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Show Me State's Largest Solar Farm Underway (Ind. Report)
Gardner Capital,Solexus
Date: 2017-06-26
In Missouri, the Springfield News-Leader is reporting that developer Gardner Capital has broken ground on a 33,288 panel solar farm in Nixa, Missouri (pop. 20,740). The 72-acre project will generate sufficient electric power for 1,800 homes and generate almost 10 pct of the towns's total energy requirement.The installation is expected to save the town an estimated $2.5 million over the next 25 years.

Gardner took over the project when Solexus, which is still part of the project, ran into permitting and financing delays and problems. (Source: Gardner Capital, Industry Dive, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Gardner Capital, (314) 561-5900, www.gardnercapital.com/development

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gardner Capital,  Solexus,  Solar,  


NY Passes Energy Storage Legislation (Reg & Leg)
Energy Storage
Date: 2017-06-26
In Albany, a bipartisan coalition of Empire State legislators have unanimously passed NY Senate Bill 5190 and Assembly Bill 6571 to establish an Energy Storage Deployment Program for New York State.

The legislation directs the Public Service Commission to develop an energy storage deployment program and a storage procurement target for 2030. The legislation aims to ensure that energy storage is among the options that New York regulators and utilities use to increase grid resiliency and integrate more renewable and distributed resources into the grid. (Source: Various Media, Smart Grid Observer, 23 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


US Ethanol Prod. Down to 15.38Bn GPY Rate (Ind. Report)
US Energy Information Agency
Date: 2017-06-26
In Washington, US Energy Information Agency figure as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, show that US ethanol production averaged 990,000 bpd -- down 12,000 bpd from the previous week and the lowest in seven weeks. The four-week average for ethanol production fell to 1.003 million bpd for an annualized rate of 15.38 billion gallons. (Source: US EIA, Biofuels Digest, 25 June, 2017)

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


Powervault Home Energy Storage Offering Raises £1Mn (Int'l)
Powervault
Date: 2017-06-26
In the UK, home energy storage battery manufacturer Powervault reports it is close to securing £1 million from more than 600 investors through a CrowdFund offering.

Powervault's cloud-connected home energy storage system stores electricity from solar panels or the grid, and releases this stored energy at peak times. According to the company, the system can lower electric power bills by up to 20 pct. Within the next twelve months the company plans to launch a new product with second life batteries, larger inverter and energy utility revenues delivering a gross IRR of 15 pct and secure project financing to start a roll out of storage as a service. (Source: Powervault,CrowdFund Insider, 23 June, 2017)Contact: Powervault, Joe Warren, Managing Director, +44 (0) 20 3603 0230, contact@powervault.co.uk, www.powervault.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Powervault,  Energy Storage,  


$46.4Mn Hawaiian School Energy Savings Loans Approved (Ind. Report)
Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority
Date: 2017-06-26
Aloha State governor David Ige has approved a measure allowing the Hawaiian Department of Education to borrow up to $46.4 million through a "green energy" loan to reduce energy usage in its schools. Part of a broader initiative to air condition Hawaiian classrooms using a $100 million appropriation signed last year, the interest-free loan will speed projects that increase energy efficiency and lower electricity costs in public schools.

The $46 million loan comes out of a special fund distributed through the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, which was established by the Legislature in 2013 to provide financing for clean energy technology. (Source: Honolulu Civil Beat, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, (800) 587-3868, dbedt.gems@hawaii.gov, http://gems.hawaii.gov; Green INfrastructure Authority, gems.hawaii.gov; Hawaiian Department of Education, www.hawaiipublicschools.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority,  


Schneider Electric Supports Carbon Dividends Plan (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric,Climate Leadership Council
Date: 2017-06-26
Global energy management and automation giant Schneider Electric is touting its participation in and support of the Climate Leadership Council, a newly launched market-based climate solution that is both pro-growth and pro-environment.

The Climate Leadership Council is an international collaboration to promote a carbon dividends framework as an effective, equitable and politically viable climate solution. Schneider Electric joins a broad coalition of top companies and NGOs, including 11 of the largest companies in the world, as well as former U.S. Secretaries of State, Treasury and Energy, to advance a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens the economy and protects the environment.

The carbon dividends plan is based on: a gradually rising and revenue-neutral carbon tax; monthly carbon dividend payments to all Americans, funded by 100 pct of the revenue; the rollback of carbon regulations that are no longer necessary; and border carbon adjustments to level the playing field and promote American competitiveness.

The carbon tax is a market-based mechanism to drive emission reductions while the dividend ensures the plan is beneficial for working Americans.

BP, ExxonMobil, GM, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Royal Dutch Shell, Santander Bank, Total, Unilever, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy are among the Climate Leadership Council founding members. (Source: Schneider Electric, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org; Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council ,  Schneider Electric,  


Feds Uphold Calif. Low-carbon Fuel Standard (Reg & Leg)
Low-Carbon Fuel, Ethanol
Date: 2017-06-26
In the Golden State, a federal judge has upheld most of California's pioneering low-carbon fuel standard but allowed oil companies and other fuel suppliers to challenge rules that may favor California ethanol producers over their Midwest competitors.

California's low-carbon fuel standard, part of a 2006 state law intended to reduce air pollution that causes global warming, requires suppliers of transportation fuel sold in California to achieve a 10 pct reduction in the amount of carbon released from their products by 2020 In 2011, the court blocked enforcement of the low-carbon standard, saying it appeared to establish a preference for California-produced biofuels. (Source: SF Gate, Others, 20 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Fuel Standard,  Biofuel,  EThanol,  


Caltex Acquiring NZ's Largest Biofuels Retailer (Int'l, M&A)
Caltex Australia,Gull New Zealand
Date: 2017-06-26
In the Land Down Under, fuel retailer Caltex Australia reports it has won regulatory approval from the New Zealand Overseas Investment Office to expand across the Tasman and purchase NZ's leading biofuel retailer Gull New Zealand in a roughly $325 million deal. The takeover is expected to be completed by July 3, 2017.

The deal will be funded through a combination of existing and new bank debt arrangements and is expected to lift earnings per share by the end of its first full year of operation under Caltex, the company said in a statement. Gull has been operating in the New Zealand fuel market since 1998 with 77 retail sites in total, including 55 controlled retail sites and 22 supply sites. Caltex said it will retain Gull's brand, management and employees. (Source: Caltrex Australia, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Caltrex Australia, www.caltex.com.au; Gull New Zealand, www.gull.nz

More Low-Carbon Energy News Caltex Australia news,  Biofuel New Zealand news,  


Maritime Organizations Call for IMO to Set CO2 Targets (Int'l)
IMO,International Maritime Organization
Date: 2017-06-26
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee reports it will meet in July to develop a strategy for the reduction of the sector's CO2 emissions aligning the international shipping sector response to the 2015 Paris Agreement's call for ambitious contributions to combat climate change.

INTERCARGO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and INTERTANKO have proposed that the IMO maintain international shipping's annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels to reduce CO2 emissions per ton of cargo transported one kilometer by at least 50 pct by 2050, compared to 2008.

The international shipping industry was not included in the Paris Climate Accord although the industry is responsible for transporting about 90 pct of global trade and 2.2 pct of the world's annual man-made CO2 emissions. (Source: Maritime Exec., Various Others, 22 June, 2017)Contact: International Chamber of Shipping, Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org; International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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


Coral Reefs Gone by 2100 without CO2 Emission Reductions (Int'l)
UNESCO,United States National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration
Date: 2017-06-26
The just released UNESCO World Heritage Centre assessment of global climate change impacts on World Heritage coral reefs has found that over the past three years rising ocean temperatures have subjected 21 of 29 World Heritage reefs to severe and/or repeated heat stress, and caused some of the worst bleaching ever observed at the Great Barrier Reef (Australia) and others. The study predicts that all 29 coral-containing World Heritage sites would cease to exist as functioning coral reef ecosystems by the end of this century under a business-as-usual emissions scenario.

Mass bleaching is caused by rising water temperatures associated with climate change. It only takes a spike of 1-2 degrees C to cause bleaching, and carbon emissions have caused a 1 degree C increase in global surface temperature since pre-industrial times, according to the study. Coral communities typically take 15 to 25 years to recover from mass bleaching.

The assessment was developed with satellite data from the United States National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coral Reef Watch and received support from Agency Francaise pour la Biodiversite -- he French Agency for Biodiversity. (Source: UNESCO, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Francaise pour la Biodiversite, www.afbiodiversite.fr; United States National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, www.noaa.gov; UNESCO, en.unesco.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coral Reef,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


IBM Cuts CO2 Emissions 38 pct since 2005 (Ind. Report)
IBM
Date: 2017-06-26
Following-up on our March 20, 2015 report, Armonk, N.Y.-headquartered IBM reports it has cut CO2 emissions associated with its energy consumption 38.1 pct against base year 2005 -- adjusted for acquisitions and divestitures -- roughly equivalent to the emissions associated with the consumption of 1.8 million barrels of oil. The company also notes it will source 20 pct of its annual electricity consumption from renewables by 2020.

IBM also notes that between 1990 and 2016, the company conserved 7.2 million MWh of electricity, avoiding 4.4 million metric tons of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to taking 900,000 cars off the road for a year. (Source: IBM, PR,23 June, 2017) Contact: IBM, Wayne Balta, VP Corporate Environmental Affairs, Rachel Thomas, rachel.r.thomas@ibm.com, www,ibm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News IBM,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  


Calif. Power Plant Seeking Woody Biomass Supply (Ind. Report)
Blue Lake Power LLC
Date: 2017-06-26
In California, Blue Lake Power LLC reports it plans to restart its 12 MW woody biomass power plant in Blue Lake, 10 miles from Eureka, next moth. The facility's electrical power will be sold into the power grid in Northern California.

Blue Lake Power LLC is presently seeking short and long-term supplies of high-quality woody biomass fuel for ongoing operations. Under its operating permit, the plant may burn fuel consisting of untreated wood including sawmill hog fuel, shavings, bark, branches, cull logs, tree tops, off-spec and waste lumber, skids, yard waste, walnut shells, similar woody agricultural waste, shredded lumber, woody materials from hazardous forest areas, etc. When fully operational the facility will burn approximately 175 highway loaded chip vans of fuel per week. (Source: Blue Lake Power LLC,PR, 25 June, 2017) Contact: Blue Lake Power, Mike Dedmore, Plant Manager , (707) 362-6175, (707) 668-5631

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  


Manteca Plans $6Mn Waste Food-to-Biofuels Prod. (Ind. Report)
California Energy Commission,city of Manteca
Date: 2017-06-26
The California Energy Commission reports it has awarded the city of Manteca a 50 pct matching grant of $3 million toward construction of a $6 million biofuel production facility at the city's wastewater treatment plant. The San Joaquin Valley Air Quality Control District has also awarded the city a grant to paid to the city when the project is completed and operational.

The city plans to produce 250,000 gpy of compressed natural gas from 3,410 tpy of food waste from city schools, restaurants, residential garbage which contains 45.7 pct food waste, and other commercial sources. The wastewater treatment plant also generates 107,000 cubic feet of biogas per day and burns natural gas in boilers to heat digesters needed to break down sewage. The fuel will be used to power the city’s fleet of nearly two dozen solid waste collection trucks. (Source: City of Manteca, Manteca Bulletin,, 23 June, 2017) Contact: City of Manteca, Mark Houghton, Public Works Dir., (209) 456-8400, www.ci.manteca.ca.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel news,  CNG news,  California Energy Commission news,  


Solar Largest US Power Gen. Sector Employer (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-06-26
According to the US DOE, solar power employed 3,74,000 people over the year 2015-2016, leading to 43 pct of the power sector's workforce and more than coal, gas and oil combined. The traditional fossil fuels employed 187,117 people, making up to just 22 pct of the sector's workforce.

In 2016, employment in the solar power has increased by 25 per cent, adding 73,000 new jobs to the economy, while wind energy employment witnessed an increase of 32 pct. Between 2006 and 2016, the net generation from the traditional fossil fuels has declined by 53 pct electric power generation from the natural gas increased by 33 pct, and solar by over 5,000 pct. The report suggests that 6.4 million Americans now work in the energy industry. (Source: US DOE, Energy World, 24 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction -- PNNL Report Attached (Ind. Report)
PNNL
Date: 2017-06-26
Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction, a new report from the US DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is studying how advanced building controls in energy-using equipment such as HVAC can decrease energy use and improve building operations finds that if fully used controls nationwide, the U.S. could slash its energy consumption by the equivalent of what is currently used by 12 to 15 million Americans.

The report examines how 34 different energy measures, most of which rely on various building controls, could affect energy use in commercial buildings such as stores, offices and schools. According to the report, roughly 20 pct of America's total energy use goes toward powering commercial buildings, about 15 pct of which have building automation-control systems which, if properly maintained and used could cut annual commercial building energy use by an average of 29 percent.

The report recommendations include:

  • repairing broken sensors that read temperatures and other;
  • turning off power-using devices like printers and monitors when not in use;
  • dimming or turning off lights in areas with natural lighting and/or when a room isn't in use;
  • lowering daytime temperature set-points for heating, increasing them for cooling, and lowering nighttime heating set-points;
  • reducing the minimum rate for air to flow through a variable-air volume boxes (about 7 pct reduction);
  • limiting heating and cooling to when building is most likely to be occupied (about 6 pct reduction).

    Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction HERE. (Source: PNNL, MTNV News, 24 June, 2017) Contact: PNNL, N. Fernandez, (509) 372-6083, www.pnnl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PNNL,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Monitoring,  


  • UK Researchers Measuring Tree CO2 Capacity (Int'l R&D)
    University of Birmingham’s Institute of Forest Research
    Date: 2017-06-26
    In the UK, England, researchers are testing Researchers at University of Birmingham's Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) have begun a 10-year experiment that will pump a forest full of carbon dioxide in an effort to determine how much carbon dioxide trees can take.

    The Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment will expose a mature woodland to CO2 levels predicted to be prevalent in 2050. Scientists aim to measure the forest's capacity to capture carbon released by fossil fuel burning, and thus determine the trees capacity to absorb carbon pollution long-term.

    With deforestation shrinking the carbon storage capacity of the world's forests, researchers hope that a greater understanding of their role in climate change mitigation could help policymakers make informed decisions. (Source: University of Birmingham, Citizen Digital, Reuters, 24 June, 2017)Contact: University of Birmingham Institute of Forest Research, Michael Tausz, Co-Director, +44 1785 284624, www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/bifor/index.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Carboon,  Carbon Storage,  CO2,  


    Nevada Gov. Kills Renewable Energy, Community Solar Legislation (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2017-06-23
    GTM reports that Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) has nixed Nevada legislation AB 206 which would have increased the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 40 pct by 2030, up from 25 pct in 2025, and created new incentives for energy storage. A second bill, SB 392, which would have established a 200-MW community solar program by 2023, was also vetoed. Sandoval did, however, signed AB 405, a popular bill that restored net metering credits for rooftop solar customers in the Silver State, giving the distributed energy market an enormous boost. Following that win, supporters hoped the RPS and community solar bills would get approval too.

    In his vetot, Sandoval said he was concerned about passing new energy legislation in light of the state's pending Energy Choice Initiative which, if adopted, could dramatically restructure the state's electric power market. The Governor tasked his Committee on Energy Choice to study and make recommendations on the ramifications of a higher renewable portfolio standard and the community solar program. (Source: Office of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, GTM, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Nev. Gov. Brian Sandoval, gov.nv.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  Solar,  Nevada Solar,  Solar Incentive,  


    EOWDC to Host Offshore Wind Environmental Research (Int'l)
    Vattenfall,European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (
    Date: 2017-06-23
    Following-up on our November, 18th, 2016 coverage, the northeast of Scotland is poised to become the global center for offshore wind scientific research, following Swedish power company Vattenfall's announced selection of projects that will participate in a €3 million research program at its 92.4 MW, 11 turbine European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay, Scotland.

    Last November, Vattenfall announced research projects that included analyzing the distribution and movement of different birds, mammals, and fish species, studies in geology, and investigating the effect of offshore wind on the environment. Vattenfall has now shortlisted participants in the €3 million research program that is believed to be the world's largest-scale offshore wind research program.

    Readers will no doubt remember now president Donald Trump's war with the EOWDC project in opposition to which he claimed "offshore wind will destroy Scotland" because he thought it would spoil the view from his Aberdeen Bay golf resort that was then under construction. Trump took legal action to kill the EOWDC project but lost on the absurdity of his claim. (Source: Vattenfall, June, 2017) Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; EOWDC, Aberdeen Renewables, Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, +44 (0) 1224 522104, www.aberdeenrenewables.com/about-areg/activities/european-offshore-wind-deployment-centre-eowdc

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre ,  Vattenfall,  Donald Trump,  


    ABB Touts New Wind Turbine Transformer (New Prod & Tech)
    ABB
    Date: 2017-06-23
    Reporting from Zurich, ABB is touting its latest innovation in transformer technology, with the introduction of a 66 kilovolts (kV) WindSTAR transformer that can fit into the tower of a wind turbine. This will enable a new generation of powerful offshore wind turbines to operate at a world record voltage of 66 kV, twice the existing 33 kV level. The boost in voltage level will significantly reduce losses and make the wind generation systems more efficient.

    ABB has delivered five new WindSTAR transformers to MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, to be deployed at the world's first 66 kV offshore wind farm in the UK. The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator (BOD) is a 41.5 megawatt (MW), five-turbine wind farm, located off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland, with the capacity to deliver clean power to 34,000 homes.

    As a follow-up order, ABB will supply another 11 such transformers to be deployed in large-scale offshore wind turbines at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. This offshore wind test and demonstration facility, is located about 2.4 km off the coast of Aberdeen Bay, will incorporate a 92.4-MW offshore wind power plant with capacity to meet the annual electricity demand of nearly 80,000 homes. (Source: ABB, PR, 23 June, 2017)Contact: ABB, +44 (0) 43 317 5404, lynette.jackson@ch.abb.com, www.abb.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Wind,  


    Southern Current Launching New SC Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
    Southern Current LLC
    Date: 2017-06-23
    Charleston, South Carolina-based Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, reports it is investing $2.5 million in a new solar farm in Hampton County, South Carolina. The company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation. (Source: Southern Current, T&D, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Southern Current, Pauk Fleury, Dev. Officer, (843) 273-2090, www.southerncurrentllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Current,  Solar,  


    Notable Quote

    Date: 2017-06-23
    "Renewable energy sources are set to represent almost three-quarters of the $10.2 trillion the world will invest in new power generating technology until 2040, thanks to rapidly falling costs for solar and wind power, and a growing role for batteries, including electric vehicle batteries, in balancing supply and demand." -- Bloomberg Finance . BNEF expects solar and wind to make up almost 50 pct of the world's installed generation capacity by 2040, up from about 12 pct now.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Wind news,  Solar news,  


    Westford Mass. Scores $250K Green Communities Funding (Funding)
    Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
    Date: 2017-06-23
    In the Bay State, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resourcesthe reports it has awarded $250,000 in Green Communities grant funding to the town of Westford. The funds will be used for LED lighting and energy management retrofits in municipal facilities. The agency has awarded over $80 million in Green Community grants to the 185 Massachusetts cities and towns currently designated as the Green Communities since the program was founded seven years ago. Grants are capped at $250,000 per municipality.

    To qualify for funding, Green Communities must: provide as-of-right siting in designated locations for renewable and alternative energy generation, research and development, or manufacturing facilities; adopt an expedited application and permit process for as-of-right energy facilities; establish an energy use baseline and develop a plan to reduce energy use by 20 percent within five years; purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles; and adopt the Board of Building Regulations and Standards Stretch Code. (Source: Town of Westford, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Westford Eagle, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/guidance-technical-assistance/agencies-and-divisions/doer/; Massachusetts Green Communities, www.mass.gov/eea/energy-utilities-clean-tech/green-communities

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Communities,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy ManagementMassachusetts Department of Energy Resources,  


    Mansfield Intros ZERO™ Reduced Emission, Carbon Offset Program (Ind. Report)
    Mansfield Energy
    Date: 2017-06-23
    Gainsville, Georgia-headquartered Mansfield Energy Corp, through a partnership with GreenPrint, is announcing the launch of its turnkey, ZERO™ reduced emissions program. Participating Mansfield Energy clients will have their diesel fuel's carbon dioxide emissions automatically offset through proportionate investments in certified CO2 reduction projects such as reforestation, alternative energy, planting trees locally, and more.

    ZERO™, which requires no capital expense, no new fuel, and no new hardware to install, automatically calculates CO2 emissions based on current diesel usage, reduces the associated emissions through investments in certified, verified carbon offset projects, and then provides turnkey certified emissions and sustainability reporting that companies can use for supply chain reports, RFPs, cause marketing, and annual reports.

    GreenPrint is a technology and service company enabling companies to practice sustainability in a turn-key way. Blending transaction processing software with climate science, the company's patent-pending products reduce emissions on vehicles for municipalities and commercial fleets. Working with over 42,000 corporate clients in 8 languages across 12 countries, GreenPrint reduces emissions on almost 500 million gpy of fuel. (Source: Mansfield Energy, GreenPrint, 21 June, 2017) Contact: Mansfield Energy, Doug Haugh, President and Chief Strategy Officer , (800) 695-6626, www.mansfield.energy.com, www.zerofuel.com; GreenPrint, http://GreenPrintCorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mansfield Energy ,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offsets ,  


    Calif. Considers Carbon Foot Print in Purchase Contracts (Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Footprint
    Date: 2017-06-23
    In Sacramento, the California Senate is debating the Buy Clean California Act requiring the state to consider the carbon footprint of materials used in infrastructure projects when purchasing steel, glass, iron, and brass. The measure would direct billions of dollars in spending to low-carbon suppliers such as steel and cement which emit large quantities of CO2.

    Globally, steel accounts for 5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than every plane on Earth. However, California mills tend to be cleaner, by virtue of the state's strict emissions limits , and bills passage would likely result in business for the U.S., and the state's steel industry. The state will also take into account emissions from transportation, meaning California will likely buy more locally sourced steel, cutting down on pollution from shipping beams, pipes, and rebar long distances. (Source: Think Progress, Nexus Media, Others, 21 June, 2017)

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


    Kite Power Attracts £2Mn Scottish Investment (Int'l, Funding)
    Kite Power Systems
    Date: 2017-06-23
    Glasgow, UK-based Kite Power Systems (KPS) reports its kite wind technology has secured a £2 million equity investment from the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB). Other investors include E.ON, Schlumberger and Shell Technology Ventures which have committed to a combined investment of £5 million.

    KPS' 40-MW power system comprises two kites which have the ability to fly up to a height of 1500 ft. By using tethers, the kites are attached to a winch system that produces electricity as it spools out. The technology can be deployed both offshore and onshore. Power generation through its kite technology would not need subsidies from governments owing to the system's lower capital and operational costs. The company plans to develop a 3MW onshore system at the test facility and install a similar sized power system in offshore waters. (Source: Kite Power Systems, EBR, others, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Kite Power Systems, David Ainsworth, Business Dev, +44 141 465 7633, www.kitepowersystems.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kite Power Systems,  Wind,  


    Jamaican Castor Biodiesel R&D Enters Vehicular Trials Phase (R&D)
    Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
    Date: 2017-06-23
    In Kingston, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is reporting that its castor oil B5 biodiesel blend is now in the vehicular trials phase. The biodiesel research is being conducted in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Bodles Agricultural Research Station and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI.

    The incorporation of the PCJ's B5 blend is expected to displace about 97,000 bpy for a savings of approximately J$540 million. The project is also expected to boost the demand for locally grown castor beans.(Source: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Jamaica Observer, 21 June, 2017) Contact: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Winston Watson, GM, (876) 929-5380, www.pcj.com; Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, www.cardi.org; Jamaica Ministry of Agriculture, www.moa.gov.jm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica,  Castor Bean,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    Illinois Energy Efficiency Program Cuts State Agencies Costs (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Illinois Department of Commerce
    Date: 2017-06-23
    In Springfield, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity's Office of Energy & Recycling, in partnership with Illinois Central Management Services (CMS) and Grainger Industrial Supply, is reporting that state agencies will save more than 13 million kWh of electricity and $16 million in energy costs thanks to $6.4 million in lighting upgrades through the state's Free Lights Program. These projects were completed by leveraging ratepayer dollars from the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) Fund. (Source: Illinois Department of Commerce, Telegraph, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Illinois Department of Commerce, Sean McCarthy, Dir., www.illinois.gov/dceo

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Smappee Energy Monitoring Hits American Market (Ind. Report)
    Smappee
    Date: 2017-06-23
    Smappee, a Belgium-based developer of smart energy monitoring solutions, reports the introduction of its Smappee Plus energy monitoring system to the U.S. market. The product empowers consumers to better manage their electricity use and costs by providing detailed, real-time measurements of their energy production and consumption.

    The product integrates Smappee's patented NILM (Non Intrusive Load Monitoring) technology with sub-metering clamps to measure real-time energy use from household electronics and appliances energy use. Ideally suited for homes with solar and other renewable technologies, Smappee Plus acts as an energy traffic controller by directing the energy flow within a user's home to maximize both energy efficiency and clean energy payback, according to the manufacturer. (Source: Smappee, PR, Builder Mag., 20 June, 2017) Contact: Smappee, (408) 479-3748 -- US Office, info@Smappee.com, www.Smappee.com

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


    GreenGen Upgrading Forest Service Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Green Generation Solutions,
    Date: 2017-06-23
    Bethesda, Maryland based energy efficiency upgrades specialist Green Generation Solutions, LLC (GreenGen) reports it has inked an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) for energy efficiency related upgrades at 392 United States Forest Service facilities in the Pacific Northwest -- Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

    The $4.22 million ESPC contract will be financed over a 23-year term. GreenGen is installing over 6,900 solid state LED technology lamps and fixtures, over 550 kW/yr of solar PV electrical energy production at eight separate locations, more efficient HVAC equipment at select locations, as well as improved controls systems throughout. The solar PV systems are expected to generate over $152,000 of annual electrical savings, the lighting improvements will save $62,000 annually, and the HVAC improvements will generate over $22,000 in electrical and natural gas savings in the first year. (Source: Green Generation Solutions, June, 2017) Contact: Green Generation Solutions, Brad Dockser, CEO, (301) 202-2930, www.greengenerationsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Generation Solutions,  Energy Efficiency,  


    BIO Releases Bioscience Economic Development Guide -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Biotechnology Innovation Organization
    Date: 2017-06-23
    The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has released the 4th edition of its Bioscience Innovation in the States: Legislation and Job Creation through Public-Private Partnerships Best Practices Guide, A comprehensive analysis of state legislative and regulatory initiatives in support of economic development.

    The report, which conducted a review of all 50 states and their initiatives to support bioscience companies, highlights key examples of state efforts to grow and sustain the bioscience industry. In evaluating initiatives put forth by the states, the report also explores rational behind current legislative efforts and offers a reference guide showing the application of specific legislation in certain states and outcomes.

    Download Report HERE, (Source: Biotechnology Innovation Organization, 20 June, 2017) Contact: BIO, George Goodno, (202) 962-6660, www.bio.org

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    Lyon Launches Utility-scale Battery Storage Market Services Tender (Int'l. Report)
    Lyon Group
    Date: 2017-06-23
    Lyon Group is launching a brand new market-driven approach that will determine the services provided by its portfolio of large-scale battery storage projects. The company is seeking interest from businesses wanting battery storage in Victoria, South Australia, and Queensland. Included in Lyon Group's capabilities is a new $660 million combined large-scale solar and battery storage project in north-west Victoria. Construction is set to commence soon

    Lyon's Battery Storage Market Services Tender will influence the battery storage systems final design.(Source: Lyon Group, 21 June, 2017) Contact: Lyon Group, David Green, info@lyoninfrastructure.com, www.lyoninfrastructure.com, www.lyonbatterystorage.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lyon Group,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    New Australian Catalyst Paves Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel (Int'l)
    University of Adelaide,CSIRO
    Date: 2017-06-23
    In the Land Down Under, University of Adelaide researchers in collaboration with the Australia Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) are reporting development of a process of combining CO2 with hydrogen to produce methane and water without increasing atmospheric CO2.

    The catalyst was synthesized using porous crystals called metal-organic frameworks which allow precise spatial control of the chemical elements.

    This new catalyst efficiently produces almost pure methane from CO2. Carbon-monoxide production has been minimized and stability is high under both continuous reaction for several days and after shutdown and exposure to air. Only a small amount of the catalyst is required for high production of methane which increases economic viability. The catalyst also operates at mild temperatures and low pressures.

    "The catalyst discovery process involved the synthesis and screening of more than one hundred materials. With the help of CSIRO's rapid catalyst testing facility we were able to test all of them quickly allowing the discovery to be made in a much shorter period of time," said , AIM Future Science Platform Director with CSIRO.(Source: University of Adelaide, 20 June, 2017) Contact: University of Adelaide, Prof. Christian Doonan, Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials, +61 (0)8 8313 5770, Mobile: +61 (0)468 736 709, christian.doonan@adelaide.edu.au, www.adelaide.edu.au; CSIRO, Dr. Danielle Kennedyenquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CSIRO,  Carbon-Neutral Fuel,  Methane,  


    Obama Methane Rule Being Enforced During Re-Write (Reg & Leg)
    Methane Rule
    Date: 2017-06-23
    In a statement, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said parts of an Obama-administration methane rule will be enforced even though his agency is in the process of re-writing the controversial legislation that the oil and natural gas industry find "burdensome." Zinke promised to take public comments during the rewrite process to make sure the final rule curtails wasteful flaring while reducing the cost burden to the oil and natural gas industry.

    The methane rule, which was finalized in the dying days of the Obama administration, mandates that energy companies capture rather than flare methane which is about 25 times more potent at trapping heat than CO2 and make up approximately 9 pct of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to EPA estimates. (Source: Smart Brief, AP, 21 June, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Methane Rule,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  


    Vermont Joins AG's Coalition to Reduce GHG Emissions (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2017-06-23
    Vermont Business Magazine reports that Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has joined a coalition of 14 attorneys general and the City of Chicago to intervene in a lawsuit that supports regulations to prevent greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit is against the US EPA which is seeking to halt the implementation of regulations that stop leaks of greenhouse gas and other harmful air pollutants from new oil and gas sources.

    The motion to intervene in the case -- Clean Air Council v. Pruitt-- supports environmental organizations seeking to immediately stop the EPA's administrative stay of a 2016 rule that would prevent the emission of methane, smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and hazardous air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde from facilities constructed after September 2015.

    Along with Vermont, the motion to intervene includes the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington along with the City of Chicago. (Source: Vermont AG, Vermont Biz., June 21, 2017) Contact: Office of Vermont Attorney General, www.atg.state.vt.us

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


    American Biogas Council, WEF Promoting Biogas Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    American Biogas Council, Water Environment Federation
    Date: 2017-06-23
    The American Biogas Council (ABC) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) report they are partnering to expand the conversion of organic waste into renewable energy and valuable soil products at more than 2,200 operating biogas facilities nationwide. Although approximately 1,300 of the facilities are at existing water resource recovery plants there there are nearly 4,000 water facilities where new biogas systems could be installed.

    The organizations will continue to work together to promote: the beneficial use of biogas, digested materials and biosolids as an economically and environmentally sound energy and waste management solution for communities; the use of proven technologies that facilitate energy and nutrient recovery; encourage federal and state legislation that promotes the use of biogas as a renewable energy source; proactive communications and public outreach to continue to build a strong base of support for products made from digested materials; and continued research and sound science in regards to biosolids management; and the development of state and federal regulations. (Source: The Water Environment Federation , 20 June, 2017) Contact: American Biogas Council, (202) 640-6595, info@americanbiogascouncil.org, www.AmericanBiogasCouncil.org; WEF, Eileen O'Neill, Exec. Dir., www.wef.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Biogas Council,  Biogas,  


    Velocys Refocusing on U.S. Renewable Fuels Market (Int'l)
    Velocys
    Date: 2017-06-23
    The UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys PLC reports it is targeting the US market as it transitions into a renewable fuels company. Velocys is aiming to build plants that convert woody biomass to high specification renewable diesel and aviation jet fuel for the US market, its primary focus.

    According to Velocys CEO David Pummell, the company is moving away from being a Fischer-Tropsch technology-based company to being a renewable fuels company. The Fischer-Tropsch process converts carbon monoxide and hydrogen into liquid hydrocarbons. (Source: Velocys, PR, Alliance News, Others, 22 June, 2017) Contact: Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 - Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys ,  Fischer-Tropsch,  Renewable Fuels,  Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


    Statkraft Touting Carbon-Neutral Silva Green Fuel Plans (Int'l)
    Statkraft
    Date: 2017-06-23
    Reuters is reporting that Norwegian utility Statkraft and Swedish forestry cooperative SodraTimber have formed Silva Green Fuel, a joint venture which will make an investment decision this year on a €50 million- €70 million ($56 million-$78 million) pilot plant near Oslo. The plant will use Statkraft's "hydro thermal liquefaction" process to produce biofuel from woody biomass and other solid organic waste. The high temperature and pressure process is carbon-neutral and emits the same amount of carbon when burned that was originally absorbed by the organic feedstock.

    According to Statkraft CEO Christian Rynning-Toennesen, up to 7 percent of the new fuel could be mixed into diesel fuel and used for any vehicle without modification. The new product will be targeted on Aviation, maritime shipping and trucking applications. (Source: Statkraft, Reuters, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Statkraft, Christian Rynning-Toennesen, CEO, +47 24 06 70 00, www.statkraft.com; Sodra, www.sodra.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    Sundrop Drops Louisiana "Green Gasoline" Plans (Ind. Report)
    Sundrop Fuels
    Date: 2017-06-23
    After years of delays, Longmont, Colorado-headquartered cellulosic advanced biofuels specialist Sundrop reports it has an agreement to sell the property near Alexandria, Louisiana where it had planned to build a biofuels facility to an unspecified prospective purchaser.

    In November, 2011, Sundrop identified the Alexandria area property as the home of its first commercial facility producing "green gasoline" from natural gas and wood waste. The facility was expected to cost $450 million and begin production in 2015. (Source: Sundrop Fuels, Town Talk, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Sundrop Fuels, (720) 890-6501, www.sundropfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sundrop Fuels,  Green Gas,  Cellulosic Biofuel,  


    Sweden Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2045 (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2017-06-23
    In Copenhagen, a majority of the Swedish legislature has committed to cutting Sweden's net carbon emissions to zero by 2045. The commitment makes Sweden becoming the first country to significantly upgrade its carbon reduction targets since the Paris accord in 2015.

    The legislation establishes an independent Climate Policy Council and requires an updated action plan every four years. Sweden, which previously committed to carbon neutrality by 2050, generates 83 pct of its electricity from nuclear energy and hydropower, having met its 2020 target of 50 pct renewable energy eight years ahead of schedule. The country now plans to cut domestic emissions by at least 85 pct and offset remaining emissions by planting trees or investing in projects abroad. (Source: New Scientist, Futurism, Others, 20 June, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  


    Mexican Adoption of E10 Applauded (Int'l Report)
    Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission
    Date: 2017-06-21
    The Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission's (CRE) recently announced increase in the maximum volume content of anhydrous ethanol as an oxygenate in regular and premium gasoline supplies from 5.8 pct to 10 pct has been welcomed by the U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, and the Renewable Fuels Association.

    The increase is part of ongoing energy reforms in Mexico and follows input from stakeholders in the government, private sector, research scientists and social interest groups. Mexican regulators moved in August 2016 to allow ethanol in local fuel supplies, except in its three largest metropolitan areas -- Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City. (Source: Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, AgWired, Other, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, +52 55 5233 1500, calidad@cre.gob.mx, cre.gob.mx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend,  E10,  


    Notable Quote
    DONG Energy
    Date: 2017-06-21
    "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,  


    Niagara Region Ontario Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Boralex, Enercon
    Date: 2017-06-21
    Fpllwing up on our November 9, 2016 report, Montreal-based Boralex Inc., ENERCON and the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp. have inaugurated the Niagara Region Wind Farm in the regional municipality of Niagara in Ontario. The wind farm incorporates 77 ENERCON E 101 wind turbines totaling 230 MW. The project, which has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), will generate sufficient electric power for more than 76,000 homes. (Source: Boralex, Others, 16 June, 2017) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com; ENERCON Canada, Michael Weidemann, Exec. VP, Eva Lotta Schmidt, (514) 363-7266, www.enercon.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Enercon,  Wind,  


    Florida Legislation Expands Solar Incentives (Reg & Leg)
    Center for Biological Diversity
    Date: 2017-06-21
    In Tallahassee, Florida Governor Rick Scott is reported to have signed Senate Bill 90, a legislative measure expanding tax breaks for commercial and industrial building rooftop solar installations. The bill extends renewable-energy tax breaks already given to residential properties and exempts a percentage of the assessed value of renewable installations from property taxes.

    S.B. 90 is widely seen as a compromise solution to implement a clean energy constitutional amendment approved by 73 pct of Florida voters in August.

    According to the not-for-profit Center for Biological Diversity, the Sunshine State's solar industry ranks only 13 in the nation for installed capacity, although it is third in technical solar potential. The Center also notes that Florida is one of the 10 worst states for blocking distributed solar with bad policies. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, Various Media, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Chad Tudenggongbu, (917) 558-0849, ctudenggongbu@biologicaldiversity.org, www.biologicaldiversity.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Incentive,  Renewable Energy,  


    Cleanergy's $575Mn Stirling CSP Project Underway in China (Int'l)
    Cleanergy,Datang Holdings New Energy Technologies.
    Date: 2017-06-21
    Goteborg, Sweden-based Stirling engine-based renewable energy solutions provider Cleanergy AB reports it has begun installation of its Stirling concentrated solar power (CSP) technology in China, for a 200MW project for Beijing-based Datang Holdings New Energy Technologies. The $575 million deal included the manufacturing, installation and development of Cleanergy's advanced Stirling CSP technology in China.

    Cleanergy's GasBox waste-to-energy system is installed in a modular container and converts methane gas into electricity. The GasBox is an autonomous and flexible Stirling Engine unit incorporated with a real-time power management system with remote access and optional grid functionality. The firms will initially install 50MW capacity in 2018, while the remaining 150MW will be installed as a second step that includes energy storage. (Source: Cleanergy, June, 2017) Contact: Cleanergy, Jonas Eklind, CEO, Alexander Vestin, SVP, Bus. Dev., +46 70 566 7000, alexander.vestin@cleanergy.com, www.cleanergy.com; Datang Holdings New Energy Technologies, www.cccme.org.cn

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    Princeton Landfill Solar Project Finally Underway (Ind. Report)
    NJR Clean Energy Ventures, GeoPeak Energy
    Date: 2017-06-21
    In the Garden State, NJR Clean Energy Ventures reports it has been assigned by GeoPeak Energy to construct an 8,000-panel, ground-mounted 3-MW solar array on the Princeton Municipal Landfill. The often delayed project, which has been in the works since 2011, will provide the Stony Brook Regional Sewerage Authority with as much as one-quarter of the energy needed to power its River Road wastewater treatment facility.

    The power purchase agreement is for 15 years. NJRCEV will own, operate and maintain the array which is expected to be completed by the year end. (Source: NJR Clean Energy Ventures, NJ,com, Others, 19 June, 2017) Contact: GeoPeak Energy, (732) 377-3700, www.geopeakenergy.com; NJR Clean Energy Ventures, Stephen Westhoven, VP, COO, Christopher Savastano, Bus. Dev., (732) 919-8189, csavastano@njrresources.com, www.njrcleanenergyventures.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NJR Clean Energy Ventures,  Solar,  GeoPeak Energy ,  


    Invenergy Touts 130-Turbine Alle-Catt Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Invenergy
    Date: 2017-06-21
    Chicago-headquartered Invenergy is reporting plans to develop a 380 MW wind farm to be called Alle-Catt in the towns of Farmersville, Freedom, Rushford and Centerville, Indiana. Subject to permitting, the project would utilize as many as 130 wind turbines and get underway in 2018 for completion in 2020. The company is also planning a separate wind farm in neighboring Wyoming County. (Source: Invenergy, Olean Times Herald , Community Media, 17 June, 2017) Contact: Invenergy, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  


    South Sioux City, NextEra Ink Wind PPA (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2017-06-21
    In South Dakota, the city of South Sioux City and Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources LLC are reporting a deal for the purchase of 15 MW of power from the Cottonwood Wind Farm which is under construction in Webster County. The move is part of South Sious City's energy diversification plan to pull away from the Nebraska Public Power District, the state's largest electrical utility.

    NextEra's $130 million, 40-turbine Cottonwood project is expected to generate sufficient power for as many as 27,000 homes. Construction is expected to conclude by year's end.

    According to a statement, South Sioux City plans to purchase 7 pct of its power from hydroelectric sources and another 7 pct from Green Star Gasifiers, a renewable fuel company building a $25 million plant that will use wood waste and other wastes to generate electricity. (Source: Sioux City Journal, 17 June, 2017) Contact: NextEra Energy, Steven Stengel, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources ,  Wind,  


    Greencoat Renewables Seeks €250Mn for Wind Acquisitions (M&A)
    Greencoat Renewables
    Date: 2017-06-21
    In Ireland, Dublin-based Greencoat Renewables, a new wholly-owned subsidiary of Greencoat Capital, reports it will raise €250 million to fund a portfolio of onshore wind farms in Ireland.

    Follwing on our March coverage, Greencoat Renewables acquired a 137 MW "seed portfolio" of wind power assets at two operating wind farms with a total of 56 turbines. The deal was funded by the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund and Allied Irish Banks, and now a new capital raise aims to position the group for future growth.

    Greencoat, which plans to list on London's AIM market and the Irish Stock Exchange, will be Dublin's first listed renewable energy infrastructure company. In a statement, Greencoat said it plans to acquire other operating wind farms in Ireland as well as solar power projects in other Eurozone countries. (Source: Greencoat Renewables, RTE.ie, Proactive Investors, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Greencoat Capital, Bertrand Gautier, Partner, www.greencoat-capital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencoat Renewables ,  Wind,  Irish Wind,  


    Fossil Fuel Heating Oil Banned in Norway to Cut Emissions (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-06-21
    In an effort to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 340,000 tpy, compared to overall national emissions of 53.9 million tonnes in 2015, the Norwegian government has mandated a ban on the use of fossil-based oil to heat both new and old buildings including private homes, businesses publicly owned facilities, effective in 2020.

    Presently 80,000 Norwegian homes and an additional 20,000 non-residential buildings are heated with fossil-based oil. Buildings account for roughly 40 percent of CO2 emissions on a global basis, according to government statistics.

    Although Norway committed to sharp cuts in emissions by 2030 under the Paris climate agreement, the country's emissions rose 3.3 pct above 1990 levels in 2016 while neighboring Sweden's emissions dropped significantly. (Source: Norwegian Environment Ministry, Digital Journal, Others, June, 2017) Contact: Norwegian Environment Minister, Vidar Helgesen, www.regjeringen.no/en/the-government/previous-governments/ministries-and-offices/government-secretariats-and-ministries-s/ministries-since-1814/ministry-of-the-environment/ministry-of-the-environment/id426448

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


    Statoil Increases CO2 Reduction R&D Budget (Int'l Report)
    Statoil,Research Council of Norway
    Date: 2017-06-21
    In Oslo the Norwegian state controlled energy conglomerate Statoil reports that it will spend 25 pct of its research funds on CO2 reductions and new energy solutions in the year 2020. The aim is to reduce emissions from oil and gas activities and to develop electrification technologies, reduce emissions from turbines offshore and reduce energy consumption for new fields.

    This year's research budget totals NOK 2.6 billion, (1,000,000 NOK =116,995.02USD) half of which will be spent externally. The Research Council of Norway has supported this technology development for a long time, and DEMO2000 funds from last year’s allocation was essential to start using the technology this year. (Source: Research Council of Norway ,Statoil, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Statoil, Elisabeth B. Kvalheim, CTO, www.statoil.com; Research Council of Norway, www.forskningsradet.no/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Statoil,  

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