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Minneapolis Considers Energy Benchmarking, Efficiency Ordinance (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2019-02-06
In the Gopher State, the city of Minneapolis officials are reportedly considering a new energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance requiring apartment and home sellers to complete two additional inspection tests and provide energy-efficiency information to potential renters and purchasers. Initially, the ordinance would apply to private residences and multifamily buildings of 50,000 square feet or more.

The ordinance also requires owners of sub-50,000-square-foot apartment buildings that meter each unit's energy consumption to submit data to a utility-created portal that will be available in 2021. The result will allow renters to compare the energy performance of buildings, using an annual per-square-foot measurement. The city's energy ordinance aims to upgrade 75 pct of the city's homes by 2025.

City officials believe building owners with low-performing properties would be more open to utility and city efficiency programs to reduce their energy use. Portland, Oregon; Austin, Texas; Berkeley, California; and Boulder, Colorado are among the cities with similar programs. (Source: City of Minneapolis, Finance & Commerce, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Minneapolis, Kim Havey, Sustainability Manager, 612-673-3666,,

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

Viking Cold Offers Refrigeration Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-02-06
Houston-headquartered thermal energy storage specialist Viking Cold Solutions reports it will work with energy provider Constellation to offer its commercial and industrial refrigeration customers access to Constellation's unique Efficiency Made Easy® (EME) energy conservation program.

The EME program helps businesses implement optimal energy conservation measures, such as Viking Cold's TES systems, with no upfront capital expenditure. The cost for the upgrades is included in the monthly charges that appear on their Constellation power and gas supply bills.

In 2018, Constellation EME customers collectively saved 80,000 MWh of electricity and prevented the emissions of 36,000 metric tons of CO2, according to Constellation.

Viking Cold's application of Phase Change Materials combined with intelligent controls and 24/7 remote monitoring increases energy efficiency an average of 26 pct and adds time-of-use flexibility to avoid demand-based pricing for up to 13 hours. (Source: Viking Cold, Constellation, PR, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: Viking Cold, James Bell, CEO, Collin Cooker, VP Sales,, (281) 687-0919,; Constellation, Dave Snyder, (410) 470-9700,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Thermal Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  Constellation,  

Wind Energy Capacity Installations Rising in the Americas (Int'l)
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2019-02-06
According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) shows North, Central and South America together installed 11.9 GW capacity of wind power in 2018,up 12 pct on 2017. In North America (Canada and USA) new capacity additions grew by 10.8 pct compared to 2017. In Latin America new capacity additions jumped 18.7 pct compared to 2017. The GWEC also notes:
  • the wind energy industry supports over 160,000 jobs in North America -- CanWEA and AWEA stats;

  • Brazil installed 2 GW of added wind farm capacity during 2018 and auctioned further capacity at world beating prices of as low as $22/MWh;

  • Mexico installed almost 1 GW of new wind turbines capacity, the highest capacity additions ever and now has a total capacity of 5 GW. The country expects to reach its target of generating 35 pct of its power capacity through renewables before 2024;

  • the North American offshore wind power market continues to develop with supply chain planning taking place, tenders for offshore leasing zones being conducted (Massachusetts), JV formations (EDF and Shell for New Jersey leasing zones) and industry players establishing offices (MHI Vestas). (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: GWEC, Ben Backwell, CEO,

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

  • Tesla Seeks Purchase of Maxwell Technologies {M&A, Ind. Report)
    Tesla, Maxwell Technologies
    Date: 2019-02-06
    US energy storage and EV specialist Tesla is reporting an all-stock exchange offer for all of ultracapacitor manufacturer Maxwell Technologies Inc common stock at $4.75 per share. More specifically, each share of Maxwell common stock will be exchanged for a fraction of a Tesla common share. The transaction is valued at $218 million, according to media reports.

    Maxwell's energy storage solutions are applied in renewable energy, automotive, heavy transportation and backup power and other applications.

    The deal os subject to Maxwell shareholder and regulatory approvals. (Source: Tesla, Various Media, Feb., 2019) Contact: Maxwell Technologies, Dr. Franz Fink, Pres., CEO, (617) 236-0500,; Tesla, Tesla Power Pack,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maxwell Technologies,  Tesla,  Energy STorage,  

    Final UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions National Statistics: 1990-2017 (Int'l Report Attached)
    UK GHGs
    Date: 2019-02-06
    The attached report from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy provides the final estimates of UK greenhouse gas emissions going back to 1990.

    Estimates are presented by source every February, and updated every March to include estimates by end-user and fuel type and are thus reallocated in accordance with where the end-use activity occurred. This reallocation of emissions is based on a modelling process: for example, all the CO2 produced by a power station is allocated to the power station when reporting on a source basis. But when applying the end-user method, these emissions are reallocated to the users of this electricity, such as domestic homes or large industrial users.

    For the purposes of reporting, greenhouse gas emissions are allocated to a small number of broad, high level sectors as follows: energy supply; business; transport; public; residential; agriculture; industrial processes, waste management; land use and forestry.

    Download 2017 UK Greenhouse Gas Emission Statistics HERE.

    Access the UK National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory HERE. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy , Feb., 2019) Contact: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Glimate Change,  

    Lafarge Cement Wins Energy Management Certification (Ind. Report)
    Lafarge Cement
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Following up on our 12th Jan. 208 coverage, part of leading construction materials supplier Aggregate Industries, Lafarge Cement reports it has achieved BS EN ISO50001:2018 in Energy Management Systems. The certification was awarded after the company demonstrated its ongoing commitment to energy efficiency.

    To qualify for the certification,companies must demonstrate continuous improvement in reducing the energy intensity of their operations. To that end, Lafarge Cement set up its own dedicated taskforce and met specific targets in monitoring and verifying energy performance against measurable outcomes. (Source: Lafarge Cement, World Cement, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: Lafarge Cement, Barry Hope, Director , Rob Cumming, Environmental Director, (403) 292-1555,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lafarge Cement,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  

    AB InBev Touts UK LNG Fuel Pilot to Cut Emissions (Int'l)
    AB InBev
    Date: 2019-02-06
    International brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) reports it is trialing liquified natural gas (LNG) in its UK delivery vehicles run out of its UK brewery in Samlesbury, Lancashire. The company is launching a two-week pilot to reduce CO2, nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions by using natural gas, the most environmentally friendly fuel for deliveries.

    The pilot will be closely monitored to quantify environmental and cost savings and, if successful, AB InBev has pledged to put LNG fueled tractors on the road permanently. The pilot is expected to deliver emissions reductions of up to: 15-80 pct of CO2 (mission dependent); 60 pct of NOx; 99 pct of PM; and 19dbs of noise pollution.

    Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV is a multinational drink and brewing holdings company based in Leuven, Belgium. Additional main offices are located in São Paulo, New York City, London, St. Louis, Mexico City, Bremen, Johannesburg and others. (Source: AB InBex, SHD Logistics, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: AB InBev,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  Alternative Fuel,  

    Ullico Snares BlackRock's Ontario Solar Portfolio (M&A Report)
    Date: 2019-02-06
    US investment manager BlackRock Inc. reports it will sell a four-plant Canadian solar energy portfolio in Ontario to Washington, DC-headquartered insurance company Ullico Inc. The portfolio includes solar farms with long-term stable cash flows and fixed feed-in tariff (FiT) and PPAs with the province's Independent Electricity System Operator.

    The acquisition is Ullico's sixth solar sector investment. Financial details have not been disclosed. (Source: Blackrock, Feb., 2019) Contact: BlackRock,; Ullico, 202.682.0900,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BlackRock,  Solar,  

    NEXT Renewable Fuels, Shell Trading Ink Supply Contract (Ind Report)
    NEXT Renewable Fuels
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Oregon-headquartered renewable fuels producer NEXT Renewable Fuels Inc is reporting a long term agreement to supply renewable diesel to Houston, Texas-headquartered Shell Trading (US) Company. Shell Trading (US) Company is a corporation that acts as the single market interface for Royal Dutch Shell companies and affiliates in the United States.

    NEXT Renewable Fuels will fulfill the contract with diesel produced at its $1-billion, 600 million gpy facility presently under construction in Port Westward, Oregon. The plant is slated for commissioning in 2021.

    NEXT's renewable diesel is produced from used cooking oils, animal tallows and other 100 pct renewable feedstocks. (Source: NEXT Renewable Fuels, Renewables, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: NEXT Renewable Fuels,; Shell Trading (US) Company,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels ,  Renewable Fuels,  

    NextEra Awaiting NEB. Solar Project Feasibility Report (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Portland, Oregon-headquartered NextEra Energy Resources reports it is considering construction of a 423-MW solar park in Nebraska, which if constructed, will be the largest one in the state, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

    The company has inked a lease agreement for a site in Pierce County and is seeking an interconnection agreement with the Southwest Power Pool, the operator of the regional electric grid and wholesale market. Construction could get underway in 2022, subject to the study results. (Source: NextEra Energy Resources, Renewables Now, 5 Feb., 2019_ Contact: NextEra Energy Resources,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources ,  Solar,  

    BHP Commits to Marine Biofuels (Int'l Report)
    BHP, Goodfuels
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Australian global mining giant BHP reports it has taken on a blend of 30 pct biofuel and 70 pct marine diesel oil on the chartered capesize bulk carrier Frontier Sky, owned by NYK. Using the blend will cut CO2 emissions by 50 tonnes (26.2 pct) compared to conventional marine diesel oil (MD)O.

    The biofuel was a drop-in, marine gas oil equivalent derived from used cooking oil feedstock, offering a CO2 emission reduction of 87.4 pct compared to MDO. The fuel was supplied by GoodFuels through logistics company Varo Energy.

    NYK aims to cuts its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 pct -- on a tonne-km basis -- by 2030 and 50 pct by 2050, compared with 2015. (Source: BHP, Hellenic Shipping News, Marine Propulsion, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability, +61 3 9609 3333,,; GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Biofuel,  BHP Billiton,  GoodFuel,  

    EPA Sued Over RFS "Hardship" Exemptions (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2019-02-06
    The NAFB is reporting Growth Energy has filed a petition in the Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals challenging theUS EPA's failure to address small refinery "hardship" exemptions in its 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) rulemaking, which was issued late in 2018. "The filing calls for greater accountability from EPA to ensure that every renewable fuel obligation is fulfilled as the law intended," according to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor.

    The EPA has a deadline of November 30th each year to issue their RVOs, which establish the required total volume of renewable fuel to be blended with transportation fuel for the upcoming calendar year. In July of 2018, the industry found out that in previous years, the EPA had been granting an unprecedented amount of small refinery exemptions to numerous refiners. The EPA made no apparent effort to publicly identify the refineries that received the exemptions. In the petition, Growth Energy is challenging the EPA's failure to reallocate the renewable volume obligations of exempt refiners, according to Growth Energy. (Source: NAFB, Growth Energy, 6 Feb., 2019) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  "Hardship" Waiver,  EPA,  Growth Energy,  

    UK Carbon Emissions Drop 38 pct since 1990 (Int'l. Report)
    UK Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-02-06
    In the UK, according to an analysis by the climate research site Carbon Brief the UK's carbon emissions are now 38 pct lower than they were in 1990 and, although emissions were largely 'offset' by a rise in imports until the mid 2000s, that no longer holds true as embodied emissions in imports have also been falling since 2007. Carbon Brief credits a mix of cleaner renewable energy generation and an overall, general drop in energy demand for bringing down emissions.

    The Carbon Brief analysis also suggests that under a business-as-usual scenario, population growth would have actually resulted in a 25 pct increase in emissions between 1990 and today. (Source: Carbon Brief, Treehugger, Feb., 2019) Contact: Carbon Brief,

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

    Veracity of Australia's Emissions Cuts Questioned (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2019-02-06
    In the Land Down Under, CSIRO, the Australian research agency is questioning the environmental benefits claimed under the Emissions Reduction Fund (Fund), the Liberal government of Prime Mister Scott Morrison's main climate policy, raising concerns that Australia is overstating its contribution to the fight against climate change. Even so, the Fund is expected to receive up to $1 billion in federal funds over three years as the government seeks to neutralize claims it is failing to address the potential dangers associated with climate change.

    The Fund was introduced by the Tony Abbott government in 2014 after it abolished the previous Labor government's carbon tax. Abbott is perhaps best remembered for his comment "climate change is a load of CRAP." The $2.55 billion Fund pays businesses, landowners and others to reduce carbon emissions or capture and store carbon that already exists in the atmosphere.

    About half the carbon abatement pledged under the fund -- or 95 million tonnes -- relates to farming projects that use one of two native revegetation method that are presently being examined by a government-appointed committee. has been examining the performance of the revegetation methods. In a joint submission to the committee, CSIRO and the NSW Department of Primary Industries question whether all emission reduction claimed under the methods were genuine and whether existing revegetation successes are attributable to funded projects or to increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations or the changing climate.

    The agencies also noted "uncertainty" in the carbon accounting model used to measure abatement under the two methods, which also lacked "underpinning research" to support its predictions. Under the scheme, estimates of abatement should be conservative. However the CSIRO and the department expressed "particular concern" over a reliance on "subjective assessments by project proponents" of factors such as the effect of grazing on carbon stocks. (Source: CSIRO, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: CSIRO, 1300 363 400, +61 3 9545 2176,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Abbott,  CSIRO,  Carbon Emissions,  Australia Climate Change,  

    NIPSCO Planning Three Indiana Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
    Northern Indiana Public Service
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Merrillville, Indiana -headquartered utility Northern Indiana Public Service (NIPSC) reports it plans to construct three wind farms totaling 300 wind turbines generating 800 MW of power in Benton, Montgomery, Warren and White counties, Indiana.

    The new wind farms are in keeping with the utility's effort to shift away from coal-fired power by the year 2028. The three planned wind farms are expected to come on line in late 2020. (Source: NIPSCO, Journal Gazette, AP, 4 Feb., 2019) Contact: Northern Indiana Public Service,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Northern Indiana Public Service,  NIPSCO,  Wind,  

    $400Mn Lake Kivu Methane Gas Project Finds Investors (Int'l)
    Gasmeth Energy
    Date: 2019-02-06
    In Kigali, privately held Gasmeth Energy Limited reports it will invest $400 million or more $400 million in the construction and maintenance of a methane gas extraction processing and compression project in Lake Kivu. The Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB) and Rwanda Development Board (RDB )are also participating in the project.

    When fully operational, the Kivu 56 project is expected to supply 56 MW of power to Rwanda's national grid under a 25-year concession agreement. Two private investors -- Contour Global and Symbion Power -- are currently extracting methane gas from Lake Kivu.

    Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, and is in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika. (Source: Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board, Gasmeth Energy, New Times, Feb., 2019) Contact: Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  

    Barriers to Maximizing the Value of Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources -- California Solar & Storage Association White Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
    California Independent System Operator
    Date: 2019-02-06
    "The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) have developed various programs that allow distributed energy resources (DERs) to compete with traditional generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure to provide capacity and ancillary services.

    "Customer-sited, or behind-the-meter (BTM), resources can provide multiple grid services at the distribution and transmission levels,1but numerous barriers have hindered the efforts of the CPUC and CAISO to enable BTM resources to provide these services. This report builds on several documents that industry stakeholders have produced for staff in the CPUC's Energy Division describing these barriers."

    Download the Barriers to Maximizing the Value of Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources White Paper HERE. (Source: California Solar & Storage Association, Feb., 2019) Contact: California Solar & Storage Association,; California Independent System Operator,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Independent System Operator ,  

    Alliance BioEnergy Reports Debt Restructuring Effort (Ind. Report)
    Alliance BioEnergy Plus
    Date: 2019-02-06
    In the Sunshine State, West Palm Beach-based Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. reports that a number of "former insiders" will subordinate over $2 million in debt so that repayments are only due out of future profits. The company also renegotiated down other smaller debts and continues to renegotiate additional obligations.

    According to the company release, two disputes remain outstanding, one with the Company's former Controller and the other with a lender, Lucas Hoppel. Alliance has filed counterclaims, which management believes have merit, against both of these parties. Details are available at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, Case number 18-23071.

    Alliance BioEnergy +, Inc. is a publicly traded company focusing on the commercialization and licensing of a patented cellulose conversion technology that it controls through a master license agreement with the University of Central Florida, via its affiliate Carbolosic, LLC. Carbolosic holds the exclusive, worldwide license to 4 issued patents and 15 filed and pending patents revolving around the core Cellulose-to- Sugar (CTS) technology. ALLM also holds the exclusive CTS rights to North America and Africa. (Source: Alliance Bioenergy Plus, Inc., PR, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: Alliance Bioenergy Plus, Ben Slager, CEO,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance BioEnergy Plus,  

    Siemens Gamesa Confirms 202 MW Spanish Wind Turbine Contract (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports it will supply 63 wind turbines totaling 202 MW capacity to seven wind farms located in the provinces of Navarra, Valladolid, Zaragoza, Malaga and Cadiz. The deal is for five different Spanish customers and includes operating and maintenance (O&M) services.

    Of the total, 42 of the 63 wind turbines will be of the SG 3.4-132 model, 16 are SG 2.6-114 turbines and the remaining five will be the SG 2.6-126 model. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

    EU Geothermal Energy, Metals Extraction Project Advancing (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    The EU is reporting its Horizon 2020 for Research & Innovation project to create and develop innovative technology that combines the production of geothermal energy with extraction of metals from the geothermal liquid in a single, interlinked process has now entered its final phase. Part of the 42-month Horizon 2020 programme, the Combined Heat Power and Metals (CHPM2030) technology project was intended to lower the costs and reduce the environmental impact of energy production while lessening European dependence on imported raw materials.

    The project was divided into eight interconnected "work packages" including: system integration; integrated sustainability assessments; road mapping and preparation of pilot test study areas in Portugal, Romania, Sweden and the UK in order to pave the way for a long-term wider rollout of the CHPM technology.

    The results and preliminary outcomes will be presented to the public on May 23, 2019 in Delft, the Netherlands at the final CHPM2030 conference. (Source: CHPM Europe, Industry Europe, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: CHPM Europe,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  

    Vaisala Introduces Biogas Measurement Instrument (New Prod & Tech)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    Finnish environmental and industrial measurement specialist Vaisala Oyi has introduced its MGP 261, the world's first in situ 3-in-1 biogas measurement instrument for measuring methane, carbon dioxide and humidity in demanding environments, according to the company.

    The MGP261 multigas measurement instrument gives continuous readings of methane (CH4), carbon dioxide (CO2), and water vapour directly in the biogas process pipeline. The product is optimized for biogas production processes, such as anaerobic digestion (AD) of waste from agriculture, industries and municipalities, and the utilization of landfill gas (LFG). The MGP261 is based on Vaisala's patented CARBOCAP technology, the company says. The product will be available in Q2, 2019.

    Reliable and accurate in-line monitoring enables optimization of the production process by reducing operating costs and improving the efficiency of a biogas plant. (Source: Vaisala, PR, Bioenergy, Feb., 2019) Contact: Vaisala, Sampsa Lahtinen, Exec. VP Industrial Measurements,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vaisala,  Biogas,  CO2,  Methane,  

    SolGreen Debuts Casini™ Solar Power Hub (New Prod & Tech)
    SolGreen® Solutions Corp
    Date: 2019-02-04
    SolGreen is reporting the introduction of its outdoor mobile solar charging system to Bowie State University, in Prince George County, Maryland.

    The SolGreen® Casini™ Power Hub features a patented powerful PVSE system built in a sleek outdoor case that can integrate with most existing outdoor Bus Shelters and will immediately begin offering Grid Free solar powered mobil devise charging services services to its new users. the SolGreen Casini will also power Lighting and Wi-Fi signals to bus stations in remote locations such as stadiums and outdoor waiting areas.

    This revolutionary first-of-its-kind technology will debut at Bowie State University just 5 years after another successful first-of-its-kind SolGreen® technology, the Evodia Solar Table was installed at the campus in 2014. (Source: SolGreen Solutions, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: SolGreen Solutions, (833) 765-4733,,; Bowie State University,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    Malaysian Transportation B10 Biodiesel Mandate in Force (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    The Government of Malaysia is reporting the implementation of the B10 biodiesel mandate for the country's transport sector went into full force on Friday, February 1, 2019.

    The B10 program initially kicked off on December 1, 2018 while the B7 blending mandate for the industrial sector will begin from July 1, 2019. Implementation of the B10 mandate is expected to increase demand for biodiesel by 100,000-250,000 mty. (Source: Gov. of Malaysia, Platts, Various Media, Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Malaysia Biodiesel,  B10,  Biodiesael,  

    MBP Solutions Leads in UN Global Compact Climate Change Sustainability (Int'l)
    UN Global Compact Climate Change
    Date: 2019-02-04
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    More Low-Carbon Energy News UN Global Compact Climate Change,  

    Offshore Wind Engineering Masters Degree Offered (Ind. Report)
    Tufts University
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In Medford, Mass., Tufts University is reporting a new Master's Degree program in Offshore Wind Energy Engineering -- the first graduate program of its kind in the U.S. The three-semester program, which focuses on structural and geo-technical engineering, builds on Tufts' School of Engineering's connections with America's nascent offshore wind energy industry, the school says.

    The Master's Degree covers: offshore wind site characterization and permitting; infrastructure and transmission; and foundation design and monitoring.

    The Tuft's program director, Prof. Eric Hines, served as a partner at LeMessurier Consultants before joining Tufts. LeMessurier provides engineering support services to construction firms and architects. Prof. Hines notes that the UK, the Netherlands, and Spain have expressed interest in hiring the Tufts program graduates. (Source: Tufts University, PR, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: Tufts University, Prof. Eric Hines, Program Director, 617-627-2281,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  

    Hamilton Advancing Wastewater Plant Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In Montana, the City of Hamilton -- pop. 4,750 +- -- reports it is moving forward with its planned solar power project to be installed at the Hamilton Wastewater Treatment Plant. The system is expected to generate up to 50kW of electricity and offset 5-10 pct of the treatment plants yearly electric costs.

    The project is being funded through the NorthWestern Energy Efficiency Plus (E+) Renewable Energy Program. The program is established with the Universal System Benefits Program funds collected from all NorthWestern Energy customers in Montana. (Source: City of Hamilton, Ravalli Republic, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Hamilton, Dominic Farrenkopf, Mayor, (406) 363-2101 ext. 213,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    gridIMP Touts iDSR System for Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In the UK, the Bridgwater, Somerset Energy Innovation Centre-based energy efficiency and management firm gridIMP Ltd. is touting its "intelligent Demand Side Response" (iDSR) system. The system connects with an existing building management system to assess and control energy usage patterns in response to calls from the National Grid for more energy at peak times.

    The National Grid's Demand Side Response is a scheme where companies are incentivized financially to lower of shift their electricity needs at peak times.

    The gridIMP technology has been installed at the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre (SEIC) with the support of a grant from Sedgemoor District Council. As the volume of data collected by the gridIMP Hub grows, the system will increasingly enable full, intelligent automation of DSR, removing the burden placed on management teams. (Source: gridIMP Ltd., Bridgewater Mercury, Feb., 2019) Contact: gridIMP Ltd., Richard Ryan, Commercial Director, +44 1749 372198,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

    ReneSola Finds Hungarian, Polish Solar Project Financing (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    Solar project developer ReneSola Ltd reports it has arranged a bridge financing agreement with Eiffel Energy Transition Fund for its photovoltaic projects in Hungary and Poland. Under the terms of the agreement, Eiffel Energy Transition Fund will finance ReneSola's 41.3 MW projects in Hungary and 55MW projects in Poland in the amount of €13,428,000.

    Eiffel Investment Group is an asset manager specialized in businesses financing. Eiffel invests in European corporate credit through listed markets, private debt and online lending platforms. The group manages approximately €2 billion and offers companies a wide range of financing solutions. (Source: ReneSola Ltd., PE, 3 Feb., 2019)Contact: ReneSola Ltd, Josef Kastner, VP, Willy Lin, CFA, +86 (21) 6280-9180 x155,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ReneSola,  Solar,  

    Innogy's Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm Now On Line (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In Wales, Innogy is reporting its 32.8-MW, 16-turbine Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm is now generating renewable energy for the first time. By the end of the year, the fully operational project is expected to generate sufficient power for as many as 22,600 average Welsh homes.

    Through the construction of Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm, together with Clocaenog Forest and Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm, Innogy will have invested £270 million in new renewable energy infrastructure. (Source: South Wales Guardian, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: Innogy, Tim James, the project manager at Innogy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innogy,  Wind,  

    Dubai Solar-Powered Green Hydrogen Project Breaks Ground (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In a press release, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is collaborating with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and has broken ground for the first solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The project will be constructed at DEWA's outdoor testing facilities in the Research and Development Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. (Source: DEWA, Emirates News Agency , 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: DEWA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Hydrogen,  DEWA,  

    CAVU Lauds N.Mex. Commitment to U.S. Climate Alliance (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Climate Alliance,
    Date: 2019-02-04
    New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) is being applauded for he leadership in taking her state into the U.S. Climate Alliance and for adding New Mexico to the growing list of states pledging to embrace the necessary and ambitious goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The Governor specifically tagged methane capture and the crucial role that methane capture will play in the fight against climate change.

    The most recent report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights the narrow twelve-year window we have to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Because of its potency as a greenhouse gas, regulating methane emissions is one of the most promising ways to make dramatic short-term changes to the atmosphere that could be the difference between manageable climate impacts and disastrous ones.

    CAVU (Climate Advocates/Voces Unidas), has worked to inform a wide audience about the the impacts of methane emissions to New Mexico. (Source: Climate Advocates/Voces Unidas, New Mexico Public Radio, 2 Feb., 2019) Contact: Climate Advocates/Voces Unidas,; U.S. Climate Alliance,; New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Climate Alliance,  Methane,  Methane Emissions,  

    Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium USGBC LEED Certified (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In Atlanta. the 2-million-square-foot, 2017-vintage Mercedes Benz Stadium arena reports it was the first U.S. professional sports stadium to achieve US Green Building Council Platinum LEED certification.

    The Mercedes-Benz Stadium LEED qualifying features include: 82,500 square feet of LED lighting, which lasts 10 times longer than standard lighting and reduces energy use by up to 60 pct;

  • 4,000 onsite solar panels can generate 1.6 million kWh , sufficient power for 10 Atlanta Falcons games;
  • an advanced storm water management system that can store over 2 million gallons of water to reduce flooding risk to surrounding areas;
  • 48 EV charging stations, and others.

    The NFL recently announced a membership with the Green Sports Alliance, an organization aimed at encouraging green and renewable practices at sporting events. (Source: USGBC, Greenroofs, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: Green Sports Alliance,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

  • Energy Efficiency Key to Concord N.H. Energy Plan (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency,Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In New Hampshire, the city of Concord Energy and Environment Committee reports the release of the first draft of its renewable energy and energy efficiency plan calling for the city to source 100 pct of it energy from renewables by the year 2030.

    Highlights of the draft plan include: Energy efficiency -- "the cheapest unit of energy is the one you don't use" -- is the guiding principle behind the plans for energy efficiency in the Capital City of 43,000 +- residents. As a whole, Concord consumes 390 million kWh of energy each year. To bring that figure down, the plan calls for the city and its community to cut consumption by encouraging and incentivizing weatherization. The plan also encourages the city to prioritize energy conservation efforts, like switching the streetlights to LED and having all city buildings US Green Building Council LEED certified or meet LEED standards without going through the certification process. (Source: City of Concord, Concord Monitor, 2 Feb., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; City of Concord, Tom Aspell, City Manager, 603-225-8570,

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

    Argentina, EU Settle Biodiesel Imports Dispute (Int'l. Report)
    Biodiesel, Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops
    Date: 2019-02-04
    The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops (UFOP) is reporting European oilseed producers are the losers due to the decision of the representatives of the EU Member States in the Trade Defence Instruments Committee (TDI), according to UFOP.

    The UFOP criticises the Committee's approval of the Argentine Government's proposed "price undertaking" agreement, allowing Argentinean biodiesel producers to export around 1.2 million tpy of biodiesel duty-free to the EU an amount equal to 10 pct of the EU’s annual biodiesel consumption. This market access is coupled with compliance with a minimum import price, which is to be calculated on the basis of monthly average soy bean oil prices.

    UFOP fears that as a result of the procedure for setting the minimum import price, the details of which are still unknown, market access will be ensured through a price level which will have an overall negative effect on the EU biodiesel price and consequently on oilseed producer prices. (Source: UFOP, Petrol Plaza, Feb., 2019) Contact: Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops,

    Schneider Elec. Launches Int'l Innovation Ventures Program (Int'l)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2019-02-04
    Global energy efficiency and management services company Schneider Electric is reporting the launch of Schneider Electric Ventures aimed at identifying, promoting and supporting innovation that can contribute to sustainability and energy efficiency in the future. The company has committed to invest between €300 and €500 million over the next years in incubation projects, partnerships with entrepreneurs and specialized funds. Some projects are already underway including six companies.

    Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the indisputable leader in Power Management -- Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. Schneider provides integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  

    Tesco Invests €3Mn in Stores' Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    UK supermarket retail chain Tesco Ireland reports it drew nearly €3 million from the Ireland Energy Efficiency National Fund (IEENF) to upgrade heating and lighting systems across seven retail outlets nationwide. The upgrades are expected to cut each out's electric lighting costs by as much as 60 pct.

    IEENF provides loan financing to both private and public organizations in order to support the delivery of energy-efficiency improvement programmes. This joint government-private fund allows energy projects to proceed, with the savings generated used to repay the Fund, which generates a margin.

    The IEEF is a commercial corporation regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and primarily funded by private investors with the government holding a minority position. (Source: Tesco,, Feb., 2019) Contact: Ireland Energy Efficiency National Fund,; Tesco,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesco,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Plant Based Biomass Products Council Launched (Ind. Report)
    Plant Based Products Council
    Date: 2019-02-04
    The newly formed Plant Based Products Council (PBPC), a group of organizations working to promote the adoption and use of products derived from renewable biomass, has reported its official launch. The industry organization will seek plant-based solutions and bring together government, nonprofit, and corporate entities to address environmental challenges while driving economic opportunity.

    The new council's membership includes businesses of varying sizes from across the United States that produce, distribute, or sell products or packaging from renewable biomass inputs as well as organizations that made related public sustainability commitments.

    Members include Tate & Lyle, Georgia-Pacific, Archer Daniels Midland, and Cargill, Ingredion, WestRock-Multi Packaging Solutions, Stone Straw, Loliware, Visolis Biotechnology, Newtrient, Future iQ, Emerald Brands, Hemp Road Trip, Hemp Industries Association, and Tree Free Hemp.

    The PBPC advisory board includes GreenBlue, Californians Against Waste, International Conservation Caucus Foundation, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Professor Ramani Narayan, of Michigan State University's Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science.

    According to the council's website, plant-based products are derived from sustainable biomass found on six continents. Feedstocks include agricultural residues, algae, bamboo, cassava, dent corn, palm leaf, rice husk, soybeans, sugar beet, sugarcane and wood. (Source: PBPC, Feb., 2019) Contact: PBPC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Bioplastic,  

    S. States Face Worst Climate Change Impact, says Study (Ind. Report)
    Brookings Institution
    Date: 2019-02-04
    According to a recent report from the Washington, DC-based Brookings Institution, Alabama and other southern states are expected to see a huge economic impact as rising global temperatures wreak havoc on the environment. This is especially true in coastal areas as climate changes and natural disasters, like hurricanes, become stronger and more frequent.

    The report finds that "Alabama will suffer the fifth highest economic loss, behind only Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas." The city of Birmingham, Alabama, is projected to suffer the 15th-worst climate-related loss.

    The traditionally Republican led southern states have been hesitant to acknowledge or address the issue of climate change, though this is not universal. A poll last year from The Hill noted that nearly two-thirds of Republicans acknowledge climate change, and some of the party's leaders have started to spearhead action to combat climate change. (Source: Brookings Institution, Inquisitor, Feb., 2019)

    Shareholders Demand BP Goals Align with Paris Climate Agreement (Int'l, Opinons, Editorials & Asides)
    BP, Paris Climate Agreement
    Date: 2019-02-04
    The Guardian is reporting oil industry giant British Petroleum (BP) will back a shareholder resolution presented at its annual meeting this year that calls for the company to align its business strategy with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement (COP15).

    The shareholder resolution comes from Climate Action 100+, a group of 300 investors with $32 trillion in assets, including the investment arms of HSBC, Legal & General and the Church of England. The resolution will be voted upon at the company's annual meeting. The shareholder group's resolution was driven by what it says was the company's failure to demonstrate a strategy consistent with the Paris goals." according to CNN News.

    The Climate Action 100+ initiative is just part of a growing wave of shareholders exerting their power to scrutinize oil and gas companies over their contributions to rising carbon emissions, and perhaps, more importantly -- asking the companies what they are going to do about it.

    In the proposal, BP is tasked with developing a business strategy in line with two of the Paris deal goals by the end of its 2019 financial year -- holding temperature rises to below 2 degrees C and reducing carbon emissions to net zero by the second half of the century. BP will also be required to justify how its capital expenditures in fossil fuel projects were consistent with the landmark climate deal and set new metrics and targets. BP has not specified what metrics and targets it will set, should the resolution be passed - but there is talk of setting targets for the carbon intensity of its products and linking executives’ bonuses to carbon emission cuts.

    Launched in December 2017 at the One Planet Summit, Climate Action 100+ garnered worldwide attention as it was highlighted as one of 12 key global initiatives to tackle climate change.

    Investor representatives from AustralianSuper, California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), HSBC Global Asset Management, Ircantec and Manulife Asset Management have helped to lead the design and development of Climate Action 100+.

    The initiative is designed to implement the investor commitment first set out in the Global Investor Statement on Climate Change in the months leading up to the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement in 2015.

    To date, 310 investors with more than $32 trillion in assets under management have signed on to the initiative. In July 2018, Climate Action 100+ released an update that showed more investors are mobilizing across dozens of countries to drive corporate action on climate change, and companies on the initiative's focus list, have started to make progress towards its goals, including a trebling in support for the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board's Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. (Source: Climate Action 100+l, CNN, Various Media, 2 Feb., 2019) Contact: Climate Action 100+,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  COP15,  

    Risen Energy Completes 40-MW Kazakhstan PV Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Risen Energy
    Date: 2019-02-01
    Chinese solar module producer Risen Energy Co Ltd is reporting the grid connection of its 40-MW solar plant in in the Karaganda region, Kazakhstan. The facility is expected to generate 50 million kWh per year. (Source: Risen Energy, 31 Jan., Renewables, 2019) Contact: Risen Energy, Tel:0086-574-59953588,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Risen Energy,  Solar,  

    Hanergy's SHJ Technology Claims 24.23 pct Efficiency (Int'l)
    Hanergy Thin Film Power
    Date: 2019-02-01
    In Beijing, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd (Hanergy) is claiming a record 24.23 pct conversion efficiency for its silicon heterojunction (SHJ) thin-film battery technology, as verified by Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories (JET). In August 2018 China Photovoltaic Society confirmed Hanergy's SHJ conversion rate had reached 23.7 pct.

    Hanergy's SHJ technology is used in ground power stations, distributed power arrays, vertical installation, fishery or agricultural complementary photovoltaic (PV) plants, building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and mobile energy projects. (Source: Hanergy, Renewables, Jan., 2019) Contact: Hanergy, +86 10 8391 4567,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanergy ,  Solar,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  

    SAS Uses EuroBonus to Offset Flight Carbon Footprint (Int'l.)
    SAS Airlaine
    Date: 2019-02-01
    Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark,reports it will offset the flight carbon footprint of all tickets booked using a EuroBonus number, effective today, 1 Feb., 2019. In its efforts to reduce climate-changing emissions, the air carrier will also add more energy efficient aircraft to its fleet and use more biofuels.

    By including carbon offset for its EuroBonus frequent flyer loyalty program members, 40 pct of SAS' passenger-related carbon dioxide emissions will be offset.

    SAS aims to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 25 pct by the year 2030, when it intends to use biofuel corresponding to total fuel consumption for all SAS domestic flights within Scandinavia. (Source: SAS, FlightGlobal, RusTourismNews, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: SAS, Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, +372 606 84 60,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  Aviation Biofuel,  SAS Airline,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Orsted Reconsidering Taiwan Offshore Wind Project (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2019-02-01
    Danish wind energy major Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- reports it is reconsidering its commitment to a major offshore wind project in Taiwan, following a government announced 6 pct cut in the feed-in-tariffs (FITs) that would apply to it.

    Orsted was awarded the 900MW development known as Changhua 1 & 2a last April after a competitive auction process -- part of Taiwan's first major offshore wind auction.

    Siemens Gamesa was to provide the wind turbines for the Changhua project. (Source: Orsted, Financial Times, 31 Jan., 2019)Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Orsted,  

    Siemens Gamesa Wins Turnkey Indian Wind Projects Contract (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa,ReNew Power
    Date: 2019-02-01
    Siemens Gamesa reports receipt of a turnkey order from ReNew Power -- India's largest renewable energy Independent Power Producer -- for 270 units of its SG 2.1-122 wind turbines for installation at two wind farm projects Gujarat and Karnataka state. Together, the projects will have a total capacity of 567 MW.

    As per the sale agreement, Siemens Gamesa will provide the necessary infrastructure, install the turbines and operate both wind power facilities. Both projects are slated for Q1, 2020. (Source: SiemensGamesa, REVE, 31 Jan. 2019) Contact: ReNew Power, +91 124 489 6670/80,,; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  India Wind,  

    Boralex Commissions 23 MW French Wind Farm (Ind. Report, Int'l)
    Date: 2019-02-01
    Quebec-based renewable energy developer Boralex Inc. is reporting the commissioning of the 23 MW, Sources de l'Ancre wind farm in the Somme region of France. The project, which has a 15-year PPA Electricite de France, incorporates seven Vestas V112 3.3MW turbines.

    The Sources de l'Ancre commissioning brings Boralex's total capacity in France to 921MW and 1942MW worldwide. (Source: Boralex, RE News Biz, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Boralex, Boralex Europe, Patrick Decostre, GM, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Wind,  

    £20Mn Energy Storage R&D Funding Announced (Int'l Funding)
    Date: 2019-02-01
    In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is reporting the launch of a new £20 million R&D funding competition to support and commercialize innovative long-duration energy storage technologies.

    The "Storage at Scale" competition is intended to deliver up to three demonstration projects that can be built and tested by the end of 2021. Successful projects could include electricity energy storage projects with a target minimum power output of 30MW, such as compressed air, flow batteries, and fly wheels, as well as so-called power-to-x projects with a target minimum power input of 5MW where hydrogen, ammonia or biomethane could be generated from excess renewable generation and stored.(Source: BEIS, Business Green, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

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

    Annual Irish Wind Energy Costs Pegged at €1 per User (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2019-02-01
    According to a recently released report from the London headquartered international energy and utilities consultants Baringa Partners, wind energy has delivered more than €2.3 billion per year in savings on the Irish wholesale electricity market for a net cost per user of €1 or less per year since 2000.

    To reach its figures, the independent report analyzed Ireland's electricity market from 2000 to 2020 and then simulated how it would have behaved without any wind energy on the system.

    The report found prices for consumers are lower than they would have been without any investment in wind power. The savings outweigh the amount of funding provided to support wind energy through the public service obligation (PSO) levy of €1.9 billion over the period.

    The report also notes capacity from wind has increased over that period from almost zero to 4.1 gigawatts. The cumulative cost of wind energy works out at €63 million, or 66 cent per person, per year, the report found. (Source: Baringa Partners, Irish Times, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Baringa Partners, Mark Turner,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

    American Coalition for Ethanol Presses Senate on EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler's Confirmation (Opinions, Editorial & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2019-02-01
    The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted the following letter to US Senators regarding acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler's confirmation:

    " As the Senate proceeds to consider the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), I write to encourage you to secure tangible documentation from Mr. Wheeler that EPA will resolve two critically important issues before casting your confirmation vote: finalizing a legally -defensible Reid vapor pressure (RVP) rule to allow E15 use year-round before June 1, and reallocating ethanol blending obligations waived for 2016 and 2017 through the Small Refinery Exemption (SRE) provision of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

    "I urge you hold Acting Administrator Wheeler to this high standard because of the harm done to renewable fuels by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Prior to his confirmation by the Senate, Mr. Pruitt pledged to support the RFS as the law of the land and the President's commitment to expanding ethanol use. However, while leading EPA, he undermined the RFS through an unprecedented number of backdoor refinery waivers which erased more than 2 billion gallons of ethanol blending obligations between 2016 and 2017. Furthermore, he refused to reallocate those blending obligations to other refiners, as called for under the law, and failed to initiate a rulemaking to allow E15 use year-round despite the fact it is a priority for the President. EPA's broken promises and abuse of the RFS compel Acting Administrator Wheeler to repair the damage by reallocating the blending obligations and finalizing a legally-defensible rule to allow E15 use year-round before June 1.

    "During his recent confirmation hearing, Acting Administrator Wheeler assured Environment and Public Works committee members that EPA is 'still on schedule to issue a final rule allowing year-round E15 sales' but added there 'may be a slight delay' due to the recent government shutdown. The shutdown is not a credible excuse for a delay in the E15 rulemaking. In fact, recent history proves the Trump Administration can expedite high-priority rulemakings.

    "Take for example the USDA newly-proposed work requirements for recipients of supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits. In December, as Congress was negotiating the Farm Bill, the Senate insisted that House conferees drop new food stamp work requirements from the final legislation. In response, to secure enough Republican votes in the House of Representatives to pass the Farm Bill conference report, USDA put forward a rulemaking to impose the work requirements through executive action. The Farm Bill conference report was adopted by Congress on December 12. The President waited to sign the Farm Bill until December 20, the same day USDA published the SNAP work requirement rulemaking.

    "In just eight days USDA was able to issue a rule at the direction of the President to fulfill a promise to Republicans in the House of Representatives. It has been more than 100 days since the President Directed EPA to initiate a rulemaking to allow E15 use year-round. What is taking EPA so long to act? There is no better way to guarantee the RVP rule and reallocation of refinery waivers are addressed than by insisting Mr. Wheeler provide tangible evidence of his intentions on these issues prior to voting to confirm him.

    "The RVP rule is particularly time-sensitive. Under EPA's existing and outdated RVP regulations, E15 cannot be sold in most areas of the country from June 1 to September 15, leaving just four short months from today to complete the rulemaking process. Unfortunately, EPA needlessly plans to combine the RVP rule with reforms to the way Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) are handled under the RFS. RIN reforms are highly-controversial among oil refiners so EPA's proposal will likely pit refiners against each other, causing a protracted dispute. If RIN reforms prevent EPA from finishing the RVP rule by June 1, it will result in another summer that E15 cannot be sold in many parts of the country when fuel demand is at its peak. Acting Administrator Wheeler should be encouraged to decouple RIN reforms from the RVP rule to ensure E15 can be offered for sale by June 1." (signed) Brian Jennings, CEO American Coalition for Ethanol. (Source: ACE, 29 Jan., 2019)Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ANdrew Wheeler,  American Coalition for Ethanol,  Andrew Wheeler,  Ethanol.Ethanol Blend,  

    China Missing Methane Emissions Reduction Goals (Int'l. Report)
    China Methane
    Date: 2019-02-01
    In a recent report, researchers at the Washington, DC-headquartered Carnegie Institution for Science have found Chinese regulations on coal mining have not curbed the nation's growing methane emissions over the past five years. Their findings are published in Nature Communications.

    China is the world's largest producer and consumer of coal and the world's largest methane emitter accounting for about 33 percent of the world's total methane emissions.

    In China, regulations to reduce methane emissions from coal mining took full effect in 2010 and required methane to be captured or to be converted into carbon dioxide. The team of researchers set out to use atmospheric modeling and data from Japan's GOSAT satellite to evaluate whether these new rules actually curbed Chinese methane emissions.

    Although the goal was to remove or convert 5.6 million metric tons of methane from coal mines by 2015, the research team found that methane emissions instead rose by about 1.1 million metric tpy between 2010 and 2015. Overall, Chinese methane emissions increased by 50 pct from 2000 to 2015. This could account for as much as 24 percent of the total global increase in methane emissions over the same period.

    The report motes that technology, pipelines and other infrastructure challenges may be hampering the nation's ability to achieve their emissions reduction goals. (Source: Carnegie Institution for Science, Nature Communications, 30 Jan., 2019) Contact: Carnegie Institution for Science, Scot Miller, Anna Michalak, (202) 387-6400,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Coal Methane,  

    CellCube, Immersa Partnering for UK Energy Storage Market (Int'l)
    Cellcube Energy Storage
    Date: 2019-02-01
    Toronto-based Cellcube Energy Storage Systems Inc. and Dursley, Gloucestershire, UK-based environmental consultancy Immersa Limited are reporting their strategic partnership to deliver large scale vanadium into the UK market.

    CellCube, which supplies vertically integrated energy storage systems to the power industry, recently acquired the assets of Gildemeister Energy Storage GmbH, now renamed Enerox GmbH, the developer and manufacturer of CellCube energy storage systems. CellCube's other related subsidiaries are EnerCube Switchgear Systems and Power Haz Energy Mobile Solutions Inc. The Company has also invested in an online renewable energy financing platform, Braggawatt Energy Inc. (Source: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., PE, Jan., 2019) Contact: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., Stefan Schauss, Pres., Mike Neylan, CEO, Glenda Kelly, Investor Communications (800) 882-3213,,; Immersa, Robert Miles, CEO,

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

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