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Notable Quote
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2017-02-01
"We've kind of gone from crazy and remarkable to crazy and uncharted ... there's unrest in the markets, in our politics and our polices, the margins have tightened up. And I really think as we look forward we better tighten our seatbelts. I think the next year is going to be kind of a wild ride."

"I can tell you that the state of the Iowa Renewable Fuels industry is uncertain, but unrelenting. We are ready to go. We are ready to produce the fuels that the U.S. and world consumers want and are demanding. They are cleaner, they're cheaper, they're better and we can do this."

"He (Trump) traveled all throughout Iowa during that campaign and he saw pretty quickly that if you want jobs and if you want energy in rural America -- that means renewable fuels. So his (Trump's) belief in renewable fuels and the renewable fuel standard is very sincere based on that education he got here in Iowa." (Source: Monte Shaw, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Radio Iowa, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249, info@irfa.org, http://iowarfa.org

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


ORNL, UMaine Partner on Forest Biomass, Bioenergy (Ind. Report)
ORNL,University of Maine
Date: 2017-02-01
The U.S. DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the agency's largest science and energy laboratory, and the University of Maine in Orono are reporting the signing of a Letter of Intent to jointly develop forest-based biomaterials for use with advanced additive manufacturing, composite materials development and manufacturing, as well as bio-refineries, bioenergy and biofuels.

The Letter of Intent is among the first steps in implementing the recommendations offered by the federal Economic Development Assessment Team, which was created at the request of U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins in March 2016 to support the state's $8.5 billion forest products industry which has seen a $1.3 billion decline in total economic impact since 2014 due to the closure of six pulp and paper mills.

Under the agreement, the University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center will serve as Oak Ridge's collaborative partner, "advancing additive manufacturing of forest bio-based low cost composite materials and large structures, supporting ongoing relationships with marine, military, civil infrastructure, and renewable energy clients and providing a regional center for workforce training." (Source: ORNL, University of Maine, Maine Biz, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact: University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center, (207) 581-2123, https://composites.umaine.edu; ORNL, (865) 574-5035, www.ornl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ORNL,  University of Maine,  Forest Biomass,  Bioenergy,  


Waste Biomass Valorization Research Awarded €2Mn (R&D, Funding)
Imperial College London
Date: 2017-01-30
In the UK, Roberto Rinaldi FRSC, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London has won a €2 million European Research Council Consolidator Grant to support his research and development of new chemical technologies for the valorization of agricultural residues, switchgrass, straw, and other waste biomass.

Rinaldi's research is centered around lignin, a major component of lignocellulosic biomass which is poorly utilized despite making approximately 20-30 pct of the mass of every tree or plant. The ERC grants are one of the top funding schemes available to researchers in Europe. (Source: Imperial College London, PR, Jan. 23, 2017) Contact: Imperial College London, Roberto Rinaldi, www.imperial.ac.uk/people/r.rinaldi-sobrinho; European Research Council, https://erc.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Imperial College London,  


Notable Quotes
Sandbag,Agora Energiewende
Date: 2017-01-30
"The large switch from dirty coal to gas is welcome news. It helps the climate, and more importantly leads to cleaner air for Europe. Further switching away from coal is possible without building new gas pipelines and gas power plants. However, the ingredients to make this happen do not yet exist -- few old coal plants have announced they are planning to close and gas is still more expensive than coal because of a low carbon price ."

David Jones, Sandbag analyst commenting on the failing EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), structural oversupply has now passed the landmark of 3 billion tonnes of CO2. (Source: Sandbag, David Jones, 25th January 2017) Contact: Sandbag, David Jones, +44 (0) 2038 766451, dave@sandbag.org.uk, www.sandbag.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU Carbon Emissions,  Sandbag,  


European Offshore Wind Attracted €18.2Bn Investments in 2016 (Int'l)
WindEurope
Date: 2017-01-30
According to the European wind energy advocacy group WindEurope, the European offshore wind industry attracted a record €18.2 billion in vestments in 2016 -- a 39 pct increase on 2015. The projects attracting investments will be spread over five nations, 50 pct of which are slated for the UK.

WindEurope confirms installed 1,558MW of offshore wind power in 2016, bringing the continent’s total capacity to 12,631MW across 10 countries. In 2016, 1.5GW new installations were in Germany 691MW were in the Netherlands and 5.6MW across 7 wind farms were in the UK. Worldwide wind capacity is expected to reach 500GW by the end of the year. (Source: WindEurope, Energy Live News, 26 Jan., 2017) Contact: WindEurope, Giles Dickson, CEO, https://windeurope.org

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


IKEA Canada Snares Wintering Hills Alberta Wind Farm (M&A)
IKEA Canada,Suncor,Teck Resources,TransAlta Corporation.
Date: 2017-01-30
Housewares retailing giant IKEA Canada is reporting the acquisition of the 88MW Wintering Hills Wind power installation between Dalum and Hussar, Alberta from Teck Resources and TransAlta Corporation. The 55 turbine wind farm, which was constructed by Suncor and Teck Resources, came online in 2011 The facility generates 275 kWh of energy, enough to power 54 IKEA stores or 26,000 Canadian households. (Source: IKEA, PR, Drumheller Mail, 26 Jan., 2017) Contact: Suncor, Steve Williams, Pres., CEO, Sustainability Office, (800) 558-9071, info@suncore.com, www.suncor.com; IKEA Canada, www.ikea.com; TransAlta, Dawn Farrell, Pres., CEO, Brent Ward, Dir. Corporate Finance and Investor Relations, (800) 387-3598, (403) 267-2540, investor_relations@transalta.com, www.transalta.com; TechResources, www.teck.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News IKEA,  Wind,  Suncor,  Tech Resources,  TransAlta ,  


WIRSOL, Canadian Solar Commission 30MW Dutch Solar Park (Int'l)
Canadian Solar,Wirsol
Date: 2017-01-30
Guelph, Ontaio-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. is reporting that WIRSOL Solar AG, a German solar energy provider specializing in the planning, financing, construction and maintenance of solar power plants of any size , has begun commercial operation of a 30 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Delfzijl, Netherlands. The facility, which was commissioned on January 19th, utilizes 116,335 Canadian Solar CS6P-265P modules, is expected to generate approximately 27,634 MWh/p.a. and save up to 17,962 tons of CO2. (Source: Canadian Solar, PR, Others, 26 Jan., 2017) Contact: WIRSOL Solar AG, https://wirsol.com/en; Canadian Solar, www.canadiansolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  WiIRSOL Solar,  Solar,  


NV Energy, Apple agree to build 200 megawatts of solar energy
NV Energy,Apple
Date: 2017-01-30
In Las Vegas, privately held NV Energy and computing giant Apple are reporting their agreement to construct 200 MW of additional solar energy projects in Nevada by early 2019. The projects will supply renewable energy to Apple's Reno, Nevada data center under a long-term PPA, subject to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission approval. The projects will give NV Energy more than 529 MW of solar resources in construction in Nevada or under review for approval, according to a NV Energy statement. The company already has 491 MW of universal solar resources in Nevada. (Source: NV Energy, LV Review Journal, 25 Jan., 2017) Contact: NV Energy, www.nvenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Apple,  Solar,  


ATR Wants BLM Methane Rule Repeal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Americans for Tax Reform, BLM Methane Rule
Date: 2017-01-30
Americans for Tax Reform has today released the following a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging Congressional lawmakers to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Waste Production, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation Rule (BLM Methane Rule).

"On behalf of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) I write to express ATR's strong support for using the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Waste Production, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation Rule – commonly referred to as the BLM Methane Rule.

"The BLM Methane Rule is a product of federal regulatory overreach, released in the eleventh hour by the Obama Administration, serving only to preserve the former President's legacy at the expense of responsible U.S. energy production. BLM not only lacks the statutory authority to enact the Methane Rule, but the rule is also duplicative and wholly unnecessary.

"Under the Clean Air Act the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the states, is vested with the sole authority to regulate air quality. By releasing the Methane Rule, BLM is attempting to regulate air quality and has thus exceeded its statutorily granted authority. It is also the case that EPA last year finalized rules to regulate methane emissions on top of existing state regulations. Thus the BLM's rule is wholly duplicative and adds to an already substantial regulatory burden on American energy production.

"Furthermore, the Methane Rule is a regulation in search of a problem. Since 1990 natural gas production has increased by almost 50 percent while methane emissions from oil and gas development have declined by over 20 percent, thanks to advances in technology.

"I urge you and your colleagues in Congress to use the authority granted under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the BLM's Methane Rule."

(signed) Grover G. Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform (Source: Americans for Tax Reform, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact: Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Nordquist, Pres., (202) 785-0266, www.atr.org; Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Americans for Tax Reform,  BLM Methane Emissions ,  


Ontario's First Community-Owned Wind Farm Commissioned (Ind. Report)
Bullfrog Power,Oxford Community Energy Co-operative
Date: 2017-01-30
Toronto-headquartered green energy provider Bullfrog Power and the Oxford Community Energy Co-operative (OCEC) are reporting the commissioning of the 10-turbine Gunn's Hill Wind Farm, Ontario's first community-owned wind farm, in Oxford County, southwestern Ontario.

The project is a collaboration of OCEC, the County, the Six Nations of the Grand River as well as the developer Prowind Canada Inc. and Bullfrog Power.

The 18 MW Gunn's Hill Wind Farm generate sufficient electric power for more than 6,000 homes in Oxford County which aims to utilize 100 pct renewable energy by 2050.

Bullfrog Power, through its community renewable projects program, has supported more than 70 green energy projects across Canada. Prowind Group's current portfolio includes wind, solar, and biomass projects in excess of 150 MW in Europe and North America. (Source: Bullfrog Power, 27 Jan., 2017) Contact: Bullfrog Power: Jon McKay, Corporate Communications Manager, (416) 360.3464 ext 239, jon.mckay@bullfrogpower.com, www.bullfrogpower.com; OCEC: Miranda Fuller, Communication Director, (519) 852 8609, mailto:miranda@oxford-cec.ca; Contact Prowind: Helmut Schneider, Pres., (519) 788 2598, hschneider@prowind.com; www.prowind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bullfrog Power,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


Exxon VP Praises Paris Agreement (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Exxon Mobil
Date: 2017-01-30
Speaking at a recent conference, oil giant Exxon Mobil VP Strategic Planning,, William M. Colton, said Exxon "fully appreciates and acknowledges the risk posed by climate change. We really admire the Paris process, where you have all the major nations of the world coming together on a global basis -- for it is a global challenge."

Exxon, which expects oil to remain the primary global energy source through 2030, sets the most store on technology to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Colton said. Global carbon dioxide emissions will peak in the 2030s and then fall as energy efficiency and clean power increase,. "A very meaningful and constructive process," he added. (Source: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, Jan., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon,  Climate Change,  


MHI Vestas Unveils New 9 MW Wind Turbine (New Prod. & Tech.)
Vestas Offshore Wind
Date: 2017-01-30
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is reporting the unveiling of its new 9 MW offshore wind turbine which, in testing at the company’s Osterild broke the energy generation record over a 24 hour period. The company is also reporting the The upgrading of its V164 8 MW wind turbine to 9 MW "at specific site conditions." (Source: MHI Vestas, CleanTecnnica, Others, 27 Jan., 2017) Contact: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Jens Tommerup, CEO . +45 88 44 89 00, www.mhivestasoffshore.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas Offshore Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


Congo Hydropower Plant Verified Carbon Standard Certification Program Launched (Int'l Report)
Aera Group,UNFCCC
Date: 2017-01-30
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the 7,800-square-kilometre Virunga National Park and Africa's leading carbon finance group, Aera Group, are reporting the launch of a Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) carbon certification process for the Matebe Hydropower plant.

VCS is the world's foremost voluntary Greenhouse Gas program and this pioneering action offers the possibility for further carbon certification in Congo. This partnership, with one of the most exceptionally bio-diverse places in the world, is a first in eastern Congo for Aera Group.

Matebe hydro-plant is part of a wider investment plan, called the Virunga Alliance initiated by the Virunga Foundation to provide energy for 4 million people in the Virunga National Park region. Matebe Hydropower will produce over 13.6 MW of clean and affordable electricity while avoiding an estimated 50,000 tpy of CO2 emissions.

Aera Group is the leading carbon finance group in Africa with a portfolio of 40 projects in 17 countries and a record number of 24 African projects registered under the UNFCCC. Aera also has the largest volume of African carbon credits traded at 30 million tons. (Source: Aera Group, APO, Jan., 2017) Contact: Aera Group, Aurelie Lepage, A.Lepage@Aera-Group.fr, www.aera-group.fr; Virunga Foundation, www.virunga.org; Verified Carbon Standard, (202) 480-2282, secretariat@v-c-s.org, http://www.v-c-s.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credit,  Verified Carbon Standard,  ,  Carbon Credits,  Carbon Certification,  UNFCCC,  


Developing a Modern Renewable Fuel Standard for Gasoline in Ontario -- Discussion Paper Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-01-30
As part of its Climate Change Action Plan, the province of Ontario, Canada, has committed to reduce greenhouse gases by 15 pct by 2020, 37 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050, relative to the 1990 level. To that end, the Action Plan is implementing a Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for gasoline, which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from gasoline by 5 pct by 2020.

The proposed RFS for gasoline is a key initiative for the government to reduce greenhouse gases in the transportation sector while combating climate change and driving innovation in renewable fuels. For clarity, Ontario will not lower the level of existing renewable content required under its Ethanol in Gasoline regulation and existing requirements under its Greener Diesel regulation will remain unchanged and in effect.

As the first step in introducing its RFS, the province has issued the attached discussion paper and is seeking comment on its proposal for a new performance-based RFS which is intended to come into effect in 2018.

Download the Developing a Modern Renewable Fuel Standard for Gasoline in Ontario Discussion Paper HERE. (Source: Government of Ontario, Environmental Registry, Jan., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  Ontario Renewable Fuels Standard,  RFS,  


Little Sioux Using Edeniq Technology for Cellulosic Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Edeniq,Archer Daniels Midland
Date: 2017-01-30
Visalia, California-based cellulosic and biorefining technology specialist Edeniq, Inc., and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) are reporting that the registration of Little Sioux Corn Processors' 150 million gpy Marcus, Iowa, ethanol plant for cellulosic ethanol production has been approved by the US EPA.

Under the terms of its license agreements, ADM and Little Sioux will use uses Edeniq's Pathway Technology to measure the amount of cellulosic ethanol produced, and provide the required information to register for D3 cellulosic RINs with the EPA.

Little Sioux is the third plant to receive a cellulosic ethanol registration from the EPA after deploying Edeniq's Pathway Technology. The plant uses ADM's Clintozyme™ enzyme to convert lower value corn fiber into higher value fuel ethanol through an enzymatic process. Registered plants can access D3 RINS, which are worth over $2.50 per gallon in 2017. Edeniq sells or licenses its technologies to biorefineries in the U.S. (Source: Edeniq, PR, 26 Jan., 2017) Contact: Edeniq Inc., Lily Wachter, (559) 302-1777, lwachter@edeniq.com, www.edeniq.com; Archer Daniels Midland, www.adm.com; Little Sioux, (712) 376-2800, www.littlesiouxcornprocessors.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Edeniq,  Archer Daniels Midland,  


Velocys, ThermoChem Tout Biomass-to-Liquid Alliance (Int'l)
Velocys ,ThermoChem
Date: 2017-01-30
Velocys PLC reports it has inked a non-exclusive MoU with ThermoChem Recovery International Inc. under the terms of which it will be the preferred supplier of gasification systems for RhermoChem's biomass-to-liquids plants.

ThermoChem's steam reforming gasification systems are suitable for woody biomass and other waste feedstocks. ThermoChem will support Velocys and its partners to further optimize overall plant cost and the financing of biomass-to-liquid plants through, for example, accessing governmental loan guarantee processes and securing independent engineering reviews, according to Velocys. A core theme of the new strategy is to deliver, jointly with partners, a "one-stop-shop" offer to customers - a fully integrated and financed, cost effective and operations-ready plant solution. (Source: Velocys, Alliance News, Others, 25 Jan., 2017) Contact: Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 - Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com; THermoChem, (707) 575-1310, paul@thermochem.com, www.thermochem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys ,  Fischer-Tropsc,  ThermoChem,  


DuPont Ind. Biosciences Scores Biogas Enzymes Grant (Int'l)
DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Date: 2017-01-30
DuPont Industrial Biosciences is reporting receipt of grant funding from the European Commission's Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program to demonstrate high-efficiency enzyme production to increase biogas yields as part of the DEMETER project.

The funding will be used to improve and scale-up the enzyme-producing fermentation process to achieve a 15 pct or more cost reduction and to demonstrate the efficiency of the enzymes in biogas field trials in Europe.

The DEMETER project includes an entire value chain of biogas experts including: DuPont (enzymes), Miavit (biogas ingredients distributor), BioBase Europe (pilot plant), OWS (anaerobic digester expertise), DBFZ (biogas research centre), Ciaotech (economic and environmental evaluation), and Biomoer (biogas farm). The project is expected to be completed within 3 years. (Source: DuPont Industrial Biosciences, 26 Jan., 2017 Contact: DuPont Industrial Biosciences, biosciences.dupont.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont Industrial Biosciences,  Biogas,  Enzymes,  


Welsh Biomass Recycling Plant Offered by Online Auction (Int'l)
Merthyr Tydfil Biomass
Date: 2017-01-30
In Wales, the Merthyr Tydfil Biomass energy recycling complex at Dowlais Top is slated to fall under the auctioneers hammer in March National property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton is marketing and selling the plant via online auction at .

The property is comprised of a main office and industrial building incorporating a Biomass gasification CHP Plant believed to have a rated output of 1,000Kwe, two Jenbacher CHP engines and generators, and recycling and sorting areas. The facility is expected to be sold to an operator already active in the recycling and green energy business to maximize the site potential, according to Lambert Smith Hampton, (Source: Lambert Smith Hampton, Business News Wales, 27 Jan., 2017)Contact: Lambert Smith Hampton, www.lshauctions.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biomass-to-Energy,  


Unifi Sells Stake in Giant Miscanthus Biomass Producer (M&A)
Repreve Renewables LLC
Date: 2017-01-30
Unifi Manufacturing, Inc. reports it has sold its 60 pct stake in Greensboro, N.C.-based Freedom Giant Miscanthus grass developer Repreve Renewables, LLC. Unifi is a global producer of multi-filament polyester and nylon textured yarns and related raw materials.

Repreve Renewables is collaborating with U.S. farmers and landowners for the cultivation of giant miscanthus grass for renewable energy uses. The company combines an innovative business model with proprietary equipment technologies custom-built for rhizome-propagated crop production on marginal and underutilized land. Repreve Renewables' commercial scale miscanthus planting system is comprised of three elements: the ACCU LIFTER™ machine lifts rhizomes from a field in such a manner that reduces damage to the rhizomes thus increasing viability; the ACCU PROCESSOR™ unit sizes and cleans rhizomes for improved germination and quality and the ACCU DROP® planter which provides optimal row spacing at varying planting densities to ensure uniform, consistent and rapid stand establishment. (Source: Repreve Renewables, WasteDive, Others, 27 Jan., 2017) Contact: Unifi, http://unifi.com;Repreve Renewables, Jeff Wheeler, CEO, Kim Powell, (720) 340-0907, www.repreverenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Repreve Renewables LLC,  Giant Miscanthus,  


NYPSC Clarifies Solar Standardised Interconnection Requirements (Ind. Report)
New York Public Service Commission
Date: 2017-01-30
The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) reports it has addressed the state Standardised Interconnection Requirements (SIR) in an effort to clarity the interconnection process for renewable energy and distributed generation systems up to 5MW and thus enable community solar and other solar projects throughout the Empire State.

Specifically, the decision adds both efficiency and transparency in the process of submitting an application for interconnection to the grid by eliminating bottlenecks in the pipeline and providing more scrutiny of the cost. It requires applicants in the interconnection queue to demonstrate proof of property ownership within 30 days so that highly speculative projects are not taking up space in the queue. It also requires developers to abide by certain decision-making and payment timelines to ensure that projects move along at a reasonable pace and discourage non-viable projects. (Source: New York Public Service Commission, PV Tech, 26 Jan., 2017) Contact: New York Public Service Commission, www.dps.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Community Solar,  


Montgomery Mandates Bldg. Energy Benchmarking (Ind. Report)
Montgomery County
Date: 2017-01-30
In the Empire State, the Montgomery County Legislature reports the passage of an "energy benchmarking" resolution requiring municipally owned buildings of 1,000 sq-ft or larger to track and report their annual energy consumption. The reported energy consumption and energy performance data will be correlated and compared to similar buildings.

By comparing the energy performance and use, the county will be able to make smarter, more cost-effective operational and capital investment decisions, reward efficiency and drive widespread and continuous improvement.

The legislation tasks the director, or head of the Department of Economic Development and Planning, to enter the total energy consumed by each municipal building, along with a description of the building, and file it in the EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. (Source: Fonda Leader Herald, 26 Jan., 2017)Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Benchmarking,  Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  


3,700 Bldg. Energy Benchmarking Program Launched (Ind. Report)
Nebraska State Energy Office,EPA ENERGY STAR
Date: 2017-01-30
In Lincoln, the Nebraska State Energy Office reports it will launch a sweeping energy-efficiency benchmarking review of all 3,700-plus state-owned buildings ranging from cubicle-filled offices to college classrooms, state park cabins, prison blocks and Roads Department machine sheds.

Buildings will be scored using the EPA ENERGY STAR portfolio manager program then compared with similar buildings across the nation to help the state prioritize energy-efficiency projects. The state will then identify potential energy-efficiency improvements and use a tool developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration to estimate how those improvements reduce energy use and greenhouse-gas emissions.

The project is receiving $300,000 in funding from the US DOE and is expected to be completed by 2020. (Source: Nebraska State Energy Office, Jack Osterman, Deputy Director, (402) 471-2867, www.neo.ne.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Benchmarking,  EPA ENERGY STAR,  


Powin Powers Up Irvine Cal. Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
Powin Energy
Date: 2017-01-30
Tualatin, Oregon-based utility battery energy storage specialist Powin Energy Corporation reports that its 2 MW/8 MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in Irvine, California, is now online. Powin Energy developed the project and manufactured, installed, and commissioned the system consisting of over 2,400 Li-ion battery packs, each containing 3.7 kWh of lithium iron phosphate prismatic modules.

The Powin Energy BESS can deliver 2 MW of emissions-free power for over four continuous hours, providing a reliable source of energy during peak demand events. In addition, the system will supply regulation and flexible capacity support as needed. Powin's BESS is controlled by the company's bp-OS which includes the industry-exclusive Battery Odometer and Warranty Tracker™ that is patented in both the United States and China. (Source: POowin Energy, Geeks News Desk, 27 Jan., 2017)Contact: Powin Energy, Geoff Brown, Pres., Victor Liu, (503) 598-6659, geoffb@powinenergy.com, http://PowinEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion,  Powin Energy,  Energy Storage,  


SDSU Student Union Scores LEED Double Platinum (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2017-01-30
In the Golden State, the San Diego State University administration is touting the school's Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union building as one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world. With the achievement of US Green Building Council LEED Double Platinum status, the student union building is one fewer than two dozen Double Platinum certified facilities worldwide.

The Aztec Student Union LEED Double Platinum certified building incorporates "green roof" that helps reflect sunlight and heat away from the building, high-efficiency LED bulbs, solar panels that generate nearly 16 pct of the building's energy requirements, low-flow faucets and toilets that use 40 pct less water than outlined in the LEED baseline, and other energy efficient features. (Source: San Diego State University, Times of San Diego, 27 Jan., 2017) Contact: San Diego State University Student Union, http://arweb.sdsu.edu; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


Efficiency Maine, Contractors Partner on Small Business Energy Efficiency Initiative (Ind. Report)
Efficiency Maine
Date: 2017-01-30
In the Pine Tree State, Efficiency Maine is touting the launch of its Small Business Initiative to help local companies reduce lighting costs by upgrading to energy-efficient LED lighting.

The Initiative, which is open to small businesses in the Farmington area, connects business owners and landlords to contractors for lighting assessments and upgrades. The initiative offers higher incentives than are ordinarily available through Efficiency Maine. Program eligibility is determined by the rate on the business's electric bill. Under the program, a local contractor is assigned to perform an energy efficiency assessment and generate a savings estimate and proposal. Previous program participants have averaged energy cost savings of $100 per month. (Source: Efficiency Maine, Franklin County Daily Bulldog, 29 Jan., 2017) Contact: Efficiency Maine, Rick Meinking, business program manager, [starttlink]www.efficiencymaine.com]

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


Illinois Biodiesel Plant May Have Found a Saviour (Ind. Report)
Newton Biodiesel LLC,
Date: 2017-01-30
In the Land of Lincoln, the Effingham Daily News is reporting that an on-again, off-again biodiesel plant in Newton, Illinois may finally go into production in the hands of Newport Beach, California-based Newton Biodiesel LLC.

As originally designed, the plant was supposed to open in 2011 and produce 30 million gpy of biodiesel from soybean oil. (Source: Effingham Daily News, 28 Jan., 2017) (Contact: Newton Biodiesel LLC, Joe Jenson, CEO, (949) 697-3008 No other information is available.


Invenergy Wind Farm Wins NYSERDA Funding (Ind. Report)
Invenergy Wind,NYSERDA
Date: 2017-01-27
Invenergy Wind reports its Number Three Wind Farm in New York State will receive $360 million funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The 105.8MW Number Three Wind Farm will incorporate between 35-50 wind turbines in the towns of Lowville and Harrisburg in Lewis County. The project is expected to be fully operational in 2019. (Source: Invenergy Wind, Various Media, 25 Jan., 2017) Contact: Invernergy Wind LLC, (312) 224-1400, http://invenergyllc.com; NYSERDA, Dayle Zatlin, Assistant Director of Communications, (518) 862-1090 X 3359, dayle.zatlin@nyserda.ny.gov, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy Wind,  NYSERDA,  Wind,  


CARB Proposing Cap-and-Trade Program Extension (Reg. & Leg.)
California Aire Resources BOard
Date: 2017-01-27
In the Golden State, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports it is proposing an extension of the state's cap-and-trade program, which is set to expire in 2020.

The proposed extension relies on existing measures, such as sourcing half of the state's electricity from renewable sources and doubling energy efficiency savings by 2030, coupled with new efforts such as requiring oil refineries to cut their GHG emissions by 20 pct.

California's cap-and-trade program sets a statewide limit on GHG emissions and covers about 450 entities. The program, with a cap that declines by 3 pct a year, covers generators and industrial facilities that emit more than 25,000 mty of CO2. The cap-and-trade program is linked to the Canadian province of Quebec and Ontario is slated to join next year.

CARB is also considering the prospects of imposing a carbon tax or other regulations instead of the existing cap-and-trade program, as well as tightening its limits on the use of offsets that generators and others can use to meet their compliance targets. CARB presently limits offset use to 8 pct of each covered entity's compliance obligation. (Source: CARB, SP Global, Others, Jan., 2017)Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  Carbon Emissions,  California Air Resources Board,  California Cap-and-Trade,  


Advanced Biofuels Support on the Rise in Europe (Int'l)
ePURE
Date: 2017-01-27
European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility, a new EuroPulse opinion poll conducted by German survey firm Dalia on behalf of the ethanol industry association (ePURE), the vast majority of Europeans believe that food-based biofuels should be promoted by the EU but should also be gradually phased out and replaced with "advanced" cellulosic biofuels.

Last November, the European Commission proposed the phase out to phase-out conventional biofuels by 2020. The decision was driven by a growing public opinion against first generation biofuels processed from food, particularly from crops such as sugar beet, corn, and wheat. A European Commission survey in 2010 found that approximately 72 pct of Europeans believed that biofuels should be encouraged and 20 pct held the opposite view. (Source: ePURE, EurActiv.com, Jan., 2017) Contact: ePURE, Robert Wright, Sec. Gen, 011 +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  ePURE,  Cellulosic Biofuel,  Advanced Biofuel,  


CarbonCure Lauded in 2017 Global Cleantech Top 100 (Ind. Report)
CarbonCure Technologies
Date: 2017-01-27
Halifax-headquartered CO2-utilization technology provider CarbonCure Technologies reports it has been named in the prestigious 2017 Global Cleantech 100, a comprehensive list of private companies with the highest potential to make significant market impact within a 5-10 year timeframe.

CarbonCure's CO2-utilization retrofit technology chemically sequesters waste carbon dioxide during the concrete manufacturing process to make greener and stronger concrete. CarbonCure is part of a growing industry of CO2-utilization technologies that are expected to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by more than 10 pct by 2030. CarbonCure's technology is currently operational in a growing number of concrete plants across North America, including several of the world's largest vertically-integrated cement and concrete companies. (Source: CarbonCoure, PR, 24 Jan., 2017)Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Viven, CEO, , (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com; Global Cleantech 100, www.cleantech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  CarbonCure Technologies,  


UAE Building Automation, Efficiency Market Predicted to Grow (Int'l)
TechSci Research
Date: 2017-01-27
UAE Building Automation & Control Systems Market, new report from the management consulting firm TechSci Research, is projecting the UAE's building automation and control systems (BACS) market will record an 8 pct CAGR through 2021. The projected growth is attributed to an increasing focus on infrastructure development and growing government support coupled with rising adoption of energy efficient devices and systems, according to the report.

The BACS sector encompasses automatic centralized control of a building's lighting control solutions, HVAC, energy efficiency and management systems to reduce, monitor and optimize energy consumption.

The major BACS players in the UAE market include Siemens, Honeywell, Johnson Controls and Schneider Electric, according to the report. (Source: TechSci Research LLC, TradeArabia, 25 Jan., 2017) Contact: TechSci Research LLC, (646) 360-1656, www.techsciresearch.com

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


Fuel Consumption Cuts Touted to Cut Maritime Emissions (Int'l)
International Maritime Organisation
Date: 2017-01-27
According to the UK-headquartered Energy Technologies Institute's (ETI) new report HDV Marine Insights, maritime emissions could rise by as much as 250 pct by 2050 compared to 2011 levels unless action is taken. The report finds the greatest CO2 emissions come from tankers, bulk carriers and container ships and, as it does not appear credible to eliminate fossil-fuels for shipping, the best potential to achieve substantial CO2 reduction in the next few decades will be through reducing fuel consumption.

The report analyses the UK shipping fleet, the potential opportunities for ship owners and operators and identifies the most promising technologies that could reduce fuel consumption economically. It states that a 30 pct fleet fuel consumption reduction can be achieved by using a combination of innovative technologies with an economic payback of around two years. (Source: Energy Technologies Institute, Hellenic Shipping News, Jan. 2017) Contact: Energy Technologies Institute, +44 1509 202020, www.eti.co.uk

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


India Inks Kyoto Protocol Doha Amendment (Int'l. Report)
Kyoto Protocol
Date: 2017-01-27
In New Delhi, the Indian government Union Cabinet reports it has ratified the Doha amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, mandating global actions to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 2013-2020 period. Although adopted in 1997, is yet to be ratified by most developed nations, including the U.S.

The protocol mandated rich and developed countries to cut emissions in two phases, between 2005-2012, and then between 2013-2020, through the Doha amendment. It did not mandate any obligations on developing countries to cut emissions. With India’s ratification, 76 countries have now ratified the second commitment period and 144 countries need to ratify it for the Doha amendment to enter into force.

The Protocol was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, on 11 December 1997 and entered into force on 16 February 2005. There were 192 parties (Canada withdrew effective December 2012)to the Protocol. (Source: Daily News & Analysis, Various Media, 25 Jan., 2017)

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Paris Bans Pre-2000 Diesel Vehicles to Fight Emissions (Int'l)
Paris
Date: 2017-01-27
In a bid to reduce Parisian air pollution, France's capital city has banned all pre-2000 vintage diesel automobiles and instituted a new six-level sticker system displaying a vehicles registration and emission levels.

Under the new vehicle windscreen sticker system, levels one through five indicate how harmful the car is, with a sixth green sticker indicating the vehicle is entirely zero emission. Paris has banned cars showing a level five sticker, which covers around 6 pct of cars on French highways. (Source: Inverse, Various Media, 25 Jan., 2017)

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DONG Goes Offshore in Taiwan Wind Project (Int'l Report)
DONG Energy,Wind,Offshore Wind
Date: 2017-01-27
Danish wind energy giant DONG Energy has reports it will acquire a 35 pct ownership stake in Taiwan's first offshore wind project. The Formosa I project is being developed by Swancor Renewable. If the transaction is approved, the project ownership structure would include Macquarie Capital with 50 pct, DONG Energy with 35 pct and Swancor Industries holding the balance.

The Formosa I project comprises two separate phases -- the first of which only saw two turbines installed back in October, 2016, for a total capacity of 8 MW. Phase II will add 120 MW in 2019.

DONG Energy is also involved in four separate offshore wind sites in the Changhua coastal region expected to total at least 2 GW upon completion between 2021 and 2024. (Source: DONG Energy, Various Media, 25 Jan., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com

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Why Should We Care About Supply Chain Analytics? De-Risking Biomass Supply Chains -- White Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
Ecostrat
Date: 2017-01-27
According to Toronto-headquartered biomass consultant and services provider Ecostrat Ecostrat, the economic viability of bioenergy projects depends on de-risking feedstock supply. The attached white paper from Ecostrat helps explain the relevance of the latest developments in biomass supply chain research and analytics to industry developers and lenders. It also serves as an introduction to important feedstock supply chain de-risking concepts ranging from from risk analysis methods to actual procurement strategies.

Download the Why Should We Care About Supply Chain Analytics? De-Risking Biomass Supply Chains white paper HERE.

The following Biomass White Paper may be of interest: 5 Common Mistakes in Wood Procurement … And How to Fix Them HERE. (Source: EcoStrat. Jan., 2017) Contact; Ecostrat Inc., (416) 968-8884, www.ecostrat.com/consulting

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Lamplighter to Export Pelletized Biofuel to S. Korea (Ind. Report)
Lamplighter Energy,Hanbo Energy Korea
Date: 2017-01-27
In the Aloha State, Honolulu-based Lamplighter Energy reports it has inked an agreement with South Korea's Hanbo Energy Korea which Lamplighter will export biofuel pellets to South Korea. The volume of pellets shipped are expected to provide sufficient biofuel to power 320,000 South Korean homes. according to an AP report. (Source: Lamplighter Energy, AP, Washington Times, , 24 Jan., 2017) Contact: Lamplighter Energy, Andre De Rosa, CEO, (8080 672-2292, www.lamplighter-energy.com

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Morgan Stanley Funds YMCA Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Morgan Stanely
Date: 2017-01-27
In what must be one of its smallest transactions, financial services giant Morgan Stanley has, for the third consecutive year, donated $100,000 energy efficiency upgrades at the Greenwich, Conn. YMCA.

Current upgrades include window replacements and energy-efficient lighting. To date, Morgan Stanley has backed more than $335,000 worth of repairs and energy efficiency updates that are credited with saving the YMCA approximately $100,000 per year in energy costs.

Morgan Stanley's support is through the Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program under which Connecticut businesses can recoup up to 100 pct of donations to nonprofits when they fund energy conservation projects. (Source: Morgan Stanley,Greenwich Times, Others, 25 Jan., 2017)Contact: Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program, http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?a=1447&q=266058

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2016 Biodiesel Market Surpasses Previous Records (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2017-01-27
According to the U.S. EPA, U.S. consumers saw a record of almost 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel in 2016, outpacing the previous record by almost 40 pct. The 2.9 billion gallons was an increase of 800 million gallons from 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel in 2015.

According to a study conducted by LMC International, a 2.9 billion gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel market divided between domestic and foreign supply supports about 64,000 U.S. jobs and $11.42 billion in total impact. Economic benefits increase substantially with growing domestic production rather than imports. For example, just 2.5 billion gallons domestic production would support at least 81,600 U.S. jobs and $14.7 billion in total economic benefit. (Source: US EPA, National Biodiesel Board, Jan., 2017) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, (202) 737-8801, www.biodiesel.org

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Chinese Ethanol Imports Tumble (Int'l, Ind. Report)
China, Ethanol, Biofuel
Date: 2017-01-27
According to Chinese customs agency information, as reported by PLatts, the country's ethanol imports in December fell by around 31 pct year on year. The country imported 124,823 cu m of ethanol in December, compared with 180,983 cu m in December 2015. The volumes, however, were up from 71,310 cu m in November 2016.

Denatured ethanol from the US, South Korea and South Africa accounts for the vast majority of China's ethanol imports. (Source: Hellenic News, Platts, Others, 25 Jan., 2017)

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Montana Awaiting PACE Financing Program Approval (Reg. & Leg.)
PACE
Date: 2017-01-27
Subject to pending legislative approval, Montana residents may soon have access to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for home and business energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects. PACE financing enables property owners to obtain no-money-down loans that are repaid through county property tax assessments. (Source: Billings Last Best News, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Montana Pace, www.mtpace.com

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Montauk N.Y. Offshore Wind Project Awaits Approvals (Ind. Report)
LIPA,Deepwater Wind
Date: 2017-01-27
Following on our Aug. 20, 2016 coverage, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) reports it inked a deal with Deepwater Wind for the construction of a 15-turbine wind farm 35 miles off the coast of Montauk, N.Y.. Subject to approvals, the reportedly $1 billion project is expected to generate sufficient power for 50,000 homes, according to a New York Times report. Times reported. (Source: LIPA, Investopia, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000, www.dwwind.com; Long Island Power Authority, Tom Falcone, CEO, (631) 755-6900, www.lipower.org

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DTE, Pine River Mid-Michigan Wind Farm Wins Approval (Ind. Report)
Pine River Wind Engineering
Date: 2017-01-27
In Lansing, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) reports it has a contract between DTE Electric Company and Pine River Wind Engineering LLC for construction of the proposed Pine River Wind Park in Pine River Township in Gratiot County and Coe Township in Isabella County.

Pine River Wind Engineering will design, engineer, construct, install, start-up and test the Pine River Wind Park which will incorporate 65 wind turbines with a total capacity of 161.3 MW of energy. Construction is expected to be completed prior to Dec. 31, 2018, at which time ownership of the wind park will be transferred to DTE Energy under the terms of the MPSC approved contract. The contract reflects lower costs to customers than originally anticipated and includes the benefit of the federal production tax credit. (Source: Pine River Wind Engineering, Michigan.gov, ABC 12, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Michigan Public Service Commission, (517) 284-8100, www.michigan.gov/mpsc; Pine River Wind Engineering, contact information unavailable; DTE Energy, www.dteenergy.com

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AGL, GE, CATCON Announce Aussie Wind Farm Partnership (Int'l)
AGL Energy,CATCON,GE Wind
Date: 2017-01-27
General Electric, in collaboration with AGL Energy (AGL) and civil engineering construction company, CATCON, have announced a contract to develop and build the $450 million Silverton Wind Farm in western New South Wales, Australia.

GE will supply 58, 3.4MW wind turbines for the project which will generate approximately 780,000 MWh of energy annually when the wind farm is fully operational mid-2018.

The project is the first greenfield development under the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF), a partnership between AGL, QIC and Future Fund for the development of approximately 1,000MW of large-scale renewable energy projects.(Source:AGL Energy WindTech Int'l, Others, 24 Jan., 2017) Contact: AGL Energy, Michael Fraser, CEO, Neil Cooke, Proj. Manager, +61 (2) 9921 2999, www.agl.com.au; CATCON, www.catcon.com.au; General Electric, GE Wind, www.ge-energy.com/wind

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Maryland Funding Animal Waste-to-Energy Projects (Funding)
Maryland Energy Administration
Date: 2017-01-27
The Maryland Energy Administration reports it is seeking applications for its Animal Waste-to-Energy Grant Program. The program supports projects that utilize animal waste to generate electricity while with a focus on reducing the environmental impacts of animal waste.

In 2016, the state funded two animal waste technology projects totaling $1.8 million, the bulk of which was awarded to Clean Bay Renewables of Maryland to construct and operate a 2-MW manure-to-energy plant in Somerset County. This year, up to $2 million is available on a 50/50 cost share basis.

The program is open to businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits in Maryland. Projects may be on-farm, community, or regional in scale, and must be functional by June 30, 2019. Applications are due by Feb. 28. http://energy.maryland.gov/Business/Documents/AWE-FY17Application_FINAL.pdf. (Source: Maryland Energy Administration, Various Media, Jan., 2017) Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, (410) 537-4000, energy.maryland.gov

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BTS Biogas Planning Expansion into U.S. (Ind. Report, Funding)
BTS Biogas
Date: 2017-01-27
Italian organic waste-to-energy specialist BTS Biogas reports it has raised a significant round of funding with Virtual Equity Partners LLC, a new U.S.-based investor group. The new funding will support BTS Biogas's strategic entry into the United States with several large plant projects and strategic partnerships.

BTS Biogas processes organic waste materials, byproducts from alimentary industries, residues and agricultural by-products and energy crops into electrical energy, thermal energy , organic methane (for fuel and grid feed-in) and organic fertilizers. The company has constructed over 200 operational biogas plants in the last 10 years with plants in France, the UK, Czech Republic, Poland, and Switzerland. Recently the company signed plant construction deals in France, Japan and Thailand. (Source: BTS Biogas, Jan. 24, 2017) Contact: GTS Biogas, Gianluca Visconti, Marketing, +39 0474 370119, info@bts-biogas.com, www.bts-biogas.com

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Kearney Nebraska Considering Community Solar Array (Ind. Report)
SoCore Energy
Date: 2017-01-27
In the Cornhusker State, the city of Kearney (pop. 33,000 +-) city council reports it is considering the installation of an $11,000 sun tracking community solar array project as proposed by Chicago-based SoCore Energy, a unit of Edison International. Power from the project would be sold to Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). (Source: NTV-ABC, 25 Jan., 2017) Contact: SoCore Energy, (877) 762-6731, www.socoreenergy.com; Nebraska Public Power District, www.nppd.com; City of Kearney, (308) 233-3215, www.cityofkearney.org; Edison International, www.edison.com

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Mercon Capital Tracks 2016 Energy Efficiency VC Funding (Funding)
Mercom Capital Group
Date: 2017-01-27
Austin, texas-headquartered Mercom Capital Group LLC, a global clean energy research and communications firm, reports the release of its report on funding, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid, Battery Storage and Energy Efficiency sectors for 2016.

In the energy efficiency sector, the report found that VC funding fell sharply, bringing in $528 million in 33 deals compared to $852 million in 67 deals in 2015. Total corporate funding, including debt and public market financing, was $3.8 billion, compared to $2 billion in 2015.

The top VC funded companies were Ygrene Energy Fund, which raised $95 million, followed by Renew Financial with $70 million, ecobee with $35 million, and UrbanVolt brought in $32.9 million.

Efficiency Finance companies captured the most funding with $256 million in 7 deals. A total of 72 investors participated in funding deals compared to 129 investors in 2015.

Energy Efficiency companies raised nearly $3.2 billion in debt and public market financing. Financing in Energy Efficiency is also moving toward project funding. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing totaled $2.3 billion in 12 deals in 2016 compared to $1.1 billion in seven deals in 2015. (Source: Mercom Capital Group, Jan., 2017) Contact: Mercon Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, info@mercomcapital.com,

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FERC Proposes to Integrate Electricity Storage into Organized Markets (Ind. Report)
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Date: 2017-01-27
In Washington, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed to more effectively integrate electric storage resources into organized wholesale markets to enhance competition and help ensure that these markets produce just and reasonable rates. The proposal stems from concerns that electric storage resources may face barriers that limit them from participating in organized wholesale electric markets.

The proposal would require each Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) and Independent System Operator (ISO) to revise its tariff to:

  • Establish a participation model consisting of market rules that, recognizing the physical and operational characteristics of electric storage resources, accommodates their participation in the organized wholesale electric markets, and;

  • Define distributed energy resource aggregators as a type of market participant that can participate in the organized wholesale electric markets under the participation model that best accommodates the physical and operational characteristics of its distributed energy resource aggregation. (Source: FERC, Jan., 2017) Contact: FERC, (866) 208-3372, customer@ferc.gov, www.ferc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,  Energy Storage,  


  • USGBC Lists Top LEED Green Building States (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-01-27
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the Top 10 States for LEED, an annual ranking of states that have made significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation over the past year.

    Based on gross square footage (GSF) Massachusetts is in first place followed by Colorado, Illinois, New York, California, Nevada, Maryland Virginia Washington State, and Texas, in that order.

    Collectively, 1,819 commercial and institutional projects achieved LEED certification in the states within the Top 10 LEED list in 2016, representing 309.12 million gsf of real estate. Nationwide, 3,366 projects were LEED certified in 2016, representing 470.39 million square feet.

    More than 59,000 commercial, neighborhood and residential projects are currently LEED certified, comprising more than 6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states, as well as in 164 countries and territories globally. Additionally, the industry's direct contribution to U.S. GDP is expected to reach $303.5 billion from 2015-2018. (Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Jan., 2017) Contact: USGBC, Leticia McCadden Communications Manager, (202) 742-3785, lmccadden@usgbc.org Follow us on Twitter at @USGBC, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  

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