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NH Winnipesaukee River Basin Program Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Date: 2019-05-10
In New Hampshire, the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program has been lauded for its energy-efficiency efforts by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services which, in partnership with NHSaves, has helped New Hampshire wastewater treatment plant operators and owners improve the energy-efficiency of their facilities. Waste water plants are commonly the highest energy-users for many municipalities.

The effort started with a grant from the US DOE and will continue with funding from both the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and a continued partnership with NHSaves. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services NHSaves energy efficiency awards were made in two categories: Most Efficient and Most Improved. The Winnipesaukee River Basin Program was among the overall most energy-efficient wastewater treatment plants. (Source: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Laconia Daily Sun, 8 May, 2019) Contact: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, (603) 271-3503,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Andritz Supplies Boiler to 75 MW Japanese Biomass Power Plant (Int'l)
Date: 2019-05-10
Austrian international technology group Andritz reports receipt of an order from Hitachi Zosen Corp., Japan, to deliver a PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler with a flue gas cleaning system for a new Tokushima Tsuda Biomass Power Plant in Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku Island, southwest of Tokyo.

The PowerFluid boiler to be supplied by Andritz features lowest emissions, high efficiency and availability, as well as highest fuel flexibility. It forms an essential part of a high-efficiency biomass power plant for supply of green energy to the national grid.

The biomass power plant, which will be fired with wood pellets and palm kernel shells, will generate around 74.8 MWel of power when it comes online in early 2023. (Source: Andritz, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Andritz, Oliver Pokorny, Investor Relations, +43 (316) 6902 1332,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Andritz,  Wood Pellet,  

U.S. Soybean Oil for Biodiesel Production Rising (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-05-10
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the share of total soybean oil consumed as a biodiesel feedstock doubled from the current 15 pct to 30 pct as the total U.S. soybean oil supply grew from about 22.5 billion pounds to nearly 26.0 billion pounds between marketing year 2010-2011 and 2017-2018.

Soybean oil is the most commonly used vegetable oil for biodiesel production, and inputs reached 7.1 billion pounds during the latest soybean oil marketing year which ran from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018. Between marketing year 2010-2011 and marketing year 2017-2018, U.S. domestic biodiesel production grew from 700 million gpy to 1.8 billion gpy. The production increase was largely driven by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandate. (Source: US EIA, Xinhua, 8 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Soybean,  Soybean Oil,  BiodieselBiofuel,  

Shanghai Bus Fleet Fueled with Gutter Oil Biodiesel (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-05-08
Xinhua is reporting more than 2,000 buses from Shanghai's major bus company are now being fueled with recycled cooking oil -- "gutter oil" biodiesel. The city produces more than 30,000 tpy of discarded gutter oil which can be refined to make about 600,000 tonnes of B5 biodiesel.

The bus fleet is expected to consume nearly 22,000 tonnes of B5 biodiesel this year. As of the end of April, B5 biodiesel was reportedly being sold at 247 filling stations in Shanghai. (Source: Xinhua, 7 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  B5,  Gutter Oil,  

Valorem Orders Vestas Turbines for Finnish Projects (Int'l)
Vestas, Valorem
Date: 2019-05-08
Danish wind energy specialist Vestas reports receipt of a wind turbines order from French wind energy company Valoremhasfor the Saunamaa and Suolakangas wind projects in southern Finland. Vestas will supply and commission 17, V150-4.2 MW wind turbines including a 25-year full-scope service agreement.

The Saunamaa project will incorporate eight V150-4.2MW wind turbines and the Suolakangas project will utilize nine V150-4.2MW turbines. Vestas intends to begin deliveries in the second quarter of 2020, whilst commissioning is planned for the third quarter of 2020. The two wind parks will come in at approximately €80 million.

Valorem has entered a joint venture with UK-based fund management business Octopus Energy Investments (OEI) for the construction and operation of the projects. The French firm will hold a minority stake in the two farms. Valorem, through its subsidiaries Valrea, Valemo and its local partner Megatuuli, will manage the construction and operation of the wind farms. (Source: Vestas, Power Technology, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Valorem , Jean-Yves Grandidier , Pres.,+33 556 494 265, Fax +33 556 492 456,,; Vestas, Andres Domínguez, +34 649294007,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valorem,  Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

JinkoSolar Supplies PV Modules to Colombian Solar Plant (Int'l)
Date: 2019-05-08
Shanghai-headquartered JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it supplied 250,000 of its 345Watt - 1500V monocrystalline standard modules for one of the largest solar power plant in Colombia to date.

JinkoSolar manufactures and distributes its solar products and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base worldwide. JinkoSolar's vertically integrated solar product value chain has an integrated annual capacity of 9.7 GW for silicon wafers, 7.0 GW for solar cells, and 10.8 GW for solar modules, as of December 31, 2018. JinkoSolar operates 7 production facilities and has 15 oversea subsidiaries. (Source: JinkoSolar, PR, May, 2019) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Rene Du , +86 21-5183-3077,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  JinkoSolar,  

$3Mn Funding for BC Hydrogen Fueling Stations (Funding Report)
Date: 2019-05-08
Natural Resources Canada (NRC) and the provincial Government of British Columbia is reporting $3 million in funding for two North Vancouver-based Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation (HTEC) hydrogen filling stations in that province. HTEC is building a hydrogen filling station network to support the rollout of fuel cell electric vehicles.

HTEC will receive $2 million funding from NRC through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI), and $1 million from The Government of British Columbia through its Clean Energy Vehicle Programme.

The funding is part of Canada's $182.5 million investment to develop a coast-to-coast fast-charging network for electric vehicles and to establish natural gas stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres. The investment will also ensure Canada-US alignment of standards for low-carbon vehicles and refuelling infrastructure. (Source: HTEC, gasworld, May, 2019) Contact: HTEC, Colin Armstrong, CEO, (604) 904-0412,

More Low-Carbon Energy News HTEC,  Hydrogen,  

New UK 3D Solar Cell Technology Announced (New Prod. & Tech.)
Power Roll
Date: 2019-05-08
UK scientists at the University of Sheffield and energy technology company Power Roll are touting a unique 3D solar-cell surface embossed with micro-grooves. According to the researchers, the new light-weight architecture could drive down the cost of solar cell manufacturing, reduce optical losses and increase cell efficiency.

The innovative 3D design removes many of the manufacturing process steps required by existing photovoltaics (PV) modules and allows new materials to be used that would not usually be appropriate in regular solar cells, according to a release. Other benefits of the design include the removal of expensive transparent conductive oxides and the use of simple and low cost electrical interconnections and the ability to tune electrical output to match user requirements. (Source: The Tribune, PTI, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Power Roll, Neil Spann, CEO, +44 (0)191 543 9254,,; University of Sheffield, Professor David Lidzey, Department of Physics and Astronomy , +44 (0)114 22 23501,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Cell,  

Spark Change, BJSS Partner on Global Carbon Price (Ind Report)
Carbon Emissions, Spark Change
Date: 2019-05-08
In London, Spark Change, a Seattle-London based FinTech company for the creation of green financial products, and UK-based business consultancy BJSS are reporting completion of the first phase of their partnership to deliver a unique combination of Commodity and Trading Risk Management (CTRM) and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) solutions to create the world's first global carbon price.

Climate Change has been widely recognized as one of the greatest challenges for and threats to society. However, placing a cost on emitting CO2 has been limited to regional markets that are not interconnected, with the price paid by emitters being insufficient to incentivize investment in cleaner technologies.

Spark Change has created a transformational financial instrument, Spark, that integrates regional carbon markets into a single product, simultaneously allowing investors to gain exposure to a global carbon price and forcing emitters to invest in cleaner technologies and accelerate the reduction in emissions.

Spark Change's Cloud-based CTRM platform gathers live pricing information via regional integrations with exchanges across Europe, North America and soon China. Smart contracts are used to calculate a global carbon price using the weighted emissions per GDP of each of these regions, and the proceeds from every investment in Spark used to automatically execute the purchase of emission allowances from across the regional markets. The distributed ledger allows reconciliation of the number of Spark held by investors with the number of emissions allowances being held in reserve, creating a one-to-one asset backed financial instrument. (Source: Spark Change; PR, May, 2019) Contact: Spark Change, Joff Hamilton-Dick, CEO,; BJSS,

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

Neste Touts Estonian Biodiesel Sales, MY Renewable Jet Fuel (Int'l)
Date: 2019-05-08
In the capital city of Tallinn, Estonian public broadcaster ERR and other media are reporting Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel fuel producer Neste will begin offering its palm oil biodiesel to Estonian motorists in July, subject to Estonian Environment Ministry approval.

In other Neste news, the effectiveness of Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel in reducing black carbon emissions has been recognized in a competition organized by the Climate Leadership Coalition, the Bioenergy Association of Finland, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the Finnish Environment Institute, and the Central Association of Chimney Sweeps. According to NASA, renewable fuel has the potential to cut particulate emissions by up to 70 pct from aircraft engines. (Source: Neste, Baltic News Network, May, 2019) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128,; Bioenergy Association of Finland,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  Alternative Fuel,  Biodiesel,  

MBTA Plans Energy Cuts, Increased Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
MBTA,Eversource,National Grid
Date: 2019-05-08
In Boston, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the Bay State's largest energy consumer, reports it is partnering with National Grid and Eversource in a 3-year program to reduce energy usage at more than 50 T Stations, trim energy expenses and limit greenhouse gas emissions.

To that end, MBTA plans to invest as much as $30 million in energy efficiency projects including the installation of LED lighting and upgrades to HVAC systems for an expected savings of $2.7 million in annual energy costs and the prevention of 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases.

Eversource and National Grid will provide incentives to the MBTA that, based on the transportation agency's targeted energy use reductions, would add up to a total benefit of approximately $9 million. The Mass.Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will also provide $3.5 million in funding from its Leading by Example program. (Source: MBTA, Sentinel & Enterprise News, May, 2019) Contact: MBTA , Steve Poftak, GM,; National Grid,; Mass. DOER, (617) 626-7300,,; Eversource, Vilak Subrahmanian, VP Energy Efficiency,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MBTA,  Energy Efficiency,  Eversource,  National Grid,  

Longi Solar 72 Bifacial Half Cell Module Sets Record (Ind Report)
Longi Solar
Date: 2019-05-08
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China-headquartered Longi Solar is reporting the front side power of its 72-cellBifacial half cut module now exceeds 450W, as verified by certification agency TUV-SUD.

In April 2018, the power of Longi's 60-cell monocrystalline half-cut PERC module exceeded 360W, setting the world record of the highest power of 60-cellPERC half-cut module. In January this year, the positive conversion efficiency of Longi monocrystalline PERC cells reached 24.06 percent, breaking through the industry's previously theoretical PERC cell efficiency limit of 24 pct, according to a release. (Source: LongiSolar, PR, Renewables, 7 May, 2019) Contact: LongiSolar, Dr. Lv Jun, VP, + 86-021-6104 7380,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Longi Solar,  Solar,  

Anellotech Bio-TCat Hits Commercially-Targeted Yields (Ind Report)
Date: 2019-05-08
Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech reports its patented Thermal Catalytic Biomass Conversion technology -- Bio-TCat -- has achieved commercially-targeted yields in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas during six months of continuous process operations.

Bio-TCat technology produces a mixture of benzene, toluene and xylene (AnelloMate BTX), which are bio-based and chemically identical to petroleum-derived counterparts. Bio-TCat technology also produces AnelloMate Distillate, a heavier aromatics product that can be upgraded into a high-quality biofuels blendstock for jet or diesel transportation fuel using conventional refinery processing. Cellulosic ethanol or hydrogen can be made from Bio-TCat's carbon monoxide co-product by using third-party technology.

Anellotech is planning construction of its first commercial plant and is engaging in partnership and funding discussions with existing and new strategic partners. The plant will be capable of processing 500 bone-dry tonnes/day of loblolly pine wood into 40,000 tpy of products including benzene, toluene, xylenes, and C9+ aromatics to use as fuels or for production of bio-based plastics for packaging and consumer products. (Source: Anellotech, PR, GreenCar Congress, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Anellotech Inc., David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anellotech ,  

Tesvolt Battery Storage Gigafactory Nears Startup (Int'l)
Date: 2019-05-08
German energy storage systems specialist Tesvolt GmbH reports Europe's first gigafactory for battery storage systems is being put into operation in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany.

Tesvolt is establishing and financing new 1GWh production facilities for lithium storage systems without outside funding, while the EU will finance around 10 pct of the production line costs. (Source: Tesvolt, ESI Africa, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Tesvolt, Daniel Hannemann, +49 (0) 3491 8797-100, ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  

Wind to Power Akamai Technologies Dallas Data Center (Ind. Report)
Akamai Technologies
Date: 2019-05-08
Cambridge, Mass.-based Akamai Technologies is reporting completion and upcoming startup of the Seymour Hills Wind Farm, in which the company invested. When fully operational, Akamai's aggregate Texas area data centre operations will be powered by 8 MW of renewable wind energy generated by the Seymour Hills Wind Farm in northwestern Texas.

The wind farm is part of Akamai's commitment to source renewable energy for 50 pct of its global network operations by 2020.

The Seymour Hills project, which is included in ERCOT, incorporates 12 wind turbines to generate 30 MW of energy. (Source: Akamai Technologies, telecompaper, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Akamai Technologies,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Akamai Technologies,  Wind,  

Emerson, Vayu Alliance to Optimize Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-05-08
St. Louis-headquartered Emerson is reporting an alliance with Pittsburgh-based Vayu, a Ystrategies Corp. company, to provide automation technology solutions for wind farm energy optimization in the Americas, Caribbean and Europe. The three-year collaboration combines the advanced power applications and networking capabilities of Emerson's Ovation™ automation platform with Vayu's cloud-computing wind energy optimization technology. Using this approach, Vayu has identified more than $500 million in revenue opportunities from just a fraction of the approximately 450 wind farms in the U.S.

In traditional wind farms, each turbine is individually optimized. Each creates its own turbulence, or wake, which prevents downwind turbines from receiving full energy from the wind stream, significantly reducing wind energy production. Vayu estimates two-thirds of U.S. wind farms experience reduced capacity due to wind wake. Emerson and Vayu's solution leverages key data and machine learning to enable turbines to work cooperatively, adjusting the side-to-side movement of each turbine based on wind speed, wind direction and other parameters to extract the optimum energy from wind.

Emerson's Ovation compact controller will communicate data from each turbine's wind sensor to the Vayu system every 1-2 seconds thus enabling near-real-time data to accurately calculate the optimum setting for each turbine.

Ovation compact control technology can easily interface with any turbine controller, regardless of manufacturer, eliminating the significant time and expense associated with removing and replacing existing turbine controls. (Source: Emerson, PR, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Emerson, Bob Yeager, Pres. Power & Water, (314) 982-8608,; Ystrategies Corp.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emerson,  Wind,  

Philippines Legislate Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-05-08
In Manila, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte last month reportedly signed the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (RA 11285) into law. The act institutionalizes a national framework aimed at advancing energy efficiency and conservation practices nationwide.

The legislation is intended to introduce and secure the sufficiency and stability of the country's energy resources by promoting the development and utilization of efficient renewable energy technologies and systems as well as delineating responsibilities among various government agencies and private entities.

The newly-signed law creates the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan (NEECP), a national comprehensive framework that defines national targets and feasible strategies, as well as imposes regular monitoring and evaluation system. The law also mandates the development and maintenance of a centralized National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Database (NEECD) on the application and use of energy efficient and renewable technologies, and other relevant information. that will about energy consumption. The system will be developed, monitored and maintained by the Philippine DOE. (Source: Sunstar, Yahoo Philippines, 7 May, 2019)

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

Burlingame California Updates Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
City of Burlingame
Date: 2019-05-08
In the Golden State, the city of Burlingame Planning Commission and City Council report the opening of discussions on the city's updated climate action plan and effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the coming two decades.

The plan raises 20 measures, including energy efficiency, a focus on renewable energy, clean transportation and others designed to make the city of 28,800 residents a more environmentally-friendly community. If the various initiative are executed, the city expects to reach its emission-reduction benchmarks established for 2030, 2040 and 2050.

The initiatives include an annual update on program effectiveness to track the city's progress in limiting greenhouse gas emission and increasing environmentally sensitive. The city is also working on a sea level rise protection plan. (Source: City of Burlingame, Daily Journal, 7 May, 2019) Contact: City of Burlingame, Community Development Director Kevin Gardiner,(650) 558-7253,,>;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

Energy Focus Patents Battery Backup LED Lamp (Ind. Report)
Energy Focus
Date: 2019-05-08
Solon, Ohio-headquartered energy-efficient LED lighting technologies specialist Energy Focus, Inc. reports receipt of US Patent 10,236,716 for its RedCap® lamp emergency battery backup LED tube technology.

THE UL-approved and DLC-certified RedCap® is an integrated, general purpose LED lamp and emergency backup battery. One side of the lamp is connected to switchable AC mains to power the lamp for normal illumination, while the opposite end of the LED lamp is connected to an emergency mains circuit. In a power outage, a microprocessor in the lamp immediately detects the power loss and initiates the battery power for emergency egress illumination. The RedCap® functions as a normal, efficient LED lamp when building power is on, and becomes and stays lit during a power outage. (Source: Energy Focus, Inc., PR, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Energy Focus Inc., James Tu, CEO, and President, (440) 715-1300,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  Energy Focus,  

U.S. Gain's Sixth RNG Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
U.S. Gain
Date: 2019-05-08
Appleton, Wisconsin-based U.S. Gain, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of sustainable energy solutions, is reporting completion of its sixth renewable natural gas (RNG) landfill development project at the Carter Valley Landfill in Church Hill, Tennessee.

Methane gas from Carter Valley Landfill, which is owned by recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal specialist Republic Services, Inc., is captured, cleaned, and converted to RNG for the transportation sector. The project will generate enough RNG to fuel more than 80 class 8 trucks daily, displacing almost 1,500,000 gpy of diesel.

As a vertically-integrated renewable natural gas (RNG) supplier, U.S. Gain is investing in development projects at landfills, dairies and wastewater treatment plants, expanding availability of the cleanest fuel and energy solution for leading companies, fleets and fueling station owners. With an in-house proprietary risk management system, U.S. Gain is able to generate and monetize renewable credits, maximizing values associated with renewable natural gas. U.S. Gain has also built a network of GAIN Clean Fuel® natural gas fueling stations throughout the United States and Canada (Source: U.S .Gain, PR, 7 May, 2019) Contact: U.S. Gain, Stephanie Lowney, Marketing Manager, (920) 381-2190,

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Gain,  Renewable Natural Gas,  RNG,  

Loughborough Univ. Granted £200,000 for Green Travel R&D (Int'l)
Loughborough Univ
Date: 2019-05-08
Loughborough University has been awarded £200,000 in grant funding from the UK Department for Transport and Supergen Bioenergy Hub -- a group of experts focussed on developing sustainable bioenergy systems -- for two projects which aim to make the transport sector more environmentally friendly. The projects will explore biofuel production, bioenergy carbon capture, and storage and utilisation.

One project, led by Dr Jin Xuan, a Senior Lecturer in Low Carbon Processes, will examine the role of e-biofuel in reducing emissions and increasing the sustainability of the road transport sector while enhancing renewable energy security. The research will examine the feasibility of a novel electrochemical process to produce biofuels while reusing the captured CO2.

The project will develop a new concept of e-biofuel which combines the advantages of both e-fuel (produced from renewable electricity and CO2) and biofuel (produced from biomass) to intensively decarbonise the road transport sector. It also provides Loughborough researchers with a new link to the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and the Department of Transport.

A second project led by Dr Tanja Radu, a Lecturer in Water Engineering, will research algae-based biomethane fuel purification and carbon sequestration. The project aims to develop and assess an innovative process for the simultaneous production of high-purity biomethane as a potential natural gas vehicle fuel, together with the sequestration of remaining biomass and biogas carbon into algal co-product and biochar.

The Supergen Bioenergy Hub at Aston University aims to bring together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner. (Source: DfT, Loughborough University, East Midlands Business Link, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Loughborough University,; Supergen Bioenergy Hub, Professor Patricia Thornley, Dir.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy news,  Biofuel news,  CCS news,  Biogas news,  

AurCrest Gold, Lac Seul First Nation Investigate CCS (Ind. Report)
AurCrest Gold, Lac Seul First Nation
Date: 2019-05-08
Toronto-headquartered Canadian minerals exploration specialist AurCrest Gold Inc. reports it and the Lac Seul First Nation are partnering to investigate carbon sequestration opportunities in the First Nation's traditional territory in Northwestern Ontario.

Lac Seul First Nations seeks to determine the feasibility of valuing their traditional territory for purposes of CCS and monetizing carbon offset credits for sale to the benefit of the First Nation and its business partners.

AurCrest and its subsidiary Wiigwaasaatig Energy Inc. will work with the First Nation to finalize a definitive carbon credit management agreement to develop and implement sequestration project opportunities. (Source: AurCrest Gold Inc., Accesswire, 7 May, 2019) Contact: AurCrest Gold,; Lac Seul First Nation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  

DOE Offers Energy Storage Manufacturing R&D Funding (Funding)
Date: 2019-05-08
The US DOE has announced $89 million to support innovative, advanced manufacturing research and development projects. This Department of Energy (DOE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) tackles key Departmental priorities such as domestic manufacturing for energy storage, a sector uses 25 pct of the nation's energy.

The FOA requests proposals in three areas that will improve the global competitiveness of the U.S. by catalyzing innovation around manufacturing of key energy technologies and by reducing industrial process energy intensity.:

  • Innovations for the Manufacture of Advanced Materials -- Focuses on employing machine learning to develop better batteries, phase change storage materials for heating and cooling applications, and new semiconductors that convert temperature differences into electricity. A key focus is developing and scaling new, low-cost manufacturing processes to catalyze increased domestic battery manufacturing for vehicle and stationary applications.

  • Lower Thermal Budget Processes for Industrial Efficiency & Productivity -- With 70 pct of all process energy use related to heating, this topic focuses on novel research on industrial process drying technologies that increase energy efficiency throughput and product quality. It also seeks new ideas on process intensification to reduce overall heating energy.

  • Connected, Flexible and Efficient Manufacturing Facilities and Energy Systems -- With recent advances in new, wide-bandgap semiconductors supported by DOE, this topic seeks application of more efficient industrial power conversion equipment and new opportunities for converting process energy to electrical energy and better integrating it with the electrical grid. It also seeks advancements in combined heat and power that result in higher electrical efficiencies.

    The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office will lead this initiative. DOE anticipates making up to 55 awards for up to three years. A cost-share of at least 20 pct will be required for research and development projects.

    View the funding application and submission requirements HERE. . Concept papers are due on June 20, 2019. (Source: US DOE, PR, 7 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Energy STorage,  

  • Etihad Airways Cuts Carbon Emissions (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Etihad Airways
    Date: 2019-05-08
    In Dubai, Etihad Airways reports it reduced its carbon emissions by 148,000 tonnes in 2018, as it used more fuel-efficient aircraft to help meet its emissions and sustainability goals. The savings are equivalent to around 1,236 flights between Abu Dhabi and Barcelona, or the removal of over 10,200 cars off the road, the airline said, without qualifying whether the emissions had to do with its reduced fleet size. (Source: Etihad Airways, Gulf News Aviation, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Etihad Aviation Group, Corporate Affairs, +971 50 818 9596,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Etihad Airways,  Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

    EU Nations Call for Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l)
    European Union
    Date: 2019-05-08
    The Financial Times is reporting eight EU member countries -- Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden -- have asked heads of the 28-member trading bloc states to cut greenhouse gas emissions to a net-zero level by 2050 and dedicate at least 25 pct of bloc's next seven-year budget to projects that fight climate change. The eight nations stressed that as a general principle, the EU budget should not finance policy detrimental to the fight against climate change.

    In seeming solidarity with the eight EU nations, the mayors of 210 EU cities including Athens, Bonn, Bratislava, Milan and Paris are also urging national leaders and the European Council to commit to the net-zero emissions 2050 target. {Source: EUROPA, Financial Times, 7 May, 2019)

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

    VA. Firms Lauded with Viridiant Green-Building Awards (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond nonprofit Viridiant, administers of the EarthCraft brand of green-building programs, has named its 10th annual Sustainable Leadership Award winners for environmentally friendly and sustainable "green" building practices.

    The notable local winners included Henrico-based NBJ Architecture, Sustainable Design Consulting LLC, which received this year's Visionary Award recognizing leadership in sustainable buildings and communities, as well as University of Richmond student Jennifer Kearney, winner of the Next Generation Award for her work educating fellow students on waste reduction and energy and water conservation. Hollyport Ventures, Christiansburg-based Community Housing Partners, and Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity were also honoured. (Source: Viridiant, 6 May, 2019) Contact: Viridiant, board president Bryan Manga 804-225-9843,

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

    Spero Renewables Announces DOE BETO R&D Funding (Ind. Report)
    Spero Renewables
    Date: 2019-05-06
    CORRECTION -- The following article appeared in our 22nd April editions with contact errors which are herein corrected. We regret any inconvenience our error may have caused.

    Goleta, California-based Spero Renewables LLC, a Green chemistry company, is reporting a $1.6 million cooperative agreement with the US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to develop and scale-up production of the company's patented SPERLU technology that produces polymers from wood pulp and similar plant-based sources.

    The grant is part of a recently announced $80 million DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) initiative supporting 36 bioenergy R&D projects. In addition to biobased products, projects include renewable hydrocarbon fuels and power from non-food Biomass and waste feedstocks.

    Spero's SPERLU™ technology converts biomass lignin, a waste byproduct of cellulosic ethanol production that is expensive to remediate, into valuable, environmentally friendly polymers and plastics. The resulting polymers are renewable, free of off-gassing emissions, and formaldehyde-free as opposed to current polymers that come from petrochemicals and are manufactured with formaldehyde, according to the company's website.

    According to the company website, "Spero Energy is a technology developer for the production of high value renewable and natural molecules from biomass. The company's novel extractive technology for the manufacture of natural ferulic acid is a game changer for the production of natural vanilla. Spero's one-step lignin conversion (SPERLU™) is key to realizing a fully integrated biorefinery." (Source: Spero Renewables LLC, Spero Website, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Spero Renewables LLC, Mahdi Abu-Omar, Ph.D. Chemistry, Pres., Joe Ramelli, VP Business Dev., (805) 696-2199 x 2001,, US DOE BETO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE BETO,  Spero Renewables,  

    Virginia OKs $1Bn in Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Virginia State Corporation Commission,Appalachian Power
    Date: 2019-05-06
    Further to our 5th April report, meeting in Richmond, the Virginia State Corporation Commission is reported to have approved approximately $1 billion in new spending on energy efficiency programs designed to reduce energy consumption and the need to produce and distribute additional electricity in the Old Dominion State.

    The regulator approved 11 new Dominion Energy programs totaling $226 million as well as energy efficiency spending by Appalachian Power, the state's second largest electric utility. In their approval, the two companies are required to track and report the effectiveness of their programs in reducing energy consumption at a future date. (Source: Virginia State Corporation Commission, NBC29, AP, 4 May, 2019) Contact: Virginia State Corporation Commission,; Appalachian Power, Don Nichols, (800)956-4237,,; Dominion Energy, Keith Windle, VP Business Development,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Virginia State Corporation Commission,  Energy Efficiency,  Appalachian Power,  Dominion Energy,  

    British Steel Borrows to Meet Pre-Brexit EU ETS Rules (Int'l)
    British Steel,Bexit
    Date: 2019-05-06
    Following up on our 15th April report on the European Union's decision to suspend Britsh Steel and other UK firms' access to free carbon permits under the EU ETS until a Brexit withdrawal deal is ratified, the UK government reports it has loaned British Steel £120 million to meet its obligations under EU ETS rules allowing industrial polluters to use carbon credits to pay for the previous year's emissions, or trade them to raise money.

    Each free permit gives a firm the right to emit a tonne (1,000kg) of CO2. British Steel claims that it is discussing the impact of Brexit on its business with ministers and officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) and is in talks with Department for Business about financial assistance. British Steel has until 30 April to comply with EU emission rules. (Source: British Steel, Insider Media, 2 May 2019

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UE ETS,  Carbon Emissions,  Brexit,  British Steel,  

    CCC Recommend UK Carbon Neutral 2050 Deadline (Int'l Report)
    independent Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In London, the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the UK's top climate change advisory body reports it is set to recommend the government reduce carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 -- a target that is said to be viable, cost-effective and would put the UK on track to fully meet its Paris Climate Agreement commitment.

    According to the CCC, net-zero by 2050 could be achieved within a budget of 1-2 pct of GDP. It would require new policies across various government departments: low-carbon electricity would need to quadruple and low-carbon heating will be required throughout Britain building stock. All new cars and vans should be electric by 2035 or earlier, while novel technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) will become a necessity. Such reforms are especially urgent considering that the UK is currently set to miss its present legally-mandated target of an 80 percent cut in emissions by 2050. (Source: Independent Committee on Climate Change, yahoo News, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Independent Committee on Climate Change,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Committee on Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  

    Wind Dominant S.African Power Source by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Eskom,South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In Johannesburg, South Africa's largest utility Eskom and the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) are saying wind energy offers the country's greatest potential for replacing fossil fuels for power generation in South Africa.

    The South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and other research institutes note they have "conclusively demonstrated that the option of new wind, solar PV and flexible generation capacity in South Africa delivers the least-cost electricity price trajectory in the years ahead to 2050 and beyond, as well as least water consumption, lowest carbon emissions and the most jobs. According to this scenario, wind would be the largest source of electricity by 2040. The DoE foresees 12 GW of wind by 2030, 38 GW by 2040 and 50 GW by 2050." (Souce: Eskom, MyBroadBand, 4 May, 2019)Contact: Eskom, Barry MacColl, GM Testing and Development,; CSRI,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eskom,  Wind,  South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research ,  

    Sign of the Times -- Solar Powers Coal Mine Museum (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In the Land Down Under, the State Coal Mine -- Wonthaggi Coal Mining Museum state park reports it is now powered by a 91 KW on-site, ground-mounted solar PV array and a 41 kWh battery storage system as part of an "Old Energy New Energy Project" being run by the not-for-profit Energy Innovation Co-op aiming to demonstrate how renewable energy, energy efficiency and new technology are "changing the name of the energy game."

    The project is partially funded by over $241,000 from the state Labor Government's New Energy Jobs Fund and $58,460 from the Victorian government's Local Government Energy Saver Program -- a $3.4 million fund which supports resource constrained councils across regional Victoria to reduce their energy consumption and operating costs of community facilities. A further $15,000 grant from the state government supporting Bass Coast Shire Council in their goal to transition the community to zero-net emissions will support the expansion of work begun by the coastal community of Phillip Island, which has committed to to being carbon neutral by 2030. The Victorian Labor government has pledged a 50 pct Renewable Energy Target (VRET) by 2030. (Source: PV Mag., Various Media, 3 May, 2019) Contact: Wonthaggi Coal Mining Museum,

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

    MA Communities Share Climate Change Preparedness Funding (Funding)
    Date: 2019-05-06
    The community of Leominster, Mass. reports it was among 27 communities receiving grant funding through the Mass. Municipal Vulnerability Prepardness programto complete climate change vulnerability assessments and develop climate change resiliency plans.

    Leominster, which scored $25,000, will share in $725,000 granted to the 27 communities, bringing the number of communities in the program to 184, or half of all Massachusetts municipalities. The grant and designation program provides communities with technical support, climate change data and planning tools to identify hazards and develop strategies to improve resilience. (Source: City of Leominster, Sentinel & Enterprise, 4 May, 2019)Contact: Mass. Municipal Vulnerability Prepardness Program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change resiliancy ,  

    Indonesia's 2019 Biodiesel Exports Could Decline Under EU Regulations (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In Jakarta, the Indonesia Biofuels Producer Association (APROBI) reports many Indonesian economists and government officials believe that the transition to cleaner energy products is necessary to help bolster the country's export sector and that tighter restrictions on Indonesian biodiesel deliveries to the EU could significantly cut biodiesel exports to only 1 million or 1.2 million kiloliters (kl) this year.

    In the face of EU palm oil environmental concerns, Indonesia has been working to make its palm oil-based fuel more environmentally-friendly after the EU and other countries called for a "cleaner" Indonesian biodiesel.

    Indonesia's B20 biofuel-biodiesel blend rate is expected to be raised to B30. According to Agra-Net, Indonesia exported 52,356 tonnes of palm oil biodiesel in February, 2019 Domestic markets have also shown increased consumption of biofuel during the first quarter of 2019. Reuters notes Indonesians consumed 1.5 million kl in Q1, this year. (Source: APROBI Business Times, 3 May, 2019) Contact: APROBI, +62 2129380882,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesia,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  

    Biocom Announces European Ethanol Shipments (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2019-05-06
    Angolan biofuel company Biocom, located in the Cacuso district, 75 kilometres from Malanje, reports it will export 8,500 cubic feet of ethanol to Europe in two shipments on 13 and 23 May, this year. The two shipments were based on contracts signed with Ryssow and Alcotra, a Swiss ethanol production, distribution and marketing company.

    Biocom currently has 24,000 hectares of sugarcane which in 2018 yielded 73,000 tonnes of sugar cane and 17,000 m3of ethanol. The company, one of the largest Angolan agro-industrial projects, is led by Brazilian group Odebrecht, which owns 40 pct of the capital of the company. The remaining 60 pct of the capital is shared by Angolan private-equity group Cochan, with 40 pct and Angolan state oil company Sonangol, with 20 pct. (Source: Biocom Angola, PR, Macauhub, 6 May, 2019) Contact: Biocom Angola, +380 63 192 3144,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sugarcane Ethanol,  Ethanol,  

    Trudeau Carbon Tax Challengers Suffer a Body Blow (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-05-06
    On the Canadian prairies, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has ruled that Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act "falls within the legislative authority of Parliament. It is not unconstitutional in whole or in part."

    Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe (C), along with the province of Ontario and New Brusnwick, had challenged the Trudeau government's carbon tax in Canada's top court Friday, after a lower court ruled it is constitutional.

    Apparently still itching for a fight, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe immediately vowed to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada. Oil-soaked Alberta's newly-elected Premier Jason Kenney vowed to join Moe and (Conservative) Ontario Premier Doug Ford in opposition to the fed's imposed carbon tax. (Source; CBC, National Observer, Various Media, 3 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  

    Equinor Exploring Korean Offshore Wind Opportunities (Int'l. Report)
    Equinor,Korea East-West Power
    Date: 2019-05-06
    Norwegian energy giant Equinor has partnered with Korea National Oil Corporation, Korea East-West Power Company and Ulsan City to explore floating offshore wind opportunities.

    To that end, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with Ulsan City, a major South Korean maritime shipping center, and an amendment made to include Korea East-West Power Company in a previously executed MoU with Korea National Oil Corporation. (Source: Equinor, PR, Smart Energy, 3 May, 2019) Contact: Korea National Oil Corporation,; Korea East-West Power,; Equinor,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  

    Candidate Inslee Proposes Death to Old King Cole (Ind. Report)
    Jay INslee
    Date: 2019-05-06
    Further to our 4th March report, Washington State governor and U.S. 2020 presidential wannabe Jay Inslee (D) is touting his "100% Clean Energy for America Plan" to get the U.S. to net-zero emissions no later than 2045.

    To that end, Inslee's plan calls for nothing short of the death of Old King Coal and the complete retirement of the country's 852 coal-ired power plants, which currently accounts for about 27 pct of America's electricity mix, within a decade. The plan also calls for utilities to go 100 pct carbon neutral by 2030 and transition to running on zero emissions energy sources, like renewable or nuclear power, by 2035, and the elimination of all fossil fuel use in federal buildings by 2023. (Source: Jay Inslee, Earther, 3 May, 2019)Contact: Office of Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jay Inslee,  Coal,  Climate Change,  

    NM's First "Green" Bond Earmarked for Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    New Mexico Finance Authority
    Date: 2019-05-06
    The New Mexico Finance Authority in Santa Fe reports it plans to issue its first "green" bonds as it borrows roughly $12 million to complete energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades on about 30 state agency buildings in Santa Fe.

    The project includes: upgrades to and the addition of new solar panels; companion battery storage; electrical transformers; new doors and windows; and upgraded heating and cooling systems. The state legislature previously approved $20 million in direct state spending on the project which is intended to reduce energy costs and limit contributions to climate change. (Source: New Mexico Finance Authority, Durango Herald, AP, 3 May, 2019) Contact: New Mexico Finance Authority ,

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

    Yucatan's First Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In Mexico, the Yucatan state government is reporting the commissioning and startup of its its first sustainable energy-generation park, in Dzilam de Bravo. Viva Energia was the developer.

    The 270-GW, 28 Enervision turbine wind park came in at approximately $120 million and will provide 6 pct of the total energy consumed in Yucatan. (Source: Yucatan Expat Life, 4 May, 2019) Contact: Enervision,; Vive Energia,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

    DOE Announces $79 Mn Funding for Bioenergy R&D (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In Washington, the US DOE has announced over $79 million in funding for bioenergy R&D including biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. This funding supports Agency's goal of providing consumers and businesses with a range of domestic energy options that are affordable, reliable, and secure.

    The FOA topics will advance DOE's Bioenergy Technology Office's (BETO) objectives to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. Topics areas for this funding opportunity include the following:

  • Cultivation Intensification Processes for Algae -- Develop technologies for outdoor algae systems that increase the harvest yield, reliability and quality of algae;

  • Biomass Component Variability and Feedstock Conversion Interface: Research to lower the cost and improve the reliability of biomass handling and preprocessing;

  • Efficient Wood Heaters -- Develop technologies to reduce emissions and increase efficiency of wood heaters for residential heating;

  • Systems Research of Hydrocarbon Biofuel Technologies -- Integrate new technologies and processes in experimental prototype systems to improve and verify real-world performance and lower the cost of drop-in Biofuels;

  • Optimization of Biomass-Derived Jet Fuel Blends -- Identify and develop cost-competitive drop-in renewable jet fuel with improved energy density and lower particulate matter emissions;

  • Renewable Energy from Urban and Suburban Wastes: Support academic research and educational programs that focus on strategies to produce bioenergy and bioproducts from urban and suburban waste feedstocks;

  • Advanced Bioprocessing and Agile BioFoundry -- Reduce the time and cost of developing biological processes for biomanufacturing fuels and products through the use of synthetic biology, low capital intensity methods, and continuous production systems;

  • Plastics in the Circular Carbon Economy -- Develop biobased plastics with improved performance and recyclability and lower the cost and energy-intensity of recycling existing plastics through enhanced degradation;

  • Rethinking Anaerobic Digestion: Develop anaerobic processes or alternative strategies to enhance carbon conversion efficiency and lower costs of smaller scale wet waste systems;

  • Reducing Water, Energy, and Emissions in Bioenergy -- Identify biofuels or bioproducts technologies with the greatest potential for reducing water consumption, energy consumption, and/or emissions relative to existing conventional fuels or products.

    This FOA also supports the Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House initiated, DOE-led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. In particular, this funding will support R&D focused on anaerobic digestion, a technology that can help achieve the Grand Challenge's goal to double resource recovery from municipal wastewater. (Source: US DOE EERE, 3 May, 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Anaerobic Digestion ,  

  • World Bank Fund to Support Climate-Smart Mining (Ind. Report)
    World Bank Group
    Date: 2019-05-06
    The World Bank is reporting the launch of the Climate-Smart Mining Facility fund to support the sustainable extraction and processing of minerals and metals used in clean energy technologies, such as wind, solar power, batteries for energy storage and electric vehicles. The new Facility focuses on helping resource-rich developing countries benefit from the increasing demand for minerals and metals, while ensuring the mining sector is managed in a way that minimizes the environmental and climate footprint.

    Facility partners include the German government and private sector companies, Rio Tinto and Anglo American. The Facility will also assist governments to build a robust policy, regulatory and legal framework that promotes climate-smart mining and creates an enabling environment for private capital. Facility projects may include:

  • Supporting the integration of renewable energy into mining operations, given that the mining sector accounts for up to 11 percent of global energy use and that mining operations in remote areas often rely on diesel or coal;
  • Supporting the strategic use of geological data for a better understanding of “strategic mineral” endowments;
  • Forest-smart mining -- preventing deforestation and supporting sustainable land-use practices; repurposing mine sites;
  • Recycling of minerals -- supporting developing countries to take a circular economy approach and reuse minerals in a way that respects the environment

    The World Bank is targeting a total investment of $50 million, to be deployed over a 5-year timeframe. The Facility will focus on activities around four core themes: climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; reducing material impacts and creating market opportunities, contributing to the decarbonization and reduction of material impacts along the supply chain of critical minerals needed for clean energy technologies. (Source: World Bank Group, Modern Diplomacy, May, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Climate Smart,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

  • ALLETE Snares 303MW Apex Clean Energy Wind Project (M&A)
    ALLETE Clean Energy,Apex Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-05-06
    ALLETE Clean Energy, a subsidiary of ALLETE, reports acquisition of the 303MW Diamond Spring wind project in Oklahoma from Charlottesville, Virginia-headquartered Apex Clean Energy.

    With the acquisition, ALLETE Clean Energy will now build, own, operate and sell the wind power generated from the wind farm to two Fortune 500 companies under 15-year power sales agreements.

    The purchase includes the two power sales agreements signed by Apex totaling up to 228MW and additional capacity to serve corporate and industrial markets.

    ALLETE plans to break ground on the wind farm this year and expects to bring the facility which will generate sufficient energy for 114,000 households online in 2020. ALLETE Clean Energy currently owns and operates nearly 556MW of nameplate capacity wind energy generation in four states. (Source: Allete Clean Energy, PR, May, 2019) Contact: ALLETE, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952,,; Apex Clean Energy , Mark Goodwin, CEO, (434) 220-7595,

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

    Maryland's Rockdale Solar Pilot Scores Tax Break (Ind. Report)
    Washington County Commissioners
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In Williamsport, Maryland, Rockdale Solar is reporting Washington County Commissioners in Hagerstown, have approved a 25-year, $260,000 tax break agreement for the company's solar farm project which is under development and nearing completion in Williamsport, Maryland. (Source: Rockdale Solar, DVM, Nextstar Broadcasting, 6 May, 2019) Contact: Washington County Commissioners (2400 313-2200,

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    EBRD, Norway Supported Montenegro Wind Farm Going Strong (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In 2015, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), supported by Norway, provided financing for the Balkan country of Montenegro's Krnovo Wind Farm -- the country's first utility-scale wind farm. Today, the wind farm represents 8 pct of the total installed power capacity and contributes to 5 pct of total electricity production in Montenegro as well as more than 180,000 tpy of CO₂ avoided emissions and an annual electric power supply for more than 100,000 households.

    In Montenegro, the renewables sector is still ina its infancy, and a lack of administrative capacity is considered the key bottleneck to further promotion of green energy.

    With the support of Norway, the EBRD has worked with Montenegrin authorities to design a more robust legal framework for supporting sustainable energy projects. This includes assistance with the level of feed-in-tariffs, drafting regulations for government support renewable energy, and the development of a bankable power purchase agreement for renewable energy projects. (Source: EBRD, The Financial, May, 2019)Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD,  Wind,  

    Merrimack NH Debating Solar-Panel Tax (Reg. & Leg.)
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In New Hampshire, the Merrimack town council reports it is considering whether solar units on local properties should be exempt from property taxes, as is the case in the towns of Concord, Manchester, Bedford, Amherst, Milford and Londonderry.

    Presently, 113 properties in Merrimack (pop. 27,00 +-) have installed solar systems at an average cost of $1,100 per panel and a corresponding $600 per panel increase in assessment.

    The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has stressed the importance of assessing solar statewide. (Source: Town of Merrimack, May, 2019) Contact: Merrimack NH Town Council, (603) 424-2331,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    Ellomay Closes on 300MW Spanish PV Plant Financing (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-05-03
    Israel-based Ellomay Capital reports it has closed on the project financing for construction of Talasol Solar's 300 MW photovoltaic plant in the municipality of Talaván, in Extramadura, Spain. The company has also closed the sale of 49 pct of its indirect holdings in the project company,

    Ellomay expects the Talasol Project's total capital expenditure to be approximately €228 million of which an aggregate amount of approximately €131 million is to be provided by a term loan under the project finance obtained by Talasol from Rabobank, ABN AMRO and Deutsche Bank and the European Investment Bank. (Source: Ellomay, COMPELO, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Ellomay Capital,; Talasol Solar,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  PV,  Ellomay,  

    Kennecott Copper Opts for Renewables to Cut Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Rio Tinto
    Date: 2019-05-03
    London, UK-headquartered Anglo-Australian multinational metals and mining giant Rio Tinto reports it will reduce the annual carbon footprint associated with its Kennecott Utah Copper operation by as much as 65 pct by purchasing renewable energy certificates and permanently shutting its coal power plant.

    Kennecott's electric power needs will now be paired with 1.5 million MWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) supplied by Rocky Mountain Power, primarily sourced from its Utah allocated portfolio including wind power from Wyoming. The RECs are Green-e Energy certified and meet the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions.

    The move to using renewable energy certificates at Kennecott is subject to regulatory approval by the Utah Public Service Commission. (Source: Rio Tinto, 2 May, 2019)Contact: Rio Tinto,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Rocky Mountain Power,  Rio Tinto,  Renewable Energy,  

    NBB Comments on the EPA's E15, RIN Reform Proposals (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2019-05-03
    The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) filed the following formal comments on the U.S. EPA's proposed Modifications to Fuel Regulations to Provide Flexibility for E15 -- Modifications to RFS RIN Market Regulations rules. NBB respectfully disagreed with EPA's proposal to modify RIN market regulations without first showing data-based evidence of problems within the RIN market.

    "The proposed RIN market reforms are unnecessary, as EPA has yet to see data-based evidence of RIN market manipulation. Reforming a system that, while certainly not perfect, is working as intended with no evidence of manipulation has the potential to disrupt and even undermine the system that obligated parties use to demonstrate compliance with the RFS. We ask that the agency use this proposed rule as an opportunity to provide transparency to the small refinery exemption process and address the timing of granting these exemptions. Increasing transparency in the small refinery exemption process is what is actually needed to prevent manipulation in the RIN market.

    "Right now, retroactive small refinery exemptions are having the most negative impact on RIN markets, destroying demand for more than 360 million gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel. Rather than unneeded reforms that could further disrupt the RIN market, EPA should increase transparency around the small refinery exemptions, end its practice of encouraging retroactive petitions, and ensure that annual volumes that it set are met,"Kurt Kovarik, VP federal affairs, added. (Source: NBB, 30 April, 2019) Contact: NBB, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  E15,  RINs ,  

    1414 Degrees Announces Biogas Energy Storage Startup (Int'l)
    1414 Degrees
    Date: 2019-05-03
    Following up on our 1st Dec, 2017 report, Adelaide, Australia-based 1414 Degrees is reporting the startup of its 10MWh thermal energy storage system (TESS) at the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant south of the city of Adelaide. The patented molten silicon storage device converts biogas from the wastewater treatment plant.

    The 10MWh GAS-TESS system was co-funded by the South Australian Government's Renewable Technology Fund and shareholders of 1414 Degrees. (Source: 1414 Degrees, Power Technology, 2 May, 2019) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Dr Kevin Moriarty, Exec. Chairman, +61 8 8357 8273,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 1414 Degrees,  Biogas,  

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