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Methanol Inst. Supports Methanol Marine Fuel Tests (Ind. Report)
Methanol Institute
Date: 2019-01-09
The Methanol Institute (MI) is reporting its supports the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore's $200,000 GreenPilot evaluation of methanol as a marine fuel in Asia.

The NTU evaluation includes desktop and bench-testing of a methanol-powered marine engine and the onboard testing of the same engine in a harbour craft vessel for a six-month sea trial. The sea trial will be followed by an engine "teardown" to test clearances and material compatibility. The project is intended to demonstrate the benefits, and encourage the use of methanol as a marine fuel. Similar projects have reportedly shown that Methanol can be easily adopted as a marine fuel at reasonable cost and without the complexity of other low emission alternatives. (Source: Methanol Institute, Bunkerspot, Jan., 2019) Contact: Methanol Institute, Chris Chatterton, Chief Operating Officer, (703) 248-3636,; Nanyang Technological University,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol Institute,  Methanol,  Mariv=ne Fuel,  

UV Lauded for Energy Innovation, Efficiency Technology (Ind. Report)
University of Virginia
Date: 2019-01-09
Reporting from the Old Dominion State, the University of Virginia (UV) notes it has been recognized as the 2019 Innovation Award winner in the category "Higher Education Energy Efficiency Technology" by the Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award Advisory Panel. The recognition was for the school's Delta Force innovation approach to energy efficiency advances.

Delta Forceis an internal performance contracting program that increases energy efficiency and guarantees energy savings. Delta Force identifies UVA projects that represent good opportunities for energy savings, funds those projects, then recovers 125 pct of the funding out of utility savings. Delta Force efforts have resulted in short ROIs and millions of dollar in energy cost savings. (Source: University of Virginia, CPower Energy Management, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Virginia, Jesse Warren, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, O+M Sustainability Director -- Buildings & Operations, University of Virginia,; Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Marion, Mass. Designated as Green Community (Ind. Report)
DOER Green Communities
Date: 2019-01-09
In the Bay State, the town of Marion reports it has been designated part of the Mass. DOER Green Communities program.

The DOER Green Communities Division provides technical assistance and financial support for municipal initiatives to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy in public buildings, facilities and schools, according to a news release.

In 2014, Marion's Energy Management Committee promoted a solar bylaw that has seen the installation of more than 100 solar projects. The town has also executed a power purchase agreement with Future Generation Wind to net meter electric power to town buildings and facilities for an annual savings in excess of $90,000. In addition, the town added electric vehicles to its fleet and replaced all of the town's cobra-head streetlights with more efficient LED fixtures for additional energy savings.

With the new Green Community designation the town has been awarded a grant of $132,672 to cover the cost of additional energy-saving projects. (Source: DOER Green Communities, Standard-Times, South Coast Today, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Mass. DOER Green Communities, Communities

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  DOER Green Communities,  

Tokyo Launches "Eco-Point" Energy Efficient Appliance Plan (Int'l)

Date: 2019-01-09
In Japan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) is reporting the upcoming October launch of its ¥4.5 billion "eco-point" program. The program will grant points to consumers who replace older, inefficient home appliances with energy-efficient models. Refrigerators, air conditioners and water heaters will be covered by the program.

Under the program, shoppers will gain one point for each 7 kg of CO2 emissions they are able to cut through replacing home appliances. One point will be worth ¥1 and exchangeable for gift tickets. The program, which is expected to run until March 2021, is forecast to lower CO2 emissions by 140,000 tpy and reduce utility expenses by ¥6.9 billion. (Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan Times, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Tokyo Metropolitan Government,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  

DOE Awards $25Mn for Marine Energy R&D Projects (Funding)
US DOE Water Power Technologies Office
Date: 2019-01-09
U.S. DOE is reporting the selection of 12 projects that will share in $25 million in next-generation marine energy devices funding through the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Water Power Technologies Office. The selected innovative projects will reduce capital costs and accelerate the innovation cycle by testing new concepts. Marine energy includes ocean wave power, tidal, and river/ocean current devices that convert movement of water into electricity.

Selections were made across three topic areas, outlined below. The first two aim to address fundamental scientific and engineering challenges of generating power from dynamic, low-velocity and high-density waves and currents. The third topic area is targeted to provide better information to reduce the costs and time to permit projects that include Early Stage Device Design Research, Controls and Power Take Off Design Integration and Testing, and Dissemination of Environmental Data and Analyses to Facilitate the Marine Energy Regulatory Process. (Source: US DOE, Water Power Technologies Office, Jan., 2019) Contact: US DOE Water Power Technologies Office,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Tidal Energy,  Run-of-River,  US DOE Water Power Technologies Office,  

Oil Giant Exxon Mobil Denied! (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
Exxon Mobil
Date: 2019-01-09
In Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a significant ruling with its refusal to hear Houston-headquartered oil juggernaut Exxon Mobil's appeal in its 2016 suit with the state of Massachusetts.

In the appeal, the company was attempting to block the release of records of its knowledge of how burning fossil fuels changes the climate.

Massachusetts Attorney General's suit claimed the world's largest investor-owned oil company violated state's consumer protection rules and misled investors about the impacts of fossil fuels on climate change as well as risks of climate change to its business.

Exxon appealed the decision to the Supreme Court on the grounds that the Massachusetts attorney general did not have jurisdiction to compel the company to release documents relevant to its own climate change-carbon emissions research and data. (Source: Various Media, 8 Jan., 2019)Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon Mobil,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

New Methanol Facility Startups Announced (Ind. Report)
Methanex, US Methanol
Date: 2019-01-09
Following up on our June 4th, 2018 report, two new methanol plants in the Americas are now scheduled to start up in 2019 -- one in the US and the other in Trinidad and Tobago.

The largest of the two methanol project, Caribbean Gas Chemical's plant in Trinidad and Tobago could start up as early as mid-2019.

Methanol from Trinidad comes into the US duty-free while shipments from Venezuela are hit with a 5.5 pct import tax. In 2017, 49 pct of all US methanol imports were from Trinidad, according to industry data.

The second new methanol project slated for startup in 2019 is US Methanol's 200,000 tpy Liberty One unit in Charleston, West Virginia. Vancouver-based Methanex is also expected to make a final investment decision on a proposed 1.8 million tpy plant next to its two existing methanol plants. in Geismar, Louisiana. (Source: US Methanol, Methanex, ICIS News, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: US Methanol, Frank Bakker, CEO, (681) 205-8511,,; Caribbean Gas Chemical, (868) 225-4242,; Methanex, John Floren, Pres., CEO, (604) 661 2600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Methanex,  US Methanol,  

JAL Commits to Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Flights (Int'l)
Japan Airlines
Date: 2019-01-09
Japan Airlines (JAL) is reporting it plans to operate select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo (Haneda Airport) with an aircraft fueled by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplied by Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., beginning the month. In January 2009, JAL operated a test flight in Japan with SAF using a mixture of three second-generation biofuel feedstocks and in November 2017, the airline operated a passenger flight with SAF from Chicago to Tokyo. The airline also reports it plans to operate a charter flight with SAF made from recycled clothes.

The SAF initiative is part of JAL's Medium Term Management Plan to actively contribute and tackle Global Sustainable Development Goals, including the reduction of CO2 emissions. (Source: Japan Airlines, PR, 8 Jan., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel news,  Jet Biofuel news,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel news,  

Notable Quote
Renewable Fuel Standard, Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2019-01-09
"The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been an unmitigated success, helping to clean the air, boost rural economies, lower fuel prices, and break up the oil industry's near monopoly at the pump." -- Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, (202) 289-3835,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard ,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuels Association,  

EC Supports €320Mn Portuguese Biomass Energy Installations (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2019-01-09
The European Commission (EC) reports it has approved a Portuguese 15-year scheme to support biomass energy installations located close to forest areas regarded as "critical", due to the risk of fires.

The aid will be provided in the form of a feed-in premium (a top-up payment over the market price) to the selected installations for every unit of electricity produced, as well as an environmental tariff premium (PDIF) linked to the use of biomass.

The new installations will produce both electric power and combined heat and power (HP). The measure aims to incentivize forest owners to clean the forests at risk by using the forest residues to produce biomass energy and thus reduce the risk of future forest fires. in Portugal. (Source: EC, eureporter, 9 Jan., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Biomass news,  Woody Biomass news,  

Thailand's MCE Plans Boost in Sugarcane Ethanol Production (Int'l)
Mae Sod Clean Energy
Date: 2019-01-09
In Thailand, Bangkok-based e chemicals and ethanol producer Mae Sod Clean Energy Co. (MCE) is reporting it plans to ramp up sugarcane ethanol production at its plant in Tak province, Northern region, to full capacity of 260,000 lpd by the year 2021. The production increase is dependent upon local sugarcane production and availability. (Source: Mae Sod Clean Energy, Jan., 2019) Contact: Mae Sod Clean Energy Co. LTD,. +66 2 695-9499,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news,  Sugarcane Ethanol news,  Biofuel news,  

Praj Industries Ethanol Production, Share Price Riding High (Int'l)
Praj Industries
Date: 2019-01-09
On the sub-continent, Mumbai-based sugarcane ethanol producer Praj Industries reports its shares have been trading at their highest level since September 26, 2008. The company posted 2.5 times jump in its net profit at 124,300,000 Indian Rupee ($1,763,598) during the first half (April-September) of the financial year 2018-19. Net revenue grew 12 pct in the corresponding period of previous fiscal.

Praj Industries commands an almost 70 pct market share in the Indian bio-energy business in India and is the only dominant player along with ISGEC ltd. (Source: Praj Industries, SI Reporter, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: Praj Industries, +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  Ethanol,  

NREL High on U.S. Floating Solar Potential (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-01-07
According to Floating PV: Assessing the Technical Potential of Photovoltaic Systems on Man-Made Water Bodies in the Continental U.S., a recent study from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), floating pv solar (FPV) projects across more than 24,000 man-made US reservoirs could generate approximately 10 pct of the nation's annual electricity production and, at the same time, reduce the land requirements for conventional ground mount PV power plants by at least 2.1 million hectares. (Source: NREL, PV Tech, Jan., 2018) Contact: NREL, Jordan Macknick, Research Team Leader,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  

Arcata, Calif. Adopts New Energy Efficiency Code (Reg & Leg)
City of Arcata
Date: 2019-01-07
In Humboltd County, California, the City of Arcata (pop 18,000) reports the passage of a new energy ordinance requiring residential buildings to be more efficient than the current minimum state standards dictate. The city's "reach code" ordinance is a key component of Arcata's local Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan.

The standards imposed by the ordinance requires all to newly constructed, low rise, single and multi-family units to be 30 pct more efficient than the current state minimum. For newly constructed multi-family units, they must be 20 pct more efficient than state minimums. To reach the new standards, the new ordinance suggests high performance attics and walls, high efficiency heating and water heating equipment, high efficiency fans, more efficient hot water distribution systems, and solar photovoltaic compliance credits. (Source: City of Arcata, Times Standard, 5 Jan., 2019) Contact: City of Arcata, Emily Benvie, Environmental Programs Manager, (707) 822-5951,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

"Green"Building Demand on the Rise (Ind. Report)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2019-01-07
According to a recent poll of more than 2,000 building contractors, engineers, architects, investors, and owners from 86 countries, the worldwide demand for "green" buildings has been steadily rising and is expected to account for the majority of new building construction green building demand is expected to soon account for the majority of construction projects. The research was published by Dodge Data & Analytics on behalf of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the World Green Building Council, and other green building groups.

The poll noted more then half of the respondents expected at least 60 pct of their project pipeline to involve green construction by 2021. The research also notes a significant change in the perceptions surrounding "green" buildings. For example, the number of survey respondents who believe that green construction costs more than traditional building methods has decreased dramatically from over 75 pct in 2012 to less than 50 pct in the most recent survey.

The poll notes "green" building benefits include 88 pct savings in operating costs in the first year and a 7 pct increase in building asset values for new "green" construction, which has a clear influence on all green building professionals to continue their relationship with "green." (Source: AIA, CRL, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: AIA,; World Green Building Council, Terri Willis, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

BIOD India Touting Biodiesel to Check Pollution (Int'l)

Date: 2019-01-07
Indian waste management company BIOD Energy Pvt. reports it is developing a 100 tpd waste cooking oil IS15607 or its equivalent European EN14214 standard biodiesel plant in the industrial town of Bawal, Haryana.

According to the World Bank, India generates more than 150,000 tpd of municipal solid waste (MSW), 83 pct of which is collected and less than 30 pct is treated. The country's daily waste generation is projected to reach 377,000 tpd by 2025.

The Indian government's Biofuel Policy of India 2018, stresses the future role of biofuels in addressing pollution and envisages a 20 pct biofuel and gadcia, Tech Panda, Jan., 2019) Contact: BIOD Energy India, Shiva Vig, CEO and Director, +91 11 4728 9966, /+91 11 4728 9900,,

ScottishPower Goes 100 pct Renewable Wind Energy (Int'l Report)
ScottishPower Generation Group , DRAX
Date: 2019-01-07
Further to our 19th October, 2018 coverage, Glasgow-headquartered Scottish Power is reporting that with the completion of its £700 million assets sale to Drax, the company is now the first in the UK to rely completely on renewable wind power.

Selby, UK-based Drax purchased Scottish Power's portfolio of pumped storage, hydro and gas-fired generation, which comprises Scottish Power Generation Group and its wholly owned subsidiary, SMW.

The assets sale included the 440-MW Cruachan pumped storage hydro electric scheme in Argyll and Bute; run-of-river hydro locations at Galloway and Lanark; (126MW); a biomass-from-waste facility at Daldowie; and four Combined Cycle Gas Turbine stations in England. (Source: DRAX Group, The National, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072,; DRAX Power, +44 0 1757 618381,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scottish Power ,  DRAX,  Renewable Energy,  

UK 2018 Renewable Power Generation Rises to Record High (Int'l)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-01-07
In the UK, the climate research site Carbon Brief is reporting that electric power generated from fossil fuels fell to a record lo while renewable power generation reached a record high in 2018. The 25-year low was due to economic restructuring and more energy efficient appliances and lighting, according to Carbon Brief.

Since 1990, the UK has slashed its carbon emissions by more than 43 pct through a combination of cleaner power and lower overall demand for electricity. The country's electricity generation declined 1 pct in 2018, reaching its lowest levels since 1994.

Despite these trends the UK is still not on track to meet its legally binding carbon target during the 2023-2027 period, known as the fourth carbon budget, according to the Committee on Climate Change, the independent panel that advises the government on emissions policy. (Source: Carbon Brief, Financial Times, Jan., 2019)

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

Caltrans Working to Decarbonize Transport Emissions (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-01-07
In the Golden State, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reports that with it's 2018 signing on to the Transport Decarbonization Alliance (TDA) at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, it is committed to helping achieve the state's goal of eliminating transportation-based carbon emissions by 2045.

Decarbonization is critical to mitigating climate change which is already impacting California and its transportation system through the vicious cycle of wildfires and ensuing burn scar floods and mudslides occurring year-round, according to Caltrans.

The TDA is focused on minimizing transportation's environmental impact and dramatically reducing vehicle GHG emissions. (Source: Caltrans, PR, 5 Jan., 2019) Contact: Caltrans, Laurie Berman., Director,; Transport Decarbonization Alliance,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Caltrans,  Carbon Emissions,  Vehicle Emssions,  Low Carbon Fuel,  

EPA Proposal Raises Mercury Emissions Standard (Leg & Leg.)
Dairyland Power ,EPA
Date: 2019-01-07
The US EPA has proposed changing its 2012, Obama era, standards limiting hazardous mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Under its proposal, the agency would ignore indirect benefits from reducing mercury pollution when it weighs industry compliance costs against public health benefits.

Presently, power plants spend up to $9.6 billion per to control mercury emissions, but the regulations that reduce mercury pollution only provides $6 million in direct benefits, according to the EPA. However, the same controls that reduce mercury also reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which are precursors to fine particle pollution, haze and ozone. These additional benefits were worth up to $89 billion in reduced fine particle pollution and $360 million in avoided climate change impacts, according to the Obama-era EPA.

Most utilities are already in compliance with the 2012 mercury rule by installing costly pollution controls that limit emissions of mercury and other pollutants. The agency proposed retaining current mercury emissions standards. (Source: Dairyland Power Cooperative, Crosse Tribune, Jan., 2019) Contact: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ,  Emissions,  Mercury Emissions,  EPA ,  

TEPCO Planning Million KW Offshore Wind Project (Int'l Report)
Tokyo Electric Power
Date: 2019-01-07
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) reports it is considering construction of a 1 million kilowatt -- roughly equivalent toa nuclear power plant -- offshore wind farm off the coast of Choshi, Chiba Prefecture. As previously reported, the company initially began planning for the project in 2009.

For the project, TEPCO intends to partner with an experienced European offshore wind power developer and spend about ¥1 trillion ($9.2 billion) on the 200, 5,000 kw, "fixed bottom" turbine offshore project. The utility is also considering a nearby location for the full-fledged generator and intends to begin construction as early as fiscal 2019. (Source: Tokyo Electric Power Company, PR, Japan News, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: TEPCO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tokyo Electric Power,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  

Okanagan BC Reconsidering Biogas Options (Ind. Report)
Methane, Regional District of the Central Okanagan
Date: 2019-01-07
In British Columbia, Canada, following a 2012 feasibility study to collect and process food waste the Regional District of the Central Okanagan (RDCO) reports it is examining new ways and programs to handle household food waste.

The District, which currently captures and sells landfill waste bio-gas from the Glenmore Landfill, is re-evaluating its future organic waste diversion opportunities while maintaining existing landfill gas collection infrastructure and commitments with FortistarBC for the sale of gas, according to the final draft of the district's Solid Waste Management Plan which is awaiting provincial regulatory approval.

One of the solid waste management plan's goals is to re-evaluate organic waste diversification options while maintaining landfill gas collection. A proposal for several small compost sites to mix residential food waste with yard waste are being considered at a projected cost of $25 million each. The RDCO is applying to the province to have a bio-cover made of compost at Campbell Mountain Landfill, which would eliminate methane gas at that larger site. (Source: Regional District of the Central Okanagan, BC Local News, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: FortisBC, Roger Dall'Antonia, Exec. VP Technology,; Regional District of the Central Okanagan, (250) 763-4918,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortis,  Biogas,  Methane,  Landfill Gas,  

Time for a Carbon Fee with a Dividend (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2019-01-07
"French President Emmanuel Macron has postponed imposing new fuel taxes after protests on the streets of Paris turned violent. The taxes were supposed to help reduce French dependence on fossil fuels and combat climate change, but they did not protect the French people from the pain of higher fuel costs. Revenue from the fuel taxes was slated to be used for deficit reduction.

"There is a way to impose a fee on fossil fuels that does not negatively impact average Americans -- by returning the fee in the form of monthly dividend checks to households.

"Giving revenue to people can calm the carbon pricing angst seen in France. Starting at $15 per ton of carbon dioxide and increasing $10 per ton each year, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act will push the price of carbon to $100 per ton within a decade. Such an ambitious price will achieve at least 40 pct emissions reductions within 12 years.

That's what the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act does. Introduced November 28 in the U.S. House of Representatives, the bill will be re-introduced in the next session of Congress. We can lower fossil fuel emissions while protecting everyday Americans from increased prices of items that were created by burning fossil fuels. Americans can spend their dividends any way they choose.

"We must act -- scientists report that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are rising once again in the U.S. and worldwide. Failure to lower atmospheric greenhouse gases will lead to economic, social and health consequences that no one should want to bequeath to future generations." (Source: PennLive Letters, Jan., 2019) Contact: PennLive,

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

Brookfield,Coillte Partnering on Irish Wind Farm (Int'l)
Brookfield Renewable
Date: 2019-01-07
Montreal-headquartered Canadian green energy developer Brookfield Renewable reports it plans to partner with Irish state-controlled forestry and land management firm Coillte to develop a 27-turbine wind energy generation and storage project at Bottlehill and Glannasack, north of Cork city, in County Cork, Ireland.

The 180-MW project, to be known as the Coom Green Energy Park, has been granted regulatory approval. (Source: Times of London, 6 Jan., 2019) Coillte,; Brookfield Renewable Partners, (888) 327-2722,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Renewable,  Wind,  Energy STorage,  

Apex Clean Energy Snares 442.5 MW of Va. Solar Projects (M&A)
Apex Clean Energy ,SolUnesco
Date: 2019-01-07
In the Old Dominion State, Charlottesville-based wind and solar energy specialist Apex Clean Energy reports acquisition of 442.5 MW of solar projects across Virginia from Reston, Virginia-based renewable energy developer SolUnesco. With the acquisition, Apex's nationwide portfolio of advanced solar projects tops 3 GW, approximately 700 MW of that situated in the Commonwealth.

The SolUnesco transaction includes the 150 MW Carvers Creek, 150 MW Moody Creek, 130 MW Red Brick, and 12.5 MW Rivanna projects located across the Commonwealth. Together, the projects will generate sufficient electricity to power approximately 72,000 homes and would contribute over $11 million in state and local tax revenue, according to Apex. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, PR, 4 Jan., 2019) Contact: SolUnesco, Francis Hodsoll, CEO, (703) 672-5097,; Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595,

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

SCAQMD Awards $47Mn for Cleaner Technologies, Fuels (Funding)
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Date: 2019-01-07
In the Golden State, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) reports it has awarded $47.4 million to 26 businesses, organizations, universities, government agencies and utility companies in the South Coast Basin and Coachella Valley to help them purchase and upgrade their equipment with cleaner flues and energy efficient technologies.

Under the federal Clean Air Act, the SCAQMD service region must meet the 1-hour ozone, 8-hour ozone, 24-hour PM2.5, and annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards within the next 12 years.

Established in 1976, the Diamond Bar-based SCAQMD is responsible for regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the South Coast Air Basin, in Southern California. (Source: SCAQMD, Sentinel News Service, 4 Jan., 2019) Contact: SCAQMD, Wayne Nastri, CEO, (909)396-2000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fuel,  Air Quality,  Clean Air,  SCAQMD,  South Coast Air Quality Management District,  

Transport, Agriculture Minnesota's Major Emitters (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Date: 2019-01-07
According to a the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA) just released biennial emissions report, the Gopher State is not meeting its climate change goals with transportation and agriculture emissions, not coal, being the major emitters.

Cars, trucks and other gas-powered vehicles together now produce more greenhouse gas emissions than power plants. While the state still relies heavily on coal, a quarter of the state's electricity now comes from renewable sources, and that percentage will go up in future years as utilities retire more coal plants.

Agriculture emissions -- both from fertilizing row crops and raising livestock -- are also significant. The report lists agriculture as the state's No. 3 emitter, but for the first time, the MPCA included negative carbon emissions from forest regrowth in the report's agriculture section. Without the negative emissions from forestry as an offset, agriculture's emissions would roughly match those produced by transportation and electricity, at about 40 million tons of CO2 or the equivalent.

The state's 2007 Next Generation Energy Act set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels across Minnesota's economic sectors 15 pct by 2015, 30 pct by 2025 and 80 pct by 2050. However, the state's emissions fell 12 pct through 2016, the latest year for which emissions data are available. (Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency MPR, 5 Jan., 2018) Contact: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Todd Biewen, (651) 296-6300, (800) 657-3864,,

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

$867Bn 2018 Farm Bill Includes Carbon Sequestration (Reg. & Leg.)

Date: 2019-01-07
In a tacit recognition of the agricultural community's growing concern with climate change, includes a $25 million climate-friendly soil health pilot program that will incentivize and reward carbon sequestration by farmers through the use of "no-till", strip-till, cover crops and more diverse crop rotations.

No-till farming is a way of growing crops or pasture from year to year without disturbing the soil through tillage. No-till is an agricultural technique which increases the amount of water that infiltrates into the soil, the soil's retention of organic matter and its cycling of nutrients.

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 -- Farm Bill -- reauthorized many expenditures in the prior United States farm bill: the Agricultural Act of 2014. The $867 billion reconciled farm bill was passed by the Senate on December 11, 2018, and by the House on December 12, 2018. (Source: No-Till Farmer, Washington Post, USDA, Wikipedia, Jan., 2019)

Bolivian Strategic Ethanol Alliance MoU Touted (Int'l Report)

Date: 2019-01-07
In Bogata, the Bolivian Ministry of Hydrocarbons is reporting the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding of Cooperation and Generation of Synergies Oriented to the Production of Anhydrous Ethanol as an Additive in Gasolines, through which the Ministry of Hydrocarbons will promote the Santa Cruz sugar mills and encourage the development of anhydrous ethanol to be used for mixing with base gasolines.

Under the agreement, the sugar mills of the Department of Santa Cruz will provide advice and assistance to both sugar mill of Bermejo and sugarcane producers, to strengthen the exchange of knowledge and technical cooperation in order to expand the production of anhydrous ethanol as an additive. vegetable origin. (Source: Ministry of Hydrocarbons , PR, BN Americas, Jan., 2019) Contact: Bolivia Ministry of Hydrocarbons,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Sugarcane Ethanol,  

Calif. Radox Flow Battery Energy Storage Pilot Underway (Ind. Report)
CASIO,New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation
Date: 2019-01-07
The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) -- Japan's largest public management organization promoting research and development as well as deployment of industrial, energy and environmental technologies -- and Sumitomo Electric Industries are reporting the second stage of a 2MW/8MWh stationary radox flow battery energy storage pilot in California is underway.

The pilot, which includes partnering with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), is the first to connect a battery storage system in the US wholesale energy market.

The project follows an agreement signed between NEDO and the California state government's Office of Business and Economic Development to promote the use of energy storage in the state. Californian utilities are required under State law AB 2514 to complete the installation of storage battery capacity up to a certain proportion by 2024. (Source: NEDO, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Jan., 2019) Contact: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization,; Sumitomo Electric Industries,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CASIO,  Battery Energy Storage,  New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation,  

Luminant Touts Tex. Battery Energy Storage Installation (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-01-07
Texas-based utility Luminant is reporting the launch of its 10-MW/42-MWh Upton 2 lithium-ion battery storage system at its 180-MW Upton 2 Solar Power Plant near McCamey in Upton County Texas. The installation is the largest system in the South Central state, according to the utility.

Luminant, a unit of Vistra Energy Corp., is currently working on a 300-MW/1,200-MWh facility at its Moss Landing Power Plant in California, which is expected to come online in late 2020. (Source: Luminant, PR, Renewables, Jan., 2019) Contact: Luminant, (214) 812-4600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Luminant,  Battery Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  

Corning CC Wins Campus Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
Corning Community College
Date: 2019-01-07
In the Empire State, Corning Community College reports it will receive $1 million in state funding state funds to leverage a $4 million partnership with Siemens Inc. to upgrade the school campus's energy efficiency.

The state funding is part of the 2018 Regional Economic Development Council Awards to the Southern Tier, announced in mid-December by Empire State Development Commissioner Howard Zemsky.

The funding will also support the establishment of the college's Center for STEAM Innovation -- an interdisciplinary facility aimed at preparing students in new and emerging technologies, design, and sciences. (Source: Corning Community College, PR, The Leader, 5 Jan., 2019) Contact: Corning Community College,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Enel Green Power Activates 620 MW of US Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power North America
Date: 2019-01-04
Enel Green Power North America Inc (EGPNA) reports its 320-MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm in Nebraska and the approximate 300-MW Diamond Vista wind farm in Kansas are now generating power.

The two facilities, which together cost about $830 million, have a combined capacity of about 2,600 GWh per year, have long-term PPAs -- the Rattlesnake Creek wind farm will sell its power to Facebook and Diamond Vista will supply power to software major Adobe Systems Inc. Diamond Vista also has three separate PPAs, the first two of which are for 100 MW each with global manufacturing company Kohler Co and City Utilities of Springfield. The third is for 84 MW with the Tri-County Electric Cooperative of Oklahoma.

Enel owns all of the "Class A" interests and manages and operates the wind farms. With these two wind farms, the total renewable capacity added by Enel Green Power around the world this year reaches 2.6 GW, of which over 830 MW in North America. (Source: Enel Green Power North America, Jan., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900,

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Ohio School District Commits $900 K to Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-01-04
In the Buckeye State, the Commits $9 New Albany-Plain Local School District reports it will spend more than $900,000 on building energy efficiency and upgrades beginning this April.

As part of the program, the school board is assessing its boilers campus-wide and is working with Columbus, Ohio-based utility American Electric Power (AEP)to improve overall campus-wide energy efficiency, energy efficient lighting, HVAC controls and trimming general energy related costs. The board' aims to save $650,000 in total by June 30, of this year. (Source: New Albany-Plain Local School District, This Week Community News, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: New Albany-Plain Local School District, Superintendent Michael Sawyers,

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Tages Capital Acquiring 85.4 MW of Italian PV Parks (Int'l, M&A)
Glennmont Partners
Date: 2019-01-04
London-based renewable energy fund manager Glennmont Partners reports it will sell 3 Italian solar parks totaling 85.4 MW to Tages Capital SGR SpA. Including this acquisition, Tages will have about 309 MW of installed capacity at 109 assets.

The sale includes the 48-MW Enersol, 13.2-MW Megasol and 24.2-MW Phoenix solar photovoltaic (PV) parks. The transaction completes the sale of the third group of assets of the Glennmont Clean Energy Fund I. (Source: Glennmont Partners, Renewables, 28 Dec., 2019) Contact: Glennmont Partners, +44 (0)20 3725 8318,,; Tages Capital SGR, +44 (0)20 3036 6051 - London office, +39 02 87337 1 - Milan office,,

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Aussie Tesla Battery Installation Delivers $40Mn Savings (Int'l)
Date: 2019-01-04
In the Land Down Under, wind energy developer Neoen is reporting its recently installed Tesla Battery energy storage system at Hornsdale Power Reserve has delivered approximately $40 million in savings over the past year. According to Neoen, the operator of an adjacent wind farm, the battery installation is the largest lithium-ion battery energy storage system in the world.

The Tesla Powerpack system cost $66 million to build, which is a small number in comparison to the amount of funds saved over a mere 12 months. The Tesla system also eliminated the need for a 35 MW local Frequency Control Ancillary Service (FCAS); decreased the South Australian regulation FCAS price by 75 pct; and helped connect South Australia to the National Electricity Market. (Source: Neoen, Jan., 2019) Contact: Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022,; Tesla Power Pack,

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Benefuel Planning British Columbia Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-01-04
Coppel, Texas-headquartered Benefuel Inc. reports it is looking into several locations in British Columbia, Canada, for a new 40 million gpy state-of-the-art biodiesel facility. The fuel produced at this facility will have a negative carbon intensity score and will reduce GHG emissions by more than 550,000 tpy, according to Benefuel.

Benefuel's patented ENSEL catalyst technology produces a low carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, that meets and exceeds the ASTM 6751 standard. The ENSEL process combines esterification and trans-esterification, into a single step. This allows Benefuel to use a broad range of low cost, low carbon feedstocks resulting, in a negative carbon intensity fuel. (Source: Benefuel, Various Media, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000,,

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EIB Inks Lithuanian Energy Efficiency Finance Deal (Int'l)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2019-01-04
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Siaulių Bankas are reporting a guarantee agreement to continue and renew their funding for energy efficiency renovations of Lithuanian multi-apartment buildings. The EIB will provide a €30 million guarantee from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for a portfolio of €150 million in loans by Siaulių Bankas to homeowners for home energy efficiency upgrades.

Technically, the operation is the first guarantee under the Lithuanian Leveraged Fund that was established in 2016 to maximise the funds available for the modernization programme, which is a key government priority. With it, the Lithuanian financing situation has seen an evolution from using financial intermediaries as agents to disburse ERDF and national funds, to an ERDF-backed guarantee to banks, who will use only their own funds to give out modernization loans. This final step will greatly improve the leverage of this financing, maximising the number of households that can receive cheaper loans. (Source: EIB, Emerging Europe, Jan., 2019)Contact: EIB,; Siaulių Bankas,

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Malta Raises $26Mn forThermal Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
Malta Inc.
Date: 2019-01-04
Boston-based electro-thermal energy storage specialist Malta Inc.reports it has raised $26 million to commercialize a heat pump energy storage system invented by the Nobel Physics laureate Professor Robert Laughlin of Stanford University, California.

Malta Inc. is looking to commercialize the heat pump energy storage system that uses electricity to drive a heat pump which converts the electrical energy into molten salt thermal energy by creating a temperature differential.

Malta Inc. will work with industry partners including Sweden-based heat exchange manufacturer Alfa Laval, Hong Kong-based Concord New Energy Group and US-based Breakthrough Energy Ventures LLC (led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates), to make this technology cost-effective. (Source: Malta Inc., Hudrocarbons 21, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: Malta Inc.,

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Horns Rev 3 Offshore Wind Begins Power Production (Int'l)
Horns Rev 3
Date: 2019-01-04
Further to our October 25, 2017 coverage, Vattenfall is reporting the 49-turbine, 406.7MW Horns Rev 3 wind farm off the Danish Jutland Peninsula in the Danish North Sea has begun power production and anticipates full power production in the first half of the year. Horns Rev 3 is expected to increase annual Danish electricity generation from wind energy by about 12 pct.. The 8.3-MW turbines are being supplied by MHI Vestas and shipped from Esbjerg. (Source: Horns Rev 3, Offshore Wind, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Vattenfall , Gunnar Groebler, +46 8 739 5000,; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00,

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Kigali Amendment Addresses Ozone Deleting HFC GHG (Int'l Report)
Montreal Protocol
Date: 2019-01-04
With the recently announced Kigali Amendment hammered out in Niarobi, the world has taken an important step on the road to drastically reduce the production and consumption of powerful greenhouse gasses known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)-- an extremely potent greenhouse gas -- and limit global warming. The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer came into force on 1st January 2019.

If fully supported by governments, the private sector and citizens, the Kigali Amendment will avoid up to 0.4 degrees C of global warming this century while continuing to protect the ozone layer. The amendment will substantively contribute to the goals of the COP15, Paris Climate Agreement.

The parties to the amendment have put in place practical arrangements for its implementation, including agreements on technologies for the destruction of HFCs and new data reporting requirements and tools. The amendment comes with provisions for capacity-building for developing countries, institutional strengthening and the development of national strategies to reduce HFCs and replace them with alternatives. Phasing down HFCs under the Kigali Amendment may also open a window to redesign refrigeration equipment that is more energy efficient, further increasing the climate gains.

Implementation of new targets set out in the amendment will be done in three phases, with a group of developed countries starting HFCs phase-down from 2019. Developing countries will follow with a freeze of HFCs consumption levels in 2024 and with a few countries freezing consumption in 2028.

Evidence presented in the latest Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion finds that the ozone layer in parts of the stratosphere has recovered at a rate of 1-3 pct per decade since 2000. At projected rates, Northern Hemisphere and mid-latitude ozone is scheduled to heal completely by the 2030s followed by the Southern Hemisphere in the 2050s and polar regions by 2060.

The UN Environment Ozone Secretariat is the Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The Secretariat facilitates and supports the parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol and other stakeholders in implementing actions to protect and heal the ozone layer and contribute to climate change mitigation.

Download the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018 Executive Summary HERE. (Source: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, World Meteorological Organization , UN Environment, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat,

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UWI Studying Solar Radiation's Climate Change Impact (Int'l., R&D)
University of the West Indies
Date: 2019-01-04
In Kingston, Jamaica, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona,reports it will study the impacts of solar radiation management (SRM) geoengineering on the world's most vulnerable countries. SRM geoengineering is a controversial proposal for reducing the risks of climate change by reflecting some sunlight away from the Earth, according to the UWI release.

The UWI SRM project, which received Developing World Impacts Modelling Analysis (DECIMALS) grant funding,would involve blocking out a small amount of sunlight to cool the Earth by spraying reflective particles into the upper atmosphere. If successful, the study results could be important in regional climate change mitigation and adaptation planning. rejected, according to the UWI release.

. Through the DECIMALS grant, the research group from the UWI, Mona, will work alongside teams in Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, and South Africa, and with some of the world's leading SRM modelling experts, ultimately publishing their findings at the end of 2020.

DECIMALS was set up by the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI), a non-governmental project founded in 2010 by Environmental Defense Fund, The World Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society. (Source: University of the West Indies, Jamaica Gleaner, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: University of the West Indies, Dr Leonardo Clarke, principal investigator, (876) 927-1660-9 Exts. 2336/2339 (876)927-0253- fac.,,

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Solar, Wind Energy Could Replace Coal in Texas, says Tri Global (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Tri Global,Sunfinity
Date: 2019-01-04
In the Lone Stare State, Dallas-headquartered Tri Global issued the following statement: A new study from Rice University on the growing role of wind and solar electricity in powering Texas has been attracting widespread attention. John B. Billingsley, CEO for two of the state's premier renewable power developers, says that the study underscores the critical importance of renewable energy in the state.

"The study points out that wind and solar electricity provided about 18 pct of Texas' power in 2017, but that thoughtful planning to optimize natural patterns of renewable energy output could further help those resources 'punch above their weight' as coal-fired power plants are retired. In fact, Texas, because of its size and climate, is uniquely positioned to replace coal power with electricity from a complementary mix of West Texas and Gulf Coast wind along with solar power from around the state.

" Tri Global Energy has been developing West Texas wind projects for 10 years and has become the number one developer of wind farms in the state. (Texas also leads the nation in production of wind power.) Tri Global CEO Billingsly also launched Sunfinity Renewable Energy nearly three years ago. Sunfinity is developing residential, commercial and utility scale solar energy in several states, including Texas.

"The rise of clean energy appears to be everywhere across Texas," said Billingsley. 'The state is speeding ahead to develop renewable energy and reaching new milestones all the time. But we've only begun to scratch the surface in terms of truly harnessing our clean, renewable resources. Texans will be the real winners, realizing both the environmental and economic benefits of renewables. The next several years will see amazing strides forward." (Source: Tri Global Energy, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: Sunfinity,; Tri Global Energy, John B. Billingsley, CEO, 972.290.0825,,

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IRFA Touts Iowa's 2018 Biodiesel Production (Ind. Report)
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2019-01-04
In a recent release, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) notes that the Hawkeye State's 12 biodiesel plants produced a record-breaking 365 million gallons of biodiesel in 2018. The record production is due in part to the plummeting level of biodiesel imports following a verdict against Argentina and Indonesia for illegally subsidizing imports to the U.S.

According to the IRFA, Iowa's biodiesel production is expected to make up nearly 20 pct of total U.S. production for 2018. The IRFA Shaw also emphasized that the state could do even more if the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) level for biodiesel was set to at least mirror projected U.S. biodiesel consumption and not undermined by small-refinery exemptions.

Compared to 2017, there was a shift in feedstock usage across the state toward more soybean oil. Soybean oil increased its market share to nearly 81 pct while animal fat usage declined from 11 pct to nearly 5 pct. Corn oil continued to make up about 10 pct of feedstock while used cooking oil (UCO)increased to about 4 percent. (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, KMA Land, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249,,

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Notable Quote
Date: 2019-01-04
"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,

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EPA to Repeal Another Obama-Era Anti-Coal Regulation (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2019-01-04
In Washington, the U.S. EPA has published its proposed revision of the Obama administration's carbon dioxide emission standards for new coal power plants. The Obama standards effectively ban investment in new coal generation -- a policy Congress never approved, according to the Trump administration EPA.

In 2015, the Obama administration determined that partial carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for new coal units.

The Trump EPA now proposes that the best system of emission reduction is the most efficient commercially-viable coal boiler combined with best industry practices. Under the new EPA proposal, new coal power plants would have to meet a standard of 1,900 pounds of CO2 per MWh rather than the current more stringent standard of 1,400 pounds per MWh. The Trump EPA's proposal is based on an updated analysis of the cost and geographic availability of CCS.

Presently, only two utility-scale CCS power plants in existence: Petra Nova in Texas and Boundary Dam in Saskatchewan.

Download the EPA repeal proposal HERE. (Source: US EPA, Competitive Enterprise Institute, CNS News, Various Media, Jan., 2019)

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Taiheiyo Cement Plant Exhaust CCS Test Underway in Japan (Int'l.)
Taiheiyo Cement,CCS
Date: 2019-01-04
In Japan, Taiheiyo Cement reports the country's first carbon capture and storage (CCS) test at its Fujiwara plant in Inabe. The project in conjunction with the Ministry of Environment, is testing a chemical absorption method on the plant's kiln exhaust gases. Project details and progress will be announced as available, according to the release.(Source: Taiheiyo Cement, Global Cement, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: Taiheiyo Cement,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Taiheiyo Cement,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  Cement,  

EDPR Unloads 499MW Stakes in N. Am. Wind Projects (M&A)
Axium Infrastructure,EDPR
Date: 2019-01-04
Houston-headquartered EDPR Renewables North America reports the sale of 80 pct stakes in three wind farms totaling 499MW to Axium Infrastructure for $860 million.

The sale includes the: 200MW Meadow Lake 6 facility in Indiana and;and the 100MW Nation Rise project due online in Q4 of this year in Canada. EPDR completed the sale of 75 pct of Nation Rise with the other 5 pct to be sold when the project starts operations. (Source: EDPR Renewables,, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00,; Axium Infrastructure, Anne-Sophie Roy, (514) 954-3781,,

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Auric Solar Touts Name Change, Additional Services (Ind. Report)
Auric Solar
Date: 2019-01-04
Utah-headquartered solar contractor Auric Solar reports it is increasing its service offerings and rebranding itself to Auric Energy. The name change arrives is in preparation for new commercial-scale energy projects and acquisition which are expected to be reported shortly. The additional projects sand partnerships are expected to place the company among the top twenty residential and commercial solar services and providers in the U.S., according to the company. (Source: Auric Energy, PR, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: Auric Solar, Jess Philips, CEO, (503) 835-0603, (208) 502-0913,,

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South America's First CO2-Neutral Tort Certified (Int'l)
Carbon Neutral
Date: 2019-01-04
In South America, the Ecuador Ministry of Environment and the Quito-based environmental ratings agency Sambito SA, are reporting the Contecon Guayaquil SA (CGSA) port has been certified to ISO 14064-1 standards and is South America's first carbon neutral port.

As part of its continuing compliance, CGSA has set-up a team to verify and create mechanisms to lower the port's industrial emissions, and has also sponsored the preservation of 10,000 hectares of mangrove forests and 4,600 hectares of native forests as part of its carbon emissions-climate change mitigation efforts. (Source: Port Strategy, 3 Jan, 2019) Contact: Sambito SA, +593 (2) 246 602,; Contecon Guayaquil, +593 4-600-6300,

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