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Taiwan Solar Mega Merger Touted (Int'l Report, M&A)
Neo Solar Power
Date: 2018-08-06
In Taiwan, Neo Solar Power Corp. , Gintech Energy Corp. and Solartech Energy Corp. are reporting the largest-ever solar energy deal in Taiwan and the resulting creation of the $630 million United Renewable Energy Co. (UREC).

The merge is expected to be be completed on Oct. 1, 2018. When fully operational, UREC is expected to generate about NT$50 billion in sales in the first year and post NT$90-NT$100 billion in annual revenue within five years, according to Neo Solar. (Source: Neo Solar PowerFocus Taiwan, 4 Aug., 2018) Contact: Neo Solar Power, +886-6-700-6588, Fax: +886-6-384-1111,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neo Solar Power,  

Wolf Joins Alberta Carbon Trunk Line CCS Project (Ind. Report)
Enhance Energy
Date: 2018-08-06
Calgary, Alberta-based Enhance Energy reports Wolf Midstream has agreed to partner to construct the 240-kilometre Alberta Carbon Trunk Line. The pipeline will collect CO2 from the Redwater Fertilizer Facility and the new Sturgeon Refinery near Edmonton and transport it to an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project near Lacombe.

Under the deal, Wolf will construct, own, and operate the CO2 capture and pipeline transportation assets. Enhance will continue to be the owner and operator of the EOR project and carbon sequestration. Initially, Wolf will provide midstream services only to Enhance, with other suppliers and users of CO2 having future access to its capture, compression, and transportation services.

Initial CO2 flow rates on the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line are expected to start at 800 tpd in the fourth quarter of 2019, increasing to 4,400 tpd by the end of 2019.

Pipeline construction is slated to get underway within 60 days. Up to $305 million in construction funding will come from Wolf's investor, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. The project also has $223 million in funding from the Province of Alberta and $63 million in funding from the federal government.

The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) is the world's largest carbon capture and storage project. Pioneered in Alberta, Canada by Enhance Energy Inc., the ACTL is the first large-scale Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and storage project to actively work towards reducing environmental impacts while enriching the local economy. (Source: Enhance Energy, PR, Markets Insider, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact: Enhance Energy Inc., (403) 984-0202, (403) 984-0226,,; Wolf Midstream, (403) 781-8181,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Enhanced Oil Recovery,  Enhance Energy,  Wolf Midstream,  CO2,  

Yokohama Touts Isoprene from Biomass Tech. (New Prod & Tech)
Yokohama Rubber
Date: 2018-08-06
Tokyo-headquartered tire manufacturer Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., working with RIKEN and Zeon Corporation, reports it has developed a technology for efficiently producing isoprene from biomass.

The new process utilizes an artificial pathway and highly active enzymes to create cells which have excellent isoprene-synthesizing capability. The new technology is used to make cells which have the capability to generate isoprene from a biomass (sugar) that serves as the starting material. The in-vivo generated isoprene is then polymerized to achieve synthesis of polyisoprene rubber. The research project effectively leveraged the cell design and plant science technologies of the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) to develop this new technology.

The technology can be used for butadiene-based synthetic rubber and other diene rubbers, according to a Yokohama release. (Source: Yokohama Rubber Co., Tires & Parts, Aug., 2018) Contact: Yokohama Rubber ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Sugar Biomass,  

2018 Ethanol Exports Set to Break 2017 Record (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2018-08-06
According to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), U.S. ethanol exports through June stood at 927.7 million gallons (mg), up 33 pct from the first half of 2017 and on pace to exceed last year's record of 1.38 billion gallons (bg). According to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), robust export markets are more important now than ever before, as actions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are undermining domestic ethanol demand.

At the halfway point for 2018, Brazil was the leading market for U.S. ethanol exports, receiving 345.9 mg -- about 37 pct of total shipments. Exports to Brazil in the first half of 2018 were up 28 pct over the same period in 2017. Canada came in as the second-largest export market, with 159.5 mg of U.S. ethanol in the first six months of the year -- up 8 pct from the same period a year ago. Other top markets for the first half of 2018 were India at 70.1 mg, China at 52.9 mg, South Korea at44.5 mg, followed by the Philippines for 43.7 mg. RFA provides monthly export updates on its E-blog (including a summary of the June data released today) and annual statistical summaries for exports of both ethanol and distillers grains. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association, SE AGNet, August 3, 2018) Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Renewable Fuels Association,  Biofuel,  Ethanol ,  

NJ Climate Initiative calls for Lower Transportation Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance
Date: 2018-08-06
On July 24th, RPA and the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance -- facilitated by the Rutgers Climate Institute and the Rutgers Bloustein School) -- hosted more than 150 New Jersey region business, civic, community and governmental leaders focused on strategies for reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector.

Transportation accounts for around half of all carbon emissions in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, yet these emissions are not regulated like those from our power plants, which are managed as part of RGGI. The meeting called for the regulation of greenhouse gases from all economic sectors, including transportation.

Ideas the emerged from the meeting included: a "cap-and-invest" approach that puts a price on transportation emissions and invests revenue back into communities and transportation infrastructure; congestion pricing for zones for different classes of vehicles; and greening school bus fleets, among others, all of which will be reported to the relevant government agencies and executives for consideration. (Source: Regional Plan Association, New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, 3 Aug., 2018) Contact: RPA, Robert Freudenberg, Energy & Environmental Program Mgr, (212) 253-2727,; New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance,; New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance,

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance,  

Marquis Considering Bluffs Illinois Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Marquis Energy
Date: 2018-08-06
Hennepin, Illinois-based Marquis Energy LLC has reportedly been exploring the possibility of constructing an ethanol plant in Bluffs, Scott County, Illinois, but has as yet not completed the necessary permitting. If constructed, the plants could go into production in 2020.

Marquis Energy, which began producing 100 million gpy in 2008, was the largest dry-mill ethanol facility in the United States by 2015, according to the company's website. The company presently produces approximately 1 million gpd of fuel-grade ethanol. In addition to the Hennepin site, Marquis Energy has a facility in Necedah, Wisconsin. (Source: Marquis Energy , Journal-Courier, 3 Aug., 2018) Contact: Marquis Energy, Mark Marquis, CEO, Bart Pieper, Bus. Dev., (815) 825-7300,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marquis Energy,  Ethanol,  Dry Mill Ethanol,  

Aussie Waste-to-Fuel Facility Announced (Int'l Report)
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Date: 2018-08-03
In the Land Down Under, waste companies Cleanaway and ResourceCA are reporting plans for a new facility in the city of Sydney that will convert around 250,000 tpy of non-recyclable garbage into fuel which will be used for cement manufacturing and for export to Asian markets.

The facility , which will be co-owned by waste companies Cleanaway and ResourceCo, was supported by $30 million in funding from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. A portion of the $30 million will be used for a second plant at a location yet to be identified. The NSW government provided $5 million in funding. The plant will process dry waste such as plastic, dirty paper and cardboard, and non-recyclable wood into small solid material -- processed engineered fuel (PEF) -- that can be burnt for power. Over the lifetime of the facility, it is forecast to reduce carbon emissions by about 4 million tonnes. (Source: CEFC, Sydney Morning Herald, 30 July, 2018) Contact: CEFC , Ian Learmonth, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Fuel,  Clean Energy Finance Corporation,  

Alliant Energy Plans 80 pct Emissions Cut by 2050 (Ind Report)
Alliant Energy
Date: 2018-08-03
Madison, Wisconsin-headquartered Alliant Energy's just released its Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) reports the utility aims to cut carbon emissions 80 pct and eliminate all existing coal from its energy mix by 2050. The company also plans to invest over $2 billion on new renewables and double its wind sites from six to 12. With a combination of new construction and additional purchase agreements, the company's energy portfolio will have more than 2,700 MW of wind power by 2021. Renewables will be over 30 pct of Alliant Energy's energy mix by 2030.

These actions will enable Alliant Energy to exceed carbon reduction goals pledged originally by the U.S. under the voluntary Paris Accord. which calls for cutting carbon 32 pct below 2005 levels by 2030, Alliant Energy's plans enable a 40 percent reduction by that time. (Source: Alliant Energy Corporation, PR, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact: Alliant Energy Corp.,

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

China to Exceed 210 GW Wind Power Target by 2020 (Int'l Report)
China Wind,China National Energy Administration
Date: 2018-08-03
In Beijing, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) previously announced switch from a Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme to a competitive auction mechanism aims to help the country surpass its targeted installation of more than 20 GW per year on average over the next 10 years.

While certain onshore and offshore projects will still be eligible for the FiT, most projects starting in 2019 will need to win at auction. This is all part of the NEA's effort to ensure that wind energy reaches grid parity by 2020.

China is expected to surpass its national cumulative wind power target of 210 GW and will install on average over 20 GW worth of new wind capacity each year. (Source: China National Energy Administration , CleanTechnica, 31 July, 2018) Contact: China National Energy Administration,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  China Wind,  China National Energy Administration,  

Arensis, Green Mark Ink Woody Biomass Energy Deal (Ind. Report)
Arensis, Green Mark Energy
Date: 2018-08-03
Los Angeles-based Arensis, a leading biomass to energy system provider and license holder of Entrade Energiesysteme AG technology, and Green Mark Energy Co., Ltd (GME), a greentech project company and biomass fuels supplier, have inked an agreement for a 2MW energy project in Kumamoto, Japan.

Through the joint project development, Arensis will deliver 40 Entrade E5 biomass to energy units to Japan, equaling $15 million and generating 16,000,000 kWh of electricity annually. The agreement is the company's largest global project to date.

GME will be the supplier of wood pellets and wood chips to be used as feedstock for the energy systems, from which electric power will feed into the Japanese grid system under a Feed-In Tariff (FIT) scheme. (Source: Arensis, Website, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact: Arensis, Julien Uhlig, CEO, Laurie Peters, VP Strategic Communications, (818) 635 4101,,

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

France Reports Record Share of Renewables for Q2 2018 (Int'l)
Rnewable Energy
Date: 2018-08-03
In a release, the French transmission system operator, Reseau de Transport d'Electricite (RTE) claimed that renewable energies reached 31 pct share of France's electricity mix in the second quarter of 2018. It also noted that solar, wind and bioenergies covered about 10 pct of national demand -- a level unreached since the 1960s.

According to the release, the surge in renewables is the result of: significant hydropower generation, which covered around 20 pct of French electricity consumption during the period; an increasing share of wind, solar, and bio-energies which were able to account for over 10 pct of demand; and the fact that the second quarter of the year is traditionally characterized by lower demand than during the autumn and winter months.

According to the latest statistics released by the French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition (CSFD), the first quarter of this year has seen a strong growth in new PV installations, with 246 MW of new PV capacity added.

The national state-owned utility, EDF, which is also the owner and operator of most of the country’s nuclear power assets, announced in December 2017 a plan to deploy 30 GW of solar plants in France by 2030. (Source: Reseau de Transport d'Electricite, PV Mag., July 30, 2018) Contact: RTE,

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

First GREEN Bank Wins LEED Platinum for Sustainability (Ind Report)
First GREEN Bank
Date: 2018-08-03
In the Sunshine State, Orlando-based First GREEN Bank is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED ID+C Retail v4 Platinum Certification for its downtown Orlando headquarters. The designation recognizes the highest level of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

The USGBC LEED rating system is widely seen as the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance, and energy efficiency.

The First GREEN Bank project implemented practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in the areas of water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The team also focused on innovation in design and, the new component for LEEDv4, location and transportation. (Source: First GREEN Bank, PR 31 July, 2018) Contact: First GREEN Bank,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

Andeavor N.D. Refinery Considers Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-08-03
Andeavor, fka Tesoro, the owner of a small crude oil refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota is proposing to convert the facility to process vegetable oil, soybean oil and other renewable feedstocks instead of petroleum to produce renewable diesel.

The renewable diesel would meet both the federal Renewable Fuels Standard and California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard and would be marketed in California.

The proposal builds on a pilot project at the Dickinson Refinery, which has involved processing vegetable oil along with Bakken crude to produce a 5 pct renewable diesel blend. The new project, which would process 12,000 bpd of locally sourced renewable feedstocks, is expected to be complete in late 2020, subject to permitting approval. (Source: Andeavor, Bismark Tribune, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact: Andeavor, (210) 626-6000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andeavor ,  Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  

EPA Report Notes Ethanol Environmental Damage (Ind. Report)
Ethanol,Clean Air Task Force
Date: 2018-08-03
According to a recent, federally-mandated EPA assessment of the environmental impact of corn and soybean based ethanol production, ethanol is creating several ill effects on the enviroment and wildlife habitat.

The EPA report documents millions of acres of wildlife habitat lost to ethanol crop production, increased nutrient pollution in waterways and air emissions and side effects worse than the gasoline the ethanol is replacing. According to Johnathan Lewis, senior counsel for climate policy with the Clean Air Task Force, ethanol from corn in particular is linked to increased emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) which contributes to and increases ozone formation.

In March, the Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible (GREENER) Fuels Act to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was introduced to the US Senate and Congress. The GREENER Fuels Act sets out a clear goal of moving U.S. mandates away from a heavy reliance on food-based -- corn -- biofuels that have been linked to food price spikes and large-scale environmental contamination in the United States and around the world. (Source: EPA, Public News Service - NY, Aug., 2018) Contact: Clean Air Task Force,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  EPA,  RFS,  Clean Air Task Force,  

Rajasthan State Implements Indian Biofuel Policy (Int'l)
India Biofuel
Date: 2018-08-03
On the subcontinent, the state of Rajasthan has become the first Indian state to implement the national policy on biofuels unveiled by the national Biofuel Authority in May this year.

In accordance with the Biofuel National Policy:

  • the State Government will be putting emphasis on increasing production of oilseeds;
  • the State Government is promoting research in the fields of alternative fuels and energy resources;
  • the State has installed an 8 tpd biodiesel plant;
  • the State will promote and advertise biofuels to increase public consumption and awareness. of biofuels; encourage the establishment of a supply chain mechanism for biodiesel production from non-edible oilseeds -- used cooking oil and short gestation crops.

    In other Indian biofuel news, My Eco Energy (MEE) reports it will open more than 300 biofuel filling stations in the Indian state of Gujarat by 2019. The new MEE biofuel sites will offer Indizel, the only renewable fuel in India which complies with EN 590, BS-VI, and EURO 6 quality standards. Indizel can be used in all diesel engines without engine modification or blending limits, according to the company. (Source: India Today, Hindu Business Line, Petrol Plaza, 1 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News India Biofuel,  Biofuel,  

  • Greenworks Lending, Mayfly Partner on Clean Energy Bldg (Ind. Report)
    Greenworks Lending
    Date: 2018-08-03
    Greenworks Lending, a national leader in Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, is reporting the closing with Mayfly Outdoors to support the construction of Mayfly's new 41,000 square-foot headquarters and manufacturing center in Montrose.

    The project is one of the first ground-up new construction projects in Colorado to come through the state's C-PACE Program, which allows developers to use C-PACE funds for up to 20 pct of their construction budgets for property elements that meet or exceed the state's energy- and water-efficiency standards. It is also the second C-PACE investment in manufacturing for the state, and the second Montrose County project.

    Greenworks provides C-PACE financing in 13 states and the District of Columbia and has funded several energy retrofits of commercial buildings in the greater Denver metro area. C-PACE funding is designed to help building owners access private-sector financing to upgrade or build anew with energy-efficiency, clean-energy and water-efficiency infrastructure.

    Greenworks Lending is a private capital provider dedicated to funding commercial property owner investment in renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects through state legislated C-PACE programs on a national level. Greenworks utilizes C-PACE financing so building owners can access long-term, lower-cost capital to make smart, cost-saving improvements to commercial buildings. (Source: Greenworks Lending, PR, Aug., 2018) Contact: Greenworks Lending, Adam Moskowitz, (203) 837-7816,,; Mayfly Outdoors,; C -PACE,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenworks Lending,  C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  

    2017 3rd Warmest Year on Record, says NOAA Study (Ind. Report)
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Date: 2018-08-03
    According to the recently released 28th annual State of the Climate Report report only 2016 and 2015 were warmer than 2017.

    A wide array of environmental data, including global climate indicators and extreme weather events, were examined for the 300-page study spearheaded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorology Society.

    Many climate scientists blame greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels for driving man-made climate change. Concentrations of CO2 reached 405 ppm in the atmosphere in 2017 -- up 2.2 ppm above 2016 levels. Global surface temperatures were 0.68 to 0.86 degrees F above the 1981 to 2010, depending on the dataset used, making 2017 the warmest non-El Nino year on record. The report also notes the number of tropical cyclones and Atlantic hurricanes rose slightly above an average 82 per year to 85 per year. Meanwhile, after reaching a peak in global drought area in 2016, scientists saw the drought area dip in 2017 before rising to above-average values later in the year. While Mexico and other countries experienced their warmest year on record, the U.S. only saw it's third-warmest year since records began in 1895.

    Download A Look at 2017 Takeaway Points from the State of the Climate Supplement HERE. (Source: NOAA, American Meteorological Society, Ang, 2018) Contact: American Meterological Society, ; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Benjamin Friedman, (301) 713-1208,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,  NOAA,  Climate Change,  

    Hillsboro Ore. Tops DOE Better Build Challenge (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-03
    The city of Hillsboro, Oregon, -- pop. 100,000 -- reports it again leads every other city in the country in green power use.

    In 2017, the Hillsboro community purchased 1.73 billion kilowatt hours of green power -- electricity that comes from renewable resources like solar, wind and geothermal. The city also offset 35 pct of its power bill with renewable energy. All told, from the city government to the local industry to private residents, almost 65 pct of the electricity used in Hillsboro last year was green power. The city is aiming for 75 pct green power community-wide by 2035.

    The city is also switching to LED lighting and sensor technology and has cut its overall energy consumption by 26 pct since 2009, leading the country, at least among members of the DOE Better Build Challenge. (Source: City of Hillsboro, KATU2, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Hillsboro, Peter Brandom, Snr. Project Manager,; DOE Better Build Challenge,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  DOE Better Build Challenge,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

    Calif. Gov. Connects Wildfire Liability and Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In Sacramento, Golden State Gov. Jerry Brown offered a high-stakes assessment of fears that California's investor owned utilities might buckle under the weight of billions of dollars in climate change related wild fires-related payments.

    According to Brown, "There is concern that we could lose our utilities, and if we do that, our whole program, of trying to deal with renewable energy and mitigate climate change, would be adversely affected."

    The governor also offered a draft proposal to lawmakers last week that would loosen the strict liability that utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric Co. now bear following a series of massive wild fires in 2017. PG&E has already planned for payments of at least $2.5 billion for those fires, and has warned additional costs could raise the possibility of bankruptcy.

    Under Brown's proposal, courts would have to "balance the public benefit of the utility company's services to consumers with the harm caused to private property." And, although the proposal would increase fines and bar electric utilities from passing the costs to their customers, it could give relief to any company that complied with safety regulations. (Source: Office of Gov. Jerry Brown, LA Times, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, (916) 445-2841,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Jerry Brown,  

    Notable Quote

    Date: 2018-08-03
    "Cities and states can make a profound difference, no question. We can't do it all, but we can do what is fundamental -- make the shift in (climate change) thinking." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) addressing a C40 Cities climate action event. Contact: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, (916) 445-2841,; C40 Group,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Jerry Brown news,  

    Standard Solar's Gallup, NM Solar Farm Commissioned (Ind. Report)
    Standard Solar
    Date: 2018-08-03
    Rockville, Maryland-headquartered Standard Solar is reporting the completion and startup of a new 9.8-MW solar farm in Gallup, New Mexico. The facility incorporates nearly 29,000 panels in a single-axis tracker array and is expected to generate more than 20 million kWh of power annually.

    Standard Solar provided financing for and owns the Gallup solar farm which is spread out over 31 acres. (Source: Standard Solar, PR, PEI, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: Standard Solar, (301) 944-1200,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Standard Solar,  Solar,  

    EDF Renewables, PGGM Ink Wind, Solar Projects Agreement (M&A)
    EDF Renewables North America
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In San Diego, EDF Renewables North America reports it has inked two Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA) by which PGGM Infrastructure Fund, a pension fund, will acquire a 50 pct ownership stake in the Glacier's Edge Wind and Valentine Solar totaling 332 megawatts (MW). Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary conditions precedent.

    This transaction follows on an earlier agreement between the two companies concerning three projects for 588 MW. Total capacity of the 5 project portfolio is 920 MW.

    EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 10 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, biomass and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. (Source: EDF Renewables, PR, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: EDF Renewable, Nate McMurry, Director for Divestiture and Portfolio Strategy, Bruno Bensasson, VP Renewable Energies; Sandi Briner, (858) 521 3525,,; PGGM, Erik van de Brake,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables ,  Renewable Energy,  

    Montauk Energy Announces California Manure-to-RNG JV (Ind. Report)
    Montauk Energy
    Date: 2018-08-03
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-headquartered Montauk Energy LLC reports it has inked an 80 -20 joint venture agreement under which it will extract and convert cow manure on a California dairy farm into natural gas. Under the JV agreement, Montauk will own and operate a manure digester and build, own and operate a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility for 20 years.

    Montauk which has been engaged in commercial-scale development of renewable energy facilities for more than 30 years, was spun off from South African black empowerment investment company Hosken Consolidated Investments in 2014 but remains listed on the JSE.

    The company extracts and converts methane gas from waste landfills across the US where it benefits from subsidies through the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. (Source: Montauk Energy LLC, Business Day, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact: Montauk Energy LLC, Marty Ryan, CEO, (412) 747-8700,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Montauk Energy,  Biogas,  Anearobic Digestion,  

    Pattern's NM Wind Farm Set for Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-03
    San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group reports construction on the Duran Mesa Wind Project near Corona, New Mexico is slated to break ground in 2019. The will deliver wind energy start delivering electricity to California providers in 2020.

    Pattern Energy Group presently operates one wind farm in eastern New Mexico with a second wind farm under construction. (Source: Pattern Energy, Aug., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  

    Carbon Tax Included in Alaska Climate Action Plan Draft (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In Anchorage, Alaska Governor Bill Walker's Climate Action Leadership Team has been discussing a draft plan to tackle climate change, including a carbon tax to cover climate change mitigation and related initiatives and program costs.

    At least seven states have proposed carbon pricing legislation. Carbon pricing is basically this broad term for putting a price on CO2 emissions. It includes things like a carbon tax or a cap and trade program. Alaska's draft plan recommends the state should think about endorsing a national strategy to put a price on carbon while also taking steps to implement its own carbon tax. The most commonly talked about ways that could work is, as fuel comes out of the ground, oil and gas companies would pay a fee. And that cash would be used to help fund various energy efficiency projects and more studies to better understand the impacts of climate change.

    Download the Draft Climate Change Policy HERE (Source: KTOO Public Media, 1 Aug, 2018)

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

    Reneu Energy Expands Solar+Storage Consulting to Calif. (Ind. Report)
    Reneu Energy
    Date: 2018-08-03
    Jersey City, New Jersey-headquartered solar and energy storage specialist Reneu Energy is reporting the opening of new offices in San Diego and Los Angeles, California.

    The company advises on corporate strategy and sources financing for solar projects and brokers Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC]) contracts and long-term power contracts. (Source: Reneu Energy, PR, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: Reneu Energy, Benoy Thanjan, founder and CEO, (201) 743-9533, (619) 490-9473,

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

    Notable Quote Worth Noting

    Date: 2018-08-03
    "So President Trump, I know you really want to be an action hero, right? So take it from the Terminator, you're only supposed to go back in time to protect future generations. But your administration attempts to go back in time to rescue the coal industry, which is actually a threat to future generations."

    "For 48 years -- since one of my heroes, then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, requested it -- California has had a waiver from the federal government to clean our own air. If the President (Trump) thinks he can win this fight, he's out of his mind." -- Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2003-211 California Governor (D) , commenting on Trump's proposed withdrawal of California's Clean Air Act pre-emption waiver. California and about a dozen states follow its rules account for about a third of all the passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. August 1, 2018

    Alaska Energy Audit Program Extended (Ind. Report)
    Alaska Energy Authority
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In Anchorage, the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) reports it has extended the open application period for the USDA-funded Commercial Building Energy Audit program for commercially owned buildings located in rural Alaska i.e., outside of the Municipality of Anchorage. The new deadline is Sept. 30, 2018.

    According to the AEA, nonresidential buildings consume more than half the building energy use in Alaska, and the majority of these buildings are privately owned. The Commercial Building Energy Audit program is designed to pay up to 75 pct of the cost of an ASHRAE level 1+ energy audit performed on privately owned commercial buildings. The audit cost is set by the building size and ranges from $600 for buildings up to 3,000 square feet up to $2,100 for buildings over 20,000 square feet.

    The AEA reports that results of past similar programs indicate average energy savings of roughly 1/3 resulting from economic efficiency investments with average simple paybacks of just over six years. (Source: Alaska Energy Authority , The News, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact; Alaska Energy Efficiency Map,, Alaska Energy Authority, (888) 300-8534,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  

    ARENA Funds Aussie Renewable Hydrogen Project (Int'l. Funding)
    Australian Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-08-01
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it is adding $1.5 million (Aus.) ($1.1 million) to fund the country's first green hydrogen innovation hub to trial the production, storage and use of renewable hydrogen to energize a commercial-scale microgrid at Jandakot, Western Australia.

    The facility will produce Green hydrogen from on-site solar using electrolysis, fueling a range of gas appliances and blending hydrogen into the natural gas pipeline. The $3.3 million ($2.5 million) development project will also evaluate the potential for renewable hydrogen to be exported at a larger scale.

    Japan is seen as a potential market for Australian renewable hydrogen. (Source: ARENA, MarEx, 31 July, 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Australian Renewable Energy Agency,  

    FP&L says 300 MW Solar Power Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Florida Power & Light
    Date: 2018-08-01
    In the Sunshine State, Florida Power & Light Co (FLP) reports construction of four solar projects totaling almost 300 MW of solar power plants is underway. The four projects, each of 74.5 MW, include FPL Interstate Solar Energy Center in St. Lucie County, FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center in Miami-Dade County, FPL Pioneer Trail Solar Energy Center in Volusia County, and FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center in Columbia County. All of the projects are expected to come online early in 2019.

    presently FPL has over 935 MW of operational solar capacity, including 14 solar parks and several small solar systems. The company aims to have roughly 10 million PV panels in operation by 2022 (Source: Florida Power & Light, Renewables, 1 August., 2018) Contact: FP&L,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Power & Light,  Solar,  

    DRAX Biopower Turbines Slated for £40Mn Upgrade (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-08-01
    In the UK, DRAX Power is reporting Siemens will upgrade turbines on three biomass units at the DRAX generation facility in North Yorkshire, at a cost of £40 million. Work on the 3 year contract is slated to get underway in 2019.

    Drax, which upgraded three of its coal burning units to biomass with a fourth currently being converted, plans to repower the plant's two remaining coal units to natural gas and to develop up to 200MW of battery energy storage. (Source: DRAX Power, Siemens, RE, 31 July, 2018) Contact: Drax Power, Andy Koss, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX Bio,  Biomass,  Siemens,  

    Fruitland Energy Efficiency Earns $206,000 (Ind. Report)
    Idaho Power
    Date: 2018-08-01
    In Idaho, the City of Fruitland reports it has cut its energy expenses with energy efficiency upgrades and new equipment at the city wastewater treatment plant. The energy efficiency effort also earned the city an Idaho Power energy efficiency incentive check for $206,836, according to an Idaho Power release.

    The upgraded and newly designed wastewater facility was built with energy efficiency in mind. Most notably, the plant's aerators were installed with energy-saving variable frequency drives (VFD) and dissolved-oxygen controls, sludge blowers and multiple process pumps with VFDs to optimize the plant. The upgrades save the City of Fruitland more than 1.5 million annual kWh -- sufficient energy for approximately 132 average homes for a year. (Source: Idaho Power, City of Fruitland, Argus Observer, 26 July, 2018) Contact: Idaho Power,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Idaho Power ,  

    Advanced Biofuels Canada Membership on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    Advanced Biofuels Canada
    Date: 2018-08-01
    Vancouver-headquartered Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) is reporting a significant expansion of its membership with the recent addition of: Canada Clean Fuels, Canfor Pulp, EcoEngineers and Honeywell UOP, an international leader in process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.

    In May 2017, Ensyn Corporation, Iogen, LanzaTech, OPIS, Steeper Energy, and Targray joined ABFC. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 31 July, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, (604) 494-0040,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada ,  

    Energy Sense Finance Touting PV Value (New Prod & Tech)
    SunShot, Sandia
    Date: 2018-08-01
    Sandia National Labs is reporting the PV Value® tool is now being developed and maintained by Tampa, Florida-headquartered Energy Sense Finance, LLC, with funding provided by the DOE SunShot Small Business Innovative Research program.

    The tool is still free, though improved with a design to support multiple web browsers and mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones.

    The PV Value® proof-of-concept spreadsheet tool was developed by Sandia National Laboratories and Energy Sense Finance to help determine the value of a new or existing photovoltaic (PV) system installed on residential and commercial properties. It is designed to be used by real estate appraisers, mortgage underwriters, credit analysts, real property assessors, insurance claims adjusters and PV industry sales staff. For appraisers, the inputs specific to PV in the Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum can be used as inputs to PV Value®. (Source: Sandia National Lab, Energy Sense Finance, July, 2018) Contact: PV Value,,; Energy Sense Finance, LLC ,; Sandia National Lab, (505) 205–3598,; SunShot Initiative,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PV,  Solar,  SunShot,  Sandia National Lab,  SunShot ,  

    India Establishes First Energy Efficiency Index (Int'l Report)
    Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-01
    In New Delhi, as part of its strategy for fulfilling its climate change commitments, the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has released the country's first state energy efficiency preparedness index. The index is intended to help track the progress in managing the country's energy footprint, encourage competition between states and help in programme implementation.

    The energy efficiency index is based on 63 indicators in sectors such as buildings, industry, municipalities, transport, agriculture and electricity distribution companies (discoms). These indicators are based on metrics such as policy and regulation, financing mechanisms, institutional capacity, adoption of energy efficiency measures and energy savings achieved.

    According to BEE, energy efficiency could help India save 500 billion units of energy and avoid the need for 100 gigawatts (GW) of power capacity within 2030. This translates to a potential reduction of 557 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emission. India's energy efficiency market is estimated at $23 billion with a vast potential to grow. (Source: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, PTI, 31 July, 2018) Contact: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Ecobee Touts Peak Relief Pilot Program (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-01
    Toronto, Ontario-headquartered Ecobee is reporting the launch of a Peak Relief pilot program that automatically cuts down on heating and cooling when electric power rates are at their highest. It uses your comfort preferences, home energy efficiency and the weather forecast to ramp up the heat or AC right before peak times which, according to Ecobee, will save an additional 10 pct on your bills.

    The pilot is currently limited to certain users in Arizona, California and the Canadian province of Ontario, and then only for people who both have electric heating/cooling and hour-by-hour utility billing. (Source: Ecobee, CNET, July, 2018) Contact: Ecobee Inc., Stuart Lombard, Pres., CEO, (647) 428-2220,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ecobee,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Thermostat,  

    CEFC Trumpets Aussie Renewable Energy Investments (Int'l Report)
    Clean Energy Finance Corporation
    Date: 2018-08-01
    In the Land Down Under, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has confirmed that during the 2017-18 financial year, it provided $1.1 billion towards renewable energy projects, including 10 large-scale solar projects.

    In FY18, CEFC set a new record in investment commitments, 53 pct of which went into renewable energy. In the 12 months to 30 June 2018, the Australian government's green bank invested in 10 large-scale solar projects and four wind farms, to deliver an additional 1,100MW in clean energy across Australia. This included $94 million for the Kennedy Energy Park, Australia's first fully integrated hybrid project that will combine 43.2 MW in wind capacity, 15 MW of solar PV, and 2 MWh of battery storage, as well as projects delivering low-cost energy to large industrial and commercial energy users through innovative power purchase agreements.

    Overall, the CEFC made commitments of $2.3 billion, with 39 direct investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport and waste-related projects -- $939 million in energy efficiency, $100 million in transport and $127 million in waste-related projects. Since its founding in 2013, CEFC has financially underpinned 2,400 MW of renewable energy projects, including more than 20 large-scale solar farms and 10 wind farms Australia-wide. (Source: CEFC, July 30, 2018) Contact: Clean Energy Finance Corporation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Renewable Energy,  

    Energy Efficiency Services India Project Wins I4F Funding (Int'l)
    Israel-India Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund
    Date: 2018-08-01
    The Israel-India Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F) is reporting grant funding to Energy Efficiency Services Limited (India), an energy service company of the Indian government.

    Under the grant, the company will work on increasing the water and energy efficiency in villages in India through the creation and application of water and electricity management systems and IoT monitoring devices. (Source: Israel-India Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund, Times of Israel, 31 July, 2018) Contact: Israel-India Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund,; Energy Efficiency Services Limited (India),

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    UK Killing Mandatory CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (Int'l)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-01
    The U.S. law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP is reporting the upcoming demise of the UK government's 2010 vintage mandatory Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme.

    The CRC is a mandatory carbon emissions trading scheme that applies to large UK business and public organizations. The CRC was aimed at increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions from large non-intensive energy users that, over the course of a year, used more than 6,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of certain electricity and had at least one half-hourly meter settled on the half-hourly electricity market. Under the CRC, participant organization were required to: collate information and report on its energy supplies; purchase and surrender allowances equal to the CO2 emissions it generated; advise the Environment Agency on changes that could affect that organisation's registration; and maintaine a record of its energy consumption and supplies.

    The CRC scheme was widely criticized for adding an administrative burden to non-energy intensive companies such as large offices and hotels. The Climate Change Levy (CCL) will be increased from April 2019 to compensate and to "cover the cost of CRC abolition in a fiscally-neutral reform." (Source: Latham & Watkins LLP, Blog, 30 July, 2018) Contact: Latham & Watkins LLP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Energy Efficiency,  Energy Eficiency,  

    EIB Funds Spanish Woody Biomass Plant (Int'l Report, Funding)
    Greenalia SA
    Date: 2018-08-01
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it has granted a €50 million ($58.5 million) loan to a subsidiary of Coruna-headquartered Greenalia S.A. to finance a new biomass-fired power plant will generate approximately 324 GWh of electricity per year from locally sourced woody biomass and forest wastes.

    The EIB financing, together with another €50 million ($58.5 million) loan from various financial institutions, will be provided via a Project Finance arrangement for the construction and operation of this new 50 MW facility.

    The EIB is the European Union's bank. We are the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the European Union Member States. We work closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy.

    The EIB is the world's largest multilateral borrower and lender providing finance and expertise for sustainable investment projects that contribute to EU policy objectives. Although more than 90 pct of EIB activity is in Europe, the EIB is a major investor worldwide. (Source: EIB, 30 July, 2018) Contact: Greenalia SA, +34 902 905 910,,; EIB,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EIB,  Greenalia SA,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  

    National Biodiesel Board Challenging 2018 RFS (Reg & Leg)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2018-08-01
    The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) reports it filed an opening brief July 27 in its lawsuit objecting to U.S. EPA's methodology for establishing the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). Specifically, the NBB claims: the EPA must account for all small refinery exemptions in the annual percentage standard; the EPA acted arbitrarily when it set the 2018 advanced biofuel volume below what it found to be “reasonably attainable"; and the agency set the 2019 biomass-based diesel volume based on impermissible considerations.

    The NBB brief is the first the courts will consider in arguing that EPA must account for all small refinery "hardship" exemptions -- including retroactively granted exemptions -- when it sets the annual RFS volumes and renewable volume obligations (RVOs).

    The NBB brief claims the "EPA unlawfully failed to account for all small-refinery exemptions it awards, violating its duty to promulgate percentage standards that 'ensure' all aggregate volumes are met. Unaccounted for small-refinery exemptions reduce aggregate volumes, and EPA's approach creates a new, de facto waiver authority contrary to Congress's design. Despite knowing those consequences, EPA declines to adjust percentage standards to account for that shortfall, either before it is likely to happen or after it actually does."

    The EPA has disclosed that it recently retroactively granted 48 small refinery hardship exemptions, reducing the 2016 and 2017 RVOs by a combined 2.25 billion RINs. In the brief, NBB notes that the exemptions reduced the 2016 RVOs by 4.3 pct and the 2017 RVOs by 7.5 pct.

    Separately, NBB estimates the 2016 and 2017 exemptions reduced demand for biodiesel by more than 300 million gallons, potentially putting hundreds of new jobs at risk.

    The NBB argues that EPA violated its duty to ensure that the annual volumes it sets are met and that the use of its cellulosic waiver authority to reduce the 2018 advanced biofuel RVO below the volume the agency determined would be reasonably attainable. The "EPA's view that it has unlimited discretion to do whatever it wants to the advanced-biofuel volume via the cellulosic waiver provision is not supported by this Court's precedents and would, if correct, render the provision unconstitutionally broad," the NBB brief states. the NBB brief also argues that EPA set the 2019 biomass-based diesel volume based on factors that are not mentioned in the RFS statute, while disregarding factors that are in the statute. "EPA set the 2019 BBD volume nearly identically to how it set the 2018 volume, which NBB is challenging in a separate proceeding. But the result here is even worse for the industry," NBB says in the brief. (Source: National Biodiesel Board , PR, 30 July, 2018) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board ,  RFS,  Biofuel Blend,  

    Duke Solar Rebate Program Flooded with Applications (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2018-08-01
    In Charlotte, Duke Energy North Carolina reports that since it 9 July launch, its solar rebate program has received over 1,500 applications for the incentivized chance to install solar systems at home or work.

    The company intends to invest $62 million in the program over 5 years on a first-come, first-serve basis. Approximately 16 MW of new solar capacity has been granted rebates, and the company aims to add up to 20 MW of new capacity each year of the program. (Source: Duke Energy Carolinas, PR, DEI, 30 July, 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, David Fountain, North Carolina Pres., Chris Fallon, VP Renewables,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Renewable Energy Rebate,  

    Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Capture and Storage ,CCS
    Date: 2018-08-01
    The recently released Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers report provides detailed information on the driving factors and challenges that will define the upcoming development of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) market. The report examines existing opportunities in small markets for investors thorough an analysis of the competitive landscape and product offerings of key players including: Babcock & Wilcox, ENGIE, GE Power, The Linde Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Air Products and Chemicals, Aker Solutions, Amec Foster Wheeler, Chevron, Fluor, Hitachi, Net Power, Schlumberger, Shell, Siemens, Statoil, and Sulzer.

    According to the report, the CCS market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 9.18 pct. up to 2021.

    View report details HERE. Request a report Sample PDF HERE. (Source: Absolute Reports, July, 2018) Contact: Absolute Reports,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Dioxide,  CO2,  Carbon Market,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Sequestration,  

    21 Climate Kids to Get Their Day in Court (Reg & Leg)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-08-01
    Following up on our 18 July coverage -- Trump Seeks Court Protection from 21 Kid's Climate Lawsuit -- the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Juliana v. United States, a landmark climate case should go to trial.

    The case revolves around a suit filed against the U.S. federal government during the Obama administration by a group of young people who claimed that a world where climate disaster isn't rampant is guaranteed by the constitution.

    Specifically, the plaintiffs want a consumption-based inventory of U.S. carbon emissions, an enforceable plan to stop climate change, and a complete end to the Energy Policy Act and the idea of "clean coal."

    As previously reported, President Donald Trump has been trying to kill the case but the court ruled against the President saying: "The Government's request for relief is premature and is denied without prejudice. The breadth of respondents' claims is striking, however, and the justiciability of those claims presents substantial grounds for difference of opinion. The District Court should take these concerns into account in assessing the burdens of discovery and trial, as well as the desirability of a prompt ruling on the Government's pending dispositive motions." The lawsuit was originally launched in 2015 against then-President Barack Obama who, like the Donald, hoped it would simply fade away. (Source: Various Media, Earther, 30 July, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate change,  Trump,  

    LEEDCo Icebreaker Offshore Wind Wins Another Approval (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2018-08-01
    In Cleveland, the long delayed 6-turbine Icebreaker Wind Inc. offshore wind energy project proposed for Lake Erie reports it has received a Section 401 water quality certificate of approval from the Ohio EPA which administers and enforces the federal Clean Water Act. The Permit certifies that a project will not impair water quality within the state. Inc,

    The Icebreaker project -- to be located eight miles off of the coast of downtown Cleveland -- must earn approvals and/or permits from 14 local, state and federal agencies. As we reported July 5, the project earned conditional approval from the staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board. (Source: LEEDCo,, Offshore Wind, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Icebreaker,  Offshore Wind,  LEEDCo,  

    Enviro Fuelcubes® Maker Planning $8.9Mn Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Materials Lifecycle Management Co
    Date: 2018-08-01
    In the Sunshine State, Hillsborough County Commissioners are expected to vote today on a tax rebate for Tampa-based Materials Lifecycle Management Co. which is planning to invest as much as $9 million its Plant City manufacturing facility.

    Materials Lifecycle Management Co. is seeking incentives under the state's Qualified Target Industry program, which would provide rebates totaling half of the property taxes on its expansion. The total rebate is equal to $225,000 in tax refunds, $180,000 of which would come from the state. A local match from Hillsborough County is required to leverage state funds. In order to receive the tax rebates, the company pledges to create 45 new higher-wage jobs that are at least 115 percent of Hillsborough County's private sector average wage.

    MLMC is a rapidly expanding materials management company, with patented and proprietary materials optimization and alternative fuels technology. Cost-effective and cleaner burning than traditional fossil fuels, MLMC's Enviro Fuelcubes® (EFCs) are an EPA designated "Legitimate Fuel" capable of fully or partially replacing coal and other fossil fuels as the primary fuel used in energy intensive industrial processes such as cement and power production, among others. (Source: Materials Lifecycle Management Co., Tampa Bay Business Journal, 31 July, 2018) Contact: Materials Lifecycle Management Co,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Fuel,  Biofuel,  

    Dutch Climate Agreement Envisages Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (int'l)

    Date: 2018-08-01
    On 10 July 2018, a proposal for the key elements of the Climate Agreement went to the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate. The proposal outlines how the Netherlands plans to meet the requirements of the Paris Climate Agreement through a 49 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 1990 levels by 2030 or exceed the target and achieve a 55 pct reduction by 2030.

    In June 2017, the various Dutch political parties broadly agreed on a Climate Act that sets out the objectives for CO2 emission reduction and renewable energy: 49 pct CO2 emission reduction from 1990 levels by 2030, and a 95 pct reduction by 2050 as well as achieving 100 pct CO2 neutral energy in 2050.

    Due to the expected high cost of implementing the Climate Agreement, the agreement will aim to provide a common platform for financiers and developers of sustainability initiatives.

    The Climate Agreement proposal will be assessed by the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and Statistics Netherlands before the year enc. If passed, the Netherlands will be the seventh country in the world with a climate act. (Source: CMS Netherlands, July 2018)

    Senvion, PROKON Ink German Wind Turbine Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Senvion, PROKON
    Date: 2018-08-01
    Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Senvion SA confirms it has inked a supply and installation deal with German wind developer PROKON for 4.2 MW 140 prototype wind turbines for a 14-MW wind park. The contract is in keeping with a previously signed agreement of two year ago.

    Separately, Senvion has deliver, install and commission contracts for 27 turbines for seven additional wind parks in Germany for PROKON. (Source: Senvion, Various Media, July, 2018) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0,; Prokon, Heiko Wuttke, CEO, Stephen Prenaar, (Canadian Office),,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  PROKON,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

    Lancaster Mass. Scores Green Communities Grant (Ind. Report)
    Green Communities
    Date: 2018-07-30
    In the Bay State, the town of Lancaster last week was one of many Massachusetts communities to receive a share of $15 million in Green Communities competitive grants under the state's DOER Green Communities Act. The town received $235,644 for energy conservation measures at the fire and police stations, library and vehicle fleet.

    Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding. The grants provide financial support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the designated communities' clean energy goals. This seventh annual round of DOER Green Communities competitive grants is awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants and previous competitive grant awards. Grants are capped at $250,000 per municipality. (Source: Mass. DOER, Lancaster Telegram, 28 July, 2018) Contact: Mass. DOER Green Communities, Communities

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Communities ,  

    Forest Stump Harvesting for Bioenergy Examined (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-07-30
    Currently the growth in demand for biomass is driven primarily by the conversion of the energy system away from fossil energy sources in favor of renewable sources in line with the Paris climate agreement. An anticipated future bio-based economy will depend on large quantities of biomass also for other products such as chemicals and textiles. In forests managed to deliver pulpwood and sawtimber to the traditional forest industry only the stem wood is harvested leaving a substantial proportion of the tree biomass in the forest with roughly 20 pct of the tree biomass in branches and another 20 pct in stumps. This is the reason why some forest rich countries with managed forests also target stumps as a potential biomass source.

    Stump harvesting means an intensification of forest management in comparison with stem-only harvesting. Before large-scale extraction of stumps from managed forests can be recommended the environmental impact and sustainability of such a practice -- including the climate change mitigation potential, impacts on long-term forest growth, impacts on soils and surrounding waters, and impacts on biodiversity -- must be considered, according to the report. (Source: Advanced Science News, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Gustaf Egnell, 28 July, 2018) Contact: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Gustaf Egnell, +46-90-786 8455, +46-70-342 7586,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  

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