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DOE Releases 2017 Wind Market Reports (Ind. Reports Attached)
Date: 2018-08-27
The U.S. DOE's recently released three wind energy market reports for 2017 note that as wind installations continue across the country and offshore wind projects move beyond the planning process, technology costs and wind energy prices continue to fall. The reports cover land-based utility scale, distributed, and offshore wind. Highlights from 2017 reports prepared by DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory include:
  • The U.S. wind industry installed 7,017 MW of capacity last year, bringing total utility-scale wind capacity to nearly 89 GW:
  • In total, 41 states operated utility-scale wind projects. Texas leads the nation with over 22 GW of wind capacity, while Oklahoma, Iowa, California, and Kansas have more than 5,000 MW;
  • Another 13 states have more than 1,000 MW;
  • In 2017, wind energy contributed 6.3 pct of the nation's electricity supply, more than 10 pct of total generation in 14 states, and more than 30 pct in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota;
  • Larger turbines with longer blades are enhancing wind plant performance. Wind projects built in the past few years have seen capacity factors increase by 79 pct compared to projects installed from 1998 to 2001;
  • The average installed cost of wind projects in 2017 was $1,611 per KW, down 33 pct from the peak in 2009 -- 2010:
  • The U.S. wind industry supported more than 105,000 jobs and saw $11 billion invested in new wind plants in 2017.

    A separate 2017 Distributed Wind Market Report, prepared by DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, highlights the following:

  • In total, U.S. wind turbines in distributed applications reached a cumulative installed capacity of 1,076 MW. This capacity comes from roughly 81,000 turbines installed across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam;
  • In 2017, Iowa, Ohio, and California led the nation in new distributed wind capacity installed as a result of large-scale turbines installed by commercial and industrial facilities and electricity distribution utilities;
  • 35 pct of distributed wind projects installed in 2017 were residential , and 25 pct were agricultural installations;
  • U.S. manufacturers of small wind turbines and their supply chain vendors are located in 27 states;
  • Between 2015 and 2017, U.S.-based small wind turbine manufacturers accounted for $226 million or more in export sales.

    A third report, the 2017 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Update, prepared by the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, found the following:

  • The U.S. offshore wind industry recently took a leap forward as commercial-scale projects were competitively selected in Massachusetts (800 MW), Rhode Island (400 MW), and Connecticut (200 MW);
  • New York, New Jersey, and Maryland also have offshore wind projects in the development pipeline;
  • The U.S. offshore wind project pipeline has reached a total of 25,464 MW of capacity across 13 states, including the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm commissioned in 2016;
  • In Europe -- where most offshore wind development has occurred to date -- recent offshore wind project auctions have continued the trend of developers committing to lower electricity prices for projects that will be operating in the 2020s;
  • New offshore wind turbines are being developed with 10 -- 12 mw of capacity (compared to an average capacity of 2.3 MW for land-based turbines and 5.3 MW for offshore wind turbines installed in 2017). As a result, demand is increasing for specialized ships that will be able to install these very large turbines in U.S. waters;
  • About 60 pct of the U.S. offshore wind resource lies in deep waters. Developing a project in deep waters requires wind turbines on floating foundations;
  • In the U.S., floating offshore wind projects have been proposed off the coasts of Maine, California, and Hawaii.

    Report details are HERE. (Source: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, Aug., 2018) Contact: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office.

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

  • Woodstock NY Sees Energy Saving with LEDs (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In New York State, the Woodstock Town Board reports it is considering upgrading its out dated mercury vapor street lighting to LEDs through an energy efficiency program from the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

    The town presently leases its streetlights from Central Hudson. Out of 129 streetlights, Central Hudson has already converted 26 to longer lasting and more energy efficient LEDs, which are expected to save the town approximately $24,000 in energy costs per year.Pat Courtney Strong of the Mid-Hudson Streetlight Consortium. Total materials and labor will cost the town $89,610.53, according to NYPA estimates. (Source: hv1, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: NYPA Mid-Hudson Streetlight Consortium, (845) 331-2238,; Town Of Woodstock NY,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Street Light,  NYPA,  

    CBRE Toasts Chicago Offices as Nation's Greenest (Ind. Report)
    CBRE Group
    Date: 2018-08-27
    Chicago is the national leader in energy efficient office buildings for the second year in a row. The Windy City gained a nearly six point spread over second-place San Francisco, marking the largest spread ever recorded in the Index, according to the 2018 National Green Building Adoption Index published by CBRE Group Inc. and Maastricht University.

    The fifth annual U.S. Green Building Adoption Index by CBRE and Maastricht University analyzed green certified office space across America's 30 largest metros, and found the highest in the index's history at 41 pct of market totals. "Green" office buildings hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR® label, USGBC LEED certification or both. According to the report, 11.5 pct of all buildings surveyed are ENERGY STAR labeled, while 5.0 pct of buildings are LEED certified, both at all-time highs for the five-year study.

    According to the report, 69.8 pct of the office buildings in Chicago are market certified green and 265 buildings are green. San Francisco claimed the second spot with 64 pct of all space green certified, and Atlanta maintained the third spot with more than 58 pct. Los Angeles and Minneapolis claimed fourth and fifth place respectively.

    In 2019, the city plans to implement the Chicago Energy Rating System, to make energy use information for large buildings easily accessible while encouraging additional energy savings. If all buildings with ENERGY STAR scores below 90 were to improve their scores by only 10 points to earn one additional star in the new Rating, buildings would see savings of over $70 million per year. In April 2017, the Mayor announced that by 2025 all Chicago public buildings will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. That transition means that eight percent of the city-wide electricity load or 1.8 billion KWh will come from clean and renewable sources. This follows the 2013 commitment that the City made to eliminating coal from its electricity supply. (Source: City of Chicago, PR, Prairies State Wire, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Chicago Mayor's Press Office, 312.744.3334,; CBRE, David Pogue, VP Global Client Care, CBRE U.S. Green Building Adoption Index,,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

    JA Solar Supplies PERC Modules for Aramex Solar Project (Int'l)
    JA Solar,IMG Solar,
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In Beijing, solar products manufacturer JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. reports it has delivered 3.2MW of mono passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) modules for a solar project in Dubai Logistics City, e regional transportation hub.

    The project, which is reportedly the largest single-rooftop solar project in the MENA region, is constructed on a turnkey basis by Jordan's IMG Solar and is expected to generate 5,000,000 kWh of electricity per year. (Source: JA Solar, ME Construction News, 26 Aug., 2018) Contact: JA Solar Holdings,;IMG Solar IMG Solar,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JA Solar,  Solar,  

    Trump Tower Emissions, Energy Efficiency, Slammed -- Climate Works for All Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In its latest report, the not-for-profit ALIGNNY organization contends that large buildings owned by Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner's family, are some of the biggest polluters and emitters of greenhouse gases in the city. ALIGNNY says New York City can and must take bold steps to fight climate change by requiring energy efficiency improvements at Trump's and Kushner's buildings, as well as other large buildings that are contributing to the crisis.

    According to The Environmental Impact of Trump Tower -- No LEED, a report by the Urban Green Council, the average Energy Star scores for residential and office buildings in New York City are 60 and 75, respectively. In 2015, Trump Tower's last recorded year available on public record, the building received an Energy Star score of 48 out of 100, which means the tower is in the bottom half of its category for energy conservation. (Eleven of his 15 properties at the time fell below 50.) As president, Trump has asked Congress to eliminate $42 million in federal funding for the ENERGY STAR program, which is led by the EPA.

    According to a 2015 study by the Alliance for a Greater New York, Trump Tower uses more energy than 93 pct of other large residential buildings in New York City. In 2018, HuffPost also reported the tower's average energy use intensity is 208, while the average office building uses 186. Luxury properties in New York, which include the tower, make up 2 pct of buildings in the city but produce nearly 50 pct of its climate-altering emissions.

    Download ALIGNNY details, Climate Works for All Report HERE. (Source: ALIGNNY, MIC, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: Align New York, (646) 676-4300,,; ENERGY STAR,,; Urban Green Council, (212) 514-9385,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Footprint,  Trump Tower,  ENERGY STAR,  

    0.01 pct of Korean Conglomerates Power from Renewables (Int'l)
    Korea Energy Management Corporation
    Date: 2018-08-27
    According to the Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO), an affiliate of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, only 0.01 pct of the power consumed by South Korea's corporate giants is sourced from renewable energy.

    The 2017 figures show that the 2,950 companies that submitted their usage figures used 97,573 toe, which represents 42 pct of domestic energy consumption. Only 9,653 toe of this derived from new and renewable energy produced directly. This can be blamed on the fact that there are basically no related tax penalties or regulations, despite the fact that companies' energy consumption is directly proportional to the greenhouse gas emissions for which they are responsible under the country's cap-and-trade system.

    Under the cap-and-trade system regulations, companies are required to either produce 5 pct of their total power through renewable energy facilities or to make up the shortfall by buying renewable energy certificates (REC) from producers of renewable energy. The mandatory supply ratio goes up one percentage point each year and is set to reach 10 pct by 2023. (Source: Korea Energy Management Corporation, HANKYOREH, 26 Aug.,2018) Contact: Korea Energy Management Corporation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Cap-and-Trade,  Korea Energy Management Corporation,  

    Indian Jatropha Biofuel Blend Flight Completed (Int'l. Report)
    Jet Biofuel
    Date: 2018-08-27
    India's first ever biofuel flight, operated by SpiceJet, completed its maiden trip toda. A 78-seater aircraft Bombardier Q400 aircraft, partially using biojet fuel, took off from Dehradun and landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.

    The biofuel for the flight was developed and tested by Dehradun-based CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum. SpiceJet's biofuel is a mix of the oil extracted from the seeds of Jatropha plant and regular aviation turbine fuel, the airline said. (Source: SpiceJet, NDTV, DNA, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, +91 135 252 5722,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Jatropha biofuel,  

    RadiusPoint, Energy Professionals Partnering (Ind. Report)
    RadiusPoint,Energy Solutions Manager
    Date: 2018-08-27
    Orlando, Florida-headquartered telecom and utility expense management provider RadiusPoint and virtual energy manager Energy Professionals, are touting a mutually-beneficial relationship under RadiusPoint's Partner Program.

    In this strategic partnership, Energy Professionals will offer RadiusPoint clients: energy analysis based on business objectives and risks; energy efficiency and monitoring to help conserve energy; energy procurement; planning, implementing, and monitoring activities of utilities, and others.

    RadiusPoint will provide Energy Professionals client's the ability to track and store utility data to ensure on-time payments while comparing against activities for vacant cost recovery utilizing RadiusPoint's intelligent Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), ExpenseLogic™. (Source: RadiusPoint, PR, Aug., 2018) Contact: RadiusPoint, Sharon Watkins, CEO; TSG Enterprises LLC (dba RadiusPoint), Savanna Chrostowski, 407-657-4169,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RadiusPoint,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

    Sustane Technologies Plastics-to-Fuels Plant Wins Conditional Environmental Approval (Reg & Leg)
    Sustane Technologies
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In Nova Scotia, Sustane Technologies Inc. reports receipt of a conditional environmental assessment approval to collect and process up to 50,000 tpy of municipal garbage into biomass pellets, diesel and kerosene at a plant at Kaisers Meadow near Chester.

    Those conditions of approval specify the types of raw material the company can bring in and process. The company must also develop and follow plans to monitor air quality, groundwater, noise levels and the effects of flaring and lighting on birds as well as create a map of species at risk in the project area. The company must also create a contingency plan for accidents. All of the conditions must be met before the company can apply for the industrial approval necessary for operations startup.

    When fully operational, the plant will produce both synthetic kerosene for onsite use, and about 9,000 lpd of synthetic diesel which will be sold. (Source: Sustane Technologies, CBC, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: Sustane Technologies, Peter Vinall, CEO, (902) 200-1642,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustane Technologies,  

    Chile's Punta Sierra Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    Punta Sierra,China State Power Investment Corporation
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In Santiago, Pacific Hydro is reporting its 32 turbine, $140 million Punta Sierra wind farm in Chile is now online.

    The 82 MW facility is the Pacific Hydro's first wind farm in Chile and the first wind farm financed by China State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) in the South American country.

    Punta Sierra wind farm incorporates 32 Goldwind turbines of 2.55 MW and will offset 100,000 tpy of CO2 while supplying sufficient energy for approximately 130,000 homes per year. (Source: Pacific Hydro, Santiago Times, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: Pacific Hydro,; China State Power Investment Corporation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Hydro,  Wind,  Punta Sierra,  

    Notable Quote
    Date: 2018-08-27
    "The Trump administration wants to move forward implementing the RFS within the spirit and letter of the law. We want to provide more certainty for the renewable volume obligations. So far, this administration has been on time in setting the RVOs each year and that provides more certainty for producers and consumers. We will continue to do that." -- Andrew Wheeler, EPA Acting Administrator, 25 Aug., 2018

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump news,  RFS news,  Ethanol news,  Biofuel news,  

    New EPA Administrator Wheeler Touting Trump's "Affordable Clean Energy Rule" (Reg & Leg)
    Coal,Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2018-08-27
    Greg Pruitt's replacement at the EPA, Andrew Wheeler has been making the rounds in Kentucky coal country touting President Donald Trump's Affordable Clean Energy Rule, a new plan aimed at aiding the beleaguered coal industry.

    Trump's proposal aims to replace the Obama administration's signature effort to slow global warming by limiting emissions from coal-fired power plants. To that end, Trump's plan broadly increases each individual state's authority to decide how to regulate coal plants, the reasoning being that states that are heavily into coal and other fossil fuels will legislate favorably toward its fossil fuel industries.

    Even so, Wheeler claims carbon emissions would continue decreasing under Trump's plan, albeit, not as quickly as under Obama's plan which Trump claims was tantamount to a "war on Coal." The Trump administration has acknowledged that the increased emissions from aging coal plants could kill hundreds more people annually and cost the U.S. billions of dollars. (Source: Various Media, LEX 18, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: EPA, Andrew Wheeler, Administrator,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Clean Coal,  Clean Power Plan,  Trump,  

    Winchester Slashes Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Winchester City
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In the UK, the Winchester City Council reports it has slashed he city's carbon emissions by almost 10 pct during the year to April 2017 -- 22.5 pct below the baseline year of 2009/10. The council aims to cut city's carbon footprint by 20 pct by 2020/21, relative to 2015/16 levels. The population of Winchester ia 116,000 plus or minus. (Source: City of Winchester, Hampshire Chronicle, 25 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

    Xcel Undeterred in Carbon Emissions Goals (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2018-08-27
    Further to our June 8th coverage, Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy notes it remains committed to its carbon emissions goals and creating clean energy for its customers despite the Trump administration's reversal of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan coal pollution rules.

    The new EPA Affordable Clean Energy Rule proposal would give states leeway on whether to limit emissions and by how much and allow older power plants to operate longer.

    Xcel has coal plant operations in Becker, Minn. It has three units working and one united scheduled to be retired in 2023 and another in 2026.

    Since 2005 Xcel has reduced carbon emissions 33 pct in the Upper Midwest -- a level that is ahead of the former U.S. commitment under the Paris Agreement. Xcel projects a 50 pct reduction in emissions by 2022. The company's current Upper Midwest energy mix is 58 pct carbon free -- 29 pct nuclear, 18 pct wind, 10 pct other renewables and 1 percent solar. The remaining mix is 30 pct coal and 12 pct natural gas. the company notes. By 2022, Xcel projects the Upper Midwest numbers to be 76 pct carbon free. (Source: Xcel Energy, 24 Aug., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, Frank Prager, VP Policy and Federal Affairs,

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

    ARENA Funds Woody Biomass-to-Biofuels Feasibility Study (Int'l)
    ARENA,Boral Limited
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it will provide up to $500,000 in funding to Boral Timber, a subsidiary of Boral Limited, to investigate construction of a "second-generation" biofuels refinery at Herons Creek near Port Macquarie, New South Wales.

    Boral Timber's $1.2 million study will explore the technical and financial viability of establishing a biorefinery using innovative technology, which would see biofuels derived from waste sawmill residues from its Herons Creek sawmill. According to the company, the proposed $50 million plant could process up to 50,000 tpy of waste sawmill residue into transport-grade renewable diesel and bitumen. (Source: ARENA, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773,,; Boral Limited,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ARENA,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass-to-Fuel,  

    Forest City Realty Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Forest City Realty Trust
    Date: 2018-08-24
    In Cleveland -- "The Best Location in the Nation' -- Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. reports it has been recognized as a LEED Power Builder by the U.S. Green Building Council; Green Lease Leader by The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and The DOE's Better Buildings Alliance; ENERGY STAR Charter Tenant Space recognition by the U.S. DOE.

    Forest City and 10 other companies earned Gold landlord recognition as part of the Green Lease Leaders program, which recognizes innovative companies and real estate practitioners who manage high-performance buildings through energy efficiency and sustainability. The company also was one of nearly 50 organizations to be recognized as part of ENERGY STAR's Charter Tenant Space program, which was designed to strengthen landlord-tenant relationships and shared commitment to energy efficiency.

    Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. is an NYSE-listed national real estate company with $7.9 billion in consolidated assets. The company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of office, apartment and mixed-use real estate nationwide. (Source: Forest City Realty Trust, Inc., PR, 22 Aug., 2018) Contact: Forest City Realty Trust, David LaRue , CEO,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; ENERGY STAR,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Green Building,  ENERGY STAR,  

    EU Banning Halogen Bulbs, Pushing Switch to LEDs (Int'l Report)
    European Union
    Date: 2018-08-24
    In Brussels, the the European Union (EU) is all set to ban the sale and use of halogen light bulbs and encouraging the switch to more energy efficient LED lights, effective September 1, 2018.

    The ban is a part of the final stage of the EU energy rules directive (EC 244/2009) that has banns less efficient light sources, with the aim of improving energy efficiency and cutting the carbon footprint across the EU. The EU banned the traditional incandescent light bulbs in 2009.

    According to lighting industry giant Philips, consumers can expect savings of up to £112 a year from the switchover because LEDs last much longer than halogens and use far less power. (Source: Indian Express, Philips, Guardian, 23 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  

    NSW Accelerates Gov. Bldg. Rooftop Solar Program (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-08-24
    In the Land Down Under, the Government of New South Wales (NSW) state reports it will be accelerating the roll-out of solar panels and has set a target to achieve 25,000 MWh per year of rooftop solar on government buildings by 2021 , increasing to 55,000 MWh a year by 2024. Solar energy targets will be implemented through the Government Resource Efficiency Policy. (Source: NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, 02 9995 5347,, Funding for the projects is being made available from the NSW Government's Climate Change Fund.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar,  Australia Solar,  Solar,  PV,  

    Ameresco Completes Stewart Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting the completion of an energy efficiency project serving the municipal government buildings of Stewart County, Tennessee.

    Under the $515,960 Energy Services Agreement, Ameresco guaranteed an annual energy savings to the County through 2028. Funding for the project was complemented with a $250,000 Clean Tennessee Energy Grant and over $20,000 in utility rebates and rate savings. Energy efficiency improvements included high efficiency LED lighting and lighting controls, new windows and doors, HVAC and boiler control upgrades at the Courthouse, County Library, Courthouse Annex, Administrative Building, and three EMS Facilities which provide ambulatory services. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: Ameresco (508) 661-2288,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  

    NZ Considering Compulsory Office Bldg. Energy Ratings (Int'l)
    New Zealand Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-08-24
    The 450 member New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) reports it is lobbying the Government for compulsory energy efficiency ratings for commercial buildings, similar an Australian mandate. In 2017, made it compulsory for commercial space of 1000 square metres and more for lease and sale to have an energy efficiency rating.

    In New Zealand's building energy ratings are voluntary while neighboring Australia has had a mandatory building energy ratings system since since 2009. A 2015 Australian report -- Commercial Building Disclosure -- estimated $44 million in energy savings and $168 million in energy rating system. (Source: New Zealand Green Building Council, Stuff, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: New Zealand Green Building Council, +64 9 379 3996,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Zealand Green Building Council ,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Notable Quote
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-08-24
    "If we are intellectually honest with one another, we'll say, yeah, the observations show the planet is warming. The evidence of the models suggest that it's human-induced, or there's a strong human signal ... but we don't know everything there is to know about the nitrogen cycle, about all the carbon cycling, all this stuff. Carbon sequestration. We don't know."

    "Is there a tipping point for climate change? I don't know. The planet's incredibly resilient. So what do I feel about it? Well, my feeling is the planet ... you can kick it in the butt really, really hard, and it will come back." -- Former University of Oklahoma meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier -- President Trump's nominee to be the top White House science and technology adviser

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

    New Power CCS Testing Underway in Texas ((Ind. Report)
    Net Power
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Further to our June 1 coverage, Net Power LLC, a new 25-MW demonstration power plant combined-cycle natural gas plant in LaPorte, Texas, could reportedly change the economics of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). The plant is the world's only industrial-scale supercritical CO2-based power plant.

    The $140 million Net Power demo plant was developed without federal funding and is currently undergoing testing and validation. The plant is based the Allam Cycle, which uses a new, first-of-kind commercial-scale turbine and combustor developed by Toshiba specifically for the process. The Allam Cycle eliminates most emissions from natural gas power generation without scrubbers by using CO2 as a working fluid mixed with natural gas or syngas to drive a combustion turbine.

    Net Power LLC is a joint venture team that includes 8 Rivers Capital, which owns the patent for the Allam Cycle, McDermott International, and Exelon. New CCS projects like Net Power could benefit from an expanded CCS tax credit approved by Congress earlier this year. Companies that capture carbon can earn a tax credit of between $35 to $50 per ton, more than double a previous CCS credit and free of a cap on the credit, according to Energy News. (Source: NetPower LLC, Energy News Record, Aug., 2018) Contact: NET Power, Charlie Bowser, Pres., (919) 667-1800,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Power,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  

    NYSERDA Releases Municipal Solar Development Toolkit (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-24
    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has released the newest chapter of the New York Solar Guidebook with the Municipal Solar Procurement Toolkit.

    The Toolkit provides guidance and resources for communities seeking to develop solar projects on underutilized properties such as landfills and brownfields and supports recent revisions to the NY-Sun Megawatt Block Program which provides financial incentives for developing solar projects in those areas.

    The New York Solar Guidebook is designed to help municipalities and officials engage in informed decision making about the potential benefits, effects and impact on the community's character that renewable energy projects may bring. It contains tools, step-by-step instructions, and information about solar project permitting, inspection, property taxes, land leases and more. Aditionally, NYSERDA offers free technical assistance to help municipalities implement the policies and practices for becoming solar-ready communities.

    The Empire State presently has more than 1,300 MW of installed and operating solar capacity, or enough to power approximately 229,000 homes, and is rapidly adding more every day.

    Download the New York Solar guide book details HERE. (Source: NYSERDA, Aug., 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  NYSERDA,  

    Vivint Solar Leases Now Available in Sunshine State (Ind. Report)
    Vivint Solar
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Utah-based residential solar specialist Vivint Solar, Inc. is reporting the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved its solar lease product proposal allowing Sunshine State homeowners to install Vivint solar panels for no money down and receive guaranteed solar production.

    Under a lease agreement, Vivint Solar designs and installs a residential solar energy system for no upfront cost and the homeowner-customer customer pays a fixed monthly amount that is usually less than their local utility fee. On average, Vivint Solar customers save up to 20 pct relative to their current utility rates. The lease includes allnecessary permitting, installation and maintenance. (Source: Vivint Solar, PR, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: Vivint Solar, Helen Langan, Communications, (385) 202-6577,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivint Solar,  Solar,  

    Sunnova Expanding Solar Lease, Loan Options in Illinois (Ind Report)
    Sunnova Energy
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Houston, Texas-headquartered residential solar and energy storage service provider Sunnova Energy reports it is expanding into the state of Illinois, starting with its 25-year solar lease options and quickly adding solar loan products. With the addition of Illinois, Sunnova now operates in 23 U.S. states and territories.

    According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), Illinois currently only generates 0.7 pct of its electricity from solar. While he Illinois Power Agency aims to source 25 pct of the state's energy from renewables by 2025, the state is currently ranked 33rd among states in terms of solar growth. (Source: Sunnova Energy, CleanTechnica, 22 Aug., 2018) Contact: Sunnova Energy, (281) 985-9900,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunnova Energy,  Solar,  

    Geneva Airport Grounds Renewable Jet Fuel Project (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Helsinki-headquartered renewable fuel producer Neste Oyj reports that due to funding shortfalls Geneva Airport has decided not to proceed with its September, 2017 plan to replace 1 pct of the conventional jet fuel used for aircraft with renewable jet fuel in a pilot project with Neste.

    Neste also reports it will continue renewable jet fuel production as planned and volumes will increase year-on-year. With the company's planned additional 1 million ton renewable product capacity in Singapore, renewable jet fuel production is estimated to increase significantly by 2022.

    Under the umbrella of Neste Green Hub, Neste continues efforts linked to the reduction of CO2 emissions in aviation and to support the objectives set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for carbon-neutral growth in aviation from 2020.

    Neste Green Hub connects key stakeholders and creates a platform where airports, solutions providers, airlines, authorities, local community and passengers all unite and contribute to more sustainable traveling. Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel is an essential element in the Green Hub initiative. (Source: Neste, euronews, 22 Aug., 2018) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4128,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  

    Hanwha Q Cells Eying Latin American Market Potential (Int'l)
    Hanwha Q Cells
    Date: 2018-08-24
    South Korean solar cell and module maker Hanwha Q Cells Co. reports it will showcase its products at the Intersolar South America 2018 trade show next week in Sao Paulo. The initiative is intended to to explore and gage opportunities in new markets.

    The three-day event, which is expecting 240 corporate exhibitors, will mark the first time for the Korean company to take part in the trade fair in South America which is an optimal market for solar power generation given its abundant sunlight and long sunshine hours.

    Hanwha Q Cells plans to expand its presence in the local PV market from large power plants to residential and commercial use. (Source: Hanwha, Maeil Business News Korea, Aug., 2018) Contact: Hanwha Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells,  Solar,  

    Cielo Touts First Aldersyde Renewable Diesel Production (Ind. Report)
    Cielo Waste Solutions
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Vancouver, British Columbia-headquartered Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. is reporting the first production of raw distillate (renewable fuels) from its commercial refinery in Aldersyde, Alberta. The facility uses its patent-pending technology which converts garbage-derived feedstocks, including wood and agriculture waste, sorted municipal solid waste and other cellulous waste products into high grade renewable diesel.

    As previously reported, the Company will be following a staggered approach to adding biomass (garbage) by adding increasing amounts of feedstock until the optimal mix is achieved. Once sufficient raw distillate is produced, the next stage will be to remove the sulphur and to separate the distillate into naphtha, kerosene and diesel. The company anticipates its first sale will be in mid-fall of 2018.

    As Cielo progresses through the current commissioning stage, modifications to both design and construction intended to improve the processes continue to be made. Originally, the Company's plan for Phase I was to build a refinery targeting a nominal production rate of 356 lph. The company reports that continued improvements have increased targeted outputs to between 500 and 1,000 lph for Phase I. The completion of Phase I (i.e. the current commissioning stage) is expected to be completed by early fall of 2018, and construction costs for Phase I are expected to total between $4.5 million to $5.0 million. (Source: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., PR, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 101,, Michael Yeung, CFA, VP, Business Development & Capital Markets, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 103,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo Waste Solutions ,  Renewable Diesel,  

    CO2 Solutions Awarded $375,000 for Carbon Capture R&D (Funding)
    CO2 Solutions,Natural Resources Canada
    Date: 2018-08-24
    In Quebec City, CO2 Solutions reports it has been awarded $375,000 in grant funding from Natural Resources Canada (NRC) for research and development of its carbon capture technology. CO2 Solutions aims to pursue research on its absorbing solution system, with the aim of reducing its cost and further improving the equipment performance which would be integrated in the carbon capture process.

    Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said: "Our government continues to invest in innovative research and we are proud to support this carbon capture technology, setting Canadian companies on the path to a clean industrial revolution, leading the transformation of our energy future and creating good jobs for the middle class." (Source: Natural Resources Canada, CO2 Solutions, 23 Aug., 2018)Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456,,; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  Carbon Capture,  Natural Resources Canada,  

    India Plans Mandated Bldg. Energy Conservation Code (Int'l)
    Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-24
    In Kolkata, the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) reports it will introduce an energy efficiency and energy conservation building code for residential buildings to help reduce domestic consumption.

    The codes would include design instructions like what sort of bricks to use and how rooms should be planned. For the new residential code, the BEE energy conservation building code for commercial buildings and complexes will be "fine tuned" for residential applications.

    BEE notes it has been working with household equipment manufacturers including air-conditioner makers to bring down domestic and commercial power consumption. It hopes to achieve power savings of 40 GW by 2030 with the help of stricter conservation norms for ACs. (Source: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Economic Times India, Aug., 2018) Contact: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Energy Consumption,  

    ACE Honors Domestic Ethanol Industry Contributors (Ind. Report)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Last week in Minneapolis, The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) recognized several ethanol industry advocates for their contributions to the ethanol industry.

    The orcanization's Merle Anderson Award is given to individuals who display unmatched dedication to ACE and the domestic ethanol industry. This year's award winner was Owen Jones, long time ACE Board Member representing Full Circle Ag of Britton, South Dakota. The ACE Grassroots Award went to Dale Tolifson representing the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company. Jetz Convenience Centers of Milwaukee won the Paul Dana Marketing Vision award and Ken Anderson of Brownfield Ag News scored the Media Excellence Award, (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, 22 August, 2018) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  

    UK Engineering Firm NG Bailey Slashes Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    NG Bailey
    Date: 2018-08-24
    In the UK, West Yorkshire-headquartered independent engineering IT and facilities services group, NG Bailey Group Ltd reports it has reduced its customers' carbon emissions by nearly 120,000 tonnes over the past year. The CO2e saving of more than 118,000 tonnes -- equivalent to taking around 21,000 cars off the road for 12 months -- is 22 times the company's own carbon emissions over the same period.

    The carbon reduction programme is a data-driven approach to building operations and maintenance aimed at optimizing energy efficiencies for customers including CBRE and Landsec. Additionally, the group's offsite manufacturing capabilities are cutting site carbon emissions by up to 80 pct. NG Bailey's 2018 Responsibility Report notes that over the past five years the company has:

  • cut its overall net carbon footprint by 27 pct to 1.77 tCO2e per employee;
  • reduced its net office carbon footprint by 62 pct through greater energy efficiencies; lowered its travel footprint by 16 pct by embracing Skype technology, resulting in a reduction of more than 1.2 million miles;
  • generated more than 3.2m kWh of energy from biomass, and 1.2m kWh of solar power, providing almost 1,300 tonnes of carbon savings from renewable energies. (Source: NG Bailey, Facilities Management Journal, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: NG Bailey Group Ltd., +44 0 1943 601 933,

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

  • NEXT Energy Pitching Oregon Biofuel Plant Proposal (Ind. Report)
    NEXT Energy
    Date: 2018-08-24
    NEXT Energy is proposing a $1.1 billion, 37,500 bpd second generation advanced biofuel -- renewable diesel -- green jet fuel -- production facility for Port Westward , Columbia County, Oregon. If approved, the project would be the largest renewable fuel center in North America, according to NEXT Energy.

    As proposed, NEXT Energy would construct a new site on an 80 acre port-owned property and, when fully operational, employ about 210 Columbia County area workers at an average wage of $78,000. The company also claims it would not seek tax concessions from the county. The plant would produce "second generation advanced biofuel" made from renewable feedstock like vegetable oils, animal fats and used cooking oil. The feedstock and finished fuel product would be shipped in and out by barge, according to the project proposal. (Source: NEXT Energy, Columbia County Spotlight, 23 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  NEXT Energy,  Jet Biofuel,  Biodiesel ,  

    US Motor Vehicle Biofuels Demand to Increase Marginally to 2022, says Report (Ind. Report)
    Fredonia Group
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Motor Vehicle Biofuels: United States, a recently released report from Cleveland-based Freedonia Focus Reports, is forecasting US demand for motor vehicle biofuels will rise marginally -- less than 1.0 pct yearly -- through 2022. Advances will primarily stem from growth in the biodiesel and other fuels segments, spurred by tax credits and higher government-mandated blend targets for advanced fuels in the domestic fuel supply.

    The report projects the demand for fuel ethanol, the largest segment, to see marginal annual declines through 2022. Losses will stem from ethanol having reached a "blendwall", about 10 pct of ethanol-mixed gasoline, coupled with declining gasoline consumption.

    The report forecasts to 2022 US motor vehicle biofuels demand and production in gallons segmented by type -- fuel ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, and others. The report also includes: total historical market size and industry output; segmentation by products and markets; identification of market drivers, constraints, and key indicators; segment-by-segment outlook in five-year forecasts; and a survey of the supply base.

    Download Motor Vehicle Biofuels: United States report detail HERE. (Source: Fredonia Focus Reports, Aug., 2018) Contact: Fredonia Focus Reports, Corinne Gangloff, 440.684.9600,,

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    Red River Beet Ethanol Plant Ground Breaking Today (Ind. Report)
    BioMass Solutions
    Date: 2018-08-22
    Middleton, Wisconsin-based BioMass Solutions reports groundbreaking is set for today on the 60,000 sq-ft, sugar beet waste-to-ethanol Red River Biorefinery in Grand Forks, Idaho. The $35 million biorefinery will convert more than 500,000 metric tpy of agricultural byproducts per year which is expected to be sold to Canadian and Californian markets.

    The facility, which will be built on an 11-acre plot north of Simplot, received more than $56,000 in incentives from the Grand Forks City Council. The Grand Forks County Commission also approved a resolution to help the business sell $80 million in bonds, which will go toward the project. The plant is slated to come online in the winter 2019. (Source: BioMass Solutions, Grand Forks Herald, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact: BioMass Solutions, Jacek Chmielewski, 847-208-4171,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Beet Ethanol,  Ethanol,  BioMass Solutions,  

    Irish Peat Biomass Burning Subsidies Questioned (Int'l Report)
    Bord na Mona
    Date: 2018-08-22
    In letters to the European Commissioner for Climate Action, the Irish NGO Friends of the Irish Environment and others claim that the Irish Government's recently announced decision to subsidize large-scale biomass burning at its peat-fired power stations undermines Ireland's commitments to meeting EU climate obligations. The letters call on the government to reconsider and end its approximate €120 million per year support through the Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy on electricity consumers.

    FIE claims the subsidy and the burning of peat at government owned Bord na Mona's Edenderry power station and two ESB facilities in the Midlands is leading to significant increases in greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the price of biomass to home users, thus increasing the burning of more fossil fuels. The group argues that the continued co-firing of biomass comes despite the recommendations of the Climate Change Advisory Council that the Government resources should not support measures that lead to increases in emissions. The expert body concluded that the biomass subsidy for peat power plants is an "environmentally harmful" subsidy that is responsible for higher emissions levels at a "direct cost to the nation." (Source: GREEN, 21 Aug., 2018)Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000,; Friends of the Irish Environment,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Peat,  Bord na Mona,  

    XCEL Announces Texas Wind Farm Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
    XCEL Energy
    Date: 2018-08-22
    Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy is reporting the ceremonial ground breaking of the Hale Wind Farm in Hale County, near Petersburg, Texas.

    The project will incorporate 239 wind turbines spread over 60,000 acres and will generate 478 mw of power. The project, which is expected to be complete by June, 2019, will generate sufficient power for 168,000 homes. (Source: XCEL, Plainsview Herald, 17 Aug., 2018)Contact: Xcel Energy,

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    CarbonCure Introduced in San Francisco Bay Market (Ind. Report)
    CarbonCure Technologies
    Date: 2018-08-22
    Halifax, Nova Scotia-headquartered CarbonCure Technologies reports it is partnering with northern California's Central Concrete Supply Co. to supply concrete made with recycled CO2 for buildings and infrastructure construction across the west San Francisco Bay region, beginning this Fall.

    Following an extensive year-long testing procedure at the U.S. Concrete National Research Laboratory in San Jose, Central Concrete committed to a first phase roll-out which includes installing the CarbonCure Technology in its seven West Bay plants. This roll-out enables Central Concrete to further reduce the carbon footprint of its concrete mixes, and further solidify the concrete producer's reputation as a clear leader in concrete sustainability.

    The CarbonCure Technology introduces recycled CO2 into concrete during its production in order to help concrete producers realize manufacturing efficiencies and reduce their carbon footprint, without impacting the concrete's properties or quality. CarbonCure's technology , which chemically "mineralizes" waste carbon dioxide during the concrete manufacturing process to make greener and stronger concrete, is presently being used by over 100 concrete producers to reduce concrete's carbon footprint, create new production cost savings and gain a competitive sales advantage. (Source: Carbon Cure, PR, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: CarbonCure, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure Technologies,  CO2,  

    innogy Unloads 41 pct Stake in Triton Knoll Offshore Wind (M&A)
    Date: 2018-08-22
    Essen, Germany-based energy company innogy reports it has sold a 41 pct stake in the 860 mw Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Lincolnshire in the UK to two Japanese electric utilities, J-Power and Kansai Electric Power.

    The project will incorporate 90, MHI Vestas' V164-9.5 MW wind turbines and is expected to come online in 2021/22. When fully operational, Triton Knoll will generate sufficient electric power for 800,000 UK households. (Source: innogy, Nikkei Asian Review, 16 Aug., 2018)Contact: J Power, +81 3 3546 2211,; Kansai Electric Power Co., +81.6.6441.8821,; innogy Renewables UK, +44 1793 877777,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News innogy renewables,  innogy,  Offshore Wind,  

    NSW Announces New Power Save Energy Efficiency Measures (Int'l)
    New South Wales
    Date: 2018-08-22
    In the Land Down Under, the government of New South Wales State reports it will invest a further $72 million in energy efficiency measures to cut residential and business power bills statewide. The measures include: $24.5 million for low income tenant nergy efficiency upgrades; $35 million to manufacturing and energy intensive businesses energy efficiency; and $12.5 million in discounts to upgrade inefficient street lights for local councils. (Source: Gov. of NSW, Aug. 20, 2018) Contact: Gov't. of NSW.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Indonesia Seeks US Palm Oil Biofuel Production Facilities (Int'l)
    Palm Oil
    Date: 2018-08-22
    Reporting from Jakarta, Reuters notes the Indonesian government is playing hardball and demanding pre-approval for Indonesian palm oil companies to build palm oil jet fuel plants in the United States and France as a condition for Indonesian airlines purchase of Boeing Co and Airbus SE planes.

    Indonesia is the world's largest palm oil producer but as previously reported palm oil gets a bad rap in the EU and the US due primarily to environmental concerns. The EU plans to phase out use of palm oil in transport fuels from 2030 due to concerns over high indirect greenhouse gas emissions, while the US levied a 341 pct anti-dumping tariff on Indonesian biodiesels in April. The US has reportedly responded "positively" to the Indonesian thinly veiled "request." (Source: Various Media, Reuters, 21 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Aviation Biouel,  

    Ratch Powers-Up at Queensland's Largest Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
    Ratch Australia
    Date: 2018-08-22
    In the Land Down Under, Ratch Australia is reporting Queensland's largest wind farm to date, the $380 million, 180MW Mount Emerald facility near Mareebra, is powering up the first of its 44 Vestas turbines in a staged testing and commissioning process.

    When fully online, the wind farm will deliver around 530,000MWh hours of relectric power -- sufficient power for about 75,000 north Queensland homes over a 20-year period, according to a company statement.

    RATCH-Australia is an independent power producer in Australia and owns an increasing portfolio of power generation assets, generating more than 815 MW as of Apr 2014. These consist of ownership, or an interest in gas power stations and wind farms around Australia. RATCH-Australia is an unlisted public company incorporated in Australia and owned by the major Thai power generation company, Ratchaburi Electricity Generation Holding PCL (RATCH). (Source: Ratch Australia, RENew Economy, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: Ratch Australia, Anthony Yeates, Business Dev., 02 8913 9400,

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    Vancouver BC Fleet Switching to Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-08-22
    In British Columbia, the City of Vancouver reports it has inked a new fuel contract with Suncor under which all of the City's diesel vehicles will transition to 100 pct renewable diesel.

    The change over is expected to cut fleet emissions to 50 pct below 2007 levels by the end of 2019. It will also help the city achieve goals from its Renewable City Strategy and Greenest City Action Plan to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy. (Source: City of Vancouver Fleet, GreenCar Congress, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Vancouver, Fleet Manager,

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    PNDD Touts Wind Energy Oversight Resolution Program (Ind. Report)
    North Dakota Department of Agriculture
    Date: 2018-08-22
    In Bismark, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA)is reporting the launch of a new wind energy restoration and reclamation oversight program to help landowners resolve concerns related to wind energy development.

    The program will allow a landowner or tenant who is dissatisfied by the response of a wind energy company related to reclamation of their property to work with a Department of Agriculture ombudsman. The ombudsman can then evaluate the site, contact the wind company and work to resolve the issues in a timely manner.

    The program, which was developed in cooperation with the North Dakota Public Service Commission, which regulates wind farms, aims to provide educational outreach to help landowners before they sign agreements with wind companies. (Source: North Dakota Department of Agriculture, Bismark Tribune, 21 Aug., 2018 Contact: North Dakota Department of Agriculture, Doug Goehring, Commissioner, (701) 328-2231,

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    German Lely Aicon Wind Turbines Now Offered in US (Ind. Report)
    Lely Wind Turbine
    Date: 2018-08-22
    Leer, Germany-based Lely Aircon BV is reporting the North American availability of its wind turbines through Acterra Group, headquartered in Marion, Iowa.

    Acterra will sell, install and service Lely Aircon's three turbine models, including the Lely Aircon 30, which has earned praised in Europe for its low noise, ease of maintenance and high energy yields, says Lely. (Source: Lely Aircon BV,, NA Wind Power, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact: Lely Aircon, Andreas Aschoff, GM, +49 491 454100,; Acterra, Tad Cooper, Pres., 319.377.6357,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

    EU ETS Carbon Prices on the Rise, says Report (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Tracker
    Date: 2018-08-22
    According to a just released Carbon Tracker Initiative report, European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) carbon prices are on course to hit €25 by the year end -- about €7 higher than the current price on the EU carbon market. The report notes that EU carbon prices could average €35-40 per tonne over 2019-2023, accelerating the switch from coal to gas and questioning the maintenance of outdated coal and lignite power plants beyond 2021.

    The Carbon Tracker Initiative is a team of financial specialists making climate risk real in today's capital markets. The EU ETS is the 28-member trading bloc's flagship emissions reduction tool. According to Carbon Tracker the EU ETS has been the hottest commodity market in the world over the last 16 months, with the price of European carbon allowances (EUAs) up 310 pct since May 2017, 120 pct since the start of the year. Carbon Tracker expects that, as a reaction, carbon prices are likely to rise to levels that trigger fuel-switching from coal to gas in Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, following in the footsteps of the UK. (Source: Carbon Tracker, EURACTIV, 20 Ag., 2018)Contact: Carbon Tracker,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Tracker,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Credit,  

    Fotowatio Seeking Purchaser for Indian Solar Project (Int'l)
    Fotowatio Renewable Ventures
    Date: 2018-08-22
    Madrid-headquartered large-scale solar power plant developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) reports it plans to exit its solar project located in Ananthapuramu Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh. It is the company's only investment in the Indian solar power space. Greenstone Energy Advisors, an investment bank focused on the Indian renewable energy sector, is running the sales process.

    India, the world's third-largest energy consumer after the US and China, aims to achieve 175GW of clean energy capacity by 2022 as part of its global climate change commitments. Its plan to add 100GW of solar capacity by 2022 includes 40 GW from rooftop projects. (Source: Fotowatioo, LIVEMINT, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: Fotowatio Renewable Ventures,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fotowatio Renewable Ventures,  

    UA Tech Park to Mentor DOE Solar Tech Competition (Ind. Report)
    University of Arizona Tech Park
    Date: 2018-08-22
    The University of Arizona Tech Park reports it has been selected by the federal government to act as a "mentor organization" to companies taking part in the $3 million American-Made Solar Prize competition.

    The Tech Park will be a "connector" organization for the American-Made Solar Prize which is directed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and funded by the U.S. DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office. As many as 52 companies can win prize money from the competition, with prizes ranging between three levels that are differentiated by how close the product is to market. (Source: University of Arizona, PR, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact: University of Arizona Tech Park, Bruce Wright, VP,; DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    Chicago LED Streetlight Modernization Program Lauded (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-22
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reports the Chicago Smart Lighting Program (CSLP) installed new lights in all of the city's 50 wards in its first year.

    To date more than 76,000 new LED smart streetlight fixtures have been installed as part of the four-year modernization program implemented by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). Upon completion, the program will have replaced 270,000 of the city's outdated High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights. The city is also installing a citywide lighting management system that will alert the City when lights need service.

    The switch to LEDs is expected to slash the city's streetlight electricity costs by more than half for a savings of $100 million over 10 years. The switch to LEDs is also expected to qualify for as much as $35 million in ComEd energy efficiency rebates.

    The program, which was procured by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) in coordination with CDOT and the Department of Innovation and Technology, will be implmented by Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco Inc. (Source: City of Chicago, PR, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: Chicago Smart Lighting Program,

    Sasol Opposes Proposed South African Carbon Tax (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-08-22
    Johannesburg, South Africa-headquartered Sasol has estimated that the state's proposed 120 Rand per ton Carbon Tax Bill would cost the company 1 billion Rand ($70,330,389 US) a year and would be detrimental to growth and would do little to reduce carbon emissions. The draft legislation, which was originally tabled in 2015, is aimed at aligning the South Africa with the Paris Agreement.

    The South African Treasury expects the carbon tax to help reduce emissions and help restructure the economy to be less emissions-intensive. The bill is currently before a Parliamentary committee.

    Sasol is an international integrated chemicals and energy company that leverages its technologies and expertise in 33 countries. The company develops and commercialises technologies, and builds and operates world-scale facilities to produce a range of high-value product stream, including liquid fuels, chemicals and low-carbon electricity. (Source: Sasol, Fin24, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact: Sasol, Stephen Cornell, Pres., CEO, +27 10 344 5000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sasol,  Carbon Tax,  South Africa Carbon Tax,  

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