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Newfoundland Forest Biomass Biofuel Project Dies on the Vine (Ind. Report)
Newgreen Technology
Date: 2018-01-29
In Newfoundland-Labrador, CBC is reporting Corner Brook, Newfoundland-based Newgreen Technology's proposed and long delayed $185-million biodiesel production plant that was planned for Botswood, Newfoundland, has likely breathed its last due to endless delays and bureaucratic crossed wires and bungling .

The project was intended to include a sawmill producing floor boards, a biofuel plant that creates clean diesel from the sawmill's waste and improvements to the shipping port in the town of Botswood. In February, 2017, Newgreen Technologies reached an agreement in principle with the province for access to 285,000 cubic metres of forest biomass on Crown lands, subject to the resubmission of a business plan with additional information, proof of the technology that was to be supplied by Tennessee-based Proton Power, proof of financing and work starting as soon as possible. The business plan was never updated and construction never began, so the forest biomass rights were forfeited due to the delay.

The biofuel was to be exported to European markets targeted at European markets. (Source: CBC, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: NewGreen Technology Inc., Jeff Penny, CEO, (813) 944-3185,; Proton Power, (865) 376-7002,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Newgreen Technology,  Botswood,  Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  

Corn Tops Sugarcane as Brazil's Top Ethanol Feedstock (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-29
According to a report from the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) Brazil's low season for sugar cane crushing is witnessing processing volumes reaching their lowest in a decade -- leaving corn as the country's top ethanol feedstock.

The weak crush volumes in the first half of January were reflected in both weak Centre South output of sugar, which dropped 92 pct year on year to 2,830 tonnes, and of ethanol, for which Unica reported volumes of 42.5 million litres, down 37 pct year on year. Of the 42.5 million litres in ethanol output reported, 33.55 million litres were produced from corn rather than sugar cane, as their feedstock.

UNICA is a sugarcane and ethanol fuel producers lobbying organization whose members are responsible for more than half of all ethanol produced in Brazil and 60 pct of overall sugar production.(Source: UNICA, AgriMoney, 24 Jan., 2019) Contact: UNICA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNICA,  Unica,  Brazil Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  Sugarcane Ethanol,  

Vermont Utility Doubles CO2 Reduction Goal (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power
Date: 2018-01-29
In Vermont, Green Mountain Power (GMP) reports it has set an ambitious goal for carbon reduction in 2018 and beyond. The utility aims to partner with customers to drive down costs and eliminate more than 8,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions by using clean energy for the next two decades. The emphasis on renewabl energy is expected to eliminate more than 160,000 metric tons of carbon emissions and combined with past reductions is the equivalent of removing nearly 3,000 cars from our roads each year for the next 20 years.

Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont. ( Source: Green Mountain Power , 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Green Mountain Power , Mary Powell, CEO, Jeff Monder, (802) 770-3392,, (link sends e-mail)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  GHGs news,  Climate Change news,  Green Mountain Power news,  

Honeywell UOP Chinese Coal-to-Chemicals Catalysts Production Plant Online (Int'l Report)
UOP Honeywell
Date: 2018-01-29
Des Plaines, Ill.-headquartered Honeywell UOP reports it has begun production of its proprietary catalysts used to convert coal into plastics at its facility in China. The company also inaugurated a new R&D and engineering center at the same facility.

The new catalyst production line, located in Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu Province, manufactures state-of-the-art catalysts used in Honeywell UOP's Advanced Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) process technology, which converts methanol from coal and natural gas into the olefins that are used to make plastic resins and fibers. The heart of the MTO process is a proprietary catalyst that facilitates the conversion of methanol into olefins. (Source: Honeywell, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: Honeywell UOP, Rebecca Liebert, Pres.,CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  UOP Honeywell,  

Carbon "Fee" Proposed for Athens Ohio (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-29
In the Buckeye State, the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) is proposing a 2-mill carbon "fee" -- about $2 per megawatt hour of energy consumption -- to Athens City Council. The proposal is intended to encourage cuts in energy consumption and related emissions and thus fight climate change. According to SOPEC, an average Athens home consumes about 800-900 kWh per month, so the average home in Athens would pay between $1.60 and $1.80 per month.

The proposal would allow homeowners to opt-out of the tax is they decide not to pay. Proceeds from the fee would be used to fund alternative energy power for schools and other public buildings in the city of Athens. Athens is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 10 pct. (Source: SOPEC, NewPolitical, 26 Jan., 2018) Contact: SOPEC, Eddie Smith, Exec. Dir., (740)677-2759,

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

Middle Eastern Renewables Could Require $30Bn Plus, says GE (Int'l)
General Electric
Date: 2018-01-29
General Electric (GE) reports it is expanding its renewable energy footprint in the Middle East where it currently has 2GW turbine capacity. The company expects a capital investment of $30 billion to $40 billion to meet its 2035 Middle Eastern renewable energy -- primarily wind and solar energy -- targets.

The company currently has around 2GW of renewables turbine capacity in the Pakistan and Middle Eastern markets, a wind blade manufacturing facility in Turkey, an agreement to develop a conventional 120MW sub-station in Egypt, and is eyeing other opportunities in the ongoing round of renewables and is working with developers bidding for the Saudi renewable energy projets. (Source: GE, The National UAE, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: GE Europe, Yves Rannous, CEO, GE Renewable Energy , +32 2 235 6855,

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric,  Renewable Energy,  

Ontario Wind Farms Challenged over Noise Pollution (Ind. Report)
Ontario Wind
Date: 2018-01-29
Five proposed Ontario wind farms are facing a legal challenge from area residents allegations that the provincial government is allowing the companies behind the projects to defy safe noise limits.

The projects, which were approved by the province in 2016, are now going through a "technical review" as part of the final approval process by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. In 2016, the Ontario government also introduced new and more accurate standards for how companies model the noise impact of turbines before they're built. The lawsuit, however, alleges the proponents behind the five projects have been using old modelling standards.

If the projects were forced to adhere to the new standards, three quarters of the more than 200 proposed turbines in the province would be breaking the rules but if the developers use the new guidelines for modelling, those rule-breaking turbines "would have to be relocated or removed," according to legal council for the complainants. The lawsuit includes affidavits from noise pollution experts as well as from residents affected by the projects.

The five proposed projects include: Eastern Fields Wind Power Project, in the Municipality of The Nation; Nation Rise Wind Farm, in the Township of North Stormont; the Otter Creek Wind Farm, north of Wallaceburg in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent; Romney Wind Energy Centre, in Lakeshore, Ont; and the Strong Breeze Wind Power Project in the Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich. (Source: Various Media, CBC Ottawa, 28 Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Wind,  Wind,  

No Takers for Massena's Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Massena Electric Department
Date: 2018-01-29
In New York State, the town of Massena (pop. 13,000+-) Electric Department is reporting very little response to their energy efficiency programs and incentives which include audits, makeover and other residential energy efficiency programs designed to help customers cut energy consumption and lower energy costs.

Among the programs offered, an energy audit for $50 and, if the customer makes the improvements identified, the customer will receive a rebate of $50 as well as reimbursement for some portion of the improvements. To date, no residential or commercial customers have requested the audit last month, despite advertisements promoting the program.

MED also looks for low-income households for a similar energy-efficiency program, but one in which the department foots the cost. Low-income households are identified through a list of those who take part in the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). He said MED expects to send more mailings to potential customers in the next week or two to try to generate more interest in the low-income program, which has also gained little to no traction. (Source: Town of Massena, Massena Electric Dept., Watertown Times, 28 Jan., 2018) Contact: Massena Electric Department , (315) 764-0253,

GE Renewable Energy Inks $10.4Bn in Orders In 2017 (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-01-29
In its just released Q4 and full 2017 results, industrial behemoth General Electric (GE) notes its subsidiary renewable energy division GE Renewable Energy generated a total of $10.4 billion worth of orders and $10.3 billion of sales.

The company claimed 30 pct growth in its international onshore wind orders in 2017. GE Renewable Energy also secured the orders for the largest wind farm in the US, the 2 GW (gigawatt) Wind Catcher farm in Oklahoma, and the largest wind farm in Australia, the 453 MW Coopers Gap Wind Farm in North Queensland. In 2017, GE Renewable Energy also completed the $1.65 billion acquisition of wind blade manufacturer LM Wind Power. GE Renewable Energy is also now the first offshore wind supplier with projects in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Additionally, GE's hydro division saw full-year growth of 10 pct in orders and 40 pct in services, and booked over $100 million in hydro orders. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 25 Jan., 2018)Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Hydro,  

Coal Phase-Out, CO2-Pricing Triggers Divestment, says PIK Study (Ind. Report)
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact
Date: 2018-01-29
A new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact (PIK) finds that the Paris climate agreement into practice will trigger opposed reactions by investors on the one hand and fossil fuel owners on the other hand. It has been feared that the anticipation of strong CO2 reduction policies might trigger a 'green paradox' and drive up emissions before the regulations kick in while fossil fuel developers and owners might increase their resource extraction to maximize profits while investors abandon coal power plants in the expectation that their assets become stranded. The study finds that on balance, divestment beats the green paradox if substantial carbon pricing is credibly announced. Consequently, overall CO2 emissions would be effectively reduced.

The syudy contends that while the Paris agreement is weak in short-term policy ambition it will require strong climate policies in the future to reduce emissions over the longer term. The study finds that ten years before carbon pricing policies are actually introduced, investors would start pulling out of the coal power sector. The study also suggests that adding a carbon price of $20 per ton of CO2 doubles the cost of using coal and thus makes it even less competitive.

Computer simulations of energy markets' future dynamics are commonly used to investigate the economic effects of policies. The study's CO2 pricing simulations varied from $25 to $300 per ton CO2 by 2050, with a medium scenario reaching $100. These taxes were introduced with various delays to represent various degrees of climate policy stringency and credibility and to see how fossil fuel markets react in anticipation of such climate policies. Only if CO2 pricing starts very late, ie not before 2050, and then at a very low level, anticipation by market forces will lead to an increase in CO2 emissions instead of a decrease, the study finds.

According to the study, if different CO2 pricing regulations at different price levels were to be introduced in different countries, some emissions-intensive production facilities would move from highly regulated areas to those with low standards.

The Paris agreement delivered a strong signal that policy makers are taking climate change seriously and are ready and willing to deliver on the necessary emissions reductions. By anticipating the implementation of policies to tackle climate change, market forces will likely reduce emissions so long as the policy signals are strong, clear and credible, the study says. (Source: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research , PR, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: PIK, +49 331 288 25 07,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal news,  Paris Climate Agreement news,  

India Third on USGBC Top 10 LEED Countries List (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-29
According to the US GReen Building Councils "Top 10 LEED Cuntries" list, India ranks third with more than 752 LEED-certified projects totaling over 20.28 million gross square meters of space. The USGBC's top 10 list highlights and ranks countries and regions outside the U.S.

The top 10 list is led by China with a total of 1,211 LEED certified and registered projects for more than 47.16 million gross sq mt of space followed by Canada with 2,970 such projects with a total space of 40.77 million gross sq mt. Other Top 10 countries include Brazil, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Mexico and the UAE.In comparison, the US, which is not included in the list, has 30,669 LEED certified projects totalling 385.65 million gross sq mt. (Source: USGBC, Outlook, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

Green Mountain Power Increases Renewables to Lower Emissions (Ind. Report)
GReen Mountain Power
Date: 2018-01-29
In Vermont, Green Mountain Power (GMP) reports it has set an ambitious goal for carbon reduction in 2018 and beyond. The utility aims to partner with customers to drive down costs and eliminate more than 8,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions by using clean energy for the next two decades. The emphasis on renewabl energy is expected to eliminate more than 160,000 metric tons of carbon emissions and combined with past reductions is the equivalent of removing nearly 3,000 cars from our roads each year for the next 20 years.

Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont. ( Source: Green Mountain Power , 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Green Mountain Power , Mary Powell, CEO, Jeff Monder, (802) 770-3392,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Mountain Power news,  Renewable Energy news,  Carbon Emissions news,  

ecobee Donates Smart Thermostats to Community Housing (Ind. Report)
ecobee,Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Date: 2018-01-26
Toronto-headquartered smart WiFi thermostat specialist ecobee Inc. reports it has donated 776 ecobee3 smart thermostats to the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), which houses more than 110,000 individuals in over 2,000 buildings. The ecobee smart thermostats will improve TCHC buildings energy efficiency and help advance the city's climate Change action plan, TransformTO.

The ecobee Smart Thermostat donation is part of a larger energy efficiency demonstration project called TowerWise. The buildings were retrofitted to achieve energy, emission and cost reductions.The newly installed ecobee3 units use sensors to make intelligent heating and cooling decisions to reduce energy waste and offer real-time insights to identify other opportunities for future improvements.

In addition to the new ecobee3 smart thermostats, TAF also installed new boilers, LED lighting and measures to improve indoor air quality. These changes reduce the building's carbon emission by 30 pct and utility costs by 20 pct. (Source: ecobee Inc., PR, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: edobee, Stuart Lombard, CEO, (6747) 428-2220,,; The Atmospheric Fund, (416) 392-027,,; Toronto Community Housing Corporation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ecobee,  smart thermostat,  Energy Efficiency,  

EnergySmart Touts Mass. Geothermal Rebates Success (Ind. Report)
EnergySmart Alternatives
Date: 2018-01-26
In the Bay State, Medford-based EnergySmart Alternatives, LLC reports it has installed over 200 geothermal heating and cooling systems since 2010 in 54 Massachusetts communities and secured over $385,000 in rebates since 2014 through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (Mass CEC) Ground-Source Heat Pump rebate program.

Announced last month, the increase in the value of the Mass CEC rebate to $3,500 per heating ton (up from $1,500) is expected to give a boost to the residential geothermal industry in Massachusetts. The value of the base rebate is capped at $17,500. However, there are "adders" that can increase that value for public and non-profit entities, affordable housing developments, or households below 80 pct and 120 pct of the state median income. These range from an additional $750 to $1,500 per ton heating capacity. (Source: EnergySmart Alternatives, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: EnergySmart Alternatives, LLC, Melanie Head, (617) 858-6748, info@,; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (617) 315-9315,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergySmart Alternatives,  Geothermal,  Renewable Energy Rebate,  Geothermal,  

Grand Rapids Joins Zero Cities to Cut Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
Urban Sustainability Directors Network
Date: 2018-01-26
In Michigan, the city of Grand Rapids reports it is participating in the New Building Institute's Zero Cities Project in an effort to reduce net carbon in the city to zero by 2050.

The long-term goal is to create a policy road map to achieving a zero carbon building sector. Under its three-year plan, the city will initially evaluate the carbon footprint of the cities building stock and examine its current policies and incentives.

The aim is to couple its building requirements and codes, planning and economic incentives to encourage building owners to implement energy efficiency measures and move toward zero net carbon.

Download the New Building Institute Zero City Project details HERE (Source: Michigan NPR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: City of Grand Rapids, Alison Waske Sutter, Sustainability Manager, (616) 456-3000,,; New Buildings Institute, Ralph DiNola,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Cities Project,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  

Singapore's Major Emitters Seeking Emissions Benchmarks (Int'l)

Date: 2018-01-26
In anticipation of a soon to be imposed carbon tax, some of Singapore largest carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emitters are calling for the Government to set emissions benchmarks for petrochemical, energy and other high-emissions industries. Some industries contend that emitters that meet the benchmarks should be exempted from a carbon tax, on the grounds that the tax would hurt Singapore's competitiveness.

Singapore's carbon tax, first announced in Budget 2017, is expected to apply to 30 to 40 companies and facilities that emit 25,000 or more tpy of greenhouse gases. The tax is expected to be in the range of S$10 and S$20 per tonne of greenhouse gas under a credit-based system. The carbon tax is among Singapore's measures to meet its target of cutting emissions intensity by 36 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, under the global Paris Agreement. (Source: Singapore Today, 23 Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Singapore Carbon Tax,  

Empower, Honeywell Partner for Refrigerant Efficiency (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-26
UAE-based Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) reports it is partnering with Honeywell to explore alternative refrigerants adoption for reducing energy consumption and meeting environmental target in the region.

The two companies will explore environment-friendly refrigerant solutions in cooling buildings that could help Empower further conserve energy in its operations. (Source: Empower, GDN, TradeArabia News Service, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: Empower, Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO, +97 14 375 5555, info@empower,ae,; Honeywell Saudi Arabia,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Empower,  Honeywell,  Energy Efficiency,  

Schneider's Power Monitoring-Management System Installed in Aussie Stadium (Int'l)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2018-01-26
In the Land Down Under, Schneider Electric reports EcoXpert AZZO has completed the installation of its new cloud-based EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert Platform utility monitoring and visualisation system at the 100,000-seat Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The system allows the stadium to visualise and analyse real-time utility consumption to help reduce the stadium's energy costs. and carbon footprint for greater sustainability .

Schneider Electric's cloud-hosted EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert Platform; incorporates power meters and gateways, rogrammable logic controllers (Hot Standby Quantum PLCs), PowerSCADA Operations and C-Bus lighting automation systems. (Source: Schneider Electric Pty. Ltd, Architecture & Design, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric Pty.Ltd,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

Canada Studies Scottish Home Energy Labeling (Ind. Report)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2018-01-26
Natural Resources Canada, as part of a collaboration funded by the UK High Commission in Ottawa, is studying Scotland' Home Energy Labeling system in an effort to improve energy efficiency and energy management labeling in Canadian buildings.

Scottish householders receive an Energy Proficiency Certificate issued by trained energy assessors when they sell or rent a house. An EPC ensures that energy and energy efficiency data collected in the home is accurate.

One distinctive feature of the mandatory Scottish EPC system is that several different organizations are involved at different stages of the process. For example, EST manages Scotland's EPC data, while a number of approved organizations ensure that assessors meet quality standards.

Canada's present provincially administered EnerGuide label system is a voluntary assessment with advice on increasing energy efficiency and cutting energy consumption. (Source: Energy Saving Trust, Jan., 2018) Contact: Energy Saving Trust, David Weatherall, Policy, +44 02 0 7222 0101,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Natural Resources Canada,  

Methane Increase Linked to Oil, Gas Industry, says NASA (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-26
According to a just released study led by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the oil and gas industry is primarily responsible for the increase in historically underestimated methane emissions. The increase, which equals around 25 teragrams (25 trillion grams) per year since 2006, underscores the need to transition to renewable energy sources in order to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the report says.

The study research teams produced estimates for two known sources: emissions from the oil and gas industry; and microbial production in wet tropical environments like marshes and rice paddies. However, the sum of the estimated emissions from these and other sources is greater than the observed increase. The researchers explored the role of fires since the area burned by fires each year decreased by about 12 pct between the early 2000s and the period of 2007 to 2014, according to NASA data. The research is published in the journal Nature Communications. (Source: IISD, NASA, 23, Jan., 2018) Contact: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Susan Strahan, Atmospheric Scientist, (301) 286-8981,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  Methane,  

Climate Change Concerns Vary by Region, Wealth, Education, says Vanderbilt Survey (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-26
According to a new Insights report from Vanderbilt University's Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), Latin American are far more concerned with climate change than their Canadian and American neighbours.

In responce to the survey question -- "If nothing is done to reduce climate change in the future, how serious of a problem do you think it will be for your country?"

The found concern was highest in Mexico and Central America, where 81.5 percent characterized climate change as a "very serious" problem while 10.4 pct said it as "somewhat serious." South America followed with 75 pct answering "very serious" and 15.2 pct saying "somewhat serious." In the Caribbean, 66.7 pct answered "very serious" and 21.9 pct said "somewhat serious."

In Canada and the U.S., just 39.6 pct said unchecked climate change was a "very serious" problem, while 35.4 pct considered it a "somewhat serious" issue.

In the Latin America and Caribbean region, the most significant predictors of climate change concern are education and worries about being affected by a natural disaster, though wealth also plays a role. Education increases concern for climate change nearly 11 pct, while worries about natural disasters increases that concern 8.3 pct. Wealth is also linked to increased climate change concern, raising it by 3.3 pct.

The findings confirmed the researchers' hypothesis that climate change is a much more partisan issue in the United States than it is anywhere else in the hemisphere. (Source: Vanderbilt University, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: Vanderbilt University Latin American Public Opinion Project, (615) 322-4033,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

UMass awarded $1.1 Million to work with Tesla Energy to build Large Battery Storage System
University of Massachusetts,Tesla Energy
Date: 2018-01-25
n Dec. 7, a $1.1 million state grant was awarded to the University of Massachusetts by the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage Project to work with Tesla Energy to build a large battery at the Central Heating Plant on the west side of campus. The grant is part of a statewide project which aims to improve the energy storage market in Massachusetts, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Tesla Energy, with additional help from the UMass Campus Energy Extension, plans to build and design a one megawatt/four megawatt-hour lithium ion battery storage system to be built across the campus power plant, according to a press release from the University. The main goal of the project is to reduce the demand of high energy and costs on campus. the University used 140,558,629 kilowatts per hour of energy – an overall 10.5 percent increase from 2012. Currently, UMass obtains 15 megawatts of energy from cogeneration – the use of steam or other types of heat that is a by-product of electric power – at the Central Heating Plant and five megawatts from solar voltaic generation. One of the battery storage systems main functions is to reduce the need to purchase energy outside the power grid and balance constraints on the heating plant and solar arrays. The UMass Amherst Physical Plant plans to operate the battery system while UMass CEE will provide operations analysis and research support. The entirety of the project is estimated to take 15 years. In order to meet all of its research goals, Tesla Energy plans to provide $80,000 worth of education initiatives for staff and students such as paid internships, career mentorships, lectures and curriculum designed around solar and energy stronger. According the UMass website, the University has been able to reduce its carbon footprints by 27 percent since 2002. (Source: Tesla Energy, Massachusetts Daily Collegian, 24 Jan., 2019) Contact: Tesla Energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Energy news,  Energy Storage news,  Battery news,  

Transmission Upgrades and Expansion: Keys to Meeting Large Customer Demand for Renewable Energy -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Wind Energy Foundation
Date: 2018-01-24
Download Transmission Upgrades and Expansion: Keys to Meeting Large Customer Demand for Renewable Energy report HERE. (Source: Wind Energy Foundation, Newburgh Gazette, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: Wind Energy Foundation, (202) 552-8105,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Energy Foundation,  

Valero Cuts RFA as Cost Cutting Measure (Ind. Report)
Valero Energy Corp., Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2018-01-24
In what it describes as a "cost cutting measure" occasioned by the EPA Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) , San Antonio, Texas-based ethanol producer Valero Energy Corp., the the largest American oil refiner, has withdrawn from the Renewable Fuels Association, according to a Valero statement.

The company contends compliance with the RFS "point-of-obligation" was too costly. Under the RFS, Valero and other oil refiners are required to blend ethanol with gasoline or purchase credits to comply. In 2016, Valero spent $750 million on fuel credits. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association, Reuters, Valero, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464,; RFA, Geoff Cooper, Snr. VP, (202) 289-3835,; RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., CEO,(202) 289-3835,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero Energy,  RFS,  Renewable Fuels Association,  

Mexican Emissions-Cutting Technology Touted (New Prod & Tech)

Date: 2018-01-24
In Mexico City, scientists are touting a newly developed alkaline electrolysis technology and device that reduces the environmental impact of medium-sized combustion systems , reduces fossil-fuel use and contaminating emissions. The Tritom 50 (T50) prototype, which has a "firescreen" that uses hydroplasma as fuel, "is installed in chimneys or fixed source gas outlets" to reduce CO2 and sulfur dioxide emissions.

Containing proprietary software controlled and monitored using Android devices, Bluetooth or a GPRS system, the T50 offers two potential heat-exchange systems that enable heat energy typically lost in the electrolysis process to be incorporated into some other process, such as the pre-heating of water or raw materials.

The Center for Research and Technological Development in Electrochemistry (Cideteq) and the Advanced Technology Center (Ciateq) helped develop the technology. (Source: Latin American Herald Tribune, 21 Jan., 2019)Contact: Center for Research and Technological Development in Electrochemistry

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

PNM Seeks Wind, Solar Approvals for Facebook Data Center (Ind. Report)
Public Service Company of New Mexico
Date: 2018-01-24
In Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Journal is reporting New Mexico's largest electricity provider Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) is seeking state regulatory approval for power purchase agreements (PPAs) with two companies that would build new wind and solar farms to serve Facebook's new Los Lunas data center which is under construction south of Albuquerque.

PNM is presently constructing three solar plants to supply the center's first two buildings, and has negotiated agreements with Avangrid Renewables and NextEra Energy Inc. to construct and operate two wind farms and a $75 million solar facility to meet the data center's added energy needs. The companies would sell the generated power to the utility for delivery. PNM is proposing Avangrid build a wind farm by 2020 east of Estancia in central New Mexico, and that NextEra constructs a $72 million wind farm before the year end. (Source: Public Service Company of New Mexico, Santa Fe New Mexican ,Albuquerque Journal, 20 Jan., 2018) Contact: Public Service Company of New Mexico, Pat O'Connell, Dir. Resource Planning, (505) 241-2700,; Avangrid Renewables, Laura Beane, CEO,; NextEra Energy Resources LLC, Zack Melda, Project Director, (561) 691-7171,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables ,  NextEra Energy,  Public Service Company of New Mexico,  Wind,  Solar,  Facebook,  

Dairy Biomethane Pilot Projects Sought in California (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas Co.
Date: 2018-01-24
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southwest Gas are jointly seeking 5 or more dairy biomethane pilot projects under California Senate Bill (SB) 1383.

Proposed projects must demonstrate an ability to capture and process biogas from dairy cows to produce renewable natural gas for electic power generation ,heating and fueling vehicles.

The draft solicitation is the first step in a new program created under SB 1383 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which has been directed to reduce me Proposed projects will be jointly selected by the CPUC, California Air Resources Board and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Dairy biogas development is rapidly increasing in California, with help in part from $35 million in grant funding last year from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CDFA is expected to provide an additional $61-$75 million in grant funding for new dairy biogas projects this year. There are currently about 40 projects in the works, and experts expect there could be as many as 120 projects being developed by 2022, according to a SoCal Gas release. (Source: Southern California Gas Company, PR, 19 Jan., 2018) Contact: Southern California Gas,,; San Diego Gas & Electric,; Pacific Gas and Electric,; California Department of Food and Agriculture, (916) 654-0466,

More Low-Carbon Energy News San Diego Gas & Electric ,  Pacific Gas and Electric ,  Southern California Gas,  Biogass,  Methane,  Biomethane,  

Refiner PES Pins Bankruptcy on RFS Costs (Ind. Report)
Philadelphia Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-01-24
Philadelphia Energy Solutions, owner of the largest U.S. East Coast refinery, reports its 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 also plans to sell $150 million worth of credits to help emerge from bankruptcy, according to Reuters.

PES claims its 2016-17 biofuels obligation totaled $185 million, and the cost of RINs in 2017 alone was $218 million, according to Reuters.

In its bankruptcy filing on Monday, the company said it does not have enough cash to comply with the laws for 2016 and 2017. (Source: Reuters, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, Various Media, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Solutions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuel Blending,  Point of Origin,  

R.I. Env. Council Promoting Carbon Tax Legislation (Reg & Leg)
the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI)
Date: 2018-01-24
In Providence, the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) is calling for the 2018 state legislature to implement a carbon tax on all fossil fuels burned, stored or produced in the state.

In addition to a state carbon tax, the ECRI bill includes: legislated carbon emissions reductions under the Rhode Island Global Warming Solutions Act; a climate and economic stimulus package; a coastal adaptation trust fund to help cities and towns address sea-level rise; mandatory and enforceable state greenhouse gas-reduction goals; increased support for energy efficiency; renewable energy siting regulations; require products sold in Rhode Island to meet minimum standards for electricity and gas consumption; and others.

The ECRI's initiatives are backed by a coalition of advocacy groups and environmentalists, including the EnergizeRI Coalition, an advocacy group with ties to Brown University, and the People's Power & Light utility. (Source: Environment Council of Rhode Island, eco'RI News, 22 Jan., 2018)Contact: Environment Council of Rhode Island,(401) 621-8048,

More Low-Carbon Energy News the Environment Council,  Climate Change of Rhode Island,  CLimate Change,  

ConEdison Doubles Energy Savings Rebate Incentives (Ind. Report)
Legend Power Systems
Date: 2018-01-24
Vancouver-based voltage reduction and optimization technology specialist Legend Power Systems Inc. reports that NYC power utility Con Edison has increased its financial incentives for energy saving technologies, including Legend's proprietary Harmonizer system.

The Harmonizer measures the incoming voltage from the grid. It knows the maximum savings your electrical equipment will allow and tunes the voltage down as much as it can. Voltage from the grid often fluctuates so the Harmonizer dynamically compensates in real time.

Even if the voltage naturally pops down to the optimum level, the system goes into a bypass state to let everything through. So your building will always get what it needs while saving the most amount of money possible, accxording to the company website. The increase in incentives funding relevant to Legend's offering comes from Con Edison's Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program. which previously offered a performance-based Custom incentive of $0.16 per kWh. This typically equates to a cash contribution ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for a Legend project. Con Edison has added an incentive of $600 per kW saved, significantly increasing the typical funding range for a Legend project from $20,000 to $50,000, according to the company website. (Source: Legend Power Systems, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: Legend Power Systems , Randy Buchamer, CEO, Pres., (778) 945 1501,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  ,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  

France Plans Doubling of Wind Power Capacity by 2023 (Int'l)

Date: 2018-01-22
In Paris, the French government is reporting a ten-point plan intended to accelerate the development of wind power projects in order to double the country's installed wind generation capacity by 2023. The proposed reforms are intended to slash the average time it takes for wind power projects to be completed and connected to the French electricity grid by half.

Presently, it requires from seven to nine years to develop offshore wind projects, with roughly 70 pct of authorized projects facing appeals in Administrative Tribunals courts. The governments proposed reforms would remove a level of jurisdiction in the appeals process and thus significantly speedup the permiting process, according to French junior ecology minister Sebastien Lecornu. (Source: Yahoo, Various Media, Reuters, 18 Jan., 2018)

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ALLETE Orders GE Renewable Energy Wind Turbines (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy,Allete
Date: 2018-01-22
ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ALLETE Inc. reports the purchase of 40-MW of wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy. The turbines qualify for 80 pct of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and would create more than 400 megawatts of additional qualified wind projects through 2021. This latest purchase will bring ALLETE Clean Energy's total wind project opportunity to approximately 1,500 MW.

The safe harbor turbines are part of ALLETE Clean Energy's multifaceted growth strategy that includes building and operating new wind projects based on long-term power purchase agreements, and build, own and transfer projects. (Source: Allete, StreetInsider, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: Allete Clean Energy, Al Rudeck, Pres., (218) 355-3232,; GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Allete Clean Energy,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

Nike Uses 100 pct Renewables in North America (Ind. Report)
Avangrid Renewables,Nike
Date: 2018-01-22
Following on our Sept. 26, 2015 coverage, footwear manufacturer Nike reports its recently signed 86 MW PPA with Avangrid Renewables brings its total North American energy consumption up to 100 pct from renewable energy sources. Under the new agreement, Nike will take 86 MW of wind power from the Karankawa Wind Farm in the Bee and San Patricio counties, just east of Mathis, Texas.

This is the second PPA Nike has signed with Avangrid, following a 2016 deal which saw Nike secure 100% of the energy needed for its worldwide headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, thanks to three wind farms in the Columbia Gorge. (Source: Nike, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: Avangrid Renewables, Dave Carroll, VP Projects, (503) 796-7000,; NIKE, Eric Sprunk, CEO, Hannah Jones, Chief Sustainability Officer, (212) 367-4400,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nike,  Avangrid Renewables,  Wind,  

St. Louis Adopting PACE Energy Efficiency Funding (Ind. Report)
PACE HERO,Missouri Clean Energy District
Date: 2018-01-22
In the Show Me State, over 415,000 St. Louis area homeowners now have access to the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO)Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing mechanism that allows property owners to make energy-efficiency and renewable-energy improvements and pay for them over time through their property taxes.

HERO was launched in Missouri in September 2016 and is offered through a public-private partnership between the Missouri Clean Energy District and Renovate America, the nation's largest PACE provider.

HERO-financed home upgrades in the metro area are projected to save St. Louis area homeowners 27 million kilowatt hours of electricity over the expected useful lifetime of the products installed. That is enough energy to power over 3,000 homes for a full calendar year. (Source: Missouri Clean Energy District, St.Louis Patch, 21 Jan., 2018) Contact: Missouri Clean Energy District, David Pickerill, Exec. Dir., (314) 769-8300,; Renovate America, Blair McNeill, VP Market Dev.,; PACE,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  HERO,  PACE Energy Efficiency,  

Evonik, Siemens Partnering on Specialty Chemicals from CO2 (Int'l)
Siemens, Evonik
Date: 2018-01-22
Siemens, Europe's largest conglomerate, and Essen, Germany-based specialty chemicals producer Evonik Industries are reporting the launch of a joint research project focused on deploying artificial photosynthesis by using carbon dioxide as a raw material and converting it into usable chemicals. The small-scale project, called Rheticus, is a trial programme based in Marl, Germany,

The project is being supported to the tune of €2.8 million from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research Siemens is providing the electrolysis technology, which is used in the first step to convert CO2 and water into hydrogen and carbon monoxide (CO) using electricity. Evonik is contributing the fermentation process, converting gases containing CO into useful products by metabolic processes with the aid of special micro-organisms. (Source: Siemens, FT, 18 Jan., 2019)Contact: Evonik, Stefan Haver,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Evonik ,  Green Fuel,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  

Dow, USGBC Collaborate on Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Dow Building Solutions
Date: 2018-01-19
Midland, Michigan-based Dow Building Solutions reports it is collaborating with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to deliver solutions that contribute to building more sustainable communities and cities. The goal of the collaboration is to measurably reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through improved energy efficiency in buildings.

According to recent data, buildings are currently responsible for about one-third of global energy consumption and about 30 pct of global energy-related CO2 emissions and 20 pct of total CO2 emissions. In an effort to reduce these emissions, Dow and USGBC will collectively advise two cities or communities to help in achieving LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification. Available for all building and home project types as well as cities and communities, LEED provides a framework to create highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement used in more than 167 countries. (Source: Dow Building Solutions, PR, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: Dow Building Solutions, Jessica Robinson, (989) 638-8066,,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dow Building Solutions,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  

Seawind's Double-Blade Turbines Destined for the Aegean (Int'l)
Seawind Ocean Technology,WRE Hellas
Date: 2018-01-19
Netherlands-headquartered two-bladed offshore wind turbine pioneer Seawind Ocean Technology reports the inking of an agreement with Greek wind and solar farm operator WRE Hellas SA to develop small-scale offshore wind farms in the Aegean Sea. Seawind will deliver two-bladed turbines with floating foundations for the project.

The two firms intend to develop a series of deep water mini offshore windfarms under the Clean Energy for EU Islands Programme, a long-term framework to help the 2,000+ inhabited EU islands generate their own sustainable, low-cost energy.

In Seawind's innovative turbine design, the rotor is uncoupled from the shaft using a teetering hinge thus eliminating the need for a blade pitch mechanism for a much lighter turbine head and tower. The systems are assembled onshore and launched at sea by semi-submersible vessels. Seawind's concrete bottom tethered and floating offshore units have concrete support structures were developed in collaboration with Olav Olsen in Norway. Seawind's 10.4 turbine will generate approximately 45M kWh at 8.5 m/s wind speed. (Source: Seawind Ocean Technology, Offshore Wind, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: Seawind Ocean Technology, Martin Jakubowski, CEO,,; WRE Hellas, +30.210.9373060,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  

Amazon Completes Italian Rooftop PV Solar System (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-19
US e-commerce giant reports it has completed a rooftop solar installation to power its logistics site in Passo Corese, Italy.

The photovoltaic system's 3200 monocrystalline solar modules generate around 964 kWp.

The installation was handled by Enerray SpA, a world leader in the designing, management and development of both medium and large photovoltaic systems. (Source: Amazon, PR, CMFE, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Enerray SpA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerray,  Rooftop Solar,  Solar,  Amazon,  

Manila, IFC Creating Philippines' Green Building Code (Int'l)
International Finance Corp
Date: 2018-01-19
In Manila, the government od the Philippines and the International Finance Corp (IFC) report they have partnered to create the country's first "green building" code to help private firms reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut electric power consumption by 3.9 million KWh, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.87 million metric tpy for a projected savings of $864 million. About one-third of electricity demand in the Philippines comes from buildings.

IFC -- a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group -- is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. The IFC utilizes and leverages its products and services as well as the products and services of other World Bank institutions. (Source: International Finance Corp., ABS-CBN, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: International Finance Corp.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  International Finance Corp,  

BRD, Alkol BioTech Ink EUnergyCane Supply LoI (Ind. Report)
Bio Refinery Development,Alkol BioTech
Date: 2018-01-19
Bio Refinery Development BV (BRD) reports the signing of a letter of intent (LOI) with London-based Alkol Biotech for the supply of up to 500,000 tpy of EUnergyCane, a sugarcane variety, to be used as feedstock at a proposed biorefinery.

Alkol Biotech adapts plant varieties to grow in colder and drier climates, offering better resistance to pests and diseases, along with higher productivity. The first crop it is developing is EUnergyCane, a sugarcane variety.

BRD is a commercialization partner in Bioforever (BIO-based products from FORestry via Economically Viable European Routes), a consortium of 14 companies in Europe that aims to build a biorefinery to produce products normally sourced from oil. The consortium includes Avantium, Borregaard, Royal DSM, Green Biologics and MetGen. The consortium is addressing several pre-treatment technologies for the production of intermediates, such as cellulose, C5 and C6 sugars, lignin and humins. The consortium aims to create conversion routes from the intermediates to a variety of building blocks and end products, such as carbon binders, butanol, resin acid, enzymes and furan dicarboxylic acid (FDCA), and to demonstrate lignocellulosic value chains at pre-industrial scale for some final products.(Source: BRD, PR, Alkol Biotech, Jan., 2018) Contact: Bio Refinery Development BV, Anton Robek, CEO, +31 62 00 16964,,; Alkol BioTech Ltd., +44 20 3475 8387,; Bioforever,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio Refinery Development,  Biomass,  Alkol BioTech,  Bioforever,  Biomass,  

Shell Cansolv New Boundary Dam CCS Facility Tenant (Ind. Report)
SaskPower,Shell Cansolv,CCS,Boundary Dam
Date: 2018-01-19
On the Canadian prairies, SaskPower is reporting Shell Cansolv would be moving into the Boundary Dam Power Station carbon capture and storage (CCS) test facility this year. The Boundary Dam Power stations's first client, Mitsubishi-Hitachi, completed its testing and left in March 2017 when its contract expired.

The Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project in Estevan, Saskatchewan, is the world's first and largest project of its kind. The $1.24 billion government- industry partnership between the Government of Canada, Government of Saskatchewan, SaskPower and private industry will see the full integration of a rebuilt coal-fired generation unit with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology into the operation of a commercial power station, resulting in low-emission electricity and CO2 for enhanced oil recovery operations or storage in deep saline aquifers. (Source: SaskPower, Estevan Mercury, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, (306) 242-9222,; SaskPower, Mike Monea, Pres., CCS Initiatives, Robt. Watson, CEO, Howard Matthews, VP Power Production, (306) 566-2121,; Shell Cansolv,; Boundary Dam CCS,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Boundary Dam,  SaskPower,  Shell Cansolv,  CCS,  

ADNOC Expanding Carbon Capture, Use & Storage Tech. (Int'l.)
Masdar,Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Date: 2018-01-19
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) reports it will expand its use of Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) technology in its own operations to meet a six-fold increase in the utilization of CO2 for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) over the next decade. The volume of the greenhouse gas sequestered underground will be equivalent to the CO2 emitted by 1,000,000 or more motor vehicles each day.

To date, ADNOC has stored approximately 240,000 metric tons of CO2 collected from Emirates Steel Industries (ESI). Starting in 2021, the company will increase the utilization of CO2, expecting to reach 250 million standard cubic feet per day by 2027 by capturing additional CO2 from its gas processing plants and injecting it into different onshore oil fields. In 2016 ADNOC and Masdar together launched the first commercial-scale CCUS facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). (Source: ADNOC, PR, Al-Bawaba, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company,; Masdar Institute, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar,  Abu Dhabi National Oil Company ,  CCS,  CCUS,  CO2,  Enhanced Oil Recovery,  

DNV GL Launches CCS Certification Framework (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-19
The German certification body DNV GL is reporting the launch of a framework for certifying geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) and a recommended practice for the safe and reliable design and operation of CO2 pipelines. The certification framework serves to improve stakeholder dialogue and investor predictability, and the recommended practice provides a recipe for the safe transportation of CO2.

The DNV GL certification framework enables verification of conformity with the new ISO standard, ISO 27914:2017 CO2 capture, transportation and geological storage. This standard represents an international consensus on the requirements for the safe and effective storage of CO2 in geological formations.

The DNV GL certification framework provides additional clarity about the requirements an operator should meet and offers a recipe for how to meet them at different points in the lifecycle of a geological storage project, thus improving investor predictability and decreasing both capex and opex risks. The updated recommended practice for design and operation of CO2 pipelines helps implement the new ISO standard 27913:2017. It is based on new knowledge gained from the CO2PIPETRANS joint industry project, which was completed in 2016, with specific focus on dense phase CO2 model validation, fracture arrest and corrosion. (Source: DNV GL, Port News, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: DNV GL, +49 40 361 490,

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Credit Unions Fund Planned $112Mn Nevada Biofuel Plant (Funding)
USDA Rural Development Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Bio based Product Manufacturing Assistance Program,Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC
Date: 2018-01-19
A consortium of credit unions led by Jefferson Financial FCU of Metairie, La. is reported to have funded a $112.6 million loan to Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC. The loan was guaranteed through the USDA Rural Development Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Bio based Product Manufacturing Assistance Program and is the largest to date for the USDA program, which assists in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and bio based products.

The loan recipient, Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC, will use the funds to convert distiller's corn oil from ethanol plants into renewable diesel fuel. The loan will fund a new plant in Nevada that is scheduled to open in Q2, 2019. (Source: Credit Unions Insight, CU Capital Market Solutions, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: CU Capital Market Solutions, Bill Mullally, Marketing, (678) 960-2905,,; Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC, Ryze Capital Partners, (949) 812-7000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ryze Renewables Reno,  Etrhanol,  Corn Oil,  

DEWA Studying 400MW Pumped Hydro Storage Island (Int'l)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2018-01-19
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it and the GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) and the Belgian Dredging, Environmental & Marine Engineering Group (DEME) have inked a MoU to study the possible construction of an island with a 400MW , 2,500MWh capacity pumped hydro storage power station in the Arabian Gulf. The initiative is part of DEWA's efforts to diversify the energy mix and enhance energy storage technologies.

Stored hydropower reportedly accounts for the biggest share of the world's operational electricity storage. Pumped-storage facilities integrate well with irregular renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power as water is stored when excess energy is produced. (Source: DEWA, PR, Dubai Media Office, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: DEWA , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority ,  Pumped Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  

LA Lawmaker Proposes Climate Emergency Mobilization Agency ((Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-19
In the Golden State, more than a month after 200,000 residents fled their homes due to wildfires and in the wake of ongoing droughts, flooding and mudslides, Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz is proposing the creation of the Climate Emergency Mobilization Department. The new emergency measures agency would deal with controlling carbon emissions, climate change related dissasters and mitigation as well proactively fight climate change in the city of Los Angeles.

Organizing the the city's resources to combat climate change is nothing new for Los Angeles, which already has sustainability officers in place. The proposed department would oversee carbon emissions reduction goals, explore funding measures and make mitigating climate change a priority at City Hall.

According to California State University, Los Angeles, professor Stephen LaDochy, "Aaddressing climate change head on will be harder to avoid in the future, as more impacts are felt across the region. LaDochy added "there is a direct connection between natural disasters and human-made pollution. Rising temperatures, shorter rain seasons and mudslides are all connected to climate change," he said. (Source: Courthouse News, 17 Jan., 2018)

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

Avangrid Completes New Wind Farms in Colorado, New Mexico and California (Ind. Report)
Avangrid Renewables,Iberdrola Renewables
Date: 2018-01-17
Portland, Oregon-based Avangrid Renewables, formerly known as Iberdrola Renewables, LLC, reports it has begun operation on than 500 MW of new wind farms in California, New Mexico, and Colorado: 131 MW, 57-turbine Tule Wind Farm in the McCain Valley, California; the 298 MW, 142-turbine El Cabo Wind Farm near Albuquerqur New Mexico; and the 75 MW, 36-turbine Twin Buttes II Wind Farm in Colorado. The three projects all have long term PPAs in place.

Avengrid's U.S. fleet now includes 3,300 wind turbines across 22 states.

Avangrid is a diversified energy and utility company with approximately $32 billion in assets owns regulated utilities and electricity generation assets through two primary lines of business, Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks incorporates eight electric and natural gas utilities serving approximately 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables operates over 6 GW of owned and controlled renewable generation capacity, primarily through wind and solar, in 22 states. (Source: Avangrid, PR, Various Media, 14 Jan., 2018) Contact: Avangrid Renewables, Laura Beane , ceo,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables,  Iberdrola Renewables,  Wind,  

CT Green Bank Accepts Aurora Solar Remote Shading Simulation Software (Ind. Report)
Aurora Solar,CT Green Bank
Date: 2018-01-17
North Vancouver, BC-based Aurora Solar Technologies reports the Connecticut Green Bank has joined rebate authorities around the country in declaring Aurora's remote shading simulation software an acceptable replacement for onsite inspections previously required when applying for rebates associated with solar system installations.

Aurora's technology incorporates the measurements of a site's solar potential as part of a standardized "Solar Shade Report" that consolidates all the information solar companies need in making financing, installation and rebate decisions.

Rebate authorities that accept Aurora's remote shading include: CT Green Bank; New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC); New Jersey Clean Energy Fund; City of Roseville Residential Solar Energy Program; Oncor; and the Energy Trust of Oregon. The US National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) has also validated Aurora's shade reports as statistically equivalent to on-site measurements. (Source: CT Green Bank, Aurora Solar, Solar Power World, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Connecticut Green Bank, Bryan Garcia, Pres., CEO, (860) 563-0015,; Aurora Solar Technologies, Michael Heaven, CEO, Pres., (778) 241-5000, ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aurora Solar,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  CT Green Bank,  

Greek Biomass CHP Developer Seeking Project Partner (Int'l)
PPC Renewables
Date: 2018-01-17
Attica, Greece-based PPC Renewables S.A.(PPCR) a wholly owned subsidiary of Public Power Corp. S.A., is reported to be seeking a partner for its proposed 25 MWe-45 MWth biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant the be constructed in the city of Amyntaio, Greece.

The proposed facility will be located near PPCR's existing thermal power plant and will use the existing facilities to connect to the electrical and district heating grids. PPCR is offering a partner a majority stake in a new subsidiary company that will finance, design, contract, oversee construction and installation, operate, maintain, manage and promote all aspects of the proposed 225,000 metric tpy biomass facility, according to a PPCR press release. PPCR also expects to enter into an agreement with the biomass subsidiary for the procurement of a portion of the biomass fuel. (Source: PPCR, PR, Biomass Mag., 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: PPCR, +30 211 211 8000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PPC Renewables,  Biomass,  

Turkey Touts $11Bn NEEAP Energy Efficiency Plan (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-01-17
In Ankara, the Turkish government is touting its National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) under which it intends to invest $11 billion to cut primary energy consumption by 14 pct. NEEAP is supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

To achieve its goal, the the plan calls for: increased use of renewable energy; district central heating schemes; encouraging the use of combined heat and power; and others.

Of all the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, Turkey has the highest growth rate of energy demand, as per government figures. The country meets around 26 pct of its total power demand from domestic resources and is mainly dependent on imports. The government intends to develop 30 pct of its total installed capacity by 2023 to generate 34GW of hydropower, 20GW of wind energy, 5GW of solar energy, 1.5GW of geothermal and 1GW of biomass. (Source: Daily Sabah, OECD, 12 Jan., 2018)

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