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Onsite Utility Services Capital Touts ESaaS (Ind. Report)
Onsite Utility Services Capital
Date: 2019-04-17
In the Badger State, Delavan-based Onsite Utility Services Capital (OUS Capital), a Silver Sponsor for the Wisconsin Chapter of Association of Energy Engineers (WAEE), is touting their Energy Savings as a Service (ESaaS) program designed to help companies, facilities and organizations of every size upgrade their existing energy infrastructure to modern, energy-efficient solutions -- without the typical up-front financial requirements typically associated with such a project.

Through ESaaS an entire building, facility or property can undergo a complete energy efficiency upgrade, using as many as a dozen modern and cutting-edge options. The entire cost of the upgrade project is fronted by OUS Capital, with the client paying for the upgrade costs only from the savings the upgrade generates. ESaaS is not a loan and does not attach as a debt on the client's balance sheet. (Source: Onsite Utility Services, PR,, 17 April, 2019) Contact: Onsite Utility Services Capital, Fritz Kreiss, (884) 768-7227,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Stokholm's Carbon Emissions on the Rise (Int'l Report)

Date: 2019-04-17
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency is reporting the Swedish capital city of Stockholm's CO2 emission jumped 9 pct in 2018, making the city's pledge to be fossil fuel-free by 2040 harder to realize than originally anticipated.

Sweden has an international reputation for energy reform and as a global leader in waste-to-energy solutions. For this reason, fossil fuel use has been in steady decline since the 1980s although the city's electric and district heating plants still use some coal and oil, especially in extreme weather conditions. More than half of Sweden's energy is sourced from renewable energy, according to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. (Source: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Famagusta Gazette, April, 2019) Contact: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Fredrik Hannerz,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

Entsorga WV Leverages MBT to Produce Renewable Fuel (Ind. Report)
BioHiTech Global
Date: 2019-04-17
Following up on our March 6 coverage, Entsorga West Virginia, a partnership between Apple Valley Waste LLC., Entsorga USA, and Chestnut Ridge, NY-based waste management specialist BioHiTech Global, Inc., is reporting last month's launch of a plant in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The facility processes mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) through a patented mechanical pre-screening and biological treatment process, composts it, then further refines it to produce an EPA approved renewable fuel.

The technology is patented by the Italian engineering firm, Entsorga Italia, and been deployed through Europe.

Berkley (W.Va.) County Solid Waste Authority provided the land for the Martinsburg project, which is being financed with $25 million in tax-exempt, private bonds issued by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority. The facility will produce about 55,000 tpy of SRF from about 110,000 tpy of MSW.

Entsorga West Virginia has another MBT facility undergoing the permitting process in Rensselaer, N.Y., and is talking to other potential partners, according to a company release. (Source: Entsorga, Waste360, 16 April, 2019) Contact: BioHiTech Global, Inc, Frank E. Celli, CEO, Rich Galterio, Exec. VP, (845) 367.0603,,; Entsorga West Virginia, (845) 262-1081,

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioHiTech Global,  Renewable Fuel,  

Canada Invests in Forest Climate Change Adaptation (Ind Report)
Date: 2019-04-17
Climate change needs to be tackled head on in order to build a better future for Canadians. This is why the government is investing in critical adaptation research, while creating good jobs and growing the economy.

Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of $300,000 to University of New Brunswick (UNB) for a climate change adaptation project focused on the socio-economic costs and benefits of adapting to climate-induced changes, such as drought and wind, in Atlantic Canada's forests. Findings from this analysis will help those in the forest sector and communities, including Indigenous peoples, plan and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, News Release, April, 2019) Contact: NRC, Vanessa Adams, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources (343) 543-7645,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRC,  Climate Change Adaptation,  

GMP Aims for 100 pct Renewables, 100 MW Energy Storage (Ind Report)
Green Mountain Power
Date: 2019-04-17
Green Mountain Power (GMP), Vermont's largest utility, reports it aims to reach 100 pct carbon-free resources by 2025 and 100 pct renewables by 2030. The utility also plans to add 50 MW to 100 MW of energy storage capacity over the next decade.

As previously reported, GMP, which serves 264,000 customers, currently rolling out a Tesla residential energy storage program and has two more solar-plus-storage projects pending regulatory approval. (Source: Green Mountain Power, April, 2019)Contact: Green Mountain Power, Jeff Monder,, Josh Castonguay, VP Innovation, (802) 770-3392,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Mountain Power,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  

Eaton Scores Int'l. Industrial Energy Efficiency Award (Int'l)
Date: 2019-04-15
UK-headquartered power management specialist Eaton reports it has won the Hannover Messe Industrial Energy Efficiency Award for its microgrid system installed at its Wadeville headquarters and manufacturing facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Wadeville microgrid installation includes the first-ever deployment of Eaton's xStorage energy storage system in Africa. This innovative solution strengthens the energy supply for Eaton's Wadeville site, thereby reducing demand on the national grid and on regional infrastructure.

The newly-created Industrial Energy Efficiency Award is dedicated to identifying and awarding prizes to outstanding industrial processes and applications based on their energy efficiency, targeting providers as well as users of energy-efficient solutions for production processes. (Source: Eaton, Creamer Media, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Eaton, +44 (0) 1206 593 12, 8Eaton's xStorage,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eaton,  Microgrid,  Energy Effic iency,  

NASA Planning Space Station CO2 Monitoring Observatory (Int'l)
Date: 2019-04-15
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is reporting the upcoming launch of its Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) later this year. this year. The OCO-3 system will be mounted on the International Space Station, which circles Earth from 52 degrees north to 52 degrees south latitudes.

The OCO-3 is designed to accurately measure the altering carbon cycle on Earth and how it will affect all its living inhabitants. The OCO-3 measurements can reduce the uncertainty of the natural fluxes of the global carbon budget, mainly due to anthropogenic emissions. The instrument can make nearly precise measurements at different times of the day due to its position in space. Scientists also aim to know how CO2 concentrations change throughout the day in various areas of the Earth.

The OCO-3's high-resolution spectrometers can also detect solar-induced fluorescence, a type of radiation emitted by plants. Plants only produce SIF during photosynthesis season, which is also the only time they absorb CO2.

The OCO-3 cost less than $100 million to construct and was developed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL)in California. The OCO-3 is expected to launch prior to April 25 and is expected to continue for three years. (Source: JPL NASA, Tech Times, April 2019) Contact: NASA, (818) 354-4321,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  CO2,  NASA JPL,  

Dow, Petronas Partner on Emissions-Reduction Project (Ind. Report)

Date: 2019-04-15
Dow (Midland, Mich.; signed an agreement with Petronas Chemicals Glycols, a subsidiary of the petrochemical arm of Petronas and Malaysia's leading chemicals producer, Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad to collaborate on a carbon project at Petronas ethylene oxide (EO) production facility in support of the Dow- International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Official Carbon Partnership.

Dow and Petronas Chemicals Glycols will also quantify and obtain third-party verification of the climate benefits following the methodology of the Dow Climate Solutions Framework.

The Dow-Petronas project agreement is among the first of many similar joint efforts that will result from the Collaborative Blueprint initiated in 2017 to encourage organizations outside the Olympic movement to collaborate on projects that lead to verified climate benefits while catalyzing change across value chains. (Source: Dow, Chemical Engineering, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Dow,; Petronas Chemicals Group ,

Alt. Energy Border Wall Proposed (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Clean Energy
Date: 2019-04-15
The following appeared in the recent issue of Epoch Times: "Border wall debates have raged between political parties and the media in the United States for years. Many Americans are divided over the issue of the U.S.-Mexico border. Yet the heated controversy has generated some innovative solutions from the scientific community. Could science really hold the key to bringing the two sides together (three, including Mexico) while at the same time providing clean sources of energy for all?

"There are at least two dozen scientists from universities across the United States who think so, but wait until you hear the solution they've dreamt up. Imagine a 2,000-mile-long alternative energy industrial park, 62 miles wide, from sea to shining sea along the U.S. southern border.

"The potential envisioned for everything from the economy to fresh water solutions to an abundance of clean energy and, yes, border security present an opportunity worth considering. 'Given that most of the southern border lies in arid or semi-arid regions having high solar irradiation and wind, an energy park along the border is both feasible and desirable,' reads a statement by the Future Energy, Water, Industry and Education Park (FEWIEP), the name of the proposed mega project.

"Solar installations at various points across Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and south of the border would accompany wind turbines stationed near both coasts. 'Areas of strong winds exist in the Gulf and Baja California regions, which are ideal for wind farms,' the report explains.

"Energy produced via wind turbines can be used to power water desalinization plants to provide valuable fresh water to drought-affected areas that have been living beyond their means in terms of ground water use.

"They estimate that 'wind power in the Gulf Coast and Baja California to operate reverse osmosis plants may provide 2.3 million acre-feet of water per year -- enough to satisfy the water needs for all of Texas' manufacturing, mining, livestock, and other power needs.' Which could literally cause the desert to bloom, potentially.

"Reduced tax zone incentives across the 62-mile strip could bring in massive amounts of business from solar energy innovators like Tesla and others. This subsidy cost could be recouped through selling energy or through taxes. An incentivized project of this size could greatly enhance and accelerate the local economy, and create a huge number of jobs on both sides of the border. More high-paying salaries are also likely to mean increased average quality of life for locals.

"In terms of security, the heavily protected area would serve a dual purpose. The proposed energy infrastructure can be incorporated into and be an integral part of a border security installation, such as a wall or a fence, states the report. 'This technological buffer can in turn also help to protect the energy infrastructure and prevent illegal immigration across the border.'

"At the same time, as parties on both sides of the aisle are starting to see eye to eye on border security, a project like this could tether the far extremes of the Green New Deal with staunch nationalists on the right. It could be just the kind of unifier to seal the deal for all parties, left and right, north and south." (Source: Epoch Times, April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Clean Energy,  

ICGEB Touts Novel Yeast Strain to Increase Ethanol Prod. (Int'l)
Date: 2019-04-15
In Delhi, researchers from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) are touting Saccharomyces cerevisiae NGY10, a novel yeast strain that they say increases ethanol production by as much as 15.5 pct when glucose or lignocellulose biomass -- rice and wheat straw -- is fermented.

The research team led by Dr. Naseem A. Gaur from the Yeast Biofuel Group at ICGEB , found the NGY10 strain can be metabolically engineered to ferment both hexose and pentose sugars leading to increased production of ethanol using lignocellulose. This will increase the quantity of ethanol produced from lignocellulose and reduce the cost of ethanol production.

DBT-ICGEB is an integrated centre for performing cutting-edge basic research and its translation into reality. It thrives upon ICGEB mandate to perform research in the field of molecular biology and biotechnology and will serve as platform for the synthetic biologists to work in diverese bioenergy areas such as microbial engineering, biochemical engineering, algal engineering and systems biology.

India has targeted 10 pct ethanol-gasoline blend (E10) for moter vehicle fuels by 2022.

(Source: International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Centre for Advanced Bioenergy Research, Delhi, The Hindu, April, 2019) Contact: DBT-ICGEB, Ajay Kumar Pandey, +91-11-2674-2357 extn:462,, www.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Yeast,  Ethanol,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Yeast,  Ethanol,  

DOE Announces $87Mn for Coal R&D Projects (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-04-15
In the nation's capitol, the U.S. DOE has announced up to $87.3 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D projects for advanced coal technologies. In 2017, coal was the second-largest energy source for electricity generation in the United States.

The R&D projects for coal-fueled power plants and technologies include the following separate funding opportunities:

  • Advancing Steam Turbine Performance for Coal Boilers -- This FOA seeks to improve the performance of steam-based power cycles, resulting in a lower cost of electricity with reduced emissions per megawatt-hour for coal-fueled boilers. This FOA also includes an area of interest for conceptual engineering design for steam turbines in the 50 -- 350 MW range in support of DOE's Coal FIRST initiative. DOE's Office of Fossil Energy's (FE) Advanced Turbines Program will support these projects. DOE Funding: Up to $22 million

  • Transformational Sensing Systems for Monitoring the Deep Subsurface -- This FOA seeks to reduce uncertainty and enable real-time decision making associated with subsurface carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. FE's Carbon Storage Research Program will support these projects. Read more details about this FOA here. Up to $4.8 million is available.

  • Crosscutting Research for Coal-Fueled Power Plants -- This FOA aims to develop innovative technologies that will enhance the performance and economics of the existing and future coal fleet thereby lowering electricity costs for consumers. FE's Crosscutting Research Program will support these projects. Up to $14.5 million funding available.

  • Advanced Materials for High-Efficiency, Flexible and Reliable Coal-Fueled Power Plants -- This FOA will reduce the cost and enhance the cyclic durability of materials used in advanced ultrasupercritical power plants. These advanced materials are critical to increasing the efficiency and reliability of coal-fueled power plants. FE's Advanced Materials Program will support these projects. Up to $26 million available.

  • Process Scale-Up and Optimization/Efficiency Improvements for Rare Earth Elements (REE) and Critical Materials (CM) Recovery from Coal-Based Resources -- This FOA will support cooperative agreements to advance the development of technologies for recovery REEs and CMs from domestic coal-based resources through both novel and conventional extraction, separation, and recovery processes. FE's Feasibility of Recovering Rare Earth Elements Program will support these projects. Up to $20 million available.

    DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage all of the selected projects.

    Download details HERE. ( Source: US DOE, April, 2019) Contact: US DOE, Sec. of Fossil Energy, Steven Winberg, Assist. Sec.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Coal,  Clean Coal,  

  • Netherlands, Vietnam Discussing Offshore Wind Cooperation (Int'l)
    Ba Ria-Vung Tau
    Date: 2019-04-15
    A high level delegation from the Netherlands is reportedly interested in a cooperative agreement with Vietnam's southeastern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province to develop offshore wind energy and related services.

    The Netherlands delegation and the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Vietnam Electricity group have begun discussion in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province to that end. (Source: Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, reve, April 13, 2019 )Contact: Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, /

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

    Macquarie Fund Selling Wind Assets in Italy, France (M&A, Int'l)
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In Milan, Reuters is reporting a Macquarie-run infrastructure fund managing the Milan-based Renvico S.r.l. wind farm portfolio in Italy and France is selling the Renvico portfolio which could be worth as much as €400 million ($450 million). Non-binding bids are reportedly expected by the end of May. Few etails have not been revealed. (Source: Macquarie, reve, April, 2019: Contact: Renvico S.r.l, +39 02 6787 6911; Macquarie Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Macquarie,  Wind,  

    450-MW Solar Projects Approved in the Badger State (Ind. Report)
    WEC Energy
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In the Badger State, WEC Energy Group, Inc. reports it has received approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (WPSC) for two solar projects totaling 450 MW at an expected total cost of $390 million, of which the WPSC will invest $260 million. The projects are expected to come online by the end of 2020.

    Notably, Solar projects in Manitowoc County will be developed by NextEra Energy's unit NextEra Energy Resources while the Badger Hollow project in Iowa county will be developed by Invenergy. Together, the projects are expected to generate sufficient energy for 120,000 Wisconsin households in a year. (Source: WEC Energy Group, Zacks, 12 April, 2019) Contact: WEC Energy Group, (414) 221-7345,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy,  Solar,  

    Sunseap Announces Guohe Starkle Energy Fund (Int'l Report)
    Sunseap,Starkle Energy
    Date: 2019-04-15
    Singapore-headquartered solar power specialist Sunseap Group is reporting its agreement to establish a Chinese clean energy investment fund in partnership with local private equity firm Guohe Capital and renewables developer Starkle Energy.

    The Guohe Starkle Energy Fund, which will invest in and manage clean energy projects in China with a focus on solar power, will be looking for opportunities in the transport, information and communications and biomedical sectors as well as in the heavy industries. The private equity firm will be in charge of arranging funds, while the two renewable energy firms will consult on the targeted projects and participate in managing, operating and maintaining solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

    At the end of 2018, Sunseap had invested in about 1,800 MW of distributed solar power generation, according to a company release. (Source: Sunseap. Renewables, 12 April, 2019) Contact: Sunseap,; Guohe Capital,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunseap,  Solar,  

    British Steel Seeks £100Mn to Meet Pre-Brexit EU ETS Rules (Int'l)
    EU ETS
    Date: 2019-04-15
    The BBC is reporting the European Union's decision to suspend UK firms' access to free carbon permits under the EU ETS until a Brexit withdrawal deal is ratified is behind British Steel's decision to seek a £100 million to meet EU ETS rules allowing industrial polluters to use carbon credits to pay for the previous year's emissions, or trade them to raise money.

    Each free permit gives a firm the right to emit a tonne (1,000kg) of CO2. British Steel claims that it is discussing the impact of Brexit on its business with ministers and officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) and is in talks with Department for Business about financial assistance. British Steel has until 30 April to comply with EU emission rules. (Source: BBC, Steel Times, 14 April, 2019)

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

    Wisc. Gas Bar Chain Expands Methane-CNG Network (Ind. Report)
    Kwik Trip, Dane County Landfill
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In the Badger State, LaCrosse-based convenience store and gasoline filling station chain Kwik Trip reports it plans to purchase compressed natural gas from Dane County Landfill when its $28 million biodigester-biogas production facility is completed and online later this year.

    The facility is expected to supply about 3 million gpy of fossil fuels and will fuel about 80 pct Kwik Trip's fleet of delivery trucks which are already powered by CNG. The Dane County Landfill is one of several in the state that collect landfill methane gas. (Source: Kwik Trip, Wisconsin State Journal, 14 April, 2019)Contact: Kwik Trip,; Dane County Landfill, (608) 838-9555,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CNG,  Alternative Fuels,  

    Wheeler Acknowledges RFS "Hardship Waiver" Use (Ind. Report)
    Renwable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2019-04-15
    Nebraska Rural Radio and Reuters are reporting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has acknowledged that the Trump administration's issuance of RFS "hardship" waivers to boost "big oil" profits has drawn the ire of the corn lobby. The corn-for-biofuels growers claim the exemptions have been overused and threaten demand for corn-based ethanol. The waivers have been handed out at a time when farmers are already struggling financially.

    According to Wheeler, "RIN prices have been relatively low and relatively calm since last spring. So that tells me that there should be less economic harm in the refining industry now than there was a year ago."

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: Neb. Rural Radio, Reuters, Others, 14 April, 2019) Contact: EPA,Administrator Andrew Wheeler,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Wheeler,  RFS,  RF,  Hardship Waivers,  

    Wind Sets Southwest Power Pool Grid Record (Ind. Report)
    Southwest Power Pool
    Date: 2019-04-15
    On the U.S. Great Plains, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is reporting energy generated by wind supplied about 15.3 GW of 23.3 GW of needed power across its 546,000-square-mile service territory at 2:08 a.m. Wednesday -- about 65.7 pct.

    As of this week, there was 21.5 gigawatts of installed wind capacity within the SPP's territory. In 2009, just 3 GW of capacity was installed. Another 51.75 GW of wind capacity currently is being developed, as well as about 24.5 gigawatts of solar power and about 4.4 GWof battery storage.

    Oklahoma is among the states in the SPP's service area that contributed to increased wind-generated power capacity in 2018, commissioning new projects capable of generating 576 MW of electricity during the year. At the end of 2018, Oklahoma had 8,072 MW of wind power. (Source: Southwest Power Pool, The Oklahoman, April, 2019) Contact: Southwest Power Pool,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southwest Power Pool,  Wind,  

    ACC Energy Efficiency Improvement Awards Announced (Ind. Report)
    American Chemistry Council
    Date: 2019-04-15
    The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reports 16 of its member companies are being recognized for implementing energy efficiency improvements in 2018.. The Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program is among ACC's many initiatives to improve energy efficiency. Member companies are required to consider operational energy efficiency as well as waste minimization, reuse and recycling when developing their environmental, health, safety and security plans.

    The 2019 Energy Efficiency Awards include:

  • Energy Efficiency Program award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy-efficiency improvements, with components such as establishing energy teams, goal setting, communications, management support and recognition;.

  • Significant Improvement in Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy efficiency in their manufacturing operations through technical innovations, creative projects or novel procedures or actions;

  • The Non-Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Improvement award is given for improvements resulting from energy-efficient lighting, insulation and other building improvements, as well as other non-manufacturing energy efficiency improvements.

    The companies receiving awards in 2019 are Afton Chemical Corporation, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., Albemarle Corporation, Arkema Inc., BASF Corp., Celanase, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Dow, DuPont, Eastman Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, FMC Corp., Hexion Inc., Occidental Chemical, Olin Corp and SABIC. (Source: American Chemistry Council, PR, 15 April, 2019) Contact: ACC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

  • NYC Council Poised to Enact Green Buldg. Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    NYC Green Building
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In the Empire State, the New York City Council is scheduled to vote this Thursday on the Climate Mobilization Act, which, among other provisions, would require green retrofits of all commercial buildings 25,000 square feet or larger. The bill would establish the Office of Building Energy and Emissions Performance and set a timeline for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for existing buildings.

    Other bills to be votes upon this week would require the city to complete a study on the feasibility of shutting down all 24 gas and oil-burning power plants within city limits, and replacing them with renewables and battery energy storage capacity and green roofs on selected buildings. (Source: NYC Council, Connect New York, 15 April, 2019) Contact: NYC Council,

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

    Air BP, Neste Partnering on Aviation Biofuels (Int'l Report)
    Neste, Air BP
    Date: 2019-04-15
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel fuel reports it is joining Air BP, a leading aviation fuel products and services supplier, to develop a robust supply chain for aviation biofuels in Sweden.

    "Sweden is becoming a leading country in decarbonizing aviation with its proposal to introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden. Together with Air BP we are able to support air transport in Sweden in their efforts, and this collaboration gives both of us valuable insight into developing similar supply chains to decarbonize aviation in other markets," according to Neste President and CEO Peter Vanacker.

    Air BP is the specialised aviation division of BP. Air BP services are available at over 1000 airport locations in 70 countries and serves airlines, commercial aviation and general aviation.

    Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a cost competitive, low-carbon fuel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct compared to petroleum diesel. (Source: Air BP, Innovators, 15 April, 2019) Contact: Air BP, Jon Platt, CEO, +27 (11) 488 5111,; Neste, +358 10 458 4128,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Neste,  BP,  

    Wartsila Seed Funding Finnish Renewable Fuels Startup (Int'l)
    Wartsila,Soletair Power Oy.
    Date: 2019-04-15
    Finnish technology group Wartsila Corp reports it has agreed to provide €500,000 ($565,450) in seed funding to Finnish renewable fuel start-up Soletair Power Oy which has developed a concept that involves capturing CO2 from the air and converting it to synthetic renewable fuel.

    In a press release, Wartsila noted it sees great value in Soletair Power's concept and intends to provide global support in the development and commercialization of the technology. (Source: Wartsila, Renewables, 15 April, 2019) Contact: Soletair Power Oy, +358 44 7688696,; Wartsila,+358 10 709 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Renewable Fuels,  

    Ukraine Energy Efficiency Agency, Partner on Energy Efficiency Financing (Int'l Report)
    Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In Kiev, the Ukrainian State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving reports it is partnering with more than 30 united territorial communities for the launch of various programs for co-financing of energy efficiency loans, energy services and local energy management. The joint implementation of programs is aimed at "warm loans" for home owners and apartment building co-owner associations, kindergartens, hospitals, schools and and other budget constrained institutions.

    The cooperation will be conducted with the united territorial communities in 16 regions: Ternopil, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporozhzhia, Kyiv, Odesa, Kherson, Cherkasy, Ivano-Frankivsk, Poltava, Rivne, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Chernivtsi, and Luhansk regions. (Source: UkrinForm, 15 April, 2019) Contact: State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, Serhiy Savchuk, Dir., +38 (044) 590-59-74,

    BOMA BC Launches Building Recommissioning Program (Ind. Report)
    Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia
    Date: 2019-04-15
    The Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia (BOMA BC), with support from Natural Resources Canada, has launched a new service for buildings to identify low-cost energy and emissions savings through recommissioning. BOMA BC endorses recommissioning as a tool to analyze building equipment and control systems to ensure they perform together effectively and efficiently.

    The BOMA BC Building Tune-Up Program provides a free detailed assessment of operational energy conservation measures, a fixed value amount to implement the identified measures, along with the full cost to verify the measures after implementation.

    The program is geared towards Class B and C buildings that are older than five years, a market segment with significant opportunities for energy savings. ESC Automation, a long-time BOMA BC member, was selected to conduct the assessments after a competitive bidding process. (Source: BOMA BC, REMI Networks, 15 April, 2019) Contact: BOMA, BOMA Green Buildings Program,

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

    BEIS Updated Short-Term Traded Carbon Values -- Used for UK Public Policy Appraisal (Int'l Report)
    UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In London, the attached UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) short-term traded carbon values for UK public policy appraisal are used for determining the impact of government policies on emissions in the traded sector -- those sectors covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Short-term values quoted in this paper correspond to the period up to 2030 and long-term values correspond to the period post-2030.

    HERE. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, April, 2019) Contact: Gov of UK, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department for Business,  Energy & Industrial Strategy,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Amazon Adding 229 MW Wind Power (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Date: 2019-04-12
    US online retailing juggernaut Inc is reporting plans to purchase the output of electric power output of three wind parks totaling more than 229 MW in Ireland - 91.2-MW, Sweden - 91-MW, and the US - 47-MW in keeping with its long-term goal of powering all Amazon Web Services (AWS) global infrastructure entirely with renewable energy.

    The three wind projects are expected to generate more than 670,000 MWh of electricity annually.

    These plants, combined with AWS's previous nine renewable energy projects, will produce over 2,700,000 MWh of power each year, according to the Amazon press release. (Source: Amazon, PR, April, 2019)

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

    Navigant Offers Residential Energy Storage Report (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Residential Energy Storage, a new report from Boulder, Colorado-based Navigant Research analyzes the global and regional drivers behind increased residential energy storage system (RESS) deployments, providing capacity and revenue forecasts, broken out by region and battery technology, through 2028.

    According to the report, utility involvement, cost declines, government incentives, and increased solar PV integration are driving increased RESS deployments the initial and growing demand for which will be highly concentrated in select markets including Australia, Germany, Japan, and the US which are expected to account for 71 pct of the global RESS market.

    Navigant Research Report details are at (Source: Navigant Research, newsok, Business Wire, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Navigant,  

    Kiwi Greenhouse Gas Emissions on the Rise (Int'l Report)
    New Zealand
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Reporting from Wellington, New Zealand's Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment notes that the country's greenhouse gas emissions are rising and has recommended a two-pronged approach to address the issue.

    New Zealand's gross greenhouse gas emissions were 80.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) in 2017 -- up 2.2 pct from the year prior -- according to the just released annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory. The report notes that NZ's net emissions increased by 65 pct from 1990 to 2017, while gross emissions increased by 23 pct since 1990.

    The rise was largely driven by dairy cattle, road transport, and chemical and food processing as well as nitrogen deposited onto agricultural soils, industrial and household refrigeration and air conditioning systems. The country's two largest contributors to gross emissions in 2017 were the agriculture sector at 48.1 pct and the energy sector at 40.7 pct followed by road transport at 17.9 pct of gross emissions in 2017. (Source: New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Stuff NZ, 11 April, 2019) Contact: New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, +64-4-471 1669, +64-4-495 8350 - fax,,

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    Universal mCloud, TELUS Ink Energy Efficiency Deal (Ind. Report)
    Universal mCloud Corp
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Vancouver, B.C. based asset management solutions specialist Universal mCloud Corp is reporting a six-year agreement with TELUS Corporate Real Estate to upgrade HVAC controls and deploy AssetCare at one of its office towers in Scarborough, Ontario.

    Universal mCloud will upgrade and replace 450 legacy thermostats at the building with Cypress Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats and Green Box Controllers connected via mesh network to the building's main control system. The upgrade is expected to cut energy costs related to heating and cooling by 25 pct and also reduce facility maintenance costs.

    Universal mCloud uses artificial intelligence and analytics to curb energy waste, maximize energy production and improve energy infrastructure primarily in the smart buildings, wind energy, power utilities and oil and gas. (Source: UniversalmCloud, Proactive Investors, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Universal mCloud, David Weinerth, Pres.,Smart Buildings, (604) 669-9973,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Universal mCloud,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Beko U.S. Earns 2019 ENERGY Star® Again (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY Star
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Bollingbrook, Illinois-based appliance manufacturer Beko U.S., Inc. reports receipt of its third consecutive ENERGY Star® Partner of the Year Award in the product brand owner category for its demonstrated energy efficiency best practices and proved organization-wide energy savings. The company was also recognized as ENERGY Star Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award, the highest honor bestowed to partners that have won consecutive ENERGY Star Partner of the Year awards.

    Beko U.S. is a subsidiary of Istanbul, Turkey-based Arcelik A.S., which earned "Climate A List Company -- Global 2017 Climate & Water Leadership Award" from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The company was rated AAA by MSCI Global Sustainability Index Series. Beko U.S., Inc. manufactures highly energy efficient home appliances. (Source: Beko U.S., Inc. PR, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Beko US Inc., , Hasan Ali Yardimci, Pres., Beko U.S., Inc.

    FacilityConneX Announces Intelligent Building Project (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In the Bay State, Plymouth-based FacilityConneX, a leading real-time facility data monitoring solution and service provider for increased operational efficiency, equipment optimization and energy savings, is reporting it will deliver its smart building technology to Dell Technologies campus in Hopkinton, Mass.

    The project will provide real-time monitoring, fault detection & diagnostics and ongoing monitoring-based commissioning for a 313,679 square foot building and its 600+ assets including chillers, boilers, and HVAC equipment. Built on Dell's IoT Edge Gateway and FacilityConneX's Intelligent Building Solution the upgrades will propel energy savings, sustain operational efficiency and increase occupancy comfort within Dell's facilities.

    FacilityConneX will take the lead in reporting measurements, verification of energy reduction and identification of energy conservation measures (ECMs) to Eversource. For additional cost savings, Dell Technologies will also work with local utility Eversource to evaluate energy conservation findings and identify additional incentives for the Company.

    FacilityConneX is a real-time data monitoring solution and service provider for building operators and facility managers looking to proactively enhance operational efficiency, IIoT equipment optimization and energy savings through ongoing commissioning, fault detection, diagnostics and advanced predictive analytics. The company creates customizable turnkey solutions for customers in the healthcare, industrial, commercial, higher education and water & wastewater markets. (Source: FacilityConnex, PR, 11 April, 2019) Contact: FacilityConnex, Mark Pipher, VP & GM, (508) 507-1426,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FacilityConneX,  Energy Efficiency,  

    dynaCERT Announces First Ontario Trucking Fleet Order (Ind Report)
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Toronto-headquartered dynaCERT Inc is reporting receipt of a purchase order from Ontario-based Newport Environmental Technologies for ten (10) HG145 units of its HydraGEN™ which enhances vehicle engine combustion and tracks greenhouse gas emissions.

    All vehicles that are to be outfitted with dynaCERT's HydraGEN Technology are highway tractors that on avergae consume 198,000 gpy of diesel fuel and produce over 2,000 tpy of GHGs.

    According to Newport's Trevor McCagherty, "This purchase is part of our overall strategy that is looking to transform single-use plastics into synthetic fuel to be used to power our fleet and lower our carbon footprint. Our team is familiar with the benefits provided by hydrogen enhanced combustion. HydraGEN™ Technology is particularly important to us as a proven catalyst which increases the burn rate while reducing emissions and improving torque and power. As the company continues to look at developing alternative fuel mixtures, HydraGEN Technology can enhance all our endeavors including in synthetic diesel as well as in biofuels. What becomes even more interesting is the ability of the patent-pending HydraGEN Technology to measure and track GHG reduction," McCagherty added.

    dynaCERT Inc. manufactures, distributes, and installs Carbon Emission Reduction Technology for use with internal combustion engines. The technology creates hydrogen and oxygen on-demand through electrolysis and supplies these through the air intake to enhance combustion, resulting in lower carbon emissions and greater fuel efficiency. (Source: dynaCERT Inc., PR 11 April, 2019) Contact: dynaCERT Inc. Jim Payne, CEO, (416) 766-9691 x 2,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News dynaCERT,  HydraGEN ,  CO2 Emissions,  

    GWEC Releases 2018 Global Wind Report (Ind. Report)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2019-04-12
    The Brussels-headquartered Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has released its 14th annual report on the status of the global wind industry . The report provides a comprehensive overview of the global industry in more than 90 countries, 30 of which have more than 1,000 MW of installed wind i and 9 countries with more than 10,000.

    GWEC is a member-based and member-funded organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organisations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: GWEC, Website, April, 2019) Contact: GWEC, Ben Backwell, CEO, Deny Tenenblat, Director of Business Development, +32 477 19 05 87,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Wind Energy Council ,  Wind,  

    Worldwide Wind Turbine Mapping Project Well Underway (Ind Report)
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Cloud-based renewable energy market intelligence expert IntelStor is touting a unique wind-turbine mapping project which seeks to map the geo-locations of every wind turbine in the world. To date the project has completed the mapping of 107,902 out of 355,793 onshore and offshore wind turbines across in 38 countries. THE project is intended to "clean up" data that has been provided by governments and industry trade association and increase the precision in the data sets, according to Windpower Engineering & Development.

    By removing inaccuracies from data sets, this allows for greater accuracy in global market statistics. More specifically, the inaccuracies have been removed from data sets that include the U.S. Geological Survey and Federal Aviation Administration database in the U.S., WindStats data sets in the Netherlands, the Danish Energy Agency master data register, and INEGI in Portugal. (Source: IntelStor, Hydrogen Fuel News, 11 April, 2019) Contact: IntelStor,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

    Amazon Employees for Climate Justice Submit Open Letter to Jeff Bezos, Amazon Board of Directors (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Date: 2019-04-12
    "To Jeff Bezos and Board of Directors:

    "We, the undersigned 4,520 Amazon employees, ask that you adopt the climate plan shareholder resolution and release a company-wide climate plan that incorporates the principles outlined in this letter.

    "Amazon has the resources and scale to spark the world's imagination and redefine what is possible and necessary to address the climate crisis. We believe this is a historic opportunity for Amazon to stand with employees and signal to the world that we're ready to be a climate leader.

    "Climate change is an existential threat. The 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report predicts that a warming of 2 degree C, which we're currently on track to surpass, will threaten the lives of hundreds of millions of people and put thousands of species at risk of extinction. We're already seeing devastating climate impacts: unprecedented flooding in India and Mozambique, dry water wells in Africa, coastal displacement in Asia, wildfires and floods in North America, and crop failure in Latin America. Vulnerable communities least responsible for the climate crisis are already paying the highest price.

    "Amazon's leadership is urgently needed. We're a company that understands the importance of thinking big, taking ownership of hard problems, and earning trust. These traits have made Amazon a top global innovator but have been missing from the company's approach to climate change. For example: We (Amazon) haven't disclosed a company-wide plan to reach zero carbon emissions within the timeline required; Shipment Zero only commits to net carbon reductions; We have an AWS for oil & gas initiative devoted to helping fossil fuel companies accelerate and expand oil and gas extraction; We donate to climate-delaying legislators (Amazon has joined a variety of sustainability organizations like the Corporate Eco Forum and the American Council on Renewable Energy, we donated to 68 members of congress in 2018 who voted against climate legislation 100 pct of the time) ; and our sustainability goals lack context. "For example, we've set a goal of at least 50 solar installations in warehouse facilities by 2020. This represents only 6 pct of buildings in our global fulfillment network and a fraction of our overall carbon footprint .

    "Our customer obsession requires climate obsession. This necessitates an immediate company-wide plan addressing climate change that demonstrates the following principles: Public goals and timelines consistent with science and the IPCC report ; A complete transition away from fossil fuels rather than relying on carbon offsets; Prioritization of climate impact when making business decision; Reduction of harm to the most vulnerable communities first; Advocacy for local, federal, and international policies; Fair treatment of all employees during climate disruptions and extreme weather events.

    "In our mission to become 'Earth's most customer-centric company,' we believe our climate impact must be a top consideration in everything we do. We have the power to shift entire industries, inspire global action on climate, and lead on the issue of our lifetimes. We ask that you, as leaders responsible for our strategic direction, adopt the climate plan resolution and release a company-wide plan that incorporates the six principles above." (Source: Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  

    NEC Confirms New Chinese Energy Storage Projects (Ind Report)
    NEC Energy Solutions
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Westborough, Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES) has announced 24 MW of new energy storage systems in China.

    Through its exclusive distributor in China, Puxing Energy, NEC is commissioning two, 9-MW projects for Ray Power in in Ordos City, Neimongol Province and Tanshan City, Hebei Province. Ray Power will own and operate systems which will provide frequency regulation for the the Hang-Jin and Feng-Run power plants. NEC reports it was also awarded a 6-MW project by Ray Power which is currently under construction in Puzhou City, Shanxi Province. It is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

    NEC Energy Solutions designs, manufactures, and integrates smart energy storage solutions for the electric grid, behind the meter, and critical power applications. The company's scalable distributed energy storage and control systems provide greater grid stability and flexibility to the benefit of both providers and users of electricity, according to the company. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, Daily Energy Insider, 11 April, 2019)Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fludder, CEO, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions ,  

    Acciona Supplying Renewable Energy to Unilever Spain (Int'l)
    Acciona Energia
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Spanish renewable energy firm Acciona Energia is reporting the renewal of its clean energy supply contract with Unilever in Spain. The company will supply around 18GWh of 100 pct certified renewable energy during 2019.

    (Source: Acciona, Power Tech. 11 April, 2019) Contact: ACCIONA Energia,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona Energia,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  Wind,  

    Notable Quote -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel Talks Carbon Tax
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-04-12
    "We would be ignorant if we did not include the latest reports in our considerations [...] We have regulatory law as an option, we have fiscal incentive measures, and we have general CO2 pricing, which we are looking at but for which we have not yet decided. We will, however, include them (in our climate cabinet's further discussions)" -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Merkel's government is under pressure to complete measures and legislation that will ensure greenhouse gas reductions of 55 pct by 2030, so as to avoid target failure and costly payments for emission allocations under the EU effort sharing regulation. To that end, the government is exploring the introduction of a CO2 tax. (Source: Various Media, Clean Energy Wire, 11 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    Notable Quote -- JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon's Thoughts on "Green"
    JP Morgan Chase
    Date: 2019-04-12
    "So here's my view: Is that we don't -- at JPMorgan we have risk committees, and green stuff. And we're going to be 100 percent green ourselves. We're very careful who we do -- how we do it. I didn't pick it up because it's hard to have a policy around that. So here's my own view, OK, is that I believe that this carbon dividend, carbon tax -- which some of you may have seen George Shultz and Jim Baker and, like, eight secretaries of state, former secretary of trade signed onto it. I think it's brilliant. And that is the solution. And so I personally would support something like that. And the company may say we support proper policy to start reducing CO2. I do think it's an issue." -- Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO, JP Morgan Chase

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

    Shining Cities 2019 Report Lists Top U.S. Solar Cities (Ind. Report)
    Environment Texas Research & Policy Center
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In the Lone Star State, the Austin-based Environment Texas Research & Policy Center's recently released Shining Cities 2019 report notes that the United States' solar capacity has rapidly expanded to more than 60 gigawatts of installed capacity -- that's enough to power one in every 11 homes nationwide. The report also notes the amount of solar presently installed in just 20 cities outpaces the total amount of solar capacity in the United States in 2010. The amount of cities with more than 50 watts per capita installed has jumped from eight in 2013 to 23 in 2018.

    The Environment Texas report shows Los Angeles has the most capacity of any city, with 419.9 megawatts installed. It also has the potential to install a staggering 5.4 gigawatts on small buildings around the city, which would transform it into a production powerhouse. Other leading solar city include Burlington, Vermont; Las Vegas, Nevada, Honolulu, Hawaii, San Antonio, Texas, and Washington, DC.

    Download the Shining Cities 2019 report HERE. (Source: Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. April, 2019) Contact: Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. (512) 479-0388, www.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    BIG's Ince Woody Biomass Power Plant Operational in UK (Int'l)
    Bioenergy Infrastructure Group
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In the UK, Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG) reports its Ince Bio Power plant in Ince, Cheshire has completed test and is now fully operational.

    The 21.5 MW plant, which processes up to 170,000 tpy of waste wood to generate low carbon energy, produces sufficient electric power for more than 40,000 homes. The plant will deliver a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions worth around 65,000 tpy of CO2, the equivalent of taking more than 40,000 cars off the road.

    BIG also owns and operates energy from waste wood biomass plants in Birmingham, Northern Ireland and Widnes and has projects under development in Hull, Lanark in Scotland and Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire. (Source: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, PR, LesProm, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, Alex Young, Project Dev., +44 118 929 8350,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Infrastructure Group,  Woody Biomass,  Waste Wood,  ,  

    Nigerian Cassava Ethanol Project to Engage 4,000 Growers (Int'l)
    Nigeria,Cassava Ethanol
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In Nigeria, the Ondo State Government reports it will engage more than 4,000 regional farmers in its cassava to ethanol project. To date, the government has signed ten MoUs with various different organizations and relevant stakeholders have been engaged to help meet the 146,000 tpy of cassava feedstock needed for the ethanol plant which is being partially funded by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Bank of Agriculture and other national and foreign partners. (Source: Ondo State Government, PR, Nigeria News, 11 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cassava Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

    Increased Biofuel Storage Capacity Slated for Rotterdam (Int'l)
    HES Botlek Tank Terminal
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In the Netherlands, HES Botlek Tank Terminal (HBTT) reports it has inked an agreement with SJR Tank Construction for six biofuel storage tanks at the Port of Rotterdam.

    The storage tanks each have a capacity of 3400 m3, a diameter of 12 m and are 30 m in height. The first four tanks are currently being constructed in the conditioned production hall at the RDM site in Rotterdam and will be followed quickly by the final two tanks. The completely finished tanks will then be transported by water and installed in the foundations at HBTT in Botlek.

    The new project follows their 2017 partnership in which seven fully-assembled tanks with a joint capacity of 70 000 m3 were delivered. HBTT is the first terminal in the Netherlands to hold the ISO 28001 certificate. (Source: HES Botlek Tank Terminal, PR, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 11 April 2019) Contact: HES Botlek Tank Terminal, Charles Smissaert, General Manager, +31 71 302 0141,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  

    CRI Granted €1.8M for CO2-to-Methanol Tech (Funding)
    Carbon Recycling International
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In Iceland, Carbon Recycling International (CRI) is reporting receipt of €1.8-million ($2.0 million) in grant funding under the EU Horizon 2020 Research Programme to increase the scale of its CO2-to-methanol technology, marketed under the trademark Emissions-to-Liquids (ETL). The funding will help CRI advance the commercialization of its CO2-to-methanol technology in large scale production plants.

    CRI developed the ETL technology to produce low-carbon intensity methanol from CO2 and hydrogen and operates the first production facility of its kind in Iceland. The company is currently developing commercial projects based on the ETL technology with partners in Europe and China. The technology allows partners to valorise CO2 and hydrogen from waste streams or electrolysis as a chemical feedstock or liquid fuel. (Source: Carbon Recycling International, Green Car Congress, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Carbon Recycling International, Tel. 00354 527 7000.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  CO2,  

    EU Reports Renewable Energy Roll-out Slowdown (Int'l Report)
    EU,Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-04-10
    The European Commission (EC) is reporting that the 28 member trading block is still "on track" towards achieving its goal of 20 pct of 2020 energy coming from renewables, primarily because of its pre-2014 progress.

    The EC also noted "the pace of increase of the renewable energy share has slowed down" and increases in absolute energy consumption has lowered the renewable share in 2017 in seven EU states. In France, Ireland, Poland and elsewhere, "additional efforts" were needed. (Source: EC, EU Observer, 9 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU,  Rnewable Energy,  

    Minn. Renewables Mandate Priced at $80Bn through 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Following up on our 25th March coverage of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz' pledge to make his state's electricity sources 50 pct reliant on renewable energy by 2030, a new study from the American Experiment think tank contends that the governor's mandate would cost Gopher State taxpayers an additional $80.2 billion through 2050 compared to 2016 projected costs.

    The 50 pct renewable energy plan would increase electricity prices by 40 pct compared to November 2018 prices, 75 pct and 50 pct more than both nuclear energy scenarios, according to the American Experiment. Under the ACE rule change, electricity costs would be reduced by 3.8 pct. These costs translate to higher electric bills for Minnesota households, up to $375 every year, or a 32 pct increase compared to 2017, the study found. Building and maintaining an electric grid to accommodate the renewable energy push would cost each Minnesota household an average of $1,200 per year, relative to 2016 prices, the analysis found.

    According to a report by Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC), the proposed 50 percent renewable energy plan also fails a cost-benefit analysis. It costs more to reduce one metric ton of carbon dioxide to provide reliable electricity using wind and solar, the analysis found. (Source: American Experiment, Minn. PUC, Minnesota WatchDog, 6 April, 2019) Contact: American Experiment, (612) 338-3605,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz,  Renewable Energy,  Minnesota Renewable Energy,  

    Pa. Gov. Supports GHG Cap-and-Trade Petition Study (Ind. Report)
    Penna. Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-04-10
    In Harrisburg, the office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) reports the governor favors a formal study of a petition calling for the Keystone State to impose a cap-and-trade program that would make Pennsylvania carbon neutral by 2052. The governor has not, however, come out in support or opposition to the petition itself, or to a state cap-and-trade program.

    The roughly 400-page petition is scheduled for a preliminary vote April 16 before a 20-member environmental rulemaking board that includes several Wolf appointees. A positive vote would allow the Wolf administration's Department of Environmental Protection to study the petition and decide whether to recommend it for a rulemaking process, which requires another vote.

    The petition seeks to require polluters to buy permits for each ton of carbon they release. (Source: Office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, York Dispatch, AP, 6 Apr., 2019)Contact: Office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Ameren Missouri Offers 26 Energy-Efficiency Programmes (Ind Report)
    Ameren Missouri
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Ameren Missouri electric is reporting the launch of 26 new residential and business energy efficiency programs backed by $120 million in incentives and rebates to help customers reduce energy usage, and cut down their bills. The utility also announced a total of $50 million allocated for income-eligible customers and social services agencies.

    Ameren Missouri expects to invest $226 million over the life of the energy efficiency programmes, which in turn would provide $592 million in benefits for customers.

    The utility's new Peak Time Savings program offers customers a $50 sign-up bonus and an additional $25 every summer for participating in the scheme, while other programs encourage the purchase of new energy-efficient equipment.

    In addition to new energy efficiency programmes to help customers save, the power company recently announced Smart Energy Plan, which includes a freeze on base electric rates until April 2020 and rate caps to limit the size of any future rate increases. (Source: Ameren Missouri, Smart Energy, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Matt Forck, Assistant VP Economic Development and Energy Solutions, Tara Oglesby, VP Customer Experience,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  

    USGBC Launches LEED v4.1 for City, Community Projects (Ind Report)
    Date: 2019-04-10
    The Washington, DC-headquartered US Green Building Council (USGBC) reports the availability of its new LEED v4.1 LEED green building program for cities, communities and homes.

    The updated rating system is designed to make the decision to implement LEED easier for residential projects and revitalize our approach to the housing market. Through a streamlined and simple approach, LEED credits that have a higher value to home owners and residents are prioritized, such as health and well-being improved comfort, energy and water savings, green and healthy materials. Options have also been added to existing LEED credits that lower both hard and soft costs to achieve certification. And recognizing the unique circumstances of international projects, LEED v4.1 Residential is also now more applicable to international projects.

    For the LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities rating systems, LEED v4.1 expands on the earlier performance based approach to deliver a comprehensive framework to support plan, design, operation and performance management phases of both new and existing cities and communities. The rating systems align with all the UN Sustainable Development Goals and incorporate leadership standards and best practices from complementary systems, like the previously integrated STAR Community Rating System, as well as the PEER, TRUE, EDGE and SITES programs. More than 90 cities and communities around the world, representing more than 45 million people, are LEED-certified based on several factors, including water efficiency, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, materials and resources, quality of life, innovation and regional priorities. (Source: USGBC, PR, April, 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

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