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100 MW Ball Hill Wind Farm Wins NYPSC Approval (Ind. Report)
Ball Hill Wind Energy,Renewable Energy Systems
Date: 2019-05-13
The New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC) reports it has issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the construction and operation of Ball Hill Wind Energy, LLC in the towns of Hanover and Villenova, in Chautauqua County. The project is being developed by Renewable Energy Systems (RES).

According to the PSC's order granting the certificate, 100 MW Ball Hill Wind is expected to be operational by the end of 2020 and have a 20 year life span. The PSC approval included decommissioning security be provided to the towns in the form of a letter of credit. (Source: NYPSC, The Observer, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Ball Hill Wind Energy, (860) 661-3818, www.ballhillwind.com; Renewable Energy Systems (RES), www.res-group.com

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


Global Algae Biofuel Market 2018 Report (Ind. Report)
Algae Biofuel
Date: 2019-05-13
The Global Algae Biofuel Market 2018 research report from ICRWorld Research provides detailed information on the algae biofuel industry based on the revenue and volume for the forecast period 2018-2023. The research report provides the updated business information and industry future trends, identifies and quantifies the market share held by the significant industry players and gives an in-depth view of the competitive landscape.

The report divides the Algae Biofuel market into various regions -- North America, Middle-East a and Africa, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Europe-- as well as nationally.

The report benchmarks and profiles the Algae Biofuel industry leading players on the basis of product portfolio, manufacturing plants, market pricing, sales footprint, target customer types, etc.

Sample Report PDF HERE. Complete TOC of the Report HERE. (Source: ICRWorld Research, Market News Live, May, 2019) Contact: ICRWorld Research, www.icrworld.com, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/icrworld

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Biofuel,  


Pacific Islands Call for Unity in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-05-13
In the South Pacific, FBC News is reporting the Samoan and Cook Islands governments have agreed to emulate Fiji in an integrated approach to mitigate the impact of climate change.

The two island countries agreed that all Pacific Island countries must allow more flexibility in their economies, policies and infrastructures to consolidate the climate change fight.

Cook Island's Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown called on all Pacific island countries to continue to work together to find avenues that can further mitigate climate change. (Source: FBC News, 11 May, 2019)

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


Hawaii's Hu Honua Biomass Plant Being Reviewed (Ind. Report)
Hu Honua Bioenergy
Date: 2019-05-13
In the Aloha State, Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC reports its 30-MW biomass power plant which is presently under construction at Pepeekeo, on the Big Island, has been dealt a setback by the Hawaiian Supreme Court and is now back in the hands of the state PUC.

The problem stems from an "unauthorized discharge of industrial wastewater" in November, 2018. If constructed, the planned facility would generate as much as 14 pct of the Big Island's power needs. The plant's future is now back in the hands of the PUC. (Source: Hawaii News Now, 10 Mat, 2019) Contact: Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC, Warren Lee, Pres., (808) 964-1101, www.huhonua.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hu Honua Bioenergy ,  


Third-Largest US Coal Co. Seeks Chapt. 11 Protection (Ind Report)
Cloud Peak
Date: 2019-05-13
Gillette, Wyoming-headquartered Cloud Peak Energy Company, the nation's third-largest coal company by production volume filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. Cloud Peak is the fourth major coal producer in Wyoming, the top coal-mining state, to file for bankruptcy in recent years.

In its coverage, the Boston Herald noted a recently released federal government report predicts coal in the months ahead will account for 25 percent of U.S. power generation, down by about half over the past decade. (Source: Cloud Peak Energy Company, Boston Herald, AP, 11 May, 2019) Contact: Cloud Peak Energy, www.cloudpeakenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  


Green Valley News Comments on Arizona Energy Efficiency Standard (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-05-13
With the approaching demise of Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard, the Arizona Corporation Commission should note that from 2010-17, every $1 of ratepayer money invested in energy efficiency by Arizona Public Service and Tucson Electric Power returned about $4 in benefits to ratepayers. The Standard also helped reduce water consumption and contributed to job creation.

The standard set aspirational yet rational requirements incorporating annual benchmarks and establishing accountability measures such as implementation plans. As the Commission deliberates its next steps on energy efficiency, here are a few considerations commissioners should keep in mind:

  • A strong standard will accomplish more than a goal. In large part, the reason Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard has worked is due to requirements the Commission placed on utilities. Without a Standard, it is unlikely Arizona's utilities would have significantly increased the use of energy efficiency resources.

  • Arizonans support energy efficiency. According to an energy poll released earlier this year, 68 pct of those polled agree that regulations applied to utility providers, such as Arizona Public Service, Tucson Electric Power, UNS Energy Corporation, or Salt River Project should be increased to ensure they are offering energy efficiency to all their customers.

  • The recent trend among state policy makers and utilities in the Southwest is a shift to increased energy efficiency commitments. Just like it is realistic and no longer visionary to send a man (or a woman) to the moon; it is realistic and no longer visionary to increase Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard.

    For the sake of ratepayers, air quality and public health, the Commission should vote on May 22 to advance Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Standard to at least 35 pct by 2030. (Source: Green Valley News, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, (602) 542-3026, www.azcc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • Vt. AG Joins Light Bulb Efficiency Rollback Protect (Ind Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Montpelier, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan reports he is joining a coalition of New York City, Washington, DC and 15 other states in opposition to the Trump administration's DOE's previously announced plan to overturn energy efficiency requirements for multiple types of household lightbulbs.

    The light bulb efficiency requirements were adopted in 2017 and would save consumers an estimated $12 billion per year in electricity costs and an estimated 34 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2025. The Vermont AG notes the rollback would significantly limit the lightbulbs subject to conservation standards by changing the definitions used to decide which lamps would be covered by the efficiency standards. (Source: Office of Vermont Attorney General, WRAL, AP, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Office of Vermont Attorney General, (802)828-3171, https://ago.vermont.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightbulb,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Chapel Hill Considering Mandatory Rooftop Solar (Ind. Report)
    Chapel Hill Town Council
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In North Carolina, the Chapel Hill Town Council reports it is considering a petition from the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Board requiring all new building construction and renovations in Chapel Hill to install roof-mounted solar energy systems. The petition would cover over 80 percent of eligible roof areas, including all sunshade flat roofs and pitched roofs facing between southeast to southwest.

    According to the mayor, the town should offer a range of different options as well as incentives for owners of existing properties to convert to solar and other renewable energy options. (Source: Chapel Hill Town Council, Chapelboro.com, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Chapel Hill Town Council, (919) 968-2757, www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/government/mayor-council

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


    Atlanta Pledges 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-05-13
    The BBC is reporting the city of Atlanta, Georgia, has signed onto the Sierra Club's Ready For 100 campaign pledging to fully switch to green energy by 2035.

    Presently, between 6 and 8 pct of the city's energy needs are drawn from renewable energy resources. Atlanta's green energy plan touts the creation of 8,000 new jobs and claim the plan could also help low-income families in other ways.

    More than 100 cities have recently pledged to run on 100 pct renewable energy, signing onto the Sierra Club's Ready For 100 campaign. To that end, the city aims to: cut energy consumption 25 to 30 pct; insulating old homes; installing energy-efficient lights; installing better HVAC systems; installing commercial and residential solar systems; increased battery energy storage for solar energy: and using renewable-energy credits from outside the state to offset coal and gas power still coming from the local grid; as well as maintain nuclear power as part of the city's energy mix. (Source: City of Atlanta, BBC, May, 2019) Contact: City of Atlanta, Amol Naik, chief Resilience Officer,anaik@atlantaga.gov, www.atlantaga.gov; Sierra Club/i> Ready For 100 www.sierraclub.org/ready-for-100

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


    Vietnamese E5 Biofuel Sales,Consumption Plunge (Int'l. Report)
    Biofuel
    Date: 2019-05-13
    According to statistics released by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, in 2018, Vietnam consumed over 3.1 million tons of E5 gasoline, equivalent to 42 pct of all gasoline in the market. However, in the first quarter of 2019, this number fell to 38 pct. Moreover, after over one year of mass selling bio-fuel, a number of petrol stations are beginning to switch back to selling RON 95, as a result of low sales and meager profit margins.

    A Saigon retail is quoted as saying, "There are months where we only sold several hundred litres of E5. This is small so it is difficult to store this type of biofuel. Since E5 is a biofuel, if left for long, water will separate from the fuel, causing it to spoil." E5 fuel retails claim the fuel doesn’t sell because consumers still have doubts about its quality and prices are not attractive enough for them to make the switch. (Source: Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade, VN Express International, 12 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E5,  Biofuel,  Vietnam Biofuel,  


    Mich. State Univ. Touts Transparent Solar Panel (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Michigan State University
    Date: 2019-05-13
    Researchers at Michigan State University are reporting development of a transparent luminescent solar concentrator effectively creates a viable solution. It can be placed over a window to harvest solar energy without affecting the overall transmittance of light.

    The research team achieved it by using organic molecules capable of absorbing light wavelengths. These transparent panels primarily focus on infrared and UV light, All of the captured light is transported to the contour of the panel where it will be converted to electricity.

    Determining the commercial viability of these transparent cells will take up some time. If deemed commercially viable, this technology can easily offset most of the energy use of large buildings. For households and store owners, it can help them cut down on regular electricity bills as well. There are a lot of potential consequences to this research, albeit nothing has been set in stone at this time. (Source:Michigan State University, NULLTX, 12 May,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  Solar Cell news,  Solar Panel news,  


    Perovskite Solar Cells Waterproofed with Graphite (Ind. Report)
    Perovskite Solar Cell,University of Bath
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In the UK, the University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, in collaboration with the SPECIFIC team at Swansea University report the use of economical, readily available thermal graphite sheets and a mesoporous carbon scaffold to encapsulate metal-halide perovskites (CsPbBr3) as an inexpensive and efficient waterproofing strategy. Most solar cells currently on the market are made of silicon; these are expensive to make and require a lot of very pure silicon to manufacture.

    Perovskite solar cells, using materials with the same 3D structure as calcium titanium oxide, are cheaper to make, thinner and can be easily printed onto surfaces. They also work in low light conditions and can produce a higher voltage than silicon cells.

    The research team tested the waterproofing by submerging the coated perovskite cells in water and using the harvested solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The coated cells worked underwater for 30 hours, roughly ten hours longer than the previous record. . The study is published in the open access journal Nature Communications. (Source: University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, Gren Car Congress, 13 May, 2019) Contact: University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, +44 0 1225 385820, csct@bath.ac.uk, www.csct.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Perovskite Solar Cell,  


    Woody Biomass Feedstock Logistics Study Funded (Funding)
    Woddy Biomass,USDA
    Date: 2019-05-13
    Researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) are reporting receipt of $1 million in USDA grant funding to investigate the key parameters for high-quality, year-round woody biomass feedstock logistics systems for commercialized biorefineries in the Southeastern U.S.

    The 3-year study is intended to expedite the development of a commercialized cellulosic biofuel sector by improving the efficiency of the logistics systems of woody biomass feedstock required for biofuel production.

    The study will determine woody biomass quality in the Southeast and identify the relationship with conversion performance. Additionally, the cost and energy use for woody biomass feedstock size reduction through both conventional and advanced technologies will be obtained at an industrial scale, and the cost and quality of the feedstock will be incorporated to address the challenges of balancing cost and quality in feedstock logistics for scaling up biofuel production.

    The study includes the evaluation of alternative pre-processing technologies in feedstock logistics systems for hardwood logging residues and an energy crop -- hybrid poplar -- to supply biofuel production.

    The UTIA multidisciplinary research team includes agricultural economists, forest scientists, chemists, and biosystems engineers, with collaboration from a bioenergy company, Proton Power, Inc., and a biomass research and development company, Forest Concepts, LLC. (Source: University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Bioenergy Insight, 13 May, 2019) Contact: University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, (865) 974-6756, https://ag.tennessee.edu/Pages/default.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  


    Vineyard Wind Offshore Transmission Approved (Reg. & Leg.)
    Vineyard Wind,Avangrid Renewables
    Date: 2019-05-13
    Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, reports the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) has granted it permits for the construction and operation of Vineyard Wind's transmission facilities to deliver the 800MW of offshore wind energy to the regional power grid.

    The Vineyard Wind Connector project will consist of sub-sea and sub-surface electrical transmission lines and a new substation that will connect the Vineyard Wind turbine array to the Massachusetts electric grid. Construction is scheduled to begin this year and is expected to be operational by 2021. (Source: Vineyard Wind, May, 2019) Contact: Contact: Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO ,(508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vineyard Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  


    Straw-Fired Biomass Power Plant Slated for Ukraine (Int'l. Report)
    Burmeister & Wain
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Interfax reports Danish technology provider Burmeister & Wain is developing a 130 MW straw-buring power plant in the Khmelnytsky region of the Ukraine. The plant will use approximately 270,000 metric tpy of baled straw from various sources as feedstock. Burmeister & Wain will design and supply the equipment for the facility. A project completion and startup date has not been announced.

    Burmeister & Wain (BWSC) is a project developer, turnkey EPC contractor and O&M provider of tailor-made fossil-fueled and renewable energy power plants. The company provides in-depth support and financial stability during the project development stage, extensive turnkey power plant design and build experience during the construction phase, and operational expertise in future operation and maintenance.(Source: Burmeister & Wain, Interfax, Biofuels Digest, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Burmeister & Wain, +45 48 14 00 22, +45 48 14 01 50 - fax., bwsc@bwsc.dk, www.bwsc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Burmeister & Wain,  


    Mich. Energy Office Issues Energy Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Michigan Energy Office
    Date: 2019-05-10
    The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's Energy Office (MEO) reports the awarding of rebates under its Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot program to three small manufacturers in the Upper Peninsula.

    To date, six rebates totaling $50,500 have been awarded under the Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot program, which is now available to small manufacturers statewide through July 31. (Source: Michigan Energy Office, 8 May, 2019)Contact: Michigan Energy Office, Robert Jackson, Dir., David Herb, HerbD@Michigan.gov, www.michigan.gov/energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Michigan Energy Office,  


    Tesla Cuts Prices to Bolster Solar City Sales (Ind. Report)
    Tesla,Solar City
    Date: 2019-05-10
    As previously reported, in an effort to counter sinking installations at its Solar City subsidiary, Tesla has slashed prices by one-third or more in what is seen as a "last gasp effort" to reverse plunging sales.

    In 2015, the year before it was acquired by Tesla, SolarCity installed 870 MW of solar systems shrinking to 326 MW of installations in 2018 under Tesla's ownership.

    Tesla acquired SolarCity in 2016 for $2.6 billion and planned to offer solar panels and home battery storage systems to consumers through its retail stores and online. In 2018, Tesla cut prices on its residential solar systems and its often touted solar roof tiles have not yet been produced on a commercial scale.

    (Source: Tesla, May, 2019) Contact: Tesla, www.teslamotors.com; SolarCity Corp., (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Solar City,  Solar,  


    Convergent, Shell JV Touts Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Convergent,Shell New Energies
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Toronto-headquartered independent energy storage specialist Convergent Energy + Power (Convergent) and Shell New Energies joint venture report they will install battery energy storage systems at two Shell Canada Products facilities in Ontario. The two firms also plan to collaborate on future projects for customers within and beyond Shell's affiliated portfolio.

    Convergent is the largest operator of energy storage solutions in Ontario, with 26 MW in service. Shell Energies North America provides comprehensive power services to industrial customers throughout North America, including Ontario. Under the partnership agreement, Convergent's energy storage solutions will be offered to existing Shell Energy North America customers in Canada. (Source: Convergent, PR, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Convergent, Johannes Rittershausen, CEO, 917.508.0274, jrittershausen@convergentep.com, www.convergentep.com; Shell New Energies, Eric Bradley, GM, www.shell.com/newenergies

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Convergent,  Energy Storage,  


    Solar, Energy Storage Sales Tax Increase Proposed in UK (Int'l)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2019-05-10
    In London, HM Revenue & Customs is proposing an increase in the VAT (sales tax) on solar energy and energy storage products and equipment from the present 5 pct to 20 pct, effective 1 October this year.

    An increase to 20 pct -- the default rate of VAT for goods and services -- was initially expected in the 2016 Budget but later withdrawn. The government seeks to amend the discounted rate so that a full 20 pct rate of VAT is applied to the machinery costs should they be above 60 pct of a total solar installation fee.' Homeowners aged 60 years or older and those receiving particular benefits, and housing associations will be eligible for the reduced rate. The UK National Renewable Energy Association has come out in opposition to the proposed 15 pct increase. (Source: UK National Renewable Energy Association, Energy Storage, 7 May, 2019) Contact: UK National Renewable Energy Association, www.r-e-a.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Solar,  


    ARENA Supports Woody Biomass Renewable Bitumen Project (Int'l)
    ARENA,Global Ecofuel
    Date: 2019-05-10
    In New South Wales, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it has awarded $350,000 to two companies -- Global Ecofuel and Boral Timber -- to investigate the production of renewable bitumen and diesel from sawmill woody biomass waste.

    Under the $842,000 study, Boral Timber, a hardwood and softwood supplier, will explore the technical and financial viability of establishing a biorefinery near the Herons Creek sawmill. If constructed, the proposed biorefinery could cost around $35 million and could convert up to 50,000 tpy of waste sawmill residue into transport-grade renewable diesel and bitumen. (Source: ARENA, World Highways, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Boral Timber , Wayne Manners, Exec. Manager, www.boral.com.au/products/timber, www.boral.com; Arena, www.arena.gov.au/projects/hardwood-residue-bio-refinery-feasibility-study; Global Ecofuel Solutions, https://gefs.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  ARENA,  


    Dutch GHG Emissions Still Missing the Target (Int'l. Report)
    Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
    Date: 2019-05-10
    In Bilthoven, the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is reporting the Netherlands cut its greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 2 pct -- 4.2 million tonnes -- compared with 2017, as coal-fired electric power generation fell out of favour.

    The Netherlands is aiming for a 25 pct reduction by 2020 compared with 1990, but new RIVM figures put the drop at only 14.5 pct by 2018. At the same time, the amount of greenhouse gasses per head of the population is 34 pct above the European average. (Source: RIVM, DutchNews, 9 May, 2019)Contact: Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, +31 (0) 30 274 9111, info@rivm.nl, www.rivm.nl/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Notable Quote -- Robt. Bosch CEO Talks Climate Change
    Climate Change,Bosh
    Date: 2019-05-10
    "Climate change is not science fiction -- it's really happening. If we are to take the Paris Agreement seriously, then climate action needs to be seen not just as a long-term aspiration. It needs to happen here and now." -- Volkmar Denner, CEO, Robert Bosch LLC , May, 2019

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Bosch,  


    NIPSCO Seeks Rate Hike to Replace Coal with Renewables (Ind Report)
    Northern Indiana Public Service
    Date: 2019-05-10
    The Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) has filed a plan with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to remove coal from its electric power mix by 2028 and replace it primarily with electricity generated by solar power. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) is considering a plan filed by Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) to remove coal from its electric power mix by 2028 and replace it primarily with electricity generated by solar power.

    NIPSCO claims its recently completed analysis found its plan would save its 460,000 Indiana ratepayers and the state money over the long term.

    In its Integrated Resource Plan, NIPSCO proposes closing its Wheatfield coal plant by 2023 and its coal unit in Michigan City by 2028. With the closures, the percentage of electric power generated by coal would decrease from 65 pct today to 15 pct in 2023 and zero by 2028.

    NIPSCO proposes replacing the 1,800 MW of electric power generated by the two coal plants with a mixture of 1,500 mw of solar with battery backup, 150 mw of wind, 125 mw of reduced demand through efficiency and demand-side management programs, and 50 mw of electricity purchased from other utilities. Although NIPSCO says its electric power shift will save ratepayers more than $4 billion in the long run, it has asked IURC to approve a 12 pct rate hike to pay for decommissioning its existing power plants and building the renewable capacity to replace it. (Source: NIPSCO, Heartland Inst., May, 2019) Contact: NIPSCO, www.nipsco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NIPSCO,  Coal,  Renewable Energy,  


    ExxonMobil, Nat. Labs to Collaborate on Lower-Emissions R&D (R&D)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Irving, Texas-headquartered oil industry juggernaut ExxonMobil reports it will invest as much as $100 million over 10 years to research and to develop advanced lower-emissions technologies in collaboration with the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

    The research aims to advance potential scalable technologies that improve energy efficiency, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce emissions from the production of fossil fuels and petrochemicals, according to ExxonMobil. Initial collaborative efforts will explore ways to bring biofuels and carbon capture and storage (CCS) to commercial scale across the power generation, transportation, and manufacturing sectors. (Source: ExxonMobil, GreenCar Congress, 9 May, 2019)Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Biouels,  CCS,  


    EU Countries Show CO2 Emissions Reduction Progress (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-05-10
    A new report from Eurostat, the European Union's statistics bureau, notes that 20 of the 28 EU member countries managed to reduce their CO2 emissions during 2018. Combined EU emissions from burning fossil fuels fell by 2.5 pct in 2018 compared to a 1.7 pct increase in 2017.

    Of the 20 countries that reduced emissions, Portugal made the largest reduction with 9.0 pct in 2018, followed by Bulgaria at 8.1 pct, Ireland at 6.8 pct, and Germany with a 5.4 pct drop.

    Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Finland's emissions were unchanged while Latvia's emissions jumped 8.5 pct in 2018. (Source: Eurostat, CPH Post, 9 May, 2019) Contact: Eurostat, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  European Union,  


    U.S. Solar Installations Exceed 2 million (Ind. Report)
    SEIA
    Date: 2019-05-10
    The Washington, DC-based Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) reports there are now more than than 2 million solar installations in the United States producing sufficient electricity to power more than 12 million homes. The number of installations in the U.S. is forecast to double to 4 million in 2023, according to energy research firm Wood Mackenzie.

    This year solar, which is now a $17 billion industry, and other renewables -- excluding hydropower -- are expected to provide 11 pct of U.S. electricity generation. By 2024, there will be one solar energy system installed per minute in the United States, Wood Mackenzie said. (Source: SEIA Website, 9 May, 2019) Contact: SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, info@seia.org, www.seia.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SEIA,  Solar,  


    First Cdn. Transparent PV Glass Solar Window Installed (Ind. Report)
    Belnor Engineering
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Mississauga, Ontario-based Belnor Engineering is reporting the installation of Canada's first transparent photovoltaic solar window at the Centre for Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship (CITE Facility) at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario.

    In an effort to bolster their sustainability initiatives, the institution decided to be the first to incorporate Onyx Solar amorphous silicon (a-Si) technology into CITE's building envelope. Also known as a curtain-wall, this large window of 20 pct transparency incorporates 18 photovoltaic glass panels totaling 510 square-feet. The installation's peak power amounts to 1.3 KW

    The $85-million project was designed by Perkins + Will Architects Canada and financially supported by the federal and provincial governments. (Source: Belnor Engineering Inc., PR, 9 May, 2019) Contact: Belnor Engineering Inc., Supriya Verma (PR Director), (905) 264-6372, info@belnor.com, www.belnor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PV Solar,  


    Keppel O&M Inks $560Mn Offshore Wind Farm Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Keppel Corp
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Keppel Corp., a global offshore rig design, construction and repair, ship repair and conversion specialist, and Norwegian energy services provider Aibel report they will design and build converter stations for offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

    Keppel FELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, is looking at about $560 million in its share of the contract with European grid operator TenneT Offshore. The project is Keppel Offshore & Marine's "first major project in the renewable energy sector since 2010", when the Keppel unit entered the offshore wind market and built an electrical transformer and maintenance platform for a German offshore wind farm.

    The partners, along with subcontractor ASEA Brown Boveri, will also carry out the installation and start-up operations for the converter stations, which are slated to be finished by 2024. (Source: KEPPLE, Singapore Business Times, Strait Times, 9 May, 2019) Contact: KEPPEL Corp., Chris Ong, CEO, +65 6270 6666, +65 6413 6391 - fax., keppelgroup@kepcorp.com, www.kepcorp.com; Aibel, https://aibel.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Keppel,  Offshore Wind,  


    Robt.Bosch Aims for 2020 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Bosch
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Stuttgart-based German automotive supply giant Robert Bosch LLC reports it plans to become fully carbon neutral by 2020.

    The company, which currently emits around 3.3 million metric tpy of C02, aims to achieve its goal by increasing energy efficiency, increasing the share of renewables in its energy supply mix to as much as 40 pct, accessing more green power and offsetting unavoidable CO2 emissions. This includes financing climate protection projects such as wind power in the Caribbean or forest conservation in Africa to offset just under 40 pct of its energy consumption, according to the company release. The company expects its initiative to Icome in at a cost of €2 billion ($2.24 billion) but to deliver about €1 billion in energy efficiency savings. (Source: Robt. Bosch LLC, Various Media, Reuters, 8 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bosch,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  


    Illinois Gov. Inks Carbon Storage Pilot Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
    Wabash Valley Resources
    Date: 2019-05-10
    This week in Indianapolis, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb approved legislation allowing Wabash Valley Resources LLC to open a $450 million pilot project to produce anhydrous ammonia and store up to 50 million metric tons of CO2 at the former SG Solutions plant adjacent to Duke Energy's Wabash River Generating Station.

    The project is subject to US EPA approval. (Source: News & Tribune, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Wabash Valley Resources LLC, (929) 400-5230, www.wvresc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Storage,  CO2,  


    Norristown Awarded Sustainable PA Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
    Sustainable Pennsylvania
    Date: 2019-05-10
    The city of Norristown (pop. 34,500), near Philadelphia, reports it's Keep Norristown Beautiful program has been awarded silver level certification from the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program.

    The program is designed to help municipalities manage energy, conserve resources and save money through the use of building energy bench-marking, motion sensor controlled lights, building code enforcement and other related measures. (Source: City of Norristown, Times Herald, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Sustainable Pennsylvania, www.sustainablepacommunitycertification.org

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    Entergy Texas 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year (Ind. Report)
    Entergy Texas
    Date: 2019-05-10
    In the Lone Star State, The Woodlands-based electric power producer and supplier Entergy Texas is reporting receipt of the US DOe 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for promoting energy efficiency in residential new construction.

    With its Entergy Solutions programs, Entergy Texas helped customers save more than 1,385,000 kWh of electricity. Other key accomplishments included coordinating and sponsoring HVAC training for more than 86 HVAC contractors, home energy rating companies, and home builders in the Houston and Golden Triangle markets and distributing more than 3,500 ENERGY STAR-branded promotional products during builder meetings, model home visits and at industry events.

    Approximately 144,000 Entergy Texas customers have participated in the company's energy efficiency programs and received over $95 million in program incentives since 2002.

    Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 MW of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 MW of nuclear power. The company serves 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. (Source: Entergy, Woodlands OnLine, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Entergy Texas, www.entergy-texas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Entergy Texas,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


    USDA Forest Service 2019 Wood Innovation Grants Announced (Funding)
    USDA,USFS
    Date: 2019-05-10
    On May 7, the USDA Forest Service awarded over $8.9 million in matching funds through the Wood Innovations Grant program to 39 business, university, nonprofit and tribal partners in 20 states.

    This year the Forest Service received 140 proposals, demonstrating the expanding interest in using wood in traditional and unconventional ways as an innovative building material or a renewable energy source. Of the 41 projects selected, 29 focus upon expanding markets for wood products and 12 seek to increase markets for wood energy. Some of the proposed projects will help fuel small-scale, combined heat and power projects and biochar market development.

    Projects will take place in 20 states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

    The Forest Service notes that over the past decade, low harvest rates, aging forests, mortality from insect and disease infestations, and extreme weather events have combined to create conditions prime for catastrophic wildfires. These grants support the development of consumer products that use the excess forest material.Download information on the Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center HERE. (Source: U.S. Forest Service, PR, 8 May, 2019) Contact: U.S. Forest Service, www.fs.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Forest Service,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  


    NH Winnipesaukee River Basin Program Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
    Date: 2019-05-10
    In New Hampshire, the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program has been lauded for its energy-efficiency efforts by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services which, in partnership with NHSaves, has helped New Hampshire wastewater treatment plant operators and owners improve the energy-efficiency of their facilities. Waste water plants are commonly the highest energy-users for many municipalities.

    The effort started with a grant from the US DOE and will continue with funding from both the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and a continued partnership with NHSaves. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services NHSaves energy efficiency awards were made in two categories: Most Efficient and Most Improved. The Winnipesaukee River Basin Program was among the overall most energy-efficient wastewater treatment plants. (Source: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Laconia Daily Sun, 8 May, 2019) Contact: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, (603) 271-3503, www.des.nh.gov

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    Andritz Supplies Boiler to 75 MW Japanese Biomass Power Plant (Int'l)
    Andritz
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Austrian international technology group Andritz reports receipt of an order from Hitachi Zosen Corp., Japan, to deliver a PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler with a flue gas cleaning system for a new Tokushima Tsuda Biomass Power Plant in Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku Island, southwest of Tokyo.

    The PowerFluid boiler to be supplied by Andritz features lowest emissions, high efficiency and availability, as well as highest fuel flexibility. It forms an essential part of a high-efficiency biomass power plant for supply of green energy to the national grid.

    The biomass power plant, which will be fired with wood pellets and palm kernel shells, will generate around 74.8 MWel of power when it comes online in early 2023. (Source: Andritz, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Andritz, Oliver Pokorny, Investor Relations, +43 (316) 6902 1332, oliver.pokorny@andritz.com, www.andritz.com

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


    U.S. Soybean Oil for Biodiesel Production Rising (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2019-05-10
    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the share of total soybean oil consumed as a biodiesel feedstock doubled from the current 15 pct to 30 pct as the total U.S. soybean oil supply grew from about 22.5 billion pounds to nearly 26.0 billion pounds between marketing year 2010-2011 and 2017-2018.

    Soybean oil is the most commonly used vegetable oil for biodiesel production, and inputs reached 7.1 billion pounds during the latest soybean oil marketing year which ran from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018. Between marketing year 2010-2011 and marketing year 2017-2018, U.S. domestic biodiesel production grew from 700 million gpy to 1.8 billion gpy. The production increase was largely driven by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandate. (Source: US EIA, Xinhua, 8 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Soybean,  Soybean Oil,  BiodieselBiofuel,  


    Shanghai Bus Fleet Fueled with Gutter Oil Biodiesel (Int'l Report)
    Biodiesel
    Date: 2019-05-08
    Xinhua is reporting more than 2,000 buses from Shanghai's major bus company are now being fueled with recycled cooking oil -- "gutter oil" biodiesel. The city produces more than 30,000 tpy of discarded gutter oil which can be refined to make about 600,000 tonnes of B5 biodiesel.

    The bus fleet is expected to consume nearly 22,000 tonnes of B5 biodiesel this year. As of the end of April, B5 biodiesel was reportedly being sold at 247 filling stations in Shanghai. (Source: Xinhua, 7 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  B5,  Gutter Oil,  


    Valorem Orders Vestas Turbines for Finnish Projects (Int'l)
    Vestas, Valorem
    Date: 2019-05-08
    Danish wind energy specialist Vestas reports receipt of a wind turbines order from French wind energy company Valoremhasfor the Saunamaa and Suolakangas wind projects in southern Finland. Vestas will supply and commission 17, V150-4.2 MW wind turbines including a 25-year full-scope service agreement.

    The Saunamaa project will incorporate eight V150-4.2MW wind turbines and the Suolakangas project will utilize nine V150-4.2MW turbines. Vestas intends to begin deliveries in the second quarter of 2020, whilst commissioning is planned for the third quarter of 2020. The two wind parks will come in at approximately €80 million.

    Valorem has entered a joint venture with UK-based fund management business Octopus Energy Investments (OEI) for the construction and operation of the projects. The French firm will hold a minority stake in the two farms. Valorem, through its subsidiaries Valrea, Valemo and its local partner Megatuuli, will manage the construction and operation of the wind farms. (Source: Vestas, Power Technology, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Valorem , Jean-Yves Grandidier , Pres.,+33 556 494 265, Fax +33 556 492 456, contact@valorem-energie.com, www.valorem-energie.com; Vestas, Andres Domínguez, +34 649294007 ANDMS@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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


    JinkoSolar Supplies PV Modules to Colombian Solar Plant (Int'l)
    JimkoSolar
    Date: 2019-05-08
    Shanghai-headquartered JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it supplied 250,000 of its 345Watt - 1500V monocrystalline standard modules for one of the largest solar power plant in Colombia to date.

    JinkoSolar manufactures and distributes its solar products and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base worldwide. JinkoSolar's vertically integrated solar product value chain has an integrated annual capacity of 9.7 GW for silicon wafers, 7.0 GW for solar cells, and 10.8 GW for solar modules, as of December 31, 2018. JinkoSolar operates 7 production facilities and has 15 oversea subsidiaries. (Source: JinkoSolar, PR, May, 2019) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Rene Du , +86 21-5183-3077 pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com

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    $3Mn Funding for BC Hydrogen Fueling Stations (Funding Report)
    HTEC
    Date: 2019-05-08
    Natural Resources Canada (NRC) and the provincial Government of British Columbia is reporting $3 million in funding for two North Vancouver-based Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation (HTEC) hydrogen filling stations in that province. HTEC is building a hydrogen filling station network to support the rollout of fuel cell electric vehicles.

    HTEC will receive $2 million funding from NRC through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI), and $1 million from The Government of British Columbia through its Clean Energy Vehicle Programme.

    The funding is part of Canada's $182.5 million investment to develop a coast-to-coast fast-charging network for electric vehicles and to establish natural gas stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres. The investment will also ensure Canada-US alignment of standards for low-carbon vehicles and refuelling infrastructure. (Source: HTEC, gasworld, May, 2019) Contact: HTEC, Colin Armstrong, CEO, (604) 904-0412, www.htec.ca

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    New UK 3D Solar Cell Technology Announced (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Power Roll
    Date: 2019-05-08
    UK scientists at the University of Sheffield and energy technology company Power Roll are touting a unique 3D solar-cell surface embossed with micro-grooves. According to the researchers, the new light-weight architecture could drive down the cost of solar cell manufacturing, reduce optical losses and increase cell efficiency.

    The innovative 3D design removes many of the manufacturing process steps required by existing photovoltaics (PV) modules and allows new materials to be used that would not usually be appropriate in regular solar cells, according to a release. Other benefits of the design include the removal of expensive transparent conductive oxides and the use of simple and low cost electrical interconnections and the ability to tune electrical output to match user requirements. (Source: The Tribune, PTI, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Power Roll, Neil Spann, CEO, +44 (0)191 543 9254, info@powerroll.solar, www.powerroll.solar; University of Sheffield, Professor David Lidzey, Department of Physics and Astronomy , +44 (0)114 22 23501, d.g.lidzey@sheffield.ac.uk, www.sheffield.ac.uk/physics/people/academic/david-lidzey

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    Spark Change, BJSS Partner on Global Carbon Price (Ind Report)
    Carbon Emissions, Spark Change
    Date: 2019-05-08
    In London, Spark Change, a Seattle-London based FinTech company for the creation of green financial products, and UK-based business consultancy BJSS are reporting completion of the first phase of their partnership to deliver a unique combination of Commodity and Trading Risk Management (CTRM) and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) solutions to create the world's first global carbon price.

    Climate Change has been widely recognized as one of the greatest challenges for and threats to society. However, placing a cost on emitting CO2 has been limited to regional markets that are not interconnected, with the price paid by emitters being insufficient to incentivize investment in cleaner technologies.

    Spark Change has created a transformational financial instrument, Spark, that integrates regional carbon markets into a single product, simultaneously allowing investors to gain exposure to a global carbon price and forcing emitters to invest in cleaner technologies and accelerate the reduction in emissions.

    Spark Change's Cloud-based CTRM platform gathers live pricing information via regional integrations with exchanges across Europe, North America and soon China. Smart contracts are used to calculate a global carbon price using the weighted emissions per GDP of each of these regions, and the proceeds from every investment in Spark used to automatically execute the purchase of emission allowances from across the regional markets. The distributed ledger allows reconciliation of the number of Spark held by investors with the number of emissions allowances being held in reserve, creating a one-to-one asset backed financial instrument. (Source: Spark Change; PR, May, 2019) Contact: Spark Change, Joff Hamilton-Dick, CEO, www.sparkchange.io; BJSS, www.bjss.com

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


    Neste Touts Estonian Biodiesel Sales, MY Renewable Jet Fuel (Int'l)
    Neste
    Date: 2019-05-08
    In the capital city of Tallinn, Estonian public broadcaster ERR and other media are reporting Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel fuel producer Neste will begin offering its palm oil biodiesel to Estonian motorists in July, subject to Estonian Environment Ministry approval.

    In other Neste news, the effectiveness of Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel in reducing black carbon emissions has been recognized in a competition organized by the Climate Leadership Coalition, the Bioenergy Association of Finland, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the Finnish Environment Institute, and the Central Association of Chimney Sweeps. According to NASA, renewable fuel has the potential to cut particulate emissions by up to 70 pct from aircraft engines. (Source: Neste, Baltic News Network, May, 2019) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Bioenergy Association of Finland, www.bioenergia.fi/English

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  Alternative Fuel,  Biodiesel,  


    MBTA Plans Energy Cuts, Increased Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    MBTA,Eversource,National Grid
    Date: 2019-05-08
    In Boston, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the Bay State's largest energy consumer, reports it is partnering with National Grid and Eversource in a 3-year program to reduce energy usage at more than 50 T Stations, trim energy expenses and limit greenhouse gas emissions.

    To that end, MBTA plans to invest as much as $30 million in energy efficiency projects including the installation of LED lighting and upgrades to HVAC systems for an expected savings of $2.7 million in annual energy costs and the prevention of 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases.

    Eversource and National Grid will provide incentives to the MBTA that, based on the transportation agency's targeted energy use reductions, would add up to a total benefit of approximately $9 million. The Mass.Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will also provide $3.5 million in funding from its Leading by Example program. (Source: MBTA, Sentinel & Enterprise News, May, 2019) Contact: MBTA , Steve Poftak, GM, www.mbta.com; National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com; Mass. DOER, (617) 626-7300, doer.energy@mass.gov, www.mass.gov/doer; Eversource, Vilak Subrahmanian, VP Energy Efficiency, www.eversource.com

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    Longi Solar 72 Bifacial Half Cell Module Sets Record (Ind Report)
    Longi Solar
    Date: 2019-05-08
    Xi'an, Shaanxi, China-headquartered Longi Solar is reporting the front side power of its 72-cellBifacial half cut module now exceeds 450W, as verified by certification agency TUV-SUD.

    In April 2018, the power of Longi's 60-cell monocrystalline half-cut PERC module exceeded 360W, setting the world record of the highest power of 60-cellPERC half-cut module. In January this year, the positive conversion efficiency of Longi monocrystalline PERC cells reached 24.06 percent, breaking through the industry's previously theoretical PERC cell efficiency limit of 24 pct, according to a release. (Source: LongiSolar, PR, Renewables, 7 May, 2019) Contact: LongiSolar, Dr. Lv Jun, VP, + 86-021-6104 7380, https://en.longi-solar.com

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    Anellotech Bio-TCat Hits Commercially-Targeted Yields (Ind Report)
    Anellotech
    Date: 2019-05-08
    Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech reports its patented Thermal Catalytic Biomass Conversion technology -- Bio-TCat -- has achieved commercially-targeted yields in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas during six months of continuous process operations.

    Bio-TCat technology produces a mixture of benzene, toluene and xylene (AnelloMate BTX), which are bio-based and chemically identical to petroleum-derived counterparts. Bio-TCat technology also produces AnelloMate Distillate, a heavier aromatics product that can be upgraded into a high-quality biofuels blendstock for jet or diesel transportation fuel using conventional refinery processing. Cellulosic ethanol or hydrogen can be made from Bio-TCat's carbon monoxide co-product by using third-party technology.

    Anellotech is planning construction of its first commercial plant and is engaging in partnership and funding discussions with existing and new strategic partners. The plant will be capable of processing 500 bone-dry tonnes/day of loblolly pine wood into 40,000 tpy of products including benzene, toluene, xylenes, and C9+ aromatics to use as fuels or for production of bio-based plastics for packaging and consumer products. (Source: Anellotech, PR, GreenCar Congress, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Anellotech Inc., David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com

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    Tesvolt Battery Storage Gigafactory Nears Startup (Int'l)
    Tesvolt
    Date: 2019-05-08
    German energy storage systems specialist Tesvolt GmbH reports Europe's first gigafactory for battery storage systems is being put into operation in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany.

    Tesvolt is establishing and financing new 1GWh production facilities for lithium storage systems without outside funding, while the EU will finance around 10 pct of the production line costs. (Source: Tesvolt, ESI Africa, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Tesvolt, Daniel Hannemann, +49 (0) 3491 8797-100, , www.tesvolt.com

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    Wind to Power Akamai Technologies Dallas Data Center (Ind. Report)
    Akamai Technologies
    Date: 2019-05-08
    Cambridge, Mass.-based Akamai Technologies is reporting completion and upcoming startup of the Seymour Hills Wind Farm, in which the company invested. When fully operational, Akamai's aggregate Texas area data centre operations will be powered by 8 MW of renewable wind energy generated by the Seymour Hills Wind Farm in northwestern Texas.

    The wind farm is part of Akamai's commitment to source renewable energy for 50 pct of its global network operations by 2020.

    The Seymour Hills project, which is included in ERCOT, incorporates 12 wind turbines to generate 30 MW of energy. (Source: Akamai Technologies, telecompaper, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Akamai Technologies, www.akamai.com

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    Emerson, Vayu Alliance to Optimize Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
    Emerson
    Date: 2019-05-08
    St. Louis-headquartered Emerson is reporting an alliance with Pittsburgh-based Vayu, a Ystrategies Corp. company, to provide automation technology solutions for wind farm energy optimization in the Americas, Caribbean and Europe. The three-year collaboration combines the advanced power applications and networking capabilities of Emerson's Ovation™ automation platform with Vayu's cloud-computing wind energy optimization technology. Using this approach, Vayu has identified more than $500 million in revenue opportunities from just a fraction of the approximately 450 wind farms in the U.S.

    In traditional wind farms, each turbine is individually optimized. Each creates its own turbulence, or wake, which prevents downwind turbines from receiving full energy from the wind stream, significantly reducing wind energy production. Vayu estimates two-thirds of U.S. wind farms experience reduced capacity due to wind wake. Emerson and Vayu's solution leverages key data and machine learning to enable turbines to work cooperatively, adjusting the side-to-side movement of each turbine based on wind speed, wind direction and other parameters to extract the optimum energy from wind.

    Emerson's Ovation compact controller will communicate data from each turbine's wind sensor to the Vayu system every 1-2 seconds thus enabling near-real-time data to accurately calculate the optimum setting for each turbine.

    Ovation compact control technology can easily interface with any turbine controller, regardless of manufacturer, eliminating the significant time and expense associated with removing and replacing existing turbine controls. (Source: Emerson, PR, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Emerson, Bob Yeager, Pres. Power & Water, (314) 982-8608, www.emerson.com/en-us; Ystrategies Corp., www.ystrategies.com

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    Philippines Legislate Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
    Philippines
    Date: 2019-05-08
    In Manila, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte last month reportedly signed the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (RA 11285) into law. The act institutionalizes a national framework aimed at advancing energy efficiency and conservation practices nationwide.

    The legislation is intended to introduce and secure the sufficiency and stability of the country's energy resources by promoting the development and utilization of efficient renewable energy technologies and systems as well as delineating responsibilities among various government agencies and private entities.

    The newly-signed law creates the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan (NEECP), a national comprehensive framework that defines national targets and feasible strategies, as well as imposes regular monitoring and evaluation system. The law also mandates the development and maintenance of a centralized National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Database (NEECD) on the application and use of energy efficient and renewable technologies, and other relevant information. that will about energy consumption. The system will be developed, monitored and maintained by the Philippine DOE. (Source: Sunstar, Yahoo Philippines, 7 May, 2019)

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