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Carleton Univ. Touts Energy Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
Carleton Univ
Date: 2018-05-28
In Ottawa, Ontaio, Carleton University is reporting release of a new energy master plan, part of a strategy for reducing current energy consumption and ensuring energy conservation levels are maintained as the campus evolves. The school's 2018-2021 Energy Master Plan goals include:
  • building a co-generation energy plant; developing a program to increase efficiency by optimizing equipment;
  • completing light-emitting diode (LED) lighting replacement;
  • increasing research opportunities;
  • introducing a green engagement fund to support smaller programs with the intent to educate or engage the campus community on an element of sustainability;
  • exploring private-sector partnerships to take early advantage of emerging technologies; and
  • expanding access to energy data, including more energy display screens at key locations.

    The first phase of implementing building energy retrofits has been completed and they have provided energy and water savings, as well wider environmental benefits. Carleton has achieved a 2,693,298 kWh reduction in annual electricity use, a 25,247 m3 (891,589 cf) reduction in annual water use and a 19,076 m3 (673,662 cf) reduction in annual natural gas use. (Source: Carlton University, Construction, PR, 28 May, 2018) Contact: Carlton University, Darryl Boyce, Assist. VP Planning & Facilities Management, (613) 520-2600,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carleton University,  Energy Efficiency,  

  • Scottish Climate Change Legislation Aims 90 pct Emission Reduction by 2050 (Int'l, Reg. & Leg.)
    Carbon Emissions, Climate Change
    Date: 2018-05-28
    At Holyrood, recently tabled Government of Scotland draft climate change legislation is targeting a 90 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, a goal which the UK Committee on Climate Change notes is "at the limit of feasibility", especially with the aim of achieving 100 pct reduction, or "net-zero" emissions soon as possible after that date.

    Announcing the targets, Holyrood's climate change secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, Scotland will cut emissions by two-thirds without resorting to carbon offsetting to achieve our goal. (Source: Gov. of Scotland, Guardian International, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Scotland Climate Change Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham,

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

    SunCommon, Hudson Solar Announce Merger (Ind Report, M&A)
    SunCommon,Hudson Solar
    Date: 2018-05-28
    Waterbury-based SunCommon, Vermont's largest solar company, is reporting a merger with the Empire State-based Hudson Solar, completed on Tuesday in Rhinebeck, New York. Details have not been released.

    The expansion marks SunCommon's second New York State solar initiative following its joining with Ontario, New York-based Sustainable Energy Developments, based in a rebranded venture known as SunCommon NY, in 2017. (Source: SunCommon, Vermont diggers, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Sun Common, Duane Peterson, Founder and Co-President, (802) 882-8181,; Hudson Solar, (866) 452-7652,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  SunCommon,  

    Duly Noted
    Advanced Biofuels Business Council
    Date: 2018-05-28
    According to Advanced Biofuels Business Council Exec. Director Brooke Coleman, "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is going against the President's commitment to rural America. If the EPA head keeps granting hardship waivers to the many refiners who have requested them, then the President's commitment to year-round use of E15 will be rendered useless. It's ridiculous for the EPA administrator to claim he's following the intent of the RFS and the President's commitment to it while at the same time granting those waivers."

    Coleman says the RFS renewable fuel obligation rule for 2019 is expected out soon but if the waivers keep getting granted, then the numbers called for in that rule don't mean anything because refiners aren't held accountable to them. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Business Council, May, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Brooke Coleman, Exec. Dir.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Business Council ,  EPA,  Pruitt,  RFS,  

    Tongwei, LONGI Ink Polysilicon Module Supply Agreement (Int'l)
    Tongwei,Longi Green Energy Technology
    Date: 2018-05-28
    China's Tongwei Solar and LONGI Green Energy Technology have inked a new polysilicon supply deal under which Tongwei will sell sell 4,000 metric tons (MT) of polysilicon to monocrystalline PV module to LONGIthis year, followed by 21,000MT next year and 30,000 in 2020, for a total of 55,000 metric tons through the end of 2020., according to a regulatory filing.

    In February, LONGI'S announced its intent to triple its wafer production capacity to 45 GW by 2020. To that end, in April, the company inked a $787 million, 39,600MT polysilicon supply agreement with Daqo New Energy, alongside plans to invest $216.7 million in the construction of a 228 MW PV installation in China's Ningxia Hui region. (Source: Longi, PV Mag, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Tongwei Solar,; LONGI Solar, LONGI Green Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tongwei,  Longi Green Energy Technology,  Solar,  Solar Cell,  

    Schneider Promoting GenNext Buildings' Platform (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2018-05-28
    Energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric is touting the next generation of EcoStruxure Building, the industry' first open innovation platform of buildings. A part of Schneider's EcoStruxure Architecture, the product is the company's IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled, plug and play, open, interoperable, architecture and platform.

    EcoStruxure Building's open, end-to-end IP architecture enables quick, connectivity of IoT devices and provides for edge control and collaboration between building systems and third-party systems and devices.

    For developers, systems integrators and members of Schneider Electric's EcoXpert partner program, EcoStruxure Building enables up to 30 pct faster deployment through: Smart Connector framework for creating new system and app functionality; Enterprise Central allows for 10x more scalability to easily execute site expansions; Mobile commissioning, engineering efficiencies, and development applications for speed, repeatability and consistency.

    Schneider Electric EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at every level, from Connected Products, Edge Control to Apps, Analytics & Services, said the statement from the company. It has been deployed in 480,000-plus installations, with the support of more than 20,000 system integrators, connecting over 1.5 million assets, according to Schneider Electric. (Source: Schneider Electric, TradeArabia News Service, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Management,  Building Energy management,  

    Minrav, Nextcom Planning Golan Heights Wind JV (Int'l Report)
    Minrav Holdings Ltd., Nextcom Ltd.
    Date: 2018-05-28
    In Israel, Minrav Holdings Ltd. and Nextcom Ltd. are reporting plans to construct a wind farm in the Golan Heights. The 50-50 joint venture will incorporate 30 3.2-MW wind turbines totally 96 MA capacity. The JV has also signed a 20-year operations and maintenance contract for the project which, when commissioned in spring, 2020, will the country's largest wind farm with generation capacity sufficient for a medium-size city. (Source: Minrav, Globes, 27 May, 2018)Contact: Minrav Holdings,; Nextcom, +972 73 2320 0200,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Israel Renewable Energy,  

    UK Wind Farms Surpass Nuclear Power Plant Production (Int'l)
    UK Wind
    Date: 2018-05-28
    In the UK, London's Imperial College London recently reported that that wind power produced more electricity in Britain than nuclear energy during January to March 2018. The news was given in the 7th Electric Insights Report. These reports are produced each quarter by Dr. Iain Staffell of the Center for Environmental Policy.

    The latest analysis found that 18.8 pct of the UK's wind power over the first quarter of 2018 came from wind farms which supplied 47.3 pct of the demand in the country. The wind peaked at more than 14 GW of electricity and gave more power than nuclear. (Source: Electric Insights Report, Wonderful Engineering, 27 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Wind,  

    Novozymes Eying Chinese Enzymes Market Opportunities (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-28
    The Chinese news agency Xinhua is reporting Danish industrial enzymes specialist Novozymes expects its products to play a major role in the world's third-largest ethanol market, China's ambitious goals for sustainability and development. Novozymes opened its first facility Chine 20 years ago in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area.

    Novozymes said ethanol fuel is one of the major opportunities the company sees in China, which plans to push nationwide use of bioethanol-gasoline blends by 2020 to cut emissions and fossil fuel consumption.

    With a 48-pct market share in industrial enzymes, Novozymes provides biological solutions for producers of ethanol, bread, detergent and textiles in 130 countries. (Source: Xinhua, Novozymes, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Novozymes, Sara Dai, Asia Pacific Regional Pres., +45 44 46 00 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Enzymes,  Ethanol,  

    Canada Joining International Renewable Energy Agency (Int;l)
    International Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-05-28
    Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Kim Rudd, reports Canada has begun the application process for membership in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable energy accounts for two-thirds of Canada's power generation and approximately 20 pct of its total final energy supply. Renewable power generation in Canada increased from 78 GW in 2009 to 99 GW in 2017. In addition to plentiful hydro resources, Canada also has significant wind, biomass, solar, marine and geothermal energy potential.

    Currently, 181 countries and the European Union are engaged in IRENA's work. (Source: International Renewable Energy Agency, Bioenergy International, Other Media 26 May, 2018)Contact: IRENA, Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, Timothy Hurst, Chief of Communications, +971 2 417 9000 ,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Renewable Energy Agency ,  

    EC Proposes Sustainable Finance in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
    Global Witness,EC
    Date: 2018-05-28
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) announced last week an action plan on sustainable finance aimed at encouraging the EU financial sector to invest in a greener and cleaner low-carbon economy. The proposals are initially focused on environmental investments but social factors are expected to be included as the proposals progress.

    The NGO Global Witness, known for its campaign against "blood diamonds", is calling for robust regulations to curb the excesses of financial deregulation which have driven global deforestation and other abuses that contribute to climate change.

    The EC says it aims at becoming a global leader in fighting climate change and achieving the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions agreed at the COP21 Paris Climate accord meeting in December 2015. The impact of climate change already threatens financial stability and leads to major economic losses through floods, land erosion or droughts, the EC acknowledged. To achieve the EU's 2030 climate targets, approximately €180 billion per year of additional investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy would be needed. Mobilizing private capital to fund sustainable investment is essential, the EC added. (Source: EC, Brussels Times, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Global Witness,; European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy,

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

    DHYBRID, QOS Energy Partner to Monitor Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    DHYBRID, QOS Energy
    Date: 2018-05-28
    German PV hybrid, energy storage and smart-grid projects specialist DHYBRID is reporting its partnership with Nantes, France-based QOS Energy, the data intelligence cloud specialist, to monitor PV hybrid and energy storage plants. DHYBRID will benefit from the versatility of QOS Energy's monitoring software, which is unique in its ability to aggregate data from all types of energy sources onto one single analytics platform.

    DHYBRID designs, installs and operates commercial and utility-scale hybrid plants, offering cost-efficient energy solutions for remote islands and other off-grid sites that need independent, reliable and decentralized electricity. Through this partnership, the two companies will combine DHYBRID's in-house SCADA & control technology with QOS Energy's monitoring solution to successfully meet that challenge and ensure that each plant delivers energy as expected.

    QOS Energy's cloud-based monitoring and analytics platform acquires data from any type of plant, data acquisition system or database, a key advantage for the effective and centralised management of large and complex PV projects. With this capability, DHYBRID will be able to increase power production, optimise maintenance processes and lower the downtime of the plants it manages.

    The DHYBRID Universal Power Platform (UPP) is a modular energy management system (EMS) and smart-grid control solution that allows the client to get full transparency on the energy consumption and identify cost saving potential. Our DHYBRID UPP technology forms the basis for the future integration of different energy sources into one economic and sustainable hybrid power supply. (Source; Dhybrid, PR, 28 May, 2018) Contact: DHYBRID,; QOS Energy, +33 (0)2 51 89 46 00,,]

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  

    Voltalia Inks 50MW Kenyan Solar Power Agreement (Int'l)
    Kenya Power,Voltalia
    Date: 2018-05-28
    In Nairobi, electricity distributor Kenya Power is reporting a 20-yaer power purchase agreement (PPA) with French renewable energy firm Voltalia for the construction of a 50-MW solar project located in Kopere, Nandi county. The French firm use the expertise of Martifer Solar, which it acquired in 2016, for both construction and operation of the plant. Voltalia will act as the engineering, procurement, construction operations, and plant maintenance services provider. (Source: Kenya Power, Daily Nation, 27 Mat, 2018) Contact: Kenya Power,; Martifer Solar,; Voltalia Sebastien Clerc, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Martifer Solar,  

    Ontario NDP Candidate Calls for $150 Tonne Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-05-28
    In the upcoming June 7 Ontario elections, Ottawa Centre New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Joel Harden isn't pulling his punches calling for a $150 per tonne carbon tax that will increase gas taxes by 35 cents a litre -- roughly $1.40 per gal. -- a $4,100 in new costs per year for a two-car family.

    The NDP platform says that if elected, the government would use 25 pct of cap-and-trade revenue to help low-income earners in northern and rural Ontarians adapt to a lower carbon lifestyle and $50 million to a home efficiency retrofit program.

    The Progressive Conservative (PC) party says if elected it would scrap the sittingt LIberal government's existing cap-and-trade program and oppose the federal mandated minimum price on carbon emissions. The province's 2017 vintage cap-and-trade system has to date contributed nearly $2.5 billion to Ontario's coffers. (Source: Various Media, Edmonton Sun, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 235-5743,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Cap-and-Trade,  

    GEF-SGP Funds Nigerian Climate Change Related Projects (Funding)
    Global Environmental Facilit
    Date: 2018-05-28
    The Washington, DC-headquartered Global Environmental Facility-Small Grant Programme (GEF-SGP) reports it has granted $4.9 million dollars to Nigeria for more than 40 climate change mitigation projects such as tree planting to regenerate forests, biodiversity, land degradation, persistent organic pollutants and other climate change related environmental projects in 25 states between 2009 and 2017.

    Funded by the GEF, SGP is implemented by UN Development Programme on behalf of the GEF partnership and is executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services. (Source: GEF-SGP, The Eagle Online, News Agency of NIgeria, 27 May, 2018) Contact: GEF-SGP, Ibironke Olubamise, Nigerian GEF-SGP Coordinator,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Environmental Facilit,  

    Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals Market Report -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Markets Report World,
    Date: 2018-05-28
    Markets Report World's Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals Market by Product Type, Top Manufacturer Capacity, Production, Price, Revenue and Market Share, Analysis & Forecast by 2021 is a detailed study of the global bio-based chemicals market dynamics including market growth trends, structure, driving factors, scope, opportunities, challenges, vendor landscape analysis and more.

    Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals Market by Top Vendors include: BASF; Cargill; Incorporated; DSM; INEOS; PTT Global Chemical Public Company. Other prominent vendors include: BioAmber; Braskem; DuPont; GFBiochemicals; LyondellBasell Industries; Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation; Novozymes; Prinova Group; Qingdao Langyatai (Group); Revolymer; Succinity; Yield10 Bioscience and others.

    Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals market report analyses the market potential for each geographical region based on the growth rate, macroeconomic parameters, consumer buying patterns, and market demand and supply scenarios.

    Report details and a sample PDF of report are HERE. Purchase Report HERE. (Source: Market Reports World, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Markets Report World,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  Biofuel,  

    Pinnacle Inks Long-Term Japanese Woody Biomass Pellet Deal (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Richmond, British Columbia-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. reports it has inked a long-term agreement to supply 75,000 tpy of industrial wood pellets to Hanwa Co Ltd for a biomass power plant in Japan. Deliveries under the take-or-pay off-take contract are slated to begin in early 2022.

    The contract is the company's fourth contract of 2018 with Japanese customers, Pinnacle noted. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Renewables, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Pionnacle Renewable Energy, Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613,; Hanwa Co. Ltd.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass ,  Pinnacle,  Biomass Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  

    Exxon Mobil Commits to 15 pct Methane Emission Cut (Ind. Report)
    Exxon Mobil
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Irving, Texas-headquartered petroleum and energy giant Exxon Mobil reports it is committing to new targets to reduce its worldwide methane emissions by 15 pct by 2020, compared to 2016 levels. The commitment includes reducing its natural gas flaring by 25 pct during the same timeframe.

    While much of the emission reductions will occur in Exxon Mobil's onshore shale operations in the U.S., the most dramatic declines will be in West Africa, the company claims.

    The energy sector -- including oil and coal -- is the largest source of U.S. methane emissions, which are a major contributor to the planet's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. DOE. (Source: ExxonMobil, Houston Chronicle, Others, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning,

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

    China Expects to Meet COP21 Pledge Ahead of Schedule (Int'l)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Speaking from Beijing, Xie Zhenhua, China's chief negotiator at the 2015 Paris climate agreement said the country could meet its pledge to cap carbon emissions ahead of its target of around 2030.

    In late 2015, Chine, the world's biggest emitter of climate-warming greenhouse gases, had already met several objectives it promised to fulfil by 2020, including cutting its carbon intensity by 40 pct to 45 percent three years early, Xie Zhenhua added.

    China launched the first phase of its nationwide carbon market last December after months of delays. It currently covers only the power sector but will be extended to other emitters at a later stage. (Source: New Stage, Various Media, Reuters, 27 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21,  China Carbon Market,  China Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

    POET Expands S.D. DDG Pellet Production Plant (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Poet's investment in its Mitchell plant struck gold Wednesday. Ethanol producer POET is reporting ground breaking on approximately $5 million of upgrades and expansion of its distillers grains (DDG) pellet business in Mitchell, South Dakota. POET markets the DDG live stock feed product as "Dakota Gold ProPellets" DDG exports have grown from 1 million tons in 2006 to 11 million tons during a 12-month period in 2016-17, according to the U.S. Grains Council. (Source: POET, Daily Republic, 23 May, 2018) Contact: POET, Matt Reiners , VP Business Dev., (605) 996-1686,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Biomass Pellt,  DDGs,  

    Global Carbon Market Up 56 pct, says World Bank (Ind. Report)
    World Bank
    Date: 2018-05-25
    According to a new World Bank report, the global value of carbon pricing schemes has jumped by 56 pct over 2016 to an estimated value of $82 billion. The increase follows the opening of new markets, including China, Chile, Colombia, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Ontario.

    The report notes there are currently 51 carbon pricing initiatives around the world, consisting of 25 emissions trading schemes and 26 carbon taxes. These initiatives cover 20 pct of all global greenhouse gas emissions. The World Bank estimates that receipts from carbon pricing now amount to $33 billion -- a 50 percent increase on the previous year. (Source: World Bank, Climate Action, Other 22 May, 2018) Contact: World Bank, Marcene Broadwater Global Head, Strategy and Business Development, (202) 473-1000,; John Roome, Senior Director for Climate Change,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Market,  

    Velocys' Miss. Biorefinery Seeks Partners, Investors (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-05-25
    The UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it is seeking one or more strategic investors for a woody biomass-to-fuel biorefinery project in Natchez, Mississippi, the final investment decision (FID) for which is now expected in the second half of 2019.

    The company's £759,000 ($1 million) revenue in 2017 came mainly from the lease of catalyst to and engineering support for Envia Energy's plant in Oklahoma City, which uses the Velocys Fischer-Tropsch (FT) system, and revenues from feasibility studies, predominantly for a UK waste-to-jet fuel project, accordinb to the company. (Source: Velocys, Renewables Now, Others, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Fuel,  Velocys,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  

    Neste Acquiring IH Demeter BV to Guarantee Feedstock (M&A, Int'l)
    Neste Oyj
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Helsinki, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste Oyj reports it will acquire sole control and a 51 pct stake in Dutch animal fats and proteins trader IH Demeter BV.

    The terms of the deal, which is subject to regulatory approvals, were not divulged. The new entitiy will be tagged Neste Demeter BV.

    The investment supports Neste's strategy to establish a global waste and residue raw material platform to secure feedstock -- raw material availability to meet its production needs, according to a statement.

    IH Demeter operates 150 animal fat rendering facilities throughout Europe. (Source: Neste Oyi, PetrolPlaza, Various Media, 25 May, 2018)Contact: Neste Corporation, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128,; IH Demeter,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste ,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Fuel,  

    R.I., Mass. Partnering on New Offshore Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Deepwater Wind,Vineyard Wind
    Date: 2018-05-25
    A massive new wind farm will soon be off the coasts of Rhode island and Massachusetts after both states announced a clean energy partnership.

    Though it's a single project, Massachusetts will use New Bedford-headquartered Vineyard Wind to produce power for the Bay State, while Rhode Island will work with Providence-based Deepwater Wind -- the operator the Block Island wind farm. This project, however, will be about 10 times larger. Deepwater Wind will now negotiate with National Grid, before submitting the final plan to state and federal regulators. (Source: WLNE, ABC News, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000,; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Deepwater Wind,  Vineyard Wind,  

    C4COIN Raises $450,000 in Seed Funding (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-05-25
    In the Big Apple, carbon negative blockchain technology developer C4Coin reports the closing of a $450,000 seed funding round led by Miles O'Brien. The funds will be used to grow the company's team and to advance foundational partnerships.

    Founded in 2017, C4Coin will reward eco-conscious activities that generate verifiable carbon offsets. Users creating these offsets will receive carbon credit tokens called CO2KNs. These tokens can be retired through an innovative consensus protocol to earn a traditional crypto-asset called C4Coin.

    The company plans to launch its blockchain in Q4 2018.

    The name C4Coin stems from the biological process of carbon fixation. Plants take CO2 and inorganic Carbon 4 and break them down into organic, useable carbon and oxygen. (Source: C4Coin, PR, 24 May, 2018) Contact: C4Coin, Harrison Perl, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credits,  Carbon Trading,  

    Indonesia Mandates B-25 Biodiesel Blending from 2019 (Int'l)
    Palm Oil Biodiesel
    Date: 2018-05-25
    In Jakarta, Indonesian New and Renewable Energy Director Rida Mulyana is reporting Indonesia will mandate all tran (B-25) sportation fuel in the country contain 25 pct biodiesel, effective January 2019. to January 2020, after which a 30 pct (B-30) bio-content would be mandatory.

    Indonesia is the world's largest producer of palm oil, the raw ingredient for fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) which can be used to make biodiesel. The B-25 program is expected to increase Indonesia's FAME consumption to between 5.5 million and 6 million kilolitres (kl) in 2019 -- more than double the last year's consumption of FAME. The B25 mandate would require the additional production of 750,000 kl of FAME annually. The move is intended to support palm oil production. (Source: Indonesia New and Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation, Reuters, 24 May, 2018) Contact: New and Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation Indonesia, Rida Mulyana,Director General,; Indonesian Palm Oil Association ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FAME,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  

    Netherlands Legislation Tabled to Nix Coal by 2030 (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-25
    In Amsterdam, the Netherlands Ministery for Economy reports it has tabled legislation that would ban the use of coal in power stations by 2030. If passed into law, the legislation would require the 2024 phase-out of two two 1994 vintage plants owned by RWE and Vattenfall. Three remaining plants, which were commissioned in 2015 and 2016, would be scuttled close by the end of 2029, any compensation. (Source: Netherlands Minister for Economy, Reuters, May, 2018) Contact: Netherlands Minister for Economy, Eric Wiebes,

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

    TuuliWatti Touts Finland's First Non-Subsidised Wind Farm (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Helsinki-headquartered wind energy producer TuuliWatti Ltd. reports it is building a five-turbine wind power park in the municipality of Ii on the Bay of Bothnia. The Viinamaki wind farm will utilize Vestas 4.2 MW turbines that are expected push production costs below €30 per MWh. According to the developer, the project will not require public subsidies or funding.

    TuuliWatti The firm, which is co-owned by energy company St1 and retail giant S Group, now has 131 turbines, producing about a quarter of Finland's wind-powered electricity. The company claims it has invested more than €650 million euros in wind power in less than a decade, and is planning to expand operations into other Nordic countries. (Source: TuuliWatti, Yle, 23 May, 2018) Contact: TuuliWatti Ltd.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TuuliWatti,  Wind,  

    Bord na Mona Announces €160Mn Irish Wind Farm (Int'l)
    Bord na Mona,EIB
    Date: 2018-05-25
    In Dublin, Ireland's state-owned energy company Bord na Mona reports it will construct 29 turbines at the new 86-MW Oweninny Wind Farm Project in Mayo.

    The project secured funding from four banks: the European Investment Bank (EIB); MUFG Bank, BNP Paribas and AIB. will finance the wind farm with long-term debt. The EIB is in for half of the project's expected total cost of €160 million. It is the EIB's largest ever investment in renewable energy generation in Ireland and the largest financing in the country to date under the EIB Investment Plan for Europe. (Source: Bord na Mona, Irish Farmers Journal, May, 2018) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000,; Investment Plan for Europe,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Bord na Mona,  EIB,  

    Shell Invests in Bavarian Solar Battery Specialist Sonnen (Int'l)
    Sonnen, Shell
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Anglo-Dutch petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell reports it has taken a stake in the Bavarian solar battery maker Sonnen by participating in a new €60 million ($70 million) financing round. Other investors included GE and Chinese wind power group Envision.

    Sonnen provides battery storage systems to households with rooftop solar panels in Germany, Europe's biggest solar market, in the areas of charging infrastructure and battery storage. (Source: Shell, Handelsblatt Global, 24 May, 2018) Contact: sonnen Inc., Blake Richetta, US Snr. VP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sonnen,  Shell,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

    Aussie Partners Purchasing Origin's Smart Meters Unit (M&A)
    Landis+Gyr,Origin Energy
    Date: 2018-05-25
    In the Land Down Under, a partnership of Sydney-based Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) and global meters giant Landis+Gyr reports it will will $267 million for Origin Energy's Acumen smart meters unit. The move is intended to create a leading business in this key piece of infrastructure for the shift to clean, decentralised energy.

    The joint venture, to be known as intelliHUB, will be the country's leading smart meter operator, with long-term cash flows and substantial growth options underpinned by a long-term agreement to deploy and manage digital smart meters for Origin's 4.2 million electricity customers.

    Smart meters are becoming crucial as the electricity grid shifts to more decentralised energy resources such as solar panels, batteries and smart appliances. (Source: Landis+Gyr, Australian Financial Review, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Landis+Gyr, Adrian Clark, CEO Australia and NZ,; Origin Energy, Frank Calabria, CEO,; Pacific Equity Partners,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Origin Energy,  Landis&Gyr,  Smart Meter,  

    Facebook Inks 294MW Wind PPA in Norway (Int'l Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Social mega-media player Facebook reports the signing of a 15-year PPA for the entire output of the 294MW, Bjerkreim cluster of three Norwegian wind farms due to come online in late 2019.

    The €400 million ($469 million) Bjerkreim cluster will supply 1,000 GWh of electricity per year, enough to help offset the power used by Facebook's Nordic data centers in Odense, Denmark, and Lulea, Sweden.

    The Bjerkreim cluster incorporates 70, 4.2-MW Siemens wind turbines and is operated by Luxcara of Germany. Swedish utility Vattenfall will integrate the output into the Nordic grid, provide balancing services, and supply Facebook. The Bjerkreim deal is Facebook's largest single purchase of renewable energy and is Norway's largest wind project to date. (Source: Facebook, DataCenter Dynamics, 24 May, 2018)

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    Renewables Subsidies Drop as Renewable Energy Grows (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2018-05-25
    According to the EIA' Direct Federal Financial Interventions and Subsidies in Energy in Fiscal Year 2016 Report, federal subsidies for renewable energy -- including renewable generation of electricity -- dropped to $6.7 billion in FY 2016, a 56 pct decline from FY 2013. renewable subsidies in FY 2010 and FY 2013 were approximately $15 billion, more than double FY 2016 levels, as support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) lessened. Despite the decline, renewable energy continued to receive a large share of total federal energy subsidies, accounting for 46 pct of the FY 2016 total.

    In the report, the EIA defines subsidies as funds a government expends, or revenue it foregoes, to encourage or support certain activities. EIA's report includes the following financial activities: direct expenditures, tax expenditures, research and development (R&D), and credit subsidies to recipients of federal loan guarantees.

    Tax expenditures provided 80 pct of FY 2016 renewables subsidies. Renewable electricity-related tax expenditures provided nearly 70 pct of FY 2013 renewable electricity subsidies, falling to about half that share in FY 2016. Most of this amount went to commercial wind and solar installations from the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The PTC provided an inflation-adjusted tax credit worth 2.4 cents per kilowatthour (kWh) in 2016, while the ITC provided a deduction equal to 30 pct of facility installation costs. EIA estimates the PTC and ITC credits taken in FY 2016 at $1.4 billion and $1.2 billion, respectively.

    Nearly all renewable energy direct expenditures for FY 2010, FY 2013, and FY 2016 resulted from provisions of ARRA -- a broad-based set of programs designed to expedite economic recovery, including energy infrastructure. Under ARRA, DOE has invested more than $31 billion since 2009. Much of this funding supported renewable energy projects, but by FY 2016, most provisions of ARRA energy programs had expired. Direct expenditures for renewable energy decreased 90 pct, from nearly $9 billion in FY 2013 to about $1 billion in FY 2016.

    Although R&D expenditures are small compared with tax expenditures and direct expenditures, R&D provides the foundation for many energy technology advancements and cost reductions. Federal R&D expenditures for renewable energy were estimated at about $850 million for FY 2010 and FY 2013, but they dropped to about $450 million in FY 2016. Another $296 million in federal loan guarantees was distributed to recipients in FY 2010, but in both FY 2013 and FY 2016, federal loan guarantee subsidies were zero. (Source: US Energy Information Administration, May, 2018) Contact: US EIA,

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    California Cap-and Trade Cash Keeps Coming In (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resource Board,CARB,Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2018-05-25
    In the Golden State, the Air Resources Board (CARB) reports California's cap-and-trade climate change program generated almost $700 million for the state in the last quarter when all of the current-year pollution credits sold through the program.

    Before a deal last July between Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers to extend the program, it was set to expire in 2020, and businesses were hesitantly buying the program's credits -- the August 2016 cap-and-trade auction generated just $8.4 million. Following that auction, the state has sold out of every current-year credit offered and generated nearly $3 billion for the state over four quarterly auctions, compared to less than a billion dollars over the previous year. (Source: CARB, Capital Public Radio, 24 May, 2018) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  Jerry Brown,  California Air Resources Board,  

    World Bank Supporting Indian Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    World Bank
    Date: 2018-05-25
    The World Bank reports it has approved $300 million of funding to help scale up India's national energy efficiency programme. The Energy Efficiency Services India (EESI) organization will use the money to drive the deployment of energy saving measures in both the residential and public sectors and enhance access to commercial financing.

    EESI aims to improve energy efficiency, cut energy consumption and help the country hit its goal of reducing carbon intensity by up to 35 pct by 2030 from 2005 levels The money will be used to create sustainable markets for LED lights and energy efficient ceiling fans, facilitate investments in public street lighting and develop sustainable business models for emerging markets such as efficient air conditioning and agricultural water pumping units. (Source: World Bank, Energy Live, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services India, Saurabh Kumar, Managing Dir.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services Limited,  India Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  World Bank,  

    Fairbanks Cuts Zayo Data Centers Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
    Fairbanks EnergyServices
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Hingham, Mass.-headquartered design/build energy conservation specialist Fairbanks Energy Services reports it has helped the Zayo Group reduce energy consumption and increase data center capacity with custom solutions at its zColo data centers in Atlanta, New York and Dallas.

    At the three data centers Fairbanks Energy installed building management systems(BMS) integrating all of the power and cooling systems, heat exchangers, automated valves and new pumps, dynamic airflow management, optimized hot aisle/cold aisle design with physical best practices to ensure air was being delivered to the racks with minimal mixing of hot and cold air streams. Temperature sensors were also installed, enabling the monitoring of the environment and control of CRAC units in real-time as the data center load and environmental conditions change.

    The energy efficiency impact includes 4.4 million annual kWh of savings . The data centers also reclaimed over 45 pct of stranded mechanical capacity and now has the ability to scale to over 150 watts per square feet while being N+1 compliant. (Source: Fairbanks Energy, PR, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Fairbanks Energy Services, Shannon Shea, (781)658-3266 x1006,,; Zayo Group, Jenny Gerson, Senior Director of Sustainability and Strategy, (800) 830-3305,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Data Center Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Fairbanks Energy Services,  

    Siemens Enlighted Acquisition Drives Bldg. Energy Efficiency (M&A)
    Siemens Building Technologies, Enlighted Inc
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Siemens Building Technologies Division reports it is acquiring Sunnyvale, California-based Enlighted Inc., a leading provider of advanced digital sensory systems for smart IoT (Internet of Things) systems in buildings.

    Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. Closing is expected in Q3 of 2018. Enlighted will be managed as an independent legal entity and wholly-owned subsidiary of Siemens Industry, Inc.

    Enlighted's IoT platform for commercial real estate consists of multi-function sensors, distributed computing, its own network, and software applications that enables reduced energy use, improved space utilization, better environmental management and greater asset utilization. These sensors can be installed in every light fixture with the ability to collect data 65 times per second to detect environmental and occupancy changes and react to lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) needs in real-time.

    The Enlighted platform can cut lighting costs of a building up to 85 pct when combined with advanced LED fixtures and, when combined with Siemens solutions, can optimize the energy efficiency of HVAC systems. (Source: Siemens AG, PR, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Enlighted Inc., (650) 964-1094,; Siemens Building Technologies,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Building Technologies,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

    Growth Energy Comments on EPA, USDA RFS Meeting (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released the following statement before Thursday's meeting between the US EPA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to discuss President Trump's plan to preserve U.S. biofuel production:

    "We're pleased the USDA is taking up the president's call to action and pressing for an immediate E15 fix, before the start of the summer driving season. As Secretary (Sonny) Perdue has noted, a flood of illegitimate waivers from the EPA has resulted in 'demand destruction' for U.S. farmers at a time when rural communities can least afford it. Even petroleum giants like Marathon are now expecting 'small refinery' handouts.

    "Regulators should, instead, focus on the president's plan to reallocate lost biofuel gallons that were siphoned away by EPA waivers. President Trump promised to protect statutory targets under the Renewwable Fuel Standard (RFS), and we support Secretary Perdue's efforts to ensure the EPA upholds that commitment to rural families.

    "There is no reason to delay action or attach unrelated gimmicks designed to benefit a few refinery owners. EPA Administrator (Scott) Pruitt should stand by his word in 2017, when he vowed not to pursue an export scheme that would cannibalize demand for U.S. biofuels, destroy farm income, and spark retaliatory tariffs against the entire fuel and farm supply chain." (Source: Grwoth Energy, SCD, 24 May, 2018)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuel,  

    Energy Efficiency Sector Employment on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    National Association of State Energy Officials
    Date: 2018-05-25
    In 2017, 2.25 million Americans were employed in the design, manufacture, and installation of EPA ENERGY STAR certifies energy efficient products and service, according to the recently released U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER).

    The report, which was produced by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) in partnership with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), examined employment in the energy efficiency, electric power generation, fuels production, and motor vehicles sectors.

    According to the report, energy efficiency employment was projected to have a growth rate of 9 pct through 2018, the highest of the four sectors studied. Construction employers expect energy efficiency job growth of 11 pct by the end of 2018, while manufacturing will grow 9.9 pct. In all, the energy efficiency sector added 67,000 net jobs in 2017. Construction firms in the energy efficiency sector saw an increase in the number of workers who spend at least half of their time on energy efficiency-related work, rising from approximately 797,500 in 2015 to nearly 1.024 million in 2017. Energy efficiency professional services, such as architects or product designers, added 63,000 jobs. Manufacturing jobs producing ENERGY STAR-certified building materials and other products rose by 9 pct, or roughly 27,000 jobs. (Source: National Association of State Energy Officials, USGNN, 24 May, 2018) Contact: National Association of State Energy Officials,[endlink[; ENERGY STAR, [strartlink]

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  ,  

    Notable Quote
    Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change
    Date: 2018-05-23

    Fundy's "Blue Carbon" Sequestration Capacity Explored (Ind. Report)
    Blue Carbon,Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Date: 2018-05-23
    In Atlantic Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada's recent study of the Bay of Fundy coastal ecosystem and its "blue carbon" has estimated the area's carbon sequestration capacity to hold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of carbon-offsetting costs. "Blue carbon" is a term coined by scientists to describe carbon dioxide stored in coastal plants and soil.

    On land, forests capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Forests release their carbon every few hundred years, due to fire, tree mortality or human harvesting. By comparison, coastal marshes maintain their carbon for thousands of years. Coastal ecosystems do the same -- but they're much better at it, according to McGill University "Blue Carbon" authority Assoc. Prof. Gail Chmurain. Coastal ecosystems can hold three to five times more carbon than the equivalent area of forest, according to a federal government report.

    The financial value of blue carbon comes from its potential for carbon emission credits which the Canadian federal government is introducing. According to government documents, "carbon stored in tidal salt marshes in the Bay of Fundy could have an estimated value of $202 million." That would equal $1 billion in 2022. In terms of Canada's national carbon emissions strategy, blue carbon could be used as an offset to meet international targets and coastal communities could protect or rehabilitate wetlands to generate carbon credits. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, CBC, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, (800) 668-6767,; McGill University, Assoc. Prof. Gail Chmurain, (514) 926-6854,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Storage,  

    Energieknotor Claims UK's First Subsidy-Free Wind Farm (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-23
    Bremen, Germany-based Energieknotor reports it has reached financial close and is prepared to break ground on the Withernwick Extension wind project in Yorkshire, north-east England. According to the company, the project is the first onshore wind farm to manage without subsidies, thanks to a significant power purchase agreement (PPA) with a "global company in the consumer goods industry."

    The 8.2 MW project, which will incorporate four turbines in near proximity to an existing 9-turbine Enerkiekontor wind far, is expected to come online in the first half of 2019. (Source: Energieknotor, UN Environment, Others, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Energieknotor, Peter Szabo, CEO, +49 421 3304-0, +49 421 3304-444- fax,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energieknotor,  Wind,  

    Global CO2 Emissions Pricing Schemes Worth $82Bn, says World Bank Report (Int'l. Report)
    World Bank
    Date: 2018-05-23
    In a just released report, the World Bank pegs the value of global schemes to put a price on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and designed to reduce greenhouse gases blamed for global warming at $82 billion, as compared to $52 billion in 2017. The report estimates that 25 emission trading schemes and 26 carbon taxes initiatives worldwide cover 11 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, or 20 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions.

    "Looking ahead, this trend is set to continue, as indicated by some of the jurisdictions which are planning carbon price increases," the World Bank report says. "This includes emerging carbon pricing initiatives, which are launching at relatively low price levels, with the intention of scaling up over time," the report added.

    Governments raised around $33 billion in carbon pricing revenues in 2017, compared with $22 billion the previous year, the report said. (Source: World Bank, Economic Times India, 22 May, 2018) Contact: World Bank, John Roome, (202) 473-3373,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  CO2,  GHG,  World Bank,  

    SCA, St1 Partnering on Gothenburg Biofuels Project (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-23
    In a joint release, Swedish forest products company SCA and Helsinki-headquartered St1 Biofuels report they are partnering on a SEK500 million, 100,000 tpy biofuel plant at St1's existing refinery site in Gothenburg, Sweden. The plant is expected to begin production in 2012, subject to corporate board and regulatory approvals.

    The new biofuel plant will process tall oil and rely on feedstock supplied by SCA's kraft pulp mills in Ostrand, Obbola and Munksund. Capacity expansion at SCA's pulp mill in Ostrand will reportedly double tall oil production at the site. (Source: SCA, St1, EUWID, 22 May, 2018) Contact: SCA, Ulf Larsson, President and CEO, +46 60 19 46 46,; St1, Patrick Pitkanen, Advanced Fuels Director, +358 105 574 734,,

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    Blue Pillar Joins NYSERDA Energy Mgm't Program (Ind. Report)
    Blue Pillar, NYSERDA
    Date: 2018-05-23
    Frederick, Maryland-based Blue Pillar, the leading Internet of Things (IoT) provider to connect Energy Things®, reports it has been accepted as a Qualified Vendor for Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources.

    NYSERDA's RTEM Program prequalifies vendors who can help commercial customers analyze energy usage data and provide, enable, and/or implement actionable items on the basis of the data. Blue Pillar's Aurora® Energy Network of Things® platform provides real-time energy data that helps keep major C&I energy systems within NYSERDA's operating region online with greater resiliency and energy efficiency.

    Aurora's greatest competitive advantage has been its ability to utilize a cloud-based and/or local network approach to connecting any Distributed Energy Resource (DER) or legacy asset that generates, stores, consumes, switches or measures electricity. These devices include energy storage, solar panels, building automation systems, and others. (Source: Blue Pillar Inc., PR, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Blue Pillar, Tom Willie, CEO, (317) 723-6136,; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,

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    BioSolar Touts Energy Storage Commercialization Plan (Ind Report)
    Date: 2018-05-23
    Santa Clarita, California-headquartered energy storage technology and materials specialist BioSolar has outlined its commercialization plan that includes the development of its prototype and joining with the right development partners to help scale its lithium-ion battery technology.

    The company is developing a breakthrough technology to increase the storage capacity, lower the cost and extend the life of lithium-ion batteries. With the goal of creating the company's next generation super battery technology, BioSolar is currently investigating high capacity anode materials recognizing the fact that the overall battery capacity is determined by combination of both cathode and anode.(Source: BioSolar, PR, 22 May, 2018) Contact: BioSolar, Dr. David Lee, CEO, Tom Becker, IR, (877) 904-3733,,

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    UK PM Pledges to Slash New Bldg. Energy Consumption by 2030 (Int'l)
    Clean Growth Grand Challenge
    Date: 2018-05-23
    In London, UK Prime Minister Theresa May pledged on Monday to halve energy usage from new buildings by 2030, The PM also noted the importance of boosting scientific research and challenged the construction sector to drive innovation and higher standards in order to meet both house building and energy efficiency targets over the next decade.

    According to the Prime Minister, by cutting the energy use of new commercial and residential buildings, the UK could reduce energy bills for occupants by as much as 50 pct. The PM noted that the government would also aim to halve the costs of reaching the same standard in existing buildings. The government's Clean Growth Grand Challenge is calling for a minimum 50 pct reduction in all new building energy consumption by 2030. (Source: Impact4All, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: Clean Growth Grand Challenge,

    Azure Power's Solar Portfolio Exceeds 2 Gigawatt (Int'l)
    Azure Power
    Date: 2018-05-23
    New Delhi-based independent Indian solar power producer Azure Power is reporting winning four 50 MW solar projects totaling 200 MWs in the state of Maharashtra. The solar power project was auctioned by Maharashtra State Power Generation Co. Ltd. (Mahagenco), the second highest generation company in India, which is owned by the Government of Maharashtra. The project is expected to be completed and commissioned in 2019.

    With the addition of these these 200 MWs, Azure Power's total portfolio now exceeds 2 GW. (Source: Azure Power, PR, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Azure Power Global, +91 11 4940 9800,

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    GE Onshore Wind Turbines in N.Am Power the Equivalent of 11,000,000 U.S. Homes (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    GE,General Electric
    Date: 2018-05-23
    "Iowa may conjure up images of sweeping cornfields dotted with farms, but this Midwestern state has been at the forefront of wind energy technology since 1983, when it became the first state to enact a renewable-energy mandate, requiring local investor-owned utilities to use wind or solar sources for power generation. In 2017, Iowa generated 37 percent of its electricity from wind, the largest share nationwide.

    "GE Renewable Energy will now add to the state's remarkable base of renewables by helping local utility Alliant Energy erect 190 turbines at two new sites -- Upland Prairie in the state's northwest corner and English Farms further southeast -- to contribute additional 470 megawatts to Iowa's renewables capacity, enough power to supply the equivalent of 180,000 American homes.

    "Those two new projects will also propel GE Renewable Energy to break a record of its own: The business unit's onshore wind capacity in North America now exceeds 40 gigawatts. Its 25,000-plus turbines now have the capacity to power the equivalent of 11 million U.S. homes.

    "Worldwide, the stats are even more impressive. GE Renewable Energy has more than 60,000 MW of onshore wind turbines installed across the globe -- enough to theoretically supply all of Indonesia.

    "Since entering wind energy 15 years ago, GE Renewable Energy has provided turbines for some of the largest sites in the U.S, including the 845 MW Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon and the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center and Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm in Texas. The company also supplied five 6 MW turbines for America's first offshore wind farm near Block Island, Rhode Island.

    "GE's own contributions speak to a larger truth: Wind is blowing up. In the last decade, U.S. wind capacity has tripled to 54,000 wind turbines with a combined capacity of nearly 90,000 MW housed in 41 states, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico. Wind power is now the largest source of renewable generating capacity in the U.S., according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)." (Source: General Electric, May 21, 2018) Contact: GE,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Wind,  General Electric,  Wind,  

    "Revolutionary" Biomass Biofuel Developed in Sweden (Int'l)
    Umea University
    Date: 2018-05-23
    In Sweden, Umea University chemistry Prof. Jyri-Pekka Mikkola is touting the development of a fuel based entirely on biomass with the same properties as fossil fuels. The new fuel is a made by combining water and ethanol in a catalyst resulting in a fuel with a higher octane than petrol or diesel.

    According to Prof. Mikkola, "If we consider how ethanol is made, it's simply sugar, and that is the most common form of biomass these days. You can use food waste, agricultural waste, old newspapers -- almost anything which contains sugars that can be fermented into ethanol, and that's how we get what's needed."

    The fermentation process results in the fuel equivalent of gasoline or diesel, as well as flammable gas. The new fuel can be used in any engine because it is like an exact copy of a fossil fuel, without itself containing a single fossil-fuel molecule, says Mikkola.

    Prof. Mikkola argues that the petroleum industry's current practice of adding ethanol to petrol is foolish and politically motivated. "First of all, automobile catalytic converters aren't able to handle [ethanol] because they were designed for pure petrol. The ethanol by-products get converted into carcinogenic materials, and on top of that ethanol's specific energy content is half that of petrol. So it's better to make petrol out of the ethanol and drive on pure petrol," he says. (Source: Umea University, Svenska Yle, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Umea University, Prof. Jyri-Pekka Mikkola, +46 90 786 52 84 , +46 70 620 03 71,,

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