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London Joins Global Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Drive (Int'l)
C40 Cities
Date: 2018-11-07
In the UK, London has joined the C40 Cities Group and 18 of the world's major cities in pledging to ensure that new buildings in the city operate at net zero carbon by 2030.

According to the UN Committee on Climate Change, buildings account for 50 pct or more of a city's emissions. In London, Los Angeles and Paris, the figure is pegged at well over 70 pct. In 2012, GHG emissions from buildings made up more than a third of the UK's total emissions.

The C40 Cities group is a network of 96 urban centers committed to bold action on climate issues. In addition to committing signatories to ensuring new buildings are net zero carbon by 2030, C40 members pledge that all buildings in a city, old or new, will meet net zero carbon standards by 2050.

The C40 Cities pledge is part of the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment for Businesses, Cities, States & Regions.

(Source: C40 Cities, PBC Today, 6 Nov., 2018)Contact: C40 Cities, World Green Building Council,

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions,  

Notable Quote
Date: 2018-11-07
"If global aviation was a country, it would rank in the top 10 (carbon) emitters." -- ICAO Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  GHGs,  Aviation Emissions,  

GOP Carbon Tax Advocate Rep. Curbelo Loses Fla. Seat (Ind. Report)
Carlos Curbelo
Date: 2018-11-07
Following up on our July 25th coverage ,Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo has lost his seat in South Florida. Curbelo is a leader of the bipartisan Climate Caucus and bucked GOP leadership this summer by supporting a tax on CO2 emissions.

Curbelo's proposal would have eliminated the gasoline tax, stalled the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and earmarked the lion's share of the carbon tax revenue to building new transportation infrastructure nationwide. (Source: Various Media 7 Nov., 2018)Contact: Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo, (202) 225-2778, (305) 722-0160,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carlos Curbelo,  Carbon Tax,  

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Singapore to Pilot Energy Storage Systems (Int'l. Report)
Sembcorp Industries,Singapore Energy Market Authority
Date: 2018-11-05
The Singapore Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries Ltd. are reporting their collaboration on ACCelerating Energy Storage for Singapore (ACCESS), a pilot programme that will facilitate the deployment of Energy Storage Systems.

According to an announcement, ESS can counter the intermittency of renewable power sources and enhance the overall stability and resilience of the grid and potentially allow consumers to optimize their peak demand and energy cost during off-peak hours. (Source: Sembcorp Industries Ltd., Singapore Business, 30 Oct., 2018) Contact: Singapore Energy Market Authority,; Sembcorp Industries Ltd, +65 6723 3113,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Sembcorp Industries,  Singapore Energy Market Authority ,  

Luminant Awarded $1Mn for Solar Energy Storage Project (Funding)
Luminant,Vistra Energy
Date: 2018-11-05
In the Lone Star State, the Irving-based utility Luminant is reporting receipt of $1 million in grant funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for construction of the state's largest electricity storage facility. The project will be constructed adjacent to Luminant's 180-MW Upton 2 solar power plant in West Texas. The project's 10-MW battery would be the seventh largest in the U.S., according to Luminant.

This would be the first large battery installation in Texas for Luminant's parent company Vistra Energy, which has already proposed building the world's largest battery in California.

The Upton 2 plant is one of the largest solar facilities in Texas. At full capacity, it could generate enough electricity to power 56,700 average Texas homes. The battery will be capable of generating 42-megawatt hours of the electricity when fully charged. (Source: Luminant, Dallas Morning News, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Luminant, 214.812.4600,; Texas Commission on Environmental Quality,

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

EDF Energy, Nuvve Installing V2G Chargers in UK (Int'l Report)
EDF Energy, Nuvve
Date: 2018-11-05
In the UK, EDF Energy reports it is partnering with San Diego, California-base Nuvve to install up to 1,500 EV Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) battery chargers in the UK. The chargers will be offered to EDF Energy's business customers and will be used at its own sites to provide up to 15 megawatts of additional energy storage capacity -- sufficient energy to power 4,000 homes.

V2G chargers allow a two-way flow of electricity between an EV and the charger, representing a potentially valuable opportunity to further enhance the electricity system benefits of EVs through provision of large volumes of cheap storage and flexibility.

Nuvve has deployed V2G projects on five continents including the world's first fully commercial V2G hub in Denmark which has been operational for two years. EDF generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants. (Source: EDF Energy, Green Car Congress, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: EDF Energy, Jean-Bernard Levy, Pres, Matthieu Hue, CEO,; Nuvve,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Energy,  Nuvve,  Energy Storage,  

euglena to Mass Produce Algae Jet Biofuel in Japan (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-05
Further to our May 22md coverage, Tokyo-headquartered Japanese biotechnology company euglena reports it is set to begin mass production of algae and waste oil based jet biofuel and biodiesel with the completion of its refinery plant in Yokohama.

The Yokohama facility has a production capacity of 125 kiloliters of jet biofuel and ASTM certified biodiesel per year, increasing to 250,000 kiloliters per year by 2025.

The company has partnered with aviation group ANA Holdings with the aim of fueling their commercial international flights departing from Japan by 2020. Euglena is also planning to offer bio jet fuel to other companies taking off from Japan. ANA will support euglena to develop the airport infrastructure to supply aircraft. (Source: euglena, Nikkei, 3 Nov., 2018) Contact: euglena, Mitsuru Izumo, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Biofuel,  euglena,  Jet Biofuel,  Biofuel,  

Enviva Confirms Japanese Wood Pellet Supply Contracts (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-05
Bethesda, Maryland-based wood pellet supplier Enviva Holdings LP reports the conditions precedent to its previously announced take-or-pay off-take contracts to supply wood pellets to Aioi Bioenergy Corporation have been satisfied and the agreements are now firm.

Under the terms of the agreement, Enviva will be the exclusive, long-term imported biomass fuel supplier of approximately 180,000 and 450,000 metric tpy of wood pellets to Aioi Bioenergy Corporation, a Mitsubishi Corporation Power Ltd. and Kansai Electric Power Co, Inc. joint venture that is converting an existing oil-fired power plant to biomass. Pellet deliveries are are scheduled to begin in late 2022 and continue for at least 15 years. Enviv owns and operates six plants with a combined production capacity of nearly 3 million tpy of wood pellets in Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida. (Source: Enviva, Citizens Tribune, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Enviva,; Enviva Partners, LP,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  Enviva,  

India Expanding BioFuel, BioCommodities R&D Effort (Int'l)
India Energy and Research Institute
Date: 2018-11-05
In New Delhi, the Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT) reports the inking of a 3-year deal with the India Energy and Research Institute for the establishment of an "advanced biofuels and bio-commodities R&D center."

The center, which will be in addition to the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati; Transtech Green Power Limited, Jaipur; and the Oil and Natural Gas Energy Centre in the National Capital Region, will focus on developing and commercializing bioenergy-biofuel technologies. Approximately 100 scientists in India are presently working on algal biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol, bio butanol and bio hydrogen R&D projects according to the DBT. Other than fuel, by-products envisaged at the TERI-DBT Centre include food, feed, nutrition supplements, bio-plastics and novelty speciality chemicals. (Source: Indian Department of Biotechnology, The Hindu, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Indian Department of Biotechnology, Renu Swarup, Secretary,; India Energy and Research Institute, +91 11 2468 2100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News India Energy and Research Institute,  

Carbon Tax Possible with Incoming Midterm Congress? (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-11-05
Canada's CBC Radio is reporting a U.S carbon tax is on the agenda of a bipipartisan, incoming House of Representatives caucus, despite President Donald Trump's claim that climate change was just a "hoax" perpetrated by the Chinese as a competitive economics edge.

"There's a consensus growing in the House of Representatives that could lead to a price on carbon emissions. I think we'll be able to have a bipartisan piece of legislation that puts a price on carbon," the House Climate Solutions Caucus co-chair Florida Democrat Ted Deutch, told CBC Radio. Deutch added he expects every option will be considered to move forward on fighting climate change.

The U.S. produced 16.49 tonnes of carbon emissions per capita, while Canada produced 15.12 tonnes in 2014, according to World Bank data. (Source: CBC Radio, 3 Nov., 2018) Contact: Florida Congressman Ted Deutch, 202-225-3001,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  U.S. Carbon Tax,  

Bronx Hospital Confirms $11Mn Energy Efficiency Project (Ind Report)

Date: 2018-11-05
In metropolitan New York, the Bronx Jacobi Medical Center is reporting its planned $11 million, two-phase energy conservation and efficiency project is expected to be completed within 18 months.

The project will include: interior and exterior energy efficient LED lighting upgrades; energy efficient lighting controls; HVAC and chiller plant upgrades; minor boiler plant upgrades; and the incorporation of renewable energy and other upgrades expected to have a positive impact on patients, staff and visitors as well as cut energy costs. (Source: Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx Times, 3 Nov., 2018) Contact: Jacobi Medical Center,

Lincoln Touting Green Energy Aggregation Program (Ind. Report)
Lincoln Mass.
Date: 2018-11-05
In the Bay State, the Middlesex County Town of Lincoln is touting its Lincoln Energy Choice electric power aggregation program aimed at promoting and increasing the use of renewable energy in the town of 6.800 residents. The program will offer town-vetted alternative electricity suppliers and provide new electricity choices, stable electricity prices, and protections for Lincoln residential and commercial buisiness power consumers.

Under the program, Lincoln will select an electric power supplier and secure a competitive, acceptable price for the community's electricity supply, which will include additional renewable energy. Program participants will remain Eversource customers, and Eversource will remain responsible for delivering electricity to Lincoln and addressing power outages. In launching the program, Lincoln will join the more than 125 communities in Massachusetts that are already engaged in electricity aggregation.

The program options will give participants greater control over the amount of renewable energy in their electricity. In addition to the standard amount of additional renewable electricity available through the program, program participants will also be able to choose 100 pct renewable electricity or no additional renewable electricity above the minimum amount required by state law.

Lincoln Green Energy Choice program is subject to Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approval, which is expected in 2019. (Source: Town of Lincoln, Lincoln Wicked Local, 2 Nov., 2018) Contact: Town of Lincoln, Mary C. Day,, ; Contact: Lincoln Green Energy Choice Program,

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

Blue Carbon Research Forum Launched in Scotland (Int'l Report)
Blue Carbon
Date: 2018-11-05
Holyrood is reporting the Scottish Government and a group of Scottish universities have established the Blue Carbon Forum to measure the ability of Scotland's marine environment to store carbon dioxide.

The programme is being developed by Marine Scotland in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage, St Andrew's University, Glasgow University, Heriot-Watt University, Napier University, and the Scottish Association for Marine Science.

Scotland Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: "The potential role of our marine environment in tackling the greenhouse gas problem is enormous, with recent research by the University of St Andrews estimating that more carbon is captured and stored in sea lochs alone than in our terrestrial environment, such as forests and peatlands. Scottish Natural Heritage has estimated that the amount of carbon stored within Scotland's Marine Protected Areas is the equivalent of four years of Scotland's total greenhouse emissions," the Environment Secretary added.

Chair of the Blue Carbon Forum Professor John Baxter said: the "Programme will provide essential information to help inform what is required to be done to enhance and protect these key habitats into the future which is essential for the mitigation of future climate change." (Source: Gov. of Scotland, Holyrood Mag., Nov., 2018) Contact: St. Andrews University Professor John Baxter, +44 (0)1334 46,, startlink]St. Andrews Univ.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  CO2,  Carbon Sink,  Carbon Sequestration,  

Facebook's Alabama Data Center Going 100 pct Solar (Ind. Report)
First Solar Inc, NextEra Energy
Date: 2018-11-05
Social media giant Facebook is reporting First Solar Inc. and NextEra Energy will construct two solar projects totaling nearly 380MW of solar generation capacity in Alabama and Tennessee to supply a Facebook data center in Huntsville, Alabama. Terms and time lines have not been disclosed.

The First Solar project in Colbert County, Alabama, will supply 227 MW, and the NextEra project in Lincoln County, Tennessee, will provide 150 MW, according to the TVA.

Facebook has committed to run all its data centers and offices with 100 pct renewable energy by 2020. (Source: Facebook, Data Center Knowledge, 2 Nov., 2018) Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,; NextEra Energy Resources,

More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA,  First Solar ,  NextEra Energy,  

Trump Dumps on National Climate Assessment (Ind. Report)
Climate Change,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-11-05
During a recent nationally televised interview on the National Climate Assessment report released by his administration, President Donald Trump's poignant Presidential comments included:

"(He) didn't read it."

"Is there climate change? Yeah. Will it go back like this, I mean will it change back? Probably."

"Well, I think we've (human activity) contributed, we certainly contribute, I mean, there's certain pollutants that go up and there's certain things that happen."

The report from NASA to the Environmental Protection Agency is the most comprehensive and up-to-date assessment published by the entire federal government. It concludes that "there is no convincing alternative explanation" for the global warming we've observed, other than human causes. The report concludes that only steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can alter the upward trajectory of air and ocean temperatures and their related impacts.

Access the National Climate Assessment Climate Science Special Report at (Source: Axios, Various Other Media, Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  

12MW Offshore Wind Demo Wins Virginia SCC Approval (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy Virginia
Date: 2018-11-05
In Richmond, the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) reports it has approved a Dominion Energy Virginia petition to construct a $300 million, 12-MW offshore wind energy demo off the coast of Virginia Beach.

The project, which will incorporate two wind turbines to be constructed by Dominion Energy, is expected to begin operating in December 2020. Onshore construction is slated to get underway in 2019, followed by turbine installation and operation in 2020. Dominion Energy Virginia is working on the project with Orsted. (Source: Virginia SCC, Dominion Energy Power Generation Group, Offshore Wind, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: Dominion Energy Power Generation Group , Paul Koonce , CEO, Virginia SCC,; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Dominion Energy Virginia,  Offshore Wind,  

UK Hooton Bio Power Waste-to-Energy Plant Project Announced (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-05
In the UK, Stoke-on-Trent headquartered energy-from-waste specialist CoGen Ltd. is reporting development of of an un-subsidized energy-generating waste incineration plant in Wirral.

The Hooton Bio Power fluidized bed technology equipped facility will burn 240,000 tpy of waste and generate more than 200 GWh of electricity -- sufficient for about 50,000 homes. The facility is expected to be operational in the second half of 2021. (Source: CoGen Ltd., Construction Index, Nov., 2018) Contact: CoGen Ltd., Ian Brooking, CEO, +44 (0) 1782 384 898,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Energy ,  

Concrete Sector Carbon Neutrality Feasible, says Attached Report (Int'l)
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Date: 2018-11-05
In a recent study, scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have determined that changing the way cement and concrete is made, transported and used could cut sector emissions by 80 pct.

As much as 60 pct of the emissions from the cement sector come from the production of clinker, the active component of cement. This primarily uses calcium carbonate as a source of calcium for the clinker, but releases a great deal of CO2. Outside of carbon capture technology, use of new efficient kilns could mean "a 10 pct improvement in the best case scenario at the global level [of emissions]", says the report. The report notes that the concrete-cement sector accounts for approximately 8 pct of global emissions.

The report concluded that total decarbonisation to keep the concrete-cement sectors in line with a 1.5 degree C Paris climate agreement target was "technologically feasible" but would "require very large investments."

Access the Sustainanable Future for the European Cement Industry report HERE. (Source: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, New Civil Engineer, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,  Concrete,  COs,  Carbon Neutral ,  

US Wind Energy Capacity Exceeds 90 GW, says AWEA (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-02
According to the America Wind Energy Association (AWEA), US wind energy capacity has reached a total of 90 GW, with another 38 GW under development. AWEA notes over 54,000 fully functional wind turbines are presently in operation across 41 states, Guam and Puerto Rico, with Arkansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wyoming, Maryland and Massachusetts set to double their capacity. (Source: AWEA, Compelo, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind.American Wind Energy Asociation,  

GE Renewable Touts New 5.3MW Onshore Turbine (New Prod & tech)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-11-02
GE Renewable Energy is reporting details of a new IEC S-class, 5.3MW onshore turbine in conjunction with a previously unveiled 4.8MW model, on its "Cypress" platform. This 5.3MW iteration offers a doubly-fed induction generator and 50 pct increase in annual energy production over the company's 3MW platform, according to GE.

The new 5.3MW turbine incorporates a modular, two-piece blade that offers logistical cost savings and allows the use of longer blades for more convenient delivery to remote wind farm sites. (Source: GE Renewables, WindPower, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energ,  Wind Turbiney,  

Schneider Electric Innovation Simplifies Power Systems (Int'l)
Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation,Schneider Eletric
Date: 2018-11-02
In Dubai, energy management specialist Schneider Electric is reporting the regional launch of its connected and scalable Masterpact MTZ circuit breaker which runs on the EcoStruxure Power architecture for enhanced energy efficiency.

EcoStruxure Power can save up to 15 pct in maintenance costs, reduce energy spend by as much as 10 pct, and reduce project costs by up to 15 pct, according to the Schneider Electric release.

The UAE Energy Strategy aims to generate 50 pct of the country's energy from clean energy by 2050, while the Dubai Energy Strategy is aiming for 75 pct of energy requirements from clean sources by 2050. The UAE hosted $72 billion worth of energy investment to 2022, according to the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (Apicorp). (Source: Schneider Electric, TradeArabia News Service, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation,; Schneider Electric,

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

AltaGas Canada IPO Raises $239Mn (Ind. Report)
AltaGas Canada
Date: 2018-11-02
AltaGas Ltd.'s Calgary-based Canadian unit AltaGas Canada Inc reports its initial IPO last week on the Toronto Stock Exchange grossed $239 million ($182 million), before the underwriters over-allotments. The IPO was jointly led by RBC Capital Markets, TD Securities Inc and JP Morgan Securities Canada Inc.

AltaGas Canada holds the parent company's Canadian utilities business and certain renewable power assets including the 102-MW Bear Mountain wind park in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. (Source: AltaGas Canada Inc., 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: AltaGas Canada Inc., (403) 691-7575,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AltaGas Canada,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

Notable Quote
Date: 2018-11-02
"(Energy) Efficiency can enable economic growth, reduce emissions and improve energy security. The right efficiency policies could enable the world to achieve more than 40 pct of the emissions cuts needed to reach its climate goals without new technology." -- Fatih Birol, Executive Director, IEA, Oct., 2018 Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Faith Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  Faith Birol,  IEA,  

Energy Efficiency 2018 - Analysis & Outlooks to 2040 (Report Attached)
Date: 2018-11-02
"Energy efficiency can bring significant economic, social and environmental benefits. But while energy efficiency is improving around the world, its positive impact on global energy use is overwhelmed by rising economic activity across all sectors.

"Energy Efficiency 2018 looks at why efficiency's massive potential remains untapped, and through the new Efficient World Scenario explores what would happen if countries maximized all available cost-effective efficiency potential between now and 2040, highlighting what policy makers can do to realize this opportunity."

Download the IEA Energy Efficiency 2018 --Analysis and Outlooks to 2040 guide HERE. (Source: IEA, Oct., 2018) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Faith Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Faith Birol,  IEA,  

3GW Renewables, Energy Storage Hub planned in South Korea (Int'l)
Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency
Date: 2018-11-02
In Sejong City, the South Korean Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency (SDIA) is reporting plans for nearly 3GW of solar PV alongside smaller capacities of wind and batteries on the coast of the Yellow Sea.

The project will include 2.4GW of solar, 100MW of wind and 100MW of battery storage power.SDIA is run under the authority of the federal Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The proposed projects would be located on reclaimed land at Saemangeum, a Yellow Sea eastuary which the Korean Government hopes to turn into a global business hub and Northeast Asia free trade zone. (Source: Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency, PV Tech, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  

$200Mn Methaol Gasoline Plant Planned for Uzbekistan (Int'l)
GS Engineering & Construction
Date: 2018-11-02
Seoul, South Korea-based GS Engineering & Construction Corporation reports it will form a JV with Uzkhimprom and Navoiazo for the production of gasoline from methanol in Uzbekistan at the end of 2022.

The project, which is preliminary budgeted for $200 million, will 104,300 tpy of gasoline from methanol and 14,400 tpy of propane-butane mixture when fully operational. Construction is expected to get underway in December 2022. (Source: GS Engineering & Construction, MENAFN-AZERNEWS, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: GS Engineering & Construction,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Propane,  Butane,  

Allete Unloads North Dakota Thunder Spirit Wind Farm (M&A)
Allete Clean Energy,Montana-Dakota Utilities
Date: 2018-11-02
Further to our 5 March coverage, Duluth, Minnesota-based Allete Clean Energy is reporting the sale of the Thunder Spirit wind facility in North Dakota to Montana-Dakota Utilities. The wind farm incorporates 16, 3-MW turbines generating sufficient energy for approximately 15,000 homes.

Allete also reports ground-breaking on a 106-MW, North Dakota wind project that will supply electricity to Xcel Energy under a 20-year PPA.

With these transactions, Allete now owns and operates wind generation facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon and Pennsylvania, and plans additional projects in 2019.(Source: Allete Clean Energy, KDAL Radio, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.,; Allete Clean Energy, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., , Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Allete Clean Energy,  Wind,  Montana-Dakota Utilities,  

Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels Dropping NV Energy (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum Sierra Biofuel
Date: 2018-11-02
In the Silver State, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports it has approved California-based Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels' request to drop NV Energy utility as its energy services provider. To complete its exit, Fulcrum must now file with the state Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Nevada Power Company within 120 days.

Fulcrum plans to use an alternative, independent energy provider for a biorefinery currently under construction in Storey County, Nevada, according to documents submitted to the PUC.

Six major corporate customers have have opted for substantial "but-outs" to exit NV Energy, including: Barrick Gold, MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment Corp, Peppermill Resorts and Wynn Resorts Ltd. (Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum ,  Fulcrum Sierra Biofuel,  

Feds Seem Flummoxed by Biomass Energy Carbon Neutrality (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2018-11-02
In Washington, the US EPA has reportedly joined the DOE and the USDA in a letter to congressional leaders committing to "encourage the use of biomass as an energy solution and reasserting the view that woody biomass-fired power plants should be viewed as carbon neutral because when the plants eventually re-grow they remove CO2 from the air." The agencies also are committing to collaborate on policies promoting biomass, which could include DOE research and encouraging utilities to substitute wood for coal in power plants.

But environmentalists say that burning trees releases CO2 previously trapped inside the plant. And when forests are cleared to produce energy, it can take them decades to regrow, if they ever do. The result is a power source that can generate more carbon dioxide emissions than the coal it is sometimes meant to replace.

On the down side, the EPA's own science advisers have warned that assuming biomass emissions are carbon neutral "is inconsistent with the underlying science."

The federal agencies joint letter is in response to a provision Congress added to a spending bill directing federal agencies to establish policies that "reflect the carbon neutrality of forest biomass for energy production." Even before that directive, under former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, the agency declared that it generally considered burning biomass for energy as carbon neutral. The EPA has also proposed giving utilities credit for cutting carbon dioxide emissions when they replace some coal in power plants with biomass -- a substitution that would qualify as an efficiency upgrade under the EPA's proposed relaxation of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan curbs on greenhouse gas emissions from electricity. (Source: HoumaToday, Herald, Various Media, Nov., 2018)

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

Conservationists Upbraid EPA Over Biofuel Crop Legislation (Reg. & Leg., Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-02
Following on the heels of the Trump administration's allowance of year-round E-15 ethanol blend sales,several U.S. Conservation groups have petitioned and accused the US EPA of failing to enforce the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and thus turning a blind-eye to the illegal destruction of wildlife habitat nationwide.

The petitioners contend that rather than follow the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which only allows land cultivated before 2007 to grow corn and soybeans for biofuels, the EPA, at Trump's instruction, has been adhering to a change in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which allows new land to be farmed as long as the total amount of U.S. farmland dedicated to biofuel feedstock production doesn't exceed 402 million acres.

The EPA estimates cropland in the U.S. has increased somewhere between 4 million and 7.8 million acres since 2007, but is uncertain how much of that is cultivated for biofuel feed stock production.

The petitioning conservation groups say recent mandates to increase the use of corn and soybeans in gasoline have led to more habitat destruction, water pollution, and greenhouse gases. (Source: wfiy, National Public Radio, Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,  E-15,  RFS,  

South Jersey Gas Expanding Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
South Jersey Gas
Date: 2018-11-02
The Folsom, New Jersey-based utility South Jersey Gas reports the state Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has approved the utility's plan to spend $81.3 million over the next three years to deliver innovative energy efficiency solutions to help customers cut energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

Starting in January 2019, South Jersey Gas will offer new residential and commercial energy-efficiency programmes that include: a Residential Efficient Products Programme; Residential Assessment with Direct Install Programme; Residential Retrofit Weatherization Programme; Online Energy Audit; and a C&I Engineered Solutions Programme that offers municipalities and non-profit facilities tailored energy-efficiency solutions and financing assistance for large-scale energy-efficiency projects. (Source: South Jersey Gas, Smart Energy Int'l., 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: NJBPU, Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Pres.,; South Jersey Gas, Craig Jennings, Pres.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News South Jersey Gas,  Energy Efficiency,  

Notable Quotes
Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-02
"The (climate change) problem is not in the head, the problem is in the heart. It's an identity issue. It's whether saying climate change is real is somehow going to make you into a liberal or make it so you're no longer welcome in the tribe and that you're a Benedict Arnold as to your tribe. That's the problem.

"The key difference between what we see as optimal and what the state situation is is the ability of a federal law to make an effective border adjustment so that you can collect a carbon tax on, say, Chinese imports. That makes it much more muscular.

"We're hopeful that the state conversations will lead to a national conversation and then the national conversation will supply this really needed muscle of the border adjustment that causes the whole world to get in on this deal, because the thing we've got to remember is carbon emissions anywhere are climate damages everywhere." --- Former South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis.

Inglis lost his House seat in 2010 after expressing his opinion that climate change is real and human-caused. He formed an organization known as, which advocates for the revenue neutral carbon tax proposal. It's different than the carbon emissions tax initiative 1631 that Washington voters will decide next week. (Source: Spokane Public Radio, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact;,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

Cape Light Announces Energy Storage, Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
Cape Light Compact
Date: 2018-11-02
In the Bay State, South Yarmouth-based Cape Light Compact, in conjunction with the seven electric and gas utility companies of Massachusetts, are reporting the submission of a Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan (Plan) to the Massachusetts DPU . The plan, which aims to convert 700 oil, propane, and electric resistance heat customers to battery-backed solar power over three years, will offer tiered incentives based on income levels. Cape Light Compact is also considering offering its customers a business and a home energy audit program.

The Plan is result of changes in the Mass. Green Communities Act that encourage cost-effective energy efficiency, energy storage and other active demand management technologies.

Details of the Cape Light Compact 2019-2021 Energy Efficiency Plan are HERE. (Source: Cape Light Compact, Cape Cod Today, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Cape Light Compact, (508) 375-6644,

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Ellgrass CO2 Sink Loss Studied (Int'l, Research Report)
Carbob Sequestration
Date: 2018-11-02
In a new study spanning coastal areas of the Northern Hemisphere, researchers at Abo Akademi University explored the magnitude of organic carbon stocks stored and sequestered by eelgrass meadows -- the most abundant seagrass species in temperate waters.

According to the study, eelgrass organic carbon stocks were comparable to organic carbon stocks of tropical seagrass species, as well as mangroves, salt marshes and terrestrial ecosystems. The researchers also found that on average, eelgrass meadows stored 27.2 tons of organic carbon per hectare, although the variation between the regions was considerable

In the marine systems, the blue carbon species alone account for up to 33 pct of the total oceanic CO2 uptake. In contrast to terrestrial soils, which usually store carbon up to decades, the carbon stored in blue carbon ecosystems may persist for timescales of millennia or longer and thus, contribute significantly to climate change mitigation and alleviation of the rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. Despite the importance of these ecosystems, to date, none of them are included in the global carbon trading programmes. Alarmingly, in the past 50 years, at least one-third of the distribution area of coastal vegetated ecosystems has been lost. (Source: Abo Akademi University, Public Press Release, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Abo Akademi University, Christoffer Bostrom , Associate Professor in Environmental and Marine Biology, +358 50 431 8226,,

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Georgetown TX Investing $1Mn in Solar Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
U.S. Mayors Challenge
Date: 2018-11-02
The City of Georgetown, Texas, -- pop. 70,400 +- -- a $1 million winner in the Bloomberg U.S. Mayors Challenge -- reports it plans to use some of the funds to lease 10-15 residential rooftops to install nearly 400 solar panels that will allow the city to collect solar-generated energy which will be will be stored in several strategically located batteries for use during power outages.

This summer, Georgetown became the largest U.S. city to source 100 pct of its energy needs from renewables. The city purchases 144 MWh from the EDF Renewable Energy's Spinning Spur 3 wind farm near Amarillo, and 150 MWh from the NRG Energy's Buckthorn solar plant in West Texas.

The Bloomberg U.S. Mayors Challenge is a year-long competition under which city leaders from across the country develop proposals that would reinvent a city's practices on climate change and other issues. (Source: City of Georgetown, Texas, Community Impact, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Bloomberg U.S. Mayors Challenge,; City of Georgetowm, Chris Foster, Manager of Resource Planning and Integration,

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NJBPU OKs Rutgers Energy Storage Analysis Contract (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2018-11-02
In the Garden State, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) reports its approval of a 6-month, $300,000 contract under which Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, will perform an analysis of the state's energy storage needs and opportunities.

The analysis is intended to help the state meet the energy storage targets set by the Clean Energy Act of 2018. To that end, the report will summarize the analysis and discuss and quantify the potential benefits and costs associated with increasing energy storage and distributed energy resources in New Jersey. It will also recommend ways to increase opportunities for energy storage and distributed energy resources in the state. Additionally, the analysis will assess whether the implementation of renewable electric energy storage systems would promote the use of electric vehicles in New Jersey as well as the potential impact on renewable energy production.

The 2018 Clean Energy Act calls for 600 MW of energy storage by 2021 and 2,000 MW of energy storage by 2030. (Source: NJBPU, Energy Insider, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: NJBPU, Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Pres.,; Rutgers University,

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Ontario Premier Passes Promised Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Legislation (Reg & Leg)
Ontario Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-11-02
At Queens Park, the conservative Ontario government of freshman premier Doug Ford reports yesterday's promised passage of Bill-4, formally cancelling the province's cap-and-trade program. The government claims the move will save the average family $260 per year, and reduce costs for Ontario businesses.

With the passage of Bill 4, The Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, the government renewed its pledge to challenge an imposed federal carbon tax and replace it with a "made-in-Ontario" environment plan at an unspecified future date. (Source: Province of Ontario, Various Media, Canadian Biomass 1 Nov., 2018)Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford,

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Mazda Backing Algae Biofuels R&D (Int'l, R&D, Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-02
Japanese automaker Mazda reports it is backing two research projects in Japan to promote the widespread adoption of biofuels from microalgae growth.

Mazda hopes an ongoing industry-academia-government collaboration will be advantageous to its Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 development program which considers renewable liquid fuels essential to drastic CO2 reduction.

Mazda is lending technical support to research into genome editing by Hiroshima University and to the study of plant physiology by the Tokyo Institute of Technology. (Source: Mazda, Engine Technology, 31 Oct., 2918) Contact: Mazda,

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REGI, Phillips 66 Plan WA. Renewable Diesel Facility (Ind. Report)
REGI, Phillips 66
Date: 2018-11-02
Oil industry major Phillips 66 and Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) are reporting plans to construct a large-scale renewable diesel plant adjacent to the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery in Washington state.

The plant would utilize REG's proprietary BioSynfining® technology for the production of renewable diesel fuel from waste fats, oils and greases, regionally-sourced vegetable oils, animal fats and various other feedstocks. The companies expect to make a final investment decision in 2019, and If approved, begin production in 2021.

REG owns and operates 13 biomass-based diesel refineries, with a combined effective production capacity of 565 million gpy. This includes REG Geismar, a 75-million gpy plant in Louisiana and the 100 million gpy REG Grays Harbor biodiesel plant in Washington state. (Source: Phillips 66, REGI, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: Phillips 66, Brian Mandell, VP Marketing, Joe Gannon, 832-765-4547,,; REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184,,

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Ethiopia Drafting First Biofuel, Bioenergy Legislation (Int'l)
Ethiopian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
Date: 2018-11-02
The Ethiopian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in Addis Ababa reports it is drafting the East African nation's first biofuel energy industry legislation. The Bill will open the biofuel energy industry which was once exclusively allocated to government, to the private sector. The new legislation establishes an authority to manage and regulate the industry and will allow private bioenergy and biofuels producers to receive incentives. (Source: Ethiopian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Africa Oil & Power, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: Ethiopian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, +251 11 646 3166,

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Walmart Increases Wind, Solar Power Purchases (Ind. Report)
Walmart,EDP Renewables,SunPower
Date: 2018-10-31
Arkansas-headquartered retail juggernaut Walmart is reporting an agreement to purchase 233 MW of utility-scale wind power from Houston-headquartered EDP Renewables North America. The PPA is in keeping with the retail giant's goal of sourcing 100 pct of its global energy needs from renewables.

The Walmart-EDP agreement includes three EDP Renewables developed, owned and operated wind farms in the states of Illinois and Indiana. The deal didn't specify how the electricity will be distributed or whether the power will go directly toward local Walmart or other facilities. Walmart also recently announced an agreement with San Jose, California-based SunPower for the installation of both rooftop and ground-mounted solar systems at 19 Walmart stores and two distribution centers in Illinois, all of which are expected to begin construction early in the new year. (Source: Walmart, Triple Pundit, 30 Oct., 2018) Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy,; EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713)265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00,; SunPower Corp., Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500,

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U+I Group's Welsh Wind Farm Gets the Nod (Int'l. Report)
U+I Group
Date: 2018-10-31
In the UK, Welsh regulatory authorities are reporting approval of London-based U+I Group Plc's proposed seven-turbine, £2 million wind farm to be built near Llandrindod Wells, Powys.

The Hendy Wind Farm is projected to generate sufficient power for 9,800 homes, wit each of the project's turbines having a maximum capacity of 2.5MW. (Source: U+I Group Plc, Insider Media, 30 Oct 2018) Contact: U+I Group Plc, Matthew Weiner, CEO, +44 (0)207 828 4777,,

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Move Over Nessie -- Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Planned for Loch Ness (Int'l Report)
Intelligent Land Investments Group
Date: 2018-10-31
Intelligent Land Investments Group (ILI) is reporting plans to develop "Red John", a new 400-MW pumped hydro energy storage project in the Scottish Highlands using Loch Ness as the tail pond.

The proposed Red John renewable energy storage project could provide 2.4GWh of storage capacity for the grid over a six-hour period.Subject to planning and other approvals, the company looks to start pre-construction work immediately with full construction starting in 2020. (Source: Intelligent Land Investment Group, PR, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: ILI, Mark Wilson, CEO, +44 1698 891352,; Red John Project,

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Honeywell, FEWA Ink Emirates Energy Management Deal Int'l)
Honeywell Building Solutions
Date: 2018-10-31
In the United Arab Emirates, the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) and Honeywell are confirming an agreement under which Honeywell will drive energy efficiency, sustainable development and green economy initiatives in the UAE's northern emirates.

The agreement calls for the implementation of Honeywell technologies including building management systems, energy management dashboards, energy performance contracting (EPC) and related energy efficiency systems and technologies.

The UAE's Energy Strategy 2050 aims to increase clean energy usage from 25 pct to 50 pct by 2050, reduce the country's power generation carbon footprint by 70 pct, and increase corporate and individual energy efficiency by 40 pct. (Source: FEWA, ME Construction News, Honeywell, 30 Oct., 2018) Contact: FEWA, Salim Bin Rabee, Exec. Dir. of Electricity Directorate,; Honeywell Building Solutions, Susanna Minoia, CFO, Honeywell Building Solutions, High Growth Regions,

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Greencoat Snares €61Mn County Cork Wind Farm (Int'l. M&A Report)
Greencoat Renewables
Date: 2018-10-31
Dublin-listed Greencoat Renewables reports the acquisition a 48.3 MW wind farm in Ballybane, Cork for €61.3 million. The purchase was funded by the company's €250 million credit facility.

With the acquisition, Greencoat's operational wind farm portfolio now stands at 251 MW, according to the company. (Source: Greencoat, Irish Independent, 30 Oct., 2018) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, +353 (1) 70 26737 - Dublin, +44 20 7832 9400 - London,

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Wynn Las Vegas Joins EPA Green Power Partnership (Ind. Report)
EPA Green Power Partnership
Date: 2018-10-31
In the Silver State, Wynn Las Vegas resort is reporting acceptance into the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership, a collective of organizations that are voluntarily leading innovation and the production and use of efficient green energy in America.

The Wynn announcement follows on the heels of the Wynn Solar Facility, a new 160-acre solar complex dedicated to generating renewable energy to power the Las Vegas resort. Combined with 103,000 square feet of on-site rooftop solar panels, Wynn Las Vegas is creating and using more than 45 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 25 percent of the resort's electric load.

Wynn Las Vegas becomes the largest Green Power Partner in the hotel industry in the nation and remains dedicated to increasing sustainable design practices, creating and sourcing renewable energy, energy efficiency and exceeding US Green Building Council LEED Gold Building Certification standards.

The Green Power Partnership aims to increase the use of green energy and advance the green power market. The 1,500-strog partnership -- which counts Microsoft, Intel, Bank of America, Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Starbucks among its members -- voluntarily uses nearly 53 billion kWh of green power annually. (Source: Wynn Las Vegas, PR, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wynn Las Vegas,; EPA Green Power Partnership,

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Siemens Signs Army Energy Efficiency Contracts (Ind. Report)
Siemens Government Technologies
Date: 2018-10-31
Siemens Government Technologies Inc. (SGT) is reporting receipt of a $26.8 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) for the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama, and a $34 million contract for the Army's tank plant in Lima, Ohio. Under the terms of the contracts, Siemens will improve infrastructure and enhance readiness to build on existing energy efficiency programs at the two facilities.

Siemens Corp. subsidiary Siemens Government Technologies is the Arlington, Virginia-based integrator of Siemens' innovative products, technologies and services for programs and requirements led by federal government agencies and departments in the areas of energy generation, energy transmission and distribution, energy efficiency and related electric power solutions. The company is among the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, according to the release. (Source: Siemens Government Technologies, PR, 30 Oct., 2018) CONTACT: Siemens Government Technologies, Thomas Greer, (703) 480-8902 (703) 480-8902,

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Notable Quotes Duly Noted
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-10-31
"I continue to find it puzzling as to why Conservatives insist on making pollution free. We believe that polluters should pay and that's why we are putting a price (carbon tax) on pollution." -- Canadian Prime Minister Hon. Justin Trudeau (Lib.)

The PM was commenting on Manitoba Conservative Premier Brian Palliser and populist Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford's opposition on the Liberal government's national carbon tax plan scheduled for imposition on 1 Jan., 2019.

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Glennmont Purchasing Energtrag's 16.8-MW French Wind Farm (M&A)
Enertrag AG.
Date: 2018-10-31
In the UK, London-based renewable energy fund manager Glennmont Partners reports it will acquire Brandenburg, Germany-headquartered Enertrag AG's 16.8-MW Goudelancourt wind farm which is under construction in Northern France. The facility, which will incorporate seven Nordex N117 turbines, will sell it total output to Electricite de France SA under the terms of a 15-year PPA. Financial details of the deal have not been revealed.

Glennmont aims to invest as much as €300 million ($341.4 million) in the renewable energy sector over the next few years, according to the release. (Source: Glenmont Partners, Renewables, 30 Oct., 2018) Contact: Enertrag AG,,; Glenmont Partners, +44 (0)20 3725 8318,,

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