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Fife Biomass CHP Plant Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
RWE, iGlenrothes Energy Network
Date: 2018-06-08
In Fife, Scotland, RWE AG reports ground breaking for the Glenrothes Energy Network, a £24 million, state-of-the-art Energy Centre at RWE's Markinch CHP biomass plant the will provide heating to a mix of industrial, commercial, community and domestic properties in Glenrothes as well as the Fife House complex.

The project is a collaboration between Fife Council, RWE and the Scottish government. RWE will own the Energy Centre and provide the heat required for the network from its biomass plant and Fife Council will own the network and act as service provider. The Scottish government is supporting the development through its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition "matching funds" Programme. The project is expected to be operational by the end of January 2019. (Source: RWE, Fife Council, Construction Index, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Glenrothes Energy Network, www.investinfife.co.uk/content/glenrothes-heat; RWE AG, www.rwe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biomass CHP,  RWE,  


World GBC Calls for Net-Zero Building Sector by 2030 (Int'l)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2018-06-08
In London, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is reporting the launch of its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment calling on built environment sector to set ambitious targets that eliminate carbon emissions, track, verify and report on commitments to eliminate operational carbon emissions from their building stocks.

The initiative is intended the help the building and construction industry meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The building and construction industry accounts for around one-third of global emissions and will need to play a crucial role in keeping the global temperature at sustainable levels. Energy consumption levels in the sector are set to be exacerbated in the next 35 years, with the global building stock expected to double to 415 billion square metres, according to the World GBC.

In November 2017, the UK Government struck an agreement with the construction industry to halve emissions in the built environment over the next eight years. (Source: World Green Building Council, edie, 7 June, 2018) Contact: WGBC, Terri Wills, CEO , www.worldgbc.org

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


WPS, MG&E Partnering on $390Mn Wisc. Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
Madison Gas and Electric
Date: 2018-06-08
In the Badger State, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) reports it is teaming up with Madison Gas and Electric (MG$E) to operate two proposed solar energy facilities in the towns of Two Creeks and Two Rivers, just south of the Point Beach Nuclear Plant in Manitowoc County.

Together, the two projects are projected to cost $390 million. (Source: Wisconsin Public Service, Fox6 News, June, 2018) Contact: Madison Gas and Electric , Gary Wolter, CEO, (608) 252-7222, www.mge.com; Wisconsin Public Service, www.wisconsinpublicservice.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Madison Gas and Electric ,  Solar,  


Stationary Battery Storage Market to Hit $35Bn by 2030 (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-06-08
According to the Stationary Battery Storage Market report from Delaware-headquartered Global Market Insights, the Stationary Battery Storage Market is expected to reach $35 billion by 2030. Increasing investments toward integration of sustainable energy technologies coupled with growing deployment of enhanced storage units with high power output will foster the stationary battery storage market. Favorable regulatory framework toward the expansion of grid infrastructure will further propel the industry growth.

Increasing R&D spending toward the development of efficient system along with improved shelf life will positively drive the stationary battery storage market. High discharge rate, reduced weight, comparative efficiency, longer life cycle, reducing cost and high voltage output and some of the key imperative parameters which will boost the product demand, the reports says.

The report identifies notable players across stationary battery storage market as Samsung SDI, Exide Technologies, A123 systems, Johnson Controls, Durapower, Toshiba, GS Yuasa, Tesla, BYD co, Hitachi Chemical, Duracell, Hitachi Chemical, Valence Technology, Uniper, LG Chem, ACDelco, Hitachi Maxell, Panasonic and Roofer Technology.

Download Stationary Battery Storage Market report details HERE. (Source: Global Market Insights, Inc , 7 June, 2018) Contact: Global Market Insights Inc, Arun Hegde Corporate Sales, USA, (302) 846-7766 sales@gminsights.com, www.gminsights.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stationar Battery,  Battery Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


Neshoba Miss. Scores TVA Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
TVA
Date: 2018-06-08
In Mississippi, the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors is reporting receipt of almost $78,000 in energy efficiency rebates from the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Right Rebate Program.

The rebate was thin recognition of the county's Energy Efficiency and Reinvestment Project which included LED energy efficient lighting and other upgrades. The county plans to apply the rebate cash to other county facility energy efficiency improvements. "We are already seeing savings of over our 35 percent estimate. With us seeing savings over that, I think the project is going very well,” explains Mayo. The board plans to reinvest the check by continuing this project at the Neshoba County Coliseum. The county-wide facility improvements include: Interior and exterior LED lighting in the buildings, a new roof on the courthouse and new HVAC systems. (Source: Neshoba County,Miss., WTOK, 6 June, 2018) Contact: Neshoba County, Jeff Mayo, County Administrator, (601) 656-6281, www.neshobacounty.net; TVA, John Myers, Dir. Policy & Regulatory Affairs, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.gov, www.tva.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  LED Light,  


USAID, CDB Partnering on Caribbean Energy Efficiency, Management Training (Int'l Report)
USAID, Caribbean Development Bank
Date: 2018-06-08
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Programme (CARCEP) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are reporting the launch of the Caribbean Energy Manager (CEM) Training and Capacity Building Programme in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The training will delivered by the Jamaica Society of Energy Engineers and was made possible with help from the Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean Fund and the Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA).

The CEM designation is a US-based international certification offered through the Association of Energy Engineers and has become the international industry standard for practitioners operating as energy managers. (Source: USAID, Jamaica Gleaner, 4 June, 2018) Contact: USAID CARCEP, John Marcocchio, Energy Efficiency Promotion Specialist, (202) 712-0000, www.usaid.gov; Caribbean Development Bank, www.caribank.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Caribbean Development Bank ,  USAID,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


NCGA Commends Efforts to Protect RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
NCGA
Date: 2018-06-08
Following White House postponement of potential damaging changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard, NCGA President and North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes thanked those who stood up for America's corn farmers.

"The nation's corn growers thank Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Joni Ernst and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue for their advocacy and steadfast support for farmers, rural communities and renewable fuels. We greatly appreciate their efforts.

"With the expectation that the Administration was preparing to take drastic actions to unravel the RFS, farmers are very pleased those actions have been set aside and strongly encourage the Administration to keep the President's commitment to America's farmers and (leave) the RFS intact." (Source: NCGA, Wisc. AgConnection, 7 June, 2018) Contact: National Corn Growers Association, Kevin Skunes, Pres., (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuels,  NCGA,  


Pennsylvania Set to Adopt C-PACE Financing (Reg & Leg)
Pennsylvania DEP
Date: 2018-06-08
In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania DEP reports Gov. Tom Wolf (D) will sign a new, bipartisan bill under which the Keystone State will become the first Northeaster US state in six years to enable Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE).

The legislation is aimed at helping commercial and industrial property owners finance upgrades for energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy systems.

The voluntary program allows municipal governments to set up energy improvement districts, where private lenders can give money to commercial, industrial, or agricultural property owners for eligible improvements to buildings. The money is repaid in the form of an additional tax payment, which remains attached to the specific, upgraded building if it is sold.

The Pennsylvania legislation does not proscribe how the C-PACE program will ultimately be administered. (Source: Pennsylvania DEP, Energy News, 6 June, 2018) Contact: Pennsylvania DEP, www.dep.pa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Xcel Plan Closes Coal Plants, Slashes CO2 Emissions (Ind Report)
Xcel Energy Colorado
Date: 2018-06-08
According to a Xcel Energy Colorado filing with the Colorado PUC, the utility's new power plan, which includes the closure of two coal-fired power plants, could save customers an estimated $215 million, cut carbon emissions by half and lift renewable energy sources to 55 pct of its electricity portfolio by 2026.

The plan would retire 660 mw of coal generation from the Commanche 1 and Commanche 2 plants in Pueblo and add 1,100 mw of new wind capacity, 750 mw of solar generation, and 380 mw of flexible gas sources. The plan reduces the utility's coal power production from 44 pct in 2017 to 24 pct by 2026. (Source: Xcel Energy Colorado, Denver Post, 6 June, 2018)Contact: Xcel Energy Colorado, David Eves, Pres., www.xcelenergy.com; Colorado Public Utilities Commission, (303) 894-2000, www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/puc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy Colorado,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


New "Direct Air" Carbon Capture Technology Touted (Ind. Report)
Carbon Engineering
Date: 2018-06-08
Scientists from Harvard University and Squamish, British Columbia-based, privately held Carbon Engineering are reporting they have cut the cost of an existing "direct air capture" technology for the capture of CO2 from the atmosphere. The new technique would reduce the cost of direct air capture from about $600 per ton of carbon dioxide to as little as $94 per ton, according to Carbon Engineering.

If the new technique proves commercially viable, it could "transform how humanity thinks about the problem of climate change", according to Carbon Engineering. (Source: Carbon Engineering, Harvard Univ., CBC News, Examiner, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Carbon Engineering, info@carbonengineering.com, www.carbonengineering.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Engineering,  


Caesars Commits to 95 pct Carbon Emissions Cut (Ind. Report)
Science Based Target initiative
Date: 2018-06-08
In the Silver State, Las Vegas-based casino operator Caesars Entertainment Corporation reports it has set "science based" company-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets aligned with the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).

The SBTi is a collaboration among CDP (f.k.a. Carbon Disclosure Project), the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Targets adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are considered "science-based" if they are in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below two degrees C compared to pre-industrial temperatures.

Caesars Entertainment has committed to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions 30 pct by 2025, and 95 pct by 2050 from a 2011 base year. Since 2011, Caesars has reduced its total GHG emissions by 22.9 pct. (Source: Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Hotel Business, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Caesars Entertainment Corporation, www.caesarscorporate.com; Science Based Target initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Target initiative,  Carbon Emissions ,  


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2018-06-08
"Decarbonization is the great task of our generation and Costa Rica must be one of the first countries in the world to accomplish it, if not the first. "We have the titanic and beautiful task of abolishing the use of fossil fuels in our economy to make way for the use of clean and renewable energies." -- Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado,May, 2018

Costa Rica presently generates more than 99 pct of its electric power with renewable energy sources. (Source: The Independent, 10 May, 2018)

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


Notable Quote
NOAA,NASA
Date: 2018-06-06



DuPont Launches New Products for Fuel Ethanol (New Prod & Tech)
DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Date: 2018-06-06
Building off the recent launch of its fuel ethanol platform DuPont™ XCELIS™,Wilmigton, Delaware-based DuPont Industrial Biosciences has unveiled three new products designed to increase yields, speed fermentation and reduce energy and chemical consumption:
  • DuPont™ SYNERXIA® THRIVE GX: Next Generation in Yeast for the Fuel Alcohol Industry;
  • DuPont DISTILLASE DXT: Advanced Glucoamylase Blend;
  • DuPont OPTIMASH AX: Xylanase for Enhanced Liquefaction

    The new XCELIS platform also will feature an online partner community for the industry, GRAIN CHANGERS. This online community and innovative product offerings represent a new age for DuPont's XCELIS biorefinery team. By improving performance, efficiency and fuel ethanol yields, XCELIS helps ethanol producers reach their goals with new products, tools and technologies. "These three products are -- quite simply -- game-changers for the fuel ethanol market. Our team has done it once again -- listened to customer needs, engineered cutting-edge enzyme and yeast technologies and worked hand-in-hand with ethanol producers to bring products to market that provide the best possible yields and new options for efficiency," the release says. (Source: DuPont Industrial Biosciences, PR, June, 2018) Contact: DuPont Industrial Biosciences , Judy Underwood, Global Marketing Leader Grain Processing, Wendy Rosen , (650) 284-6429, www.dow-dupont.com, http://biosciences.dupont.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont Industrial Biosciences ,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Enzymes,  


  • Vistra's 180-MW Texas Solar Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Vistra Energy ,Luminant
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Irving, Texas-headquartered Vistra Energy Corp. is reporting its 180-MW, 718,000-panel Upton 2 Solar Power Plant in West Texas is now online. The facility, touted as the largest operating photovoltaic (PV) park in Texas, is expected to generate sufficient power for approximately 56,700 average homes.

    The Upton 2 project is owned and operated by Vistra subsidiary Luminant. (Source: Vistra Energy, Renewables, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curt Morgan,Pres., CEO, www.vistraenergy.com; Luminant, (214) 812-4600, www.luminant.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar ,  PV,  Luminant,  


    Greenko Acquiring Orange Renewables Singapore (Int'l, M&A)
    Greenko Energy Holdings
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Htderabad, India-based renewable energy company Greenko Energy Holdings reports it will acquire Orange Renewables Singapore for $922 million. With the purchase, Greenko will hold approximately 907 MW of operating or new completion wind and solar assets along with 500 MW or more of pipeline assets.

    Greenko has also announced announced an equity fundraising of $447 million.

    Greenko is one of India's leading Renewable Energy companies, replacing fossil fuels with integrated decarbonized energy and grid assets enabling sustainable and affordable energy, with a net installed capacity of 3.2 GW across 13 States in India, and over 2 GW in pipeline soon to be operational, according to the company website. (Source: Greenko Energy Holding, Renewables, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Greenko Energy Holdings, +91 40 40301000, info@greenkogroup.com, www.greenkogroup.com; Orange Renewables Singapore, www.orangerenewable.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenko Energy Holdings,  


    Cathay Pacific Delivering Aircraft on Jet Biofuel Blend (Ind. Report)
    Cathay Pacific,Fulcrum BioEnergy
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Hong Kong-headquartered air carrier Cathay Pacific reports it will use a 10 pct blend of alternative jet biofuel to deliver new of 20 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft to Hong Kong over the next 4 years. The first A350-1000 will depart Airbus headquarters in Toulouse on 19 June. A further seven aircraft are due for delivery by the end of 2018.

    In 2014, Cathay Pacific became an equity investor in US-based Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., which focuses on turning municipal solid waste into sustainable aviation fuel. As previously reported, Fulcrum broke ground on its first commercial-scale plant last month in Nevada. When fully operational in 202, the plant is expected to produce approximately 10 million gpy. (Source: Cathay Pacific, 4 June, 2018)Contact: Cathay Pacific, Rupert Hogg, CEO, www.cathaypacific.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cathay Pacific,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Fulcrum BioEnergy ,  


    Mass. Releases Climate Change Vulnerability Cash (Funding)
    Mass. Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program
    Date: 2018-06-06
    In the Bay State, the city of Gloucester will receive $107,044 as part of the state's new $5 million Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness action grant program to help municipalities deal with the effects of climate change. Gloucester will use the money to assess the vulnerabilities of the city's watershed and freshwater supply system and develop a strategy to combat climactic risks.

    Over the past two years, the state grant program has provided $7 million to Massachusetts communities looking to mitigate the destructive effects of climate change. (Source: Glouster Daily Times, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Mass. Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program, www.mass.gov/municipal-vulnerability-preparedness-mvp-program

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


    15MWh UK Liquid Air Energy Storage Plant Opens (Int'l Report)
    Highview Power
    Date: 2018-06-06
    In the UK, London-headquartered Highview Power reports the startup of its liquid air energy storage (LAES) plant in Bury, greater Manchester. The development, in partnership with energy from waste firm Viridor, is capable of delivering 15MWh of power.

    Hihview's technology stores air as a liquid then converts it back to gas. The expansion process releases stored energy, which is used to drive a turbine to generate electricity. The LAES plant at Bury also converts waste heat to power using heat from the on-site landfill gas engines.

    According to Highview, LAES could ultimately scale to hundreds of megawatts, potentially storing enough energy to power entire towns. The company is in discussions with several utility firms to build 150MWh units. The Bury development was partially tax-payer funded with an £8 million government grant. Now Highview plans to export the technology, it said. (Source: Highview Power, energyst., Others, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Highview Power CEO Gareth Brett, +44 (0) 207 484 5600 www.highviewpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Stoage,  Highview Power ,  


    Rocky Mountain Power Seeking Renewables Project Bids (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Salt Lake City-headquartered Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), a unit of Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, reports it is seeking bids for new solar, wind and geothermal projects in Utah as part of an effort to increase renewable power generation on the PacifiCorp system.

    The company is seeking proposals for 308,000 MWh of power generation -- approximately 40 MW of geothermal capacity or approximately 100 to 126 MW of wind or solar capacity -- sufficient power for about 34,000 typical Utah homes.

    Customers sponsoring the request for proposal include Park City, Salt Lake City, Summit County, Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and Utah Valley University, which are all working with Rocky Mountain Power to meet their clean air and sustainability goals through renewable energy. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Sun Advocate, 4 June, 2018)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Renewable Energy,  


    NorthWestern Energy Snares Montana Two Dot Wind Farm (M&A)
    NJR Clean Energy Ventures
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Wall, New Jersey-headquartered New Jersey Resources (NJR) subsidiary Clean Energy Ventures (CEV) reports completion of the previously announced $18.5 million sale of its 9.7-MW wind farm in Two Dot, Montana, to NorthWestern Energy.

    Since 2009, CEV has invested approximately $241 million in onshore wind and nearly $590 million in solar projects, and plans to invest $500 million in solar projects over the next four years, according to the company.

    CEV has over 6,700 residential solar lease customers and 32 commercial installations totaling 192.7 MW of installed capacity, in New Jesey, according to the company. (Source: NJR Clean Energy Ventures, PR, Windpower, June, 2018) Contact: NJR Clean Energy Ventures , Stephen Westhoven, COO www.njrcleanenergyventures.com; NorthWestern Energy, www.northwesternenergy.com; NJR, Christopher Savastano, MD Business Dev., (732) 938-1004, csavastano@njresources.com, www.njresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NJR Clean Energy Ventures ,  NorthWestern Energy,  


    World Bank State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2018 - World Bank Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    World Bank
    Date: 2018-06-06
    "Since it was first launched more than a decade ago, the annual State and Trends report has established itself as perhaps the most important reference document -- first on carbon markets and, later, on carbon pricing more broadly -- by providing up-to-date information on developments in initiatives and policies around the world. Previous editions also included analytical discussions on issues that related to these developments.

    "The 2018 edition of the report focuses exclusively on data and information on the evolving initiatives that put a price on carbon, in terms of their most current status and emerging trends. It includes an expanded discussion on what the trends are telling us about the underlying motivations of and the direction the world is moving in when it comes to carbon pricing.

    "The growing momentum for carbon pricing and the increasing prevalence of the topic in climate change discussions in recent years take us in a new direction for the report. More national and sub-national jurisdictions and private sector entities are adopting carbon pricing.

    "This report also includes a reflection on the engagement of non-state actors on climate action and carbon pricing -- a development that characterizes the implementation phase the world has embarked on since the adoption of the Paris Agreement. The inclusion of internal carbon prices in business operations, and how this is incentivizing action on climate change, has raised the need to expand the focus to include an important discussion on how carbon pricing is considered in other economies and the indirect measures taken to provide a carbon price signal."

    Download the World Bank Group State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2018 report at www.openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/29687.

    Download an online dashboard to complement the publication HERE. (Source: World Bank Group, May, 2018)Contact: World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Carbon Price,  


    UNL Setting Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals (Ind. Report)
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Date: 2018-06-06
    In the Corn Husker State, University of Nebraska-Lincoln UNL) emitted 182,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2016, according to data reported to the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System -- a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability. According to STARS, UNL has maintained the smallest carbon footprint among Big Ten Conference institutions.

    UNL electric power consumption has dropped from 240,000 Btu in 1997 to 146,000 Btu last year, even as square footage was added to campus, student enrollment grew, and more faculty conducted research. Much of the energy reduction is the result of investments in higher-efficiency heating and cooling units, lighting and heating room occupancy sensors, the shuttering of the school's coal fired coal-fired power and central heating plant, a push for greater use of renewable energy and other improvements and initiatives. (Source: UNL, Journal Star, 5 June, 2018) Contact: UNL, Lalit Agarwal, Director Utility and Energy Management, (402)472-4375, lalit@unl.edu, www.unl.edu Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, https://stars.aashe.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Cadenza Funded for NY Grid Energy Storage Demo (Funding)
    Cadenza Innovation,NYSERDA
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Wilton, Conn.-based energy storage specialist Cadenza Innovation is reporting receipt of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) funding for a demonstration project to further the Empie State's clean energy goals and support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's energy storage target of 1500 MW by 2025.

    The demonstration, which will be located at the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) headquarters in White Plains, will be a stand-alone system that includes a rack-mounted 200kWh, 50kW battery storage unit featuring Cadenza Innovation's Li-ion supercell technology. The project is expected to be completed by fall, 2019.

    Cadenza Innovation plans to initially license its technology platform to utility/grid storage and electric vehicle (EV) markets. The company's recently patented multicore Li-ion battery cell structure provides unparalleled simplification in battery pack design, reduces production and manufacturing costs, overcomes safety issues and improves the energy density of Li-ion batteries.

    , Cadenza Innovation is backed by more than $10 million in oversubscribed Series A funding led by Golden Seeds with additional funding from the U.S. DOE and the states of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. (Source: Cadenza Innovation, PR, June, 2018) Contact: Cadenza Innovation, Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud,CEO, Founder, www.cadenzainnovation.com; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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


    Targray Opens Minneapolis Biodiesel Distribution Center (Ind. Report)
    Targray
    Date: 2018-06-06
    North American biodiesel supplier Targray is reporting the opening of its B20-ready turnkey biodiesel distribution center in St. Paul. The new facility will help address the increasing demand for biodiesel in the Twin Cities area, stemming from recent updates to Minnesota's Biofuels mandate.

    As of May 1st, 2018, Minnesota requires all diesel fuel sold in the state from April to September inclusively contain at least twenty percent Biodiesel (B20). The minimum content for the remainder of the year is five percent (B5).

    Targray is a certified BQ-9000 marketer and distributor of high-quality B99.9 biodiesel with over 40 tank locations throughout California, Florida, and the Midwest. (Source: Targray, PR, June, 2018) Contact: Targray, Dan Murray, VP, www.targray.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Targray,  Biodiesel,  


    Indian Bamboo Biofuel Biorefinery JV Announced (Int'l Report)
    Numaligarh Refinery,Fortum
    Date: 2018-06-06
    In India, Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) is reporting a JV -- Assam Bio-Refinery Pvt Limited (ABRPL) -- with equity participation of Finland's Chempolis Oy and Fortum 3 B.V. of the Netherlands, to construct and operate a bio refinery in India. NRL will hold 50 pct of the new venture. Fortum 3 B.V. will hold 28 pct and Chempolis Oy will hold 22 pct, according to a press statement.

    The new JV will produce 62 million lpy of bio-ethanol from approximately 0.5 million mtpy of locally sourced bamboo. Bio-coal will be used for production of steam and green power to the bio-refinery. (Source: Numaligarh Refinery, Shillong Times, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Numaligarh Refinery, +91-03776-265493, www.nrl.co.in; Chempolis Oy, +358 10 387 6666, www.chempolis.com; Fortum Oyj, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, +358-50-453-6322, +358 10 4511, vesa.koivisto@fortum.com, www.fortum.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum ,  Chempolis ,  Bamboo Bioethanol,  Biofuel,  


    PPL Acquires Safari Energy Solar Projects Developer (M&A)
    PPL,Safari Energy
    Date: 2018-06-06
    In the Keystone State, Allentown-based PPL Corp. is reporting the acquisition New York-based solar energy energy solutions provider Safari Energy LLC.

    Safari Energy develops turnkey solar solutions managing projects through all phases of development, from inception to financing, design, engineering, permitting, construction, interconnection and asset management. The company has completed more than 200 solar projects in 19 states, with more than 80 projects underway. (Source: PPL, Reading Eagle, NASDAQ, June, 2018) Contact: PPL Corp., www.pplweb.com; Safari Energy LLC, (212 935-2500, www.pplweb.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PPL,  Solar,  Safari Energy,  


    Turboden Touting 300th Biomass Plant Sale (Int'l Report)
    Turboden
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Brescia, Italy-headquartered Turboden SpA is reporting the sale of its 300th Organic Rankine Cycle biomass plant.

    The Rankine Cycle is a thermodynamic cycle that converts heat into work. The heat is supplied to a closed loop, which typically uses water as working fluid. The Organic Rankine Cycle's principle is based on a turbogenerator working as a conventional steam turbine to transform thermal energy into mechanical energy and finally into electric energy through an electrical generator. Instead of generating steam from water, the ORC-system vaporizes an organic fluid, characterized by a molecular mass higher than that of water, which leads to a slower rotation of the turbine, lower pressures and no erosion of the metal parts and blades. (Source: Turboden, PR, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Turboden, Brescia - Italy tel +39 030 3552001 www.turboden.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Turboden,  Biomass,  Rankine Cycle ,  


    Geo. Fox Univ. Lands USDA Renewable Energy Grant (Funding)
    George Fox University
    Date: 2018-06-06
    In Newberg, Oregon, George Fox University is reporting receipt of $100,000 in grant funding from the USDA Rural Development Assistance agency to develop ways to help small farmers and vintners improve their energy efficiency and adopt renewable energy technology.

    The university is collaborating with Spark Northwest, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization dedicated to renewable energy development. Funding will be provided by the USDA over two years, beginning this fall. The grant positions the university for future USDA funding at the "energy-food-water-climate nexus" including precision agriculture, field drones and sensors and digitizing data. ((Source: George Fox University, Capital Press, 5 June, 2018) Contact: George Fox University, Bob Harding, Dean of the College of Engineering , (503)538-8383, www.georgefox.edu

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


    Ameren Missouri Proposes Energy Savings Programs (Ind. Report)
    Ameren MIssouri
    Date: 2018-06-06
    In St. Louis, Ameren Missouri reports it has submitted a proposal to the Missouri PSC to invest $550 million over 6 years in 26 programs aimed at helping customers save energy and money by recycling old, inefficient appliances; educating those in low-income communities on how to lower energy use; and promoting smart thermostats to reduce electricity costs during the high energy consumption that happens in the summer.

    Together, the programs are projected to save 2 billion kWh of energy -- sufficient energy for about 166,000 homes.

    The energy-efficiency proposal would also help Ameren reach it goal of cutting its carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. If approved, the energy-efficiency programs could get underway in 2019. (Source: Ameren Missouri, St. Louis Public Radio, June, 2018) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Tara Oglesby, VP Customer Experience , www.ameren.com/missouri

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Shell, SkyNRG Collaborating on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (Ind. Report)
    Shell Aviation,SkyNRG
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Shell Aviation and Geneva, Switzerland-based SkyNRG are reporting a long term strategic collaboration aimed at promoting and developing long-term opportunities for low-carbon sustainable aviation fuel. The two firms will jointly fund the effort, according to the release.

    SkyNRG, which blends and distributes sustainable aviation fuel as well as developing regional supply chains, has supplied sustainable aviation fuel to more than 25 airlines worldwide, according to the release.

    Shell Aviation is a leading aviation fuel and lubricants supplier, delivering fuel to around 850 airports in 32 countries, according to the release. (Source: Shell Aviation, Bifuels Int'l, June, 2018) Contact: SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, CEO. Shell Aviation, Anne Anderson, VP, Merel Laroy, +31 6 30833505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com; Shell Aviation,www.shell.com/business-customers/aviation.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Shell Aviation,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


    Leclanche Investor Increases Stake to $76Mn (Int'l Report)
    Leclanche
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Swiss vertically-integrated battery and energy storage system and equipment maker Leclanche is reporting receipt of a CHF25 million investment from its main existing investor FEFAM. With this additional CHF25 million, FEFAm has invested a total of CHF75 million in the energy storage company to date, according to Leclanche.

    FEFAM is aggregated from four 'sub-funds': AM Investment SCA, SICAV-SIF, a liquid assets sub-fund; Finexis Equity Fund's multi-asset strategy sub-fund, its renewable energy sub-fund and Finexis' E-money strategies sub-fund, aka Energy Storage Invest. (Source: Leclanche, Energy Storage News, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Leclanche, Anil Srivastava, CEO, +41 (0)24 424 65 00, Fax: +41 (0)24 424 65 20, info@leclanche.com, www.leclanche.com

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


    Paris Climate Goals Reachable Without Carbon Capture Tech, IIASA Study Finds (Ind. Report)
    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
    Date: 2018-06-06
    A recently released study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Nature Energy is the first to map a pathway to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels without relying on negative emissions technologies that suck carbon dioxide from the the atmosphere.

    The study found that the Paris agreement target can be reached through innovations in energy efficiency -- hanges to heating, cooling, transport, appliances and technological devices could both limit climate change and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    "Our analysis shows how a range of new social, behavioral and technological innovations, combined with strong policy support for energy efficiency and low-carbon development can help reverse the historical trajectory of ever-rising energy demand," IIASA acting program director and lead study author Arnulf Grubler said in the press release.

    The report focused on innovations that were currently available and calculated what would happen if they were applied at scale. It found that doing so could reduce the energy required for transportation, heating and cooling and meeting the physical needs of the world's population by two to four times.

    The paper further explained that the success of its scenario relied on the willingness of populations, governments and businesses to make the changes it advocates. "The global community from world leaders and multinational corporations down to individual consumers and citizens need to act in concert to avoid dangerous climate change while improving human wellbeing. Our scenario offers a roadmap as to how this can be achieved," Grubler added.

    Markers on that roadmap included ride-sharing fleets of electric vehicles that could reduce transport energy demand by 60 percent by 2050. Increased energy standards for new buildings and renovations for old ones could reduce energy demand from heating and cooling by 75 percent by 2050. The report further found that changing individual habits on a global scale could make a huge difference. The expanded use of smartphones to do the work of what would have previously been several devices, accompanied by a shift in the younger generation from owning material goods to accessing services as needed could limit the growth in global energy demand to 15 percent by 2050. And following a healthy diet that replaced red meat calories with something else could lower agriculture energy demand and lead to increased forest cover the combined size of Bangladesh and Italy by 2050. The report concluded that reducing overall global energy demand 40 pct by 2050, combined with projected renewable energy growth, would succeed in limiting warming 1.5 degrees without the need for negative emissions. (Source: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, PR, 4 June, 2018) Contact: IIASA , Arnulf Grubler, Report Author, +43 (0) 2236 807 470, gruebler@iiasa.ac.at, www.iiasa.ac.at

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Paris Climate Agreement,  International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis,  


    Indian Oil to Use Refinery Waste Gas for Ethanol Prod. (Int'l)
    Indian Oil Corp
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Following up on our April 2nd coverage, the New Delhi-based state-owned Indian Oil Corporation reports it plans to utilize off-gases (waste gas) from its various refineries for the production of ethanol. The first such plant -- a 33,000 lpy capacity unit at the Panipat refinery in Haryana -- is expected to be operational in Q1, 2020.

    According to a statement, the unit's ethanol production will have approximately 30 pct lower well-to-wheel carbon footprints per mega joules of energy produced as compared to gasoline production and conventional 2G ethanol production processes respectively.

    The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has approved a partial grant for the project. (Source: Indian Oil Corp., Outlook, 5 June, 2018)Contact: Indian Oil Corp., www.iocl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Indian Oil Corp,  


    Kittson Soybean Growers Promoting Minn. Biodiesel (Ind. Report)
    Kittson County Soybean Growers
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In Minnesota, the Kittson County Soybean Growers Association is teaming up this summer in northwestern Minnesota by partnering with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) to promote biodiesel. The highlight of the biodiesel promotion is the opportunity to host the long-awaited biodiesel truck built by the DieselSellerz, stars of Discovery Channel's "Diesel Brothers" program.

    Minnesota moved to using a 20 pct blend of biodiesel in May this year until Sept. 30 when the blend will go back to 5 pct during the winter months.

    The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) is the elected board of soybean producers from Minnesota who direct investments of the state's checkoff dollars in programs designed to increase profitability to Minnesota soybean farmers. (Source: Kittson County Soybean Growers Association , Kittson County Enterprise, 6 June, 2018) Contact: Minn. Soybean Growers Assoc., https://mnsoybean.org; Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, https://mnsoybean.org/msrpc

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    Cyprus Consumers Assoc. Opposes Food Crop Biofuel Prod. (Int'l)
    CyprusConsumers Association
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In Cyprus, the Consumers Association has come out in opposition to the production of biofuels from agricultural products such as potatoes, kolokassi -- a root vegetable aka Taro -- and other products due to water usage issues.

    In an open letter sent to the House Energy Committee, the association noted water shortage concerns on the Mediterranean island and recommended feedstocks requiring leas water should be found for the production of biofuels, such as bushes and trees. The association also claimed that using potatoes or kolokassi for biofuel production would dramatically drive up the prices for all fuels, as well as water, food and other products commodities. (Source: Cyprus Consumers Association, Cyprus Mail, 3 June, 2018)Contact: Cyprus Consumers Association, www.cyprusconsumers.org.cy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  


    Irish GHG Levels Rise with Dairy Ind. Expansion (Int'l Report)
    Ireland EPA
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In Dublin, Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reporting that the country's total GHG emissions will increase from current levels to 2020, despite an EU target to cut emissions by 20 pct on 2005 levels from the non-Emissions Trading Scheme (non-ETS) sector -- agriculture, transport, residential, commercial, non-energy intensive industry and waste.

    According to the latest projections, Ireland will only achieve a 1 pct reduction in emissions despite a targeted 30 pct reduction of emissions compared to 2005, with binding annual limits over the 2021-2030 period. These latest projections indicate that Ireland will exceed the allowable carbon budget implied by those limits by between 47--52Mt over the period, even assuming the allowed-for flexibilities are fully used.

    The latest EPA projections show that increasing fossil fuel consumption and an expanding dairy and agriculture sector are leading to increased emissions. In particular:

  • Energy industry emissions -- electric power generation -- are projected to grow strongly from 2020 to 2025 as a result of an expansion of co-firing of peat and biomass;
  • Transport emissions are projected to increase from current levels by 17-18 pct by 2020 and by 17-20 pct by 2030. A decline in emissions is projected from 2025 to 2030, resulting from an acceleration in the number of electric vehicles on Irish roads;
  • Agriculture emissions are projected to increase by between 3-4 pct by 2020 and 6-7 pct by 2030 on current levels based on an expansion of animal numbers, particularly for the dairy herd. (Source: Ireland EPA, May, 2018) Contact: Ireland EPA, Dr. Eimear Cotter, Director of the Office of Environmental Sustainability, +44 053 916 0600, www.epa.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  


  • Envision Solar Delivers Solar Charger to Calif. Prison (Ind. Report)
    Envision Solar
    Date: 2018-06-04
    San Diego-headquartered Envision Solar International, Inc., is reporting delivery of its EV ARC™ product to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

    EV ARC products are ideally suited for prisons or secure locations because they require no onsite construction thus cutting security risks and associated costs when compared to typical grid-tied EV chargers. The California-manufactured EV ARC fits inside a parking space and generates enough clean solar electricity to power up to 225 miles of EV driving in a day. The system includes the company's EnvisionTrak™ sun tracking system which allows for more than 25 pct more power production than a fixed array, and EV ARC™ energy storage system. (Source: Envision Solar, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Envision Solar Int'l. Inc., Desmond Wheatley, CEO, (858) 700-4583, www.envisionsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Envision Solar,  Solar,  


    Notable Quote
    RFS
    Date: 2018-06-04
    "Pruitt needs to understand that his actions to continue to grant (RFS "hardship") waivers, now retroactively, to oil refineries is undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard -- a program that Administrator Pruitt told Congress he was committed to upholding." -- Sen. Joni Ernst, (Iowa-R)

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing less than 75,000 bpd and suffering "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. Contact: Senator Joni Ernst, (2020 724-3264, https://contactsenators.com/iowa/joni-ernst

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  Pruitt,  


    Fishermen Getting Third Crack at NJ Offshore Wind (Ind. Report)
    Fishermen’s Energy
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In the Garden State, thanks to Gov. Phil Murphy's (D) recent signing of NJ bill S-1217, Fishermen's Energy is going to get a third chance to convince the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to approve its twice previously rejected 24-MW pilot offshore wind project about three miles from Atlantic City.

    S-1217 requires the BPU to accept an application from Fishermen's and review it within 90 days. The company's two previous proposals were rejected by the BPU as being too expensive for the state's ratepayers, who will pay for the electricity from the wind turbines.

    Since the Fishermen's project was last before the BPU, the company reached a preliminary agreement earlier this spring to be acquired by EDF Renewable Energy, a global developer of clean-energy projects. EDF has developed 400 MW of offshore wind capacity in Europe. Orsted, U.S. Wind and Deepwater Wind are planning to develop an offshore wind project in a joint venture with the Public Service Enterprise Group about 16 miles from Cape May. The BPU is currently working on developing a funding mechanism to have ratepayers subsidize offshore wind along the coast. (Source: Fishermen's Energy, NJSpotlight, Various Others, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Fishermen's Energy, http://www.offshorewindhub.org/tags/fishermens-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fishermen’s Energy ,  Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Offshore Wind,  


    Green Leasing Gains Momentum in Office Sector (Ind. Report)
    Green Building
    Date: 2018-06-04
    According to the Miamai-brased law firm Greenberg Traurig, green leasing is making a big comeback and landlords who invest in green upgrades and environmentally friendly practices will be one step ahead of other landlords in attracting new tenants.

    In Denver, younger workers are gravitating towards employers who provide a healthier work environment and lifestyle beyond just offering competitive compensation and employers are scrambling to respond and landlord likewise, are moving forward with green upgrades and environmentally friendly practices, according to Greenberg Traurig.

    Denver's young workforce values proximity to public transportation, first-rate bicycle facilities, on-site gym facilities, vehicle charging stations and prime parking spaces for fuel-efficient vehicles. They also want a location that is convenient to their lifestyle, so that they can ride-share to work and walk out of their office and be only a few steps away from restaurants, bars, shopping and other modern amenities, Greenberg Traurig adds. (Source: Greenberg Traurig, Denver Business Journal, 4 June, 2018) Contact: Greenberg Traurig, www.gtlaw.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    KEPPEL Pledges 28.8 pct Emissions Cut by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    KEPPEL
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In Singapore, KEPPEL Corp reports it has set a new long-term target of cutting its carbon emissions intensity by 28.8 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030 in its global operations.

    The new goal is atop the company's previous 2014 goal of hitting a 16 pct improvement in carbon emissions from 2020 business-as-usual levels, according to the company's latest sustainability report. It is also in line with Singapore's national target of cutting carbon emissions by 36 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.

    KEPPEL's total direct emissions from the use of fuels and waste-to-energy plants fell to 1.07 million tonnes of CO2 from 1.21 million t-CO2 in 2016. The decrease is being credited to a combination of green initiatives such as the replacement of diesel generators at its shipyards with electricity or renewable energy, increased energy efficiency and reduced overall yard activities,

    KEPPLE Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) is a global leader in offshore rig design, construction and repair, ship repair and conversion, and specialized shipbuilding. It integrates and harnesses the experience and expertise of 20 yards and offices worldwide to be near customers and markets. (Source: KEPPLE, Singapore Bus. Times, 31 May, 2018) Contact: KEPPEL Corp., +65 6270 6666, +65 6413 6391 - fax., keppelgroup@kepcorp.com, www.kepcorp.com


    MidAmerican Energy Sets 100 pct Renewable Goal with Wind XII Project (Ind. Report)
    MidAmerican Energy
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In the Hawkeye State, Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy co. reports it has proposed an investment of $922 million in its 591-MW Wind XII project, formally filed with the Iowa Utilities Board May 30. If approved, the project is expected to be completed in late 2020.

    When combined with MidAmerican Energy's other projects, the Wind XII project will allow the company to provide renewable energy each year that is equal to 100 pct of the energy consumed by the homes and businesses in MidAmerican Energy's Iowa service area. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, Composites World, Others, June, 2018) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy ,  Wind,  


    Wyoming Univ. CCS Project Wins CarbonSAFE Funding (Funding, R&D)
    Basiin Electric, University of Wyoming,
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In Laramie, the University of Wyoming (UW) is reporting receipt of $9.77 million in US DOE funding for a two-year, $12.25 million project to determine the feasibility of establishing a commercial-scale geological storage complex for carbon dioxide (CO2) in Wyoming.In addition to the $9.77 million federal grant, cost-sharing contributions from the partners will total about $2.47 million.

    For the project, UW, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC), and other partners aim to demonstrate that over 50 million metric tons of CO2 could be stored underground near Basin Electric's 385-mw Dry Fork Station near Gillette.

    The grant for the project comes from the DOE's Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) initiative, which seeks to help mitigate CO2 emissions from consumption of fossil fuels. (Source: University of Wyoming, 25 May, 2018) Contact: University of Wyoming, Carbon Management Institute , Scott Quillinan, Project Manager, (307) 766-1121, www.uwyo.edu; Basin Electric Power, Paul Sukut, CEO, Matt Greek, Snr. VP Technology R&D, (701) 223-0441, www.basinelectric.com; DOE Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise , www.instrumentl.com/grants/carbon-storage-assurance-facility-enterprise-carbonsafe-storage-complex-facility DOE CarbonSAFE details, www.ieaghg.org/docs/General_Docs/Publications/Information_Papers/2017-IP47.pdf

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Basin Electric,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Storage,  CarbonSAFE,  CCS,  Basin Electric,  


    Emirates GBC Launches Regional Energy Benchmarking Program (Int'l)
    Emirates Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In the UAE, the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) is touting its Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Benchmarking Project for schools. The "first-of-its-kind" in the MENA region BEA project assesses the energy and water performance of existing buildings against similar buildings within the same typology. The project aims to establish the first industry energy and water benchmark for schools in the UAE.

    The BEA project is a global initiative led by World Resources Institute (WRI) under the UN program Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), which aims to double the global rate of building energy efficiency by 2030. Dubai is the first and only city in the Middle East committed to the BEA, and EmiratesGBC is serving as the BEA City Liaison in partnership with Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) to measure energy performance of 100 buildings in Dubai across hotels, schools and malls.(Source: Emirates Green Building Council, ME Construction News, 3 June, 2018) Contact: Emirates Green Building Council, bea@emiratesgbc.org, www.emiratesgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Emirates Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  


    Dubai Marina Tower Awarded LEED Gold Certification (Int'l)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In Dubai, the Landmark Group reports it office tower in Dubai Marina has scored US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification in the new construction type category.

    Landmark Tower, which was designed and constructed as a high-performance building, is now among 16 buildings in Dubai who have received Gold LEED Certification under LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C): New Construction, Ver 3.

    The tower's energy efficiency feature include: an overall carbon footprint savings of approximately 1,332 metric tpy -- typical buildings power consumption ranges between 160 Kwh/sqm to 200 Kwh/sqm compared to Landmarks consumption of 113 Kwh/sqm/year; water consumption is 40 pct lower than International Plumbing Council standards; double layered clinical grade MERV 13 filters improve air quality as they remove bacteria, allergens and odour used to maintain the Tower's indoor air quality; automated lighting controlling systems with daylight harvesting and intelligent elevators with energy regenerative motors; toilets with dual flush system and water taps with sensors are also used in the building to avoid water wastage; automated BMS (building management system) throughout the day, and others.

    There are 15 LEED Platinum and 86 LEED Gold projects in the UAE under various LEED rating systems. (Source: Landmark Group, USGBC, Various Mewdia, 3 June, 2018) Contact: Landmark Group, +971-45174000, www.landmarkgroup.com/int/en/home; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council ,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


    IATA Calls for EC to Back Alt, Fuels Incentives (Int'l Report)
    IATA
    Date: 2018-06-04
    Further to our 28 February, 2018 coverage, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling for the European Council (EC) and Commission (EU) to back incentives for production of aviation alternative-biofuels as part of an imminent renewable energy directive.

    The directive includes specific incentives for EU member countries developing their use in aviation which essentially give it twice as much credit against national targets as alternative fuels in other sectors. The directive, which followed European Commission proposals, now awaits the European Council agreement.

    The IATA notes that since the first biofuels flight in 2008 there have been more than 100,000 commercial flights using some blend of alternative fuel. (Source: IATA, Flight Global, 3 June, 2018)Contact: IATA, Michael Gill, Director Aviation Environment, +41 22 770 2967, www.iata.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IATA,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Bifuel,  


    EU-EC Proposes 60 pct Climate Project Funding Increase (Int'l)
    EC,EU
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In Brussels, the European Union (EU) European Commission (EC) is proposing an almost 60 pct increase in funding for environment and climate action projects between 2021 and 2027.

    To date, the EC has financed more than 4,500 projects and contributed €5.9 billion (£5 billion) climate change and environmental protection projects.

    The EC aims to increase its focus on clean energy, nature and biodiversity as well as continue support for the circular economy and climate change mitigation.

    For the next EU budget between 2021 and 2027, the Commission is proposing €1.95 billion of support under its LIFE program.

    According to Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, "A stronger LIFE programme will play an important role in expanding investments in climate action and clean energy across Europe. By continuing to support climate change mitigation and adaptation, LIFE will also continue to help the EU deliver on its climate goals and commitments under the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals." (Source: EC, Various Media, EnergyLive News, June, 2018) Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Climate Change,  


    JPMorgan Chase Adds to First Solar Holdings (Ind. Report)
    First Solar,
    Date: 2018-06-04
    According to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its holdings in shares of First Solar, Inc. by 22.2 pct in the first quarter. The additional 242,099 shares bring JPMorgan Chase' First Solar holdings to 1,330,889 shares. JPMorgan Chase & Co. held 1.27 pct of First Solar worth $94,467,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

    First Solar, Inc provides photovoltaic solar energy solutions in the United States and internationally. (Source: JPMorgan Chase, Ledger Gazette, 3 June, 2018) Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  ,  


    US Methanol Stalls West Virginia Plant Opening (Ind. Report)
    US Methanol
    Date: 2018-06-04
    US Methanol is reporting that the company's facility in Institute, West Virginia which began construction in Sept, 2017, is now expected to go into production in late 2019 -- more than a year later than first announced in September, 2017).

    The facility, which is being relocated from from Brazil, will convert natural gas to methanol as feedstock for the chemical industry in the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. (Source: US Methanol, Bradenton Herald, Various Media, AP, 3 June, 2018) Contact: US Methanol, Frank Bakker, CEO, (681) 205-8511, info@usmeoh.com, www.usmeoh.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Methanol ,  Methanol,  

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