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South Louisiana Methanol Plans $2Bn Methanol Plant (Ind Report)
Methanol,South Louisiana Methanol
Date: 2019-01-11
Austin, Texas-headquartered South Louisiana Methanol is reporting the revival of a 2013 plan to construct $2.2 billion methanol complex in the Port of South Louisiana district. South Louisiana Methanol is a partnership between New Zealand-based Todd Corporation and Saudi state-owned petroleum firm SABIC. As originally announced, the project was a joint venture between Todd Corporation and Texas-based ZEEP, Inc. and would produce an estimated 2 million metric tpy of methanol.

The revived plan is eligible for a $5 million performance-based grant from the state as well assistance from the state's LED FastStart, and Industrial Tax Exemption and Quality Jobs programs. (Source: South Louisiana Methanol, MarEx, 9 Jan., 2019)Contact: South Louisiana Methanol LP, Paul Moore, CEO, (512) 394-7352,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  South Louisiana Methanol,  

Aemetis' Indian Biodiesel Expansion Completed (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Aemetis,Universal Biofuels
Date: 2019-01-11
Cupertino, California-headquartered biodiesel producer Aemetis, Inc. is reporting its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has completed a two-year upgrade of its Kakinada, India biodiesel and glycerin plant.

The upgrades included installation of a pre-treatment unit to process lower-cost and waste feedstock into oil; expansion of boiler and other utility capacities; and the implementation of environmental systems to enable full production of 50 million gpy of biodiesel and bio-oil while simultaneously operating the biodiesel, pre-treatment and glycerin refining units. (Source: Aemetis, Inc., PR, 10 Jan., 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  Universal Biofuels,  

France Ups 2019-20 Biofuel Blending Mandate (Int'l. Report)

Date: 2019-01-11
In Paris, the French government has lifted the minimum mandatory blending rate of biofuels blended into gasoline to 7.9 pct in 2019 and 8.2 pct in 2020.

In 2019, the minimum blending rate for biodiesel and ethanol was 7.5 pct. The bleand rate target for 2030 is 15 pct. (Source: Various Media,Renewables Now, 10 Jan., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  

Equinor Licensed to Build Norwegian Seabed CO2 Storage (Int'l)
Date: 2019-01-11
In Oslo, Reuters is reporting the Norwegian Oil Ministry has awarded a license to Oslo-headquartered Equinor to develop carbon dioxide (CO2) storage under the North Sea. The company is now expected to submit a development plan for the Norwegian parliament's approval in 2020 or 2021. The preliminary estimates from 2016 showed it could cost approximately $852 million to establish a full CCS chain, including CO2 transportation by ships and the sub-sea storage.

The planned storage will be located near Norway's largest oil and gas field, Troll, and aims to be able to receive CO2 from onshore power, cement plants and sources. About 1.5 million tpy of CO2 could be stored beneath the seabed during the first phase of the project, according to Equinor.

If approved, the storage operation is expected to begin operations operations in 2023 or 2024. (Source: Equinor, Gassnova, Reuters, 11 Jan., 2019) Contact: Equinor,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Carbon Sequestration,  CO2,  Carbon Storage,  

Sungrow Supplying Solaria Energia Spanish Solar Parks (Int'l)
Sungrow Power Supply
Date: 2019-01-09
Sungrow Power Supply Co., a Chinese inverter solution supplier for renewables, reports it is supplying its 1500V inverters to Pamplona, Spain's Solaria Energia y Medio Ambiente (Solaria) for 12, 400 MW solar PV parks presently under construction in Spain. The 12 power plants will incorporate more than 1,100,000 photovoltaic solar modules and generate sufficient electric power for 150,000 residences.

The Sungrow SG3125HV Central Inverter with advanced three-level technology has a maximum efficiency of up to 99 pct and is an ideal match for Spain's climate conditions and the complex requirements of the Spanish grid code. (Source: Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd, PR, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: Sungrow Power Supply, Jack Gu, Pres., PV & Energy Storage Division,; Solaria Energia,

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SWEPCO RfP Seeking 1.200 MW of Wind Power (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-01-09
Shreveport, La.-based South Western Electric Power (SWEPCO) has issued an RfP for up to 1,200 MW of additional wind energy to be used by December 15, 2021. SWEPCO presently sources 469 MW of wind energy from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas through multiple power purchase agreements.

Proposals under the RfP must have a minimum nameplate rating of 100 MW and must be submitted by March 1, 2019.

SWEPCO is seeking to acquire new or existing projects that qualify for at least 80 pct of the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) and are located in, and interconnected to, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) regional grid in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas or Oklahoma. Projects selected through the RFP process will be reviewed for regulatory approval by the Arkansas Public Service Commission, Louisiana Public Service Commission, Public Utility Commission of Texas and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

RfP application forms and additional information can be found at (Source: SWEPCO, Nexstar, Jan., 2019) Contact: SWEPCO, Malcolm Smoak, Pres., CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SWEPCO,  Wind,  

Nordex Supplying Turbines to French Wind Energy Projects (Int'l)
Nordex Group
Date: 2019-01-09
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered Nordex SE reports receipt of French orders totaling more than 84 MW in Q4, 2018. The company will be delivering 27 wind turbines for four wind farms to various customers including EDF Renewables and Eurowatt.

Nordex has installed more than 23 GW of wind energy capacity in over 25 markets and has factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States and India. (Source: Nordex SE, PR, 7 Jan., 2019) Contact: Nordex SE, Patxi Landa, CSO +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex Group ,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  

UAB to Complete LEED Certified Buildings by 2020 (Ind. Report)
USGBC, University of Alabama
Date: 2019-01-09
Following their new sustainability strategic plan released in November, the University of Alabama (UAB) in Tuscaloosa is reports plans to complete the construction and US Green Building Council LEED certification of three campus buildings -- the new College of Arts and Sciences building, a Residence Hall, and the Snoozy Book Store -- by the year 2020.

With the addition of the state's recently enacted new building energy efficiency code, UAB expects to achieve an additional 9.1 pct energy cost savings above the savings anticipated with the LEED certification. The state's new construction energy efficiency code is considered one of the nation's most stringent, according to the UAB release. (Source: UAB, PR, Bham Now, 5 Jan., 2019) Contact: UAB, Melody Gillezeau, Sustainable Development Project Manager , (205) 348-6010,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

Innergex Inks Hawaiian Solar-plus-Storage PPAs (Ind. Report)
Innergex Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-01-09
Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc is reporting the signing of a PPA for two solar-plus battery energy storage projects with a combined photovoltaic (PV) capacity of 45 MW in Hawaii.

The PPAs with the Hawaii Electric Light Company and the Maui Electric Company are for the 30-MW Hale Kuawehi and Paeahu projects which are scheduled for completion in 2022. The Hale Kuawehi PV park will will generate an average of 92,000 MWh of electricity per year and will incorporate 120 MWh of battery storage capacity. The 15-MW Paeahu solar plant in Maui will include a 60-MWh energy storage system and have an average annual output of 45,000 MWh. (Source: Innergex Renewable Energy, Renewables Now, 7 Jan., 2019) Contact: Innergex Renewable Energy, Michel Letellier, CEO, (450) 928-2556,,

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

Tata Green Bond Raises $25.9Mn for Renewables Projects (Int'l)
Tata Cleantech
Date: 2019-01-09
India's Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd, a Tata Capital and the International Finance Corp (IFC JV), reports its first Green Bond offering has raised $25.9 million (€22.7 million). The funds from the five-year securities were raised from FMO, and the Netherlands Development Finance Company, Tata Cleantech will go for eligible green energy projects, renewables in particular, that contribute to the environmental sustainability.

Tata Cleantech operates on the clean technology market by extending financing and providing advisory services for renewable energy, energy efficiency and water management projects and has participated in the funding of over 5.2 GW of renewables projects, according to the company website. (Source: Tata Cleantech Capital, Renewables, 7 Jan., 2019) Contact: Tata CLeantech Capital,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tata Cleantech,  Green Bond,  Renewable Energy ,  

Pratt, Kansas Solar Farm On Line and On Time (Ind. Report)
City of Pratt,Inovateus Solar
Date: 2019-01-09
In Kansas, the City of Pratt is reporting the city's 22,200-plus panel Pratt Solar Farm is now online in test phase and feeding electricity into the city's power grid.

The 36-acre solar farm is a cooperative project between Kenyon Energy, South Bend Indiana-based Inovateus Solar and the city of Pratt. (Source: City of Pratt, Pratt Tribune, 7 Jan., 2019) Contact: City of Pratt, Rick Eckert, City Manager,; Kenyon Energy, Clay Biddinger, CEO, (727) 216-4000,; Inovateus Solar,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Kenyon Energy,  Inovateus Solar,  

ACEEE Governors Toolkit for Energy Efficiency (Report Attached)
Date: 2019-01-09
"Governors across the country share important priorities: economic progress, job creation, workforce development, improved public health, technological innovation, environmental protection, and saving taxpayers money. Conserving energy in our homes, businesses, and transportation systems has an enormous role to play in furthering these high-priority gubernatorial goals. Importantly, efficiency is a job engine, employing more than 2.25 million Americans. It also is the fastest-growing job market in the energy sector and employs twice as many workers across the nation as all fossil fuel sectors combined."

The ACEEE notes the following ways that governors can increase energy efficiency across their state economies: develop and communicate an energy efficiency vision; drive energy efficiency in the utility sector; strengthen efficiency in the industrial sector; encourage energy-efficient transportation; scale up energy efficiency in buildings; Lead with efficient state operations; reach under served markets through state energy office programs; and move toward more efficient appliances.

(Download the report HERE. Source: ACEEE, Jan., 2019) Contact: ACEEE, Annie Gilleo, ACEEE, Senior Manager, (202) 507-4002,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

US Carbon Emissions Hit 8 Year High (Ind. Report)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-01-09
According to NYC-based independent research provider the Rhodium Group, U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions spiked up 3.4 pct in 2018 -- the second-largest yearly gain in over two decades. The figures are based on "preliminary power generation, natural gas, and oil consumption data."

Specifically, the transportation sector remained the largest source of emissions in the U.S. for the third consecutive year while a record amount of coal-fired power plants were shut in 2018, emissions from the power sector grew by 1.9 pct. The buildings and industrial sectors also showed year-on-year emissions gains. (Source: Rhodium Group, Various Media, CNBC, Jan., 2019) Contact: Rhodium Group,(212) 532-1157,

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

Manchester Plan Calls for All Net-Zero Bldgs by 2028 (Int'l)
Carbon Emissions,Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Date: 2019-01-09
In the UK, in its Greater Manchester Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has pledged that all new buildings erected in the city region will be 'net-zero' carbon by 2028. The pledge is part of the GMCA's 20-year plan to decouple emissions from economic growth.

More recently, the Government published its £420 million construction sector deal, outlining a course for halving building energy use and emissions by 2030. Even so, several industry bodies and corporations have argued that wider progress towards low-carbon infrastructure has been too slow -- particularly in light of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) global warming report's conclusion that the world must achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate change. (Source: Greater Manchester Combined Authority, edie News, 7 January 2019) Contact: Greater Manchester Combined Authority, +44 161 778 7000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  Net-Zero Carbon Emissions,  

Keystone State Governor to Set GHG Reduction Goals (Reg & Leg)
Greenhouse Gas, Climate Change
Date: 2019-01-09
In Harrisburg, the office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (Dem) is reporting the governor is signing an executive order committing his administration to meeting certain targets to slash Pennsylvania's greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. The Keystone State is among the nation's major polluters.

Governor Wolf wants to reduce emissions by 26 pct by 2025, based on 2005 levels, and by 80 pct by 2050, which is in line with 2015's Paris climate agreement. The governor's 2025's goal may be within reach, since federal data shows Pennsylvania's carbon dioxide emissions fell 20 pct between 2005 and 2016, due primarily to cleaner power generation. (Source: Office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf , witf, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, (717) 787-2500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greehouse Gas,  Climate Change,  

Tokyo Touts "Eco-Point" CO2 Emissions Cutting Plan (Int'l)
okyo Metropolitan Government
Date: 2019-01-09
In Japan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) is reporting the upcoming October launch of its "eco-point" program. The program will grant points to consumers who replace older, inefficient home appliances with energy-efficient models. Refrigerators, air conditioners and water heaters will be covered by the program.

Under the program, shoppers will gain one point for each 7 kg of CO2 emissions they are able to cut through replacing home appliances. One point will be worth ¥1 and exchangeable for gift tickets.

The ¥4.5 billion program will be funded in the TMG's fiscal 2019 budget, and is intended to coincide with the Japanese central government's announced consumption tax increase from 8 pct to 10 pct, as well as to curb carbon dioxide emissions that lead to global warming.

The program, which is expected to run until March 2021, is forecast to lower CO2 emissions by 140,000 tpy and reduce utility expenses by ¥6.9 billion. (Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan Times, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Tokyo Metropolitan Government,

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

Singapore's CO2 Emissions "Increasing at Decreasing Rate" (Int'l)
Date: 2019-01-09
According to the Government of Singapore's biennial report, as submitted to the United Nations on Dec 27, Singapore generated more than 50.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2014, the bulk of it from the burning of fossil fuels to generate energy for industries, buildings, households and transportation.

Even at the high figure, Singapore is "well on track" to meet its 2020 pledge to reduce emissions by 16 pct below business-as-usual levels, the government claims. The government also noted that Singapore's greenhouse gas emissions are "increasing, but at a decreasing rate" in line with its 2030 climate target. (Source: Singapore Today, 8 Jan., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Singapore Carbon Emissions,  Greenhouse Gas,  CO2,  

Methanol Inst. Supports Methanol Marine Fuel Tests (Ind. Report)
Methanol Institute
Date: 2019-01-09
The Methanol Institute (MI) is reporting its supports the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore's $200,000 GreenPilot evaluation of methanol as a marine fuel in Asia.

The NTU evaluation includes desktop and bench-testing of a methanol-powered marine engine and the onboard testing of the same engine in a harbour craft vessel for a six-month sea trial. The sea trial will be followed by an engine "teardown" to test clearances and material compatibility. The project is intended to demonstrate the benefits, and encourage the use of methanol as a marine fuel. Similar projects have reportedly shown that Methanol can be easily adopted as a marine fuel at reasonable cost and without the complexity of other low emission alternatives. (Source: Methanol Institute, Bunkerspot, Jan., 2019) Contact: Methanol Institute, Chris Chatterton, Chief Operating Officer, (703) 248-3636,; Nanyang Technological University,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol Institute,  Methanol,  Mariv=ne Fuel,  

UV Lauded for Energy Innovation, Efficiency Technology (Ind. Report)
University of Virginia
Date: 2019-01-09
Reporting from the Old Dominion State, the University of Virginia (UV) notes it has been recognized as the 2019 Innovation Award winner in the category "Higher Education Energy Efficiency Technology" by the Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award Advisory Panel. The recognition was for the school's Delta Force innovation approach to energy efficiency advances.

Delta Forceis an internal performance contracting program that increases energy efficiency and guarantees energy savings. Delta Force identifies UVA projects that represent good opportunities for energy savings, funds those projects, then recovers 125 pct of the funding out of utility savings. Delta Force efforts have resulted in short ROIs and millions of dollar in energy cost savings. (Source: University of Virginia, CPower Energy Management, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Virginia, Jesse Warren, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, O+M Sustainability Director -- Buildings & Operations, University of Virginia,; Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Marion, Mass. Designated as Green Community (Ind. Report)
DOER Green Communities
Date: 2019-01-09
In the Bay State, the town of Marion reports it has been designated part of the Mass. DOER Green Communities program.

The DOER Green Communities Division provides technical assistance and financial support for municipal initiatives to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy in public buildings, facilities and schools, according to a news release.

In 2014, Marion's Energy Management Committee promoted a solar bylaw that has seen the installation of more than 100 solar projects. The town has also executed a power purchase agreement with Future Generation Wind to net meter electric power to town buildings and facilities for an annual savings in excess of $90,000. In addition, the town added electric vehicles to its fleet and replaced all of the town's cobra-head streetlights with more efficient LED fixtures for additional energy savings.

With the new Green Community designation the town has been awarded a grant of $132,672 to cover the cost of additional energy-saving projects. (Source: DOER Green Communities, Standard-Times, South Coast Today, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Mass. DOER Green Communities, Communities

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

Tokyo Launches "Eco-Point" Energy Efficient Appliance Plan (Int'l)

Date: 2019-01-09
In Japan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) is reporting the upcoming October launch of its ¥4.5 billion "eco-point" program. The program will grant points to consumers who replace older, inefficient home appliances with energy-efficient models. Refrigerators, air conditioners and water heaters will be covered by the program.

Under the program, shoppers will gain one point for each 7 kg of CO2 emissions they are able to cut through replacing home appliances. One point will be worth ¥1 and exchangeable for gift tickets. The program, which is expected to run until March 2021, is forecast to lower CO2 emissions by 140,000 tpy and reduce utility expenses by ¥6.9 billion. (Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan Times, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Tokyo Metropolitan Government,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  

DOE Awards $25Mn for Marine Energy R&D Projects (Funding)
US DOE Water Power Technologies Office
Date: 2019-01-09
U.S. DOE is reporting the selection of 12 projects that will share in $25 million in next-generation marine energy devices funding through the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Water Power Technologies Office. The selected innovative projects will reduce capital costs and accelerate the innovation cycle by testing new concepts. Marine energy includes ocean wave power, tidal, and river/ocean current devices that convert movement of water into electricity.

Selections were made across three topic areas, outlined below. The first two aim to address fundamental scientific and engineering challenges of generating power from dynamic, low-velocity and high-density waves and currents. The third topic area is targeted to provide better information to reduce the costs and time to permit projects that include Early Stage Device Design Research, Controls and Power Take Off Design Integration and Testing, and Dissemination of Environmental Data and Analyses to Facilitate the Marine Energy Regulatory Process. (Source: US DOE, Water Power Technologies Office, Jan., 2019) Contact: US DOE Water Power Technologies Office,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Tidal Energy,  Run-of-River,  US DOE Water Power Technologies Office,  

Oil Giant Exxon Mobil Denied! (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
Exxon Mobil
Date: 2019-01-09
In Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a significant ruling with its refusal to hear Houston-headquartered oil juggernaut Exxon Mobil's appeal in its 2016 suit with the state of Massachusetts.

In the appeal, the company was attempting to block the release of records of its knowledge of how burning fossil fuels changes the climate.

Massachusetts Attorney General's suit claimed the world's largest investor-owned oil company violated state's consumer protection rules and misled investors about the impacts of fossil fuels on climate change as well as risks of climate change to its business.

Exxon appealed the decision to the Supreme Court on the grounds that the Massachusetts attorney general did not have jurisdiction to compel the company to release documents relevant to its own climate change-carbon emissions research and data. (Source: Various Media, 8 Jan., 2019)Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning,

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

New Methanol Facility Startups Announced (Ind. Report)
Methanex, US Methanol
Date: 2019-01-09
Following up on our June 4th, 2018 report, two new methanol plants in the Americas are now scheduled to start up in 2019 -- one in the US and the other in Trinidad and Tobago.

The largest of the two methanol project, Caribbean Gas Chemical's plant in Trinidad and Tobago could start up as early as mid-2019.

Methanol from Trinidad comes into the US duty-free while shipments from Venezuela are hit with a 5.5 pct import tax. In 2017, 49 pct of all US methanol imports were from Trinidad, according to industry data.

The second new methanol project slated for startup in 2019 is US Methanol's 200,000 tpy Liberty One unit in Charleston, West Virginia. Vancouver-based Methanex is also expected to make a final investment decision on a proposed 1.8 million tpy plant next to its two existing methanol plants. in Geismar, Louisiana. (Source: US Methanol, Methanex, ICIS News, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: US Methanol, Frank Bakker, CEO, (681) 205-8511,,; Caribbean Gas Chemical, (868) 225-4242,; Methanex, John Floren, Pres., CEO, (604) 661 2600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Methanex,  US Methanol,  

JAL Commits to Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Flights (Int'l)
Japan Airlines
Date: 2019-01-09
Japan Airlines (JAL) is reporting it plans to operate select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo (Haneda Airport) with an aircraft fueled by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplied by Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., beginning the month. In January 2009, JAL operated a test flight in Japan with SAF using a mixture of three second-generation biofuel feedstocks and in November 2017, the airline operated a passenger flight with SAF from Chicago to Tokyo. The airline also reports it plans to operate a charter flight with SAF made from recycled clothes.

The SAF initiative is part of JAL's Medium Term Management Plan to actively contribute and tackle Global Sustainable Development Goals, including the reduction of CO2 emissions. (Source: Japan Airlines, PR, 8 Jan., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel news,  Jet Biofuel news,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel news,  

Notable Quote
Renewable Fuel Standard, Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2019-01-09
"The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been an unmitigated success, helping to clean the air, boost rural economies, lower fuel prices, and break up the oil industry's near monopoly at the pump." -- Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, (202) 289-3835,

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

EC Supports €320Mn Portuguese Biomass Energy Installations (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2019-01-09
The European Commission (EC) reports it has approved a Portuguese 15-year scheme to support biomass energy installations located close to forest areas regarded as "critical", due to the risk of fires.

The aid will be provided in the form of a feed-in premium (a top-up payment over the market price) to the selected installations for every unit of electricity produced, as well as an environmental tariff premium (PDIF) linked to the use of biomass.

The new installations will produce both electric power and combined heat and power (HP). The measure aims to incentivize forest owners to clean the forests at risk by using the forest residues to produce biomass energy and thus reduce the risk of future forest fires. in Portugal. (Source: EC, eureporter, 9 Jan., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Biomass news,  Woody Biomass news,  

Thailand's MCE Plans Boost in Sugarcane Ethanol Production (Int'l)
Mae Sod Clean Energy
Date: 2019-01-09
In Thailand, Bangkok-based e chemicals and ethanol producer Mae Sod Clean Energy Co. (MCE) is reporting it plans to ramp up sugarcane ethanol production at its plant in Tak province, Northern region, to full capacity of 260,000 lpd by the year 2021. The production increase is dependent upon local sugarcane production and availability. (Source: Mae Sod Clean Energy, Jan., 2019) Contact: Mae Sod Clean Energy Co. LTD,. +66 2 695-9499,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news,  Sugarcane Ethanol news,  Biofuel news,  

Praj Industries Ethanol Production, Share Price Riding High (Int'l)
Praj Industries
Date: 2019-01-09
On the sub-continent, Mumbai-based sugarcane ethanol producer Praj Industries reports its shares have been trading at their highest level since September 26, 2008. The company posted 2.5 times jump in its net profit at 124,300,000 Indian Rupee ($1,763,598) during the first half (April-September) of the financial year 2018-19. Net revenue grew 12 pct in the corresponding period of previous fiscal.

Praj Industries commands an almost 70 pct market share in the Indian bio-energy business in India and is the only dominant player along with ISGEC ltd. (Source: Praj Industries, SI Reporter, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: Praj Industries, +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  Ethanol,  

NREL High on U.S. Floating Solar Potential (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-01-07
According to Floating PV: Assessing the Technical Potential of Photovoltaic Systems on Man-Made Water Bodies in the Continental U.S., a recent study from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), floating pv solar (FPV) projects across more than 24,000 man-made US reservoirs could generate approximately 10 pct of the nation's annual electricity production and, at the same time, reduce the land requirements for conventional ground mount PV power plants by at least 2.1 million hectares. (Source: NREL, PV Tech, Jan., 2018) Contact: NREL, Jordan Macknick, Research Team Leader,

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Arcata, Calif. Adopts New Energy Efficiency Code (Reg & Leg)
City of Arcata
Date: 2019-01-07
In Humboltd County, California, the City of Arcata (pop 18,000) reports the passage of a new energy ordinance requiring residential buildings to be more efficient than the current minimum state standards dictate. The city's "reach code" ordinance is a key component of Arcata's local Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan.

The standards imposed by the ordinance requires all to newly constructed, low rise, single and multi-family units to be 30 pct more efficient than the current state minimum. For newly constructed multi-family units, they must be 20 pct more efficient than state minimums. To reach the new standards, the new ordinance suggests high performance attics and walls, high efficiency heating and water heating equipment, high efficiency fans, more efficient hot water distribution systems, and solar photovoltaic compliance credits. (Source: City of Arcata, Times Standard, 5 Jan., 2019) Contact: City of Arcata, Emily Benvie, Environmental Programs Manager, (707) 822-5951,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

"Green"Building Demand on the Rise (Ind. Report)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2019-01-07
According to a recent poll of more than 2,000 building contractors, engineers, architects, investors, and owners from 86 countries, the worldwide demand for "green" buildings has been steadily rising and is expected to account for the majority of new building construction green building demand is expected to soon account for the majority of construction projects. The research was published by Dodge Data & Analytics on behalf of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the World Green Building Council, and other green building groups.

The poll noted more then half of the respondents expected at least 60 pct of their project pipeline to involve green construction by 2021. The research also notes a significant change in the perceptions surrounding "green" buildings. For example, the number of survey respondents who believe that green construction costs more than traditional building methods has decreased dramatically from over 75 pct in 2012 to less than 50 pct in the most recent survey.

The poll notes "green" building benefits include 88 pct savings in operating costs in the first year and a 7 pct increase in building asset values for new "green" construction, which has a clear influence on all green building professionals to continue their relationship with "green." (Source: AIA, CRL, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: AIA,; World Green Building Council, Terri Willis, CEO,

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

BIOD India Touting Biodiesel to Check Pollution (Int'l)

Date: 2019-01-07
Indian waste management company BIOD Energy Pvt. reports it is developing a 100 tpd waste cooking oil IS15607 or its equivalent European EN14214 standard biodiesel plant in the industrial town of Bawal, Haryana.

According to the World Bank, India generates more than 150,000 tpd of municipal solid waste (MSW), 83 pct of which is collected and less than 30 pct is treated. The country's daily waste generation is projected to reach 377,000 tpd by 2025.

The Indian government's Biofuel Policy of India 2018, stresses the future role of biofuels in addressing pollution and envisages a 20 pct biofuel and gadcia, Tech Panda, Jan., 2019) Contact: BIOD Energy India, Shiva Vig, CEO and Director, +91 11 4728 9966, /+91 11 4728 9900,,

ScottishPower Goes 100 pct Renewable Wind Energy (Int'l Report)
ScottishPower Generation Group , DRAX
Date: 2019-01-07
Further to our 19th October, 2018 coverage, Glasgow-headquartered Scottish Power is reporting that with the completion of its £700 million assets sale to Drax, the company is now the first in the UK to rely completely on renewable wind power.

Selby, UK-based Drax purchased Scottish Power's portfolio of pumped storage, hydro and gas-fired generation, which comprises Scottish Power Generation Group and its wholly owned subsidiary, SMW.

The assets sale included the 440-MW Cruachan pumped storage hydro electric scheme in Argyll and Bute; run-of-river hydro locations at Galloway and Lanark; (126MW); a biomass-from-waste facility at Daldowie; and four Combined Cycle Gas Turbine stations in England. (Source: DRAX Group, The National, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072,; DRAX Power, +44 0 1757 618381,

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UK 2018 Renewable Power Generation Rises to Record High (Int'l)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-01-07
In the UK, the climate research site Carbon Brief is reporting that electric power generated from fossil fuels fell to a record lo while renewable power generation reached a record high in 2018. The 25-year low was due to economic restructuring and more energy efficient appliances and lighting, according to Carbon Brief.

Since 1990, the UK has slashed its carbon emissions by more than 43 pct through a combination of cleaner power and lower overall demand for electricity. The country's electricity generation declined 1 pct in 2018, reaching its lowest levels since 1994.

Despite these trends the UK is still not on track to meet its legally binding carbon target during the 2023-2027 period, known as the fourth carbon budget, according to the Committee on Climate Change, the independent panel that advises the government on emissions policy. (Source: Carbon Brief, Financial Times, Jan., 2019)

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Caltrans Working to Decarbonize Transport Emissions (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-01-07
In the Golden State, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reports that with it's 2018 signing on to the Transport Decarbonization Alliance (TDA) at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, it is committed to helping achieve the state's goal of eliminating transportation-based carbon emissions by 2045.

Decarbonization is critical to mitigating climate change which is already impacting California and its transportation system through the vicious cycle of wildfires and ensuing burn scar floods and mudslides occurring year-round, according to Caltrans.

The TDA is focused on minimizing transportation's environmental impact and dramatically reducing vehicle GHG emissions. (Source: Caltrans, PR, 5 Jan., 2019) Contact: Caltrans, Laurie Berman., Director,; Transport Decarbonization Alliance,

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EPA Proposal Raises Mercury Emissions Standard (Leg & Leg.)
Dairyland Power ,EPA
Date: 2019-01-07
The US EPA has proposed changing its 2012, Obama era, standards limiting hazardous mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Under its proposal, the agency would ignore indirect benefits from reducing mercury pollution when it weighs industry compliance costs against public health benefits.

Presently, power plants spend up to $9.6 billion per to control mercury emissions, but the regulations that reduce mercury pollution only provides $6 million in direct benefits, according to the EPA. However, the same controls that reduce mercury also reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which are precursors to fine particle pollution, haze and ozone. These additional benefits were worth up to $89 billion in reduced fine particle pollution and $360 million in avoided climate change impacts, according to the Obama-era EPA.

Most utilities are already in compliance with the 2012 mercury rule by installing costly pollution controls that limit emissions of mercury and other pollutants. The agency proposed retaining current mercury emissions standards. (Source: Dairyland Power Cooperative, Crosse Tribune, Jan., 2019) Contact: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,

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TEPCO Planning Million KW Offshore Wind Project (Int'l Report)
Tokyo Electric Power
Date: 2019-01-07
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) reports it is considering construction of a 1 million kilowatt -- roughly equivalent toa nuclear power plant -- offshore wind farm off the coast of Choshi, Chiba Prefecture. As previously reported, the company initially began planning for the project in 2009.

For the project, TEPCO intends to partner with an experienced European offshore wind power developer and spend about ¥1 trillion ($9.2 billion) on the 200, 5,000 kw, "fixed bottom" turbine offshore project. The utility is also considering a nearby location for the full-fledged generator and intends to begin construction as early as fiscal 2019. (Source: Tokyo Electric Power Company, PR, Japan News, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: TEPCO,

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Okanagan BC Reconsidering Biogas Options (Ind. Report)
Methane, Regional District of the Central Okanagan
Date: 2019-01-07
In British Columbia, Canada, following a 2012 feasibility study to collect and process food waste the Regional District of the Central Okanagan (RDCO) reports it is examining new ways and programs to handle household food waste.

The District, which currently captures and sells landfill waste bio-gas from the Glenmore Landfill, is re-evaluating its future organic waste diversion opportunities while maintaining existing landfill gas collection infrastructure and commitments with FortistarBC for the sale of gas, according to the final draft of the district's Solid Waste Management Plan which is awaiting provincial regulatory approval.

One of the solid waste management plan's goals is to re-evaluate organic waste diversification options while maintaining landfill gas collection. A proposal for several small compost sites to mix residential food waste with yard waste are being considered at a projected cost of $25 million each. The RDCO is applying to the province to have a bio-cover made of compost at Campbell Mountain Landfill, which would eliminate methane gas at that larger site. (Source: Regional District of the Central Okanagan, BC Local News, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: FortisBC, Roger Dall'Antonia, Exec. VP Technology,; Regional District of the Central Okanagan, (250) 763-4918,,

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Time for a Carbon Fee with a Dividend (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2019-01-07
"French President Emmanuel Macron has postponed imposing new fuel taxes after protests on the streets of Paris turned violent. The taxes were supposed to help reduce French dependence on fossil fuels and combat climate change, but they did not protect the French people from the pain of higher fuel costs. Revenue from the fuel taxes was slated to be used for deficit reduction.

"There is a way to impose a fee on fossil fuels that does not negatively impact average Americans -- by returning the fee in the form of monthly dividend checks to households.

"Giving revenue to people can calm the carbon pricing angst seen in France. Starting at $15 per ton of carbon dioxide and increasing $10 per ton each year, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act will push the price of carbon to $100 per ton within a decade. Such an ambitious price will achieve at least 40 pct emissions reductions within 12 years.

That's what the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act does. Introduced November 28 in the U.S. House of Representatives, the bill will be re-introduced in the next session of Congress. We can lower fossil fuel emissions while protecting everyday Americans from increased prices of items that were created by burning fossil fuels. Americans can spend their dividends any way they choose.

"We must act -- scientists report that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are rising once again in the U.S. and worldwide. Failure to lower atmospheric greenhouse gases will lead to economic, social and health consequences that no one should want to bequeath to future generations." (Source: PennLive Letters, Jan., 2019) Contact: PennLive,

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Brookfield,Coillte Partnering on Irish Wind Farm (Int'l)
Brookfield Renewable
Date: 2019-01-07
Montreal-headquartered Canadian green energy developer Brookfield Renewable reports it plans to partner with Irish state-controlled forestry and land management firm Coillte to develop a 27-turbine wind energy generation and storage project at Bottlehill and Glannasack, north of Cork city, in County Cork, Ireland.

The 180-MW project, to be known as the Coom Green Energy Park, has been granted regulatory approval. (Source: Times of London, 6 Jan., 2019) Coillte,; Brookfield Renewable Partners, (888) 327-2722,,

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Apex Clean Energy Snares 442.5 MW of Va. Solar Projects (M&A)
Apex Clean Energy ,SolUnesco
Date: 2019-01-07
In the Old Dominion State, Charlottesville-based wind and solar energy specialist Apex Clean Energy reports acquisition of 442.5 MW of solar projects across Virginia from Reston, Virginia-based renewable energy developer SolUnesco. With the acquisition, Apex's nationwide portfolio of advanced solar projects tops 3 GW, approximately 700 MW of that situated in the Commonwealth.

The SolUnesco transaction includes the 150 MW Carvers Creek, 150 MW Moody Creek, 130 MW Red Brick, and 12.5 MW Rivanna projects located across the Commonwealth. Together, the projects will generate sufficient electricity to power approximately 72,000 homes and would contribute over $11 million in state and local tax revenue, according to Apex. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, PR, 4 Jan., 2019) Contact: SolUnesco, Francis Hodsoll, CEO, (703) 672-5097,; Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595,

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SCAQMD Awards $47Mn for Cleaner Technologies, Fuels (Funding)
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Date: 2019-01-07
In the Golden State, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) reports it has awarded $47.4 million to 26 businesses, organizations, universities, government agencies and utility companies in the South Coast Basin and Coachella Valley to help them purchase and upgrade their equipment with cleaner flues and energy efficient technologies.

Under the federal Clean Air Act, the SCAQMD service region must meet the 1-hour ozone, 8-hour ozone, 24-hour PM2.5, and annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards within the next 12 years.

Established in 1976, the Diamond Bar-based SCAQMD is responsible for regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the South Coast Air Basin, in Southern California. (Source: SCAQMD, Sentinel News Service, 4 Jan., 2019) Contact: SCAQMD, Wayne Nastri, CEO, (909)396-2000,

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Transport, Agriculture Minnesota's Major Emitters (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Date: 2019-01-07
According to a the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA) just released biennial emissions report, the Gopher State is not meeting its climate change goals with transportation and agriculture emissions, not coal, being the major emitters.

Cars, trucks and other gas-powered vehicles together now produce more greenhouse gas emissions than power plants. While the state still relies heavily on coal, a quarter of the state's electricity now comes from renewable sources, and that percentage will go up in future years as utilities retire more coal plants.

Agriculture emissions -- both from fertilizing row crops and raising livestock -- are also significant. The report lists agriculture as the state's No. 3 emitter, but for the first time, the MPCA included negative carbon emissions from forest regrowth in the report's agriculture section. Without the negative emissions from forestry as an offset, agriculture's emissions would roughly match those produced by transportation and electricity, at about 40 million tons of CO2 or the equivalent.

The state's 2007 Next Generation Energy Act set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels across Minnesota's economic sectors 15 pct by 2015, 30 pct by 2025 and 80 pct by 2050. However, the state's emissions fell 12 pct through 2016, the latest year for which emissions data are available. (Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency MPR, 5 Jan., 2018) Contact: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Todd Biewen, (651) 296-6300, (800) 657-3864,,

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$867Bn 2018 Farm Bill Includes Carbon Sequestration (Reg. & Leg.)

Date: 2019-01-07
In a tacit recognition of the agricultural community's growing concern with climate change, includes a $25 million climate-friendly soil health pilot program that will incentivize and reward carbon sequestration by farmers through the use of "no-till", strip-till, cover crops and more diverse crop rotations.

No-till farming is a way of growing crops or pasture from year to year without disturbing the soil through tillage. No-till is an agricultural technique which increases the amount of water that infiltrates into the soil, the soil's retention of organic matter and its cycling of nutrients.

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 -- Farm Bill -- reauthorized many expenditures in the prior United States farm bill: the Agricultural Act of 2014. The $867 billion reconciled farm bill was passed by the Senate on December 11, 2018, and by the House on December 12, 2018. (Source: No-Till Farmer, Washington Post, USDA, Wikipedia, Jan., 2019)

Bolivian Strategic Ethanol Alliance MoU Touted (Int'l Report)

Date: 2019-01-07
In Bogata, the Bolivian Ministry of Hydrocarbons is reporting the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding of Cooperation and Generation of Synergies Oriented to the Production of Anhydrous Ethanol as an Additive in Gasolines, through which the Ministry of Hydrocarbons will promote the Santa Cruz sugar mills and encourage the development of anhydrous ethanol to be used for mixing with base gasolines.

Under the agreement, the sugar mills of the Department of Santa Cruz will provide advice and assistance to both sugar mill of Bermejo and sugarcane producers, to strengthen the exchange of knowledge and technical cooperation in order to expand the production of anhydrous ethanol as an additive. vegetable origin. (Source: Ministry of Hydrocarbons , PR, BN Americas, Jan., 2019) Contact: Bolivia Ministry of Hydrocarbons,

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Calif. Radox Flow Battery Energy Storage Pilot Underway (Ind. Report)
CASIO,New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation
Date: 2019-01-07
The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) -- Japan's largest public management organization promoting research and development as well as deployment of industrial, energy and environmental technologies -- and Sumitomo Electric Industries are reporting the second stage of a 2MW/8MWh stationary radox flow battery energy storage pilot in California is underway.

The pilot, which includes partnering with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), is the first to connect a battery storage system in the US wholesale energy market.

The project follows an agreement signed between NEDO and the California state government's Office of Business and Economic Development to promote the use of energy storage in the state. Californian utilities are required under State law AB 2514 to complete the installation of storage battery capacity up to a certain proportion by 2024. (Source: NEDO, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Jan., 2019) Contact: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization,; Sumitomo Electric Industries,

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Luminant Touts Tex. Battery Energy Storage Installation (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-01-07
Texas-based utility Luminant is reporting the launch of its 10-MW/42-MWh Upton 2 lithium-ion battery storage system at its 180-MW Upton 2 Solar Power Plant near McCamey in Upton County Texas. The installation is the largest system in the South Central state, according to the utility.

Luminant, a unit of Vistra Energy Corp., is currently working on a 300-MW/1,200-MWh facility at its Moss Landing Power Plant in California, which is expected to come online in late 2020. (Source: Luminant, PR, Renewables, Jan., 2019) Contact: Luminant, (214) 812-4600,

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Corning CC Wins Campus Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
Corning Community College
Date: 2019-01-07
In the Empire State, Corning Community College reports it will receive $1 million in state funding state funds to leverage a $4 million partnership with Siemens Inc. to upgrade the school campus's energy efficiency.

The state funding is part of the 2018 Regional Economic Development Council Awards to the Southern Tier, announced in mid-December by Empire State Development Commissioner Howard Zemsky.

The funding will also support the establishment of the college's Center for STEAM Innovation -- an interdisciplinary facility aimed at preparing students in new and emerging technologies, design, and sciences. (Source: Corning Community College, PR, The Leader, 5 Jan., 2019) Contact: Corning Community College,

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Enel Green Power Activates 620 MW of US Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power North America
Date: 2019-01-04
Enel Green Power North America Inc (EGPNA) reports its 320-MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm in Nebraska and the approximate 300-MW Diamond Vista wind farm in Kansas are now generating power.

The two facilities, which together cost about $830 million, have a combined capacity of about 2,600 GWh per year, have long-term PPAs -- the Rattlesnake Creek wind farm will sell its power to Facebook and Diamond Vista will supply power to software major Adobe Systems Inc. Diamond Vista also has three separate PPAs, the first two of which are for 100 MW each with global manufacturing company Kohler Co and City Utilities of Springfield. The third is for 84 MW with the Tri-County Electric Cooperative of Oklahoma.

Enel owns all of the "Class A" interests and manages and operates the wind farms. With these two wind farms, the total renewable capacity added by Enel Green Power around the world this year reaches 2.6 GW, of which over 830 MW in North America. (Source: Enel Green Power North America, Jan., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900,

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