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Notable Quotes Duly Noted
Date: 2018-10-08
"Modern bioenergy will lead the global expansion of renewable energy up to 2023. Modern bioenergy is the overlooked giant of the renewable energy field. Its share in the world's total renewables consumption is about 50 pct today, in other words as much as hydro, wind, solar and all other renewables combined." -- Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., International Energy Agency (IEA) Contact: IEA, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,,

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

EU Will Miss Aviation Emissions Target, Report Warns (Int'l)
Transport & Environment
Date: 2018-10-08
According to a report prepared for Brussels-based European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E), the EU will miss its 2030 aviation emissions target by almost 100 million tonnes if it adopts the new, air transport industry backed Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

T&E claims CORSIA would allow airlines to offset emissions growth, rather than necessarily reduce it, and offered only "cheap and ineffective" remedies for emissions, which contribute towards climate change. It also noted that CORSIA would save airlines more than €3bn a year compared with expanding an existing scheme.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN agency that developed CORSIA, said the scheme was one part of "ICAO's basket of measures designed to reduce carbon emissions from international aviation" and that improvements in aircraft technology, operations and sustainable aviation fuels would "achieve the international aviation sector's global goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020."

Beginning in 2019, CORSIA will require airlines to monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions to establish a baseline, before a pilot phase from 2021 to 2023 for volunteer states. From 2027, most of ICAO's 191 member states will have to participate. The EU is aiming to cut GHG emissions by 40 pct from 1990 by 2030. (Source: Transport & Environment, Financial Times, Oct., 2018) Contact: Transport & Environment,; CORSIA,; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211,,

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

UBC Studying Green Building Action Plan (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-10-08
In Vancouver, the University of British Columbia Board of Governors reports it is considering a Green Building Action Plan (GBAP) designed to help campus buildings save energy, cut energy related costs and reduce their carbon footprints.

The plan aims to reduce water use by 16 pct by 2025, make institutional buildings net-positive in terms of "contributions to human and natural systems" by 2030, and require all buildings -- new and existing -- to be zero-waste by 2020. Accordingly, existing buildings will undergo air tightness testing to prevent heat-loss and improvements in use of utilities. These and other upgrades including, but not limited to LED lighting in existing buildings will ensure that older buildings meet plan standards. (Source: University of British Columbia, PR, 7 Oct., 2018) Contact: University of British Columbia, John Madden, Director of Sustainability and Engineering , (604) 822-2211,

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

Synergy Offloads Aussie Wind Farms for $34Mn (Int'l, M&A)
Date: 2018-10-05
In the Land Down Under, state-owned power provider Synergy Wind Pty reports it is offloading its wholly owned 21MW Albany and 14MW Grasmere wind farms for $34.2 million in a move to spin off its renewable energy assets into a private investment vehicle.

Under a deal dated last November, the assets are being sold to Bright Energy Investments, which will be majority owned by the Dutch Infrastructure Fund and industry superannuation fund Cbus. Synergy will retain a 19.9 pct stake in the fund, which will house the development rights for a number of other major green power projects, and will also retain operation of the wind farms. (Source: Synergy, West Australian, 3 Oct., 2018) Contact: Synergy Wind, +61 3 9537 1936',; Bright Energy Investments, More Low-Carbon Energy News
More Low-Carbon Energy News
Synergy,  Wind,  

S. Korea Fostering Energy Technologies, Efficiency (Int'l)
South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
Date: 2018-10-05
In Sejong City, the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy reports it will unveil a set of comprehensive plans to raise the nation's energy efficiency and foster innovative technologies in the renewable sector. The initiative is intended to raise the use of renewable energy, reduce reliance on traditional energy sources such as coal and nuclear power, and to expand investment in innovative energy technologies.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy identified energy storage systems for intermittent energy sources, such as solar and wind power, as well as electric vehicles and advanced power grid systems, as the fastest-growing sectors in the renewable field. (Source: South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Yonlap, 5 Oct., 2018) Contact: South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Storage,  

Notable Quote Duly Noted

Date: 2018-10-05
"It (carbon tax) works, and it will work in this case. Companies whose names you would recognize have signed up for a revenue-neutral carbon tax. More companies see it as better than the regulatory hand." -- George P. Schultz, Oct., 2018

George Pratt Shultz is an American economist, elder statesman, and businessman who served in various positions under three different Republican presidents. Shultz noted broad support for the tax and referenced his work with the corporate sector, including major oil companies.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

Willdan to Acquire Lime Energy for $120Mn (Ind. Report, M&A)
Wildan,Lime Energy
Date: 2018-10-05
Anaheim, California-headquartered energy efficiency specialist Willdan Group Inc. and Newark, NJ-based Lime Energy Co. are reporting a merger agreement under which Wildan will acquire all outstanding shares of Lime Energy for a total of $120 million, subject to customary holdbacks and adjustments. The deal is expected to close before the year end.

Lime Energy designs and implements direct install energy efficiency programs for utilities that target energy savings for commercial customers. Lime Energy's programs help these businesses use less energy through the upgrade of existing equipment and installation of new, more energy efficient equipment. (Source: Wildan, Street Insider, 4 Oct., 2018)Contact: Lime Energy, Adam Procell, President & CEO , Christopher Maresca, Media, (201) 416-2575,, Wildan Group Inc., Tom Brisbin, Pres., CEO, Stacy McLaughlin, CFO, (720) 940-6300,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wildan,  Lime Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

168-MW Scottish Wind Farm Awaits Government OK (Int'l Report)
SIMEC Energy
Date: 2018-10-05
In the UK, London-headquartered SIMEC Energy has reportedly submitted a formal application to the Scottish Government's Energy Consents Unit to construct a £158 million wind farm at Glenshero, north-west of Laggan.

Environmental and technical studies, along with extensive public consultation for the 39-turbine, 168-MW project have been completed, the company reports. Renewable energy company RES has been named as the projects chosen developer. (Source: SIMEC Energy, National, Oct., 2018) Contact: SIMEC Energy, Jay Hambro, CEO, +44 (0) 203 205 8550,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SIMEC Energy,  Wind,  

NC County Offers Green Building Permit Fee Rebates (Ind. Report)
Guilford County
Date: 2018-10-05
In North Carolina, the Guilford County Planning Department is reporting the launch of program that provides homebuilders with money back on permit fees if they build energy efficient houses and homes with a reduced carbon footprint. The cities of Greensboro and High Point already have programs in place to encourage energy efficiency in newly built homes.

The Guilford County Planning Department program will be based on the applicable minimum index levels necessary for US DOE ENERGY STAR qualifications at the time the project is complete. The rebate incentives for new construction will be capped at $500 and will apply to houses but not to commercial buildings.

The program is intended to encourage and promote energy efficiency and green buildings to reduce a home's carbon footprint and to offset the cost of going green. The construction costs of an energy efficient home are expected to be about $5,500 more that a "standard built" home. (Source: Guilford County Planning Department, Guildford News, Oct., 2018) Contact: Guilford County Planning Director, Leslie Bell,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  ENERGY STAR,  

Step Up Declaration Launched to Harness Technology, Reduce Emissions (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-10-05
The Step Up Declaration, a cross-industry coalition of 21 companies representing $750 billion in market capitalization has been launched at the Sept. 12-14 Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco. The coalition is dedicated to "harnessing the power of emerging technologies to reduce carbon emissions."

Participating coalition companies commit to activate their supply chains, advocate for strengthened political and regulatory mechanisms, and work together to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across every sector of society. The coalition, which includes Akamai Technologies, Bloomberg, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard and 17 others, was formed in response to a challenge issued in May 2018 by former UNFCCC Exec. Sec. Christiana Figueres urging the technology sector to "step up" its actions on climate change. (Source: Step Up Declaration, Oct., 2018) Contact: Step Up Declaration,

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

Louisiana Dragging in Energy Efficiency, Savings (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-10-05
In its annual report, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has ranked the Bayou State 46th in the nation for its energy efficiency programs and policies -- down two spots from 2017 and well behind efficiency leaders such as Massachusetts, California and Rhode Island.

The ACEEE report looked at six categories to determine how well states were doing, including the types of policies and public benefit programs in place to encourage efficiency among utilities and everyday electricity users. It also looked at transportation policies, building codes and efficiency standards for household appliances.

Louisiana scored only half a point out of a total of 20 points in the utility and public programs and policies category, but did slightly better when it came to energy efficiency policies for buildings, earning two out of eight possible points -- considerably lower than much of the nation. (Source: NOLA, The Times-Picayune, Oct., 2018) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, ;

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

Kansas Ethanol Producer Supports Healthcare Foundation (Ind. Report)
Prairie Horizon USA Clean Fuels
Date: 2018-10-05
In Phillipsburg, Kansas, Prairie Horizon USA Clean Fuels reports it has partnered with the charitable Phillips County Healthcare Foundation (PCHF) to promote the health benefits of using ethanol blended fuel. For every gallon of E15, E20, E30 and E85 sold at USA Clean Fuels in Phillipsburg, three cent a gallon will be donated to the Phillips County Healthcare Foundation (PCHF).

Prairie Horizon produces more 40 million gpy of ethanol and grinds 15 million bpy of grain to produce 127,000 tpy of high protein livestock feed (DDGs). (Source: Prairie Horizon, USA Clean Fuels, Hays Post, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Prairie Horizon USA Clean Fuel, (785) 543-6719,; Phillips County Healthcare Foundation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DDGs,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Prairie Horizon USA Clean Fuels,  

Statkraft Snares Element Power Irish, UK Ops, Pipeline (Int'l)
Statkraft,Element Power
Date: 2018-10-05
Oslo-based Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft AS is reporting purchase of the Irish and UK onshore wind development operations of Element Power, including roughly 1,550 MW of projects.

The purchase includes Element Power Ireland Ltd and three UK project companies presently developing about 1,300 MW of wind projects in Ireland and a further 250 MW in the UK.

Statkraft owns and operates 11 wind farms in the UK and the Nordic countries with a total combined capacity approaching 1,000 MW, and expects to increase its overall portfolio to 6,000 MW by 2025. (Source: Statkraft AS, PR, Renewables, Oct., 2018) Contact: Stakraft, +47 24 06 70 00,; Element Power,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Wind,  Element Power,  

Fulcrum Tech, Licenses Fischer Tropsch Technology (Ind. Report)
Johnson Matthey, BP,Fulcrum BioEnergy
Date: 2018-10-05
Oil giant BP and chemicals firm Johnson Matthey (JM) report they have inked an agreement with California based Fulcrum BioEnergy to license their Fischer Tropsch (FT) technology to support Fulcrum's drive to convert municipal solid waste into biobased jet fuel at their new Sierra BioFuels Plant near Reno, Nevada.

When fully operational early in 2020, the Sierra plant is expected to convert approximately 175,000 tpy of household garbage into roughly 11 million gpy of jet fuel.

FT technology can operate at large and small scale to economically convert synthesis gas generated from municipal solid waste and other renewable biomass into long-chain hydrocarbons suitable for the production of diesel and jet fuels. (Source: Johnson Matthey, BP, WMW, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: Johnson Matthey,; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Matthey,  BP,  Fulcrum BioEnergy,  

Osaka Gas Building 5th Japanese Woody Biomass Plant (Int'l. Report)
Osaka Gas
Date: 2018-10-05
Japan Today is reporting that Osaka Gas Co Ltd and its wholly owned subsidiary Gas and Power Co Ltd will construct a 75-MW woody biomass power plant in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

The project, Osaka Gas group's fifth biomass power generation project, will burn primarily U.S. produced wood pellets as fuel. (Source : Osaka Gas Co., Japan Today, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Osaka Gas Co.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Osaka Gas ,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass Power,  Wood Pellet,  

Springfield Woody Biomass Plant Set for Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
Palmer Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-10-05
Springfield, Massachusetts-based Palmer Renewable Energy is planning a spring groundbreaking for its proposed 35-MW, $150 million woody biomass energy plant in East Springfield, according to an attorney representing the company.

The project has reportedly received all necessary permits and approvals. (Source: Palmer Renewable Energy, MassLive, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: Palmer Renewable Energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

Nautilus Solar Acquires 6.6 MW Community Solar Portfolio (M&A)
Nautilus Solar Energy
Date: 2018-10-05
Summit, New Jersey-headquartered solar energy major Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC is reporting its acquisition of a 6.6 MW community solar development portfolio from co-developers Summit Ridge Energy, LLC and SynerGen Solar. The acquisition is comprised of four separate projects co-located on the same landfill in Prince George's County. The portfolio is expected to be completed by year-end and energized in early 2019.

Nautilus will be responsible for the project management, long-term asset management and maintenance services for these projects that will be owned by an affiliate of Virgo Investment Group, which is also a minority shareholder of Nautilus Solar Energy. The energy generated by the projects will directly benefit qualified residential off-takers who are situated within Pepco Maryland's service territory. A limited number of residential subscriptions to the system are currently available through a partnership with Neighborhood Sun.

Founded in 2006, Nautilus Solar Energy is a leading national solar acquisition, development and asset management company headquartered in Summit, N.J. Nautilus focuses on acquiring, developing, executing and managing distributed and utility-scale generation solar projects. In over 10 years, Nautilus has invested in hundreds of MWs of solar projects and provides asset management services to distributed, community solar and utility projects throughout North America. (Source: Nautilus Solar Energy LLC, PR, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC,; Summit Ridge Energy, Steve Raeder, CEO ,; SynerGen Solar, LLC,; Neighborhood Sun,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nautilus Solar Energy,  Solar,  

National Grid Continues Energy Efficiency Leadership (Ind. Report)
National Grid,American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Date: 2018-10-05
WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard yesterday, and once again, National Grid's service area in three states -- Mass., R.I., and N.Y.-- all ranked among the top ten in energy efficiency.

Massachusetts ranked number one for the eighth year in a row, with R.I. ranked third, and N.Y. moving from seventh in 2017 to sixth this year. Additionally, in their most recent rankings, ACEEE named R.I. and Mass. as top states with utility-sector energy-efficiency programs and policies. (Source: National Grid, PR, 5 Oct., 2018) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid,  ACEEE,  

Growth Energy Launches Website (Ind. Report)
Growth Energy
Date: 2018-10-05
Growth Energy is launching a new consumer-focused website for Unleaded 88 fuel: Unleaded 88 is the unified brand identify for E15 ethanol blended fuel and is approved by the EPA for cars model year 2001 and newer -- about nine out of 10 cars on the road today.

(Source: Growth Energy, Convenience Store Decisions, 3 Oct., 2018) Contact:,; Growth Energy, Mike O'Brien, VP Market Dev., Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuel Blend,  

SunPower Concludes SolarWorld Asset Acquisition (M&A)
Date: 2018-10-05
San Jose, California-headquartered SunPower Corp. reports the conclusion of its acquisition of assets of Hillsboro, Oregon-based solar panel maker SolarWorld Americas. Details of the transaction have not been revealed.

SunPower plans to deploy P-Series -- Performance Series -- manufacturing equipment at the Hillsboro plant and expects to start product shipments no later than 1Q, 2019. Hillsboro plant upgrades could come in at as much as $15 million, according to a company statement. (Source: SunPower, Renewables, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: SolarWorld,; SunPower Corp., Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarWorld,  SunPower,  Solar,  

Orsted Completes Lincoln Clean Energy Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
Orsted,Linclon Clean Energy
Date: 2018-10-05
Following up on our 8th August coverage, Danish wind energy developer Orsted A/S -- fka DONG Energy -- is reporting completion of its previously announced acquisition of Chicago-based US onshore wind developer Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) from I Squared Capital. LCE has more than 1.5 GW of development projects that are expected to be completed by 2022.

Orsted will set up a new business division, called Onshore Wind, and LCE will be its only activity. It will also change the names of its existing business units to reflect its decision to expand into onshore wind. (Source: Orsted, Oct, 2018) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22,; Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, (512) 215-4452,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lincoln Clean Energy,  Orsted,  Wind,  

UPM Proposed Biorefinery Env. Impact Assessment Favorable (Int;l)
Date: 2018-10-05
In Helsinki, renewable diesel producer UPM is reporting the Environmental Impact Assessment of its proposed Kotka Biorefinery has been completed and passed to the authorities for their final conclusions.

The assesment found the UPM Kotka Biorefinery to be feasible and that it would have substantial positive impacts such as increasing utilization of wastes and residues as well as decreases in greenhouse gas emissions.

When fully operational, the UPM Kotka Biorefinery would produce approximately 500,000 tpy of advanced biofuels from sustainable raw materials for use in road, marine and aviation transportation. (Source: UPM Kymmene Corporation, PR, 4 Oct., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels Development, Petri Kukkonen, VP, +358 40 592 7440,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  UPM,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  

Norway Mandates Advanced Jet Biofuel from 2020 (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2018-10-05
In Oslo, Reuters is reporting the Norwegian minority centre-right government Ministry of Climate and Environment has announced that the aviation industry will be required to mix 0.5 pct advanced biofuel -- excluding palm oil -- into its jet fuel beginning in 2020. (Source: Norway Ministry of Climate and Environment, Reuters, 4 Oct., 2018) Contact: Norway Ministry of Climate and Environment, +47 22 24 90 90,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Advanced Biofuel,  

Fluor to Test New Carbon Capture Tech at Mongstad (Int'l Report)
Fluor, Technology Center Mongstad
Date: 2018-10-05
In Norway, the Technology Center Mongstad (TCM) reports it has inked an agreement with Irving, Texas-headquartered engineering and construction company Fluor for use of the test facility in Nordhordland, Norway to test a newly developed chemical (solvent) to separate carbon dioxide from industrial flue gases.

TCM is the world's largest test facility for carbon capture. Fluor, which has long history in developing solutions for capturing CO2, will use the Amine test plant at TCM from December 2018 through to May 2019. (Source: Technology Center Mongstad, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: Technology Center Mongstad, Bjorn-Erik Haugan, Business Dev, +47 56 34 52 20,;; Fluor, Satish Reddy, VP Process Technology , (949) 637-1255,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fluor,  Technology Center Mongstad,  Carbon Capture,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  

Manitoba Bails on Ottawa's Planned Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-10-05
On the Canadian Prairies, the province of Manitoba's Progressive-Conservative Premier, the Hon. Brian Pallister, reports his government is abandoning plans to start charging a carbon tax levy in December and is joining other conservative leaders in opposition to the Liberal federal governments national carbon tax paln.

In 2017, Pallister announced Manitoba would enact a $25-a-tonne carbon tax and keep it at that rate. The province's plan was not in tune with the federal government's call for a carbon tax that would start at $10 a tonne this year and rise to $50 a tonne by 2022. The feds warned that if the provinces failed to comply, a national plan would be imposed upon them. Pallister also left the door open to joining Saskatchewan and Ontario in legal action against the federal plan. (Source: Canada Press, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, (204)945-3714,,

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

Notable Quotes Duly Noted
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-10-05
"I continue to find it puzzling as to why Conservatives insist on making pollution free. We believe that polluters should pay and that's why we are putting a price (carbon tax) on pollution." -- Canadian Prime Minister Hon. Justin Trudeau (Lib.)

The PM was commenting on Manitoba Conservative Premier Brian Palliser and populist Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford's position on the Liberal governments national carbon tax.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  

Polk County Fla. Solar Coop Launched (Ind. Report)
Solar United Neighbors
Date: 2018-10-03
In Bartow, Florida, local, state and national groups have officially launched the Polk County Solar Cooperative to enable participants to gain bulk discounts on the installation of residential solar-power systems.

The newly created co-op will offer a three-month window for applications and will need at least 30 customers to qualify for discount rates and likely set a cap of 225 customers.

Co-op members would likely pay about $10,000 -- including a buld discount -- for a solar system for a small house. Solar customers can also receive a 30 pct federal tax credit on qualified costs.

Along with the League of Women Voters, the coop partners include: the Ancient Islands Sierra Club, Bok Tower Gardens, the Garden Club of Lakeland and Solar United Neighbors of Florida, along with Polk County and the cities of Bartow and Lake Wales.

Florida - aka the Sunshine State -- is one of four states that forbid third-party sales of electricity and doesn't offer rebates to encourage installation of solar systems. (Source: The Ledger, Solar United Neighbors, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Solar United Neighbors,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  Solar,  Solar Coop,  

NT$16.5Bn Taiwan Offshore Wind Contract Awarded (Int'l)
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2018-10-03
Taipei, Taiwan-based Century Iron and Steel Industrial Co. reports it has inked a NT$16.5 billion (US$538 million) deal to supply the underwater infrastructure for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners' (CIP) two windmills located off the coast of Changhua County.

The Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs plans to construct 10 offshore wind farms totaling 3,836 megawatts of capacity. In 2017, Taiwan had offshore wind capacity of 8,000kW but has raised its goal for installed capacity for offshore wind power by 2025 to 5.5GW from the previous target of 3GW. (Source: Century Iron and Steel Industrial, Focus Taiwan, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, +45 7070 5151,; Century Iron and Steel Industrial Co.,; Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners ,  Wind,  Taiwan Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

Petrobras, Equinor Explore Brazil Offshore Wind Opportunity (Int'l)
Date: 2018-10-03
Petrobras reports it has inked has a MOU with Oslo, Norway-based Equinor -- fka Statoil -- to evaluate an offshore wind development in Brazil. The two companies have been researching other potential areas for cooperation including the development of renewable energy initiatives.

Petrobras has four wind farms in partnership, totaling 104 MW in installed capacity. The company also owns a 1.1 MW solar photovoltaic power research and development plant in Rio Grande do Norte where the operations of four types of technology are currently under evaluation.

Equinor operates three wind farms along the coast of the U.K. and is involved in offshore wind projects in the U.K., Germany and the U.S.(Source: Petrobras, Maritime Exec., 2 Oct., 2018)Contact: Petrobras , Pedro Parente, CEO,,; Equinor,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Petrobras,  Wind,  Brasil Wind,  Equinor,  

Vestas Touts 113 MW of European Wind Turbine Orders (Int'l)
Date: 2018-10-03
Danish wind turbine giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S reports it has secured contracts to supply 113 MW of wind turbines for projects in Germany, Finland and Sweden.Vestas will supply two units of its V150-4.2 MW turbines to NOTUS energy Plan GmbH & Co KG for installation at the Lubbenow II and Lubbenow III wind parks in Germany in #q, 2019. The contract includes a 20-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement and a VestasOnline Business SCADA monitoring system. Vestas has also secured a 59-MW, 14-unit contract in Finland from Germany-based Wpd AG and 42 MW total capacity turbine order from Swedish wind developer OX2. (Source: Vestas, Renewables, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

NATSO Alt. Fuels RFS RIN Management Service (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-10-03
NATSO Inc., the Alexandria, Virginia-headquartered national association representing the travel plaza and truckstop industry, and the Alternative Fuels Council are reporting the launch of a new RIN Management Service designed to help fuel retailers that blend and sell renewable fuels -- ethanol, biodiesel, renewable cng -- to more efficiently participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and manage their compliance and Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). Under the RIN Management program, participants will:
  • consult with experts on the RFS and Low Carbon Fuel Standard compliance;

  • get help registering for EPA's RFS program as well as for the IRS Blenders License;

  • access sources for fuel supply options;

  • secure advice and assistance for state incentive programs;

  • monitor the status of impending IRS Blender's Tax Credits;

  • participants can access an exclusive software program that provides real-time RIN management, a system of record for all RIN transactions, as well as RIN account reconciliations. Through this software, blenders and marketers can reduce the staff time that it takes to comply with the RFS by as much as 75 pct;

  • knowledgeable Alternative Fuels Council staff will perform EPA-required quarterly reporting as well as end-of-year third-party CPA audits.

    The new RIN Management Service marks the second offering from the Alternative Fuels Council this year. The Alternative Fuels Council previously unveiled a Biodiesel Fuel Quality Plan designed to help those who blend, market, and distribute biodiesel blends ensure the final product meets a minimum standard of quality. A step-by-step guide to the blending process directs users through fuel quality management, including sampling procedures, protocols and proposed schedules, to help ensure that alternative fuel meets the required ASTM fuel quality standards. The Alternative Fuels Council also helps facilitate fuel testing and analysis for marketers at a substantially discounted price.

    The Alternative Fuels Council is a NATSO, Inc. subsidiary created to help NATSO members and the entire retail fuels industry understand alternative fuels markets, including available government incentives, to effectively incorporate alternative fuels into their supply offerings. (Source: NATSO, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman, (703) 739-8578,,; Alternative Fuels Council, Jeff Hove,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NATSO,  Biofuel,  Alternative Fuel,  

  • Hanergy Unveils HanWall Solar Power Generation Product (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-10-03
    From Bejing, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited is reporting the global launch of its innovative "HanWall" BIPV product -- the world's first integrated solar powered wall solution.

    Hanway has filed more than 700 patent applications for HanWall which is certified under China's Compulsory Certification. The company guarantees no less than 85 pct output for 25 years. HanWall can resist a grade-12 typhoon and can adapt to temperatures from -40 degree Celsius to +85 degree Celsius, according to the company. (Source: Hanergy, PV Mag, Oct., 2018)Contact: Hanergy, +86 10 8391 4567,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanergy,  Solar,  PV,  

    Summary for Policymakers Report on Climate Target Up for Review (Int'l. Report)
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Date: 2018-10-03
    An executive summary of the UN Summary for Policymakers report on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C will be vetted by diplomats under the 195-nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in South Korea this week.

    The report considers what it will take to prevent the Earth's average surface temperature from rising beyond 1.5C (2.7 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels.

    The report notes with "high confidence" that at current GHG emissions levels we will pass the 1.5C marker around 2040. The report adds that to have at least a 50-50 chance of a 1.5 C world, the global economy must, by 2050, become "carbon neutral" and CO2 emissions peak not later than 2020 then fall dramatically.

    The 22-page Summary also details the amount of CO2 we can dump into the atmosphere and still stay under the 1.5C threshold.

    The report also identifies scenarios on the best way to ramp up the fight against climate change: adoption of new technologies to radically reduce energy needs; major reductions in energy consumption habits; removing massive amounts of CO2 out of the air, either though large-scale reforestation, use of biofuels; and direct carbon capture. The report notes the share of primary energy coming from renewables would have to jump to at least 50 pct by mid-century, and the share of coal drop from about 28 to between 1 and 7 pct.

    Download the Sumary for Policymakers HERE. (Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, PhysOrg, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ,  Climate Change,  

    Ameresco, USAF Ink $143Mn Energy Conserv. Contract (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has secured a 22-year, $143 million contract to support energy conservation efforts within Joint Base San Antonio in Texas.

    The U.S. Air Force (USAF) Civil Engineer Center said Friday the contract covers the installation of 20 MW of renewable energy systems within JBSA's fence line and modernization of energy security through microgrid control technologies. The company will also modernize heating, ventilation, air conditioning energy management control systems and additional HVAC thermal energy storage, among other things, at 900 buildings across the military installation.

    The work is expected to reduce energy consumption in JBSA facilities by 24 pct. (Source: Ameresco, GovCon Wire, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, (508) 661-2288,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Conservation,  Renewable Energy,  

    SimpliPhi Debuts Scalable Energy Storage Unit (New Prod & Tech)
    SimpliPhi Power
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Ojai, California-headquartered SimpliPhi Power is introducing a dynamic and scalable PHI High Voltage energy storage solution for commercial and industrial applications. The product offers the ability to tailor voltage, capacity and power output for project-specific performance and supports greater control and reliability without toxic coolants or thermal monitoring to achieve peak shaving, load shifting, emergency back-up and demand response functions.

    PHI High Voltage stacks feature modular battery building blocks that can be sized and scaled and installed without heavy equipment, instead of the one-size-fits-all, large, cumbersome battery banks common in other C&I offerings. (Source: SimpliPhi Power, PR, Solar Builder, Oct., 2018) Contact: SimpliPhi Power, Catherine Von Burg, CEO, (805) 640-6700,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SimpliPhi,  Energy Storage ,  

    The Crown Estate HQ Europe's First WELL Platinum Bldg. (Int'l)
    International WELL Building Institute
    Date: 2018-10-03
    In London, The Crown Estate reports its head office at St James's Market has been awarded WELL Certification at the Platinum Level from the International WELL Building Institute. WELL is the global building standard designed to enhance people’s health and wellness through the built environment. There are only 11 platinum projects in the world, across the US, Australia and China. There are currently 5 WELL Certified projects in the UK, 3 of which are gold and 1 is silver.

    The Crown Estate earned the distinction based on seven categories of building performance: air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort and mind. The Crown Estate is also aiming for WELL Certification for a further two buildings in central London, at the Marq on Jermyn St and 1 Heddon St.

    The Crown Estate is a collection of lands and holdings in the United Kingdom belonging to the British monarch as a corporation sole, making it the "Sovereign's public estate", which is neither government property nor part of the monarch's private estate.

    The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. IWBI delivers the cutting-edge WELL Building Standard, the first to be focused exclusively on the ways that buildings, and everything in them, can improve occupant comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, health and wellness. (Source: The Crown Estate, PR, PlaceTech, Oct., 2018) Contact: International WELL Building Institute, 646.883.5001, 646.607.1058,,; The Crown Estate, Judith Everett, COO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International WELL Building Institute,  

    NASA Foresees Clobal Climate Cooling Trend (Ind. Report)
    NASA Langley Research Center
    Date: 2018-10-03
    NASA is reporting that the sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age and and the Earth's atmosphere is responding in kind.

    According to Martin Mlynczak of NASA's Langley Research Center, "We see a cooling trend. High above Earth's surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record's Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry or SABER instrument, which is onboard NASA's Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) satellite. SABER monitors infrared radiation from carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitric oxide (NO), two substances that play a vital role in the energy output of our thermosphere, the very top level of our atmosphere.

    During Solar Maximum the Thermosphere Climate Index (TCI) number is very high. At times of Solar Minimum, as now, TCI is low. "SABER is currently measuring 33 billion Watts of infrared power -- ten times smaller than we see during more active phases of the solar cycle," Mlynczak notes.

    The new NASA findings are in line with studies released by UC-San Diego and Northumbria University in Great Britain last year, both of which predict a Grand Solar Minimum in coming decades due to low sunspot activity. (Source: NASA, New American, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: NASA HQ, (202) 358-0001, Langley Research Center, Martin Mlynczak,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  NASA Langley Research Center,  Climate Change,  

    DOE Announces $30Mn for Carbon Capture Tech. R&D (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-10-03
    In the nation's capital, te U.S. DOE is announcing up to $30 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D under the second closing of the Office of Fossil Energy's (FE) Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies funding opportunity announcement.

    Selected projects will support the development of solvent, sorbent, and membrane technologies to address scientific challenges and knowledge gaps associated with reducing the cost of carbon capture, supporting DOE's goal to develop technologies that can significantly reduce the cost of CO2 capture from coal fired power plants.

    Specifically, projects must address one area of interest, Development of Novel Transformational Materials and Processes. Projects will seek to fill research gaps in either membrane transport properties or process designs. Research in transport properties should lead to new membrane materials with improved performance, while development of new process designs should reduce pressure drop and energy consumption.

    Successful applicant projects will join 11 other projects previously chosen by FE to receive approximately $28.9 million during the first closing of this FOA in Fiscal Year 2018. The funded projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). (Source: US DOE, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: US DOE, Carbon Capture Program under the Office of Fossil Energy,; NETL,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Carbon Capture,  

    Notable Quote Duly Noted
    Christiana Figueres
    Date: 2018-10-03
    "The influence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution impacts us all. When that incredible force is primed to catalyze exponential shifts in GHG emissions reductions all sectors of the economy, we can be stubbornly optimistic about delivering a livable planet to our children within the timeframe we have left to do so." -- Christiana Figueres, Sept., 2018

    Christiana Figueres Olsen is a Costa Rican diplomat with 35 years of experience in high level national and international policy and multilateral negotiations. She was appointed Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in July 2010, six months after the failed COP15 in Copenhagen, according to Wikipedia. Contact: Christiana Figueres,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Christiana Figueres,  GHG Emissions,  Climate Change,  

    Kent Renewable Energy Notes Woody Biomass Plant Opening (Int'l)
    Kent Renewable Energy,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2018-10-03
    As previously reported, Kent Renewable Energy Ltd. is reporting the opening and startup of its 27-MW woody biomass-fired CHP plant in Sandwich, UK.

    Kent Renewable Energy is majority owned by Denmark's Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and developed by Estover Energy Ltd. Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S will operate and maintain the facility which generates sufficient power for the equivalent of 50,000 homes. (Source: Kent Renewable Energy, BBI, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Kent Renewable Energy, +44 0 7495 678718,,; Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, +45 7070 5151,, Estover Energy Ltd., +44 20 7042 9470,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Kent Renewable Energy,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

    EDP Renewables Opens Romanian Wind Energy Storage Facility (Int'l)
    EDP Renewables
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Madrid-headquartered renewables specialist EDP Renewables (EDPR) is reporting the opening of a pioneering battery-based wind energy storage facility at the 2012 vintage, 26-MW Cobadin Wind Farm in Romania. The facility is the first energy storage undertaking in Romania, according to the company's website.

    EDP Renewables, the world's fourth-largest wind energy producer, is presently active in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK, and the US. In 2017, the company generated 27.6 TWh through facilities with a combined installed capacity of 11 GW in 11 countries. (Source: EDP Renewables, Balkan Green Energy News, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: EDP Renewables,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  

    Ill. Panther Creek Wind Farm Anticipate Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
    Illinois Winds LLC
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Shanbbona, Illinois-based FPL Energy Illinois Winds LLC reports it plans to soon break ground on the 25-turbine, $50 million Panther Creek Wind Farm just west of the city of Pittsfield. Whem fully operational in 2020, the farm will generate sufficient electric power for 18,000 area homes. The company is negotiating with Springfield-based Prairie Power on an interconnection agreement

    Illinois presently has 2,632 operational wind turbines at 49 wind farms, which provided 6.2 pct of all in-state electricity production. Illinois' Renewable Portfolio Standard requires that utilities and retail electric suppliers generate 25 pct of their electricity sales from renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass energy by 2025. (Source: Illinois Winds, Journal Courier, Oct., 2018) Contact: Illinois Winds, Bill Damon, VP, 815-824-2182

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Illinois Winds ,  Wind ,  

    CARB Fine-Tunes California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (Reg & Leg)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2018-10-03
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board reports it has approved several amendments to the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, including one that sets a new carbon intensity target for fuel sold within the state. The changes include the creation of additional incentives for zero-emissions vehicles and establish protocol for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).

    The Golden State's LCFS currently requires a 10 pct reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020. The amendments will require a 20 pct reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.

    According to CARB, the amendments align with the Golden State's overall target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030, and will incentivize the development of additional zero emission vehicle infrastructure and the sale of electric and hydrogen vehicles. (Source: CARB, Ethanol Producer, Oct., 2018) Contact: CARB, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  Low Carbon Fuel,  

    Notable Quotes Duly Noted
    Vehicle Emissions
    Date: 2018-10-03
    "The amazing thing they're (the Trump administration) saying is human activities are going to lead to this rise of carbon dioxide that is disastrous for the environment and society. And then they're saying they're not going to do anything about it." -- Michael MacCracken

    MacCracken was commenting on the Trump administration's freezing Obama era federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks manufactured after 2020. MacCraken served as a senior scientist at the US Global Change Research Program between 1993 and 2002. (Source: NY Post, 1 Oct., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  GHGs.CO2,  

    Inslee Opposes Proposed Clean Power Plan Roll-Bach (Ind. Report)
    Gov. Jay Inslee
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (DEM) testified last week in Chicago against the Trump Administration's plan to roll back the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.

    The broadly supported Clean Power Plan is a cost-effective and flexible approach to reduce power plant emissions and would have helped reduce carbon pollution by approximately 350 million tonnes (M) by 2030.

    According to the EPA, the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy Rule  is 90 to 97 pct weaker than Obama's Clean Power Plan and will do little to curb emissions -- less than the closing of a single large coal power plant -- by 2030. (Source: Washington State Governor Jay Inslee Website, Access Washington, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Office of Washington Sate Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gov. Jay Inslee,  Clean Power Plan,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

    ICM Acquires Abengoa Bioenergy's Idle Kansas Biofuel Plant (M&A)
    Abengoa Bioenergy, ICM
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Colwich, Kansas based agricultural and renewable energy technology firm ICM reports it is acquiring the bankrupt Abengoa Bioenergy's Colwich corn ethanol facility for $3.1 million. The plant has been idle since late 2017.

    The facility processes up to 240,000 tpy of corn to produce roughly 25 million gpy of bioethanol and 70,000 tpy of DGS which is used for livestock feed. (Source: ICM, WMW, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: ICM, (316) 796-0900,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Abengoa Bioenergy,  Landfill Gas,  ICM,  

    BASF Invests in Waste Gas-to-Ethanol Firm LanzaTech (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-10-03
    German chemicals juggernaut BASF reports it has invested an undisclosed sum in Chicago, Illinois headquartered LanzaTech, a biotech company using special microbes to recycle waste gas streams.

    LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology recycles residual gases containing carbon monoxide and hydrogen into ethanol. By re-using waste streams instead of incinerating them, industrial companies are said to be able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

    BASF Venture Capital GmbH was founded in 2001 with the aim of generating new growth potential for BASF by investing in new companies and funds. (Source: BASF, WMW, 1 Oct., 2018)Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH,; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  BASF,  Ethanol,  

    BDI-BioEnergy Completes Restructuring (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Raaba-Grambach, Austria-based privately-held biodiesel technology pioneer BDI-BioEnergy International is reporting the completion of an "organizational restructuring" to better equip the company to "react more quickly to market changes."

    A BDI Holding GmbH daughter company, BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH, core technologies include multifeedstock biodiesel technology, biomass-to-liquid technology (BioCrack), and greentech process solutions, such as phosphorous recycling from sewage sludge combustion ashes. (Source: BDI Bioenergy, Biodiesel Mag., 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: BDI Holding GmbH, Helmut Goessler, CEO, +43 316 400 9100,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BDI-BioEnergy,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  

    PSE&G Promoting NJ Clean Energy, Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Further to our June 4th coverage, Newark-based Public Service Electric and Gas Co (PSE&G) reports it has submitted a proposal for a Clean Energy Future (CEF) program with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. If approved and implemented, the program is expected to save customers $7.4 billion in energy costs and cut carbon emissions by 36 million tonnes.

    The CEF includes a plan to implement an advanced technology platform, called the "energy cloud" which would modernize the way the utility serves its customers. When fully implemented, the energy cloud is expected to save customers another $1.7 billion over 20 years.

    The proposal is intended to help New Jersey meet its energy storage goals set forth in the state's clean energy legislation requiring utilities to cut customers' annual electric and gas consumption by 2 pct and 0.75 pct respectively.

    To that end, the CEF program would invest in clean energy and advanced technology that would advance the state as a national leader in energy efficiency and jump-start other clean energy priorities.

    The $2.8 billion energy efficiency plan includes $2.5 billion of investment and $283 million in other program costs. The program will allow customers to: use upfront rebates and other financial incentives to purchase more efficient appliances, smart thermostats and other equipment; get free and affordable energy audits, reports and system design advice; get free and low-cost energy efficiency kits, tools and installations; and seed funding for new energy-saving techniques. (Source: PSE&G, Smart Cities World News, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: PSEG, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency, Michael Voltz, Energy Efficiency Dir., (6310 844-3819,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PSE&G,  Clean Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Saudis Scuttle Massive SoftBank Supported Solar Project (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-10-01
    Following up on our March 30th coverage, it is being widely reported by the WSJ and others that Saudi Arabia has scuttled a $200 billion plan with Toky-headquartered SoftBank Group Corp to construct the world's largest solar-power-generation project in favour of a long term, less focused renewable energy strategy.

    As previously reported, the original $200 billion project was intended to have a 200 gigawatts (GW) capacity by 2030. (Source: WSJ, Reuters, 30 Sept., 2018) Contact: SoftBank Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  SoftBank,  

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