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PVMC, SUNY Poly Launch Solar Opt. Testkit (New Prod & Tech)
DOE Sunshot Initiative,SUNY Polytechnic Institute,U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium
Date: 2017-02-20
As part of the US DOE Sunshot Initiative, and led by SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) in Utica, New York, the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium has announced the launch of the Solar Energy Optimization Testkit, a new set of evaluation capabilities for photovoltaic systems, aimed at providing unparalleled real-time data to industrial and academic partners to analyze ways to optimize their PV power plant system capabilities and costs.

The Testkit is able to obtain and provide actionable solar energy cost and PV performance information from PVMC test and consortium member sites to improve solar cells, components, modules, systems, and operations and maintenance protocols. The PVMC Testkit can be applied to any currently deployed PV system and allows the PVMC to collect and model data and perform key measurements at the sites to validate predictive models. Array owners receive periodic performance reports that compare predicted versus actual performance to help identify where energy losses are occurring, embracing a data-driven approach to maximize cost effective operations and maintenance.

The Testkit, which is available to companies that partner with PVMC, helps users better comprehend the impact of PV system variables, such as light conditions, tilt, and angle, through the use of unmatched hardware analysis and predictive software. Users can also benefit from aggregated data on pre-competitive technologies to promote the further effectiveness of technologies being developed by PVMC partners. (Source: DOE Sun Shot Initiative, U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, PV Tech, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: SUNY Polytechnic Institute, (315) 792-7257, https://sunypoly.edu; U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, www.uspvmc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Sunshot Initiative,  U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium,  Solar,  PV,  


Onyx Solar Touts New Jersey Solar Skylight Project (Ind. Report)
Onyx Solar
Date: 2017-02-20
PV glass for buildings specialist Onyx Solar reports it is installing a 60,000 square feet glass skylight across the atrium roof of a new mixed-use building complex being developed in New Jersey by Somerset Development. The atrium will utilize more than 3,200 solar skylights, which will generate electricity whilst naturally illuminating the complex.

The solar skylights use amorphous silicon photovoltaic glass laminated between two sheets of tempered safety glass. As well as producing energy, the glass also reduces solar heat gain. Energy from the panels will be consumed on site. (Source: Onyx Solar, PV Mag., 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Onyx Solar, (917) 201-4783, usa@onyxsolar.com, www.onyxsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Onyx Solar,  Solar,  PV Glass,  


Senvion Inks 84-Wind Turbine Australian Order (Int'l)
Senvion,Nexif Energy
Date: 2017-02-20
German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion reports it has inked a conditional deal with Nexif Energy for the EPC contracts and maintenance agreements for the 25 turbine Glen Innes Wind Farm in New South Wales and the 59 turbine Lincoln Gap Wind Farm in South Australia.

Both wind farms will see the introduction of the new Senvion 3.6M140 turbine into the Australian market. Compared to its predecessor, the energy yield has been increased by up to 20 pct at wind speeds of 7.5 m/s, and the lifetime has been extended by 25 pct from 20 to 25 years. Improvements to the blades have resulted in lower sound in all operating modes. Combined, the projects will deliver over 300 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy to Australian consumers.

Since commencing operations in Australia in 2002, Senvion has installed 218 wind turbines from across the Senvion two megawatt series with a cumulated rated power of over 440 MW in Australia. Senvion Australia Pty. Ltd. is the regional subsidiary providing Senvion wind turbine technology and solutions across Australia, New Zealand and the Southern Pacific region. (Source: Senvion, PR, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: Nexif Energy, +65 6302 9120, www.nexifenergy.com; Senvion, Andreas Nauen, CEO, Helmut Herold, 011 +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nexif Energy,  Nexif Energy,  Wind,  Australia Wind,  


BCSE, BNEF Release Latest Sustainable Energy Factbook -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Business Council for Sustainable Energy,Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Date: 2017-02-20
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) have released their fifth annual Sustainable Energy in America Factbook.

The Factbook reports 2016 set a new record for annual renewable energy capacity additions, as the U.S. added 22GW of renewable generating capacity. The year also saw U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fall to their lowest level in 25 years.

In 2016 Americans spent a smaller share of their household income to electricity and natural gas bills than at any other time on record. Consumers devoted less than 4 pct of their total annual household spending to energy in 2016, due in part to lower gasoline and electric power costs and increased energy efficiency.

Access the Sustainable-Energy-in-America-Factbook HERE. (Source: Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance , 14 Feb., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Business Council for Sustainable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Sustainable Energy,  Bloomberg New Energy Finance,  


Alstom Transport, CoSMo Company to Develop Rail System Efficiency Application (Ind. Report)
Alstom Transport,CoSMo US
Date: 2017-02-20
Alstom Transport and The CoSMo Company, headquartered in Lyon, France, are reporting a partnership to develop a new application to improve railroad energy efficiency. This application is expected to set the global standard for energy efficiency and to allow rail operators to consider their rail operations as a single unit, rather than individual functions.

As part of their partnership, Alstom Transport design more efficient transport networks to meet higher energy and operational efficiency based on CoSMo's software platform. (Source: Alstom Transport, PR, Mass Transit, Feb 14, 2017) Contact: Alstom Transport, Eric Marie, VP , (800) 245-3723, www.alstom.com; The CoSMo Company, Michel Morvan, +33 4 37 66 7157, www.thecosmocompany.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alstom,  Energy Efficiency,  


ASHRAE/IES 2016 Energy Standard Savings Announced (Ind. Report)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratories,ASHRAE
Date: 2017-02-20
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL), in support of the US DOE Building Energy Codes Program, reports a 30 pct energy savings can be achieved using the 2016 version of the ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, was published in October 2016.

PNNL's preliminary energy savings analysis shows for the whole building energy consumptions, national aggregated site energy savings are 34.1 pct and energy cost savings are 34.2 pct when compared to the 2004 standard.

On a nationally aggregated level, building-type energy savings range from 11.9 pct (fast food restaurants) to 48.6 pct (schools) and energy-cost savings from 15.3 pct (large offices) to 49.8 pct (schools). These figures include energy use and cost from the whole building energy consumptions, including plug and process loads. Sixteen different building prototypes were modeled in 17 different climate locations for a total of 272 building types in various climate zones that were incorporated into this analysis. (Source: ASHRAE, ProudGreenBuilding, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy; ASHRAE, Tom Phoenix, Pres., (800) 527-4723, www.ashrae.orgContact: Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Susan Bauer, (509) 372-6083, www.pnnl.gov

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


Oregon Investigating Cap-and-Trade Program (Reg & Leg)
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality,
Date: 2017-02-20
In Salem, the Oregon state legislature reports it has reports it has instructed the states's environmental agency, Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), to examine the implementation of a market-based cap-and-trade system to reduce the state's carbon emissions without harming business interests statewide.

The DEQ notes the presently, California and the northeastern RGGI states, along with the Canadian Province of Quebec,have such a system as well as mandatory carbon reduction regulations that encourage appropriate technologies that enhance rather then harm business. The DEQ adds that the RGGI program generates hundreds of millions in revenue for low-carbon energy programs and projects and projects a similar program in Oregon would deliver similar positive results. (Source: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Leader, February 16, 2017) Contact: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, www.oregon.gov/DEQ/Pages/index.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oregon Department of Environmental Quality,  RGGI,  Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  


B.C. Carbon Tax Revenue Neutrality Questioned -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Fraser Institute
Date: 2017-02-20
A new study by the Fraser Institute, a non-partisan Canadian think-tank has found that the province of British Columbia's carbon tax is no longer revenue neutral and could actually result in almost $900 million in higher taxes over a six-year period. Indeed, the B.C. government has "effectively raised taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars without British Columbians even knowing about it," according to the attached report>.

Initially in 2008/09, the province's carbon tax was revenue neutral, keeping with the B.C. government's commitment. To offset the new revenue, the government introduced new cuts to personal and business tax rates and a new tax credit for low income earners. However, just five years later the government no longer provided tax cuts to sufficiently offset the additional carbon tax revenue.

Beginning in 2013/14, the government started counting as offsets a number of existing tax credits that pre-dated the introduction of the carbon tax.

Once the pre-existing tax reductions are excluded, B.C. taxpayers paid $226 million in increased taxes in 2013/14 and $151 million in increased taxes in 2014/15. The carbon tax will result in a cumulative $865 million tax increase on British Columbians between 2013/14 and 2018/19, according to the government's own projections.

Access the Fraser Institute's Examining the Revenue Neutrality of British Columbia's Carbon Tax report HERE. (Source: Fraser Institute, PR, MarketWire, 16 Feb., 2017) Contact: Fraser Institiute, Charles Lammam, Director, Fiscal Studies, Bryn Weese, Media, (604) 688-0221 x 589, bryn.weese@fraserinstitute.org, www.fraserinstitute.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fraser Institute,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  


Carbon Farming Tax Credit Bill Tabled in NY State (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Farming,New York State
Date: 2017-02-20
In Albany, New York State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (D) has introduced legislation on carbon farming to promote environmentally friendly farming practices through a carbon farming tax credit. According to Barrett, if passed, the Empire State would be first state with such legislation.

The 2014 Farm Bill gave USDA authority to provide technical assistance to farmers and land owners in support of their response to climate change. Barrett says that while other states like California have also begun to develop programs with similar aims, New York's carbon farming tax credit would be the first of its kind to create a tax break for farmers who use climate-smart methods. (Source: New York State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, WAMC, 15 Feb., 2017) Contact: New York State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, (518) 455-5177, assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Didi-Barrett

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


Global Biofuels to Rise to 67 Bn Gal. in 2022 as Next-Generation Technologies Take Over, says Lux Research -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Lux Research
Date: 2017-02-20
According to Biofuels Outlook 2022: The Dawn of a New Era in Global Biofuel Capacity Expansion, a new report available from Lux Research, new biofuel technology is finally starting to push aside traditional biofuels like first-generation biodiesel. New facilities based on non-food feedstocks and producing novel fuels account for over half of new capacity deployment for the first time in the biofuel industry's history. However, overall output will grow at a slower pace to 67 billion gpy in 2022, from 59 billion gpy in 2016.

Lux Research analysts quantified the commercial deployment of new technologies in the global biofuels industry using a database of nearly 2,000 facilities from 1,461 companies in 90 countries with nameplate capacity data through 2022. Among their findings:

  • Growth slows but advanced biofuels rise. The global biofuels industry will grow at a slower 2.2 pct annual rate to 67 billion gpy of nameplate capacity by 2022. First-generation biofuels, which hold a 91.5 pct market share, will continue to dominate but will lose nearly 6 pct of market share, as advanced biofuels see rapid growth, nearly doubling capacity to 9.6 billion gpy;.
  • Biodiesel begins to fade. Second-generation biodiesel makes up 65 pct of the 5.0 billion gpy advanced biofuel market today, but is projected to lose 26 pct market share by 2022 due to the rapid growth of low-carbon and high-performance drop-in biofuels such as renewable diesel;
  • Thermochemical and catalytic processes usher in new era. Emerging thermochemical and catalytic technologies will surpass bioconversion processes to make up over half of the new capacity deployment for the first time in the biofuel industry's history. (Source: Lux Research, PR, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: Lux Research, (617) 502-5300, www.luxresearchinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lux Research,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Ethanol,  


  • $240Mn Soybean Processing Plant Planned for ND (Ind. Report)
    North Dakota Soybean Processors
    Date: 2017-02-20
    North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP), a subsidiary of Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP), is reporting plans to construct a $240 million integrated soybean crush facility and refinery in Spiritwood, ND. The facility, capable of crushing 125,000 soybean bushels daily, will make 900,000 tonnes of soybean meal and 490 lb refined, bleached, and deodorized soybean oil per year, half of which will be used for biodiesel, according to a company release.

    MnSP is a member-owned cooperative that owns and operates a soybean crush facility and biodiesel production operation in Brewster, MN. The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission is working with MnSP on a feasibility study. (Source: North Dakota Soybean Processors, Feb., 2017) Contact: North Dakota Soybean Council, www.ndsoybean.org; North Dakota Soybean Processors, Scott Austin, GM, www.mnsoy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News North Dakota Soybean Processors,  Biodiesel,  Soybean,  


    Duonix Beatrice Touting Possible Expansion Plans (Ind. Report)
    Duonix Beatrice
    Date: 2017-02-20
    In Beatrice, Nebraska, riding high and record production the Duonix Beatrice biodiesel plant reports it is considering expanding operations and increasing production.

    The 2008 vintage $50 million plant was unfinished when it was purchased in 2011 for $5 million by Duonix Beatrice -- a joint venture between Benefuel Inc. and Koch Industries subsidiary Flint Hills Resources. Flint Hills Resources and Benefuel invested more than $100 million to retrofit the plant, which is now reportedly producing biodisel at the rate of over 2 million gpm or more. (Source: Duonix Beatrice, Lincoln Journal Star, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000, rtripp@benefuel.net, www.benefuel.net; Flint Hills Resources, Brad Razook, CEO, (316) 828-3477, www.fhr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duonix Beatrice,  Biodiesel,  Benefuel,  


    Rwanda Scuttles $35Mn Biodiesel Pilot Project (Int'l. Report)
    Rwanda National Industrial Research and Development Agency
    Date: 2017-02-20
    The East African is reporting that the Rwandan government's National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA)is walking away for a $35 million biodiesel pilot project due difficulty in finding feedstock and much higher than expected production costs. The pilot project included a commercial scale biofuel production facility, a diesel station and biodiesel powered bus.

    The projects initial viability study suggested the country had potential to grow an ample supply of bio-crops like Jatropha to sustain production, but it was later discovered that the climate is not suitable for the crops needed. There were also concerns over a shortage of land for farming the crops in order to maximize food production. (Source: NIRDA, The East African, 17 Feb., 2017) Contact: Rwanda National Industrial Research and Development Agency, Joseph Mungarurire, Dir., www.nirda.gov.rw

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    Blackwood, Boonstoppel Complete Torrefied Biomass R&D (Int'l)
    Blackwood Technology
    Date: 2017-02-20
    In the Netherlands, Blackwood Technology B.V. and Boonstoppel Engineering B.V. are reporting completion of a research program and testing of torrefied biomass as a substitute for wood chips or regular wood pellets in small-scale, de-centralized heating units.

    The tests found that torrefied pellets result in a stable and complete combustion with minimal ash and low emissions and, as a pre-treatment technology, enhance the biomass supply chain by enabling other bio-based applications.

    Blackwood and Boonstoppel are now investigating the possibility of building a small-scale torrefaction unit in the Province of Gelderland . Blackwood has signed a licensing agreement with South African utility Eskon for the construction of torrefaction plants in the SADC region. (Source: Blackwood Technology, PR, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Blackwood Technology, Maarten Herrebrugh, CEO, + 31 (0) 23 568 92 47, info@blackwood-technology.com, www.blackwood-technology.com; Boonstoppel, Bas van Breugel, CEO, www.boonstoppel.nl

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


    Sable Island Wind Installation Set for Removal (Ind. Report)
    Wind
    Date: 2017-02-20
    More than 15 years after its launch, Parks Canada has put the kybosh on a 5-turbine wind pproject on Sable Island, about 300 kilometres southeast of Halifax in the North Atlantic.

    Environment Canada launched the pilot project in 2000 but when Parks Canada took over management of the environmentally sensitive 40-kilometre-long sand bar island when it became a national park reserve in 2013, the wind turbines were not operational. The facility was intended to generate power for the islands weather station, two light stations, an airstrip and a few buildings used mainly by researchers. Environment Canada has reported spent approximately $1 million on the project as of 2006, and will now spend another $150,000 to decommission the turbines which originally cost $669,000. (Source: Parks Canada, Various Sources, Canadian Press, CBC, 17 Feb., 2017) Contact: Parks Canada Sable Island, http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ns/sable/index.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    Gainesville Considering Biomass Power Plant Purchase (M&A)
    Gainesville Renewable Energy Center
    Date: 2017-02-20
    Following on our October 5, 2016 coverage, the Gainesville (Florida) Regional Utility (GRU) reports it is considering the potential purchase of the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center -- the biomass plant.

    Under the terms of its existing ppa, the GRU currently pays the biomass plant approximately $70 million per year for power even as it purchases cheaper power from other sources. The Gainesville Commissioners, on behlf of the GRU, have voted to retain legal and other expertise to review the potential plant purchase. In December 2016, Goldman Sachs pegged the biomass plant's value at $616 million. (Source: Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, Gainesville.com, 16 Feb., 2017) Contact: Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, (386) 315-8010, info@gainesvillebiomass.com, gainesvillebiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Gainesville Renewable Energy Center,  


    ACE Ethanol Installing D3MAX Cellulosic Ethanol Tech (Ind. Report)
    ACE Ethanol ,AdvanceBio Systems
    Date: 2017-02-20
    Grand Forks, ND-based D3MAX reports the completion and shipment of a pilot plant employing its patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology to ACE Ethanol, LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin. The pilot unit, which was built by Milford, Ohio-headquartered AdvanceBio Systems, is slated for installation by the middle of March, for startup within two months.

    D3MAX is a technology company formed by BBI International to license a patented cellulosic ethanol technology to dry mill ethanol plants in the US and Canada. D3MAX technology converts corn fiber and residual starch in distillers grains to cellulosic ethanol. The company aims to license D3MAX technology to existing ethanol plants in Canada and the U.S.(Source:D3MAX, PR, 16 Feb., 2017) Contact: D3MAX , www.D3MAXLLC.com ; ACE Ethanol LLC, Neal Kemmet, Pres, CEO, (715) 644-2909, www.aceethanol.com; AdvanceBio Systems, (513) 864-6685, www.advancebio-systems.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AdvanceBio Systems,  ACE Ethanol ,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


    Singapore Planning Carbon Tax to Cut GHG Emissions (Int'l)
    National Climate Change Secretariat
    Date: 2017-02-20
    The Singapore Times is reporting that Singapore will impose a carbon price as a way to cut greenhouse emissions and to meet its commitments under last December's Paris Agreement. The Government is now determining the timeline as early as 2010 and what form of carbon pricing to take, according to the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS).

    The move follows other NCCS initiatives aimed at the country's pledge to slash emissions intensity to 36 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. To help reach its goal, the government plans to improve manufacturing sector energy efficiency and tighten energy monitoring and reporting requirements for large industrial players. The industry sector, which accounted for 59 pct of Singapore's greenhouse gas emissions in 2012, is expected to take most of the weight of a carbon price. The petroleum refining, chemicals and semiconductor sectors made up the bulk of these emissions. mechanisms to price carbon.

    Worldwide carbon prices range from about $1 per tonne of carbon emissions in Poland and Mexico, to $137 per tonne in Sweden, according to the World Bank. (Source: Singapore National Climate Change Secretariat, Singapore Times, 17 Feb., 2017) Contact: Singapore National Climate Change Secretariat, https://www.nccs.gov.sg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


    RFA Releases 2016 DDG Exports Data (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2017-02-17
    According to Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) trade data on ethanol co-products, U.S. exports of distillers grains (DDGs) totaled 11.48 million metric tons (mmt) in 2016, down 10 percent from 2015. An estimated 31 pct of U.S. DDGS production was exported.

    China was the leading destination for U.S. DDGs followed by Mexico, Vietnam and South Korea. However, U.S. DDGS exports to China fell 63 pct in 2016 compared to 2015, as the country implemented anti-dumping and countervailing duties against U.S. product. Meanwhile, shipments to nine of the other top-10 markets experienced growth in 2016. DDGS exports to Mexico, Vietnam, South Korea, Turkey and Thailand grew by a combined 2.06 mmt in 2016. The RFA report also found:

  • U.S. DDGS exports had a total value of $2.19 billion in 2016, down 27 percent from 2015 and the lowest in four years. DDGS export prices averaged $191 per metric ton, down 19 percent from 2015 and the lowest in six years;

  • While U.S. DDGS exports to East Asia were down, shipments to other global regions surged. In particular, Southeast Asia and the Middle East experienced dramatic growth;

  • U.S. exports of corn gluten feed (CGF), a wet-mill product, rebounded to a five-year high in 2016. CGF exports were up 43 pct over 2015 levels. Ireland was the top market, receiving 27 pct of total U.S. CGF exports, while Turkey and Israel were other top destinations; and

  • Total exports of corn and corn-based ethanol co-products tallied 73 mnt in 2016, the highest on record. (Source: RFA, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: RFA, Robert White, VP Industry Relations , (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  DDGs,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol Co-products,  


  • CSIRO, Ecocentric Partner on Energy Measurement System (Int'l)
    CSIRO,Ecocentric
    Date: 2017-02-17
    In the Land Down Under, Fremantle-based energy efficiency start-up Ecocentric Energy is reporting a 6-year research and licensing agreement with the Australia Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). The agreement gives Ecocentric access to the CSIRO's cognitive metering technology and commits the two companies to collaborate on the refining and development of Ecocentric's "Numen" system.

    The system recognizes the electrical 'fingerprint' of individual appliances then brings together a building's total energy signal, identifies the appliances present, and separates appliance-specific energy consumption data on the amount of energy an appliance is consuming.

    Where conventional smart meter systems record low-resolution total energy use (generally for the purpose of billing), CSIRO-developed 'cognitive metering' technology identifies individual appliances using a unique signature of high-frequency electrical data. (Source: CSIRO, Climate Control News,, 15 Feb., 2017) Contact: Ecocentric Energy , Tim Bray, CEO, www.ecocentric.energy CSIRO , Karl Rodrigues, Energy Director, enquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

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


    Governors Coalition Calls on Trump to Back Wind & Solar Energy (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition
    Date: 2017-02-17
    The Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, a bipartisan group of governors from across the United States and from both sides of the political divide have penned an open letter to President Donald Trump calling for him to support the development of solar and wind energy.

    The Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition is dedicated to the development of the nation's wind and solar energy resources to meet America's domestic energy demands in an environmentally responsible manner -- while reducing the nation's dependence on imported energy sources and stimulating state and national economic development.

    Down load the full letter HERE. (Source: Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, www.governorswindenergycoalition.org

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


    Chinese Ethanol Production Rising as Imports Tumble (Int'l)
    Ethanol
    Date: 2017-02-17
    The USDA Beijing Bureau is reporting that Chinese fuel ethanol imports will plummet by nearly two-third in 2017, down from 853 million lpy to 300 million litres.

    The bureau forecast China's 2017 fuel ethanol production at a record 3,550m litres, up 12.6 pct year on year, citing "strong demand, plentiful feedstocks, and continued government support".

    The outlook follows a series of increases to Chinese duties on US imported ethanol, and an ongoing drive to increase domestic ethanol use. China's latest five year plant targets ethanol production, primarily from corn, at 6,335 million liters by 2020. In 2016 almost all Chinese ethanol imports came from the US. (Source: USDA, Agrimoney.com, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: USDA, www.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  China Ethanol,  USDA,  


    Shippers Want Maritime Emissions Added to EU ETS (Int'l)
    BICEPS Network,Clean Shipping Index
    Date: 2017-02-17
    The Clean Shipping Index and BICEPS Network have called on the European Commission (EC) to include shipping emissions in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) under a special fund. The two associations are also supporting the EU Environment Committee's proposal to regulate carbon dioxide and other shipping sector greenhouse gas emissions.

    Ship CO2 emissions are completely unregulated, and shipping is the only sector in Europe not contributing to the 2030 emissions reduction target.

    Clean Shipping Index represents 29 companies involved in shipping goods around the world, while BICEPS Network includes various companies such as AB InBev, AkzoNobel, DSM, Farm Frites, FrieslandCampina, Huntsman, IOI Loders Croklaan, and Lamb Weston/Meijer, among others. (Source: BICEPS, ship-technology.com, 14 Feb., 2017)Contact:BICEPS Network, www.bicepsnetwork.org; Clean Shipping Index, www.cleanshippingindex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Maritime Emissions,  Clean Shipping Index,  


    Invenergy Future Fund Announces First Investment (Ind. Report)
    Invenergy,Aquilon
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Independent renewable energy developer Invenergy LLC is reporting the launch of the Invenergy Future Fund. The venture capital fund's other strategic and financial investors nor the size of the fund have not been disclosed.

    The new fund will not invest in development projects or equipment, but in companies that use technology to improve the operation of energy assets. Accordingly, the fund's initial $19 million investment is in British Columbia-based energy software provider Aquilon SOftware Inc. Invenergy is providing $4 million with the rest coming from Goldman Sachs, Macquarie Group and previous investors. (Source: Invenergy, Utility Dive, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Invenergy, Amy Francetic, Snr. VP New Ventures and Corporate Affairs, (312) 224-1400, http://invenergyllc.com; Aquilon Software, (877) 810-8787, https://aquilonsoftware.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Aquilon ,  Energfy Software,  


    Notable Quote
    Climate Change
    Date: 2017-02-17
    "There's a whole area of climate so-called science that is really more like a cult. It's like Hare Krishna or something like that. They're glassy-eyed and they chant. It will potentially harm the image of all science."

    "So many people are fed up of listening to the government lie to them about margarine and climate change that when something is actually true and beneficial they don't listen. The government should have a reputation of being completely reliable about facts -- real facts."

    Prof. William Happer, Physicist, Princeton University. Happer was U.S. DOE Director of Research during George W. Bush Administration and is reportedly being considered as a science advisor to the Trump administration.

    (Source: Various Sources, CleanTechnica, 15 Feb., 2017) Contact: Prof. William Happer, (609) 258-4382, happer@princeton.edu, www.princeton.edu/physics/people/display_person.xml?netid=happer

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


    Dynamic Recycling Expanding Fuel Ethanol Operations (Ind. Report)
    Dynamic Recycling
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Nashville, Tennessee-based alcohol recycling firm Dynamic Recycling LLC reports it will upgrade its plant in Bristol, Tennessee, to boost its beer recycling and product destruction capabilities. The plant uses a distillation process to recycle fuel-grade ethanol in various commercial and industrial waste streams that contain alcohol such as cosmetics or beer. The company is capable of solvent and alcohol recycling but ethanol recycling is its strategic focus.

    When the expansion is complete, the company hopes to increase its annual production from around 1 million tpy to 3 million tpy, according to a company statement. (Source: Dynamic Recycling, Waste Today, 14 Feb., 2017) Dynamic Recycling, Brian Potter, COO, Ron Potter, CEO, (615) 457-3104, http://dynamicrecycling.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  


    £11Mn SEEP Energy Efficiency Funding Available (Int'l)
    Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) is reporting the availability of £11 million in second-round funding for business, residential and public building energy efficiency related projects. The funding will help local governments and councils test new and innovative energy-saving approaches that can then be implemented when the SEEP program is fully rolled out in 2018.

    Since 2009, SEEP has invested more than £650 million in over one million energy efficiency measures in Scottish households. (Source: Scottish Housing News, 15 Feb., 2017) Contact: Scotland Energy Efficiency Programme , +44 131 244 4000, ceu@gov.scot, www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/Action/lowcarbon/LCITP/SEEP

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    K Line Touts CO2 Reduction Target Success (Int'l. Report)
    K Line
    Date: 2017-02-17
    The giant Japanese shipping line Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K Line) reports it has set new CO2 emissions targets to cut CO2 emissions by 25 pct by 2030. The new SBI certified targets are scientifically consistent with the 2 degree C levels set by the COP21 Paris Agreement, according to K Line.

    In March 2015, the company launched its K Line Environmental Vision 2050 "Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow" initiative aiming to reduce CO2 emissions from its operating ships by half before 2050. (Source: K Line, Port Technology, 14 Feb., 2017)Contact: K Line, www.kline.co.jp/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News K Line,  Maritime Emission,  COP21,  Paris Agreements,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Entura, RCR Tomlinson Partnering on 30MW Aussie Wind Farm (Int'l)
    Enture,Hydro Tasmania
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Australia's largest renewable energy producer and water consulting firm Entura, part of Hydro Tasmania, reports it is joining forces with with engineering and infrastructure company RCR Tomlinson to deliver Pacific Hydro's 30MW Yaloak South Wind Farm about an hour away from the city of Melbourne.

    The 30MW Yaloak South Wind Farm will incorporate 14 Senvion turbines capable of producing sufficient electricity for 15,700 homes and abate approximately 70,667 tpy of greenhouse gas pollution .

    RCR will perform engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and commissioning of the Balance of Plant works, including site access roads, hardstands, fences, drainage, wind turbine foundations, substation, electrical reticulation and control system. Entura will undertake the electrical balance of plant design of substations and medium-voltage (MV) collection system. (Source: Entura, Hydro Tasmania, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: Entura, www.entura.com.au; Hydro Tasmania, www.hydro.com.au; RCR Tomlinson, www.rcrtom.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Australia Wind,  


    89-MW Jordanian Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
    Korea Electric Power
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Further to our Dec. 16, 2015 coverage, Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) reports construction is underway on a 89.1 MW wind power plant in Amman, Jordan. KEPCO, a state-owned run utility, expects the wind farm to be commissioned no later than October, 2018, at a cost of $184 million. KEPCO estimates it will earn about $570 million by operating the facility for 20 years.

    KEPCO presently operates two coal-powered plants in Jordan accounting for 24 pct of the nation's power demand. As previously reported, KEPCO has built and operated wind farms and solar power plants in Japan, the United States and other countries. Besides two coal-powered plants in Jordan, KEPCO runs two more plants in the Middle East, one in the UAE and the other in Saudi Arabia. KEPCO is also currently undertaking a $20 billion nuclear power project in the UAE. (Source: Keepco, Korean Times, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: KEPCO, www.kepco.co.kr/eng

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Korea Electric Power,  KEPCO,  Wind ,  


    Castrol, Romax Partner For Wind Turbine Predictive Maintenance
    Castrol,Romax Technology
    Date: 2017-02-17
    LIverpool, UK-headquartered global lubricant provider Castrol, reports it is partnering with, and taken control of , UK-based engineering firm Romax Technology Ltd.'s InSight business to offer wind industry predictive maintenance solutions.

    The companies say the deal will make physics-based and data-driven predictive analytics available to more wind turbine operators. (Source: Castrol, NA Windpower, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: Romax Technology, Andy Poon, CEO, +44 115 951 8800, www.romaxtech.com; Castrol, www.castrol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Castrol,  Romax Technology,  Wind Turbine,  


    India's ReNew Power Selling 10 pct Stake for $200Mn (Int'l Report)
    ReNew Power,JERA Co
    Date: 2017-02-17
    In Mumbai, Indian renewable power generation company ReNew Power Venture Pvt., which is majority-owned by Goldman Sachs, reports it will sell a 10 pct equity stake to Japan-based JERA Co for $200 million, ahead of its IPO planned for later this year.

    ReNew Power has 1.2 GW wind and power generation capacity in commissioned projects, and has another 1.8 GW projects under construction. It has set a target of building over 11 GW of wind and solar power capacity over the next five years.

    ReNew Power investors include Asian Development Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and the Global Environment Fund as its investors, as well as Goldman Sachs, which invested $200 million in the company at its inception in 2011. (Source: ReNew Power, Financial Express, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: ReNew Power, +91 124 489 6670/80, info@renewpower.in, http://renewpower.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ReNew Power,  JERA Co,  Wind,  


    Dairyland Power PPA Expands Wind Energy Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Dairyland Power Cooperative
    Date: 2017-02-17
    In LaCrosse, Wisc., Dairyland Power Cooperative reports it has inked a PPA with Avangrid Renewables for the purchase of 80 MW of renewable energy from Avangrid's 160 MW Barton Wind Farm in Iowa, effective immediately. Dairyland will purchase sufficient renewable energy to power more than 19,000 homes.

    Late in 2016, Dairyland announced a PPA for the 98 MW Quilt Block Wind Farm, which is under construction near Platteville. (Source: Dairyland Power Cooperative, Wisconsin Ag Connection, Feb., 2017) Contact: Dairyland Power Cooperative , John Carr, VP, (608) 788-4000, www.dairylandpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dairyland Power Cooperative,  


    Brisbane City Council Scores 100 pct Carbon Neutrality (Int'l)
    City of Brisbane
    Date: 2017-02-17
    In the Land Down Under, the City of Brisbane (pop. 2.38 million) City Council's Liberal National Party administration is reporting it has achieved its target of 100 pct carbon neutrality.

    The Brisbane council, which reached the landmark through internal energy efficiency and emissions reduction projects, along with renewable energy and carbon offset purchases, is the first major government in Australia to achieve the milestone. The council's greenhouse gas emissions were "equal to zero", with 800,000 tonnes of carbon emissions offset each year, at an annual cost of $6 million. The council measured emissions from all sources, including landfills, electricity, fleet vehicles and the cities' buses and ferries. (Source: City of Brisbane, brisbanetimes.com.au, 15 Feb., 2017) Contact: Brisbane City Council, www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  


    Parliamentarians Approve EU ETS Overhaul (Int'l Report)
    European Parliament
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Meeting in Brussels, European Union parlimentarians (MEPs) have agreed to boost greenhouse-gas emission curbs through the EU carbon market (EU ETS) and to bring EU climate policy into line with the aims of last December's COP21 Paris Agreement on climate change.

    MEPs approved the European Commission (EC) proposal to increase the "linear reduction factor" --- the yearly reduction of credits in order to deliver on the carbon curbs -- by 2.2 pct from 2021, as against 1.74 pct in the existing legislation. This factor should be kept under review with a view to increasing it to 2.4 pct by 2024 at the earliest, say MEPs. The parliamentarians also want to double the MSR's capacity to mop up the excess of credits on the market. When triggered, it would absorb up to 24 pct of the excess of credits in each auctioning year, for the first four years. They agreed that 800 million allowances should be removed from the MSR as of 1 January 2021.

    The draft measures were approved by 379 votes to 263, with 57 abstentions. MEPs will now enter into negotiations with the Maltese Presidency of the Council in order to reach an agreement on the final shape of the legislation, which will then come back to Parliament. (Source: EU, European Parliament, Press Release, Feb, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliament,  Carbon Emissions,  COP21,  EU ETS,  


    JLM Energy, Soligent Tout Energy Software Agreement (Ind. Report)
    JLM Energy,Soligent Distribution
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Rocklin, California-based employee-owned energy technology specialist JLM Energy reports it has signed an agreement with Soligent Distribution, the largest pure-play solar distributor in the Americas, under which Soligent dealers can deploy and integrate JLM's solar, energy storage and smart energy monitoring software.

    JLM has created a fully-integrated software platform and energy technology bundle that optimizes energy use and maximizes savings for customers. The bundle includes solar, energy storage, monitoring devices, algorithms and load controllers unified a single software platform.

    Soligent supplies over 5,000 solar installers with panels, inverters, racking and balance of systems across the U.S. and in over 45 countries. (Source: JLM Energy, 16 Feb., 2017) Contact: JLM Energy, Ellen Howe, VP Marketing & Corporate Development, (703) 835-5550, ellen.howe@jlmei.com, www.jlmei.com; Soligent, Jeremy Doochin, VP of Business Development, (707) 992-3183, jeremy.doochin@soligent.net, www.Soligent.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JLM Energy,  Energy Storage,  Soligent Distribution,  


    Navy Planning 44MW Hawaiian Solar-plus-Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    US Navy
    Date: 2017-02-17
    In the Aloha State, the US Navy reports it plans to develop a utility-scale solar farm and energy storage system on the 863.6 hectare Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The proposed installation would add 44 MW of clean energy the Kauai Island Utility cooperative's grid for use by the public and the military. It will be constructed over two phases of 21MW and 23MW respectively, expecting to break ground this coming December. Details about the energy storage part of the project have not been detailed.

    This project is reportedly one of three solar-plus-storage offerings to be built under an understanding between the U.S. Navy and the California Energy Commission, pursuant to a MoU signed in October. (Source: US Navy, Energy Storage, 15 Feb., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  US Navy,  Energy Storage,  


    Baker Tapped for SoCalEd Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Baker Electric, Southern California Edison,NEC Energy Solutions
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Following on our November 21st, 2016 coverage, San Diego-based Baker Electric Inc. reports it has been named the engineering, procurement and construction contractor (EPC) for NEC Energy Solutions' (NEC ES) grid energy storage pilot system for Southern California Edison. NEC's grid storage solution product line is the first in the innovative "plug-and-play" procurement strategy being employed by SCE to demonstrate the ability of energy storage to support the distribution grid, according to a news release. The storage system project was announced by SCE last year.

    NEC Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, awarded Baker Electric the EPC contract for the above grade engineering design and installation of the turn-key NES ES GSS® grid energy storage solution. It will include 3.4MWh of containerized lithium-ion batteries, a 3MW power conversion system, and NEC ES's proprietary AEROS® controls software suite. The system is expected to be completed this coming November. (Source: Baker Electric, PR, PR Web, 15 Feb., 2017) Contact: Baker Electric, Ted Baker, CEO, www.baker-electric.com; NEC Energy Solutions, Bud Collins, CEO, www.neces.com; Southern California Edison, Caroline Choi, VP Energy and Environmental Policy, www.sces.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  SopCalEd,  Southern California Edison,  NEC Energy Solutions,  


    POET-DSM Plans Enzyme Manufacturing at Project Liberty (Ind. Report)
    POET-DSM,Project Liberty
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels reports it will construct an on-site enzyme manufacturing (OSM) facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals. The facility will be integrated into the Project Liberty technology package, replicable in future facilities. For Project Liberty, a cellulosic ethanol production from corn stover facility, the OSM will directly pipe enzymes into the Liberty production process without requiring downstream processing, stabilizers and other chemicals required for enzyme transportation.

    New enzymes developed by DSM are also expected to improve effectiveness of the enzyme mix, further reducing costs for the process. CRB has been awarded the contract for the design, engineering and construction management. Basic engineering is complete, and construction is expected to begin in late spring or early summer.

    POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC, is a 50/50 joint venture between Royal DSM and POET, LLC. Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the company is a cooperative effort of two innovators that provides a key to unlocking the opportunity of converting corn crop residue into cellulosic bio-ethanol. an integrated technology package for the conversion of corn crop residue to cellulosic bio-ethanol. (Source: POET-DSM Various Media, EIN, 16 Feb., 2017) Contact: POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, Steve Hartig, General Manager, (630) 780-8171, steve.hartig@dsm.com, www.poetdsm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET-DSM,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Project Liberty,  


    Staceyville, Maine Woody Biomass Plant Reopening in June (Ind. Report)
    Sherman Development,42 Railroad Ave LLC
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Falkville, Alabama-headquartered 42 Railroad Ave LLC reports it will purchase the 24 MW Turbine/21 MW woody biomass power plant in Staceyville, Maine, formerly operated by Sherman Development, for an unspecified amount from Niagara Worldwide LLC.

    The company plans to rebuild the power plant's turbine, activate new transmission lines and build a rotary kiln to produce more than 100 tpd of activated carbon. When fully operational, the plant will utilize over 700 tpd of woody biomass for fuel. The approximate $10 million refit should be be completed and the plant should be running by the end of June 2017. 42 Railroad Ave LLC develops heavy industrial and small-town revitalization projects. (Source: 42 Railroad Ave LLC , Portland Press Herald, 16 Feb., 2017) Contact: 42 Railroad Ave LLC, Steven Johnson, CEO, (207) 538-1067, stevenjohnson@42railroadavellc.com, http://www.42railroadavellc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


    Enel's Renewables Capacity Up 124 pct in 2016 (Ind. Report)
    Enel Green Energy
    Date: 2017-02-15
    Enel Green Power reports that in 2016 it added 2,018 MW for a 124 pct increase from around 900 MW capacity added in 2015. Much of the new capacity was added in developing markets like Brazil, Mexico, Chile and South Africa.

    In Chile, the company, through a subsidiary, added 542 MW of solar and wind energy projects while in Brazil Enel commissioned the 102 MW Apiacas hydropower park. In Peru, Enel Green Power Peru is developing a 160 MW solar power project for commissioning later this year. In Mexico the company commissioned a cumulative capacity of 229 MW and added 573 MW of renewable energy capacity in the United States. (Source: Enel Global Renewable Energies, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Enel Global Renewable Energies, Francesco Venturini, www.enel.com, Enel Green Power North America, Rafael Gonzalez, CEO, (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

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


    Gamesa Plans $2.6Bn Investment in Indian Renewables (Int'l)
    Gamesa
    Date: 2017-02-15
    Spanish renewable energy giant Gamesa's Indian subsidiary Gamesa Renewable reports it will invest $2.6 billion to establish 2.500 MW of utility-scale wind and solar power projects in India's southern Andhra Pradesh state.

    According to Gamesa, it will likely acquire land and collaborate with interested investors and industries, and will be responsible for the construction, commissioning, operations, and maintenance of the projects.

    The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) aims to increase the state's electric power production to 25.25 pct of total capacity not later than March, 2022. (Source: Gamesa, CleanTechnica, Others, 17 Feb., 2017)Contact: Gamesa, +34 948 771 000, www.gamesacorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gamesa,  India Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    AVANGRID's Amazon Wind Farm US East Operational (Ind. Report)
    Avangrid Renewables
    Date: 2017-02-15
    AVANGRID Renewables is reporting that the Amazon Wind Farm US East at Desert Wind, the first commercial-scale wind farm in North Carolina, came online in December, 2016, and is now generating power at capacity. The facility's 104 wind turbines will generate sufficient electric power for as many as 61,000 homes.

    Under the terms of PPA with Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, the energy generated will be delivered into the electrical grid that supplies both current and future AWS Cloud data centers. (Source: AVANGRID Renewables, , PR, 10 Feb., 2017) Contact: AVANGRID Inc., James P. Torgerson, Pres., CEO; AVANGRID Renewables U.S. , Frank Burkhartsmeyer, CEO, (503) 796-7000, www.avangrid.com

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


    NRG, HECO Revive Defunct SunEdison Solar PPAs (Ind. Report)
    NRG, Hawaiian Electric,SunEdison
    Date: 2017-02-15
    NRG Energy and Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) report the signing of 22-yyear power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the former SunEdison Lanikuhana solar plant and the Waipio solar facilities on Oahu. SunEdison had PPAs for the projects, but they were cancelled by HECO when SunEdison declared bankruptcy.

    The 14.7 MW Lanikuhana solar plant will provide electricity at $0.114/kWh and the 45.9 MW Waipio solar plant will supply electricity at $0.104/kWh, inclusive of the state tax credit.

    NRG and HECO are also working toward a PPA for the 49 MW Kawailoa solar farm also on Oahu. All three projects are due online in 2019. (Source: HECO, UtilityDive, Others, 7 Feb., 2017)Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, shelee.kimura@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com; NRG Energy Inc., (609) 524-4500, www.nrgenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRG Energy,  Hawaiian Electric,  SunEdison,  Solar,  


    Quebec Investing in Cascades' Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    Cascades Inc.
    Date: 2017-02-15
    In Quebec, container board and packaging manufacturer Cascades Inc. is confirming the Government of Quebec's commitment of $5.2 million in financial aid to two energy efficiency projects totaling $11.3 million at Cascade's Containerboard Packaging - Cabano plant.

    The projects involve the modification of two residual forest biomass boilers. One boiler will be upgraded with automated controls. The second project involves installation a new combustion chamber and combustion air pre-heater for improved boiler performance and efficiency. (Source: Cascades Inc., Yahoo Finance, 10 Feb., 2017) Contact: Cascades Inc., Hugo D'Amours, VP Public Affairs, (819) 363-5164, hugo_damours@cascades.com, www.cascades.com; Quebec Office of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, (418) 643-7295; Office of the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, (418) 521-3911, http://politiqueenergetique.gouv.qc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Biomass Boiler,  


    China Easily Remains Global Wind Energy Leader (Ind. Report)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2017-02-15
    According to recently released Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) statistics, China installed a total of 23 gigawatts of wind energy in 2016, bringing the global cumulative total up to nearly 487 GW. In terms of new installations, China was followed by the United States, Germany, and India. Also making strong performances in 2016 were France, Turkey, and the Netherlands.

    However, even though it was a strong year, 2016's installations nevertheless fell well behind on the record levels of 2015, which saw the global wind energy industry install 63 GW and China install 30.5 GW. (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, CleanTechnica, Others, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, +32 2213 1897, www.gwec.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Wind Energy Council,  Wind,  


    Ann Arbor Plans 2030 District Participation (Ind. Report)
    2030 District
    Date: 2017-02-15
    Property owners and managers in Ann Arbor, Michigan are seeking to join the 2030 District program, a unique private-public partnership formed with the goal of a 50 pct reduction in energy usage, water consumption and transportation emissions.

    Ann Arbor's 2030 District, currently categorized as "emerging," recently received a $15,000 grant from Architecture 2030 and Summit Foundation as a match to various local commitments. Ann Arbon's 2030 District aims to build the founding membership of property owners and managers, professional service providers and community stakeholders for an official 2030 District launch by the end of 2017. The Ann Arbor district also plans to begin hosting events to showcase local and regional high-performing projects while aligning buildings with the technical assistance necessary to monitor of their energy use. The new district will also leverage the private sector in meeting Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan goal of cutting carbon emissions 25 pct by 2025 and 90 pct by 2050.

    Albuquerque, Austin, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Grand Rapids, Ithaca, Loas ANgeles, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Portland Me., San Francisco, Stamford, Seattle and Toronto are all 2300 District participant cities. (Source: mLive, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: 2030 District, www.2030districts.org

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    NYC Multifamily Buildings Cut Energy Consumption, Improve Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Metered New York
    Date: 2017-02-15
    In the Big Apple, Metered New York -- part of the Urban Green Council -- is reporting the release of electric meter data from large apartment buildings and commercial structures in New York City. Almost 6,000 multifamily buildings -- almost two-thirds of the total in the city -- submitted energy, occupancy and operational data.

    The data found that between 2010 and 2013 buildings in the city cut energy consumption by 6 pct and carbon emissions by between 6 pct and 8 percent. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent or more in 10 years. (Source: Energy Manager, Metered New York, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Metered New York, http://metered.urbangreencouncil.org; New York Urban Green Council (212) 514-9385, www.urbangreencouncil.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Metered New York,  New York Urban Green Council,  


    Poet's SD Ethanol Production Tops 1 Bn Gal. Mark (Ind. Report)
    Poet LLC
    Date: 2017-02-15
    Souix Falls, South Dakota-headquartered ethanol producer Poet Inc reports its corn ethanol plant in Chancellor, South Dakota, reached a production milestone of 1 billion gallons of high-quality ethanol in 2016. The Chancellor facility was also the first Poet plant to hit 500 million gallons, a benchmark achieved in 2011.

    The plant, which processes more than 100,000 bpd of corn, is equipped with cutting-edge technologies allowing it to use green energy derived from solid waste and methane gas from the nearby Sioux Falls city landfill. (Source: POET, PR, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380, www.ethanolproducts.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  


    Biofuels Market 2016-2021 -- Trends, Drivers, Strategies, Applications and Competitive Landscape -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-02-15
    Biofuels Market report provides a basic overview of the Biofuels including definitions, classifications, applications and market Sales chain structure. The Biofuels Market report enlists several important factors, starting from the basics to advanced market intelligence which play a crucial part in strategizing.

    Various details about the manufacturing process such as market drivers, impact of drivers, market challenges and impact of drivers and challenges, market trends, vendor landscape analysis, and so on, is discussed in the report.

    A complete analysis of the competitive landscape of the Biofuels market is provided in the report. This section includes company profiles of market key players. The profiles include contact information, gross, capacity, product details of each firm, price, and cost are covered.

    In this Biofuels Market report analysis, traders and distributors analysis is given along with contact details. For material and equipment suppliers also, contact details are given. Production plants, their capacities, global production and revenue are studied. Also, the Biofuels Market growth in various regions and R&D status are also covered.

    Inquiry for Buying Report HERE; Get a PDF Sample of Biofuels Market Research Report HERE, (Source: Absolute Reports, PR, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: Absolute Reports, Ameya Pingaley, (408) 520-9750, sales@absolutereports.com, www.absolutereports.com

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