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UK Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Statistics (Int'l Report)
Renewable Fuels
Date: 2017-11-06
In the UK, the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (RTFO) Order requires transport fuel suppliers to ensure that a proportion of the fuel they supply comes from renewable sources (biofuels). The legislation is of key importance in our efforts to deliver reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from fuels used for transport purposes and non-road mobile machinery.

Currently, 419 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied in period 2017/18, which is 3 pct of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. 179 million litres -- 43 pct -- of this fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements. Of this 179 million litres, Bioethanol comprises 43 pct of the supply, biodiesel 52 pct and biomethanol 5 pct. There was also a small volume of off-road biodiesel and biomethane.

Data on volumes of fuel, Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs) and Carbon & Sustainability (C&S) are held by the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) Administrator. Fuel volume data is submitted on a monthly basis by fuel suppliers to the RTFO Administrator and validated against HMRC duty payment data.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: UK Department for Transport, 2 Nov., 2017)Contact: UK Department of Transport,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels,  Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation,  

Empire Asks To Close Asbury Plant, Build $1.5 Billion In Wind Farms
Empire District Electric
Date: 2017-11-06
In the Show Me State, Joplin-headquartered , Empire District Electric recently raised your rates after $120 million in EPA mandated upgrades were completed? Now the company, a subsidiary of the Canadian owned Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation has filed a case with the Missouri Public Service Commission to close the Asbury plant by April 2019, affecting 55 employees.

They’re also asking for approval from the PSC to install wind turbines in Barton, Dade, Lawrence and Jasper counties at a cost of $1.5 billion dollars. With a $800 million dollar Production Tax Credit offered on wind generation, the cost of the project would be brought down to $700 million dollars. Empire-Liberty Utilities has been in talks with farmers in the area to lease 40,000 acres of land. Each two megawatt turbine is estimated to cost approximately $3 million dollars, and company officials say it’ll save you an undisclosed amount of money each month on your utility bill. Company officials also say they’re moving forward with this plan due to a high demand for green energy by their customers. While Empire-Liberty Utilities has not included a request for a rate increase pertaining to this project, in the past, the rate increases are requested upon the completion of projects. Empire-Liberty Utilities currently has the highest power rates in the state of Missouri. This filing to close Asbury and build the wind farms will need approval from the Public Service Commission to move forward. Empire-Liberty Utilities is hoping to have the plan approved before April 2019 in order to avoid having to install a $24 million dry landfill. (Source: Empire District Electric, KZRG, 31 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind news,  

Battery Energy Storage Integrated Into Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
KK Wind Solutions,PowerCon
Date: 2017-11-06
In Denmark, KK Wind Solutions, Vestas, PowerCon and Aalborg University reports the development of a modular battery storage solution that is integrated into a wind turbine . The solution will combine battery technology and software algorithms that enable monitoring and control of the batteries.

According to the partners, energy storage needs to account for only about 8 pct of a wind farm's capacity in order to eliminate almost 90 pct of fluctuations in energy production. The partners aim to improve functionality, stability and reliability, as well as reduce procurement and maintenance costs. (Source: KK Wind Solutions, NA WindPower, Various Media31 Oct., 2017) Contact: KK Wind Solutions, +45 9692 4300,,; +45 97 30 00 00,; PowerCon,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy Storage,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  Vestas,  

Irish Climate Change Council Recommends €70 Carbon Tax (Int'l)
Climate Change Advisory Council
Date: 2017-11-06
In Dublin, the chairman of the Irish Government's Climate Change Advisory Council, Professor John Fitzgerald, has warned that the country will miss its 2020 emissions reductions target and needs to raise its present €20 per tonne carbon tax to as much as €70 on coal, turf, peat and other fossil fuels and products to meet its 2020 targets.

Prof Fitzgerald's recommends an immediate ending of subsidies for peat extraction, vital to fuel fire-powered stations in the Midlands, a tax on farm-generated greenhouse gas emissions, more climate friendly governance, included the possibility of community ownership of renewable energy projects and a new agency to spearhead climate change as a priority in policy making. (Source: Climate Change Advisory Council, Irish News, 5 Nov., 2017) Contact: Climate Change Advisory Council, +44 01 268 0180,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

Rotterdam and Oslo compete to set up first CO2 highway

Date: 2017-11-04
Norway and the port of Rotterdam are competing to create the first European chain that will allow CO2 capture from industrial sites to be transported to a storage site offshore. The two projects featured prominently at a conference in Rotterdam last week, organised by the Global CCS Institute, whose chairman spoke hopefully of a "renaissance" and "renewed interest" in carbon capture and storage (CCS). Previous CCS projects in the European Union focused on trapping the climate-changing carbon dioxide gases from coal-fired power plants, with all elements of the process in the hands of a single party. The last surviving EU project was supposed to be a coal-fired power plant with CCS in Rotterdam, but the project's supports pulled out last summer. Instead, the CO2 from Rotterdam's industry is planned to be stored in depleted gas fields in the North Sea. A feasibility study is due to be ready by the end of the year, with an investment decision planned for the end of 2018. The idea is to create a CO2 'highway' which is operated by a separate entity. Rotterdam's plans received a boost in October when after months of negotiations, four Dutch political parties announced a coalition deal, needed to form a new government. They promised to reduce emissions of 56 megatonnes of CO2 by 2030. A third of that reduction, 18, is planned to be achieved by having industrial sites apply CCS. Earlier in October, the Norwegian government announced it would cut 90 percent of the budget Rotterdam has planned to begin storing CO2 in 2020, while Norway has 2022 as date to be fully operational. (Source: EUObserver, 31 Oct., 2017) Roy Vardheim, who heads the Norwegian industrial CCS initiative, the Technology Centre Mongstad,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  Carbon Storage news,  

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Microalgae Jet Biofuel Production Studied in Thailand (Int'l, R&D)
Date: 2017-11-03
Tokyo-headquartered industrial machinery maker IHI reports it will conduct large-scale verification experiments in central Thailand, on a process for producing jet fuel from cultured microalgae oils. The goal is to have a practical technology ready by 2020 for possible commercial scale production by 2030.

For the project, microalgae will be cultivated and harvested to study the overall process, establish methods of mass production, and work to lower production costs. The testing is a continuation and expansion of a project backed by Japan's New Energy Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) to produce algae-based biofuel. The initiative includes University of Kobe as part of an industry-government-academia effort. (Source: IHI, Nikkei Asian Review, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: IHI, +81 (3) 6204-7800,; NEDO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEDO,  Microalgae,  IHI,  Algae,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  

NNPC Planning Nigerian Cassava Biofuel Plant (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-11-03
In Abuja, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Ondo State Government are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a 65,000 million lpy cassava biofuel plant, including a 40-MW power plant, in the community Okeluse, Ondo State. The project could also produce industrial starch which could be converted to animal feeds and other valuable byproducts. NNPC aims to commercialize the project's greenhouse gas emission reduction capability to win carbon credits for the nation from the international community. (Source: Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., 2 Nov.,2017) Contact: Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cassava Biofuel,  Biofuel,  

Alaskan Team to Make Climate Change Recommendations (Ind. Report)
Climate Change, Alaska
Date: 2017-11-03
In Juneau, Alaskan Gov. Bill Walker is creating a special team to recommend ways to address climate change mitigation, adaptation, research and response. The committee will include up to 15 public members from groups with a stake in the issue, representatives from the private sector, indigenous organizations and local governments, universities and state agencies.

Funding for the committee's recommendations has not yet been earmarked. (Source: SF Gate, Beaumont Enterprise, Others, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Alaskan Gov. Bill Walker,

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

WegoWise Wins Energy Benchmarking Training Grant (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-11-03
Boston-based building analytics, energy and water benchmarking specialist WegoWise is reporting receipt of $58,303 in Workforce Training Fund matching funds Grants from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The funds will provide customized training to 32 WegoWise team members and create 10 additional positions by 2019.

WegoWise is focused on improving the operational and sustainability performance of multifamily and commercial real estate. The company's software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform is used to benchmark utility and water usage in more than 58,000 buildings, comprising 2.4 million square-feet of multifamily housing in the United States. (Source: WegoWise, PR, GlobeNewsWire, 31 Oct., 2017). Contact: WegoWise, Laila Partridge, Pres., CEO, (617) 367-7346,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News WegoWise,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  

VTT to Develop New Indian Enzymes for Biorefineries (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-11-03
Micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone rainforests of India are an exciting prospect for biochemical production, as they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a forest fire. The enzymes they produce are likely to also have a higher-than-normal resistance to the substances released from biomass in high-temperature industrial processes. An EU and nationally funded project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, called IndZyme, is looking to study whether they are capable of breaking down agricultural waste better than commercial enzymes.

The Indian research partner in IndZyme, VINSTROM, has collected microbial cultures from wildfire-prone areas of Indian rainforests and proven that they have a higher-than-normal resistance to inhibitor chemicals. During the project, these microbial cultures will be screened for new, more inhibitor-resistant cellulase enzymes as well as LPMO enzymes, whose activity may even be boosted by inhibitor chemicals. The next step will be studying the efficiency of these new enzymes in breaking down agricultural waste, such as straw, into fermentable sugars. The project will involve developing new enzyme screening methods and producing new information about compounds that inhibit or promote enzyme activity.

Lignocellulosic agricultural waste is among the most common renewable biomass resources. In Europe, wheat straw is one of the most abundant agricultural waste products. India has ample stocks of bagasse, the fibrous matter that remains after sugar cane stalks are crushed to produce sugar, but it is currently disposed of by incineration, causing considerable local emissions.

The three-year IndZyme project consortium consists of VTT (Finland), VINSTROM (India), RWTH (Germany) and the University of Tartu (Estonia). VINSTROM will screen the microbial cultures, after which VTT will analyse them for the enzymes they produce. RWTH will fraction the inhibitor compounds generated by biomass processing, after which VTT and the University of Tartu will characterise the enzymes and study their interactions with inhibitors. The project The VTT coordinated project has a total budget of approximately €1 million. VTT and the Academy of Finland have together allocated €400,000 towards the project . (Source: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, PR, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Kristiina Kruus, Research Prof., +358-50-520-2471,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News VTT news,  Enzymes news,  

Denmark, US Ink Offshore Wind Cooperation Agreement (Ind. Report)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2017-11-01
In Washington, Danish Energy and Climate Minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt recently met with US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to formalize a new wind energy cooperation agreement between the two countries. The co-operation will initially revolve around the exchange of experience and knowledge regarding U.S. elopement and expansion of its offshore wind potential.

In 2015, 42 pct of Denmark's total electric power demand was met by wind energy. The country has an overall wind energy capacity of 1.3 GW. The US DOE estimates that 35 pct of US electric power will be generated by wind energy by 2050, with 20 pct of the total from offshore wind energy at an investment cost of approximately $400 billion. (Source: CPH Post Online, Various Media, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Denmark Energy and Climate Minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt,

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

Atmospheric CO2 Levels Hit 800,000 Year High (Ind. Report)
World Meteorological Organization
Date: 2017-11-01
The Geneva, Switzerland-headquartered World Meteorological Organization (WMO)is reporting that atmospheric concentrations of the long lasting greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2), and the shorter-lived by far more potent methane have persisted at levels above 400 parts per million for the first time in recorded history and its highest level in 800,000 years.

In addition to the ignition of fossil fuels, an extremely powerful El Nino event -- a natural phenomenon that is exacerbated by man-made climate change -- is contributing to the high greenhouse gas levels. El Nino restricts the ability of plants to absorb CO2 whenever it causes extensive droughts. Normally, much of this excess carbon would be absorbed by the oceans -- the planet's major carbon sink.

Measurements taken in 51 different countries revealed that 2016's increased CO2 levels was 50 pct higher than the average of the past 10 years. "The rate of increase of atmospheric CO2 over the past 70 years is nearly 100 times larger than that at the end of the last ice age," the report claims. (Source: World Meteorological Organization, BBC News, Various Others, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: World Meteorological Organization,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ,  CO2,  Methane,  GHGs,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Global Warming,  

BMW Commissions Used Battery Energy Storage Farm Leipzig (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-01
The BMW Group is reporting the commissioning of its "second-life" BMW 13 Battery Storage Farm Leipzig. The facility will incorporate as many as 700 high-capacity, used battery packs from BMW i3s electric vehicles. The facility is presently using about 500 500 BMW i3 battery packs due to availability since the The BMW 13 EV was launched 4 years ago. (Source: BMW BLOG, Various Media, 30 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  

World's First Floating Offshore Wind Farm Begins Operations (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-01
Norwegian state-owned Statoil in partnership with Masdar, reports the inauguration of the world’'s first floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Scotland, 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The 30-MW pilot Hywind Scotland will generate sufficient electric power for about 20,000 U.K. households.

The project utilizes 5 Siemens turbines measuring 584 feet high and 505 feet in diameter. The facility's onshore operations and maintenance base is in Peterhead, while the operations center is in Great Yarmouth. Batwind, a 1-MW lithium battery storage system for offshore wind energywill be installed to mitigate intermittency and optimize output. (Source: Statoil, Commercial Property Exec., 30 Oct., 2017)

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

Beijing Prepares for COP23 Climate Change Leadership (Int'l)
COP23,Climate Change
Date: 2017-11-01
Despite Washington's previous role in combating climate change, then Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, China appears to be positioning itself to take a lead role at next week's COP23 climate talks in Bonn, according to the Financial Post. It is widely agreed that Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, had an obvious negative impact on the international community's confidence in the U.S.' commitment to fight climate change and its leadership, a role which Beijing is ready to exploit.

At the up coming COP23 meet in Bonn, China is expected to unveil a planned national carbon trading scheme launch in 2018. The Chinese plan, which is expected to be modeled after the European Union's carbon marketplace, still has "problems" that need to be fixed before the "very complex" scheme can be launched nationwide, according to Chinese climate policy makers in Beijing. (Source: Xinhua, Financial Times, 31 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  COP23,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

Infomart Data Center Wins USGBC LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
USGBC,Infomart Data Center
Date: 2017-11-01
Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale data center provider, reports its Portland, Oregon data center has achieved U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum® certification, the highest rating offered by the USGBC. The facility is the first data center in the state to win LEED certification.

Infomart Portland achieved LEED Platinum certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The facility uses Direct Access rights to source hydro-electric power from the Bonneville Power Administration and has cut its CO2 emissions by 96 pct when compared to the national utility average. Infomart Portland claims a 99 pct efficient Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.16 in full economization mode, 100 pct aisle containment, and natural cooling methods to run the facility at least 70 pct of the year. (Source: Infomat Data Centers, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Informat Data Centers,; USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  

Battelle Completes AEP CCS Project in West Va. (Ind. Report)
Battelle, AEP
Date: 2017-11-01
In the Buckeye State, the Columbus-based Battelle Memorial Institute -- a private nonprofit applied science and technology development company -- is reporting the conclusion of one of the first tests for geologic storage of carbon dioxide at a commercial, coal-fired power plant at the American Electric Power (AEP) Mountaineer Plant in New Haven, West Virginia.

The carbon capture and storage (CCS) research project, which began in 2002, was supported by the United States DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Based on the positive findings from the exploratory well drilling and seismic survey, AEP decided in 2007 to proceed with a 20 MW pilot test facility, with on-site CO2 capture, compression, transport, and injection. Battelle was then hired by AEP to continue providing geologic CCS expertise followed by a post-injection monitoring and site closeout phase ending in 2017.

It was the first CCS project at a working coal-fired power plant, it was funded primarily by private sources and helped establish the technical viability of CCS to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, and to store carbon dioxide in geologic layers with limited prior data.

The project demonstrated the full life-cycle, from inception, characterization well-drilling to find suitable storage zones, reservoir analysis, integration with pilot-scale system for a CO2 supply, injection, storage assessment, monitoring and final close-out in 2017. (Source: Battelle, PR. 28 Oct., 2017) Contact: Battelle, Katy Delaney, (614) 424-7208,,; AEP, Matt Usher, Director of New Technology Development & Policy Support, (800) 672-2231,; Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CO2,  Battelle,  AEP,  

Mexican Oil Giant Commits to CO2 Emissions Cuts by 2021 (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-01
In Mexico City, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), the state-owned oil company reports it intends to cut its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 25 pct by 2021, according to a company release.

PEMEX' 2017-2021 Business Plan includes curbs on greenhouse gases, increasing water recycling by 60 pct to save water at its refineries, and promoting an ecological corridor in the oil rich Gulf state of Veracruz, the company said.

Pemex had a total asset worth of $415.75 billion, and was the world's second largest non-publicly listed company by total market value in 2006 and Latin America's second largest enterprise by annual revenue as of 2009, surpassed only by the Brazilian National Oil Company, Petrobras. With the value of its publicly listed shares totaling $202 billion in 2010, representing approximately one quarter of the company's total net worth. The company has a total revenue of $117.5 billion in revenue in 2014. (Source: PEMEX, PR, CEO, Xinhua, 29 Oct., 2017) Contact: PEMEX, Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya, CEO,

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EDF says Methane Emissions Must be Slashed for Future of Climate Industry (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Environmental Defense Fund,International Energy Agency
Date: 2017-10-30
According to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) 2017 World Energy Outlook evaluating the role of natural gas in a low-carbon economy, globally, the oil and gas industry could reduce up to 75 pct of its current methane emissions. Methane, the main constituent in natural gas, is also a powerful climate pollutant that has increasingly alarmed scientists. IEA says the environmental credentials of natural gas are at risk absent action by the industry to radically reduce oil and gas methane emissions. Methane emissions from human activities account for about 25 pct of the warming our planet is experiencing today, according to the IEA.

The IEA says that while some oil and gas companies are beginning to tackle methane in earnest, others downplay or deny the problem while others question the oil and gas industry's role in a low-carbon future.(Source: Environmental Defense Fund, PR, Facebook, Oct. 26, 2017) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp, Pres.; IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund,  International Energy Agency,  Methane,  Methane Emissions,  ,  

BioResouce Dev. Inks Nebraska Landfill Gas Deal (Ind. Report)
Black Hills Energy,BioResource Development
Date: 2017-10-30
In Nebraska, Omaha-headquartered BioResource Development LLC reports it has inked a deal under which it will be harvesting landfill methane gases emitted by the 160-acre Sarpy County Landfill northwest of Springfield. The company will clean the gases and pump the resulting renewable natural gas into Black Hills Energy's pipeline distribution network. The methane is presently being flared off.

BioResource Development is installing new wells in addition to those already installed by the county, to which it will apply a vacuum that allows for the direct collection of waste gases. Those gases will then be processed to strip out moisture, carbon dioxide and other ambient gases like nitrogen and oxygen. That leaves methane, the primary hydrocarbon that's piped through natural gas pipelines and into homes and businesses. According to the EPA, there are currently 634 landfill gas projects in the U.S. (Source: BioResource Development LLC, Omaha World Herald, 27 Oct., 2017) Black Hills Energy,; BioResource Development LLC, Greg MacLean, Pres., (402) 682-3680,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Hills Energy,  Methane,  Landfill Gas,  BioResource Development,  

Hawaiian PUC Approves Solar Power Feed-In Programs (Ind. Report)
Hawaii PUC
Date: 2017-10-30
In the Aloha State, the PUC reports it has approved two new rooftop solar programs that will allow customers to once again feed power to the grid and receive credits. The programs allow the sale of rooftop solar power to Hawaiian Electric Cos. -- including Maui Electric -- grids during peak nighttime periods only and during daytime hours with a system that allows the utilities, to control the flow of PV power to the grid.

One of the difficulties utilities have had with past PV systems is that solar power flows at varying rates based on the sun into the grid unchecked, forcing the utility to curtail or increase generation of power to balance the system. Previously , residential PV systems owners could only set up battery storage systems while still receiving power from the utility. This new PUC ruling allows existing Net Metering customers to add "nonexport" systems, such as batteries, while retaining their favorable status and authorized activation of new "advanced inverter" functions in PV and storage systems that support the grid during grid disturbances. (Source: Hawaii PUC, Maui News, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: Hawaii PUC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaii PUC,  Solar,  Solar Feed-in Tariff,  

B.C. Appoints Climate Change Advisory Council (Ind. Report)
British Columbia
Date: 2017-10-30
In Victoria, the British Columbia Environment Ministry reports the appointed of a team of environmental and industry advisers to help the government set and meet legislated pollution reduction targets and introduce climate legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct below 2007 levels over the next 13 years. The legislation will also include targets to cut building emissions by 50 pct and 30 pct from industry and transportation.

The province is set to increase its carbon tax by $5 per tonne next April, raising the tax to $35 per tonne. (Source: British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Variuos Media, Canadian Press, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: British Columbia Ministry of Environment, (250) 387-6121,

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

Vermont Tightens Wind Turbine Noise Standards (Ind. Reports)

Date: 2017-10-30
In Montpelier, Vermont Public Radio reports the Vermont Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules has approved a proposal for stricter noise limits for wind turbines. The ruling will keep nighttime sound levels to under than 30 decibels when measured inside a home.

Public health advocates say the new rule is not strict enough, while business and clean energy supporters say the limits will hinder future wind development. The Public Utility Commission, which tabled the proposal, say the 30 decibel standard will protect public health and will not completely rule out utility-scale wind energy. (Source: Vermont Public Radio, WRAL, 27 Oct., 2017)

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Minneapolis Recognizes Energy Efficient Com. Bldg.s (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-30
In Minneapolis, the Building Energy Challenge Awards notes that the city's commercial-industrial sector contributed almost half of the total citywide greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 with building energy use as the main source. An analysis released earlier this year of the energy use of 417 public and commercial buildings in Minneapolis revealed that those buildings have the combined potential to save $27 million in energy costs per year and avoid more than 120,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by increasing their energy efficiency to reduce consumption by 15 pct.

In 2013, Minneapolis adopted its Commercial Building Benchmarking and Transparency ordinance requiring large buildings to track and disclose their energy consumption. All buildings subject to the benchmarking ordinance may participate in the Building Energy Challenge and are eligible for milestone awards. Buildings can qualify as challenge leaders by publicly committing to a 15 percent greenhouse gas reduction. The Building Energy Challenge aligns with the city's Clean Energy Partnership in support of the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan. (Source: Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership,, Oct 27, 2017 Contact: Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership,

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

Net-Zero Energy R&D Building Opens in Jamaica (Ind. Report)
University of the West Indies
Date: 2017-10-30
In Jamaica, University of the West Indies (UWI) is reporting the opening of the Jamaica's and the Caribbean region's first net zero energy building in Kingston, Jamica.

The 2,300-square-foot structure is designed as a model to encourage construction of sustainable and energy-efficient buildings throughout the region. The building will host the Centre for Advanced Research in Renewable Energy (CARRE) to promote energy efficiency, solar, wind and biomass energy R&D. The building is expected to save approximately 50,000 kilowatts of energy, which translates to a reduction of 34.5 metric tpy of CO2.

The net zero energy building project was implemented by the UWI Institute of Sustainable Development with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and technical assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). (Source: University of the West Indies, Jamaica Information Service, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of the West Indies, +876 927 1660,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Energy,  

Renovate America's HERO Program Expands in California (Ind. Report)
Renovate America,PACE
Date: 2017-10-30
According to Renovate America, an additional 15,000 homes across California now have access to HERO energy-efficient financing which is now available to homeowners in unincorporated areas of Tulare, Mendocino, Siskiyou, Amador and Glenn Counties and in the cities of Santa Rosa, Cupertino, Marysville and Shasta Lake.

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing platform HERO empowers property owners to make residential energy, efficiency and water conservation improvements and pay for them over time through an additional, voluntary line item on their property taxes. Renovate America administers the PACE HERO program. (Source: Renovate America, Remodeling, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: Renovate America, Blair McNeill, VP Market Dev.,

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

Manitoba Releases Provincial Carbon Tax Scheme (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-10-30
On the Canadian prairies, the Manitoba government reports the release of its "Made in Manitoba" plan to fight climate change, saying the federal government's target for a carbon price would "impose an intolerable financial burden on Manitoba families and businesses." The Manitoba plan sets a carbon price of $25 per tonne -- half the federal government's target of $50 per tonne by 2022.

The federal government of Justin Truseau (Lib) has demanded that provinces establish a carbon tax that would start at $10 a tonne next year and rise to $50 a tonne by 2022. Manitoba claims its $25 per ton tax is fairer, will remain consistent, and "will achieve more than twice as many emissions reductions as the federal carbon tax." Cumulative emissions are projected to drop by more than one megatonne over the next five years under the Manitoba plan -- 80,000 tonnes more than with the federal carbon tax, according to the Manitoba plan. (Source: Gov. of Manitoba, CBC, 27 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  Manitoba Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  

Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Report Launched (Ind. Report)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2017-10-30
In London, the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a voluntary, CEO-led initiative comprised of ten oil and gas companies that pool expert knowledge and collaborate on action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has announced the release of its third Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Report and its first three investments to advance its commitments to spur the growth of low carbon technologies.

The billion-dollar OGCI Climate Investments fund was established in 2016 to invest in technologies and business models with the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

OGCI is partnering with United Nations Environment and the Environmental Defense Fund to provide financial and technical backing for the world's first global methane study to fill gaps in the identification and quantification of global methane emissions. OGCI is also working with Imperial College London on research provide a more accurate picture of total greenhouse gas emissions across the natural gas value chain and to identify emission "hot spots."

Download the full OGCI A Catalyst for Change report HERE. (Source: Oil & Gas Climate Initiative, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: OGCI, Pratima Rangarajan, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative ,  

Date: 2017-10-29
California Air Resources Board Breaks Ground on Facility at UCR UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony for the California Air Resources Board’s test and research facility. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) broke ground Friday on a key $419 million research and testing facility that will also be the board’s Southern California headquarters.

The Air Resources Board played an instrumental role in uncovering the emissions defeat device installed by German car manufacturer Volkswagen on some of its vehicles, resulting in a worldwide scandal. The 380,000-square-foot square facility has been billed as state-of-the-art and will be certified LEED Platinum, considered the highest level of energy efficiency for building standards. The building will also be the nation’s single largest net-zero energy structure, according to CARB, which means it will produce as much energy as it uses. Solar panels on the rooftop and over the parking lot will supply at least 3.5 megawatts of electricity. Construction at the site is slated to begin in February. (Source: UC Riverside, California ARB, UCR Today, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: UC Riverside, Richard Chang, (951) 827-5893,

CDP Touts Carbon "A List" -- List Attached (Ind. Report)
CDP,Carbon Disclosure Project
Date: 2017-10-27
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 manage their environmental impacts.

Thousands of companies submit annual climate disclosures to CDP for independent assessment against its scoring methodology. The Climate A List is released alongside the Water A List and Forests A List. This is the first year that CDP has announced company scores across all three areas simultaneously, reflecting a holistic approach to corporate sustainability.

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

Access the CDP Climate A List HERE, (Source: CDP, Oct., 2017) Contact: CDP, USA and Canada Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086,,

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

2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-27
According to the 2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, since 2005 annual U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have declined by 758 million metric tons -- the largest decline of any country over that time frame.

By way of comparison, the European Union's total decline amounted to 770 million tons while the UK reported a 170 million metric ton decline. At the same time, China's carbon dioxide emissions grew by 3 billion metric tons, and India's grew by 1 billion metric tons.

According to the World Bank, U.S. per capita carbon dioxide emissions rank 11th among all countries. So, we are not the largest per capita emitter, but we do emit 2.2 times as much on a per capita basis as China. But, China has 4.3 times as many people, and that matters from an overall emissions perspective. China's lower per capita carbon dioxide emissions are more than offset by its greater population, so China emits over 70 pct more CO2 per year than the U.S.

Access the BP Statistical Review of World Energy HERE. (Source: BP, Forbes, Other Media, 24 Oct., 2017)

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EU Parliament Seeks End of Palm Oil Biofuels (Int'l Report)
European Commission
Date: 2017-10-27
Meeting in Brussels, the EU Parliament's environment committee has voted to amend its renewable energy legislation to exclude food crop-based biofuels from EU renewables support by 2030, and from bioliquid transportation fuel produced from palm oil in particular by 2021. The original November 2016 EC proposal called for a gradual phase-out of food-based biofuels from the 7 pct in 2021 to 3.8 pct in 2030.

Complete legislation governing EU biofuels and bioenergy from 2020-2030 be agreed upon by all EU member states. (Source: EC, EU Eurostat, Argus, Others, Oct., 2017) Contact: European Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  European Commission,  

UNFCCC Reports COP 23 Climate-Neutrality Measures (Ind. Report)
UNFCCC,Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd
Date: 2017-10-27
The UNFCCC has released details of its plans to ensure that the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) is "sustainable to the greatest possible extent."

To attain its goal, COP 23 climate-neutral program will focus on energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy, offsetting unavoidable emissions, and other measures. In a further effort to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport, the UNFCCC is partnering with Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL), aiming to promote the use of biofuels as lower-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels. EERL's Climate Ethanol Alliance of bioethanol producers aims to speed up the low-carbon transition of the transport sector through the promotion of climate action. (Source: UNFCCC, PR, IISD, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd,; UNFCCC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  UNFCCC,  Ethanol Europe Renewables LtdCarbon Emissions,  

PepsiCo HQ Awarded USGBC LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-27
Dallas-headquartered engineering and construction firm C1S Group reports it has begun energy efficiency related LEED standard renovation to multinational snack food and beverage giant PepsiCo's Purchase, New York, headquarters. Scheduled work includes electrical and mechanical systems, flooring, carpeting, lighting, ceiling, HVAC systems, among other renovations to meet US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification standards that are expected to save PepsiCo $215,000 per year in energy costs. Before the work began, the facility had an Energy Star score of 89.

Project highlights include:

  • 85 pct of construction waste was recycled during renovation;
  • total greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 1,230 tpy of per year;
  • an alternative transportation program was implemented, eliminating 34 pct of total commuting trips through vanpools, employee use of public transportation and fuel-efficient vehicles;
  • high efficiency indoor water fixtures were installed throughout the facility reducing consumption by 41 pct. (Source: C1S Group, Construction & Demolition Recycling, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: C1S Group, (972) 386-7005,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

  • Housing Authority Energy Efficiency Program Confirms $902,000 Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Housing Authority of Lawrence County
    Date: 2017-10-27
    In western Pennsylvania, the Housing Authority of Lawrence County is reporting its 2016 guaranteed energy efficiency and water savings project has delivered over $900,000 in energy costs savings.

    The project includes new energy efficient lighting, extensive water conservation measures, high efficient boilers and furnaces, ENERGY STAR appliances and energy efficient windows. The residential upgrades delivered $902,463 in energy and water savings last year, even though most had been installed and operational less than a full year.

    This project was a partnership between The Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence and the residents of the upgraded housing units. The Efficiency Network, Inc., a Pittsburgh-area high technology energy efficiency and sustainability services provider completed most of the work. (Source: New Caste News, 24 Oct., 2017) , executive director of the Contact: Housing Authority of Lawrence County, Gene DiGennaro, Exec. Dir., (724) 656-5100,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Pa. Gov. Seeking RFS Waiver to Protect Refiners (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2017-10-27
    Writing from the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (Dem) has asked President Trump for a waiver to the RFS saying on the grounds that high RIN prices and market volatility may lead to closure of the state's merchant refiners.

    "As you are aware, obligated parties such as oil refiners are required to submit RIN credits to the EPA to demonstrate compliance with the RFS. However, the merchant refiners of the Northeast are not able to acquire enough RIN credits to meet their RFS obligations because they have limited blending capacity. Therefore, they must purchase RINs on the secondary market, where prices have increased significantly,," Wolf's letter read.

    Wolf's letter asked for a waiver "until or unless the market prices deflate. Absent this waiver, the Northeast and specifically Pennsylvania will experience significant economic impacts."

    The Clean Air Act allows a waiver if the EPA administrator determines the implementation of RFS requirements would severely harm the economy of a state, a region or the country as a whole. (Source: Feedstuffs, Various Media, Progressive Farmer, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs,  RFS,  

    CCS Research Field Station Opens in Alberta (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Management Canada Research Institute
    Date: 2017-10-25
    On the Canadian prairies, the University of Calgary is reporting the opening of the Containment and Monitoring Institute's carbon capture and storage (CCS) Field Research Station in Newell County, southern Alberta.

    The research station -- a partnership between Carbon Management Canada Research Institute and the University of Calgary -- offers a unique site to develop and demonstrate technologies to detect and monitor C02 and other fluids stored in underground reservoirs. It also aligns with the university's commitment to a low-carbon future and its emergence as a leader in carbon capture and storage research.

    The 200-hectare CaMI field research station provides the step between modelling work that can be done on a bench scale and a full-scale field pilot. At the site, small amounts of CO2 will be injected into a reservoir 300 metres underground, where the CO2 remains a gas. The injection well at the site is surrounded by two observation wells and four water-monitoring wells to allow researchers to test a variety of technologies.

    The CaMI field research station received funding from the federal Western Economic Diversification Program and is currently funded by the University of Calgary's Canada First Excellence Research Fund via the Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources and Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes. CaMI also offers a subscription-based access to monitoring research outcomes from the field research station. Current joint industry partners include Statoil, Shell Global Solutions, RITE Japan, and Cenovus Energy. (Source: University of Calgary, PR, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes, (403) 210-9784,,; University of Calgary,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  CO2 news,  

    SimPath Touts Possible Biofuel Breakthrough (New Prod & Tech)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    Knoxville, Tennessee-headquartered startup SimPath reports it has licensed a pioneering cloning system developed by the US DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). NREL's system generates and assembles the biological building blocks necessary to synthetically bio-engineer fuels economically and efficiently. SimPath will develop the cloning system further to improve ORNL's method into a multi-gene DNA assembly kit that includes a software package for customers using synthetic biology techniques.

    ORNL developed the cloning system to aid studies of drought-resistant plants that rely on a water-saving form of photosynthesis, a system that has already brought about a 50 pct increase in production.

    ORNL and SimPath will continue to partner on the cloning tool, using feedback from SimPath's customers to enhance the system and fine-tune characteristics such as shelf-life, which determines the viability of live products. (Source: SimPath, ORNL, Bio-based World News, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: SimPath, Robert Moseley, Pres., info@,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  ORNL,  

    Norwegians Reconsidering CO2 CCS Projects Commitments (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    The Oslo-based Norwegian newspaper VG Forsiden reports that following the government's slashing of climate change related state aid in its 2018 budget, Norwegian companies working with carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) say they need to seriously cut their projects CCS projets and related budgets. The government's 2018 budget earmarks 20 million kroner ($2.5 million) to enlarge wide-ranging facilities for carbon dioxide purification in Norwegian industry.

    According to the environmental foundation Bellona, Norwegian industries -- Norcem, Yara and the Oslo municipal waste incineration plant -- currently need around 400 million kroner ($49.9 million) from the government -- more than the assigned budget, and are reconsidering their commitment to capture of carbon dioxide and CCS related projects. (Source: VG Forsiden, MENAFN, 21 Oct., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Norcem,  Yara,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  

    Mexican Carbon Market Set for 2018 Launch (Int'l Report)
    Minister of the Environment
    Date: 2017-10-25
    In 2018, the Mexican government plans to join the growing number of governments around the world with formal carbon cap-and-trade markets that incentivize polluters to reduce emissions.

    The Mexican Deputy Minister of the Environment, Rodolfo Lacy , says those heavy polluters can purchase the right to emit more carbon. Sellers will be companies that succeed at emitting less than their permit, or those that do projects like tree plantings that reduce carbon pollution.

    The government intends to integrate the Mexican carbon market with the California and Quebec market within five years. (Source: Mexico Minister of the Environment, Yale Climate Connections, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: Mexico Minister of the Environment,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Market,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Cap-and-Trade,  

    Meyer Burger Wins Italian 200 MW HJT Cell Lines Order (Int'l)
    Meyer Burger Technology
    Date: 2017-10-25
    Swiss solar machinery maker Meyer Burger Technology AG is touting a $45.7 million "strategic contract" for equipment to produce up to 200 MW of bifacial Heterojunction (HJT) solar cells for an un-named purchaser. Under the deal, two HJT cell lines will be delivered and installed beginning in mid 2018. The lines are expected to be in full production in 2019. The HJT equipment will replace the customer's existing thin-film technology which to has delivered more than 500 MW of installed PV capacity to date. Meyer Burger and the Italian solar manufacturer have also formed a joint development partnership to bring average HJT cell efficiencies beyond 23 pct. (Source: Meyer Burger, Oct., 2017) Contact: Meyer Burger, Peter Pauli, CEO, +41 33 221 2800,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Meyer Burger Technology,  Solar,  

    BEIS Announces Energy Efficient Homes Strategy (Int'l Report)
    Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2017-10-25
    In London, the UK government's Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports the issuance of its Clean Growth Strategy to achieve a low carbon economy and future.

    The strategy emphasizes:

  • long term goals for greater residential energy efficiency;
  • continued support for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) policy;
  • improvd standards in new boiler installations;
  • a consultation in 2018 on how to make the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in the private rental sector more effective;
  • establishing a clear link between cold homes and ill health, which costs the NHS £760 million per year;
  • creating the 2032 Pathway, which could see millions more properties insulated, especially those in fuel poverty;
  • a commitment for a review of building regulations for energy efficiency, following the current review on regulations for both domestic and non-domestic buildings:
  • use smart meter data to promote energy efficiency;
  • reform of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to focus on long-term decarbonization, and others. (Source: Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, UK Landlord News, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

  • Alliance Bioenergy Seals Brokerage Deal (Ind. Report)
    Alliance BioEnergy ,Progressive Fuels Limited
    Date: 2017-10-25
    Partnership Will Bring Alliance BioEnergy Plus Products to the Global Cellulosic Ethanol, RINs and LCFS Market West Palm Beach, Florida-headquartered Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. , whose patented cellulose-to-sugar (CTS) conversion process will revolutionize the production of fuel, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural and industrial products, is reporting an exclusive 5-year brokerage agreement with Progressive Fuels, Ltd. (PFL), an independent interdealer broker in the wholesale physical biofuel, agriculture, CCA, Renewable Identification Numbers (RIN) and Lower Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS) markets.

    Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc., which focuses on the renewable energy, biofuels, and new technologies sectors, holds the license to the patented technology CTS, a mechanical/chemical dry process for converting cellulose material into sugar for use in the biofuels industry. The company aims to retrofit existing and/or shuttered ethanol plants with the mechnocatalytic cellulosic conversion process, transforming them into carbon-neutral and waste-free production facilities. (Source: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc., PR, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Progressive Fuels Ltd., Curtis Chandler, President,; )Contact: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Alliance Bio-Products, Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Progressive Fuels Limited,  Alliance BioEnergy ,  

    CDB Supports Caribbean Energy Storage, Grid Modernisation (Int'l)
    Caribbean Development Bank
    Date: 2017-10-25
    The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) reports it has approved $350,000 in funding for energy storage and grid modernization in the Caribbean. The grant is intended to support stakeholders with design and planning of storage and grid solutions.

    The Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean (CSES-S) fund will provide technical assistance supporting up to six energy storage and/or grid modernisation proposals, from the Bank's Borrowing Member countries (BMCs). Since its founding in 2016, the CSES-S Fund has supported 15 technical assistance projects including 10 capacity-building projects, 4 development support projects and one regulatory support project. The Canadian Government provided $3.9 million in grant resources to the CDB to support Disaster Risk Management and Climate Project in Haiti as well as an Energy Efficiency and Solar PV Projects. (Source: Caribbean Development Bank, Energy Storage, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Caribbean Development Bank , Tessa Williams-Robertson, Renewable Energy ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  

    UK Utility Supports "Robust, Strong Carbon Price" (Int'l)
    SSE,Scottish and Southern Energy
    Date: 2017-10-23
    The UK utility major Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has come out in favour of a "robust and strong carbon price" as the best way to meet government goals to combat climate change without further regulation and with fewer state subsidies. SSE, the largest UK utility by market capitalization, has warned the government that energy companies need clarity in its approach to taxing carbon emissions if it expects utilities to invest in a new generation of gas-fired power stations.

    In 2013, Britain introduced a carbon price support mechanism under which power generators pay a levy of £23 per tonne of carbon emitted -- almost five times more than in the rest of the EU. These arrangements have prompted power generators to shut down many of their coal-fired power stations in the UK. (Source: SSE, Sandbag, Financial Times, 22 Oct., 2017) Contact: Scottish and Southern Energy,; Sandbag,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Carbon Tax,  Carbon,  Sandbag,  Climate Change,  

    Voltus Touts $10Mn to Reinvigorate DR Innovation (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-23
    San Francisco-based energy management specialist Voltus, Inc., a provider of cash-generating energy products, reports it has closed on a $10.1 million investment from Prelude Ventures and a family office represented by Energy Innovation.

    Voltus's suite of energy management products and services delivers cash to commercial, institutional, and industrial customers at no-cost and no-risk in a simple, single page agreement. Combined with Voltus's industry-leading energy expertise and best-in-class cloud-based technology platform, this investment is meant to solidify Voltus as the world's leading provider of demand response. (Source: Voltus Inc., 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: Voltus Inc., Veery Maxwell, Director of Energy Innovation, Gregg Dixon , (617) 283-9387,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Voltus,  Demand Response,  

    Massive Amazon Wind Farm Opens In West Texas
    Amazon Wind Farm Texas
    Date: 2017-10-23
    High Plains Public Radio is reporting that online retail giant Amazon's largest wind farm to date is up and running near Snyder, West Texas. The wind facility incorporates more than 100 turbines and will generate enough clean energy to power more than 330,000 homes.

    Amazon plans to meet its energy needs from the facility and sell the balance to the Texas grid. The new West Texas wind farm is Amazon's 18th wind farm with 35 more wind operations in the works. (Source: Amazon Wind Farm Texas, Engadget, High Plains Public Radio, 19 Oct., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Wind,  

    Canadian Methane Emissions Worse Than Feared (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-23
    A just released study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology reports the Canadian oil and gas industry could be emitting methane -- a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 -- at rates 25 to 50 pct higher than official estimates. The research compared aerial survey measurements of fossil fuel infrastructure in Alberta to emissions reported by industry and other figures.

    Oil-soaked Alberta has set a goal of reducing methane emissions 45 pct by 2025 -- a target researchers say could be severely compromised by the study's findings. The methane gas currently being wasted would supply almost all the natural gas needs of Alberta, and is worth $530 million per year -- an economic cost for governments in the form of lost royalties and taxes, and for industry in terms of revenue, according to the syudy. (Source: Environmental Science & Technology, Other Media, Climate Nexus, 18 Oct., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta,  Carbon Emissions,  Methane,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  

    Colorado Climate Plan Ignores Coal Pollution (Ind. Report)
    Center for Biological Diversity
    Date: 2017-10-23
    According to the Tuscon-based Center for Biological Diversity, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper's recently released Colorado Climate Plan identifies financial subsidies to encourage methane capture or flaring, but fails to address or recommend limits on coal mine emissions or to control methane pollution from oil and gas operations.

    Specifically, Hickenloper's greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan ignores the state's major methane pollution producer -- the St. Louis-based Arch Coal-owned West Elk coal mine near Paonia, Colo. The mine spewed more methane into the air from 2011 through 2016 than any other man-made source and was the state's worst source of methane pollution, according to EPA data. In 2016 the West Elk Mine vented directly into the atmosphere. Mines can reduce methane pollution significantly by flaring the gas, putting it in a pipeline for household use or using it to generate power. But Arch Coal, which operates the mine on public land, has reportedly refused to implement these measures.

    Hickenlooper's administration has rejected recommendations from its own inspectors to require coal mines to file permits disclosing other pollutants emitted when methane is vented. In September the Trump administration proposed approval of an expansion of the West Elk Mine into 1,700 acres of wildlands in the Gunnison National Forest. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, (520) 623-5252,,; Arch Coal,; Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arch Coal,  Hickenlooper,  Coal,  Methane Emissions,  Arch Coal,  

    EU Parliament Forestalls Int'l Flight Carbon Fees to 2021 (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-10-23
    Last Wednesday in Brussels, the European Parliament approved a plan to exempt commercial flights arriving in and/or departing from Europe from EU carbon emission controls until 2021.

    For the first time ICAO and the vast majority of its 191 member states recognize that aviation needs sustainable alternative fuels in the short term to effectively decarbonize the sector. There are numerous industry and state initiatives aiming at developing new technologies respecting sustainability criteria as well as enabling sensible business models. Therefore, beyond the questions of the targeted volume, ICAO role will be essential to frame those initiatives and exchange best practices around the world. (Source: ICAO, EURACTIV, Oct 16, 2017 ) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  Carbon Emissions,  EU ETs,  

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