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Acciona, Tuto Energy Expand Mexican PV Project (Int'l Report)
Acciona, Tuto Energy
Date: 2017-02-10
In Mexico, Acciona Energia reports it will increase the power generation capacity of its Puerto Libertad, PV project from the present 227 MWp to 339 MWp. The wind farm, which is a 50/50 JV with Tuto Energy Trading, has a long-term PPA with the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

Upon commissioning in early 2019, the Puerto Libertad facility will generate sufficient electric power for 489,000 average Mexican homes. Acciona Energia will be in charge of the plant's engineering, procurement and construction (EPC). Construction is expected to get underway before the year end. (Source: Acciona, SeeNews, Others, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Tuto Energy Trading, www.notus.de/en/energytrading; ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, +34 91 657 64 60, www.acciona-greenenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  Tuto Energy,  Wind,  


DP Energy Advancing 100-MW Tidal Power Project in N. Ireland (Int'l)
DP Energy
Date: 2017-02-10
County Cork, Ireland-headquartered renewable energy developer DP Energy Ltd. reports it has submitted a planning application for the 100-MW Fair Head Tidal project off the County Antrim coast in Northern Ireland.

The project, which is a DP Energy and Bluepower NV joint venture, is now seeking permission to install between 4 and 6 tidal turbines on the seabed as well as associated infrastructure to bring power ashore. Additional turbine would be installed at a later date. Upon completion, the project is expected to generate sufficient power for approximately 70,000 homes. The project is one of two tidal schemes off the North Antrim coast that have secured development agreements from the Crown Estate. The other, also of 100 MW, is being developed by Tidal Ventures Ltd.

DP Energy is presently developing tidal power projects off the east coast of Canada and off Orkney and Islay, Scotland.(Source: DP Energy, Renewable Now, Others, 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: DP Energy, +353 22 23955, www.dpenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DP Energy,  Tidal Power,  Ocean Power,  


Boston Hospital Energy Efficiency Upgrades Earn $727,000 in Incentives (Ind. Report)
Fairbanks Energy Services
Date: 2017-02-10
BOSTON Hingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and conservation services provider Fairbanks Energy Services reports the completion of more than 20 energy efficiency projects at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), in Boston.

As part of its service, Fairbanks secured $727,000 in Eversource and National Grid utility incentives for MGH by engineering and implementing numerous LED lighting and advanced controls retrofits in buildings on its main campus, in addition to other efficiency enhancements in its facilities throughout Boston. (Source: Fairbanks Energy Services, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Fairbanks Energy Services, Shannon Shea, (781) 658-3266, shannon.shea@fairbanksenergy.com, www.fairbanksenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fairbanks Energy Service,  Energy Eficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


E. Hampton Opts for Energy Audits, Benchmarking (Ind. Report)
Easty Hampton
Date: 2017-02-10
In New York State, the Town of East Hampton is implementing an annual energy benchmarking program for all municipally owned of 1,000 square-feet or more.

The energy benchmarking program is part of the town's plan to to be carbon-neutral by 2020. Energy Benchmarking is also required for "Clean Energy Community" status with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) which issues grant funding for energy efficiency projects.

If the town can earn NYSERDA clean energy community statusthis year, it would immediately qualify for $100,000 in grant money for energy efficiency projects, and would then be able to apply for broader incentives toward more efficiencies.

Among the initiatives the town is considering to help reduce its energy usage is more efficient lighting in all town facilities, replacing aging town vehicles with electric cars, installing storm windows in the historic Town Hall buildings and installing solar panels on town buildings. The town has already begun replacing street lamps with energy-efficient LED bulbs. (Source: Town of East Hampton, 27 East.com, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Town of East Hampton, Building Dept., (631) 324-4145, www.ehamptonny.gov/279/Building-Department; NYSERDA, Dayle Zatlin, Assistant Director of Communications, (518) 862-1090 X 3359, dayle.zatlin@nyserda.ny.gov; John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Energy Benchmark,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Audit,  NYSERDA,  


Ontario Developer Touting First Net-Zero Community (Ind. Report)
Sifton Properties ,S2E Technologies
Date: 2017-02-10
Ontario-headquartered multi-family residential property developer and operator Sifton Properties report it is launching Ontario's first energy self-sufficient community in London.

Over the next 10 years, the company's 2,000 multi-family housing units, office and retail space equipped with solar panels will generate sufficient electric power to be dubbed "Net Zero Energy." Other energy efficiency features will include sophisticated windows and HVAC systems, domestic plumbing and water conservation, LED lighting and other features. Waterloo, Ontario based S2E Technologies Inc. is Sifton's partner in the project. (Source: Sifton Properties, London Free Press, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Sifton Properties, (519) 434-1000, info@sifton.com, www.sifton.com; S2E Technologies Inc., www.s2etech.com

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


Johnson Controls, East Central College Seal Energy Efficiency Improvements Contract (Ind. Report)
East Central College,Johnson Controls
Date: 2017-02-10
In Union Missouri, East Central College (enrollment 4,180) reports it will enter into 15-year energy efficiency performance contract with Johnson Controls Inc. Under the terms of the $1,253,583 contract, Johnson Controls will carryout interior and exterior lighting upgrades, optimization of water fixtures school-wide, and energy management systems to better control energy costs.

The contract ensures the college will receive a fixed rate of savings on their monthly utilities. If those savings are not met, Johnson Controls will pay the difference.

Johnson Controls will have an on-site project manager who will lead local a team of local contractors for each project. Work is expected to get underway this spring. (Source: East Central College, Missourian , 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: East Central College. (636) 584-6500, www.eastcentral.edu; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency ,  


LG Plans New LEED Certifiable HQ Buildings in N.J. (Ind. Report)
LG Electronics,USGBC
Date: 2017-02-10
South Korean electronics giant LG Electronics reports it has broken ground for two new corporate buildings totaling 63,000 square-meters in New Jersey, USA, at a cost of $300 million.

The planned building site will be eco-friendly with the planting of 1500 trees and the building will incorporate rooftop solar installations and various other USGBC recommended energy efficient features, according to LG. Upon completion by early 2019, the company plans to apply for US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED certification. (Source: LG Electronics, Koean Herald, 8 Feb., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC news,  LG Electronics news,  LEED Certification news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


AMSI Impact Estimator for Buildings Software Available (Ind. Report)
Athena Sustainable Materials Institute
Date: 2017-02-10
The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute (ASMI) is reporting the availability of the updated, free Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings has been updated to further simplify life cycle assessment (LCA) for building designers and sustainability consultants. The new version 5.2 includes: faster internal engine; improved reporting for the LEED v4 LCA credit; new assembly mapping for "extra basic materials"; updated life-cycle data for precast and ready mixed concrete, concrete block, and cement, and; new Duro-Last® and Sika Sarnafil roofing products, and glass mat gypsum panels. Learn more and find the tool at http://www.CalculateLCA.com.

The Athena Institute is a non-profit consultancy and think tank in life cycle assessment (LCA) for the built environment. The North American pioneer in construction-sector LCA, the Athena Institute works with sustainability leaders in product manufacturing, building design, construction, and green rating programs to enable smaller footprints in the production and consumption of materials, buildings and infrastructure. (Source: Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, PR, 9 Feb., 2017) Contact: Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, (604) 452-2266, http://www.athenasmi.org


Calif. Union Bank Joins MCE Green Energy Programme (Ind. Report)
Union Bank,MCE Clean Energy
Date: 2017-02-10
In the Golden State, Union Bank is reporting that 11 of its San Francisco Bay Area offices have enrolled in MCE Clean Energy's "Deep Green" electricity service enabling these locations to switch to 100 pct renewable energy. Union Bank is the first financial institution within MCE's service area to commit to Deep Green, and now operates 100 pct carbon-free in Marin County and Walnut Creek.

MCE Clean Energy is a public, not-for-profit Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) that offers renewable energy choices to electricity rate payers in Marin County, Napa County and the cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Richmond, San Pablo, and Walnut Creek. (Source: Union Bank,Bioenergy Insight, Others, Feb., 2017) Contact: Union Bank, Ryan Bjorkquist, VP of Environmental Stewardship, www.unionbank.com; MCE, Dawn Weisz, CEO, (888) 632-3674, www.mcecleanenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy ,  MCE,  GReen Energy,  


Swinerton's N.C. Biogas Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Carbon Cycle Energy ,Swinerton
Date: 2017-02-10
Swinerton Builders reports it has broken ground on the largest utility-scale biogas-from animal and food waste facility in the nation. The plant is being constructed for Swinerton's newly formed waste-to-energy group in partnership with Boulder, Colorado-based Carbon Cycle Energy LLC.(C2e).

Located in Warsaw, North Carolina, this large-scale project is slated for completion within 16 months and is the first of four waste-to-energy plants which will and be built and sold to various end users. The plant will process 4,200 tpd of solid and liquid biodegradable farm waste materials into biomethane gas, with a goal of producing 6,500 dekatherms of biomethane per day which will be sold to Duke Energy for electric power generation. (Source: Swinertons, BioEnergyInsight, 9 Feb., 2017) Contact: Carbon Cycle Energy, James Powell, CEO, (855) 424-6427, www.c2-energy.com; Swinerton Renewable Energy, George Hershman, VP, (858) 622-4040, ghershman@swinerton.com, www.swinerton.com href="http://lcenergyreports.com/articles/visitor.php?keyword=Carbon Cycle Energy" target=_blank>Carbon Cycle Energy,  Biogas ,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Biogas,  Swinerton,  Carbon Cycle Energy,  Biogas ,  


UMN Claims Carbon Emissions Cutting Success (Ind. Report)
University of Minnesota, American Universities and Colleges Presidents Climate Commitment
Date: 2017-02-10
The University of Minnesota in Duluth reports it has cut its nearly 640,000 metric tons of emissions in 2008 to 492,121 metric tons in 2016, and is halfway to meeting its goal of reducing campus carbon emissions 50 percent by 2020.

The university's Twin Cities Campus Sustainability Committee has outlined the following strategies to reduce energy consumption by 2050: creating a combined power and heat plant; upgrading building energy management systems, implementing green building standards for new construction and reducing laboratory energy; installation of LED lights; and installation of more building green roofs. the school also plans to target energy consumption by laboratories which use 60 pct of the University's energy.

The University of Minnesota is a member of the American Universities and Colleges Presidents Climate Commitment to achieve carbon neutrality across all the University's campuses by 2050. (Source: University of Minnesota, 9 February 2017) Contact: University of Minnesota, Shane Stennes, Dir. of Sustainability, www.d.umn.edu; American Universities and Colleges Presidents Climate Commitment, www.PresidentsClimateCommitment.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Universities and Colleges Presidents Climate Commitment,  


UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions Down 38 pct since 1990 (Int'l Report)
UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Date: 2017-02-10
In London, the UK Statistics Authority is reporting that Greenhouse gas emissions dropped 38 pct in the UK from 1990 to 2015. The Authority claims the decline is one of the fastest rates by any developed country, almost surpassing the European Union (EU) targeted 40 pct cut in carbon pollution. The widespread closure of UK coal power plants is considered a major factor in the rapid decline.

According to the UK-based Carbon Brief: "Changes in the relative wholesale price of coal versus gas, an increase in the UK's carbon tax last April, the closure of the SSI steelworks in Redcar, the rise of renewables and a rebound in nuclear output all contributed to the reduction in coal use in 2015." Carbon Brief added that coal use hit its lowest level for 150 years in 2016.

In 2015, UK emissions declined by an estimated 3.8 pct compared to 2014 figures, meaning the country is on track to meet its commitments under its carbon budget running to 2017. Greenhouse gas emissions were largely associated with the energy sector, producing 29 per cent of overall emissions, followed by the transportation sector, business sector, residential and then agriculture at 24 pct, 17 pct, 13 pct and 10 pct respectively. (Source: UNEP, UK Statistics Authority, Climate Action, 9 Feb., 2017)Contact: UK Statistics Authority, www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  


NRStor Nails Labourers' Pension Fund Investment (Ind. Report)
NStor,Hydrostor,Labourers' Pension Fund of Central and Eastern Canada
Date: 2017-02-08
Toronto-headquartered energy storage project developer NRStor is reporting receipt of an $11 million equity financing commitment, as well as access to $200 million in additional capital, in support of its project pipeline as part of a strategic partnership with the Labourers' Pension Fund of Central and Eastern Canada (LiUNA). Fengate Real Asset Investments will manage LiUNA's investment in NRStor.

NRStor holds multiple contracts with Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator for utility-scale energy storage projects and is working with Ontario-based companies Hydrostor and Temporal Power to deploy their energy storage technologies. NRStor built Canada's first commercial grid-connected flywheel facility, and is developing Canada's first commercial compressed air energy storage facility. (Source: NRStor, PR, CNW, 6 Feb., 2017 NRStor, Geoff Osborne, (647) 281-7200, gosborne@nrstor.com. www.nrstor.com; Hydrostor, Curtis Vanwallegham, CEO, (416) 548-7880, info@hydrostor.ca, www.hydrostor.ca; Labourers' Pension Fund of Central and Eastern Canada, www.lpfcec.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News NStor,  Energy Storage,  Hydrostor,  Compressed Air Energy Storage,  


Global Bioenergies Touts First Renewable ETBE (New Prod & Tech)
Global Bioenergies
Date: 2017-02-08
Evry, France headquartered Global Bioenergies is reporting the production of ETBE (ethyl-tert-butyl ether) purely from renewable resources. The breakthrough heralds a new opportunity for moving beyond the "blend wall" and increasing the proportion of biofuels in gasoline. The company's ETBE breakthrough was supported by a grant of the German Ministry of Education and Research .

Current standards limit the inclusion of traditional biofuels because of their physical and chemical properties. For example, the French standard caps ethanol content at 5 pct in 95-octane and 98-octane unleaded gasoline, and at 10 pct in unleaded 95-E10 gasoline.

Historically, partially renewable ETBE is obtained by combining a molecule of renewable ethanol with a molecule of fossil isobutene using a simple and proven process. It is used as an additive in vehicle fuel, up to a maximum of 23 pct. Global Bioenergies' renewable ETBE holds the potential for incorporating 2.7 times more renewable energy in gasoline than with traditional biofuels.

Global Bioenergies is developing a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. The Company initially focused its efforts on the production of isobutene, one of the most important petrochemical building blocks that can be converted into fuels, plastics, organic glass and elastomers. Global Bioenergies operates an industrial pilot in Germany and is preparing its first full-scale plant through a joint venture with Cristal Union. (Source: Global Bioenergies, PR, GlobalNewswire, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Global Bioenergies, Frederic Paques, COO, +33 (0)1 64 98 20 50, invest@global-bioenergies.com, www.global-bioenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Bioenergies,  isobutene,  Biofuel Blends,  


Historic Santa Monica Building Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2017-02-08
In the Golden State, the not-for-profit Santa Monica Conservancy reports it has earned US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for its Shotgun House, Preservation Resource Center. The 100-year-old house was specifically rehabilitated and adapted to LEED energy efficiency standards to emphasize that historic rehabilitation and sustainable, green building design and construction can be mutually beneficial.

The Shotgun House earned points for all LEED categories, most notably in its reuse of 95 pct of the original site as well as recycling 95 pct of its construction waste. The house also features a drought-resistant, water-efficient garden and other efficiency features. (Source: Santa Monica Conservancy, Santa Monica Daily Press,7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Santa Monica Conservancy, Carol Lemlein, Pres., www.smconservancy.org; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Stored Solar J&WE High on Maine Woody Biomass (Ind. Report)
Stored Solar J&WE
Date: 2017-02-08
In the Pine Tree State, the Portland Press Herald is reporting that Stored Solar J&WE LLC, an international group of energy developers, says Maine's archaic biomass power plants and paper mills would serve as excellent testing grounds for a new manufacturing economy based on sustainably harvested wood biomass, and that the out-dated biomass plants and paper operations can be economically developed into into bioenergy production parks to eventually replace products made from petroleum.

Stored Solar J&WE has purchased and brough back online two wood-fired plants in West Enfield and Jonesboro, Maine. (Source: Stored Solar J&WE, Clay Center Dispatch , Portland Press, 2 Feb., 201) Contact: Stored Solar J&WE LLC, (219)712-4764, www.thestoredsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Enercon Commissions First E-141 EP4 Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
Enercon
Date: 2017-02-08
Following on our Nov. 20, 2015 coverage, German wind energy specialist Enercon is reporting the commissioning of the first E-141 EP4 turbine. The prototype of the new low wind speed WEC (wind class III) was installed in Coppanz, Thuringia.

The E-141 EP4 is based on Enercon's new 4 MW platform that also forms the basis of the new E-126 EP4 for medium wind speed sites (wind class IIa). Both EP4 types have a nominal power output of 4.2 MW.. At sites where wind speeds average 6.5 metres per second it is designed to generate annual yields of more than 13 million kilowatt hours. According to Enercon, it is the world's highest-yielding wind class III WEC at present.

Production of both the E-126 EP4 and the E-141 EP4 is slated to start early this year. The company plans to install about 150 EP4 WECs in 2017; about 80 of these will be E-141 EP4. (Source: Enercon, Sun & Wind, Others, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: Enercon Gmbh, Arno Hildebrand, EP4 Programme Director, www.enercon.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enercon,  Wind,  


Iran Commits $3Bn to New Renewable Energy Power Plants (Int'l)

Date: 2017-02-08
In Tehran, the Iranian Energy Ministry has announced plans to invest $3 billion in the construction of renewable energy power plants renewable energy power plants with a production capacity of 5,000 MW over the sixth Five-Year Development Plan.

Iran previously committed to developing more than 7.500 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. (Source: Iran Enenergy Ministry, Various Media, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Iran Energy Ministry, www.moe.gov.ir

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


Iowa State Univ. Creates Biomimetic Wind Tree (New Prod & Tech)
Iowa State University
Date: 2017-02-08
Iowa State University scientists report they have developed a tree-like "concept" device with artificial leaves that move with the wind to generate electricity.

Featuring a metallic trellis, the prototype utilizes plastic flaps fashioned as leaves. The prototype has the potential to be scaled up as an artificial tree by adding more leaves to produce more wind-based electricity. (Source: Iowa State Univ., The Missouri Injury Blog, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: Iowa State Univ., Curtis Mosher, (515)294-6513, cmosher@iastate.edu, www.biotech.iastate.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


£1.3Bn Support for Scottish Wind Projects Postponed (Int'l)
Civil Engineering Contractors Association
Date: 2017-02-08
In Scotland, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) is lamenting the lack of investment and priority being given to wind power on Scottish islands and the possible derailment of £1.3 billion worth of potential investment due to the UK Government's delays in removing barriers to onshore windfarms on Scottish islands.

In April, 2016, the UK Government passed legislation to cut subsidies to onshore projects. Without the subsidies, mainland onshore wind farms have struggled to attract high and consistent levels of investment from private business, equity or other government support, according to the CECA.(Source: CECA, Commonspace, 3 Feb., 2017)Contact: CECA, Allan Watts, CEO, www.ceca.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Scotland Wind,  


Saudi Arabia Inviting Renewables Project Bids in April (Int'l)
Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources
Date: 2017-02-08
In Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources reports that in April, it will invite international and domestic firms to bid for renewable energy projects. The projects, including two new solar and wind power plants with a 700MW capacity, are expected to be awarded in September, according to Saudi Gazette. In January, the Ministry announced a program that would investment between $30 billion and $50 billion in renewable energy by 2023. Saudi Arabia currently generates less than 1 pct of its total power from renewable sources. (Source: Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Gulf Business, Albawaba Business, Saudi Gazette, 5 Feb., 2017)Contact: Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, http://www.mopm.gov.sa

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Saudi Arabia Renewable Energy,  


E.On, D.E. Shaw Ink Wind Farm Management Deal (Ind. Report)
D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments,E.On Energy Services
Date: 2017-02-08
NYC-headquartered D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, LLC reports it has contracted with E.On Energy Services to provide site management and balance of plant services for the 45 MW Power County wind farm in Idaho and 50 MW of aggregated sites near Huntington, Oregon.

E.On Energy Services is a full-service provider of asset management, balance of plant, energy management, QSE and long-term maintenance services to the wind generation industry. The company presently provides long term contractual services in eight U.S. states. (Source: D.E. Shaw, Electric Light & Power, Others, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: E.On Energy Services, Keith Day, Pres., (312) 245-5995, michael.cossentine@eon.com, www.eonenergyservicesna.com; D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, (212) 478-0000, www.deshaw.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments,  E,  On Energy Services,  Wind,  


EnSync Energy , ENMAX Partnering on CHP Portfolio (Ind. Report)
ENMAX Energy,EnSync Energy Systems,
Date: 2017-02-08
In Milwaukee, EnSync, Inc. dba EnSync Energy Systems, a developer of innovative distributed energy resource (DER) systems and internet of energy (IOE) control platforms for the utility, commercial, industrial and multi-tenant building markets, reports it is working with ENMAX Energy Corporation at the District Energy Centre site in Calgary, Alberta, to integrate Solar and Energy Storage with a CHP system using EnSync's patented Matrix technology.

ENMAX will utilize EnSync's proprietary Matrix Supply Response on Demand capability as part of the system integration and test several operating scenarios for optimal system performance and efficiency. ENMAX will provide the CHP and purchase the energy storage from EnSync. (Source: EnSync Energy Systems, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: EnSYnc Energy Sytems, Brad Hansen, Pres., CEO, (262) 735-5676 , www.ensync.com; ENMAX Energy Corporation, Ray McKay, VP of Energy Solutions, www.enmax.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENMAX Energy,  EnSync Energy,  Energy Storage,  


Expect the Unexpected -- The Disruptive Power of Low-carbon Technology -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Grantham Institute,Carbon Tracker
Date: 2017-02-08
In the attached report, collaborative research from Carbon Tracker and the UK-based Grantham Institute explores how ongoing cost reductions in solar PVs and electric vehicles (EVs) could impact future fossil fuels demand and subsequent CO2 emissions.

The model put forward shows that solar PV could supply 29 pct of global power generation by 2050, entirely phasing out coal and leaving natural gas with a 1 pct market share. The report also predicts EVs will account for more than two-thirds of the road transport by the mid-century -- a growth trajectory that sees EVs displace approximately 25 million bpd of oil. per day.

According to the report, a low-carbon transition will be crucial in the power and road transport sectors, which account for approximately half of fossil fuel consumption. The current state of play means that global warming could be limited to 2.4C by 2100 if EV and solar PV deployment reach the levels under the proposed scenario. The report warns that energy companies cannot afford to employ a business-as-usual approach which underestimates these low-carbon advances. Scenarios should now apply the latest cost reductions for solar PVs and EVs, along with the emissions commitments countries have made under the Paris Agreement.

Download to Expect the Unexpected -- The Disruptive Power of Low-carbon Technology report HERE. (Source: Carbon Tracker, Grantham Institute, edie.com, Feb., 2017)Contact: Grantham Institute, ; Carbon Tracker, www.carbontracker.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Grantham Institute,  Carbon Tracker ,  


CO2 Emissions Rise After Vt. Nuclear Plant Closure (Ind. Report)
ISO New England, Vermont Yankee,Entergy
Date: 2017-02-08
According to a recently released report from the New England grid operator ISO New England, the closure of Entergy Nuclear's Vermont Yankee carbon-free nuclear energy plant and the increased use of gas- and oil-fired generation in New England helped drive an increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2015 compared to 2014. The report concludes CO2 emissions rates were 747 pounds/MWh in 2015, up from 726 pounds/MWh in 2014.

Vermont Yankee, which was shuttered because of "difficult market conditions", accounted for 4 pct of New England's total electric power generation and over 70 pct of Vermont's power of generation.

The ISO said total emissions for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides declined from 2001 to 2015 by 95 pct and 68 pct respectively, while CO2 emissions fell by 24 pct.

ISO New England Inc. is an independent, non-profit Regional Transmission Organization serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. (Source: ISO New England, Utility Dive, Feb. 6, 2017) Contact: New England ISO, www.iso-ne.com; Entergy Nuclear, www.entergy-nuclear.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  ISO New England,  Entergy ,  


TerraCOH Touting Plume Geothermal Technology (New Prod & Tech)
TerraCOH
Date: 2017-02-08
Minneapolis-headquartered start-up TerraCOH is touting its new, patented CO2 Plume Geothermal technology to harness carbon dioxide to power geothermal energy systems.

The technology uses "supercritical" CO2 to efficiently unlock thermal energy. In their system, supercritical CO2 heats up as it's pumped lower into the earth and is stored in porous sedimentary rock. The hot CO2 can then be drawn back up to the surface -- without costly pumping -- where it is used to drive a turbine to generate electricity.

To date, TerraCOH has received over $5 million in grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. DOE. In 2016 they began soliciting private investors. The company plans to construct its first plant in North Dakota and to place future TerraCOH Plume Geothermal systems near coal-fired or gas-fired power plants. These plants would initially generate up to 15 MW. Another goal is to use the geothermal system to store solar and wind power. (Source: TerraCOH, Feb.,2017) Contact: TerraCOH, info@terracoh-age.com.com, www.terracoh-age.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  


Clariant Claims Cellulosic Ethanol Test Success (Ind. Report)
Clariant,Haltermann Carless
Date: 2017-02-08
Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant reports the Mercedes Benz and Halterman Carless are testing its Sunliquid®20 sustainable cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues in vehicle fleet operations. In the tests, Haltermann Carless is using a 20 pct Sunliquid®20 and gasoline blend.

In the fleet test with Mercedes-Benz vehicles, sunliquid 20 exhibited good combustion properties with a high degree of efficiency and identical consumption compared to today's standard E10 fuel. Due to the slightly lower energy density of E20 compared to E10, slightly higher fuel consumption was expected under the same operating conditions. The tests, which were performed under laboratory conditions, demonstrated variability in the consumption analysis in which additional consumption between 0 and 3 pct was observed. Sunliquid®20 cellulosic ethanol also allows greenhouse gas emission savings of up to 95 pct across the entire value chain, according to Clariant. (Source: Clariant, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: Haltermann Carless, +49 (0) 40 333 180, de@h-c-s-group.com, www.haltermann-carless.com; Clariant, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Cellulosic,  Ethanol,  


API Applauds House Action on BLM Methane Controls (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Petroleum Institute, Bureau of Land Management
Date: 2017-02-08
The President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute (API), Jack Gerard, has issued the following statement in praise of the U.S. House of Representatives announced intention to eliminate the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) methane controls which, according to the API, cover many of the same emission sources that are already regulated by the US EPA:

"The United States leads the world in the production and refining of oil and natural gas, as well as in the reduction of carbon emissions. BLM's rule is technically flawed and redundant, and it could impede the technological innovations that have led to increased domestic use of cleaner-burning natural gas -- the main reason US energy-related carbon emissions have fallen to levels not seen since the early 1990s.

"The rule's unnecessary requirements could result in the shut-in of a number of currently producing wells, reducing revenues to the federal treasury and the supply of affordable energy for American consumers and businesses. Given the broad impacts to US oil and natural gas production on Indian and federal lands, the lack of authority by BLM to regulate air quality and the fact that US producers already are highly incented to capture methane for delivery to American consumers, it is appropriate for the Congress to use the CRA to disapprove this redundant and unnecessary regulation.

"We applaud the efforts to strengthen and rationalize US energy policies and stand ready to work with Congress and the new administration on a smarter, science-based regulatory approach to continue meeting America's energy needs and expanding US global energy and environmental leadership." (Source: API, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: API, Jack Gerard, Pres., CEO, (202) 682-8000, www.api.org

Editor's Note Methane is a potent greenhouse gas -- the most important contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. There is now international agreement that methane is 34 times more potent than CO2 over a century, but 84 times more over only 20 years.

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Petroleum Institute,  Methane,  Bureau of Land Management,  Methane,  


Greenkraft Projects Alt. Fuels Products Growth (Ind. Report)
Greenkraft
Date: 2017-02-08
Santa Ana, California-headquartered alternative fuel engine and vehicle specialist Greenkraft, Inc. reports it will realize well over $1,000,000 of new revenue in 2017. This revenue is expected be achieved through the monetization of the company's truck and engine product line and alternative fuel engine conversion systems., the company says.

Conversion systems are quickly becoming a huge revenue source for Greenkraft because the Company can take various existing truck models that run on gasoline fuel and completely convert it to run on CNG or LPG making it much less expensive to operate the fleet.

Greenkraft, Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures compressed American natural gas and propane gas forward cabin trucks, alternative fuel systems and alternative fuel engines. (Source: Greenkraft, EconoTimes, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: Greenkraft, George Gemayel, CEO, (714) 545-7777, www.greenkraftinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  


Schneider Electric's South African Office Meets LEED Energy Efficiency Standards (Int'l)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2017-02-08
Schneider Electric (South Africa) reports the Midrand Waterfall Development in South Africa will soon receive a couple of world-class, energy-efficient additions aiming for the highest LEED green certification in the country.

The Schneider Electric office, designed by Aevitas Group, is a star-shaped structure optimized for a superior energy performance incorporates a central, enclosed, quadruple-volume atrium flooded with natural light that penetrates the interior through large skylights. The building facades are single glazed, double glazed and clad in insulated aluminium panels. The Building's low-flow pluming fixtures and drip-irrigation systems cut water consumption by 55 percent. An efficient waste management plan reduce the amount of waste generated during the construction. Renewable energy systems, lighting control, BMS, daylighting control and HVAC systems add to the building's energy efficiency. (Source: Schneider Electric, Inhabitat, Feb., 2017) Contact: Schneider Electric South Africa, +27 11 254 6400 - Head Office, +27 11 046 1900 - Midland OPffice, http://www.schneider-electric.co.za, www.schneider-electric.com; Schneider Electric Energy and Sustainability Services, www.schneider-electric.com/ess;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric ,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


$7Bn Mississippi CCS Power Plant Startup Delayed (Ind. Report)
Mississippi Power
Date: 2017-02-08
Mississippi Power is reporting another delay in the opening of its $7 billion Kemper Plant, the second carbon-capturing power plant near Meridian in Kemper County, Mississippi. in the U.S., Kallanish Energy reports. The 582-MW, coal-fired power plant is now expected to come online in late February, according to the company.

The new plant has achieved integrated operation of both gasifiers and has been burning syngas from lignite low-grade coal and generating electricity in both combustion turbines since Jan. 29, according to a company release. The plant must shut down for one week prior to going into service to allow last-minute repairs and final improvements. When fully operational, the plant will be the first clean-coal plant of its kind in the U.S. and a model for CCS technology. (Source: Mississippi Power, Kallanish Energy, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Mississippi Power, Anthony Wilson, Pres., CEO, (855) 693-8326, www.mississippipower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mississippi Power,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  


BHP Billiton Calls for Carbon Capture Action (Int'l Report)
BHP Billiton
Date: 2017-02-08
Australian mining giant BHP Billiton has called on governments to provide more help to industry in developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects as a way to reduce global emissions, meet climate targets and support millions of jobs globally. The company claims more is needed from both governments and industry to promote CCS.

According to BHP's climate change specialist Dr.Fiona Wild, "Although CCS and its component processes have successfully been demonstrated, more needs to be done to make it economically viable for wide deployment. In the nearer term, industry and government must work together to develop pilot projects, demonstration plants and 'first of a kind' commercial scale CCS operations." (Source: BHP Billiton, The Australian, BHP Website, Feb., 2017) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333, www.bhpbilliton.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BHP Billiton,  CCS,  Climate Change,  Carbon Capture,  


Brockton Mass, Scores $536,000 in First Mass. Green Communities Grant (Funding, Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resource
Date: 2017-02-08
In the Bay State, the City of Brockton is among 30 communities recently named by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources as a Green Community" under the Massachusetts Green Communities Act.

Brockton's status as a Green Community makes the city of 95,000 residents eligible for millions of dollars worth of grants to complete renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Upon joining the Green Community program. the city received an initial $526,000 in grant funding for a yet to be determined energy efficiency related project.

Presently, 185 cities and towns are participating in the Green Communities program. Since it founding in 2010, the program has provided approximately $65 million in grant funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and installations. Under the Massachusetts Green Communities Act, cities and towns must commit to cut taxpayer-funded municipal energy consumption by 20 pct within five years. (Source: Enterprise, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/guidance-technical-assistance/agencies-and-divisions/doer/; Massachusetts Green Communities, www.mass.gov/eea/energy-utilities-clean-tech/green-communities/

More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Green Communities,  Energy Efficiency,  


2016 Ethanol Exports Hit Record Highs (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2017-02-08
A new eight-page summary of 2016 ethanol trade data from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) reports that net exports of ethanol from the United States set a new record of 1.01 billion gallons in 2016.

According to thew report, gross U.S. ethanol exports totaled 1.05 billion gallons in 2016, second only to 2011's record of 1.19 billion gallons. Ethanol imports registered 34 million gallons, the lowest total since 2010. Brazil was the leading destination for U.S. ethanol exports, followed by Canada and China which together accounted for 68 pct of total U.S. ethanol exports.

U.S. ethanol exports were valued at $2.02 billion in 2016, up 13 pct from 2015 and the third-highest on record. For the first time, un-denatured ethanol for fuel use overtook denatured fuel ethanol as the leading ethanol export product, accounting for 51 pct of total exports in 2016. Exports to South America and East Asia in 2016 increased 118 pct and 69 pct respectively, over 2015 levels.

Access the RFA ethanol trade summary HERE. (Source: RFA, AgNet, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: RFA, Robert White, VP Industry Relations , (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Renewable Fuels Association,  


Swift Current Developing HillTopper Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Swift Current Energy
Date: 2017-02-06
In the Bay State, Boston-headquartered Swift Current Energy , the former Meridien Wind Project, reports it is developing the 175 to 200MW HillTopper Wind Energy Project in Logan County, Illinois. The company, which acquired the rights to HillTopper from Relight Enterprises in late 2016, expects to complete and bring the Hill;topper project on late in 2018.

Swift Current was formed late in 2016 with the aim of bringing large-scale, 2016 production tax credit qualified, energy projects to the market and attract long-term investment in clean, renewable power. (Source: Swift Current Website, Feb., 2017) Contact: Swift Current, Tony Lent, CEO, Will Havemeyer, Media, (866) 319-1949, media@swiftcurrentenergy.com, www.swiftcurrentenergy.com; Logan County Economic Development Partnership, Bill Thomas, (217) 648-5077, wthomas@teleologic.net

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Falck's Millennium Wind Farm Extension Wins Approval (Int'l.)
Falck Renewables
Date: 2017-02-06
In London, Falck Renewables reports the Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy has granted planning consent for its 35MW Millennium South wind farm extension near Fort Augustus in the Highlands. The wind power project, which will incorporate 10 turbines, is an extension to the 65MW Millennium Wind Farm which Falck completed in 2011. When fully operational, the project will generate sufficient electric power for as many as 20,000 homes.

Falck Renewables, a limited company, is an Italian renewable energy project developer with a London, UK-based subsidiary under the same name. Its core business is to construct and operate wind farms primarily in Italy, the UK, Spain and France. (Source: Falck Renewables, RENews, Feb. 3, 2017) Contact: Falck Renewables, Toni Volpe, CEO, +39 02 24331, comunicazione@falckgroup.eu, www.falckrenewables.eu

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Allianz, MFUG Invest in EDF Oklahoma Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Allianz,EDF
Date: 2017-02-06
In Munich, Allianz Capital Partners Gmbh reports it and Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) have made an unspecified investment in a Oklahoma wind farm owned by French utility EDF. When fully operational, the 225 MW Great Western wind project in Ellis and Woodward Counties, is expected to generate sufficient power for approximately 70,000 homes.

In 2016, Allianz, Europe's largest insurer, indicated it planned to double its investments in infrastructure and renewable energy projects by 2019. To date, Allianz has invested in 74 wind farms and seven solar parks in Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United States, according to the company. (Source: Allainx Capital Partners Gmbh, PR, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: Allianz Capital Partners GmbH, David Jones, Head of Renewables, +49 89 3800 7010, contact@allianzcapitalpartners.com, www.allianzcapitalpartners.com; EDF Energies Nouvelles, +33 (0) 1 40 90 2300, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com

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First Ont. Community Wind Farm Powering 6,700 Homes (Ind. Report)
Prowind Canada,Oxford Community Energy Co-operative
Date: 2017-02-06
Following on our August 24, 2016, coverage, the Oxford Community Energy Co-operative in southern Ontario, reports the Gunn's Hill community wind farm is now online and generating sufficient electric power for approximately 6,700 area homes.

The Gunn's Hill project is the province's first community-sponsored wind farm. The pproject was sponsored by the Oxford Community Energy Co-operative and the Six Nations of the Grand River. ProWind Canada Inc. was the developer. (Source: Oxford Community Energy Co-operative, Suzuki Foundation, Others, 2 Feb., 2016) Contact: Oxford Community Energy Co-operative, www.oxford-cec.ca; ProWind Canada, (905) 528-1747, www.prowind.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Ontario Wind,  Community Wind,  Prowind Canada,  


PRRD Nixes RES Canada's Dawson Creek Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Systems Canada
Date: 2017-02-06
In British Columbia, the Peace River Regional District directors reports it has rejected Montreal-headquartered Renewable Energy Systems Canada's (RES Canada) proposed small wind farm north of Dawson Creek. The company was seeking an exemption for a non-farm use within the province's Agricultural Land Reserve.

In Britch Columbia, small wind projects have proliferated under the provincial utility BC Hydro's Standing Offer Program which allows renewable energy projects between 100 kilowatts at 15 megawatts to sell power to the BC Hydro grid at above market rates. (Source: Dawson Creek Mirror, February 2, 2017) Contact: RES Canada, (514) 525-2113, infoCanada@res-americas.com; www.res-americas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Systems Canada,  Wind,  


Windy City Cuts Emissions with Energy Benchmarking (Ind. Report)
City of Chicago
Date: 2017-02-06
The City of Chicago reports it has cut citywide emissions by 7 pct from 2010-2015, according to an analysis performed by the engineering consultancy AECOM. The reduction was achieved during a period of 1 pct population growth and 12 pct growth in the local economy. According to the AECOM analysis, the built environment contributes about 70 pct of citywide GHG emissions. Over the past 5 years this sector experienced a 10 pct drop in carbon emissions led by energy savings in buildings. The residential building sector cut emissions by 11 pct, commercial buildings by 10 pct and institutional buildings by 8 pct. Over 80 pct of the city's total emissions reductions came from energy savings in buildings.

One strategy that Chicago implemented to encourage energy savings is an energy benchmarking and transparency law for existing buildings. The 2013 benchmarking ordinance came into force in 2016. In 2016, the city had nearly 2,700 buildings track and report energy use -- eleven times more buildings than initially reported in 2014. These properties represent about 733 million square feet of space, 23 pct of citywide energy use, and about $2 billion in energy bills.

The benchmarking report shows that regular tracking and reporting is helping to reduce energy use and emissions. Properties that have reported consistently are demonstrating annual energy reductions of 2 percent year-over-year. Combined, these energy reductions are saving the properties $17.6 million per year. (Source: City of Chicago, NRDC, Lauren Zullo, February 03, 2017) Contact: Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge, http://www.retrofitchicago.net; City Energy Project, www.cityenergyproject.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  


Nova Scotia Lumber Operation Unloads Biomass Power Plant (M&A)
Hefler Forest Products
Date: 2017-02-06
In Nova Soctia, the long struggling Hefler Forest Products lumber operation outside of Halifax reports the sale of its 3.7MW biomass power plant to Halifax-headquartered Hawthorne Capital and Katalyst Wind Inc. neither of which have a previous involvement in the lumbering-sawmill business. The new owners are reportedly seeking an experienced possible third-party operator. (Source: Hefler Forest Products, Chronicle Herald, Others, Feb., 2017) Contact: Hefler Forest Products, www.hefler.ca; Katalyst Wind Inc, contact information unavailable at this time.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  Biomass Power,  


Swedish Legislation Would Cut Carbon Emissions 85 pct by 2045 (Int'l, Reg. & Leg.)
Sweden
Date: 2017-02-06
In Stockholm, the coalition government of Sweden is debating a national policy to slash the country's carbon emissions by 85 pct by 2045, compared to 1990 emission levels.

The proposed legislation, which is inline with comparable regulatory frameworks in Denmark and the U.K., aims to create a predictable and enforceable regulatory environment that allows the market to adjust. The policy would force each incoming administration to draft an environmental action plan and report on its progress in Parliament year-on-year, much like the budget is debated. (Source: New Europe, Various Others, 3 Feb., 2017)

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EC Calls for EU ETS Upgrades, Amendments (Int'l, Reg. & Leg.)
International Civil Aviation Organization
Date: 2017-02-06
The European Commission (EC) reports it is amending the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to better tackle aviation industry CO2 emissions. The amendment follows an agreement by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to stabilize international aviation emissions.

At the 2016 ICAO Assembly, the European Union and its member states played an instrumental role in securing a deal on a global market-based measure to stabilize international aviation emissions. The system will require airlines to monitor and report their annual CO2 emissions on international routes and offset those exceeding 2020 levels.

The EC is proposing to continue with the current geographic scope of the EU ETS for aviation, covering flights between airports in the European Economic Area. The roposal to revise the EU ETS will be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council, which are expected to finalize the co-decision process before the year end.

Detailed rules of the Global Market-Based Measure will be prepared in 2017 and endorsed by ICAO in the course of 2018. The EU is committed to reduce domestic economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. (Source: International Civil Aviation Organization, EU, Press Release, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Aviatioon Emissions,  International Civil Aviation Organization ,  


St. Louis Joins City Energy Project Benchmarking (Ind. Report)
City Energy Project,St. Louis
Date: 2017-02-06
The city of St. Louis Board of Aldermen reports it has approved the implementation of an energy benchmarking requirement for certain commercial properties located primarily in the city center.

St. Louis is one of 20 cities nationwide to be selected for the benchmarking initiative, known as the City Energy Project. A joint venture of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation, the City Energy Project provides funding and technical support for tracking energy usage in large buildings, giving them the tools to save power and money. The program aims to enable $1.5 billion in annual energy savings nationwide by 2030. (Source: City Energy Project, St.Louis Post Dispatch, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: City Energy Project, www.cityenergyproject.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmarking,  City Energy Project,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Salt Lake City Plugs Solar Energy Growth Plan (Ind. Report)
Wasatch Solar Team,Utah Clean Energy
Date: 2017-02-06
In Salt Lake City, the Desert News is reporting that the Wasatch Solar Team, the advocacy group Utah Clean Energy, and Salt Lake City have unveiled a 10-year plan to continue the state's solar energy adoption.

The plan, which identifies continuing challenges to the growth of solar energy in Utah, calls for the state to remove unnecessary restrictions on rooftop solar and to offer more solar energy financing options.

According to the Wasatch Solar Team there were only 76 rooftop solar installations in 2006 in the state. By 2016, several thousand households were producing an estimated 140 MW of solar energy. options and add suitable roof space in the city. (Source: Wasatch Solar Team, Desert News, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: Wasatch Solar Team, www.wasatchsolar.com; Utah Clean Energy, (801) 363-4046, https://utahcleanenergy.org

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Sun Setting on Aussie Solar-Focused Energy Retailer (Int'l)
Urth Energy
Date: 2017-02-06
In the Land Down Under, the sun is setting on the upstart electric power retailer Urth Energy -- the second energy market newcomer to fail within 12 months. The company has been suspended from trading in the National Electricity Market by the Australian Energy Market Operator.

Urth Energy was established as an alternative to the major retailers by offering electricity from renewable resources and allowing solar customers to sell their excess power back to the grid at wholesale rates rather than fixed rates. The company's spot market-based feed-in tariff (FiT) package -- Urth Trader -- was reportedly the first of its kind in Australia. Urth Trader was notable in that households were not allowed to opt in or out of the wholesale price, but to receive the wholesale price for all their exports. (Source: Various Media, RENew Economy, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: Urth Energy, +61 1300 698 784, www.urthenergy.com.auAussie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Solar,  Solar,  FiTs,  


China to Launch Green Certificates Scheme (Int'l. Report)
China National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2017-02-06
In Beijing, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) reports that in a bid to address climate change and reduce government subsidies to the renewables sector, the country will launch a pilot green certificates trading scheme for solar and wind energy, beginning July 1.

Under the pilot programme, solar and wind energy producers would receive tradeable certificates proving that their electricity has been generated through renewable energy sources. Each certificate would represent i MW hour of electric power. Renewable energy consumers such as private and state businesses would be encouraged to purchase the certificates, which would then entitle them to an as yet unspecified payment. Solar and wind power producers who had sold their certificates would no longer receive a direct subsidy for electricity production.

The NDRC will monitor the pilot programme and could launch a mandatory green certificate scheme in 2018. Heavily subsidized renewable energy presently generates about 11 pct of China's energy consumption. (Source: National Development and Reform Commission, South China Morning Post, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

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Hawaiian Waste-to-Energy Plant Wins Approval (Ind. Report)
BioEnergy Hawaii
Date: 2017-02-06
In the Aloha State, the Hawaii Tribune Herald is reporting that the Hawaii County Planning Department has given the nod to BioEnergy Hawaii's proposed waste-to-energy plant at the Hawaii Concrete Quarry in Waikoloa. The project includes waste separation and anaerobic digestion facilities that will produce methane and other gases and by-products tsuch as soil amendments and fertilizer. The project includes a small closed thermal gasification unit for on-site electric power generation.

The plant is expected to be open in the summer of 2019. The planned 200-tpd facility, which could be expanded to 400 tpg under the plan, is expected to be operational in the summer of 2019. (Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald, Bioenergy Insights, Others, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: BioEnergy Hawaii, Guy Kaniho, GM, ourfuture@bioenergyhawaii.com, www.bioenergyhawaii.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioEnergy Hawaii,  Waste-to-Energy,  anaerobic digestion ,  


Tetra Pak Plans 40 pct Emissions Reduction by 2030 (Int'l Report)
Science Based Targets Initiative,Carbon Emissions,Tetra Pak
Date: 2017-02-06
Sweden packaging industry giant Tetra Pak reports it will decrease greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 40 pct based on 2015 levels, by the year 2030 increasing to 58 pct by 2040. It is the first food packaging firm to receive approval from the Science Based Targets (SBT) Initiative which helps companies set emission reduction targets based on climate science principles. The SBT initiative is a partnership between CDP, UN Global Compact, WRI and the WWF.

To meet its goals, Tetra Pak will improve energy efficiency at its facilities and cut its energy consumption by 12 pct. It will also purchase electricity from renewable energy sources, invest in green energy products and renewable electricity certificate programmes.

The company also plans to lower greenhouse gas emissions throughout the value chain by 16 pct per unit of revenue by 2020, working from a 2010 baseline. (Source: Tetra Pak, European Supermarket Mag., 4 Feb., 2017) Contact: Tetra Pak, Mario Abreu, VP Environment, www.tetrapak.com; Science Based Targets Initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

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Vega Biofuels Expands Woody Biomass Torrefaction Machine Capabilities (Ind. Report)
Vega Biofuels
Date: 2017-02-06
Norcross, Georgia-based Vega Biofuels, Inc. reports the expansion of its manufacturing capabilities to include multiple sizes of its bio-coal product to meet recent demand. Bio-Coal is a renewable, green energy product made from woody biomass, timber waste torrefaction -- the treatment of biomass at high temperatures under low oxygen conditions.

Vega Biofuels recently filed a Provisional Patent Application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under the title, Method and Apparatus for Torrefying Biomass.

Vega's generation 4 machine has been used to produce a bio-coal product that looks very similar to a piece of traditional Powder River Basin Coal and is approximately the size of a golf ball. As a result of the demand for other applications, Vega Biofuels has developed both a powder version and a pellet version of its bio-coal product. (Source: Vega Biofuels, PR, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: Vega Biofuels, Inc., (800) 481-0186, :info@vegabiofuels.com, www.vegabiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vega Biofuels,  BioCoal,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass Torrefaction,  

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