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Quebec Carbon Market Revenue Exceeds $3Bn (Ind. Report)
Quebec Carbon Market
Date: 2019-03-01
In Quebec City, the Province of Quebec is reporting it raised $215 million at last week's auction of greenhouse gas emission credits that now total more than $3 billion. At last week's auction, roughly 80.9 million vintage credits were sold out at $20.82 each, and around $6 million in future credits were sold at $20.68 each. On the Quebec side, most of the buying was done by the roughly 150 companies required by provincial law to purchase one credit for every tonne of carbon dioxide they emit.

In Quebec, energy and industry produce a relatively small percentage of the province's overall emissions due primarily to the province's reliance on carbon-free hydroelectricity. The transport sector is responsible for more than 40 per cent of the province's carbon dioxide emissions, according to the most recent figures available. (Source: CBC, Various Media, 28 Feb., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Quebec Carbon Market,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Market,  Western Climate Initiative ,  

CropEnergies' Rebooting Teesside Bioethanol Plant (Int'l Report)
CropEnergies AG
Date: 2019-03-01
In the UK, German ethanol producer CropEnergies AG reports it will reopen its wheat ethanol production facility at Wilton, Teeside at reduced capacity this month. The facility uses UK produced wheat feedstock to produce ethanol.

Previously, the plant was mothballed in 2011, two years after opening, due to US competition and dwindling demand. Production restarted in October 2012 but paused again in April 2013 because of rising energy costs and a poor harvest. CropEnergies AG acquired the facility in July 2013, rebooted production the following October, stopped production in early 2015 and restarted again in 2016. (Source: CropEnergies AG, Farmers Weekly, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: CropEnergies AG, +49 621 714 19000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CropEnergies,  Wheat Ethanol,  Ethanol,  

UK Planning Post-Brexit Emissions Trading Scheme (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-03-01
In London, the UK Energy and Clean Growth Minister Hon. Claire Perry is confirming the government is working on plans to develop a "post Brexit" domestic emission trading scheme [ETS) that could link with the existing EU ETS from January 2021. The UK government is hoping to leave the EU with a Withdrawal Agreement that allows it to remain in the bloc's ETS through to the end of the current trading period at the close of 2020 at which time it would establish a domestic ETS that could integrate with the EU scheme,

According to the Minister, the EU would be keen to integrate the two carbon markets, despite the fact formal talks on the issue will not start until the UK has resolved the current parliamentary stand-off over the Withdrawal Agreement. The UK is one of the largest participants in the continent-wide EU ETS which has been widely credited with helping to drive down emissions across the 28-member bloc.(Source: UK Energy and Clean Growth Minstry, BusinessGreen, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: U.K. Energy and Clean Growth Minister,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Claire Perry,  EU ETS,  Aviation Emissions,  

Renewable Dairy Fuels Ups CNG Biogas Production (Ind. Report)
Renewable Dairy Fuels ,Amp Americas
Date: 2019-03-01
Renewable Dairy Fuels Chicago-headquartered parent company Amp Americas reports it plans to boost biogas production by 30 pct at Fair Oaks Farms, the popular agritourist destination in Fair Oaks, Newton County, Indiana. Fairs Oaks Farms presently processes more than 800,000 gpd of cattle manure methane into compressed renewable natural gas that is shipped out through NIPSCO's pipeline system. With the latest expansion, the Fair Oaks operation can produce more than 2.3 million gpy of renewable transportation fuel from dairy waste.

The Fair Oaks Farm is the second-largest renewable natural gas production facility in the country, after the new Renewable Dairy Fuels' operation that opened in Jasper County in August of 2018. Between the two operations, Amp Americas's renewable fuels production capacity stands at approximately 5 million gpy. Amp Americas also operates 20 CNG filling stations nationwide. (Source: AMP Americas,, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Amp Americas, Grant Zimmerman, CEO,, (312) 300-6700, (312) 380-0206 - fax.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Methane,  CNG,  Biofuel,  

Siemens Launches Junelight Home Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-03-01
German engineering giant Siemens is reporting the German launch of its Junelight Smart Battery, lithium-ion battery-based residential energy storage system aimed at maximizing the use and integration of onsite-generated solar energy.

The battery system's predictive charging and discharging procedures are coordinated in line with forecasted weather patterns and expected energy demand. Real-time monitoring is available through a mobile app and the system can be configured up to 19.8kWh capacity if six modular units of 3.3kWh are combined, the company notes.

The Junelight Smart Battery has been certified by VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies for quality and safety, including both manufacturing processes and the system itself. (Source: Siemens, Energy Storage, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Siemens Low Voltage and Products, Andreas Matthe, CEO, +49 (911) 433 78 78,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion Battery,  Siemens,  Energy Storage,  Home Energy Storage,  

MCS Announces Battery Energy Storage Certification (Ind. Report)
Microgeneration Certification Scheme
Date: 2019-03-01
The UK national certification body Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) reports development and planned mid 2019 launch of a certification scheme for battery energy storage systems.

The new battery storage scheme will better equip the industry to roll out energy storage installations whilst ensuring consumer protection following the growing adoption of energy storage technologies to maximize renewable energy and create a flexible UK electric power grid.

MCS is a quality assurance scheme supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It provides the framework for the certification of microgeneration technologies used to produce electricity and heat from low carbon sources.

Download the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) details HERE (Source: Microgeneration Certification Scheme, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: Microgeneration Certification Scheme, Ian Rippin, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy STorage,  Battery,  

Aker Solutions to Assess Possible Oil Refinery CCS Tech (Int'l)
Preem,Aker Solutions
Date: 2019-03-01
Global engineering company Aker Solutions reports it has been selected by Sweden's largest fuel company PREEM to conduct a feasibility study of the technological and economic impact of implementing carbon capture technology at Preemraff Lyekil, Scandinavia's major crude oil refinery.

The scope of Aker's work includes pilot testing of carbon capture from the oil refinery flue gas in industrial conditions. The test is intended to assess the carbon capture process performance such as solvent degradation rate, energy efficiency and percentage of CO2 captured which will be included in the possible later design and implementation of a large-scale capture plant. The feasibility study will include design of a full-scale carbon capture plant for the Hydrogen Production Unit (HPU) at the refinery. (Source: Aker Solutions, Gas World, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Preem, Petter Holland, CEO, +46 (0) 10 459 1000,; Aker Solutions, Oscar Graff , VP, Head of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Preem,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  AKer Solutions,  CCUS,  

SoCalGas Seeks to Offer Renewable Natural Gas (Reg & Leg)
Southern California Gas
Date: 2019-03-01
In the Golden State, Los Angeles-headquartered Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports it has filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) seeking to offer "carbon-neutral" renewable natural gas (RNG) in Central and Southern California.

Under the SoCalGas proposal, millions of Californians would have the option to purchase a portion of their natural gas from renewable sources. The program is expected to create increased demand for renewable natural gas, which should help increase supply and lower its cost over time, similar to what has happened with renewable electricity created from wind and solar power, according to SoCalGas.

A 2016 study by the University of California, Davis found California has the potential to produce approximately 90.6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per year of renewable natural gas from dairy, landfill, municipal solid waste, and wastewater treatment plant sources alone -- sufficient to meet the annual natural gas needs of around 2.3 million California homes. According to the U.S. DOE the U.S. currently produces 1 trillion cubic feet of renewable natural gas every year, and that number is expected to increase to 10 trillion by 2030. (Source: Southern California Gas Company, PR, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Southern California Gas Company, Sharon Tomkins, VP customer solutions and strategy.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  Biogas,  Methane Renewable Natural Gas,  

Lighting Energy Efficiency Standards Under Attack (Ind. Report)
Environment America
Date: 2019-03-01
The U.S. DOE is holding public meetings on its plan to revoke Obama-era rules that required higher energy efficiency standards for lighting. The regulations, which had been scheduled to take effect in January 2020, would have saved twice as much energy as any other efficiency regulation in history. The light bulb standard rollback would result in an additional 34 million metric tons of climate-altering carbon dioxide by 2025.

Environment America's Clean Energy Associate Allie Astor issued the following statement: "The Trump Administration's short-sighted and backward-thinking rollback of these energy saving standards for light bulbs is terrible for the environment. These rules would have eliminated as much pollution as taking 7 million cars off the road. By revoking these important energy saving regulations, we're ignoring the pervasive threats of climate change and environmental degradation caused by our wasteful energy practices. The DOE may be offering a public hearing, but they need to make sure they are listening to all the voices who are against this rollback plan." (Source: Environment Amercia, PR, 28 Feb., 2019} Contact: Environment America, Allie Astor, (303) 801-0581, (202) 683-1250,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Environment America,  

Fiji Submits Low Emission Development Strategy to UNFCCC (Int'l)
Fiji Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-03-01
In the South Pacific, The Government of Fiji reports it is the 11th country to submit its long-term Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) 2018 -- 2050 strategy to the UNFCCC Secretariat.

Fiji's LEDS sets out long-term emission reductions and defines sustainable and resilient economy-wide mitigations pathways until 2050. It also addresses: sector-specific targets and measures; social, economic and environmental dimensions; education, capacity building and awareness raising; and a framework for monitoring and evaluating the LEDS. It is also among of the world's first LEDS to address the Blue Carbon Sector and the island country's mangrove ecosystems.

The LEDS also details Fiji's objective of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all economic sectors, and details the following potential low emission scenarios:

  • a Business-as-Usual (BAU) Unconditional Scenario that would be implemented and financed without reliance on external or international financing;
  • A BAU Conditional Scenario conditional on external or international financing to implement mitigation actions;
  • a High-Ambition Scenario that projects ambitions beyond those already specified, and achieves significant emission reductions by 2050 compared with the BAU scenarios; and
  • a Very High Ambition Scenario that projects ambitions well beyond those already specified, and in which most sectors achieve net-zero or negative emissions by 2050.

    Fiji aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all economic sectors without threatening the country's long-term development objectives. (Source: UNFCCC. Feb., 2019) Contact: UNFCCC, [Fiji LEDS 2018-2050, UN Climate Change, +49 228 815 1000,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNFCCC,  Fifi,  Carbon Emissions,  Blue Carbon,  

  • Google Seeks Wind-Powered Data Center Tax Breaks (Ind Report)
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Minnesota Public Radio reports Google has asked Sherburne County and the city of Becker, Minnesota, for a tax break on a proposed $600 million wind powered data center property in central Minnesota. The tax break would save the company up to $15 million.

    Xcel Energy, would dedicate two new wind farms to power the facility on land next to the Sherburne County Generating Station, a large, coal-fired plant where the Minneapolis-based utility plans to retire most of its generators. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is reviewing the agreements between Google and Xcel Energy. (Source: Economic Times, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Google,  Xcel Energy,  Wind,  

    Rio Reaching for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    C40 Cities
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Rio de Janeiro (pop. 6.7 million) part of the C40 Cities climate action initiative, reports it has committed to reducing its climate changing emissions by 20 pct between 2005 to 2020 as well as becoming carbon neutral by 2050. To that end, COMLURB, Rio's waste management company has declared the conversion of the city's buried municipal garbage into biogas for clean power generation key to the city's carbon neutrality and climate change fight.

    Every day, 10,000 tons of waste are delivered to the city's waste treatment plant in Seropedica, northwest of Rio de Janeiro. The plant turns household and industrial food and yard waste into methane biogas that is sold to industries or to the state's gas company. According to the UN, the world's cities account for approximately 75 pct of the world's CO2 emissions and consume more than two-thirds of the world's energy. (Source: COMLURB, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Feb., 2019) Contact: COMLURB,,; C40 Cities,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  C40 Cities,  

    BioMCN to Produce Renewable Methanol from CO2 (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Amsterdam-based Nouryon (fka AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) and Gasunie New Energy are reporting an agreement to supply green hydrogen to BioMCN for the production of renewable methanol from CO2. the two companies are investigating the possible conversion of sustainable electricity into green hydrogen using a 20-MW water electrolysis unit in Delfzijl, the Netherlands.

    BioMCN will combine hydrogen from the intended facility with CO2 from other processes to produce renewable methanol, a raw material for bio-fuels and a variety of chemical feedstocks. Compared to fossil-based methanol this will reduce emissions by up to 27,000 tpy of CO2.

    According to Gasunie, "Gas infrastructure plays a connecting and facilitating role in the energy transition. We will be transporting different energy carriers, such as hydrogen and green gas, increasingly through our pipelines in the future. As independent network operator we can connect hydrogen from different suppliers for transportation to the major industrial clusters in the Netherlands. This network may have a capacity of 10 gigawatts or more by 2030." (Source: Nourvon, PR, Industry Europe, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: Nouryon, Knut Schwalenberg , +31 88 969 78 09,; Gasuine, +31 50 521 1080,; BioMCN, Soren Jacobsem Managing Dir., +31 (88) 664 7700,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AkzoNobel,  Methanol,  

    Lignocellulose Conversion Bio-Saccharification Technology Touted (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
    Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Date: 2019-02-27
    In China, the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences, is touting "consolidated bio-saccharification (CBS)" a novel strategy for cost-efficient lignocellulose conversion. CBS combines cellulase production and hydrolysis while separating fermentation from the integrated process by taking fermentable sugar as the target product to couple various downstream fermentation processes. Construction of a pilot-scale CBS demonstration is now underway.

    The industrial conversion of biomass to high-value biofuels and biochemicals is mainly restricted by lignocellulose solubilization. Previously, three strategies had been reported for lignocellulose bioconversion -- separate enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation (SHF), simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF), and consolidated bioprocessing (CBP).

    Using the newly developed biocatalyst and optimal conditions, the CBS process was shortened by half using pretreated wheat straw as the substrate. Under such conditions, the sugar yield reached 0.795 g/g and the saccharification level was 89.3 pct .

    The QIBEBT study was published in Biotechnology for Biofuels on Feb 18th and was supported by the Transformational Technologies for Clean Energy and Demonstration program of the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Key Technology Research and Development Program of Shandong, and the Major Program of the Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation. (Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences , Public Release, Feb., 2019) Contact: Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. CUI Qiu, QIBEBT, Chinese Academy of Sciences, +86-532-80662622, +86-532-80662778-fax,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  lignocellulose,  

    PacifiCorp Re-Powering Foote Creek Rim 1 Wind Farm (Ind Report)
    Date: 2019-02-27
    PacifiCorp is reporting the upcoming re-powering of 1998-1999 vintage 68 turbine Rocky Mountain Power Foote Creek Rim 1 wind farm near Arlington with 12 new 2-4 MW turbines. According to conditional use permit documents, work on the estimated $51.7 million project is slated for an April startup for completion within 18 months.

    Another influential factor involves the wind production tax incentive. Per this initiative, if PacifiCorp fails to get construction underway prior to 2020, they will not qualify for 2.4 cents per kWh provided by the incentive. (Source: PacifiCorp, Wyoming News Exchange, 25 Feb., 2019)Contact: PacifiCorp,; Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  PacifiCorp,  Rocky Mountain Power,  

    E.U. Supports French Floating Wind Demo Projects (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2019-02-27
    The European Commission (EC) reports it will provide investment and operating aid to four French floating wind demonstration projects: the Groix Belle Ile project will be located in the Atlantic Ocean, while the other three projects (Golf du Lion, Eolmed and Provence Grand Large) will be located in the Mediterranean Sea. Each will consist of three or four turbines and have a total installed capacity of 24MW.

    The demonstration wind farms will receive both .

    Earlier this year, the U.S. DOE announced up to $28 million in funding for a new floating offshore wind turbines via the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS).

    Navigant Research anticipates that over 69GW of new offshore wind capacity will be installed between 2018 and 2027, exceeding 100GW of operating capacity by 2030. (Source: EC, MarEx, 25 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Floating Wind,  

    InCommodities Plans CO2 Emissions Market Expansion (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-02-27
    In Denmark, Aarhus-based trading house InCommodites reports it will start trading emissions certificates within the next two years, while further expanding its power and gas trading presence across Europe. InCommodities presently trades physical and financial power from day ahead to year ahead in 10 European countries and in six gas markets. (Source: InCommodities, Montel, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: InCommodities, Jesper Severin Johanson, CEO, +45 6915 7575,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Credit,  Carbon Market,  

    Notable Quote
    Green New Deal
    Date: 2019-02-27
    "Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us. It ( the Green New Deal) could be part of a larger solution, but no one has actually scoped out what that larger solution would entail. And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal." -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Dem -NY) Contact: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 929-388-6141, Twitter

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

    Renewable Diesel Complex Planned for Paraguay (Int'l Report)
    ECB Group
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Brazilian investment holding company ECB Group is reporting its planned, $800 million, Omega Green renewable diesel complex is nearing construction startup. The "first of its kind" in South America plant is expected to produce as much as 693,000 gpd of renewable diesel and synthetic paraffinic kerosene from soybean oil extracted with renewable hexane, animal fats and used cooking oil. The plant's production is slated for export.

    Construction is expected to last 30 months for startup and full production in 2022. (Source: ECB Group, Biodiesel, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: ECB Group, Erasmo Carlos Battistella, Pres., +55 54 3632 0800,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Renewable Diesel,  

    Eni Sardinian PV Plant Construction Underway (Int'l)
    Eni New Energy SpA
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Eni subsidiary company Eni New Energy SpA reports construction is underway on a 31 MW PV plant at the Porto Torres industrial site in Sassari in Sardinia. he project is being redeveloped by Syndial, an Eni company providing environmental remediation projects, as part of a broader environmental reclamation project.

    The Porto Torres photovoltaic project is part of the Progetto Italia initiatives launched by Eni in 2016 and will be completed by the end of 2019. This is the second plant built in Eni-owned industrial areas in Sardinia following the construction of the Assemini plant (26 MW), which was completed in 2018.

    The project will contribute to achieving the objectives set out in Italy's Regional Energy Plan and in the National Energy Strategy with regards to decarbonisation and the amount of renewable energy in the energy mix. (Source: New Energy SpA PR, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: New Energy SpA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni New Energy SpA,  PV,  Solar,  

    IEA Web Portal Provides Bldg Efficiency Solutions (New Prod & Tech)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2019-02-27
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) is reporting a new web portal to make innovative technical and market information available to energy and construction professionals. The portal provides actionable insights to policymakers, companies, investors and others to accelerate progress towards cleaner energy.

    The portal takes advantage of the IEA's expertise in tracking energy innovation -- from data on research, development and demonstration (RD&D) to analysis on public and private investment trends; from detailed technology roadmaps to timely commentaries; and from identifying "innovation gaps" to our global technology collaboration network.

    The technologies covered are grouped under power, buildings, transport, industry and energy integration. The content reveals the IEA's estimates of the market readiness of each one in terms of their ability to support the zero-carbon energy revolution.

    Access the portal HERE (Source: IEA, Fiftth Estate Australia, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Energy Efficiency ,  

    Green Paint Slated for UAE Environmental Projects (Int'l)
    UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development
    Date: 2019-02-27
    The UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development reports it is set to use a "Smart Paint" that can absorb carbon dioxide in all of its infrastructure projects.

    The paint significantly reduces carbon emissions. One square meter of the Smart Paint is equivalent to one tree in absorbing carbon dioxide. The paint can also reduce power consumption by up to 25 pct because of its insulation capabilities.

    Going green is a key priority for the ministry and its sustainability initiatives including: recycling asphalt at construction sites; using new technology in developing roads; and installing power-charging stations for electric vehicles at government premises," according to the Ministry. (Source: UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Feb., 2019) Contact: UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development, +971 2 626 2630,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  Energy Storage,  

    Harvard Economists Join Baker-Schultz Climate Change Policy Plan (Ind. Report)
    Harvard Climate Leadership Council
    Date: 2019-02-27
    The Harvard Crimson is reporting more than 3,300 economists, including 27 Nobel Laureates, four former Federal Reserve Chairs, 15 former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers, and two former Secretaries of the Treasury, and several Harvard professors and affiliates, have inked the Economists' Statement on Carbon Dividends calling for a bipartisan climate change solution.

    The economists are specifically supporting the Baker-Schulz plan authored by former Republican U.S. Secretaries of State James Baker and George Schultz in 2017. The statement comprises four main pillars: gradually increasing a carbon fee; returning all proceeds from the fee to Americans via dividends; instituting border carbon adjustments; and eliminating regulations that are no longer necessary upon the fee's enactment. The Economists' Carbon Dividends Plan aims to be a first step in solving climate change through a carbon tax based on basic economic principles. (Source: Climate Leadership Council, Harvard Crimson, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Harvard Climate Leadership Council,; Tackling Climate Change, Harvard University,; Climate Leadership Council,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Leadership Council,  

    Sen. Feinstein Proposes Weak Green New Deal Substitute (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Green New Deal
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Following a confrontation with young people from the Sunrise Movement on Friday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Cal) released a draft resolution calling for a carbon tax and the restoration of Obama-era climate policies. Feinstein's proposal is intended as an alternative to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D) and Sen. Ed Markey's (D) recently released Green New Deal proposal.

    According to the Center for Biological Diversity's senior council Bill Snape, " Senator Feinstein's climate resolution is outmoded and cynical politics at its worst. It's more of the same half-measures and loopholes for polluting industries that have failed us for more than three decades. Feinstein can't hide behind this anemic proposal to avoid supporting the real Green New Deal. She needs to get with it or get out of the way," Snape added.

    The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Bill Snape, (202) 536-9351,,; Sen, Dianne Feinstein, (415) 393-0707, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (929) 388-6141,

    Editor's Note: The New Republic commented on Sen. Feinstein's encounter with school children as follows:

    "The children pleaded with Feinstein to be 'brave' and to think about their future. "We're the ones who are going to be impacted," one girl pleaded. The 85-year-old (Sen. Feinstein) insisted she understood, citing her seven grandchildren, but then dashed the schoolchildren's hopes. "I've been in the Senate for over a quarter of a century." she said, "and I know what can pass and I know what can't pass." Later, Feinstein put out a statement calling climate change one of her top priorities and released a draft resolution of her alternative to the Green New Deal."

    The Green New Deal basically sets goals for measures to cut carbon emissions from electric power generation to transportation to agriculture. The bill calls for a "10-year national mobilizations" toward accomplishing a series of goals, including "meeting 100 pct of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources." The ultimate goal is to stop using fossil fuels entirely, as well as to transition away from nuclear energy.

    Download the complete Ocasio-Cortez,-- Markey Green New Deal proposal HERE.

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

    Total Offshore Wind Capacity Grew 20 pct in 2018 (Ind. Report)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2019-02-27
    The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports the worldwide wind industry installed 51.3 GW of new capacity in 2018 -- 3.6 pct less than the previous year.

    The GWEC's country-by-country breakdown shows China installed the most offshore capacity in a year for the first time, adding 1.8 GW. The United Kingdom came in second with 1.3 GW, while Germany came in third with 969 MW.

    Top onshore markets in 2018 were: China with 21,200 MW followed by the USA -- 7,588 MW, Germany -- 2,402 MW; India -- 2,191 MW; Brazil -- 1,939 MW; France -- 1,563 MW; Mexico -- 929 MW; Sweden -- 717 MW; the United Kingdom -- 589 MW; and Canada -- 566 MW.

    Top offshore markets in 2018: China -- 1,800 MW; United Kingdom -- 1,312 MW; Germany -- 969 MW; Belgium -- 309 MW; and Denmark with 61 MW. The GWEC predicts offshore wind installations in the United States will reach 1 GW by around 2022. (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, Feb., 2019) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council,

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

    1366 Technologies, Hanwha Partner on Direct Wafer® Manufacturing Plant (Ind. Report)
    1366 Technologies, Hanwha
    Date: 2019-02-27
    In the Bay State, Bedford-based Silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies, Hanwha Q CELLS Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. and parent company Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. are reporting the groundbreaking of the world's first production factory to feature the Direct Wafer manufacturing process in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, next to Hanwha Q CELLS' existing cell and module manufacturing facilities. The plant is expected to ramp no later than Q3 2019. (Source: 1366 Technologies, PR, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: 1366 Technologies, Frank van Mierlo, CEO, Laureen Sanderson, (781) 861-1611 x2204,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 1366 Technologies,  Hanwha,  

    PassivSystems Claims Biogas Network Demo Contract (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Berkshire, UK smart energy technology firm, PassivSystems reports it has been contracted to investigate optimization solutions enabling the wider connection of biogas from organic wastes into energy networks.

    Working with partners Wales & West Utilities, Cadent and Costain, PassivSystems will look at how smart pressure control, compression and storage solutions can alleviate network constraints as part of the £2.4 million OptiNet project.

    As part of the OptiNet project, PassivSystems will look at how plug-and-play compressor technology can be used across multiple sites without the need for bespoke modifications.

    Cadent's forecasts suggest that the UK will have sufficient green gas to enable over 120 TWh per year to be injected into the gas network by 2035. (Source: PassivSystems, Waste Management World, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: PassivSystems, Colin Calder, CEO, +44 (0) 1635 525 050,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BiogasBiomethane,  Methane ,  

    IU Claims Three USGBC LEED Gold-Certified Buildings (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-02-27
    The Indiana University Bloomington is reporting receipt of three LEED Gold certifications for buildings in the past few months, bringing the campus total to nine. The School of Public and Environmental Affairs addition, Ray E. Cramer Marching Hundred Hall and Hodge Hall all received gold certification in late 2018 and early 2019, reaffirming the university's commitment to ensuring all new construction receives a minimum LEED Gold certification or higher, as laid out in the IU Bicentennial Strategic Plan.

    Contributing solutions like public transportation access, use of open spaces, water use reduction, efficient mechanical systems, installation of LED lighting, diversion of construction waste from landfills and recycling programs earn LEED certification points. (Source: Inside IU Bloomington, Feb., 2019) Contact: IU Bloominton, (812) 855-4848,; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency ,  

    TEC's ND School Energy Efficiency Installations Underway (Ind. Report)
    Smartcool Systems
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Vancouver-headquartered Smartcool Systems Inc is reporting its wholly owned subsidiary, Total Energy Concepts (TEC) Inc. is installing a full suite of energy efficiency technologies at St. Mary's Central High School in Bismarck, North Dakota. The upgrades include Smartcool's proprietary technology, LED lighting, voltage conditioning and other optimization technologies.

    The TEC installations are expected to increase the school's energy efficiency and reduce monthly power and maintenance expenses by over 40 pct -- approximately $3,000 per month.

    Smartcool Systems Inc. ECO3, ESM and ECOHome retrofit technologies reduce the energy consumption of compressors in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems by up to 40 pct. Total Energy Concepts (TEC) is a leader in Power Protection, Energy Management, Power Quality, Facility Grounding, and Lighting Solutions and takes a holistic approach to energy efficiency with proprietary technologies for power factor correction and third party technologies including LED, voltage conditioning and intelligent motor controls. (Source: Smartccol, InvestorIntel , 26 Feb., , 2019) Contact: Smartcool, (604) 669-1388,; Total Energy Concepts, (218) 393-2143,

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    Bio-En Power Adds ORC to Ont. Anaerobic Digester Plant (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Technologies,Woolwich Bio-En
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Costa Mesa, California-based Clean Energy Technologies (CETY) is reporting the installation of a Clean Cycle II Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) unit at Elmira, Ontario-based Bio-En Power Inc's anaerobic digester power plant in Woolwich, Ontario. The plant utilizes two Jenbacher JGC420 generators to produce 1426 kW of electricity each, as well as waste heat.

    CETY's Clean Cycle II ORC utilizes the plants wasted heat lost to the atmosphere through the exhaust stream to essentially produce free electricity resulting in an expected annual electrical savings of 769,149 kWh.

    CETY's proprietary heat recovery systems are 140kW and are right in the sweet spot where user's needs are the highest. CETY is also excited about entering the large high rise market with its first installation slated for the 1540 Broadway high rise building in Manhattan, according to the company. (Source: Clean Energy Technologies, PR, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: Clean Energy Technologies, Kam Mahdi, CEO , (949) 273-4990 Fax Number: (949) 273-4990;Bio-En, Power Inc., (519) 669-3777. (519) 669-5982 -fax,,

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    Higher Biomass Pellet, Power Output Ups DRAX Earnings (Intl)
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Reuters notes UK power producer Drax Group Plc is reporting a 9 pct bump in full-year core earnings thanks to higher woody biomass pellet production and increased power generation from its biomass-fired power station near Selby in North Yorkshire. (Source: euronews, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: DRAX , Will Gardiner, CEO,

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

    Acciona, Madrid Ink Municipal Bldg. Energy Efficiency Deal (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-02-25
    In Spain, the city of Madrid's reports it has inked an agreement with Acciona for a project aimed at enhancing the energy management and energy efficiency of 400 municipal buildings. Under the agreement, Acciona will provide real-time energy consumption information and enable management of energy consumption in schools, offices and other municipal facilities.

    Acciona will initially perform a baseline audit to ascertain current energy consumption. The buildings will subsequently be monitored to obtain energy consumption data in real time. The captured data will be organized and processed at the ACCIONA Building Control Centre where it will be analyzed around the clock. The resulting information will enable the city to respond to alerts of anomalous consumption and provide information with which to enhance operations and detect inefficient consumption patterns.

    Acciona will draw on the data for measures such as the implementation of specific efficiency measures, the swapping-out of obsolete and inefficient items of equipment, and the installation of control and automation devices. (Source: Acciona, Construction Index, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Acciona, +34 91 663 28 50, Fax: +34 91 663 28 51,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Central Asia's Largest Solar Power Plant Underway (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-02-25
    In the capital city of Astana, the government of Kazakhstan is reporting the launch of a 307,000 panel, 100 MW solar power installation -- sufficient power for 10 of the country's small cities. The $137 million solar energy plant is privately funded by a group of European companies.

    Presently, 33 large investment projects totaling $2.7 billion are being implemented in the region. Seventeen of the projects are being executed with foreign participation and some of the investors have already expressed a desire to continue cooperation with Kazakhstan which is aiming to source 30 pct of its power from renewable energy sources by by 2030. (Source: The Astana Times, AKI Press, 23 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

    WindEurope Reports on EU Wind Energy Growth, Capacity (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-02-25
    In its annual report, WindEurope notes that in 2018 16.7 GW of wind projects reached a final investment decision -- 12.5 GW onshore and 4.2 GW offshore -- 45 pct more than in 2017. Funding for the new wind energy investments rose to €26.7 billion (£23.2 billion), 20 pct more than a year earlier. h report also notes the cost of generating electricity from wind power fell to €1.59 million per MW in 2018 from €1.93 million in 2017.

    However, the report distinguishes between finance for future projects over the next few years and farms actually installed, saying the amount of capacity newly installed last year fell. According to WindEurope's CEO Giles Dickson, "Last year was the worst year for new wind energy installations since 2011 ... 12 EU countries didn't install a single wind turbine last year."

    In 2018, the 28 EU member nations plus Switzerland, Norway and Turkey, added 11.7 GW for 32 pct less than in 2017.

    In total, 189.2 GW of wind power capacity is now installed in Europe,accounting for 18.4 pct of the EU's total installed power generation capacity. (Source: WindEurope, euronews, Reuters, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: WindEurope, Giles Dickson, CEO, +32 2 213 1890,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope,  Wind,  

    USGC Wins $14Mn for Feed Grains, Ethanol Promotion (Funding)
    U.S. Grains Council
    Date: 2019-02-25
    The Washington, D.C. headquartered U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is reporting receipt of almost $14 million in funding from USDA's Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) Program to help expand the organization's global footprint and dramatically increase its promotion for ethanol and other feed grains products. The program is part of a larger "trade aid" package in the wake of new tariffs and global market uncertainty.

    The Council was awarded just under $14 million from the one-time program, which granted a total of $200 million for organizations working in overseas market development for U.S. agriculture and food products Much of the funding will be used to dramatically expand the Council's ethanol programs, which it coordinates with corn and sorghum checkoff organizations, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association, as well as USDA.

    The funding will build upon existing market development and marketing programs operated with support from Council members and USDA through the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development program. (Source: US Grains Council, PR, 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: U.S. Grains Council, (202) 789-0789, (202) 898-0522,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Grains Council,  Ethanol,  

    Apex Pulls Lake Ontario Island Wind Application (Reg & Leg)
    Apex Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-02-25
    In the Old Dominion State, Charlottesville-based wind and solar energy specialist Apex Clean Energy reports it has withdrawn its certificate of environmental compatibility application for the 30-turbine, 110 MW Lake Ontario, Galloo Island Wind project.

    The project was broadly opposed over environmental and bird life concerns. A previous proposal for the site was also abandoned due to environmentalist opposition. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, Oswego County News, 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Dahvi Wilson, VP Public Affairs, Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Apex Clean Energy,  Wind,  

    NRDC Calls Coal vs. Renewables Political Divide Fake News (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Date: 2019-02-25
    The following is from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): "New polls show that all Americans -- Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike -- want to close the book on our dirtiest fossil fuel. From a political standpoint, defending coal consumption is harder than ever. Coal is far and away the dirtiest fossil fuel there is in terms of carbon emissions and regular old air pollution (and its messy mining practices certainly aren’t helping its reputation). And when you factor in health care costs, environmental costs, and costs to local communities in the form of reduced tourism and property values, coal is also a real loser economically speaking -- especially in relation to natural gas and renewables like wind and solar.

    "Still, lawmakers from coal-producing states and members of the current presidential administration have long attempted to justify their defense of coal on the grounds that it's more than a fossil fuel -- it's a way of life. This has been a reasonably effective tactic, up to a point. If you're trying to neutralize the arguments of those who want to see coal phased out of the U.S. energy diet, the best way to do so is to play the culture card: Point to all the people who rely on the coal industry for a regular paycheck and appeal to their sense of history and heritage.

    "But this last line of defense -- 'Renewables may be all the rage in San Francisco or Seattle or wherever, but where I come from, the people still love coal and always will' -- may not be effective for much longer.

    Two recently released reports show how public sentiment regarding coal and renewables has shifted dramatically in recent years. One of them looks at attitudes at the national level; the other explores them in the historically coal-friendly state of Ohio. Both spell trouble for the future of an industry that's already, by nearly all accounts, on its last legs.

    "The University of Michigan's National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) is a biannual survey of public opinion surrounding issues of climate and energy policy, providing perhaps the best snapshot we could ever hope for in regard to how Americans stand on subjects like coal, renewables, climate science, geoengineering, a carbon tax, and a host of other climate-related topics. Late last year, to commemorate its 10th anniversary of publication, NSEE released a trove of reports that illustrate just how much public opinion has changed on these matters over the past decade.

    "One of them in particular should strike fear into the hearts of the coal industry's dead-enders and spark joy in the hearts of the rest of us. It shows that between 2016 and 2017, the number of Americans who strongly support a coal phaseout increased 11 percentage points, from 18 pct to 29 pct. In that same one-year period, the number of Americans who oppose a phaseout fell by the same amount. Remarkably, in states with active coal mines, strong support for a phaseout rose even more: by 13 points. Just as remarkably, this trend seemed to cut across political lines, rising among Democrats, independents, and Republicans. Among the last group, strong support for a phaseout actually increased by 5 percentage points, whereas the number of Republicans who strongly oppose it fell by 14 points.

    "Another NSEE report provides a perfect complement. As more Americans announce their willingness to say goodbye to coal, they're also saying hello to the opportunity presented by renewables. This report reveals that 88 pct of Americans are in favor of increasing the use of solar energy in their state, and 82 pct feel the same about wind energy. Here, too, there's real bipartisan buy-in, with 79 pct of Republicans getting behind solar and 72 pct getting behind wind. What's more, the numbers show that a sizable majority of Republican, Democratic, and independent respondents support requiring and/or subsidizing renewable energy production at the state level. Nearly two-thirds of Republicans surveyed -- 64 pct -- said they like the idea of a state renewable energy requirement; even more amazingly, 65 pct of them said they have no problem with boosting the nascent renewables sector through subsidies.

    "But an even more eye-opening poll is making news too. An organization with a somewhat eyebrow-raising name, the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum, released the results of a survey last week suggesting that support for renewables is no longer a politically exploitable issue. In a survey of 400 Ohioans who self-identify as conservative, two-thirds of respondents said they believe their state needs to diversify its energy portfolio by having at least half of its energy come from renewable sources. Nearly the same percentage of respondents said they were more likely to support a politician who voted for or otherwise expressed support for renewable energy or energy efficiency legislation. "Ohio, just as a reminder, ranks 11th in coal production among U.S. states, and its coal industry supports about 33,000 jobs. It also ranks fourth among states in coal consumption.

    "For too long, it's been too easy for lawmakers and administration officials to claim that by kowtowing to the coal industry's wishes, they were simply doing right by voters. It's getting harder. The gap between the interests of average Americans and the interests of coal-company executives is getting wider every day. And solar and wind are wedging their way in. (Source: NRDC, 22 Feb., 2019) Contact: NRDC, Jeff Turrentine

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

    Energy Efficiency Cuts Oregon Prison Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Energy Trust of Oregon
    Date: 2019-02-25
    The 1985 vintage, 500,000 square-foot Washington State Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton reports it is the only prison in the nation to earn the U.S. DOE 50001 Ready designation and using global best practices to save energy and save approximately $300,000 a year on energy costs.

    Since 2011 the prison upgraded insulation, upgraded and installed boilers, and invested $82,000 to upgrade all perimeter lighting with LEDs. The LED project was partially funded by the nonprofit Energy Trust of Oregon covered $32,000 of the LED upgrade costs. Energy Trust has given EOCI more than $383,000 in cash incentives for energy saving and energy management initiatives and projects since 2006. (Source: East Oregonian, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution,; Energy Trust of Oregon, (503) 493-8888,; US DOE 50001 Ready,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LEDs,  Energy Trust of Oregon ,  

    Mass. House Speaker Touts $1Bn Climate Change Initiative (Reg & Leg)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-02-25
    In the Bay State, House Speaker Representative Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) on Friday announced GrrenWorks, a plan to invest $1 billion over 10 years to help Massachusetts cities and towns adopt climate-friendly technology. If the plan is approved by the Legislature, the money would be bonded, which means it would be borrowed, then paid back over a period of years.

    The program is being tagged GreenWorks after a similar program called MassWorks which funds local infrastructure projects. Under the GreenWorks program, cities and towns would apply for competitive grants for specific projects related to energy efficiency, clean energy and climate change resiliency -- ie school building energy efficiency upgrades, renewable energy and energy storage projects. (Source: Mass. Representative, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, MassLive, 22 Feb., 2019) Contact: Mass. Speaker Robert DeLeo ,

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    BIMCO Calls for "Realistic" Maritime Emissions Reduction (Int'l)
    Baltic and International Maritime Consultative Organization
    Date: 2019-02-25
    The Denmark-headquartered Baltic and International Maritime Consultative Organization (BIMCO) notes that the forthcoming Fourth International Maritime Organization (IMO) Greenhouse Gas Study should not include "unrealistically high GDP growth projections to determine the future level of shipping industry emissions."

    BIMCO wants the next IMO study to ignore Scenarios 1 and 5 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Shared Socio-economic Pathways (SSP) because they are based on unrealistic short- to mid-term economic growth projections. According to BIMCO, "The previous [IMO] study's most pessimistic projection of a 250 pct increase in CO2 emissions from shipping has since proven to be totally unrealistic, given the actual and projected economic development of the world, Unfortunately, the 250 pct projection has frequently been used as a stick against the shipping industry and to shape regional policy. BIMCO wants to avoid that happening again."

    BIMCO claims a new report by the CE Delft consultancy uses a more realistic GDP growth forecast to project a reduction of 20 pct against a goal of 50 pct by 2050. Acknowledging the 30 pct shortfall in emissions reduction "We will need new solutions, in addition to traditional efficiency measures, to reach the 2050 target. But to pick the right solutions, we need realistic projections." BIMCO says.

    BIMCO has 2,000 members in more than 120 countries representing shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents. (Source: Baltic and International Maritime Consultative Organization, Project Cargo Global, Feb., 2019) Contact: BIMCO Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Sec. Gen., +45 44 36 68 00, +45 44 36 68 68.,

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    Church of England Enters the Climate Change Fray (Int'l Report)
    Church of England
    Date: 2019-02-25
    On Friday in the UK, the Church of England's governing body, the General Synod, overwhelmingly -- 279 to 3 -- passed a motion calling for individual church for dioceses to focus on reducing their environmental impact. In a statement, the Church said it "recognizes the escalating threat to God's creation from global warming" and its obligation to step up its efforts to combat climate change.

    The move includes a commitment for every diocese to have an environmental programme which is led by a member of the bishop's staff. The possibility of a standard tool to monitor CO2 emissions in churches, cathedrals and church halls will also be explored in order for the church to help meet its target of reducing emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

    The motion was introduced by the Bishop of Truro, Philip Mounstephen, who said "Climate change cannot be a matter of indifference for any of us and we cannot underestimate the seriousness of this. Behind this motion is a fundamental desire to see us, as a church, recover our prophetic edge. For that to happen I believe we need prophetic people to stir us up."

    With approximately 25 million adherents worldwide, the Church of England is the established church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior cleric, although the Monarch is the supreme governor. (Source: Church of England, Yorkshire Post , 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: Church of England;

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    Tallahassee Plans 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2050 (Ind Report)
    Date: 2019-02-25
    In the Sunshine State, the city of Tallahassee reports it is joining Dunedin, Gainesville, Largo, Orlando, St. Petersburg and Sarasota in aiming for 100 pcy renewable energy by 2050. The City presently operates a 20MW solar farm with an additional 40MW underway. A 60 MW solar array is expected to come online in 2020.

    The city's solar measure was developed through a coalition of organizations looking toward energy solutions. The goal is for both the public and private utility users to move toward 100 pct sustainable energy with the city producing as much if not more clean energy as is being used. Any unavoidable use of non-renewable energy would be balanced by the export of clean energy. (Source:, Tallahassee Democrat, 23 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Solar,  

    Trump Considers Contentious Climate Committee Appointment (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-02-25
    The Washington Post is reporting President Donald Trump may put climate-denying physicist William Happer at the head of the proposed Presidential Committee on Climate Securitywhich would evaluate whether climate change poses a national security threat.

    Happer is the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at Princeton University, a veteran of the George H.W. Bush administration, is connected to fossil fuel companies including ExxonMobil, has acknowledged accepting payment for testimony from from Peabody Coal, and presently serves as Trump's deputy assistant for emerging technologies on the National Security Council.

    Happer is also known for his comment: "The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews." "There's no reason for climate hysteria. I don't think it's a problem at all, I think it's a good thing." (Source: Washington Post, Wikipedia, Media Matters, EVLONDO COOPER, Blog, , 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: William Happer, (609) 258-3020, (609)258-2168 -fax,

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

    Global Microalgae Market Insights 2019-2027 (Ind Report Available)
    Date: 2019-02-25
    The recently released Global Microalgae Market Insights 2019-2027 report gives a powerful source to assess the Microalgae market and other critical subtleties identifying with it. The investigation unveils the total assessment and real details of the Microalgae market. The report displays a rudimentary example of the Microalgae market, that involves applications, arrangements, industry chain structure, and definitions.

    Yhe report also identifies and profiles markets and major industry players -- DIC Corporation, Cyanotech Corporation, Algaetech Group, TAAU Australia worldwide.

    Review Global Microalgae Market Insights 2019-2027 report details HERE and HERE. (Source: Market Research Store,Times of Market, 24 Feb., 2019)Contact: Market Research, +49 322 210 92714, (855) 465-4651 -- US and Canada,

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    Balkans Energy Efficiency Scores Additional EU Funding (Int'l) Report)
    EU,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-02-25
    In Brussels, the European Union (EU) reports it is providing an additional €30 million ($34 million) under the EU Regional Energy Efficiency Programme (REEP) to support energy efficiency initiatives and programs in the Balkans -- Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.

    The additional support brings the EU's contribution to the programme to €80 million and it further leverages 6.5 times more of financing via International Financial Instruments. The fund will be extended through the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF).

    The 2013 REEP programme is a joint initiative of the EC, bilateral donors and beneficiary countries cooperating under the WBIF. The program , which promotes and supports energy efficiency efforts, was implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in concert with the Energy Community Secretariat. (Source: EU, SeeNews, Twitter, 23 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Funding,  EU,  

    Ontario Leads in Canadian LEED Certified Projects (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council.
    Date: 2019-02-25
    The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual List for Top 10 Countries and Regions has ranked Canada second for LEED certified projects internationally.

    Canada has the largest number of certified projects outside the U.S. with 3,254, according to the Canada Green Building Council. Ratings by province are Ontario, 3,015; Quebec, 1,643; British Columbia, 1,571; Alberta, 1,194; Atlantic Canada, 378; Manitoba, 282; Saskatchewan, 129; and Territories, 24. (Source: USGBC, Feb., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Snomish PUD Pledges Energy Efficiency, Green Energy (Ind. Report)
    Snohomish County Public Utility District
    Date: 2019-02-25
    In Everett, Washington, the Snohomish County Council reports it has unanimously approved transitioning to 100 pct "clean, renewable" energy for government operations by 2045. To that end, the Council has committed to reducing energy consumption through retrofits, upgrades to LED lighting, improved energy efficiency and the installation of solar panels with energy storage capacity on county buildings. The PUB will also develop a clean energy plan and adopting a construction policy that will require all new county facilities be built to US Green Building Council LEED gold energy efficiency standards. The PUD resolution also calls for establishing a fund to pay for energy conservation retrofits and upgrades.

    To tackle the county's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, the transportation sector according to the resolution, the county plans to develop a policy to build a "green" vehicle fleet.

    The move was proposed and supported by the Snohomish County chapter of The Climate Reality Project, Sierra Club, 350 Everett and the statewide group Environment Washington.

    Snohomish County is the fifth government in Washington state to set a goal of 100 pctclean energy, after Edmonds, Whatcom County, Bellingham and Spokane, according to Environment Washington. (Source: Snohomish County Public Utility District, HeraldNet, Everett, Washington, 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: Snohomish County Public Utility District,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Snomish PUD,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

    APS Plans 850MW Solar Battery Storage (Ind. Report)
    Arizona Public Service
    Date: 2019-02-25
    US-based electric utility Arizona Public Service (APS) is planning to add battery storage to its fleet of solarpower plants, as well as build solar facilities with storage. As part of the initiative, the company plans to add 850MW of battery storage and at least 100MW of new solar generation by 2025.

    Large-scale solar plants owned by APS across the state will be upgraded with 200MW of battery storage systems. A team from Invenergy, an Illinois-based energy company will install six new battery systems at solar plants in Maricopa County and Yuma by 2020, with the balance to be complete by 2021. The utility is also planning to construct 500MW of solar storage and standalone battery storage by 2025 as part of its long-term clean-energy transition objective. (Source: APS, PowerTech, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Arizona Public Service Company,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Public Service,  Solar,  Energy Sorage ,  

    Aussie PM Expected to Announce $2Bn Emissions Fund (Int'l)
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison
    Date: 2019-02-25
    In the Land Down Under, Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Lib) will reportedly announce a new $2 billion 10-year Climate Solutions Fund aimed at cutting emissions and fighting climate change.

    The new fund , which will extend the Abbott government's 2014 "direct action" Emissions Reduction Fund, will partner with farmers, local governments and businesses to deliver practical climate solutions to reduce emissions. The new climate solutions package is intended to ensure Australia meets its 2030 target of lowering emissions by 26 to 28 per cent by 2030. (Source: Armidale Express, Australian AP, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Prime Minister Scott Morrison,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Austalia,  

    NOIC Seeking $1.5Mn for Ethanol Storage Project (Int'l Report)
    National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe
    Date: 2019-02-25
    In Epworth, the National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe (NOIC) reports it is seeking approximately $1.5 million to complete the construction of two ethanol storage tanks at its Mabvuku depot in Harare.

    According to the company, an acute shortage of foreign currency has stalled the completion of the tanks, which have a combined storage capacity of six million litres. The project was supposed to be in full swing by December 2018. the Zimbabwean government is promoting ethanol blending to cut the cost of petroleum imports amid worsening foreign currency challenges. T that end, the mandated ethanol- unleaded gasoline bland rate was raised from 15 pct to 20 pct ethanol (E20). (Source: National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe, The Standard, 24 Feb., 2019) Contact: National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe, Wilfred Matukeni, CEO, +263 4 748 518,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Ethanol Storage,  

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