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Lancaster Wins LEED Gold City Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2018-07-20
In the Keystone State, the city of Lancaster reports it is one of the first municipalities in the country to receive the new U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold city environmental certification. The LEED Gold city certification follows up on the USGBC's LEED rating program for buildings, the most widely used system in the world for evaluating buildings' environmental sustainability.

Last year, Lancaster joined the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, a group of U.S. cities pledged to upholding the Paris Agreement to mitigate global warming. The city has inventoried local greenhouse gas emissions and been recognized for its work building green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff, and other initiatives. In November, Lancaster received a grant to help it develop a climate change action plan. (Source: City of Lancaster, Lancaster OnLine, 19 July, 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Gold,  


Building Up the Future Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels Sustainable Transport Forum Report -- EC Report Attached (Int'l. Report)
Advanced Biofuel
Date: 2018-07-18
The attached study seeks to support the European Commission (EC) in the elaboration of a methodology for the deployment of advanced biofuels."Currently, the contribution of advanced and other renewable fuels is very limited in the EU with a relative higher cost than fossil fuels they aim to replace.

"The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels of the Sustainable Transport Forum consisted of 32 industry experts representing all advanced biofuels value chains as well as the transport sectors of aviation, maritime and heavy duty transport. The work of the Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels put forward a simple and transparent definition for advanced biofuels, proposed reliable targets for deployment of advanced biofuels in the EU market by 2030, updated the technology status of the various value chains and examined thoroughly the production costs of advanced biofuels.

"The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels also considered carefully the proposals on decarbonizing transport in the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive and put forward proposals for improvements aiming to create a long term stable framework for encouraging billions of investments.

Download the Building Up the Future Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels Sustainable Transport Forum Report HERE. (Source: EU, July, 2018) Contact: EU, http://ec.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel,  


Nigerian Petroleum Promoting Oil Palm Biodiesel Project (Int'l Report)
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
Date: 2018-07-18
In Abuja, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in a statement is promoting a proposed 26,000 hectares facility designed to accommodate an oil palm plantation, bio-diesel and crude palm oil production, and electric power generation facility in Cross River State. Biofuel would be produced from palm oil and the 14-MW electric power co-generation would be be fired with oil palm residues and wastes.

According to the statement, the oil palm would be processed into fuel-grade biodiesel and industrial crude palm oil as by-products. The biodiesel would be blended with diesel in a mix of 20 pct biodiesel and sold as B20 primarily in the domestic market.

The NNPC noted that the Cross River project would also mitigate the adverse effect of climate change and the transformation of NNPC into an integrated energy company with diverse portfolio. The state Government is expected to provide land as equity while core investor takes more than 50 pct equity and operate the venture leaving NNPC and state Government with minority share of less than 50 pct. s. (Source: Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Vanguard, 17 July, 2018) Contact: NNPC, www.nnpcgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,  ,  


Invenergy Developing Alliant 210-MW Iowa wind Project (Ind. Report)
Invenergy,Alliant Energy
Date: 2018-07-18
Following up on our August 9, 2017 coverage, Alliant Energy Corp. reports Chicago-headquartered renewable energy developer Invenergy Wind LLC will conclude the development of the 210-MW Richland Wind Farm project in Sac County, Iowa, by early 2020. When commissioned and fully operational, the wind farm is expected to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 80,000 average homes.

The project is in keeping with Alliant's plan to add 1 GW of new wind capacity for its Iowa customers by the end of 2020. Richland is the fifth and final project in that plan which is expected to come in at approximately $1.8 billion. (Source: Invenergy, Renewables, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Invenergy, www.invenergyllc.com Alliant Energy, www.alliantenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  Alliant Energy,  


OrbEEt Touted for Holistic Bldg. Energy Monitoring (Ind. Report)
OrbEET Project
Date: 2018-07-18
The EU-funded OrbEEt Project is touting its holistic "inside approach" to cut building energy consumption and improve energy efficiency, as opposed to traditional modelling frameworks that tend to focus on the static factors of building design -- building envelopes, facades and, to some extent, appliances. Treating the occupants inside as passive heat generators, these frameworks ignore the impact that human behaviour has on a building's energy performance.

According to OrbEEt, 40 pct of the EU's total energy consumption occurs through buildings. This in turn accounts for 36 pct of the trading bloc's total carbon emissions -- of which at least 70 pct can be attributed to occupant behaviour and the everyday business activities happening inside a building.

The OrbEEt project's key outcomes include a systemic enterprise occupational rating framework that uses in-building sensors to measure and provides real-time building monitoring and continuous measuring of the impact that different activities have on a building's energy performance. The data can be accessed via an intranet portal and in-office display. The system is now being rolled-out at 110 historic buildings around Innsbruck.(Source: EU, Coridis, July, 2018) Contact: OrbEEt, Dery Torres, Project Leader, www.orbeet.eu

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


Xarbon, UNOPS Partner to Support Low-Carbon Economy (Int'l Report)
Xarbon Sustainability, nited Nations Office for Project Services
Date: 2018-07-18
In Hong Kong, Xarbon Sustainability Limited, a sustainability technology company using blockchain to improve carbon credit trading market transparency, is reporting a strategic partnership with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to support low-carbon economy development and has participated in co-investment of $18 million on a Korean-based OLED lighting project to offset carbon emission.

The Company has a partnership and received endorsement from the UNOPS, the operational arm of the United Nations dedicated to implementing projects for the United Nations System, to support low-carbon economy development by establishing digitalized carbon, aiming to improve education, awareness-raising and social impact on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning among different governments and organizations.

Xarbon launched the first Digital Carbon Credit "OCO", on top of the New Economy Movement Blockchain, which aims to future proof the carbon economy. The team believes that by applying blockchain technology to the carbon credit market, that OCO can improve transparency of carbon credit transfer, simplify user verification process, and incentivize individuals to uphold behavioral change. (Source: Xarbon Sustainability Limited, PR, Across Asia Communications, 18 July, 2018) Contact: Xarbon, http://xarbon.com/en; nited Nations Office for Project Services, www.unops.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xarbon Sustainability ,  Low Carbon Economy,  Carbon Credit,  Carbon Credit Trading,  


LiDAR Launched for Orsted Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Orsted
Date: 2018-07-18
Global offshore wind developer Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- is reporting deployment of a AXYS FLiDAR (Floating LiDAR) WindSentinel systems specialized buoy designed to measure wind and wave conditions at its Ocean Wind project currently planned for about 10 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The New Jersey lease area could potentially incorporate more than 1,000 MW of offshore wind -- sufficient power for as many as 500,000 New Jersey homes.

The AXYS FLiDAR WindSentinel floating LiDAR device operates autonomously and is powered by its own renewable energy system , is mounted on a moored buoy and measures wind speed and direction to help determine optimum turbine locations and positions. (Source: Orsted, PR, Windpower, 16 July, 2018) Contact: Orsted North America, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, https://orsted.com; AXYS Technologies, P.S. Reilly, Pres., CEO, http://axystechnologies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Wind LiDAR,  


Enbridge, Hydrogenics Launch Power-to-Gas Energy Storage Facility (Ind. Report)
Enbridge, Hydrogenics
Date: 2018-07-18
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Hydrogenics Corporation are reporting the launch of North America's first major hydrogen energy storage facility in Markham, Ontario.

The 2.5 MW facility uses technology developed and manufactured in Mississauga, Ontario by Hydrogenics. It was designed and built on a 5-MW scalable platform that incorporates Hydrogenic's next-generation PEM electrolyzer technology. The facility provides the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) of Ontario with a fast-responding resource to enhance the flexibility and reliability of operating the grid. Regulation service corrects for short-term changes in electricity use and helps compensate for real-time supply and demand imbalances.

The hydrogen produced can also be used for a number of purposes such as fuelling cars and trains, or blended into the natural gas system to offset traditional natural gas. (Source: Hydrogenics, Enbridge, JWN, 16 July, 2018) Contact: Enbridge, Al Monaco, Pres., CEO, (403) 231-3900, www.enbridge.com; Hydrogenics, Daryl Wilson, Pres., CEO, , (905) 361-3660, www.hydrogenics.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enbridge,  Hydrogenics,  Energy Storage,  


Oil Trader Vitol Establishes New Wind Power Fund (Int'l Report)
Vitol Group
Date: 2018-07-18
Swiss independent oil trader Vitol Group reports it is launching a new &euro'200 million fund to invest in off- and on-shore wind farms in Europe. Investments will be made through the company's VLC Renewables arm, run by a joint venture together with Low Carbon Ltd. The company is planning to buy minority stakes in projects, working with developers and financial investors. (Source: Vitol, Bloomberg, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Vitol Group, Simon Hale, Investment Dir., +44 20 7973 4200 -- London Office, www.vitol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vitol Group,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


First Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Turbine Installed (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm
Date: 2018-07-18
Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd is reporting the first of 84 Siemens Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 turbines has been installed at the 588-MW Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Outer Moray Firth, Scotland. The facility is slated to come online be the end of 2019.

Beatrice Offshore is a partnership between utility SSE with a 40 pct stake, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners with 35 pct and SDIC Power Holdings Co Ltd holding 25 pct. (Source: Beatrice Offshore Wind, Renewables, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Beatrice Offshore Wind www.beatricewind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Beatrice Offshore Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Solar Powering India's Q1 Renewable Energy Growth (Int'l Report)
India Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-07-18
According to India's Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), India's total grid connected installed renewable power capacity stood at 71,325 MW (58,303 MW) as of June 30, 2018, The total capacity of wind power stood at 34,293 MW followed by solar power with a total capacity of 23,023 MW (both ground mounted and rooftop). The Biomass (including bagasse and non-bagasse cogeneration) had a total capacity of 9,378 MW. Small hydro and waste-to-power accounted for 4493 MW and 138 MW respectively.

The MNRE has fixed a total capacity addition target of 15,602 MW for 2018-19 (14,550 MW) and solar is expected to be the highest contributor with about 11,000 MW (ground mounted 10,000 MW and rooftop 1,000 MW) of the new capacity, followed by wind (4,000 MW), biomass (350 MW) and small hydro (250 MW). (Source: Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Hindu Business Line, 16 July, 2018) Contact: India Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, www.mnre.gov.in

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


EU-MERCI European Industrial Energy Efficiency Database Announced (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-07-18
Researchers at the EU-funded EU-MERCI project report they have assembled a huge volume of data on energy efficiency to help small and medium enterprises (SME) make investment decisions to reduce energy use and increase energy efficiency.

EU-MERCI project researchers set up a web-portal based on data from thousands of energy-efficiency projects carried out by companies since 2005 with examples of how energy saving can be implemented sector wise. The anonymous data provides energy efficiency project technical information, how the energy efficiency projects were implemented, the relevant components used and the amount saved in terms of efficiency. The database includes and analysis around 3 000 energy-saving projects in the manufacturing industry sectors by selecting and disseminating technological and policy "best practices." (Source: EU, EU Publications Office, CORDIS, July, 2018) Contact: EU-MERCI, www.eumerci-portal.eu/web/guest/home


Indonesia Accelerating B-30 Biodiesel Fuel Use (Int'l Report)
Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry
Date: 2018-07-18
In Indoneasia, the Jakarta Post is reporting the federal government plans to accelerate the use 30 pct biodiesel(B-30) produced from palm oil in the transportation sector by 2019 from a previously announced 2020 date.

To that end, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's renewable energy and energy conservation department is slated to carry out road test for B30 in August. The government has engaged experts from the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo), Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) to further assess and study B-30 as a transportation fuel. (Source: Jakarta Post, 16 July, 2018) Contact: Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, www.esdm.go.id/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


Honolulu Mayor Inks Climate Change Action Directive (Ind. Report)
Office of Honolulu Mayor
Date: 2018-07-18
In the Aloha State, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's office is reporting the mayor has signed the City of Honolulu's Climate Change Commission's Sea Level Rise Guidance and Climate Change Brief.

The Mayor's directive requires all city departments and agencies to take several actions, including:

  • View climate change and the need for both climate change mitigation and adaptation as an urgent matter, and take a proactive approach in both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protect and prepare the city for the physical and economic impacts of climate change;

  • Use the Sea Level Rise Guidance and Hawaii Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report in their planning, programing, and capital improvement decisions to mitigate impacts to infrastructure and critical facilities subject to sea level rise, which may include elevation or relocation of infrastructure and critical facilities, the elevating of surfaces, structures, and utilities, and/or other adaptation measures;

  • Propose revisions to shoreline rules and regulations to incorporate sea level rise and conserve a natural, unarmored shoreline wherever possible; and

  • Work cooperatively to develop and implement land use policies, hazard mitigation actions, and design and construction standards that mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.

    The Commission included in its detailed Sea Level Rise Guidance that rising seas will threaten O'ahu communities and natural ecosystems in multiple ways, including: increased vulnerability to flooding; land loss and coastal erosion; saltwater intrusion into streams and coastal wetlands; and increased damage when hurricanes, tsunamis, and seasonal high waves strike. The commission further concluded that rising seas will negatively impact local communities, habitats, property, infrastructure, economies, and industry. The Commission says the city should plan for a 3-foot rise in sea levels by 20150. (Source: Office of Honolulu Mayor, khon 2, July, 2018)Contact: Office of Honolulu Mayor, (808) 768-4141, www.honolulu.gov/mayor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


  • Farmland Trust Joins Carbon Sequestration Initiative (Ind Report)
    American Farmland Trust
    Date: 2018-07-18
    The Washington, DC-headquartered American Farmland Trust (AFT) reports it is joining other major agriculture and conservation organizations at a Learning Lab for the U.S. Climate Alliance Natural and Working Lands Initiative. A team of over 50 technical experts from government, academia, and industry will provide technical assistance to state governments on how to draw down carbon from the air and sequester it in the soil across diverse systems such as farms, rangelands, forests, and wetlands. The lab wiil also help states develop strategies related to policy development and funding projects.

    AFT is working in partnership with the Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG), American Forests, the Forest-Climate Working Group, The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute, and The Trust for Public Land to support the Natural and Working Lands Initiative.

    The AFT's Farmers Combating Climate Change program aims to : protect farmland and promote smart growth to significantly reduce emissions; improve soil health to reverse climate change and improve productivity; and build support among the farm community and advance policies and environmentally sound farming practices to help keep farmers on the land. (Source: American Farmland Trust, AgDaily, July, 2018) Contact: American Farmland Trust, (202) 331-7300, www.farmland.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Farmland Trust,  Carbon Sequestration,  Climate Change,  


    Mytrah Wins 100-Mw Maharashtra Wind Power Project (Int'l Report)
    Mytrah Energy
    Date: 2018-07-18
    Reporting from New Delhi, Independent power producer Mytrah Energy (India) confirms it has contracted to establish a 100-MW wind power project for the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. Six companies had participated in the reverse bidding collectively submitting quotes for a cumulative capacity of 821.8 Mw.

    Mytrah Energy has a portfolio of over 40 operational and under-development power projects across nine Indian states with an aggregate capacity of 2,000 Mw. (Source: Mytrah Energy, Economic Times, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Mytrah Energy, Ravi Kailas, CEO, +91 40 3376 0100, mail@mytrah.com, www.mytrah.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mytrah Energy,  Wind,  


    EnBW Touts First Swedish Wind Farm Investment (Int'l)
    EnBW
    Date: 2018-07-18
    Karlsruhe, Germany-headquartered developer-utility EnBW reports its first Swedish wind farm investment in the 11MW Rammarehemmet in the town of Tidaholm. The project will incorporate three 3.4MW Senvion turbines and is due to enter operation in the summer of 2019.

    Although the majority of EnBW's 938.45MW of operational wind capacity is in Germany, the developer also owns projects in Turkey (262.8MW) and has sites under construction in the US and France. The company also operates coal, gas, and nuclear plants, as well as solar and hydropower projects. (Source: EnBW, Windpower, 17 July, 2018)Contact: EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG , Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320, www.enbw.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnBW,  Wind,  


    Enerkem Plans Rotterdam Methanol Production (Int'l. Report)
    Enerkem
    Date: 2018-07-18
    Following up on our April 2nd coverage, with the previously reported startup of it Edmonton, Alberta, waste-to-cellulosic ethanol plant, Montreal-based Enerkem plans to tap into some of the 2 million tpy of municipal solid waste (MSW) shipped to the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for methanol fuel production.

    Amsterdam-based chemical company AkzoNobel, and Paris-headquartered industrial gas specialist Air Liquide are participating in the project which is expected to cost approximately $232 million. When fully operational in 2020, the plant will gasify 300,000 tpy of waste to produce more than 200,000 tpy of methanol while avoiding about 300,000 tpy of CO2 emissions that would have been generated through incineration of the waste. Enerkem's patented technology can break down chemically and structurally dissimilar waste, including plastic materials, into a pure syngas that can be converted into commercial-grade methanol. (Source: Enerkem, Waste 360, 17 July, 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem ,  


    London Ontario Landfill Gas Power Project Trashed (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-07-18
    In Canada's largest province, 15 London, Ontario-led renewable energy projects were sidelined when the province's freshman conservative government led by Doug Ford cancelled nearly 760 green energy contracts tptalin $790 million across the province last Friday.

    The cancelled deals include 14 London Hydro solar power projects outside the city and the landfill project, which would use methane to generate electricity. The $3.8 million project was projected to generate sufficient power for 400 homes. (Source: London Hydro, London Free Press, 16 July, 2018) (Source: London Hydro, (519) 661-5503, www.londonhydro.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Doug Ford,  Renewable Energy,  


    First New Winery to Earn LEED Platinum Announced (Ind. Report)
    Silver Oak Cellars
    Date: 2018-07-18
    In California's Napa Valley wine region, Silver Oak Cellars reports it has earned US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for its new Alexander Valley facility -- the first commercial winery in the world to attain the green-building program's highest level of recognition in the category of "new construction." Silver Oak's scored LEED Platinum in the "existing building" category in 2016.

    Demand for sustainably produced wines has increased over the past five to 10 years, according to research group Wine Opinions.

    The new Silver Oaks winery employs: "membrane bioreactors" that treat water used in the winemaking processes for a 4,700 gpd savings; more than 2,500 solar panels with battery energy storage capacity equal to 5 pct of the facility's energy requirements. Silver Oak earned credits toward certification by using salvaged, recycled and locally sourced materials to meet significant percentages of building costs. Silver Oak will also submit to auditing for the Living Building Challenge, a rigorous sustainable-design certification program for which a building must demonstrate it meets its performance goals over 12 months (Source: Silver Oak Cellars, Wine Spectator, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Silver Oak Cellars, www.silveroak.com: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Grassland Carbon Credits Fund Carbon Sinks (Ind. Report)
    Environmental Defense Fund,
    Date: 2018-07-18
    In San Francisco, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is reporting the sale of the first listed grassland carbon credits that will allow the Southern Plains Land Trust to restore and preserve two Colorado ranches that sequester 8,000 metric tpy of soil.

    The EDF facilitated the development and sale of the credits with the help of a Conservation Innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Natural Capital Partners purchased the credits on behalf of its client Microsoft, which began a carbon neutrality program in 2012.

    Grassland carbon credits reward landowners for retaining soil carbon and avoiding the emissions associated with converting grasslands into croplands. Grassland projects also provide ecosystem benefits such as habitat for threatened species.

    The Climate Action Reserve's Grassland Project Protocol uses biogeochemical modeling and emissions factors to quantify carbon that would be released from the soil if the land were tilled. Offsets are then generated for preserved belowground soil carbon, avoided use of nitrogen-based fertilizers and avoided use of carbon-emitting machinery for crop cultivation. (Source: EDF, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, www.edf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund,  USDA,  Carbon Credit,  


    Trump Seeks Court Protection from 21 Kid's Climate Lawsuit (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2018-07-18
    The Associated Press is reporting the Trump administration has applied to the U.S. Supreme Court to stop a lawsuit filed by 21 young activists who say the government is failing to protect them from climate change. The administration reportedly wants the court to block further legal proceedings until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the government's latest request to have the lawsuit dismissed. A non-jury trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 29 in Eugene, Oregon. (Source: Various Media, AP, July, 2018)

    Notable Quote from The Donald -- "There is a cooling, and there's a heating. I mean, look, it used to not be 'climate change', it used to be 'global warming.' That wasn't working too well because it was getting too cold all over the place." -- US Pres. Donald Trump, Jan., 2018

    Editor's Note: Add news of the Trump Administration's resorting to the Supreme Court against 21 children calling for climate change action to The Donald's recent unprecedented poor and disgraceful performance in Helsinki and, as one reader noted, you have to ask yourself, "When will enough Trump be enough?"

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  


    Advanced Energy Storage Market -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2018-07-16
    According to the Advanced Energy Storage Market report from Research Cosmos, the global advanced Energy storage systems market was valued at $11.79 billion in 2016 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 8.88 pct in terms of revenue from 2017 to 2025.

    The Research Cosmos report provides an in-depth analysis of advanced energy systems and provides market size (US$ Million) and Cumulative Annual Growth Rate (CAGR pct) for the forecast period (2016 -- 2024), using 2015 as the base year. The report projects potential revenue opportunity across different segments and provides insights on market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approval, regional outlook, competitive strategies and profiles leading players in the global advanced energy systems market including: ABB Ltd., LG Chem, Ltd., Samsung SDI Co., Ltd, General Electric Company, and Tesla, Inc.

    Review report details HERE. Sample Market Brochure HERE (Source: Research Cosmos, July, 2018)5 Contact: Research Cosmos, Kevin Stewart, Global Sales Manager, (888) 709-8757, kevin@researchcosmos.com, www.researchcosmos.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    Ford Killing 758 Ontario Renewable Energy Deals (Ind. Report)
    Ontario
    Date: 2018-07-16
    At Queens Park, Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford is reporting the taxpayers of Canada's largest province will save a wildly estimated $790 million from the new conservative provincial government of Doug Ford's cancellations of 758 specified "unnecessary and wasteful" renewable energy projects province wide.

    In a statement the Minister said the government will introduce legislation during its summer sitting that would protect hydro consumers from any costs incurred from the contract cancellations which, no doubt could be considerable.

    Rickford said the move is part of the populist freshman premier's campaign pledge to end the renewable energy projects and, as previously reported, kill provincial cap-and-trade system, both of which the Premier claims will enable him to cut retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre and lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premi (Source: Niagara Falls Review, Canadian Press, 14 July, 2018) Contact: Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford https://twitter.com/gregrickford?lang=en; Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Onratio Renewable Energy,  Doug Ford,  


    Mass. Passes Climate Change Resilience Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-07-16
    Meeting in Boston, the Bay State Senate is reporting approval of legislation aimed at helping the state adapt to climate change while also protecting natural resources.

    The legislation authorizes issuance of up to $2 billion in bonds for improving public infrastructure that is more resilient to the effects of climate change.

    Separately, the legislature also passed bills that would increase the growth of renewable energy, set energy efficiency standards for appliances, and support the development of energy storage technology. Environmental activists are pushing lawmakers to put Massachusetts on track to reach 100 pct renewable electricity by 2050. (Source: WRAL, AP, Various Media, July, 2018)

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


    US Banned MTBE Being Exported (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2018-07-16
    The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that in 2017, the US experted an average of 38,000 bpd of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) to primarily Mexico, Chile, and Venezuela.

    MTBE was once commonly used as a motor gasoline additive in the United States but was phased out in the late 2000s as a result of water contamination concerns. Since then, fuel ethanol has replaced MTBE as a gasoline additive. In contrast to MTBE, the use of fuel ethanol has been supported by tax subsidies such as the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit and by the Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates the use of biofuels in the US transportation fuel supply. (Source: US Energy Information Administration, PR, 13 July, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Ethanol,  MTBE,  


    Brewer Touts Science-Based Efficiency, Climate Targets (Ind. Report)
    Molson Coors,Science Based Targets Initiative
    Date: 2018-07-16
    Denver-headquartered beer conglomerate Molson Coors Brewing Company is touting its just released Beer Print Report 2018, detailing the company's progress toward its 2017 sustainability targets and its commitment to setting science-based targets.

    Science-based targets provide a path forward for companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will meaningfully help keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees C, compared to pre-industrial temperatures.

    Molson Coors plans to cut its absolute carbon emissions by 50 pct within its own operations and by 20 pct across its value chain by 2025, and has submitted its plan for official review by the Science Based Targets Initiative. (Source: Molson Coors, PR, BevNet, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Molson Coors, www.millercoors.com; Science Based Targets initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets Initiative,  Climate Change,  


    SAS, Preem Partnering on Aviation Biofuels (Int'l Report)
    SAS,PREEM
    Date: 2018-07-16
    Reporting from Stockholm, Scandinavian airline SAS and Sweden's largest fuel company PREEM have inked a Letter of Intent to partner on the production of renewable jet fuel from forestry residue and other biomass wastes.

    Production is slated to get underway at PREEM's expanded Gothenburg refinery in 2022, with the total capacity for biofuels to be more than 264 million gpy of which a subset will be biojet fuel.

    SAS has set a target to use all renewable jet fuel in its domestic flights by 2030. Preem's goal is to manufacture 3 million cubic meters (793 million gpy of biofuels by 2030. SAS and PREEM intend to enter more detailed and binding agreements by this September. Preem is also planning a separate project that, together with new hydrogen production plants, will increase the company's renewable fuel production capacity by 60 pct. (Source: PREEM, SAS, GreenCar Congress, 14 July, 2018) Contact: SAS, https://sasgroup.net; PREEM, Petter Holland, CEO, Pres., +46 (0) 10 459 1000, www.preem.se/en/in-english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  SAS ,  PREEM,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    YES Bank Supports Indian Energy Efficiency Startups (Int'l Report)
    YES Bank
    Date: 2018-07-16
    India's YES BANK is touting its recently launched YES SCALE: Cleantech Accelerator, as part of its multi-sector start-up accelerator focused on energy efficiency, waste management and water management startups.

    The YES SCALE platform will provide access to technology, mentorship, commercialization and up to $1 million in funding through various investment partners. The platform will be one of the few global programs to provide zero-equity grant funding for pilot or proof of concept. (Source: YES Bank, PR, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Yes Bank, www.yesbank.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  YES Bank,  


    Vermont Forest Reserve to Offset Calif. CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Nature Conservancy Vermont.
    Date: 2018-07-16
    In the Green Mountain State, the Vermont Nature Conservancy is reporting that 5,400 acres (2,185 hectares) of forested land around Burnt Mountain will be the first Vermont site eligible for California's regulatory compliance market. Under the program, California businesses are required to reduce most carbon emissions or to purchase credits to offset their remaining emissions. The Nature Conservancy estimates that the credits will have an approximate value of $2 million over a 10-year period.

    The forest, which is located across five northern Vermont communities, was previously part of a 26,000-acre (10,500-hectare) holding by the Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy. In 2016 the two groups began separating the holding into 12 parcels, the majority of which will be working forestland.

    The Nature Conservancy acquired the Vermont Land Trust's half-interest for the Burnt Mountain forest which conserved 11,000 privately owned acres. The Nature Conservancy plans to keep the site open for non-motorized recreation activities. (Source: Nature Conservancy,PR, 14 July, 2018) Contact: Nature Conservancy Vermont, Jim Shallow, Director Strategic Conservation Initiatives, Nature Conservancy Vermont, (802) 229-4425, www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/vermont/index.htm?src=r.v_vermont.local.na.vt

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offsets,  Nature Conservancy,  


    Apple Launches $300Mn China Suppliers Clean Energy Fund (Int'l)
    Apple
    Date: 2018-07-16
    IT giant Apple is reporting the launch of the China Clean Energy Fund intended to connect its Chinese suppliers with renewable energy sources. The Fund will see Apple partner with 10 initial suppliers to invest $300 million over the next four years to help develop more than 1 GW of clean energy projects in China.

    As reported in our 13 April edition, Apple says its global operations across 43 countries are now powered by 100 pct renewable energy and/or renewable energy PPAs. (Source: Apple, CleanTechnica, 13 July, 2018) Contact: Apple, Lisa Jackson, VP Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, www.apple.com/ca/leadership/lisa-jackson

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Apple,  Renewable Energy,  


    Xcel's 72-turbine SD Wind Farm Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2018-07-16
    Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy reports the South Dakota PUC has approved Excel's planned $380 million, 72-turbine wind farm in Grant and Codington counties in northeastern South Dakota. The Dakota Range project is expected to be finished and online in 2021.

    Xcel presently owns five wind farms producing about 850 megawatts in the Upper Midwest with a sixth project under construction in Colorado.

    The South Dakota project is one of eight new wind farms Xcel is developing in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. One of the projects, the 150-MW Foxtail Wind Farm in Dickey County, North Dakota, is already under construction. The other six planned are two 200-MW projects in Lincoln County in southwest Minnesota, a 100-MW farm in Pipestone County in southwest Minnesota, a 200-MW project in Freeborn County in southeast Minnesota and parts of Iowa, a 100-MW project in Morton and Mercer counties in south-central North Dakota and another Codington County project, this one at 600 megawatts, in northeast South Dakota. The seven are expected to be completed by the end of 2020. (Source: Twin Cities, Forum News, 14 July. 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy ,  Wind,  


    Kazakhstan JV Set to Launch Coalbed Methane Production (Int'l)
    ArcelorMittal Temirtau
    Date: 2018-07-16
    In Kazakhstan, Kanysh Satbayev Kazakh National Technical University and ArcelorMittal Temirtau are reporting a soon to be launched joint venture to explore, produce and process coalbed methane in the Karaganda coal basin.

    The project will start with coalbed methane geological prospecting in coal seams on contractual territories with subsequent methane extraction. The project is being supported by the state with tax breaks and other concessions.

    Coalbed methane is an important source of energy in countries such as Australia, Canada, China, and the U.S. where World coalbed methane production is currently 58 billion cubic metres per year.

    ArcelorMittal Temirtau, part of ArcelorMittal Group, is Kazakhstan's largest mining and metallurgical enterprise with a steel plant in Temirtau, eight coal mines in the Karaganda region and four iron ore mines. (Source: ArcelorMittal , Astana Times, 15 July, 2018) Contact: ArcelorMittal Temirtau, http://corporate.arcelormittal.com/sustainability/reporting-hub/country-reports/kazakhstan; Kanysh Satbayev Kazakh National Technical University, www.kaznitu.kz/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Coalbed Methane,  


    New Rules Endanger Calif. PACE (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Ygrene Energy Fund
    Date: 2018-07-16
    In the Golden State, Sonoma County, the first county in the nation to offer property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing to encourage homeowners to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, is reportedly now in jeopardy of the program collapsing collapsing under the weight of new state regulations, according to the Ygrene Energy Fund.

    The new regulations being pushed by the state Department of Business Oversight, place overwhelming burdens on contractors, who are already licensed and regulated by the state, and PACE administrators, who are simply under contract to provide program services to local governments. The effect of the regulations, current and prospective, is to make the process of obtaining approval for financing more difficult for homeowners.

    The new regulations are reportedly being pushed by a triad of bankers, credit unions and real estate interests interested in preserving their market share and keeping new competitors, like PACE, out of the low interest rate residential energy related loan marketplace.

    While PACE administrators have supported recent legislation that delivers greater consumer protection and oversight of PACE as compared to other forms of financing, there is a calculated push by non-PACE lenders to shape legislation that denies access to PACE financing for many homeowners.

    Residential PACE programs have been approved in more than 50 California counties and has been expanded to support other public policy initiatives, including water conversation and seismic retrofits. (Source: Ygrene, July, 2018) Contact: Ygrene Energy Fund, , Rocco Fabiano, Pres., CEO, (866) 634-1358,https://ygrene.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ygrene,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    TEP Warns AZ Clean-Energy Policy Doable but Costly (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power,Arizona Corporation Commission
    Date: 2018-07-16
    In Arizona, Tucson Electric Power Co. (TEP) is warning that although the state "energy modernization" plan requiring utilities to generate 80 pct of their power from renewable sources by 2050 is doable, it could raise costs for the company and its ratepayers by more than $800 million through 2030, and cause the eventual closure of TEP-owned power generation stations. The higher costs would mainly include an additional $673 million in investments in energy-storage systems and about $53 million for new biomass energy projects.

    The Arizona Corporation Commission plan aims to encourage the development of renewable generating plants with energy storage. It would also count energy from Arizona Public Service's Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station as clean energy.

    TEP says it generally backs the objectives of energy modernization plans and favors coordinated, integrated resource energy policies overseen by elected officials. The utility also notes it is already pursuing clean energy goals that exceed existing state requirements. The utility has 21 megawatts of battery energy storage currently operating, and has contracted for 30 MW of four-hour battery storage as part of a 100 MW solar farm slated to reach commercial operation in late 2020. TEP says it is also considering purchasing or contracting for up to 200 MW of the proposed Big Chino Valley pumped-storage hydro project north of Prescott, which is expected to be online in 2025. (Source: TEP, Tucson.com, 15 July, 2018) Contact: TEP, Renewable Energy Dir., Carmine Tilghman, Dir. Energy Supply and Renewable Energy, (520) 571-4000, ctilghman@tep.com, www.tep.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Corporation Commission,  Tucson Electric Power,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  


    Osaka U. Claims CO2 Consuming Biofuel Cell Utilizing Microalgae (Int'l)
    Osaka City University
    Date: 2018-07-16
    In Japan, researchers at Osaka City University are reporting development of a new biofuel cell system with the functions of a solar cell and the ability of CO2 conversion. Utilizing the photosynthesis function of spirulina, a biomass of dark-green unicellular microalgae, the solar-light driven biofuel cell generates electricity by consuming CO2 in water as source material and produces formic acid as a byproduct while generating electricity.

    The researchers focused on the effective oxygen-evolution photosynthetic function activity spirulina shows in water. Using a device containing CO2-saturated buffer solution with two electrodes coupled with each other therein, an electrode on which a photosynthetic membrane derived from spirulina is immobilized and another electrode on which formic-acid dehydrogenase is immobilized, they found a certain amount of electric current (measuring 55 microamperes) flowing through the circuit when visible-light is applied to the photosynthetic-membrane immobilized electrode. The researchers also found that formic acid was produced above the formic-acid-dehydrogenase immobilized electrode by reduction of CO2. They also confirmed the evolution of oxygen and reduction of hydrogen carbonate ions derived from CO2.

    Thus, this biofuel cell introduced a new technology to create bioenergy that not only consumes CO2 but also produces formic acid which has potential potential as a hydrogen-energy storage medium, a synthetic material for organic chemicals, and a solvent for inorganic-organic chemical compounds. (Source: Osaka City University, Japan for Sustainability, 15 July, 2018) Contact: Osaka City University, Research Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, Prof. Yutaka Amao, www.researchgate.net/profile/Yutaka_Amao, www.osaka-cu.ac.jp/en, www.osaka-cu.ac.jp/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Microalgae,  Biofuel,  CO2,  


    Con Edison's South Dakota Wind Farm Near Completion (Ind. Report)
    Con Edison
    Date: 2018-07-16
    Con Edison is reported to nearing completion of a 9-turbine wind farm in Brule County, near the community of Kimball, South Dakota. Wanzek Construction was the project contractor.

    When fully operational, the $10 million project is expected to generate sufficient power for power about 2,250 homes. (Source: Con Edison, Daily Republic, 14 July, 2018) Contact: Con Edison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, Project Development Director Corey Juhl, (914) 286-7094, www.conedsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Con Edison,  


    Global Clean Energy Investment Data Released (Ind. Report)
    Bloomberg New Energy Finance (
    Date: 2018-07-13
    According to figures released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) on Monday, global investment in clean energy declined by 1 pct on the year but rose 8 pct year-on-year in the second quarter to $76.7 billion.

    The decrease reflects a 19 pct drop in solar investment to $71.6 billion, due to the lower capital costs per MW and a slowdown in China. Apart from shrinking solar investments, BNEF projects that China's decision will lead to overcapacity in solar manufacturing and steeper price falls.

    Investment in wind projects in the first half of 2018 improved by 33 pct to $57.2 billion, driven by large project financings in various markets, including the US, Taiwan, India, the Netherlands and Norway, according to BNEF.

    Smaller clean energy sectors -- biomass and waste, small hydro, geothermal and biofuels -- attracted between $700 million and $1.2 billion of investments, except biofuels which dropped in terms of investment. (Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Renewables Now, 10 July, 2018)

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


    Solargise Considers Canadian Solar Panel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Solargise Canada
    Date: 2018-07-13
    UK-based Solargise Ltd subsidiary Solargise Canada Increports it is considering a $2.3 billion (Cdn) ($1.7 billion US) investment to start production of new generation plastic-free photovoltaic (PV) panels in Quebec or Ontario. The company says $878 million in financing for the possible move is in place.

    Solargise said the selected site for the project requires access to 550 MW of power and be located close to a railway and a port and research universities. If the identified location is in Quebec, Solargise will move its research facilities from Europe to Montreal, it said.

    The UK parent company is primarily active in developing gigawatt-scale solar plants in India. (Source: Solargise Canada, Renewables Now, July, 2018) Contact: Solargise Canada, www.solargise.world/team.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solargise Canada,  Solar,  


    Mayors Call for EU Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    EU Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-07-13
    The mayors of Paris, London, Milan, Barcelona and other Major European cities on July 9 jointly issued the following call for the EU to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement:

    "We urge the European Commission (EC) to set the 1.5 degree C and net-zero emissions goals of the Paris Agreement as objectives of this strategy to be achieved by 2050. To reach that goal, emissions in Europe must peak by 2020 and decrease until reaching carbon neutrality by mid-century."

    The group of ten European mayors are part of a wider coalition of 9,000 cities worldwide, that have committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct by 2030 and to design adaptation strategies to address the possibly devastating impacts of climate change. (Source: Various Media, EURACTIV, 9 July, 2018)

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


    ISO Developing Methanol Marine Fuel Standard (Ind. Report)
    International Maritime Organization
    Date: 2018-07-13
    The Washington-based Methanol Institute (MI) reports the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will develop a standard for methyl/ethyl alcohol as a marine fuel and a standard for methyl/ethyl alcohol fuel couplings. By burning methonal as a fuel shipowners meet the 2020 sulphur cap, and potentially future CO2 emission regulations.

    The standard is to be developed for methanol as a marine fuel as owners look to a variety of alternatives to meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) 2020 0.5 pct sulphur cap. ISO is expected to develop the standard as soon as possible. There are currently eight methanol powered vessels in operation worldwide. (Source: International Maritime Organization, SeaTrade Maritime, 12 July, 2018) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Organization for Standardization, www.iso.org; Methanol Institute, (703)248-3636, www.methanol.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Organization for Standardization,  ,  Methanol,  International Maritime Organization,  


    London Launches Small Business Energy Efficiency Fund (Int'l)
    London
    Date: 2018-07-13
    In the UK, London Mayor , Sadiq Khan, has announced the £500 million Energy Efficiency Fund (MEEF) to help small businesses and public sector organizations invest in low carbon measures such as battery storage, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, small-scale renewable energy generation, upgrade existing infrastructure, reduce businesses costs, energy use, and cut carbon emissions.

    The MEEF will offer a flexible, wide range of funding options on a per-project basis through a consortium of funders including Lloyds Bank, NatWest, Santander UK, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and Triodos Bank. Amber Infrastructure Group will manage MEEF, and is now accepting applications.

    The MEEF is part of the Mayor's campaign to slash London's emissions by 60 pct below 1990 levels by 2025 before reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    Starting in October 2018, the City of London will source 100 pct of its power needs from renewable energy sources by installing solar panels on local buildings, investing in larger solar and wind projects, and purchasing clean energy from grid. The city has already initiated low-carbon projects to reduce CO2 emissions by over 35,000 tons. (Source: Office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Ecopreneurist, Carolyn Fortuna, 12 July, 2018) Contact: London Mayor , Sadiq Khan, www.london.gov.uk/about-us/contacting-city-hall-and-mayor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    UrbanVolt Raises €55Mn for International Expansion (Int'l)
    UrbanVolt
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Dublin-headquartered Irish company UrbanVolt reports it has inked a €55 million funding deal with UK investment firm Low Carbon. UrbanVolt upgrades commercial buildings to LED lighting for no upfront capital cost, enabling companies to save 75 pct on their lighting costs while reducing their carbon emissions. A proportion of the energy saving is then paid to UrbanVolt as a service charge for the first five years, during which time UrbanVolt also maintains the lights.

    Some 45 multi-national companies, including major conglomerates Pfizer, Zimmer Biomet, Cargotec and Pipelife, have signed as Urbanvolt LaaS clients to date. The new funds will be used to support international expansion. The company recently opened new offices in Chicago and Florida and is planning an office in California. (Source: UrbanVolt, Independat IE, 12 July, 2018) Contact: UrbanVolt , Kevin Maughan, CEO, +353 1 699 3340, www.urbanvolt.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UrbanVolt,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


    Global Algae Biofuel Market Could Hit $9.88Bn by 2024 (Ind. Report)
    Zion Market Research
    Date: 2018-07-13
    The recently released Algae Biofuel Market Report from Zion Market Research has found that the algae biofuel market was valued at approximately $4.7 billion in 2017 and is expected to generate revenue of around $9.88 billion by the end of 2024. The report attributes algae biofuel market growth to an increasing worldwide demand foir fuel, growth in the transportation industry, fossil fuel market volatility and an emphasis on reducing fuel emissions.

    The report notes that the US and Canada dominated the market in 2017 with more than 30 pct of the global algae biofuel market. The study projects the Asia Pacific region will experience major growth in the market during the forecast period due to technological advancements and materials availability.

    The report referenced policies such as the European Commission's Renewable Energy Directive, which would require that at least 10 pct of transportation fuels come from renewable sources by 2020. (Source: Zion Market Research , July, 2018) Contact: Zion Market Research, +49-322 210 92714, USA/Canada (855) 465-4651, sales@zionmarketresearch.com, www.zionmarketresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zion Market Research,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  


    ABB Announces Hornsea 2 Connection Contract (Int'l Report)
    ABB,Orsted
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Further to our 31 Jan. coverage, Zurich-headquartered Swiss power and automation giant ABB reports receipt of more than $150 million (€128 million) in orders from Denmark's Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- to help integrate the Danish energy group's 1.4-GW Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm to the UK grid.

    ABB's scope on Hornsea Project Two, which is set to become the world's largest offshore wind farm, includes the engineering, supply, project management and commissioning of the digital control and protection systems for the onshore substation and the two offshore platform substations. The Hornsea Project Two power flow will be protected and controlled by the largest Static Compensation (STATCOM) system ever built in the offshore wind space and the ABB Ability MACH control, protection and monitoring system is the brain of the STATCOM, according to an ABB release. (Source: ABB, Renewables, 12 July, 2018) Contact: ABB, www.abb.com; Orsted, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, https://orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  ABB,  Offshore Wind,  Hornsea,  


    Vidaris Snares Synergen Consulting Int'l. (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Vidaris, Synergen Consulting
    Date: 2018-07-13
    In the Empire State, NYC-based Vidaris, Inc. affiliate, IBA Holdings, LLC, (Vidaris) is reporting the acquisition of Housto, Texas headquartered Synergen Consulting International, LLC (Synergen).

    Vidaris is a A/E/C consultancy for building envelope, energy efficiency, specialty engineering, code compliance and construction administration. Synergen consults in forensic and risk analysis, claims and litigation consulting, and international arbitration. (Source: Vidaris, PR, Markets Insider, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Vidaris, Marc Weissbach, CEO, Michelle Maxwell, (212) 689.5389 Ext. 168, mmaxwell@vidaris.com, www.vidaris.com; Synergen Consulting International, Bryan Byrd, Pres., (800) 701-4248, https://synergen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vidaris,  Synergen ,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Notable Quotes and Duly Noted
    IBM
    Date: 2018-07-13
    "When it comes to climate change, if you're the atmosphere, there's only one thing you care about, and it's reducing emissions." -- Wayne Balta, IBM VP Corporate Environmental Affairs

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


    Renewable Energy Institute Releases Restructuring of Japan's Bioenergy Strategy (Int'l)
    Renewable Energy Institute
    Date: 2018-07-13
    In Japan, the Tokyo-headquartered public interest Renewable Energy Institute is reporting the release of its Restructuring of Japan's Bio-energy Strategy. The report examines the bioenergy industry in Japan and its potential contribution to a low-carbon economy -- decarbonized society.

    The report recommends: establishing a bioenergy heating Feed-In Tariff (FIT) scheme; new coal-fired power plants be co-combusted with biomass; biomass fuels be sourced from domestic forest resources and preventing wood resources from deteriorating, and utilizing waste such as rice husk/paddy straw and unused wood products, such as bamboo in the agricultural sector. (Source: Japan Renewable Energy Institute, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Japan Renewable Energy Institue, www.renewable-ei.org/en

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


    Vestas Wins Serbian, Australian Wind Turbine Contracts (Int'l)
    Vestas
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports receipt of two new turbine supply orders including a 112MW turnkey contract for 31 V126-3.6MW turbines to Palisade Investment Partners' Granville Harbour project in Tasmania, south Australia. The contract includes civil and electrical work and a 25 year service agreement, beginning in Q4, 2019.

    Vestas has also been awarded a 69MW deal to supply 20 V126-3.45MW wind turbines to the Kosava 1 project in Serbia, which is expected to be online in early 2019. The Serbian contract includes a 12 year service agreement. (Source: Vestas, Various Media, Windpower Monthly, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  


    Enefit Green Seeking Nelja Energia Purchase Approval (Int'l., M&A)
    Eesti Energia,Enefit Green, Nelja Energia
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Further to our June 1st coverage, Enefit Green, the green energy subsidiary of the Estonian state-owned energy group Eesti Energia, reports it has applied to Lithuania's Competition Council for permission to acquire 100 pct of renewable energy company Nelja Energia, for €289 million plus liabilities totaling €204 million. Nelja Energia is owned by Norway's Vardar and other investors.

    Enefit Green owns four wind farms totaling 111 megawatts, three cogeneration plants in Estonia and Latvia, one hydroelectric power plant and one solar power plant.The company produces energy from wind, biomass, water, mixed municipal waste and solar.

    Nelja Energia owns 17 wind farms in Estonia and Lithuania with a total capacity of 287 megawatts, and holds a minority ownership in two biogas stations in Estonia. Nelja Energia produced 804 GWh of renewable energy in 2017. (Source: Enefit Green, BNS, 11 Jyly, 2018) Contact: Eesti Energia, www.energia.ee; Nelja Energia, www.4energia.ee

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eesti Energia,  Enefit Green ,  Nelja Energia,  Renewable Energy,  

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