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Billionth Gallon of Neste MY Renewable Diesel Sold (Ind. Report)
Neste Renewable Diesel
Date: 2018-05-14
In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered Neste U.S., Inc. is reporting the sale of its 1 billionth gallon of Neste MY Renewable Diesel sold in North America, effectively helping reduce more than 7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. This is the equivalent of removing 1.6 million passenger vehicles from the road for one year, according to Neste.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon diesel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials, such as waste animal and fish fat, vegetable oils and used cooking oil. It emits up to 80 percent less carbon when compared to petroleum diesel. Unlike biodiesel, Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a drop-in fuel that requires no blending and is compatible with all diesel engines. (Source: Neste US Inc., PR, May, 2018) Contact: Neste US Inc., Jeremy Baines, VP Sales,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste US,  Renewable Diesel,  

£47Mn Available for Energy Demand, Storage Solutions (Int'l)
Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
Date: 2018-05-11
At Whitehall, the UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund has announced a £41.5 million funding competition for energy supply, storage and demand solutions for local energy systems. The funding will support the design and practical demonstration of new business models that could facilitate and link together energy supply, demand and energy storage solutions.

The investment is divided into two parts, with up to £40 million being made available to fund three smart energy system demonstrator projects, while up to £1.5 million is allocated to financing studies into smarter and more innovative approaches to local energy.

Qualifying projects should: should: reduce costs and cut emissions while delivering economic benefits; create smart links between energy supply and demand; optimize energy across a range of supplies, infrastructure and demands; develop models and processes for designing, financing, building and operating smart local energy systems; and generate private investment.

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund aims to aid the UK's transition away from fossil fuels to greener and more sustainable forms of energy. (Source: Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Government Europa, 10 May, 2018)Contact: Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Energy Demand,  

UK Retailer Attributes CO2 Cuts to Renewables, Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Date: 2018-05-11
UK-headquartered grocery and retail giant Tesco is reporting a 13 pct drop in carbon emissions in 2017, thanks to an increased reliance on renewable energy and investments in energy efficiency. The company achieved a reduction in net carbon intensity per square foot of retail and distribution floor space of 6 pct year on year, according to a company report.

Tesco's net carbon footprint was 3.42 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) in 2017/18 versus 3.89 million CO2e the prior year.

The company has set targets in line with the Paris Agreement to reduce CO2 emission 35 pct by 2020, 60 pct by 2025 and 100 pct by 2050 versus 2015/16 levels. It also plans to source 65 pct of it electric power requirement from renewables by 2020 and 100 pct by 2030. (Source: Tesco, Energyst, Various Media, 10 May, 2018) Contact: Tesco,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions,  Tesco,  Energy Efficiency,  

Borkum Riffgrund 2 Offshore Installs First Turbine (Int'l)
Borkum Riffgrund
Date: 2018-05-11
Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- is reporting the first of 56 MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW turbines has been erected at the 450-MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind project by Norway-based offshore wind services company Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS. in German waters. Borkum Riffgrund 2, which is owned by Danish offshore wind developer Orsted A/S -- fka DONG Energy -- and a fund managed by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), is expected to be commissioned and operational in 2019. (Source: Orsted, Renewables, Others, Various Media, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Orsted, +45 99 55 11 11,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  DONG Energy,  Borkum Riffgrund ,  Vestas,  Offshore Wind,  

TNC, XL Catlin Collaborate on Blue Carbon Credits (Ind. Report)
TNC, XL Catlin
Date: 2018-05-11
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)and insurance/reinsurance firm XL Catlin in Bermuda are touting a project to develop Blue Carbon Resilience Credits that will value the combined carbon sequestration and resilience benefits provided by coastal wetland ecosystems.

With XL Catlin's support, TNC will develop a system of credits assigning a market value to the resilience services provided by these historically under valueded cosystems. The hope behind this initiative is that, for the first time, insurance firms and other businesses will be able to offset their carbon footprint while simultaneously better underdstanding the contribution they are making to reducing coastal hazards in the world's most vulnerable coastal areas.

Coastal wetlands -- salt marshes, seagrass meadows and mangroves -- sequester billions of tonnes of "blue carbon" from the atmosphere at concentrations up to five times greater than terrestrial forests. As an increasing number of companies are purchasing carbon credits to offset their footprints, this credit will enable a valuation of the carbon sequestration and coastal resilience benefits that wetlands provide both businesses and communities.

Unlike other climate mitigation solutions coastal wetlands not only sequester carbon, they also protect coastlines by absorbing incoming wave energy and providing storm protection. Additionally, a recent study found that wetlands prevented $625 million in direct flood damages from Hurricane Sandy in the United States. As such, coastal wetlands provide both carbon sequestration and resilience services- a powerful combination in a world of changing climate.

TNC will explore different options to value the resilience services provided by coastal wetlands and to develop a credit product to support ongoing wetland conservation. One of these options could include a numeric ranking system assigning a dollar value to wetlands based on factors such as their potential for storm impact reduction, location relative to vulnerable communities, local economic activities and assets, and potential benefits from habitat restoration. The figures generated by the rankings, combined with the carbon storage capacity of a given wetland, would generate Blue Carbon Resilience Credits. These credits would then offer organizations the capacity to manage their carbon footprints whilst acting as the funding mechanism for wetland conservation, increasing coastal resilience for communities. (Source: The Nature Conservancy, 10 May, 2018) Contact: The Nature Conservancy, Maria Damanki, Global Managing Director for the Ocean, XL Catlin, Paul Jardine, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  

Grassroots Green Homes Lowers Energy Efficiency Costs (Ind. Report)
Grassroots Green Home
Date: 2018-05-11
According to a 2016 report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, low-income Pittsburghers spend 9.5 pct of their paychecks on energy costs. The national average is 3.5 pct. To help homeowners improve on energy efficiency, the Grassroots Green Homes program, which helps people make their houses more energy efficient, is launching in the Pittsburgh suburb of Homewood this weekend.

Grassroots Green Homes program is grant-funded and free for participants, eliminating financial barriers to decreasing one's carbon footprint. This is the second round of the program, according to Alison Steele of Conservation Consultants Inc., which runs the program. In 2016, Grassroots Green Homes began in Oakland and Uptown, working with more than 300 homeowners and saw a 15 pct reduction on average daily home usage. Homewood's program will follow the same pattern as the first iteration. Each month, Grassroots Green Homes will provide a tool and a tip to the 300 enrollees. A second program within Grassroots Green Homes called Home Boost will financially support 20 households in receiving contract work to their homes. Under the program, contractors will perform weatherization work such as sealing drafts and adding insulation, as well as check for radon levels and lead paint. Ultimately, this will decrease energy bills for the participants. The Homewood program runs through next April. (Source: Grassroots Green Home, Pittsburgh NPR, 10 May, 2018)Contact: Grassroots Green Home,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

EC Stiffening Transportation Emission Testing Protocols (Int'l)
Date: 2018-05-11
The European Commission reports that the 28 EU member states have agreed to and rubber stamped a proposed World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) to strengthen auto and van emissions testing. WLTP will replace the mandatory 2017 New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) for all new cars from September 2018.

The Commission says it has agreed to further tighten Real Driving Emissions (RDE) legislation by introducing independent control of emissions of vehicles during their lifetime. The Commission also proposes that from 2021 all new cars and vans must have "standardized and accessible fuel and energy consumption monitoring on board of the vehicle".

Following a three-month scrutiny period in the European Parliament and Council, the Commission will adopt the proposals, which would go into force January 1, 2019. (Source: EC, Auto Manufacturer Online, Others, 10 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  

DOE Awards $3M for Advanced Biofuels, Bioenergy R&D (Funding)
Biomass Research and Development Initiative
Date: 2018-05-11
The US Department of Energy (DOE) reports it's Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) will award up to $3 million in grant funding to the University of Tennessee and Northwestern University for advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products.

The University of Tennessee (UT). UT will be developing an integrated biorefinery design that combines the production of liquid fuels and renewable chemicals to verify production of affordable cellulosic ethanol.

Northwestern University will develop a rapid synthesis of next-generation biofuels and bioproducts from lignocellulosic biomass. The project will employ several strategies to reduce the timeframe of discovering biosynthetic pathways to optimize fuel and chemical production, including bottom-up engineering principles, computational models, and cell-free framework systems.

Both projects aim to lower biofuel production costs and develop diverse, cost-effective cellulosic biomass technologies for use in the production of biofuels and biobased products. (Source: US DOE, Green Car Congress, 10 May, 2018) Contact: DOE Biomass Research and Development Initiative ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Cellulosic Biomass,  

Golden State Moves Closer to Mandatory Home Solar (Reg & Leg)
California Energy Commission
Date: 2018-05-11
Further to our April 4th coverage, the California Energy Commission (CEC) on Wednesday, May 9 voted unanimously to adopt new energy building standards requiring solar panels for virtually all new homes, apartment buildings and condos built in the state, starting in 2020.

Solar is presently included on just 15 to 20 pct of new single-family homes but is, with this legislation, expected to jump to more than 20,000 newly built solar homes in 2020, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

The proposed solar energy standards are subject to California Building Standards Commission approval, which is anticipated in 2019 for implementation in 2020. (Source: California Energy Commission, Times-Standard, 9 May, 2018)Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  

BP Wind Adopts Onyx InSight Predictive Analytics (Ind. Report)
Onyx InSight, BP Wind Energy
Date: 2018-05-11
Predictive analytics specialist Onyx InSight reports the roll-out of its advanced monitoring digital platform for major US wind power producer, BP Wind Energy (BP). Ten BP wind farms totaling 585 wind turbines in the US have incorporated the Onyx InSight Fleet Monitor platform as part of a data-driven, engineering-based approach to predictive maintenance.

Onyx InSight Fleet Monitor™ brings together data streams from multiple drivetrain technologies and turns them into valuable insight, enabling project owners to detect developing failures months before action is required, predicting the useful life of components and enabling decisions about where and when to send out inspection and repair teams, according to the company. (Source: Onyx InSight, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Onyx InSight, Ashley Crowther, Group VP, +44 (0)115 951 8800, (303) 351-5418,,; BP Wind,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Onyx InSight,  BP Wind Energy ,  Wind,  

NFU Comments on White House Renewable Fuel Standard Meeting (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2018-05-11
In Washington, following Wednesday's White House meeting on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and future of the biofuel industry, the National Farmers Union (NFU) issued the following comments:

"While there are certainly positives coming out of this meeting, there are several major potential pitfalls that will need to be mitigated as the administration sets out to implement these policies.

"(The) Farmers Union supports the administration's promises to make E-15 available for year-round use, yet it is absolutely essential we move our transportation fuel market into higher blends of ethanol like E-30. We also appreciate that a cap will not be put on RIN prices, as this would disincentivise the blending of homegrown, renewable fuels in our transportation fuel sector.

"However, this agreement contains no offset for the dozens of hardship waivers that the administration has handed out to oil refiners. These have waived up to 1.6 billion gallons in RFS volume requirements, effectively destroying demand for the surplus of corn that is keeping farm prices low for farmers. The agreement also includes a particularly detrimental plan to assign RIN credits to biofuel exports, which would both devastate domestic demand for biofuels and likely provoke our trading partners into retaliation.

"We urge the (Trump) administration to immediately begin implementing a plan that expands use of higher blends of ethanol, as our nation's family farmers need to be rid of burdensome stocks to start earning a decent price from the market. The administration must also avoid any plan that includes RIN credits for biofuel exports and pursue actions that restore the demand for biofuels that was lost as a result of hardship waiver handouts."

The meeting concluded with an agreement to allow year-round use of E15 gasoline, a limit on RFS 'hardship waivers' being handed out to refiners, and the possibility that RIN credits could be applied to exports of renewable fuel. No cap on RIN prices, nor any offset for the hardship waivers that were handed out to large refiners were included in the agreement. (Source: National Farmers Union, The Pig Site, 10 May, 2018) Contact: National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard ,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  E-15,  National Farmers Union,  

GE Renewable Energy Announces Chilean Wind Power Project (Int'l)
GE Renewable Energy,Arroyo Energy
Date: 2018-05-11
GE Renewable Energy has announced its first wind energy deal in Chile. The project, with Arroyo Energy Compania de Energias Renovables Limitada, will see GE supply six 3.6 megawatt (MW) turbines. Each will have 137-meter rotors, amounting to 21.8 MW in total, and will be installed at sites in souther Chile.

"GE believes in Chile's energy sector as a motor for development and we are determined to use our state-of-the-art wind technology to harness the vast wind potential in the country," Vikas Anand, general manager for GE's Onshore Wind Business in the Americas, said in a statement Wednesday.

The Chilean government aims to have 60 pct or more of the county's electricity generated by renewable sources by 2035 , rising to 70 pct by 2050. The government also plans to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 pct compared to 2007 levels by 2030. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, CNBC News, Others, 10 May, 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business,; Arroyo Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arroyo Energy,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

Acciona Energy Storage Project Wins DNV GL Certification (Int'l)
DNV GL ,Acciona
Date: 2018-05-11
The German certification body DNV reports it has certified a Acciona Energia prototype grid-scale energy storage project that will be linked to a 1.7MW battery system linked to the Barasoain wind farm in northern Spain. The wind farm deploys five AW116/300 turbines and has been operational since 2013, the company said.

The storage system, which incorporates two Samsung SDI lithium-ion batteries with capacity of 1MW and 0.7MW connected to a 3MW Nordex AW116/300 turbine, Barasoain features is managed by control software developed in-house by Acciona. (Source: Acciona, reNews, 10 May, 2018) Contact: DNV GL, Lim Monk, VP Renewables, +49 40 361 490,; ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, +34 91 657 64 60,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DNV GL ,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Acciona,  

APL Confirms 2017 Maritime CO2 Emissions Reductions (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-05-11
Singapore-headquartered international container shipping and ocean freight provider American President Line (APL) reports it cut its carbon dioxide emissions per transported container per kilometer in 2017 by more than half, compared to its base level in 2009. The cut is eighth consecutive year of improved environmental performance for APL.

The 50.7 pct reduction of APL's 2017 CO2 emission data was verified by Lloyd's Register according to the CCWG verification protocol and principles, according to an APL release. This was an almost 3 percentage point improvement from the 48 pct reduction compared to 2016.APL now plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions per teu transported by 30 pct between 2015 and 2025. (Source: APL, Seatrade Maritime News, May, 2018) Contact: APL,

More Low-Carbon Energy News APL,  Maritime Emissions,  

Abengoa Lands $650Mn Dubai CSP Project Contract (Int'l)
Shanghai Electric Group,Abengoa SA
Date: 2018-05-11
Abengoa SA reports it has been selected to partner with Shanghai Electric Group Co Ltd for a $650 million (€549 million) concentrated solar power (CSP) project in Dubai.

The project is part of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's (DEWA) four-phase Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar power complex. The 100-MW project will incorporate a 100-MW central tower and three 200-MW facilities of parabolic trough CSP technology provided by Agengoa. Shanghai Electric is acting as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor. (Source: Shanghai Electric Group, Renewables, 10 May, 2018) Contact: Shanghai Electric Group,; Abengoa SA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shanghai Electric Group,  Abengoa SA ,  CSP,  

Rika Biofuels Commits to Punjab Paddy Straw Biogas Projects (Int'l
Rika Biofuels
Date: 2018-05-11
In Chandigarh, India, the Punjab Punjab Bureau of Industrial Promotion (PBIP) and Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) are reporting the Signing of a MoU with UK-based Rika Biofuels Development Ltd UK for the establishment of bio-gas and bio-CNG plants in the state. The planned facilities will utilize an abundant supply of local "rice paddy straw" with a patented straw extruding technology and anerobic digestion.

Rika plans to build in excess of 10 bio-CNG plants at a total cost of $100-150 million. Each plant will use approximately 100 metric tpd of paddy straw. The first plant is expected to come online in 2019.

Rika Biofuels is a specialist anaerobic digestion project developer, specializing in processing problem feed stocks, including high volume manures and agricultural wastes such as crop straws. (Source: Punjab Energy Development Agency, Rika Biofuels, Times of India, May, 2018) Contact: Rika Biofuels, Gregory Krupnikovs, Director,,; Punjab Energy Development Agency, +91 172 266 3382,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rika Biofuels ,  Biogas,  anerobic digestion,  

Notable Quote -- Costa Rica to Become World's First Decarbonised Society

Date: 2018-05-11
"Decarbonisation is the great task of our generation and Costa Rica must be one of the first countries in the world to accomplish it, if not the first.

"We have the titanic and beautiful task of abolishing the use of fossil fuels in our economy to make way for the use of clean and renewable energies." -- Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, 9 May, 2018

Costa Rica presently generates more than 99 per cent of its electricity using renewable energy sources (Source: The Indendent, 10 May, 2018)

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

REGI Ralston Biodiesel Plant Expansion Completed (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2018-05-11
In the Hawkeye State, Ames-headquartered Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) is reporting the completion of its $32 million expansion and upgrade project at its 2002 vintage, Ralston, Iowa, biodiesel plant. The plant's production capacity has been increased from 12 to 30 MMgy. The plant's logistics and storage capabilities were also improved.

REG broke ground on the project in November 2016 with an initial $24 million commitment. As the project developed, the company invested another $8 million for additional improvements. (Source: REGI, Biodiesel, Others, May, 2018)Contact: REG, (515) 239-8104,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  REGI,  Biodiesel,  

Trump Dumps NASA Carbon Monitoring System (Ind. Report)
Carbon Monitoring System,NASA
Date: 2018-05-11
The Trump Administration has pulled the plug on the NASA administered Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) which tracked the flow of Earth's carbon -- an important aspect of the climate change fight. The Trump Administration's decision to end the CMS is inline with previous policy on climate change.

Since 2010, the CMS has used its paltry $10 million per year budget to focus on forests and the carbon that they contain. One such project, in collaboration with NASA and the US Forestry Service, created an aircraft-based laser imaging device to quantify forest carbon stocks. The CMS also supported other countries in their efforts to preserve and study their forest stocks, particularly in tropical locations. (Source: ScienceAlert, Inhabitat, 10 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Monitoring System,  NASA,  Carbon Emissions,  Trump,  

Kenya Promoting Energy Efficiency, Green Building Construction (Int'l)
Kenya Building Research Centre
Date: 2018-05-11
Speaking in Nairobi, Charles Kagura, the Chief Research Officer at the state-owned Kenya Building Research Centre (KBRC) said conventional buildings are a major source of greenhouse emissions in Kenya and construction of green buildings in order to promote environmental sustainability must be encouraged.

To that end, KBRC is currently undertaking research on new materials, technologies and processes to ensure that the building sector does not contribute to climate change. The agency is also partnering with academic institutions to develop and roll out environmentally friendly building material and techniques to the construction sector.

Kagura added that a key challenge facing the country's building sector was the environmental sustainability. "If no major innovations are introduced, the construction industry will, over a long-term impact negatively on the environment through pollution -- research on building materials and construction technologies is still under-tapped in Kenya." (Source: Kenya Building Research Centre, The Independent, 10 May, 2018) Contact: Kenya Building Research Centre, Charles Kagura, Chief Research Officer, +254 2027 27740,

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

Fiberight Updates Maine Waste-to-Biofuel Plant Opening (Ind Report)
Date: 2018-05-11
Following on our August 30, 2017 coverage, Maryland-based waste-to-biofuels specialist Fiberight is reporting the recycling portion of waste-to-biofuel facility in Hampden, Maine could be operational by September. The completed facility is now expected to go into service by December of this year. The facility was originally aiming at an April startup date.

According to a January Fiberight release, the company completed $70 million in project financing for the 180,000 ton-per-year Hampden facility, with $45 million coming from a tax-exempt bond issuance from the Finance Authority of Maine, underwritten by Jefferies LLC, and the remaining $25 million from private equity. (Source: Fiberight, MaineBiz, 9 May, 2018)Contact: Fiberight LLC, Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO, (408) 390-3275,,

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

$34.5Mn Funding Offered for Building Technology R&D (Funding]
DOE Building Technologies Office
Date: 2018-05-11
The U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) has announced up to $34.5 million in two funding opportunities -- the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2018 and Solid-state Lighting (SSL) Research.

BENEFIT 2018 will fund up to $19.5 million for 15 to 25 cost-shared projects focused on early-stage R&D to enable the development of new technologies to improve energy efficiency, reduce the energy costs in buildings, and facilitate interaction with the electricity grid.

Specifically, this BTO funding opportunity is interested in:

  • advanced separation technologies for building energy efficiency;
  • advanced building materials;
  • high-performance windows; novel approaches for cyber-physical systems in buildings;
  • integration research of advanced commercial energy efficiency packages; and
  • advancements in natural gas and other fuel-driven equipment.

    Seterately, SSL Research will fund up to $15 million for ten to 15 cost-shared projects to conduct early-stage R&D in SSL technology. The funding will accelerate development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products with the purpose of reducing lighting energy use. Under this funding opportunity, BTO is interested in four topic areas:

  • core technology research for LEDs, OLEDs, and cross-cutting lighting research;
  • proof-of-concept and prototype development for LEDs and OLEDs;
  • advanced fabrication R&D;
  • innovative lighting in a limited mock field application.

    Concept papers for BENEFIT 2018 are due June 8, with full applications due August 23. Applications for SSL are due June 18. (Source: US DOE EERE, Construction Specifier, May, 2018) Contact: US DOE BTO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  DOE Building Technologies Office,  

  • Tunisia Awards 70 MW Solar Tender Contracts (Int'l Report)
    Tunisia Minister of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In Tunis, the Tunisian Minister of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies reports it has awarded contracts for six 10 MW solar energy projects and four 1 MW, ground-mounted solar initiatives. 3

    All of the solar installations in various regions of the country will provide electricity to state-owned utility, Societe Tunisienne de l'electricite et du gaz (STEG) under long-term PPAs. (Source: Tunisia Minister of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, PV Mag., 8 May, 2018)May 8, 2018) Contact: Tunisia Minister of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  ,  

    Poultry Blamed for Israel's High Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-05-09
    According to a study from German nutrition retailer nu3 GmbH, Israel has the world's largest carbon footprint per capita due to poultry consumption. The study analyzed data across 130 countries from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to assess which countries have the potential to significantly reduce their carbon footprint by switching their consumption habits to a plant-based diet and minimize damage to the environment. According to the study, Israel emits anually 67.14 kg of CO2 per person due to poultry consumption, more than any other country in the world. The Israeli average exceeds annual poultry consumption emissions of second-placed consumer Trinidad and Tobago (62.59 kg) and third-placed Hong Kong (58.93 kg).

    The study found that Israel is ranked 22nd globally in terms of potential carbon footprint reduction, with an average footprint of 192.77 kg per person annually for animal product consumption and 14.09 kg per person for non-animal products, including wheat, rice and nuts. Potential for reducing emissions is based on evaluating the amount of carbon dioxide a person in each country could reduce annually by replacing 1 kg of animal product with 1 kg of non-animal product. (Source: nu3 GmbH, Jerusalem Post, 8 May, 2018) Contact: nu3 GmbH, Robert Sunderhauf, CEO, +49 30 397 434 22,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Footprint,  Carbon Dioxide,  

    CSP Ups Dubai's Renewables to 4 pct of Installed Capacity (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In DUBAI, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is reported to have inaugurated the 200 MW first stage of the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) is implementing the third phase using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model at Levelised Cost of Energy of 2.99 US cents per kWh using photovoltaic solar panels. The 3rd phase is being implemented in partnership with a consortium led by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and EDF Group. The second and third stages of this phase, which have a capacity of 300MW each, will be completed in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

    DEWA CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer noted that the plant is the first in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to use a single-axis solar tracking system, over 800,000 self-cleaning solar cells, and increases Dubai's renewable energy power production to 4 pct of total capacity. (Source: AETOSWire, Business Wire, 6 May, 2018) Contact: DEWA, Mosaad Abdelrahman, +971508057573, +97145151784,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ubai,  Solar,  DEWA,  

    China Considers Imported Palm Oil for Biodiesel Increases (Int'l)
    Palm Oil
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In Indonesia, the Jakarta Globe is reporting the Chinese government has indicated it is open to increasing its import quota of Indonesian palm oil by at least 500,000 tpy,

    China currently consumes 5 million tpy of palm oil, Indonesia, the world's biggest palm oil producer, exported 3.73 million tons of palm oil to China last year, a leading destination after India and the European Union.

    Indonesian palm oil exports have come under pressure in Europe where lawmakers are considering a ban on the use of palm oil in biodiesel from 2021. (Source: Jakarta Globe Reuters, 8 May, 2018)

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

    EC, EIB Guide Clarifies Energy Performance Contracts (Int'l)
    EC.European Investment Bank
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In Brussels, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Commission, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are launching a new Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts.

    The new Guide follows the Eurostat Guidance note on the revised treatment of Energy Performance Contracts in government accounts, issued in September 2017, and explains its practical application, making use of technical assistance resources from the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH).

    The Guide explains in detail how Energy Performance Contracts work and gives a clear overview of the potential impact on government finances. This will help Member States and other stakeholders to better understand the impact that the different features of these contracts have on the classification of the investment undertaken, on or off government balance sheet.

    A major priority is energy efficiency as a part of a low-carbon economy. Here, so-called Energy Performance Contracts, or EPCs for short, can help mobilise private investment and expertise in energy efficiency in public sector buildings. Energy Performance in buildings is part of the legislative package "Clean Energy for all Europeans" -- a key element for achieving a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy.

    The Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts is available HERE. (Source: EuroStat, European Commission, PR 8 May, 2018) Contact: European Commission, Sara Soumillion,; EIB, Tim Smit ,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Performance,  Energy Management,  European Investment Bank,  

    Quincy City Council OK's LED Street Lighting (Ind. Report)
    City of Quincy
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In the Bay State, the Boston suburb of Quincy City Council reports it has approved the purchase and installation of 340 LED lamps to replace the city's current ornamental street lights.

    Installation is expected to get underway in June at a cost to the city of approximately $30,000. The city's cost for the bulbs from Crescent Electric is $3,245.98. Conte said that price represents a two-thirds savings through an energy efficiency program connected with Ameren. (Source: City of Quincy, Quincy Herald-Whig, 7 May, 2018) Contact: City of Quincy, Jeffrey Conte, Utilities Director, (617) 376-1000,

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

    CarVal Investors Acquires California, Vermont Solar Assets (M&A)
    CleanCapital, X-Elio
    Date: 2018-05-09
    CleanCapital is reporting the formation last month of a $250 million partnership with CarVal Investors and the acquisition of more than 14 MW of solar generating capacity in Vermont and California for an undisclosed amount from Madrid-based developer X-Elio.

    The Minneapolis-headquartered CleanCapital-Carval partnership plans to acquire $1 billion in solar assets and has to date invested nearly $100 million in projects in 10 states, representing 21.6 MW of electricity.

    CleanCapital acquires and bundles US solar farms, then finds qualified investors interested in its portfolios. 21.6 megawatts of electricity. (Source: CarVal Investors, mpactAlpha, 8 May, 2018) Contact: CarVal Investors, (952) 444-780,; X-Elio, +34 911 77 0010,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CleanCapital ,  Solar,  X-Elio,  

    Global Tourism's Carbon Footprint on the Rise (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Footprint
    Date: 2018-05-09
    According to a recently released report from the University of Sydney in Australia, global tourism contributes an estimated 8 pct of all greenhouse gas emissions. In reaching its conclusion, the report analysed the carbon footprint of the tourism sector across 189 countries, taking in its entire supply chain, such as hotels, events, and transportation.

    The report finds that tourism's carbon footprint is four times higher than previous estimates, making it a major contributor to overall greenhouse emissions. Global tourism emissions increased from 3.9 to 4.5 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) between 2009 and 2013. The majority of these emissions came from air travel, particularly domestic and business, which the researchers said could not be distinguished from tourism. (Source: UN Env., Climate Action, 8 May, 2018) Contact: University of Queensland, Dr Ya-Yen Sun, +61 7 344 32004,,

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

    Air Products Snares Shell's Biomass Gasification Technology Licensing Business (Int'l, M&A)
    Air Products, Shell Global Solutions International
    Date: 2018-05-09
    Industrial gases specialist Air Products is reporting its acquisition of the Coal Gasification Technology licensing business from Shell Global Solutions International for undisclosed amount. The deal includes Shell's associated patent portfolios for coal and biomass gasification and sharing of patent rights for residue and biomass gasification.

    The acquisition expands Air Products' offerings in synthesis gas (syngas) to provide turn-key sale-of-gas gasification facilities for coal and biomass and refinery residues, Air Products noted.

    Shell's subsidiaries include Cansolv Technologies Inc., a leader in gas treating and sulphur dioxide (SO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery technologies. CANSOLV's patented technology uses an aqueous amine solution to achieve highly efficient, selective absorption of sulfur dioxide (SO2) from post combustion flue-gases. The technology is a highly flexible system and is adaptable to a wide variety of industrial applications, gas flow rates and SO2 concentrations, according to the company website. (Source: Air Products, EBR, May, 2018) Contact: Shell Global Solutions International,; Air Products, Marie Folkes, Pres. Industrial Gases,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cansolv,  Shell Global Solutions International,  Air Products,  

    Maui Utility-Scale Solar Project Announced (Ind. Report)
    Maui Electric Company
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In the Aloha State, Kenyon Energy is touting the South Maui Renewable Resources project, a 11.3-acre PV solar park located on Haleakala Ranch property near the Maui Research & Technology Park in Kihei.

    The project, Maui's first utility-scale solar project, will independently owned and operated by Kenyon Energy. The project, which was financed through Key Equipment Finance, will sell its power to Maui Electric.

    Maui County's 34 pct renewable energy portfolio exceeds the state's 30 pct renewable energy by 2020 target. (Source: Maui Electric Company, MauiNow, 7 May, 2018) Contact: Kenyon Energy, Clay Biddinger, CEO, (727) 216-4000,; Maui Electric Company, (808) 871-9777,; Maui Research & Technology Park,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Maui Electric ,  ,  

    Global LED Retrofit Market to Hit $4,983.9Mn by 2026 (Ind. Report)
    Transparency Market Research
    Date: 2018-05-09
    According to Transparency Market Research's (TMR) LED retrofit Market -- Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2018-2026 report, the global LED retrofit market was valued at $ 2,046.7 Mn in 2016 and is projected to register cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 9.25 pct from 2018 to 2026.

    The report suggests LED based solutions are gaining popularity in residential and commercial applications, which holds a significant share in the market. Furthermore, multiple US cities and states -- Seattle, Washington (35.5 pct) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (32.9 pct)-- have adopted LEDs. These and other initiatives are expected to have a positive impact on the global LED retrofit market.

    Request report details and a PDF Sample HERE. (Source: TMR, PR, Contact: Transparency Market Research, (866) 552-3453,,

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

    Greenbelt Resources to Assist in Chinese Bioethanol Effort (Int'l)
    Greenbelt Resources
    Date: 2018-05-09
    Paso Robles, California-based waste-to-bioethanol specialist Greenbelt Resources Corporation, is reporting CEO Darren Eng will visit China this month to assist in enhancing the domestic production capacity up to the over 4 billion gallons of ethanol required to meet a Chinese Government mandate.

    In 2017, Greenbelt commissioned a commercial system in New South Wales, Australia that converts wheat processing waste into ethanol, and it received Ecolabel certification from the Indonesian Ministry of the Environment. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995-4726x101,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,  Ethanol,  

    Vancouver, Toronto Green Building Leaders, says CBRE (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-05-09
    a recent study by CBRE reveals According to CBRE's inaugural International Green Building Adoption Index, the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Toronto lead the way in terms of office real estate and green building certification. In 10 markets across Australia, Canada and Europe, 18.6 pct of space is now certified "green" as opposed to 6.4 pct in 2007.

    Vancouver (51.6%) and Toronto (51%) are the pacesetters, followed by Sydney (46.5%) and Melbourne (28.8%). London sits bottom of the list of 10, with just 8.7 pct of its office space classed as green.

    Download the CBRE International Green Building Adoption Index HERE. (Source: CBRE, Global Construction,, 8 May, 2018)Construction Global Weekly Contact: CBRE, David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515,

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

    Seagate Properties Taps CleanFund's C-PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In the Golden State, Sausalito-headquartered CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc., a nationwide direct provider of commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, is reporting funding to San Rafael, California-based property developer Seagate Properties Ltd. for building upgrades to two projects in Marin County, California.

    Seagate Properties utilized CleanFund's 30-year C-PACE financing to install a 49.6 kW solar PV array and other improvements related to the building's heating and cooling systems. Seagate also recently CleanFund's C-PACE financing to install a 76 kW solar PV array in a second Sausalito, California office building.

    PACE was introduced in California in 2008 as a form of voluntary parcel tax assessment financing to fund qualifying improvements that reduce energy and water usage, and that provide seismic and other resiliency benefits to the built environment. C-PACE financing, which has been adopted in 33 states and the District of Columbia, allows property owners to repay qualified investments for building upgrades and new construction as a line item on their ordinary property tax bills. (Source: CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc., PR, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Seagate Properties,; CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Greg Saunders, CEO,

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

    Energy Source Touts 280,000,000 kWh of Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Energy Source
    Date: 2018-05-09
    Providence, R.I.-based Revolution Lighting Technologies subsidiary and energy efficiency specialist Energy Source, reports it has saved more than more than 6,000 businesses and governmental agencies over 280 million kWh of energy through the installation of energy efficient LED lighting solutions over the past decade. The energy reduction equates to more than $33 million in energy savings and is equivalent to removing 230,000 tons of Co2 from the environment.

    Energy Source is an authorized vendor for utility programs like Eversource, National Grid, and Mass Save, and is currently affiliated with eight programs within Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New York. Energy Source provides comprehensive energy efficiency solutions, including lighting retrofit, lighting controls, and energy management solutions. (Source: Energy Source, PR, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Energy Source, Mike Lemoi, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Source,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  

    Notable Quote -- USGC Comments on RFS, RINs Reallocation
    Date: 2018-05-09
    "We appreciate the Trump Administration's strong support of the Renewable Fuel Standard, but the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is concerned any move that would relate RINs to exporting ethanol could be severely detrimental to the competitiveness of ethanol exports and would harm the U.S. grains industry.

    "We believe RINs for exported ethanol could be perceived as an export subsidy, against our World Trade Organization obligations. They could put a target on our back globally. We are already seeing the impact of trade policy barriers on ethanol exports and we would like to have the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) look at the implications of export credits for RINs." -- Tom Sleight, US Grains Council, Pres., CEO , 9 May, 2018 Contact: USGC, (202) 789-0789,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  US Grains Council,  Biofuel,  RINs,  Ethanol,  

    Bentley Univ. Arena Awarded LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In the Bay State, Bently University reports its new, multipurpose Bentley Arena has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

    The 76,000 ft2 Bentley Arena's sustainable features include: a 504 kilowatt rooftop solar array; technology that captures heat generated from the rink's ice-making equipment to heat water throughout the building; high-efficiency LED lighting with smart, motion-detecting controls; ice-making and air conditioning systems that use zero CFC-based refrigerants; high-efficiency plumbing fixtures; 50 pct of wood used in the building is sourced from certified sustainable forests;and used locally sourced and/or recycled building materials. (Source: Bentley University, Celebrity Access, May, 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; Bentley University,

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

    Andeavor Claims Major 2016-17 RFS Obligations Savings (Ind. Report)
    Andeavor,Philadelphia Energy Solutions
    Date: 2018-05-09
    Following on our coverage of Philadelphia Energy Solutions bankruptcy, the company's owner, Andeavor, one of the largest U.S. refining companies has reported saving approximately $100 million over the past two years primarily due to a reduction in the RINs obligation for the 2016 and 2017 compliance periods for some of the company's inland refineries.

    The Andeavor announcement late on Monday came after Reuters reported last month that the EPA granted the company a "financial hardship waiver" that freed its smallest refining facilities from the regulation. Andeavor recorded net profits of $1.4 billion in 2017.

    Andeavor's EPA hardship exemptions freed the company's refineries in North Dakota, Utah and New Mexico from having to blend biofuels or purchase RINs for the 2016 compliance period. The company did not explicitly credit small refinery exemptions for the savings, according to the Reuters report. (Source: Andeavor, Reuters, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Andeavor, (210) 626-6000,; Philadelphia Energy Solutions, [endlink][endlink]

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Andeavor,  RFS,  Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  

    SGRE Refurbishing Vestas Offshore Wind Gearboxes (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-05-09
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it will refurbish the gearboxes of the 60, Vestas V80-2.0MW turbines at the 120MW, 2008 vintage, Princess Amalia offshore wind park in the Netherlands.

    SGRE will initially supply up to four ZF-EH804 gearboxes fully equipped with auxiliaries. The work will be completed in one of SGRE's five manufacturing sites in Spain. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, WPM, Others, May, 2018) Contact: SGRE Offshore, Andreas Nauen., CEO,; Vestas, +45 9730 0000,; Princess Amelia Wind Park,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Vestas,  

    Voyageur Minerals, Summit Nanotech to Develop Nanotech Lithium Extraction Technology with Carbon Capture Technology (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-05-09
    Calgary, Alberta-based Voyageur Minerals Ltd reports it has inked a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) with Summit Nanotech Corporation (SNC) to develop proprietary processing technology for the production of high-purity lithium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, potassium carbonate, calcium carbonate and sodium carbonate from mineral brine waters. The technology is envisioned as an innovative carbon capture technology allowing VM to potentially capture atmospheric CO2.

    The two firms are in talks to work with the University of Calgary Engineering Faculty to develop the process. To that end, SNC has applied for $2,000,000 in grant funding through the Alberta Innovate research grant program.

    The LOI proposes the that VM will fund the project by supporting the requirements of the research grant. Following bench-scale testing, VM will fund the construction of a pilot plant and will retain worldwide rights to the mineral extraction license. SNC will retain a net profit royalty on all minerals produced utilizing the technology. (Source: Voyager Minerals, NewsWire, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Summit Nanotech Corp.,Amanda Hall, CEO, : Voyageur Minerals Ltd., John Rucci, CEO, (403) 383-8588,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture,  

    KCP&L, Kansas City Partner to Meet Clean Energy Goals (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In the Show Me State, Kansas City and its utility Kansas City Power & Light are working in concert to encourage the city and its metropolitan area of approximately 2.3 million residents to reduce energy consumption and and increase its use of renewable power. To that end, the city's clean energy goals include:
  • Powering 100 pct of city operations with renewable energy within three years;
  • Achieving Energy Star certification for 90 pct of municipal buildings of over 25,000 square feet within five years;
  • Developing residential energy efficiency and community solar programs for city employees;
  • Developing an electric-vehicle purchasing plan and procurement collaborative for fleets of public and tax-exempt entities.

    Additionally, previously this year the utility filed a green tariff and a rate case including a community solar proposal that would allow the utility to acquire wind energy for city operations. The community solar proposal would add at least 3 cents per kilowatt hour for residential customers to the cost of electricity from solar. (Source: KCP&L, Kansas City, Energy News, May, 2018) Contact: KCP&L, Kim Winslow, Dir. of Energy Solutions,; Kansas City, Dennis Murphey, Environmental Officer, (816)513-1313,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News KCP&L,  Renewable Energy,  

  • NEXTracker Selected for IA Solar-Storage Installations (Ind. Report)
    Ideal Energy ,NEXTracker
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Freemont, California-headquartered NEXTracker™ , a Flex company, is reporting Iowa-based Ideal Energy will in corporate NEXTracker NX Flow™ integrated solar-plus-storage system in a 1.1 MW power plant at the Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, IA. Upon completion, the installation will be among the largest solar-plus-storage power plants in the state.

    NX Flow's energy storage system integrates an advanced vanadium flow battery (VFB), solar tracker, inverter, and software technologies. The battery, which is DC-coupled with the photovoltaic array, charges directly off the array, enabling the battery to store "clipped" energy up to its capacity limit.

    For the MUM project, Ideal Energy will also install NEXTracker's smart solar tracker with independently monitored and controlled rows, high-slope tolerance and rapid assembly features. (Source: Ideal Energy, NEXTracker, PR, benzinga, 1 May, 2018) Contact: NEXTracker,, Twitter @NEXTracker; Ideal Energy:

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ideal Energy,  NEXTracker,  

    DEWA 300MW CSP Tender Planned for Early 2019 (Int'l. Report)
    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In the UAE, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is planning to launch a 300MW tender for a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with storage in Q1, 2019. The project will to be located at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park where the phased development is targeting 5GW of capacity by 2030.

    A consortium led by Abu Dhabi's Masdar and France's EDF Group are expected to complete for the 2020 third phase of the project and have reportedly arranged $650 million in financing to that end. (Source: DEWA, The National, 3 May, 2018) Contact: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971-4-601-9999,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  CSP Solar,  Solar ,  

    EDF Acquires Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l, M&A)
    EDF Renewables UK, Mainstream Renewable Power
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power is reporting the sale of its 450-MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, located off the east coast of Scotland, to French electric utility EDF Group via EDF Renewables UK. The £1.8 billion ($2.44 billion) transaction followed a competitive bidding process.

    The Neart na Gaoithe project is expected to generate sufficient electricity for around 375,000 homes and has an existing 15-year Contract for Difference with the UK Government and grid connection agreements already in place. A Contract for Difference is defined by the UK Government as "a private law contract between a low carbon electricity generator and a low carbon energy provider -- a power purchase agreement (PPA) -- designed to support the development of renewable energy projects.

    The Neart na Gaoithe project is expected to be commissioned in 2023. (Source: EDF Renewables, Clean Technica, 4 May, 2018) Contact: Mainstream Renewable Power, Andy Kinsella, +353 (0) 1 290 2000,; EDF Energies Nouvelles,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mainstream Renewable Power,  EDF Group,  Offshore Wind,  Wind ,  Offshore Wind,  Wind ,  

    SB Energy Investing in 300MW Korean Solar Farm (Int'l)
    SB Energy Corp
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Tokyo-based SB Energy Corp., the renewable energy arm of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, reports it has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Daemyung GN consortium to invest in a 300-MW solar farm to be built in Yeongdeok County, North Gyeongsang Province, Korea. The total amount of SoftBank funding has not been revealed.

    Korean solar energy specialist Daemyung GN, together with Intromedic, LS Industrial Systems and Korea East-West Power plan to invest approximately $925 million to construct the 300-MW solar power station. (Source: SoftBank, Maeil Business News Korea, 6 May, 2018) Contact; SoftBank, SBEnergy, SoftBank Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SB Energy Corp,  SoftBank,  Solar,  

    Columbia River Pumped Energy Storage Project Planned (Ind. Report)
    National Grid,Rye Development
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In Washington State, the Herald-Republic reports that developers -- Rye Development and National Grid -- are pursuing efforts to build a pumped water energy storage project along the Columbia River to store excess power generated by wind turbines. The project would be located in Goldendale near the John Day Dam.

    In March, FERC issued a preliminary permit to the two developers for a feasibility study of the project which would be developed in collaboration with the Klickitat PUD. (Source: Herald-Republic, SF Gate, 6 May, 2018) Contact: Klickitat PUD, (509)493-2255,; Rye Development LLC, (617) 804-1326,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Energy Storage,  National Grid,  

    Statoil Ramping Up Drive to Cut its Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
    Statoil,International Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Statoil, Norway's largest company, reports it is stress-testing its portfolio of oil and gas assets against global energy scenarios set out by the International Energy Agency (IEA) at shareholders' request in 2015.

    The IEA's Sustainable Development Scenario, which analyses the likely impact of energy policies by 2040, is aligned with the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement goals to keep global warming from exceeding 2 degrees C..

    Statoil has also announced plans to reduce emissions from some of its new fields to 3kg of CO2 per barrel of oil equivalents (boe), which is less than 20 pct of the global average. The company's carbon intensity at its offshore fields stood at 9kg per boe in 2017, compared to a global average of 17kg per boe.

    In 2017, Statoil launched a new climate roadmap outlining aims to reduce the carbon intensity of its upstream oil and gas portfolio to 8 kg CO2/boe by 2030, achieve annual CO2 emission reductions of 3 million tonnes by 2030 and build an industrial position in profitable new energy of up to 15-20 pct of capex by 2030. The company will also invest around 25 pct of research funds into new energy solutions and energy efficiency by 2020.

    Statoil reduced its CO2 intensity from oil and gas production by 10 pct year-on-year, from 10kg CO2 per boe to 9kg CO2 per boe. In 2017 the company achieved CO2 reductions of 356 000 tonnes.

    Download Statoil's 2017 Sustainability report HERE. (Source: Statoil, Reuters, May, 2018) Contact: Statoil,; International Energy Agency,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Footprint,  International Energy Agency,  

    Iowa Study Examines Switchgrass as Biofuel Feedstock (R&D)
    Iowa State University
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Where can Switchgrass Production be More Profitable than Corn and Soybean? An Integrated Subfield Assessment in Iowa, USA, a newly published research study by Iowa State University (ISU) examines converting underperforming areas in Iowa crop fields to switchgrass, which could provide an economic benefit from a future bioenergy crop market.

    The study, which examines how to grow dedicated bioenergy crops without converting land already under perennial cover, identifies areas within fields suitable for conversion from corn/soybean to switchgrass as indicated by publicly available agronomic, management and economic information.

    Under the assumptions that land is fully owned by farmers, and switchgrass sells for $55 per short ton, the study showed that 4.3 pct of the corn/soybean area in Iowa could break even when converted to switchgrass yielding up to 4 tons per acre. In some counties, converting corn/soybean areas to switchgrass could add up to millions of dollars in total annualized producer benefits. With a future bioenergy crop market for switchgrass, the researchers conclude their approach could be used beyond Iowa and could be applied to other intensively farmed regions globally with similar data availability.

    The study is available HERE. (Source: Iowa State University, High Plains AG Journal, May, 2018) Contact: Iowa State University, Alejandro Plastina, assistant Professor of Economics,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Switchgrass,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Iowa State University,  

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