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Modon, Goldwind Ink Saudi Wind-Turbines Agreement (Int'l)
Saudi Industrial Property Authority,Goldwind Science & Technology
Date: 2017-08-28
Riyadh-headquartered Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) and National Industrial Clusters Development Program have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China-headquartered Goldwind Science & Technology to explore wind-turbines manufacturing opportunities in the kingdom.

Under the terms of the agreement, Modon will allocate land to the Chinese company in its industrial cities and the National Industrial Clusters Development Program will assist Goldwind in identifying investment opportunities and support its search for local partners. (Source: TradeArabia News Service, 25 Aug., 2017) Contact: Saudi Industrial Property Authority, info@modon.gov.sa, www.modon.gov.sa/en; Goldwind, www.goldwindglobal.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  Goldwind Science & Technology ,  


ECS Global Solutions Touts Smart Building Platform (Ind. Report)
ECS Global Solutions
Date: 2017-08-28
ECS Global Solutions Inc., a provider of integrated smart building and energy intelligence solutions, is near completion on the installation of a Smart Building Platform for Regent Medical Properties in New York City.

The integrated Smart Building Platform is being delivered through ECS' Smart Building as a Service program which includes open-architecture building automation for HVAC, intelligent LED lighting, IP camera and card access, and integrated on site sub-metering. The program enables precise energy and operations management while delivering continuous real-time data analytics on facility system performance.

The Regent Medical Properties installation has been financed through the Efficiency Made Easy program available from Constellation, a retail supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services and subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. The Efficiency Made Easy program enables commercial and industrial supply customers to implement energy efficiency and other solutions without upfront capital expenditures (Source: ECS Global Solutions, Facility Exec., 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: ECS Global Solutions, , Len Pisano, Chief Development , (718) 855-5888, info@ecs-global.com, www.ecsglobal.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Building,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


Harvard Study Assess Oil Giant's Climate Change Communications -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2017-08-28
A newly published study by Dr. Geoffrey Supran and Dr. Naomi Oreskes of Harvard University marks an important advance in the examination of fossil fuel companies' responsibility for climate change. The study presents an empirical document-by-document textual content analysis and comparison of 187 climate change communications from petroleum giant ExxonMobil, including peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications, internal company documents, and paid, editorial-style advertisements ('advertorials') in the New York Times. The paper examine whether these communications sent consistent messages about the state of climate science and its implications, Specifically, the report compares ExxonMobils' positions on climate change as real, human-caused, serious, and solvable.

The paper concludes that ExxonMobil contributed to advancing climate science -- by way of its scientists' academic publications -- but promoted doubt about it in advertorials and thus misled the public.

Download the report HERE. (Source: IOP Science, Union of Concerned Scientists, 23 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  ExxonMobil,  


Big Rivers Scores Solar Education Grant Funding (Funding)
Big Rivers Electric
Date: 2017-08-28
Henderson, Kentucky-headquartered Big Rivers Electric is reporting receipt of $84,175 in grant funding from the USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to assist in construction of a new, educational solar array project. The REAP program is available to small businesses, farmers, and ranchers who make energy-efficient improvements.

Big Rivers, a member-owned, not-for-profit, generation and transmission cooperative, is currently constructing seven PV Array Systems in McCracken, Marshall, Livingston, Henderson, Daviess, Meade, and Breckinridge counties. The REAP grant will be utilized for purchasing and installation costs. Many of the selected locations are also offices for the member-owner distribution cooperatives that Big Rivers serves. The solar project is expected to cost approximately $435,000, with Big Rivers contributing more than $350,000. The seven solar arrays will generate a combined 165,000 kWh annually. (Source: Big River, PR, Gleaner, 26 Aug., 2017) Contact: Big River, Bob Berrry, Pres., CEO, (270) 827-2561, www.bigrivers.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Big Rivers Electric ,  Solar,  


Comcast, Sunrun Deal Boosts Residential Solar Program (Ind. Report)
Sunrun Inc.
Date: 2017-08-28
Philadelphia-based media giant Comcast Corp. reports it has sealed a 40-month deal with residential solar programs specialist Sunrun Inc. Under the terms of their agreement, agreement, Sunrun will act as the exclusive residential solar energy provider for Comcast Cable which will serve as one of Sunrun's strategic partners through marketing campaigns in selected markets. Sunrun is the nation's largest provider of residential solar, storage and energy services.

Comcast plans to begin marketing Sunrun's rooftop solar services to its customers in selected states later this year. This agreement follows a successful one-year solar pilot program in which participating Comcast subscribers will have the option of signing up for a Sunrun BrightSave plan which provides customers with 20 years of solar energy at a fixed monthly rate.

As part of this agreement, Comcast will receive fees for new customers they bring to Sunrun. Comcast is also eligible to acquire as much as 9.99% of Sunrun's stock if it can lock down 60,000 customers.

The Comcast and Sunrun joint release notes that rooftop solar is projected to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the energy industry, nearly tripling in size in the U.S. by 2025, according a 2017 Bloomberg New Energy Finance report.(Source: Comcast, Sunrun, Zacks 25 Aug., 20170 Contact: Sunrun Inc., (855) 478-6786, www.sunrun.com; Comcast, www.corporate.comcast.com/contact-information

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunrun,  Comcast,  Solar Energy,  


Planned wind turbine project moves forward

Date: 2017-08-28
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 By Joseph Hopper, Daily Reporter Staff Special use permits sought for Upland Wind Prairie Project approved After narrowly getting a recommendation from the Clay County Zoning Commission, the application for special use permits sought by Apex Clean Energy for its planned wind turbine project, the Upland Wind Prairie Project, was brought before the Clay County Board of Adjustments Tuesday evening. The meeting was held in the same manner as the Zoning Commission’s, with Apex Clean Energy giving an introductory presentation, followed by community input and then possible rebuttal by Apex Clean Energy before receiving questions from the board. “Upland Prairie is requesting special exception use permits for 73 wind turbines with 10 spares and two met towers and one substation. This is all on A1 agricultural property,” said Tammy McKeever, director of Clay County Zoning. “According to our zoning ordinance, we do allow for wind turbines in an A1 agricultural district as a special use permit.” During Apex’s opening presentation, Brenna Gunderson, senior development manager at Apex, suggested that Apex’s efforts to properly cite turbines with their planned layout exceeded the county’s requirements. “We’ve got over 19,000 acres signed to a lease, ... of that the build-able area is down to about 3,300 acres, so just 17 percent of that area,” Gunderson said. “Through this project, it really does become very difficult to move turbines (from their planned positions), but we also think it’s unnecessary. Unnecessary simply because we have definitely gone over and above the county’s requirements. We are looking at more than just distance, we are looking at sound and shadow flicker. And, we really believe that this wind farm, the way it’s designed, is not going to create any problems for the community. In fact, we think that this will probably be one of if not the, quietest wind farms in Iowa.” Adam Van Dike, a lawyer representing Apex, returned and spoke directly to the board, stating how he thought Apex met the county’s criteria for a special use permit. Van Dike also focused on setback distances, which was one of the concerns brought up multiple times during the meeting. During the public hearing portion of the meeting, speakers included participating landowners, nonparticipating land owners, Clay County residents, county supervisors from Franklin and Kossuth counties, and a resident of Dickinson County. While some members of the board expressed an interest in seeing a larger setback for the turbines as opposed to the 1,200 feet currently in ordinance, Assistant County Attorney Barry Sackett explained that the board is unable to amend the Clay County ordinance. After deliberation, the board voted 5-0, with board members John Olson and Jim Christensen noting their reluctance during the vote, to approve the application for special use permits for the Upland Prairie Wind Project. With the approval of the permits, the Upland Prairie Wind Project is allowed to be constructed on designated A1 agricultural land in Clay County.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind news,  


Albertans Favor Stricter Methane Rules, says Survey (Ind. Report)
EKOS
Date: 2017-08-25
On the Canadian prairies, a new Environmental Defense Fund poll conducted by EKOS Research Associates has found that 41 per cent of Albertans think their province's emissions regulations should be equally as strict as U.S. regulations while 30 pct said Alberta's rules should be tighter than the U.S. standards. Fourteen pct of respondents thought the rules should be more relaxed and 15 pct had no opinion.

The Canadian federal government and Alberta's energy regulator are in the process of designing new rules to reduce methane emissions. The proposed federal regulations would force industry to regularly check for gas leaks and install equipment that prevents the gas from venting. The feds estimate that its proposed rules would slash methane emissions by 282 megatonnes by 2035.

Methane, aka natural gas, is at least 20 times more potent as a greenhouse gas over the long term than carbon dioxide. The energy industry is Canada's largest source and controlling those releases is considered to be one of the most cost-effective ways for the industry to address climate change. (Source: EKOS Research, BOE Report, Canadian Press, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: EKOS Research Associates, www.ekos.com

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


juwi Breaks Ground on 13.2-MW German Wind Project (Int'l)
juwi Group
Date: 2017-08-25
Worrstadt, Germany-based renewable energy developer juwi Group reports it has begun construction of the 13.2-MW Schmoelln wind farm in the state of Brandenburg, northeastern Germany.

The facility, which will utilize 4 Vestas V126 turbines of 3.3 MW each, is expected to be online by the end of 2017. The plant will be juwi's first wind park in Brandenburg, where it has already installed several photovoltaic (PV) parks. (Source: juwi Group. Various Media, 23 Aug., 2017)Contact: juwi group, Christian Hinsch, Communications, 011 +49. (0) 6732. 96 57-1201, hinsch@juwi.de, www.juwi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News juwi Group,  Wind,  


Hanergy, Audi Tout Thin Film Solar Cell R&D Project (Ind. Report)
Hanergy, Audi,Alta Devices
Date: 2017-08-25
In Bejing, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited is reporting its wholly-owned US subsidiary Alta Devices in Sunnyvale, California, and automaker AUDI AG have inked a Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Cooperation in Thin Film Solar Cell Technology and will jointly undertake the "Audi/Hanergy Thin Film Solar Cell Research and Development project".

The two firms will initially integrate thin-film solar cells in the panoramic roof of Audi models with the aim feeding solar energy into the vehicle's electrical system , including air conditioning and other electrical appliances. In time, the solar power will be integrated into the vehicle's drive train battery for additional primary power.

The two firms plan to jointly present an Audi vehicle prototype featuring an integrated prototype solar roof by the end of 2017.

Alta Devices Inc. is a leading manufacturer of GaAs thin film cell devices and a supplier of mobile energy application products. It has the world's thinnest, lightest, flexible GaAs thin film solar technology with the highest conversion efficiency. (Source: Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited, CNW, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Hanergy, +86 10 8391 4567, www.hanergy.com; Alta Devices, (408) 988-8600, www.altadevices.com; Audi AG, www.audi.com/corporate/en.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanergy,  Audi,  Solar,  Solar Cell,  Thin Film Solar,  


Buena Vista Opens Carbon Sequestration Test Site (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-08-25
In the Golden State, the city of Buena Vista Department of the Environment, in cooperation with the not-for-profit Urban Permaculture Institute (UPI) and Matter of Trust, are reporting the launch of a two-year study to measure the carbon sequestration impact of adding compost to the city's sandy soil to promote plant growth and act as a "carbon sink."

The study aims to determine the feasibility of reproducing and expanding other, similar urban programs across the state. The city previously considered the sequestration impact of its parks and forests, but similar forest management proposals have focused largely on erosion control and windbreaks rather than the benefits of carbon sinks. (Source: Buena Vista Department of the Environment, Contact: Urban Permaculture Institute , www.upisf.com; Buena Vista Department of the Environment, www.doe.gov.bz/index.php/component/tags/tag/28-buena-vista

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration,  Carbon Sink,  


WI. School Dist. Approves $3.26Mn for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-08-25
In Wisconsin, the School District of Beloit reports it has approved a resolution to invest $3.26 million for HVAC replacement, roofing, window and lighting energy efficiency upgrades at Converse, Gaston, Robinson and Merrill schools during the 2017-2018.

The upgrades will be paid for by a revenue limit exemption from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Under the exemption, the school district will be reimbursed for approximately two-thirds of the energy efficiency upgrade costs. (Source: School District of Beloit, Beliot Daily News, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: School District of Beloit Director of Business Service, Jamie Merath, www.sdb.k12.wi.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Doing More with Less: Energy Efficiency Potential in Canada -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Conference Board of Canada
Date: 2017-08-25
According to the International Energy Agency, approximately two-thirds of economically feasible global energy efficiency measures have not been implemented. If Canada were to pursue energy efficiency improvements more aggressively, it could reduce its energy consumption by up to 15 per cent by 2035, according to a Doing More with Less: Energy Efficiency Potential in Canada a just released report from the Conference Board of Canada.

Key areas for energy savings potential include lighting, space heating, and household electronics for residences, while in the commercial sector, lighting, computer and HVAC equipment hold the most promise. In Canada, electricity and natural gas utilities are largely responsible for the implementation of energy efficiency measures and the largest efficiency improvements will result from their actions, such as incentive programs to install energy efficient equipment or appliances, conducting energy audits, and performing energy efficient retrofits. Efficiency measures could also include a broader suite of policy instruments, such as land-use measures, equipment and building performance standards, and renewable subsidies.

The report provides an overview of remaining energy potential that exists in Canada and applies their average energy intensity improvements to the National Energy Board's (NEB) long-term energy forecast to determine the impact that such improvements would have on Canada's future energy consumption.

The NEB expects that Canada's energy demand will continue to grow at an average annual rate of 0.7 per cent, reaching 13,868 petajoules (PJ) by 2040. Applying a range of energy efficiency improvements could result in as much as a 15 per cent reduction in energy consumption forecasted by the NEB, approximately 5 per cent below the 2017 level for residential, commercial and industrial energy use.

From a climate change perspective, however, the contribution of energy efficiency policies will be smaller. Electricity in Canada currently comes from sources that are approximately 80 per cent renewable or very low emissions and could be near 100 per cent by 2035. The most important contribution energy efficiency gains can make is to reduce the need for hydrocarbons to provide heat.

Access the report at no cost HERE. (Source: Conference Board of Canada, 24 Aug., 2017) Contact: Conference Board of Canada, (866) 711-2262, contactcboc@ conferenceboard.ca, www.conferenceboard.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Trump Dumps National Climate Assessment Committee (Ind. Report)
NOAA
Date: 2017-08-23
August 18, 2017

Dear Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment,

"On behalf of the Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), I am writing to inform you that per the terms of the charter the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment (Committee) will expire on August 20, 2017. The Department of Commerce and NOAA appreciate the efforts of the Committee and offer sincere thanks to each of the Committee members for their service."

Yours Truly, Benjamin Friedman, NOAA.

OR, as the Donald would say, "You're Fired!"

The 15 person advisory committee membership included industry, academia, government and nonprofits The advisory committee offers expertise on such things as climate effects and risk assessment and management. Advisory committee members were appointed by the NOAA administrator in consultation with the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. (Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , Various Media, 18 Aug., 2017) Contact: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Benjamin Friedman, (301) 713-1208, www.noaa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NOAA,  Climate Change,  


QSTec Assists SolarWorld's Insolvency Exit (Int'l)
Qatar Solar Technologies,SolarWorld Industries
Date: 2017-08-23
In Doha, Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) reports it has come to an arrangement which would see Bonn, Germany-based SolarWorld Industries emerge from insolvency and ensure the continuation of the company's solar PV module manufacturing business and the development of its proprietary technology and new products.

QSTec has an 8,000 metric tpy high quality, solar grade Polysilicon manufacturing facility in the Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC), Qatar that produces polysilicon for use in the world's most efficient solar technologies. The company has installed ground and rooftop PV installations at its RLIC site with a total installed capacity of 1.1 MW.

QSTec is a JV between Qatar Solar, a fully owned subsidiary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and the Qatar Development Bank. (Source: QSTec, SolarWorld Industries, TradeArabia News Service, 20 Aug., 2017)Contact: SolarWorld AG, Frank Asbeck, CEO, www.solarworld.de/en/home; Qatar Solar Technologies, www.qstec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarWorld Industries,  Solar,  


52-room Mansion Scores $864,000 Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
PACE Program
Date: 2017-08-23
In the Motor City, the landmark 1880-vintage 22,000 square foot, 52-room Whitney Mansion Restaurant reports it will receive receive $863,130 in energy efficiency upgrades with financing from Petros PACE Finance of Austin, Texas.

The Whitney's PACE financed improvements include: storm windows for the building's 200-plus windows; LED lighting throughout; energy efficient HVAC equipment; energy efficient kitchen equipment; and a smart phone operated building controls system. The energy efficiency measures are expected to cut the restaurant’s energy cost by almost $24,000 per year. Construction is set to begin this month and could be finished by the year end. (Source: The Whitney, Development News, 22 ug, 2017) Contact: The Whitney, www.thewhitney.com; Petros PACE Finance, (512) 599-9038, www.petros-pace.com; PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Vietnam Launches AgResults Emissions Reduction Pilot (Int'l)

Date: 2017-08-23
In Vietnam, the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), in collaboration of the Thai Binh provincial People's Committee, is reporting the launch of the AgResults Vietnam Emissions Reduction Pilot which aims to cut rice farming related GHG emissions by incentivizing rice farming technology innovations.

Instead of providing immediate funding for organizations and individuals, the project will select and verify innovative solutions and topics that meet the criteria of mitigating climate change and improving livelihoods for rice farmers.

The AgResults Vietnam project is managed by SNV and co-sponsored by the governments of Australia, Canada, the UK and the US, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The AgResults project total funding is approximately $122 million. (Source: Nhan Dan, Various Media, 22 Aug., 2017)

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


CGIAR Addressing Soil Carbon, Climate Change (Ind. Report)
Global Soil Partnership
Date: 2017-08-23
According to the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), soil carbon could help mitigate significant greenhouse gas emissions, while also supporting food production and adaptation to climate change. As such, soil carbon could be crucial to meeting the Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to below 2 degrees as well as Sustainable Development Goals related to food security and climate. However, we still lack the knowledge needed to sustainably manage soil for carbon, the GSP adds.

On June 19, 30 CGIAR scientists, representing seven CGIAR Centers and six CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs), exchanged recent research findings and identified priorities for a future research agenda on soil carbon and climate change. CGIAR's current soil carbon and climate change work includes:

  • Improving understanding of the factors and underlying mechanisms that drive changes in soil carbon and critical soil functions;
  • Examining agronomic practices that improve soil health, agricultural productivity or socio-economic benefits affect soil carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change adaptation;
  • Investigating the relationships among forests, soils, water and climate;
  • Analyzing the effects of land use change on soil carbon stocks, including loss of soil carbon through deforestation and land degradation, and the potential for soil carbon sequestration through restoration of degraded soils;
  • Assessing the extent of peatland soils globally and estimating current carbon stocks in peatlands;
  • Supporting policy to avoid loss of carbon from peatlands, forestlands and wetlands;
  • Developing standardized methods and metrics for assessing soil carbon and its dynamics, especially as an indicator of ecosystem health, at plot and landscape scales;
  • Facilitating the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework Network, which now has 200 sites and 30,000 reference points in the global tropics, mostly openly accessible data. (Source: CGIAR, World AgroForestry Center, Aug., 2017) Contact: 4p1000, http://4p1000.org; Global Soil Partnership, www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/en; CGIAR, www.cgiar.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Soil Carbon,  


  • Turkish Firm Constructing Kosovo, Ukraine Wind Farms (Int'l)
    Guris Holding
    Date: 2017-08-23
    Ankara, Turkey-headquartered Guris Holding reports it is constructing a 32-MW wind farm in Kosovo and a 30-MW plant in Odessa, Ukraine. Both facilities will incorporate General Electric turbines and are slated for completion and commissioning in August-September 2018.

    According to the company's website, its renewables portfolio includes wind, hydro and geothermal plants. The company has also purchased the license of an 88-MW wind project in Afyon province, western Turkey. The Afyon-2 plant is expected to generate 255 million kWh of electricity per year, according to the website. (Source: Guris Holding, Dunya Daily, Other Media, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Guris Holding, +90 312 438 1150, www.guris.com.tr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Guris Holding,  Wind,  


    Home Depot Goes Rooftop Solar (Ind. Report)
    Home Deport,Tesla
    Date: 2017-08-21
    Atlanta-headquartered big box home renovation retailer Home Depot reports that 50 of its locations in five states -- New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut , California and the District of Columbia – will soon sprout rooftop solar installations of 50,000 panels on average. Home Depot is partnering with with Tesla and Current, a General Electric subsidiary for the project.

    Home Depot will make use of power purchase agreements in leasing roof space and generating solar energy. It is expected that electricity grid demand at every Home Depot store will be reduced by the solar farms at a level that is estimated to be between 30 pct and 35 pct per year. Previously this year, Home Depot invested in a renewable energy farm in Northeast Texas and has committed to purchasing approximately 50 megawatts per year of wind energy. (Source: Home Depot, TechnoTribune, 19 Aug., 2017) Contact: Home Depot, https://corporate.homedepot.com/contact-us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Home Deport news,  Tesla news,  Rooftop Solar news,  Solar news,  


    EDL Acquires Granger's U.S. Landfill Gas-to-Energy Business (M&A)
    Energy Developments Limited ,Granger Energy Services
    Date: 2017-08-21
    Hong Kong-headquartered CK Infrastructure (CKI) on Monday reports that a member company of its Australian businesses, Brisbane-based Energy Developments Limited (EDL) has completed the acquisition of Granger Energy Services , the US operator of 16 landfill gas-to-energy sites totaling 85MWe (megawatts electric).

    The transaction increases EDL's North American landfill gas to energy operations from 12 to 28 sites, and increases EDL's North American assets to 204MWe, making EDL one of the top three landfill gas to energy business in North America. EDL is currently the largest producer of clean energy from landfill gas in Australia. (Source: Energy Developments Limited , CK Infrastructure, Xinhua, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Energy Developments Ltd., +61 7 3275 5555, www.energydevelopments.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas-yo-Energy,  Landfill Gas,  ,  


    New Zealand Super Fund Shifts to Low Carbon Investments (Int'l)
    New Zealand Super Fund
    Date: 2017-08-21
    Reporting from Aukland, the NZ$35 billion ($25.6 billion) New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZ Super Fund) has announced that its NZ$14 billion global passive equity portfolio has been moved into low-carbon investments and thus cut the Fund's overall carbon footprint.

    The move is part of the Fund management's strategy to address climate change investment risk. As of June 30, the Fund's total carbon emissions intensity is 19.6 pct lower, and its exposure to carbon reserves is 21.5 pct lower, than if the changes had not been made.

    The low-carbon portfolio is based on a carbon measurement methodology for listed equities developed by the fund's trustees in concert with MSCI ESG Research which provided independent carbon data and company ratings. The fund is also advancing other climate change strategies including incorporating climate change risk into its investment analysis, engaging with portfolio companies to promote better risk management, and identifying new investment opportunities from the global transition to a low-carbon economy. (Source: NZ Super Fund, NZ Chief Investment Officer, 18 Aug., 2017) Contact: NZ Super Fund, Adrian Orr, CEO, enquiries@nzsuperfund.co.nz, www.nzsuperfund.co.nz

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Low Carbon Energy,  


    Ameresco, BlueWave Complete Mass. Solar Farms (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Blue Wave Solar
    Date: 2017-08-21
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc., Boston-based Blue Wave and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts are reporting completion of five solar arrays in Hopedale and Mendon, Mass. next month. Blue Cross Blue Shield will purchase 2.6 megawatts of net metering credits from the five community solar projects which have a combined 6.9 MW of renewable energy.

    When fully operational, the five projects will increase the states community solar power by about 13 pct and cut carbon emissions by approximately 6,300 metric tpy. (Source: Ameresco, WBJournal.com, Aug 18, 2017) Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; Blue Wave Solar, (844) 786-4100, www.bluewavesolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Solar,  Community Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    EDP, Cummins Ink Wind Virtual Power Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Cummins Inc., EDP Renewables North America
    Date: 2017-08-21
    Columbus, Ohio-based heavy-duty engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. reports it has entered into a virtual power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables North America to add 75 MW of capacity to the 600-megawatt Meadow Lake Wind Farm in Chalmers, north of Lafayette, Indiana.

    In a virtual power purchase agreement, the wind farm owner sells the power into the broad power markets that feed the regional electric grid. (Source: Cummins, Seymour Tribune, 17 Aug., 2017) Contact: Cummins, Brian Mormino, (614) 771-1000, /www.cummins.com; EDP Renewables North America, www.edpr.com

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


    Roeslein's Missouri Biogas Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Roeslein Alternative Energy
    Date: 2017-08-21
    In the Show Me State, St. Louis-headquartered Roeslein Alternative Energy reports nine farms in Missouri have been selected selected to produce biogas for Roeslein's planned $120 million anaerobic digestion plant just north of Albany, Missouri.

    Smithfield Hog Production in north Missouri is partnering with Roeslein on the biogas plant to be constructed in 1,000 acres in Harrison County . The site is being provided by the Nature Conservancy . Duke Energy in North Carolina is contracted to purchase part of the processed fuel to assist in realizing clean energy standards for power generation. (Source: Roeslein Alternative Energy, NewsPress, Aug., 2017) Contact: Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, croach@roesleinae.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Roeslein Alternative Energy,  Biogas,  Methane,  anaerobic digestion ,  Biogas,  


    Masdar Plans First GCC Commercial-Scale Wind Farm in Oman (Int'l)
    Masdar
    Date: 2017-08-21
    Abu Dhabi-headquartered renewable energy company Masdar reports it has inked an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with a global consortium to build the Dhofar wind power project in Oman. GE will lead the EPC consortium and provide 13 units of its 3.8MW wind turbines, TSK will construct the balance of the project which is the first large-scale wind farm set to be developed in the Gulf Cooperation Council GCC member countries ( United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait, and Yemen). The 50MW project is being funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). (Source: Masdar, Gulf Business, 20 Aug., 2017) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, +971 2 810 9238, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Masdar,  


    Kontrol Energy Completes Efficiency Engineering Purchase (M&A)
    Kontrol Energy
    Date: 2017-08-18
    In Toronto, Kontrol Energy Corp. reports it has completed the $2.230 million acquisition of Cambridge, Ontario-headquartered Efficiency Engineering Inc. EE Inc., a provider of detailed energy efficiency analysis, energy audits, management of facility system solutions, electrical and mechanical design and energy conservation studies

    Kontrol Energy Corp. offers market-based energy solutions designed to reduce overall energy costs while providing a corresponding reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. (Source: Kontrol Energy Corp. , Aug., 2017) Contact: Kontrol Energy Corp., Paul Ghezzi, CEO, (905) 766-0400, paul@kontrolenergy.com, www.kontrolenergy.com; Efficiency Engineering, (519) 624-9965, www.efficiencyengineering.com

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


    Vestas Scores 123 Wind Turbine Mexican Order (Int'l Report)
    Vestas, Zuma Energia
    Date: 2017-08-18
    Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of an order for 123 units of its V136-3.45 MW turbines from Zuma Energia for installation at Mexico's largest wind farm -- the Reynosa III project in Tamaulipas. The 424 MW wind farm contract includes supply, installation, commissioning and a 15-year Active Output Management 5000 service agreement. Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to begin in late 2017 with commissioning expected in 2018.

    Established in 2014, Zuma Energia is financially backed by Actis and Mesoamerica. (Source: Vestas, Environmental Protection, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, US/Canada Pres., +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com; Zuma Energia, www.zumaenergia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Zuma Energia,  


    JUPITER BACH Expanding Wind Turbine Components Plant (Int'l)
    Jupiter Bach
    Date: 2017-08-18
    Denmark-headquartered JUPITAR BACH reports it is expanding its 6,000 sq-meter manufacturing facility in Poland. The enlarged facility is slated to be completed in early November 2017.

    The company, which was recently formed by the merger of the Danish wind energy specialists Jupiter and Bach,operates eight production facilities worldwide in Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Spain, China and the USA. (Source: Jupiter Bach, Plasteurope.com, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Jupiter Bach, www.jupiterbach.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Jupiter Bach,  Wind Turbine,  


    Duke Energy Carolinas Issues Wind Capacity RFP (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy Renewables
    Date: 2017-08-18
    In Charlotte, North Carolina, Duke Energy reports it has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to increase its wind energy capacity by the end of 2022. The RFP process is "flexible" and open to existing or new wind generation facilities to deliver up to 500 megawatts of capacity to its transmission system, according to Duke Energy.

    Duke Energy Carolinas owns 35 solar facilities in the region, but does not currently purchase wind capacity. The addition would allow Duke Energy to comply with North Carolina's 2007 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard that mandates companies to add up to 12.5 pct of its energy needs through "renewable energy resources or energy efficiency measures" by 2021 and beyond. (Source: Duke Energy, Ashville Citizen Journal, Coastal Review, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  Wind,  ,  


    AGL Launches Rooftop Solar Monitoring Service (Ind. Report)
    AGL Energy
    Date: 2017-08-18
    In the Land Down Under, AGL Energy is offering households with rooftop solar systems Solar Command Check, a free service to help customers with digital meters protect potential savings by monitoring their systems.

    Solar Command Check alerts registered customers if it detects a potential problem with their PV systems. Solar Command Check is available to customers on a solar tariff with AGL, a smart meter with more than 30 days of data, who are registered for My Account on the AGL website, have no solar battery and are not already subscribed to our subscription-based Solar Command monitoring service.

    AGL Energy is one of Australia's leading integrated energy companies providing electricity, gas, solar and renewable energy services to Australian homes and businesses. (Source: AGL, PR, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: AGL, Garry West, +61 3 8623 831, gwest@agl.com.au, www.agl.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar ,  Solar,  AGL Energy,  


    Cellufuel's Biofuels Plans in Doubt (Ind. Report)
    Cellufuel
    Date: 2017-08-18
    Halifax-headquartered biofuel startup Cellufuel has apparently mothballed its planned woody biomass-to-renewable diesel fuel operation at the shuttered Bowater Mersey pulp and paper mill in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia. The plan called for an initial production of 1.3 million lpy of renewable diesel.

    Cellufuel initially raised $270,000 from provincial venture capital agency Innovacorp and $2 million in clean tech funding from the Canadian federal government as well as a $500,000 loan from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Private sector investors includ Ontario-based Tatro Group, a trucking firm Montreal renewable energy firm Boralex. (Source: Cellufuel, Chronicle Herald, 15 Aug., 2017)Contact: Cellufuel Inc., Chris Hooper, Pres., (800) 893-2708, info@cellufuel.com, www.cellufuel.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellufuel,  Biofuel,  


    POET's Marion Ohio Biorefinery Expansion Underway (Ind. Report)
    POET
    Date: 2017-08-18
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based POET Biorefining, the world's largest biofuels producer, reports it has broken ground on the $120 million, 80 million gpy expansion of its 70 million gpy ethanol plant in Marion, Ohio. The expansion will also up dried distillers grains (DDGs) from the current 178,000 tpy to 360,000 tpy. The project is slated for completion in Q3, 2018. (Source: POET , Various Media, 15 Aug., 2017)Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380, www.ethanolproducts.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Swiss, EU Emissions Trading Systems Agree to Link (Int'l)
    EU ETS,European Union
    Date: 2017-08-18
    Meeting in Bern, the Swiss cabinet has approved a deal with the European Union-European Commission that would link the carbon emissions trading -- cap-and-trade -- systems of Switzerland with the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). The deal could be signed by the end of the year but would not be expected to take effect before 2019.

    The EU trading system includes approximately 11,000 stationary installations that emit around 2 billion tpy of CO2.

    The Swiss system caps the amount of emissions that can be emitted at 5.63 million tpy of CO2 for 2013 and must reduced by 1.74 pct every year, based on the amount defined for 2010. The Swiss cap is meant to be 4.91 million tonnes in 2020, which would provide for a reduction of 13 pct compared to 2013. The 54 "heavy emitter" companies in the Swiss emissions trading system emit a combined total of about 5.5 million tpy of CO2. (Source: swissinfo.ch, Aug., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  EU ETS,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Trump Trumps Obama Climate Change Impact Rules (Reg & Leg)
    Climate CHange
    Date: 2017-08-18
    In yet another executive order from the White House, U.S. Pres. "The Donald" Trump has revoked an Obama-era executive order requiring infrastructure projects to consider the project's possible impact on climate impacts during the planning stage.

    The Trump order establishes a two-year deadline for major infrastructure plan permits and introduces a "one Federal decision" protocol to ensure one agency leads the permitting process, even if other agencies are required for environmental reviews.

    The Obama order was intended to reduce US exposure to expected climate change related increases in sea level, droughts and floods over the coming century and was widely applauded by environmentalists and infrastructure experts. (Source: Various Media, Business Green, 16 Aug., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Trump ,  


    Aussie Big Coal Pumps $225Mn into Clean Coal R&D (Int'l, R&D)
    Australia Minerals Council
    Date: 2017-08-18
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian black coal industry reports it will extend its Coal21 Fund for another ten years and invest an addition $255 million in the fund to further clean coal R&D.

    Coal21, which was established in 2006 by the Australian Coal Association now merged into the Minerals Council of Australia, has to date invested $300 million in cleaner coal projects, including carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) initiatives at the Queensland Callide power plant in Victoria's Otway Basin.

    The Coal21 Fund has also received $550m from the Australian and state governments and coal related industry. The fund is primarily financed by a levy on coal production at Australia's thermal and coking coal mines. Major players include Glencore, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Peabody Energy. (Source: Minerals Council of Australia, The Australian, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Australia Minerals Council of Australia , +61 2 6233 0600, www.minerals.org.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal,  Australia Coal,  


    BC Hydro Touts Powerley Energy Bridge Pilot (Ind. Report)
    BC Hydro
    Date: 2017-08-18
    In British Columbia, the BC Hydro utility is reporting the pilot launch of its Powerley Energy Bridge platform to households equipped with smart (AMI) meters. The residential energy management program aims to elevate energy efficiencies and customer engagement through a BC Hydro branded experience called HydroHome.

    With the Powerly Energy Bridge program, BC Hydro pilot customers can use their smart phone to manage home energy and smart home devices through the HydroHome app. With a constant connection to the home's smart meter, the Powerley Energy Bridge enables real-time access in energy usage for the home as well as disaggregation into various appliances.

    The Powerley Energy Bridge acts as a smart home hub, allowing control and automation of thermostats, power outlets, light switches, sensors and other smart devices. The Powerley platform also allows utilities secure access to analyze behavioral data, execute advanced demand response programs, manage program logistics and capture energy usage insights. (Source: BC Hydro, EL&P, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: BC Hydro, Tim Mosley, Senior Program Manager, https://twitter.com/timmosley, www.bchydro.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BC Hydro,  SMart Meter,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Targray Launches New Biodiesel Retailing Program (Ind. Report)
    Targray
    Date: 2017-08-18
    Biofuels Marketer Targray is touting the launch of its 24/7 biodiesel solution for convenience stores and fuel retailers. The program enables both chains and independently owned c-stores and fuel retailers to achieve a positive return on investment from their first Biodiesel order. Typical savings range anywhere from 3c to 10c per gallon of fuel sold, depending on regional market conditions and federal and state program eligibility.

    Targray is a multinational renewable commodities company that develops commercial solutions for 4 major industries: Battery & Energy Storage, Solar Photovoltaics, Biofuels, and Optical Media. As one of North America's leading biodiesel suppliers, Targray operates one of the industry's largest dedicated rail fleets and over 40 supply terminal tanks nationwide. from coast to coast. (Source: Targray, Newswire, DigitalJournal, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Targray, www.Targray.com/biofuels

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Targray,  Biodiesel,  


    Novozymes Reports Rising Bioenergy Division Sales (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2017-08-18
    Following-up on our April 28th coverage, in its recently released Q2 report, Copenhagen-headquartered bioscience giant Novozymes reports increased yeast for ethanol production and bioenergy division sales during the first half of 2017 grew by 7 pct organically, and by 9 pct in Danish krones (DKK) when compared to the same period in 2016.

    According to the report, Novozymes' bioenergy division generated 18 pct of company's sales during the first six months of 2017. The company currently supplies enzymes to five biomass conversion facilities. (Source: Novozymes, Various Media, Aug., 2017) Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Biofuel,  Enzymes,  BViofuel Blend,  


    Rhode Island Legislation Encourages Renewable Energy (Reg & Leg)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2017-08-16
    In Providence, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo (D) has signed into a law a 10 year extension of the renewable energy growth program -- H 5274A and S 112A -- adding 400 MW of solar and wind capacity between 2020 and 2029. Other legislation passed into law streamlines the permitting process for solar power projects and for connecting renewable energy installations to the grid.

    The governor also approved legislation allowing farmers to build renewable energy projects on their land on the proviso that the project covers no more than 20 pct of total acreage. The state's renewable portfolio standard calls for 38.5 pct renewables energy by 2035. (Source: Various Media, Utility Dive, 10 August, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Senvion Installs Low-Speed Turbine Prototype (New Prod & Tech)
    Senvion,Notus Energy
    Date: 2017-08-16
    German wind turbine maker Senvion SA is reporting the first installation of its 3.4M140 model wind turbine prototype wind turbine at Notus Energy Group's project in the municipality of Heckelberg-Brunow in Brandenburg, northeastern Germany.

    The 3.4M140 turbine with hub heights of 110 and 130 meters, is specifically designed for low wind conditions, such as forested and mountainous areas. Serial production of the 3.4M140 is slated to get underway before the year end, according to a company release. (Source: Senvion, Renewables Now, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Notus Energy, +49 331 620 4340, http://w3.windmesse.de/notus; : Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    CEI HQ Wins LEED Platinum for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Coastal Enterprises Inc,USGBC
    Date: 2017-08-16
    Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI) reports that its new headquarters in Brunswick, Maine has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for commercial building energy-efficiency and sustainability.

    The CEI building energy efficiency features include energy-efficient lighting, heating, cooling and mechanical systems, insulation, and a rooftop solar array that generate more than half of the buildings electric power. The CEI headquarters is the sixth new commercial project in Maine to receive a LEED platinum designation. (Source: Coastal Enterprises Inc., Portland Press, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Coastal Enterprises Inc., (207) 504-5900, www.ceimaine.org; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    OK County Considers OG&E Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    CLEAResult,Oklahoma Gas & Electric
    Date: 2017-08-16
    In the Sooner State, the Carter County commission reports it is considering participation in Oklahoma Gas and Electric's (OG&E) Schools and Government Energy Efficiency Program for energy efficiency upgrades performed by CLEAResult to county buildings.

    Under the OG&E Schools and Government Efficiency Program, the utility provides incentive funding for energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits based on the measures that the organization chooses. These incentives can cover up to 90 pct of the cost of purchasing and installing equipment. (Source: Carter County Commission, Daily Ardmoriete, 13 Aug., 2017)Contact: Carter County Commission, (580) 223-8414, www.cartercountyok.us; CLEAResult, Michele Negley, VP, (512) 327-9200, www.clearesult.com; Oklahoma Gas & Electric, (405) 553-3000, www.oge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CLEAResult,  Oklahoma Gas & Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Mass. GHG Emissions, Climate Change Strategy Released (Reg & Leg)
    Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
    Date: 2017-08-16
    The Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), in accordance with Governor Charlie Baker's Executive Order 569 -- An Order Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth -- has issued final regulations that build upon the Bay State's efforts to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and protect communities, residents, and infrastructure from the impacts of climate change.

    The regulations are intended to ensure the Commonwealth achieves the greenhouse gas emissions limits for 2020, required by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. The final regulations lay out an approach to reduce GHG emissions from multiple sectors to 25 pct below 1990 emissions levels and an 80 pct reduction by 2050.

    The regulations address CO2 emissions; reducing methane emissions from natural gas distribution mains and services; increasing clean energy through the development of a clean energy sandard; reducing CO2 missions from electric power plants; cutting sulfur hexafluoride emissions from gas-insulated switchgear; and others.

    The Executive Order also directs the state to begin planning for climate change adaptation and working with communities statewide state to assess vulnerability and build resiliency to address climate change impacts.

    Access the MassDEP final rules HERE. (Source: Mass DEP, Aug., 2017) Contact: MassDEP, Martin Suuberg, Dir., (617) 292-5500, www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/about

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


    Energy Consumption, Emissions Cutbacks Require Consumer Behavior Changes (Ind. Report)
    UC Davis
    Date: 2017-08-16
    Getting to 80%: Mobilizing Feedback, Lifestyles, and Social Practices Research to Shape Residential Energy Consumption -- a new report by Bridget Clark at University of California-Davis -- suggests that with all the advances in building more energy-efficient air conditioners, better insulated homes and cars that run on less or no fuel, consumers have actually increased their energy consumption and that the expected energy savings have been outweighed by people living in larger homes with more and more often used appliances.

    In her paper, Clark looked at the goals of recently passed legislation mandating that the state of California cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct of 1990 levels by 2030, and a further reduction to 80 pct by 2050. Along with these cuts are authorizations for policy changes, technology improvements and other measures, such as rebates and upgrades in the electrical grid, that would help California achieve its goals. But policy changes and technology improvements alone won't work because people want to be comfortable in a cool (or warm) room, have convenient ways to cook food, and have lighting in their homes they consider to be warm and pleasing.

    The report suggests that Californians should consider interventions to limit CO2 emissions similar to those undertaken in Japan which mandated that all government buildings could not be heated or cooled when temperatures are between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius (68-82 F). Within two years of implementation, the program led to an estimated 1.14 million-ton reduction in emissions.

    What is needed is more sociological research that focuses on consumer behavior and policy that focuses on reducing the overall consumption of energy, according to the study. "Through deeper examinations of the ways in which energy consumption is socially and culturally determined we can begin to construct more holistic policies that take into account why and how people actually consume energy." (Source: UC Davis, DOE Science News Source, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: UC-Davis, Dept. of Socialogy, Bridget Clark, (530) 752-0782, www.ucdavis.edu

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


    India Planning Biofuel Powered Navy (Int'l Report)
    Biofuel
    Date: 2017-08-16
    In New Delhi, the Indian government reports it plans to replace conventional petroleum fuel with biofuel in Indian war ships and the use of methanol fuel for propelling barges. To that end, the government is expected to introduce a policy to increase biofuels production and state owned companies are reportedly planning to invest approximately $2 billion in cellulosic biofuels R&D and production. The initiative is aimed at cutting crude oil imports and saving an expected $15 billion per year in fuel costs.

    An understanding is expected to be signed between government run Goa Shipyard limited, the Indian Coast Guard and energy producer Gas India Limited (GAIL) for conducting further study of the government plan.

    (Source: Sputnik, Various Media, 14 Aug., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  Methanol,  


    Greenfield Considering Quebec Ethanol Plant Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Global Inc
    Date: 2017-08-16
    Canada's largest ethanol producer Greenfield Global Inc. -- formerly Greenfield Specialty Alcohols -- reports it has begun a feasibility study to expand biofuel production from 170 million metric lpy to 300 million metric lpy at its biorefinery in Varennes, Quebec. -- the province's first ethanol plant. The study will investigate the adaptation of emerging advanced biofuels technologies using non-traditional feedstocks and processes, including cellulosic ethanol, renewable diesel, and renewable natural gas.

    Presently, as part of its 2030 Energy Policy, the Province of Quebec's 2017-2020 Action Plan calls for the establishment of the province's first biofuels volumetric blending requirements starting at 5 pct for gasoline and 2 pct for diesel; as well as a 5 pct for renewable natural gas. (Source: Greenfield Global, PR, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field , CEO, info@gfsa.com, www.greenfield.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenfield Global,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuels,  


    Rentech Canceling DRAX Wood Pellet Supply Contract (Ind. Report)
    Rentech,DRAX
    Date: 2017-08-16
    Wood pellet producer Rentech reports it is negotiating the cancellation of its outstanding 193,000 metric tonne wood pellet supply agreement for 2017 with UK utility DRAX. As previously reported, Rentech idled its Wawa, Ont., facility and lowered production at its Atikokan, Ont., facility earlier this year due to equipment and operational concerns.

    In Q2 of this year, Rentech's industrial wood pellet revenues fell to $3.2 million compared to $6.5 million for the same period in 2016. Operating loss was $2.7 million for Q2 2017, compared to $6.6 million for the same period last year, due primarily to the idling of its Wawa plant, according to a company report. (Source: Rentech, Others, Cdn. Biomass, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Rentech, Sean Ebnet, VP Wood Fiber Bus., Julie Dawoodjee Cafarella, VP Investor Relations, (310) 571-9800 ext 341, jdawoodjee@rentk.com, www.rentechinc.com; DRAX Group, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, DRAX Biomass, Pete Madden, Pres., CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com, www.draxbiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rentech,  DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    El Nino Increased 2014-16 CO2 Release, says NASA (Ind. Report)
    NASA
    Date: 2017-08-16
    According to data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite, which measures level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the 2014-16 El Nino caused the release of more than 3 billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, pushing carbon dioxide concentration to record levels.

    El Nino is a periodic climate event that causes waters to warm up in east-central Pacific Ocean, which in turn causes huge changes in wind directions bringing less rain to south-east Asia and the Indian subcontinent, while increasing rain in other parts of the world. According to a report in the scientific journal Nature, the El Nino led to excessive carbon dioxide releases through hot weather and drought which caused extensive wildfires in south-east Asia, while drought in the Amazon rainforest stunted plant growth, reducing the amount of carbon they absorb while growing. Besides these, warmer weather and near normal rainfall in Africa caused forests to exhale more CO2.

    The NASA measurements are a first for satellite tracking CO2 levels. Earlier, changes in greenery were tracked and from that deductions were made. In recent times, CO2 emissions from burning of fossil fuels had flattened out to about 36.2 billion tonnes in 2014 and 2015. Projections for 2016 indicated that emissions were still flat. (Source: NASA, Times of India, Economic Times, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory, (818) 354-7716, www.nasa.gov

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


    Indian Solar Maker Faces Insolvency Over Cheap Imports (Int'l)
    Moser Baer Solar
    Date: 2017-08-16
    In India, the Financial Express is reporting that the Central Bank of India (CBI) has submitted an insolvency petition with the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) against Indian solar panel maker Moser Baer Solar, a subsidiary of Moser Baer India Ltd.

    The solar manufacturer has reportedly been in financial trouble due to lower priced solar panel imports from China and falling solar tariffs in India, and has been unable to restructure its approximate $ 149 million debt. The firm now has up to 270 days to resolve its debt problem or face liquidation. (Source: Moser Baer India, Financial Express, Various Media, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Moser Baer Solar, +91 120 465 8000, www.moserbaersolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Moser Baer Solar,  Solar,  


    Wood Pellet Plant Planned for Bonfield, Ontario, (Ind. Report)
    International Wood Industries
    Date: 2017-08-14
    Thornoton, California-headquartered wood products manufacturer International Wood Industries reports it will build a sawmill in conjunction with a sawmill waste wood pellet mill in the town of Bonfield, Ontario, Canada. Plant capacity and financial details have not been released but the project is expected to get underway early in 2018 for a January 2019 startup. (Source: International Wood Industries, Various Media, Biomass Mag., 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: International Wood Industries , Gerg Medvid, Pres., www.iwiproducts.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  

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