"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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://iowarfa.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Ethanol, Biofuel,
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,
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,
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, email@example.com, www.sandbag.org.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News EU Carbon Emissions, Sandbag,
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,
"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,
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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bullfrogpower.com; OCEC: Miranda Fuller, Communication Director, (519) 852 8609, mailto:email@example.com; Contact Prowind: Helmut Schneider, Pres., (519) 788 2598, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.prowind.com
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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)
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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, email@example.com, http://www.v-c-s.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credit, Verified Carbon Standard, , Carbon Credits, Carbon Certification, UNFCCC,
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.
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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.edeniq.com; Archer Daniels Midland, www.adm.com; Little Sioux, (712) 376-2800, www.littlesiouxcornprocessors.com
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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, email@example.com, www.velocys.com; THermoChem, (707) 575-1310, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thermochem.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys , Fischer-Tropsc, ThermoChem,
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,
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,
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,
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
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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,
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,
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, email@example.com, http://PowinEnergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion, Powin Energy, Energy Storage,
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
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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,
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy Wind, NYSERDA, Wind,
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, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board, Carbon Emissions, California Air Resources Board, California Cap-and-Trade,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.epure.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, ePURE, Cellulosic Biofuel, Advanced Biofuel,
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, email@example.com, www.carboncure.com; Global Cleantech 100, www.cleantech.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement, CO2, Carbon Emissions, CarbonCure Technologies,
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,
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,
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)
More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21, Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol,
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)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions, Diesel Emissions,
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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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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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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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
More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board, Biodiesel,
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)
More Low-Carbon Energy News China Ethanol, Ethanol,
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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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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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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bts-biogas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Biogas,
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, email@example.com,
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The proposal would require each Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) and Independent System Operator (ISO) to revise its tariff to:
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,
Follow us on Twitter at @USGBC, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Green Building Council, Energy Efficiency, LEED Certification,