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WES Funding Wave Energy Converter Materials R&D (R&D, Funding)
Wave Energy Scotland
Date: 2017-01-16
Wave Energy Scotland is reporting it will fund 10 Structural Materials and Manufacturing Process (SMMP) projects by individual companies and partnerships.

The projects will explore the potential of different materials and processes in the production of wave energy to electricity converters (WECs). Currently these devices are predominantly made from steel, which is strong and durable but costly and susceptible to corrosion. The 10 new projects will investigate and test the use and cost effectiveness of rubbers, plastics, concrete or combinations of these materials to construct WEC.

This latest announcement from WES brings the total investment by the organization in wave energy development to £15 million across 51 projects in less than two years. (Source: Wave Energy Scotland, Practical Boat Owner, 12 Jan., 2017)Contact: Wave Energy Scotland, +44 (0) 1463 245 245,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  

Anaerobic Digestion Enhancing Tech. Touted (New Prod & Tech)
anaerobic digestion, Argonne National Laboratory
Date: 2017-01-16
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) reports it has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge by incorporating biomass-derived, carbon-sequestering char within the digester, thus creating pipeline-quality renewable natural gas while using the remaining biosolids for a high-quality fertilizer.

With $1.5 million over three years funding from the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ANL has developed and "de-risked" the technology, which is now ready for scale-up.

Biochar, charcoal derived from plant material, is created in processes such as gasification and pyrolysis, which also produce energy in the form of syngas or liquid fuels. ANL has demonstrated success using biochar from gasification of both corn stover and woody sources. Anaerobic digestion usually creates biogas that is mainly a combination of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane, and extra steps are required to upgrade the biogas to renewable natural gas by removing the CO2 and other contaminants. Adding biochar directly to the anaerobic digester sequesters the CO2 and creates a biogas stream that is more than 90 pct methane and less than 5 ppb hydrogen sulfide, thus reducing the need for upgrading steps. The biochar also improves many of the operating conditions for anaerobic digestion, and can serve as a high-quality fertilizer.

ANL and Roeslein Alternative Energy preparing to scale up the technology to produce renewable natural gas ecologically and economically. The technology could dramatically improve the economics of anaerobic digestion projects. The reduction of upgrading steps alone could make many smaller biogas projects become profitable. The technology further reduces capital and operating expenses by improving digester conditions and producing fertilizer, which would provide even greater economic benefit. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: US DOE BETO,; Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055,,; Argonne National Laboratory, (630) 252-2000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Argonne National Laboratory,  Roeslein Alternative Energy,  BETO,  anaerobic digestion ,  Energy,  Biogas,  

Reno City Council Supporting Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Reno Nevada
Date: 2017-01-16
In Nevada, the Reno City Council reports it has voted to support energy efficiency and clean energy and to join the Sustainability Partners in Northern Nevada (SPINN) coalition comprised of local and state agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and others seeking to promote environmental stewardship, economic prosperity, and social equity within our communities.

SPINN is committed to: advance energy efficiency and eenewable energy; waste minimization through recycling; promoting green gleets through the Clean Cities Coalition; and integrating sustainability into long range planning. Documents.

Some coalition members also support proposals likely to be introduced during the upcoming state legislative session, particularly regarding how Nevada evaluates the consumer benefits of various energy efficiency programs offered by major utilities.

Energy efficiency has reportedly created 1.9 million jobs nationwide, including more than 15,300 in Nevada. Further, in 2012, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project conducted a study, The $20 Billion Bonanza, which demonstrates that cost-effective efficiency improvements to Nevada buildings could generate $3.4 billion in net economic benefits statewide over the next decade. (Source: City of Reno, 13 Jan., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

APS' $90Mn SolarPower Plant to Power PayPal, ASU (Ind. Report)
Arizona Public Service Co
Date: 2017-01-16
The Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) is reporting the commissioning and dedication of t $90 million, 40-MW Red Rock Power Plant north of Tucson. The facility will supply power for PayPal and Arizona State University.

ASU and PayPal will pay a premium for the renewable-energy credits from the plant in a deal approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission, the state's regulator. Power from the plant won’t go directly to ASU and PayPal, but the power they purchase from the facility is meant to compensate for traditional utility-grid power used at their facilities. (Source: Arizona Public Service Co., Arizona Republic, 13 Jan., 2017) Contact: Arizona Public Service Co., Marc Romito, Mgr. Renewable Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Arizona Public Service Co,  

Rooftop Solar Mandate Proposed in California (Reg & Leg)
Solar California
Date: 2017-01-16
In Sacramento, Calif. Senator Scott Wiener (D) has introduced legislation that, if passed into law, would require 15 pct of new residential and commercial buildings of less than 10 stories be equipped with solar power equipment including solar panels and/or solar water heaters. The legislation also mandates that new roofs must be unshaded and free of obstrusions to allow for and prepared for solar installations.

An existing California Solar Initiative -- Million Solar Roofs -- implemented in 2007, aimed to install about 2,000 MW of solar power on residential and commercial projects by 2016. The program wound down in 2014 when the state's investor-owned utilities exhausted the available incentives. (Source: California State Senator Scott Wiener, Utility Dive, Others, Jan. 13, 2017) Contact: Calif. State Senator Scott Wiener,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  

Athens Airport Lands Carbon Neutral Status (Int'l Report)
Airport Carbon Accreditation
Date: 2017-01-16
The Athens International Airport reports it has achieved carbon neutral status (Level 3+) in ACI Europe's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. Including Athens, there are now 28 carbon neutral airports worldwide, the mjority of which are in Europe.

According to ACI, since its opening in 2001, Athens International Airport has had an ardent and ever-evolving environmental agenda. It was one of the first airports to invest in solar technology, building a €20 million photovoltaic park on the airport site, and was among the early adopters who became accredited in the very first year of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme (2009), renewing and successfully upgrading its certification over the intervening years. (Source: Athens International Airport,Climate Neutral Now initiative at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Jan., 2017) Contact: Airport Carbon Accreditation Program, +44 845 868 2708,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Airport Carbon Accreditation ,  

Court Demands Exxon's Climate Change Research Files (Ind. Report)
Exxon Mobil
Date: 2017-01-16
In the Bay State, Suffolk County Superior Court judge Heidi Brieger last Wednesday ordered Houston, Texas-headquartered Exxon to deliver 40 years or more of the company's carbon emissions and related climate change research. The order was a rejection of Exxon's emergency motion to kill the demand for documents from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who is investigating allegations the company ignored internal scientific research going back to the 1970s.

Exxon's defense was that Healey's investigation is "politically motivated." The oil giant, which is also facing a climate change investigation from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, has denied allegations of funding climate change denial organizations and campaigns. The company also rejects "long-discredited conspiracy theories that attempt to portray legitimate scientific observations and differences on policy approaches as climate denial." (Source: Exxon, CNN, Various Others , 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: Exxon,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon,  Climate Change,  

MIT Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall 7 pct (Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Date: 2017-01-16
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is reporting that greenhouse gas emissions on campus have slid 7 pct since 2014. The prestigious school is aiming for a 32 pct reduction in emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality "as soon as possible."

Fully 97 pct of MIT's greenhouses gas emissions are a result of buildings operations. Two pct of the emissions were "fugitive" that leaked from refrigeration equipment, among other sources. The remaining one pct of emissions was attributed to the school's vehicles fleet, according to an MIT release.

MIT has invested in energy efficient technologies and upgrades and cleaner fuels in order to achieve its targeted reductions improvements. The school is also cutting emissions by purchasing environmentally friendly electricity, upgrading its cogeneration power plant and various other measures. (Source: MIT, The Tech, 11 Jan., 2017) Contact: MIT Sustainability office,,,edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  GHG,  Carbon Emitions ,  

Unilever UK Sites Achieve Carbon-Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2017-01-16
Just over a year on from announcing its pioneering pledge to become a carbon-positive business by 2030, Unilever has signed a contract to use biomethane to power five of its sites across the UK and Ireland.

The biomethane, which is fully traceable and certified, is generated by GENeco's anaerobic digester in Avonmouth, which converts inedible food waste and sewage into energy. This is in line with the company's Biomass Sourcing Standard policy which states that biomass fuels shall not comprise agricultural residues or food waste that could otherwise have been used as food for human consumption. (Source: Unilever, edie Newsroom, 12, January 2017) Contact: Unilever UK, Charlotte Carroll, UK & Ireland Sustainable Business Director,

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

Highview Power Storage Joins NYU Urban Future Lab (Ind. Report)
Highview Power Storage
Date: 2017-01-16
London, UK-headquartered energy storage specialist Highview Power Storage, a developer of large-scale energy storage solutions utilizing low-temperature (Cyrogenic) liquids, reports it will enter ACRE, NYC's business incubator for smart cities, smart grid, and clean energy at the Urban Future Lab (UFL) located at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering.

The Future Labs are the first public-private partnership with New York City tasked with creating a sustainable incubation program focusing on increasing the success rate of new ventures and generating economic impact.

Highview Power Storage utilizes the basic principles of Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) that draws from established processes from the turbo-machinery, power generation and industrial gas sectors. (Source: Highview Power, PR, Investor Ideas, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: Highview Power, +44 20 7872 5800,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  

Ameresco Nails MCRD Microgrid, Energy Efficiency Deal (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-16
Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has received a task order from Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) to build a site-wide microgrid integrating 10 MW of new onsite generation and a battery energy storage system at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina.

Ameresco will engineer, construct and operate the energy generating assets through a $91.1 million self-funding Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to provide energy infrastructure upgrades to the 8,095 acre military installation.

Ameresco will provide comprehensive energy and water efficiency upgrades to 121 buildings to improve system performance and reduce operations and maintenance costs at Parris Island. Ameresco will also replace the existing end-of-life steam plant with a new fully automated natural gas-fueled CHP plant capable of producing 3.5 MW of electricity and the full steam load as required. Ameresco will also install over 29,000 high-efficiency LED fixtures and retrofit existing lighting systems.

Ameresco's work is expected to cut MCRD's utility energy demand by 79 pct. . Construction is slated to get underway this spring for completion by the summer of 2019. (Source: Ameresco, 12 Jan., 2016)Contact: MCRD,; Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Micro-Grid,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  

Costain Touts CITT Tool to Combat Carbon Emissions (New Prod & Tech)
Costain,University of Edinburgh
Date: 2017-01-16
Maidenhead, Berkshire UK-headquartered energy solutions provider Costain is touting its Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Tool (CITT). The CITT detects potential carbon emission points in building designs and flags them on designers' computer dashboards enabling informed decisions on how to minimize the amount of carbon generated by building projects.

The open-source plug-in, which was developed by Costain and the University of Edinburgh's Business School, works with all industry standard project planning tools and could be particularly effective when looking at concrete-intensive areas of design.

The UK Climate Change Act dictates that the UK cut its carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2050. More than 50 pct of the country's emissions are under the control or influence of the infrastructure sector, so there is a need for programmes and applications that help to reduce the amount of carbon generated. (Source: Costain, Smart Cities World, New Civil Engineer, 13 Jan., 2017) Contact: Costain, Damien Canning, +44 0 1628 842 444,; University of Edinburgh, +44 131 650 8074,

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

Fairbanks Expands Energy Offerings to Illinois (Ind. Report)
Fairbanks Energy Services
Date: 2017-01-16
Hingham, Mass.-headquartered Fairbanks Energy Services (FES), a full-service design/build energy conservation firm and developer of comprehensive commercial and industrial efficiency projects, is reporting the opening of its Midwest office in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

According to Fairbanks, its services have saved customers over 25 million kWh, over $3 million in annual energy costs and obtained more than $4 million of incentives through the company's services. (Source: Fairbanks Energy Services, PR, 10 Jan., 2017) Contact: Fairbanks Energy Services, Shannon Shea, (781)658-3266 x1006,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fairbanks Energy Services,  Energy Efficiency,  

DOE Offers Energy Efficiency Finance Tool (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2017-01-16
The U.S. DOE is introducing the Better Buildings Financing Navigator, a new, web-based financing navigator to help private and public sector organizations identify financing solutions for energy efficiency projects. The Navigator can search by topic, answer simple questions for tailored results, navigate white papers as well as technical research to find relative information as requested.

The new tool allows users to connect to the larger Better Buildings Challenge Financial Ally community, including banks and lenders committed to financial investments in energy efficiency.

According to the DOE, over 310 organizations are partnering with the Energy Department to achieve 20 pct portfolio-wide energy savings and share strategies that maximize efficiency. Partners nationwide have shared energy data on 34,000 properties and are reporting energy savings of 20 pct or more at 5,500 properties, and 10 pct or more at 12,600 properties.

Access the Better Buildings Financing Navigator HERE. (Source: US DOE, Jan., 2017) Contact: US DOE,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

Trump Chicago Skyscraper Scrapes Energy Performance, Efficiency Benchmarking Bottom (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency,ENERGY STAR
Date: 2017-01-16
The Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago has reportedly registered a lowly 9 out of 100 for one of the lowest energy efficiency and performance ratings among the city's 100 largest buildings.

The Windy City's Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance is based on the US EPA's ENERGY STAR scoring system, which measures how efficiently buildings use energy on a scale of 1 to 100, with 50 being the average energy performance. The Chicago ordinance requires all buildings of 50,000 square feet or more to track energy use, report to the city annually and verify data accuracy every three years. Unfortunately, the ordinance does not require property owners to make any energy-related investments. The city estimates the ordinance has saved $17.8 million in energy costs through energy efficiency upgrades since its inception. (Source: wttw, Chicago Tonight, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR,

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

Ameren Missouri Pilot Solar Program Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri,Missouri Public Service Commission
Date: 2017-01-13
Ameren Missouri reports the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved its application for a a certificate of convenience and necessity to construct and operate small solar generation facilities at different locations within Ameren Missouri's service territory as part of its Solar Partnership Pilot Program.

Under the pilot program, Ameren Missouri would own, operate and maintain PV solar equipment on a customer's premises under a long-term lease agreement. Ameren Missouri would retain and own all electricity and associated renewable benefits from the facility. Power generated by the individual units would be interconnected to Ameren Missouri's electric distribution system.

Ameren Missouri anticipates installing three to five facilities through the pilot program, each in range of between 100 kilowatts to 2 megawatts. (Source: Ameren Missouri, 11 Jan., 2017)Contact: Ameren Missouri, Dan Laurent, Dir. Energy Services, Michael Moehn, Pres., CEO, (314) 554-2165,; Missouri Public Service Commission, (573) 751-3234,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Solar,  

Eversource Plans 3.3-MW Solar Array in Lee, Mass. (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-13
In the Bay State, Boston-headquartered electric utility Eversource reports it is seeking approval from the town of Lee for the installation of ground-mounted solar panels totaling 5.3 MW on half of its nearly 26-acre tract of land near the town of Lee. If approved , construction would begin this spring and be completed by the end of 2017, according to the company.

The solar array would help double Eversource's current solar power wattage in Western Massachusetts from 8 to 16 MW. Eversource presently operates a solar facility in the town of Pittsfield and two solar plants in Springfield. The utility is also seeking a second 2.2-MW array Pittsfield. (Source: Eversource, Berkshire Eagle, 8 Jan., 2017) Contact: Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource,  Solar,  

Suzlon Wins 105-MW Indian Wind Turbine Order (Int'l. Report)
Suzlon Group,Axis Energy Ventures India Pvt.
Date: 2017-01-13
Indian wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Group reports receipt of its first wind turbine order from Hyderabad, India-based Axis Energy Ventures India Pvt. Ltd. The order is for 50 S111 2.1 MW turbines and 90-meter tubular towers.. The oder includes installation, operations and maintenance, including lifecycle asset management services for an initial 10 year period. Located in Andhra Pradesh, the wind farm is being undertaken by a special purpose vehicle, Axis Wind Farms (Anantapur) Pvt. Ltd. (Source: Suzlon, NA Wind Power, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: Axis Energy Ventures India Pvt.Ltd., +91 40 2341 2312,; Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Suzlon Group,  Wind,  

Brookfield Offering $1.6Bm for SunEdison Yieldcos (Ind. Report)
Brookfield Asset Management,SunEdison,Terraform
Date: 2017-01-13
In a Jan. 9 regulatory filing. Toronto-headquartered Brookfield Asset Management Inc reports it has proposed the acquisition of SunEdison's yieldco TerraForm Power Inc and TerraForm Global Inc. at a pre-transaction equity value of $1.6 billion (US). The offer is for $12.50 (US) cash per share. Brookfield presently holds 12.12 pct of TerraForm Power. (Source: Brookfield Asset Management, Various Media, SeeNews, 11 Jan., 2017)Contact: Brookfield Asset Management, (416) 363-9491,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Asset Management,  SunEdison,  TerraForm,  

Korea Priming Carbon Market with Fresh Allowances (Int'l. Report)
South Korean Finance Ministry
Date: 2017-01-13
In Seoul, the South Korean Finance Ministry reports it will inject 800,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions reduction rights worth approximately $12.5 million into the trading market this year. The move is intended to encourage businesses to join the carbon trading system.

Under the Korean greenhouse gas emissions trading system (ETS) launched in January 2015, approximately 600 local companies are given their own Korean allowance units (KAUs) to buy extra emissions rights when they surpass their own emissions quota. Some 543 million tons of KAUs were allocated to the companies in 2015. Businesses that are not subject to the cap-and-trade scheme may also sell their extra emissions rights on the exchange, subject to approval. The country aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 37 pct from 2030 business-as-usual (BAU) levels. (Source: South Korean Finance Ministry, Yonlap, 11 Jan., 2017) Contact: South Korean Finance Ministry,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Korea Carbon Market,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Trade,  

Cuomo Calls for Larger Carbon Emissions Cuts (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-13
In Albany, New York governor Andrew Cuomo reports his administration has committed to cut the Empire State's greenhouse gas emissions an additional 30 pct below 2020 levels by 2030. Cuomo is also calling on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) states to join New York in the fight against climate change and in building a low-carbon, clean energy economy.

To that end, the governor is proposing that the nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States reduce the emissions cap from 78.2 million tons in 2020 to 75.1 million tons in 2021, declining to 54.6 million tons in 2030.

In New York, RGGI has led to a 46 pct reduction in carbon emissions from affected power plants and a 90 pct reduction in coal-fired power generation. To date, the state has generated close to $1 billion in RGGI proceeds which are used to help fund clean energy and emission reduction programs.(Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo,; RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Andrew Cuomo,  Greenhpouse Gas Emissions,  

630 Companies, Investors call on Trump to Accelerate the Low-Carbon Economy (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Low-Carbon Economy,Climate Change
Date: 2017-01-13
"Dear President-elect Trump, President Obama, Members of the US Congress, and Global Leaders:

"We, the undersigned members in the business and investor community of the United States, re-affirm our deep commitment to addressing climate change through the implementation of the historic Paris Climate Agreement.

"We want the US economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy. Cost-effective and innovative solutions can help us achieve these objectives. Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk. But the right action now will create jobs and boost US competitiveness. We pledge to do our part in our own operations and beyond to realize the Paris Agreement's commitment of a global economy that limits global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

"We call on our elected US leaders to strongly support:

  • Continuation of low-carbon policies to allow the US to meet or exceed our promised national commitment and to increase our nation's future ambition;
  • Investment in the low carbon economy at home and abroad in order to give financial decision-makers clarity and boost the confidence of investors worldwide;
  • Continued US participation in the Paris Agreement, in order to provide the long-term direction needed to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees C.

    "Implementing the Paris Agreement will enable and encourage businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to bring clean energy and prosperity to all.

    "We support leaders around the world as they seek to implement the Paris Agreement and leverage this historic opportunity to tackle climate change."

    The 630 company signatories to the letter -- including Avery Dennison, DuPont, eBay, EILEEN FISHER, Gap Inc., General Mills, Hewlett Packard, Hilton, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, The Kellogg Company, Levi Strauss & Co., L'Oreal USA, NIKE, Mars Incorporated, The North Face, Pacific Gas & Electric, Patagonia, Schneider Electric, Sealed Air, Starbucks, Tesla, Timberland, Unilever, VF Corporation and 605 others -- collectively generate $1.15 trillion in annual revenue and employ and employ about 1.8 million people accross 44 states. (Source: Sustainable Life Brands, 10 Jan., 2017)

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

  • Colorado Gov. Nixes Proposed Clean Air-Carbon Emissions Executive Order (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2017-01-13
    In Denver, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) says he has nixed the idea of issuing a proposed executive order calling for a 35 pct cut in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Although the governor blames "Republican backlash" for his inaction, he contends he hasn't "given up on the proposal's goals or his own commitment to maintaining the state's status as a national leader in fighting air pollution."

    The draft order, as revealed by the Associated Press in August, would have mandated state agencies to work with utilities to cut emissions and keep energy affordable for consumers. It did not, however, specify how the state would enforce the goals. (Source: Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, News & Observer, AP, 11 Jan., 2017) Contact: Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

    £20Mn Committed to UK Low-Carbon Fuel Sector (Int'l)
    UK Department of Transport
    Date: 2017-01-13
    In the UK, the Department of Transport has unveiled a £20 million investment for firms developing low-carbon vehicle projects including greater integration of biofuels into the country's transport energy mix. The investment is part of an overarching plan for all new cars and vans to be zero-emission by 2040.

    Since the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) was created in 2008, around £1 billion of private investment in biodiesel and bioethanol plants has contributed £30 million to the UK economy, according to the Ministry which is considering raising the UK's biofuel to petrol and diesel blend rate to 9.8 pct.

    According to Government figures, the freight industry accounts for around 30 pct of the country's CO2 transport emissions. Interestingly, government statistics indicate that transportation sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are gradually increasing while emissions from most other sectors of the economy have fallen. (Spurce: UK Department of Transport, edie, 11 Jan., 2017) Contact: UK Department of Transport,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  GHG Emissions,  

    Massive Congo Carbon Sink Identified (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2017-01-13
    In Johannesburg, South Africa, a team of British and Congolese scientists recently discovered an area of peatland they say contains 30 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to 20 years of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The scientists say the area, which straddles the two Congos, must be protected from development to prevent the release of CO2 and methane gas and the subsequent environmental damage.

    Carbon dioxide and methane are linked to climate change and peatlands, which are formed from the accumulation of dead plant material, act as "carbon sinks. "Peatlands are only a resource in the fight against climate change when left intact, and so maintaining large stores of carbon in undisturbed peatlands should be a priority," according to Leeds University ecologist and one of the study's authors, Prof. Simon Lewis. (Source: Daily Mail, Nature, Leeds University, Jan., 2017) Contact: Leeds University, Dr.Simon Lewis, +44 (0) 113 34 33337,

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

    Reducing Wind Curtailment through Transmission Expansion in a Wind Vision Future , NREL Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-01-13
    Reducing Wind Curtailment through Transmission Expansion in a Wind Vision Future, a new report from NREL finds that adding transmission could significantly reduce the costs of wind energy production and help wind energy supply 20 pct of the United States' energy in 2030 and 35 pct in 2050.

    For the study, NREL simulated the operation of a grid using the modeling tool PLEXOS. NREL modeled the function of the Western Interconnection grid, which includes 11 states, two Canadian provinces, and parts of northern Mexico, in a future where wind meets 35 percent of energy needs. The study included a baseline of no transmission expansion, as well as three models with degrees of transmission expansion.

    In the baseline scenario, NREL found that curtailment, situations in which wind farms are told not to generate power due to low grid capacity, could lead to higher costs and 15.5 pct of energy going unused. If four proposed transmission projects are completed, the study found that curtailment could be cut in half. Further added transmission led to even less curtailment and eventually full use of wind energy.

    Overall, the results of the study found that utility grids can reliably operate with more than 35 pct wind energy and 12 pct solar energy, and that even limited transmission expansion can significantly pave the way to a renewable energy future. Download the Reducing Wind Curtailment through Transmission Expansion in a Wind Vision Future report HERE. (Source: NREL, Daily Energy Insider Reports, 11 Jan., 2017) Contact: NREL,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Wind,  

    UK's Ecotricity Touting "Green Gasmills" (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
    Date: 2017-01-13
    Follwing on our Nov. 21st coverage, British clean energy company Ecotricity is reporting plans to construct "Green Gasmills" which will create clean, grid-ready gas from grass grown on marginal lands. Ecotricity claims Green Gasmills could potentially meet the gas needs of 97 pct of Britain's homes while injecting £7.5 billion per year into the economy through the development of the industry and the creation of up to 150,000 new jobs.

    The company is presently building its first prototype plant near Southampton and has applied for planning permission for further sites around the country. Individual gasmills biodegrade grass into silage from which biogas is collected, processed and scrubbed of any other trace gases, leaving biomethane, which can be injected straight into the gas grid as a replacement for traditional fossil fuel gas. A 5MW plant requiring a 5 acres of grass for feedstock, could produce sufficient power for 5,000 homes for a full year. The company estimates that 5,000 Green Gasmills could power the whole of Britain. (Source: Ecotricity, power-technology, Jan., 2017)Contact: Ecotricity, Dale Vance, Founder, +44 (0) 145 375 6111,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Ecotricity,  Methane,  Green Gas,  Anaerobic digestion,  

    Wood Pellet Heat Halves Carbon Emissions, says Report (Ind. Report)
    Northern Forest Center
    Date: 2017-01-13
    In New Hampshire, the Northern Forest Center is reporting the results of a recently released study by the Spatial Informatics Group-Natural Assets Laboratory (SIG-NAL)of the greenhouse gas impacts of heating buildings with state-of-the-art wood pellet boilers. The study used data specific to the New England region forest composition and harvest practices, and the pellet sourcing and manufacturing of 9 out of 10 Northern Forest pellet mills, all of which produce pellets exclusively for thermal (heat) generation.

    The study's life-cycle analysis found that: On day one, using wood pellets for heat reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 54 pct compared to oil and 59 pct to natural gas; after 50 years, greenhouse gas emissions from pellets drop to 62 pct less than oil, 67 pct less than natural gas, and 56 pct less than propane.

    In 2015, the average Northern Forest-produced wood pellet was comprised of: 44 pct sawdust and other forest industry byproducts; 56 pct low-quality pulpwood and small trees, usually the byproduct of harvesting for higher value timber; and Less than 1 pct from other sources, such as landscaping and municipalities. (Source: Northern Forest Center, New Hampshire Public Radio, Dec., 2016) Contact: Northern Forest Center, (603) 229-0679,,; Spatial Informatics Group,

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

    Enviva Launches Wood Biomass Supply T&T System (Ind. Report)
    Enviva Holdings
    Date: 2017-01-13
    Bethesda, Maryland-based ood pellet producer Enviva Holdings, LP, is touting a new proprietary Track & Trace (T&T) programme that gives the company a detailed understanding of the characteristics of the low-grade wood its uses as feedstock for pellet production.

    According to Enviva, research shows that sustainably sourced and produced wood pellets can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis compared to coal. The company operates pellet production mills in Wiggins Mississippi; Amory, Mississippi; Ahoskie, North Carolina; Northampton, North Carolina; and Southampton, Virginia. (Source: Enviva Holdings, Jan., 2017) Contact: Enviva Holdings, (301) 657-5560, ,

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

    API, MYBiomass Announce Nanocellulose Agreement (Ind. Report)
    American Process Inc.,MYBiomass
    Date: 2017-01-13
    Atlanta, Georgia-headquartered American Process Inc. (API ) and Manilla-based MYBiomass are reporting a Joint-Development agreement (JDA) for the production of nanocellulose and cellulosic sugars from oil palm waste. The JDA, which is funded by MYBiomass, harnesses MYBiomass' oil palm biomass supply, technology adaptation and market development expertise with API's technical and material development expertise.

    MYBiomass aims to establish commercial biorefineries with potential participation from technology providers, and others, in-line with the Malaysian Biomass Initiative (MBI). MYBiomass will work with downstream partners for product applications and the establishment of commercial biorefineries.

    API and its affiliates focus on pioneering renewable materials, fuels, and chemicals from biomass and develop proprietary technologies to be scaled industrially throughout the world. The company has over 100 years of collective experience in R&D, project management, operations, engineering-procurement-construction, scale-up and energy integration. (Source: MYBiomass, PRWEB, January 10, 2017) Contact: MYBiomass, Winston Chong,,; American Process,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Process Inc.,  Palm Oil,  Biomass,  Biochemical,  

    Poll Finds Midwestern Trump Voters Support Ethanol (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2017-01-13
    A just released post-election poll of 3,000 Trump voters in the Midwestern battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana and Minnesota has found that 83 pct of Midwestern Trump voters agreed with the President-elect's campaign promise to promote the addition of more homegrown ethanol in America's fuel supply. Eighty-five percent of respondents said ethanol was important to U.S. energy security and 88 pct of Trump supporters indicated that ethanol was important to creating American jobs.

    According to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, "Support for biofuels is something that resonates across party lines, especially in America's heartland, and President-elect Trump tapped into that. Lawmakers can see what happens when you underestimate rural and Midwestern voters."

    The poll was conducted by Quadrant Strategies between December 6 and 22, 2016. (Source: Growth Energy, PR, Jan., 2017) (Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuel Blends,  Ethanol,  

    China's First Commercial Energy Storage System Online (Int'l)
    Narada Power, GCL Silicon
    Date: 2017-01-13
    Singapore-based Narada Power Source Co. Ltd. is reporting the completion and startup of a large-scale energy storage system for GCL Silicon. The system is the first commercialized energy storage system in China.

    Narada provided the overall design, procurement and construction services, while also offering additional tasks such as electricity consumption management, operation and maintenance for the 1.5MW project. Narada is also currently working on a 15MW ESS for an industrial park in China. (Source: Narada Power Source Co. Ltd.,11 Jan., 2017) Contact: Narada Power Source Co. Ltd., +86 571 569 75980,,; GCL Silicon,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GCL Silicon,  Narada Power,  Energy Storage,  

    Enel Green Acquires Demand Energy Networks (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Enel Green Power North America,Demand Energy Networks
    Date: 2017-01-13
    Andover, Maine-based Enel Green Power North America reports it has acquired Washington State-based intelligent software and energy storage systems specialist Demand Energy Networks, Inc.

    Demand Energy's DEN.OS platform and cloud-based analytics are scalable and can address the needs of any power market segment, delivering value across a broad range of storage applications. DEN.OS's platform provides the analytics and control needed to aggregate energy management across multiple facilities, creating an online virtual power plant that operates more efficiently and multiplies savings. (Source: Enel, PR, 11 Jan., 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power, Rafael Gonzalez, CEO, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900,; Demand Energy Networks, (509) 893-8044,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power North America,  Demand Energy ,  Energy Storage,  Energy Software,  Energy Management,  

    Montreal Complex Wins CaGBC Top LEED Energy Efficiency Certification (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-01-13
    In Montreal, the Le 1500 office complex designed and developed by real estate company Ivanhoe Cambridge, has been awarded the Canada Green Building Council LEED certification in Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance category.

    The 49,016 sq-metre building complex features multiple nearby amenities, major commercial thoroughfare access and direct connections to the city's METRO underground mass transportation network. LEED energy efficiency certification upgrades include: recovery-mode chiller to reduce natural gas consumption; a condensation boiler; a new preventive maintenance system; automated boiler control; automated water treatment systems; state-of-the-art Metasys energy management system; new higher-performance energy efficient light fixtures; monitored main water meter; and higher-performance plumbing equipment for reduced water consumption. (Source: Ivanhoe Cambridge, Jan., 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  

    EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Success Lauded (Ind. Report)
    ACEEE,EmPOWER Maryland
    Date: 2017-01-13
    According to a report from the not-for-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the EmPOWER Maryland program has saved the state's utility customers more than $1.8 billion on their electricity bills by helping them reduce power consumption.

    Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. (BG&E) and other utilities and their customers have spent $1.3 billion on the EmPOWER Maryland program since it's 2008 launch -- money that paid for energy efficient appliances, home energy checkups, rebates and bill credits for reducing electricity usage. For every dollar spent, the state has benefited $1.81 through reduced energy usage and energy prices, according to share through a roughly $5 monthly surcharge on customer bills, according to the report.

    The report identified 51 million MWh of energy saving , equal to the power consumption of 850,000 homes over five years; nearly 19 million tons in avoided carbon dioxide emissions; a reduction in energy demand that was equal to four large power plants in 2015; and, eventually, $4.1 billion in customer bill savings as the investments pay off over time.

    Maryland's 2008 EmPOWER Act legislation required the state's utilities to cut per capita electric power consumption by 10 pct by 2015, but did not require that the program go forward after meeting its goal in 2015. (Source: Maryland PSC, Baltimore Sun, Jan., 2017) Contact: EmPOWER Maryland; ACEEE,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ACEEE,  EmPOWER Maryland ,  

    San Diego Developing Pumped Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    San Diego County Water Authority
    Date: 2017-01-13
    In the Golden State, the San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego report they are planning to develop a new 500MW pumped energy storage project at the the San Vicente Reservoir. If built, the installation will offer electric grid stability to the region during both peak times.

    The City and the Water Authority have issued a joint request for Letters of Interest from electric utilities, developers, investors and energy off-takers interested in purchasing power generated by the project.

    The project would be comprised of an interconnection and pumping system joining the existing San Vicente Reservoir and a new, smaller reservoir located uphill. The pumping system would be used during off-peak energy-use periods to pump water from the existing San Vicente Reservoir to the new reservoir. (Source: San Diego Water Authority, City of San Diego, Energy Storage, 11 Jan., 2017) Contact: San Diego County Water Authority,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Pumped Energy Storage,  

    Enzyme Specialist Joins Minnesota Bio-Fuels Assoc. (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, CTE Global
    Date: 2017-01-13
    Northbrook, Illinois-based enzyme provider CTE Global reports it has joined the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association as a vendor member.

    As a direct representative for two enzyme production facilities located in China, CTE Global works closely with the ethanol industry to optimize ethanol production. Inc. CTE Global's products are composed of dozens of series relating to over 150 enzymatic preparations and formulations that are applied in at least 15 industries which are used in over 25 countries. (Source: CTE Global, Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, Various Media, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: CTE Global Inc., Miriam Zaslavsky, (847) 564-5770,,; Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, Tim Rudnicki , Exec. Dir., (612) 888-9138,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News enzyme,  Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association,  CTE Global ,, UCapture Offer Innovative Climate Change, Carbon Offset Solution (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-01-11
    Franklin, Tenn.-based is reporting a new partnership with UCapture, the environmentally-focused rewards shopping platform. When consumers install UCapture's free browser extension, a portion of each air filter purchase made through will support environmental projects, including reforestation efforts, methane and landfill gas capture, and renewable energy production. In fact, when shoppers purchase a year supply of air filters, UCapture will offset more than 2000 pound of carbon dioxide at no cost to the consumer. is an online air filter subscription service. UCapture's online shopping platform offsets a users' carbon footprint when they shop with over 2000 online partners. The service is 100 pct free to use, and is designed to combat climate change by funding projects that reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. (Source:, PR, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact:, John Price, Pres.,; UCapture,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offsets,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  

    Meyer Burger Reports Solar Cell Production Technology Orders (Int'l)
    Meyer Burger Technology
    Date: 2017-01-11
    Germany-headquartered Meyer Burger Technology Ltd is reporting the conclusion of two contracts totaling approximately $19.588 million with existing Asian customers for high-tech equipment for the mass production of high-quality solar cells.

    The equipment utilizes scalable MB PERC technology on the MAiA 2.1 system platform which will deliver a significant increase in cell efficiency, according to aMeyer Burger statement. (Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd., SolarServer, Other Media, Jan. 9, 2017) Contact: Meyer Burger, Peter Pauli, CEO, +41 33 221 2800,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Meyer Burger Technology,  Solar,  

    Cassava Bioethanol Plant Planned in Thailand (Int'l Report)
    Sapporo Holdings, PTG Energy
    Date: 2017-01-11
    In Tokyo, Japanese brewer Sapporo Holdings reports it will supply technology to Bangkok-based PTG Energy for the production of bioethanol from cassava root in Thailand.

    Although cassava root had been seen as unsuited for making biofuel due to its high fiber content, Sapporo has developed technology to ferment the starch and fibers after breaking them down into sugars.

    A joint venture between PTG Energy and starch producer EBP will spend approximately $42 million to construct a 60,000 kiloliter per year ethanol plant in Sa Kaeo Province, in eastern Thailand. The plant, which is expected to begin production in 2020, will use cassava pulp waste as feedstock. The bioethanol will be blended with gasoline and sold at PTG gas stations in Thailand. (Source: Nikkei Asian Review, 10 Jan., 2017) Contact: PTG Energy,; Sapporo,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Casava,  Bioethanol,  

    Methane's Effect on Climate 25 pct Greater than Previously Thought, says UK Study (Ind. Report)
    Center for International Climate and Environmental Research
    Date: 2017-01-11
    Researchers at the University of Reading in the UH UK and at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, Norway are reporting that emissions of methane due to human activity have, to date, caused a warming effect which is about one-third of the warming effect due to carbon dioxide emissions -- 25 pct higher than previous estimates.

    The research team calculated that while carbon dioxide remains by far the most significant gas driving human-induced climate change, methane, while much less abundant, is even more potent than previously thought. They found that a one tonne emission of methane has the equivalent warming effect of 32 tonnes of carbon dioxide -- up from the previous estimate of 28 tonnes. While previous studies have focused on the role of methane in greenhouse trapping of the infrared energy emitted by the Earth and its atmosphere, this new study also took into account the way methane absorbs energy from the sun, at shorter wavelengths. It shows that much of the extra absorption is in the lower part of the atmosphere, where it has a warming effect.

    Human activity has led to more than a doubling of the atmospheric concentration of methane since the 18th century. Methane emissions due to human activity come from agricultural sources, such as livestock, soil management and rice production, and from the production and use of coal, oil and natural gas. (Source: University of Reading,, 10 Jan., 2017) Contact: University of Reading, Professor Keith Shine, Regius Professor of Meteorology and Climate Science,; Center for International Climate and Environmental Research,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane news,  Methane Emissions news,  GHGs news,  Climate CHange news,  

    Biodiesel Handling and Use Guide (Fifth Edition) -- Guide Attached (Ind. Report)
    US DOE Clean Cities
    Date: 2017-01-11
    Biodiesel Handling and Use Guide (Fifth Edition), a newly revised document from the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program serves as a handbook for those who blend, distribute, and use biodiesel and biodiesel blends. The guide provides basic information on the proper and safe use of biodiesel and biodiesel blends in engines and boilers. It is intended to help fleets, individual users, blenders, distributors, and those involved in related activities understand procedures for handling and using biodiesel fuels.

    In addition to covering the basics of biodiesel the guide also provides current considerations for handling and blending B100, B6 to B20 blends, the BQ-9000 program for supply chain management, and taxes and incentives, among other topics. U.S. consumption of biodiesel exceeded 2 billion gallons in 2015.

    Download the full guide HERE. (Source: US DOE Clean Cities, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: Alternatice Fuels Data Center,; US DOE Clean Cities Program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Clean Cities,  Biodiesel,  

    Global Green Building Materials Market Research Report -- Forecast to 2022 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Green Building
    Date: 2017-01-11
    According to the recently released Global Green Building Materials Market Research Report - Forecast to 2022, the global green building materials market was valued at around $158 billion in 2015 and is expected to hit $245 billion by 2022 -- CAGR of 17 pct from 2016 to 2022.

    According to the report, the Green Buildings market is driven by the increasing consumer awareness of energy efficiency, supportive government policies, green building low operating and maintenance costs and other considerations. On the basis of region, North-America is the largest green building market both by value and volume.

    This study offers an overview of the global green building materials market, tracking two market segments across four geographic regions. The report studies key players, providing a five-year annual trend analysis that highlights market size, volume and share for North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World. The report also provides a forecast, focusing on the market opportunities for the next five years for each region.

    Access Report Details HERE. Request a Sample Copy HERE. (Source: Market Research Future, OpenPR, Jan., 2017) Contact: Market Research Future, Akash Anand, +1 646 845 9312,,

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    GCL System Integration Tech Investing in Vina Cell Tech (Int'l)
    GCL System Integration Technology
    Date: 2017-01-11
    Suzhou, China-headquartered GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd. reports it has invested in Vina Cell Technology Co., Ltd., a Vietnam-based solar cell manufacturer, in exchange for 300 MW of Vina Cell Technology's production capacity.

    Under the terms of the agreement, GCL-SI will provide Vina with solar cell production equipment and an experienced management team, according to a company press release. 300 MW of Vina's 600 MW annual capacity will be dedicated to GCL-SI. (Source: GCL-SI, Splar Servers, 6 Jan., 2017)Contact: GCL System Integration Technology, +86 512 6983 2777,,; Vina Cell Technology,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GCL System Integration Technology,  Solar,  Solar Cell,  

    Notable Quote

    Date: 2017-01-11
    "Renewable energy sources will continue to grow in the US despite the antipathy of the incoming Trump administration." -- U.S. President Barak Obama

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Donald Trump news,  

    DOE Launches New Manufacturing USA Institute (Ind. Report)
    Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance.
    Date: 2017-01-11
    In Washington, the US DOE is reporting the launch of the New Manufacturing USA Institute located in Rochester, New York. The $140 million Institute, which will focus on materials recycling and reuse for greater energy efficiency and improved manufacturing competitiveness, will be managed by the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance.

    As part of the Manufacturing USA initiative, the new Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute will leverage up to $70 million in federal funding, subject to appropriations, and will be matched by $70 million in private cost-share commitments from over 100 partners.

    The REMADE Institute will focus on driving down the cost of technologies needed to reuse, recycle and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronic waste and aims to achieve a 50 pct improvement in overall energy efficiency measures that could save billions in energy costs and improve U.S. economic competitiveness by 2027.

    U.S. manufacturing accounts for nearly 25 percent of the nation’s total annual energy use. The physical products that are created as a result of manufacturing embody most of that energy. The research and deployment of cost-effective technologies that could reduce the energy used in materials production could offer energy savings of up to 1.6 quadrillion BTU annually in the U.S.-- more than the electricity, oil and other energy consumed by New Hampshire, Hawaii, Delaware, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C. and Vermont combined. (Source: US DOE, Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance. 4 Jan., 2017)Contact: Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance,,

    Alberta Issues First $138Mn in Carbon Tax Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Alberta Climate Tax
    Date: 2017-01-11
    Following on our Monday, Jan. 9th coverage, the government of Albert is reporting that just over one million Alberta individuals and families received rebates on the province's new carbon tax last week. The 1.13 million payments totaling approximately $138 million (Cdn) were issued to low- and middle-income singles and families via cheque and direct deposit on Jan. 5.

    About 60 pct of Albertans will receive a full rebate but, due to the way the rebates will be paid, the 60 pct total will not be reached until the government has gone through a full year of payments. The rebates are paid in January, April, July and October. People who qualify for $400 or more will receive payments every quarter. People expecting between $200 to $399 will receive payments in January and July, and those getting $100 to $199 will receive their full annual rebate in January.

    The provinces $20 per tonne carbon tax, which went into effect Jan. 1, has been controversial since it was introduced in 2016.. (Source: Alberta Environment Minister,, Various Media, CBC News, 10 Jan., 2017)Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  

    Ash Grove Cement Durkee Plant Scores ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
    Ash Grove Cement,Energy Star
    Date: 2017-01-11
    Ash Grove Cement Durkee awarded ENERGY STAR Ash Grove Cement has announced that its Durkee, Oregon, cement plant has been awarded ENERGY STAR certification for 2016. Ash Grove Cement Durkee improved its energy performance by strategically managing energy use and making cost-effective improvements to the plant, including; installed variable frequency drives on several fans to cut energy use in each fan by up to 50 pct.; installed a high-level supervisory computer system that maximizes output per kWH; and adjusted mill parameters and raw materials in finish mills to maximize power efficiency in an over 4375 kw operation. Ash Grove's Seattle plant received ENERGY STAR certification in 2015. (Source: Ash Grove Cement, World Cement, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: Ash Grove Cement-Durkee, Terry Kerby, Mgr.,; EPA ENERGY STAR,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ash Grove Cement,  Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  

    DOE. USDA Biorefinery Optimization Funding Available (Funding)
    Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    Date: 2017-01-11
    The U.S.Energy Department (DOE) and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA)are reporting $22.7 million in funding to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries (IBR). The DOE is providing $19.8 million and USDA-NIFA is providing up to $2.9 million in funding.

    Federal support for first-of-a-kind IBRs could reportedly reduce the technical and financial risks associated with the operation of commercial scale biorefineries.

    The DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has identified, via stakeholder engagements through a request for information (RFI) and a biorefinery optimization workshop, areas in which DOE and USDA-NIFA can effectively support technology development and engineering solutions to economically and sustainably overcome technology barriers.

    This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will be coordinated and co-funded by BETO and USDA-NIFA. It seeks applications for projects focused on lowering technical and financial risk, addressing challenges encountered with the successful scale-up, and reliable, continuous operation of IBRs. Upon conclusion of the review process, meritorious proposals may be recommended for funding by either of the participating agencies. This FOA invites applications for: the following four topic areas:

  • robust, continuous handling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks, biosolids, and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and feeding systems to reactors under various operating conditions;
  • high value products from waste and/or other under-valued streams in an IBR.
  • industrial separations within an IBR;
  • analytical modeling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks, and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and reactor feeding systems. (Source: US DOE, Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture,; BETO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Technologies Office,  USDA,  Biorefining,  

  • Gevo Offers Luverne Plant Update (Ind. Report)
    GEVO Inc.
    Date: 2017-01-11
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered isobutanol specialist GEVO, Inc. has provided the following update on the operations of its production facility in Luverne, Minn. for Q4, 2016. Key highlights for the quarter included:
  • The plant produced approximately 190,000 gallons of isobutanol, the highest quarterly production level in GEVO's history, representing an annualized rate of over 750,000 gpy;
  • Demonstrated an isobutanol fermentation production capacity of approximately 1.5 million gpy based on the results measured across the last 6 weeks of production in the quarter;
  • Produced a record number of batches in a quarter since switching the Luverne Plant to the Side-by-Side mode of production, achieving GEVO's targeted back-to-back 5-day turnaround batch times over much of the quarter;
  • Surpassed production cost targets, demonstrating variable costs of production of less than the targeted $3.00-3.50 per gallon1; and
  • Ethanol production continued to operate well in the SBS configuration of the plant, with 2.8 million gallons of ethanol produced in the quarter.

    For the year 2016, the volume of isobutanol production was approximately 440,000 gallons, below the previously announced estimate of approximately 500,000 gallons. The Luverne plant is presently offline for maintenance and upgrades but expected to be back online next week, according to a GEVO release. (Source: Gevo, PR, 9 Jan., 2017)Contact: GEVO Inc., Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358,,

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