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Wyoming Gov. Seeks $10Mn for Carbon Capture Test (Funding)
CCS,University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources
Date: 2019-01-18
In Cheyenne, the freshman republican governor of Wyoming, Mark Gordon, is reportedly seeking $10 million from the state legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee to fund a carbon capture test project at the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources in Laramie.

The $10 million in state funds would be used to try and acquire an additional $40 million from the U.S. DOE for another project that would be connected with the Integrated Test Center in Gillette.

The proposed 5-MW equivalent pilot project would use enhanced coal-based technology that captures at least 75-pct of the carbon emissions, according to the governor's request. (Source: Office of Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, Wyoming Public Media, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: Office of Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, www.facebook.com/markgordon4wyoming; University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, www.uwyo.edu/ser

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Sequestration,  Greenhouse Gas,  


BC OGC Intros Tighter Methane Emission Regulations (Reg & Leg)
B.C. Oil and Gas Commission
Date: 2019-01-18
In Fort St. John, Canada, the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) reports the introduction of new regulations that will cut methane emissions by 10.9 megatonnes of CO2e over a 10-year period -- equivalent to removing 390,000 cars per year from the province's highways.

The new regulations, which will come into force January 1, 2020, include enhancements to requirements for leak detection and repair to ensure leaks are detected and repaired quickly. Under the new regulations, industry will be required to increase data management and reporting requirements to ensure transparent reporting of industry actions are under development.

The Province aims to cut methane emissions by 45 pct by 2025 and feds have a similar target. (Source: BC Oil & Gas Commission, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: BC Oil & Gas Commission, 250-794-5200, www.bcogc.ca/public-zone/reducing-methane-emissions

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  GHG,  


75F Promoting Intelligent Building Energy Solutions (Ind. Report)
75F
Date: 2019-01-18
Burnsville, Minnesota-based energy efficiency and energy management startup 75F is touting its self-learning, intuitive building intelligence system.

The 75F system improves a commercial building's operational efficiency and occupant experience by proactively controlling the HVAC, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), and lighting settings based on inputs from sensors, weather data, configuration settings and predictive algorithms. Broadly, the 75F solution provides commercial building owners with improved energy efficiency, occupant comfort and productivity, indoor air quality management, controls automation, extended equipment lifecycles, and remote management capabilities. The system is equipped with IoT, Machine Learning, cloud-computing, data storage and processing power, according to the company. (Source: 75F Tech Panda, Jan., 2019) Contact: 75F, (888) 590-8995, websitecontact@75f.io, www.75f.io

More Low-Carbon Energy News 75F,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Siemens Gamesa Launches 10 MW Offshore Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-01-18
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is touting the launch of its SG 10.0-193 DD, the company’s first 10+ MW offshore wind turbine The 10 MW rating is made possible through a larger generator diameter, building on the proven SGRE Direct Drive generator technology. The SG 10.0-193 DD Offshore Wind Turbine features 193 m diameter rotor and 94-meter-long-blades.

The SG 10.0-193 DD turbine offers up to 30% more AEP than its predecessor, the SG 8.0-167 DD. Its 94-meter-long-blades -- almost the length as one soccer field.

A SG 10.0-193 DD prototype is expected to be installed in 2019 with a commercial market launch slated for 2022. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, Andreas Nauen, CEO Offshore Business Unit, www.siemensgamesa.com

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


UC Berkeley Claims "Greenest Academic Building" (Ind. Report)
UC Berkeley,USGBC
Date: 2019-01-18
The University of California, Berkeley reports it's Haas School of Business Chou Hall has received both US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification and TRUE Zero Waste certification from Green Business Certification Inc., making it the "greenest academic building in the nation."

The TRUE Platinum Zero Waste certification is a result of efforts to divert more 90 pct of Chou's landfill waste. TRUE Zero Waste certification levels include Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. To achieve TRUE Platinum, the team earned 69 out of the 70 credits ranging from: composting food scraps, tracking the purchase of environmentally preferred products, providing employees with access to zero-waste training, and reducing the use of hazardous waste chemicals. (Source: University of California Berkeley, American School & University, Jan., 2019) Contact: TRUE Zero Waste, www.true.gbci.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UC Berkeley,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  WELL Certification,  


Castor Oil Biofuel Production Pilot Launched (Int'l Report)
ENI Bio
Date: 2019-01-18
Rome-headquartered ENI Bio is reporting the launch of a castor oil biofuel pilot project in Gafsa, Tunisia, where the company will cultivate 140-hectare of castor oil plants. The fruit from the plants will be used in the ENI biorefinery in Venice and subsequently in the biorefinery in Gela on the island of Sicily. The experimental project aims to find alternative raw materials in place of palm oil and to fuel ENI biorefineries.

When the plants are in their final stages of maturation, their fruit will be harvested in order to evaluate the yield in oil per ton and to define an extended cultivation plan. (Source: ANSA Med, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: ENI Bio, +39 06 598 22030, Fax: +39 06 598 25488, ufficio.stampa@eni.com, www.eni.com/en_IT/home.page

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Castor Oil,  Oil Seed,  


Hunter Pilot Ethanol Biorefinery Launched in Australia (Int'l)
Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources,
Date: 2019-01-18
In the Land Down Under, the Sydney-based University of Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) and Ethanol Technologies (Ethtec), in partnership with the Muswellbrook Shire Council, reports the development of the Hunter Pilot Biorefinery (HPB), a bio-renewables research facility and an environmentally sustainable process to produce biofuels and other renewable chemicals from crop and forestry waste.

The HPB will be a state-of-the-art facility containing biomass processing and fermentation equipment applicable to a range of biofuel and renewable chemical production technologies.

The first phase of the project received $4.6 million from the New South Wales (NSW) Government under the Growing Local Economies fund to unlock long-term growth opportunities in regional NSW through targeted infrastructure investment.

The foundation project of the Biorefinery is a $30 million cellulosic ethanol pilot plant project by Apace Research Limited (Apace), Ethanol Technologies Limited (Ethtec), the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Chinese engineering company JTL and the University of Newcastle. (Source: University of Newcastle, Australia, PR 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: NIER, Professor Alan Broadfoot, Executive Director, +61 2 4033 9000, www.newcastle.edu.au; Ethtec, + 61 7 4776 5300, +61 7 4776 5392 - fax, www.ethtec.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Ethtec,  Biomass,  


Ameresco Closes on Maximum Solar Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
Ameresco, Maximum Solar
Date: 2019-01-18
Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting acquisition of Acton, Massachusetts-based solar operations and maintenance specialist Maximum Solar. As part of this acquisition, Ameresco will further develop its in-house services to operate and maintain solar facilities, enhancing existing capabilities while using the latest technologies. Financial details of the transaction were not undisclosed.

Maximum Solar presently service more than 150 MW of solar of various sizes in the northeastern U.S. Services include complete O&M contracts, remote monitoring, facility reporting, electrical testing, inspections, trouble-shooting and repair, aerial and ground based thermal imaging, preventative maintenance, and others. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Maximum Solar, Brett Chapman, Pres., (978) 429-8216, www.maximumsolar.com; Ameresco (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Ameresco,  


Attis, Novozymes Collaborate on Biorefinery Technologies (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries,Novozymes
Date: 2019-01-18
Milton, Georgia-based Attis Industries Inc. reports it has inked an agreement with Copenhagen-headquartered Novozymes A/S under which Novozymes will supply enzymes to Attis' planned cellulosic ethanol biorefineries.

Attis has successfully converted the pulp extracted from its patented biomass processing into high yields of sugar using Novozymes' proprietary enzyme cocktails.

Initially, Attis and Novozymes will focus on optimizing the value of the biotechnology utilized in the Attis process. (Source: Attis Industries, Chemical Engineering, Jan., 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., Jeff Cosman, CEO, 678-580-5661, www.attisind.com; Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, President and CEO, Tina Sejersgard Fano, VP Bioenergy, +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Industries,  Novozymes,  Biofuel,  


Irving Adds CarbonCure CO2 Recycling Technology (Ind. Report)
CarbonCure
Date: 2019-01-18
Greenfield, Indiana-based concrete supplier Irving Materials, Inc. reports it has adopted Nova Scotia-headquartered CO2 utilization specialist CarbonCure CO2 recycling technology in 15 of its concrete plants across Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

CarbonCure Technology chemically mineralizes waste CO2 during the concrete manufacturing process to make greener and stronger concrete without impacting the concrete's quality or price. (Source: Carbon Cure Technologies, PR, 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

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


ACEEE Honors Top Utility Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Date: 2019-01-18
In Washington, D.C., the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is lauding 53 of the country's leading energy efficiency programs with the ACEEE Exemplary Program Award. The 53 selected programs are recognized for their innovation and effectiveness in increasing both commercial and residential energy efficiency.

The New Leaders of the Pack: ACEEE's Fourth National Review of Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs profiles model programs that deliver energy savings that not only help customers save money, they also benefit the environment by reducing carbon emissions and other pollutants. Moreover, since these programs save energy at lower costs than other forms of new supply, the whole economy benefits," according to ACEEE's Martin Kushler.

The 53 recipients include both electric and natural gas utilities, and span a wide range of program types and technologies. Programs range from low-income residential to strategic energy management for large businesses, and from high efficiency lighting to complete building retrofits.

Download the full listing of programs HERE. (Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy , PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: ACEEE, Seth Nowak, Report Lead Author and Project Manager, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ,  Energy Efficiiencyy,  


Malaysia to Double Palm Oil, Biodiesel Blend Rate by 2020 (Int'l)
Palm Oil
Date: 2019-01-18
In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Primary Industries Ministry has announced plans to double the mix of palm oil in its B-10 biodiesel programme by 2020.

The increase from 10 pct to 20 pct is intended to reduce high domestic stockpiles and boost sustainable energy sources. Source: Primary Industries Ministry, Malay Mail, Jan., 2019) Contact: Primary Industries Ministry, Teresa Kok, Minister, www.revolvy.com/page/Ministry-of-Primary-Industries-%28Malaysia%29

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


Etihad Flies First Flight Using UAE-made Biofuel (Int'l. Report)
Etihad Airways
Date: 2019-01-18
Following up on our November 3rd, 2017 coverage, Abu Dhabi, UEA-based Etihad Airways reports it has flown the world's first commercial flight using locally produced sustainable biofuel derived from plants grown in saltwater.

The biofuel was produced in the UAE by the not-for-profit Masdar Institute of Science and Technology's Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), a part of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology. The biofuel fuel was derived from oil in Salicornia plants grown on the two-hectare Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS) farm -- a desert ecosystem designed to produce fuel and food in saltwater -- in Masdar City. (Source: Etihad Airways, Trade Arabia News, 17 Jan., 2019)Contact: Etihad Aviation Group, Corporate Affairs, +971 50 818 9596, www.theetihadaviationgroup.com, www.etihad.com; Masdar Institute of Science and Technology Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), Masdar Institute, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Etihad Airways,  Green Fuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


ADNOC Cuts Fleet Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
ADNOC Logistics & Services
Date: 2019-01-18
Abu Dhabi-based ADNOC Logistics & Services (ADNOC), the marine and logistics subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), reports the under its Al Daffah Energy Efficiency Project the company slashed its operational fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 23 pct across a fleet of 122 vessels.

ADNOC, the UAE's largest fully integrated maritime and logistics company, has reduced its CO2 emissions by 1 million tons since 2013, according to a company release. (Source: ADNOC, International Shipping News , 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: ADNOC, +971 2 602 9000, www.adnoc.ae

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


FP&L Planning Major Solar Energy Expansion by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Florida Power & Light
Date: 2019-01-18
Further to our August 1st coverage, Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light (FP&L) reports it plans to decommission its last coal power production plant -- the Indiantown Cogeneration facility -- and expand its solar-energy capacity and battery energy storage technology statewide with the installation of more than 30 million solar panels by 2030. The utility presently has about 5 million solar panels installed at 18 solar power plants.

Florida's other utilities, including Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric Co. and Gulf Power, have also recently begun large-scale solar energy projects. (Source: FPL, Panama City News Herald, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: Florida Power & Light, Eric Silagy, Pres., CEO, www.fpl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Power & Light ,  Solar,  


Gov. Raises New York Offshore Wind, Solar Targets (Ind. Report)
NY Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-01-18
In his just released 2019 Justice Agenda, Empire State governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is proposing a 9-GW offshore wind goal by 2035, a 6-GW distributed solar target by 2025, and 3 GW of energy storage capacity by 2030. The new goals are part of the governor's plan for New York State to achieve carbon neutrality.

Cuomo's plan also calls for New York's Clean Energy Standard mandate to be increased from its present 50 pct to 70 pct renewable electricity by 2030. To that end, the state plans to invest approximately $200 million to facilitate the development of an offshore wind transmission grid. Governor Cuomo will also direct the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Department of Public Service to expand their Solar For All programme. Cuomo is also calling for roughly $1.5 billion in competitive awards that will support 20 large-scale solar, wind and energy storage projects totaling 1.65 GW in upstate New York. These projects could enter construction as early as August, while the overall capacity is planned to be operational by 2022. (Source: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Renewable, Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Renewable Energy,  Andrew Cuomo,  


Chinese Utility Planning 6 GW of Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (Int'l)
State Grid Corporation of China
Date: 2019-01-18
In Beijing, China's State Grid Corporation of China reports it plans to invest $5.67 billion to construct five pumped-storage hydropower plants totaling 6 GW by 2026. The facilities are slated for the provinces of Jilin, Hebei, Shandong and Zhejiang, as well as in the Xinjiang region. The state-controlled utility adds that China intends to add some 40 GW of pumped storage capacity by 2020. (Source: State Grid Corporation of China, Various Media, Jan., 2019) Contact: State Grid Corporation of China, www.sgcc.com.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Hydro Energy Storage,  


UCI, NASA Notes Antarctica Ice Lose Acceleration (Ind. Report)
University of California, Irvine
Date: 2019-01-18
A new report by NASA and the University of California, Irvine has found that Antarctica is losing six times more ice mass annually now than 40 years ago. The research team were able to determine that between 1979 and 1990, Antarctica shed an average of 40 gigatonnes of ice mass annually. From 2009 to 2017, about 252 gigatonnes per year were lost.

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Access the Four Decades of Antarctic Ice Sheet Mass Balance from 1979 - 2017 report HERE. (Source: University of California Irvine, Climate Action, Jan., 2019) Contact: University of California, Irvine, Eric Rignot, Chair of Earth System Science, Report Lead Author, (949)824-3739, erignot@uci.edu, www.ess.uci.edu/people/erignot

More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  University of California Irvine ,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


DOE SETO Funds Univ. of Washington Solar Cell R&D (R&D, Funding)
DOE SETO
Date: 2019-01-18
In Seattle, University of Washington (UW) researchers are reporting receipt of $2.3 million in funding from the U.S. DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). The funding is to support projects that will advance R&D in photovoltaic materials.

The UW research teams are led by Scott Dunham, a professor of electrical and computer engineering; Hugh Hillhouse, a professor of chemical engineering; and Devin MacKenzie, an associate professor of both mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering. All are also researchers with the UW-based Clean Energy Institute, and MacKenzie serves as director of the institute's Washington Clean Energy Testbeds. Dunham and Hillhouse are also members of the UW Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute.

Prof. Hugh Hillhouse's project was awarded $1.5 million to focus on understanding how the composition, structure, and environmental exposure of pervoskites can affect their stability and performance. Associate Prof Devin MacKenzie's project scored nearly $200,000 to focus on perovskite manufacturing using roll-to-roll processing techniques. Prof. Scott Dunham's project will investigate copper indium gallium selenide (CIGs) with $681,000 in grant funding. (Source: University of Washington News, DOE SETO, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, 206-221-9263, uwcei@uw.edu, www.cei.washington.edu; Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, 206-685-6833, wcet@uw.edu, www.wcet.washington.edu; Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, University of Washington, www.washington.edu; US DOE SETO, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  DOE SETO,  PV,  Photovoltaic,  


Kenya Power Doubling Geothermal Connections to Grid (Int'l)
Kenya Power
Date: 2019-01-18
In Nairobi, Kenya Power and Light is reporting it will construct a second, 85-kilometre power line between Narok and Bomet to connect western Kenya to cheap power produced at the Olkaria geothermal fields. The first line being constructed by the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) and is scheduled for completion in September.

The project is being financed by the French Development Agency.

Kenya Power and Light is a limited liability company that transmits, distributes and retails electricity throughout Kenya. (Source: Kenya Power & Light, 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: Kenya Power, www.kplc.co.ke

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  


Vanderbilt Engineering, Science Bldg Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-01-18
In Nashville, Tenn., private research university Vanderbilt is reporting its Engineering and Science Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The Engineering and Science Building houses the university's most energy efficient lab space. During the initial design phase of the building, 3D modeling was used to evaluate conditions of the site such as orientation, heat gain from windows, natural light, and others to ensure optimized design. Other green design elements that helped achieve its LEED status include:

  • 20' tall enthalpy wheels to transfer heat and humidity, conditioning the fresh air intake with exhaust air leaving the building;
  • Chilled beams supplied by hot and cold water used to condition spaces which is more efficient than conditioning with air systems;
  • A 10,000 gallon cistern to capture rain water for irrigation;
  • Sunshading frit on glass to optimize natural solar light and to also help prevent bird strikes;
  • LED energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors;
  • Flexibility of design to allow different lab type use over time as well as lab renovations without major mechanical systems rework;
  • Clean room energy reduction through occupancy and particle sensors to decrease system use when not needed. (Source: Vanderbilt University, PR, 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: Vanderbilt University, 615-322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


  • UK BEIS Updates Small-Scale Renewable Energy Support (Int'l)
    UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports the release of its proposed guidelines intended to support the development of small-scale renewable energy technologies by ensuring remuneration for any and all electricity generated that is supplied to the grid by small-scale generators.

    The proposed Smart Export Guarantee is intended to improve and replace existing Feed-in Tariff (FiT) schemes and a Generator Export Tariff incentive scheme for small-scale generators to supply electricity to the grid. Both schemes expire on 31 March,2019.

    Those most obviously affected by such a shift are rooftop solar owners, but the UK boasts approximately 560,000 households and businesses generating small-scale electricity under the FiT scheme using a range of technologies including biomass anaerobic digestion, ,wind power and hydro-electricity.

    The proposed Guarantee would specifically replace the FiT scheme and would require electricity suppliers to pay new small-scale energy producers for excess electricity generated from homes and businesses which is supplied to the grid. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, CleanTechnica, 13 Jan., 2019) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, https://www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department for Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy ,  


    Saudis Increasing 2030 Renewable Energy Goals (Int'l Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In Abu Dubai, the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy reports it plans to integrate the country's renewable energy network -- which aims to produce 60 GW of energy -- 40 GW from solar and 20 GW from wind and other sources -- by 2030.

    In 2014, the country planned to produce 20 GW of solar energy and 7 GW of wind energy. solar energy and the rest from wind energy. (Source: UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: King Abdullah Atomic and Renewable Energy City, +966 11 808 5555, www.kacare.gov.sa/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    NIPSCO Dumping Coal, Cutting CO2 90 pct within Decade (Ind. Report)
    NIPSCO
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In the Hoosier State, Merrillville-headquartered investor owned utility Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), which is 65 pct coal dependent, is reporting plans to cut its coal power generation to essentially zero over the next 10 years. In coal's place, NIPSCO will increase its pursuit of largely renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind energy, along with battery storage technology.

    Access NIPSCO's Your Energy, Your Future campaign details HERE. (Source: NIPSCO, Tree Hugger, Jan., 2019) Contact: NIPSCO, Violet Sistovaris, President, www.nipsco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NIPSCO,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    U.K. Environmental Coalition Spearheading CCS Project (Int'l)
    Very Large Scale Decarbonization Partners
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In London, U.K. Energy and Clean Growth Minister Hon. Claire Perry has announced the U.K. will lead an international challenge to capture and sequester CO2. Additionally, Houston-headquartered Very Large Scale Decarbonization Partners (VLS Decarb) has announced its intention to carry out field trials of its highly innovative CO2 sequestration system in several U.K. and EU locations, including several U.S. shale basins where, pending results, these trial sites will be developed into fully functioning carbon dioxide storage facilities capable of permanently storing a significant percentage of annual U.S. CO2 emissions. VLS Decarb will target U.S. shale basins in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.

    VLS Decarb is now securing long term carbon storage contracts from industrial, institutional and governmental clients seeking to mitigate CO2 emissions associated with their operations.

    VLS Decarb's proprietary technologies have the potential to permanently sequester approximately 35 years of global electric power CO2 emissions associated with the energy consumed in simultaneously sequestering all global CO2 emissions from all sources during the same time. (Source: VLS Decarbonization Partners, LLC, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: VLS Decarbonization Partners, John Francis Thrash MD, jfthrash@vlsdecarb.com, www.vlsdecarb.com ; U.K. Energy and Clean Growth Minister, www.gov.uk/government/ministers/minister-of-state-minister-for-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration,  CCS,  Carbon Storage,  CO2,  


    Badger State Burned More Coal in 2017 than 2016 (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2019-01-16
    According to recently released US Energy Information Administration (EIA) data, Wisconsin burned approximately 7 pct more coal in 2017 than 2016 to provide better than half of the Badger State's energy that year.

    Since the most recent data period,coal-powered plants in Pleasant Prairie, Sheboygan and Green Bay have been shutter and replaced with natural gas and renewable energy.

    The Wisconsin Public Service Commission( WPSC) notes that the state's coal consumption has decreased by 28 pct since its peak in 2005, and overall emissions have dropped 20 pct. (Source: WPSC, University of Wisconsin, Wisc. Public Radio, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: The Wisconsin Public Service Commission, 608-266-5481, https://psc.wi.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Notable Quote
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-01-16
    "In the long term, if we're talking about shifting to a more sustainable energy system with more renewables -- but especially with less air pollution and less CO2 emissions -- the trend since 2005 is in the right direction." -- Prof. Greg Nemet, Public Affairs and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs. Contact: Prof. Greg Nemet www.lafollette.wisc.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  CO2 Emissions,  


    Stamford Health USGBC LEED Healthcare Certified (Ind Report)
    USGBC,US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In Fairfield, Conn., the Stamford Health hospital, which opened in 2016, reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Healthcare Certification. The facility is the largest in the country and the first such facility in Conn. certified facility.

    In qualifying for certification, the Stamford hospital focused on; airflow, energy consumption, air quality, and "green" roofs.Other LEED qualifying features include:

  • about 85 pct of construction debris was recycled;
  • green spaces were maximized, including gardens, courtyards and paths to promote healing and provide patient and family respite;
  • sustainable, regionally sourced materials and products such as certified wood, walls, ceiling, flooring and other components were used throughout;
  • low-emitting materials, such as environmentally friendly carpets and no noxious flooring material, were selected.

    In addition, the hospital has also been lauded by Stamford 2030 District, a public-private nonprofit collaborative community of high-performance buildings in downtown Stamford. Stamford 2030 aims to cut energy and water consumption and reduce emissions from transportation in the city by 50 pct by 2030. (Source: WestFair Online, Stamford Health, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Stamford Health, Kathleen Silard, Pres., CEO, www.stamfordhealth.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


  • CHP Plant Slashes SUNY Campus Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
    ESF SUNY
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In the Empire State, the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse reports it is saving over $520,000 a year on heat and electricity with a high-performance combined-heat-and-power system (CHP) fueled by natural gas and wood pellets, and designed to capture waste energy for heating buildings.

    The CHP system generates 60 pct of the campus' heat, 20 pct of its electric power, and is a key component that allowed us to achieve LEED Platinum for the Gateway Center which houses the CHP facility which is credited with cutting the campus carbon footprint by 24 pct.(Source: SUNY ESF, PR, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: SUNY ESF, David C. Amberg, Intrim Pres., Joshua Arnold, Dir, Energy Management, Utilities, (315)470-6500, www.esf.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  Carbon Emissions,  CHP,  Energy Efficiency,  


    $25.6 Mn for First Canadian Geothermal Power Plant (Funding)
    Geothermal
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In Ottawa, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reports it will provide $25.6 million (Cdn) ($19.28 million) in funding for the country's first geothermal power facility near Estevan, Saskatchewan.

    The 5 MW project, spearheaded by Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Deep Earth Energy Production Corporation, is expected to generate sufficient energy to power around 5,000 homes. (Source: Gov't of Canada,Various Media, CNBC, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Deep Earth Energy Production Corporation, Kirsten Marcia P. Geo., Director, President & CEO, 306.261.6979, kmarcia@deepcorp.ca, www.deepcorp.ca

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    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Opening Boston Office (Ind. Report)
    MHI Vestas
    Date: 2019-01-16
    Wind energy manufacturer and service provider MHI Vestas Offshore Wind reports it is establishing its first U.S. office in Boston. The new office will be led by Jason Folsom, the company's U.S. national sales director.

    Vestas is presently planning the 800 MW Vineyard Wind project off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, as well as exploring potential projects in nearby states. (Source: Vestas, Various Media,14 Jan., 2019) Contact: MHI Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Wind,  Offshore Wind ,  


    Friends of the Earth Ireland Wants Carbon Tax Increase (Int'l)
    Friends of the Earth
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In Dublin, Friends of the Earth Ireland has called on the Government to include the carbon tax in a series of decarbonisation measures rather than increasing it as a stand-alone policy. It is also urging the Government to take the lead on cutting emissions and making less polluting choices affordable and accessible for people.

    FoE has outlined 12 measures it said would enable a just transition to a zero-carbon future. The measures include: Special Saving Incentive Account-style schemes for insulating homes; solar panels for every school and feed-in tariff payments for solar power supplied to the grid; low or zero fares for buses, trams and trains; new investments in public transport; and a carbon tax refund scheme where the increase in the carbon tax would be returned to the tax payer. The group is also calling for a €20 increase in the carbon tax from January 1st 2020, and a €5 increase per year thereafter. (Source: Friends of the Earth,PR, Irish Times, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Friends of the Earth Ireland, Oisin Coghlan, Dir., +353 1 639 4652, www.foe.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Friends of the Earth,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  


    Equinor Awarded Seabed CO2 Storage Exploration Permit (Int'l)
    Equinor
    Date: 2019-01-16
    The Norwegian Government reports it has awarded an exploitation permit for CO2 storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf to Norwegian multinational energy company Equinor. The permitted area is close to the Troll oil and gas field in the North Sea.

    Equinor is currently performing front-end engineering and design (FEED) studies on storage with project partners Shell and Total. The FEED-studies will provide more accurate cost estimates necessary for an investment decision. Equinor will next prepare a Plan for Development and Operations (PDO) scheduled for delivery in 2019. An investment decision for the Norwegian full-scale CCS project is expected in 2020/2021. (Source: Equinor, Gas World, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  CCS,  Seabed Carbon Storage,  


    Half D.C. Bldgs Could Require Energy Code Upgrades (Reg & Leg)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-01-16
    As previously reported, the recently passed Washington D.C. Council bill aimed at addressing climate change by reducing the city's greenhouse gas emissions will force the owners of hundreds of buildings across D.C. to improve their building's energy performance. The bill, which is being widely lauded as the "strongest climate legislation" in the nation, calls for cutting D.C.'s greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct by 2032.

    According to the D.C. Green Building Advisory Council 50 pct of the city's buildings will need to improve their energy performance to meet as yet undermined standards. The bill gives the D.C. Department of Energy & Environment until 2021 to establish a standard Energy Star score that buildings must meet, and it requires that standard to be at least at the level of D.C.'s current median score. The new law will also establish a task force of commercial real estate industry representatives to help with the implementation.

    Building Owners needing to make upgrades will be able to utilize multiple financing methods, including low-interest PACE bonds and the D.C. Green Bank, a new fund that allows owners to borrow money for building upgrades and pay it back out of their future energy savings. (Source: Bisnow Washington, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: DC Green Bank, www.doee.dc.gov/greenbank

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Building Sustainability,  


    Ventient Energy Foresees Wind Industry Growth (Int'l Report)
    Ventient Energy
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In the UK, Edinburgh-based Ventient Energy reports it is targeting significant growth both in the UK and overseas. The firm was formed in 2017 by bringing together the portfolios of independent wind power producers Zephyr and Infinis Wind.

    Ventient's 690MW of installed capacity on 34 wind farms stretch the length of Great Britain from Cornwall to Caithness, Scotland. (Source: Ventient Energy, PR, 4 Jan., 2019) Contact: Ventient Energy, Mark Jones, CEO, +44 0131 243 1380, info@ventientenergy.com, www.ventientenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ventient Energy,  Wind,  


    Manila's Rizal Bank Announces "Green" Finance Framework (Int'l)
    Rizal Commercial Banking Corp
    Date: 2019-01-16
    The Manila-based Rizal Commercial Banking Corp, the Philippine's tenth largest bank by assets, reports it has established a finance framework for "green" bonds and loans focus on renewable energy, green buildings, clean transport, pollution prevention and energy efficiency.

    www.rcbc.com

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    Epitome Energy Planning Minn. Soybean Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Epitome Energy
    Date: 2019-01-16
    Red Wing, Minnesota-based Epitome Energy is reporting plans to construct a 30-million-gpy biodiesel facility and a 21-million bushel specialty soybean mechanical extraction plant as part of a specialty oil refining operation near the town of Crrokson, Minnesota.

    When fully operational, the plant is expected to generate $322.8 million in new economic activity, support 80 to 100 jobs and have an estimated payroll and benefits of more than $5 million. Construction of the soybean crush and biodiesel facility would begin in 2021. (Source: Epitome Energy, PR, Grand Forks Herald, Jan., 2019) Contact: Epitome Energy, Dennis Egan, Owner, www.bizapedia.com/mn/epitome-energy-llc.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Epitome Energy,  Soybean,  Biodiesel,  


    C-PACE Financing for $10Mn Calif. Multi-Unit Project (Funding)
    PACE
    Date: 2019-01-16
    Campbell, California -headquartered C-PACE project financing developer K2 Clean Energy Capital, LLC,is reporting the closing of a $10 million PACE transaction for a 102-unit multi-family housing development in Oakland -- the largest C-PACE funding for a new construction project in the multi-family sector reported to date by the national PACE organization .

    The C-PACE financing will fund multiple measures including roofing & insulation, HVAC systems, energy-efficient LED lighting, water efficiency, seismic measures and will contribute to the project goal of obtaining LEED Silver or Gold certification. (Source: K2 Clean Energy Capital, PR, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: C -PACE, www.copace.com; K2 Clean Energy Capital LLC, Stephen Tsu, co-founder and Managing Director , Jonathan Pickering, Managing Director, jp@k2cleancap.com, www.k2cleancap.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Orion Claims Fed. Energy Efficient LED Lighting Projects (Ind. Report)
    Orion Energy Systems
    Date: 2019-01-16
    Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based LED lighting specialist Orion Energy Systems reports receipt of $3.6 million contract to install LED lighting systems in two unidentified US government facilities. The project is expected to start in fiscal year 2019.

    Once the lighting retrofits are completed, the federal customers expect to cut their annual energy usage for lighting by approximately 50 pct per facility.

    For the projects, Orion is replacing legacy T5, T8, compact fluorescent and HID lighting systems with energy-efficient LED lighting platforms and controls. (Source: Orion, PR, Energy Mgr., Others, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Orion Energy Systems, Mike Altschaefl, CEO, (312) 660-3575, www.orionlighting.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orion Energy Systems ,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Light,  


    Aemetis' Indian Plant Capacity Expansion Completed (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2019-01-16
    Following up on our 23rd March, 2018 coverage, Cupertino, California-based Aemetis Inc. is reporting its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has completed a two-year upgrade of its biodiesel and glycerin plant in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India.

    The work included a pre-treatment unit to process low-cost and low-waste feed stock into oil, the expansion of a boiler, and an environmental systems to enable the production of 50 million gpy of biodiesel and bio-oil while simultaneously operating the biodiesel, pre-treatment and glycerin refining units. At full capacity, the plant is expected to be able to refine approximately 5 million gpy of glycerin.

    The Indian Government is seeking to increase domestic biodiesel consumption from the present 1 pct biodiesel blend to 5 pct of the total petroleum diesel consumption. To that end, the government reduced the Goods & Services Tax (GST) on biodiesel from 18 pct to 12 pct to support the industry. (Source: Aemetis, PR, Chemicals Technology, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  


    Water Hyacinth, Oil Seed Tree Biofuels Investigated in India (Int'l)
    Punjab Forest Department
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In the sub-continent, at the recent Punjab Forest Department Consultation on Tree-Borne Oilseed -based Biofuels conference held in Mohali, the Forest announced it has sent samples of several Indian invasive plant species -- including lantana, water hyacinth, and Arundonex -- to the Indian Institute of Petroleum (IPP) for investigation as possible biodiesel production feed stocks.

    Punjab is preparing a baseline data base of the area's more than 400 oilseed -bearing trees as well as investigating indigenously designed and tested machinery and equipment suitable for bi -diesel transportation fuel production from lantana, water hyacinth, arundonex and oil seed bearing trees. (Source: Punjab Forest Department, Times of India, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: Indian Institute of Petroleum, +91 135 252 5722, www.iip.res.in; Punjab Forest Department, pbforests.gov.in

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


    VTT Touts New Woody Biomass Gasification Technology (Int'l)
    VTT
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In Helsinki, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is touting its newly developed gasification technology for turning woody biomass and forest industry byproducts, such as bark, sawdust and forestry waste, into transport biofuels and chemicals. The new technique reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 90 pct compared to fossil fuels, according to VTT.

    The new approach uses gasification to turn biomass into intermediate products -- liquid hydrocarbons, methanol or methane -- in production units integrated with communal district heating plants or forest industry power plants. The intermediate products are processed further in oil refineries to make renewable fuels or chemicals.

    VTT developed and piloted the new gasification process and evaluated the competitiveness of plants based on the technique in the course of a recently concluded project called BTL2030. The distributed generation process developed by the project team makes efficient use of the energy content of biomass, according to VTT. (Source: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Canadian Biomass, Jan., 2019) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, +358 20 722 7070, info@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News VTT,  Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  


    Santa Barbara Stymies PACE Energy Efficiency Financing (Ind. Report)
    PACE,Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In the Golden State, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors reports it has rejected the residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) energy efficiency loan program with the caveat that it be reintroduced and reviewed in 2020.

    The board cited concerns about loan payments being collected through property tax bills, potential predatory lending practices, problems selling homes with R-PACE liens and subsequent property devaluation, leading to a reduction in tax revenues, for its rejection

    The PACE program allows residents and businesses to make energy-efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to their properties with no cash up-front, out-of-pocket expenses, with the cost of the work covered by third-party lenders who are then re paid through an assessment on property tax bills, but the PACE lien on the property takes priority over other existing loans.

    On a federal level, the US Federal Housing and Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two largest purchasers and backers of residential loans, has directed lenders under its oversight to not purchase mortgages secured by properties with R-PACE (residential PACE) liens. (Source: Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, Lompac Record, 15 Jan., 2019) Contact: Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, www.countyofsb.org/bos

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    China Launches Subsidy-Free Solar, Wind Power (Int'l Report)
    National Development and Reform Commission
    Date: 2019-01-14
    Reporting from Beijing, the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is announcing the launch of a series of subsidy-free wind and solar projects this year. The projects are timed to cash in on a rapid fall in construction costs since 2012 and tackle a gaping payment backlog.

    In 2018 the government suspended all new subsidized solar capacity approvals after a record 53-gigawatt capacity increase in 2017 left it with a backlog of at least 120 billion yuan ($18 billion) in subsidy payments. The new subsidy-free projects will generate renewable power for sale at the same prices as non-subsidised coal-fired power plants, and will not have to comply with capacity quota restrictions.

    Under the new policy, grid companies will be encouraged to guarantee electricity purchases from pilot projects, lower transmission fees and support cross-regional deliveries of subsidy-free power. The government has already approved the construction of several subsidy-free wind farms, and solar generators have also achieved price parity in some regions.

    According to the NDRC, solar construction costs in China plunged 45 pct from 2012 to 2017, while wind project costs fell 20 pct over the same time frame. (Source: China National Development and Reform Commission, Reuters, 10 Jan., 2019)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

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    MinnKota Power Touts $1Bn Carbon-Capture Project (Ind. Report)
    Lignite Energy Council
    Date: 2019-01-14
    Grand Forks, North Dakota-headquartered MinnKota Power Cooperative reports it plans to construct Project Tundra, a $1 billion carbon capture unit at its existing Milton R. Young Unit 2 plant near Center, North Dakota. Work is projected to get underway this year for completion and commissioning in 2025.

    roject Tundra could potentially capture up to 95 pct of the Milton R. Young plant's carbon emissions which could then be used for enhanced oil recovery or stored in underground rock formations.

    To advance the project, MinnKota will reportedly apply for $15 million in federal DOE grant funding which will be matched by the state for a total of $30 million to study and design of the project plan.

    The Lignite Energy Council, and other proponents are reportedly working to ensure state policy will create a friendly environment for Project Tundra which they claim is important to the state in terms of enhanced oil production, reducing carbon emissions, guaranteeing a reliable and cost-effective source of energy, and preserving the lignite coal industry. (Source: MinnKota Power Cooperative, Forum News Service, 12 Jan., 2019) Contact: MinnKota Power Cooperative, Stacey Dahl, External Affairs, 701-795-4000, www.minnkota.com; Lignite Energy Council, Jason Bohrer, (701) 258-7117, www.lignite.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  MinnKota Power,  Lignite Energy Council,  


    Wash. Transitioning to 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2032 (Ind. Report)
    Washingto DC
    Date: 2019-01-14
    In the nation's capitol, the Washington, D.C. city council reports the passage of legislation -- the Clean Energy D.C. Omnibus Act of 2018 -- to transition the city to 100 pct renewable energy by 2032. With the legislation, Washington DC has set one of the nation's most ambitious green energy goals to date.

    The Clean Energy D.C. Omnibus Act of 2018 includes measures to reduce emissions from buildings and transportation. Federal buildings will have to follow the stricter energy efficiency standards that the new law will bring for all existing D.C. buildings. All public transportation and private vehicle fleets, including ride-share programs Uber and Lyft, must be carbon free by 2045.

    The bill is expected to cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions 42 pct by 2032. Previously, the district had pledged 50 pct renewable energy by 2032. (Source: City of Washington, DC, Building Design & Construction, Jan., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Washington Clean Energy,  


    NYPA to Help Modernize USVI Electric Grid (Ind. Report)
    Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority,NYPA
    Date: 2019-01-14
    The U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (VIWAPA) is announcing the support of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to restore, improve and modernize the islands' electric grid and incorporate a significant renewable energy -- wind and solar -- capability into the island's energy mix. To that end, the two agencies have inked a MoU under which NYPA will provide technical consulting support for the continued rebuilding of the WAPA grid.

    VIWAPA is making investments in upgrading the generation, transmission and distribution systems to improve reliability, as well as incorporating a practical approach to renewable energy to help reduce VIWAPA's reliance on fossil fuels. (Source: NYPA, The St, John Source, 12 Jan., 2019) Contact: NYPA, Gil Quiniones, Pres., CEO, (914) 681-8186, www.nypa.gov; Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, (346) 773-2250, www.viwapa.vi

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYPA,  Renewable Energy,  


    Hawaiian Solar-Storage Peaker Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
    AES Corp, Kaua’I Island Utility Cooperative
    Date: 2019-01-14
    In the Aloha State, the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative and AES Corp. are reporting completion of their joint solar and energy storage project with a "record-breaking photovoltaic peaker capacity" at Lawai.

    The Lawai Solar and Energy Storage Project combines a 28-MW solar PV and 100-MWh five-hour duration energy storage system that meets roughly 11 pct of Kauai islands power needs -- more than 50 pct of Kauai island is powered by renewables, according to AES.

    The project, which got underway last February, is owned and operated by AES Distributed Energy. The project's energy storage system incorporates SunPower's solar panels and 13,000 lithium-ion battery modules from Samsung SDI.

    Hawaii has mandated the use of 100 pct renewable energy by 2045.(Source: AES, PR, Power Eng., 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: AES Corp., Andres Gluski, Pres., CEO, www.aes.com; Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, www.kiuc.coop

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Storage,  AES Corp. ,  


    BEE-CPWD Developing New Building Energy Efficiency Code (Int'l.)
    India
    Date: 2019-01-14
    The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) are reporting the signing of a 5-year MoU for cooperation on the development of a "Star Rating" Energy Efficiency-Conservation Building Code (ECBC) for new construction.

    BEE is a statutory body under Ministry of Power mandated to implement policy and programmes in energy efficiency and conservation with CPWD, the Indian government's principle construction agency.

    The Star Rating Programme for buildings is based on the actual performance of a building in terms of its specific energy usage in kwh/sqm/year. This programme rates office buildings on a 1-5 Star scale, with 5 Star being the most efficient. (Source: India Bureau of Energy Efficiency, 10 Jan., 2019) Contact: India Bureau of Energy Efficiency, www.beeindia.gov.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Code,  


    Abu Dhabi Fund Commits $10Mn to Mauritius Solar Project (Int'l)
    Abu Dhabi Fund for Development
    Date: 2019-01-14
    The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for international development aid, reports the signing of a $10 million concessionary loan agreement with the Government of Mauritius to fund a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) kits project. The project, which aims to provide 10,000 solar PV kits to low-income communities, is being financed through the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility.

    The project will contribute to Mauritius achieving its national goal of 35 pct renewable electricity by 2025.

    Since 1971, ADFD has financed development projects in 88 countries across the globe, including 40 African nations. (Source: ADFD, arabianindustry.com, 13 Jan., 2019) Contact: ADFD, Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General , www.adfd.ae/english/Pages/Home.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Abu Dhabi Fund for Development ,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  

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