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Tesla Constructing 1.9 MW Solar Array in Maryland (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-04-01
Electric Vehile industry leader and Tesla Power Pack energy storage manufacturer Tesla reports it is building a solar array on top of a Frederick County, Maryland landfill.

The solar panels are expected generate up to 1.9 MW of power -- sufficient for about 10 county buildings and roughly 20 pct of the county's overall need under the terms of a 20-year PPA with Tesla. (Source: Tesla, WFMD, 31 Mar., 2019) Contact: Tesla, Tesla Power Pack,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Solar,  

Irish SMEs Claim They Can Do More in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Date: 2019-03-29
In a recently released survey, the Dublin-headquartered Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) notes Irish firms believe they have a role in tackling climate change but highlight the lack of time and funding as the biggest obstacles to fulfilling that role. Even so, 20 pct of the SMEs surveyed believe they've done all that they could.

The SME sector in Ireland spends more than €2 billion per year on energy, of which 10 pct can be readily saved through good energy management practices, energy efficient lighting, as well as efficient heating and air conditioning an other measures, according to SEAI. (Source: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Irish Times, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, +353 1 808 2100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

California ARB Reports Cap-and Trade Cash Investments (Funding)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2019-03-29
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) just released its annual report analyzing last year's investments made from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF.) The fund receives money from the state cap-and-trade program, which caps greenhouse gas emissions and auctions off "pollution credits" to industries.

In 2018, the GGRF invested $1.4 billion in various projects to reduce the effects of climate change in California communities. That was about double the amount spent in 2017. Since the program began in 2012, it has invested $3.4 billion in projects that are either completed or under way, with a total of $9.3 billion in the pipeline.

CARB estimates that the investments will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 37 million metric tons, about what would be produced by burning four billion gallons of diesel fuel, or "roughly equivalent to taking eight million cars off the road for a year." Cumulatively, last year's investments in energy efficiency are expected to save enough energy to power 15,000 homes for a year.

The report estimates GGRF investments are reducing greenhouse gas emissions at an average cost of about $75 per metric ton. The report lists details on how much has been invested in each GGRF program and highlights examples of what those investments are. Many are being built, but many more are in some planning stage and their full effect will not be felt for a number of years. For example, GGRF investments in the clean transportation sector include:

  • Community clean air grants, which help communities identify and evaluate air pollution sources;
  • Several programs for replacing polluting vehicles, including agricultural and freight vehicles and buses, and a program to replace rural school buses with electric vehicles;
  • Clean mobility options such as electric car-share, bike-share, and vanpool options in disadvantaged communities or for agricultural workers;
  • Support for transit including high-speed rail and the Intercity Rail Capital Program, which is helping transit and rail agencies modernize and update their systems and equipment;
  • The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program that funds interconnected transportation and housing projects to reduce car use.

    Cumlative Project Outcomes include: 10,000 home energy efficiency projects; 3,200 affordable housing units under contract; 500,000 acres of land preserved of restored; 50,000 trees planted in urban areas; 343,000 individual projects funded; 462 transit agency projects funded; and 67 pct of funding for projects benefitting priority communities ($1.5 billion)

    Download the California Air Resources Board Greenhouse Gas Fund expeditures report HERE. (Source: CARB, StreetsBlog, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990,,; CARB California Climate Investments, (800) 757-2907,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  California Cap-and-Trade,  

  • "The Donald" Talks Wind -- Notable Quotes
    Date: 2019-03-29
    "You look at the fact that we would have been powered by wind which wouldn't have worked by the way because it only blows sometimes and lots of problems come about."

    "You can blow up a pipeline, you can blow up the windmills. You know, the windmills, [makes a shooting gun noise] That's the end of that one. If the birds don't kill it first. The birds could kill it first. They (windmills) kill so many birds. You look underneath some of those windmills, it's like a killing field, the birds. But uh, you know, that's what they were going to, they were going to windmills. And you know, don't worry about wind, when the wind doesn't blow, I said, 'What happens when the wind doesn't blow?’ Well, then we have a problem." -- U.S Pres. Donald Trump. (Source: Factbase,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Donald Trump,  

    Hawaii PUC Oks Six Solar-plus-Battery Storage Projects (Ind Report)
    Maui Electric,Hawaii Electric Light
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In Honolulu, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) -- Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light -- are reporting the Hawaiiian Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has given the nod to six grid-scale solar-plus-battery storage projects, the largest and lowest-cost portfolio of renewable energy resources to be assembled at one time in the Aloha State.

    Two projects on Hawaii Island, three on Oahu and one on Maui will add 247 MW of solar energy with almost 1 GWh of storage. Each project is coupled with battery storage that can store four hours of energy. Together, the six projects can provide sufficient energy for 105,000 homes per year.

    Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light presently have more than 500 MW of renewable energy under contract in addition to nearly 80,000 privately owned rooftop systems in operation. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, Big Island Now, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Hawaiian Electric,  Solar,  Maui Electric,  Hawaii Electric Light,  

    EU Parliamentarians Back New Vehicle CO2 Emissions Limits (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Meeting in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and Eurepean Union (EU) ministers are reporting agreement on a 37 pct higher target to reduce EU fleet-wide emissions for new cars by 2030, compared to the European Commission's (EC) proposed 30 pct target. The legislation also sets a 31 pct CO2 reduction target for new vans by 2030.

    The new legislation demands that the full life-cycle of emissions from cars should be assessed at EU level. The Commission will also have to consider a common methodology for the assessment and consistent data reporting, by no later than 2023. If appropriate, legislation should follow.

    Transport is the only sector in the EU that did not record any significant decline in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 1990. Figures from the European Environment Agency show that of all means of transport in the EU, road transport generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions -pct of the EU's total GHG emissions. (Source: European Parliament News, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: EP News, +32 2 28 40922,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU Parliament,  Vehicle Emissions,  Transportation Emissions,  

    Britain's GHG Emissions Down Again in 2018 (Int'l Report)
    UK Emissions
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In London, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is reporting Britain's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions dropped by 3 pct in 2018. The drop is largely credited to six consecutive years of declining coal consumption for power generation.

    Output of heat-trapping gases in Britain, Europe's second-largest emitter behind Germany, fell to 449 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). data from the showed. Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas blamed for climate change, fell by 2 percent to 364 million tonnes. (Source: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Reuters, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

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

    BP $100M Fund Looking to Reduce Upstream Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-03-29
    London-headquartered oil giant BP plc is touting its $100 million Upstream Carbon Fund designed to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its upstream oil and natural gas operations and to generate "sustainable emissions reductions" across its operations.

    In 2018, BP set near-term and specific CO2 reduction targets in an initiative aimed at advancing an "energy transition" from long-term use of fossil fuels and to cut an estimated 3.5 million metric tons (mmt) of emissions from operations between 2016 and 2025. Between 2016 and 2018, the company estimated it had generated 2.5 mmt of sustainable emissions reductions throughout its businesses.

    The new Upstream Carbon Fund is additional to the estimated $500 million a year spent by BP on low carbon investments, venturing activities and its alternative energy business. (Source: BP, NGI 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: BP,

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

    Notable Quote
    Date: 2019-03-29
    "Coal is indestructible" -- U.S. President Donald Trump

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

    CCT Launches Thermal Energy Battery in Australia (New Prod & Tech)
    CCT Energy Storage
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In the Land Down Under, Lonsdale-based CCT Energy Storage reports it has unveiled the world's first working Thermal Energy Battery (TEB)that accepts any form of electrical input to convert and store energy as latent heat. The company also noted it will supply at least 10 thermal battery units to commercial customers this year, with production expected to increase to more than 200 units by 2020.

    TEB stores electrical energy as thermal energy by heating and melting a unique phase change material. The energy is stored at more than 12 times the density of a lead acid battery, before being extracted by thermic generator to provide electricity as needed. Readily scalable, TEB will be used to power remote communities, commercial businesses, telecommunications networks and transport systems.

    TEB production will begin immediately with European energy partner MIBA Group to exclusively manufacture and distribute TEB to Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. (Source: CCT Energy Storage, Grain Central, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: CCT Energy Storage, Serge Bondarenko, CEO, +61 8 8384 5764,

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

    Ashok Leyland Corp. Office Scores LEED Platinum (Int'l)
    Ashok Leyland
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Chennai, India-based, Hinduja Group's Ashok Leyland, one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in India, reports it has been awarded LEED v4.1 Buildings Operations & Maintenance Platinum certification for its corporate HQ office building. LEED v4.1 is the newest version of the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

    Ashok Leyland is the first office in India and fourth in the world to receive LEED v4.1 Platinum certification. (Source: Ashok Leyland, Reality Fact, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: Ashok Leyland,, US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

    Eni Pilot Explores Wave Energy in the Adriatic (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Rome-headquartered, state-owned Italian oil and gas major Eni New Energy SpA reports the installation of a unit that can produce energy from sea waves in a pilot program that could be spread to offshore oil platforms being phased out.

    The pilot plant, which was installed about 90 miles south of Venice along the Adriatic Sea, has a "peak power output of 51 kW" and has been integrated into "the world's only hybrid smart grid wave energy system featuring photovoltaics and energy storage," according to a company statement.

    According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM} the U.S. wave energy resource potential along the outer continental shelf stands at 2,640 TWh per year, of which 1,170 TWh/yr are recoverable -- 1 TWh/yr of energy will supply around 93,850 average U.S. homes with power annually. (Source: Eni New Energy SpA, World News, 28 Mar., 2019)Contact: Eni New Energy SpA, +39 06 598 21, +39 06 598 22141 - fax,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Wave Energy,  

    Enel Green Power NA Acquires Tradewind Energy (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Enel Green Power North America,Tradewind Energy,Wind
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Italy's Enel S.p.a, through its U.S. renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power North America is reporting the purchase of Lenexa, Kansas-based renewable developer Tradewind Energy, Inc. 13 GW of wind, solar, and storage projects located throughout the U.S.

    Following the acquisition, Enel agreed to the sale of Savion, LLC, a 100 pct subsidiary of Tradewind that includes a development platform including 6 GW of solar and storage projects to Macquarie Group.( Source: Enel, Windpower, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Georgios Papadimitriou, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900,; Tradewind Energy Inc., Justin McGeeney, (913) 888-9463,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Macquarie,  Enel Green Power North America,  Wind,  Tradewind Energy,  

    BioCarburante Florida Biorefinery Project Wins Support (Ind Report)
    BioCarburante Company
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In the Sunshine State, the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday lent support to the Wisconsin-headquartered BioCarburante Company's (TBIOCC) planned $450 million biofuel plant in Gulf County.

    The plant would convert 2,000 tpd of woody biomass, wood waste and forest residue into synthetic gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel through a thermo-catalytic conversion.

    The plant would convert 2,000 tpd of woody biomass, wood waste and forest residue into synthetic gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel through a thermo-catalytic conversion.

    The Board of Commissioners would support TBIOCC's pre-application for a $25 million grant from Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc., the entity established to disburse $1.5 billion in BP fine dollars into eight Northwest Florida counties. The Board of Commissioners would also facilitate acquisition of 116-acre site for the biorefinery. (Source: BioCarburante Company, Port of St.Joe Star, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: BioCarburante Company, Larry Hess, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  

    DOE to Award $130Mn for Solar Technologies R&D (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-03-29
    The U.S. DOE reports it will award up to $130 million for research to technologies to advance solar energy. This program targets five research areas including photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), soft costs reduction, innovations in manufacturing, and solar systems integration. The funding program is seeking advancements to make solar energy more affordable, reliable, and secure.

    Of the total, the DOE will award $26 million in funding for photovoltaics, $33 million for concentrating solar-thermal power, $17 million for soft costs reduction, $10 million for innovations in manufacturing, and $44 million for solar systems integration.(Source: US DOE, Energy Insider, 28 Mar., 2019) ContactL US DOE,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  US DOE,  PV,  

    Floating Wind Pilot Project Wins €4Mn Funding (Int'l, Funding)
    X1 Wind
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Barcelona-based X1 Wind reports it will lead a consortium of nine partners that will develop a floating wind projectb that has been granted €4 million by the EU Commission Horizon 2020 finance. The pilot will deploy a prototype of X1 Wind's PivotBuoy technology at a test site at the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN). The prototype is expected to be installed by 2020.

    The group aims to unlock cost competitive floating wind energy through the innovative structure, which it claims can reduce platform weight by as much as 80 pct and costs by 50 pct, according to the company. Ultimately, the consortium hopes to make floating wind more competitive and achieve prices of 50€/MWh in commercial scale wind farms. said: “In the last decade, a number of prototypes have successfully proven floating wind is technically feasible but costs need to be reduced by at least 50%. Technology disruption is required to achieve large-scale competitive floating offshore wind. “Together with a consortium of nine cutting edge research and development institutions and industry partners, we plan to demonstrate the advantages of our innovative PivotBuoy system.” (Source: X1 Wind, EnergyLive 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: X1 Wind, Alex Raventos, CEO,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Floating Wind,  

    SG AGRO Doubling Biomass Pellet Production in 2019 (Int'l Report)
    KSG Agro
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In the Ukraine, biomass pellet producer KSG Agro reports it's plant modernization pprogram is well underway and expected to be complete before the year end. The upgrades will double the plant's production capacity for pellets from sunflowers and agricultural waste materials to 2,000 tpy.

    In 2017-2018 KSG Agro installed nine biofuel boiler houses with a total capacity of 8.35 MW, which produce more than 1,000 Gcal of heat per 160-day heating (160 days). (Source: KSG Argo, Ukraine Open for Business, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: KSG Agro, +380 56 787 07 31, +380 56 787 07 32,,

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

    IUB OK's Alliant Energy Efficiency Program Cuts (Ind. Report)
    Alliant,Iowa Utilities Board
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Meeting in Des Moines earlier this week, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) reported it approved the energy efficiency plans for Black Hills Energy, Liberty Utilities as well as Alliant Energy's 5-year, $237.6 million strategy for energy efficiency and demand response offerings.

    Alliant's plan, which will be available as of 1 April, will help save customers $180 million over 5 years will be followed by a reduction in energy efficiency charges starting with June bills. Alliant's total efficiency budget under the plan is approximately $126.6 million for electric energy efficiency programs, $16.2 million for natural gas efficiency. add $94.8 million for demand response programs.

    The IUB permitted Alliant to alter the incentives it provides for large commercial and industrial peak reduction, including reducing a monthly credit, but rejected a proposal to increase penalties for program participants who do not reduce demand. (Source: Iowa Utilities Board, Alliant, Utility Dive, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Iowa Utilities Board, (515) 725-7300,; Alliant Energy Corp.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant,  Energy Efficiency,  Demand Response ,  

    CellCube Secures $10Mn in Debenture Financing (Funding)
    CellCube Energy Storage
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Toronto, Ontario-based CELLCUBE ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS INC. reports its intention to complete a non-brokered financing of up to $10,000,000, with an over-allotment option of $5,000,000, principal amount secured convertible debentures. The Debentures will be sold in units of $1,000 in Canadian and US Dollar increments.

    CellCube supplies vertically integrated energy storage systems to the power industry under the subsidiary company, Enerox GmbH, the developer and manufacturer of CellCube energy storage systems. CellCube's other related subsidiaries are EnerCube Switchgear Systems and Power Haz Energy Mobile Solutions Inc. The Company has also invested in an online renewable energy financing platform, Braggawatt Energy Inc.

    CellCube develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage systems on the basis of vanadium redox flow technology and has over 136 project installations and a 10 year operational track record. Its highly integrated energy storage system solutions features 99 pct residual energy capacity after 11,000 cycles (cycling daily for 28 years) and larger scale containerized modules. Basic building blocks consist of a CellCube unit family with 4, 6 and 8 hours variation in energy capacity, according to the company. (Source: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., PR, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: CellCube Energy, Stefan Schauss, CEO , Glenda Kelly, Inv. Communications, (800) 882-3213,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellcube,  Energy Storage,  vanadium redox flow ,  

    Quebec's Support for RNG Lauded (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Qubec's largest natural gas distributor Energir -- formerly known as Gaz Metro -- is applauding the adoption of the regulation respecting the quantity of renewable natural gas (RNG) to be delivered by a distributor, as announced by the Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources.

    The provincial regulation establishes a governing framework for one of the objectives of the 2030 Energy Policy Action Plan. The new regulation sets the minimum quantity of RNG produced in Quebec and to be injected by a natural gas distributor at 1 pct of the total quantity of natural gas the distributor distributes as of 2020, progressively increasing to 5 pct in 2025.

    According to a recent study, the province has the technical and economic production potential to replace two-thirds of the natural gas currently distributed in Quebec with RNG by 2030. (Source: Energir, PR, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Energir, Sophie Brochu, Pres., CEO, (855) 393-1313

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  

    Minn. Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grants Available (Funding)
    Minnesota for the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture reports applications are being accepted for Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant funding. The funding is to support advancing bioenergy or biochemical production technologies beyond "bench" or proof-of-concept scale toward commercial scale, through construction and operation of a pilot plant.

    To that end, the state program plans to award up to a total of $150,000 in fiscal year 2019. Up to 50 pct of project costs can be covered by the grant program, with a maximum possible award of $150,000.

    The grant program requires funding be used for equipment needed to achieve the goals of the project implementation, or wages, software or other expenses necessary to advance the grant project's work plan.

    Download grant details HERE. (Source: Minn, Dept. of Agriculture, PR, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Minn. Dept. of Agriculture, Kevin Hennesy, (651) 201-6223,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biochemical,  

    DOE Offering $28Mn for Wind Energy Research (Funding Report)
    US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE is reporting the availability of as much as $28.1 million in funding aimed at advancing wind energy nationwide across the land-based, offshore, and distributed wind sectors. Areas of interest under this funding opportunity include:
  • Using and Upgrading National-level Facilities for Offshore Wind R&D -- up to $7 million. Projects will conduct testing in support of innovative offshore wind research and development utilizing existing national-level testing facilities. A subtopic is included for projects that upgrade the capabilities of existing facilities to enable them to perform specific research activities.

  • Project Development for Offshore Wind Technology Demonstrations -- up to $10 million. This area of interest will fund supplemental project development activities to enable demonstration of innovative technologies and/or methodologies that reduce offshore wind energy risk and cost, at planned U.S. offshore wind plants that will be operational no later than 2025.

  • Tall Towers for U.S. Wind Power -- up to $5 million. Taller wind turbine towers can enable access to higher wind speeds, thereby increasing energy capture and reducing cost, but continued economies of scale are currently limited by transportation constraints. A project under this area of interest will validate manufacturing innovations and demonstrate cost-effective tall tower technology that can overcome the transportation constraints currently hindering U.S. wind turbine towers over 140 meters.

  • Wind Innovations for Rural Economic Development (WIRED) -- up to $6.1 million. Projects will support rural electric utilities and communities through two subtopics:1. Development of distributed wind integrated with other distributed energy resource solutions 2. simplification of distributed energy project development through standardized solutions and technical assistance.

    Concept papers for this funding opportunity are due April 25 and full applications are due June 15. Details and application requirements can be found on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange website

    Additional information on the DOE's wind energy research can be found on the Wind Energy Technologies Office's website (Source: US DOE, Apr., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office,  

  • BCBN Seeking Biorefinery Market Analysis Contractor (Ind. Report)
    BC Bioenergy Network
    Date: 2019-03-29
    The government of British Columbia, through the CleanBC Plan, is committed to growing renewable fuels production to 650 million lpy and increasing the Low Carbon Fuel Standard to 20 pct by 2030.

    To that end, the B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources is considering what actions to take to meet these targets, including support for the commercial production of renewable and low-carbon fuels in the province, reducing B.C.'s reliance on imported feedstocks and expanding B.C.'s existing renewable fuel production industry. In order to meet the CleanBC renewable fuels targets, significantly more renewable feedstocks will need to be sourced from within B.C. and more renewable fuels will need to be produced here.

    To achieve this renewable fuel production commitment and help B.C. transition to a low-carbon economy, BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN) and the ministry are seeking a contractor to undertake a biorefinery market analysis outlining specific conditions required to attract major fuel producers to invest in building biorefineries in the province.

    The contractor will provide a comprehensive report on the economic, technical, social and environmental factors that will be necessary to accomplishing the aforementioned objectives, and will include a biorefinery market analysis of all relevant products for the North American and global market -- identification of the opportunities and potential barriers to their development. Analysis should include discussions on how the availability of feedstocks required in biorefinery production affect the economics of establishing the facilities.

    BC Biorefinery Investment RfP information and details HERE (Source: BCBN, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: BCBN, Dr. Scott Stanners, Executive Director (604) 889-4549,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BC Bioenergy Network ,  

    Wyoming Business Council Offers Energy Efficiency Grants (Funding)
    Wyoming Business Council
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In Cheyenne, the Wyoming Business Council's State Energy Office reports the availability of competitive federal grant funding for Wyoming local governments, public schools and small businesses seeking to improve their buildings energy efficiency while reducing utility costs. The grant funding will be split between the following programs:
  • Comprehensive Retrofit Grant -- Available to towns, cities and counties for improvements and retrofits like installing insulation; adding weather sealing; purchase of Energy Star or solar powered appliances; upgrades of showers and faucets; or replacement of boilers, hot water heaters, HVAC systems, windows and doors.

  • Retrofit Grant (LIGHTING ONLY) -- Available to towns, cities and counties to upgrade current lighting systems to energy-efficient systems, which may include occupancy controls and auto dimming according to natural light.

  • Public School Energy Improvement Retrofit Grant (LIGHTING ONLY) -- Available to K-12 public schools to upgrade current lighting systems to energy-efficient systems, which may include occupancy controls and auto dimming according to natural light.

  • Small Business Energy Audit/Retrofit Grant -- Small businesses, nonprofits and local governments are all encouraged to apply to the Small Business Energy Audit/Retrofit Grant Program. The program funds up to 75 pct of the cost of an energy audit and some energy efficiency improvements. Grants are not to exceed $5,000 to entities pursuing an energy audit and retrofits that were identified in the audit.

    Additional information and grant applications HERE. or email (Source: Wyoming Business Council, Jackson Hole Radio, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Wyoming Business Council, Sherry Hughes,, Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Chief Strategy Officer, (307) 777-6319,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wyoming Business Council,  

  • Notable Quotes
    Date: 2019-03-27
    "Despite major growth in renewables, global (transportation and power generation) emissions are still rising, demonstrating once again that more urgent action is needed on all fronts -- developing all clean energy solutions, curbing emissions, improving efficiency, and spurring investments and innovation, including in carbon capture, utilization and storage." -- Dr. Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director. Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fatih Birol,  IEA,  Emissions,  

    Global Bio-butanol 2018-26 Market Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Coherent Markets Insights' bio-butanol market report examines the bio-butanol industry and market is segmented by companies, region, type and applications, The report evaluates the growth rate and the market value based on market dynamics, growth inducing factors, industry news, opportunities, and trends. The report includes a comprehensive market analysis and vendor landscape in addition to a SWOT analysis of the key vendors.

    The report also discusses the key drivers influencing market growth, opportunities, the challenges and the risks faced by key players and the market as a whole. It also analyzes key emerging trends and their impact on present and future development.

    Download PDF Brochure of Bio-butanol Market Research Report HERE.

    Browse more detail information about Bio-butanol Market Report HERE. (Source: Coherent Market Insights, PR, NewsTender, 23 Mar., 2019) Contact: Coherent Markets Insights,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-butanol,  Butanol,  Biofuel,  

    Risen Energy Touted for Solar Tech. Leadership (Int'l Report)
    Risen Energy,NDRC
    Date: 2019-03-27
    In Beijing, the China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Finance, Customs Head Office, reports solar specialist Risen Energy has been included in its list of national enterprise technology centers in recognition of its competence in comprehensive competitiveness, technological innovation, and industrial leadership.

    In Sept. 2017, Risen Energy's high-efficiency twin-cell poly-silicon modules obtained China's Top Runner Tier 1 Certification signifying their technology leadership. Risen Energy is the world's first PV manufacturer to achieve the GW-scale mass production for bifacial AlOx passivated PERC technology. In Nov. 2018, Risen Energy's bifacial AlOx passivated PERC modules realized an average cell efficiency of 22.19 pct, with the maximum production line efficiency up to 22.51 pct. Risen is also the first PV manufacturer to accomplish mass production of 370W PERC bifacial dual-glass modules for "China Top Runner" projects. (Source: Risen Energy, PR, PV Mag., 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Risen Energy, Hong Wang, Pres.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Risen Energy,  Solar,  NDRC,  

    Asia Dominates Floating Solar Installations (Int'l Report)
    Floating Solar,World Economic Forum
    Date: 2019-03-27
    According to the World Economic Forum, of the world's top 1o floating solar installations, 4 are in China, 3 in Japan, 2 in South Korea and 1 in the UK. World floating solar output grew 100-fold from 2014 to 2018, with the world's first floating solar plant in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

    Floating solar is well suited to Asia where available land is limited but there are many hydroelectric dams with existing transmission infrastructure. China has just connected the world's largest floating solar plant at Anhui, which will generate almost 78,000 MW in its first year, while South Korea expects to complete what it claims will become the world's largest floating solar plant delivering 102.5 MW in 2020.

    The World Economic Forum, based in Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland, was founded in 1971 as a not-for-profit organization. It gained formal status in January 2015 under the Swiss Host-State Act, confirming the role of the Forum as an International Institution for Public-Private Cooperation. (Source: World Economic Forum, Mar., 2019) Contact: World Economic Forum,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Economic Forum,  Floating Solar,  Solar,  

    Covestro, Genomatica Partner on High-Performance Materials from Plants (Ind. Report, R&D)
    Covestro, Genomatica
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Leverhusen, Germany-headquartered materials manufacturer Covestro and San Diego-based biotechnology company Genomatica report they have joined forces in an initiative to reduce the use of fossil-based resources such as crude oil.. Using carbon from plants instead of fossil fuels would help reduce CO2 emissions and close the carbon loop in another move towards a circular economy.

    As part of their long-term partnership Genomatica will deploy its strengths in developing industrial-scale bioprocesses to produce widely-used chemicals. Covestro complements the collaboration with strong know-how in chemical process technology and application development. (Source: Genomatica, PR, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: Genomatica, Christophe Schilling, CEO, (858) 824-1771,,; Covestro, Stefan Paul Mechnig, +,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Covestro,  Genomatica,  

    Nordex Touts New 5MW Wind Turbine (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Nordex SE is reporting the launch of a new 5MW turbine, the third model in its Delta4000 platform.

    The N149/5.X can achieve a power output of 5.5MW while operating at a low sound power level, or in higher power modes where sound restrictions are not in place. The new turbine incorporates the same rotor blade, doubly-fed induction generator (DFIG) and exterior nacelle dimensions as in the N149/4.0-4.5, the first model announced in the Delta4000 platform, according to Nordex. (Source: Nordex, Windpower Monthly, Mar., 2019)Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind Turbine,  

    EDF to Develop 500MW Chinese Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l)
    EDF Group,China Energy Investment Corporation
    Date: 2019-03-27
    French energy giant EDF Group and Chinese utility China Energy Investment Corporation (CEI) are reporting an agreement under which EDF will develop two offshore wind projects totaling 500MW -- Dongtai 4 and 5 -- off the coast of Jiangsu province. The projects are expected to be commissioned in phases by 2021 and will be the EDF's first offshore projects in China.

    EDF Group subsidiary EDF Renouvelables has 5.3GW of offshore wind either in operation or in development, and maintains 500MW of this capacity, according to EDF. (Source: EDF Group. Various Media,, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: EDF Group, Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO,; China Energy Investment Corporation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Group,  Offshore Wind,  China Offshore Wind,  

    LEEDCo's Offshore Wind Passes Army Engineers Muster (Ind Report)
    Date: 2019-03-27
    In Cleveland, LEEDCo's long delayed 6-turbine, 21-MW Icebreaker Wind Inc. offshore wind energy project proposed for Lake Erie reports it has received the US Army Corps of Engineers approval for construction. The Army Corps of Engineers administers and enforces provisions of the Rivers and Harbors Act and the Clean Water Act.

    The $126 million Icebreaker project previously received approvals and permits from over a dozen local, state and federal agencies that have responsibility for environmental protection, but still requires the go-ahead from the US state of Ohio. If approved, construction could start in 2021, according to LEEDCo. (Source: LEEDCo. WCBE FM,, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEEDCo,  Offshore Wind,  

    2018 Global Carbon Emissions Hit Record High, says IEA (Int'l)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2019-03-27
    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 2018's extreme weather, increasing demand for energy and increased coal consumption combined to push global carbon emissions to a record high. Carbon emissions jumped 1.7 pct in 2018 to a record 33.1 billion tonnes, with coal making up one third of the total increase, despite energy generation from wind and solar farms growing at a double-digit pace. Most of the electricity generated by coal came from new power plants in Asia, according to the IEA's Global Energy and C02 Status Report.

    Coal use rose 0.7 pct in 2018 with higher demand for coal coming from Asian countries, including China and India. The pace of growth slowed down from the 4.5 per cent rise in coal use in 2017, although it still remains the largest source of electricity. Coal use accounted for 10 billion tonnes of carbon emissions in 2018, with China, India and the US accounting for 85 pct of the net increase in emissions. The 560-million-tonne increase in carbon emissions in 2018 was equivalent to total emissions from international aviation.

    In 2018, US GHG emissions increased by 3.1 pct, China's emissions climbed 2.5 pct and India's carbon emissions increased by 4.5 pct. The IEA notes that 2018's global energy consumption increased by 2.3 pct with fossil fuels accounting for 70 pct of the increase. (Source: IEA, Mar., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  International Energy Agency,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

    Indiana CCS Bill Clears State House (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
    Indiana Wabash Valley Resources,Department of Natural Resources.
    Date: 2019-03-27
    In Indianapolis, the Indiana House reports passage of a bill that would create an underground carbon storage (CCS) pilot program to store carbon dioxide underground is going back to the state Senate for approval.

    The original proposal would have allowed companies to store CO2 underground as long as they got consent from owners of about half the land. This current bill creates a pilot program that allows one company to take ownership of the land through eminent domain, subject to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources approval.

    Subject to the bills passage and final approval, Wabash Valley Resources LLC plans to construct an ammonia production facility in Terre Haute and store its CO2 emissions underground to reduce its carbon footprint. (Source: Indiana Department of Natural Resources, wfiu. NPR, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Indiana Department of Natural Resources, (317) 232-4200; Wabash Valley Resources, Todd Culwell, VP Corp. Affairs,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wabash Valley Resources,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Storage,  

    Growth Energy Calls for Rail Assistance During Midwest Flooding (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor called on the U.S. Department of Transportation to help expedite rail delivery of biofuels amid historic flooding. In her letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Skor wrote: "On behalf of Growth Energy, the nation's leading organization of biofuel producers and supporters, I write to you about a matter of utmost importance to not only to our industry, but to consumers across the country regarding the rail transportation of American-made biofuels.

    "It has been reported by several sources that ethanol supplies in several markets in the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest have become very tight and ethanol prices have risen in those markets because of the supply situation. Additionally, markets in Texas are now solely providing finished ethanol-free gasoline, usually sold at a cost of 20-40 cents higher than regular ethanol blended fuel, as a result of these supply disruptions.

    "This situation is not being caused by a lack of ethanol production or supply at the more than 200 ethanol facilities in the U.S. In fact, the logistics problems these plants face could force plants to reduce production as their storage capacity becomes fully utilized.

    "While we certainly understand and appreciate that these rail issues have been caused by the calamitous flooding currently occurring in the Midwest, it is imperative that all possible actions be taken by the nation's railroads to ensure that these critical fuel supplies are immediately prioritized and reach markets as quickly as possible. Further delays could not only impact our industry but could ultimately increase fuel costs for American drivers.

    "We would be happy to work with you and your staff to provide any further information you may need and to get biofuels into the hands of American drivers." (signed) Emily Skor (Source: Growth Energy ,PR, 22 Mar. 2019) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, Elizabeth Funderburk, (202) 545-4000,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Ethanol,  

    SODRA Earmarks €1.9Mn for Sustainable Transport Solutions (Int'l)
    Sodra,Silva Green Fuel
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Further to our April 11, 2018 coverage, Vaxjo, Sweden-based forest products and lumber producer cooperative SODRA reports it has earmarked €1.9 million to cover additional costs related to the development of fossil-free transport fuel solutions and to reach its 2016 fossil-free transportation targets by 2030.

    SODRA previously committed to investing in liquid biofuel production through its joint ventures SunPine and Norway's Silva Green Fuel, as well as by producing its own biomethanol. SunPine was first in the world to extract biodiesel from crude tall oil. (Source: SODRA, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sodra, Henrik Brodin, Project Mgr., +46 (0) 70 646 33 37,; SunPine, +46 911 23 28 00,; Silva Green Fuel, + 47 24 06 70 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Silva Green Fuel,  SunPine,  Clean Transportation Fuel,  Sodra,  Biofuel,  

    Universal mCloud, Britwind Offer Wind Turbines Upgrades (Int'l)
    mCloud Corp,Ecotricity
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Vancouver-headquartered Universal mCloud Corp. a provider of asset management solutions combining IoT, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, reports the inking of a wind turbine upgrade MoU with Ecotricity affiliate Britwind Ltd.

    Britwind is a full-service company in the small and medium-size wind segment with proven excellence in wind energy production, operations, and maintenance. In collaboration with Britwind partner Norwin Energy, Britwind has designed an upgrade to a fleet of over 1,000 Endurance E-series turbines, for which Ecotricity acquired IP rights in 2017 and addresses structural risks present in the installed fleet.

    Under their agreement, mCloud and Britwind will offer Britwind customers a subscription-based end-to-end turbine upgrade solution that includes mCloud's AI and analytics to enhance the operation of their wind turbines. (Source: Universal-mCloud Corp, PR, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Universal-mCloud,; Britwind, +44 (0) 1453 790 210,; Ecotricity, Dale Vance, Founder, +44 (0) 145 375 6111, /visitor.php?keyword=mCloud Corp" target=_blank>mCloud Corp,  Wind,  Britwind,  Wind Turbine,  Ecotricity,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News mCloud Corp,  Wind,  Britwind,  Wind Turbine,  Ecotricity,  

    Hawaiian Airlines Seeks Bldg. Energy Efficiencies (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Airlines,Carbon Lighthouse
    Date: 2019-03-27
    In the Aloha State, Honolulu-based Hawaiian Airlines reports it has contracted with San Francisco-based Carbon Lighthouse to analyze the energy usage and identify opportunities for efficiency at its Airport Center office building.

    During the two-month pilot program, Carbon Lighthouse will use dozens of sensors in the 111,109-square-foot building to collect thousands of thermodynamic data points, from air and water temperatures in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment to lighting and occupancy. Carbon Lighthouse then uses its proprietary software to model energy scenarios and optimize the building's existing equipment.

    Previously, Hawaiian cut energy use at its airport headquarters by 5.6 pct by optimizing energy efficiency with the installation of LED lighting and motion sensors. (Source: Hawaiian Airlines, Pacific Business News, 25 Mar., 2019) Contact: Hawaiian Lighthouse, Brenden Millstein, CEO, Hawaiian Airlines, Corporate Office,; Carbon Lighthouse,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Airlines,  Carbon Lighthouse ,  Energy Efficiency,  

    UK REA Touts Biomass Energy Statistics (Int'l Report)
    UK Renewable Energy Association
    Date: 2019-03-27
    According to the UK Renewable Energy Association (REA), the UK's biomass energy output matches that of 4 Sizewell B Nuclear power stations and eliminates CO2 emissions equivalent to removing 1.3 million cars of UK roads. REA also expects the sector will offset £21 billion in fossil fuels and support approximately 46,000 jobs.

    Supported by that data, REA is asking UK ministers to complete policy and regulations surrounding biomass, and renew long-term plans for the sector, whilst also supporting biomass projects.

    REA notes biomass energy provides 96 pct of the UK's non-domestic renewable heating, and 7.4 pct of the country's total energy. (Source: UK Renewable Energy Assoc., Smart Energy, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: UK REA, Dr Nina Skorupska, CEO, +44 (0)20 7901 3000, +44 (0)20 7901 3001 - fax, ,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Renewable Energy Association ,  

    Cheshire UK 21.5MW Biomass Plant Begins Operations (Int'l. Report)
    Bioenergy Infrastructure Group
    Date: 2019-03-27
    In the UK, the Reading-based Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG) reports its new 21.5MW , Ince Bio Power biomass power station in Cheshire has completed testing and is now in production. The plant uses advanced thermal treatment to produce a combustible gas by heating waste wood in a near oxygen-free environment. This gas is then burnt to generate electricity. The power station will process up to 170,000 tpy of waste wood and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 65,000 tpy.

    BIG presently operates multiple biomass and energy-from-waste plants in the UK and has several more under development or construction, according to the company. (Source: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, Utility Week, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, Neil Bennett, CEO, +44 118 929 8350,

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

    REI Distribution Center Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Kent, Washington-headquartered outdoor gear and apparel retailer REI Co-op reports it has been recognized by the Alliance for making strides in its energy productivity goals at its Goodyear, Arizona distribution center for achieving an 18 pct energy reduction and an annual cost savings of $170,000 in its first two years of operation. The distribution center is aiming for net-zero energy consumption, the company said.

    To reach its goal, REI installed a 2.2-MW solar array that is expected to power the entire facility and installed a robotic fulfillment system that streamlines and speeds operations.

    REI has been part of the DOE's Better Buildings Alliance in 2015. The program brings together commercial building owners to share energy efficiency best practices with peers in the retail sector. (Source: REI Co-op, DOE Better Building Alliance, DC Velocity, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: DOE; REI Co-op, (253) 395-3780,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  DOE Better Buildings Alliance,  Energy Efficiency,  

    St. John Properties Scores 50th LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Baltimore-based commercial building developer St. John Properties reports receipt of its 50th U.S. Green Building Council LEED energy efficiency certification.

    Since initiating its LEED program a decade ago, St. John Properties has developed close to 3 million square feet of Gold, Silver or Certified space throughout Maryland, Utah and Virginia. Nearly every new property constructed by St. John Properties is designed to earn LEED certification, including buildings in Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Utah and Wisconsin. (Source: St.John Properties, Commercial Property Executive, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: St.John Properties, Richard Williamson, Snr. VP, (410) 788-0100, (410) 788-0851-fax,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

    Wood Plc Leads Major Carbon-Capture Engineering Project (Int'l)
    Wood plc
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Aberdeen, Scotland-based global engineering giant Wood plc is reporting receipt of a multi-million-dollar contract from the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Climate Investments (OGCI CI) for conceptual engineering for its gas power and industrial carbon capture (CCS) project. The project was first announced in 2016.

    Wood will lead this first-of-a-kind project which aims to reduce CO2 emissions. The industrial carbon capture design will initially cover five of the principal industrial emitters of CO2: the production of hydrogen, fertilizer, petrochemicals, cement and steel.

    Climate Investments is a $1 billion plus fund investing in technologies and business models to lower the carbon footprint of the energy and industrial sectors and their value chains. The fund was created by the CEOs of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative to take practical action on climate change. They invest in innovative companies that are ready to be commercialized and collaborate with global co-investors and industrials to achieve speed and scale. (Source: Wood Plc, Chemical Engineering, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Wood Plc, Bob MacDonald, CEO, Technical Solutions,; OGCI CI,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CO2,  CCS,  

    Cybersecurity Institute Scores $70Mn for Energy Efficient Manufacturing (Funding)
    Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute
    Date: 2019-03-27
    The U.S. DOE reports the availability of as much as $70 million for the Los Angeles-based Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute to develop technologies that will advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, innovation and energy efficiency. The Institute will focus on early-stage research for advancing cybersecurity in energy efficient manufacturing.

    According to a report from the DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the manufacturing and industrial sector consumes about 25 pct of the Nation's energy. DOE estimates that the adoption of automated controls and sensors provide the potential for up to 15 pct improved energy efficiency in manufacturing,

    Cybersecurity threats in the energy sector negatively impact the manufacturing and deployment of energy technologies such as electric vehicles, solar panels and wind turbines. Integration across the supply chain network and an increased use of automation applied in energy efficient manufacturing processes can make industrial infrastructures vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

    While the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office will fund the Institute, it will be co-managed by DOE's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response. (Source: US DOE, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office,; Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, John Dyck, CEO, (888) 720-8096,,

    Vistra Supports Illinois Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act of 2019 (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-03-27
    In the Lone Star State, Irving-based integrated power company Vistra Energy reports it supports the Illinois Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act of 2019 -- legislation to be filed in the Illinois General Assembly. VIstra views the act as a "visionary and comprehensive transition plan" for its subsidiaries' central and southern Illinois coal plants.

    The Act will help mitigate the uncertainty surrounding these power plants and spur investments in new renewable energy and battery storage projects across Illinois as well as sustain otherwise uneconomic generation for five years while allowing time for additional capacity to come online.

    Currently, as much as 75 pct of Vistra's subsidiaries' -- TXU Energy, Homefield Energy, Dynegy and Luminant -- downstate generation capacity located within MISO Zone 4 is at risk of closure by the end of 2019. Vistra's subsidiaries' nearly 5,500 MW of generation capacity accounts for 40 pct of MISO Zone 4's summer capacity.

    The Illinois Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act will:

  • Redevelop downstate coal plant sites into utility-scale solar and energy storage;
  • Help meet Illinois' commitments to emission reductions and the Paris Climate Agreement;
  • Increase grid stability, reliability, and renewable resources through energy storage;
  • Responsibly retire existing downstate capacity by keeping otherwise at-risk plants online through 2024;
  • Provide an orderly transition process for energy workers and plant communities;
  • Reinvest in downstate plant communities and support local business property tax base by continuing to operate on the existing plant sites with new renewable assets, rather than simply retiring and closing coal plants. (Source: Vistra Energy, PR, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curt Morgan, Pres., CEO, Molly Sorg, Inv. Relations, (214) 812-0046,,; Renew Illinois Power,

  • Building Climate Justice: Investing in Energy Efficiency for a Fair & Just Transition (Ind. Report)
    Food & Water Watch
    Date: 2019-03-27
    A just released report from the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch demonstrates the role improved building energy efficiency standards can and must play. The report focuses on what is by far the largest source of energy demand in the country -- 40 pct -- related to powering commercial buildings, homes, offices, schools and others.

    The analysis finds that a $500 billion investment over 15 years in improving building energy efficiency would net: $1.3 trillion in savings on consumer utility bills; 1.3 million jobs created annually -- 20 pct more than current job creation rates; a 36 pct decline in building energy consumption from current projected demand; 300 million metric ton reduction in CO2 emissions from current projections; and completely eliminate the need to build new fossil fuel power plants.

    Download the Building Climate Justice: Investing in Energy Efficiency for a Fair and Just Transition report HERE. (Source: Food & Water Watch, Mar., 2019) Contact: Food & Water Watch,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Notable Quote
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-03-27
    "Energy efficiency has enormous potential to create millions of jobs, reduce carbon pollution, and save American families money on their energy bills -- a real win-win-win. We must immediately come together to take bold action to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy." -- Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    BNEF Touts CarbonCure as 2019 New Energy Pioneer (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-03-27
    In a press release, Halifax-headquartered CarbonCure Technologies Inc. , a leader in the utilization of captured CO2 in concrete production, reports it has been named a New Energy Pioneer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The New Energy Pioneers program is sponsored by BNEF and Cycle Capital Management.

    This year's 10 winning companies were selected from more than 185 applicants from 35 countries, and reviewed by an independent panel of industry experts. Candidates were evaluated based on their company's potential scale and global impact, their level of innovation and the momentum their business has gained within their market.

    CarbonCure's scalable clean technology is now available in more than 130 concrete plants in North America and Asia. The CarbonCure Technology allows concrete producers and governments to meet their climate goals without capital expenditure, and to generate new cost efficiencies and infrastructure improvements—truly a win-win solution.

    Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) technology deployed in the concrete industry is a $400 billion market opportunity, and has the potential to reduce up to 1.4 gigatonnes of annual CO2 emissions by 2030, according to the Global CO2 Initiative. (Source: CarbonCure, PR, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure ,  Concrete,  CO2,  

    Notable Quotes on Climate Change, Green New Deal (Ind. Report)
    Green New Deal, Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-25
    "There's no question that we're experiencing climate change and that humans are a significant contributor to that. In my view, the course forward is going to require innovation and technology breakthrough because nothing I've seen is going to reverse the warming trend other than that."

    "We better hope it's (climate change) man-made, because if it's not we're in trouble." -- Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)

    "The Green New Deal is kind of a ridiculous proposal, but denying the problem is equally as bad." -- Sen Lindsay Graham (R-SC) Graham was /commenting on freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal

    "With the so-called Green New Deal, Washington Democrats want our government to spend more money than the entire gross domestic product of the entire world on the new spending programs to forcibly remodel Americans' homes, take away our cars, dramatically increase energy costs." -- Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), (202) 224-2541, (Source: Various Media, The Hill, 24 Mar., 2019)

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

    Panasonic Belgium, Japan Plants Reach Zero Carbon Status (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Panasonic Group reported last week that two of its factories -- Panasonic Energy Belgium (PECBE) and Panasonic Eco Technology Center (PETEC) in Japan, simultaneously reached zero-carbon production status in February, 2019. The company is aiming for carbon-neutrality across all of its of its production facities worldwide by 2050.

    Carbon emissions reductions at the two plants were achieved by installing onsite wind turbines, switching to 100 pct procured renewable energy, using carbon offsets that comply with Verified Carbon Standards (VCS) and switching its boilers to energy-saving models. (Source: Panasonic, edie.met, 24 Mar., 2019) Contact: Panasonic Energy Belgium, +32 13 61 05 11,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Panasonic,  Zero-Carbon,  

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