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IUB OK's Alliant Energy Efficiency Program Cuts (Ind. Report)
Alliant,Iowa Utilities Board
Date: 2019-03-29
Meeting in Des Moines earlier this week, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) reported it approved the energy efficiency plans for Black Hills Energy, Liberty Utilities as well as Alliant Energy's 5-year, $237.6 million strategy for energy efficiency and demand response offerings.

Alliant's plan, which will be available as of 1 April, will help save customers $180 million over 5 years will be followed by a reduction in energy efficiency charges starting with June bills. Alliant's total efficiency budget under the plan is approximately $126.6 million for electric energy efficiency programs, $16.2 million for natural gas efficiency. add $94.8 million for demand response programs.

The IUB permitted Alliant to alter the incentives it provides for large commercial and industrial peak reduction, including reducing a monthly credit, but rejected a proposal to increase penalties for program participants who do not reduce demand. (Source: Iowa Utilities Board, Alliant, Utility Dive, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Iowa Utilities Board, (515) 725-7300, https://iub.iowa.gov; Alliant Energy Corp., www.alliantenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant,  Energy Efficiency,  Demand Response ,  


CellCube Secures $10Mn in Debenture Financing (Funding)
CellCube Energy Storage
Date: 2019-03-29
Toronto, Ontario-based CELLCUBE ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS INC. reports its intention to complete a non-brokered financing of up to $10,000,000, with an over-allotment option of $5,000,000, principal amount secured convertible debentures. The Debentures will be sold in units of $1,000 in Canadian and US Dollar increments.

CellCube supplies vertically integrated energy storage systems to the power industry under the subsidiary company, Enerox GmbH, the developer and manufacturer of CellCube energy storage systems. CellCube's other related subsidiaries are EnerCube Switchgear Systems and Power Haz Energy Mobile Solutions Inc. The Company has also invested in an online renewable energy financing platform, Braggawatt Energy Inc.

CellCube develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage systems on the basis of vanadium redox flow technology and has over 136 project installations and a 10 year operational track record. Its highly integrated energy storage system solutions features 99 pct residual energy capacity after 11,000 cycles (cycling daily for 28 years) and larger scale containerized modules. Basic building blocks consist of a CellCube unit family with 4, 6 and 8 hours variation in energy capacity, according to the company. (Source: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., PR, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: CellCube Energy, Stefan Schauss, CEO , Glenda Kelly, Inv. Communications, (800) 882-3213, info@cellcubeenergystorage.com, www.cellcubeenergystorage.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellcube,  Energy Storage,  vanadium redox flow ,  


Quebec's Support for RNG Lauded (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
Energir
Date: 2019-03-29
Qubec's largest natural gas distributor Energir -- formerly known as Gaz Metro -- is applauding the adoption of the regulation respecting the quantity of renewable natural gas (RNG) to be delivered by a distributor, as announced by the Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources.

The provincial regulation establishes a governing framework for one of the objectives of the 2030 Energy Policy Action Plan. The new regulation sets the minimum quantity of RNG produced in Quebec and to be injected by a natural gas distributor at 1 pct of the total quantity of natural gas the distributor distributes as of 2020, progressively increasing to 5 pct in 2025.

According to a recent study, the province has the technical and economic production potential to replace two-thirds of the natural gas currently distributed in Quebec with RNG by 2030. (Source: Energir, PR, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Energir, Sophie Brochu, Pres., CEO, (855) 393-1313 www.energir.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


Minn. Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grants Available (Funding)
Minnesota for the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation
Date: 2019-03-29
In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture reports applications are being accepted for Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant funding. The funding is to support advancing bioenergy or biochemical production technologies beyond "bench" or proof-of-concept scale toward commercial scale, through construction and operation of a pilot plant.

To that end, the state program plans to award up to a total of $150,000 in fiscal year 2019. Up to 50 pct of project costs can be covered by the grant program, with a maximum possible award of $150,000.

The grant program requires funding be used for equipment needed to achieve the goals of the project implementation, or wages, software or other expenses necessary to advance the grant project's work plan.

Download grant details HERE. (Source: Minn, Dept. of Agriculture, PR, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Minn. Dept. of Agriculture, Kevin Hennesy, (651) 201-6223, Kevin.Hennessy@state.mn.us, www.mda.state.mn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biochemical,  


DOE Offering $28Mn for Wind Energy Research (Funding Report)
US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office
Date: 2019-03-29
In Washington, the U.S. DOE is reporting the availability of as much as $28.1 million in funding aimed at advancing wind energy nationwide across the land-based, offshore, and distributed wind sectors. Areas of interest under this funding opportunity include:
  • Using and Upgrading National-level Facilities for Offshore Wind R&D -- up to $7 million. Projects will conduct testing in support of innovative offshore wind research and development utilizing existing national-level testing facilities. A subtopic is included for projects that upgrade the capabilities of existing facilities to enable them to perform specific research activities.

  • Project Development for Offshore Wind Technology Demonstrations -- up to $10 million. This area of interest will fund supplemental project development activities to enable demonstration of innovative technologies and/or methodologies that reduce offshore wind energy risk and cost, at planned U.S. offshore wind plants that will be operational no later than 2025.

  • Tall Towers for U.S. Wind Power -- up to $5 million. Taller wind turbine towers can enable access to higher wind speeds, thereby increasing energy capture and reducing cost, but continued economies of scale are currently limited by transportation constraints. A project under this area of interest will validate manufacturing innovations and demonstrate cost-effective tall tower technology that can overcome the transportation constraints currently hindering U.S. wind turbine towers over 140 meters.

  • Wind Innovations for Rural Economic Development (WIRED) -- up to $6.1 million. Projects will support rural electric utilities and communities through two subtopics:1. Development of distributed wind integrated with other distributed energy resource solutions 2. simplification of distributed energy project development through standardized solutions and technical assistance.

    Concept papers for this funding opportunity are due April 25 and full applications are due June 15. Details and application requirements can be found on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange website eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaIdb3bff091-3531-4356-b234-d079118ccce3.

    Additional information on the DOE's wind energy research can be found on the Wind Energy Technologies Office's website www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office. (Source: US DOE, Apr., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office,  


  • BCBN Seeking Biorefinery Market Analysis Contractor (Ind. Report)
    BC Bioenergy Network
    Date: 2019-03-29
    The government of British Columbia, through the CleanBC Plan, is committed to growing renewable fuels production to 650 million lpy and increasing the Low Carbon Fuel Standard to 20 pct by 2030.

    To that end, the B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources is considering what actions to take to meet these targets, including support for the commercial production of renewable and low-carbon fuels in the province, reducing B.C.'s reliance on imported feedstocks and expanding B.C.'s existing renewable fuel production industry. In order to meet the CleanBC renewable fuels targets, significantly more renewable feedstocks will need to be sourced from within B.C. and more renewable fuels will need to be produced here.

    To achieve this renewable fuel production commitment and help B.C. transition to a low-carbon economy, BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN) and the ministry are seeking a contractor to undertake a biorefinery market analysis outlining specific conditions required to attract major fuel producers to invest in building biorefineries in the province.

    The contractor will provide a comprehensive report on the economic, technical, social and environmental factors that will be necessary to accomplishing the aforementioned objectives, and will include a biorefinery market analysis of all relevant products for the North American and global market -- identification of the opportunities and potential barriers to their development. Analysis should include discussions on how the availability of feedstocks required in biorefinery production affect the economics of establishing the facilities.

    BC Biorefinery Investment RfP information and details HERE (Source: BCBN, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: BCBN, Dr. Scott Stanners, Executive Director (604) 889-4549, Scott.Stanners@bcbioenergy.ca, www.bcbioenergy.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BC Bioenergy Network ,  


    Wyoming Business Council Offers Energy Efficiency Grants (Funding)
    Wyoming Business Council
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In Cheyenne, the Wyoming Business Council's State Energy Office reports the availability of competitive federal grant funding for Wyoming local governments, public schools and small businesses seeking to improve their buildings energy efficiency while reducing utility costs. The grant funding will be split between the following programs:
  • Comprehensive Retrofit Grant -- Available to towns, cities and counties for improvements and retrofits like installing insulation; adding weather sealing; purchase of Energy Star or solar powered appliances; upgrades of showers and faucets; or replacement of boilers, hot water heaters, HVAC systems, windows and doors.

  • Retrofit Grant (LIGHTING ONLY) -- Available to towns, cities and counties to upgrade current lighting systems to energy-efficient systems, which may include occupancy controls and auto dimming according to natural light.

  • Public School Energy Improvement Retrofit Grant (LIGHTING ONLY) -- Available to K-12 public schools to upgrade current lighting systems to energy-efficient systems, which may include occupancy controls and auto dimming according to natural light.

  • Small Business Energy Audit/Retrofit Grant -- Small businesses, nonprofits and local governments are all encouraged to apply to the Small Business Energy Audit/Retrofit Grant Program. The program funds up to 75 pct of the cost of an energy audit and some energy efficiency improvements. Grants are not to exceed $5,000 to entities pursuing an energy audit and retrofits that were identified in the audit.

    Additional information and grant applications HERE. or email (Source: Wyoming Business Council, Jackson Hole Radio, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Wyoming Business Council, Sherry Hughes, sherry.hughes@wyo.gov, Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Chief Strategy Officer, (307) 777-6319, www.wyomingbusiness.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wyoming Business Council,  


  • Notable Quotes
    IEA
    Date: 2019-03-27
    "Despite major growth in renewables, global (transportation and power generation) emissions are still rising, demonstrating once again that more urgent action is needed on all fronts -- developing all clean energy solutions, curbing emissions, improving efficiency, and spurring investments and innovation, including in carbon capture, utilization and storage." -- Dr. Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director. Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fatih Birol,  IEA,  Emissions,  


    Global Bio-butanol 2018-26 Market Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Biobutanol
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Coherent Markets Insights' bio-butanol market report examines the bio-butanol industry and market is segmented by companies, region, type and applications, The report evaluates the growth rate and the market value based on market dynamics, growth inducing factors, industry news, opportunities, and trends. The report includes a comprehensive market analysis and vendor landscape in addition to a SWOT analysis of the key vendors.

    The report also discusses the key drivers influencing market growth, opportunities, the challenges and the risks faced by key players and the market as a whole. It also analyzes key emerging trends and their impact on present and future development.

    Download PDF Brochure of Bio-butanol Market Research Report HERE.

    Browse more detail information about Bio-butanol Market Report HERE. (Source: Coherent Market Insights, PR, NewsTender, 23 Mar., 2019) Contact: Coherent Markets Insights, www.coherentmarketinsights.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-butanol,  Butanol,  Biofuel,  


    Risen Energy Touted for Solar Tech. Leadership (Int'l Report)
    Risen Energy,NDRC
    Date: 2019-03-27
    In Beijing, the China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Finance, Customs Head Office, reports solar specialist Risen Energy has been included in its list of national enterprise technology centers in recognition of its competence in comprehensive competitiveness, technological innovation, and industrial leadership.

    In Sept. 2017, Risen Energy's high-efficiency twin-cell poly-silicon modules obtained China's Top Runner Tier 1 Certification signifying their technology leadership. Risen Energy is the world's first PV manufacturer to achieve the GW-scale mass production for bifacial AlOx passivated PERC technology. In Nov. 2018, Risen Energy's bifacial AlOx passivated PERC modules realized an average cell efficiency of 22.19 pct, with the maximum production line efficiency up to 22.51 pct. Risen is also the first PV manufacturer to accomplish mass production of 370W PERC bifacial dual-glass modules for "China Top Runner" projects. (Source: Risen Energy, PR, PV Mag., 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Risen Energy, Hong Wang, Pres., www.risenenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Risen Energy,  Solar,  NDRC,  


    Asia Dominates Floating Solar Installations (Int'l Report)
    Floating Solar,World Economic Forum
    Date: 2019-03-27
    According to the World Economic Forum, of the world's top 1o floating solar installations, 4 are in China, 3 in Japan, 2 in South Korea and 1 in the UK. World floating solar output grew 100-fold from 2014 to 2018, with the world's first floating solar plant in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

    Floating solar is well suited to Asia where available land is limited but there are many hydroelectric dams with existing transmission infrastructure. China has just connected the world's largest floating solar plant at Anhui, which will generate almost 78,000 MW in its first year, while South Korea expects to complete what it claims will become the world's largest floating solar plant delivering 102.5 MW in 2020.

    The World Economic Forum, based in Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland, was founded in 1971 as a not-for-profit organization. It gained formal status in January 2015 under the Swiss Host-State Act, confirming the role of the Forum as an International Institution for Public-Private Cooperation. (Source: World Economic Forum, Mar., 2019) Contact: World Economic Forum, www.weforum.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Economic Forum,  Floating Solar,  Solar,  


    Covestro, Genomatica Partner on High-Performance Materials from Plants (Ind. Report, R&D)
    Covestro, Genomatica
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Leverhusen, Germany-headquartered materials manufacturer Covestro and San Diego-based biotechnology company Genomatica report they have joined forces in an initiative to reduce the use of fossil-based resources such as crude oil.. Using carbon from plants instead of fossil fuels would help reduce CO2 emissions and close the carbon loop in another move towards a circular economy.

    As part of their long-term partnership Genomatica will deploy its strengths in developing industrial-scale bioprocesses to produce widely-used chemicals. Covestro complements the collaboration with strong know-how in chemical process technology and application development. (Source: Genomatica, PR, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: Genomatica, Christophe Schilling, CEO, (858) 824-1771, info@genomatica.com, www.genomatica.com; Covestro, Stefan Paul Mechnig, +49.175.30.36352, stefanpaul.mechnig@covestro.com, www.covestro.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Covestro,  Genomatica,  


    Nordex Touts New 5MW Wind Turbine (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
    Nordex
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Nordex SE is reporting the launch of a new 5MW turbine, the third model in its Delta4000 platform.

    The N149/5.X can achieve a power output of 5.5MW while operating at a low sound power level, or in higher power modes where sound restrictions are not in place. The new turbine incorporates the same rotor blade, doubly-fed induction generator (DFIG) and exterior nacelle dimensions as in the N149/4.0-4.5, the first model announced in the Delta4000 platform, according to Nordex. (Source: Nordex, Windpower Monthly, Mar., 2019)Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex-online.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind Turbine,  


    EDF to Develop 500MW Chinese Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l)
    EDF Group,China Energy Investment Corporation
    Date: 2019-03-27
    French energy giant EDF Group and Chinese utility China Energy Investment Corporation (CEI) are reporting an agreement under which EDF will develop two offshore wind projects totaling 500MW -- Dongtai 4 and 5 -- off the coast of Jiangsu province. The projects are expected to be commissioned in phases by 2021 and will be the EDF's first offshore projects in China.

    EDF Group subsidiary EDF Renouvelables has 5.3GW of offshore wind either in operation or in development, and maintains 500MW of this capacity, according to EDF. (Source: EDF Group. Various Media, renews.com, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: EDF Group, Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO, www.edf.fr; China Energy Investment Corporation, www.ceic.com/gjnyjtwwEn/index.shtml

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Group,  Offshore Wind,  China Offshore Wind,  


    LEEDCo's Offshore Wind Passes Army Engineers Muster (Ind Report)
    LEEDCo
    Date: 2019-03-27
    In Cleveland, LEEDCo's long delayed 6-turbine, 21-MW Icebreaker Wind Inc. offshore wind energy project proposed for Lake Erie reports it has received the US Army Corps of Engineers approval for construction. The Army Corps of Engineers administers and enforces provisions of the Rivers and Harbors Act and the Clean Water Act.

    The $126 million Icebreaker project previously received approvals and permits from over a dozen local, state and federal agencies that have responsibility for environmental protection, but still requires the go-ahead from the US state of Ohio. If approved, construction could start in 2021, according to LEEDCo. (Source: LEEDCo. WCBE FM,, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEEDCo,  Offshore Wind,  


    2018 Global Carbon Emissions Hit Record High, says IEA (Int'l)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2019-03-27
    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 2018's extreme weather, increasing demand for energy and increased coal consumption combined to push global carbon emissions to a record high. Carbon emissions jumped 1.7 pct in 2018 to a record 33.1 billion tonnes, with coal making up one third of the total increase, despite energy generation from wind and solar farms growing at a double-digit pace. Most of the electricity generated by coal came from new power plants in Asia, according to the IEA's Global Energy and C02 Status Report.

    Coal use rose 0.7 pct in 2018 with higher demand for coal coming from Asian countries, including China and India. The pace of growth slowed down from the 4.5 per cent rise in coal use in 2017, although it still remains the largest source of electricity. Coal use accounted for 10 billion tonnes of carbon emissions in 2018, with China, India and the US accounting for 85 pct of the net increase in emissions. The 560-million-tonne increase in carbon emissions in 2018 was equivalent to total emissions from international aviation.

    In 2018, US GHG emissions increased by 3.1 pct, China's emissions climbed 2.5 pct and India's carbon emissions increased by 4.5 pct. The IEA notes that 2018's global energy consumption increased by 2.3 pct with fossil fuels accounting for 70 pct of the increase. (Source: IEA, Mar., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  International Energy Agency,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Indiana CCS Bill Clears State House (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
    Indiana Wabash Valley Resources,Department of Natural Resources.
    Date: 2019-03-27
    In Indianapolis, the Indiana House reports passage of a bill that would create an underground carbon storage (CCS) pilot program to store carbon dioxide underground is going back to the state Senate for approval.

    The original proposal would have allowed companies to store CO2 underground as long as they got consent from owners of about half the land. This current bill creates a pilot program that allows one company to take ownership of the land through eminent domain, subject to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources approval.

    Subject to the bills passage and final approval, Wabash Valley Resources LLC plans to construct an ammonia production facility in Terre Haute and store its CO2 emissions underground to reduce its carbon footprint. (Source: Indiana Department of Natural Resources, wfiu. NPR, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Indiana Department of Natural Resources, (317) 232-4200 www.in.gov/dnr; Wabash Valley Resources, Todd Culwell, VP Corp. Affairs, www.wvresc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wabash Valley Resources,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Storage,  


    Growth Energy Calls for Rail Assistance During Midwest Flooding (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor called on the U.S. Department of Transportation to help expedite rail delivery of biofuels amid historic flooding. In her letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Skor wrote: "On behalf of Growth Energy, the nation's leading organization of biofuel producers and supporters, I write to you about a matter of utmost importance to not only to our industry, but to consumers across the country regarding the rail transportation of American-made biofuels.

    "It has been reported by several sources that ethanol supplies in several markets in the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest have become very tight and ethanol prices have risen in those markets because of the supply situation. Additionally, markets in Texas are now solely providing finished ethanol-free gasoline, usually sold at a cost of 20-40 cents higher than regular ethanol blended fuel, as a result of these supply disruptions.

    "This situation is not being caused by a lack of ethanol production or supply at the more than 200 ethanol facilities in the U.S. In fact, the logistics problems these plants face could force plants to reduce production as their storage capacity becomes fully utilized.

    "While we certainly understand and appreciate that these rail issues have been caused by the calamitous flooding currently occurring in the Midwest, it is imperative that all possible actions be taken by the nation's railroads to ensure that these critical fuel supplies are immediately prioritized and reach markets as quickly as possible. Further delays could not only impact our industry but could ultimately increase fuel costs for American drivers.

    "We would be happy to work with you and your staff to provide any further information you may need and to get biofuels into the hands of American drivers." (signed) Emily Skor (Source: Growth Energy ,PR, 22 Mar. 2019) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, Elizabeth Funderburk, (202) 545-4000, EFunderburk@GrowthEnergy.org, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Ethanol,  


    SODRA Earmarks €1.9Mn for Sustainable Transport Solutions (Int'l)
    Sodra,Silva Green Fuel
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Further to our April 11, 2018 coverage, Vaxjo, Sweden-based forest products and lumber producer cooperative SODRA reports it has earmarked €1.9 million to cover additional costs related to the development of fossil-free transport fuel solutions and to reach its 2016 fossil-free transportation targets by 2030.

    SODRA previously committed to investing in liquid biofuel production through its joint ventures SunPine and Norway's Silva Green Fuel, as well as by producing its own biomethanol. SunPine was first in the world to extract biodiesel from crude tall oil. (Source: SODRA, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sodra, Henrik Brodin, Project Mgr., +46 (0) 70 646 33 37, www.sodra.com; SunPine, +46 911 23 28 00, www.sunpine.se/en; Silva Green Fuel, + 47 24 06 70 00, www.silvagreenfuel.no

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Silva Green Fuel,  SunPine,  Clean Transportation Fuel,  Sodra,  Biofuel,  


    Universal mCloud, Britwind Offer Wind Turbines Upgrades (Int'l)
    mCloud Corp,Ecotricity
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Vancouver-headquartered Universal mCloud Corp. a provider of asset management solutions combining IoT, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, reports the inking of a wind turbine upgrade MoU with Ecotricity affiliate Britwind Ltd.

    Britwind is a full-service company in the small and medium-size wind segment with proven excellence in wind energy production, operations, and maintenance. In collaboration with Britwind partner Norwin Energy, Britwind has designed an upgrade to a fleet of over 1,000 Endurance E-series turbines, for which Ecotricity acquired IP rights in 2017 and addresses structural risks present in the installed fleet.

    Under their agreement, mCloud and Britwind will offer Britwind customers a subscription-based end-to-end turbine upgrade solution that includes mCloud's AI and analytics to enhance the operation of their wind turbines. (Source: Universal-mCloud Corp, PR, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Universal-mCloud, www.mcloudcorp.com; Britwind, +44 (0) 1453 790 210, www.britwind.co.uk; Ecotricity, Dale Vance, Founder, +44 (0) 145 375 6111, www.ecotricity.co.uk /visitor.php?keyword=mCloud Corp" target=_blank>mCloud Corp,  Wind,  Britwind,  Wind Turbine,  Ecotricity,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News mCloud Corp,  Wind,  Britwind,  Wind Turbine,  Ecotricity,  


    Hawaiian Airlines Seeks Bldg. Energy Efficiencies (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Airlines,Carbon Lighthouse
    Date: 2019-03-27
    In the Aloha State, Honolulu-based Hawaiian Airlines reports it has contracted with San Francisco-based Carbon Lighthouse to analyze the energy usage and identify opportunities for efficiency at its Airport Center office building.

    During the two-month pilot program, Carbon Lighthouse will use dozens of sensors in the 111,109-square-foot building to collect thousands of thermodynamic data points, from air and water temperatures in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment to lighting and occupancy. Carbon Lighthouse then uses its proprietary software to model energy scenarios and optimize the building's existing equipment.

    Previously, Hawaiian cut energy use at its airport headquarters by 5.6 pct by optimizing energy efficiency with the installation of LED lighting and motion sensors. (Source: Hawaiian Airlines, Pacific Business News, 25 Mar., 2019) Contact: Hawaiian Lighthouse, Brenden Millstein, CEO, Hawaiian Airlines, Corporate Office, http://hawaiianair.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1885/~/contact-information---corporate-headquarters; Carbon Lighthouse, www.carbonlighthouse.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Airlines,  Carbon Lighthouse ,  Energy Efficiency,  


    UK REA Touts Biomass Energy Statistics (Int'l Report)
    UK Renewable Energy Association
    Date: 2019-03-27
    According to the UK Renewable Energy Association (REA), the UK's biomass energy output matches that of 4 Sizewell B Nuclear power stations and eliminates CO2 emissions equivalent to removing 1.3 million cars of UK roads. REA also expects the sector will offset £21 billion in fossil fuels and support approximately 46,000 jobs.

    Supported by that data, REA is asking UK ministers to complete policy and regulations surrounding biomass, and renew long-term plans for the sector, whilst also supporting biomass projects.

    REA notes biomass energy provides 96 pct of the UK's non-domestic renewable heating, and 7.4 pct of the country's total energy. (Source: UK Renewable Energy Assoc., Smart Energy, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: UK REA, Dr Nina Skorupska, CEO, +44 (0)20 7901 3000, +44 (0)20 7901 3001 - fax, , info@RenewableUK.com, www.renewableuk.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Renewable Energy Association ,  


    Cheshire UK 21.5MW Biomass Plant Begins Operations (Int'l. Report)
    Bioenergy Infrastructure Group
    Date: 2019-03-27
    In the UK, the Reading-based Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG) reports its new 21.5MW , Ince Bio Power biomass power station in Cheshire has completed testing and is now in production. The plant uses advanced thermal treatment to produce a combustible gas by heating waste wood in a near oxygen-free environment. This gas is then burnt to generate electricity. The power station will process up to 170,000 tpy of waste wood and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 65,000 tpy.

    BIG presently operates multiple biomass and energy-from-waste plants in the UK and has several more under development or construction, according to the company. (Source: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, Utility Week, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, Neil Bennett, CEO, +44 118 929 8350, bioenergyinfrastructure.co.uk

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


    REI Distribution Center Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Kent, Washington-headquartered outdoor gear and apparel retailer REI Co-op reports it has been recognized by the Alliance for making strides in its energy productivity goals at its Goodyear, Arizona distribution center for achieving an 18 pct energy reduction and an annual cost savings of $170,000 in its first two years of operation. The distribution center is aiming for net-zero energy consumption, the company said.

    To reach its goal, REI installed a 2.2-MW solar array that is expected to power the entire facility and installed a robotic fulfillment system that streamlines and speeds operations.

    REI has been part of the DOE's Better Buildings Alliance in 2015. The program brings together commercial building owners to share energy efficiency best practices with peers in the retail sector. (Source: REI Co-op, DOE Better Building Alliance, DC Velocity, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: DOE https://betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/alliance; REI Co-op, (253) 395-3780,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  DOE Better Buildings Alliance,  Energy Efficiency,  


    St. John Properties Scores 50th LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Baltimore-based commercial building developer St. John Properties reports receipt of its 50th U.S. Green Building Council LEED energy efficiency certification.

    Since initiating its LEED program a decade ago, St. John Properties has developed close to 3 million square feet of Gold, Silver or Certified space throughout Maryland, Utah and Virginia. Nearly every new property constructed by St. John Properties is designed to earn LEED certification, including buildings in Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Utah and Wisconsin. (Source: St.John Properties, Commercial Property Executive, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: St.John Properties, Richard Williamson, Snr. VP, (410) 788-0100, (410) 788-0851-fax, www.sjpi.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Wood Plc Leads Major Carbon-Capture Engineering Project (Int'l)
    Wood plc
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Aberdeen, Scotland-based global engineering giant Wood plc is reporting receipt of a multi-million-dollar contract from the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Climate Investments (OGCI CI) for conceptual engineering for its gas power and industrial carbon capture (CCS) project. The project was first announced in 2016.

    Wood will lead this first-of-a-kind project which aims to reduce CO2 emissions. The industrial carbon capture design will initially cover five of the principal industrial emitters of CO2: the production of hydrogen, fertilizer, petrochemicals, cement and steel.

    Climate Investments is a $1 billion plus fund investing in technologies and business models to lower the carbon footprint of the energy and industrial sectors and their value chains. The fund was created by the CEOs of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative to take practical action on climate change. They invest in innovative companies that are ready to be commercialized and collaborate with global co-investors and industrials to achieve speed and scale. (Source: Wood Plc, Chemical Engineering, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Wood Plc, Bob MacDonald, CEO, Technical Solutions, www.woodplc.com; OGCI CI, https://oilandgasclimateinitiative.com/climate-investments

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    Cybersecurity Institute Scores $70Mn for Energy Efficient Manufacturing (Funding)
    Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute
    Date: 2019-03-27
    The U.S. DOE reports the availability of as much as $70 million for the Los Angeles-based Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute to develop technologies that will advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, innovation and energy efficiency. The Institute will focus on early-stage research for advancing cybersecurity in energy efficient manufacturing.

    According to a report from the DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the manufacturing and industrial sector consumes about 25 pct of the Nation's energy. DOE estimates that the adoption of automated controls and sensors provide the potential for up to 15 pct improved energy efficiency in manufacturing,

    Cybersecurity threats in the energy sector negatively impact the manufacturing and deployment of energy technologies such as electric vehicles, solar panels and wind turbines. Integration across the supply chain network and an increased use of automation applied in energy efficient manufacturing processes can make industrial infrastructures vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

    While the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office will fund the Institute, it will be co-managed by DOE's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response. (Source: US DOE, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, www.energy.gov/eere/amo/advanced-manufacturing-office; Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, John Dyck, CEO, (888) 720-8096, info@cesmii.org, www.cesmii.org


    Vistra Supports Illinois Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act of 2019 (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-03-27
    In the Lone Star State, Irving-based integrated power company Vistra Energy reports it supports the Illinois Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act of 2019 -- legislation to be filed in the Illinois General Assembly. VIstra views the act as a "visionary and comprehensive transition plan" for its subsidiaries' central and southern Illinois coal plants.

    The Act will help mitigate the uncertainty surrounding these power plants and spur investments in new renewable energy and battery storage projects across Illinois as well as sustain otherwise uneconomic generation for five years while allowing time for additional capacity to come online.

    Currently, as much as 75 pct of Vistra's subsidiaries' -- TXU Energy, Homefield Energy, Dynegy and Luminant -- downstate generation capacity located within MISO Zone 4 is at risk of closure by the end of 2019. Vistra's subsidiaries' nearly 5,500 MW of generation capacity accounts for 40 pct of MISO Zone 4's summer capacity.

    The Illinois Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act will:

  • Redevelop downstate coal plant sites into utility-scale solar and energy storage;
  • Help meet Illinois' commitments to emission reductions and the Paris Climate Agreement;
  • Increase grid stability, reliability, and renewable resources through energy storage;
  • Responsibly retire existing downstate capacity by keeping otherwise at-risk plants online through 2024;
  • Provide an orderly transition process for energy workers and plant communities;
  • Reinvest in downstate plant communities and support local business property tax base by continuing to operate on the existing plant sites with new renewable assets, rather than simply retiring and closing coal plants. (Source: Vistra Energy, PR, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curt Morgan, Pres., CEO, Molly Sorg, Inv. Relations, (214) 812-0046, Investor@vistraenergy.com, www.vistraenergy.com; Renew Illinois Power, www.renewillinoispower.com


  • Building Climate Justice: Investing in Energy Efficiency for a Fair & Just Transition (Ind. Report)
    Food & Water Watch
    Date: 2019-03-27
    A just released report from the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch demonstrates the role improved building energy efficiency standards can and must play. The report focuses on what is by far the largest source of energy demand in the country -- 40 pct -- related to powering commercial buildings, homes, offices, schools and others.

    The analysis finds that a $500 billion investment over 15 years in improving building energy efficiency would net: $1.3 trillion in savings on consumer utility bills; 1.3 million jobs created annually -- 20 pct more than current job creation rates; a 36 pct decline in building energy consumption from current projected demand; 300 million metric ton reduction in CO2 emissions from current projections; and completely eliminate the need to build new fossil fuel power plants.

    Download the Building Climate Justice: Investing in Energy Efficiency for a Fair and Just Transition report HERE. (Source: Food & Water Watch, Mar., 2019) Contact: Food & Water Watch, www.foodandwaterwatch.org

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    Notable Quote
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-03-27
    "Energy efficiency has enormous potential to create millions of jobs, reduce carbon pollution, and save American families money on their energy bills -- a real win-win-win. We must immediately come together to take bold action to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy." -- Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    BNEF Touts CarbonCure as 2019 New Energy Pioneer (Ind. Report)
    CarbonCure
    Date: 2019-03-27
    In a press release, Halifax-headquartered CarbonCure Technologies Inc. , a leader in the utilization of captured CO2 in concrete production, reports it has been named a New Energy Pioneer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The New Energy Pioneers program is sponsored by BNEF and Cycle Capital Management.

    This year's 10 winning companies were selected from more than 185 applicants from 35 countries, and reviewed by an independent panel of industry experts. Candidates were evaluated based on their company's potential scale and global impact, their level of innovation and the momentum their business has gained within their market.

    CarbonCure's scalable clean technology is now available in more than 130 concrete plants in North America and Asia. The CarbonCure Technology allows concrete producers and governments to meet their climate goals without capital expenditure, and to generate new cost efficiencies and infrastructure improvements—truly a win-win solution.

    Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) technology deployed in the concrete industry is a $400 billion market opportunity, and has the potential to reduce up to 1.4 gigatonnes of annual CO2 emissions by 2030, according to the Global CO2 Initiative. (Source: CarbonCure, PR, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure ,  Concrete,  CO2,  


    Notable Quotes on Climate Change, Green New Deal (Ind. Report)
    Green New Deal, Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-25
    "There's no question that we're experiencing climate change and that humans are a significant contributor to that. In my view, the course forward is going to require innovation and technology breakthrough because nothing I've seen is going to reverse the warming trend other than that."

    "We better hope it's (climate change) man-made, because if it's not we're in trouble." -- Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) www.romney.senate.gov

    "The Green New Deal is kind of a ridiculous proposal, but denying the problem is equally as bad." -- Sen Lindsay Graham (R-SC) www.lgraham.senate.gov Graham was /commenting on freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal

    "With the so-called Green New Deal, Washington Democrats want our government to spend more money than the entire gross domestic product of the entire world on the new spending programs to forcibly remodel Americans' homes, take away our cars, dramatically increase energy costs." -- Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), (202) 224-2541, www.mcconnell.senate.gov (Source: Various Media, The Hill, 24 Mar., 2019)

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


    Panasonic Belgium, Japan Plants Reach Zero Carbon Status (Int'l)
    Panasonic
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Panasonic Group reported last week that two of its factories -- Panasonic Energy Belgium (PECBE) and Panasonic Eco Technology Center (PETEC) in Japan, simultaneously reached zero-carbon production status in February, 2019. The company is aiming for carbon-neutrality across all of its of its production facities worldwide by 2050.

    Carbon emissions reductions at the two plants were achieved by installing onsite wind turbines, switching to 100 pct procured renewable energy, using carbon offsets that comply with Verified Carbon Standards (VCS) and switching its boilers to energy-saving models. (Source: Panasonic, edie.met, 24 Mar., 2019) Contact: Panasonic Energy Belgium, +32 13 61 05 11, www.panasonic-batteries.com/en/about-panasonic-energy-belgium

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Panasonic,  Zero-Carbon,  


    Innergex Unloading Icelandic Energy Firm HS Orka for $305Mn (M&A)
    Innergex,Macquarie Infrastructure
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports it will sell its wholly-owned Magma Energy Sweden A.B. subsidiary which holds a 53.9 pct equity stake in HS Orka, to a Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets managed European infrastructure fund, for $304.8 million subject to customary closing adjustments

    .HS Orka holds two operating geothermal facilities (Reykjjanes and Svartsengi) totaling 174 MW, the 10 MW Bruarvirkjun run-of-river hydro project which is under construction, a number of prospective renewable power projects, as well as a 30 pct equity interest in the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa and Resort in Iceland. The fully funded transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions.

    Net proceeds from the sale will be used to reimburse the $228 million one-year credit facility contracted in October 2018 at the time of the acquisition of the remaining interest in the Cartier wind farms and operating entities, to deleverage corporate facilities and for general corporate purposes. (Source: Innergex, PR. 25 Mar., 2019) Contact: Innergex, (450) 926-2550, www.innergex.com, info@innergex.com; Macquarie Infrastructure, www.macquarie.com/mgl/com/mic-inc

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  Hydro,  Run-of-River,  Innergex,  Macquarie Infrastructure,  


    Neste MY Renewable Diesel Now Available in Calif. (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Hesinki-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel fuel producer Neste reports the opening of Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ cardlock dispensing facilities in San Leandro, San Jose, Ripon, and Keyes California.

    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. The fuel meets and often exceeds California's rigorous emissions standards while meeting consumer requirements for sustainability. (Source: Neste, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com, Jeremy Baines, VP Sales, usa@neste.com, (713)407-4400, www.NesteMY.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Notable Quotes on Ocasio-Cortez Green New Deal (Ind. Report)
    Green New Deal
    Date: 2019-03-25
    "The Green New Deal is kind of a ridiculous proposal, but denying the problem is equally as bad." -- Sen Lindsay Graham (R-SC), www.lgraham.senate.gov. Graham was commenting on freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal.

    "With the so-called Green New Deal, Washington Democrats want our government to spend more money than the entire gross domestic product of the entire world on the new spending programs to forcibly remodel Americans' homes, take away our cars, dramatically increase energy costs." -- Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), (202) 224-2541, www.mcconnell.senate.gov

    "We better hope it's (climate change) man-made, because if it's not we're in trouble." -- Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), www.romney.senate.gov. (Source: Various Media, The Hill, 24 Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  


    Flanders Commits €400Mn to CCS, CCU Initiative (Int'l Report)
    Arcelor Mittal
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Reporting from Antwerp, the Flemish government reports the approval of a plan to spend €400 million over the next 20 years in an effort to manage carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions and to become climate neutral by 2050. The plan calls for a reduction in fossil fuels consumption while implementing carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and utilization (CCU) of CO2 that is still being produced. Although CCS and CCU technology is not new it is expensive, and there is no related income from CCS for climate protection.

    The Flemish government is interested in CCU, an example of which is a pilot project launched in Ghent last week between steel producer Arcelor Mittal and chemicals manufacturer Dow, to split the carbon monoxide and CO₂ from steel production and use the CO₂ to produce bio-ethanol, a renewable energy source.

    In another example, energy provider Engie has joined with waste incinerator Indeval to use CO2 capture to produce ethanol in Antwerp. (Source: Various Media, Brussels Times, Apr, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arcelor Mittal,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Storage,  CCS,  


    ABP Strikes UK Wind Energy Supply Dear (Int'l Report)
    ABP Food Group
    Date: 2019-03-25
    In Ireland, ABP Food Group reports has inked an agreement with London-based Natural Capital Partners to power all of ABP's Irish sites with 100 pct wind energy souced from from nearby windfarms.

    The agreement will enable ABP to reach its carbon-reduction goals two years ahead of schedule. ABP will have recorded carbon emissions reductions of around 350,000 tonnes across its operations against a 2008 baseline. (Source: ABP Food Group, edie.,et, 24 Mar., 2019) Contact: ABP Food Group, +353 1 685 0200, www.abpfoodgroup.com; Natural Capital Partners, +44 (0)20 7833 6000, solutions@naturalcapitalpartners.com, www.naturalcapitalpartners.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Climate Change,  


    Kinetrex Energy
    Date: 2019-03-25


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    Eguana Tech, PurePoint Energy Partner on Conn. Residential Solar Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    PurePoint Energy,Eguana Technologies
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Calgary, Alberta-based Eguana Technologies reports its Evolve Home Energy Storage System for new or existing residential solar system owners is now available in Connecticut with Norwalk, Conn. headquartered PurePoint as Eguana certified installer.

    Evolve is a fully-integrated residential energy storage system that incorporates proprietary power electronics system, LG Chem low-voltage battery modules, and a comprehensive user interface. The system is rated at 5KW AC output with a modular battery design based on a 6.5 kWh battery, which is scalable from 13 to 39kWh in storage capacity. The NEMA 3R wall-mounted package is suitable for indoor and outdoor installations. (Source: Source: Eguana Technologies Inc., 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Eguana Technologies, Justin Holland, CEO, (416) 728.7635, Justin.Holland@EguanaTech.com (905) 929-7522, www.EguanaTec.com; PurePoint Energy, Michael Dowling Business Development Manager, Tom Wemyss, VP Bus. Dev., (203) 642-4105, mdowling@purepointenergy.com, www.purepointenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PurePoint Energy,  Energy Storage,  Eguana Technologies,  


    ABM EPC Program Saves El Paso Schools $14.8Mn (Ind. Report)
    ABM
    Date: 2019-03-25
    ABM, a provider of facility solutions, reports it has initiated an Energy Performance Contracting program (EPC) for the El Paso Independent School District in El Paso, Texas, that is expected to save the District more then $14.8 million in energy and operating costs over a 15-year period. The project is scheduled for completion in June 2020.

    Energy and operational savings will be achieved by: upgrading and retrofitting lighting systems to high-efficiency LED systems; upgrading building automation controls and installing water conservation systems; HVAC system recalibration and upgrades; sealing building envelopes at 14 facilities; and others.

    The upgrades are projected to save the school district approximately $862,000 in energy and operating costs in the first year, which will climb during the life of the program, resulting in projected savings of more than $14.8 million. (Source: ABM Industries, PR, March 21, 2019} Contact: ABM Industries Incorporated, Mark Newsome, Pres. Technical Solutions, (212) 297-9721, www.abm.com

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    PEI Landfill Gas Project Wins Low-Carbon Energy Funding (Funding)
    Enwave Energy Corporation
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Toronto-headquartered Enwave Energy Corporation reports it is inline to receive as much as $3.5 million in funding through the Government of Canada's Low Carbon Energy Fund to upgrade and expand an existing waste-to-energy system that will divert an additional 23,000 tonnes of organic waste from the Charlottetown District Energy System regional landfill in Prince Edward Island. The project will reduce landfill methane emissions, increase annual energy production, and reduce PEI's fuel oil consumption.

    According to Clean Energy Canada, the energy-efficiency measures in Canada's climate plan will help improve Canada's economy and environment between now and 2030 by creating 118,000 new jobs, boosting the nation's GDP by $356 billion, and save Canadian households an average of $114 a year.

    The Low Carbon Economy Fund Challenge provides over $500 million in funding to support projects that will leverage ingenuity across the country to reduce emissions and generate clean growth. (Source: Gov. of Canada, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Enwave Energy, PRN, 24 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enwave Energy Corporation, (416)392-6838, www.enwave.com; Canada Low Carbon Energy Fund, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate.../low-carbon-economy-fund.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Landfill Gas,  Enwave Energy Corporation,  


    Badger State Gov. Proposes Carbon-Free Energy by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz
    Date: 2019-03-25
    In Minnesota, the office of Gov. Tim Walz (D) is reporting a series of low-carbon, clean energy proposals under which the state would source all of its electric power from carbon-free sources by 2050.The governor claims his proposal differs from other state's proposals in that it calls for partnering with utilities that have set goals for reducing their carbon emissions to zero. Under the governor's plan, each utility would have the flexibility to choose how and at what pace it meets the carbon-free power generation standard.

    The proposal is intended to build on the success of Minnesota's 2007 Next Generation Energy Act requiring Minnesota utilities to source a minimum 25 pct of their electricity from renewables by 2025. The state largely achieved that goal in 2017 thanks to the growth of wind and solar power.

    Even so, the Gopher State still draws the majority of it electricity from coal-fired plants, many of which are being retired and replaced with wind, solar and natural gas which produces less carbon dioxide. (Source: Office of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, infosurhoy, 22 Mar., 2019)Contact: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, https://mn.gov/governor

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    Chinese Researchers Claim Biomass Jet Biofuel Breakthrough (Int'l)
    Aviation Biofuel
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Researchers at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in China report finding a way to convert plant waste from agriculture and timber woody biomass into high-density aviation fuel that can be used as either a wholesale replacement fuel or as an additive to improve the efficiency of other jet fuels. The research was published in the journal of Joule.

    Cellulose, an abundant polymer that forms the cell walls of plants is the main component in the new biofuel. Although the researchers produced the biofuel at a laboratory scale they believe that the process' cheap, abundant cellulose feedstock, fewer production steps, and lower energy cost and consumption mean it will soon be ready for commercial use. They also predict it will yield higher profits than conventional aviation fuel due to lower production costs. (Source: Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, ANI, Green Car Congress, Siasat Daily, 23 Mar., 2019) Contact: Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Ning Li, +86 411- 8437-9598, english.dicp.cas.cn

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    EPA Issuing Partial RFS "Hardship" Waivers for 2018 (Ind. Report)
    EPA, RFS,American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2019-03-25
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will reportedly issue partial waivers to some of the 39 refiners asking for exemptions from the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The agency also notes it will keep granting partial waivers until the end of March and won’t retroactively reallocate those waived obligations.

    According to the American Coalition for Ethanol the EPA's position is "disappointing and has caused a lot of ethanol demand destruction."

    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: American Coalition for Ethanol, EPA, WNAX Radio, 25 Mar., 2019) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org.

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    Wisc. Focus on Energy Grants $65,377 for School Upgrades (Funding)
    Wisconsin Focus on Energy
    Date: 2019-03-25
    In the Badger State, the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program , which is made possible by Alliant Energy and Waupun Utilities, reports the granting of a $65,377 and a matching incentive from WPPI Energy for $23,817 for nergy-saving improvements to lighting, heating and cooling systems at all schools within the Waupun Area School District.

    In 2017-18 the Waupun School District initiated a $36 million energy efficiency and conservation-focused renovation of the district's school facilities. About that time the district applied for energy improvement incentive grants of nearly $90,000 for additional projects. (Source: Wisconsin News, 22 Mar., 2019)Contact: Wisconsin Focus on Energy, (800) 762-7077, www.wisconsinisin.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-K2m2Yad4QIVQuDICh3VeQBLEAAYASAAEgL5wPD_BwE; WPPI Energy, (608) 834-4500, www.wppienergy.org; Waupun Utilities, www.waupunutilities.com

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    Schneider Elec. Scores 2019 Climate Leadership Award (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric,Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
    Date: 2019-03-25
    BOSTON, March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In Boston, global energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric has been recognized for its commitment to carbon neutrality at the 2019 Climate Leadership Awards. The Organizational Leadership award recognizes the company's comprehensive greenhouse gas inventories and aggressive emissions reduction goals as well as its internal response and engagement of its employees, partners, and supply chain to commit to carbon neutrality.

    Schneider Electric is committed to reducing emissions and actively works towards making its operations more sustainable through:

  • Energy productivity -- Participation in the Climate Group's global EP100 initiative that brings together a growing group of energy-smart companies committed to using energy more productively, to lower greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate a clean economy;
  • Renewable electricity -- As a member of the RE100 initiative, Schneider Electric is one of the world's most influential companies committed to 100 percent renewable power;
  • Green Premium integrated offers -- By 2020, Schneider Electric is committed to achieving 75 percent of the Company's global sales under its Green Premium program.

    According to the company's Planet & Society Barometer, which is audited by a third party, Schneider Electric slashed energy intensity by 42 pct between 2005 and 2017, and carbon intensity by 35 pct between 2012 and 2017.

    The Climate Leadership Awards is a national awards program hosted by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Since 2012, the program has honored more than 150 recipients from diverse sectors across the U.S.

    The Climate Leadership Awards is a national awards program that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Since 2012, the program has honored more than 150 recipients from diverse sectors across the U.S. A full list of the award recipients is available here: https://www.climateleadershipconference.org/clc_awards (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 22 Mar., 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.us; Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, www.c2es.org; 2019 Climate Leadership Awards, Climate Leadership Conference, www.climateleadershipconference.org/clc_awards

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  • Ontario Reconfigures Energy Conservation, Efficiency (Reg & Leg)
    Ontario Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-03-25
    The Conservative Ontario Government of Premier Doug Ford has directed the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to discontinue the Conservation First Framework, including the Heating and Cooling Incentive (HCI) program as part of an initiative intended to "reduce costs by centralizing and refocusing energy conservation programs."

    Minister also noted the IESO "will be expected to present an nergy)Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Plan to the government within one month of receiving the Directive. The IESO plan would provide details on the programs, budgets and expected electricity and demand savings for the balance of 2019 and 2020. The IESO's CDM Plan is expected to include the following CDM programs, or equivalent programs, centrally delivered by the IESO:

  • Retrofit Program to provide incentives to businesses for updating old or inefficient equipment (e.g. lighting, motors and variable frequency drives);
  • Small Business Lighting providing assessments and incentives for eligible lighting upgrades;
  • Energy Manager Program to provide funding for a portion of the salary of an energy manager to help identify energy saving opportunities & investments and help secure financial incentives;
  • Process and System Upgrades incentives, tools, and resources to help identify, implement, and validate energy efficiency projects from start to finish;
  • Industrial Accelerator Program to be merged with the Process and System Upgrades program under the new framework to expand the eligibility of that program to include transmission connected consumers;
  • Energy Performance Program providing incentives to businesses for whole building energy improvements;
  • Home Assistance Program providing free home energy assessment and installation of electricity savings measures for income eligible customers;
  • Targeted programs for on-reserve First Nation communities.

    In addition to the Heating-Cooling Incentive Program, the following programs will be discontinued:

  • Business Refrigeration Incentive that provides businesses incentives for the direct installation of product refrigeration equipment upgrade;
  • Audit Funding Program funding for a portion of the cost of a facility energy audit;
  • High Performance New Construction provides design assistance and incentives for building owners and planners who design and implement energy efficient equipment within their new space;
  • Existing Building Commissioning incentives for improving the efficiency of the chilled water system, including, audit, purchase and installation of equipment;
  • Monitoring and Targeting incentives to purchase and install a monitoring and targeting system operational Incentives;
  • Instant Discounts point of purchase incentives at participating retailers for qualifying energy efficient products, including LED light bulbs, light fixtures and power bars;
  • Residential New Construction incentives to improve energy performance and install energy efficient products in new builds. (Source: Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Ontario News, HRAI, 22 Mar., 2019) Contact: Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Hon. Greg Rickford, www.mndm.gov.on.ca/en

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  • Ithaca NY Updates Green Building Policy Report (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-03-25
    Since the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca adopted its final Green Building Policy (GBP) report in May 2018, the city has been preparing for,and is now implementing PhaseTwo: drafting legislation based on the policy recommendations contained in the GBP report.

    To that end the city will continue regular meetings with consultants and working groups; develop details related to off-site location will also be developed and delivered to the Town/City governing bodies for final adoption.

    Download the Ithaca Green Building Policy Final Report HERE. (Source: Town/City of Ithaca, March19,2019) Contact: Town/City of Ithaca, NickGoldsmith, Sustainability Coordinator, ngoldsmith@cityofithaca.org; Ithaca Green Building Policy, www.ithacagreenbuilding.com

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    New Mexico Gov. Inks Energy Transition Act (Reg & Leg)
    New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Last Friday in Albuquerque, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) on Friday inked what is being called "landmark legislation" that will mandate more solar panels and wind turbines to meet the state's new renewable energy goals.

    The measure requires investor-owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives to source at least half of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030, jumping to 80 percent by 2040, rising tp 100 pct carbon-free energy by 2045. Electric co-ops would get a small break and have until 2050 to meet the 100 pct renewables goal.

    According to New Mexico State energy secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst, the initiative is among the world's highest renewable energy quotas.(Source: Las Cruces Sun News AP, 23 Mar., 2019) Contact: Office of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, www.governor.state.nm.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  New Mexico Renewable Energy,  

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