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Vestas Reclaims First in Wind Turbine Maker Ranking (Int'l)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Date: 2017-02-24
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Danish wind turbine specialist Vestas reclaimed the top spot in the annual ranking of wind turbine manufacturers with 8.7 GW of turbines installed in 2016, good for 16 pct of all onshore wind installations last year.

General Electric placed second with 6.5GW, some 0.6GW more than in 2015. Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology fell from first to third place with 6.4GW in 2016, while Spain's Gamesa came in fourth place for onshore turbine installations, narrowly ahead of Germany’s Enercon. Nordex Group is in sixth place, after its merger with Acciona Windpower last year. China's Guodian United Power remained in seventh place, ahead of Siemens which fell four places in the onshore ranking compared to 2015. China's Ming Yang and Envision tied for ninth place.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance compiles its annual onshore and offshore turbine manufacturer ranking based on its unique bottom-up project database and selected market sources to provide a global, harmonized methodology. (Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance. 22 Feb., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Bloomberg New Energy Finance,  


Boralex Closes on $33.4Mn Wind Farm Financing (Ind.Report)
Boralex Inc
Date: 2017-02-24
In Montreal, Boralex Inc. reports it has closed on $33.4 million financing with DZ Bank AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank, in New York, for its 10-MW Port Ryerse wind farm in Noorfolk County, Ontario. The financing consists of a $2.0 million letter of credit facility and an 18-year tranche of $31.4 million.

The project has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)., On February 7, 2017, Boralex acquired all of the units of UDI Renewables Corporation, representing 25 pct of Port Ryerse Wind Farm Limited Partnership, making Boralex the sole project holder. . (Source: Boralex Inc., 22 Feb., 2017) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex ,  Wind,  


Lyon Confirms Aussie Solar-Energy Storage Project Funding (Int'l)
Magnetar Capital,Lyon Solar
Date: 2017-02-24
In the Land Down Under, Lyon Solar, part of the Lyon Group, reports it has secured financing from US investment group Magnetar Capital LLC for its planned large-scale solar PV - battery energy storage projects in South Australia. Lyon's development pipeline includes plans for more than 1GW of grid-connected PV and 500MWh of battery storage by 2020.

The company’s ambitious battery storage plans were firmed up in September of 2016, with the announcement of a partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation. Under the partnership, Lyon and Mitsubishi will deploy AES Energy Storage's Advancion battery arrays. Lyon Group has to date developed over 350MW of renewable energy projects in Australia, Japan and South East Asia. (Source: Lyon Group, Renew Economy, Others, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: Lyon Group, David Green, info@lyoninfrastructure.com, www.lyoninfrastructure.com; Magnetar Capital LLC, www.magnetar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Aussie Pumped Seawater Hydro Storage Scores Funding (Int'l)
EnergyAustralia,Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2017-02-24
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it has approved a $450,000 grant to EnergyAustralia to investigate a pumped seawater hydro energy storage project off South Australia.

The grant will cover a feasibility study into a Spencer Gulf project that the company says has a capacity to produce about 100 MW of electricity with six-to-eight hours of storage -- the equivalent of installing 60,000 home battery storage systems at one third of the cost. The project is expected to be online in 2020-21. (Source: EnergyAustralia, 21 Feb., 2017)Contact: EnergyAustralia, www.energyaustralia.com.au; ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergyAustralia,  Australia,  Pumped Energy Storage,  Energy Storagen Renewable Energy Agency ,  


Primus Touting Flow Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Primus Power
Date: 2017-02-24
Hayward, California-headquartered flow-battery energy storage specialist Primus Power is reporting production of EnergyPod 2, its second generation long duration, fade-free flow battery. With a five-hour duration and lab-certified 20-year life, the EnergyPod 2 delivers a total cost of ownership up to 50 pct less than leading conventional lithium-ion battery systems, according to the company.

Primus Power's flow batteries are being used by U.S. and international commercial/industrial, data center, microgrid, utility, and military customers. With technical innovations protected by 34 patents in 9 countries/regions, the EnergyPod systems offer exceptional reliability, modularity, and energy density at an industry-leading levelized cost of storage, according to Primus. (Source: PrimusPower, 21 Feb., 2017) Contact: Primus Power, www.primuspower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Primus Power,  Battery,  Flow Battery,  Energy Storage,  


FPL Commits to Additional Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
Florida Power & Light
Date: 2017-02-24
Following on our Jan. 18th coverage, Juno Beach-headquartered Florida Power & Light (FP&L), the Sunshine State's largest electric utility, reports it has begun generating power at its Manatee Solar Energy Center next to its four-decade-old fossil fuels-generating plant in Parrish, Citrus Solar Energy Center in DeSoto County and Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County.

Together, the three plants generate 225 of FPL's total 335 MW of solar power which is sufficient for 60,000 homes. FP&L plans to build 8 additional solar plants with a total capacity of 600 megawatts, enough power for roughly 120,000 homes, according to a release. Construction is to begin this spring, with about 200 to 250 workers at each site. Each of the recently completed 74.5-megawatt solar facilities cost approximately $130 million to construct. (Source: Florida Power & Light, Herald-Tribune, 22 Feb., 2017) Contact: FP&L, Eric Silagy, Pres., CEO, www.fpl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Power & Light,  Solar,  


Lancaster Legislates Zero Net Energy Solar Homes (Reg & Leg)
Solar
Date: 2017-02-24
The City of Lancaster, California (pop. 160,000) reports it has amended its 2014 ordinance requiring that all new homes be equipped with rooftop solar panels. The amended ordinance now requires that the solar panels supply electric power adequate to meet all of the homes power needs. Not every house will be able to support that much solar capacity, so the ordinance gives builders the option paying an in-lieu fee of $1.40 per square feet of constructed home, or a combination of solar panels and fee. The fee option unlocks a 50 pct discount on the generation component of the homeowners' electricity bill for 20 years.

In effect, the City of Lancaster has legislated a "Net Zero Energy" policy for all new construction. Other California communities, including Sebastopol, Santa Monica and San Francisco, have introduced similar standards. California is slated to enforce similar measures statewide in 2020. (Source: City of Lancaster, gtm, Others, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: City of Lancaster, Buillding and Safety Dept., (661) 723-6144, www.cityoflancasterca.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Zero Net Energy,  


Rutgers Buildings Awarded USGBC LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
USGBC,Rutgers University
Date: 2017-02-24
The New Jersey Green Building Council reports it has awarded the 2016-17 Innovative School Project of the Year to the recently completed College Avenue Redevelopment Initiative at Rutgers University's New Brunswick campus.

The Initiative, a partnership between Rutgers University and New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO), aimed to create 3 modern, sustainably built and energy efficient academic and residential spaces on the Rutgers campus. All three buildings will be USGBC LEED Silver certified. (Source: Rutgers, NJGBC, ProudGreenBuilding, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: Rutgers University, www.RutgersLEED.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


AkzoNobel Joins Emirates Green Building Council (Int'l Report)
AkzoNobel,Emirates Green Buildin Council
Date: 2017-02-24
AkzoNobel, a leading global paints company, reports it has joined the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting energy efficiency and green building practices. AkzoNobel is part of the Chemical World Index and the Europe Index of the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). (Source: AkzoNobel, PR, 21 Feb., 2017) Contact: AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Emirates Green Building Council, Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman, +971 4 346 8244, www.emiratesgbc.org

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


Ensyn Building Maine Bio-Oil Customer Base (Ind. Report)
Ensyn Corp
Date: 2017-02-24
Further to our July 18th coverage, Ottawa-Ontario-based heating bio-oil producer Ensyn Corp. reports it is supplying bio-heating oil to Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. The company aims to build a regional customer base sufficiently large to support a production facility in Maine.

Ensyn , which presently produces bio-oil from woody biomass, sawmill and forestry wastes at its facility in Renfrew, Ontario, is constructing a $78 million plant at Port-Cartier, Quebec. The facility is expected to produce 10.5 million gpy of oil forestry waste and trees when it comes on line later this year. As previously reported, Ensyn has also secured a $70 million loan guarantee from the USDA for a 20 million-gpy plant in Dooley County, Georgia. Ensyn sales are targeted at universities, state buildings, hospitals and similar institutions and facilities. (Source: Ensyn, Portland Press Herald, 21 Feb., 2017) Contact: Ensyn, (613) 248-2257, www.ensyn.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ensyn Corp,  Biofuel,  


Notable Quote
RFA,Donald Trump
Date: 2017-02-24
"Rest assured that your president and this administration value the importance of renewable fuels to America's economy and to our energy independence. As I emphasized throughout my campaign, renewable fuels are essential to America's energy strategy. As important as ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard are to rural economies, I also know that your industry has suffered from overzealous, job-killing regulation.

"I am committed to reducing the regulatory burden on all businesses, and my team is looking forward to working with the Renewable Fuels Association and many others, to identify and reform those regulations that impede growth, increase consumer costs, and eliminate good-paying jobs without providing sufficient environmental or public health benefit."

-- U.S, President Donald Trump in a letter of support to attendees of the National Ethanol Conference, 21 Feb., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Donald Trump,  


Neutral Fuels Pioneers Dairy Waste Biofuel (New Prod & Tech)
Neutral Fuels
Date: 2017-02-24
Dubai, UAE-headquartered Neutral Fuels reports it is successfully using butter, cream and dairy waste as a feedstock for the production of European EN14214 standards compliant commercial biofuel of equal quality as vegetable oil-derived biofuel entirely without government subsidy.

The UAE's annual fresh milk production is 167,000 tonnes, and every 1 pct waste that is processed into biofuel will result in 1,670,000 litres of biofuel which will reduce the carbon footprint by 4460 tonnes of carbon and equivalents. Add to this the waste from making butter, cream and ghee and the volume of biofuel from the dairy industry could more than double, according to the company. (Source: Neutral Fuels, CNW, 22 Feb., 2017) Contact: The Neutral Group, Karl Feiler, kwf@theneutralgroup.com, www.tng.ae, www.biodiesel.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neutral Fuels ,  Biofuel,  


OPG Expands Wood Pellet Producers Opportunities (Ind. Report)
Wood Pellet Association of Canada,Ontario Power Generation
Date: 2017-02-24
According to the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, one of its members, Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Thunder Bay Generating Station is the only plant worldwide that has been converted from coal firing to burn advanced wood pellets as it sole, primary fuel. OPG is also collaborating with Natural Resources Canada to evaluate advanced biomass fuels -- all methods of thermal upgrading (torrefaction, steam treatment, carbonization, etc., intended to improve the characteristics of the beneficiated fuel (calorific value, grindability, water resistance, etc). -- for use in power generation and other industrial sectors.

The collaboration aims to improve the understanding of both suppliers and end users on the current state of advanced biomass fuel development, to improve the characteristics of the fuels as needed, and to assist in the development of standardized, objective tests to define and measure the criteria required by industrial end users.

OPG has already received interest from a number of Canadian and international utility companies who intend to participate in the project and will provide feedback on the types of tests to be conducted and the actual methods employed. Fuel developers will receive industry feedback on the characteristics that are important to end users and have the opportunity to adjust their feedstocks and processes to suit these needs, including the submission of additional fuels into the program for analysis.

The program will objectively rank all fuels tested regarding their relative performance to replace coal, in the broad areas of handling and combustion performance. OPG expects to identify several fuels that are close to commercial readiness and consider a number of pilot scale tests on these leading candidates. The criteria to be tested and the methods used will be discussed among the end users participating in the program. (Source: Wood Pellet Association of Canada, OPG, February 22, 2017) Contact: OPG, Les Marshall (289) 260-4903, (416) 592-4319, www.opg.com; Wood Pellet Association of Canada, www.pellet.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Power Generation,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


BPU Investing $8Mn to Enhance Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2017-02-24
In Trenton, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities reports its approval of planned energy conservation projects for the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection building, and the East Hanover school district along with two buildings in Jersey City, totaling $8.2 million through the New Jersey Clean Energy Program.

The program provides various financial incentives to help fund energy-efficiency projects for residents, businesses, and government entities, enabling them to conserve energy and reduce utility bills. It is funded through a surcharge on customers' monthly gas and electric bills. The total savings from the latest round of incentives are projected to run approximately $835,000 a year, according to the BPU. (Source: NJ BPU, NJ Spotlight, Others , 23 Feb., 2017) Contact: NJ BPU, (609) 777-3300, www.bpu.state.nj.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,  Energy Efficiency,  


EU, Seychelles Partnering on Climate Change Mitigation (Int'l)
Seychelles
Date: 2017-02-24
In Brussels, the EU Ambassador and Republic of Seychelles officials are reporting a recent on site meeting to discuss coastal flood adaptation and mitigation activities of the Seychelles Global Climate Change Alliance Project. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the project and its implementation.

The Seychelles Global Climate Change Alliance Project was established by the European Union in 2007 and funded with €285 million for the period 2008 to 2013 to help the small island nation adapt to climate change. A major component of the Seychelles project concerns the implementation of coastal climate change adaptation in risk-prone areas. These activities, which will be implemented by the United National Development Programme (UNDP), include an integrated Shoreline management plan, hydrological and topographic studies on flood buffering and salinization control measures, and the restoration of wetlands as a sustainable means to reduce flood risks. The project is expected to run until 2019.

To-date, similar EU programmes have supported more than 70 initiatives in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Pacific and Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. In light of its success, the European Union has allocated an additional envelope of €350 million for the programme for the period 2014-2020. (Source: EU, Feb. 22, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Global Warming,  


Carbon Tax Proposed for Washington, DC (Ind. Report)
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Date: 2017-02-24
In the nation's capitol, the nonprofit Chesapeake Climate Action Network and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission are proposing a $20 per tonne carbon tax on Washington, DC fossil fuel polluters including electric power utilities, heating and transportation providers.

The carbon emissions would be quantified by the energy companies themselves and the regional grid PJM. Most of the tax collected would be returned to residents in the form of a quarterly return. Residents would receive about $200 per year.

Previous Washington sustainability measures, like 2011 Sustainable DC, aimed to reduce nonrenewable energy sources by 50 pct by 2032. To meet this goal the Department of Energy and Environment and the DC Sustainable Energy Utility invested about $23 million into renewable energy services, according to a 2016 progress report. (Source: Chesapeake Climate Action Network, GW Hatchet, 21 Feb., 2017) Contact: Chesapeake Climate Action Network, (240) 396-1981, www.chesapeakeclimate.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


Monsanto Cuts GHGs, Approaches Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
Monsanto
Date: 2017-02-24
St.Louis-headquartered agribusiness giant Monsanto reports it has achieved 89 pct of its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from crop protection operations by 22 pct -- per pound of active ingredient -- by 2020, according to its 2016 sustainability report. The company says reducing the GHG intensity of its crop protection business is a key piece of its multi-pronged approach to reaching this goal. Other pieces include investing in less energy-intensive technologies, setting an internal carbon price, and collaborating with farmers on carbon-neutral crop production.

In 2016 Monsanto established the Carbon-Neutral Collaborative to help develop a scalable and verifiable carbon accounting framework for the agriculture industry and co-founded the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative to help farmers improve their bottom line while conserving natural resources through sustainable agriculture practices. The company also commissioned and publicly shared a third-party study showing that widespread adoption of recommended climate smart agricultural practices could potentially absorb more carbon than 2.5 billion tree seedlings grown for 10 years, in the US alone. (Source: Monsanto, Env. Leader, 21 Feb., 2017) Contact: Monsanto, www.discover.monsanto.com, www.monsanto.info/climatech15

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


Finnish Env. Minister Defends Climate Change Policy (Int'l)
Finland Environment Minister
Date: 2017-02-24
In Helsinki, Finland's Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen reports that Nordic countries should be world leaders in climate policy and that Finland could reach its Paris Climate Agreement goals well ahead of schedule and be carbon-neutral by the year 2045.

On the other hand, environmental organizations and the Green Party aren't buying the government's line and have criticized the government's climate-change-averting measures for being halting at best. The government's detractors claim the government's policies on logging could even endanger Finland's forests' role as a major carbon 'sink'. The Environment Minister says the decreased carbon sinks can be replenished in time and the the Finnish Environment Institute and the Natural Resources Institute suggest that logging will effectively nullify Finland's emissions cuts, with or without the Paris Agreement. (Source: Finland Environment Minister , Yle, 22 Feb., 2017) Contact: Finland Environment Ministry, www.ym.fi/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Alliance Bioenergy After IneosBio's Vero Beach Property (M&A)
Alliance BioEnergy Plus,INEOS
Date: 2017-02-24
Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. reports it has submitted an offer to purchase a 145-plus acre ethanol plant previously owned by INEOS New Planet Bioenergy in Vero Beach, Florida. If the offer is accepted, Alliance will retrofit the front end of the facility with its patented CTS process for converting yard waste into cellulosic ethanol. Details of the offer have not been disclosed.

INEOS Bio broke ground on the plant in February 2011 and completed the $130 million facility in 2012. (Source: Alliance BioEnergy 23 Feb., 2017) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy, Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106, daniel@alliancebioe.com, www.alliancebioe.com; INEOSBio, Mark Dietzen or Markus Hesse , +41 (0) 21 627 7040, bioinfo@ineos.com, www.ineos.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance BioEnergy ,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  INEOS,  


Woody Biomass for Power and Heat -- Impacts on the Global Climate -- White Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
Woody Biomass,Climate Change,Chatham House
Date: 2017-02-24
"The use of wood for electricity generation and heat in modern (non-traditional) technologies has grown rapidly in recent years. For its supporters, it represents a relatively cheap and flexible way of supplying renewable energy, with benefits to the global climate and to forest industries. To its critics, it can release more greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere than the fossil fuels it replaces, and threatens the maintenance of natural forests and the biodiversity that depends on them. Like the debate around transport biofuels a few years ago, this has become a highly contested subject with very few areas of consensus.

"This paper provides an overview of the debate around the impact of wood energy on the global climate, and aims to reach conclusions for policymakers on the appropriate way forward.

Although there are alternatives to the use of wood for biomass power and heat, including organic waste, agricultural residues and energy crops, they tend to be less energy-dense, more expensive and more difficult to collect and transport. Wood -- and particularly wood pellets, now the dominant solid biomass commodity on world markets -- is therefore likely to remain the biomass fuel of choice for some time."

Access the Woody Biomass for Power and Heat -- Impacts on the Global Climate White Paper HERE. (Source: Chatham House, 23 Feb., 2017) Contact: Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, +44 (0) 20 7957 5710, contact@chathamhouse.org, www.chathamhouse.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass Heat,  Climate Change,  


NATSO Urges EPA to Maintain RFS Point of Obligation (Ind. Report)
National Association of Truck Stop Owners
Date: 2017-02-24
In Alexandria, Virginia, the National Association of Truck Stop Owners (NATSO), in collaboration with more than 35 organizations and companies representing downstream blenders, fuel retailers, marketers and end users at the federal and state levels, reports it is urging the EPA to maintain the present the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) point of obligation clause.

The RFS has been a point of contention between major players in the fuel industry. A handful of refiners and investors have petitioned the EPA to shift compliance requirements down the supply chain which, according to NATSO, would undercut the program's efforts to sustain the use of renewable fuels in gasoline and diesel fuel.

The current structure creates a strong incentive for blenders, retailers and marketers to integrate renewable fuels into the supply chain, as well as increase gas prices for consumers as downstream players' ability to satisfy their obligations would be dictated by upstream counterparts, who have the leverage and incentive to raise prices, NATSO says. The change would also add significant compliance costs and burdens to freight shippers, which would ultimately raise the cost of consumer goods through higher shipping costs.

NATSO claims that changing the point of obligation would hinder the program's objective of displacing traditional fuel and replacing it with renewable substitutes to promote stable supply and prices. (Source: NATSO, 22 February, 2017) Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Affairs, (703) 549-2100, www.natso.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Point of Obligation,  


Clean Energy Testbeds Launched in Seattle (Ind. Report)
University of Washington Clean Energy Institute.
Date: 2017-02-22
At the University of Washington in Seattle, the newly opened Washington Clean Energy Testbeds lab is providing researchers and entrepreneurs with space to test and scale up their designs and ideally bring them to market faster. The lab aims to close a critical gap in getting clean-energy technologies from idea to prototype.

Everyone from students to industry startups to government researchers can use the state-funded, 15,000-square foot testbed facility. Users can rent time, lab space or technical expertise to test batteries for energy storage, fabricate materials for solar cells or experiment with other devices, software or systems.

Located in a former sheet metal fabrication facility near the University's Seattle campus, the 15,000-square-foot Washington Clean Energy Testbeds provide researchers and cleantech businesses customized training and access to top-quality fabrication, characterization, and computational instruments. Specifically, these instruments are for printing, coating, and testing the materials and devices needed to achieve ultra-low-cost solar cells and batteries as well as developing the system integration software and hardware to optimize the performance of devices and systems. (Source: University of Washington, PR, Sacramento Bee, 16 Feb., 2017) Contact: Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington, wcet.washington.edu; Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, J. Devin MacKenzie, Director, (206) 543-5964, uwcei@uw.edu,www.cei.washington.edu

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


Comverge, Utility Ink Energy Efficiency Serv. Deal (Ind. Report)
Comverge
Date: 2017-02-22
Norcross, Georgia-headquartered demand response and energy efficiency specialist Comverge, Inc., is reporting a new five-year contract with an un-identified major east coast utility to provide field services, customer service and marketing to support the utility's residential demand response program.

The Comverge IntelliSOURCE Enterprise demand response management systems provides the foundation for the program by enabling utilities to build customized control strategies based on specific system requirements to allow precise delivery of execution for control events. The utility will now take advantage of IntelliSOURCE Enterprise integrated modules IntelliSOURCE-Acquire for participant enrollment and recruitment and IntelliSOURCE-Work for field services operations, call center support, work order management, and inventory management. (Source: Comverge Inc., PR, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: Comverge Inc., Jason Cigarran, VP Marketing and Communications, (678) 823-6784, jcigarran@comverge.com, www.comverge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Comverge,  Energy Efficiency,  Demand Response,  


Maryland Touts Energy Efficient Appliance Tax Holiday (Ind. Report)
Shop Maryland Energy
Date: 2017-02-22
The Shop Maryland Energy program is offering Maryland shoppers a holiday from the state's six percent sales tax on qualifying energy efficient appliances this weekend. The tax break includes qualifying US DOE ENERGY STAR-labeled air conditioners, washers, dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, standard-size refrigerators, LED light bulbs, dehumidifiers, boilers and programmable thermostats. Maryland residents who use the weekend to upgrade appliances may also qualify for additional rebates if they recycle old appliances. Residents who are interested in upgrading should contact their electric utility before purchasing new appliances to see if they are eligible for a rebate of up to $50 on each appliance. (Source: Shop Maryland Energy, AP 20 Feb., 2017)Contact: Shop Maryland Energy, https://mygreenmontgomery.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Appliances,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


FirstEnergy Units Offer Residential Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Mon Power, Potomac Edison
Date: 2017-02-22
FirstEnergy Corp.'s Mon Power and Potomac Edison units are reporting the launch of a new Residential Energy Efficiency Program that expands upon previous offerings available only to businesses and qualifying low-income customers.

The program includes: information about energy efficiency and a variety of energy-efficient items such as energy-efficient light bulbs, faucet aerators, furnace whistles, and others that can be easily installed in the home; an online energy audit that can help lower home energy usage and costs; and energy efficient lighting purchase and rebate information.

In addition to the new Residential Energy Efficiency Program, Mon Power and Potomac Edison will continue to offer a low-income program that provides home energy check-up audits and energy-saving home improvements to qualified customers. (Source: Potomac Edison, Mon Power, Powergrid Int'l., 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: First Energy, www.firstenergy.com; Mon Power, www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/mon_power.html; Potomac Edison John Dargie, VP Energy Efficiency, (800) 686-0011, https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/potomac_edison.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Potomac Edison,  Mon Power,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


Virginia Awarded $500,000 to Support PACE Program (Funding)
PACE Program
Date: 2017-02-22
U.S. DOE reports the Old Dominion State has been selected for a $500,000 grant to support commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs in communities statewide. The grant, which will be managed by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), will advance low-cost financing for private sector clean energy investments in Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

The grant funds will support the formation of the Mid-Atlantic PACE Alliance (MAPA) which will inform localities, lenders and borrowers about the financing advantages of PACE. MAPA will also work with interested localities to develop streamlined, consistent practices for cost effective program administration, financial underwriting guidelines, measurement and verification requirements and contractor training and support.

PACE is a no-money-down financing tool currently used in 16 states and Washington, DC. PACE allows owners of commercial, industrial, multifamily and nonprofit properties to receive low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy investments that enhance building performance and efficiencies.

Through the PACE program, cities, towns and counties work with private lenders who are repaid when localities collect PACE loan payments from borrowers in the form of special property assessments added to a borrower's tax bill. (Source: Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Virginia Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe, PR, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, www.dmme.virginia.gov; PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

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


Denmark Tops World Bank's RISE Sustainable Energy Index (Int'l)
World Bank
Date: 2017-02-22
According to a new report from the World Bank, Denmark has the best energy policies and regulations in the world. Denmark scored 94 out of 100 on the World Bank's Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE) Index thanks to a score of 100 in the Energy Access category, 86 for Energy Efficiency and 94 for Renewable Energy.

Denmark was followed by Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany, France, Norway, Finland, New Zealand and Austria in that order. Other notables included the UK (11), the US (14), Canada (22), Japan (30), Australia (31), South Korea (44), Russia (45), Brazil (57), Iran (78), China (87) and India (91). African nations unfortunately dominated at the wrong end of the spectrum, led my Benin in last place. Niger, Nepal, Tanzania, Cambodia, Malawi, Chad, Ethiopia, DR Congo and Madagascar rounded out the bottom 10. (Source: World Bank, World Energy Council, CPH Post OnLine, Feb., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Renewable Energy,  Sustainable Energy,  


PJM Investing $1.5Bn to Improve Electric Transmission Infrastructure (Ind. Report)
PJM Interconnection
Date: 2017-02-22
Audubon, Penna-headquartered regional transmission organization (RTO) PJM Interconnection reports Board approval of a $1.5 billion budget to improve electric transmission infrastructure in its 13-state and Washington, D.C., coverage area. The project includes reconstruction and upgrading of existing lines in the service areas of Metropolitan Edison, PP&L, PSE&G, American Electric Power, Dominion, and Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky. PJM operates the power transmission system in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. (Source: PJM Interconnection, Kallnish Energy, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: PJM Interconnection, Andrew Ott, CEO, (866) 756-6397 - Media), www.pjm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PJM Interconnection,  


APS Offers Home, Business Smart Thermostat Rebates (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-02-22
Arizona Public Service (APS} is reporting the availability of its residential, internet-enabled smart thermostat rebate program. Automated thermostats enable remote control of a home's temperature for greater flexibility, comfort and energy savings.

Under the APS program, each qualifying smart thermostat installed and activated at an APS residential customer's home is eligible for a $75 rebate. Businesses that install qualifying smart thermostats can receive a rebate of $60.

Smart thermostats can reportedly deliver electricity savings ranging from 8 to 15 pct of a home's cooling and heating costs. (Source: APS, Daily Courier, Others, 19 Feb., 2017) Contact: APS, Jim Wontor, Mgr. Demand Side Management, www.aps.com/thermostat

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EnBW, Enbridge Partner on 500-MW Offshore Wind Project (Int'l)
Enbridge, EnBW
Date: 2017-02-22
Karlsruhe, Germany-headquartered EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG reports that Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc. has acquired 49.9 pct of the shares in the 500-MW EnBW Hohe See offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

Under the terms of their agreement, the two companies will jointly finance, execute and participate in the offshore wind project from construction through to commissioning. EnBW will control and monitor all construction activities and Enbridge will support the project with its own employees who will be integrated into the EnBW project team. EnBW will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the finished wind farm based on a service and management contract.

The project will incorporate 71 Siemens 7 MW wind turbines to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 560,000 average households, beginning in early 2019. (Source: EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG, PR, 17 Feb., 2017) Contact: EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG , Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320, www.enbw.com; Enbridge, Al Monaco, CEO, www.enbridge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enbridge Inc.,  EnBW,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


Dryden, Ont. Wastewater Plant Wins LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
Green Building Council
Date: 2017-02-22
In Ontario, the City of Dryden reports that its new, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant has been certified LEED Silver. The plant's energy efficiency features include an in-floor heating system that draws heat from the treated effluent before it is discharged. The result is less need for conventional forced air heating, reduced energy consumption, and lower heating costs. The facility's windows are also designed to maximize daylight for reduced lighting costs. The plant's light fixtures are equipped with sensors to gauge how much light to give off, and recycled water is used throughout the plant processes. (Source: City of Dryden, Chronicle-Journal, 19 Feb., 2017)Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  


Iberdrola Installs First Wikinger Offshore Wind Turbine (Int'l)
Iberdrola
Date: 2017-02-22
Iberdrola reports the installation of the first of 70 AD-5000 -- 135 wind turbines in the Wikinger offshore wind farm in German waters of the Baltic Sea.

Upon commissioning, the €1,400 million Wikinger project will generate as much as 350 MW of clean energy, which is sufficient for 350,000 German homes. The facility will be the company's second offshore wind farm, following the commissioning of the West of Duddon Sands wind farm in the Irish Sea in 2014. The AD-5000 -- 135 turbines are being manufactured by Adwen (Gamesa Group) in the Bremerhaven and Stade, Germany. (Source: Iberdrola, PR, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, Frank Burkhartsmeyer, CEO, (503) 796-7000, http://iberdrolarenewables.com

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Germany Limits Onshore Wind Expansion (Int'l, Reg & Leg)
Germany
Date: 2017-02-22
In Germany, the BNA network regulator reports that onshore wind power expansion in northern parts of the country will be limited to 902 MW annually until at least August 2019.

The grid restrictions, which apply to the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen, Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Pomerania, as well as the northern parts of Lower Saxony, follows the reform of the Renewable Energy Act limiting overall wind energy expansion to 2800 MW every year until 2019. The restriction is intended to improve the synchronization of renewables and grid expansion amid internal bottlenecks in transporting wind power from northern to southern Germany. (Source: BNA, PEI, Various Media, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: BNA, www.bundesnetzagentur.de

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N.D. Wind Energy Moratorium Proposed to Protect Coal (Reg & Leg)
North Dakota
Date: 2017-02-22
In the North Dakota capitol city of Bismarck, Republican lawmakers have tabled legislation that aimed at halt wind-generation projects for a two year period. The legislation is seen as a move to protect the state's coal industry and seven coal-fired electric power plants. Approximately 70 pct of the state's coal-fired electric power capacity is exported to surrounding states.

Meanwhile, wind energy has become more prevalent in North Dakota which AWEA ranked 11th in the nation last year for the number of turbines and installed wind capacity. AWEA also rates the state as having the nation's greatest wind energy potential. The state presently has about 2,850 MW of power generated from wind turbines, and another 6,000 MW of wind energy planned or under construction. (Source: AWEA, Wichita Eagle, AP, Various Others, 20 Feb., 2017)

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California Wine Country Fine-Tuning Climate Plan (Reg & Leg)
Napa County Department of Planning, Building, and Environmental Services
Date: 2017-02-22
In the Golden State, the Napa County Department of Planning, Building, and Environmental Services (PBES) reports that its Climate Action Plan (CAP), which has been in the works since 2008, is now being reviewed and revised by the Planning Commission to consider "best practices", prior to adoption.

In July 2015, the Sacramento-based consultancy Ascent Environmental was contracted to help PBES addresses the emissions and climate change concerns in compliance with applicable State requirements. (Source: Napa County, Napa Valley Register, Mar., 2017) Contact: Napa County PBES, David Morrison, (707) 253-4805, David.Morrison@countyofnapa.org, www.county of napa.org; Ascent Environmental, (916) 444-7301, www.ascentenvironmental.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Reduction Target,  


Atmospheric Methane Measurement Satellite on Track (Int'l)
German Aerospace Center
Date: 2017-02-22
The German Aerospace Center Space Administration and Airbus Defence and Space GmbH report the inking of a contract for the design and construction phases of the German-French climate satellite MERLIN (Methane Remote Sensing LIDAR Mission). When launched in 2021, the MERLIN satellite will measure the methane concentration in Earth's atmosphere to an unprecedented level of accuracy and thus further research into the causes of climate change.

The German DLR Space Administration will develop and construct of the MERLIN satellites' on-board methane LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) equipment. DLR's work is being funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. (Source: German Aerospace Center, 17 Feb., 2017) Contact: German Aerospace Center (DLR) Space Administration , Martin Fleishmann, +49 228 447-120, http://www.dlr.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Methane,  GHGs,  


Evaluating Fate of Stream-Borne Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-02-22
First application shows majority of methane in study stream emitted to the atmosphere. A new method for determining stream methane emissions at the watershed scale has been developed by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Utah, North Carolina State University and Ohio State University.

Scientists applied a new method, which involves injecting gas into stream water, to determine the fate of methane discharged into streams. This new method provides an understanding of the percentage of stream methane escaping to the atmosphere as emissions versus in-stream bacterial consumption and oxidation to carbon dioxide.

The full report is available HERE. (Source. American Chemical Society, PR. 17 Feb., 2017) Contact: American Chemical Society, (202) 872-4600, www.acs.org

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DRAFT Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990--2015 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
EPA
Date: 2017-02-22
According to the US EPA's draft Greenhouse Gas Inventory, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions dropped 2.2 pct from 6,736 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) in 2014 to 6,586 million metric tons in 2015. The report weights carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other GFGs based on their global warming impact.

The report notes that GHG emissions have historically tracked alongside economic growth, correlating with demand for electricity and with manufacturing activity, and that total GHG emissions fell 8.8 pct between 2007 and 2009 as the U.S. economy slowed. Since that time, GHG emissions have been relatively flat despite economic growth, increased energy efficiency, and the power sector's shift from coal to cleaner natural gas and renewable energy sources.

Access the DRAFT Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990--2015 HERE. (Source: US EPA, Morning Consult, 15 Feb., 2017)

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NAM Wants Obama's Methane Rule Scrapped (Reg & Leg)
National Association of Manufacturers
Date: 2017-02-22
In Washington, DC, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is asking US lawmakers to "disapprove" of and halt the Obama Administration's Venting and Flaring Rule (Methane Rule) enacted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on November 18, 2016. The rule regulates methane emissions from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands.

According to NAM. The Methane Rule "requires additional and costly measures for oil and gas activities but fails to accurately account for technological limitations and market realities, the cost of which will be borne by manufacturers that rely on such a feedstock to run their processes or as compounds that go into everyday products."

According to the US Department of Interior, approximately 375 billion cubic feet of methane has entered the atmosphere over five years, ending 2014. If that methane was captured and resold, it would not only cut dangerous emissions but it could also go to productive use by helping heat homes and businesses. (Source: National Association of Manufacturers, Environmental Leader, 15 Feb., 2017) Contact: National Association of Manufacturers, Eric Newhouse, Snr. VP, (202) 637-3000, manufacturing@nam.org, www.nam.org

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Growth Energy Welcomes Pruitt to EPA (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
Growth Energy
Date: 2017-02-22
Growth Energy, a trade body for US ethanol producers, has welcomed the confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

"We congratulate Pruitt on his confirmation as Administrator of the EPA. We look forward to working with him to carry out President Trump's strong commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the issues crucial to the success of the American ethanol industry.

"America's ethanol producers and supporters were instrumental in helping bring President Trump into the White House and are counting on his leadership to protect home-grown domestic energy security.

"We are confident that Administrator Pruitt and his team recognize the important role the ethanol industry plays in supporting American jobs, fostering a vibrant rural economy, and giving American consumers access to 21st Century fuels for their 21st Century vehicles." (Source: Growth Energy, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

LC Energy Editor's Note: Pruitt is widely reported to have close links to the oil industry and has sued the EPA 14 times on behalf of oil and gas interests based in his state. He has also issued more than 50 press releases celebrating lawsuits to overturn EPA standards.

A 2014 investigation by the New York Times found that energy lobbyists drafted letters for then Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt to sign and send, on state stationery, to the EPA opposing the agency's environmental rules. Many of the coal, oil and gas companies represented by those lobbyists were also among Pruitt's largest campaign contributors.

At Pruitt's confirmation hearings earlier this month, he conceded he could not think of a single EPA regulation he supported. According to Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group, "There has never been a nominee for EPA administrator opposed so strongly by environmental and public health advocates, scientists, and hundreds of current and former EPA officials."

Is Pruitt's appointment another case of putting the fox in charge of the hen house?

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Yingli Spain, X-ELIO Announce Solar Panel Supply Deal (Int'l)
Yingli Green Energy
Date: 2017-02-22
Chinese solar panel manufacturer Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Ltd. reports that its wholly owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Spain, S.L.U (Yingli Spain) has sealed a 50.6 MW solar panel supply deal with X-ELIO, a Madrid-headquartered developer and operator of utility-scale PV systems.

The agreement is for two Japanese solar power plants. The first plant, the Hayato, will install more than 52,650 pieces of YL320P-35b multi-crystalline solar panels and has a capacity of 16.9 MW. The second plant -- the S-13 -- will install more than 127,000 pieces of YL265P-29b multi-crystalline solar panels and has a capacity of 33.7 MW.

The Hayato project is expected to generate 19,700 MWh of clean electricity per year and grid interconnection is expected in December 2017. The S-13 project is expected to generate 39,400 MWh of electricity per year and to be connected to the grid in October 2017. X-ELIO is the sole proprietor of these two projects. (Source: Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited , 21 Feb., 2017)Contact: Yingli Green Energy, Liansheng Miao, CEO, +86 312 8929787, ir@yingli.com, www.yingli.com; X-ELIO, +34 91 177 00 10, info@x-elio.com, www.x-elio.com

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Abengoa Bioenergy Asset Sales Distribution Settled (Ind. Report)
Abengoa Bioenergy US
Date: 2017-02-22
Reuters is reporting that the creditors of bankrupt Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding have agreed upon the distribution of asset sale proceeds.

Under the terms of the agreement, Santander and Abengoa's othermajor creditors will receive their pro rata share of $32.5 million of cash from the asset sale proceeds. The remainder will be distributed among the other creditors.

The 2016 sale of Agengoa's ethanol plants realized approximately $140 million which was immediately claimed by lenders of the Abengoa parent in Spain as well as the unit's unsecured U.S. creditors and suppliers. A hearing to approve Abengoa Bioenergy's reorganization plan, which would allow it to begin seeking creditor votes for its plan to exit bankruptcy, is being heard in US Bankruptcy Court in St. Louis (Source: Abengoa, Biofuels Int'l, Various Other Media, Feb. 20, 2017)Contact: Abengoa, www.abengoa.com; Abengoa Bioenergy, www.abengoabioenergy.com

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Mercer Acquiring German Woody Biomass Power Plant (Int'l, M&A)
Mercer International Inc
Date: 2017-02-22
Vancouver-headquartered Mercer International Inc. reports it has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of one of Germany's largest sawmills and a biomass power plant, near Friesau, Germany for approximately $55.1 million plus defined working capital of approximately $9.0 million.The biomass fueled cogeneration power plant has an annual production capacity of approximately 13MW of electricity and 49.5MW of thermal energy. The plant sells electricity pursuant to a long-term fixed price green power tariff that runs to 2029; (Source: Mercer International, NASDAQ, GlobalNews, 21 Feb., 2017) Contact: Mercer International Inc., (604) 684-1099, info@mercerint.com, www.mercerint.com

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Wood Pellet Producer Equustock Acquires New Plants (M&A)
Equustock
Date: 2017-02-22
Lowes Park, Illinois-based wood pellet producer Equustock LLC is reporting the acquisition of two manufacturing facilities in Rapid City, South Dakota, and Kingsbury, New York. The Rapid City plant is the former Mountain Pine Management facility and the site in Kingsbury is the former location of Royal Wood Shavings.

The Kingsbury plant produces manufactured shavings for the equestrian community serving the Northeast U.S. Equustock plans to immediately upgrade equipment and packaging lines to accommodate its three distinct shavings products, as well as custom-labeling for select clients. (Source: Equustock LLC , PR, Various Media, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: Equuistock LLC, Claire Brant, CEO, (866) 962-4686, www.equustock.com

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Mo. Ag. Dept. Offering Biofuel Infrastructure Grants (Funding)
Missouri Department of Agriculture
Date: 2017-02-22
In the Show Me State, the Missouri Department of Agriculture reports it is accepting applications for the 2017 Extended Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) grant program to accelerate the use and availability of higher blends of ethanol fuel as clean burning, renewable alternatives to conventional unleaded gasoline and, in turn, drive economic development in the state.

The BIP program is supported by the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, the state's ethanol refineries, and a national ethanol industry funded program called Prime the Pump. Prime the Pump works with fuel retailers to install as many as 171 fuel pumps and expand access to renewable fuels in Missouri.

Missouri fuel retailers can participate through a special block grant program funded by the USDA and administered by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Funding will be awarded to eligible business owners to purchase and install ethanol fuel pumps (E15-E85 certified blender, E85 dedicated) and storage tanks. (Source: Missouri Department of Agriculture, Hannibal Courier-Post, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: Missouri Department of Agriculture, Richard Fordyce, Dir., Jane McIntosh, (573) 751-4211, agriculture.mo.gov; Missouri Corn, Bradley Shad, Director of Marketing, (800) 827-4181, www.mocorn.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  Missouri Department of Agriculture,  


Newfoundland and Labrador come to agreement on C$185 million biofuel facility

Date: 2017-02-21
In Canada, the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador has signed an agreement for the C$185 million biofuel facility NewGreen Technologies proposed after determining that it could provide the amount of fiber needed to make the project viable. The facility will produce green diesel from sawmill waste co-located with a sawmill that will produce floorboards. NewGreen Technologies will begin hosting informational meetings in the community next month to discuss plans for the project’s roll out. Botwood is one step closer to an economic boost that the mayor hopes could bring financial stability to the central Newfoundland town and neighbouring communities for decades to come. The Newfoundland and Labrador government has signed an agreement in principle with NewGreen Technologies for a proposed $185-million biofuel plant to be built in Botwood. The agreement "focuses on the development of a comprehensive business plan from Newgreen Technology Inc. and potential fibre arrangements to be provided by the Government to support the project," according to a statement from the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods. The project would include a sawmill producing floor boards, a biofuel plant that creates clean diesel from the sawmill's waste and improvements to the shipping port in town. The plant could mean between 400 to 600 jobs to the region during construction, and 150 full-time jobs during production. (Source: CBC, Feb. 20, 2017)


Alaskan Energy Efficiency Bill Awaits Senate Approval (Reg & Leg)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-02-20
In Juneau, the Alaska House reports the near unanimous approval of HB 80 allowing municipalities to create building energy efficiency upgrade programs for small business and commercial properties that are owner-operator occupied. The municipalities would draw funding for the loans from the state.

Under the new program, an assessment in the amount of the energy efficiency loan would be added to the building's property tax bill and would remain until the loan is repaid or the building is sold.

The legislation, which awaits state Senate confirmation, aims to encourage and expedite commercial building energy efficiency improvements that would not have otherwise been completed. (Source: Juneau Empire, Various Sources, February 13, 2017

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Denver Microgrid, Energy Storage Partnership Touted (Ind. Report)
Panasonic, Xcel Energy, Younicos
Date: 2017-02-20
Panasonic, Xcel Energy, and Younicos Energy have formed a public/private partnership with the city and county to promote a microgrid centered around the Pena Station NEXT, a 382-acre transportation hub located near Denver International Airport. The Xcel Energy feeder for Pena Station NEXT presently has 20 pct solar penetration and is expected to have 30 pct solar penetration by the time the microgrid project is completed in the first half of 2017.

The project will feature a 1.6 MW carport solar system, a 259 kW rooftop solar array using Panasonic HIT solar panels, and a Younicos 2 MW/2 MWh lithium ion battery system with inverter and controls. The battery storage component will be integrated into the company's Y.Cube system. The battery energy storage system will feature: solar energy grid integration via solar smoothing ramp control and solar time shifting; grid peak demand reduction; energy arbitrage; frequency regulation; and backup power for Panasonic's network operations center. (Source: Solar Love, CleanTechnica, 16 Feb., 2017) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, +49 174 908 8188, www.younicos.com; Xcel Energy, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com; Panasonic, www.panasonic.com

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Xcel Launches $4M Denver Solar Energy Storage Pilot (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy, Sunverge Energy
Date: 2017-02-20
In Denver , Xcel Energy reports it is partnering with battery vendors Sunverge Energy and Northern Reliabilityl in a $4 million, two-year pilot program that will test the value of storing solar energy in banks of batteries in city's Stapleton neighbourhood.

The pilot project aims to understand how energy storage can help manage the impact of high concentration of rooftop solar energy on a feeder in the Stapleton neighborhood This includes accommodating more solar energy on the grid, while storing excess solar power.

For the project, San Francisco-based Sunverge Energy is providing six in-home batteries and control software while Waitsfield, VT-based Northern Reliability is supplying six, utility-scale batteries. The batteries are expected to be installed in the fall and to comprise two 18-kW batteries, two 36 kW batteries and two 54 kW batteries. (Source: Xcel Energy, Various Media, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, Beth Chacon, Dir. of Grid Storage and Emerging Technologies, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com; Sunverge, Ken Munson, CEO, (415) 795-3660, www.sunverge.com; Northern Reliability, (802) 496-2955, northernreliability.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy ,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Sunverge Energy,  


sonnenBatterie Launching Atlanta Energy Storage Hub (Ind. Report)
sonnenBatteries
Date: 2017-02-20
German lithium-ion battery rechargeable energy storage specialist Sonnen GmbH reports it is close to completing a new North American Innovation Center in Atlanta, Georgia, which will merge the company's US R&D and manufacturing operations. The facility is expected to begin production in Q2 of this year, and will enable sonnen to develop and produce sonnenBatterie systems for the US market in one central location. (Source: sonnenBatterie, Energy Storage, 16 Feb., 2017)Contact: SonnenBatterie GmbH Boris Von Bormann, CEO, Philipp Schroder, Marketing, (310) 853-2404 - US Office, www.sonnen-batterie.com

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