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Canadian Solar Touts 10-Yr Italian PPA (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar
Date: 2018-12-17
Canadian Solar Inc. reports it entered into a 10-year PPA for 100 pct of the electric power produced by a 17.6 MWp solar PV plant portfolio in Sicily, Italy. The portfolio is 51 pct owned by Canadian Solar (51% stake) and 49 pct owned by Verona, Italy-based Manni Energy, a renewable energy engineering, O&M servicesand energy efficiency firm which is part of Manni Group, which will also provide turnkey EPC services for the project. Under the PPA, TrailStone will also act as market representative for the portfolio on the Italian wholesale market. The solar PV portfolio is expected to start producing electricity in Q2, 2019. (Source: Canadian Solar, Street Insider, 17 Dec., 2018) Contact: Trailstone Group, John Redpath, CEO, + +44 203 959 1815, www.trailstonegroup.com; Manni Energy, +39 045 808 8911, www.mannienergy.it; Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, www.canadiansolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Solar,  


RENEW Wisc. Supports Nonprofit Organizations' Solar Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
RENEW Wisconsin
Date: 2018-12-17
In the Badger State, Madison-based RENEW Wisconsin is reporting 36 Wisconsin nonprofit organizations -- including churches and schools -- are inline to receive $445,000 in solar-power grants for projects aimed at promoting clean energy, increasing energy efficiency and cutting electric power costs. RENEW Wisconsin supports solar power, wind power, biogas, geothermal systems and electric vehicles.

The program is primarily funded by philanthropists Cal and Laurie Coulliard of Deerfield. In two earlier rounds of funding, RENEW Wisconsin issued more than $200,000 in grants, assisting 23 Wisconsin nonprofits invest in more than $1.67 million in solar projects that totaled 730 kilowatts of electricity. The grants fund up to 20 pct of a not-for-profit organization's solar installation costs. (Source: RENEW Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Dec., 2018)Contact: RENEW Wisconsin, Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, (608) 255-4044, www.renewwisconsin.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RENEW Wisconsin,  Renewable Energy,  


India Planning 5,000 Compressed Biogas Plants by 2023 (Int'l)
Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry
Date: 2018-12-17
In the sub-continent, the Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry is reporting the planned construction of 5,000 compressed biogas-from-agricultural waste and municipal solid wastes (MSW) plants nationwide by 2023. The proposed facilities will have an estimated CBG production of 15 million tpy. The initiative is intended to boost the availability of affordable transport fuels, to better use agricultural residue, and provide additional revenue for farmers. The initiative would also increase the share of natural gas in India's energy mix from present 6-7 pct to 15 pct by the year 2022. (Source: Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry, Press Trust of India, 16 Dec., 2018) Contact: Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry, www.petroleum.nic.in


EU Earmarks €54 Mn for Ukrainian Energy Efficiency Fund (Int'l)
Ukraine
Date: 2018-12-17
The European Union (EU) reports it is providing the second tranche of financial assistance amounting to €54 million to support the activity of the Ukrainian Energy Efficiency Fund. These funds are added to the first tranche worth EUR 50 million that Ukraine received from the EU for the Fund's activity in June.

The EU support is aimed at implementing the programs that include the provision of non-refundable grants to the apartment building co-owners associations for taking energy efficiency measures, technical support for the apartment building co-owners associations in preparation of applications to the Fund, as well as assistance in the training of energy auditors who will work in all the regions of Ukraine. (Source: UKRINFORM, 17 Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  


Black Hills Pitches Energy Benchmarking to Pueblo (Ind. Report)
Black Hills Energy
Date: 2018-12-17
Rapid City, South Dakota-based Black Hills Energy report it has pitched its B3 Benchmarking energy efficiency program to the city of Pueblo, Colorado. The program is aimed at identifying buildings that are underperforming and improving them, which they said would result in money savings.

The tool helps identify under performing buildings with the highest potential for energy savings and provides input to help understand the way buildings are using their energy.

The B3 tool works by customers inputting basic data about facilities, such as what the building is used for, overall square footage, number of floors/rooms, hours of use and number of employees, among other data. The information is then uploaded to B3 and then compared to similar buildings within its database. A results report is then generated. (Source: Black Hills Energy, Pueblo Chieftain 16 Dec., 2018) Contact: Black Hills Energy, Jim Dillon, Senior Manager, Energy Efficiency, www.blackhillsenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Hills Energy news,  Energy Benchmark news,  


COP24 Approves Rulebook to Govern COP15 Paris Accord (Int'l)
COP15,COP24
Date: 2018-12-17
The AP is reporting the delegates of from nearly 200 countries -- including the US despite Trump's disagreement -- meeting at the COP24 meeting last week in Katowice, Poland, have agreed on guidelines to govern the 2015 (COP15) Paris Climate Agreement.

The newly adopted Paris Accord Work Programme outlines the ways in which countries are required to count and report their greenhouse gas emissions as well as what they are doing to reduce emissions.

The deal, struck after an all-night bargaining session, will ultimately require every country in the world to follow a uniform set of standards for measuring their planet-warming emissions and tracking their climate policies. And it calls on countries to step up their plans to cut emissions ahead of another round of talks in 2020. It also calls on richer countries to be clearer about the aid they intend to offer to help poorer nations install more clean energy or build resilience against natural disasters. And it builds a process in which countries that are struggling to meet their emissions goals can get help in getting back on track.

A further agreement to pledge more aggressive action to fight global warming and to the market for international carbon emissions trading was postponed until a U.N. summit in New York in September, 2019) (Source: Weather Channel, Environmental Defense Council, UPI, NYT, Various Media, 15 Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  COP15,  COP24,  


Cox Phoenix Facility Wins Green Business Certification (Ind. Report)
Green Business Certification,USGBC
Date: 2018-12-17
Atlanta-headquartered Cox Communications reports that its area fulfillment center (AFC) in Phoenix has scored Gold level under the Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE) certification system for waste reduction efforts.

Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), TRUE helps facilities define, pursue and achieve zero waste goals while becoming more resource and energy efficient. The program aims to change the way materials flow through society so that all products are reused and diverted from landfill, incineration (waste-to-energy) and the environment. TRUE provides best practices and training that helps businesses, property managers, schools, government agencies and nonprofits rethink how resources are used.

Cox Conserves is Cox Enterprises' national sustainability program focused on reducing waste and energy consumption, as well as conserving water. The program engages each of the company's major subsidiaries -- Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group -- and encourages eco-friendly practices. The company's sustainability goals are to send zero waste to landfill by 2024 and become carbon and water neutral by 2044.

GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED green building rating systems, as well as the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), TRUE Zero Waste Certification, Parksmart, the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. www.gbci.org. (Source: Cox Enterprises, PR, 17 Dec., 2018) Contact: Cox Enterprises, Cox Conserves, Meredith Lindvall, Recycling Waste Diversion Program Manager, www.coxenterprises.com; GBCI, www.gbci.org; : USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  Cox Enterprises,  Green Business Certification ,  USGBC,  


Company eyes far SW Indiana county for wind farm project
E.ON Climate & Renewables North America
Date: 2018-12-17
MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (AP) — A Texas company is eyeing southwestern Indiana for a proposed 200-megawatt wind farm. E.ON Climate & Renewables North America wants to erect up to 81 wind turbines in Posey County in the state's far southwestern corner. Karsen Rumpf is the wind development manager for the Austin, Texas-based company. He says the project's scope and timetable depends on how many landowners are interested in leasing property for the turbines and the right-of-way for access roads to them.Construction of the wind farm could begin in 2020 , subject to Posey County planning authority approval. Karsen Rumpf is the wind development manager for the Austin, Texas-based company. He says the project's scope and timetable depends on how many landowners are interested in leasing property for the turbines and the right-of-way for access roads to them. Rumpf tells the Evansville Courier & Press it would take an estimated 47 to 81 wind turbines for the proposed farm to generate 200 megawatts of power. (Source: Evansville Courier Press, 16 Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON Climate & Renewables North America news,  


Mich. Machine Company Scores Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
Michigan Energy Office
Date: 2018-12-17
The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) reports it has awarded Independent Machine Co. in Escanaba a $9,750 rebate for energy efficiency improvements.

The company matched the rebate to install a power monitoring and control system across their manufacturing operations to implement a range of energy saving procedures, such as soft motor starts and efficient LED light operation. The company's estimated annual electricity usage savings is 26,000 kWh at a cost savings of $4,000.

Details on the Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot program are HERE. (Source: Michigan Energy Office, PR, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Michigan Energy Office, www.michigan.gov/energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Michigan Energy Office news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


SwRI Granted $2Mn for Innovative Energy Storage R&D (Ind. Report)
Southwest Research Institute
Date: 2018-12-17
In the Lone Star State, the San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) reports receipt of $2 million in grant funding from the US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop an advanced pumped heat electricity storage (PHES) system. This system offers twice the energy density of a lithium ion battery and is based on an innovative thermodynamic cycle to store energy in hot and cold fluids.

In this new system, electric energy from the grid is converted into thermal energy and stored as a thermal potential. At full capacity, the system can store energy for hours or up to several weeks before converting it back to electrical energy. The system can then provide greater than 10 hours of electricity at rated power. Tom adds that the capacity of the system can be easily extended by increasing the volume of the storage tanks. Additionally, this form of storage offers a low-cost solution when compared to the costs of operations like "peaker" plants, which generate and provide electricity during the peak demand hours of the morning, later afternoon and evening. (Source: SwRI, PR, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: SwRI, Danny Deffenbaugh, VP Mechanical Engineering Division, www.swri.org/industries/machinery; DOE ARPA-E, https://arpa-e.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southwest Research Institute,  Energy Storage,  DOE ARPA-E,  


WIRE-A Touts Women's Role in Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Women in Renewable Energy Association
Date: 2018-12-14
The Toronto-based Women in Renewable Energy Association (WIRE-A) is reporting an initiative aimed getting women more involved in the solar and renewable energy industry.

In a recent WIRE-A event entitled Advancing the Role of Women in the Renewable Energy Space, the Association encouraged a number of women and stakeholders in attendance to look at the challenges, opportunities and to become involved in the renewables sector.

The event's keynote speaker, Prince Adeshina Ademuyewo, of the Advisory Board of the Council for Renewable Energy (CREN), took participants through the interventions, opportunities, need for collaborations and how women can become involved and make a remarkable change in the sector. (Source: Women in Renewable Energy Association, The Nation, 9 Dec., 2018) Contact: Women in Renewable Energy Association, info@womeninrenewableenergy.ca, www.womeninrenewableenergy.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Council for Renewable Energy ,  


UN Sec. Gen. Guterres Spurs On Flagging COP24 Climate Talks (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
COP24, Climate Change
Date: 2018-12-14
"We're running out of time. To waste this opportunity would compromise our last best chance to stop runaway climate change. It would not only be immoral, it would be suicidal.

"The IPCC special report is a stark acknowledgment of what the consequences of global warming beyond 1.5 degrees will mean for billions of people around the world, especially those who call small island states home. This is not good news, but we cannot afford to ignore it." -- UN secretary general Antonio Guterres commenting on the slow progress of the COP24 talks centered on devising a rule book for implementing the 2015 Paris agreement and raising countries' level of ambition to counter climate change.

More Low-Carbon Energy News IPCC,  Paris Climate Agreement,  COP15,  COP24,  Climate Change,  


Benefuel Planning British Columbia Biodiesel Facility (Ind Report)
Benefuel
Date: 2018-12-14
Coppel, Texas-headquartered Benefuel Inc. reports it is investigating several locations in British Columbia, Canada, for a new 150 million lpy state-of-the-art biodiesel facility.

Benefuel's process is one of the most capital efficient refining solutions for carbon reduction in liquid transportation fuels. The fuel produced at this facility will have a negative carbon intensity score and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 550,000 metric tpy -- roughly equivalent to 10 pct of British Columbia's 2030 target reduction for transportation. (Source: Benefuel, Canadian Biomass, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000, rtripp@benefuel.net, www.benefuel.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Benefuel,  Biodiesel,  


Norwegians Ban Palm Oil Biofuels (Int'l Report)
Palmoil
Date: 2018-12-14
In Oslo, the Norwegian parliament has voted to ban the country's biofuel industry from purchasing palm oil and other dangerous biofuel feedstocks and biofuels that are linked to deforestation and harmful environmental practices, effective 1 Jan., 2020. The EU has also banned palm oil biofuels beginning in 2030.

Norwegian palm oil consumption reached an all-time high in 2017 when fully 10 pct of the country's diesel consumption was based out of palm oil. (Source: Good News Network, 12 Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


Notable Quote
University of New Mwxico
Date: 2018-12-14
"There are profound socio-economic challenges associated with a really serious transition to renewable (energy). We better start thinking about that really fast because, like it or not, the movement to renewables is already happening. This energy shift is going to accelerate no matter what noise we hear out of the Federal government. As a state, we need to think about new revenue streams." -- Professor David Gutzler Climatologist, University of New Mexico Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, www.unm.edu/faculty-and-staff/gutzler

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


Prince George Scores Biomass,Bioeconomy Award (Ind. Report)
Biomass
Date: 2018-12-14
At the 3rd annual Biomass North Awards ceremonies in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the British Columbia city of Prince George (pop. 74,500} was lauded with the Municipal Leadership in the Bioeconomy award for its efforts to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Specifically, the city was recognized for its business district central biomass energy system.

The award recognizes a community whose biomass initiative has made an outstanding contribution to reducing emissions. Source: City of Prince George, CKPG, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: City of Prince George, (250) 561-7600, www.princegeorge.ca; Biomass North Forum, www.bndc2018.biomassnorth.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Bioecoomy ,  


Inslee Calls for Reduced Energy Consumption, Increased Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Jay Inslee
Date: 2018-12-14
In Olympia, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (DEM) has unveiled a plan that the governor claims would drive a dramatic reduction in the state's greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years.

Inslee's proposal is designed to accelerate the innovation and efforts already underway across the economy to transition to 100 pct clean energy, construct ultra-energy efficient buildings, establish a clean fuel standard, electrify the state's transportation system and phase down super-pollutants in certain products -- all of which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state to 25 pct below 1990 levels by 2035. To achieve that goal, the state needs to further reduce emissions by nearly 16 million metric tpy, according to a release. The transition to 100 pct clean energy would place Washington among the first states to end all coal-fired electric power consumption by 2025, transition toward carbon neutral electricity in 2030, and lay the groundwork to eliminate all fossil fuels in electricity generation by 2045.

Inslee is also calling for a 40 pct increase in the state's Clean Energy Fund, a comprehensive clean energy and energy efficiency building package; a clean fuel standard; support for electric vehicles and EV charging infrastructure; and a reduction in the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) -- a super-pollutant that is thousands of times more damaging than carbon. (Source: Office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, PR, The Hill, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: US Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org; Office of Washington Sate Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jay Inslee,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate CHange,  Clean Energy,  


India's CO2 Emissions Projected to Grow 6.3 pct (Int'l Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-12-14
The international interdisciplinary Earth System Science Data (ESSD) journal reports CO2 emissions in India grew at an average annual rate of 5.2 pct during 2008-2017 and are expected to grow even higher in 2018. Suggesting that this growth is higher than China's CO2 emissions, an increase of 3.0 pct. While the global average for the EU countries by 1.8 pct.

According to the study, over the past decade fossil fuel CO2 emissions decreased "significantly" in 25 countries -- Aruba, Barbados, Croatia, Czech Republic, North Korea, Denmark, France, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the US, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela. Notable was Germany, whose emissions did not decrease significantly.

The study notes that growth in global emissions of 1.6 pct in 2017 was within the range of the projected growth of 2.0 pct (range of 0.8 to 3.0 pct) based on national emission projections for China, the US, and India and projections of gross domestic product corrected for fossil fuel carbon intensity of the economy (IFF trends) for the rest of the world. (Source: Counterview News Blog, 11 Dec., 2018)

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


Climate Activist Al Gore Overheard at COP24 (Ind. Report)
Climate Change,Global CCS Institute
Date: 2018-12-14
US environmental activist Al Gore railed against carbon capture technology this week while at the UN COP23 climate conference in Poland. When quizzed by media on the urgency on cutting carbon emissions and eliminating fossil fuels, the former Clinton Administration VP shot back:

"What does that mean? Not getting off fossil fuels but reducing emissions? You're not buying the CCS (carbon capture and storage) nonsense are you? Are you? If you see a separation between getting off fossil fuels as one thing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions as another, then the only way to reconcile those two positions is to believe in the tooth fairy."

"The window for action is closing fast -- we need to do more and we need to do it now." Gore added.

Note: According to the Global CCS Institute, 18 large-scale CO2 trapping facilities are in operation with five in various stages of construction, and another 20 in various stages of development worldwide. (Source: Daily Caller, Global CCS Institute, Various Media, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Global CCS Institute, Brad Page, CEO, www.globalccsinstitute.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Al Gore,  Global CCS Institute,  


Bay State Releases Comprehensive Clean Energy Plan (Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Date: 2018-12-14
After two years of study, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)on Wednesday released its long-awaited Comprehensive Energy Plan, to achieve a "clean, affordable, and resilient" in-state energy future by 2030.

The plan calls for aggressive and technology-based energy conservation, building energy efficiency, an increased reliance on renewable energy, increase transportation electrification, energy storage and other related measures. The plan also recognizes climate and energy achievements to date, but suggests more work to meet mandated emissions reduction goals and prevent winter price spikes in the power sector.

Access Massachusetts Comprehensive Energy Plan details HERE. (Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, MassLive, Dec., 2018)Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/doer

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mass DOER,  Clean Energy,  


Senvion Claims European Wind Turbine Contracts (Int'l Report)
Senvion
Date: 2018-12-14
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Senvion SA reports it has inked four wind turbine supply contracts totaling more than 47 MW for projects in Belgium, France and Portugal.

In Belgium, Senvion concluded deals with EDF Luminus and Eoly for the Sint Gillis Waas and Rebaix wind farms, respectively. Four machines will be installed next summer including 3.4M104 and 3.4M114 models. Senvion will also provide maintenance for 20 years. Senvion will also supply four 3.4M114 turbines for the Aschere-le-Marche wind farm in France, which is being developed by ABO Wind and owned by CEZ Group. The deal includes a 15-year maintenance contract.

A deal has also been struck with Zurich utility EKZ for six 3.4M122 units for the Marvila 2 wind farm in Portugal for commissioning next autumn. (Source: Senvion, renews, 12 Dec., 2018)Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

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


Neste Expanding Renewable Diesel Production in Singapore (Int'l)
Neste
Date: 2018-12-14
In Helsinki, Finnish biofuel producer and oil refiner Neste reports it will invest €1.4 billion to boost its biofuel production capacity in Singapore. The expansion will increase Neste's production capacity to 4.5 million tpy by 2022 from a current 2.7 million tonnes.

Neste currently produces biofuels in Singapore, Rotterdam and Porvoo, Finland. The new production line is due to start in 2022. (Source: Neste, Various Media, Dec., 2018) Contact: Neste, Peter Vanacker, CEO, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


Duke U. Acquires 10,000 acre Peatland for Carbon Farm (Ind. Report)
Duke University
Date: 2018-12-14
In Durham, North Carolina, Duke University reports it has acquired the rights to 10,000 acres of peatland in Hyde County for what may be the nation's largest "carbon farming" project that could propel the university to carbon neutrality by 2024.

Carbon farming uses land management and conservation to increase the amount of carbon that agriculture pulls out of the air and locks into the soil and vegetation. Existing carbon farming programs in California, the Midwest and other countries have shown that a 2.5 acre plot of pasture or rangeland can store about one metric tpy of carbon. The NC peatlands, once re-wetted, have much greater potential -- perhaps 15 to 20 times more -- meaning the land could yield hundreds of thousands of metric tpy of carbon.

The Duke project will launch with a 300 acre pilot which could be expanded depending on its results. To date, the university has invested approximately $300,000 on the project which could sell carbon credits to companies. (Source: Duke University, Triangle Business Journal, Dec., 2018) Contact: Duke University, Curtis Richardson, Dir., Wetland Center, ww.researchgate.net/profile/Curtis_Richardson

More Low-Carbon Energy News Peatland,  Peat,  Duke University,  CCS,  Carbon Emissiuons,  CO2,  Climate Change,  


Univ. Arkansas Nitrogen, Biofuel Production Research Funded (Funding)
University of Arkansas,National Science Foundation
Date: 2018-12-14
In Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas is reporting Assoc. Professor Daniel Lessner has been awarded $686,000 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation to support research that could decrease the need for nitrogen agricultural fertilizers and boost the production of biofuels Lessner also received $397,000 from the U.S. DOE to study ways the technology can improve energy production.

Lessner is investigating how methanogens, organisms similar to bacteria, use nitrogen directly from the atmosphere to live and grow. Understanding the mechanism that enables methanogens to access nitrogen from the atmosphere also holds promise for more efficient production of biofuels, methane and hydrogen, according to the press release. (Source: University of Arkansas, PR, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Assoc. Prof. Daniel Lessner, Biological Sciences, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, (479) 575-2239, dlessner@uark.edu, www.uark.edu; National Science Foundation, www.nsf.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Nitrogen,  National Science Foundation,  


Philadelphia Eagles Football Stadium Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2018-12-14
In the City of Brotherly Love, the Philadelphia Eagles football club is reporting its home stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, has scored US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

The stadium's energy efficiency and LEED qualifying feature include: operating 100 pct on clean energy, motion controlled LED lighting and HVAC, diverting 99 pct of waste from landfills, a comprehensive on-site anaerobic digestion composting program, the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products, and phasing out plastics at concession stands. The facility also produces one-third of its annual power needs from its 11,108 solar panels and 14 wind turbines and sources its remaining remaining energy by purchasing credits from suppliers that use renewable energy. The stadium owners also created a 6.5-acre forest in Bensalem and planted 5,900 trees with help from the Conservation Fund and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. (Source: Lincoln Financial Field, Inquirer, philly.com, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


680 GW of New Wind Power by 2027, says Report (Ind. Report)
Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.
Date: 2018-12-14
More than 680 gigawatts (GW) of new wind power is expected to come online around the globe in the next decade, according to new research from the international energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Wood Mackenzie announced this week that it had upgraded its Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update: Q4 2018 by 2 pct compared to only a quarter ago, with the majority of the expected growth to occur in the medium-term, boosting annual capacity additions from 2020 to 2023 by an average of 2.7 GW.

In the long term, Wood Mackenzie forecasts that more than 680 GW of new on- and offshore wind power will be brought online through 2027. (Source: Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, CleanTechnica, Others, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, (617) 500- 4257 -- Boston Office, www.woodmac.com/research/products/power-and-renewables

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.Wind,  


Finland Recalculates Forest Carbon Sink Capacity (Int'l Report)
Carbon Sink
Date: 2018-12-14
In Helsinki, the Finnish Natural Resources Institute is reporting Finland could safely consume over 80 million cubic meters of its forest wood annually without disturbing the forest's carbon storage capacity.

The Institute notes that earlier assessments of the size of the country's forest carbon sink had been underestimated and did not take the faster growth rate of forests under the influence of global warming and a warmer climate. The Institute added that even though the Finnish carbon sink will shrink because of wood usage, it would not be reduced to a critical level any time before 2050. The current level of forest use is roughly 70 million cubic meters annually. The government has aimed at an increase up to 80 million.

The Institute study was in compliance with EU land usage decree requirements that members inform the EC by the end of 2018 about estimated carbon sink levels of their forests in 2021-2025. They will then be analyzed by experts from the EU and members. The EU Commission will define the final values in 2020. (Source: Finnish Natural Resources Institute , Xinhua, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Finnish Natural Resources Institute, +358 29 532 6000, www.luke.fi/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sink,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Carbon Emissions,  Forest Carbon,  


Snowy Hydro Expanding Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Capacity (Int'l)
Snowy Hydro
Date: 2018-12-14
In the Land Down UNder, Cooma, NSW-based Snowy Hydro Limited reports its board has approved a final investment decision to proceed with the proposed Snowy 2.0 pumped-storage hydro expansion, subject to shareholder approval.

Snowy 2.0, a pumped-storage hydro expansion of the existing Snowy Scheme, will provide as much as 2,000 MW of on-demand electric power generation and 350,000 MWh of large-scale energy storage at an expected cost of $4.5 billion.

Snowy Hydro owns and operates about 5,500 MW of generation capacity, including the Snowy Mountains scheme in Australia. (Source: Snowy Hydro Ltd., Hydro World, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Snowy Hydro, + 61 2 6453 2888, info@snowyhydro.com.au, www.snowyhydro.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro,  Hydro Energy Storage,  Pumped Energy Storage,  


NY State Upping Energy Efficiency, Storage Targets (Ind. Report)
York State Public Service Commission
Date: 2018-12-14
In a bid to tackle climate change more quickly, the New York State Public Service Commission reports it has approved initiatives aimed at more than doubling energy efficiency progress by 2025 and setting the Empire State on course to construct 1.5GW of storage by 2025 increasing to up to 3GW by 2030. The Commission also directs New York State's six major electric utilities to hold competitive procurements for 350MW of large-scale energy storage systems.

The energy storage goal is intended to enable renewable energy resources to meet periods of peak demand. The efficiency target is expected to cut the state's energy consumption by the equivalent of fueling and powering 1.8 million homes through building retrofits, upgrades to heating and cooling equipment and innovative technologies like heat pumps. (Source: New York State Public Service Commission, Energy Live, Dec., 2018) Contact: New York State PSC, (518) 474-7080, www.dps.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News York State Public Service Commission,  Energy Storage,  


UMass Wood Byproducts Renewable Fuel Additive R&D Funded (R&D)
US DOE
Date: 2018-12-14
The US DOE Co-Optima initiative has awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to a team of researchers led by a UMass Lowell for the development of renewable fuel additives from sawdust and other wood byproducts. The University of Maine and Rockledge, Florida-based Mainstream Engineering Corp. are also participating in the project.

The additive is intended to be mixed with diesel and other petroleum-based fuels to displace some volume of diesel with something renewable and help cut down the vehicle's carbon footprint. The biofuel-blend formulation will offer the same engine performance, but will ideally be easier and more environmentally friendly to produce. (Source: U Mass, US DOE, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: UMass, Prof. Hunter Mack, Research Team Leader, http://uml.academia.edu/JohnHunterMack; Mainstream Engineering, (321) 631-3550, Fax: (321)631-3552, info@mainstream-engr.com, www.mainstream-engr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Anaergia's Anaerobic Digestion Rialto Bioenergy Facility Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Anaergia Inc
Date: 2018-12-14
Anaergia Inc. is reporting construction is underway at the Rialto Bioenergy Facility east of Los Angeles, California. The facility will divert 300,000 tpy of organic waste from landfills and, using Anaergia's anaerobic digestion technology, produce the equivalent of 13 mw of clean energy per year. The net CO2 emissions reduction will be approximately 220,000 metric tpy.

The Rialto projectis being developed in collaboration with Waste Management, Republic Services, Southern California Edison, Anaheim Public Utility, Southwest Gas Utility, City of Rialto, the Sanitation Bureau of the City of Los Angeles, and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, and of Orange County. The project is co-funded by the California Energy Commission, U.S. DOE, CalRecycle, State of California and significant private investment. (Source: Anaergia Inc., PR, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Anaergia Inc., Andrew Benedek, CEO, (905) 766-3333 -- Burlington Ontario, info@anaergia.com, www.anaergia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaergia,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Biofuel,  


Storelectric Raises £1Mn for Compressed Air Energy Storage (Int'l)
Storelectric
Date: 2018-12-14
Lancashire, UK-based compressed air energy storage specialist Storelectric Ltd. is reporting receipt of £1 million in additional funding from green tech investors 350PPM alongside employees from a major US institution.

According to the company's website, Storelectric's Compressed Air Energy Storage enables a surplus of wind or solar power to be stored underground where the surplus energy is used to store air in salt caverns, a type of underground reservoir. (Source: Storelectric, UKTN, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Storelectric Ltd., Jeff Draper, CFO and co-founder, +44 0 7919 536551, jdraper@storelectric.com, www.storelectric.com; 350PPM, https://350.org

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Navigant Expands Global Energy Segment Team (Ind. Report)
Navigant Consulting
Date: 2018-12-12
In Chicago, Navigant Consulting, Inc.is reporting the addition of four senior-level industry professionals to the company's growing global Energy segment.

Burrell Kilmer, managing director, along with Sebastian Foot, James Freyre, and Wesley Thomson, directors, are well-versed in the changing market demands, evolving policies and regulations, and disruptive technologies ushering in an era of transformation for the energy industry. In their new roles, they will work side by side with clients to help develop and implement strategies for the Energy Cloud, a framework developed by Navigant to describe a more sustainable, highly digitized, and dynamic energy system.

With over 600 consultants, Navigant's global Energy segment is the largest energy and sustainability consulting team in the industry. The company's clients include the world's 50 largest electric, water, and gas utilities; the 20 largest independent power generators; and the 20 largest gas distribution and pipeline companies. (Source: Navigant, PR, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: Navigant, Kyle Bland, Investor Relations, (312) 573-5624, kyle.bland@navigant.com, www.navigant.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Consulting,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


Steel Giant Calls for Green Border to Address Climate Change (Int'l)
ArcelorMittal
Date: 2018-12-12
Belgium-based iron ore, metallurgical coal and steel producer ArcelorMittal is calling for Europe to introduce a green border adjustment whereby steel imported into Europe has the same standards applied on CO2 as European-produced steel under the Emissions Trading System (ETS) regime. The adjustment would mandate any shortfall in CO2 emissions be compensated by the importer thus incentivising effective reduction in carbon emissions, ArcelorMittal maintains.

ArcelorMittal notes it is investigating new technologies such as carbon capture, storage and use; using renewable carbon such as renewable biomass; and replacing carbon with renewable sources of power. The company also notes that investment from both public and private sources for the demonstration, scale-up and commercialization of these breakthrough technologies will be required, as was the case in the European energy sector which on average has received government support equivalent to an annual subsidy of over €50/t of CO2 emissions avoided. (Source: ArcelorMittal S.A., PR, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: ArcelorMittal, David Clarke, VP Strategy, Paul Weigh, +32 9 347 31 11, paul.weigh@arcelormittal.com, www.corporate.arcelormittal.com

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


Univ. of Illinois Pitches $40Mn Carbon Capture Project (R&D)
University of Illinois
Date: 2018-12-12
In the Land of Lincoln, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reports it is seeking the Springfield City Council support on a $40 million pilot project that would retrofit City Water, Light and Power's (CWLP) newest power plant to capture CO2.

The 4 year project would study the effectiveness and cost efficiency of the CWLP's method of capturing CO2 emissions, would be 100 pct grant funded through a U.S. DOE, and would break ground in 2021.

The DOE grant requires that all proposed projects be undertaken in cooperation with a coal-fired power plant producing at least 10 MW of electricity. CWLP meets the requirement. (Source: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Univ. of Illinois, State Journal Register, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Kevin O'Brien, Dir., (217) 333-8940, www.istc.illinois.edu; City Water, Light and Power, www.cwlp.com

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Altus Power Snares 2.2-MW Solar Portfolio (Ind. Report, M&A)
Altus Power America
Date: 2018-12-12
Greenwich, Conn.-based Altus Power America Inc. is reporting the acquisition of a 2.2 MW, multi-state portfolio of operating rooftop and carport solar assets. The portfolio sells renewable energy to off-takers, including a charter school and private corporations, in Colorado, New Jersey and New Mexico. Altus acquired the portfolio from an undisclosed renewable energy services provider specializing in distributed generation solar projects.

Altus Power invests in, owns and operates clean energy projects that serve commercial and public-sector clients. (Source: Altus Power, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Altus Power, Gregg Felton, Managing Partner, (203) 698-0090, www.altuspower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Altus Power America ,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


Geronimo Plans Second Mankato, Minnesota Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
Geronimo Energy
Date: 2018-12-12
In Minnesota, Geronimo Energy is reporting plans for the construction of a 19-acre solar array in the city of Mankato. Construction is expected to get underway in 2020.

Geronimo previously developed the Corvus solar farm Mankato which was sold to Berkshire Hathaway Energy. (Source: Geronimo Energy, Mankato Free Press, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Geronimo Energy, Ben Adamich, (952) 988-9000, info@geronimoenergy.com, www.geronimoenergy.com

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Seraphim Planning 500 MW South African Solar Cell Plant (Int'l)
Seraphim Solar
Date: 2018-12-12
The solar cell facility will start commercial operation in Q3 2019 Chinese solar cell manufacturer Jiangsu Seraphim Solar Syste Co. Ltd. has announced to open a 500 MW solar cell factory in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The new factory is being co-developed by Seraphim and Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) and will begin commercial operation in Q3 2019.

Seraphin is also planning a 200 MW half-cell module assembly expansion in Eastern Cape. (Source: Jiangsu Seraphim Solar, Mercom, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: Seraphin, +86-519-68788166, Fax: +86-519-8878-6181, info@seraphim-energy.com, www.seraphim-energy.com; Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, www.idc.co.za

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China Plans Tripling of Ethanol Production (Int'l Report)
China Ethanol,China National Renewable Energy Centre
Date: 2018-12-12
According to the China National Renewable Energy Centre in Guangzhou, China is set to more than triple its ethanol production capacity by 2020 to meet an expected surge in demand for clean fuels. The country is currently building or seeking approval for new ethanol plants totaling 6.6 million tpy capacit.

China produced 2.8 million tonnes of ethanol in 2017. Current capacity is estimated at approximately 3.38 million tonnes, including recently approved plants still under construction. Of those, corn-based ethanol capacity is around 1.45 million tpy, followed by cassava, wheat, sorghum and rice. (Source: China National Renewable Energy Centre, Reuters, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: China National Renewable Energy Centre, Dou Kejun, Researcher, www.cnrec.org.cn/english

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Indian State Plans Cashew Ethanol, CNG Pilot Projects (Int'l)
Ethanol
Date: 2018-12-12
The government of the west-central Indian state of Maharashtra is reporting a proposal to produce ethanol and compressed natural gas (CNG) from the fermentation of cashew apple and cashew apple cake and has, to that end, has identified several regional large-scale cashew nut producers to establish two pilot projects. The government also established a ten-member committee comprised of industry players, academics and others to make recommendations and to see the projects to completion.

Maharashtra state produces approximately 2.5 lakh tpy of cashew cake and 22 lakh tpy of cashew apple, as well as 60,000 tpy of cashew nuts. It has been estimated that the state can produce nearly 4.5 lakh lpy of ethanol. (Source: Gov. of Maharashtra, DNA, Dec., 2018) Contact: Gov. of Maharashtra, www.maharashtra.gov.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  India Biofuel,  CNG,  Biofuel,  


EU in Disagreement on Auto CO2 Emission Limits (Int'l Report)
European Union
Date: 2018-12-12
On Tuesday in Brussels, European Union (EU) member countries were reportedly unable to reach a compromise on significant curbs to carbon dioxide emissions from cars and vans.

The EU executive initially proposed that emissions decline by 30 pct by 2030, compared to 2021 levels. Germany backed that plan, but a push by several EU countries, including the Netherlands and France, raised the target to 35 pct. There is also an intermediate target for 2025. EU parliamentarians endorsed a 40 pct reduction in October, which was endorsed by the Netherlands, Sweden, and other member states. (Source: EU, Automotive News Europe, 11 Dec., 2018)

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UK Adds £100Mn to Sub-Saharan Renewable Platform (Int'l)
Renewable Energy Performance Platform
Date: 2018-12-12
From COP24 in Poland, the UK government reports it will provide £100 million of funding to the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) to support up to 40 new renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa including small-scale solar, wind, geothermal and biomass sources up to 2023.

The funding, which triples the overall funding for the REPP, could unlock an extra £156 million of private finance into renewable energy markets in Africa over the next five years, according to a release from UK Energy and Clean Growth minister Hon.Claire Perry.

The new investment adds to the £48 million previously committed to the REPP programme, which is already supporting 18 renewable energy projects in a range of countries from Tanzania to Burundi.

REPP is an innovative funding platform created by the European Investment Bank and the UNEP, and funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. REPP provides early-stage funding, advisory services, and results-based finance for the development and construction of small and medium-scale renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. (Source: UK Energy and Clean Growth Ministry, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: UK Energy and Clean Growth Ministry, Hon. Claire Perry, Minister, www.gov.uk/government/people/claire-perry; Renewable Energy Performance Platform, www.africa-eu-renewables.org


Finnair Touts Biofuel, CO2 Emissions Offset Service (Int'l)
Finnair,Nordic Environment Finance Corporation
Date: 2018-12-12
Further to our July 30th coverage, Finland's national air carrier Finnair reports it will offer a new service allowing customers to offset the CO2 emissions of their flights by funding emissions reduction projects or carbon sinks, or by supporting the use of biofuels, beginning in early 2019. Finnair's partners for its offset service will include Dutch SkyNRG company and for emission reduction projects, Finnairand the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), an international financial institution backed by the Nordic states.

The Helsinki-headquartered airline is part of an initiative driven by Shell, SkyNRG, World Energy, San Francisco Airport and several other airlines, which aims to pave the way for a longer term, more resilient supply chain for sustainable aviation fuels, and thus supporting the aviation industry's common CO2 emission reduction targets. (Source: Finnair, Travel Daily, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Finnair, Kati Ihamaki, Director, Corporate Sustainability, www.finnair.com; Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, www.nefco.org; www.nefco.org; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

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Greenland Ice Melt Leading Source of Sea Level Rise (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-12-12
According to a recent article in the Guardian, Greenland contributes 20 pct of overall sea-level rise, which is running at 4mm per year , and if the vast northern ice sheet were to completely melt, it would raise global sea levels by 7 meters.

Runoff from Greenland, currently the biggest single source of meltwater adding to the volume of the world's oceans, is 50 pct higher than pre-industrial levels and increasing exponentially as a result of man-made global warming, the article warns. Based on UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change data, almost all of the increase has occurred in the past two decades. (Source: Conservation Int'l. HumanNature Blog, 11 Dec., 2018)

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NREL, Forest Concepts Collaborate on Biofuel Feedstocks, Biomass Conversion (R&D, Ind. Report)
Forest Concepts
Date: 2018-12-12
Recognizing the importance of enhancing biomass conversion processes for industry, a team of NREL scientists partnered with Auburn, Washington-based Forest Concepts to perform detailed thermochemical conversion simulations for biomass feedstocks. The simulations relate feedstock attributes to expected product yields and necessary pyrolysis conversion process conditions. The work by NREL will allow Forest Concepts to better convey the value of their feedstocks to biorefinery customers.

Forest Concepts, a manufacturer of precision woody and herbaceous feedstocks for bioenergy and bioproduct applications, leveraged NREL's capabilities in biomass conversion modeling to help quantify the impact of their feedstock characteristics based on various particle shapes and sizes. The NREL team is part of the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC), which uses high-performance computing to support the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO).

Prior to the development of the NREL models, Forest Concepts provided feedstock pricing based on volume and size of the biomass particle. Using the NREL models, Forest Concepts can now provide information to their customers such as standardized performance, required conversion conditions, and expected yields based on the size and shape of feedstock particles.

BETO recognized early on the value of developing detailed biomass feedstock particle models to understand how the properties of each particle impact the yield and composition products from the conversion process. Moving forward, these capabilities will be leveraged by the newly established Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) whose mission is to quantify, understand, and manage variability in biomass from field through downstream conversion and to understand how biomass composition, structure, and behavior impact system performance.

FCIC is an integrated and collaborative network of eight national laboratories dedicated to addressing technical risks and understanding how biomass properties influence collection, storage, handling, preprocessing and conversion technologies with the goal of improving the overall operational reliability of integrated pioneer biorefineries. (Source: NREL, PR, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: NREL, Peter Ciesielski, Scientist, www.nrel.gov; US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; Forest Concepts, James H. Dooley, CTO, (253) 333-9663, www.forestconcepts.com; Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium, https://fcic.inl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Forest Concepts,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  BETO ,  


Notable Quote
IEA
Date: 2018-12-12
"Ethanol is very important because it is part of the solution in terms of reducing the oil import dependence of many countries. At the same time, ethanol will help reduce CO2 emissions from the transport sector as well as other sectors." -- IEA Exec. Dir. Fatih Birol, speaking on the sidelines of the COP24 in Katowice in Poland.

The IEA, a Paris-based intergovernmental organization, was established in the framework of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 1974 in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis. (Source: EIA, Various Media, 10 Dec., 2018)Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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Notable Quote
Natural Resources Defense Council.
Date: 2018-12-12
"All in all, rural renewable energy projects are laying the foundation for a clean energy economy that meets the needs of local communities and provides clean and affordable energy throughout the (mid-western) region. Federal leaders should increase funding for clean energy research, development, and demonstration projects that will continue to bring down the costs of clean energy and allow more people to gain access." -- -- Arjun Krishnaswami, Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council, www.nrdc.org

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8minutenergy, J.P. Morgan, Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners Tout Solar JV Agreement (Ind. Report)
8minutenergy
Date: 2018-12-12
California-headquartered 8minutenergy Renewables, the largest privately-held developer of solar PV and storage projects in the U.S., is reporting a solar energy development joint venture agreement with NYC-based Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners and banking giant J.P. Morgan.

8minutenergy Renewables presently has 10.7 GW of solar and storage under development in California, the Southwest, Texas, and the Southeast, and has developed over 1,100 MW of solar power plants in operation. The company also developed the 800 MW Mount Signal solar farm in California, the nation's largest solar farm.

NYC-based Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners is an independently-owned private investment firm focused on diversified North American infrastructure private equity investments in the middle market. Upper Bay targets both mature, stable assets and growth-oriented infrastructure investments in partnership with leading operators and developers. (Source: 8minutenergy Renewables, LLC, PR, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: 8minutenergy Renewables, LLC, Dr. Tom Buttgenbach, CEO, Helena Kimball, hkimball@8minutenergy.com, www.8minuteenergy.com; Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners, www.ubaycap.com

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Switzerland Climbs in NGO Climate Performance Ranking (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-12-12
SwissInfo is reporting Switzerland has jumped three places to 9th in a ranking of country climate performance as determined by three NGOs -- Germanwatch, CAN Europe and the New Climate Institute. The ranking is intended to put political and social pressure on countries to take more ambitious action on climate protection.

The index evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 56 countries and the EU that are, together, responsible for nearly 90 pct of global GHG emissions. The index uses 14 indicators covering GHG emissions, renewable energy and energy use along with the compatibility of national climate targets with the Paris Climate Agreement. The rating only evaluates CO2 emitted domestically. If emissions from consumption were measured, Switzerland would be ranked lowerg as the country imports large quantities of CO2-intensive products, creating more CO2 emissions abroad than at home.

According to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO), Switzerland's total CO2 emissions, calculated in terms of its carbon footprint, was 116 million tonnes in 2015. Of these, 76 million tonnes were produced abroad. Switzerland is one of the few countries that relies more on purchasing climate certificates to offset emissions than on reducing its own emissions. (Source: SwissInfo, 10 Dec., 2018)

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Arizona Utilities Encouraged to Increase Energy Efficiency Investments (Ind. Report)
US PIRG, Tucson Electric Power
Date: 2018-12-12
With just days before the Arizona Corporation Commission is expected to vote on Tucson Electric Power's (TEP) Demand-Side Management Plan, Tucson business owners are encouraging the Commission to increase investment in energy efficiency. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, who have been speaking with business owners across Tucson, are hopeful the Commission will restore and increase energy efficiency funding for TEP ratepayers.

In a letter to the Commission, three dozen business owners cited the return on investment, the creation of local jobs and reduced energy waste attributed to energy efficiency. According to the letter, since 2010, energy saving programs implemented by TEP and Arizona Public Service Company (APS) deliver approximately $3.90 in benefits for every $1 invested by ratepayers. Additionally, the APs and TEP energy-saving programs have cut energy waste by delivering demand savings greater than eight 100MW peaker power plants. (Source: US PIRG, PR, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: US PIRG, Aaron Kane (602) 252-9227, https://uspirg.org; Arizona Corporation Commission, www.azcc.gov; Tucson Electric Power, (520) 571-4000, www.tep.com; Arizona Public Service Company, www.aps.com

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