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Marathon Petroleum Requests EPA , RFS Biofuel Waiver (Ind. Report)
Marathon Petroleum
Date: 2018-05-23
Reuters is reporting that Findlay, Ohio-headquartered Marathon Petroleum last year asked the EPA for a hardship waiver exempting one of its refineries from U.S. Biofuels RFS legislation. The Reuters report did not identify the individual facility, or the portion of a facility, the waiver would cover or if the waiver was granted.

Marathon's smallest refinery is a 93,000 bpd facility in Canton, Ohio. As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Reuters, Seeking Alpha, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Marathon Petroleum, Corporate, (419)421-3070, (419) 425-7040, www.marathonpetroleum.com

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


Virginia Adopts School Renewables Feed-in Tariffs (Reg & Leg)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2018-05-23
In the Old Dominion State, legislation tabled by Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) in the 2018 session directs Dominion Energy to permit schools that generate more energy from on-site wind- or solar-powered sources to sell the power back to the utility. Currently, the excess power goes back to the electrical grid, but school systems are not reimbursed.

Under the legislation, the funds could either be taken by a school system in cash, or applied to offset some of the cost of operating other facilities.

The legislation, which was supported by several school systems and by Dominion Energy, passed both the Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate unopposed. The legislation, which was signed by Gov. Northam in March, gives the state Corporation Commission until Dec. 1 to set up the guidelines for administering the the pilot program. It is slated to run for six years (Source: InsideNova, Various Media, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Dominion Energy, Robert M. Blue, President & CE, Power Delivery Group, www.dominionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy ,  Feed-in Tariff,  FITs,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


Colwich, Kansas Ethanol Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Element LLC,The Andersons,ICM Holdings
Date: 2018-05-23
Following up on our March 9 coverage, Element LLC, a collaboration between ICM Holdings and The Andersons, Inc. reports construction is underway on a new $175 million corn ethanol plant in Colwich, Kansas.

The plant, which will produce corn oil, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, DDGs for livestock feed is slated to open next spring. (Source: Wichita Eagle, AP, ICM, Others, 22 May, 2018)Contact: Elements LLC, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com; The Andersons Inc, (419) 893-5050, www.andersonsethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Element LLC,  The Andersons,  ICM Holdings,  


NZR Offers Energy Mgm't Software via Open Telekom Cloud (Int'l)
Nordwestdeutsche Zaehlerrevision
Date: 2018-05-23
German energy management specialist Nordwestdeutsche Zaehlerrevision (NZR) reports it is now operating its CountVision software on the Open Telekom Cloud, enabling corporate customers to read energy and consumption meters via the internet and thus identify potential energy waste and savings. Energy suppliers can also use the service to monitor their networks for leaks.

The software can be accessed from the Open Telekom Cloud without NZR's proprietary software, thus reducing IT and other costs. (Source: NZR, Deutsche Telekom, telecompaper News, 22 May, 2018) Contact: NRZ, info@nzr.de, www.nzr.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  


E.On, Google Touting Sunroof Platform for UK Households (Int'l)
E.ON,Google,Sunroof
Date: 2018-05-23
E.On and Google are reporting a partnership to bring their Sunroof platform to British households in the coming weeks. The Sunroof platform uses Google Earth and Google Maps, 3D models and machine learning to provide an accurate estimate of a home's individual solar potential.

As in Germany, E.On will be the first energy company in Britain to offer its customers a digital assessment of the PV potential of their homes.

Ultimately, Sunroof "translates" the determined amount of light into energy and the potential cost savings. Based on this data, customers in Germany can request a complete package consisting of a photovoltaic module and the E.ON SolarCloud, optionally with Aura battery storage. E.On also provides a "sunshine guarantee" to ensure that the solar system achieves the calculated yields, with lower values met with financial compensation by the company.

The two firms are also preparing a market launch in Italy, while the one-year programme in Germany will now be extended until the end of the year. Google launched Sunroof in the United States in 2015. The platform is currently covering approximately 60 million buildings. According to Google, around 79 pct of the roofs covered by the application were suitable for the installation of a solar power generator, while in the south of the country, their percentage reached 90 pct. (Source: E.ON, Google, PR, Impact4All, 22 May, 2018) Contact: E.ON, www.eon-solar.de;

More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON,  Google,  Sunroof,  


Gore Street Raises £30.6Mn for Energy Storage M&As (Int'l)
Gore Street Capital
Date: 2018-05-23
Following up on our May 4th coverage, London-based UK investment firm Gore Street Capital reports it raised £30.6 million via an energy storage fund share issue for the acquisition of battery energy storage projects. The 100 million share offering was priced at £1 per share.

The fund's initial 18MW portfolio will include three lithium-ion battery projects sites worth approximately £11.2m. The seed portfolio will include the operational 6MW Boulby plant in North Yorkshire and a 49 pct share of the online 4MW Cenin facility in Wales and the pre-construction 10MW Lower Road development in Essex. (Source: Gore Street, renews, 22 May, 2018)Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gore Street Capital,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Ideol, STX Partner on Floating Offshore Wind Substations (Ind. Report)
STX Europe Offshore Energy,Ideol
Date: 2018-05-23
La Ciotat, France-based Ideol and STX Europe Offshore Energy report they are joining forces to develop a floating substation that will be compatible with both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind farms.

Based on Ideol's shallow-draft Damping Pool concept and designed to operate in the world's most extreme environments, the universal floating substation will remain flexible to client demands and/or specific certification requirements and accommodate both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind farms starting at depths of 30 meters.

The solution aims at being market-ready for France's upcoming floating commercial tenders, accoring to a statement. (Source: Ideol, STX, Windpower Eng., May, 2018) Contact: Ideol, +33 (0)4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en STX Solutions Europe, www.offshore-technology.com/contractors/design-engineering, www.offshorewind.biz/tag/stx-europe-offshore-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News STX Europe Offshore Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Offshore Energy,  Ideol,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  


Michigan Utilities Set 50 pct - 2030 Clean Energy Goal (Ind Report)
DTE, Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-05-23
Building on an agreement with Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan -- a grassroots ballot campaign to protect Michigan's air and water by increasing the state's use of renewable energy -- DTE Energy and Consumers Energy are reporting an acceleration of clean energy plans and setting a 50 pct Clean Energy Goal to be reached by 2030.

In keeping with the agreement, Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan has mothballed plans to submit more than 350,000 signatures they collected in support of a clean energy initiative that would have called for an increase to the state's renewable portfolio standard. DTE and Consumers Energy intend to achieve their 50 pct by 2030 green goal through increased energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. Michigan legislation requires utilities to source 15 pct of their power from renewable sources by 2021. (Source: Healthy Michigan, DTE, Energy Insider, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan, www.cleanenergyhealthymichigan.com; DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir., www2.dteenergy.com; Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE,  Consumers Energy,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


Conti Solar Breaks Ground on Cleveland Area PV Array (Ind. Report)
Conti Solar,IGS Solar
Date: 2018-05-23
Edison, New Jersey-headquartered engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Conti Solar reports construction is underway on a 4-MW, 17 acre landfill solar park in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), Ohio. The project is slated for completion this summer.

The completed solar project will be owned and operated by IGS Solar. Cleveland Public Power will purchase all of the plant's generated electricity which is expected to exceed 5 million kWh, according to the release. (Source: Conti Solar, Various Media, Renewables Now, 22 May, 2018) Contact: IGS Solar, Hugh Scott, www.igssolarpower.com; Conti Solar, (732) 860-4660, www.contisolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PV,  Landfill Solar,  Conti Solar,  Solar,  IGS Solar,  


NY to Scupper Last Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2020 (Ind. Report)
Andrew Cuomo,
Date: 2018-05-23
In Albany, an announcement from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (Dem) has tagged coal as "a relec of the past" and proposed strict new carbon dioxide standards that spell the doom of the Empire State' two remaining coal-fired power plants.

The initiative part of Governor Cuomo's target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 40 pct by 2030. The state also aims to source 50 pct of its power from renewable energy by 2030. It also follows through on a pledge he made in 2016 to restrict coal use across the state.

The new rulings limit all coal plants to producing no more than 1,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour of electricity generated. The regulations remain open to consultation for the next two months and three public hearings on the matter. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Various Media, 23 May, 2018) Contact: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  Coal,  Climate Change,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


ETW Biomethane Plant Under Construction in France (Int'l)
ETW Energietechnik
Date: 2018-05-23
Last month, German energy plant constructor ETW Energietechnik reported the installation of its first biogas processing plant in Scherwiller, France. The compact ETW SmarCycle® PSA biogas treatment system has a processing capacity of 230 - 385 standard cubic metres of biogas per hour, and was specially developed for the French market. Plant manufacturer Rytec from Baden-Baden is responsible for the entire project development and the installed fermentation line.

According to the release, eEnergy experts assume that by 2030 France will be able to meet one-third of its gas requirements with biomethane. An essential prerequisite for the implementation, however, is the application of efficient and practice-proven processing technologies.

ETW and its French partner GASEO, have integrated ETW SmartCycle technology into a compact, flexible and energy-efficient container concept that reduces space requirements, assembly times and without losses in biomethane quality. The "smart" process control reacts automatically even to large volume flow fluctuations and changing raw gas qualities with loss in yield or quality of the biomethane produced. (Source: ETW Energietechnik PR, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Dr. Oliver Jende, Sales Management +49 2841 9990 203, +49 173 418 6052 jende@etw-energie.de, www.etw-energie.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Biogas,  Methane ,  


Georgia Makes Attis' Biomass Biorefinery Shortlist (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries
Date: 2018-05-23
Milton, Ga.-based Attis Industries Inc. reports it has approved lead sites for acquisition and construction of a nation-wide network of advanced new biorefineries that would convert biomass into renewable alternatives for petroleum-derived fuels, plastics, and other products.

The company recently narrowed its list of potential sites down to a few locations in Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, and Minnesota, after evaluating offerings from various state governments and proposals of targeted land owners, site developers, contractors, feedstock suppliers, and supply chain partners. Attis is planning to select at least two sites in 2018. (Source: Attis Industries, Atlanta Business Chronicle, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Attis Industries, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661, www.attisinnovations.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Renewable Fuel,  Biofuel,  


UK Investing £21.5Mn in CCS and CCUS Technology (Int'l Report)
UK Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-05-23
In London, the UK Energy and Clean Growth minister, Claire Perry, has announced the government will invest £21.5m in expanding capabilities and reducing costs of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and utilization (CCUS) technology, both of which have been a government priority since COP21 in 2015. The country views CCS and CCUS as part of its wider efforts to reduce environmental COs and fight climate change.

The funding will be targeted towards innovations which could reduce the cost of CCUS technology and make the process more commercially viable at scale. There are currently 22 plants in operation, working to capture industrial carbon dioxide emissions.

The government will issue a call for CCUS innovation projects lasting up to 28 months and worth £15 million in grants. Projects will be able to apply for grants of up to £5 million each. An additional £6.5 million has been committed to the Accelerating Carbon Technologies research programme, on which the UK partners with nine other European countries to innovate in the carbon emissions sector. (Source: UK Ministry of Energy & Clean Growth, Government Europa, 23 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  CO2 Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Windpark Linda Wins German Wind Farm Project (Int’l Report)
Windpark Linda
Date: 2018-05-21
Vortx Energy's Windpark Linda GmbH reports it has won a 21.6MW onshore wind farm project in Germany. Construction is expected to get underway within weeks for completion no later than mid 2019.

When fully operational the project is expected to generate approximately 50GWh of power -- equal to nearly 39kt of avoided CO2 emission annually. (Source: Vortx Energy, Power Technology, Others, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Vortex Energy Windpark Linda, vortex-energy-group.com/en/next-milestone-reached-at-wind-farm-linda

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Stora Enso Touts DuraSense Bio-Plastic (New Prod. & Tech.)
Stora Enso
Date: 2018-05-21
Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso is touting DuraSense, a new bio-based alternative to plastic. According to the company, its new DuraSense material -- which is made of wood fibres, polymers and additives -- will help meet market demand for greener plastics.

Stora Enso's bio-composites, which can be reused as a material up to seven times or recycled along with other plastic materials, can be used to make a wide range of goods, from car parts to kitchen utensils and bottle caps. In 2018, Stora Enso invested €12 in bio-based material production, and claims it will be able to produce 15,000 tpy of DuraSense material at its Hylte Mill in Sweden. (Source: Stora Enso, Business Green, May, 2018) Contact: Stora Enso, Patricia Oddshammar, Head of bio-composites, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stora Enso,  Bio-plastic,  Bio-chemical,  


Ameren Missouri Planning Missouri's Largest Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2018-05-21
St. Louis-headquartered Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation , reports that it has inked an agreement to acquire a 400-MW wind farm to be constructed by an affiliate of Terra-Gen, LLC in Adair and Schuyler counties Missouri.

The wind farm, the Show Me State's largest, will incorporate 175 American-made wind turbines that will generate sufficient electric power for an estimated 120,000 homes. Groundbreaking is expected in summer 2019 for commissioning and power production in 2020.

The transaction is subject to various conditions and regulatory approvals and an acceptable Midcontinent Independent System Operator transmission interconnection agreement.

Ameren Missouri expects to add 100 MW of solar-generated energy over the next 10 years, 50 MW of which is targeted to come online by 2025. (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Ajay Arora, VP Power Operations and Energy Management, www.Ameren.com/Missouri

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Wind,  


UK Climate Campaigners Call for "Rigged" Clean Energy Investments (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-05-21
In London, the Financial Times is reporting UK Members of Parliament "are warning of a 'dramatic and worrying collapse' of clean energy investments in Great Britain in the last three years." The paper notes that While the UK's share of low-carbon energy roughly doubled in the last decade, the government's annual investment in clean energy dropped 10 pct in 2016 and an additional 50 percent in 2017" leaving some MP's concerned that the drop is threatening the country's ability to meet its climate change targets.

According to the Financial Times article, unless government rigs the market in favor of clean energy investments it cannot meet its legally binding climate change targets.

But, as the Guardian recently noted, to boost clean energy's market share government must also penalize or ban fossil fuel investments. Such penalties can come in many forms, not only the obvious ones like carbon taxes and cap-and-trade, but also interminable environmental reviews and permitting delays.

The UK Department for Business, Investment and Industrial Strategy recently published a proposal to weaken the grip of "under-performing local planning authorities that repeatedly fail to determine oil and gas applications within statutory time frames." The Department seeks to expedite environmental reviews of onshore hydraulic fracturing projects.

Thanks in part to offshore natural gas production, which is now declining, the UK has "had competitively-priced energy since 1990 whilst reducing carbon emissions across the economy by 49 pct." (Source: UK Department for Business, Investment, and Industrial Strategy Competative Enterprize Institute, 20 May, 2018)Contact: UK Department for Business, Investment, and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Tax,  


London Mayor Planning Zero-Emission Zones by 2020 (Int'l)
London Mayor Sadiq Khan
Date: 2018-05-21
In the UK, London Mayor Sadiq Khan is reportedly calling for the introduction of zero-emission zones in some parts of the capital from 2020 as part of a long-term vision of a carbon neutral city by 2050. In his Environment Strategy, the mayor calls for the city to adopt clean air policies, electric vehicle, an increase in London's current solar capacity to 1GW by 2030 and 2GW by 2050.

The strategy includes a proposal on carbon budgets, aimed at reducing London's greenhouse gas emissions -- a 40 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 1990 levels in 2018-2022, which is in line with with the Paris climate agreement to limit global climate change to 1.5 degrees. In addition, the mayor will fund thousands more trees and improvements to community green spaces. Since assuming the mayor's chair, Khan has directly funded the planting of over 70,000 trees and committed £4 million to support additional plantings. (Source: Office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Fleet News, Iran Financial Tribune, 15 May, 2018) Contact: Office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, www.london.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Transportation Emissions,  


DEFRA OKs £2Mn for UK Peatland Restoration (Int'l Funding)
DEFRA
Date: 2018-05-21
In the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) reports it has approved a £2 million funding application from a partnership of regional organizations for funding the restoration of 1,680 hectares of peatland on Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor and Exmoor.

According to the restoration project leader Morag Angus, of South West Water, "The peatlands of South West England are very important for water quality, carbon storage, biodiversity, cultural history, recreation and farming but they are the most vulnerable in the UK to the impacts of climate change, due to their southerly position. For this reason, they need to be prioritized nationally and restored for the benefit of all and future generations."

Peatlands store vast amounts of carbon in their soils -- about 60-times the amount of carbon that is released annually from fossil fuel burning. One-third of all the soil carbon in the world is in peatland ecosystems even though they cover only 3 pct of the terrestrial land surface, according to a 2015 joint study from Chapman University in California, University of Oregon and Purdue University . (Source: DEFRA, Cornish Times, 20 May, 2018)Contact: DEFRA, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEFRA,  Peatland,  Carbon Storage,  


Sumitomo Mitsui Losing Interest in Coal Power Lending (Int'l)
Sumitomo Mitsui
Date: 2018-05-21
In Tokyo, Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group has signaled it may rethink its financing of high-carbon, coal-fired power projects. In a statement, bank president Takeshi Kunibe said "Coal-fired power generation is relatively low cost and has a big impact on climate change, so we are considering to make our financing policy stricter."

Japanese firms have lagged efforts across global finance to align their businesses with climate change goals. Sumitomo Mitsui and its two main domestic rivals remain among the world's biggest funders of coal power projects, according to transparency advocacy group BankTrack. Other financial institutions cutting funding in the coal power sector include HSBC Holdings, Societe Generale and Deutsche Bank. (Source: Sumitomo Mitsui, Australia Financial Review, Others, 16 May, 2018) Contact: Sumitomo Mitsui, www.smbc.co.jp/global

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sumitomo Mitsui,  Coal,  Coal-Fired Power,  


Xcel Expanding Wind Capacity in New Mexico, Texas (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-05-21
Minnesota-headquartered Xcel Energy reports it has received Texas PUC approval to expand its wind energy capacity by 1,230 MW in Texas and New Mexico. New Mexico regulators approved the plan in March.

Xcel Energy's proposal consists of two new wind farms, which will generate most of the new power, but also includes a 30-year PPA with NextEra Energy Resources through which the company will acquire energy from other wind facilities in Texas.

The two new farms are estimated to cost $1.6 billion to construct and are anticipated to save Texas and New Mexico customers $2.8 billion over a 30-year period. The two new facilities, which are expected to come online in 2023, will generate sufficient electric power for more than 360,000 homes annually.

(Source: Xcel, Commercial Property Executive, May, 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Wind,  


Statkraft Passes on €1.5Bn Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Plan (Int'l)
Statkraft
Date: 2018-05-21
In Norway, Oslo-headquartered state-owned energy major Statkraft confirms it passed on an opportunity to invest in the a &ewuro;1.5 billion, "Spirit of Ireland" pumped hydro energy storage scheme in the west of Ireland in 2013.

The pumped hydro-power storage scheme involved using excess -- off-peak wind power -- to pump seawater into a reservoir in a flooded coastal valley. The water could then be released during peak times to drive large turbines in order to generate electricity.

Statkraft generate approximately €5 billion in annual revenue from hydro, wind, solar and gas power at 370 installations and is the Nordic region's second largest power firm. The project is as yet unfunded. (Source: Statkraft, Independent Ireland, 20 May, 2018)Contact: Statkraft, +47 91370572, www.statkraft.com

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


Bay State to Name Offshore Wind Providers This Week (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind, Bay State Wind and Deepwater Wind
Date: 2018-05-21
The Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reports Wednesday, 23 May, is the deadline to announce which of three proposed offshore wind projects can move forward in Bay State waters -- Vineyard Wind, Bay State Wind and Deepwater Wind - are vying to produce some or all of the initial 800 MW.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a state economic development agency, said the creation of 1,600 MW of offshore wind power should create over 3,000 "job years" over the next ten years. (Source: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 1420 WBSM, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-environmental-protection; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; Deepwater Wind, www.dnwind.com; Bay State Wind, www.baystatewind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Bay State Wind,  Deepwater Wind,  


EDF Off-loading Half of its UK Wind Assets (Ind. Report, Int'l)
EDF Energy Renewables
Date: 2018-05-21
French energy giant giant EDF Energy Renewables reports it is in talks to sell a 49 pct stake in its portfolio of UK wind farms in a deal approaching £600 million. EDF owns 23 onshore wind farms and one offshore wind farm off the north-east coast of England that generate about 550MW of electricity.

Barclays is advising EDF on the sale which would be the largest in a series of EDF transactions intended to expand into other energy sectors. To that end, in November 2017, EDF sold an 80 pct stake in five of its onshore wind farms totaling 100 MW to Greencoat UK Wind. It continues to run the sites and provide maintenance and operational services. (Source: EDF, Financial Times, 20 May, 2018) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Matthieu Hue, CEO, www.edf-er.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Energy Renewables,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


UAE, Saudis Lead MENA Renewable Energy Sector (Int'l Report)
Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation
Date: 2018-05-21
According the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), an energy sector development bank, the UAE and Saudi Arabia are leading the Middle East and North Africa's (MENA) renewable energy market, where the demand for power is expected to increase by 6.4 pct annually until 2022.

APICORP notes that MENA's major energy-importing companies are working to improve renewable energy legislation and infrastructure, while most exporting countries have "done little to incorporate renewables."

According to APICORP large oil and gas reserves and cheap extraction costs mean that hydrocarbons continue to meet rising demand in countries like Kuwait and Algeria. Legislative factors such as "policy uncertainty" and the lack of an efficient and supportive regulatory framework, are also contributing factors to the slow uptake of renewable energy. Even so, the UAE and Dubai are "on track” with their renewable energy targets and the introduction of competitive bidding, feed in tariffs (FiTs), tax exemptions, and power-purchase agreements (PPAs) to encourage renewable energy projects.

The MENA countries typically include: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. Ethiopia and Sudan are sometimes included. (Source: APICORP, Construction Week, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation, www.apicorp-arabia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Renewables,  MENA,  


Alaskan Climate Com. Aims to Cut Carbon Emissions (Ind Report)
Alaska
Date: 2018-05-21
Alaskan Republican Governor Bill Walker's October, 2017 Administrative Order 289 creating the Climate Action for Alaska Commission to look into mitigating climate change in the Last Frontier State has released released a preliminary report ahead of schedule.

The report calls for a 30 pct reduction in the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. Other recommendations include: mitigation of the state's carbon footprint; adaptation to a changing environment; climate change research; and responses to climate change related natural disasters. The commission also recommends the state move to 50 pct renewable electricity sources and increase its overall energy efficiency by 15 pct.

Download the Draft Plan HERE. (Source: Office of the Governor, KTVA, 19 May, 2018)Contact: Office of the Governor, https://gov.alaska.gov/contact

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


Shell Shareholders Call for Tougher Carbon Targets (Int'l)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2018-05-21
Last week at oil giant Royal Dutch Shell's AGM, the Dutch pension fund AEGON, the Church of England and a growing number of major pension fund and other Shell shareholders supported a resolution calling for the company to set tougher carbon targets that are in line with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The resolution was also highlighted by 60 large investors managing more $10.4 trillion (£7.72 trillion ) in assets, though they stopped short of publicly backing it.

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, acknowledged the resolution was instrumental in Shell's plan to halve the carbon footprint of the energy it sells by 2050. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, Follow This, The Guardian, 29 May, 2018)Contact: Follow This, https://follow-this.org; Royal Dutch Shell, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/shell-oil-company

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell ,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Sandia Scientists Convert Plant Lignin into Biochemicals (R&D)
Sandia National Laboratories
Date: 2018-05-21
In San Francisco, Sandia National Laboratories scientists are touting new technology based on bio-engineered bacteria that can make it economically feasible to produce chemicals from renewable plant sources -- lignin. Lignin is the component of plant cell walls that gives them strength. It is brimming with energy but getting to that energy is so costly and complex that the resulting biofuel can't compete economically with other forms of transportation energy. Once broken down, lignin can be converted into nylon, plastics, pharmaceuticals and other valuable products.

"For years, we have been researching cost-effective ways to break down lignin and convert it into valuable platform chemicals," Sandia bioengineer Seema Singh said. "We applied our understanding of natural lignin degraders to E. coli because that bacterium grows fast and can survive harsh industrial processes," she added in the work published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America,. (Source: Sandia National Laboratories, IANS, Quint, 19 May, 2018) Contact: Sandia National Laboratories, Seema Singh, Bioengineering, (925) 294-4551, www.jbei.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Seema-Singh_CV_JBEI.pdf

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lignin,  Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Renewable Fuel,  Sandia National Laboratories,  


EQUATE HQ Awarded Kuwait's 1st LEED Silver Certification (Int'l)
EQUATE,USGBC
Date: 2018-05-21
In Kuwait, the EQUATE Group, a global producer of petrochemicals and the world's second largest producer of Ethylene Glycol, reports it new headquarters has been awarded Kuwait's first LEED-Silver Building Design & Construction (BD+C) certification for its compliance with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED program.

EQUATE's 16,500 square-meter headquarters building conserves energy consumption by reducing water usage by 36 pct, utilizing solar energy to generate around 8 pct of the total building consumption, and achieving energy cost savings of 26 pct. (Source: Equate, PR, albawaba, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Equate, www.equate.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


EESL Touts India's Energy Efficient LED Lighting Program (Int'l)
EESL
Date: 2018-05-21
India'state-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) is reporting the distribution of over 30 crore (1 crore = 10 million) light emitting diode (LED) bulbs across the country under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme launched by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in January 2015.

The program, which quickly grew into the largest LED distribution programme in the world, has led to energy savings of over 38,952 million kWh, annually, amounting to Rs 15,581 crore in energy savings, according to an EESL statement.

In its commitment to reduce carbon intensity by 33 to 35 pct between 2005 and 2030, India has recognized energy efficiency as a key mitigation strategy, with the UJALA scheme serving as the government's flagship programme for efficient domestic lighting. India's share in the global LED market has increased to 12 pct cent from 0.1 pct, with the penetration of LED in the domestic market rising to 10 per cent from 0.4 per cent, according to EESI. (Source: EESL, PTI, 19 May, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services India, Saurabh Kumar, Managing Dir., www.eeslindia.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News EESL,  LED Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  


N.D. Ethanol Plants Testing Syngenta's Enogen Corn (Ind. Report)
Tharaldson Energy,Syngenta,AgEnergy Group
Date: 2018-05-21
AgWeek is reporting corn ethanol producers in North Dakota are at different stages of incorporating Minnetonka, Minnesota-based Syngenta's patented Enogen corn into their mix. Enogen corn has enzymes genetically engineered into the kernels. Ethanol plants normally purchase enzymes to help turn corn starch into sugar as part of the fermenting process.

Enogen is classified as an "identity preserved crop" and must either go to the ethanol plants that contract for it or be used as livestock feed.

The product is presently being used or tested in over 30 ethanol plants nationwide, including Tharaldson Energy at Casselton, N.D., and Midwest AgEnergy Group plants at Spiritwood, N.D., and Underwood, N.D. (Source: INFORUM, AgWeek, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Syngenta, Jack Bernens, Enogen Technology Leader, (202) 737-6520, www.syngenta.com; Enogen, (877) 436-0436, www.enogen.net; Tharaldson Energy, www.tharaldsonethanol.com; MidwestAgEnergy Group, www.midwestagenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tharaldson Energy,  Syngenta,  Enogen,  Corn,  Ethanol Corn Ethanol,  AgEnergy Group ,  


DRAX Power Piloting Europe's First Biomass CCS Project (Int'l)
DRAX,C-Capture
Date: 2018-05-21
In the UK, DRAX Power reports it will pilot the first Bioenergy Carbon Capture Storage (BECCS) project of its kind in Europe at its biomass-fired power station in North Yorkshire. For the demonstration project, DRAX will partner with Leeds-based C-Capture and invest £ 400,000 in what could be the first of several pilot projects. C-Capture is a spin-out from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Leeds, established through funding from IP Group.

BECCS is important to the climate change fight because the technology will remove the greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the atmosphere at the same time as electricity is produced and not contribute to climate change. A 2016 report by the Energy Technology Institute (ETI) suggests that by the 2050s BECCS could deliver roughly 55 million tpy of net negative emissions in the UK -- almost half the nation's emissions target. (Source: DRAX Power, The Business Desk, 21 May, 2018) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com; C-Capture, Chris Rayner, founder of C-Capture and Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Leeds, www.c-capture.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Biomass,  CCS,  


Pattern Reports Mesa Canyon NM Wind Acquisition (M&A)
Pattern Energy Group
Date: 2018-05-21
San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group 2 is reporting the acquisition of 1GW Mesa Canyons wind farm and Western Spirit transmission line in New Mexico from Clean Line Energy Partners for an undisclosed amount. Both projects are at advanced stages of development and are expected to be operational in 2020, said Pattern Energy Group 2 -- aka Pattern Development.

Mesa Canyons will be located on 50,500 hectares of land in Lincoln County and connect to the 345kV AC Western Spirit line that will run for about 225km from the wind farm to Public Service Company of New Mexico's transmission system near Albuquerque. Pattern Development also plans to start work this summer on the 221MW Grady wind farm in New Mexico. The project is slated to enter commercial operations in spring 2019. (Source: Pattern Development, PR, renews, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy Group,  Wind,  


Reno Touts Energy Efficiency Leaders, ReEnergize Reno (Ind. Report)
City of Reno
Date: 2018-05-21
In the Silver State, the City of Reno is touting its first annual Green Building Awards celebrating the accomplishments of local leaders in building energy efficiency. The event took place on May 8th.

Award recipients included four organizations that have invested in green and high-efficiency buildings: the Glenn Group, Harrah's Reno Hotel and Casino, the University of Nevada, and the Veterans Administration Hospital. Reno also recognized two notable ENERGY STAR certified buildings -- JC Penney's Logistics Center and Silver Lake Apartments -- both of which had recorded significantly lower energy consumption than their peers across the nation.

In addition, the City lauded eleven leaders in the city's ReEnergize Reno energy efficiency challenge program. Through the program, launched in October of last year, commercial, industrial, and multifamily buildings have committed to cut their energy consumption 20 pct by 2025.

Details on the ReEnergize Reno program are HERE. (Source: City of Reno, NRDC, May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Star,  Green Buiding,  


Westport Fuel Unloading CNG Compressor Business (Ind. Report)
Westport Fuel Systems
Date: 2018-05-21
Vancouver-headquartered Westport Fuel Systems Inc. is reporting an agreement to sell its Cherasco, Italy-based compressed natural gas (CNG) compressor business to Snam S.p.A. (Snam). Subject to closing conditions, the €12.5 million deal is expected is to close by the end of July, 2018. Snam is one of the leading gas-utility companies in Europe.

The divestiture is expected to help Westport Fuel streamline its product offerings and focus more on providing alternative-fuel vehicle components and systems to the transportation sector. (Source: Westport Fuel Systems, PR, Zacks, 21 May, 2018)Contact: Westport Fuel Systems Inc., Caroline Sawamoto, (604) 718-2046, invest@wfsinc.com, www.wfsinc.com; Snam S.p.A., www.snam.it/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Westport Fuel Systems,  Alternative Fuel,  CNG,  


Kenyan Biogas Specialist Wins World Bank Support (Int'l) i
Sistema.bio,
Date: 2018-05-18
In Nairobi, Kenysn biogas/biodigestion specialist Sistema.bio reports receipt of a Sh35 million ($349,000)investment from the World Bank that converts manure into biogas and natural fertilizer have received a investment from a World Bank fund Kenya Climate Ventures Fund.

Sistema.bio will use the funds to scale-up its hybrid reactor biodigesters, delivering sustainable renewable energy and agricultural products to more small farmers in Kenya. Sistema.bio generates revenues from sales of the high-performance bio-digesters and the sale of utility accessories suitable for cooking, heating, mechanical energy and electric power generation. The company also offers interest-free payment plans to small farmers.(Source: Sistema.bio, Capital Business, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Sistema.bio, +254 7044 44215, www.sistema.bio

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  bio-digesters,  Anerobic Digestion ,  


C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Program Launched (Int'l)
C40,International Climate Initiative
Date: 2018-05-18
In Lagos, at this weeks launch of the C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Program to support 9 sub-Saharan megacities -- Accra, Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Johannesburg, Lagos, and Tshwane -- Accra Mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah told delegates the Paris Agreement's new Climate Action Planning Programme for Africa would help build technical capacities within African cities to deliver long-term climate action plans and identify mechanisms to facilitate better national and local integration of climate mitigation activities. The mayor stressed the need to ensure long-term improvement to emissions reporting, scenario modeling, and identification of transformative mitigation and adaption actions to deal with Climate change.

The mayor of Accra, who is also C40 Vice Chair for Africa, noted the C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Programme is part of the International Climate Initiative (ICI). The programme was designed in collaboration with climate expects from Ricardo Energy and Environment who will work closely with the cities to develop their action plans and support greater vertical integration between the city and national government climate strategies.

The support will include a dedicated City Advisor based in each City, a series of workshop, and access to expert technical advice as needed. Nairobi and Abidjan have also joined the programme and are anticipated to submit their climate action commitments soon. (Source: Modern Ghana, 17 May, 2018) Contact: International Climate Initiative, www.international-climate-initiative.com/en; C40, Mark Watts, Exec. Dir., contact@c40.org, www.c40.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change Paris CLimate Agreement,  International Climate Initiative,  


ARENA Touts $7Mn Renewables, Grid Stability Initiative (Int'l)
ARENA
Date: 2018-05-18
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is reporting the launch of a $7 million funding initiative designed to test and prove how renewable energy technologies can better provide grid stability and security services.

States like South Australia and Victoria have begun ramping up their renewable energy capacity, and grid managers are beginning to focus on integrating energy storage -- i.e. the mammoth Hornsdale Power Reserve, a 129 MWh Tesla lithium-ion energy storage facility in South Australia, which was turned on for the first time towards the end of 2017.

The new $7 million ($5.23 million US) in funding seeks to further develop new technologies that can provide grid stability and security services as well as support projects such as system strength provision, frequency control ancillary services (FCAS), fast frequency response (FFR), inertia provision and measurement, and other services that may enhance system security. The Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia was a beneficiary of funding from ARENA to trial frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) (as was the 168 MW Musselroe Wind Farm in Tasmania which is still underway) and is now registered for six of eight FCAS markets in Australia. The project will provide valuable insights into the cost-benefit of using pre-curtailment to provide FCAS services from a new technology source. (Source: ARENA, CleanTechnica, 16 May, 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News ARENA,  Renewable Energy,  


Cadent Gas Advancing UK's First Large-Scale Hydrogen Network (Int'l)
Cadent Gas
Date: 2018-05-18
In the UK, Coventry-headquartered gas distribution giant Cadent reports it will invest over £900 million to develop a large scale hydrogen network to supply more than 10 major industries and refineries in the North West of England.

Cadent claims the pipeline project will help cut the carbon emission by 1 million tpy, roughly equivalent of taking 600,000 vehicles off the road. Reports reveal that at the Cheshire-based new plant, hydrogen will be produced from natural gas using steam methane reformation methods with carbon capture and storage (CCS). (Source: Cadent Gas, AlgosOnline, 13 May, 2018) Contact: Cadent Gas, https://cadentgas.com

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NextEra, SRP Complete Arizona Solar+Storage Plant (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources,Salt River Project
Date: 2018-05-18
Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources and Salt River Project (SRP) are touting the opening of Pinal Central Solar Energy Center (PCSEC), a 258,000 panel, 20-MW integrated PV solar plant equipped with a battery energy storage system. PCSEC, Arizona's largest utility-scale solar energy center paired with a battery storage system, will generate sufficient solar energy to power 5,000 homes and will store excess energy in a state-of-the-art 10-MW lithium-ion battery storage system.

SRP will purchase all of the energy produced at the plant, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. SRP, which aims to meet 20 pct of its retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by 2020, is on schedule to meet that goal by utilizing solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power and energy-efficiency measures. SRP also aims to reduce the amount of carbon emissions intensity by 33 pct by 2035, according to a company statement. (Source: nextEra Energy Resources, May, 2018) Contact: Pinal Central Solar Energy Center, www.pinalcentral.com; NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Salt River Project, John Sullivan, Deputy GM, Scott Harelson, (602) 236-2500, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources,  Salt River Project,  Solar,  Energy STorage ,  


Innergex, Energia Llaima Acquiring Chilean Hydro Project (Int'l, M&A)
Energía Llaima,Innergex
Date: 2018-05-18
A partnership comprising renewable energy firms Energia Llaima and Innergex are reporting the planned acquisition of the 2001 vintage, 140MW Duqueco hydro project, which includes the 85-MW Peuchen and 55-MW Mampil hydro facilities on the Duqueco River.

Electricity generated from the two hydro facilities will be sold under PPAs at fixed prices until 2020 and on the spot market. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals in Chile and marks a final partnership agreement between the two firms, who were selected through a bidding process. (Source: Innergex, Power Technology, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Energia Llaima, www.ellaima.cl; Innergex, Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2556, info@innergex.com, www.innergex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro,  Energia Llaima ,  Innergex,  


Madison Renews MadiSUN Renewable Energy Program (Ind. Report)
RENEW Wisconsin
Date: 2018-05-18
In the Badger State, the city of Madison reports it has renewed its MadiSUN renewable energy program for residents and businesses.

The program, which issues cash rebates and financing for solar installations, helped nearly 80 homes and businesses since the program started in 2015.

The MadiSUN program aims to expand solar energy for homes and businesses. RENEW Wisconsin, a local nonprofit organization working to grow renewable energy statewide, administers the programs on behalf of the City. Since 2016, the City has expanded the number of solar installations on its own buildings while supporting residents to make similar investments. Madison in 2017 earned Gold designation from the national SolSmart program for its work to improve permitting and solar installation processes. (Source: City of Madison, MadiSUN Website, WKOW, 16 May, 2018)Contact: MadiSUN, 608.255.4044, https://madisunsolar.com; RENEW Wisconsin, 608.255.4044, www.renewwisconsin.org

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Veridium, IBM Partner on VERDE Carbon Credit Tokens (Int'l)
Veridium
Date: 2018-05-18
Environmental FinTech company Veridium reports it is partnering with IBM to help transform the carbon credit market using blockchain technology.

Veridium, a collaborative initiative of EcoSmart Labs, Brian Kelly Capital Management, IDEAcarbon, Everland and CBL Markets, will leverage IBM's blockchain technology and expertise to transform carbon credits into a new type of digital asset that can be redeemed and traded. IBM will provide the token architecture and token interface with its various industry specific Hyperledger Fabric blockchain platforms.

According to Veridium, integrating the entire process of carbon accounting and offsetting into a digital token on a public, permissioned blockchain network can help make measuring environmental impact, transferring ownership rights, and redeeming the underlying carbon offset more efficient.

The token, called VERDE, will represent carbon accounting and offsetting backed by environmental assets, including Triple Gold REDD+ credits from InfiniteEARTH, which authored the first REDD+ forest carbon accounting methodology, a protocol now embodied in the UN Paris Agreement. (Source: Veridium, Block Tribune, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Veridium, Todd Lemons, CEO, www.veridium.io; IBM, Bridget van Kralingen, Senior VP, Industry Platforms and Blockchain, www.ibm.com/us-en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Veridium,  Carbon Credit,  


Grassley Warns Pruitt to Shape-Up or Ship-Out (Notable Quote)

Date: 2018-05-18
Iowa's senior senator Chuck Grassley (R) is calling for EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to support the Trump Administration's biofuels policies, the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and the biofuels industry in general. Failing Pruitt's support, Grassely said he'd call for Pruitt's resignation.

"I'm done playing around. I've supported Pruitt but if he pushes changes to RFS that permanently cut ethanol by billions of gallons he will have broken Trump's promise and should step down and let someone else do the job of implementing Trump's (biofuel) agenda. Trump was elected with an agenda; Pruitt was not elected," Grassley said.

Grassley's position is in response to growing farm-state frustration with the EPA's management of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compelling refiners to use biofuel such as corn-based ethanol. Iowa is a top producer of both corn and ethanol. (Source: Wallaces Farmer, Others, Bloomberg, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R), www.grassley.senate.gov

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Smurfit Kappa Wraps CO2 Emissions Cuts Ahead of Schedule (Int'l)
Smurfit Kappa
Date: 2018-05-18
Dublin, Ireland-headquartered commercial packaging manufacturer Smurfit Kappais reporting a 26 pct reduction in CO2 emissions three years ahead of schedule. In 2017, the company targeted a 25 pct reduction in fossil fuel CO2 emissions in its processing systems by 2020.

While Smurfit Kappa's products are renewable and recyclable, the company notes that paper production itself is quite energy intensive. To address the issue, the company is moving away from fossil fuels to biomass and other renewables where feasible. (Source: Smurfit Kappa,plc, Checkout, May, 2018) Contact: Smurfit Kappa, www.smurfitkappa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


PG&E Increases Energy Efficiency Options (Ind. Report)
PG&E
Date: 2018-05-18
In San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports it will double new construction energy efficiency incentives for residential and business customers who lost their homes or businesses in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. To that end, PG&E is teaming up with Sonoma Clean Power and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to offer a "one stop shop" for residential green building incentives for customers in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties who lost their homes in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires.

California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards -- Title 24, Part 6 -- guide residential and non-residential building and construction across the state. The standards help to ensure energy efficiency in new construction to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions associated with buildings, as well as to lower energy costs for California customers. As a result, single family homes built to the latest 2016 standards will use approximately 28 pct less energy for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation and water heating than homes built to the 2013 standards. The state programs offer incentives for building above energy efficiency code requirements based on standard energy design ratings.

Based on PG&E's existing California Advanced Homes Program for new home construction, eligible customers can apply for the new Advanced Energy Rebuild Program to receive up to $17,500 for rebuilding sustainably. Condominiums, apartments and in-law units will be eligible for a portion of the incentives. The program is available through December 31, 2019 or until funds are exhausted.

For business owners, the Savings by Design program currently offers incentives up to $150,000 per building. PG&E will increase the incentives to up to $300,000 per building. Additionally, PG&E will increase its comprehensive design assistance, offer expedited application reviews and engineering and sales support for business customers who lost their property. These changes will be available as they exist today through 2023.

Access California Advanced Homes Program details at cahp-pge.com and Savings by Design at www.pge.com/savingsbydesign. (Source: PG&E, 176 May, 2018) Contact: PG&E, www.pge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PG&E,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency,  


Kokam Deploys 30-MW Energy Storage System in Australia (Int'l)
Kokam,Alinta Energy
Date: 2018-05-18
Seoul, South Korea-headquartered lithium-ion/polymer battery specialist Kokam Co., Ltd is reporting the installation of a 30-MW/11.4-MWh energy storage system (ESS) for Australian utility Alinta Energy. This is the largest lithium ion battery deployed for industrial application in in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, according to a Kokam statement.

The system, which incorporates Kokum's Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) Oxide battery technology and consists of five 2.2-MWh Kokam Containerized ESS (KCE) units, operates in conjunction with Alinta Energy's existing 178-MW open cycle gas turbine Newman Power Station. Kokam delivered the ESS and served, alongside UGL Pty Ltd, as the system integrator on the project, the company said. Contact: Alinta Energy, Jeff Dimery, CEO, www.alintaenergy.com; Kokam, Ike Hong, VP, Business Dev., Vice President of Kokam Co., Ltd., +82 (0)31 3620 137, www.kokam.com

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


Biofuels Pioneer GoodFuels Closes Growth Investment Round (Int'l)
GoodFuels,Social Impact Ventures
Date: 2018-05-18
In Rotterdam, sustainable, advanced marine biofuels specialist GoodFuels is reporting receipt of a major investment round with Amsterdam-based investment fund Social Impact Ventures (SIV).

The funds will be used for product development and international marketing and thus help reduce CO2 emissions, improve air quality and achieve global Sustainable Development Goals. (Source: GoodFuels, International Shipping News 17 May, 2018) Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com; Social Impact Ventures, www.socialimpactventures.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuels,  


Orbital Gas U.K. Snares Second Biomethane Contract (Int'l)
Orbital Gas Systems
Date: 2018-05-18
In Houston, CUI Global, Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Orbital Gas Systems Ltd. has received a second contract valued at $500,000 from a major European industrial company for a biomethane-to-grid unit. Orbital U.K. received its first contract from the same customer in February 2017. The new contract calls for one biomethane-to-grid unit to be delivered in 2018.

Orbital's patented VE Technology® with the ground-breaking GasPT device, offers natural gas operators and users a comprehensive engineering array for the next generation of energy metering systems.

CUI Global, Inc. is a publicly traded company dedicated to maximizing shareholder value through the acquisition and development of innovative companies, products and technologies. (Source: CUI Global, Inc., May, 2018) Contact: CUI Global, www.cuiglobal.com; Orbital Gas Systems UK, Paul White, Pres., www.orbitalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orbital Gas Systems ,  Biomethane,  


Fulcrum BioEnergy Nevada BioFuels Plant Breaks Ground (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum BioEnergy
Date: 2018-05-18
Pleasanton, California-based waste-to-fuels specialist Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. reports construction is underway on Phase 2 of its first waste-to-fuels project, the Sierra BioFuels Plant (Sierra), in McCarran, about 20 miles east of the city of Reno, Nevada.

The Sierra project will utilize Fulcrum's proprietary thermochemical process to convert household garbage into low-carbon transportation fuels which, when compared to traditional petroleum transportation fuel, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80 pct., according to the company.

When commissioned and fully operational in Q1, 2020, Sierra will convert approximately 175,000 tpy of household garbage into more than 10.5 million gpy of biofuel, according to the company. (Source: Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc., PR, 16 May, 2018) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum BioEnergy,  Biofuel,  Waste-to-Fuel,  

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