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Irish CO2e Levels on the Rise Again (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-12-01
As previously predicted, Ireland's total carbon emissions emissions rose 3.5 pct in 2016 to a total of 61.19 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e), according to the EPA. Unlike CO2, CO2e takes into account other greenhouse gas emissions from humans that contribute to climate change, such as methane and nitrous oxide, and distinguishes them from naturally occurring CO2.

The sharp rise in 2016 emissions is being widely attributed to an increase in demand for electricity, largely driven by gas, thereby increasing its emissions by 6.1 pct last year. While decreases were observed in coal and peat use, the use of renewable energy also dropped by 1.7 pct.

As we reported on July 28, the UK Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) says Ireland is likely to miss its 2020 targets to reduce emissions "by a substantial margin" which will have negative implications for 2030 Paris Climate Accord obligations.

CCAC says the lack of a framework to prioritize policies, including a switch away from the private car, and an "absence of decisions" in the recently launched National Mitigation Plan is contributing to the problem. (Source: EPA, Various Media, SiliconRepublic, 27 Nov., 2017)Contact: Climate Change Advisory Council ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ireland,  EPA,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  CO2e,  

EP Favours Food Crop Biofuels Subsidies to 2030 (Int'l Report)
European Union, EU Parliament
Date: 2017-12-01
In Brussels, the Industry Committee of the European Parliament (EP) reports it has voted to reinstate a renewable energy target for transport in 2030, including the ongoing subsidization of high-emitting, food-based biofuels. If passed in the plenary of the EU Parliament, it would increase transportation related emissions, push up global food prices and negatively impact people around the world who live from the land, according to OXFAM.

The Industry Committee also favoured a 10 pct blending mandate for advanced biofuels fuels and renewable electricity and widening the definition of advanced biofuels to anything that is not produced from food or feed crops. Under such a definition, unsustainable feedstocks, including co-products of the palm oil industry would qualify as advanced biofuels. In principle, the raw materials for advanced biofuels should be limited to waste and residues, which comply with the waste hierarchy, cascading use and strong sustainability criteria.

The Industry Committee also supports a 12 pct target for renewable energy in transport by 2030. The current 2020 target for renewables in transport is set at 10 pct. The share of biofuels in transport was 4,2 pct in 2015. (Source: OXFAM, EU, WebWire, Various Media, 28 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliment,  Biofuel Feed Crop,  

Zuma Energia Secures $300Mn in Mexican Solar Farm Financing (Int'l)
Zuma Energia
Date: 2017-12-01
Mexican renewable energy developer Zuma Energia reports it has secured nearly $300 million in project financing to develop two Mexican solar farms totaling 337MW capacity. The funds were received through Bancomext, Banobras, Nafin, and North American Development Bank (Nadbank). Contracts to build the facilities were awarded through Mexico's second long-term electricity auction.

Together, the 158MW Orejana solar park and the 179MW Santa María facilities will generate sufficient power for more than 500,000 homes and cut approximately 280,000 tpy of carbon dioxide emissions. (Source: Zuma Energia, Power Technology, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Zuma Energia,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zuma Energia,  Solar,  

Canadian Solar Secures 367MW Solar Projects in Mexico (Int'l)
Canadian Solar
Date: 2017-12-01
Canadian Solar Inc. reports it has been awarded 367 MWp of solar power projects in Aguascalientes, Hermosillo and Obregon, Mexico in the country's third long-term auction for renewables held on November 15, 2017.

Canadian Solar will develop and build three projects that will sell power to the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) under a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement for energy and 20-year for Clean Energy Certificates (CELs) at an average price of $21/MWh. The projects are expected to be connected to the grid in mid-June, 2020. (Source: Canadian Solar,PR, StreetInsider, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar ,  Solar,  

Vattenfall Orders 1 GW of Siemens Gamesa Offshore Turbines (Int'l)
Date: 2017-12-01
Swedish power company Vattenfall reports it has placed a near-1 GW order for wind turbines with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for its three offshore wind farms -- Kriegers Flak in the Baltic Sea and Vesterhav Syd and Nord in the North Sea. The contract is valued at approximately €1.7 billion.

Vattenfall won the rights to build both the 600 MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm and the 350 MW Vesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord offshore wind farms within two months of one another towards the end of 2016. (Source: Vattenfall, CleanTechnica, Various Media, 28 Nov., 2017)Contact: Vattenfall , Gunnar Groebler, +46 8 739 5000,; Siemens Gamesa,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  SiemensGamesa,  Wind Turbine,  Vattenfall,  Offshore Wind,  

Green Bldg. Investments Top $3.4Tn by 2025, says IFC (Ind. Report)
World Bank International Finance Corp.
Date: 2017-12-01
A recent study by the World Bank International Finance Corp. (IFC) has found that investments in "green" or environment-friendly buildings could top a cumulative $3.4 trillion by 2025 "if countries adopt better building codes and standards, create targeted financial incentives such as green-building certification and mandatory benchmarking of energy use, encourage new utility business models; green mortgages and energy-service companies.

In 2010, buildings accounted for 36 pct of the country's total annual power consumption and emitted 33.28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. In seven years, rapid urban migration is expected to increase the number of new buildings by 20 pct annually.

Since 2005, the IFC has invested $18.3 billion in long-term funding for climate-smart projects and mobilized an additional $11 billion from other investors. (Source: World Bank, International Finance Corp., ProudGreenBuilding, 29 Nov., 2017) Contact: World Bank IFC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benchmarking,  World Bank International Finance Corp.,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

Planet Alpha Offering Forest Carbon Securities to Reverse Deforestation (Ind. Report)
Planet Alpha
Date: 2017-12-01
Cambridge, Mass.- based Planet Alpha Corp. (PAC) reports it is offering up to 5,000,000 Non-Voting Series A Preferred shares, at $10 per share, to develop world-wide forest carbon projects supporting communities and forest restoration. There is no minimum investment, allowing purchase of a single share ($10) by accredited and non-accredited investors alike. The proceeds will be used develop forest carbon sequestration projects in ecologically diverse locations around the planet.

PAC projects are developed and implemented in collaboration with local, community-based organizations that rely on cultural knowledge to manage forest ecosystems. PAC's "measurement-to-monetization" services are provided at no cost to landowners. PAC services are available to verify emission reduction for Paris Agreement signatories.

PAC aims to reduce CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases by restoring nature. The company deploys carbon measurement infrastructure on forest lands to accurately measure carbon offsets for sale as carbon securities and carbon products. (Source: Planet Alpha Corp., PR, PRZen, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Planet Alpha Corp., D.V. Marino, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Deforestation,  Planet Alpha,  Fotest Carbon,  Carbon Credits,  Carbon Sequestration,  

Cement Assoc. Lauds Ontario's Focus on Climate Change in Infrastructure Planning (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Cement Association of Canada,Province of Ontario
Date: 2017-12-01
On the heels of the Ontario's government's announced Long-Term Infrastructure Plan, the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) congratulates the government for taking a leadership role in ensuring infrastructure planning takes climate change into consideration. "The leadership the Ontario government is demonstrating today on climate change adaptation, mitigation and lifecycle planning will ensure Ontario is a leader in the transition to the low carbon economy," the CAC says.

The Long-Term Infrastructure Plan states that, starting in 2019, lifecycle analysis -- a method for calculating the lifetime environmental impact of a product or service -- will be implemented as a way to support evidence-based infrastructure decisions. Lifecycle analysis helps ensure that infrastructure investments deliver maximum economic, social and environmental value. (Source: Cement Association of Canada, PR, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Cement Association of Canada, Lyse Teasdale, Director, Communications, Cement Association of Canada, Michael McSweeney, Pres., CEO, (613) 236-9471, ext 211,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement Association of Canada ,  Climate Change Adaptation,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Province of Ontario,  

Ontario Set for Last Independent Cap-and-Trade Auction (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-12-01
Ontario has completed its final cap-and-trade auction before entering a joint market with Quebec and California in 2018. Since launching the provincial cap-and-trade earlier this year, the province completed three sell-out auctions and realized almost $1.5 billion for green projects.

As of Jan. 1, Ontario will join Quebec and California's carbon market, which has also seen three sold out auctions in a row for current credits. (Source: Western Star, Various Media, Canadian Pres, 29 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Market,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Market,  

United Ethanol Selects Whitefox ICE™ to Boost Production Capacity (Ind. Report)
United Ethanol,Whitefox
Date: 2017-12-01
Wisconsin-headquartered United Ethanol LLC reports it will install a Whitefox ICE™ membrane system at its plant in Milton. The modular bolt-on system frees up capacity in the distillation-dehydration section which enables the plant to increase its annual production capacity to over 60 million gpy by removing process bottlenecks and cutting energy consumption.

United Ethanol's Milton plant processes approximately 45,000 bpd of corn into 50,000,000 gpy of ethanol, dry distiller's grain (DDGs) and modified distiller's grain .

Whitefox specializes in membrane-based technologies with a focus on efficient ethanol production. Their solution minimizes waste and emissions whilst increasing energy efficiency and returns on production. (Source: Whitefox, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: United Ethanol, David Cramer, Pres., CEO, (608) 868-5900,; Whitefox Technologies, Gillian Harrisson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7953 8446, (403) 210-2999 --Albverta Office),,

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

Shell Pledges Major Carbon Footprint Cuts (Ind. Report)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2017-12-01
International petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell reports it plans to reduce its total carbon footprint by 20 pct by 2035 and cut it by 50 pct by 2050. It will also disclose information on its operation's energy consumption and overall carbon footprint on an annual basis. Shell has also pledged to invest up to $2 billion (£1.5 billion) per year through 2020 to help meet the goals of the Paris climate change agreement.

In a letter to the UN, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said: "We also plan to pursue further operational efficiencies in our assets and will seek to develop carbon capture and storage. And increasingly, we will work with nature, forests and wetlands to help compensate for those emissions from uses where alternatives do not yet exist or will take time to scale."

Perhaps Shell's most ambitious project is its Quest carbon capture and storage (CCS)project in Canada, which recovers carbon dioxide emissions from a major oil-sands project and then compresses it into a liquid for storage underground. The project is one of only a few in the world. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, NYT, Various Media, 28 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  

Al Hussein Tech, JGBC Ink Energy Efficiency Training MoU (Int'l)
Jordan Green Building Council
Date: 2017-11-29
In Amman, Jordan, Al Hussein Technical University (HTU) and the Jordan Green Building Council (JGBC) report they are joining forces and cooperating on Green Building and energy efficiency awareness, programs and training.

Under the terms of their agreement, JGBC will offer several green building training opportunities to HTU students, conduct joint research efforts, and connect HTU's student with contractors and consulting firms in the green building sector. The agreement will also be available to graduates from other Jordanian universities and practicing green building and energy efficiency professionals.

The JGBC heads a network of 14 councils in 14 countries in the MENA region. (Source: MENAFN, Jordan News Agency, 20 Nov., 2017)Contact: Jordan GBC, +962 6 552 0893,; Al Hussein Technical University, +962 580 569 406,

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

Whiffle Preparing Dutch Offshore Winds Atlas (New Prod & Tech)
Whiffle University of Technology
Date: 2017-11-29
A consortium of Dutch organizations led by weather forcasting specialist Whiffle, reports it is developing the Dutch Offshore Wind Atlas (DOWA, an offshore wind industry resource containing accurate North Sea winds data and other information.

The rationale behind the DOWA project is that weather related uncertainties are a major cost driver of offshore wind energy. Consequently, numerical weather prediction (NWP) models are crucial to create resource assessments and annual energy production (AEP) estimates, as well as short-term trading, wind farm design, and other applications.

The consortium includes Whiffle -- a Delft University spinoff company , the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). (Source: Whiffle Maritime Journal, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Whiffle Remco Verzijlbergh, Co-founder and Director of Operations,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  

ePURE Comments on EU-EP Climate Change, Biofuels Policy (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2017-11-29
"One thing should be clear to everyone: the European Union (EU) needs to do something to improve its efforts in the fight against climate change -- and quickly. That's because just as often as a new position on EU biofuels policy gets staked out, another reminder arises that Europe is falling behind in its commitments to de-carbonizing transport.

"The latest news comes from the European Environment Agency, which reported this month that GHG emissions have risen for the third year in a row in the EU. Everyone from European Commission VP, Maros Sefcovic, to environmental lobby groups, is warning that we need to do more.

"By proposing a low-emissions fuel blending obligation of just 6.8 pct by 2030, starting from 1.5 pct in 2021, it would leave most of the transport energy mix taken up by fossil fuels.

"Yet, at the same time, they are proposing policies that would achieve less. The EC wants to reduce all crop-based biofuels -- even the ones like renewable European ethanol that deliver high GHG savings with low risk of adverse impact to almost nothing by 2030. And by proposing a low-emissions fuel blending obligation of just 6.8 pct by 2030, starting from 1.5 pct in 2021, it would leave most of the transport energy mix taken up by fossil fuels.

The European Parliament's various committees have been weighing in with their opinions over the last couple of months. The environment committee, the lead panel on the biofuels file, wants to go even further than the Commission, and phase out crop-based biofuels entirely by 2030.

"The transport committee could not find agreement on the environment committee language and ended up rejecting its own draft opinion on the legislation. This week the industry, research and energy committee and lead on the entire Renewable Energy Directive, will vote. Even traditional political groups are divided on the issue.

"The swirl of differing opinions means the RP may not have a clear line on this important issue going into plenary vote in January (2018). But it is not too late for MEPs to find common ground and move closer to what EU Member States want and have articulated coherently in their draft position: build on the success of the existing framework, leave in place the 7 percent cap on crop-based biofuels, and promote advanced biofuels and renewable electricity in addition to, not at the expense of, existing solutions." (Source: ePure, Politico, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Biofuel,  EU,  

ADB Grants $45Mn for 20MW Afghanistan Solar Project (Int'l., Funding)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2017-11-29
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it has approved a $44.76 million grant to support the development of a 20MW solar PV project in Kabul, Afghanistan. When fully operational, the facility is expected to generate approximately 43GWh of electricity per year.

According to the ADB release, Afghanistan is reliant on imported energy from neighbouring countries to meet its domestic demand, despite only 32 pct of the population having access to grid-connected electricity. The site and substation will be constructed to accommodate an additional 10-20MW of solar as needed. (Source: ADB, PV Mag., 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Asian Development Bank, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist, +63 2 632 4444,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank,  Solar,  

Ambitious City Promises Launched in Philippines (Int'l)
International Climate Initiative
Date: 2017-11-29
In the Philippines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) are touting the launch of Ambitious City Promises (ACP), a 3-year south-east Asian regional project that supports cities in Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam develop and launch climate action initiatives through an active and inclusive stakeholder engagement strategy.

ACP helps member cities implement greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions strategies that take into account the cities' development pressures and local context while emphasizing the importance of citizen engagement and working with relevant national ministries.

ACP is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the International Climate Initiative program. (Source: International Climate Initiative, ICLEI, PR, Rappler, 28 Nov., 2017)Contact: International Climate Initiative,; Ambitious City Promises,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  International Climate Initiative,  

BVI Seeks Climate Change Mitigation Support (Ind. Report)
Clinton Foundation
Date: 2017-11-29
Following a recent climate change meeting with the Clinton Foundation in New York, British Virgin Islands (BVI) Minister of Finance and Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith said he highlighted the Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund and the BVI's "Urgent need to build climate resilience, particularly along our coasts where there has been great erosion." The Premier also touted the BVI's 2015 Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund as an "exemplary mechanism for receiving funds to build climate resilience."

Premier Smith met with the Clinton Foundation at a high-level pledging conference at the UN in New York last week. Attending nations offered more than $2 billion in pledges and loans to countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September. (Source: BVI News, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Clinton Foundation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  

Medford Mass. Lauded for Cutting Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Date: 2017-11-29
In the Bay State, the city of Medford , a member of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities program, reports it has been recognized for cutting municipal energy consumption by 20 pct since 2009.

The Green Communities Designation and Grant program is intended to help Bay State towns and cities reduce municipal energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions. DOER Green Communities receive grant funding for energy efficiency initiatives and projects and are eligible for additional similar grants. The city of Medford received $235,935 in 2017 from Green Communities grants.

Medford is also part of the U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge and a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors, a UN effort to support the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: City of Medford Website, Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Medford, Alicia Hunt, Director Office of Energy and the Environment, (781) 393-2137,,; Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources ,  Energy Efficiency,  

Portugal Killing Coal-Fired Power by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
Powering Past Coal Alliance
Date: 2017-11-27
In Lisbon, the Portuguese Environment minister Joao Matos said last week the government will close the 1,100-MW Sines and the 577 MW Pego coal-fired power plants, as well as reform the domestic carbon tax and remove tax exemptions for coal-fired generation beginning in 2018. The country will also close its two remaining coal-fired power plants before 2030.

The initiative is intended to encourage electric power producers to move away from coal in favor of solar PV and other renewable energy sources. The country is aiming at carbon neutrality by 2050.

Under the Powering Past Coal Alliance, of which Portugal is a member, countries commit to taking action such as setting coal phase-out targets and ending further investments in coal-fired electricity domestically and abroad. (Source: Portuguese Environment Minister, Kallanish Energy, Others, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: Powering Past Coal Alliance,; Portuguese Environment Minister,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Powering Past Coal,   Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate NeutralCoal,  

Pinhead Offsetting Galloping Goose Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
Pinhead Climate Institute
Date: 2017-11-27
The Pinhead Climate Institute reports it has entered into a contract to make carbon offset payments in exchange for a conservation easement on 16,480-acres of range land held by the Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust. In March, the not-for-profit Pinhead Climate Institute won a $50,000 grant from the the Telluride Foundation for its first project; the greening of the Galloping Goose -- a public transportation system carbon offset program.

The easement would prohibit the land from being converted into "tilled crop land" and thus each acre will sequester approximately half of a metric tpy of carbon for a 20-year period. In other words, it will keep that amount of carbon per acre in the ground, rather than release it into the atmosphere, according to Pinhead Institute Exec. Dir. Sarah Holbrooke. (Source: Pinhead Climate Institute, Tellerude Daily Planet, 26 Nov., 2017) Contact: Pinhead Climate Institute, Sarah Holbrooke, Exec. Dir., (970) 369-5190, sarak@,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions ,  

Poet Applauds EPA Point of Obligation Decision (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-11-27
Commenting on the EPA's decision to maintain the current point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), Sioux Falls, South Dakota-headquartered Poet LLC CEO Jeff Broin said: "By maintaining the point of obligation for the RFS, the EPA is allowing the system to continue to work as designed. Under the RFS, infrastructure for biofuel-blended fuel is expanding, with opportunities for additional consumer-driven growth. The RFS works, evident from the numerous benefits it allows Americans to enjoy today: cleaner air, fewer carcinogens in gasoline, lower fuel costs and increased energy independence." (Source: Poet, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, Others, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Poet LLC, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200,

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

India Plans 2-GW Wind Tender (Int'l)
Solar Energy Corporation of India
Date: 2017-11-27
In New Delhi, India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) last Thursday issued a tender for 2 GW of wind capacity to be carried out by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). India is in a process of transitioning from feed-in tariffs (FiTs) to auctions in the wind sector. The government's first 1-GW wind auction achieved a price of INR 3.46 (USD 0.053/EUR 0.045) per kWh and was followed by a second 1-GW tender, concluded in October, that resulted in a price of INR 2.64 per kWh.

Announcing approval for the bigger tender on Wednesday, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) said that the competitive prices are encouraging distribution companies (discoms) to purchase wind power to meet their non-solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO). According to the ministry, projects of at least 50 MW and up to 400 MW will be awarded per bidder. The off-take contracts will be for 25 years. (Source: SECI, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: India MNRE,; Solar Energy Corporation of India,

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

Traverse City Considers Renewable Energy Expansion (Ind. Report)
Traverse City Light & Power
Date: 2017-11-27
In Michigan, Traverse City reports it is considering offers from Heritage Sustainable Energy, which struck a 20-year deal with Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) earlier this year, to build a 1-MW solar array and sell the solar power produced to the city.

The agreement allowed for future expansion of the solar array -- a project Heritage is now ready to undertake with the installation of additional panels capable of producing up to 2.25 more MW of solar power in spring 2018. Under the terms of the agreement, TCL&P can purchase all of that power at an estimated cost of 9.95 cents per kWh.

The arrangement would allow the city to take advantage of federal renewable energy credits and bring the city nearly 43 pct closer to meeting its 2020 goal.

In addition to offering to sell more solar power to TCL&P, Heritage is also proposing selling more wind energy to the city-owned utility. TCL&P already purchases 10 MW of power produced by five wind turbines. Heritage is offering to add two more wind turbines to the mix to sell TCL&P an additional 5 MW, and could begin supplying the additional wind power in January, 2018. (Source: Traverse City Light & Power, Ticker, 25 Nov., 2017) Contact: Traverse City Light & Power, (231) 922-4431,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Traverse City Light & Power,  Renewable Energy,  

Acciona Scores 52MW Mexican Wind Farm Contract (Ind. Report)
Acciona Energía
Date: 2017-11-27
Acciona Energia reports it has been selected to develop the 52.04MW El Cortijo wind farm in Mexico. The project, which will incorporate Nordex 3MW turbines, is located in the state of Tamaulipas and is expected to come online in the second half of 2018.

(Source: Acciona Energia, renews, Others, 24 Nov., 2017)Contact: Acciona Energia, ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, Miguel Angel Alonso, Dir., Mexico, +34 91 657 64 60,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona Energía,  ACCIONA,  Wind,  Mexico Wind,  

World's Largest Battery Charges Up in Land Down Under (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-27
EV and battery powerhouse TESLA reports it has begun charging and testing its giant 100MW/129MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system in South Australia prior to operational startup before December 1st.

When fully operational, the 100MW/129MWh battery will be the largest lithium-ion battery storage plant in the world. The installation is being constructed adjacent to Neoen's Hornsdale wind farm near Jamestown. (Source: Tesla, Various Media, 24 Nov., 2017)Contact: Tesla Power Pack,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Lithium Ion,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

Abu Dhabi Claims Solar Power Production Growth (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-27
The Abu Dhabi Statistics Center (SCAD) is reporting the production of solar electricity in the emirate reached 280,085 MW per hour, a growth of 6.1 percent compared to 2015. The growth is widely attributed to projects implemented by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar. Abu Dhabi's total electric power consumption increased by 54.5 pct between 2011 and 2016 to 66,811 GWh, the SCAD report added. (Source: Abu Dhabi Statistics Center (SCAD), ME Construction News, 23 Nov., 2017)Contact: Abu Dhabi Statistics Center (SCAD), +971 2 810 0000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar.Masdar,  Renewable Energy,  

Quebec-Calif. Carbon Allowance Auction Sold Out (Ind. Report)
Cap and Trade
Date: 2017-11-27
The recently released results of the November 14, 2017, California and Quebec joint auction of greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances auction reports that all available current and future vintage allowances offered from both Quebec and California were sold.

As previously reported Ontario will link its cap-and-trade program with California and Quebec ,effective January 1, 2018, after which California, Quebec and Ontario will hold joint quarterly allowance auctions.

The most recent auction brought in around $862-million in revenue, setting record highs in consecutive quarters. The state set a minimum price per permit of $13.57 and the final auction price was $15.06. All available permits were purchased. The cap-and-trade program is set to run through 2030. The California Air Resources Control Board reports that carbon emissions dropped by nearly 5 pct in 2016 compared to 2015. California aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40-pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030.(Source: MML News, Various Other Media, Mondaq, 24 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Allowance Auction,  Cap-and-Trade,  

Shell, bio-bean Testing Coffee Waste B20 in London (Int'l)
Shell, bio-bean,Argent Energy
Date: 2017-11-22
In the UK, oil giant Shell and bio-bean are reporting their collaboration on coffee waste-based biofuels that are beoing used in a test to power some of London's iconic double-deck buses.

bio-bean collects and dries waste coffee grounds and works with biodiesel producer Argent Energy to process oil from the waste coffee grounds into a B20 biofuel. If used as a pure-blend for the bio component and mixed with mineral diesel to form a B20, 6,000 litres of coffee oil could power the equivalent of one London bus for a year.

This Shell-bio-bean collaboration is part of Shell's energy relay, which supports entrepreneurs turning bright energy innovations into a positive impact for communities around the world. (Source: Shell, bio-bean, BusinessWire, Various Media, 19 Nov., 2017)Contact: bio-bean, +44 203 744 6500, +44 (0) 7979 495640,,; Argent Energy, +44 0 1698 863 000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  B20,  Biofuel,  bio-bean,  

Denver Approves Green Roof Legislation (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
Date: 2017-11-22
Following on our November 8th coverage, the city of Denver, Colorado, has approved the Green Roof Initiative requiring buildings of 25,000 square feet or more to devote a portion of their rooftops to vegetation beginning on Jan. 1, 2018. Denver is one of the first U.S. cities to require green roofs.

According to University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning Assist. Prof. Leila Tolderlund, "There really are a lot of pre-made modular green roof systems that meet EPA minimum requirements. Green roofs are more expensive to build than conventional roofs, but they tend to last four to five years longer than conventional flat roofs." (Source: Denverite, 21 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,  

Plants Release More CO2 Than Predicted, says Study (Ind. Report)
University of Minnesota
Date: 2017-11-22
A recent study from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul has found that carbon released by plant respiration may be around 30 pct higher than previously predicted and that as the mean global temperature increases, respiration will also increase significantly. Such increases may lower the future ability of global vegetation to offset carbon dioxide emissions caused by burning of fossil fuels since "plants both capture CO2 and then release it by respiration. Changes to either of these processes in response to climate change have profound implications for how much CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels ecosystems soak up," the report says.

The new findings are based on the comprehensive GlobResp database, which is comprised of more than 10,000 measurements of carbon dioxide plant respiration from plant species around the globe. Merging this data with existing computer models of global land carbon cycling shows plant respiration has been a potentially underestimated source of CO2 release. (Source: University of Minnesota, PTI, Indian Express, Nature Communications, 19 Nov., 2017) Contact: University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources, Peter Reich, (612) 624-4270,,

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

Powering Past Coal Alliance Launches in Bonn (Int'l Report)
Powering Past Coal Alliance
Date: 2017-11-22
Last week at COP23 in Bonn, the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which was launched at COP23, with the support of 27 worldwide and regional governments agreed to phase out existing coal plants and placed a moratorium on "new traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage."

The Alliance is open to businesses and aims to have 50 members within the next 12 months. It also plans to spearhead efforts to move the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries beyond coal by 2030 -- and all nations by 2050.

The formation of the Alliance follows the launch earlier this month of the Europe Beyond Coal initiative, backed by 28 countries and European civil society groups united in their commitment to abandon coal energy. (Source: Innovators, 18 Nov., 2017) Contact: Europe Beyond Coal, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),

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Powering Past Coal Alliance Declaration (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Powering Past Coal Alliance
Date: 2017-11-22
"In 2015, the world gathered in Paris and committed to taking action to spur clean growth and avoid catastrophic climate change. Today, coal-fired power plants produce almost 40 pct of global electricity, making carbon pollution from coal a leading contributor to climate change.

The health effects of air pollution from burning coal, including respiratory diseases and premature deaths, impose massive costs in both human and economic terms. A recent analysis found that more than 800 000 people around the world die each year from the pollution generated by burning coal.

As a result, phasing out traditional coal power is one of the most important steps governments can take to tackle climate change and meet our commitment to keep global temperature increase well below 2 degrees C and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C. To meet the Paris Agreement, the analysis shows that coal phase-out is needed by no later than 2030, in countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the European Union, and by no later than 2050, in the rest of the world.

The cost of generating electricity from wind and solar power has plummeted: clean power is the low-cost option in a growing number of jurisdictions worldwide. Global investments in new renewable power now significantly surpass investments in new coal-fired electricity, and clean growth represents an opportunity worth trillions of dollars.

Countries moving toward low-carbon, climate-resilient economies are already seeing environmental, economic, and human-health benefits. Our coalition wants to help accelerate that transition.

Powering Past Coal brings together a diverse range of governments, businesses, and organizations, which are united in taking action to accelerate clean growth and climate protection through the rapid phase-out of traditional coal power. We commit to achieving that phase-out in a sustainable and economically inclusive way, while providing appropriate support for workers and communities. More specifically,

  • Government partners commit to phasing out existing traditional coal power and placing a moratorium on any new traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage, within our jurisdictions.
  • Business and other non-government partners commit to powering their operations without coal.
  • All partners commit to supporting clean power through their policies (whether public or corporate, as appropriate) and investments and restricting financing for traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage.

    To support these goals, the partners in Powering Past Coal will work together to share real-world examples and best practices to support the phase-out of coal, including through climate financing, and adopt practical initiatives that support this transition, including developing clean-energy plans and targets.

    Alliance partners include: Alberta (Canada), Angola, Austria, Belgium, British Columbia (Canada), Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Ontario (Canada), Oregon, Portugal, Quebec (Canada), Switzerland, UK, City of Vancouver, Washington State." (Source: Powering Past Coal Alliance, Nov., 2017)

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  • Australian Univ. Investigating Ethanol-from-Crop Waste (Int'l)
    Australian Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2017-11-22
    In the Land Down Under, the University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources in NSW reports a new fuel technology to convert harvested crops and other plant biomass waste -- wheat straw, cotton stubble, sugar cane bagasse and woody biomass -- into biofuel and green chemical products using a "strong acid" to convert feedstock into a sugar solution that is fermented into ethanol and other products. The process is being supported with $11.9 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

    The University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources, Muswellbrook Shire Council and Ethanol Technologies (Ethtec) are collaborating to build a demonstration facility at Muswellbrook.

    The process can reportedly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from a range of plant-based waste and could work in medium to large-scale facilities. Research on the project will be carried out in phases over the next three to five years and will be tested at a demonstration facility based in Muswellbrook. This new facility will be able to process two dry tpd of plant biomass. (Source: Univ. of Newcastle, Farm Online, North Queensland Register, 21 Nov., 2017)21 Nov., 2017) Contact: University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources Prof. Peter Lewis, +61 2 4033 9000,; ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773,,

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    Europabio Seeks EU Bioeconomy Strategy Revisions (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-11-22
    In Brussels, the European Association for Bioindustries (Europabio) reports it has called for revisions in the European Bioeconomy Strategy to help tackle climate change and boosting Europe's resource efficiency, competitiveness and long-term economic growth.

    The February 2012, Europe Bioeconomy Strategy addresses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into vital products and bio-energy.

    EuropaBio is calling for a revised EU Bioeconomy Strategy to address: Biomass: Circular bioeconomy should be an integral part of EU-level frameworks and policies; Investment: Increase funding and improve coherence of financing mechanisms for the circular bioeconomy; Investment: Secure the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) 2.0; Markets: Incentives for bio-based products in strategic sectors; Markets: Promote bio-based products' visibility to stimulate market demand.

    The industrial biotechnology industry in Europe is predicted to contribute between €57.5 billion and €99.5 billion and more than one million jobs to the EU economy by 2030, according to EuropaBio. (Source: EuropaBio, Bioenergy Insights, Nov., 2017) Contact: European Association for Bioindustries, Joanna Dupont Inglis, Dir. for Industrial Biotech and Cross-Sector Strategy, Nathalie Moll, Sec. Gen., +32 2 735 0313,

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    Enerkem Scores $3.5Mn for Edmonton Cellulosic Biofuel Plant (Funding)
    Enerkem,Western Innovation Initiative
    Date: 2017-11-22
    In Edmonton, Alberta, Enerkem Alberta Biofuels reports its is getting $3.5 million in Canadian federal funding through the Western Innovation Initiative to build the final phase of a facility that converts municipal waste into fuel. This commercial-scale facility can process 100,000 metric tpy of solid waste -- textiles, non-recyclable plastics, soiled food containers and others -- to produce over 40 million lpy of fuel-grade, cellulosic ethanol.

    The plant, the first of its kind to convert non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste into liquid biofuels and chemicals, will contribute to the city of Edmonton's goal of diverting up to 90 pct of household waste from landfill.(Source: Enerkem, Plant, 20 Nov., 2017)Contact: Enerkem, Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284 X 251,,; Western Innovation Initiative,

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    Better Data Management Needed for Building Industry to Meet Climate Goals (Int'l. Reports)
    Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction
    Date: 2017-11-20
    According to Global Trends in Data Capture and Management in Real Estate and Construction, a new report presented as part of the COP 23 Building Action Symposium, the real estate and construction sector must develop a more systematic and coherent approach to data management if it is to make a meaningful contribution to meeting global climate targets.

    The report, which draws on the views and insights of building sector leaders, aims to identify key actions that could help achieve low-carbon, energy-efficient buildings and foster a construction sector that will represent a tangible contribution to implementing the Paris Climate Agreement.

    The reports says better whole life-cycle data capture, management and reporting will enable government decision-makers to develop more effective sustainability policies and incentive schemes, kickstart innovation and enable industry players to develop holistic strategies targeted at reducing carbon emissions.

    In the EU, buildings account for 40 pct of EU energy use. It is estimated that the EU needs to invest around €100 billion annually in building renovations to meet its energy and climate goals. The EU has increased the amount of public funds available for energy efficiency, but the European Commission has indicated that there is a need to boost private energy investments. (Source: Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, Property EU, Nov., 2017) Contact: Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction,

    ULI Bldg. Performance Report Released -- Attached (Ind. Report)
    Urban Land Institute
    Date: 2017-11-20
    A just released report from the member-driven not-for-profit Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance shows that leading commercial real estate owners have demonstrated significant energy reductions since 2009. The report tracked and analyzed 8,684 properties owned or managed by Greenprint members located across 28 countries. These properties account for over 1.9 billion square feet of building area, according to the report. Since 2009, energy consumed by members' properties dropped by 13.9 pct. Between 2015 and 2016, members demonstrated a 3.4 pct reduction in energy consumption.

    As governments continue to recognize the impending risks of climate change, they are taking action by raising or setting new targets for building performance through energy efficiency legislation and strengthening building energy codes.

    Download the Urban Land Institute's report HERE. (Source: Urban Land Institute, Nov., 2017) Contact: Urban Land Institute,

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    Qantas Touting LA - Melbourne Carinata Biofuel Flight (Ind. Report)
    Qantas,Agrisoma,Altair Fuels
    Date: 2017-11-20
    The Australian airline Qantas reports it will operate the world's first biofuel flight between the United States and Australia -- Los Angeles to Melbourne -- early next year, in collaboration with World Fuel Services and Altair Fuels. The flight will be powered by Brassica Carinata (carinata), a non-food, industrial type of mustard seed oil.

    As previously reported, Qantas signed a landmark partnership with Agrisoma Biosciences , the Canadian based agricultural-technology company that developed carinata as a drop-in fuel. (Source: Qantas, RusTourism News, 18 Nov., 2017) Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO,,; Qantas,; Altair Fuels, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, (843) 720-8920,,

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    Date: 2017-11-20
    There was a telling moment at the 23rd edition of UN climate talks that underscored both the life-and-death stakes in the fight against global warming, and how hard it is for this belaboured forum to rise to the challenge. Twelve-year-old Timoci Naulusala from Fiji, a nation disappearing under rising seas, was delivering a testimonial to ministers and heads of state with crisp English and irresistible charm. Suddenly, describing the devastation wrought by Cyclone Winston last year, his words became measured, his voice hushed. "My home, my school -- my source of food, water, money -- was totally destroyed," he said. "My life was in chaos. I asked myself: Why is this happening? What am I going to do?" The answer to Timoci's first question has become frightening clear: climate change. But Timoci's second question remains open: What is he, and by extension the world, going to do? At first, the answer seemed straight-forward: humans must stop loading the atmosphere with the greenhouse gases that drive global warming. The successful repair of the ozone hole suggested a way forward: an international treaty. But it took a quarter of a century to get one, in 2015, and even then it is woefully inadequate: voluntary national pledges to curb carbon pollution would still allow the global thermometer to go up 3 C, a recipe for human misery on a vast scale. Since Paris, the UN climate talks -- known to participants as "COPs", or Conferences of the Parties -- have focused on working out an operational handbook for the treaty, which goes into effect in 2020. But as the years tick by, the byzantine bureaucracy -- where hundreds of diplomats can argue for days over whether a text will say "should" or "shall" -- has struggled to keep pace with "the real world". A veteran EU climate diplomat, meanwhile, bemoaned the lack of dynamism in talks. "I've never seen a COP with so little adrenaline," he told AFP. The UN climate process risks falling out of step in two key ways, experts suggest. One is in relation to the unforgiving conclusions of science, which show that the window of opportunity for avoiding climate cataclysm is rapidly narrowing to a slit.This year's climate talks kicked off with negotiators learning that CO2 emissions -- after remaining stable for three years, raising hopes that they had peaked -- will rise by two percent in 2017, a development one scientist called "a giant step backwards for humankind". Negotiations were also reeling from US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out from the Paris Agreement. The UN's 12-day negotiations came to an end yesterday with an agreement to hold a stocktake in 2018 of national efforts to cut fossil fuel emissions. (Source: Afp, Daily Star, 19 Sept., 2017)

    Univ. Wisc Study Links Ethanol, Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    University of Wisconsin Madison
    Date: 2017-11-20
    According to new University of Wisconsin research presented at the recent America's Grasslands Conference in Fort Worth, the federal corn ethanol mandate is contributing to climate change. The research found that since the Renewal Fuel Standard (RFS) ethanol mandate's 2007 enactment, over 7 million acres of habitat have been set aside to plant corn and soy, leading to the release of emissions equivalent to the annual emissions of 20 million new automobiles.

    The report examined the location and carbon stored in habitat lost to cropland between 2008 and 2012 and found that 115 million metric tons of global carbon was released into the atmosphere, or nearly 29 million mtpy -- equivalent to six coal-burning power plants.

    Download the US Cropland Expansion Released 115 Million Tons of Carbon (2008 - 2012) report HERE. (Source: Univ. of Wisconsin, Freemont News Messenager, 17 Nov.2017) Contact: University of Wisconsin Madison, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, Holly Gibbs, (608) 265-0572,

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    RFS Ethanol Blend Waiver Sought for NJ Refinery (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-11-20
    In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, legislators in the Garden State are asking the US EPA to waive Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)rules governing blending of ethanol into gasoline, a requirement they say threatens the financial viability and future of the 100 year-old Paulsboro, New Jersey refinery. Refiners unable to comply with the blending rule can comply by purchasing credits (RINs) instead, an expensive proposition, the lawmakers said.

    "The cost of compliance to this regulation puts at risk these energy-sector jobs in our region. In addition, these high costs also contribute to the cost of gasoline for residents and consumers," the legislators claim. The legislators note the EPA has legal authority under the Clean Air Act to waive the renewable obligations “should they present a harm to a state or regional economy." (Source: NJ Spotlight, Various Media, 17 Nov., 2017)

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    China Welcomes Bonn COP 23 Climate Meeting Results (Int'l)
    COP23,Climate Change
    Date: 2017-11-20
    Reflecting on the just concluded cop23 meeting, China's special representative on climate change affairs, Xie Zhenhua, said that the dialogue on climate change, "while still not 100 percent satisfactory," did succeed in reflecting the concerns of all sides in a balanced manner. Xie Zhenhua added that he hoped developed countries would uphold their Paris Agreement obligations in dealing with climate change.

    "We hope that all sides adhere to the principles of equity, common but differentiated responsibilities, and their respective capabilities, and consider the actual conditions of each country while pushing negotiations on implementing the Paris Agreement," Xie said. He said he also hoped that all sides would speed up ratification of the Doha Amendment that establishes the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, and that developed countries would continue to uphold their obligation to provide funds, technology and capacity-building to developing countries. (Source: Global Times, Xinhua, 19 Nov., 2017)

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    Vivergo Cites Market Conditions, Legislative Uncertainty for UK Ethanol Constraints (Int'l Report)
    Vivergo Fuels
    Date: 2017-11-20
    "We reluctantly welcomed the Government's Renewable Transport Fuel obligation proposals in September, but have remained extremely concerned that there is no roll-out framework for E10 in the UK, the absence of which could have serious consequences for the long-term future of the UK bioethanol industry.

    "Over the past six weeks we have seen bioethanol prices fall significantly impacting Vivergo profit margins further. Whilst there have been some supply increases this year, the bioethanol market in Europe, and in particular the UK, remains constrained by the Government's inaction. As a result of these market conditions and legislative uncertainty, we have taken the decision to bring forward and extend our annual plant maintenance work to lessen the impact on the plants profitability. In the meantime, we will continue to work with all stakeholders and the Government to support the legislative process and the future roll-out of E10."

    Vivergo's £350 million plant near Hull, Yorkshire, is one of Europe's biggest bioethanol producers and the UK's largest single source supplier of distiller dried grains (DDGs) animal feed. (Source: Vivergo Fuels, Website, 10 Nov., 2017) Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800,

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    NYC's Stuyvesant Town Plans Major Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-11-20
    In the Big Apple, the massive 1947 vintage Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town housing developments owned by Blackstone Group, reportedly will install 3.8 megawatts of solar panels -- sufficient power for 1,000 apartments a year.

    Installation of the more than 9,700 panels is slated to begin in December for completion in mid 2018. The project, which is expected to come in at approximately $10 million, will supply about 6 pct of Stuyvesant Town's and Peter Cooper Village's energy. (Source: FOX5NT, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Stuy Town Property Services, Rick Hayduk, CEO, GM,‎

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    Western Iowa Energy Acquires Agron Bioenergy Biodiesel Plant (M&A)
    Agron Bioenergy,Western Iowa Energy
    Date: 2017-11-17
    Agron Bioenergy LLC reports it has closed on the sale of its biodiesel plant located in Watsonville, California, to Western Iowa Energy LLC. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    The assets include a biodiesel refinery designed to produce 15 MMgy and patents encompassing Agron's centrifuge system and distillation steps to eliminate water washing in the production of distilled B100 biodiesel that meets or exceeds ASTM D-6751 specifications. Western Iowa Energy is a BQ-9000-accredited biodiesel producer whose Wall Lake, Iowa, plant can produce 45 MMgy. (Source: Agron Bioenergy, Ocean Park Advisors, 15 Nov., 20170 Contact: Western Iowa Energy , Brad Wilson, Pres. GM, Agron Bioenergy, (831) 728-1300,; Western Iowa Energy LLC, (717) 664-2173,

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    ERG Acquiring Italian Solar Assets Portfolio (Int'l, M&A)
    ERG Power Generation ,ForVei
    Date: 2017-11-17
    In Rome, ERG Power Generation SpA reports it will acquire all the shares in ForVei, a joint venture vehicle established in 2011 by VEI Green and Foresight to acquire renewable energy assets. ForVei owns and operates a total of 30 photovoltaic plants totaling 89MW in Italy.

    The plants are currently funded through non-recourse project financing of €180 million and €60 million in lease agreements. The transaction is valued at €336 million and is is expected to close prior to 31 Jan, 2018, subject to financing and regulatory approvals.(Source: ERG, RE News, Various Media, Nov., 2017) Contact: ERG Power Generation, Luca Bettonte, CEO, +39 06 845 571,; ForVei,

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    French Pres. Macron Calls for Border Carbon Tax (Int'l)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2017-11-17
    In Bonn, French president Emmanuel Macron is calling for Europe to establish a "border carbon tax" and integrate its climate goals into trade negotiations as a way of encouraging all countries to do more in the climate change fight.

    "We should not negotiate (trade deals) with countries who are less ambitious than us because that would reduce our collective ambitions. We need a border tax in which we'll make it possible for us to protect economic sectors as there are imports from countries who do not respect these goals and are not supporting the environmental transition." The second largest bloc within the European Parliament, the Socialists and Democrats, is also calling for an EU border carbon tax. (Source: SBS, Various Media, 15 Nov., 2017)

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    Oracle, Japanese Utilities Partner for Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Oracle Corporation Utilities
    Date: 2017-11-17
    Oracle Corporation Utilities reports it is partnering with Japan's environment ministry as well as five Japanese utilities in an effort to cut household carbon emissions. The initiative is part Japan's strategy to meet its Paris Agreement commitments as well as to mitigate against climate change. Japan plans to reduce carbon emissions by 26 pct by the year 2030.

    Under the partnership Oracle Utilities will offer "personalized" energy efficiency guidance to 300,000 households across five territories in Japan. Currently close to 70 pct of the carbon emissions from Japanese households is attributed to energy use. (Source: Oracle, Bay Street, Nov., 2017) Contact: Oracle Corporation Utilities, Rodger Smith, VP,, Oracle Solutions for Utilities,

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    Va.DEQ Calls for Power Plant Emissions Regulations (Ind. Report)
    RGGI,Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
    Date: 2017-11-17
    In the Old Dominion State, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) is reported to have proposed regulations to limit carbon-dioxide emissions from Virginia power plants above 25 megawatts in capacity beginning in 2020. The agency is also calling for the state to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

    Although carbon dioxide emissions from Virginia's electric power plant's dropped by 21 pct between 2005 and 2014, they still account for almost one-third of the state's overall CO2 emissions, according to state data. (Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 14 Nov., 2017) Contact: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Mike Dowd, Director, (804) 678-4000,; RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

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    Acciona Opens 246MW Chilean Solar Plant (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-11-15
    Acciona Energía is reporting the opening of the new 246MWp photovoltaic (PV) plant El Romero Solar in the Atacama Desert in Vallenar, Chile.

    The 280ha facility utilizes 776,000 PV modules and generates sufficient electric power for 240,000 Chilean homes. El Romero Solar is presently supplying energy to Google's Chile-based site since January 2017.

    The company expects to double its renewable energy capacity in Latin America to more than 2GW by 2020. ACCIONA currently owns 897MW of wind and PV power capacity in Latin America, including Chile, Mexico, and Costa Rica. (Source: Acciona, Power Technology, 8 Nov., 2017) Contact: ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, +34 91 657 64 60,

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