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New Carbon Neutral Mortgage Offsets Home Ownership Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
Carbon Credit Capital ,Residential Home Funding Corp. of America
Date: 2018-02-14
NYC-headquartered Carbon Credit Capital (CCC) and Residential Home Funding Corp. of America (RHF) report the offering of a new "Carbon Neutral Mortgage" where the fees borrowers typically pay to banks and underwriters upon closing their loans are instead put towards carbon offset projects to fully mitigate the projected carbon footprint of owning and operating the home, for the life of the loan.

CCC and RHF put together a package of carbon credits for borrowers equal to the estimated amount of carbon emitted by a similarly sized house over the course of one year, and subsequently, the life of the loan. Calculations are based on square footage and state energy data. The Carbon Neutral Mortgage is currently available in New Jersey, and is expected to expand to more states later this year.

When borrowers close a Carbon Neutral Mortgage, they receive acknowledgement, personalized certification and have a specified number of carbon offsets removed from circulation in the global carbon markets and “retired” in their name — meaning that they, and only they, can ever get credit for reducing those emissions.

The carbon credits included in each package are vetted by Gold Standard, Voluntary Carbon Standard and the Clean Development Mechanism. Each RHF Carbon Neutral Mortgage amounts to an estimated 100 - 350 metric tons of CO2 emissions. Through the new partnership, CCC and RHF expect to deliver tens of thousands of tons of CO2 emission reductions every year. (Source: Carbon Credit Capital, Sustainable Brands, 13 Feb., 2018)Contact: Carbon Credit Capital, (212) 925-5697,,; Residential Home Funding Corp. of America, (888) 763-3500,

EP Cuts CO2 Emissions, Funds Low-Carbon Innovation (Int'l)
European Parliament
Date: 2018-02-12
In Brussels, the European Parliament (EP) reports iy has passed legislation to strengthen European Union's curbs on industrial CO2 emissions so as to begin delivering on Paris climate accord pledges. The new law, already informally agreed with EU ministers, will accelerate the withdrawal of emission allowances available on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) Carbon Market which covers around 40 pct of EU greenhouse gas emissions. The new law provides for:
  • an increase in the yearly reduction of emission allowances to be placed on the market by 2.2 pct from 2021, up from the 1.74 pct planned at present -- this factor will also be kept under review with a view to increasing it further by 2024 at the earliest;
  • a doubling of the EU ETS Market Stability Reserve's capacity to mop up excess emission allowances on the market -- when triggered, it would absorb up to 24 pct of excess allowances in each auctioning year, for the first four years, thus increasing their price and adding to the incentive to reduce emissions.

    The EP also approved two funds to help foster innovation and spur the transition to a low-carbon economy. A modernization fund will help to upgrade energy systems in lower-income EU member states. MEPs tightened up the financing rules so that the fund is not used for coal-fired projects, except for district heating in the poorest member states. An innovation fund will provide financial support for renewable energy, carbon capture and storage and low-carbon innovation projects.

    The law also aims to prevent "carbon leakage" , i.e. the risk that companies might relocate their production outside Europe due to emission reduction policies. The sectors at the highest risk will receive their EU ETS allowances for free. Less exposed sectors will receive 30 pct for free. (Source: European Parliament, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: European Parliament, Baptiste Chatain. +32 228 40992,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliament,  Carbon Emissions,  EU ETS,  

  • Bhutan REDD+ Project to Fight Climate Change Scores $4.8Mn (Int'l)
    World Bank,REDD+
    Date: 2018-02-12
    The World Bank reports it has granted $4.8 million to support Bhutan's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through strengthening the country's forests under the Bhutan REDD+ Readiness Project.

    The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and Conservation, Sustainable Management of Forest and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+) is a mitigation mechanism to combat climate change. The international programme operates under the principles of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and enhancing carbon sequestration through improved forest protection and management.

    The REDD+ Readiness programme was established in Bhutan in 2010. In 2013, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility of the World Bank approved the REDD+ Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) and the project was implemented from 2015 with $3.8 million in World Bank grant funding. In the three years, the project completed the National Forest Inventory, established heritage forests, land use and land cover mapping 2016, revised forest and nature conservation rules and regulations of 2017, build capacity for forest management, and institutionalized national forest monitoring system and forest reference emission level including the forest resource information management system. (Source: Kuensel, World Bank, 12 Feb., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News REDD+,  World Bank,  Reforestation,  Deforestation,  Climate Change,  

    CEFC Commits $250Mn to Energy Efficient Community Housing (Funding)
    Clean Energy Finance Corporation
    Date: 2018-02-12
    In the Land Down Under, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) reports it will invest $250 million on a new , 1,000 home energy efficient community housing program in Sydney.

    The new homes will be built to an average 7 star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) rating. A higher rating means less energy goes to heating, cooling and powering appliances. The Australian government requires all new homes to have at least a 6 star NatHERS rating. However, a 7 star rating should translate into a 25 per cent cut in energy use compared with the average home.

    According to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, Australian households are responsible for about 20 pct of greenhouse gas emissions. The average household generates more tham 7 tpy of greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Energy Matters, 9 Feb., 2018) Contact: CEFC,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Finance Corporation,  Energy Efficiency ,  

    AT&T Confirms 520MW Renewables Power Purchase Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles.
    Date: 2018-02-12
    AT&T reports it will purchase 520 MW of wind power through 2 agreements with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources LLC -- 220 MW of power will come from the Minco V Wind Farm in Caddo County, Oklahoma and 300 MW will come from a wind farm in Webb and Duval Counties, Texas. Together, the projects are expected to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 250,000 homes a year.

    AT&T is also signing on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles which represent large customers' renewable energy needs and helps them stream-line solutions for buying cost-effective renewable energy. The group is led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and is made up of large energy buyers working to spur progress on renewable energy and fulfill their increased demand for it. AT&T is also a member of the Business Renewables Center, an initiative that, along with the Buyers’ Principles, forms part of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance.

    Since 2010, AT&T has implemented over 65,000 energy efficiency projects resulting in annualized savings of $427 million. (Source: AT&T, PR, Telecompetitor, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, Mike O'Sullivan, Snr. VP Development, (561) 691-7171,; Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles,; Business Renewables Center,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources,  AT&T,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

    World Bank Funds Ghana Climate Change Mitigation Project (Int'l)
    World Bank
    Date: 2018-02-12
    The World Bank (WB) Climate Investment Fund is reporting the launch of Ghana Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Local Communities, a 5-year, $5.5 million project to mitigate the impact of climate change in 52 forest fringe communities in Ghana. The project is being implemented by the Solidarid West Africa, a partner of the WB, which seeks to fight forest loss and half unsustainable land use practices in the drive against climate change and associated impact.

    The first component of the project focuses on the dissemination of knowledge to increase communities understanding of the linkages between climate change and their current land use practices. The second component focuses on the provision of demand driven sub-grants to communities and Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) to put into practice knowledge acquired by the beneficiaries for climate change mitigations.

    The WB and its partners are implementing similar community projects in Mexico, Indonesia, Burkina Faso, Peru, Brazil, Laos and Congo. (Source: GNA, World Bank, 9 Feb., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Climate Change,  

    Great Green Fleet Farm-to-Fleet Biofuel Program Sinks (Ind. Report)
    USDA,US Navy
    Date: 2018-02-12
    As reported in the Federal on Register on 1 Feb., the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI) program due to its falling on the Navy's priority list and limited available funds.

    The BPI program was launched by the USDA and the U.S. Department of Navy (Navy) in 2013 to provide incentive funds to companies refining biofuel in the United States from certain domestically grown feedstocks converted to drop-in biofuel for delivery to the Navy under the then "Great Green Fleet" initiative.

    As we reported on Dec. 21, 2016, In 2009, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus launched the Navy's "Great Green Fleet" of ships. In its 2012 demonstration, the Green Fleet used biofuels that cost $27 per gallon, compared to about $3.50 per gallon for conventional fuels. The Navy eventually scaled back its ambitions and the Green Fleet's 2016 Mediterranean voyage used a blend that was 95 pct conventional fuel to 5 pct biofuels at a cost of $14.60 per gallon compared to the $1.60 per gallon price of conventional fuels. (Source: Federal Record, 1 Feb., Nat. Law Review, Various Media, Bergeson & Campbell, Feb. 2018) Contact: USDA, Farm-to-Fleet Biofuel Production Incentive Program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Green Fleet,  US Navy,  Drop-in Biofuel,  USDA,  

    REGI Comments on Federal Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit for 2017 Reinstatement (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc
    Date: 2018-02-12
    In Ames, Iowa, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) president Randy Howard released the following statement with regards to Federal Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit for 2017 Reinstatement:

    "We are pleased that Congress recognized the importance of biomass-based diesel and its place in the value chain and passed a retroactive extension of the biodiesel mixture excise tax credit for 2017. This credit will allow needed infrastructure investments to grow the production and distribution of these valuable renewable products. However, we are disappointed that despite strong bi-partisan support, Congress did not complete the job and continue the biodiesel tax credit into the future. Though frustrated with the partial outcome, we would like to thank all of our supporters and champions; a large group of members worked tirelessly on our behalf and we appreciate their efforts. Specifically, we would like to thank Sen. Grassley, Sen. Cantwell and their allies for their unwavering support for our industry.

    "We are pleased our supporters in Congress continue to recognize the value the biodiesel tax credit brings, like lower RIN costs, continued economic development, jobs, support of our nation’s farmers and a cleaner environment. We will continue to work alongside our elected officials and the administration on a long-term extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive. Doing so is not only smart energy policy, it's smart tax policy." (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc.,PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, (703) 822-1972, Scott Hedderich Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, (515) 710-6248,,

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

    Conn. Lawmakers Renew Carbon Tax Proposal (Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-02-12
    In Hartford, a group of Connecticut lawmakers are reintroducing a proposed $15 per ton state carbon tax again introducing a carbon tax levied on emissions from coal, oil, natural gas, propane, or any other petroleum products. It would also be levied on electricity generators that use fossil fuels. In 2017, the bill died in committee after a public hearing.

    Connecticut is a RGGI member state along with Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. New Jersey, a former RGGI member state is rejoing and Virginia is seeking entry. (Source; CT News Jumkie, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  RGGI,  

    Columbia, Missouri Exceeding Renewable Energy Goals (Ind. Report)
    Columbia Water & Light
    Date: 2018-02-12
    In the Show Me State, the city of Columbia's 2018 Renewable Energy Report notes the city of 120,600 residents now sources almost 16 pct of its energy from renewable sources, easily exceeding the city's 5 pct renewable energy goal throughout 2017. The draft report notes the city's renewable energy goal is pegged at 30 pct by the end of 2028. The report also noted a 91 pct increase in the capacity of customer-installed photovoltaic systems between 2016 and 2017. (Source: Columbia Water & Light, Columbia Daily Tribune, 9 Feb., 2018)Contact: Columbia Water & Light, Tad Johnsen, (573) 874-2489,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Columbia Water & Light,  Renewable Energy,  

    Meridian, Generex Seal Corn Ethanol Byproducts Deal (Ind. Report)
    Meridian Waste Solutions,Attis Innovations
    Date: 2018-02-12
    Further to our Jan. 12, coverage, Atlanta-based Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. reports it has inked a strategic partnership with Alpharette, Georgia-based Genarex LLC, to develop a range of agricultural waste based bioadditives for the plastics market.

    According to Meridian, the US corn ethanol industry produces about 50 million tpy of distillers dried grains(DDGs) which Genarex's technology converts into a polymerized material branded as Bylox. This material is claimed to have a high value as a functional filler in numerous plastic formulations.

    Attis Innovations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., recovers lignin from the byproduct stream of biomass processing industries, such as pulp and paper and cellulosic ethanol. The recovered lignin is said to be unique in that it is a melt flowing biomaterial that is low cost and acts as a polymerized biofiller in applications such as plastics, adhesives and transportation fuels. .(Source: Meridian, WMW, 10 Feb., 2018) Contact: Meridian Waste Solutions, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (917) 658-7878,; Attis,; Genarex LLC, (470) 253-1616,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Genarex,  Meridian Waste Solutions,  Bioplastic,  Ethanol,  Attis Innovations,  

    USC Converts Methane into Useful Chemicals (New Prod & Tech)
    University of California
    Date: 2018-02-09
    University of California (USC) Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute scientists report a new, more efficient pathway for converting the potent GHG methane directly into basic chemicals for manufacturing plastics and other valuable chemicals. Methane is reportedly 86 times more potent and damaging as a GHG than CO2 over a 20-year horizon, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

    USC researchers used a catalyst called H-SAPO-34 derived from a class of nanoporous crystals (zeolites) to convert methane directly to ethylene and propylene, or olefin. The USC method replaced traditionally difficult, expensive and inefficient processes that add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. The majority of ethylene and propylene is produced from petroleum oil and shale liquid cracking, which consumes enormous amounts of energy. Contact time is the key for this effective and simple catalyst to produce usable fuel from methane.

    While similar in structure and name, methane is not directly interchangeable with methanol, although most methanol is synthetically produced from methane. The USC scientists have reduced the steps necessary to efficiently convert methane to olefins.

    The research was made possible with the support of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy. (Source: University of Southern California News, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: (USC) Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute (213) 740-5962,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  GHG,  

    Ohio State, Univ. of Toronto Join University Climate Change Coalition (Ind. Report)
    University Climate Change Coalition
    Date: 2018-02-09
    The Ohio State University in Columbus reports it has joined the newly launched University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), an alliance of 13 leading North American research universities that will create a collaborative model to help local communities achieve their climate goals and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.

    As part of the coalition, and under a 2015 agreement with the province of Ontario, University of Toronto has also joined UC3 and has set a goal to reduce GHG emissions by 37 pct from 1990 levels by the year 2030. Despite a 26 pct growth in floor space and an 18 pct enrollment increase, U of T lowered its total greenhouse gas emissions by 32 pct from 2008 to 2016. The university is also developing programming to engage the Toronto area community in sustainability.

    In launching UC3, an initial group of universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico has committed to mobilize their resources and expertise to accelerate local and regional climate action in partnership with businesses, cities and states. All UC3 members have pledged to reduce their institutional carbon footprints, with commitments ranging from making more climate-friendly investments to becoming operationally carbon neutral.

    Specific to Ohio State's carbon footprint is a goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and another to reduce total campus building energy consumption by 25 pct by 2025. Since 2015, Ohio State cut its emissions by 4.8 pct.

    Immediate goals for each UC3 member includes convening a climate change forum in 2018 to bring together community and business leaders, elected officials and other local stakeholders. UC3 will operate in close partnership with Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network, a group of hundreds of colleges and universities that have committed to taking action on climate.

    In 2016, the UC3 coalition together performed about one-quarter of the environmental science research conducted by all U.S. institutions, according to data collected by the National Science Foundation. From 2012 to 2017, researchers at UC3 member institutions were responsible for 48,518 publications on climate science-related topics, including environmental science, agricultural and biological sciences, energy, engineering, earth and planetary sciences, and more. (Source: The Ohio State University, University of Toronto, PR, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: The Ohio State University,; Second Nature,; UC3 Climate Leadership Network,; University of Toronto, University Climate Change Coalition, Prof. John Robinson, (416) 946-8939,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University Climate Change Coalition,  

    Ann Arbor Commits to Renewables, Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
    City of Ann Arbor,Renewable Energy,Climate Change,DTE
    Date: 2018-02-09
    In Michigan, the city of Ann Arbor City Council reports it has unanimously adopted a resolution to power 100 pct of the city's municipal government operations with renewable energy sources by 2035 or sooner. Currently, an estimated 20-30 pct of the city's energy comes from renewable sources. The resolution is in keeping with the city's Climate Action Plan.

    The city expects to meet its goal through a combination of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and optimal business practices, the possible enrollment in the DTE's MIGreenPower program or building extensive solar infrastructure in Ann Arbor. The 100 pct renewable goal covers Scope 1 emissions (directly produced by city facilities and city vehicles) and Scope 2 emissions (electricity, steam, and heating and cooling that is purchased for city government use). Scope 3 emissions (indirect emissions from commuting or travel, goods, or waste) is not included. Direct purchase of carbon offset certificates is reported to be unlikely.

    In addition to this resolution, the city passed a resolution last August supporting a federal Carbon Fee and Dividend plan, such as the one proposed by Citizens Climate Lobby. (Source: Citizens Climate Lobby, WEMW 7 Feb. 2018) Contact: Citizens Climate Lobby,; City of Ann Arbor, City Council, (734) 794-6161,; DTE MIGreenPower Program,

    GEVO Inks Texas Isobutanol Right to Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    GEVO,Muskat Corp
    Date: 2018-02-09
    Englewood, Colorado-based ethanol and isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc.reports it has inked an exclusive "right to sell" agreement with the Houston-Headquartered national fuel distributor Musket Corporation. Under the terms of the agreement,Musket sell GEVO's renewable isobutanol within a 300 mile radius of Houston, including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma, Louisiana and much of south and east Texas.

    Houston is classified as a Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) market under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.(Source: GEVO, Various Media, 8 February, 2018) Contact: Musket Corp., JP Fjeld-Hansen, VP,; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel,  Musket Corp,  

    Cyclone Power Seeks Thermal Storage System Patents (Ind. Report)
    Cyclone Power Technologies
    Date: 2018-02-09
    Pompano Beach, Florida-headquartered Cyclone Power Technologies reports it has filed for patents for the Cyclone Thermal Storage Unit and the Cyclone Thermal Medium. The Cyclone Thermal Storage Unit (TSU) propriety technology uses salt water to produce a water proof and mold proof cement system developed by Genesis. That can be built on site in areas that have no or limited access to fresh water. Our recently announced new subsidiary, Cyclone Thermal Storage Genesis LLC, has the exclusive rights to this method for the Thermal Storage Unit and the exclusive rights to produce the Thermal Storage Unit .

    The Cyclone Thermal Medium (CTM), also a proprietary technology, is a benign storage agent that does not solidify and can retain high temperatures. It will flow thru the Cyclone trough system and gather heat from the sun and move it to the Cyclone Thermal Storage Unit. The TSU can also be used to store energy from bio-mass and other heat sources to be used to heat water, heat homes, or produce electricity or a combination of all three. (Source: Cyclone Power Technologies, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: Cyclone Power Technologies, (954) 943-8721,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cyclone Power Technologies,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  

    Acciona, Tuto Constructing 404MW Mexican Solar Project (Int'l)
    Acciona Energía,Tuto Energy
    Date: 2018-02-09
    Acciona Energia reports construction is underway on the 404MW Puerto Libertad photovoltaic solar project in Sonora, Mexico. The project is a 50-50 joint venture with the Mexican company Tuto Energy, a subsidiary of the group BioFields. The project is slated to be fully operational early in 2019.

    Of the project's total capacity, 229MW will be purchased by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). Another 114MW comes under a PPA between the consortium that owns the project and the company Tuto Energy Trading. The power from this capacity will be sent to the installations of a major Mexican industrial group. Energy produced by the remaining 61MW will be sold on the wholesale electricity market.

    The facility will incorporate 1,222,800 polycrystalline silicon panels mounted on horizontal tracker systems and will generate approximately 963GWh of power -- sufficient to cover the electricity demand of 583,000 Mexican homes. Acciona Energia will carry out the turnkey construction of the Mexico plant as the EPC provider. It will also has a 2-year operation and maintenance (O&M) contract. (Source: Acciona, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: Tuto Energy, 52-55-55401540,; Contact: Acciona Energia, Acciona Green Energy Developments, Miguel Angel Alonso, Dir., Mexico, +34 91 657 64 60,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tuto Energy,  Acciona Energía,  Solar,  

    Historic Bldg Energy Efficiency Grants Offered in ME (Ind. Report)
    Maine Community Foundation
    Date: 2018-02-09
    The Maine Community Foundation's Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Fund reports the availability of up to $20,000 in grant funding for non-profit organization-owned historic building restoration and energy audits and efficiency upgrades. The program, which typically awards $250,000 per year, will expand in 2018 to award an additional $100,000 each year for energy efficiency projects.

    The energy efficiency-related grants are the result of a successful pilot program called Grants to Green, a three-year effort of the Community Foundation, Maine Development Foundation, and Efficiency Maine. (Source: Maine Community Foundation, Lincoln News, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Maine Community Foundation, Maggie Drummond-Bahl, Snr. Program Manager,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Grants,  

    $100Mn ADB Loan Supports Vietnamese MSW-to-Energy Projects (Int'l)
    MSW,Asian Development Bank
    Date: 2018-02-07
    In Vietnam, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it will loan $100 million to China Everbright International Limited (CEIL) to support the construction and operation of a series of municipal solid waste-to-energy (WTE) plants to be constructed in primary and secondary cities in the Mekong Delta. The WTE plants will supply electricity to the local electricity grid.

    From 2004 to 2015, waste generation in Vietnam increased by about 78.2 pct from 15.6 million tpy to about 27.8 million tpy. To date, only one plant, supported by technical assistance funds and grants, has been built with a capacity to treat 75 tpd of industrial waste and a power generation capacity of 1.93 MW. (Source: Asian Dev. Bank, OpenGov, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Asian Development Bank, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist, +63 2 632 4444,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank ,  MSW,  Municipal Solid Waste,  Waste-to-Energy,  

    XTO Energy Comments on Methane Reduction Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    XTO Energy, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2018-02-07
    "In November, 2017, ExxonMobil signed onto a commitment with several companies aimed at reducing methane emissions within the natural gas industry. That agreement built off earlier efforts announced in 2017 to enhance ExxonMobil's voluntary methane-reduction activities.

    "As I wrote at the time about this multi-partner pact, advocating for sound policies and regulations is key to helping drive improvements. That's because even though the companies that signed the agreement are fairly large -- BP, Shell, Eni, Statoil, Total, etc. in addition to ExxonMobil) -- methane emissions constitute a very small fraction of the overall natural gas picture. The correct mix of policies and regulations could help the entire industry raise the bar.

    "So what would a framework for jurisdictionally appropriate regulatory action with regard to methane look like? Ultimately, ExxonMobil thinks it should include: new wells should follow "green completion" procedures; rules should promote Leak Detection and Repair programs; basic data should be reported to regulatory bodies for consolidation and to underpin a regulatory effort that both encourages and keeps up with continuous technological innovation." (Source: XTO Energy Blog, ExxonMobil, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: XTO Energy, Sara Ortwein, Pres.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News XTO Energy,  Methane,  GHG,  ExxonMobil,  

    UPM Considers New Finnish Woody Biomass Biofuel Plant (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-02-07
    In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered pulp and paper maker UPM reports it is considering construction of a new renewable fuel -- biofuel plant in Kotka, southern Finland. The proposed plant would produce approximately 500,000 tpy of advanced biofuels for the transport sector. Details of possible construction and plant startup dates have not been annoinced.

    In 2017, UPM began evaluating the potential of building a smaller biorefinery in Germany to convert woody biomass into materials that can be used in textiles, bottles, composites and plastics. (Source: UPM, Various Media, Reuters, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM,  Biofuel,  UPM Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  

    Enerkem Raises $280Mn for Expansion (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Date: 2018-02-07
    Montreal-based biofuels and renewable chemicals from wastes specialist Enerkem Inc. reports it has raised an investment of $280 million which will be used for new facilities.

    As previously reported, Enerkem's first commercial plant in Edmonton began producing ethanol in September, 2017 The new investment funds will support construction of a second facility in Varennes, Quebec. Construction is slated to get underway this Spring for completion in 18 to 24 months. Enerkem is also developing a project in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Enerkem's process turns solid waste into methanol.(Source: Enerkem, Montreal Gazette, 6 Feb., 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Methanol,  Ethanol,  

    EnviTec's Fifth Chinese Biogas Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
    EnviTec,Shanxi Shenmu New Energy
    Date: 2018-02-05
    Lohne, Germany-headquartered biomethane specialist EnviTec Biogas AG reports work is underway on a new biogas facility in Shanxi, 500 kilometers southwest of Beijing. The 1,570Nm3 biogas plant, which will be operated by Shanxi Shenmu New Energy, a subsidiary of Shanxi Coal & Chemical Industry Group, is expected to be completed and commissioned at the end of 2018.

    Each of the facilities six digesters will have a volume of 5,250 cubic metres. As well as two walking floors, four biogas Kreis-Dissolver units are used to process the input materials, including maize, silage, turkey manure and dairy slurry. Once commissioning at the facility has been completed, the biogas produced will be compressed to bio CNG and sold locally from the plant premises in China. (Source: EnviTec Biogas, China Daily, February, 2018)Contact: EnviTec Biogas AG, +49 (0) 44 42 / 8016 - 8100,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnviTec,  Biogas,  

    Thoughts from EPA Admin. Scott Pruitt (Notable Quotes)
    EPA Scott Pruitt
    Date: 2018-02-05
    "Congress has put into play mandates that a certain percentage of our fuel has ethanol ... producing about 15 billion gallons of ethanol and exporting about 1 billion to 1 billion and a half [gallons]. So, we're doing very well in the ethanol sector and we're exporting that as well.

    "We need to get some accountability in the RIN market. There is a lot of speculation that goes on with respect to RINs, there are enforcement issues, fraud that occurs ... there is a lot to be done to get accountability and reform in the RIN market.

    "Whether or not the EPA can take action to allow sales of E15 year-round. In the past, the EPA has said they could not issue a Reid Vapor Pressure, or the tool used to measure the evaporative emissions of fuel, for E15 for the summer months. Meaning, the fuel couldn't be sold during that time." -- US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt commenting on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) associated costs and their impact on a recent Philadelphia refinery bankruptcy.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scott Pruitt,  RFS,  RINs,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

    Alaska 4th-Highest Per-Capita US GHG Emitter (Ind. Report)
    Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
    Date: 2018-02-05
    In Juneau, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reports Alaska has the fourth-highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the country, following West Virginia, North Dakota and Wyoming.

    The DEC also says Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions in the state have decreased by 8 pct since 1990, and that Alaska is 40th out of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., for total greenhouse gas emissions.

    In 2014, Alaskans contributed roughly 35 million metric tons of carbon and carbon equivalent. Thirty-nine states had higher overall greenhouse gas emissions, with Texas being the highest at almost 650 million metric tons and D.C. the lowest with just a few metric tons. Each of the states which came in higher in per-capita emissions has a population below 2 million and comparably large amounts of industry. Industry -- 54 pct -- percent) and transportation -- 35 pct -- are Alaska's largest greenhouse gas emitters by sector. (Source: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Juneau (Alaska) Empire, AP, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, (907) 465-5066,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  

    55MW Pacifico Energy Solar Plant Construction Underway (Int'l)
    Pacifico Energy ,Chubu Electric Power
    Date: 2018-02-05
    Tokyo-based Pacifico Energy reports construction is underway on the 55 MW (DC) Minami Mega Solar Power Plant in Gujo City, Gifu, Japan in July 2019. The project, which is expected to be completed and commissioned within 17-months, will generate roughly 55 million kWh electricity annually and reduce approximately 30,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. will purchase all electricity generated by the plant.

    Toyo Engineering Corporation will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. Pacifico Energy previously construction and is operating two solar power plants in Okayama and one solar power plant in Osaki City, Miyagi. (Source: Pacifico Energy, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Pacifico Energy, 03-4540-7830(Main),;; Chubu Electric,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacifico Energy ,  Solar,  Chubu Electric Power,  

    WB IFC, Canada Partner on Sub-Saharan Renewable Energy (Int'l)
    World Bank IFC
    Date: 2018-02-05
    The World Bank Group IFC (WB IFC)and the government of Canada are reporting the launch of the Canada-IFC Renewable Energy Program for Africa, a financial partnership intended to utilize public funding to generate private sector investments in renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Canada is contributing $122 million to be used by WB IFC to "catalyze" private sector investment in renewable energy by offering concessional financing mixed with WD IFC's own account resources to mitigate a variety of risks that can deter private investment in renewable energy. The Canadian contribution is inline with its commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement and the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative. (Source: World Bank IFC, Various Media, PV Tech, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: World Bank IFC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank IFC,  Renewable Energy,  

    JinkoSolar Planning $120Mn US Solar Cell Plant (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-02-05
    Shanghai-headquartered solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has inked a master solar module supply agreement with a U.S. company to provide around 1.75 gigawatts of high-efficiency solar modules over three years. To that end, the company will invest approximately $120 million to construct a new US facility to fulfill the agreement. JinkoSolar is also reportedly considering a new $400 million plus in Jacksonville, Florida. (Source: JinkoSolar, GreenTech, Various Media, 31 Jan., 2018)Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  Solar,  

    Appalachian State Offers Offsets for Future Forest Stewardship Workshop (Ind. Report)
    Appalachian State University
    Date: 2018-02-05
    Researchers from Boone, North Carolina-based Appalachian State University faculty are reporting receipt of Clabough Foundation funding to develop the OFFSET -- Offsets for Future Forest Stewardship and Education Together -- Workshop for forest managers landowners in the High Country and Blue Ridge Mountains area.

    The project aims to provide an overview of forest projects that can offset CO2 GHG emissions and the mechanisms for participation in forest conservation, reforestation, improved forest management and other related programs.

    The OFFSET Workshop will provide an overview and outline of specific carbon offset programs, voluntary and compliance carbon markets -- California cap-and-trade -- and the rules, regulations and guidelines for participation. Presenters will also outline different types of forest offset projects, describe the stages in the lifetime of a project, accepted carbon registries, carbon stock assessments, verification and current trends in the program. California's forest carbon offset program, baseline assessments of carbon stocks and an accounting methodology for forest offset activities that could occur in North Carolina, will also be covered. (Source: Appalachian Today, 29 Jan., 2018)Contact: Appalachian State University,,

    Vt. Republican Gov. Nixes State Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott
    Date: 2018-02-02
    Meeting in Montpelier, Republican governor of Vermont Phil Scott's office reports the governor is rejecting a key state carbon tax recommendation from his own Climate Action Commission. The Governor has opposed a carbon tax clear -- both on the campaign trail and after his election -- on the grounds that Vermonters can't afford a tax on fossil fuels.

    The governor did, however, agree on four fossil and clean fuel recommendations, including supporting advanced wood heat, boosting weatherization efforts, growing the climate economy, and electrifying the transportation system. (Source: Various Media, WCAX3, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: Office Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, (802) 828-3333, (802) 828-3339 - fac.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    Nestle Recognized as Climate Change Action Leader (Ind. Report)
    Nestle, CDP
    Date: 2018-02-02
    Swiss food giant Nestle, the world's largest food and beverage company, reports it has again been recognized by the London-headquartered CDP's -- formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project -- Global Supply Chain Report for 2017 as one of the 29 companies to receive top marks through the CDP's Supplier Engagement Rating.

    In total, the companies disclosing their data to CDP have been able to reduce their CO2 emissions by 434 million tonnes over the last year, which is more than France's annual global greenhouse gas emissions.

    The CDP A List focuses on investors, companies and cities taking urgent action to build a sustainable economy by measuring and understanding their environmental impact. To achieve this, CDP runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts, and has built the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world. The CDP's network of investors and purchasers, representing over $100 trillion, along with policy makers around the globe, use CDP data and insights to make better-informed decisions. (Source: CDP, Nestle, Consumer Healthcare News, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: Nestle,; CDP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  Carbon Disclosure Project,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

    Simplified Biowaste-to-Biofuels Conversion Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    University of Calgary, Canadian Light Source
    Date: 2018-02-02
    On the Canadian prairies, Researchers at the University of Calgary are reporting a simple and clean way to produce biofuel from biowaste such as sewage.

    According to a university release, currently biomass is converted into a biocrude oil with a two-step energy-intensive chemical and thermal process. The second stage is refining, where hydrogen is added under high pressure and heat, serving to remove contaminants such as sulphur, nitrogen and oxygen. The University of Calgary have process "simultaneously produces and upgrades bio-oil in one step and without the need for high pressures." The process uses methane instead of hydrogen for the purification process. The uses methane directly in the crude stage, then removes the hydrogen from the methane during the purification process, as hydrogen is still required for removing impurities in the crude oil.

    Key to the breakthrough is a catalyst the researchers developed at Canadian Light Source, which reacted with the methane causing it to release hydrogen. The researchers then coated the catalyst, dubbed HZSM-5, with different materials to improve its ability to react with methane.

    Initial tests with the new catalyst have apparently shown it is more efficient and lower cost method of producing biofuels from waste, which also leads to better quality, more stable biofuel with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions. The research has been published in the journal Fuel. (Source: Canadian Light Source, FUEL, Biofuels Int'l, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: Canadian Light Source, Director, Dr. Dean Chapman, (306) 657-3535,,; University of Calgary, Assoc. Prof. Hua Song, (403) 220-3792, (403) 284-4852- fac.,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Methane,  Biowaste,  

    Russian Solar PV Specialist Hevel Ups Production (Int'l Report)
    Renova Group,Hevel Group
    Date: 2018-02-02
    Russian PV developer and manufacturer Hevel Group reports it is ramping up its 160 MW cell and PV module production after the conversion of its thin-film Fab line into heterojunction technology. The Renova Group controlled company produced more than 323.000 solar modules (95,25 MW) during the second half of 2017.

    The increased production is in line with the Russian government's goal to commission 1.7 GW of PV by 2024. Hevel's current pipeline exceeds 400 MW including 174 MW already commissioned by the end of 2017. (Source: Hevel Group, Various Media, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Hevel Group, Renova Group, +41 (43) 210 95 95,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renova,  Hevel Group,  Solar,  

    EPA Extends PES Refinery's Biofuel Compliance Date (Ind. Report)
    Philadelphia Energy Solutions, EPA
    Date: 2018-02-02
    Following up on our 24 January coverage, Reuters is reporting the US EPA has agreed to extend the deadline for Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) to comply with its biofuel credit obligation to May 1, according to a bankruptcy filing.

    As previously reported, PES' plan to exit it Chapter 11 bankruptcy is dependent upon its shedding existing biofuel "point-of-obligation" biofuel blending costs under the US DOE Renewable Fuels Standard. The company claims its 2016-17 biofuels obligation totaled $185 million, and the cost of RINs in 2017 alone was $218 million, according to Reuters. (Source: PES, Reuters, Various Media, Feb., 2018) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Solutions,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Point-of-Obligation,  RINs,  Ethanol,  Ethanol BlendPhiladelphia Energy Solutions,  RFS,  Point of Obligation,  EPA,  

    EDF RE Minnesota Red Pine Wind Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
    EDF Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-02-02
    San Diego-headquartered power producer EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE)reports its 100-turbine, 200 MW Red Pine Wind Project is now fully operational and delivering electricity. The project is EDF RE's 11th wind farm in the Badger State, and generates sufficient electric power for approximately 92,000 average homes. (Source: EDF Renewable Energy, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: EDF Renewable Energy, Tristan Gimbert, CEO, Sandia Briner, Media, (858) 521-3525,,

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

    Iowa Could Eliminate Energy Efficiency Audits, Rebates (Reg & Leg)
    MidAmerican Energy
    Date: 2018-02-02
    In Des Moines, Hawkeye State lawmakers are considering legislation that would put an end to all utility in-home efficiency audits and rebates. A second and related bill would maintain the energy audits but eliminate the in-home audits but keep the rebates.

    MidAmerican Energy has come out in favor of the proposed rollbacks which, it claims, would save the average consumers about $67 annually.(Source: Various Media, KCCI, 30 Jan., 2018)Contact: MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  

    Duke Renews Poultry-Waste Biomass Power Contract (Ind. Report)
    Craven County Wood Energy
    Date: 2018-02-02
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based utility Duke Energy reports the signing of a 10-year, 360,000 megawatt-hour per year power-purchase agreement (PPA) with New Bern-based Craven County Wood Energy. Under the terms of the PPA, 90,000 megawatt-hours of the total 360,000 megawatt-hour contract will be generated with poultry liter and waste. The PPA will help Duke meet state requirements that a small part of the power its utilities sell in the state come from renewable sources, with a specific amount set aside for power from poultry waste.

    Over the years, Craven County has modified the 25-year old, 50-MW biomass power plant to use increasing amounts of poultry waste and is presently upgrading the plant use the animal waste for up to 30 pct of its power. The credits, which are used to satisfy the state's renewable energy requirements, will go to both Duke Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas. (Source: Duke Energy, Charlotte Biz, Feb., 2018) Contact: Craven County Wood Energy, Bob VanEllis,GM, (252) 633-9525,; Duke Energy, Rob Caldwell, Sr. VP, Distributed Energy Resources,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Duke Energy Progress,  Poultry Litter,  Poultry Waste,  

    German Political Partners-of-Convenience Rework Climate Change Targets (Int'l Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-02-02
    Meeting in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have reportedly agreed with Social Democrat (SPD) would-be partners-of-convenience on climate policy and emissions reduction targets for 2030.

    To that end, the parties have dropped the previous government's target of cutting CO2 emissions by 40 pct by 2020 from 1990 levels, and adopted a legally binding 2030 goal to cut emissions by 55 pct via savings in transport, agriculture, energy and buildings supported by tax incentives or subsidies, according to Reuters.

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

    Petrobras Joining Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (Int'l)
    Petrobras,Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
    Date: 2018-01-31
    In Brazil, Rio de Janeiro-headquartered Petrobras to is reporting it is joining the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a CEO-led group of oil and gas companies that intends to lead the industry's response to climate change and reduce greenhouse emissions. OGCI existing members include BP, CNPC, Eni, Pemex, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Statoil and Total.

    The OGIC's billion-dollar investment arm -- OGCI Climate Investments -- supports the development, deployment and scale-up of low emissions technology. Taken together, oil and gas production by OGCI member companies represents more than a quarter of the world’s oil and gas production.

    Petrobras, headquartered in Brazil, is a publicly-held company active in exploration and production, refining, marketing, transportation, petrochemicals, oil product distribution, natural gas, electricity, chemical-gas and biofuel segments. It has a presence in 19 countries and employees around 70,000 people. (Source: Petrobras, MarEx, Others, 28 Jan., 2018) Contact: Petrobras , Pedro Parente, CEO,,; Oil and Gas Climate Initiative,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Petrobras,  Oil and Gas Climate Initiative ,  

    Notable Quote from The Donald
    Donald Trump
    Date: 2018-01-31
    "There is a cooling, and there's a heating. I mean, look, it used to not be 'climate change,' it used to be 'global warming.' That wasn't working too well because it was getting too cold all over the place." -- US Pres. Donald Trump, Jan., 2018

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Trump,  Climate Change,  

    AltAir Biojet Fuel Producer Awarded RSB Certification (Ind. Report)
    AltAir Fuels,Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
    Date: 2018-01-31
    Seattle-based AltAir Fuels reports its 40 MMgy biojet fuel production facility in Paramount, California, has been certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) to produce biojet fuel, renewable diesel and naphtha. AltAir Fuels has been a member of the RSB since 2014.

    According to Geneva-headquartered RSB, the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) of 27 airlines endorses AltAir's fuels. SAFUG members have pledged to achieve RSB or equivalent certification. The Natural Resources Defense Council has also issued a recent report encouraging airlines to purchase certified-sustainable biofuels and recommended the RSB framework.

    Since January 2016, AltAir has been the only refiner to continually produce biojet for commercial use. (Source: AltAir, Biodiesel, Others, 30 Jan., 2018 Contact: AltAir Fuels, Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920,; Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Rolf Hogan, Exec. Dir., +41 22 534 90 50,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AltAir Fuels,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofue,  Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials l,  

    Garden State Returning to the RGGI Fold (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
    RGGI,New Jersey Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-01-31
    Further to our Jan. 24th coverage, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D)has reportedly signed an executive order to put his back in the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The order reverses former Republican Governor Chris Christie's withdrawal of the Garden State from the well established and innovative program.

    The nine RGGI states include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The program has been credited with raising close to $3 billion for member state clean-energy and energy efficiency programs over the past decade, as well as with cutting RGGI state carbon emissions by 30 pct. (Source: New Jersey Clean Energy, RGGI, EDF, Observer, Others, 28 Jan., 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  New Jersey RGGI,  

    UAE SCA Proposing Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme (Int'l)
    UAE Securities and Commodities Authority
    Date: 2018-01-31
    In Abu Dhabi, the UAE Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) reports it is considering launching the region's first-of-its-kind emissions trading scheme specifically targeting carbon dioxide.

    The initiative is part of a roadmap being deliberated by the SCA to ensure sustainable financial markets complying with world standards and to help the country meet its carbon reductions obligations under the Kyoto Protocol. (Source: UAE Securities and Commodities Authority, Emirates News Agency, Trade Arabia, Others, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: UAE Securities and Commodities Authority ,

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

    South Bend Ethanol Plant Upgrades, Expansion Planned (Ind. Report)
    Mercuria Investments US Inc
    Date: 2018-01-31
    Following on our January 12 coverage, Japan-based Mercuria Investments US Inc. reports it will expand ethanol production at its recently acquired South Bend Ethanol LLC. -- formerly known as Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol LLC.

    Mercuria purchased the 102 M Mgy. plant from a subsidiary of Noble Group Ltd. in December, 2017, for $18.1 million. The plant currently operates at a capacity of approximately 65 MMgy. The company plans to spend up to $30 million to improve efficiency and reliability and to expand production capacity to approximately 100 MMgy, according to a release. (Source: Mercuria, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: Noble Group, +852 2861 3511, (713) 244- 0560 -- Houston Office,; Mercuria Investments,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercuria Investments US Inc,  

    Conestoga Energy Partners Joins U.S. Grains Council (Ind. Report)
    Conestoga Energy,U.S. Grains Council
    Date: 2018-01-31
    The U.S. Grains Council reports Liberal, Kansas-based Conestoga Energy Partners LLC is its newest member. Established in 2006, Liberal, Kansas-based Conestoga Energy operates three ethanol plants with a total capacity of 205 million gpy as well as distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS). Conestoga Energy Partners oversees all aspects of the marketing, sales, delivery and billing of co-products produced at their three plants. (Source: USGC, Jan., 2018) Contact: Conestoga Energy Partners, (620) 626-2048,; USGC, (202) 289-0789,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Conestoga Energy,  Ethanol,  DDGs,  

    USAF Awards $49Mn IDIQ Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    Concurrent Technologies,SwRI,USAF
    Date: 2018-01-31
    The US Defense Department is reporting that Concurrent Technologies Corp., Southwest Research Institute and University of Dayton Research Institute have won a shared $49 million, seven-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to develop tools for the U.S. Air Force to accelerate its adoption of alternative energy technologies and energy efficiency measures.

    CTC, SwRI and UDRI will perform work at their respective facilities in Pennsylvania, Texas and Ohio through January 2025. The Air Force Research Laboratory received four offers for the contract through a competitive acquisition process and will obligate $3.2 million in fiscal 2017 research and development funds at the time of award. (Source: Concurrent Technologies, GovCon Wire, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Concurrent Technologies Corp., (800) 282-4392,; University of Dayton Research Institute,; SwRI, (210) 684-5111,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SwRI,  Energy Efficiency,  Concurrent Technologies,  Enerfgy Efficiency,  

    Canadian National Rail Added to CDP Supplier A List (Ind. Report)
    CN,CDP,Canadian National Rail
    Date: 2018-01-31
    Montreal-headquartered Canadian National Rail (CN) reports it has been identified as "a global leader for its actions and strategies to manage environmental issues" and has accordingly been added to the the non-profit global environmental disclosure platform CDP Supplier A List. One hundred companies appear on the A List, which has been produced at the request of 99 CDP supply chain purchasing member organizations with a combined annual spend of more than $3 trillion. More than 4,800 companies submitted annual supply chain disclosures to CDP in 2017 for independent assessment against its scoring methodology.

    CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international non-profit that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to help manage their environmental impacts. (Source: CDP, CN, Railway Age, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: CDP, (212) 378 2086,,; Canadian National Rail, (514) 399-4821,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  Carbon Emissions,  Canadian National Rail,  

    Mass. Sets New Solar Development Incentive (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
    Date: 2018-01-29
    The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) reports it has released, and Boston-based solar management and renewables software specialist Ampion has reviewed, the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) procurement establishing incentive prices for new solar development in the Bay State.

    Under SMART, solar projects are assigned a value based subscriber class, location,storage compatibility and other variables. A portion of that value is determined by the contract of the project, whether it be the net metering, alternative on-bill crediting, qualifying facility, or behind-the-meter contract. Any remaining value is issued to the developer.

    Three investor-owned utilities are currently working with the Department of Public Utilities to finalize tariffs for the SMART program which is expected to come into force this June. (Source: Ampion, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources , SolarPower, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: MDOER,; Ampion, Nate Owen, CEO, (800) 277-3631,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources,  Ampion,  Solar,  Solar Incentive,  Energy Storage,  

    Aussie Energy Storage Tender Attracts 19 Expressions of Interest (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-01-29
    In the Land Down Under, 19 companies have reportedly responded with proposals to a 25 MW -- 45 MW battery energy storage system request for expressions of interest (EoI) in Northern Australia.

    Northern Territory's state-owned power company Territory Generation announced the call for the Darwin - Katherine Alternative Energy Storage System Project earlier in January. It will be accepting proposals for different configurations with at least 30 minutes of storage in the third quarter of 2018.

    The respondents include Tesla Inc., Alstom Grid Australia, Infigen Energy, Mitsui & Co Australia, Carnegie Clean Energy, Energy Made Clean and other Australian and foreign firms. (Source: ABC Australia, Various Media, Jan., 2018)

    IGP Methanol's Louisiana Plant Gets Air Quality Nod (Ind. Report)
    IOGP Methanol
    Date: 2018-01-29
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered IGP Methanol LLC reports receipt of an air-quality permit for a $3.6 billion, four-unit methanol production facility in Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana.

    The Methanol Park will incorporate four identical methanol Plants or "trains" each producing 1.8 million tpy of methanol from natural gas, making it the world's largest permitted methanol production facility. When fully operational, the Park will produce 7.2 million tpy of methanol. Production is slated to get underway in late 2020.

    IGP is focused on methanol as a clean-burning drop-in transportation fuel that can replace gasoline and diesel and replace LPG, coal, wood, and kerosene in cooking fuel and industrial boilers. (Source: Industrial Info Resources, IGP Methanol, Auto Channel, 26 Jan., 2018)Contact: IGP Methanol, Scott Benson, VP Marketing, (612) 417-5980,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IGP Methanol,  Methanol,  

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