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White Dog, AdvanceBio Collaborate on Clostridia Technology (R&D)
White Dog Labs
Date: 2018-06-13
Rehovot,Israel-based White Dog Labs Israel, a subsidiary of New Castle, Delaware-based White Dog Laboratories (WDL) and AdvanceBio are reporting receipt of grant funding from the Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation BIRD Energy to further develop CelZyme™, a cellulosic hydrolysis technology developed by WDL Israel using the microorganism Clostridium thermocellum ( Ctx ).

In the wild, Ctx is nature's best cellulosic degrader, and since it is anaerobic, the technology has the potential of lowering enzymes costs via onsite CelZyme production, using part of the biomass as its feedstock.

WDL has developed a core competency for the isolation, selection, cultivation and engineering of Clostridia, a long known but less understood class of bacteria, with promising applications in biochemicals and fuels.

Cincinnati, Ohio-headquartered AdvanceBio provides renewable chemical and fuel process technology development and design services globally to first generation producers as well as companies developing second-generation, cellulosic ethanol processes. (Source: White Dog Lab, PR, Business Wire, June, 2018) Contact: White Dog Lab., Bryan Tracy, (302) 220-4763, btracy@whitedoglabs.com, www.WhiteDogLabs.com; White Dog Labs Israel, Alon Karpol, akarpol@whitedoglabs.com; AdvanceBio, Dale Monceaux, monceaux@advancebio.com, www.AdvanceBio.com; BIRD Foundation, Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director, +972 3 698 8300, (650) 752-6485, www.birdf.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News White Dog Labs,  BIRD Energy,  ,  


Scotland Claims World's Toughest Climate Targets (Int'l Report)
Scotland Climate Change
Date: 2018-06-13
At Holyrood, the Government of Scotland has introduced draft Climate Change legislation which it claims is among the "toughest climate change and emission legislation in the world."

The new bill sets an immediate emissions reduction of 56 pct reduction by 2020, 66 pct by 2030, 78 pct by 2040, and rising to a 90 pct by 2050. The legislation ultimately aims for a "net-zero", 100 pct reduction by an undertermined, "as soon as possible" date. These reductions are measured against baseline carbon emissions in 1990.

Even so, a number of countries have set targets to become 100 pct carbon neutral before Scotland. T Costa Rica has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2021. Norway's parliament has agreed to cut the country's net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030, moving its target forward by 20 years, and Sweden has cimmited to carbon neutrality by 2045. Sweden also has a more ambitious carbon neutral target than Scotland, with a commitment to reaching the 100 per cent cut by 2045. (Source: The Ferret, June, 2018)

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


China, World Green Building Councils Promoting Chinese Programs (Int'l Report)
World Green Building Council,China Green Building Council
Date: 2018-06-13
The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) reports it is partnering with China Green Building Council (China GBC) to improve and increase green building practices, cut carbon emissions and promote building sustainability in the world's largest building construction market. China is currently adding up to two billion square metres of building per year, and growing fast.

The partnership aims to see the World GBC work with the China GBC in much the same way as it would work with an established Green Building Council. As part of the partnership, China GBC has committed to introducing a nearly net zero standard to its Three Star program, aligning with the WorldGBC's Advancing Net Zero project.

Indoor air quality is another key component of the partnership, with the China GBC keen to get involved with the Better Places for People project, which focuses on the health benefits of green buildings.

China is projected to have the second-highest level of growth in green building activity over the next three years, behind Brazil, according to Dodge Data and Analytics. (Source: World Green Building Council, The Fifth Estate, April, 2018) Contact: China Green Building Council, chinagreenbuildings.blogspot.com; World Green Building Council, Terri Willis, CEO, www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  


World Green Building Council Launches Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Challenge (Ind. Report)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2018-06-13
The World Green Building Council (WGBC) is reporting the issuance of The Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment challenge to the global building sector calling for the elimination of carbon emissions from building use by 2030.

Participating companies will track, verify and report publicly on their buildings' energy and carbon metrics and encourage their supply chains and partners to make a similar commitment to reach net zero by 2030. The challenge comes on top of the WGBC's Advancing Net Zero program to promote and support the target that all buildings be net zero by 2050.

The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment was developed in partnership with a wide stakeholder group including The Climate Group and C40. It forms part of EP100, a global corporate leadership initiative for energy-smart companies, delivered by The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy.

Challenge details are at From Thousands To Billions: Coordinated Action Towards 100 pct Net-Zero Carbon Buildings By 2050 REPORT. (Source: World Green Building Council, The Fifth Estate, June, 2018)Contact: World Green Building Council, Terri Willis, CEO, www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  Carbon Emissions,  Net-Zero,  


States Act Against EPA Over Landfill Methane Rules Delays (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
Methane, EPA
Date: 2018-06-13
The AGs from eight states plus the Pennsylvania DEP have together filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the US EPA for its alleged failure to implement the Obama administration's 2016 municipal landfill emissions guidelines in accordance with the timeline mandated by the Clean Air Act (CAA).

The complaints are asking the court to issue a mandatory injunction compelling the EPA to implement and enforce the emissions guidelines without further delay.

The guidelines for existing landfills and the jointly issued New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) were revised primarily to control methane emissions that contribute to climate change.

The EPA estimated that the two rules will reduce methane emissions by approximately 330,000 metric tons -- with a global warming potential equivalent to 8.2 million metric tpy of CO2 by 2025. That is roughly equivalent to the annual emissions of 1.8 million cars on the road. (Source: Various Media, EPA, EHS Daily Advisor, 12 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  GHGs,  Emissions,  EPA,  Landfill Gas,  


Steel City Adopts Climate Action Plan Update (Ind. Report)
NRDC
Date: 2018-06-13
In the Keystone State, Pittsburgh City Council reports it has approved Climate Action Plan 3.0 -- a holistic vision for how the city will achieve dramatic greenhouse gas reductions.

Unlike the previous 2008 and 2012 versions, the new plan tracks progress and adds new measures to further slash emissions as needed with a new goal of cutting the city's CO2 emissions by 80 pct below 2003 levels by 2050.

Under the new plan, the city will have divested city funds from fossil fuels and transitioned city operations to use 100 pct renewable electricity and a fully fossil fuel free fleet of vehicles, by 2030. The plan also identifies a wide range of additional strategies for buildings to achieve a mid-term goal of 50 pct energy reduction by 2030. For example, the city intends for all newly constructed buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030 by using passive house standards and to use energy usage transparency to reduce consumption among residential buildings, using energy labeling and transparency strategies. The city also plans to implement a PACE program to fund building energy efficiency retrofits, upgrades and renewables projects. (Source: City of Pittsburgh, NRDC, June, 2018)

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


UK Power Reserve, Fluence Combine on Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
UK Power Reserve, Fluence
Date: 2018-06-13
UK Power Reserve, a leading provider of secure, flexible, low-carbon electricity and services to the UK power market, reports it is partnering with energy storage technology and services provider Fluence, a Siemens and AES company, to deliver the first phase of its 120 MW battery storage portfolio in the UK.

UK Power Reserve has begun construction on the first 60 MW of its battery portfolio which will provide flexibility, stability and security for UK power markets. Fluence will provide three 20-MW battery energy storage systems at sites in the Midlands and North West using its market-leading Advancion energy storage technology platform. All three sites are expected to be operational during winter 2018/19. (Source: UK Power Reserve, PEI, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Fluence, (883) 358-3623, http://fluenceenergy.com; UK Power Reserve, Sam Wither, +44 121 712 1970, https://ukpowerreserve.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Power Reserve,  Fluence ,  Energy Storage,  


SCCS Research Confirms CO2 Storage Safety (R&D, Ind. Report)
CCS,Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage
Date: 2018-06-13
In Edinburgh, Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) has reported on new research indicating that captured carbon dioxide (CO2) can be safely stored for thousands of years by injecting the liquefied gas deep underground into the microscopic pore spaces of common rocks. The findings increase confidence in the widespread roll-out of engineered carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Researchers from SCCS's partner institutes, the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh, compiled a worldwide database of information from natural CO2 and methane accumulations and hydrocarbon industry experience -- including engineered gas storage, decades of borehole injection, and laboratory experiments. Computer simulations were used to combine all these factors and model storage of CO2 for 10,000 years into the future. Previous research in this area had not fully accounted for the natural trapping of CO2 in rock as microscopic bubbles, or the dissolving of CO2 into the salty water already in the rocks.

SCCS is the largest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) research group in the UK. Founded in 2005, SCCS is a partnership of the British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde working together with universities across Scotland. SCCS is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). (Source: Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage, Gasworld, 12 June, 2018) Contact: University of Edinburgh, Dr. Stephanie Flude, www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/stephanie-flude(7fc05249-dbeb-4603-a5ec-ac2ca605d200).html; University of Aberdeen, Dr. Juan Alcalde, www.abdn.ac.uk/geosciences/people/profiles/juan.alcalde; Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage, +44 (0)131 651 4647, info@sccs.org.uk, www.sccs.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage ,  CCS,  Carbone Storage,  Carbon Sequestration,  


Cardiff Woody Biomass CHP Plants Awaiting Approval (Int'l Report)
Woddy Biomass
Date: 2018-06-13
In Wales, the Cardiff City Council is considering a regulatory application from Geraint John Planning on behalf of the Parc Calon Gwyrdd business park for a 9.5MW biomass power plant, The wood bimass plant is expected to get the nod after council officers recommended it for approval.

The proposed biomass plant will produce electricity and thermal energy via steam and would consume up to 75,000 tpy of imported virgin timber, possibly from Latvia, or from established UK distributors or a combination of both. (Source: City of Cardiff, Insider Media, 12 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Global Biosolids Market 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Biosolids
Date: 2018-06-13
Global Biosolids Market 2018. a new report from Fior Markets highlights potential risks regarding current and future opportunities in the Biosolids market and gives an uncomplicated and meticulous market overview combining statistics and estimates. The report identifies dominating players in the market, industry chain structure, and policies by region. The report also presents corporate profiles of key biosolids market manufacturers including overall revenue, price, market share, size from 2018 to 2023 and contact details for each player.

Download free sample report HERE. Access Full Report with TOC HERE. (Source: Highland Mirror, 12 June, 2018)Contact: Fior Markets, sales@fiormarkets.com, www.fiormarkets.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biosolids,  


Air Products Installing Energy Storage Systems in Korea (Int'l)
Air Products and Chemicals
Date: 2018-06-13
Air Products and Chemicals Inc. reports that in an effort to increase operating energy efficiency, it is installing energy storage systems at its industrial gas sites in Gumi City, Onsan and Yongyeon of Ulsan City, South Korea. The systems are expected to come online in the second half of 2018. The company's initiative will improve the energy efficiency of its production facilities, cut energy consumption and support South Korea's efforts toward more sustainable and efficient energy consumption. (Source: Air Products and Chemicals, PR, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Air Products and Chemicals , http://www.airproducts.com/Company/about-us/worldwide-locations/korea

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Air Products and Chemicals ,  Energy Storage,  


Kreussler Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label (Ind Report)
USDA Certified Biobased Product
Date: 2018-06-13
In the Sunshine State, Tampa-based bio-hemicals firm Kreussler Inc. reports it has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for it's SOLVONK4 product. the Biobased Product Label identifies a product's percentage of biobased content.

Third-party verified Biobased Product Label is administered through the USDA BioPreferred Program, which aims to increase the development, purchase, and use of biobased products.

According to the USDA, biobased products contributed $393 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014, directly and indirectly supported 4.2 million jobs, and displaced up to 6.8 million barrels of oil. The BioPreferred Program spans a diverse range of applications including lubricants, cleaning products, chemicals, and bioplastics. More than 3,000 products have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product label, (Source: Kesussler Inc., PR, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Kreussler Inc. Richard Fitzpatrick, VP, (603) 721-9478, richard.fitzpatrick@kreussler.com, www.kreussler.com; USDA BioPreferred® Program, Vernell Thompson, 202.720.4145, Vernell.Thompson@dm.usda.gov; visit www.kreussler.com, SOURCE Kreussler Inc. USDA Certified Biobased Product Label, www.biopreferred.gov, http://twitter.com/BioPreferred.

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA Certified Biobased Product,  Biochemical,  


Windlab's 300-MW Tasmanian Wind Farm Gets the Nod (Int'l)
Windlab
Date: 2018-06-13
In the Land Down Under, renewable energy developer Windlab Ltd is reporting receipt of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) certification for the construction of the up-to-300-MW Miombo Hewani Wind Farm in central Tanzania.

The Miombo Hewani project will be constructed in phases -- the first phase will be around 100 MW and include up to 34 turbines and will increase Tanzania's grid capacity by over 5 pct. (Source: Windlab Ltd, RenewablesNow, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Windlab Ltd., Roger Price, CEO, +27 21 701 1292, www.windlab.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Windlab ,  Wind,  


Alberta Nixes Commercial Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency Alberta
Date: 2018-06-13
According to a recent Energy Efficiency Alberta release, commercial customers do not qualify for newly announced incentives that promise up to $1 million annually to cover up to 50 pct of the capital costs of a slate of retrofit investments, contrary to previous announcements on the agency's website. The $88-million Custom Energy Solutions program, jointly funded from Alberta's carbon levy and the federal government's Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, is actually targeted solely to the industrial sector.

Although earlier expectations that office buildings and/or warehouse/distribution facilities would qualify for the new retrofit incentives have now been dashed, commercial customers in the prairie province are eligible for over 60 different product rebates for lighting, lighting controls, load sensing plug strips, variable frequency drives, boilers and water heating equipment. (Source: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Various Media, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Jessica Shumlich, Program Manager, (403) 815-4876, www.efficiencyalberta.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Alberta,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Incentives ,  


IPWI Acquires Bankrupt Small Wind Turbine Maker Gaia (Int'l, M&A)
Gaia Wind Ltd,International Power and Water Investments
Date: 2018-06-13
In the UAE, Dubai-based investment firm International Power and Water Investments (IPWI) reports that Gaia Wind (Green Energy Solutions) Limited, a firm recently incorporated in Scotland, has acquired the intellectual property rights and assets of bankrupt, Glasgow, Scotland-based small turbine specialist Gaia Wind.

IPWI is also invested in 4 Navitas (Green Energy Solutions) Limited, which recently commercialized a 55-kW vertical axis wind generator. (Source: IPWI, Renewables, June 12, 2020) Contact: Gaia Wind, John Andringa, CEO, +44 (0) 845 871 4242, www.gaia-wind.com; International Power and Water Investments, +971 4 3590607/8, www.ipwi.biz

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertcal Axsis Wind,  Gaia Wind ,  Wind,  Navitas,  ,  


E.ON Constructing 100-MW Texas Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
E.ON SE
Date: 2018-06-13
German utility giant E.ON SE reports it plans to build a 100-MW solar farm in Reeves County, Texas after securing a 20-year PPA with South Korean energy company SK E&S Co Ltd for half of the project. The 350,000 module photovoltaic (PV) solar farm is expected to come online in 2020. E.ON has developed and built over 3,600 MW of solar, wind and battery storage facilities in the US, according to a company statement. (Source: E.ON SE, Renewables, 12 June, 2018) Contact: E.ON SE, www.eon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON SE,  Solar,  


BASF, Lallemand Report US Ethanol Market Collaboration (Ind. Report)
BASF Enzymes, Lallemand Biofuels
Date: 2018-06-13
In San Diego, BASF Enzymes and Montral-headquartered Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) report they've formally entered into a marketing and sales collaboration agreement with the aim to maximize value to customers in the US ethanol market.

In the collaboration, BASF's enzyme portfolio will be used for applications in liquefaction and fermentation to improve fermentation performance. LBDS will use its TransFerm yeast product line which it claims provides increased ethanol yields and reduces the need for glucoamylase addition.

The BASF company portfolio is organized into five segments -- chemicals, performance products, functional materials & solutions, agricultural solutions and oil & gas.

LBDS supplies fermentation ingredients and 'value creating services' to the global fuel ethanol and distilled beverage industries. (Source: BASF, LBDS, PR, Biofuels Int'l, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Lallemand, Jim Steele, CEO, Angus Ballard, Pres., (815) 721-6165, www.lallemandbds.com; BASF Enzymes, Dirk Daems, Drector of Operations, (858)451-8500, https://www.bloomberg.com/profiles/companies/VRNM:US-basf-enzymes-llc, www.basf.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF,  Enzymes,  Lallemand Biofuels,  Ethanol,  


Inventure Touts Oil Seed Refining By-Product for Biodiesel Production (Ind. Report)
Inventure Renewables
Date: 2018-06-13
Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Inventure Renewables is reporting the implementation and nearly year-long operation of its Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology at a Wilmar International processing plant in Jiangsu province, China. The technology is being used to produce FAME for oleochemicals and biodiesel from a wide range of vegetable oil feedstocks.

Singapore-headquartered Wilmar International is Asia's leading agribusiness group with business activities include oil palm cultivation, oilseeds crushing, edible oils refining, sugar, specialty fats, oleochemicals and biodiesel production.

Inventure Renewables, Ia wholly owned subsidiary of Inventure International (Pte) Limited, helps agri-business, oleochemical and biofuel companies find novel ways to turn waste products and by-products into value-added materials. Inventure also manufactures its own branded bio-based oleochemicals. (Source: Inventure Renewables, PR, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Inventure Renewables, Mark Tegan, CEO, (205) 764-1963, www.inventurechem.com; Wilmar International, Rahul Kale, Group Head of Oleochemicals and Biofuels, (65) 6216 0244, info@wilmar.com.sg, www.wilmar-international.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wilmar,  Inventure Renewables ,  Biofuel,  


Race to Reduce to Energize Saint Paul (Ind. Report)
Energize Saint Paul
Date: 2018-06-13
The ity of Saint Paul, Minnesota, is reporting the launch of it's "Race to Reduce" Energy Efficiency Challenge directed at the city’s largest buildings.

The program aims to streamline energy operations, reduce utility costs, and slash greenhouse gas emissions. In total the city aims to enlist 100 of the city's largest commercial and multi-family buildings over the three months of the program in an effort to reduce emissions 4 pct by the end of the summer. To that end, the city will provide tip sheets, newsletters, and networking and training events to help identify concrete opportunities for efficiency upgrades, while creating a network of building managers for future collaborations . The "Race to Reduce" is part of the Energize Saint Paul Initiative, a broader city energy efficiency effort. (Source: City of St.Paul, NRDC, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Energize Saint Paul, www.stpaul.gov/departments/mayors-office/energize-saint-paul

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


Argentinian Wind Project Wins KfW IPEX-Bank Financing (Int'l)
KfW IPEX-Bank
Date: 2018-06-13
In Frankfurt, Germany's KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH reports it has structured a $120.9-million non-recourse financing for power producer Genneiae's 101.4-MW Pomona wind project in Argentina. Deutsche Investitions - und Entwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH is providing an additional $20.7 million in debt financing.

The Pomona wind project will incorporate 26 Nordex N131/3900 wind turbines. Nordex will also maintain the turbines over 10 years. (Source: KfW IPEX-Bank, Renewables, 12 June, 2018) Contact: KfW IPEX-Bank, www.kfw-ipex-bank.de/International-financing/KfW-IPEX-Bank; Genneia, +54 11 6090 3200, www.genneia.com.ar/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News KfW IPEX-Bank,  Wind,  Argentina Wind,  


Mass. Communities Receiving Climate Change Risk Assessment, Mitigation Cash (Funding)
Mass. Energy and Environmental Affairs
Date: 2018-06-11
In the Bay State, the communities of Framingham, Marlborough, Sudbury and Wayland are among 82 Massachusetts cities and towns that will receive cash from the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program. Nearly half of all cities and towns in the state will receive grant funding this year through the 2017 vintage MVP program.

The payment is intended to assess each communities vulnerability to climate change and to develop resiliency plans using the technical support, climate change data and planning tools provided by the state. Grant funding will also allow participants to hire state-certified consultants, who will use a standardized tool kit to assess potential future risks.

The program is being funded with $5 million this year, of which $3 million will be provided in the form of grants to communities that complete the planning process. (Source: Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton Wicked Local Wayland, 9 June, 2018) Contact: Mass. Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beatonh, www.mass.gov/orgs/executive-office-of-energy-and-environmental-affairs

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


Vestas Wins N.Am. Turbine Contracts Totaling 404 MW (Ind. Report)
Vestas,Southern Power
Date: 2018-06-11
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of two wind turbine supply contracts totaling 406 MW. Both contracts are for 2019 delivery. and set to be delivered in 2019.

The first of the two wind supply contracts was awarded by EnerAB, a joint venture between The AES Corporation and Grupo BAL, for 85 units of Vestas' V136-3.45 MW wind turbines for the Mesa la Paz wind park set to be developed in the Llera municipality, Mexico. The contract includes a 15-year service agreement.

Vestas also secured an order for 30 of its V136-3.45 MW turbines totaling 100 MW from Southern Power for the Wildhorse Mountain wind project set to be developed in Oklahoma. The contract include a 20-year service agreement. (Source: Vestas, Various Media, CleanTecnica, , 8 June, 2018) Contact: EnerAB, Juan Ignacio Rubiolo, CEO, www.renewableenergymexico.com/tag/enerab; Vestas, Chris Brown, Pres. Vestas Sale and Serivcein the United States and Canada, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  EnerAB,  Southern Power,  


Vt. Establishing Large-User Energy Efficiency Program (Ind Report)
Public Utility Commission
Date: 2018-06-11
In Montpelier, Gov. Phil Scott (R) has inked legislation instructing the Vermont Public Utility Commission to create an energy savings account pilot program that will incentivize energy efficiency investments by large energy users that have previously been excluded from existing programs.

The new 3-year program is intended to help businesses reduce operating costs and make it easier for the Green Mountain State to meet its energy efficiency goals. State agencies will select businesses to participate in the program. ( Source: Vermont Public Utility Commission, AP, Various Media, June, 2018) Contact: Vermont Public Utility Commission, Judith C. Whitney, Commission Clerk, (802) 828-2358, www.puc.vermont.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


ClearVue Solar Glass Slated for Aussie ECO Home Trial (Int'l)
ClearVue Technologies Ltd
Date: 2018-06-11
In the Land Down UNder, Perth-based ClearVue Technologies Ltd reports it has inked a MoU with sustainable builder Mirreco Holdings Pty Ltd to supply its solar glass technology and jointly develop carbon-negative residential and commercial housing solutions.

Initially, the agreement will cover small-scale housing units, or micro homes with a "trial" unit scheduled to be completed in the Q4 this year. Following the successful completion of the prototype, ClearVue and Mirreco will enter an exclusive partnership and supply deal.

In a separate press release, ClearVue, which last month completed its AUS $5 million (USD 3.8 million)IPO, said that its technology is undergoing Australian Standards (AS) certification testing that will verify the performance of its ClearVue window and curtain wall products. It expects the certification to be completed in the third quarter, allowing it to launch the products in September. (Source: CleabVue, PR, 7 June, 2018) Contact: ClearVue Tech., www.clearvuepv.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  ClearVue Technologies ,  Solar,  


LG CNS Tops in Asia Energy Storage Ranking (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-06-11
In South Korea, LG CNS, an LG conglomerate information technology service unit, has been recognized by Bloomberg New Energy Finance as one of the world's top five energy storage system (ESS) providers. From 2013 to 2018, the company has won orders for a total of 95-megawatt ESS projects worldwide.

ESS technology is used to store excess energy that can be supplied later when required. The Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy estimates the global ESS market will grow to $15 billion by 2020 and $29.2 billion by 2025. LG CNS edged out Greensmith Energy, a leading ESS player in North America, to be placed fifth. Japan's NEC was seventh and GE came in ninth. (Source: Korea Times, Bloomberg, June, 2018) Contact: LG Group, www.lgcorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  LG Group,  


WPD AG Taps Siemens Gamesa for Taiwan Offshore Wind (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa,wpd
Date: 2018-06-11
In Germany, Bremen-based offshore wind energy developer WPD AG is reporting Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been selected as its preferred wind turbine supplier for its 640-MW Yunlin offshore wind power project in Taiwan.

The two firms have signed a LoI "for exclusive negotiations" for Siemens Gamesa's SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbine. The contract would include a 15-year long-term turbine service agreement.

The Yunlin offshore wind power project is set to be developed around six kilometers offshore in the Taiwan Strait and will incorporate 80 Siemens Gamesas 8 MW wind turbines, with turbine installation set to begin in 2020. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Various Media, Others, 8 June, 2018) Contact: SGRE Offshore, Andreas Nauen., CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en; WPD AG, +49-421-168-6610, + 49-421-168-6666 – fax, www.wpd.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Taiwan Wind,  wpd,  


UK PM May Pledges Net-Zero Energy Buildings by 2030 (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-06-11
In a recent speech at the Jodrell Bank observatory complex in Cheshire, UK the Prime Minister Theresa May is reported to have vowed to slash the energy use in buildings by half by 2030, as part of her Government's Industrial Strategy. The PM also pledged to halve the energy costs for existing commercial and residential buildings. Heat and power for buildings currently account for 40 pct of country's energy consumption.

The Prime Minister noted that her government's Industrial Strategy would act as a "catalyst for new technologies" that could then be exported to a "global market for clean technologies." The strategy aims to achieve net zero carbon from 2030, as well as set long-term incentives for retrofitting homes and commercial buildings. (Source: edie, Various Other Media, May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Energy Efficiency,  Energy Effeciency,  Net-Zero,  


Energy Efficiency Startups Included in Minn. Loan Program (Funding)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-06-11
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is touting the launch of the Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs (MILE) program. The program will provide interest-free loans of $20,000 to $50,000 to businesses on a one-to-one match from another funder and repay the loan within four years, with no payments required in the first year. Energy efficiency startup businesses are among the sectors eligible for the program.

The funding can be used for working capital, intellectual property development, proof-of-concept activities, commercialization planning, prototype design, market feasibility studies and other startup activities approved by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, a release states. Businesses applying for loans must employ no more than five people and have their headquarters in Minnesota or plan to relocate to the state.

Program details are available HERE. (Source: Daily News Media, 10 June, 2018) Contact: DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy, https://mn.gov/deed

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Biomass Power, Clean Energy Technologies Ink Cross Promotion Agreement (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy Technologies,Biomass Power Ltd
Date: 2018-06-11
In the Golden State, Costa Mesa-based Clean Energy Technologies (CET), Inc. reports it has inked a cross promotion agreement with biomass waste-to-energy power specialist Biomass Power Limited (BPL). The two firms have agreed cross refer customers and promote and solicit orders for their their own and each others products.

BPL has incorporated CET Clean Cycle II™ Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) heat recovery generator into its waste to energy power plants. The company estimates that between one to four Clean Cycle II™ ORC heat recovery generators will be used in each family of BPL-TEC Stepped Grate Gasification plants built by BPL.

Clean Energy technology allows municipal, commercial, and industrial generating wasted heat from industrial processes or energy production, to improve fuel energy efficiency and reduce maintenance costs for heat recovery. (Source: Clean Energy Technologies, Inc. Contact: Clean Energy Technologies, Inc. Kam Mahdi, CEO, 949-273-4990 x814, kmahdi@cetyinc.com, www.cetyinc.com : Biomass Power Ltd., Ben Talbott, CEO, +44 01 785 240 092 , enquiries@biomasspower.co.uk, www.biomasspower.co.uk

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POET Biofuel Production Surpasses ADM's (Ind. Report)
POET,ADM,Archer Daniels Midland
Date: 2018-06-11
The Argus Leader is reporting that Siousx Falls, S.D. biofuels pioneer and giant POET's production has surpassed that of it largest competitor Archer Daniels Midland Co.(ADM) , based on figures provided by the two companies.

Poet's biofuels 1.9 billion gpy capacity is expected to top 2 billion gpy by 2019. ADM's annual production capacity is at 1.6 billion gpy.

Poet continues to grow and expand ethanol production, while ADM shifted some of its biofuels capacity to other products, as previously. (Source: USA Today, Argus Leader, 11 June 11, 2018) Contact: Archer Daniels Midland, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.com; POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland,  POET,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


Global Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage and CSP Market 2018-2023 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage
Date: 2018-06-11
Thr Global Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Market Report provides the analysis on the current state of, and forecasts for, the Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) industry to help develop innovative strategies. The report includes CSP industry volume, market revenue, market share, market trends, range applications, and pricing during the forecast period from 2018 to 2023.

Report details HERE. (Source: MarketBiz,PR, June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News CSP,  Concentrated Solar,  Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage,  


Notable Quote -- The Pope Weighs In on Climate Change, Renewables
Climate Change
Date: 2018-06-11
"(It is) Disturbing that two-and-a-half years after the (Paris) deal was struck, carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gas levels remain very high. Yet even more worrying is the continued search for new fossil fuel reserves, whereas the Paris Agreement clearly urged keeping most fossil fuels underground. "Civilization requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilization!

"The effects of climate change are not evenly distributed. It is the poor who suffer most from the ravages of global warming, with increasing disruption in the agricultural sector, water insecurity, and exposure to severe weather events. Many of those who can least afford it are already being forced to leave their homes and migrate to other places that may or may not prove welcoming." -- Pope Francis speaking to ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and other energy industry leaders at the recent Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home conference.

Editorial Note: Pope Francis is known to consider climate change one of the key themes of his papacy and has described it as "one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day."

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Carbon Engineering CO2 Extraction Moves Towards Commercialization (Ind. Report)
Carbon Engineering
Date: 2018-06-11
According to a study by researchers at Calgary-headquartered Carbon Engineering, the cost of extracting a tonne of CO2 from the atmosphere now ranges between US$94 and $232. A 2011 analysis put the cost at $600 per tonne. Carbon Engineering has been operating a "direct air capture" pilot CO2-extraction plant in British Columbia since 2015.

Carbon Engineering's direct air capture technology design blows air through towers that contain a solution of potassium hydroxide, which reacts with CO2 to form potassium carbonate. The result, after further processing, is a calcium carbonate pellet that can be heated to release the CO2 which could be sequestered or used to make synthetic, low-carbon fuels.

When Carbon Engineering configured the air-capture plant for this purpose, they were able to bring costs down to as low as $94 per tonne of CO2. The company hopes to build a small facility that can produce 200 bpd of fuel by 2021, and then a commercial plant that can produce 2,000 barrels per day. (Source: Carbon Engineering, Greener Idea, 10 June, 2018) Contact: Carbon Engineering, carbonengineering.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Engineering,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  ,  


Green Ideas Seeking Approvals for Irish CCGT Projects (Int'l)
Greener Ideas partnership
Date: 2018-06-11
In Ireland, the joint venture Greener Ideas Ltd. partnership reports it is seeking approval to construct to construct a 100MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) electric power plant with energy storage capacity at Monksland, in Athlone, Co., Roscommon. The plan is thought to reflect the growth in renewable energy and renewable energy storage technologies over the past decade. (Source: Greener Ideas Ltd, Independent Ireland, 10 June, 2018) Contact: Greener Ideas Ltd., www.vision-net.ie/Company-Info/Greener-Ideas-Limited-454687, www.cru.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Turbine,  Energy Storage,  


India Planning National Li-Ion Battery Production (Int'l Report)
Central Electro Chemical Research Institute
Date: 2018-06-11
In New Delhi, the Hindustan Times is reporting the Indian government has signed a memorandum of understanding for the transfer of technology developed by Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, in partnership with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and others for the country's first locally developed lithium-ion cells. Indian manufacturers at present rely on imports.

CSIR-CECRI has a demo facility in Chennai that manufactures prototypes of the cells. Indigenously manufacturing the batteries will also bring down the cost. The low cost could also help replace the hazardous lead-acid batteries that are currently in use in many applications. (Source: IOndia Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, HindustanTimes, June, 2018) Contact: Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, Vijayamohanan K. Pilla, Director, +91 4565 241 241, www.cecri.res.in

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NYSERDA Recognizes Westport for Cutting Energy Consumption, Increasing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA,Clean Energy Community
Date: 2018-06-11
In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has designated the Town of Westport as a Clean Energy Community in recognition of its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.

The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative provides grant funding to eligible municipalities to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities. To earn the Clean Energy Community designation, The Town of Westport:

  • Adopted a Benchmarking policy to track and report the energy use of the town's municipal buildings.
  • Streamlined the local approval processes for solar projects through adoption of the New York State Unified Solar Permit.
  • Completed energy code enforcement training on best practices in energy code enforcement for the town's code officer:
  • Installed an electric vehicle charging station at Westport Town Hall, and other upgrades and initiatives.

    Program funds are provided through the NY Clean Energy Fund and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). (Source: NYSERDA, Town of Westport, June, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec: Town of Westport, www.westportny.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benchmarking,  Clean Energy Community,  


  • S.Africa Drafts National Climate Change Legislation (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-06-11
    In Johannesburg, South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa is touting a draft National Climate Change Bill intended to "build an effective climate change response and ensure the long-term just transition to a climate resilient and lower carbon economy and society." This would be done within the context of sustainable development for South Africa and would provide for all matters related to climate change. The legislation is intended to:
  • Provide for a co-ordinated and integrated response to climate change and its impact by all spheres of government in accordance with the principles of co-operative governance;
  • Provide for the effective management of inevitable climate change impacts through enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience, and reducing vulnerability to climate change with a view to building social, economic, and environmental resilience and an adequate national adaptation response in the context of the global climate change response; and
  • Make a fair contribution to the global effort to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that avoids dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system within a timeframe and in a manner that enables economic, employment, social and environmental development to proceed in a sustainable manner.

    The bill sets timelines for the establishment of a national environmentally sustainable development framework for achieving the goals of the proposed act, sets out national adaptation objectives to guide adaptation to climate change impacts, and to determine a national greenhouse gas emissions trajectory for South Africa, and the greenhouse gas thresholds that will determine carbon budget liability, the department said. (Source: South African Ministry of Environmental Affairs, African News Agency, 10 June, 2018) Contact: South African Environmental Affairs , Edna Molewa, Minister, www.environment.gov.za

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


  • Seoul Tops World's Carbon Footprint List (Int'l Report)
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Date: 2018-06-11
    According to researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, the South Korean city of Seoul's air quality and carbon footprint are among the worst in the world. Of the 13,000 cities worldwide included in the study, Seoul had the highest carbon dioxide out put of 276.1 metric tpy as of 2015. The results were published Thursday in the international science journal Environmental Research Letters.

    Seoul and the metropolitan area often see the daily average of air quality hit "extremely bad" levels, with airborne particulate matter categorized as harmful by the World Health Organization, as it can penetrate the respiratory system. The country's average concentration levels of particulate matter last year marked 44 micrograms per cubic meter and 25 for fine dust, two times higher than other advanced cities, including Paris, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo, during the same period, according to the National Institute of Environmental Research. Nearly 35 pct of the country's particulate matter originates from China, while 9 pct comes from North Korea and the rest stems from within the country, the Institue notes. (Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Korea Herald, 10 June, 2018)Contact: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Daniel Moran, +47 7359 50 00, www.ntnu.edu


    LanzaTech, Shougang Launch Chinese Sustainable Ethanol Refinery (Int'l)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2018-06-11
    New Zealand-founded LanzaTech and China's Shougang Group are reporting the launch of an ethanol plant at the Jingtang Steel Mill in Caofeidian, Hebei province, China -- the commercial facility converting industrial emissions to ethanol globally.

    The plant utilizes LanzaTech's technology which relies on anaerobic bacteria to ferment stell mill waste emissions. The installation has an ethanol production capacity of 46,000 tpy and has been operational since early May, this year.

    According to LanzaTech, the performance of this type of sustainable ethanol in fuel blending applications is indistinguishable from sugar-derived ethanol and meets the ASTM International D4806 standard. (Source: LanzaTeck, Renewables, 11 June, 2018) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; Shougang Group, www.shougang.com.cn/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Biofuel ,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blending,  


    Cielo's Alberta Renewable Diesel Refinery Permitted (Ind. Report)
    Cielo Waste Solutions
    Date: 2018-06-11
    Vancouver, British Columbia-headquartered Cielo Waste Solutions Corp.is reporting receipt of it's permit from the Ministry of Environment and Parks (Alberta) allowing the operation of its commercial refinery in Aldersyde, Alberta.

    The company strategic plan calls for the construction of multiple modular renewable diesel refineries around the world, offsetting landfills and other feedstock supplies. Input and output numbers will be disclosed once Cielo's Aldersyde Refinery is up and running on a continuous-flow basis. (Source: Cielo Waste Solutions, PR, FSC Wire, 11 June, 2018) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 101, donallan@cielows.com, www.cielows.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo Waste Solutions,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Tianjin City Announces Ethanol Blended Gasoline Plan (Int'l)
    Ethanol
    Date: 2018-06-11
    In China, Reuters is reporting that by the end of Sept. the port city of Tianjin -- pop 15,000,000 -- will use ethanol-blended gasoline in most vehicles, according to the city government's website.

    Tianjin is expected to use 260,000 tpy of fuel ethanol produced from approximately 780,000 tpy of corn. China is currently sitting on huge stocks of corn estimated to be at about 200 million tonnes, following a now discontinued government stockpiling scheme to support farmers. Although China currently produces under 2.5 million tpy of ethanol the new policy could increase demand to 15 million tpy by 2020, according to a Reuters estimate.

    As previously reported, in 2017, China announced plans to roll out E-10 ethanol blended fuel on a national scale by 2020. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, 11 June, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E10,  Ethanol,  China Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


    China Aims to Optimize PV Power Development (Int'l Report)
    China,Solar
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In Beijing, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Ministry of Finance and the National Energy Administration have announced that although there are no plans for new distributed PV projects for the remainder of 2018, a quota of around 10 million kilowatts will be maintained.

    China cut the national feed-in-tariff by 0.05 yuan (approximately $0.008 U.S.) per kWh at the beginning of June, but there was no change to the subsidy for county-level poverty alleviation PV projects.

    China is taking the lead in PV development globally, with an internationally competitive and complete industrial chain. By the end of 2020, renewable energy will supply 1.9 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity, 27 pct of total power generation, according to the NDRC 2016-2020 plan for renewable energy, according to the NDRC. (Source: NDRC, Ecns.cn, June, 2018) )Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Development and Reform Commission,  Solar,  China Solar,  


    Serbia's First Large-Scale Wind Farm Financing Announced (Int'l)
    Green for Growth Fund
    Date: 2018-06-08
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) Green for Growth Fund (GGF) reports it will provide €32 million for the 158 MW Cibuk windfarm, Serbia's first large-scale wind farm which will be constructed near Belgrade.

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have already pledged to provide €215 million for the project, partially through a syndicated loan.

    The wind farm is being developed by Vetroelektrane Balkana, owned by Tesla Wind, a joint venture between an Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy developer Masdar and Cibuk Wind Holding, a branch of the U.S.-based wind energy developer Continental Wind Partners.

    The GE 57 turbine park will generate sufficient energy for approximately 113,000 households. (Source: Business Insider UK, Reuters, 5 June, 2018) Contact: European Investment Bank, Green for Growth Fund, www.ggf.lu/about-green-for-growth-fund; EIB, www.eib.org; Vetroelektrane Balkana, www.wpc.rs/en

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    Arkansas Electric Coop, Wildhorse Wind Energy Ink PPA (Ind. Report)
    Arkansas Electric Cooperative
    Date: 2018-06-08
    Little Rock-headquartered Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. reports the inking of a 20-year PPA with Wildhorse Wind Energy LLC for up to 100 mw of power produced by the Wildhorse Mountain Wind project in Pushmataha County, Okla.

    The 100-mw project, about 100 miles southwest of Fort Smith, is expected to consist of 29 wind turbines manufactured by Vestas and Roaring Fork Wind, a co-development partnership between Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. and Vestas.

    Wildhorse Mountain is expected to reach commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2019. Wildhorse Wind Energy is owned by Southern Power, a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Co. (Source: Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Arkansas OnLine, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., Duane Highley, CEO, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/arkansas-electric-cooperative-corp; Wildhorse Wind Energy, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Horse_Wind_Farm

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    SDG&E 83.5 MW Calif. Energy Storage Projects Approved (Ind. Report)
    San Diego Gas & Electric
    Date: 2018-06-08
    Following up on our March 7th coverage, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) reports the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved the utility's addition of 83.5 MW of energy storage facilities. The utility will now contract the for the installation of lithium-ion battery storage facilities in San Diego and south Orange counties.

    A 30-MW/120-MWh storage system will be constructed in San Diego by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) America, while Advanced Microgrid Solutions will construct a 4-MW/16-MWh lithium-ion battery in San Juan Capistrano. Both facilities are expected to be online by December 2019.

    The CPUC approval includes a 40-MW/160-MW energy storage project in Fallbrook, proposed by Fluence, and a 6.5-MW/26-MWh facility in Escondido, to be installed by Powin Energy. For the fifth storage project, Enel Green Power will complete a 3-MW/12-MWh facility in Poway by December 2021. (Source: San Diego Gas & Electric , Renewables, 7 June, 2018) Contact: San Diego Gas & Electric, www.sdge.com; California PUC, www.cpuc.ca.gov

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    Engie Acquiring Renewables Developer Langa Group (Int'l M&A)
    Engie SA
    Date: 2018-06-08
    French electric utility Engie SA reports it is acquiring Brittany-based renewable energy producer Langa Group to meet its goal of developing 3 GW of wind and almost 2.2 GW of solar by 2021.

    Langa is active in solar, wind, biogas and biomass projects and is involved in the entire value chain of its projects. Its portfolio of operating assets is expected to reach 215 MW of installed capacity by the end of the year, including 165 MW of solar power and 39 MW of wind energy. (Source: Engie SA, Renewables Now, 7 JUne, 2018) Contact: Langa Group, Gilles Lebreux, Founder, CEO, www.langa.fr; Engie SA, Isabelle Kocher, CEO, www.engie.com

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    Siemens Gamesa Opens Cuxhaven Nacelle Plant (Int'l Report)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-06-08
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is reporting the opening of its $236 million offshore nacelle production facility in Cuxhaven, Germany.

    Nacelles developed at the 5,000 square-meter site will be designated for assembly at offshore wind energy facilities. The plant is the first production facility for offshore wind turbine components in Germany. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PEI, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com

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    3i Infrastructure Taking Stake in Dutch Waste-to-Energy (M&A)
    3i Infrastructure,Attero
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In the UK, Jersey-headquarteered 3i Infrastructure reports it will invest €201 million in the acquisition of a 50 pct stake in Dutch waste management and energy recovery operator, Attero, from Waterland, a Dutch private equity fund, subject to certain third-party approvals.

    Attero owns two energy-from-waste plants, two sorting and pre-treatment facilities, six anaerobic digestion facilities, seven composting facilities and ten landfills.

    3i Infrastructure plc invests across mid-market economic infrastructure and greenfield projects in developed markets, with a focus on the UK and Europe, according to the company's website. (Source: 3i Infrastructure, WMW, June, 2018) Contact: 3i Infrastructure, www.3i-infrastructure.com; Attero, +31 (0)88 550 10 00, www.attero.nl

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Attero,  Waste-to-Energy,  anaerobic digestion ,  


    VLS Decarbonization Partners Planning UK CCS Trials (Int'l)
    CCS
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In London, Very Large Scale Decarbonization Partners LLC (VLS Decarb) reports it is planning field trials of its large scale capable CO2 sequestration system in several UK and EU locations.

    VLS Decarb's major-market patented and globally patent pending suite of technologies hold the potential to sequester atmospheric CO2 at the levels stipulated by the Paris Climate Change Accord of December 2015. Specifically, it could remove volumes of CO2 sufficient to arrest the progression of climate change and potentially reverse harmful effects being experienced from unmitigated CO2 emissions of human origins.

    During the past five years, VLS Decarb's technology has been advanced by an R&D collaboration involving the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University and an international array of academic and governmental institutions and funding agencies. This research and development partnership, funded by Innovate UK, has led to the development of novel materials that are key to enabling the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) concept.

    Download the VLS Decarbonization -- Confidential Permanent CO2 Sequestration in Shale Reservoirs Restored to their Pre-Production State report HERE. (Source: VLS Decarbonization Partners, LLC, PR, 7 June, 2018) Contact: ESRI, Prof. Andrew R Barron, esri@swansea.ac.uk; www.esri-swansea.org; VLS Decarb, John Francis Thrash MD, jfthrash@vlsdecarb.com

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    "I did you a good favor for the farmers yesterday, right? We love the farmers. Right? (Notable Quote)
    Trump,Ethanol
    Date: 2018-06-08
    On Wednesday in Washington, under pressure from US corn interests and farming state legislators, President Donald Trump abandoned an overhaul of biofuels policy aimed at reducing costs for the oil industry, sending US renewable fuel credit prices soaring more than 40 pct on Wednesday.

    The White House had been poised to announce proposed changes to the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this week after hosting months of difficult negotiations between representatives of Big Oil and Big Corn but delayed the announcement indefinitely. Even so, Trump brashly tried to sugar-coat defeat by exclaiming to his "base" -- "I did you a good favor for the farmers yesterday, right? We love the farmers. Right? (Source: devdiscourse, Various Media Sources, 6 June, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Ethanol,  Trump,  Biofuel,  

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