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113-MW Aussie Wind Farm Begins Power Production (Int'l Report)
Infigen Energy,General Electric
Date: 2018-08-10
In the Land Down Under, Infigen Energy reports it has generated its first power from its 113.2-MW Bodangora Wind Farm Near the city of Wellington, in New South Wales and delivered the electricity to the national wholesale market. The company is expecting additional turbines to be installed and commissioned machines to be commissioned within the next few weeks.

The Bodangora project will incorporate 33 General Electric 3.43-MW turbines totaling approximately 361 GWh per year. The project also has a long-term maintenance and service contract with GE.

The project is being built by GE and Australian builder Civil & Allied Technical Construction (CATCON). When fully operational, the wind farm will generate sufficient power for as many as 49,000 households each year. (Source: Infigen Energy, Renewables, 9 Aug., 2018) Contact: Infigen, Richie Farrell, GM, Strategy & Corporate Affairs, +61 2 8031 9900, Rosalie Duff , Investor Relations, +61 2 8031 9901, rosalie.duff@infigenenergy.com, www.infigenenergy.com; GE, www.ge.com/contact/general

More Low-Carbon Energy News Infigen Energy ,  General Electric,  Wind Turbine,  


Orsted Snares Onshore Wind Developer Lincoln Clean Energy (M&A)
Orsted,Lincoln Clean Energy
Date: 2018-08-10
Danish wind energy giant Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- is reporting the acquisition of onshore US wind developer Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) for $80 million.

LCE operates 513 MW of onshore wind power production in the US and has another 300 MW under construction and more than 1.5 GW in the pipeline for completion by 2022, Orsted said in a statement on Thursday. (Source: Orsted, reve, 9 Aug., 2018) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, https://orsted.com; Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, (512) 215-4452, info@lincolnclean.com, www.lincoln-clean-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Lincoln Clean Energy,  Wind,  


EIA Reports Continued US Solar, Wind Growth (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-08-10
According to the just released Energy Information Administration (EIA) Short Term Energy Outlook, (STEO), although solar generates less electricity than wind power, it is growing faster,

The EIA projects solar generation will go from 211,000 MWh per day in 2017 to 260,000 MWh/d in 2018, a 23 pct increase, and to 290,000 MWh/d in 2019, another 12 pct increase. The latest STEO also cuts the amount of utility-scale solar capacity that the EIA expects to come online in 2019 to 6.3 GW -- a 45 pct drop from the 11.4 GW forecast in last month's STEO.

The EIA reports that wind generation averaged 697,000 MWh per day in 2017 and forecasts that it will rise by 7 pct to 746,000 MWh/d in 2018 and by another 5 pct in 2019 to 782,000 MWh/d. (Source: US EIA, Utility Dive , Various Media, 8 Aug., 2018)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  EIA,  Wind,  Solar,  


Velocys' Natchez Biorefinery Site FONSI Approved (Ind. Report)
Velocys
Date: 2018-08-10
UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc Velocys plc reports the USDA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) ruling on the environmental assessment report for Velocys' planned Bayou Fuels biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi. With the FONSI process completed, Velocys will now focus on securing the requisite state-level permits to construct and operate the biorefinery.

The 100-acre Natchez biorefinery will use Velocys' technology to produce low-carbon transportation fuels from the wood wastes of lumbering operations and tree plantations. The plant is expected to convert locally-sourced woody biomass waste into enough renewable fuel to meet the annual demands of running around 40,000 diesel and gasoline trucks. (Source: Velocys Plc, PR, 7 Aug., 2018)Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  


Nigerian Research Centre Seeks Biomass Plant Bidders (Int'l)
Nigeria,Biomass,Bioenergy
Date: 2018-08-10
The National Centre for Energy and Environment invites bidders to tender for the development of power generation using biomass waste plant. Details and bidder qualification requirements are available from the Energy Commission of Nigeria, National Centre for Energy and Environment. Bids are due Friday, 31 August 2018.

The Centre is charged with organizing and conducting environmental and bioenergy R&D programs, promoting sustainable,renewable energy source, and acting as a platform and aggressive medium for promoting cutting-edge research and development, pioneering new renewable energy technology that reduce the nation's dependency on fossil fuel. (Source: Energy Commission of Nigeria, National Centre for Energy and Environment , ESI Africa, August 8, 2018) Contact: National Center for Energy and Environment, Prof. S. M Ogbonmwan, Director, info@ncee.org.ng, www.ncee.org.ng

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Bioenergy,  


Syngenta Ready to Expand in Bangladesh (Int'l Report)
Syngenta
Date: 2018-08-10
Basel, Switzerland-headquartered agrochemical specialist Syngenta International reports it is seeking investment opportunities, partnerships and knowledge sharing opportunities with suitable partners worldwide, including Bangladesh where it holds a 60 pct stake in Syngenta Bangladesh Limited. The state-run Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation holds the remaining 40 pct.

Syngenta's patented Enogen corn has enzymes genetically engineered into the kernels. Ethanol plants normally purchase enzymes to help turn corn starch into sugar as part of the fermenting process. Enogen is classified as an "identity preserved crop" and must either go to the ethanol plants that contract for it or be used as livestock feed. The product is presently being used or tested in over 30 ethanol plants nationwide, including Tharaldson Energy at Casselton, N.D., and Midwest AgEnergy Group plants at Spiritwood, N.D., and Underwood, N.D.

Syngenta International, which was acquired by China's state-run enterprise ChemChina in 2017, operates research and development facilities in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina and in Beijing. (Source: Syngenta, New Age Business, United News of Bangladesh, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: Syngenta, Eric Fyrwald, CEO, +41 61 323 11 11, www.syngenta.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngenta,  Biouel Feedstock,  Enogen,  


Cal. Pledges "Green" Financing in Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
Green Bond, Climate Change
Date: 2018-08-10
In Sacramento, California Treasurer John Chiang reports his office has signed on to the Green Bond Pledge committing the Golden State to fight climate change through a strategy using green financing. The Green Bond Pledge is a declaration with broad and far-reaching impact, under which states and cities nationwide are being urged to commit to a strategy that will finance infrastructure and capital projects that meet the challenges of climate change with "green bonds," or green financing.

Green Bond pledge adherents agree that climate change poses an existential threat and that the rapid growth of a green bonds market will not only meet the unique challenges the world faces, but will do so while making communities more economically competitive, prosperous, and productive.

Green bonds may be sold by governments, as well as by private entities, to finance projects that have positive environmental or climate attributes. The projects can range from clean transportation to renewable energy.

The green bond market started in 2007 with bonds issued by the World Bank and the European Investment Bank. By 2017, both California and New York had issued more than $4 billion in bonds to finance such things as clean water projects, green schools, mass transit, land preservation, and green housing. The state is now looking to build on that start and help grow a much more robust market for green bond financing.

Download a copy of the Green Bonds Pledge and other details HERE. (Source: California Treasurers Office, Lake County News, Aug., 2018) Contact: California Treasurers Office, (916) 653-2995, www.treasurer.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  Climate Change,  


Global Thermal Storage Market Hits $5.7Bn by 2022 (Ind. Report)
Thermal Energy Storage
Date: 2018-08-10
Zion Market Research's recently released Global Thermal Storage Market Set for Rapid Growth, to Reach $5.7Bn by 2022 research report highlights trends and requirements of the industry related to products and services, capacity and technology. It also highlights the uneven structure of the Global Thermal Storage Market. The report also delivers a concise estimation and detailed explanation of the key factors affecting the Global Thermal Storage Market.

The report includes prominent players, dealers, and the sellers in the Global Thermal Storage Market, along with individual growth rate, capacity, market share, price, consumption, production, cost, capacity use rate, price, export, gross margin and other pertinant information.

Report details are HERE. Request Free Sample Report HERE. Review report detail HERE. (Source: Zion Market Research, Energy News, 8 Aug., 2018)Contact: Zion Market Research, (855) 465-4651, zionmarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Thermal Energy Storage,  


USDA Offers Biorefinery, Biochemical Loan Guarantees (Ind. Report)
USDA
Date: 2018-08-10
The USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program.

The program provides loan guarantees of up to $250 million to fund the development, construction, and retrofitting of commercial-scale biorefineries using eligible technology. It can also be used to help fund the development of biobased product manufacturing facilities that use technologically new commercial-scale processing and manufacturing equipment to convert renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries into end-user products on a commercial scale.

Download details and Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program HERE. (Source: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Aug., 2018) Contact: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, www.rd.usda.gov/about-rd/agencies/rural-business-cooperative-service

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Bioenergy,  


Wisconsin Renewable Natural Gas Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Methane,DTE
Date: 2018-08-10
In Kewaunee, Wisconsin, Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, in partnership with Detroit-based DTE Energy, is reporting ground breaking on the state's first rewewable natural gas (RNG) project.

The project will use underground anaerobic digesters to process daily cattle manure into methane gas that will then be converted into RNG transportation fuel.

According to DTE VP for Business Development Kevin Dobson, the process will reduce yearly greenhouse gas emissions significantly -- equivalent to removing 9,200 vehicles from the road and saving five million gallons of gasoline. The project is expected to be in operation early next year. (Source: Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, WBAY Action News 2, 8 Aug., 2018)Contact: Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, J.J Pagel, CEO, (920) 388-3333, www.pagelsponderosa.com; DTE Energy, Kevin Dobson, Business Dev., www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Natural Gas,  DTE,  anaerobic digestion,  Methane ,  


Attis Industries, DGIST Announce Renewable Fuel Research, Licensing Agreement (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries
Date: 2018-08-10
Milton, Georgia-based Attis Industries Inc., a diversified innovation and technology holding company, is reporting the execution of a sponsored research and exclusive license agreement with South Korea's Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), to develop and commercialize processes that use sunlight to efficiently promote conversion of CO2 and water into hydrocarbon fuels.

The agreement build on the Company's and DGIST's prior work, Attis expects to collaborate with DGIST and provide the adjacent research and other resources needed to increase conversion efficiencies even further, while expanding process tolerances and capabilities. The Company's early-stage commercialization targets include commercially viable production of methane for direct use and conversion into methanol, synthesis gas for conversion into Fischer-Tropsch fuels, and ethane for conversion into polyethylene and ethanol. Each target has extreme significance to the Company's biorefinery goals, including its plans to consolidate existing renewable fuel production assets, such as first generation corn ethanol plants. (Source: Attis Industries, PR, Aug., 2018) Contact: Attis Industries, Chris Kennedy, (678) 580-5661, ckennedy@attisind.com, www.attisind.com; Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Dae Im Kang, VP R&D, +82-53-785-7000, dikang@dgist.ac.kr, en.dgist.ac.kr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Industries ,  CO2,  Renewable Fuel,  


CCUS Taskforce Urges Carbon Capture Tech. Investments (Int'l)
Imperial College London
Date: 2018-08-10
Urgent investment is needed in carbon capture and storage to secure UK’s position as global leader in the field. In the UK, The Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Cost Challenge Taskforce has published a report detailing the steps needed to develop CCUS in the UK and ensure its place as a leader in decarbonisation. The Delivering Clean Growth Report stresses the urgency with which Government must act if it intends to meet its goal of deploying CCUS cost-effectively and at scale during the 2030s. The report notes UK has the potential to secure its global leadership in CCUS but investment in projects must be made now to enable this to happen.

The report focuses on areas where the public and private sectors can work together, and sets out four key messages for Government:

  • The need to recognize the CCUS opportunity and the urgency of acting now in order to deliver CCUS at scale, at lowest cost;
  • CCUS can unlock value across the economy to enable low carbon industrial products;
  • Viable business models are needed to move the technology to a sustainable commercial footing;
  • The taskforce believes that CCUS can already be deployed at a competitive cost, as the project concepts being proposed are comparable on cost with other first of a kind low carbon technologies.

    The report emphasizes the importance of creating regional CCUS clusters where several facilities share infrastructure and knowledge in order to lower costs, unlock value for local economies, and foster technical innovation. (Source: Imperial College London, Aug., 2018) Contact: Imperial College London, +44 20 7589 5111, www.imperial.ac.uk; Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Cost Challenge Taskforce, www.gov.uk/government/groups/ccus-cost-challenge-taskforce

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Capture,  


  • DOE Launches $2Bn Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-08-10
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a USD2 billion loan guarantee program aimed at developing energy resources, products or services on Native American and Alaskan Native lands. It is the first time the DOE loan guarantee program has been extended to projects carried out by Native American and Alaskan Natives on US tribal lands.

    As much as 90 pct of unpaid principal and interest on loans taken out by recognized Native American or Alaskan Native tribes to carry out projects may be guaranteed via the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program. Tribal borrowers need to invest equity in projects and all project debt needs to come from non-federal lenders, according to the DOE Loan Program Office (LPO), which administers the program.

    Tribal Energy loan guarantees may be awarded for fossil fuel, renewable energy or smart grid projects such as solar or wind power farms or battery-based energy storage projects.

    Download TRIBAL ENERGY LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM details HERE. (Source: US DOE, Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Loan,  Funding,  


    Alameda Utility Testing Flywheel Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Amber Kinetics,Alameda Municipal Power Partners
    Date: 2018-08-10
    In the Golden State, the city of Alameda's Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) reports it is partnering with flywheel energy storage specialist Amber Kinetics to test the benefits of renewable energy storage.

    Amber Kinetics' technology extends the duration and the efficiency of flywheel systems from minutes to four hours without degradation or wear and tear over time unlike lithium ion energy storage systems. The technology can also be recycled after its 30-year life. As a result, the Kinetic Energy Storage System (KESS) can be used for a variety of utility-scale applications. (Source: Alameda Municipal Power, T&D World, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: Amber Kinetics, Ed Chiao, CEO. Bill Barnes, Managing Director, (510) 474-1000X708, bbarnes@amberkinetics.com, www.amberkinetics.com; Alameda Municipal Power, energymgt@alamedamp.com, www.alamedamp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amber Kinetics,  Energy Storage,  Flywheel,  


    Fairbanks Energy Services, RENEW Energy Raise Bakery's Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Fairbanks Energy Services,RENEW Energy Partners
    Date: 2018-08-10
    Hingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and conservation services provider Fairbanks Energy Services is reporting completion of extensive energy efficiency upgrades at the 280,000 square foot Signature Bread manufacturing facility, an independent, employee-owned commercial bakery in Chelsea, Mass.

    RENEW Energy Partners provided the turnkey project development, funding and services contract for the project.

    The project included 1,200 LED lighting fixtures and controls and a Building Management System (BMS) to control various operations within the facility and to maintain maximum efficiency.

    Under the RENEW efficiency-as-as-service turn-key model, RENEW funds, owns and operates the energy conservation measures and charges a service fee that is less than the savings generated. (Source: Fairbanks Energy Services, PR, 9 Aug., 2018) Contact: Fairbanks Energy Services, Peter Fairbanks, Pres., Shannon Shea, (781) 658-3266x1006, shannon.shea@fairbanksenergy.com, www.fairbanksenergy.com; RENEW Energy Partners, Stephen Pritchard, Principal and Co-Founder, www.RenewEP.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RENEW Energy Partners,  Fairbanks Energy Services,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Stored Solar's Maine Woody Biomass Plants Idle (Ind. Report)
    Stored Solar
    Date: 2018-08-08
    Further to our April 6th coverage, in Maine, the Portland Press Herald is reporting that two Maine woody-biomass-fired power plants owned by Stored Solar LLC that between them have received $1.2 million in state subsidies has purchased only a small portion of the locally sourced forest industry and lumber mill waste wood fuel they'd agreed to purchase and are presently inactive. Both plants' have laid off workers and are slated to restart in the fall.

    According to the company, running the plants is uneconomical because of low wholesale electricity prices and values for renewable energy credits in New England. (Source: Stored Solar, Portland Press Herald, Electric Light & Power, 6 Aug., 2018) Contact: Stored Solar LLC, Bill Harrington, (219) 712-4764, contact@thestoredsolar.com, www.thestoredsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stored Solar,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  


    Marquis Considering Bluffs Wisc. Ethanol Plant Location (Ind. Report)
    Marquis Energy
    Date: 2018-08-08
    Hennepin, Wisconsin-headquartered Marquis Energy LLC is reportedly planning construction of a corn ethanol plant in Bluffs, Scott County, Wisconsin. Subject to permitting, the plant could come into production in 2020.

    Founded in 2008, Marquis Energy began as a 100 million gpy ethanol facility and by 2015 was the largest dry-mill ethanol facility in the United States, according to the company's website. The company presently has a production capacity of about 1 million gpd of fuel-grade ethanol. Marquis Energy also has a facility in Necedah, Wisconsin. (Source: Marquis Energy , Journal-Courier, 3 Aug., 2018) Contact: Marquis Energy, Tom Marquis, VP, (815) 925-7300, inquiries@marquisenergy.co, www.marquisenergy.com

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


    Sigora Solar Expanding Into North Carolina (Ind. Report)
    Sigora Solar
    Date: 2018-08-08
    In the Old Dominion State, Sigora Solar, Virginia's largest homegrown solar panel provider, reports it is opening of a new facility in the Raleigh, North Carolina area .

    Charlottsville-based Sigora Solar offers energy efficiency services and "no money upfront" solar energy installations and service to both residential and commercial customers. (Source: Sigora Solar, PR, Augusta Free Press, Aug., 2018) Contact: Sigora Solar, Logan Landry, Pres., CEO, (540) 949-6553, www.sigorasolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sigora Solar,  Solar,  


    Quebec Carbon Market Auction Set for Oct. 3, 2018 (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-08-08
    In Quebec City, the government of Quebec's environment ministry is reporting the province will hold its second anticipated sale of carbon units by mutual agreement on Oct. 3, 2018.

    The Province of Quebec's regular Carbon Market Cap-and-Trade Auction Notices and Results are HERE. (Source: Province of Quebec, 6 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Market,  Quebec ,  Quebec Carbon Tax,  


    Pattern's Grady, NM Wind Farm Construction Underway (Ind Report)
    Pattern Energy
    Date: 2018-08-08
    San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group is reporting construction is underway on a 221-mw wind farm in Grady, eastern New Mexico. Pattern Energy, an affiliate of Pattern Development, is helping construct the project which is expected to power around 90,000 homes each year when commissioned and fully operation in May, 2019. (Source: Pattern, KOB4, Eastern New Mexico News, AP, 4 Aug., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  


    Invenergy Announces Edgecombe County N.C. Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
    Invenergy
    Date: 2018-08-08
    Chicago-headquartered Invenergy, the largest independent, privately held renewable energy provider in North America reports it is developing a $100 million solar farm in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. The 600 acre Edgecombe Solar Farm is expected to break ground as early as 2019 and be completed in 2020.

    Invenergy develops, owns and operates clean energy facilities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Japan and Europe. (Source: Invenergy, Rocky Mount Telegram, 5 Aug., 2018) Contact: Invenergy, Ryan Van Portfliet, Renewable Energy Development, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Solar,  


    Decatur Upgrading to LED Lighting for $2.5Mn Savings (Ind. Report)
    Decatur,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-08
    The city of Decatur, Illinois, reports it will contract with Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. for the retrofit of outdoor lighting with energy-efficient LED bulbs at various city facilities for a total cost of $2 million.

    Under the contract, Johnson Controls is guaranteeing $2.5 million in savings over the course of 20 years.

    Project funding will come primarily from the guaranteed annual savings of the city's energy bill and $175,000 in rebates from Ameren Illinois. (Source: City of Decatur, Herald & Review, Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Decatur, City Manager, Billy Tyus, (217) 424-2700, www.decaturil.gov; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Light,  


    Arctic Carbon Cycle Speeding Up, NASA Study Finds (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-08-08
    A study from researchers at the NASA JPL in Pasadena, California has found that carbon in Alaska's North Slope spends about 13 pct less time locked in frozen soil than it did 40 years ago. According to the report, warming temperatures are exposing the arctic frozen soil carbon to microbial decomposition which is in turn releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at an increasing rate, possibly due to the region's rapid warming and climate change.

    The finding indicates that the carbon cycle in this region is speeding up and releasing carbon at a pace more associated with a North American boreal forest. As the temperature increases, the amount of time carbon stored in the Arctic soil also decreases. Consequently, the balance between these two dynamics will determine whether Arctic ecosystems will ultimately remove or add atmospheric carbon dioxide in the future climate," the latter being the study's most likely conclusion. (Source: NASA JPL, 14U News, 4 Aug., 2018) Contact: NASA JPL, Anthony Bloom, of NASA JPL, www.jpl.nasa.gov

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


    Global Fuel Ethanol Market Research 2018 (Ind. Report Available)
    Ethanol.Biofuel
    Date: 2018-08-08
    Market Research Explore's recently released Global Fuel Ethanol Market 2018 is focused on the following fuel ethanol industry issues and factors: prime impacting elements; importance of the global fuel ethanol market for the world economy; market changes; resource availability; probable future expenses; and ongoing industry R&D.

    The report is segmented by: key market players; fuel types; and vehicle applications.

    Sample Copy of Research Study HERE.

    Detailed research insights are HERE. (Source: Market Research Explore, PR, Aug., 2018) Contact: Market Research Explore, (312) 962-8104, sales@marketresearchexplore.com, www.marketresearchexplore.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Fuel Ethanol,  


    D3Max Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association's Newest Member (Ind. Report)
    D3Max,
    Date: 2018-08-08
    The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association is reporting corn fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol technology provider, D3Max, has become MN Biofuels latest member. D3Max' technology converts the fiber and residual starch in wet cake (wet distillers grains) into cellulosic ethanol.

    Grand Forks, North Dakota-based D3Max' technology increases the amount of cellulosic ethanol produced from wet cake by as much as 10 pct in comparison to other methods. Overall, its technology increases an ethanol plant's production by 7 pct -- 2.9 gallons of ethanol per bushel to 3.1 gallons of ethanol per bushel -- with no increase in corn grind. (Source: Minnesota Bio-Fuels Assoc., Ethanol Producer Mag., 7 Aug., 2018) Contact: MN Biofuels, Tim Rudnicki, Exec. Dir., (612) 888-9138, www.mnbiofuels.org; D3Max, Mark Yancey, (303) 906-6234, www.d3maxllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News D3Max,  Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association,  Cellulosic,  


    Inventure, Wilmar, Desmet Ballestra Touts Chinese Plant Plans (Int'l)
    Inventure Renewables, Wilmar,Desmet Ballestra
    Date: 2018-08-08
    In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Inventure Renewables reports it has joined Asian agribusiness giant Wilmar International and Desmet Ballestra Group in an agreement to construct a new facility in Jiangsu province, China. Construction is slated to get underway in Q1, 2019.

    The new facility, which will bolt on to an existing Wilmar facility, will utilize Inventure's recently developed Soap Carbonate Technology to convert low-value processing residues into valuable, uncontaminated Free Fatty Acids. Inventure's Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology is presently being used by Wilmar to produce FAME for oleochemicals and biodiesel from a wide range of vegetable oil feedstocks.

    Wilmar's businesses include oil palm cultivation, oilseeds crushing, edible oils refining, sugar, specialty fats, oleochemicals and biodiesel manufacturing and grains processing. Wilmar has over 300 manufacturing plants and extensive distribution covering China, India, Indonesia and some 50 other countries.

    Desmet Ballestra Group is the world leader in developing, engineering and supplying technologies, processing plants and proprietary equipment for food & feed and chemicals businesses (including oleochemicals, biodiesel and detergents).

    Inventure helps agri-business, oleochemical and biofuel companies find novel ways to turn waste products and by-products into value-added materials to increase overall profitability. (Source: Inventure Renewables, PR, Aug., 2018) Contact: Inventure Renewables, Mark Tegan, CEO, (205) 764-1963, www.inventurechem.com; Wilmar International, Rahul Kale, Group Head of Oleochemicals and Biofuels, (65) 6216 0244, info@wilmar.com.sg, www.wilmar-international.com; Desmet Ballestra Group, www.desmetballestra.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Inventure Renewables,  Wilmar,  Desmet Ballestra,  


    Indonesia Imposing B20 to Limit Oil Imports (Int'l Report)
    Biodiesel,ndonesian Ministry of Industry
    Date: 2018-08-08
    Reporting from Jakarta, Reuters notes the Indonesian Government's Ministry of Industry will require all diesel fuel used in the country to contain 20 pct biodiesel (B20) -- primarily from palm oil -- starting next month. The move is intended to boost palm oil consumption, slash fuel imports, and narrow a current account gap. Indonesia presently imports approximately 400,000 bpd of crude oil.

    The government has said it will provide incentives to biodiesel producers, but has not provided details. Rules introduced in 2015 make B20 mandatory in subsidized biodiesel up to January 2020, after which B30 is scheduled to become mandatory.

    While the plan has been welcomed by the palm oil industry and government, environmentalists have expressed concern that increased local palm oil consumption will hasten Indonesia's rapidly spreading deforestation. (Source: Indonesian Ministry of Industry, Jakarta Post, Reuters, Aug., 2018) Contact: Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia, www.esdm.go.id/en

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


    Ontario Premier's New Emissions Targets Expected in a "Very Timely Basis and People Don't Have to Worry about That." (Notable Quote)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-08-08
    At Queens Park in Toronto, the freshman government of Conservative populist Premier Doug Ford has tabled legislation -- Bill 4 -- to kill the province's cap-and-trade program and repeal the previous Liberal government's climate change plan. The bill gives the new Ford administration sweeping power to set its own targets and create its own climate plan without debate in the legislature nor to be enshrined in law.

    The Ford administration's Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Act -- Bill 4 -- was introduced in late July and made good on one of the new Premier Doug Ford's key campaign promises to end the province's carbon price. Another of the premier's campaign promises was "$1 per can beer", which he has reportedly made good on in an uncanny imitation of the equally inexperienced U.S. freshman president "the Donald" Trump.

    Bill 4 requires Environment Minister Hon. Rod Phillips to to set emissions targets without specifying what they should be based on. The bill also calls for Phillips to come up with a climate change plan but doesn't set a deadline for the plan. The Minister is also required to prepare progress reports on the climate change plan on a "regular basis", again without specificity.

    It is unclear as to whether the targets will be in line with the internationally agreed Paris Climate Accord targets set in Paris or if and when further details might be revealed.

    But not to worry. Again aping Trump, Phillips said the government's climate change plan will come in a "very timely basis and people don't have to worry about that."

    "What, Me Worry?" -- Alfred E. Newman of MAD Magazine fame. (Source: Various Media, iPolitics, 7 Aug., 2018) Contact: Environment Minister Hon. Rod Phillips, www.ola.org/en/members/all/rod-phillips

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Ontario Climate Change,  Doug Ford,  


    £3.5Mn Welsh Energy Storage Initiative Wins EU Support (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-08-08
    The University of South Wale reports European Union funding will help launch the £3.5 million Smart Energy Storage Solutions Hub (SESS) low-carbon technologies and energy-storage products, pilot project. The scheme, led by the University of South Wales (USW), will work with businesses to drive innovation and develop new products, technologies and processes for the commercial market.

    The hub, based at the university's state-of-the-art Centre for Automotive and Power Systems Engineering (CAPSE), will benefit from £2.3 million of EU funding to collaborate with businesses in sectors such as low carbon, energy and environment, advanced manufacturing and ICT. The remainder of the funding will come from the university and industrial partners involved in the project. (Source: University of South Wales, South Wales Argus, 5 Aug., 2018) Contact: University of South Wales, +44 0 3455 76 01 01, www.southwales.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    Summit County Council OKs Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
    Summit County Council
    Date: 2018-08-08
    In the Buckeye State, the Summit County Council reports it has authorized the County Executive to accept $1,044,599 in grants from the federal government for the Home Weatherization Assistance Program to aid residents who are at 200 pct of the poverty level. The grant amount is sufficient for about 110 homes throughout the county, which includes the City of Akron.

    In addition, Council also approved acceptance of $226,394 federal grant for the Home Weatherization Assistance Program Enhancement use for household at 175 pct of the poverty level. The Council also authorized an agreement with Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy to provide $185,000 in energy-efficiency education and repair services. The money will be used for such things as replacing inefficient light bulbs and some appliances with energy-efficient models for qualified residents. (Source: Summit County Council, Akron Beacon-Journal, 6 Aug., 2018) Contact: Summit County Council, (330) 643-2725, https://council.summitoh.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Ukrainian Residential Energy Efficiency Fund Announced (Int'l)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-08
    In a Facebook posting from Kiev, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has announced the soon to be launched State Energy Efficiency Fund. The Fund aims to support the comprehensive modernization of the country's residential sector including: energy efficiency initiatives; implement tools and support measures aimed at improving building energy efficiency; cut energy consumption; contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions in order to implement the Paris Agreement; conduct communication activities related to raising the level of awareness of the population in the field of energy saving and energy efficiency; promote compliance with Ukraine's international obligations in the field of energy efficiency.

    The posting also notes the government's program "Warm loans" is delivering good results with over 19,000 loans worth over UAH 585 million ($21.7 million) issued. (Source: MENAFN, UKRAININFORM, 6 Aug., 2018)

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


    Abilene City Council Considering Energy Audit, Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency,Schneider Electric
    Date: 2018-08-08
    In the Lone Star State, a resolution before the Abilene City Council is proposing that Schneider Electric be engaged to do an energy audit that would provide an in-depth analysis of selected city buildings and/or systems and present a detailed business case for projects guaranteed to cover the cost of investment. If approved by the council on Thursday, Schneider Electric would perform the audit for $138,600.

    In 2008, the city hired Schneider to provide energy efficiency upgrades to 34 facilities. The project focused primarily on building automation systems for HVAC and lighting system upgrades and mechanical system replacements.

    According to Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna, the city has "aging facility infrastructure that does not comply with the most current energy standards. We think there's an opportunity to upgrade those fixtures, HVAC units, whatever, to reduce the amount of energy they consume, and then have those improvements pay for themselves through that energy savings." Abilene's population is about 122,000. (Source: Abilene Reporter News, 6 Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Abilene, Robert Hanna, City Manager, (325) 676-6206, council@abilenetx.gov, www.abilenetx.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Schneider Electric,  


    Invenergy, Novartis Ink 100 MW Wind Power Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Invenergy
    Date: 2018-08-08
    East Hanover, New Jersey-based Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is reporting a 12-year virtual power purchase agreement with Chicago-based Invenergy for 100 MW of wind power from Invenergy's 300-MW Santa Rita East wind farm project in Texas. The wind farm is slated to come on line in 2019.

    With the agreement, Novartis hopes to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 220,000 metric tpy -- more than 70 pct of the company's carbon footprint from purchased electricity in the US market. (Source: Novartis, Invenergy, Energy Manager, 6 Aug., 2018) Contact: Invenergy, Ryan Van Portfliet, Renewable Energy Development, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  


    ENGIE Constructing 100-MW Belgium Solar Farm (Int'l Report)
    Engie,Solar
    Date: 2018-08-08
    Belgian investment agency and project developer Limburgse Investeringsmaatschappij (LRM) reports construction on the 100 MW Kristal Solar Park in the Netherlands province of Limburgis is slated to get underway in October. According to LRM, the project will be constructed by ENGIE Fabricom, an engineering unit of French energy group, ENGIE and is expected to be completed at approximately one-third the estimated cost. When fully operational, the solar facility will be Belgium's largest solar plant, and the first large-scale solar park built in the country since 2013. (Source: ENGIE, PV Mag., 7 Aug., 2018) Contact: Engie SA, Isabelle Kocher, CEO, www.engie.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE,  Solar,  


    Minnesota Solar+Storage Project Underway (Ind Report)
    Connexus
    Date: 2018-08-08
    Ramsey, Minnesota-headquartered Connexus Energy reports construction is underway on two solar-plus-storage projects that it says will be first large-scale battery projects in Minnesota and the largest storage installations for an electric cooperative in the U.S.

    The projects, totaling 10 MW of AC solar and 15 MW/30 MWh of energy storage, are estimated to cost $31 million and save $4 million annually through peak load reduction.

    The storage units, which are being developed by NextEra Energy, will supply energy to 7,000 area homes. The solar plants will be built by French energy firm Engie. Connexus has a 25-year agreement with Engie and a 25-year storage commitment with NextEra.

    Connexus Energy is the Badger State's largest electric cooperative providing electricity and related products to more than 130,000 member residents and businesses in portions of Anoka, Chisago, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Sherburne, and Washington counties. (Source: Connexus, Star Tribune, Utility Dive, 7 Aug., 2018) Contact: Connexus Energy, (763) 323-2600, www.connexusenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Connexus ,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    Italian Banks to Drive Green Buildings, Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Foundation for Sustainable Development,
    Date: 2018-08-06
    According to a recent S&P Global Ratings report Will The Momentum Build For Green Finance In Italy?, "green" bank loans are likely to rise as Italy's small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) seek financing for their green projects and greater lending for green buildings and energy efficiency.

    At least 42 pct of Italian businesses are "green-oriented", according to a November 2017 report by Italy's Foundation for Sustainable Development. Core green businesses make up 27 pct of Italian companies, and go green businesses make up 14.5 pct of the total.

    Italy aims to reduce emissions by at least 80 pct from its 1990 levels by 2030 in keeping with the EU's long-term Paris agreement target, the S&P report said. Major Italian banks financed over €27 billion ($31.3 billion) of renewable energy capacity between 2007 and 2014. Italian Banks are also exploring the financing of green building and energy efficiency that would enable the country to reduce the carbon intensity of its building stock which, on average, is among the oldest in Europe. (Source: Foundation for Sustainable Development, Xinhua, 3 Aug., 2018) Contact: Foundation for Sustainable Development, www.fsd.org

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


    Global Bioenergy Market Analysis Report 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Bioenergy,Biofuels
    Date: 2018-08-06
    The recently released Global Bioenergy Market Analysis Report 2018 provides market and technology analysis, and strategic forecasts for bioenergy, defining the market by product type, end-use sector, and geography. The report provides historical bioenergy data from 2013 to 2018 alongside current market estimates and five-year forecasts to 2023.

    The report considers: developments relating to the bioenergy products; technology advancements; profiles leading market players and suppliers. It also examines global bioenergy market drivers, restraints, challenges, emerging markets, pricing structure, and the latest trends and industrial policies.

    Report detail and sample are available HERE. (Source: Market Biz, Business Tactics, 30 July, 2018) Contact: Market Biz, (857) 239-0696, imquiry@market.biz, market.biz/

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    Suzlon Eyes FY21 Indian Wind Capacity (Int'l Report)
    Suzlon
    Date: 2018-08-06
    In Hyderabad, Indian wind turbine giant Suzlon Group reports is looking to capture about 30 pct of the 20,000 MW of wind capacity likely to be commissioned by financial year 2020-21. India's domestic wind market is on a growth trajectory with 7,500 MW of capacity already auctioned, 10,000 MW of bids in the pipeline, and another 3,000 MW soon to be auctioned, according to Suzlon CFO, Kirti Vagadia.

    group chief financial officer, Suzlon. The company presently hols a 20 pct share in the 7,500 MW wind capacity already auctioned, although FY2019 may not see huge commissioning volumes, the company said. On 4 August, Suzlon reported a net loss in the June quarter, compared with a net profit in corresponding quarter last fiscal year. The company's order book currently stands at 1,134 MW, it says. (Source: Suzlon, Times of India, 5 Aug., 2018) Contact: Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000, info@suzlon.com, www.suzlon.com

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    RFA Seeks Court Action to Set RFS Back on Track (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association ,Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2018-08-06
    The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) reports it is taking legal action to challenge the EPA's abuse in issuing small refiner "hardship" waivers from the RFS. According to RFA Executive VP Geoff Cooper, the excessive number of waivers have cut into the demand biofuel and that the surplus of RINS has led to lower costs for refiners who then do not blend as much ethanol as they could and should. Court action is expected to get underway within the next few months.

    As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: RFS, WNAX Radio, 2 Aug., 2018)Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS Waivers,  Renewable Fuels Association,  Renewable Fuel Standard ,  


    DEWA Tests Solar Energy Storage in Dubai (Int'l Report)
    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
    Date: 2018-08-06
    In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is reporting the launch of a pilot project to install and test a 1.2MW/7.2MWh sodium sulphur battery energy storage system (NaS BESS), at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

    The storage pilot project will be connected to the DEWA grid. connect the storage systems to its grid. The project, in cooperation with Amplex Emirates, supports DEWA's efforts to promote energy efficiency, clean-energy production and energy storage technologies. (Source: DEWA, TradeArabia News Service, Aug., 2018) Contact: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.aesaid Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dewa.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  


    UK Starbucks West London Store Wins LEED Certification (Int'l)
    LEED Certification
    Date: 2018-08-06
    Last week in West London, UK, coffee retail giant Starbucks is reporting its newly-opened drive-thru outlet at Willow Tree Lane Retail Park in Yeading, has achieved LEED certification.

    The coffee shop's built-in sustainability features include: a living green roof packed with plants; a zone-controlled heat pump and energy-efficient LED lighting; heavy insulation for energy conservation; EV charging stations; and others. Additionally, all waste material generated through the construction of the store was diverted from landfill and sent for recycling. (Source: Starbucks, edie.net, Aug., 2018)

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


    Seagrass Could Mitigate Ocean Acidification Effects of Climate Change, say Carnegie Scientists (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-08-06
    In Stanford, California, Carnegie Institution for Science researchers David Koweek and Ken Caldeira are reporting seagrass meadows can play a limited, localized function in relieving sea acidification in aquatic ecosystems. The researcher found the carbon dioxide can be absorbed into the sea where chemical reactions together with the seawater create carbonic acid, which can be corrosive to marine life, especially shellfish which build their own shells and exoskeletons from calcium carbonate.

    Seagrasses provide an important source of shelter and food for marine creatures, help combat erosion of the sediments which form the ocean bed, also filter bacterial pathogens in the water. In addition they consume carbon dioxide as a portion of the day photosynthetic activity.

    The researchers found that carbon dioxide uptake by seagrass meadows can impede the pH of the sea water into their immediate environment and help fight the effects of acidification and climate change at the brief term. (Source: Carnegie Institution for Science, Green Optimistic, Blog, eurekalert, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: Carnegie Institution for Science, David Koweek, Ken Caldeira, (650) 427-0488, dkoweek@carnegiescience.edu, https://carnegiescience.edu

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    Aussie's Largest Solar Project Passes Planning Approval (Int'l)
    Renew Estate
    Date: 2018-08-06
    In the Land Down Under, energy developers Renew Estate reports the 300 MW Rodds Bay solar project in Queensland is expected to break ground later this year for commissioning and startup in early 2020.

    Australia is starting to capitalize on its plentiful solar resources; in 2017, a record 3.5 million solar panels were installed across the country, a 41 pct increase on the previous year. Its total solar capacity now sits at around 7,800 MW, placing it in the top 10 for global installations. (Source: Climate Action, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: Wirol, https://wirsol.com

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    Proposed CAFE Standards Positive for Ethanol, says ACE CEO (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2018-08-06
    In response to the US EPA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced proposed amendments to the current fuel economy and emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2021-2026, American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings says that while the proposals are less stringent they are also exploring the role higher octane fuel could provide a pathway for higher blends of ethanol as they maintain fuel economy in smaller engines and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Jennings noted that the premium high octane fuel on the market now is petroleum which is costlier than ethanol. He says ethanol has several advantages and is also a high octane fuel.

    According to Jennings, the EPA's proposal to flatline the standards will lead to increased gasoline use and tailpipe pollution, but not if the final rule paves the way for E25-E30 high octane fuel in future engines. (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, WNAX Radio, 3 Aug., 2018)Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org

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    Saskatchewan Strikes Back Against Fed. Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-08-06
    "It is our position that the (Canadian) federal government has no constitutional authority to second guess provincial decisions with respect to matters within provincial jurisdiction, yet that is exactly what the federal government is attempting to do by imposing a carbon tax only in certain provinces, like Saskatchewan, based on their evaluation of provincial climate change and carbon pricing policies." said Saskatchewan's new Premier Scott Moe in a statement. The province will "strongly consider" intervening in Ontario's legal challenge to the federal Liberal government of Premier Justin Trudeau's carbon tax imposition plan, Moe added. To that end, the government of Saskatchewan has launched their appeal in opposition of the federal carbon tax. (Source: Office of Saskatchewan Premier the Hon. Scott Moe, Click Lancashire, Independent News, 5 Aug., 2018)Contact: Office of Premier the Hon. Scott Moe, www.saskatchewan.ca/government/government.../honourable-scott-moe

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  


    Cdn. National Carbon Tax Projections Revealed (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-08-06
    As we reported in June, a report on Canadian Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's carbon tax prepared by University of Calgary economics professor Jennifer Winter found the impact of Trudeau's carbon tax on a typical Canadian household:
  • At $50 per ton, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia households will be hit with more than $1,000 of carbon tax per year to comply with the $50-per-tonne carbon tax Ottawa has mandated for 2022. Nova Scotia ($1,120) and Alberta ($1,111) will have the highest bills, followed by Saskatchewan ($1,032), New Brunswick ($963), Newfoundland ($859) and Prince Edward Island ($788). The average household in Ontario will pay $707 a year to comply with the carbon tax once its fully implemented.
  • At $100 a tonne, households in Alberta will be slammed $2,223, Saskatchewan will be hit with $2,065 and in Nova Scotia, $2,240. At $100 a tonne, the average price for households in all provinces will be well in excess of $1,000 per year. (Source: University of Calgary, Fraser Inst., Financial Post, 27 June, 2018) Contact: University of Calgary, Prof. Jennifer Winter, https://econ.ucalgary.ca/profiles/jennifer-winter

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax news,  


  • U.S. 2017 Coal Consumption Hits Historic Low (Ind. Report)
    Coal, US EIA
    Date: 2018-08-06
    In its Friday daily brief, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted that the U.S. power sector consumed 661 million short tons of coal last in 2017, the lowest level since 1983 and the fourth straight year for a decline, the brief stated. The report noted "Electric power sector coal consumption in 2017 was 36 pct lower than in 2008, when U.S. coal production reached its highest level." the report read.

    Coal accounts for about 30 pct of total energy used globally and about 40 pct of total electric power generation, the report said. (Source: US EIA, Inforsurhoy, 5 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  US EIA,  


    Indian Renewable Energy Investments Nearing $20Bn (Int'l)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-08-06
    According to recent date from the International Energy Agency's (IEA) World Energy Investment 2018 report, investments in India's renewable energy sector surpassed investment in fossil fuel-based power production in 2017.

    At alsmost $20 billion, 2017's investment in Indian renewables accounted for over a third of investments in the power sector thanks to nearly double the money being poured into solar and wind projects. By comparison, in 2017 all investments in power projects based on coal, gas, and oil as fuel reached totaled just $16 billion altogether.

    This increase in renenwables is largely accredited to to the recently decreasing prices of wind and solar power and the rising price of coal. (Source: International Energy Agency, Oilprice, Aug., 2018) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  India Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Notable Quote and Duly Noted
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-08-06
    "I am all for putting a public eye, pressure to those companies (oil and gas) for being much more responsible energy companies and reducing carbon and methane emissions, but we don't have this same attention for the 200 gigawatts of sub-critical coal-fired power plants under construction in Asia, which will emit carbon emissions at least three to four times higher than all this oil production together. There is a need for understanding numbers when it comes to the climate change debate." -- Fatih Birol, International Energy Agency Exec. Director, June, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency news,  


    Dominion Seeks Experimental Offshore Wind Turbine Approval (Ind. Report, New Prod & Tech)
    Dominion Energy,
    Date: 2018-08-06
    Reporting from Norfolk in the Old Dominion State, Dominion Energy Virginia reports it has submitted a proposal to the State Corporation Commission to construct two wind turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, at the state's expense. Dominion is working with the Danish wind industry giant Orstad -- fka DONG Energy -- on the project.

    The experimental turbines will provide data that could pave the way for a vast wind farm at a future date.

    The project will test new designs to anchor the turbines in seabed conditions found off the Virginia coast and to withstand hurricane-force winds.

    The Commission previously rejects the project as too risky and expensive. (Source: Dominion Energy Virginia, Bacon's Rebellion, Blog, 4 Aug., 2018)Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, https://twitter.com/dominionenergy, www.dominionenergy.com

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