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Ace Ethanol D3MAX Equipped Plant Const. Underway (Ind. Report)
Ace Ethanol,Whitefox
Date: 2018-10-31
Grand Forks, North Dakota-headquartered D3MAX and Ace Ethanol LLC are reporting construction is underway on the first D3MAX facility at Ace Ethanol's corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol facility in Stanley, Wisconsin. Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol plant to integrate the patented D3MAX technology with its existing corn dry mill. The integrated facility will employ membrane-based ethanol recovery technology supplied by Whitefox Technologies Technologies, resulting in significant energy savings.

The D3MAX process is the only corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol process that will not require an independent engineer to validate the cellulosic ethanol production every 500,000 gallons of cellulosic ethanol produced. With the D3MAX process, cellulosic ethanol gallons can be measured directly avoiding the cost of re-certification required by EPA for co-processing and in-situ corn kernel fiber processes, according to D3MAX CTO Mark Yancey.

D3MAX is a technology company formed by BBI International to license a patented cellulosic ethanol technology to dry mill ethanol plants in the US and Canada. D3MAX technology converts corn fiber and residual starch in distillers grains to cellulosic ethanol. The company aims to license D3MAX technology to existing ethanol plants in Canada and the U.(Source: Ace Ethanol, PR 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ace Ethanol, Neal Kemmet, Pres, CEO, (715) 644-2909, www.aceethanol.com; D3MAX, www.D3MAXLLC.com; Whitefox Technologies, Gillian Harrisson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7953 8446, (403) 210-2999 -- Alberta Office, solutions@whitefox.com, www.whitefox.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ace Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Whitefox ,  


WA. Carbon Reduction Targets Initiative Analyzed (Report Attached)
Low Carbon Prosperity Institute
Date: 2018-10-31
A recently published study by the Seattle-based Low Carbon Prosperity Institute (LCPI) offers new insights into the investment performance required for Washington State's Initiative 1631 to achieve its carbon-reduction goals. A proposed carbon fee on the ballot in Washington state -- I-1631 -- aims to use clean-energy investments to eliminate 20 million tpy of carbon pollution by 2035.

LCPI applied its proprietary Greenhouse Gas Reduction Explorer, a modeling tool used extensively by lawmakers to project outcomes of proposed carbon reduction policies, to evaluate possible investment scenarios that would achieve the policy'S carbon reduction goals and commitment to supporting causes and communities not directly related to reducing carbon emissions. According to the LCPI, achieving the I-1631 fee-freeze is only possible with two strict conditions: all available Clean Energy Account revenue generated by the initiative needs to go into carbon-reducing investments, and investments must perform with best-in-class cost-effectiveness as would be expected from commercial investment funds. Investments would also need to average in the range of $15 to $45 per ton of emissions reduced.

By comparison, the 2014 California Climate Investments program has spent on average, $67 per ton of emissions reduction. Beating California's investment performance can be achieved by harnessing emerging and rapidly cost-declining technologies, maximizing state investments with private dollars, factoring in the impact of the fee on project economics, and focusing on budget-friendly projects in the state such as capturing methane from waste, smart meters, electrification or biomass fuel switch, organics and recycling programs, cellulosic ethanol, bus fuel efficiency, increasing forest lands, and heating/cooling upgrades.

The LCPI was launched in 2018 as a project of the Washington Business Alliance and its PLAN Washington agenda. The LCPI's system design approach delivers the strategic guidance needed for states and countries to achieve long-term success in reducing greenhouse gases, reducing other waste, and building an even more powerful economy. LCPI uses a modeling system, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Explorer -- the "Gold Standard" for evaluating strategies proposals for managing climate-sensitive waste reduction.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Explorer details HERE.

Download the full report, citations and analysis HERE. (Source: Low Carbon Prosperity Institute , PR, BusinessWire, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Low Carbon Prosperity Institute, David Giuliani, Director and Co-founder, www.lowcarbonprosperity.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Energy Efficiency, Solar Deliver Savings in NH (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency, Solar
Date: 2018-10-31
In the Granite State, recent energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades at the Whole Village Family Resource Center and the neighboring Bridge House shelter in Plymouth are projected to save $25,000 per year in energy costs and an overall 80 pct reduction in annual electricity consumption, the Whole Village Family Resource Center reports.

The project initially focused on improving the energy efficiency of the buildings by retrofitting indoor and outdoor lighting with LED fixtures and timers, a new central air conditioning unit, reducing standby power loss, adjusting HVAC controls, educating the building occupants on the efficient use of energy, and the addition of a 33-KW rooftop solar PV array to an existing 25-KW solar PV array at the Bridge House. The combination of energy conservation, new energy-efficiency upgrades, and solar array resulted in an annual electricity consumption drop from 122,610 kWh to 47,537 kWh in July.

The project was funded by local and statewide businesses that purchased $321,875 in state tax credits through the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority and more than $20,000 in incentives from the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative. (Source: Whole Village Family Resource Center, Laconia Daily Sun, 30 Oct., 2018) Contact: Whole Village Family Resource Center, (603) 271-4525, http://nhfv.org/resources/whole-villiage-family-resource-center-lakes-region

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  


Portland Shipyard Constructing Wave Energy Buoy (Ind. Report)
Wave Energy
Date: 2018-10-31
Seattle-headquartered Vigor is reporting construction has begun on a $6.5 million, 826-ton wave energy buoy at its Portland, Oregon shipyard. The buoy, which will generate approximately 1.25 MW of electricity while offsetting 3,000 tpy of carbon emissions, was jointly contracted and funded by the Irish and American governments.

The completed buoy will be towed to Hawaii and anchored in the U.S. Navy's wave energy test site off Oahu Island.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, "The theoretical annual energy potential of waves off the coasts of the United States is estimated to be as much as 2.64 trillion kilowatt hours, or the equivalent of about 66 pct of U.S. electricity generation in 2017." In Oregon, the estimated potential value to the local economy is $2.4 billion per year with an associated 13,630 jobs," Vigor reported. (Source: Vigor, Don Brunell, Courier-Herald, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Vigor, (206)623-1635, (206) 442-8505 - fax, info@vigor.net, www.vigor.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Tidal Energy,  


US Meeting Obama's Climate Targets, Despite Trump (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2018-10-31
Yesterday, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) released data confirming that the U.S. power sector's CO2 emissions have dropped 28 pct since 2005, on target with the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 32 pct t by 2030.

The EIA attributes this drop to a declining demand for energy, a move to renewable energy, an abundance of inexpensive natural gas and dropping coal consumption.

According to Union of Concerned Scientists President Kenneth Kimmell, "the trend is expected to continue despite President Donald Trump's efforts."

For your interest, the Obama Clean Power plan can be downloaded HERE. (Source: US EIA, Earther, 29 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Clean Power Plan,  Carbon Emissions,  


Exchequer Plans £16 Carbon Tax to Replace EU ETS (Int'l)
EU ETS, Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-10-31
Bloomberg is reporting the Exchequer's (U.K Treasury Department) annual budget is proposing imposition of a £16 ($20 +-) per ton tax on carbon emissions if Brexit talks fail and the UK is excluded from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), early in 2019.

Bloomberg notes that UK fossil fuel burning power producers presently pay an £18 per ton "floor price" for CO2 emissions PLUS almost £15 per ton for EU ETS carbon allowances for an estimated total of £33 per ton of carbon emissions. If the UK exits the EU without a deal, emitters will pay the £16 per ton under a planned Carbon Emissions Tax to replace the EU ETS carbon-market portion of their emissions costs, plus the floor price which would remain unchanged, according to the Exchequer proposal. (Source: UK Treasury Dept, Bloomberg, Others, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Exchequer, www.gov.uk/government/ministers/chancellor-of-the-exchequer

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Tax,  UK Carbon Tax,  


EnerSys Diversifying with $750Mn Alpha Group Acquisition (M&A)
EnerSys
Date: 2018-10-31
Reading, Pa.-based battery manufacturer EnerSys reports it will acquire the assets of privately held Alpha Group, Alpha Technologies, a supplier of power equipment used in broadband and telecom networks, for $650 million, and an additional $100 million in cash or shares for a total $750 million.

With the acquisition, EnerSys aims shift out of slower-growing end markets and older lead-acid battery technologies with Alpha's power inverters and software technologies. The company has historically sold lead-acid batteries to the forklift market, which accounts for about 45 pct of the company's revenue.

The Alpha Group is an alliance aiming to create world-class powering solutions. Alpha pioneered the concept of reliable, uninterruptible power for communications and broadband networks. Alpha is focused providing reliable, innovative and efficient powering solutions, according to the company website. (Source: EnerSys, WSJ, 30 Oct., 2018) Contact: EnerSys, David Schaffer, CEO, www.enersys.com; Alpha Technologies, (800) 667-8743, www.alpha.ca

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


Canadian PM Imposing Carbon Tax Plan, Despite Four-Province Opposition (Reg. & Leg. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-10-31
In Ottawa, the Canadian Liberal Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that it will impose a carbon price in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in 2019. Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and the Yukon have either developed their own compliant pricing systems or chosen to adopt the federal option and thus avoided Trudeau's tax plan.

The provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan have however resisted the federal Government's proposals and challenged their constitutionality

. The federal carbon price will apply at a rate of $20 ($15.28 US) per tonne of CO2 equivalent in 2019, rising by $10 per year to a high of $50 per tonne in 2022. The federal carbon pricing system will come into force on January 1, 2019. To ease to imagined pain, the Government has committed to return direct proceeds from the federal pricing system to the province or territory of origin and to help SMEs deal with the additional costs associated with carbon pricing in early 2019. (Source: Gov. of Canada, Various Media, Tax News, 29 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  Justin Trudeau,  


CSU, NREL Lead $2.1Mn CO2 Utilization for Algae Biofuels R&D (R&D)
Colorado State University,NREL
Date: 2018-10-31
Following up on our October 4, 2017 coverage, a team of five Colorado State University (CSU) and three National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) researchers are reporting a $2.1 million, 3-year effort to increase algae yield for biofuel production by improving carbon dioxide utilization. For the research, New Belgium Brewing will provide CO2 from their fermentation processes, and Qualitas Health, a producer of omega-3 nutraceuticals from algae, will help test the improved CO2 delivery technology. The aim is to improve delivery of CO2 to algae and enhance algae's consumption of the CO2.

The project is being funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in a collaborative effort to improve the cost-competitiveness and environmental sustainability of microalgae-based fuels and products. (Source: CSU, NREL, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Colorado State University, Prof. Ken Reardon, kenneth.reardon@colostate.edu, www.colostate.edu; US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News Colorado State University,  NREL,  Algae,  CO2,  Biofuel,  


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

The distinction comes less than five months after the debut of the Wynn Solar Facility, a new 160-acre solar complex solely 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 kWh of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 25 pct of the resort's electric load.

Other Green Power Partners, The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership has over 1,500 partners -- including Microsoft, Intel, Bank of America, Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Starbucks -- voluntarily using nearly 53 billion kWh of green power per year.. (Source: Wynn Las Vegas, PR, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wynn Las Vegas, Erik Hansen, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.wynnlasvegas.com; EPA Green Power Partnership, www.epa.gov/greenpower

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Green Energy news,  EPA Green Power Partnership news,  


Brazilian Ethanol Producers Cutting Crushing Debt (Int'l)
Itau BBA
Date: 2018-10-31
In Sao Paulo, investment bank Itau BBA International Plc is reporting Brazilian sugar and ethanol producers have reduced their debt to the lowest level in half a decade as a result of increased efficiency, sharp cost cuts and almost no investments in cane processing capacity.

According Itau BBA collected data from companies accounting for almost 80 pct of Brazil's center-south cane crushing capacity, mills closed the 2017/18 season with average debt of 117 reais ($31.47) per tonne of cane crushed, versus 120 reais in the previous season, and the lowest since the 104 reais per tonne in the 2013/14 crop. In 2014 and 2015, debt was above 130 reais per tonne. (Source: Itau BBA, Reuters, Oct., 2018) Contact: Itau BBA International Plc, www.itau.com.br/itaubba-en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Sugar Ethanol,  


Biorenewable Deployment Consortium's Raleigh Fall Forum Update (Conference, Ind. Report)
Biorenewable Deployment Consortium
Date: 2018-10-31
The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) Fall Forum was held in Raleigh, N.C. on October 9-10 and was combined with a visit to the Velocys' Microchannel Fisher-Tropsch pilot plant that is integrated with the ThermoChem Recovery International (TRI) Biomass Gasification and Gas Clean-up system at TRI's Advanced Development Center in Durham. Velocys has announced the commercial "Bayou Fuels" project for Natchez, MS. The project will combine the two companies' technologies to convert locally sourced waste woody biomass into transportation fuel.

The Forum boasted record attendance, including a diverse group of international members and guests. Discussions included updates from leading bio-process companies on new processes and commercial advances that can add value to the forest products industry. Highlights of the Forum included commercial progress of nanotechnology presented by keynote Sean Ireland, VP, Business Development for Fiberlean Technologies; evolutionary value added technologies for the chemical recovery cycle and soap removal / tall oil production; commercial progress of wood to bioproducts from Velocys, Ensyn, and Red Rock; and commercial progress for lignin conversion to end products.

USDA Administrator Bette Brand attended the meeting and tour. "The USDA recognizes the importance of the partnership between government and private industry designed to bridge the early financial issues of start-up companies in the biorenewable area that we believe will help improve economies in rural communities," said Ms. Brand ommented. Meeting attendees participating in USDA programs included Velocys, Ensyn, Red Rock Biofuels, REG, and American Biocarbon.

Masood Akhtar, President of BDC commented, "In BDC's view, it is important for the government to be confident in the companies they financially assist, and the scale up requirements of the USDA have been critical to the success of new start up companies." "The success of the BDC meeting is due to a combination of the mission of the organization, the make-up and participation of the membership and guests, and the ingenuity and progress of the entrepreneurial management teams in the up and coming bio-industry," Akhtar concluded. (Source: BDC, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: BDC, Ben Thorp, Chairman, (804) 743-3105, Ben.Thorp@biorenewabledc.org, www.biorenewabledc.org; Velocys, Jeff McDaniel, VP, (614) 733-3300, jeff.mcdaniel@velocys.com, www.velocys.com; ThermoChem Recovery International, Chris Doherty, VP, (410) 525-2400, cdoherty@tri-inc.net, www.tri-inc.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorenewable Deployment Consortium,  Velocys,  ThermoChem Recovery International ,  


RFN Calls for Level Playing Field for High Octane Fuels (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Nebraska
Date: 2018-10-29
Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN), in response to the EPA's proposal to amend greenhouse gas standards in the existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rule is calling on the EPA to approve high octane fuels using 25 to 30 pct ethanol in the blend. The RFN is also calling for a "level the playing" field in what they say unfairly favors the electric vehicle industry over other advanced fuels such as high octane, ethanol blended fuels.

According to RFN Exec. Dir. Troy Bredenkamp, "Our comments to the EPA pointed out that Nebraska's ethanol industry would strongly support the EPA if they were to establish minimum octane standards for future fuels that would utilize 25 to 30 pct ethanol blends, and approve a corresponding alternative certification fuel so automakers can begin testing future engines on a high-octane blend. it is our belief that high octane E25-30 blends would help bring down the cost for consumers compared to the premium-priced octane level manufactured and advocated by oil refiners, while being significantly better for the environment." said Bredenkamp. (Source: Renewable Fuels Nebraska, NTV/ABC, 26 Oct., 2018) Contact: Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Troy Bredenkamp, Exec. Dir., (402)325-0045, (402) 310-8038, troyb@renewablefuelsne.org, www.renewablefuelsne.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Nebraska,  


NY Law Suit Claims ExxonMobil Misled Shareholders on Climate Change (Ind. Report)
Climate Change,ExxonMobil
Date: 2018-10-29
It is being widely reported by the New York Times and others that New York is suing the Houston-headquartered oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil, claiming that the company defrauded shareholders by downplaying the risks posed by climate change, according to the New York Times and other publications.

The legal action does not charge ExxonMobil with playing a role in causing climate change, but rather accuses the company of telling investors that it was using theoretical prices for carbon in evaluating projects, ranging from $20 to $80 a ton depending on the country, when in fact it often used a lower price or no price at all, according to the Washington Post. The action also alleges ExxonMobil's senior management was aware of these activities.

BBC News reports that an ExxonMobil spokesperson claimed the oil giant "looks forward to refuting these claims as soon as possible and getting this meritless civil lawsuit dismissed." (Source: NY TIMES, BBC, Standard, Various Other Media, 24 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Climate Change,  


India Lauded for Promoting Wind Energy Investment (Int'l. Report)
Invest India
Date: 2018-10-29
On the sub-continent, India's investment promotion agency Invest India has been awarded United Nations Investment Promotion Award for mobilizing investment in the wind energy sector that will bring down power tariff and generate 1 GW of renewable energy.

India was one of the four countries picked for the top honour this year besides Bahrain Economic Development Board, Bahrain, Lesotho National Development Corporation, Losetho, and InvestSA, South Africa. (Source: Invest India, Connected to India, 28 Oct., 2018) Contact: Invest India, www.investindia.gov.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News India Wind,  Wind,  


Incinerators Spewed 11Mn tonnes of CO2 in 2017, says UKWIN (Int'l)
UK Without Incineration Network
Date: 2018-10-29
Evaluation of the Climate Change Impacts of Waste Incineration in the United Kingdom, a new report by the UK Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) claims approximately 11,000,000 tonnes of CO2 was emitted from the burning of fossil-based materials such plastics in the UK's 42 waste incinerators in 2017.

The report estimates the incineration's "unpaid cost to society" was approximately £325 million in non-traded carbon price.

The report notes that the incineration of plastics could contribute as much as £25 billion of harm to the UK in terms of CO2 emissions. Each tonne of plastic incinerated reportedly releases around 1.43 tonnes of CO2. A typical waste incinerator built in 2020 would release 2.8 million tonnes of fossil CO2 over its 30-year lifetime, the report finds.

With electric power generation taken into account, the report states that incinerators are responsible for releasing around 1.6 million tonnes more CO2 than sending the same waste to landfill. In terms of energy generation, the report finds that the carbon intensity of energy produced through waste incineration is more than 23 times greater than that for renewable energy. (Source: UKWIN, Resource, 26 Oct., 2018) Contact: UKWIN, Josh Dowen, +44 0 1623 640134, shlomo.dowen@gmail.com, www.ukwin.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Roeslein Expediting Smithfield Foods' Biogas Program (Ind. Report)
Smithfield Foods,Roeslein Alternative Energy
Date: 2018-10-29
Virginia-headquartered hog producer and processor Smithfield Foods has announced it plans to expand its Smithfield Renewables initiative aimed at cutting its greenhouse gas emissions 25 pct by 2025. To that end, the company plans to equip 90 pct its hog finishing operations North Carolina, Utah and Missouri with manure methane-to-energy systems.

St.Louis-based Roeslein Alternative Energy has spearheaded Smithfirld's efforts in Missouri and is equipping Smithfield's hog waste lagoons with covering systems that capture, clean and ultimately fed methane into a pipeline system that distributes natural gas nationally. Roeslein completed the first of its biogas projects for Smithfield in 2016 near Albany, Mo., and currently converts manure from its farms into enough energy to power 15,400 homes. (Source: Roeslein Alternative Energy, St. Louis Post Dispatch, 27 Oct., 2018) Contact: Smithfield Foods, www.smithfieldfoods.com; Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, croach@roesleinae.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smithfield Foods.Methane,  Biogas,  Roeslein Alternative Energy,  


Echogen Funded for Low-Cost Energy Storage Dev. (Ind. Report)
Echogen Power Systems
Date: 2018-10-29
In the Buckeye State, Akron-headquartered energy storage specialist Echogen Power Systems reports receipt of $3 million in US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program funding for long-duration energy storage using low-cost materials to cut costs.

Echogen's project turns thermal energy into electricity using sand as the storage medium. The Echogen process uses a carbon dioxide heat pump cycle to convert electricity into thermal energy by heating a reservoir, which is converted back into electricity on demand. The product is geared toward projects at 50-100 MW capacities. (Source: Echogen Power Systems, Energy News, 28 Oct., 2018) Contact: Echogen Power Systems, (234) 542-4379, info@echogen.com, www.echogen.com; DOE ARPA-E, https://arpa-e.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  DOE ARPA-E,  


IMO Accused of Heel Dragging on Maritime Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
IMO,Clean Shipping Coalition
Date: 2018-10-29
MarEx is reporting the Clean Shipping Coalition, an umbrella group for nine environmental NGOs, has warned that the London-headquartered IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) isn't doing enough to meet its commitment to reduce shipping's CO2 emissions.

The Coalition pointed to mandatory "slow steaming" speed reduction as a leading possibility for cutting back shipping's emissions. Even as a standalone measure, industry-wide speed limits could deliver on the IMO's goal to reduce carbon intensity by 40 pct by 2030, the group said. (Source: Clean Shipping Coalition, MarEx, 26 Oct., 2018) Contact:Clean Shipping Coalition, www.cleanshipping.org; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Clean Shipping Coalition,  


San Diego Misses 2017 Carbon Footprint Reduction (Ind. Report)
Carbon Emissions, Climate Change
Date: 2018-10-29
In the Golden State, the city of San Diego Climate Action Plan progress report notes the city failed to reduce its GHG emissions in 2017 compared to 2016. While the city's carbon footprint was reduced in certain areas, such as electricity use and water use, increases in carbon emissions from the burning of natural gas by homes and businesses offset that progress and led to a statistical flatline. The city's own conservation efforts also faltered last year, with its electricity and natural gas consumption going up by 3 pct.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer's Mayoral spokesman Craig Gustafson noted that despite the stalling in 2017, the city of 1.42 million residents was still on track to meet its 2020 goal of reducing emissions by 15 pct. (Source: City of San Diego, KPBS, 26 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of San Diego 2018 Climate Action Plan www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/city_of_san_diego_2018_cap_annual_report.pdf

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


Indian Groups Testing Sorghum Ethanol Profitability (Int'l)
Indian Institute of Millet Research
Date: 2018-10-29
Reporting from Hyderabad, India, the Indian Institute of Millet Research (IIMR) reports that with India falling short of sugarcane ethanol production to meet its national Ethanol Blending Programme, it is investigating the use of sweet sorghum juice as an ethanol production feedstock.

According to IIMR's Dr. AV Umakanth, principal scientist and sweet and high biomass sorghum investigator, with ethanol prices at Rs 59.13 per litre, the time is ripe to push sweet sorghum.

The National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Ltd (NFCSFL) reports it will test the profitability of sorghum ethanol at two mills. (Source: Indian Institute of Millet Research, New Indian Express, 27 Oct., 2018) Contact: Indian Institute of Millet Research, : +91 40 2459 9301, www.millets.res.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  India Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


Warren County Inks $5.7Mn Energy Savings Contract (Ind. Report)
Energy Systems Group
Date: 2018-10-29
In the Bluegrass State, the Warren County Fiscal Court reports it has approved an 18-year, $5,732,000 contract with Indiana-based Energy Systems Group (ESG) for lighting, HVAC energy efficient upgrades to 42 county-owned and/or operated buildings. The upgrades are expected to cut the county's energy costs to the tune of $6.4 million under the terms of the ESG contract guarantee.

Improvements to be made under the contract are slated to get underway in November for completion by the end of 2019, according to the contract. The county currently spends in excess of $108,000 per month on utility bills. The has approved a $7 million bond issuance to cover the cost of the upgrades. (Source: Warren County Fiscal Court, PR, 27 Oct., 2018) Contact: Warren County Fiscal Court, www.warrencountyky.gov/fiscal-court; Energy Systems Group, Teresa Barton, Bus. Dev. Mgr, www.energysystemsgroup.com . ESG Business Development Manager Teresa Barton,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Trump's Proposed Fuel Efficiency Freeze Challenged (Ind. Report)
Alt Fuel
Date: 2018-10-29
Reuters is reporting a group of 20 U.S. states and several major cities have petitioned the Trump administration to abandon its "unlawful and reckless" proposal to freeze fuel efficiency standards after 2020 and to strip California of the ability to impose its own vehicle emissions rules.

California, NY, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and the other states and cities are threatening court action if the Trump proposal is advanced. The potential litigants claim Trump's proposal "would deal a substantial blow in the fight against climate change."

Separately, a group representing major automakers is calling for "the federal government to set achievable future standards that continue to advance environmental and energy goals while recognizing marketplace realities." The automakers are pressing California and the federal government to retain nationwide emissions rules and avoid a prolonged legal battle. The Trump administration's plan would freeze standards at 2020 levels through 2026, hike U.S. oil consumption by about 500,000 bpd by the 2030s but reduce automakers regulatory costs by more than $300 billion, and prohibit California from requiring automakers to sell a rising number of electric vehicles. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 28 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuels,  Fuel Efficiency,  


POET'S Shelbyville Indiana Ethanol Plant on Track (Ind. Report)
POET
Date: 2018-10-29
Further to our 25 July coverage, South Dakota-based ethanol producer POET is reportedly reviewing a Shelbyville Planning Commission tax abatement proposal for a $160 million ethanol production plant in Shelbyville, southeast of Indianapolis.

If constructed, the plant would create about 45 full-time jobs and produce 80 million gpy of ethanol. The plant is expected to begin operations in 2020. (Source: POET, Albany Times Union, 26 Oct., 2018) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com; Shelbyville Planning Commission, (317) 392-6338, www.cityofshelbyvillein.com/event/plan-commission

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  


Aussie Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Study Funded (Int'l Report)
Origin Energy
Date: 2018-10-29
In Canberra, the Australian federal government government has announced $2 million of funding for an Origin Energy study into the proposed expansion of its Shoalhaven pumped hydro energy storage scheme, a project that could provide baseload power for up 80,000 homes.

The proposal, which would up the station's capacity from 240MW to 475MW should it go ahead, is to pump water from Lake Yarrunga to Fitzroy Falls Reservoir via a new underground pumped power station.

The feasibility study would be completed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and could cost as much as $6.8 million when completed in 2019. 2019. (Source: Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Oct., 2018) Contact: ARENA, www.arena.gov.au; Origin Energy, Frank Calabria, CEO, www.originenergy.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Origin Energy,  Pumped Hydro,  Energy Storage,  


Hanwha Q CELLS Confirms $825Mn Privatization (Int'l Report, M&A)
Hanwha Solar
Date: 2018-10-29
Korean solar PV company Hanwha Q CELLS reports it will be acquired by Hanwha Solar Holdings and de-list from NASDAQ in a deal worth approximately $825 million.

Hanwha Solar Holdings Co Ltd will purchase all Hanwha Q Cells ordinary share that it does not already own for $0.20 in cash, and each American depository share (ADS) for $9.90 in cash. Hanwha Solar Holdings already holds an approximate 94 pct position in Q CELLS. (Source: Hansha Q Cells, Facbook, Various Media, , 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Hanwha Group, www.hanwha.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Solar,  Hanwha,  Solar,  


Louisiana Scrapping Bottom in Energy Efficiency Rating (Ind Report)
Wallethub.com
Date: 2018-10-29
In its recently released ranking of energy efficiency in 48 US states, the financial analysis website Wallethub.com has ranked Louisiana second to last, behind South Carolina. being the only state ranked lower.

Wallethub used two key metrics to determine a state's overall energy efficiency -- Home Energy Efficiency and Auto Energy Efficiency. The data used to determine home energy efficiency was gathered by calculating the ratio of total residential energy consumption to annual degree days. They used climate data and compared it to the average energy usage to find a correlation.

In Auto energy efficiency, Louisiana ranked 30th out of 48 states but still below average. (Source: Wallethub.com, Leesville Daily Leader, 27 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


APICORP Inks $35-$40Mn Methanol Derivatives Memorandum (Int'l)
Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation
Date: 2018-10-29
The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a multilateral development bank, is reporting signing a financial structuring mandate with Suez Company for Methanol Derivatives to finance the development of a $60 million formaldehyde and derivatives project in Damietta, Egypt. The total project cost is estimated at USD $60 million. The plant production is aimed at the local market, although certain quantities will be exported in the early years. (Source: Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation, MENAFN, 28 Oct., 2018) Contact: Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation , www.apicorp-arabia.com Suez Company for Methanol Derivatives, www.egyptoil-gas.com/tag/suez-company-for-methanol-derivatives

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Iberdrola Inaugurates Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
Iberdrola,Adwen
Date: 2018-10-29
Following up on our Jan. 3rd coverage, Iberdrola is reporting the inauguration of the €1,400 million, 350 Wikinger offshore wind farm located in the German Baltic Sea. Other participants in the project included Asturian Windar, with the construction of 280 piles of 40 meters in length, as well as the Danish Bladt and the Spanish Navantia, which constructed 70 foundations (jackets) and Adwen, which has been in charge of the wind turbines.

Wikinger is Iberdrola's second offshore wind power project following the wind farm of the West of Duddon Sands (WoDs), jointly owned by the Danish Orsted and which was launched in the Irish Sea in 2014 with a capacity of 389 MW after an investment that exceeded €1,800 million. The Wikiger facility generates sufficient energy for approximately 350,000 German homes. (Source: Iberdrola, reve, 28 Oct., 2018) Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, www.iberdrolarenewables.com; Adwen Offshore, David Guiu, CCO, contact@adwenoffshore.com, www.adwenoffshore.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Adwen,  Iberdrola,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


Vestas Supplying Turbines for FIve S. African Wind Farms (Int'l)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2018-10-29
Italian energy giant Enel Green Power reports it has ordered 70 units of Vestas V136-4.2MW wind turbines for installation at five new South African wind farms -- Nxuba, Oyster Bay, Garob, Karusa, and Soetwater, with a capacity of around 140 MW each. The total investment comes in at approximately R19.7 billion, with Enel contributing around R3.7 billion in equity in a project that will generate roughly 700 MW of electricity when completed. The wind turbines are expected to be up and running by the second half of 2020. (Source: Enel Green Power, Business Insider SA, 28 Oct., 2018) Contact: Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com; Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


Singapore Utility Touts Blockchain Solar Energy Marketplace (Int'l)
SP Group
Date: 2018-10-29
In a press release, Singapore-based gas and electric power transmission company SP Group is reporting the launch of a blockchain-powered renewable energy certificate (REC) marketplace.

SP Group, which plans to use blockchain to help the company increase transparency and efficiency, notes that the marketplace will support both local and international RECs -- the documents that serve as proof that a particular amount of electrical energy has been produced by solar batteries.

The first contracts have already been signed with global real estate developer CDL and multinational banking corporation DBS Bank. Three solar energy sellers -- Cleantech Solar Asia, LYS Energy Solutions and Katoen Natie Singapore -- are also joining the marketplace, according to Cointelegraph.

Cointelegraph describes blockchain as: "a shared, digitized ledger that cannot be changed once a transaction has been recorded and verified. All parties to the transaction, as well as a significant number of third parties maintain a copy of the ledger (i.e. the blockchain), which means it would be practically impossible to amend every copy of the ledger globally to fake a transaction." (Source: SP Group, PR, Cointelegraph, 28 Oct., 2018) Contact: SP Group, +65 6916 8468, huanghuang@spgroup.com.sg, www.spgroup.com.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News SP Group,  Solar,  renewable energy certificate,  RECs ,  


Philly Funded for Solar Energy Training Program (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-10-29
In the Keystone State, the Philadelphia Energy Authority is reporting receipt of $1.25 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to establish solar training education programs.

The Philadelphia Energy Authority will work with the School District of Philadelphia to develop a three-year curriculum to train students for careers in the clean-energy sector. Philadelphia education officials say they hope the solar training program will be replicated statewide.. (Source: Philadelphia Energy Authority, 28 Oct., 2018) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Authority, 215-686-4483, www.philaenergy.org; DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

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Japan Launches Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Satellite (Int'l)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Date: 2018-10-29
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) are reporting the launch and earth orbit entry of a Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT-2) on Monday from the Tanegashima Space Centre on Tanegashima island.

The GOSAT-2 satallite, which was developed and manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric, will orbit the earth at an altitude of 613 kilometres to gather data on methane, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. The satellite will also monitor air pollution by measuring levels of particulate matter such as PM 2.5.

The satellite will play "a major role in monitoring the impact of climate change and human activities on the carbon cycle and is expected to contribute to climate science and climate change related policies," Mitsubishi Electric said in a statement. Source: Mitsubishi Electric, AAP, SBS News, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Aerospace Exploration Agency, global.jaxa.jp;Mitsubishi Electric, www.mitsubishielectric.com/en/contact/index.html

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Neste Oil Shares $1Mn Israeli Alt Fuels Prize (Int'l Report)
Neste Oil
Date: 2018-10-29
The Jerusalem Post is reporting Bar-Ilan University and Finland's Dr. Lars Peter Lindfors of Neste Oil will share the Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation. The $1 million award is the largest prize in the field of innovation of alternative fuels for transportation worldwide.

Neste Oil Snr. VP of Technology Dr. Lars Peter Lindfors and his team have developed innovative methods to produce biodiesel from organic waste, including organic oils and used cooking oils. Through these newly-developed methods, Neste has been able to produce millions of tons of biodiesel annually to power trucks and boats, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90 pct. (Source: Jerusalem Post, 28 Oct., 2018) Contact: Neste Oil Corp., Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste Oil,  Alternative Fuel,  Biodiesel,  


MCAST Launches PV, Energy Storage Integration Project (Int'l)
MCAST
Date: 2018-10-26
In Paola, the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) is reporting the launch of a new EU-funded Horizon 2020 JUMP2Excel project that would establish and encourage the scientific and innovation capacity of MCAST Energy in the field of photovoltaic (PV), energy storage and ancillary services. A number of research centres including Centro Nacional de Energia Renovables (CENER) in Spain, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) in France and the UK's University of Manchester will participate in the project.

JUMP2Excel is designed for all partners to benefit from the collaboration beyond the three-year funding period. (Source: MCAST, Newsbook, 24 Oct., 2018) Contact: MCAST, +356 2398 7100, www.mcast.edu.mt

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Dominion Energy Issues Solar, Onshore Wind RFP (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2018-10-26
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy reports it is seeking bids for up to 500 MW of solar and onshore wind generation as part of a plan to develop 3,000 MW of additional solar and wind power under the state's July 1, 2018, Grid Transformation & Security Act (GTSA).

The company has pledged to have 3,000 MW of new solar and wind energy -- sufficient power for 750,000 homes -- under development or in operation by early 2022 and, to that end, intends to issue an RfP each year until the pledge has been met.

The present RFP is soliciting bids for energy, capacity and environmental attributes including Renewable Energy Certificates, for new solar and onshore wind facilities of 5 megawatts (ac) or more located in Virginia. The proposals can be for PPAs and/or the purchase of development projects. The RFP outlines the proposal requirements and power and asset purchase agreement terms requiring a commercial operations date in 2020, as well as the price and non-price evaluation criteria. Notices of Intent to Bid and Confidentiality Agreements are due by November 2, 2018 with final asset purchase and power purchase proposals due December 13, 2018 and March 14, 2019 respectively. (Source: Dominion Energy, reve, 24 Oct., 2018)Contact: Dominion Energy, Robert M. Blue, President & CEO, Power Delivery Group, www.dominionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Wind,  


Ensus Wilton Wheat Biofuel Production "Paused" Again (Int'l)
Ensus,CropEnergies
Date: 2018-10-26
In the UK, German CropEnergies reports production at its £300 million subsidiary Ensus bioethanol refinery in Wilton on Teesside is to be "paused" in November for the fourth time. The break in production is for an unspecified period due to the falling global price of bioethanol.

Previously, the plant was mothballed in 2011, two years after opening, due to US competition and dwindling demand. Production restarted in October 2012 but paused again in April 2013 because of rising energy costs and a poor harvest. CropEnergies AG acquired the facility in July 2013, rebooted production the following October, stopped production in early 2015 and restarted again in 2016.

The plant converts wheat into fuel-grade alcohol, animal feed and CO2 for the beverage industry. (Source: Ensus, BBC News, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ensus Ltd., Joachim Lutz, CEO, +44 (0) 1642 794040, www.ensus.co.uk; CropEnergies AG, +49 621 714 19000, www.cropenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ensus,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  CropEnergies,  


Shaw AFB, Duke Energy Partner on Residential Solar (Ind. Report)
-Hunt Southern Group
Date: 2018-10-26
Hunt Southern Group, a Hunt Military Community, in tandem with its military partner, Shaw Air Force Base in Shaw, South Carolina, is reports a collaboration with Duke Energy and Hunt affiliate, Hunt Alternative Energy Investments, for the installation of 5,865 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on 284 homes at the Shaw AFB. The installations are expected to offset approximately 40 pct -- 2.4 million kWh -- of the base's total annual electric power consumption.

Hunt's Military Communities division is a 50-year partnership created between the Department of Defense and Hunt through the Military Housing Privatization Act. As part of the partnership, Hunt owns approximately 52,000 units spread across more than 40 military installations on Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Army installations. (Source: Hunt Southern Group, Shaw Air Force Base, PR, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Hunt Southern Group, Hunt Companies, www.huntcompanies.com; Shaw AFB, www.shaw.af.mil; Duke Energy, Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, SC Pres., Cindy Gersch, (315) 486-0239, www.duke-energy.com

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Achievements of the Clean Development Mechanism -- Harnessing Incentive for Climate Action 2001-2018 (Report Attached)
Clean Development Mechanism
Date: 2018-10-26
"Over the past 17 years, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has seen peaks and valleys: from the years when it was widely used as one of the chief tools to fight climate change to the recent situation of reduced demand for its Certified Emission Reductions (CERs).

"As this report shows, the CDM is harnessing the entrepreneurial power of markets and the private sector to meet goals on sustainable development and climate change – something that remains a priority today, not only for climate action but for financing in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.

"It is helping bring climate action and sustainable development to the forefront of the global agenda -- through the thousands of projects in developing countries and by making international organizations, businesses and ordinary citizens aware of their own carbon footprints and what they can do to reduce and offset them. Perhaps most importantly, the CDM has established robust standards and methodologies to quantify and monitor emission reduction projects."

Download the report HERE. (Source: UNFCCC, Oct., 2018) Contact: UNFCCC, UN Climate Change, +49 228 815 1000, secretariat@unfccc.int, https://unfccc.int

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Green Energy Biofuel Expanding into South Carolina (Ind. Report)
Green Energy Biofuel
Date: 2018-10-26
Winnsboro, South Carolina-based Green Energy Biofuel reports it plans to invest $4.3 million to construct a 36 million sq-ft fats, oils and grease (FOG) recycling facility in Warrensville, South Carolina. The facility is scheduled to be operational by the end of the year.

Green Energy Biofuel refines and recycles used cooking oil and other food products sourced from area kitchens and food manufacturers. With the new facility, the company will be able to recycle more than 60 million gpy of used cooking oil and produce 300,000 gpy of biodiesel and other recycled-content products. (Source: Green Energy Biofuel, Recycle, October, 2018) Contact: Green Energy Biofuel, Beth Renwick, CFO, (803) 718-6323, www.gebiofuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Green Energy Biofuel,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


World Energy Invests $350Mn in Cal. Renewable Fuel Plant (M&A)
World Energy,AltAir,Delek
Date: 2018-10-26
Boston-headquartered biodiesel producer World Energy is reporting a $350 million investment over the next two years to complete a conversion of its Paramount, Calif. petroleum refinery to a 305 million gpy renewable fuel refinery.

As previously reported, World Energy purchased Delek US Holdings Inc.'s interests in renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel producer AltAir Paramount LLC. The deal included AltAir's Paramount Petroleum LLC refinery assets in Paramount, as well an adjacent tank farm, and most of Delek's California pipeline assets. Founded in 1998, World Energy operates biodiesel manufacturing plants in Houston; Natchez, Miss.; Rome, Ga.; Harrisburg, Pa.; and Hamilton, Ontario. In addition to its renewable diesel refinery in Paramount, the company also operates distribution hubs throughout the U.S. and Canada. (Source: World Energy, NGT News, 24 Oct., 2018) Contact: Delek US Holdings, Keith Johnson VP Investor Relations, (615) 435-1366, www.delekus.com; AltAir Fuels, Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920, (562) 748-4726, www.altairfuels.com; World Energy, Gene Gebolys, CEO,(617) 889-7300, www.worldenergy.net

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NBB Calls for Stronger, More Accountable RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2018-10-26
"In June, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) expressed appreciation that the U.S. EPA proposed increases in the 2020 biomass-based diesel and 2019 advanced biofuel categories under the RFS. While the proposed increases sent a positive signal to the industry, EPA's granting of dozens of retroactive small refinery (hardship) exemptions undercut prior year volumes and could still have a negative impact on future year standards.

"We welcome the administration's proposal to grow the biodiesel volumes, following two flat-lined years. This is a positive signal for our industry and we're pleased the EPA has acknowledged our ability to produce higher volumes. We've consistently demonstrated that we can do much more. The fact remains, though, instability in the RFS program caused by the EPA has done significant damage that can only be rectified for biodiesel through consistent and predictable growth in volumes, according to Kurt Kovarik, NBB VP Federal Affairs.

"Kovarik pointed to decisions by the EPA administrator to provide numerous (hardship) waivers to petroleum refiners that release them from their obligations under the RFS, effectively reducing the overall volumes under the program in 2016 and 2017. Those exemptions have effectively destroyed current demand for biodiesel by 300 million gallons.

"As a candidate on the campaign trail, Donald Trump pledged he would support biofuels and protect the RFS, Kovarik added. While this is just a proposal, we hope the administration is serious about growing biodiesel volumes and will fulfill the president's promise to support and grow the RFS.

The EPA proposed to raise the renewable volume obligations (RVO) for the biomass-based diesel category from 2.1 billion gallons in 2019 to 2.43 billion gallons in 2020. The agency also proposed to slightly increase the advanced biofuel category, for which biodiesel also qualifies, from 4.29 billion gallons in 2018 to 4.88 billion gallons in 2019.

"The RFS requires the EPA to grow the volume of advanced biofuels like biodiesel delivered to U.S. consumers. Since taking office, Trump's EPA has recommended zero growth for the biomass-based diesel category.

"This summer, 39 U.S. senators sent a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to increase biomass-based diesel and advanced volumes and accurately account for small refinery hardship exemptions in the annual RFS volumes. NBB specifically thanked Sens. Patty Murray, D-Washington; Roy Blunt, R-Missouri; Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota; and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, for leading the letter.

"Noting that EPA proposes to set the 2020 biomass-based diesel volume at 2.43 billion gallons, the senators wrote, 'While these proposed increases are encouraging, these volumes continue to underestimate the existing potential of the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries in our states. We believe the biodiesel industry can do more and that EPA should demonstrate more confidence in the RFS program's ability to drive growth.' Comments from the senators and NBB demonstrate that the increased biomass-based diesel volume is achievable with available feedstocks. Calling on EPA to accurately account for small refinery hardship exemptions, the senators added, 'It is critical that EPA appropriately account for any small refiner economic hardship exemptions that it reasonably expects to grant during the 2019 compliance year in the final rule, or EPA will not be able to fulfill its duty to ensure RVOs are met.'

"We (NBB) join the senators in calling on EPA to raise biomass-based diesel volumes to an appropriate level that will drive additional growth. Biodiesel production has consistently exceeded the annual volume obligations set by EPA. The industry continues to operate below capacity, which limits job creation and economic growth. Moreover, EPA must fully and accurately account for small refiner hardship exemptions under the RFS. NBB estimates that the exemptions granted by EPA for 2016 and 2017 reduced demand for biodiesel and renewable diesel by about 300 million gallons. That lost demand is equal to or greater than the annual production of some of the nation's top biodiesel-producing states, including Washington, Missouri, North Dakota and Iowa. The volumes that EPA sets are meaningless if the agency does not ensure they are met at the end of the year.

"NBB and its members continue working to move the needle for higher volumes, meeting with the administration, working with biodiesel champions on the Hill, and collaborating with key industry stakeholders. The EPA is set to finalize volumes before Nov. 30." (Source: NBB, 24 Oct., 2018) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

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Acciona Constructing Aussie Thermal Waste-to-Energy Plant (Int'l)
Acciona,Veolia,Macquarie Capital
Date: 2018-10-26
Madrid-headquartered renewable energy giant Acciona reports it will construct a$700 million thermal waste-to-energy plant in the Kwinana Industrial Area south of Perth, Australia. The plant will process up to 400,000 tpy of waste to generate an estimated 36 MW of electricity -- sufficient power for around 50,000 households.

Under the terms ot Acciona's EPC contract with the project developer -- a Macquarie Capital and Phoenix Energy JV -- Acciona's consortium will design, build, operate and maintain the facility. Veolia will operate and maintain the project. (Source: Acciona Website, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: Acciona, +34 91 663 28 50 / Fax: +34 91 663 28 51, www.acciona.com/?language=en; Macquarie Group, www.macquarie.com; Veolia, www.veolia.com/en

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Novozymes Reports Growing Bioenergy Segment Sales (Ind. Report)
Novozymes
Date: 2018-10-26
Further to our August 15th coverage, in its just released Q3, 2018 financial report, Novozymes reports significant growth in demand for enzymes in the conventional biofuel market. Overall, the company reported 5 pct organic sales growth for Q3, when compared to the same period of 2017. For the first nine months of the year, sales grew by 4 pct organically. Sales in bioenergy were up 14 pct, while agriculture and feed sales grew by 5 pct. Bioenergy accounted for 19 pct of the company's sales during the first three quarters of 2018. (Source: Novozymes, Various Media, 24 Oct., 2018)Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, President and CEO, Tina Sejersgard Fano, VP Bioenergy, +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

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Redfield Energy to Install ICM's TS4 System (Ind. Report)
ICM, Redfield Energy
Date: 2018-10-26
Colwich, Kansas-headquartered agricultural and renewable energy technology firm ICM Inc. is reporting an agreement with South Dakota's Redfield Energy LLC to implement its patent-pending, proprietary Thin Stillage Solids Separation System (TS4) at Redfield's ethanol plant in Redfield, South Dakota. ICM will engineer, design, manufacture and install the TS4 technology which is expected to be completed completed in spring 2019.

The Redfield plant has been using ICM's Selective Milling Technology and Fiber Separation Technology systems, two value-added platforms that offer operational benefits to ethanol manufacturing facilities such as maximizing ethanol and distillers oil production while minimizing energy consumption. The FST system also enables the production of high protein distillers dried grain livestock feed (Hi-Pro DDG). The TS4 technology removes suspended solids from the thin stillage stream for increased plant throughput and energy savings. (Source: ICM Inc. , Oct, 2018) Contact: ICM Inc., David VanderGriend, CEO, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com; Redfield Energy, (605) 302-0090, www.redfieldenergy.com

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Notable Quote

Date: 2018-10-26
"Starting next year, it will no longer be free to pollute anywhere in Canada. Putting a price on (carbon) pollution is the best way to tackle climate change, because it works." -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Lib), 23 Oct., 2018

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Tesla Solar Roof Production Date Delayed to 2019 (Ind. Report)
Tesla Solar
Date: 2018-10-26
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced the planned ramping up of the company's home solar roof product that uses solar cell embedded glass roof glass tiles to generate electricity.

The company began taking orders for the product in 2017 on the assumption the mass production would start that summer. Mass production has now been rescheduled for the summer of 2019, according to Musk's announcement.

According to Tesla, the solar roof product is expected to cost $21.85 per square foot for a 3,000-square-foot roof. (Source: Tesla, C/MET, 25 Oct., 2018)Contact: Tesla Solar, www.tesla.com/en_CA/solarroof

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sonnen Starting Aussie Home Energy Storage Battery Prod. (Int'l)
Sonnen
Date: 2018-10-26
Following on our September 10th coverage, German energy storage giant sonnen Group reports it expects to produce the first of a projected 10,000 Australian-made home energy storage sonnenBatterie within weeks, at the former Holden car factory in Elizabeth, South Australia. The plant's production is aimed primarily for the Australian market as well as export to the neighbouring Asia Pacific region.

As previously reported, Sonnen project follows the State Government's announcement of its $100 million Home Battery Scheme to provide 40,000 South Australia households with access to grants up to $6000 for the installation of home battery systems. (Source: Sonnen, PR, 25 Oct., 2018)Contact: sonnen, www.sonnen-batterie.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News sonnen,  Hone Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


Standard Solar, Pivot Plan Six Community Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
Standard Solar, Pivot Energy
Date: 2018-10-26
St. Louis-based Pivot Energy and Rockville, Maryland-headquartered Standard Solar are reporting a collaboration to finance, own and maintain six community solar gardens developed and constructed by Pivot Energy along interstate I-70 in Colorado.

Incorporating both ground mount and rooftop arrays, the solar projects are expected to produce 18,644,960 kWh of energy.

Of the six sites, four are in various states of completion. The sites in Parachute, Silt Palisade and Grand Junction Colorado are already fully subscribed.

The Colorado Energy Office, notes that Colorado leads the nation with nearly 70 community solar projects in operation and many others in development. (Source: Standard Solar, Colorado Energy Office, Solar World, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Pivot Energy, Rick Hunter, CEO, (888) 734-3033, info@pivotenergy.net, www.pivotenergy.net; Colorado Energy Office, www.colorado.gov/energyoffice; Standard Solar, Scott Wiater, Pres., CEO, (301) 944-1200, www.standardsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Standard Solar,  Pivot Energy ,  Solar,  Community Solar,  


Wyndham HQ Wins LEED Gold Recertification (Ind. Report)
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, US GReen Building Council
Date: 2018-10-26
New Jersey-based Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold recertification for the company's headquarters in Parsippany, N.J. The Wyndham headquarters building won its first LEED Silver Certification for Corporate Interiors in 2010, a second Silver certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) in 2013, and this recent Gold EBOM recertification, which was earned through water reduction, green cleaning and indoor air quality management.

Wyndham achieved Gold LEED recertification through site related credits that included: open habitat and biodiversity protection; storm water management; water efficient landscaping and related improvements. Over the past five years, the Wyndham headquarters building also improved its score for energy efficiency through the U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR program.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is the world's largest hotel franchising company, with nearly 9,000 hotels across more than 80 countries on six continents. (Source: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, PR, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Mary Falvey, CEO, www.wyndhamhotels.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov

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