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ESG Awarded DOE IDIQ for Fed. Energy Savings Contracts (Ind. Report)
Energy Systems Group
Date: 2017-06-07
Newburgh, Indiana-headquartered energy services provider Energy Systems Group (ESG) reports it has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for federal Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) by the U.S. DOE. ESG is one of 21 companies awarded the $55 billion IDIQ contract to develop new energy and water savings projects for federal facilities.

The new IDIQ contract, which has a base period of five years and one 18-month extension period, has a ceiling amount of $55 billion will be shared by all contract holders.

ESG is a longstanding DOE ESPC IDIQ contractor, developing numerous projects including the first ever CHP facility for NASA and a $70.3 million ESPC, project at Naval Base Coronado's Naval Air Station North Island. (Source: Energy Systems Group, PR, 5 June, 2017) Contact: Energy Systems Group, Steve Spanbauer, Snr. VP, Meram El Ramahi, Director of Marketing(812)492-3734,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Systems Group,  Energy Efficiency,  

DOE Seeks Biomass R&D Advisory Committee Nominees (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-07
The US is seeking nominees to to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Technical Advisory Committee. The committee meets quarterly to advise DOE and USDA Biomass R&D Initiative on priority technical biomass R&D needs and to make written recommendations to the Biomass R&D Board.

The next Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee meeting, which is open to the public, will take place June 15-16, 2017, in Washington, D.C. and will focus on developing advice and guidance that promotes R&D leading to the production of bio-based fuels and products.

Stakeholders interested in attending the meeting and/or presenting oral comments should contact Dr. Mark Elless Mark.Elless@EE.Doe.Gov and Roy Tiley Additional information is available HERE. (Source: DOE EERE, 5 June, 2017) Contact: DOE EERE,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  DOE EERE,  

$9Mn Inter-Agency Biomass R&D Funding Available (R&D, Funding)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Date: 2017-06-07
In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), report the availability of up to $9 million in funding through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) to support development of sustainable sources of renewable biomass, increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products.

Applicants will be permitted to address any or all of the following three legislatively mandated technical areas: feedstocks development; biofuels and biobased products development; biofuels development analysis.

In support of these goals, NIFA and DOE are soliciting applications from all interested parties, including for-profit entities, universities, nonprofits, and national laboratories. For FY 2017, DOE anticipates funding 1 to 6 awards, and NIFA anticipates funding 3 to 14 awards ranging from $500,000 to $2 million per award.

Details are available at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Exchange under reference number DE-FOA-0001637. Concept papers are due by July 7th, 2017 and full applications are due by September 22nd, 2017. (Source: US DOE, 5 June, 2017) Contact: US DOE, (202) 586-5000,; BRDI,; National Institute of Food and Agriculture,

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Institute of Food and Agriculture,  Biomass,  USDA,  ,  

Bioenergy S.A Announces First Commercial Ethanol Deal (Int'l)
Bioenergy S.A.,Terpel
Date: 2017-06-07
In Colombian, Bioenergy S.A. reports it will begin selling ethanol to Bogota-based oil and gas wholesale distributor Terpel in a move that marks the beginning of the commercialization phase of its business. The initial order is for 110,000 liters.

Bioenergy S.A., which operates from its 504,000 lpd plant in Puerto Lopez in the department of Meta, has produced a total of 800,000 liters to date and is seeking agreements with other wholesalers, according to the company. (Source: Bioenergy S.A, Finance Columbia, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Bioenergy S.A., Rafael Pittaluga, GM, +578 6612432,; Terpel,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  

Invenergy Touts Clean Energy Venture-Cap Fund (Ind. Report)
Invenergy, Invenergy Future Fund
Date: 2017-06-07
In the Windy City, Invenergy, the country's largest independent wind power producer, is reporting the launch of the Invenergy Future Fund, a venture-capital fund that will invest in digital startups focused on clean power reliability. The aim is to fill a financing void that has historically plagued early-stage clean-energy firms. (Source: Invenergy, Invenergy Future Fund, Crains, 31 May, 2017) Contact: Invenergy Future Fund, Amy Francetic, CEO,; Invenergy, (312) 224-1400,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy ,  

GE, Mainstream Launch Vietnamese Wind Partnership (Int'l)
Mainstream Renewable Power, GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-06-07
Further to our November 9, 2016 coverage, Mainstream Renewable Power, GE Renewable Energy and Vietnamese partner Phu Cuong Group are reporting a joint venture to develop a $2 billion, 800MW wind energy project in southern Vietnam. Upon completion, the Phu Cuong project will Vietnam's largest wind site.

The first 150-200MW phase is expected to reach financial close in 2018. GE will supply turbines to both phases of the project. (Source: Mainstream Renewable Power, GE Renewable Energy, Windpower Monthly, Other Media, 1 June, 2017) Contact: Mainstream Renewable Power, Andy Kinsella, CEO, +353 (0) 1 290 2000,; GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, President and CEO, Onshore Wind,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Mainstream Renewable Power,  GE Renewable Energy,  

402MW Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm Completed (Int'l Report)
Highland Group, Siemens Financial Services
Date: 2017-06-07
Construction has been completed on the 402-MW Veja Mate offshore wind farm situated 95km from Borkum island in the German North Sea with all 67 of the project’s SWT-6.0-154 turbines installed and generating electric power. The project will generate approximately 1,6TWh of electricity per annum

The €1.9 billion project is owned by the Highland Group, Siemens Financial Services and a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. (Source: Veja Mate Offshore, ERB, 1 June, 2017) Contact: Veja Mate Wind Farm, Henrik Scheinemann, CEO, +49 40 2576 7490,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Highland Group,  Siemens Financial Services,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  

Siemens Release Comments on Trump's Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2017-06-07
"Siemens has committed to cut our global carbon footprint in half by 2020 and to make our global operations carbon neutral by 2030. This commitment is not contingent on international treaties or regulations.

"Siemens supports the Paris Climate Accord signed by 194 countries as it is an important element in enabling and encouraging governments, other businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to tackle climate change. Siemens is disappointed by President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.

"Along with other major corporations from around the globe, Siemens understands that taking action to address the causes of climate change is not only prudent, but also makes economic sense. Siemens' $110 million investment targeting our facilities will pay for itself in just five years and generate at least $20 million in annual savings thereafter.

"The company recognizes that an increased push for energy efficiency, renewable energy technology and electric mobility, along with the growing digitalization movement and carbon pricing, will speed up a carbon-free future, supporting the growth of a global middle class as well as prosperity for developing countries and increased resilience of economies." -- Siemens, Public Release, June 6, 2016

Siemens is a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. In infrastructure and industry solutions the company plays a pioneering role. Contact: Siemens,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Trump,  

Coal Comments on Trump's Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Coal Council
Date: 2017-06-07
The American Coal Council (ACC) has released the following a comment on President Trump's recent announcement to pull out of the Paris Agreement: "The President (Trump) made clear that the American people, the economy and jobs -- including coal jobs -- are his top priorities. The Paris accord would put America at a competitive disadvantage and our nation's abundant energy resources under lock and key. He reiterated continuing plans to reduce job-killing regulations and bring jobs, plants and factories back.

"America is an environmental leader and the administration's decision does not diminish that. Technology and innovation have resulted in tremendous air quality improvements, including from our nation's coal-fired power plants. More than 90 pct of the existing coal fleet is equipped with advanced emissions controls. For new coal plants, the use of HELE technologies -- high efficiency, low emissions -- reduces both conventional and CO2 emissions. Emissions reductions globally will be furthered by the continued development and deployment of these clean energy technologies."

According to the ACC website, the ACC represents the collective interests of the American coal industry -- from the hole-in-the-ground to the plug-in-the-wall -- in advocating for coal as an economic, abundant and environmentally sound fuel source. ACC serves as an essential resource for industry, policy makers and public interest groups. The Association supports activities and objectives that advance coal supply, consumption, transportation and trading. (Source: American Coal Council, PR, World Coal, 5 June, 2017) Contact: American Coal Council, (202) 756-4540,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Trump,  

Dutch Wind+Energy Storage Facility Now Online (Int'l. Report)
Scholt Energy Services
Date: 2017-06-07
In the Netherlands, Almere-based Alfen B.V. reports its 1 MWh wind power and battery storage solution at the 9 MW, three-turbine Giessenwind wind farm in the town of Giessenburg is now online and being operated by Scholt Energy Services.

Scholt supplies power to businesses in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany and plans to initially use the Giessenwind facility storage system for energy trading while looking at other additional locations and applications. The company is also working on projects to connect its energy storage system directly to renewable energy sources. (Source: ALfen B.V., Sulzer Management, Power Engineering, 1 June, 2017) Contact: Alfen B.V., Andreas Plenk, Global Energy Storage System Sales, +31 36 549 3400,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scholt Energy Services,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  

Tata Power Solar Doubles Revenue (Int'l Report)
Tata Power Solar
Date: 2017-06-05
Further to our March 13th coverage, Mumbai-based Tata Power subsidiary Tata Power Solar, formerly known as Tata BP Solar, reports its revenues have more than doubled in the last two years. Earlier this year, Tata Power Solar doubled its cell and module manufacturing capacity from 200 MW to 400 MW,at its facility in Bengaluru. Additionally, Tata Power Solar has to date completed more than 330 MW of ground-mount utility scale and 140 MW of rooftop and distributed generation projects Indiawide.

Tata Power previously announced that its renewable business had surpassed 2,000-MW operating capacity with another 500 MW being under construction. The company added 1,350 MW of renewable capacity during the year.

Tata Power Solar manufactures solar cells and modules and provides engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to solar projects’ owners and developers. (Source: Tata Power, Hindu Business Line, 29 May. 2017) Contact: Tata Power Solar,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tata Power Solar,  Tata,  Solar,  

Hybrid Flywheel Battery Energy Storage Project Slated for Univ. of Sheffield, UK (Int'l Report)
University of Sheffield, Schwungrad Energie, Adaptive Balancing Power
Date: 2017-06-05
The University of Sheffield is reporting that the UK's first, and Europe's largest, battery flywheel hybrid system will be connected to the Irish and UK grids to help respond to energy demand. The €4 million project is aimed at stabilizing pressure on the existing grid infrastructure in Europe. €2.9 million of the funding is coming from the EU's Horizon2020 scheme.

In the first stage of the project, the flywheel facility will be installed and piloted by Schwungrad Energie Limited at the University of Sheffield's 2MW battery facility at Willenhall near Wolverhampton. The flywheel system will be capable of a peak power of 500kW and able to store 10kWh of energy.

The University of Sheffield is an expert hub for energy storage research in the UK and home to the leading Centre for Research into Electrical Energy Storage & Applications (CREESA). (Source: University of Sheffield, 2 June, 2017) Contact: University of Sheffield, Dr Dan Gladwin, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,; Energy 2050,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Flywheel,  Energy Storage,  

Forward Labs Touts Fast, Economical Solar Roofs (Ind. Report)
Forward Labs,Tesla Solar
Date: 2017-06-05
Palo Alto, California-based startup Forward Labs reports that its solar roof technology is 33 pct less expensive and more quickly installed than Tesla's individual shingle design solar roof. The roof's non-solar portions cost only $8.50 per square foot and the solar roof will cost about $3.25 per watt -- 33 pct less than Tesla's offering on average.

Forward Labs's solar roof is a standing-seam metal roof topped by a large piece of tempered glass beneath which sits an "optimal chromatic cloaking" layer.

The company is targeting homeowners looking to replace their roof or looking to design and build a new home, as well as new-construction professionals. The system goes beyond design. An average installation takes two to three days, according to the company. Multiple beta installations are already in operation, and Forward Labs is taking preorders for its first production roofs in 2018. (Source: Forward Labs, Tech Times, May, 2017) Contact: Forward Labs, Zack Taylor, CEO, (800) 408-3698,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar,  Forward Labs,  Solar,  Tesla Solar,  

Notable Quotes and Responses to Trump's Paris Climate Withdrawal

Date: 2017-06-05
"Today's decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.'s leadership position in the world. -- Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein

"The ($15 million Bloomberg Philanthropies) pledge aims to fill a significant funding gap that comes as a result of President Donald Trump's announced withdrawal from the Paris agreement and proposed steep budget cuts for international programs, including on climate," -- Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Bloomberg's $15 million pledge aims to "support the operations" of the United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN agency that coordinates the Paris pact.

"Protecting our planet and driving economic growth are critical to our future, and they aren't mutually exclusive. I deeply disagree with the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement." -- Bob Iger, CEO, Disney

"Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world," -- Elon Musk, CEP, Tesla Motors

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Donald Trump,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Donald Trump,  

ECO Energy Installing Trina PV System on Biodome Project (Int'l)
ECO Energy Tech Asia
Date: 2017-06-05
Kowloon, Hong Kong[headquarered ECO Energy Tech Asia reports it will install Trina Solar's new photovoltaic power generation system in its new Biodome project in China. The photovoltaic system will be used for heating, cooling, dimming, shading and fully supply the Biodome with energy. The Trina system's rooftop system utilizes translucent amorphous silicon thin film solar panels. that as the roof of the Biodome. (Source: ECO Energy Tech, PR, 30 May, 2017) Contact: ECO Energy Tech Asia:; Trina Solar, Investor Relations, +86 519-8517-6878,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ECO Energy Tech,  Trina Solar,  PV,  Rooftop Solar,  

Imec Intros PV Energy Yield Simulation Software (New Prod & Tech)
Imec , EnergyVille
Date: 2017-06-05
Further to our Sept. 28, 2016 coverage, Imec is reporting the launch of new PV energy yield simulation software that combines optical, thermal and electrical parameters to provide detailed insight on thermal gradients in the solar module. The software model integrates the effect of these gradients, resulting in better accuracy than commercially available software packages. It can also be used to make a rapid assessment of material and technology changes at the cell and module level and their influence on the leveled cost-of-electricity (LCOE). (Source: Imec, PV Tech, 30 May, 2017)Contact: Imec, , +32 16 28 12 11,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Imec,  Solar,  Solar Software,  

Russian Renewables Auction Draws 450 MW Wind Project (Int'l)
Russian Association of Wind Power Industry
Date: 2017-06-05
In Moscow, the Russian Association of Wind Power Industry (RAWI) reports that Russia's 1,900 MW renewables auction for projects to enter operation in the next five years attracted 450 MW of wind power capacity in its first day of applications submissions.

Russian local-content rules allow renewables projects to only be installed if 40 pct of the equipment is manufactured locally. The percentage risies to 65 pct in 2018. But, since there are no domestic wind turbine manufacturers in the country, regulators have approved at least two potential original equipment manufacturers to provide turbines. (Source: Russian Association of Wind Power Industry, Kallanish Energy , 31 May, 2017) Contact: Russian Association of Wind Power Industry , www,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Russian Association of Wind Power Industry ,  Wind,  

German Re-insurer Snares Eolus' Jenasen Wind Farm (Int'l., M&A)
Eolus Vind,Munich RE
Date: 2017-06-05
Sweden's Eolus Vind AB reports it will sell its 79-MW Jenasen wind farm in Liden, Sundsvall municipality, northern Sweden to the German re-insurance group, Munich RE for €106 million.

The wind farm, which incorporates 23 Vestas wind turbines, has a long-term PPA with Google. Eolus will provide technical, operational and administrative services for the wind farm as part of the transaction which is slated for closure when construction and commissioning of the project is completed in the summer of 2018. (Source: Eolus Vind AB , PR, 31 May, 2017) Contact: Eolus Vind AB, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02,; Munich RE,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eolus Vind,  Wind.,  

Evaluating BC Forest Climate Change Mitigation Options -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions,
Date: 2017-06-05
Forests play an important role in regulating climate. Changes in how forests and harvested wood products are managed can also offer substantial opportunities to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions or increasing carbon removals from the atmosphere.

To evaluate the credibility and public acceptability of such forest carbon management alternatives, a British Columbia-wide engagement process is being carried out to identify the broad objectives that should underpin the province's future forest carbon management strategies, and to seek input on the options presented. This initiative is part of the Forest Carbon Management Project supported by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) that aims to generate recommendations for regionally specific climate change mitigation activities for BC's forest sector, while maximizing the environmental, economic and social benefits for British Columbians.

The analyses conducted thus far demonstrate that several of the potential mitigation activities in the forest sector can make a substantial contribution to BC's legislated greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets. The document does not rank alternatives, nor does it recommend any course of action. Instead its purpose is to explain and depict the potential climate mitigation and socioeconomic impacts of various management approaches and other considerations.

Access the report HERE. (Source: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, May, 2017) Contact: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, (250) 813-3595,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions,  GHG,  Forest Carbon,  Carbon Storage,  

Rolls Royce Touts Energy Management System (New Prod & Tech)
Rolls Royce
Date: 2017-06-05
Prestige auto and engine maker Rolls-Royce is reporting the launch of a new generation marine energy management (EM) system that it says reduces energy usage, cuts fuel consumption and operating costs while supporting environmental compliance and providing performance information that enables the ship to comply with ship energy efficiency management rules and IMO regulations.

The system's data-driven enhanced performance management capabilities monitor the performance of an individual vessel or an entire fleet by collecting using a multitude of energy management sensors on a single vessel or an entire fleet. Data sources include engines, propulsion system, automation, deck machinery and other equipment. The data collected is transmitted via link on to a secure cloud-based Rolls-Royce-hosted web portal for detailed analysis. and comparisons can be carried out. (Source: Rolls Royce, Offshore Support Journal, May, 2017) Contact: Rolls Royce, Marco Cristoforo Camporeale, GM Intelligent Asset Management, + 31 20 700 6474, (312) 725-5727 -- US Office,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management ,  

Cal. Passes Renters Energy Efficiency Legislation (Reg & Leg)
California Assembly
Date: 2017-06-05
In Sacramento, the California State Assembly reports passage of Assembly Bill 1088. The legislation will ensure that low-income multi-family renters have access to a diverse offering of energy efficiency programs and sources of clean energy.

With AB 1088, the state will benefit from energy bill savings, job creation, economic output, and public health benefits -- all due to increased levels of property improvements that benefit owners and renters, while safeguarding rents.

California multifamily-specific energy efficiency programs presently receive less than 5 pct of statewide funding, operate on unpredictable start-and-stop cycles, and are acknowledged to be difficult to access due to service territory variability and differing income eligibility requirements. (Source: California Assembly, NRDC, 1 June, 2017) Contact: California State Assembly, (925) 679-2715,

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

Cuomo Holds Fast on Paris Accord (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-06-05
On June 1st in Albany, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in an immediate respose to Trump's announced U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, ordered that all government agencies and all public benefit corporations and authorities with government-appointed heads will remain consistent with the greenhouse gas emission-reducing policies in the 2015 State Energy Plan. The 2015 State Energy Plan calls for a 40 pct reduction in the state's greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 to 2030, a commitment to source 50 pct of New York's electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030, and a 23 pct increase in energy efficiency by 2030.

Under Cuomo's executive order, every affected entity will also need to adopt a plan for activities and programs to help reduce New York State's greenhouse gas emissions by March 31, 2018. The agencies are also directed to implement measures including no- and low-cost operational improvements, retro-commissioning, capital energy efficiency retrofits, and onsite renewable and high-efficiency heat and power projects. The state DEC and NYSERDA have also been directed to develop an approach to emissions reduction measurement for the affected entities to adopt.

According to Governor Cuomo, the White House's decision to abandon the Paris accord was "reckless”, with repercussions for the United States and the planet." "This administration is abdicating its leadership and taking a backseat to other countries in the global fight against climate change. We (NeweYork) will not ignore the science and reality of climate change." (Source:, 1 June, 2017)Contact: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cuomo,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

Zimbabwe Prosecuting incandescent Bulb Vendors (Int'l Report)
Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority
Date: 2017-06-05
In Harare, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA)has begun arresting manufacturers and vendors of inefficient incandescent light bulbs. Violators are subject to one year imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $5 000.

Incandescent bulbs were banned in the country on May 1, 2017 under Statutory Instrument 21 of 2017. The country is advocating the use of more efficient LED bulbs that are said to have the capacity to save the country about 300MW of electricity per month. (Source: Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority, Bulawayo News, 3 June, 2017)Contact: Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  

US Ethanol Exports Fall in April, 2017 (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-05
According to a Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) release, U.S. ethanol exports in April fell 32 pct to 87.2 million gallons from March, an eight-month low. During the first four months of the year, the U.S. exported 474.8 million gallons of ethanol. In April, Brazil took 44.5 million gallons of U.S. ethanol followed by Canada at 19.0 million gallons of ethanol, Peru 3.9 million gallons, the United Arab Emirates 3.3 million gallons, and South Korea with 2.5 million gallons. India and the Philippines together imported over 50 million gallons of U.S. ethanol in March. India had been the third-leading market for U.S. export in the first quarter. (Source: RFA, Progressive Farmer, 2 June, 2017)Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, Snr. VP, (202) 289-3835,

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

North Dakota Ethanol Producer Exploring CCS (Ind. Report)
Red Trail Energy,Ethanol, CCS
Date: 2017-06-05
Following on our August 12, 2016 coverage, Richardton, North Dakota ethanol producer Red Trail Energy, LLC reports it may soon be the first U.S. ethanol plant to store carbon dioxide underground as part of an environmental and economic effort.

Last month, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., secured North Dakota's primacy from the federal government over Class VI injection wells from the U.S. EPA allowing the state to approve underground carbon (CO2) capture and storage (CCS) projects. Trail Energy is located on the Broom Creek Formation, a geological formation that could store between 10 billion and 40 billion tons of captured CO2.Red Trail's plant will plant will produce about 4 million tons of CO2 over a 20-year span and about 20 million tons over 100 years. Red Trail Energy would also be required to contribute to a trust fund to ensure there is money available in the event of a future CCS related disaster even if the company discontinues business.

Final approval of the primacy awaits the outcome of a 60-day public comment period. If passed, Red Trail will continue discovery work before actually drilling the well which could be implemented in 2020. (Source: Red Trail Energy, Grand Forks Herald, 2 June, 2017) Contact: Red Trail Energy, Gerald Bachmeier, CEO, (701) 974-3308,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Red Trail Energy,  Ethanol,  CCS,  

Golden State Governor Pitching California-China Carbon Market Merge (Int'l)
California Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2017-06-05
After describing Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate accord as "Insane", California Governor Jerry Brown announced he would be holding meetings in Asia this week and would be discussing a possible merge of California's and China's carbon trading markets.

California has the largest carbon trading cap-and-trade system in the United States. China has has launched seven pilot regional trading schemes and plans to roll out a nationwide market later this year. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, 2 June, 2017) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Brown,  California Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Market,  China Carbon Market,  

Xergi Delivering Largest Biogas Plant to date in Denmark (Int'l)
Date: 2017-06-05
Danish biogas plant designer and developer Xergi reports it will deliver its largest biogas plant to date to Arla Foods milk powder plant in Videbaek, in Denmark. The plant incorportaes five biogas digesters, each with a capacity of 9,500 cubic metres capable of handling around 600,000 tpy of agricultural and livestock waste biomass to produce 16.5 million cubic metres of bio-methane. A total of 40,000 tpy of the residual product Perlac 14 will be digested in the plant each year. The residual biomass is used as fertilizer by local farmers.

Xergi A/S is jointly owned by industrial conglomerate Schouw & Co. and DDH (Hedeselskabet). . (Source: Xergi, 2 June, 2017) (Source: Xergi, (503) 830-4086 – US Office,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xergi,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  Methane,  

Integrated Biomass, Waste-to-Energy Project Launched in China (Int'l)
Anhui Energy Administration
Date: 2017-06-05
In China, the Anhui Energy Administration is reporting the completion of construction and startup of the country's first integrated biomass and waste-to-energy project in Lingbi County, Anhui Province.

China Everbright Greentech Limited has reportedly invested RMB570 million ($73,152,312 million) in the 200,001 square-meter project. The project has an annual agricultural waste and straw processing capacity of 250,000 tonnes and is equipped with a 130 tph furnace and a 30MW turbine power generator. The facility is designed to process as much as 400 tpd of household waste and is expected to generate approximately 260 million kWh of electricity annually. (Source: China Everbright, Anhui Energy Administration,, 5 June, 2017)Contact: China Everbright International,

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Everbright ,  Biomass,  Waste-to-Energy,  

Notable Quote
Date: 2017-06-05
"We have no intention of backing away from our efforts to address climate change in the food and agriculture supply chains around the world. And in fact this will inspire us to work even harder." -- Dave MacLennan, CEO, Cargill, commenting on Trump's Paris Agreement withdrawal.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cargill,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

World GBC Calls for 100 pct Net-Zero Carbon Buildings by 2050 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2017-06-05
New research from the World Green Building Council (WGBC) is calling for all new buildings to operate at net-zero carbon from 2030 and 100 pct of existing buildings to operate at net-zero carbon by 2050.

According to the WGBC, the construction sector needs a "dramatic" shift towards a zero-carbon built environment to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and to avoid the need for future major retrofits and to prevent the lock-in of carbon emitting systems for decades to come.

Access the full From Thousands to Billions -- Coordinated Action towards 100 pct Net Zero Carbon Buildings by 2050 report HERE. (Source: World Green Building Council, May, 2017) Contact: WGBC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Net-Zero Carbon,  

Opposition to Paris Accord Withdrawal Goes Green (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-06-05
In the wake of US president Donald Trump's withdrawal of the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate agreement on Thursday, expressions of disapproval echoed around the world including the "City of Lights" where city hall is now bathed in green light. Mexico City, Montreal, Boston, New York and others have also flipped the switch to green.

The dramatic green lighting is intended to mark the wide disapproval of the U.S. administration's decision. It is also intended to signal a policy shift and the wide-ranging repercussions for the climate and for Washington's ties with the world. US state leaders from Washington, California and New York all announced Thursday that they will form a US climate alliance in spite of Trump's withdrawal from the accord. (Source: AFP, i24 News, Various Other Media, 2 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  

USGBC LEED Earth Campaign Attracting New Members (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-05
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is reporting nine new countries -- Armenia, Trinidad and Tobago, French Polynesia, Nigeria, Oman, Morocco, Montenegro and Cambodia -- have certified their first LEED project or their first LEED v4 platinum building, as represented in the USGBC ongoing LEED Earth campaign.

The LEED Earth campaign offers LEED certification at no cost to the first project to earn LEED certification in countries where the rating system is still emerging, according to the USGBC. The campaign also offers free certification for the first LEED platinum project in any country. Presently, 32 countries are recognized by the LEED Earth campaign. (Source: USGBC, PR, 2 June, 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED,  Energy Efficiency,  

IHI E&C Selected for Velocys Biomass-to-Liquids Plant Engineering Study (Ind. Report)
Velocys,IHI E&C International
Date: 2017-06-05
London, UK-based gas-to-liquisd specialist Velocys PLC reports it has selected Houston, Texas-headquartered IHI E&C International Corp to carry out pre-front end engineering design for its first biomass-to-liquids plant in the U.S. The engineering study is expected to be completed in the second half of 2017.

Velocys will work with IHI E&C and its technology partners to support the rapid deployment of the biomass-to-liquids plant in the renewable fuels space. According to Velocys, the contract aligns its own interests with IHI, as both look to enter the US renewable transportation fuels market. (Source: Velocys, PR, Alliance, 5 June, 2017) Contact: Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 - Houston Office,,; IHI E&C International, (713) 270-3100,

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