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Fortistar Snares W. Penna. Renewable Natural Gas Facilities (M&A)
Fortistar, EDF Renewables North America
Date: 2019-04-03
In the Empire State, White Plains-based Fortistar LLC, in partnership with Ares Capital Corporation is reporting the acquisition of two western Pennsylvania-located landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities, Greentree Landfill Gas in Kersey and Imperial Landfill Gas in Imperial, from EDF Renewables North America. Together, the two facilities have a a production capacity of 1.5 million decatherms of RNG per year.

Fueling trucks with Fortistar's RNG, will reduce 107,485 metric tons of CO2 per year -- equivalent to planting over 2.7 million trees each year.

Fortistar owns and operates lower carbon energy generating companies in the United States and Canada that support the transition to a low carbon economy. These companies include cogeneration facilities; waste-heat recovery power plants; compressed natural gas fueling stations; landfill power plants; projects that reduce carbon in industrial facilities, and biomass facilities. Fortistar associated companies include Generational Power, TruStar Energy, Primary Energy, Fortistar Methane Group, Fortistar Biomass Group, Carbonfree Chemicals, Golden Renewable Energy and ClockIN. (Source: Fortistar, PR 2 April, 2019) Contact: Fortistar, Mark Comora, CEO, www.fortistar.com ; Ares Capital Corporation, www.arescapitalcorp.com; EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO, Sandi Briner , (858) 521-3525, www.edf-re.com, www.edf-renewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables North America,  Fortisatr,  Renewable Natural Gas,  RNG,  


German Greenhouse Gas Emissions Drop 4 pct in 2018 (Int'l)
GHG,German Federal Environment Agency
Date: 2019-04-03
In Dessau-Roslau, the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is reporting Germany released a total of 868.7 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in 2018, a decrease of 38 million tons or 4.2 pct compared to 2017.

In 2018, renewable energies avoided around 184 million tons of CO2 equivalent. The decline in GHG emissions was partially due to weather as well as climate protection measures such as the expansion of green electricity, the phasing out of coal and emissions trading, the agency says.

According to the UBA, Germany reduced its emissions by 30.6 pct in 2018 compared to 1990. The government has set the overall target of reducing GHG emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030. (Source: German Federal Environment Agency, Xinhua , 2 April, 2019) Contact: German Federal Environment Agency, Maria Krautzberger, Pres., +49 340 21030, www.umweltbundesamt.de/en

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


Ontario Nanticoke Solar Project Completed (Ind. Report)
Ontario Power Generation
Date: 2019-04-03
Ontario Power Generation (OPG), in partnership with the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, is reporting completion of a 44-MW solar facility at the former Nanticoke Generating Station site near Port Dover on the shores of Lake Erie.

In 2016, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) awarded a contract to OPG and its partners to build Nanticoke Solar. PCL Construction was awarded the racking, solar panel supply and construction contract. (Source: OPG, PR, Compelo, 1 April, 2019) Contact: Ontario Power Generation, (289) 260-4903, (416) 592-4319, www.opg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Power Generation,  Solar,  


Japanese Panel Urges Higher GHG Cutting Goal (Int'l Report)
GHG,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-04-03
In Tokyo, a panel of Japanese professors, environmentalist and corporate executives on Tuesday urged the government to set a national greenhouse gas reduction goal to substantially reduce CO2 emissions in the second half of the century and an "ultimate goal of a carbon-free society at the earliest possible time during the second half of this century."

The panel also suggested Japan should "show contributions" to achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement to keep the average global temperatures growth below 2 degrees Celsius, ideally 1.5 degrees, to reduce the impact of climate change. The panel called for the use of renewable energy to reduce dependence on coal-fired thermal power generation.

Japan's long term goal aims to reduce carbon emissions by 80 pct from 2013 levels by 2050.(Source: Xinhua, 2 April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emission Target,  


MHI Vestas Turbine Supplier for Floating Offshore Wind Park (Int'l)
MHI Vestas
Date: 2019-04-03
MHI Vestas reports it will supply 5 units of its V164-9.5 MW wind turbine to the 50 MW Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Park just south of Aberdeen Bay in Scotland. The five 9.5 MW turbines will join an existing single Vestas V80-2.0 MW turbine which came on line in Nov., 2018. The 5 additional turbines are being installed on Windfloat semi-submersible foundations moored in water depths of 60 to 80 meters. MHI Vestas expects the turbines to be installed in the Spring of 2020.

The wind park is being developed by the Madrid-headquartered developer and construction company Cobra Group, part of the ACS Group. (Source: MHI Vestas, CleanTechnica, 2 April, 2019) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; Cobra Group, +34 914 56 95 00, www.grupocobra.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Shell Sustainability Report -- Net Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
Shell
Date: 2019-04-03
In a bid to halve its net carbon footprint by 2035, Shell, one of the world's biggest and most profitable oil and gas giants, plans to slash its net carbon footprint by half 2050 by diversifying its clean energy portfolio and investing in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. In the short term, the company is aiming for a 20 pct carbon footprint reduction by 2035 compared with its 2016 level as it seeks to adhere to the spirit and ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Download the Shell Sustainability Report-- Net Carbon Footprint HERE. (Source: Shell, www.shell.com

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


District Energy Switching from Coal to Wood Biomass (Ind. Report)
District Energy
Date: 2019-04-03
In Minnesota, the not-for-profit utility District Energy St. Paul reports that as of Monday, 1 April, 2017, it is no longer burning coal for power generation and switching to woody biomass-wood waste , thus cutting its overall CO2 emissions by approximately 10,000 tpy. The utility reduced carbon emissions for its heating system by 57 pct from 2000-17.

District Energy heats 197 buildings and 300 single-family homes in and around downtown St. Paul. and cools 116 buildings in the same area. One of the ways it generates heat is by burning locally sourced wood waste in a CHP system. The utility also uses chilled water storage and solar thermal. (Source: District Energy St. Paul, PR, 29 Mar., 2019) Contact: District Energy St. Paul, Ken Smith, CEO, Nina Axelson (612) 695-1288, nina.axelson@districtenergy.com, www.districtenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News District Energy ,  Coal,  Woody Biomass,  


CarbonCure Launches Cement Ind. Advisory Council (Ind. Report)
CarbonCure
Date: 2019-04-03
Halifax-headquartered oncrete innovator CarbonCure Technologies Inc. reports the launch of the CarbonCure Industry Advisory Council comprised of concrete and cement industry leaders. The council includes: Jamie Gentoso P.E., Chief Executive Officer, US Cement, LafargeHolcim Ltd.; . Bob Haldrup, President, Irving Materials, Inc. North Division; . Steven Cox, VP of Business Development, Command Alkon; Jeff Davis, Former Vice President, U.S. Concrete Inc.; Alan Wessel, Pres. US division of Thomas Concrete; Rob Niven, CEO & Founder, CarbonCure Technologies Inc.; and William C. Holden, Chairman, CarbonCure Industry Advisory Council.

CarbonCure's CO2-utilization retrofit technology chemically sequesters waste carbon dioxide during the concrete manufacturing process to make greener and stronger concrete. CarbonCure is part of a growing industry of CO2-utilization technologies that are expected to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by more than 10 pct by 2030. CarbonCure's technology is currently operational in a growing number of concrete plants across North America, including several of the world's largest vertically-integrated cement and concrete companies. (Source: CarbonCoure, PR, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, , (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure,  Cement,  


Pinnacle Entwistle Resumes Wood Biomass Pellet Prod.(Ind Report)
Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-04-03
Richmond, British Columbia-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. reports it has resumed dry-fiber wood pellet production at its Entwistle, Alberta, plant. The plant was shuttered as the result of a fire on Feb. 11, 2019. The company expects to provide a further update on the Entwistle Facility during the second quarter.

Pinnacle also reports it has entered into a new long-term, 200,000 mtpy industrial wood pellet take-or-pay contract with Japan's Sumitomo Corp., starting in 2022. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, PR, 1 April, 2019) Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613, www.pinnaclepellet.com

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


NORESCO, Navy Ink $87Mn Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
NORESCO
Date: 2019-04-03
Phoenix-headquartered energy infrastructure solutions provider NORESCO reports it has inked an energy efficiency contract valued at $87 million for energy upgrades for three U.S. Navy facilities in Japan . The project is a continuation of the firm's work with the Navy in Japan that began in 2008 and has helped the Navy with $190 million in energy cost savings.

The new project contract covers a range of upgrades, from new boilers and chillers to more efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures.

NORESCO works with federal, state and local governments agencies, colleges and school districts, hospitals, and other industrial and commercial businesses. The company says it has guaranteed more than $3 billion in energy savings at more than 7,000 sites worldwide. (Source: NORESCO, PR, 3 April, 2019)Contact: Noresco, Michael Beccaria, Snr. VP, (480) 308-0331, www.noresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NORESCO,  Energy Efficiency,  


Eni, CIB Announce Biomethane Production Collaboration (Int'l)
Italian Biogas Consortium
Date: 2019-04-03
In Italy, Rome-headquartered Eni SpA is reporting an agreement with the Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB) to support the production of advanced biomethane from animal waste, agro-industrial byproducts and dedicated winter crops, for transportation fuel.

Under the agreement, a team will be formed to occasionally evaluate as well as identify the most competent and suitable prospects for alliance.

The agreement will result in lower atmospheric emissions and a more competitive primary sector. The agreement encourages the refinement of biomethane biogas in total association with many agricultural and livestock companies in the consortium. (Source: Eni SpA, Nasdaq, 2 April, 2019)Contact: Eni SpA, www.eni.com; BiomethaneItalian Biogas Consortium, www.consorziobiogas.it/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni SpA,  Italian Biogas Consortium,  Biomethane,  


USDA Study Shows Significant GHG Benefits of Ethanol Compared with Gasoline (Report Attached)
USDA
Date: 2019-04-03
The Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Corn Ethanol -- Assessing Recent Evidence, a new study from the USDA finds greenhouse gas emissions from corn-based ethanol are about 39 pct lower than gasoline. The study also states that when ethanol is refined at natural gas-powered refineries, the GHG emissions are even lower, around 43 pct below gasoline.

"These new findings provide further evidence that biofuels from America's heartland reduce greenhouse gases even more than we thought, and that our farmers and ethanol plants continue to become more efficient and effective," said Secretary Sonny Perdue. "Expanding the sale of E15 year-round will provide consumers with more choices when they fill up at the pump, including environmentally friendly fuel with decreased emissions. I appreciate EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler moving expeditiously to finalize the E-15 rule before the start of summer driving season," Perdue added.

The study, led by Dr. Jan Lewandrowski of USDA's Office of the Chief Economist, and published in the journal Biofuels, supports findings of other research that ethanol has a significantly better GHG profile than previously estimated.

The study attributes much of these additional benefits to revised estimates of the impacts of land-use change as a result of demand for ethanol. Where previous estimates anticipated farmers bringing additional land into production as a result of increased corn prices, recent analysis finds only modest increases in crop acreage. Additional improvements at ethanol refineries, combined with on-farm conservation practices that reduce GHG emissions, such as reduced tillage and cover crops, have further decreased emissions associated with corn ethanol. The study projects that with added improvements in refineries and on farms, a reduction of over 70 pct in lifecycle emissions is possible by 2022.

The study is available for download HERE. Additional information on the greenhouse gas profile of biofuels is available at www.usda.gov/oce/oeep. (Source: USDA, 2 April, 2019) Contact: USDA, www.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  


Vitro Glass's Fresno Plant Wins DOE ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
ENERGY Star
Date: 2019-04-02
Cheswick, Pennsylvania-based Vitro Architectural Glass reports its Fresno, California facility is the first float glass manufacturing plant in the U.S. to earn the U.S.EPA ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy efficiency.

The Fresno plant, which operates one of eight oxygen-fuel-powered (oxy-fuel) glass furnaces in the world, earned the certification by registering an energy performance score ranked in the 75th percentile or higher among other float glass manufacturing plants in the U.S. According to the Energy Performance Indicator (EPI), the benchmarking tool established by ENERGY STAR, the Fresno plant scored in the 100th percentile among its peers.

Using a proprietary process developed and licensed by Vitro Glass and its legacy companies, the Fresno plant uses high-purity oxygen instead of air to combust raw materials such as sand and silica. This technology not only enables the plant to use less energy, it also dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional air-fired glass furnaces, according to Vitro Glass. (Source: Vitro Architectural Glass, Window & Door, 1 April., 2019) Contact: Vitro Architectural Glass, (412) 820.8500, www.vitroglazings.com/en-US/Glass.aspx; Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


C-PACE Alliance Releases Industry Guidelines (Ind Report)
C-PACE Alliance
Date: 2019-04-02
The Washington, DC-headquartered C-PACE Alliance, a coalition of large capital providers and transaction experts in the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) industry, reports the release of its Case for Encouraging C-PACE Financing for New Construction Projects with six recommended guidelines for the design of C-PACE programs at the state and local level for new construction projects.

C-PACE allows property owners to finance improvements in energy and water efficiency and increased resiliency of commercial buildings. In the last two years, more than 30 new construction projects have closed, and the pace is picking up. C-PACE programs operate in 23 states and the District of Columbia, with more programs slated for 2019. Including retrofit projects, property owners have financed over $850 million in improvements in more than 1,800 buildings using C-PACE programs.

The Case for Encouraging C-PACE Financing for New Construction Projects is intended for policymakers' consideration in designing C-PACE programs for new construction projects. The CPA believes that programs designed according to these guidelines are more likely to achieve the program's environmental and economic development policy goals:

  • C-PACE programs should welcome and encourage new construction projects;
  • C-PACE program design should facilitate the broadest possible customer access;
  • The baseline energy efficiency to be eligible for C-PACE financing should not be set at an arbitrarily high level;
  • The C-PACE program's energy assessment requirements should be reasonable, low-cost and user-friendly;
  • Programs should expand the amount financeable through C-PACE to broaden its impact;
  • Programs should avoid extraneous terms and conditions not called for in the C-PACE authorizing legislation.

    The CPA believes projects that meet or have the capacity to exceed the local building codes' energy efficiency requirements should be eligible for C-PACE financing. This standard is already in practice in six states and the District of Columbia.

    Formed in 2018, the C-PACE Alliance includes six of the largest C-PACE capital providers along with major law firms, an accounting firm and a fintech company. (Source: C-PACE Alliance , PR, 29 Mar., 2019) Contact: C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, ckellogg@c-pacealliance.com, www.c-pacealliance.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News C-PACE Alliance,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Global Smart Homes, Bldg. Mkt to Hit $35Bn by 2020 (Ind. Report)
    Allied Market Research
    Date: 2019-04-02
    Allied Market Research is touting its Global Smart Homes, Buildings (Energy Efficient, Automated) Market (Applications, Technologies, Products and End-User), Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Research, Future Demand, Scope and Forecast, 2013 -- 2020 study's conclusion that the global smart home and buildings market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 29.5 pct between 2012 and 2020. The market revenue of $4.8 billion in 2012 is expected to grow up to $35.3 billion by 2020. The growth of the market is being driven by government regulations, rising energy costs and raising awareness of environmental concerns.

    Energy efficiency has become the need of the hour as the global energy cost is increasing owing to the ever growing demand and environmental concerns of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission. The construction business is embracing the energy efficiency trend and using building automation system to meet the growing demand for energy efficiency in smart homes and buildings, the report notes.

    Request a report sample HERE. Report details and purchase information is HERE. (Source: Allied Market Research, PR, 29 Mar., 2019) Contact: Allied Market Research, www.alliedmarketresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Allied Market Research,  


    Notable Quotes on Biofuel Blends (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc., Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2019-04-02



    Utica Food2Energy AD Facility Underway (Ind. Report)
    anaerobic digestion
    Date: 2019-04-02
    In the Empire State, the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority reports construction of its $3.4 million, landfill Food2Energy anaerobic digestion (AD) project is well underway and expected to be commissioned before the end of May. The Food2Energy project is part of a $330 million initiative to upgrade the county's sewer infrastructure.

    The Utica landfill presently handles approximately 169,000 tpy of municipal solid waste, roughly 14 pct of which is classified as "food scraps." (Source: Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, Observer-Dispatch, 31 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, Bill Rabbia, Exec. Dir., (315) 733-1224, www.ohswa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    Cielo Announces Alberta Renewable Fuel Refinery MOU (Ind. Report)
    Cielo
    Date: 2019-04-02
    Vancouver, BC-based Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. reports Renewable U Energy Inc. has executed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and exercised its option to enter into a joint venture with Cielo for the purposes of construction one or more renewable diesel refineries in the City of Brooks, Alberta.

    Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. is a publicly traded company that holds the exclusive license for the global rights to a transformational, patent-pending, technology engineered to convert garbage-derived feedstocks to renewable diesel, at a significantly lower cost than biofuel companies. With landfills being one of the world's leading contributors to Green House Gas emissions and being projected to double in size over the next 7 years, Cielo can potentially resolve this crisis on a cost-effective basis by converting multiple different garbage-derived feedstocks, including sorted municipal solid waste (garbage), wood and agriculture waste, tires, blue-box waste, all plastics and virtually any other cellulous waste product into high grade renewable diesel, according to Cielo. (Source: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., PR, 1 April, 2019) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 101, donallan@cielows.com, www.cielows.com; Renewable U Energy, Lionel Robins, www.motivateu.ca/renewableu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Nat. Corn Growers Assoc. Supports Year-round E15 (Ind. Report)
    National Corn Growers Association
    Date: 2019-04-02
    "Farmers stand ready to work with the Administration to clear obstacles to higher blends of ethanol such as E15 and ensure a final rule works for the full ethanol and fuel supply chain. To ensure E15 sales are not interrupted, NCGA urges EPA to complete this rulemaking by June 1." -- Kevin Ross, VP, National Corn Growers Assoc., 29 Mar., 2019) Contact: NCGA, Kevin Ross, VP, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Corn Growers Association,  NCGA,  E15 Ethanol Blend,  


    SVPGlobal Acquires White Energy Russell KS. Ethanol Plant (M&A)
    SVP Global
    Date: 2019-04-02
    Greenwich, Ct.-based investment firm Strategic Value Partners (SVPGlobal) is reporting the acquisition of Plan Taxas-based of White Energy's food ingredient and ethanol business in Russell, KS., Transaction details and price have not been disclosed.

    Russell ethanol facility facility produces over 50 million gpy of ethanol per at some of the lowest unit costs in the industry and with the best carbon footprint of any facility of its kind in the United States, according to White Energy.

    White Energy also operates ethanol production facilities in Hereford and Plainview, TX, totaling 260 million gpy. (Source: SVP Global, White Energy, 1 April, 2019) Contact: SVP Global, Victor Khosla, Chief Investment Officer, www.svpglobal.com; White Energy, Greg Thompson, www.white-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News White Energy,  Ethanol,  


    NRCAN Supports Energy Efficiency in London, Ontario (Funding)
    NRCAN
    Date: 2019-04-02
    Energy efficiency in industry strengthens competitiveness, lowers costs, maximizes profits and promotes a more sustainable environment. Promoting and rewarding energy-efficient practices are key components of Canada's approach to transitioning to a clean energy future.

    To that end, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN), facilitated by the Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), has announced a $40,000 investment for London, Ontario-based Ingredion Canada Corporation for an energy management information system (EMIS) that will track and improve the company’s overall energy performance.

    CIPEC includes more than 2,300 facilities representing 20 industrial sectors and over 50 trade associations. An award-winning partnership between the Government of Canada and Canadian industry, CIPEC advances industrial energy efficiency by promoting the uptake of energy management systems, best practices and technologies. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, 1 Apriil, 2019) Contact: CIPEC, www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/industry/cipec/20341?utm_source=miragenews&utm_medium=miragenews&utm_campaign=news; Natural Resources Canada, www.nrcan.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRCAN,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Louisville Energy Efficiency Resolution Dies of Old Age (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-04-02
    In the Bluegrass State, the city of Louisville (pop. 620,000) reports its 100 percent clean energy resolution of Sept., 2018, has died a natural death due to the Parks and Sustainability Committee’s failure to act on the resolution within the mandated time frame.

    The resolution called for city operations to source 100 percent clean energy by 2030, and the entire community to utilize 100 pct renewable energy by 2035. The resolution also called for revisions in building codes to require energy efficiency and energy conservation features in new construction.

    Resolution co-coordinator Mark Steiner reports approximately two dozen concerned citizens plan to re-introduce the legislation and find a new sponsor. Louisville has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050. (Source: City of Louisville, WFPL, 1 April, 2019) Contact: City of Louisville City Council, (502) 574-5000, https://louisvilleky.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Vestas Wins 206 MW Quadran Brasil Wind Turbine Order (Int'l)
    Quadran Brasil
    Date: 2019-04-01
    French multinational green power producer Quadran International reports its subsidiary Quadran Brasil, placed an order with Vestas for the supply and installation of 49 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines for its 206 MW Serrote wind park in the state of Ceara, Brasil.

    Turbine delivery is expected in 2020 for commissioning in 2021. The Brazilian utility CEMIG has inked a PPA for the wind farm's output. (Source: Vestas Wind Systems A/S , PR, 30 Mar., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Andres Domínguez, +34 649294007 ANDMS@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; Quadran Brasil Armando Abreu, CEO, +55 85 3261-2017, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/quadranbrasil; Quadran International, contact@quadran.fr, www.quadran.fr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  


    Renewables Infrastructure Snares French Wind Farm for €30Mn (M&A)
    Renewables Infrastructure,Envision Energy
    Date: 2019-04-01
    In the UK, Isle of Guernsey-based Renewables Infrastructure Group Ltd is reporting the €30 million acquisition of the 40-MW Tille et Venelle wind farm which is under construction in Burgundy, France. The purchase includes construction costs and net of project level debt financing.

    The wind farm, which expected to come online in Q1, 2020, will incorporate 16, Chinese built Envision Energy EN-131 turbines with a capacity of 2.5 megawatts each. (Source: Renewables Infrastructure Group Ltd., Morningstar, 29 Mar., 2019) Contact: Renewable Infrastructure Group, www.trig-ltd.com; Envision Energy, www.envision-group.com/en/windturbines.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewables Infrastructure,  Wind,  Envision Energy,  Envision Wind Turbine ,  


    Xcel Energy Retiring Coal Plants by the Dozen (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2019-04-01
    Following up on our March 11 coverage, Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy, a $30 billion utility reports it has shuttered a quarter of its coal power plants and will soon shut down another 25 pct of its coal fired power capacity as part of it plan to deliver zero-carbon electricity to its 3.6 million customers by 2050, making it the first large American power company to commit to that goal. goal.

    Xcel has already cut its emissions by 38 pct from 2005 levels and aims to further cut emission to 80 pct by 2030. To that end, Xcel is rapidly moving away from coal which in 2013 supplied 46 pct of the utility's power and expanding its renewable energy portfolio, which is expected to make up more than half its power by 2024. The company plans to build 12 new wind farms across seven states. Xcel aims to retire 23 coal units -- about half its capacity -- between 2005 and 2027. (Source: Xcel, WRAL, 29 Mar., 2019)Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

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


    EnBW Seeking Valeco Renewables Developer Acquisition (Int'l, M&A)
    EnBW,Valeco Group
    Date: 2019-04-01
    Karlsruhe, Germany-headquartered developer-utility major Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW) reports it has been selected as an exclusive bidder for Montpellier, France-based energy developer Valeco Group. Valeco's portfolio includes 276 MW of wind, 56 MW of solar capacity and a 1.7 GW pipeline of projects. (Source: EnBW, Various Media, 29 Mar., 2019) Contact: Valeco Group, +33 4 67 40 74 00, www.groupevaleco.com; EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG , Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320, www.enbw.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnBW,  Wind,  Solar,  Valeco Group,  


    EuroStat Notes EU's Renewable Energy Propects, Progress (Int'l)
    EU
    Date: 2019-04-01
    According to data from the European Union statistics service Eurostat, the 28-member trading bloc sourced 17.5 pct of its energy from renewables in 2017, keeping it on track for a target of 20 pct by 2020.

    Each member state has its own individual renewable energy goal ranging from 10 to 49 pct based on its situation and potential. While 11 countries in the bloc have already surpassed their targets, others are lagging behind, according to Eurostat.

    With the target for 2030 at 32 pct, Eurostat notes, "While the EU as a whole is on course to meet its 2020 targets, some member states will need to make additional efforts to meet their obligations."

    Specifically, the EU's renewable energy leaders are Nordic countries: Sweden, Finland and Denmark with more than half of the total energy consumed coming from renewables -- primarily hydropower, wind and biofuels.

    Luxembourg and the Netherlands are the EU countries with the lowest consumption of renewables, at 6.4 pct and 6.6 pct respectively. Despite its investment in offshore wind farms, the Netherlands is the furthest from reaching its targets.

    In 2017 France reached 16.3 pct of energy consumption from renewables, compared to its 23 pct target for 2020. Woody biomass and hydropower are the main sources of green energy in France which sources 70 pct of its electricity from nuclear. Even so, France has committed to closing 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 and shutting down four still-active coal power plants by 2022.

    Germany's renewable energy, which comes mainly from wind and solar power, reached just 15.5 pct in 2017, while its 2020 objective is set at 18 pct. Coal still accounts for 37 pct of Germany's electric power production and more than 30 pct of its heating. (Source: EuroStat, France 24, Mar., 2019) Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EuroStat,  Renewable Energy,  


    Aussies Add 100 Major Polluters to Cap-and-Trade List (Int'l)
    Australia Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2019-04-01
    In the Land Down Under, the Labour government has announced it will extend its current pollution cap from businesses emitting 100,000 tpy of carbon pollution down to 25,000 tpy as part of its emissions and climate change effort to lower emissions by 45 pct by 2030. With the changes, the existed number of listed major emitters -- excluding farmers -- will rise form 140 to roughly 250, or less than 1 pct of the nation's businesses. Heavy industries such as steel, aluminium and cement will be assisted with a $300 million fund.

    Under the government plan, business will earn credits for reducing pollution below their baselines which they canto sell or carry over to meet their future pollution cap. Business that exceed their caps will will be required to purchase carbon credits to meet their caps. (Source: Financial Review, Various Media, 31 Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Carbon Emissions,  Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Volkswagen Claims 2 pct of Global CO2 Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Volkswagen
    Date: 2019-04-01
    In a recent interview, a Wolfsburg, Germany-headquartered Volkswagen Group official noted that VW alone is responsible for around 2 pct of global carbon emissions -- roughly equal to Germany's total emissions from all sources.

    Germany accounts for nearly 2.2 pct of the world's C02 emissions, the equivalent of 800 million tonnes, and was ranked 6th globally, according to Global Carbon Project 2017 data. The auto giant with 12 brands previously noted it planned to cut ts total emission to zero by 2050. (Source: VW Group, Sunday Times, (NZ) 31 Mar., 2019) Contact: Volkswagen Group, www.volkswagenag.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Carbon EMissions,  VW,  


    Vestas Claims Bearkat II 143 MW Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
    Vestas,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2019-04-01
    Vesta reports receipt of an order for 143 MW of V126-3.45 MW turbines for Copenhagen-headquartered Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners P/S (CIP) Bearkat II Wind project in Texas. Bearkat II is the second phase of the Bearkat project, following the successful 2017 commissioning of the Bearkat I project, which also featured V126-3.45 MW turbines.

    The order includes turbine supply and commissioning and a 30-year service agreement, which also includes balance of plant operations and maintenance. Deliveries are expected to begin in Q3 this year while commissioning is planned for fourth quarter of 2019. (Source: Vestas, reve, Others, 30 Mar., 2019) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk; Vestas, Andres Domínguez, +34 649294007 ANDMS@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    S. Ont. Commuters Overwhelmingly Support Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-04-01
    Recently released research from the University of Toronto has found that the vast majority of Toronto area commuters favor the Liberal federal Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's imposed new carbon tax and tax rebate plan, despite the impending hike in gas prices.

    The plan was rolled out by the Canadian Government today, Monday, April 1. In the initial study, 28 pct opposed the pricing plan and 13 pct were undecided. But when told about the rebate aspect of the carbon tax program, the number of Ontarians in the GTHA who actually support the plan rose to an unexpected 70 pct majority. (Source: Univ. of Toronto, Narcity, 29 Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Canada Carbon Tax,  


    BNP Paribas Launches Quant Carbon Offset Fund (Int'l Report)
    BNP Paribas
    Date: 2019-04-01
    Paris-based BNP Paribas Asset Management is reporting the launch of a new Quant Europe Climate Carbon Offset Plan which aims to capture the performance of European liquid equities with high ESG standards. The strategy selects these according to their carbon footprint and the robustness of their energy transition strategy.

    The fund also aims to offset the carbon footprint of the investment strategy, which is achieved through the use of Verified Emission Reductions certificates from the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project, which is based in south east Kenya. The project protects more than 200,000 hectares of endangered dryland forest.

    The launch of this latest Ucits funds is in line with BNP Paribas AM's Global Sustainability strategy, which includes the plan to reduce the environmental impacts of its operations.

    Paris, France-headquartered BNP Paribas S.A. is the world's 8th largest bank by total assets and currently operates in 77 countries. (Source: BNP Paribas, CityWire Selector, 29 Mar., 2019) Contact: Bank BNP Paribas, Neven Graillat, Chief Sustainability Product Officer at BNP Paribas Global Markets said: ‘The management of risks relating to www.group.bnpparibas/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BNP Paribas,  Carbon Footprint,  Carbon Markets,  


    LEGO Cash Purchases Solar Developer Enerpac U.S.A. (M&A)
    Enerpac
    Date: 2019-04-01
    The LEGO Group's investment arm Kirkbi A/S reports the acquisition of a majority stake in solar energy developer Enerpac U.S.A., a subsidiary of Germany's Enerpac. at Kikbi A/S. (Source: Kikbi A/S, Brick Fanatics, 31 Mar., 2019) Contact: Kikbi A/S, Thomas Lau Schleicher, Chief Investment Officer, www.kirkbi.com; Enerpac, www.enerpac.com

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    Tesla Constructing 1.9 MW Solar Array in Maryland (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    Date: 2019-04-01
    Electric Vehile industry leader and Tesla Power Pack energy storage manufacturer Tesla reports it is building a solar array on top of a Frederick County, Maryland landfill.

    The solar panels are expected generate up to 1.9 MW of power -- sufficient for about 10 county buildings and roughly 20 pct of the county's overall need under the terms of a 20-year PPA with Tesla. (Source: Tesla, WFMD, 31 Mar., 2019) Contact: Tesla, Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

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    Irish SMEs Claim They Can Do More in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In a recently released survey, the Dublin-headquartered Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) notes Irish firms believe they have a role in tackling climate change but highlight the lack of time and funding as the biggest obstacles to fulfilling that role. Even so, 20 pct of the SMEs surveyed believe they've done all that they could.

    The SME sector in Ireland spends more than €2 billion per year on energy, of which 10 pct can be readily saved through good energy management practices, energy efficient lighting, as well as efficient heating and air conditioning an other measures, according to SEAI. (Source: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Irish Times, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, +353 1 808 2100, www.seai.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    California ARB Reports Cap-and Trade Cash Investments (Funding)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2019-03-29
    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) just released its annual report analyzing last year's investments made from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF.) The fund receives money from the state cap-and-trade program, which caps greenhouse gas emissions and auctions off "pollution credits" to industries.

    In 2018, the GGRF invested $1.4 billion in various projects to reduce the effects of climate change in California communities. That was about double the amount spent in 2017. Since the program began in 2012, it has invested $3.4 billion in projects that are either completed or under way, with a total of $9.3 billion in the pipeline.

    CARB estimates that the investments will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 37 million metric tons, about what would be produced by burning four billion gallons of diesel fuel, or "roughly equivalent to taking eight million cars off the road for a year." Cumulatively, last year's investments in energy efficiency are expected to save enough energy to power 15,000 homes for a year.

    The report estimates GGRF investments are reducing greenhouse gas emissions at an average cost of about $75 per metric ton. The report lists details on how much has been invested in each GGRF program and highlights examples of what those investments are. Many are being built, but many more are in some planning stage and their full effect will not be felt for a number of years. For example, GGRF investments in the clean transportation sector include:

  • Community clean air grants, which help communities identify and evaluate air pollution sources;
  • Several programs for replacing polluting vehicles, including agricultural and freight vehicles and buses, and a program to replace rural school buses with electric vehicles;
  • Clean mobility options such as electric car-share, bike-share, and vanpool options in disadvantaged communities or for agricultural workers;
  • Support for transit including high-speed rail and the Intercity Rail Capital Program, which is helping transit and rail agencies modernize and update their systems and equipment;
  • The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program that funds interconnected transportation and housing projects to reduce car use.

    Cumlative Project Outcomes include: 10,000 home energy efficiency projects; 3,200 affordable housing units under contract; 500,000 acres of land preserved of restored; 50,000 trees planted in urban areas; 343,000 individual projects funded; 462 transit agency projects funded; and 67 pct of funding for projects benefitting priority communities ($1.5 billion)

    Download the California Air Resources Board Greenhouse Gas Fund expeditures report HERE. (Source: CARB, StreetsBlog, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov; CARB California Climate Investments, (800) 757-2907, info@caclimateinvestments.ca.gov, www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  California Cap-and-Trade,  


  • "The Donald" Talks Wind -- Notable Quotes
    Trump
    Date: 2019-03-29
    "You look at the fact that we would have been powered by wind which wouldn't have worked by the way because it only blows sometimes and lots of problems come about."

    "You can blow up a pipeline, you can blow up the windmills. You know, the windmills, [makes a shooting gun noise] That's the end of that one. If the birds don't kill it first. The birds could kill it first. They (windmills) kill so many birds. You look underneath some of those windmills, it's like a killing field, the birds. But uh, you know, that's what they were going to, they were going to windmills. And you know, don't worry about wind, when the wind doesn't blow, I said, 'What happens when the wind doesn't blow?’ Well, then we have a problem." -- U.S Pres. Donald Trump. (Source: Factbase, Factcheck.org)

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    Hawaii PUC Oks Six Solar-plus-Battery Storage Projects (Ind Report)
    Maui Electric,Hawaii Electric Light
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In Honolulu, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) -- Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light -- are reporting the Hawaiiian Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has given the nod to six grid-scale solar-plus-battery storage projects, the largest and lowest-cost portfolio of renewable energy resources to be assembled at one time in the Aloha State.

    Two projects on Hawaii Island, three on Oahu and one on Maui will add 247 MW of solar energy with almost 1 GWh of storage. Each project is coupled with battery storage that can store four hours of energy. Together, the six projects can provide sufficient energy for 105,000 homes per year.

    Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light presently have more than 500 MW of renewable energy under contract in addition to nearly 80,000 privately owned rooftop systems in operation. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, Big Island Now, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Hawaiian Electric,  Solar,  Maui Electric,  Hawaii Electric Light,  


    EU Parliamentarians Back New Vehicle CO2 Emissions Limits (Int'l)
    EU
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Meeting in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and Eurepean Union (EU) ministers are reporting agreement on a 37 pct higher target to reduce EU fleet-wide emissions for new cars by 2030, compared to the European Commission's (EC) proposed 30 pct target. The legislation also sets a 31 pct CO2 reduction target for new vans by 2030.

    The new legislation demands that the full life-cycle of emissions from cars should be assessed at EU level. The Commission will also have to consider a common methodology for the assessment and consistent data reporting, by no later than 2023. If appropriate, legislation should follow.

    Transport is the only sector in the EU that did not record any significant decline in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 1990. Figures from the European Environment Agency show that of all means of transport in the EU, road transport generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions -pct of the EU's total GHG emissions. (Source: European Parliament News, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: EP News, +32 2 28 40922, envi-press@europarl.europa.eu, www.europarl.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU Parliament,  Vehicle Emissions,  Transportation Emissions,  


    Britain's GHG Emissions Down Again in 2018 (Int'l Report)
    UK Emissions
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In London, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is reporting Britain's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions dropped by 3 pct in 2018. The drop is largely credited to six consecutive years of declining coal consumption for power generation.

    Output of heat-trapping gases in Britain, Europe's second-largest emitter behind Germany, fell to 449 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). data from the showed. Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas blamed for climate change, fell by 2 percent to 364 million tonnes. (Source: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Reuters, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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    BP $100M Fund Looking to Reduce Upstream Emissions (Ind. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2019-03-29
    London-headquartered oil giant BP plc is touting its $100 million Upstream Carbon Fund designed to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its upstream oil and natural gas operations and to generate "sustainable emissions reductions" across its operations.

    In 2018, BP set near-term and specific CO2 reduction targets in an initiative aimed at advancing an "energy transition" from long-term use of fossil fuels and to cut an estimated 3.5 million metric tons (mmt) of emissions from operations between 2016 and 2025. Between 2016 and 2018, the company estimated it had generated 2.5 mmt of sustainable emissions reductions throughout its businesses.

    The new Upstream Carbon Fund is additional to the estimated $500 million a year spent by BP on low carbon investments, venturing activities and its alternative energy business. (Source: BP, NGI 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: BP, www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/contact-us.html

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    Notable Quote
    Coal
    Date: 2019-03-29
    "Coal is indestructible" -- U.S. President Donald Trump

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    CCT Launches Thermal Energy Battery in Australia (New Prod & Tech)
    CCT Energy Storage
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In the Land Down Under, Lonsdale-based CCT Energy Storage reports it has unveiled the world's first working Thermal Energy Battery (TEB)that accepts any form of electrical input to convert and store energy as latent heat. The company also noted it will supply at least 10 thermal battery units to commercial customers this year, with production expected to increase to more than 200 units by 2020.

    TEB stores electrical energy as thermal energy by heating and melting a unique phase change material. The energy is stored at more than 12 times the density of a lead acid battery, before being extracted by thermic generator to provide electricity as needed. Readily scalable, TEB will be used to power remote communities, commercial businesses, telecommunications networks and transport systems.

    TEB production will begin immediately with European energy partner MIBA Group to exclusively manufacture and distribute TEB to Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. (Source: CCT Energy Storage, Grain Central, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: CCT Energy Storage, Serge Bondarenko, CEO, +61 8 8384 5764, www.cctenergystorage.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  Thermal Battery,  


    Ashok Leyland Corp. Office Scores LEED Platinum (Int'l)
    Ashok Leyland
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Chennai, India-based, Hinduja Group's Ashok Leyland, one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in India, reports it has been awarded LEED v4.1 Buildings Operations & Maintenance Platinum certification for its corporate HQ office building. LEED v4.1 is the newest version of the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

    Ashok Leyland is the first office in India and fourth in the world to receive LEED v4.1 Platinum certification. (Source: Ashok Leyland, Reality Fact, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: Ashok Leyland, www.ashokleyland.com/en, US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Eni Pilot Explores Wave Energy in the Adriatic (Int'l Report)
    Eni
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Rome-headquartered, state-owned Italian oil and gas major Eni New Energy SpA reports the installation of a unit that can produce energy from sea waves in a pilot program that could be spread to offshore oil platforms being phased out.

    The pilot plant, which was installed about 90 miles south of Venice along the Adriatic Sea, has a "peak power output of 51 kW" and has been integrated into "the world's only hybrid smart grid wave energy system featuring photovoltaics and energy storage," according to a company statement.

    According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM} the U.S. wave energy resource potential along the outer continental shelf stands at 2,640 TWh per year, of which 1,170 TWh/yr are recoverable -- 1 TWh/yr of energy will supply around 93,850 average U.S. homes with power annually. (Source: Eni New Energy SpA, World News, 28 Mar., 2019)Contact: Eni New Energy SpA, +39 06 598 21, +39 06 598 22141 - fax, www.eni.com

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    Enel Green Power NA Acquires Tradewind Energy (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Enel Green Power North America,Tradewind Energy,Wind
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Italy's Enel S.p.a, through its U.S. renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power North America is reporting the purchase of Lenexa, Kansas-based renewable developer Tradewind Energy, Inc. 13 GW of wind, solar, and storage projects located throughout the U.S.

    Following the acquisition, Enel agreed to the sale of Savion, LLC, a 100 pct subsidiary of Tradewind that includes a development platform including 6 GW of solar and storage projects to Macquarie Group.( Source: Enel, Windpower, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Georgios Papadimitriou, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com; Tradewind Energy Inc., Justin McGeeney, (913) 888-9463, www.tradewindenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Macquarie,  Enel Green Power North America,  Wind,  Tradewind Energy,  


    BioCarburante Florida Biorefinery Project Wins Support (Ind Report)
    BioCarburante Company
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In the Sunshine State, the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday lent support to the Wisconsin-headquartered BioCarburante Company's (TBIOCC) planned $450 million biofuel plant in Gulf County.

    The plant would convert 2,000 tpd of woody biomass, wood waste and forest residue into synthetic gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel through a thermo-catalytic conversion.

    The plant would convert 2,000 tpd of woody biomass, wood waste and forest residue into synthetic gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel through a thermo-catalytic conversion.

    The Board of Commissioners would support TBIOCC's pre-application for a $25 million grant from Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc., the entity established to disburse $1.5 billion in BP fine dollars into eight Northwest Florida counties. The Board of Commissioners would also facilitate acquisition of 116-acre site for the biorefinery. (Source: BioCarburante Company, Port of St.Joe Star, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: BioCarburante Company, Larry Hess, CEO, www.biocarburante.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  


    DOE to Award $130Mn for Solar Technologies R&D (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-03-29
    The U.S. DOE reports it will award up to $130 million for research to technologies to advance solar energy. This program targets five research areas including photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), soft costs reduction, innovations in manufacturing, and solar systems integration. The funding program is seeking advancements to make solar energy more affordable, reliable, and secure.

    Of the total, the DOE will award $26 million in funding for photovoltaics, $33 million for concentrating solar-thermal power, $17 million for soft costs reduction, $10 million for innovations in manufacturing, and $44 million for solar systems integration.(Source: US DOE, Energy Insider, 28 Mar., 2019) ContactL US DOE, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

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    Floating Wind Pilot Project Wins €4Mn Funding (Int'l, Funding)
    X1 Wind
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Barcelona-based X1 Wind reports it will lead a consortium of nine partners that will develop a floating wind projectb that has been granted €4 million by the EU Commission Horizon 2020 finance. The pilot will deploy a prototype of X1 Wind's PivotBuoy technology at a test site at the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN). The prototype is expected to be installed by 2020.

    The group aims to unlock cost competitive floating wind energy through the innovative structure, which it claims can reduce platform weight by as much as 80 pct and costs by 50 pct, according to the company. Ultimately, the consortium hopes to make floating wind more competitive and achieve prices of 50€/MWh in commercial scale wind farms. said: “In the last decade, a number of prototypes have successfully proven floating wind is technically feasible but costs need to be reduced by at least 50%. Technology disruption is required to achieve large-scale competitive floating offshore wind. “Together with a consortium of nine cutting edge research and development institutions and industry partners, we plan to demonstrate the advantages of our innovative PivotBuoy system.” (Source: X1 Wind, EnergyLive 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: X1 Wind, Alex Raventos, CEO, info@x1wind.com, www.x1wind.com

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    SG AGRO Doubling Biomass Pellet Production in 2019 (Int'l Report)
    KSG Agro
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In the Ukraine, biomass pellet producer KSG Agro reports it's plant modernization pprogram is well underway and expected to be complete before the year end. The upgrades will double the plant's production capacity for pellets from sunflowers and agricultural waste materials to 2,000 tpy.

    In 2017-2018 KSG Agro installed nine biofuel boiler houses with a total capacity of 8.35 MW, which produce more than 1,000 Gcal of heat per 160-day heating (160 days). (Source: KSG Argo, Ukraine Open for Business, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: KSG Agro, +380 56 787 07 31, +380 56 787 07 32, info@ksgagro.com, www.ksgagro.com/en

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