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Wichita County OKs Ameresco Energy Efficiency Project (Ind Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2018-11-28
In Texas, Wichita County Utility reports it is in talks with Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewables and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco on integrating more efficient utility and electrical systems in commercial, government and industrial buildings. The county presently spends about $560,000 for electricity, natural gas and water.

Upgrades such as energy-efficient lighting, thermostat controls, window tinting and faucet aerators could save the county more than $113,000 each year. An additional $116,000-$117,000 per year in outdated equipment operation and maintenance could also be saved by the upgrades. Upgrading would also qualify the county for a one-time $22,000 incentive from Oncor. (Source: City of Witchita Falls, Wichita Falls Times Record News , 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: City of Witchita Falls, www.wichitafallstx.gov; Ameresco (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


LEED-Certified Buildings Eligible for 3-yr Recertification (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2018-11-28
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) reports it will begin offering LEED recertification for all LEED-certified projects. For recertification, projects must submit 12 months of data demonstrating continued or improved performance and meet the standards of the newest available version of LEED. The recertification will be valid for three years. (Source: USGBC, Building Design & Construction, Nov., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


350.org Comments on National Climate Change Assessment Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
National Climate Change Assessment
Date: 2018-11-28
In Washington, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve released the following comments on the Trump administration's just release National Climate Change Assessment:

"Not even the Trump Administration's own climate assessments can deny the severity of the climate crisis, as well as the risks for future generations. They can try to bury the findings of this report by releasing it quietly the day after Thanksgiving with hopes that people won't notice, but the realities of the climate crisis are stark and being felt by communities all over the country and the world right now.

"This report (National Climate Change Assessment) acknowledges much of what was outlined in the UN's IPCC report, noting that current efforts to mitigate climate change are not meeting the scale of the crisis. Yet, the report falls short of calling out the true culprit of the climate crisis: the fossil fuel industry. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration continues to roll back climate policy and prop up Big Oil, offering the fossil fuel industry tax subsidies at the cost of creating further conditions for devastating climate impacts.

"All the reports released this year point to the need for bold climate action now. For any shot at averting further climate catastrophe, all elected officials must reject dirty fossil fuel money and fight for a Green New Deal that puts climate and communities first. It's not enough to acknowledge the reality of climate change -- we need our members of Congress to walk the talk and support equitable solutions to this global crisis that lead to 100 pct renewable economies with no new fossil fuel projects."

350.org is U.S.-based, not-for-profit international environmental organization addressing climate change with the goal of reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350ppm from the current level of 400 ppm.

Download the National Climate Assessment report HERE (Source: 350.org, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: 350.org, (413) 678-5160, www.350.org.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Climate Change Assessment,  Climate Chane Assessment,  Climate Change,  


Banco Azteca Lauded for Building Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy
Date: 2018-11-28
Mexico City-based banking major Banco Azteca, S.A. reports 11 of its branches it have been recognized by the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in Buildings -- aka E4.

The E4 program recognizes real estate assets commited to the sustainable use of energy to reduce operating costs and minimize carbon footprints. (Source: Banco Azteca, PR, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: Grupo Salinas, Bruno Rangel, +52 55 1720 9167, jrangelk@gruposalinas.com.mx, www.gruposalinas.com.mx; Grupo Elektra, S.A.B. de C.V., Rolando Villarreal, +52 (55) 1720-9167, rvillarreal@gruposalinas.com.mx; National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy, https://eulacfoundation.org/en/mapeo/national-commission-efficient-use-energy-conuee

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Notable Quotes
Johnson Controls
Date: 2018-11-28
"Organizations are more interested than ever in leveraging energy efficiency, energy storage and distributed generation technologies to deliver smarter, safer and more sustainable buildings,” said “U.S. organizations are especially bullish about the future impact of systems interoperability, systems integration and cybersecurity technologies, leading all other countries.” -- Clay Nesler, vice president, Global Sustainability, Johnson Controls.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Storage news,  Johnson Controls news,  


Kenya Abandons Thermal Power for Wind Energy (Int'l. Report)

Date: 2018-11-28
Due to In Nairobi, Kenyan Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter reports the government will scrap three thermal power plants totaling 190MW. The thermal power plant closures, which are expected to cost approximately $88 million, are due to the recently connected 310MW Lake Turkana Wind Farm project.

The closures include the Iberafrica Power Plant's 56MW contract, set to end in October next year, Tsavo Power's 74MW contract ending in September 2021, and Kipevu Diesel's 60MW contract which ends in July, 2023.

Kenya runs 23 diesel power plants that account for 25 pct (700MW) of the total installed capacity of 2,800MW. Eliminating the thermal plants is part of the government's plan to phase-out expensive diesel power generators as it moves to provide cheaper and cleaner renewable energy. (Source: ESI Africa, Daily Nation, 27 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Alcazar's 86.1MW Jordanian Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l Report)
Alcazar Energy,EBRD
Date: 2018-11-28
Further to our March 3o coverage, Alcazar Energy, an independent renewable energy producer is reporting the completion and start of commercial operation of the Al Rajef wind farm in Jordan.

The plant includes a substation and 41 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines with a total combined capacity of 86.1MW.

The $185 million project, which was financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Proparco and DEG, is in line with Jordan's renewable energy targets and could save more than 160,000 tonnes of CO2 and 380,000 cbm of water per year. Alcazar Energy will oversee and manage the wind farm operation and maintenance (O&M) through O&M contractors Elecnor/Siemens Gamesa. (Source: Alcazar Energy, ME Construction News, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: Alcazar Energy, Daniel Calderon, CEO, +962 6 461 4005, www.alcazarenergy.com; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alcazar Energy,  Wind,  EBRD,  


Greenbacker Acquires Rights to 21.8 MW of NC Solar Capacity (M&A)
Greenbacker Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-11-28
Kansas City, Missouri-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC reports that through a wholly-owned subsidiary, it has purchased the rights to a 21.8 megawatt portfolio of three solar energy projects in Camden, Jamesville and Martin counties, North Carolina from SunEnergy1 LLC. Construction of the facilities has commenced, with closings to take place upon their reaching mechanical completion. All three facilities are expected to achieve commercial operations in early 2019.

The Company is currently working to arrange back leverage financing as well as tax equity financing. Once operational, the SE Solar Portfolio will sell all power generated to an investment grade utility off taker through a 15-year fixed price PPA.

With the addition of the SE Solar Portfolio assets, the Company will own approximately 278.7 MW of generating capacity (including assets in development and construction) comprising 61.5 MW of wind facilities and 217.2 MW of commercial and residential solar facilities. (Source: : Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC, PR, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: Greenbacker Renewable Energy Co. LLC., Charles Wheeler, CEO, (888) 292-3718, www.greenbackerrenewableenergy.com; SunEnergy1, David Sher, (917) 309-1234, www.sunenergy1.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbacker Renewable Energy,  Solar,  SunEnergy1,  


Chinese Carbon Trading Transactions Top $860Mn (Int'l Report)
China Carbon Market,Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment
Date: 2018-11-28
In Beijing, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment is reporting the country's carbon trading transaction values have exceeded 6 billion yuan ($860 million) since June 2013, with traded emission quotas exceeding 270 million tonnes.

The agency noted that "China's carbon emission declined both in intensity and amount in the pilot carbon trading areas. The carbon market has fulfilled its role in controlling greenhouse gas emissions and promoting low-carbon development." The agency added that China will advance the construction of carbon trading market and gradually expand the number of industries, trading entities and categories that participate in the national carbon market which was launched in 2017.

The Chinese carbon emissions trading system includes power generation, iron and steel production and cement manufacturing sectors in seven provinces and municipalities.

Under the Paris Climate Agreement, China will cut its carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 60 to 65 pct by 2030 from the 2005 level. By the end of 2017, China had cut CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 46 pct from 2005 levels, fulfilling its commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 to 45 pct from the 2005 level by 2020. (Source: Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Xinhua, 26 Nov., 2018)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn; Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market,  Cap-and-Trade,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


AFT Affirms Commitment to Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
American Farmland Trust
Date: 2018-11-28
Washington, DC-headquartered American Farmland Trust (AFT) is reporting new commitments to combating climate change, including the addition of Jennifer Moore-Kucera as director of its "Farmers Combat Climate Change" initiative. AFT also reiterated its support of the US Climate Alliance's Natural and Working Lands Challenge in developing policies and programs to increase carbon sequestration and reduce GHGs on farm and ranch land to combat climate change.

The US Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of U.S.states and unincorporated self-governing territories that are committed to upholding the objectives of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement (COP15).

The initiative supports farmers and ranchers in adopting climate-smart farming practices on land they own and rent, encourages smart growth and protecting farmland to reduce transportation emissions and expands renewable energy siting while protecting productive, versatile and resilient farmland. "The goals and strategies outlined in the Farmers Combat Climate Change Initiative will play a critical role in helping farmers, ranchers, and urban growth planners develop and implement practices that can reduce greenhouse emissions, sequester carbon, and help mitigate, if not begin to reverse the negative impacts predicted by climate change models," according to Jennifer Moore-Kucera. (Source: American Farmland Trust, The Fence Post, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: American Farmland Trust, John Piotti, Pres., CEO, Jennifer Moore-Kucera, Carbon Initiate Dir., (202) 331-7300, www.farmland.org; US Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP15,  US Climate Alliance,  American Farmland Trust,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


Notable Quote -- Trump Dumps on National Climate Assessment Report
Trump
Date: 2018-11-28
"No, no, I don't believe it. You're going to have to have China and Japan and all of Asia and all of these other countries, you know. It addresses our country.

"Right now, we're at the cleanest we've ever been. And that's very important to me. But if we're clean, but every other place on Earth is dirty, that's not so good. So I want clean air, I want clean water, very important." -- U.S. President Donald Trump commenting on the just released National Climate Assessment of which he acknowledged only reading "some" and that it was "fine."

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Climate Assessment,  Trump,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Sino-Dutch Researchers Tout Cleaner Coal-to-Liquid Fuel (Int'l)
Eindhoven University of Technology
Date: 2018-11-28
In Beijing, the National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy and Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands are touting a breakthrough which they claim cuts and captures the CO2 emissions and improves the financial viability of coal to liquid (CTL) fuels.

The key is a new type of catalyst to be used in the Fischer-Tropsch reactor, the part of the process in which carbon monoxide and hydrogen are converted into liquid hydrocarbons. In the CTL process coal is first converted to syngas -- a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen -- and then to a liquid. Some of the CO is taken out of the syngas by converting it to CO2, in a process called water-gas shift. The researchers discovered that the CO2 release is triggered because the iron-based catalysts in the reactor are not pure. Accordingly, the researchers developed an alternative catalyst using a type of iron carbide -- epsilon iron carbide -- which they say generates almost no CO2 at all. Any that is been produced can be easily removed at the water-gas shift stage.

The researchers expect the new catalyst will play a role in the future energy and basic chemicals industry. The feedstock will not be coal or gas, but waste and biomass. Syngas will continue to be the central element, as it is also the intermediate product in the conversion of these new feedstocks. (Source: National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy Cosmos, Oct., 2018)Contact: National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy, www.nicenergy.com/en; Eindhoven University of Technology, www.tue.nl/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Synfuel,  


CO2 Neg. Elephant Grass Briquette Biofuel Touted (New Prod & Tech)
NextFuel
Date: 2018-11-28
Stockholm-headquartered NextFuel is touting a new energy solution to climate change that is CO2 negative, cheap, profitable and massively scalable in the form of a briquette made from elephant grass. The briquette is cheaper than and oil and coal in most markets and can be used to replace some or all of the coal normally used by a coal plant. It has already been tested and proven and the first operational plant has been opened by NextFuel in Austria. The company is currently implementing its first large projects in East Africa and South America.

Elephant grass can grow up to four meters in just 100 days and yields several harvestable crops per year. NextFuel's patented technology -- a rotary drum indirectly heated and operated with a low oxygen atmosphere -- requires very little energy to transform the elephant grass into a briquette form. While inside that drum, volatile elements are separated from the grass, and the physical properties together with the energy content are transformed in less than 30 minutes to a clean copy of fossil fuel. The fuel is then "densified" and turned into briquettes for industrial and electric power production. (Source: NextFuel, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: NextFuel, www.nextfuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextFuel,  Biomass Briquette,  Biomass Pellet,  


Toshiba Plans $176Mn Japanese Biomass Power Investment (Int'l)
TOshiba
Date: 2018-11-28
In Tokyo, Toshiba Corp reports it will invest ¥20 billion ($176 million) in a planned biomass power plant to be constructed by Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corp's subsidiary Sigma Power Ariake Corp. in the city of Omuta, Fukuoka prefecture.

The plant will be operated by Sigma Power Ariake Corp. Construction is slated to get underway in the autumn of 2019 for commissioning and operation early in 2022, according to a company statement. (Source: Toshiba Corp., PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: Toshiba Corp, www.toshiba.co.jp

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


EPA to Hold the Line on 2019 RFS Biofuel Blend Quotas (Ind. Report)
RFS,Renewable Fuels Standatd
Date: 2018-11-28
Bloomberg is reporting the Trump administration will likely order refiners to use 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol and other conventional renewable fuels in 2019 despite oil industry pressure to lower the mandate, The slate of biofuel blending targets, which are expected to be released on Friday, are unlikely to placate biofuel and agricultural interests that have denounced the EPA's generous issuance of RFS "hardship" waivers to small refineries. To date, 15 refineries have reportedly applied for "hardship" waiver relief from the 2018 quotas.

The EPA had proposed requiring refiners to blend 19.88 billion gallons of biofuels next year, a 3.1 pct increase over current quotas. That target included a 15 billion gallon quota for corn-based ethanol and other conventional renewable fuels, the maximum allowed under federal law and the same amount required in 2018. The agency also is set to finalize a 2020 requirement for using biodiesel, after proposing a 15.7 pct increase in the target.

The EPA reportedly plans to establish new biofuel blending targets for 2020 through 2022 and is poised to lower congressional goals for cellulosic biofuels as part of the RFS "reset" process. (Source: EPA, Bloomberg, Farm Journal, 27 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS news,  Biofuel Blend news,  Cellulosic news,  


AIC Energy Corp. Planning North Dakota Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
AIC Energy
Date: 2018-11-28
Las Vegas-based Air Solutions Group -- AIC Energy Corp. -- has reportedly filed an application with Williams County planning and zoning officials for a 28,000 bpd biodiesel facility to be known as the Bakken Oil Refinery southwest of Trenton North Dakota, near the Montana border. Project detail have not been released. (Source: AIC Energy Corp., Grand Forks Herald, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: AIC Energy, John Melk, Pres., 702-685-1118, info@aicsolutionsgroup.com, www.aicsolutionsgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


Imperial College London Researchers Enhance Bioprocessing for Biofuels Production (Int'l Report)
Imperial College London
Date: 2018-11-26
In the UK, according to an Imperial College London study aimed at enhancing bioprocessing for cheap and environmentally friendly production of biofuels, plant-based biomass can be broken down 30 times faster than it is usually done.

In the study, the glucosidase enzyme that helps break down the complex carbohydrates present in biomass was modified the chemical structure of the enzyme to let it withstand heat of up to 137 degree C so that it can be used in ionic liquids instead of the usual water. The scientists found that the combined effect of heat resistance and solubility in ionic liquids increased the glucose output 30-fold. If the technique is taken up on a large scale, fuel-related carbon emissions could fall by 80-100 per cent.

According to researcher Dr. Alex Brogan, "We've made bioprocessing faster, which will require less equipment and will reduce carbon footprint. One major advantage of this will be increased biofuel production -- potentially helping biofuels become more widespread as a result. Furthermore, this alteration can be applied to a wide variety of enzymes, for various applications such as making fuels from waste and recycling plastics, thereby making bioprocessing more efficient." (Source: Imperial College London, Coherent Times, 24 Nov., 2018)Contact: Imperial College London, Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Alex Brogan, +44 (0) 20 7594 9028, www.alexbrogan.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Imperial College London,  Biofuel,  


Fourth National Climate Assessment Report Highlights (Ind. Report)
Global Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-26
The just released and already controversial Fourth National Climate Assessment Report from the U.S. government's Global Change Research Program prepared with the support and approval of 13 federal agencies, and with input from hundreds of government and non-governmental experts, provides a comprehensive look at how climate change will impact the United States.

The Assessment's conclusions differ from the Trump administration’s position on climate change and include:

  • The evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying across the country, and that climate-related threats to Americans' physical, social, and economic well-being are rising;

  • Summers will be hotter. Warm-season temperatures are projected to increase more in the Midwest than any other region of the country -- by an average of more than four degrees by mid-century. In the winter, the frost-free season is projected to increase 10 days by 2045, and 20 days by 2065;

  • Increased spring humidity will cause more rainfall, with serious implications for agriculture. It will lead to more potential for water-logged soil, reducing planting time and causing more soil erosion;

  • Rising growing-season temperatures will have a "pervasive" effect on forests. The midwest region will likely have less tree growth and possibly widespread tree mortality;

  • The Great Lakes are at risk from rising temperatures. Current trends toward rising surface temperatures and declining ice cover will continue;

  • Higher temperatures will worsen existing air quality problems, with particularly negative impacts on industrial centers, low-income communities, children and seniors;

  • The habitats of disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks will continue expanding throughout the region, likely leading to more cases of illnesses like West Nile virus and Lyme Disease

  • Climate change will create conditions that make harmful cyanobacterial blooms like the persistent blooms in western Lake Erie more frequent and widespread. A combination of factors, including higher water temperatures and more agricultural runoff from more frequent rains will create favorable conditions for those events.

    Download the Fourth National Climate Assessment report HERE (Source: Fourth National Climate Assessment Report, Various Media, Michigan Public Radio, 23 Nov., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


  • Samoan Climate Change Program Funding Announced (Int'l Report)
    Global Environment Facility
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In the South Pacific, 26 biodiversity, climate change adaptation and mitigation, land degradation and sustainable forest management and other related projects have been granted more than $635,000 in funding by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme. The projects were approved by the Samoan National Steering Committee (N.S.C.) based on the technical assessment from the Technical Advisory Group (T.A.G.).

    The funding is intended to support Samoans most at risk given their strong dependency on natural resources for their livelihoods, while often living in fragile ecosystems throughout the island country. our planet's most pressing environmental problems.

    Since its founding, the GEF has provided over $17.9 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $93.2 billion in co-financing for more than 4500 projects in 170 countries. Today, the GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global climate change and other environmental issues, according to the GEF website. (Source: Global Environment Facility, Samoa Observer, 24 November 2018) Contact: Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Global Environment Facility,  Samoa ,  


    13-Turbine Wind Farm Planned for Oahu, Hawaii (Ind. Report)
    Eurus Energy American
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In the Aloha State, Hawaiian Electric Co. is reporting an agreement with Eurus Energy American Corp. subsidiary EE Ewa LLC under which it will purchase electricity from the proposed Palehua Wind project.

    If approved and constructed the 13-turbine wind farm is expected to generate approximately 150,000 MWh of power per yearand would be the fourth wind farm on Oahu after the 12-turbine Kahuku Wind and 30-turbine Kawailoa Wind farm and an 8 turbine wind farm presently under development. (Source: Eurus Energy, Hawaii Tribune Heral, 25 Nov., 2018) Contact: Eurus Energy Holdings, www.eurus-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eurus Energy,  Wind,  Hawaii Wind ,  


    Albuquerque, PNM Solar Energy Partnership Proposed (Ind. Report)
    Albuquerque, Public Service Co. of New Mexico
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In New Mexico, the city of Albuquerque reports it is partnering with the state’s largest electricity provider, Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM) with the aim of building a new 50-MW solar power generating station and boosting the amount of renewable energy used to power municipal facilities throughout Albuquerque.

    The city's intent is to limit its carbon footprint, reduce its approximately $1.2 million per month electric power bill, and generate at least 25 pct of it energy requirements from renewable resources as quickly as possible. Presently, only 4 pct of the city's power is from renewable energy sources. Under Albuquerque's arrangement with PNM, the city would purchase half of the electricity that would be generated by the proposed 50-MW solar plant. The site, cost and other details of the proposed solar facility have not yet been determined.

    PNM has invested heavily in solar in recent years and has scaled back operations at its coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico as part of a federal mandate to reduce haze-causing pollution. (Source: PNM, City of Albuquerque, Santa Fe New Mexican, 21 Nov., 2018)Contact: Public Service Company of New Mexico, Pat O'Connell, Dir. Resource Planning, (505) 241-2700, www.pnm.com; City of Albuquerque, Planning Dept., (505) 924-3860, www.cabq.gov/planning

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Public Service Co. of New Mexico,  Albuquerque,  PNM,  Solar,  


    Wyoming Compensating Towns for Wind Farm Inconvenience (Funding)
    Wyoming,Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2018-11-26
    The Casper Wyoming News Tribune is reporting the state of Wyoming will pay communities in southern Wyoming a little over $5 million to address the economic impact of two proposed wind energy projects. The state Industrial Siting Council has approved a 100-turbine wind project near Medicine Bow and a 47-turbine wind farm near Evanston. Impact impact funding for nearby towns facing an influx of workers and additional traffic has also been approved.

    The 100-turbine Ekola Flats wind project proposed near Medicine Bow will be owned and operated by Rocky Mountain Power while Invenergy plans its 47-turbine Uinta Wind Energy Project near Evanston. The developers hope to have the wind farms built before federal tax credits are scheduled to end in 2020. (Source: Casper News Tirbune, AP, 24 Nov., 2018) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net; Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Rocky Mountain Power,  Invenergy,  


    Melting Icelandic Glacier Major Methane Emitter (Int'l Report)
    Lancaster University
    Date: 2018-11-26
    A new study from Lancaster University has found that during the summer months Iceland's Solheimajokull glacier releases up to 41 tpd of methane -- a greenhouse gas that is almost 30 times more potent and harmful to the the atmosphere than CO2.

    The Solheimajokull glacier, which flows from the active, ice-covered volcano Katla, has shrunk by about 2,050 feet between 2007 and 2015 and released enough methane to significantly accelerate climate change, according to the study.

    Dr. Hugh Tuffen, a volcanologist at Lancaster University and study co-author says "The heat from Katla volcano may greatly accelerate the generation of microbial methane, so in fact you could see Katla as a giant microbial incubator." (Source: Lancaster University, 14U News, 24 Nov., 2018)Contact: Lancaster University, Dr. Hugh Tuffen, Volcanologist, +44 (0)1524 594713, h.tuffen@lancaster.ac.uk, www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/about-us/people/hugh-tuffen, www.lancaster.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Emissions,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate Change,  


    Eversource, Wesleyan Ink Energy Efficiency Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Wesleyan University
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In Middletown, Conn. Wesleyan University -- enrollment 2,800 -- reports it has inked an agreement with Eversource Energy to support the school's three-year plan to improve energy efficiency and save 3.2 million KWh of electricity per year.and its effort to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Over the past four years, university has saved almost four million KWh of electricity and cut its energy costs by approximately $480,000 a year, according to the release. (Source: Wesleyan University, Bristol Herald Corier,24 Nov., 2018) Contact: Wesleyan University, www.wesleyan.edu; Eversource Energy Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

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


    Schneider Touts Energy Sustainability, Efficiency Fund (Int'l)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2018-11-26
    Schneider Electric is touting "Schneider Electric Ventures" which identifies, nurtures and supports innovations contributing to future sustainability and energy efficiency.

    Schneider Electric Ventures supports innovation through funding, incubation and partnerships. The firm has committed to invest between €300 and €500 million in incubation projects, partnerships with entrepreneurs, and specialized funds in the coming years. Major projects developed by Schneider Electric Ventures include:

  • eIQ Mobility, a start-up which enables and accelerates electric mobility at scale by providing "Electric Fleet as a Service " to large commercial fleets;

  • Clipsal Solar, a business venture for on-grid and off-grid solutions for residential and commercial applications in Australia, where 1.8 million homeowners have installed solar panels to help manage their energy bills. The market is forecasted to grow with additional 134,000 homes by 2021;

  • Greentown Labs Bold Ideas Challenge in partnership with Greentown Labs, focused on fast-tracking entrepreneurs with the mentors, team members, grants of $25,000 and business and technical resources they need to launch successful ventures. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 25 Nov., 2018)Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  Sustainable Energy,  


  • Terravesta Scores £2Mn for Miscanthus Expansion Plan (Int'l Funding)
    Terravesta
    Date: 2018-11-26
    Lincoln, UK-headquartered Miscanthus specialists Terravesta is reporting receipt of a £2 million private investment Nat le Roux, former CEO of IG Group and current Scotgold chairman. The investement is earmarked for working capita, R&D, and expansion. Terravesta presently has operations in Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland and Slovakia. (Source: Terravesta, Bioenergy, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: Terravesta, William Cracroft-Eley, +44 1522 731873 info@terravesta.com, www.terravesta.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Terravesta ,  Biofuel,  Miscanthus,  


    Competitive Green Technologies Wins $500K Fed Funding (Funding)
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In Ottawa, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), a federal agency reports it is investing $499,433 in Stapels, Ontario-based Competitive Green Technologies in its quest to develop a new biocomposite material from resin and natural fibres derived from agricultural bio-waste.

    The company is working with the University of Guelph's Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC) in Ontario.

    According to the release, the global bioplastics and biocomposites sector is entering the plastics market at an annual growth rate of 30 pct. (Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, PR, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: Competitive Green Technologies, Mike Tiessen, Pres., (519) 329-2525, www.competitivegreentechnologies.com; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, (855)773-0241, (613) 773-1081, info@agr.gc.ca, www.agr.gc.ca/eng/home/?id=1395690825741; University of Guelph's Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre, Dr. Amar Mohanty, (519) 824.4120 X 56664, mohanty@uoguelph.ca, www.bioproductscentre.com, www.uoguelph.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biowate,  Bioplastics,  


    Perstorp Offloads BioProducts Business Unit (Int'l, M&A)
    Perstorp
    Date: 2018-11-26
    Swedish speciality chemicals producer is reporting the sale the sale of its biodiesel and glycerine producer Perstorp BioProducts arm in Fredrikstad, Norway, to a Swedish investor. The sale includes a tolling agreement that will see Perstorp continue to manufacture biodiesel at its Stenungsund production site.

    Following the transaction, the business unit will be established as Adesso BioProducts AB, a leading Scandinavian biofuels supplier. (Source: Perstrop, PR, Chemicals Technology, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: Perstrop, Jan Secher, CEO, www.perstorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    SEEIT Energy Efficiency Trust Planning £150Mn IPO (Int'l)
    Sustainable Development Capital
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In the UK, London-based Sustainable Development Capital (SDC) managed SEEIT, the only such firm listed on the London Stock Exchange investing exclusively in the energy efficiency sector, reports it plans to float a &150 million IPO within a few weeks. SEEIT will target a total return of 7 pct - 8 pct per annum, with a targeted initial dividend yield of 5 pct rising to 5.5 pct in the year ending 31 March 2021 and a growing yield thereafter.

    The SDC managed trust will initially invest in a portfolio of nine projects valued at £57 million and £30 million worth of contracts across the UK. The tech-heavy projects include combined cooling/heating and power plants at a Citi data centre and St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, as well as LED lighting projects for hundreds of Santander properties. The company expects the final applications and commitments under the offer and initial placing to close on 5 December, with the publications of the result of the IPO set for 6 December. (Source: Sustainable Development Capital, Investment Week, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: Sustainable Development Capital, +44 (0) 207 287 7700, Fax - +44 (0) 207 806 8100, info@sdcl-ib.com, www.sdcl-ib.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy EfficiencySustainable Development Capital,  


    JCDC, PCJ Announces $31Mn Energy Efficiency Upgrade (Ind. Report)
    Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In Kingston, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is reporting a $31-million package of energy efficiency upgrades being undertaken by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP) at the Commission's HQ building. The upgrades will include an overhaul of the JCDC's 49 air-conditioning systems and an electrical infrastructure upgrade.

    The initiative is expected to cut energy usage at the facility by 32 pct. The two agencies will also share post-installation data, servicing and maintenance of the air-conditioning (AC) systems and a further cool roof application. (Source: Jamaica Observer,PR, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, www.pcj.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    Alberta Community Renewables Funding Set for 2019 Launch (Funding)
    Alberta
    Date: 2018-11-26
    On the Canadian prairies, the government of oil-soaked Alberta reports its new $200 million renewable energy project subsidy program will help rural groups or co-operatives develop small-scale, local or community renewable energy projects.

    To qualify for provincial support, projects must be in the five-to-25 MW range. Funding will be sourced from the provincial carbon tax and will be paid in the form of 20-year contracts.

    Qualifying applicants must demonstrate community benefits, such as revenue from electricity production, local jobs and training opportunities and meet wildlife protection and other regulatory standards. standards.

    The Alberta government aims to have 5,000 MW worth of generation from renewable sources by 2030, with 7,000 MW worth of projects presently ready to go. The province will promote the program before it launches in fall 2019. The Alberta Federation of Rural Electrification Associations, as well as the Alberta Community and Co-Operative Association and Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) support the program. (Source: Alberta Climate Change Office, Western Producers, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: Alberta Climate Change Office, Hon. Shannon Phillips, Minister, aep.alberta.ca/about-us/ministers-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Climate Change Office,  Shannon Phillips,  Renewable Energy,  Community Renewable Energy,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Climate Change Office,  Shannon Phillips,  Renewable Energy,  Community Renewable Energy,  


    WRI Responds to Fourth National Climate Assessment Report (Opinions, Editorial & Asides)
    World Resources Institute,
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In Washington, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has issued the following comments on the U.S. government's Global Change Research Program's just released Fourth National Climate Assessment report:

    "The message is loud, clear and undeniable: climate impacts are here and growing. The tragic Camp Fire in California serves as a stark illustration of how climate change is loading the dice for more extreme events that devastate people, homes and the economy. We should trust what we're seeing with our own eyes: more intense wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and heat waves. This is what climate change looks like and it will become far worse unless we rapidly shift to a low-carbon economy.

    "Climate change is already taking a toll on U.S. agriculture, health, tourism, fisheries, energy, transportation, infrastructure, businesses and more. For example, $1 trillion dollars of public infrastructure and private property along the U.S. coastline are at risk due to rising seas, increasing storm surges, and tidal flooding. No region of the country and no sector of the economy is immune. We must use all tools and pursue all policy levers to turn the tide. The NCA report makes it clear that we need a rapid and decisive shift to a low-carbon economy to achieve inclusive, long-term economic prosperity across the United States." WRI concluded. (Source: World Resources Institute, PR, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute, www.wri.org

    Download the National Climate Assessment 4 report HERE

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Resources Institute,  Climate Change,  


    Flagstaff Adopts Climate Change Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In Arizona, the city of Flagstaff City Council reports the approval of the city's climate change action and adaptation plan to reduce the city's GHG emissions by 80 pct by 2050 and to prepare the city for the effects of climate change.

    The plan calls for the city of approximately 79,500 residents to work with federal, state, local and tribal agencies to implement more aggressive "thinning" operations, better manage the city landfill to reduce GHG emissions, encourage higher density mixed-use developments, greater energy efficiency, a possible municipal carbon tax, and encourage the use of alternative forms of transportation and low-carbon fuels.

    The plan doesn't specify a program timetable, costs or funding options. (Source: Flagstaff City Council, Arizona Daily Sun. 24 Nov., 2018) Contact: Flagstaff City Council, www.flagstaff.az.gov/1406/Mayor-City-Council

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    $50Mn Australian Grid-Scale Energy Storage Fund Launched (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-11-23
    In the Land Down Under, the South Australian Government has introduced a AU$50 million Grid Scale Storage Fund (GSSF) aimed at accelerating the deployment of new large-scale energy storage projects, including pumped hydro, hydrogen, gas storage, solar thermal, bioenergy and battery storage.

    Potential projects seeking funding will be assessed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). Projects shortlisted for GSSF funding may also be eligible for ARENA funding under the Advancing Renewables Program . Under the GSSF, applicants must be able to match funding dollar-for-dollar and preference will be given to projects targeting financial close by the end of 2019.

    ARENA is already supporting feasibility studies for two prospective pumped hydro plants at Cultana and Middleback Ranges, two virtual power plants trials and has contributed towards two grid-scale batteries -- Infigen's Lake Bonney battery and the ESCRI battery in Dalrymple. (Source: ARENA, Energy Storage, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: ARENA, www.arena.gov.au

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


    Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Possible by 2060, says India ETC (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-11-23
    Reporting from New Delhi, the recently launched Indian Energy Transitions Commission (India ETC) reports it initially plans to will focus on policy, research and outreach on decarbonizing the power sector.

    The organization's Mission Possible report notes that reaching net-zero carbon emissions from heavy industry and heavy-duty transport sectors is technically and financially possible by mid-century and even earlier at a cost of less than 0.5 pct GDP in developing global economies.

    The report outlines the possible routes to fully decarbonize cement, steel, plastics, trucking, shipping and aviation -- which together represent 30 pct of energy emissions today -- and could increase to 60 pct by mid-century as other sectors lower their emissions.

    The India ETC Mission Possible report is calling for the decarbonization of heavy industry and heavy-duty transport, a focus on carbon capture and storage (CCS) possibilities, increased reliance on renewable energy and increased energy efficiency are all crucial to reducing atmospheric CO2 and improving air quality. (Source: Indian Energy Transitions Commission, Economic Times, 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: Indian Energy Transitions Commission, www.teriin.org

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


    Bullfrog, KRP Expanding Green Power Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Bullfrog Power
    Date: 2018-11-23
    In Toronto, green energy provider Bullfrog Power reports Canadian real estate management firm KRP Properties (KRP) is expanding its agreement with Bullfrog by choosing green electricity for the common areas of all properties and green natural gas for the common areas of four properties.

    To date, Bullfrog Power has supported 140 installations across Canada, which include wind and solar projects with schools, Indigenous Peoples and community co-ops.

    KRP Properties owns and operates over 30 buildings totaling approximately 3.1M sq-ft in Kanata North, Ontario, often referred to as "Canada's Largest Technology Park." (Source: Bullfrog Power, PR, CNW , 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: Bullfrog Power, Facebook (facebook.com/BullfrogPower), KRP Properties, Terry Young, VP Operations, facebook.com/KRPProperties

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Power,  Green Energy,  Bullfrog Power,  Renewable Energy,  Green Energy,  


    NEC Energy Contracts for Two UK Energy Storage Projects (Int'l)
    NEC Energy Solutions
    Date: 2018-11-23
    Boston-based smart energy storage solutions specialist NEC Energy Solutions reports it has secured two engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts from Gore Street Energy Storage Fund for two turnkey, UK energy storage projects totaling 19MW. The two projects were developed by Origami Energy and were later acquired by Gore Street Energy Storage Fund.

    The first of the two projects, a 10MW "front of the meter" project, will be a grid-tied NEC GSS Grid Storage Solution in Brentwood, Essex, The second project, a 9MW capacity "behind the meter" project will be built at the Port of Tilbury, co-located with London's Port of Tilbury industrial port facility.

    The NEC GSS Grid Storage Solution behind-the-meter battery storage system will use a metering scheme, installed by Nippon Koei. Both projects are expected to be operational by mid-2019. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, PowerTech, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Roger Lin, (508), 497-7261, rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions,  Gore Street,  Energy STorage,  


    The Role of Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas in the Circular Economy -- (Ind. Report Attached)
    IEA Bioenergy,
    Date: 2018-11-23
    The attached report from the Technology Collaboration Programme for Research, Development and Demonstration on Bioenergy -- aka IAE Bioenergy -- highlights the benefits of anaerobic digestion and biogas systems.

    The report covers: sustainable biogas systems processes for treatment of waste; protection of environment; conversion of low-value bio-material to higher-value material; biogas for heat and electric power production; and the production of advanced gaseous biofuel.

    Access the The role of Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas in the Circular Economy report HERE. (Source: IEA Bioenergy, Nov., 2018) Contact: IEA Bioenergy, www.ieabioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA Bioenergy,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    Albioma Plans Coal-to-Biomass Conversion in Guadeloupe (Int'l)
    Albioma SA
    Date: 2018-11-23
    French renewable energy producer Albioma SA reports its planned conversion of a 34-MW power plant in Guadeloupe from coal to biomass has been approved by the French energy regulator CRE. The agency approved a draft amendment to a PPA between Albioma and French electric utility EDF SA that is tied to the Albioma Caraibes power plant.

    In granting approval, the regulator determined that converting the facility to run on biomass will increase the share of renewables in Guadeloupe's energy mix to about 35 pct from the present 20.5 pct. (Source: Albioma SA, Renewables, 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: Albioma SA, +33 (0)1 47 76 67, 00, www.albioma.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Albioma SA ,  


    MPIC, Dole Tout Philippines Biomass Waste-to-Energy Project (Int'l)
    Biogas,Metro Pacific Investments Corp
    Date: 2018-11-23
    In the Philippines, Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) reports it wholly-owned subsidiary Metpower Venture Partners Holdings, Inc. (MVPHI) has inked a partnership agreement with fruit products company Dole Philippines, Inc. (DPI) for a P1-billion ($19,060,000 US) biomass waste-to-energy project -- company's first foray into the bio-energy sector. Surallah Biogas Ventures Corp. (SBVC) has been contracted to design, construct, and operate the biogas facility for DPI.

    The facility will convert organic fruit waste from Dole Philippines' Surallah and Polomolok factories in South Cotabato.When fully operational, the project is expected to generate roughly 50,000 MWh of clean energy annually, which DPI will use for power generation. (Source: MPIC, Business World, 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: Metro Pacific Investments Corp., www.mpic.com.ph

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Waste-to-Energy,  Biofuel,  Biogas,  


    Pakistan, UNIDO Consider Biomass Power Plant Grants (Int'l)
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization
    Date: 2018-11-23
    In Karachi, the Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is reportedly seeking proposals for, and considering a program of financial grants to support private sector development of biomass-fired power plants in off-the-grid locations in the country. The grants would support the purchase of equipment and would top out at $40,000 for developing up to 25KW biomass gasification-based power plants.

    The grant program is intended to stimulate investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, to promote biomass gasification technology and help reduce carbon emissions.(Source: AEDB, Nov., 2018) Contact: United Nations Industrial Development Organization, www.unido.org; Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board, www.aedb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


    B.C. Climate Plan Call for 100 pct ZEV Sales by 2040 (Ind. Report)
    British Columbia
    Date: 2018-11-23
    In Canada, the Britich Columbia New Democatic Pasty (NDP)reports it will table legislation next spring that, if passed into law, will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040. And, to ease the auto industry's pain, will create $20 million in auto dealer incentive programs administered by the New Car Dealers Association of BC. The initiative is part of the government's plan to make every new vehicle sold in the province emissions-free within the next 20 years.

    The rules, if passed into law, would put quotas on car dealerships to make 10 pct of their new car sales zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2025, 30 pct by 2030, and 100 pct by 2040. The move is part of the BC NDP government's climate action plan to reduce emissions in B.C. by 80 pct by 2050. (Source: City News, News 1130, Various Media, 20 Nov., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  ZEV Vehicle,  


    Vayu Touts Wind-Energy Optimization Software (New Prod & Tech)
    WindWISDEM
    Date: 2018-11-23
    Vayu Corp., -- f.k.a. WindWISDEM -- is touting the availability of its new cloud-computing software platform that optimizes wind-farm performance for increase efficiency, maximum power, and profit predictablity. profit to wind customers. Learn how it works here.

    According to the company, its cloud computing platform lets users access breakthroughs in plant-level wind farm optimization and control via a simple-to-use web-based interface. (Source: Vayu, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: Vayu, Jim Kiles, CEO, www.vayuai.com Sotware detail are at www.vayuai.com/services

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Energy Software,  WindWISDEM,  


    E.ON to Construct 475-MW Swedish Onshore Wind Farm (Int'l)
    E.OM
    Date: 2018-11-23
    German utility giant E.ON SE reports it will construct one Europe's largest onshore wind farms following the company's previously announced decision to invest in the 475-MW Nysater project to be built in Sweden.

    For the project, E.ON will partner with Swiss investment manager Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners (CSEIP), which will hold an 60 pct stake in the project which is expected to commissioned by the end of 20121.

    E.ON will construct and operate the wind farm under a long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement while retaining a 20 pct ownership take in the project. Nordex will supply the €500 million ($570 million) project's 114 wind turbines ranging from 3.9 MW to 4.4 MW . (Source: E.ON, CleaTechnica, 20 Nov., 2018) Contact: E.ON, Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, CEO, E.ON Climate & Renewables, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON,  Wind,  


    NYC Building Carbon Emissions Regulations Set for City Council Consideration (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2018-11-23
    The bill aims to curb emissions by buildings that are over 25,000 square feet. In the Big Apple, City Councilman Costa Constantinides reports that long-delayed legislation that would require buildings of over 25,000 square-feet to implement new measures to reduce their greenhouse gas output is slated for city council consideration next week.

    . Under the legislation, an Office of Building Energy Performance would be created under the Department of Buildings to oversee compliance for the larger buildings. Constantinides said buildings that emit the most greenhouse gas will have to comply earlier than those that emit less. Buildings greater than 50,000 square feet will be required to meet the new regulations, and retrofit their properties with energy-efficient technology to meet the standard. (Source: AM New York, NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides,, 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: Office of City Councilman Costa Constantinides, www.council.nyc.gov/district-22

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Carbon Emission,  NYC Emissions,  


    Hanwha Launches Home Energy Storage System (New Prod & Tech)
    Hanwha Q CELLS,Samsung SDI
    Date: 2018-11-23
    South Korean solar cell and module maker Hanwha Q Cells Co., Ltd. is reporting the launch of its new scalable and modular energy storage system -- the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 -- in Germany. The Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 is a scalable energy storage system (ESS) complete with hybrid (HYB) inverter, integrated with the Q.HOME MANAGER energy management control platform.

    This latest iteration complements Q CELLS' existing All-In-One solution, the Q.HOME+ ESS-G1 inverter, battery and management system, and is initially sized at 4.0 kWh but can be scaled up to 20 kWh capacity at increments of 4 kWh each time. Such modularity makes the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 an ideal solution for end-consumers that may wish to start small with their storage, and scale upwards as required.

    By integrating a hybrid bi-directional inverter into the system, the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 battery can rapidly and efficiently adapt to the customer's consumption requirements. The system incorporates lithium-ion battery cells supplied by Samsung SDI. (Source: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., SolarNovus, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. , www.hanwha-qcells.com, www.hanwha.com/en/about_hanwha.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Hanwha Q CELLS,  Energy Storage,  Solar Energy,  


    Rhode Island Clean Energy Industry Report 2018 (Report Attached)

    Date: 2018-11-23
    Energy Rhode Island is reporting renewable energy is growing in the country's smallest state. Rhode Island's renewable energy workforce is up 72 pct since 2014, resulting in 6,650 new jobs across the state. Clean energy workers now account for 3.3 pct of the state's total labor force -- nearly 16,000 energy efficiency and renewable energy jobs in 2018.

    The report highlights the responsiveness of the clean energy ecosystem to both local policies and nationwide trends. In general, the annual growth rate has slowed compared to previous years. The energy efficiency and renewable and efficient heating and cooling sectors remain strong, growing at respective rates of four and eight percent each over 12 months.

    Access the Rhode Island Clean Energy Industry Report 2018 HERE. (Source: Energy Rhode Island, ecoRI, Solar Ind, 20 Nov., 2018) Contact: Energy Rhode Island, www.energy.ri.gov

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


    Milton Ont. Hospital Expansion LEED Gold Certified (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-11-23
    In Toronoto, PCL Constructors Canada, Inc. (Toronto) is reporting the recently completed Milton (Ontario) District Hospital (MDH) expansion has been awarded Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC Gold certification for its 330,000 sq. ft. expansion.

    Gold certification reflects the considerable energy efficiency and sustainable features that went into the design and construction of the expansion, including:

  • more than 86 pct of construction and demolition waste diverted from landfill;
  • high efficiency faucets, toilets, showers and urinals installed to reduce water consumption;
  • low-VOC materials including paints, adhesives, coatings, sealants and flooring;
  • mechanical systems that do not use ozone depleting refrigerants to cool the building;
  • automated window shades and building systems for thermal comfort;
  • a combination of vegetated "green" roof and reflective roofing materials;
  • designated electric vehicle and low-emitting and alt fuel vehicle parking.

    PCL is a Toronto-based group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. (Source: PCL Constructors Canada, Inc., PR, Nov 23, 2018) Contact: PCL Constructors Canada, Inc., Angela Taylor, Buildings Div. Group Head, www.plc.com; Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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


  • Avril Launches French Rapeseed Biodiesl Plant (Int'l Report)
    Avril
    Date: 2018-11-23
    UkrAgroConsult is reporting French oilseed specialist Avril Group has begun production of Oleo 100 biodiesel at the country's first "pure" biodiesel plant. The plant will use only french grown rapeseed as a feedstock.

    Initially, Avril plans to produce only "a few thousand" tpy of fuel. (Source: Avril Group, UkrAgroConsult, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: Avril Group, +33(0)1.40.69.48.00, +33(0)1.40.69.48.00 - Fax, www.groupeavril.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Avril,  


    Fayetteville to Host Arkansas' Largest Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
    Ozarks Electric Cooperative
    Date: 2018-11-23
    In Arkansas, the city of Fayetteville City Council reports it is partnering with Ozarks Electric Cooperative and Today's Power, Inc to construct the state's largest solar plant at Fayetteville's two wastewater treatment plants.

    When fully operational, the solar installation is expected to raise clean energy consumption by city facilities from 16 pct to 72 pct. Over 20 years, the project is expected to save the city approximately $6 million in energy costs. The entire project will use about 87 acres of land. It's scheduled to begin next spring and go online next summer. Fayetteville is planning to use only clean energy by 2030. (Source: City of Fayetteville, KNWA, 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: City of Fayetteville, Peter Nierengarten, Sustainability Director, www.fayetteville-ar.gov/3229/About; Ozarks Electric Cooperative, www.ozarksecc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

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