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EPA Plan to Force Refiners to Blend More Biofuels Nixed (Ind. Report)
EPA, Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2018-07-13
Reuters is reporting the US EPA as abandoned plans that would have forced refiners to blend more biofuels into their gasoline and diesel in 2019 to compensate for volumes likely to be exempted under the agency's small refinery hardship waiver program, according to newly released EPA documents.

The plan would have boosted the renewable fuel blending obligation from 10.88 pct to 11.76 pct to offset volumes lost under the waiver program, which has been expanded sharply under Scott Pruitt's tenure at the EPA.

The idea was apparently aimed at assuaging the U.S. corn lobby which has accused Trump's EPA of undermining the demand for biofuels like corn-based ethanol through the waiver program, but was scrapped amid intense protest from the refining industry, according to the Reuters report.

The "hardship" exemptions representing some 2.25 million gallons worth of biofuel were granted for 2017 and 2016, including waivers covering 1.46 million compliance credits (RINS). The EPA projected some 8.18 billion gallons of gasoline and 5.44 billion gallons of diesel produced by small refiners would be exempt from the requirements in 2019, according to the EPA.

As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: EPA, Manitoba Co-oporator, Various Media, Reuters, 12 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  RFS,  Pruitt,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  "Hardship" Waiver,  


Hamburg Sud Meeting Emissions Reduction Targets (Int'l Report)
Hamburg Sud
Date: 2018-07-13
German maritime shipping giant Hamburg Sud is reporting a 40 pct reduction in fleet CO2 emissions in 2017 compared to the baseline year of 2009. The company notes that its original target was to reduce its fleet CO2 emissions by 45 pct by 2020. For the period from 2016 to 2017, Hamburg Sud reported a reduction of 2.3 pct for CO2 emission, 3.7 pct for nitrogen oxides, 4 pct for particulate matter and 8 pct for sulfur dioxide. (Source: Hamburg Sud, BunkerSpot, July, 2018) Contact: Hamburg Sud, +49 40 37050, central@hamburgsud.com, www.hamburgsud.com

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


Zilkha Biomass Unplugs Planned Arkansas Pellet Mill (Ind. Report)
Zilkha Biomass
Date: 2018-07-13
In Arkansas, the Monticello Economic Development Commission reports that Houston-headquartered Zilkha Biomass has canceled its proposed pellet mill on an 80 acre site the Commission purchased from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 2014. With Zilka's cancellation, the Commission, which purchased the site specifically for Zilka, will take ownership of the land in exchange for their work and expense in the project.

Zilkha Biomass Energy produces the Zilkha Black pellet, a proprietary water-resistant biomass pellet that is transportable and can be stored like coal. (Source: Zilkha Biofuels, Monticello Live, 9 July, 2018)Contact: Monticello Economic Development Commission, www.monticelloedc.org; Zilkha Biomass, Jack Holmes, CEO, Carole Engelder, Senior Manager, Technology Marketing, (713) 979- 9961, www.zilkhabiomass.com

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


Envision Energy, Bow Power Tout Wind Energy Partnership (Int'l)
Envision Energy,Bow Power
Date: 2018-07-13
Shanghai-headquartered Envision Energy is reporting a strategic partnership with Bow Power to evaluate, develop, and operate utility-scale wind farm projects in Latin America, beginning with a 90-mw project in the Peninsula of Yucatan, Mexico.

The Envision -- Bow Power joint venture in Energia Renovable de la Peninsula, is being developed by Envision's local partner ViveEnergia, and has PPAs with Mexico`s utility company CFE.

Envision owns the world's largest Energy IoT platform, EnOS™, currently managing more than 100GW of energy assets globally. It is also the second largest wind turbine manufacturer in China and the sixth largest in the world.

Bow Power, a joint venture from Spanish conglomerate ACS and Global Infrastructure Partners, invested in and managed seven assets with a total value higher than €1,200 million , including different technologies in several geographies, during its first year of operations. (Source: Envision Energy, PR, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Bow Power, www.bowpowerenergy.com; Envision (www.envision-group.com),

More Low-Carbon Energy News Envision Energy,  Wind,  


Enel X Providing Energy Storage for Ontario Food Co. (Ind. Report)
EnerNOC
Date: 2018-07-13
Enel Group advanced energy services division Enel X, through its Canadian subsidiary EnerNOC, Ltd., reports it has contracted with Ontario food company Amhil North America to deploy a 2.34 MW/4.7 MWh lithium-ion energy storage system at Amhil's facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

As per the contract, Enel X will purchase, install and operate the battery energy storage system on behalf of Amhil North America, and share the savings which are expected to be created by Enel X DEN.OS optimization software that will analyze Amhil's energy consumption and implement a control strategy. Enel X will also provide demand management services and enroll the energy storage system in IESO's demand response programme. The storage system, which is expected to save Amhil 20 pct in energy costs, is slated for installation before the year end. (Source: Enel X, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Enel X, +39 06 83051, GMR@enel.com, www.enelx.com/en; EnerNoc, Tim Healy, CEO, (617) 224-9900, www.enernoc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Enel Group,  EnerNOC,  


Northeast 80X50 Pathway to Slash Emissions Unveiled (Ind. Report)
National Grid,Siemens Power Technology International
Date: 2018-07-13
National Grid, a major electric and natural gas provider serving more than 20 million people in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, in collaboration with Siemens Power Technology International has unveiled its Northeast 80×50 Pathway plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80 pct below 1990 levels by 2050.

The National Grid plan calls for accelerating decarbonization of the electric sector; electrifying light-duty transportation; and overhauling heating methods through enhanced efficiency, electrification and oil-to-gas conversion, as necessary shifts to reach an interim 40 pct reduction by 2030.

Zero-carbon electricity currently accounts for more than half of the Northeast's power generation with about 25 pct coming from large-scale hydropower and other renewables.

In 2015, emissions from power generation were approximately 50 pct below 1990 levels. Overall emissions for the Northeast in 2015 fell 16 pct below 1990 levels. Achieving the 2030 target economically implies significant reduction in the reliance on the most expensive and polluting heating fuels: fuel oil, propane and kerosene. It means that a rapid transition from these fuels to heat electrification is needed, according to the National Grid release. (Source: National Grid, Commercial Property Exec., July, 2018) Contact: National Grid US, Dean Seavers, Pres., www.nationalgridus.com; Siemens Power Technology International, www.energy.siemens.com/ru/ru/energy-topics/smart-grid/services/power-technologies-international.htm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Power Technology International,  National Grid,  


California 2020 Emissions Target Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
California Air Resource Board
Date: 2018-07-13
In Sacramento, the California Air Resource Board (CARB) reports the Golden State's 2016 greenhouse gas emissions of 429.4 million metric tons were lower than 1990's 431 million metric tons, despite a larger population and booming economy. Specifically:
  • California's carbon pollution dropped 13 percent statewide since a 2004 peak; meanwhile the economy grew 26 pct;

  • California's per capita emissions continue to be among the lowest in the country. They fell 23 pct from a peak of 14 metric tons per person (roughly equal to driving 34,000 miles) in 2001 to 10.8 metric tons per person in 2016 (roughly equal to driving 26,000 miles). That is approximately half as much as the national average;

  • California's carbon pollution dropped 3 pct between 2015 and 2016 -- roughly equal to taking 2.4 million cars off the road or saving 1.5 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel;

  • The "carbon intensity" of California's economy -- the amount of carbon pollution emitted per $1 million of gross state product -- fell 38 pct since the 2001 peak and is now one-half the national average;

  • California now produces twice as many goods and services for the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the rest of the nation.

    According to CARB, the emissions reductions are the result of a mixture of state-level measures that include mandating that a certain fraction of electricity come from renewable resources, regulating vehicle emissions, and a carbon pricing and trading program shared with Quebec.

    The state's 2020 carbon target is mandated by a 2006 law, but since then California has passed an even stricter law requiring emissions to be 40 pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030. Per capita emissions of around 10.8 metric tons per person are about half the U.S. national average. Overall 2016 greenhouse gas emissions for the U.S. in 2016 were around 6.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, and represented about 15 pct of global emissions in 2014. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Green Car Congress, July, 2018) Contact: California Air Resources Board, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resource Board,  CARB,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Notable Quote and Duly Noted
    POET
    Date: 2018-07-13
    "With Scott Pruitt's resignation, we hope we will now see an EPA that's willing to uphold President Trump's commitments to rural America and finally deliver the win-win he's been looking for with year-round sales of E15.

    " It's time to turn the page on the disastrous demand destruction practices of Scott Pruitt and start a new chapter." -- Kyle Gilley, POET Snr. VP External Affairs , Communications

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET news,  Pruitt news,  E15 news,  


    Kontrol Energy, Canyon Eng. Ink Reseller Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Kontrol Energy, Canyon Engineering Solutions
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Energy analytics software specialist Kontrol Energy Corp. is confirming a value-added reseller (VAR) agreement with New York State-based energy efficiency service and solutions provider Canyon Engineering Solutions.

    Through its real-time energy monitoring and smart algorithms, the Kontrol energy analytics technology provides deep energy savings through optimization, improves energy asset performance and can extend energy asset useful life.

    Kontrol Energy Corp. provides market-based energy solutions designed to reduce overall energy costs and a corresponding reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. (Source: Kontrol Energy, PR, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Kontrol Energy, Paul Ghezzi, CEO , www.kontrolenergy.com; Canyon Engineering Inc | LinkedIn https://ca.linkedin.com/company/canyon-engineering-inc

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canyon Engineering ,  Kontrol Energy,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    NWT Touts Planned Carbon Pricing Proposal (Ind. Report)
    Northwest Territories
    Date: 2018-07-13
    In Yellowknife, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), a signatory to the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, is touting its planned approach to implementing carbon pricing in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Some of the key components of the NWT approach to carbon pricing include:
  • Introducing a NWT carbon tax on fuels effective July 1, 2019 based on $20/tonne of GHG emissions. This would increase annually to $50/tonne;

  • Excluding aviation fuel from carbon pricing;

  • Rebating 100 pct of the carbon tax for heating fuel for most residents, businesses, and government;

  • Enhancing benefit programs to offset the impact of carbon pricing on NWT families through benefits that will be delivered through the Canada Revenue Agency on behalf of the GNWT;

  • Rebating the NWT Power Corporation for carbon tax payments related to fuel needed to produce electricity, in order to ensure electricity rates do not increase;

  • Establishing rebate program for large GHG emitters to partly offset the impact of carbon pricing and to incent investments to reduce GHG emissions;

  • Investing in GNWT initiatives that reduce emissions and address climate change as identified in the 2030 Energy Plan and NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework.

    The results of the federal-territorial analysis of the impact on carbon pricing in the NWT and the results of the public engagement on carbon pricing completed by the GNWT can be found HERE. (Source: Government of the Northwest Territories, Todd Sasaki, Senior Communications Officer, (867) 767-9151 ext. 14032, todd_sasaki@gov.nt.ca, www.gov.nt.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emission,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Pricing,  


  • Notable Quote and Worth Noting
    National Grid
    Date: 2018-07-12
    "For National Grid, climate change isn't a political question, but scientific fact, and we believe that innovation and a diverse set of stakeholders at the table will enable us to reach the clean energy future that we all want." -- Dean Seavers, US Pres. National Grid

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  National Grid news,  


    Wichita Approves Cargill Biodiesel Expansion Bonds (Ind. Report)
    Cargill
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Following up on our December 8m 2017 report, in Kansas, the Wichita Eagle reports the Wichita city council has given the nod to more than $38 million in industrial revenue bonds to help pay for Cargill's new $87 million, 42,000 sq-ft biodiesel plant in Wichita.

    Cargill currently operates a soybean processing plant, a grain elevator and truck and rail bulk loadout operation at the site of the new 60 million gpy biodiesel plant which is expected to be operational early in 2019. (Source: Wichita Eagle, AP, Bradenton Herald, 10 July, 2018)Contact: Cargill, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cargill,  Biodiesel,  


    €4.4Mn Funding for Irish Biomass, Bioenergy Industries (Int'l)
    Science Foundation Ireland
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Wilton Place, Ireland-headquartered Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI) reports it has secured an additional €4.4 million under the Sustainable Energy and Fuel Efficiency (SEFE) SFI Spokes programme to develop the country's biomass and bioenergy industries.

    The four-year SEFE research programme leverages the scientific expertise of 10 of Ireland's top academics in bioenergy research across four universities as well as national and international companies.

    The work will address some of the drawbacks associated with Ireland's reliance on imported biofuels and intermittent renewables by improving the efficiency and reducing the carbon intensity of power generation and transport from combustion. It will also do so by boosting the supply of renewable heat, which makes up 41 pct of Ireland's energy consumption, as well as meeting sustainable waste management challenges.(Source: Science Foundation Ireland, Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Silicon Republic, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Prof Jerry D. Murphy, Dir., +353 (0) 21 486 4300, www.marei.ie; Science Foundation Ireland, + 353 (0)1 607 3200, + 353 (0 )1 607 3201, info@sfi.ie, www.sfi.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Bioenergy,  


    Global Bio-Based Chemicals Sales Market Report 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    QyreseachReports
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Global Bio-Based Chemicals Sales Market Report 2018, a new research report from Brooklyn, New York-based QyreseachReports examines the factors that have amplified demand within the global market, market trends and dynamics, as well as Global Bio-Based Chemicals market manufacturers and players including: Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings; BASF; PTT Global; Purac; Mitsui & Co.; Abengoa Bioenergia, S.A; BioAmber Inc., Braskem; Cargill; CORBION Meredian Inc, ; Metabolix Inc.; Methanex Corporation; Myriant Technologies; NatureWorks; Novozymes ASS; and Royal DSM.

    Download report samples HERE. Browse a complete report HERE. (Source: QyresearchReports, SBWire, 7 July, 2018) Contact: QyresearchReports, (518) 621-2074, sales@qyresearchreports.com, www.qyresearchreports.com

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


    Trees vs Grass for Carbon Sink Supremacy (R&D, Ind. Report)
    UC Davis
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Researchers from the University of California, Davis have found that grasslands and rangelands are better carbon sinks than forests in present-day California. Years of warming temperatures, fire suppression, and drought have increased wildfire risks and turned the state's forests into carbon producers more than carbon consumers, according to the research.

    Trees store much of their carbon within their leave and woody biomass, while grass stores most of its carbon underground. This means that when a tree catches fire, it releases its stores of carbon back into the atmosphere. But when a fire burns through grasslands, the carbon fixed underground tends to stay in the roots and soil.

    The study suggests that grasslands and range lands should be given opportunities in California's cap-and-trade market, which was designed to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Their findings could also influence other carbon offset efforts around the world, especially those in semi-arid environments. This study states that, from a cap-and-trade and carbon-offset perspective, conserving grasslands and promoting rangeland practices that lead to reliable rates of carbon sequestration may help meet California's emission-reduction goals. (Source: UC Davis, earth.com, July, 2018) Contact: UC Davis, John Muir Institute of the Environment , Benjamin Houlton, Dir., (530) 752-7627, johnmuir.ucdavis.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Storage,  Carbon Sink,  Climate Change,  Carbon Storage,  


    New Cost Cutting Biomass Torrefaction Process Touted (Int'l)
    Fraunhofer
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Waste from olive oil production is treated at a pilot plant in Spain that uses a unique torrefaction process developed through the EU-funded SteamBio project to improve the combustion properties, lighten the weight and thus reduce transportation costs for biomass and produce green chemicals as a byproduct. Researchers from the Stuttgart, Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) with ten project partners from four European countries are touting the development of the new SteamBio torrefaction process.

    The process was initially developed to make wood chips, which are heavy to transport, challenging to store and susceptible to rot, more suitable for transportation and storage. A pilot torrefaction chamber working with olive oil production wastes, various woods and vineyard prunings has been established in Spain. (Source: Fraunhofer IGB Website, Olive Oil Times, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Fraunhofer IGB, Fraunhofer IGB, Antoine Dalibard, Group Manager Heat and Sorption Systems www.igb.fraunhofer.de/en.html

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


    KEPCO, PGCIL Seeking Indian Renewables Opportunities (Int'l)
    KEPCO,Korea Power Electric Corp
    Date: 2018-07-11
    In Seoul, the state-run Korea Power Electric Corp. (KEPCO) reports it has inked a memorandum of cooperation with the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL) for renewable energy projects in India. The two firms agreed to collaborate for development of renewable energy technologies, including energy storage systems (ESS), smart grids and electric vehicle charging systems, to explore ways to jointly participate India's growing energy market.

    The Indian renewable energy sector attracted more than $42 billion in investments over the past four years for clean technologies, including solar, wind and biomass as well as smart grids and ESS, according to Indian government data. PGCIL is an Indian state-owned electric utilities company that transmits about half of the total power generated in the nation on its transmission network. (Source: KEPCO, Yonhap, Korea BizWire, 10 July, 2018) Contact: PGCIL, www.powergridindia.com; KEPCO, www.kepco.co.kr/eng

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Korea Power Electric,  KEPCO,  Renewable Energy,  


    Eolus Selling 30-MW Norwegian Wind Farm for €40.7Mn (M&A, (Int'l)
    Eolus Vind
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Hassleholm, Sweden based Eolus Vind AB reports it has inked an agreement with EWZ Holdings for the sale of the 30-MW, 7-turbine Stigafjellet Wind Farm project in Bjerkreim south of Stavanger, Norway, for €40.7 million.

    Eolus will provide technical, operational and administrative services as well as construct the wind farm. EWZ Holdings will provide construction financing. The wind farm is expected be commissioned in late 2020. (Source: Eolus Vind AB, PR, 10 July, 2018) Contact: Eolus Vind AB, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02, www.eolusvind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eolus Vind,  Wind,  


    Macau Airport Lands Significant Carbon Emissions Cuts (Int'l)
    Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme
    Date: 2018-07-11
    The Macau International Airport (MIA) reports it has cut its 2017 carbon emissions by 28.7 pct from its 2012 emissions levels.

    As a participant in the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme MIA devised a five-year Carbon Management Plan for better energy efficiency, fuel efficiency and waste management, setting a 20 pct reduction target for aircraft movement emissions in 2018 from 2012 levels.

    The airport landed higher than expected emissions reductions by replacing conventional lighting units with LED lighting, replacing its vehicle fleet with environmentally friendly vehicles, upgrading its baggage handling system, installing "green" walls, performing energy audits to track and reduce electricity consumption and the recycling of food waste. (Source: Macau International Airport, Macau News Agency, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Macau International Airport, www.macau-airport.com/en; Airport Carbon Accreditation, +44 845 868 2708, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Airport Carbon Accreditation ,  


    UK BEIS Sets 43 pct Public Sector Emissions Reduction Target (Int'l)
    UK Carbon Emissions,
    Date: 2018-07-11
    In London, the UK Department of Business and Energy Strategy (BEIS) reports the government will increase its public sector greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to 43 pct by 2019 to 2020 based on 2009 to 2010 levels.

    The new emissions reduction targets are expected to result in savings of £340 million ($452 million), and will be implemented parallel to guidance on targets for the wider public and higher education sectors., according to a statement. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Strategy, CleanTechnica, 9 July, 2018) Contact: UK Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark, www.gov.uk/government/people/greg-clark; BEIS, https://itportal.beis.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BEIS,  UK Carbon Emissions,  UK Business and Energy Strategy,  


    EU "Green Growth Group" Seeks Stronger Climate Action (Int'l)
    European Union,European Commission
    Date: 2018-07-11
    The "Green Growth Group", a coalition of 14 EU member states reports it has called upon the European Commission (EC) to update the EU's pledge at United Nation's next annual climate meeting this coming December, and to ensure that the new mid-century strategy contains both a pathway to reduce emissions towards net-zero by 2050, and a pathway to limit temperature rises to 1.5 degrees C.

    The net-zero emissions goal is supported by the recently agreed upon energy union governance regulation, calling for Europe to achieve carbon neutrality "as early as possible." (Source: European Commission, EURACTIV, 9 July, 2018) Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  EU,  European Commission,  


    Biomass Eclipsed by Solar as US Power Source (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Agency
    Date: 2018-07-11
    According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, U.S. electric power generation from solar resources reached 77 million MWh in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively.

    EIA data also shows that while biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, solar generating capacity has consistently grown. In 2017, December solar capacity additions accounted for 21 pct of the annual total.

    Biomass electricity generation comes from multiple fuel sources which in 2017 had the following make-up of the 64 million MWh generated: wood solids 68 pct; landfill gas 17 pct; municipal solid waste 11 pct; and other biogenic and nonbiogenic materials 4 pct. (Source: US Energy Information Agency, Biofuel Int'l, July, 2018)Contact: EIA, infoctr@eia.gov, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Solar,  US Energy Information Agency,  


    Branson Reports Efficiency, Sustainability Savings (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-07-11
    In the Show Me State, the city of Branson -- pop. 14,600 +- -- reports its energy efficiency and sustainability efforts have saved the city more than $2.6 million in energy costs. The saving were primarly the result of energy conservation measures that cut the city's convention center annual energy bill by $113,049.00 and the implementation of energy service contract sustainability and energy efficiency recommendations.

    Energy efficiency updates and changes included :installation of more energy-efficient lighting; better energy management; moving to paperless billing; increased composting and recycling; and more then 30 other initiatives. (Source: City of Branson, Branson News, 11 July, 2018) Contact: City of Branson, Mona Menezes, Environmental Specialist, (417) 337-8522, www.cityofbranson.org

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


    Australia Claims Residential Energy Storage Leadership (Int'l)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2018-07-11
    According to a paper co-authored by the Australian Federal Government's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, Australia had nearly 21,000 residential storage batteries installed in 2017 -- triple the 2016 installations. "We are now not only the world leader in the use of rooftop solar (1.8 million installations) but also the world leader in the installation of residential battery storage by power capacity," according to Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg. (Source: Energy Matters, July 10, 2018) Contact: Australia Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg, www.aph.gov.au/J_Frydenberg_MP

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Australia Energy Storage,  


    Battery Consult Rethinking South African Zebra Battery (Int'l)
    Battery Consult,CSIR
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Bern, Switzerland-based energy storage startup Battery Consult AG reports it is finalizing a prototype for a new stationary storage solution, based on the Zebra Battery invented at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria.

    Battery Consults Salt Battery incorporates table salt as a key ingredient and the other materials, such as nickel (nickel chloride and sodium are self-generated during charge), are also readily available and linked to established battery recycling networks.

    The company claims the battery can be locally produced economically in production runs of around 3000 units per year, equivalent to 20 MWh of capacity. The company's first 7 kWh prototype -- SB-7 -- is close to completion. A single battery is expected to have a ten year life span assuming one daily charge and discharge. The initial market for the battery is expected to be Europe (Source: Battery Consult AG, Creamer Media Report, July, 2018) Contact: Battery Consult AG, Dr Cord-Henrich Dustmann, Managing Dir., +41 33 9721300, info@batteryconsult.ch, www.batteryconsult.ch; CSIR, www.csir.co.za

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Consult,  Energy Strage,  Salt Battery,  Zebra Battery,  CSIR,  


    Farmland Trust Joins Carbon Sequestration Initiative (Ind Report)
    American Farmland Trust
    Date: 2018-07-11
    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, 9 July, 2018) Contact: American Farmland Trust, (202) 331-7300, www.farmland.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    SaskPower's Boundary Dam CCS Coming to an End (Ind. Report)
    SaskPower
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Furher to our March 16th coverage, on the Canadian prairies, Regina-headquartered Crown-owned utility SaskPower is reporting no further retrofits will be made to the carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility at the coal-fired Boundary Dam power plant near Estevan. The CCS units, which received $1.5 billion in start-up funding, are reaching their federally mandated 2024 phase out and no longer receive Canadian federal funding.

    The facility, which opened 8 month behind schedule in October 2014, was designed to cut CO2 emissions by 1 million tpy but removed only 400,000 tonnes to date in 2015. The delays cost SaskPower approximately $80 million in "construction deficiencies" and non-performance penalties. Saskatchewan has committed to a 40 pct carbon emissions reduction in electrical power generation. (Source: SaskPower, CJME, Canadian Press, July, 2018) Contact: Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower,  Boundry Dam,  CCS,  


    MidAmerican Energy Efficiency Plan Cuts Customer Fees (Ind. Report)
    MidAmerican Energy
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy Co. reports it has filed an application with the Iowa Utilities Board for approval of a five-year energy efficiency program that meets new spending caps by utilities on those programs enacted by the Iowa Legislature earlier this year.

    If approved, the Iowa Energy Efficiency Plan 2019-2023 will deliver nearly $84 million in reduced energy efficiency program fees for MidAmerican Energy's Iowa customers. Residential customers with gas and electric service would see an average savings of $81 per year, while commercial customers would average $172 in savings. The average industrial customer would save more than $12,000 annually, according to a company release.

    MidAmerican Energy's proposal includes 14 energy efficiency programs including: online home energy assessments; incentives to replace older heating and air conditioning equipment with new high-efficiency models; appliance recycling; rebates to purchase smart thermostats; and others. The existing Plant Some Shade, Upstream Retail Lighting and Residential New Construction programs will be eliminated. (Source: MidAmerican, Business Record, 9 July, 2018) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Brookhaven Extends Redeem™ RNG Fleet Fuel Contract (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Newport Beach, California-headquartered Clean Energy Fuels Corp. reports that Brookhaven, NY, a municipality that previously abandoned diesel for Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG) has extended Clean Energy's contract for another five years. Brookhaven is Clean Energy's first customer in New York to move to Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG), the cleanest fueling option available, with an expected volume of 550,000 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) annually to power 80 new refuse and recycling trucks.

    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. builds and operates compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicle fuel stations nationwide. The company's Redeem RNG fuel is the cleanest transportation fuel commercially available, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70 pct, according to the company. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR, BusinessWire, 10 July, 2018) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, (949) 437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.CleanEnergyFuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Fuels ,  RNG,  Alternative Fuel,  


    Soltage Completes Three School Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
    Soltage
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Jersey City, New Jersey headquartered Soltage, a nationwide renewable-energy provider, is reporting completion of three solar projects totaling 3.2 MW for the Grossmont Union High School District, California.

    Together, the three systems will produce nearly 5 million kWh of energy per year and save the school district over $20 million in electricity costs over the 25 years of the PPA.

    The projects were funded by Soltage as part of a recent investment into their capital vehicle raised with Basalt Infrastructure. (Source: Soltage, PR, Solar Power, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Soltage, Jesse Grossman, CEO, (201) 432-1786 Fax: (201) 432-1010 info@soltage.com www.soltage.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Soltage,  Solar,  


    Solar Outshines Biomass as US Power Source (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Agency
    Date: 2018-07-11
    According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, U.S. electric power generation from solar resources reached 77 million MWh in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively.

    EIA data also shows that while biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, solar generating capacity has consistently grown. In 2017, December solar capacity additions accounted for 21 pct of the annual total.

    Biomass electricity generation comes from multiple fuel sources which in 2017 had the following make-up of the 64 million MWh generated: wood solids 68 pct; landfill gas 17 pct; municipal solid waste 11 pct; and other biogenic and nonbiogenic materials 4 pct. (Source: US Energy Information Agency, Biofuel Int'l, July, 2018)Contact: EIA, infoctr@eia.gov, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  Biomass news,  US Energy Information Agency news,  


    TPI Expanding Mexican Wind Blade Production Capacity (Ind. Report)
    TPI Composites
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Wind turbine blade manufacturer TPI Composites reports will add two additional production lines at its Matamoros, Mexico plant after long-term customer Vestas exercised an option under the two companies' supply agreement. With the additional lines, the plant will have six production lines.

    The plant produces blades for Vestas's V136 turbine model. Production is set to begin at the site in Q3 2018. (Source: TPI Composites, Windpower Monthly, Others, 10 July, 2018) Contact: TPI Composites, Steve Lockard, Pres. & CEO, (480) 305-8910, slockard@tpicomposites.com, www.tpicomposites.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TPI Composites,  Vestas,  Wind Turbine Blade,  


    Jan De Nul, Parkwind to Install World's Largest Offshore Wind Turbines (Int'l Report)
    Jan De Nul Group
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Luxembourg-based Jan De Nul Group signs an EPCI contract for constructing Northwester 2, the seventh wind farm off the Belgian coast, entering for the third time into a partnership with wind farm developer Parkwind, a branch of Colruyt.

    The Northwester 2 wind farm is located 48 kilometres off the coast and will have the largest and most powerful wind turbines currently available on the market -- the V164-9.5MW, with a rotor diameter of 164 metres.

    Jan De Nul will design, construct and install 23 foundations, as well transport and install the cables wind turbines Work is slated to get underwau in June 2019 for commissioning and operations in 2020. When fully operational, the project will generate sufficient green electricity for 220,000 households. (Source: Jan De Nul Group, Gas & Oil Tech., 10 July, 2018) Contact: Jan De Nul Group, Peter De Pooter, Manager Offshore Renewables , +352 39 89 11,  +352 39 96 43 – fax, info@dmmlux.com, www.jandenul.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


    UK Community Solar Farm Launches £4Mn Bond (Int'l)
    Burnham and Weston Energy
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In the UK, Somerset-based Burnham and Weston Energy, the owner and operator of a 9.3MW community solar farm at Wick Farm, between Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea, reports it is raising £4 million in investment funds through a bond issue.

    The investment, launched on Triodos Bank's triodoscrowdfunding.com, crowd funding platform will allow the company to return around £3 million in surplus profits to the local community over the remaining 23-year lifespan of the project which has been operating for nearly two years and generates enough carbon-free electricity to power more than 2,000 homes, and over £1 million per year in revenue.

    The bonds will be used to repay the remainder of an £11 million short-term loan facility from specialist community energy loan fund Leapfrog Finance. Over £7 million has already been refinanced through a long-term loan from Triodos Bank. (Source: COOP News, 6 July, 2018) Contact: Burnham & Weston Energy, +44 01326 567 161 www.burnhamandwestonenergy.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  Solar,  


    Notable Quotes on Pruitt's Exit
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2018-07-09
    "We don't see how we can do much worse than we had with Mr. Pruitt. He had been waging war against the RFS and really waging war against the farmers and rural Americans that had helped Donald Trump win the presidency, and so it isn't surprising to us that this resignation happened. I guess we're a little surprised it didn’t happen sooner." -- Geoff Cooper, Senior VP, Renewable Fuels Association

    "He had completely undermined the ethanol industry. He was handing out waivers like candy. The last number I saw was 2.25 billion gallons of ethanol had been waived from the RFS. President Trump continues to talk about giving E15 full-year access, and these refiner waivers are just unacceptable." -- Lisa Richardson, Exec. Dir., South Dakota Corn Growers Association

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pruitt,  Ethanol,  RFS,  Ethanol Blend,  Renewable Fuels Association,  


    Australia's CEFC Invests $35Mn in Smart Meters (Int'l Report)
    Clean Energy Finance Corp.,Landis+Gyr
    Date: 2018-07-09
    The Clean Energy Finance Corp (CEFC), an Australian government owned "green bank", reports it has invested $35 million in debt funding into smart meter technology provider intelliHUB -- a joint venture between Pacific Equity Partners and the Swiss-based global smart meter company LandisGyr.

    The CEFC investment is part of a debt finance package to support intelliHUB's growth plans. The CEFC was established to facilitate increased flows of finance into the clean energy sector.

    According to CEFC grid solutions and storage lead Simon Brooker, there are approximately 9 million metering points in the national electricity market and by accelerating their conversion to smarter technologies, consumers will benefit from more meaningful information relating to their energy consumption. (Source: CEFC, CIO, Twitter, 4 July, 2018) Contact: CEFC, Ian Learmonth, CEO, www.cefc.com.au; Landis+Gyr, Mike Cooper, General Manager of Distributed Generation and Energy Storage , http://landisgyr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Finance Corp ,  Smart Meter,  LandisGyr,  


    Million Light Bulb Challenge Program Launched (Ind. Report)
    UC Berekely
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In the Golden State, the University of California Berkeley, in collaboration with the California Community College system, the California State University system and the California Department of General Services, has launched the new Million Light Bulb Challenge community buy program as part of the school's Carbon Neutrality Initiative. Under the initiative, UC students, staff, faculty and alumni can purchase energy efficient LED light bulbs at nearly half the price of online competitors. (Source: UC Berkeley, 6 July, 2018) Contact: UC Berkeley, https://millionlightbulbchallenge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficiient Light,  


    Fundy Tidal Energy Project Wins Community Support (Ind. Report)
    Big Moon Power
    Date: 2018-07-09
    On Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy, home of the world's highest tides, Halifax-headquartered Big Moon Power Canada, the company behind a new Kinetic Keel tidal power technology that's foregone the use of turbines reports it has received Scott's Bay community approval for the provincial Department of Energy's announced two "marine renewable energy" permits to begin testing a small 100-kilowatt prototype and a second to increase the system's size to a maximum of 5 megawatts.

    The company's Kinetic Keel concept harnesses energy with a two-part system comprised of a land-based shed houses a drum and high modulus rope -- a material seven times stronger than steel -- attached to an underwater keel that ebbs and flows with the tidal current. The rope loosens and contracts during high and low tides, meaning the two-way energy production is constantly producing energy without impacting the ocean environment.

    The company has a PPA in place with Nova Scotia Power, will foot the bill for the new three-phase system, meaning residents will see no change in their power costs. (Source: Bib Moon Power, Kings County Register, 5 July, 2018) Contact: Big Moon Power LLC, Jamie MacLean, www.bigmoonpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power,  


    GreenTrees Touts Reforestation Carbon Credit Issuance (Ind. Report)
    GreenTrees,American Carbon Registry
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In the Old Dominion State, GreenTrees® is reporting completion of its latest verification for 1,273,866 metric tons on the American Carbon Registry (ACR) -- the organization's second consecutive issuance of over one million tons.

    ACR has had fifteen issuances over a million forestry tons for both compliance and voluntary markets. This includes IFM, Avoided Conversion and Afforestation/Reforestation project types. Of the fifteen issuances, GreenTrees has two of them. Only three of the fifteen issuances are from afforestation/reforestation projects, with the remaining one from an international project.

    The GreenTrees River System approach is setting the standard for how reforestation can achieve scale and impact and does it with small and medium-sized landowners. Reforestation provides a continuous loop of scaled impact while bending the climate curve.

    GreenTrees® is the largest reforestation program in North America with more than 120,000 acres of trees planted with its 500 landowner partners, producing over 1,000,000 tons annually on The American Carbon Registry. (Source: GreenTrees, CSRWire, 6 July, 2018) Contact: GreenTrees, Chandler Van Voorhis, (540)253-2504, chandler@green-trees.com, www.green-trees.com; American Carbon Registry, https://americancarbonregistry.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Refdorestation,  Climate Change,  American Carbon Registry ,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Credits,  


    ADM, Cargill Launch Egyptian Soybean JV SoyVen™ (Ind. Report)
    ADM, Cargill
    Date: 2018-07-09
    Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and Cargill are reporting the launch of their SoyVen™ 50-50 joint venture to provide soybean meal and oil for customers in Egypt.

    SoyVen owns and operates the National Vegetable Oil Company soy crush facility in Borg Al-Arab, along with related commercial and functional activities, including a separate Switzerland-based entity supplying soybeans to the Egypt crush plant. The plant's crush capacity has been doubled to 6,000 metric tpd to meet increasing Egyptian demand for soybean meal and soy oil.

    SoyVen will have offices and operations in Cairo and Borg Al-Arab in Egypt, as well as offices in Rolle, Switzerland. (Source: Cargill Website, 6 July, 2018) Contact: Cargill, www.cargill.com; ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Collin Benson, VP Bioactives, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, www.adm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Soybean,  Soy Oil,  Archer Daniels Midland,  ,  Cargill,  


    St. Louis Adopts Energy Efficient Building Codes (Ind. Report)
    St. Louis
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In the Show Me State, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen reports it has approved several new home energy efficiency building codes which come into force in August.

    The codes require the city to adopt a number of national and international standards for energy use and energy efficiency standards including the amount of building insulation, requirements for energy efficient windows and programmable thermostats. The new requirements will replace the 2009 International Building Codes followed by the city, but will not apply to construction already using the old codes. (Source: St. Louis Board of Aldermen, St. Louis Public Radio, 6 June, 2018) Contact: St. Louis Board of Aldermen, www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen

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


    Iberdrola Scores 16-MW Greek Wind Farm Project (Int'l Report)
    Iberdrola SA
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In a press release, Spanish renewable energy specialist Iberdrola SA reports it has been awarded the 16-MW, Pyrgari wind farm project to be constructed about 70 miles from Athens, Greece.

    The project, which is expected to come online between 2020 and 2021, will incorporate Vestas' 4-MW turbines. Iberdrola has 17 wind farms and four solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the country. (Source: Iberdrola, PR, Renewables Now, 6 July, 2018) Contact: Iberdola SA, Frank Burkhartsmeyer, CEO, (503) 796-7000 -- US Office, www.iberdrola.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola SA ,  Wind,  


    Sinovel Fined for AMSC Wind Farm Technology Theft (Ind. Report)
    Sinovel
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In Madison, Wisconsin, a federal judge has fined Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel Wind Group $1.5 million and placed the company on a one-year probation for its 2013 conspiracy, theft of trade secrets and wire fraud from Ayer, Massachusetts-based technology company American Superconductor (AMSC).

    The court found that Sinovel had contracted to purchase AMSC software regulating the flow of electricity from turbines to the electrical grid for more than $800 million. Sinoval wanted to use the software to retrofit existing turbines in China to comply with grid requirements and make new turbines more efficient. Sinovel stopped paying for the software in March 2011 and was discovered to have pirated unauthorized versions of the software. (Source: AMSC, Worchester Telegram, AP, 7 July, 2018) Contact: AMEC, Jason Fredette, Director of Investor & Media Relations, (508) 621-4177, jfredette@amsc.com, www.amsc.com; Sinovel Wind Group, www.sinovel.com/english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Superconductor,  AMSC,  Sinovel ,  Wind,  Renewable Energy Software,  


    Bluestem's 6.9-MW Neb. Wind Farm Nears Commissioning (Ind. Report)
    Bluestem
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In the Cornhusker State, Omaha-based Bluestem Energy Solutions reports it is nearing completion of its 6.9-MW wind energy installation in Fairmont, Fillmore County.

    When commissioned and fully operational in 3Q, 2018, the 3, 2.3-MW General Electric turbines will deliver power onto the Perennial Public Power District distribution system under the terms of a 25-year PPA.

    The distribution-connected generation project is the central feature of the public-private partnership between Perennial and Bluestem, which is expected to drive economic development well beyond the construction phase, according to Bluestem. (Source: Bluestem, York News Times, 7 July, 2018) Contact: Bluestem, Adam Herink, VP, (402) 933-8291, info@bstem.biz, www.bluestemenergysolutions.com; Perennial Public Power District, (402) 362-3355, https://perennialpower.com

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    Wood Chip Welfare: No More Biomass Subsidies (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Woody Biomass
    Date: 2018-07-09
    "After benefiting for years from subsidies supplied by New Hampshire ratepayers, three of the state's six biomass plants are closing, at least for now, saying they can't keep running without even higher subsidies.

    "The plants, and Democratic opportunists, are blaming Gov. Chris Sununu, who vetoed a bill that would have mandated New Hampshire electric utilities buy power from the plants at above-market prices. That extra expense would be carried over into New Hampshire electric bills.

    "Burning wood to produce electricity is simply not economically viable, at least not in the summer when natural gas is a much cheaper fuel source to turn electric turbines.

    "When demand spikes in the winter, the price of natural gas goes up, and wood-fired plants can better compete. Instead of acknowledging the challenges of the market, biomass backers want the state to shield these plants from the laws of supply and demand.

    "Policy makers have gradually separated power generation from distribution. This should lead to greater competition, but these same policy makers keep getting in the way.

    "Businesses should not be subsidized by ratepayers paying artificially high electric rates. The Legislature should sustain Sununu's veto and oppose expansion of wood chip welfare." (Source: Editorial, New Hampshire Union Leader, 3 July, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Chip,  


    UBC Researchers Touting Biogenic Solar Cells (New Prod & Tech)
    UBC
    Date: 2018-07-09
    Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) are reporting the development of a bacteria-powered -- biogenic -- solar cell that worked equally well in dim and bright sun light. The researchers generated a current density of 0.686 milliamps per sq cm, compared to 0.362 achieved by others in this field.

    Previous efforts to create biogenic solar cells have focused on extracting the natural dye that bacteria use for photosynthesis, which is a costly and complex process that involves toxic solvents. UBC researchers left the dye in the bacteria, coated the bacteria with a mineral that could act as a semiconductor and applied the mixture to a glass surface. They genetically engineered E. coli to produce large amounts of lycopene, a dye effective at harvesting light for energy conversion, according to UBC. (Source: UBC, Renewables, July, 2018) Contact: UBC, , Prof. Vikramaditya Yadav, Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, (604) 822-323, 8vikramaditya.yadav@ubc.ca, www.chbe.ubc.ca

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    Va. County Schools Advance Energy Savings Project (Ind Report)
    Warren County Public Schools District
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In the Old Dominion State, the Warren County Public Schools District reports it is proceeding with a $30 million energy efficiency and energy savings project that will include energy-efficient lighting, geothermal heating and cooling systems and solar panels at several of its schools this summer.

    The upgrades are part of the school district's 15 month Guaranteed Energy Savings Project. With its solar panels, geothermal system and other energy-saving practices, the school district expects to be energy independent and anticipates selling about $80,000 worth of energy per year back to the Tennessee Valley Authority, in addition to saving a minimum of $850,000 a year in energy costs. (Source: Warren County Public Schools District, Bowling Green Daily News, 7 July, 2018) Contact: Warren County Public Schools District, www.wcps.k12.va.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    GGF Supports Bosnian Energy Efficiency Microfinance (Int'l, Funding)
    Green for Growth Fund
    Date: 2018-07-09
    The Green for Growth Fund (GGF), a Luxembourg-based lender to projects deemed beneficial to the environment, reports it and Partner MCF recently disbursed two loans to nonprofit microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina -- €5 million ($5.8 million) to Partner Microcredit Foundation (MCF) and €1 million ($1.2 million) to Mi-Bospo.

    The MFIs will "on-lend" funds to households and microenterprises for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and equipment. GGF expects the loans to generate total annual energy savings of 44,700 megawatt-hours and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 13,800 metric tpy.

    Created in 1997 by the US-based nonprofit Mercy Corps, Partner MCF provides microloans primarily to the agricultural sector for rural enterprises, home improvements, solar energy collectors and other energy saving purchases.Partner MCF had $69 million in assets, a gross loan portfolio of $60 million and 44,000 active borrowers as of 2016, according to the nonprofit Microfinance Information Exchange. (Source: GGF, MicroCapital, 8 July, 2018) Contact: GGF, www.ggf.lu; Partner MCF, www.mcfcorpfin.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green for Growth Fund,  


    Middle Eastern Gulf States Commit to Climate Charter (Int'l Report)
    Climate Charter, Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In the Middle East, four Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, are among the six major oil-producing countries to sign a climate charter designed to promote green investment and drive low-carbon economic growth.

    The sovereign wealth funds of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Norway and New Zealand, which together are valued at $3 trillion or more, have established a joint framework designed to encourage companies they invest in to address climate challenges and incorporate environmental policies into their future business plans while creating new investment opportunities and helping finance the shift toward clean energy sources. The development builds on discussions during a climate summit in Paris last year, when world leaders, investment funds and energy magnates promised to channel more resources toward tackling climate change.

    Regional funds have been boosting their investments in the renewables sector as solar projects, in particular, gather pace across the Middle East, according to the Arab News. (Source: Arab News, Various Media, Zawya, July, 2018)

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


    Pruitt's Resignation Letter Revealed (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    EPA,Scott Pruitt
    Date: 2018-07-09
    "Mr. President, it has been an honor to serve you in the Cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration.

    " Your courage, steadfastness and resolute commitment to get results for the American people, both with regard to improved environmental outcomes as well as historical regulatory reform, is in fact occurring at an unprecedented pace and I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the American people in helping achieve those ends.

    That is why it is hard for me to advise you I am stepping down as Administrator of the EPA effective as of July 6. It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring. However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.

    "My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God's providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people. Thank you again Mr. President for the honor of serving you and I wish you Godspeed in all that you put your hand to.

    Your Faithful Friend, Scott Pruitt" (Source: Various Media, 6 July, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scott Pruitt,  EPA,  

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