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Aemetis Biofinery USCIS EB-5 Phase II Approved (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2019-01-24
Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. reports the US Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued an I-924 Exemplar Approval for its $50 million EB-5 Phase II funding related to the Aemetis Riverbank cellulosic biorefinery project in California.

Three EB-5 investors filed with the USCIS and funded $1.5 million to the Aemetis project in December 2018 to launch the $50 million EB-5 Phase II funding round. I-924 Exemplar Approval allows foreign investors to utilize project approval for faster EB-5 processing

The Aemetis Riverbank cellulosic biorefinery is designed to produce below zero carbon biofuels from agricultural waste that could otherwise be burned in the Central Valley. The USCIS I-924 Exemplar Approval is in addition to California state governmental support through the recent award of $12.7 million of sales and use tax waivers for equipment and other purchases for the construction of the Aemetis Riverbank plant. (Source: Aemet1s, PR, EIN, 24 Jan., 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Cellulosic Biofuel,  


Sun Solar Opts for "Made in America" Only (Ind. Report)
Sun Solar
Date: 2019-01-24
Springfield Missouri-based Sun Solar reports it is transitioning to American Made solar panels for all of its installations. The move is in response to the impact of President Donald Trump's "30 pct. tax increase" on Chinese manufactured solar cells and panels.

Moving forward, Sun Solar noted it will work with an unnamed solar manufacturer in Bellingham, Washington. (Source: Sun Solar, Missourinet, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Sun Solar, Caleb Arthur, Owner, 417-413-1786 www.missourisunsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Cell,  Solar Module,  Solar Energy,  


ExxonMobil, REGI , Clariant Ink Cellulosics R&D JV (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil, REGI , Clariant
Date: 2019-01-24
Irving, Texas-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it is entering into a joint research agreement with Renewable Energy Group (REGI) and Muttenz, Switzerland-based Clariant AG to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from agricultural waste and residues to produce biofuel. The partners will also work on a conceptual engineering study to validate the feasibility of the integrated process comprising the technologies of all parties.

The partners aim to combine Clariant's Sunliquid® and REGI's processes into a seamless cellulosic biomass-to-biodiesel technology.

Clariant will conduct trials at its pre-commercial plant in Straubing, Germany, using different types of cellulosic feedstock that will be converted into sugars for conversion by REG and ExxonMobil into high-quality, low-carbon biodiesel. (Source: Exxon Mobil, Chemistry Views, 23 Jan., 2019) Contact:Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com; REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  REGI ,  Clariant,  Cellulosic,  Biodiesel,  Biouel,  


Platte River Power Plans Zero Carbon Emissions by 2030 (Ind Report)
Platte River Power Authority
Date: 2019-01-24
The Fort Collins, Colorado-based nonprofit utility Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) board of directors reports it has committed to a Resource Diversification Policy of zero carbon emissions and increased renewable energy sources by 2030.

In 2017, the utility released a zero-net carbon report showing that the goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2030 was difficult but achievable.

According to the new policy, the following advancements in renewable energy need to occur for PRPA to achieve 100 pct non-carbon resources by 2030:

  • An organized regional market must exist with Platte River as an active participant;

  • Battery storage performance must mature and the costs must decline;

  • Utilization of storage solutions to include thermal, heat, water and end user available storage;

  • Transmission and distribution infrastructure investment must be increased;

  • Improved distributed generation resource performance;

  • Technology and capabilities of grid management systems must advance and improve;

  • Advanced capabilities and use of active end user management systems;

  • Generation, transmission and distribution rate structures must facilitate systems integration.

    (Source: PRPA, Rocky Mountain Collegian, 21 Jan., 2019)Contact: Platte River Power Authority, (970) 226-4000, www.prpa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Platte River Power Authority,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy ,  


  • Notable Quotes
    Biodiesel,Biofuel
    Date: 2019-01-24
    "For 2018, the effects of the U.S. International Trade Commission's ruling against biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia resulted in increased domestic demand and record profits.

    "In August 2018, operating margins were as high as 66 cents per gallon, the highest since November 2013. As a result of this favorable operating environment, many companies now have healthy balance sheets. Ocean Park expects an active M&A (mergers and acquisitions) environment to continue as companies look for expansion opportunities." – Bruce Comer, Ocean Park, Managing Director, Jan., 2019)

    Ocean Park is a boutique investment bank that provides mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, financial advisory and restructuring services for the biofuels and other industries. Contact: Ocean Park, (310) 670-2093, , www. oceanpk.com

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


    Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage -- A New Sense of Urgency? (Conferences & Events)
    Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage,
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) systems play a key role in the technological efforts to mitigate emissions, particularly from heavy industries such as steel, chemicals, cement and other industries. Both political will and financial means are necessary to advance CCUS initiatives and to get the first European demo projects off the ground. The upcoming EURACTIV Forum will address the following and other related questions:

  • Are scientists and engineers ready to deliver CCUS for large-scale deployment? What are the challenges and hurdles towards implementation?

  • What incentives for Member States to invest in CCUS in light of high penetration of renewable energy and other cheaper low-carbon technologies such as hydrogen?

  • Can CCUS help decarbonize the heat and power sector as well as heavy industry?

  • Will the technology ever be economically worthwhile?

  • What are the technical solutions and scientific breakthroughs which have emerged already or are about to emerge?

  • Is business ready to deliver?

    The EURACTIV CCUS Forum will be held Feb. 26, 2019, at the EURACTIV Network Office in Brussels. For FORUM details contact Teresa Dominguez, +32 (0) 2 788 36 93, teresa.dominguez@euractiv.com. (Source: EURACTIV, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: EURACTIV, www.euractiv.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Utilization and Storage,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


  • Orsted Surveying New Jersey Offshore Wind Sites (Ind. Report)
    Orsted,Deepwater Wind
    Date: 2019-01-24
    New Jersey environmental officials are reporting survey work is underway for Ocean Wind, Orsted's planned offshore wind energy array. UK-based 4C Offshore is conducting the two-month long geotechnical studies for Orsted. According to 4C Offshore's project profile, the New Jersey array could ultimately generate as much as 1,950 MW peak capacity.

    Orsted is bidding to supply New Jersey with its first 1,100 MW of offshore power. (Source: Orsted, WorkBoat, 22 Jan., 2019)Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000, www.dwwind.com; 4C Offshore, www.4coffshore.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Offshore Wind,  Deepwater Wind,  


    Solarize St. John Plans Lower Cost Solar in USVI (Ind. Report)
    Solarize
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Solarize St. John, a new public-private initiative seeks to match home and business owners with local solar installation companies, was launched last week in St. John, US Virgin Islands (USVI).

    The initiative aims to assist St. John residents and businesses in the purchase solar energy systems by combining solar equipment orders and buying and shipping in bulk. Solarize also provides website, communication, and crowdsourcing expertise while solar systems equipment ordering and installations are completed at the local level. The program also seeks to take advantage of applicable tax credits for solar installations.

    As part of that effort, the U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) is considering a program that would allow home and business owners to lease their roofs to generate solar power. When they enroll in Solarize St. John, applicants will also be asked to indicate if they would consider allowing WAPA to install solar panels and batteries and maintain them at no cost to the homeowner. WAPA would own the power generated, and the home or business owner would continue to pay their monthly bill. (Source: St, John Source, St.John Tradewinds, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Solarize St. John, www.solarcrowdsource.com; The U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, (346) 773-2250, www.viwapa.vi

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WAPA,  Solar Energy,  Solarize,  


    Nottingham City Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2028 (Int' Report)
    Nottingham City
    Date: 2019-01-24
    In the UK, the Nottingham City Council is touting its ambitious plan to become the first carbon-neutral city in the UK by 2028.

    The city of 306,000, which has achieved its 2020 Energy Strategy goal of cutting carbon emissions by 26 pct, with a 39 pct reduction since 2005, is also on track to meet its target of generating 20 pct of its energy from low-carbon sources by the end of this decade. (Source: Nottingham City Council, Energy Live, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Nottingham City Council, www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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


    Neoen Bulgana Green Power Hub Installs First Wind Turbine (Int'l)
    Neoen
    Date: 2019-01-24
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian arm of French renewables developer Neoen is reporting the installation of the first of 56 wind turbines that will comprise the Neoen Bulgana Green Power Hub.

    The integrated $350 million (AUS) wind and battery storage facility is reportedly on target for an August startup when it will generate over 740,000 MWh of power per annum.

    Victoria State has a 15-year PPA for a portion of the 194MW wind farm's power output. (Source: Neoen, Renew Economy, 23 Jan., 2019)Contact: Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022, www.neoen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  


    RWE's E.ON-Innogy Acquisition Awaiting EC Approval (Int'l, M&A)
    RWE AG, Innogy
    Date: 2019-01-24
    German energy group RWE AG reports it has filed its planned acquisition of the renewable energy business of both E.ON SE and Innogy SE with the European Commission (EC) for approval.

    In March 2018, RWE agreed to sell its majority interest in Innogy to E.ON, while keeping Innogy's renewables business and merging it with E.ON's green assets. If approved, RWE will own a 8.6-GW renewable energy portfolio in a new company with three operating divisions. With the transaction, RWE will hold a 16.7 pct equity stake in E.ON.

    The transactions are expected to close in the second half of 2019.(Source: RWE AG, Renewables, 23 Jan., 2019) Contact: RWE AG, www.rwe.com; Innogy Renewables UK, +44 1793 877777, www.innogy.com/web/cms/en/3708678/innogy-renewables-uk; E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON,  RWE AG,  Innogy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Maine Legislator Introduces $5 Carbon Tax Bill (Reg. & Leg.)
    Maine Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-01-24
    In Augusta, Maine Rep. Deane Rykerson (D-Kittery) is proposing a state carbon tax he says will help with climate change. Rykerson claims the bill already has over 70 cosponsors.

    Rykerson's bill would place $5 per ton fee on CO2. The fee, which would increase every year for eight years, would be used to subsidize e Mainers' electric bills. (Source: Maine Rep. Deane Rykerson, WABI News, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Maine State Rep. Deane Rykerson, https://legislature.maine.gov/house/hsebios/ryked_.htm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


    Algae Specialist Solarvest BioEnergy Raises $1,095,500 (Ind. Report)
    Solarvest Bioenergy
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Vancouver-based algae technology specialist Solarvest Bioenergy Inc. is reporting closure of its second tranche of its previously announced financing. The offering raised gross proceeds from both tranches totaling $1,095,500 by way of the issuance of 5,477,500 units.

    The proceeds will be used for the production of inventory, sales and marketing, equipment purchases, patenting costs and general working capital. (Source: Solarvest Bioenergy Inc., PR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Solarvest Bioenergy Inc., Gerri Greenham, CEO, (416) 420 0947, ggreenham@solarvest.ca, www.solarvest.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solarvest Bioenergy,  Algae Biofuel,  Biofuel ,  


    Kilroy Bldg Wins USGBC TRUE Zero Waste Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Los Angeles-based Kilroy Realty Corp (KRC)is reporting the US Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded its 350 Mission Street property TRUE Zero Waste Certification at the gold level. The 455,340 square feet property is the largest single commercial property in the world to achieve TRUE Zero Waste certification and is also the first commercial building in San Francisco to do so. The property is currently LEED Platinum, ENERGY STAR and Fitwel certified.

    All About Waste provided consulting services related to the project and representatives from the Green Building Certification Institute did the onsite performance verification. (Source: Kilroy Realty, PR, 22 Jan, 2019) Contact: Kilroy Realty, Sara Neff, VP Sustainability, (310) 481-8449, sneff@kilroyrealty.com, www.kilroyrealty.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    Pablo Center Awarded Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Focus on Energy,Xcel Energy
    Date: 2019-01-24
    In Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the Pablo Center performing and visual arts facility is reporting receipt of nearly $30,000 in incentive checks for its energy efficiency initiatives. The city of Eau Claire Focus on Energy business incentives program awarded the Center $21,000 of the total.

    The Pablo Center's energy efficiency features include high-efficiency air conditioning units and LED lights and fixtures which save enough energy to to power 4,700 residential homes and about 37,000 tons of carbon dioxide given from coal being burned. (Source: Pablo Center, Xcel Energy, WEAU, 22 Jan., 2019)Contact: Pablo Center, 715-492-0240 www.pablocenter.org; Xcel Energy, Frank Prager, VP Policy and Federal Affairs, www.xcelenergy.com; Focus on Energy, Karl Hilker, Snr. Project Manager, www.cityoflacrosse.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Focus on Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Xcel Energy,  


    Biomass Elimination, Carbon Capture System Offered (Ind. Report)
    Prairie Creek Energy
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Spruce Grove, Alberta-based Prairie Creek Energy Services' Air Curtain Carbonizer is touting a closed loop, carbon capture waste (or biomass) elimination system that provides a secure and safe environment in which the combustion of woody biomass and other types of waste occur.

    The system's elevated combustion chamber air curtain, and pre-heated under-fire air, increase a smoke-free combustion efficiency. All the resulting ash is kept in the "carbonizer" with heats of 2,500 F. The system also features an internal "quenching" system that turns wood waste into biochar at the rate of 400 to 500 pounds per hour.

    The company also offers mobile, high-production "sub-soilers" that incorporate biomass back into the soil. They also offer bio-security for environmentally sensitive areas. (Source: Prairie Creek Energy Services, Cdn. Biomeass, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Prairie Creek Energy Services, Blake Adams (780) 850-5934, badams@pces.ca, www.prairiecreekenergy.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochar,  Woody Biomass,  Carbon Capture,  


    LEED v4.1 New Construction, Interiors Registration Open (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-01-24
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is reporting its newest version of the LEED green building program -- LEED v4.1 -- is now open for registration for both new construction projects and interior spaces. The versions are named LEED v4.1 BD+C and LEED v4.1 ID+C, respectively.

    The LEED v4.1 beta version updates performance thresholds and referenced standards while advocating for improved performance throughout the life of buildings, rewards leaders based on their performance and incorporates performance reporting to enable building owners to track progress towards environmental, social, and governance goals.

    Focused on implementation, LEED v4.1 is an accessible, user-friendly tool. To participate, users can register using LEED Online, review the LEED v4.1 Beta Guide, and download the LEED v4.1 rating system. (Source: US GBC, PR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, Melissa Baker, VP, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Building Sustainability,  Energy Efficiency,  


    PNNL Planning Energy Sciences Research Bldg (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Date: 2019-01-24
    In Richland, Washington, the US DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) reports it will construct a new facility where scientists will conduct research that leads to more efficient energy and transportation technologies. Construction is slated to get underway in late 2019 or early 2020 for completion and occupancy in mid- or late 2021.

    The as yet unnamed research facility will be between 110,000 and 145,000 square feet in size and will house labs and workstations for approximately 175 PNNL and visiting scientists, engineers and research support staff.

    "Breakthrough research conducted here may lead to reduced vehicle emissions, more efficient fertilizer production and the ability to turn waste into fuels and products more efficiently and economically," PNNL Director Steven Ashby noted. (Source: PNNL, PR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: PNNL, Steven Ashby, Dir., www.pnnl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PNNL,  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ,  


    Chubb's Bermuda HQ LEED Credentials Reaffirmed (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-01-24
    The Chubb Building in Hamilton is the first in Bermuda to be twice recertified as Leed Gold by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The building first received Leed Gold certification under the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system in 2011.

    In 2017, the building was recertified when Chubb became one of the first companies in North America to use the Leed Dynamic Plaque to manage the building's energy efficiency and environmental performance.

    The Leed Dynamic Plaque calculates and displays the building's performance across five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. Other green initiatives that contributed to the re-certification include: energy-efficient LED lights, electric car charging stations, a trash audit and waste recycling program and others. Chubb notes that since 2011 it has cut the Bermuda building's energy consumption 28 pct.

    Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurer. (Source: Chubb, PR, Royal Gazette, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Chubb, Colin Brown, Bermuda VP facilities and Leed project manager, 441-295-5200, https://www.chubb.com/bm-en/contact.../chubb-bermuda-international-contacts.aspx

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


    CellCube Touts European Energy Storage Systems Sales (Ind. Report)
    CellCube Energy Storage Systems
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Toronto-headquartered energy storage specialist CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc. reports it has closed on the sale of two "FB Modular" energy storage systems to European purchasers.

    The first is a FB200-800 stand alone vanadium redox flow energy storage system with 200kW AC power rating and close to 900kWh usable energy capacity. The system is for a German public institution and is slated for installation this coming March.

    The second sale is a FB Modular series FB30-13 for installation this April as part of a micro-grid for a solar supported farm operation in the Czech Republic.

    CellCube develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage systems based on vanadium redox flow technology. Its integrated energy storage System solutions features 99 pct residual energy capacity after 11,000 cycles with the focus on larger scale containerized modules. (Source: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc,. PR, Jan 22, 2019) Contact: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., Mike Neylan, CEO, (800) 882-3213, www.cellcubeenergystorage.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  vanadium redox flow,  Battery,  


    Publication Schedule -- Important Notice

    Date: 2019-01-24
    This report will not be published on Monday, 28 Jan, 2019. Publication will resume on our regular schedule on Wednesday, 30, Jan. 2019.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this necessary break may cause. Thank you.


    Edmonton Launches Home Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    city of Edmonton
    Date: 2019-01-23
    On the Canadian prairies, the city of Edmonton, Alberta, is reporting the launch of a new top-up program that allows homeowners to receive an additional 20 pct in return on home energy evaluations and retrofits through the new Home Energy Plan. The program offers homeowners access to advice on energy efficiency and rebates on home retrofits. Homeowners can also receive $400 towards the cost of a Home Energy Evaluation and can then apply for further rebates on a number of home upgrades, including insulation, windows and furnaces. . The city has also launched a solar program that encourages homeowners to install solar systems on on their homes, and the city and Energy Efficiency Alberta cover about 40 per cent of the cost.

    Home Energy Plan details are HERE, Edmonton Solar plan details are HERE. (Source: City of Edmonton, CBC, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: City of Edmonton, Robyn Webb, Energy Transition Unit Senior Environmental Project Manager, www.edmonton.ca/contactus.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News city of Edmonton news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Smarter Building Tech. Alliance Launched in Las Vegas (Ind. Report)
    Smarter Building Technologies Alliance
    Date: 2019-01-23
    Reporting from Las Vegas, the recently launched Smarter Building Technologies Alliance Inc. (STB Alliance) is vowing to change the way energy efficiency products and services are delivered to the market and optimized by end-user clients. Working in partnership with industry players -- such as General Electric, Signify (fka Philips), Enlighted, Avi-On, and others -- the SBT Alliance delivers these technology-based solutions through its three internal factories:

  • Direct Discount Lighting --Brings access of cutting-edge LED product to the channel of distributors, contractors, and end users via e-commerce and direct sales;

  • Integrated Advanced Controls -- Pairs the industry's leading LED fixture manufacturers together with advanced controls companies to provide comprehensive controls-embedding services through IAC's dedicated manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Mexico;

  • Glued Solutions -- the industry's leading authority on how to most efficiently design, install, and program advanced networked controls systems and provides comprehensive system provisioning, configuration, and long-term technical support services. (Source: Smarter Building Technologies Alliance, Inc. , PR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Smarter Building Technologies Alliance, Inc. Benjamin Buchanan, CEO, Kevin Martin, (800) 832-2943x704, kmartin@sbt-alliance.com, www.SBT-Alliance.com, http://smarterbuildingtechnologiesalliance.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smarter Building Technologies Alliance,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • BASF Touts Carbon Management Program Goals (Int'l Report)
    BASF
    Date: 2019-01-23
    German chemicals giant BASF has outlined the R&D activities that will allow the company to achieve CO2-neutral growth until 2030 as part of its carbon management programme. To that end, the company is cutting emissions by optimizing existing processes, developing new low-emissions processes, and gradually replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources.

    Since 1990, Ludwigshafen-headquartered BASF says it has doubled it product output and at the same time cut its CO2 emissions by 50 pct. The company plans to keep CO2 emissions at today's levels while doubling growth by 2030 through its carbon management programme. (Source: BASF, The Chemical Engineer, Jan., 2019) Contact: BASF, Andreas Bode, Program Leader for Carbon Management R&D, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Iowa Ethanol Production Breaks Record High (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Renewable Fuel Association
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In Iowa, 2018 is slated to go down as another record year for ethanol production with the state's ethanol production facilities producing 4.35 billion gallons -- 150 million gallons more than 2017 and 150 million gallons short of capacity. Iowa produces about 27 pct of total U.S. ethanol production. The Hawkeye State also produced a record 365 million gallons of biodiesel in 2018.

    Iowa's two cellulosic ethanol and 41 corn ethanol plants use more than 1.3 billion bpy of corn. (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuel Association, WHO13, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuel Association, Monte Shaw, info@IowaRFA.org, (515) 252-6249, https://iowarfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Corn Ethanol,  Iowa Ethanol,  Iowa Renewable Fuel Association ,  


    Attis Snares Sunoco's New York Ethanol Plant (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Attis Innovations
    Date: 2019-01-23
    Milton, Georgia-headquartered bio-products specialist Attis Innovations reports it will purchase the Sunoco ethanol plant in Fulton, New York, for $20 million. The company also noted it is planning an approximate $80 million expansion of the facility that will a research and development campus for renewable fuels.

    Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close within a month with the planned expansion breaking ground shortly thereafter. Sunoco plans to purchase the 61 million gpy plant's ethanol production for the next 10 years. (Source: Attis Ind., PR, Oswego County News, Jan., 2019)Contact: Attis Innovations, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661, ir@meridianwastesolutions.com, www.attisinnovations.com; Sunoco Fulton Ethanol, (315) 593-0500, www.sunocoethanol.com/about/fulton-plant

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunoco,  Attis Innovations ,  Ethanol,  


    EIB, CMZRB to Develop Energy Efficiency Investment Platform (Int'l)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2019-01-23
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Czech Guarantee and Development Bank (CMZRB) have agreed that the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH) will support CMZRB in developing an investment platform for energy efficiency measures in the building sector in the Czech Republic.

    The platform will provide long-term sustainable financing to energy service companies, covering the default and performance risks related to EPC and PBC as well as supporting the best practices and contract standardization to facilitate energy efficiency promoters.

    This innovative approach, led by CMZRB, involves key stakeholders in the energy efficiency market in the Czech Republic and will be supported by key EIB Advisory experts. Support for increasing energy efficiency investments is a priority for the EIB and is in line with EU policies. The EIB supports projects that contribute to reaching the EU's goal of increasing energy efficiency in the Union by 32 pct by the year 2020. (Source: EIB, Emerging Europe, 23 Jan., 2019) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Saskpower's Western Lily Windfarm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    SaskPower,Gaia Power
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In its ongoing efforts to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 40 percent by 2030, On the Canadian priries, Regina-based utility SaskPower is reporting its Western Lily Windfarm is now online. The windfarm, located near Grenfell, is delivering up to 20 mw of power to the provincial power grid.

    The 10-turbine windfarm is operated by Gaia Power and will generate sufficient electric power for 8,000 homes in the Wolseley and Grenfell regions. (Source: Saskpower, CKRM, 21 Jan., 2019)Contact: Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower,  Wind,  


    Iberdrola Launches Cavar Complex Wind Farm in Spain (Int'l Report)
    Iberdrola
    Date: 2019-01-23
    Iberdrola is reporting the launch of its Cavar Complex wind energy project consisting of four wind farms with an installed capacity of 111 MW. The project is a joint initiative by Iberdrola and Caja Rural de Navarra. Construction is slated to get underway within months.

    When fully operational in 2020, the wind farm is expected to generate sufficient electric power for as many as 46,500 households/year and avoid 84,000 tpy of CO2. Energy from the wind farms will be sold through long-term bilateral PPAs.

    The project will incorporate 32 Siemens Gamesa SG 3.4-132, 3.4 MW wind turbines, the largest used to date in a land-based wind farm in Spain. All four wind farms are in the Cadreita and Valtieera municipal areas.

    Iberdrola's renewable installed capacity, mainly wind and hydro-electric, totals more than 15,800 MW in Spain and more than 29,500 MW worldwide, according to the company. Iberdrola is among the world's largest electricity utilities by market capitalization serving over 100 million people mainly in Spain, the UK, Brazil, Mexico and the U.S. (Source: Iberdrola, reve, 21 Jan., 2019)Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, www.iberdrolarenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  


    DOE FCTO, MEDC Announce Hydrogen MoU (Ind. Report)
    DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office
    Date: 2019-01-23
    DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is reporting a MoU with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) aiming to enhance collaboration on hydrogen and fuel cell research and development (R&D) and develop emerging hydrogen fuel infrastructure technologies and grow the domestic supply chain.

    DOE's Fuel Cell Technologies Office focuses on advancing an innovative portfolio of hydrogen fuel and fuel cell technologies through early-stage applied research and technology development, including: hydrogen production (from diverse domestic resources, including renewable, fossil, and nuclear resources); infrastructure development (including hydrogen delivery and storage); and fuel cells for transportation, stationary, and portable applications. Source: DOE FCTO, PR, Clean Car Congress, 19 Jan., 2019) Contact: US DOE FCTO, https://www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/fuel-cell-technologies-office; Michigan Economic Development Corporation, www.michiganbusiness.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen Fuel,  Fuel Cell,  


    US Renewable Energy Capacity 4x Greater than Fossil Fuels by 2021 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    Date: 2019-01-23
    According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of the the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) latest Energy Infrastructure Update, renewable energy sources may surpass fossil fuels as new generating capacity is added over the next three years.

    The FERC report notes that new natural gas generation placed in service during the first 11 months of 2018 totaled 16,687 MW or 68.46 pct of the total 24,376 MW. Renewable sources accounted for only 30.12 pct led by wind at 3,772 MW and solar at3,449 MW. The report also notes that proposed generation and retirements by December 2021 include net capacity additions by renewable sources of 169,914 MW -- 4.3 times greater than the net new additions listed for coal, oil, and natural gas combined. Net proposed generation additions from wind alone total 90,268 MW while those from solar are 64,066 MW -- each greater than that listed for natural gas. The report also notes that renewable sources now account for 20.8 pct of total available installed US generating capacity.

    Download the FERC Energy Infrastructure Update for November 2018 report HERE. (Source: FERC, Jan., 2019) Contact: FERC, 202-502-6088, www.ferc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,  FERC,  Renewable Energy ,  


    Report on Effects of a Changing Climate to the Department of Defense (Report Attached)
    US DOD, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment,
    Date: 2019-01-23
    The Pentagon released a short report this week detailing how a changing climate is a national security threat and makes the U.S. military's job around the world harder.

    The paper focuses primarily on how climate impacts US military installations. Of the seventy-nine military complexes included in the study, most are or will within 20 years be vulnerable to recurrent flooding, drought, desertification, wildfires, and thawing permafrost.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: US DOD, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, January, 2019) Contact: US DOD, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, www.acq.osd.mil

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


    Notable Quote from Idaho
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-01-23
    "Climate change is real! I mean, I'm old enough that I remember feeding cows all winter long in deep snow -- boy, back in the old days when I was a kid, we had winters."

    Idaho, Gov. Brad Little (R) speaking at the Jan 16th Idaho Environmental Forum. Contact: Idaho Gov. Brad Little, 208-334-2100, governor@gov.idaho.gov, https://gov.idaho.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    NCCETC Offers Clean Fuel, Air Quality Grants (Funding)
    North Carolina State University
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In Raleigh, North Carolina State University's North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) reports the issuance of a RfP through the 2019 Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The CFAT project is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds provided by the NC DOT. The primary purpose of the CFAT project is to reduce transportation fuel-related emissions in 24 eligible North Carolina counties.

    Up to $2,350,000 in federal funding will be awarded this year in three consecutive rounds. Specifically, the available funds are issued with a maximum per project award of $400,000 and a minimum of $10,000. Application deadline is March 29, 2019 and the project period is June 14, 2019 through January 30, 2022.

    The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at NC State University, serves as a resource for innovative, sustainable energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. (Source: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, Shannon Helm, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu, www.nccleantech.ncsu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fuel news,  Vehicle Emissions news,  


    Penzance UK Geothermal Project Seeking Contractor (Int'l Report)
    Geothermal Engineering Ltd
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In the UK, Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) reports it is seeking a contractor to supply, deliver to site, connect, test and commission a Geothermal Heat Pump System in Penzance in Cornwall, UK. The project has already drilled two wells to support the system.

    The Penzance project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The closing date for the applications is the 15th of February 2019. (Source: Geothermal Engineering Ltd., Think Geoenergy, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Geothermal Engineering Ltd, Jonathan Beynon, Jonathan.beynon@geothermalengineering.co.uk, www.geothermalengineering.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  


    SIMEC Atlantis Quits Nova Scotian Tidal Energy JV (Ind. Report)
    SIMEC Atlantis Energy
    Date: 2019-01-23
    UK-based tidal energy developer SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd reports it has quit its Canadian tidal power JV and has redeployed two turbines at the MeyGen project in Scotland. SIMEC Atlantis sold its 50 pct interest in Atlantis Operations (Canada) Limited (AOCL) for $400,000 (Cdn) ($297,000 US) to its Irish JV partner at the FORCE facility in Nova Scotia, namely DP Energy which will rename AOCL Rio Fundo Operations Canada Ltd. (Source: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, PR, Renewables, Jan., 2019) Contact: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, +44 131 659 9690, https://simecatlantis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Energy news,  Ocean Energy news,  


    UK, New Zealand Joint Statement on Pacific Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-01-23
    The United Kingdom UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, along with the Gov. of New Zealand, issued the following joint statement on climate change:

    "New Zealand and the UK reaffirm a joint commitment to work with Pacific Island countries, which are uniquely affected by the impacts of climate change, to take action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change.

    "The Paris Agreement, signed and ratified by all Pacific Island countries, set the goals of holding the increase in the global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperatures increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

    "Pacific countries -- including those with medium to high per capita GDP -- continue to suffer from diseconomies of scale, external economic shocks, uncertainty caused by future climate impacts and catastrophic climatic events. The UK and New Zealand recognize that individual and coordinated action is required to address the vulnerabilities of Pacific Island countries to support their sustainable and prosperous future.

    "The UK and New Zealand are committed to supporting international action to address issues of oceans, access to development and climate finance, advice on climate induced migration and issues around climate induced insecurity across the Pacific.

    "The UK will open three new diplomatic posts in the Pacific next year -- Vanuatu, Samoa and Tonga -- and a new UK regional development expert will be based in Fiji from 2019 onwards. These new UK posts will work with New Zealand and like minded partners to maximize the impact of multilateral spending to address Pacific Island Countries' vulnerability to climate risks." (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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


    N. Carolina Offers Clean Transport, Air Quality Grants (Funding)
    North Carolina State University
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In Raleigh, the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at North Carolina State University has issued an RfP through the 2019 Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The CFAT project is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds provided by the NC Department of Transportation (NC DOT). The primary purpose of the CFAT project is to reduce transportation-related emissions in 24 eligible North Carolina counties.

    In 2019, up to $2,350,000 in federal funding will be awarded in three consecutive rounds of reviews and allocations, until all funds are allocated. The deadline to apply for the second round of funding is March 29, 2019. Specifically, the available funds total $2,350,000 with a maximum per project award of $400,000 and a minimum of $10,000. Application deadline is March 29, 2019 and the project period is June 14, 2019 through January 30, 2022.

    The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at NC State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, sustainable energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. (Source: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, Shannon Helm, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu, www.nccleantech.ncsu.edu

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    Solar Frontier Breaks Thin-Film Cell Efficiency Record (Int'l)
    Solar Frontier,New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization
    Date: 2019-01-23
    Kanagawa, Japan-based thin-film CIS solar panel manufacturer Solar Frontier K.K., a unit of Showa Shell Sekiyu KK, is claiming a world record conversion efficiency of 23.35 pct on a 1-sq-cm thin-film solar cell that does not contain any cadmium (Cd).

    Solar Frontier was working with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan when it broke the previous 22.9 pct record which it set in November 2017. (Source: Solar Frontier, Renewables Now, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, www.nedo.go.jp/english; Solar Frontier, www.solar-frontier.com/eng

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Frontier,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  NEDO,  


    PA Utilities Seek Solar PV Alternative Energy Credits (Ind. Report)
    FirstEnergy Corp
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In the Keystone State, FirstEnergy Corp subsidiaries Pennsylvania Power Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company, and Metropolitan Edison Company, are reportedly seeking the purchase 120,500 Solar PV Alternative Energy Credits (SPAECs) annually over a two-year period. Suppliers will enter into a separate deal and provide the credits in tranches of 500 per year.

    The Brattle Group will launch an RfP for the purchase of SPAECs this month. Applications are due by February 5, 2019, and bids due by February 27, 2019. Deliveries of SPAECs are expected this year. (Source: FirstEnergy, Renewables, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: The Brattle Group, (202 955-5050, (415) 217-1000, www.brattle.com; First Energy, www.firstenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PV Solar,  Solar Energy Credit,  Brattle Group,  FirstEnergy Corp.,  Solar,  


    Germany Aims for 20 GW Offshore Wind Energy by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    German Offshore Wind
    Date: 2019-01-23
    Germany's Deutsche WindGuard is reporting 1,305 offshore wind turbines totaling 6,382 MW fed into the grid in 2018. During the same period, 136 new turbines totaling 969 MW were connected to the grid while 276 MW were fully installed but not yet grid connected. Furthermore, a another 966 MW is currently under construction and 112 MW is awaiting a final financial decision.

    According to Deutsche WindGuard GmbH, 65 pct of German power production will be generated from renewable energy sources by 2030. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy peviously noted the offshore wind industry has invested more than €15 billion since 2013. (Source: Deutsche WindGuard, Offshore Engineering, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Deutsche WindGuard GmbH, +49 4451 95150, www.windguard.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


    Binghamton U. Touts Energy Efficiency, Smart Energy (Ind. Report)
    Binghamton University
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In the Empire State, Binghamton University, part of the NY State University System (SUNY), reports it is retrofitting buildings with energy-efficient technology and building new structures to net-zero energy standards. New net-zero building projects include an environmental research center on the campus' Nut Hollow property.

    The new Nuthatch Hollow building will have a Living Building certification, which means it will produce more energy than it uses. Currently, only 22 buildings worldwide hold a Living Building certification.

    The University is also focused on advancing its academic efforts into clean energy fields and has created a smart energy trans-disciplinary area of excellence. Additionally, the school's smart energy research is centered on lithium-ion batteries and efficient energy storage. (Source: Binghampton Univ., Pipe Dream, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: BU, Harvey Stenger, Pres., 607-777-2000, www.binghamton.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SMart Energy,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  SMart Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    N.Carolina Pellet, Bioenergy Projects Win State Funding (Funding)
    North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Date: 2019-01-23
    Reporting from Raleigh, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports four projects have been awarded funding under the Bioenergy Research Initiative, including three related to pellets and one focused on swine lagoon sludge.

    The grant recipients include: North Carolina State University's Department of Forest Biomaterials -- $133,190; North Carolina State University's Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department -- $144,711; Carolina Land and Lakes RC&D for "Pellets for Pullets" -- $151,900

    Additional information and details are available HERE. (Source: NC Dept. Agriculture and Consumer Services, Jan., 2019) Contact: NC Dept. Agriculture and Consumer Services, Sam Brake, NCDA&CS Bioenergy Research Initiative, (919( 693-2483, www.ncagr.gov

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


    Global Energy Storage to Exceed $21Bn by 2024 (Ind. Report Available)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2019-01-23
    Globally fluctuation in electricity and demand for electricity in many sectors like industries, transportation, and residential use developed technology to store electrical energy so it can be used whenever needed. Energy storage allows a lower-cost generating source to generate electricity at a diverse point in time to be stored and then used to meet times of crest demand.

    This report covers key growth drivers and scientific challenges for Energy Storage System market. The set of methods and technologies used to store various kinds of energy including pumped hydro, compressed air energy, flywheels, electrochemical, thermal and others. The report also examines end-users, regions and major energy storage industry players,

    Get a sample report and details HERE (Source: OpenPr,, Jan., 2019) Contact: Researchoz, 518-621-2074, www.researchmoz.us

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    Aussies Calling for Increased Building Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In the Land Down Under, the recently released Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code prepared by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and ClimateWorks Australia, calls for a Zero Carbon Ready building code.

    According to the report, improved energy efficiency and performance of buildings presents a win-win-win opportunity, reducing stress on the electricity network, offering bill savings, supporting a least-cost pathway to a zero carbon built environment, and improving health and resilience outcomes for households and businesses.

    The National Construction Code is a ready-made policy instrument to influence the operational energy use of new buildings and major renovations. The Code regulates the building envelope and fixed equipment, including heating and cooling equipment, lighting and hot water. Built to Perform shows that setting strong energy standards for new buildings in the Code could, between now and 2050, reduce energy bills by up to $27 billion, cut energy network costs by up to $12.6 billion and deliver at least 78 million tonnes of cumulative emissions savings.

    The ASBEC report was produced with the support of the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, the RACV and dozens of building industry and government partners. The project has been delivered in partnership with CSIRO, Energy Action (EA), Strategy. Policy. Research. (SPR) and the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong (UOW). (Source: ASBEC, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: ASBEC, Suzanne Toumbourou, Exec. Dir., (02) 8006 0828, admin@asbec.asn.au, www.asbec.asn.au; ClimateWorks Australia, www.climateworksaustralia.org

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    $4.7Mn for California Soil Amendments CCS Research (R&D, Funding)
    Carbon Sequestration,UC Davis
    Date: 2019-01-21
    In the Golden State, the University of California, Davis, and the UC Working Lands Innovation Center are reporting receipt of $4.7 million in grant funding over 3-years from the California Strategic Growth Council to research scalable methods of using soil amendments to sequester greenhouse gases like (CO2) in soil. The project aims to find ways to capture billions of tons of CO2 and bring net carbon emissions in California to zero by 2045.

    The consortium will conduct and oversee 29 treatment and control sites across California and assess whether soil amendments -- pulverized rock, compost and biochar -- can bring additional carbon Capture and storage (CCS) co-benefits, such as improved crop and rangeland productivity and soil health to California growers and ranchers across diverse regions.

    The sites range from croplands in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys to the Imperial Valley, as well as ranchlands from Marin County to Southern California.

    In addition to UC Berkeley and UC Davis, the consortium also includes scientists from UC Merced, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and California State University, East Bay. The group will be working with the California Collaborative for Climate Change Solutions (C4S), Larta Institute, the Almond Board of California, commercial manufacturers of compost and biochar, ranchers and farmers, carbon offset registries, the USDA California Climate Hub, and UC Cooperative Extension. (Source: UC Davis, PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: UC Davis, John Muir Institute of the Environment , Benjamin Houlton, Dir., (530) 752-7627, johnmuir.ucdavis.edu; California Strategic Growth Council, www.sgc.ca.gov, UC Working Lands Innovation Center Grant Award, www.sgc.ca.gov/programs/climate-research/docs/20181221-CCR_Summary_2019CCR20007.pdf

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    Corning Surpasses EPA Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    EPA EEnergy Star, Corning Inc.
    Date: 2019-01-21
    Corning, New York-based Corning Incorporated is reporting 10 of its global manufacturing plants have surpassed energy efficiency standards established by the U.S. EPA Energy Star Challenge for Industry. Under the Energy Star for Industries challenge, companies have to increase their industrial sites' energy efficiency by at least 10 pct in five years or less . Notably, 10 of Corning's production facilities improved their energy efficiency by 10.4 pct to 52.4 pct in less than five years.

    Corning's Global Energy Management (GEM) program researches and implements projects at the company's various manufacturing plants worldwide to meet energy-saving objectives including: manufacturing process innovation, facility design, and maximizing energy efficiencies in the plant and through improved supply chain initiatives. Since Corning created its GEM program in 2006, it has won recognition as an Energy Star Partner of the Year every year since 2014, delivering more than half a billion dollars in savings, and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.3 million metric tons.

    Corning Incorporated is an American multinational technology company that specializes in specialty glass, ceramics, and related materials and technologies including advanced optics, primarily for industrial and scientific applications. (Source: Corning Inc., Zacks, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Corning Inc., www.corning.com/worldwide/en.html; EPA Energy Star, www.energystar.gov

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    275-MW Aussie Solar Farm Nears Construction Startup (Int'l)
    Edify Energy,Octopus Investments
    Date: 2019-01-21
    In the Land Down Under, UK-based solar energy investor Octopus Investments and Australian renewable energy specialist Edify Energy are reporting financial close on the $450 million (AUS), 275-MW Darlington Point Solar Farm project in NSW. The project will incorporate more then 820,000 Canadian Solar HiKu modules (CS3W-P) mounted on a single-axis solar tracking systems.

    Upon completion, the facility is expected to be Australia's largest solar power station. Details on construction contracts, solar supply contract, and Power Purchase Agreements are expected to be announced within days.

    The project is being developed and structured by Edify Energy, which will retain an equity stake in the solar project. Construction is expected to get underway in March, 2019, and when fully operational sometime in early 2020, will displace over 600,000 tpy of CO2 and generate 685,000 MWh of electric power per year -- sufficient to power around 115,000 homes.(Source: Edify Energy, Various Media, 18 Jan., 2019) (Contact: Edify Energy, John Cole, CEO, +61 2 8790 4000, +61 2 8790 4000, hello@edifyenergy.com, www.edifyenergy.com; Octopus Investments, +44 800 316 2295, www.octopusinvestments.com; Contact: Canadian Solar, Shawn Qu, CEO, (519) 954-2057, www.canadiansolar.com

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    Mass. Gov. Proposes Real Estate Excise Tax to Fight Climate Change (Reg. & Leg., Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-01-21
    In the Bay State, Republican Governor Charlie Baker has announced that, as part of his FY 2020 budget, he would propose an increase in the real estate excise tax and apply a portion of the approximate $137 million tax receipts to fund the Global Warming Solutions Trust Fund.

    To date, Baker has opposed a carbon tax but has acknowledged the problem of climate change and the pressing need to address it. (Source: Office of Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker, Bloomberg, Foley Hoag LLP, Various Media, 18 Jan/. 2019) Contact: Office of Mass. Governor Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, constituent.services@state.ma.us, https://twitter.com/MassGovernor, www.mass.gov/person/charlie-baker-governor

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    German Aerospace Center Energy, Mobility Scenarios Show How Global Climate Targets can be Achieved -- Report Attached (Int'l Report)
    German Aerospace Center
    Date: 2019-01-21
    The German Aerospace Center (DLR) reports it has been working with the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Melbourne on behalf of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to determine the necessary developments to achieve the aim of keeping global warming well below 2 degree C. This target is in line with the international agreements made at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015. At the heart of the study are two scenarios that set out development pathways for technology, infrastructure and energy consumption up until 2050 to 2050 to limit global warming to 2.0 and 1.5 degrees C, respectively.

    "Achieving this target requires fundamental changes to energy consumption and supply. In both scenarios, we assume that there will be a massive expansion of renewable energies, considerable improvements in efficiency, and more electricity and synthetic fuels used in the heating and mobility sectors," says DLR researcher Thomas Pregger. As part of the study, the Energy Systems Analysis department at the DLR Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics modelled the entire energy systems of 10 regions of the world.

    The study is based on the technologies available today. In line with the objective, options with major uncertainties in terms of social, economic or environmental consequences, such as nuclear power, geoengineering or carbon capture and storage (CCS) were not considered.

    Access the full article HERE. (Source: German Aerospace Center, PR, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: German Aerospace Center, Public Affairs and Communications, +49 711 6862-8086, www.dlr.de

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