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Empower Inks District Energy Co-operation Agreement (Int'l)
Empower
Date: 2017-07-07
In Dubai, the Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) reports it has signed a Global Co-operation Agreement MoU with the partners of the United Nations Environment Programme, District Energy in Cities.

The agreement, which aims to enhance the conservational impact and development of district cooling in the UAE, defines common objectives and a collaborative framework intended to increase deployment of district energy in respective countries around the globe. The goal is to increase energy efficiency, reduce emissions, strengthen local and regional economies, and deliver the social and environmental benefits of efficient district energy systems.

The Global Co-operation Agreement brings together countries such as Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Singapore, the UAE, the UK, and the US to jointly share efforts to advance the district energy industry and promote sustainable and resilient technologies. (Source: Empower, Trade Arabia, Emirates News Agency WAM, 3 July, 2017) Contact: Empower, Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO, +97 14 375 5555, info@empower,ae,www.empower.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Empower,  Energy Efficiency,  


NY's Largest Community Solar Project Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
BlueRock Solar,Active Solar Development.
Date: 2017-07-07
In Erie County, near Niagara Falls, New York, the Town of Grand Island Town Board reports its approval of the largest community solar project in New York state. The project will be constructed by Syracuse-based BlueRock Solar and Galway, New York-headquartered Active Solar Development LLC.

The 18-acre solar array, which will break ground this summer, will serve many as 400 homes. (Source: Town of Grand Island, WIVB, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Town of Grand Island, Town Clerk, (716) 773-9600x600, clerk@grand-island.ny.us, www.grandisland.ny.us; Blue Rock Solar, (315) 418-4400, www.bluerocksolar.com; Active Solar Development, (800) 865-3625, www.activesolarusa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  Solar,  


Pruitt's Suspension of Obama Methane Rule Nixed (Reg & Leg)
EPA
Date: 2017-07-07
In a 2-to-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has held that the EPA cannot suspend an Obama administration rule to restrict methane emissions from new oil and gas wells.

EPA administrator Pruitt, a noted climate change skeptic, had imposed a 90-day moratorium, which he later extended to two years, on enforcement of parts of the Obama era methane regulation and argued that his action was not subject to court review. But the appeals court disagreed and ruled that the EPA's decision was "unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious." The court ruled that the agency lacked authority under the Clean Air Act to block the methane rule but did have authority to reverse the methane regulations. The court also ruled that the agency would have to undertake a new rule-making process to undo the Obama regulation. (Source: Various Media, NY Times, 3 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Methane Rule,  EPA,  


Calif. Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Provide $34.5Mn to Calif. Low-Carbon Transportation Program (Ind. Report, Funding)
California Department of Transportation
Date: 2017-07-07
In the Golden State, CALTRANS -- the California Department of Transportation -- reports the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program is providing $34.5 million in funding for 125 local projects aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and improving public transportation sustainability.

The Low Carbon Transit Operations Program is funded through the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) cap-and-trade program auction proceeds into the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. CALTRANS says the projects are part of the California Climate Investments. (Source: CALTRANS, Equipment World, 5 July, 2017) Contact: CALTRANS, Malcolm Dougherty, Director, www.dot.ca.gov/drmt/splctop.html; California Climate Investments, http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  California Department of Transportation,  California Air Resources Board,  


Aussie Green Star Update Foretells Shift Towards Carbon Zero Buildings (Int'l Report)
Green Building Council of Australia
Date: 2017-07-07
In the Land Down Under, Green Building Council of Australia reports it has updated its Green Star tools to prioritize carbon reduction in a push towards carbon zero commercial buildings.

There are now minimum GHG requirements, with 5 Star Green Star buildings needing to obtain three Greenhouse Gas Emissions credit points and be 25 pct more efficient than a standard building; and 6 Star Green Star buildings needing a minimum of 6 credits and to be 50 pct more efficient than a standard building. Ninety-five pct of Green Star-rated buildings currently meet the requirements.

According to the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, "significant" increases in minimum energy standards have been made in the 2019 National Construction Code update. Other changes include measures to build industry capacity in air-tightness testing, a new materials pathway to incentivize the use of sustainably sourced structural timber; the Construction Environmental Management credit has been renamed the Responsible Construction Practices credit, and includes a point for project teams that can demonstrate staff support through health and wellbeing programs. Another change includes new innovation challenges on carbon neutrality, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks. (Source: Green Building Council of Australia, TheFifthEstate, 4 July, 2017) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au; Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, www.asbec.asn.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Council of Australia,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


Heritage Hall in Kalamazoo Wins LEED Platinum for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Western Michigan University
Date: 2017-07-07
Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo is reporting the renovation of Heritage Hall, the oldest building on campus and the 16th building to be LEED certified, has recently been awarded U.S. Green Building Council Platinum certification. Building upgrades the helped the building achieve Platinum Certification include geothermal installations an LED lightin.

Heritage Hall has also recently received the Governor's Energy Award for public buildings in Michigan. (Source: Western Michigan University, PR, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Western Michigan University, Peter Strazdas, Associate VP of Facilities Management, (269) 387-8584, https://wmich.edu; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Siemens Gamesa Supplying Turbines for 752-MW Dutch Offshore Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
Siemens Gamesa , DONG Energy
Date: 2017-07-07
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and DONG Energy report they have inked an agreement for the supply and maintenance of 94 8-MW turbines (752 MW) at the Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind power project being developed 22km from the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland.

The nacelles for this project will be assembled in Siemens Gamesa's new factory in Cuxhaven, Germany, and the blades will be produced in Hull, England. The 8-MW turbine is based on the existing Siemens Gamesa offshore direct drive platform. The 752-MW Borssele 1 and 2 project will generate sufficient electric power for one million households. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  DONG Energy,  


Innergex, BayWa Ink Final Wind Acquisition Agreement (Int'l.)
BayWa r.e.,Innergex Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-07-07
Longueuil, Quebec-headquartered Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports it and BayWa r.e. GmbH have reached a final agreement on the purchase two French wind projects totaling 43 MW. The €27.2 million ($39.9 million Cdn.) acquisition, subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to be concluded following the mechanical completion and commissioning in 3Q of 2017.

Innergex's net share of the purchase price will amount to about €16.5 million ($24.2 million) and will be paid through available funds under its corporate revolving credit facility. Non-recourse debts related to the projects, which are already in place, will amount to €72.0 million ($105.7 million) and will remain at the project level.

Innergex will hold a 69.55 pct interest in the wind farms and Desjardins Group Pension Plan will own the remaining 30.45 pct. (Source: Innergex Renewable Energy, CNW, CISION, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Innergex, Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2556, info@innergex.com, www.innergex.com; BayWa r.e. GmbH, Matthias Taft, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e.,  Innergex Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


Wind Moratorium Causes Uncertainty in Tar Heel State (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-07-07
Following on our July 5th coverage, two proposed wind farms have indicated they will pull out of eastern North Carolina if an 18-month moratorium on wind farm permits becomes state law. Both projects had been expected to apply for state permits as early as this year and potentially could have been generating electricity by 2019.

But the moratorium, which means no wind farm will be a granted a state permit before Dec. 31, 2018, was inserted last week into an unrelated NC energy bill -- House Bill 589 -- which now awaits Gov. Roy Cooper's signature. (Source: News Observer, 5 July, 2017)Contact: Office of NC Governor Ray Cooper, https://governor.nc.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  North Carolina Wind,  


Google Euro Data Centers to Use Norwegian Wind Power (Int'l)
Google
Date: 2017-07-07
IT giant Google reports it will use Norwegian wind power for at least one of its European data centers, beginning this Sept. Google will likely be using the wind power for at least one data center in Europe, it could also be used at multiple data centers in Belgium, Finland, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

Google has a 12-year PPA for 100 pct of the power generated by the 50-turbine Tellenes Wind Farm. (Source: Google, 5 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Google,  Wind,  


Negative CO2 Emissions from Biomass-Coal Blends Process Tested (Ind. Report)
Gas Technology Institute
Date: 2017-07-07
In Ottawa, Canada, the Gas Technology Institute, US DOE, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and CanmetENERGY-Ottawa, report the commissioning of a new 1 MW pilot thermal plant to advance the development of an oxygen-fired pressurized, fluidized bed combustion (Oxy-PFBC) process.

The Oxy-PFBC process generates electricity and heat with close to zero emissions by capturing the greenhouse gases created by biomass and coal combustion. PFBC process uses pressurised combustion of oxygen and recycling of CO2 to eliminate the presence of nitrogen and other constituents of air, minimizing the generation of pollutants and allowing the more efficient clean-up of CO2. The PFBC process can produce electricity from coal with nearly zero emissions, while biomass-coal blends can actually achieve negative emissions. (Source: NRCAN, Gas Technology InstituteBioenergy Insights, July, 2017) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, www.nrcan.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Technology Institute,  Biomass,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


China Everbright Vietnam Waste-to-Energy Plant Underway (Int'l)
China Everbright
Date: 2017-07-07
Hong Kong-headquartered environmental services specialist China Everbright International is reporting construction is underway on its Can Tho waste-to-energy project in Vietnam. the company won the bid for the project in last July on a Build-Operate-Own model. The $47 million (€41 million) waste-to-energy plant is capable of processing 400 tonnes of waste. Can Tho presently collects around 650 tpd of household waste. The project is slated for completrion and commissioning in mid 2018. (Source: China Everbright International, Bioenergy Insight, Others, 3 July, 2017) Contact: China Everbright, (852) 2804 1886, info1@ebchinaintl.com, www.ebchinaintl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Everbright,  Waste-to-Energy,  


New Bord na Mona Bioenergy Division Proposed (Int'l)
Bord na Mona, Bioenergy Ireland
Date: 2017-07-07
In Dublin, the Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment is calling for the creation of a new bioenergy division of the "semi-government owned" company Bord na Mona (BnM). The new division, to be known as Bord na Mona Bioenergy, will advance the work of Bioenergy Ireland to develop a proposed biomass CHP plant in county Offaly.

The proposed CHP plant would utilize locally sourced straw, as well as forestry related woody biomass, as feed-stock. The facility would require a minimum 60,000 tonnes of straw to begin operations in early 2019.

Bord na Mona was founded in 1946 as a partially government-owned company to supply peat from Irish bogs for fuel. (Source: Irish Farmers Journal, 3 July, 2017) Contact: Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Hon. Denis Naughten, +353 1 678 2000, www.dccae.gov.ie; Bord na Mona, Mike Quinn, CEO, www.bordnamona.ie; Bioenergy Ireland, http://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/energy/topics/Renewable-Energy/bio-energy/Pages/Bio-Energy.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord na Mona,  Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  Biomass,  Straw,  


REGI Statement on EPA's Proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2017-07-07
Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) President and CEO Randy Howard issued the following statement regarding the U.S, EPA's release of the proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for 2018 Conventional and Advanced Biofuel and 2019 Biomass-Based Diesel: "This proposal offers REGI and the American biomass-based diesel industry the opportunity to prove once again how we exceed expectations and we fully embrace that opportunity. The RVO is only one tool that aids biomass-based diesel growth and it is our job to convince policymakers that it should not restrain growth of American-made renewable fuel.

"We remain confident in a positive outcome in the trade complaint against unfairly subsidized imported biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, and are just as confident that U.S. production can make up for any lost import volumes. And finally, there is momentum to reinstate and reform the federal biodiesel tax incentive to focus it on domestically produced fuel. So, we look forward to additional meetings with the Administration in the coming weeks to show how an industry that is only running at about 65 percent capacity, has ample feedstock supply, and is helping fill growing diesel demand can help President Trump reaffirm his commitment to growing the supply of all American made fuels." (Source: REGI, PR, 5 July, 2017) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Pres, Anthony Hulen, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax IncentiveRenewable Energy Group,  


EPA Proposes Slight Cut to 2018 RFS Mandate (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2017-07-07
In the nation's capitol, the EPA has released their proposed 2018 biofuel requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which mandates how much ethanol and other biofuels refiners are required to be blended into the gasoline and diesel fuel supplies.

The proposal would require refiners use 19.24 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2018, down from the 19.28 billion gallons required in 2017 and about 25 pct lower than the target Congress outlined in 2007. The RFS statue envisions blending 26 billion gallons of biofuel into the fuel supply in 2018. EPA's proposal maintains the 2017 blending requirements for both conventional, corn-based ethanol and biomass diesel but lowers targets for cellulosic and advanced biofuels.

According to an agency statement, its proposed volumes for 2018 are "consistent with market realities." Biofuel groups generally support the EPA's 2018 target for corn-based ethanol, but call for the mandate for other biofuels to be increased. (Source: EPA, The Hill, Various Others, 5 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard ,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  EPA,  Scott Pruitt,  


Rutgers, Mich. State Study Enzymes for Biofuel Production (R&D)
Rutgers University, Michigan State University
Date: 2017-07-07
Researchers at New Jersey's Rutgers University and Michigan State University report they have demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to corn stalks and other cellulosic biomass, and thus reduce enzyme costs in biofuels production, according to a study published this month in Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

According to study senior author Shishir P. S. Chundawat, an assistant professor in the Rutgers Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering , "The bottom line is we can cut down the cost of converting biomass into biofuels." Typically, the enzymes tapped to help turn switchgrass, corn stover and poplar into biofuels account for 20 pct of production costs. Enzymes cost about 50 cents per gallon of ethanol, so recycling or using fewer enzymes would make biofuels more inexpensive.

"The challenge is breaking down cellulose (plant) material, using enzymes, into sugars that can be fermented into ethanol. So any advances on making the enzyme processing step cheaper will make the cost of biofuel cheaper. This is a fairly intractable problem that requires you to attack it from various perspectives, so it does take time," according to Chundawat. (Source: Rutgers Univ., AAAS, EurekAlert, Public Release, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Rutgers Univ., Prof. Shishir Chundawat http://www.rutgers.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Enzymes,  Corn Stover,  


Canadian Federal Carbon Tax Support Waning (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-07-07
According to a new poll from the Vancouver-based Angus Reid Institute, 44 pct of Canadians nationwide say they support the liberal government of Prime Minster Justin Trudeau's planned carbon tax, while many provinces are opposed.

In the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland, 71 pct, 68 pct, and 67 pct respectively, are opposed to the federal carbon tax , which will force provinces to have a minimum $10 per tonne tax on carbon by 2018 -- rising to $50 per tonne by 2022. In British Columbia, which already has a carbon tax, half of those polled were opposed to the federal initiative.

Of those polled nationwide, about half said Ottawa should scrap its carbon tax plan to avoid disadvantageous competition with U.S. companies. Most provinces, including Alberta, B.C., Ontario and Quebec, already have some form of emissions plan in place.

The Angus Reid Institute is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and public opinion polling foundation whose insight and analysis is dedicated to enhancing the understanding of issues that matter to Canada and its world. (Source: Angus Reid Institute, CleanTech Canada, 6 July, 2017) Contact: Angus Reid Institute, (604) 559-1771, www.angusreid.org

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


French Climate Plan Ends Fossil Fuel Sales, Adds €100 Carbon Tax (Int'l)

Date: 2017-07-07
In Paris, the French Minister of the Environment, Nicolas Hulot, a "green" leader and former swashbuckling TV star, has announced the new government of President Emmanuel Macron's plan to stop the sale of all fossil-fueled automobiles by 2040 as part of its plan to cut CO2 emissions and fight climate change.

The ban will be achieved through a mix of financial incentives for alternative fuel vehicles and increased taxes on older, internal combustion cars. The plan would also bring in a national carbon tax which would be upward of €100 per tonne of carbon. The plan would also end the issuance of new oil exploration and development licenses and incentivize renewable energy projects, according to Engadget. (Source: Le Figaro, Financial Times, Engadget, 6 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


Norwegian Firm Orders 11 Additional Nordex Turbines (Int'l)
Nordex
Date: 2017-07-05
The Nordex Group reports receipt of a follow-up order for eleven N117/3600 turbines from Midtfjellet Vindkraft AS, a long-standing Norwegian customer. The turbines are for the Midtfjellet III wind farm on Stord island, southwest Norway. Turbine delivery and installation is scheduled for spring 2018. The project is owned by a joint venture comprising the Hamburg-based Aquila Capital and the local energy suppliers and power plant operators Fitjar Kraftlag SA, Ostfold Energi Vind AS and Vardar Boreas AS. The order includes a 5-year Premium Service Agreement .

Nordex operates manufacturing facilities in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States and India. The firm’s product portfolio is focused on onshore turbines in the 1.5 to 3.9 MW class, which are tailor-made for the market requirements in developed and emerging markets. (Source: Nordex, Hamburg News, 4 July, 2017) Contact: Nordex, www.nordex-online.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex news,  Wind news,  Wind Turbine news,  


THE BOTTOMLESS PIT -- The Economics of Carbon Capture and Storage -- (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-07-05
"The idea of carbon capture and storage (CCS), capturing carbon dioxide and storing it permanently has been around for nearly 40 years and Carbon dioxide capture technology has been used in practice since the 1920s. But over the last two decades, enthusiasts for the technology have promoted the idea of applying CCS on an extraordinary scale. Since most international energy agencies agree that fossil fuels will remain the dominant form of energy consumption in the next three to four decades, they claim that only the global deployment of CCS will allow nations to continue to use cheap oil, gas and coal. Without this mega-project, they warn, it will be all but impossible to prevent a global warming dis- aster.

"Both the International Energy Agency and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have highlighted the crucial role CCS technologies will have to play if the international community wants to meet the emissions pledges set out in the Paris Agreement. Yet in spite of these warnings, and the strong support of world leaders and many climate scientists, OECD governments have been stepping back from funding large-scale CCS projects, thereby slowing the pace of development. As a result, few CCS projects are in the works, and many more have been cancelled, not least by President Obama and the British government. What is more, the hundreds of billions that are being spent on renewable energy have significantly worsened the prospects of the technology ever being applied on anything like the utopian scale that is being advocated.

"This new Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) report explains the reasons for the manifest failure of CCS to progress and illustrates the economic and technological limits of a technology that has been promoted for too long on the basis of wishful thinking."

Access THE BOTTOMLESS PIT -- The Economics of Carbon Capture and Storage report HERE. (Source: Global Warming Policy Foundation June, 2017) Contact: Global Warming Policy Foundation, Gordon Hughes, www.thegwpf.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture and Sequestration,  


Tar Heel State Senate Adopts Wind Energy Moratorium (Reg & Leg)
Wind
Date: 2017-07-05
In the Tar Heel State, the Senate has approved an amendment that would stop all wind energy projects in North Carolina for four years. The amendment was added to House Bill 589, a strongly supported solar energy policy update.

The moratorium through the end of 2020 would give a consultant time to determine where wind farms might conflict with training areas for military aircraft. The moratorium would block two projects already in development, Alligator River in Tyrrell County and Timbermill Wind in Chowan and Perquimans counties. Both have already been approved by the Department of Defense under the state's 2013 regulations governing wind development. (Source: WRAL, Other Media, 29 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Record $25Mn PACE Funding Deal Sealed in Washington DC (Funding)
PACE,Property Assessed Clean Energy
Date: 2017-07-05
In the nation's Capitol, Washington's professional soccer team, DC United, reports it has closed on a $25 million clean energy and energy efficiency funding package for installation the 20,000 seat Audi Field stadium which opens next year.

The PACE-funded energy efficiency features include an 884 KW solar array, a "green" roof, LED lighting, HVAC, insulation and storm-water retention systems. The funding is through through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (DC PACE) program, in partnership with locally-based EagleBank. At $25 million, the funding is the nation's largest single PACE note issued to date and the first issued for a stadium project.

The stadium's PACE-funded measures are expected to result in a 25 pct reduction in energy use and a reduction of 820 metric tpy of CO2. (Source: US DOE, ProudGreenBuilding, Various Others, 28 June, 2017) Contact: DC United, www.dcunited.com; PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Chicago Joins Coalition Threatening Suit Against EPA Over Methane Rules (Ind. Report)
Methane
Date: 2017-07-05
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and 14 other attorneys general, the California Air Resources Board, and the City of Chicago have alerted EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that they plan to sue if the agency continues to ignore its legal duty to control emissions of methane from existing oil and gas operations.

The coalition's notice to the EPA cited the agency's failure to fulfill its obligation under the Clean Air Act to control methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas sources and for "unreasonably delaying" the issuance of such controls. It also argues that EPA's failure to act since September 2015 to issue controls on methane emissions from existing sources in the oil and gas industry violates the EPA's non-discretionary duty under the Clean Air Act and is an unreasonable delay in setting such controls.

Last week, a coalition of 14 states filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against EPA's actions halting regulation of methane emissions from new sources in the oil and gas industry. In February, a coalition of seven attorneys general and two environmental agencies urged U.S. Senate leadership to oppose a Congressional Review Act resolution to repeal a rule regulating methane emissions from oil and gas operations on public lands.

Illinois AG Madigan has also condemned federal executive's attempt to eliminate the Clean Power Plan and opposed the drastic budget cuts proposed for the EPA. (Source: Office of Illinois Attorney General, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Office of Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, (312) 814-3400, www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov

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


DONG Energy, Tetra Pak Touting New Climate Goals (Int'l. Report)
DONG Energy, Tetra Tech
Date: 2017-07-05
Denmark's largest company, offshore wind developer DONG Energy reports it will phase out the use of coal at its power stations entirely by 2023. The announcement is in keeping with company's goal of reducing its CO2 emissions in power and heat generation by 96 pct compared to 2006. DONG, which has already reduced its coal consumption by 73 pct since 2006, is the first among the large European energy companies to decide to phase out coal for the production of electricity and heating.

Meanwhile, Pully, Switzerland-headquartered food packaging specialist Tetra Pak pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its operation by 40 pct from 2015 levels. The company added that by 2040, emissions will be down 58 pct compared to a year ago. Tetra Pak has also committed to reduce GHG emissions across the value chain by 16 pct per unit of revenue by 2020 from a 2010 base-year.

Download DONG's Energy for a Sustainable Future report HERE (Source: DONG Energy, Tetra Pak, 3 June, 2017) Contact: Tetra Pak, Mario Abreu, VP Environment, www.tetrapak.com; DONG Energy, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com

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


Notable Quote -- DONG Energy
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-07-05
"In ten years, DONG Energy has transformed from one of the most coal-intensive utilities in Europe to a global leader in renewable energy. In 2016, green power and heat accounted for half of our energy generation, and we have more than halved our greenhouse gas emissions since 2006.

"By 2023, we want to achieve a 96 pct reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions per kilowatt-hour produced compared with 2006. We are very proud to announce today that this target has been approved as being scientifically in line with what we need to do as a company to tackle climate change. With this reassurance, we now know that we are doing our part to support the UN Sustainable Development Goal on climate action as well as the Paris Agreement. That is a big deal to us." -- Filip Engel, Senior Director of Sustainability and Environment, DONG Energy.

More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy news,  


Shipping Ind. Alliance Seeks to Lower Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
International Maritime Organization
Date: 2017-07-05
A group of shipowners and operators and maritime industry related firms have joined forces with the London-headquartered International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Global Industry Alliance (GIA) in a global effort to improve shipping industry energy efficiency and reduce carbon output in maritime transport. GIA members will work together to identify and develop innovate measures and promote the implementation of new energy efficiency marine technologies, as well as operational measures, such as best practices, alternative fuels, and IT.

GIA members include ABB Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd., DNV GL, Lloyd's Register EMEA, MarineTraffic, Ricardo UK Ltd., Royal Caribbean Cruises, Shell International Trading and Shipping Co. Ltd., Silverstream Technologies, Stena AB, Total Marine Fuels, Wartsila Corp., Mediterranean Shipping Co., and Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (Source: International Maritime Organization, American Shipper, 30 June, 2017) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  International Maritime Organization,  


UPS Increasing Alternative Fuels Fleet (Ind. Report)
UPS
Date: 2017-07-05
In Atlanta, UPS reports it is adding more alternative fuel vehicles and advanced technology vehicles to its fleet while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources as part of the company's commitment to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global ground operations 12 pct by 2025. The company's initiative was developed using a methodology approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. By 2020, UPS plans that one in four new vehicles purchased annually will be an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle, up from 16 pct in 2016. By 2025, 40 pct of all ground fuel will be from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel, an increase from 19.6 pct in 2016.

UPS presently operates more than 8,300 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles worldwide including electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, CNG, LNG, propane , lower-carbon footprint renewable diesel and renewable natural gas (RNG) . (Source: UPS, PR, 27 June, 2017) Contact: UPS, Kristen Petrella, (404) 828-4182, kpetrella@ups.com, www.ups.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuels,  


Cummins Westport Launches Natural Gas Playbook (Ind. Report)
Cummins Westport
Date: 2017-07-05
In Vancouver, natural gas engine manufacturer Cummins Westport Inc. (CW) is reporting the launch of the Natural Gas Playbook website, a five step guide featuring information and tips on how to assess, specify, prepare, implement, and operate/maintain a Cummins Westport powered natural gas fleet. It provides information to users who have questions about operating natural gas vehicles.

The Playbook also offers a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator and a Payback Calculator to track fuel savings, average fleet speed, service intervals, and fuel system capacity requirements.

Natural Gas Playbook www.cwiplaybook.com. (Source: Cummins Westport Inc., CNW, June 27, 2017) Contact: Cummins Westport, Todd Skene, Manager, Investor Relations, Westport Fuel Systems, (604)718-2046, invest@wfsinc.com, www.cumminswestport.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas,  Cummins Westport ,  


Tosoro Converting ND Refinery to Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
Tesoro
Date: 2017-07-05
San Antonio-headquartered independent petroleum products refiner and marketer Tesoro Corp. reports it plans to convert approximately 5 pct of it's Dickinson, North Dakota diesel refinery production to renewable diesel fuel from vegetable oils. The partial conversion to renewable diesel is slated for the year end. If the changeover is successful the company is considering converting the entire refinery to renewable diesel.

The changeover is expected to cost approximately $3.5 million. The North Dakota Industrial Commission Renewable Energy Council is recommending a grant of $500,000 for the project. (Source: Tesoro, Prairie Public News, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Tosoro Corp., C.J. Warner, Exec. VP Strategy and Business Development, Sam Ramraj, VP, Investor Relations, (210) 626-4757, www.tsocorp.com

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


Neste MY Renewable Diesel Reduces Particulate Emissions (Int'l)
Neste,Renewable Diesel
Date: 2017-07-05
In Finland, Neste is reporting a study lead by Tampere University of Technology has found that the use of pure Neste MY Renewable Diesel in working machines efficiently reduces particulate matter emissions on average by 35 pct and as high as 60 pct.

The study measured the local exhaust pipe emissions of working machines from two size categories, operating in an environment simulating real-life working conditions. The tests covered, for example, loading and driving of the working machine both with and without load. The results were derived from a comparison between the use of pure Neste MY Renewable Diesel and conventional fossil diesel meeting European EN 590 diesel fuel standard specifications and consisting of 7 percent of conventional biodiesel, in line with the maximum limit specified by the standard. (Source: Neste Corporation, PR, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Neste, Jukka Nuottimäki, Associate, Neste, tel. +358 50 458 2726, jukka.nuottimaki@neste.com, www.neste.com; Tampere University of Technology, Panu Karjalainen, Postdoctoral Researcher, +358 45 359 2979, panu.karjalainen@tut.fi

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Algae as a Sustainable Feedstock for Biodiesel Production -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-07-05
There is an increasing interest in algae as a biodiesel feedstock to avoid the utilization of food resources for energy production and to circumvent the food versus fuel competition.

Supercritical alcohol transesterification, a relatively new process, offers advantages over conventional transesterification, such as a faster reaction time , catalyst-free operation, ability to handle inexpensive feedstocks, and higher biodiesel purity. It is conducted at higher temperatures and pressures (supercritical state), where the raw materials exist as fluids that possess a useful combination of liquid and gas properties.

Using algae as raw material and supercritical alcohol transesterification as conversion process, a more sustainable biodiesel production technology can be developed. It would reach large-scale production capabilities on a long-term basis without adverse effect on the food supply chain. In the Review Status and Prospects of Supercritical Alcohol Transesterification for Biodiesel Production published in WIREs Energy and Environment, George Philippidis and colleagues at the University of South Florida present an in-depth look at the current status and future prospects of supercritical transesterification. Its emphasis is on biodiesel production from more sustainable raw materials like algae. The researchers identify the advantages of the new technology and discuss ways to overcome its challenges.

Status and Prospects of Supercritical Alcohol Transesterification for Biodiesel Production HERE. (Source: University of South Florida, Wiley, Advanced Science News, 29 June, 2017) Contact: University of South Florida, George Philippidis, (813) 974-9333, gphilippidis@usf.edu, www.usf.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Biodiesel,  


Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ Certification Expanded (Int'l)
Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe
Date: 2017-07-05
In London, the Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe, a global underwriting standard for developing and measuring energy efficiency retrofits, reports its Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ (IREE) certification is now being applied to energy efficiency projects across industry, street lighting and district energy. The certification was previously only available to the building sector. The expansion received funding from the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme.

ICP aims to standardize energy efficiency upgrades through the adoption of best practices that work to make projects more attractive to investors and building owners. The protocols adopted by IREE-certified projects and verified by credentialed Quality Assurance providers help reduce transaction costs and increase confidence in savings to help engage private capital and scale up energy efficiency investments.

The expansion will be overseen by the ICP Europe Consortium, which includes EnergyPro Ltd; RdA Climate Solutions in Portugal and Spain; Serimus in Germany; Denskatt in Austria & Bulgaria; and Verco in the UK; as well as Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes (EEIP) and GRESB, the global ESG benchmark for real assets.

The consortium aims to develop the new energy performance protocols for the additional sectors, referencing existing best practices. (Source: Green Buildings Certification, July, 2017) Contact: Green Building Certifications Inc., Sarah Stanley, sstanley@gbci.org, www.gbci.org; Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe, europe.eeperformance.org

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


Jamaican Energy Efficiency Programme Saves $100Mn (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-07-05
In Kingston, the Jamaican Minister of Science, Energy and Technology reports the Jamaican government has saved more than $100 million in energy costs under its Energy, Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP). Electric power consumption by State entities has fallen 410 gigawatt-hours (GWh) since the beginning of the programme in 2011 to under 400 GWh in 2015.

The Ministry has begun adoption of an Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) Methodology as a blueprint to guide the strategic development and modernization of the energy sector over the next 20 years. When completed, the IRP will establish the projected electricity demand over a 20-year period and determine the generating capacity and technologies necessary to satisfy the demand over the period. The IRP components include: institutional strengthening; investments in energy efficiency and conservation; demand side management and energy efficiency/conservation education awareness. The IRP programme is administered by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). (Source: Jamaica Information Service, 30 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Orient Green Power Selling Unprofitable Biomass Arm (M&A)
Orient Green Power,Shriram Ventures
Date: 2017-07-05
Following on our September 9, 2016 coverage, India's largest independent renewable energy-based power generation company Orient Green Power reports it has approved the sale of its unprofitable biomass operations to promoter firm Shriram Ventures (SVL) for €37 million. The sale excludes the 20MW cogeneration plant in Kolhapur, Maharashtra and a 10-MW plant in Rajasthan, which are being sold to third parties. Excluding these facilities, OGP's biomass portfolio totals 68 MW.

The sale is pending the usual due diligence, stockholder, creditor and regulatory approvals. (Source: Orient Green Power, Bioenergy Insights, Others, 3 July, 2017)Contact: Orient Green Power, S. Venkatachalam, MD, +91 44 490 15678, info@orientgreenpower.com, http://orientgreenpower.com; Shriram Ventures, secl@shriram.com, www.shriram.com

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CEE, GCL Ink $62.3Mn, 100 MW Chinese Solar Deal (Int'l)
China Energy Engineering
Date: 2017-07-05
Beijing-based China Energy Engineering (CEE) subsidiary CEE Tianjin repoprts it will construct a 100 MW solar project for GCL New Energy in eastern China. The PV array will cost approximately $62.3 million and be completed within the next four months, according to a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

In July 2016, CEE Zhejiang signed a deal to install 20 MW of solar capacity for GCL New Energy in Suzhou, Anhui province. Around the same time, CEE Tianjin agreed to build the second 36.16 MW phase of a 100 MW project that GCL New Energy was developing in Hebei province. CEE Tianjin followed with an additional agreement to complete the third 42.98 MW phase of the Zhangjiakou project. In a separate announcement, Suzhou GCL revealed plans to transfer shares of Jinhu Zhenhui Photovoltaic and Shandong Wanhai Solar Power to Xi'an Zhongmin GCL New Energy, a GCL New Energy venture with Zhongmin New Energy (Shanghai) Investment. The agreement is related to 130 MW of solar capacity in China. By the end of 2016, GCL New Energy had roughly 1 GW of solar capacity under construction in China. The company secured approval to issue $254 million of green bonds this past March and expects to complete 1.5 GW to 2 GW of solar capacity before the year end. (Source: China Energy Engineering, PV Mag., 3 July, 2017) Contact: China Energy Engineering Group Co.Ltd, en.ceec.net.cn

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Vattenfall Streamlines Wind, PV Business (Int'll Report)
Vattenfall
Date: 2017-07-05
Sweden's government-owned renewable energy specialist Vattenfall reports it has split its wind business into three units covering offshore, onshore and for the first time photovoltaic and battery storage, effective 1 July, 2017. In a statement, Vattenfall indicated it planned to invest as much as €150 million in large scale as well as decentralized PV and battery projects.

The offshore wind unit will be headed by Michael Simmelsgaard. Sandra Grauers-Nilsson head the onshore group and Claus Wattendrup is in charge of the new PV and batteries division. (Source: Vattenfall, renews, Others, July 3, 2017) Contact: Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  PV,  Energy STorage,  Solar,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Trident Proposes 1,000-MW Calif. Offshore Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Trident Winds
Date: 2017-07-05
In the Golden State, Trident Winds LLC is proposing construction of a 60 -- 100 turbine deep water wind farm off the coast, from Cayucos to north of Piedras Blancas. The project, which would be more than 20 miles offshore, would utilize floating foundations and would generate 1,000 MW of electricity that would reach the mainland through underwater transmission lines to the PG&E substation in Morro Bay. Subject to approvals and other considerations, the project could be operational and online sometime in 2025, the company says.

Trident was the first company to apply for a lease to build a wind farm off the Central Coast. The land it would be leasing is in federal waters, so the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is the responsible agency. Statoil, a Norwegian energy company, has since applied to compete for the lease. (Source: Trident Wind LLC, Tribune, July, 2017) Contact: Trident Winds LLC,, Alla Weinstein, www.tridentwinds.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trident Winds,  Offshore,  Deep Water Wind Wind,  Floating Wind Foundation,  


Notable Quote -- Stephen Hawking

Date: 2017-07-05
"We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump's action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid.

"Climate change is one of the great dangers we face and it's one we can prevent if we act now." -- Cambridge professor and world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking,


GE Tackles JPMorgan Chase Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
General Electric
Date: 2017-07-05
In New York, GE reports it has begun the second phase of a collaboration with JPMorgan Chase & Co. to install new energy management and digital technology meant to boost energy efficiency at about 4,500 Chase branch offices nationwide.

The effort includes controlling HVAC, sensors, software and lighting controls to help Chase branches cut electric and gas consumption by 15 pct.

The deal is the next step of a program that began last year to retrofit Chase office with LED lighting. To date, 2,500 branch offices have had new lighting installed, cutting Chase's lighting energy consumption by 50 pct. (Source: GE, Columbus Dispatch, Others, 3 July, 2017) Contact: GE Power, www.gepower.com; JPMorgan Chase Corporate Office, (212) 270-0589, www.jpmorganchase.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric,  JPMorgan Chase,  Energy Efficiency,  


Moixa Touting TEPCO Funding, Battery Trial Collaboration (Int'l)
Moixa,TEPCO
Date: 2017-07-05
London, UK-headquartered battery storage company Moixa reports it has secured £2.5 million in new investment and will collaborate with Japan's largest utility Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) on a pilot trial of its compact battery system in Tokyo. Moixa is also planning trials in Europe and the US within the next 12 months.

Moixa received £500,000 in equity investment from TEPCO and another £500,000 equity investment from First Imagine! Ventures , as well as a £1 million funding facility from Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Moixa says it expects to have installed 50,000 batteries and to be managing twice as many using its patented, cloud-based 'GridShare' platform in the UK by 2020. Moixa holds UK and US patents on managing distributed batteries for grid services. (Source: Moixa, PR, 3 July, 2017) Contact: Moixa, Somon Daniel, CEO, +44 0 207 734 1511, info@moixa.com, www.moixa.com; TEPCO, www.tepco.co.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News TEPCO,  Moixa,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Schneider Presents $1Mn Energy Savings Award (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2017-07-05
Schneider Electric presented its $1,000,000 Savings Milestone Award to Alabama's Etowah County Board of Education, in recognition of the district's strides in energy conservation since the start of the project in 2015. In energy terms, this amounts to more than 3,000,000 kWh saved -- sufficient power for 311 houses for an entire year.

Schneider Electric's energy efficiency project for the school district consisted of enhanced lighting in classrooms, hallways, gyms and outdoor spaces; mechanical replacements at the central office; new building controls; and the implementation of Voice over Internet Protocol and IT enterprise management systems.

These upgrades cut the district's energy consumption by 29 pct and reduced its utility budget by more than $565,000 annually. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 2 July, 2017) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.enable.schneider-electric.com; Etowah County Board of Education, www.ecboe.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric ,  Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


Loews Vanderbilt Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
US DOE Better Buildings Solution Center
Date: 2017-06-30
The U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge has recognized Loews Hotels & Co. for the energy efficiency upgrades made at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

Loews had set a goal to reduce energy use across all of its hotels by 20 pct in ten years. Over the past two years, the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel has improved its energy efficiency by 22 pct and achieved a total energy cost savings of $328,250.

To achieve its goal, the Vanderbilt Hotel upgraded all public-area lighting fixtures to LEDs, installed new direct-drive elevator hoist motors on seven passenger elevators, replaced outdated 750-ton centrifugal chillers with re-sized, highly-efficient 500-ton chillers, and installed a new, more efficient water system. The hotel also installed new variable frequency drives on the existing chilled water and condenser pumps for enhanced HVAC efficiency and replaced the water distribution media inside the cooling tower. And by enhancing and insulating the hotel's exterior envelope and ballroom roof, the building's overall R-value was improved by 20 pct. (Source: US DOE Better Buildings Solution Center, Contact: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, www.loewshotels.com/vanderbilt-hotel; Better Buildings Solution Center, https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/solutions

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Better Buildings Solution Center,  Energy Efficiency,  


2nd Creston Wind Farm Completed in Cornhusker State (Ind. Report)
Loup Power
Date: 2017-06-30
In Nebraska, Loup Power District officials are reporting completion of the 2nd Creston Wind Farm project, near the community of Creston. With its completion the District will have in operation, through a PPA with Bluestem, 13.7 MW of wind renewable power generation -- approximately 6 percent of the District's peak demand for power. (Source: Loup Power District, NCN News, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Loup Power District, Neal Suess , Pres., (402)-564-3171 www.loup.com

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Micro-Algae Biodiesel Cuts Emissions up to 80 pct, says Chilean Researchers (Int'l, R&D)

Date: 2017-06-30
In Santiago, Chile, researchers at Catholic University's Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioprocesses report that algae-based biodiesel can cut particulates and emissions by as much as 80 pct in high-power diesel engines, compared to fossil diesel.

According to the researchers, "Some species of micro-algae can accumulate a large amount of oils, whose origin is the fixation of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These can be used to produce biodiesel in a similar way to the biofuel produced with oils used in frying." The research also investigated the emissions-reducing potential of waste-based fryer oils, and looked at engines of the types used in trucks and buses, some of which incorporate a catalytic system to transform and eliminate pollutants. (Source: Catholic University, Biofuels Digest, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Catholic University, Prof. Cesar Saez, Engineering, www.researchgate.net/profile/Cesar_Saez-Navarrete/info, www.uc.cl/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Biodiesel,  CO2 Emissions,  


Barbados Plans 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Barbados
Date: 2017-06-30
In the capital city of Bridgetown, the Managing Director of Barbados Light and Power (BL&P) LTD, Roger Blackman, reports that the Government of Barbados is working with stakeholders and investors to meet the island country's electric power needs with 100 pct renewable energy by 2013. Blackman noted that BL&P planned to work with all stakeholders, including Government and investors such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Commission, to find the right energy solutions for the island nation of 285,000. (Source: Barbados Light & Power, Barbados Advocate, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Barbados Light & Power, Roger Blackman, www.blpc.com.bb

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Quebec Investing $1.5Bn in Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Hydro-Quebec,Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
Date: 2017-06-30
In Quebec City, Pierre Arcand, the Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, is touting the province's first action plan in its 2030 Energy Policy which includes 42 measures to accelerate the transition toward sustainable energy sources, notably hydro-electricity, wind, solar power and natural gas. The policy aims to reduce the province's oil consumption by 40 pct by 2030 and eliminate the use of coal. The province is prepared to invest $1.5 billion in the program.

Additionally, the government will ask Hydro-Quebec to develop expertise in solar energy and construct a solar park and increase hydro-electric power production. The plan includes a goal of converting 25,000 homes from oil-based heating systems to other forms of energy within three years. (Source: Montreal Gazette, Presse Canadienne, Others, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Hydro-Quebec, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, (514) 289-5005, www.hydroquebec.com; Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, https://mern.gouv.qc.ca/en

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Neo Solar Inaugurates 200 MWp Taiwan Solar Facility (Int'l)
Neo Solar Power
Date: 2017-06-30
The Taiwanese solar cell and module manufacturer Neo Solar Power (NSP) is reporting the opening of the country's first automated high-efficiency module production facility at Hsinchu. The 200 MWp facility will produce NSP's new Glory BiFi modules for regional markets at the new site.

According to the company, the Glory BiFi has been developed to perform optimally in harsh climatic environments, including high temperatures and in areas prone to salt mists and typhoons.

Previously the company confirmed it is pivoting away from multicrystalline cells to produce only monocrystalline products, with a particular focus on mono-PERC cells. Prior to the opening of its latest fab, the company was running at full 600 MWp capacity for mono. (Source: Neo Solar Power, PV Mag, Others, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Neo Solar Power, Sam Hong, CEO, +866 3578 0011, www.nsp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neo Solar Power,  Solar,  


Kettering Schools Score $536,241 Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
Dayton Power and Light,AES Corporation
Date: 2017-06-30
In the Buckeye State, Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of AES Corporation, reports it has awarded $536,241.52 in energy efficiency rebates to Kettering City Schools.

Kettering City Schools installed LED energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors at each building which significantly improved energy efficiency and reduced energy costs. The upgrades are expected to save 1,236,000 kWh of energy annually. Other school initiatives include manually turning off lights when not in use and adjusting thermostat temperature set points seasonally. As a result of these latest projects, Kettering City Schools will achieve energy savings of more than 2.3M kilowatt hours annually. (Source: AES Corp., Dayton Power & Light, 26 June, 2017)Contact: Dayton Power and Light, Tom Raga, CEO, Mary Ann Kabel, 937-224-5940, www.dplinc.com; AES Corporation, www.aes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dayton Power and Light ,  AES Corporation,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


Canada Day, July 4th Holidays Publications Schedule
Holiday Schedule
Date: 2017-06-30
In celebration of Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day we will not be publishing on Monday, July 3rd. We will resume our regular publications schedule on Wednesday, July 5th.

Have a safe holiday.


Guelph Considers $8Mn Switch to LED Streetlights (Ind. Report)
City of Guelph
Date: 2017-06-30
In Ontario, the city of Guelph is considering the upgrading of its 13,000 street lights to more cost-efficient and energy-efficient LED lighting. The upgrading is expected to cost approximately $8 million, an amount that is expected pay for itself within six years when maintenance costs are included in the calculations.

Guelph Hydro, which maintains the city's street light system, would undertake the switch to LEDs. In 2016, the city spent $2 million on street lighting -- $1.5 million of that on electricity and the balance on maintenance. The city currently spends $121 annually per street lamp for electricity, but that cost is projected to drop to $67 per light with the change over. (Source: Guelph Today, 26 June, 2017) Contact: City of Guelph, Alex Chapman, Climate Change Office Manager, (519)822-1260 X 3324, alex.chapman@guelph.ca, www.guelph.ca

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