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Japan Lowering Wind, Solar Feed-in Tariff Power Prices (Int'l)
Japan Ministry of Energy and Environment,
Date: 2016-12-19
JIJI Press is reporting that Japan will lower the prices paid under the country's feed-in tariff system for the purchase of wind and solar generated electric power, beginning in 2017.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Japan Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Feed-in T,  


ACCIONA's San Roman Wind Farm Fully Operational (Ind. Report)
ACCIONA, of ACCIONA Energy North America
Date: 2016-12-19
Chicago-headquartered ACCIONA Energy North America is reporting that its San Roman Wind Farm near Brownsville, Texas, has begun commercial operation. The facility incorporates 31 AQ125/3000 turbines manufactured by Nordex/ACCIONA Windpower, and will generate sufficient electric power for more than 30,000 Texas homes. The San Roman Wind Farm is ACCIONA's eighth wind farm in the U.S. (Source: ACCIONA, Commercial Property Exec., 14 Dec., 2016)Contact: ACCIONA Energy North America, Ilya Hartmann, CEO, (312) 673-3000, info@accion-na.com, www.acciona.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACCIONA,  Wind,  


Philippine Legislator Planning Carbon Tax (Int'l Report)
Philippines
Date: 2016-12-19
In Manila, Philippine House of Representatives member Hon. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, has "cited the increasing evidence of man-made climate change and the need for Congress to pass new legislation that would help curb global warming, according to the Manila Bulletin. To address the issue, Villafuerte is considering the introduction of carbon tax legislation that would curb carbon emissions and allocate funds for renewable energy projects and development. Villafurte says that prior to introducing carbon tax legislation he will first measure the impact of a carbon tax on the Philippines and other developing economies.

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

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


Regulator OKs EDF EN Canada Vulcan Solar Project (Reg & Leg)
EDF EN Canada
Date: 2016-12-19
EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles Group, reports the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has approved its proposed 77.5 megawatt (MWAC) solar photovoltaic (PV) Vulcan Solar Hybrid Energy Centre Vulcan Solar Project near the community of Carmangay. Approval is subject to provisions by the Hydro and Electric Energy Act and the Alberta Utilities Commission Act.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF EN Canada ,  Solar,  PV,  


Younicos Tapped for Major Battery Energy Storage System (Int'l)
Younicos,Centrica
Date: 2016-12-19
Energy storage pioneer Younicos reports it has been selected by Centrica to design one of the world's largest and most sophisticated battery-based energy storage systems.

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, press@younicos.com, www.younicos.com; Centrica Energy, www.centrica.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Younicos,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Centrica,  


25 States Crack E10 Blend Wall, says EIA (Ind. Report)
EIA
Date: 2016-12-19
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting that half of all states now see ethanol blended in more than 10 pct of gasoline by volume. In California, Oregon, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Louisiana ethanol volumes surpassed 10 pct in 2014 when the number of states poking through the 10 pct blend wall was 22. That year the national average ethanol content was 9.83 pct. (Source: US EIA, Various Media, DTN, 13 Dec., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  


Petrobras Selling Nova Fronteira Ethanol Venture Stake (Int'l, M&A)
Petrobras,Fronteira Bioenergia
Date: 2016-12-19
Following on our 21 Sept. coverage, Brazilian state-owned oil giant Petrobras reports it has sealed a deal for the sale of its 49 pct stake in its Nova Fronteira Bioenergia ethanol venture to partner Sao Martinho, one of Brazil's top ethanol producers, for as much as $150 million, according to Reuters. The sale would be one of the 5 ongoing transactions approved by Brazil's Federal Auditing Court. (Source: Petrobras, Reuters, SeekingAlpha, 15 Dec., 2016)Contact: Fronteira Bioenergia, www.nfbio.com; Sao Martinho, www.saomartinho.ind.br; www.petrobras.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Petrobras ,  Biofuel,  Sugar Ethanol,  Fronteira Bioenergia,  


Coal-burning Germany Likely to Miss Climate Targets (Int'l)
German Emissions
Date: 2016-12-19
According to the German international news broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), although Germany has implemented measures since 2014 to cut greenhouse gas emissions it may miss its 2020 target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct from 1990.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  German Carbon Target,  Carbon Emissions,  Emissions Reduction,  GHGs,  Coal,  


US Biodiesel Consumption on the Rise, says EIA (Ind. Report)
US EIA,EPA
Date: 2016-12-19
According to the EPA and the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) Short-Term Energy Outlook, US biomass-based diesel consumption is expected to grow in 2017 while ethanol consumption will remain static.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiuesel,  Ethanol,  Biofuel.RFS,  


bio bean Purchasing Coffee Grounds for Biomass Pellets (Int'l)
bio-bean
Date: 2016-12-19
In the UK, London-headquartered coffee giant Costa is reporting the that more than 3,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds from its more than 850 stores are now being used to make low-carbon fuel by biomass specialists bio-bean. bio-bean produce biomass pellets and "coffee logs" for wood-burning stoves.

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,  


Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance Wary of Incoming Trump Presidency (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance,
Date: 2016-12-19
The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, a coalition of 20 of the world's most progressive cities on climate change, is offering support to their American counterparts in preparation for the incoming Trump presidency.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance,  ,  


Ence-Energia Acquires Spanish Biomass Plants (M&A, Int'l)
Ence-Energia,Endesa
Date: 2016-12-19
Spanish pulp mills operator Ence-Energia y Celulosa SA reports it will pay an undisclosed price for Madrid-headquartered Endesa SA's stakes in two biomass power plants totaling 32 MW. The transaction concerns the 68.4 pct and 64.1 pct stakes in the Enemasa and La Loma plants in Ciudad Real and Jaen, respectively. The two facilities, which use olive stones as feedstock began commercial oThis deal will enable Ence to increase its present 143 MW installed power capacity by 29 pct. (Source: Ence-Energia y Celulosa, SeeNews, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: Ence, Ignacio Colmenares, CEO, www.ence.es/index.php/en; Endesa, www.endesa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ence-Energia,  Endesa ,  Biomass Power,  Wood Pulp,  


GEVO Plans Reverse Spilt to Hold NASDAQ Listing (Ind. Report)
GEVO
Date: 2016-12-19
Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol and renewable chemicals maker Gevo, Inc. reports its its stockholders have approved an amendment to its Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation allowing a reverse stock split of the company's outstanding shares of common stock. This happened by a ratio of not less than one-for-two and not more than one-for-twenty at any time on or prior to 6 January 2017, with the exact ratio to be set at a whole number within this range by the Board of Directors in its sole discretion. The exact date of the split has not yet been determined. (Source: GEVO, Various Trade Media, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: GEVO Inc., Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  


Zero Net Energy Buildings Market - Global Industry Analysis 2016 - 2024 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Zero Net Energy Building
Date: 2016-12-17
According to Transparency Market Research's recently released report, the global market for zero net energy buildings (ZEBs) is likely to expand considerably between 2016 and 2024, exhibiting a high rate of growth. Numerous ZEB pilots have been developed around the world and construction of ZEBs is encouraged as nations seek ways of minimizing their carbon footprint. Even so, the market will witness a slow start, according to the 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 sales@transparencymarketresearch.com, www.transparencymarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Net Energy Building,  

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Zero Net Energy Buildings Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016 - 2024 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2016-12-16
The global market for zero net energy buildings (ZEBs) is likely to expand considerably between 2016 and 2024, exhibiting a high rate of growth, according to a recently released report from Transparency Market Research.

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, (518) 618-1030, sales@transparencymarketresearch.com, www.transparencymarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Net Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Estonia Mandates Biofuel Blending at 3.3 pct (Int'l)
Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure
Date: 2016-12-16
In the Baltic, the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure reports the country is amending the Liquid Fuel Act requiring all fuels retailed in the country contain at least 3.5 pct biofuel by volume effective in Mat, 2017. The perdentage will increase to 6.4 pct in 2018, 8 pct in 2019 then jump to 10 pcy in 2020. Estonia is the last EU member country to mandate biofuel blending.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  


EIA Forecasts Continued Biodiesel Growth (Ind. Report)
US EPA
Date: 2016-12-16
According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA), the US EPA's recently released final Renewable Fuel Standard ruling projects the rule will have the greatest impact on biomass-based diesel consumption, which is forecast to continue growing into 2017, while ethanol consumption remains largely unchanged.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News EIA,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  US EPA,  


Gamesa Sets Wind Turbine Production Record (Int'l Report)
Gamese
Date: 2016-12-16
Spanish wind energy giant Gamesa reports it has surpassed it's 2008 wind turbine production record by building more than 1,880 wind turbines with a total capacity of 3,880 MW to date in 2016. 2008's 3,787 MW.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gamesa,  Wind,  


DONG, Eversource Plan Major US Offshore Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
DONG Energy,Eversource Energy
Date: 2016-12-16
DONG Energy reports it is joining with Eversource Energy in a proposed Massachusetts offshore wind farm south of Martha's Vineyard in an area that has the potential to develop at least 2,000 MW of electricity -- sufficient power for one million Massachusetts homes.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  Eversource Energy,  Offshore Wind,  


Jordan Seeking Wind, Solar Power Plant Developers (Int'l)
Jordan
Date: 2016-12-16
In Aman, Jordan is seeking expressions of interest from solar and wind energy developers for the design and construction of six renewable energy power plants with a total capacity of 300 MW -- 4 wind and soler plants and 2 wind projects for a total of 1,800 MW by 2020.

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, www.jordan.gov.jo

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


ADM Expanding Bulgarian Corn Wet Mill Capacity (Ind. Report)
ADM
Date: 2016-12-16
Chicago-headquartered ethanol producer and grain trader Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM) is reporting it will significantly expand the overall grind and finishing capacity for sweeteners and starches at its corn wet mill in Sofia, Bulgaria. The expansion is slated for completion early in 2018.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  ADM,  Archer Daniels Midland,  Corn,  Biofuel,  


Global Industry Study on Biofuels Market by Application, Type, Manufacturers, and Regions, Forecast up to 2021 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Market Biz
Date: 2016-12-16
A new report -- Global Industry Study on Biofuels Market by Application, Type, Manufacturers, and Regions, Forecast up to 2021 -- is now available from Market.biz. The report includes biofuels manufacturers and manufacturer profiles, biofuel types (ethanol and biodiesel) and applications, biofuels sales, prices, revenue and biofuels market shares. This report also covers the biofuels industry and markets by region, competition and market shares and revenues worldwide (2011-2016).

Review report details HERE. (Source: Market.Biz, 13 Dec., 2016) Contact: Market.Biz, 1 857 239 0696, https://market.biz

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuels,  


Suez Environment, TOTAL Ink Cooking Oil Biodiesel Deal (Int'l)
Suez Environment,Total SA
Date: 2016-12-16
French waste management specialist Suez Environment and Paris-headquartered oil and gas giant TOTAL SA are reporting a 10-year deal under which Suez will collect and supply 20,000 metric tpy of used cooking oil to TOTAL's La Mede biorefinery for processing into biodiesel. The La Mede petroleum refinery was closed in 2015 and reopened as a biodiesel refinery in 2016.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Suez Environment,  TOTAL SA,  Biodiesel,  Used Cooking Oil,  


Chevron Takes Equity Stake in Australian Novvi Group (M&A)
Chevron Products,Novvi, Amyris , Cosan S.A.
Date: 2016-12-16
Chevron Products Co., a division of US oil and gas giant Chevron USA , and Melbourne, Australia-based renewable base oil technology lubricant manufacturer Novvi Group are reporting Chevron has made an unspecified equity investment into Novvi Group.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron,  Amyris ,  Cosan S.A.,  


US PV Manufacturing Consortium Offers Solar Testkit (Ind. Report)
SUNY Polytechnic Institute,US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium
Date: 2016-12-16
As part of the US DOE Sunshot Initiative and led by SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly), the US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium )PVMC) is reporting a new set of PV systems evaluation capabilities aimed at providing real-time data to industrial and academic partners.

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., eholton@sunycnse.com, www.uspvmc.org; SUNY Polytechnic Institute, www.sunycnse.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  SUNY Polytechnic Institute,  US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium ,  


Agritrade Acquires Solfuels' Arkansas Biodiesel Plant (M&A)
Agritrade Resources,Solfuels
Date: 2016-12-16
Singapore-headquartered integrated energy and shipping solutions provider Agritrade Resources reports it is acquiring a 51 pct majority stake in Solfuels Holdings' -- also of Singapore -- biodiesel plant in Arkansas for $2.97 million. Solfuels Holdings will retain the remaining 49 pct. The acquisition is Agritrade's first biodiesel investment in the US.

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, info@agritraderesources.com, www.agritraderesources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


Scatec, ItraMAS Partnering on Malaysian PV Projects (Int'l)
Scatec Solar ,ItraMAS
Date: 2016-12-16
Oslo, Norway-headquartered solar energy developer Scatec Solar reports it has entered the Malaysian large-scale solar energy market by partnering with Kuala Lumpur-based ItraMAS, a Malaysian LED lighting and traffic management and construction engineering company,. The ItraMAS-led consortium has signed three 21-year PPAs with the country's largest electricity utility, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).

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, mikkel.torud@scatecsolar.com, www.scatecsolar.com; ItraMAS, Choo Boo Lee, CEO, +60 3 7727 0979, www.itramas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scatec Solar,  Solar ,  


New Energy Solar Fund Snare Two SunPower PV Projects (M&A)
New Energy Solar,SunPower
Date: 2016-12-16
Sydney, Australia-based sustainable investment fund New Energy Solar is reporting the acquisition of a substantial majority interest in two 67.4 MW solar PV projects totaling over 134 MW, that San JOse, California-based SunPower developed, designed and constructed in Kern County, California. SunPower will retain an ownership interest in the PV projects and provide ongoing operation and maintenance services.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar PV,  SunPower,  Solar,  


Joyce Foundation Announces Energy Efficiency Grants (Funding)
Joyce Foundation
Date: 2016-12-16
The Chicago-headquartered Joyce Foundation reports it has awarded more than $10 million in grants to support organizations advocating clean energy and energy efficiency policies in the Great Lakes region.

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, lathamanah@joycefdn.org, www.joycefdn.org

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


Canada Sets National Carbon Tax at $10 per tonne (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2016-12-16
In Ottawa, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Lib.) has announced the country's first carbon tax pegged at $10 (Cdn) per tonne beginning in 2018. The tax will rise $10 every year to hit $50 in 2022.

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)

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


Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification Launched (Int'l)
International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification
Date: 2016-12-16
According to the recently launched International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (Alliance), carbon emissions have a clear impact on the Earth's atmosphere, trapping heat and contributing to global warming. However, a lot of that carbon also gets absorbed by the water bodies on Earth, especially the oceans, where it contributes to increasing the acidic component of their waters.

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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China Launching Global Emissions Monitoring Satellite (Int'l)
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Date: 2016-12-16
In Beijing, the Chinese Academy of Sciences reports that China will launch its first satellite specifically designed to monitor global carbon emissions, before the year end. The satellite will scan every region of the earth every 16 days with highly accurate detectors of cloud, aerosol and carbon monoxide emissions. The resulting data will be analyzed to calculate emissions changes and fluctuations.(Source: CRI, China.org.cn. 14 Dec., 2016) Chinese Academy of Sciences, english.cas.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  GHG,  Global Warming,  


Camborne Installs Europe's First Grid-Scale Tesla Powerpack (Ind. Report, Int'l)
Tesla, Camborne Energy Storage
Date: 2016-12-16
In the UK, London-headquartered Camborne Energy Storage reports the installation of has installed the first grid-scale Tesla Powerpack batteries on site in Somerset, UK -- the first in Europe. The Tesla Powerpak installation can provide sufficient electric power for 500 homes.

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, info@cambornecapital.co.uk, www.cambornecapital.co.uk

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RGGI Carbon Auction Prices Tumble 22 pct (Ind. Report)
RGGI
Date: 2016-12-16
On Wednesday, carbon dioxide allowance prices fell 22 pct at the 34th Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction. Nearly 14.8 million allowances were sold at a clearing price of $3.55, down from the $4.54 they netted in the last quarterly auction, in September.

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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Peabody Honors Cleanest U.S. Coal-Fired Power Plants (Ind. Report)
Peabody Energy
Date: 2016-12-16
St. Louis-headquartered Peabody Energy, the world's largest private-sector coal company which is presently in Chapt. 11 bankruptcy, reports it has recognized U.S. coal-fueled power plants for top environmental performance with the 2016 Peabody Energy Clean Coal Awards.

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:

  • Dynegy's Coffeen Plant in Illinois -- The 50-year old, 915-MW plant uses low-sulfur Powder River Basin coal and added a wet scrubber in 2009.

  • Southwestern Electric Power Company's (SWEPCO) John W. Turk Jr. Plant, Fulton, Ark. -- The Turk plant's NOx emissions profile is 79 pct better than the U.S. coal fleet average. The 600 MW ultra-supercritical power plant began commercial operation in 2012.

  • Longview Power LLC's Longview Power Plant in Maidsville, W. Va., -- The 705 MW supercritical power plant operates at a level of efficiency 15 pct better than the U.S. coal fleet average. Longview's best-in-class heat rate of 9,003 Btu per kWh in 2015 continues to improve, and the company's current efficiency performance is on track to be well below 8,900 Btu per kilowatt hour.

  • Mississippi Power's Kemper County Energy Facility -- The 582 MW Kemper facility employs Transport Integrated Gasification technology that is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 65 pct.

  • NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration's Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project -- The Petra Nova project demonstrates commercial-scale deployment of post-combustion carbon capture and is designed to capture approximately 90 pct of CO2 emissions from a 240 MW equivalent slipstream of flue gas from the W.A. Parish plant in Thompsons, Texas, southwest of Houston.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Peabody Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  Clean Coal,  


  • Philly Advances $1Bn Energy Efficiency Campaign (Ind. Report)
    Philadelphia Energy Authority
    Date: 2016-12-16
    In the Keystone State, the city of Philadelphia reports it is is moving forward with the Philadelphia Energy Campaign, an ambitious plan to invest $1 billion in public and private money into energy-efficiency projects in all city-owned buildings, schools, as well as 25,000 low- to-moderate-income homes and 2,500 small businesses. The program would also create as many as 10,000 new "green jobs" over 10 years and result in $200 million per year in energy savings once all projects are completed. The Philadelphia Energy Authority is managing the project.

    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, info@philaenergy.org, http://www.philaenergy.org

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    DEEP Energy Efficiency Database Launched (Ind. Report)
    COWI
    Date: 2016-12-16
    Danish consultancy COWI reports it has led the development of the largest ever EU-wide, open-source database of energy efficiency projects. The "de-risking" energy efficiency platform (DEEP) database aims to encourage investment in energy efficiency projects in accordance with the EU's recently launched energy policy package.

    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, cowi@cowi.com, www.cowi.com

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    Maine Initiative Supports Bio-based Project Dev. (Ind. Report)
    Maine,Maine Born Global Challenge
    Date: 2016-12-14
    The Pine Tree State is reporting the launch of the Maine Born Global Challenge to help support and finance bio-based projects, biofuels, biomass handling and other bio-based projects statewide.

    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 www.synthesis-vfp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maine Biomass,  Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  


    Aussie Biofuels Lab Open to Biofuels Developers (Int'l)
    Australian Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2016-12-14
    Following on our June 27th coverage, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it is providing $2.37 million (AUS) in support of a new biocrude and biofuels laboratory which has opened on the site of Northern Oil Refining's advanced biofuels pilot plant in Gladstone, Queensland.

    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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    Transition to Clean Energy Economy "Irrevocably Underway", says NRDC (Ind. Report)
    NRDC
    Date: 2016-12-14
    According to Accelerating into a Clean Energy Future, a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the US shift away from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy is undeniable and irresistible for the simple reason that clean energy is now less expensive than dirty energy.

    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:

  • In both international and domestic policy, the federal government should remain an active partner in a clean energy transition driven increasingly by the recognition that clean energy is cheaper than dirty energy.

  • States should strengthen renewable portfolio standards that require a specific amount of energy generation from emissions-free sources like wind and solar, and adopt strong energy efficiency policies for US homes, buildings, and appliances and equipment.

  • Utilities and their regulators should curb power plant emissions and prioritize renewable energy and energy efficiency.

  • The transportation sector should incentivize electric vehicles and strengthen fuel economy standards to continue reducing US reliance on oil.

  • Clean energy companies and businesses should also lead the way, creating jobs for the sustainable energy economy.
  • (Source: NRDC., Blog, Dec., 2016)Contact: NRDC, (212) 727-2700, www.nrdc.org

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    HECO Seeking Renewable Energy Development Sites (Ind. Report)
    HECO
    Date: 2016-12-14
    In the Aloha State, Hawaiian Electric companies HECO, Maui Electric, and Hawaii Electric Light Company are issuing a Request for Information (RFI) from landowners on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui, Molokai and Lanai interested in leasing property to grow bioenergy feedstocks or for large-scale wind and solar farm developments in order to reach its 100-pct renewable energy goals.

    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, landrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com/landRFI, www.HawaiianElectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HECO,  Solar,  Wind,  Renewable Enrgy,  Hawaii Renewable Energyy,  


    New Lignin Facility Slated for Sunshine State (Ind. Report)
    Borregaard, Rayonier Advanced Materials
    Date: 2016-12-14
    Further to our June 12, 2015 story, Norwegian biorefiner and biogas producer Borregaard and Jacksonville, Florida-headquartered Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) are reporting receipt of their respective Board approvals and regulatory permits for construction of a new lignin facility at RYAM's Fernandina Beach site in Florida.

    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, borregaard@borregaard.com, www.borregaard.com; Rayonier Advanced Materials, (904) 357-4600, www.rayonieram.com

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    Goldwind, Apple Partnering on Chinese Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
    Apple,Goldwind
    Date: 2016-12-14
    China's Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co. (Goldwind) reports it has sealed a deal with high-tech giant Apple under which Apple will hold a 30 stake stake in four separate wind projects being developed in China.

    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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    Wind Kite Power Systems Attracts £5Mn Investment (Ind. Report)
    Royal Dutch Shell,Kite Power Systems
    Date: 2016-12-14
    Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell reports it will join E.ON and Schlumberger to invest £5 million in in Essex, UK-based startup Kite Power Systems (KPS).

    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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    NTR Expands UK Wind Holdings with Yorkshire Project (Int'l, M&A)
    NTR Plc
    Date: 2016-12-14
    Dublin-headquartered Irish renewable-energy firm NTR Plc is reporting the acquisition of the Twin Rivers wind project in Yorkshire, England, from InfraRed Environmental Infrastructure Fund and the Co-operative Group (co-op). The 14 turbine project will cost €95 million to complete.

    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, info@ntrplc.com, www.ntrplc.com

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    SRA Nixes Increased Philippine Ethanol Imports (Int'l)
    Philippines
    Date: 2016-12-14
    In Manila, the Philippine state-run Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) has dismissed calls by the Philippine Independent Petroleum Producers Association (IPPCA) to allow increased imports of ethanol products to effectively lower gas pump prices. The Philippine government's bioethanol program mandates E10 ethanol-gasoline blends and calls for independent oil companies to prioritize the procurement and development of the local ethanol sector.

    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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    U.S. to Miss Advanced Biofuel Targets, says GAO (Ind. Report)
    Government Accountability Office
    Date: 2016-12-14
    In Washington DC, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports that despite government subsidies and mandates, advanced biofuels from dedicated energy crop such as switchgrass, algae and others, will fall short of their plan to blend up to 36 billion gallons of ethanol and advanced biofuels into the nation's gasoline supply by 2022. The GAO adds that production of corn-ethanol has nearly reached the maximum 20 pct greenhouse gas reduction mandated under the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

    . 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, contact@goa.gov, www.gao.gov

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    Australia's Largest Solar Array Wins Regulatory Approval (Int'l)
    Sun Brilliance
    Date: 2016-12-14
    In the Land Down Under, Perth-based developer Sun Brilliance is confirming conditional approval from the Mid-West Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel for Australia's first utility-scale solar array. The approval is dependent upon the project being developed within two years of the approval date, that the electrical substation be relocated at least 200 meters away from the nearest home, and that a detailed transport management plan be developed accounting for the construction period.

    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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    Cicero Considering Cypress Creek Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Cypress Creek Renewables
    Date: 2016-12-14
    In the Empire State, the Town of Cicero is the proposed site of a new solar farm to be developed by California based Cypress Creek Renewables.

    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, info@ccrenew.com, www.cypresscreekrenewables.com <

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    Georgia Power Dedicates Fort Stewart Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Power,Fort Stewart
    Date: 2016-12-14
    Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power is reporting the commissioning and dedication of a 30-MW solar installation at the U.S. Army's Fort Stewart near Hinesville, Georgia.

    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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