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Canadian Federal Carbon Tax Rebate Proposal Floated (Reg & Leg)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-01-17
In Ottawa, recently released Canadian government (Lib.) draft legislative proposes that any federal revenues raised by a carbon tax can either be rebated back to any provincial government that hasn't imposed a provincial carbon tax. A rebate could also go directly to individuals or divided between the two. Those province that voluntarily chooses to use the federal carbon price system will get the revenues to use how they see fit. But those that have the system imposed on them -- Saskatchewan and New Brunswick -- for refusing to enact one that meets the minimum requirements could find themselves sidestepped, with Ottawa sending those rebate cheques directly to residents.

As previously reported, Ottawa requires every province to have a system with a minimum $20 per tonne carbon price in place by Jan. 1, 2019, rising by $10 a year until 2022. HERE. (Source: CBC, Various Media, Canadian Press, 15 Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  

Tesla Powerpack Selected for NZ Energy Storage Project (Int'l.)
Mercury NZ
Date: 2018-01-17
New Zealand electric power producer and retailer Mercury NZ, fka MightyRiverPower, reports the selection of Tesla as the provider for a scalable national grid-connected battery trial. Mercury NZ is investing over $2 million to research the integration of 1 Megawatt/2 Megawatt per hour battery technology with New Zealand's electricity system.

The trial involves the Tesla Powerpack 2 large-scale battery and is the same modular, scalable technology installed in Tesla's projects in South Australia and Southern California. The trial will be located at Mercury's R&D facility in South Auckland, which is connected to the national grid and has the capacity to scale battery storage. The project is slated to be underway in August, 2018. (Source: Mercury NZ, NZ Herald, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: Mercury NZ, Fraser Whineray, CEO, +64 9 526 8270,; Tesla Powerpack,

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

ENVIA's Fuel Believed to Meet US EPA RFS (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-17
Alliance News is reporting London-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys PLC notes that its JV partner ENVIA Energy claims that fuel produced at the Oklahoma City gas-to-liquids plant meets the requirements to be submitted for qualification under the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Accordingly, the facility has submitted numerous Renewable Identification Number (RIN)credits to the US EPA registration system.

Subject to the confirmation of the pathway compliance, all necessary processes to trade the D7 RIN credits will be completed in the first quarter of 2018.

ENVIA's Fischer-Tropsch process creates a drop-in fuel from renewable biogas and pipeline natural gas. For a fuel produced exclusively from renewable feedstock, this equals to RIN values at around $4.0 per gallon . (Source: Velocys PLC, ENVIVA, Alliance News , 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 - Houston Office,,; ENVIVA Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fischer-Tropsch,  ENVIVA,  RINs,  Velocys PLC,  Renewable Fuels,  

Green Party of Canada Concerned Liberal Government Weakening National Carbon Pricing System (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Green Party of Canada
Date: 2018-01-17
"Reducing the responsibility of the biggest polluters is simply irresponsible," said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). "The Pan-Canadian Framework, negotiated by the federal government with the provinces and territories, is already weak. It is not clear how it can even achieve the Harper target, now endorsed by the Liberals, which itself is too weak to achieve what we pledged in Paris. The federal government cannot afford to lose a single ton of emission reductions.

"The most recent Environment Canada data show that nearly 40 percent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions came from just 563 individual operations, mainly power plants, refineries and cement plants. They should be contributing their fair share towards meeting our commitments to slash GHG and avoid going above 1.5 degrees C global average temperature, as promised in Paris. Instead, those big polluters located in provinces that have refused to create their own carbon tax will have a special rate based on a complex pricing mechanism using energy intensity and an average of industry emissions," said Ms. May.

"With hundreds of millions of dollars a year in federal subsidies still going to the fossil fuel industry - which successive Canadian governments have promised to phase out since 2009 - the Trudeau government is already breaking its promise to Canadians," added Green Party climate critic and meteorologist Richard Zurawski. "The new proposal to give carbon tax breaks to the largest polluters is yet another squandered opportunity to show real leadership in the fight against climate change." (Source: Green Party of Canada, PR, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Green Party of Canada, Debra Eindiguer , (613) 240-8921,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax news,  Carbon Tax news,  GHGs news,  

UK Could Miss Carbon Emissions Targets, says CCC (Int'l)
Committee on Climate Change.
Date: 2018-01-17
In London, according to a reports from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the U.K. could exceed its carbon-emissions targets by 3 pct or more 00 65 million tons of CO2 -- even if all of its green initiatives go exactly to plan.

The U.K. has legally-binding targets known as carbon budgets to set out a plan to gradually reduce pollution. The fourth carbon budget seeks to cut emissions by 51 pct by the middle of the next decade compared with 1990 levels. It's on track to meet its target for 2020. As previously reported, Germany, Ireland and Belgium probably won't meet their 2020 goals and are likely to exceed their limits. The U.K. is allocating £100 million to research carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, Bloomberg, January 16, 2018) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, +44 (0) 207 591 6080,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Committee on Climate Change,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  

Phoenix Pegs GHG Emissions Reduction Goal at 30 pct (Ind. Report)
City of Phoenix
Date: 2018-01-15
In the sunny Southwest, Phoenix City Council is reporting approval of a new goal to reduce citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 pct below 2012 levels by 2025. The 30 pct reduction target keeps Phoenix on track to achieve its 2016 commitment to a 80 pct GHG reduction by 2050 -- a goal that allows the city to exceed the requirements of the Paris Climate Accord to which the city remains committed.

The City Council has instructed to the appropriate city agencies to identify possible actions to help the City reach its goal: accelerating the transition to electric vehicles and alternate transportation; significantly increasing trees and shade in Phoenix; improving energy efficiency of new and existing buildings; and expanding options to purchase clean energy.

Last year the city of 4,574,351 residents committed to reducing GHG emissions by 40 pctby 2025 within its own facilities and operations. (Source: City of Phoenix, AZBig Media, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Phoenix,,

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

sPower Purchases Vests Wind Turbine Componants (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-15
Salt Lake City-headquartered renewable energy supplier sPower reports it has placed an order with Vestas, in a first-time partnership, for 2- and 4-MW compatible turbine components that qualify for 80 pct of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and enable 400 MW of future project development.

Wind energy is reportedly expected to generate more than $85 billion of economic activity in the U.S., including an addition of nearly 50,000 jobs across the wind value chain. (Source: sPower, Various Media, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: sPower, Ryan Creamer, CEO, Naomi Keller, VP Marketing, (801) 679-3514,,; Vestas, Chris Brown, President United States and Canada, +45 97 30 00 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News sPower,  Vestas,  Wind,  

Companies Quickly Adopting Carbon Pricing Schemes (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-01-15
The Economist is reporting that 41 OECD and G20 governments have announced either a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade scheme, or both. Add state and local schemes, and they cover 15 pct of the world's emissions, up from 4 pct in 2010.

Of the approximate 6,100 worldwide companies that report climate-related data to CDP, 607 now claim to use "internal carbon prices" while 782 say they will introduce similar measures within two years. Total annual revenues of these 1,389 carbon-price champions amount to $7 trillion, according to the Economist.

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,Economist, Jan., 2017) Contact: CDP, (212) 378 2086,,

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

UCLA Addresses Air Travel GHG Emissions Impact (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-15
The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) reports the launch of a program to reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions from university business-related air travel. The pilot program, which will run from January 2018 through December 2020, imposes a $9 carbon mitigation fee to domestic round-trip flights and a $25 fee to be applied to international round-trip flights.

Air travel mitigation fees will be added to a fund that a fund that will help finance finance university projects that make a measurable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Air travel emissions account for approximately 5 pct of UCLA's greenhouse gas emissions, and have continued to grow during the last several years. UCLA is a signatory to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which specifies that each institution decrease its emissions. UCLA's Sustainable Practices Policy also has a sustainable transportation component which includes a guideline regarding business-related air travel greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to a comprehensive carbon neutrality commitment. (Source: UCLA Newsroom, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: UCLA, Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer, ,; American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment,

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

British Columbia's Carbon Emissions on the Rise (Ind. Report)
British Columbia
Date: 2018-01-15
According to the most recent data from the Canadian Province of British Columbia, the province's 2015 carbon emissions were estimated at 63.3 million tonnes of carbon equivalent, an increase of 1.6 pct above the previous year and only 2 pct less than in 2007 -- a far shot from its original legislated 33 pct emissions reductions by 2020 over 2007 levels.

The province's previous Liberal government conceded that the 2020 target would not be met and renewed a target of reducing emissions 80 pct by 2050 while dismissing a 40 pct by 2030 target as recommended by a climate panel it had commissioned. The present NDP government notes that the 2015 emissions were offset by 1.7 million tonnes of forestry offsets, reducing the emissions to 61.7 million tonnes. (Source: Various Media, Vancouver Sun, 12 Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Caron Emissions,  

SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development, Commercialization Center Prototype Awarded $6.6Mn (Funding)
SUNY Alfred
Date: 2018-01-15
Following on our June 19, 2017 coverage, Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a further $6.6 million in grant funding for the proposed SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). The $14.2 million project previously received about $6.1 million in the form of four grants, from Empire State Development, the state Dormitory Authority, Appalachian Regional Commission and the federal Economic Development Administration.

The grant funding will enable construction to begin on the biorefinery prototype, which could be operational within 24 months. The prototype will utilize a patented hot water extraction process to separate chemical byproducts from regionally sourced low-grade wood, biomass crops and agricultural residuals. In addition to acting as a training center, the BDCC will focus on forest conservation, industrial development and environmental preservation.

Almost one-quarter of the facility's end product contains marketable sugars and chemicals that can be used as animal feed or turned into ethanol, methanol or acetic acid. The remaining thee-quarters is chipped wood with a superior cellulose quality that can be turned into high-end pellets for home heating, composite lumber, or other products such as biodegradable plastic, cellulosic nano materials, platform bio-chemicals, food additives, advanced technology biomaterials, biofuels and acetic acid. (Source: SUNY Alfred, Oleans Time Herald, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Alfred State Univ., SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center , (800)425-3733,; Appalachian Regional Commission, (202) 884-7700,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Alfred State College,  SUNY,  Biorefining,  Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  Bioproducts,  

Cleveland Convention Center Ups Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Huntington Convention Center
Date: 2018-01-15
In the "Best Location in the Nation", Cleveland's Huntington Convention Center (HCC) reports last years LED lighting energy efficiency project replacement of metal-halide light bulbs with LED technology bulbs has significantly reduced the facility's power usage and maintenance without a loss of illumination. The LED bulb replacement project also qualified for a 24-month energy rebate program through local utility companies.

In 2017, the LEED Gold-certified HCC and Global Center signed on as a partner with the Cleveland 2030 District, a movement to create high-performance building districts throughout Greater Cleveland aimed at reducing the environmental impacts of building construction and operations by reducing energy consumption. (Source: HCC, Trade Show News Network, 10 Jan., 2018)Contact: 2030 Districts, Cleveland 2030 District,; Huntington Convention Center, (216) 428-1600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Google,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  

Borrego Building 1-MW San Diego County Solar Array (Ind. Report)
Borrego Solar
Date: 2018-01-15
In the Golden State, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) reports Borrego Solar Systems has begun construction of a solar power system expected to generate sufficient electric power to meet 60 pct of SDCEO's Linda Vista administrative center's power needs and save $282,000 per year in energy costs.

The project is slated to be operational this spring. The solar shade structure installation will offset approximately 1,300 metric tpy of carbon dioxide -- equivalent to removing nearly 280 cars from the road for a year. Borrego Solar and SDCOE are also planning a 106-kilowatt solar project at Camp Cuyamaca. (Source: San Diego County Office of Education, Borrego Solar, Jan., 2018) Contact: San Diego County Office of Education, (858) 292-3522,; Borrego Solar, Mike Hall, CEO, Dan Berwick, VP Strategy, Business Dev., (888) 898-6273,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Borrego Solar ,  Solar,  

Wash. State Gov. Inslee Pushing Carbon Tax Plan (Reg & Leg)
Washington State
Date: 2018-01-12
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D)on Tuesday unveiled details of his latest effort to get legislative approval on a new $20 per metric ton of carbon emissions tax on carbon emissions from fossil fuels.

If passed, the bill would come into force on July 1, 2019 and increase annually by 3.5 pct over inflation. The tax would raise about $1.5 billion over the first two years and an estimated $3.3 billion over the next four years.

Half of the revenue from the tax -- which would be paid by power plants and fuel importers but would ultimately come down on consumers -- would be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as programs to expand opportunities for renewable energy at both homes and utilities, and research of clean energy technology. An additional 35 pct would go into flood management and storm water infrastructure, and would also be used to reduce risks of wildfires.

It's estimated the tax could result in a residential electricity price increase of about 5 percent, a residential gas price increase of about 10 percent; gasoline prices could rise between 6 to 9 percent by 2035, according to policy officials briefing. (Source: Office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, K5 News, Others, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: Wash. State Gov. Jay Inslee, (360) 902-4111,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Washington State,  

NJ Plans Climate Alliance, Renewed RGGI Membership (Ind. Report)
U.S. Climate Alliance,Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2018-01-12
The NJ Spotlight is reporting legislation (S-3317) is pending passage in the Garden State legislature that, if passed, would see New Jersy join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a multi-state initiative to curb carbon pollution in the wake of the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord.

The Alliance is committed to working cooperatively with 13 other states to achieve the aims of the Paris Climate Accord and to strengthen existing climate programs, promote the sharing of information, and implement new programs to curb GHG emissions from all sectors of the economy.

New Jersey was a founding member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), but withdrew from RGGI in 2012 during the reign of presidential hopeful Gov. Chris Chritie (R) who, in typical Trump terminology, called the program "gimmicky" and a "failure." The state is now expected to rejoin RGGI. (Source: NJ Spotlight, Others, Jan., 2018) Contact: U.S. Climate Alliance,; RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Climate Alliance,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Chris Christie,  RGGI,  

Better Buildings Challenge Participant Progress Reported – Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Better Buildings CHallenge
Date: 2018-01-12
According to the attached US DOE Better Buildings Progress Report, energy saving initiatives and programs by hundreds of organizations have resulted in a combined 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.

As noted in the report, over 345 private and public sector organizations have committed to improving their energy efficiency across their entire building portfolio by at least 20 pct within a decade.

Download the US DOE Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, Energy Manager, Various Media., January 9, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Better Buildings Challenge,  

Lafarge Cement Researching Low-Carbon Fuel (R&D, Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-12
Cement manufacturing giant Lafarge Canada Inc, in cooperation with the University of Calgary, Queen’s University and Pembina Institute, is carrying out a million-dollar study on the environmental benefits of introducing lower-carbon fuels at its Exshaw Cement plant in Alberta, Canada.

Eight lower-carbon fuels will be put under closer scrutiny, including renovation/demolition waste, non-recyclable plastic, carpets and textiles, shingles, treated wood products, tire-derived fuels and rubber. These fuels have been successfully used at other Lafarge cement works in Canada and around the world. The research will also measure the environmental aspects of sourcing, processing and full-scale commercial operation of each alternative fuel compared with fossil fuels.

Project funding is being provided by Alberta Innovates, Emissions Reduction Alberta, Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. It includes research by Millenium EMS Solutions Ltd, Geocycle and WSP Global Inc. (Source: Lafarge Canada, CEMNET, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Lafarge Canada, Rob Cumming, Environmental Director , (403) 292-1555,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lafarge news,  Low-Carbon Fuel news,  Alternative Fuel news,  Cement news,  

Meridian Awarded $3Mn for Lignin Conversion Tech R&D (Funding)
Meridian Waste Solutions,USDA
Date: 2018-01-12
Atlanta-based Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc., an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services and innovative technology company, is reporting receipt of $3 million in grant funding from the USDA to support the commercialization of patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies owned by Meridian's subsidiary, Attis Innovations, Inc. -- the combination of recent transactions with American Science and Technology Corp. and Advanced Lignin Biocomposites LLC.

The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office has consequently identified the need for technologies to be developed for the efficient use of lignin as a key target for accelerating the growth of the U.S. bioeconomy.

To address this challenge, a team comprising Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee's Center for Renewable Carbon, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the Natural Resource Research Institute, Long Trail Sustainability, and Attis' research and development unit, American Science and Technology Corporation, presented the U.S. Department of Agriculture with a pathway based on Attis' technology to allow biorefineries to compete with petroleum. That pathway relies on Attis' patented and patent-pending AST-Organosolv process to fractionate biomass into cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin, followed by the conversion of cellulose and hemicellulose into biofuel (butanol), and the conversion of lignin into acrylonitrile-butadiene-lignin (ABL Resin) using technology developed and patented by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and licensed to Attis. (Source: Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc., PR, Accesswire, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Meridian Waste Solutions, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (917) 658-7878, Attis,; Attis,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Innovations,  lignin Meridian Waste Solutions,  MSW,  Municipal Solid Wastes,  USDA,  

Aussie Solar Thermal Power Station Wins Crucial Approval (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-12
In the Land Down Under, Adelaide-based SolarReserve reports its 150MW Aurora Solar Energy Project has received regulatory "Development Approval". The project is slated for construction about 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta. The "Development Approval" approval process considers a project's environmental, community, social impacts.

The first of its kind in Australia, the Aurora Solar Energy Project will incorporate SolarReserve's solar thermal technology with integrated molten salt energy storage capacity of 1,100 megawatt-hours. As part of the project, SolarReserve will establish a research partnership with South Australian universities to advance solar thermal research and education in South Australia. (Source: SolarReserve, PR, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: SolarReserve, Mary Grikas, (310) 315-2274,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarReserve,  Solar,  Solar Thermal,  Energy Storage,  

Covanta Extends Central Pa. Waste-to-Energy Contract (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-12
In the Keystone State, the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority reports it has extended its contract with Morristown, New Jersey-based waste-to-energy power specialist Covanta to operate the Authority's waste-to-energy facilities in Dauphin and Lancaster counties. The deal wa extended to 2032. deal extending until 2032.

Together, the facilities process approximately 700,000 tpy of municipal solid waste to generate about 23 megawatts of renewable energy for the state Capitol complex. (Source: Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority Central Penn Business, Covanta, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, (719) 293-5569,; Covanta, Stephen Diaz, VP, (862) 345-5000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Covanta,  MSW,  Waste-to-Energy,  

PSE Awards Solar Grants To Community Groups (Ind. Report)
Puget Sound Energy
Date: 2018-01-12
In Washington State, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) reports it giving five organizations in its service area free renewable "green" energy.

Specifically, PSE is donating $350,000 to install solar panels at Northwest Harvest in Kent, Community Action of Skagit County, Island Senior Resources, Salvation Army Bremerton and the Upper Kittitas County Senior Center. All five projects will be installed by June. According to PSE, the grants will allow each organization to meet at least 10 pct of their load with solar energy. These organizations will receive not only energy savings, but also eight years of renewable energy production incentive payments from the state. (Source: Puget Sound Energy, Jan., 2018) Contact: Puget Sound Energy, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Puget Sound Energy ,  Solar,  

Sammons Snares 163MW Apex Clean Energy Project in Texas (M&A)
Sammons Renewable Energy,Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2018-01-12
Dallas, Texas, Jan. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the Lone Star State, Dallas-based Sammons Renewable Energy (SRE) is reporting its acquisition of the Midway Wind, LLC project from Apex Clean Energy.

Located on the Texas Gulf Coast in San Patricio County, the Midway Wind project will incorporate 47 Siemens Gamesa G132 turbines for a total project capacity of 162.9MW. The project is expected to be commissioned and operational in Dec, 2018. Details of the deal have not been disclosed.

Sammons Renewable Energy invests in and develops renewable energy projects in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The company identifies solar, wind and hydro related development opportunities over a minimum threshold of $40 million in value. Sammons Renewable Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sammons Infrastructure, a Sammons Enterprises, Inc. company. (Source: Sammons Enterprises Inc., PR, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: Sammons Enterprises, Christine Anderson, (214) 210-5064,; Apex Clean Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sammons Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Apex Clean Energy,  

Neb. Businesses Offered Efficient Lighting Incentives (Ind. Report)
Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska
Date: 2018-01-12
The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) reports that businesses connected to municipal utilities in Carlisle and Indianola are eligible to receive cash incentives for installing high efficiency lighting. The MEAN LED lighting program, which includes incentives paid directly to commercial customers to help cover the cost of lighting upgrades and replacements includes: indoor high/low bay lighting; LED EXIT signs; linear replacement or retrofit lighting; fluorescent freezer or refrigerator case lighting; incandescent replacement (150 watts or less), and customized requests.

The program is for all long-term MEAN participants with a maximum of $2,500 per customer or owner. (Source: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, PR, Des Moines Reg., , 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Light news,  Energy Efficiency Incentive news,  

Mercuria Completes South Bend Ethanol Facility Acquisition (M&A)
Mercuria Investments ,Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol
Date: 2018-01-12
Japan-headquartered Mercuria Investments US Inc. reports it has completed its acquisition of Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol LLC,. and renamed the facility South Bend Ethanol LLC. Mercuria notes it plans to invest up to $30 million to improve efficiency and reliability at the facility, as well as expand production capacity from its present 65 million gallons gpy to 100 million gpy. Terms of the acquisition have not been fully divulged. (Source: Mercuria , InsideIndiana, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Noble Group, +852 2861 3511, (713) 244- 0560 -- Houston Office,; Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol, (574) 703-3760,; Mercuria Investments,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercuria Investments ,  Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol,  Ethanol,  

Orient Green Power sells biomass units; sees the wind turning
Orient Green Power
Date: 2018-01-11
Orient Green Power Co, the renewable arm of the Shriram Group, said it has sold much of it biomass power generation business to a unit of its promoter and that its wind power business is benefiting from higher offtake by the Tamil Nadu power distribution company. The company had around 96 megawatts (MW) of biomass power generation capacity, out of which 30 MW was already sold, and another 68 MW is being sold to entities owned by its promoter Shriram Group. “Divestment of the Biomass business has been substantially completed with the transfer of 8 biomass units on December 31, 2017. Sale of the remaining units, which is in progress, is expected to be concluded over the next 2 quarters following which OGPL will emerge as a pure wind energy company,” said. OGPL will receive a consideration of Rs 80 crores, while Rs 193 crores of debt will be taken over by the buyer. The company plans to move to a wind-only player. It has 425 mega watts of wind power capacity, out of which 308 MW is located in Tamil Nadu. (Source: Orient Green Power, UltraNews, Jan., 2018) Contact: Orient Green Power, UltraNews, S. Venkatachalam, MD,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orient Green Power news,  Biomass news,  

Most Chinese Regions Meet 2016 Low-Carbon Targets (Int'l Report)
China National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2018-01-10
In Shanghai, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is reporting that 27 of the country's 31 regions met their greenhouse gas reduction targets aimed at accelerating the development of non-fossil fuel energy and combating global warming in 2016.

China, the world's largest GHG emitter, pledged to slash carbon dioxide produced per unit of GDP growth by 18 pct over 2016-2020 and to cap total energy consumption at 5 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent by the end of the decade.

The remote western regions of Tibet and Qinghai, the rural southwestern region of Guangxi and the northeast rust-belt province of Liaoning all their targets, according to a China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) release. (Source: Indian Express, Reuters, NASDAQ, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  China National Development and Reform Commission ,  

Notable Quotes on Climate Change from Team Trump
Climate Change
Date: 2018-01-10
"Claims of catastrophic consequences in global warming are not reflective of the majority of the opinions even among IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) scientists." -- US VP Mike Pence

"The increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere are having an effect. Our ability to predict that effect is very limited." -- US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson

"I would not agree that [carbon dioxide] is a primary driver to the global warming that we see." -- US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

When asked whether carbon dioxide is the main driver of climate change: "No. Most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in." (Climate change is) "one contrived phony mess." -- US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

"We don't know definitively, in my opinion, what is causing climate change." -- US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

"An invisible, harmless trace gas in the Earth's atmosphere, CO2 is a plant food." -- Kathleen Hartnett White, Trump Nominee to lead the Council on Environmental Quality

"I'm still open-minded. Nobody really knows. Look, I'm somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It's not something that's so hard and fast. I do know this: Other countries are eating our lunch." -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump discussing climate change.

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

Pasadena Plans 83 pct Cut in Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-10
In the Golden State, the city of Pasadena is touting its new 2018 Climate Action Plan loosely outlining 27 broad measures, many of which offer rebates and incentives. The state mandated $100,000 plan admonishes Pasedeneans to:
  • Drive less to help reduce fossil fuel related emissions;
  • Plant shade trees to help save energy, clean the air, and help to sequester GHG emissions. Tree planting qualifies for a per-tree planted rebate under the PWP's Shade Trees Rebate program;
  • Purchase an electric vehicle (EV) to help reduce fossil-fuel related emissions. The PWP offers incentives and rebates for EV purchases;
  • Switch to energy efficient home appliances. PWP rebates available for dishwashers, washers, toilets, and refrigerators;
  • Switch to LED Energy Efficient lighting to energy use for lighting by up to 75 pct;
  • Home energy efficiency upgrades -- PWP offers programs and rebates available for income-qualified customers to help lower bill payments and provide free or low-cost upgrades for water and energy home appliances;
  • Track energy and water usage -- Compare energy and water use with similarly sized homes to see how you can make your home more efficient;
  • Recycle inefficient refrigerators with PWP rebate program.

    From 2009 to 2013, Pasadena cut GHG emissions by 9 pct from 2.05 million metric tons of CO2 to 1.9 million. Most of the reduction was the result of decreased gasoline consumption and use of more efficient electric appliances. Even so, the city's GHG emissions rose by 64 pct.

    Access the City of Pasadena/Draft Pasadena Climate Action Plan HERE. (Source: City of Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 7 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Pasadena,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

  • Biological Solution to Carbon Capture, Recycling (New Prod & Tech)
    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Scientists at the University of Dundee have discovered that E. coli, normally harmless gut bacteria, could hold the key to an efficient method of capturing and storing or recycling CO2 to slow down and even reverse global warming. The research has been funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

    Working with local industry partners Sasol UK and Ingenza Ltd, the University researchers developed a process that enables the E. coli bacterium to act as a very efficient carbon capture device. When the bacteria containing the FHL enzyme are placed under pressurized CO2 and hydrogen gas mixtures -- up to 10 atmospheres of pressure -- a 100 pct conversion of the CO2 to formic acid is observed. The reaction happens over a few hours and at ambient temperatures. The "microbial cell factory" could be used to mop up CO2 from many types of industry.

    Not only capturing CO2 but storing or recycling it is a major issue. There are millions of tonnes of CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere every year. For the UK alone, the net emission of C02 in 2015 was 404 million tonnes. There is a significant question of where can we put it all even if we capture it, with current suggestions including pumping it underground in to empty oil and gas fields, according to the researchers release. (Source: University of Dundee, Public PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Dundee, Professor Frank Sargent,; Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Capture,  Carbon Storage,  Carbon Recycling,  

    German Political Coalition Stalling 2020 Climate Target (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-01-10
    In Berlin, Reuters is reporting that Germany's would-be coalition partners -- Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and the centre-left Social Democrats -- will drop plans to lower CO2 emissions by 40 pct from 1990 levels by 2020. The parties are, however, standing by a planned 55 pct cut in emissions by 2030.

    Germany is widely expected to miss its 2020 emissions target due in part to a booming economy and increased immigration. (Source:, 8 Jan., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  

    Indian Task Force to Study Coal-to-Methanol Feasibility (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-01-10
    In New Delhi, the Indian government reports it has established a 15-member task force to study the feasibility of producing methanol from coal and using coal gas as a replacement of natural gas in steel production.

    The task force, which is charged with examining the feasibility of transporting methanol to India and converting it into olefins, parafins and other chemicals, is expected ro submit areport within 60 days.

    The task force is under the joint chairmanship of the federal ministries of Coal and Steel. Coal India Chairman Gopal Singh, BHEL CMD Atul Sobti, SAIL Chairman P K Singh, JSW Steel Chairman and Managing Director Sajjan Jindal, Essar Steel Chairman Shashi Ruia and NMDC CMD Baijendra Kumar, and others are members of the task force.

    (Source: PTI, Hellenic Shipping News, 9 Jan., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Coal,  

    DOE ENERGY STAR Program "Indispensable" (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Although recently threatened by the Trump administration with massive funding cuts if not closure, the EPA's Energy Star program has been influential in advancing energy efficiency within the built environment.

    The program was previously expanded to include a building energy performance -- benchmarking -- rating system as a means to track such performances with its free online Portfolio Manager tool. Benchmarking is determined by comparing buildings nationwide comprised of the same primary use, and data comes from the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey.

    More than 450,000 commercial buildings are presently benchmarked with ENERGY STAR which helped Americans save $34 billion in energy costs in 2015, while costing only $57 million a year to run.

    A recent survey on ENERGY STAR found strong nonpartisan support from industry groups:

  • 78 pct of respondents would be concerned if Energy Star funding was reduced/removed;
  • 75 pct were unfamiliar with other benchmarking tools aside from the ENERGY STAR program;
  • 64 pct reported Portfolio Manager usage;
  • 61 pct were required to benchmark their facility/portfolio's consumption.
  • a reduction or loss of ENERGY STAR funding may result in detrimental consequences. (Source: Colorado Real Estate Journal, EPA, Property Management Quarterly, Jan., 2018) Contact: ENERGY STAR,

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

  • IGP Methanol's Louisiana Gulf Coast Methanol Park Receives DEQ Air Permit (Reg & Leg)
    Haldor Topsøe,IGP Methanol
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Houston-headquartered IGP Methanol LLC reports reports receipt of a Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality title V Air Quality Permit for their Gulf Coast Methanol Park facility in Plaquemines 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 fuel that can replace gasoline and diesel in transportation, and replace LPG, coal, wood, and kerosene in cooking fuel and industrial boilers.

    Haldor Tops0e is the technology provider for all 4 plants utilizing their proven autothermal reforming (ATR) technology as well as their state of art catalysts to provide the lowest CAPEX and OPEX for this facility. (Source: IGP Methanol LLC, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: IGP Methanol, Scott Benson, VP Marketing, (612) 417-5980,,; Haldor Topsoe,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IGP Methanol,  Methanol,  

    EU Considers Zero Palm Oil in Transport Fuels (Reg & Leg, Int'l)
    EU, ePURE
    Date: 2018-01-10
    EURACTIV is reporting that EU parliamentarians (MEPs) are considering a complete phase out of palm oil in transport fuels by 2021. The proposal, which has garnered support from the biggest political groups in the European Parliament, would be a victory for environmentalists who have long warned against the deforestation and other damage caused by palm oil.

    A 2016 EU-funded study found that biodiesel produced from palm oil was three times more polluting than traditional diesel. In 2017, MEPs voted on a resolution urging the European Commission to phase-out the use of vegetable oils in biofuels by 2020. They also called for a single certification scheme to guarantee only sustainably produced palm oil enters the EU market.

    According to the ethanol trade group ePURE Secretary General Emmanuel Desplechin."The (European) Parliament needs to send a clear message that not all biofuels are created equal. It is time for the European Parliament to put into law the resolution on palm oil it adopted last spring and stop promoting the use of palm oil and derivatives in biofuels. Crucially, ethanol is not responsible for any of the concerns associated with palm oil cultivation,"

    The proposed ban on palm oil still faces hurdles however, starting with a political agreement from the 28 EU member states, which will be required to finalise the adoption of the revised renewable energy directive.

    There are still concerns however that the EU's bioenergy policy might lead to deforestation -- especially when it comes to "solid biomass" that is sometimes burned to generate electricity. The EC's sustainability criteria for biomass includes imports of wood pellets from Canada and the US, which are produced from round trees and are shipped to Europe for burning in power plants. . (Source: EC, EURACTIV, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  ePURE,  

    NYC Ferries Studying Alternative Fuels Options (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-01-08
    In the Big Apple, the NYC Department of Transportation reports it will soon begin a 2-year study to assess the use of alternative , low-carbon fuels as opposed to standard petroleum diesel fuels on the Staten Island Ferry and others in the city's fleet.

    The study is in response a City Council bill Dec. 19 city council bill and is a step toward requiring city ferries to use more efficient, environmentally-friendly fuels. The study will consider the use of alternative fuels such as biodiesel, hybrid electric and fuel-cell electric as well as the availability, storage, ferry compatibility, potential limitations and regulations relative the the use of alternative fuels. The city would convert the ferries to these energy sources if the study determines that using renewable fuels is feasible and practical. (Source: NYC Council, LIC Post, Various Media, Jan., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuels,  Biofuel,  

    Egenolf Wins Micro-CHP Energy Storage Grant (Funding)
    Egenolf Alternative Energy
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Smithers, BC-based Egenolf Alternative Energy, is reporting receipt of Canadian government Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council grant funding to develop a micro-CHP thermal energy storage system using the mineral zeolite as the storage medium. The company will work with the Clean Tech Department at the College of New Caledonia on the project. The amount was not disclosed.

    The company began developing a biomass gasification CHP system in 2008, resulting in an operational demonstration and pilot plant in 2014. The 20 kWe/123,000 Btu demonstration plant runs on propane and features a 2000-litre buffer tank, according to the company website. The firm offers two micro-CHP systems, a 9.75 kWe/17.5 kWth unit and a 12.5 kWe/21.5 kWth unit. The systems can run on diesel, biodiesel, vegetable oil, wood gas, hydrogen and waste oil, or a blend of diesel and waste oils, and are controlled by an Arduino-based open-source system.

    Egenolf Alternative Energy Inc. is divided in three business branches:,, and (Source: Egenolf Alternative Energy, PEI, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Egnolf Alternative Energy Inc., (250) 900-0156,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  CHP,  

    Neo Solar Raises $167Mn for 100MW of Taiwanese Projects (Int'l)
    Neo Solar Power
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Taiwanese solar cell manufacturer Neo Solar Power (NSP), through its subsidiaries Si One and Da Li Energy, reports it has inked a $167 million financing agreement for the development of 100MW of solar capacity in Taiwan.

    The five-year facility with Fubon Bank, Shin Kong Bank, Bank SinoPac, and Chang Hwa Commercial Bank carries options for two five-year extensions.

    Neo Cathay Pacific, a joint venture between Neo Solar Power and Cathay Life Insurance, has, via its own subsidiary Si One Corp, secured $167 million (US) syndicated loan to develop 100 MW of solar projects in Taiwan. (Source: Neo Solar Power, Various Media, PV Mag., December 27, 2017) Contact: Neo Solar Power, +886-6-700-6588, Fax: +886-6-384-1111,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neo Solar Power,  Solar,  

    Vestas Wins 184MW Avangrid Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
    Avangrid Renewables,Vestas
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Vestas wind turbine giant Vestas is reporting receipt of an order for 41 V136-3.45 MW turbines delivered in 3.6 MW Power Optimized Mode for phase one of the 201 MW Montague wind project in Oregon, as well as 36 MW of 4 MW platform compatible turbine components that qualify for 80 pct of the Production Tax Credit.

    Vestas will supply the wind turbines as well as service the project under a five-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. (Source: Vestas, PR, Various Media, WindTECH, 2 Jan, 2018) Contact: Avangrid Renewables, (503) 796-7000,, [Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00,

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

    Univ. of Ill. Considers Campus Solar Farm Expansion (Ind. Report)
    University of Illinois,Phoenix Solar LLC
    Date: 2018-01-08
    The University of Illinois Champaign reports it is considering an expansion of its solar farm which has been idle since October due to on-site electrical system problems. The facility is slated to resume to resume operations soon.

    The University is considering expanding the 21-acre solar farm to help meet renewable-energy goals outlined in the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP)underwhich the campus is expected to be "carbon neutral" by 2050.

    The university has a 10-year PPA with Phoenix Solar LLC, which built and operates the farm. In 2016, the university paid almost $1.4 million to Phoenix Solar for the farm, when it produced almost 7,300 MWh hours of electricity. The university hopes to eventually produce 25,000 MWh of solar power under iCAP. (Source: Univ. of Illinois, PR, AP, St.Louis Post Dispatch, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Illinois, Morgan Johnston, Assoc. Dir. of Sustainability, (217) 333-1000,; Phoenix Solar LLC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Phoenix Solar,  University of Illinois,  Solar,  

    Meritage reNEWable Living Home Redefine Energy Use (Ind. Report)
    Meritage Homes,Duke Energy,EPRI
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Creating a net zero home that redefines how utilities work is amazing. That's exactly what Scottsdale, Arizona-headquartered Meritage Homes is touting its reNEWable Living Home, a 2018 BUILDER Concept project engineered and designed to use and cut energy consumption energy in a completely different way.

    Through innovation in water heating, an insulated slab, attic insulation, the HVAC and solid, panelized wall systems, the house uses a consistent amount of energy throughout the day.

    Meritage Homes also partnered with Duke Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to design a way to monitor the home and understand the energy use. According to EPRI, a home with the same square footage as the reNEWable Living Home would use 23,910 kWh annually. By using the DOE BeOpt software, the advances of the reNEWable Living Home reduce that by 30 pct to only 16,887 kWh per year.

    This 30 pct deduction was captured with 100 pct LED lighting, using a heat pump water heater, insulating the slab at an R10 value, using R30 closed cell spray foam insulation in the roof, installing a SEER 18, 9.3 HSPF HVAC system and using the HercuWAll ICF 4-inch solid panelized wall system. (Source: Meritage Homes, Builder, 4 Jan., 2018)Contact: Meritage Homes,; EPRI,; Duke Energy Carolinas, (704) 594-6200,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Meritage Homes,  Energy Efficiency,  Net Zero,  Duke Energy,  EPRI,  

    Finland Surrenders Control of Neste (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Helsinki, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste Oil reports reports its principal and controlling shareholder, the Government of Finland, on Thursday effectively gave up control of oil refiner by donating some of its shares valued at €30 million (approx $60 million) to a charitable foundation. The donation reduced the state's Neste holding to 49.7 pct from 50.1 pct, according to a government statement.

    Neste presently produces biofuels in Singapore and Rotterdam with a total production capacity of 2.6 million tonnes, and operates two conventional refineries in Finland. (Source: Neste, Reuters, Various Media, 4 Jan., 2018) Contact: Neste Corporation, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, nbsp; 

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  

    NEC Commissions 50 MW of UK Grid Energy Storage Facilities (Ind. Report)
    NEC Energy Solutions
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Mass.-headquartered NEC Energy Solutions is reporting the completion and commissioning the commissioning of 50 MW of energy storage projects in the UK with VLC Energy, a joint venture between Low Carbon, a renewable energy investment company, and VPI Immingham, owner of one of the largest CHP plants in Europe and part of the Vitol Group.

    The 50MW portfolio includes a 40 MW facility in Glassenbury in Kent and a 10 MW installation in Cleator in Cumbria, represents the largest portfolio of utility-scale battery energy storage systems connected to the UK grid. The Cleator and Glassenbury sites secured two contracts with National Grid in August 2016 for battery energy storage systems to provide Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) to the UK system operator. NEC ES provided turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. EFR service directly to National Grid. Energy storage operation for EFR will be handled by an automated operating mode designed specifically for the UK frequency response service, and is part of the AEROS® controls system, NEC's proprietary energy storage control software.

    NEC Energy Solutions' megawatt-scale energy storage and control systems provide greater stability to the grid while maximizing renewable generation, while in telecom, datacenter, and other industrial applications, its high performance lithium-ion battery systems provide better value than traditional lead-acid batteries, according the the company. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261,,; Low Carbon,; VPI Immingham,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions,  Energy Storage,  

    Canadian Railroads on Track to Meet Emissions Goals (Ind. Report)
    Railway Association of Canada
    Date: 2018-01-08
    According to the Railway Association of Canada's (RAC) just released Locomotive Emissions Monitoring (LEM) Program report, Canadian railroads are on track to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets set by the rail industry and the federal government. The report notes that railway-generated GHG emissions have not increased significantly relative to traffic growth due in part to locomotives and innovative technologies that improve fuel efficiency and cut emissions.

    Since 1990, Canada's freight railroads have decreased their GHG emissions intensity -- the rail sector's carbon footprint relative to its traffic -- by 41.7 pct. despite a 76.8 pct increase in rail traffic over the same period. (Source: Railway Association of Canada, Progressive Railroading, Jan., 2018) Contact: Railway Association of Canada, Gerald Gauthier , Acting Pres.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  

    NASA Study says Antarctic Ozone Hole Recovering (Ind. Report)
    NASAGoddard Space Flight Center
    Date: 2018-01-08
    A new study conducted by NASA reports the first direct evidence that an international effort to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has led to the recovery of the Antarctic ozone hole. The study used satellite observations to demonstrate the decline in atmospheric chlorine that resulted from the implementation of the Montreal Protocol, enacted in 1989, led to "about 20 pct less ozone depletion during the Antarctic winter than there was in 2005 -- the first year that measurements of chlorine and ozone during the Antarctic winter were made."

    While CFCs and other ozone-depleting substances were phased out by the mid-1990s, the study notes that the Antarctic ozone hole -- first discovered in 1985 -- "is healing slowly" because the man-made substances that caused the hole in the first place "have 50 - 100 year lifetimes." Accordingly, researchers believe that it could be several decades before the ozone hole is eliminated altogether. (Source: NASA Goddard, Common Dreams, Jan., 2018) Contact: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Susan Strahan, Atmospheric Scientist, (301) 286-8981,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Montreal Protocol,  NASA,  Ozone,  GHG,  Climate Change,  

    November US Ethanol, Biodiesel DDG Exports Drop from 2016 Levels (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-01-08
    The USDA reported on Friday that U.S. exports of ethanol totaled 107.2 million gallons in November, 2017, down 17 pct from 2016 levels. Brazil was the top destination in November, accounting for 26 pct of exports, followed by Canada and India. U.S. ethanol exports were up 13 pct in the first 11 months of 2017 from a year ago.

    U.S. biodiesel exports totaled 5,411.7 metric tons in November, down 73 pct from a year ago, with Canada the top destination taking 53 pct of the total, followed by Peru and the Netherlands.

    U.S. exports of distillers grains (DDGHs) totaled 875,302 metric tons in November, down 11 pct from a year ago. Mexico was the top export destination accounting for 16 pct of the total followed by Vietnam. (Source: USDA, Various Media,DTN, 5 Jan., 2018) Contact: USDA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Ethanol Exports,  DDGs,  Ethanol,  

    Ohio Power Sector Leads in Cutting Carbon Output (Ind. Report)
    FirstEnergy Corp,US EIA
    Date: 2018-01-08
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) website is reporting that Ohio's electric power sector, the state's main source of carbon pollution, cut its carbon pollution from a peak of 132.6 million metric tons in 2005 to 82.6 million metric tons in 2015, while its western neighbor, Indiana trimmed its annual carbon output by 34.9 million metric tons over the same 10-year period.

    Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. played a major role in the reduction. While it has continued to operate its two nuclear plants that don't emit any meaningful carbon, the company closed several coal-fired power plants in Ohio and boosted its use of renewable energy.

    The decline is attributed to the advent of cheap shale gas which has caused new natural gas power plants to come online in Ohio and nearby states that sell their power into Ohio on a shared electric power grid. That's all while companies like FirstEnergy have shuttered coal plants that can't compete economically with natural gas-fired plants.

    In 2005, approximately 88 pct of Ohio's electric power was coal generated. Today it is closer to 50 pct, according the the EIA. Over 60 generation units at about 20 coal-fired plants have been closed down in Ohio since 2010. (Source: US EIA, Crain's Cleveland Business, Others, Jan., 2018) Contact: US EIA,; First Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Carbon Emissions,  FirstEnergy Corp,  

    EPA Assessing Grain Sorghum as Advanced Biofuel (Ind. Report)
    National Sorghum Producers
    Date: 2018-01-05
    The National Sorghum Producer reports the US EPA has assessed the lifecycle of greenhouse gas emissions in grain sorghum refinement and found that once transformed into a biofuel the grain released approximately half the amount of greenhouse gases as compared to baseline petroleum fuels. The EPA finding helps qualify grain sorghum as an advanced biofuels under the metrics set by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

    The document published by the EPA states that depending upon the evaluation conducted by EPA of the lifecycle, the biodiesel and heating oil manufactured from distilling of sorghum oil through a process called transesterification, and the jet fuel, renewable diesel, and heating oil produced from distilling sorghum oil through a process called hydrotreating, to bring down greenhouse gas emissions by half. (Source: National Sorghum Producers, CMFE News, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: National Sorghum Producers, John Duff, Bus. Gir., (806) 749-3475,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Sorghum Producers,  Sorghum,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  GHGs,  RFS,  

    Alberta Carbon Tax Jumps $10 (Ind. Report)
    Alberta Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-01-05
    On the Canadian Prairies, oil soaked Alberta's carbon tax has increased from $20-Cdn per tonne of CO2 emissions to $30-Cdn, effective January 1, 2018. Alberta's carbon levy entered into force on January 1, 2017, at an initial rate of $20-Cdn per tonne of CO2 emissions. A $10 increase scheduled for January 1, 2018, has now entered into effect.

    The Albertan levy is charged on all fuels that emit greenhouse gases when combusted. The rate is based on the amount of carbon pollution released by the fuel when it is combusted.

    The Government said that revenue from the levy will continue to be invested in the province, through green infrastructure, energy efficiency, renewable energy, bioenergy, and innovation. The Government estimates that 60 pct of households will receive a full or partial carbon levy rebate in 2018. (Source:(Source: Alberta Environment Minister, Various Media, CBC News, 10 Jan., 2017)Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Carbon Tax,  

    EDPR Secures $507Mn for 7 Renewable Energy Projects (Ind. Report)
    EDP Renewables North America
    Date: 2018-01-05
    Houston-headquartered EDP Renewables North America reports it has closed on $507 million financing with Bank of New York Mellon for 4 wind farms and 3 solar plants totaling 423 MW capacity.

    All of the 7 projects, which are located in Indiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Ohio respectively, have long-term PPAs in place. (Source: EDP Renewables North America, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, (713)265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables North America,  Renewable Energy,  

    Edmonton NHL Arena Scores Canadian LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-01-05
    On the Canadian Prairies, the city of Edmonton's Rogers Place arena reports it has recently became the first National Hockey League (NHL) facility in Canada to achieve Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) LEED Silver certification. The Rogers Place and its adjacent facilities were designed and constructed to meet LEED Silver energy efficiency certification including developmental density, community connectivity, and alternative transportation. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, ProudGreenBuilding, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  

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