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GAF Touts Roof Shingle-Integrated Solar System (New Prod. & Tech.)
Date: 2017-01-25
In the Garden State, Parsippany-based GAF, North America's largest roofing manufacturer, is reporting a breakthrough in solar roofing technology: the DecoTech™ Roof-Integrated Solar System -- a fast and affordable alternative to rack-mounted rooftop solar panels.

The DecoTech™ System is integrated into the roofing system utilizing premium solar panels to optimize power output. Flashing and a perimeter shield reduces the risk of leaks and animal intrusion. (Source: GAF. PR, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: GAF, Anthony Ruffine, VP Renewable Energy & Strategic Marketing,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  

Marshall Solar Energy Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2017-01-25
Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources reports that its 62-MW Marshall Solar Energy Project in Lyon County, Minnesota, is now delivering electricity. The Marshall project, which generates sufficient electric power for 15,000 homes, follows the company's first large-scale solar project, the 100 MW North Star in Chisago County.

The Marshall project and North Star are respectively owned and operated by Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources and affiliates of New York-based D.E. Shaw Group. Both new solar facilities deliver power to Xcel under long-term PPAs. (Source: Xcel Energy, Star Tribune, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Xcel-Minnesota, Chris Clark, Pres.,; Marshall Solar Energy Project,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Solar,  

Alberta Offering Free Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency Alberta
Date: 2017-01-25
On the Canadian Prairies, the Alberta Environment Minister reports that Energy Efficiency Alberta, a Crown agency launched last fall, will be in charge of designing and delivering a series of provincial energy efficiency initiatives being launched in March and early April. The programs are based on the recommendations of a seven-person advisory panel.

The first program will install low-cost, energy efficiency products such as LED lights, smart power bars, low-flow shower heads and aerators in single-family homes and multi-family dwellings at all income levels, at no charge.

A second program offers cash incentives to encourage individuals to purchase and install energy efficient appliances and electronics through online, mail-in and point-of-sale rebates.

The third program is targeted towards businesses and non-profits to reduce their emissions and energy use by offering incentives on products and installation of energy-saving lighting, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and water heating. (Source: Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, CBC, 23 Jan., 2017)Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773,; Energy Efficiency Alberta,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Alberta,  Energy Efficiency,  Shannon Phillips,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  

CARB Proposal Cuts Greenhouse Gases 40 pct by 2030 (Reg. & Leg.)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2017-01-25
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released a proposed plan to reduce GHG emissions by 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030. The plan builds on the state's successful efforts to reduce emissions and outlines the most effective ways to reach the 2030 goal, including continuation of the state's Cap-and-Trade Program. The proposed plan will continue to build on investments in clean energy and set the California economy on a trajectory to achieving an 80 pct reduction in GHG emissions by 2050.

Assembly Bill 32, signed in 2006, set California's initial goal to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and directed CARB to develop a climate change scoping plan -- to be updated every five years -- detailing specific measures needed to reach the target.

The proposed plan continues the Cap-and-Trade Program through 2030 and includes a new approach to reduce GHGs from refineries by 20 pct. It incorporates approaches to cutting super pollutants from the Short Lived Climate Pollutants Strategy and acknowledges the need to cut agriculture emissions.

Achieving the 2030 goal will require an enhanced focus on zero- and near-zero emission vehicle technologies; continued investment in renewable energy; greater use of low-carbon fuels; integrated land conservation and development strategies; coordinated efforts to reduce methane emissions and other short-lived climate pollutants; and an increased focus on integrated land-use planning to support livable, transit-connected communities. The plan finds that Cap-and-Trade is the lowest cost, most efficient policy approach and provides certainty that the state will meet the 2030 goals. California's Cap-and-Trade Program funds the California Climate Investments program, which funds statewide projects aimed at reducing GHG emissions. To date, $3.4 billion in cap-and-trade funds have been appropriated for the California Climate Investments program. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Jan., 2018) Contact: California ARB, (800) 242-4450,,

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

Moventas Announces €17Mn Plant Upgrade, Expansion (Int'l)
Moventas Gears
Date: 2017-01-25
Jyvaskyla, Finland-headquartered wind gearbox manufacturer Moventas Gears Oy reports it will invest €17 million ($18.3 million) to upgrade its plants in Jyvaskyla, as well as expand its wind gearbox production capacity to over 5 GW.

The company plans to expand its component manufacturing, serial production facilities and new 6-MW testing facilities. The move will also benefit Moventas' multi-brand service business, according to a statement. (Source: Moventas Gears, Various Media, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Moventas, Arto Lahtela, CEO, +358 20 184 7000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Moventas,  Wind,  

Bids Sought for DEWA 200MW Concentrated Solar Power Plant (Int'l)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2017-01-25
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is seeking bids for the development of 200MW concentrated solar power (CSP) power plant. Being developed on Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, the solar park is expected to cost approximately $13.6 billion and to be completed by 2030.

The 13MW first phase of the solar park was commissioned in 2013. The 200MW second phase is planned to be operational by 2017 followed by 800MW third phase by 2020.

Earlier in 2016, DEWA selected Masdar-led consortium for the development of third phase of the solar park following its lowest bid of power generation price.

The solar park is designed to contribute to the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to generate 7 pct of its total power from clean energy sources by 2020, increasing to 25 pct by 2030 and 75 pct by 2050. (Source: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Trade Arabia, EBR, Others, 23 Jan., 2017)Contact: DEWA , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  

Kazakhstan Announces Coalbed Methane Development Project (Int'l)
Coalbed Methane
Date: 2017-01-25
In Astana, the Kazakhstan Minister of Energy is reporting the launch of a comprehensive project for the extraction of methane from coal seams. According to the Ministry, the extracted coalbed methane will be used in the country's chemical and industrial development and power production. The project will also help cut methane emissions into the environment. (Source: Kazakhstan Minister of Energy, KIPress, 24 Jan., 2017) Contact: Kazakhstan Minister of Energy, Kanat Bozumbayev,, 8 (7172) 97 68 83,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coalbed Methane,  

Strata Planning Gloucester County, Va. Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
Strata Solar LLC
Date: 2017-01-25
Chapel Hill, North Carolina-headquartered Strata Solar LLC reports it has applied for a conditional-use permit to construct a solar farm on Route 14 in Gloucester County. The $25 million - $30 million project is expected to break ground in 2018, subject to approvals. (Source: Strata Solar,, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Strata Solar, Markus Wilhelm, CEO, (919) 960-6015,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Strata Solar,  Solar,  

PSEG Solar Source Snares BayWa r.e. Solar Projects (M&A)
PSEG Solar Source,BayWa r.e.
Date: 2017-01-25
Newark, New Jersey-headquartered PSEG Solar Source LLC, is reporting the $74.6 million acquisition of two North Carolina solar facilities totaling 47 MWs from BayWa r.e. The PSEG Cork Oak Solar Energy Center and the PSEG Sunflower Solar Energy Center are under construction and scheduled to begin operation later this year. Both facilities have a 10-year PPAs with Virginia Electric and Power Co. and are located about 90 miles northeast of Raleigh in Halifax, N.C. These are the second and third projects PSEG Solar Source has developed in collaboration with BayWa r.e..

BayWa r.e. developed the project and is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for both projects and will operate the facilities for PSEG Solar Source when each goes into operation. Almost 149,000 poly-crystalline Trina Solar panels will be installed at the two facilities, which will use SMA inverters.

PSEG Solar Source now has 21 utility-scale solar facilities in 13 states, including five in North Carolina. The company currently has 326 MWs in operation and another 70 MWs under construction. (Source: PSEG Solar Source LLC, PR Newswire, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: PSEG Solar Source, Diana Drysdale, Pres.; BayWa r.e., Florian Zerhusen, CEO, (850) 450-6800 - San Diego office,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PSEG Solar Source,  BayWa r.e.,  

CDP Initiative Aims to Develop Credible Carbon Pricing for Investors (Ind. Report)
CDP,Carbon Disclosure Project
Date: 2017-01-25
The London-headquartered Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), on behalf of the We Mean Business Coalition, reports it has has convened a panel of utilities and investment leaders from across the G20 under the Carbon Pricing Corridors initiative -- the world's first industry-led initiative aimed at defining the carbon prices needed for the power sector to meet the COP21 Paris Agreement. Over the next two years, the CEOs from PGGM, Engie, Bank of America, Iberdrola, YesBank, Hermes Fund Managers and other leaders will shape realistic prognoses of the range of investment-grade carbon prices needed to de-carbonize electric power generation through 2020, 2025 and 2030. During the course of 2017, the initiative will expand its scope beyond the power sector to include other high-emitting sectors.

The recently published recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures point to the clear need for investors to be able to stress test their portfolios against a below 2 degree C scenario. The Carbon Pricing Corridors initiative is due to report on its initial projections for credible carbon price ranges in Spring 2017. (Source: CDP, Sustainable Brands, 23 Jan., 2017)Contact: CDP, Paul Simpson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3818 3946,; We Mean Business Coalition,

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21,  CDP,  Carbon Disclosure Project,  Carbon Emissions,  

Scotland's Emission Reduction Targets Upped 66 pct by 2032 (Int'l)
Date: 2017-01-25
At Holyrood, the Scottish Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform reports the government plans to increase its greenhouse gas emissions reductions target to 66 pct by 2032, based on 1990 levels.

In 2016, Scotland committed to slashing CO2 emissions by 80 pct by 2050, while also increasing the 2020 interim target up to 50 pct. As previously reported, the country surpassed its 2020 emission reduction targets in 2014 -- six years ahead of plans.

The minster also announced that Scotland will have a fully de-carbonized electricity sector able to remove CO2 from the atmosphere; 80 pct of domestic heat will be provided by low carbon heat technologies; 250,000 hectares of degraded peatlands will be restored (against 1990 levels); the proportion of ultra-low emission new cars and vans registered in Scotland annually will reach at least 40 pct; and the country will create at least 15,000 hectares of new woodland per year. (Source: Scottish Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, CleanTechnica, Others, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Scottish Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna.Cunningham, +44 (0) 131 348 5697,

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

Energy Storage Trends and Opportunities in Emerging Markets -- World Bank IFC Report Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-01-25
Over the next eight to nine years, energy storage capacity in developing countries is expected to skyrocket from the present 2 GW to over 80 GW, according Energy Storage Trends and Opportunities in Emerging Markets, a new report from the World Bank International Finance Corp. (IFC). The report notes that 78 GW of new solar and wind generating capacity was installed globally in 2016, and that 378.1GW is projected to be installed over the next five years.

According to the report, "Energy storage will play a crucial role in helping to meet demand for low-carbon electricity in developing nations. By 2020, these countries will need to double their electricity generation and by 2035 will account for 80 pct of the total growth in energy generation and consumption globally." The report also finds that while the cost for deploying renewable energy systems continues to fall, integrating technologies such as PV rooftop and solar farm systems into regional grids will require energy storage in the form of batteries and other technologies for load continuity.

Those storage technologies include mechanical systems such as flywheels, compressed air or pumped hydro; electrochemical storage, such as lithium-ion and flow battery technology; and thermal systems like phase-change technology. Phase-change tech uses materials such as molten salt to store heat from concentrated solar farms for later release in steam generators.

Download the Energy Storage Trends and Opportunities in Emerging Markets report HERE. (Source: World Bank International Finance Corp. (IFC) , ComputerWorld, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: World Bank IFC,

Canadian "Green" Square Fottage Surpasses 1 billion (Ind. Report)
LEED,Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2017-01-25
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced that since 2004, there are now more than 1 billion square-feet of LEED projects representing nearly 7,000 LEED buildings, homes and communities in the country. CaGBC attributes the increase to the successful and widespread adoption of LEED standards by Canada's industry, leading to significant innovation and economic development.

The top five provinces for LEED certification across Canada in 2016 are: Ontario with 147; Quebec with 103; British Columbia with 62; Alberta at 61; and Manitoba with 10 LEED certifications. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, Sourcable, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  

UK Offshore Wind Farm Power Cost Drops by 32 pct (Int'l Report)
Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
Date: 2017-01-25
In the UK, a report from Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, on behalf of the Offshore Wind Programme Board (OWPB), finds that energy prices for offshore wind have fallen 32 pct since 2012, and are now below the target agreed by Government and industry of £100/ MWh, four years ahead of the 2020 date set to achieve the goal.

Projects making final investment decisions in 2015/2016 were doing so with a cost of energy of £97/MWh, compared with £142/MWh five years earlier, the third annual cost reduction monitoring framework (CRMF) report shows.

The fall in price is attributed to the adoption of larger turbines, increased competition and lower cost of capital. Further cost reductions would be achieved by sourcing more components and services in the UK, developing a supply chain which employs thousands of people, according to the report. (Source: Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Belfast Telegraph, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, CEO, Tony Quinn, Dir. Operations, +44 (0) 333 004 1400,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult,  Offshore Wind ,  

Green Earth Fuels Back in Production (Ind. Report)
Green Earth Fuels,BIOX Corporation, World Energy Alternatives LLC
Date: 2017-01-25
Toronto-headquartered biodiesel producer BIOX Corporation and its Boston-based joint venture partner World Energy Alternatives LLC are reporting the commissioning and startup of the Green Earth Fuels LLC 90 million gpy biodiesel plant in Galena Park, Texas. The BIOX-WorldEnergy JV acquired the Green Earth Facility in 2016, (Source: BIOX Corporation, Industrial Info, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: World Energy Alternatives LLC, Gene Gebolys, CEO, (617) 889-7300,; BIOX, Alan Rickard, CEO, (905) 521-8205 ext. 253,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Energy,  BIOX Corporation,  Biodiesel,  

JV Aims to Increase Italian Plant's Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Solvay SA , Marubeni
Date: 2017-01-25
Chemical industry giant Solvay SA reports it has formed a joint venture with Marubeni Europe plc, and Italian turbine supplier Ansaldo Energia to invest in a project aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of Solvay's facility in Rosignano, Italy.

The JV will finance and operate a new state-of-the-art 180-MW gas turbine and a re-powered 350 MW electric power plant in an effort to improve the plant's energy efficiency at limited costs and to ease its energy transition. (Source: Solvay, Chemical Engineering, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Solvay,; Marubeni,; Ansaldo Energia,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solvay,  Marubeni,  Energy Efficiency,  

UK's CPI Scores £896,000 Biotechnology Equipment Funding (Int'l)
UK Catapult,Centre for Process Innovation,European Regional Development Fund
Date: 2017-01-25
UK-based Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) reports it has secured £896,000 funding for equipment at its National Industrial Biotechnology Facility and biorefinery at Wilton, UK. £538,000 is from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and £358,000 is from UK Catapult.

All equipment is scaled and modeled to reflect CPI's existing pilot plant asset and to provide greater confidence, and mitigate the risks, associated with growing innovations from the laboratory to commercial operation. The new equipment is slated for installation this year. (Source: Centre for Process Innovation, Bioenergy Insight, Others, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Centre for Process Innovation, Kris Wadrop, Director of Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining ,; European Regional Development Fund,; UK Catapult, +44 1793 442700,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Regional Development Fund,  UK Catapult ,  

US Ethanol Production Breaks Record Again (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-25
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. ethanol production reached a new record the week ending Jan. 13, averaged 1.054 bpd. The previous record, set the week ending Jan. 6, was 1.049 million bpd day. That record replaced the one set the week ending Dec. 30, when production reached 1.043 million bpd.

The U.S. ethanol industry has surpassed the 1 million bpd mark only 26 times, all since November 2015. (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Hoosier Ag Today, WKKG, Others, 24 Jan., 2017) Contact: U.S. Energy Information Administration,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol ,  US EIA,  

Pacific Ethanol Installs Ener-Core Power Oxidizers (Ind. Report)
Ener-Core,Pacific Ethanol (PEIX).
Date: 2017-01-25
Following-up on our Nov. 2nd, 2016 coverage, Irvine, California-headquartered gas conversion technologies specialist Ener-Core Inc. reports that Dresser-Rand, part of Siemens Power and Gas Division, has completed the installation ans startup of the 2 MW PowerStation -- the integration of the Dresser-Rand KG2 gas turbine and Ener-Core's 2 MW Power Oxidizer at the Stockton Biorefinery site owned by Pacific Ethanol. The integrated solution operated successfully and produced both power and steam according to specifications.

The Ener-Core Power Oxidizer is designed to provide an alternative to a traditional combustion heat source normally used with traditional gas turbine power generation.(Source: Ener-Core, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Ener-Core, Boris Maslov, Pres., (949) 616-3300,; Dresser Rand, (713) 973-5497,; Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, (916( 403-2790,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ener-Core,  Pacific Ethanol,  

UK Waste Biomass Research Awarded €2 Mn (R&D, Funding)
Imperial College London, European Research Council
Date: 2017-01-25
In the UK, Roberto Rinaldi FRSC, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London has been awarded a €2 million European Research Council Consolidator R&D Grant for new chemical technologies for the valorization of agricultural residues, switchgrass, straw and other waste biomass.

Rinaldi's research is focused on lignin, a major component of lignocellulosic biomass which is very poorly utilized despite making up around 20-30 pect 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 , Jan. 23, 2017) Contact: European Research Council,; Imperial College London, Roberto Rinaldi,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Imperial College London,  Biomass,  European Research Council,  

Newfoundland Biofuel Plant Close to Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
NewGreen Technology Inc,Proton Power
Date: 2017-01-25
In Atlantic Canada, NewGreen Technology Inc. reports it is expecting a tentative offer from the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial government for a sufficient allocation of locally harvested wood fibres as feedstock for its proposed $i85 million biofuel plant in Botwood, Newfoundland.

The operation has been stalled since owners secured a tentative land deal with the town of Botwood in June. The facility will rely heavily on the former Abitibi Bowater timber stand, which contains about 280,000 cubic metres of wood, and sawmill producing 20 million board feet of lumber annually. The biofuel will be targeted at European markets. Tennessee-based Proton Power will provide the technology and consulting services for the facility. (Source: NewGreen Technology Inc ., CBC News, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: NewGreen Technology Inc., (813) 944-3185,; Proton Power, (865) 376-7002,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Proton Power,  Woody Biomass,  BiofuelNewGreen Technology Inc,  Forest Biomass,  Biofuel,  

ASID's Washington HQ Scores USGBC LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
International WELL Building Institute,American Society of Interior Designers
Date: 2017-01-25
The American Society of Interior Designers' (ASID) new 8.500 square-foot headquarters in Washington, DC, reports it has achieved US Green Building Council LEED platinum level certification. .

The ASID headquarters key design elements include real-time dashboard of environmental attributes, weave innovation technology, and nature-based design together to create a space that conveys the core principles of LEED. The office includes biophilic design strategies, which utilize natural elements to reduce stress and increase air quality; stringent water quality standards and an energy efficient lighting system.

In addition to LEED platinum certification, ASID has applied for and anticipates receiving WELL certification by the International WELL Building Institute. (Source: American Society of Interior Designers, Jan. 24, 2017) Contact: American Society of Interior Designers, Randy Fiser, (202) 546-3480,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,; International WELL Building Institute,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International WELL Building Institute,  US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  

Cleveland Hts. Eyes $5.6Mn Energy Efficiency Upgrade (Ind. Report)
Cleveland Heights
Date: 2017-01-23
In the Buckeye State, the Cleveland suburb of Cleveland Heights city council reports it is weighing its options on a proposed 20-year, $5.6 million energy efficiency program. The city plans to begin negotiations with Dayton, Ohio-headquartered Evans Energy for a package of energy efficiency expected to deliver $10.8 million in energy and utility savings over 20 years.

Gardiner Energy of Solon, Ohio is also interested in bidding on the contract. Gardiner previously completed more $2 million in energy efficiency related work for the city.

The Energy efficiency work to be completed under contract would include new LED lighting, refrigeration upgrades for the city ice rinks, new boilers at the city hall and various other improvements. (Source: City of Cleveland Heights,, 22 Jan., 2017) Contact: City of Cleveland Heights, Tom Raguz, Finance Director, (216) 291-3900,; Gardiner Energy, Mark Havens,; Evans Energy, (614) 300-5301,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  

$60Mn Bond Issue Approved for New La. Bio-coal Plant (Ind. Report)
Biomass Secure Power
Date: 2017-01-23
Abbottsford, British Columbia-headquartered bio-coal producer Biomass Secure Power reports the Louisiana State Bond Commission has approved the sale of $60 million in tax exempt bonds by the company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Biomass Power Louisiana (BPL).

The bond offering proceeds will be used for the construction of a 240,000 tpy, biocoal production facility at the Port of Natchitoches Louisiana. (Source: Biomass Secure Power, Various Media, 23 Jan., 2017)Contact: Biomass Secure Power, Jim Carroll, President and CEO, (604) 807-4957,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Secure,  Biocoal,  Biomass ,  

Hana Financial Funding Korean Biomass Power Project (Int’l)
Hana Financial Investment
Date: 2017-01-23
In Seoul, South Korea's Hana Financial Investment Co. reports it will supply construction financing for the 200-MW , $500.7 million Gunsan Bioenergy Inc . biomass power plant in Gunsan, South Korea.

The project, which is being led by state-run utility Korea Midland Power Co., is expected to be completed, commissioned and fully operational in 2020. The biomass power plant will generate sufficient power for approximately 260,000 homes. (Source: Hana Financial, Maell Bus. News, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Hana Financial,; Korea Midland Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass news,  Woody Biomass news,  

Masdar Snares Stake in Floating Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-01-23
Oslo-headquartered oil and gas giant Statoil reports it is selling 25 pct of its stake in the 30-MW Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind pilot to Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, Masdar.

Upon completion later this year, the pilot project off the coast of Peterhead will be the world's largest floating wind farm and is expected to generate sufficient power for approximately 20,000 households. (Source: Masdar, CleanTechnica, Others, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, +971 2 810 9238, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365,,; Statoil Wind,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar,  Statoil,  Floating Wind Turbin,  

Canadian PM Hopeful Promises to Scrap Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-01-23
Millionaire Shark Tank reality show personality and conservative Canadian prime minister wannabe Kevin O'Leary has pledged to kill the carbon tax within days of his arrival in office, if he's elected as Canada's prime minister.

The boisterous tycoon promised to "eradicate every one of (Liberal Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau's policies. You will not remember his name after I arrive there (Ottawa)" he trumpeted with Trump-like confidence.

"Repeal the carbon tax as fast as I can -- everywhere. I'll put in place a system that's far more productive in getting innovation and keeping down emissions that does not penalize businesses. "This (carbon tax) game being played in Alberta and Ontario is crap," the amateur politician bragged. (Source: Various Sources, Global News, 20 Nov., 2017) Contact: Kevin O'Leary,,

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

LM Wind Power Quebec Expansion Scores $5.7Mn (Funding)
LM Wind Power
Date: 2017-01-23
LM Wind Power Canada Inc., a designer and independent supplier of wind turbine blades, reports receipt of $5.7 million in funding from the government of Quebec for an expansion of its factory in Gaspe, Quebec. The funding includes a $4.3 million loan from the Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation and a $1.4 million grant from Emploi Quebec for the technical training of workers.

LM Wind Power Canada is a subsidiary of Denmark-headquartered LM Wind Power. (Source: LM Windpower Canada, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: LM Wind Power Inc., (418) 361-3486 - Quebec Office, Amsterdam Global Office, Marc de Jong, CEO, +31 20 30 43 700,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  Wind Turbine Blade,  

Dutch Demand for Green Energy Surges (Int'l Report)
Green Energy
Date: 2017-01-23
In the Netherlands, the ANP news agency is reporting that the demand for green energy jumped approximately 10 pct in 2016 to a record 48 billion kWh, according to data supplied by CertiQ. In particular, the demand for wind energy increased by 70 pct while the demand for hydroelectric power dropped slightly.

CirtiQ is a subsidiary of grid manager Tennet which awards certificates to alternative energy produced by solar, wind, water and biomass sources. The average household uses about 3,500 kWh per year, according to CirtiQ. Dutch energy companies produce approximately 25 pct of the demand for green energy with the balance imported from various other sources. (Source: ANP,, 20 Jan., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Energy,  Renewable Energy,  

Vivint Solar Expands into Granite State (Ind. Report)
Vivint Solar
Date: 2017-01-23
Residential solar provider Vivint Solar Inc. reports it has expanded into the Manchester, Nashua and Concord New Hampshire markets. The company presently is active in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington, D.C.

The company's New Hampshire customers will have the option of purchasing a system outright or making monthly payments through a financial company Vivint Solar has partnered. New Hampshire customers will also be eligible for applicable state rebates or federal tax credits for their solar power. As part of each sale, Vivint Solar designs, installs and maintains the system. (Source: Vivant Solar, 20 Jan., 2017) Contact: Vivint Solar, David Bywater, CEO, Rob Kain, VP Inv. Relations, (801) 229-6460,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivint Solar,  Solar,  Residential Solar,  RooftopSolar,  

Wave Power Testing at NREL Wind Energy Testing Site (Ind. Report)
National Wind Technology Centre
Date: 2017-01-23
Charlottesville, Virginia-headquartered Columbia Power Technologies reports it will be testing its StingRAY direct-drive wave energy system at the NREL-operated National Wind Testing Center (NWTC) in Boulder, Colorado.

The StingRAY wave power system harnesses ocean energy by using two forward and aft floats coupled to low-torque, high-speed generators located in the nacelle of the StingRAY. The system can be deployed in series to build offshore wave farms similar wind turbine installations. Columbia Power's StingRAY is designed for deployment in 60 meters or more depth at least 3-4 miles offshore. (Source: Columbia Power Technologies, 20 Jan., 2017) Contact: NREL National Wind Testing Centre, Mark McDade, Project Manager, (303) 384-6900,; Columbia Power Technologies, (434) 220-7590,

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Wind Testing Centre,  

1,000 Turbine Wyoming Wind Project Clears BLM Hurdle (Ind. Report)
BLM, Power Company of Wyoming
Date: 2017-01-23
As initially reported in August, 2012, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) now reports it has issued a "Finding of No New Significant Impacts" and a Decision Record covering the first phase of the Power Company of Wyoming's 1,000 turbine Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project in Carbon County, Wyoming. The BLM ruling found the first phase of the project "would have no significant effects beyond those already analyzed and disclosed" in the BLM's 2012 Final Environmental Impact Statement.

Phase 1 of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre project will generate 1,500 MW of renewable electric power and cut America's carbon emissions by millions of tons per year. (Source: BLM, Power Company of Wyoming, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: Power Company of Wyoming,; Bureau of Land Management,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chokecherry ,  BLM,  Power Company of Wyoming,  Wind,  

Nat Gas-Fueled Truck Methane Emissions Studied (Ind. Report)
West Virginia University
Date: 2017-01-23
Researchers at West Virginia University, in collaboration with the American Gas Association, International Council on Clean Transportation and others, is studying methane emissions from heavy-duty vehicles that burn natural gas instead of diesel fuel. The WVU "pump-to-wheels" study is the first end-use paper in a collaborative scientific research series designed to measure and better understand the sources and amount of greenhouse gas methane that is emitted across the natural gas supply chain.

WVU researchers are applying the study data to develop models to forecast methane emissions from the future heavy-duty transportation sector to help the industry target improvements in engine technologies and fueling operations and to identify best practices for minimizing emissions. To that end, the researchers looked at methane emissions from the pump-to-wheels sector of the natural gas supply chain and characterized emissions factors for each major source associated with currently manufactured heavy duty vehicles and fueling systems.

The research team studied 22 natural gas-fueled transit buses, refuse trucks and over-the-road tractors, as well as six liquefied natural gas and eight compressed natural gas refueling stations. They also examined cryogenic boil-off pressure rise and pressure control venting from LNG storage tanks, using both theoretical and empirical modeling. Vehicle tailpipe and crankcase emissions were found to be the highest sources of methane. (Source: West Virginia University, State Journal, 22 Jan., 2017)Contact: West Virginia University, Prof. Nigel Clark, (304) 293-6457,,

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Circuitree to Launch Cirrus Battery Energy Storage System (New Prod. & Tech.)
Date: 2017-01-23
Brighton, UK-based clean energy storage specialist Circuitree is reporting the upcoming launch of its "Cirrus" solar energy battery storage device to UK homes and businesses.

Circuitree's Cirrus system uses patented toxic-free saltwater batteries which offer a smart energy storage solution combining the internet of things (IoT) with renewable energy and modern battery technology. The batteries, which are safe, eco-friendly and disposal, outperform and outlast traditional battery chemistries, according to the company. The Cirrus battery is equipped with smart electronics and acts as an efficient automated home energy management system that prioritizes the cheapest and cleanest source of energy. And, with the company's web-connected systems, customers can monitor and control energy consumption remotely. (Source: Circuitree, power-technology, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: Circitree, James Dean, (877)800-3390 - U.S. Office,

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Hydrostor Seeks Underwater Energy Storage Contracts (Ind. Report)
Hydrostor, AECOM
Date: 2017-01-23
Following on our Nov. 20, 2016 coverage, Toronto-headquartered underwater energy storage developer Hydrostor Inc. reports it is seeking $1 billion of contracts to replace decommissioned U.S. peak power plants (peakers) in the next two or three years. The company and its engineering partner AECOM are targeting coal-powered facilities of at least 100 MW capacity that shut down in 2016 or will shut this year.

Hydrostor purchases off-peak electricity to compress air it stores underwater in balloon-type accumulators. The compressed air is released to generate electric power as needed at periods of peak energy consumption. Hydrostor's capital cost of between $1,000 and $2,000 per kilowatt compares to at least $3,500 per kilowatt for batteries, and makes it comparable to the cost of a new gas-fired plant, but with lower operating and maintenance costs. (Source: Hydrostor, Canadian Press, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: Hydrostor, Curtis Vanwallegham, CEO, (416) 548-7880,,; AECOM,

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Adara, Aquion Partner on Intelligent Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Adara Power,Aquion Energy
Date: 2017-01-23
Milpitas, California-based lithium-ion solar energy storage systems supplier Adara Power, is reporting that its iC3 Platform now supports Aquion Energy's Aspen Batteries, which feature Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) technology.

The Adara iC3 Platform adds intelligent controls and cloud connectivity to Aquion's environmentally-friendly batteries to deliver a complete energy storage system that is remotely monitored and dispatched for grid-connected applications. The iC3 Platform also enables the Aquion Energy Aspen Batteries to be deployed for aggregated demand response programs and to meet utility and local regulations requiring remote programability. The iC3 Platform integrates battery and inverter controls with cloud-based software and a robust IoT connectivity solution.

Adara Power's Energy Storage Solutions are designed to support consumer self-consumption and enable a resilient renewable energy grid, according to the company. (Source: Adara Power, PRWeb, benzinga, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: Aquion Energy,; Adara Power, Neil Maguire, CEO, (408) 391-9360,

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SmartestEnergy Touts Certified 100 pct Renewable Electricity Product (Int'l, Ind. Report)
SmartestEnergy,The Carbon Trust
Date: 2017-01-23
In the UK, London-headquartered independent green energy supplier SmartestEnergy is reporting the launch of the UK's first independently certified 100 pct renewable electricity product for businesses.

The new product, which has been assessed and certified by independent consultancy The Carbon Trust, will provide businesses with confidence to report zero carbon emissions from their purchased electricity supply. Customers will be able to trace every megawatt-hour to the source of origin, which is then tracked and allocated an "Emissions Factor Model" to report the exact carbon footprint of the electricity used. SmartestEnergy's Tariff Emission Factor Model, which sees the company allocate renewable energy certificates (REC) to specific tariffs and customers, creates a "certified link between energy generation and end consumers."

In 2016 SmartestEnergy launched the UK's first energy labels which specifies the source and carbon content of the electricity customers purchase , and has issued them to more than 500 companies. SmartestEnergy's renewable energy electricity products comply with the global Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 2 Guidance. (Source: SmartestEnergy, edie newsroom, 19 January 2017) Contact: SmartestEnergy, Robert Grove, CEO, +44 20 7448 0900,; The Carbon Trust, +44 (0) 207 832 4773,

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Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities -- DOE Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-23
The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is reporting the the publication of Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities, a comprehensive assessment of the resource potential and technology opportunities provided by feedstocks including wastewater treatment-derived sludge and biosolids, animal manure, food waste, inedible fats and greases, biogas, and carbon dioxide streams. These feedstocks can be converted into renewable natural gas, diesel, and aviation fuels, or into valuable bioproducts.

The report, conducted by the NREL and PNNL national labs , concludes that wet and gaseous organic waste streams represent a substantial and underutilized set of feedstocks for biofuels and biopower. The analysis found that the U.S. has the potential to use 77 million dry tons of wet waste per year, which would generate about 1,300 trillion Btu of energy. Also, gaseous feedstocks and other feedstocks assessed in the report could produce an additional 1,300 trillion Btu of energy, bringing the total to nearly 2.6 quadrillion Btu annually. For perspective, in 2015, the U.S. total primary energy consumption was about 97.7 quadrillion Btu.

The reports notes that wet and gaseous waste streams are presently available in abundance and unlikely to diminish in the near future.

Download the full Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities report HERE. (Source: U.S. DOE, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: BETO,

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Chinese Ethanol Imports Cancelled (Int'l Ind. Report)
China, Ethanol, Biofuel
Date: 2017-01-23
Reuters is reporting that Chinese purchasers have cancelled the importation of as many as seven ethanol shipments that were due to arrive at Chinese ports by the end of March. The cancellations are being seen as the first sign of likely hike in ethanol import duties which could slow the demand for ethanol in the world's fastest-growing market.

Based on China not listing a new ethanol import tariff for 2017, the tariff is expected to rise from 5 to 30 pct, effectively shutting imports out of the market based on current prices, according to Reuters.

Chinese ethanol imports during the first 11 months of 2016 hit 765,316 cubic metres, up 51 percent on the prior year, while 2015 imports of 686,904 cubic metres jumped 2,741 pct year on year, according to the Reuters report. (Source: US AgNet, Reuters, Others, 18 Jan., 2017)

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Flint Hills Investing $50Mn in Nebraska Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Flint Hills,Koch Industries,Fluid Quip Process Technologies
Date: 2017-01-23
Koch Industries' renewable energy unit Flint Hills Resources reports it will invest over $50 million in its Fairmont, Nebraska ethanol plant. The company plans to install new technology to produce a high-protein ingredient from a portion of the plant's distillers grains (DDGs) production for livestock, poultry and aquaculture feed.

The technology -- maximized stillage co-products -- was developed by Fluid Quip Process Technologies specifically for the dry-mill ethanol industry.

Project construction , which will include a new building and two protein dryers, is slated to begin this spring for completion within 12 months. The Fairmont plant produces 120 million gpy of ethanol, 310,000 tpy of DDGs and approximately 20 million ppy of distillers corn oil. (Source: Flint Hills Resources, Lincoln Journal Star , Others, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: , Fluid Quip Process Technologies ,; Flint Hills Resources, Brad Razook, CEO, (316) 828-3477,

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Alliance Bioenergy Considering INEOS Plant Acquisition (M&A)
Alliance Bioenergy,INEOS
Date: 2017-01-23
In the Sunshine State, West Palm Beach-based biofuel specialist Alliance BioEnergy is reporting plans to purchase the failed INEOS Bio plant in Indian River County, subject to bank approval and yard-waste contract renewal. The plant utilizes yard waste as feedstock for ethanol production. The plant's existing yard waste contract expires in March.

When INEOS Bio opened its Indian River County plant in 2013, the company received about $129 million in grants, tax breaks and guaranteed loans, included about $1.2 million in tax breaks and incentives from Indian River County in exchange for jobs creation. (Source: Alliance Bioenergy, TC Palm, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy, Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106,,; INEOSBio, Mark Dietzen or Markus Hesse , +41 (0) 21 627 7040,,

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Salt Lake City Considers Energy Benchmarking, Efficiency Ordinance (Ind. Report)
Salt Lake City
Date: 2017-01-23
As part of its commitment to pursuing cost-effective measures to reduce air pollution, Salt Lake City Council is considering an energy benchmarking and "tune-up" ordinance for commercial buildings of 25,000 square feet or more. Under the city's proposed program, a building's annual energy use would be benchmarked using the EPA's free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software. Buildings with lower energy scores that are also eligible for utility-sponsored energy efficiency incentives would then be required to "tune-up" building energy systems and energy efficiency.

The proposed market-based ordinance is projected to eliminate as much as 98 tpy of criteria pollutants. (Source: Salt Lake City, Press Release, 22 Jan., 2017) Contact:

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Dimension Data Achieves Carbon Neutrality Goal (Ind. Report)
Dimension Data,The Carbon Trust
Date: 2017-01-23
Global ICT solutions and services provider DimensionData reports it has reached its 2014 its sustainability Carbon Neutral by reducing its ¹carbon emissions to below one million tons, and preventing 4,000 tons of electronic waste from going to landfill.

In 2014, Dimension Data announced it would cut its clients' carbon by 1.8 million tons more than what the company itself produced. To that end, the company worked with The Carbon Trust and Carbon Smart consultancy firms to define the targets and methodology for it's clients, and it's own carbon reduction. Dimension Data also committed to keep its carbon emissions below one million tons for the next five years. (Source: Dimension Data, PR, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Dimension Data, Ruth Rowan, Marketing, (212) 613-3486,; Carbon Smart, +44 20 7048 0459,; Carbon Trust, +44 (0) 207 832 4773,,

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Ethanol's 43% Advantage Over Gasoline

Date: 2017-01-22
A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Based Ethanol A lengthy ICF report recently released by USDA concludes that corn-based ethanol emits 43 pct lower greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline. The report states: “a biofuel must have a life-cycle greenhouse gas profile of at least 20% lower than that of the fossil fuel it replaces to qualify as a renewable fuel under the RFS2.” That equation factors in more efficient farming methods and more intense conservation practices such as reduced tillage, cover crops and variable-rate nitrogen applications. Steffen Mueller, economist with the University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center, argues that better farmer practices have in turn made ethanol production increasingly more efficient. “The report provides a sound incorporation of the recent energy efficiency improvements achieved by corn ethanol plants, many of which were driven by the incentives provided by the RFS2,” he says. “Corn ethnol today now mirrors the environmental benefits of advance biofuels.” Mueller has been sharing the findings of his research with other countries as well as in the U.S. “Several [regions] like the EU and Japan require a greenhouse gas reduction of 50% to qualify corn ethanol blends into their fuel supply – this is without considering international land use assessments in recognition of the uncertainties surrounding this science,” he says. “[The recent] USDA report shows that the average U.S. produced corn ethanol easily meets these international requirements, which documents the competitive advantage of this fuel in green markets abroad.” About 2.76 gallons of ethanol can be produced from a bushel of corn, according to the report. (Source: AgWeb, 17 Jan., 2017)

Petra Nove Carbon Capture Tech Now Online (Ind. Report)
NRG Energy,JX Nippon
Date: 2017-01-21
Last week, NRG Energy and JX Nippon announced the completion of Petra Nova, the the world's largest carbon capture system. Petra Nova is expected to collect 90 pct -- 5,000 tpd of the carbon dioxide produced at the largest power plant in Texas, and one of the largest in the country.

Since testing began in September, the system has collected more than 100,000 tons of CO2 that has been piped to the West Ranch oil field where it was used for enhanced oil extraction at the rate of 10,000 to 15,000 bpd. . (Source: NRG , Houston Business Journal, Various Others, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: JX Nippon Petra Nova

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Australia's AGL lines up funding for $340 million wind farm
AGL Energy Ltd
Date: 2017-01-21
In the Land Down Under, AGL Energy Ltd, Australia's No. 2 energy retailer and biggest carbon emitter, is reporting plans to construct the 200-MW Silverton Wind Farm, a $450 million (AUS) ($338 million) project for a new renewable energy-focused fund, backed by the government.

The company established the $1 billion Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) last year, with 80 percent of the equity provided by Australia's sovereign wealth fund, the Future Fund, and Queensland state's QIC. AGL transferred two solar plants into the fund. The Silverton Wind Farm in outback New South Wales state will be constructed , with loans from Westpac Banking Corp, National Australia Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Societe Generale and DBS Bank, according to AGL. The Australian arm of GE said it will supply 58 wind turbines for the project. (Source: AGL Energy, Reuters, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: AGL Energy Ltd., Andy Vesey, CEO

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BNEF Notes Drop in Global Solar Investments in 2016 (Funding)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Date: 2017-01-20
In its just released annual clean energy funding figures Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reports a 32 pct year-over-year fall in global solar investments to $116 billion, despite a 20 pct increase in installation solar capacity.

BNEF also notes an 18 pct overall fall in clean energy investments, including a 28 pct drop in investment in PV plants smaller than 1 MW, which made up $40 billion of the total. However, BNEF was careful to note that this decline was largely due to cheaper systems, not lack of interest in distributed solar.

BNEF also notes that many developing nations saw clean energy investment fall in 2016, due to project financing difficulties. (Source: BNFE, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: Bloomberg New Energy Finance,

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Neoen, BNRG JV to Build 20+ Irish Solar Plants (Int'l Report)
Neoen SAS,BNRG Renewables
Date: 2017-01-20
In a statement, French renewable energy company Neoen SAS reports it and Dublin-based BNRG Renewables have established a €220 million ($235 million) JV tagged BNRG Neoen Holdings Ltd. Neoen is active in wind, solar and biomass projects.

The JV is intended to construct more than 20 solar power plants totaling over 200 MW in southern Ireland. Construction work is expected to get underway in mid-2018 for completion and commissioning in 2020. (Source: Neoen SAS, SeeNews, Others. Jan 18, 2017) Contact: Neoen SAS, +33 805 160 022,; BNRG, +353 791 7882,

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Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative Seeking Applications (R&D, Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-20
In the nation's capitol, the US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), in coordination with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), is announcing its intent to issue a Request for Applications (RFA) through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative.

Projects funded through this RFA, titled Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI), will help develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass, increase the availability of renewable fuels and bio-based products, and diversify our energy portfolio.

The BRDI program requires that funded projects address at least one of the following three legislatively mandated technical areas:

  • Feedstocks development to address research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities regarding feedstocks and feedstock logistics (including harvest, handling, transport, pre-processing, and storage) relevant to production of raw materials for conversion to biofuels and bio-based products.

  • Biofuels and bio-based products development to address RD&D activities to support (1) development of diverse cost-effective, innovative technologies for the use of cellulosic biomass in the production of biofuels, bioenergy, and bio-based products and (2) product diversification through technologies relevant to the production of a range of bio-based products (including chemicals, animal feeds, and co-generation power) that potentially can increase the feasibility of fuel production in a biorefinery.

  • Biofuels development analysis to apply systems evaluation methods that can be used to optimize system performance and market potential and to quantify the project's impact on sustainability; accordingly, successful applications will consider the life-cycle (cradle-to-grave) impacts including environmental, social, and economic implications attributable to the project.

    The RFA is slated for issuance in February 2017. (Source: US DOE, USDA, Jan., 16, 2017)Contact: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture,; BETO,

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  • UK, German Waste Wood Biomass Groups Partnering (Int'l Report)
    Wood Recyclers Association
    Date: 2017-01-20
    In the UK, the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) reports it is partnering with the Berlin-based German Waste Wood Society (BAV) in a reciprocal arrangement that will see the two organizations sharing opportunities where applicable, knowledge and industry information.

    BAV handles approximately 80 pct -- 7 million tpy -- of waste wood in the German market.(Source: Wood Recyclers Association, Bioenergy Insight, Others, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: Wood Recyclers Association, Andy Hill, Chairman, +44 07903 251287,; German Waste Wood Society,

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