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Templeborough Biomass Power Plant Begins Operation in UK (Int'l)
Copenhagen Infrastructure II
Date: 2019-03-06
Denmark's Copenhagen Infrastructure II (CI II), a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, is reporting its 42-MW, Templeborough woody biomass power facility in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, has begun commercial scale operations. The facility operates under the Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) regime for power, producing renewable power with locally sourced waste wood as fuel.

Babcock & Wilcox Volund and Interserve served as the EPC contractors for the $210.7 million project, while Babcock & Wilcox Vølund is expected to continue as the O&M contractor. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure, Compelo Energy Mar., 2019)Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure,  Biomass,  

Enel to Start Spanish Wind Farm Construction (Int'l Report)
Enel Green Power Espana
Date: 2019-03-06
Enel Green Power Espana (EGP), the renewables unit of Spanish utility Endesa SA, reports it will begin construction of the 34.64-MW Primoral wind farm in Spain this July. The 10-turbine wind farm, which is located in the town of Villamayor de Gallego in the province of Zaragoza, is expected to reach the operation stage in 2020 and generate sufficient electric power for 27,281 households. (Source: Enel Green Power Espana March 4, 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power Espana,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power Espana ,  

First African Floating Wind Farm Launched in Capetown (Int'l)
Marlenique Estate
Date: 2019-03-06
In South Africa, Marlenique Estate, a fruit farm outside of Franschhoek, reports the unveiling of Africa's first state-of-the-art floating solar PV system constructed by New South Energy.

The facility is the first commercially-operated floating solar system on the African continent as well as the largest, at 60kWp.

The first phase of the project also includes the installation of a land-based solar PV system on the farm, allowing the farm to run 90 pct of its cold storage, irrigation and wedding venue facilities off the grid. In the second phase, battery packs will be added to the current set up, removing the estate from the main power grid completely. (Source: Capetown ETC, Mar., 2019) Contact: New South Energy, David Masureik,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Wind,  

BHP Billiton Backs Direct Air Carbon Capture (Ind. Report)
BHP Billiton,Carbon Engineering
Date: 2019-03-06
In the Land Down Under, mining giant BHP has invested $6 million in Squamish, British Columbia-based Carbon Engineering Ltd. The company's "Direct Air" carbon capture technology has the potential to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere on a large scale using huge fans. The company also has Bill Gates as an investor.

The technology, now operating in British Columbia, uses huge fans that draw in air. Fluids in the processing unit then bind to the carbon dioxide molecules in the air. The carbon dioxide can then be concentrated and converted into fuels, or pressurized and injected underground for long-term storage.

According to BHP VP of Sustainability, Dr. Fiona Wild, "direct air capture is very flexible, so it can be used anywhere. And it really has significant potential for scale up, but it requires private sector investment and obviously also policy support, to try and bring it to scale. So that's why we're investing in it." (Source: BHP, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO,,; BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Engineering,  BHP,  CO2,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  Bill Gates ,  

Annual Energy Efficiency Spending Expected to Hit $11.3Bn in 2028, says Navigant Report (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-03-06
North American Utility Energy Efficiency Program Implementation, a new report from Navigant Research analyzes the North American energy efficiency implementation market, providing market forecasts, segmented by energy sector and country, through 2028.

As the global electric power industry shifts toward a cleaner, distributed energy ecosystem , energy efficiency programs are also evolving. Electric energy efficiency in North America is moving to integrate other distributed energy resources (DER) to help ensure grid reliability, meet state and provincial efficiency requirements, and help some localities meet their emissions reduction targets or other energy goals.

According to the report, decreasing technology prices and the possibility of third-party program administration -- vendors and service providers that contract with utilities or other program administrators to manage energy efficiency programs -- are also driving energy efficiency spending. While steady growth is expected to continue through the decade, regulatory inconsistency, tight pricing margins, and a market saturation of energy efficiency technologies present challenges.

The report profiles key energy efficiency implementers and provides recommendations for both implementers and utilities looking to expand their offerings in the evolving energy efficiency space. Report details are available for free download on the Navigant Research website. (Source: Navigant Research, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Navigant,  

UK Carbon Emissions Plunge for Sixth Straight Year (Int'l)
Carbon Brief
Date: 2019-03-06
Further to our 6 February coverage, the UK's carbon dioxide emissions fell for the sixth year in a row last year, the longest continuous run of reductions on record. Emissions fell to 361 million tonnes, their lowest level since 1888, according to analysis by the energy and climate website Carbon Brief.

Carbon Brief estimates emissions were down 1.5 pct on 2017 levels due largely to a continued decline in coal-fired electric power generation -- only 6 pct in 2018, according to the UK Business and Energy Department (Beis). (Source: Carbon Brief, Gibraltar Chronicle, Press Association, Mar., 2019) Contact: UK Business and Energy Department,; Carbon Brief,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Brief,  

Energy Efficiency Rebates, Incentives Offered for Canadian Small Businesses (Ind. Report)
Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna
Date: 2019-03-06
In Ottawa, Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is reporting the Liberal federal government of Prime Minster Justin Trudeau plans to ease the recently mandated carbon price burden on small business with incentives and rebate payments to cover some of the cost of making energy efficient upgrades.

The Minister noted that the government expects to provide at least $1.46 billion over five years to small and medium-sized businesses, including $155 million in the fiscal year starting April 1. Hospitals, municipalities and other community organizations will share at least $727 million over five years, starting with $73 million in 2019-2020 fiscal years.(Source: City News, Various Media, Canadian Press, Mar., 2019) Contact: Office of Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Canada Carbon Tax,  

TPI Questions Global Airlines Emissions Target Commitment (Int'l)
Transition Pathway Initiative
Date: 2019-03-06
In the UK, research from the London School of Ecobomics, Grantham Institute Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) suggests climate targets set by 20 of the world's largest airlines are not in line with internationally agreed targets to limit average temperature rise to below 2C, as set out in the Paris Agreement.

The TPI research found none of the airlines assessed had a clear plan for cutting emissions from flights after 2025, with hopes instead pinned on the industry-wide carbon offsetting scheme under which all emissions growth after 2020 would be offset by carbon credits.

According to the TPI research, aviation currently accounts for around 2 pct of all global CO2 emissions, and around 12 pct of transport emissions. Even so, the aviation industry is expanding and could account for for a quarter of total emissions by mid-century.

The TPI is an investor-led initiative which uses analysis from the LSE's Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment to evaluate how prepared firms are for the coming low-carbon transition. (Source: LSE Grantham Institute, Business Green, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: LSE Transition Pathway Initiative,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Grantham Institute,  Aviation Emissions,  Climate Change,  

HEBioTech W.Va. Resource Recovery Facility Underway (Ind. Report)
BioHiTech Global
Date: 2019-03-06
Chestnut Ridge, NY-based waste management specialist BioHiTech Global, Inc., reports operations are underway at the nation's first HEBioT™ renewable resource recovery facility in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The Company has completed the first phase of plant commissioning including the facility's reception area, overhead bridge cranes, and its primary mechanical sorting equipment. The Company has begun the next phase of plant commissioning and progressing operations, which includes receiving limited amounts of waste and beginning runs of its patented high efficiency mechanical and biological treatment process (HEBioT Process) for producing an EPA recognized solid recovered fuel (SRF). The facility is expected to reach full operations early in Q2 2019.

The Martinsburg Facility is expected to generate $7 million of high margin revenue annually while diverting as much as 80 pct of the waste that enters the facility from landfills. HEBioT solid waste processing technology has been successfully deployed at seven facilities located throughout Europe which currently process in excess of 1 million tpy of solid waste.

BioHiTech Global, Inc. cost-effective technology solutions include the patented processing of municipal solid waste into a valuable renewable fuel, biological disposal of food waste on-site, and proprietary real-time data analytics tools to reduce food waste generation, lower the carbon footprint associated with waste transportation and reduce or virtually eliminate landfill usage. (Source: BioHiTech Global, Inc., PR, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: BioHiTech Global, Inc, . Frank E. Celli, CEO, Rich Galterio, Exec. VP, (845) 367.0603,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioHiTech Global,  Renewable Fuel,  

Neev Fund Backs Punjab Biomass Renewable Energy Firm (Int'l)
Neev Fund
Date: 2019-03-06
Mumbai-based Neev Fund, a $110 million partnership between State Bank of India and UK's Department for International Development (DFID), reports it has invested $5 million (Rs 35.4 crore) in biomass company Punjab Renewable Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd, The funds will be used for the expansion of the company's biomass supply chain in underdeveloped states.

Mumbai-based Punjab Renewable Energy Systems is an end-to-end biomass value chain management company involved in the collection, processing, storage and supply of paddy straw, cotton stalk, soya husk, maize cob and other biomass material for use in biomass-based power plants and process industries including biofuels. (Source: Neev Fund, VCCiRCLE, Mar., 2019) Contact: Neev Fund, Manav Bansal, CIO, +91 22 4921 2800,,; Punjab Renewable Energy Systems, +91 22 2757 0498,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biofuel,  

US Energy Storage Deployments on the Rise (Ind. Report)
Wood Mackenzie
Date: 2019-03-06
According to international consultancy Wood Mackenzie's US Energy Storage Monitor 2018 Year-in-Review, the US added 777 MWh of grid connected energy storage capacity in 2018 -- an 80 pct jump over 2017. The fourth quarter of 2018 alone set a new record for MWh deployed, due in part to large front-of-the-meter (FTM) projects in Hawaii and Texas.

In megawatt terms, capacity additions rose 44 pct to 310.5 MW, with California as the main market. Hawaii, New York and Texas also had a good year.

Wood Mackenzie forecasts annual megawatt deployments in the US of 642 MW in 2019 growing to 4,447 MW through 2024 when it will hit $4.73 billion, according to the market research company. (Source: Wood Mackenzie, U.S. Energy Storage Monitor 2018 Year-in-Review, Mar., 2019) Contact: Wood Mackenzie Power and Research,; Wood Mackenzie, Brett

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  

Vestas Scores 224-MW, US Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-03-06
Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of a 224 MW order for V110-2.0 MW turbines. The order includes supply and commissioning as well as a ten-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. Deliveries are expected to begin in Q3 of 2019 for commissioning in Q4 2019. The project and customer have not been disclosed at the customer's request.

Vestas designs, manufactures, installs and services wind turbines across the globe with 101 GW of wind turbines in 80 countries. (Source: Vestas, PR, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  

Forest Biomass Renewable Fuels Classification Challenged (Int'l)
Bord na Mona
Date: 2019-03-06
In an action filed Monday at the European General Court in Luxembourg, Ireland's state-owned energy company Bord na Mona Plc and six other plaintiffs claimed that classifying forest biomass as a renewable fuel "fatally undermines the goals of the new European Renewable Energy Directive's biomass energy policy."

The lawsuit seeks to remove forest biomass from the EUs Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) which raises the overall EU target for renewable energy sources consumption by 2030 from 20 pct to 32 pct. The plaintiffs contend RED II "ignores the science on forest bioenergy and promotes false climate solutions" and that RED II failed to properly account for the lifecycle carbon emissions from harvesting, producing, transporting, and burning woody biomass fuels.

The case is coordinated by the US-based Partnership for Policy Integrity with input from experts including the Dogwood Alliance; one of more than 30 conservation and environmental justice organizations in the southern US who wrote to the Government, the ESB and Bord na Mona in August 2018 pointing out it was planned that wood used in the Irish power plants would come from their region -- the U.S. North Atlantic Coastal Plain. According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the annual supply gap in wood production for biomass could be up to 1.88 million cubic metres by 2020 and more than twice that by 2025, all of which must be sourced outside Ireland.

According to Dr Mary S Booth, director of the US Partnership for Policy Integrity and lead science advisor on the case, "burning wood for energy emits more CO2 per unit of energy generated than coal but RED II counts these emissions as zero.". (Source: (Source: Bord na Mona, All Things Arb, Agricultural News, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  RED II,  Bord na Mona,  Carbon Emissions,  Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  

BP, Virent, Johnson Matthey Ink Bioforming Tech Deal (Ind. Report)
BP, Virent, Johnson Matthey
Date: 2019-03-06
In London, BP plc reports it and Madison, Wisconsin-based Virent Inc. along with Johnson Matthey have inked an agreement to advance the commercialization of Virent's Bioforming process for the production of bio-paraxylene (PX) -- a vital raw material for the production of renewable polyester.

Virent's Bioforming technology, which is being developed in collaboration with ohnson Matthey, generates drop-in reformate product from renewable sources that can be used to yield renewable fuels and/or processed into lower carbon intensive bio-PX, the feedstock for bio-purified terephthalic acid (PTA), using existing technologies. (Source: BP, Zacks, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: BP plc,; Virent Inc., Lee Edawards, CEO, Jeff Moore, Exec. VP, Operations, (608) 663-0228,; Johnson Matthey,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels,  BP plc ,  Virent,  Johnson Matthey,  

Energy Efficiency Policies Job Creators, says ACEEE (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-03-06
According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Florida -- which ranked 4th in energy efficiency jabs in 2017 -- could gain an additional 135,000 jobs by embracing new policies including: appliance and equipment energy efficiency standards; regular energy audits; greater use of combined heat and power (CHP); and an update of building energy codes; building energy benchmarking and other energy policies.

Specifically, the ACEEE noted that the state should set stronger energy savings goals for their utilities. By setting energy savings at a mere 1 pct per year, they said that alone could give the state more than 100,000 jobs. (Source: ACEEE, Energy Insider, Mar., 2019) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

Emerging Fuels Tech. Amends License with Red Rock Biofuels to Increase FT Capacity (Ind. Report)
Red Rock Biofuels, Emerging Fuels Technology
Date: 2019-03-06
As previously reported, Emerging Fuels Technology Inc. (EFT) has amended their license agreement with Red Rock Biofuels LLC under which EFT will provide its TL*a Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology to provide additional FT capacity for Red Rock's Bio-Refinery in Lakeview Oregon. The amendment doubles the FT capacity to be provided by EFT. The new capacity will be incorporated imediately in the plant which is currently under construction.

EFT is focused on methods for producing synthetic fuels and specialty products from a variety of feedstocks including natural gas, biomass, municipal solid waste (MSW) and bio-derived oils. EFT is one of the world's foremost authorities on FT and related synthesis licensing the core technologies and upgrade packages for 500 to 10,000 bpd applications. (Source: Emerging Fuels Technology Inc., PR 27 Feb., 2019) Contact: Emerging Fuels Technology Inc, Kenneth Agee, Pres., (918) 286-6802, Red Rock Biofuels, Terry Kulesa, CEO, (970) 223-6766,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fischer-Tropsch,  Red Rock Biofuels,  Emerging Fuels Technology,  

Date: 2019-03-05

Pres. Hopeful Running on Defeat Climate Change Ticket (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-03-04
Washington State's Democratic Governor Jay Inslee has announced his 2020 bid for the US presidential nomination, joining a lengthy list of contenders. Mr Inslee, 68, will make climate change his number one issue, calling it "the most urgent challenge of our time."

The two-term governor stressed "I'm running for president because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation's number one priority." (Source: Various Media, Mar., 2019)Contact: Office of Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Jay Inslee,  

Rio Renovables 27 MW Solar Projects Underway (Ind. Report)
Rios Renovables Group
Date: 2019-03-04
Navarre, Spain-based renewable energy specialist Rios Renovables Group reports construction is underway on two solar farms totaling 27 MW in the Spanish municipalities of Geria and Alfaro. The projects, which are expected to come in at a total cost of €24 million ($27.3 million), are expected to generate sufficient electric power for slightly more than 14,000 homes.

Spain's 2021-2030 energy and climate plan calls for 42 pct of the country's energy to be drawn from renewables. CEO Adalberto Rios said that the 2030 target would require the government holding new auctions as the banks need them as a guarantee in order to provide financing. (Source: Rios Renovables Group Contact: Rios Renovables Group, Adalberto Rios, CEO, +34 948 84 00 56, +34 948 840 567 - fax,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rios Renovables,  Solar,  

Shell Joins Rotterdam W2C Project Consortium (Int'l Report)
Air Liquide,Shell,Enerkem
Date: 2019-03-04
Further to our July 17, 2018 report, a consortium comprising Air Liquide, Nouryon (fka AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam is reporting Royal Dutch Shell will join as an equal equity partner in Europe's first advanced waste-to-chemicals (W2C) and biofuels from non-recyclable waste materials facility in Rotterdam.

The planned facility will convert up to 360,000 tpy of waste into 220,000 tpy of biomethanol -- a chemical building block that is used to manufacture a broad range of everyday products, as well as being a renewable fuel.

The consortium was established as a dedicated joint venture company and has begun preparatory work covering detailed engineering and the permitting process. It aims to take the final investment decision (FID) before the year end.

The project, which will use Montreal-headquartered Enerkem's proprietary technology, is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy, the City of Rotterdam, the Province of Zuid-Holland and Innovation Quarter, the regional development agency. The facility's sustainable methanol output will be purchased by Nouryon and Shell. (Source: Shell, Port Of Rotterdam, Hellenic Shipping News,1 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251,,; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833,; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807,; Port of Rotterdam,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Chemical,  Methanol,  Enerkem,  Shell,  Air Liquide,  

Empire State Touting $1Mn Home Energy Rating Pilot (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-03-04
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the availability of $1 million to qualified home energy contractors and home inspectors through a four-phase, multi-year Home Energy Rating Pilot. The Pilot is targeted to four homes and homeowners looking for independent, trustworthy energy performance information. Once approved, qualified contractors and home inspectors will provide the pilot homeowners with home energy performance ratings, including opportunities for improving their energy performance.

Two home energy rating systems will be piloted, one by the U.S. DOE Home Energy Score and the other by Pearl Home Certification, a private residential energy efficiency certification firm.

The pilot program is part of the state's 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund, a core component of New York State's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy. (Source: NYSERDA, T&D World, 28 Feb., 2019)Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  NYSERDA,  

Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2019-03-04
"That's what's at stake here (climate change). A fundamental continuation of life and civilization as we've become accustomed to." -- Washington State Governor Jay Inslee (D) Contact: Office of Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Jay Inslee news,  

Center Daily Times Supports Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-03-04
In State College Pennsylvania, the Center Daily Times publication is lauding Patton Township supervisors for urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass House Resolution 763, Marcellus Shale tax, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. If passed into law, the tax would charge a $15 per ton fee on carbon to be collected by the Treasury Department at the first point of sale -- mines, refineries and gas wells. The fee would by $10 per ton per year with all of the collected funds distributed to each U.S. household in equal monthly per-person dividends.

The bill's supporters claim it is a market-based solution that will drive down carbon pollution and reduce America's carbon emissions by 40 pct or more within 12 years, According to the Centre Daily Times on Feb. 1, 2019, "Pennsylvania is the only major natural gas state that does not tax the product." (Source: Center Daily Times, 2 Mar., 2019) Contact: Center Daily Times,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

China's Shanxi Province Trialing E10 Ethanol Blend (Int'l)
China Ethanol
Date: 2019-03-04
The news Agency Xinhua is reporting North China's coal-rich Shanxi Province will provide ethanol-gasoline E10 blended fuel for trial in Taiyuan, Yangquan, Changzhi and Jincheng cities and is constructing an ethanol gasoline distribution center and remodeling thousands of gas stations in support of the trial project. Subject to test results, the project will be expanded to the entire province from Jan. 1, 2020, according the the government release.

The E10 biofuel pilot is in keeping with China’s plan to cut carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 60-65 pct from 2005 levels by 2030 and raise the share of non-fossil energy use in total consumption to about 20 pct. (Source: Xinhua, 4 Mar., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend news,  Ethanol news,  E10 news,  

EnBW Plans Solar Business, PPA Expansion (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-03-04
Karlsruhe, Germany-headquartered developer-utility EnBW is reporting a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for a subsidy-free solar park to be commissioned by the end of 2020 east of Rostock with developer and operator Energiekontor. The utility also announced plans to build a 175 MW solar park in Weesow-Willmersdorf, Germany. The two projects are in keeping with the company's plans to expand its energy trading and solar power business sectors. The utility presently operates 100 MW of solar power and has 800 MW in the pipeline.

Unlike its larger rivals RWE and E.ON, which have embarked on major corporate restructuring, EnBW has decided against a drastic upheaval, instead focusing on renewables and power and gas grids. (Source: EnBW, Reuters, Economic Times, 3 Mar., 2019)Contact: EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG , Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnBW,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  

Iberdrola Commissions Canary Islands Chimiche II Wind Farm (Int'l)
Date: 2019-03-04
Iberdrola is reporting the commissioning and startup of the €20 million-plus Chimiche II wind farm on the island of Tenerife. The Chimiche II wind farm incorporates seven Siemens Gamesa wind turbines of 80 meters high capable of producing 18.4 megawatts of power, supplying adequate electric power to roughly 15,000 homes.

The Canarian energy mix has grown from 8 pct to 20 pct in three years. (Source: Iberdrola, reve, s Mar., 2019)Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, Xabier Viteri, Dir. Renewables Business,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  

Atmospheric Methane Levels on the Rise Again (Ind Report)
Atmospheric Methane
Date: 2019-03-04
According to a study from the Royal Holloway University of London, atmospheric methane, a greenhouse gas that is approximately 32 pct more potent in terms of trapping heat and causing climate change than CO2, has not been increasing since 1999. But in 2007 the concentration began rising to levels that could imperil the Paris climate accord.

According to the study, about half of all methane emissions are churned out by the human activities including fossil fuel operations, agriculture and cattle farms. (Source: University of London, Canadian Homesteading, Mar., 2019) Contact: University of London, Euan Nisbet, +44 1784 443809,,

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

DEWA Seeking Dubai Concentrated Solar Power Park Developer (Int'l)
Date: 2019-03-04
In a press release, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has issued a request for qualification for developers to construct and operate the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, with a capacity of 900MW. The fifth phase is expected to be commissioned in stages starting from Q2 of 2021.

The 5,000 MW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site strategic solar park of its kind in the world. The 13MW photovoltaic first phase became operational in 2013 using photovoltaic solar panels while the 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park started operations in March 2017. The 800MW photovoltaic third phase will be operational by 2020 while the fourth phase of the solar park will feature the tallest solar tower in the world at 260 metres and the largest thermal storage capacity of 15 hours.

The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 calls for 75 pct of Dubai's total power output to be sourced from clean energy by 2050. (Source: DEWA, reve, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: DEWA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA,  CSP,  Concentrated Solar,  Solar,  

Cricket Proposes 271,556 Panel Culpepper Solar Farm (Ind Report)
Cricket Solar LLC
Date: 2019-03-04
In the Old Dominion State, the Culpepper County Planning Commission reports it is considering Irvine, California-based Cricket Solar LLC's application for a conditional use permit for a 271,556 solar panel, 807 non-contiguous acre solar farm in southern Culpeper County.

The solar installation, which would avoid historical areas and prime agricultural land, would generate an estimated $745,998 in state and local taxes during construction and about $23,000 in rollback taxes. Over the 40-year life of the project would generate more than $1.7 million tax revenue to the county and an estimated $771,464 in total annual lease payments, according to application documents. (Source: Cricket Solar LLC, Culpepper Star-Exponent, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: Cricket Solar LLC,

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EIA Expects US Biofuels Stability Through 2020 (Ind. Report Attached)
Date: 2019-03-04
In its February 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) the US EIA forecasts US fuel ethanol production will remain near current levels, decreasing slightly in 2019 to 1.04 million bpd and increasing to 1.05 million bpd in 2020.

The report also predicts net imports of biomass-based diesel will stay unchanged. Biomass-based diesel production -- excluding renewable diesel -- was about 120,000 bpd in 2018 and grows to 160,000 bpd in 2020. Total biomass-based diesel consumption will increase from an estimated 134,000 bpd in 2018 to 174,000 bpd in 2020.

Download the EIA report details HERE. (Source: US EIA, 1 Mar., 2019) Contact: US EIA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

CCS Proposed for Soon to be Shuttered Coal Plant (Ind. Report)
Acme Equities LLC
Date: 2019-03-04
Acme Equities LLC , a private NY based real estate investment company that focuses on North American energy projects, reports it is aiming to take over the 847-MW New Mexico's San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) and refit the 46-year-old, coal-fired plant with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology.

The plant is presently slated for shutdown in 2022. The addition of CCS technology would cut carbon emissions by an estimated 90 pct and offer the plant another revenue stream with the sale of the captured CO2 for enhanced oil recovery well production.

Acme Equities has reached an agreement with the city Farmington N.M., part-owner of the plant, to keep the SJGS open beyond 2022. Other owners of the facity include Tucson Electric Power, Los Alamos County, and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, along with majority owner Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), all of which have said they do not plan to receive power from the SJGS after 2022. (Source: Acme Equities LLC, Various Media, Mar., 2019) Contact: Acme Equities LLC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  

Oregon Scientists, Researchers Call for Strong Climate Action (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Union of Concerned Scientists
Date: 2019-03-04
In Portland, 71 scientists, economists and public health experts organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) signed an open letter published in The Oregonian and The Register-Guard calling on state legislators to take meaningful climate action this year. The letter notes that although Oregon aims to reduce greenhouse gases to 10 pct below 1990 levels by 2020 and 75 pct by 2050, it is not on track to meet those goals.

Currently under consideration in the state legislature is the Clean Energy Jobs bill (House Bill 2020), which would set a statewide limit on carbon emissions via a cap and invest program. If passed, the proposed law would require about 100 companies, including manufacturers, utilities and fuel suppliers, to meet increasingly lower caps on their carbon pollution.

HB 2020 would accelerate progress on emissions reductions and set a goal of cutting emissions 45 pct below 1990 levels by 2035 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Download the letter and list of signers HERE. (Source: Union of Concerned Scientists, PR, The Oregonian, May, 2019) Contact: Union of Concerned Scientists,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Union of Concerned Scientists,  Climate Change,  

POET, Sioux Falls Extend Landfill Methane Agreement (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-03-04
In South Dakota, the city of Sioux Falls and ethanol producer POET have reportedly agreed to extend their 10-year agreement under which POET pipes methane gas from the Regional Landfill to its ethanol plant in Chancellor where it is used as cleaner fule substitue for oil and petroleum for ethanol production.

Under the original 1o year contract Sioux Falls received about $17 million. The new contract is expected to bring Sioux Falls $12.7 million over the next decade,(Source: POET, Argus Leader, The State, AP, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200,

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Landfill Gas,  Methane,  Ethanol,  

Antigua-Barbuda Ink Minesto Ocean Energy MoU (Intl Report)
Date: 2019-03-04
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda are reporting the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Gothenburg, Sweden-based marine energy developer Minesto AB to supply renewable energy to the Eastern Caribbean.

Under the MoU, Minesto AB will collaborate with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the Antigua and Barbuda Science and Innovation Park on a feasibility study of the use of Minesto's Deep Green technology to provide energy in the Caribbean.

In January 2019, UNOPS opened its first science and innovation center in Antigua and Barbuda to support national and regional innovation in the fields of science and technology. (Source: Minesto, Daily Observer, 4 March., 2019) Contact: Minesto, Dr. Martin Edlund, CEO, +46 31 29 00 60,; UNOPS,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minesto,  Ocean Energy,  

Annapolis Water Treatment Plant Nominated for USGBC Wintergreen Award (Ind. Report)
United States Green Building Council
Date: 2019-03-04
The city of Annapolis, Maryland reports its new water treatment plant is one of nine buildings in Maryland to be nominated as a finalist for a 2019 United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Maryland Chapter Wintergreen Award. The water treatment facility is the largest construction project ever undertaken by the City and its first capital project to receive US Green Building Council LEED Silver Certification.

The water treatment plant green energy infrastructure work includes: three bio-retention facilities;, a permeable paver parking lot; re-circulators for water efficiency and separation for waste water streams; variable frequency drive pumps for maximum energy effic iency; and a data-driven efficiency system to reduce chemical usage. The facility also includes environmental innovations like a low-impact design, a nationally registered Monarch Butterfly Way Station, bike racks and parking for energy efficient cars. (Source: Eye on Annapolis, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News United States Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  

Arizona Utility Expanding Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-03-04
In the sun-drenched southwest, Arizona's largest utility, APS, reports it plans to add 850 MW of battery storage and at least 100 MW of new solar generation by 2025. The additional storage capacity will be equivalent to about 3 million solar panels. APS plans to install six battery systems at existing solar plants in Maricopa County and Yuma by 2020.

Arizona ranks second to California in terms of the size of batteries being used and for generating solar energy, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, for generating solar energy. (Source: APS, Payson Roundup, 4 Mar., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News APS news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  

CABBI Sustainable Crop Byproduct Energy Project Progressing (R&D)
Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation
Date: 2019-03-04
The Urbana, Illionis-based Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) reports that with $115 million in us DOE grant funding, its project to develop energy using sustainable crop byproducts is progressing steadily.

CABBI is working with soy gum, which is converted into products like biodiesel by looking at the gene structure of the plant stem and extracting the oil and gases which can be used directly as biodiesel or further processed into different value-added products,” according to CABBI director Evan DeLuc1a. (Source: Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation, Illinois News Network, 2 Mar., 2019) Contact: CABBI, Evan DeLuc1a , (217)244-1586,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  CABBI,  Biofuel,  

New Delhi Investing in Bamboo Ethanol Plants (Int'l Report)
Bongaigaon Refinery
Date: 2019-03-04
in Delhi, the government-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) reports it will invest Rs 1259 crore ($178 million) over five-years in the Bongaigaon Refinery in Assam, Chirang district to produce 60 million lpy of ethanol using abundant and locally sourced bamboo as a feedstock.

The Bongaigaon Refinery project is additional to a similar bamboo ethanol project which is currently underway. The bamboo ethanol projects are aimed at boosting biofuel use and cutting back crude oil imports. (Source: Bongaigaon RefineryThe Sentinel, Mar., 2019) Contact: Indian Oil Company, Bongaigaon Refinery,,; ONGC Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bamboo,  ,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

St.James Methanol Plant Construction Underway (Ind Report)
Date: 2019-03-04
Following up on our June 13, 2016 coverage, YCI Methanol One LLC, Yuhuang Chemical's $1.85-billion methanol production facility in St. James Parish, Louisiana, reports construction is well underway on the largest greenfield investment in methanol by a Chinese company in the southern U.S.

YCI, a fully owned subsidiary of Yuhuang Chemical Company in east China's Shandong Province, broke ground in in St. James in January, 2017. (Source: Yuhuang Chemical, MENAFN, 2 Mar., 2019) Contact: Yuhuang, YCI Methanol One, LLC, (225) 412-9068,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Yuhuang,  Methanol,  Ouisianna Methanol,  

Engie Acquires French Biomethane Producer (Int'l, M&A)
Engie SA , Vol-V Biomasse
Date: 2019-03-01
French utility Engie SA is reporting acquisition of Vol-V Biomasse, the biomethane producing arm of renewable energy specialist Vol-V SAS.

Saint-Gregoire, France-headquartered Vol-V Biomasse develops, builds and operates bio methane producing power plants with seven units in operation and another three units under development. The acquisition will make Engie France's top biomethane producer with a portfolio of nearly 80 projects.

The utility reports it plans to invest €800 million ($911 million) over the next five years and €2 billion by 2030 in bio methane projects with farmers. (Source: Engie SA, Renewables, 27 Feb., 2019) Contact: Engie,; Vol-V Biomasse, +33 (0)4 11 95 00 30,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Engie SA ,  Methane,  

Northland, Taipower Ink Taiwan Offshore Wind PPA (Int'l Report)
Northland Power ,Taiwan Power
Date: 2019-03-01
Toronto-headquartered Northland Power Inc is reporting a 20-year PPA with Taiwan state-owned electric utility Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) for the 300-MW Hai Long 2A wind project off Taiwan, the first of three schemes totaling 1,044 MW.

Under the PPA, Northland and its Singapore-based project partner Yushan Energy Co Ltd will sell the wind farm's output at a tariff of TWD 6.2795 ( $0.204) per kWh in the first 10 years and slightly less for the remaining period.

The Hai Long 2A scheme is the first of the three Hai Long projects securing a PPA. Contracts with Taipower for the Hai Long 2B and Hai Long 3, are slated for finalization later this year. (Source: Northland Power, Renewables, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Northland Power Inc., (416) 962-6262,; Taiwan Power,; Yushan Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northland Power ,  Wind,  

Spanish Power Snares Swedish Wind Farms Totaling 5 Mw (Int'l, M&A)
Renewable Energy Systems,Spanish Power
Date: 2019-03-01
In the UK, Hertfordshire-headquartered Renewable Energy System Ltd is reporting the sale of two wind projects totaling 51 MW in Sweden to Madrid-based developer Spanish Power SL for an undisclosed sum.

Both projects, the 33-MW Sandtjaernberget and the 18-MW Aengersjoekoelen project, were developed by RES, the parent company of NV Nordisk Vindkraft AB, and have received the necessary environmental permit to begin construction. Together, the two farm's 16 wind turbines will generate sufficient power for approximately 30,000 households. (Source: Renewable Energy Systems, SeeNews, Various Media, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Spanish Power SL, +34 915 31 39 07; Renewable Energy Systems, +44 (0)1923 299 200,

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

Alinta, Vestas Partner Western Australian Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
Alinta Energy,Yandin Wind Farm
Date: 2019-03-01
Vestas is reporting receipt of a 214 MW wind turbine order from Australian utility Alinta Energy for the V150-4.2 MW turbine equipped Yandin Wind Farm. When fully operational, the project will be Western Australia's largest renewable energy power plant providing sufficient energy for 200,000 homes.

Under the terms of the contract, Vestas will also construct the project through an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement as well as operate the facility under a 25-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement.

The Yandin project, which is expected to come online in Q3, 2020, is Alinta's first wind energy project and its largest investment in renewable energy to date. (Source: Vestas Wind Systems , Asia Pacific, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Peter Cowling, Head of Vestas Australia and New Zealand,; Alinta Energy, Ken Woolley, Executive Director of Merchant Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alinta Energy,  Yandin Wind Farm,  Wind,  Australia Wind ,  

125 MW Ohio Wind Farm Wins Siting Approval (Reg & Leg)
Ohio Power Siting Board.
Date: 2019-03-01
Meeting in Columbus, the Ohio Power Siting Board reports its approval of EDP Renewables' Paulding Wind Farm IV LLC planned 37 turbines at its Timber Road IV Wind Farm near Payne, in Paulding County, on the Ohio-Indiana state line.

Construction of the 125 MW project is expected to get underway in Q2 for commissioning and startup in Q4 of this year. The project is expected to generate sufficient power for 125,000 homes. (Source: Ohio Power Siting Board, Kallanish, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ohio Power Siting Board. (866) 270-6772,; EDP Renewables North America,

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DEWA Tendering 900MW CSP Solar in Dubai (Int'l Report)
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority
Date: 2019-03-01
Following up on our November 7, 2018 coverage, the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) reports the issuance of a tender for 900MW of solar power located within the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park -- one of the world's largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) developments.

The tender follows Dubai's regional neighbour Abu Dhabi's 2GW solar tender via the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC). Dubai's Phase V project is due to be commissioned in Q2 2021 and the power generated by the plant will be purchased by DEWA under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). Dubai's Phase V project is due to be commissioned in Q2 2021 and the power generated by the plant will be purchased by DEWA under a long-term PPA. (Source: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Middle East Utilities, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority,

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New CEMEX USA HQ Earn USGBC LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-03-01
CEMEX USA is reporting its headquarters building in Houston has been awarded US Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED gold certification.

The more than 240 000 square-foot of space utilized 20 pct recycled materials and other features to achieve the LEED gold certification. The building accomplished a 52 pct power reduction and all electric equipment meets EPA ENERGY STAR® certification. Water consumption has been reduced by one third with the use of "low-flow" efficient fixtures and nine out of ten work areas receive natural sunlight. (Source: CEMEX, World Cement, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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UMass Boston Facility Attains LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-03-01
Birmingham, Alabama-based university housing and facilities developer Capstone Development Partners LLC reports University of Massachusetts in Boston residence and dining hall have been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification after exceeding their initial LEED Silver target.

The sustainable strategies and project attributes that helped the project achieve LEED Gold certification include:

  • The location of the project site on land that is considered a brownfield redevelopment;
  • A 34 pct water savings was achieved by using low-flow showers, faucets, toilets and urinals;
  • An energy cost savings of 26.8 pct was achieved through the implementation of a high performance building envelope, energy recovery units, hot water efficiency and 100 pct LED lighting; and
  • The selection of cool roofing and hardscape materials to reduce the heat island effect.

    Capstone Development Partners has partnered with over 60 public and private colleges and universities and delivered more than 44,000 beds of student housing nationwide. (Source: Capstone Dev. Partners, PRWEB, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Capstone Dev. Partners, Jeff Jones, Principal, USGBC,USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Leed Gold,  

  • "The Donald" on the Hook for Offshore Wind Challenge (Int'l.)
    Date: 2019-03-01
    In the Highland's, a Scottish court has ruled Donald Trump -- aka "the Donald" -- and his Aberdeenshire golf resort must pay the Scottish government's legal costs following a court battle over an 11-turbine, North Sea offshore wind power project developed by Vattenfall.

    The ruling at the Court of Session stemmed from the case going to the UK Supreme Court in December 2015. The wind farm generated its first power in July last year. The sum involved has not been disclosed.

    In May, 2013, "The Donald" commented on his dust-up and lawsuit with Scottish officials over the offensive offshore wind farm. The Donald ranted that the project would "spoil the view" from his new Trump International Golf Links and 450 room luxury resort hotel, both of which Trump said he'd dump if the highland regulators didn't kill the offshore wind farm.

    With his usual bravado, Trump spouted: "These windmills are as tall as Trump Tower. That's like a massive skyscraper coming out of Aberdeen Bay. Who would spend hundreds of millions of dollars building a hotel when you're looking into a turbine? These are industrial turbines. They make noise. They create shadows."

    "We're suing a country. We're doing very well and I think I'm doing a great service because people in Scotland and many other places didn't know how to fight these things." "It's not going to be an easy battle, but we'll win." Trump trumpeted. (Source: BBC News, Various Others, 28 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Offshore Wind,  

    PNE AG Completes First Swedish Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
    PNE AG
    Date: 2019-03-01
    Cuxhaven, Germany-based developer PNE AG reports completion and sale of the Laxaskogen wind energy project in the South of Sweden to the German private investor Wirtgen Invest Energy GmbH.

    The 7-turbine Laxaskogen project's total installed capacity is 25.2 megawatts. (Source: PNE AG, DGAP-Media , 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: PNE AG, Markus Lesser, CEO , Tel: +49 (0) 40 87933 114, Fax: +49 (0) 4721 718 373,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

    Aussie Scientists Touting CO2- Into-Coal Tech (New Prod & Tech)
    RMIT University
    Date: 2019-03-01
    In the Land Down Under, Scientists at RMIT University in Melbourne are claiming the development of a new way to turn CO2 back into coal -- breakthrough that could pave the way for new carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies with the greatly limited possibility of "leakage."

    According to the researchers, most carbon capture methods involve compressing CO2 into liquid form to be pumped and stored underground. Despite progress, the best carbon capture and storage technologies still aren't economical. They also pose environmental concerns.

    To turn CO2 into coal, scientists developed a liquid metal catalyst that is highly conductive. The conversion process begins by dissolving the captured CO2 in an electrolyte liquid. After a small amount of the catalyst is added, a current is run through the solution. Chemical reactions caused solid flakes of carbon "coal" to separate from the solution. Because the carbonaceous solids are stable, they could be compacted and buried in the ground.

    The process is efficient and scalable, but researchers acknowledge more work is needed before the method can be commercialized, according to the researchers. The research was conducted at RMIT's MicroNano Research Facility and the RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility, with support from the Australian Research Council Centre for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES). The paper is published in Nature Communications -- Room temperature CO2 reduction to solid carbon species on liquid metals featuring atomically thin ceria interfaces -- DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-08824-8. (Source: RIMT University, Nature Communications, UPI, Feb., 2019) Contact: RMIT University, Australian Research Council , Dr, Torben Daeneke, Dr. Dorna Esrafilzadeh +61 3 9925 2000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Sequestration,  Coal,  

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