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$3.3Mn Landfill Gas RNG Plant Planned for Memphis (Ind. Report)
Aria Energy,South Shelby RNG LLC
Date: 2018-11-16
South Shelby RNG LLC, a part of Novi, Michigan based Aria Energy, has reportedly applied for a building permit for a $3.3 million landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) plant adjacent to the South Shelby Landfill operated by Republic Services in Memphis, Tenn.

Aria Energy has developed, constructed or acquired more than 50 facilities over the past 25 years in 16 states. Together, those sites produce 223 MW of electricity and 19.9 million BTUs a day of renewable natural gas, according to the company. (Source: Aria Energy, Daily Menphian, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: Aria, Richard DiGia, CEO, (248) 380-3920,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane.RNG,  Aria Energy,  

ENGIE Inks 25-year Senegalese Solar PPA (Int'l Report)
ENGIE Africa
Date: 2018-11-16
ENGIE Africa reports it has agreed to a 25-year PPA for two solar photovoltaic projects in Senegal, Africa. The deal involves ENGIE's investment partner Meridiam Consortium and Fonsis, the Senegalese Sovereign Fund, and Senelec, a Senegalese off-taker.

The Senegalese government and International Finance Corporation funded projects which have a combined installed capacity of 60 MW and are part of a wider initiative in Senegal called Scaling Solar. Construction and operation of the two solar projects will be managed and executed by ENGIE. (Source: ENGIE Africa, PEI, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: ENGIE Africa,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE,  Solar,  

Sunfinity Completes LBJ Freeway Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-16
In the Lone Star State, Dallas-headquartered Sunfinity Renewable Energy reports the installation a 200-kW, 588 panel solar array across four buildings at the LBJ Freeway campus in the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch. The system, which was designed, engineered and installed by Sunfinity, takes advantage of federal tax credits and rebates to greatly reduce the total overall cost of the system. The solar system's power will supply as much as 30 pct of LBJ Freeway corporate headquarters power and eliminate carbon emissions equivalent to over 16 million automobile miles. (Source: Sunfinity, Cintra, Solar Power, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: Sunfinity Renewable Energy, John Billingsley, CEO, 844.786.3461,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

Major Solar Farm Planned for Houston County Tex. (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy
Date: 2018-11-16
In Texas, the Houston County Commission reports approval of a 10-year property tax abatement for approximately 1,000 acres of land in District 4 in an effort to encourage NextEra Energy' planned development of what could be the largest solar farm project in the Lone Star State.

The proposed $75 million project would initially cover about 600 acres and generate 80 MW of power. (Source: Dothan Eagle, Various Media, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy,  Solar,  

Finnish Airports Switching to Neste MY Renewable Diesel (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-16
In Helsinki, Finland's national airline, Finavia, reports it will use Neste MY Renewable Diesel in vehicles at Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Ivalo and Kittila airports in Finland. The switch to Neste renewable fuel is part of Finavia's commitment to airport carbon neutrality by 2020.

Neste's renewable diesel is currently available from 13 light traffic and 13 heavy traffic filling stations in southern Finland, Jyvaskyla and Seinsjoki. Neste plans to develop fuel stations in northern Finland. (Source: Finavia, Neste, Airport Technology , 14 Nov., 2018)Contact: Neste Oil Corp., Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  

Calif. Q2 Renewable Diesel Supply Tops 100Mn Gal. (Ind. Report)
California ARB
Date: 2018-11-16
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting that in an effort to meet the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), California has increased its net supply of renewable "green" diesel, reaching 100 million gallons during Q2, 2018 -- 10.1 pct of the total diesel supplied to California during the quarter.

Administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), LCFS aims to incrementally decrease the carbon intensity of gasoline and diesel fuel by at least 10 pct by 2020 relative to a 2010 baseline.

Under the state's LCFS, petroleum refiners, gasoline and diesel importers, and transportation fuel wholesales are required to either produce low carbon fuels or purchase credits to demonstrate compliance. But while under the RFS, both biodiesel and renewable diesel meet a 50 pct GHG reduction threshold (and are eligible to generate biomass-based diesel RINs), LCFS uses a measurement called carbon intensity (CI).

Renewable diesel generates a large number of credits relative to other fuels because it has some of the largest lifecycle GHG reduction compared to other fuels. The total volume of renewable diesel LCFS credits exceeded ethanol credits for the first time this year, reaching about 870,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent during the second quarter. (Source: US EIA, Agri-Pulse, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: CARB, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low Carbon Fuel Standard,  California Air Resources Board,  .Biofuel,  Renewable Fiesel ,  

Biofuel Group Seeks RFS "Hardship Waivers" Freeze (Ind. Report)
Producers United,
Date: 2018-11-16
Reuters is reporting Producers United, a group of unidentified biofuel companies, has asked a federal judge to force the U.S. EPA Agency to stop granting "hardship waivers" exempting small refineries from Renewable Fuel Standard regulations until a lawsuit challenging the agency's actions is resolved.

The group claims the EPA almost secretly and illegally issued retroactive biofuel credits to HollyFrontier and Sinclair Oil this year, although not required to do so as part of a legal settlement. HollyFrontier received nearly $34 million worth of credits for this year to reverse denial of a waiver for one of its Wyoming plants dating back to 2015. Sinclair scored waivers for two facilities in the same state for 2014 and 2015.

As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: CNBC, Variuos Media, Reuters, 14 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  

Notable Quote
Rep. Frank Pallone
Date: 2018-11-16
"We have very strong champions for addressing climate change -- not only on my committee, but the other committees of jurisdiction -- that are going to move very aggressively on the issue of climate change. So I don't think it's necessary to have a special committee."

"We have been fighting the Republicans for the last eight years, where they wouldn't even let us bring up the issue of climate change. Democrats haven't had a chance to demonstrate that they can handle climate issues in the normal committee structure because Republicans controlled the agenda for the last eight years." -- Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and new chairman of the House committee that oversees environmental policy and climate change. Contact: Ref. Frank Pallone, (202) 225-4671,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

NSP Snares Lion's Share of Free Cap-and-Trade Credits (Ind. Report)
Western Climate Initiative
Date: 2018-11-16
In Halifax, Nova Scotia's biggest polluter, Nova Scotia Power (NSP) will receive virtually one-half of the free credits available to companies participating in the province's cap-and-trade program which comes into law in January, 2019. Of the 13,683,000 free emission credits to be distributed at the government's whim, Nova Scotia Power will be handed 6,334,000, with the remaining credits being divided among almost two dozen other major emitters including: Lafarge Canada cement, Irving Oil and other gasoline importers, companies that produce or import furnace oil, as well as natural gas distributors.

According to the provincial government, the free credits equate to about 90 pct of Nova Scotia Power's needs.

The province has set a $20 per credit floor price for two annual auctions starting in 2020. The not-for-profit Western Climate Initiative will administer Nova Scotia's cap-and-trade system. (Source: CBC, Nova Scotia Minister of Environment, 13 Nov., 2018) Contact: Western Climate Initiative,; Nova Scotia Department of Environment, Jason Hollett, Executive Director of Climate Change, (902) 424-3600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Nova Scotia Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  Western Climate Initiative,  

UK CCC Recommends CCS-Equipped Bioenergy Plants (Int'l Report)
UK Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-16
In the UK, a newly released study from the government watchdog Committee on Climate Change is predicting bioenergys' contribution to the country's energy mix could meet between 5 and 15 pct of the UK's energy demand and slash the UK's total emissions by 50 MtCO2e/yr by 2050. The report also estimates that as much as 65 megatons of CO2, equivalent to up to around 15 pct of current UK CO2 emissions, could be sequestered through combined biomass and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) plants.

Accordingly, the CCC recommends that the BEIS Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department (BEIS) and Treasury create a value for removing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it by extending carbon pricing. CCC also recommends that future biomass power plants receive government support only if they incorporate CCS technology. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, Utility Weeks, 15 Nov., 2018) Contact: CCC, Chris Stark, CEO, +44 (0) 207 591 6080,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Committee on Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Biomass,  

Taiwan EPA Funding Climate Change Mitigation Projects (Int'l)
Taiwan EPA
Date: 2018-11-16
In Taipei, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) reports it will fund its first climate change mitigation research project aimed at raising public awareness of climate-related issues and fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration on environmental protection. Approximately NT$15 million ($485,405) has been earmarked for the project.

While the agency previously subsidized projects for energy conservation and carbon reduction, this is its first funding project for climate action research in line with the Taiwanese government's 2015 Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act. (Source: Taiwan EPA,Taipei Times, Nov., 2018)Contact: Taiwan EPA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  

BRE, USGBC Partner on Built Environment Initiative (Ind. Report)
BRE, US Green Building Council
Date: 2018-11-16
UK-based BRE Group and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) are reporting their partnership aimed at making the global built environment more energy efficient and more sustainable.

The partners aim to highlight the role that buildings can play in improving environmental and to encourage buildings and the built environment globally to raise sustainability standards and deliver greater value. The partnership also aims to promote their joint and separate expertise and a new approach to building energy benchmarking and building performance solutions.

BRE offers advisory services, innovative research, sets and monitors industry standards, develops and delivers professional training courses, and provides independent, third-party certification services related to built environment issues. (Source: USGBC, BRE, Construction Index, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: BRE, Niall Trafford, CEO, +44 (0)333 321 8811,,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  

Fort Fairfield Maine Woody Biomass Plant Shuttered (Ind. Report)
ReEnergy Holdings,Maine Biomass
Date: 2018-11-16
ReEnergy Holdings reports it has ceased operation at its plant in Fort Fairfield, Maine, due to a "falling market for biomass electricity." The 1987 vintage 37-MW, 260,000 MWhy plant burned lumber mill residues and wood chips to generate sufficient electric power for about 34,000 homes

Maine's six biomass energy plants have been struggling due to the declining value of renewable energy credits (RECs) in southern New England states, as well as lower electric power rates in general.

In 2016, the state enacted a two-year $13.4 million aid package for ReEnergy's Ashland and Fort Fairfield facilities and Stored Solar's West Enfield and Jonesboro plants in an effort to support the struggling facilities and the logging industry.

Plans for the Fort Fairfield plant, property and related equipment are uncertain. (Source: ReEnergy Holdings, The County, 14 Nov., 2018) RE Energy Holdings, Press Herald, 4 Dec., 2017) Contact: ReEnergy Holdings, Sarah Boggess, Communications and Governmental Affairs, (518) 810-0200,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Maine Biomass,  ReEnergy Holdings,  

Oil-Gas Majors Launch Fugitive Methane Gas Project (Ind Report)
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Date: 2018-11-16
On the Canadian prairies, Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada are reporting the joint launch of the Fugitive Emissions Management Program Effectiveness Assessment (FEMP EA) Program,, a large-scale applied research project focused on methane leak detection, quantification and repair.

FEMP EA is funded by more than 400 oil and gas producers through Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund.

Project objectives and design have been informed by a review of over 100 studies conducted by Stanford University. The project is expected to be completed in 12 months. (Source: JWN, Nov. 14, 2018) Contact: Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund,; Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, (403) 218-7700,; Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, target=_blank>Methane Emissions,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Methane Emissions,  

NRC Invests $15Mn in Que. Woody Biomass Pellet Project (Funding)
Natural Resource Canada,Granule 777
Date: 2018-11-16
In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRC) reports it will support the development of a fully integrated industrial wood pellet and sawmill complex under development by Granule 777 Inc. in Quebec adjacent to its Barrette-Chapais sawmill.

NRC's $15 million investment will be made through its Investments in Forest Industry Transportation program. Another federal agency, Canada Economic Development, will add $5 million to the project through its Quebec Economic Development Program .

WHen fully operational, the facility is expected to produce 210,000 metric tpy of wood pellets from 450,000 green metric tons of biomass. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Nov., Various Media, Nov., 2018) Contact: Barrette-Chapais Granule 777, Benoit Barrette, Pres., (418) 745-2545,; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  

Inuvik Wind Project Wins $40Mn in Gov. Investments (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-11-16
In Canada's frozen North, the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Canadian federal government are reporting an investing $40 million toward the Inuvik Wind Generation project. The territorial government is putting in $10 million, while the federal government adds $30 million through the Arctic Energy Fund.

The money will be used to install wind turbines, a grid controller, a battery energy storage system, 5 kilometres of roadway infrastructure and grid connections. (Source: Gov't. of Canada, Arctic Energy Fund, Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

Construction Underway on Naturgy Spanish Wind Farms (Int'l Report)
Naturgy Energy
Date: 2018-11-16
Madrid-based Naturgy Energy Group SA reports construction is underway on its Barasoain and Tirapu wind farms in Navarra. Totaling 49.5 MW of capacity, the two projects are expected to come in at approximately €45 million ($450 million). Construction on both projects is expected to be complete by July 2019.

The Barasoain project will incorporate 11 wind turbines and the Tirapu plant will include four turbines. Together the two projects are expected to generate sufficient electric power for 62,000 homes and offset around 122,000 tpy of pollutant and GHG emissions. (Source: Naturgy Energy,Renewables, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: Naturgy Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Naturgy Energy ,  Wind,  

Community LEED Certifications Top 10 States List (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-14
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) reports states throughout the U.S. are making significant strides in sustainable design, construction and redevelopment at the building level, including multi-family buildings and communities.

The following top LEED-certified states list is based on the number of communities awarded the certification in the past two years, using Yardi Matrix data. The list only features communities with at least 50 multifamily units: California -- 200 communities; Texas -- 106; Washington -- 76; Maryland -- 73; Massachusetts -- 64; New York -- 64; Illinois -- 63; Colorado -- 56; Oregon -- 52; and New Jersey -- 49 communities. (Source: USGBC, Multiple House News, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

AEP Commits $2.7Bn to New Renewable Generation (Ind. Report)
American Electric Power
Date: 2018-11-14
In the Buckeye State, Columbus-based American Electric Power (AEP) reports it plans to invest $33 billion in capital from 2019 through 2023, $2.7 billion of which is earmarked for new renewable generation, including approximately $2.2 billion for competitive, contracted renewable projects. The company will work with regulators to identify additional opportunities to add renewable generation in its regulated jurisdictions.

AEP operates the nation's largest electricity transmission system to deliver power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. The company also has approximately 32,000 MW of generating capacity, including 4,340 MW of renewable energy. (Source: AEP, WindPower, Nov., 2018)Contact: American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  Renewable Energy,  

ADB Commits $13Mn to Indian Energy Efficiency Fund (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-14
In the Sub-Continent, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it will grant $13 million to Indian government-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) to establish an energy efficiency revolving fund. The fund is intended to sustain and expand energy efficiency investments, build market diversification, and scale up existing energy efficiency technologies in India.

According to the Bank's Country Director for India, Junaid Ahmad, energy efficiency is one of the bank's "strategic pillars" for engagement in India. (Source: ADB, PR, IANS, 11 Nov., 2018)Contact: Asian Development Bank, +63 2 632 4444,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank,  ADB,  Energy Efficiency,  India Energy Efficiency,  

Ottawa Rethinks Low Carbon Leadership Fund Plans (Funding)
Ontario Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-11-14
In Ottawa, Canada, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reports it plans to reinvest money allocated to Ontario as part of its Low Carbon Economy Fund in initiatives that improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions, save money and create jobs across Ontario. Trudeau's move comes as a counter to the newly elected populist conservative government of Premier Doug Ford nixed his Liberal predecessor's cap-and-trade program. Details are expected at a future date.

According to Ottawa, the Low Carbon Leadership Fund has made $1.4 billion of investment for climate action available to support provinces and territories, with a priority on energy efficiency which is expected to create 118,000 jobs by 2030, boost the GDP by $356 billion over the next 12 years and save Canadian households an average of $114 a year.

As previously reported, Canada's largest province has a lot to lose from Premier Ford's cap-and-trade cancellation. According to the Ontario Financial Accountability Office, Premier Ford's scrapping of the cap-and-trade program will cost the province $3 billion in lost revenue over the next four fiscal years. The watch dog agency added that the loss of revenue from the cap-and-trade cancellation will be greater than the savings the government will achieve by cancelling spending associated with the program. The Conservative Ford government revised the deficit to $15 billion last month, up from a predicted $11.7 billion. (Source: Gov. of Canada, Canadian Biomass, Various Media, Nov., 2018) Contact: Ontario Financial Accountability Office, Peter Weltman, (416) 644-0702,,; Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Doug Ford,  Cap-and-Trade,  

LafargeHolcim Installing Wind Turbines at Ohio Plant (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-14
Cement maker LafargeHolcim reports it is installing three wind turbines at its Paulding, Ohio, cement plant in keeping with its commitment to improving operating sustainably. The turbines will be installed in partnership with One Energy, with a construction slated to get underway in December.

Taken together, the turbines are exzpected to generate more than 12 million kWh per year and eliminate the equivalent of more than 9,000 tpy of CO2. (Source: LafargeHolcim, Aggregates Manager, 13 Nov., 2018) Contact: LafargeHolcim, Jamie M. Gentoso, CEO, U.S. Cement Operations,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LafargeHolcim,  Wind,  

EBGE Lanuches 100 pct Renewable Energy Service (Ind. Report)
East Bay Green Energy
Date: 2018-11-14
In Alameda County, Oakland, California-based East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) reports it will offer more than 1.4 million people the option to run their homes on 100 pct renewable energy, beginning this month.

EBCE uses existing PG&E power lines and account infrastructure, but gives consumers a choice between traditional energy and greener options, including 100 pct renewable energy plan and a 100 pct carbon free plan in addition to their standard service, which uses 5 pct more renewable energy than traditional electric service, and costs 1.5 pct less than the normal PG&E bill. EBCE also plans to implement programs that help customers in Alameda County install solar panels and buy excess energy from customers in a shared solar power project, according to planning documents released in June.

The not-for-profit EBCE is overseen by local public officials with revenue generated used to support local green energy and clean power initiatives. (Source: EBCE, East Bay Express, 9 Nov., 2018)Contact: EBCE, (833) 699-3223,

More Low-Carbon Energy News East Bay Green Energy,  Renewable Energy,  

TEPCO Testing for Offshore Wind Seabed Viability (Int'l Report)
Tokyo Electric Power Company
Date: 2018-11-14
In Japan, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (TEPCO) reports it is using bore-holes and sound waves to survey the seabed to verify the feasibility of constructing offshore offshore wind farms off the coasts of Choshi City and Asahi City in Chiba Prefecture.

TEPCO began research off the coast of Choshi City in August 2009 in response to the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization's (NEDO) call for expressions of interest. (Source: TEPCO, Nikkei, Nov., 2018) Contact: NEDO,; TEPCO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEDO,  Tokyo Electric Power Company,  TEPCO,  Offshore Wind,  

MagneGas Reports $1.05Mn in October Sales (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-14
Tampa, Florida-headquartered MagneGas Applied Technology Solutions, Inc, a leading clean technology company in the renewable resources and environmental solutions industries, reports sales of $1.05 million for the month of October, a 180 pct increase over October 2017. The company attributes the growth in sales to expansion into California, Texas and Louisiana through six acquisitions made in 2018.

MagneGas' patented process converts various renewables and liquid wastes into MagneGas® fuel that can be used as an alternative to natural gas or for metal cutting. The Company operates 13 locations across California, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. (Source: MagnaGass Applied Technologies Inc., PR, News Wire, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: MagneGas, Ermanno Santilli, CEO, (727) 934-3448,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MagnaGas,  

BASF Touting EU-REDcert-Methanol (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-14
German chemicals juggernaut BASF is reporting the introduction of EU-REDcert-Methanol for the production of methanol on the basis of renewable raw materials according to the biomass balance approach.

For EU-REDcert-Methanol, the company replaces fossil raw materials with second-generation renewable raw materials, waste as well as residual materials. As a result, BASF reduces GHG emissions by at least 50 pct compared with conventionally produced methanol. In terms of its chemical and physical characteristics, biomass balanced methanol is identical to methanol produced from fossil resources.

BASF developed the "biomass balance method" together with TUV SUD. EU-REDcert-Methanol is certified according to the REDcert standard which proves the sustainable origin of the biomass used and the information on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It is a standard for use as biofuel, recognized by the European Commission under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). (Source: BASF, Green Car Congress, 13 Nov., 2018)Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH,; TUV SUD,

More Low-Carbon Energy News TUV SUD,  BASF,  Methanol,  Biomass,  

UK DfT Releases Sustainable Biofuel Supply Data (Int'l.Report)
U.K. Department for Transport
Date: 2018-11-14
In London, the U.K. Department for Transport (DfT) has released preliminary data on its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation for a portion of 2018, including data on how much ethanol met U.K. sustainability requirements.

The quarterly report, which covers the supply of renewable fuels from April 15 through Dec. 31, 2018, indicates 138.69 million gallons of renewable fuel were supplied during a period beginning April 15. That volume of renewable fuels accounted for 4 percent of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. Of the total, 59 pct was biodiesel, 38 pct was ethanol, 2 pct was biomethane and 1 pct was biomethanol.

During the period, 320 renewable transport fuel certificates (RTFCs) were awarded to transportation fuel suppliers that meet sustainability criteria. Of the fuel meeting sustainability requirements, 26 percent was made from U.K. feedstocks, primarily used cooking oil. For ethanol, almost half was made from low-grade starch slurry in France. (Source: UK Department for Transport, Ethanol Producer, Nov., 2018) Contact: UK Department for Transport,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable Biofuel,  Biofuel,  UK Biofuel,  

Pattern Selling Ontario Wind Farm Stake for $165Mn (M&A)
Pattern Energy, Axium Infrastructure
Date: 2018-11-14
San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group Inc eports it will sell its 90-MW interest in the 270-MW, K2 wind farm in Ontario for $216 million (Cdn) ($164.8 million US) to a consortium led by Axium Infrastructure. The deal is expected to close before the year end.

The K2 wind power facility, located in the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, was a joint venture between Pattern Energy, an Axium-led consortium and Capital Power Corporation. (Source; Pattern Energy, Nov., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,; Axium Infrastructure, Anne-Sophie Roy, (514)954-3781,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  Axium Infrastructure,  

Quebec's Xebec Adsorption Raises $6.16Mn (Ind. Report, Funding)
Xebec Adsorption
Date: 2018-11-14
Quebec-headquartered landfill gas purification technology specialist Xebec Adsorption Inc. reports it has closed a unit offering, raising $6.16 million (Cdn)($4.7 million US) gross. The proceeds are earmarked for new projects in the renewable gas generation sector, potential merger and acquisition opportunities, R&D, capital equipment and general corporate purposes, the company said. (Source: Xebec, PR, Renewables, 12 Nov., 2018)Contact: Xebec, Kurt Sorschak, Pres., CEO, (450) 979-8718,, Sandi Murphy, Director, Investor Relations and Communications,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xebec Adsorption,  Renewable Fuel,  Renewable Gas,  Landfill Gas,  

Tidal Energy Kites Planned for Faroe Islands (Int'l Report)
Minesto AB
Date: 2018-11-14
Further to our August 15th coverage, Swedish marine energy developer Minesto AB reports it has entered into an agreement with electric utility SEV for the installation of two DG100 tidal energy converters in the waters surrounding the Faroe Islands, in he North Atlantic.

SEV will provide the infrastructure for the grid-connected project, and purchase the output of the two subsea kite devices under long term PPA. Installation of both devices is to be completed in 2020. The project will be funded through a mix of equity and resources from Minesto and SEV, plus public funding grants. The Faroe Islands are planning a transition to 100 pct renewable power by 2030. (Source: Minesto AB,PR, Renewables Now, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: Minesto AB, David Collier, CEO, +46 31 29 00 60,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minesto AB,  Tidal Energy,  Ocean Energy,  

Ukraine Completes EU4Energy Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-14
In Kiev, the Ukraine has is reported to have completed two sustainable energy -- energy efficiency projects under the European Union's EU4Energy program.

The projects include a hospital in Voznesenk reconstruction and energy efficiency upgrade of windows and exterior thermal insulation that is expected to cut the facility's annual energy costs by 62 pct.

The EU4Energy programme supports Eastern Partnership Region municipalities reduce their carbon emission by 20 per cent by 2020. The facility provides financial and technical assistance to targeted sustainability, energy management, energy efficiency and related projects. (Source: EU4Energy, Emerging Europe, Nov., 2018) Contact: EU4Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU4Energy ,  

2018 International Green Construction Code Released (Ind. Report)
International Green Construction Code
Date: 2018-11-14
The 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC) was released today by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), International Code Council, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). The IgCC is a model code that has wide applicability for incorporating resilient, high-performance green building strategies into building codes.

The 2018-IgCC update will help governments streamline code development and adoption, and improve building industry standardization by combining the technical requirements developed by the ASHRAE Standard 189.1 with the model code administrative provisions by the Code Council. As a result, the 2018-IgCC is now a unified code that emphasizes adoption, ease of use and enforcement for building projects.

The IgCC is a part of the Code Council's suite of comprehensive, coordinated and contemporary model codes -- including the International Building Code, International Existing Building Code, International Energy Conservation Code, International Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code and International Fire Code -- and is suitable for use in building codes world wide. (Source: USGBC, ICC, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: ICC, Dominic Sims, CEO,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; ASHRAE,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Code Council,  International Green Construction Code,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC ,  

FS Bioenergia Breaks Ground on Brazilian Corn Ethanol Plant (Int'l)
FS Bioenergia
Date: 2018-11-14
Following up on our 5th February report, FS Bioenergia reports construction is underway on its second corn-ethanol plant in Sorriso, Mato Grosso, Brazil. The new facility is expected to produce 530 million lpy (140 million gpy) of ethanol when fully operational in 2020. The company is also doubling the capacity of its 265-million lpy corn ethanol facility in Lucas do Rio Verde -- the country's first corn-ethanol facility.

FS Bioenergia is a JV between U.S.-based Summit Agricultural Group and Fiagril Ltda of Brazil. (Source: FS Bioenergia, Pro Farmer, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: FS Bioenergia, +55 65 3549-1500,; Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, (515) 854-9820,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News FS Bioenergia,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  

Riparian Forest Carbon Storage Potential Explored (Ind. Report)
Point Blue Conservation Science
Date: 2018-11-14
New Research from Petaluma, California-based Point Blue Conservation Science and Santa Clara University has concluded that riparian ecosystems and stream-side forests store "significant amounts of carbon." Accordingly, the report notes the the restoration of degraded forests is a critical strategy for addressing global climate change.

The research, led by Dr. Kristen Dybala, found that the average amount of carbon stored in mature streamside forest rivals the highest estimates for tropical or boreal forests. The average values for mature streamside forests range from 168 to 390 tons of carbon per acre in the trees alone.

Researchers also found that, on average, soil carbon can be expected to more than triple when converting from an un-forested site to a mature stream-side forest. With trees, it can take 40-90 years for these changes to come into full effect, and more than 115 years for soil carbon.

The report notes new tools and funding sources are emerging to help plan for and implement effective stream-side forest restorations. Countries around the world have pledged to restore degraded forests under the Bonn Challenge, a global commitment to restore forests as a climate mitigation strategy.

"Point Blue advances conservation of birds, other wildlife, and ecosystems through science, partnerships, and outreach. Our highest priority is to reduce the impacts of habitat loss, climate change, and other environmental threats while promoting nature-based solutions for wildlife and people, on land and at sea," according the the Point Blue website. (Source: Point Blue Conservation Science, Public Release, Nov., 2018) Contact: Point Blue Conservation Science,,

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Notable Quote

Date: 2018-11-14
"In general, you can say the statement that gas is cleaner than coal is mostly true, but actually that is irrelevant. This isn't about being cleaner than coal, it is about reducing the hell out of our greenhouse gas emissions." -- Roland Kupers ,former Shell Oil LNG executive; Environmental Defense Fund advisor.

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Kenya Targets Green Energy Sufficiency in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-14
Speaking at a Paris Peace Forum roundtable discussion on climate change, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced his country was targeting a transition to 100 pct green energy by 2020 to address the climate change challenge.

The President noted that "in concrete terms, renewable energy makes up 70 pct of Kenya's installed electric power capacity." The President called for "aggressive investments", especially from the industrialized western world, to enable Kenya to reach its goal during a time when the county's population is expected to triple.

The Head of State said "climate change is not an abstract threat in a far-off future but a defining security and development challenge of our time." (Source: Citizen Digital, 12 Nov., 2018)

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EnergyCompass Streamlines Green Bldg. Design (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2018-11-14
The RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists firm is touting the EnergyCompass, a newly launched tool aiming to improve energy literacy in Ontario and help construction professionals make better use of green building designs to reach the goal of net-zero carbon emissions.

The EnergyCompass is a free data visualization platform that will streamline energy benchmarking and reporting during the design phase of building development projects. This tool seeks to accelerate the understanding and adoption of energy-saving solutions, improve conservation program delivery, reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from every proposed building development in Ontario.

Users will be able upload energy models to Compass which will automatically extract more than 400 variables and complete the submission requirements for six building standards, including US Green Buiolding Council LEED, TGS, and Ontario Building Code (OBC) The data visualization platform will allow users to see the modeled building against a database, which will then inform the design. "Previously, data available through energy simulation studies has not been leveraged en masse to analyze performance trends or to benchmark similar buildings to improve energy performance," according to RWI principal Mike Williams.

The RWDI EnergyCompass was developed in partnership with the Ontario Association of Architects and Toronto's Architecture 2030 District. (Source: RWDI, Nov., 2018) Contact: RWDI, Mike Williams,

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Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstocks, Production Strategies Explored (R&D)
Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center
Date: 2018-11-14
Researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center led by by the University of Wisconsin, Madison, are reporting the investigation of how the quality of different biomass feedstocks -- corn stover and energy sorghum, switchgrass and miscanthus -- affect both the quality and field-scale ethanol yields per acre.

The research found biomass feedstock quality was the main driver for the ethanol yields for high-yielding crops such as switchgrass. Biomass yield was the main driver for ethanol yields from low productivity crops such as corn stover. The re[prt concluded that to increase ethanol yield from high-yielding crops, focusing efforts on improving biomass quality or conversion efficiency "may be prudent."

For low yielding crops, focusing on increasing biomass yield may be the best strategy. When measuring the amount of ethanol produced during fermentation, most feedstocks fell within a similar range, especially when scientists used bacteria to ferment the biomass.

In total, the study suggests that a lignocellulosic refinery can use a variety of feedstocks of varying qualities without a major negative impact on field-scale ethanol yields. (Source: Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center, US DOE, Nov., 2018) Contact: Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center, Tim Donohue, Dir., (608) 262-4663,,

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No-Deal Brexit Would Kill Britain's EU ETS Participation (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-14
In Brussels, Reuters is reporting that without a deal to leave the EU , Britain, Europe's second largest emitter, will be excluded from the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and all other legislation to help limit the impact of climate change. The EC could also temporarily suspend permit auctions and free allocations linked to the UK market in an effort to minimize the worst disruption in key areas in case of a no-deal Brexit.

In October, Britain said that if there is a Brexit deal, the country plans to remain in the ETS until at least to the end of its third trading phase running from 2013-2020. (Source: Reuters, Nov., 2018)

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Kingston Investing $130,000 in LED Light Upgrades (Ind. Report)
City of Kingston NY
Date: 2018-11-12
In the Empire State, the city of Kingston (pop. 23,200) in Ulster County reports it will invest as much as $130,000 to retrofit 11 city buildings with energy efficient LED lighting indoors.

The project with Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. is expected to cut the city's energy costs by approximatey $50,500 per year for a 2.5 year ROI. (Source: City of Kingston, Daily Freeman,10 Nov., 2018) Contact: City of Kingston Planning Dept., (845) 334-3955,; Central Hudson Gas & Electric,

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21 Kids Climate Change Lawsuit Drags On (Reg & Leg)
21 Kids
Date: 2018-11-12
Following up on our August 1st coverage, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday granted the Trump administration a temporary stay in an environmental suit brought by a group of 21 young Americans alleging that the US government's energy policies were exacerbating climate change and thus infringing on their constitutional right to life, liberty and property.

The plaintiffs are seeking a court order forcing the government to take action and create a plan that includes reducing CO2 emissions to an atmospheric concentration of 350 ppm or less by 2100.

As previously reported, President Donald Trump has been trying to kill the case but the court ruled against the President saying: "The Government's request for relief is premature and is denied without prejudice.

The court recognized the "justiciability" of the suit's claims, acknowledged substantial grounds for difference of opinion, and noted that "the district court should take these concerns into account in assessing the burdens of discovery and trial, as well as the desirability of a prompt ruling on the Government's pending dispositive motions." The court ruled "The Government's request for relief is premature and is denied without prejudice." The court noted the respondents' claims is striking, however, and the "justiciability" of those claims presents substantial grounds for difference of opinion. The District Court should take these concerns into account in assessing the burdens of discovery and trial, as well as the desirability of a prompt ruling on the Government's pending dispositive motions."

The government has attempted to stay proceedings prior to the current action culminating in the Ninth Circuit's present grant of temporary stay in order for the court to consider the petition for writ of mandamus filed November 5. The plaintiffs must file a response to the petition in 15 days, with the government being able to respond to that document five days after its filing.

The not-for-profit Our Children's Trust organization is supporting the young plaintiffs in their case. (Source: Various Media, Jurist, 9 Nov., 2018)

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Victoria State Ups Renewable Target to 50 pct by 2030 (Int'l)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-11-12
In the Land Down Under, the newly elected Victorian State Labor government has indicated it will increase its target for renewables generation from the present 25 pct to 40 pct by 2025 and 50 pct by 2030 if re-elected.

The Victorian target aligns with its federal counterpart, which proposes a nationwide target of 50 pct renewables by 2030, and matches the targets made by the Queensland and Northern Territory Labor governments. (Source: Various Media, ReNew Economy, 8 Nov., 2018)

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Newfoundland Carbon Tax Loaded with Exemptions (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-11-12
In Atlantic Canada, the province of Newfoundland-Labrador has unveiled its federally approved carbon tax, climate plan which at least on the surface, protects the province's crucial oil and gas industry. The province is reportedly planning to double oil production in the next decade.

The provincial plan offers exemptions for large producers and consumers alike, including the giant Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project which, when fully online in 2020, will allow the province to completely decommission the bunker oil-burning generator in Holyrood, which emits roughly 10 pct of the province's total 10.3 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the provincial carbon pricing scheme, home heating fuel, off-grid diesel generators, aviation fuel, the interprovincial ferry system and municipalities will be exempted and gasoline prices will rise substantially. After factoring in exemptions, only 76 pct of the province's total GHG emissions will be subject to carbon pricing. The provincial government has also reserved the right to scrap the scheme or any part thereof in the event that any other province refuse to set a plan or abide by the federal backstop, which is likely to happen.(Source: Province of Newfoundland-Labrador, Narwal, 9 Nov., 2018)

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Santa Rosa Considers "All-Electric Ready" Legislation (Reg & Leg)
City of Santa Rosa
Date: 2018-11-12
In the Golden State, the city of Santa Rosa reports it is considering an "all-electric-ready" ordinance requiring all new homes to be equipped to operate without natural gas, a shift the city hopes could cut carbon emissions and lend momentum to green-building designs gaining favor after 2016's disastrous wildfires.

The proposed ordinance would not ban the use of natural gas infrastructure in homes, but new development subject to the rules would be able to do without natural gas from the outset, according to city release. No other California city has adopted an all-electric standard, according to the city.

Presently, the Advanced Energy Rebuild program, a collaboration between PG&E, Sonoma Clean Power and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, offers an all-electric-ready option and incentives to contractors working on the region's housing recovery. (Source: City of Santa Rosa, Press Democrat, 10 Nov., 2018) Contact: City of Santa Rosa, (707) 543-3200,

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Duke Carolinas Completes $1Bn Green Bond Issuance (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Carolinas
Date: 2018-11-12
Charlotte-headquartered Duke Energy Carolinas is reporting completion of an historic $1 billion Green Bond issuance to finance renewable projects in North and South Carolina. Duke's green bonds have a weighted average coupon of 3.74 pct with between three and 10-year maturities, according to the Duke release.

Duke is retiring its coal-fired plants, increasing nuclear generation capacity, and has added close to 650 MW of built or purchased solar energy and plans to add another 1,800 MW of new-build and purchased solar capacity over the next five years. (Source: Duke Carolinas, Electric Light & Power, Charlotte Business Journal, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, David Fountain, North Carolina Pres., Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, Steve Young, Exec. VP CFO,

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German Wind Energy Storage Facility Inaugurated (Int'l, Report)
German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy
Date: 2018-11-12
In Germany, the City of Hamburg reports the commissioning of a wind energy storage facility at the Curslack wind farm in Hamburg-Bergedorf.

Built by Vattenfall in conjunction with the Competence Center for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (CC4E) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) and the Nordex Group, the lithium-ion battery storage facility links five wind turbines with a new battery storage facility connected directly to the wind farm grid.

The storage power plant, which was built as part of the major NEW 4.0 -- Norddeutsche EnergieWende project for northern Germany, is intended to enable practical research into the possibilities for the system integration of renewable energies.

The storage power plant is comprised of 24 batteries featuring the latest BMW technology. These are the same batteries that are also used in electric vehicles. The battery storage unit has an output of 720 kW and a storage capacity of 792 kWh.

The NEW 4.0 project aims to fully convert the northern German states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein to green electricity by 2035. The storage power plant is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWii). (Source: City of Hamburg, reve, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy,; Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,

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NRC Invests $2Mn in Clean CO2 Conversion Technology (Funding)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2018-11-12
Natuiral Resource Canada (NRC) has announced a $2-million investment in Edmonton, Alberta-based Quantiam Technologies Inc. to support the company's completion of a carbon capture, storage (CCS) and use technology that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate clean tech jobs.

This funding builds on NRC's previous $1.15 million investment in Quantiam, bringing the total investment to $3.15 million. The funding will enable Quantiam to complete a technology prototype that will convert CO2 and solar hydrogen to methanol to ultimately result in fewer emissions and promote job creation and training in the clean tech sector.

Details on the Natural Resources Canada Energy Innovation Program HERE

HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Quantiam Technologies, (780) 462-0707,; NRC, (343) 292-6100,

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Indian Hotel Chain Inaugurates In-House Biogas Plant (Int'l)
Mercure Hyderabad
Date: 2018-11-12
In Hyderabad, the Indian hotel group AccorHotels Group is reporting the inauguration of an onsite a Bio Gas plant to produce renewable, clean energy for the hotel chains Mercure Hyderabad unit. The biogas plant is part of AccorHotels' "Planet 21" sustainable development program and will use convert 18 tpy of biowaste to 693 kgs of renewable energy per year to biogas for use in the hotel's kichens. The plant will also offer significant savings in comparison to use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). (Source: AccorHotels Group, India CSR Network, 10 Nov., 2018) Contact: AccorHotels Group,

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180 MW Moroccan Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2018-11-12
Italy's Enel Green Power and the Moroccan energy company Nareva are reporting construction is underway on the 180-MW, Midelt Wind Farm in Midelt, central Morocco. The project is the first part of the 850-MW Integrated Wind Project (PEI) which includes four other wind farms.

The MAD 2.5 billion ($262 million +-) Midelt wind farm, which is expected to come online in 2 years, is being funded by equity imvestments from Morocco's National Electricity Office (ONEE), the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), and a consortium of both EGP and the Moroccan energy company Nareva. (Source: Morocco National Electricity Office, Morocco World News, 10 Nov., 2018) Contact: Enel Green Power,; Nareva,

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Brightmark Invests in Waste Plastics-to-Fuel Plant (M&A)
Brightmark Energy
Date: 2018-11-12
San Francisco-based renewable energy development company Brightmark Energy is reporting a $10 million investment and acquisition of a majority interest in Ohio-based plastics-to-fuel technology company, RES Polyflow The company also committed to an additional $47 million investment in the first commercial-scale plant to in Ashley, Indiana. The The Ashley, Indiana plant will process 100,000 tons of plastic waste into 18 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and naphtha blend stocks and five million gallons of wax per year.

Brightmark Energy develops, owns and operates waste and energy projects. The company's technology solutions include combined heat and power, waste to energy that are specifically tailored based on customer needs, and biogas

(Source: Brightmark Energy, PR, Citizen Tribune, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Brightmarks Energy, Bob Powell, Pres., Pres.,; RES Polyflow, www,

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