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Fintel Energija to Construct Two Russian Wind Farms (Int'l)
Fintel Energija
Date: 2018-09-05
Fintel Energija, a Serbian subsidiary of Italian Fintel Energia Group, reports it has established Fintel Russian Ventures, a company in Russia for the development of two wind energy projects.

Fintel Russian Ventures will build and operate two wind farms of 25.2 MW and 273 MW, located in the regions of Ulyanovsk and Saratov, respectively. The company will invest €32 million ($37.1 million) in the six-turbine Ulyanovsk wind farm which is is expected to be online in 2020. The Saratov wind farm will incorporate 65 turbines. (Source: Fintel Energija Release, Renewables, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: Fintel Energija, +381 11 322 3884,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fintel Energija,  Wind,  

Iowa Ranked 1st in U.S. Ethanol Production (Ind. Report Attached)
Date: 2018-09-05
A new analysis from the Iowa Legislative Services Agency reports the Hawkeye State's industrial sector is using more energy than any other sector in our economy, According to the agency's report, Iowa ranks 24th in the nation in total energy production; 1st in Ethanol production, 2nd in Biodiesel, and 3rd in Wind power production; and ranks 5th in per capita energy consumption.

Download the Iowa Legislative Services Agency report HERE. (Source: Iowa Legislative Services Agency,, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: Iowa Legislative Services Agency,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

NNPC, Chinese Consortium Ink Biofuels Production Agreement (Int'l)
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
Date: 2018-09-05
Reporting from Abuja, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced plans to construct over 10 biofuels refineries in the country as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China. According to the NNPC , the planned 10 biofuel plants are in line with Nigeria's nationally determined contributions to the Paris climate change agreement, part of which requires the blending of 10 pct by volume of fuel-ethanol in gasoline and 20 pct by volume of biodiesel in automotive diesel for use in the transportation sector.

The NNPC biofuels programme is focused on cassava, sugarcane-fuel ethanol production and palm oil for biodiesel production. (Source: Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, PR, The Nation, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  

CREG, Xi'an Xinhuan to Develop China Energy Storage Business (Int'l)
China Recycling Energy Corp
Date: 2018-09-05
Xian, China-based China Recycling Energy Corp. (CREG) reports its wholly-owned subsidiary Shanghai TCH Energy Technology Co., Ltd.will acquire a 20 pct stake in Xinhuan Energy Co.through the issuance of new shares. The two companies have agreed to a joint effort to develop energy storage business in China, which is being encourage by the Chinese government.

Xinhuan provides the standard module energy storage system of MW-level "reserving, storing, supplying". The system includes power station management system (BMS), energy management system (EMS), GW core PACK integration system, intelligent "cloud" operation management system and other core energy storage technologies. Meanwhile, a series of advanced system solutions, such as power generation side concentrated energy storage power supply solutions, smart micro grid and industrial and commercial power supply, are introduced and used in this system. The system module can be used independently or combined into large megawatt energy storage systems. (Source: China Recycling Energy Corporation, PR, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: China Recycling Energy Corp., Adeline Gu, +86 29 8765 1098,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  

KOGAS Investing in Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Expansion (Int'l)
Korea Gas Corporation
Date: 2018-09-05
In Seoul, South Korea's state-run Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) reports it will invest 1 trillion won ($896 million) on "eco-friendly" infrastructure under the government's initiative to increase energy sourcing from clean and renewable fuels.

The spending will go to expanding LNG bunkering facilities in Korea as the market is expected to grow from 310,000 tpy in 2022 to 1.36 million tpy in 2030 under stricter environment regulations.

The company also plans to initiate an LNG-powered trucks program in cooperation with Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicle as well as increase LNG refueling facilities for vessels and vehicles. (Source: KOGAS, PR, Pulse, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: KOGAS,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  LNG,  Korea Gas Corporation,  LNG,  

Singapore Adopts New Building Energy Rating Code (Int'l)
Singapore Building and Construction Authority
Date: 2018-09-05
The Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has launched Green Mark for Super Low Energy, a new voluntary energy rating system that aims to make buildings at least 60 pct more energy efficient than the current 2005 vintage building codes.

The Super Low Energy rating targets new and existing commercial and retail offices, industrial buildings as well as schools, and hopes to get industry players to push boundaries on energy efficiency. Under the Green Mark for Super Low Energy code, buildings cannot use more than 100 kwh per square meter per year.

The BCA is aiming to achieve up to 80 pct energy efficiency over 2005 levels. To date, more than more than 10 organizations, including the Defense Science and Technology Agency and the Singapore Management University have committed to adopt the new rating code. (Source: Singapore Building and Construction Authority, TodayOnLine, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Singapore Building and Construction Authority, Hugh Lim, CEO,

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

Japan May Loosen Wind Power Regulatory Process (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-08-31
In Tokyo, the Japan Times is reporting the Japanese Environment Ministry plans to mandate that only large-scale wind power plants of 10,000 kilowatts or more be required to undergo environmental impact assessments.

The deregulation and loosening of r restrictions on wind power plant developement and construction is seen as an effort to encourage and speed the introduction of the renewable energy and reduce the time and financial burden on plant construction resulting from the regulatory process.

According to the Japan Wind Power Association , the environmental assessment requirement has been a major hurdle to the widespread introduction of wind power as the procedure takes four to five years and incurs significant additional costs. The government wants the country to have the capacity to produce 10 million kilowatts of wind power by fiscal 2030 -- up from the present 3.39 million kilowatts. (Source: Japan Times, Others, 30 Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Japan Wind,  

Biotechnika Tech Slated for North Dakota Biorefinery (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-08-31
Lodz, Poland-headquartered Biotechnika is reporting an $80 million deal under which it will supply it proprietary technology for the production of high-protein animal fodder and bio-gas from ethanol production waste to a new-build bio-refinery in Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA.

Using Biotechnika's technology, after purification, bio-gas is usable in regular gas systems. The technology conformed with the demands of the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme promoting renewable fuels. The bio-refinery is expected to be online early in 2020.

Biotechnika specializes in industrial biotechnology -- ethanol production, the construction of agricultural bio-gas refineries, sewage management, and food and bio waste processing. (Source: Biotechnika, PR, First News, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: Biotecnika, Tomasz Kapela, +48 608 409 440,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biotechnika ,  Biorefining,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

Emirates GBC Urging Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (Int'l)
Emirates Green Building Council
Date: 2018-08-31
In the UAE, the Emirates Green Building Council (Emirates GBC) has called upon all businesses, entities, and cities in the region to formally endorse and sign the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.. The Commitments aims to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and motivate national and regional governments to regulations or planning policy to drive construction of new buildings operating at net zero carbon from 2030, and enable all existing buildings to operate at net zero carbon by 2050.

These targets are set to meet the Paris Agreement ambition of below 2 degrees of global warming. This month, 19 global cities, representing 130 million urban citizens, committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030.

Emirates GBC recently established the Net Zero Centre of Excellence think tank and accelerator platforms to advance energy efficient net zero carbon buildings in the UAE. (Source: Emirates Green Building Council, PR, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: EmiratesGBC , Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Green Building Council,  

$7Mn Awarded for Geological Carbon Storage R&D (Funding)
Office of Fossil Energy,NETL
Date: 2018-08-31
Kallanish Energy is reporting the US DOE Office of Fossil Energy has awarded $7 million in grants to the University of Illinois and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks to advance the development and validation of geological CO2 storage technologies.

The two projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The University of Illinois will focus on reservoirs and residual oil zones in the Illinois Basin in three states. The university received $3.4 million in federal funds and will provide $917,881 in matching funds.

The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC) will establish the Williston Basin CO2 Field Laboratory in the South Central Cut Bank oilfield in Montana. The NDEERC received $3.4 million in federal funds and will provide $873,926 in matching funds.

Since 1997, DOE's Carbon Storage program portfolio includes industry cost-shared technology development projects, university research grants, collaborative work with other national laboratories, and research conducted in-house through the NETL Research & Innovation Center. The Carbon Storage program incorporates: Core Storage Research and Development; Storage Infrastructure; and Strategic Program Support to address significant technical challenges in order to meet program goals that support the scale-up and widespread deployment of CCS.

Download details on the US DOE Carbon Storage Program HERE. (Source: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, Kallanish Energy, Others, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660,; University of Illinois, (217) 333-1000,; NETL,; UNDEERC, (701) 777-5000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDEERC,  Office of Fossil Energy ,  Carbon Storage,  NETL,  

Labor Day Holidays Publishing Schedule -- Important Notice

Date: 2018-08-31
In recognition of the Canadian and U.S. Labor Day holidays, we will not be publishing on Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd. We will resume our regular publications schedule on Wednesday September 5th. Have a safe holiday

USDA Comments on RFS "Hardship" Waivers (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-08-31
The attached memorandum, the USDA comments on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refinery "hardship" waivers and the agency's ability to make different reductions in the total and advanced mandates when using the cellulosic waiver authority.

In its proposed rule Renewable Fuel Standard Program Standards for 2019 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2020, the EPA proposes the Renewable Fuel Volume Obligations (RVOs), the analytical support in setting those RVOs, the setting of the percent standards to achieve those RVOs and an assessment of the cost of implementation.

The USDA stresses that it does not disagree with the appropriateness of the use of the cellulosic waiver authority in lowering the total and cellulosic standards, but disagrees with the newly stated constraints the EPA places on the agency when those waivers are applied. These comments also address the inconsistencies between the cost and the percent standard approaches, which have historically failed to achieve the RVO standard set in the analysis and rule making.

Download RFS details HERE. (Source: USDA, Aug., 2018) ) Contact: USDA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  RFS,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  "Hardship " Waiver,  

Carleton Univ. Green Building Project Scores $350,000 (Funding)
Carleton University Dept. of Engineering
Date: 2018-08-31
On Ottawa, the Carleton University Dept. of Engineering and Design is reporting receipt of $350,000 in grant funding from the Canadian Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

The funding is earmarked for the university's Green Building Project to design more energy-efficient building plans by developing more effective ways to monitor energy consumption and quantify occupant behaviors in buildings. The National Research Council (NRC) is also partnering in the multi-discipline project. (Source: Carleton University, The Charlaton, 30 Aug, 2018) Contact: Carleton University Dept. of Engineering, (613) 520-5790,,

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

UK Adds $73Mn to $500Mn S. African Energy Storage Project (Int'l)
UK,Energy Storage
Date: 2018-08-31
In London, the UK Gov't of Prime Minister Thersa May reports it will contribute £56 million ($73 million) to a South African energy storage fund totaling $500 million aimed at securing renewable power in South Africa by developing battery technology to store energy.

The UK contribution will come through the Clean Technology Fund, which provides funding for clean technology projects in developing countries with a focus on developing low-carbon solutions and eliminating greenhouse gas emissions.

The UK is the largest contributor to the global fund, followed by the US and Japan. The storage project is being developed by the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the South African government. (Source: Various Media, Energy Digital, 30 Aug., 2018)

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

ABC Clarifies Statements on Proposed Canadian Clean Fuel Standard (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Advanced Biofuels Canada
Date: 2018-08-31
Reporting from Vancouver, Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABC), Canada's national industry voice for the low carbon biofuels necessary for Canada to successfully implement a proposed federal government Clean Fuel Standard (CFS), offers the following commentary by President Ian Thomson:

  • An average driver under BC's low carbon fuel standard has paid $16/year less than they would have paid for gasoline alone since 2010 (Navius 2018);

  • Carbon pricing can be effective in reducing industrial emissions, but is largely ineffectual on transportation emissions due to market failures (lack of competition), design failures (in the carbon tax systems), and the broad absence of practical fuel alternatives;

  • Existing provincial renewable and low carbon fuel regulations do not duplicate the CFS; to the contrary, compliance with them will do much of the work to ease the CFS requirement;

  • Provinces continue to assert their sovereignty over energy and climate regulation -- this refutes refiners' claims that the provinces should rescind their 'duplicative' regulations and be ruled by federal regulations (which they also oppose);

  • Provincial and federal fuel regulations have negligible actual overhead costs, in contrast to refiners' claims that the CFS will be costly to administer. Public filings by one large refiner with $4.5 billion of 2017 net earnings show its 2017 compliance and administrative costs associated with the BC low carbon fuel standard to be 0.009 pct of net earnings of $0.4 million;

  • Because imported liquid transportation fuels must also meet low-carbon content requirements, competitiveness issues for refiners relative to blending low carbon fuels into gasoline and diesel are addressed. This may not be the case for gaseous and solid fuels, or liquids used in petroleum refinery processes.

    Modelling by a number of CFS stakeholders shows that a minimum of two-thirds of the compliance for the 2030 CFS target can be met with liquid fuels. This significantly lowers the potential cost of compliance with the gaseous and solid fuels CFS components for Canada's industrial sector. In addition, there is considerable positive economic growth that will be realized by investments in clean fuel production and use.

    Transportation fuels make up 80 pct of the liquid fuels used in Canada, and their climate change emissions are rising. Many in the industrial sector see the rationale for Canada to largely follow the design of low carbon fuel standards successfully operating for almost a decade in British Columbia and in California.

    Download the Canadian clean fuel standards regulatory framework HERE. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 28 August, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson, (604) 947-0040,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  Canada Clean Fuel Standard,  Biofuel,  

  • USDA Offers Biorefinery, Biochemical Loan Guarantees (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-31
    The USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. The program provides loan guarantees of up to $250 million to fund the development, construction, and retrofitting of commercial-scale biorefineries using eligible technology. It can also be used to help fund the development of biobased product manufacturing facilities that use technologically new commercial-scale processing and manufacturing equipment to convert renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries into end-user products on a commercial scale.

    Download Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program details HERE. (Source: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Aug., 2018) Contact: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  USDA,  

    Grassland Carbon Credits Fund Carbon Sinks (Ind. Report)
    Environmental Defense Fund
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In San Francisco, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is reporting the sale of the first listed grassland carbon credits that will allow the Southern Plains Land Trust to restore and preserve two Colorado ranches that sequester 8,000 metric tpy of soil.

    The EDF facilitated the development and sale of the credits with the help of a Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA. Natural Capital Partners purchased the credits on behalf of its client Microsoft, which began a carbon neutrality program in 2012.

    Grassland carbon credits reward landowners for retaining soil carbon and avoiding the emissions associated with converting grasslands into croplands. Grassland projects also provide ecosystem benefits such as habitat for threatened species.

    The Climate Action Reserve's Grassland Project Protocol uses biogeochemical modeling and emissions factors to quantify carbon that would be released from the soil if the land were tilled. (Source: EDF, Aug., 2018) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund,; Southern Plains Land Trust,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund news,  Carbon Credit news,  Carbon Sink news,  

    New Solar Farm Slated for Orangeburg County, SC (Ind. Report)
    Southern Current
    Date: 2018-08-31
    Residential, commercial and utility-scale solar power developer Southern Current is reporting the launch of a new $28 million project in Orageburg, South Carolina. A project completion date has not yet been determined.

    Southern Current's integrated platform includes project development, engineering, construction, maintenance, finance and asset management, according to the company. (Source: Southern Current, WLTX19, 29 Aug., 2018) Contact: Southern Current, (843) 277-2090,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    NY State School District Reports ESPC Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In the Empire State, the East Syracuse Minoa (ESM) Central School District is reporting the near completion of a seven school, 18-year energy efficiency-energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Siemens. To date, the ESPC energy efficiency upgrades have delivered approximately $598,000 in energy savings -- exceeding annual guaranteed savings by more than $4,000.

    Under the ESPC, Siemen's provided a district-wide energy management system with direct digital controls allowing for implementation of energy conservation strategies and room occupancy scheduling; HVAC and chilled water plant upgrades; LED lighting retrofits; new high efficiency, condensing gas-fired hot water boiler plants in four ESM buildings and other upgrades.

    ESPCs are part of Siemens' Total Energy Management approach to reducing energy costs and funding building energy efficiency improvements through energy savings (Source: Siemens USA, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Siemens, Siemens Building Technologies,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Energy Efficiency,  ESPC,  

    Moelven Confirms Norwegian Bioenergy, Pellet Plant Plans (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In a release, the Scandinavian industrial group Moelven reports it is constructing a new woody biomass pellet factory and bioenergy plant near the villages of Honefoss and Kroderen, Norway. The pellet plant will be integrated into the company's existing sawmill which will provide by-products for pellet production.

    The NOK 270 million ($32,376,000 US) project will receive NOK 66 million funding from Enova, a Norwegian government enterprise responsible for promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy. The new plant is expected to come online in 2020.

    Moelven is a Scandinavian industrial group that produces building materials and systems for the construction industry. (Source: Moelven, PR, IHB, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: Moelven, +47 62 34 70 00,,

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

    Univ. of Arkansas Awarded $800,000 for Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
    University of Arkansas
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas reports biological sciences assistant professor Ruben Michael Ceballos has been awarded $800,000 over four years in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research methods to improve the efficiency and environmental soundness in the production of biofuel,

    The research is intended to create a way to protect and enhance enzymes in the process to turn organic material into fuel. Ceballos will use a protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools and springs to enhance the conversion process. (Source: University of Arkansas, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: University of Arkansas, Prof. Ruben Michael Ceballos, 479-575-5643,,; National Science Foundation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Science Foundation,  University of Arkansas,  Biofuel,  

    Silfab Solar Acquiring Itek Energy PV Plant (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Itek Energy,Solar
    Date: 2018-08-31
    Reuters is reporting Ontario-headquartered PV module manufacturer Silfab Solar will invest $40 million to acquire and expand Itek Energy's existing output from 150 MW to 350 Mw in Bellingham, Washington.

    Silfab Solar is the North American manufacturing leader in the design & development of ultra-high-efficiency, premium quality 60- and 72-cell monocrystalline PV modules. Silfab leverages over 35 years of solar experience spanning the entire vertical PV value chain including wafers, ingots, R&D, engineering and product innovation. As the largest and most advanced manufacturer in North America, Silfab's fully automated facility produces superior reliability and performance with the lowest defect rate in the US, according to the company website. (Source: Silfab, Hastings Tribune, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Silfab, (905) 255-2501,; Itek Energy, (360) 647-9531,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Silfab,  Solar,  PV,  Itek Energy,  

    Ocean Renewable Power Seeking Tidal Power Investors (Ind. Report)
    Ocean Renewable Power
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In Maine, Portland-based alternative energy startup Ocean Renewable Power Co. reports it is seeking a tide of investment capital to advance its unique RivGen -- in stream -- and TidGen -- tidal -- marine power turbines.

    The company is seeking $12 million in private investment in addition to a recent $6 million infusion. An initial funding round will be followed by a push for another $18 million earmarked for production startup, commercialization and marketing.

    In 2017, marine energy reportedly attracted only $200 million in investments worldwide; solar energy drew $161 billion and wind attracted $107 billion, according to Bloomberg's 2018 New Energy Finance investment report. (Source: Ocean Renewable Power, Portland Press Herald, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Ocean Renewable Power, Chris Sauer, CEO, 207.772.7707,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Renewable Power,  Tidal Power,  Ocean Power ,  

    Peabody Energy Increases Clean Coal Consortium Support (Funding)
    Peabody Energy
    Date: 2018-08-31
    St. Louis-based coal giant Peabody Energy has reportedly donated an additional $1.5 million for a total of $6.5 million since 2008, to the Washington University Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization (CCCU), of which Peabody is a founding member.

    The CCCU aims to make coal a safer and more affordable source of energy, with minimal impact on the environment. Donations fund new research projects, facilities, and outreach activities involving clean coal. The research projects are conducted by faculty from both Washington University and international partner universities. In total, the program has completed 24 research projects, 114 peer-reviewed papers and one book.

    The CCCU is a part of the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES), which was established in 2007 as a larger effort to coordinate research on energy, environment, and sustainability.

    According to Peabody Director of Corporate Communications Charlene Murdock, "Coal remains an essential part of the world' energy mix, and technologies are central to continuing to reduce the emissions profile." Murdock adds that "Peabody is dedicated to reducing emissions." (Source: Washington State University, Peabody Energy, Student Life, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: CCCU, Richard Axelbaum, Dir.,; Peabody Energy, Glenn Kellow, CEO, Travis Snyder (314) 342-4351,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Peabody Energy,  Clean Coal,  ,  

    FirstEnergy Scuttling Ohio, Penna. Coal Power Plants (Ind. Report)
    FirstEnergy Solutions
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In the Buckeye State, Akron-headquartered FirstEnergy Solutions reports it is shuttering its last coal-fired power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as its remaining four coal plants by 2022. The three Ohio plants are on the Ohio River in Stratton. Its last Pennsylvania coal plant is in Shippingport. The closures are subject to PJM review.

    According to U.S. Energy Information Agency data, the closures will leave about two dozen coal-fired plants operational in Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Source: FirstEnergy Solutions, PR, The Virginian Pilot, AP, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: First Energy Solutions, Donald Moul, Pres.,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Energy,  Coal,  Coal-Fired Power,  

    Co-op Promotes Reforestation to Offset CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Coop Carbone
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In Quebec, the Arbre-Evolution co-op reports it is partnering with Coop Carbone to develop carbon-offsetting projects. Coop Carbone works with enterprises to identify, develop and fund carbon-offsetting projects.

    Arbre-Evolution's pioneering approach to carbon offsetting focuses on the "social aspect of planting trees." Arbre-Evolution selects and supports projects from ideas put forward by businesses and community groups seeking to offset their carbon footprints through community tree planting and reforestation projects on publicly or collectively owned land.

    In addition to its partnership with Coop Carbone, Arbre-Evolution is working with the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada. The co-op's approach enables communities and companies to be part of the process rather than simply purchasing carbon credits. (Source: Coop News, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Arbre-Evolution, (514) 207-3686, (418) 607-0697,,; Coop Carbone, Jean Nolet, Pres.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coop Carbone,  Carbon Offsets,  Carbon Emissions,  Reforestation,  

    Resonant Energy Brings Solar Power to Nonprofits (Ind. Report)
    Resonant Energy
    Date: 2018-08-31
    Dorchester, Mass.-based community solar specialist Resonant Energy, where its platform brings together clients (usually nonprofit organizations like churches, universities) seeking solar access and financiers for those projects.

    Massachusetts has one of the best solar energy programs in the country and is most friendly to rooftop solar. And 2-year-old Resonant Energy puts that to best use. What started with a community project to solar power a church in Dorchester five years ago is now a company that's eight-member strong and looking onto a million dollar funding round next year.

    Resonant Energy also underwrites loans for institutions that are not credit-rated. Project financiers or investors on Resonant Energy's platform earn monthly payments from users, a 30 pct federal investment tax credit and depreciation, and state incentive payments over 10-20 years from the utility as governed by the Mass. Dept. of Energy Resources. In the last six months, the company has serviced close to 40 projects in Massachusetts and Long Island City New York. (Source: Resonant Energy, BostonInno, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: Resonant Energy, Isaac Baker, CEO, (617) 506 9248,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Resonant Energy,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Community Solr,  

    Canadian Solar, ET Energy Ink S. African Solar JV (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Solar ,BioTherm Energy
    Date: 2018-08-31
    Canadian Solar Inc. reports it has entered into a joint venture with ET Energy to provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services to two solar power projects totaling 132 mega-watt peak (MWp) in South Africa.

    The EPC projects, which are being developed for BioTherm Energy, the country's largest independent renewable energy developer, are expected to be grid-connected by the end of 2019 and early 2020, respectively. The projects will incorporate more than 400,000 Canadian Solar 1500V high voltage modules installed on single-axis solar tracking systems. (Source: Canadian Solar, Zacks, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: BioTherm Energy,; Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Solar,  BioTherm Energy,  

    Mitsubishi Unit Acquires Boston Solar Specialist (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Diamond Generating Corp
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Mitsubishi's Diamond Generating Corp. unit is reporting a "substantial investments" for a controlling interest in commercial-scale solar projects firm Nexamp Inc and in Boston Energy Trading and Marketing LLC.

    Diamond has nearly 3,000 active municipal, commercial and community solar customers and forecasts a 400 pct by 2020 due to its substantial development pipeline of solar and storage assets and aggressive asset acquisition targets in key markets.

    Nexamp, Inc. operates as a solar contractor that designs, develops, builds, installs, owns, finances, and operates commercial-scale solar projects. (Source: Diamond Generating Corp., Renewables, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: Diamond Generating Corp,; Nexamp Inc., (877) 707-0491,

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

    CBRE Ranks Chicago Tops in Green, Efficient Offices (Ind. Report)
    CBRE Group
    Date: 2018-08-29
    According to a recent study from commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE Group Inc, for the second year running, Chicago is the greenest U.S. city to work in with about 70 pct of its office space now LEED and/or ENERGY STAR certified for environmental efficiency -- a new study shows.

    up from about 66 pct in 2017. San Francisco, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Minneapolis/St. Paul followed in that order. (Source: CBRE Group Inc., Aug., 2018) Source: CBRE Group Inc., Aug., 2018) Contact: CBRE Group Inc., David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515,

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

    Kazakhstan, China Ink Coal Methane Cooperation Agreement (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Futher to our July 16th coverage, in Astana, Kazakhstan, Satbayev Kazakh National Research and Technical University and the ArcelorMittal Temirtau are reporting a trilateral cooperation agreement aiming to increase the production of coal methane in Kazakhstan.

    Under the agreement, the two parties will conduct joint research in the exploration and production of coal methane, the implementation of investment projects in processing and liquefying natural gas (LNG), gas compression, training of professional staff, undergraduates and doctoral students.

    Coal Technology & Engineering Group is a national Chinese corporation that holds a leading position in the Chinese coal industry. The corporation's aggregate revenue for 2017 amounted to more than $6 billion. According to the CCTEG data, the production of coal methane in China has now reached about 17 billion cubic mpy. (Source: Satbayev Kazakh National Research and Technical University, Astana Times, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Satbayev Kazakh National Research and Technical University, Chingiz Cherniyazdanov, Managing Director, +7 727 257 7116,; ArcelorMittal Temirtau,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Coalbed Methane,  

    Iranian 61.4 MW Wind Farm Commissioned (Int'l Report)
    Iran Wind
    Date: 2018-08-29
    The Iranian Energy Ministry is reporting the opening of a 61.4-MW wind farm in town of Tarom in Qazvin province.

    The €86 million wind farm incorporates eighteen 3.4-MW wind turbines and was developed by the private sector with support from the National Development Fund of Iran and the Cooperative Development Bank. When fully operational, the wind farm will help prevent 110,000 metric tpy of greenhouse gases, which is equivalent to planting 100 thousand hectares of and preventing the pollution of 22,000 vehicles. (Source: Iranian Energy Ministry, REVE, 27 Aug., 2018) Iranian Energy Ministry,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Iran Wind,  

    Vestas, ECN Wind Partnering on Netherlands Wind Test Site (Int'l)
    Vestas,ECN Wind Energy Facilities
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Danish wind turbine giant Vestas reports it is partnering with ECN Wind Energy Facilities B.V. on the 30- MW Wieringermeer wind test site project in the Netherlands.

    The project is an extension of the Wieringermeer test site, which will have a total capacity of 17 wind turbines: eight spots for serially-produced turbines and nine for prototypes of large wind turbine manufacturers.

    Vestas will provide eight serially-produced V126-3.45 MW turbines delivered in a 3.8-MW Power Optimized Mode which ECN Wind Energy Facilities could use for testing on behalf of third parties. Such tests could include operational strategies to optimize output and grid integration. The project includes VestasOnline Business SCADA solution for monitoring the turbines, reducing turbine downtime and improving the project's business case. The contract includes design and construction of foundations as well as supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 service agreement. Turbine delivery is slated for Q1, 2019. (Source: Vestas, Windpower, 27 Aug., 2018)Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,; ECN Wind Energy,; ECN Wind Energy Facilities,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ECN Wind Energy .Vestas,  Wind,  

    Invenergy Developing Two Western Iowa Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Chicago-based wind energy developer Invenergy reports it is developing an 85 turbine wind farm in Sac County and an 85 turbine project in Ida County, Iowa. Both wind farms are designed to generate at least 200 MW of power -- sufficinet power for approximately 90,000 homes.

    This would be Invenergy's second wind farm in Ida County. The Sac and Ida projects could be up and running by the end of 2019 or early 2020. Invenergy also has plans to develop a project in Iowa County in eastern Iowa. The clean energy company operates about 1,500 megawatts of wind energy in Iowa. (Source: Innvenergy, Iowa Public Radio, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  

    Iowa Gov. Defends Energy Efficiency Program Cuts (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-29
    In the Hawkeye State, Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) is defending a bill she signed that will scale back energy efficiency programs in her state by as much as two-thirds.

    Under the new legislation, the contribution individual ratepayers make to energy efficiency will be capped at 2 pct of the ratepayer's electric or gas bill. Also, customers can now opt out of the program altogether. As a result, about $100 million a month will go directly back to utility customers instead of awarded to applicants for home energy audits, home retrofits, and energy efficient appliances and other programs. Under the new law, $120 million will still be available for energy efficiency projects each year. (Source: Iowa Public Radio, Aug., 2018).

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Energy Efficiency,  

    China Growing Battery Energy Storage Capacity (Int'l. Report)
    China Energy Storage Alliance
    Date: 2018-08-29
    According to the China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA), China had an operational battery-storage capacity of 389 megawatts (MW) at the beginning of 2018, Only 8 months later, China had added another 340 MW of additional capacity.

    The battery-storage capacity is for storing excess electricity on the grid. Its main use is to smooth out the intermittent production of electricity from renewable energy sources of which China is a world leader.

    CNESA also notes China currently has 30 GW of pumped hydro storage capacity, about 40 times that of battery storage. (Source: China Energy Storage Alliance , Quarts, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: China Energy Storage Alliance,

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

    Trump's New Affordable Clean Energy Rule Fast Facts (Reg. & Leg.)
    Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2018-08-29
    On August 21, 2018, the U.S. EPA proposed the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule which would establish emission guidelines for states to develop plans to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.

    The ACE rule would replace the 2015 (Obama administration) Clean Power Plan (CPP) which EPA has proposed to repeal because it "exceeded EPA's authority." The CPP was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court and has never gone into effect.

    The ACE rule has several components: a determination of the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for GHG emissions from coal-fired power plants, a list of "candidate technologies" states can use when developing their plans, a new preliminary applicability test for determining whether a physical or operational change made to a power plant may be a "major modification" triggering New Source Review, and new implementation regulations for emission guidelines under Clean Air Act section 111(d). The EPA notes that with CO2 emissions steadily declining:

  • EPA projects that, compared to a no CPP scenario, the ACE rule will reduce CO2 emissions in 2025 by between 13 and 30 million short tons, resulting in $1.6 billion in monetized domestic climate benefits;
  • EPA estimates that the ACE rule could reduce 2030 CO2 emissions by an amount equivalent to the annual emissions of up to 5 million cars. The rule could also reduce co-pollutant emissions by up to 2 pct.;
  • These illustrative scenarios suggest that when states have fully implemented the ACE rule, U.S. power sector CO2 emissions could be around 34 pct below 2005 levels;
  • CO2 emissions in the power sector have steadily declined in recent years due to a range of factors including market forces, technology improvements, regulatory and policy changes. As a result, the industry has increased the use of natural gas and renewable energy sources;
  • These trends have resulted in CO2 emission reductions even as the U.S. has sustained economic growth and job gains across the economy without the (Obama) Clean Power Plan ever going into effect;
  • The (Trump) ACE rule will continue this trend;
  • The power sector emitted roughly 1.9 billion tons of CO2 in 2017, compared to 2.7 billion tons in 2005 -- a 28 pct decrease.
  • Approximately 600 coal-fired electric generating units at 300 facilities could be covered by the ACE rule.

    According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. leads the world in reducing CO2 emissions with U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions falling by 14 pct between 2005 to 2017, with coal-related CO2 emissions down 39 pct over that period. During that time, global energy-related CO2 emissions rose by 21 pct.

    More information and additional fact sheets along with copies of the proposed rule and accompanying Regulatory Impact Analysis are available HERE, (Source: US EPA, EIA, 27 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump.Carbon Emissions,  Clean Power Plan ,  

  • Notable Quote
    Progressive Policy Institute
    Date: 2018-08-29
    " (Republican Senator John) McCain's advocacy of carbon pricing played a key role in getting mainstream Republican economists, at least, to admit it was the most efficient climate policy. Unfortunately, the rabid anti-tax ideology of Grover Norquist has won out, leading most in the GOP to deny the climate problem rather admit that taxing carbon is the best solution." -- Paul Bledsoe, Energy Fellow and Strategic Adviser, Progressive Policy Institute, commenting on recently deceased Arizona Senator John McCain's position on carbon taxes and climate change.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    Climeworks Raises $31Mn for CO2 Capture Technology (Int'l, Funding)
    Climeworks AG
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Zurich-headquartered carbon capture technology specialist Climeworks AG reports it has raised CHF30.5 million ($31.266 million) in equity funding, from existing and new private investors as well as Zurich Cantonal Bank. The financing round brings the Swiss company another step closer to achieving its vision of capturing one per cent of global CO2 emissions by 2025.

    Funds will be used to further industrialize Climeworks' modular and scalable direct air capture (DAC) technology, reduce costs significantly and prepare for mass production. Since 2017, the company has built nine direct air capture plants for three different market segments in 6 countries.

    In May 2017, Climeworks launched the world's first commercial DAC plant in Hinwil, Switzerland. In November Climeworks opened the world's first DAC plant in combination with underground sequestration of CO2 in Iceland. (Source: Climeworks AG, Equity Wire,28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Climeworks AG, Jan Wurzbacher and Christoph Gebald, co-founder and co-CEO, +41 44 533 2999,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climeworks AG,  

    $4.7Bn Not Enough, Iowa Corn Growers Tell Trump (Ind. Report)
    USDA,Iowa Corn Growers
    Date: 2018-08-29
    The USDA has announced details of a $4.7 billion trade mitigation and aid package for farmers facing possible loses due to the Trump administration's tariffs and trade uncertainty. The aid package will provide some short-term relief, but as Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said, "it will not make farmers whole."

    Profitability is a huge concern for Iowa's corn farmers now facing the fifth consecutive year of declining farm incomes while facing high levels of uncertainty due to ongoing trade disputes and disruptions in the ethanol markets.

    The Iowa Corn Farmers Association's message to the Trump administration was clear -- "Corn farmers prefer to have market access to compete in a global marketplace, not rely on government assistance, for their livelihoods. Remove unnecessary trade barriers and restore our access to international markets." (Source: Iowa Corn Growers Association, PR, 27 Aug., 2018)Contact: Iowa Corn Growers Association, (515) 225-9242,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn,  USDA,  Corn Ethanol,  

    NorthWestern Energy's Montana Wind Project Becalmed (Ind. Report)
    NorthWestern Energy
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Souix Falls, South Dakota-headquartered wind energy developer NorthWestern Energy reports its proposed 320-MW, Beaver Creek wind energy and battery energy storage project in south-central Montana is on hold due to an impasse in negotiations over rates with NorthWestern Energy.

    The Beaver Creek project would include four, 80-megawatt wind farms north of Columbus. Developers say it would create 350 jobs during construction as well as $4 million a year in property taxes to Sweet Grass and Stillwater counties. But Beaver Creek owners claim NorthWestern Energy is not negotiating in good faith over the rates it would pay for that power. The developer is now asking the Montana Public Service Commission to settle the issue. (Source: NorthWestern Energy, 8KPAX News, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: NorthWestern Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NorthWestern Energy,  Wind,  

    Philippine Think Tank Opposes Biofuel Act Roll Back (Int'l)
    Philippine Department of Energy
    Date: 2018-08-29
    In the Philippines, the Center for Alcohol Development and Research think tank is warning that the possible suspension of the country's Biofuels Act will imperil the Philippine PHP 30-billion ($562,700.000) bioethanol industry and drive away foreign investment.

    The Philippines bioethanol industry consists of 11 bioethanol companies, each of which invested between PHP 3 billion and PHP 5 billion for a distillery with the capacity of 100,000 lpd, depending on the technology used.

    According to the Department of Energy, "The Biofuels Act is not about lowering the prices of gasoline. It is about the diversification of the sugar industry which empowers the marginalized farmers, sugarcane farmers, it is about rural development. It is about putting the people, making the people go to agriculture, developing our farms, providing a livelihood in rural areas rather than them moving away to Metro Manila."

    The Department of Energy previously called on the country's oil companies to roll out lower priced "Euro 2" diesel fuel in their retail stations to help mitigate the impact of rising inflation to consumers. (Source: Philippine Department of Energy, Center for Alcohol Development and Research, Manila Standard, 27 Aug., 2018)Contact: Philippine Department of Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  Philippines Ethanol,  

    UC Santa Barbara Lauded for Efficiency, Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    UC Santa Barbara
    Date: 2018-08-29
    The 2018 Sustainable Campus Index has tagged the University of California Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara) as a top performer in three categories of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2018 Sustainable Campus Index. The annual index ranks the nation's most sustainable colleges and universities, as measured by AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

    Highlighting innovative and high-impact sustainability initiatives from STARS-rated institutions -- UCSB holds a STARS Gold rating for sustainability impact areas related to academics, engagement, operations and administration.

    In existing buildings and new construction, UCSB is committed to the US Green Building Council's LEED green building rating system with more than 278,000 square feet currently certified as either LEED Platinum or Gold. UCSB also has an indoor air quality policy, a green cleaning policy and is ranked fifth, earning 69 pct, compared to an average of just 16.9 pct for institutions of comparable size in sustainable investments.

    AASHE's STARS is the leading tool for measuring higher education sustainability performance. With nearly 800 participating institutions, it is the most thoroughly vetted and extensively tested system of its kind. (Source: UC Santa Barbara, Sept., 2018) Contact: UC Santa Barbara, Shelly Leachman, (805) 893-8726,,; AASHE, Meghan Fay Zahniser , Sustainable Campus Exec. Dir.,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  Sustainability,  Energy Eficiency,  

    Aripack Offering NEOs Anaerobic Biogas Additive Option (Ind. Report)
    NEO Plastics
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Brooklyn New York-based packaging supplier Aripack reports it is partnering with 2017 plastics start-up NEO Plastics, also of Brooklyn, to offer a new option toward a zero-waste sustainability strategy that addresses the growing accumulation of plastics in landfills.

    NEO's organic plastics packaging additive converts waste in landfills to useful biogas and meets ASTM standards. NEO Plastics launched in late 2017. (Source: Aripack, Plastics Today, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: Aripack NEO Plastics, (646) 542-1499,; Aripack, (718) 398-4850,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  

    Ryze Renewables, Phillips 66 Renewable Diesel Plants Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Ryze Renewables, Phillips 66
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Ryze Renewables, a producer of renewable fuels from non-edible renewable and waste feedstocks, reports construction is underway for two renewable diesel production facilities in Nevada. Once operational, these plants will manufacture high-cetane renewable diesel "drop in" fuel from agricultural oils and animal fats, using a patented hydrogenation technology that is more efficient than current conversion processes.

    When completed, the two facilities are expected to produce a combined 11,000 bpd of renewable diesel for Western U.S. and Canadian markets. Phillips 66 will supply both plants with feedstock and deliver the product.

    The first plant in Reno is expected to come online in mid-2019, while the second facility in Las Vegas will become operational early in 2020. (Source: Ryze Renewables, PR, AP, NewsOK, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: Ryze Renewables, Christopher Dancy, 949-812-7065,,; Phillips 66, Joe Gannon,,, Twitter @Phillips66Co

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    Cowichan Energy Plans Biofuel Stations Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Cowichan Energy Alternatives
    Date: 2018-08-29
    In British Columbia, biofuels producer and distributor Cowichan Energy Alternatives (CEA) is planning to grow its biofuels retail network in the Cowichan Valley with additional biofuels stations.

    The CEA currently processes approximately 500,000 lpy of biofuel from locally sourced used cooking oil The organization hopes to set up a second bio-fuel station at a cost of approximately $100,000 and to that end has applied to North Cowichan's Climate Action & Energy Plan for $30,000 in grant funding. The municipality is supplying $20,000 in funding.

    The CEA was founded in 2008 as a non-profit organization focused on providing energy and greenhouse gas emissions inventories and planning services, renewable energy feasibility studies and implementation, and leading community carbon offsetting initiatives through the Community Carbon Marketplace. (Source: Cowichan Energy Alternatives, Lake Cowichan Gazette, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Cowichan Energy Alternatives, (250) 597-1491,

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    Energy Efficiency Saves Berkeley Schools $3.1Mn (Ind. Report)
    CMTA Energy Solutions,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In Martinsburg, West Virginia, CMTA Energy Solutions reports electric power usage consumption at county schools has fallen by approximately 37 pct. It also notes that four more county schools are expected to score between the 98th and 100th percentile in the U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR® program as a result of energy-efficiency performance contracted work at Berkeley County (W.Va.) Schools.

    Two years into an energy-savings performance contract, the schools have saved $3.1 million in utility expenses, and more renovations aimed at reducing building operating costs are planned, according to CMTA Energy Solutions. Eight other county school buildings are in the progress of receiving ENEGY STAR certification as a result of a $28 million energy-management project in which the school system embarked in May 2016 with the Kentucky-based firm, officials said.

    The work to date has included the installation of seven geothermal heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, replacement of boilers and chillers, installation of more than 23,000 LED lighting fixtures in 35 buildings, thermal "envelope" improvements, computer power management, and district-wide, web-accessible HVAC controls. (Source: CMTA Energy Solutions, Herald Mail, 21 Aug., 2018)Contact: CMTA Energy Solutions, 502-326-3085,; ENERGY STAR,,

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    Bay State Towns Score Green Community Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding, Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In the Bay State, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources reports it has awarded $250,000 in additional Green Community energy efficiency and energy improvement grant funding to six towns in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area.

    Among the six recipient communities, Orange and Royalston are new to the program this year, and will be eligible to apply for these competitive grants when the initial grants are exhausted. The town of Warwick was awarded $225,807 and is expected to collaborate with Northfield, which was awarded $244,929. The funds will be applied to school HVAC system improvements, upgrades to motors and drives, weatherization projects and other energy efficiency projects that are expected to reduce the regional school district's energy costs by $80,000 a year. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Athol Daily News, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Constellation's Ocean City 10-MW Solar Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Constellation,Exelon,Delmarva Power
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In the Garden State, Ocean City reports it has partnered with Constellation, an Exelon company, to construct a 10-MW solar energy project incorporating more than 30,000 PV panels covering 113 acres.

    Ocean City will draw 3.5 MW of power from the completed while Eastman Chemical Company will acquire the remaining 6.5 megawatts. Eastman will use its portion to help power a manufacturing facility in Chestertown, Maryland. Delmarva Power will distribute the solar project's energy. In the first year, the solar energy system is expected to produce more than 5.6 million KWh of electricity for Ocean City and save taxpayers about $120,000 per year, according to Constellation's press release. Construction on the project is expected to be complete by the end of this year, with the solar panels up and running by early 2019. (Source: Constellation, Salisbury Daily Times, Delmarva Now, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact:Constellation, David Snyder, (410) 470-9700,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Delmarva,  Constellation,  Solar,  Exelon,  

    AFBF Comments on Biofuels Volumes, Small Refinery Hardship Waivers (Opinions, editorials & Asides)
    American Farm Bureau Federation
    Date: 2018-08-27
    "Though pleased with EPA's proposal to increase renewable fuel volumes, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) warned that the agency's excessive use of small refinery "hardship" waivers diminishes the likelihood that volume targets will be met.

    "EPA's excessive use (of small refinery waivers) will undermine the goals that were set by Congress to create a more robust renewable fuels industry and greater energy independence. EPA's actions could result in an estimated 1.5 billion gallons of lost demand for renewable fuels," the AFBF said.

    "EPA's proposed renewable fuels volume standards for 2019 would maintain the statutory requirement for conventional renewable fuel at 15 billion gallons, increase cellulosic fuels to 381 million gallons and bump up total advanced biofuels to 4.88 billion gallons. It would also increase the biomass-based diesel volume to 2.43 billion gallons for 2020.

    "The AFBF touted the Renewable Fuel Standard's many successes, including the growth it spurred within the agriculture sector as corn and soybean farmers expanded their crop production to meet growing demand for corn- and soybean-based biofuels.

    "Beyond the boost to the agricultural economy, the RFS2 is intended to spur investment in cleaner, domestic fuels; give consumers more choices at the pump; lower gas prices; and boost the country's energy security. But EPA has allowed dozens of oil refineries off the hook from their legal obligations to blend renewable fuels with gasoline and diesel fuel, which is jeopardizing this progress, according to Farm Bureau.

    "Given the accomplishments of the RFS program to date, EPA's excessive and unreasonable use of the small refinery waiver dampens the prospects for reduced emissions and increased energy security," the organization cautioned.

    "AFBF also addressed the RIN market as it relates to the current RFS2 program, noting that RINS are functioning properly and providing incentives for refiners to offer higher blends of ethanol in the market at prices that are increasingly competitive with conventional gasoline. A RIN is a serial number assigned to a batch of biofuel for the purpose of tracking its production, use and trading.

    "In addition, the organization emphasized that the petroleum industry's unwillingness to offer higher blends of biofuels should not be taken as evidence that the RFS2 is unworkable. Rather, it is evidence that they are unwilling to adapt to policies enunciated by Congress. But making space in the market for alternative fuels that contribute to energy independence, environmental improvement, and economic development is exactly the point of RFS2." (Source: American Farm Bureau Federation, FBNews, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: American Farm Bureau Federation, Sarah Brown Dirkes, Exec. Director, Industry Relations, (202) 406-3684,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  EPA,  

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