossil fuels pollute our air, water and land, threatening our health and changing our climate even faster than scientists predicted. But we can have healthier communities today and a livable future for our kids. In order to do that, we need to transform how we produce and consume energy. That starts with a commitment to move toward 100 percent clean, renewable energy. The 100 by 50 bill puts forward the right goal. Clean energy is on the rise, its costs are declining. Given the environmental benefits, it should be the go-to energy option for business, utilities, government and households across the country."

Environment America is a federation of liberal U.S. state-based environmental advocacy organizations. The organization researches and advocates for environmental policies through lobbying and the mobilization of public support. (Source: Environment America, PR, 19 July, 2017) Contact: Environment America, (202) 683-1250, www.environmentamerica.org

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EWE Gasspeicher Plans Massive Redox Flow Tech Energy Storage Project (Int'l, Ind. Report)
EWE Gasspeicher
Date: 2017-07-24
Oldenburg, Germany-headquartered gas storage firm EWE Gasspeicher GmbH, a subsidiary of Germany utility EWE, reports it plans to construct a redox flow technology battery with sufficient capacity to power a city the size of Berlin for an hour. If built, the project will involve filling two salt caverns, each of around 100,000 cubic meters in volume, with brine to create a redox flow battery that has capacity of up to 120 MW and 700 megawatt-hours.

EWE Gasspeicher presently uses caverns for natural-gas storage and is looking to bring the novel redox flow "brine4power" (b4p)technology to market by 2023.

The project will be based on a process developed at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Thuringia, which employs electrolytes based on recyclable polymers dissolved in salt water. Following testing, EWE is planning a second aboveground prototype of up to 500 kilowatts and 2.5 megawatt-hours. (Source: EWE, EWE GasspeicherPR, gtm, 20 July, 2017) Contact: EWE Gasspeicher GmbH, +49 441 350100, www.ewe-gasspeicher.de

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Report Recommends Cap on UK Bioenergy Crop Production (Int'l)
Royal Academy of Engineering ,National Farmers Union
Date: 2017-07-24
In the UK, a newly released report from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAENG) is calling for a cap on the production of bioenergy crops on prime agricultural lands as a means of avoiding an inadvertent increase greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the report, energy crops should only be cultivated on marginal land which is unsuitable for food production or housing, or has been degraded through deforestation.

The report also calls for a renewed focus on converting waste cooking oil, municipal solid waste, whisky production dregs and others into second generation biofuels.

On the downside, limiting bioenergy crop production could cause new problems. Vivergo Fuels, which converts 1.1 million tpy of feed-grade wheat into bioethanol, has previously said it could face closure if crop-based biofuels in petrol were to be restricted.

UK National Farmers Union (NFU) NFU combinable crops chairman Mike Hambly says: "This report clearly demonstrates the need for biofuels and we are pleased to see the RAENG recognise the role UK agriculture has to play in this. The report focuses heavily on the benefits of second generation biofuels -- something the NFU has long supported -- but we caution investment into this next step will only be secured on the back of first generation fuels and the Government must recognise this in future policy making." (Source: NFU, Royal Academy of Engineering, FG Insight, 28 July, 2017) Contact: NFU,www.nfuonline.com; Royal Academy of Engineering, www.raeng.org.uk

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South Miami Mandates Residential Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
South Miami
Date: 2017-07-24
In the Sunshine State, the community of South Miami (12,200 +- pop) city council report approval of an ordinance requiring all new, and some renovation, residential construction to incorporate rooftop solar panels and capacity.

The ordinance, which comes into force Sept. 18, requires 175 square-feet of solar panels per 1,000 square feet of roof. (Source: City of South Miami, AP, Various Media,21 July, 2017) Contact: City of South Miami, (305) 663-6338, www.southmiamifl.gov

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Exec. Order Creates Vermont Climate Action Commission (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-07-24
Last Thursday in Montpelier, just weeks after Trump pulled the U.S. out of the almost universally accepted Paris Climate Agreement, Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) issued an executive order creating a 21-person climate action commission to be composed of business leaders, transportation experts, members of the agriculture and forestry sectors, utility representatives, and others. The Commission will advise the governor's office on a long-term plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions and embrace renewable energy.

The Governor said "Despite what's going on in Washington, I am committed to doing our part." (Source: NECN, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Vermont Governor Phil Scott, governor.vermont.gov

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Vivint Solar Expanding into the Steel City (Ind. Report)
Vivint Solar
Date: 2017-07-24
US-based residential rooftop solar provider Vivint Solar, which is available in Philadelphia, has expanded its energy system offering into Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's Renewable Portfolio Standard aims for the Keystone State state to source 18 pct of its energy from alternative sources by 2020/21.

Pittsburgh residents are able to purchase Vivint Solar's energy systems through monthly installments or purchase them outright. The company operates in 20 US states and has installed over 100,000 solar systems. Vivint Solar recently expanded into Virginia, as well as Vermont. (Source: Vivint Solar, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Vivint Solar, Vivint Solar, David Bywater, CEO, Rob Kain, VP Inv. Relations, (801) 229-6460, ir@vivintsolar.com, www.vivintsolar.com

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Energy Majors Under Fire from Climate-Related Legal Actions (Ind. Report)
Encana
Date: 2017-07-24
Calgary, Alberta-headquartered energy giant Encana is but one of many energy majors named in lawsuits leveled by three California communities attempting to link damages from climate change to industry's alleged attempts to hinder action or address climate change.

The legal actions claim the companies have deliberately sown misinformation and doubt on climate change and are at least partially responsible for related damages such as shoreline erosion. According to the City of Imperial Beach suit, "Defendants ... have known for nearly a half century that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products create greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes our climate."

The lawsuits draw on legal precedents used against tobacco companies, which reached a U.S. settlement of $368.5 billion in 1998. The claims allege the defendants are collectively responsible for 20 pct of total CO2 emissions between 1965 and 2015. (Source: Canadian Press, Chronicle Herald, Various Others, 20 July, 2017)

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Ricardo Joins Global Industry Alliance to Support Low-Carbon Shipping (Ind. Report)
Ricardo
Date: 2017-07-24
UK-based Professional services firm Ricardo Energy & Environment were among those to back the launch of the new Global Industry Alliance (GIA). The initiative has been formed to support maritime industry players overcome barriers preventing the adoption and further development of sustainable energy technologies in the global shipping industry.

The new entity is framed by various UN initiatives and projects, including the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project. The initiative aims to reduce the barriers to the uptake of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly transportation energy systems that already exist. Often time the technology creates considerable environmental damage and cost reductions, although they come with upfront capital costs.

According to a statement from Ricardo following the launch of the GIA, the GIA partners will work together to address key barriers to transitioning maritime shipping towards a low carbon maritime future, focusing on a number of priority areas including energy efficiency technologies and operational best practices, and alternative fuels. (Source: Ricardo, Consultancy.UK, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Ricardo, Ricardo-AEA, Robert Bell, Managing Director, +44 (0)1273 455611, business.development@ricardo.com, www.ricardo.com

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Cielo Advancing Alberta Renewable Diesel Refinery (Ind. Report)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2017-07-24
In Vancouver, British Columbia, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp reports it has contracted with Kwik-Fab Energy Services to dismantle the Company's demonstration plant in Red Deer, AB. and transport it to LynCorp Manufacturing in Aldersyde, AB, where it will be converted from a 50 to 350 lph continuous flow renewable diesel refinery. The equipment will be installed at Cielo's recently acquired idle biodiesel facility in High River, AB, where it will be converted into one of the world's greenest high-grade renewable fuel refinery that will use garbage-derived feedstocks such as sorted municipal waste, woody biomass waste, , agriculture wastes and other cellulous materials as feedstocks, some of which will have negative acquisition costs. (Source: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Stockhouse, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp, Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 X 2 , donallan@cielows.com, www.cielows.com

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Growth Energy Counters Oklahoma Senator's Anti-Ethanol Claims (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2017-07-24
Growth Energy issued the following statement in response to Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe's (R) opposition to the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, which aims to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to fuel blends with more than 10 pct ethanol. Inhofe claimed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) harms the environment and that ethanol increases food prices and damages vehicle engines:

"E15 is a federally approved fuel for all cars made since 2001. It boosts octane, saves consumers up to 10 cents per gallon, and improves the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and displacing toxic additives in gasoline. Consumers have recently surpassed 1 billion miles driven on the fuel, and it is now available at more than 900 retail sites across 29 states. Drivers are demanding E15, and more retailers are offering it every day.

"However, due to an outdated regulation that hasn’t been updated since 1990, gas stations are forced to restrict their sales to flex-fuel vehicles only, or remove it from sale altogether between June 1 and Sept. 15. That means that when gas prices are at their peak, consumers are denied the choice of an affordable, cleaner option for their cars.

"A vote against this bill is a vote against consumers -- it's saying that you don't trust consumers to make their own choices at the pump. In fact, Growth Energy released a survey showing that U.S. small engine owners are pleased with the performance of their fuel and find it easy to pick the best option, including regular unleaded blends of 10 pct ethanol (E10).

"This legislation is a common-sense fix that has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. We applaud the bill's champions in the Senate for keeping the focus where it needs to be -- ensuring year-round consumer savings at the pump." (Source: Growth Energy Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

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Ireland Outlines Vague Climate Change Mitigation Plan (Int'l)

Date: 2017-07-24
In Dublin, Ireland's Environment and Climate Action minister Denis Naughton is reporting the launch of Ireland's first statutory national climate change mitigation plan. The plan is intended to provide a sustained, considered and strategic approach to incremental and permanent decarbonization involving all of government and society.

The plan roughly outlines a series of mitigation measures and actions ranging from national transportation electrification, lower speed limits, decreased parking spaces to discourage drivers and encourage the use of public transit, to increasing the country's forestry cover from 11 pct to 18 pct by 2050, all of which would contribute to a lowering of carbon emissions. The immediate challenge is to prepare for the EU targets that Ireland will take on for 2030. The plan, in its current form, offers few details. (Source: The Planner, July, 2017) Contact: Ireland Environment and Climate Action Ministry, +353 1 678 2000, www.dccae.gov.ie

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Indian wind turbine supplier Suzlon Energy to close Brazilian business

Date: 2017-07-23
Suzlon Energy, the India-based renewable energy solution provider has announced the closing and voluntary liquidation of its Brazilian operations carried out by its subsidiary Suzlon Energia Eólica do Brasil (SEOB). In this connection, Suzlon Energy has filed for the voluntary liquidation of SEOB which was established in 2006 to handle its business opportunities in Brazil. Headquartered in Pune, Suzlon Energy is a wind turbine supplier with operations in 18 countries Asia, Australia, North and South America, Europe and Africa It has so far installed around 17GW of wind energy capacity out of which over 11GW is in India.

Earlier this year, Suzlon Energy had entered into the solar energy market by winning rights to build solar projects with a combined capacity of 210MW in the Indian state of Telangana, as per a report in The Hindu. Last month, Suzlon Energy entered into a joint venture with CLP India for a 100MW solar project in Telangana at Veltoor which is a part of the 210MW portfolio. (Source: Suzlon, CTBR, 18 JUly, 2017)


Vestas Scores 48.3-MW Dominican Wind Turbine Order (Int'l)
Vestas,Elecnor S
Date: 2017-07-21
Danish wind energy giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S is reporting receipt of an order for 14 units of its V117-3.45 MW wind turbine from Spanish group Elecnor SA for the Larimar II wind farm in Enriquilloin Province, the Dominican Republic.

Under the terms of the contract, Vesta will deliver and install the turbines beginning in Q1, 2018 for commissioning in Q3, 2018. Elecnor will build the wind farm under a $89.1-million turnkey contract from Spanish utility Empresa Generadora de Electricidad Haina SA (EGE Haina). (Source: Vestas, Various Media, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Elecnor SA, www.elecnor.es/en

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