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China to Cut Coal Capacity by 800 Mn Tonnes by 2020 (Int'l)
China
Date: 2017-01-02
Xinhua is reporting that although China has set a target of reducing its annual coal capacity by 800 million tonnes, the country's total coal output is expected to rise to around 3.9 billion tonnes by 2020, compared to 3.75 billion tonnes in 2015. The reduction in outdated capacity reflects the slowdown in demand in China.

By 2020, the world's second largest economy will burn around 4.1 billion tonnes compared to 3.96 billion tonnes last year. China's energy consumption is now growing at only 3 pct per year, compared to 10 pct a few years ago. China previously promised to cut its coal production capacity by an estimated 250 million tonnes, reduce the share of coal in its energy mix to 62.6 pct by 2016, and to modernize its coal-fired power plants by 2020 to reduce major pollutants by 60 pct and to stabilize its CO2 emissions "around 2030". (Source: eNCA, Xinhua, AFP, 31 Dec., 2016

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Coal news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


Christmas and New Years Holidays Publishing Schedule

Date: 2016-12-23
In celebration of the Holiday Season, we will not be publishing the week of Monday 26 through Friday 30th December. We will resume our regular publication schedule on Monday, 2 January, 2017.

We wish you Good Health, a Prosperous New Year, and our Compliments of the Season.


BioAmber, CJCJ Touts Asian Joint Venture (Ind. Report)
BioAmber, CJ CheilJedang Corp
Date: 2016-12-23
Montreal-based BioAmber Inc. reports it has signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (LoI) with South Korea--based CJ CheilJedang Corp. (CJCJ). Under the terms of the agreement, BioAmber and CJCJ plan to establish a joint venture in China to produce up to 36,000 metric tpy of bio-succinic acid for the Chinese market, the world's largest succinic acid market.

The JV will retrofit an existing CJCJ fermentation facility with BioAmber's succinic acid technology. CJCJ will cover all capital costs required to retrofit their fermentation facility, including plant commissioning and startup for production to begin in Q1 2018. CJCJ would own 65 pct of the JV and BioAmber would hold the balance. The JV would pay BioAmber a technology royalty for having access to BioAmber's proven bio-succinic acid technology, and would pay CJCJ a tolling fee for producing bio-succinic acid on behalf of the JV. Both partners would be entitled to a share of the profits equal to their respective equity ownership positions.

The joint venture is subject to certain conditions, including technical and commercial due diligence, with the definitive agreements expected to be signed by July 2017. As part of the LoI, BioAmber will be selling CJCJ bio-succinic acid manufactured at its Sarnia, Ontario plant, so that CJCJ can undertake market development in China and South Korea in the first half of 2017. (Source: BioAmber, 20 Dec., 2016) Contact: CJ CheilJedang Corp., www.cj.co.kr/cj-en/index; BioAmber Inc., Jean-Francois Huc, CEO, Jim Hobbs, (514) 844-8000, www.bio-amber.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioAmber ,  bio-succinic acid,  


Cape Light Compact Promises 100 pct Renewable Elec. (Ind. Report)
Cape Light Compact,NextEra
Date: 2016-12-23
In the Bay State, energy services provide Cape Light Compact reports that all of its customers in 21 towns and two counties on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard will receive electric power from 100 pct renewable energy sources by the end of January 2017.

The Compact is a community aggregation system that combines purchasing power of all ratepayers to leverage their purchasing power and negotiate favorable rates, terms, and conditions.

Massachusetts specifies that power utilities source a portion of their power from renewably generated sources. The Compact, which sources energy from NextEra, insists that NextEra exceed the state's specified percentage of renewable energy sold, using local renewable energy resources for some of the extra renewable energy. (Source: Cape Light Compact, Green Energy Times, CleanTechnica, 20 Dec., 2016) Contact: Cape Light Compact, (508) 375-6644, www.capelightcompact.org; NextEra Energy, Steven Stengel, Communications, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra,  Cape Light Compact,  Renewable Energy,  


PACE Program Approved in Baltimore County, MD (Ind. Report)
PACE
Date: 2016-12-23
In Maryland, the Baltimore County Council reports it has approved the County's Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan program.

Through MD-PACE, commercial, industrial, and nonprofit properties use private capital to finance 100 pct of energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades which are then repaid as a long-term surcharge on their real property tax bill, for terms up to 20 years. PACE Financial Servicing (PFS) will administer the program in coordination with commercial property owners, lenders and contractors throughout the PACE loan approval process. Their services are provided at no cost to the County

Nationally, PACE loan programs are active in more than 15 states, have contributed to the creation of 3,600 jobs and have led to more than $300 million of green energy investments in commercial buildings. (Source: Baltimore County, Towson Patch, 2o Dec., 2016) Contact: Baltimore County, Kevin Kamenetz, (410) 887-2470, communications@baltimorecountymd.gov, www.baltimorecountymd.gov; PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE Program,  Energy Efficiency,  


Madison Investing in Energy Efficiency Expertise (Ind. Report)
Sustainable Madison Committee
Date: 2016-12-23
In Wisconsin, the Sustainable Madison Committee has recommended an expenditure of as much as $250,000 to retain third-party expertise to develop a program for improving building energy efficiency, increasing use of renewable energy and the achieving net-zero carbon emissions in city-owned buildings and other facilitates. The Committee's resolution is aimed at improving city operations as well as encouraging community-wide support for renewable energy and energy efficiency. The committee did not set dates to complete a plan and accomplish the energy goals but will refer to the expert for a potential schedule. (Source: Sustainable Madison Committee, Madison Capital, 20 Dec., 2016) Contact: Sustainable Madison Committee, (608) 266-9037, www.cityofmadison.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  Net-zero carbon emissions,  Energy Management,  


Denver Mandates Com. Building Energy Benchmarking (Ind. Report)
Denver
Date: 2016-12-23
Denver City Council has approved new energy-efficiency and energy benchmarking regulations requiring commercial building owners to determine the Energy Star score of their properties using the U.S. EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool, beginning in 2017. The rule applies to buildings that are 50,000 square feet and larger, but after the first year will apply to buildings 25,000 square feet and larger. The city will then publish the scores in a searchable database.

The recommendations initially required for property owners to improve energy efficiency in their buildings every five years in addition to the benchmarking and transparency requirements. Those recommendations were met with stiff resistance from the city's commercial real estate sector. (Source: Denver City Council, Denver Business Journal, 20 Dec., 2016) Contact: Denver City Council, www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-city-council.html

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


Traverse City Mandates Renewables, Net-Zero Emissions (Ind. Report)
Traverse City
Date: 2016-12-23
In Michigan, the Traverse City commissioners have unanimously adopted a resolution calling for all city streetlights, water plants, government buildings and all of its other operations to be powered by green energy not later than 2020, according to a release. The commissioners also created a "Green Team" that will identify ways to meet the goal and make other recommendations, including how the city can cut its greenhouse gas emissions from operations to a net of zero before 2050. (Source: Traverse City Record Eagle, 20 Dec., 2016) Contact: Traverse City, Marty Colbur, City Manager, (231) 922-4440, www.traversecitymi.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Net-Zero Emissions,  


Lightyear Takes $95Mn Stake in Ygrene Energy (Ind. Report)
Lightyear Capital LLC
Date: 2016-12-23
New York-headquartered private equity firm Lightyear Capital LLC reports that an affiliated fund has completed a $95 million investment in Santa Rosa, California-headquartered Ygrene Energy Fund, Inc., a provider of residential, multifamily, and commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing.

Ygrene provides PACE financing in over 319 cities and counties across California, Florida, and Missouri. Ygrene has approved over $1.85 billion in energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate resiliency, and water conservation improvements since its founding in 2010. (Source: Lightyear Capital, PR, 21 Dec., 2016) Contact: Lightyear Capital LLC, www.lycap.com; Ygrene Energy Fund, Stacey Lawson, CEO & Pres., (877) 819-4731, info@ygreneworks.com, www.ygreneworks.com; PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ygrene Energy Fund,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


OG&E Distributes $7.Mn in Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Oklahoma Gas & Electric
Date: 2016-12-23
Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) reports that in 2016 it distributed $7.5 million in energy efficiency incentives to 750 businesses, schools and government buildings

OG&E, a subsidiary of Oklahoma city-based OGE Energy Corp, paid almost $650,000 in incentives to secondary schools and approximately $365,000 to universities through its SmartHours for Schools program. The SmartHours for Schools program has led to a savings of more than $2.2 million for Oklahoma schools since its inception in 2012. (Source: OG&E, Daily Energy Insider, Other Media, December 21, 2016 )Contact: OG&E, www.oge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency IncentivesEnergy Efficiency,  Oklahoma Gas & Electric,  


India Plans 60 pct Renewable Power by 2027 (Int'l Report)
Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis
Date: 2016-12-23
In New Delhi, the Indian government's draft 10-year energy blueprint is forecasting that India will exceed the renewable energy targets -- 40 pct by 2030 -- set in Paris last year by nearly half, as well as three years ahead of schedule. The recently release draft document also predicts that 57 pct of the country's total electric power capacity will come from non-fossil fuel sources by 2027, and thus negate the need for new coal-fired power stations.

The forecast reflects an increase in private and corporate sector investments, but little from government, in India's renewable energy projects over the past year, according to Tim Buckley, a director at the Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

In the 2027 forecasts, India aims to generate 275 GW of total renewable energy, in addition to 72GW of hydroenergy and 15 GW of nuclear energy. Nearly 100 GW would come from "other zero emission" sources, with advancements in energy efficiency expected to reduce the need for capacity increases by 40GW over 10 years. (Source: Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Guardian, 22 Dec., 2016)Contact: Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, (216) 688-3433, http://ieefa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News India Renewable Energy,  


DOE Secures Carbon Capture Equipped Methanol Plant Loan (Funding)
Lake Charles Holdings
Date: 2016-12-23
According to the U.S.DOE, the Obama administration is the principal investor in a $3.8 billion methanol plant in Lake Charles, La., the first methanol facility in the world to use carbon capture and the first in the U.S. to make methanol out of petcoke, a byproduct of oil refining. With a U.S. government guaranteed loan that could reach up to $2 billion, the project would also mark the first time the DOE has loaned money to a fossil fuel project under its advanced energy program -- given to technologies deemed promising but unable to secure investors in the private sector.

The DOE anticipates that the Lake Charles project will be able to defray the high costs carbon capture by selling carbon for use in enhanced oil recovery operations. The Lake Charles project is headed Lake Charles Holdings, according to the DOE. (Source: US DOE, FuelFix, 21 Dec., 2016) Contact: Lake Charles Holdings LLC, (713) 963-3650, 2 Boulevard Place, Suite 600, Houston, Texas, 77056

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Methanol,  CO2 ,  Carbon Emissions ,  Enhanced Oil Recovery,  


Chinese Launch Carbon Emissions Monitoring Satellite (Int'l)
China Carbon Emissions
Date: 2016-12-23
Further to our December 16th coverage, after a week long weather and smogdelay, China has launched a 620-kg global CO2 monitoring satellite on a 3-year mission to track worldwide carbon dioxide emissions.

The satellite, which was sent into a sun synchronous orbit about 700 kms above the earth, will monitor the concentration, distribution and flow of atmospheric CO2 and collect data that will help scientists better understand and fight climate change.

China is the third country after Japan and the US to monitor greenhouse gases through its own satellite. (Source: Xinhua, Various Other Media, Dec., 22, 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Emissions,  


Ice Cream Maker Touts Climate Smart Partnership (Ind. Report)
Ben & Jerry's
Date: 2016-12-23
Vermont-headquartered ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's reports it has partnered with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help Ben & Jerry's milk suppliers, the majority of which are small producers, understand their greenhouse gas footprint and consider the various voluntary conservation approaches to reduce that footprint.

Through its Caring Dairy sustainability program, Ben & Jerry's will use USDA's suite of greenhouse gas estimation tools -- COMET-Farm™ and COMET-Planner™ -- to quantify on-farm GHG emissions and reductions. Ben & Jerry's and its dairy partners will use the information generated by COMET to identify on-farm conservation actions that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon. (Source: USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ben & Jerry's, December 21, 2016 ) Contact: Ben & Jerry's, (802) 846-1500, https://secure.benjerry.com; USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/national/home/

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


Aussie GHG Emissions Projected to Continue Rising (Int'l)
Australia Department of Environment and Energy
Date: 2016-12-23
In the Land Down Under, recently released data from the Australian Department of Environment and Energy shows that, based on current policies, Australian GHG emissions will continue to rise and the country will miss its 2030 carbon emissions reduction goals.

The official quarterly figures tracking growth in year-on-year emissions, confirms projections from the Melbourne-based independent consultancy Ndevr Environmental's prediction that Australia's emissions would be rising, and would continue to do so. The government figures suggest that in 2030, emissions will have risen by 10 pct above June, 2016 levels -- 1 billion tonnes more than permitted under the country's 2030 emissions and climate change commitments.

The report projections do not take into account policies that might emerge from the government's 2017 review of climate policy. The review is not expected to include discussions of any form of carbon price, cap-and-trade or emissions intensity scheme. (Source: Australia Department of Environment and Energy, SBS, Guardian, Others, 22 Dec., 2016) Contact: Australia Department of Environment and Energy www.environment.gov.au; Ndver Environmental Consulting, +61 3 9865 6225, www.ndevrenvironmentalconsulting.com.au

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


UMass Amherst Researcher Aims to Improve Pine Biomass Yield
UMass Amherst
Date: 2016-12-23
The University of Mass. reports the global demand for forest products such as pulp for paper, saw timber and wood pellets for fuel is expected to increase in coming years. To meet this need, UMass plant geneticist and associate professor Sam Hazen, whose research has led to higher biomass yield in grasses, will use a recently received $713,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to demonstrate that his technology can be translated to grow trees that produce more wood than conventional trees. Hazen's experiments will advance understanding of the transcription networks that regulate secondary cell wall biosynthesis in grasses.

Hazen has partnered with Amherst-based Genoverde Biosciences, Inc. to test the commercial viability of his technology. Hazen is also chief scientific officer for Genoverde, which recently received a one-year, $225,000 grant from NSF's Small Business Innovation Research program to evaluate the use of its "gene trait approach"to bioengineering loblolly pine for high wood density by modifying secondary cell wall gene regulation.

If rhe technology is successful, this bioengineering project would provide more wood material per tree and per acre with no added cost to production processing. The bioengineered trees would also help to protect the environment by sequestering more atmospheric carbon dioxide to mitigate global climate change.

Genoverde's CEO Michael Harrington says by redesigning and optimizing Hazen's grass technology specifically for loblolly pine, he expects similar yield increases leading to the company's first entry into the forest products market with a bioengineered pine tree. Genoverde is also exploring the use of this and similar technologies that enhance yield in other commercially important agricultural crops. In collaboration with Genoverde, the Hazen lab will plant bioengineered pine seedlings in a greenhouse to test the new approach to greater strength and increased biomass leading to a commercially valuable improved tree crop. (Source: UMass Amherst, December 19, 2016) Contact: UMass Amherst, Sam Hazen, Researcher, (413) 545-4546, hazen@bio.umass.edu, www.bio.umass.edu/biology/hazen; Genoverde Biuosciences, Michael Harrington, CEO, (202) 531-4897, info@genoverde.com, www.genoverde.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UMass Amherst,  


NJ Military Base Solar Power Installation Underway (Ind. Report)
Starwood Energy Group
Date: 2016-12-23
In the Garden State, construction is underway on 16.5 MW solar energy installation on a capped landfill at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst base in Pemberton Township. Upon completion, the solar array will feature 50,000 solar panels that will generate 16.5 MW of electric power -- sufficient power for approximately 2,500 homes.

The solar project is being developed by an affiliate of Greenwich, Conn.-based Starwood Energy Group, and an affiliate of Energy Management, Inc., of Boston, Massachusetts is owned by an affiliate of Westport, Connecticut-based True Green Capital Management LLC, (Source: NJ.com, 22 Dec., 2016) Contact: Starwood Energy Group, Alex Daberko, VP, (203) 422-7700, www.starwoodenergygroup.com; True Green Capital Management, (203) 557-6225, truegreencapital.com; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, www.jointbasemdl.af.mil

More Low-Carbon Energy News Starwood Energy Group,  Solar,  


USDA Secretary Vilsack Comments on RFS and Incoming Trump Administration (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
USDA
Date: 2016-12-23
"There have been a series of mixed signals about the Renewable Fuel Standard. It predated the election, and it's not been cleared up with the appointments." -- Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is slated to lead the DOE and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is tapped for the U.S. EPA.

"The USDA has had little contact with Trump's transition team since the election, which is concerning since the USDA employs around 95,000 people, has 3,000 offices, a $155 billion budget and worldwide impact. There has been one person, one person, coming to USDA, and he lasted about an hour. I had already started my own briefing by now. I had massive three-ring binders, reading about the programs," Vilsak said.

"So to date, there has been no transition team. No groups of people up on that fifth floor looking at all this stuff, making sure they understand what they're getting into," Vilsack added. (Source: US Sec. of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, Des Moines Register, 23 Dec., 2016) Contact: USDA, Tom Vilsack, www.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Tom Vilsack,  RFS,  


BDI-BioEnergy Dropped from Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Int'l)
BDI-BioEnergy
Date: 2016-12-23
Grambach, Austria-headquartered BDI-BioEnergy International AG reports it has been notified by the Frankfurt Stock Exchange that, upon application from the company on Dec. 7, its shares have been delisted from trading effective 22 Dec., 2016. According to the company, it expects that it will not be possible to trade its shares over a stock exchange after this point in time.

BDI develops technologies for energy generation from by- and waste products while ensuring maximum protection of resources at the same time. BDI provides customized turnkey BioDiesel and BioGas plants using proprietary technologies. (Source: BDI-BioEnergy International AG, 20 Dec., 2016) December 20, 2016) Contact: BDI-BioEnergy International, +43 316 400 9100, www.bdi-bioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BDI-BioEnergy,  Biodiesel,  


PUC Bails Out Maine Biomass Plants (Ind. Report, Funding)
Maine PUC,Covanta,ReEnergy Holdings
Date: 2016-12-23
Following on our April 20th coverage, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports that it voted unanimously to deliver a $13.4 million taxpayer-funded bailout to four struggling wood biomass electricity plants in Aroostook, Penobscot and Washington counties. The rescue was made possible by legislation authorizing the PUC to tap into $6.7 million per year of un-allocated surplus funds to subsidize electricity rates for up to two years.

The PUC diverted half of the $13.4 million to ReEnergy Holdings' biomass plants in Ashland and Fort Fairfield and the other $6.7 million to two shuttered plants formerly owned by Covanta Energy in West Enfield and Jonesboro. The Covanta plants were mothballed in 2015 after new Massachusetts efficiency standards made it impossible for the plants to receive lucrative renewable energy credits from the state. (Source: Maine PUC, Free Press, 22 Dec., 2016) Contact: Maine PUC, (207) 287-3831, www.maine.gov/mpuc; Covanta, Stephen Diaz, VP, (862) 345-5000, info@covantaenergy.com, www.covantaenergy.com; ReEnergy Holdings, Sarah Boggess, Director of Communications and Governmental Affairs, (518) 810-0200, sboggess@reenergyholdings.com, www.reenergyholdings.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maine PUC,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Covanta,  ReEnergy Holdings,  


NWF Examines Unintended Consequences of Biofuel Crop Production -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2016-12-21
According to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has led to the destruction of millions of acres of wildlife habitat and has endangered water supplies by the conversion of previously uncultivated land to grow corn and soybeans for ethanol and biodiesel production.

The Renewable Fuel Standard was intended to reduce reliance on imported oil and to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but critics say the government has failed to enforce the habitat protections in the law. Prior to the RFS, about 9 pct of U.S. grown corn was used for fuel production. Now, it's about 40 pct.

NWF President and CEO Collin O'Mara points out that the problems stem not from farmers but from a federal policy that required a massive increase in agricultural production. The report also suggests reducing the mandate for first generation fuels made from corn and soy, as well as funding the protection and restoration of habitats and waterways.

Download the Fueling Destruction The Unintended Consequences of the Renewable Fuel Standard on Land, Water, and Wildlife report HERE. (Source: National Wildlife Federation, 15 Dec., 2016) Contact: National Wildlife Federation, Collin O'Mara, CEO, (800) 822-9919, www.nwf.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Biofuel Crop,  


Canadian Provinces Agree to National Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2016-12-21
Meeting in Ottawa, Canada's provincial ministers, with the exception of Saskatchewan, have agreed upon the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, including a federal carbon floor price -- carbon tax. The ministers agreed that carbon pricing -- carbon tax -- was necessary but that it should be flexible and recognize existing policies, initiative and programs already implemented or under development by individual provinces and territories. To that end, they also agreed that carbon price increases should be predictable and gradual to limit possible negative economic impacts.

The Canadian federal carbon price is expected to start at a minimum of $10 (Cdn) per ton rising to $50 (Cdn) per tonne by 2022. Carbon price revenues will remain in the jurisdiction of origin and used according to the individual justification's needs. (Source: Tax News, Various Others, 14 Dec., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Price,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


EU Proposes Action on Maritime Emissions (Int'l, Ind. Report)
International Maritime Organization,EU ETS
Date: 2016-12-21
The European Parliament's Environment Committee's recent decision to take regional action over ship emissions with respect to emissions trading, unless the International Maritime Organization (IMO) acts first, has been met with a mixed response.

Specifically, the Committee decided to include shipping emissions in the European Union's (EU's) Emissions Trading Scheme ( EU ETS) from 2023 if the IMO does not have a comparable system operating for global shipping from 2021.

Among the maritime industry groups, Danish Shipowners' Association, the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), and the . International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) are opposed to the action. "Non-EU nations will be disappointed and very concerned by yesterday's vote in the European Parliament Environment Committee following IMO's adoption just a few weeks ago of a comprehensive road map for action," said ICS Director of Policy and External Relations, Simon Bennett. "But we hope that EU governments and the European Commission will see sense and recognize that threats to their trading partners will not serve the development of the global solution which both they and the shipping industry want and need." On the other hand, the Port of Rotterdam welcomed the decision. (Source: Ship & Bunker, Hellenic News, Various Other Media, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; ICS, Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping,  International Maritime Organization,  Maritime Emissions,  EU ETS,  


Fort Collins Utilities Awards $329K Energy Rebate (Ind. Report)
Fort Collins Utilities
Date: 2016-12-21
In Colorado, Fort Collins Utilities is reporting payment of a $329,500 rebate to Woodward, Inc. for incorporating energy efficiency into the construction of 306,000-square-foot Industrial Turbomachinery Systems facility that exceed the city's efficiency code standards.

The rebate was provided through utilities' Integrated Design Assistance Program (IDAP) which offers financial incentives and technical support for energy-efficient design in commercial new construction and major renovation projects. Since 1996, IDAP has issued nearly $1.3 million in rebates, while reducing average annual energy costs by an estimated $46,000 per project. (Source: Fort Collins Utilities, Coloradoan, 16 Dec., 2016) Contact: City of Fort Collins, Fort Collins Utilities, John Phelan, Resource Conservation Manager, (970) 416-2539, www.fcgov.com; IDAP, (970) 221-6395, www.fcgov.com/idap

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fort Collins Utilities,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


Saudi Aramco's Ist Wind Turbine Commissioning Date Set (Int'l)
Saudi Aramco
Date: 2016-12-21
Following on our June 15 coverage, Saudi state oil company Saudi Aramco reports it will commission the kingdom's first wind turbine pilot project in January as part of a nationwide energy diversification initiate.

The new GE wind turbine will generate 2.75 megawatts of power at its peak, enough to power around 250 Saudi households, while reducing the consumption of approximately 18,600 bpy of oil equivalent. (Source: Saudi Aramco, Al Arabyi, 18 Dec., 2016) Contact: Saudi Aramco, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, Abdulaziz Al-Judaimi, VP Power Systems, 011 +966 13 872 0115, webmaster2@aramco.com, www.saudiaramco.com; General Electric, Hisham Albahkali, CEO for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, www.ge-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Wind,  Saudi Aramco,  Wind,  


India Ranked 4th in Global Installed Wind Power Capacity (Int'l)
Global Wind Power Installed Capacity index
Date: 2016-12-21
India has been ranked fourth in the Global Wind Power Installed Capacity Index with cumulative installed wind power generation capacity of 25,088 MW with the Government undertaking the largest renewable capacity expansion programme to to meet the country's growing demand for energy. The demard for energy is being driven by a focus on energy security, electric power shortages, the fight against climate change, and others.

A capacity addition of 14.30 GW of renewable energy has been reported during the last two and half years under Grid Connected Renewable Power -- 5.8 GW from Solar Power, 7.04 GW from Wind Power, 0.53 from Small Hydro Power and 0.93 from Bio-power.

As of October 31, 2016, India installed solar energy projects with an aggregate capacity of over 8727.62 MW and is actively promoting the adoption of renewable energy resources with generation-based incentives, capital and interest subsidies, viability gap funding, concessional finance, fiscal incentives and other initiatives. (Source: Daily Excelsior, Various Other Media, 19 Dec., 2016)


Medio Energy Inks Khuzestan Wind, Solar Construction Deal (Int'l)
Medio Energy Invest
Date: 2016-12-21
Germany's Medio Energy Invest reports it has inked a $104 million Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Khuzestan Regional Electricity Company for the construction of a wind and solar power plants in Southern Iran -- a 20-MW solar power project worth $25 million (€24 million) and a 50-mw wind power plant valued at $83.6 million (&euro80 million).

For both projects, Medio Energy will provide technical knowledge, experience, a skilled workforce, capital, and technical and economic capabilities as well as necessary equipment for construction and operation of the power plants. (Source: Mehr News, Construction Week, 18 Dec., 2016) Contact: Medio Energy Invest, +49 8094 9078430, www.medio-energy.de; Khuzestan Regional Electricity Company, www.kzrec.co.ir

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


Statoil Wind US Wins NY Offshore Wind Lease Sale (Ind. Report)
Statoil Wind US, BOEM
Date: 2016-12-21
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) reports that Statoil Wind US LLC is the provisional winner of the December 16 competitive lease sale for 79,350 acres of potential offshore wind projects about 15 miles off the coast of New York. The winning bid came in at bid $42,469,725 for lease area OCS-A 0512.

According to Statoil, the lease area could potentially accommodate more than 1 GW of offshore wind, with a phased development expected to start with 400-600 MW. Statoil now plans to study the lease area the seabed conditions, grid connection options and wind resources involved in the lease site. (Source: BOEM, Marine Log, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: Statoil Wind US LLC, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec. VP, New Energy Solutions, www.statoil.com; BOEM, (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Statoil Wind US,  Offshore Wind,  BOEM,  


Asia Wind Energy Association Launching in Singapore (Int'l)
Asia Wind Energy Association
Date: 2016-12-21
In Singapore, the newly formed Asia Wind Energy Association (AsiaWEA) reports it aims to be a centralized voice for the industry, as well as help expand the reach of the continent's wind farms, which are primarily in China. The new trade group will coordinate international policy, communications, research and analysis, and offer networking and learning opportunities throughout North-east Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

AsiaWEA will hold its inaugural meeting during the annual Asia Wind Energy Conference during Singapore International Energy Week in October 2017. The association sees wind market opportunities in countries such as Vietnam, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Taiwan, it says. (Source: Business Times, Associations Now, Various Trade Media, 19 Dec., 2016)Contact: AsiaWEA contact information is not yet available.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asia Wind Energy Association ,  Wind,  


Cdn. Wheat Growers Warn of Carbon Tax Trickle-Down (Ind. Report)
Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association
Date: 2016-12-21
On the Canadian Praries, 3,000 members of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) have called for Ottawa and the other provinces to realize the positive impact agriculture has by storing carbon in the soil. The farm organization also warns that a carbon tax will wreak havoc throughout the entire agriculture value chain.

According to the WCWGA, a Canadian carbon tax makes even less sense with the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President. "The reality is that there is not going to be a carbon tax on growers in North Dakota and Montana. There is more of a realization about issues around competitiveness and maybe we should be giving this a bit of second sober thought before plowing ahead," says WCWGA Exec. Dir. Robin Speer. According to the WCWGA, a carbon tax will go through the entire value chain from the farm to the grocery store aisle and kitchen table, taxing everything along the way. The federal government is giving all provinces until 2018 to implement a carbon tax or it will do it for them. Saskatchewan says it opposes a carbon tax. (Source: Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, Sasknow.ca, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, Robin Speer, Exec. Dir., (306) 955-0356, www.wheatgrowers.ca

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


USGBC Touts Top 10 LEED Countries for 2016 (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2016-12-21
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its list of the 10 most LEED certified countries, apart from the U.S., that are making significant strides in building design, construction and market transformation.

China is at the top of the list with 34.62 million gross square metres of certified LEED space. Canada, India, Brazil and the Republic of Korea rounded out the top five countries respectively. Other countries in the top 10 include Taiwan, Germany, Turkey, Sweden and the UAE to bring the number of certified projects to a total of 27,699.

Global green building is expected to double every three years, according to the World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report from Dodge Data & Analytics. The green building materials market is expected to reach $234bn by 2019 with increased consumer demand pushing the world's green building market to a trillion-dollar industry, according to a USGBC statement. (Source: USGBC, Construction Week, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


New Commercial Bldg Energy Efficiency Code Released (Ind. Report)
ASHRAE, U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Date: 2016-12-21
The U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy is reporting the release of the new ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 -- aka the Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The model standard was developed jointly by ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES). An updated edition is published every three years and provides the basis for energy codes adopted by U.S. states.

The new 2016 edition contains several important changes to reduce energy consumption, including a new compliance path and a significant change in formatting, intended to improve its overall flexibility and use. A range of technical changes are also included, affecting building envelope, mechanical and lighting systems.

More information on code adoption and related technical assistance is available at www.energycodes.gov. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, ProudGreenBuilding, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy; ASHRAE, Tom Phoenix, Pres., (800) 527-4723, www.ashrae.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy,  Building Energy Efficiency,  ASHRAE,  


States Want Obama Clean Power Plan Quashed ... NOW! (Reg & Leg)
Clean Power Plan
Date: 2016-12-21
SeeNews is reporting that a coalition of twenty-four states and state agencies have written to President-elect Donald Trump, VP-elect Michael Pence, and U.S. Senate and House of Representative leaders requesting an executive order on the first day of the Trump administration cancelling the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.

The coalition includes West Virginia, Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming, as well as the Mississippi and North Carolina departments of environmental quality.

The 24-state coalition claims the Clean Power Plan is unlawful, unconstitutional and at odds with section 111 of the Clean Air Act, which prohibits the EPA mandating that states implement emission reductions relying on the elimination of operations at a regulated source. (Source: SeeNews, Various Others, 19 Dec., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Clean Power Plan,  


L.A. Passes Building Efficiency Benchmarking Policy (Ind. Report)
Los Angeles Management Committee
Date: 2016-12-21
In the Golden State, the Los Angeles Management Committee reports the unanimous passage of the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency ordinance that applies to most City-owned buildings of 7,500 square feet or more and privately-owned buildings of 20,000 square feet or more.

The ordinance requires a transparent annual benchmarking of energy and water use with buildings over 100,000 square feet complying by July 1, 2017. Beginning in 2019, buildings will required to undergo an energy and water audit and retro-commissioning every five years. If the building can demonstrate sufficient energy and water efficiency improvement, it can be exempted from the audit and retro-commissioning requirements.

The new ordinance is expected to cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 10 pct and energy consumption by 7 pct by 2025, compared to business as usual. It is also expected to shave more than $368 million off of city residential and business power bills by 2025.

Download the Los Angeles ordinance HERE. (Source: City of Los Angeles, NRDC Blog, 19 Dec., 2016) Los Angeles Management Committee , (213) 473-3231

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


Tata Steel Scores Greenco Platinum Energy Rating (Int'l)
Tata Steel,CII Green Building Council
Date: 2016-12-21
In Jamshedpur, India's giant Tata Steel reports it has been awarded Greenco Platinum rating by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Green Building Council. Tata is the first integrated steel plant in the country and the first company in the Tata Group to receive the Platinum rating, according to a company statement.

Tata Steel received the highest scores in eight of the 10 rating criteria covering the various aspects of environmental performance -- greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, green supply chain, product stewardship, water conservation, renewable energy, waste management, life cycle assessment and material conservation. The criteria also focus on innovation and improvement projects for improvement of ecological impacts of their entire value chain. (Source: Tata Steel, Avenue Mail, 20 Dec., 2016)Contact: Tata Steel Europe, Karl Kohler, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7717 4444, www.tatasteeleurope.com; CII Green Building Council, www.greenbusinesscentre.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CII Green Building Council,  Tata Steel,  Energy Efficiency,  


RWDI Snares Portland's Green Building Services (M&A, Ind. Report)
RWDI,Green Building Services
Date: 2016-12-21
Portland, Oregon-based sustainability consulting firm Green Building Services reports it is now part of RWDI, a Canadian global building and consulting engineering firm. Green Building Services was acquired by RWDI in May, but after merging operations GBS is now a specialty consultancy within RWDI.

GBS has been instrumental in mare then 600 LEED certifications over the past 16 years. (Source: Portland Business Journal, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: Green Building Services, (503) 467-4710, http://greenbuildingservices.com; RWDI, (503) 467-4710, www.rwdi.com

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Aggregated Micro Power Acquires Wood Pellet Firm PEL (Int'l, M&A)
Aggregated Micro Power Holdings
Date: 2016-12-21
In the UK, London-headquartered wood fuel supplier and developer Aggregated Micro Power Holdings PLC is reporting the acquisition of wood pellet supply business PEL (Fuel) Ltd. for £5.0 million -- £500,000 in cash and £4.5 million in shares. AMP also announced issuance of £1.9 million convertible loan notes at 86 pence per share. (Source: Aggregated Micro Power Holdings, Various Media, Alliance, 19 Dec., 2016)Contact: Aggregated Micro Power Holdings, www.ampplc.co.uk

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DRAX Coal-to-Woody Biomass Conversion Wins EC Approval (Int'l)
DRAX
Date: 2016-12-21
Inb the UK, British coal power producer DRAX reports the European Commission (EC) has given the green light to the conversion of its third coal-fired generating unit to biomass-fired at its North Yorkshire, power plant.

Operating exclusively on wood pellets, the converted power unit will have a capacity of 645MW. Two other units out of a total of six power units were previously upgraded to biomass by DRAX. The plant is expected to use approximately 2.4 million tpy of wood pellets imported primarily from the U.S, and South America. (Source: DRAX, Various Media, EBR, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: DRAX, Andy Koss, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

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AsiaBio Investing in Singapore Biogas Developer Projects (Int'l)
Asia Bioenergy Group, KRU Energy Asia Pte Ltd
Date: 2016-12-21
Kuala Lumpur-based Asia Bioenergy Group (AsiaBio) is reporting the signing of a Memorandum of Intent with Rangkain Iltizam Sdn Bhd. Under the terms of the agreement, AsiaBio is expected to invest in Rangkain Iltizam and assist in the raising of funds for Rangkain Iltizam's biogas energy and related projects.

Rangkain Iltizam is a Singapore-based privately held renewable energy development company which is owned by KRU Energy Asia Pte Ltd (KRU).

Asia Bioenergy Group is a business and technology incubator and strategic advisory group that draws upon the strength and experiences of its promoters who have long served in the engineering, investment banking and finance industries. Asia Bioenergy Group's focus have been in incubating start-up technology companies and early stage high growth companies. In recent years, the group have made tangible strategic investments in the bioenergy, photo voltaic energy, advanced microbial agriculture applications and biomass conversion sectors. (Source: Asia Bioenergy Group, Malaysian Digest, 20 Dec., 2016) Contact: KRU Energy Asia Pte Ltd, www.sgpbusiness.com/company/Kru-Energy-Global-Investments-Pte-Ltd; Rangkain Iltizam, contact information not presently available; AsiaBio, +603 6142 3088/4688, www.asiabio.com.my

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McCain Questions Navy's Great Green Biofuels Fleet (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
US Navy, Great Green Fleet
Date: 2016-12-21
A recent report by Arizona Republican Sen. and former Presidential candidate John McCain's office has found the U.S. Navy's goal of weaning itself off petroleum products has cost taxpayers millions of dollars and did not bring U.S. fleets much closer to getting 40 pct of its energy from alternative sources. "Unfortunately, not only has the Navy failed to meet its goal, but the alternatives it explored have been without exception far more costly to taxpayers than traditional petroleum products," reads McCain's report.

In 2009, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus launched the Navy's "Great Green Fleet" of ships. In its 2012 demonstration, the Green Fleet used biofuels that cost $27 per gallon, compared to about $3.50 per gallon for conventional fuels. The Navy eventually scaled back its ambitions and the Green Fleet's 2016 Mediterranean voyage used a blend that was 95 pct conventional fuel to 5 pct biofuels at a cost of $14.60 per gallon compared to the $1.60 per gallon price of conventional fuels.

With its Great Green Fleet initiative, the Navy has spent at least $58 million on the purchase of alternative fuels to satisfy its "political dogma", according to McCain's office.

The report also found that between fiscal year 2007 and fiscal year 2014, the Department of Defense purchased 32 billion gallons of conventional petroleum products at a cost of $107.2 billion or $3.35 per gallon. During the same period it purchased two million gallons of alternative fuel at a cost of $58.6 million, or $29.30 per gallon. And , along with the USDA and DOE, the DOD pumped $170 million into the Biofuels industry, according to McCain's office.

"After seven years of very expensive and time-consuming experiments with fuel alternatives, the Navy appears to have run aground on the reality of economics," McCain's report concludes. (Source: Daily Caller, Dec. 19, 2016) Contact: U.S. Senator John McCain, (202) 228-2862, (502) 670-6637,www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Navy Green Fleet,  Great Green Fleet,  Biofuel,  


DONG Invests in CS Wind Tower Plant in Scotland (Int'l Report)
DONG Energy, CS Wind
Date: 2016-12-19
Danish offshore wind power giant DONG Energy reports it has made a "multi million" pound investment in Korean wind turbine manufacturer CS Wind's new offshore tower manufacturing facility in Campbeltown, Scotland. The facility, the first offshore wind turbine tower manufacturing facility in the UK, will be located adjacent to CS Wind's current onshore facilities. The plant is expected produce at least 50 towers a year. (Source: DONG Energy, CleanTechnica, Various Others, 16 Dec., 2016) Contact: DONG Energy, Brent Cheshire, UK Country Chairman, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com; CS Wind Corp., +86 64 392 1612, www.cswindcorp.com

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ComEd Touts $2Bn Energy Efficiency Prog. Savings (Ind. Report)
Exelon Corporation, ComEd
Date: 2016-12-19
In Chicago, Exelon Corporation unit ComEd reports that its Energy Efficiency Program has enabled more than $2.1 billion in savings for ComEd customers since its launch in 2008. The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program has also eliminated 27.1 billion pounds of CO2 emissions -- the equivalent to removing 2.5 million cars off the road. The pprogram has also cut energy consumption by more than 19.5 million megawatt hours -- enough energy to power more than 2.1 million homes for a full year, according to ComEd.

The program offers free ComEd Home Energy Assessments that give personalized savings recommendations that homeowners can use to better control the energy usage. Customers can also take advantage of cash rebates on select ENERGY STAR® certified appliances, in-store discounts on select ENERGY STAR certified CFLs and LEDs and can qualify $50 for free old appliance pickup and disposal. of old, working fridges or freezers. (Source: ComEd, PR Business Wire, 16 Dec., 2016) Contact: ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, (835) 433-2700, www.ComEd.com/HomeSavings, www.ComEd.com

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Anellotech Touts Bio-TCat Catalyst Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
Anellotech
Date: 2016-12-19
Pearl River, New York-based Anellotech reports it has developed proprietary technology to extend catalyst lifetime in its Bio-TCat™ process for low cost conversion of biomass into valuable aromatic chemicals and renewable fuels. The new MinFree™ technology reduces mineral (ash) content of biomass feedstocks, thereby enabling economic catalyst lifetimes.

Anellotech has partnered with leading technology providers IFPEN/Axens for process development and Johnson Matthey for catalyst technology. (Source: Anellotech Inc., PR, BUsinessWire, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: Anelloyech, David Sudolsky, (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com

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Vermont Carbon Tax Proposed for 2017 (Reg & Leg)
Vermont Public Interest Research Group
Date: 2016-12-19
In Montpelier, the Vermont Public Interest Research Group is calling for a $500 million a year Vermont state carbon tax on producers that would dramatically increase retail prices for gasoline and home-heating oil. The tax would be at least partially offset by a tax credit and a sales tax reduction. The proposal will be introduced at the Statehouse when lawmakers reconvene in January.

As envisioned by Energy Independent Vermont, the tax would be imposed on fuel distributors, and the proceeds directed to an energy independence fund to offer financial incentives for Vermonters to reduce fossil fuel use. The group says the tax hike, which would phase-in over 10 years, will be offset by a rate reduction in the sales, employment and income taxes. If passed into law, the carbon tax could add as much as 88 cents per gallon of gasoline at the pump. (Source: Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Vermont Watchdog, 16 Dec., 2016) Contact: Vermont Public Interest Research Group, (802) 222-5221, www.vpirg.org; Energy Independent Vermont, www.energyindependentvt.org

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Calif. Regulates Computer Energy Efficiency (Reg & Leg)
California Energy Commission
Date: 2016-12-19
Reuters is reporting that California Energy Commission has adopted the nation's first mandatory energy efficiency rules for computers and monitors which account for 3 pct of home electric bills and 7 pct of commercial power costs. When fully implemented the industry-backed plan is expected to save consumers $373 million a year and save at least as much electricity annually as it takes to power every home in San Francisco.

The new standards will add about $14 to average retail costs of desktops, which are far less energy efficient than laptops. The rule is expected to save consumers more than $40 in electric bills over five years, according to commission estimates.

Organizations representing the tech industry support the standards and describe them "ambitious but achievable," noting that technology companies are "innovating and creating solutions to the challenges posed by climate change." (Source: California Energy Commission, Various Sources, Star Online, Dec., 2016) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 654-4287 www.energy.ca.gov

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Delran Schools Set for $4.5Mn Energy Efficiency Upgrade (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2016-12-19
Following on our October 21st coverage, the Town of Delran New Jersey Board of Education is reporting it will work with Andover, Mass.-based energy management specialist Schneider Electric to implement a $4.5 million, four-school energy efficiency project. The project will include a switch to LED lighting, more efficient boiler systems and updated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems to help conserve energy, as well as rooftop solar panels which are expected to installed before the end of March, 2017.

The school district expects an annual energy cost saving of about $285,000 and plans to secure about $325,000 in rebates and incentives through the New Jersey Clean Energy Program and the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland Energy Efficiency Credit. (Source: Delran Board of Education, Burlington County Times, 16 Dec., 2016) Contact: Delran Board of Education, Brian Brotschul, Superintendent, (856) 461-6800, www.delranschools.org; Schneider Electric Energy and Sustainability Services, www.schneider-electric.com/ess

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  


Free Nonprofits Energy Efficiency Program Lauded (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2016-12-19
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered public utility Consumers Energy reports it performed free energy efficiency upgrades to 541 facilities under its Nonprofit and House of Worship Initiative, in 2016.

The program was launched four years ago to help food banks, the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, churches, senior centers and others. These organizations got free energy efficiency upgrades and incentives for projects that amounted to more than $975,000 in 2016. Since the programs inception, Consumers Energy has spent $2.375 million on the projects at 1,300 places of worship and nonprofit organizations which have enjoyed more than $1.5 million in annual energy savings and incentives, accoprding to the utility. (Source: Consumers Energy, Blog, 3BL Media/Justmeans, 16 Dec., 2016) Contact: Consumers Energy, Tim Sparks, VP Energy Supply, www.ConsumersEnergy.com; www.ConsumersEnergy.com/CARE

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Chattanooga Invests in Library Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Chattanooga
Date: 2016-12-19
In the Volunteer State, the city of Chattanooga reports it plans to cut energy use in its 200-plus municipal buildings by 20 pct over the next decade.

To that end, the city will invest $1.5 million for energy-efficient lights, heating and cooling equipment for the 108,000-square-foot city library. The library upgrades are projected to shave $60,000 from the library's $184,451 annual electric power bill.

To date, Chattanooga has cut about 7 pct of its 2013 base usage of about 250 million kWh a year. Most of those savings have come from improved lighting, temperature controls and equipment to better regulate operations of heating and cooling fans and machines. (Source: City of Chattanooga, Times Free Press, Others, 16 Dec., 2016) Contact: City of Chattanooga, Erik Schmidt, Dir. of Sustainability, https://twitter.com/eschmidt_cha www.chattanooga.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Inox Supplying Turbines for NTPC's First Wind Project (Int'l)
Inox Wind,NTPC
Date: 2016-12-19
In New Delhi, NTPC Limited, India's largest energy conglomerate reports it has partnered with Inox Wind for a 50-MW wind energy project to be developed in Gujarat.

Inox Wind will supply and install 25 units of its advanced 2MW DFIG wind turbines for the NTPC project, which is expected to be operational in early 2018. (Source: Economic Times, NTPC Limited, 13 Dec., 2016) Contact: Inox Wind, Kailash Tarachandani, CEO, +91 1975 272001, investors.iwl@inoxwind.com, www.inoxwind.com; NTPC Limited, www.ntpc.co.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Inox Wind,  India Wind,  NTPC,  


Mitsubishi Touts Netherlands Offshore Wind Plans (Int'l)
Mitsubishi
Date: 2016-12-19
Following on our October 28th coverage, Tokyo-headquartered Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp. reports it plans to construct and operate large-scale offshore wind farms in Belgium and the Netherlands, as part of its wind energy expansion plan. The company presently operates two offshore wind farms in the Netherlands and Portugal.

The company plans to construct the Norther Wind Farm in the North Sea, roughly 23km off Belgium's coast. The $1.3 billion project will incorporate 44 Vestas turbines with a combined capacity of 370MW. The project, which will be developed in partnership with Belgian renewable energy company Elnu as well as Eneco, a Dutch public energy firm, is slated to get underway in Jan., 2017, for commissioning in summer of 2019. (Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nikkei Asian Review, 14 Dec., 2016) Contact: Mitsubishi Corp., +81 3 3210 2171, +81-3-6716-3111, www.mitsubishitoday.com

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