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U.S. Ethanol Exports Continue to Rise in November (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2017-01-11
The United States exported 121.9 million gallons (mg) of ethanol in November -- down 7 pct from October but still the third-largest monthly total in five years, according to government trade data released today and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. Brazil was the top market again in November, followed by Canada and China. Year-to-date exports stood at 947.4 mg, implying an annual total of 1.034 billion gallons for calendar year 2016.

Shipments to Brazil jumped to 50.9 mg in November, representing 42 pct of the monthly total. Exports to Brazil have been rising steadily since May, when the country recorded 6 mg of imports from the U.S. Canada scaled back imports from the prior month as 24.8 mg (20 pct of U.S. ethanol exports) in November. Meanwhile China increased its purchases of U.S. ethanol, pulling in 19.8 mg (16 pct). Other ethanol importeres included India (11.3 mg, or 9 pct), Peru (5.1 mg, or 4 pct), South Korea (3.9 mg, or 3 pct) and Mexico (2.8 mg, or 2 pct). (Source: Renewable Fuels Association , 7 Jan., 2017) Contact: Renewable Fuels Assoc., (202) 289-3835,

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

HECO Seeking Hawaiian Wind Project Developers (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Co
Date: 2017-01-11
Hawaiian Electric Co. is looking for wind energy farm developers to build these types of projects on Oahu, the state’s largest utility said this week. The Honolulu-based utility said it wants to see if there are independent developers capable of building utility-scale onshore wind projects that would be able to take advantage of the federal investment tax credit for wind power that expires in 2019. The federal investment tax credit for large wind is scheduled to decrease to 24 percent in 2017 and 18 percent in 2018 and expected to sunset at 12 percent in 2019.

Developers are being asked to respond to an "expression of interest" no later than Jan. 31. Information from these responses may help in the development and issuance of a more formal RFP within a competitive bidding process or the issuance of an alternative means of procurement.

Additional information is available HERE. (Source: HECO, Pacific Bus. News, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: HECO,_Shelee Kimura, VP Corporate Planning and Business Development,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Co.,  Wind,  

U.S. Net Energy Exporter by 2030s, suggests EIA (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-11
According to the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) just released energy outlook for 2017, renewables generated energy will surpass coal fired power in the U.S. by 2020.

With coal's continued decline, natural gas is becoming the dominant source of energy followed by renewable energy generation. The EIA also foresees the continued growth in US energy production far outstripping a sluggish growth in demand. This pattern will transform the country into a net exporter of energy by the 2030s. (Source: US EIA, ARS Technica, 6 Jan., 2017)Contact: US EIA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Coal,  US EIA,  

Nuclear Specialist Areva completes Adwen Sale (Int'l, M&A)
Date: 2017-01-11
Following the merger agreement between Gamesa and Siemens in June, French nuclear power firm Areva is reporting completion of its sale of offshore wind joint venture Adwen to partner Gamesa. The sale is in line with Areva's planned refocusing its business on "nuclear fuel cycle activities," according to Areva.

The Siemens-Gamesa company is expected to seek a third-party purchaser for Adwen once the merger is completed. (Source: AREVA, Wind Power, Various Media, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: Adwen,, Areva,AREVA, Arnaud Bellanger, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Areva,  Adwen,  Wind,  

Scottish Floating Deep-water Wind Prototype Contract Let (Int'l)
Global Energy Group, Hexicon AB
Date: 2017-01-11
Swedish-owned innovative wind power company Dounreay Trì reports it has awarded the construction contract for a novel floating wind farm approximately 9km off the northern coast of Scotland to Inverness-based Global Energy Group.

The Dounreay Trì floating wind demonstration project will comprise a single semi-submersible platform with two 5-MW wind turbines, plus an export cable to bring the power ashore and associated onshore electrical infrastructure. Assembly will be completed at Global Energy Group's Nigg Energy Park facility north of Inverness. A prototype wind farm is expected to be operational in the summer of 2018.

Dounreay Trì Ltd was created by Swedish design and engineering company Hexicon AB for the sole purpose of demonstrating Hexicon's semi-submersible foundation for offshore wind power. (Source: Dounreay Trì, 6 Jan., Energy & Environment, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: Dounreay Tri,; Global Energy Group, +44 (0) 1463 725460,,; Hexicon,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Energy Group,  Floating Wind,  Wind,  Hexicon AB,  

China Fighting Climate Change with $361Bn Clean Energy Investment (Int'l, Ind. Report)
China National Energy Administration
Date: 2017-01-11
In Beijing, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) reports that China is moving to cut coal consumption and will invest $361 billion in renewable energy production by 2020 in a bid to assert its leadership in the climate change fight.

China is the world's most populous country, biggest polluter and largest energy market. The NEA said installed renewable power capacity including wind, hydro, solar and nuclear power will contribute to about half of new electricity generation by 2020. (Source: China National Energy Administration,trlrsur, 6 Jan., 2017)Contact: China National Energy Administration,

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

Cespa Snares Abengoa's Cadiz Biodiesel Plant (Int'l, M&A)
Date: 2017-01-11
Bankrupt Spanish ethanol producer Abengoa is reporting the court approved sale of its 200,000 tpy San Roque biodiesel operation in Palmones de San Roque, Cadiz, to Spanish oil company Cespa for €8 million. Cespa will also pay for all raw feedstock and finished biodiesel on hand at fair market value at time of closing. (Source: Abengoa, El Economista, Various Media, 9 Jan., 2017)Contact: Abengoa,; Cespa,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Abengoa,  Biodiesel,  Cespa,  

Notable Quote
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-01-11
"The chances of Trump demanding a carbon tax to save the world from climate change is, to be polite, remote to non-existent." -- Roger McKnight, Chief Petroleum Analyst, En-Pro International Inc., 9 Jan. 2017

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

Neste Inks First MY Renewable Diesel Contract (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-01-11
In Helsinki, Neste reports it has sealed a deal with Lassila & Tikanoja (L&T) under which L&T will use its recently launched Neste MY Renewable Diesel in its waste transportation vehicles in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is produced entirely from waste and residues and has up to p0 pct lower greenhouse gas emissions during the life cycle of the fuel, compared to conventional fossil diesel. (Source: Neste Corporation, PR, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP of Renewable Products, Virpi Kroger, Marketing & Sales Development, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4379,,; Lassila & Tikanoja,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  NEXBTL,  Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  

NORESCO Wins $22Mn Veterans Affairs Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-11
Following on our August 31st coverage, Phoenix-headquartered energy infrastructure solutions provider NORESCO reports receipt of a contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide nearly $22 million in energy upgrades at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M., and at the El Paso VA Health Care System in El Paso, Texas.

Through the guaranteed energy savings performance contract, facility improvements will include energy management control system enhancements, air handler upgrades, new boilers, chilled water system improvements, and the installation of high-efficiency LED lighting technology, according to NORESCO.

Total cost savings over the course of the contract are estimated to be more than $33.8 million and the upgrades will eliminate the introduction of nearly 18.3 million pounds of emissions into the atmosphere. And cut energy costs by as much as 7- pct. (Source: NORESCO, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: Noresco, Michael Beccaria, Snr. VP, (480) 308-0331,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NORESCO,  Energy Efficiency,  

$1Bn Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project on Line (Ind. Report)
NRG Energy
Date: 2017-01-11
NRG Energy reports that the $1 billion Petra Nova carbon capture project near Houston, Texas, has come into service on time and on budget. The project, which is the world's largest project capturing carbon dioxide emissions from power generation, is a joint venture between NRG Energy, the US electricity group, and JX Nippon Oil & Gas of Japan. The project is capturing CO2 from the equivalent of 240 megawatts of power generation, and covering its costs by using the gas for enhance oil production.

The PetraNova project received $190 million in grant funding from the US Department of Energy -- a little under one-fifth of the project's costs -- but apart from that the project is entirely run on commercial terms, and can cover its costs at today's oil prices of about $50-$55 per barrel., according to NRG CEO Mauricio Gutierrez . By way of contrast, the other large carbon capture project now nearing completion in the US, Southern Company's Kemper plant in Mississippi, a regulated market, has gone way over budget and behind schedule. In 2010, its budgeted cost was agreed with the state's regulators at $2.8 billion. Now, with start-up scheduled for the end of this month, it is estimated at about $7 billion.

Petra Nova is fitted at a standard coal-fired unit, capturing the carbon dioxide from the flue gases using a process from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries that has been in use since 1999. NRG and JX have not revealed the cost of capture, but Jesse Jenkins of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology estimates that it works out at about $70 per tonne, unsubsidised. That is already lower than at the world's first large-scale carbon capture project at a power plant, at Boundary Dam in Canada. Completed in 2014, it cost more than Petra Nova, about $1.3 billion and captures less carbon dioxide at 1 million tpy. (Source: NRG, Financial Times, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: NRG Energy Inc., Mauricio Gutierrez, CEO, (713) 537-3000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRG Energy,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  Enhanced Oil Production,  

BayWa r.e. Montana Wind Projects Underway (Ind. Report)
BayWa r.e., Greycliff Wind Prime
Date: 2017-01-09
BayWa r.e. reports it has purchased the Greycliff Wind project near Big Timber, Montana. A week earlier, another BayWa r.e.-related wind farm, the Vivaldi Springtime Wind Project, signed a contract to begin delivering electricity to NorthWestern Energy in 2018. Combined, the projects will install 41 to 50 wind turbines north of the Yellowstone River with sufficient electric power for up to 40,000 homes.

The Vivaldi Springtime Wind Project with between 25 and 35 turbines is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 19,000 to 30,000 homes. Construction is slated for completion early next year. (Source: BayWa re, Billings Gazette, Others, Jan 5, 2017) Contact: BayWa r.e., Florian Zerhusen, CEO, (850) 450-6800 - San Diego office,,; Greycliff Wind, Ryno Stinchfield,

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e.,  Wind,  Greycliff Wind Prime,  

Innergex' 150-MW Quebec Wind Farm in Operation (Ind. Report)
Innergex Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-01-09
Canadian renewables developer and operator Innergex Renewable Energy Inc reports the 150-MW Mesgi'g Ugju's'n wind farm in Quebec has begun commercial operation. The Senvion turbine equipped plant is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 30,000 Quebec households a year. The project has a 20-year PPA with Hydro-Quebec. (Source: Innergex Renewable Energy, SeeNews, Others, Jan. 5, 2017)Contact: Innergex Renewable Energy, Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2550,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Innergex Renewable Energy,  

Vattenfall Planning Thanet UK Offshore Wind Expansion (Int'l)
Date: 2017-01-09
Swedish wind energy major Vattenfall reports it is proposing to extend its 300-megawatt Thanet offshore wind farm off the coast of Kent in southern England. it said, reviving a plan it scrapped in 2010 due to grid constraints. If approved, the extension work would get underway in 2018 and include an additional 34 wind turbines on the edges of the existing site, which has been in operation since 2010. (Source: Vattenfall, Reuters, Various Media, 5 Jan., 2017)Contact: Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, Vattenfall Wind , +46 8 739 5000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Thanet offshore wind,  Vattenfall,  Offshore Wind,  

Forest Biomass Economics Development Studied (Ind. Report)
University of Maine
Date: 2017-01-09
An Oregon State University analysis of the use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces economic hurdles that make it unlikely to be a job source in the near future. The study focused on biomass generated during timber-harvesting operations.

In a model of the forest industry, researchers in Oregon State's College of Forestry combined an evaluation of costs for collecting, transporting and processing biomass with the potential locations of regional processing facilities in western Oregon. Each location was chosen because it is adjacent to an existing or recently closed wood product operation, according to an Oregon State news release.

The researchers say the future feasibility of reducing costs by increasing the efficiency of biomass operations may depend on public investments and the creation of new markets. While the study considered the possibility of generating biomass from restoration or thinning operations on federal forest lands, it concluded the additional supply does little to change the economic feasibility of processing facilities.

The study, which was led by Mindy Crandall, a doctoral student at Oregon State University and assistant professor of forest landscape management and economics at the University of Maine, was published in Forest Policy and Economics. (Source: Oregon State University, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Oregon State University College of Forestry, Mindy Crandall, (541) 734-2004,

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

RES, Southern Power JV to Develop Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
Southern Power,Renewable Energy Systems Americas
Date: 2017-01-09
Southern Power, a subsidiary of Georgia-based Southern Company, and Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Inc. (RES) report they will partner to jointly develop and construct 10 different wind power projects that will generate approximately 3,000 MW of energy and enter commercial service between 2018 and 2020.

Under their agreement, Southern Power would purchase wind turbine equipment from Siemens and Vestas for use in the projects. The equipment will be used to secure current tax credits. RES will act as lead develop and balance-of-plant provider for projects that will use the equipment, allowing Southern Company to serve as co-developer for future projects.

Southern Power presently owns approximately 2,700 MW of renewable energy across 33 facilities that have either been announced, acquired or are under construction. (Source: Southern Power, Various Media, Daily Energy Insider, Jan., 2017) Contact: Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000,; RES Americas, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power,  Renewable Energy Systems Americas,  Wind,  

Nordex Contracts to Build Argentinian Wind Farms (Int'l)
Nordex,Central Puerto
Date: 2017-01-09
German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex reports it has secured two contracts for the construction of wind farms with a combined capacity of 148MW in Argentina.

The La Castellana project will utilize 32 AW 125/3000 turbines and the Archiras project incorporate 15 turbines of the same type. Both projects are being developed for Central Puerto, an Argentinian private power generation company. Construction is slated to get underway in Q4 of this year for completion in mid 2018. (Source: Nordex, PR, Jan. 4, 2017) Contact: Central Puerto,; Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 381 6663 3300,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  

USDA RD Funding Supports Farm Energy Efficiency (Funding)
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
Date: 2017-01-09
In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- Rural Development (USDA RD) reports it has awarded a $33,000 Rural Business Development Grant to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Farm Energy Program (MFEP). The program is managed by the non-profit Center for EcoTechnology (CET), which will use the grant to provide information, funding request assistance, and technical assistance to help farms improve their energy efficiency and reduce energy operating costs.

The USDA RD funding adds to funding sources the MFEP draws on to provide help to farms, including funding from public utilities, the USDA, MDAR, municipal utilities, the Mass. Clean Energy Center, and a variety of energy-efficiency and clean-energy rebates. (Source: USDA RD, Business West, 5 Jan., 2017) Contact: MDAR, John Lebeaux, Commissioner, (617) 626-1700,; USDA RD,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Funding,  Energy Efficiency,  

Ontario Cap-and-Trade Exemptions Questioned (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Ontario Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2017-01-09
The Rebel in Ontario blog is taking Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne's cap-and-trade program to task for exempting some of the province's biggest emitters, including Petro-Canada Lubricants, Imperial Oil, the Val Canada nickel refinery and both Brampton and Hanson Brick. These companies will not be required to pay the added fees for carbon emissions for the next four years.

"We know that carbon taxes are just a big cash grab for governments, doesn't this move conflict with the Liberals' stated goals of reducing emissions? At a time when many Ontarians are suffering with drastic increases in hydro bills, Premier Wynne has had to admit that the energy poverty hitting her province is an urgent issue but instead of providing citizens with relief, she's introduced a cap-and-trade plan that will increase the costs of essentials like gas and heat which will do nothing but line the government's pockets.

"The scam gives government a way to take more money out of the pockets of people that are already suffering yet get away with not putting a price on the big emitters who they like to demonize." (Source: The Rebel in Ontario, Holly Nichols, Jan., 2017) (Contact: Rebel in Ontario

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  

Alberta Carbon Tax Rebates Are in the Mail (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax,Alberta
Date: 2017-01-09
In oil-soaked Alberta, the provincial government of Premier Rachel Notley (NDP) has begun issuing carbon tax rebate cheques to low and middle-income families.

A single adult earning up to $47,500 per year will receive a rebate of $200, and a couple making a maximum combined $95,000 per year will get $300. Rebates will rise in 2018, in tandem with the carbon levy, to $300 for singles, $450 for couples. Well over half of all Alberta residents are expected to receive a rebate. The carbon tax is expected to cost an average family about $450 per year.

The rebate cash is intended to help offset the costs of the new carbon tax. With the carbon tax, the retail price of gasoline has jumped 4.5 cents per litre, diesel is up more than 5 cents per litre , and natural gas is by $1.011 per gigajoule. (Source: Gov. of Alberta, National Observer, Various Media, 6 Jan., 2017)Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773,

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

Denver Mandates Building Energy Benchmarking (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-09
Following on our Dec. 23rd report, the Denver City Council has now passed the city's Energize Denver Program ordinance aimed at cutting multi-resident and commercial building energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by requiring energy benchmarking. The new ordinance is a key component of Denver's efforts to achieve its 2020 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2020 and by 80 pct by 2050.

Beginning this year, commercial and multi-family buildings over 25,000 sq-ft in Denver will be required to track and report their EPA ENERGY STAR score. In 2018, buildings over 50,000 square feet will be required to report their score. The ENERGY STAR score measures and tracks their energy use, will be made available to the public on an annual basis. (Source: City of Denver, Institute for Market Transformation, Facility Exec., Jan. 2017) Contact: Denver City Council,; EPA ENERGY STAR,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benchmarking,  ENERGY STAR,  

Grocery Giant Touts Carbon Footprint Reduction Plan (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-09
Canadian retail grocery giant Loblaw Cos. Ltd. is reporting its commitment and strategy to slash its carbon footprint 20 pct by 2020 and 30 pct by 2030 using a 2011 baseline.

The company plan is focused on energy-efficient stores and distribution centres, fuel-efficient transportation, and managing refrigerants and organic waste diversion. The plan includes the installation of new refrigeration systems that use CO2 as a refrigerant and calibrating and optimizing energy management systems. (Source: Loblaw, Produce News, 5 Jan, 2017) Contact: Loblaw Company Ltd., (905) 459-2500,

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

Golden State Legislation Would End Coal-Fired Electricity by 2026 (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-01-09
In Sacramento, California State legislator Marc Levine (D) is introducing Assembly Bill 79, a clean-energy proposal that, if passed, would require California electric power providers to stop procuring coal-fired energy incrementally, and completely stop the use of coal by 2026.

Under the proposal, a maximum of 6 pct of electricity used in the Golden State could be coal-generated by 2018, dropping to to 3 pct by 2024 before a 2026 phaseout. According to a recent California Energy Commission report, the state's reliance on coal-fired electricity has steadily declined since 1996, and that it uses less than most other states. Levine's bill is expected to be heard after Feb. 4, 2017. (Source: Courthouse News, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: California State legislator Marc Levine,; California Energy Commission, (916) 654-4287

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  Coal-Fired Electricity,  California Energy Commission,  

Beijing Removing 300,000 High-Emission Vehicles in 2017 (Int'l)
Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Burea
Date: 2017-01-09
In China, the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau is reporting that the city will remove 300,000 high-emission vehicles from the city's streets by the year end. The city has removed 340,000 aging high-emission vehicles from roads since the beginning of 2016. The city also plans to slash coal consumption by 30 pct and modernize 2,600 enterprises to meet emission standards.

According to the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, from December 16 to 21 Beijing and 23 other Chinese cities have announced red smog alerts in response to extreme smog and carbon emissions.

Editor's Note: With a population of 21.7 million, Beijing's planned removal of 300,000 vehicles seems a half-hearted less than adequate solution to the city's emissions problem. (Source: Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, China Daily, Various Media, 7 Jan., 2017) Contact: Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau,

Iowa Biodiesel Production Hits New High in 2016 (Ind. Report)
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2017-01-09
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc. is reporting that the Hawkeye State's biodiesel production in 2016 rose to a recording-breaking 297 million gallons -- a 23 pct increease over 2015 production of 242 gallons. The increase is being attributed to federal "policy certainty", the and increase is largely attributed to policy certainty at the federal level, the Renewable Fuel Standard,the biodiesel tax incentive and biofuel blend regulations at the state level.

Compared to 2015, soybean oil remained the largest feedstock for Iowa biodiesel production, followed by animal fats, corn oil, used cooking oil and canola oil in that order.(Source: Newton Daily News, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association ,  

GCC Algae Biofuel Prospects Market Opportunity, Key Trends 2014-2020 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Future Market Insights
Date: 2017-01-09
According to Future Marketinsights' GCC Algae Biofuel Prospects Market Opportunity, Key Trends 2014-2020 report, half of algae's composition by weight is a lipid oil which been targeted to convert into biodiesel and other alternative fuels including biobutanol, bio-gasoline, methane, ethanol, hydrogen derived renewable fuel and jet fuel.

The report finds that algae costs more per unit than other biofuel crops but is claimed to yield 10 to 100 times more fuel per unit area. In 2014, the prices of oil were between US $ 56 to US $ 120 per barrel. The cost of producing micro algal biomass in 2014 was $2.95/kg through photo bioreactors. If the annual biomass production capacity is increased to 1000 tons then the cost will reduce to $1.5/kg for a litre of crude oil.

The extraction of biofuels from algae is largely dependent on organic solvents such as benzene. The companies that are working on innovating algal biofuel technology are Algenol Biofuels Inc., Blue Marble Productions, Solazyme Inc., Sapphire Energy Inc., Diversified Technologies Inc., Origin Oils Inc., Proviron Industries nv, Oilgae and Genifuel Corporation.

Request Free Report Sample HERE. (Source: Future Market Insights, PR, Jan., 2017) Contact: Future Marketinsights, + 44 (0) 20 7692 8790, (347) 918-3531 ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Biofuel,  Algal,  Biodiesel,  Etanol,  Alternative Fuel,  

New Haven Scores $864,242 Energy-Efficient Rebate (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls,United Illuminating
Date: 2017-01-09
The town of New Haven, Conn., reports receipt of a $864,242 rebate from United Illuminating for energy-efficient upgrades as part of an 18-year performance contract with Johnson Controls for the installation of $6 million of energy efficient upgrades including new boilers, new heating systems, energy-efficient lighting, energy-efficient temperature controls, and other measures in New Haven schools and other buildings.

New Haven has previously been recognized by Energize Connecticut in the past for its efforts in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy. (Source: Shore Publishing, Zip06, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: Energize Connecticut, (203) 797-0460,; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency,; United Illuminating,

More Low-Carbon Energy News United Illuminating,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  Johnson Control,  

Helia Smart Healthy LED Lighting Launched (New Prod & Tech)
Soraa Inc.
Date: 2017-01-09
Fremont, California-based Soraa Inc USA, a developer of solid-state lighting technology fabricated on 'GaN on GaN' (gallium nitride on gallium nitride) substrates, is reporting the launch of its energy efficient "healthy" Helia LED light.

Helia combines full-spectrum LED lighting with a secure, expandable network of smart home sensors. The result is claimed to be an intuitive, energy-efficient lighting system that brings the benefits of dynamic, natural sunlight indoors. Helia also offers a Cloud Connect accessory which can be plugged into an outlet near a home Wi-Fi router. (Source: Soraa Inc., PR, Jan. 2017) Contact: Soraa Inc., (510) 456-2200,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  

Malaysian Utility Taking $106Mn Stake in Vortex Solar (Int'l)
Tenaga Nasional,Vortex Solar Investments
Date: 2017-01-09
Malaysian utility company Tenaga Nasional reports it will invest $105 million for a 50 pct equity stake in Vortex Solar Investments S.a.r.l.. According to Tenaga, the acquisition will give it an interest in solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and developers with a combined net installed capacity of about 365MW in the UK.

Tenaga's unit TNB International Sdn Bhd has entered into a subscription and funding agreement with Beaufort Investments S.a.r.l. (Beaufort), a unit of EFG Hermes Holding to subscribe to new equity shares in Vortex Solar. Beaufort formed Vortex Solar to finance in part the acquisition by Vortex Solar UK Ltd (Vortex Solar UK), an indirect unit of Vortex Solar, of all the shares of TerraForm UK 2 Intermediate Holdings Ltd and TerraForm UK 3 Intermediate Holdings Ltd (target companies) and redeem a loan note extended to the target companies. (Source: Tenaga Nasional, South China Morning Post, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: Tenaga Nasional,; Vortex Solar Investments, EFG Hermes,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vortex Solar Investments,  Solar ,  

Siemens Integrates Energy Mgmt, Efficiency Data (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-09
Siemens reports it has integrated its range of energy management products and services into its new brand for data-driven services -- Sinalytics.

Siemens' Navigator powered by Sinalytics is a cloud-based platform for managing building energy consumption with the help of smart data. The platform gathers electricity consumption, heating, air conditioning, water, and other data from associated valves and sensors. This date is combined with information on the prices of electricity, water, gas, and oil, as well as weather data so that savings can be monitored. The data can be applied to energy management, energy use monitoring, energy efficiency and energy flow analyses for the optimization of building operations for the maximum efficiency. (Source: Siemens, Jan., 2017) Contact: Siemens, +49 69 797 66 60,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Energy Efficiency,  

Vortex Acquiring TerraForm's 365 MW UK Solar Portfolio (M&A)
TerraForm Power,SunEdison
Date: 2017-01-09
The British solar PV portfolio owned by former SunEdison yieldco vehicle TerraForm Power is reportedly being sold for about £470 million ($581 million) to Vortex, a Europe-based renewable energy investment platform managed by Egyptian investment bank EFG Hermes.

The 365 MW solar portfolio is comprised of 24 individual ground-mounted solar farms built built by SunEdison in 2014 and 2015 by SunEdison. Each of the portfolio's solar plants are eligible for the government-backed Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) and 14-year PPAs. (Source: Vortex, Various Media, PV Mag., 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: TerraForm Power, (240) 762-7700,,; Vortex Solar Investments, EFG Hermes,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunEdison,  TerraForm Power,  Solar,  

PGE Confirms Boardman Woody Biomass Test Burns (Ind. Report)
Portland General Electric
Date: 2017-01-09
In Oregon, Portland General Electric reports its plans to conduct a full-scale biomass test burn at its 550-MW Boardman Power Station are moving forward despite reports that the test burns have been delayed. The utility began test burning in December and the initial findings have prompted additional testing in Q1 of 2017. (Source: PGE Boardman, Various Media, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Portland General Electric, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Portland General Electric,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

Miscanthus Yield 2.4 Times Higher than Switchgrass for Biofuel Production, says Research Report (Ind. Report)
University of Illinois
Date: 2017-01-09
Scientists at the University of Illinois Energy Biosciences Institute at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology reports they have found that as a bioenergy crop Miscanthus yields more than twice as much as switchgrass. In making their determination, the researchers used BETYdb, an open-source bioenergy crop database which they say is gaining traction in plant science, climate change, and ecology research.

The research team used BETYdb to definitively establish that Miscanthus is 2.4 times more productive than Switchgrass in the U.S. under a wide range of environmental and management conditions (e.g. fertilization rates, stand ages, planting densities), as reported in Global Change Biology Bioenergy. (Source: University of Illinois, Eurasia Review, Jan., 8, 2017) Contact: University of Illinois, Prof. Stephen Long,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Miscanthus,  Switchgrass,  Biofuel Feedstock,  

DOE BETO Selects WE&RF Led Consortium for Wastewater Bioenergy Project (Ind. Report)
DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office
Date: 2017-01-09
The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) reports it has selected a consortium led by the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) for a pilot project that will use hydrothermal processing technology to produce biocrude oil, biodiesel, renewable natural gas and others from wastewater solids. The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, near Oakland, California, will host the pilot system.

The consortium includes WE&RF representing many of the 16,000 wastewater systems in the USA, Genifuel Corporation with technology from DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Merrick & Company, Southern California Gas Company, Tesoro Corporation, Metro Vancouver, MicroBio Engineering, Brown and Caldwell, and over a dozen utility partners. (Source: US DOE, WERF, Various Media, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: WERF, (571) 384-2100,,; US DOE BETO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office,  Biosolids,  Biofuel,  

San Diego installing 14,000 energy-efficient lights

Date: 2017-01-08
San Diego plans to replace 14,000 outdoor city lights early this year to make them more energy-efficient and capable of dimming and brightening when appropriate. The new lights will help San Diego meet some of the goals in its ambitious climate action plan, which requires sharp reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. San Diego will pay Current, a “clean” technology corporation based in Boston a subsidiary of General Electric $30.3 million for the new lights over the next 13 years. The city is projecting $2.4 million in annual energy cost savings, an 11,600 MWh cut in energy consumption and a proportionate cut in streetlight maintenance . . And the acquisition of the lights, which come with 10-year warranties, will make the city eligible for rebates from San Diego Gas & Electric. They represent nearly a quarter of the city’s 60,100 outdoor lights. (Source: City of San Diego, Union Tribune, Jan., 2017)

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Utility Closes Power Purchase Deal On Montana Wind Farm
NorthWestern Energy
Date: 2017-01-07
NorthWestern Energy recently entered into an agreement with WKN Montana II to purchase the power from the 80 MW Vivaldi Springtime Wind Project in Montana. After extensive negotiations between the developer and NorthWestern Energy, the price to be paid for the power will be $37.63/MWh. The wind farm is expected to begin construction in the second quarter of 2017 and to be completed by first quarter of 2018. The project will be situated in Stillwater County, located approximately 11 miles north of Reed Point. It will include 26 to 35 turbines (depending on the manufacturer). “This project is a great balance between the need for local economic development and the need for affordable electricity in our local communities,” says Maureen Davey, commissioner of Stillwater County. (Source: NorthWestern Energy, Various Media, 3 Jan, 2017) Contact: NorthWestern Energy

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InnoEnergy Invests in NexWafe Solar Production Tech. (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-06
Netherlands-based sustainable energy innovation company InnoEnergy reports it has invested €2 million in "EpiWafer" solar wafer technology by NexWafe Gmbh. EpiWafer enables manufacturers to go straight from raw material to wafer form by eliminating several costly development stages and thus trim as much 50 pct from PV wafer manufacturing costs, according to the companies.

The two companies have teamed In a joint pilot project known as Epicomm to commercialize the technology. NexWafe GmbH will develop solar cells and modules from its wafers, with designs to scale-up significantly. The project is backed by Fraunhoefer ISE, ISC Konstanz and Ecosolifer and Fill Factory. (Source: NexWafe, InnoEnergy, PV Tech, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: InnoEnergy Iberia, Mikel Lasa, CEO,; NexWafe GmbH, Stefan Reber, CEO, +49 7611 766 118600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News InnoEnergy,  NexWafe,  Solar Cell,  Solar Wafers,  Solar,  

Boviet Unveils High Efficiency Solar Modules (New Prod & Tech)
Boviet Solar USA
Date: 2017-01-06
San Jose, California-headquartered Boviet Solar USA, the North American subsidiary of Boviet Solar Technology, reports the release of its new 60-cell poly and mono modules, 72-cell poly and mono modules, Boviet's new PERC (Passive Emitter Rear Contact) modules, and a new rooftop solar module with built-in rail-less systems.

The 72-cell polycrystalline PERC module has a power output from 330W to 335W, along with a 72-cell monocrystalline PERC module with a power output from 340W to 345W. Due to the PERC technology, a solar module can generate up to 10 pct more power in a smaller PV footprint. Boviet polycrystalline modules deliver 97.5 pct of rated power capacity in year one and are guaranteed to deliver 80.7 pct power after 25 years. (Source: Boviet Solar USA , PR, PV Tech, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: Boviet Solar USA, Eric Ma, Pres, GM, (877) 253-2858,

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Gintech Energy, China Steel Seal Rooftop Solar Deal (Int'l)
Gintech Energy,China Steel
Date: 2017-01-06
Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell and module manufacturer Gintech Energy Corp. reports it has sealed a deal with China Steel (CSC), the largest steel maker in Taiwan, to supply high-efficiency PV modules for rooftop PV system installations with a total capacity of 30MWp.

In August, 2016, CSC and its subsidiaries established a $134 million joint venture to install 80MWp of rooftop solar of CSC's and its subsidiaries' factory and dormitory buildings. The 80MWp PV systems will be completed in three years and 30MWp comprises the first phase.

Gintech will supply 290W and 295W PV modules made of PERC monocrystalline silicon solar cells in April-September 2017. The high-efficiency PV modules will earn a 6% markup in feed-in tariff incentives. (Source: Gintech Energy Corp., Taipei Times, Others, Jan., 2016) Contact: Gintech Energy Corp., +866 37 586 198,; China Steel,

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

LG Chem Investing in Biotech-Biochemical Sector (Int'l, R&D)
LG Chem
Date: 2017-01-06
In Seoul, Soth Korean chemicals giant LG Chem Ltd. is confirming plans to focus on the energy and bio sectors in 2017. Last September, the company announced it would merge with its biotech unit, LG Life Sciences Ltd., and indicated it would invest between 300 billion won and 500 billion won (1 won = $0.000838306) annually on biotech-biochemical sector research and development.(Source: LG Chem Ltd., Yonhap, 2 Jan., 2017) Contact: LG Chem, Terry Lee, Public Relations, +82 (2) 3773-6951,

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Nicaragua Plans $600-$700Mn in Renewables Investments (Int'l)
Nicaraguan Chamber of Energy
Date: 2017-01-06
In Managua, the Nicaraguan Chamber of Energy reports it will invest between $600 million and $700 million in at least 10 projects, the majority of which will be focused on renewable energy sources such as hydro-electrics, solar and bioenergy.

According to the organization, the country's energy sector enjoys economic stability and is working on exporting energy, although an additional 40 MW of energy is still needed to supply the domestic market. (Source: Nicaraguan Chamber of Energy, Prensa Latina, Jan 5, 2017) Contact: Nicaraguan Chamber of Energy contact information unavailable

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High Plains Upgrades Biogas Facility to Renewable Natural Gas (Ind. Report)
High Plains Bioenergy , Bioferm Energy Systems/
Date: 2017-01-06
Seaboard Foods subsidiary High Plains Bioenergy in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, reports plans to upgrade its anaerobic digestion-derived biogas at its Guymon, Oklahoma, facility to renewable natural gas using a Carbotech pressure swing adsorption system from Madison, Wisconsin-based Bioferm Energy Systems/Viessmann Group. The Guymon facility currently fuels boilers with the biogas created from the anaerobic digestion of food processing waste.

The Bioferm installation in Guymon will be an integrated gas upgrading system that includes biogas filtration, biogas compression, upgrading to natural gas pipeline quality requirements and treatment of off gas. The installation will include a comprehensive control system and a performance guarantee. (Source: High Plains Bioenergy, Bioenergy Insights, Others, 5 Jan., 2016) Contact: High Plains Bioenergy, Gene Binder, Business Development, (913) 261-2620,,; Bioferm Energy Systems, (608) 467-5523,

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Net Zero Energy Buildings -- Navigant Report Available (Ind. Report)
Navigant Research
Date: 2017-01-06
Net Zero Energy Buildings, a new report from Boulder, Colorado-based Navigant Research analyzes the global market for net zero energy buildings (ZEBs) in the residential and commercial sectors. The report examines major market changes, as well as drivers and barriers, key technology and design trends, and related regulations and outreach programs.

As local and global energy issues continue to intensify, a greater emphasis is being placed on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building energy use. Changes in technology, regulation, and education have allowed ZEBs to penetrate different markets across various building types outside of the single-family residences and one-story office buildings that were first able to achieve zero net energy (ZNE). According to the report, the technology to achieve ZNE is available for almost any building type, yet cost and education remain a challenge.

Net Zero Energy Buildings report details are HERE (Source: Navigant, PR, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456,,,

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NREL Developing Zero-Energy District in Denver (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-06
The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, and local corporations and governments have tapped into NREL's technical resources on renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to develop the Denver National Western Stockshow complex into a zero energy district.

When completed, the 250-acre site will include nine or more buildings and will operate year-round as an education center focused on agriculture. NREL and Colorado State University are contributing expertise to the planned project with a goal of achieving net zero energy.

Net zero energy districts achieve net zero energy by sharing data, resources and infrastructure and by taking advantage of efficiency, capturing energy that otherwise might be wasted and by relying on renewable.

Four other upcoming net zero energy districts are slated to be launched: Advanced Energy Communities in Huntington Beach, California; Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant Redevelopment Project in St. Paul, Minnesota; Fresno Energy Performance District in Fresno, California; and Western New York Manufacturing ZNE District in Buffalo, New York. (Source: NREL, GreenBiz, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: NREL, Chuck Kutscher, Director for Buildings and Thermal Systems, (303) 492-0284,

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DNREC Building Upgraded to USGBC LEED Standard (Ind. Report)
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Date: 2017-01-06
In Dover, Delaware, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) reports the completion of US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED standard energy efficiency upgrades to the Richardson & Robbins Building at its downtown Dover campus.

The energy efficiency and sustainability upgrades have resulted in a 40 pct reduction in energy use; 24 pct reduction in water use; sustainable purchasing and waste management practices; green no-irrigation landscaping with native species and restored habitat; integrated pest management and green cleaning practices; lower-impact employee commuting supported by preferred parking for carpool and "green: vehicles; and an improved work environment through indoor air quality monitoring and reduced exposure to hazardous chemicals. Ameresco was the project contractor. (Source: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control,, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, David Small, Sec., Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, (302) 739-9902,; Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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Allete, MDU Partner on Thunder Spirit Wind Expansion (Ind. Report)
Allete,Montana-Dakota Utilities
Date: 2017-01-06
Allete reports it is teaming with MDU Resources' Montana-Dakota Utilities unit to expand the North Dakota Thunder Spirit wind farm's capacity to its permitted 150 MW. Allete has also secured a 25-year PPA with MDU to purchase energy from the expanded Thunder Spirit facility. (Source: Allete, SeekingAlpha, Others, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Montana-Dakota Utilities,; ALLETE, Alan Hodnik, Pres., CEO, Dave McMillan, Exec. VP, (218) 722-2625,

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Eolus, ZCF Wind Wall Announce Wind Partnership (Ind. Report)
Eolus North America,ZCF Wind Wall
Date: 2017-01-06
The North American arm of Swedish developer Eolus Vind reports it will acquire a 60 pct interest in the development and construction of a wind farm near Tehachapi, California, from from ZCF Wind Wall. Eolus North America added that it has also placed an order with Vestas for turbine components totaling 40MW.

The two firms plan to develop other wind energy projects in the western US, in addition to the Tehachapi project. (Source: Eolus North America, Various Media, 3 Jan., 2016)

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Engie Adds 267MW of Wind Energy to French JV (Int'l Report)
Engie,Maia Eolis
Date: 2017-01-06
French global energy solutions and services provider Engie is reporting that the 267-MW wind farm portfolio it acquired from Lille, France-headquartered Maia Eolis in 2016 has been rolled into its FEIH joint venture with Credit Agricole Assurances. With the addition, the joint venture now operates installed onshore wind power capacity of 810 MW in France. (Source: Engie, RENews, Others, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Maia Eolis, +33 3 20 214214,; Engie,

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Innogy Completes Belectric Solar & Battery Acquisition (M&E)
Innogy SE, Belectric
Date: 2017-01-06
Following on our Sept. 2nd, 2016 coverage, German power utility RWE subsidiary Innogy SE is reporting completion of its purchase of Belectric Solar & Battery. The deal was originally announced last August.

Belectric and Innogy will combine to design, develop and operate utility-scale solar including energy storage in the form of its Energy Buffer Unit (EBU) -- a high-capacity lead-acid battery system that is used in the primary frequency response market. (Source: Innogy, Energy Storage, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: ; RWE Innogy, Peter Terium, CEO, Dr. Hans Bunting, Managing Director, +49 (0) 201 122 2088,; Belectric, +49 9385 / 98-4-0,

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Homeland Energy Expanding Corn Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Homeland Energy Solutions
Date: 2017-01-06
Homeland Energy Solutions Ltd report it plans to increase capacity by approximately 35 million gpy of corn ethanol and add additional grain storage capacity at its plant in Lawler, Iowa. Its current capacity is about 140 mln gallons a year. (Source: Homeland Energy Solutions, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: Homeland Energy Solutions, James Broghammer, CEO, (563) 238-5555,

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