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$34Mn Biogas Plant Propose for Southern Russia (Int'l)

Date: 2017-02-15
In Russia, Kubnews is reporting a 332 million cubic mpy biogas production facility is being proposed for construction in the Kanev region,Southern Russia. The project is expected to cost 2 billion rubles ($34 million). As expected, project details are not presently available. (Source: Construction.RU, Kunbews, 14 Feb., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  

UK Firms Collaborating on Coffee-Waste Bioenergy (Int'l Report)
Caffe Nero,bio-bean,Biomass
Date: 2017-02-15
In the UK, Caffe Nero has unveiled plans to recycle coffee grounds from 122 of its London stores to make low-carbon fuel. The scheme is a collaborative effort between the coffee chain and clean technology company bio-bean.

According to the company, one tonne of waste coffee grounds can create 245 litres of biodiesel, enough to fill four cars. The company also claims that 218 tonnes of used coffee grounds can be processed into 98 tonnes of biomass pellets -- sufficient to heat 435 homes for a year. In addition to the production of 'coffee logs' for woodburners and biomass pellets for biomass boilers, bio-bean is now developing a system to convert the oils from coffee waste in to biodiesel for vehicles. (Source: Caffe Nero, Various Media, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Caffe Nero, Matt Spencer, Commercial Director, +44 117 929 4992,; BioBean, +44 203 744 6500, +44 (0) 7979 495640,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Caffe Nero,  bio-bean,  Biomass Pellet,  

AkzoNobel Cuts CO2 Emissions in Netherlands by 100,000 tpy (Int'l)
Date: 2017-02-15
Following on our Sept. 18, 2016 coverage, the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, Eneco and Groningen Seaports are reporting the opening of a CHP facility to supply steam from scrap woody biomass to AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals park at Delfzijl. Using steam , 10 pct of AkzoNobel's energy consumption in the Netherlands now comes from renewable sources, resulting in 100,000 tpy reduction in CO2 emissions, according to AkzoNobel. Together, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Eneco and Groningen Seaports jointly invested around €40 million in the project. (Source: AkzoNobel , 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AkzoNobel,  Woody Biomass,  Carbon Emissions,  

Biotechnology Tax Credits Proposed in Illinois (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-02-15
In Decatur, lawmakers are considering a proposal that would offer tax credits as incentives to Illinois companies that produce and sell new manufactured products such as renewable-biochemicals, food additives and cellulosic-advanced biofuels, made from biomass feedstocks.

If passed into law, the tax credit would be part of the Illinois Economic Development for a Growing Economy corporate tax incentive program, which has been extended through April. (Source: Beloit Daily News, Others, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Illinois Economic Development for a Growing Economy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Biotechnology,  GHG,  Climate Change,  

Aussie Solar, Hydro Energy Storage Project Underway (Int'l)
ARENA,Clean Energy Finance Corp., Genex Power
Date: 2017-02-15
In the Land Down Under, Sydney-based renewable energy and energy storage specialist Genex Power Ltd. reports it has secured a total of $100 million (AUS) ($76.8 million) in funding from the Clean Energy Finance Corp. (CEFC) and Societe Generale for the first phase of construction of a solar energy project in Kidston, Queensland. CEFC is providing $54 million of debt financing and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is adding $8.85 million in grant funding.

Upon completion of the first phase in Q1 of 2018, the solar power plant is expected to generate 145.9 GWh per year of electricity, which is sufficient for about 26,500 homes.

The company has now finalized funding for all EPC and O&M requirements of the project, which will eventually be expanded to include a 250 MW pumped hydro storage installation. Genex has begun construction of the first phase of the project and is now seeking financing support for the second phase, according to a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange. (Source: Genex Power, Clean Energy Finance Corp., PV Mag, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, 011 +61 2 6243 7773,,; Clean Energy Finance Corp.,; Genex Power Lid.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ARENA,  Clean Energy Finance Corp.,  Solar,  Genex Power,  

Narada Completes 1st Chinese Commercialized Energy Storage System ( Int'l, Ind. Report)
Narada Power Source
Date: 2017-02-15
In Hanghai, China, international energy storage specialist Narada Power Source Co., Ltd. reports the completion of the first commercialized Energy Storage System (ESS) in China for GCL Silicon.

Narada acted as an EPC to provide overall design, procurement, construction and system integration service, and will provide electric power consumption management, operation and ongoing maintenance. Narada is presently working on a Chinese ESS system with a total capacity of 15MW/120MWh. (Source: Narada Power Source Co., PR, Jasn., 2017) Contact: Narada Power Source, Walter. Jin, +86-18917365151,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Narada Power Source,  Energy Storage ,  

EIB Commits €15Mn to Estonian Ultracapacitor Maker (Int'l)
European Investment Bank,Skeleton Technologies
Date: 2017-02-15
The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it will provide €15 million financing to Estonian graphene-based ultracapacitor developer Skeleton Technologies. The funds will help the company ramp up investments in manufacturing and R&D to increase competitive advantage at component level.

Skeleton Technologies plans to become a full-scaled energy storage systems provider offering end-to-end hybrid energy solutions, and to launch an electrode production facility near Dresden, Germany. To date the company has raised approximately €41.7 million. (Source: EIB, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Skeleton Technologies, Taavi Madiberk, CEO,,; EIB, Jonathan Taylor, VP, +352 43 791,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Skeleton Technologies,  Ultracapacitor,  Energy Storage,  

AFPM Opposes Republican Carbon Tax Proposal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
Date: 2017-02-15
The following is the statement given by The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President and CEO Chet Thompson released the following statement on recent calls for a U.S. carbon Tax:

"Imposing a carbon tax would go directly against President Trump's commitment to create American jobs and an 'America First' policy by driving investment, energy development and jobs overseas, and would hurt those who can least afford increased energy costs the most.

"Furthermore, the notion that a carbon tax would be returned directly to American taxpayers in the form of a rebate is naive, and I'm confident that President Trump understands the negative impacts this tax would have throughout the economy."

AFPM is a national trade association representing more than 400 companies that encompass virtually all U.S. refining and petrochemical manufacturing capacity. (Source: AFPM, Fuel Marketer News, Feb., 2017)Contact: AFPM, Chet Thompson, Pres., CEO, (202) 457-0480,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers,  Carbon Tax,  

Oklahoma Third in State Wind Production Rankings (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-02-15
According to AWEA, the Sooner State has leapfrogged California to become the third ranked state in terms of wind energy production. The third place ranking -- behind Texas and Iowa -- comes in the midst of a debate on a possible tax on wind energy and the role of wind incentives in Oklahoma's future energy economy. (Source: The Oklahoman, AWEA, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO, Lindsay North, Media Relations and Outreach, (202) 431-4587,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  AWEA,  

Hawaiian Energy Co-op Ahead of Renewables Schedule (Ind. Report)
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative
Date: 2017-02-15
In the Aloha State, the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative utility reports it is well ahead of schedule and has met its goal of generating 50 pct of its energy from renewables by 2023, and now, on the heels of that success, aims to generate 70 pct of its energy from renewables by 2030.

To meet its goal, the co-op has updated its strategic plan ranging from controlling costs and developing smartgrid technology to wildlife conservation reducing greenhouse emissions. The updated strategic plan includes: holding controllable cost increases at or below inflation; maintaining system reliability at 99.96 pct or better; establishing a rate structure that is fair between classes of members and encourages usage during lowest-cost periods; addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse emissions, adapting to local impacts and developing mitigation measures to protect assets; and obtaining long-term incidental federal and state permits that set requirements for conservation of endangered bird species.

The co-op will continue investing in energy storage and other technologies to maintain or improve operations, with the eventual goal of a 100 pct renewable future. (Source: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, Cooperative News, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, David Bissell, Pres., CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kauai Island Utility Cooperative,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

CO2 Solutions Scores Algae Enhancing Enzymes Order (Ind. Report)
CO2 Solutions
Date: 2017-02-15
Quebec City-headquartered enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology specialist CO2 Solutions Inc. is reporting receipt of a $37,500 purchase order from a third party for carbonic anhydrase enzyme (CA) for use in CO2 capture and enhanced algae growth for biofuel products. Order details were not disclosed.

Algae cultivation and processing is considered an environmentally attractive method to produce biofuel and other value-added bio-products. (Source: CO2 Solutions Inc., PR, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  Enzymes,  Biofuel,  

Northrop Grumman Plant Wins LEED Gold Cert. (Ind. Report)
The Austin Company,Northrop Grumman,USGBC
Date: 2017-02-15
The Austin Company, a national design, engineering, construction, and location consulting firm reports it has scored USGBC LEED Gold Certification of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems' Building 100 in St. Augustine, Florida. This follows the 2015 award of LEED Silver Certification to Northrop Grumman's Building 228 in Melbourne, Florida.

Northrop Grumman's Building 100 is a large, highly specialized manufacturing facility featuring:

  • Solar power generation via a film applied directly onto the insulated metal-panel roof system. The solar photovoltaic system generates an average of 312kW of power each day, offsetting a significant amount of the facility's power requirements;

  • A high level of overall energy and water efficiency, including a high-performance building envelope, premium efficiency mechanical equipment, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, and LED lighting. Overall, the building is 40 pct more efficient in energy operating cost than a standard facility of this type;

  • Translucent panels in the manufacturing high bay provide natural light;

  • Preserved wetlands and trees that function as part of the site's drainage system. Combined with a new retention pond, these ecological systems provide irrigation to the site's native landscaping and add to the feel of the outdoor environment;

  • Concrete parking areas provide lower heat island effect;

  • Showers and lockers for employees who bike to work and electric vehicle charging stations for those who drive;

  • Locally sourced construction materials (within 500 miles of the project). (Source: The Austin Co., PR, Aerospace, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: Northrop Grumman,; The Austin Company,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

  • SoCalGas Pilot Biogas Project Scores $1.2Mn Funding (Funding)
    Date: 2017-02-15
    In Los Angeles, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports its pilot hydrothermal wastewater processing project has been awarded $1.2 million in U.S. DOE funding. SoCalGas is part of a consortium conducting the pilot, which will be required to share the cost at a minimum of 50 percent in order to receive federal funds. The consortium is being led by the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation.

    The pilot project will use hydrothermal processing technology to convert wastewater solids into methane -- renewable natural gas as well as liquid fuels. SoCalGas will help oversee the project's design and assist in obtaining state and federal regulatory approvals and incentives. The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, near Oakland, California, will host the pilot system.

    The consortium includes the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, which represents many of the 16,000 wastewater systems in the U.S. The consortium also includes Genifuel Corp. with technology from DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Merrick & Co., Tesoro Corp., Metro Vancouver, MicroBio Engineering, Brown and Caldwell, and several utility partners. (Source: Southern California Gas Company, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  SoCalGas,  Methane,  Renewable Natural Gas,  

    Gevo, HCS Ink Isooctane Supply Letter of Intent (Ind. Report)
    GEVO,Haltermann Carless
    Date: 2017-02-15
    US advanced biofuels company has announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with HCS Holding (HCS) to supply isooctane under a five-year offtake agreement.

    HCS is a manufacturer of specialty products and solutions in the hydrocarbons sector, operating under the brands Haltermann Carless, ETS Racing Fuels and EOS. Haltermann Carless, one of the oldest companies in the world of chemistry, is expected to be the direct customer with Gevo under the proposed offtake agreement.

    It is the intent of Gevo and HCS to establish further offtake arrangements for other products such as Gevo's alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) and isobutanol. HCS is expected to market and distribute Gevo's products globally on a non-exclusive basis. (Source: GEVO, 2017 February 13, 2017) Contact: GEVO Inc., Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358,,; Haltermann Carless,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  

    Equate, Maersk Partner to Sink Maritime CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
    Equate Petrochemical,Maersk Line
    Date: 2017-02-15
    EQUATE Petrochemical Company, a global producer of petrochemicals, and Maersk Line are reporting an agreement to decrease maritime CO2 emissions. The agreement, which is the first of its kind in Kuwait, is based on the two organizations' sustainability priorities to protect and safeguard the environment by decreasing CO2 emissions. The agreement also confirms an aspiration to reduce EQUATE's CO2 emissions per container transported with Maersk Line by 15 pct from 2017 to 2020. The collaboration has already decreased CO2 emissions by over 35 pct through investments in environmentally improved vessels, network optimization, space utilization and other innovative best practices. (Source: Maersk Line, Port News, 13 Feb., 2017)Contact: Equate Petrochemical,; Maersk Line,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maersk Line,  Carbon Emissions,  Maritime Emissions,  

    Red Hook Pursuing Carbon Neutrality with $100K Grant (Funding)
    New York Clean Energies Communities
    Date: 2017-02-15
    In the Empire State, Officials in the Town of Red Hook (pop. 2,100+-) report receipt of $100,000 in grant funding from the New York Clean Energies Communities program.

    The grant will be used for energy efficiency improvements and to make the the municipal campus, including the Town Hall and highways garage, net carbon neutral.

    Over the past two years, the town launched a campaign to promote and convert city lighting to energy efficient LEDs, solar installations on residential and commercial properties, training for town and village officials on code compliance of energy efficiency regulations, conduct and inventory of energy use in municipal buildings, and to develop an approval process for issuing permits to install solar equipment.

    Ongoing efforts to improve municipal energy efficiency began last year with an inventory of electricity use in town buildings. (Source: Town of Red Hook, Daily Freeman News, 12 Feb., 2017) Contact: Town of Red Hook, Robert McKeon, Supervisor,, (845) 758-4622,; New York Clean Energies Communities,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  New York Clean Energies Communities,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Revolution Lighting Wins School LED Retrofit Contract (Ind. Report)
    Revolution Lighting Technologies
    Date: 2017-02-13
    Stamford, Ct.-based energy efficient LED lighting specialist Revolution Lighting Technologies is reporting its operating divisions-- Energy Source and Tri-State LED -- have received approximately $4 million in turnkey LED lighting contracts in New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

    The projects include installation of high performance LED tubes and Eco thin panel fixtures that deliver superior efficiency to reduce lighting energy use by more than 60 pct. (Source: Revolution Lighting, PR, 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: Revolution Lighting, Robert V. LaPenta, CEO, (877) 578-2536,,

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

    Northern Highlands Efficiency Upgrades Underway (Ind. Report)
    Northern Highlands Regional High School
    Date: 2017-02-13
    Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, New Jersey reports it will begin installing rooftop solar panels, energy efficient windows, LED lighting and other energy efficient upgrades next month.

    The improvements will come at no additional cost to taxpayers and will largely pay for themselves in energy savings over the next 15 years, according to school officials. The projects are being financed under provisions of a state law that authorizes public entities to implement an Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) if the savings generated from reduced energy use will be sufficient to cover the cost of the program's measures. The total cost of the energy efficiency upgrades is approximately $5 million. The projects will result in $4.65 million in energy savings over the next 15 years.

    Honeywell is in the process of preparing bids for the various energy conservation measures. Greenskies Renewable Energy, LLC, the company awarded the solar paneling project, arranged for financing of the $2 million project. (Source: Northern Highlands Regional High School,, 10 Feb., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Osram Acquires Energy Efficient Lighting Services Provider (M&A)
    Date: 2017-02-13
    In Germany, Munich-headquartered Osram is reporting its acquisition of Houston, Texas-based Maneri-Agraz Enterprises, a national provider of energy-efficient lighting solutions in commercial and industrial facilities. Maneri-Agraz's client base includes large food and beverage manufacturing and distribution facilities, technology, aerospace and other facilities.

    Maneri-Agraz will be incorporated into Osram's service division Sylvania Lighting Solutions (SLS). (Source: Osram, PR, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: Osram, Philipp Grontzki, +49 89 6213-2129,, Ellen Slingsby, (978) 854-7794,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Light,  

    Congressman (R) Wants RFS, Biofuels Mandate Reforms (Reg & Leg)
    Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2017-02-13
    In Washington, Wisconsin (Republican) Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner's office reports the congressman has tabled two bills aimed at reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the national biofuels mandate. Sensenbrenner is calling for additional study and evaluation of the "ever increasing" ethanol mandate and to ensure EPA's volume obligations for biofuels are based in reality.

    The first bill, the comprehensive mid-level ethanol assessment legislation, requires the National Academy of Sciences to provide a comprehensive assessment of research on the implications of the use of mid-level ethanol blends -- fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol by volume -- compared to gasoline blends containing 10 percent or zero percent ethanol. The study will evaluate the performance, safety, and environmental impact of mid-level ethanol blended fuels.

    The second bill focuses on cellulosic biofuel assessment. This legislation relaxes the EPA's volume requirements for cellulosic biofuel under the RFS to what is commercially available until the National Academy of Sciences submits to Congress a report on the environmental and economic impacts of cellulosic biofuel, and the feasibility of large scale commercial production.

    These common sense bills ensure that hardworking American fuel consumers are not needlessly subjected to ineffectual and burdensome government regulations. (Source: Wisc. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, PR, Feb., 2017) Contact: Wisc. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standards,  RFS,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  

    Fourth Quarter 2016 U.S. Wind Industry Market Report -- AWEA Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-02-13
    The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is reporting that the U.S. installed a total of 8,203 MW of wind power in 2016, 6,478 MW of which was installed in Q4 of the year -- the second strongest quarter for wind energy installations ever. Wind energy has now surpassed hydropower dams to become the largest source of renewable electric power capacity in the country, and the fourth largest source overall, with a total of 82,183 MW.

    A Throughout 2016, 19 US states commissioned a total of 47 projects during the Q4 alone, with Texas leading the way with 1,790 MW, followed by Oklahoma with 1,192 MW, Kansas with 615 MW, North Dakota with 603 MW, and Iowa with 551 MW. Overall, Oklahoma has now surpassed California to become the third-ranking state in the nation with over 6,600 MW worth of installed wind energy capacity.

    Access AWEA's Fourth Quarter 2016 U.S. Wind Industry Market Report HERE. (Source: AWEA, 9 Feb., 2017) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  AWEA,  

    Alberta Announces $60Mn in Bioenergy Industry Funding (Funding)
    Date: 2017-02-13
    In oil soaked Alberta, the Environment Minister Hon. Shannon Phillips (NDP) reports the provincial government is doling out $60 million from its carbon tax revenues to help bioenergy producers in the province. The money will support 500 direct jobs in an industry it says powers the equivalent of 200,000 homes and contributes $800 million to the provincial economy.

    The money is short-term funding to "keep operations going" while it looks at ways to keep the sector sustainable in the long run. Under the program, producers receive credits for their products. Those producing first-generation biofuels, for example, will receive $0.10 per litre for the first 150 million litres produced. That drops to $0.06 per litre for anything over 150 million litres. In 2006, the then-Progressive-Conservative government offered $239 million to the industry. (Source: Gov't. of Alberta, Press Release, CBC, 9 Feb., 2017) Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Environment Minister Shannon Phillips ,  

    RIC Comments on Renewable Fuels, Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Industries Canada
    Date: 2017-02-13
    According to a recent Renewable Industries Canada (RIC)release, for more than three decades, Renewable Industries Canada (RIC) has been the lead association representing Canada's biofuels and bio-based industries, which provide clean and innovative technologies that have contributed to curbing the growth of GHG emissions. Ten years ago, the federal government introduced renewable fuels regulations that required gasoline to be retailed in a blend that included 5 pct ethanol and petroleum diesel to be blended with 2 pct biodiesel. Some provinces have set their own volumetric requirements for ethanol in gasoline that exceed the federal government's requirements, such as Manitoba at 8.5 pct and Saskatchewan at 7.5 pct.

    The existing volumetric requirements on renewable fuels have had an effect equivalent to removing 1 million vehicles from Canada's roads every year. These gains have been achieved without any required change in driving behavior or increased consumer cost. Analysis of life-cycle GHG emissions has shown that ethanol can burn up to 62 pct cleaner than pure gasoline and that biodiesel is up to 99 pct cleaner than petroleum diesel, not to mention the economic benefits that our $3.5 billion industry has brought to the Canadian economy. Renewable Industries Canada is therefore advocating for the increased volumetric requirements with an inclusion of up to 10 pct ethanol, and 5 pct biodiesel. These measures would remove the equivalent of an additional 1 million vehicles from the nation's highways.

    According to the USDA, the U.S. renewable fuel standard (RFS) has resulted in the cumulative CO2 savings of 354 million metric tons over the period of implementation, and U.S. GHG emissions associated with corn-based ethanol are about 43 pct lower than gasoline -- comparable to reducing GHG emissions in the U.S. transportation sector by as much as 35.5 million metric tpy. Increased volumetric requirements also provide market certainty and business opportunity. In Ontario, biodiesel producer BIOX acquired an additional facility that had been shuttered, thanks to the province's Greener Diesel Mandate. At IGPC Ethanol Inc., construction begins this spring on a project that is intended to double production, due to the province's announced intention to increase renewable fuel content in gasoline as part of its climate action plan. Ontario also recently launched consultations aimed at further reducing emissions from gasoline by an additional 5 percent. Ethanol is sure to figure prominently in this equation, and our industry looks forward to continued momentum on both sides of the border. (Source: Renewable Industries Canada, Jim Grey, Chair, 10 Feb., 2017) Contact: Renewable Industries Canada, IGPC Ethanol Inc., (51( 765-2575,; Renewable Industries Canada,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Industries Canada,  IGPC Ethanol,  

    MMPA Adds More Winds to Renewable Power Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
    Date: 2017-02-13
    In Minneapolis, electric power wholesaler Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) is reporting the addition of power from Sempra's 78-MW Black Oak Getty Wind Farm in Stearns County to its renewables portfolio.

    The agency's renewable energy portfolio also includes 44 MW of wind energy from the Oak Glen Wind Farm, 8 MW of bioenergy from Hometown BioEnergy, and renewable energy purchases from other utilities. MMPA signed a long-term contract with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power for the output of the Black Oak Getty Wind Farm. The wind farm, comprised of 39 wind turbines, entered commercial operation in December 2016.

    MMPA wholesales electricity to its member communities who in turn deliver and sell that electricity to the residential and business customers in their communities. Minnesota's Renewable Energy Standard requires 25 pct of the Agency's energy to come from renewable sources by 2025. (Source: Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: MMPA, (612) 349-6868.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Municipal Power Agency ,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

    Vestas Seals 100MW Argentinian Wind Deal (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-02-13
    Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports it will supply and install 100 MW of onshore wind power capacity under the terms of a contract from Argentinian energy company Pampa Energia subsidiary Greenwind. Details of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, as well as a 10-year service agreement, have not been fully revealed.

    The 29 turbines for the Corti wind farm in Bahia Blanca are expected to be delivered in Q3 for commissioning in Q2 of 2018, according to Vestas. The Danish firm has secured 225 MW in Argentinian orders since last December, including contracts from Genneia and YPF Energia Electrica -- a subsidiary of YPF Oil Co. To meet growing demand Vestas opened an office in Buenos Aires last year. (Source: Vestas, Kallanish Energy, 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Onshore Wind,  

    RES Group Deploying Sereema's Windfarm Data Technology (Int'l)
    RES Group,Sereema
    Date: 2017-02-13
    Renewables company RES Group reports it will utilize a Windfit windpower monitoring and data collection data technology at one of its wind farms in France.

    The Windfit solution, which was developed by the Montpellier, France-headquartered company Sereema, is designed to help operators optimize energy production and maintenance strategies for wind farms. Using embedded sensors, Windfit boxes measure wind turbine activity and automatically transmit the information to a cloud platform. Using dedicated algorithms, it then processes the data in real time with the aim of providing a better understanding of the conditions of operation and to allow for a more effective diagnosis of the settings necessary for optimal yield on any windfarm. RES will deploy Windfit group at the Claves windfarm in the south of France, which is equipped with six turbines of 1.75 MW.

    RES is the world's largest independent renewable energy company with a 12 GW portfolio and the expertise to develop, engineer, construct, finance, and operate projects around the globe. RES is active in a range of energy technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission, according to the RES website. (Source: RES Group, PEI, 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: RES Group,; Sereema, +33 4 1193 2937,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RES Group,  Wind,  Sereema,  

    Rhode Island Bill Calls for State Carbon Tax (Reg. & Leg.)
    National Caucus of Environmental Legislators,
    Date: 2017-02-13
    In Rhode Island, members of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) have tabled carbon tax legislation -- H 5369 -- in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The bill includes a trigger clause that neighboring states must enact similar policies for the legislation to go into effect. To that end, Rhode Island NCEL members are working with and supporting NCEL legislators in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New York on similar efforts, according to an NCEL release.

    According to NCEL Executive Director Jeff Mauk, 'Signals now being sent from Washington, D.C. make it clear that it is up to the states to take the lead on climate action and to lay the groundwork for a new energy economy that benefits all Americans." NCEL member and Connecticut State Representative Jonathan Steinberg added the following statement: "Your Connecticut colleagues applaud Rhode Island's commitment to protecting the health of all of us across New England by considering this carbon-pricing plan. Along with our neighbors in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York, we hope to join Rhode Island in forging regional leadership on carbon pricing policy which will ultimately benefit our citizens for generations to come." (Source: National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, PR, 2 Feb., 2017) Contact: National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Jeff Mauk, Exec. Dir., (202) 744-1006,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    Former GOP Heavyweights Want Obama's Clean Power Plan Replaced with Carbon Tax (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Date: 2017-02-13
    James Baker III, former Secretary of State under President George H.W. Bush, past Secretary of State George Schultz and former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr. are reportedly among a group of formerly prominent Republican politicos calling for the imposition of a national carbon tax that would replace the former Obama administration's contentious Clean Power Plan. The proposed carbon tax would be returned to consumers as a "carbon dividend" and spent at their discretion to cover the expected $0.36 per rise in the cost of gasoline.

    The former heavyweights took their proposal right to the top and pitched it to the First Daughter Ivanka, Trump's number-one son in law Jared Kushner and V.P. Mike Pence. Baker is being widely quoted as saying "It's really important that we Republicans have a seat at the table when people start talking about climate change. I don't accept the idea that it's all man made, but I do accept that the risks are sufficiently great that we need to have an insurance policy (when it comes to climate change)."

    The plan also reportedly calls for "border adjustments" -- Mexico and Canada? -- to increase the cost of products from countries that do not have a similar tax. At $40 per ton, the carbon tax plan could raise as much as $300 billion in revenue. The proposal would also protect fossil fuel companies from legal action for any past or future environmental damages. (Source: Breitbart , NY Times, TPM, Various Others, 8 Feb., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Clean Power Plan,  

    Bethlehem Considers City Climate Change Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
    Date: 2017-02-13
    In the former steel city of Bethlhem, Pennsylvania, City Council last week passed a resolution calling for the creation of a voluntary climate action plan to reduce emissions and fight climate change.

    The broadly supported plan calls for a working group of city officials, experts at local colleges and other community members to devise strategies over the next year by which the city could shrink its carbon footprint. The city will also examine what other cities have done, analyze its own carbon emissions and suggest best practices the city could employ to promote energy conservation and sustainability in municipal operations.

    Bethlehem is a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy which argues that cities, which account for 70 pct of the world's emissions, can have a significant impact on reducing pollution. Since 2014, 512 cities representing 433 million people have signed on to the Compact of Mayors to reduce carbon emissions.. (Source: Bethlehem Morning Call, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy news,  

    Consolidated Edison Acquires Disputed SD Wind Projects (M&A)
    Consolidated Edison Development,Northwestern Energy
    Date: 2017-02-13
    Consolidated Edison Development reports it has received approval Friday to take over a complaint filed with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission against Northwestern Energy. The complaint asks the PUC to determine the actual avoided cost that would be the maximum Northwestern would have to pay for the power.

    Consolidated Edison purchased a company that has been attempting to force Northwestern to purchase electricity from three , 20-MW or less wind energy sites located in Aurora, Davison, and Brule Counties. The forced purchase is legal under a federal law. The sides have been negotiating since 2015.

    Consolidated Edison Development has a 55-turbine wind farm in Campbell County and an 11-turbine wind farm known as Oak Tree in Clark County. (Source: Consolidated Edison, Daily Republic, 10 Feb., 2017)Contact: Consolidated Edison Development,,; Northwestern Energy, Bob Rowe, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Northwestern Energy,  Consolidated Edison Development,  Wind,  

    Fairfax County Va. Touts GHG Reduction Success (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-02-13
    In the Old Dominion State, Fairfax County environmental coordinator Kambiz Agazi reports the county achieved a 10 pct reduction per capita of greenhouse gases in 2016. Ten years ago, the county issued it "Cool Counties Declaration" committing to work with local, state and federal governments to limit emissions and to roll back the D.C. region's overall emissions to 80 pct below 2005 levels by 2050. In 2010, local governments jointly agreed to: reduce emissions below 2005 levels by 2012; cut emissions 20 pct below 2005 levels by 2020; and reduce emissions 80 pct below 2005 levels by 2050 This includes action by individuals, businesses and governments, as well as the need for new research and technology. Electric power generation and consumption along with transportation were identified as the county's major sources of emissions. (Source: Fairfax County News Center, 10 Feb., 2017) Contact: Fairfax County, Kambiz Agazi, Environmental Coordinator, (703) 324-7329,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  GReenhouse Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  

    EU to Phaseout Duties on Chinese Solar Panel Duties (Int't)

    Date: 2017-02-13
    Meeting in Brussels, the European Union (EU) in an apparent reaction to newly installed U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist position , reports it will phase out EU anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panel imports within 18 months.

    The EU imposed the duties in 2013 after European solar panel manufacturers complained they were being forced out of business by under-priced Chinese imports. The European Commission (EC) Commission, the EU's executive arm, billed the 2013 duties as an "amicable solution" to a dispute that had threatened to become a full-blown trade war. (Source: EU, The Star, AFP, Others, 8 Feb., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  EU,  

    SCPPA, Ice Energy Seal Res. Energy Storage Deal (Ind. Report)
    Ice Energy,Southern California Public Power Authority
    Date: 2017-02-13
    Santa Barbara, Calif.-based thermal energy storage specialist Ice Energy reports it has sealed a deal with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) to provide its innovative Ice Bear 20 ice battery system for use in up to 100 residential locations.

    Under the terms of the deal, Ice Energy will replace the outdoor condensing unit of the air conditioning systems at selected homes within the area covered by SCPPA with its product. The order could potentially add 1 MW of new storage to the SCPPA network, reducing the peak demand from air conditioning and improving energy efficiency.

    Ice Energy's patented battery technology makes and stores ice during off-peak hours, then using the stored ice to cool buildings during peak hours. Installations will be performed by local contractors and will begin in the second half of the year, expecting to be completed by the year-end. Performance will then be monitored and results reported to SCPPA for further evaluation. Ice Energy's battery can reduce electricity required for cooling by 95 pct for up to 6 hours a day, according to the company. (Source: Ice Energy, PV Mag, Others, 9 Feb., 2017) Contact: Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, CEO, (877) 542-3232,,; Southern California Public Power Authority, (626) 793-9364,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  Southern California Public Power Authority,  

    Envision Solar Touts ARC™ Charger Follow-on Order (Ind. Report)
    Envision Solar International
    Date: 2017-02-13
    San Diego-based Envision Solar International, Inc., a leading renewable energy Media and Branding, and EV charging product company, is reporting receipt of a follow on Purchase Order for its EV ARC™ product on behalf of the US DOE. The follow on order has already been executed and delivered, according to the company release.

    Invented and manufactured in California, the EV ARC™ fits inside a parking space and generates sufficient solar electricity to power up to 150 miles of EV driving each day. The system's solar electrical generation is enhanced by the patented EnvisionTrak™ solar tracking system which allows the unit to generate as much as 25 pct more power than fixed solar arrays.

    EV ARC™ products are manufactured by combat veterans, the disabled, minorities and other team members. (Source: Envision Solar, Contact: Envisiopn Solar, Desmond Wheatley, CEO , (866) 746-0514,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  EV Charger,  Envision Solar International,  

    Con Ed Launches Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy Units (Ind. Report)
    Consolidated Edison Inc
    Date: 2017-02-13
    New York utility Consolidated Edison (ConEd) Inc. reports it will bring three existing companies under one legal entity named Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses Inc. The new unit will incorporate Con Edison Solutions, Con Edison Development and Con Edison Energy.

    Con Edison Solutions provides sustainability services, energy efficiency solutions and energy performance contracting to a range of commercial, industrial, residential and government customers. Con Edison Development develops, owns and operates renewable and energy infrastructure while Con Edison Energy provides energy-management services.

    Through its three subsidiaries, the Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses Inc. will develop, own and operate renewable and energy infrastructure assets and provide energy products and services to wholesale and retail customers, according to a company release. (Source: Consolidated Edison FCBJ, 9 Feb., 2017) Contact: ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consolidated Edison,  ConEd,  Energy Efficiency,  

    MnSP Planning Spiritwood ND Soybean Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Soybean Processors
    Date: 2017-02-13
    The Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) and its subsidiary North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP) are reporting plans to construct a $240 million soybean processing plant at Spiritwood, N.D. The plant would be an integrated soybean crush facility and refinery, crushing 125,000 bpd of soybeans to produce soybean meal, refined, bleached and deodorized soybean oil and biodiesel.

    MnSP, a membership cooperative that owns and operates a soybean crush facility and biodiesel operation in Brewster, Minn., plans to move forward with construction following further due diligence, necessary approvals and a successful engineering study. MnSP is working with the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission to complete the construction feasibility study. (Source: Minnesota Soybean Processors, Jamestown Sun., 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Minnesota Soybean Processors, (507) 842-6677,

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

    Sierra Energy FastOx Gasifier Pilot Project Scores $150,000 Award (Ind. Report)
    Sierra Energy
    Date: 2017-02-13
    Davis, California-based waste-to-renewable energy specialist Sierra Energy reports receipt of a $150,000 Roddenberry Foundation award for innovation.

    Sierra Energy's patented FastOx gasifier converts municipal waste and biomass waste into renewable diesel and an energy-dense gas with high hydrogen content.

    While the FastOx gasifier is primarily designed to reduce greenhouse gases and dependence on petroleum, most of the award funding will go toward developing a pilot program aimed at waste reduction in the slums of Mexico City. Placing a FastOx gasifier at a landfill site, the company aims to launch a machine that would process 25 tons of waste per day, generating 1 megawatt of electricity. That amount is enough to power at least 1,000 homes. If successful in Mexico, the company could turn to additional markets across Latin America as well as Southeast Asia. (Source: Sierra Energy, Davis Enterprise, 12 Feb., 2017) Sierra Energy, (530) 759-9827,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sierra Energy ,  

    Neste Posts Operating Profits, Considering Expansion (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-02-10
    In Helsinki, Finnish state-controlled refiner and renewable diesel producer Neste is reporting an increase in operating profits, up from &europ;983 million ($1.05 billion) from €925 million.

    According to a statement, 48 pct of the company's profits in 2016 came from renewable diesel production and the company is looking to increase its biofuels production and investments the U.S. and Singapore. Neste presently operates two traditional refineries in Finland as well as renewable diesel plants in Singapore and Rotterdam. (Source: Neste, NASDAQ, Reuters, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Neste, Matti Lievonen, CEO, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP of Renewable Products, Virpi Kroger, Marketing & Sales Development, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4379,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  

    Transco Files to Supply Proposed La. Methanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    FERC,Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line
    Date: 2017-02-10
    Houston headquartered Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC (Transco) reports it has submitted an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a "certificate of public convenience and necessity" for its $33.5 million St. James Supply Project.

    A new interconnection lateral would allow Transco to deliver natural gas to YCI St. James Enterprises' LLC proposed methanol manufacturing plant at the Yuhuang Chemical Plant in St. James Parish, according to the FERC filing. The agreement requires the two parties to enter into a firm transportation service agreement with a 20-year primary term.

    Transco) is an interstate natural gas transmission company. Transco operates about 9,800 miles of natural gas pipeline extending from the Gulf of Mexico to New York. The company also operates 45 gas compressor stations, four underground storage fields, and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility (Source: Transco, NGI, 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., (713) 215-2000

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  FERC,  

    USAF Opens Drop-in Biofuel Facility Funding Opportunity (Funding)
    US Air Force
    Date: 2017-02-10
    The U.S. Air Force is offering funding for the following Title III project to further increase domestic advanced biofuels production capacity by establishing additional Integrated Biofuel Production Enterprise (IBPE) capabilities that represent a complete value chain including feedstock production, chemical conversion and processing, fuels blending, transportation and logistics, as well as design, retrofit, construct, operate, validate and qualify domestic, commercial-scale, integrated biorefinery(s).

    The project must be capable of producing bio-equivalent fuels suitable for military use, have a rated capacity of at least 10 million gpy of neat biofuel, utilized domestic feedstock, and be ompliant with Energy Independence Security Act of 2007 (EISA), Section 526 (green house gases). Proposals may take the form of either Brown Field expansion/modification of existing pilot-scale facilities, commercial-scale facilities, or new Green Field construction.

    Review details HERE. (Source: US Air Force Research Lab, Feb., 2017) Contact: US Air Force Research Lab.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Air Force,  Biofuel,  Drop-in Biofuel,  

    Syracuse Univ. Develops Energy-Efficient Method to Grow, Harvest Microalgae (New Prod & Tech)
    Syracuse University
    Date: 2017-02-10
    In the Empire State, Syracuse University researchers report the development of a new technology for energy and cost efficient cultivation and harvesting of microalgae which can be used for biofuel production.

    Lead researcher Biny Estime's research has been published as a peer-reviewed article in Scientific Reports on Jan. 19. Estime developed a new medium -- Tris-Acetate-Phosphate-Pluronic (TAPP) -- can transition from solution to a gel through relatively small variations in temperature. Microalgae are seeded in the medium at 15 degrees C. When the temperature is increased by 7 degrees C, the medium becomes gelatinous and microalgae then grow in clusters that are up to 10 times larger than those grown in the traditional medium. Once they are grown, the temperature is decreased and the medium is returned to a solution. The algae is separated out through gravity, and can then be harvested.

    The medium prevents algae from growing on the sides of a container, letting light penetrate to each level of algae, thus eliminating the need for constant stirring. The Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering has secured a provisional patent on the process. (Source: Syracuse University, Phys.Org, Feb, 2017) Contact: Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering, Bindy Estime,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Syracuse University,  Algae,  Microalgae,  Biofuel,  

    Global Carbon Sequestration Industry Analysis & Forecast Report 2016-2021 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-02-10
    The new Global Carbon Sequestration Industry Analysis & Forecast Report 2016-2021 report fromf 360 Market Updates finds the international carbon sequestration market is expected to grow with respect to industry advancements and innovations.

    The Global Carbon Sequestration Industry Analysis & Forecast Report 2016-2021 is an in-depth study of the current state of the Carbon Sequestration industry. The report analysis the global sequestration market by manufactures and geographic regions, and includes carbon sequestration industry definitions, product types, applications and industry chain structure, development trends, and key import/export statistics and data. The report includes main manufacturers complete with company profiles, product analysis, shipment, ASPs, revenue, market shares and contact information. A Carbon Sequestration industry forecast is also included.

    Review the Global Carbon Sequestration Industry Research Report HERE. (Source: 360 Market Updates, Feb., 2017) Contact: 360 Market Updates, Ameva Pingaley, (408) 520-9750,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration,  CCS,  

    Brookfield Snares UK Biodiesel Producer Greenergy (Int'l, M&A)
    Greenergy International, Brookfield Business Partners
    Date: 2017-02-10
    UK-based waste-to-biodiesel producer Greenergy International reports Montreal-based business services and industrial company Brookfield Business Partners. Greenergy is the UK's leading supplier of road fuel.

    Under the terms of the deal, Brookfield will take over and invest in Greenergy's business with the aim of accelerating growth. Existing Greenergy management shareholders will retain a 15 pct of the business while existing non-management shareholders will exit the business. Greenergy's strategy and the current management will remain in place. The transaction is expected to conclude in Q2 2017. Financial details have not been disclosed. (Source: Greenergy, Biofuels Int'l, 7 Feb.,2017) Contact: Greenergy, Andrew Owens, CEO, +44 (0)20 7404 7700,,; Brookfield Business Partners, Cyrus Madon, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenergy,  Brookfield Business Partners,  Biodiesel,  

    Greystone Takes Stake in Wind Developer Rabbalshede Kraft (M&A)
    Greystone,Rabbalshede Kraft
    Date: 2017-02-10
    Regina, Sask.-based wind energy investors Greystone Infrastructure Strategy reports it has taken an equity interest in Swedish wind farm developer Rabbalshede Kraft. Rabbalshede Kraft owns and operates 71 wind turbines across eight wind farms and manages a total of 334MW across 139 turbines.

    According to a Greystone statement, "This latest investment enhances the geographic diversification of the Greystone Infrastructure Strategy with a unique opportunity in the Nordic renewable market and complements our existing investments in the US and Ireland." (Source: Greystone Infrastructure Strategy, RENews, Others, 6 Feb., 2017)Contact: Rabbalshede Kraft, +46 525 19700,; Greystone Infrastructure, Robert L. Vanderhooft, CEO, (306) 779-6400,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind (M&A),  

    Lamp Post Wind Turbine Potential Touted in UK (Int'l Report)
    NVT Group,Own Energy
    Date: 2017-02-10
    In the UK, Bellshill, North Lancashire-headquartered NVT Group reports it is partnering with Own Energy Solutions on a scheme that would mount small wind turbines and inverters on lamp post and feed the power into the grid. As a result, each suitable lamp-post conversion would save half a ton of carbon diooxide being released into the atmosphere.

    There are around 10 million lamp-posts in the UK and upwards of 20 pct of these are suitable for conversion which makes this a very scalable business opportunity with huge export potential, according to NTV Group. (Source: NTV Group, BBC, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: NVT Group, Stephen Park Brown, Managing Dir., +44 1698 747 555.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  NVT Group,  

    Tire Derived Fuel Cutting GHG Emissions in Australia (Int'l)
    Australian Tyre Recyclers Association
    Date: 2017-02-10
    Carbon Value Proposition, Resource Recovery using Tire Derived Fuels,a new report from the Australian Tyre Recyclers Association (ATRA), has found that replacing one tonne of black coal with one tonne of TDF can save emissions of up to 1.05 tonnes of CO2-e into the atmosphere. Each year, 23 million of approximately 50 million discarded tires in Australia are available for recycling while the remainder are generally buried, stockpiled or exported, causing biosecurity and environmental risks for receiving countries, End-of-life mine tires are almost universally buried onsite.

    Download the Carbon Value Proposition: Resource Recovery using Tyre Derived Fuel report HERE. (Source: ATRA,PR, 9 Feb., 2017) Contact: Australian Tyre Recyclers Association , Robert Kelman, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  

    UPS Investing $18Mn in Facilities Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-02-10
    Atlanta-headquartered international logistics and shipping giant UPS reports it is investing $18 million in 10 MW of solar panels for some of its facilities. The company will install more than 26,000 solar modules on at least eight of its facilities, with the solar electricity generated to provide approximately half of each building's energy needs.

    The 10MW of extra capacity is sufficient for 1,200 homes and to avoid approximately 8,200 metric tpy of carbon emissions. UPS presently operates solar power systems at it facilities in Palm Springs, California, and Lakewood, Parsippany and Secaucus , New Jersey. Between 2009 and the end of 2016, UPS invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally. (Source: UPS, PR, 9 Feb., 2017) Contact: UPS,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News United Parcel Service,  UPS,  Solar,  

    UK Alt Fuel Vehicle Sales Rise to Record Market Share (Int'l)
    Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders
    Date: 2017-02-10
    In the UK, the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) is reporting that sales of alternative fuel vehicles to date in 2017 -- 7,279 in January -- has set a new record market share of more than 4.3 pct.

    According to the SMMT, the growth in AFV sales appears to have come at the expense of diesel-fueled vehicles which fell 4.3 pct in year-on-year sales in the opening month of 2017. (Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders, Clean Energy , 8 Feb., 2017)Contact: Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders, +44 20 7235 7000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders,  Alternative Fuels,  

    Oncor Selects Greensmith Energy Software (Ind. Report)
    Greensmith Energy,Oncor Electric Delivery
    Date: 2017-02-10
    Herndon, Virginia-headquartered energy storage and software specialist Greensmith Energy reports it has been selected by Dallas-based Oncor Electric Delivery (Oncor) as the software provider for its microgrid facility in Dallas, Texas.

    Oncor's advanced microgrid consists of: a carport PV array, ground mount PV array, microturbine, diesel generators, gas reciprocating generator and battery storage unit. Greensmith's software integrates all of Oncor's microgrid assets and orchestrates performance of a variety of grid applications supporting power quality and energy availability.

    As energy storage systems are fully networked into a variety of distributed energy resources, including solar and other forms of local generation such as diesel, GEMS becomes the backbone of an intelligent distributed energy resource management system (DERMS). Linked together, storage and distributed energy resources can address both supply and demand needs, as well as, supply select grid services.

    Oncor is the Lone Star State's largest transmission and distribution utility serving more than 10 million Texans in 402 cities and 91 counties statewide.(Source: Greensmith, PR, Power, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Greensmith, Mallory Sass, Marketing, (408) 966-5950,,; Oncor Electric Delivery,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greensmith Energy,  Oncor Electric Delivery,  

    EIB Backing 1,101 Turbine Swedish Wind Farm (Int'l Funding)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2017-02-10
    Following meetings in Luxembourg, the European Investment Bank (EIB) Board of Directors reports approval of loan funding for a 650-MW onshore wind project, part of the Markbygden cluster in Pitea, northern Sweden. GE Financial Services and Macquarie Capital (Europe) Ltd are financial intermediaries in the deal. Loan details and timelines have not been disclosed. The wind park is part of phase I of the Markbygden wind complex incorporating 1,101 wind turbines to be supplied by Svevind AB and Enercon GmbH. (Source: EIB, Various Media, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: EIB, Jonathan Taylor, VP, +352 43 791,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  European Investment Bank,  

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