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ICAO Agrees on Aviation Emissions Standards (Int'l Report)
International Civil Aviation Organization
Date: 2018-06-29
Meeting in Montreal, the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) reports it has agreed upon standards to support the aviation industry in its preparations to comprehensively report on its carbon emissions and make the transition to low-emission, alternative aviation fuels.

The standards follow a landmark deal signed in 2016 by the 192 member states of the ICAO, designed to control the level of CO2 emissions in the global aviation sector. Beginning in 2019, airlines will report on their fuel and carbon emissions for the first time. This will lead to a five-year voluntary period, starting in 2021, where the industry will make wholesale changes to its fuel consumption, away from fossil fuels towards sustainable alternatives.

From 2027 onwards the rulings will become mandatory across the entire aviation sector. (Source: ICAO, June, 2019) Contact: International Civil Aviation Organization, +52 55 52 50 3211,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Civil Aviation Organization,  Aviation Emissions,  Climate Change,  

TOTAL TX Refinery Considered RFS "Hardship Waiver" (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-06-29
Paris-headquartered French oil and natural gas giant TOTAL, the fourth-largest oil company in the world, CEO Patrick Pouyanne reportedly contemplated asking the US EPA for a Renewable fuel standard "hardship" waiver exempting a refiney it owns in Texas from having to blend ethanol into the U.S. gasoline supply. The company's legal team, however, reportedly replied to Pouyanne's suggestion with an emphatic "No. Our refinery is too big," according to Pouyanne.

As previously reported, "hardship" waivers were intended for small refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and those that 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: TOTAL, Various Media, Washington Post, June 25, 2018) Contact: TOTAL,

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  Biofuel Blend,  

UK Energy Ministry Offices Rated Energy Inefficient (Int'l)
Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2018-06-29
In London, four of the eleven offices leased by the UK government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have scored the lowest possible "G Rating" for energy efficiency, according to the BBC. The energy display ratings are used to measure the energy performance of public buildings.

The display energy certificates show 10 Victoria Street, in Westminster, which the department leases and operates, uses twice the amount of electricity a typical office of that type. Its offices at Apex Court in Nottingham, Cheylsemore House South in Coventry, and Buckingham Palace Road in central London, also received the lowest possible G rating on their certificates. Only one building the department leases, The Observatory in Chatham, received an A rating, and the department's headquarters, at 1 Victoria Street, scored below average, with an E rating.

According to BEIS, it has saved £104 million in the last financial year through efficiency measures. Apparently, there is still room for improvement. (Source: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, BBC, June, 2018) Contact: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Department of Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy,  Energy Eficiency ,  

Ottawa Commercial Bldg Wins CaGBC XCB Certification (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2018-06-29
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) reports the Sun Life Insurance Company owned Class A commercial building at 100 Murray Street in Ottawa has been awarded Canada's first LEED Gold for Existing Buildings Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Performance certification.

Measures that contributed to the building's zero carbon certification include: the near total use of electricity as the primary energy source; an advanced building automation system, and the use of efficient lighting and control systems throughout the property. Electricity from Ontario's low-carbon grid accounts for 95 pct of the building's energy use.

(Source: CaGBC, Daily Commercial News, 28 June, 2018) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  Zero Carbon,  Energy Efficiency,  

R6.6Bn S.African Wind Farms Construction Underway (Int'l)
Concor Infrastructure
Date: 2018-06-29
In South Africa, construction is reported to be well underway on two large-scale wind farms in the Northern and Western Cape. The projects are being constructed by Concor Infrastructure in a consortium with Conco on behalf of global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power.

The 140 MW Kangnas wind farm is situated 52 km east of Springbok in the Northern Cape while the 110 MW Perdekraal East wind farm is about 80 km northeast of Ceres in the Western Cape. The wind farms are expected to come online in 2020. (Source: IMIESA, 28 June, 2018) Contact: Concor Infrastructure, Eric Wisse, Managing Dir.,; Mainstream Renewable Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Mainstream Renewable Power.,  

JLL Surpasses Emissions, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability Targets (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-06-29
In its just released Global Sustainability Report, Chicago commercial real estate services provider JLL Inc. reported exceeding carbon emission reduction goals within its corporate offices and committing to set a Science Based Target by 2020. Reductions achieved on a per corporate office employee basis included a drop in building-related greenhouse gas emissions by 15 pct -- vs a 10 pct target -- building-related energy consumption by 12 pct and rented area by 10 pct.

JLL exceeded its existing targets at the end of 2017, and reported annual performance highlights including:

  • $82 million in estimated U.S. client project savings through energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions by roughly the equivalent of removing 77,000 passenger vehicles from the road for a year;
  • 452,000 metric tons of CO2e averted by advising on renewable energy projects saving seven times the amount of energy the firm uses in its own buildings across the world; and
  • 225 sustainable building certifications for clients.

    The new targets established in the Building a Better Tomorrow program include:

  • adopt a common sustainable procurement framework globally by 2020:
  • set a Science Based Target for JLL's global emission reductions, with interim goals including:
  • reduce building-related GHG emissions per corporate office employee by 2 pct per annum from 2017 to 2019; and
  • reduce building-related energy consumption per corporate office employee by 2 pct per annum from 2017 to 2019.

    JLL will also strengthen partnerships with various external organizations, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Global Compact, Green Building Councils, and others.

    According to UN estimates, real estate accounts for about 40 pct of the world's energy consumption and a third of all carbon emissions. (Source: JLL, PR, June, 2018) Contact: JLL, Christian Ulbrich, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Science Based Target,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  

  • Siemens Gamesa's Adwen Slashing Work Force by Half (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-06-29
    German offshore wind turbine manufacturer Adwen, a unit of Siemens Gamesa, reports it will initiate internal restructuring that includes the elimination of 260 employees. As part of the restructuring, the company will now focus on servicing existing Adwen turbines and be functionally integrated into Siemens Gamesa. (Source: Adwen, 28 June, 2018) Contact: Adwen, Hans-Rolf Huppert, Managing Director and CFO,; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  Offshore Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  Adwen,  Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  

    Vestas, Maersk Partner to Cut Turbine Installation Costs (Int'l)
    Vestas,Maersk Supply Service
    Date: 2018-06-29
    Danish wind turbine giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Maersk Supply Service are reporting a partnership aimed at developing technologies and solutions to lower the logistics and installation costs of offshore wind turbines.

    The partnership will initially develop a "Vertical Installer" crane for both onshore and offshore wind turbine installations. The project has been awarded €6.3 million ($7.3 million) 6.3m) for the next three years from a programme of the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate. (Source: Vestas, Maersk Supply Service, Renewables, 28 June, 2018)Contact: Maersk Supply; Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  

    Cdn. National Carbon Tax Projections Revealed (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax,University of Calgary
    Date: 2018-06-29
    In a report on Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's carbon tax to the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, University of Calgary economics professor Jennifer Winter used Statistics Canada energy-consumption data to project the impact of Trudeau's carbon tax on a typical Canadian household:
  • At $50 per ton, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia households will be hit with more than $1,000 of carbon tax per year to comply with the $50-per-tonne carbon tax Ottawa has mandated for 2022. Nova Scotia ($1,120) and Alberta ($1,111) will have the highest bills, followed by Saskatchewan ($1,032), New Brunswick ($963), Newfoundland ($859) and Prince Edward Island ($788). The average household in Ontario will pay $707 a year to comply with the carbon tax once its fully implemented.

  • At $100 a tonne, households in Alberta will be slammed $2,223, Saskatchewan will be hit with $2,065 and in Nova Scotia, $2,240. At $100 a tonne, the average price for households in all provinces will be well in excess of $1,000 per year. (Source: University of Calgary, Fraser Inst., Financial Post, 27 June, 2018) Contact: University of Calgary, Prof. Jennifer Winter,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  

  • LG Electronics Plans 500MW US Solar Module Plant (Ind. Report)
    LG Electronics
    Date: 2018-06-29
    Seoul-headquartered Korean conglomerate LG Electronics reports it plans to construct a $28 million, 500MW solar module manufacturing plant at an existing complex in Huntsville-Madison County, Alabama. Production at the new facility is expected to get underway early in 2019.

    The plant will produce LG's high-efficiency NeON 2 series 60-cell N-type mono modules with 340Wp-plus output, for the US residential rooftop solarmarket. (Source: LG Electronics, PV Mag, 28 June, 2018) Contact: LG Electronics,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Electronics,  Solar,  

    Exide, Leclanche Report Indian Li-Ion Battery JV (Ind. Report)
    Exide Industries Limited
    Date: 2018-06-29
    Kolkata, India-based Exide Industries Limited and Switzerland-headquartered energy storage specialist Leclanche S.A. are reporting a lithium-ion cells, modules and battery pack manufacturing JV in the Indian state of Gujarat. The project is expected to be fully operational by Q2, 2019.

    Exide is India's largest manufacturer of lead acid batteries and energy storage solutions. In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), however, Exide will make an initial capital contribution of about $5.4 million for a 74.99 pct stake in the new facility. (Source: Exide, Leclanche,PV Mag, 28 June, 2018) Contact: Exide Industries Limited,; Leclanche, Anil Srivastava, CEO, +41 (0) 24 424 65 00, Fax: +41 (0)24 424 65 20,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Exide,  Leclanche,  Battery Energy Storage,  Li-Ion,  Lithium-Ion,  

    Narada's German Energy Storage Project Nears Completion (Int'l)
    Narada Power Source
    Date: 2018-06-29
    In 2017, Singapore-based Narada Power Source Co. Ltd. contracted with Leipzig-based Upside Germany to build the 50MW FM energy storage station in Germany, which is now near completion.

    Upside Germany provides new energy technology solutions in Europe. Its main business involves project development and asset management in the battery energy storage and photovoltaics sectors. The company currently has more than 290MW of completed and under development energy storage projects.

    Narada uses advanced energy storage battery technology with a fast responding energy conversion system to build frequency-modulated energy storage plants with a total capacity of more than 50MW in 2 years and participates in a frequency-modulation market service (PCR) in Germany with a total investment of approximately €42 million. (Source: Narada Power Source Co. Ltd, PR, 28 June, 2018) Contact: Narada Power Source, +86 571 56975956, (800) 982-4339 – NA Office,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Narada Power Source,  Energy Storage,  

    Carnegie Refocusing on Wave Energy (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Carnegie Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-06-29
    June 28 (Renewables Now) - In the Land Down Under, renewable energy specialist Carnegie Clean Energy Ltd reports it will sell its solar and microgrid business, Energy Made Clean (EMC), to Sydney-based investment house Tag Pacific Ltd for a 32 pct stake in the purchaser.

    The planned transaction will create an ASX-listed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and build, own, operate (BOO) business active in the off-grid and fringe-of-grid solar, battery and microgrid markets. This enlarged entity, which will take the name of Tag's unit MPower. The new entity is expected to begin operations on July 1, 2018.

    Carnegie intends to focus on commercialization of its CETO wave energy technology while maintaining ownership of the Garden Island Microgrid and its current 50 pct stake in the 10-MW Northam solar farm. (Source: Carnegie Clean Energy , Various Media, June, 2018) Contact: Carnegie Clean Energy, Michael Ottaviano, CEO,; Tag Pacific Ltd.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MPower,  Carnegie Clean Energy,  Wave Energy,  Wave Power ,  

    Southern Idaho Landfill Gas-to-Energy Plant Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Landfill Gas
    Date: 2018-06-29
    In Idaho, a new $7.8 million landfill gas-to-energy project in Burley, Cassia County, is now in production and supplying electric power for approximately 2,000 area homes, according to to the operator, Southern Idaho Solid Waste District.

    The solid waste district is owned by seven Idaho counties -- Blaine, Cassia, Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Minidoka and Twin Falls -- and manages waste that comes into 15 transfer stations and the Milner Butte Landfill. The facility uses two, 1.3 MW locomotive engines to convert methane and other gases into energy. The facility plans to add a third engine within 5 years. (Source: Southern Idaho Solid Waste District,, KPVI, 28 June, 2018)Contact: Southern Idaho Solid Waste District, Josh Bartlome, Exec. Dir., (208) 432-9082,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Landfill Gas,  Landfill Gas-to-Energy,  

    Ford Hits CO2 Emissions Target Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-06-29
    Reporting from Detroit, auto giant Ford Motor Company reports it has met its goal to reduce manufacturing emissions – eight years ahead of schedule.

    In 2010, Ford's Environmental Quality Office announced the company would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing operations by 30 pct per vehicle produced by 2025. A global manufacturing CO2 emissions reduction of more than 3.4 million metric tons from 2010 to 2017 is roughly equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from more than 728,000 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

    Ford reduced its emissions footprint through energy conservation and efficiency changes at its manufacturing facilities, such as installing more than 100,000 LED light fixtures and updating paint operations.

    Ford is presently setting renewable energy goals but remains focused on reducing vehicle emissions by doing its share to deliver on CO2 reductions consistent with the Paris Climate Accord. (Source: Ford Motor Company, PR, 27 June, 2018) Contact: Ford,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Vehicle Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Ford,  

    Nova Scotia Announces Rooftop Solar Rebates Program (Ind. Report)
    Solar Energy
    Date: 2018-06-29
    In Halifax, the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are touting a new "SolarHomes" program that will provide rebates of up to 30 pct off the purchase and installation costs of rooftop solar systems.

    The programme is supported by the government of Canada's Low Carbon Economy Fund, through which Nova Scotia is eligible to receive $56 million for programmes that promote clean growth and reduce carbon pollution. The and is expected to assist at least 2,000 Nova Scotian households in going solar over the next four years. The average rebate is expected to be approximately $7,000 per household. (Source: NS Minister of Energy, Renewabls, 28 June, 2018) Contact: Nova Scotia Minister of Energy, Hon. Geoff MacLellan,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Rebate,  

    Canada Day, U.S. Independence Day Week Publications Schedule
    Holiday Calendar
    Date: 2018-06-29
    In recognition of Canada Day, July 1st, and the U.S. 4th of July Independence Day celebrations, our regular Monday, July 2nd publications will be delivered on Tuesday, July 3rd. Our regular Wednesday, July 4th publications will be delivered on Thursday, 5th July.

    Thanks and have a safe Holiday week.

    CO2 Rock Sequestration Verification Demo Touted (Ind Report)
    Date: 2018-06-29
    Laramie, Wyoming-based WellDog, Virginia Tech and Carbon GeoCycle are reporting their collaboration has delivered the world's first successful direct verification of carbon dioxide sequestered in an underground rock.

    The test injected over 13,000 tons of CO2 into stacked unmineable coal seams at depths of 900 to 2,000 feet with the goal of storing CO2 while simultaneously enhancing natural gas recovery. The verification, made using WellDog's proprietary Reservoir Raman System, reveals that carbon dioxide injected over the last two years flowed into all of the targeted coal seams in Buchanan County, Virginia.

    The $15.5 million project is funded by the US DOE, Virginia Tech, and private industry. The project research partners included Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, Virginia Tech; Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy; DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory; Marshall Miller & Associates; Southern States Energy Board; CONSOL Energy; Geological Survey of Alabama; Sandia Technologies; Det Norske Veritas; WellDog; and Carbon GeoCycle. (Source: WellDog, PR, 27 June, 2018) Contact: WellDog, John M. Pope, CEO,,; Carbon GeoCycle,

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

    Toyota Tsusho, Pinnacle Ink Wood Pellet Off-Take Contract (Ind. Report)
    Pinnacle Renewable Holdings,Toyota Tsusho
    Date: 2018-06-29
    British Columbia, Canada-based Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. reports it has entered into new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with customers in South Korea and Japan.

    The contract in Japan is Pinnacle's second with Toyota Tsusho Corporation, a trading and investing company and a group member of TOYOTA. Under the terms of the Toyota Tsusho contract, Pinnacle will supply 170,000 metric tpy of industrial wood pellets to Toyota Tsusho beginning in 2021. The industrial wood pellets will be used by Kanda Biomass Energy K.K., which is established by RENOVA, Inc., Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd., Veolia Japan K.K. and two other companies, in a biomass power generation plant in Kanda, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

    The contract in South Korea is with CGN Daesan Power Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of CGN New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd, a diversified independent power producer in Asia.

    As a result of these two new contracts, the weighted average remaining life of Pinnacle's portfolio of off-take contracts with customers has been extended from seven years as at March 30, 2018, to more than nine years. (Source; Pinnacle Renewable Holdings, 28 June, 2018) Contact: Pinnacle, Robert McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613,; Toyota Tsusho,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Renewable Holdings,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Toyota Tsusho ,  

    600,000 Tons of Densified Biomass Fuel Sold in March (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2018-06-29
    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released Monthly (June) Densified Biomass Fuel Report, U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 650,000 tons of densified biomass fuel from 1.27 million tons of raw biomass feedstock in March, with sales reaching 600,000 tons during the month. Production included 147,226 tons of heating pellets and 498,864 tons of utility pellets.

    For the report, the EIA collected data from 86 operating manufacturers of densified biomass fuel. The report does not include data from facilities with annual capacities of less than 10,000 tons, which report data annually rather than monthly. The 86 manufacturers that submitted data in February have a combined annual production capacity of 11.79 million tpy.

    Domestic sales reached 122,727 tons and averaged $149.22 per ton. Exports in March reached 381,319 tons an averaged $174.32 per ton. Inventories of premium/standard wood pellets reached 225,990 tons in March, up from 217,859 tons in February. Inventories of utility pellets reached 345,615 tons in March, up from 255,172 tons in February. (Source: US EIA, June, 2018) Contact: US EIA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Information Administration,  Biomass,  

    EIA Details Energy Efficiency Incentives Results (Ind. Report)
    EIA,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-06-29
    According to a US Energy Information Administration (EIA) survey (EIA-861) of electric power sales, revenue, and energy efficiency, U.S. electric utilities reported spending $3.6 billion on energy efficiency customer incentives in 2016, for an average of $24 per customer.

    Most reported spending supported residential and commercial energy efficiency: 43 pct of spending targeted residential customers, 49 pct targeted commercial customers, and the remaining 8 pct targeted industrial customers. Average reported spending per customer varied by state, from $0 in Alaska to $128 in Massachusetts. High-spending states and low-spending states tend to be concentrated in particular regions. By U.S. census region, average utility spending ranged from $11 per customer in the South to $47 per customer in the Northeast. Spending also was higher in certain states with high electricity prices, such as Hawaii, or in certain states with climates that require more energy for heating and cooling, such as Illinois and Arizona.

    Incremental savings as a result of energy efficiency spending for reporting year 2016 totaled 27.5 billion kWh or 0.7 pct of nationwide retail electricity sales. Projected lifecycle savings were much greater, at 354 billion kWh over the lifetime of the efficiency measures used, because some measures that affect heating, cooling, and water heating equipment can provide benefits for several years. Like spending, most savings occurred in the residential and commercial sectors.

    Annual incremental savings also varied by state, from near 0 pct of electricity retail sales in Kansas and Alaska to 3 pct of retail sales in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Average electricity savings by U.S. census region was the highest at 1.2 pct in the Northeast, and the lowest at less than 0.4 pct in the south. (Source: EIA, Today in Energy, June, 2018) Contact: US EIA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EIA,  Energy Efficiewncy ,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  

    Japanese Woody Biomass Project Reaches Financial Closure (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-06-29
    Japanese renewable energy specialist Renova Inc is reporting the financial close for the 75-MW Kanda woody biomass power generation project in Fukuoka prefecture. The facility will also use wood pellets from Canadian pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc., as previously reported.

    Renova developed and holds a 43.1 pct stake in the project. Sumitomo Forestry Co Ltd holds a 41.5 pct interest. Veolia Japan, Kyuden Mirai Energy Co Inc and Mihara Group are also participating. (Source: Renova Inc., Renewables, 28 June, 2018) Contact: Renova Inc.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renova,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

    F2i SGR Acquiring Enel Italian Biomass Portfolio (Int'l, M&A)
    Enel SpA,F2i SGR
    Date: 2018-06-29
    Italian energy group Enel SpA reports it will sell a 108 MW biomass power generation portfolio of 5 units to F2i SGR for EUR €335 million ($388 million). The portfolio includes the operational Mercure and Finale Emilia plants in Calabria and Emilia Romagna, as well as a 50 pct stake in Powercrop -- a JV with Maccaferri.

    The transactions is pending regulatory approvals for completion in 2018 and 2019.(Source: Enel SpA, Renewables Now, 28 June, 2018) Contact: F2i SGR,; Enel SpA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News F2i SGR,  Enel,  Biomass,  

    GEVO, Avfuel Ink ATJ Fuel Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-06-29
    Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol specialist GEVO Inc. reports it has inked an agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to global aviation fuel supplier Avfuel Corporation, effective July 1, 2018.

    Iniially, GEVO will supply Avfuel from its 70,000 gpy hydrocarbon processing facility in Silsbee, Texas. GEVO expects to construct a larger-scale hydrocarbon facility at its existing ethanol and isobutanol production facility located in Luverne, Minnesota, subject to financing. Upon completion of the Luverne Hydrocarbon Facility, GEVO would supply Avfuel with larger volumes of ATJ, ramping up to 1,000,000 gpy of unblended ATJ which, when blended with conventional jet fuel, would produce many millions of gallons of finished ASTM D1655 jet-fuel product. Avfuel services over 3,000 locations worldwide.

    The Supply Agreement with Avfuel is GEVO's first long-term commercial supply agreement for its ATJ. (Source: GEVO, PR, 21 June, 2018) Contact: Avfuel Corporation , Craig Sincock, Pres., CEO, Marci Ammerman, VCP Marketing, (734) 663-6466,,; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO news,  Aviation Fuel news,  

    Ingenco Seeks Va. DEQ Landfill Gas Power License (Reg & Leg)
    Ingenco Wholesale Power
    Date: 2018-06-27
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Ingenco Wholesale Power has applied for a Title V air pollution operating permit from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for its Bristol, Virginia solid waste landfill facility.

    The $4.5 million facility uses methane and other landfill gases to power 18 diesel engines to generate electricity which is sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The Ingenco facility was commissioned late in 2015.

    Ingenco operates 17 plants throughout Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. (Source: Ingenco Wholesale Power, Bristol Herald Courier, 26 June, 2018) Contact: Ingenco Wholesale Power, (804) 521-3500,; Virginia DEQ - SW Regional Office, (276) 676-4800,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  Ingenco Wholesale Power,  

    Gildemeister Al Shirawi Energy Solutions Launched in UAE (Int'l)
    Gildemeister Energy Solutions
    Date: 2018-06-27
    Wurzburg, Germany-based Gildemeister Energy Solutions GmbH reports it is entering a joint venture with Dubai's Al Shirawi Group to develop utility-scale solar projects in the UAE. The new JV company will be named to be called Gildemeister Al Shirawi Energy Solutions.

    The new company, called Gildemeister Al Shirawi Energy Solutions will work with local UAE developers and investors on rooftop solar installations, storage and e-mobile technology, according to the company release.

    Gildemeister has installed more than 8,000 solar systems in over 40 countries to date. (Source: Gildemeister Energy Solutions GmbH, Renewables, 25 June, 2018) Contact: Gildemeister Energy Solutions, +49 (0) 931-25064-250,,; Al Shirawi: Oasis Investment Co LLC

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gildemeister Energy,  Solar,  

    Vestas Inks 14-MW German Wind Farm Repowering Deal (Int'l Report)
    Vestas,Rakower Buergerwindpark
    Date: 2018-06-27
    Vestas Wind Systems reports it has contracted with Rakower Buergerwindpark GmbH & Co KG to repower and more than double to capacity of a community wind park in Rakow, Germany. Vests will replace four of the existing V66-1.65 MW turbines with four V117-3.45 MW machines totalling 14 MW. (Source: Vestas, Rakower Buergerwindpark, Renewables, 25 June, 2018) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  

    NATSO Testifies on RFS Hardship Waivers (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-06-27
    In Alexandria, a Chicago-area travel center executive testifying on behalf of the National Association of Truck Stop Owners (NATSO) told a House panel that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is successfully incentivizing travel centers to incorporate advanced biofuels such as biodiesel into their fuel supply, but also warned that the EPA's recent practice of exempting certain refiners from their renewable fuels obligations undermines the law's intent and decreases demand for biofuels.

    The Annual renewable fuel volume obligations established under the RFS are designed to create market certainty and encourage fuel retailers to invest in the infrastructure necessary to incorporate and sell biodiesel. The executive testified that the EPA's recent granting of an unprecedented number of retroactive "hardship" exemptions to refineries has functioned as de facto mandate cuts in the biofuel volume obligations. Retroactively issued waivers create market uncertainty, ultimately diminishing the value of the biodiesel investments that Congress encouraged fuel retailers to make when it developed the RFS.

    "It is imperative that EPA immediately re-evaluate its criteria for issuing the small refinery waivers. Going forward, I would hope that EPA act in a manner that is more consistent with the RFS by requiring all waiver requests be received and assessed prior to finalizing biofuel mandates for a given compliance year."

    NATSO is the trade association of America's travel plaza and truckstop industry. Founded in 1960, NATSO represents the industry on legislative and regulatory matters; serves as the official source of information on the diverse travel plaza and truckstop industry; provides education to its members; conducts an annual convention and trade show; and supports efforts to generally improve the business climate in which its members operate. (Source: NATSO, PR, June, 2018) Contact: NATSO, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman, (703) 739-8578,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NATSO,  RFS,  Biodiesel,  RFS,  RFS Hardship Waiver,  

    Increased Climate Finance Aids Caribbean Countries (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-06-27
    According to the Washington-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a financing increase of more than 20 pct to a seven-year high of $35.2 billion from the previous year by the world's six largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) has boosted projects that help the Caribbean and other developing countries cut emissions and address climate risks.

    The MDBs' latest joint report on climate financing said $27.9 billion -- 79 pct of the 2017 total -- was devoted to climate mitigation projects that aim to reduce harmful emissions and slow down global warming. The remaining 21 pct or $7.4 billion of financing for emerging and developing nations was invested in climate adaptation projects. In 2016, total MDB climate financing totaled US$27.4 billion.

    The MDBs, which include the African Development Bank , the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank , the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB and IDB Invest) and the World Bank Group (World Bank, IFC and MIGA), account for the vast majority of multilateral development finance. (Source: IDB, Caribbean Life, 23 June, 2018) Contact: IDB, Juan Pablo Bonilla, Climate Change and Sustainability Sector Manager, Therese Turner-Jones, GM Caribbean Country Department,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IDB,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Finance,  

    SME Preparing for Nova Scotia Tidal Energy Tests (Ind. Report)
    Sustainable Marine Energy
    Date: 2018-06-27
    In Edinburgh, Scottish tidal energy developer Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd (SME) reports it is preparing to ship its PLAT-I, 280-kW tidal energy platform incorporates four Schottel Hydro SIT 250 turbines to Nova Scotia, Canada.

    Nova Scotian tests will include proving performance in Canada's harsher climate and environmental monitoring. SME is partnering with Halifax-headquartered Black Rock Tidal Power Inc (BRTP), which has applied to the Nova Scotia Department of Energy for permission to deploy the platform at Grand Passage for at least three months.

    Nova Scotia's Feed-in-Tariff and the Bay of Fundy's tides -- the highest in the world -- could have influenced the company's choice of a Nova Scotian venue. (Source: SME, Renewables 25 June, 2018) Contact: SME, Jason Hayden, Managing Dir., +44 131 285 4620,; Black Rock Tidal Power Inc,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Rock Tidal Power,  Sustainable Marine Energy,  Tidal Power,  

    Seoul, Guangzhou, NYC Top Largest Carbon Footprints List (Int'l)
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Date: 2018-06-27
    The Chinese city of Guangzhou -- fka Canton -- has the second highest carbon footprint of cities worldwide, according to a new study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. With a population of approximately 14 million, Guangzhou emits an estimated 272.0 metric tpy of carbon dioxide.

    Only Seoul, with a population of 21 million, surpasses Guangzhou with an output of 276.1 metric tpy of GHGs. New York City, with 13.6 million people, holds third place at 233.5 metric tpy.

    Of the 13,000 cities included in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology study, 100 cities were found to be responsible for 18 pct of the world's total carbon emissions.

    Download research findings, including an interactive map and data tables HERE. (Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, That's China, 26 June, 2018)Contact: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Daniel Moran, Study Lead Author, +47 73 59 50 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News limate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  

    Notable Quote and Duly Noted
    Date: 2018-06-27
    "I am all for putting a public eye, pressure to those companies (oil and gas) for being much more responsible energy companies and reducing carbon and methane emissions, but we don't have this same attention for the 200 gigawatts of sub-critical coal-fired power plants under construction in Asia, which will emit carbon emissions at least three to four times higher than all this oil production together. There is a need for understanding numbers when it comes to the climate change debate." -- Fatih Birol, International Energy Agency Exec. Director, June, 2018)

    Editor's Note: The world's largest publicly traded oil and natural gas companies account for under 4 pct of the world's energy-related carbon emissions, according to the IEA.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol,  

    State-run CEZ Acquires French Wind Assets (M&A, Int'l Report)
    CEZ Group
    Date: 2018-06-27
    AFP is reporting Prague-headquartered Czech state-run power group CEZ purchased nine wind farm projects under construction in France from German developer ABO Wind in June 2017. Assuming all nine farms are completed and commissioned, CEZ's installed wind capacity in France will rise to 100 MW within five years.

    In 2017 the company generated 62,887 terawatt-hours of power, of which 4,677 TWh were from renewable sources. CEZ is Europe's eighth largest power group with assets in Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey. (Source: CEZ, ETEnergy World, 26 June, 2018) Contact: CEZ Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind M&A,  

    S. Korea Plans Additional 12GW Wind Power by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    Korean Energy Ministry
    Date: 2018-06-27
    In Seoul, the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy reports the country will add 12 gigawatt of new wind power capacity by 2030. The new energy road map aims to acquire 48.7 GW of new clean energy sources, with 12 GW of them coming from wind power plants.

    Initially, the government plans to establish 500 MW-class wind turbines in coastal areas and explore ways to converge them with shipping, ship building and other marine-based industries. It also aims to create large-scale floating wind farms. (Source: Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, The Investor, 28 June, 2018)Contact: Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy,

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

    Aussie Study Values Inland Wetlands Carbon Storage Stocks (Int'l)
    Deakin University
    Date: 2018-06-27
    In the Land Down Under, researchers from the Deakin School of Life and Environmental Sciences' Blue Carbon Lab are reporting that Victoria state's inland wetlands lock away the annual emissions of 185,000 people. Victoria has about 530,000 hectares of inland wetlands, which include marshes, peatlands, pools and lakes, making up about 2.33 pct of the state's land area. The figure is part the state's first tally of its valuable environmental resources which came to three million tpy of CO2.

    In total, the researchers estimated Victoria's inland wetlands had a soil carbon stock of 68 million tons, worth about $6 billion under Australia's most recent carbon price.

    According to lead researcher Dr Paul Carnell, "While a lot more is known about how trees suck up and store carbon, freshwater wetlands can actually sequester 20 to 40 times more carbon than forests on dry land."

    The study was funded by the Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The study, published in the journal Global Change Biology. (Source: Deakin University, PR, 26 June 2018) Contact: Deakin University, Dr Paul Carnell, Lead Researcher, +61 3 924 43902,, Blue Carbon,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Storage,  Blue Carbon,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Urban Forest, Tropical Rainforest Carbon Storage Capacity Nearly Equal (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Storage
    Date: 2018-06-27
    In the UK, a new University College London (UCL) study published in Carbon Balance and Management used publicly-available airborne LiDAR data collected by the UK Environment Agency, combined with ground-based LiDAR measurements, to generate a map of carbon stored in an estimated 85,000 trees across the London Borough of Camden. The study found that urban areas store up to 178 tonnes of carbon per ha, in comparison to the median value for tropical rainforests of 190 tonnes of carbon per ha.

    According to Treeconomics the services provided by urban trees in Greater London are estimated to be worth £133 million per annum. The carbon storage capacity of urban trees alone is valued to be worth £4.8 million per annum in Greater London, or £17.80 per tree.

    The research study was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, in part through the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). (Source: University College London,, 25 June, 2018) Contact: University College London, Natasha Downes, +44 (0)20 3108 3844, n.downes, said lead author on the study, Dr Phil Wilkes (UCL Geography). UCL Geography LiDAR research group.

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

    Biodiesel Producers Support Biodiesel Tax Credit (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-06-27
    In a recent National Biodiesel Board (NBB) letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), and Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the NBB wrote:

    "On behalf of a diverse community of biodiesel producers, feedstock providers, blenders, fuel marketers and consumers, we are pleased to announce that we have united around a single position -- to maintain and extend the biodiesel tax credit at the blender level.

    "The blenders credit has worked successfully to build a robust biodiesel and renewable diesel industry -- 100 million gallons in 2005 to nearly 2.6 billion gallons in 2017. The tax credit is an important demand stimulus, which improves plant efficiencies, encourages investment in U.S. distribution infrastructure and supports high-paying jobs throughout the country, while providing fuels that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On top of this, it has afforded customers such as the trucking industry and heating oil users fuels that are more economic and environmentally competitive.

    "Extending the biodiesel blenders credit will allow us to continue to provide the economic and environmental benefits associated with the program.

    "Unfortunately, the uncertainty caused by the "on-again, off-again" tempo of legislative extensions, including the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which retroactively extended the biodiesel tax incentives through the end of 2017, has somewhat frustrated our sector's ability to anticipate the availability of the incentives and make the necessary investments. This severely disrupts access to capital, as well as the ability to hire and expand. Given that Congress has frequently extended the credit retroactively, market participants have come to reasonably rely on the credit being retroactively extended when undertaking business and investment decisions. Accordingly, the undersigned trade associations and companies urge Congress to restore the tax credit as soon as possible.

    "To provide certainty in planning, we believe Congress should extend the full $1.00 per gallon tax credit for 2018 and 2019. Beyond that, we are seeking long-term certainty, including a permanent tax incentive at a level that will continue to foster growth in the domestic biodiesel market.

    "Since the credit's inception, the market responded as Congress intended. We urge Congress to extend this successful program."

    In addition to NBB, the letter was signed by the Advanced Biofuels Association, the American Trucking Associations, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Renderers Association, NATSO, Representing America's Travel Centers and Truckstops, New England Fuels Institute, Petroleum Marketers Association of America, and Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 25 June, , 2018) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, 800) 841-5849,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NBB,  Biodiesel,  Bioodiesel Tax Credit,  

    Notable Quotes and Duly Noted
    Date: 2018-06-27
    "To be honest with you, we don't consider biofuels the best policy. Biofuels are not the best way to eliminate CO2 emissions. It's not possible."

    "(The U.S.) renewable fuel program was a mistake done by the Congress some years ago. Congress erred by basing the standard on reaching some volumes as an absolute number and not as a percentage." -- Patrick Pouyanne, CEO of French energy giant TOTAL

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  RFS,  

    BP, Elion Partner on Forestry Carbon Offset Program (Int'l)
    BP, Elion Group
    Date: 2018-06-27
    In Beijing, Elion Group and BP are reporting the signing of a carbon emission purchase contract for Chinese Certified Emissions Reductions (CCERs) from the forestry sector.

    With the purchase of CCERS, BP will support the existing carbon stocks on nearly 1,400 sq. kilometers of desert oasis in the Inner Mongolia Kubuqi Desert. This agreement will also provide further support to Elion to further develop projects on ecological restoration in China, including the ongoing Kubuqi Desert ecosystem restoration project.

    Elion is helping to accelerate the development of China's green finance, through the design and deployment of tools to help promote social capital investment in local environmental projects. (Source: Elion Group, BP, ACROFAN, 26 June, 2018)Contact: Elion Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  BP,  CERs,  

    Orsted Unloading Danish Power Distribution, Residential Customer Businesses (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-06-27
    Danish offshore wind major Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- reports it plans to divest its power distribution and residential businesses in favour of increased emphisise on "green" energy and offshore wind opportunities in existing and new markets. The company invests DKK 15-20 billion per, 85 pct of which is dedicated to offshore wind.

    Proceeds from the potential divestment will be included in the company's overall capital planning where the priorities are to maintain the company's BBB+/Baa1 rating, maintain the current dividend policy and complete value-creating investments in renewables. Excess capital will be returned to the shareholders. (Source: Orsted, PR, 26 June, 2018) Contact: Orsted, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Renewable Energy,  Green Energy,  Offshore Wind,  

    Siemens' Green Ammonia Project Set for Launch (Int'l Report)
    Siemens,Siemens Corporate Technologies
    Date: 2018-06-27
    Siemens Corporate Technologies is reporting it will launch a £1.5 million ($2 million) demonstration project at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire in the UK to showcase the potential of using "green ammonia" for energy storage or fuel.

    The project, which was developed in partnership with Oxford University and the University of Cardiff, aims to show that renewable power can be used to split water to produce hydrogen, which can then be combined with nitrogen extracted from the air to make ammonia. This can then be stored and transported for future use as a carbon-free fuel producing only water and nitrogen.

    Other partners in the project include the Sciences and Technology Facilities Council and Innovate UK. (Source: Siemens Corporate Technologies, The Chemical Engineer, June, 2018) Contact: Siemens Corporate Technologies, Ian Wilkinson, Programme Manager, (609) 734-6500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amonia,  Siemens,  

    Foresight Acquires German Anaerobic Digestion Portfolio (M&A, Int'l)
    Foresight Group
    Date: 2018-06-27
    London-based infrastructure and private equity investment manager Foresight Group is reporting the acquisition of five operational anaerobic digestion (AD) plants totaling 17 MWe equivalent of electricity and biomethane from Germany's Lindhorst Gruppe.

    Including this acquisition, Foresight's renewable energy portfolio will include 20 AD plants in Germany and the UK totaling 154 MW cpacity. (Source: Foresight Group, Renewables, 26 JUne, 2018) Contact: Foresight Group,; Lindhorst Gruppe, +49 5143 98100,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,  Foresight Group,  

    Active Energy Raises £1Mn for Woody Biomass CoalSwitch Commercialization (Int'l Report, Funding)
    Active Energy
    Date: 2018-06-27
    Further to our June 20 coverage, London-headquartered renewable energy firm Active Energy reports it has raised £1 million in capital by the release of 33.3 million new ordinary shares of 1p each at a price of 3p per share.

    The funds will be used to develop the company's forestry management operations and bring its coal replacement fuel CoalSwitch biomass technology to commercialization. (Source: Active Energy, Energy Voice, 26 June, 2018) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, +44 (0)20 3021 1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy,  Biomass,  Biocoal,  CoalSwitch,  

    Minnesota Residential Energy Code Update on Hold (Reg & Leg)
    Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
    Date: 2018-06-27
    In St. Paul, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry have delayed a decision by several months on building code standards related to energy use for newly constructed homes. The agency indicated that it would wait for the results of a federal performance study of the new, model 2018 residential energy code developed by the International Code Council.

    Minnesota law requires updating building standards every six years. A delay could mean pushing residential energy code updates to 2024. Advocates argue the update would reduce carbon emissions and save homebuyers money, while homebuilders contend it would yield few benefits for the added cost. A DOE study that looked at impact of continuously upgrading residential energy codes found the cumulative energy cost savings in Minnesota would be $2.3 billion from 2010 to 2040 and avoid 14.3 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

    Minnesota's present 2015 residential energy code is based on the International Code Council's 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). (Source: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Energy News Network, June, 2018) Contact: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Riverside PUC Approves Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Riverside Public Utilities
    Date: 2018-06-27
    In the Golden State, the City of Riverside city council is reporting the recent approval of eight energy efficiency programs specifically designed for commercial and residential customers. The programs, funded through the state-mandated public benefits charge, help Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) customers lower their utility bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Under the Small Business Direct Installation Program participants receive up to $2,000 worth of energy efficiency improvements for their business, through a city-approved vendor, at no cost. The estimated average savings could be as much as $300 per year.

    Under the Residential Program, customers will receive as much as $1,000 worth of energy efficiency upgrades, such as air conditioning tune-ups and LED lighting, for their homes delivered by an RPU-approved contractor at no cost. The estimated average savings could be as much as $150 per year.

    A newly-approved Business Outdoor Lighting Direct Installation Program allows an approved RPU vendor to convert a business' existing energy-intensive outdoor lighting to new, energy-efficient, LED lighting to create substantial savings.

    All of these programs are made possible through RPU's participation in the Southern California Public Power Association (SCPPA), a joint powers agency comprised of 11 municipal utilities and one irrigation district around Southern California. (Source; Riverside Public Utilities, Inland Empire, 26 June, 2018) Contact: Riverside Public Utilities,; SCPPA ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Ice Energy Reports Argo Infrastructure Partners Funding Agreement (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Ice Energy,Argo Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2018-06-27
    Costa Mesa, California-based Ice Energy, the leading provider of distributed thermal energy storage solutions, reports it has entered into a long-term funding agreement with private equity manager Argo Infrastructure Partners LLC.

    The investment establishes a strategic relationship that begins with $40 million in funding for Ice Energy and its current projects, which are supported by long-term utility contracts to manage peak power demand and load shifting.

    Argo Infrastructure Partners is an independent investment manager that invests in high-quality regulated and contracted infrastructure assets, targeting returns through sustainable cash yields and long-term capital appreciation.

    With over $2 billion in assets under management on behalf of institutional investors, Argo manages an investment portfolio that includes a 330 MW ISO-interconnecting bi-directional power transmission system; power generation assets that provide the majority of electricity demand load for Pueblo, Colorado; Duquesne Energy, the regulated electric transmission and distribution utility serving over 500,000 customers in the Pittsburgh area; and two water utilities, including one serving the city of Bayonne, NJ.

    Ice Energy's thermal energy storage products deliver behind-the-meter energy storage for commercial and industrial HVAC, refrigeration and process cooling systems, as well as for home AC, providing peak capacity to over 40 utility service territories nationwide. The company has installed 15 MW) of energy storage, has contracts to install another 30 MW, and has a pipeline of over 400 MW. The company is expanding quickly in the U.S. and internationally. (Source: Ice Energy, PR 26 June, 2018) Contact: Argo Infrastructure Partners, Hugh Au, Senior VP,,; Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, Pres, (877) 542-3232,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  thermal energy storage,  

    Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) and Bill Gates Working on Energy Storage Deal
    Date: 2018-06-26
    GOOGL – A molten-salt project could be spun out of Gates’ energy fund. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is considering spinning out an energy storage product which the company has been working on, and big name investors are said to be interested. Reports indicate that Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures may be calling dibs. CNBC has the details on Google’s potential spinoff. Google parent company Alphabet is in discussions to spin out a molten-salt energy storage project in a transaction with Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion fund devoted to energy research, MIT Technology Review reported. It is unclear if a deal has been finalized or how much money may be involved. Google’s project is code-named Project Malta, and it’s being led by Nobel Prize winner Robert Laughlin. The goal of the project is to store thermal energy which has been converted from solar and wind electricity into massive tanks of molten salt. The theory behind the plans suggests this would be a cheaper and more efficient technique for longer-term storage of renewable energy. In addition to Gates, the fund includes investors such as Jeff Bezos and Jack Ma. Alphabet Inc Class A shares rose $0.72 (+0.06%) in premarket trading Tuesday. Year-to-date, GOOGL has gained 8.15%, versus a 2.42% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period. GOOGL currently has a POWR Rating of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #2 of 51 stocks in the Internet category. Jun 26, 2018 | 7:19am | By Staff Alphabet

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alphabet news,  

    Notable Quotes and Worth Noting
    Date: 2018-06-25
    "Pruitt needs to understand that his actions to continue to grant (RFS "hardship") waivers, now retroactively, to oil refineries is undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard -- a program that Administrator Pruitt told Congress he was committed to upholding." -- Sen. Joni Ernst, (Iowa-R) Contact: Senator Joni Ernst, (2020 724-3264,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  

    SaskPower Adding 10-MW Utility-Scale Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    SaskPower, Saturn Power
    Date: 2018-06-25
    Baden, Ontario based Saturn Power Inc. reports it has inked a 20-year agreement with SaskPower to build and maintain the first utility-scale solar power plant near Swift Current in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The facility is expected to be operational as early as the end of 2019.

    The project is estimated to provide 10 MW of power, enough to power roughly 2,000 homes. SaskPower reportedly aims to have 60 MW of solar generation online by 2021. (Source: Saturn Energy, SaskPower, pvbuzz, 21 June, 2018) Contact: SaskPower, Doug Opseth, (306) 566-2121,; Saturn Power, (519) 804-9163,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower,  Saturn Power,  

    Study Finds Crop Rotation Reduces GHG Emissions (R&D Report)
    University of Illinois
    Date: 2018-06-25
    A University of Illinois - Urbana study conducted at the Northwestern Illinois Ggricultural Research and Demonstration Center has found that rotating crops increases yield and lowers greenhouse gas emissions compared to the continuous planting of either corn or soybean.

    Gevan Behnke, research specialist and doctoral candidate in University of Illinois' Department of Crop Sciences, compared greenhouse gas emissions from fields that had been maintained as continuous single crop planting, rotated corn-soybean or rotated corn-soybean-wheat planting and no-till management, for 20 years.

    Comparing the corn phase of a corn-soybean rotation to continuous corn showed an increased yield and a cumulative reduction in nitrous oxide emissions of approximately 35 pct. Nitrous oxide (N2O) is an extremely potent greenhouse gas, with a global warming potential almost 300 times higher than carbon dioxide. Tillage did not impact greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: University of Illinois, Farm & Field, 22 June, 2018) Contact: University of Illinois - Urbana, University of Illinois' Department of Crop Sciences, Gevan Behnke, (217) 333-3420,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Nitrous Oxide ,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  University of Illinois,  

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