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EQTec, Phoenix Biomass Energy Ink Agreement (Ind. Report)
EQTec,Phoenix Biomass Energy
Date: 2019-05-24
Further to our 24th Sept., 2018 coverage, Madrid-based Spanish technology solution company EQTec repots it has inked Framework Agreement with California-headquartered Phoenix Biomass Energy, Inc.. Phoenix builds, owns and operates on-site biomass gasification plants in partnership with businesses in the agricultural, waste, and forestry industries sectors.

Under the Agreement, the parties will seek to jointly develop U.S. biomass gasification power projects in the 2 to 3 MW in size range, with an estimated project value between $15 and $20 million each. Five such projects have already been identified. EQTec will provide its proprietary Gasifier Technology (EGT), technical design and engineering for the power plant projects. Both firms will work on project funding. (Source: EQTec, Various Media, Bioenergy insight, 23 May, 2019) Contact: Eqtec, +34 935 73 9981,; Phoenix Energy, Ian Price, CEO, (415) 286-7822,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EQTec,  Phoenix Biomass Energy,  

ComEd Energy Efficiency Program Savings Top $4Bn (Ind. Report)
ComEd, Commonwealth Edison
Date: 2019-05-24
In Chicago, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), an Exelon Company, is reporting its customers saved a total of $4 billion since 2008 on their electricity bills through the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program.

The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program offers assessments, rebates, discounts, and recycling programs that have saved customers more than 35 million mWh of electricity -- equivalent of eliminating approximately 44 billion pounds of carbon emissions from the atmosphere or removing over than 4 million cars from the road for a year.

The ComEd program also helped drive the purchase of more than 130 million energy-efficient light bulbs and provided more than $956 million in energy-efficiency improvements. (Source: ComEd, PR, 23 May, 2019) Contact:, ComEd, Jane Park, Snr, VP,(312) 394-3500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Commonwealth Edison,  Energy Efficiency,  

Smartcool Touts Power Factor Correction Installations (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-05-24
Vancouver, British Columbia-based Smartcool Systems Inc reports its wholly owned energy management subsidiary, Total Energy Concepts Inc. (TEC) has completed projects for two recycling/resource recovery companies. The installations involved TEC's full package solution, which included TEC's proprietary Power Factor Correction (PFC) technology on (18) electric motors of 10 HP and larger driving the crushing, shredding and conveying of materials.

Power Factor Correction at the equipment level is a documented energy efficiency measure that to date has had limited adoption worldwide. TEC has perfected this technology and application over the last 10 years which offers significant energy savings, as well as more operational up-time and extended equipment life.

Smartcool's ECO3, ESM and ECOHome retrofit technologies reduce the energy consumption of compressors in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems by up to 40 pct, according to the company. (Source: Smartcool, Newsfile, 23 May, 2019) Contact: Smartcool, Mike Kordysz VP, Investor Relations, (604) 904- 8632,,[endlink, [satrtlink]; Total Energy Concepts,

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

Resideo Snares Whisker Labs to Expand Smart Home Offerings (M&A)
Resideo Technologies,Whisker Labs
Date: 2019-05-24
In the Lone Star State, Austin-based smart home, energy efficiency specialist Resideo Technologies, a 2018 Honeywell spinoff, is reporting its acquisition of energy efficiency technology from Whisker Labs. The technology creates a thermodynamic model of a home to accurately predict home heating and air conditioning run time and energy use to enable a homeowner to control energy usage.

According to Resideo, the technology complements it's portfolio of connected thermostats, including the Honeywell Home T-Series smart thermostats -- the T9 and T10 Pro -- which feature wireless smart-room sensors to deliver a desired temperature to a specific room as needed.

Resideo claims a presence in 150 million homes and a network of 110,000 professional contractors. (Source: Resideo TechnologiesPR, 22 May, 2019) Contact: Resideo Technologies, Mike Nefkens, Pres., CEO,; Whisker Labs,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Whisker Labs,  Energy Efficiency,  

WattTime Emissions Database Wins Google Funding (Ind. Report)
WattTime,Google,World Resources Institute
Date: 2019-05-22
WattTime reports it plans to create a public database that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to track carbon emissions from all the world's large power. The project will receive $1.7 million in funding from the Google AI Impact Challenge. The tracking system will make it possible to hold polluting plants accountable to environmental standards as well as enable advanced new emissions reduction technologies.

Joining WattTime in the carbon tracking initiative are non-profits Carbon Tracker, a financial think tank that analyses the economic impacts of the energy transition and the first organization to pioneer satellite-based power plant monitoring; and World Resources Institute (WRI) which maintains a comprehensive global power plant database. (Source: WattTime, PR, 20 May, 2019) Contact: WattTime, Gavin McCormick, Executive Director , (510) 201-9877,; World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof, U.S. Director,; Carbon Tracker,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tracker,  Carbon Emissions,  Power Plant Emissions,  WattTime,  Google,  World Resources Institute,  

CellCube, Pangea Partnering on Aussie Energy Storage Project (Int'l)
CellCube,Pangea Energy
Date: 2019-05-22
Toronoto-based CELLCUBE ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS INC. reports its 100 pct subsidiary Enerox GmbH in Wiener Neudorf, Austria, has inked a Letter of Intent with Pangea Energy Pty Ltd. to construct a 50MW / 200MWh Energy Storage System on grid scale level in Port Augusta, South Australia.

The aim is not to only to offer multiple grid services such as voltage compensation, reactive power and frequency regulation services but offering renewable baseload to the Australian market which goes hand-in-hand with a planned 50MW solar project at the same site.

Pangea Energy will invest approximately $200 million in the project and will build, own and operate the site and procure from CellCube products and services which may include an electrolyte service as a co-funding mechanism. The companies are currently conducting due diligence and reviewing the off-take conditions for starting construction in late 2019 with plans to be operational in 2020. (Source: CellCube, PR, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Pangea Energy, Luis Chiang Lin, CEO,; CellCube Energy, Stefan Schauss, CEO , Glenda Kelly, Inv. Communications, (800) 882-3213,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CellCube,  Energy Storage,  

Indian State Planning Rice Biofuel Project (Int'l. Report)
India Ethanol
Date: 2019-05-22
In central India, the heavily forested state of Chhattisgarh and the Indian Institute of Technology (Bhilai) are reporting plans to produce biofuel from rice and other agriculture products.

To that end, the state government and the Indian Institute of Technology (Bhilai) have inked an agreement to explore the possibilities of designing the project which would ensure the increased cultivation and consumption of rice and the use of rice stover, waste and by-products, such as biofuel. Only surplus rice and waste would be used in the production of biofuel, according to the release. (Source: Indian Institute of Technology, Business Standard, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Indian Institute of Technology,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Rice Ethanol,  

China Planning $23Bn Offshore Wind Investment (Int'l. Report)
China Ofshore Wind
Date: 2019-05-22
Chinese state news agency Xinhua is reporting China will invest160 billion yuan ($23.5 billion) in an offshore wind power project that will have an installed capacity of more than 1 million kW in Jiangsu province.

Wind power, according to Xinhua, is the third-largest source of energy in the country after coal and hydropower. The country is already the world leader in wind power with 187 GW in capacity in early 2018. The plan is to increase this to 210 GW by the end of 2020. In 2019 China generated 1.87 trillion kWh of electricity from renewable sources, according to Xinhua. (Source: Xinhua,, 21 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  China Offshore Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

Maritime Shipping to Halve Carbon Footprint by 2050 (Int'l)
International Chamber of Shipping
Date: 2019-05-22
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the world's major maritime shipping organization, representing around 80 pct of the world's merchant tonnage, reports it "remains confident that shipping will improve its carbon efficiency by at least 40 pct by 2030 compared to 2008, in line with the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions."

ICS also noted it welcomes the additional guidance agreed by the IMO MEPC to assist the smooth implementation of the global sulphur cap on 1 January 2020 -- requiring ships outside sulphur emission control areas to use fuel with a sulphur content of 0.5 pct or less. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping, Marine Link, 17 May, 2019) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,; International Chamber of Shipping, Guy Platten, Sec. Gen.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping,  IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  

Tokyo Governor Aims for Zero CO2 Emissions by 2050 (Int'l Report)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-05-22
In Japan, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is reporting plans to draw up a strategy -- by December 2019 -- to effectively reduce the city's carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050.

Japan's government has set a goal of cutting domestic emissions by 80 pct by 2050. The Tokyo Metropolitan government has gone a step further and plans for effectively zero emissions in Tokyo by 2050. The strategy will include a 40 percent reduction in incinerated plastic waste by 2030.

Koike announced her plans to representatives of 26 of the world's major cities at the Urban 20 Mayors Summit now underway in Japan.

Urban 20 (U20) is a new diplomatic initiative, convened by C40 Cities and UCLG, to help cities develop collective messages and inclusive solutions for global issues such as climate action, the future of work and social integration, and related information. (Source: U20 Mayors, NHK World Japan, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Urban 20 Mayors,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions ,  CO2,  

Barbados Pursuing Bioenergy to Meet Renewables Goals (Int'l)
Date: 2019-05-22
According to the Barbados Advocate, the Bridgetown-based non-profit organization Design Council SIDS, the island nation can play a leading role in the adoption and use of bioenergy. That's according to Industrial Designer Mark Hill as he revealed that they are in the process of commissioning a 250-kilowatt Chicken Manure Biogas Plant in St. Lucy, and plans for a plastics-to-energy project, as well as a 1 MW biogas facility for food waste and a 1.5 MW ryngas project on the island.

"We can and will lead in bio-energy, in particular the production of biomethane/renewable natural gas, the production of wood pellets, syngas, and we will fully explore the economic potential in these resources in order to meet the goal of 100 pct renewable energy by 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals," Hill said in an address to the recent Bio-Digestion: Benefits to Barbados conference in Bridgetown. Presently only an estimated 4 pct to 6 pct of Barbados' energy needs are being met by renewable. (Source: Barbados Design Council SIDS, Barbados Advocate, 18 May, 2019) Contact: Design Council SIDS, Mark Hill,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biogas,  Renewable Energy,  

Major Methanol Plant Startup Set for Bushehr, Iran (Int'l Report)
Iran Methanol
Date: 2019-05-22
The world's largest methanol plant located in the southern Iranian province of Bushehr is ready for launch. The 7,000 tpd Kaveh Methanol petrochemical plant was constructed with private sector participation.

Presently, Iran has 54 petrochemical plants which supply 53.6 million tons of petrochemical products. The sector is expected grow to 75 million tons by March 2022 and exceed 100 million tons by March 2026. (Source: MENAFN, AzerNews, 20 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  

Aemetis Inks Indian Biodiesel Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-05-22
Aemetis Universal Biofuels India, a subsidiary of Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuel and biochemical specialist Aemetis Inc. , reports it will supply 25 million or more US gpy of distilled biodiesel to an unnamed multi-site mining company with sites in southern and central India .

Shipments have already started, and there are plans to expand the deal to additional mines as it installs on-site storage for biodiesel.

Aemetis owns and operates a 60-million gpy ethanol production facility in California's Central Valley. It also has a 50-million-gpy renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility on the east coast of India for production of high-quality distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin for US, European and Indian customers. (Source: Aemetis, Mining Magazine, May, 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  

Franklin County Adopting Energize NY C-PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-05-22
In the Empire State, the Franklin County Legislature has voted to adopt the Energize NY Open C-PACE Financing Program to make money available for business energy efficiency upgrades, renewable energy and related improvements.

Borrowers participating in the program pay back the cost of the upgrades to the state Energy Improvement Corp. (EIC), which administers the loans on behalf of the county. The loan will be secured through a lien placed on the "Benefitted Property" by the EIC. (Source: Franklin County, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Malone Telegram, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Franklin County Economic Dev., Russ Kinyon, Dir.,; C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News C-PACE,  Energize New York,  Energy Efficiency,  

Vestas Supplying Turbines for Fortum's Finland Wind Project (Int'l)
Date: 2019-05-22
Vestas is reporting receipt of an order for wind turbines for Helsinki-headquartered utility Fortum Oyj's 90 MW Kalax Wind Project in the province of Narpio in Western Finland. Turbine supply, installation and commissioning, as well as a long-term Active Output Management (AOM 5000) service agreement are included in the contract.

The project will feature a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution to lower turbine downtime and optimize the energy output. Turbine delivery is slated for Q2, 2020, for commissioning in Q1, 2021. (Source: Vestas, PR, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Vestas, Christina Schmidt, +49 40 46778 5153, Mobile - +49 (0) 160 90141736.,,; Fortum Oyi, Joonas Rauramo, VP Wind Generation, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, +358-50-453-6322, +358 10 4511,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum,  Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  

Hong Kong "Green Bond" Looking to Raise $1Bn (Int'l Report)
Hong Kong
Date: 2019-05-22
Reuters is reporting the former British colony of Hong Kong is looking to raise $500 million to $1 billion through a five-year "green bond" issuance that will help establish Hong Kong as a "green finance" center for investment in "environmentally friendly" projects.

The bond is the first to be issued under Hong Kong's HK$100 billion ($12.74 billion) green bond program to fund projects around clean transportation, air quality improvement and green buildings.

"Green bond" issuance worldwide to date this year stands at $41.3 billion, $12 billion of which was raised in Asia. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  

Hawaiian Energy Efficiency Bill Awaits Signature (Reg. & Leg.)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-05-22
In the Aloha State, House Bill 556 establishing energy efficiency standards for appliances sold or leased in Hawaii is awaiting only the signature of Gov. David Y. Ige (D). If signed into law the bill would come into force Jan. 1, 2021.

The Hawaiian bill also establishes energy and water efficiency standards for five products not currently covered at the federal level, including computers, faucets, showerheads, spray sprinklers, and certain fluorescent lamps.

California, Oregon and Washington have similar laws mandating that refrigerators, dishwashers, commercial air conditioners and other appliances meet national appliance efficiency standards. (Source: Star Advertiser, 21 May, 2019)Contact: Office of Gov. David Y. Ige,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Arkansas County Commits to $1Mn Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Entegrity Partners
Date: 2019-05-22
In Arkansas -- "The Natural State" -- Phillips County (pop. 18,572) reports plans to install a solar energy system to power all of its local operations.

To that end, Phillips County officials have inked a $1 million contract with Little Rock-based Entegrity Partners to install an initial 400 kW of solar photovoltaic array, with the capacity to add another 600 kW of solar power in the future. The installation is expected to generate a total of 593,000 kWh per year -- sufficient power for 48 Arkansas homes. The project will be 100 pct funded by the utility cost savings.

The solar system will incorporate 1,194 panels that, combined with new lighting and other energy efficiency upgrades, will deliver a minimum energy cost saving of $81,380 per year. The projects are expected to begin this summer for completion in fall of 2019. (Source: TB&P, 20 May, 2019) Contact: Entegrity Partners, Rick Vance, (479)301.2517,; Philips County,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Entegrity Partners,  ,  

LG Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-05-22
Korean appliance manufacturer LG reports it will reduce carbon emissions from its global operations by 50 percent compared to a 2017 baseline by implementing various carbon reduction and increasing renewable energy, primarily solar energy initiatives. This effort will help bring LG closer to reaching its ultimate goal of carbon neutrality, achieving a net-zero carbon emissions footprint by balancing carbon emissions with carbon removal, according to a company release.

Through a variety of strategic initiatives, the company will cut carbon emissions across its global production sites from nearly 2 million tons recorded in 2017 to 960,000 tons by the end of 2030. To that end, the company is looking to expand its high-efficiency facilities and technologies targeting greenhouse gas reduction and alleviating the creation of carbon emissions during the production process.

Additionally, through the expansion of its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, LG plans to secure UNFCCC Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits. (Source: LG, PR, May, 2019)

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

Climate Change a Deal Maker/Breaker in 2020 US Presidential Elections (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-05-22
Reuters is reporting recent polls indicate that climate change will be a central issue for voters in the upcoming 2020 U.S. presidential elections. Thirty-eight pct of 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, Reuters, 20 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

Nordex Touts 155-meter Rotor Turbine (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2019-05-22
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine giant The Nordex Group reports the unveiling of a new turbine with a rotor diameter above 150 metres. The N155/4.5 is the fourth turbine in the manufacturer's Delta4000 series, and has a power rating of 4.5MW and rotor diameter of 155 metres.

The N155/4.5 is aimed at growth markets with medium wind conditions and for sites "without strict requirements on maximum noise levels or high levels of effective turbulence intensity -- much of the U.S., Latin America, South Africa and south-east Asia," according to Nordex. The turbine, which uses the same doubly-fed induction generator (DFIG) as previous Delta4000 turbines, will initially be available with a 108-metre steel tower, a 120-metre concrete tower and a 164-metre hybrid tower. Production is due to start in late 2020. (Source: Nordex, May, 2019) Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind Turbine,  

Aurora Solar Tech Claims Major Repeat Order (Ind. Report)
Aurora Solar Technologies
Date: 2019-05-22
North Vancouver, British Columbia-based solar cell fabricator Aurora Solar Technologies Inc. is reporting a repeat order to supply a major China-based manufacturer of high-efficiency PERC solar cells. This new volume order is for fifteen DM-110e measurements systems. The systems will be shipped in June/July 2019.

Aurora's DM-110e was launched as a less expensive version of our DM product line, to address the price-sensitive market for the automation of manual sheet resistance measurements. The DM-100e is typically used by manufacturers for more limited testing after diffusion and, like all of our DM products, is a reliable non-contact system that prevents cell damage during testing, while providing high measurement accuracy and excellent repeatability, according to the company. (Source: Aurora Solar Technologies Inc., PR, Newsfile, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Aurora Solar Technologies, Gordon Deans, P.Eng. Pres., CEO, (778) 241-5000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aurora Solar Technologies,  Solar Cell,  

Aerojet Rocketdyne, ZAF Partner on Energy Storage (Ind Report)
Aerojet Rocketdyne,ZAF Energy Systems
Date: 2019-05-22
Sacramento, California-headquartered Aerojet Rocketdyne and Joplim, Missouri-based next-generation battery technologies specialist ZAF Energy Systems report they will work together on an energy storage system utilizing ZAF's nickel-zinc batteries and Aerojet Rocketdyne's battery management system (BMS).

Aerojet Rocketdyne provides propulsion systems and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, as well as tactical systems, in support of domestic and international customers.

ZAF Energy Systems develops and commercializes next-generation battery technologies that use sustainable, nontoxic materials and can be safely and easily recycled. Its breakthrough battery technologies include a nickel-zinc (NiZn) chemistry and a zinc air chemistry, both of which deliver the highest power and energy density of any battery system in their class. (Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, PR, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Eileen Drake, Pres., CEO, Ashley Gudzak, In-Space Communications, (571) 236-4091,,; ZAF, Randy Moore, Pres., CEO, (512) 215-4452,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  

ADB Offers $4Mn Loan for Afghanistan Solar Project (Int'l, Funding)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2019-05-22
The Manila-headquartered Asian Development Bank (ADB) is reported to have offered $4 million in loan funding to Barakat Kandahar Solar Energy (BKSE), a special purpose vehicle company majority owned by 77 Afghanistan, a subsidiary of 77 Group, for construction of a 15.1 MW solar PV power plant in Afghanistan.

The solar plant is expected to generate about 27.5GWh per year of electric power for the country's grid. The project will also add significantly to the country’s share of renewable energy in the total installed power generation capacity between 4.5GW and 5GW by 2032. (Source: ADB, 21 May, 2019)Contact: Asia Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao, Pres. +63 2 632 4444,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank,  Solar,  

FedEx Touts Emissions Action Plan (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-05-22
Courier and delivery service giant FedEx reports a 37 pct reduction in CO2 emissions intensity on a revenue basis across the enterprise since 2009 while revenue grew by 84 per cent.

In its Global Citizenship report, FedEx highlights the fact that it will be adding 1,000 Chanje V8100 electric vehicles to its express fleet in California and will obtain 30 pct of jet fuel from alternative fuels by 2030. In reaching its goals, the company noted it is ahead of plan for its FedEx Cares goal of investing $200 million in more than 200 global communities by 2020. (Source: FedEx, PR, 20 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News FedEx,  Carbon Emissions,  

Dominion Offers Home Energy Efficiency Assessments (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy Ohio
Date: 2019-05-22
Dominion Energy Ohio reports it is providing home energy efficiency assessments to residential customers for $50, as part of its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

The offered program, which is targeted to damp and drafty -- often older -- homes with wildly fluctuating temperatures, identifies high utility usage and similar issues as ways to assist and correct the unfavorable conditions. The program can also provide a rebate of up to $1,250 for completion of program recommendations. The program can also provide discounted NEST Thermostat E units, carbon monoxide detectors, showerheads, faucet aerators, and water heater pipe wrap and other energy efficient improvements and services. (Source: Dominion Energy Ohio, Energy Insider, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy Ohio, Jim Eck, VP & GM of Ohio & West Virginia Distribution,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Ohio,  Energy Efficiency,  

Vestas Confirms EDF, 249 MW Turbine Order (Ind Report)
Vestas,EDF Renewables
Date: 2019-05-22
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of an order for 249 MW of V120-2.2MW turbines from EDF Renewables for its Las Majadas wind project in Texas. The project includes 2MW PTC components previously purchased from Vestas.

Under the terms of the order, Vesta will supply and commission the turbines along with a 5-year Active Output Management (AOM 5000) service agreement, which was designed to ensure optimized performance for the lifetime of the project.

Turbine delivery is slated for Q2, 2020 for commissioning in Q3, 2020. (Source: Vestas, Compelo, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, US & Canada Sales & Serv.,; EDF Renewables North America, Art DelRio, VP, Wind Technology Strategy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Vestas,  Wind Turbines,  

$2.1Mn Funding for Alberta Forestry-Biomass Projects (Funding)
Forest Biomass,Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-05-22
In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government has announced over $2.1 million in funding for three forestry-sector, bioenergy projects in Alberta. The projects are aimed at boosting indigenous jobs in the sector and involvement in climate change prevention activities.

Of the total, $1.5 million will go to Kapawe'no First Nation in Narrows Point to design and install a renewable and eco-friendly forest biomass heating system that will help to reduce the community's reliance on diesel, cut energy costs and generate jobs. The project is funded through the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program.

$500,000 will be granted to The Rockies Institute in Canmore to bring together the best available Indigenous and scientific knowledge on forest fire management. The project will inform innovative practices for local, regional and provincial climate change adaptation.

The remaining $110,000 is awarded to Nu Ch'anie Society in Cold Lake to pursue various forest sector bioenergy-biomass business development activities. The three projects are funded through the Indigenous Forestry Initiative. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Biomass, May, 2019) Contact: Natural Resoures Canada Indigenous Forestry Initiative,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Forest Biomass,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Natural Resources Canada,  

Gasum Opens First Swedish LNG Filling Station (Int'l Report)
Gasum Oy
Date: 2019-05-22
In Espoo, Finland, the Nordic energy company Gasum Oy, a major biogas producer and distributor, is reporting the opening of its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) biogas filling station in the city of Vasteras, central Sweden, where it also owns a biogas production facility. In the long term, the company plans to expand its Swedish filling station network to 50 outlets.

Under the European Union's emissions reduction standards, CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles are to be reduced by 30 pct by 2030. Sweden is aiming to reduce CO2 emissions from domestic traffic by at least 70 pct by 2030. (Source: Gasum,, Europa, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Gasum Oy, Mikael Antonsson, +358 20 4471,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas news,  LNG news,  Biofuel news,  Liquified Natural Gas news,  

Emirates RDF Waste-to-Fuel for Cement Production Functional in 2020 (Int'l. Report)
Emirates RDF
Date: 2019-05-20
In the UAE, Emirates RDF, a joint venture consisting of UAE based contractors Besix and TG Eco Holding together with Finland-based Griffin Refineries. are reporting financial closure for a project in Umm Al Quwain that will convert1,000 tpd of municipal waste into fuel for use in cement manufacturing.

The project, which includes a 15-year post-construction operational phase, is expected to break ground this month.

The waste will be converted into "refuse-derived fuel" (RDF). It will be used as a fuel in cement factories instead of coal and will simultaneously result in a diversion of at least 90 pct of household waste from landfill. (Source: Emirates RDF, Middle East Technical Review, , 12 May 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Municipal Waste,  MSW,  Waste-to-Fuel,  

Maui County Council Taxes Biodiesel Blends (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-05-20
In the Aloha State, the Maui County Council reports its approval of a 6-cent tax on biodiesel blends. The new biodiesel rate was part of slate of fuel taxes that the council approved Friday for fiscal year 2020, which starts July 1.

For gasoline and diesel oil, rates will remain the same at 23 cents per gallon, while ethanol, methanol and liquefied petroleum gas will be pegged at 11.5 cents per gallon. The county is expected to net less than $45,000 per year from the biodiesel blends fuel tax. (Source: Maui County Council, Maui News, 18 May, 2019) Contact: Maui County Council,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Biodiesel Blend,  

GMP Offers Energy Efficient Heat Pump Rebate Program (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power
Date: 2019-05-20
In Colchester, Vermont utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) is launching new rebate programs including a $400 rebate for cold climate heat pumps. Customers can also get a $200 rebate when they buy an electric bicycle at participating Vermont bike shops.

According to the release, "GMP's energy supply is 90 pct clean carbon free and 60 pct renewable energy, so heating and cooling with a hyper-efficient heat pump is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, and these new rebates offer great savings to help customers make the switch."

GMP has committed to being 100 pct clean carbon free energy by 2025 and 100 pct renewable by 2030. (Source: Green Mountain Power, PR, Vermont Digger, 17 May, 2019) Contact: Green Mountain Power, Josh Castonguay, VP, (802) 770-3392,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Mountain Power,  Energy Efficiency,  

Cuban Wind Farm Construction Underway in Las Tunas (Int'l)
onstruction and Assembly Company of Las Tunas
Date: 2019-05-20
In Cuba, the Councils of State and Ministers, is reporting construction is underway on 20 of the planned the 34 wind turbine tower foundations at the La Herradura 1 wind farm, on the north coast of Las Tunas. Technicians from the People's Republic of China are reportedly overseeing the project. (Source: Construction and Assembly Company of Las Tunas, eve, 18 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

Improving, Managing Wind Power Energy Production (Int'l Report)
National Science Foundation
Date: 2019-05-20
Portuguese scientists have released the first of several reports with findings that could help officials manage wind power facilities more efficiently and increase renewable energy production.

Among the findings, Perdigao, a field experiment in Vale do Cobrao, a valley in eastern Portugal, shows that the speed and direction of wind over complex terrain at the height of wind turbine hubs differ by as much as 40-50 pct from standard weather forecasts that wind turbine operators rely on to bring facilities online and supply wind power to the grid, according to a report published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

To be useful, wind power forecasts need to be made at least six hours in advance so electric grid operators can balance loads effectively. The Perdigao study aims to improve such forecasts by improving "microscale" models which capture the details of flow surrounding a wind turbine providing wind information at points separated by 100 meters compared to tens of kilometers in standard weather prediction models.

The study was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences. (Source: NSF, 19 May, 2019) Contact: NSF Public Affairs, (703) 292-8070,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  National Science Foundation, Secures $11.863Mn for Kenyan Biogas Adoption (Int'l),
Date: 2019-05-20
Kenyan social enterprise firm, the largest biogas company in Africa, reports it plans to impact 100,000 farmers in Kenya with cook-stove and biodigester technology over the next three years. To that end, the company has closed on a KShs 1.2 billion ($11.863 million) Series A investment round led by international investors ENGIE RDE, EU Electrifi Fund, AlphaMundi, Triodos-Hivos Fund, Dila Capital, EcoEnterprises and other investors.

The move is intended to reduce carbon emissions and promote recycling of waste amongst farmers. Kenya has targeted a 30 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. In 2017 the Kenya office secured financing from the Kenya Climate Ventures, Factor[e] and the Shell Foundation to start up its Kenyan operations. (Source:, Soko Directory Team, 18 May, 2019)Contact:, Alex Eaton, CEO, Co-Founder,

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DOE Celebrates Better Buildings Partners Success (Ind Report)
Date: 2019-05-20
The U.S. DOE has announced the progress made by the more than 900 public- and private-sector organizations leading the U.S. in energy efficiency through their participation in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Better Buildings Initiative.

Together, Better Buildings partners have saved 1.38 quadrillion BTUs, equivalent to $8.4 billion in energy and cost savings. These market leaders are adopting emerging technologies, advancing the American workforce, and sharing their innovative approaches to energy and water efficiency. The 2019 Better Buildings Progress Report released today highlights this progress and specific accomplishments in the commercial, industrial, residential, and public sectors to improve energy productivity.

Download the 2019 Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE Better Buildings Initiative Release, 17 May, 2019) Contact: Better Buildings Initiative,

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Dalhousie Researcher Touts Perovskite Solar Cell Progress (R&D)
Dalhouse University
Date: 2019-05-20
In Halifax, Dalhousie University assistant professor Ghada Koleilat, one of eight early-career Dalhousie researchers awarded $375,000 in grant funding over three years from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's new frontiers in research fund, is working with perovskite to produce economical and more energy-efficient cells than existing silicon solar cells. Koleilat's solar cell can be used on a wide variety of applications and can be painted on many surfaces.

According to Koleilat, the problem with perovskite cells is their durability when exposed to oxygen and humidity. To address the issue, Koleilat and her team designing an environmentally friendly, hybrid organic-inorganic material with perovskite that can stand the test of time.

Koleilat's lab can produce more than 10 solar cells in 3 hours from perovskite film than can be created in just 15 minutes. Koleilat aims to perfect the molecular recipe of her hybrid material over the next few years. (Source: Dalhousie Univ., CBC, 19 May, 2019) Contact: Dalhousie University, Ghada Koleilat, Assist. Professor of Engineering, (902) 494 4177,,;

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Wabash Valley Resources Developing US CCS Project (Ind. Report)
Wabash Valley Resources
Date: 2019-05-20
In Terra Haute, Wabash Valley Resources (WVR), an affiliate of Phibro LLC, reports the closing of an investment from OGCI Climate Investments to develop a 1.5-1.75 million tpy carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project near West Terre Haute, Indiana.

The project will capture and sequester virtually all of the plant' facilitate the production of fertilizer, from the co-located WVR plant, with a very low carbon footprint. Wabash Valley Resources LLC acquired the plant in 2016, with plans to convert it to an ammonia production plant and CCS project. (Source: Wabash Vallet Resources, May, 2019) Contact: Wabash Valley Resources LLC,; Philbro LLC, Simon Greenshields, Pres., CEO,; OGCI Climate Investments, Pratima Rangarajan, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wabash Valley Resources,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  

Japan's Orix Acquiring IL&FS Indian Wind Plants (M&A, Int'l)
Orix,Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services
Date: 2019-05-20

Japan's Orix Corporation reports it will purchase the remaining shares in seven Indian wind power plants totaling 874 MW in the form of special purpose vehicles (SPVs) from Mumbai-based Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) Wind Energy Limited (IWEL). Orix already holds 49 pct of the seven wind farms.

IL&FS expects deal to be closed by the end of June 2019, subject to compliance and regulatory approvals. (Source: IL&FS, PTI, !8 May, 2019) Contact: Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services,; ORIX,

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Saudis Unveil Seven Solar Projects Worth $1.5Bn (Int'l. Report)
Saudi Arabia,Solar
Date: 2019-05-20
In Saudi Arabia, as part of the country's Vision 2030 economic diversification push, seven photovoltaic solar power projects totaling 1.52 GW and worth $1.51bn (SAR5.6bn) have launched on the side-lines of the recently concluded Saudi Elenex exhibition.

Saudi Arabia plans to use renewable energy such as solar (40 GW), wind (16 GW), and concentrated solar (3 GW) through large-scale investments by 2030, according to a report by state news agency, SPA. Speaking in Abu Dhabi on 15 January, the Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, said at least 12 renewable energy projects would be launched in 2019 as the kingdom diversifies its energy sector away from petrodollars. (Source: SPA, Middle East Utilities, May, 2019)

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Cemex Invests in Swiss Energy Storage Startup (Ind. Report)
Cemex,Energy Vault
Date: 2019-05-20
Mexican materials Cemex has invested in Californian startup Energy Vault, a firm that has found a way to store energy inside concrete blocks using a system inspired by pump-storage hydroelectric plants. Energy Vault’s solution uses the same fundamentals of physics and kinetic energy as pumped hydro but replaces the water with custom made cylindrical blocks. According to Energy Vault, the low-cost blocks, combined with a patented system design and some control software, has allowed Energy Vault to deliver all the benefits of a pumped hydro system but at a much lower price, starting size and without the need for hard to find topography.

The tie-up with Cemex will provide Energy Vault with a network to distribute its “storage towers”. Gonzalo Galindo, Cemex Venture’s chief executive, said: “Energy storage that enables power to be delivered for less than the cost of fossil fuels is critical as the world shifts away from its reliance on carbon-based fuels to renewable energy. (Source: CEMEX, Global Construction Review, 20 May, 2019) Contact: Energy Vault, Robert Piconi, CEO, 1.626.535.2726,,; CEMEX Ventures, CEMEX USA, Ignacio Madridejos, Pres., Megan Lawrence, (713) 722-1799,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Energy Vault,  Cemex,  

Nexamp, Radiance Complete Georgia Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
Nexamp, Radiance
Date: 2019-05-20
Under the Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI), Georgia Power is adding more solar power to the grid with new commercial and industrial solar installations.

Two of these new installations, owned and operated by Nexamp Inc. and developed jointly with Radiance Development LLC, are now in operation. The projects, located in Bainbridge and Leesburg, are generating more than 2 MWs of power feeding into the Georgia Power utility grid under the terms of PPAs.

The 7.5 acre site in Bainbridge site includes more than 3,400 panels and generates over 1.2 MWs of power. The site in Leesburg generates over 1.1 MWs of power from its roughly 4.2-acre plot that includes more than 3,100 panels. Both sites came fully online in the past few weeks.

Nexamp worked closely with Radiance Development LLC on the projects. Radiance led the local development permitting and property leasing while Nexamp handled the construction and will provide all ongoing operations and maintenance support. (Source: Nexamp. RP. 19 May, 2019) Contact: Nexamp Inc., Zaid Ashai, CEO, Keith Hevenor, (617) 431-1440,

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Shipping Will Meet 2030 CO2 Target, says ICS (Int'l)
International Chamber of Shipping
Date: 2019-05-20
In Bonn, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), a maritime shipping industry group, reports it remains confident that shipping will improve its carbon efficiency by at least 40 pct by 2030 compared to 2008, in line with the IMO targets to reduce shipping greenhouse gas emissions.

According to ICS Secretary General Guy Platten, the ICS is "keen to see further progress on developing more short term measures to help the existing fleet reduce its emissions and are optimistic that IMO Member States can agree some additional regulations, during 2020, combining prescriptive and goal based approaches that will deliver further GHG reductions before 2023."

"While short term measures are important, ICS continues to assert that IMO needs to move quickly onto considering the critical long term measures that will help the industry to deliver the very ambitious target of a 50 percent total cut of GHG emissions by 2050 regardless of trade growth. This can only realistically be achieved with the introduction of commercially viable zero -- or near zero -- CO2 emitting propulsion systems, which means that accelerated research and development programs have to be at the center of the IMO strategy," Platten added. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping, Various Media, MarEx, 18 May, 2019) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,; International Chamber of Shipping, Secretary General, Guy Platten,

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  International Chamber of Shipping,  Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  

Fairfax Launches Energy Efficient LED Light Exchange (Ind. Report)
Energy Action Fairfax
Date: 2019-05-20
In the Old Dominion State, Fairfax County is touting the launch of its Energy Action Fairfax program aimed at increasing energy efficiency. The no-cost program collects incandescent light bulbs and exchanges them for energy efficient LED lights. The U.S. DOE notes that the Energy Star LED lights used in the exchange program use 75 pct less energy than incandescent bulbs and could save users around $75 per by replacing five incandescent light bulbs. (Source: Energy Action Fairfax, 18 May, 2019) Contact: Jessica Lavender, Fairfax County Senior Energy Analyst, Energy Action Fairfax,

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JCI Power Solutions Relaunches as Clarios (Ind Report)
Johnson Controls Power Solutions
Date: 2019-05-20
In the Badger State, Clarios, formerly Johnson Controls Power Solutions, today launches as a new entity and leader in advanced energy storage solutions.

Clarios was acquired by Brookfield Business Partners and operates as a global energy storage business generating $8 billion in revenues with 56 facilities worldwide. The company plans to build on its vehicle battery technologies -- producing one-third of the automotive industry's total output per year -- while exploring fast-growing energy storage opportunities. Clarios will maintain its current global manufacturing and operations footprint, including its corporate headquarters in Glendale, Wisconsin. (Source: Clarios, newKerala, May, 2019) Contact: Clarios, Joe Walicki, Pres., Clay Nesler, JVP Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, (855) 324-3650,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls ,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

Survey Notes Increased Energy Efficiency Spending (Int'l Report)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2019-05-20
In its 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey, Johnson Controls noted more than half of global organizations planned to increase spending on energy efficiency over next 12 months -- 2019. The survey of nearly 2,000 facility and energy management executives from 20 countries found that 57 pct of organizations in the U.S. and 59 pct of global organizations planned to increase investment in energy efficiency, smart building measures including building controls and building systems integration at a greater rate than more traditional energy efficiency measures in 2019.

Survey organizations identify greenhouse gas footprint reduction, energy cost savings, energy security and enhanced reputation as key drivers of investment fueling growth in green, net zero energy and resilient buildings. Building controls improvements were cited as the most popular investment energy efficiency related investments.

In Johnson Control's 2008 survey, under 10 pct of respondents had a certified "green" building and only 34 pct planned to certify new construction projects to a recognized green standard. In 2018, 19 pct of U.S. organizations have already achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities, and 53 pct plan to in the future. Globally, 14 pct of organizations have achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities and 44 pct plan to in the future.

The survey also notes a year-over-year increase in net-zero energy goals, with 61 pct of U.S. organizations extremely or very likely to have one or more facilities that are nearly zero, net zero or positive energy/carbon in the next ten years.(Source: Johnson Controls, Building Design & Construction, Nov., 2018)Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, VP Global Sustainability,,,

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WattTime Emissions Database Wins Google Funding (Ind. Report)
WattTime,World Resources Institute
Date: 2019-05-20
WattTime reports it plans to create a public database that will track carbon emissions from all the world's large power plants using artificial intelligence (AI). The project will receive $1.7 million in funding from the Google AI Impact Challenge.

The tracking system will make it possible to hold polluting plants accountable to environmental standards as well as enable advanced new emissions reduction technologies.

Joining WattTime in the carbon tracking initiative are non-profits Carbon Tracker, a financial think tank that analyses the economic impacts of the energy transition and the first organization to pioneer satellite-based power plant monitoring; and World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization that maintains a comprehensive global power plant database.

(Source: WattTime, PR, 20 May, 2019) Contact: WattTime, Gavin McCormick, Executive Director , (510) 201-9877,; World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof, U.S. Director,

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Resources Institute ,  Carbon Emissions,  Google,  

Scottish Cities Chasing Ist Place in Net-Zero Emissions Race (Int'l)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-05-20
Like most city-dwellers, Scots travel in polluting vehicles, use fossil fuels to heat their homes and work in an economy that produces greenhouse gases. But Scotland's two largest cities -- Glasgow (pop. 596,000) and Edinburgh (POP. 482,000) -- are racing to become the UK's first city with net-zero emissions.

To that end, both cities have set targets exceeding the Scottish government's 2045 net-zero target and that set by the UK government's Committee on Climate Change of 2050.

Achieving net-zero status involves more than reducing emissions, it also involves offsetting greenhouse gases released with initiatives such as planting trees.

Glasgow City Council is working with Scottish Power, the energy provider in charge of the UK's largest onshore wind farm near Glasgow. Glasgow's energy sector is dominated by wind power and continued investment in the electricity grid has allowed the city to focus on other parts of the economy such as transport and heating.

Edinburgh's carbon emissions have fallen by about a third since 2005, and the city council aims to continue that momentum by boosting renewable energy, making the city centre a low-emissions zone and encouraging low-carbon design for construction projects. The city also has schemes in place to reduce waste and increase recycling. Additionally, cyclists, pedestrians and public transport will have better access to the city centre, which will be off-limits to most cars to help cut emissions. (Source: World Economic Forum May, 2019)

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

Notable Quote -- JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon's Thoughts on "Green"
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-05-20
"So here's my view: -- at JPMorgan we have risk committees, and green stuff. And we're going to be 100 percent green ourselves. We're very careful who we do -- how we do it. I didn't pick it up because it's hard to have a policy around that. So here's my own view, OK, is that I believe that this carbon dividend, carbon tax -- which some of you may have seen George Shultz and Jim Baker and, like, eight secretaries of state, former secretary of trade signed onto it. I think it's brilliant. And that is the solution. And so I personally would support something like that. And the company may say we support proper policy to start reducing CO2. I do think it's an issue." -- Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO, JP Morgan Chase

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

Aemetis Scores Indian Mining Co. Biodiesel Contract (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-05-20
Cupertino, California-headquartered biodiesel producer Aemetis Inc. is reporting its Universal Biofuels India subsidiary was awarded a large ongoing supply contract for distilled biodiesel by a multi-site mining company for use in dump trucks and other heavy diesel equipment at mines in southern and central India. Shipments have already begun to the mining customer under the supply agreement and will be expanded to additional mines as on-site biodiesel storage is installed.

Distilled biodiesel is a lower cost fuel than diesel, reduces particulate emissions by 90 percent and significantly reduces carbon emissions. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 20 May, 2019)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO (408) 213-0940,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  

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