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Wheeler Acknowledges RFS "Hardship Waiver" Use (Ind. Report)
Renwable Fuel Standard
Date: 2019-04-15
Nebraska Rural Radio and Reuters are reporting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has acknowledged that the Trump administration's issuance of RFS "hardship" waivers to boost "big oil" profits has drawn the ire of the corn lobby. The corn-for-biofuels growers claim the exemptions have been overused and threaten demand for corn-based ethanol. The waivers have been handed out at a time when farmers are already struggling financially.

According to Wheeler, "RIN prices have been relatively low and relatively calm since last spring. So that tells me that there should be less economic harm in the refining industry now than there was a year ago."

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Wheeler,  RFS,  RF,  Hardship Waivers,  

Wind Sets Southwest Power Pool Grid Record (Ind. Report)
Southwest Power Pool
Date: 2019-04-15
On the U.S. Great Plains, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is reporting energy generated by wind supplied about 15.3 GW of 23.3 GW of needed power across its 546,000-square-mile service territory at 2:08 a.m. Wednesday -- about 65.7 pct.

As of this week, there was 21.5 gigawatts of installed wind capacity within the SPP's territory. In 2009, just 3 GW of capacity was installed. Another 51.75 GW of wind capacity currently is being developed, as well as about 24.5 gigawatts of solar power and about 4.4 GWof battery storage.

Oklahoma is among the states in the SPP's service area that contributed to increased wind-generated power capacity in 2018, commissioning new projects capable of generating 576 MW of electricity during the year. At the end of 2018, Oklahoma had 8,072 MW of wind power. (Source: Southwest Power Pool, The Oklahoman, April, 2019) Contact: Southwest Power Pool,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southwest Power Pool,  Wind,  

ACC Energy Efficiency Improvement Awards Announced (Ind. Report)
American Chemistry Council
Date: 2019-04-15
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reports 16 of its member companies are being recognized for implementing energy efficiency improvements in 2018.. The Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program is among ACC's many initiatives to improve energy efficiency. Member companies are required to consider operational energy efficiency as well as waste minimization, reuse and recycling when developing their environmental, health, safety and security plans.

The 2019 Energy Efficiency Awards include:

  • Energy Efficiency Program award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy-efficiency improvements, with components such as establishing energy teams, goal setting, communications, management support and recognition;.

  • Significant Improvement in Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy efficiency in their manufacturing operations through technical innovations, creative projects or novel procedures or actions;

  • The Non-Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Improvement award is given for improvements resulting from energy-efficient lighting, insulation and other building improvements, as well as other non-manufacturing energy efficiency improvements.

    The companies receiving awards in 2019 are Afton Chemical Corporation, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., Albemarle Corporation, Arkema Inc., BASF Corp., Celanase, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Dow, DuPont, Eastman Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, FMC Corp., Hexion Inc., Occidental Chemical, Olin Corp and SABIC. (Source: American Chemistry Council, PR, 15 April, 2019) Contact: ACC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

  • NYC Council Poised to Enact Green Buldg. Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    NYC Green Building
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In the Empire State, the New York City Council is scheduled to vote this Thursday on the Climate Mobilization Act, which, among other provisions, would require green retrofits of all commercial buildings 25,000 square feet or larger. The bill would establish the Office of Building Energy and Emissions Performance and set a timeline for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for existing buildings.

    Other bills to be votes upon this week would require the city to complete a study on the feasibility of shutting down all 24 gas and oil-burning power plants within city limits, and replacing them with renewables and battery energy storage capacity and green roofs on selected buildings. (Source: NYC Council, Connect New York, 15 April, 2019) Contact: NYC Council,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  NYC,  

    Air BP, Neste Partnering on Aviation Biofuels (Int'l Report)
    Neste, Air BP
    Date: 2019-04-15
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel fuel reports it is joining Air BP, a leading aviation fuel products and services supplier, to develop a robust supply chain for aviation biofuels in Sweden.

    "Sweden is becoming a leading country in decarbonizing aviation with its proposal to introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden. Together with Air BP we are able to support air transport in Sweden in their efforts, and this collaboration gives both of us valuable insight into developing similar supply chains to decarbonize aviation in other markets," according to Neste President and CEO Peter Vanacker.

    Air BP is the specialised aviation division of BP. Air BP services are available at over 1000 airport locations in 70 countries and serves airlines, commercial aviation and general aviation.

    Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a cost competitive, low-carbon fuel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct compared to petroleum diesel. (Source: Air BP, Innovators, 15 April, 2019) Contact: Air BP, Jon Platt, CEO, +27 (11) 488 5111,; Neste, +358 10 458 4128,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Neste,  BP,  

    Wartsila Seed Funding Finnish Renewable Fuels Startup (Int'l)
    Wartsila,Soletair Power Oy.
    Date: 2019-04-15
    Finnish technology group Wartsila Corp reports it has agreed to provide €500,000 ($565,450) in seed funding to Finnish renewable fuel start-up Soletair Power Oy which has developed a concept that involves capturing CO2 from the air and converting it to synthetic renewable fuel.

    In a press release, Wartsila noted it sees great value in Soletair Power's concept and intends to provide global support in the development and commercialization of the technology. (Source: Wartsila, Renewables, 15 April, 2019) Contact: Soletair Power Oy, +358 44 7688696,; Wartsila,+358 10 709 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Renewable Fuels,  

    Ukraine Energy Efficiency Agency, Partner on Energy Efficiency Financing (Int'l Report)
    Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In Kiev, the Ukrainian State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving reports it is partnering with more than 30 united territorial communities for the launch of various programs for co-financing of energy efficiency loans, energy services and local energy management. The joint implementation of programs is aimed at "warm loans" for home owners and apartment building co-owner associations, kindergartens, hospitals, schools and and other budget constrained institutions.

    The cooperation will be conducted with the united territorial communities in 16 regions: Ternopil, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporozhzhia, Kyiv, Odesa, Kherson, Cherkasy, Ivano-Frankivsk, Poltava, Rivne, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Chernivtsi, and Luhansk regions. (Source: UkrinForm, 15 April, 2019) Contact: State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, Serhiy Savchuk, Dir., +38 (044) 590-59-74,

    BOMA BC Launches Building Recommissioning Program (Ind. Report)
    Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia
    Date: 2019-04-15
    The Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia (BOMA BC), with support from Natural Resources Canada, has launched a new service for buildings to identify low-cost energy and emissions savings through recommissioning. BOMA BC endorses recommissioning as a tool to analyze building equipment and control systems to ensure they perform together effectively and efficiently.

    The BOMA BC Building Tune-Up Program provides a free detailed assessment of operational energy conservation measures, a fixed value amount to implement the identified measures, along with the full cost to verify the measures after implementation.

    The program is geared towards Class B and C buildings that are older than five years, a market segment with significant opportunities for energy savings. ESC Automation, a long-time BOMA BC member, was selected to conduct the assessments after a competitive bidding process. (Source: BOMA BC, REMI Networks, 15 April, 2019) Contact: BOMA, BOMA Green Buildings Program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building news,  Building Energy Efficiency news,  

    BEIS Updated Short-Term Traded Carbon Values -- Used for UK Public Policy Appraisal (Int'l Report)
    UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In London, the attached UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) short-term traded carbon values for UK public policy appraisal are used for determining the impact of government policies on emissions in the traded sector -- those sectors covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Short-term values quoted in this paper correspond to the period up to 2030 and long-term values correspond to the period post-2030.

    HERE. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, April, 2019) Contact: Gov of UK, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department for Business,  Energy & Industrial Strategy,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Amazon Adding 229 MW Wind Power (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Date: 2019-04-12
    US online retailing juggernaut Inc is reporting plans to purchase the output of electric power output of three wind parks totaling more than 229 MW in Ireland - 91.2-MW, Sweden - 91-MW, and the US - 47-MW in keeping with its long-term goal of powering all Amazon Web Services (AWS) global infrastructure entirely with renewable energy.

    The three wind projects are expected to generate more than 670,000 MWh of electricity annually.

    These plants, combined with AWS's previous nine renewable energy projects, will produce over 2,700,000 MWh of power each year, according to the Amazon press release. (Source: Amazon, PR, April, 2019)

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

    Navigant Offers Residential Energy Storage Report (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Residential Energy Storage, a new report from Boulder, Colorado-based Navigant Research analyzes the global and regional drivers behind increased residential energy storage system (RESS) deployments, providing capacity and revenue forecasts, broken out by region and battery technology, through 2028.

    According to the report, utility involvement, cost declines, government incentives, and increased solar PV integration are driving increased RESS deployments the initial and growing demand for which will be highly concentrated in select markets including Australia, Germany, Japan, and the US which are expected to account for 71 pct of the global RESS market.

    Navigant Research Report details are at (Source: Navigant Research, newsok, Business Wire, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Navigant,  

    Kiwi Greenhouse Gas Emissions on the Rise (Int'l Report)
    New Zealand
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Reporting from Wellington, New Zealand's Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment notes that the country's greenhouse gas emissions are rising and has recommended a two-pronged approach to address the issue.

    New Zealand's gross greenhouse gas emissions were 80.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) in 2017 -- up 2.2 pct from the year prior -- according to the just released annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory. The report notes that NZ's net emissions increased by 65 pct from 1990 to 2017, while gross emissions increased by 23 pct since 1990.

    The rise was largely driven by dairy cattle, road transport, and chemical and food processing as well as nitrogen deposited onto agricultural soils, industrial and household refrigeration and air conditioning systems. The country's two largest contributors to gross emissions in 2017 were the agriculture sector at 48.1 pct and the energy sector at 40.7 pct followed by road transport at 17.9 pct of gross emissions in 2017. (Source: New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Stuff NZ, 11 April, 2019) Contact: New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, +64-4-471 1669, +64-4-495 8350 - fax,,

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

    Universal mCloud, TELUS Ink Energy Efficiency Deal (Ind. Report)
    Universal mCloud Corp
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Vancouver, B.C. based asset management solutions specialist Universal mCloud Corp is reporting a six-year agreement with TELUS Corporate Real Estate to upgrade HVAC controls and deploy AssetCare at one of its office towers in Scarborough, Ontario.

    Universal mCloud will upgrade and replace 450 legacy thermostats at the building with Cypress Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats and Green Box Controllers connected via mesh network to the building's main control system. The upgrade is expected to cut energy costs related to heating and cooling by 25 pct and also reduce facility maintenance costs.

    Universal mCloud uses artificial intelligence and analytics to curb energy waste, maximize energy production and improve energy infrastructure primarily in the smart buildings, wind energy, power utilities and oil and gas. (Source: UniversalmCloud, Proactive Investors, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Universal mCloud, David Weinerth, Pres.,Smart Buildings, (604) 669-9973,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Universal mCloud,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Beko U.S. Earns 2019 ENERGY Star® Again (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY Star
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Bollingbrook, Illinois-based appliance manufacturer Beko U.S., Inc. reports receipt of its third consecutive ENERGY Star® Partner of the Year Award in the product brand owner category for its demonstrated energy efficiency best practices and proved organization-wide energy savings. The company was also recognized as ENERGY Star Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award, the highest honor bestowed to partners that have won consecutive ENERGY Star Partner of the Year awards.

    Beko U.S. is a subsidiary of Istanbul, Turkey-based Arcelik A.S., which earned "Climate A List Company -- Global 2017 Climate & Water Leadership Award" from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The company was rated AAA by MSCI Global Sustainability Index Series. Beko U.S., Inc. manufactures highly energy efficient home appliances. (Source: Beko U.S., Inc. PR, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Beko US Inc., , Hasan Ali Yardimci, Pres., Beko U.S., Inc.

    FacilityConneX Announces Intelligent Building Project (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In the Bay State, Plymouth-based FacilityConneX, a leading real-time facility data monitoring solution and service provider for increased operational efficiency, equipment optimization and energy savings, is reporting it will deliver its smart building technology to Dell Technologies campus in Hopkinton, Mass.

    The project will provide real-time monitoring, fault detection & diagnostics and ongoing monitoring-based commissioning for a 313,679 square foot building and its 600+ assets including chillers, boilers, and HVAC equipment. Built on Dell's IoT Edge Gateway and FacilityConneX's Intelligent Building Solution the upgrades will propel energy savings, sustain operational efficiency and increase occupancy comfort within Dell's facilities.

    FacilityConneX will take the lead in reporting measurements, verification of energy reduction and identification of energy conservation measures (ECMs) to Eversource. For additional cost savings, Dell Technologies will also work with local utility Eversource to evaluate energy conservation findings and identify additional incentives for the Company.

    FacilityConneX is a real-time data monitoring solution and service provider for building operators and facility managers looking to proactively enhance operational efficiency, IIoT equipment optimization and energy savings through ongoing commissioning, fault detection, diagnostics and advanced predictive analytics. The company creates customizable turnkey solutions for customers in the healthcare, industrial, commercial, higher education and water & wastewater markets. (Source: FacilityConnex, PR, 11 April, 2019) Contact: FacilityConnex, Mark Pipher, VP & GM, (508) 507-1426,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FacilityConneX,  Energy Efficiency,  

    dynaCERT Announces First Ontario Trucking Fleet Order (Ind Report)
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Toronto-headquartered dynaCERT Inc is reporting receipt of a purchase order from Ontario-based Newport Environmental Technologies for ten (10) HG145 units of its HydraGEN™ which enhances vehicle engine combustion and tracks greenhouse gas emissions.

    All vehicles that are to be outfitted with dynaCERT's HydraGEN Technology are highway tractors that on avergae consume 198,000 gpy of diesel fuel and produce over 2,000 tpy of GHGs.

    According to Newport's Trevor McCagherty, "This purchase is part of our overall strategy that is looking to transform single-use plastics into synthetic fuel to be used to power our fleet and lower our carbon footprint. Our team is familiar with the benefits provided by hydrogen enhanced combustion. HydraGEN™ Technology is particularly important to us as a proven catalyst which increases the burn rate while reducing emissions and improving torque and power. As the company continues to look at developing alternative fuel mixtures, HydraGEN Technology can enhance all our endeavors including in synthetic diesel as well as in biofuels. What becomes even more interesting is the ability of the patent-pending HydraGEN Technology to measure and track GHG reduction," McCagherty added.

    dynaCERT Inc. manufactures, distributes, and installs Carbon Emission Reduction Technology for use with internal combustion engines. The technology creates hydrogen and oxygen on-demand through electrolysis and supplies these through the air intake to enhance combustion, resulting in lower carbon emissions and greater fuel efficiency. (Source: dynaCERT Inc., PR 11 April, 2019) Contact: dynaCERT Inc. Jim Payne, CEO, (416) 766-9691 x 2,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News dynaCERT,  HydraGEN ,  CO2 Emissions,  

    GWEC Releases 2018 Global Wind Report (Ind. Report)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2019-04-12
    The Brussels-headquartered Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has released its 14th annual report on the status of the global wind industry . The report provides a comprehensive overview of the global industry in more than 90 countries, 30 of which have more than 1,000 MW of installed wind i and 9 countries with more than 10,000.

    GWEC is a member-based and member-funded organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organisations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: GWEC, Website, April, 2019) Contact: GWEC, Ben Backwell, CEO, Deny Tenenblat, Director of Business Development, +32 477 19 05 87,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Wind Energy Council ,  Wind,  

    Worldwide Wind Turbine Mapping Project Well Underway (Ind Report)
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Cloud-based renewable energy market intelligence expert IntelStor is touting a unique wind-turbine mapping project which seeks to map the geo-locations of every wind turbine in the world. To date the project has completed the mapping of 107,902 out of 355,793 onshore and offshore wind turbines across in 38 countries. THE project is intended to "clean up" data that has been provided by governments and industry trade association and increase the precision in the data sets, according to Windpower Engineering & Development.

    By removing inaccuracies from data sets, this allows for greater accuracy in global market statistics. More specifically, the inaccuracies have been removed from data sets that include the U.S. Geological Survey and Federal Aviation Administration database in the U.S., WindStats data sets in the Netherlands, the Danish Energy Agency master data register, and INEGI in Portugal. (Source: IntelStor, Hydrogen Fuel News, 11 April, 2019) Contact: IntelStor,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

    Amazon Employees for Climate Justice Submit Open Letter to Jeff Bezos, Amazon Board of Directors (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Date: 2019-04-12
    "To Jeff Bezos and Board of Directors:

    "We, the undersigned 4,520 Amazon employees, ask that you adopt the climate plan shareholder resolution and release a company-wide climate plan that incorporates the principles outlined in this letter.

    "Amazon has the resources and scale to spark the world's imagination and redefine what is possible and necessary to address the climate crisis. We believe this is a historic opportunity for Amazon to stand with employees and signal to the world that we're ready to be a climate leader.

    "Climate change is an existential threat. The 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report predicts that a warming of 2 degree C, which we're currently on track to surpass, will threaten the lives of hundreds of millions of people and put thousands of species at risk of extinction. We're already seeing devastating climate impacts: unprecedented flooding in India and Mozambique, dry water wells in Africa, coastal displacement in Asia, wildfires and floods in North America, and crop failure in Latin America. Vulnerable communities least responsible for the climate crisis are already paying the highest price.

    "Amazon's leadership is urgently needed. We're a company that understands the importance of thinking big, taking ownership of hard problems, and earning trust. These traits have made Amazon a top global innovator but have been missing from the company's approach to climate change. For example: We (Amazon) haven't disclosed a company-wide plan to reach zero carbon emissions within the timeline required; Shipment Zero only commits to net carbon reductions; We have an AWS for oil & gas initiative devoted to helping fossil fuel companies accelerate and expand oil and gas extraction; We donate to climate-delaying legislators (Amazon has joined a variety of sustainability organizations like the Corporate Eco Forum and the American Council on Renewable Energy, we donated to 68 members of congress in 2018 who voted against climate legislation 100 pct of the time) ; and our sustainability goals lack context. "For example, we've set a goal of at least 50 solar installations in warehouse facilities by 2020. This represents only 6 pct of buildings in our global fulfillment network and a fraction of our overall carbon footprint .

    "Our customer obsession requires climate obsession. This necessitates an immediate company-wide plan addressing climate change that demonstrates the following principles: Public goals and timelines consistent with science and the IPCC report ; A complete transition away from fossil fuels rather than relying on carbon offsets; Prioritization of climate impact when making business decision; Reduction of harm to the most vulnerable communities first; Advocacy for local, federal, and international policies; Fair treatment of all employees during climate disruptions and extreme weather events.

    "In our mission to become 'Earth's most customer-centric company,' we believe our climate impact must be a top consideration in everything we do. We have the power to shift entire industries, inspire global action on climate, and lead on the issue of our lifetimes. We ask that you, as leaders responsible for our strategic direction, adopt the climate plan resolution and release a company-wide plan that incorporates the six principles above." (Source: Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  

    NEC Confirms New Chinese Energy Storage Projects (Ind Report)
    NEC Energy Solutions
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Westborough, Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES) has announced 24 MW of new energy storage systems in China.

    Through its exclusive distributor in China, Puxing Energy, NEC is commissioning two, 9-MW projects for Ray Power in in Ordos City, Neimongol Province and Tanshan City, Hebei Province. Ray Power will own and operate systems which will provide frequency regulation for the the Hang-Jin and Feng-Run power plants. NEC reports it was also awarded a 6-MW project by Ray Power which is currently under construction in Puzhou City, Shanxi Province. It is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

    NEC Energy Solutions designs, manufactures, and integrates smart energy storage solutions for the electric grid, behind the meter, and critical power applications. The company's scalable distributed energy storage and control systems provide greater grid stability and flexibility to the benefit of both providers and users of electricity, according to the company. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, Daily Energy Insider, 11 April, 2019)Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fludder, CEO, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions ,  

    Acciona Supplying Renewable Energy to Unilever Spain (Int'l)
    Acciona Energia
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Spanish renewable energy firm Acciona Energia is reporting the renewal of its clean energy supply contract with Unilever in Spain. The company will supply around 18GWh of 100 pct certified renewable energy during 2019.

    (Source: Acciona, Power Tech. 11 April, 2019) Contact: ACCIONA Energia,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona Energia,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  Wind,  

    Notable Quote -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel Talks Carbon Tax
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-04-12
    "We would be ignorant if we did not include the latest reports in our considerations [...] We have regulatory law as an option, we have fiscal incentive measures, and we have general CO2 pricing, which we are looking at but for which we have not yet decided. We will, however, include them (in our climate cabinet's further discussions)" -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Merkel's government is under pressure to complete measures and legislation that will ensure greenhouse gas reductions of 55 pct by 2030, so as to avoid target failure and costly payments for emission allocations under the EU effort sharing regulation. To that end, the government is exploring the introduction of a CO2 tax. (Source: Various Media, Clean Energy Wire, 11 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    Notable Quote -- JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon's Thoughts on "Green"
    JP Morgan Chase
    Date: 2019-04-12
    "So here's my view: Is that we don't -- 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,  Green Energy,  

    Shining Cities 2019 Report Lists Top U.S. Solar Cities (Ind. Report)
    Environment Texas Research & Policy Center
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In the Lone Star State, the Austin-based Environment Texas Research & Policy Center's recently released Shining Cities 2019 report notes that the United States' solar capacity has rapidly expanded to more than 60 gigawatts of installed capacity -- that's enough to power one in every 11 homes nationwide. The report also notes the amount of solar presently installed in just 20 cities outpaces the total amount of solar capacity in the United States in 2010. The amount of cities with more than 50 watts per capita installed has jumped from eight in 2013 to 23 in 2018.

    The Environment Texas report shows Los Angeles has the most capacity of any city, with 419.9 megawatts installed. It also has the potential to install a staggering 5.4 gigawatts on small buildings around the city, which would transform it into a production powerhouse. Other leading solar city include Burlington, Vermont; Las Vegas, Nevada, Honolulu, Hawaii, San Antonio, Texas, and Washington, DC.

    Download the Shining Cities 2019 report HERE. (Source: Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. April, 2019) Contact: Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. (512) 479-0388, www.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    BIG's Ince Woody Biomass Power Plant Operational in UK (Int'l)
    Bioenergy Infrastructure Group
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In the UK, Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG) reports its Ince Bio Power plant in Ince, Cheshire has completed test and is now fully operational.

    The 21.5 MW plant, which processes up to 170,000 tpy of waste wood to generate low carbon energy, produces sufficient electric power for more than 40,000 homes. The plant will deliver a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions worth around 65,000 tpy of CO2, the equivalent of taking more than 40,000 cars off the road.

    BIG also owns and operates energy from waste wood biomass plants in Birmingham, Northern Ireland and Widnes and has projects under development in Hull, Lanark in Scotland and Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire. (Source: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, PR, LesProm, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, Alex Young, Project Dev., +44 118 929 8350,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Infrastructure Group,  Woody Biomass,  Waste Wood,  ,  

    Nigerian Cassava Ethanol Project to Engage 4,000 Growers (Int'l)
    Nigeria,Cassava Ethanol
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In Nigeria, the Ondo State Government reports it will engage more than 4,000 regional farmers in its cassava to ethanol project. To date, the government has signed ten MoUs with various different organizations and relevant stakeholders have been engaged to help meet the 146,000 tpy of cassava feedstock needed for the ethanol plant which is being partially funded by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Bank of Agriculture and other national and foreign partners. (Source: Ondo State Government, PR, Nigeria News, 11 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cassava Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

    Increased Biofuel Storage Capacity Slated for Rotterdam (Int'l)
    HES Botlek Tank Terminal
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In the Netherlands, HES Botlek Tank Terminal (HBTT) reports it has inked an agreement with SJR Tank Construction for six biofuel storage tanks at the Port of Rotterdam.

    The storage tanks each have a capacity of 3400 m3, a diameter of 12 m and are 30 m in height. The first four tanks are currently being constructed in the conditioned production hall at the RDM site in Rotterdam and will be followed quickly by the final two tanks. The completely finished tanks will then be transported by water and installed in the foundations at HBTT in Botlek.

    The new project follows their 2017 partnership in which seven fully-assembled tanks with a joint capacity of 70 000 m3 were delivered. HBTT is the first terminal in the Netherlands to hold the ISO 28001 certificate. (Source: HES Botlek Tank Terminal, PR, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 11 April 2019) Contact: HES Botlek Tank Terminal, Charles Smissaert, General Manager, +31 71 302 0141,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  

    CRI Granted €1.8M for CO2-to-Methanol Tech (Funding)
    Carbon Recycling International
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In Iceland, Carbon Recycling International (CRI) is reporting receipt of €1.8-million ($2.0 million) in grant funding under the EU Horizon 2020 Research Programme to increase the scale of its CO2-to-methanol technology, marketed under the trademark Emissions-to-Liquids (ETL). The funding will help CRI advance the commercialization of its CO2-to-methanol technology in large scale production plants.

    CRI developed the ETL technology to produce low-carbon intensity methanol from CO2 and hydrogen and operates the first production facility of its kind in Iceland. The company is currently developing commercial projects based on the ETL technology with partners in Europe and China. The technology allows partners to valorise CO2 and hydrogen from waste streams or electrolysis as a chemical feedstock or liquid fuel. (Source: Carbon Recycling International, Green Car Congress, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Carbon Recycling International, Tel. 00354 527 7000.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  CO2,  

    EU Reports Renewable Energy Roll-out Slowdown (Int'l Report)
    EU,Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-04-10
    The European Commission (EC) is reporting that the 28 member trading block is still "on track" towards achieving its goal of 20 pct of 2020 energy coming from renewables, primarily because of its pre-2014 progress.

    The EC also noted "the pace of increase of the renewable energy share has slowed down" and increases in absolute energy consumption has lowered the renewable share in 2017 in seven EU states. In France, Ireland, Poland and elsewhere, "additional efforts" were needed. (Source: EC, EU Observer, 9 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU,  Rnewable Energy,  

    Minn. Renewables Mandate Priced at $80Bn through 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Following up on our 25th March coverage of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz' pledge to make his state's electricity sources 50 pct reliant on renewable energy by 2030, a new study from the American Experiment think tank contends that the governor's mandate would cost Gopher State taxpayers an additional $80.2 billion through 2050 compared to 2016 projected costs.

    The 50 pct renewable energy plan would increase electricity prices by 40 pct compared to November 2018 prices, 75 pct and 50 pct more than both nuclear energy scenarios, according to the American Experiment. Under the ACE rule change, electricity costs would be reduced by 3.8 pct. These costs translate to higher electric bills for Minnesota households, up to $375 every year, or a 32 pct increase compared to 2017, the study found. Building and maintaining an electric grid to accommodate the renewable energy push would cost each Minnesota household an average of $1,200 per year, relative to 2016 prices, the analysis found.

    According to a report by Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC), the proposed 50 percent renewable energy plan also fails a cost-benefit analysis. It costs more to reduce one metric ton of carbon dioxide to provide reliable electricity using wind and solar, the analysis found. (Source: American Experiment, Minn. PUC, Minnesota WatchDog, 6 April, 2019) Contact: American Experiment, (612) 338-3605,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz,  Renewable Energy,  Minnesota Renewable Energy,  

    Pa. Gov. Supports GHG Cap-and-Trade Petition Study (Ind. Report)
    Penna. Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-04-10
    In Harrisburg, the office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) reports the governor favors a formal study of a petition calling for the Keystone State to impose a cap-and-trade program that would make Pennsylvania carbon neutral by 2052. The governor has not, however, come out in support or opposition to the petition itself, or to a state cap-and-trade program.

    The roughly 400-page petition is scheduled for a preliminary vote April 16 before a 20-member environmental rulemaking board that includes several Wolf appointees. A positive vote would allow the Wolf administration's Department of Environmental Protection to study the petition and decide whether to recommend it for a rulemaking process, which requires another vote.

    The petition seeks to require polluters to buy permits for each ton of carbon they release. (Source: Office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, York Dispatch, AP, 6 Apr., 2019)Contact: Office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Ameren Missouri Offers 26 Energy-Efficiency Programmes (Ind Report)
    Ameren Missouri
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Ameren Missouri electric is reporting the launch of 26 new residential and business energy efficiency programs backed by $120 million in incentives and rebates to help customers reduce energy usage, and cut down their bills. The utility also announced a total of $50 million allocated for income-eligible customers and social services agencies.

    Ameren Missouri expects to invest $226 million over the life of the energy efficiency programmes, which in turn would provide $592 million in benefits for customers.

    The utility's new Peak Time Savings program offers customers a $50 sign-up bonus and an additional $25 every summer for participating in the scheme, while other programs encourage the purchase of new energy-efficient equipment.

    In addition to new energy efficiency programmes to help customers save, the power company recently announced Smart Energy Plan, which includes a freeze on base electric rates until April 2020 and rate caps to limit the size of any future rate increases. (Source: Ameren Missouri, Smart Energy, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Matt Forck, Assistant VP Economic Development and Energy Solutions, Tara Oglesby, VP Customer Experience,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  

    USGBC Launches LEED v4.1 for City, Community Projects (Ind Report)
    Date: 2019-04-10
    The Washington, DC-headquartered US Green Building Council (USGBC) reports the availability of its new LEED v4.1 LEED green building program for cities, communities and homes.

    The updated rating system is designed to make the decision to implement LEED easier for residential projects and revitalize our approach to the housing market. Through a streamlined and simple approach, LEED credits that have a higher value to home owners and residents are prioritized, such as health and well-being improved comfort, energy and water savings, green and healthy materials. Options have also been added to existing LEED credits that lower both hard and soft costs to achieve certification. And recognizing the unique circumstances of international projects, LEED v4.1 Residential is also now more applicable to international projects.

    For the LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities rating systems, LEED v4.1 expands on the earlier performance based approach to deliver a comprehensive framework to support plan, design, operation and performance management phases of both new and existing cities and communities. The rating systems align with all the UN Sustainable Development Goals and incorporate leadership standards and best practices from complementary systems, like the previously integrated STAR Community Rating System, as well as the PEER, TRUE, EDGE and SITES programs. More than 90 cities and communities around the world, representing more than 45 million people, are LEED-certified based on several factors, including water efficiency, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, materials and resources, quality of life, innovation and regional priorities. (Source: USGBC, PR, April, 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Amazon Announces New Data Center Wind Power Sources (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Internet retail giant Amazon's cloud computing platform Amazon Web Services (AWS) is reporting new three wind projects as part of its goal to power its entire web services infrastructure with renewable energy. The three new wind projects will power AWS data centres in Ireland, Sweden, and the US.

    AWS will purchase the output of a new 91.2MW project in Donegal, Ireland, expected to be online by the end of 2021. AWS will also purchase 91MW of power from a new wind farm in Bäckhammar, Sweden, to deliver energy by the end of 2020. Thirdly, a wind project in California, US, will provide up to 47MW of wind power to AWS by the end of 2020. The names of the projects or developers have not been disclosed. The combined capacity of over 229MW, is expected to generate more than 670GWh annually. (Source: Amazon, Windpower, Others, 9 April, 2019)

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

    OCBC Bank, Sinosure Ink Green Energy Co-op Agreement (Int'l)
    OCBC Bank, Sinosure
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Singapore-headquartered OCBC Bank and China's Beijing-based state-funded Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) are reporting a Framework Agreement of Cooperation formalizing a partnership to support green and sustainable industries projects related to: renewable energy, clean transportation; climate change adaptation; energy efficiency; green buildings; and others.

    Under this Agreement, OCBC Bank and Sinosure will study projects and investment opportunities together, leveraging each other's experience and channels to boost economic, trade and investment cooperation between the People's Republic of China and Singapore. Sinosure will provide the insurance coverage with respect to OCBC Bank's financing activities of these sustainable projects or other qualifying projects. (Source: OCBC Bank, The Asset, 9 April, 2019) Contact: OCBC Bank,; Sinosure,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News OCBC Bank,  Renewable Energy,  Green Energy,  

    Aussie Micro-Algae Bio-crude Specialist Goes Broke (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-04-10
    In the Land Down Under, Whyalla, South Australia based microalgae - advanced bio-crude startup company Mursadel is reported to have been placed in voluntary administration -- Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection.

    Muradel developed Green2Black, a proprietary way of producing biofuel from biosolids, algae and other sustainable feedstocks. The company's $10.5 million demonstration plant in Whyalla in a bid to commercialize the technology which received $4.5 million in grant funding from the Federal Government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and more than $500,000 in state and council funds. Unfortunately, production costs were prohibitive - the pilot plant produced oil from micro-algae at about $9.90 a litre against a projected cost of less than $1 a litre. The company also built five algae ponds to support research.

    The business was established in 2010 by the University of Adelaide, Murdoch University and majority shareholder SQC Pty Ltd, which is solely funded by Aban Australia Pty Ltd. (part of the Ausker Group of Companies).(Source: Daily Telegraph, The Advertiser, Others, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Muradel, +61 8 8645 5683,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Muradel,  Biofuel,  Algae,  

    Imec, Jolywood Boast Record Solar Cell Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Imec, Jolywood
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Leuvin, Belgium-headquartered Imec reports its n-PERT (Passivated Emitter and Rear Totally diffused) solar cells developed with Jolywood, a Chinese manufacturer of n-type bifacial solar cells and modules, reached a certified front-side conversion efficiency of 23.2 pct, as certified by ISFH CalTec.

    The developed n-PERT technology has a number of inherent advantages over p-type PERC cell technology, which is demonstrated in these newest cells: the potential for higher efficiencies because of lower sensitivity to metal impurities, and the absence of light-induced degradation (LID). Therefore, n-type PERT technology could become a cost-effective contender for -type PERC cells. To enable this, the current cells have a screen printed front grid and rear soldering pads which together amounts to less than 80mg of silver used per cell.

    The bifacial n-PERT cells are expected to reach efficiencies above 23.5 pct, coupled to a bifaciality above 90 pct. (Source: Imec, Jolywood, Printed Electronics, 9 April, 2019)Contact: Imec,, +32 16 28 12 11,; Jolywood,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Imec,  Jolywood,  Solar,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  

    UK Energy Savings Trust Touting Cash Saving App (Int'l Report)
    Energy Saving Trust
    Date: 2019-04-10
    In the UK, the Energy Saving Trust reports it has developed a new app to help smart meter installers give timely and tailored energy efficiency advice. The energy saving advice tool is being trialled this month by energy companies before a full roll-out.

    The app draws on Energy Savings Trust data, information and insight, and looks at each home individually as it gets its meter installed, giving an overview of a home's four key rooms and appliances to identify potential energy use cutbacks and financial savings. The app is designed to be used by primarily by energy suppliers and smart meter installers. (Source: Energy Saving Trust, Blog, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Energy Saving Trust, +44 0 20 7222 0101,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Saving Trust,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Natural Forests Best for Fighting Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    University of Edinburgh
    Date: 2019-04-10
    In the UK, researchers at the University of Edinburgh and University College London have found that natural forests store more carbon for longer periods compared to plantations and agroforestry. The researchers found the carbon sequestration potential of natural forests is 40 times greater than that of plantations, reforestation and re-greening efforts and the cultivation of commercial crops.

    In reaching their conclusions, the researchers examined commitments made by 43 countries in tropical and subtropical regions, where trees grow faster and thus hold greater promise of removing atmospheric carbon.

    These countries have pledged as of October 2017 to restore a combined 2.92 million square kilometers (1.13 million square miles) of degraded and deforested land -- an area almost twice the size of Alaska. Some of these are national commitments, while others were made under the Bonn Challenge launched in 2011 by the German government and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The latter initiative aims to restore 3.5 million square kilometers (1.35 million square miles) of degraded and deforested land by 2030 -- greater than the land mass of India.

    The researcher's analysis found that at present, 45 pct of the commitments made by the 43 countries involve planting commercially profitable trees. Many of these plantations are expected to occur in countries like Brazil, China, Indonesia, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In China, 98.8 pct of the area to be restored will host plantations. In Brazil, it's just over 80 pct of the targeted restoration area, with well under 1 pct for natural forests. (Source: University of Edinburgh, Mongabay, April, 2019) Contact: University of Edinburgh, /

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Edinburgh,  Carbon Sequestration,  Forest Carbon Sink,  Reforestation,  

    Renewables Cut CO2 Emission Better than CCS (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy,CCS
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Chemistry World is reporting an international team of researchers has concluded that solar and wind power are more effective at cutting CO2 emissions than carbon capture and storage (CCS). In reaching their conclusion, the researchers considered the poor uptake of CCS technologies in fossil fuel power plants against their energy return on energy invested (EROEI), the researchers found that while CCS technologies could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they are insufficient to fulfill their planned role in reaching climate change targets by 2050.

    The research team found that while CCS has an EROEI of between 6.6 and 21.3, renewables have a potential EROEI of between 9 and 30+. The researcher team also found renewable energy was likely to be a more effective path to meeting climate change goals. (Source: Chemistry World, April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Climate Change,  CCS,  

    EU-funded, China CO2-Capture Project to Miss 2020 Deadline (Int'l)
    Global CCS Institute
    Date: 2019-04-10
    According to an EU Observer report, it is unlikely that the EU and China will meet their goal of establishing an EU co-financed "near-zero emissions", carbon capture and storage (CCS) equipped coal fired power plant operation in China by 2020. China and the EU partnered and agreed to the project at a previous summit, in Beijing in September 2005.

    However, Chinese companies financed a feasibility study for the project without EU funding, leading the EC to argue its planned €7 million contribution to the project was no longer possible. Even so, the EC notes it remains committed to an expert dialogue with China on CCUS.

    According to the Melbourne, Australia-based Global CCS Institute, there are nine large-scale CCS facilities in China "in different stages of advancement" with only one such facility in operation. But China's four fossil-based power plants with CCS are all still in early development phase and not expected to be fully operational until somewhere in the 2020s. To date, the EU has not managed to get CCS projects into operation. (Source: EC, Global CCS Institute, EU Observer, April, 2019)Contact: Global CCS Institute, +61 3 8620 7300,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global CCS Institute,  

    Hydrogenics Inks NZ Green Hydrogen Production Station Deal (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered hydrogen specialist Hydrogenics Corporation reports it has inked a supply agreement with Halcyon Power -- a joint venture of New Zealand-based Tuaropaki Trust and Obayashi Corporation of Japan -- for a carbon-free, 1.5 MW hydrogen production facility in New Zealand.The project is expected to be fully operational in 2020.

    The carbon-neutral "green" hydrogen will be generated using electricity from stable, cost-effective geothermal energy in Mokai, Taupo, located adjacent to an existing Tuaropaki power plant.

    Hydrogenics will provide an onsite hydrogen production plant using the Company's large-scale containerized PEM electrolysis technology to produce as much as 250Nm3 per hour of hydrogen. (Source: Hydrogenics, PR, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Hydrogenics Corp., Daryl Wilson, President & CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogenics,  Hydrogen,  

    UK Parliament Pension Rethinking Fossil Fuel Investments (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-04-10
    The Guardian is reporting Trustees of the UK Parliamentarian's pension fund are reconsidering rules of investments to take climate change risks into account,. but not excluding fossil fuel and other high emissions organizations, in their investment decisions. At the same time, the Trustees are not committing to fully divest from high emission operations fossil fuels, but will consider such a move.

    According to the Guardian report, nearly two-thirds of the UK's university and other public pension funds have either divested or reformed their rules, though some have retained their fossil fuel focus despite strong public pressure.

    Presently, five of the fund's top 20 investments, representing more than £20 million are in fossil fuel companies including the UK-based BP, which makes up the biggest single shareholding by the fund. Others include Royal Dutch Shell and the French company Total. (Source: Business Green, Article first appeared in the Guardian, April, 2019) .

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Fossil Fuels,  

    Global Fuel Ethanol Mkt. Hits $186Bn by 2022 (Ind. Report Offered)
    Zion Market Research
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Zion Market Research is offering a new report on the Fuel Ethanol Market for Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholic Beverages, Chemical Feedstock, and Automotive and Other Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2016--2022.

    The Fuel Ethanol Market report inspects the raised structure of the present worldwide Fuel Ethanol Market and includes a total evaluation of the significant Fuel Ethanol Market players. This report also examines the Fuel Ethanol Market by the type of product, its end users, applications and others.

    Request a free sample report HERE. Download free PDF report brochure HERE. Additional report information and details are HERE. (Source: Zion Market Research, April, 2019) Contact: Zion Market Research ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Zion Market Research,  

    SDTC Commits $10.4Mn to Fortress Bioproducts Demo (Funding)
    Fortress Global Enterprises,Sustainable Development Technology Canada
    Date: 2019-04-10
    British Columbia-based Fortress Global Enterprises Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fortress Xylitol Inc., has inked an agreement with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) under which SDTC will contribute $10.4 million in funding to support the planned construction and operation of a xylitol and complementary bioproducts demonstration plant at Fortress' dissolving pulp mill in Thurso, Que. The funding is additional to Natural Resources Canada's (NRC) previously announced funding and an anticipated provincial investment and loan of up to $7 million.

    The demonstration plant project is intended to demonstrate technology for the co-production of value-added and sustainable bioproducts that will help transform the wood pulp mill into a biorefinery. The process is expected to validate performance and produce pre-commercial quantities of food-grade xylitol and complementary bioproducts for testing and use by customers. Fortress also operates in the renewable energy generation sector through its cogeneration facility. Fortress operates its bioproducts business through Fortress Advanced Bioproducts Inc., which has laboratory and pilot plant facilities in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Source: Fortress Global Enterprises, April, 2019) Contact: Fortress, Giovanni Iadeluca, CEO, (888) 820-3888,,; Sustainable Development Technology Canada,, (613) 234-6313 ext. 0,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-plastic,  Sustainable Development Technology Canada,  

    Shell Plans $300Mn Investment to Offset Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Oil major Royal Dutch Shell reports it plans to invest $300 million in forests, wetlands and other natural ecosystems around the world over the next three years as part of its strategy to "act on global climate change." The investment programme will contribute to the Shell Group's three-year target, beginning in 2019, to reduce its net carbon footprint by between 2 pct and 3 pct, according to Shell.

    Projects in Shell's pipeline include a 5 million tree planting initiative in the Netherlands, a 300-hectare reforestation project in Spain and an 800-hectare endangered native forest regeneration project in the state of Queensland. (Source: Shell, Various Media, Bunkerspot, April, 2019) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, Ben van Beurden, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Royal Dutch Shell,  Reforestation,  Carbon Sequestration,  

    Report Notes Low-Income Energy Efficiency Challenges (Ind Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Powering Energy Efficiency and Impacts, new report from NC State notes that low-income households are at a disadvantage when it comes to energy efficiency measures and are often unable to undertake energy efficiency measures and are accordingly saddled with higher power bills.

    The attached report, was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and involved a broad coalition of partner organizations, including three from NC State: the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, the Center for Geospatial Analytics and the System Design Optimization Lab.

    Downloads the full POWERING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND IMPACTS - A Data-Driven Project Supporting Low-Income Households in Northeastern North Carolina report HERE. (Source: North Carolina State University. News, April, 2019) Contact: NC State Univ., NC Clean Energy Technology Center, Anne Tazewell, Report Author,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Global Wood Pellet Fuel Market 2019 (Report Offered)
    Wood Pellet
    Date: 2019-04-10
    The recently released Global Wood Pellet Fuel Market Report research report assess the current as well as upcoming performance of the Wood Pellet Fuel market, market trends and the major players -- Drax Biomass Inc, Rentech, Inc, Enviva Partners, LP, German Pellets GmbH, Viridis Energy Inc, AS Graanul Invest, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc, Lignetics Of Idaho, Inc, Zilkha Biomass Energy, LLC, Land Energy Girvan Limited, Colombo Energy Inc, Premium Pellet Ltd, ECARE, Fram Renewable Fuels, Agon Biomass, Pellet power, Blue Sky Biomass, Bio Eneco Sdn Bhd, Schellinger & Co Muhlenwerke, Snow Timber Pellets LLC. The report also forecasts the future of Wood Pellet Fuel market on the basis on this evaluation.

    Questions and additional information is HERE. (Source: Market & Research, Industry News Daily, 9 April, 2019)Contact: Markets and Research,

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

    Turks Plan $11Bn in Energy Efficiency Investments (Int'l)
    Turkey,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Speaking at the 5th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue in Germany, Turkey's Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister Alparslan Bayraktar announced his country's government plans to invest roughly $11 billion over the next five years in an effort to cut energy consumption by 14 pct and reduce 66 million tons of CO2 emissions.

    According to the Minister, Turkey's energy transition plan has two periods, the first of which was launched 17 years ago. At the end of the first transition period, Turkey was able to implement all relevant market reforms and the Turkish energy market attracted $60 billion in energy related investment, primarily in wind and solar energy production and technologies.

    Bayraktar noted that Turkey prioritizes its energy infrastructure, so it will make significant investments to make its grid more resilient and reliable in both the gas and power sectors at the transmission and distribution levels. (Source: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Anadolu Agency, April, 2019) Contact: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Perdue Notes "Positive" Chinese Ethanol Tariff Talks (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-04-10
    "There have been conversations with China on reducing that tariff on ethanol, which would obviously be good for our domestic corn industry. While things look positive, it's never over till it's over with the Chinese." -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, 9 April, 2019

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was commenting on the progress of his "positive" talks with China about reducing Beijing's 70 pct "retaliatory" tariff on U.S. ethanol products. In his comments, Perdue also noted that he wanted the EPA to more tightly control its use of small refinery "hardship" waivers that exempt plants from their obligation to blend biofuels like corn-based ethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Perdue added that he'd discussed the matter with EPA chief Andrew Wheeler. (Source: Voice of America, NASDAQ, 9 April, Contact: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, (202) 720-2791 -- general information,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  

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