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UK Hooton Bio Power Waste-to-Energy Plant Project Announced (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-05
In the UK, Stoke-on-Trent headquartered energy-from-waste specialist CoGen Ltd. is reporting development of of an un-subsidized energy-generating waste incineration plant in Wirral.

The Hooton Bio Power fluidized bed technology equipped facility will burn 240,000 tpy of waste and generate more than 200 GWh of electricity -- sufficient for about 50,000 homes. The facility is expected to be operational in the second half of 2021. (Source: CoGen Ltd., Construction Index, Nov., 2018) Contact: CoGen Ltd., Ian Brooking, CEO, +44 (0) 1782 384 898,

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Concrete Sector Carbon Neutrality Feasible, says Attached Report (Int'l)
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Date: 2018-11-05
In a recent study, scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have determined that changing the way cement and concrete is made, transported and used could cut sector emissions by 80 pct.

As much as 60 pct of the emissions from the cement sector come from the production of clinker, the active component of cement. This primarily uses calcium carbonate as a source of calcium for the clinker, but releases a great deal of CO2. Outside of carbon capture technology, use of new efficient kilns could mean "a 10 pct improvement in the best case scenario at the global level [of emissions]", says the report. The report notes that the concrete-cement sector accounts for approximately 8 pct of global emissions.

The report concluded that total decarbonisation to keep the concrete-cement sectors in line with a 1.5 degree C Paris climate agreement target was "technologically feasible" but would "require very large investments."

Access the Sustainanable Future for the European Cement Industry report HERE. (Source: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, New Civil Engineer, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,  Concrete,  COs,  Carbon Neutral ,  

US Wind Energy Capacity Exceeds 90 GW, says AWEA (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-02
According to the America Wind Energy Association (AWEA), US wind energy capacity has reached a total of 90 GW, with another 38 GW under development. AWEA notes over 54,000 fully functional wind turbines are presently in operation across 41 states, Guam and Puerto Rico, with Arkansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wyoming, Maryland and Massachusetts set to double their capacity. (Source: AWEA, Compelo, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind.American Wind Energy Asociation,  

GE Renewable Touts New 5.3MW Onshore Turbine (New Prod & tech)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-11-02
GE Renewable Energy is reporting details of a new IEC S-class, 5.3MW onshore turbine in conjunction with a previously unveiled 4.8MW model, on its "Cypress" platform. This 5.3MW iteration offers a doubly-fed induction generator and 50 pct increase in annual energy production over the company's 3MW platform, according to GE.

The new 5.3MW turbine incorporates a modular, two-piece blade that offers logistical cost savings and allows the use of longer blades for more convenient delivery to remote wind farm sites. (Source: GE Renewables, WindPower, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energ,  Wind Turbiney,  

Schneider Electric Innovation Simplifies Power Systems (Int'l)
Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation,Schneider Eletric
Date: 2018-11-02
In Dubai, energy management specialist Schneider Electric is reporting the regional launch of its connected and scalable Masterpact MTZ circuit breaker which runs on the EcoStruxure Power architecture for enhanced energy efficiency.

EcoStruxure Power can save up to 15 pct in maintenance costs, reduce energy spend by as much as 10 pct, and reduce project costs by up to 15 pct, according to the Schneider Electric release.

The UAE Energy Strategy aims to generate 50 pct of the country's energy from clean energy by 2050, while the Dubai Energy Strategy is aiming for 75 pct of energy requirements from clean sources by 2050. The UAE hosted $72 billion worth of energy investment to 2022, according to the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (Apicorp). (Source: Schneider Electric, TradeArabia News Service, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation,; Schneider Electric,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  

AltaGas Canada IPO Raises $239Mn (Ind. Report)
AltaGas Canada
Date: 2018-11-02
AltaGas Ltd.'s Calgary-based Canadian unit AltaGas Canada Inc reports its initial IPO last week on the Toronto Stock Exchange grossed $239 million ($182 million), before the underwriters over-allotments. The IPO was jointly led by RBC Capital Markets, TD Securities Inc and JP Morgan Securities Canada Inc.

AltaGas Canada holds the parent company's Canadian utilities business and certain renewable power assets including the 102-MW Bear Mountain wind park in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. (Source: AltaGas Canada Inc., 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: AltaGas Canada Inc., (403) 691-7575,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AltaGas Canada,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

Notable Quote
Date: 2018-11-02
"(Energy) Efficiency can enable economic growth, reduce emissions and improve energy security. The right efficiency policies could enable the world to achieve more than 40 pct of the emissions cuts needed to reach its climate goals without new technology." -- Fatih Birol, Executive Director, IEA, Oct., 2018 Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Faith Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  Faith Birol,  IEA,  

Energy Efficiency 2018 - Analysis & Outlooks to 2040 (Report Attached)
Date: 2018-11-02
"Energy efficiency can bring significant economic, social and environmental benefits. But while energy efficiency is improving around the world, its positive impact on global energy use is overwhelmed by rising economic activity across all sectors.

"Energy Efficiency 2018 looks at why efficiency's massive potential remains untapped, and through the new Efficient World Scenario explores what would happen if countries maximized all available cost-effective efficiency potential between now and 2040, highlighting what policy makers can do to realize this opportunity."

Download the IEA Energy Efficiency 2018 --Analysis and Outlooks to 2040 guide HERE. (Source: IEA, Oct., 2018) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Faith Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Faith Birol,  IEA,  

3GW Renewables, Energy Storage Hub planned in South Korea (Int'l)
Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency
Date: 2018-11-02
In Sejong City, the South Korean Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency (SDIA) is reporting plans for nearly 3GW of solar PV alongside smaller capacities of wind and batteries on the coast of the Yellow Sea.

The project will include 2.4GW of solar, 100MW of wind and 100MW of battery storage power.SDIA is run under the authority of the federal Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The proposed projects would be located on reclaimed land at Saemangeum, a Yellow Sea eastuary which the Korean Government hopes to turn into a global business hub and Northeast Asia free trade zone. (Source: Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency, PV Tech, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency,

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

$200Mn Methaol Gasoline Plant Planned for Uzbekistan (Int'l)
GS Engineering & Construction
Date: 2018-11-02
Seoul, South Korea-based GS Engineering & Construction Corporation reports it will form a JV with Uzkhimprom and Navoiazo for the production of gasoline from methanol in Uzbekistan at the end of 2022.

The project, which is preliminary budgeted for $200 million, will 104,300 tpy of gasoline from methanol and 14,400 tpy of propane-butane mixture when fully operational. Construction is expected to get underway in December 2022. (Source: GS Engineering & Construction, MENAFN-AZERNEWS, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: GS Engineering & Construction,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Propane,  Butane,  

Allete Unloads North Dakota Thunder Spirit Wind Farm (M&A)
Allete Clean Energy,Montana-Dakota Utilities
Date: 2018-11-02
Further to our 5 March coverage, Duluth, Minnesota-based Allete Clean Energy is reporting the sale of the Thunder Spirit wind facility in North Dakota to Montana-Dakota Utilities. The wind farm incorporates 16, 3-MW turbines generating sufficient energy for approximately 15,000 homes.

Allete also reports ground-breaking on a 106-MW, North Dakota wind project that will supply electricity to Xcel Energy under a 20-year PPA.

With these transactions, Allete now owns and operates wind generation facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon and Pennsylvania, and plans additional projects in 2019.(Source: Allete Clean Energy, KDAL Radio, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.,; Allete Clean Energy, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., , Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Allete Clean Energy,  Wind,  Montana-Dakota Utilities,  

Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels Dropping NV Energy (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum Sierra Biofuel
Date: 2018-11-02
In the Silver State, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports it has approved California-based Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels' request to drop NV Energy utility as its energy services provider. To complete its exit, Fulcrum must now file with the state Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Nevada Power Company within 120 days.

Fulcrum plans to use an alternative, independent energy provider for a biorefinery currently under construction in Storey County, Nevada, according to documents submitted to the PUC.

Six major corporate customers have have opted for substantial "but-outs" to exit NV Energy, including: Barrick Gold, MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment Corp, Peppermill Resorts and Wynn Resorts Ltd. (Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum ,  Fulcrum Sierra Biofuel,  

Feds Seem Flummoxed by Biomass Energy Carbon Neutrality (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2018-11-02
In Washington, the US EPA has reportedly joined the DOE and the USDA in a letter to congressional leaders committing to "encourage the use of biomass as an energy solution and reasserting the view that woody biomass-fired power plants should be viewed as carbon neutral because when the plants eventually re-grow they remove CO2 from the air." The agencies also are committing to collaborate on policies promoting biomass, which could include DOE research and encouraging utilities to substitute wood for coal in power plants.

But environmentalists say that burning trees releases CO2 previously trapped inside the plant. And when forests are cleared to produce energy, it can take them decades to regrow, if they ever do. The result is a power source that can generate more carbon dioxide emissions than the coal it is sometimes meant to replace.

On the down side, the EPA's own science advisers have warned that assuming biomass emissions are carbon neutral "is inconsistent with the underlying science."

The federal agencies joint letter is in response to a provision Congress added to a spending bill directing federal agencies to establish policies that "reflect the carbon neutrality of forest biomass for energy production." Even before that directive, under former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, the agency declared that it generally considered burning biomass for energy as carbon neutral. The EPA has also proposed giving utilities credit for cutting carbon dioxide emissions when they replace some coal in power plants with biomass -- a substitution that would qualify as an efficiency upgrade under the EPA's proposed relaxation of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan curbs on greenhouse gas emissions from electricity. (Source: HoumaToday, Herald, Various Media, Nov., 2018)

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

Conservationists Upbraid EPA Over Biofuel Crop Legislation (Reg. & Leg., Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-02
Following on the heels of the Trump administration's allowance of year-round E-15 ethanol blend sales,several U.S. Conservation groups have petitioned and accused the US EPA of failing to enforce the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and thus turning a blind-eye to the illegal destruction of wildlife habitat nationwide.

The petitioners contend that rather than follow the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which only allows land cultivated before 2007 to grow corn and soybeans for biofuels, the EPA, at Trump's instruction, has been adhering to a change in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which allows new land to be farmed as long as the total amount of U.S. farmland dedicated to biofuel feedstock production doesn't exceed 402 million acres.

The EPA estimates cropland in the U.S. has increased somewhere between 4 million and 7.8 million acres since 2007, but is uncertain how much of that is cultivated for biofuel feed stock production.

The petitioning conservation groups say recent mandates to increase the use of corn and soybeans in gasoline have led to more habitat destruction, water pollution, and greenhouse gases. (Source: wfiy, National Public Radio, Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,  E-15,  RFS,  

South Jersey Gas Expanding Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
South Jersey Gas
Date: 2018-11-02
The Folsom, New Jersey-based utility South Jersey Gas reports the state Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has approved the utility's plan to spend $81.3 million over the next three years to deliver innovative energy efficiency solutions to help customers cut energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

Starting in January 2019, South Jersey Gas will offer new residential and commercial energy-efficiency programmes that include: a Residential Efficient Products Programme; Residential Assessment with Direct Install Programme; Residential Retrofit Weatherization Programme; Online Energy Audit; and a C&I Engineered Solutions Programme that offers municipalities and non-profit facilities tailored energy-efficiency solutions and financing assistance for large-scale energy-efficiency projects. (Source: South Jersey Gas, Smart Energy Int'l., 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: NJBPU, Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Pres.,; South Jersey Gas, Craig Jennings, Pres.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News South Jersey Gas,  Energy Efficiency,  

Notable Quotes
Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-02
"The (climate change) problem is not in the head, the problem is in the heart. It's an identity issue. It's whether saying climate change is real is somehow going to make you into a liberal or make it so you're no longer welcome in the tribe and that you're a Benedict Arnold as to your tribe. That's the problem.

"The key difference between what we see as optimal and what the state situation is is the ability of a federal law to make an effective border adjustment so that you can collect a carbon tax on, say, Chinese imports. That makes it much more muscular.

"We're hopeful that the state conversations will lead to a national conversation and then the national conversation will supply this really needed muscle of the border adjustment that causes the whole world to get in on this deal, because the thing we've got to remember is carbon emissions anywhere are climate damages everywhere." --- Former South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis.

Inglis lost his House seat in 2010 after expressing his opinion that climate change is real and human-caused. He formed an organization known as, which advocates for the revenue neutral carbon tax proposal. It's different than the carbon emissions tax initiative 1631 that Washington voters will decide next week. (Source: Spokane Public Radio, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact;,

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Cape Light Announces Energy Storage, Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
Cape Light Compact
Date: 2018-11-02
In the Bay State, South Yarmouth-based Cape Light Compact, in conjunction with the seven electric and gas utility companies of Massachusetts, are reporting the submission of a Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan (Plan) to the Massachusetts DPU . The plan, which aims to convert 700 oil, propane, and electric resistance heat customers to battery-backed solar power over three years, will offer tiered incentives based on income levels. Cape Light Compact is also considering offering its customers a business and a home energy audit program.

The Plan is result of changes in the Mass. Green Communities Act that encourage cost-effective energy efficiency, energy storage and other active demand management technologies.

Details of the Cape Light Compact 2019-2021 Energy Efficiency Plan are HERE. (Source: Cape Light Compact, Cape Cod Today, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Cape Light Compact, (508) 375-6644,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cape Light Compact,  Energy Efficiency,  

Ellgrass CO2 Sink Loss Studied (Int'l, Research Report)
Carbob Sequestration
Date: 2018-11-02
In a new study spanning coastal areas of the Northern Hemisphere, researchers at Abo Akademi University explored the magnitude of organic carbon stocks stored and sequestered by eelgrass meadows -- the most abundant seagrass species in temperate waters.

According to the study, eelgrass organic carbon stocks were comparable to organic carbon stocks of tropical seagrass species, as well as mangroves, salt marshes and terrestrial ecosystems. The researchers also found that on average, eelgrass meadows stored 27.2 tons of organic carbon per hectare, although the variation between the regions was considerable

In the marine systems, the blue carbon species alone account for up to 33 pct of the total oceanic CO2 uptake. In contrast to terrestrial soils, which usually store carbon up to decades, the carbon stored in blue carbon ecosystems may persist for timescales of millennia or longer and thus, contribute significantly to climate change mitigation and alleviation of the rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. Despite the importance of these ecosystems, to date, none of them are included in the global carbon trading programmes. Alarmingly, in the past 50 years, at least one-third of the distribution area of coastal vegetated ecosystems has been lost. (Source: Abo Akademi University, Public Press Release, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Abo Akademi University, Christoffer Bostrom , Associate Professor in Environmental and Marine Biology, +358 50 431 8226,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  CO2,  Carbon Sink,  Carbon Sequestration,  EllGrass,  

Georgetown TX Investing $1Mn in Solar Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
U.S. Mayors Challenge
Date: 2018-11-02
The City of Georgetown, Texas, -- pop. 70,400 +- -- a $1 million winner in the Bloomberg U.S. Mayors Challenge -- reports it plans to use some of the funds to lease 10-15 residential rooftops to install nearly 400 solar panels that will allow the city to collect solar-generated energy which will be will be stored in several strategically located batteries for use during power outages.

This summer, Georgetown became the largest U.S. city to source 100 pct of its energy needs from renewables. The city purchases 144 MWh from the EDF Renewable Energy's Spinning Spur 3 wind farm near Amarillo, and 150 MWh from the NRG Energy's Buckthorn solar plant in West Texas.

The Bloomberg U.S. Mayors Challenge is a year-long competition under which city leaders from across the country develop proposals that would reinvent a city's practices on climate change and other issues. (Source: City of Georgetown, Texas, Community Impact, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Bloomberg U.S. Mayors Challenge,; City of Georgetowm, Chris Foster, Manager of Resource Planning and Integration,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Storage,  Bloomberg U.S. Mayors Challenge,  

NJBPU OKs Rutgers Energy Storage Analysis Contract (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2018-11-02
In the Garden State, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) reports its approval of a 6-month, $300,000 contract under which Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, will perform an analysis of the state's energy storage needs and opportunities.

The analysis is intended to help the state meet the energy storage targets set by the Clean Energy Act of 2018. To that end, the report will summarize the analysis and discuss and quantify the potential benefits and costs associated with increasing energy storage and distributed energy resources in New Jersey. It will also recommend ways to increase opportunities for energy storage and distributed energy resources in the state. Additionally, the analysis will assess whether the implementation of renewable electric energy storage systems would promote the use of electric vehicles in New Jersey as well as the potential impact on renewable energy production.

The 2018 Clean Energy Act calls for 600 MW of energy storage by 2021 and 2,000 MW of energy storage by 2030. (Source: NJBPU, Energy Insider, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: NJBPU, Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Pres.,; Rutgers University,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  

Ontario Premier Passes Promised Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Legislation (Reg & Leg)
Ontario Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-11-02
At Queens Park, the conservative Ontario government of freshman premier Doug Ford reports yesterday's promised passage of Bill-4, formally cancelling the province's cap-and-trade program. The government claims the move will save the average family $260 per year, and reduce costs for Ontario businesses.

With the passage of Bill 4, The Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, the government renewed its pledge to challenge an imposed federal carbon tax and replace it with a "made-in-Ontario" environment plan at an unspecified future date. (Source: Province of Ontario, Various Media, Canadian Biomass 1 Nov., 2018)Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford,

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

Mazda Backing Algae Biofuels R&D (Int'l, R&D, Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-02
Japanese automaker Mazda reports it is backing two research projects in Japan to promote the widespread adoption of biofuels from microalgae growth.

Mazda hopes an ongoing industry-academia-government collaboration will be advantageous to its Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 development program which considers renewable liquid fuels essential to drastic CO2 reduction.

Mazda is lending technical support to research into genome editing by Hiroshima University and to the study of plant physiology by the Tokyo Institute of Technology. (Source: Mazda, Engine Technology, 31 Oct., 2918) Contact: Mazda,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mazda,  Algae Biofuel,  

REGI, Phillips 66 Plan WA. Renewable Diesel Facility (Ind. Report)
REGI, Phillips 66
Date: 2018-11-02
Oil industry major Phillips 66 and Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) are reporting plans to construct a large-scale renewable diesel plant adjacent to the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery in Washington state.

The plant would utilize REG's proprietary BioSynfining® technology for the production of renewable diesel fuel from waste fats, oils and greases, regionally-sourced vegetable oils, animal fats and various other feedstocks. The companies expect to make a final investment decision in 2019, and If approved, begin production in 2021.

REG owns and operates 13 biomass-based diesel refineries, with a combined effective production capacity of 565 million gpy. This includes REG Geismar, a 75-million gpy plant in Louisiana and the 100 million gpy REG Grays Harbor biodiesel plant in Washington state. (Source: Phillips 66, REGI, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: Phillips 66, Brian Mandell, VP Marketing, Joe Gannon, 832-765-4547,,; REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News REGI,  Phillips 66,  Renewable Diesel,  

Ethiopia Drafting First Biofuel, Bioenergy Legislation (Int'l)
Ethiopian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
Date: 2018-11-02
The Ethiopian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in Addis Ababa reports it is drafting the East African nation's first biofuel energy industry legislation. The Bill will open the biofuel energy industry which was once exclusively allocated to government, to the private sector. The new legislation establishes an authority to manage and regulate the industry and will allow private bioenergy and biofuels producers to receive incentives. (Source: Ethiopian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Africa Oil & Power, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: Ethiopian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, +251 11 646 3166,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  

Walmart Increases Wind, Solar Power Purchases (Ind. Report)
Walmart,EDP Renewables,SunPower
Date: 2018-10-31
Arkansas-headquartered retail juggernaut Walmart is reporting an agreement to purchase 233 MW of utility-scale wind power from Houston-headquartered EDP Renewables North America. The PPA is in keeping with the retail giant's goal of sourcing 100 pct of its global energy needs from renewables.

The Walmart-EDP agreement includes three EDP Renewables developed, owned and operated wind farms in the states of Illinois and Indiana. The deal didn't specify how the electricity will be distributed or whether the power will go directly toward local Walmart or other facilities. Walmart also recently announced an agreement with San Jose, California-based SunPower for the installation of both rooftop and ground-mounted solar systems at 19 Walmart stores and two distribution centers in Illinois, all of which are expected to begin construction early in the new year. (Source: Walmart, Triple Pundit, 30 Oct., 2018) Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy,; EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713)265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00,; SunPower Corp., Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  Walmart,  EDP Renewables,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

U+I Group's Welsh Wind Farm Gets the Nod (Int'l. Report)
U+I Group
Date: 2018-10-31
In the UK, Welsh regulatory authorities are reporting approval of London-based U+I Group Plc's proposed seven-turbine, £2 million wind farm to be built near Llandrindod Wells, Powys.

The Hendy Wind Farm is projected to generate sufficient power for 9,800 homes, wit each of the project's turbines having a maximum capacity of 2.5MW. (Source: U+I Group Plc, Insider Media, 30 Oct 2018) Contact: U+I Group Plc, Matthew Weiner, CEO, +44 (0)207 828 4777,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

Move Over Nessie -- Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Planned for Loch Ness (Int'l Report)
Intelligent Land Investments Group
Date: 2018-10-31
Intelligent Land Investments Group (ILI) is reporting plans to develop "Red John", a new 400-MW pumped hydro energy storage project in the Scottish Highlands using Loch Ness as the tail pond.

The proposed Red John renewable energy storage project could provide 2.4GWh of storage capacity for the grid over a six-hour period.Subject to planning and other approvals, the company looks to start pre-construction work immediately with full construction starting in 2020. (Source: Intelligent Land Investment Group, PR, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: ILI, Mark Wilson, CEO, +44 1698 891352,; Red John Project,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Hydro Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  

Honeywell, FEWA Ink Emirates Energy Management Deal Int'l)
Honeywell Building Solutions
Date: 2018-10-31
In the United Arab Emirates, the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) and Honeywell are confirming an agreement under which Honeywell will drive energy efficiency, sustainable development and green economy initiatives in the UAE's northern emirates.

The agreement calls for the implementation of Honeywell technologies including building management systems, energy management dashboards, energy performance contracting (EPC) and related energy efficiency systems and technologies.

The UAE's Energy Strategy 2050 aims to increase clean energy usage from 25 pct to 50 pct by 2050, reduce the country's power generation carbon footprint by 70 pct, and increase corporate and individual energy efficiency by 40 pct. (Source: FEWA, ME Construction News, Honeywell, 30 Oct., 2018) Contact: FEWA, Salim Bin Rabee, Exec. Dir. of Electricity Directorate,; Honeywell Building Solutions, Susanna Minoia, CFO, Honeywell Building Solutions, High Growth Regions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell Building Solutions,  Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Footprint,  Energy Management,  

Greencoat Snares €61Mn County Cork Wind Farm (Int'l. M&A Report)
Greencoat Renewables
Date: 2018-10-31
Dublin-listed Greencoat Renewables reports the acquisition a 48.3 MW wind farm in Ballybane, Cork for €61.3 million. The purchase was funded by the company's €250 million credit facility.

With the acquisition, Greencoat's operational wind farm portfolio now stands at 251 MW, according to the company. (Source: Greencoat, Irish Independent, 30 Oct., 2018) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, +353 (1) 70 26737 - Dublin, +44 20 7832 9400 - London,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencoat Renewables,  Wind,  

Wynn Las Vegas Joins EPA Green Power Partnership (Ind. Report)
EPA Green Power Partnership
Date: 2018-10-31
In the Silver State, Wynn Las Vegas resort is reporting acceptance into the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership, a collective of organizations that are voluntarily leading innovation and the production and use of efficient green energy in America.

The Wynn announcement follows on the heels of the Wynn Solar Facility, a new 160-acre solar complex dedicated to generating renewable energy to power the Las Vegas resort. Combined with 103,000 square feet of on-site rooftop solar panels, Wynn Las Vegas is creating and using more than 45 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 25 percent of the resort's electric load.

Wynn Las Vegas becomes the largest Green Power Partner in the hotel industry in the nation and remains dedicated to increasing sustainable design practices, creating and sourcing renewable energy, energy efficiency and exceeding US Green Building Council LEED Gold Building Certification standards.

The Green Power Partnership aims to increase the use of green energy and advance the green power market. The 1,500-strog partnership -- which counts Microsoft, Intel, Bank of America, Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Starbucks among its members -- voluntarily uses nearly 53 billion kWh of green power annually. (Source: Wynn Las Vegas, PR, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wynn Las Vegas,; EPA Green Power Partnership,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA Green Power Partnership,  

Siemens Signs Army Energy Efficiency Contracts (Ind. Report)
Siemens Government Technologies
Date: 2018-10-31
Siemens Government Technologies Inc. (SGT) is reporting receipt of a $26.8 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) for the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama, and a $34 million contract for the Army's tank plant in Lima, Ohio. Under the terms of the contracts, Siemens will improve infrastructure and enhance readiness to build on existing energy efficiency programs at the two facilities.

Siemens Corp. subsidiary Siemens Government Technologies is the Arlington, Virginia-based integrator of Siemens' innovative products, technologies and services for programs and requirements led by federal government agencies and departments in the areas of energy generation, energy transmission and distribution, energy efficiency and related electric power solutions. The company is among the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, according to the release. (Source: Siemens Government Technologies, PR, 30 Oct., 2018) CONTACT: Siemens Government Technologies, Thomas Greer, (703) 480-8902 (703) 480-8902,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Energy Efficiency,  

Notable Quotes Duly Noted
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-10-31
"I continue to find it puzzling as to why Conservatives insist on making pollution free. We believe that polluters should pay and that's why we are putting a price (carbon tax) on pollution." -- Canadian Prime Minister Hon. Justin Trudeau (Lib.)

The PM was commenting on Manitoba Conservative Premier Brian Palliser and populist Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford's opposition on the Liberal government's national carbon tax plan scheduled for imposition on 1 Jan., 2019.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  

Glennmont Purchasing Energtrag's 16.8-MW French Wind Farm (M&A)
Enertrag AG.
Date: 2018-10-31
In the UK, London-based renewable energy fund manager Glennmont Partners reports it will acquire Brandenburg, Germany-headquartered Enertrag AG's 16.8-MW Goudelancourt wind farm which is under construction in Northern France. The facility, which will incorporate seven Nordex N117 turbines, will sell it total output to Electricite de France SA under the terms of a 15-year PPA. Financial details of the deal have not been revealed.

Glennmont aims to invest as much as €300 million ($341.4 million) in the renewable energy sector over the next few years, according to the release. (Source: Glenmont Partners, Renewables, 30 Oct., 2018) Contact: Enertrag AG,,; Glenmont Partners, +44 (0)20 3725 8318,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enertrag AG,  Wind,  

Ace Ethanol D3MAX Equipped Plant Const. Underway (Ind. Report)
Ace Ethanol,Whitefox
Date: 2018-10-31
Grand Forks, North Dakota-headquartered D3MAX and Ace Ethanol LLC are reporting construction is underway on the first D3MAX facility at Ace Ethanol's corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol facility in Stanley, Wisconsin. Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol plant to integrate the patented D3MAX technology with its existing corn dry mill. The integrated facility will employ membrane-based ethanol recovery technology supplied by Whitefox Technologies Technologies, resulting in significant energy savings.

The D3MAX process is the only corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol process that will not require an independent engineer to validate the cellulosic ethanol production every 500,000 gallons of cellulosic ethanol produced. With the D3MAX process, cellulosic ethanol gallons can be measured directly avoiding the cost of re-certification required by EPA for co-processing and in-situ corn kernel fiber processes, according to D3MAX CTO Mark Yancey.

D3MAX is a technology company formed by BBI International to license a patented cellulosic ethanol technology to dry mill ethanol plants in the US and Canada. D3MAX technology converts corn fiber and residual starch in distillers grains to cellulosic ethanol. The company aims to license D3MAX technology to existing ethanol plants in Canada and the U.(Source: Ace Ethanol, PR 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ace Ethanol, Neal Kemmet, Pres, CEO, (715) 644-2909,; D3MAX,; Whitefox Technologies, Gillian Harrisson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7953 8446, (403) 210-2999 -- Alberta Office,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ace Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Whitefox ,  

WA. Carbon Reduction Targets Initiative Analyzed (Report Attached)
Low Carbon Prosperity Institute
Date: 2018-10-31
A recently published study by the Seattle-based Low Carbon Prosperity Institute (LCPI) offers new insights into the investment performance required for Washington State's Initiative 1631 to achieve its carbon-reduction goals. A proposed carbon fee on the ballot in Washington state -- I-1631 -- aims to use clean-energy investments to eliminate 20 million tpy of carbon pollution by 2035.

LCPI applied its proprietary Greenhouse Gas Reduction Explorer, a modeling tool used extensively by lawmakers to project outcomes of proposed carbon reduction policies, to evaluate possible investment scenarios that would achieve the policy'S carbon reduction goals and commitment to supporting causes and communities not directly related to reducing carbon emissions. According to the LCPI, achieving the I-1631 fee-freeze is only possible with two strict conditions: all available Clean Energy Account revenue generated by the initiative needs to go into carbon-reducing investments, and investments must perform with best-in-class cost-effectiveness as would be expected from commercial investment funds. Investments would also need to average in the range of $15 to $45 per ton of emissions reduced.

By comparison, the 2014 California Climate Investments program has spent on average, $67 per ton of emissions reduction. Beating California's investment performance can be achieved by harnessing emerging and rapidly cost-declining technologies, maximizing state investments with private dollars, factoring in the impact of the fee on project economics, and focusing on budget-friendly projects in the state such as capturing methane from waste, smart meters, electrification or biomass fuel switch, organics and recycling programs, cellulosic ethanol, bus fuel efficiency, increasing forest lands, and heating/cooling upgrades.

The LCPI was launched in 2018 as a project of the Washington Business Alliance and its PLAN Washington agenda. The LCPI's system design approach delivers the strategic guidance needed for states and countries to achieve long-term success in reducing greenhouse gases, reducing other waste, and building an even more powerful economy. LCPI uses a modeling system, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Explorer -- the "Gold Standard" for evaluating strategies proposals for managing climate-sensitive waste reduction.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Explorer details HERE.

Download the full report, citations and analysis HERE. (Source: Low Carbon Prosperity Institute , PR, BusinessWire, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Low Carbon Prosperity Institute, David Giuliani, Director and Co-founder,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

Energy Efficiency, Solar Deliver Savings in NH (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency, Solar
Date: 2018-10-31
In the Granite State, recent energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades at the Whole Village Family Resource Center and the neighboring Bridge House shelter in Plymouth are projected to save $25,000 per year in energy costs and an overall 80 pct reduction in annual electricity consumption, the Whole Village Family Resource Center reports.

The project initially focused on improving the energy efficiency of the buildings by retrofitting indoor and outdoor lighting with LED fixtures and timers, a new central air conditioning unit, reducing standby power loss, adjusting HVAC controls, educating the building occupants on the efficient use of energy, and the addition of a 33-KW rooftop solar PV array to an existing 25-KW solar PV array at the Bridge House. The combination of energy conservation, new energy-efficiency upgrades, and solar array resulted in an annual electricity consumption drop from 122,610 kWh to 47,537 kWh in July.

The project was funded by local and statewide businesses that purchased $321,875 in state tax credits through the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority and more than $20,000 in incentives from the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative. (Source: Whole Village Family Resource Center, Laconia Daily Sun, 30 Oct., 2018) Contact: Whole Village Family Resource Center, (603) 271-4525,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  

Portland Shipyard Constructing Wave Energy Buoy (Ind. Report)
Wave Energy
Date: 2018-10-31
Seattle-headquartered Vigor is reporting construction has begun on a $6.5 million, 826-ton wave energy buoy at its Portland, Oregon shipyard. The buoy, which will generate approximately 1.25 MW of electricity while offsetting 3,000 tpy of carbon emissions, was jointly contracted and funded by the Irish and American governments.

The completed buoy will be towed to Hawaii and anchored in the U.S. Navy's wave energy test site off Oahu Island.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, "The theoretical annual energy potential of waves off the coasts of the United States is estimated to be as much as 2.64 trillion kilowatt hours, or the equivalent of about 66 pct of U.S. electricity generation in 2017." In Oregon, the estimated potential value to the local economy is $2.4 billion per year with an associated 13,630 jobs," Vigor reported. (Source: Vigor, Don Brunell, Courier-Herald, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Vigor, (206)623-1635, (206) 442-8505 - fax,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Tidal Energy,  

US Meeting Obama's Climate Targets, Despite Trump (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-10-31
Yesterday, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) released data confirming that the U.S. power sector's CO2 emissions have dropped 28 pct since 2005, on target with the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 32 pct t by 2030.

The EIA attributes this drop to a declining demand for energy, a move to renewable energy, an abundance of inexpensive natural gas and dropping coal consumption.

According to Union of Concerned Scientists President Kenneth Kimmell, "the trend is expected to continue despite President Donald Trump's efforts."

For your interest, the Obama Clean Power plan can be downloaded HERE. (Source: US EIA, Earther, 29 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Clean Power Plan,  Carbon Emissions,  

Exchequer Plans £16 Carbon Tax to Replace EU ETS (Int'l)
EU ETS, Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-10-31
Bloomberg is reporting the Exchequer's (U.K Treasury Department) annual budget is proposing imposition of a £16 ($20 +-) per ton tax on carbon emissions if Brexit talks fail and the UK is excluded from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), early in 2019.

Bloomberg notes that UK fossil fuel burning power producers presently pay an £18 per ton "floor price" for CO2 emissions PLUS almost £15 per ton for EU ETS carbon allowances for an estimated total of £33 per ton of carbon emissions. If the UK exits the EU without a deal, emitters will pay the £16 per ton under a planned Carbon Emissions Tax to replace the EU ETS carbon-market portion of their emissions costs, plus the floor price which would remain unchanged, according to the Exchequer proposal. (Source: UK Treasury Dept, Bloomberg, Others, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Exchequer,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Tax,  UK Carbon Tax,  

EnerSys Diversifying with $750Mn Alpha Group Acquisition (M&A)
Date: 2018-10-31
Reading, Pa.-based battery manufacturer EnerSys reports it will acquire the assets of privately held Alpha Group, Alpha Technologies, a supplier of power equipment used in broadband and telecom networks, for $650 million, and an additional $100 million in cash or shares for a total $750 million.

With the acquisition, EnerSys aims shift out of slower-growing end markets and older lead-acid battery technologies with Alpha's power inverters and software technologies. The company has historically sold lead-acid batteries to the forklift market, which accounts for about 45 pct of the company's revenue.

The Alpha Group is an alliance aiming to create world-class powering solutions. Alpha pioneered the concept of reliable, uninterruptible power for communications and broadband networks. Alpha is focused providing reliable, innovative and efficient powering solutions, according to the company website. (Source: EnerSys, WSJ, 30 Oct., 2018) Contact: EnerSys, David Schaffer, CEO,; Alpha Technologies, (800) 667-8743,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerSys ,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

Canadian PM Imposing Carbon Tax Plan, Despite Four-Province Opposition (Reg. & Leg. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-10-31
In Ottawa, the Canadian Liberal Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that it will impose a carbon price in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in 2019. Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and the Yukon have either developed their own compliant pricing systems or chosen to adopt the federal option and thus avoided Trudeau's tax plan.

The provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan have however resisted the federal Government's proposals and challenged their constitutionality

. The federal carbon price will apply at a rate of $20 ($15.28 US) per tonne of CO2 equivalent in 2019, rising by $10 per year to a high of $50 per tonne in 2022. The federal carbon pricing system will come into force on January 1, 2019. To ease to imagined pain, the Government has committed to return direct proceeds from the federal pricing system to the province or territory of origin and to help SMEs deal with the additional costs associated with carbon pricing in early 2019. (Source: Gov. of Canada, Various Media, Tax News, 29 Oct., 2018)

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

CSU, NREL Lead $2.1Mn CO2 Utilization for Algae Biofuels R&D (R&D)
Colorado State University,NREL
Date: 2018-10-31
Following up on our October 4, 2017 coverage, a team of five Colorado State University (CSU) and three National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) researchers are reporting a $2.1 million, 3-year effort to increase algae yield for biofuel production by improving carbon dioxide utilization. For the research, New Belgium Brewing will provide CO2 from their fermentation processes, and Qualitas Health, a producer of omega-3 nutraceuticals from algae, will help test the improved CO2 delivery technology. The aim is to improve delivery of CO2 to algae and enhance algae's consumption of the CO2.

The project is being funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in a collaborative effort to improve the cost-competitiveness and environmental sustainability of microalgae-based fuels and products. (Source: CSU, NREL, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Colorado State University, Prof. Ken Reardon,,; US DOE BETO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Colorado State University,  NREL,  Algae,  CO2,  Biofuel,  

Wynn Las Vegas Joins EPA Green Power Partnership (Ind. Report)
EPA Green Power Partnership
Date: 2018-10-31
In Nevada, Wynn Las Vegas Resort is reporting acceptance into the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership, a collective of organizations that are voluntarily leading the innovation, production and use of renewable energy in America.

The distinction comes less than five months after the debut of the Wynn Solar Facility, a new 160-acre solar complex solely dedicated to generating renewable energy to power the Las Vegas resort. Combined with 103,000 square feet of on-site rooftop solar panels, Wynn Las Vegas is creating and using more than 45 million kWh of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 25 pct of the resort's electric load.

Other Green Power Partners, The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership has over 1,500 partners -- including Microsoft, Intel, Bank of America, Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Starbucks -- voluntarily using nearly 53 billion kWh of green power per year.. (Source: Wynn Las Vegas, PR, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wynn Las Vegas, Erik Hansen, Chief Sustainability Officer,; EPA Green Power Partnership,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Green Energy news,  EPA Green Power Partnership news,  

Brazilian Ethanol Producers Cutting Crushing Debt (Int'l)
Itau BBA
Date: 2018-10-31
In Sao Paulo, investment bank Itau BBA International Plc is reporting Brazilian sugar and ethanol producers have reduced their debt to the lowest level in half a decade as a result of increased efficiency, sharp cost cuts and almost no investments in cane processing capacity.

According Itau BBA collected data from companies accounting for almost 80 pct of Brazil's center-south cane crushing capacity, mills closed the 2017/18 season with average debt of 117 reais ($31.47) per tonne of cane crushed, versus 120 reais in the previous season, and the lowest since the 104 reais per tonne in the 2013/14 crop. In 2014 and 2015, debt was above 130 reais per tonne. (Source: Itau BBA, Reuters, Oct., 2018) Contact: Itau BBA International Plc,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Sugar Ethanol,  

Biorenewable Deployment Consortium's Raleigh Fall Forum Update (Conference, Ind. Report)
Biorenewable Deployment Consortium
Date: 2018-10-31
The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) Fall Forum was held in Raleigh, N.C. on October 9-10 and was combined with a visit to the Velocys' Microchannel Fisher-Tropsch pilot plant that is integrated with the ThermoChem Recovery International (TRI) Biomass Gasification and Gas Clean-up system at TRI's Advanced Development Center in Durham. Velocys has announced the commercial "Bayou Fuels" project for Natchez, MS. The project will combine the two companies' technologies to convert locally sourced waste woody biomass into transportation fuel.

The Forum boasted record attendance, including a diverse group of international members and guests. Discussions included updates from leading bio-process companies on new processes and commercial advances that can add value to the forest products industry. Highlights of the Forum included commercial progress of nanotechnology presented by keynote Sean Ireland, VP, Business Development for Fiberlean Technologies; evolutionary value added technologies for the chemical recovery cycle and soap removal / tall oil production; commercial progress of wood to bioproducts from Velocys, Ensyn, and Red Rock; and commercial progress for lignin conversion to end products.

USDA Administrator Bette Brand attended the meeting and tour. "The USDA recognizes the importance of the partnership between government and private industry designed to bridge the early financial issues of start-up companies in the biorenewable area that we believe will help improve economies in rural communities," said Ms. Brand ommented. Meeting attendees participating in USDA programs included Velocys, Ensyn, Red Rock Biofuels, REG, and American Biocarbon.

Masood Akhtar, President of BDC commented, "In BDC's view, it is important for the government to be confident in the companies they financially assist, and the scale up requirements of the USDA have been critical to the success of new start up companies." "The success of the BDC meeting is due to a combination of the mission of the organization, the make-up and participation of the membership and guests, and the ingenuity and progress of the entrepreneurial management teams in the up and coming bio-industry," Akhtar concluded. (Source: BDC, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: BDC, Ben Thorp, Chairman, (804) 743-3105,,; Velocys, Jeff McDaniel, VP, (614) 733-3300,,; ThermoChem Recovery International, Chris Doherty, VP, (410) 525-2400,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorenewable Deployment Consortium,  Velocys,  ThermoChem Recovery International ,  

RFN Calls for Level Playing Field for High Octane Fuels (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Nebraska
Date: 2018-10-29
Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN), in response to the EPA's proposal to amend greenhouse gas standards in the existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rule is calling on the EPA to approve high octane fuels using 25 to 30 pct ethanol in the blend. The RFN is also calling for a "level the playing" field in what they say unfairly favors the electric vehicle industry over other advanced fuels such as high octane, ethanol blended fuels.

According to RFN Exec. Dir. Troy Bredenkamp, "Our comments to the EPA pointed out that Nebraska's ethanol industry would strongly support the EPA if they were to establish minimum octane standards for future fuels that would utilize 25 to 30 pct ethanol blends, and approve a corresponding alternative certification fuel so automakers can begin testing future engines on a high-octane blend. it is our belief that high octane E25-30 blends would help bring down the cost for consumers compared to the premium-priced octane level manufactured and advocated by oil refiners, while being significantly better for the environment." said Bredenkamp. (Source: Renewable Fuels Nebraska, NTV/ABC, 26 Oct., 2018) Contact: Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Troy Bredenkamp, Exec. Dir., (402)325-0045, (402) 310-8038,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Nebraska,  

NY Law Suit Claims ExxonMobil Misled Shareholders on Climate Change (Ind. Report)
Climate Change,ExxonMobil
Date: 2018-10-29
It is being widely reported by the New York Times and others that New York is suing the Houston-headquartered oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil, claiming that the company defrauded shareholders by downplaying the risks posed by climate change, according to the New York Times and other publications.

The legal action does not charge ExxonMobil with playing a role in causing climate change, but rather accuses the company of telling investors that it was using theoretical prices for carbon in evaluating projects, ranging from $20 to $80 a ton depending on the country, when in fact it often used a lower price or no price at all, according to the Washington Post. The action also alleges ExxonMobil's senior management was aware of these activities.

BBC News reports that an ExxonMobil spokesperson claimed the oil giant "looks forward to refuting these claims as soon as possible and getting this meritless civil lawsuit dismissed." (Source: NY TIMES, BBC, Standard, Various Other Media, 24 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Climate Change,  

India Lauded for Promoting Wind Energy Investment (Int'l. Report)
Invest India
Date: 2018-10-29
On the sub-continent, India's investment promotion agency Invest India has been awarded United Nations Investment Promotion Award for mobilizing investment in the wind energy sector that will bring down power tariff and generate 1 GW of renewable energy.

India was one of the four countries picked for the top honour this year besides Bahrain Economic Development Board, Bahrain, Lesotho National Development Corporation, Losetho, and InvestSA, South Africa. (Source: Invest India, Connected to India, 28 Oct., 2018) Contact: Invest India,

More Low-Carbon Energy News India Wind,  Wind,  

Incinerators Spewed 11Mn tonnes of CO2 in 2017, says UKWIN (Int'l)
UK Without Incineration Network
Date: 2018-10-29
Evaluation of the Climate Change Impacts of Waste Incineration in the United Kingdom, a new report by the UK Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) claims approximately 11,000,000 tonnes of CO2 was emitted from the burning of fossil-based materials such plastics in the UK's 42 waste incinerators in 2017.

The report estimates the incineration's "unpaid cost to society" was approximately £325 million in non-traded carbon price.

The report notes that the incineration of plastics could contribute as much as £25 billion of harm to the UK in terms of CO2 emissions. Each tonne of plastic incinerated reportedly releases around 1.43 tonnes of CO2. A typical waste incinerator built in 2020 would release 2.8 million tonnes of fossil CO2 over its 30-year lifetime, the report finds.

With electric power generation taken into account, the report states that incinerators are responsible for releasing around 1.6 million tonnes more CO2 than sending the same waste to landfill. In terms of energy generation, the report finds that the carbon intensity of energy produced through waste incineration is more than 23 times greater than that for renewable energy. (Source: UKWIN, Resource, 26 Oct., 2018) Contact: UKWIN, Josh Dowen, +44 0 1623 640134,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

Roeslein Expediting Smithfield Foods' Biogas Program (Ind. Report)
Smithfield Foods,Roeslein Alternative Energy
Date: 2018-10-29
Virginia-headquartered hog producer and processor Smithfield Foods has announced it plans to expand its Smithfield Renewables initiative aimed at cutting its greenhouse gas emissions 25 pct by 2025. To that end, the company plans to equip 90 pct its hog finishing operations North Carolina, Utah and Missouri with manure methane-to-energy systems.

St.Louis-based Roeslein Alternative Energy has spearheaded Smithfirld's efforts in Missouri and is equipping Smithfield's hog waste lagoons with covering systems that capture, clean and ultimately fed methane into a pipeline system that distributes natural gas nationally. Roeslein completed the first of its biogas projects for Smithfield in 2016 near Albany, Mo., and currently converts manure from its farms into enough energy to power 15,400 homes. (Source: Roeslein Alternative Energy, St. Louis Post Dispatch, 27 Oct., 2018) Contact: Smithfield Foods,; Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smithfield Foods.Methane,  Biogas,  Roeslein Alternative Energy,  

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