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Brigade Snares Wood Biomass Pellet Producer G2BE (M&A)
Brigade Resource Corp.
Date: 2017-01-20
Vancouver, British Columbia-based Brigade Resource Corp. reports it has inked a share exchange agreement with biomass gasification technology specialist and wood pellet producer Green 2 Blue Energy Corp. (G2BE) and will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of G2BE in exchange for 47,000,002 common shares of Brigade. Upon the closing of the Transaction, G2BE will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brigade.

Privately held G2BE has a wood pellet production facility and operations in Rzeczenica, Poland, and sells wood pellets to biomass energy producers throughout Europe, including the UK, Germany, Poland, Italy and Denmark. (Source: Brigade Resource Corp., Military News, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: Brigade Resource Corp., Glenn Little, CEO, (778) 379.3023, glenn.brigaderesourcecorp@telus.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm Delivers First Power (Int'l)
Veja Mate
Date: 2017-01-20
The 402MW Veja Mate offshore wind farm 130km north of Eemshaven in the German North Sea reports it has delivered its first power to the German electricity grid. Upon completion, the €1.9 billion wind farm will incorporate 67 Siemens SWT-6.0-154 direct drive wind turbines . Construction got underway last April and is slated for completion and commissioning by mid-2017. The project is owned by Highland Group, Siemens Financial Services and CI II managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. (Source: EBR, Others, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: Veja Mate Wind Farm, Henrik Scheinemann, CEO, +49 40 2576 7490, info@vejamate.de, www.vejamate.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Veja Mate news,  Offshore Wind news,  


Laos Includes Biomass in Energy Generation Expansion (Int'l)
Laos
Date: 2017-01-20
In SouthEast Asia, Laotian Government reports it is investigating the promotion and production of biomass and other renewable energy sources for power production.

Along with the construction of more transmission lines and substations, Laos also plans to expand the country's current 42 operational power plants with installed capacity of 6,391MWgenerating generate about 33,822.4 GWh annually . The number of power plants will increase from 42 to 50. (Source: Gov't of Laos, Various Media, China Daily, Jan., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Renewable Energy,  


Brewer Integrates Solar, Tesla Power Pack Energy (Ind. Report)
Tesla,Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Date: 2017-01-20
The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is reporting the installation of a 1-MWh commercial scale Tesla Powerpack battery system and a 10,751 panel, 2-MW solar system at its brewery in Chico, California. Utilizing the Powerpack battery system has allowed the brewery to offset 20 pct of its annual electricity consumption, according to Sierra Nevada. (Source: Tesla, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, www.sierranevada.com; Tesla, www.teslamotors.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Energy Storage,  Solar,  


San Joaquin Valley Beneficiary of Calif. Renewable Energy, Climate Change Policies (Ind. Report)
UC Berkekey
Date: 2017-01-20
In the Golden State, a report conducted by UC Berkeley's School of Law and its Center for Law, Energy and the Environment has found that the San Joaquin Valley is gaining over $13 billion in economic benefits from California's renewable energy and climate change policies for investor-owned utilities.

The report specifically noted that construction and operation of renewable energy projects in the San Joaquin Valley has created 31,000 jobs since 2002. It also found that California's cap-and-trade policies that reduce carbon emissions contributed $119 million in direct economic benefits for the Valley.

Report details HERE. (Source: UC Berkekey, Capitol Public Radio, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: UC Berkeley School of Law and its Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, Ethan Elkind, Director, Climate Program, www.law.berkeley.edu/research/clee

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Climate Change,  UC Berkeley,  


APS, AES Announce Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
Arizona Public Service, AES Energy Storage
Date: 2017-01-20
Arizona Public Service (APS) and AES Energy Storage are reporting an agreement under which AES will provide a pair of 2-MW AES Advancion to APS solar energy storage arrays to be deployed as part of the APS Solar Partner Program (SPP) and represent AES' first installation in Arizona.

The AES Energy Storage arrays will provide sufficient storage capacity to power 1,000 homes. The pair of 2-MW Advancion energy storage arrays are expected to become operational in early 2017.

APS anticipates Arizona's energy needs will be approximately 25 percent higher by 2025. The company plans to meet 50 percent of that growth with renewable energy and energy efficiency. (Source: AES, Electric Light & Power, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: , AES Energy Storage, www.aesenergystorage.com; Arizona Public Service Co., www.aps.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Public Service,  AES Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


SolarReserve Secures $78Mn for California CSP Project (Funding)
SolarReserve
Date: 2017-01-20
In McLean, Virginia, Capital One Bank reports it has taken a $78 million tax equity stake in Santa Monica, California-based SolarReserve LLC Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project .

Crescent Dunes is a utility-scale, 110-MW CSP facility utilizing SolarReserve's proprietary molten salt energy storage technology. The facility has a 25-year PPA with NV Energy,the state's major utility. SolarReserve is the project developer and managing investor, along with initial equity investors ACS Cobra and Santander will hold their ownership stake. (Source: Capital One Bank, SolarReserve, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: Solar Reserve, (310) 315-2200, www.solarreserve.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarReserve,  Solar,  CSP Solar,  


RES' 198 MW Bluestem Wind Farm Nears Completion (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Systems
Date: 2017-01-20
Bloomfield, Colorado-headquartered renewable and energy storage specialist Renewable Energy Systems (RES) is reporting the near completion of the Bluestem Wind Project in Beaver County, Oklahoma. The project, which consists of 60 Vestas V117-3.3 MW turbines, will distribute power via OG&E's transmission system staewide as well as to the Southwest Power Pool region. The project is expected to generate sufficient power for 77,000 homes.

RES developed the project and also served as the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor. The project is RES' seventh operational wind farm in Oklahoma and the first in the state for Exelon Generation, who purchased the project in December 2015. . RES has a renewable energy and storage construction portfolio that exceeds 9,000 MW and over 100 projects, currently operates more than 250 MW of renewable energy and storage projects. (Source: RES, PR NewsWire, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: RES Americas, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225, andrew.fowler@res-americas.com, www.res-americas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Systems,  Wind,  


Eguana, LG Chem Expand Energy Storage Partnership (Ind. Report)
Eguana Technologies Inc.,LG Chem
Date: 2017-01-20
In Calgary, Alberta, Eguana Technologies Inc. reports the expansion of its energy storage partnership with LG Chem. Development and has begun to optimize integration and delivery of LG Chem's new industry-leading JH3 battery cell technology for stationary storage systems as part of Eguana's AC Battery portfolio.

The US Residential AC Battery, based on LG Chem's JH2 cell technology, has been certified to meet US national standards and passed rigorous internal testing at both Eguana and LG Chem. Deployments in the Hawaii and California markets have taken place in both homeowner and utility applications.

Eguana will also expand its AC Battery product line to introduce a 15kVA/37kWh commercial energy storage product based on the JH3 cell in the same standalone module format in the second quarter 2017. (Source: Eguana Technologies Inc., PR, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: LG Chem, Peter Gibson, US Sales Director , www.lgchem.com, www.lgesspartner.com; Eguana Technologies Inc. , Vishwas Ganesan, Bus. Dev., (408) 685-2670, Vishwas.Ganesan@EguanaTech.com, www.EguanaTech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eguana Technologies Inc.,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  LG Chem,  


Tesla, Solar Array Cuts Brewery Power Consumption (Ind. Report)
Tesla
Date: 2017-01-20
The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is reporting the installation of a 1 MWh commercial scale Tesla Powerpack battery system and a 2 MW solar system at its Chico, California beer-making facility. The combined installation is aimed at reducing the brewery's energy costs by shifting energy consumption away from high-demand periods and when the cost of electricity is highest.

The multi-unit Tesla Powerpack battery system, combined with a 10,751 solar panel array, enables Sierra Nevada to store energy for use at times of peak consumption in the brewing process. By drawing energy from the Tesla Powerpack battery system instead of from the grid, the beer-maker has cut its electric power consumption by 20 pct, according to Sierra Nevada. (Source: Tesla, 17 Jan., 2017)Contact: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, www.sierranevada.com; Tesla, www.teslamotors.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Power Pack,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


RFA Outlines 2017 Flex Fuel Vehicle Offerings (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2017-01-20
More than 21 million automobiles on U.S. roadways today are flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs), which can run on fuel blends containing up to 85 pct ethanol (E85). The Renewable Fuels Association has issued a brochure compiling all of the FFV models available in the model year 2017, as well as previous model years going back to 1999. The RFA brochure lists only those FFV models that are available for purchase by both individual consumers and fleet managers, a key difference from other lists that do not distinguish what models are actually available to consumers. In addition, every vehicle on the road today is approved to use at least 10 percent ethanol blends (E10), and those built since 2001 are legally approved to use E15 blends.

Access the FFV brochure HERE. Additional information on pricing and availability of E85, E15 and other flex fuels, visit www.E85prices.com. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association , 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: RFA, Robert White, VP Industry Relations , (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  Ethanol Blends,  Flex Fuel,  


Exxon, Synthetic Genomics Continue Algae Biofuels R&D (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil,Synthetic Genomics
Date: 2017-01-20
La Jolla, California-based Synthetic Genomics, Inc. and petroleum giant ExxonMobil are reporting the extension of their agreement to conduct joint research into advanced algae biofuels after making significant progress in understanding algae genetics, growth characteristics and increasing oil production.

The two firms have been jointly researching and developing oil from algae for use as a renewable, lower-emission alternative to traditional transportation fuels since launching the program in 2009. Work continues toward developing strains of algae that demonstrate significantly improved photosynthetic efficiency and oil production through selection and genetic engineering of higher-performance algae strains.

ExxonMobil is engaged in a broad range of research on advanced biofuels, partnering with universities and other companies. The purpose of these research and development programs is to explore new technologies and seek the best pathways toward scalable and cost-effective production of advanced biofuels. (Source: ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics, PR, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: Synthetic Genomics, www.syntheticgenomics.com; ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Synthetic Genomics ,  Algae,  Algae Niofuel,  Biofuel,  ExxonMobil,  


Notable Quote
Climate Change, Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-01-20
"Some $7.8 trillion will be invested globally in renewables between 2016 and 2040, two thirds of the investment in all power generating capacity, but it would require trillions more to bring world emissions onto a track compatible with the United Nations 2 degree C climate target." -- Seb Henbest, head of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Bloomberg New Energy Finance BNEF, June, 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Renewable Energy news,  BNEF news,  


Novozymes Cites Markets, Policy Uncertainty for Cutbacks (Int'l)
Novozymes
Date: 2017-01-20
In Copenhagen, enzymes specialist Novozymes reports it will cut 198 jobs and invest more in emerging markets. The company cited uncertainty over US renewable energy policy, low oil prices and the takeover of Monsanto as key factors in the cutback, according to Reuters.

According to the company, the US market for biofuels is facing uncertainty as the incoming Trump administration could cut back the Obama Clean Power Plan designed cut utility greenhouse gas emissions as well as the Renewable Fuels Standard ethanol and biodiesel- gasoline blend program. (Source: Novozymes, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: Novozymes. Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Biofuel,  Enzymes,  BViofuel Blend,  RFS,  


Notable Quote

Date: 2017-01-20
"There's no question that we are moving to a lower-carbon economy. What's happening is largely a market-driven phenomenon -- there is no status quo ante." -- Departing US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Jan., 2017

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


UNECE, World Coal Tout Long-Term Collaboration (Ind. Report)
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe,World Coal Association
Date: 2017-01-20
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Coal Association (WCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing their long-term collaboration and commitment to facilitate a dialogue between governments and the coal industry. The groups aim to increase the awareness of the role of coal in the global energy mix and in providing access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

According to World Coal, "Coal will continue to be part of the global energy supply for the foreseeable future. Therefore, clean coal technologies are critical to achieve the goals in the Paris Climate Agreement including high efficiency-low emissions technologies, methane management, carbon capture and storage and identifying the most efficient coal resources." (Source: World Coal, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: UNECE, www.unece.org; WCA, Benjamin Sporton, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7851 0052, info@worldcoal.org, www.worldcoal.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal,  Coal,  World Coal Association,  Climate Change,  


BAAQMD Methane Emissions Double Previous Estimates (Ind. Report)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Date: 2017-01-20
According to a new study from US DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), methane emissions, particularly from landfill and other biological sources in the San Francisco Bay Area (BAAQMD) may be twice as high as previously officially estimated.

According to the study, methane emissions are about 1.8 times what the BAAQMD has estimated. In statistical parlance, the study results had a 95 pct confidence level that methane emissions are 1.3 to 2.3 times the inventory. The study also found that about 82 pct is from biological -- landfill -- sources and 17 pct from fossil fuel sources. The study combined measurements of air samples from six towers in and around the BAAQMD with calculations based on atmospheric transport models.

Methane is a short-lived greenhouse gas that traps about 83 times more heat than carbon dioxide per unit mass when averaged over a 20-year timescale. Methane stays in the atmosphere for about 10 years, whereas carbon dioxide may stay in the atmosphere for more than 100 years. The researchers believe methane is 10 to 15 pct of California's total greenhouse gas emissions on a 100-year timescale.

The research was funded by the California Energy Commission's Natural Gas Research Program. (Source: LBL. News Release, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: LBL, Marc Fischer, Researcher, (510) 486-5539, mlfischer@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov; California Energy Commission, (916) 654-4287, www.energy.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  Methane,  Landfill Gas,  Methane Emissions,  Climate Change ,  


ORNL Develops Carbon Capture Crystals (New Prod & Tech)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Date: 2017-01-20
At the U.S. DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers investigating methods for eliminating water contaminants are reporting the discovery of a way to capture CO2 directly from the atmosphere. Using aqueous guanidine solutions, the process offers a possible solution to capturing and storing atmospheric CO2, a greenhouse gas suspected of contributing to global warming.

The researchers found that guanidine solutions develop crystals containing carbonate formed when air-bourne CO2 reacts with water. The research team has developed a process for vaporizing carbon crystals at temperatures between 80 and 120 degrees Celsius and piping the released gas to underground storage reservoirs.

The researchers believe the discovery could be adapted to capture CO2 emissions directly from industrial sources. Carbon capturing crystals are not new, but prior to their formation in guanidine, it required vaporization at temperatures up to 900 degrees Celsius -- a process that ended up creating more CO2. Guanidine's much lower vaporization temperature could be accomplished via solar energy, and has ORNL scientists hopeful the process could advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) to mitigate climate change. (Source: ORNL, Construction Dive, Others, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: ORNL, (865) 574-5035, www.ornl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Dioxide,  CO2,  Oak Ridge National Laboratory ,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


Solar Employees Outnumber Coal, Oil, Nat. Gas Combined (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2017-01-20
U.S. solar employs more workers than any other energy industry, including coal, oil and natural gas combined, according to the U.S. DOE's second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report HERE.

According to the report, 6.4 million Americans now work in the traditional energy and the energy efficiency sector, which added more than 300,000 net new jobs in 2016. Solar -- both PV and concentrated -- employed almost 374,000 workers in 2016, followed by fossil fuels 187,117 workers across coal, oil and natural gas generation technologies, and the wind industry provides the third largest share of Electric Power Generation employment with 102,000 workers at wind firms nationwide.

The report attributes growth in the solar sector labor force to high capacity additions in both distributed and utility-scale photovoltaic solar and the fact that solar is quickly becoming the cheapest form of electricity production in the world, and other factors. (Source: US DOE, Jan., 2017)

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


AC Energy invests $150 Mn in Indonesian Wind Farm (Int'l, Funding)
AC Energy Holdings
Date: 2017-01-20



China to Invest $360Bn in Renewable Energy by 2020 (Int'l)
China National Energy Administration
Date: 2017-01-18
China's National Energy Administration (NEA) reports that China plans to invest $361 billion in renewable energy generation by 2020, at which time wind, hydro, solar and nuclear will make up half of all new electricity generation by 2020,

In terms of funding, solar power will receive 1 trillion yuan, as China aims to boost capacity five-fold or by about 1,000 major solar power plants. Some 700 billion yuan will go on wind farms, 500 billion to hydro power, biomass, tidal and geothermal would receive the balance.

By 2020, China's government expects the country to reach at least 200 GW of solar and 250 GW of wind power and is targeting annual cost reductions of 2 pct for solar and between 3-5 pct for wind. Compared to the European Union, China's investment of over $110 billion in clean energy in 2015 exceeds the EU's $40 billion investment. China's investment in clean energy as a proportion of GDP has reached 1 pct, compared with less than 0.3 pct for the EU. (Source: China National Energy Administration, Oil & Gas Eurasia, DW, 10 Jan., 2017) Contact: China National Energy Administration, http://english.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Energy Administration,  China Renewable Energy,  


Green Deal Energy Efficiency Loans Under New Management (M&A)
Greenstone Finance, Aurium Capital Markets
Date: 2017-01-18
In the UK, Greenstone Finance Ltd.and Aurium Capital Markets are reporting the acquisition of the Green Deal Finance Company, the business behind the Green Deal loan scheme, which provided households with accessible financing for home energy improvements. The loans will continue to be offered and upheld under the group's new ownership.

Green Deal loans cater to those facing heavy upfront costs for essential upgrades such as boiler replacements, homeowners who want to increase the value of their home with green upgrades and landlords that have been requested to upgrade the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of a home.

Green deal loans offer competitive interest rates and are repaid through household energy bills, which are likely to have been reduced from the energy savings generated from measures installed using the loan. (Source: Greenstone Finance Ltd., Aurium Capital Markets, Energy Live, 16 Jan,, 2017) Contact: Greenstone Finance Ltd., Kilian Pender, CEO, www.greenstonefcs.com; Green Deal Finance Company, www.tgdfc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Deal Finance Company,  Energy Efficiency,  


Denmark's Thurobund Bay World's Largest CO2 Sink (Int'l

Date: 2017-01-18
Phys.org is reporting researchers have found a small bay in Denmark they claim holds a world-record amount of carbon.

According to Phys.org, seagrass and underwater meadows have the capacity to store large amounts of carbon dioxide. While seagrass meadows are found worldwide, scientists have pinpointed one meadow in Denmark which they say is the most efficient.

The meadow is located in a bay called Thurobund on the island of Thuro in the South Funen Archipelago of Denmark.

According to Professor Mariann Holmer of the University of Southern Denmark, Thurobund bay has unique conditions that add to its carbon capturing capabilities. Thurobund stores 27,000 grams of carbon per square meter. The highest numbers found in other locations around the world have never been more than 10,000 to 11,000 grams per meter squared. (Source: Inhabitat, Phys.org, 16 Jan., 2016) Contact: Professor Mariann Holmer, University of Southern Denmark, www.sdu.dk/ansat/holmer.aspx

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


SunCommon Touting Vermont Timber Solar Canopies (Ind. Report)
SunCommon
Date: 2017-01-18
In Vermont, Waterbury-based SunCommon is reporting the launch of its new timber-frame structure that supports enough solar panels to power a home. The solar canopies serve a growing demand from Vermonters who want to buy solar panels for their homes, but whose roofs are either unsuitable or can't bear the weight of the necessary panels, according to the company.

SunCommon offers solar canopies costing approximately $30,000 at no upfront cost, using financing obtained through Vermont credit unions.

In 2016, the state set a goal of sourcing 90 pct of its power needs from renewable sources by 2050. (Source: SunCommon, VT Digger.org, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: SunCommon, James Moore, (802) 882-8181, www.suncommon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Veolia Acquires UK Energy Services Firm Cynergin (Int'l, M&A)
Veolia,Cynergin
Date: 2017-01-18
Recycling and waste management company Veolia is reporting the acquisition of energy services and London-headquartered energy performance contract (EPC) specialist Cynergin Group.

Veolia currently provides energy management services to more than 100 hospitals in the UK and Ireland. (Source: Veolia. PR, Various Media, 16 Jan., 2017)Contact: Cynergin Group, +44 (0) 845 257 7080, enquiries@cynergin.com,www.cynergin.com; Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cynergin,  Veolia,  Energy Management,  


FP&L Planning 298 MW of New Solar Farms (Ind. Report)
Florida Power & Light
Date: 2017-01-18
Last Friday the 13th, Florida Power & Light Company (FP&L) released its plans to add more than 298 MW of solar capacity in the Sunshine State in 2017, having just commissioned in three PV parks totaling 224 MW.

In a December 31st statement, FP&L reported the commissioning and startup of three 74.5-MW universal solar power plants in Florida -- the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center, the FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center and the FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center. This year, the utility intends to build four more universal solar power plants, of the same size, in Alachua, Putnam and DeSoto counties. Local approvals have been obtained for construction work as early as Q1. The company also plans to install a number of solar systems in local communities and is developing further large-scale solar projects at an unspecified later date. (Source: FP&L, SeeNews, Various Media, 16 Jan., 2017)Contact: Florida Power & Light, www.fpl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Power & Light,  Solar,  


SB Energy Unloads Ibaraki Offshore Wind Project Stake (M&A)
SB Energy, Komatsuzaki Group
Date: 2017-01-18
Japanese renewable energy firm SB Energy Corp is reporting the sale of is 33 pct stake in the 100-MW offshore wind project near Kashima Port, Ibaraki to Komatsuzaki Group's Wind Power Group. As previously reported, the project plan called for 20, 5-MW turbines with a total capacity of 100 MW. (Source: SB Energy, SeeNews, Others 16 Jan., 2017) Contact: Komatsuzaki Group, http://mlns.es.hokudai.ac.jp/?lang=en; SB Energy, www.sbenergy.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


US Auto Carbon Pollution Standards to Remain Unchanged Through 2025 (Reg & Leg)
EPA
Date: 2017-01-18
In Washington, the EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy reports that the current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model years 2022-2025 cars and light trucks will be maintained. The final determination finds that a wide variety of effective technologies are available to reduce GHG emissions from cars and light trucks, and that automakers are well positioned to meet the standards through model year 2025 at lower costs than predicted.

The standards are projected to result in average fleet-wide consumer fuel economy sticker values of 36 mpg by model year 2025, 10 mpg higher than the current fleet average. Since the first year of the GHG standards, manufacturers have been developing and adopting fuel economy technologies at unprecedented rates. At the same time, the American car industry has been thriving. The Administrator is retaining the current standards to provide regulatory certainty for the auto industry despite a technical record that suggests the standards could be made more stringent. (Source: EPA, PR, 13 Jan., 2017( Contact: US EPA, www.epa.gov/regulations-emissions-vehicles-and-engines/midterm-evaluation-light-duty-vehicle-greenhouse-gas-ghg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  GHGs,  


MidAmerican Sets Iowa Wind Farms Construction Date (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-01-18
Following up on our August 31st coverage, Berkshire Hathaway-owned US utility MidAmerican Energy Co. reports it plans to start construction in April on two Iowa wind farms with a combined capacity of 338 MW, the first as part of its $3.6 billion 2-GW Wind XI project in the state.

The two facilities, which will incorporate 1,000 Vestas 2-MW turbines, are expected to be completed by the year end. (Source: MidAMerican Energy, Various Media, 16 Jan., 2017) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, CEO, Pres., Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  


Airlines UK Sets Aviation Carbon Emissions Cutting Targets (Int'l)
Airlines UK
Date: 2017-01-18
The London-headquartered Association of UK Airlines (Airlines UK), the trade body representing UK-registered airlines, has issued a report detailing four areas of work to help reduce aviation carbon emissions. The organization id calling for; the continued introduction of new aircraft; greater fuel efficiency; the use of sustainable fuels; and support for international carbon trading and offset schemes.

The report considers each of these four areas in turn, explaining industry activity, progress and initiatives:

  • UK airlines have introduced more than 470 aircraft into service with orders placed for another 400. These new aircraft offer at least a 13 pct improvement in fuel efficiency.
  • Airlines, with their industry partners, are also working hard on other ways to create greater fuel efficiency. These initiatives include making aircraft fly more direct routes, with an uninterrupted climb and descent, while also having aircraft taxi on the ground without all their engines running.
  • Sustainable aviation fuels developed from waste produced from domestic, commercial and industrial processes also offer opportunities. The report endorses the conclusions of the Sustainable Aviation 'Sustainable Fuels Road Map' and welcomes recent government consultation on including sustainable aviation fuels in its updated renewable transport fuel policy.
  • Once all of the airline initiatives to cut CO2 emissions have been exhausted, some form of carbon offsetting scheme will still be required to meet lower CO2 emission goals. Globally, airlines now have a target to cut CO2 emissions from all journeys by 50 pct of their 2005 levels, by 2050.

    The report sets out the following requests for government backing to help the aviation industry meet its aspirations of carbon reduction:

  • Prioritize and support industry efforts to deliver airspace modernization;
  • Include airspace, as a critical part of the UK national infrastructure which requires long-term strategic decision making by the National Infrastructure Commission;
  • Deliver legislation for including all sustainable aviation fuel producers in the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation;
  • Provide a clear long-term policy to encourage UK sustainable aviation fuel production;
  • Work with the industry to avoid duplication or competitive distortion for UK airlines between global and regional aviation carbon trading and offsetting schemes;
  • Start negotiations with other countries on how the new carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation will deliver a halving of global airline net CO2 reductions by 2050;
  • Continue to invest and support the UK aerospace industry to deliver affordable, new aircraft technology and grow the number of high value jobs in the UK.

    According to Airlines UK, "UK airlines have invested in more than 470 new aircraft since 2005, at a cost of over £37 billion, helping the industry reduce its carbon emissions by 20 million tonnes." (Source: Airlines UK, Travel Weekly, 16 Jan., 2017) Contact: Airlines UK, Tim Alderslade, CEO, +44 20 7808 7111, info@airlinesuk.org, http://airlinesuk.org

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


  • Roadside Traffic Turbulence Turbine Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    Capture Mobility
    Date: 2017-01-18
    In Edinburgh, Scotland, startup Capture Mobility is touting its award-winning roadside micro-turbine that generates electricity from the turbulence of passing traffic.

    Integrated solar panels mounted at the top of the turbine generate additional energy during the day and air filters inside the turbine fins help to clean the air, capturing CO2.

    The Capture Mobility turbine can be placed by the side of highways, train tracks and other low-height areas where air movement is generated. Capture Mobility's turbines harvest air movement created by vehicles as a supplemental source to local power grids.

    Capture Mobility, which is based at the Ideas Lab of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), has received financial support from oil giant Shell, the City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International and Business Gateway, and others. The firm has received orders from France, China, Brazil and Chile. (Source: Capture Mobility, Edinburgh City A.M., 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: Capture Mobility, Sanwal Muneer, CEO, www.capturemobility.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  Micro-turbine,  


    Global Coal Bed Methane Consumption 2016 Market Research Report -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Coal Bed Methane
    Date: 2017-01-18
    The Global Coal Bed Methane (CBM) Consumption 2016 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Coal Bed Methane (CBM) market.

    The report provides an overview of the CBM industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures.

    The report states the global Coal Bed Methane (CBM) market size (volume and value), and the segment markets by regions -- USA, Europe, China and Japan, and others -- types, applications and companies, complete with corporate profiles, are also discussed. CBM industry development trends and marketing channels are also analyzed.

    Request a report sample HERE. (Source: Report Bazzar, Jan., 2017) Contact: ReportBazzar, Mary Jane, (212) 389-6363, sales@reportbazzar.com, www.reportbazzar.com

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    Hilton Hotels Lauded for Superior Energy Performance (Ind. Report)
    Hilton, US DOE,Better Buildings Challenge
    Date: 2017-01-18
    McLean, Virginia-headquartered hospitality industry giant Hilton Worldwide reports it is the first hospitality company to achieve Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) certification from the U.S. DOE for leadership and improvement in energy management and productivity at three landmark hotels -- Washington Hilton, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort and Hilton Union Square San Francisco.

    This recognition follows Hilton's system-wide ISO 50001 Energy Management certification across its entire hotel portfolio in 2014.

    Energy is typically the second or third largest cost for the average hotel, and there are strong financial and performance incentives in reducing overall usage and driving greater efficiencies. Through LightStay, its proprietary measurement platform across more than 4,500 hotels globally, Hilton has gathered data across its global portfolio to analyze how hotels are managing energy performance and driving improvements over time.

    Hilton has also set targets in the areas of water conservation, waste diversion, carbon reduction and social impact. Hilton is also partnered with the U.S. DOE through the Better Buildings Challenge to achieve a 20 pct energy savings goal over the next ten years. (Source: Hilton Worldwide, PR, Jan., 2017) Contact: Hilton Worldwide, Fallon Mcloughlin, (703) 883-5549, Fallon.Mcloughlin@hilton.com, www.hiltonworldwide.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  ISO 50001,  Better Buildings Challenge,  


    Siemens Wins Aussie Museum Energy Efficiency Contract (Int'l)
    Siemens Building Technologies
    Date: 2017-01-18
    In the Land Down Under, the Museum Victoria complex in the state of Victoria reports it has awarded a contract to Siemens Building Technologies Division to improve the energy efficiency and cut the carbon emissions of the largest museum complex in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Under the terms of the contract, Siemens will install the Desigo CC building management system which will see optimization of the control strategies for the mechanical plant. The system also has the future capability to integrate with the existing lighting, fire and security system at the Museum. The energy consumption of the chiller plants will be optimized using Demand Flow at the Melbourne Museum, whereas at the Immigration Museum, the existing chillers will be replaced completely. All museums will see upgrades that reduce water use and make lighting more energy efficient via implementation of a new lighting design that incorporates the latest LED technology. (Source: Siemens, 14 Jan., 2017) Contact: Siemens Building Technologies, www.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Building Technologies news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Management news,  


    NY Offers $4.2 Mn for Energy Efficiency Training (Ind. Report)
    New York Clean Energy Fund
    Date: 2017-01-18
    In Albany, New York State is offering a total of $4.2 million for training programs aimed at energy efficiency and reducing energy use in buildings. The funding will be used for building operations and to instruct maintenance workers on best practices. The offering is part of a broader statewide effort under the Clean Energy Fund to offer customized technical assistance to increase energy efficiency.

    To be eligible for the funding, buildings, or groups of buildings, must have total annual energy expenditures of $1 million or more. Eligible structures include multifamily housing, office buildings, retail facilities, colleges and universities, hospitals and health-care facilities, government buildings, not-for-profit and private institutions, industrial facilities, and public and private K-12 schools.

    This funding will support the following training initiatives: on-site training laboratories; curriculum development; coaching/mentorships; apprenticeships and internships; training trainers within a company; and partnerships with manufacturers.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set a state goal to reduce energy use in buildings by 23 pct over 1990 levels. The 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund is a core component of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to achieve a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. It is designed to deliver on New York State’s commitment to reduce ratepayer collections, drive economic development, and accelerate the use of clean energy and energy innovation. It includes a focused effort to bring more clean energy opportunities and benefits to low- to moderate-income communities throughout the State. The Clean Energy Fund supports the aggressive Clean Energy Standard of 50 pct of the Empire State's electricity coming from renewable energy resources by 2030. (Source: SF Gate, 15 Jan., 2017) Contact: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, (518) 474-8390, www.governor.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Clean Energy Fund,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    Siemens Slashing CO2 Emissions by 20 pct (Ind. Report)
    Siemens
    Date: 2017-01-18
    Siemens is reporting its intention to cut the carbon footprint of its operative business in half by 2020 and to be climate neutral by 2030. To achieve this decarbonization, Siemens is focusing on energy efficiency, increased use of distributed energy systems (DES), systematically employing low-emission vehicles and e-mobility concepts, and acquiring its electricity from energy sources that emit little or no CO2 .

    The company expects that an investment of €100 million in improving the energy efficiency of its own buildings and production facilities will lower energy costs by approximately €20 million per year beginning in 2020.

    According to Siemens, the company's biggest contribution to climate protection is its Environmental Portfolio, which bundles the company's technologies in the areas of renewable energies and energy efficiency. In fiscal 2016, the Environmental Portfolio generated revenue of €36 billion, or 46 pct of the company's total revenue.(Source: Siemens, PR, 14 Jan., 2017) Contact: Siemens, www.siemens.com/sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutrality,  Siemens,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Carbon Footprint,  


    EPA Approves Pathway for GEVO Isobutanol as Advanced Biofuel (Ind. Report)
    GEVO Inc
    Date: 2017-01-18
    Englewwod, Colorado isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc. reports that the U.S. EPA has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at the company's Luverne, Minnesota plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program (RFS).

    This is the first time that the EPA has approved a pathway for an advanced biofuel that uses starch from feed corn to produce an alcohol. With a partial substitution of fossil based energy sources that are currently used at Luverne with green energy sources, such as biogas, it should be possible for GEVO to achieve the 50 pct or greater greenhouse gas emissions reduction needed to claim the advanced D5 Renewable Identification Number (RIN), according to the pathway approval.

    GEVO’s isobutanol from feed corn starch currently generates D6 RINs, and with this approval could generate D5 RINs valued at approximately $1.00 versus approximately $0.75 for a D6 RIN. Isobutanol can be converted into renewable jet fuel and gasoline. Each of these products would also qualify for RINs. (Source: GEVO Inc., NASDAQ, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: GEVO Inc., Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  RINs,  Isobutanol,  


    Global Bioenergies, Butagaz Annouce Collaboration (Int'l)
    Butagaz,Global Bioenergies
    Date: 2017-01-18
    French bottled gas distributor Butagaz reports it is partnering with Global Bioenergies, a Paris-headquartered bio-isobutene producer.

    Under the terms of their agreement, Butagaz will support Global Bioenergies' industrial development in exchange for the first batches of Global Bioenergies' renewable isobutene production, which is expected early next year. Butagaz plans to offer this plant-based compound into its propane and butane bottles and tanks.

    (Source: Butagaz, Global Bioenergies, Labiotech, Jan., 2017) Contact: Butagaz, www.butagaz.fr; Global Bioenergies, Marc Delcourt, CEO, Thomas Buhl, Business Dev., +33 (0)1 64 98 20 50, thomas.buhl@global-bioenergies.com, www.global-bioenergies.com

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    Brazil Centre-South Hydrous Ethanol Sales Tumble in Dec (Int'l)
    Unica
    Date: 2017-01-18
    SeeNews ois reporting that Brazil's Centre-South region ethanol producers sold a total of 1.13 billion litres (298.51 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in December, 2016, -- а year-on-year decrease of 20.6 pct. Anhydrous ethanol sales have also decreased, from 936.54 million litres in December 2015 to approximately 906.52 million litres in December 2016. Total ethanol sales in this period totaled 2.11 billion litres, according to local sugarcane industry association Unica.

    Around 74.17 million litres of the biofuel were intended for export while 2.03 billion litres were sold on the domestic market. (Source: Unica, SeeNews, Others, 16 Jan., 2017) Contact: Unica, english.unica.com.br

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  hydrous ethanol,  Brazil Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Notable Quote
    American Farm Bureau Federation,
    Date: 2017-01-18
    "Just on the biofuels side domestically, however, it is starting to slow down. Ethanol consumption is flat. About 40 pct of the corn that is produced goes into ethanol. We do see some growth in soybean oil use going into bio-diesel but in general the bio-fuel boom is over." -- John Newton , American Farm Bureau Federation, 15 Jan., 2017) Contact: American Farm Bureau Federation, www.fb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Farm Bureau Federation,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


    Neste, Bioenergy La Tuque Cooperating on Forest Residues Utilization (Ind. Report)
    Neste, Bioenergy La Tuque
    Date: 2017-01-18
    Renewable diesel producer Neste and Bioenergy La Tuque have started R&D cooperation with the objective of studying the potential of using forest residues as a raw material in biofuel production in La Tuque, Canada. The cooperation supports Neste's goals to expand the raw material selection available and increase the use of waste and residues.

    The agreement focuses on the technological and economical feasibility of the project and will assess the biomass availability at a competitive cost, identify technology bottlenecks in process lines, and validate the acceptable level of risk.

    BioEnergy La Tuque's (BELT) objective is to build the first Canadian large scale biorefinery to harvest and convert forest residues into biofuel feedstocks. (Source: Neste, PR, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: Neste, Lars Peter Lindfors, SVP Technology, +358 50 458 3605, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Forest Residues,  Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  


    Camelina as Biofuel Feedstock Studied at Montana Univ. (R&D)
    Montana State University
    Date: 2017-01-18
    In Bozman, Montana State University scientist and associate professor Chaofu Lu has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science to research ways to improve the usefulness of camelina seed and oil as a potential biofuel feedstock. Chaofu Lu will work in cooperation with John Browse, professor at the Institute of Biological Chemistry at Washington State University.

    First, the idea is to selectively breed for larger camelina seeds. Typically, they are about the size of sesame seeds, but smaller seeds are less efficient for processing since there is not enough oil relative to the husk and rest of the seed.

    Secondly, Lu wants to improve the quality of the oil coming from the camelina seeds, which is too high in unsaturated fat and could render oil that is prone to oxidation and spoilage. The goal of the grant work is to make the oil more like olive oil and increase its proportion of oleic acid from about 15 pct naturally to about 80 pct. (Source: Montana State Univ. News, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: Montana State Univ., Chaofu Lu, Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, (406) 994-5741, clu@montana.edu, http://plantsciences.montana.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Camelina,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


    Bushmills Plans Ethanol Production, Plant Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Bushmills Ethanol Inc
    Date: 2017-01-16
    Bushmills Ethanol Inc., a 4i5 member farmer cooperative near Atwater, Minnesota, reports that subject to regulatory approvals, it will expand its facilities and increase annual production of denatured corn ethanol from 65 million to 100 million gpy.

    The proposed expansion includes four new 730,000-gallon fermenters and several smaller above-ground storage tanks. With the expansion, the amount of corn processed at the plant would increase from 25 million to 38.5 million bpy and dried distillers grain (DDGs)and wetcake production would also rise. (Source: Bushmills Ethanol Inc., West Central Tribune. 10 Jan. 2017) Bushmills Ethanol Inc., (320) 974-8050, www.bushmillsethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DDGs,  Bushmills Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


    EIA Foresees Woody Biomass Energy Growth in 2018 (Ind. Report)
    Biomass,U.S. EIA
    Date: 2017-01-16
    In the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is predicting that electric power generation from wood biomass will be at 110,000 MWh per day in 2017, rising to 111,000 MWh per day in 2018. Generation from waste biomass is expected to be at 58,000 MWh per day in both 2017 and 2018.

    Specifically, the electric power sector is expected to consume 0.216 quadrillion Btu (quad) of wood biomass this year, increasing to 0.222 quad in 3018. The sector is also expected to consume 0.272 quad of waste biomass in 2017, increasing to 0.273 quad in 2018. The industrial sector is expected to consume 1.23 quad of wood biomass in 2017, maintaining that level through 2018. The sector is also expected to consume 0.195 quad of waste biomass in both 2017 and 2018. The commercial sector is expected to consume 0.078 quad of wood biomass in 2017 and 2018. The sector is also forecast to consume 0.049 quad of waste biomass this year, maintaining that level of consumption into 2018.

    The residential sector is expected to consume 0.426 quad of wood biomass in both 2017 and 2018. The EIA also estimates 2.48 million U.S. households will use wood as a primary heating fuel during the 2016-2017 winter, up 1.3 pct when compared to last winter. (Source: US EIA, Jan., 2017)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Energy Information Administration,  


    Croton Oil Identified as New Biofuel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    Eco Fuels Kenya
    Date: 2017-01-16
    Nanyuki, Kenya-headquartered startup Eco Fuels Kenya is touting inedible croton tree nut oil as a biodiesel feedstock. Croton oil, which generates 78 pct (pdf) less carbon dioxide emissions than palm oil, can be used directly in diesel generators, water pumps or tractor engines but must be further processed for use in automobiles and truck engines.

    The oil sells for a bout 10 cents less per gallon the diesel Eco Fuels Kenya also sells the seedcake paste byproduct of the fuel production as protein-rich poultry feed. The waste nut husks are ground and sold as an organic fertiliser for depleted soil. Last year company processed about 1,000 tonnes of nuts and helped local farmers plant 100,000 croton trees as part of a plan to expand their operations. Eco Fuels Kenya plans to open a second production facility in 2018. (Source: Eco Fuels Kenya, Guardian, Others, 10 Jan., 2017)Contact: Eco Fuels Kenya, www.efkgroup.co.ke

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    BETO Releases Analysis of Biofuels, Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    US DOE BETO
    Date: 2017-01-16
    The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is reporting the release of its new report Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities.

    The report is the first 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.

    Complementary to the 2016 Billion-Ton Report, this new resource assessment, conducted by NREL and PNNL, 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 United States 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, which cannot be "dried" and therefore cannot be reported in dry tons, 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.

    Access Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities HERE. Download the 2016 Billion-Ton Report HERE. (Source: US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, Jan., 2017)Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

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    Sioux City OK's Wastewater Biofuel Project Funding (Ind. Report)
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa
    Date: 2017-01-16
    In the Hawkeye State, Sioux City city council is reporting approval of $1.3 million funding for engineering fees associated with a methane-to-fuel conversion project at the city's wastewater treatment plant. The plant presently "burns off" the plant's methane production.

    The project, which is expected to come in at $9 million or more upon completion in late 2018, could pay for itself within two years. (Source: SioulandMatters.com, 9 Sept., 2017) Contact: Sioux City Utilities, Mark Simms, Dir., (402) 454-7520, www.sioux-city.org/utilities

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    HECO Planning for 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    HECO
    Date: 2017-01-16
    In the Aloha State, The Hawiian Electric Company's (HECO) Power Supply Improvement Plan is calling for an additional 360 MW of utility scale solar power, 157 MW of wind and 115MW from advanced smart grid technology by 2045. The utility expects that renewable energy will account for 72 pct of the state's total power by 2030 and 100 pct 2050.

    The new power plan estimates renewable energy will account for 72 pct of the total by 2030. The estimates expect Molokai could reach 100 pct renewables by 2020. Hawaii Island would reach 80%, Maui 63 pct, and Oahu 40 pct by the same year, thanks to expanded use of solar, wind, biofuels and storage. (Source: HECO, SolarLove, Others, 11 Jan., 2017) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, landrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com/landRFI, www.HawaiianElectric.com

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    NV Energy Seeking Solar Net Metering Ruling Reversal (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2017-01-16
    In Carson City, NV Energy -- dba Nevada Power -- reports it is asking the state's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to reconsider a decision that restored more favorable net metering rates for up to 1,250 future residential rooftop solar customers in Northern Nevada. The PUC's decision last month redirected energy savings originally intended for many of NV Energy Sierra Pacific customers to a limited number of new rooftop solar customers, according to the utility. The PUC order established rates for a three-year period beginning Jan. 1, 2017 for NV Energy's Northern Nevada customers.

    In October 2016, NV Energy said it worked with a broad coalition of customers and participants in the rate case to lower annual electricity rates for residential and small general service customers by approximately $2.92 million annually, or a total of $8.77 million over the three-year period. The cost savings would be shared across a broad base of Northern Nevada electric customers. NV Energy argues that the December order directed the savings to a limited number of customers who install rooftop solar systems and get a retail rate credit from the utility for the excess electricity the systems generate. (Source: NV Energy, Review Journal, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: Nevada PUC, (775) 684-6101, http://puc.nv.gov; NV Energy, www.nvenergy.com

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


    PCE Seeking to Expand Renewable Electricity Supply (Ind. Report)
    Peninsula Clean Energy
    Date: 2017-01-16
    Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), an electric power provider in San Mateo County, California, reports it is finalizing contracts with renewable energy suppliers and enrolling a second round of residential and other customers. As one of the Golden State's five functioning community choice aggregators, PCE allows San Mateo County and its cities to combine individual customers' buying power to purchase or develop alternatives to the investor-owned utility company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The nonprofits are legal in seven states, and seven more are planned to begin in California in the coming years.

    PCE, which has a short-term PPA energy retailer Direct Energy, offers an electricity packages that provides 50 pct renewable energy, and second package provides 100 pct renewable energy. PG&E offers a the 30 pct renewables package. According to PCE, it will soon need a larger, longer term supply of renewably generated power to meet the demand. To that end, PCE last fall issued a request for offers from energy suppliers and is currently evaluating bids. (Source: Peninsula Clean Energy, Half Moon Bay Review, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: Peninsula Clean Energy, Jan Pepper, CEO, George Wiltsee, Director of Power Resources, (866) 966-0110, www.peninsulacleanenergy.com

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