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Aggreko Delivers Energy Storage for National Grid US (Ind. Report)
Aggreko,National Grid US
Date: 2019-06-05
Glasagow, Scotland-based Aggreko reports the installation of a 2MW/3.8MWh battery storage system for National Grid US in Pulaski, New York. The system, which is the first of its kind in National Grid's U.S. service area, will provide supplementary electricity load relief at peak demand times, lower customer energy costs and enhance grid stability in the upstate New York area.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pledged to deploy 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025. (Source: Aggreko, National Grid US, Smart Energy, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Aggreko, www.aggreko.com; National Grid US, Dean Seavers, Pres., www.nationalgridus.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid US,  Aggreko,  Energy Storage,  


Duquesne Acquires TEN Energy Efficiency Solutions Provider (M&A)
Duquesne Light Holdings
Date: 2019-06-05
In the Steel City, Duquesne Light Holdings, Inc. (DLH), the parent company of Duquesne Light Company (DLC) and DQE Communications LLC, has announced the acquisition of the majority equity interest of TEN Inc., a Pittsburgh-based provider that enables large bisiness, governments and institutions meet their energy efficiency and sustainability goals. TEN's client list includes multiple projects for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Energy Savings Program.

Duquesne Light Holdings, Inc. is an energy services holding company formed in 1989 to serve as the holding company for Duquesne Light Company, a regulated electric public utility, Contact: DLC, DLH, Steve Malnight, Pres. and CEO, www.duquesnelight.com; TEN, Troy Geanopulos, CEO, www.tensaves.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duquesne Light Company,  Energy Efficiency,  


Netherlands Calls for Minimum CO2 Emissions Price (Int'l, Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-06-05
In Amsterdam, the Government of the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte has proposed legislation setting a minimum price of €12.30 per tonne of CO2 emissions by electricity producers. If approved by parliament, the law would come into force in Jan., 2020, rising to €31.90 in 2030. The Dutch carbon tax would supplement the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS). (Source: Gov. of the Netherlands, Reuters, June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  


Candidate Biden Touts Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 Climate Plan (2020 Climate Change Campaign Report)
Climate Change, Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-06-05
Democratic former Vice President and 2020 Presidential hopeful this week launched his Climate Plan to attack climate change. The Biden climate plan calls for $1.7 trillion in federal money along with a mix of executive orders and legislation that would transition the U.S. to net-zero emissions "no later than 2050" while also protecting workers' rights to organize and a just transition for fossil fuel workers and communities of color. In short, Biden's plan is in line with freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal and various climate plans released by other presidential wannabes and contenders.

"The Biden plan will be paid for by reversing the excesses of the Trump tax cuts for corporations, reducing incentives for tax havens, evasion, and outsourcing, ensuring corporations pay their fair share," according to a Biden campaign press release.

Download Biden's Climate plan outline HERE. (Source: Joe Biden Presidential Campaign, Various Media, Earther, 4 June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Net-Zero Emissions,  Green New Deal ,  


Climate Change Pres. Deal Maker/Breaker (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-06-05
Recent polls suggest that climate change will be a central issue for voters in the upcoming 2020 U.S. presidential elections. Thirty-eight pct of poll participants indicated that the topic is "very important" for their decision, according to a George Mason University poll, the results of which are consistent with similar polls by Manmouth University and CNN.

A CNN poll found 82 pct of Democrats say it is "very important" that candidates take aggressive action to combat the climate crisis.

In 2016, no candidate had a specific climate platform, but reports indicate that this year, candidates will need to detail specific action plans if they hope to be taken seriously. Many progressive democrats are demanding candidates formally endorse the Green New Deal, while others expect candidates to refuse campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry. (Source: Inhabitat, CNN,Reuters, 20 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  


Enviva Resets Global Sourcing Policy (Ind. Report)
Enviva
Date: 2019-06-05
Bethesda, Maryland-based wood pellet supplier Enviva Holdings, LP, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, reports it is enhancing its responsible sourcing policy to better accomplish its commitment to the highest possible standards in sustainability.

In resetting its sustainability goals, Enviva solicited feedback from independent organizations, including NGOs, state wildlife agencies, foresters, and other stakeholders, including the Longleaf Alliance, which is dedicated to restoring the longleaf ecosystems in the Southeastern U.S., and the Earthworm Foundation -- fka the Forest Trust. The various group's input is being considered in a pilot project near Enviva's new Hamlet plant in Richmond County, North Carolina.

Through the new responsible sourcing policy, Enviva will enhance and expand its High Conservation Value (HCV) forest policy and practices to ensure that Enviva is protecting and/or improving the wide range of HCV forests in its sourcing regions. (Source:: Enviva Holdings, PR, June, 2019) Contact: Enviva Holdings LP, Enviva Biomass, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP and CSO, www.envivabiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


Schneider Electric eyeing Greece’s EUR 1.5 billion smart meter project
Schneider Electric
Date: 2019-06-04
Schneider Electric has contacted the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO) to express interest in the replacement of around 7.5 million conventional electricity meters with smart meters, The project to replace conventional electricity meters with smart meters, implemented by HEDNO, whose Greek acronym is DEDDIE, is worth €1.5 billion, the portal wrote. Schneider Electric, which is already cooperating with HEDNO on other projects, is now waiting for the Greek power grid operator to announce the details regarding tendering for the smart meter project, in which it will be participating, according to the report. According to the report, the scenarios on the table include the implementation of the project via private funds, through a public-private partnership (PPP), and by a strategic investor. The most likely scenario, presented in late April to the board of Public Power Corporation (PPC), envisages the creation of a subsidiary to which the existing analog meters will be passed on, and then the entry into that entity of a strategic investor with a 49% stake so as to ensure the financing of the project, the portal wrote.

Replacing the analog meters with digital ones will allow for the management of energy both by the grid operator and by consumers, while efficiently dealing with the problem of electricity theft for good, according to the report.

Schneider Electric recently installed an energy management system in the network of Italian power company Enel, which has led to savings of some 30%, the report adds. (Source: Schneider Electric, Balkan Green Energy News, 4 June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric news,  


Velocys Proposed Natchez Biorefinery on Track (Ind. Report)
Velocys
Date: 2019-06-03
UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc is reporting its proposed biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi, has completed the environmental assessment required under the National Environmental Policy Act, as well as approximately 1,000 hours of integrated demonstrations processing dry Southern yellow pine wood chips to fuels in North Carolina at a rate of 4 metric tpd.

According to the company, the wood chip-to-fuel demonstration allowed it to demonstrate actual biofuel yields from representative feedstock and actual syngas composition. The proposed 20 MMgy Natchez facility is expected to begin operations in 2024. (Source: Velocys, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  


Slovenian Eco Fund Biomass Heating Grants Expanded (Int'l Report)
Woodd Biomass
Date: 2019-06-03
Slovenia's Environmental Public Fund (Eko Sklad) reports it has expanded it grants program for the installation of woody biomass fired heating equipment to replace inefficient old oil and gas-fired heating devices in residential buildings. Previously, the same grants were available in municipalities but are now offered nationwide. The grants cover 100 pcy of installation costs and are available to both low-income building owners and tenants, according the the release. (Source: Eko Sklad, Balkan Green Energy News, 30 May, 2019)Contact: Eko Sklad, +386 1 241 48 20, Fax - +386 1 214 48 60, ekosklad@ekosklad.si, www.ekosklad.si

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass Heating,  


Aussie Super Fund Buildings Rated Carbon Neutral (Int'l Report)
Carbon Neutral
Date: 2019-06-03
In the Land Down Under, the $11 billion Local Government Super superannuation fund reports its buildings portfolio has achieved carbon neutral certification by NABERS, a New South Wales Government administered building environmental rating program. To meet the requirements of the standard, Local Government Super purchased dual credit offset units supplied by Greenfleet, which will result in 5000 native trees being planted in Eastern Australia. In 2017, Local Government Super achieved a separate five star "green" rating for its direct property portfolio's energy efficiency -- first property portfolio to achieve that rating in Australia.

Local Government Super's property portfolio is the first NABERS rated portfolio to achieve carbon neutral certification against the National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings. (Source: Local Government Super Financial Standard, 28 May, 2019) Contact: Local Government Super, www.lgsuper.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Carbon Neutral news,  


Aussie Super Fund Buildings Rated Carbon Neutral (Int'l Report)

Date: 2019-06-03
In the Land Down Under, the $11 billion Local Government Super superannuation fund reports its buildings portfolio has achieved carbon neutral certification by NABERS, a New South Wales Government administered building environmental rating program.

To meet the requirements of the standard, Local Government Super purchased dual credit offset units supplied by Greenfleet, which will result in 5000 native trees being planted in Eastern Australia.

In 2017, Local Government Super achieved a separate five star "green" rating for its direct property portfolio -- it was also the first property portfolio to achieve that rating in Australia.

Local Government Super's property portfolio is the first NABERS rated portfolio to achieve carbon neutral certification against the National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings. (Source: Local Government Super Financial Standard, 28 May, 2019) Contact: Local Government Super, www.lgsuper.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  


Energy Efficiency in the Keystone State (Opinions Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2019-06-03
"In reviewing the recent Team PA Foundation report Pennsylvania Energy Horizons, produced by a year-long, community discussion-based exercise led by Royal Dutch Shell, I was encouraged to see an increasing role for renewables and transition to a low carbon economy in Pennsylvania.

"There is strategic importance to diversity in our energy sector and we should not rely solely on natural gas. Pennsylvania has more opportunities to grow energy efficiency and renewable-energy jobs than ever before, and the economic benefits would extend into rural, urban, and suburban communities across the commonwealth.

"Additionally, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that currently pending bipartisan energy efficiency legislation in Pennsylvania could unlock 30,000 jobs and about $6.4 billion in net savings by removing barriers to energy efficiency investment. These jobs not only put Pennsylvanians to work, but they advance energy-efficiency projects that drive down energy bill costs.

"The commonwealth's energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sectors are strong, poised for important growth, and must be part of the conversation." (Source: Sustainable Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Sustainable Pittsburgh, Joylette Portlock, Exec. Dir., (412) 258-6642, (412) 258-6645 (fax), info@sustainablepittsburgh.org, www.sustainablepittsburgh.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


Xcel Energy Carbon Emissions Cuts Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2019-06-03
In its recently released annual Corporate Responsibility Report, Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy reports that it reduced carbon emissions 38 pct from 2005 levels -- ahead of industry reductions -- as it aims by 2050 to deliver 100 pct carbon-free electricity. The company notes it is currently on pace to reach its interim goal to cut carbon 80 pct by 2030.

Xcel Energy's annual Corporate Responsibility Report tracks non-financial performance and includes information related to environmental impact, safety, economic development, community giving and workplace programs.

Download Xcel Energy's Destination 2050: Building the Future -- 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report HERE. (Source: Xcel Energy, PR, BusinessWire, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy Media Relations (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


EPA Now Allows E15 Ethanol Blend Summer Sales (Reg & Leg Report)
EPA
Date: 2019-06-03
Today in Washington, the US EPA announced the ending a summertime ban on the E15 blend imposed out of concerns for increased smog from the higher ethanol blend. Until the change, the only ethanol blend fuel typically found in summer months was a 10 pct (E10) ethanol blend . The move may well be challenged by environmental groups on the grounds that the U.S. Clean Air Act disallows year-round E15 sales over smog and air quality concerns.

The change removes a barrier to wider sales of E15 and is expected to expand the market for ethanol -- although immediate effects on the market are expected to be minimal since only about 1,000 to 1,500 of more than 150,000 U.S. gas stations currently sell the higher-ethanol blend, according to the EPA Office of Air and Radiation. (Source: EPA, PBS New, 31 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News E15 news,  Ethanol Blend news,  


New Credit Card Limits Climate Impact (Ind. Report)
UNFCCC
Date: 2019-06-03
Swedish financial company Doconnomy is touting a new credit card that allows consumers to track and offset the emissions related their purchases.

The card uses the Aland Index to quantify consumers' carbon footprint and compute offset costs using the World Bank's carbon price. Consumers can use the data supplied to either reduce their carbon footprint through behavior change, or to buy offset credits from UN-certified projects that reduce, avoid or remove GHG emissions.

Users can also directly compensate for their GHG emissions, through projects meeting the criteria of UN-certified green projects. To identify the carbon dioxide (CO2) impact of each transaction, the Do card uses the Aland Index, developed in 2017 by Bank of Aland in Finland.

Partnering with the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the initiative encourages users to compensate their carbon footprints in UN-certified projects that reduce, avoid or remove GHG emissions. The projects are implemented in developing countries and are rewarded with Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) as well as Gold Standard. Ranging from cleaner-burning cook stoves to wind-generated electricity and clean waste disposal, all projects contribute to global emissions reductionsA savings product by the company offers an interest rate that includes investment in climate-friendly projects. (Source: UNFCCC Press Release, 30 April, 2019) Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

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


RI PUC OK's Nat. Grid, Revolution Offshore Wind PPA (Ind. Report)
Orsted,Revolution Wind Farm
Date: 2019-06-03
In Warwick, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports its unanimous approval of the 20-year PPA under which National Grid will buy power from the 400-MW Revolution Wind Farm being developed in Rhode Island Sound by Danish-owned Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind and Boston-based energy company Eversource.

National Grid will pay 9.8 cents per kilowatt-hour as part of a deal that state energy officials estimate could save Rhode Island electric consumers $90 million over the life of the contract -- roughly 50 cents per month for the typical customer.

The Revolution project is expected to generate sufficient energy for approximately 270,000 homes when it comes online in 2023. (Source: Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Fall River Herald, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, (401) 941-4500, www.ripuc.org; Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, danil@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk; National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource,  Revolution Wind Farm,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


Dallas Renewables Contract Cuts Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
City of Dallas
Date: 2019-06-03
In the Lone Star State, the City of Dallas reports entered into a new 10-year contract with TXU Energy that will power all city facilities with 100 pct offsite wind and solar energy at a 26 pct lower energy rate than the city previously paid.

The projected new contract is valued at $472.6 million, including energy costs and regulated Oncor transmission and distribution costs.

The new contract is expected to save nearly $80 million in energy costs over the 10-year term of the contract compared to the current contract. This includes a projected $3.66 million savings in the current budget year between June 1st and September 30th, and $7.85 million overall projected savings annually in the next budget year and beyond. (Source: City of Dallas, PR, 29 May, 2019) Contact: City of Dallas, T.C. Broadnax, City Mgr., www.dallascityhall.com; TXU Energy, www.txu.com

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


Renewable Energy in the Keystone State (Opinions Editorials & Asides)
Sustainable Pittsburgh
Date: 2019-06-03
"In reviewing the recent Team PA Foundation report Pennsylvania Energy Horizons, produced by a year-long, community discussion-based exercise led by Royal Dutch Shell, I was encouraged to see an increasing role for renewables and transition to a low carbon economy in Pennsylvania.

"There is strategic importance to diversity in our energy sector and we should not rely solely on natural gas. Pennsylvania has more opportunities to grow energy efficiency and renewable-energy jobs than ever before, and the economic benefits would extend into rural, urban, and suburban communities across the commonwealth.

"Just recently, a bipartisan group of state senators announced legislation that would update Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard to include a target of 30 pct energy from Tier 1 renewable sources by 2030. This piece of legislation, Senate Bill 600, is growing in support and has a House companion bill, House Bill 1195.

"Additionally, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that currently pending bipartisan energy efficiency legislation in Pennsylvania could unlock 30,000 jobs and about $6.4 billion in net savings by removing barriers to energy efficiency investment. These jobs not only put Pennsylvanians to work, but they advance energy-efficiency projects that drive down energy bill costs.

"The commonwealth's energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sectors are strong, poised for important growth, and must be part of the conversation." (Source: Sustainable Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Sustainable Pittsburgh, Joylette Portlock, Exec. Dir., (412) 258-6642, (412) 258-6645 (fax), info@sustainablepittsburgh.org, www.sustainablepittsburgh.org

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


UK Waste Wood Biomass Demand Soars (Int'l. Report)
Wood Recyclers Association
Date: 2019-06-03
In the UK, the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) is reporting the amount of processed waste wood in the UK being used in the biomass energy sector jumped by 24 pct to 2.1 million tonnes in 2018. But, less waste wood is arising overall with total volumes falling by 500,000 tonnes last year to 4.5 million tonnes.

The WRA data is seen as giving the clearest indication of the waste wood market as there is no government data and members of the Association represent more than 90% of the market. Total waste wood on the market fell by 500,000 tonnes in 2018, the WRA statistics show

The data shows that biomass for energy now accounts for more than 56 pct of the processed waste wood market usage, up from 46 pct in 2017. With the export market taking 8 pct of production primarily for biomass, the overall amount of waste wood going for burning in biomass plants now represents nearly two thirds of all waste wood processed in the UK. (Source: Wood Recyclers Association, Lets Recycle, June, 2019) Contact: Wood Recyclers Association, Jill Turner, +44 0 330 325 0490, director@woodrecyclers.org, www.woodrecyclers.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Recyclers Association,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Potentia Acquiring Goldwind Montana Wind Facility (M&A Report)
Goldwing, Potentia Renewables
Date: 2019-06-03
Goldwind is reporting the sale of its 20 MW Musselshell Wind Project in Montana to Toronto-headquartered Potentia Renewables. The project features a total of 14 Goldwind 87/1.5 MW permanent-magnet direct-drive turbines which will be serviced and maintained by Goldwind.

With this acquisition, Potentia now has over 850 MW of operating, under-construction and long-term contracted wind and solar assets in Canada, United States and the Caribbean, according to the company. (Source: Goldwind, PR, May, 2019) Contact: Potentia Renewables, Jeff Jenner, CEO .(416) 703-1911, www.potentiarenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwing,  Potentia Renewables,  Wind,  


Siemens Adding Battery Storage to BASF Gas Power Plant (Int'l)
Siemens,BASF
Date: 2019-06-03
Siemens will install a battery storage system as part of the overhaul of a gas power plant for chemicals giant BASF. As well as replacing the gas turbines at the industrial power plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, a SIESTART battery system has been installed to provide blackstart capabilities. Siemens will also provide a 15-year service contract.

The battery system will be provided by Fluence, the joint venture between AES and Siemens. The company said BASF will benefit from blackstart capabilities, islanding, if required, and a more reliable power supply. (Source: Siemens, Energy Storage News, 30 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens news,  Energy Storage news,  BASF news,  


CDN Carbon Tax Funds Energy Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-06-03
In Ottawa, Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna is reporting the launch of launching a direct rebate program for small and medium-sized businesses to get back up to half the cost of buying more energy-efficient equipment and appliances.

It's expected the rebates will be worth $44 million this year and the maximum rebate for any individual business will be $20,000.

A separate program will allow businesses to apply to get rebates for energy efficiency retrofits. That program, which will be about $106 million this year, will be for projects that cost up to $1 million. The funds come from the revenues Canada is collecting from the $20-a-tonne carbon price imposed April 1, 2019. (Source:Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Press, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Catherine McKenna,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  


Bipartisan Building Energy Efficiency Legislation Tabled (Reg & Leg)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-06-03
In Washington, U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) have introduced the Commercial, Low Emissions and Net Energy Reduction (CLEANER) Buildings Act of 2019 which would extend the tax deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings. If this incentive is renewed, the deduction -- aka 179D -- could generate thousands of new design and construction jobs and contribute millions to the gross domestic product, according to the release.

Section 179D of the tax code offers a tax deduction to building owners and businesses for energy efficiency improvements such as lighting, heating and cooling, hot water systems, ventilation, or the building envelope like insulation or windows. It offers incentives for upgrades at new or existing buildings that cut the total energy and power cost by at least 50 percent compared to a building meeting the ASHRAE codes baseline for energy efficiency.

Jason Hartke, CEO, Alliance to Save Energy states, "This is a key tax incentive for encouraging energy efficiency in commercial buildings, which account for about 20 percent of U.S. energy consumption. It is important that Congress extend this incentive to give building owners and designers the certainty they need to make these investments." (Source: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, PR, Cap May Herald, 31 May, 2019) Contact: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, www.vandrew.house.gov; Rep Mike Kelly, https://kelly.house.gov; Alliance to Save Energy, (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Alliance to Save Energy,  


NRStor Acquires Ontario Energy Storage Facility (M&A, Ind. Report)
NRStor,Temporal Power
Date: 2019-06-01
Toronto-based energy storage specialist NRStor Inc. is reporting its acquisition of a 5MW connected energy storage facility, located in Clear Creek, Ontario. The Clear Creek facility was originally built by Mississauga-based Temporal Power to showcase its industry-leading flywheel energy storage technology. With this acquisition, NRStor expands its flywheel energy storage portfolio, which already includes Canada's first grid-scale flywheel energy storage facility in Minto, Ontario. NRStor expects to have the full hybrid battery and flywheel system operational in 2020.

The facility is optimally located adjacent to a 20 megawatt (MW) wind farm and existing Hydro One electrical infrastructure. With support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and Hydro One, the facility originally demonstrated the effectiveness of distributed energy resources (DERs) and successfully completed reactive power validation and power quality testing. Ten 500 kilowatt (kW) flywheels were deployed in a modular arrangement to deliver 10 MW of flexible range (+/-5 MW) to the Ontario grid. (Source: NRStor Inc., PR, 30 May, 2019) Temporal Power, (905) 581-4474, www.temporalpower.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRStor news,  Energy Storage news,  Flywheel news,  Temporal Power news,  


Ottawa Announces $30Mn in Clean Energy Investments (Funding)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-05-31
. On Monday in Vancouver, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Hon. Amarjeet Sohi announced a new $30-million clean energy investment fund, $15.5 million of which will support remote First Nations communities that rely largely on diesel power.

The largest investment is $10.4 million in Haida Gwaii, B.C. where the villages of Old Masset and Skidegate are planning to transition to 100 pct renewable energy -- increased power production from an existing hydro dam, and installation of 2 megawatts of solar power and power storage. Other funding a includes a $1.5 million woody biomass heating project; a $2.1 million college building energy retrofit project; and $1.5 million to Carbon Upcycling Technologies for a carbon capture and reuse project in Calgary. The Minister noted the federal government earmarked $1 billion in the last federal budget for energy efficiency initiatives. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, JWN, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Hon. Amarjeet Sohi. Minister, Vanessa Adams, (343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca, www.nrcan.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


1,000-MW Utah Energy Storage Project Announced (Ind. Report)
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
Date: 2019-05-31
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Holloday, Utah-based Magnum Development are reporting plans to develop 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy storage in a Magnum-owned salt cavern in central Utah.

The two firm's Advanced Clean Energy Storage (ACES) project will deploy four types of energy storage technologies at utility scale, which include renewable hydrogen, compressed air energy storage, large-scale flow batteries, and solid oxide fuel cells.

The project is sited adjacent to the coal-fired Intermountain Power Project and will connect with the Western US power grid using existing infrastructure, according to the company. (Source: Magnum Development , Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Energy Manager, 29 May., 2019) Contact: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, www.amer.mhps.com; Magnum Development, Craig Broussard, CEO , (801) 993-7001, www.magnumdev.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems,  Energy Storage,  


CO2 Emissions Monitoring Satellites to Launch in 2025 (Int'l)
European Space Agency
Date: 2019-05-31
In Paris, the European Space Agency (ESA) is reporting plans to launch three satellites to monitor world-wide carbon emissions collate emissions and climate change data for the UN global assessment of greenhouse gas emissions in 2028. The planned 2025 launch will form the world's first planet-wide emissions observation system.

Currently, CO2 emissions are measured by conducting "inventories" of fuel burning on a country-by-country basis which, while it can provide a workable estimate of global emissions figures, is affected by poor measuring and reporting protocols by a number of national governments. It is also limited by the scope of the observation equipment used on satellites presently used to measure emissions and track climate change. The new satellites will orbit the planet 14 times a day, passing over each individual source of CO2 emissions approximately every two to three days. (Source: European Space Agency, Government Europa, 29 May, 2019) Contact: European Space Agency, Mark Drinkwater, +33 1 53 69 76 54, www.esa.int

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


Smartcool Systems Launches German Subsidiary (Int'l Report)
Smartcool Systems
Date: 2019-05-31
Vancouver-based Smartcool Systems Inc. is reporting the launch of Smartcool Systems GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary in Germany, that will sell and service Smartcool's services, proprietary optimization technology and products directly to the German market.

Dr. Georg Hochwimmer will manage the subsidiary's operations and develop a German sales team, according to a company release. (Source: Smartcool, Streetwise Reports, Ap., 2019) Contact: SmartCool, Ted Konyi, CEO, James Martin, Bus. Dev, (604) 904-8632, www.smartcool.net

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


Big Pharma GHG Emissions Higher Than Auto Industry's (Ind Report)
The Conversation
Date: 2019-05-31
A recent study from The Conversation, an Australian not-for-profit media outlet that uses content sourced from academics and researchers, notes that the "global pharmaceutical industry is not only a significant contributor to global warming, but it is also dirtier than the global automotive production sector."

More than 200 companies represent the global pharmaceutical market, yet only 25 consistently reported their direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions in the past five years. Of those, only 15 reported their emissions since 2012, the report notes.

According to the report, the total global emissions of the pharma sector amounts to about 52 megatonnes of CO2e in 2015, more than the 46.4 megatonnes of CO2e generated by the automotive sector in the same year. The reports calculates the value of the pharma market is smaller than the automotive market the pharma market is 28 pct smaller yet 13 pct more polluting than the automotive sector. (Source: The Conversation, 27 May, 2019) (Contact: The Conversation, www.theconversation.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  


TOTAL's Palm Oil Biodiesel Plant Set for Startup (Int'l Report)
Total
Date: 2019-05-31
Paris-headquartered French energy major TOTAL is reporting the impending start-up of its often delayed 500,000 tpy palm oil biodiesel refinery in La Mede in southern France. The facility is expected to begin production within "two weeks."

TOTAL has committed to use less than 300,000 tonnes of crude palm oil per year at La Mede out of a total of 650,000 tonnes of feed stocks which could include oils from other plants, recycled animal fat, cooking oil and industrial oil. (Source: TOTAL, Indian Economic Times, May, 2019) Contact: TOTAL, Patrick Pouyanne, CEO, www.total.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


Risen Claims Multi-busbar Solar Cell Efficiency Record (Ind Report)
Risen Energy
Date: 2019-05-31
Chinese solar technology specialist Risen Energy Co. Ltd. is reporting its proprietary cast-mono five-busbar cell has achieved an efficiency of 22.05 pct while its multi-busbar monocrystalline cell has realized a maximum conversion efficiency of 23.08 pct and an average efficiency of 22.73 pct.

Risen's five-busbar cell includes double-sided passivation, antireflective films, electro-injection passivation and slurry improvement. This is the first time that a cast-mono five-busbar cell has successfully exceeded 22 pct in efficiency.

Compared with the five-busbar cell, the multi-busbar monocrystalline cell features a more optimized metallized contact technology, which effectively reduces the shading area, enhances the ability to collect carriers while reducing the incidence of cracks, contributing to a significantly higher conversion efficiency. A further cost reduction is realized with decreased use of silver slurry. (Source: Risen Energy, May, 2019) Contact: Risen Energy, Tel:0086-574-59953588, www.risenenergy.com

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Glenwood Springs Pledges 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Glenwood Springs
Date: 2019-05-31
In Colorado, the Glenwood Springs City Council reports its unanimous approval of a resolution to purchase all of Glenwood Springs' electricity from clean wind energy from the city's power supplier the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN). With passage of the resolution the city of roughly 10,000 residents becomes the seventh city in the country to be powered 100 pct by renewable energy.

MEAN is bringing the equivalent wind power onto its grid to provide for all of the electricity in Glenwood Springs. As other communities follow in Glenwood's path, MEAN will increase the total renewables on the grid, benefiting all the members.

According to MEAN, move to 100 pct wind saves the environment 77,156 tpy of CO2 emission that the City of Glenwood Springs would have "created" using MEAN fossil fuel plants to generate power. (Source: MEAN, City of Glenwood Springs, PR, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, (402) 474-4759, www.nmppenergy.org/mean; City of Glenwood Springs, (970) 384-6400, www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us

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Malaysian Palm Oil Biodiesel to be Tested in Beijing Pilot (Int'l)
Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Date: 2019-05-31
In Beijing, 180 sanitary trucks will be fueled with Malaysian palm oil biodiesel in a 20 month pilot project carried out by Tsinghua University in collaboration with Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). The tests will be conducted with blended biodiesel containing 5 pct, 10 pct and 20 pct of palm oil respectively.

Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy is a subsidiary of TUS Clean Energy, a commercial arm of Tsinghua University. Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy plans to invest in a project to modify an existing biodiesel plant in Malaysia using its enzymatic technology.

. Malaysia has implemented a domestic 10 pct palm biodiesel and 90 pct petrol diesel (B10) program in its national transportation sector. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, The Star, 28 May, 2019) Contact: Tsinghua University, www.tsinghua.edu.cn; Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy, en.tusholdings.com/index.php/59682c1b03b?zid=3; Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my

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Tajiguas Landfill Biogas Energy Project Breaks Ground (Ind. Report)
Landsfill Gas
Date: 2019-05-31
The Santa Barbara County Tajiguas Landfill in California reports construction is underway. The landfill will process locally sourced biological materials such as wood and food scraps as well as solid waste from Santa Ynez Valley communities using a "dry fermentation" composting process to produce methane biogas and 25,000 tpy of compost from 16 individual modules.

The methane biogas will drive two new engines generating 5 megawatts of electricity that will be added to 1 megawatts produced by a solar electrovoltaic system for a total of 6 megawatts.

When fully operational, the $130.5 million ReSource Center is expected to divert an additional 60 pct of waste from going into the landfill, cut greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equal to 28,668 cars per year, generate enough energy to make it self-sustaining plus power 2,000 homes. (Source: Santa Barbara County Tajiguas LandfillSanta Ynez Vallet News, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Santa Barbara County Tajiguas Landfill, www.ourair.org/tajiguas-landfill

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Notable Quote from Natural Resources Canada
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-05-31
"Energy efficiency is key to Canada's transition to a clean energy future." -- Amarjeet Sohi, Minister, Natural Resources Canada Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Vanessa Adams, (343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca, www.nrcan.gc.ca

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Aussie Carbon Emissions Climb Fourth Consecutive Year (Int'l Report)
Australia Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-05-31
In the Land Down Under, Australia's National Inventory Report to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has revealed that Australia produced 537 million tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2-e) emissions in 2018 -- an increase from 2017's 534.7 million tonnes of CO2-e.

Despite Australia's Paris Climate Accord pledge to cut its emissions by between 26 and 28 pct from 2005 levels by 2030 , Australia's carbon emissions have risen for the fourth consecutive year, according to the report. (Source: Xinhua, China.org.cn, 30 May, 2019)

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SEIA Encourages Solar-plus-Storage Partnership (Ind. Report)
SEIA
Date: 2019-05-31
The Washington, DC-based Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) reports it is adding divisions to focus more aggressively on solar-plus-storage and solar manufacturing. The organization is also launching committees on energy storage and community solar and establishing a working group to reduce the soft costs of going solar.

The new divisions are part of the solar industry group's broader governance plan to enter the 2020s as America's leading source of new electric power generation. (Source: SEIA, May, 2019) Contact: SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, info@seia.org, www.seia.org

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Notable Quote -- Natural Gas on the Road to a Low-Carbon Economy
Natural Gas
Date: 2019-05-31
"Research tells us natural gas can only become a 'bridge' fuel to the needed, lower-carbon economy if appropriate policy is enacted. Otherwise natural gas expansion is predicted to slow renewable energy growth." -- Joylette Portlock, Exec. Dir., Sustainable Pittsburgh Contact: Sustainable Pittsburgh,(412) 258-6642, (412) 258-6645 (fax), info@sustainablepittsburgh.org, www.sustainablepittsburgh.org

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BP, NEXT Ink Renewable Diesel Feedstock Deal (Ind. Report)
BP,NEXT Renewable Fuels
Date: 2019-05-31
Portland, Oregon-based advanced biofuels producer NEXT Renewable Fuels reports entering into a long-term feedstock supply agreement with BP Products North America (BP) for approximately 2 million tpy of renewable feedstocks -- animal fats and tallows, used cooking oil,greases and virgin seed oils -- for NEXT's planned renewable diesel facility in Port Westward, Oregon.

The Port Westward facility is slated for completion and commissioning in 2021. (Source: NEXT Renewable Fuels, Biofuels Int'l., 29 May, 2019) Contact: NEXT Renewable Fuels, Lou Soumas, Pres., info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com; BP, Jason Breslaw, Renewable Feedstock and Bio-distillate Business Development Manager, www.bp.com

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Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act 2019 Introduced (Reg. & Leg.)
Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2019-05-31
Last week in Washington, Chairman of the US House Committee on Agriculture, Collin Peterson (D-Minn), together with Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), Rep.Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) introduced the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019.

The Act, which is intended to bring transparency to the EPA's small refinery "hardship" exemption (SRE) programme under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), will also set a deadline for refineries to submit petitions for RFS exemptions of 1 June to ensure that any waivers granted are "prospectively reallocated to non-exempt obligated parties, as well as require that key information surrounding the SREs is publicly available" according to a statement from the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE).

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct.(Source: ACE, Various Media, 29 May, 2019)

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TransAlta Takes Stake in Skookumchuck Wind Project (M&A)
TransAlta,RES-America
Date: 2019-05-31
Calgary, Alberta-based electric power producer and wholesaler TransAlta reports it has agreed to purchase a 49 pct interest in RES-Americas' 38-turbine Skookumchuck Wind energy project located near the soon to be shuttered Centralia coal plant.

The $200 million project, which is slated to begin producing power by December of this year, will generate 137 MW of electricity, enough to power about 100,000 households. The electricity will be sold to Puget Sound Energy. (Source: TransAlta, Daily Chronicle, 29 May, 2019) Contact: RES Americas, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225, andrew.fowler@res-americas.com, www.res-americas.com; TransAlta, TransAlta, (855) 255-9184, www.transalta.com

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Total EU GHG Emissions Increase Slightly (Int'l. Report)
European Environment Agency
Date: 2019-05-31
According to the European Environment Agency's (EEA) Annual European Union Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990-2017 and inventory report 2019 the EU's total greenhouse gas emissions -- including international aviation -- rose by 0.7 pct in 2017 compared with 2016. From 1990 to 2017, the EU reduced its net GHG emissions by 21.7 pct and is therefore still exceeding its 20 pct Paris Climate Accord reduction target set for 2020.

In reaching these levels, less coal was used for heat and electric power production but this was offset by higher industrial and transport emissions, the latter increasing for the fourth consecutive year.

The report notes EU GHG emissions have decreased since 1990 as a combined result of policies, economic and structural factors and, on average, milder winters. The largest emission cuts have been made in the energy sector, due to efficiency improvements, increased use of renewables and a less carbon intensive mix of fossil fuels. -- more gas, and less coal and oil. Energy efficiency and renewable energy will continue to play a key role in cutting future emissions and helping the EU achieve its 40 pct reduction target by 2030. (Source: European Environment Agency, Various Media, Eurasia Review, 30 May, 2019) Contact: European Environment Agency, www.eea.europa.eu.

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World GBC Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment Tops 50 Signatories (Ind. Report)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2019-05-31
The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) reports 50 organizations have now signed up to the Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment and pledged to ensure their individual portfolios of buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030.

The pledge also calls for cities, states and regions to require all new buildings operate at net-zero carbon from 2030, and all buildings, including existing buildings, operate at net-zero carbon by 2050.

In addition to generating and obtaining renewable energy to meet reduced energy demand, the Commitment positions energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization.

The WorldGBC's Advancing Net Zero Status Report 2019 details efforts to take on the challenge of decarbonizing the global building stock, and highlights leadership action from global businesses, governments and NGOs tthe goal of: certifying nearly 390 buildings globally as net zero carbon; raising awareness through advocacy activities of the urgency and achievability of net zero carbon buildings; and developing industry capacity through educational programmes and industry events.

Download Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment details HERE. (Source: World Green Building Council, Canadian Architect, 30 May, 2019) Contact: World Green Building Council, Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council www.worldgbc.org/advancing-net-zero-status-report-2019

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Cdn. Energy Efficiency Rebates Funded by Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency, Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-05-31
Following up on our 6 March coverage, Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna is reporting the launch of a direct rebate program for small and medium-sized businesses. The rebates would cover approximately 50 pct of the purchase price energy-efficient equipment and appliances.

A separate program will allow businesses to apply for rebates for energy efficiency retrofits. That program, which will be about $106 million this year, will be for projects that cost up to $1 million. It's expected the rebates will be worth $44 million this year and the maximum rebate for any individual business will be $20,000.

The funds come from the revenues Canada is collecting from the $20 per-tonne carbon price imposed April 1, 2019. (Source: Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Press, 30 May, 2019) Contact: The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, www.facebook.com/McKenna.Ottawa

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Jordanian Fund Supports Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l)
Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
Date: 2019-05-29
Reporting fro Amman, the Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is reporting the Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) has implemented projects worth JD50 million ($70,5 million) to mainstream renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the Kingdom.

The funded projects covered a number of sectors including domestic, industrial, agricultural, tourism, places of worship and schools. Around 128 schools were funded for energy saving projects including heating upgrades, insulation, energy-saving lighting systems (LED bulbs), cooling, solar panels, general maintenance and others.

The fund also provided 50 pct of the cost of installing 22,000 solar water heaters for citizens, and offered a full grant for solar water heaters and LED bulbs and installations in 3,500 homes of poor families and royal grant housing units. The fund also installed 1,600 residential electric power generation systems, solar cells in 483 religous shrines, distributed some 50,000 LED bulbs with plans to distribute an additional 250,000 bulbs through electricity companies. (Source: Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ammon, 26 May, 2019) Contact: Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, +962 6 580 3060, https://jordan.gov.jo

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US Airlines Agree to UN Climate Change Plan (Ind. Report)
International Civil Aviation Organization
Date: 2019-05-29
According to Travel Pulse, virtually every U.S.-based airline has voluntarily agreed to the a UN's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) plan that caps emissions at 2020 levels and is administered by the U.N.-affiliated International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO),

The participating airline majors include Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and United as well as smaller airlines like Piedmont and Republic and others.

CORSIA is designed to become mandatory after 2027. ICAO will use 2020 figures to determine the emissions cap. The airline industry as a whole has a problematic record when it comes to carbon footprints, and it was only set to get worse with the expected almost tripling of air travel by 2050. (Source: Travel Pulse, 27 May, 2019) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int; CORSIA, www.icao.int/environmental-protection/CORSIA/Pages/default.aspx

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Notable Quote
Aviation Emissions
Date: 2019-05-29
"If global aviation was a country, it would rank in the top 10 (carbon) emitters." -- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

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Vail Commits to Renewables to Cut GHG Emissions (Ind. Report)
Vail Colorado
Date: 2019-05-29
In Eagle County Colorado, the Vail Town Council reports it will purchase 100 pct of its municipally-used electricity from renewable sources supplied by Holy Cross Energy.

The initiative is in keeping with the town's self-imposed goal of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 pct of 2009 levels by 2025. To that end, Holy Cross Energy is recommending the installation of a solar array at the town's public works shops. The city's purchases from Holy Cross will come from wind, solar or hydroelectric generation and will not count toward the town's existing greenhouse gas reduction goals. (Source: Vail Daily, 27 May, 2019) Contact: Town of Vail, Kristen Bertuglia, Env. Mgr., www.vailgov.com; Holy Cross Energy, www.holycross.com

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Illinois Passive Home Community Announced (Ind. Report)
Sonnen,Passive House Institute
Date: 2019-05-29
Energy storage firm Sonnen and Evolutionary Home Builders are reporting their partnership for the development of the first-of-its-kind energy positive The Wildwood of Marengo community, west of Chicago, Illinois. The aim of the project is to accelerate the adoption of sustainable buildings.

The project, which will incorporate 28 homes with each possessing a 6KW solar array and a 20KWh energy automation system, is certified by the Passive House Institute United States in Chicago to maximize energy gains and minimize energy losses. Each residence will produce, store and intelligently manage the home's power throughout the day and night without sacrificing comfort. The homes are capable of becoming independent of the grid during high-cost periods of the day, avoiding the use of high carbon intensive peak power and minimizing stress on the utility grid.

Evolutionary Home Builders will initiate the development of the community which is claimed to be the most sustainable passive home community in the US. (Source: Sonnen, Evolutionary Home Builders, Smart Energy, 27 May, 2019) Contact: Passive House Institute US, (312) 561-4588, info@phius.org, www.phius.org; Sonnen, Blake Richetta, Snr. VP, sonnen U.S. operations, www.sonnenusa.com

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LEAP Touts Charlottesville Clean Energy Loan Program (Ind. Report)
Local Energy Alliance Program
Date: 2019-05-29
In the Old Dominion State, the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is touting the success of the City of Charlottesville's innovative Clean Energy Loan Program (CELP). Since 2018, the program has supported 8 projects in the City worth nearly $1.5 million and generated roughly $700,000/year of clean energy savings for participating business owners.

The CELP, which is available to all of Charlottesville’s businesses, supports solar panel installations and energy efficiency equipment by buying down the interest rate on a business loan. The CELP has worked with local solar installation companies as well as local banks to implement and finance the projects. The program operates on a first-come, first served basis and has limited funding. (Source: LEAP, PR, 26 May, 2019) Contact: LEAP, Chris Meyer, Executive Director, http://cvillegreenbiz.org, https://leap-va.org

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