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Mass. Fine Tunes $2.8Bn Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Date: 2019-02-01
In Boston, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities is reporting approval of a new three-year energy efficiency program. The plan, as required under the 2008 Green Communities Act, is expected to result in the avoidance of more than 35.6 million MWh of electricity use and more than 1.19 billion therms of gas use, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that would have come with that energy use.

According to the state's Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the $2.8 billion, 3-year plan and its associated programs are projected to deliver more than $8.56 billion in benefits to consumers -- a return of more than $3 for every dollar spent.

For the first time, the Mass Save program will offer incentives for cost effective home heating fuel, heat pumps and related technologies and equipment. The program is also rolling back other offerings, discounts on energy efficient LED light bulbs. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, DOER, Sentinel & Enterprise, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, (617) 305-3500,; Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mass. DOER,  Energy Efficiency,  Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities,  

NEC Completes Energy Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
NEC Energy Solutions
Date: 2019-02-01
Westborough, Mass.-based NEC Energy Solutions is reporting completion of an energy storage system in Grand Rapids, Michigan for Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy, the state's largest energy provider. The installation includes two independent 280kW/340kWh DSS® energy storage systems and NEC's proprietary AEROS® controls software.

The preconfigured DSS® platform is scalable from 85kWh to 600kWh of energy storage capacity and offers from 100kW up to 710kW of power capability.

NEC Energy Solutions designs, manufactures, and integrates smart energy storage solutions for the electric grid, behind the meter, and critical power applications. (Source: NEC Corp., PR, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fludder, CEO , Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261,,; Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions ,  Consumers Energy,  Energy STorage,  

BiochemUSA to Develop $422 Mn Indian Biorefinery (Int'l Report)
BiochemUSA,Petron Scientech
Date: 2019-02-01
The Times of India is reporting Petron Scientech Inc.'s subsidiary BiochemUSA has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Gujarat to develop and construct a $422.9 million ethanol, biodiesel, corn oil and distillers dried grains (DDGs) livestock feed biorefinery in Gujarat State.

The plant , which is expected to use approximately 1 million metric tpy of corn and 300,000 tpy of biomass, is reportedly slated to come online within 24 months. (Source: Petron Scientech, Times of India, 30 Jan., 2019) Contact: BioChem USA,; Petron Scientech Inc .,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Petron Scientech,  Corn Ethanol,  DDGs,  Biodiesel,  

MEO Offers Bldg. Energy Management Classes (Ind. Report)
Michigan Energy Office
Date: 2019-02-01
The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) reports it is offering a $400 discount for public and non-profit building operators who attend building operator certification (BOC) classes.. Participants may also qualify for utility rebates and a veteran's discount. The classes are intended to achieve more energy savings by reducing energy waste.

The BOC Level 1 class will be held in Kalamazoo starting in March, in Flint starting in May, and in Escanaba starting in July. The BOC Level 2 class will be held starting in September at the Consumers Energy Training Center in Okemos. Consumers Energy is also offering four supplemental courses to BOC graduates seeking annual maintenance points.

Information on the BOC program is available at (Source: Michigan Energy Office, PR, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Michigan Energy Office, Robert Jackson, Director,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Michigan Energy Office,  Energy Efficiency,  

ABM EPC Projected to Save Georgia County $7.2Mn (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-02-01
ABM Industries, a provider of facility solutions, reports the initiation of an Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) program for Turner County, Georgia, that is expected to shave $7.2 million off the county's energy and operating costs over a 15-year period. The project was launched in August 2018 and is scheduled for completion in Fall 2019.

Highlights of the project include:

  • Retrofitting lighting systems to energy-efficient LED lighting and replacing or retrofitting HVAC units at six facilities, which will be controlled by state-of-the-art HVAC control systems to maximize energy and operational efficiency;
  • Consolidating government services with a 2,800-square-foot addition to the Turner County Annex, and replacing the roof on the existing building;
  • Upgrading security and fiber optic communication lines for the county's Emergency Response Center and Annex to provide additional security and reliability for occupants;
  • Renovating the kitchen at the Turner County Jail to replace inefficient equipment with high-efficiency appliances and refrigeration management systems:
  • Upgrading ventilation at each facility by sealing building envelopes and resealing windows to drive energy savings and to increase employee and occupant comfort.

    ABM is a leading provider of facility solutions with revenues of approximately $5.5 billion and more than 130,000 employees in 350+ offices throughout the U.S. and various international locations.

    Review ABM energy performance contract details HERE. (Source: ABM Industries Inc., , PR, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: ABM, Mark Turner, (212) 297-9721,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABM,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Performance Contract,  

  • Notable Quote
    Date: 2019-02-01
    "If global aviation was a country, it would rank in the top 10 (carbon) emitters." -- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  Aviation Emissions,  CO2,  

    Nordic Nations Ink Carbon Neutrality Declaration (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Neutrality
    Date: 2019-02-01
    The Prime Ministers of Finland, Norway and Iceland, the Swedish Minister for the Environment and Climate and the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate have announced the Jan. 25th signing of the Declaration on Nordic Carbon Neutrality during a summit in Helsinki, Finland,.

    In the declaration, the five countries commit to enhance their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and intensify their cooperation to:

  • remove obstacles to low-emission development and promote transformations towards renewable energy;

  • promote carbon pricing and fossil fuel subsidy reform;

  • incentivize climate action in the private sector;
  • decarbonize the transport sector and enable green financing and deploy green procurement, green deals and impact investing;

  • promote joint Nordic business and research consortiums and contribute to the development and deployment of, inter alia, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) technologies;

  • maintain or enhance biological carbon sinks and measure carbon sinks with an internationally agreed methodology;

  • develop information on reducing individual climate impacts and use existing consumer information schemes and initiatives on carbon and other environmental impacts on products and services;

  • ensure that youth organizations have a role in awareness raising on climate-friendly consumer behavior;

  • cooperate to encourage Nordic companies, investors, local governments, cities, organizations and consumers to step up their efforts towards carbon neutrality.

    The Nordic Council of Ministers will prepare a proposal on how to follow up on the declaration by 31 August 2019.

    The Copenhagen-headquartered Nordic Council is the official body for formal inter-parliamentary co-operation among the Nordic countries. Formed in 1952, it has 87 representatives from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden as well as from the autonomous areas of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Aland Islands. (Source: Nordic Council of Ministers, IISDS, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Nordic Council of Ministers, Sunitha Senanayake, +45 33 96 02 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Neutrality,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  

  • Whitefox Confirms United Ethanol Installation (Ind. Report)
    Whitefox Technologies,United Ethanol
    Date: 2019-02-01
    Following up on our 1 Dec., 2017 coverage, Whitefox Technologies is reporting its fourth installation and start-up of its Whitefox ICE system at United Ethanol LLC's plant in Milton, Wisconsin.

    This is Whitefox's second successful installation in Wisconsin, the first was at Fox River Valley Ethanol LLC in Oshkosh.

    According to Whitefox, United Ethanol is already experiencing positive improvements to its operations and is currently running at a 15 pct overall capacity increase with the capability of a further 5 pct increase. The modular bolt-on system has freed up capacity in the distillation-dehydration section, which will allow the plant to increase its annual production capacity to over 60 million gallons.

    Established in 2000, Whitefox Technologies is focused on membrane applications and processes in the following areas: biofuel ethanol, pharmaceutical, industrial and potable ethanol. (Source: Whitefox, Energy AgWire, 30 Jan., 2019) Contact: Whitefox, +44 (0) 20 7154 1750 -- UK, (403) 210-2999,; United Ethanol, Chad Campbell, CEO, David Cramer, Pres., (608) 868-5900,; Fox River Valley Ethanol, (920) 230-3835,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Whitefox Technologies,  United Ethanol,  

    Notable Quote
    Date: 2019-02-01
    "By replacing onerous (Obama era emissions) regulations with high, yet achievable, standards, we can continue America's historic energy production, keep energy prices affordable, and encourage new investments in cutting-edge technology that can then be exported around the world." -- Andrew Wheeler, EPA Acting Administrator. Contact: EPA, Office of Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Wheeler,  EPA,  

    Maine Dem. Legislator Tables State Carbon Tax (Reg. & Leg.)
    Maine Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In Augusta, Maine House Rep. Deane Rykerson (Kittery - D) is proposing a $5 per ton fee on CO2 emissions that would increase every year for eight years.

    The bill calls for all fees collected from the carbon tax would be used to help reduce Maine State power consumer electric bills. Rep. Rykerson claims his bill already has over 70 cosponsors. (Source: Rep. Deane Rykerson,WABI News, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Rep. Deane Rykerson (D-Kittery),

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    DRAX Plan Said to Threaten UK Emissions Target Success (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In the UK, London-headquartered environmental law specialist ClientEarth is warning DRAX Powers' planned gas plant in Selby, North Yorkshire would produce 75 pct of the country's entire power sector emissions budget.

    The DRAX proposal for four combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT) was warranted to replace its existing two coal-fired units ahead of the government's proposed coal phase-out in 2025. However,ClientEarth's assessment of the DRAX plans noted the project's scale, high emissions intensity and expected long operating life combined make it a "significant" threat to the UK achieving its carbon targets. ClientEarth also noted "DRAX has failed to prove why adding so much new large-scale fossil fuel power is necessary given existing and planned capacity. It has also failed to assess the project's full climate impact, at the precise time when the UK needs to rapidly decarbonize."

    The UK government estimates the UK will need 6GW of new gas power generation capacity through to 2035. Approving DRAX project would take this to 18GW -- three times the government's estimates.

    As previously reported, Drax announced that it is to pilot the first bioenergy carbon capture storage (BECCS) project of its kind in Europe which could make the renewable electricity produced at its North Yorkshire power station carbon negative. DRAX partnered with Leeds, UK-based C-Capture who invested £400,000 in what could be the first of several pilot projects undertaken at DRAX. (Source: DRAX, Air Quality News, Jan., 2019) Contact: ClientEarth, Sam Hunter Jones, Jon Bennett, +44 (0) 303 050 5935,,; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Biomass,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Sunnova Solar Plus Battery Storage Available in NY (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Houston, Texas-headquartered solar and battery storage service provider Sunnova Energy Corp. reports it has expanded its Sunnova SunSafe™ solar energy generation and home battery storage service in New York State.

    In addition to the Empire State, Sunnova also offers Sunnova SunSafe™ in Massachusetts, Maryland, Texas, Hawaii, Arizona, California, Puerto Rico, Guam and Saipan. (Source: Sunova, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Sunnova Energy, John Berger, CEO, Kelsey Smith,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunnova,  Energy Storage,  Solar,  

    NY Offers $15.5Mn for Value Stack Energy Storage Projects (Funding)
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In the Empire State, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the availability of as much as $15.5 million in funding for commercial projects that show the benefits of value stacking -- capturing several different revenue streams from one project -- distributed energy storage for retail electric customers and the grid.

    The solicitation seeks real-world commercial projects that offer approaches to value stacking that are scalable and are replicable. The projects may provide value to retail electric customers, distributed generation, utilities, and the New York State Independent System Operator. Funding will be available for feasibility studies and proposals.

    The projects must support New York State's goals for Reforming the Energy Vision policies, renewable generation and greenhouse gas reduction. More specifically, NYSERDA seeks proposals that: reduce the intermittency of solar and wind energy; avoid or delay the need for new electric system infrastructure; increase system efficiency and resiliency; reduce the requirement for fossil fuel plants to meet periods of peak electric demand; or compliment demand response and energy efficiency measures within buildings. The RFP is available on NYSERDA's website. (Source: NYSERDA, Microgrid Knowledge, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Storage,  

    EU Biodiesel Market Open to US Soybeans (Ind. Report)
    American Soybean Association
    Date: 2019-01-30
    The European Commission (EC) is reporting that U.S. soybean production now meets EU sustainability standards as outlined in its Renewable Energy Directive (RED). Accordingly, biodiesel produced from documented soybeans can now be used in the EU.

    The U.S. soy industry has its own sustainability guideline, the Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol that the EU now acknowledges meets its rigorous RED requirements through July 1, 2021 or longer.

    The U.S. is the EU's largest soybean for biodiesel supplier. (Source: American Soybean Association, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: American Soybean Association,(314) 576-1770,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Soybean,  Biodiesel,  American Soybean Association,  

    NBB Sets Biodiesel Tax Credit, Trade and RFS Priorities (INd. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2019-01-30
    With the conclusion of its recent conference in San Diego, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is calling for a permanent biodiesel tax credit, a resolution to a South American trade dispute and support for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

    According to NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen, the U.S. came out on top regarding an anti-dumping charge against Argentina and Venezuela and are now challenging their appeal of that decision. Rehagen says their goal this year on the domestic front is convincing Congress to enact a long term biodiesel tax credit. Rehagen says they also want to work with the EPA to make improvements in the RFS that would benefit biodiesel producers and farmers. (Source: NBB, WNAX,28 Jan., 2019) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board ,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  

    Appalachian Power Promotes Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Appalachian Power
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In the Old Dominion State, Appalachian Power is touting its 2019 lineup of energy efficiency programs to help residential and business customers cut energy consumption and save on energy costs.

    The new programs include: Bring Your Own "Smart" Thermostat (BYOT) Program; eScore home energy audits and savings Program; Commercial and Industrial Lighting energy efficiency Program; Commercial & Industrial non-lighting energy efficiency Standard Program; a Small Business Direct no-cost energy efficiency upgrades Install Program, and others.

    Review Appalachian Power's energy efficiency program details HERE. (Source: Appalachian Power, Virginia First, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Appalachian Power, Don Nichols, 1-800-956-4237,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Appalachian Power,  Energy Efficiency,  

    School Energy Efficiency Upgrades Saves $5.8Mn (Ind. Report)
    Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In Kingston, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is reporting the installation of a 15 kW Solar Photovoltaic System and a major LED Lighting Upgrade Project totaling $8 million has delivered an estimated $5.4 million savings over the last three years.

    As part of the total installation, a 10 kW solar PV System comprised of 42, 240W polycrystalline solar panels, three (3) 3.6 kW grid-tied inverters and a data logger for performance monitoring, has generated 43,500 kWh of electricity since commissioning in November 2015; which has saved the Kingston based institution $1.4 million on its utility bills. Additionally, a 5 kW solar PV system of 18, 260 W polycrystalline solar panels, one grid-tied inverter and a surge protector installed in March 2016, has saved the school a further $700,000.

    The PCJ also replaced the school's 1,250 interior and exterior fluorescent, incandescent and sodium vapour bulbs with energy efficient LED lighting. The lighting retrofitting has cut electricity consumption by 98,000 kWh for an approximate $3.2 million savings over three years.

    Ardenne is one of 15 schools and three government agencies that have received Solar PV systems under a $62 million initiative undertaken by the PCJ as part of its efforts to reduce the public sector's energy costs. (Source: PCJ, First Look, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica,  

    Hitachi Halts Wind Turbine Manufacturing Business (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Following up on our Sept. 9, 2016 coverage, Tokyo-based Hitachi reports it will cease wind turbine production going forward, and will focus on marketing wind turbines from the long-time German partner Enercon. Hitachi expects to maintain the top share of the wind turbines market in Japan by expanding the solution business integrating Enercon's wind turbines with its digital technology.

    Hitachi will continue its ongoing projects using its downwind turbines both in Japan and overseas and will offer new as well as honor existing offer maintenance and services contracts to existing wind farms featuring Hitachi turbines. The company also plans to expand its core wind power generation business. (Source: Hitachi,, 28 Jan., 2019)Contact: Hitachi High-Technologies Corp,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enercon,  Hitachi,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

    Providence Promoting Climate Justice, Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
    Providence Office of Sustainability
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In Rhode Island, the City of Providence Office of Sustainability is projecting that the city of 180,000 residents will see 9 feet of sea-level rise by 2100 and the city's climate will equal south Florida's average temperature of 80.3 degrees F.

    To deal with that eventuality, the city has developed a Climate Justice Plan that pledges to make the city carbon neutral by 2050. To meet that goalthe city plans to slash building emissions which alone account for 71 pct of emissions in Providence. To reduce electricity use, the plan proposes a wholesale switch to renewable energy by 2050. This includes expanding rooftop solar installations, local microgrids, battery backup, and regional renewable energy power-purchase agreements. Emissions from heating will be reduced with enhanced energy-efficiency standards, green building codes, and the phasing out natural-gas use, according to the plan.

    The Climate Justice Plan guarantees "social equity" to ensure that all of the city's business and residential regions benefit equally from climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts and programs. .The plan was developed with input from the city's Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, a collaboration between the city, the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, and Groundwork Rhode Island.

    The Climate Justice Plan proposes cleaning up the port by reducing emissions from vessels and eliminating the import and storage of hazardous and polluting material by 2040. A fee on fossil fuels shipped to the port and emissions produced there would be spent on environmental justice needs and climate-change adaptation along the waterfront.

    Download Climate Justice Plan details HERE. (Source: Providence Office of Sustainability, ecoRI, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Providence Office of Sustainability, 401-680-5000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

    Running of Not? Notable Quote
    Michael Bloomberg
    Date: 2019-01-30
    "Whether I run for president (in 2020) or not, I will work to ensure that fighting climate change, and spurring economic development in areas that have depended on fossil fuels, is a top priority for the Democratic nominee." -- Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire business tycoon and philanthropist, Republican-turned-independent who returned to the Democratic fold in 2018. Contact: Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Michael Bloomberg,  

    Gevo Touts Proprietary Renewable Isoprene Process (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer Gevo, Inc. is reporting a proprietary, breakthrough catalytic process that transforms low-cost commercially available, or even waste by-product, renewable alcohols into renewable isoprene that it says could compete head-to-head on price with natural and petroleum-based chemical equivalents while reducing CO2 emissions.

    Gevo recently developed a chemical-based catalytic process to convert low-value "fusel oils", a mixture of alcohols that are byproducts from fermentation processes such as ethanol production, into renewable isoprene. Fusel oils from the ethanol industry alone equate to about 2.5 million tons of potential bio-based waste feedstock.

    Isoprene is primarily used in the production of synthetic-based rubber. The market for isoprene is estimated to be approximately $4 billion by 2025. (Source: Gevo, PR, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Gevo, Dr. Patrick Gruber, CEO, , (303) 858-3358,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  Isoprene,  

    Innova Building Caribbean's First Floating Solar Project (Int'l)
    Innova Capital Partners
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Innova Capital Partners, through its subsidiary in Colombia, Innova Solar Colombia (ISC), reports it will develop and construct the first floating solar project in the Caribbean islands, specifically on the island of Providencia, San Andres, Colombia.

    When fully operational before the year end, the 74 kWp project is expected to generate sufficient power for the municipal aqueduct. The project is being financed by Tillvaxtverket, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. French floating solar developer Ciel & Terre will supply its HYDRELIO® technology for the project.

    Innova is a global developer and investor with a focus on, but not limited to, growth-oriented opportunities in energy, real estate and infrastructure. The Innova platform invests in projects and companies at various stages of their development cycle and partners with industry-leading management teams, franchises, and companies positioned for significant growth.(Source: Innova Cspitsl Partners, PR, 28 Jan/., 2019) Contact: Innova Capital Partners, Patricia Rodriguez,; Ciel & Terre, +33 3 20 01 05 65,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innova Capital Partners,  Soalr,  Floating Solar,  

    JinkoSolar Supplies 5MW PV Modules for Greek Solar Project (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Shanghai-headquartered JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. reports it supplied 5 MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules to Juwi Hellas S.A for the Mesokomo Project in Northern Greece. The project is owned by ETVA VIPE S.A and was successfully connected to the grid in December 2018.

    JinkoSolar provides solar modules, solar system integration services and pv products to clients spread across 80 countries. During the third quarter, most of the shipments went to the emerging markets of Asia Pacific, China, North America and Europe. As of Sep 30, 2018, the company has supplied 10 GW of solar modules to customers across the globe. (Source: Jinko Solar, Nasdaq, 29 Jan., 2019)Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  Solar,  

    Germany Commits to Replacing Coal with Renewable Energy (Int'l)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Germany, which has successfully adopted renewable energy into its grid, reports it will shutter all of its 84 active coal-fired power plants within the next 19 years. Coal presently generates approximately 40 pct of Germany's electricity. (Source: Various Media, ubergizmo, 27 Jan., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Renewable Energy,  

    Citigroup Green Bond to Support Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-01-30
    US banking giant Citigroup Inc is touting its initial €1 billion ($1.14 billion) "green" bond offering aimed at financing renewable energy and other environmental projects including energy efficiency, green buildings, sustainable transportation, water quality and conservation.

    The projects will be supported as part of Citi's 2015, $100-billion (€87.6 billion) environmental finance goal which aims to lend and facilitate $100 billion over 10 years towards environmental activities leading to a low-carbon economy.

    Citigroup owns or leases over 57 million square feet of real estate in over 7,900 properties including its new NYC global headquarters currently under construction to LEED Platinum energy efficiency certification standards. (Source: Citigroup, Renewables, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: Citigroup Inc.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Citigroup,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  Green Bond,  

    Midwest Perennial Grasses Biofuel Feedstocks Investigated (R&D)
    University of Minnesota
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In ongoing research to discover the ideal growing conditions for alternative biofuels feedstocks, researchers at the University of Minnesota College of Biological Science are investigating the advantages and environmental implications of perennial grasses on abandoned and degraded agricultural land on the US upper mid-western prairies.

    A potential benefit of perennial grasses is tied to their deep root systems. According to researchers, deeper root systems -- as opposed to those seen in annual crops like corn -- are able to store large amounts of carbon below ground that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. However, because perennial grasses on marginal lands can have low yields due to less fertile soil, researchers examined ways to maximize growth of the grasses without negative effects on the environment.

    In the 10-year study published in Nature Sustainability, researchers utilized 36 plots at an abandoned agricultural site in the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve to plant 32 species of prairie and savanna plants that are native to Minnesota. In 2007, researchers divided the plots into several groups and assigned them a combination of two treatments: water addition (i.e., irrigated or non-irrigated) and nitrogen fertilization (i.e., 0 g/m2, 7 g/m2, 14 g/m2). Over the next decade, researchers found that:

  • moderate treatments (irrigation and 7 g/m2 of nitrogen) had the best biomass yields and soil carbon storage, while having negligible effects on the stability, diversity and nutrient loss to groundwater;
  • compared with the control (non-irrigated and no additional nitrogen), moderate treatments resulted in almost twice the yield and soil carbon storage and -- if the plants were converted into bioenergy to displace fossil fuels -- it would result in twice the greenhouse gas savings;
  • compared with the moderate treatment, the more intensive treatment (irrigation and 14 g/m2 of nitrogen) had 30 percent lower greenhouse gas savings, 10 times greater nitrate leaching and 120 pct greater loss in plant diversity.

    Compared with corn ethanol, researchers found biomass yield from the best performing native prairie grasses was moderately lower -- six tons per hectare versus the average corn yield of eight tons per hectare in the U.S.. However, researchers found that because of lower nitrogen use and larger amounts of soil carbon storage, the native prairies would result in higher overall greenhouse gas savings when converted to bioenergy.

    The research was funded by the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research program and the Global Climate and Energy Project. (Source: University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences, PR, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Prof. David Tilman, Prof. Clarence Lehman, Lead Researcher, 612-625-5734 Fax: 612-624-6777,,; Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,  

  • New Energy Partners Closes $500Mn Renewables Fund (Ind. Report)
    New Energy Capital Partners
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Hanover, New Hampshire-headquartered New Energy Capital Partners, LLC (NEC), a private equity management firm focused on debt and equity investments in small- and mid-sized clean energy infrastructure projects and companies, reports the closing of its New Energy Capital Infrastructure Credit Fund II , its fifth private equity fund and second fund focused exclusively on credit opportunities.

    Total capital commitments for the Fund reached the hard cap of $500 million, which exceeded NEC's initial target of $400 million. The fund proceeds will be used across clean energy infrastructure assets in small- to mid-sixe North American, including solar, wind, energy efficiency, storage, water, landfill gas, biofuels and energy infrastructure projects and companies. (Source: New Energy Capital Partners, PR, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: New Energy Capital Partners, LLC Scott Brown, CEO, 603-643-8885,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

    Aviation Emissions Could Grow Sevenfold over 30 yrs. (Ind. Report)
    International Civil Aviation Organization
    Date: 2019-01-30
    As we previously reported, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is projecting aviation carbon emission could grow seven-fold over the next 30 years -- 70 pct higher in 2020 than they were in 2005. ICAO forecasts that by 2050 emissions could have grown by between 300 pct and 700 pct.

    Until recently, aviation had not been central to the climate change debate. Enjoying special status, aviation and shipping were excluded from the landmark Kyoto and Paris climate-change agreements. Urged to produce its own solutions, ICAO introduced a marginally successful global scheme in 2016 and the EU launched its Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) that serve the EU member countries.

    A recent EC study of aircraft emissions notes that modern aircraft are 70 pct more fuel-efficient than 40 years ago and that while airlines with the highest load factors produce significantly less emissions per passenger than less successful ones, aviation still consumes 5 million bpd of oil and contributes about 2.5 pct of global emissions and that that 85 pct of carbon offset projects it had evaluated had failed to reduce emissions. (Source: International Civil Aviation Organisation, Irish Times, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Civil Aviation Organization,  Aviation Emissions,  EU ETS,  

    Coal Part of the US Grid until 2050, says EIA (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2019-01-30
    According to the US Energy Information Administration's just released 2019 Annual Energy Outlook (AEO), coal is here to stay, at least for awhile yet despite recent warnings from top scientists about the urgency of climate action.

    Based on projections about trends in energy—from the amount of fossil fuels produced and sold, to the growth of renewable energy, coal is still projected to provide 17 pct of the United States' electricity in 2050. The EIA projections note that natural gas -- a fossil fuel that is less carbon-emitting than coal but still a problem for climate change -- will increase its share of US electricity production from 34 pct to 39 pct.

    Download the EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2019 projects growing oil, natural gas, renewables production report HERE. (Source: EIA, Jan., 2019) Contact: US EIA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Energy Information Administration,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  

    ThermoChem Recovery Names New Technologies Insurer (Ind. Report)
    ThermoChem Recovery International
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Baltimore-based biorefinery-enabling gasification technology specialist ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. (TRI) reports it has named global insurance company AXA XL affiliate New Energy Risk as its preferred supplier of technology performance insurance for TRI customers and projects. Under a TRI, NER is prepared to provide various insurance solutions to biorefinery owners and projects which utilize TRI's equipment and technology.

    TRI is a leading provider of steam reforming gasification systems suitable for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), woody biomass, agricultural residues and other waste feedstocks. Its systems have been selected for and deployed on various commercial North American projects including the Fulcrum Bioenergy Project Sierra Biorefinery in Nevada and Norampac black liquor gasification, a division of Cascades Paper. Additionally, TRI's multi-feedstock, fully-integrated biorefinery in Durham, North Carolina has run for over 13,000 hours, successfully producing syngas that is particularly well-suited to generating Fischer-Tropsch liquids and upgrading to ASTM-certified fuels. (Source: ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. , 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: AXA XL,; New Energy Risk,;; ThermoChem Recovery International, Dan Burciaga, Pres., CEO,

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    CarbonCure Among 2019 Global Cleantech 100 Again (Ind. Report)
    CarbonCure,NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE
    Date: 2019-01-30
    For the fourth consecutive year, Halifax, Nova Scotia-headquartered CarbonCure Technologies, a company leading a mission to reduce the carbon footprint of the concrete industry, has been named in the 2019 Global Cleantech 100, an annual guide to the leading companies and themes in sustainable innovation.

    The CLeantech 100 features the private, independent, for-profit companies best positioned to solve tomorrow's clean technology challenges. This year marks the 10th edition of the list.

    Concrete is the second most abundant man-made material in the world, and cement, its key ingredient, is responsible for an estimated 7 pct of global CO2 emissions. CarbonCure's proprietary technology uses recycled CO2 to improve the manufacturing process of concrete, while reducing the carbon footprint of the resulting concrete products.

    CarbonCure is a recognized leader in the global CO2 Capture and Utilization (CCU) industry, estimated to be valued at $1 trillion by 2030. The CarbonCure Technology is being used by more than 100 concrete producers across North America to reduce concrete's carbon footprint, create new production cost savings and gain a competitive sales advantage. The company is a recognized leader in the growing industry of CO2-utilization, which is expected to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2030. CarbonCure is also one of 10 finalists in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE challenge, and is a portfolio company of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which is backed by Bill Gates, Vinod Khosla, Sir Richard Branson, Jeff Bazos, Michael Bloomberg and other business leaders. (Source: CarbonCure Technologies, PR, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020,,; NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE,; Breakthrough Energy Ventures,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Breakthrough Energy Ventures,  CarbonCure,  NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE,  

    California Geothermal Well Lithium Extraction Planned (Ind. Report)
    Berkshire Hathaway
    Date: 2019-01-24
    The Financial Times is reporting Des Moines-headquartered Berkshire Hathaway is developing a plan to extract lithium from its geothermal wells in the Salton Sea, California. The Salton Sea is thought to potentially be among the largest lithium resources in the world.

    The project, which anticipates the production of approximately 90,000 tonnes of lithium, is reportedly valued at around $2.5 billion. To that end, the company founded Salton Sea Industries for the venture.

    Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. through MidAmerican Energy/ CalEnergy, operates 10 geothermal facilities in the Salton Sea/ Imperial Valley area of California. (Source: Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co, Website, Financial Times, Jan., 2019) Contact: Berkshire Hathaway Energy, (515) 242-3022,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Berkshire Hathaway,  Geothermal,  Lithium,  

    Notable Quote from Ontario Premier Doug Ford
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-01-24
    "I'm here today to ring the warning bell that the risk of a carbon tax recession is very, very real. A carbon tax will be a total economic disaster, not only for our province (Ontario) but for our entire country Ccanada). There are already economic warning signs on the horizon." -- Ontario Premier Hon. Doug Ford (C)

    The freshman Ontario Premier, not unlike the populist US president Donald Trump, ran a campaign and was elected on promises. Premier Ford promised to cut the price of beer to $1.00 a can and to scrap the preceding Liberal govenment's carbon tax, cap-and-trade system. Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Doug Ford,  

    Aemetis Biofinery USCIS EB-5 Phase II Approved (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. reports the US Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued an I-924 Exemplar Approval for its $50 million EB-5 Phase II funding related to the Aemetis Riverbank cellulosic biorefinery project in California.

    Three EB-5 investors filed with the USCIS and funded $1.5 million to the Aemetis project in December 2018 to launch the $50 million EB-5 Phase II funding round. I-924 Exemplar Approval allows foreign investors to utilize project approval for faster EB-5 processing

    The Aemetis Riverbank cellulosic biorefinery is designed to produce below zero carbon biofuels from agricultural waste that could otherwise be burned in the Central Valley. The USCIS I-924 Exemplar Approval is in addition to California state governmental support through the recent award of $12.7 million of sales and use tax waivers for equipment and other purchases for the construction of the Aemetis Riverbank plant. (Source: Aemet1s, PR, EIN, 24 Jan., 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940,,

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    Sun Solar Opts for "Made in America" Only (Ind. Report)
    Sun Solar
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Springfield Missouri-based Sun Solar reports it is transitioning to American Made solar panels for all of its installations. The move is in response to the impact of President Donald Trump's "30 pct. tax increase" on Chinese manufactured solar cells and panels.

    Moving forward, Sun Solar noted it will work with an unnamed solar manufacturer in Bellingham, Washington. (Source: Sun Solar, Missourinet, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Sun Solar, Caleb Arthur, Owner, 417-413-1786

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    ExxonMobil, REGI , Clariant Ink Cellulosics R&D JV (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil, REGI , Clariant
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Irving, Texas-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it is entering into a joint research agreement with Renewable Energy Group (REGI) and Muttenz, Switzerland-based Clariant AG to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from agricultural waste and residues to produce biofuel. The partners will also work on a conceptual engineering study to validate the feasibility of the integrated process comprising the technologies of all parties.

    The partners aim to combine Clariant's Sunliquid® and REGI's processes into a seamless cellulosic biomass-to-biodiesel technology.

    Clariant will conduct trials at its pre-commercial plant in Straubing, Germany, using different types of cellulosic feedstock that will be converted into sugars for conversion by REG and ExxonMobil into high-quality, low-carbon biodiesel. (Source: Exxon Mobil, Chemistry Views, 23 Jan., 2019) Contact:Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111,; REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  REGI ,  Clariant,  Cellulosic,  Biodiesel,  Biouel,  

    Platte River Power Plans Zero Carbon Emissions by 2030 (Ind Report)
    Platte River Power Authority
    Date: 2019-01-24
    The Fort Collins, Colorado-based nonprofit utility Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) board of directors reports it has committed to a Resource Diversification Policy of zero carbon emissions and increased renewable energy sources by 2030.

    In 2017, the utility released a zero-net carbon report showing that the goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2030 was difficult but achievable.

    According to the new policy, the following advancements in renewable energy need to occur for PRPA to achieve 100 pct non-carbon resources by 2030:

  • An organized regional market must exist with Platte River as an active participant;

  • Battery storage performance must mature and the costs must decline;

  • Utilization of storage solutions to include thermal, heat, water and end user available storage;

  • Transmission and distribution infrastructure investment must be increased;

  • Improved distributed generation resource performance;

  • Technology and capabilities of grid management systems must advance and improve;

  • Advanced capabilities and use of active end user management systems;

  • Generation, transmission and distribution rate structures must facilitate systems integration.

    (Source: PRPA, Rocky Mountain Collegian, 21 Jan., 2019)Contact: Platte River Power Authority, (970) 226-4000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Platte River Power Authority,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy ,  

  • Notable Quotes
    Date: 2019-01-24
    "For 2018, the effects of the U.S. International Trade Commission's ruling against biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia resulted in increased domestic demand and record profits.

    "In August 2018, operating margins were as high as 66 cents per gallon, the highest since November 2013. As a result of this favorable operating environment, many companies now have healthy balance sheets. Ocean Park expects an active M&A (mergers and acquisitions) environment to continue as companies look for expansion opportunities." – Bruce Comer, Ocean Park, Managing Director, Jan., 2019)

    Ocean Park is a boutique investment bank that provides mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, financial advisory and restructuring services for the biofuels and other industries. Contact: Ocean Park, (310) 670-2093, , www.

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

    Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage -- A New Sense of Urgency? (Conferences & Events)
    Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage,
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) systems play a key role in the technological efforts to mitigate emissions, particularly from heavy industries such as steel, chemicals, cement and other industries. Both political will and financial means are necessary to advance CCUS initiatives and to get the first European demo projects off the ground. The upcoming EURACTIV Forum will address the following and other related questions:

  • Are scientists and engineers ready to deliver CCUS for large-scale deployment? What are the challenges and hurdles towards implementation?

  • What incentives for Member States to invest in CCUS in light of high penetration of renewable energy and other cheaper low-carbon technologies such as hydrogen?

  • Can CCUS help decarbonize the heat and power sector as well as heavy industry?

  • Will the technology ever be economically worthwhile?

  • What are the technical solutions and scientific breakthroughs which have emerged already or are about to emerge?

  • Is business ready to deliver?

    The EURACTIV CCUS Forum will be held Feb. 26, 2019, at the EURACTIV Network Office in Brussels. For FORUM details contact Teresa Dominguez, +32 (0) 2 788 36 93, (Source: EURACTIV, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: EURACTIV,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Utilization and Storage,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

  • Orsted Surveying New Jersey Offshore Wind Sites (Ind. Report)
    Orsted,Deepwater Wind
    Date: 2019-01-24
    New Jersey environmental officials are reporting survey work is underway for Ocean Wind, Orsted's planned offshore wind energy array. UK-based 4C Offshore is conducting the two-month long geotechnical studies for Orsted. According to 4C Offshore's project profile, the New Jersey array could ultimately generate as much as 1,950 MW peak capacity.

    Orsted is bidding to supply New Jersey with its first 1,100 MW of offshore power. (Source: Orsted, WorkBoat, 22 Jan., 2019)Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22,; Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000,; 4C Offshore,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Offshore Wind,  Deepwater Wind,  

    Solarize St. John Plans Lower Cost Solar in USVI (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Solarize St. John, a new public-private initiative seeks to match home and business owners with local solar installation companies, was launched last week in St. John, US Virgin Islands (USVI).

    The initiative aims to assist St. John residents and businesses in the purchase solar energy systems by combining solar equipment orders and buying and shipping in bulk. Solarize also provides website, communication, and crowdsourcing expertise while solar systems equipment ordering and installations are completed at the local level. The program also seeks to take advantage of applicable tax credits for solar installations.

    As part of that effort, the U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) is considering a program that would allow home and business owners to lease their roofs to generate solar power. When they enroll in Solarize St. John, applicants will also be asked to indicate if they would consider allowing WAPA to install solar panels and batteries and maintain them at no cost to the homeowner. WAPA would own the power generated, and the home or business owner would continue to pay their monthly bill. (Source: St, John Source, St.John Tradewinds, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Solarize St. John,; The U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, (346) 773-2250,

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    Nottingham City Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2028 (Int' Report)
    Nottingham City
    Date: 2019-01-24
    In the UK, the Nottingham City Council is touting its ambitious plan to become the first carbon-neutral city in the UK by 2028.

    The city of 306,000, which has achieved its 2020 Energy Strategy goal of cutting carbon emissions by 26 pct, with a 39 pct reduction since 2005, is also on track to meet its target of generating 20 pct of its energy from low-carbon sources by the end of this decade. (Source: Nottingham City Council, Energy Live, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Nottingham City Council,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  

    Neoen Bulgana Green Power Hub Installs First Wind Turbine (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-01-24
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian arm of French renewables developer Neoen is reporting the installation of the first of 56 wind turbines that will comprise the Neoen Bulgana Green Power Hub.

    The integrated $350 million (AUS) wind and battery storage facility is reportedly on target for an August startup when it will generate over 740,000 MWh of power per annum.

    Victoria State has a 15-year PPA for a portion of the 194MW wind farm's power output. (Source: Neoen, Renew Economy, 23 Jan., 2019)Contact: Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022,

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    RWE's E.ON-Innogy Acquisition Awaiting EC Approval (Int'l, M&A)
    RWE AG, Innogy
    Date: 2019-01-24
    German energy group RWE AG reports it has filed its planned acquisition of the renewable energy business of both E.ON SE and Innogy SE with the European Commission (EC) for approval.

    In March 2018, RWE agreed to sell its majority interest in Innogy to E.ON, while keeping Innogy's renewables business and merging it with E.ON's green assets. If approved, RWE will own a 8.6-GW renewable energy portfolio in a new company with three operating divisions. With the transaction, RWE will hold a 16.7 pct equity stake in E.ON.

    The transactions are expected to close in the second half of 2019.(Source: RWE AG, Renewables, 23 Jan., 2019) Contact: RWE AG,; Innogy Renewables UK, +44 1793 877777,; E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON,  RWE AG,  Innogy,  Renewable Energy,  

    Maine Legislator Introduces $5 Carbon Tax Bill (Reg. & Leg.)
    Maine Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-01-24
    In Augusta, Maine Rep. Deane Rykerson (D-Kittery) is proposing a state carbon tax he says will help with climate change. Rykerson claims the bill already has over 70 cosponsors.

    Rykerson's bill would place $5 per ton fee on CO2. The fee, which would increase every year for eight years, would be used to subsidize e Mainers' electric bills. (Source: Maine Rep. Deane Rykerson, WABI News, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Maine State Rep. Deane Rykerson,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    Algae Specialist Solarvest BioEnergy Raises $1,095,500 (Ind. Report)
    Solarvest Bioenergy
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Vancouver-based algae technology specialist Solarvest Bioenergy Inc. is reporting closure of its second tranche of its previously announced financing. The offering raised gross proceeds from both tranches totaling $1,095,500 by way of the issuance of 5,477,500 units.

    The proceeds will be used for the production of inventory, sales and marketing, equipment purchases, patenting costs and general working capital. (Source: Solarvest Bioenergy Inc., PR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Solarvest Bioenergy Inc., Gerri Greenham, CEO, (416) 420 0947,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solarvest Bioenergy,  Algae Biofuel,  Biofuel ,  

    Kilroy Bldg Wins USGBC TRUE Zero Waste Certification (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Los Angeles-based Kilroy Realty Corp (KRC)is reporting the US Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded its 350 Mission Street property TRUE Zero Waste Certification at the gold level. The 455,340 square feet property is the largest single commercial property in the world to achieve TRUE Zero Waste certification and is also the first commercial building in San Francisco to do so. The property is currently LEED Platinum, ENERGY STAR and Fitwel certified.

    All About Waste provided consulting services related to the project and representatives from the Green Building Certification Institute did the onsite performance verification. (Source: Kilroy Realty, PR, 22 Jan, 2019) Contact: Kilroy Realty, Sara Neff, VP Sustainability, (310) 481-8449,,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  

    Pablo Center Awarded Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Focus on Energy,Xcel Energy
    Date: 2019-01-24
    In Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the Pablo Center performing and visual arts facility is reporting receipt of nearly $30,000 in incentive checks for its energy efficiency initiatives. The city of Eau Claire Focus on Energy business incentives program awarded the Center $21,000 of the total.

    The Pablo Center's energy efficiency features include high-efficiency air conditioning units and LED lights and fixtures which save enough energy to to power 4,700 residential homes and about 37,000 tons of carbon dioxide given from coal being burned. (Source: Pablo Center, Xcel Energy, WEAU, 22 Jan., 2019)Contact: Pablo Center, 715-492-0240; Xcel Energy, Frank Prager, VP Policy and Federal Affairs,; Focus on Energy, Karl Hilker, Snr. Project Manager,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Focus on Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Xcel Energy,  

    Biomass Elimination, Carbon Capture System Offered (Ind. Report)
    Prairie Creek Energy
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Spruce Grove, Alberta-based Prairie Creek Energy Services' Air Curtain Carbonizer is touting a closed loop, carbon capture waste (or biomass) elimination system that provides a secure and safe environment in which the combustion of woody biomass and other types of waste occur.

    The system's elevated combustion chamber air curtain, and pre-heated under-fire air, increase a smoke-free combustion efficiency. All the resulting ash is kept in the "carbonizer" with heats of 2,500 F. The system also features an internal "quenching" system that turns wood waste into biochar at the rate of 400 to 500 pounds per hour.

    The company also offers mobile, high-production "sub-soilers" that incorporate biomass back into the soil. They also offer bio-security for environmentally sensitive areas. (Source: Prairie Creek Energy Services, Cdn. Biomeass, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Prairie Creek Energy Services, Blake Adams (780) 850-5934,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochar,  Woody Biomass,  Carbon Capture,  

    LEED v4.1 New Construction, Interiors Registration Open (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-01-24
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is reporting its newest version of the LEED green building program -- LEED v4.1 -- is now open for registration for both new construction projects and interior spaces. The versions are named LEED v4.1 BD+C and LEED v4.1 ID+C, respectively.

    The LEED v4.1 beta version updates performance thresholds and referenced standards while advocating for improved performance throughout the life of buildings, rewards leaders based on their performance and incorporates performance reporting to enable building owners to track progress towards environmental, social, and governance goals.

    Focused on implementation, LEED v4.1 is an accessible, user-friendly tool. To participate, users can register using LEED Online, review the LEED v4.1 Beta Guide, and download the LEED v4.1 rating system. (Source: US GBC, PR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, Melissa Baker, VP, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Building Sustainability,  Energy Efficiency,  

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