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Australia's CEFC Invests $35Mn in Smart Meters (Int'l Report)
Clean Energy Finance Corp.,Landis+Gyr
Date: 2018-07-09
The Clean Energy Finance Corp (CEFC), an Australian government owned "green bank", reports it has invested $35 million in debt funding into smart meter technology provider intelliHUB -- a joint venture between Pacific Equity Partners and the Swiss-based global smart meter company LandisGyr.

The CEFC investment is part of a debt finance package to support intelliHUB's growth plans. The CEFC was established to facilitate increased flows of finance into the clean energy sector.

According to CEFC grid solutions and storage lead Simon Brooker, there are approximately 9 million metering points in the national electricity market and by accelerating their conversion to smarter technologies, consumers will benefit from more meaningful information relating to their energy consumption. (Source: CEFC, CIO, Twitter, 4 July, 2018) Contact: CEFC, Ian Learmonth, CEO,; Landis+Gyr, Mike Cooper, General Manager of Distributed Generation and Energy Storage ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Finance Corp ,  Smart Meter,  LandisGyr,  

Fundy Tidal Energy Project Wins Community Support (Ind. Report)
Big Moon Power
Date: 2018-07-09
On Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy, home of the world's highest tides, Halifax-headquartered Big Moon Power Canada, the company behind a new Kinetic Keel tidal power technology that's foregone the use of turbines reports it has received Scott's Bay community approval for the provincial Department of Energy's announced two "marine renewable energy" permits to begin testing a small 100-kilowatt prototype and a second to increase the system's size to a maximum of 5 megawatts.

The company's Kinetic Keel concept harnesses energy with a two-part system comprised of a land-based shed houses a drum and high modulus rope -- a material seven times stronger than steel -- attached to an underwater keel that ebbs and flows with the tidal current. The rope loosens and contracts during high and low tides, meaning the two-way energy production is constantly producing energy without impacting the ocean environment.

The company has a PPA in place with Nova Scotia Power, will foot the bill for the new three-phase system, meaning residents will see no change in their power costs. (Source: Bib Moon Power, Kings County Register, 5 July, 2018) Contact: Big Moon Power LLC, Jamie MacLean,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power,  

GreenTrees Touts Reforestation Carbon Credit Issuance (Ind. Report)
GreenTrees,American Carbon Registry
Date: 2018-07-09
In the Old Dominion State, GreenTrees® is reporting completion of its latest verification for 1,273,866 metric tons on the American Carbon Registry (ACR) -- the organization's second consecutive issuance of over one million tons.

ACR has had fifteen issuances over a million forestry tons for both compliance and voluntary markets. This includes IFM, Avoided Conversion and Afforestation/Reforestation project types. Of the fifteen issuances, GreenTrees has two of them. Only three of the fifteen issuances are from afforestation/reforestation projects, with the remaining one from an international project.

The GreenTrees River System approach is setting the standard for how reforestation can achieve scale and impact and does it with small and medium-sized landowners. Reforestation provides a continuous loop of scaled impact while bending the climate curve.

GreenTrees® is the largest reforestation program in North America with more than 120,000 acres of trees planted with its 500 landowner partners, producing over 1,000,000 tons annually on The American Carbon Registry. (Source: GreenTrees, CSRWire, 6 July, 2018) Contact: GreenTrees, Chandler Van Voorhis, (540)253-2504,,; American Carbon Registry,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Refdorestation,  Climate Change,  American Carbon Registry ,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Credits,  

ADM, Cargill Launch Egyptian Soybean JV SoyVen™ (Ind. Report)
ADM, Cargill
Date: 2018-07-09
Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and Cargill are reporting the launch of their SoyVen™ 50-50 joint venture to provide soybean meal and oil for customers in Egypt.

SoyVen owns and operates the National Vegetable Oil Company soy crush facility in Borg Al-Arab, along with related commercial and functional activities, including a separate Switzerland-based entity supplying soybeans to the Egypt crush plant. The plant's crush capacity has been doubled to 6,000 metric tpd to meet increasing Egyptian demand for soybean meal and soy oil.

SoyVen will have offices and operations in Cairo and Borg Al-Arab in Egypt, as well as offices in Rolle, Switzerland. (Source: Cargill Website, 6 July, 2018) Contact: Cargill,; ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Collin Benson, VP Bioactives, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Soybean,  Soy Oil,  Archer Daniels Midland,  ,  Cargill,  

St. Louis Adopts Energy Efficient Building Codes (Ind. Report)
St. Louis
Date: 2018-07-09
In the Show Me State, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen reports it has approved several new home energy efficiency building codes which come into force in August.

The codes require the city to adopt a number of national and international standards for energy use and energy efficiency standards including the amount of building insulation, requirements for energy efficient windows and programmable thermostats. The new requirements will replace the 2009 International Building Codes followed by the city, but will not apply to construction already using the old codes. (Source: St. Louis Board of Aldermen, St. Louis Public Radio, 6 June, 2018) Contact: St. Louis Board of Aldermen,

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

Sinovel Fined for AMSC Wind Farm Technology Theft (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-09
In Madison, Wisconsin, a federal judge has fined Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel Wind Group $1.5 million and placed the company on a one-year probation for its 2013 conspiracy, theft of trade secrets and wire fraud from Ayer, Massachusetts-based technology company American Superconductor (AMSC).

The court found that Sinovel had contracted to purchase AMSC software regulating the flow of electricity from turbines to the electrical grid for more than $800 million. Sinoval wanted to use the software to retrofit existing turbines in China to comply with grid requirements and make new turbines more efficient. Sinovel stopped paying for the software in March 2011 and was discovered to have pirated unauthorized versions of the software. (Source: AMSC, Worchester Telegram, AP, 7 July, 2018) Contact: AMEC, Jason Fredette, Director of Investor & Media Relations, (508) 621-4177,,; Sinovel Wind Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Superconductor,  AMSC,  Sinovel ,  Wind,  Renewable Energy Software,  

GGF Supports Bosnian Energy Efficiency Microfinance (Int'l, Funding)
Green for Growth Fund
Date: 2018-07-09
The Green for Growth Fund (GGF), a Luxembourg-based lender to projects deemed beneficial to the environment, reports it and Partner MCF recently disbursed two loans to nonprofit microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina -- €5 million ($5.8 million) to Partner Microcredit Foundation (MCF) and €1 million ($1.2 million) to Mi-Bospo.

The MFIs will "on-lend" funds to households and microenterprises for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and equipment. GGF expects the loans to generate total annual energy savings of 44,700 megawatt-hours and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 13,800 metric tpy.

Created in 1997 by the US-based nonprofit Mercy Corps, Partner MCF provides microloans primarily to the agricultural sector for rural enterprises, home improvements, solar energy collectors and other energy saving purchases.Partner MCF had $69 million in assets, a gross loan portfolio of $60 million and 44,000 active borrowers as of 2016, according to the nonprofit Microfinance Information Exchange. (Source: GGF, MicroCapital, 8 July, 2018) Contact: GGF,; Partner MCF,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green for Growth Fund,  

Middle Eastern Gulf States Commit to Climate Charter (Int'l Report)
Climate Charter, Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-07-09
In the Middle East, four Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, are among the six major oil-producing countries to sign a climate charter designed to promote green investment and drive low-carbon economic growth.

The sovereign wealth funds of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Norway and New Zealand, which together are valued at $3 trillion or more, have established a joint framework designed to encourage companies they invest in to address climate challenges and incorporate environmental policies into their future business plans while creating new investment opportunities and helping finance the shift toward clean energy sources. The development builds on discussions during a climate summit in Paris last year, when world leaders, investment funds and energy magnates promised to channel more resources toward tackling climate change.

Regional funds have been boosting their investments in the renewables sector as solar projects, in particular, gather pace across the Middle East, according to the Arab News. (Source: Arab News, Various Media, Zawya, July, 2018)

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

Pruitt's Resignation Letter Revealed (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
EPA,Scott Pruitt
Date: 2018-07-09
"Mr. President, it has been an honor to serve you in the Cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration.

" Your courage, steadfastness and resolute commitment to get results for the American people, both with regard to improved environmental outcomes as well as historical regulatory reform, is in fact occurring at an unprecedented pace and I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the American people in helping achieve those ends.

That is why it is hard for me to advise you I am stepping down as Administrator of the EPA effective as of July 6. It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring. However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.

"My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God's providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people. Thank you again Mr. President for the honor of serving you and I wish you Godspeed in all that you put your hand to.

Your Faithful Friend, Scott Pruitt" (Source: Various Media, 6 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scott Pruitt,  EPA,  

New ENERGY STAR Metrics to be Announce in August (Ind. Report)
Energy Star
Date: 2018-07-09
The US DOE reports the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager metrics are being updated this summer. All existing ENERGY STAR scores will change on Aug. 27, when building scores will be adjusted for the 2019 round of ENERGY STAR. (Source: US DOE ENERGY STAR, Colorado Real Estate Journal, 8 July, 2018) Contact: ENERGY STAR,,

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

Little RI Takes On the Oil Giants over Climate Change (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-07-09
The office of Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin reports the nation's smallest state is suing the country's oils giants in the first-of-its-kind suit over direct harms to the state from man-made climate change.

The state alleges that 21 energy companies -- including ExxonMobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips -- knew about the impact fossil fuels were having on the environment but failed to mitigate that risk and the "manifest real-world harms of the companies' actions or failures to act."

The lawsuit specifically alleges the energy companies refuted scientific knowledge and actively pushed pseudo-scientific theories about climate change, and that for nearly a half century the oil companies knew that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products create greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes our climate. It also claims the oil companies used public messaging to dissuade consumers from accepting the climate change consensus which, the state says, meant the public did not realize the harms fossil fuels were doing to the world and therefore did not see the need to reduce their climate impact. The suit also alleges that the actions have the companies have directly contributed to climate change which has in turn created sea level rise and a number of other issues that the state is now having to spend money dealing with. (Source: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Care2, July, 2018) Contact: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, (401) 274-4400,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

Indian Transport Minister Bets on Alt. Fuels (Int'l Report)
Alternative Fuels
Date: 2018-07-09
In Mumbai, India's Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development, the Hon. Nitin Jairam Gadkari is touting ethanol, methanol, bio-compressed natural gas, dimethyl ether and electricity as alternatives to crude oil, 70 pct of which has to be imported.

"At present, ethanol is received from sugar mills and we mix 5 pct of it to petrol. This mix can be raised up to 22 pct but we do not produce ethanol in large quantity. Currently, we get about 4 pct ethanol after crushing one tonne of sugarcane," Gadkari said in an interview with PTI. Gadkari also noted that the government allows the use of B-heavy molasses for ethanol production and is promoting ethanol production from cotton straws, rice, bagasse, bamboo and municipal waste.

The minister's second choice for an alternative fuel is methanol, which can be obtained from coal. "We have coal fields and we can produce methanol in abundance. We can sell it at Rs 22 per litre. In China, methanol sells at Rs 13 per litre," he said. "While producing methanol, DME (dimethyl ether) gas is also obtained and this can be mixed with LPG and used as a cooking fuel. In the US, 20 pct DME is mixed with LPG. You have a methanol economy in China and Israel. Why not in India?", the minister added. (Source: PTI, News18, 8 July, 2018) Contact: Hon. Nitin Jairam Gadkari ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel DME,  

Delaware Dismisses RGGI Participation Lawsuit (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-07-05
Sitting in Dover, after four years the Delaware Superior Court has dismissed a lawsuit -- Stevenson, et al. v. Delaware Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Control, et al. -- that challenged Delaware's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade cooperative program among nine states.

The lawsuit was brought in December 2013 by David T. Stevenson, a climate change skeptic who heads the Delaware public policy group, Center for Energy Competitiveness at the Caesar Rodney Institute. Stevenson was a member of Trump's EPA transition team and is a long-time critic of Delaware energy policies. The suit was dismissed after more than four years of litigation, had failed to demonstrate that RGGI affected their electric bills.

RGGI member states include Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pulled the Garden State out of the group. (Source: RGGI, Delaware Business Now, 3 July, 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  

Aussie Landlords Urged to Adopt Energy Efficiency Measures (Int'l)
Better Renting
Date: 2018-07-05
In the Land Down Under, a study by the advocacy organization Better Renting notes that rental homes ranked 5 Star or below on the Australian Capital Territory Home Energy Ration (ACTHERS) result in renters of low energy efficiency homes are missing out on significant savings. There are an estimated 25,000 out of 45,320 rental properties in the ACT where EERs are lower than 5 Star.

For example, a three-bedroom dwelling with a zero energy efficiency rating (EER) costs renters around $2,800 per in extra energy costs. The average household energy cost burden is roughly $1,600 per year.

This research backs what tenant advocacy, environmental, and business organizations have long been calling for: all privately-rented housing in the ACT must have a minimum energy-efficiency rating of 5 Stars. This can be balanced by funding for landlords to make energy efficiency upgrades. (Source: Better Renting, Your Mortgage, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Better Renting,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Nestle Launches 9-Turbine Scottish Wind Farm (Int'l)
Nestle.Community Windpower
Date: 2018-07-05
Vevey, Switzerland-headquartered food industry giant Nestle is reporting the launch of nine turbine wind farm at Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The wind farm will generate 125GWh of energy annually sufficient power for fully half the company's factories, offices, and warehouse in the UK and Ireland or equivalent to powering 30,000 homes. The wind farm's production will be delivered to the national grid.

The project was dveloped with the help of Community Windpower, the renewable energy specialist based in the UK. As a member of the RE100 Initiative, Nestle aims to acquire 100 pct of its energy from renewable sources as quickly as possible. (Source: Nestle, Energy Digital, Various Others, Others, 4 July, 2018) Contact: Nestle,; RE100 Initiative,; Community Windpower, +44 19 28 734 544,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Windpower,  RE100 Initiative,  Nestle,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

Saipem to Construct California Ethanol & Powers Plant (Ind Report)
California Ethanol & Power,Saipem
Date: 2018-07-05
Milan-based Italian IPC Saipem SpA reports it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and an exclusive agreement with Brawley, California-based California Ethanol & Power, LLC, to develop a low carbon emission plant for the production of ethanol fuels, electricity from renewable sources, biomethane and other secondary products derived from on site cultivated sugar cane.

The plant, which will be constructed California's Imperial County, is subject to financing. Saipem will design and construct the mechanical aspects of the project and related services, while the electrical part will be provided by General Electric. (Source: Saipem, Biofuels Digest, Others, 4 July, 2018)Contact: California Ethanol & Power, Ralph A. Dehrmann, COO, (760) 344-1004,; Saipem, +39 02 44234088,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  

Bucket Foundation Could Cut Offshore Wind Costs (New Prod & Tech)
Siemens Gamesa,Universal Foundation
Date: 2018-07-05
MarEx is reporting a consortium of Siemens Gamesa, Hamburg, Germany-based Universal Foundation, Aalborg University, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and has been awarded $4.4 million by the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme via the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate to develop an offshore wind foundation suction bucket concept that could cut installation costs as much as 40 pct.

The partnership aims to complete an offshore trial installation after having built and eight meter by eight meter prototype. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, MAREX, July, 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke,; Universal Foundation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Universal Foundation,  Siemens Gamesa,  Offshore Wind,  Offshore Wind Foundation,  

ADL Pegs Battery Market at $90Bn by 2025 (Ind. Report)
Arthur D. Little
Date: 2018-07-05
London-based accountancy and consulting firm Arthur D. Little's (ADL) just released Future of Batteries: Winner takes all? study notes the battery energy storage sector has seen existing and new players invest more than $13.7 billion over the last two years. The study predicts future trends that will meet growing demands in the electric vehicle (EV), renewable power solutions and consumer electronics sectors.

The report predicts the battery market will become a $90 billion-plus sector by 2025, and that new innovations, such as solid-state electrolyte lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, will replace existing battery technologies over the long-term.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: Arthur D. Little, PR, July, 2018) Contact: Arthur D. Little,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Arthur D. Little,  

Ford Kills Ontario Cap-and-Trade Funded Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Ontario Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-07-05
Following up on our June 22nd coverage, the Canadian Press is reporting newly elected populist Ontario Premier Doug Ford (Progressive Conservative) has revoked the province's carbon pricing cap-and-trade program that was instigated by the former Liberal government of Catherine Wynne. With the goose that layed the golden eggs dead,Ford's administration will begin winding down all green programs funded through the province's cap-and-trade system this week.

In his most recent announcement, Ford noted the province will nonetheless honour existing contracts, orders and projects -- such as energy efficient insulation and window retrofits -- funded by cap-and-trade. Some existing Ontario energy efficiency rebates were being phased out before Ford officially took office last week. The premier says the government will decide on a case-by-case basis whether some initiatives previously funded by the cap-and-trade program will be paid for using tax base revenue.

As previously reported, Ford claimed eliminating the provincial cap-and-trade system will help him deliver on campaign promises Ontario the electorate doesn't realistically expect him to keep -- cutting retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre -- which is apparently more important than the roughly $3 billion the carbon tax contributed to the provincial coffers since the system was introduced by the then Liberal government in 2017. And, in a move that rings of Trump political posturing, the new Premier also reportedly promised to lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. (Source: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Various Media, Canada Press, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Doug Ford,  Energy Efficiency Program,  

Ingenco Seeks Va. DEQ Permit for Landfill Gas Power (Ind. Report)
Ingenco Wholesale Power
Date: 2018-07-03
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Ingenco Wholesale Power reports it is seeking a Virginia Title V air pollution permit from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for electric power generation at its solid waste landfill facility in Bristol, Virginia.

The facility uses methane and other landfill gases to help power 18 diesel engines which generate electricity that is sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The $4.5 million Ingenco facility was completed and commissioned at the end of 2015.

Ingenco operates 17 similar plants across Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. (Source: Ingenco Wholesale Power, Bristol Herald Courier, 26 June, 2018) Contact: Ingenco Wholesale Power, (804) 521-3500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  Ingenco Wholesale Power,  

Cargill Launches CO2 Challenge for Greener Shipping (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-03
Minneapolis-based agri-business giant Cargill is reporting the launch of its CO2 Challenge initiative to accelerate the development of emission cutting technologies across the shipping sector. Cargill will work with risk management and certification specialist DNV GL and start-up advisor Rainmaking to deliver the initiative.

In 2017, Cargill pledged to cut its CO2 per cargo-ton-mile by 15 pct by the end of 2020.The CO2 Challenge follows the latest round of talks at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) on how to curb emissions from the global shipping sector. The IMO announced a new target to cut shipping emissions 50 per cent by 2050 backed by an interim strategy to curb emissions and introduce new reporting-based measures designed to drive investment in greener shipping technologies and techniques.

Businesses and entrepreneurs who have a product in need of commercial assessment, testing, investment, and scaling are being invited to apply to participate in the CO2 Challenge before September 17, 2018. (Source: Cargill, Business Green, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Cargill, Jan Dieleman, Pres. Ocean Transportation Business, (800) 227-4455,

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO.Maritime Emissions,  Shipping EmissionsCargill ,  Maritime Emissions,  

WEC Takes Stake in Bishop Hill III Wind Energy Centre (M&A)
WEC Energy Group,WPPI
Date: 2018-07-03
Milwaukee-headquartered utility holding company WEC Energy Group reports it will acquire an 80 pct stake in the Bishop Hill III Wind Energy Center in Henry County, Illinois, for $148 million. The transaction is subject to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval.

The Bishop Hill project, which was developed by Invenergy, incorporates 53 General Electric turbines totaling 132MW capacity and has a 22-year, 100 pct power purchase agreement in place with not-for-profit WPPI Energy.

WPPI Energy provides electric power to 51 member utilities in Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. (Source: WEC,, PowerTech, 2 July, 2018) WEC Energy Group, (414) 221-2345,; WPPI Energy, Pat Connors, Snr, VP Power Supply, (608) 834-4500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy Group,  Wind,  WPPI,  

Vistra Developing 300-MW Calif. Battery Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Vistra Energy, Pacific Gas and Electric
Date: 2018-07-03
Irving, Texas-headquartered Vistra Energy reports it will enter into a 20-year resource adequacy contract with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Under the contract, Vistra will develop a 300-megawatt/1,200-MWh battery energy storage project at its Moss Landing Power Plant site in Moss Landing, California. The project is subject to California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approval, which is expected within 90 days. Vistra anticipates the battery storage project will enter commercial operations by Q4, 2020.

Vistra's retail and generation businesses include TXU Energy, Homefield Energy, Dynegy, and Luminant, operate in 12 states and six of the seven competitive markets in the U.S. and total approximately 41,000 megawatts of capacity. (Source: Vistra Energy, PR, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curt Morgan, CEO, Molly Sorg, Inv. Relations, (214) 812-8004,,; PG&E,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric,  Vistra Energy ,  Energy Storage,  

GBCA Carbon Positive Building Roadmap Released (Int'l Report)
Green Building Council of Australia
Date: 2018-07-03
In the Land Down Under, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is reporting release of a new Carbon Positive Roadmap discussion paper establishing the steps required for the country's built environment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The roadmap is supported by some of Australia's largest developers and property owners, many of whom are committed to meet net zero emissions.

As part of the roadmap, buildings seeking a Green Star rating will have to meet updated requirements -- with a proposal that new and existing Green Star-rated buildings will have no greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Existing buildings have to meet this target by 2050 or earlier. The Carbon Positive Roadmap outlines high-level outcomes, actions, targets and policy positions and aims to help ensure Australia's competitiveness and attractiveness for investment, while fulfilling international commitments to reducing carbon emissions, including the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The Carbon Positive Roadmap can be downloaded HERE. (Source: Green Building Council of Australia, July, 2018) Contact: GBCA, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Council of Australia ,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Star,  

Gopher State Joins "We Are Still In" Climate Campaign (Ind. Report)
"We Are Still In"
Date: 2018-07-03
Despite Trump's withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate Agreement due to "burdensome financial obligations", the aims and goals of the agreement are broadly supported across the US by more than 2,800 non-federal players committed to the "We Are Still In" campaign, including Minnesota.

Minnesota is seven years ahead of meeting its 20 pct renewable energy standard set in 2015, and working toward an aggressive 80 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 -- exceeding the goals of the Paris Agreement.

"We Are Still In" campaign members agree that, in the absence of federal climate leadership, they'll keep doing what's necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the amount of clean energy they use. (Source: "We Are Still In" website, The Uptake, 3 July, 2018) Contact: "We Are Still In" Campaign,

More Low-Carbon Energy News "We Are Still In",  Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  

Trump Finds a Kindred Spirit in Former Aussie PM Tony Abbott (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Tony Abbott,Trump,Climate Change
Date: 2018-07-03
In the Land Down Under, former Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the prime minister who signed Australia on to the Paris Climate Agreement, now says Australia should pull out of the treaty to end "the emissions obsession that's at the heart of our power crisis."

In a recent speech to a group of "climate skeptics", Abbott, who is perhaps best remembered for his comment "climate change is a load of CRAP", now says he wouldn't have signed up to the Paris treaty had he known the US would withdraw from it.

In his speech, Abbott noted: "I didn't anticipate how agreeing to emissions that were 26 pct lower in 2030 than in 2005 would subsequently become a linear progression of roughly equal cuts every year over the next decade." "As long as we remain in the Paris agreement -- which is about reducing emissions, not building prosperity -- all policy touching on emissions will be about their reduction, not our well-being. It's the emissions obsession that's at the heart of our power crisis and it's this that has to end for our problems to ease."

Other oft repeated Abbott comments include:

"There are respectable arguments for an ETS but the one Labor (the then governing party) has in mind could easily be expensive and futile. I am wary of a system which creates new vested interests - which an ETS will do. I suspect that a straight carbon tax or charge could be more transparent and easier to change if conditions change or our understanding of the science changes." -- Tony Abbott, ,July 10, 2009

"I am confident, based on the science we have, that mankind does make a difference to climate, almost certainly the impact of humans on the planet extends to climate." -- Tony Abbott, May 27, 2010 "We do not believe in artificially imposing a carbon price on consumers. There will be no carbon price on consumers under a (my) Coalition government." Tony Abbott, July 19, 2010.

"Now, we do have policy out there. We've had it out there since February. It basically goes -- it involves going to the market and buying abatements through soil carbon, through tree planting, through businesses that are prepared to change their processes to less emitting ones. It will reduce our emissions by five percent by 2020, so we will achieve our targets. Now, that's our commitment. It's doable. It's deliverable." -- Tony Abbott,16 August, 2010

"Yeah, look, I never said it (climate change) was a myth. I once used some colourful language describing the so-called settled science of climate change but look, climate change is real, humanity does make a contribution to it and we've got to take effective action against it. I mean, that's my position and that's always been my position but I've never been in favour of a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme." -- Tony Abbott, July, 2011

(Source: Various Media, Guardian, 3 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Trump,  Climate Change,  Tony Abbott,  

15 Swedish private companies account for 8 % of Sweden’s decrease in GHG emissions since 2010

Date: 2018-07-03
+ The Haga Initiative is a network of companies with the aim of reducing carbon emissions from the business sector and highlighting the climate issue by showing that ambitious climate strategies lead to business advantages and improve profitability reports that 15 Initiative member companies have contributed with a decrease of emissions equivalent to approximately eight percent of Sweden’s total decrease between 2010 and 2017. Nine of the member companies have already reached the target of reducing emissions by 40 percent until 2020. The Haga Initiative has managed to decrease emissions while increasing profitability. . The Haga Initiative , which was initiated in 2010 by eight well known companies has been working towards the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent until 2020. At the time, the pledge was ambitious, however the pace of reductions has been much faster than anticipated and a majority of the companies have already reached the target. The Haga Initiative’s new goal sets the target at zero net emissions by 2030. Nine out of 15 companies have already reached the goal.

The average member company in the Haga Initiative has decreased its GHG emissions by 47 percent while increasing turnover by 10.4 percent. This includes the companies’ own operations, purchased energy and business travels since each company’s base year. In total, 14 out of 15 companies have decreased their absolute emissions compared to base year. (Source: New Europe, 2 July, 2018) Nina Ekelund, executive director, the Haga initiative.

Siemens Gamesa Wins 150-MW Indian Wind Project Contract (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa,ReNew Power
Date: 2018-06-29
Reporting from New Delhi, renewable energy solutions provider Siemens Gamesa reported in a statement it has secured a turnkey wind energy contract from India's largest renewable energy independent power producer, ReNew Power Ventures, for construction of 150 MW wind farm in the Kutch district of Gujarat State.

Siemens Gamesa will provide the infrastructure needed to install and operate the facility including supply, erection and commissioning of 75 units of SG 2.0-114 MW wind turbines. ReNew Power is independent renewable energy producer with over 5,800 MW of operational and under-construction clean energy assets. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Various Media, ETEnergy World, 26 June, 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke,; ReNew Power Ventures, +91 124 489 6670/80,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  ReNew Power,  

ICAO Agrees on Aviation Emissions Standards (Int'l Report)
International Civil Aviation Organization
Date: 2018-06-29
Meeting in Montreal, the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) reports it has agreed upon standards to support the aviation industry in its preparations to comprehensively report on its carbon emissions and make the transition to low-emission, alternative aviation fuels.

The standards follow a landmark deal signed in 2016 by the 192 member states of the ICAO, designed to control the level of CO2 emissions in the global aviation sector. Beginning in 2019, airlines will report on their fuel and carbon emissions for the first time. This will lead to a five-year voluntary period, starting in 2021, where the industry will make wholesale changes to its fuel consumption, away from fossil fuels towards sustainable alternatives.

From 2027 onwards the rulings will become mandatory across the entire aviation sector. (Source: ICAO, June, 2019) Contact: International Civil Aviation Organization, +52 55 52 50 3211,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Civil Aviation Organization,  Aviation Emissions,  Climate Change,  

TOTAL TX Refinery Considered RFS "Hardship Waiver" (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-06-29
Paris-headquartered French oil and natural gas giant TOTAL, the fourth-largest oil company in the world, CEO Patrick Pouyanne reportedly contemplated asking the US EPA for a Renewable fuel standard "hardship" waiver exempting a refiney it owns in Texas from having to blend ethanol into the U.S. gasoline supply. The company's legal team, however, reportedly replied to Pouyanne's suggestion with an emphatic "No. Our refinery is too big," according to Pouyanne.

As previously reported, "hardship" waivers were intended for small refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and those that 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: TOTAL, Various Media, Washington Post, June 25, 2018) Contact: TOTAL,

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  Biofuel Blend,  

UK Energy Ministry Offices Rated Energy Inefficient (Int'l)
Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2018-06-29
In London, four of the eleven offices leased by the UK government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have scored the lowest possible "G Rating" for energy efficiency, according to the BBC. The energy display ratings are used to measure the energy performance of public buildings.

The display energy certificates show 10 Victoria Street, in Westminster, which the department leases and operates, uses twice the amount of electricity a typical office of that type. Its offices at Apex Court in Nottingham, Cheylsemore House South in Coventry, and Buckingham Palace Road in central London, also received the lowest possible G rating on their certificates. Only one building the department leases, The Observatory in Chatham, received an A rating, and the department's headquarters, at 1 Victoria Street, scored below average, with an E rating.

According to BEIS, it has saved £104 million in the last financial year through efficiency measures. Apparently, there is still room for improvement. (Source: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, BBC, June, 2018) Contact: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Department of Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy,  Energy Eficiency ,  

JLL Surpasses Emissions, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability Targets (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-06-29
In its just released Global Sustainability Report, Chicago commercial real estate services provider JLL Inc. reported exceeding carbon emission reduction goals within its corporate offices and committing to set a Science Based Target by 2020. Reductions achieved on a per corporate office employee basis included a drop in building-related greenhouse gas emissions by 15 pct -- vs a 10 pct target -- building-related energy consumption by 12 pct and rented area by 10 pct.

JLL exceeded its existing targets at the end of 2017, and reported annual performance highlights including:

  • $82 million in estimated U.S. client project savings through energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions by roughly the equivalent of removing 77,000 passenger vehicles from the road for a year;
  • 452,000 metric tons of CO2e averted by advising on renewable energy projects saving seven times the amount of energy the firm uses in its own buildings across the world; and
  • 225 sustainable building certifications for clients.

    The new targets established in the Building a Better Tomorrow program include:

  • adopt a common sustainable procurement framework globally by 2020:
  • set a Science Based Target for JLL's global emission reductions, with interim goals including:
  • reduce building-related GHG emissions per corporate office employee by 2 pct per annum from 2017 to 2019; and
  • reduce building-related energy consumption per corporate office employee by 2 pct per annum from 2017 to 2019.

    JLL will also strengthen partnerships with various external organizations, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Global Compact, Green Building Councils, and others.

    According to UN estimates, real estate accounts for about 40 pct of the world's energy consumption and a third of all carbon emissions. (Source: JLL, PR, June, 2018) Contact: JLL, Christian Ulbrich, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Science Based Target,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  

  • Carnegie Refocusing on Wave Energy (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Carnegie Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-06-29
    June 28 (Renewables Now) - In the Land Down Under, renewable energy specialist Carnegie Clean Energy Ltd reports it will sell its solar and microgrid business, Energy Made Clean (EMC), to Sydney-based investment house Tag Pacific Ltd for a 32 pct stake in the purchaser.

    The planned transaction will create an ASX-listed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and build, own, operate (BOO) business active in the off-grid and fringe-of-grid solar, battery and microgrid markets. This enlarged entity, which will take the name of Tag's unit MPower. The new entity is expected to begin operations on July 1, 2018.

    Carnegie intends to focus on commercialization of its CETO wave energy technology while maintaining ownership of the Garden Island Microgrid and its current 50 pct stake in the 10-MW Northam solar farm. (Source: Carnegie Clean Energy , Various Media, June, 2018) Contact: Carnegie Clean Energy, Michael Ottaviano, CEO,; Tag Pacific Ltd.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MPower,  Carnegie Clean Energy,  Wave Energy,  Wave Power ,  

    Southern Idaho Landfill Gas-to-Energy Plant Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Landfill Gas
    Date: 2018-06-29
    In Idaho, a new $7.8 million landfill gas-to-energy project in Burley, Cassia County, is now in production and supplying electric power for approximately 2,000 area homes, according to to the operator, Southern Idaho Solid Waste District.

    The solid waste district is owned by seven Idaho counties -- Blaine, Cassia, Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Minidoka and Twin Falls -- and manages waste that comes into 15 transfer stations and the Milner Butte Landfill. The facility uses two, 1.3 MW locomotive engines to convert methane and other gases into energy. The facility plans to add a third engine within 5 years. (Source: Southern Idaho Solid Waste District,, KPVI, 28 June, 2018)Contact: Southern Idaho Solid Waste District, Josh Bartlome, Exec. Dir., (208) 432-9082,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Landfill Gas,  Landfill Gas-to-Energy,  

    Ford Hits CO2 Emissions Target Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-06-29
    Reporting from Detroit, auto giant Ford Motor Company reports it has met its goal to reduce manufacturing emissions – eight years ahead of schedule.

    In 2010, Ford's Environmental Quality Office announced the company would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing operations by 30 pct per vehicle produced by 2025. A global manufacturing CO2 emissions reduction of more than 3.4 million metric tons from 2010 to 2017 is roughly equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from more than 728,000 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

    Ford reduced its emissions footprint through energy conservation and efficiency changes at its manufacturing facilities, such as installing more than 100,000 LED light fixtures and updating paint operations.

    Ford is presently setting renewable energy goals but remains focused on reducing vehicle emissions by doing its share to deliver on CO2 reductions consistent with the Paris Climate Accord. (Source: Ford Motor Company, PR, 27 June, 2018) Contact: Ford,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Vehicle Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Ford,  

    Toyota Tsusho, Pinnacle Ink Wood Pellet Off-Take Contract (Ind. Report)
    Pinnacle Renewable Holdings,Toyota Tsusho
    Date: 2018-06-29
    British Columbia, Canada-based Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. reports it has entered into new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with customers in South Korea and Japan.

    The contract in Japan is Pinnacle's second with Toyota Tsusho Corporation, a trading and investing company and a group member of TOYOTA. Under the terms of the Toyota Tsusho contract, Pinnacle will supply 170,000 metric tpy of industrial wood pellets to Toyota Tsusho beginning in 2021. The industrial wood pellets will be used by Kanda Biomass Energy K.K., which is established by RENOVA, Inc., Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd., Veolia Japan K.K. and two other companies, in a biomass power generation plant in Kanda, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

    The contract in South Korea is with CGN Daesan Power Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of CGN New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd, a diversified independent power producer in Asia.

    As a result of these two new contracts, the weighted average remaining life of Pinnacle's portfolio of off-take contracts with customers has been extended from seven years as at March 30, 2018, to more than nine years. (Source; Pinnacle Renewable Holdings, 28 June, 2018) Contact: Pinnacle, Robert McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613,; Toyota Tsusho,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Renewable Holdings,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Toyota Tsusho ,  

    EIA Details Energy Efficiency Incentives Results (Ind. Report)
    EIA,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-06-29
    According to a US Energy Information Administration (EIA) survey (EIA-861) of electric power sales, revenue, and energy efficiency, U.S. electric utilities reported spending $3.6 billion on energy efficiency customer incentives in 2016, for an average of $24 per customer.

    Most reported spending supported residential and commercial energy efficiency: 43 pct of spending targeted residential customers, 49 pct targeted commercial customers, and the remaining 8 pct targeted industrial customers. Average reported spending per customer varied by state, from $0 in Alaska to $128 in Massachusetts. High-spending states and low-spending states tend to be concentrated in particular regions. By U.S. census region, average utility spending ranged from $11 per customer in the South to $47 per customer in the Northeast. Spending also was higher in certain states with high electricity prices, such as Hawaii, or in certain states with climates that require more energy for heating and cooling, such as Illinois and Arizona.

    Incremental savings as a result of energy efficiency spending for reporting year 2016 totaled 27.5 billion kWh or 0.7 pct of nationwide retail electricity sales. Projected lifecycle savings were much greater, at 354 billion kWh over the lifetime of the efficiency measures used, because some measures that affect heating, cooling, and water heating equipment can provide benefits for several years. Like spending, most savings occurred in the residential and commercial sectors.

    Annual incremental savings also varied by state, from near 0 pct of electricity retail sales in Kansas and Alaska to 3 pct of retail sales in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Average electricity savings by U.S. census region was the highest at 1.2 pct in the Northeast, and the lowest at less than 0.4 pct in the south. (Source: EIA, Today in Energy, June, 2018) Contact: US EIA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EIA,  Energy Efficiewncy ,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  

    F2i SGR Acquiring Enel Italian Biomass Portfolio (Int'l, M&A)
    Enel SpA,F2i SGR
    Date: 2018-06-29
    Italian energy group Enel SpA reports it will sell a 108 MW biomass power generation portfolio of 5 units to F2i SGR for EUR €335 million ($388 million). The portfolio includes the operational Mercure and Finale Emilia plants in Calabria and Emilia Romagna, as well as a 50 pct stake in Powercrop -- a JV with Maccaferri.

    The transactions is pending regulatory approvals for completion in 2018 and 2019.(Source: Enel SpA, Renewables Now, 28 June, 2018) Contact: F2i SGR,; Enel SpA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News F2i SGR,  Enel,  Biomass,  

    Ingenco Seeks Va. DEQ Landfill Gas Power License (Reg & Leg)
    Ingenco Wholesale Power
    Date: 2018-06-27
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Ingenco Wholesale Power has applied for a Title V air pollution operating permit from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for its Bristol, Virginia solid waste landfill facility.

    The $4.5 million facility uses methane and other landfill gases to power 18 diesel engines to generate electricity which is sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The Ingenco facility was commissioned late in 2015.

    Ingenco operates 17 plants throughout Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. (Source: Ingenco Wholesale Power, Bristol Herald Courier, 26 June, 2018) Contact: Ingenco Wholesale Power, (804) 521-3500,; Virginia DEQ - SW Regional Office, (276) 676-4800,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  Ingenco Wholesale Power,  

    NATSO Testifies on RFS Hardship Waivers (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-06-27
    In Alexandria, a Chicago-area travel center executive testifying on behalf of the National Association of Truck Stop Owners (NATSO) told a House panel that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is successfully incentivizing travel centers to incorporate advanced biofuels such as biodiesel into their fuel supply, but also warned that the EPA's recent practice of exempting certain refiners from their renewable fuels obligations undermines the law's intent and decreases demand for biofuels.

    The Annual renewable fuel volume obligations established under the RFS are designed to create market certainty and encourage fuel retailers to invest in the infrastructure necessary to incorporate and sell biodiesel. The executive testified that the EPA's recent granting of an unprecedented number of retroactive "hardship" exemptions to refineries has functioned as de facto mandate cuts in the biofuel volume obligations. Retroactively issued waivers create market uncertainty, ultimately diminishing the value of the biodiesel investments that Congress encouraged fuel retailers to make when it developed the RFS.

    "It is imperative that EPA immediately re-evaluate its criteria for issuing the small refinery waivers. Going forward, I would hope that EPA act in a manner that is more consistent with the RFS by requiring all waiver requests be received and assessed prior to finalizing biofuel mandates for a given compliance year."

    NATSO is the trade association of America's travel plaza and truckstop industry. Founded in 1960, NATSO represents the industry on legislative and regulatory matters; serves as the official source of information on the diverse travel plaza and truckstop industry; provides education to its members; conducts an annual convention and trade show; and supports efforts to generally improve the business climate in which its members operate. (Source: NATSO, PR, June, 2018) Contact: NATSO, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman, (703) 739-8578,,

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

    Seoul, Guangzhou, NYC Top Largest Carbon Footprints List (Int'l)
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Date: 2018-06-27
    The Chinese city of Guangzhou -- fka Canton -- has the second highest carbon footprint of cities worldwide, according to a new study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. With a population of approximately 14 million, Guangzhou emits an estimated 272.0 metric tpy of carbon dioxide.

    Only Seoul, with a population of 21 million, surpasses Guangzhou with an output of 276.1 metric tpy of GHGs. New York City, with 13.6 million people, holds third place at 233.5 metric tpy.

    Of the 13,000 cities included in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology study, 100 cities were found to be responsible for 18 pct of the world's total carbon emissions.

    Download research findings, including an interactive map and data tables HERE. (Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, That's China, 26 June, 2018)Contact: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Daniel Moran, Study Lead Author, +47 73 59 50 00,

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

    Notable Quote and Duly Noted
    Date: 2018-06-27
    "I am all for putting a public eye, pressure to those companies (oil and gas) for being much more responsible energy companies and reducing carbon and methane emissions, but we don't have this same attention for the 200 gigawatts of sub-critical coal-fired power plants under construction in Asia, which will emit carbon emissions at least three to four times higher than all this oil production together. There is a need for understanding numbers when it comes to the climate change debate." -- Fatih Birol, International Energy Agency Exec. Director, June, 2018)

    Editor's Note: The world's largest publicly traded oil and natural gas companies account for under 4 pct of the world's energy-related carbon emissions, according to the IEA.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol,  

    Urban Forest, Tropical Rainforest Carbon Storage Capacity Nearly Equal (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Storage
    Date: 2018-06-27
    In the UK, a new University College London (UCL) study published in Carbon Balance and Management used publicly-available airborne LiDAR data collected by the UK Environment Agency, combined with ground-based LiDAR measurements, to generate a map of carbon stored in an estimated 85,000 trees across the London Borough of Camden. The study found that urban areas store up to 178 tonnes of carbon per ha, in comparison to the median value for tropical rainforests of 190 tonnes of carbon per ha.

    According to Treeconomics the services provided by urban trees in Greater London are estimated to be worth £133 million per annum. The carbon storage capacity of urban trees alone is valued to be worth £4.8 million per annum in Greater London, or £17.80 per tree.

    The research study was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, in part through the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). (Source: University College London,, 25 June, 2018) Contact: University College London, Natasha Downes, +44 (0)20 3108 3844, n.downes, said lead author on the study, Dr Phil Wilkes (UCL Geography). UCL Geography LiDAR research group.

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

    Biodiesel Producers Support Biodiesel Tax Credit (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-06-27
    In a recent National Biodiesel Board (NBB) letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), and Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the NBB wrote:

    "On behalf of a diverse community of biodiesel producers, feedstock providers, blenders, fuel marketers and consumers, we are pleased to announce that we have united around a single position -- to maintain and extend the biodiesel tax credit at the blender level.

    "The blenders credit has worked successfully to build a robust biodiesel and renewable diesel industry -- 100 million gallons in 2005 to nearly 2.6 billion gallons in 2017. The tax credit is an important demand stimulus, which improves plant efficiencies, encourages investment in U.S. distribution infrastructure and supports high-paying jobs throughout the country, while providing fuels that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On top of this, it has afforded customers such as the trucking industry and heating oil users fuels that are more economic and environmentally competitive.

    "Extending the biodiesel blenders credit will allow us to continue to provide the economic and environmental benefits associated with the program.

    "Unfortunately, the uncertainty caused by the "on-again, off-again" tempo of legislative extensions, including the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which retroactively extended the biodiesel tax incentives through the end of 2017, has somewhat frustrated our sector's ability to anticipate the availability of the incentives and make the necessary investments. This severely disrupts access to capital, as well as the ability to hire and expand. Given that Congress has frequently extended the credit retroactively, market participants have come to reasonably rely on the credit being retroactively extended when undertaking business and investment decisions. Accordingly, the undersigned trade associations and companies urge Congress to restore the tax credit as soon as possible.

    "To provide certainty in planning, we believe Congress should extend the full $1.00 per gallon tax credit for 2018 and 2019. Beyond that, we are seeking long-term certainty, including a permanent tax incentive at a level that will continue to foster growth in the domestic biodiesel market.

    "Since the credit's inception, the market responded as Congress intended. We urge Congress to extend this successful program."

    In addition to NBB, the letter was signed by the Advanced Biofuels Association, the American Trucking Associations, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Renderers Association, NATSO, Representing America's Travel Centers and Truckstops, New England Fuels Institute, Petroleum Marketers Association of America, and Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 25 June, , 2018) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, 800) 841-5849,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NBB,  Biodiesel,  Bioodiesel Tax Credit,  

    Minnesota Residential Energy Code Update on Hold (Reg & Leg)
    Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
    Date: 2018-06-27
    In St. Paul, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry have delayed a decision by several months on building code standards related to energy use for newly constructed homes. The agency indicated that it would wait for the results of a federal performance study of the new, model 2018 residential energy code developed by the International Code Council.

    Minnesota law requires updating building standards every six years. A delay could mean pushing residential energy code updates to 2024. Advocates argue the update would reduce carbon emissions and save homebuyers money, while homebuilders contend it would yield few benefits for the added cost. A DOE study that looked at impact of continuously upgrading residential energy codes found the cumulative energy cost savings in Minnesota would be $2.3 billion from 2010 to 2040 and avoid 14.3 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

    Minnesota's present 2015 residential energy code is based on the International Code Council's 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). (Source: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Energy News Network, June, 2018) Contact: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Ice Energy Reports Argo Infrastructure Partners Funding Agreement (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Ice Energy,Argo Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2018-06-27
    Costa Mesa, California-based Ice Energy, the leading provider of distributed thermal energy storage solutions, reports it has entered into a long-term funding agreement with private equity manager Argo Infrastructure Partners LLC.

    The investment establishes a strategic relationship that begins with $40 million in funding for Ice Energy and its current projects, which are supported by long-term utility contracts to manage peak power demand and load shifting.

    Argo Infrastructure Partners is an independent investment manager that invests in high-quality regulated and contracted infrastructure assets, targeting returns through sustainable cash yields and long-term capital appreciation.

    With over $2 billion in assets under management on behalf of institutional investors, Argo manages an investment portfolio that includes a 330 MW ISO-interconnecting bi-directional power transmission system; power generation assets that provide the majority of electricity demand load for Pueblo, Colorado; Duquesne Energy, the regulated electric transmission and distribution utility serving over 500,000 customers in the Pittsburgh area; and two water utilities, including one serving the city of Bayonne, NJ.

    Ice Energy's thermal energy storage products deliver behind-the-meter energy storage for commercial and industrial HVAC, refrigeration and process cooling systems, as well as for home AC, providing peak capacity to over 40 utility service territories nationwide. The company has installed 15 MW) of energy storage, has contracts to install another 30 MW, and has a pipeline of over 400 MW. The company is expanding quickly in the U.S. and internationally. (Source: Ice Energy, PR 26 June, 2018) Contact: Argo Infrastructure Partners, Hugh Au, Senior VP,,; Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, Pres, (877) 542-3232,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  thermal energy storage,  

    Holyrood Awards £2Mn for Offshore Wind Innovation (Int'l)
    ORE Catapult
    Date: 2018-06-25
    At Holyrood, the Scottish Governmenthas confirmed £2 million in funding to support the offshore wind energy sector and to reduce development costs. The £2 million in funding has been granted to Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, and the Energy Skills Partnership. The funding is intended to support innovation across the sector to reduce long-term costs, improve health and safety standards, and to widen educational opportunities within the industry.

    ORE Catapult almost immediately announced that the £445,000 it received will be used to back a larger £1.3 million program of technology innovation projects to advance Scotland's offshore wind sector. The new £1.3 million program is also supported by a further £150,000 from industry partners including Fergusons Marine Engineering, CWind and WOOD, and match-funding from ORE Catapult.

    ORE Catapult's new £1.3 million program will focus on: next-generation crew transfer and service vessels; a technology accelerator program; investigating alternative communication and remote supervisory systems; and establishing a business excellence program aimed at enabling the Scottish supply chain to access offshore wind commercial opportunities. (Source: ORE Catapult, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 22 June, 2018) Contact: ORE Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, CEO, Tony Quinn, Dir. Operations, +44 160 359 555,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ORE Catapult,  Offshore,  Offshore Wind Scotland Wind,  

    Samsung SDI ESS Module Targets European Market (Int'l Report)
    Samsung SDI
    Date: 2018-06-25
    Samsung SDI reports it is targeting the European market with its new high-voltage residential electrical energy storage (ESS) module which, it claims has increased energy density and better energy conversion efficiency compared to existing residential modules.

    Without changing the size of the battery cell applied to the high-voltage residential ESS battery module, Samsung SDI enlarged its capacity by more than 20 percent through the use of new materials and optimizing the module design.

    The residential ESS market has been growing steadily, centering on the European market where solar and other renewable energy supplies are high. According to data from market researcher B3, the residential ESS market will grow at an average annual rate of 15 percent. This year's residential ESS market demand is estimated at 1,259 megawatt hours while it is expected to grow to 1,889 megawatt hours in 2020. (Source: Samsung SDI, 24 June, 2018) Contact: Samsung SDI, Kim Jeong-wook, VP Marketing,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung SDI,  Energy Storage,  

    ACORE Aims at $1 trillion in US Renewables Investment (Ind. Report)
    American Council on Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-06-25
    The not-for-profit American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is touting a new campaign aimed at spurring $1 trillion in new US private sector investment by 2030 for the renewable energy sector and enabling grid technologies.

    ACORE is a US business group made up of companies that finance, develop, manufacture, and use all forms of renewable energy. Its aim is to accelerate the investment and deployment of renewable power in the US. The $1T 2030 campaign will be managed by the Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (PREF), a senior-level ACORE member program for educational renewable energy finance resources.

    ACORE's plan to spur $1 trillion in renewables investment is based on: a long-term federal policy commitment providing support for carbon-free electricity generation; federal, state and regional policies to promote modernization of the nation's electrical grid; continued expansion of state renewable portfolio standards to support increasing deployment of renewable electricity; and reforms to facilitate siting and permitting processes for renewables and transmission and allow for accelerated renewable energy growth.

    The $1T 2030 campaign hinges upon the findings of ACORE's The Future of U.S. Renewable Energy Investment: A Survey of Leading Financial Institutions report. The report, which is based on a survey of banking institutions, asset managers, private equity firms, and other financial firms, identifies several key findings that point to the fact that, "with sustained demand, US renewable energy will continue to be an attractive asset class with strong potential for investment growth." (Source: ACORE, June, 2018) Contact: ACORE, Gregory Wetstone, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council on Renewable Energy,  ,  Renewable Energy,  

    Empire State Gov. Announces Energy Storage Roadmap (Ind. Report)
    New York State,Energy Storage
    Date: 2018-06-25
    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced an Energy Storage Roadmap to guide the state toward its energy storage target of 1.5GW by 2025 -- equivalent to the electric power demand of 20 pct of the state's homes -- and if achieved, would deliver approximately $2 billion in lifetime benefits, including electricity distribution system savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. It would also boost the resiliency of the electric grid by reducing the impact of adding more energy storage into the system as well as maximise the benefits of renewable energy sources. (Source: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Various Media, EnergyLive, 24 June, 2018) Contact: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,  Energy Storage,  New York Energy Storage,  

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