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Utility Touts Jackson Smart Energy District Project (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2019-02-20
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy is touting plans for the Jackson Smart Energy District, an efficient, affordable, clean energy hub aiming to achieve the utility's 2040 Clean Energy goals 15 to 20 years ahead of schedule.

To that end, Consumers will work with private businesses and the city of Jackson to reduce the four square block Jackson Smart Energy District's carbon emissions by 90 pct by using on-site solar panels, battery energy storage, energy management, EV charging and advanced energy efficiency technologies.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, recently dedicated Michigan's first rooftop solar array and battery storage system in the Circuit West energy district of Grand Rapids.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, supplies natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million Michigan residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Consumers Energy, www.ConsumersEnergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com/jacksonenergydistrict

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Eni, RenOils to Promote Waste Cooking Oil Biofuel (Int'l)
Eni, RenOils
Date: 2019-02-20
In Italy,Rome-headquartered biofuel producer Consorzio Eni reports it has inked a letter of intent (LOI) with RenOils to collaborate on the recovery of used vegetable -- cooking oils for biofuel production. The LOI includes information and environmental education campaigns to outline and promote the benefits of reusing oil to produce fuel as an alternative to fossil fuels.

The deal is intended to increase collection and proper disposal of used household oils that are currently wasted. In 2018 almost 75,000 tonnes of food service and industrial waste food and cooking oils were collected -- about 25 pct of oil produced in Italy, according to Eni which operates biorefineries in Venice, at Porto Marghera, and Gela. (Source: Eni, Biofuels Int'l, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: RenOils, +39 02 4570 3058, www.renoils.it; Eni, +39 06 598 21, Fax: +39 06 598 22141, www.eni.com/en_IT/innovation/technological-platforms/waste-to-fuel.page

More Low-Carbon Energy News RenOils,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


Mercurius Biorefinery Slated for Queensland, Australia (Int'l)
Mercurius
Date: 2019-02-20
In the Land Down Under, the Queensland State government reports it has given the nod and has funded a biorefinery pilot plant in Gladstone. The 3-month pilot biorefinery will be the trail site for jet fuel and diesel production from agricultural and forestry waste. Construction is due to begin this month and will be carried out by Bellinham, Washington-based Mercurius Biofuels LLC.

Depending on the pilots success, Mercurius plans to construct a larger demonstration plant, which would scale up production of biofuels and bio-chemicals, according to a company statement.

Mercurius Biorefining is developing its novel REACH process, which converts cellulosic biomass to hydrocarbons in the renewable diesel, aviation, and marine fuel ranges. Valuable by-products include bio-char and a bio-plastic monomer, FDCA.

REACH (Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating) is a novel application of proven technologies which is both feedstock- and product-flexible. Sources of potential feedstock include waste from municipalities (e.g. biogenic portion of MSW), forestry and agriculture. (Source: Mercurius, Various Media, Biofuel Int'l, 18 Feb., 2019) Contact: Mercurius , Karl Seck, Res., CEO, (360) 941-7207, www.mercuriusbiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercurius,  Cellulosic,  Aviation Biofuel,  


South African National Assembly Adopts Carbon Tax (Int'l Report)
South Africa
Date: 2019-02-20
The National Assembly of South Africa reports it has adopted a Carbon Tax Bill that, if approved by the National Council of Provinces, will come into law beginning 1 June, 2019.

The Carbon Tax Bill follows the "polluter-pays" principle and will ensure that the cost of damage caused by greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, are included in the price of high carbon-emitting goods and services. Under the bill, a number of tax-free allowances will apply during the first phase and will be capped at 95 pct. An initial headline tax rate of 120 Rands (1 Rand = $0.71 US) per tonne CO2 equivalent (CO2e) and various tax-free allowances will thus result in an effective tax rate that will vary between R6 and R48 per tonne of CO2e.

South Africa's emissions are expected to peak between 2020 and 2025, plateau between 2025 and 2035, and decline thereafter.(Source: BusinessLive, BusinessDay, 19 Feb., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


Notable Quote, Carbon Tax
Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-02-20
"Climate change poses the greatest threat to humankind and SA (South Africa) intends to play its role as part of the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to meet its commitments under the Paris agreement." -- Mondli Gungubele , South Africa Deputy Minister of Finance

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Top 10 Cities with World's Largest Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Date: 2019-02-20
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim has compiled a list of the carbon footprints of 13,000 cities worldwide, determining that the emissions are highly concentrated in a small number of crowded, high-income cities and affluent suburbs. The Global Gridded Model of Carbon Footprints study, released in 2018, can help identify where actions to combat climate change are more desperately needed, says Dan Moran, lead author and principal investigator on the

In first place, the city with the world's largest estimated carbon footprints is: Seoul, South Korea -- pop. 21,254,000; followed by in descending order Guangzhou, China -- pop. 44,309,000; New York City, U.S. -- pop. 13,648,000, Hong Kong, China -- pop. 6,029,000; Los Angeles, California, U.S. -- pop. 13,482,000; Shanghai, China -- pop. 23,804,000; Singapore, Country of Singapore -- pop. 5,235,000; Chicago, U.S. -- pop. 7,260,000; Tokyo/Yokohama, Japan -- pop. 32,999,000; and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia -- pop. 5,747,000, in 10th place.

Download report details HERE. (Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, US News, Feb., 2019) Contact: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, https://www.ntnu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footpring,  Carbon Emissions,  


PNNL Seeking Algae Bioenergy, Biofuel Collaborations (Ind Report)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Date: 2019-02-20
The U.S. DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) reports it is seeking algae industry partners and academic researchers to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks.

PNNL leads the Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization and Verification (DISCOVR) project that employs the unique complementary capabilities of the four participating national laboratories -- Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratorie -- sand the outdoor testbed at the Arizona Center for Algal Technology and Innovation to identify and test high productivity microalgae strains for year-round outdoor cultivation. The goal is to provide a framework to accelerate meeting DOE's advanced biofuel goals with microalgae.

"A key cost driver for algae biofuels is productivity, which is directly tied to which algae strain is chosen and how it's cultivated," said Taraka Dale, a scientist at LANL. "By collaborating with industry and academia, we aim to bring together the best of the best strains and cultivation strategies to rapidly boost productivity and reduce costs."

"So far, we have tested more than 40 new microalgae strains and identified strains with up to 34 percent greater biomass productivity than benchmark strains," said Huesemann. "The success of the DISCOVR strain down selection and testing pipeline was demonstrated in 2018 by achieving more than 13 pct improvement in outdoor pond productivity relative to 2017, reducing the biomass selling price by about 10 pct."

The goal of the call for collaboration is to solicit algae strains, tools and techniques from the algae community to further boost algae productivity. This call gives industry and academia an opportunity to partner with the four national laboratories in DISCOVR, as well as AzCATI. (Source: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: PNNL, Michael Huesemann, DISCOVR Consortium leader, discovr.algae@lanl.gov, https://discovr.labworks.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ,  


Montreal Offers Substantial Green Building Subsidies (Ind. Report)
LEED
Date: 2019-02-20
In Quebec, Canada, the City of Montreal reports the launch of a subsidized land decontamination program aimed at protecting the environment and stimulating the economy, and program to encourage "green" building construction.

The green building program is funded by the Quebec Ministry of Economy and Innovation which is providing $43.6 million for sustainable construction projects until 2030. About $7 million will be available per year for the first three years of the program. To be eligible for that subsidy, the project must have a sustainable development certification such as LEED. (Source: City of Montreal, CBC News, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Quebec Ministry of Economy and Innovation, www.economie.gouv.qc.ca

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


Saft ESS Spinning Reserve Supports Bermuda Electric (Int'l)
Saft
Date: 2019-02-20
French battery energy storage specialist Saft reports it is supplying a turnkey Energy Storage System (ESS) to Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO). The system will provide up to 10 MW power for "spinning" reserves and frequency response to maintain grid stability.

Spinning reserves refer to the historic practice of keeping generators idling with their internal components spinning enabling them to quickly ramp up to full power. The ESS spinning reserves allow the utility to switch off generators and save fuel. The ESS also provides frequency response services by injecting or absorbing energy to or from the grid within seconds to maintain consistent frequency and grid stability. In addition to the batteries, the ESS will integrate control and monitoring equipment, as well as power conversion components and switchgear supplied by ABB.

As the turnkey supplier Saft is carrying out the design, delivery and installation of the ESS and connecting it to BELCO's grid.(Source: Saft, Renewable Energy Mag., 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Saft, +33 1 58 63 16 00, www.saftbatteries.com; BELCO, 441-295-5111, www.belco.bm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saft,  Energy Storage,  


Illinois College Facility Wins LEED Platinum Certification (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-02-20
The 42,000 square-foot Science & Engineering Building on the Grayslake, Ill., campus of the College of Lake County reports it has been LEED Platinum certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The facility, which opened in January 2018, houses mechatronics, photonics and chemistry classrooms and laboratories and is College of Lake County's first LEED Platinum building.

The facility's energy efficiency -- sustainability features include: photovoltaic solar panels, green roofs of planted vegetation, a geothermal heating and cooling system and energy efficient fume hoods in chemistry labs. Other features include LED lighting and daylight harvesting to reduce the need for electrical lighting. The building's rainwater recovery system collects rain in an underground tank and uses it for waste flushing and reduces potable water use by 41 pct.

Overall, the Science & Engineering Building is designed to reduce building energy use by 66 pct compared with a standard science building of similar size. (Source: College of Lake County, American School and University, Feb., 2019) Contact: College of Lake County, www.clcillinois.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Renovare Touts Biogas-to-Biofuel Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
Renovare Fuels
Date: 2019-02-20
In the UK, London-headquartered Renovare Fuels is touting a new technology that cost effectively converts biogas into a high-grade liquid fuel that can be used as a direct replacement for fossil fuels. The technology is presently being showcased for the first time at Alliance Dairies in Florida.

"By using a specially developed Fischer-Tropsch synthesis catalyst and advanced process engineering techniques, Renovare Fuels' technology can efficiently turn biogas into middle distillate fuel. The feedstock is sourced locally to the site and classified as a waste product, so the production cycle is objectively carbon neutral," according to the company. The abundance of waste products means that the production of the biodiesel promises a low-cost sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. Renovare Fuels believes that the fuel could be priced at under 50 UK pence per litre in a quantity that could reshape the energy sector. Renovare Fuels' technology, which was developed at the University of South Florida in conjunction with NASA and the US DOE, was proved successful in converting biogas into usable diesel during a trial at a US landfill in 2017, according to the company. (Source: Renovare, EngineerLive, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Renovare Fuels, Devin Walker, CTO, +44 (0) 20 3874 8111, Fax +44 (0) 20 3874 8110, www.renovare-fuels.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Renovare Fuels,  Renewable Diesel,  Landfill Gas,  Fischer-Tropsch,  


Malaysia Doubles Palm Oil Biodiesel Blend Rate (Int'l)
Palm Oil Biofuel
Date: 2019-02-18
In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Ministry of Plantations is reporting the Malaysian demand for crude palm oil is expected to rise by 1.3 million tons in 2020. The Ministry also notes it is increasing the transportation fuel palm oil biodiesel-to-petroleum fuel blend rate from B10 to B20 in an effort to stabilize palm oil supply, stockpiles and prices.

Malaysia's palm oil inventory dropped 6.7 pct to 3 million tons in January from a month earlier and palm oil exports surged 21.2 pct to 1.68 million tons in January, 2019.

Malaysia's neighbor Indonesia introduced B20 -- a blend of 20 pct palm oil and 80 pct fossil fuel -- to its transport sector in 2016. (Source: Malaysian Ministry of Plantations, Nikkei, 12 Feb., 2019)Contact: Malaysian Ministry of Plantations, www.mpoc.org.my

More Low-Carbon Energy News Malaysia Palm Oil,  B10,  B20,  Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  B7,  


Vestas Commits to Aussie Wind Turbine Production (Int'l)
Vestas
Date: 2019-02-18
In the Land Down Under, Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting a partnership with Geelong-based Marand Precision Engineering for the production of wind turbine hubs and drive trains. Vests's commitment is aimed at helping its clients win round one of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target auction, where the state government intends to maximize local content and increase local investment and skills transfer.

To that end, Vesta's will train Marand's Australian workers on its turbine production lines in Denmark before the Geelong plant begins production of Vesta's 4.2 MW turbines for the Dundonnell Wind Farm and Berrybank Wind Farm projects in Victoria.

Eighty turbines are planned for Dundonnell and 43 machines for Berrybank. Vestas has committed to local assembly of 100 hubs and 50 drivetrains -- including bedplate, gearbox, driveshaft and generator. (Source: Vestas, ecogeneration, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Marand Precision Engineering, +61 3 8552 0600, www.marand.com.au; Vestas, Peter Cowling Clive, NZ and Australia Country Head, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

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


Mass. Wood Pellet Startup Wins $1Mn in Grant Funding (Funding)
TTC Energy
Date: 2019-02-18
In the Bay State, Windsor-based wood pellet startup TTC Energy LLC is reporting receipt of $1 million in matching grant funding from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Renewable Thermal Infrastructure Grant Program in support of the startup's $2.5 million facility to refine raw wood chips into pellets that can be burned in specialized heating systems.

The grant money will be used to purchase equipment to process, handle and store dried wood chips, and two trucks able to pneumatically deliver the product. Pending approval from Windsor town officials, TTC Energy expects to be fully operational this fall. (Source: TTC Energy, Berkshire Eagle, 17 Feb., 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources

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


Saudi ACWA Power Considers Pakistan Renewables Investments (Int'l)
ACWA
Date: 2019-02-18
In Riyadh, Saudi power developer and investor ACWA Power reports it is considering an investment in the range of $4 billion in Pakistan's renewable energy sector. ACWA's portfolio presently includes power generation and desalinated water production plants in the Middle East, North Africa, Southern Africa and the South East Asian region.

In the long term, Pakistan is planning to increase the ratio of renewable energy in its energy mix from the present 4 pct to over 30 pct by the year 2030. (Source: ACWA, Business Recorder, PPA, 17 Feb., 2019) Contact: ACWA Power, https://twitter.com/acwapower, www.acwapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACWA,  Renewable Energy,  


ePURE Comments on EU Draft Regarding Palm Oil Use (Opinins, Editorials & Asides)
ePure
Date: 2019-02-18
The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) secretary general Emmanuel Desplechin has responded to the EU Commission's draft surrounding high risk indirect land-use change (ILUC) biofuels and the shift of focus away from unsustainable sources of palm oil.

The draft details curbing any biofuels with a high ILUC-risk and its amount of consumption in 2019 within the Member States. The EU also outlined an ambitious goal of reducing any high-risk biofuel's contribution to 0 pct by 2030.

"Directive (EU) 2018/2001 also calls for a specific limit to conventional biofuels, bioliquids and biomass fuels with high ILUC-risk and for which a significant expansion of the production area into land with high carbon stock is observed, in the amount of their level of consumption in each Member State in 2019," the draft stated. "Starting from 31 December 2023, their contribution should be gradually reduced to 0 pct by 2030 at the latest."

Despite the draft's promising changes to the uses of palm oil, ePure argues that the draft would still 'allow imported feedstock that violates spirit of RED II agreement.'

"Making an exception for feedstock produced by smallholders isn't just allowing high-ILUC-risk biofuels such as palm oil into Europe through the back door, it's allowing it through the front door. The hard-won compromise reached on RED II couldn't have been clearer in its message that Europe should phase out biofuels associated with the significant deforestation and peatland drainage that has defined most palm oil expansion."

"Low-ILUC-risk biofuels certified as such could escape from the phase-out, but these were clearly defined as either produced through improved agricultural practices or from unused land. By inventing a third, alternative criterion for smallholders, the Commission is making a mockery of the agreed RED II compromise," Desplechin claims. (Source: ePURE, Feb., 2019) Contact: ePURE Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ePure,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


Enel's 140 MW Eastern Cape Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
Enel Group,Eskom
Date: 2019-02-18
Italian energy specialist Enel Group reports construction of its 140 MW Nxuba Wind Farm in the Amatole district of South Africa is underway.

The project, which is being constructed by Enel's renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA, is expected to generate approximately 460 GWh per when it begins operation operation in September 2020. It will be supported by a 20-year PPA agreement with the South African energy utility Eskom, as part of the South African government's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

The $226 million Nxuba facility will be Enel's third wind farm in the Eastern Cape province. (Source: Enel Green Power, Construction Review, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power, Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com; Eskom. www.eskom.co.za

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Group,  Wind,  Eskom,  


NETL, SwRI Tout New Methane, GHG Detector (New Prod & Tech)
National Energy Technology LaboratorySouthwest Research Institute,,
Date: 2019-02-18
The U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), along with San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), is touting the Smart Methane Emission Detection System, a next generation of gas leak detection technology that combines remote sensing and artificial intelligence capabilities in a system.

The compact, easily transported new device can detect both above and below ground methane leaks from both above and below-ground from as faraway as 500 feet, process the data it detects rather than simply display information that a human operator has to analyze later. The system can also be programmed to pick up propane, butane, ethanol, heptane, benzene, ethylene and others. (Source: NETL, WVNews, 17 Feb., 2019)Contact: National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov; SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane ,  National Energy Technology Laboratory,  Southwest Research Institute,  ,  


Agawam, Mass. Energy Efficiency Challenge Launched (Ind Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-02-18
In the Bay State, the Hampton County town of Agawam -- pop. 28,400 -- and the 12-member Agawam Energy Commission is touting the Agawam Cooler Community Challenge, a broad effort to improve community-wide energy efficiency, cut energy consumption and reduce the community's carbon footprint.

The Cooler Community Challenge is modeled after a similar successful effort in the town of Concord.

The Agawam initiative, which is supported by ener-G-save, a program supported by the Howard Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, hopes is to reach people who have not been active in "green" efforts previously, and to engage young people in energy and climate change issues. Agawam is a Massachusetts Green Community program member.(Source: Town of Agawam, MassLive, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Green Community, www.mass.gov/orgs/green-communities-division

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Massachusetts Green Community,  


Kissimmee Touts Energy Efficiency, Eco-Friendly Effort (Ind. Report)
Kissimmee
Date: 2019-02-18
The City of Kissimmee, Florida, a member of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda and the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy Endorsement, reports it is partnering with the Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) to power 100 pct of its facilities with solar energy beginning in 2020. When fully implemented, Kissimmee will be the Sunshine State's first city to have all public facilities powered by solar energy.

The partnership between the City of Kissimmee -- pop, 71,100 -- and KUA allows the City the opportunity to secure a fixed energy rate for the next 20 years, independent of the fluctuating costs associated with typical power generation. The city is also replacing inefficient lighting with LED units at athletic fields within City limits. The city is also installing electric vehicle charging stations, upgrading its recycling program and deploying hydraulic-hybrid sanitation vehicles that rely less on fossil fuels. The city is also making structural modifications to select facilities to improve energy efficiency and various automated HVAC systems have been replaced to lower energy consumption. (Source: City of Kissimmee, Osceola Gazette, 17 Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Kissimmee, Jose Alvarez, Mayor, (407) 518-2120, www.kissimmee.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Solar,  


Tampa Electric Switching to Itron Smart Street Lighting (Ind Report)
Itron,Tampa Electric
Date: 2019-02-18
In Florida, the investor-owned Tampa Electric Company reports it is working with Itron to deploy a smart lighting solution to allow streetlights to communicate with the utility. The Itron initiative is line with the utility’s streetlight replacement programme to convert traditional lighting infrastructure to energy-efficient LED technology, Tampa Electric will install more than 260,000 Itron smart photocells in the next five years.

With Itron's smart streetlight solution, the utility can remotely control streetlight fixtures using advanced capabilities, such as dynamic dimming. Itron’s network also give the utility a foundation for future distribution automation and smart city applications, such as air quality management or smart parking. (Source: Tampa Electric, Smart Cities News, 17 Feb., 2019) Contact: Tampa Electric, www.tampaelectric.com; Itron, Steve Hambric, VP, www.itron.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Itron,  LED Light,  Streetlight,  Tampa Electric,  


Passive Energy Housing on the Shores of Lake Erie (Ind. Report)
GMA Management Development Group
Date: 2019-02-18
GMA Management Development Group reports it is developing a $12 million, "passive" energy-efficient 36-unit housing project on Parade Street in Erie, Pennsylvania.

The project incorporates "passive housing" standards for energy efficiency and features extra insulation, high-quality windows, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery for greater energy efficiency and minimum energy consumption. The aim is to maintain constant inside temperatures in

The 5.9-acre property is being developed by PSC East LLC, an affiliate of GMA Management Development Group and Mstick Construction, and financed via housing tax credits through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, as well as $10 million in financing from Citizens Bank. (Source: City of Erie, GoErie.com, Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Erie, Chris Groner, Economic Dev. Director, (814) 870-1272, cgroner@erie.pa.us, www.erie.pa.us; GMA Management Development Group, (312) 690-4205, info@griggsandmitchell.com, www.gmaconstructiongroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Passive Housing,  Energy Efficiency,  


Shell Acquiring Home Solar Battery Manufacturer (Int'l, M&A)
Sonnen,Shell Overseas Investment
Date: 2019-02-18
Oil giant Shell Overseas Investment B.V. -- Shell New Energies reports it will acquire German battery maker Sonnen and roll it into a wholly owned subsidiary that will accelerate both company's integrated energy services and electric vehicle charging solutions. As previously reported Shell invested in Sonnen in 2018.

According to Sonnen, 40,000 of its SonnenBatterie systems have been installed world wide, 3,000 of which are in Australia. Sonnen was the first battery manufacturer to participate in South Australia's Home Battery Scheme and the company has set up battery assembly operations in Adelaide.

Sonnen provides battery storage systems to households with rooftop solar panels in Germany, Europe's biggest solar market, in the areas of charging infrastructure and battery storage. (Source: Shell, SolarQuotes Blob, 18 Feb., 2019) Contact: Shell New Energies, www.shell.ca/en_ca/energy-and-innovation/new-energies.html; Sonnen Inc., www.sonnen-batterie.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sonnen,  Battery,  Solar Battery,  Energy Storage,  Shell,  


Scottsbluff Neb. Plans Second Community Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Community Soler
Date: 2019-02-18
In the Corn Husker State, the city of Scottsbluff reports it plans to build a second community solar project following on the heels of a sold-out, 128-kilowatt array in 2017. The 2017 array at the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) office in Scottsbluff was sold out within days and Since going online has generated more than 350,000 kWh of electricity.

After the success of the first project, the city has approached NPPD with a second, 4.6 MW project to be developed by SolSystems. If the project is agreed upon, construction would begin at the end of spring with an operational date sometime in Q4, 2019.

Community solar projects are not subsidized and communities that choose not to participate do not pay costs associated with the facilities that do. Currently, NPPD rates in Scottsbluff for community solar programs are the lowest in the state. NPPD's Sunwise Community Solar program currently includes a 98-kilowatt unit operating in Venango and a 5.7-megawatt facility in Kearney, which is currently the largest solar facility in Nebraska. NPPD is also close to finishing community solar projects in Norfolk, Chadron, O'Neill, Ainsworth ,Pawnee City and Loup City. (Source: Scottsbluff Star-Herald, NPPD, Other media, Feb. 17, 2019) Contact: City of Scottsbluff, www.scottsbluff.org; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres., www.nppd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NPPD,  Community Solar,  


NY Universities Tout Renewables Purchasing Consortium (Ind. Report)
SUNY,Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-02-18
In the Empire State, 21 public and private universities including the State University of New York (SUNY) system's 16 campuses, Cornell University in Ithaca and other private universities report they are partnering to form the New York Campuses' Aggregate Renewable Energy Solutions Consortium (NYCARES).

The new group aims to lower the costs of renewable energy procurement through combined purchasing power, solicit new renewable energy opportunities and projects, promote the development of a "green" low-carbon economy, and support the state's commitments to source 50 pct of New York's energy requirements from renewable sources by 2030. The consortium will also focus its efforts on projects that will be ready for operation no later than 2020. (Source: NYCARES, CleanTechnica, Feb., 2019) Contact: SUNY, Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, www.suny.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News SUNY,  Renewable Energy,  


Kresge Supporting Climate Change-Health Initiatives (Funding)
Kresge Foundation
Date: 2019-02-18
In the belief that Climate Change is "the greatest public health threat of the twenty-first century" the Kresge Foundation is accepting applications for its Climate Change, Health and Equity initiative.

Through the initiative, grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to as many as fifteen community-based nonprofits working to implement solutions that address the links between climate change, health, and equity. Eligible programs must be rooted in racial equality and social justice.

The initiative supports programs at the local, regional, and/or state level that have the potential to advance the adoption and implementation of climate mitigation, climate adaption, and climate resilience policies. Following a fourteen-month planning phase, up to twelve organizations will be invited to apply for multiyear implementation grants.

The Kresge Foundation is a private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America's cities through gran-tmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development. In 1924, with an initial gift of $1.6 million, Sebastian Spering Kresge established The Kresge Foundation in Detroit. He did this to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the S.S. Kresge Company, which began as a single five-and-10-cent store -- a revolutionary merchandising idea at the time -- and grew into a nationwide chain of stores. (Source: Kresge Foundation, Philanthropy News Digest, 16 Feb., 2019) Contact: Kresge Foundation, (248) 643-9630, {startlink]www.kressge.org{endlink]

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


VW Plans Internal Carbon Levy, Carbon-Neutral Production (Int'l)
Volkswagen
Date: 2019-02-18
German auto juggernaut Volkswagen reports it plans to introduce an emplyee incentives plan and an internal CO2 levy as part of its effort to reduce the company's carbon footprint and carbon emissions. The internal levy would be set on the use of electricity, heat and fuel, and the carbon pollution from flights will have to be compensated.

The company also notes that its first electric car, the ID, will be "CO2 neutral throughout the entire life cycle," including all manufacturing. The electric car is expected to go into production at the end of this year. At the end of last year, Volkswagen announced that it will convert several production sites into pure e-car factories and will invest over €40 billion in future technologies in the next years.

"The Volkswagen Group will be a climate-neutral company by 2050 at the latest," according to Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess. (Source: VW, Der Spiegel, Electrek, Bloomberg, Feb., 2019)

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Half Amazon's Shipments to be Carbon-Neutral by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Amazon
Date: 2019-02-18
Internet giant Amazon is touting the launch of its Shipment Zero initiative that aims for net zero carbon emissions for deliveries. While it doesn't have a timetable for achieving perfectly carbon-neutral shipping, it expects half of shipments to be net zero by 2030. It believes the rise of aircraft biofuels, electric vehicles, renewable energy and reusable packaging will make that possible. To help mark its progress, Amazon plans to publish its overall carbon footprint later in 2019. (Source: Amazon, engadget, Feb., 2019)

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Global Fuel Ethanol Market Worth Over $186Bn by 2022 (ZMR Report)
Zion Market Research
Date: 2019-02-18
Fuel Ethanol Market for Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholic Beverages, Chemical Feedstock, and Automotive and Other Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2016 -- 2022, the latest research report from Zion Market Research (ZMR) provides information on ethanol pricing, market analysis, shares, forecast, and company profiles for key industry participants and other.

The report also identifies and analyzes products, applications, manufacturers and end-users, and major regions on the basis of form and type of product or service, processing technology involved, applications of the end-product, and others, including geographical categorization. The global Fuel Ethanol Market report also provides detailed information regarding specific business and financial terms, market strategies, expected market growth and more.

Additional report information is at www.zionmarketresearch.com/inquiry/fuel-ethanol-market; Request a free sample report at www.zionmarketresearch.com/sample/fuel-ethanol-market; Download Free PDF Report Brochure www.zionmarketresearch.com/requestbrochure/fuel-ethanol-market. Source: Zion Market Research, Feb., 2019) Contact: ZMR, www.zionmarketresearch.com

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Date: 2019-02-16



Orsted, Eversource Announce Offshore Wind Partnership (Ind. Report)
Orsted, Eversource
Date: 2019-02-15
Danish offshore wind farm developer Orsted and New England energy company Eversource are reporting their 50-50 partnership for offshore wind assets in the U.S. Northeast.

Eversource is paying roughly $225 million for a 50 pct interest in Orsted's Revolution Wind and South Fork Wind Farm projects, as well as the 257-square-mile tract off the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island where the wind farms will be built. In addition to the ocean tract, the partnership will include Revolution Wind --700 MW -- roughly 15 miles south of the Rhode Island coast, will deliver 400 MW of power to Rhode Island and 300 MW to Connecticut. Revolution Wind is expected to be commissioned in 2023.

The partnership also includes the South Fork Wind Farm -- 130 MW -- 35 miles east of Long Island which will deliver power to households under a long-term PPA with the Long Island Power Authority. South Fork is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2022. (Source: Eversource, Orsted, Kallanish Energy, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, Thomas Brostrom, North American Offshore Wind, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Eversource, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

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Good Energy Announces UK Energy Storage Partners (Int'l Report)
Good Energy,Belectric
Date: 2019-02-15
The U.K.-based renewable energy supplier Good Energy reports it is partnering with the renewables manufacturing firm Powerstar and engineering tech provider Belectric to advance its commercial and industrial (C&I) energy storage offerings in the UK.

The two firms will be tasked with helping Good Energy design, install, operate and maintain commercial and industrial-scale battery storage projects in the company's pipeline.

Powerstar, which manufacturers a containerized battery storage solution alongside voltage optimizers and distribution transformers, will supply equipment for the installations while Belectric will provide design and engineering services.

As previously reported, Good Energy raised more than £10 million ($12.81 million) in mid-2017 and unveiled plans to install a 250kW C&I project on behalf of Eden Project. (Source: Good Energy, Energy Storage, Feb., 2019) Contact: Belectric, https://belectric.com/international; Powerstar, www.powerstar.com; Good Energy, www.goodenergy.co.uk

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Univ. of Colorado CASE Bldg Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-02-15
In Boulder, the University of Colorado is reporting its recently opened Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification

The latest recognition brings to 27 the total number of CU Boulder buildings with LEED certification either for new construction or major renovations.

CASE building LEED qualifying features include: electrochromic glass that self-dims as sun exposure increases, minimizing heat gain and glare; strategic building layout to maximize campus green space; LED lighting throughout; low-flow plumbing features; 67 pct of construction waste diverted from landfills; HVAC and envelope designed to provide a comfortable thermal environment, and others. (Source: University of Colorado, PR, Feb., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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CIP Unloads Equity Stake in Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm (M&A)
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2019-02-15
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), through the fund CI-II, is reporting the divestment of its 23,4 pct stake in the Veja Mate offshore wind farm alongside its co-shareholders Highland Group Holdings and Siemens Financial Services to a European consortium of investors composed of funds managed by Commerz Real, wpd invest, KGAL, and the Ingka Group.

Siemens Financial Services will retain a 20 pct ownership in the project company and CI-II will remain a lender to Veja Mate which is located in the German North Sea. The 67, 6.0-MW Siemens turbines totaling 402 MW project is one of the largest offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

CIP manages four funds totaling approximately €6.8 billion. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Feb., 2019) Contact: Copenhage Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

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CIP's Mitchell Solar Portfolio Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2019-02-15
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) reports construction is underway on the Mitchell portfolio of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in North Carolina on behalf of the Copenhagen Infrastructure II (CI II) fund.

The project portfolio is geographically diversified across the state and will be implemented in multiple phases over the coming years starting with five projects. Mitchell represents CIP's first investment into Southeastern United States.

The first phase of Mitchell consists of five utility-scale solar PV projects totaling 23 MWAC. First Solar, Inc. will supply solar modules and provide ongoing operation and maintenance services. The projects, which will generate sufficient electric power roughly 5,000 homes, are slated to begin commercial operation in Q3 and have long-term PPAs with Duke Energy. The projects in the next phases of the Mitchell portfolio are expected to start construction later in 2019 to 2020. The Mitchell solar PV project portfolio is part of CIP's approximately 1.1 GWAC US solar PV portfolio. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, 8 Feb., 2019) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen +45 70 70 51 51 cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

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Growth Energy Suing Over RFS "Hardship" Waivers (Reg & Leg)
Growth Energy
Date: 2019-02-15
Ethanol trade association Growth Energy, the ethanol trade association reports it has taken legal action challenging the US EPA's (EPA) "disingenuity" and "failure" to address small refinery "hardship" exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in its 2019 renewable volume obligation (RVO) rulemaking.

According to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, the "EPA's inaction on addressing lost gallons due to small refinery exemptions in this rulemaking is a clear violation of law. In doing nothing to remedy these and other deficiencies, EPA has again failed to meet its statutory obligation to ensure that annual RVOs are met each year. Today's filing calls for greater accountability from EPA to ensure that every renewable fuel obligation is fulfilled as the law intended."

As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Growth Energy, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 13 Feb., 2019) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

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Boston Univ. Plan Calls for Carbon Neutrality by 2040 (Ind Report)
Boston University
Date: 2019-02-15
In the Bay State, Boston University -- 32,500 enrollment -- is touting its Dec., 2017 Climate Action Plan calling for the school to slash its greenhouse gas emissions and become carbon-neutral by 2040.

The plan outlines strategies for the university to reach its sustainability goals, including cutting energy consumption, building energy efficient and weather-resilient infrastructure, and an increased focus on wind and solar renewable energy which, according to a BU release, could cut emissions from energy consumption by 31 pct by 2032.

Download the Boston University Climate Action Plan HERE. (Source: Boston University, The Daily Free Press, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Boston University, sustainability@bu.edu, www.bu.edu

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Netherlands Eyes Rotterdam PORTHOS CCUS Project (Int'l Report)
GASUNIE
Date: 2019-02-15
In the Netherlands, the state gas transmission system operator GASUNIE reports it is joining the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the state-owned producer EBN to prepare a sub-sea carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) project under the name PORTHOS -- Port of Rotterdam CO2 Transport Hub & Offshore Storage.

The PORTHOS project is being developed as an open access transport and storage infrastructure which can be used by multiple parties to store CO2. The project is presently seeking expressions of interest from potential users to determine The expression of interest process is part of the preparations for the project. A decision about the realization of the PORTHOS project is expected sometime in 2020.

The concept is based on a collective pipeline that runs through Rotterdam's port area. This pipeline will serve as a basic infrastructure that a variety of industrial parties can connect to in order to dispose of the CO2 captured at their facilities. Most of the collected gas will be transported via a pipeline to an empty gas field in the North Sea where it will injected into an empty natural gas field under the seabed consisting of sandstone reservoir rock. By 2030, the project expects to sequester between 2 and 5 million tpy of CO2. (Source: Rotterdam CCUS Website, Nat. Gas World, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: GASUNIE, www.gasunie.nl/en; Rotterdam CCUS, +31 6-22466553, info@rotterdamccus.nl, https://rotterdamccus.nl/en/the-project, https://rotterdamccus.nl/en/customers; Port of Rotterdam, https://www.portofrotterdam.com/en

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Danube, Johnson Controls Tout UAE Energy Efficiency Deal (Int'l)
Danube Properties
Date: 2019-02-15
In Dubai, UAE-based property developer and owner Danube Properties reports it has entered into an alliance with global energy management and efficiency specialist Johnson Controls to ensure all Danube Properties projects incorporate the latest energy efficiency technology products.

The buildings and building construction sectors combined are responsible for 36 pct of global final energy consumption and nearly 40 pct of total direct and indirect CO2 emissions, stated the company, citing the data from International Energy Agency (IEA). (Source: Danube Properties, Trade Arabia, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Danube Properties, www.danubeproperties.ae; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com

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EPA Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Sinks --1990 - 2017 (Report Attached)

Date: 2019-02-15
According to the US EPA's most recent Greenhouse Gas Inventory, in 2017 the U.S. total gross greenhouse gas emissions were 6,472.3 million metric tons (MMT) CO2 equivalent, a decrease of 0.3 pct from 2016, driven in part by a decrease in CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion.

The decrease in CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion was a result of: a continued shift from coal to natural gas; increased use of renewables in the electric power sector; milder weather that contributed to less overall electricity use, and other factors.

Relative to the 1990 baseline, gross emissions in 2017 were higher by 1.6 pct, down from a high of 15.7 pct above 1990 levels in 2007. Overall, net emissions in 2017 were 12.7 pct below 2005 levels, according to the report.

Download the EPA Greenhouse Gas Inventory HERE. (Source: EPA, Green Car Congress, 14 February 2019)

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Fuel to the Fire: How Geoengineering Threatens to Entrench Fossil Fuels and Accelerate the Climate Crisis (Report Attached)
Heinrich Boell Foundation
Date: 2019-02-15
Fuel to the Fire: How Geoengineering Threatens to Entrench Fossil Fuels and Accelerate the Climate Crisis, a new report from the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and Heinrich Boell Foundation exposes how a growing belief that geoengineering is needed to address climate change could actually undermine climate goals while locking in fossil fuel infrastructure for decades to come.

The report highlights how the urgency and scale of the climate crisis are being exploited to push ideas like carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and solar radiation management (SRM) -- once relegated to the fringes of the climate debate -- into the mainstream. It examines the fossil fuel industry's long history and continued role in the development and promotion of key geoengineering concepts and technologies, and it exposes the numerous ways these technologies serve to protect the industry and promote new emissions from fossil fuels. Among its findings:

  • Analyses suggest 85 pct of US subsidies for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) and Direct Air Capture would flow to Enhanced Oil Recovery;

  • Proponents believe investments in CCS could spur consumption of 40 pct more coal and up to 923 million additional barrels of oil in the US alone by 2040;

  • Energy-intensive DAC projects will be used primarily to produce hydrocarbon fuels that will themselves be burned, resulting in either net carbon emissions or massive diversions of renewable energy for uncertain benefits, while simultaneously slowing the transition away from internal combustion engines;

  • Industry advocates openly believe CCS and CDR are essential to save coal, insure the future of oil and gas, and "unlock" unburnable carbon;

  • Despite IPCC's warnings that the world must reach net zero emissions by 2050, oil companies argue that CDR will enable heavy reliance on oil and gas until at least 2100.;

  • For decades, proponents of Solar Radiation Modification (SRM) have cited the potential to delay or minimize climate mitigation measures as a primary justification for its use;

  • SRM proponents assume humanity will inject sulfate or other aerosols into the skies for decades to centuries to come and deploy CDR to bring emissions back down;

  • As other forms of climate denial are discredited, opponents of climate action are exploiting geoengineering as a new argument for delaying serious climate action;

  • The world must and can keep warming below 1.5C without relying on geoengineering.

    The report also exposes how current industry support of geoengineering fits into a pattern of denial and opposition to action by the fossil fuel industry and a network of well-funded think tanks and front groups. With surprising consistency, geoengineering proponents argue that economic, technological, ethical, and environmental realities of geoengineering technologies should be assumed away, even as they argue that scaling up existing and proven renewable technologies is unrealistic.

    Faced with the urgent realities of climate change, even committed activists and researchers are exploring the possibility that humanity can mask climate impacts with new and profoundly risky technological fixes. Both abundant evidence and history show that this approach is at best a risky distraction and at worst profoundly dangerous for people, ecosystems, and the planet.

    Access the report HERE. (Source: Center for International Environmental Law, Public Release, 13 Feb., 2019) Contact: CIEL, Carroll Muffett, Pres., Amanda Kistler, Report Author, (202) 742-5832, akistler@ciel.org, CIEL HQ, (202) 785-8700, Fax: (202) 785-8701, info@ciel.org, www.ciel.org; Heinrich Boell Foundation, Lili Fuhr, International Environmental Policies Division, www.boell.de/en

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  • Sterlite Power Bids on Salt River BESS Projects (Ind. Report)
    Sterlite Power, Salt River Project
    Date: 2019-02-15
    India's Sterlite Power, an integrated power transmission developer and solutions provider, reports it has submitted bids for two Salt River Project (SRP) energy storage projects. The bids are the company's first foray into grid connected battery energy storage systems (BESS).

    According to the company, BESS systems provide critical services like peak load shaving, energy and ancillary services that will be increasingly needed in a renewable-heavy grid.

    Sterlite Power is a leading global developer of power transmission infrastructure with projects of over 12,500 circuit kms and 20,500 MVA in India and Brazil. (Source: Sterlite Power, NewsBarons, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Sterlite Power, Pratik Agarwal, Group CEO, +91 11 4996 2200 www.sterlitepower.com; SRP, Mike Hummel, GM, Scott Harelson, Renewable Energy, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

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    India Third in National LEED Green Buildings List (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-02-15
    According to the US Green Building Council's latest national listing, India is ranked third with more than 899 LEED-certified projects totaling more than 24.81 million gross square meters of space. The leading LEED nations are Mainland China, Canada, India, Brazil, ,Republic of Korea, Turkey, Germany, Mexico, Taiwan and Sapin, in that order.

    The list ranks countries and regions in terms of cumulative LEED-certified gross square meters as of December 31, 2018 and represents 7,797 certified projects totaling more than 210 million gross square meters of space.

    LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world's most widely used green building program with 96,275 registered and certified projects in more than 167 countries and territories. (Source: US Green Building Council, Various Media, Moneycontrol, Feb., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Springfield Launches Energy Efficiency, Resilience Plan (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-02-15
    In the Bay State, the City of Springfield -- pop. 154,700 -- is promoting its Strong, Healthy and Just Climate Action and Resilience Plan aimed at increasing energy efficiency. The plan, which offers free home energy audits and financial aid for energy efficiency improvements, provides a blueprint for the city to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050, according to the city's release.

    As part of the plan, thermal images were taken of more than 6,500 single-family homes in Springfield to detect heat leakage. Home owners were then notified of the imaging's findings and advised where their homes were wasting energy and money. With the scanning results in hand, omeowners can apply for an energy audit and then consider energy conservation incentives available from utility companies. (Source: City of Springfield, MassLive, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ener-G-Save, www.ener-g-save.com, www.springfield-ma.gov

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    UK CCUS Research Study Scores £150,000 Funding (Int'l Report)
    Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage
    Date: 2019-02-15
    In the UK, the Edinburgh-headquartered Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) project is reporting the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise have committed £50,000 each to support the UK's largest research, industry and government partnership in carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS).

    The SCCS is a 2005 vintage research and knowledge exchange partnership between Heriot-Watt University, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde, and the British Geological Survey, intended to support the development of CCUS.

    SCCS assisted in bringing Scottish experts to the ACT Acorn Project. Lead by energy consultants Pale Blue Dot Energy, the Acorn project is working to develop the UK's first operational carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. (Source: Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, Gas World, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, Dr Philippa Parmiter, Project Manager, philippa.parmiter@sccs.org.uk, +44 (0)131 651 4647, +44 (0)131 651 4647, info@sccs.org.uk, www.sccs.org.uk

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    Renewables World's Main Power Source by 2040 (BP Report Attached)
    BP
    Date: 2019-02-15
    According to the UK-based energy giant BP, wind, solar, bioenergy and other renewables will account for roughly one-third of the world's electricity supplies by 2040, and as high as 50 pct in Europe and some other regions.

    The attached BP Report notes that while oil took almost 45 years to go from 1 pct of global energy to 10 pct, and gas took more than 50 years, renewables are expected to do so within 25 years. In the event of a faster switch to a low carbon economy, that period comes down to just 15 years, according to the report.

    Download the BP Energy Outlook 2019 HERE. (Source: BP, Feb., 2019) Contact: BP, www.bp.com

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    Notable Quotes
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2019-02-15
    "Organizations are more interested than ever in leveraging energy efficiency, energy storage and distributed generation technologies to deliver smarter, safer and more sustainable buildings. U.S. organizations are especially bullish about the future impact of systems interoperability, systems integration and cybersecurity technologies, leading all other countries." -- Clay Nesler, Johnson Controls,,VP, Global Sustainability, Dec., 2018

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    AgriChemWhey Claims Innovative Dairy Biorefinery (Int'l Report)
    AgriChemWhey
    Date: 2019-02-15
    EU-funded AgriChemWhey reports it is testing and proving the techno-economic viability of converting agriculture and agri-food waste into sustainable lactic acid at a first-of-a-kind 25,000 tpy dairy-waste biorefinery in Ireland.

    Representing the first major industrial venture to convert residues from food processing, the Irish plant will scale-up a unique fermentation processes of WP/DLP-to-lactic acid by reducing the fermentation time to a 12-hour process, optimize the upstream processes of DLP and WP and optimize the downstream steps for simplified novel LA purification to industrial scale. AgriChemWhey will also develop a blueprint of an economic sustainability concept so that other EU regions can replicate the plan.

    The project will establish a new value chain for industrial symbiosis with other local actors and create several added value products for the global market. (Source: AgriChemWhey, Canadian Biomass, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: AgriChemWhey, info@agrichemwhey.com, www.agrichemwhey.com

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    Canadian Solar's 68-MWp Mexican PV Park Now Online (Int'l Report)
    Canadian Solar
    Date: 2019-02-15
    Canadian Solar is reporting its 68-MWp Aguascalientes solar project in central Mexico is now online. The facility's electric power and clean energy certificates (CELs) will be sold to Mexican state-owned utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) and a 20-year CEL contract.

    The plant incorporates more than 200,000 poly modules CS6U-P with an expected output of 145 GWh -- sufficient power for 20,690 local households. Canadian Solar is also providing operations and maintenance (O&M) services. (Source: Canadian Solar, Renewables, Feb., 2019)

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    SunPower Seeks Solar Cell Manufacturing Expansion Investor (Ind. Report)
    SunPower Corp
    Date: 2019-02-15
    San Jose, California-based SunPower Corp reports it is seeking non-equity strategic partner funding for expansion of its Next Generation Technology (NGT) solar cell manufacturing capacity.

    In 2017 SunPower began ramping up its second manufacturing line that will more than double its NGT nameplate capacity to over 250 MW by the end of 2019. (Source: SunPower, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: SunPower Corp., Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500, www.sunpower.com

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