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Nordfuel Bioethanol Plant to Use SEKAB E-Technology (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-04-24
The biorefinery Nordfuel reports it is scheduled to construct a €150 million soft wood residues bioethanol and biofuel plant next to the Haapavesi thermal power plant 120 kilometres south of Uleaborg in Northern Finland.

The new facility will utilize Swedish clean-tech company SEKAB E-Technology's Celluapp platform to extract cellulose sugars and lignin from forest or agricultural residues for processing into biofuels or renewable chemical products. The technology can be used in new biorefineries or to develop existing facilities.

The new Nordfuel biorefinery will produce bioethanol and biogas for the transport sector and lignin to fuel the 390-MW power plant in Haapavesi. (Source: Norfuel, April, 2019) Contact: Norduel, Antti Vilkuna, CEO, +358 (0)44 0220 919,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lignin,  Biofuel,  Nordful Bioethanol,  

Hoboken Steps Up to the Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-04-24
In the Garden State, the city of Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla has signed an executive order adopting Hoboken's Climate Action Plan committing the city to "achieving carbon neutrality by 2050."

The plan, establishes goals for greenhouse gas emission reduction for government operations and as a city overall. Progress will be evaluated through benchmarks every five years. The plan's features include:

  • Purchasing 100 pct renewable electricity for municipal facilities (went into effect April, 2019);

  • Installing energy efficient upgrades in 11 municipal buildings, resulting in cost savings of over $100,000 per year;

  • Introducing an affordable renewable energy purchasing program for homeowners to utilize wind and/or solar electricity;

  • Implementing electric vehicle charging stations across the City (Hoboken recently was awarded funding through the State for up to 14 EV charging stations);

  • Creating Hoboken's own community solar program, allowing low-moderate income residents to utilize solar energy from other parts of the State even if they can not install solar panels on their homes;

  • Replacing street and traffic lights with LED energy efficient lighting;

  • The city of 56,000 +- residents has also reaffirmed its commitment to exceeding the goals" of the Paris Climate Accord.

    "The city's Climate Action Plan, which its two-pronged emphasis on adaptation and mitigation, puts Hoboken at the forefront of what cities can do to combat climate change," Doyle said. "Our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with an aggressive window through becoming a net zero city and achieving carbon neutrality is the progressive path forward toward achieving that goal." (Source: Hoboken Patch, 23 April, 2019) Contact: City of Hoboken, (201) 420-2000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

  • DOE Offers $47Mn for Flexible Building Technologies (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-04-24
    The U.S. DOE has announced the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2019 Funding Opportunity (FOA) for up to $47 million for innovative technologies to make energy more affordable.

    According to the DOE, residential and commercial buildings account for approximately 40 pct of the Nation's total energy demand and about 75 pct of all electric power consumption. In addition, growing peak electricity demands are challenging the electrical grid, exacerbated by stresses from transmission and distribution infrastructure constraints and the increasing number of variable renewable electricity power generation sources. However, integration of more flexible and even dispatchable loads through building automation can optimize energy use leading to decreased energy costs while maintaining occupant preferences. Even greater optimization of energy supply, storage, and demand results in a more resilient and reliable grid that simultaneously improves energy affordability.

    The DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) designed the 2019 BENEFIT FOA to increase energy productivity -- both within and beyond a building's walls -- by supporting the R&D and performance verification of flexible and energy-efficient technologies for residential and commercial buildings across the following topic areas:

  • Flexible Buildings Technologies: This topic supports early-stage R&D that integrates advanced sensing, controls and communication with flexible, energy efficiency technologies to advance the role buildings can play in the modernizing power grid. The subtopics include cybersecurity through adaptive building controls, performance verification for flexible building loads, advanced actuators and thermal energy storage.

  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technologies: This topic supports the development of highly efficient technologies for thermal end-uses in buildings, including space conditioning, water-heating and refrigeration. Subtopics include non-vapor compression heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies and fuel-driven building equipment.

  • Solid-state Lighting Technologies: This topic supports the development of highly efficient lighting technologies and systems to improve lighting energy efficiency. The subtopics address the green gap and droop in LEDs, quantum dot optical down-converters, stable and efficient white OLEDs, light extraction and utilization for OLEDs, and advanced lighting systems.

    The BTO's demand flexibility strategy, called Grid-interactive Efficient Building, is a unique addition to this funding opportunity which has traditionally focused on R&D for the next-generation of energy efficient building technologies. The DOE's vision integrates advanced sensing, controls, and communication with flexible, energy efficiency technologies to advance the role buildings can play in modernizing the power grid.

    Buildings have historically been passive consumers of energy, but next-generation flexible technologies give buildings and equipment the potential to provide a host of grid services that utilities currently receive from other, more traditional grid assets. Further research will help achieve this vision at-scale.

    Download FOA details and application materials HERE. Information on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Building Technologies Office is HERE. (Source: USA DOE, BLOG, 23 April, 2019) Contact: US DOE,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Building Energy Efficiency,  

  • Energy Efficiency Key to Hoboken's Climate Change Plan (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the Garden State, the city of Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla has signed an executive order adopting Hoboken's Climate Action Plan committing the city to "achieving carbon neutrality by 2050."

    The plan establishes goals for greenhouse gas emission reduction for government operations and as a city based on: increased operating energy efficiency; building energy bench-marking; energy efficient upgrades in 11 municipal buildings resulting in over $100,000 per year in energy costs savings; LED street and traffic lighting; a commitment to 100 pct renewable energy and various other upgrades and initiatives. The city of 56,000 +- residents has also reaffirmed its commitment to exceeding the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. (Source: Hoboken Patch, 23 April, 2019) Contact: City of Hoboken, (201) 420-2000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  Energy Benchmarking,  Renewable Energy,  

    Engie's Jumbo Hill Wind Project Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Engie North America
    Date: 2019-04-22
    According to a tax incentive document published by the Texas Comptroller's office, Houston-based Engie North America Inc. reports construction is underway on the $170 million Jumbo Hill Wind Project in Andrews County, Texas,

    The 57-turbine project is expected to be completed and online in spring 2020 and will sell power and renewable credits to an unnamed corporate buyer. (Source: Engie North America, Houston Business Journal, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Engie North America, Luis Felipe Birolini, VP Bus. Dev., (713) 636-0000,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie North America ,  Wind,  

    Green Mountain Energy Adds Solar at Texas Parks (Ind. Report)
    Green Mountain Energy
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered Green Mountain Energy and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) have announced the completion of solar installations totaling more than 67 KW producing over 95,000 kWh pf power at three state parks across Texas as part of their ongoing sustainability partnership.

    Previously, Green Mountain Energy provided a 21 KW rooftop solar array at TPWD's Sea Center Texas, a marine aquarium, fish hatchery and nature center. Additionally, the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club made a $40,000 donation to the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to help purchase and install a 11.2 KW solar array on the park's welcome center.

    According to the company's website, "Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation's longest serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with a simple mission: to change the way power is made. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 63 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions." (Source: Green Mountain Energy, April, 2019) Contact: Green Mountain Energy,; TPWD,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Mountain Energy,  Solar,  

    Sungrow Debuts Solar Energy Storage System (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Date: 2019-04-22
    China-headquartered solar inverter and energy storage system (ESS) specialist Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd reports the official North American debut of its fully Integrated Energy Storage System Solution and DC Coupled PV & Storage System Solutions at ESA's Annual Energy Storage Conference & Expo held recently in Phoenix, Arizona.

    As one of the first on the US market to offer high-power capabilities, ST556KWH-250 features four units of 60kW modules which enables flexible design to customize system capacity and module quantity. The main innovation behind the new ESS solution is its integration with Samsung's latest E3 Battery to obtain a smaller size and higher energy densities, along with minimized on-site labor and wiring. The units can be widely used in multiple applications, including peak shaving, demand response and micro-grid. (Source: Sungrow, PR, Renewables, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Sungrow, Jack Gu, Pres., PV & Energy Storage Division, +86 551 6532 7834,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sungrow,  PV,  Solar,  Energy STorage,  

    VT. First, TX Last on Eco-Friendliness List (Ind. Report Attached)
    Date: 2019-04-22
    Ahead of Earth Day (April 22), personal finance site WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, looking at 27 metrics across: environmental quality, eco-friendly behaviors, and climate-change contributions.

    According to the report, "Eco-friendliness and personal finance are related. Our environmental and financial needs are the same in many areas -- providing ourselves with sustainable, clean drinking water and food, for example. We also spend money through our own consumption and taxes in support of environmental security."

    Access WalletHub's 2019 Greenest States study HERE. (Source: WalletHub, 15 April, 2019) Contact: WalletHub,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WalletHub ,  

    TruStar Energy Completes 250th CNG Fueling Station (Ind. Report)
    TruStar Energy
    Date: 2019-04-22
    White Plains, New York-based compressed natural gas (CNG) and renewable natural gas fuel specialist TruStar Energy is reporting the completion and opening of its 250th CNG transportation fuel station in Plainfield, Indiana.

    Continuing to provide the industry reliable and cost-effective natural gas transportation fuel, this year the company expects to build approximately 35 pct of the market’s new stations. TruStar Energy will also embark on major growth initiatives of supplying renewable natural gas, sourced from landfills and digesters, to fleets and introducing new products for smaller fleets, so they too can realize the benefits of transitioning away from diesel. (Source: TruStar Energy, PR, 22 April, 2019) Contact: TruStar Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CNG,  Alternative Fuel,  Renewable Diesel,  

    Avista Targeting 100 pct Clean Energy by 2045 (Ind. Report)
    Avista Utilities
    Date: 2019-04-22
    Last week in Spokane, Avista Utilities reported it is committing to 100 pct clean energy by 2045 and to have a carbon neutral supply of electricity by 2027. According to the company's website, "reaching this goal will require further improvements in costs and technology associated with clean electric generation and energy storage as well as regulatory support." About 60 pct of of the utility's power presently is drawn from renewable energy sources, according to the website which notes the company may acquire carbon offsets to reach its goal.

    Avista serves customers in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and northeastern Oregon. (Source: Avista Utilities, Lewiston Tribune, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Avisya Utilities, Dennis Vermillion, Pres., Heather Rosentrater, VP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Avista Utilities,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  

    Mass. DPU OK's Offshore Wind Energy Contracts (Reg. & Leg.)
    Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
    Date: 2019-04-22
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is reporting approval of long-term contracts for 800 MW of offshore wind between Vineyard Wind and the Commonwealth's Electric Distribution Companies. Under the contracts, Vineyard Wind also committed in these contracts to contribute $15 million to a fund that will invest in projects to promote the use of battery storage in low-income communities and support the the state's goal of further developing energy storage systems.

    Vineyard Wind's bid was selected for contract negotiation in May 2018 based on criteria established under a Request for Proposals (RFP) previously subject to public comment and submitted to the DPU for review and approval on July 31, 2018. Evaluation of the bids determined that Vineyard Wind would provide the greatest overall value to Bay State customers. The DPU's order approves the selection and finds that the contracts are cost-effective and in the public interest. (Source: Mass DPU, DEI, 18 April, 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, (617) 305-3500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities,  Offshore Wind,  

    CoalSwitch Manufacturer Expanding into North Carolina (M&A)
    Active Energy Group
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In North Carolina, the Robeson County Economic Development Commission is reporting London, UK-listed forestry management company Active Energy Group PLC (AEG) is paying $50 million for an abandoned 415,000 square-foot plant and surrounding land in Robeson County. The building, which was shuttered in May, 2017, will be the base of AEG's biomass-processing operations, housing production of its woody niomass, waste forestry products based CoalSwitch brand fuel products.

    The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority is supporting the project with a $500,000 building re-use and renovation grant to Robeson County, money that is available through the Community Development Block Grant program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is administered in part by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Other partners included the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Robeson Community College, Robeson County and the city of Lumberton. Michael Rowan, CEO of AEG. (Source: Robesonian, 18 April, 2019) Contact: Active Energy Group, Michael Rowan, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3021 1500,; Robeson County Economic Development Commission, (910) 739-7584,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy Group,  CoalSwitch,  Woody Biomass,  

    Minn. Soy for Biodiesel Innovation Campus Advancing (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Soybean Growers Association
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In St. Paul, the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) is reporting funding for a soybean crush and biodiesel facility at the proposed Soy Innovation Campus, University of Minnesota Crookston will receive $5 million in funding as part of a bill authored by Minn. State Sen. Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake), chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Finance Committee.

    According to a University of Minnesota Extension economic impact study, a soybean crush and biodiesel facility could potentially reignite Northwest Minnesota's agriculture economy where more than 1.5 million acres of soybeans were harvested in 2018. Soybean production throughout Northwest Minnesota has increased by more than 300 percent in the past 20 years; the 11 counties that would benefit from the SI Campus produced more than 62 million bushels of soybeans in 2018. (Source: Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, 19 April, 2019) Contact: MSGA, Joe Smentek, Exec. Dir., (507) 388-1635,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Soybean Growers Association,  

    UniEnergy Tech, Chemours Tout Energy Storage Deal (Ind. Report)
    Chemours Company
    Date: 2019-04-22
    Wilmington, Delaware-based global chemicals and fluoropolymers specialist Chemours Company is reporting a strategic partnership with redox flow battery manufacturer UniEnergy Technology LLC (UET) based in Mukilteo, Washington.

    The partnership will include an investment in UET as well as a long-term and exclusive supply agreement for Nafion™ ion exchange membranes enabling Chemours to further develop and optimize the Nafion™ product offering as the industry standard for energy storage, raise the competitiveness and accelerate the adoption of flow batteries in the energy marketplace -- a key growth area for Chemours Fluoroproducts business. (Source: Chemours, PR, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Chemours, Jonathan Lock, VP, Corporate Development and Investor Relations, (302) 773-2263,,; UniEnergy Technology, (425) 290-8898 (office), (425) 740-9898 (fax),,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chemours,  Renewable Energy,  Energy STorage,  

    Vancouver Considers Climate Emergency Responses (Ind. Report)
    City of Vancouver
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In British Columbia, the city of Vancouver general managers of planning and engineering are recommending the city adopt the following "big moves" by 2030 in its response to the world's "climate emergency" and in keeping with the city's green initiatives to ensure the city becomes carbon neutral before 2050:
  • Aim to have 90 pct of its citizens live within an easy walk of their daily needs;

  • Accelerate its goal of having two-third of trips in the city by walking, biking or transit by 2030 (instead of 2040);

  • Have 50 pct of all kilometers driven on city roads by zero emissions vehicles;

  • Aim by 2025 to have all new and replacement heating and hot water systems in buildings produce zero emissions;

  • By 2030 reduce the carbon content of new buildings and construction projects by 40 per cent (compared to 2018);

  • By 2030 restore enough forest and coastal ecosystems in the city to remove one million tpy of carbon pollution by 2060.

    The goal is for the city to "do its part" to keep warming to the international climate community's goal of 1.5 degrees, said Matt Horne, the city's climate policy manager. The overall goal is to cut in half carbon pollution by 2030 -- a 90,000 tpy reduction of carbon compared to the 19,000 tpy the city has reduced between 2007 and 2017. The city is also aiming to phase out fossil fuels by 2023. (Source: City of Vancouver, Vancouver Sun, 16 April, 2019) Contact: City of Vancouver, Matt Horne, Climate Policy Manager,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Vancouver,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

  • 130-MW Upper Peninsula Wind Project Nixed (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Systems
    Date: 2019-04-22
    Citing planning delays, UK-headquartered global renewable energy developer Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has canceled plans for a major wind project in Michigan's pristine Upper Peninsula wilderness area.

    The 130-MW project called for 49 turbines spread over thousands of acres near the McCormick Wilderness area of the Ottawa National Forest.

    RES is "the world's largest independent renewable energy company with over 16 GW portfolio and the expertise to develop, engineer, construct, finance, and operate projects around the globe. RES is active in a range of energy technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission and distribution," according to its website. (Source: Renewable Energy Systems, Energy News, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Renewable Energy Systems, Sean Stocker, Project Mgr., +44 (0)1923 299 200,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Systems,  Wind,  

    IRFA, Iowa Ag. Sec. Challenge RFS Exemptions (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In a joint news conference last Wednesday, Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), and the Hawkeye State Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, commented on the small-refinery "hardship" exemptions being considered by the EPA, saying the federal plans to make small refineries exempt from renewable fuel rules "would irreversibly undermine" the nation's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

    "We believe it is time for the EPA to address this threat to the Renewable Fuel Standard," Naig said, adding that over the last two years, the agency has granted waivers accounting for 2.6 billion gallons of ethanol or about 1 billion bushels of corn. "This happens at a time when our farmers and rural America can least afford it" he said adding there are currently 39 small-refinery exemption applications before the EPA. Refiners with a capacity of less than 75,000 bpd can receive a waiver as long as they can prove that complying with the Renewable Fuel Standard would cause "disproportionate economic harm."

    According to Shaw, the nearly 40 exemptions out there could "rip the heart out"of the Renewable Fuel Standard. "If you can justify granting a small-refinery exemption under today's circumstances -- where you can buy a Renewable Identification Number (RIN) for 8 cents, then what the EPA would really be saying is that it's always going to grant small-refinery exemptions, and the hope of ever having a true 15 billion-gallon RFS is dead," Shaw said.

    The Renewable Fuels Association noted overall U.S. ethanol consumption declined last year. The association also noted 48 small refinery exemptions approved last year by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as a main factor for the drop in ethanol use. (Source: Iowa RFA, PR, The Courier, 21 April, 2019) Contact: IRFA, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir.,, (515) 252-6249,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Monte Shaw,  RFA,  IRFA,  RFS,  "Hardship" Exemption,  

    Notable Quotes
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-04-22
    "We are taking real action on climate change. By pricing pollution, supporting energy-efficiency measures, and investing in our forests and in new infrastructure to manage waste, British Columbians can be proud that their governments are creating the tools needed so that everyone can play a role in reducing greenhouse gas pollution." -- The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Chang,  Catherine McKenna,  

    Ottawa Supports BC's Forest Carbon Initiative (Funding)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In Ottawa, the Gov. of Canada Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, reports the feds are contributing $140 million in federal support for the province of British Columbia's Forest Carbon Initiative PLUS $10 million i for the new Organics Infrastructure Program to fight climate change.

    The Forest Carbon Initiative aims to reforest areas lost to forest fires across British Columbia and implement best practices that support healthy, resilient, and productive forests. The program will reduce emissions and sequester carbon by diverting organic material from landfills. The total investment between 2017-2018 and 2018 -- 2019 was approximately $50 million, and planned investment for 2019 -- 2020 is almost $70 million.

    The Organics Infrastructure Program will help the province achieve its target of reducing municipal-solid-waste disposal to 350 kg per capita by reducing organic waste that goes to landfills. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canad, PR, 18 April, 2019) Contact: Sabrina Kim, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, (819) 743-7138,,

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

    Austin Energy Paying $460Mn for Waste Woody Biomass Plant (M&A)
    Austin Energy
    Date: 2019-04-22
    Austin Energy said the new facility will help them save $275 million in additional costs over the remaining term of a 20-year power purchase agreement. In the Lone Star State, Austin Energy reports it will will be acquiring a wood waste biomass-fueled power plant in Nacogdoches from Southern Power for $460 million.

    Austin Energy is aiming to provide 65 pct of its customers' energy needs through renewable resources by 2027. In 2018, Austin Energy sourced 28 pct of energy from renewables, accoding to the company. (Source: Austin Energy, Statesman, KVUE, 18 April, 2019)Contact: Austin Energy, Cameron Freberg, Utility Strategist, (512) 494-9400,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Austin Energy ,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

    Double-Headed Floating Wind Turbine Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In Spain, Malaga-headquartered EnerOcean S.L. is touting its W2Power floating turbine, a 1:6 scale prototype of which which is slated for sea-testing beginning next month. The prototype, generating just 200kW of power, is expected to pave the way for massive future turbines generating 10-12MW each.

    According to developer EnerOcean, "The W2Power solution offers greater power generation without the need to increase the use of steel in the construction of the platform, thus becoming the lowest cost floating solution for the generation of wind energy in deep waters." Depending upon the prototype's success, EnerOcean S.L. foresees a 300-MW marine offshore wind farm by 2025. (Source: EnerOcean S.L., Olive Press, April, 2019) Contact: EnerOcean S.L.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerOcean ,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  Offshore Wind,  

    REBNY Offers Energy-Efficiency, Sustainability Program (Ind Report)
    Real Estate Board of New York
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In th Big Apple, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) trade association reports it will launch an energy efficiency and sustainability education program designed specifically for licensed real estate agents and salespeople. Attendees will learn about market demand for sustainability, financial benefits of energy-efficient buildings for landlords and tenants, and how environmental policies impact commercial transactions.

    The $40 continuing education program will be taught by trained instructors from the Institute for Market Transformation in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, the state Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Environmental Defense Fund and other groups. Agents can learn (Source: REBNY, Crain's New York Business, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Real Estate Board of New York, John Banks, Pres., (212) 532-3100,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency ,  

    Va. Board Votes to Limit CO2, Join RGGI (Reg. & Leg., Ind. Report)
    RGGI, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
    Date: 2019-04-22
    Following up on our 19 Dec., 2019 report, in Richmond, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Air Pollution Control Board is reporting its approval of a plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants. The plan that would reduce GHG emissions in the Old Dominion State by 30 pct between 2020 and 2030.

    The DEQ also approved the state's proposed joining of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) aimed at cutting carbon emissions through a cap and trade program. New Jersy was a founding member of RGGI. Present membership includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. (Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Action Fund, Blue Virginia, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Air Pollution Control Board,(804) 698-4000,; RGGI,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  CO2 Emissions,  

    Net-Zero Energy Apt Community Opens in Schenectady (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA,New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting completion of the first phase of the 248-unit Solara Apartments complex in Schenectady County. The multifamily project is built to net-zero construction standards and will benefit tenants with energy-efficient technologies and affordable, predictable living costs and services that include:
  • networked smart building controls;

  • solar carports to cover residents’ vehicles and charge them too (free of charge):

  • solar thermal panels that use the sun's energy to heat water for the domestic hot water system;

  • solar shades on the windows and larger windows on the southern facing sides of the buildings to capture more solar energy;

  • smart home technologies such as keyless entry, control of locks, lights and other compatible devices;

  • premium GE EnergyStar appliances, all LED lighting, EPA Indoor Air Plus certification which requires use of low/no VOC materials and finishes, continuous fresh-air ventilation with smart controls that regulate humidity and monitor carbon dioxide and VOC levels.

    According to a New Buildings Institute report, New York State leads the Northeast in net-zero buildings, with 27 documented ongoing and completed net-zero building projects and a total of 132 net-zero, high-performance and passive house building projects.

    To facilitate the construction of similar projects, NYSERDA will provide $15 million through the next round of the New York State Consolidated Funding Application process to expand the state's Net-Zero Energy for Economic Development program. (Source: NYSERDA, Multi Housing News, 19 April, 2019)Contact: New Buildings Institute,; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News et Zero,  NYSERDA,  Net-Zero Energy Building,  

  • Oxford Hosting Hybrid Energy Storage System Trial (Int'l)

    Date: 2019-04-22
    In the UK, the Oxford City Council has made it one of its primary concerns to tackle climate change by turning the city carbon neutral and to date has raise about £4 million in grant funding to that end -- 2.3 million for upgrading buses to be ultra-low emission or electric, 800,000 for electrical vehicle charging points, 474,000 for the introduction of the world's first pop-up charging points and 500,000 for the installation of taxi charging points.

    The £41-million project will be a large battery that stores energy and resupplies electricity directly back to Oxford's grid.

    The project will run for 36 months and if successful, the technology will be expanded to the 44 other sites across the UK. (Source: The Mayor EU, 20 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  

    London's Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Zone Now in Force (Int'l)
    City of London
    Date: 2019-04-22
    Following on our Mar 21 coverage, in the UK, the mayor of London has brought the introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) forward from 2020 to 2019. The ULEZ is part of a broader package of measures that the city is gradually introducing in order to tackle the health crisis caused by severe air pollution.

    In order to combat the health crisis, the ULEZ has significantly raised emission standards and demands a daily charge in order to travel in the area for not meeting them. The ULEZ, which is active 24/7 all year round, is part of the massive campaign undertaken by the mayor of London to clean up the air of the city. Further measures expected to kick in by 2020 include ensuring that all new double-decker buses are either hybrid, hydrogen or electric, creating 12 new low emission bus zones in areas where the air quality is at its worst and upgrading 5000 buses to be ultra low emission. (Source: City of London, PR, 18 April, 2019) Contact: City of London,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Dubai Considering Industrial Energy Efficiency Programme (Int'l)
    Etihad Esco
    Date: 2019-04-22
    Etihad Esco, the Dubai-based energy efficiency company, is reporting Dubai is expected to roll out an efficiency programme targeting industry by 2021. Energy efficiency programmes have gained traction in the Middle East, with the UAE and now Saudi Arabia looking to generate higher energy savings.

    To that end, Etihad Esco had set targets of 20 pct energy savings by 2021 and 30 pct by 2030 and is is eyeing Dh500 million ($136,127million) worth of energy savings by 2030 primarily from rooftop solar.

    Over the last decade, Dubai has saved about Dh1.2 billion through efforts to conserve electricity and water, and plans to reduce carbon emissions by 16 pct cent by 2021 as well as energy and water use by 30 per cent by 2030, according to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

    Etihad Esco currently has projects worth $250 million in the works with schemes worth between $150 million and $200 million planned for 2019. Etihad Esco is also looking at opportunities in Saudi Arabia, where it recently signed an agreement with holding company Vision Invest to establish a joint entity to provide energy efficiency solutions in the kingdom. (Source: Etihad Esco, The National, April 20, 2019) Contact: Etihad Esco, Ali Al Jassim, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Etihad Esco,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Supporting the green transition: A unique building project in Denmark
    Green Building
    Date: 2019-04-19
    Due to BIPV oriented funding in Denmark from the EUDP and ForskVE RTD programmes (see: ), it has been possible for Cenergia (now a part of Kuben Management to make an agreement with Copenhagen International School) to realise an Active House labelling for them, and to include an online Active House radar with assistance from the company, Leapcraft.

    Copenhagen International School (CIS) is a unique building project, for which it has been a pleasure for me and my former colleagues, Miriam Sanchez and Vickie Aagesen to work on. This cooperation also included Karin Kappel from Solar City Denmark, who have carried out amazing work in promoting best practice BIPV architecture since 2004, and Gate21, engaged as a collaborator in relation to the ForskVE realisation.

    For Kuben Management, I hope that winning the Active House award will support the idea of working with the Active House standard in practice because it has many benefits and it is not costly to work with. In relation to ForskVE, it has been possible to include several Active House labelled projects in the Danish sustainable building database which can now be viewed in English at www.bæ

    The idea of working with performance documentation has always been a part of the Active House approach and with the demands for this in the EU Building Directive, it has become increasingly relevant, and something that will be supported by the development towards more digitalisation in buildings. CIS is a good example of a school building with an emphasis on a healthy indoor climate, which had a strong focus in the design process, also based on special demands from the builder, f.ex. when it comes to using decentralised ventilation systems. This is in a scenario where bad indoor climate issues are not uncommon in Danish schools. It is our hope that the qualities documented in the online Active House radar will help to ensure a continuous focus on the indoor climate. I agree that homebuyers can use Active House documentation to help them secure quality but also due to the reasonably low costs to use it. Good advice would be to try to cooperate with other sustainable building quality systems. In the Nordic countries, f.ex. have the Nordic Swan Label which one of the leading contractors (NCC), uses for all their housing projects. My advice for the future is to really focus on new and unique projects, which support the green transition, and to work with engaged builders, such as what we witnessed with the CIS building. CIS is a really good example of what a determined builder can do in practice. Here, the driving force was one of the board members of the school who at the same time was a designer and secured full-scale BIPV Mock-Ups on the actual building site to identify the best possible BIPV design (in cooperation with the experienced BIPV manufacturer, Solar Lab). This actually led to the withdrawal of the architect (C.F. Møller), for a short period, due to risks they saw in connection to the use of completely new technology for almost all facades. In the end, they came back and was deeply engaged in securing the qualities in practice of many of the technical and architectural solutions. (Source: European Green Cities, Open Access Government, 11 April, 2019) Contact: European Green Cities, Peder Vejsig Pedersen, +45 2046 6755,; Active House,,

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    FCA Links With Tesla to Beat European Emission Fines

    Date: 2019-04-19
    FCA, whose brand portfolio includes Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Maserati, will pay for the right to count Tesla’s electric vehicles as part of its fleet under a so-called “open pool” option permitted by EU emission regulations. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles signs a deal with Tesla that will allow it to avoid paying fines for exceeding European Union carbon-dioxide emission limits from 2021, the Financial Times has reported. FCA, whose brand portfolio includes Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Maserati, will pay for the right to count Tesla’s electric vehicles as part of its fleet under a so-called “open pool” option permitted by EU emission regulations. Under the EU regulations, the average emissions of a company’s new-car fleet in 2021 must be 95 g/km or less – compared with the 130g/km regulation in force today. The EU fleet averages are calculated on the number of cars sold. While Tesla’s European sales are relatively small, its electric-powered Model 3, Model S and Model X will allow FCA to significantly lower its fleet average emissions owing to the fact that they don’t emit any CO2. In a statement, FCA says its “open pool” alliance with Tesla will “optimize the options for compliance that the regulation offer(s).” It adds: “FCA is committed to reducing the emissions of all our products. The purchase pool provides flexibility to deliver products our customers are willing to buy while managing compliance with the lowest-cost approach.” (Source” Tesla, FCA, Wardsauto, 9 April, 2019)

    TurnKey Internet gets additional hydropower in ReCharge NY program
    New York Power Authority
    Date: 2019-04-19
    Data Center and Cloud Hosting Solutions provider TurnKey Internet Inc is to receive 220kW of additional hydropower from Niagara Falls under New York State’s ReCharge NY program ReCharge NY is one of the signature economic development initiatives in New York State. Through the program, qualifying businesses statewide can access hydroelectric power that is specially allocated by the (NYPA). Companies receiving allocated power have made commitments such as remaining in the state, growing employment, expanding operations, and making significant local investments in their businesses.

    TurnKey Internet was originally granted hydroelectric power at the start of the ReCharge NY program in 2013, following the opening of TurnKey’s state-of-the-art, 100% green powered data center. Increased demand for online cloud services in recent years has come with tremendous growth for both TurnKey’s business and power needs. This growth led to additional job creation as well as significant local investments and was the foundation for the additional hydroelectric power awarded from the program. “TurnKey Internet The company was among 23 companies statewide that were granted the hydroelectricity under the program. (Source: Water Power & Dam Const., 16 April, 2019) Contact: Turnkey, Adam Wills, Pres., CEO, New York Power Authority

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    Voluntary Carbon Credit Trading Market (Report Available) Production Forecast from 2018 to 2023

    Date: 2019-04-19
    The newly released Global Voluntary Carbon Credit Tradin Market Report -- 2018-2023 report from Market Research covers market characteristics, sizes and growth, segmentation, regional breakdowns, competitive scenario, market share, trends and strategies, key players and other relevant issues.

    The report finds the Asia-Pacific region will occupy for more market share in following years, especially in China, also fast growing India and Southeast Asia regions. In North America, the he United States, will still play an important role which cannot be ignored. Any changes from United States might affect the development trend of Voluntary Carbon Credit Trading.

    The report identifies Top manufacturers/players: Carbon Credit Capital, Terrapass, Renewable Choice, 3Degrees, NativeEnergy, GreenTrees, South Pole Group, Aera Group, Allcot Group, Carbon Clear, Forest Carbon, Bioassets, Biofìlica, WayCarbon, CBEEX, Guangzhou Greenstone. Market Segment by Type, applications (REDD carbon offsets, renewable energy landfill methane projects and others) and regions.

    Report details are HERE. Report Sample Copy HERE; Browse Full Report HERE (Source: Industry Research, Marilyn Coleman, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Industry Research, +1 424 253 0807 / +44 203 239 8187,

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    ADB committed highest-ever USD 3 billion in sovereign loans to India in 2018
    Asian Development Bank
    Date: 2019-04-19
    Private sector operations reached USD 3.14 billion, a 37 per cent increase from 2017, which is 14.5 per cent of ADB's overall commitment. PTI| In Manila, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB} newly released annual report, it committed $3.88 billion in sovereign loans, including sovereign loans and co-financing during the year ended December 2018, to India in 2018,

    The report notes that the demand for ADB assistance continued to grow in 2018. New commitments included $21.6 billion in loans, grants and investments from ADB's own resources, exceeding the target of $19.71 billion and up 10 pct from 2017. The Manila-headquartered ADB committed several projects in India, including in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Odisha. The report also noted that in India, ADB provided a USD 100-million loan to Ostro Kutch Wind, a renewable energy company owned by investment funds under the management of Actis Capital, for constructing and operating a 250-megawatt wind power project in Gujarat. Among others, it also provided USD 30 million in equity and USD 20 million in debt security to Annapurna Finance, a microfinance company. In March 2018, ADB signed a cooperation arrangement with the International Solar Alliance, headquartered in India, to promote solar energy deployment across Asia and the Pacific, particularly in South Asia. The alliance's major objectives include global deployment of over 1,000 gigawatt of solar generation capacity and investment of over USD 1 trillion into solar energy by 2030. (Source: ADB, Economic Times, 16 April, 2019)

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    Good Friday, Easter Weekend Publications Schedule

    Date: 2019-04-19
    In recognition of the Easter Weekend Holidays, LC Energy Reports will not be published today, 19 April. We will resume our regular publications schedule on Monday, 22 April, 2019.

    We regret any inconvenience and wish all our readers a safe and joyous Easter weekend. Thank you.

    AWEA Supports Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Development Act (Reg & Leg, Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Date: 2019-04-17
    The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has come out in support of the Energy Storage Tax Incentive (tax credit) and Development Act which was introduced by Senators Heinrich (D-NM) and Gardner (R-CO). The bill currently has 10 cosponsors representing a diverse collection of states.

    "We strongly support and thank Senators Heinrich and Gardner for introducing the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Development Act and committing to modernizing the U.S. energy supply. Americans want their homes and businesses to be powered by clean energy. Spurring investment in our country's energy storage technologies, along with transmission, will advance clean energy, create new jobs and help bring America's power supply into the 21st century," said Tom Kiernan, CEO, AWEA.

    However, current law only allows energy storage to qualify for an ITC (tax credit) when paired with a solar project under certain circumstances. The flexibility and market efficiencies resulting from accelerated energy storage investment would spur new wind farm development and job creation, according to AWEA. (Source: AWEA, reve, 13 April, 2019) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO,

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    Two Creeks Solar Project Gets the Nod in Wisc.(Ind. Report)
    Two Creeks Solar , Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, Two Creeks Solar
    Date: 2019-04-17
    In the Badger State, the Madison-headquartered Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is reporting approval of two solar projects totaling 450 MW as proposed by Two Creeks Solar LLC. When fully operational, the new utility-scale solar energy projects will more than quadruple Wisconsin's solar energy capacity.

    The Commission gave its stamp of approval to the 150-MW solar electric generating facility called the Two Creeks Solar Project in Manitowoc County, and the 300-MW Badger Hollow Solar Farm project in Iowa County, subject to other required permits and approvals. The facilities, which are expected to be operational by December 2020, will deliver power to Wisconsin Public Service Corporation. (Source: Zacks, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, WBAY, 12 April, 2019) Contact: Public Service Commission of Wisconsin,

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    DOE Offers $100Mn in Coal FIRST Initiative Funding (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-04-17
    The US DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) reports it has issued a Notice of Intent for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) called Critical Components for Coal FIRST Power Plants of the Future. This anticipated FOA will offer as much as $100 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D projects that focus on developing the critical components required by Coal FIRST systems.

    Under the Coal FIRST initiative, DOE is supporting research and development (R&D) projects that will help develop plants that:

  • Are capable of flexible operations to meet the needs of the grid;
  • Use innovative and cutting-edge components that enable improved efficiency and have near zero emissions with CO2 capture;
  • Are small compared to today's conventional utility-scale coal and transform how coal power plant technologies are designed and manufactured.

    If needed, the R&D projects may include the development of advanced processes for manufacturing or fabricating components. FE anticipates issuing the FOA in August or September 2019. Specific Areas of Interest in the FOA will be informed by conceptual studies and preliminary front end engineering and design (pre-FEED) studies that FE expects to be ongoing throughout FY19.

    As previously reported this month, the DOE announced up to $87.3 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects for advanced coal technologies and research.

    Coal was the second-largest energy source for electricity generation in the United States in 2017. (Source: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, Green Car Congress, 14 April 2019) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy,

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  • UK ORE Catapult Hub to Develop Offshore Wind Turbines (Int'l)
    Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
    Date: 2019-04-17
    In the UK, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is reporting a new Powertrain Research Hub (PTRH) in cooperation with Sheffield University is set to develop the next generation of offshore wind turbines.

    Focusing on offshore wind turbine powertrains, the new hub is aiming to improve the operation, reliability and performance of offshore wind turbines.

    Sheffield University has been named as the academic partner for the hub, which is part of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE) -- launched by the UK government in 2013 as part of a network of catapults in high growth industries. The University will contribute £1.7 million or more to the project over five years. Industry will be able to access to the University of Sheffield's testing facilities in addition to ORE Catapult's 1, 3 and 15 MW powertrain test facilities at its National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth. (Source: Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Business Leader, 16 April, 2019) Contact: University of Sheffiel,; Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Paul McKeever, Head of Strategic Research, +44 (0) 333 004 1400,

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    Celanese Upping Methanol Production at Texas Facility (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Celanese Corporation, a global chemical and specialty materials company, is reporting plans to significantly expand methanol production capacity to 125 pct of original capacity at its Clear Lake acetyl intermediates manufacturing facility in Pasadena, Texas.

    Celanese recently received approvals from the Fairway Methanol LLC board of directors for a second phase expansion, which will increase production to 1.7 million mtpy approximately 125% of the original nameplate capacity -- to be implemented as soon as operationally feasible and pending customary regulatory and permitting approvals. Financial details of the project are not being disclosed at this time. In parallel with this expansion, Celanese and Mitsui will evaluate additional cost effective expansion options for the Clear Lake methanol unit. (Source: Celanese, PR, 17 April, 2019) Contact: Contact: Celanese, Inv. Relations, Chuck Kyrish, (972) 443- 4574,,

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    Terna Energy Acquiring 200-MW Texas Wind Farm (Ind Report, M&A)
    Terna Energy SA
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Athens, Greece-headquartered Terna Energy SA reports it will acquire an as yet unidentified 200-MW wind farm in the Lone Star State for $310 million (EUR 275m). The acquisition will bring company's US portfolio up to 493 MW, including a 138-MW wind farm in Elmore County, Idaho and a 155-MW wind park in Scurry County, Texas. The company is also constructing 158-MW wind farm in Texas that will increase its worldwide wind power capacity to 1,232 MW.

    Terna Energy is a vertically organized Renewable Energy Sources company undertaking the Development, Construction, Financing, and Operation of renewable energy projects (wind, hydro, solar, biomass, waste management). The company operates, is constructing or has full licensing RES installations in Europe and America. (Source: Terna Energy, Renewables, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Terna Energy, +30 210 6968300, +30 210 6968096 - fax,,

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    Microsoft Aiming for 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Redmond, Washington-based tech giant Microsoft reports the unveiling of new sustainability plans to shift its data centers to 75 pct renewable energy by 2023 rising to 100 pct within the next decade. The company is also launching a new initiative to encourage recycling of data center assets using artificial intelligence (AI) and other techniques.

    Additionally, Microsoft plans to nearly double its 2012 "internal carbon tax" to $15 per metric ton as part of the effort. The "internal carbon tax" is based on projected carbon emissions from each part of the company -- everything from carbon use in buildings to transportation. The tax produces about $30 million annually for a fund Microsoft uses to invest in energy improvements. The company also plans to join the Climate Leadership Council and advocate for carbon pricing nationwide as part of the new sustainability push. (Source: Microsoft, GeekWire, 16 April, 2019)

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    Atlanta Hospital Wins USGBC LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-04-17
    In Atlanta, the $400 million, 450,000 square-foot Emory University Hospital Tower reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency. Qualifying elements in the design and construction of the Emory University Hospital Tower include:
  • Project site located in close proximity to basic services such as restaurants, stores and public transit to encourage building occupants to walk instead of drive;
  • Low-flow indoor water fixtures reduce water consumption by an estimated 20 PCT;
  • Energy efficient exterior glazing systems allow for daylight to reach core areas throughout the building;
  • Energy efficient features that allow for more than 20 percent energy savings;
  • Over 95 pct of construction waste recycled;
  • Special focus on indoor environmental quality for improving occupant health and well-being of employees;
  • Lead- and mercury-free facility -- Recycling program implemented.

    Emory University now has 34 LEED certified buildings that equal more than 4 million square feet. (Source: Emory University Hospital, PR, AJC, April, 2019) Contact: Emory University Hospital Tower, (404) 712-2000,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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  • Microsoft Ups Internal Carbon Fee to $15 per Tonne (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Tech giant Microsoft reports it will nearly double its internal carbon fee to $15 per metric ton on all carbon emissions. This internal Microsoft "tax" was established in 2012 to hold the company's business divisions financially responsible for reducing their carbon emissions.

    The funds from this higher fee will both maintain Microsoft's carbon neutrality and help the company take a tech-first approach that will put sustainability at the core of every part of the company's business and technology to work for sustainable outcomes and to cut the company's operational carbon footprint. (Source: Microsoft Blog, Brad Smith, Pres., 15 April, 2019)Contact: Microsoft Corporate Offices,

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    360 Texas Starbucks Stores Switching to Solar (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Seatle-headquartered coffee giant Starbucks is reporting a partnership with California-based solar power developer Cypress Creek Renewables to power 360 of its Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and Arlington, Texas-area coffee outlets with solar energy from two solar farms. Starbucks also notes it is investing in six other Texas-area solar farms operated by Cypress.

    In total, Starbucks estimates that the eight farms will reduce their stores' carbon emissions by approximately 101,000 tpy.

    In September 2018, Starbucks announced a Starbucks Greener Stores commitment to building and operating 10,000 "greener" Starbucks stores by the year 2025, an initiative expected to save the company upwards of $50 million in utilities costs over the next decade. (Source: Stabucks, Nations Restaurant News, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Starbucks, Rebecca Zimmer, Dir. Environmental Impact,; Cypress Creek Renewables Matthew McGovern, CEO, (310) 581-6299,,

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    Aussie Data Portal Tracks Residential Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Date: 2019-04-17
    In the Land Down Under, the The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency, reports will use a new Australian Housing Data (AHD) Portal to track residential energy efficiency progress and to support the next wave of sustainable homes.

    Australian Housing Data (AHD) Portal will centralize the vast amount of energy efficiency data that will underpin key decision making, training and awareness of energy efficiency technologies and initiatives.

    The portal contains data across states and climate zones and can be further broken down by design such as dwelling class and floor area; construction such as type of walls and roofing; and fixtures and appliances such as solar PV and heating/cooling systems. The AHD Portal can pinpoint where energy efficiency efforts are on track and where more focus, where improvements can be made and energy costs can be cut, according to the release.

    The tool can be useful in tracking and supporting the progress of the national energy efficiency plan agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Ministers. This plan sets a trajectory towards zero energy homes and zero carbon homes in Australia. (Source: CSIRO, Open Gov, April, 2019) Contact: CSIRO, +61 3 9545 2176,,

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    Washington Legislation Decarbonizing Electricity Grid (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-04-17
    Last week in Olympia, the Washington House of Representatives moved the state closer to decarbonizing its energy grid with the passage of legislation that will put the kibosh on coal use by 2025 and move the state to a carbon-neutral grid by 2030.

    Washington is the fourth state to pursue carbon-free electricity. California, Hawaii and New Mexico have already passed similar plans, while Nevada and New York are considering similar bills.

    Washington, under Dem, Governor Jay Inslee's direction, is pursuing specific measures focused on slashing emissions from specific sectors rather then imposing a an all encompassing carbon tax to meet its carbon reduction goals. Inslee, a recently announced 2020 Presidential hopeful, has pushed the state's power companies to obtain 80 pct of their energy from carbon-free sources by 2030 and to offset emissions for the remaining 20 pct with renewable energy credits. Come 2045, all retail electricity sales must come from carbon-free sources.

    State legislation calls for a 25 pct emissions reduction of 1990 levels by 2035, and 50 pct by 2050. (Source: Various Media, 16 April, 2019)

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    CalPortland Cement Plant Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Portland Cement Assoc.
    Date: 2019-04-17
    The Portland Cement Association (PCA) is reporting the CalPortland Mojave Cement Plant in Mojave, California has been awarded the 2019 Energy and Environment Award for Energy Efficiency. The award was in recognition of the company's implementation of significant energy efficiency measures and energy consumption reduction initiatives. In 2018, 22 pct of the plant's electric power was sourced from onsite wind energy generation.

    Additionally, CalPortland's energy management program has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR program for 15 years in a row CalPortland, (626) 852-6200,; Portland Cement Assoc.,

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    Peak Power Entering CA Energy Storage Market (Ind. Report)
    Peak Power Inc.Diamond Generating Corporation
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Toronto-headquartered intelligent software and technology solutions provider Peak Power Inc. is reporting receipt of a contract from Los Angles-based Diamond Generating Corporation (DGC) to provide software services for a behind-the-meter energy storage system (1MW/4MWh) to be installed in San Diego, California. The project is expected to reach commercial operation in 2019.

    Peak Power's Synergy™ platform empowers building and business owners to achieve long-term savings by targeting expensive moments of peak demand. Synergy™ uses forecasted and real-time data to optimize operation and adjust real-time asset schedules to changing market and weather conditions.

    DGC is a developer, owner and operator of privately owned power generating assets in the U.S. and Mexico with ownership interest in 13 operating power generating facilities totaling approximately 7,800MW capacity. (Source: Peak Power Inc., PR, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Peak Power, Derek Lim Soo, CEO, .; Diamond Generating Corporation, (213) 473-0086,

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    GE to Implement Solar/Energy Storage in Upstate NY (Ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy,Helios Energy
    Date: 2019-04-17
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting an agreement with Helios Energy to deliver two energy storage systems to be integrated with solar arrays for the Lenox Solar / Energy Storage project in Lenox, NY.

    The hybrid system, which is slated to be operational in Q2, 2020, will use a direct DC coupled configuration with a single inverter and single point of interconnection shared by the solar array and the storage system, helping improve the overall energy output of the system while optimizing equipment, installation costs and increasing overall system reliability. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, Power, 15 April, 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Rob Morgan, CEO, Energy Storage,

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    CodeGreen Solutions ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year (Ind Report)
    CodeGreen Solutions,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2019-04-17
    NYC-based energy efficiency and sustainability consulting firm CodeGreen Solutions has been awarded the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. EPA for the third consecutive year.

    CodeGreen provides energy management and sustainability consulting for real estate owners, investors and occupants covering over 800 million square feet of property nationwide. The company's programs draw from expertise in building operations, energy regulations, energy engineering, smart buildings, renewable energy, green building certifications and corporate sustainability. (Source: CodeGreen Solutions, PR, 16 April, 2019) Contact: CodeGreen Solutions, Christopher Cayten, Principal, Adam Fisher, (646) 581-9734,,; ENERGY STAR,

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    Greenfield Global Plans Irish Manufacturing Plant (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Global
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Toronto, Ontario-based Greenfield Global Inc., Canada's largest producer of alcohol and fuel ethanol and one of the largest alcohols and solvents companies in North America, has announced plans to establish a new, 40,900 sq-f EU manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise, Ireland. The new facility, which is expected to be operational in Q2, 2020, is supported by the Irish Government.

    Greenfield owns and operates four ethanol distilleries, three specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants, and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centres across North America. (Source: Greenfield Global, PR, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, President and CEO, Ken Finegan, Managing Director, Ireland, Andrea Kent, VP Gov.t and Public Relations, (613) 698-0116,,

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