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€8.1Mn Serbian Biomass-Fired Power Plant Planned (Int'l)
MK Group
Date: 2019-06-19
In Belgrade, privately held Serbian diversified conglomerate MK Group reports it plans to invest €8.1 million ($9.1 million) in the construction of a 20,000 MWh biomass-fired power plant in Vrbas, in the northern part of the country.

The project will be carried out by MK Biogas, a subsidiary of MK Group, while the plant will be designed by the German company Wabio Technologie GmbH. The project is expected to break ground in September.(Source: MK Group, PR, 18 June, 2019) Contact: MK Group, +381 21 4878 418, fax: +381 21 6616 850, info@mkcommerce.rs, www.mkcommerce.rs; Wabio Technologie GmbH, www.wabio.de/englisch

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


Ontario Woody Biomass Fuel Facility Now Operating (Ind. Report)
Biothermic,Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-economy
Date: 2019-06-19
Thunder Bay, Ontario-based woody biomass heating systems and wood chip for heating supplier Biothermic is reporting the construction and startup of Ontario's first wood fuel facility for processing and storing locally-sourced wood chips -- a major step forward in helping make low-carbon, low-cost energy a reality in Canada.

The Biothermic facility received $168,500 in grant funding from the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-economy (CRIBE), an independent non-profit corporation that supports the development and commercialization of bioenergy and biomass. (Source: Biothermic, Canadian Biomass, June, 2019) Contact: Biothermic, Vince Rutter, Pres., (807) 355-5519, vince@biothermic.ca, www.biothermic.ca; CRIBE, Chris Walton, CEO, 807.344.1180, ceo@cribe.ca, www.cribe.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


Nautilus Nails Orange County Community Solar Project (Ind Report)
Nautilus Solar Energy
Date: 2019-06-19
Summit, NJ-based solar energy developer Nautilus Solar Energy LLC has announced the ribbon cutting for its first of three community solar projects serving Orange and Rockland's utility service territory. Located in the hamlet of Westtown in Orange County, New York, the 2.83 MW community solar garden will provide energy cost savings to 300 homes while advancing New York's nation-leading renewable energy goals.

Utilizing its full-service platform, Nautilus will be responsible for the project management, long-term asset management and maintenance services for the projects. The energy generated by the Westtown solar project will directly benefit qualified residential community solar subscribers who are situated within the Orange and Rockland utility service territory. A limited number of residential subscriptions to the system are currently available through a partnership with Onesta Solar at www.chooseonestasolar.com. The project reached commercial operation May 8, 2019. Nautilus's other solar projects in the towns of Greenville and Chester are scheduled to open by 3Q 2019. This project received over $1 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through NY-Sun. (Source: Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC, PR, June, 2019) Contact: Nautilus Solar, Jim Rice, CEO, www.nautilussolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nautilus Solar Energy,  Community Solar,  Solar,  


Taiwan Offers Energy Efficient Appliance Tax Rebates (Int'l Report)
Taiwan,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-06-17
In Taipei, the Taiwan Ministry of Finance reports purchasers of new energy-saving home appliances between now and June 2021 will be eligible for a rebate of the excise tax paid on the items purchased.

The tax incentive is limited to the purchase of new refrigerators, air conditioners/heaters, or dehumidifiers that meet either the Level 1 or 2 energy-saving standard as specified under the Bureau of Energy's energy efficiency rating program. These home appliances must also be strictly for personal use and not for resale. The incentive package comes as part of an amended Commodity Tax Act, which cleared the Legislative Yuan on May 24. (Source: Taiwan Ministry of Finance, Taiwan Central News Agency, 15 June, 2019) Contact: Taiwan Ministry of Finance, www.mof.gov.tw/Eng/Home

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


Rutgers, Duke Farms Partner on NJ Carbon Sink Project (Ind. Report)
Rutgers
Date: 2019-06-17
In the Garden State, Rutgers University and Duke Farms in Hillsborough Township report they are collaborating on a study to develop 2,700 acres as an experimental carbon sink to absorb and store atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). Higher levels of carbon dioxide are a factor in global warming and climate change.

The Rutgers University researchers, from the New Brunswick, Newark and Camden campuses, will conduct monitoring and research at the largely wooded Duke Farms over five years. The study will begin by compiling baseline data on the presence of carbon in various land types and land management protocols. The Rutgers scientists will then create strategies to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in soil and vegetation. The study will also determine the greenhouse gas emissions supporting the Duke Farms operations compared to the carbon stored on the property. (Source: Rutgers, Bridgewater Courier, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Rutgers Climate Institute, Marjorie Kaplan, Assoc. Dir., (848) 932-5739, www.climatechange.rutgers.edu; Duke Farms, Michael Catania, Exec. Dir., www.dukefarms.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Sequestration,  Carbon Sink,  


India Working to Meet Paris Agreement Targets (Int'l Report)
Power and New and Renewable Energy Ministr
Date: 2019-06-17
At the weekend F20 meetings in Nagano, Japan, India's Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh noted that his country is "inching" towards meeting its Paris Agreement targets and, to that end, is implementing major renewable energy expansion and energy efficiency programmes.

During his comments, Singh highlighted the country's achievements in household electrification and energy access. He also said he was confident that India will achieve a 40 pct renewable in the energy mix by 2030. (Source: India Power and New and Renewable Energy Ministry, Business Standard, 16 June, 2019) Contact: India Power and New and Renewable Energy Ministry, https://powermin.nic.in/en/content/contact-us-0

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


22Mn Trees Help Scotland Combat Global Climate Change (Int'l Report)
Climate Change, Woodland Trust
Date: 2019-06-17
The Woodland Trust reports in 2018 Scotland planted over 22 million trees in a 11,200 hectare reforestation project aimed at addressing climate change. Scotland's reforestation effort surpassed anywhere else in the UK. England planted just 1,420 hectares of woodland in 2018, despite a target of 5,000 hectares being set.

The percentage of woodland cover in the UK remains at 13 pct; England has 10 pct, while Wales and Scotland have 15 and 19 pct respectively. All of this is part of the country's effort to battle climate change, with the increased number of trees being described as a "critical contribution to the global climate emergency."

Even so, studies show there's now so much CO2 in the atmosphere that an area larger then the entire US would have to be reforested just to capture 10 pct of the world's annual CO2 emissions.

The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the United Kingdom concerned with the creation, protection, and restoration of native woodland heritage. It has planted over 43 million trees since 1972. (Source: Woodland Trust, UNILAD News, 12 June, 2019) Contact: Woodland Trust, www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woodland Trust ,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Reforestation,  


Petosky Considering 100 pct Renewable Energy Shift (Ind. Report)
Michigan Public Power Agency
Date: 2019-06-17
In Michigan, the City of Petoskey City Council reports it has been working with the Michigan Public Power Agency, which distributes electricity to municipal utilities, to increase the community of 6,000 +- residents renewable energy portfolio with the goal of transitioning to 100 pct renewable energy by 2040.

According to the plan, the city will incrementally achieve 100 pct renewable energy in the next 20 years: 2020 --15 pct; 2025 -- 25 pct; 2030 -- 40 pct; 2035 -- 70 pct; and 100 pct by 2014. The plan also stresses citizen participation in the development and financing of energy infrastructure and enables low-income citizens to participate.

In April, the city launched its green pricing program, allowing electrical customers to earmark 25, 50, 75 or 100 pct of their electrical usage to come from renewable energy. The program focuses on public education, environmental sustainability policies, and transitioning to green infrastructure for environmental and cost-saving considerations. (Source: City of Petosky, Petosky News Review, 14 June, 2019)Contact: City of Petosky, www.petoskeyarea.com; Michigan Public Power Agency, 517-323-8919, www.mpower.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


Miramar's $1.4M Alt. Fuels Program Funded (Ind. Report, Funding)
California Energy Commission
Date: 2019-06-17
In the Golden State, San Diego Miramar College, a public community college, is reporting receipt of a 5-year, $1.4 million contract from the California Energy Commission to develop the Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Training Enhancement Program to help participating students enter the alternative fuels, energy and technology fields.

Students will receive workplace "on the job" training for jobs focusing on reducing carbon emissions from vehicles. The program will be additional to the college's existing automotive technology program. (Source: Miramar College, City News Service, 14 June, 2019) Contact: Miramar College, www.sdmiramar.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Alternative Fuels,  


EIA Report Issues Biomass 2019-20 Stats, Projections (Ind Report)
US EIA
Date: 2019-06-17
In its just released June Short Term Energy Outlook, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is predicting non-hydropower renewables will provide 11 pct of U.S. power generation in 2019, increasing to 13 pct in 2020.

Non-hydropower renewables provided 10 pct of electricity generation in 2018. Of that total, woody biomass is expected to generate 113,000 MWh per day of electricity this year, increasing to 115,000 MWh per day in 2020. Waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 57,000 MWh per day of electricity in both 2019 and 2020.

In the electric power sector, waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 48,000 MWh per day in both 2019 and 2020. Generation from wood biomass is expected to reach 37,000 MWh per day this year, increasing to 39,000 MWh per day in 2020. Across other sectors, waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 76,000 MWh per day in both 2019 and 2020, with wood biomass used to generate 9,000 MWh per day in both years.

The electric power sector is expected to consume 0.269 quadrillion Btu (quad) of waste biomass this year, increasing to 0.27 quad next year. The sector is also expected to consume 0.221 quad of wood biomass in 2019, increasing to 0.232 quad in 2020. The industrial sector is expected to consume 0.169 quad of waste biomass in both 2019 and 2020, along with 1.439 quad of wood biomass in 2019 and 1.401 quad of wood biomass in 2020. The commercial sector is expected to consume 0.044 quad of waste biomass and 0.084 quad of wood biomass in both 2019 and 2020, while the residential sector is expected to consume 0.492 quad of wood biomass this year, falling to 0.488 quad next year.

Across all sectors, waste biomass consumption is expected to reach 0.482 quad in 2019 and remain at that level into 2020. The consumption of wood biomass is expected to reach 2.238 quad this year, falling to 2.205 quad next year. Biomass capacity in the electric power sector is expected to reach 7,071 MW by the end of this year, including 4,141 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,930 MW of wood biomass capacity, falling to 7,052 MW by the end of 2020, including 4,080 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,972 MW of wood biomass capacity. Biomass capacity across other sectors is expected to reach 6,657 MW by the end of 2019, including 866 MW of waste biomass capacity and 5,791 MW of wood biomass capacity. Capacity is expected to fall slightly to 6,649 MW by the end of 2020, including 866 MW of waste biomass capacity and 5,784 MW of wood biomass capacity. (Source: US EIA, June, 2019)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Shuttered BC Sawmill Slatted for Wood Pellet Production (Ind. Report)
Boreal BioEnergy,
Date: 2019-06-17
A sawmill in McBride, B.C., that shutdown 13 years ago is getting a new life as a wood pellet plant. Vancouver-headquartered forestry company Boreal BioEnergy Corp. is reporting the acquisition of a long-shuttered saw mill facility in McBride, B.C. for redevelopment into a torrefied (black) wood biomass pellet production plant.

Construction is slated to get underway early next year for startup and production in late 2020. When fully operational the plant will produce up to 250,000 tpy of "black pellets." The plant's first shipment of wood pellets is scheduled to arrive in Japan in 2021. (Source: Boreal Bioenergy, CBC News, 14 June, 2019) Contact: Boreal Energy, Bruce Halase Managing Director Business Development, (604) 324-9916 ext. 104, bruce.halase@borealbioenergy.com, www.borealbioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boreal BioEnergy,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card , says UN Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Carbon Offsets,UN Environment
Date: 2019-06-17
According to the UN Environment's Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card Report , buying carbon credits in exchange for a clean conscience while burning fossil fuels is under fire by private citizens, scientists and activists concerned with the way carbon offsets have been used by polluters as a free pass for inaction.

Annual emissions have to reduce by 29-32 gigatonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide (CO2e) by 2030 to maintain a fighting chance to stay below 1.5 degree C -- a five-fold increase on current ambitions, the report notes.

According to the report, carbon offset schemes were set up to allow the largest polluters who exceed permitted emissions’ levels to fund projects, such as reforestation, that reduce CO2 in the air, essentially balancing out their emissions equation. The types of carbon offset projects that are implemented range from forestry sequestration projects to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects (which reduce future CO2 emissions in the atmosphere).

Carbon offsets are useful while infrastructure and industry make the transition to electric mobility, alternative energy and the new technology necessary for low- and zero-carbon lifestyles. Where there are no viable alternatives in the short term, an offset scheme promises to cancel out the emissions in one place with emission-reducing actions in another.

Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) credits have also come under fire with a 2016 study found 85 pct of the offsets had a "low likelihood" of creating real reductions, and the UN has struggled to reconcile its support for offsets with evidence that they are problematic.

Download the UN Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card report HERE; (Source: UN Environment, Pro Publica, 10 June, 2019) Contact: UN Environment, Niklas.Hagelberg, Niklas.Hagelberg@un.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CDM,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offsets,  


AutoGrid, ENERES Announce Virtual Power Plant Agreement (Ind. Report)
AutoGrid, ENERES
Date: 2019-06-17
Redwood City, California-headquartered AutoGrid, the leader in flexibility management software for the energy industry, reports its latest project in Japan, which will be the largest storage-virtual power plant (VPP) in the world by asset volume. The project anticipates adding more than 10,000 assets to the VPP between 2020-2021, with rapid scaling in subsequent years.

Under the partnership, AutoGrid will supply Japanese energy services and trading company ENERES Co., Ltd. with VPP and customer engagement software to aggregate, dispatch and market energy from demand response (DR) and distributed energy resources (DERs). The partnership will enable ENERES to combine DR resources into large enough blocks of energy to sell into capacity markets.

AutoGrid will supply a custom-branded, cloud-based software solution that will allow ENERES to manage all aspects of the VPP, including program configuration, customer enrollment, monitoring and forecasting, event dispatch, event notifications, and measurement and verification (M&V). ENERES will use the AutoGrid Flex™ platform for AI-driven DER management, and it will use AutoGrid Engage™ to support customer marketing, signup and participation. AutoGrid's activity in Japan has increased as the new energy market's generation targets have driven rapid adoption of storage and as the industry races to integrate more renewable and storage into the mix to achieve 2030 goals.

ENERES , a subsidiary of KDDI Corporation and an affiliate of Power Development Co., Ltd., will develop an "Energy as a Service" model that optimizes power for corporate power users, utilizing AI-driven management of distributed energy resources. including weather driven demand and power forecasting. www.eneres.co.jp (Source: AutoGrid, PR, 17 June, 2019) Contact: AutoGrid, . Dr. Amit Narayan, CEO, ,(415) 820-4176, www.auto-grid.com; ENERES, Masahiro Kobayashi, Pres., www.eneres.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News AutoGrid,  ENERES,  Energy Management,  Energy Storage,  


Calendar Update -- UN Environment Climate Action Summit 2019
UN Environment
Date: 2019-06-17
The UN Climate Action Summit will take place in New York City on 23 September 2019 to increase ambition and accelerate action on the global climate emergency and support the rapid implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The 2019 UN Climate Action Summit is hosted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (Source: UN Environment, 10 June, 2019) Contact: Conference details, Climate Action Summit 2019, www.un.org/en/climatechange


Unapproved Coventry RI Solar Project Denied (Ind. Report)
Rhode Island Department of Planning & Development
Date: 2019-06-17
The Rhode Island Department of Planning & Development reports the issuance of a cease-and-desist order to 394 Carr's Realty LLC and WED Coventry Seven LLC -- a subsidiary of Green Development LLC (fka Wind Energy Development LLC), for an unauthorized solar installation in the community of Coventry.

The order was issued after a recent site inspection by two members of the Department of Planning & Development found "hundreds of piles had been driven into the ground commencing construction of a proposed solar generating facility that had been denied development plan approval by the Coventry Planning Commission" had not received local or state development, engineering or building approvals. The developers were ordered to remove all of the unauthorized pilings within 20 days. (Source: eco'RI News, June, 2019) Contact: Green Development LLC, (401) 295-4998, info@green-ri.com, www.green-ri.com; Rhode Island Department of Planning & Development, 401-680-8400, www.planning.ri.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


VT. Communities RAMP up Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency,ermont Council on Rural Development
Date: 2019-06-17
In Vermont, the towns of Marshfield and Plainfield are reporting the launch of RAMP -- Revitalizing All Marshfield and Plainfield -- a new building energy task force as part of a year-long push to build a robust economy in the face of climate change, cut carbon emissions and cut energy consumption and costs.

Following the communities of Pownal, Randolph, Middlebury, and Swanton, RAMP is the fifth community participant in the Climate Economy Model Communities Program at the not-for-profit Montpelier-based Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), which works to connect rural economic development to climate change responses.

The RAMP campaign encourages commercial building and homeowners to install solar panels, convert from fossil fuels to renewable electricity, weatherize their buildings and otherwise save money while saving energy and reducing emissions. (Source: The Bridge, 12 June, 2019) Contact: Vermont Council on Rural Development, 802-223-6091, www.vtrural.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


SkyNRG, Univ. Limerick Ink Aviation Biofuel MoU (Int'l Report)
SkyNRG, University of Limerick
Date: 2019-06-17
In Ireland, the University of Limerick Bernal Institute reports it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Netherlands-based SkyNRG to explore the development of sustainable aviation fuel manufacturing in Ireland.

Under the term of the MoU, the Bernal Institute and SkyNRG will collaborate to explore the potential of a regional Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) supply chain in Ireland and "expand the relationship for research cooperation on environmental, technological, societal and market development of sustainable aviation biofuels in the Irish context." The collaboration emerged from the industry drive for the development of SAF production capacity and an EU-wide call to reduce aviation emissions. (Source: University of Limerick, Limerick Leader, 15 June, 2019) Contact: University of Limerick, Dr. Mary Shire, VP Research, vpresearch@ul.ie, +353 (0) 61 213005, www.ul.ie/research/content/research-office; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, CEO, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Woodstock Urged to Try Sixth Solar RFP (Ind. Report)

Date: 2019-06-17
In the Empire State, the Town of Woodstock Environmental Commission Chairman David Gross is urging the Town Board to issue yet another RFP for a solar array that can produce at least enough electricity to cover municipal operations.

Unlike the previous 5 solar RFP -- all of which came to naught -- the sixth RFP would allow a developer to include 4 existing small solar arrays directly tied to the meters of the town's four biggest users of electricity in calculations of energy savings by the town.

Woodstock Town Supervisor Bill McKenna, who apparently opposed another solar RFP, noted the town's recent decision to buy electricity from Natural Power Group has provided a way to increase its renewable energy resources, reduce costs and move toward a reduction in the town's carbon footprint. (Source: Town of Woodstock, Daily Freeman, 16 June, 2019) Contact: Town of Woodstock, Town Supervisor, Bill McKenna, 845-679-2113 ext. 17, supervisor@woodstockny.org, www.woodstock.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Kinetrex Touts Indiananapolis Landfill RNG Plan (Ind. Report)
Kinetrex Energy
Date: 2019-06-17
Indianapolis-headquartered LNG specialist Kinetrex Energy is reporting it will capture landfill gas -- methane from the city of Indianapolis South Side Landfill and processes it into a fuel for shipping companies like UPS. The facility will be the company's first renewable natural gas (RNG) plant although it already fuels its trucking customers with gas purchased from other states.

The company estimates estimates that the RNG produced by the Indianapolis plant will replace more than 8 million gallons of diesel fuel.

Kinetrex Energy supplies a portfolio of liquefied natural gas (LNG), pipeline natural gas, and renewable natural gas energy solutions in the Midwest. It serves customers in the transportation, commercial, industrial, agricultural, gas utilities, power generation, asphalt, and commercial and industrial markets, as well as churches, hospitals, and schools. (Source: Kinetrix Energy, Lakeshore Public Radio, 14 June, 2019)Contact: Kinetrex Energy, Aaron Johnson, Pres., CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinetrex Energy ,  Biogas,  Methane,  Landfill Methane,  


Target Targets 100 pct Renewable Electricity by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Target
Date: 2019-06-17
Minneapolis-headquartered big-box retailer Target reports it has committed to sourcing 60 pct of its electricity for its U.S. outlets from renewable energy sources by 2025, rising to 100 pct by 2030.

The commitment to renewables Is in keeping with the company's 2017 climate goals which includes reductions to the company's Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions -- 25 pct below 2015 levels by 2025. (Source: Target, CleanTechnica, Others, June, 2019) Contact: Target, www.corporate.target.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


Norwegians Stiffening Wind Power Licensing Conditions (Int'l)
Wind
Date: 2019-06-17
In Oslo, the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Kjell-Borge Freiberg is reporting a tightening of regulations relative to wind farm construction deadlines. Presently wind developers are allowed five-years to move their project from permitting to construction startup,and that deadline is often extended upon request.

The processing of 24 new licenses is put on ice until Oct. 1, when the present five-year government consultation deadline for the wind power framework expires. During the consultation period, 39 out of 244 wind project applications have been approved. (Source: Aftenposten, Xinhua, 16 June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Norway Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


80-Turbine Reno County Wind Farm Nixed (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy
Date: 2019-06-17
In the Sunflower State, the Hutchinson Kansas News is reporting the Reno County Commission has denied Florida-based NextEra Energy's proposed 80-turbine, 200-MW wind farm in the southern part of the county.

Supporters of the project said the wind farm would bring economic and energy benefits to the county while naysayers claimed it could hurt property values, generate noise and kill birds that fly into turbines. (Source: KOAM News, AP, 14 June, 2019) Contact: NextEra Energy, info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy ,  Wind,  


AEE Program to Reduce Energy Demand, Energy Efficiency Project Costs (Ind. Report)
Alliance for Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-06-17
The Washington, DC-based Alliance for Energy Efficiency (AEE) is reporting the launch of a new, wide-ranging program for commercial building owners to reduce energy demand and, as a result, significantly decrease the need for utilities to build new generating capacity or purchase expensive outsourced power to meet future energy demand.

Central to the program is AEE's partnerships with trade associations in a wide range of industries, whose membership encompasses virtually every segment of the marketplace and collectively represents enormous purchasing power. These trade associations have established relationships and channels of communication with their members and are able to create broad scale awareness of economically compelling energy reduction opportunities.

The massive, collective buying power of the trade associations has motivated installation contractors and manufacturers of energy products to offer substantially lower costs to complete projects. As a result, commercial building owners can complete projects to reduce energy cost by up to 80 pct at no cost at all, or costs so low to often be recovered through energy savings in as little as 3 to 12 months, according to the AEE.

Despite the wide range of available energy-saving technologies and compelling economics, the broad marketplace still has little awareness of the opportunity, and has done little to participate, he said. The Alliance for Energy Efficiency focus is to change that by commercializing energy efficiency through this program.

The AEE program includes a full range of energy technologies, including, but not limited to LED lighting, HVAC, controls, building management systems, demand control ventilation, variable frequency drives, window films and power factor correction. (Source: Alliance for Energy Efficiency, PNR, New Kerala, PR. 16 June, 2019) Contact: Alliance for Energy Efficiency, 202.857.0666, www.ase.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance for Energy Efficiency,  


Brazilian State Considers Switch to Biogas Transport Fuel (Int'l)
CIBiogas
Date: 2019-06-14
Brazil's Parana State Governor Carlos Massa Ratinho Junior government reports the state will investigate the benefits and challenges of using biomethane-biogas as transportation fuel in public transportation in some of the state's smaller cities. The study will be undertaken by Parana's gas and sanitation companies, Compagas and Sanepar.

According to the Brazil International Centre for Renewable Energy (CIBiogas), the cost per kilometer of running on ethanol is around BRL 0.40 ($0.10) while the cost of running on biomethane-biogas could drop by about one-third to BRL 0.24, . (Source: CIBiogas, Parana, Renewables Now, 13 June, 2019)Contact: CIBiogas, +55 45 3576-7166, cibiogas@cibiogas.org, www.cibiogas.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biomethane,  


Enel Nails Brazilian 29.4-MW Wind Farm Expansion (Int'l Report)
Enel SpA
Date: 2019-06-14
The renewables subsidiary of Rome-headquartered, Italian utility Enel SpA reports it has connected its 209.4-MW Delfina Wind Farm to the Brazilian grid Brazil with the completion of $40 million, a 29.4-MW expansion.

With the expansion, the wind farm is expected to offset the emission of over 580,000 tpy of CO2. The wind farm's expansion output will be sold on the spot market from 2019 to 2022. The original Delfina wind farm became operational in 2017 with an installed capacity of 180 MW. (Source: Enel SpA, Renewables, 13 June, 2019)Contact: Enel SpA, www.enel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel SpA,  Wind,  Brazil Wind,  


CO2 Emissions Rise at Fastest Rate since 2011 (Ind. Report)
BP
Date: 2019-06-14
Oil industry giant British Petroleum's (BP) just released 2018 Statistical Review of World Energy -- in its 68th year of publication -- notes that as energy consumption has grown, greenhouse gas emissions caused by the burning of fossil fuels, which account for around two-thirds of total emissions, rose by 2 percent in 2018 -- equivalent to driving an extra 400 million combustion engine cars onto the world's highways.

According to the report, energy consumption growth was driven by natural gas, which contributed more than 40 pct of the increase. All fuels grew faster than their 10-year averages, apart from renewables, although renewables still accounted for the second largest increment to energy growth.

The report found the rapid increase in carbon emissions was at least partially due to the sharp increase in abnormally hot and cold days around the world, which in turn led consumers to use more energy for cooling and heating. China, the US, and India together accounted for more than two-thirds of the global increase in energy demand, with US consumption expanding at its fastest rate for 30 years.

Download the BP 2018 Statistical Review of World Energy HERE. (Source: BP, Statistical Review of World Energy, Digital Journal, June, 2019) Contact: BP, www.bp.com

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


U.S. Pentagon Creates More GHG Emissions than Sweden (Ind. Report)
Carbon Emissions,Pentgon
Date: 2019-06-14
Cost of War, a recently released study from the Watson Institute at Brown University has found that the Pentagon emits more GHG in one year than several industrialized countries, including Sweden and Portugal.

The Defense Department -- the Pentagon -- is the world's single largest consumer of oil and 55th largest GHG emitter, releasing 59 million metric tons of CO2 and other GHGs into the atmosphere in 2017 alone.

The report notes the majority of the Pentagon's energy consumption is related to maintaining 560,000 buildings at 500 military installations and the jet and diesel fuel used to move soldiers and weapons.

Download the Brown University Cost of War study HERE. (Source: Brown University, The Week, June, 2019)Contact: Brown University, 401-863-1000, www.brown.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Climate Change,  Carrbon Emissions,  


Williams Joins One Future to Cut Methane Leaks (Ind. Report)
Willioams,Our Nation’s Energy Future Coalition
Date: 2019-06-14
Tulsa, Okloahoma-headquartered midstream giant Williams reports it has become the 17th member of the Our Nation's Energy Future Coalition (One Future), a Houston-based natural gas industry-led organization dedicated to voluntarily achieving meaningful reductions in methane emissions across the natural gas value chain.

In August 2018, Williams and other members of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America pledged to minimize methane emissions from interstate natural gas transmission and storage operations. The companies pledged to achieve a science-based average rate of methane emissions to 1 pct or less of total natural gas production by 2025. Williams owns and operates more than 30,000 miles of pipelines. (Source: Williams, Kallanish Energy, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Our Nation's Energy Future Coalition, www.onefuture.us; Williams, Alan Armstrong, CEO, www.williams.com; Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, 202-216-5900, www.aga.org

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


Ammonia Considered as Alternative Marine Fuel (Ind. Report)
C-Job, Marine Fuel,Alternative Fuel
Date: 2019-06-14
According to research from the Netherlands-based ship design and engineering firm C-Job Naval Architects, ammonia can be used as an alternative marine fuel to reduce harmful maritime ship emissions. The research is based on a new concept design of an ammonia carrier powered by the gas as its own cargo.

In 2017, C-Job Naval Architects established a consortium with Proton Ventures and Enviu to investigate ammonia as marine fuel. It further joined Ammonia Energy Association in 2018 to study the topic. With the completion of this theoretical research, C-Job Naval Architects is now moving towards the next phases, which includes laboratory testing, pilot and evaluation.

C-Jobs Naval Architects noted that with the IMO aiming to reduce total annual greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008 and eventually fully eliminate harmful emissions, the global maritime industry will need to seriously look into renewable fuels like hydrogen, ammonia and methanol. (Source: C-Job Naval Architects, Seatrade, 13 June, 2019) Contact: C-Job Naval Architects, Niels de Vries, +31 (0)88 02 43 700, info@c-job.com, www.c-job.com; Proton Ventures, +31 10 426 7275, www.protonventures.com/en; Ammonia Energy Association, www.nh3fuelassociation.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Amonia,  Marine Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  Amonia,  


Trina Touts N-type i-TOPCon Bifacial Solar Modules (New Prod & Tech)
Trina Solar
Date: 2019-06-14
Shanghai-headquartered solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar Limited reports it has begun mass production of its N-type i-TOPCon double-glass bifacial modules. The best front side power output of a module with 144 half-cut i-TOPCon cells reaches 425 Wp, and the best module efficiency reaches 20.7 pct.

The new i-TOPCon double glass PV modules integrate N-type bifacial i-TOPCon cells with over 80 pct bifaciality, multi-busbar (MBB) design, full square monocrystalline cells, dual-side and half-cut technologies. The highly efficient modules feature a lower temperature coefficient and low light induced degradation (LID), greatly improving the actual power output. They also provide an extra 5 pct to 30 pct power generation from their back side, and feature a 30-year linear power warranty. (Source: Trina Solar, PR, Trina Solar Co., Ltd., 13 June, 2019) Contact: Trina Solar, www.trinasolar.com

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Jan De Nul Group Eyes Drop-in Biofuel to Cut Emissions (Int'l)
Jan De Nul Group
Date: 2019-06-14
The Luxembourg-based Jan De Nul Group reports it has been selected by the Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services (MDK) within the Department of Mobility and Public Works, for its focus on drop-in biofuel to achieve CO2 reduction targets.

Under the Paris Climate Agreement, the Netherlands committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 15 pct by 2020.

Jan De Nul Group provides maritime construction and maintenance services internationally.(Source: Jan DeNul Group, Wikipedia, Biofuels Digest, 12 June, 2019) Contact: Jan De Nul Group, +352 39 89 11,  +352 39 96 43 -- fax., info@dmmlux.com, www.jandenul.com/en

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Avantium Plans 2023 Bioplastics Plant Opening (Ind. Report)
Avantium
Date: 2019-06-14
In the Netherlands, Amsterdam-based renewable chemicals specialist Avantium reports it is advancing its planned production of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and polyethylene furanoate (PEF) bio-based polymers at a new bioplastics plant that is slated for opening in 2023.

Avantium's YXY plant-to-plastics process catalytically converts plant-based sugars into a wide range of chemicals and plastics, such as bio-based PEF.

Avantium also notes it has assumed full ownership of the Synvina bioplastics business from joint venture partner, the German chemicals giant BASF, and has rebranded the operation as Avantium Renewable Polymers. Synvina was formed in 2016 to commercialise the YXY technology developed by Avantium to produce PEF-building block FDCA. (Source: Avantium, BioMarket Insights, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Avantium, Tom van Aken , CEO, +31 (0)20 586 8080, www.avantium.com; Synvina, hello@synvina.com, www.synvina.com

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Indonesia Ups Palm oil Biodiesel Blend Rate to B30 (Int'l Report)
Jakarta Biodiesel Palm Oil
Date: 2019-06-14
In Jakarta, the Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry reports it has begun a four month test of palm oil biodiesel and petroleum diesel blended B30 transportation fuel. If the tests prove successful, the intent is to increase the present mandated B20 blend rate to B30 beginning in 2020.

The increase is seen as an effort by the world's top palm oil exporter to increase the domestic demand for palm oil. It is hoped the move will increase consumption of bio-content made from palm oil from an estimated 6.2 KL in 2019 to as much as 9 million kilolitres (KL) per year. (Source: Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Reuters, June, 2019) Contact: Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, www.esdm.go.id/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News B30,  Palm Oil Biodiesel,  Biodiese Blends,  


PCJ Touts Upcoming Biofuel Crop RFP (Ind. Report)
Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
Date: 2019-06-14
In Kingston, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), in cooperation with the Urban Development Corporation and the Development Bank of Jamaica, reports it will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for the possible cultivation of biofuel feedstock crops at the Font Hill location by year end.

Font Hill has been used by the PCJ for research over the years, including experimentation on various biofuel crops -- including castor and jatropha -- between 2010 and 2017. Each of the 2,200 acre Font Hill plots to be available are conservatively expected to produce approximately 600,000 litres of oil annually for total revenue of $81 million, based on current ex-refinery diesel prices of $135 per litre. (Source: PCJ, Jamaica Gleaner, June, 2019) Contact: PCJ, Dr Peter Ruddock, Manager of Special Projects, www.pcj.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica,  Biofuel Crop,  Castor,  Jatropha,  


SGRE Launches Seven-Day Energy Storage Pilot (Int'l. Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-06-14
Wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is reporting the official launch of its Electric Thermal Energy Storage (ETES) pilot project in Hamburg, Germany.

The SGRE system heats volcanic rocks to 750C using a resistance heater and blower, which can be powered by wind turbines. The heat can then be used to generate steam. SGRE notes the pilot can store 130 MWh of energy for up to one week. SGRE claims the technology offers a second-life option to existing power plants as it uses standard components.

SGRE is partnering with local utility Hamburg Energie -- which will market the stored electricty -- and the Hamburg University of Technology on the pilot, which received funding from the German government. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Windpower, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int

More Low-Carbon Energy News Thermal Energy Storage,  Wind ,  Siemens Gamesa,  


HPC Project Aims to Optimize Wind Power Production (Int'l)
University of Nottingham
Date: 2019-06-14
In the UK, the University of Nottingham is reporting a two-year High Performance Computing (HPC) project to optimize the sustainable exploitation of wind power.

The project will involve 13 partners from across Europe and Brazil with a proven track record of HPC hardware, wind energy, numerical methods, software development and industrial applications.

With £2 million in Horizon 2020 funding, the High Performance Computing for Wind Energy (HPCWE) project will deliver a step change in the application of HPC on wind flow simulations and reshape almost every stage of wind energy exploration. The HPCWE aims to address the key open challenges in applying HPC on wind energy, including efficient use of HPC resources in wind turbine simulations, accurate integration of meso- and micro-scale simulations, and optimization. (Source: University of Nottingham, AAAS, June, 2019) Contact: University of Nottingham, Dr Xuerui Mao, Faculty of Engineering, +44 0 11574 86020, Xuerui.Mao@nottingham.ac.uk, www.nottingham.ac.uk/engineering/people/xuerui.mao

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Social Properties Energy Efficiency Funding Lauded (Int'l, Funding)
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Date: 2019-06-14
In Glasgow, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations is lauding the Scottish Government's announced £3.5 million funding package for social (low income) landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

The funding is being provided for measures such as insulation and internal improvements to social rented accommodation. To qualify for funding, projects must also include initiatives to reduce a building's carbon footprint, such as ground source heat pumps, biomass energy fand/or solar panels. By the end of 2021, the Scottish Government will have allocated more than £1 billion since 2009 to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency, making homes warmer and cheaper to heat, according to government data. (Source: Scottish Housing News, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Sally Thomas, CEO, +44 141 332 8113, www.sfha.co.uk

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Notable Quote -- Elon Musk Talks Solar Shingle Prices
Tesla,Solar City
Date: 2019-06-14
"I am very excited about version 3 of solar roof. We have a shot at being equal to a comp shingle roof plus someone's utility cost or being lower than that. That's one of the cheapest roofs available. So you can have a great roof with better economics than a normal fairly cheap roof and your utility bill." -- Elon Musk, Tesla, CEO

According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Tesla's next generation of solar roof tiles will be even less expensive than initially announced after Tesla's 2017 merger with Solar City. Today, a standard asphalt shingle roof can cost as little as $4 per square foot. In 2018, the Solar City solar tiles cost about $21.85 per square foot.

Tesla acquired SolarCity in 2016 for $2.6 billion and planned to offer solar panels and home battery storage systems to consumers through its retail stores and online. In 2018, Tesla cut prices on its residential solar systems and its often touted solar roof tiles have not yet been produced on a commercial scale. (Source: Tesla, ZME Science, June, 2019)Contact: Tesla, www.teslamotors.com; SolarCity Corp., (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com

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Aemetis India Touts Monthly Domestic Biodiesel Revenue (Int'l)
Aemetis,
Date: 2019-06-14
Following up on our 22nd May coverage, Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. is reporting its Aemetis Universal Biofuels India subsidiary achieved record domestic biodiesel revenues in May as shipments commenced under the previously announced $23 million biodiesel supply contract to the three government-owned Oil Marketing Companies.

The Aemetis biodiesel plant in India recently completed the installation and commissioning of a pretreatment plant and related utilities upgrades to convert waste feedstocks into distilled biodiesel to supply the approximately 25 billion gpy diesel market in India.(Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, Canadian Biomass, 13 June, 2019)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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Battle Creek YMCA Scores PACE Energy Efficiency Financing (Funding)
PACE
Date: 2019-06-14
Austin, Texas-based Petros PACE Finance, LLC reports it has closed a $1.3 million Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) transaction to finance energy efficiency upgrades for the Battle Creek, Michigan YMCA.

C-PACE is a low-cost financing product secured as a property tax assessment that allows building owners to invest in energy efficiency or renewable energy with little or no up-front costs.

The YMCA will use the funds to upgrade inefficient and outdated electrical and mechanical systems, for new, more efficient lighting, and other energy-saving property enhancements that are expected to reduce electricity use by as much as 47 pct. Over the 22-year life of the loan, energy-efficient features will generate $3,233,342 in savings and a CO2 reduction of 68,384,274 pounds -- roughly equivalent to the amount of emissions from driving 6,586 passenger vehicles for a year.

The YMCA project is Petros' eighth deal in Michigan. (Source: Petros PACE Finance LLC, PR, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Petros PACE Finance LLC, Mansoor Ghori, CEO, (512) 599.9038, (512) .532.0792 -- fax., info@petrospartners.com, www.petros-pace.com

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Engie, Djibouti Announce 30 MW PV Power Agreement (Int'l Report)
Engie,Greene Ensys
Date: 2019-06-14
The government of Djibouti through the country's electricity utility Electricite de Djibouti (EDD) is reporting a framework agreement with French company Engie for construction of a 30 MW PV power plant in the Grand Bara region, south of Djibouti.

The project, which will be the first large-scale solar power plant in the country, is part of a much larger project -- the construction of a 300 MW solar complex.

Phase one of the project was initially awarded to Green Enesys, a Swiss company. The overall investment is expected to amount to US $406 million. The country aims to have 100 pct renewable and local energy by 2020.

Also in Djibouti, French firm Blue Shark Power is developing a 120-MW tidal power project. (Source: Construction Review. 13 June, 2019) Contact: EDD, www.edd.dj; Engie, www.engie.com/en; Greene Ensys, www.greenenesys.com; Blue Shark Power, www.bluesharkpower.eu

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CellCube, Immersa Ink $6Mn Energy Storage Deal (Ind. Report)
CellCube,Immersa
Date: 2019-06-14
Toronto-headquartered CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc. reports it has sealed a $6 million Commercial Framework Agreement with Immersa Ltd. for CellCube's new generation of Vanadium Redox Flow Battery System. The system is slated for delivery within 24 months.

CellCube's integrated energy storage system solutions features 99 pct residual energy capacity after 11,000 cycles and larger scale containerized modules. Basic building blocks consist of a CellCube unit family with 2-16 hours variation in energy capacity.

Immersa Ltd. develops large scale utility projects throughout UK and Europe. CellCube develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage systems on the basis of vanadium redox flow technology and has over 136 project installations. (Source: CellCube, PR, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Immersa Ltd., Robert Miles, CEO , www.immersa.co.uk; CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., Stefan Schauss, CEO, 800-882-3213, info@cellcubeenergystorage.com, www.cellcubeenergystorage.com

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Virginia School Board Questions LEED Standards ROI (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2019-06-14
In the Old Dominion State, the Richmond Free Press reports the Richmond Public Schools' COO Darin Simmons has advised the Richmond School Board that Huguenot High and three other schools that are under construction to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold standard has not resulted in "significant" savings.

The schools are now projected to cost a collective $148 million, or $38 million more than originally estimated. The board was told that adhering to the lesser LEED Silver standard would add 8 pct to the cost, or about $12 million. Eliminating LEED standards in the construction would save possibly $3 million of that because money would still need to be spent energy efficient doors, windows and lighting. All three schools are to be equipped with solar energy panels, now seen as more effective in cutting energy costs than building to LEED standards. The buildings are slated to open in 2020. (Source: Richmond Free Press, Jeremy Lazarus, 14 June, 2019) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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Finns Advised to Cut Logging to Preserve Carbon Sink (Int'l)
Finland Natural Resources Institute
Date: 2019-06-12
In Helsinki, Finland's Natural Resources Institute (Luke)reports it has revised its benchmark assessment of target carbon sink levels and now says Finland will need to raise its carbon sink sequestration numbers by another 10 percent -- lowering forest logging volumes by another 1-2 million cubic metres for a ceiling of 81-82 million cubic metres for the 2012-2025 period. Luke says its previous calculation amounted to 3 million tonnes of CO2.

The EU has also committed to reducing its GHG emissions by at least 40 pctt by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. EU directives require that logging activities relative to the tree population remain unchanged and EC has accordingly asked Finland to specify future logging amounts and assess whether its current calculations for wood use are appropriate in light of alarming rises in GHG emissions. (Source: Finland Natural Resources Institute, Barents Observer, YLE News, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Finland Natural Resources Institute, Prof. Aleksi Lehtonen, +358 29 532 6000, www.luke.fi/en

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Devon Cutting Natural Gas Production Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
Devon Energy
Date: 2019-06-12
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-headquartered Devon Energy Corp. is reporting it plans to further cut methane emissions from its U.S. oil and natural gas production sites by at least 12.5 pct in six years. For 2018, the company's methane intensity rate was an estimated .32 pct which is now expected to be cut to .28 pct or less by 2025, according to the company release. The company release also noted that employee and top-level executive compensation levels will be tied to meeting its new methane reduction goals. (Source: Devon Energy, The Oklahoman, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Devon Energy, Dave Hager, CEO, (405) 235-3611, www.devonenergy.com

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Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2019-06-12
"While the EU has a set of binding emissions targets for 2020 and 2030, we must now plan for full decarbonisation of our European economies by 2050, encouraging the rest of the world to follow suit, and urging in the strongest possible terms the USA to reconsider its regressive and pernicious decision to leave the global Paris agreement." -- Irish President Michael T. Higgins, 5 June, 2019

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

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Siemens Gamesa Claims EDF 126 Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Siemens Gamesa,EDF Renewables
Date: 2019-06-12
Wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports receipt of three new contracts that include service and maintainence from EDF Renewables for its new 4.5-MW turbine which will be manufacture in Hutchinson.

The most recent award was the 232 MW Milligan project, located in Milligan County, Neb. For the project, Siemens will build 30 SG 4.5-145 and 36 SG 2.7-129 wind turbines. The 4.5-145 features a 71 meter or 233-foot long blade. With these recent orders, Siemens Gamesa eclipsed the 1-gigawatt mark for its SG 4.5-145 turbines sold worldwide. The other new projects are the 241 MW Coyote wind project in Texas, and 246 MW Oso Grande wind project in New Mexico. Coyote, located in Scurry County, Texas, will feature 48 SG 4.5-145 and 11 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Project completion is targeted for the summer of 2020.

The Oso Grande wind project will also utilize 48 SG 4.5-145 and 13 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Located about 43 miles southeast of Roswell, N.M., commissioning of this wind farm is slated for Q4, 2020.

The SG 4.5-145 offers a flexible power rating, from 4.2 to 4.8 MW, depending on site conditions, the company stated in a release. It is optimized for medium wind onshore locations to maximize energy production with low noise emission levels. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Dodge City Daily Globe, 4 June, 2019) Contact: EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, Pres. & CEO, Sandi Briner, (858) 521-3525, www.edf-re.com, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa Americas Service, Darnell Walker, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int/products-and-services

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Wind Turbines,  Siemens Gamesa,  


MP Power Seeks Indian Grid-Scale Energy Storage Bids (Int'l Report)
MP Power Management
Date: 2019-06-12
Reporting from Mumbai, MP Power Management Company, the Madhya Pradesh state government's holding firm for three power distribution companies , is calling for expressions of interest from domestic and global players for the establishment of 500 MW with 8 hours of continuous discharge of grid-scale energy storage service, microgrid and a storage manufacturing facility in the state. The tender call notes the energy storage options could be in the form of chemical batteries (lithium ion, advanced lead acid, sodium sulphur, flow batteries), pumped storage hydro, compressed air energy storage, flywheels or other forms of storage.

Out of Madhya Pradesh's total installed power capacity of 19,796 MW as of January 2019, 3,827 MW are from renewable energy sources. (Source: MP Power Management Co. Ltd., livemint, 11 June, 2019)Contact: MP Power Management Co. Ltd., +91-761-2661111, 2661106, 2661107, www.mppmcl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MP Power Management,  Energy Storage,  


Notable Quote -- The Donald Talks Climate Change and Weather
Donald Trump
Date: 2019-06-12
"I believe that there's a change in weather, and I think it changes both ways. Don't forget it used to be called global warming. That wasn't working. Then it was called climate change. Now it's actually called extreme weather, because with extreme weather, you can't miss."

To help prove his point, the President noted several examples of past weather extremes: "Forty years ago, we had the worst tornado binge we've ever had. In the 1890s, we had our worst hurricanes." -- US Pres. Donald Trump, Good Morning Britain, 5 June, 2019

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Gore Street Snares Irish Energy Storage Portfolio (Int'l., M&A)
Gore Street
Date: 2019-06-12
In the UK, the Gore Street Energy Storage Fund reports it has inked an agreement to acquire a 160MW portfolio of battery storage projects in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, as well as a £30 million ($38.17 million) commitment from Ireland's National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), a sovereign wealth investor which manage's the state's strategic investment fund.

It estimates that the total funding required for those projects to be constructed, acquired and other associated Capex costs to be around £77 million. Gore Street also has an option to purchase a further 190MW worth of energy storage projects in Ireland, taking its potential pipeline to some 350MW.

The Irish projects are to be developed under a joint venture with renewables investor and large-scale energy storage specialist Low Carbon. (Source: Gore Street Capital, Energy Storage, June, 2019) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com

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