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Europe's Offshore Wind Capacity Steadily Rising (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-02-08
In its annual report, the Brussels-based wind industry group WindEurope is reporting Europe's offshore wind capacity grew by 18 percent in 2018 with the installation of 2.6 GW of new offshore wind energy, raising total capacity to 18.5 GW. Of the total, Britain and Germany accounted for 85 pct of the new capacity, adding 1.3 GW and 969 MW respectively.

The report notes that another six offshore wind farms are currently under construction and another 12 new offshore wind projects are at the final investment decision stage.

WindEurope boasts 400-plus members including turbine manufacturers, component suppliers, wind energy developers and electric power producers and suppliers. (Source: WindEurope, Reuters, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: WindEurope, Giles Dickson, CEO, +32 2 213 1890,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

Meyer Burger Offloads Wafering Business for $49Mn (Int'l, M&A)
Meyer Burger ,Precision Surfacing Solutions
Date: 2019-02-08
Switzerland-based PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger is reporting the sale of its photovoltaic, semiconductor and sapphire wafering business to Rendsburg, Germany-headquartered Precision Surfacing Solutions (PPS) for $49.8 million in cash. The deal is slated to close towards the end of Q1, 2019.

PPS will retain around 70 employees involved in the wafering technology portfolio at the thun facility which Meyer Burger will rent to PPS on a long term basis. (Source: Meyer Burger, PV Tech, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: Meyer Burger, Hans Brandle, CEO, +41 33 221 28 00,,; Precision Surfacing Solutions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Meyer Burger,  Solar,  Solar Wafer ,  

Delaware Univ. Offers Professional Offshore Wind Training (Ind. Report)

Date: 2019-02-08
The University of Delaware, in partnership with the Energy and Climate Academy of Denmark, reports the launch of the Offshore Wind Skills Academy offering wind energy industry training to professionals from traditional energy industries, supply chain companies, regulators, the investment community and others.

The new courses, which began last week, will provide instruction in the basics of wind power, offshore wind turbines, and the development of offshore wind projects.

The cirriculum will focus on how wind power works, the logistics of building a wind power project, and the details of planning a wind power installation. There will also be information specific to the United States market including permitting, environmental assessments, and working with local suppliers. Technical information on contracts, feasibility studies, logistics and more will be taught by instructors from the Danish Energy and Climate Academy. Other courses under development will address topics including engineering, financing and construction planning. (Source: University of Delaware, Clean Technica, 6 Feb., 2019) Contact: University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration, Willett Kempton, John Madsen, (302) 831-2792,; Energy and Climate Academy of Denmark,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  

Pacific Bioenergy, Skeena Ink Wood Pellet Off-Take Deal (Ind. Report)
Skeena Sawmills, Pacific BioEnergy
Date: 2019-02-08
Following up on our 30th July, 2018 coverage, Terrance, British Columbia, privately owned and funded Skeena BioEnergy/Skeena Sawmills Ltd. and Pacific BioEnergy Corp. (PacBio) are reporting a long term off-take agreement for 100 pct of the woody biomass pellets produced at Skeena Sawmills' new, $20 million pellet plant, in support of PacBio's long term supply agreements with power producers in Japan.

The new plant is slated to begin production in Q1 2019. (Source: Pacific BioEnergy Corp., Biomass Mag., 6 Feb., 2019) Contact: Pacific BioEnergy, John Stirling, Pres., 604.602.1099, 604.602.1089 - fax,,; Skeena BioEnergy, Roger Keery, VP, Rick Harris, VP Sales & Marketing,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Skeena Sawmills,  Pacific BioEnergy,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomas,  

Alabama CFC to Lobby Feds on Alternative Fuels (Ind. Report)
Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition
Date: 2019-02-08
Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition (CFC) reports it will join other clean transportation leaders representatives next week in Washington D.C. in an effort to educate and lobby federal policymakers on the benefits of expanding alternative fuels.

"Despite the recent drop in gasoline prices, gas prices remain extremely volatile and we continue to send more than $200 billion per year to OPEC and other nations for oil," said Mark Bentley, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition's executive director. "We are going to Washington to help our representatives understand that Alabama and the United States must aggressively expand our use of alternatives to petroleum-based fuel if we are to stabilize gas prices, decrease our reliance on foreign oil and maintain and create domestic jobs in the transportation energy industry."

There are approximately 1.8 million alternative fuel vehicles currently on the road in the United States and nearly 70,000 alternative fueling stations, according to the US DOE. (Source: Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, Alabama Reporter, 7 Jan., 2019) Contact: Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, Mark Bentley, (205) 402-2755,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition,  Alternative Fuel,  

Finns Legislate 30 pct Biofuel Vehicles by 2029 (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-02-08
In Helsinki, in keeping with its effort to lower carbon emissions and fight climate change, the Parliament of Finland has voted to increase the percentage of biofuels powered vehicles on the country's highways to 30 pct by 2029. The Parliament also approved similar legislation on "light" heating oil and other bio-based fuel oil starting in 2021.

The legislation is inline with the government's commitment to lower transportation emissions over the next decade. (Source: Gov. of Finland, Various Media, EnergyLIve, 7 Feb., 2019)

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

"Green New Deal" Calls for Increased Renewable Energy (Reg & Leg.)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Date: 2019-02-08
In Washington, DC, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Dem -NY) and Mass. Sen. Ed Markey (Dem) have released their "Green New Deal" legislative proposal that sets broad goals to address climate change, cut carbon emissions, create jobs and boost the economy nation wide.

In broad strokes, the Green New Deal sets goals for measures to cut carbon emissions from electric power generation to transportation to agriculture. The bill calls for a "10-year national mobilizations" toward accomplishing a series of goals, including "meeting 100 pct of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources." The ultimate goal is to stop using fossil fuels entirely, as well as to transition away from nuclear energy. Specifically, the Green Deal calls for:

  • upgrading the energy efficiency of all existing buildings in the country;

  • working with farmers to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions to the degree technically possible;

  • an overhauling of transportation systems to reduce emissions -- including expanding electric car manufacturing, building charging stations, and expanding high-speed rail to "a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary";

  • a guaranteed job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security for all Americans; and

  • high-quality health care" for all.

    The non-binding, Green New Deal framework basically combines big climate-change-related ideas with a wish list of progressive economic proposals that, taken together, would touch nearly every American and overhaul the economy.

    Download the complete Green New Deal proposal HERE. (Source: Various Sources, NPR, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: Sen. Ed Markey, 617-565-8519,; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 929-388-6141, Twitter

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  Carbon Emissions,  Low Carbon Energy,  Sen. Ed Markey ,  

  • MO. Utilities Consider PAYS Energy Efficiency Plan (Ind Report)
    Ameren Missouri,Empire District Electric
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In the Show Me State, Missouri's three investor-owned utility companies -- KCP&L, Ameren Missouri and Empire District Electric Co. -- are reportedly studying a potential "Pay As You Save" (PAYS) program that would let customers pay for energy efficiency projects through their monthly power bills.

    Under PAYS, the utility provides the funds and owns the energy upgrades until they've been paid off typically over 10 or 12 years and are incorporated into the utility bill. When a customer moves, the payments -- along with the energy savings -- accrue to the next renter or owner.

    The program requires that the financial savings of energy upgrades exceed the cost enough so that the average monthly utility bill is about 20 pct lower than previously.

    The Missouri Public Service Commission has indicated support for PAYS but to date the PAYS program has been primarily used by rural electric cooperatives. An alternative financing model, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), is available to homeowners in Missouri but is not an option for renters. (Source: Missouri Public Service Commission, Energy News, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri Empire District Electric Co.,; Missouri Public Service Commission,; KCP&L, Kim Winslow, Dir. of Energy Solutions,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  KCP&L,  Ameren Missouri,  

    Earth Capital Quits UK Energy Efficiency Investments Fund (Int'l)
    Earth Capital
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Earth Capital reports its Nobel Sustainability Fund has exited the UK Energy Efficiency Investments Fund (UKEEI) through the sale of the Fund's assets via a December, 2018, £100 million IPO.

    Earth Capital's Nobel Sustainability Fund was invested in UKEEI alongside the Green Investment Bank, Earth Capital investee SDCL EEco (SDCL), the European Investment Bank and other institutional LPs.

    Earth Capital made a series of pioneering investments in the UK Energy Efficiency market including LED lighting, Combined Heat and Power and biomass heat. Companies in the UK benefiting from the Fund's investment include Santander Bank, Citigroup, Moy Park, NCP, and St Bartholomew's Hospital, all of which had energy efficient products installed by the Fund. (Source: Earth Capital, Private Equity Wire, 7 2019) Contact: Nobel Sustainability Growth Fund, Earth Capital UK Ltd., Gordon Power, CEO,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Earth Capital,  

    Corvus Snares Norwegian Li-Ion Marine Battery Specialist (M&A, Int'l)
    Corvus Energy
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Richmond, British Columbia-based marine propulsion and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) specialist Corvus Energy is confirming an acquisition agreement to purchase all shares in Skien, Norway=headquartered Grenland Energy. Grenland develops and produces lightweight lithium-ion batteries for offshore, maritime and subsea industries.

    The acquisition expands Corvus' existing portfolio of large-scale maritime ESSs into lightweight and subsea batteries, strengthening the company's position in as a seaborne battery supplier. Grenland Energy's current operations will continue as before, and both companies' customers are set to benefit from the merger. The Grenland office in Skien will continue in its current location and Grenland shareholders will continue as Corvus Energy shareholders. (Source: Corvus Energy, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: Grenland Energy, Roman Stoiber, +47 948 81758,,; Corvus Energy, Andrew Morden, Pres. & CEO, Sean Puchalski, VP Strategic Marketing, (604) 227-0280 ext. 123,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Li-Ion Battery,  Corvus Energy,  Energy STorage,  Battery,  

    Notable Quote

    Date: 2019-02-08
    "Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us. It ( the Green New Deal) could be part of a larger solution, but no one has actually scoped out what that larger solution would entail. And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal." -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Dem -NY) Contact: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 929-388-6141, Twitter

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  Cliamte Change,  Low Carbon Energy,  

    Australia to Meet Paris Climate Agreement Emissions Target (Int'l)
    Australian National University,Australia Emissions
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In the Land Down Under, a study from the Australian National University reports Australia is on track to meet its carbon emissions target under the Paris climate accord well before 2030. Under the Paris Climate accord, Australia committed to cut CO2 emissions by 26 to 28 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.

    The study attributes the country's progress to the increasing growth in wind and solar power nationwide. The country is adopting renewable energy faster per capita than the rest of the world, the study said. The pipeline of new wind and solar systems is averaging about 6.3 GW a year, the study showed.

    The report notes that each extra gigawatt of renewables displaces about 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions from coal-fired power, implying that Australia's pipeline of renewables would cut emissions by about 12 million to 13 million tpy of CO2 equivalent. Assuming other sectors' emissions grow by 2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year, the net reduction would be about 10 million to 11 million tpy which would put Australia on track to meet its Paris target before 2030.

    The study, which was based on data from Australia's Clean Energy Regulator, found that for Australia to meet its target, emissions would have to fall to between 430 million and 442 million tpy of CO2 equivalent. However, as of the end of 2017, emissions had risen to 553.7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, according to data from Australia's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. (Source: Australian National University, SBS , Feb., 2019) Contact: Australian National University, Prof. Andrew Blakers,, +61 2 612 55905,; Australia National Greenhouse Gas Inventory,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  GHG,  Australia GHG,  Climate Change,  

    Oil Soaked Alberta Funds 11 GHG Reduction Techs (Funding)
    Government of Alberta
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In Edmonton, the Government of Alberta is reporting the granting of up to $70.2 million in funding for 11 projects developing technologies to reduce GHGs from industrial development.

    The funding, which comes from the province's carbon levy on industrial emitters, is being awarded through Emissions Reductions Alberta's 2018 Industrial Efficiency Challenge which was designed to implement leading technologies in oil and gas, chemicals and fertilizers, cement and concrete, forestry and agriculture, electric power generation and manufacturing.

    The following projects have received ERA funding commitments:

  • Energreen Solutions: Strathcona Works - Waste Heat to Power Project -- ERA funding: $10.0 million;

  • Lafarge Canada: Lower Carbon Fuels Project -- $10.0 million;

  • TAQA North: Crossfield Gas Plant Energy Efficiency and GHG Reduction Project -- $10.0 million;

  • TransCanada: Supercritical CO2 Waste Heat Recovery and Utilization Technology -- $8.0 million;

  • ENMAX Generation Portfolio Inc.: Crossfield Energy Centre Hybrid Fuel Project -- $7.284 million;

  • Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries: Kraft Pulp Mill Flue Gas Energy Recovery Project -- $6.0 million;

  • ConocoPhillips Canada: Field Pilot of Multilateral Well Technology to Reduce GHG Intensity of SAGD -- $6.0 million;

  • Imperial Oil: Kearl ConDex Flue Gas Heat and Water Recovery Project -- $6.0 million;
  • Athabasca Oil Corporation: Energy Intensity Reduction through Flow Control Devices and Non-Combustible Gas -- $4.336 million;

  • Suncor Energy: Digital Optimization using Advanced Process Control in an In Situ Facility -- $1.43 million;

  • Repsol Oil and Gas Canada: Demonstration of the Transition from Hydrocarbons to Inert Gas Technology for Gas Blanketing and Purge in the Gas Processing Industry -- $1.14 million.

    The 11 projects are anticipated to eliminate more than 5.3 million tonnes of CO2e by 2030 -- the equivalent of bringing more than 1,300 wind turbines online and significant reductions in operating costs are also expected. Funding will be distributed on a milestone-by-milestone basis, and the progress of each project is reported on until completion, according to a release. the province said. (Source: Gov. of Alberta, jwn, Feb., 2019)Contact: Gov. of Alberta, Emissions Reduction Alberta,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas,  GHG,  Government of Alberta,  

  • Acciona Completes South African CSP Solar Project (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In South Africa, Acciona Industrial and Sener is reporting construction of the 100MW Kathu concentrated solar plant (CSP) has been completed and commercial operations are now underway. Construction of the plant, owned by an Engie-led consortium, started in 2016.

    The Kathu facility, which incorporates Sener's parabolic trough collectors and a molten salt storage system, is part of the South African Department of Energy's Integrated Resource Programme 2010. The program aims to increase the country's power generation capacity to 86.8GW by 2030, of which 24 pct will be renewable. (Source: Acciona, renews, 7 Feb., 2019)Contact: Acciona, +34 91 663 28 50, Fax: +34 91 663 28 51,; South African Department of Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  CSP,  Conentrated Solar Power,  

    Montana Legislature Considering State Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
    Montana Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In Helena, Montana lawmakers are reported to be considering a $10-per-ton tax on carbon dioxide from various sources, including coal-fired power plants, including the Colstrip Power Plant facility.

    The bill under consideration targets carbon emissions of 25,000 tons or more, meaning that small industrial polluters would avoid the tax. There are 22 major polluters in the state that would fall under the carbon tax. The businesses range from the Malteurop North America malting facility in Great Falls to the Colstrip Power Plant, tops the list at 14.3 million tpy of CO2, according to EPA pollution data. All told, 21 businesses subject to the tax produce 20.8 million tpy of CO2. The three biggest polluters after Colstrip are in the Phillips 66 refinery, Yellowstone Energy Limited Partners, CHS refinery and ExxonMobil refinery, all in the Billings area.

    If mandated, the carbon tax is expected to add about $210 million a year to the state's coffers, $21 million of which would be used to help affected communities transition away from fossil fuel-based economies. (Source: Various Media, Billings Gazette, 7 Feb., 2019)

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

    Ice Energy SCE Energy Storage Installation Underway (Ind. Report)
    Ice Energy,Southern California Edison
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Costa Mesa, California-based distributed thermal energy storage solutions specialist Ice Energy is reporting completion of the first stage of its Ice Bear systems under a 21.6-MW energy storage contract with Southern California Edison (SCE).

    The two-year project will ultimately incorporate over 1,200 Ice Bears, providing the utility with greater flexibility to reduce electricity load during peak demand periods.

    Ice Energy's contract with SCE enables qualifying Southern California businesses to receive free, fully installed Ice Bears. The Ice Bear "thermal battery" system is connected to standard 5-20 ton rooftop commercial AC units.

    Approximately 100 Ice Bear systems, including the newly available Ice Bear 40 model, have been installed at businesses across SCE's service territory to date. (Source: Ice Energy, PR, 6 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, Pres, (877) 542-3232,,; Southern California Edison,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison,  Ice Bear,  Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  

    Notable Quote
    Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2019-02-08
    "The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been an unmitigated success, helping to clean the air, boost rural economies, lower fuel prices, and break up the oil industry's near monopoly at the pump." -- Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, (202) 289-3835,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard ,  RFA,  

    Minneapolis Considers Energy Benchmarking, Efficiency Ordinance (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2019-02-06
    In the Gopher State, the city of Minneapolis officials are reportedly considering a new energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance requiring apartment and home sellers to complete two additional inspection tests and provide energy-efficiency information to potential renters and purchasers. Initially, the ordinance would apply to private residences and multifamily buildings of 50,000 square feet or more.

    The ordinance also requires owners of sub-50,000-square-foot apartment buildings that meter each unit's energy consumption to submit data to a utility-created portal that will be available in 2021. The result will allow renters to compare the energy performance of buildings, using an annual per-square-foot measurement. The city's energy ordinance aims to upgrade 75 pct of the city's homes by 2025.

    City officials believe building owners with low-performing properties would be more open to utility and city efficiency programs to reduce their energy use. Portland, Oregon; Austin, Texas; Berkeley, California; and Boulder, Colorado are among the cities with similar programs. (Source: City of Minneapolis, Finance & Commerce, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Minneapolis, Kim Havey, Sustainability Manager, 612-673-3666,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmark,  Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  

    Viking Cold Offers Refrigeration Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Houston-headquartered thermal energy storage specialist Viking Cold Solutions reports it will work with energy provider Constellation to offer its commercial and industrial refrigeration customers access to Constellation's unique Efficiency Made Easy® (EME) energy conservation program.

    The EME program helps businesses implement optimal energy conservation measures, such as Viking Cold's TES systems, with no upfront capital expenditure. The cost for the upgrades is included in the monthly charges that appear on their Constellation power and gas supply bills.

    In 2018, Constellation EME customers collectively saved 80,000 MWh of electricity and prevented the emissions of 36,000 metric tons of CO2, according to Constellation.

    Viking Cold's application of Phase Change Materials combined with intelligent controls and 24/7 remote monitoring increases energy efficiency an average of 26 pct and adds time-of-use flexibility to avoid demand-based pricing for up to 13 hours. (Source: Viking Cold, Constellation, PR, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: Viking Cold, James Bell, CEO, Collin Cooker, VP Sales,, (281) 687-0919,; Constellation, Dave Snyder, (410) 470-9700,,

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

    Wind Energy Capacity Installations Rising in the Americas (Int'l)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2019-02-06
    According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) shows North, Central and South America together installed 11.9 GW capacity of wind power in 2018,up 12 pct on 2017. In North America (Canada and USA) new capacity additions grew by 10.8 pct compared to 2017. In Latin America new capacity additions jumped 18.7 pct compared to 2017. The GWEC also notes:
  • the wind energy industry supports over 160,000 jobs in North America -- CanWEA and AWEA stats;

  • Brazil installed 2 GW of added wind farm capacity during 2018 and auctioned further capacity at world beating prices of as low as $22/MWh;

  • Mexico installed almost 1 GW of new wind turbines capacity, the highest capacity additions ever and now has a total capacity of 5 GW. The country expects to reach its target of generating 35 pct of its power capacity through renewables before 2024;

  • the North American offshore wind power market continues to develop with supply chain planning taking place, tenders for offshore leasing zones being conducted (Massachusetts), JV formations (EDF and Shell for New Jersey leasing zones) and industry players establishing offices (MHI Vestas). (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: GWEC, Ben Backwell, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Wind Energy Council ,  Wind,  

  • Tesla Seeks Purchase of Maxwell Technologies {M&A, Ind. Report)
    Tesla, Maxwell Technologies
    Date: 2019-02-06
    US energy storage and EV specialist Tesla is reporting an all-stock exchange offer for all of ultracapacitor manufacturer Maxwell Technologies Inc common stock at $4.75 per share. More specifically, each share of Maxwell common stock will be exchanged for a fraction of a Tesla common share. The transaction is valued at $218 million, according to media reports.

    Maxwell's energy storage solutions are applied in renewable energy, automotive, heavy transportation and backup power and other applications.

    The deal os subject to Maxwell shareholder and regulatory approvals. (Source: Tesla, Various Media, Feb., 2019) Contact: Maxwell Technologies, Dr. Franz Fink, Pres., CEO, (617) 236-0500,; Tesla, Tesla Power Pack,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maxwell Technologies,  Tesla,  Energy STorage,  

    Final UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions National Statistics: 1990-2017 (Int'l Report Attached)
    UK GHGs
    Date: 2019-02-06
    The attached report from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy provides the final estimates of UK greenhouse gas emissions going back to 1990.

    Estimates are presented by source every February, and updated every March to include estimates by end-user and fuel type and are thus reallocated in accordance with where the end-use activity occurred. This reallocation of emissions is based on a modelling process: for example, all the CO2 produced by a power station is allocated to the power station when reporting on a source basis. But when applying the end-user method, these emissions are reallocated to the users of this electricity, such as domestic homes or large industrial users.

    For the purposes of reporting, greenhouse gas emissions are allocated to a small number of broad, high level sectors as follows: energy supply; business; transport; public; residential; agriculture; industrial processes, waste management; land use and forestry.

    Download 2017 UK Greenhouse Gas Emission Statistics HERE.

    Access the UK National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory HERE. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy , Feb., 2019) Contact: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Glimate Change,  

    Lafarge Cement Wins Energy Management Certification (Ind. Report)
    Lafarge Cement
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Following up on our 12th Jan. 208 coverage, part of leading construction materials supplier Aggregate Industries, Lafarge Cement reports it has achieved BS EN ISO50001:2018 in Energy Management Systems. The certification was awarded after the company demonstrated its ongoing commitment to energy efficiency.

    To qualify for the certification,companies must demonstrate continuous improvement in reducing the energy intensity of their operations. To that end, Lafarge Cement set up its own dedicated taskforce and met specific targets in monitoring and verifying energy performance against measurable outcomes. (Source: Lafarge Cement, World Cement, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: Lafarge Cement, Barry Hope, Director , Rob Cumming, Environmental Director, (403) 292-1555,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lafarge Cement,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  

    AB InBev Touts UK LNG Fuel Pilot to Cut Emissions (Int'l)
    AB InBev
    Date: 2019-02-06
    International brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) reports it is trialing liquified natural gas (LNG) in its UK delivery vehicles run out of its UK brewery in Samlesbury, Lancashire. The company is launching a two-week pilot to reduce CO2, nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions by using natural gas, the most environmentally friendly fuel for deliveries.

    The pilot will be closely monitored to quantify environmental and cost savings and, if successful, AB InBev has pledged to put LNG fueled tractors on the road permanently. The pilot is expected to deliver emissions reductions of up to: 15-80 pct of CO2 (mission dependent); 60 pct of NOx; 99 pct of PM; and 19dbs of noise pollution.

    Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV is a multinational drink and brewing holdings company based in Leuven, Belgium. Additional main offices are located in São Paulo, New York City, London, St. Louis, Mexico City, Bremen, Johannesburg and others. (Source: AB InBex, SHD Logistics, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: AB InBev,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  Alternative Fuel,  

    Ullico Snares BlackRock's Ontario Solar Portfolio (M&A Report)
    Date: 2019-02-06
    US investment manager BlackRock Inc. reports it will sell a four-plant Canadian solar energy portfolio in Ontario to Washington, DC-headquartered insurance company Ullico Inc. The portfolio includes solar farms with long-term stable cash flows and fixed feed-in tariff (FiT) and PPAs with the province's Independent Electricity System Operator.

    The acquisition is Ullico's sixth solar sector investment. Financial details have not been disclosed. (Source: Blackrock, Feb., 2019) Contact: BlackRock,; Ullico, 202.682.0900,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BlackRock,  Solar,  

    NEXT Renewable Fuels, Shell Trading Ink Supply Contract (Ind Report)
    NEXT Renewable Fuels
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Oregon-headquartered renewable fuels producer NEXT Renewable Fuels Inc is reporting a long term agreement to supply renewable diesel to Houston, Texas-headquartered Shell Trading (US) Company. Shell Trading (US) Company is a corporation that acts as the single market interface for Royal Dutch Shell companies and affiliates in the United States.

    NEXT Renewable Fuels will fulfill the contract with diesel produced at its $1-billion, 600 million gpy facility presently under construction in Port Westward, Oregon. The plant is slated for commissioning in 2021.

    NEXT's renewable diesel is produced from used cooking oils, animal tallows and other 100 pct renewable feedstocks. (Source: NEXT Renewable Fuels, Renewables, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: NEXT Renewable Fuels,; Shell Trading (US) Company,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels ,  Renewable Fuels,  

    NextEra Awaiting NEB. Solar Project Feasibility Report (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Portland, Oregon-headquartered NextEra Energy Resources reports it is considering construction of a 423-MW solar park in Nebraska, which if constructed, will be the largest one in the state, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

    The company has inked a lease agreement for a site in Pierce County and is seeking an interconnection agreement with the Southwest Power Pool, the operator of the regional electric grid and wholesale market. Construction could get underway in 2022, subject to the study results. (Source: NextEra Energy Resources, Renewables Now, 5 Feb., 2019_ Contact: NextEra Energy Resources,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources ,  Solar,  

    BHP Commits to Marine Biofuels (Int'l Report)
    BHP, Goodfuels
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Australian global mining giant BHP reports it has taken on a blend of 30 pct biofuel and 70 pct marine diesel oil on the chartered capesize bulk carrier Frontier Sky, owned by NYK. Using the blend will cut CO2 emissions by 50 tonnes (26.2 pct) compared to conventional marine diesel oil (MD)O.

    The biofuel was a drop-in, marine gas oil equivalent derived from used cooking oil feedstock, offering a CO2 emission reduction of 87.4 pct compared to MDO. The fuel was supplied by GoodFuels through logistics company Varo Energy.

    NYK aims to cuts its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 pct -- on a tonne-km basis -- by 2030 and 50 pct by 2050, compared with 2015. (Source: BHP, Hellenic Shipping News, Marine Propulsion, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability, +61 3 9609 3333,,; GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Biofuel,  BHP Billiton,  GoodFuel,  

    EPA Sued Over RFS "Hardship" Exemptions (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2019-02-06
    The NAFB is reporting Growth Energy has filed a petition in the Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals challenging theUS EPA's failure to address small refinery "hardship" exemptions in its 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) rulemaking, which was issued late in 2018. "The filing calls for greater accountability from EPA to ensure that every renewable fuel obligation is fulfilled as the law intended," according to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor.

    The EPA has a deadline of November 30th each year to issue their RVOs, which establish the required total volume of renewable fuel to be blended with transportation fuel for the upcoming calendar year. In July of 2018, the industry found out that in previous years, the EPA had been granting an unprecedented amount of small refinery exemptions to numerous refiners. The EPA made no apparent effort to publicly identify the refineries that received the exemptions. In the petition, Growth Energy is challenging the EPA's failure to reallocate the renewable volume obligations of exempt refiners, according to Growth Energy. (Source: NAFB, Growth Energy, 6 Feb., 2019) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO,

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

    UK Carbon Emissions Drop 38 pct since 1990 (Int'l. Report)
    UK Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-02-06
    In the UK, according to an analysis by the climate research site Carbon Brief the UK's carbon emissions are now 38 pct lower than they were in 1990 and, although emissions were largely 'offset' by a rise in imports until the mid 2000s, that no longer holds true as embodied emissions in imports have also been falling since 2007. Carbon Brief credits a mix of cleaner renewable energy generation and an overall, general drop in energy demand for bringing down emissions.

    The Carbon Brief analysis also suggests that under a business-as-usual scenario, population growth would have actually resulted in a 25 pct increase in emissions between 1990 and today. (Source: Carbon Brief, Treehugger, Feb., 2019) Contact: Carbon Brief,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Brief,  UK Carbon Emissions,  

    Veracity of Australia's Emissions Cuts Questioned (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2019-02-06
    In the Land Down Under, CSIRO, the Australian research agency is questioning the environmental benefits claimed under the Emissions Reduction Fund (Fund), the Liberal government of Prime Mister Scott Morrison's main climate policy, raising concerns that Australia is overstating its contribution to the fight against climate change. Even so, the Fund is expected to receive up to $1 billion in federal funds over three years as the government seeks to neutralize claims it is failing to address the potential dangers associated with climate change.

    The Fund was introduced by the Tony Abbott government in 2014 after it abolished the previous Labor government's carbon tax. Abbott is perhaps best remembered for his comment "climate change is a load of CRAP." The $2.55 billion Fund pays businesses, landowners and others to reduce carbon emissions or capture and store carbon that already exists in the atmosphere.

    About half the carbon abatement pledged under the fund -- or 95 million tonnes -- relates to farming projects that use one of two native revegetation method that are presently being examined by a government-appointed committee. has been examining the performance of the revegetation methods. In a joint submission to the committee, CSIRO and the NSW Department of Primary Industries question whether all emission reduction claimed under the methods were genuine and whether existing revegetation successes are attributable to funded projects or to increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations or the changing climate.

    The agencies also noted "uncertainty" in the carbon accounting model used to measure abatement under the two methods, which also lacked "underpinning research" to support its predictions. Under the scheme, estimates of abatement should be conservative. However the CSIRO and the department expressed "particular concern" over a reliance on "subjective assessments by project proponents" of factors such as the effect of grazing on carbon stocks. (Source: CSIRO, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: CSIRO, 1300 363 400, +61 3 9545 2176,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Abbott,  CSIRO,  Carbon Emissions,  Australia Climate Change,  

    NIPSCO Planning Three Indiana Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
    Northern Indiana Public Service
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Merrillville, Indiana -headquartered utility Northern Indiana Public Service (NIPSC) reports it plans to construct three wind farms totaling 300 wind turbines generating 800 MW of power in Benton, Montgomery, Warren and White counties, Indiana.

    The new wind farms are in keeping with the utility's effort to shift away from coal-fired power by the year 2028. The three planned wind farms are expected to come on line in late 2020. (Source: NIPSCO, Journal Gazette, AP, 4 Feb., 2019) Contact: Northern Indiana Public Service,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Northern Indiana Public Service,  NIPSCO,  Wind,  

    $400Mn Lake Kivu Methane Gas Project Finds Investors (Int'l)
    Gasmeth Energy
    Date: 2019-02-06
    In Kigali, privately held Gasmeth Energy Limited reports it will invest $400 million or more $400 million in the construction and maintenance of a methane gas extraction processing and compression project in Lake Kivu. The Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB) and Rwanda Development Board (RDB )are also participating in the project.

    When fully operational, the Kivu 56 project is expected to supply 56 MW of power to Rwanda's national grid under a 25-year concession agreement. Two private investors -- Contour Global and Symbion Power -- are currently extracting methane gas from Lake Kivu.

    Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, and is in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika. (Source: Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board, Gasmeth Energy, New Times, Feb., 2019) Contact: Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  

    Barriers to Maximizing the Value of Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources -- California Solar & Storage Association White Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
    California Independent System Operator
    Date: 2019-02-06
    "The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) have developed various programs that allow distributed energy resources (DERs) to compete with traditional generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure to provide capacity and ancillary services.

    "Customer-sited, or behind-the-meter (BTM), resources can provide multiple grid services at the distribution and transmission levels,1but numerous barriers have hindered the efforts of the CPUC and CAISO to enable BTM resources to provide these services. This report builds on several documents that industry stakeholders have produced for staff in the CPUC's Energy Division describing these barriers."

    Download the Barriers to Maximizing the Value of Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources White Paper HERE. (Source: California Solar & Storage Association, Feb., 2019) Contact: California Solar & Storage Association,; California Independent System Operator,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Independent System Operator ,  

    Alliance BioEnergy Reports Debt Restructuring Effort (Ind. Report)
    Alliance BioEnergy Plus
    Date: 2019-02-06
    In the Sunshine State, West Palm Beach-based Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. reports that a number of "former insiders" will subordinate over $2 million in debt so that repayments are only due out of future profits. The company also renegotiated down other smaller debts and continues to renegotiate additional obligations.

    According to the company release, two disputes remain outstanding, one with the Company's former Controller and the other with a lender, Lucas Hoppel. Alliance has filed counterclaims, which management believes have merit, against both of these parties. Details are available at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, Case number 18-23071.

    Alliance BioEnergy +, Inc. is a publicly traded company focusing on the commercialization and licensing of a patented cellulose conversion technology that it controls through a master license agreement with the University of Central Florida, via its affiliate Carbolosic, LLC. Carbolosic holds the exclusive, worldwide license to 4 issued patents and 15 filed and pending patents revolving around the core Cellulose-to- Sugar (CTS) technology. ALLM also holds the exclusive CTS rights to North America and Africa. (Source: Alliance Bioenergy Plus, Inc., PR, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: Alliance Bioenergy Plus, Ben Slager, CEO,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance BioEnergy Plus,  

    Siemens Gamesa Confirms 202 MW Spanish Wind Turbine Contract (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports it will supply 63 wind turbines totaling 202 MW capacity to seven wind farms located in the provinces of Navarra, Valladolid, Zaragoza, Malaga and Cadiz. The deal is for five different Spanish customers and includes operating and maintenance (O&M) services.

    Of the total, 42 of the 63 wind turbines will be of the SG 3.4-132 model, 16 are SG 2.6-114 turbines and the remaining five will be the SG 2.6-126 model. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

    EU Geothermal Energy, Metals Extraction Project Advancing (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    The EU is reporting its Horizon 2020 for Research & Innovation project to create and develop innovative technology that combines the production of geothermal energy with extraction of metals from the geothermal liquid in a single, interlinked process has now entered its final phase. Part of the 42-month Horizon 2020 programme, the Combined Heat Power and Metals (CHPM2030) technology project was intended to lower the costs and reduce the environmental impact of energy production while lessening European dependence on imported raw materials.

    The project was divided into eight interconnected "work packages" including: system integration; integrated sustainability assessments; road mapping and preparation of pilot test study areas in Portugal, Romania, Sweden and the UK in order to pave the way for a long-term wider rollout of the CHPM technology.

    The results and preliminary outcomes will be presented to the public on May 23, 2019 in Delft, the Netherlands at the final CHPM2030 conference. (Source: CHPM Europe, Industry Europe, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: CHPM Europe,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  

    Vaisala Introduces Biogas Measurement Instrument (New Prod & Tech)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    Finnish environmental and industrial measurement specialist Vaisala Oyi has introduced its MGP 261, the world's first in situ 3-in-1 biogas measurement instrument for measuring methane, carbon dioxide and humidity in demanding environments, according to the company.

    The MGP261 multigas measurement instrument gives continuous readings of methane (CH4), carbon dioxide (CO2), and water vapour directly in the biogas process pipeline. The product is optimized for biogas production processes, such as anaerobic digestion (AD) of waste from agriculture, industries and municipalities, and the utilization of landfill gas (LFG). The MGP261 is based on Vaisala's patented CARBOCAP technology, the company says. The product will be available in Q2, 2019.

    Reliable and accurate in-line monitoring enables optimization of the production process by reducing operating costs and improving the efficiency of a biogas plant. (Source: Vaisala, PR, Bioenergy, Feb., 2019) Contact: Vaisala, Sampsa Lahtinen, Exec. VP Industrial Measurements,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vaisala,  Biogas,  CO2,  Methane,  

    SolGreen Debuts Casini™ Solar Power Hub (New Prod & Tech)
    SolGreen® Solutions Corp
    Date: 2019-02-04
    SolGreen is reporting the introduction of its outdoor mobile solar charging system to Bowie State University, in Prince George County, Maryland.

    The SolGreen® Casini™ Power Hub features a patented powerful PVSE system built in a sleek outdoor case that can integrate with most existing outdoor Bus Shelters and will immediately begin offering Grid Free solar powered mobil devise charging services services to its new users. the SolGreen Casini will also power Lighting and Wi-Fi signals to bus stations in remote locations such as stadiums and outdoor waiting areas.

    This revolutionary first-of-its-kind technology will debut at Bowie State University just 5 years after another successful first-of-its-kind SolGreen® technology, the Evodia Solar Table was installed at the campus in 2014. (Source: SolGreen Solutions, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: SolGreen Solutions, (833) 765-4733,,; Bowie State University,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    Malaysian Transportation B10 Biodiesel Mandate in Force (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    The Government of Malaysia is reporting the implementation of the B10 biodiesel mandate for the country's transport sector went into full force on Friday, February 1, 2019.

    The B10 program initially kicked off on December 1, 2018 while the B7 blending mandate for the industrial sector will begin from July 1, 2019. Implementation of the B10 mandate is expected to increase demand for biodiesel by 100,000-250,000 mty. (Source: Gov. of Malaysia, Platts, Various Media, Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Malaysia Biodiesel,  B10,  Biodiesael,  

    MBP Solutions Leads in UN Global Compact Climate Change Sustainability (Int'l)
    UN Global Compact Climate Change
    Date: 2019-02-04
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    More Low-Carbon Energy News UN Global Compact Climate Change,  

    Offshore Wind Engineering Masters Degree Offered (Ind. Report)
    Tufts University
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In Medford, Mass., Tufts University is reporting a new Master's Degree program in Offshore Wind Energy Engineering -- the first graduate program of its kind in the U.S. The three-semester program, which focuses on structural and geo-technical engineering, builds on Tufts' School of Engineering's connections with America's nascent offshore wind energy industry, the school says.

    The Master's Degree covers: offshore wind site characterization and permitting; infrastructure and transmission; and foundation design and monitoring.

    The Tuft's program director, Prof. Eric Hines, served as a partner at LeMessurier Consultants before joining Tufts. LeMessurier provides engineering support services to construction firms and architects. Prof. Hines notes that the UK, the Netherlands, and Spain have expressed interest in hiring the Tufts program graduates. (Source: Tufts University, PR, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: Tufts University, Prof. Eric Hines, Program Director, 617-627-2281,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  

    Hamilton Advancing Wastewater Plant Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In Montana, the City of Hamilton -- pop. 4,750 +- -- reports it is moving forward with its planned solar power project to be installed at the Hamilton Wastewater Treatment Plant. The system is expected to generate up to 50kW of electricity and offset 5-10 pct of the treatment plants yearly electric costs.

    The project is being funded through the NorthWestern Energy Efficiency Plus (E+) Renewable Energy Program. The program is established with the Universal System Benefits Program funds collected from all NorthWestern Energy customers in Montana. (Source: City of Hamilton, Ravalli Republic, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Hamilton, Dominic Farrenkopf, Mayor, (406) 363-2101 ext. 213,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    gridIMP Touts iDSR System for Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In the UK, the Bridgwater, Somerset Energy Innovation Centre-based energy efficiency and management firm gridIMP Ltd. is touting its "intelligent Demand Side Response" (iDSR) system. The system connects with an existing building management system to assess and control energy usage patterns in response to calls from the National Grid for more energy at peak times.

    The National Grid's Demand Side Response is a scheme where companies are incentivized financially to lower of shift their electricity needs at peak times.

    The gridIMP technology has been installed at the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre (SEIC) with the support of a grant from Sedgemoor District Council. As the volume of data collected by the gridIMP Hub grows, the system will increasingly enable full, intelligent automation of DSR, removing the burden placed on management teams. (Source: gridIMP Ltd., Bridgewater Mercury, Feb., 2019) Contact: gridIMP Ltd., Richard Ryan, Commercial Director, +44 1749 372198,,

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

    ReneSola Finds Hungarian, Polish Solar Project Financing (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    Solar project developer ReneSola Ltd reports it has arranged a bridge financing agreement with Eiffel Energy Transition Fund for its photovoltaic projects in Hungary and Poland. Under the terms of the agreement, Eiffel Energy Transition Fund will finance ReneSola's 41.3 MW projects in Hungary and 55MW projects in Poland in the amount of €13,428,000.

    Eiffel Investment Group is an asset manager specialized in businesses financing. Eiffel invests in European corporate credit through listed markets, private debt and online lending platforms. The group manages approximately €2 billion and offers companies a wide range of financing solutions. (Source: ReneSola Ltd., PE, 3 Feb., 2019)Contact: ReneSola Ltd, Josef Kastner, VP, Willy Lin, CFA, +86 (21) 6280-9180 x155,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ReneSola,  Solar,  

    Innogy's Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm Now On Line (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In Wales, Innogy is reporting its 32.8-MW, 16-turbine Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm is now generating renewable energy for the first time. By the end of the year, the fully operational project is expected to generate sufficient power for as many as 22,600 average Welsh homes.

    Through the construction of Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm, together with Clocaenog Forest and Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm, Innogy will have invested £270 million in new renewable energy infrastructure. (Source: South Wales Guardian, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: Innogy, Tim James, the project manager at Innogy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innogy,  Wind,  

    Dubai Solar-Powered Green Hydrogen Project Breaks Ground (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In a press release, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is collaborating with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and has broken ground for the first solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The project will be constructed at DEWA's outdoor testing facilities in the Research and Development Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. (Source: DEWA, Emirates News Agency , 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: DEWA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Hydrogen,  DEWA,  

    CAVU Lauds N.Mex. Commitment to U.S. Climate Alliance (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Climate Alliance,
    Date: 2019-02-04
    New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) is being applauded for he leadership in taking her state into the U.S. Climate Alliance and for adding New Mexico to the growing list of states pledging to embrace the necessary and ambitious goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The Governor specifically tagged methane capture and the crucial role that methane capture will play in the fight against climate change.

    The most recent report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights the narrow twelve-year window we have to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Because of its potency as a greenhouse gas, regulating methane emissions is one of the most promising ways to make dramatic short-term changes to the atmosphere that could be the difference between manageable climate impacts and disastrous ones.

    CAVU (Climate Advocates/Voces Unidas), has worked to inform a wide audience about the the impacts of methane emissions to New Mexico. (Source: Climate Advocates/Voces Unidas, New Mexico Public Radio, 2 Feb., 2019) Contact: Climate Advocates/Voces Unidas,; U.S. Climate Alliance,; New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Climate Alliance,  Methane,  Methane Emissions,  

    Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium USGBC LEED Certified (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In Atlanta. the 2-million-square-foot, 2017-vintage Mercedes Benz Stadium arena reports it was the first U.S. professional sports stadium to achieve US Green Building Council Platinum LEED certification.

    The Mercedes-Benz Stadium LEED qualifying features include: 82,500 square feet of LED lighting, which lasts 10 times longer than standard lighting and reduces energy use by up to 60 pct;

  • 4,000 onsite solar panels can generate 1.6 million kWh , sufficient power for 10 Atlanta Falcons games;
  • an advanced storm water management system that can store over 2 million gallons of water to reduce flooding risk to surrounding areas;
  • 48 EV charging stations, and others.

    The NFL recently announced a membership with the Green Sports Alliance, an organization aimed at encouraging green and renewable practices at sporting events. (Source: USGBC, Greenroofs, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: Green Sports Alliance,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  US Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  

  • Energy Efficiency Key to Concord N.H. Energy Plan (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency,Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In New Hampshire, the city of Concord Energy and Environment Committee reports the release of the first draft of its renewable energy and energy efficiency plan calling for the city to source 100 pct of it energy from renewables by the year 2030.

    Highlights of the draft plan include: Energy efficiency -- "the cheapest unit of energy is the one you don't use" -- is the guiding principle behind the plans for energy efficiency in the Capital City of 43,000 +- residents. As a whole, Concord consumes 390 million kWh of energy each year. To bring that figure down, the plan calls for the city and its community to cut consumption by encouraging and incentivizing weatherization. The plan also encourages the city to prioritize energy conservation efforts, like switching the streetlights to LED and having all city buildings US Green Building Council LEED certified or meet LEED standards without going through the certification process. (Source: City of Concord, Concord Monitor, 2 Feb., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; City of Concord, Tom Aspell, City Manager, 603-225-8570,

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

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