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Community LEED Certifications Top 10 States List (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-14
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) reports states throughout the U.S. are making significant strides in sustainable design, construction and redevelopment at the building level, including multi-family buildings and communities.

The following top LEED-certified states list is based on the number of communities awarded the certification in the past two years, using Yardi Matrix data. The list only features communities with at least 50 multifamily units: California -- 200 communities; Texas -- 106; Washington -- 76; Maryland -- 73; Massachusetts -- 64; New York -- 64; Illinois -- 63; Colorado -- 56; Oregon -- 52; and New Jersey -- 49 communities. (Source: USGBC, Multiple House News, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

AEP Commits $2.7Bn to New Renewable Generation (Ind. Report)
American Electric Power
Date: 2018-11-14
In the Buckeye State, Columbus-based American Electric Power (AEP) reports it plans to invest $33 billion in capital from 2019 through 2023, $2.7 billion of which is earmarked for new renewable generation, including approximately $2.2 billion for competitive, contracted renewable projects. The company will work with regulators to identify additional opportunities to add renewable generation in its regulated jurisdictions.

AEP operates the nation's largest electricity transmission system to deliver power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. The company also has approximately 32,000 MW of generating capacity, including 4,340 MW of renewable energy. (Source: AEP, WindPower, Nov., 2018)Contact: American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  Renewable Energy,  

ADB Commits $13Mn to Indian Energy Efficiency Fund (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-14
In the Sub-Continent, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it will grant $13 million to Indian government-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) to establish an energy efficiency revolving fund. The fund is intended to sustain and expand energy efficiency investments, build market diversification, and scale up existing energy efficiency technologies in India.

According to the Bank's Country Director for India, Junaid Ahmad, energy efficiency is one of the bank's "strategic pillars" for engagement in India. (Source: ADB, PR, IANS, 11 Nov., 2018)Contact: Asian Development Bank, +63 2 632 4444,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank,  ADB,  Energy Efficiency,  India Energy Efficiency,  

Ottawa Rethinks Low Carbon Leadership Fund Plans (Funding)
Ontario Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-11-14
In Ottawa, Canada, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reports it plans to reinvest money allocated to Ontario as part of its Low Carbon Economy Fund in initiatives that improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions, save money and create jobs across Ontario. Trudeau's move comes as a counter to the newly elected populist conservative government of Premier Doug Ford nixed his Liberal predecessor's cap-and-trade program. Details are expected at a future date.

According to Ottawa, the Low Carbon Leadership Fund has made $1.4 billion of investment for climate action available to support provinces and territories, with a priority on energy efficiency which is expected to create 118,000 jobs by 2030, boost the GDP by $356 billion over the next 12 years and save Canadian households an average of $114 a year.

As previously reported, Canada's largest province has a lot to lose from Premier Ford's cap-and-trade cancellation. According to the Ontario Financial Accountability Office, Premier Ford's scrapping of the cap-and-trade program will cost the province $3 billion in lost revenue over the next four fiscal years. The watch dog agency added that the loss of revenue from the cap-and-trade cancellation will be greater than the savings the government will achieve by cancelling spending associated with the program. The Conservative Ford government revised the deficit to $15 billion last month, up from a predicted $11.7 billion. (Source: Gov. of Canada, Canadian Biomass, Various Media, Nov., 2018) Contact: Ontario Financial Accountability Office, Peter Weltman, (416) 644-0702,,; Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Doug Ford,  Cap-and-Trade,  

LafargeHolcim Installing Wind Turbines at Ohio Plant (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-14
Cement maker LafargeHolcim reports it is installing three wind turbines at its Paulding, Ohio, cement plant in keeping with its commitment to improving operating sustainably. The turbines will be installed in partnership with One Energy, with a construction slated to get underway in December.

Taken together, the turbines are exzpected to generate more than 12 million kWh per year and eliminate the equivalent of more than 9,000 tpy of CO2. (Source: LafargeHolcim, Aggregates Manager, 13 Nov., 2018) Contact: LafargeHolcim, Jamie M. Gentoso, CEO, U.S. Cement Operations,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LafargeHolcim,  Wind,  

EBGE Lanuches 100 pct Renewable Energy Service (Ind. Report)
East Bay Green Energy
Date: 2018-11-14
In Alameda County, Oakland, California-based East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) reports it will offer more than 1.4 million people the option to run their homes on 100 pct renewable energy, beginning this month.

EBCE uses existing PG&E power lines and account infrastructure, but gives consumers a choice between traditional energy and greener options, including 100 pct renewable energy plan and a 100 pct carbon free plan in addition to their standard service, which uses 5 pct more renewable energy than traditional electric service, and costs 1.5 pct less than the normal PG&E bill. EBCE also plans to implement programs that help customers in Alameda County install solar panels and buy excess energy from customers in a shared solar power project, according to planning documents released in June.

The not-for-profit EBCE is overseen by local public officials with revenue generated used to support local green energy and clean power initiatives. (Source: EBCE, East Bay Express, 9 Nov., 2018)Contact: EBCE, (833) 699-3223,

More Low-Carbon Energy News East Bay Green Energy,  Renewable Energy,  

TEPCO Testing for Offshore Wind Seabed Viability (Int'l Report)
Tokyo Electric Power Company
Date: 2018-11-14
In Japan, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (TEPCO) reports it is using bore-holes and sound waves to survey the seabed to verify the feasibility of constructing offshore offshore wind farms off the coasts of Choshi City and Asahi City in Chiba Prefecture.

TEPCO began research off the coast of Choshi City in August 2009 in response to the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization's (NEDO) call for expressions of interest. (Source: TEPCO, Nikkei, Nov., 2018) Contact: NEDO,; TEPCO,

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

MagneGas Reports $1.05Mn in October Sales (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-14
Tampa, Florida-headquartered MagneGas Applied Technology Solutions, Inc, a leading clean technology company in the renewable resources and environmental solutions industries, reports sales of $1.05 million for the month of October, a 180 pct increase over October 2017. The company attributes the growth in sales to expansion into California, Texas and Louisiana through six acquisitions made in 2018.

MagneGas' patented process converts various renewables and liquid wastes into MagneGas® fuel that can be used as an alternative to natural gas or for metal cutting. The Company operates 13 locations across California, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. (Source: MagnaGass Applied Technologies Inc., PR, News Wire, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: MagneGas, Ermanno Santilli, CEO, (727) 934-3448,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MagnaGas,  

BASF Touting EU-REDcert-Methanol (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-14
German chemicals juggernaut BASF is reporting the introduction of EU-REDcert-Methanol for the production of methanol on the basis of renewable raw materials according to the biomass balance approach.

For EU-REDcert-Methanol, the company replaces fossil raw materials with second-generation renewable raw materials, waste as well as residual materials. As a result, BASF reduces GHG emissions by at least 50 pct compared with conventionally produced methanol. In terms of its chemical and physical characteristics, biomass balanced methanol is identical to methanol produced from fossil resources.

BASF developed the "biomass balance method" together with TUV SUD. EU-REDcert-Methanol is certified according to the REDcert standard which proves the sustainable origin of the biomass used and the information on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It is a standard for use as biofuel, recognized by the European Commission under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). (Source: BASF, Green Car Congress, 13 Nov., 2018)Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH,; TUV SUD,

More Low-Carbon Energy News TUV SUD,  BASF,  Methanol,  Biomass,  

UK DfT Releases Sustainable Biofuel Supply Data (Int'l.Report)
U.K. Department for Transport
Date: 2018-11-14
In London, the U.K. Department for Transport (DfT) has released preliminary data on its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation for a portion of 2018, including data on how much ethanol met U.K. sustainability requirements.

The quarterly report, which covers the supply of renewable fuels from April 15 through Dec. 31, 2018, indicates 138.69 million gallons of renewable fuel were supplied during a period beginning April 15. That volume of renewable fuels accounted for 4 percent of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. Of the total, 59 pct was biodiesel, 38 pct was ethanol, 2 pct was biomethane and 1 pct was biomethanol.

During the period, 320 renewable transport fuel certificates (RTFCs) were awarded to transportation fuel suppliers that meet sustainability criteria. Of the fuel meeting sustainability requirements, 26 percent was made from U.K. feedstocks, primarily used cooking oil. For ethanol, almost half was made from low-grade starch slurry in France. (Source: UK Department for Transport, Ethanol Producer, Nov., 2018) Contact: UK Department for Transport,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable Biofuel,  Biofuel,  UK Biofuel,  

Pattern Selling Ontario Wind Farm Stake for $165Mn (M&A)
Pattern Energy, Axium Infrastructure
Date: 2018-11-14
San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group Inc eports it will sell its 90-MW interest in the 270-MW, K2 wind farm in Ontario for $216 million (Cdn) ($164.8 million US) to a consortium led by Axium Infrastructure. The deal is expected to close before the year end.

The K2 wind power facility, located in the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, was a joint venture between Pattern Energy, an Axium-led consortium and Capital Power Corporation. (Source; Pattern Energy, Nov., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,; Axium Infrastructure, Anne-Sophie Roy, (514)954-3781,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  Axium Infrastructure,  

Quebec's Xebec Adsorption Raises $6.16Mn (Ind. Report, Funding)
Xebec Adsorption
Date: 2018-11-14
Quebec-headquartered landfill gas purification technology specialist Xebec Adsorption Inc. reports it has closed a unit offering, raising $6.16 million (Cdn)($4.7 million US) gross. The proceeds are earmarked for new projects in the renewable gas generation sector, potential merger and acquisition opportunities, R&D, capital equipment and general corporate purposes, the company said. (Source: Xebec, PR, Renewables, 12 Nov., 2018)Contact: Xebec, Kurt Sorschak, Pres., CEO, (450) 979-8718,, Sandi Murphy, Director, Investor Relations and Communications,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xebec Adsorption,  Renewable Fuel,  Renewable Gas,  Landfill Gas,  

Tidal Energy Kites Planned for Faroe Islands (Int'l Report)
Minesto AB
Date: 2018-11-14
Further to our August 15th coverage, Swedish marine energy developer Minesto AB reports it has entered into an agreement with electric utility SEV for the installation of two DG100 tidal energy converters in the waters surrounding the Faroe Islands, in he North Atlantic.

SEV will provide the infrastructure for the grid-connected project, and purchase the output of the two subsea kite devices under long term PPA. Installation of both devices is to be completed in 2020. The project will be funded through a mix of equity and resources from Minesto and SEV, plus public funding grants. The Faroe Islands are planning a transition to 100 pct renewable power by 2030. (Source: Minesto AB,PR, Renewables Now, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: Minesto AB, David Collier, CEO, +46 31 29 00 60,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minesto AB,  Tidal Energy,  Ocean Energy,  

Ukraine Completes EU4Energy Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-14
In Kiev, the Ukraine has is reported to have completed two sustainable energy -- energy efficiency projects under the European Union's EU4Energy program.

The projects include a hospital in Voznesenk reconstruction and energy efficiency upgrade of windows and exterior thermal insulation that is expected to cut the facility's annual energy costs by 62 pct.

The EU4Energy programme supports Eastern Partnership Region municipalities reduce their carbon emission by 20 per cent by 2020. The facility provides financial and technical assistance to targeted sustainability, energy management, energy efficiency and related projects. (Source: EU4Energy, Emerging Europe, Nov., 2018) Contact: EU4Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU4Energy ,  

2018 International Green Construction Code Released (Ind. Report)
International Green Construction Code
Date: 2018-11-14
The 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC) was released today by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), International Code Council, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). The IgCC is a model code that has wide applicability for incorporating resilient, high-performance green building strategies into building codes.

The 2018-IgCC update will help governments streamline code development and adoption, and improve building industry standardization by combining the technical requirements developed by the ASHRAE Standard 189.1 with the model code administrative provisions by the Code Council. As a result, the 2018-IgCC is now a unified code that emphasizes adoption, ease of use and enforcement for building projects.

The IgCC is a part of the Code Council's suite of comprehensive, coordinated and contemporary model codes -- including the International Building Code, International Existing Building Code, International Energy Conservation Code, International Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code and International Fire Code -- and is suitable for use in building codes world wide. (Source: USGBC, ICC, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: ICC, Dominic Sims, CEO,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; ASHRAE,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Code Council,  International Green Construction Code,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC ,  

FS Bioenergia Breaks Ground on Brazilian Corn Ethanol Plant (Int'l)
FS Bioenergia
Date: 2018-11-14
Following up on our 5th February report, FS Bioenergia reports construction is underway on its second corn-ethanol plant in Sorriso, Mato Grosso, Brazil. The new facility is expected to produce 530 million lpy (140 million gpy) of ethanol when fully operational in 2020. The company is also doubling the capacity of its 265-million lpy corn ethanol facility in Lucas do Rio Verde -- the country's first corn-ethanol facility.

FS Bioenergia is a JV between U.S.-based Summit Agricultural Group and Fiagril Ltda of Brazil. (Source: FS Bioenergia, Pro Farmer, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: FS Bioenergia, +55 65 3549-1500,; Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, (515) 854-9820,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News FS Bioenergia,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  

Riparian Forest Carbon Storage Potential Explored (Ind. Report)
Point Blue Conservation Science
Date: 2018-11-14
New Research from Petaluma, California-based Point Blue Conservation Science and Santa Clara University has concluded that riparian ecosystems and stream-side forests store "significant amounts of carbon." Accordingly, the report notes the the restoration of degraded forests is a critical strategy for addressing global climate change.

The research, led by Dr. Kristen Dybala, found that the average amount of carbon stored in mature streamside forest rivals the highest estimates for tropical or boreal forests. The average values for mature streamside forests range from 168 to 390 tons of carbon per acre in the trees alone.

Researchers also found that, on average, soil carbon can be expected to more than triple when converting from an un-forested site to a mature stream-side forest. With trees, it can take 40-90 years for these changes to come into full effect, and more than 115 years for soil carbon.

The report notes new tools and funding sources are emerging to help plan for and implement effective stream-side forest restorations. Countries around the world have pledged to restore degraded forests under the Bonn Challenge, a global commitment to restore forests as a climate mitigation strategy.

"Point Blue advances conservation of birds, other wildlife, and ecosystems through science, partnerships, and outreach. Our highest priority is to reduce the impacts of habitat loss, climate change, and other environmental threats while promoting nature-based solutions for wildlife and people, on land and at sea," according the the Point Blue website. (Source: Point Blue Conservation Science, Public Release, Nov., 2018) Contact: Point Blue Conservation Science,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Storage,  Climate Change,  CO2 Emissions,  Point Blue Conservation Science,  

Notable Quote

Date: 2018-11-14
"In general, you can say the statement that gas is cleaner than coal is mostly true, but actually that is irrelevant. This isn't about being cleaner than coal, it is about reducing the hell out of our greenhouse gas emissions." -- Roland Kupers ,former Shell Oil LNG executive; Environmental Defense Fund advisor.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Coal news,  

Kenya Targets Green Energy Sufficiency in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-14
Speaking at a Paris Peace Forum roundtable discussion on climate change, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced his country was targeting a transition to 100 pct green energy by 2020 to address the climate change challenge.

The President noted that "in concrete terms, renewable energy makes up 70 pct of Kenya's installed electric power capacity." The President called for "aggressive investments", especially from the industrialized western world, to enable Kenya to reach its goal during a time when the county's population is expected to triple.

The Head of State said "climate change is not an abstract threat in a far-off future but a defining security and development challenge of our time." (Source: Citizen Digital, 12 Nov., 2018)

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

EnergyCompass Streamlines Green Bldg. Design (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2018-11-14
The RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists firm is touting the EnergyCompass, a newly launched tool aiming to improve energy literacy in Ontario and help construction professionals make better use of green building designs to reach the goal of net-zero carbon emissions.

The EnergyCompass is a free data visualization platform that will streamline energy benchmarking and reporting during the design phase of building development projects. This tool seeks to accelerate the understanding and adoption of energy-saving solutions, improve conservation program delivery, reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from every proposed building development in Ontario.

Users will be able upload energy models to Compass which will automatically extract more than 400 variables and complete the submission requirements for six building standards, including US Green Buiolding Council LEED, TGS, and Ontario Building Code (OBC) The data visualization platform will allow users to see the modeled building against a database, which will then inform the design. "Previously, data available through energy simulation studies has not been leveraged en masse to analyze performance trends or to benchmark similar buildings to improve energy performance," according to RWI principal Mike Williams.

The RWDI EnergyCompass was developed in partnership with the Ontario Association of Architects and Toronto's Architecture 2030 District. (Source: RWDI, Nov., 2018) Contact: RWDI, Mike Williams,

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

Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstocks, Production Strategies Explored (R&D)
Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center
Date: 2018-11-14
Researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center led by by the University of Wisconsin, Madison, are reporting the investigation of how the quality of different biomass feedstocks -- corn stover and energy sorghum, switchgrass and miscanthus -- affect both the quality and field-scale ethanol yields per acre.

The research found biomass feedstock quality was the main driver for the ethanol yields for high-yielding crops such as switchgrass. Biomass yield was the main driver for ethanol yields from low productivity crops such as corn stover. The re[prt concluded that to increase ethanol yield from high-yielding crops, focusing efforts on improving biomass quality or conversion efficiency "may be prudent."

For low yielding crops, focusing on increasing biomass yield may be the best strategy. When measuring the amount of ethanol produced during fermentation, most feedstocks fell within a similar range, especially when scientists used bacteria to ferment the biomass.

In total, the study suggests that a lignocellulosic refinery can use a variety of feedstocks of varying qualities without a major negative impact on field-scale ethanol yields. (Source: Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center, US DOE, Nov., 2018) Contact: Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center, Tim Donohue, Dir., (608) 262-4663,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Feedstock,  Switchgrass,  Miscanthus,  Cellulosic,  

No-Deal Brexit Would Kill Britain's EU ETS Participation (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-14
In Brussels, Reuters is reporting that without a deal to leave the EU , Britain, Europe's second largest emitter, will be excluded from the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and all other legislation to help limit the impact of climate change. The EC could also temporarily suspend permit auctions and free allocations linked to the UK market in an effort to minimize the worst disruption in key areas in case of a no-deal Brexit.

In October, Britain said that if there is a Brexit deal, the country plans to remain in the ETS until at least to the end of its third trading phase running from 2013-2020. (Source: Reuters, Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Brexit news,  EU ETS news,  

Kingston Investing $130,000 in LED Light Upgrades (Ind. Report)
City of Kingston NY
Date: 2018-11-12
In the Empire State, the city of Kingston (pop. 23,200) in Ulster County reports it will invest as much as $130,000 to retrofit 11 city buildings with energy efficient LED lighting indoors.

The project with Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. is expected to cut the city's energy costs by approximatey $50,500 per year for a 2.5 year ROI. (Source: City of Kingston, Daily Freeman,10 Nov., 2018) Contact: City of Kingston Planning Dept., (845) 334-3955,; Central Hudson Gas & Electric,

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

21 Kids Climate Change Lawsuit Drags On (Reg & Leg)
21 Kids
Date: 2018-11-12
Following up on our August 1st coverage, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday granted the Trump administration a temporary stay in an environmental suit brought by a group of 21 young Americans alleging that the US government's energy policies were exacerbating climate change and thus infringing on their constitutional right to life, liberty and property.

The plaintiffs are seeking a court order forcing the government to take action and create a plan that includes reducing CO2 emissions to an atmospheric concentration of 350 ppm or less by 2100.

As previously reported, President Donald Trump has been trying to kill the case but the court ruled against the President saying: "The Government's request for relief is premature and is denied without prejudice.

The court recognized the "justiciability" of the suit's claims, acknowledged substantial grounds for difference of opinion, and noted that "the district court should take these concerns into account in assessing the burdens of discovery and trial, as well as the desirability of a prompt ruling on the Government's pending dispositive motions." The court ruled "The Government's request for relief is premature and is denied without prejudice." The court noted the respondents' claims is striking, however, and the "justiciability" of those claims presents substantial grounds for difference of opinion. The District Court should take these concerns into account in assessing the burdens of discovery and trial, as well as the desirability of a prompt ruling on the Government's pending dispositive motions."

The government has attempted to stay proceedings prior to the current action culminating in the Ninth Circuit's present grant of temporary stay in order for the court to consider the petition for writ of mandamus filed November 5. The plaintiffs must file a response to the petition in 15 days, with the government being able to respond to that document five days after its filing.

The not-for-profit Our Children's Trust organization is supporting the young plaintiffs in their case. (Source: Various Media, Jurist, 9 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News 21 Kids Climate Change,  Young Climate Change,  Trump,  

Victoria State Ups Renewable Target to 50 pct by 2030 (Int'l)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-11-12
In the Land Down Under, the newly elected Victorian State Labor government has indicated it will increase its target for renewables generation from the present 25 pct to 40 pct by 2025 and 50 pct by 2030 if re-elected.

The Victorian target aligns with its federal counterpart, which proposes a nationwide target of 50 pct renewables by 2030, and matches the targets made by the Queensland and Northern Territory Labor governments. (Source: Various Media, ReNew Economy, 8 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy Target,  

Newfoundland Carbon Tax Loaded with Exemptions (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-11-12
In Atlantic Canada, the province of Newfoundland-Labrador has unveiled its federally approved carbon tax, climate plan which at least on the surface, protects the province's crucial oil and gas industry. The province is reportedly planning to double oil production in the next decade.

The provincial plan offers exemptions for large producers and consumers alike, including the giant Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project which, when fully online in 2020, will allow the province to completely decommission the bunker oil-burning generator in Holyrood, which emits roughly 10 pct of the province's total 10.3 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the provincial carbon pricing scheme, home heating fuel, off-grid diesel generators, aviation fuel, the interprovincial ferry system and municipalities will be exempted and gasoline prices will rise substantially. After factoring in exemptions, only 76 pct of the province's total GHG emissions will be subject to carbon pricing. The provincial government has also reserved the right to scrap the scheme or any part thereof in the event that any other province refuse to set a plan or abide by the federal backstop, which is likely to happen.(Source: Province of Newfoundland-Labrador, Narwal, 9 Nov., 2018)

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

Santa Rosa Considers "All-Electric Ready" Legislation (Reg & Leg)
City of Santa Rosa
Date: 2018-11-12
In the Golden State, the city of Santa Rosa reports it is considering an "all-electric-ready" ordinance requiring all new homes to be equipped to operate without natural gas, a shift the city hopes could cut carbon emissions and lend momentum to green-building designs gaining favor after 2016's disastrous wildfires.

The proposed ordinance would not ban the use of natural gas infrastructure in homes, but new development subject to the rules would be able to do without natural gas from the outset, according to city release. No other California city has adopted an all-electric standard, according to the city.

Presently, the Advanced Energy Rebuild program, a collaboration between PG&E, Sonoma Clean Power and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, offers an all-electric-ready option and incentives to contractors working on the region's housing recovery. (Source: City of Santa Rosa, Press Democrat, 10 Nov., 2018) Contact: City of Santa Rosa, (707) 543-3200,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Natural Gas,  

Duke Carolinas Completes $1Bn Green Bond Issuance (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Carolinas
Date: 2018-11-12
Charlotte-headquartered Duke Energy Carolinas is reporting completion of an historic $1 billion Green Bond issuance to finance renewable projects in North and South Carolina. Duke's green bonds have a weighted average coupon of 3.74 pct with between three and 10-year maturities, according to the Duke release.

Duke is retiring its coal-fired plants, increasing nuclear generation capacity, and has added close to 650 MW of built or purchased solar energy and plans to add another 1,800 MW of new-build and purchased solar capacity over the next five years. (Source: Duke Carolinas, Electric Light & Power, Charlotte Business Journal, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, David Fountain, North Carolina Pres., Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, Steve Young, Exec. VP CFO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Carolinas,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  

German Wind Energy Storage Facility Inaugurated (Int'l, Report)
German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy
Date: 2018-11-12
In Germany, the City of Hamburg reports the commissioning of a wind energy storage facility at the Curslack wind farm in Hamburg-Bergedorf.

Built by Vattenfall in conjunction with the Competence Center for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (CC4E) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) and the Nordex Group, the lithium-ion battery storage facility links five wind turbines with a new battery storage facility connected directly to the wind farm grid.

The storage power plant, which was built as part of the major NEW 4.0 -- Norddeutsche EnergieWende project for northern Germany, is intended to enable practical research into the possibilities for the system integration of renewable energies.

The storage power plant is comprised of 24 batteries featuring the latest BMW technology. These are the same batteries that are also used in electric vehicles. The battery storage unit has an output of 720 kW and a storage capacity of 792 kWh.

The NEW 4.0 project aims to fully convert the northern German states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein to green electricity by 2035. The storage power plant is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWii). (Source: City of Hamburg, reve, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy,; Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Energy Storage,  Vattenfall,  ,  

NRC Invests $2Mn in Clean CO2 Conversion Technology (Funding)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2018-11-12
Natuiral Resource Canada (NRC) has announced a $2-million investment in Edmonton, Alberta-based Quantiam Technologies Inc. to support the company's completion of a carbon capture, storage (CCS) and use technology that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate clean tech jobs.

This funding builds on NRC's previous $1.15 million investment in Quantiam, bringing the total investment to $3.15 million. The funding will enable Quantiam to complete a technology prototype that will convert CO2 and solar hydrogen to methanol to ultimately result in fewer emissions and promote job creation and training in the clean tech sector.

Details on the Natural Resources Canada Energy Innovation Program HERE

HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Quantiam Technologies, (780) 462-0707,; NRC, (343) 292-6100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Quantiam Technologies,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Natural Resources Canada,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  

Indian Hotel Chain Inaugurates In-House Biogas Plant (Int'l)
Mercure Hyderabad
Date: 2018-11-12
In Hyderabad, the Indian hotel group AccorHotels Group is reporting the inauguration of an onsite a Bio Gas plant to produce renewable, clean energy for the hotel chains Mercure Hyderabad unit. The biogas plant is part of AccorHotels' "Planet 21" sustainable development program and will use convert 18 tpy of biowaste to 693 kgs of renewable energy per year to biogas for use in the hotel's kichens. The plant will also offer significant savings in comparison to use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). (Source: AccorHotels Group, India CSR Network, 10 Nov., 2018) Contact: AccorHotels Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  

180 MW Moroccan Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2018-11-12
Italy's Enel Green Power and the Moroccan energy company Nareva are reporting construction is underway on the 180-MW, Midelt Wind Farm in Midelt, central Morocco. The project is the first part of the 850-MW Integrated Wind Project (PEI) which includes four other wind farms.

The MAD 2.5 billion ($262 million +-) Midelt wind farm, which is expected to come online in 2 years, is being funded by equity imvestments from Morocco's National Electricity Office (ONEE), the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), and a consortium of both EGP and the Moroccan energy company Nareva. (Source: Morocco National Electricity Office, Morocco World News, 10 Nov., 2018) Contact: Enel Green Power,; Nareva,

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Brightmark Invests in Waste Plastics-to-Fuel Plant (M&A)
Brightmark Energy
Date: 2018-11-12
San Francisco-based renewable energy development company Brightmark Energy is reporting a $10 million investment and acquisition of a majority interest in Ohio-based plastics-to-fuel technology company, RES Polyflow The company also committed to an additional $47 million investment in the first commercial-scale plant to in Ashley, Indiana. The The Ashley, Indiana plant will process 100,000 tons of plastic waste into 18 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and naphtha blend stocks and five million gallons of wax per year.

Brightmark Energy develops, owns and operates waste and energy projects. The company's technology solutions include combined heat and power, waste to energy that are specifically tailored based on customer needs, and biogas

(Source: Brightmark Energy, PR, Citizen Tribune, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Brightmarks Energy, Bob Powell, Pres., Pres.,; RES Polyflow, www,

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Sunseap Floating Solar Farm Slated for Singapore Harbor (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-12
In Singapore, Sunseap, a sustainable energy provider, reports it will construct a 5-MWp offshore floating photovoltaic (PV) solar system north of Woodlands Waterfront Park, along the Straits of Johor. When fully operational, the facility will generate about 6,388 MWh per year of renewable energy and eliminate about 2,600 tpy of GHGs over the next 25 years, according to the Sunseap release.

Sunseap previously worked on the world's largest floating PV test-bed in Singapore at Tengeh Reservoir. (Source: Channel News Asia, Sunseap, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Sunseap Group,Frank Phuan, Co-founder, CEO, +65 68 16 1000,

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Alabama Power Touts Smart Neighborhood Build Prog. (Ind. Report)
Alabama Power
Date: 2018-11-12
Building on the success of its first Smart Neighborhood program, Alabama Power reports it has developed a home building program to partner with home-builders on smart neighborhoods across the state.

The Smart Neighborhood Builder Program promotes energy efficiency through collaboration with home-builders to build energy-efficient homes that feature advanced energy products and home automation.

Smart Community Neighborhood homes feature: enhanced energy-efficiency measures and smart home technologies such as voice-activated security, smart locks, lights, cameras and garage door control; Smart homes also will feature: Google Home smart speakers; Nest Learning thermostats; advanced energy-efficient building features such as improved insulation, high-efficiency heat pump and water heater and Energy Star appliances.

For the project, Alabama Power representatives will serve as technical experts, supporting builders on program standards and energy-efficient technologies.

Participating homebuilders include Holland Homes, Harris Doyle Homes and Curtis White Companies. (Source: Alabama Power, Smart Grid Observer, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Alabama Power, Greg Barker, Exec. VP Customer Services,

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Eversource Upgrades Rochester NH School Lighting (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-12
New Hampshire's largest electric power utility Eversource NH reports it is partnering with the Rochester School District on an upgrade of more than 5,700 light fixtures to energy efficient LED fixtures.

The upgrade, which is being executed by Affinity LED Lighting, is expected to save the school district $72,000 per year in energy costs and reduce carbon emissions by 309 tpy.

The new lighting system installation is expected to be completed early next year. (Source: Rochester School District, Eversource: 10 Nov., 2018) Contact: Eversource NH, Allison McLean, Community Relations Manager, (800) 662-7764,; Rochester School District, Michael Hopkins, Superintendent, (603) 332-3678, /visitor.php?keyword=Energy Efficiency" target=_blank>Energy Efficiency news,  

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Washington State Rejects Carbon Tax, Again (Reg & Leg)
Western States Petroleum Association
Date: 2018-11-12
The third time around wasn't lucky for Washington States I 1631 groundbreaking carbon tax , despite broad support from MicroSoft's Bill Gates, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and the far away New York Times, labor organizations, environmentalist and others.

I 1631 aimed to charge oil companies and other significant emitters $15 per ton of carbon released -- increasing by $2 per year until 2035. The approximately $1 billion per year it was expected to raise was earmarked for clean energy projects, public transportation, environmental conservation, and green jobs programs.

In 2016, another initiative, 732, proposed a tax on carbon in exchange for reduced sales and manufacturing taxes and creating a fund for low-income families–an approach intended to appeal to conservatives. The strategy missed the marked with only 40.7 pct of the vote. Earlier this year, too, the state legislature attempted to pass a carbon tax measure, but that died when it failed to collect enough votes in the Senate to advance.

Organized opposition to I 1631 campaign was sponsored by the Western States Petroleum Association -- an umbrella organization for BP, Chevron, Shell,Exxon) and others. In Washington, 54.5 pct of Washington State's carbon emissions reportedly come from gas and diesel used in transportation. In most states, the power generation sector is credited with the bulk of the state's carbon emissions. (Source: Various Media, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Office of Washington Sate Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136,; Western States Petroleum Association,

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Woody Biomass Subsidy Challenged in Hew Hampshire (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-11-12
In Concord, the New Hampshire Union Leader is reporting the debate over new legislation requiring the state's utilities to purchase power from wood-burning power plants at higher than market prices is is heating up, thanks to New England Ratepayers Association which filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) challenging the legality of the biomass subsidy bill (SB365) that became law on a veto override in September.

According to the petition, requiring utilities to purchase power from wood-burning plants at above market prices is a violation of federal law that gives FERC sole authority to set wholesale prices for electricity. The petition claims that "precedent from the Supreme Court and this Commission make clear that whatever the states may do to encourage the use of renewable or fuel-diverse generation, they may not advance those objectives by setting the price for wholesale sales of electricity."

The petition asks for a declaratory order that SB 365 is preempted by federal law on or before Feb. 1. That's when electricity customers in the Eversource franchise area, more than 70 pct of the state, would begin paying the higher rates.

New Hampshire's six wood-burning power plants are located in parts of the state served by Eversource, which now faces the requirement to purchase their power. (Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, 8 Nov., 2018)

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ADB Commits $13Mn to Indian Energy Efficiency Fund (Int'l)
Asian Development Bank,Energy Efficiency Services
Date: 2018-11-12
In the Sub-Continent, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it will grant $13 million to Indian government-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) to establish an energy efficiency revolving fund (EERF) to expand and sustain investments in the energy efficiency market in India, build market diversification, and scale up existing technologies.

According to the World Bank’s Country Director for India, Junaid Ahmad , energy efficiency is one of the “strategic pillars” of the bank’s engagement in India. (Source: World Bank, PR, IANS, 11 Nov., 2018) Contact: Asian Development Bank, +63 2 632 4444,; Energy Efficiency Services (India),

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$16Mn WB Supports Belarus Energy Efficiency, Saving Projects (Int'l)
World Bank
Date: 2018-11-12
In Minsk, Belarus News reports the World Bank will grant Belarus an additional $160 million loan to implement energy conservation projects. The country's Standardization of the Republic of Belarus Department for Energy Efficiency notes that “Work is underway to raise additional financing to the tune of $160 million."

The World Bank loan will be used to build facilities running on local fuel and to improve energy saving and efficiency in apartment houses." (Source: Belrus News, 9 Nov., 2018)

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Pivot Launches SunCentral Community Solar Platform (Ind. Report)
Pivot Energy
Date: 2018-11-12
Denver-based solar energy developer Pivot Energy is reporting the launch of SunCentral, a white-labeled community solar customer management cloud platform designed to improve the customer experience for community solar subscribers, and optimize the customer management process for project owners, operators, and developers.

SunCentral offers project owners, operators, and utilities a platform to manage community solar subscriptions while allowing subscribers to easily access information. Platform features include: seamless bill payments, energy production monitoring, access to contracts, photos of solar projects, downloadable financial reports, ability to view capacity and availability in multiple projects, data sharing directly with utilities, and more.

Pivot will sell the platform to other owner/operators as either a stand-alone cloud application, or an application combined with fully-staffed customer management services. (Source: Pivot Energy, PR, 8 Nov., 2018) Contact: Pivot Energy, Rick Hunter, CEO, 888-734-3033,; SunCentral,

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Bend Wins Second Climate Energy Action Project Grant (Funding)
Bend Oregon
Date: 2018-11-12
In Oregon, the city of Bend -- pop. 94,500 +- -- reports it has qualified for a second $42,500 matching grant from Partners for Places, a national matching grant program. Funding will support the Bend Community Climate Action Planning project efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel consumption.

In July, the city, in partnership with The Environmental Center and The Oregon Community Foundation select Donor Advised Funds, asked Partners for Places for continued support of the Bend Community Climate Action Planning project, which is engaging diverse voices in creating a community climate action plan that balances equity, efficiency, economic development and meaningful climate benefits.

The Bend Climate Action Plan aims to cut community-wide fossil fuel use by 40 pct by 2030 and 70 pct by 2050. and called for development of a community climate action plan. (Source: City of Bend, KTVZ, Nov., 2018) Contact: Partners for Places,; City of Bend Community Climate Action Plan,; City of Bend, Community Dev., (541) 388-5580,

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MPIC Closing on Philippines Biomass Waste-to-Energy Project (Int'l)
Metro Pacific Investments C
Date: 2018-11-12
In the Philippines, Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) reports it expects to close on a P15 billion, multi-MW agricultural and municipal waste biomass-to-power project by the end of the month.

MPIC, in a consortium with Covanta Energy LLC and Macquarie Group Ltd., has partnered with the government of Quezon City for the project which will process up to 3,000 metric tpd of Quezon City municipal waste to around 42 MW of power for some 60,000 to 90,000 homes.

MPIC is also conducting studies for a similar waste-to-energy project in Pampanga, along with Chinese partner China Everbright Group. MPIC is one of three Philippine units of Hong Kong-based First Pacific Co. Ltd. (Source: METRO PACIFIC Investments Corp., PR, Business World, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: METRO PACIFIC Investments Corp.,

DNV GL Releases Energy Transition Outlook Report (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-09
In its recently published Energy Transition Outlook report DNV GL forecasts that by 2050, 12 pct of world primary energy supply will come from wind energy, of which 20 pct will come from offshore wind. In relative terms, offshore wind is growing 85-fold (2050 vs 2016), which is the same growth rate as for Solar PV which is also 85-fold.

The report notes that as electric power consumption accelerates, bottom fixed and floating offshore wind farms will play an increasingly important role to ensure that the society can meet this demand.

Download the DNV GL Energy Transition Outlook HERE. (Source: DNV GL, Windpower Eng., 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: DNV GL, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900,

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Date: 2018-11-09

Australian Capital Territory Opens 91-MW Wind Farm (Int' Report)
Date: 2018-11-09
In the Land Down Under, transmission system operator TransGrid is reporting the startup of the 91-MW Crookwell 2 Wind Park which feeds power into the grid of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

The wind farm near Goulburn in New South Wales incorporates 28 General Electric turbines to generate energy under a 20-year feed-in tariff (FiT) contract with the ACT government.

The wind farm is owned by Global Power Generation (GPG), a subsidiary of Spain's Gas Natural Fenosa (BME:GAS) and Kuwait Investment Authority. (Source: TransGrid, Renewables, 8 Nov., 2018) Contact: TransGrid,

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EIA Oct. Short-Term Energy Outlook --Renewables, CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-09
In 2017, the US Energy Information Administration EIA estimates that U.S. wind generation averaged 697,000 MWh per day (MWh/d). EIA forecasts that wind generation will rise by 8 pct to 750,000 MWh/d in 2018 and by a further 6 pct to 793,000 MWh/d in 2019.

Solar power generates less electricity in the U.S. than wind power but continues to grow at a faster rate. EIA expects solar generation will rise 26 pct from 211,000 MWh/d in 2017 to 267,000 MWh/d in 2018 and jump 14 pct to 305,000 MWh/d in 2019.

After falling by 0.8 pct in 2017, EIA forecasts that U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will rise by 2.2 pct in 2018 -- largely due to higher natural gas consumption because of a colder winter and a warmer summer than in 2017. Emissions are expected to to fall 1.1 pct in 2019, as forecast temperatures are forecast to return to normal.

Download the full EIA report HERE. Source: EIA, Oct. 2018) Contact: EIA,

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DNV GL's Windfloat Atlantic Due Diligence Completed (Ind. Report)
DNV GL,Windplus
Date: 2018-11-09
Energy advisory and certification specialist DNV GL is reporting completion of a lenders' technical due diligence on the 25-MW Windfloat Atlantic floating wind farm project now under construction off the coast of Portugal.

DNV GL's technical due diligence reportedly helped secure the €60 million from the European Investment Bank so the project could become the world's first project-financed floating wind farm.

The project is being developed by Windplus and will incorporate three 8.4-MW MHI Vestas turbines, the largest and most powerful wind turbines ever installed on a floating foundation platform.

Windplus is a subsidiary of EDP Renewables, Repsol and Principle Power.(Source: DNG GL, Windpower Eng., 7 Nov., 2019)Contact: EIB,; Windplus SA,; EDP Renovaveis,; DNV GL, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900,

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Jordanian Wind Farm Finds $71Mn Financing (Int'l)
International Finance Corporation
Date: 2018-11-09
The World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports approval of a$71 million financing package for the construction of a new 51-MW wind power plant in Tafileh, southwest of Amman, Jordan.

The $103 million project is being developed by KOSPO and Daelim Energy, both of Korea.

IFC is providing a $10 million loan for its own account and also acted as lead arranger, mobilizing parallel loans of $26 million from Managed Co-Lending Portfolio Programme, $27.7 million from the Standard Chartered Bank and $8 million from Korea's Shinhan Bank. The IFC also structured an equity bridge loan of $26 million. (Source: International Finance Corporation, Daehan Wind Power Company, Jordan Times, 7 Nov., 2018) Contact: IFC, (202) 473-1000,; Daehan Wind Power Company,

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Poland Commits to Develop 8 GW of Offshore Wind (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-09
In Warsaw, Polish State Secretary for Energy reports Poland plans to legislate the development of 8 GW of offshore wind by 2035. The Secretary's announcement was made in conjunction with the opening of a 1 GW onshore wind energy auction on Monday.

According to the Secretary, a survey of bidders participating in the auction suggests the prices will be between €43-63/MWh, with an average of €51/MWh -- lower than recent auctions in France and Germany. The auction is expected to be over-subscribed with more than 1 GW of wind farm projects bidding in.

The State Secretary also announced another onshore wind auction will take place in the coming months. (Source: WindEurope, Nov., 2018)

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