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Johnson Controls, Con Edison Enter Energy Storage JV (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls,Consolidated Edison Solutions
Date: 2018-10-01
Johnson Controls International plc will provide the intellectual property and be a minority owner in a new energy storage JV with Consolidated Edison Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of New York-based Con Edison Cleaner Energy Businesses Inc., the companies have announced.

Con Edison Solutions will be the majority owner and operating partner of the joint venture as the exclusive provider of battery storage systems to customers of Johnson Controls. The battery storage systems JCI has developed learn the operating characteristics of a building's electrical system and optimizes them for the end customer's maximum economic benefit.

Johnson Controls' energy storage group employees will become part of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses. Other terms of the agreement have not been released. (Source: Johnson Controls, Con Edison, Milwaukee Biz Times, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses , Mark Noyes, President and CEO,; Johnson Controls,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Consolidated Edison Solutions,  Energy STorage,  

Sunflare Touts New Thin-Film Solar Shingles (New Prod & Tech)
Sunflare Solar
Date: 2018-10-01
La Verne, California-based Sunflare Solar is touting its patent-pending, lightweight thin-film CIGs solar shingles for both flat TPO-covered roofs and for pitched metal roofs, including carports. Within 18 months, a residential version will be available, once UL certification is complete. All three shingle versions are based on a four-cell, 180 watt design.

The Solarflare shingle looks like an ordinary asphalt shingle and weighs 0.6 pounds to accommodate fast and easy installation. "We tested a 40 kW roof install and found that the roof was loaded in just 20 minutes," the company claims. The commercial shingles can be fixed to the substrate with double-sided tape or adhesive, and if the metal roof has grooves, those can be used as a default raceway for wire management. There is no roof penetration on the TPO roof, since hold-down hooks can be attached with adhesive where necessary.

The company also manufactures roughly standard-sized solar panels with a 6 cell by 10 cell configuration, which sell for about 70 cents per watt.

General advantages the Sunflare cells have over crystalline silicon cells is that the thin-film cells are 75 pct lighter and 95 pct thinner. Flexibility is imparted by a 0.127 mm stainless steel backbone in the Sunflare panels. (Source: SunFlare Solar, PR, Sept., 2018) Contact: Sunflare Solar,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Sunflare Solar,  

National Grid R.I. RfP Seeks 400-MW Renewables (Ind. Report)
National Grid
Date: 2018-10-01
Rhode Island's largest electric distribution company, National Grid, reports it has issued an RfP seeking proposals to contract up to 400 MW of renewable power and renewable energy certificates (RECs).

According to a notice last week by law firm Pierce Atwood, the Request for Proposals (RfP) is for renewable energy facilities with capacities of between 20 MW and 200 MW. The contracted period will be 10-15 years.

The competitive round is limited to "newly developed renewable energy resources" such as solar, wind, small hydro, eligible biomass, fuel cells, and waste-to-energy projects.

Each eligible candidate has to take part with at least one bid of 20 MW-200 MW and may also submit one or several alternative offers with capacities of between 200 MW and 400 MW. While projects do not have to be located within the state, they must "provide substantial direct economic benefits to Rhode Island, such as job creation or property tax revenues.

National Grid expects to conditionally select bidders for negotiation on May 2, 2019 and submit contracts to the state PUC by August 30, 2019. (Source: National Grid, Renewables, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: National Grid,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  National Grid,  

Dow 30 Companies Report CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-10-01
The newly released Sustainability Reporting Performance report, which ranks Dow 30 companies on their sustainable business practices, finds that despite a lack of mandatory reporting regulations on climate risk, 100 pct of companies publicly report carbon emissions in response to shareholders demands to see climate risk assessed as part of company governance. The research also finds a high level of adherence to reporting frameworks using the Global Reporting Initiative which offers a comprehensive yet concise way to communicate sustainability commitments to shareholders and potential investors.

Energy is a key theme in the research with 97 pct of Dow 30 companies already implementing energy efficiency technologies and 87 pct using renewable energy, whether it is purchased from verified sources or generated on-site. Moreover, 13 pct of DOW 30 organizations are actively divesting from fossil fuels and a further 47 pct of DOW 30 companies have adopted green finance policies or consider sustainability in their investment decisions.

EcoAct also scored companies in three other international indices -- the FTSE 100 (London,) CAC40 (Paris), and IBEX 35 (Madrid). EcoAct's annual research report aims to acknowledge and highlight those businesses that are taking real action towards meeting ambitious sustainability plans and environmental targets, while sharing best practice when it comes to managing the risks and maximizing the opportunities of climate change.

Down load the UN Sustainable Development Goals Report HERE

Details on The Sustainability Reporting Performance of the DOW 30 HERE. (Source: UN, DOW, Yahoo, 30 Sept., 2018) Contact: EcoAct,

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

India's Solar Industry Funded to Tackle Climate Change (Int'l)
European Investment Bank, International Solar Alliance
Date: 2018-10-01
In a boost to India's solar industry, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced it will bridge the urban financing gap with Global Urbis, launch the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund and expand solar energy through the International Solar Alliance.

Global Urbis is a ground-breaking partnership to enhance climate action in cities around the world. The Land Degradation Neutrality Fund finances climate adaptation and land restoration measures through projects that will benefit some of the most vulnerable communities.

The EIB is partnering with the ISA to support the expansion of solar energy in India and other regions where solar power is one of the most abundant renewable energy sources but where technologies, funding and expertise are often lacking.

The ISA aims to raise $1 trillion by 2030 from public and private investors to invest in such solar projects. In 2017, the EIB provided €1.05 billion of new financing for solar energy projects around the world, and is currently finalizing a new €200 million credit line for renewable energy projects across India. Over the last five years, the EU Bank provided more than €21 billion for renewable energy investment worldwide, including €2.5 billion in photovoltaic and concentrated solar power projects.

The South Africa-based URBIS initiative comprises a global alliance of partners aspiring to reconcile urban development with the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources; a quest to engender cities with greater social-ecological resilience in the context of global environmental change. The initiative aligns with broader international efforts to implement the ecosystem approach and build inclusive green urban economies. (Source: EIB, TECH2, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: European Investment Bank,; International Solar Alliance,; Global Urbis, +27 21 202 0383, +27 21 202 0388,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  International Solar Alliance,  Solar,  Climate Change,  

DoI Announces Methane Leak Regulations Rollback (Reg & Leg)
U.S. Department of the Interior
Date: 2018-10-01
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DoI) has announced its decision to ease Obama-era , 2016, regulations on methane leaks which the Trump administration describes as "burdensome on the private sector” restrictions on oil and gas industry."

Un the Waste Prevention Rule, oil and gas producing companies were required to inspect their wells twice yearly and repair reported leaks within 30 days. The rollback of the regulation means companies are no longer obliged to check their wells and equipment more often than annually and have 60 days instead of 30 to complete repairs.

Though not as long-lived as CO2, methane prevents as much as 80 pct more heat from escaping in the first 20 years of its release. Methane leaks are the largest drawback of the otherwise environmentally friendly switch from coal to natural gas as a source of energy. Natural gas releases half as much carbon dioxide when burnt.

The rationale behind Trump's rollback on methane leaks restrictions was largely economic. It is estimated that drillers would save $734 million to $1 billion over the next 10 years. (Source: IR Insider, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: US DOI,

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Department of the Interior,  Methane,  

EnerNOC Now EnelX (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-10-01
In the Bay State, Boston-based EnelX, the Enel Group's advanced energy services division, is reporting its US subsidiary EnerNOC, Inc., has been rebranded to Enel X and integrated into Enel's advanced energy solutions in North America. Under one brand, the company will offer expertise and an expanded suite of energy services including energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response, and energy advisory services.

Enel X in North America partners with companies to provide integrated, sustainable energy solutions to optimize and monetize their energy use. (Source: EnelX, 1 Oct., 2018)Contact: EnerNOC, Tim Healy, CEO, (617) 224-9900, EnelX

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerNOC,  Energy Efficiency,  EnelX,  

NantEnergy Touts Zinc-Air Battery for Grid Storage (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-10-01
Scottsdale, Arizona-based NantEnergy is touting its zinc-air battery which compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries, offer lower cost and longer duration and require no cooling system. The company says its batteries are already at the $100 per kWh level but that the price is expected to drop lower as more batteries are manufactured and deployed.

The zinc-air battery is simplicity itself: plastic components including the casing, a circuit board, and zinc oxide. In the charging phase, electricity converts zinc oxide into zinc and oxygen. In the discharge phase, the cell oxidizes the zinc with air. The basic battery is little bigger than a briefcase.

The company says it plans to expand into electric vehicle batteries batteries, grid storage and eventually residential battery storage. (Source: Nant Energy, NYT, CleanTechnica, 28 Sept, 2018) Contact: Nant Energy, 480-966-0242,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Ziz-Air Battery,  Battery,  

Capstone Turbine Scores 5 Mexican Energy Efficiency CHP/CCHP Project Orders (Ind. Report)
Capstone Turbine
Date: 2018-10-01
Van Nuys, California-based microturbine specialist Capstone Turbine is reporting receipt of orders for three C1000 Signature Series and two C30 microturbines for CHP/CCHP projects for multiple industrial facilities in Mexico. DTC Ecoenergia, Capstone's Mexican distributor, secured all five projects.

Mexico's goal is to make clean energy 38.2 pct of its total power generation by 2031 from the current 20 pct, according to the Capstone release. (Source: Capstone Turbine Corp., PR Contact: Capstone Turbine, Jim Crouse, VP Marketing, 818-407-3628,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Turbine,  Energy Efficiency,  

IEA Predicts 200 GW of European Offshore Wind by 2040 (Int'l)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2018-10-01
Speaking at the Global Wind Summit on Tuesday, International Energy Agency (IEA) Exec. Dir. Fatih Birol predicted that wind energy would play "a critical role" in the world's energy mix over the coming decades. In Europe, offshore wind presently accounts for almost 5 pct of electricity generation and could generate as much as 1,100 TWh by 2040, Birol predicted.

According to Birol's prediction, not only will wind account for over 30 pct of Europe's electricity generation -- more than any other energy source -- Europe's offshore wind capacity is on track to reach nearly 200 GW by 2040, and could in fact go much higher.

The global offshore wind energy industry currently boasts approximately 20 GW worth of capacity installed primarily in European waters -- while the onshore wind industry boasts over 500 GW. (Source: IEA, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Director,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Fatih Birol ,  

Palm Oil Producing Countries Comment on Biofuels, Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries
Date: 2018-10-01
Meeting last week in Jakarta, The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) , issued the following policy developments in the EU on biofuel:
  • Under the proposed Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II), the Commission of the European Union is mandated to establish criteria to help distinguish between high and low risk Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) across the vegetable oil sector in general used for biofuels;

  • There are several EU models for ILUC that have been proposed none of which, nor could provide definitive evidence that would allow for a clear distinction between high and low risk ILUC. Nevertheless, the Commission is mandated to establish criteria by February 2019 to allow for such a distinction to be made;

  • The ILUC concept is of US and EU origin, but it is not a globally accepted approach or standard for assessing the impact of ILUC on climate change. It helps underpins EU policy, but it is not an international norm upon which palm oil producing countries could or should build their environmental policies;

  • CPOPC draws attention to the fact that there is over 1.7 billion hectares of land devoted to the production of crops globally, of which only 4 pct is devoted to biofuel. In our view, the very marginal use of land for biofuel calls in to question the very basis premises of indirect land use change resulting from the cultivation of vegetable oils for biofuel;

  • While CPOPC considers that the scientific community of palm oil producing countries should engage with the Commission, the Governments in the developing world should be fearful of being drawn in to acknowledging, accepting or offering legitimacy to the ILUC scheme within the RED II;

  • Palm oil producing countries should also be mindful in the weeks ahead of the objectiveness of the criteria being established and whether they are being applied impartially across all vegetable oils. In this respect, there is concern that palm oil will be targeted as several EU models are associated with the conversion of forests and peat lands with ILUC;

  • CPOPC is of the view that the use of ILC to target palm oil would represent a basic violation of the non-discriminatory principles upon which the WTO multilateral system is based; and that any related EU regulation or decision would likely constitute a Technical Barrier to Trade;

  • CPOPC does not necessarily subscribe to this concern, but we believe that criteria established by the EU should also address carbon retention in lands that have been converted from forests and peat in Europe; as well as to take account of the relative productivity of vegetable oils and the importance that this plays in protecting the global land bank;

  • There are wider concerns that have been expressed by palm oil producing countries that criteria should also take into-account the historical impact of mass deforestation in Europe;

  • CPOPC supports the UN global agreement to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 (SDGs);

  • CPOPC considers that the SDGs does not mean a trade off between social and economic progress and the environment, but rather the need to balance out these aims and CPOPC and other Palm Oil Producing countries are willing and open to engage with trading partners and stakeholders on how to achieve the SDGs in the vegetable oil sector;

  • In contrast to the direction of EU RED II, CPOPC believes that the promotion of first generation biofuel is an essential element for achieving the SDGs in palm oil producing countries. The use of vegetable oils in biofuel is essential to combating climate change and it is also important for all Governments in Palm Oil Producing Countries to reassure and give certainty to our industries that biofuel investment will not be undermined as is the case in the European Union. (Source: CPOPC, Neutral English, 1 Oct, 2018) Contact: CPOPC, Mahendra Siregar, Executive Director, +62 21 391 5160, +62 21 391 3961,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Palm Oil,  Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries,  

  • Equis Bioenergy Advancing 50 MW Japanese Biomass Project (Int'l)
    Equis Bioenergy
    Date: 2018-10-01
    Singapore-headquartered biomass project specialist Equis Bioenergy reports it has issued a Notice to Proceed on its 50 MW woody biomass-wood pellet fired biomass power plant in Toyama , approximately 250 km north-west of Tokyo, Japan.

    Toyo Engineering will undertake the construction work under a full turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contract. Construction is expected to get underway in Q2 2019, and the Project is scheduled to come online in Q3 2021.

    The power plant, which will incorporate an Andritz boiler and a Siemens turbine and generator, will sell power to the Hokuriku Electric Power Company under Japan's renewable energy Feed-In-Tariff regime. The plant is expected to generate sufficient power approximately 75,000 households. (Source: Equis Bioenergy, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Equis Bioenergy,

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

    Climeworks Opens Italian Carbon Capture Plant (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-10-01
    Zurich-headquartered carbon capture technology specialist Climeworks AG is reporting the opening of its third carbon dioxide capture plant in Troia, Italy. The plant will capture 150 metric tpy of CO2 which will be converted to methane and used as "green gas" transportation fuel.

    The plant, which is largely funded by an research grant, is part of the Store & Go Project testing a group of technologies called "power to gas" that can help store energy produced from renewable sources.

    With Climeworks technology, the cost to capture one metric ton of carbon dioxide is between $600 and $800, but it should come down as the startup installs more of these units, according to Climeworks. (Source: Climeworks, Quarts, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Store & Go Project, Dr. Frank Graf DVGW Research Centre, Engler-Bunte-Institute of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Gas Technology, +49 721 608 41221,,; Climeworks AG, Jan Wurzbacher and Christoph Gebald, co-founder and co-CEO, +41 44 533 2999,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climeworks,  CCU,  Carbon Capture ,  

    Albioma Completes Martinique Bagasse/Biomass Plant Tests (Int'l.)
    Date: 2018-10-01
    Independent french overseas renewable energy -- biomass and PV -- specialist Albioma reports completion of pre-startup testing and EDF validation of its &euro:210 million, 40 MW biomass power plant in Martinique.

    When fully operational, the plant will supply electricity for the island's electricity grid. The plant will burn bagasse, a fibrous residue of sugar cane, and other locally sourced plant biomass and wood residues from sustainably managed forests.

    Albioma, which is established in Overseas France, Mauritius and Brazil, has worked for 20 years with the sugar industry to produce renewable energy from sugarcane bagasse. (Source: Albioma, PR, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Albioma, Charlotte Neuvy, +33 (0) 47 76 67 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Albioma,  Biogasse,  Biomass,  Sugarcane,  Bagasse,  

    Clayton Homes, ecobee Partner on Smart Thermostats (Ind. Report)
    ecobee,Clayton Home Builders
    Date: 2018-10-01
    Maryville, Tenn.-based Berkshire Hathaway-owned pre-fabricated home builder Clayton Home Building Group is reporting an exclusive partnership with ecobee, the company behind the world's first wi-fi smart thermostat.

    Effective immediately, all Clayton Built® homes ordered nationwide will be equipped with ENERGY STAR® certified ecobee3 lite smart thermostats. The ecobee4 will also be available as an upgrade in select Clayton Built® homes across the U.S.

    ecobee's smarter algorithms and advanced sensing technology empower homeowners to live comfortably and save money on their energy bills. ecobee has estimated that, to date, it has helped homeowners save enough energy to take the City of Miami off the grid for a year.** (Source: Clayton Home Building Group Contact: Clayton Home Building Group, Keith Holdbrooks, Pres.,; ecobee, Stuart Lombard, CEO, Kristen Johnson,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ecobee,  Smart Thermostat,  Energy Efficient,  

    First Indian Compressed Biogas Plant Startup Expected (Int'l)
    Petroleum Ministry India
    Date: 2018-10-01
    In New Delhi, the Indian Petroleum Ministry reports it is expecting the nation's nation's first compressed bio-gas (CBG) plant to become operational within the current quarter of the fiscal year. The Ministry aims to see CBG replace LNG (liquefied natural gas) for use in households, as well as in transportation.

    The plan calls for the roll out of 5,000 CBG plants across India in a phased manner, with 250 plants by the year 2020, 1,000 plants by 2022 and 5,000 plants by 2025. These plants are expected to produce 15 million tpy of CBG , which is about 40 pct of the current CNG consumption of 44 million tonnes.

    A Petroleum Ministry working group on biofuels, set up under the National Policy on Biofuels 2018, is in the process of finalizing a pan-India marketing and pricing model for compressed bio-gas. Under the working group's smodel, entrepreneurs would be able to separately market the other by-products from these plants, including bio-manure, carbon-dioxide, etc. (Source: Petroleum Ministry India, IANS, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Petroleum Ministry India,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Compressed Biogas,  Methane,  

    Fewer Biofuels, More Green Space May Benefit Environment, Study Finds (Ind. Report)
    University of Michigan
    Date: 2018-10-01
    According to a study from University of Michigan (UM) Energy Institute professor John DeCicco, growing and harvesting bioenergy crops -- corn for ethanol, trees to fuel power plants, and others -- is a poor use of land, which is a precious resource in the fight against climate change.

    The assumption that bioenergy simply recycles carbon is a major accounting error, DeCicco and William Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Milbrook, New York-based Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, held. The core of the assumption is the idea that producing a biofuel and then burning it for energy moves a given amount of carbon from the biosphere to the atmosphere, and back again in an unending and stable cycle. That's in contrast to the current one-way flow of fossil-fuel carbon from the Earth to the atmosphere.

    According to DeCicco, for bioenergy to be actually carbon neutral, harvesting the biomass to produce it would have to greatly speed up the net flow of carbon from the atmosphere back into vegetation. Otherwise, decades can pass before the "carbon debt" of excess CO2 in the air is repaid by future plant growth. "All currently commercial forms of bioenergy require land and risk carbon debts that last decades into the future. Given the urgency of the climate problem, it is puzzling why some parties find these excess near-term CO2 emissions acceptable," the researchers noted.

    In his 2016 study, DeCicco found that just 37 pct, rather than 100 pct, of the CO2 released from burning biofuels was balanced out by increased carbon uptake in crops over the first eight years of the U.S. biofuel mandate.

    To reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere requires avoiding deforestation and reforesting harvested areas, up to one-third of current carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels could be sequestered in the biosphere," the researchers wrote. "Terrestrial carbon management can keep carbon out of the atmosphere for many decades."

    The new opinion was published in the latest edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Source: Univ. of Michigan, Rahunuma Daily, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: University of Michigan Energy Institute, Prof John DeCicco, (734) 764-6757,,; Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, (845) 677-5343,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  CO2 news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Bioenergy news,  

    Tidal Turbine Specialist Generates Private Investment (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-09-28
    Orkney Islands-based floating tidal turbine developer Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd reports it has secured a multi-million pound investment from the McGrath family and Matthias Haag -- the former CEO of the company behind the 600-MW Gemini offshore wind park. Scotrenewables also received support from the Scottish government's Energy Investment Fund.

    Scotrenewables is preparing for a 2019 construct and installation of its SR2-2000 tidal power turbine. (Source: Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd., Renewables, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd., Telephone: 01856 851641

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Energy,  

    Eolus Vind Secures $119Mn Credit Agreement (Int'l. Report)
    Eolus Vind
    Date: 2018-09-28
    Renewables Now is reporting Hasselholm, Sweden-headquartered wind projects developer Eolus Vind AB has secured a 4-year, €101 million ($119 million) credit agreement with Swedbank. The funds will be used for expansion and to support new and ongoing projects and liquidity for daily operations.

    According to the company, it has installed over 540 units of the roughly 3,400 wind turbines currently operating in Sweden, and operates over 400 MW on behalf of customers. (Source: Eolus Vind Contact: Eolus Vind AB, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eolus Vind,  Wind,  

    D.C. Considers 100 pct Renewable Energy Commitment (Ind. Report)
    ThinkProgress. D.C.
    Date: 2018-09-28
    According to ThinkProgress. D.C., the city and district of Washington, D.C. on Moday announced it will consider climate legislation aimed at increasing its clean energy goals by as much as 50 pct, making its standards among the strongest in the country.

    The proposed "Clean Energy D.C." Act would require D.C. to source 100 pct of its electricity from renewable sources by 2032; increase fees for oil and gas; set new building energy efficiency standards, and authorize programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050. (Source: ThinkProgress. D.C., Pacific Standard, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Clean Energy DC,; ThinkProgress. D.C.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  

    CarbonCure Announces Major Strategic Investment (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-09-28
    Halifax, Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure Technologies Inc. is reporting the closure of a major investment led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, one of the world’s most sought-after clean technology investment partners.

    The Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund was created to accelerate the world's transition to clean energy, and is backed by Bill Gates, Vinod Khosla, Sir Richard Branson, Jeff Bazos, Michael Bloomberg and other business leaders.

    The round includes the GreenSoil Building Innovation Fund and a follow-on investment by the Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology Venture Fund of BDC Venture Capital. Investors from prior rounds include: Pangaea Ventures, 350 Capital, Innovacorp, Brightpath Capital Partners, Neo Ventures, the Shaw Group, Power Generations, and Carmanah Management.

    According to CarbonCure CEO Rob Nixon, CarbonCure "made it simple and profitable for the construction industry to build resilient structures with lower CO2 emissions. Every tonne of CO2 utilized in concrete production with the CarbonCure Technology results in a multiplier effect that saves an additional 28 tonnes of CO2 and over $3,100 in production efficiencies. This strategic investment allows CarbonCure to scale our impact by expanding into international markets and commercializing new value-added solutions for the concrete industry that further improve its sustainability and production efficiencies."

    With its expanded portfolio of technologies and entry into international markets, CarbonCure has the potential to reduce up to 700 megatonnes of embodied carbon emissions each year. (Source: CarbonCure, PR, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Greensoil Building Innovation Fund,; Breakthrough Energy Ventures,; CarbonCure, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure,  

    Ontario Premier Ford Criticized for Scrapping of Cap-and-Trade (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Date: 2018-09-28
    At Queens Park, the Province of Ontario's environmental watchdog Dianne Saxe is criticizing the freshman conservative government of Premier Doug Ford for dismantling the province's cap-and-trade system without putting in an effective climate change program to replace it. Conservative Premier Doug Ford made cancelling cap-and-trade a key aspect of his campaign.

    According to the environmental commissioner, the government's decision could reverse the province's decade of progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Windsor Star, The Canadian Press, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: Ontario Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe, (416) 325-3377,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario,  Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Market,  Doug Ford,  

    Bioenergy: Opportunities and Challenges of Harnessing Waste to Reduce GHGs (Conferences and Events)
    Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
    Date: 2018-09-28
    On October 11 in Vancouver, BC, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions will host Bioenergy: Opportunities and Challenges of Harnessing Waste to Reduce GHGs -- a sustainable pathway toward a low-carbon future in BC and beyond?

    A panel of experts will discuss how municipalities, agri-industries and other sectors can utilize organic, commercial, agricultural and forest waste to produce clean and sustainable energy. What is the magnitude of CO2 emissions reduction that can be achieved by using waste for energy? What are the innovative technologies in BC and beyond that may reduce the cost of bioenergy? How big a role does bioenergy play in British Columbia's future energy demand? and other issues and questions will be addressed.

    Bioenergy: Opportunities and Challenges of Harnessing Waste to Reduce GHGs event details page HERE. (Source: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, PR 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, 250-853-3595 Fax: 250-853-3597,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions,  

    EIB Launches Global Climate City Challenge (Ind. Report)
    Global Climate City Challenge
    Date: 2018-09-28
    The European Investment BanK (EIB) is reporting the launch of the Global Climate City Challenge, a new pilot initiative to address technical preparation and financing for cities across the world to strengthen investment in green projects and programs essential to improving regional resilience to climate change.

    The aim of the Global Climate City Challenge is to strengthen urban climate action projects in regions most likely to be affected by a changing climate, and those that are not necessarily able to fund the necessary resilience themselves, such as those throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Projects will be bolstered using best-practice and technical assistance intended to offset the risks and impact of climate change, enhance the impact of these projects, and improve the financial sustainability of first-time projects. The City Challenge will look to transform financing for low-carbon and climate resilient infrastructure by mobilizing significant levels of private investment, as well as increasing support from public resources.

    The City Challenge will also benefit from the involvement of FELICITY, a technical assistance program for low-carbon infrastructure projects in cities which is jointly led with the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), and which the German Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU) expects to expand in the near-future.

    The Global Climate City Challenge will look to support climate action projects in six cities in the coming weeks under an initial pilot program which will include efforts to enhance the bankability of projects as well as increasing financing support, sharing experience of smart-city technology, and innovative urban financing. (Source: EIB, Sept., 2018) Contact: Global Climate City Challenge,,

    MHI Vestas Launches 10MW Wind Turbine (New Prod & Tech)
    MHI Vestas
    Date: 2018-09-28
    Offshore wind turbine giant MHI Vestas reports it has launched the first commercially-available 10 MW offshore wind turbine. The V164-10.0 MW turbine features a rotor diameter of 164 meters and turbine blades 80 meters in length with a swept area larger than the London Eye, and the height from base to tip of approximately 187 meters. (Source: MHI Vestas, Sept., 2018) Contact: MHI Vestas, MHI Vestas CEO, Philippe Kavafyan,

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

    Versalis Snares Mossi Ghisolfi Bio Companies (Int'l, M&A)
    Versalis SpA,Mossi Ghisolfi
    Date: 2018-09-28
    In Italy, Milan-headquartered Versalis SpA, the chemicals arm of Eni, reports it is acquiring Tortona-headquartered Mossi Ghisolfi Group's "green" businesses. Financial details of have not been disclosed, but the deal is expected to close within weeks.

    The acquisition includes Biochemtex, Beta Renewables, Italian Bio Products (Ipb) and and Ipb energia. The deal covers assets and resources related to the development, industrialization and licensing of technologies and bio-chemical processes based on the use of renewable resources, especially biomass.

    Versalis is a wholly owned subsidiary of Eni which specializes in the production of chemicals. It produces olefins, aromatics, chlorine derivatives, polyethylene, polystyrene and elastomers. (Source: Versalis SpA, European Rubber Journal, Sept 26, 2018) Contact: Versalis SpA,; Mossi Ghisolfi Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Versalis SpA,  Mossi Ghisolfi ,  

    Cal. Cap-and-Trade Funds Address Transport Emissions (Funding)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2018-09-28
    In Sacrament, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced up to $205 million in grant funding for projects designed to accelerate the adoption of clean freight technologies and reduce air pollution caused by the movement of goods throughout the state.

    Eleven projects will receive a total of $150 million from California Climate Investments and other sources, with another $55 million to be considered by the Board at its October meeting. The grants will be matched by $210 million invested by private and public partners, bringing total investment to more than $400 million.

    The funding is intended to support cost-effective clean technologies that reduce pollution that contributes to regional air quality problems, particularly diesel particulate emissions. Funded projects are located in five air districts across the state: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, and Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

    California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment -- particularly in disadvantaged communities. (Source: CARB, PR, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: CARB, Karen Caesar Public Information Office, (916) 322-2990, (800) 242-4450,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  

    Hecate Energy Planning Ohio Solar Power Plant (Ind. Report)
    Hecate Energy
    Date: 2018-09-28
    The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Chicago-headquartered Hecate Energy is seeking to build a 300-MW solar power plant on 2,500 acres near Mowrystown, about 90 miles southwest of the Ohio capital city of Columbus. To that end, the company plans to file an application for the plant with the Ohio Power Siting Board in October. (Source: Hecate Energy, AP, Columbus Dispatch, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: Hecate Energy LLC, Chris Bullinger, CEO,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hecate Energy,  Solar,  

    Solar Groups Move to Streamline Panel Installation Processes (Ind. Report)
    Solar Energy Industries Association,Solar Foundation
    Date: 2018-09-28
    A new initiative spearheaded by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and The Solar Foundation is taking steps to streamline the permitting process and cut the costs of solar panel installation. Presently, the permitting and inspection process adds about $7,000 in direct and indirect costs -- about $1.00 per watt -- to the average residential solar energy system, according to the groups.

    The SolarAPP aims at lowering this cost through an automated, standardized installation process that would include:

  • A safety and skills training and certification program for installers;
  • An online platform, which would be provided to local governments at no cost, to register and automatically screen qualifying energy systems:
  • A list of equipment standards based on the new process;
  • The creation of system design standards;
  • A model for instantaneous permitting for home and small commercial solar and battery storage systems installed by certified installers and contractors.

    The initiative would also include establishing a program administrator to oversee and implement the new standardized process. (Source: Associations Now, Sept., 2018) Contact: SEIA,; Solar Foundation,; Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP) initiative,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Energy Industries Association,  Solar Foundation,  

  • Nebraska E-30 Flex-Fuel Pilot Program Launched (Ind. Report)
    Nebraska Ethanol
    Date: 2018-09-28
    This week in Lincoln, Cornhusker State Republican Governor Pete Ricketts approved the E-30 pilot program which is intended to address the misconception that higher ethanol blends harm or damage vehicle engines.

    The program will be kicked-off in state-owned fleet vehicles and will assesses the effects of E-15 and E-30 blends on vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions control systems. The pilot program is expected to launch within the next few weeks. (Source: Office of Gov. Pete Ricketts, NTV ABC, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: Office of Gov. Pete Ricketts,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blends,  E15,  E30,  Biofuel,  Flex-Fuel,  

    Oman Multiple Food-Waste Biogas Plants Planned (Int'l. Report)
    Oman Environmental Holding Services
    Date: 2018-09-28
    In Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman reports it will establish four biogas plants to produce energy from more than half a million TPY of food and other organic waste. The project is expected to cost approximately OMR56 million ($145,644,000).

    In September, the Oman Environmental Holding Services Company S.A.O.C (Be'ah) floated a tender to conduct a feasibility study for the building of the first of the planned four biogas plants. The plants are intended to generate alternative, non-fossil fuel, forms of energy and to offset the environmental impact of processing large quantities of food and other organic wastes.

    According to Be'ah, this project would be the first of its kind in the Sultanate. The completion of the infrastructure will support the establishment of numerous other biogas plants that will generate electricity. (Source: Oman Environmental Holding Services. Times of Oman, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Oman Environmental Holding Services, +968 24 228401,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  

    Alfa Laval Scores €72Mn Energy Efficiency Order (Int'l)
    Alfa Laval
    Date: 2018-09-28
    Lund, Sweden-headquartered Alfa Laval is reporting receipt of an order from a Taiwanese engineering company to supply compact heat exchangers to an unnamed petrochemical plant in the US. The order has a value of approximately 85 million Swedish krona (€72,828,000).

    The order includes Alfa Laval Compabloc heat exchangers which will be installed in an ethylene glycol plant and used for a variety of process applications, including heat recovery, cooling and heating. (Source: Alfa Laval, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 27 Sept., 2018)Contact: Alfa Laval, +46-46-36-72-31,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alfa Laval,  

    PSE&G Announces $4Bn Clean Energy, Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-09-28
    New Jersey's largest regulated utility, PSE&G, is reporting a $4 billion plan to make the Garden State greener and advance the state's bid to become a clean energy leader. The six-year, Clean Energy Future Plan aims to reduce the state's energy consumption and carbon emissions while driving down electric power costs.

    $2.8 billion of the total $4 billion investment would be earmarked for energy efficiency programs and would underwrite rebates and incentives for energy-efficient appliances and equipment, as well as funding to adopt energy-saving techniques and "smart" electric meters. PSE&G would also offer free or low-cost consulting, tools and installations to residences, businesses and local governments. (Source: PSE&G, CNBC, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: PSE&G, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency,

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

    Business Energy Efficiency Coalition Launched in Va. (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-09-28
    In the Old Dominion State, a new Sustainable Business Coalition which was created from Renew Rocktown is aiming to facilitate energy efficiency and encourage sustainability in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County businesses.

    The coalition's vision includes: establishing a city-wide zero waste program; an increased urban tree canopy to increase carbon sequestration; offseting greenhouse gas emissions and providing a safe and accessible multi-modal transportation network. The Coalition also supports unrestricted development of behind-the-meter solar power by businesses, schools and residents. (Source: Sustainable Business Coalition, The Breeze, 27 Sept., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Sustainability ,  

    Energy Efficiency Alberta Funding Non-Profit Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips
    Date: 2018-09-28
    Following up on our June 13th coverage, on the Canadian Prairies, the Province of Alberta Minister of the Environment, Hon. Shannon Phillips, has announced an expansion of the government's Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition (NEET) program which is overseen by Energy Efficiency Alberta, a government agency.

    Currently through NEET, non-profits can receive audits to identify opportunities to save on energy costs. The audit phase of the program wrapped up this week. The next step in the program will see the government working with contractors to purchase and install the needed upgrades, which could be everything from LED lighting to new furnaces or solar energy systems.

    Details and financial projections for the upgrade portion of the program are expected to be released in the near future. be released in the coming weeks. (Source: CBC News, Alberta Environment Contact: Alberta Environment Minister Hon. Shannon Phillips,; Energy Efficiency Alberta, Jessica Shumlich, Program Manager, (403) 815-4876,

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

    Fiji Committing to Stronger NDC Standard (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Paris Climate Agreement
    Date: 2018-09-28
    The South Pacific Island nation of Fiji reports it will raise its Paris Climate Agreement nationally determined contributions (NDC) by next year, engaging other than the energy sector achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

    To that end, Fiji's new NDC will include other critical sectors such as land transport, maritime transport, domestic aviation, waste, agriculture and forestry. Fiji's current NDC is specific to the energy sector both in terms of a GHG baseline, where 2013 is considered the reference year, and in terms of potential mitigation actions. (Source: Fiji Times, 27 Sept., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

    Hero BX Snares Clinton, Iowa Biodiesel Facility (Ind Report, M&A)
    Hero BX
    Date: 2018-09-28
    In Erie, Pennsylvania, Lake Erie Biofuels, -- dba Hero BX -- is reporting the September 21st acquisition of the former Clinton County Biodiesel facility in Clinton, Iowa, from Tenaska Commodities LLC, an affiliate of Tenaska Inc.

    Hero BX expects plant upgrades to be completed and production to begin before the year end.

    This acquisition brings the production complement of Hero BX to Erie, Pennsylvania; Moundville, Alabama; South Roxana, Illinois; tolling at the IRE facility in Washington, Iowa; as well as blending and distribution in North Hampton, New Hampshire. (Source: Hero BX, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Hero BX, Chris Peterson, Pres., Tim Keaveney, Exec. VP Business Dev., (814) 528-9200,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hero BX,  Biodiesel,  

    Green Energy Biofuels Reports Biodiesel Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Green Energy Biofuel
    Date: 2018-09-28
    Winnsboro, South Carolina-based Green Energy Biofuels, formerly known as Midlands Biofuels, is reporting its acquisition of the idle 40 million GPY Green Valley Biofuel plant in Warrenville, South Carolina. The plant has been renamed GEB3.

    Green Energy Biofuel's flagship plant is a 300,000-gpy biodiesel production facility in Winnsboro, South Carolina is currently in the process of rebranding as simply "Green Energy" and is exploring production and sale of other sustainable products in addition to "brown-grease" biodiesel. (Source: Green Energy Biofuel, Biodiesel Mag., Others, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Green Energy Biofuels, Beth Renwick, CFO, (803) 718-6323,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Midlands Biofuels,  Green Energy Biofuel,  

    U.S., India, Saudi Arabia Economies Biggest Climate Change Losers, says Study (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-09-28
    According to a study from the University of California San Diego has found that India is likely to suffer the highest economic damage from climate change after the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

    Researchers estimated country-level contributions to the social cost of carbon (SCC) using recent climate model projections, empirical climate-driven economic damage estimations and socio-economic forecasts. The country-level SCC for India alone is estimated to be about $86 per tonne of CO2. At current emission levels, the Indian economy loses $210 billion per year, For U.S., the cost is about $50 bn per tonne. This means that the nearly five billion metric tonnes of CO2 the U.S. emits each year is costing the economy about $250 bn. The model accounts for everything that happens in the economy today that is sensitive to environment conditions. (Source: University of California San Diego, PTI, The Hindu, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: University of California San Diego,

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

    NYU Touts Sustainability, Energy Efficiency Efforts (Ind. Report)
    New York University
    Date: 2018-09-28
    In the Big Apple, New York University (NYU) has announced the formation of a new working group to carry out new measures to make NYU more sustainable. The effort is expected to include the installation of the university'sfirst rooftop photovoltaic array, capital commitments to make NYU buildings more energy efficient, and others.

    Over 90 pct of NYU's energy consumption is building-related. Accordingly, the University is committing $3 to $4 million per year to ensure that all significant NYU construction projects will be LEED certified, targeting Silver certification as a minimum. NYU currently has 11 buildings that are certified LEED Platinum, Gold, or Silver.

    Since 2007, NYU has reduced its emissions by 30 pct. for annual reduction of 59,000 metric tons of carbon. The school has also pledged to achieve a 50 pct reduction by 2025 and carbon neutrality by 2040.

    (Source: New York University, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: NYU, John Beckman, (212) 998-6848, Cecil Scheib, NYU Sustainability Lead,

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

    Strata Solar's Farmville NC Solar Farm Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Strata Solar
    Date: 2018-09-26
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina-headquartered Strata Solar LLC reports receipt of Farmville Planning Board approval for construction of a second solar farm in the community. The proposal goes to the Farmville Board of Commissioners next month for final approvals.

    The community of Farmville -- pop.4,600 -- is in Pitt County, North Carolina, about eight miles west of Greenville. Solar installations are permitted in the community's industrial district by special exception. (Source: Strata Solar, Farmville Enterprise,, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: Town of Farmville,; Strata Solar, Markus Wilhelm, CEO, (919) 960-6015,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Strata Solar,  Solar,  

    Olean's Third Solar Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    BQ Energy,
    Date: 2018-09-26
    In Cattaraugus County, New York, BQ Energy is reporting construction is underway on an 11,800 module solar installation on a 17 acre brownfield site. When fully online, the project will generate 3.3 megawatts of electricity.

    The developer, Wappingers Falls, NY-based BQ Energy presently operates two solar projects in the city -- Solean and Solean West, which generate about 7.75 megawatts. That is enough to power about 1,330 homes for a year. Together, the solar projects will generate $283,000 a year for 25 years for St. Bonaventure University or $7.3 million, and $40,000 a year for Olean General Hospital, or $1 million over 20 years. The new solar farm is slated for completion and commissioning by mid-December. (Source: BQ Energy, Oleans Times Herald, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: BQ Energy, (845) 473-0300,

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

    Non-Profit Solar Projects Approved in Nova Scotia (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-09-26
    In Halifax, the Province of Nova Scotia's Solar Electricity for Community Buildings program reports it has approved 27 not-for-profit organizations to use solar power cells installed on their building or property to generate electricity and sell power to Nova Scotia Power or a local utility on a 20-year contract.

    To be eligible for the program, applicants must be registered non-profit or charitable organizations, universities or community colleges, municipalities or organizations wholly owned by a municipality, or aboriginal communities, and must also invest in their own solar power infrastructure. (Source: Gov. of Nova Scotia Dept. of Energy, Chronicle Herald, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Nova Scotia Solar Electricity for Community Buildings,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    SUNY Offers Sustainable Bldg. Courses, Certificates (Ind. Report)
    State University of New York College at Oneonta
    Date: 2018-09-26
    In the Empire State, the State University of New York College at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta) reports it will offer a program to train students in sustainable and environmentally-friendly building design and construction.

    Oneonta is partnering with SUNY Polytechnic Institute and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to establish goals and best practices for the program, which is supported by a two-year grant of $900,000, part of nearly $6 million awarded to SUNY campuses by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to train more workers in the state's clean-energy sector.

    The initiative will also develop an in-house capacity of LEED associated professionals to certify new and existing campus buildings across the State University system. After the three-year pilot program, a SUNY Green Building Technology Learning Center will be developed to expand training SUNY-wide.

    The specialized courses will lead to a new Sustainable Building Design certificate offered through the Geography and Environmental Sustainability department.

    As previously reported, SUNY College at Brockport, New York, offers a similar program. (Source: State University of New York College at Oneonta , Daily Star, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: State University of New York College at Oneonta, (607) 436-3500,

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

    Ratch Raises Final Mount Emerald Wind Farm Turbine (Int'l Report)
    Ratch Australian Corporation
    Date: 2018-09-26
    In the Land Down Under, Sydney, Australia-based Ratch Australian Corporation reports it has raised the last of 53 turbines at its $360 million, 180-MW Mount Emerald Wind Farm. The facility generated its first energy in August.

    According to Ratch's EGM business development Anthony Yeates, "We are now producing at 60MW or about 33 pct of full capacity. Vestas has conducted a series of grid performance tests and the results are now being analysed by the Australian Energy Market Operator. We hope to be able to step up to 130MW or about 70 pct of capacity in early October."

    When fully operational, Mount Emerald will be the largest wind farm in Queensland and will generate sufficient power for approximately 75,000 North Queensland homes. (Source: Ratch Australian Corporation, Ecogeneration, Sept 24, 2018) Contact: Ratch Australian Corporation, Anthony Yeates, Exec. GM, +02 8913 9400,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Australia Wind,  ,  

    ONYX InSight Calls for Wind Turbine Data Access (Ind. Report)
    ONYX InSight
    Date: 2018-09-26
    According to UK-headquartered ONYX InSight -- a predictive analytics partner for asset owners and operators -- restrictions on access to operational turbine performance data are limiting the wind industry's ability to reduce its O&M costs. ONYX InSight also notes that restrictions on wind-turbine data may be unlawful under EU competition law and impede the growth of the wind industry.

    O&M-related expenditure constitutes 58 pct of all operational expenditure costs, much of which is due to reactive, unplanned maintenance. While the industry is increasingly turning to predictive maintenance programs and condition monitoring systems (CMS) that allow for proactive, cost-efficient interventions, these approaches rely on a continuous stream of high-quality, readable data to operate effectively and contribute to lowering the overall levelized cost of energy (LCoE).

    However, at present asset owners and operators face significant challenges in accessing this data, as there is no clear approach to data access across equipment suppliers. Only a minority of OEMs allow significant and open access to data. In the main, OEMs manage access for users, providing a highly-processed subset of this data, or allowing no free access at all.

    The high-quality performance data for optimized O&M which owners need does not include turbine specifications, load calculations or other potentially sensitive design IP, so there should be no excuse for restrictions on data access. But, of the top eleven CMS hardware providers -- who between them account for over 80 pct of the market -- only one gives full access to CMS data, and seven do not permit any access to data whatsoever, according to ONYX InSight. (Source: Windpower Engineering & Dev., ONYX InSight, Sept., 2018) Contact: ONYX InSight, Bruce Hall, CEO, +44 (0)115 951 8800, (303) 351- 5418 – US Office,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ONYX InSight,  Wind,  

    Enerkem Considers Ocean Plastics Waste Opportunities (Ind. Report)
    Enerkem,Ocean Legacy Foundation
    Date: 2018-09-26
    In Canada, Montreal-based waste-to-biofuels specialist Enerkem Inc. reports that following the commercial launch of the world's first waste-to-biofuels facility in Edmonton, Alberta, it will be exploring opportunities to take action on ocean plastics waste and marine litter. The company is seeking to leverage its carbon recycling technology expertise to help solve issues related to ocean plastics waste.

    The company notes it has been in discussions with not-for-profit Ocean Legacy Foundation which conducts recurring coastal cleanup expeditions, to explore ways that soiled plastics can be recuperated from oceans to produce low carbon transportation fuels and chemicals by leveraging Enerkem's "disruptive" carbon recycling technology.

    According to the World Economic Forum, around 150 million tonnes of plastics are floating in the world's oceans, with an additional eight million tonnes entering the water each year. (Source: Enerkem, PR, Biofuels Int'l, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251,,; Ocean Legacy Foundation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Waste-to-Fuel,  

    Mascoma, NextFerm, Seal Yeast-for-Ethanol Development Deal (R&D)
    NextFerm , Mascoma
    Date: 2018-09-26
    Israeli headquartered fermentation products producer NextFerm reports it has inked a joint developement agreement with Waltham, Mass.-based Mascoma LLC, a subsidiary of Lallemand Inc. a leading supplier of yeast to ethanol producers.

    Launched in 2015, NextFerm is primarily focused on developing fermentation yeast for the food industry. The company's process can be applied to many areas, including ethanol production, to develop yeast that is better able to cope with temperature or pH changes, for example. Accordingly, the company is now developing a new strain of yeast for Mascoma for use in the ethanol industry. (Source: NextFerm, Ethanol Producer, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: Mascoma, Kevin Wenger, Exec. VP,; NextFerm Technolobies USA, Elzaphan Hotam, CEO, +972 4 666450, 908-376-3086 -- US Office,,; Lallemand, Jim Steele, CEO, Angus Ballard, Pres., Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextFerm ,  Lallemand,  Mascoma ,  Yeast,  Ethanol,  

    Canadians Investigate Rising Antarctic Ocean Temp. (Ind. Report)
    Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Date: 2018-09-26
    According to new research conducted by Environment and Climate Change Canada scientists and a colleague from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in he U.S., ocean water temperatures around Antarctica have been rising over the past several decades due directly and primarily to increases in man-made greenhouse gas emissions. The research also noted a drop in atmospheric ozone levels associated with the ozone hole is also contributing to warming, and that the waters around Antarctica are becoming less salty, consistent with known shifts in Southern Hemisphere rainfall patterns.

    The researchers also found that: the Southern Ocean has been warming at about twice the average rate of the global ocean; GHG increases are the most important driver of recent warming and freshening of the Southern Ocean; and zone depletion is also driving the warming and freshening of the Southern Ocean. However, given the ozone recovery associated with the Montreal Protocol, which is now underway, it is anticipated that the impact of ozone changes on the Southern Ocean will diminish. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Sept., 2018) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Neil Swart, Research Scientist,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas,  CO2 Emissions,  Environment and Climate Change Canada,  

    UK Labour Commits to Net-Zero GHG Emissions by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Climate Change UK
    Date: 2018-09-26
    In the UK, the Labour Party under the leadership of MP Jeremy Corbyn has committed to a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of this century. Labour has also committed to generate 60 pct of the country's energy from renewable and low carbon sources by 2030. Other Labour recommendations include:
  • Making every house in the UK energy efficient to reduce heat demand from buildings by almost 25 pct;
  • Providing 85 pct of electricity demand from renewable and low carbon sources;
  • Providing 44 pct of heating demand from renewable sources;
  • A seven-fold increase in offshore wind and a doubling in onshore wind; and
  • Almost tripling solar power.

    Taken together, these measures are expected to provide enough wind and solar power to power 19.5 million homes.

    According to the Labour shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey, man-made climate change represents an "existential threat" and the the UK must do better than the present Conservative government's target of cutting emissions by 80 pct by 2050. (Source: UK Labour Party, Press Association, Westmoreland Gazette, 24 Sep, 2018) Contact: UK Labour Party,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  Climate Change,  

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