The Japan Ministry of Energy and Environment is calling for a gradual lowering of the feed-in power purchase price of electricity generated by households with less than 10 kilowatts capacity to ¥24 per kWh from the current ¥31 yen by fiscal 2019. The cuts apply to the service areas of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., Chubu Electric Power Co. and Kansai Electric Power Co.
Electricity produced by onshore wind power plants of 20 KW or more will be cut from ¥22 to ¥19.
Japan launched its feed-in tariff program in 2012. (Source: Japan Ministry of Energy and Environment, JIJI Press, 13 Dec., 2016) Contact: Japan Ministry of Energy and Environment, www.meti.go.jp
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In related news, Philippine Presidente Duterte has announced his country will honor the 2015 Paris Climate Change agreement which came into force on Nov. 4.
(Source: Various Media, Manila Bulletin, 18 Dec., 2016)
Contact: Hon. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, Chairman Philippines House Committee on Appropriations, +632 931 5001X7499, www.congress.gov.ph
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The Vulcan Solar is located within the footprint of the 300MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project and, upon completion and will be the first utility scale Hybrid Renewable Energy Project in Canada and one of the largest hybrid facilities in North America. The project will utilize 300,000 ground-mounted solar PV panels and generate sufficient electric power for 12,000 residences and business. It will also offset over 85,000 metric tpy of CO2 emissions. The power will be sold into the Alberta Power Pool. The project is expected to begin construction in Spring 2017. (Source: EDF EN Canada, PR, Yahoo, 15 Dec., 2016) Contact: EDF EN Canada, (514) 397-9997, www.edf-en.ca
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The 49 MW lithium-ion system will be built at the site of the former Roosecote coal and gas-fired power stations in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK. The facility, which will be owned and operated by the British energy and services company Centrica, is expected to be completed by the winter of 2018.
Berlin-based Younicos, which specializes in intelligent energy storage and grid solutions based on battery technology, has installed nearly 100 MW in more than 20 energy storage projects worldwide. The company maintains offices in Berlin and Austin, Texas.
(Source: Younicos, Bus. Wire, 14 Dec., 2016) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, CEO, Philip Hiersemenzel, 011 +49 174 908 8188, email@example.com, www.younicos.com; Centrica Energy, www.centrica.com
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A recently released German environment ministry report lays much of the blame on the country's continuing addiction to high emission laden "brown" coal which is used in power production and accounts for 40 pct of the nation's GHG emissions. Indeed, the
gap between government pledges and needed cuts could be more than 20 million tonnes of CO2.
(Source: DW, New Europe Online, Power Engineering International, 16 Dec., 2016)
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The EIA finds that the EPA's final 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets will have the greatest impact on biomass-based diesel to the tune of a record 2.5 billion gallons consumed in 2017, up from 1.7 billion gallons in 2015. The forecast amount is also above the 2017 biomass-based diesel RFS target of 2 billion gallons.
U.S. ethanol consumption is forecast to average 14.4 billion gallons in both 2016 and 2017, compared to about 14 billion gallons in 2015.
(Source: US EIA, SeeNews, Others, 12 Dec., 2016)
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bio-bean's production facility in Cambridgeshire, can process as much as 50,000 tpy of waste coffee grounds into pellets and "coffe logs." (Source: Costa, BuisnessGreen, Dec., 2016) Contact: bio bean, +44 20 3744 6500, www.bio-bean.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Pellet, Biomass,
Five mayors who have signed up for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance issued an open letter of solidarity this week to the United States members of the network. The letter warns of possible Trump administration actions that could undo environmental regulations that would reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants, increase the production of oil, coal and natural gas, approve new fossil-fuel pipelines and other legislation or actions. The Trump administration could also cut financial support for international climate change efforts including the recent Paris Agreement.
With climate change, carbon emissions and clean energy taken into account, the Alliance
says "they have not yet seen any redeeming features of a Trump White House." (Source: Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Dec., 2016) Contact: Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, http://usdn.org/public/page/13/CNCA
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Zero Net Energy Buildings Market - Global Industry Analysis 2016 - 2024 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
The report provides a granular analysis of the growth trajectory exhibited by the ZEB market. It covers the various ZEB pilots and studies their success rates. The report also analyses ZEB market trends and opportunities on a regional basis.
(Source: Transparency Market Research, OpenPR, Dec., 2016) Contact: Transparency Market Research, (518) 618-1030
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Numerous ZEB pilots have been developed around the world to demonstrate ZEB technology solutions and the construction of ZEBs is encouraged as nations seek ways of minimizing their carbon footprint. The outlook of the ZEB market is strong although the market will witness a slow start, according to the report.
This research report analyzes this market on the basis of its market segments, major geographies, and current market trends. (Source: Transparency Market Research, July, 2016) Contact: Transparency Market Research,
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The Estonian announcement is in response to the European Parliament's Renewable Energy Directive, which requires all EU countries to ensure at least 10 pct of their transportation fuels come from renewable sources by 2020. Other Baltic countries, Latvia and Lithuania, have already reached a 5 pct blending rate while Finland has surpassed 10 pct. (Source: Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, ISSA, Crop Biotech Update, 13 Dec., 2016) Contact: Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, www.mkm.ee/en
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Biomass-based diesel generates so-called renewable identification number (RIN) credits used by refiners and gasoline and diesel importers to meet the RFS targets for use of biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuels, and total renewable fuel.
Steadily increasing RFS targets for biomass-based diesel have led to increasing D4 RIN prices, which, along with the blender's tax credit, have helped encourage growing levels of biomass-based diesel consumption in 2015 and 2016, according to EIA.
The agency projects biomass-based diesel consumption will increase from 1.7 billion gallons in 2015, to a record 2.5 billion gallons in 2017, 0.5 billion gallons above the biomass-based diesel RFS target of 2.0 billion gallons. The additional biomass-based diesel will help meet the advanced biofuel RFS target. EIA assumes ethanol, the most-consumed renewable fuel, consumption will continue to be driven primarily by domestic gasoline demand. Almost all gasoline sold in the U.S. is blended with up to 10 pct ethanol.
(Source: EIA, EPA, Various Media, Kallanish, 14 Dec., 2016)Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov
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By way of contrast India's total turbine production rose 36 pct, Europe was up 28 pct, China 26 pct and Brazil wind turbine production rose 10 pct. (Source: Gamesa, CleanTechnica, Others, 14 Dec., 2016)Contact: Gamesa, +34 948 771 000, www.gamesacorp.com
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In their 50-50- partnership, DONG Energy Wind Power U.S. Inc. will develop and and construct the projects offshore generation and transmission assets. Eversource will develop and construct the onshore transmission system.
In April of 2015, DONG Energy secured newly assigned project development rights to a 300 square mile ocean area 15 miles off the coast of Martha's Vineyard that was made available for lease by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). In August 2016, Massachusetts adopted a comprehensive energy bill mandating that the state's utilities purchase 1600 MW of offshore wind power by 2027.
The companies expect the first power to be delivered in the early 2020s. (Source: DONG Energy, PR, 14 Dec., 2016) Contact: DONG Energy, Samuel Leupold, EVP and CEO, DONG Energy Wind Power U.S. Inc ., Thomas Brostrom, GM, www.dongenergy.com; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, President and CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com
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In 2014, Jordan cancelled proposals for four renewable energy power plants with a capacity of 100MW each and five wind-run power plants totalling 400MW due to the limited capacity of the national grid. (Source: Jordan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, ZAWYA, 14 Dec., 2016) Contact: Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources,
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ADM currently employs more than 32,000 people and its products are sold worldwide. (Source: ADM Website, Various Media, SeeNews, 12 Dec., 2016)
Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano , CEO, (312) 634-8100 - US Headquarters, ADM Bulgaria Trading EOOD, +359 2 963 0201, www.adm.com
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Presently, approximately 45,000 tpy of used cooking oil are collected in France, out of an estimated total of more than 100,000 tonnes. The two firms plan to increase used cooking oil collection and biodiesel production by more than 20 pct during the term of their agreement. (Source: Suez Environment, TOTAL, Various Media, 13 Dec., 2016) Contact: Suez Environment,
Jean-Marc Boursier, Senior Exec. VP, +33 1 45 30 86 79, www.suez-environnement.fr; TOTAL SA, www.total.com
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Novvi is a joint venture of Emeryville, California-headquartered industrial biosecience specialist Amyris Inc., Cosan S.A., and American Refining Group.
(Source: Chevron, Novvi Group, Biofuel Int'l, 15 Dec., 2016) Contact: Amyris, John Melo, CEO, (510) 450-0761, www.amyris.com; Novvi Group, Jeff Brown, CEO, www.novvi.com;
Cosan S.A., www,cosan.com.br; Chevron, www.chevron.com/operations/products-services; American Refining Group, www.amref.com
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PVMC's Solar Energy Optimization Testkit is able to obtain and provide actionable solar energy cost and PV performance information from PVMC test and consortium member sites to improve solar cells, components, modules, systems, and operations and maintenance protocols. The service helps partners avoid costs associated with managing and maintaining their own individual test centers and instead leverage the consortium and SUNY Poly's expertise.
The PVMC Testkit can be applied to any currently deployed PV system and allows the PVMC to collect and model data and perform key measurements at the sites to validate predictive models. Array owners receive periodic performance reports that compare predicted versus actual performance to help identify where energy losses are occurring, embracing a data-driven approach to maximize cost effective operations and maintenance. Data is monitored in real-time and sent to the PVMC's SUNY Poly Albany NanoTech Complex where it is time-stamped to the site weather stations, PV reference arrays, various sensors that monitor the solar radiation, the DC side of the inverters, and the module temperature. This allows careful study of the performance of these systems in real-world conditions, allowing companies to validate and improve their designs as the data is being monitored and analyzed by a team of leading PVMC and SUNY Poly research scientists who provide partners with a detailed report that can offer a roadmap toward a more effective PV system.
The testing kit is available to companies that partner with PVMC, and is already being utilized by leading PV developers and component manufacturers.
(Source: US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, SolarNovus, 12 Dec., 2016) Contact: US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium , Eric Holton, Bus. Dev., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.uspvmc.org; SUNY Polytechnic Institute, www.sunycnse.com
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Leveraging on the operational expertise of both Solfuels and Agritrade International, parent company of Agritrade Resources, the partners will collaborate to retrofit the plant to accommodate multi-feedstock including yellow grease, rendered animal fats, inedible corn oil, and refined vegetable oil.
The 135,000 tpy plant is expected to be operational by April 2017.
(Source: Agtitrade, SeeNews, Others, 14 Dec., 2016) Contact: Agritrade Resources, Ng Xinwei, CEO,
Solfuels, Henri J. Bardon, CEO, +65 6 536 6888, email@example.com, www.agritraderesources.com
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The partnership covers three solar projects totaling nearly 200 MW are expected to generate 285,000 MWh of electricity per year. The three solar projects are expected to avoid 210,000 tpy of carbon emissions, and will cost a total of $300 million. per year.
Scatec Solar expects to invest about $60 million through preference shares partly convertible to a 49 pct equity ownership in the projects. (Source: Scatec Solar, PR, 13 Dec., 2016) Contact: Scatec Solar, Raymond Carlsen, CEO , Mikkel Torud, CFO, +47 976 99 144, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.scatecsolar.com; ItraMAS, Choo Boo Lee, CEO, +60 3 7727 0979, www.itramas.com
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Stanford University has a long-term PPA for 100 pct of the power and the renewable energy credits (RECs), generated from one of the projects -- the Stanford Solar Generating Station.
Turlock Irrigation District (TID) has a similar agreement to buy the power and RECs generated from the second project -- the TID Solar Generating Station.
Construction of both projects commenced in the middle of 2015. Construction on both of the projects is near completion for startup before the year end.
(Source: New Energy Solar; SunPower , SolarServer, Dec. 12 2016) Contact: New Energy Solar, www.newenergysolar.com.au; SunPower, Tom Werner, CEO, www.sunpower.com
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Energy efficiencwill receive $300,000 over 2 years for work on Minnesota energy efficiency and carbon pollution policy; The Environmental Defense Fund, Inc. of New York will receive $700,000 over 2 years to advance energy efficiency, smart grid, and related clean energy policies in Illinois and Ohio; the Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund will receive $180,000 over 2 years to continue energy efficiency and carbon pollution reduction education and organizing efforts.
The Joyce Foundation works with grantee partners to develop and advance evidence-based policy solutions to improve quality of life, promote community vitality and strive for a fair society. The Foundation focuses much of its grant making on the Great Lakes region, and also partners with public agencies, advocates and other funders nationwide.
(Source: The Joyce Foundation, PR, 13 Dec., 2016 Contact: The Joyce Foundation , Lilly Athamanah, (312) 782-2464, email@example.com, www.joycefdn.org
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Under the agreement, the provinces can either implement a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade market. Canada's largest provinces, Ontario and Quebec are presently installing a cap-and-trade system and British Columbia has a carbon tax in place.
In November, Canada announced it would phase out all coal-fired electric power generation by 2030.
(Source: Various Media, UNEP Climate Action, 12 Dec., 2016)
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Oceans cover 70 pct of the planet and seawater is actually basic, not acidic, but as an estimated 30-40 percent of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere due to human activity is dissolved in the oceans, the basicity of seawater reduces and moves toward being pH-neutral, like pure water. Ocean acidification is problematic because the vast amount of life in the oceans and seas is not suited to live in that kind of water.
Ocean acidity has already increased by 30 pct and is expected to double over pre-industrial levels by the end of this century as a result of the ocean absorbing one-third of the atmospheric carbon dioxide generated by human activities. Significant adverse impacts on fisheries and marine ecosystems have already been documented due to ocean acidification and these impacts will worsen in the future, according to the Alliance's website. Current ocean acidification is a byproduct of human activity, but natural phenomena that are not well understood caused a massive ocean acidification event over 250 million years ago that contributed to the Permian-Triassic mass extinction event, according to the Alliance.
Founding Alliance members include: The Province of British Columbia; State of California; Republic of Chile; Cross River State - Nigeria; French Republic; City of Imperial Beach - California; Province of Quebec; Quinault Indian Nation; Washington State, and others. (Source: International Alliance to Fight Ocean Acidification, 14 Dec., 2016) Contact: Global Alliance to Fight Ocean Acidification, http://oaalliance.org
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Tesla Powerpack batteries have the capability to support renewable energy generated power and can be used to supply low-carbon electricity to the power grid as needed.
(Source: Camborne Energy Storage, power-technology, 12 Dec., 2016) Contact: Tesla, www.teslamotors.com; Camborne Energy Storage, Dan Taylor, Managing Director, +44 (0)207 151 4122,
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According to RGGI, carbon prices have flattened out as the program's success in limiting emissions has led to an oversupply of emission credits, leading to prices over 50 pct lower than they were a year ago. Last week's clearing price is the lowest since December 2013, when 38.3 million allowances cleared at $3.
The RGGI states include Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.(Source: RGGI, Dec. 12, 2016) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
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Honors were determined based on data available from the Environmental Protection Agency for the lowest sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions rates in addition to the best efficiency (as measured by heat rate), which results in a lower carbon footprint. Starting this year, the company also presented awards to industry pioneers advancing modern, large-scale carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) projects.
Award winners included:
Today's high-efficiency, low-emissions (HELE) coal-fueled generation includes multiple technologies capable of reducing the vast majority of SO2, NOx, particulate matter, mercury and other emissions. Advanced HELE technologies result in a smaller environmental footprint, achieving as much as a 25 percent reduction in a plant's CO2 emissions rate. Longer-term investments in next-generation carbon capture technologies are widely recognized as essential to meet long-term global climate goals, according to Peabody Energy. (Source: Peabody Energy, 14 Dec., 2016) Contact: Peabody Energy, Glenn Kellow, CEO, Stephanie Weiler,
(314) 342-7798, www.PeabodyEnergy.com
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Under the program, the city makes a deal with an energy services company (ESCO) which conducts an audit to determine how much energy the city's buildings can save by replacing old boilers. The ESCO pays for the new boiler upfront and charges the city a monthly fee for this and other upgrades. The contract guarantees that over time, the monthly payments to the ESCO for that upgrade is less than the amount the city would have paid in utility bills if it had done nothing. The ESCO benefits by charging the city a mark-up for materials and labor.
The $1 billion program includes ways to incentivize low-income homeowners and small business-owners to prioritize energy efficiency. (Source: Pennsylvania Energy, Environment, Economy, newsworks, 12 Dec., 2016) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Authority, (215) 686-4483, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.philaenergy.org
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The database contains details of 7,800 energy efficiency projects including the financial and energy savings. It is hoped this information will reduce the investment risk and returns uncertainty surrounding these projects for investors and business owners.
COWI aims to double the number of projects in the database during 2017. (Source: COI PR, Dec., 2016) Contact: COWI, Carsten Glenting, Marketing, +45 56 40 00 00, email@example.com, www.cowi.com
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Under the scheme, companies with complementary technologies will be grouped into project teams, provided funding and assigned to specific power plant locations. The funding is intended for business implementation plans and project development and execution.
The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development, the Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the Department of Environmental Protection are supporting the initiative. Synthesis Venture Fund Partners will direct the program and will establish long-term partnerships with participating organizations. (Source: Synthesis Venture Fund Partners, Biofuels International, Others, 12 Dec., 2016) Contact: Maine Born Global Challenge
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Southern Oil Refining and JJ Richards & Sons, joint venture partners in the Northern Oil Refinery at Yarwun, built the newly opened multi-million dollar laboratory, which is freely available for testing and other research to Australian biofuels developers. (Source: ARENA, Various Media, 12 Dec., 2016)Contact: ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, www.arena.gov.au; Southern Oil Refining, Tim Rose, +61 2 6925 8755, www.sor.com.au
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Smarter energy use in homes, buildings, and appliances reduces the need for dirty fuels and allows utilities to avoid building polluting power plants, lowering customer bills and emissions levels. The US has also worked to reduce pollution from the transportation sector by improving vehicle efficiency, advancing cleaner fuels, promoting electric vehicle use, and improving land use practices. The report adds that oil consumption in 2015 was 12 pct below its 2005 peak, primarily as a result of historically low coal use, energy efficiency gains, and soaring generation from solar and wind. According to the report, 2015 marked a milestone in modern US history -- CO2 emissions from electric generation dropped below those of the entire transportation sector for half of the year.
To continue the US's clean energy progress, the NRDC report urges the following:
According to the utility, the state will need a broad mix of renewable energy resources. Continued growth of private rooftop solar energy systems and energy storage will offer customers more options. These resources will be complemented by additional large-scale projects which will help ensure all customers receive the benefits renewable energy.
(Source: HECO, khon2, Dec. 12, 2016) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hawaiianelectric.com/landRFI, www.HawaiianElectric.com
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The new facility -- LignoTech Florida (LTF) -- will process lignin into value-added products that provide environmentally friendly alternatives to fossil fuel-based products.
Construction of the $135 million project is expected to break ground shortly with operations beginning within 18 months. after the commencement of construction.
Borregaard will hold 55 pct and RYAM will hold the balance of LTF.
(Source: Borregaard, Rayonier Advanced Materials, Biofuels Int'l, 12 Dec., 2016)Contact: Borregaard, Per A.Sorlie, CEO, email@example.com, www.borregaard.com;
Rayonier Advanced Materials, (904) 357-4600, www.rayonieram.com
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Under the terms of the agreement,
Goldwind's wholly owned subsidiary Beijing Tianrun New Energy Investment Co., Ltd. and Apple agree to cooperate on wind power projects, and actively promote certain of the Company's green power in local projects..
Beijing Tianrun will transfer a 30 pct equity share of the Target Project Companies -- subsidiaries set up to develop and operate a project -- of four wind projects to Apple, which will make the four projects cooperative joint ventures between the two companies. The four companies-projects are: Nanyang Runtang New Energy Co., Ltd. in Henan Province;
Zibo Runchuan New Energy Co., Ltd. in Shandong Province;
Shuozhou Pinglu Sineng Wind Power Co., Ltd. in Shanxi Province; and
the Qiaojia Tianqiao Wind Power Co., Ltd. in Yunnan Province.
(Source: Goldwind, Various Media, 12 Dec., 20160 Contact: Apple, www.apple.com, Goldwind Global, www.goldwindglobal.com
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KPS's technology uses lightweight kites tethered to a turbine on the ground. Two kites work in tandem, with one rising on the wind to a height of 450 meters while the other falls. Their looping motion -- at speeds of up to 100mph -- rotates the turbine to generate electricity.
The Shell-led investment will finance a 500 kilowatt test facility at a former air force base in south-west Scotland next year. (Source: E.ON, Shell, Fin .Times, Others, Dec., 2016) Contact: Kite Power Systems, David Ainsworth, Interim CEO, www.kitepowersolutions.com; E.ON,
Frank Meyer, Head of Innovation, www.eon.com/renewables;
Shell, Geert van de Wouw, STV Managing Director, www.shell.com/energy-and-innovation/innovating-together/shell-technology-ventures.html; Schlumberger, (281) 285-1300, www.slb.com
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The purchase, NTR's 10th in the UK, forms part of NTR's Wind1 Fund, which was established to invest in wind projects in Ireland and Britain. (Source: NTR, Irish Independent, Others, Dec. 13, 2016) Contact: NTR, Rosheen McGuckian, CEO, +353 1 206 3700, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ntrplc.com
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The (IPPCA) was calling for 100 pct imported ethanol on the assumption that such a move would significantly lower retail petroleum prices. The organization claimed that sugar-based ethanol, which comprises majority of the Philippines' feedstock, was more expensive than imported corn-based biofuel.
Philippines' ethanol production is expected to increase through 2017 due to a modest buildup in capacity and ethanol imports are expected to decline, according to the USDA.
In 2015, the Philippine's eight ethanol plants had a combined capacity of 222 million LPY.
(Source: Philippine Sugar Regulatory Administration Manila Times, 12 Dec., 2016) Contact: Philippine Sugar Regulatory Administration,
Rosemarie Gumera, Planning and Policy Manager, +63 2 455 3524, www.sra.gov.ph; IPPCA, www.pippaonline.org
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According to the GAO, "In fiscal years 2013 through 2015,the federal government obligated more than $1.1 billion for advanced biofuels R&D.
Even with federal backing, it does not appear possible to meet statutory target volumes for advanced biofuels in the RFS under current market and regulatory conditions." The GAO partially blames "high production costs" for the shortfall.
(Source: GAO, aminewswire, 13 Dec., 2016)Contact: GOA, (202) 512-3000, email@example.com, www.gao.gov
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The $160 million, 100 MW project will be located 158 km east of Perth. Financial, timelines and other details have not been revealed.
(Source: Sun Brilliance, Various Media, REnewEconomy, 12 Dec., 2016)
Contact: Sun Brilliance, +61 421 344 770, www.sunbrilliance.com
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The proposed 20-acre farm could generate sufficient electric power for about 500 homes. Construction is slated to get underway in Spring, 2017, subject to the town's approval,
(Source: Town of Cicero, WSYR-TV, 13 Dec., 2016) Contact: Cypress Creek Renewables, Matthew McGovern, CEO, (310) 581-6299, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cypresscreekrenewables.com
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The facility was built and is owned and operated by Georgia Power with energy delivered to the state's electric grid at or below the company's avoided cost.
The 30 MW AC -- 42 MW DC -- solar installation utilizes approximately 139,200 ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) panels and is estimated to have cost $75 million. (Source: Georgia Power, PR, 12 Dec., 2016) Contact: Georgia Power, www.GeorgiaPower.com/Solar; US Army Fort Stewart, (912) 767-4264, www.stewart.army.mil
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