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CHEESEHEAD 19 Examining Wisc. Plants-Climate Change Impact (R&D)
University of Wisconsin Madison
Date: 2018-07-30
In Northern Wisconsin, the Chequamegon Heterogeneous Ecosystem Energy-balance Study Enabled by a High-density Extensive Array of Detectors 2019 -- CHEESEHEAD 19 -- will erect an army of towers in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to better understand how plants and trees contribute to weather patterns on a local scale.

The project, which scored $1.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, is being led by University of Wisconsin Madison professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences Ankur Desai. An additional $1.5 million will fund instrumentation required for the study.

Over the course of two years, beginning in 2019, the research team will collect measurements in an approximate area of just under 4 square miles. The National Center for Atmospheric Research will deploy 17 additional flux towers, allowing scientists to capture data from a range of locations within the study site. (Source: UW Madison, Wisconsin Gazette, 28 July, 2018) Contact: University of Wisconsin, Nelson Institute, Wisconsin Center for Research, www,nelson.wisc.edu, www.wisc.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  University of Wisconsin Madison,  


Velocys Planning £6Mn Share Offering (Int'l Report)
Velocys
Date: 2018-07-30
UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it is seeking to raise £6 million ($7.9 million) gross in a share placement. The proceeds will be earmarked for the company's waste-to-renewable jet fuel project in the US, as well as for support for the ENVIA project and for on-boarding strategic investors for the Natchez, Mississippi biorefinery project, which will use woody biomass as feedstock.

The placing is to happen in two tranches of 30 million shares each. Cannacord Genuity Group, Numis Securities Ltd, Peat & Co and Turner Pope Investments (TPI) Ltd arranged the placing, which is not being underwritten. (Source: Velocys, Renewables, 26 July, 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,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Jet Fuel,  Aviation Fuel,  Woody Biomass,  


Semtech LoRa Tech. Increases Energy Efficiency in India (Int'l)
Semtech
Date: 2018-07-30
Camarillo, California-headquartered Semtech Corporation reports that Hanbit Automation, an Indian provider of end-to-end automation solutions in gas, water and electricity metering, has incorporated Semtech's LoRa® technology into its sensors and smart metering solutions helping large providers and consumers achieve increased energy efficiency.

Hanbit's LoRa-based solutions allow real-time consumption, status and diagnostic data from water systems, which transfers to a central database for billing and analysis. With LoRa Technology's long range and low power capabilities, Hanbit's smart metering solutions decrease maintenance frequency and offer quick deployment.

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms for high-end consumer, enterprise computing, communications, and industrial end-markets. The LoRa-based products are available throughout India. (Source: Semtech Corp., IoT Business News, 26 July, 2018) Contact: Hanbit Automation, Phani Varanasi, CEO, +91 98663 05554, hanbitsolutions.com; Semtech Corp., www.semtech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Semtech Corp.,  ,  Energy Efficiency,  


Meyer Burger Supplying SE Asian Heterojunction Module Plant (Int'l)
Meyer Burger
Date: 2018-07-30
Swiss PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger reports receipt of an order for its "SmartWire Connection Technology" (SWCT) from an international solar module manufacturer in Southeast Asia for use with heterojunction (HJ) solar cells. Delivery and installation of the 200MW solar module production line is slated towards the end of 2018 for commissioning and ramp-up in the first half of 2019.

Meyer Burger's SWCT technology has previously been adopted by 3Sun in Italy, Hevel in Russia and Ecosolifer in Hungary as a low-temperature interconnect solution, which is required for HJ cells because of the use of a-Si TCO layers on the front and backside of the cell. The technology has also been adopted by REC Group in Singapore. (Source: Meyer Burger, PR, PV Tech, 25 July, 2018) Contact: Meyer Burger, +41 33 221 28 00, sales@meyerburger.com, www.meyerburger.com/ca/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Meyer Burger,  Solar,  


Portland Clean Energy Fund Goes to Voters in Nov. (Ind. Report)
Portland Clean Energy Fund
Date: 2018-07-30
In Oregon, the Portland City Auditor Elections Division has confirmed the Portland Clean Energy Fund initiative will appear on the November 2018 city ballot. With the initiative, Portland voters could decide to fund $30 million per year in clean energy projects including housing energy efficiency upgrades, solar power and green infrastructure.

The broadly endorsed Portland Clean Energy Fund would be funded by a 1 pct business license surcharge that would only apply to mega-retailers with more than $1 billion per year in nation-wide gross revenue. (Source: Portland Clean Energy Fund, 28 July, 2018) Contact: Portland Clean Energy Fund, (503)-238-0442 X 307, info@portlandcleanenergyfund.com, www.portlandcleanenergyfund.com

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


Skenna Bioenergy Launching BC Wood Pellet Plant (Ind. Report)
Skeena BioEnergy
Date: 2018-07-30
In Terrance, British Columbia, privately owned and funded Skeena BioEnergy reports construction is underway on a new $20 million woody biomass pellet plant next to Skeena Sawmills in Britsh Columbia. Construction, which started in June, is expected to be completed by December 2018 for commissioning in January 2019.

The Skeena BioEnergy plant design is based on using 100 pct of the Skeena Sawmills waste -- planer shavings, sawdust, hog fuel and bark -- as feedstock to produce approximately 75,000 tonnes of pellets a year.

Skeena Sawmills and Skeena BioEnergy are owned by Roc Holdings, which was launched in 2012. Skeena Sawmills was purchased from West Fraser Timber the same year and began operation under its new private ownership in 2013. (Source: Skeena Bioenergy, Various Media, Canadian Biomass, July 27, 2018) Contact: Skeena BioEnergy, Roger Keery, VP, www.skeenasawmills.com/bioenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Skeena BioEnergy,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


Tundra Carbon Absorption, Release Gap Widening (Ind. Report)
NOAA Barrow Observatory
Date: 2018-07-30
Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Barrow Observatory in Alaska have reported a steady increase in atmospheric carbon and a similarly steady increase in temperature, with seasonal variations over the last 40 years. In the four decades of atmospheric monitoring, carbon levels in the atmosphere have increased by 80 ppm, with 400 ppm reached in 2012.

The last time there was such a large increase in atmospheric carbon, the rise of 80 ppm occurred much more gradually, over a period of 5,000 or 6,000 years, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Barrow Observatory.

(Source: NOAA Barrow Observatory, Arctic Today, 27 July, 2018) Contact: NOAA Barrow Observatory, Bryan Thomas, www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/obop/brw

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


AEP Abandons $4.5Bn Wind Catcher Project Plan (Ind. Report)
American Electric Power
Date: 2018-07-30
Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP) reports it is pulling the plug on its planned 2,000-MW Wind Catcher wind farm, which would have spanned two counties in the Oklahoma panhandle and delivered power to customers in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. The move came a day after the Texas PUC denied approval of the project, which had already won approval from regulators in Arkansas and Louisiana. A decision was pending before an Oklahoma regulatory panel.

The completed project would have included the construction of 800 wind turbines and a 360-mile transmission line from the wind farm to Tulsa, where the company said the existing electric grid would deliver power from the farm to customers. (Source: American Electric Power, Arkansas OnLine, Various Media, 27 July, 2018) Contact: American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, AEP Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  Wind,  Wind Catcher,  


Dem. House Hopeful Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Carbon Tax, Renewable Energy Economy (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-07-30
Freshman democratic-socialist and congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commented last Thursday that she wants a "carbon tax and trillions in government spending to transform the U.S. economy."

"I sat down with a Nobel Prize economist last week, I can't believe I can say that, it's really weird, but one of the things that we saw is if people pay their fair share if corporations and the ultra-wealthy ... For example, as Warren Buffett likes to say if he pays as much as his secretary paid, 15 percent tax rate, if corporations paid, if we reverse the tax bill, raised our corporate tax rate to 28 percent -- if we do those two things and also close some of those loopholes, that's $2 trillion right there," nominee Ocasio-Cortez added.

"One of the wide estimates is that it's going to take $3 trillion to $4 trillion to transition us to 100 percent renewable economy," the 28-year-old concluded.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is championing Ocasio-Cortez as "the future of our party." Its no wonder that politics is so addictive. (Source: Various Media, Beitbart, 27 July, 2018) Contact: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandria_Ocasio-Cortez

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


Virginia DEQ Green Lights Henrico County Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Date: 2018-07-30
In the Old Dominion State, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a permit for Richmond-based Urban Grid Solar Inc. to construct and operate the new Briel Farm Solar, LLC in Eastern Henrico County near Interstate 295. The 20 MW project will generate sufficient power for 5,000 or more homes.

Urban Grid's Briel Farm project is expected to offset the generation approximately 64,739,173 pounds of CO2, 43,978 pounds of nitrogen oxides and 51,091 pounds of sulfur dioxide.

This solar facility represents one of seven permits issued in 2018. During the past five years. DEQ has permitted 750 MW of renewable energy since 2015. Based upon the current number of notices received by the department for additional solar projects, Virginia's total projected capacity for renewable energy is more than 3,400 MW. (Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Henrico Citizen, 29 July, 2018) Contact: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, (804) 698-4000, www.deq.virginia.gov; Urban Grid Solar, www.urbangridco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Virginia Department of Environmental Quality,  


Air Liquide Touts Mississippi Biogas Plant (Ind. Report)
Air Liquide
Date: 2018-07-30
Air Liquide is reporting the opening of the first large-scale biomethane production facility in the United States at the the Northeast Mississippi Solid Waste Management Authority-owned Northeast Mississippi Landfill in Walnut. The landfill receives about 350,000 tons of waste per year and is operated by national solid waste company Waste Connections Inc.

The facility uses Air Liquide's gas separation membrane technology to purify the landfill methane and converts it to renewable natural gas which is fed into the Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Pipeline, reintroducing the gas back into the energy grid. (Source: Air Liquide, Daily Journal, 27 July, 2018)Contact: Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Liquide,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  Methane,  Landfill Gas,  


100 pct Renewables in 2045 Would Cost Calif. $350Bn in Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-07-30
Next Big Future is reporting that if California reaches the 80 pct mark for renewable energy sourced power, the massive amounts of surplus generation during the summer months would need 9.6 million MWh of energy storage at an expected cost of more than $350 billion.

According to a recent study, meeting 80 pct of US electric power demand with wind and solar would require either a nationwide high-speed transmission system, which can balance renewable generation over hundreds of miles, or 12 hours of electricity storage for the whole system. At current prices, a battery storage system for 12 hours for the USA would cost more than $2.5 trillion. (Source: Next Big Future, 28, 2018)

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


BRAG, BIO Call for Bio-based Chemicals, Products Namimg Guidance from EPA (Ind. Report)
BRAG,BIO
Date: 2018-07-30
The Washington, DC-based Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group® (BRAG) and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) have reportedly requested that EPA develop naming guidance for biobased substances that would level the playing field for biobased chemicals and help customers select chemicals derived from a variety of renewable sources.

BRAG and BIO recently-issued a white paper -- Proposal for a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Representation and Equivalency Determinations for Renewable and Sustainable Bio-based Chemicals -- outlines the regulatory challenges and market impedance facing the biobased industry related to current naming conventions.

TSCA, the U.S. law that regulates both existing and new industrial chemicals introduced for commercial purposes, is interpreted and applied by the U.S. EPA in ways that often make it difficult for new bio-based chemicals and, more importantly, their derivatives to enter the market easily if at all. The pre-market review process often results in many bio-based chemicals being subjected to restrictions beyond those applied to chemically identical substances with a petroleum source or those derived from traditional seed and vegetable oils that are already on the market.

BRAG and BIO requested EPA naming guidance for bio-based substances and production sources because current resources are scant, scattered, and dated. Creating comprehensive source- and process-agnostic naming guidance for these chemicals and adopting a constituent-based naming system would level the playing field for biobased chemicals and allow customers more freedom in selecting a greener chemical that is derived from a variety of renewable sources. (Source: BRAG, PR, 27 July, 2018) Contact: BRAG, Kathleen Roberts, Executive Director, (202) 833-6581, kroberts@bc-cm.com, www.braginfo.org; Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Bret Erikson, VP, Paul Winters, (202) 962-9237, www.bio.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News BRAG,  Biotechnology Innovation Organization,  Biochemical,  


ITB, IIASA Ink Bioenergy-Carbon Storage MoU (Int'l Report)
Institut Teknologi Bandung, Austrian research institute International Institute
Date: 2018-07-30
In Indonesia, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) reports it has inked a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate with the Austrian research institute International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) on bioenergy combined with Carbon Capture Storage (BECCS).

Researchers, scientists and experts from both sides will develop and implement a joint research project which will be funded by a third party. There will also be joint scientific publications, research participation from academic staff in seminars and conferences, among other collaborations.

Developing BECCS is significant for Indonesia since it is considered as one of the world's forest centres. The aim of this will also contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions regionally and globally. (Source: Institut Teknologi Bandung, Open Gov Asia, 27 July, 2018) Contact: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Prof. Dr Pavel Kaba, CEO, www.itb.ac.id; Institut Teknologi Bandung, +62-22-2580935, www.itb.ac.id

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  CCS,  


IDB Supports El Salvador Energy Efficiency Effort (Int'l Funding)
Inter-American Development Bank
Date: 2018-07-30
In San Salvador, the El Salvadoran government reports it will expand the availability of financing for energy efficiency projects to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with a $20 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Funds for the loan come from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and will be executed by Banco de Desarrollo de El Salvador (BANDESAL).

The program, which is reportedly the first line of credit exclusively dedicated to promoting energy efficiency investments, could support 494 SMEs. El Salvador is promoting energy efficiency and supporting renewable energy as a way of implementing a low-carbon economy, reducing the country's dependence on oil derivatives and lowering its greenhouse gas emissions. The IDB financing is for a 20-year term, with a 5.5-year grace period and a 0.75 fixed interest rate. (Source: IDB, PR, 26 July, 2018) Contact: IDB, Juan Pablo Bonilla, Climate Change and Sustainability Sector Manager, Therese Turner-Jones, GM Caribbean Country Department, www.iadb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Inter-American Development Bank ,  Energy Efficiency,  


Bord Gais Offers Panoramic Power Energy-Saving Tech. (Int'l. Report)
Bord Gais Energy
Date: 2018-07-30
New research from Irish energy provider Bord Gais Energy reports that 47 pct of Irish businesses are satisfied with the energy efficiency of their business and 89 pct of businesses agree that the Government should introduce greater incentives for energy efficiency.

To help meet that need, Bord Gais Energy, through Centrica Business Solutions, will offer Irish businesses a range of innovative solutions to help businesses deliver improvements in operational performance, strengthen resilience, create opportunities for growth and reduce energy spend. Solutions on offer will include Combined Heat & Power (CHP) and an energy insight product called Panoramic Power that provides real-time visibility of energy usage to identify opportunities for energy efficiencies and cost savings. (Source: Bord Gais Energy, Irsh Business & Finance; 27 July, 2018) Contact: Bord Gais Energy Mark Prentice, Managing Director, www.bordgaisenergy.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord Gais Energy,  Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  


Climate-Smart Farming in the Show Me State (Report Attached)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-07-30
According to a report from the nonprofit climate science group Climate Central, Show Me state farmers could help cut Missouri's contribution to climate change by planting more cover crops, using rotation grazing and tilling practices that store carbon from the atmosphere in the soil.

The report estimates that Missouri could save up to 6.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year -- more than twice the amount of emissions the city of Columbia emits in a year.

Agriculture represents the U.S.'s fifth largest contributor to climate change, according to the EPA. In 2016, the USDA gave $1.7 million to farmers to help plant more cover crops.

Download the full Climate-Smart Farming in the Show Me State report HERE. (Source: Climate Central, St.Louis Public Radio, 27 July, 2018) Contact: Climate Central, www.climatecentral.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Finnair Customer Carbon Offsetting Scheduled for Take Off (Int'l)
Finnair
Date: 2018-07-30
Reporting from Helsinki, Filand's national aircarrier Finnair reports it will launch a new green initiative, enabling customers to contribute to biofuel or carbon capture initiatives when purchasing a ticket. The optional scheme will launch in 2019, with passengers able to choose between making a contribution towards biofuel, which will be blended and used on a future flight, or donating a sum of their choice to support carbon captures.

Finnair notes its research showed that 94 pct of Finns wanted to reduce their air travel emissions, with 76 pct willing to make a contribution towards this as part of their air fare for environmental initiatives. On average, most Finnair passengers were prepared to pay between €5 and €20 additional for a one-way flight within Europe. (Source: Finnair, 27 July 2018) Contact: Finnair, www.finnair.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  


LANL Researching Affordable Algae Biofuel Conversion (R&D)
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Date: 2018-07-30
At New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory's New Mexico Consortium lab, molecular biologist Amanda Barry and a team are reportedly working to determine whether one particular strain of algae can be produced at low cost and in short periods of time so that it could economically compete with fossil fuels.

The New Mexico Consortium's lab is a non-profit corporation formed by three New Mexico universities to facilitate research and increase cooperation between academia, industry and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In the future, LANL will look for an industrial partner already growing algae outdoors.

Approximately 30 people at LANL are engaged in all sorts of biofuel research, which has been going on since 2009, according to Babetta Marrone, senior scientist and the lab's biofuels program manager. (Source: LLNL, Santa Fe New Mexican, 29 July, 2018) Contact: Los Alamos National Laboratory, (505) 667-5061, www.lanl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Los Alamos National Laboratory,  LANL,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  


UK Opens Energy Performance Certificate for Buildings Call for Evidence (Int'l. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-07-30
In the UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy last week published its Call for Evidence: Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) for Buildings .

The aim is to gather responses from sales and rental agents, in regards to the quality of EPCs and whether there is encouragement to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. The consultation also outlines suggestions for improvements. The Government would like to hear from building owners and occupiers in both domestic and non-domestic sectors, estate agents, and others involved in the sale or lease of buildings. They would also like to hear from EPC assessors, accreditation bodies, software providers, enforcement bodies, and anyone else who regularly uses EPCs.

According to the Ministerial Foreword for the consultation, EPCs are already giving people the information they need on the energy performance of buildings, allowing consumers to make informed purchase and rental decisions and providing building owners with recommendations for improving their properties. At the same time EPCs provide a wealth of data on the performance of the country's building stock, which is being used by researchers, government, and lenders to gain new insights into buildings and develop new products and services. EPC ratings could also underpin an evolving market in "green mortgages" and other green finance products, allowing people to benefit financially from better performing properties.

New rules regarding Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) came into effect recently. As of 1st April this year, it is now illegal to grant a new lease to new or existing tenants on a domestic or commercial property with an EPC rating below E. As of April 2020, this will apply to all tenancies. The consultation is now open for responses and is due to close at 11.45pm on 19th October 2018. (Source: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy , Landlord News UK, July 30, 2018) Contact: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy , Call for Evidence HERE.

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


Biofuels and the Environment: The Second Triennial Report to Congress -- Reports Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-07-27
The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). Section 204 calls for the EPA to report to Congress on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

This second report updates the findings of the first Report to Congress, published in 2011, reflects the current scientific understanding of the Section 204 impacts using data gathered through May 2017. Data on U.S. land use and the scientific literature through April 2017 were also reviewed. Greenhouse gas emission reductions that result from replacing fossil fuels with biofuels, nor comparisons to estimated environmental impacts of other transportation fuels or energy sources, are not included in this report.

The 2011 report is available HERE.

Download Biofuels and the Environment: The Second Triennial Report to Congress HERE. (Source: EPA Science Inventory, July, 2018) Contact: EPASI, PRADNYA BHANDARI , (202) 564-0000, Bhandari.Pradnya@epa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Biofuel,  


EPA Approves Sorghum Oil as Biodiesel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuel Standard ,National Sorghum Producers
Date: 2018-07-27
In Washington, the US EPA reports the issuance of a final notice determining biodiesel and heating oil produced from distillers sorghum oil via a transesterification process, and renewable diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, naphtha, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) produced from distillers sorghum oil via a hydrotreating process, would meet the lifecycle GHG emissions reduction threshold of 50 pct required for advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

The analysis considered a scenario where distillers sorghum oil is recovered from distillers grains with solubles (DGS) at dry mill plants that produce biofuel from grain sorghum and where the remaining reduced-oil DGS co-product is used as animal feed. The distillers sorghum oil is then used as a feedstock for conversion into certain biofuels.

Additionally, the EPA is amending the RFS regulations by adding a new definition of "distillers sorghum oil" and replacing existing references to "non-food grade corn oil" with the newly defined term "distillers corn oil." (Source: EPA, National Sorghum Producers, Green Car Congress, 25 July, 2018) Contact: National Sorghum Producers, (806) 749-3478, info@sorghumgrowers.com, www.sorghumgrowers.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sorghum,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Fuel Standard ,  


Tesla Deploys Microgrid Powerpacks in Samoa (Ind. Report)
Tesla Powerpack
Date: 2018-07-27
In 2016, Tesla deployed a 1.4 MW solar array and a 6 MWh energy storage system incorporating 60 Tesla Powerpacks on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa where Tesla back in 2016.

Now Tesla has deployed two more Powerpack projects at the Fiaga Power Station and the Faleolo International Airport on the main island for a total of 13.5 MWh of energy storage capacity. The project reportedly cost $8.8 million and was supported by development partners, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Government of Japan, Government of Australia, Government of New Zealand and the European Union. (Source: Tesla, electrk, 25 July, 2018) Contact: Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Powerpack,  Energy Storage,  


Fujitsu Commits to 100 pct Renewables, Joins RE100 (Int'l Report)
Fujitsu,Science Based Targets
Date: 2018-07-27
In Tokyo, Japanese IT giant Fujitsu reports it has committed to sourcing 100 pct of its needed electricity for all locations and facilities from renewable energy sources by 2050, and that it is the 140th company worldwide to join the RE100 initiative.

The global RE100 initiative aims to support and bring together companies making 100 pct renewable energy commitments formed by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP -- fka Carbon Disclosure Project.

Fujitsu's renewable move is in keeping with the company's medium- to long-term environmental effort to lower its CO2 emissions to zero by 2050. The company's carbon emissions target was approved by the Science Based Targets initiative last August. (Source: Fujitsu, CleanTechnica, 24 July, 2018) Contact: Fujitsu Ltd., Public Relations, +81 3 3215 5259, www.fujitsu.com; Science Based Targets initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets,  Fujitsu,  Renewable Energy,  


Pruitt's Replacement Open to RFS Changes (Ind. Report)
EPA
Date: 2018-07-27
This week in Washington, the Omaha World Herald is reporting former EPA top dog Greg Pruitt's replacement, Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler commented: "When everybody's complaining about a program (the Renewable Fuel Standard RFS) from every side, then we ought to take a look and figure out if there's a way to make the program better, and I'm certainly open to trying to make the program better." Wheeler also noted that "the EPA must ensure it's following both the letter and spirit of the law" and rejected changes to ethanol policy in "piecemeal fashion." (Source: Various Media, Omaha World Herald, 26 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  EPA,  Sorghum,  Biofuel Blend,  Pruitt,  


GGF, Crystal Partner to Expand Energy Efficiency Financing (Int'l}
Green for Growth Fund
Date: 2018-07-27
In Luxembourg, the Green for Growth Fund (GGF) reports it has provided a $1.5 million senior loan to Tbilisi[based JSC MFO Crystal to expand green energy lending in the European country of Georgia. Crystal primarily serves "microentrepreneurs", farmers and primarily rural clients with a focus on energy efficiency and green energy systems and projects.

The new GGF funding will boost Crystal's capacity to help households and farmers improve their carbon footprint and save energy. Crystal financed projects are expected to result in annual primary energy savings of over 2,600 MWh and reduce CO2 by approximately 910 metric tpy.

The Green for Growth Fund invests in measures designed to cut energy use and CO2 emissions and improve resource efficiency in 19 markets across Southeast Europe, the Caucasus, Ukraine, Moldova, the Middle East and North Africa. The fund provides financing to local partners that on-lend to enterprises and private households, and it invests directly, primarily through the contribution of senior debt, in renewable energy projects. (Source: GGF, The Financial, 23 July, 2018) Contact: Green for Growth Fund, www.ggf.lu; JSC MFO Crystal, https://ir.crystal.ge

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green for Growth Fund,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  


Honolulu Airport to Install 4,260 Solar Panels (Ind. Report)
Solar
Date: 2018-07-27
In the Aloha State, Hawaii's Department of Transportation (DOT) reports Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) will install 4,260 solar panels as part of the state's goal of generating 100 pct clean energy by 2045.

The solar panel installation is expected to get underway om the Terminal 1 parking garage early next month for completion by mid-November. The DOT plans to eventually install over 21,000 solar panels across all of the state's airports. (Source: Honolulu Airport, Point Guys, July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


ARENA Funds Aussie Biosolids-to-Fuels Pilot (Funding, Int'l Report)
Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2018-07-27
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is reporting $4 million in funding to Southern Oil Refining for its $11.8 million pilot project aimed at converting sewage biosolids into crude oil at its existing refinery near Gladstone, Queensland .

The project involves building a demonstration scale hydrothermal liquefaction reactor to produce the renewable crude oil from biosolids. The hydrothermal liquefaction will involve the treatment of the biosolids using a thermochemical conversion process to produce a biocrude oil that will be upgraded to renewable diesel and potentially renewable jet fuel.

ARENA previously funded Southern Oil Refining's first-of-its-kind biocrude and biofuel laboratory and testing facility built onsite at Gladstone as part of its advanced biofuel pilot plant. (Source: ARENA, PR, 25 July, 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov; Southern Oil Refining, Tim Rose, +61 2 6925 8755, www.sor.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Oil Refining,  Australian Renewable Energy Agency,  Biosolid,  Renewable Fuel,  


New ASHRAE President Focused on Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
ASHRAE
Date: 2018-07-27
Speaking in Houston, new ASHRAE -- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers -- president Sheila Hayter announced that the orgaization's theme "Building Our New Energy Future" will focus on the role of buildings in the evolution of smart grids and renewable energy. "ASHRAE will play a key role in accelerating the use of innovative technologies as we move toward greater energy efficiency and healthier buildings,” Hayter noted.

While serving ASHRAE president, Hayter will continue her role as a group manager with the DOE NREL in Golden, Colorado, as well as chair of ASHRAE's board of directors and executive committee. (Source: ASHRAE, PR, July, 2018) Contact: ASHRAE, (800) 527-4723, www.ashrae.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ASHRAE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Red Rock Biofuels Lakeview Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Red Rock Biofuel
Date: 2018-07-27
Fort Collins, Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels, a developer of renewable jet and diesel fuel bio-refineries, reports its new $320 million project has officially broken ground in Lakeview, Colorado. The plant will convert biomass waste products such as agriculture waste, pine needles and other biomass into jet fuel at the rate of 15 million gpy.

According to Red Rock, the primary clientele is expected to be Southwest Airlines and Federal Express, which recently signed contracts with Red Rock. Fuel deliveries are expected to begin before December, 2020.

Through a proprietary integration of existing technologies, RRB makes the long-commercialized Fischer-Tropsch process economic at the biomass scale, according to the compay's website. (Source: Red Rock Biofuels, Lake County Examiner, 25 July, 2018) Contact: Red Rock Biofuel, Terry Kulesa, CEO, (970) 223-6766, tkulesa@redrockbio.com, www.redrockbio.com.

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Indian National Policy on Biofuels Updated (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-07-27
In an effort to reduce its dependence on imported oil and gas, the Indian government's National Policy on Biofuels in May approved damaged farm produce and other starch-containing materials such as corn, cassava and sugarcane as a feedstock for ethanol production. The National Policy on Biofuels approval has reportedly been seen as a positive step to drive the biofuel sector forward and to boost farm earnings.

Indian biomass and biofuel industry insiders are reportedly predicting a sizeable increase in biomass pellets to emerge due to the policy intervention, along with the technology to produce the pellets at a low cost. Additionally, several new technological possibilities have emerged from conversion of crop stubble into biofuels.

To date, India's biofuels production has been hampered by the non-availability of domestic feedstocks.

Download India's National Policy on Biofuels HERE. (Source: India Climate Dialogue, 25 July, 2018) Contact: India Climate Dialogue, www. indiaclimatedialogue.ne; National Policy on Biofuels, mnre.gov.in

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Vancouver Pursuing Green Roof Policy (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-07-27
In British Columbia, Canada, the City of Vancouver city council reports it has approved plans to develop a "green roof" policy that could require some new buildings to include rooftop grasses or gardens.

Green roofs can absorb rain and help reduce combined sewage overflows, absorb greenhouse gasses and help mitigate climate change, and clean the air of pollutants. Vancouver city staff will develop a green roof policy in consultation with industry and the community. (Source: City of Vancouver, Toronto Star, 27 July, 2018)

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UN FAO Warns of Climate Change Impact on Fisheries (Ind. Report)
UN Food and Agriculture Organization
Date: 2018-07-27
Just released research from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes that climate change is expected to significantly reduce fisheries globally by 2050, including in the Caribbean. The report also advises countries to build a more sustainable and resilient fisheries sector through climate adaptation and mitigation strategies that can protect marine species, as well as strengthen fisheries production, food security, revenues and fisheries governance.

The FAO report -- Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries and Aquaculture: Synthesis of Current Knowledge, Adaptation and Mitigation Options -- warns that if countries do not increase their efforts to build climate resilience at multiple stakeholder levels, including among fisheries, the disruptions will worsen as climate change progresses over the next three decades.

At the national level, climate change adaptation activities within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement) are set out in countries' five-year Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

The report found that within the Western Central Atlantic a total of 24 independent nations have submitted NDCs, of which 14 (mostly the Caribbean SIDS) specifically mention the fisheries sector, though primarily in the context of highlighting its vulnerability to climate change. (Source: UN FOA, Caribbean360, July 25, 2018) Contact: UN Food and Agriculture Organization, www.fao.org/home/en

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"Green the Bankhead" California Theater Energy Efficiency Project Launched (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-07-27
In the Golden State, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is touting "Green the Bankhead", a new program that aims to make the Bankhead Theater more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. The goal of the new project is to achieve LEED certification by 2019 as well as WELL certification, which assesses the health and well-being of patrons and staff.

To that end, the "Green the Bankhead" project plans to replace incandescent lighting with energy efficient LED lighting which will generate less heat and reduce air-conditioning cost for an expected annual savings of $8,000 to $10,000. The project includes the eventual installation of rooftop solar panels, low-flow water fixtures and other energy efficient upgrades. (Source: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, Pleasanton Weekly, 25 July, 2018)

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Energy Efficiency Standard Repeal Cost Hoosiers Cash (Ind. Report)
Citizens Action Coalition
Date: 2018-07-27
When Indiana repealed its energy efficiency resource standard in 2014, taxpayers missed out on about $95 million in savings and thousands of jobs. That's according to two policy briefs by the Applied Economics Clinic, prepared for the Indianapolis-headquartered Citizens Action Coalition.

The energy efficiency standard aimed for a 2 pct reduction in electricity sales by 2019. The policy briefs show that once the standard was repealed and investor-owned utilities were allowed to submit their own energy efficiency plans, they saved fewer megawatt hours than in previous years -- often little more than half the original mandates.

"You see it happen immediately after the repeal," says Bryndis Woods, researcher at the Applied Economics Clinic. "So in 2014 mandated savings totaled about 800 gigawatt hours. They nearly met that goal, but in 2015 the mandated savings would have been about 950 and they fell to 550." Today customers that use more than 1 MW of energy can opt out of the efficiency program. Jennifer Washburn serves as energy and environment counsel for the Citizens Action Coalition.

The Citizens Action Coalition hopes the reports will encourage legislators to make policies that favor energy efficiency. (Source: Indiana Environmental Reporting, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, Public Release, 25 July, 2018) (Contact: Citizens Action Coalition, (317) 205-3535, www.citact.org

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Rancho Mirage Offers Residential Solar Rebates (Ind. Report)
City of Rancho Mirage
Date: 2018-07-27
In California, the City of Rancho Mirage City Council reports it has agreed on a rebate program to encourage residents to install solar panels on their home.

The rebate program will give eligible residents a $500 rebate upon completion of a new solar installation.

Funding for the program, which is expected to cost the city approximately $150,000 a year, will be provided by the Rancho Mirage Energy Authority. On average, the city issues 300 solar permits per year. The average price to install solar in the desert ranges between $30,000 and $40,000. (Source: City of Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs Desert Sun, 24 July, 2018) Contact: City of Rancho Mirage, Isaiah Hagerman, City Manager, (760) 324-4511, www.ranchomirageca.gov/city-managers-office

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Russian Led Researchers Tout Organic Solar Cells (Int'l Report)
Solar
Date: 2018-07-27
At the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, materials scientists from France, Russia and Kazakhstan report finding a way to boost the efficiency of organic solar cells several times. The new study, published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, has shown that ordered structures based on organic molecules can be used to produce solar power.

By experimenting with various polymer modifications, the team increased cell efficiency from 3.7 to 10.2 pct, according to the study. While this still falls short of the commercial silicon photovoltaics, the massive gain in efficiency suggests that polymer-based solar cells could outperform their polysilicon-based counterparts.

According to the study, organic solar cells can be manufactured in fewer stages, compared with conventional silicon photovoltaics. The light-absorbing polymers can also function as a thin film, which means the solar panels need not be flat. (Source: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Public Release, 25 July, 2018) Contact: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Professor Dimitri Ivanov, +7 (495) 408-45-54, info@mipt.ru, https://mipt.ru/en

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TerraNavigator Considers Ill. Landfill Solar Project (Ind. Report)
TerraNavigator
Date: 2018-07-27
San Diego-based solar energy specialist TerraNavigator reports it is considering construction of a solar panel project at one or both of two closed Knox County landfills in Oneida, Illinois. The potential sites -- Landfill 1 and Landfill 2 -- have been shuttered for approximately 25 years.

TerraNavigator's expression of interest is being considered by the Knox County Landfill Board and, if approved will require a feasibility analysis and a permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, among other steps, before it could bring solar panels to the landfill. (Source: Register Mail, 26 July, 2018) Contact: TerraNavigator Peter DeFazio, VP Corporate Development, (858) 263-2889, www.terranavigator.com

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EU Automakers Inflating Emissions Data to Distort Carbon Targets, says EC (Int'l, Ind. Report)
European Commission
Date: 2018-07-27
In a statement, the European Commission (EC) Joint Research Centre has suggested that EU-based automakers are artificially inflating CO2 emissions data under a new testing regime to distort future greenhouse gas targets. Higher emissions levels in 2020 would in turn mean less ambitious targets to reduce CO2 output by 2025 and 2030, the dates by which the EU hopes to slash vehicles' production of the gas by first 15 and then 30 pct. Needless to say, the automakers deny the accusation.

The new allegations differ from the "dieselgate" scandal that has rocked the car industry since 2015. Without naming individual companies, the EC now alleges manufacturers are cheating in two ways to undermine its CO2 output targets which were decided last September in the wake of the dieselgate scandal. The EC suggests automakers are declaring emissions of CO2 on average 4.5 pct higher than actually measured values, with reporting for some models as much as 13 pct higher than measurements. The EC also suggests officials have seen "some evidence" that manufacturers are configuring vehicles differently to maximize emissions on the new tests.

Commission officials suggest revising EU regulations to make sure measured, rather than reported, CO2 emissions are used to define future targets. (Source: EC Joint Research Centre, EUobserver, AFP, 25 July, 2018) Contact: EC Joint Research Centre, +32 2 299 11 11, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en

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Mich. Energy Excellence Award Finalists Announced (Ind. Report)
Verso Paper
Date: 2018-07-25
Verso Paper Co. in Escanaba reports it is one of 21 businesses, organizations and individuals selected as finalists for the 2018 Governor's Energy Excellence Awards. The awards recognize people and organizations in Michigan that have taken meaningful actions to improve energy efficiency.

Nominations were made in eight different categories that underline the diversity of Michigan's most cutting edge energy efficiency projects. Verso is a finalist in the Best Projects Industrial/Manufacturing category, along with ArcelorMittal of Detroit. Award winners will be announced in September. (Source: Verso Paper Co., Daily News, 23 July, 2018) Contact: Verso Paper Co., www.versoco.com; Mich. Governor's Energy Excellence Award, www.mienergyexcellence.org

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Pa. DEP Offering Energy Efficiency, Conservation Grants (Funding)
Pennsylvania DEP
Date: 2018-07-25
In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reports the availability of $1 million in energy efficiency and pollution prevention grant funding for Pennsylvania farmers and small business. In 2017, 150 small businesses were awarded more than $953,000 in grants for their projects.

Eligible projects are those that adopt or acquire equipment or processes that increase energy efficiency and reduce energy use or pollution. Examples of eligible projects are HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, recycling systems, and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks,and others.

Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 pct annually in energy consumption. Businesses can apply for 50 pct matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. (Source: Pennsylvania DEP , Allied News, 23 July, 2018) Contact: Pennsylvania DEP Small Business Ombudsman Office, (717) 772-5160, epadvantagegrant@pa.gov

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BSTDB Providing €7Mn for Romanian Energy Efficiency Projects (Funding, Int'l Report)
Black Sea Trade and Development Bank
Date: 2018-07-25
Thessaloniki, Greece-headquartered Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) reports it is providing a €7 million revolving facility to Garanti Consumer Finance, a Romanian non-banking financial institution, to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and water-saving solutions in the Romanian residential housing sector. Garanti Consumer Finance has funded €37.2 million in projects to date this year. BSTDB's facility is expected to help improve energy efficiency in about 700 Romanian households.

BSTDB's current portfolio in Romania includes 14 signed operations for the total amount of over €216 million supporting SMEs, manufacturing, agribusiness, and other key sectors of the economy.

The Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) is an international financial institution established by Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. BSTDB provides loans, credit lines, equity and guarantees for projects and trade financing in the public and private sectors in its member countries. The authorized capital of the bank is €3.45 billion. (Source: Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, PR, Romania Business Review, 24 July, 2018) Contact: Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, Dmitry Pankin,Pres., www.bstdb.org

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POET's Planned Shelbyille Ethanol Plant Advances (Ind. Report)
POET
Date: 2018-07-25
In the Hoosier State, the Shelbyville Plan Commission reports it has unanimously approved POET Biorefining's proposed corn ethanol plant site development plan on W 300 North highway. The project still needs an Indiana Department of Environmental Management air permit to proceed.

According to POET, the plant will generate nearly $3 million per for farmers, create 45 new jobs and have a $200 million economic impact on the area. (Source: Fox, 24 July,2018) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com; Shelbyville Plan Commission, (317) 392-6338, www.cityofshelbyvillein.com/event/plan-commission

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Notable Quotes Worth Noting

Date: 2018-07-25
"To the Trump administration -- make no mistake about it -- we are ready to use every legal tool at our disposal to protect the current vehicle emission standards. The stakes are high for our families' health, the environment, and our economic prosperity." -- Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General responding to reports the Trump administration will propose stripping California's Clean Air Act waiver and authority to regulate automobile greenhouse gas emissions. Contact:Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General oag.ca.gov.

"(If the Trump administration revokes California's Clean Air Act waiver) there is no question that California will immediately sue. I suspect that California has had a draft suit in its back pocket since the Trump administration began signaling that it might travel this route a few months ago. The lawsuit would further put automakers in regulatory limbo, possibly for years, while the Trump administration battles California in court." -- Belynda Reck, a Reed Smith environmental and products liability law. Contact: Reed Smith, www.reedsmith.com. (Source: Recorder, Various Other Media, 23 July, 2018)

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DTE Considering Southern Michigan Wind Project (Ind. Report(
DTE Energy
Date: 2018-07-25
Detroit-headquartered utility DTE Energy is report to be planning the installation of 50 to 70 wind turbines in Coldwater, Branch County, Michigan, and to that end has made a presentation to Branch County commissioners in Coldwater. A DTE spokesperson says the project is still in the "development stage." (Source: DTE, Daily Reporter, AP, 23 July, 2018) Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir., www2.dteenergy.com

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GE, LM Wind Power Aquiring WMC Blade Test Facility (M&A, Int'l)
GE Renewable Energy,LM Wind Power
Date: 2018-07-25
In the Netherlands, GE Renewable Energy and LM Wind Power are reporting plans to acquire and build on the WMC wind turbine blade test facility in Wieringerwerf.

The facility will provide rotor hub testing for new GE turbines while continuing to offer blade and other testing, digital tools, research and similar services.

The acquisition is slated to close within weeks, subject to certain conditions. LM Wind Power was acquired by GE in April 2017. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, Renewable Energy, 23 July, 2018) Contact: LM Wind Power, Duncan Berry, CEO, +45 79 84 00 00, www.lmwindpower.com; WMC, https://wmc.eu; GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com

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Siemens Gamesa Scores 235-MW Swedish Wind Turbine Order (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-07-25
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE)is reporting receipt of an order from the Green Investment Group (GIG) for 56 units of its SWT-DD-130, 4.2 MW wind turbines for the 235-MW Overturingen wind park in central Sweden. The order includes delivery, installation, and long-term service.

Turbine installation is slated for 2019 with full commissioning the same year. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Windpower, Others, 23 July, 2018) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com; Green Investment Group, Ray Stillwell, Pres., (618) 301-0500, rstillwell@greeninvgroup.com, www.greeninvgroup.com

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$3.4Bn Beatrice Offshore Wind Generates First Power (Int'l)
Beatrice Offshore Windfarm
Date: 2018-07-25
Further to our 18th July coverage, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited, Scotland's largest offshore wind farm, reports it has begun generating and delivering power to the National Grid.

The £2.6 billion ($3.41 billion) Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited is a joint venture partnership between SSE, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Red Rock Power Limited. When fully commissioned in the spring of 2019, the facility will incorporate 84 turbines and generate sufficient power for 450,000 homes. (Source: Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited, CNBC, Others, 23 July, 2018) Contact: Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited, www.beatricewind.com

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Tahoe-Reno Biofuels Plant Seeks $47Mn in Bond Funding (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum BioEnergy
Date: 2018-07-25
Further to our May 18th coverage, Pleasanton, California-based waste-to-fuels specialist Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. is awaiting the Nevada Board of Finance's approval of revenue bonds to help expand Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels Plant in Storey County. The $410 million plant is under construction at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center using previously approved $175 million in revenue bonds. The new bond funds will be used to create efficiencies in the conversion plant and cover the cost of a water recycling facility that will reduce the plant's water consumption by 50 pct.

The company plans to complete the biorefinery in late 2019 and be in full production in 2020 when it will convert approximately 175,000 tpy of household garbage into more than 10.5 million gpy of biofuel, according to the company. (Source: Fulcrum, Nevada Appeal, 23 July, 2018)Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

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Indian McDonald's Piloting Used Cooking Oil Biodiesel (Int'l)
Biodiesel
Date: 2018-07-25
Hardcastle Restaurants, a McDonald's franchisee with 277 outlets in India, reports it plans to recycle its used cooking oil and covert it into biodiesel for powering its refrigerated supply delivery trucks.

The company began a biodiesel pilot last year, with Unicon Biofuels, and has to date scaled it up to cover 85 restaurants inMumbai, converting over 35,000 litres every month into biodiesel. (Source: PTI Mumbai, 23 July, 2018)

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