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Milwaukee Sewage Comm., WM Ink 20-yr. Biogas Deal (Ind. Report)
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission,Waste Management
Date: 2017-06-30
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report that the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission has approved a revised 20-year agreement with Waste Management to use biogas from the company's Metro landfill in Franklin, Wisconsin.

Under the terms of their agreement, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) will construct an $11 million gas treatment plant at the landfill site while Waste Management will maintain a gas extraction system and build a pipeline to the Emerald Park Landfill operated by Advanced Disposal. The gas will be used for power generation at MMSD's Jones Island water treatment facility.

The agreement is expected to save district rate players as much as $10 million over the 20 year contract. MMSD will pay Waste Management 36 pct of the market price for natural gas based on energy content, not volume, under the terms of the revised agreement. (Source: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission, Bioenergy Insight, Others, 28 June, 2017)Contact: Waste Management, (414) 281-8900; Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission, (414) 325-5100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission,  Waste Management,  Biogas,  

Global Biomass Fuel Industry Situation and Prospects Research report 2017 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-06-30
The recently released Market.Biz Global Biomass Fuel Industry Situation and Prospects Research Report 2017 provides an overview and analysis of the biomass fuel industry. The report includes industry definitions, applications, classifications and Biomass Fuel industry chain structure as well as a detailed study and competitive analysis of the international biomass fuel market. The report also provides information on company profiles, product description, capacity, Biomass Fuel production, cost, market revenue of Biomass Fuel industry and contact details. The report includes product types, prices and regional market revenue and other related details.

Global Biomass Fuel Industry Situation and Prospects Research Report 2017 summary and details HERE. (Source: Market Biz, Contact: Market Biz., (857) 239-0696,

Notable Quote
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-06-30
"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,  Biomass,  Coal,  

DONG Inks Coal-to-Woody Biomass Power Plant Agreements (Int'l)
DONG Energy,Novo Nordisk, Novozymes
Date: 2017-06-30
The Danish utility DONG Energy reports it has concluded agreements for the conversion of the Asnaes Power Station from coal to bioenergy in an effort to help phase out coal-fired generation in Denmark by 2023.

DONG inked agreements with Novo Nordisk, Novozymes and Kalundborg Forsyning to allow the connection of a new forestry-waste and wood chip-fired plant to the power station's existing installations and systems.

The new bio plant will supply steam and district heating under a 20-year contract from 2019 to Kalundborg Forsyning. The conversion is slated to get underway later this summer. (Source: DONG Energy, renews, Others, 28 June, 2017) Contact: DONG Energy, Thomas Dalsgaard, Exec. VP, +45 99 55 11 11,; Novozymes,; Novo Nordisk,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  DONG Energy,  Woody Biomass,  

Second Netherlands Wind+Storage Project Now Online (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-06-30
In the Netherlands, wind and solar developer Alfen reports it brought a 3 MW energy storage system connected to a wind farm online this week at the 122 MW, 36-turbine Princess Alexia facility in the town of Zeewolde-- Netherlands' second-largest wind farm. Vattenfall subsidiary Nuon, which operates the wind farm, and BMW collaborated on the project.

This is Alfen's second wind and energy storage project following the May installation of a 1 MWh battery storage solution at the 9 MW Giessenwind wind farm in the town of Giessenburg.

Alfen offers a portfolio of solutions to transform, store and distribute sustainable electric energy and is often partner in connecting solar parks and wind turbines, according to the company's website. (Source: Alfen, PEI, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Alfen, +31 36 54 93 400,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Energy Storage,  Wind_Storage,  

Raisio Group Commissions Finnish Woody Biomass Facility (Int'l)
Date: 2017-06-30
Finland's Raisio Group is reporting the commissioning of a 50-gWh woody biomass bioenergy plant at its main production facility. The highly automated €8.5 million plant uses two to three truckloads of locally sourced wood chips daily.

Raisio's operations are divided into two divisions: Brands and Raisioagro. Raisio's Brands Division includes Healthy Snacks, Benecol, Benemilk and Confectionery. Raisioagro is also a modern agritrader and partner of livestock producers and contract farmers. (Source: Raisio, European Supermarket Mag., July, 2017) Contact: Raisio Group, +358 2 443 2111,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass ,  

Kentucky Utilities Tout Energy Storage Testing Demo (Ind. Report)
Electric Power Research Institute
Date: 2017-06-30
Following up on our March 13th coverage, in the Bluegrass State, Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) and the Kentucky Utilities Company, in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is reporting the launch of an Energy Storage Research and Demonstration Site at the E. W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg, Ky.

The project will allow the utility to develop, test and evaluate the potential benefits of utility-scale battery energy storage technologies and investigate operating needs and associated costs. Researchers will also use the site to advance control technologies, increase value gained from storage and determine solutions to integration challenges for energy storage on the electric grid.

The site includes three testing bays for energy storage technologies, each able to house up to one megawatt of storage. Testing multiple storage technologies at one time will allow researchers to assess how the individual systems operate and any potential grid integration challenges as the systems work together. The site will also function as a "virtual lab" for use by other utilities working with EPRI to address potential gaps associated with utility-scale energy storage. (Source: LG&E KU , 28 June, 2017) Contact: Louisville Gas and Electric,; EPRI,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Electric Power Research Institute ,  

Notable Quote

Date: 2017-06-30
"We are witnessing a transformation of global power markets led by renewables and, as is the case with other fields, the center of gravity for renewable growth is moving to emerging markets." -- Faith Birol, Exec. Dir., International Energy Agency

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency news,  

Miss. Power Plant Clean Coal Effort Unplugged (Ind. Report)
Mississippi Power
Date: 2017-06-30
Following on our February 8th coverage, Southern Company's Mississippi Power reports it is "immediately suspending start-up and operations activities" at the Kemper Power Plant involving the gasification of coal from a nearby lignite mine. The plant will continue to run on natural gas. The plant was meant to showcase technology to capture carbon dioxide from coal -- aka "clean coal."

To date, the Kemper project has cost $7.5 billion, but the planned carbon capture and coal gasification technology is $4 billion over budget and three years behind schedule. Southern Company has unloaded Approximately $800 million of the plant's spiraling costs on ratepayers, and the plant has received $382 million in federal Energy Department grants, according to the company. Southern and its Mississippi Power subsidiary has already written off $2.9 billion of the project cost, according to a June 23 Standard and Poor's credit analysis.

The plant was intended to be the first clean-coal plant of its kind in the U.S. and a model for CCS technology. (Source: St Louis Post Dispatch, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Mississippi Power, Anthony Wilson, Pres., CEO, (855) 693-8326,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal,  CCS,  Mississippi Power,  Southern Company,  Kemper ,  

CCC says UK Low-Carbon Economy Transition Stalled (Int'l)
Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2017-06-30
In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) reports that lack of government action on climate change is making it difficult for businesses and the public to grasp the opportunities of the transition to a low-carbon economy. According to the CCC's 2017 report to parliament, progress has been made but continued advancements depend on "significant new measures."

Greenhouse gas emissions are about 42 pct lower than in 1990, about halfway to the 2050 commitment to reduce emissions by at least 80 pct below 1990 levels. However, progress is stalling with emissions mainly falling in the power sector since 2012 and rising in the transport and buildings sectors.

CCC calls for the government to continue reducing emissions across the economy and to address the gap between agreed upon emissions reduction targets and the impact of existing policies. The government should also find ways to bring forward additional low-carbon electricity generation through the 2020s and set out a strategy for deploying carbon capture and storage technology, CCC said.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. The CCC's role is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, BBC, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, +44 (0) 207 591 6080,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Committee on Climate Change,  Low-Carbon Economy,  GHGs,  

Carbon XPRIZE Competitors Partner on New Entry (Ind. Report)
CO2 Solutions,Team CERT
Date: 2017-06-30
Quebec City-based CO2 Solutions Inc. reports it will join forces with Team CERT, a multidisciplinary team of researchers affiliated with the University of Toronto, for a combined entry to the Carbon XPRIZE competition sponsored by U.S. utility NRG and Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA).

The three-round competition, which aims to advance technologies that convert CO2 from a liability into valuable products, has a total prize purse of $20 million. Both teams have already advanced through the first round of the 4.5-year competition, which runs to 2020. The winners in each of two tracks—one focused on testing technologies at a coal power plant and one focused on a natural gas power plant—will be awarded $7.5 million grand prizes.

In addition to continuing with its initial entry in the competition, through which it will demonstrate its process of capture and reuse of CO2 into acetic acid, CO2 Solutions has also been authorized to partner with other contenders offering a CO2 reuse process only.

Team CERT's work on addressing the need for carbon-neutral fuel systems has focused on efficient reduction of atmospheric CO2 into usable carbon products for renewable fuels and chemical feedstocks.

CO2 Solutions' process exploits an enzyme catalyst called carbonic anhydrase, which is responsible for facilitating efficient CO2 transfer during respiration in humans and other living organisms. The technology lowers the cost barrier to carbon capture, sequestration and utilization (CCSU). (Source: Carbon XPRIZE, JWN, 28 June, 2017) Contact: XPRIZE, Eric Desatnik (310) 741-4892,,; CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  Carbon XPRIZE,  

Engie SA, Uniper SE Abandon Rotterdam CCS Project (Int'l)
Engie SA , Uniper SE
Date: 2017-06-30
In Amsterdam, Engie SA and Uniper SE reportedly no longer intend to participate in a test project to capture and store carbon dioxide generated by one of several major new coal plants in the Port of Rotterdam. Accordingly, the Dutch Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp said in a statement he would "examine whether legal steps can be taken to recoup" unspecified subsidies paid to the companies if they do not change their minds and return to the project by Sept. 15.

The plants, which were commissioned in 2014 and 2016, have become a point of contention between environmentalists who want all coal plants in the country to be shutdown and the companies, who say they will demand compensation if they are. The plants and the companies were originally granted construction licenses and other considerations on the proviso that they would participate in the carbon storage project. (Source: Engie SA, Uniper SE, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Reuters, Others, 27 June, 2017) Contact: Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs,; Engie SA,; Uniper SE,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Storage,  

Blue Flint Ethanol Celebrates 10th Year (Ind. Report)
Midwest AgEnergy,Blue Flint Ethanol
Date: 2017-06-30
In Underwood, North Dakota, Midwest AgEnergy's Blue Flint Ethanol reports the completion of its 10th year in business.

Located adjacent to Coal Creek Power Station, Blue Flint Ethanol is the first co-located, directly integrated ethanol plant in the world. The plant's location is a key factor in making Blue Flint one of the most cost-effective, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly ethanol plants in the country, the company says. As a by-product of generating electricity, the Coal Creek Station produces process steam which Blue Flint Ethanol uses in its ethanol production process.

The facility has produced over 650 million gallons of ethanol in its 10 years of operations. (Source: Blue Flint, MidWest Ag Energy, Fuel Marketer News, 28 June, 2017) Contact: Flue Flint Ethanol, Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zueger, CEO, (701) 442-7500/(7010 251-3900,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Midwest AgEnergy,  Blue Flint Ethanol ,  Ethanol,  

US Ethanol Production Capacity Increasing, say EIA (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-30
According to the US EIA's recently released U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity Report, U.S. fuel ethanol production capacity reached 15.5 billion gpy at the beginning of 2017. Total capacity of operable ethanol plants increased by approximately 4 pct -- more than 600 million gpy between January 2016 and January 2017.

The report also notes that most of the country's 198 ethanol plants and fuel ethanol production capacity are located in the Midwest region. Total nameplate capacity in the Midwest was 14.0 billion gpy at the beginning of 2017, an increase of about 4 pct -- more than 530 million gpy between January 2016 and January 2017. Actual U.S. production of fuel ethanol reached a total of 14.8 billion gallons in 2016. (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 28 June, 2017) Contact: US EIA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Fuel Etanol,  US EIA,  

JinkoSolar Supplying Modules for Fuji Electric Project (Int'l)
Date: 2017-06-30
Solar module manufacturer, JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has entered into an agreement with Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., to supply photovoltaic (PV) modules for installation at a solar plant in Tomakomai, on the southern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The plant includes a 10 Megawatt-hours (MWh) energy storage system, and is expected to begin commercial operations in 2018.

Per terms of the contract, JinkoSolar will supply its high efficiency solar modules worth 38.4 MW beginning in July through to November. The Hokkaido island project is funded through Tokumei Kumiai investments by Japanese institutional investors, Aquila Capital from Germany and Japan's Green Power Development Corporation. (Source: Jinko Solar, Various Media, Zacks, 26 June, 2017) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jinko Solar,  Solar,  

NTE Energy NC Solar Energy Center Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
NTE Carolinas Solar
Date: 2017-06-30
NTE Carolinas Solar, a subsidiary of NTE Energy, reports the North Carolina Utilities Commission has given its approval for the Fayetteville Solar Energy Center. Planned for Cumberland County, North Carolina, the 30-MW center will feature 124,000 solar photovoltaic panels. The project is expected to begin construction in 2018 and reach full commercial operation in 2020.(Source: NTE Energy, 26 June, 2017) Contact: NTE Carolinas Solar, Seth Shortlidge, Pres., CEO, (904) 687-1857,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

Energy Efficiency Policies Cut Global Power Demand 11 pct in 2016, says IEA (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-30
The International Energy Agency (IEA), a Paris-headquartered think tank reports that 11 pct of global energy demand was cut last year through the energy efficiency policies of many countries.

According to the IEA's Faith Birol, "If energy consumption growth is slowing in many countries, it is thanks to energy-efficiency policies that tamper demand growth as more value and productivity is extracted from each unit of energy." The implication being that many economies can still see growth without a parallel rise in energy demand. Birol said the 11 pct energy saved is the equivalent of the total energy demand in the European Union. (Source: International Energy Agency, Business Day, 27 June, 2017)Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Faith Birol, Executive Director, +33 1 40 57 65 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Faith Birol,  Energy Efficiency,  

Dominion Plans $1Bn Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Investment (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2017-06-30
In the Palmetto State, Dominion Energy reports plans to invest $1 billion or more in the construction of a pumped hydroelectric storage station at an as yet unidentified site in the coalfield region of Virginia.

The hydroelectric storage power station is expected to cost more than $1.8 billion to build and will be comparable in scope and cost to the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in Wise County.

Dominion Energy, which currently operates an existing pump hydroelectric storage station in Bath County, Virginia, is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,200 MW of generation, 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. (Source: Dominion Energy, Southeast Energy News, Register Herald, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Dominion Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Energy Storage,  Pumped Hydro,  

Exxon, BP, Shell Back $40 per Tonne Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Climate Leadership Council
Date: 2017-06-28
Oil giants ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Total are among a group of large corporations that have announced their support for the Climate Leadership Council, a group of senior Republican figures who in February proposed a $40 per tonne carbon tax as part of a "free-market, limited government" response to address climate change. The $40 carbon tax, which would rise over time and encourage a shift towards renewable energy sources, would be returned to the American public as "carbon dividends" with a family of four receiving approximately $2,000 in the first year. The Climate Leadership Council proposal would dismantle all major U.S. climate regulations, including the Environmental Protection Agency's authority over CO2 emissions and an "outright repeal" of the Obama administration's clean power plan.

Backers of the Climate Leadership Council supporters hope that strengthening public support for carbon taxes, along with growing concern over increasingly sever weather will start to erode the decade-long impasse in US climate policy.

Other supporters and founding members of the plan included Unilever, PepsiCo, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson and the green groups Conservation International and the Nature Conservancy. (Source: Carbon Leadership Council, Guardian, Various Others, June, 2017) Contact: Carbon Leadership Council, (202) 864-2552,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council,  Carbon Tax,  

Virgin Touts 22 pct Cut in Aircraft Emissions (Ind. Report)
Virgin Atlantic,LanzaTech
Date: 2017-06-28
UK air carrier Virgin Atlantic and its sister company Virgin Holidays are reporting a 22 pct cent reduction in aircraft carbon emissions over the last nine years. Total aircraft CO2 emissions across the two companies have reduced from 5,218,451 tonnes in 2007, to 4,082,195 tonnes in 2016.

According to Virgin, the savings are largely a result of a multi-billion dollar fleet investment in Boeing 787 aircraft, as well as a range of fuel saving initiatives such as single engine taxiing, real-time weather technology which helps pilots make smarter route choices, and rigorous weight management of all products on the aircraft, and other initiatives. Virgin Atlantic also pointed to carbon-reducing initiatives including a partnership with "clean tech" company Lanza Tech to create low carbon fuel through the recycling of carbon in waste industrial gases, and the carrier's order of 12 fuel-efficient Airbus A350-1000s due to enter service from 2019. (Source: Virgin Atlantic, Business Traveler, 26 June, 2017)Contact: Virgin Atlantic, Craig Kreeger, CEO,; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Aviation Emissions,  Virgin Atlantic,  

Nordex Wins Turkish Order for New 3.9MW Wind Turbines (Int'l)
Nordex,Erdem Holding
Date: 2017-06-28
Nordex reports it will debut its new N131/3900 low-wind turbine at a 39MW project being developed by Erdem Holding near the city of Afyonkarahisar in western Anatolia, Turkey. The N131/3900 turbines will be installed on 84-metre towers beginning spring 2018, with commissioning expected by the end of the year.

Nordex has secured over 100MW in orders from Erdem Holding in four years with the three previous orders coming in 2014, totaling 90.6MW. (Source: Nordex, Windpower, 26 June, 2017)Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 381 6663 3300,,

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

DONG Energy Inaugurates Gode Offshore Wind Farms (Int'l)
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-06-28
Offshore wind energy developer DONG Energy is reporting the inauguration of the Gode Wind 1 and 2 offshore wind farms. at the Danish Embassy in Berlin. With 97 wind turbines and a total capacity of 582 megawatts, the two offshore wind farms generate sufficient electric power for approx 600,000 German households annually.

DONG Energy owns 50 pct of both Gode Wind 1 and 2, while Global Infrastructure Partners holds 50 pct share in Gode Wind 1. Talanx, the third-largest German insurance group, also holds an indirect interest. Four Danish pension funds hold 50 pct in Gode Wind 2.

In spring 2017, DONG Energy participated in the first of two German auction rounds for offshore wind energy. All three awarded projects -- with a total capacity of 590MW -- are located in the German North Sea and are expected to be completed by 2024, subject to final investment decision which is expected to be made in 2021. The Gode Wind 3 project will receive €60 per MWh in subsidies. (Source: DONG Energy, 26 June, 2017) Contact: DONG Energy, Samuel Leupold, CEO of Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11,

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

54Mw Ray Wind Project in UK Now Operational (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-06-28
Swedish energy firm Vattenfall reports its 16-Senvion 3.4M104 turbine, 54.4 MW Ray Wind Farm near Kirkwhelpington in Northumberland, UK is now operational and delivering sufficient electric power for more than 30,000 UK households. The company reportedly invested around £90 million in the facility, which is the second Vattenfall UK wind farm to be completed in recent weeks, following the Pen y Cymoedd wind farm in Wales, completed in early May. (Source: Vattenfall, Renewable Energy, Other, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  

Floating Foundations, Turbines Ready for N.Sea Installation (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2017-06-28
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is reporting the installation of 6MW of wind turbines have now been installed on floating foundations in Stord, Norway, at the 30 MW Hywind Scotland project. The floating wind turbines will be towed to Scottish waters and installed at world's largest floating wind project off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in water depths between 90 and 120 meters.

The floating foundations are ballast-stabilized and anchored to the seabed. Commissioning of the Hywind project is slated for 4Q, 2017. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, PR, Windtech, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Michael Hannibal, CEO, Offshore Wind,

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

Southwest PS Proposes 1 GW of New Wind in NM, Texas (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,Southwest Public Service
Date: 2017-06-28
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Xcel Energy subsidiary Southwest Public Service Co. has proposed a 522-MW wind facility near Portales, New Mexico and a 478-MW wind facility in Hale County, Texas.

The two proposal, which are subject to regulatory approvals in both states, would increase wind's share of the company's generation mix from 20 pct to 40 pct.

Amarillo-based utility Southwestern Public Service Company generates, purchases, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity in Texas and New Mexico. The company generates electricity through various fuel sources, such as coal, natural gas, wind, and solar power. It also conducts various wholesale marketing operations, including the purchase and sale of electric capacity, energy, ancillary services, and energy related products. The company provides electric utility services to approximately 389,000 retail customers. It serves large commercial and industrial electric retail customers of various industries. (Source: Southwest Public Service, Santa Fe New Mexican, Power Engineering, Power Engineering, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Southwest Public Service,  Wind,  

Aussie Bio-Refinery Expansion Awarded $20Mn Incentive (Int'l)
United Petroleum
Date: 2017-06-28
In the Land Down Under, the proposed $26 million expansion of United Petroleum's sorghum ethanol bio-refinery in Dalby, Queensland, has received a $20 million incentive package from the Queensland state Government.

The Dalby bio-refinery -- Australia's first bio-refinery -- presently produces 76 million lpy of ethanol and animal feed products from locally-grown sorghum. The expansion will boost biofuel production capacity by 24 million lpy to 100 million lpy. The proposed expansion is part of a multi-million dollar investment in 21st century biofutures plants that could generate more than 330 jobs in regional Queensland. (Source: South Burnett Times, 27 June, 2017) Contact: United Petroleum, +61 3 6398 2226,

More Low-Carbon Energy News United Petroleum,  Australia Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Sorghum,  

Mexican Ethanol Blend Rate Increased to E10 (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-06-28
In Mexico City, Reuters is reporting that Mexico's energy regulator, CRE, has given the nod to an increase in the ethanol-gasoline blend from the present 5.8 pct to a maximum of 10 pct for domestic consumption.

The measure affects gasoline only, not diesel, and excludes Mexico City and a host of surrounding municipalities in the State of Mexico, as well as Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state and Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 26 June, 2017) Contact: CRE,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mexico Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  E10,  

FP&L Biodiesel to Fuel Florida's Brightline Train (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-28
The South Florida Business Journal reports that Miami-based Brightline's new passenger train system currently under development in Florida will run on biodiesel fuel supplied by Florida Power & Light Company (FP&L). FPL will supply two million gallons of biodiesel a year for the first two years of the project, according to FP&L.

Brightline's trains are powered by technology developed by Siemens, and are expected to consume 2 gallons of fuel per mile on the 67-mile run from Miami to West Palm Beach. The train is expected to begin operation in September. (Source: Brightline, South Fla. Bus. Journal, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Florida Power & Light,; Brightline,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  FP&L,  

Sainsbury's Commits to 100 pct LED Lighting by 2020 (Int'l)
Date: 2017-06-28
In the UK, grocery chain Sainsbury's reports it has joined forces with Current, powered by GE, to install approximately 250,000 LED lighting units in more than 450 of its stores nationwide by 2020. The upgrade is expected to cut the grocery giant's energy consumption by 58 pct and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.4 pct annually.

The supermarket chain has a committed to reduce its absolute carbon emissions by 30 pct by 2020 compared with 2005 baseline levels. To date, it has cut absolute carbon emissions by more than 20 pct and is on track to achieve its 2020 target.

According to the British Retail Consortium, the UK retail industry could save as much as £4.1 billion in cumulative energy and carbon costs by reducing its combined energy consumption 25 pct by 2050.(Source: Sainsbury's, edie,net, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Sainsbury's, Paul Crewe, Engineering and Environment,

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

Minneapolis, Minn. Univ. Studying Monopath Housing (Ind. Report)
City of Minneapolis
Date: 2017-06-28
In Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis reports it will receive $22,400 in US DOE grant funding to help test a new MonoPath green housing design. The city will work with the University of Minnesota to study two MonoPath homes that are designed for greater durability and energy efficiency at a lower cost than conventionally constructed homes. An additional seven homes will be built and studied over the coming 18 months.

Unlike standard homes, Monopath homes are constructed with 8 by 24 foot panels and are fitted with smaller furnaces and air conditioners for greater energy efficiency. Monopath housing was designed by two University of Minnesota alumni. (Source: City of Minneapolis, la Crosse Tribune, 26 June, 2017)Contact: City of Minneapolis, City Council,

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

UK Could Miss 2030 Emissions Target, says Energy Inst. (Int'l)
Energy Institute
Date: 2017-06-28
In the UK, a survey by the London-headquartered Energy Institute has found that 80 pct of its members believe the UK will miss its carbon emissions reduction goal of slashing emissions in half by 2030. The warning comes on the heels of what industry professionals claim is "government dithering on energy policy" and the cancellation of a multi-million-pound competition to build mini nuclear power plants and government hesitation on subsidies for a pioneering tidal lagoon at Swansea. A flagship plan on how to meet the UK's 2030 target of cutting emissions by 57 pct compared to 1990 levels, originally expected in 2016, is also overdue. The delays are to a large part blamed on the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

According to the survey, most energy professionals favour maintaining EU energy efficiency, renewable energy directives, and climate legislation. Most oppose an energy price cap but favour stronger action on better building standards and energy efficiency as the best way to meet carbon targets and restore trust in the industry. The survey also highlighted the need to begin decarbonizing heat for homes and business. (Source: Energy Institute, Guardian, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Energy Institute, Louise Kingham, CEO, +44 20 7467 7100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Institute ,  Carbon Emissions,  

UC Merced Signs SunPower for 5-Mw Solar System (Ind. Report)
SunPower ,University of California Merced
Date: 2017-06-28
In the Golden State, the University of California, Merced, reports it has contracted with SunPower Corp. for the installation of a 5-MW roof-top solar power system complete with a 500-kilowatt energy storage solution from Millbrae, California-based Stem.

The 5-MW photovoltaic system and 500-kilowatt battery storage system will be financed by a power purchase agreement (PPA). In addition to energy cost savings from solar production, adding Stem's software-driven energy storage positions UC Merced to achieve significant demand charge savings over the first 10 years of the project.

Stem creates innovative technology services that transform the way energy is distributed and consumed. Styem analytics optimize the value of customers' energy assets and facilitate their participation in energy markets, yielding economic and societal benefits while decarbonizing the grid. (Source: SunPower Corp., 26 June, 2017) Contact: Stem, (415) 937-7836,,; SunPower, Nam Nguyen, Exec. VP,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  University of California Merced,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

Pacific Ethanol Acquiring Illinois Corn Processing (M&A)
Pacific Ethanol,Illinois Corn Processing
Date: 2017-06-28
Sacramento-headquartered Pacific Ethanol, Inc. reports it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pekin, Illinois-based Illinois Corn Processing, LLC (ICP) for $76 million, which includes $15 million in working capital. The transaction is expected to close in July 2017, subject to customary and other closing conditions.

ICP is a 90 million gpy fuel and industrial alcohol manufacturing, storage and distribution facility adjacent to the Pacific Ethanol Pekin facility and is located on the Illinois River. ICP produces fuel-grade ethanol, beverage and industrial-grade alcohol, dry distillers grain (DDG) and corn oil. (Source: Pacific Ethanol, NASDAQ, 27 June, 2017) Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, (916( 403-2790,,; Illinois Corn Processing, (309) 353-3990,

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EWE Plans Massive Underground Redox Flow Battery System (Int'l)
Date: 2017-06-28
In Germany, EWE GASSPEICHER GmbH, a subsidiary of one of Germany's largest utilities EWE, is proposing to collaborate with Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, to construct giant redox flow batteries inside underground salt caverns currently used for natural gas storage -- the saltwater brine-for-power project(b4p).

The university developed the components to use in the battery, including saltwater and recyclable polymers for plastic parts. EWE did not reveal details of the project but indicated it would "supply a major city such as Berlin with electricity for an hour." The project's battery will initially be constructed and contained in plastic containers offsite then transferred into the caverns. The cavern battery could be operational by the end of 2023. (Source: EWE GASSPEICHER GmbH, Energy Storage, 27 June, 2017) Contact: EWE GASSPEICHER, brine4power project, Ralf Riekenberg, Manager, +49 441 350100,

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Notable Quote
CCS,Rick Perry
Date: 2017-06-28
"There was one fact missing from the headlines of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement, and that is the U.S. already leads the world in lowering emissions. And we've done this through innovation and technology, not signing onto agreements.

"We have already seen the fruits of clean technology, like CCUS -- Carbon Capture, Utilization, Sequestration -- right here in the United States. The Petra Nova facility in my home state of Texas ... uses a process to remove 90 pct of the carbon dioxide after coal is burned in that power plant." -- Rick Perry, US Energy Secretary, Rick Perry.

Interestingly, Sec. Perry was recently upbraided by the American Meteorological Society for lacking a "fundamental understanding of science" after he claimed carbon dioxide was not a primary cause of climate change.

The former Lone Star State governor told CNBC TV that "the most likely primary control knob (for climate change) is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in", rather than greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity.

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Aviation Biofuel Research Progressing at Penn State (Ind. Report)
Penn State University
Date: 2017-06-28

According to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences professor of bioproducts, Prof. Paul Smith, developing the capability to produce the huge volume of ASTM-certified, high-energy, dense biofuels needed by the airlines, and the logistics to handle the massive amount of feedstocks necessary has been a slow process. And now, oil prices in the low $40-a-barrel range are bogging the process down further, as the cost differential between petrojet and biojet widens and thus increases capital risk.

Smith's lab is part of a group that is evaluating regional supply chains that could be used for alternative jet fuel production, including feedstock production, transportation and fuel conversion. Researchers are examining fuel-production pathways, feedstock and infrastructure requirements, and commercial fuel demand to create scenarios for future production as well as identifying potential intermediate materials and co-products for each pathway to understand potential ways to aid in making biorefineries more economical. The project aims to identify key barriers that must be overcome throughout the alternative-jet-fuel supply chain to produce and effectively market 1 billion gpy of alternative jet fuel in the near term and 10 billion gpy in the longer term. The goal, Smith pointed out, has been to produce aviation biofuel from non-edible lignocellulosic feedstocks, such as timber harvests and crop residuals.

Penn State is part of a cooperative aviation research consortium known as the Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment, funded by the FAA, NASA, the Department of Defense, the EPA and Transport Canada. Led by Washington State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the group is a coalition of 16 leading U.S. research universities and more than 60 private-sector stakeholders committed to reducing the environmental impact of aviation. (Source: Penn State University, PR, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Penn State College of Agricultural Science, Prof. Paul Smith, (814) 865-8841,,

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EC Adopts Appliance Energy Efficiency Labeling (Int'l)
European Council
Date: 2017-06-28
Further to our March 24, 2017 coverage, meeting in Luxembourg, the European Council (EC) reports the adoption of energy efficiency labeling for household appliances being sold in EU countries. The labeling is intended to reduce energy costs and contribute to the moderation in energy consumption. The ruling is under the Clean Energy package -- revised directives on energy efficiency and on energy performance of buildings.

The EC also agreed on a proposal for a revised directive on the "decarbonization" of energy and energy performance of buildings. (Source: EU Council, EC, Independent, 27 June, 2017)

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Solaria Expands Solar Modules Production (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-28
Solar module maker Solaria Corp. has announced the expansion of its PowerXT cell and module manufacturing line at its headquarters in Fremont, Calif., in order to ramp up production of the 330Wp residential module. The expansion will allow the company to increase its U.S. PowerXT module production to more than 40 MW per year. (Source: Solaria, Solar Ind., 26 June, 2017) Contact: Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma, (510) 270-2500,

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Alaska HB 80 Enables PACE Energy Efficiency Financing (Reg & Leg)
Alaska Energy Authority,PACE
Date: 2017-06-28
In Juneau, the Alaska House is reporting passage of HB 80 allowing local governments to deploy a new program and provide a new financing tool for energy efficiency projects. The legislation allows local governments to deploy the PACE program that enables businesses to pay off loans for energy efficiency projects through commercial property assessed clean energy financing -- C-PACE.

The Alaska Energy Authority is working with the communities of Kenai Peninsula, Matanuska Susitna, Fairbanks North Star, Juneau and the Municipality of Anchorage -- to iimplement a uniform program and consolidate management of the initiative into a statewide entity. Smaller cities and boroughs could then join the program at later date. Representatives from the four boroughs and Anchorage are expected to begin regular meetings state entities, lenders and contractors as early as August to pass the necessary ordinances and to implement the program. (Source: KBBI News, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Alaska Energy Authority, Katie Conway, Gov. Relations Manager, (800) 315-6338,

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San Diego's Balboa Park Focuses on Building Energy Efficiency, Sustainability (Ind. Report)
San Diego Balboa Park,
Date: 2017-06-28
In the Golden State, San Diego's Balboa Park reports that 10 Park buildings are now LEED rated as part of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership's (BPCP) vision to become an exemplar of sustainable practices. According to a release.

Presently: 10 buildings, dating back to 1911, are now LEED-certified and showcase diversity of buildings with smaller environmental footprints; energy retrofits saves more than 9 million kWh, the equivalent of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 1,450 passenger vehicles for one year; water retrofits of existing buildings' indoor plumbing fixtures save 3.2 million gallons of water annually, the equivalent of nearly five Olympic swimming pools; and stainability education has reached more than 9,000 visitors and staff through behind the scenes tours, a pop-up sustainability exhibit, workshops and training programs. Next, the park plans to focus on building automation, composting, and increased renewable energy generation. (Source:San Diego Balboa Park, ProudGreenBuilding, 26 June, 2017) Contact: San Diego Balboa Park,; Balboa Park,

Detroit 2030 District Aims to Half Emissions by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Detroit 2030 District
Date: 2017-06-28
In the Motor City, group of 12 Detroit business and institutions -- including Bedrock Detroit, Comerica Bank and Wayne State University -- have signed on as participants in the Detroit 2030 District initiative. The initiative is a project from the U.S. Green Building Council aiming to slash carbon emissions by 50 pct from existing buildings by the year 2030. New construction would aim to create buildings with "net-zero" carbon emissions.

The Detroit 2030 District has 39 members, including 20 property owners and operators of 61 downtown buildings covering almost 10 million square feet. Detroit joins 15 other North American cities with business communities that have signed onto the pact, and is the second city after Grand Rapids in Michigan to sign on to the project. (Source: USGBC, MLive, 26 June, 2017) Contact: USGBC, Emile Lauzanna, Regional District Director, Detroit 2030 District, Connie Lilley, Director,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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Shell, SBI BioEnergy Seal Development, Licensing Deal (Ind. Report)
Shell, SBI BioEnergy
Date: 2017-06-28
Reporting from Calgary, Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its subsidiary Shell International Exploration and Production B.V., report an agreement under which Shell will develop and license Edmonton-based SBI BioEnergy's patented continuous catalytic process for converting various waste oils, greases and sustainable vegetable oils into lower carbon drop-ins for diesel, jet fuel and gasoline.

SBI's drop-in products do not require blending or any modifications to engines or infrastructures. Biofuels emit less CO2 than petroleum products so their addition to fuels has the potential to reduce transport emissions and help fuel suppliers meet lower carbon or renewable fuel standards.

Under the terms of their agreement, Shell and SBI will work together to demonstrate the potential of the technology and, if successful, scale up for commercial application. (Source: Shell Canada, PR, 27 June, 2017) Contact: Shell Canada, Andrew Murfin, General Manager, Advanced Biofuels,; SBI BioEnergy, Inder Pal Singh, Pres., Ceo, (780) 413-9832,

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Sarasota Pledges 100 pct Renewables by 2045 (Ind. Report)
SIerra Club, Sarasota
Date: 2017-06-26
The not-for-profit environmental group the Sierra Club is reporting that the cities of Sarasota, Fla., and Columbia, S.C., have each made commitments to transition to 100 pct renewable energy.

The Sarasota City Commission adopted a goal of meeting all of the city's energy needs with 100 pct renewables by 2045. St. Petersburg is the only other Florida city with a similar commitment. In addition to the establishing a community-wide target for 100% renewable energy, the commission also voted to adopt a goal of powering all municipal operations in the city with 100 pct renewables by 2030 and at least 50 pct by 2024. (Source: Sarasota City Commission, Sierra Club, 21 June, 2017) Contact: Sarasota City Commission, (945) 954-4115,

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NB Power, TransAlta Expanding Kent Hill Wind Capacity (Ind. Report)
NB Power,TransAlta
Date: 2017-06-26
New Brunswick Power (NB Power) reports it and TransAlta Renewables have agreed to add 17.25 MW of wind generating capacity at its existing Kent Hills site, subject to regulatory approvals and the completion of successful engagement with First Nations and other stakeholders, The 150 MW Kent Hills wind farm, which incorporates two separate wind projects, is known as Kent Hills 3 and is expected to begin operations in late 2018.

The Kent Hills wind farm began commercial operations in December 2008. Natural Forces Technologies Inc., a wind developer based in Atlantic Canada, co-developed and co-owns the Kent Hills wind farm with TransAlta. (Source: NB Power, PR, 20 June, 2017) Contact: NB Power, Marc Belliveau, Communications, (506) 458-4203,; TransAlta, (855) 255-9184,

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Gaelectric Launches New Irish Wind Farms (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2017-06-26
Dublin, Ireland-headquartered renewable energy giant Gaelectric report it will launch two new wind farms totaling 27.6MW of renewable energy capacity in County Tyrone as part of a £41 million investment. The two new wind farms at Inishative and Cregganconroe, in Pomeroy, are the company's fifth and sixth operating wind farms in Northern Ireland. The company said that they would be enough to power 17,500 homes every year. , head of corporate affairs for (Source: Gaelectric, Belfast Telegraph, 21` June, 2017)Contact: Gaelectric, Patrick McClughan, +353 1 643 0800,,

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Mid. East, African Wind Capacity Rising to 40 GW by 2026 (Int'l)
MAKE Consulting
Date: 2017-06-26
According to MAKE Consulting's new report 2017 Middle East and Africa Wind Power Outlook, an estimated 40 GW of new wind power capacity is expected to come online in the Middle East and Africa by the year 2026. A projected 40 GW of new capacity is expected to be installed from 2017 to 2026.

In 2016, the Middle East and Africa region added a total of 676 MW of new wind power capacity, down slightly from the 682 MW added in 2015. The region's cumulative wind power capacity presently stands at around 4.3 GW, according to MAKE. (Source: MAKE Consultants, UN Climate Action, 21 June, 2017)Contact: MAKE Consulting, +45 7026 6628,,

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Netherland's Innogy Zuidwester Wind Farm Opened (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-06-26
In the Netherlands, the 86-turbine, 430MW combined offshore wind farm project at Noordoostpolder, IJsselmeer, and the onshore turbines along the coastal dike has been officially opened.

The €150 million Innogy Zuidwester wind farm features 12 ENERCON turbines that replace 50 installations dating from the 1980s and 1990s. The new turbines have been operating at full capacity since the beginning of 2017. (Source: Innogy, WindTech, Others, 21 June, 2017) Contact: ENERCON Gmbh, Arno Hildebrand,; Innogy, +49 (0) 201 122-2088,

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17 Turbine Maryland Wind Park Denied (Reg & Leg)
Maryland Public Service Commission ,Wind Force
Date: 2017-06-26
The Cumberland Times-News reports the Maryland Public Service Commission has denied wind-power developer Wind Force's requested Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct a 17-turbine wind farm on Dan's Mountain. The commission found that the noise produced and the perceived shadow flicker would not be fully mitigated by incorporating licensing conditions. (Source: Maryland Public Service Commission, Cumberland Times-News, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Maryland Public Service Commission, (410) 767-8000,; Wind Force, +91 124 4319500,

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Cities Acting on Climate Protection, Despite Trump (Ind. Report)
U.S. Conference of Mayors,Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Date: 2017-06-26
According to preliminary results of a joint survey conducted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), U.S. cities and their leadership are committed to fighting climate change despite President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and inaction. The two organizations have partnered to form the Alliance for a Sustainable Future.

Survey responses from 66 cities ranging in size from 21,000 to 8.5 million population across 30 states found that:

  • 69 pct of responding cities generate or purchase renewable electricity to power city buildings or operations. An additional 22 percent are considering doing so;
  • 63 pct already buy green vehicles, including hybrid, electric, natural gas, and biodiesel, for their municipal fleets. 30 percent are considering it;
  • 71 pct have energy efficiency policies for new municipal buildings, and 66 pct have them for existing municipal buildings;
  • approximately 50 pct of responding cities are incentivizing energy efficiency in new and existing commercial and residential buildings;
  • approximately 50 pct have policies or programs that help citizens and businesses choose renewable electricity options; and
  • 66 pct of responding cities have public charging stations, while 36 pct are facilitating private infrastructure for electric vehicles. (Source: Strategies for the Global Environment, PR Web, Benzinga, Others, 24 June, 2017) Contact: U.S. Conference of Mayors ,; Alliance for the Sustainable Future, C2ES, Bob Perciasepe, Pres., (703) 516-4146,

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  • Enel Acquiring Energy Management Services Provider for $250Mn (M&A)
    Enel Green Power, EnerNOC
    Date: 2017-06-26
    Andover, Massachusetts-headquartered Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) reports it will acquire Boston-based smart energy intelligence software and management services provider Enernoc for approximately $250 million, subject to regulatory approvals. The deal is expected to close in Q3 of this year.

    The acquisition will allow EGPNA to expand its demand response services, in addition to providing EnerNOC's energy management technology and services to Enel's existing commercial and industrial customers. (Source: Enel Green Power NA, EBR, Others, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900,; EnerNoc, Tim Healy, CEO, (617) 224-9900,

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