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THE BOTTOMLESS PIT -- The Economics of Carbon Capture and Storage -- (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-07-05
"The idea of carbon capture and storage (CCS), capturing carbon dioxide and storing it permanently has been around for nearly 40 years and Carbon dioxide capture technology has been used in practice since the 1920s. But over the last two decades, enthusiasts for the technology have promoted the idea of applying CCS on an extraordinary scale. Since most international energy agencies agree that fossil fuels will remain the dominant form of energy consumption in the next three to four decades, they claim that only the global deployment of CCS will allow nations to continue to use cheap oil, gas and coal. Without this mega-project, they warn, it will be all but impossible to prevent a global warming dis- aster.

"Both the International Energy Agency and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have highlighted the crucial role CCS technologies will have to play if the international community wants to meet the emissions pledges set out in the Paris Agreement. Yet in spite of these warnings, and the strong support of world leaders and many climate scientists, OECD governments have been stepping back from funding large-scale CCS projects, thereby slowing the pace of development. As a result, few CCS projects are in the works, and many more have been cancelled, not least by President Obama and the British government. What is more, the hundreds of billions that are being spent on renewable energy have significantly worsened the prospects of the technology ever being applied on anything like the utopian scale that is being advocated.

"This new Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) report explains the reasons for the manifest failure of CCS to progress and illustrates the economic and technological limits of a technology that has been promoted for too long on the basis of wishful thinking."

Access THE BOTTOMLESS PIT -- The Economics of Carbon Capture and Storage report HERE. (Source: Global Warming Policy Foundation June, 2017) Contact: Global Warming Policy Foundation, Gordon Hughes,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture and Sequestration,  

Tar Heel State Senate Adopts Wind Energy Moratorium (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2017-07-05
In the Tar Heel State, the Senate has approved an amendment that would stop all wind energy projects in North Carolina for four years. The amendment was added to House Bill 589, a strongly supported solar energy policy update.

The moratorium through the end of 2020 would give a consultant time to determine where wind farms might conflict with training areas for military aircraft. The moratorium would block two projects already in development, Alligator River in Tyrrell County and Timbermill Wind in Chowan and Perquimans counties. Both have already been approved by the Department of Defense under the state's 2013 regulations governing wind development. (Source: WRAL, Other Media, 29 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

Record $25Mn PACE Funding Deal Sealed in Washington DC (Funding)
PACE,Property Assessed Clean Energy
Date: 2017-07-05
In the nation's Capitol, Washington's professional soccer team, DC United, reports it has closed on a $25 million clean energy and energy efficiency funding package for installation the 20,000 seat Audi Field stadium which opens next year.

The PACE-funded energy efficiency features include an 884 KW solar array, a "green" roof, LED lighting, HVAC, insulation and storm-water retention systems. The funding is through through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (DC PACE) program, in partnership with locally-based EagleBank. At $25 million, the funding is the nation's largest single PACE note issued to date and the first issued for a stadium project.

The stadium's PACE-funded measures are expected to result in a 25 pct reduction in energy use and a reduction of 820 metric tpy of CO2. (Source: US DOE, ProudGreenBuilding, Various Others, 28 June, 2017) Contact: DC United,; PACE,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  

Chicago Joins Coalition Threatening Suit Against EPA Over Methane Rules (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-07-05
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and 14 other attorneys general, the California Air Resources Board, and the City of Chicago have alerted EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that they plan to sue if the agency continues to ignore its legal duty to control emissions of methane from existing oil and gas operations.

The coalition's notice to the EPA cited the agency's failure to fulfill its obligation under the Clean Air Act to control methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas sources and for "unreasonably delaying" the issuance of such controls. It also argues that EPA's failure to act since September 2015 to issue controls on methane emissions from existing sources in the oil and gas industry violates the EPA's non-discretionary duty under the Clean Air Act and is an unreasonable delay in setting such controls.

Last week, a coalition of 14 states filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against EPA's actions halting regulation of methane emissions from new sources in the oil and gas industry. In February, a coalition of seven attorneys general and two environmental agencies urged U.S. Senate leadership to oppose a Congressional Review Act resolution to repeal a rule regulating methane emissions from oil and gas operations on public lands.

Illinois AG Madigan has also condemned federal executive's attempt to eliminate the Clean Power Plan and opposed the drastic budget cuts proposed for the EPA. (Source: Office of Illinois Attorney General, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Office of Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, (312) 814-3400,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Clean Power Plan,  

Shipping Ind. Alliance Seeks to Lower Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
International Maritime Organization
Date: 2017-07-05
A group of shipowners and operators and maritime industry related firms have joined forces with the London-headquartered International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Global Industry Alliance (GIA) in a global effort to improve shipping industry energy efficiency and reduce carbon output in maritime transport. GIA members will work together to identify and develop innovate measures and promote the implementation of new energy efficiency marine technologies, as well as operational measures, such as best practices, alternative fuels, and IT.

GIA members include ABB Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd., DNV GL, Lloyd's Register EMEA, MarineTraffic, Ricardo UK Ltd., Royal Caribbean Cruises, Shell International Trading and Shipping Co. Ltd., Silverstream Technologies, Stena AB, Total Marine Fuels, Wartsila Corp., Mediterranean Shipping Co., and Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (Source: International Maritime Organization, American Shipper, 30 June, 2017) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  International Maritime Organization,  

UPS Increasing Alternative Fuels Fleet (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-07-05
In Atlanta, UPS reports it is adding more alternative fuel vehicles and advanced technology vehicles to its fleet while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources as part of the company's commitment to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global ground operations 12 pct by 2025. The company's initiative was developed using a methodology approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. By 2020, UPS plans that one in four new vehicles purchased annually will be an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle, up from 16 pct in 2016. By 2025, 40 pct of all ground fuel will be from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel, an increase from 19.6 pct in 2016.

UPS presently operates more than 8,300 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles worldwide including electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, CNG, LNG, propane , lower-carbon footprint renewable diesel and renewable natural gas (RNG) . (Source: UPS, PR, 27 June, 2017) Contact: UPS, Kristen Petrella, (404) 828-4182,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuels,  

Neste MY Renewable Diesel Reduces Particulate Emissions (Int'l)
Neste,Renewable Diesel
Date: 2017-07-05
In Finland, Neste is reporting a study lead by Tampere University of Technology has found that the use of pure Neste MY Renewable Diesel in working machines efficiently reduces particulate matter emissions on average by 35 pct and as high as 60 pct.

The study measured the local exhaust pipe emissions of working machines from two size categories, operating in an environment simulating real-life working conditions. The tests covered, for example, loading and driving of the working machine both with and without load. The results were derived from a comparison between the use of pure Neste MY Renewable Diesel and conventional fossil diesel meeting European EN 590 diesel fuel standard specifications and consisting of 7 percent of conventional biodiesel, in line with the maximum limit specified by the standard. (Source: Neste Corporation, PR, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Neste, Jukka Nuottimäki, Associate, Neste, tel. +358 50 458 2726,,; Tampere University of Technology, Panu Karjalainen, Postdoctoral Researcher, +358 45 359 2979,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  

Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ Certification Expanded (Int'l)
Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe
Date: 2017-07-05
In London, the Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe, a global underwriting standard for developing and measuring energy efficiency retrofits, reports its Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ (IREE) certification is now being applied to energy efficiency projects across industry, street lighting and district energy. The certification was previously only available to the building sector. The expansion received funding from the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme.

ICP aims to standardize energy efficiency upgrades through the adoption of best practices that work to make projects more attractive to investors and building owners. The protocols adopted by IREE-certified projects and verified by credentialed Quality Assurance providers help reduce transaction costs and increase confidence in savings to help engage private capital and scale up energy efficiency investments.

The expansion will be overseen by the ICP Europe Consortium, which includes EnergyPro Ltd; RdA Climate Solutions in Portugal and Spain; Serimus in Germany; Denskatt in Austria & Bulgaria; and Verco in the UK; as well as Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes (EEIP) and GRESB, the global ESG benchmark for real assets.

The consortium aims to develop the new energy performance protocols for the additional sectors, referencing existing best practices. (Source: Green Buildings Certification, July, 2017) Contact: Green Building Certifications Inc., Sarah Stanley,,; Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe,

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

Jamaican Energy Efficiency Programme Saves $100Mn (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-07-05
In Kingston, the Jamaican Minister of Science, Energy and Technology reports the Jamaican government has saved more than $100 million in energy costs under its Energy, Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP). Electric power consumption by State entities has fallen 410 gigawatt-hours (GWh) since the beginning of the programme in 2011 to under 400 GWh in 2015.

The Ministry has begun adoption of an Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) Methodology as a blueprint to guide the strategic development and modernization of the energy sector over the next 20 years. When completed, the IRP will establish the projected electricity demand over a 20-year period and determine the generating capacity and technologies necessary to satisfy the demand over the period. The IRP components include: institutional strengthening; investments in energy efficiency and conservation; demand side management and energy efficiency/conservation education awareness. The IRP programme is administered by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). (Source: Jamaica Information Service, 30 June, 2017)

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

GE Tackles JPMorgan Chase Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
General Electric
Date: 2017-07-05
In New York, GE reports it has begun the second phase of a collaboration with JPMorgan Chase & Co. to install new energy management and digital technology meant to boost energy efficiency at about 4,500 Chase branch offices nationwide.

The effort includes controlling HVAC, sensors, software and lighting controls to help Chase branches cut electric and gas consumption by 15 pct.

The deal is the next step of a program that began last year to retrofit Chase office with LED lighting. To date, 2,500 branch offices have had new lighting installed, cutting Chase's lighting energy consumption by 50 pct. (Source: GE, Columbus Dispatch, Others, 3 July, 2017) Contact: GE Power,; JPMorgan Chase Corporate Office, (212) 270-0589,

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric,  JPMorgan Chase,  Energy Efficiency,  

Schneider Presents $1Mn Energy Savings Award (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2017-07-05
Schneider Electric presented its $1,000,000 Savings Milestone Award to Alabama's Etowah County Board of Education, in recognition of the district's strides in energy conservation since the start of the project in 2015. In energy terms, this amounts to more than 3,000,000 kWh saved -- sufficient power for 311 houses for an entire year.

Schneider Electric's energy efficiency project for the school district consisted of enhanced lighting in classrooms, hallways, gyms and outdoor spaces; mechanical replacements at the central office; new building controls; and the implementation of Voice over Internet Protocol and IT enterprise management systems.

These upgrades cut the district's energy consumption by 29 pct and reduced its utility budget by more than $565,000 annually. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 2 July, 2017) Contact: Schneider Electric,; Etowah County Board of Education,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric ,  Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  

Loews Vanderbilt Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
US DOE Better Buildings Solution Center
Date: 2017-06-30
The U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge has recognized Loews Hotels & Co. for the energy efficiency upgrades made at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

Loews had set a goal to reduce energy use across all of its hotels by 20 pct in ten years. Over the past two years, the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel has improved its energy efficiency by 22 pct and achieved a total energy cost savings of $328,250.

To achieve its goal, the Vanderbilt Hotel upgraded all public-area lighting fixtures to LEDs, installed new direct-drive elevator hoist motors on seven passenger elevators, replaced outdated 750-ton centrifugal chillers with re-sized, highly-efficient 500-ton chillers, and installed a new, more efficient water system. The hotel also installed new variable frequency drives on the existing chilled water and condenser pumps for enhanced HVAC efficiency and replaced the water distribution media inside the cooling tower. And by enhancing and insulating the hotel's exterior envelope and ballroom roof, the building's overall R-value was improved by 20 pct. (Source: US DOE Better Buildings Solution Center, Contact: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel,; Better Buildings Solution Center,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Better Buildings Solution Center,  Energy Efficiency,  

Barbados Plans 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-30
In the capital city of Bridgetown, the Managing Director of Barbados Light and Power (BL&P) LTD, Roger Blackman, reports that the Government of Barbados is working with stakeholders and investors to meet the island country's electric power needs with 100 pct renewable energy by 2013. Blackman noted that BL&P planned to work with all stakeholders, including Government and investors such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Commission, to find the right energy solutions for the island nation of 285,000. (Source: Barbados Light & Power, Barbados Advocate, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Barbados Light & Power, Roger Blackman,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

Quebec Investing $1.5Bn in Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Hydro-Quebec,Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
Date: 2017-06-30
In Quebec City, Pierre Arcand, the Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, is touting the province's first action plan in its 2030 Energy Policy which includes 42 measures to accelerate the transition toward sustainable energy sources, notably hydro-electricity, wind, solar power and natural gas. The policy aims to reduce the province's oil consumption by 40 pct by 2030 and eliminate the use of coal. The province is prepared to invest $1.5 billion in the program.

Additionally, the government will ask Hydro-Quebec to develop expertise in solar energy and construct a solar park and increase hydro-electric power production. The plan includes a goal of converting 25,000 homes from oil-based heating systems to other forms of energy within three years. (Source: Montreal Gazette, Presse Canadienne, Others, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Hydro-Quebec, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, (514) 289-5005,; Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Hydro-Quebec,  

Milwaukee Sewage Comm., WM Ink 20-yr. Biogas Deal (Ind. Report)
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission,Waste Management
Date: 2017-06-30
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report that the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission has approved a revised 20-year agreement with Waste Management to use biogas from the company's Metro landfill in Franklin, Wisconsin.

Under the terms of their agreement, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) will construct an $11 million gas treatment plant at the landfill site while Waste Management will maintain a gas extraction system and build a pipeline to the Emerald Park Landfill operated by Advanced Disposal. The gas will be used for power generation at MMSD's Jones Island water treatment facility.

The agreement is expected to save district rate players as much as $10 million over the 20 year contract. MMSD will pay Waste Management 36 pct of the market price for natural gas based on energy content, not volume, under the terms of the revised agreement. (Source: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission, Bioenergy Insight, Others, 28 June, 2017)Contact: Waste Management, (414) 281-8900; Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission, (414) 325-5100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission,  Waste Management,  Biogas,  

Kentucky Utilities Tout Energy Storage Testing Demo (Ind. Report)
Electric Power Research Institute
Date: 2017-06-30
Following up on our March 13th coverage, in the Bluegrass State, Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) and the Kentucky Utilities Company, in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is reporting the launch of an Energy Storage Research and Demonstration Site at the E. W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg, Ky.

The project will allow the utility to develop, test and evaluate the potential benefits of utility-scale battery energy storage technologies and investigate operating needs and associated costs. Researchers will also use the site to advance control technologies, increase value gained from storage and determine solutions to integration challenges for energy storage on the electric grid.

The site includes three testing bays for energy storage technologies, each able to house up to one megawatt of storage. Testing multiple storage technologies at one time will allow researchers to assess how the individual systems operate and any potential grid integration challenges as the systems work together. The site will also function as a "virtual lab" for use by other utilities working with EPRI to address potential gaps associated with utility-scale energy storage. (Source: LG&E KU , 28 June, 2017) Contact: Louisville Gas and Electric,; EPRI,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Electric Power Research Institute ,  

Miss. Power Plant Clean Coal Effort Unplugged (Ind. Report)
Mississippi Power
Date: 2017-06-30
Following on our February 8th coverage, Southern Company's Mississippi Power reports it is "immediately suspending start-up and operations activities" at the Kemper Power Plant involving the gasification of coal from a nearby lignite mine. The plant will continue to run on natural gas. The plant was meant to showcase technology to capture carbon dioxide from coal -- aka "clean coal."

To date, the Kemper project has cost $7.5 billion, but the planned carbon capture and coal gasification technology is $4 billion over budget and three years behind schedule. Southern Company has unloaded Approximately $800 million of the plant's spiraling costs on ratepayers, and the plant has received $382 million in federal Energy Department grants, according to the company. Southern and its Mississippi Power subsidiary has already written off $2.9 billion of the project cost, according to a June 23 Standard and Poor's credit analysis.

The plant was intended to be the first clean-coal plant of its kind in the U.S. and a model for CCS technology. (Source: St Louis Post Dispatch, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Mississippi Power, Anthony Wilson, Pres., CEO, (855) 693-8326,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal,  CCS,  Mississippi Power,  Southern Company,  Kemper ,  

CCC says UK Low-Carbon Economy Transition Stalled (Int'l)
Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2017-06-30
In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) reports that lack of government action on climate change is making it difficult for businesses and the public to grasp the opportunities of the transition to a low-carbon economy. According to the CCC's 2017 report to parliament, progress has been made but continued advancements depend on "significant new measures."

Greenhouse gas emissions are about 42 pct lower than in 1990, about halfway to the 2050 commitment to reduce emissions by at least 80 pct below 1990 levels. However, progress is stalling with emissions mainly falling in the power sector since 2012 and rising in the transport and buildings sectors.

CCC calls for the government to continue reducing emissions across the economy and to address the gap between agreed upon emissions reduction targets and the impact of existing policies. The government should also find ways to bring forward additional low-carbon electricity generation through the 2020s and set out a strategy for deploying carbon capture and storage technology, CCC said.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. The CCC's role is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, BBC, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, +44 (0) 207 591 6080,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Committee on Climate Change,  Low-Carbon Economy,  GHGs,  

JinkoSolar Supplying Modules for Fuji Electric Project (Int'l)
Date: 2017-06-30
Solar module manufacturer, JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has entered into an agreement with Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., to supply photovoltaic (PV) modules for installation at a solar plant in Tomakomai, on the southern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The plant includes a 10 Megawatt-hours (MWh) energy storage system, and is expected to begin commercial operations in 2018.

Per terms of the contract, JinkoSolar will supply its high efficiency solar modules worth 38.4 MW beginning in July through to November. The Hokkaido island project is funded through Tokumei Kumiai investments by Japanese institutional investors, Aquila Capital from Germany and Japan's Green Power Development Corporation. (Source: Jinko Solar, Various Media, Zacks, 26 June, 2017) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jinko Solar,  Solar,  

Exxon, BP, Shell Back $40 per Tonne Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Climate Leadership Council
Date: 2017-06-28
Oil giants ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Total are among a group of large corporations that have announced their support for the Climate Leadership Council, a group of senior Republican figures who in February proposed a $40 per tonne carbon tax as part of a "free-market, limited government" response to address climate change. The $40 carbon tax, which would rise over time and encourage a shift towards renewable energy sources, would be returned to the American public as "carbon dividends" with a family of four receiving approximately $2,000 in the first year. The Climate Leadership Council proposal would dismantle all major U.S. climate regulations, including the Environmental Protection Agency's authority over CO2 emissions and an "outright repeal" of the Obama administration's clean power plan.

Backers of the Climate Leadership Council supporters hope that strengthening public support for carbon taxes, along with growing concern over increasingly sever weather will start to erode the decade-long impasse in US climate policy.

Other supporters and founding members of the plan included Unilever, PepsiCo, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson and the green groups Conservation International and the Nature Conservancy. (Source: Carbon Leadership Council, Guardian, Various Others, June, 2017) Contact: Carbon Leadership Council, (202) 864-2552,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council,  Carbon Tax,  

DONG Energy Inaugurates Gode Offshore Wind Farms (Int'l)
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-06-28
Offshore wind energy developer DONG Energy is reporting the inauguration of the Gode Wind 1 and 2 offshore wind farms. at the Danish Embassy in Berlin. With 97 wind turbines and a total capacity of 582 megawatts, the two offshore wind farms generate sufficient electric power for approx 600,000 German households annually.

DONG Energy owns 50 pct of both Gode Wind 1 and 2, while Global Infrastructure Partners holds 50 pct share in Gode Wind 1. Talanx, the third-largest German insurance group, also holds an indirect interest. Four Danish pension funds hold 50 pct in Gode Wind 2.

In spring 2017, DONG Energy participated in the first of two German auction rounds for offshore wind energy. All three awarded projects -- with a total capacity of 590MW -- are located in the German North Sea and are expected to be completed by 2024, subject to final investment decision which is expected to be made in 2021. The Gode Wind 3 project will receive €60 per MWh in subsidies. (Source: DONG Energy, 26 June, 2017) Contact: DONG Energy, Samuel Leupold, CEO of Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11,

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

Floating Foundations, Turbines Ready for N.Sea Installation (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2017-06-28
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is reporting the installation of 6MW of wind turbines have now been installed on floating foundations in Stord, Norway, at the 30 MW Hywind Scotland project. The floating wind turbines will be towed to Scottish waters and installed at world's largest floating wind project off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in water depths between 90 and 120 meters.

The floating foundations are ballast-stabilized and anchored to the seabed. Commissioning of the Hywind project is slated for 4Q, 2017. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, PR, Windtech, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Michael Hannibal, CEO, Offshore Wind,

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

Southwest PS Proposes 1 GW of New Wind in NM, Texas (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,Southwest Public Service
Date: 2017-06-28
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Xcel Energy subsidiary Southwest Public Service Co. has proposed a 522-MW wind facility near Portales, New Mexico and a 478-MW wind facility in Hale County, Texas.

The two proposal, which are subject to regulatory approvals in both states, would increase wind's share of the company's generation mix from 20 pct to 40 pct.

Amarillo-based utility Southwestern Public Service Company generates, purchases, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity in Texas and New Mexico. The company generates electricity through various fuel sources, such as coal, natural gas, wind, and solar power. It also conducts various wholesale marketing operations, including the purchase and sale of electric capacity, energy, ancillary services, and energy related products. The company provides electric utility services to approximately 389,000 retail customers. It serves large commercial and industrial electric retail customers of various industries. (Source: Southwest Public Service, Santa Fe New Mexican, Power Engineering, Power Engineering, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Southwest Public Service,  Wind,  

Mexican Ethanol Blend Rate Increased to E10 (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-06-28
In Mexico City, Reuters is reporting that Mexico's energy regulator, CRE, has given the nod to an increase in the ethanol-gasoline blend from the present 5.8 pct to a maximum of 10 pct for domestic consumption.

The measure affects gasoline only, not diesel, and excludes Mexico City and a host of surrounding municipalities in the State of Mexico, as well as Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state and Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 26 June, 2017) Contact: CRE,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mexico Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  E10,  

UK Could Miss 2030 Emissions Target, says Energy Inst. (Int'l)
Energy Institute
Date: 2017-06-28
In the UK, a survey by the London-headquartered Energy Institute has found that 80 pct of its members believe the UK will miss its carbon emissions reduction goal of slashing emissions in half by 2030. The warning comes on the heels of what industry professionals claim is "government dithering on energy policy" and the cancellation of a multi-million-pound competition to build mini nuclear power plants and government hesitation on subsidies for a pioneering tidal lagoon at Swansea. A flagship plan on how to meet the UK's 2030 target of cutting emissions by 57 pct compared to 1990 levels, originally expected in 2016, is also overdue. The delays are to a large part blamed on the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

According to the survey, most energy professionals favour maintaining EU energy efficiency, renewable energy directives, and climate legislation. Most oppose an energy price cap but favour stronger action on better building standards and energy efficiency as the best way to meet carbon targets and restore trust in the industry. The survey also highlighted the need to begin decarbonizing heat for homes and business. (Source: Energy Institute, Guardian, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Energy Institute, Louise Kingham, CEO, +44 20 7467 7100,

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

UC Merced Signs SunPower for 5-Mw Solar System (Ind. Report)
SunPower ,University of California Merced
Date: 2017-06-28
In the Golden State, the University of California, Merced, reports it has contracted with SunPower Corp. for the installation of a 5-MW roof-top solar power system complete with a 500-kilowatt energy storage solution from Millbrae, California-based Stem.

The 5-MW photovoltaic system and 500-kilowatt battery storage system will be financed by a power purchase agreement (PPA). In addition to energy cost savings from solar production, adding Stem's software-driven energy storage positions UC Merced to achieve significant demand charge savings over the first 10 years of the project.

Stem creates innovative technology services that transform the way energy is distributed and consumed. Styem analytics optimize the value of customers' energy assets and facilitate their participation in energy markets, yielding economic and societal benefits while decarbonizing the grid. (Source: SunPower Corp., 26 June, 2017) Contact: Stem, (415) 937-7836,,; SunPower, Nam Nguyen, Exec. VP,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  University of California Merced,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

Notable Quote
CCS,Rick Perry
Date: 2017-06-28
"There was one fact missing from the headlines of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement, and that is the U.S. already leads the world in lowering emissions. And we've done this through innovation and technology, not signing onto agreements.

"We have already seen the fruits of clean technology, like CCUS -- Carbon Capture, Utilization, Sequestration -- right here in the United States. The Petra Nova facility in my home state of Texas ... uses a process to remove 90 pct of the carbon dioxide after coal is burned in that power plant." -- Rick Perry, US Energy Secretary, Rick Perry.

Interestingly, Sec. Perry was recently upbraided by the American Meteorological Society for lacking a "fundamental understanding of science" after he claimed carbon dioxide was not a primary cause of climate change.

The former Lone Star State governor told CNBC TV that "the most likely primary control knob (for climate change) is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in", rather than greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rick Perry,  Climate Chage,  CCS,  CCUS,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

EC Adopts Appliance Energy Efficiency Labeling (Int'l)
European Council
Date: 2017-06-28
Further to our March 24, 2017 coverage, meeting in Luxembourg, the European Council (EC) reports the adoption of energy efficiency labeling for household appliances being sold in EU countries. The labeling is intended to reduce energy costs and contribute to the moderation in energy consumption. The ruling is under the Clean Energy package -- revised directives on energy efficiency and on energy performance of buildings.

The EC also agreed on a proposal for a revised directive on the "decarbonization" of energy and energy performance of buildings. (Source: EU Council, EC, Independent, 27 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  European Council,  

Alaska HB 80 Enables PACE Energy Efficiency Financing (Reg & Leg)
Alaska Energy Authority,PACE
Date: 2017-06-28
In Juneau, the Alaska House is reporting passage of HB 80 allowing local governments to deploy a new program and provide a new financing tool for energy efficiency projects. The legislation allows local governments to deploy the PACE program that enables businesses to pay off loans for energy efficiency projects through commercial property assessed clean energy financing -- C-PACE.

The Alaska Energy Authority is working with the communities of Kenai Peninsula, Matanuska Susitna, Fairbanks North Star, Juneau and the Municipality of Anchorage -- to iimplement a uniform program and consolidate management of the initiative into a statewide entity. Smaller cities and boroughs could then join the program at later date. Representatives from the four boroughs and Anchorage are expected to begin regular meetings state entities, lenders and contractors as early as August to pass the necessary ordinances and to implement the program. (Source: KBBI News, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Alaska Energy Authority, Katie Conway, Gov. Relations Manager, (800) 315-6338,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiewncy,  PACE,  

Detroit 2030 District Aims to Half Emissions by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Detroit 2030 District
Date: 2017-06-28
In the Motor City, group of 12 Detroit business and institutions -- including Bedrock Detroit, Comerica Bank and Wayne State University -- have signed on as participants in the Detroit 2030 District initiative. The initiative is a project from the U.S. Green Building Council aiming to slash carbon emissions by 50 pct from existing buildings by the year 2030. New construction would aim to create buildings with "net-zero" carbon emissions.

The Detroit 2030 District has 39 members, including 20 property owners and operators of 61 downtown buildings covering almost 10 million square feet. Detroit joins 15 other North American cities with business communities that have signed onto the pact, and is the second city after Grand Rapids in Michigan to sign on to the project. (Source: USGBC, MLive, 26 June, 2017) Contact: USGBC, Emile Lauzanna, Regional District Director, Detroit 2030 District, Connie Lilley, Director,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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Shell, SBI BioEnergy Seal Development, Licensing Deal (Ind. Report)
Shell, SBI BioEnergy
Date: 2017-06-28
Reporting from Calgary, Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its subsidiary Shell International Exploration and Production B.V., report an agreement under which Shell will develop and license Edmonton-based SBI BioEnergy's patented continuous catalytic process for converting various waste oils, greases and sustainable vegetable oils into lower carbon drop-ins for diesel, jet fuel and gasoline.

SBI's drop-in products do not require blending or any modifications to engines or infrastructures. Biofuels emit less CO2 than petroleum products so their addition to fuels has the potential to reduce transport emissions and help fuel suppliers meet lower carbon or renewable fuel standards.

Under the terms of their agreement, Shell and SBI will work together to demonstrate the potential of the technology and, if successful, scale up for commercial application. (Source: Shell Canada, PR, 27 June, 2017) Contact: Shell Canada, Andrew Murfin, General Manager, Advanced Biofuels,; SBI BioEnergy, Inder Pal Singh, Pres., Ceo, (780) 413-9832,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  SBI BioEnergy,  Biofuel,  Drop-in FUel,  Aviation Biofuel,  

Sarasota Pledges 100 pct Renewables by 2045 (Ind. Report)
SIerra Club, Sarasota
Date: 2017-06-26
The not-for-profit environmental group the Sierra Club is reporting that the cities of Sarasota, Fla., and Columbia, S.C., have each made commitments to transition to 100 pct renewable energy.

The Sarasota City Commission adopted a goal of meeting all of the city's energy needs with 100 pct renewables by 2045. St. Petersburg is the only other Florida city with a similar commitment. In addition to the establishing a community-wide target for 100% renewable energy, the commission also voted to adopt a goal of powering all municipal operations in the city with 100 pct renewables by 2030 and at least 50 pct by 2024. (Source: Sarasota City Commission, Sierra Club, 21 June, 2017) Contact: Sarasota City Commission, (945) 954-4115,

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Show Me State's Largest Solar Farm Underway (Ind. Report)
Gardner Capital,Solexus
Date: 2017-06-26
In Missouri, the Springfield News-Leader is reporting that developer Gardner Capital has broken ground on a 33,288 panel solar farm in Nixa, Missouri (pop. 20,740). The 72-acre project will generate sufficient electric power for 1,800 homes and generate almost 10 pct of the towns's total energy requirement.The installation is expected to save the town an estimated $2.5 million over the next 25 years.

Gardner took over the project when Solexus, which is still part of the project, ran into permitting and financing delays and problems. (Source: Gardner Capital, Industry Dive, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Gardner Capital, (314) 561-5900,

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NY Passes Energy Storage Legislation (Reg & Leg)
Energy Storage
Date: 2017-06-26
In Albany, a bipartisan coalition of Empire State legislators have unanimously passed NY Senate Bill 5190 and Assembly Bill 6571 to establish an Energy Storage Deployment Program for New York State.

The legislation directs the Public Service Commission to develop an energy storage deployment program and a storage procurement target for 2030. The legislation aims to ensure that energy storage is among the options that New York regulators and utilities use to increase grid resiliency and integrate more renewable and distributed resources into the grid. (Source: Various Media, Smart Grid Observer, 23 June, 2017)

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$46.4Mn Hawaiian School Energy Savings Loans Approved (Ind. Report)
Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority
Date: 2017-06-26
Aloha State governor David Ige has approved a measure allowing the Hawaiian Department of Education to borrow up to $46.4 million through a "green energy" loan to reduce energy usage in its schools. Part of a broader initiative to air condition Hawaiian classrooms using a $100 million appropriation signed last year, the interest-free loan will speed projects that increase energy efficiency and lower electricity costs in public schools.

The $46 million loan comes out of a special fund distributed through the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, which was established by the Legislature in 2013 to provide financing for clean energy technology. (Source: Honolulu Civil Beat, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, (800) 587-3868,,; Green INfrastructure Authority,; Hawaiian Department of Education,

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Schneider Electric Supports Carbon Dividends Plan (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric,Climate Leadership Council
Date: 2017-06-26
Global energy management and automation giant Schneider Electric is touting its participation in and support of the Climate Leadership Council, a newly launched market-based climate solution that is both pro-growth and pro-environment.

The Climate Leadership Council is an international collaboration to promote a carbon dividends framework as an effective, equitable and politically viable climate solution. Schneider Electric joins a broad coalition of top companies and NGOs, including 11 of the largest companies in the world, as well as former U.S. Secretaries of State, Treasury and Energy, to advance a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens the economy and protects the environment.

The carbon dividends plan is based on: a gradually rising and revenue-neutral carbon tax; monthly carbon dividend payments to all Americans, funded by 100 pct of the revenue; the rollback of carbon regulations that are no longer necessary; and border carbon adjustments to level the playing field and promote American competitiveness.

The carbon tax is a market-based mechanism to drive emission reductions while the dividend ensures the plan is beneficial for working Americans.

BP, ExxonMobil, GM, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Royal Dutch Shell, Santander Bank, Total, Unilever, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy are among the Climate Leadership Council founding members. (Source: Schneider Electric, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Climate Leadership Council,; Schneider Electric,

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Maritime Organizations Call for IMO to Set CO2 Targets (Int'l)
IMO,International Maritime Organization
Date: 2017-06-26
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee reports it will meet in July to develop a strategy for the reduction of the sector's CO2 emissions aligning the international shipping sector response to the 2015 Paris Agreement's call for ambitious contributions to combat climate change.

INTERCARGO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and INTERTANKO have proposed that the IMO maintain international shipping's annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels to reduce CO2 emissions per ton of cargo transported one kilometer by at least 50 pct by 2050, compared to 2008.

The international shipping industry was not included in the Paris Climate Accord although the industry is responsible for transporting about 90 pct of global trade and 2.2 pct of the world's annual man-made CO2 emissions. (Source: Maritime Exec., Various Others, 22 June, 2017)Contact: International Chamber of Shipping, Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460,; International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

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IBM Cuts CO2 Emissions 38 pct since 2005 (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-26
Following-up on our March 20, 2015 report, Armonk, N.Y.-headquartered IBM reports it has cut CO2 emissions associated with its energy consumption 38.1 pct against base year 2005 -- adjusted for acquisitions and divestitures -- roughly equivalent to the emissions associated with the consumption of 1.8 million barrels of oil. The company also notes it will source 20 pct of its annual electricity consumption from renewables by 2020.

IBM also notes that between 1990 and 2016, the company conserved 7.2 million MWh of electricity, avoiding 4.4 million metric tons of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to taking 900,000 cars off the road for a year. (Source: IBM, PR,23 June, 2017) Contact: IBM, Wayne Balta, VP Corporate Environmental Affairs, Rachel Thomas,, www,

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Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction -- PNNL Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-26
Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction, a new report from the US DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is studying how advanced building controls in energy-using equipment such as HVAC can decrease energy use and improve building operations finds that if fully used controls nationwide, the U.S. could slash its energy consumption by the equivalent of what is currently used by 12 to 15 million Americans.

The report examines how 34 different energy measures, most of which rely on various building controls, could affect energy use in commercial buildings such as stores, offices and schools. According to the report, roughly 20 pct of America's total energy use goes toward powering commercial buildings, about 15 pct of which have building automation-control systems which, if properly maintained and used could cut annual commercial building energy use by an average of 29 percent.

The report recommendations include:

  • repairing broken sensors that read temperatures and other;
  • turning off power-using devices like printers and monitors when not in use;
  • dimming or turning off lights in areas with natural lighting and/or when a room isn't in use;
  • lowering daytime temperature set-points for heating, increasing them for cooling, and lowering nighttime heating set-points;
  • reducing the minimum rate for air to flow through a variable-air volume boxes (about 7 pct reduction);
  • limiting heating and cooling to when building is most likely to be occupied (about 6 pct reduction).

    Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction HERE. (Source: PNNL, MTNV News, 24 June, 2017) Contact: PNNL, N. Fernandez, (509) 372-6083,

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  • UK Researchers Measuring Tree CO2 Capacity (Int'l R&D)
    University of Birmingham’s Institute of Forest Research
    Date: 2017-06-26
    In the UK, England, researchers are testing Researchers at University of Birmingham's Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) have begun a 10-year experiment that will pump a forest full of carbon dioxide in an effort to determine how much carbon dioxide trees can take.

    The Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment will expose a mature woodland to CO2 levels predicted to be prevalent in 2050. Scientists aim to measure the forest's capacity to capture carbon released by fossil fuel burning, and thus determine the trees capacity to absorb carbon pollution long-term.

    With deforestation shrinking the carbon storage capacity of the world's forests, researchers hope that a greater understanding of their role in climate change mitigation could help policymakers make informed decisions. (Source: University of Birmingham, Citizen Digital, Reuters, 24 June, 2017)Contact: University of Birmingham Institute of Forest Research, Michael Tausz, Co-Director, +44 1785 284624,

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    Nevada Gov. Kills Renewable Energy, Community Solar Legislation (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2017-06-23
    GTM reports that Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) has nixed Nevada legislation AB 206 which would have increased the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 40 pct by 2030, up from 25 pct in 2025, and created new incentives for energy storage. A second bill, SB 392, which would have established a 200-MW community solar program by 2023, was also vetoed. Sandoval did, however, signed AB 405, a popular bill that restored net metering credits for rooftop solar customers in the Silver State, giving the distributed energy market an enormous boost. Following that win, supporters hoped the RPS and community solar bills would get approval too.

    In his vetot, Sandoval said he was concerned about passing new energy legislation in light of the state's pending Energy Choice Initiative which, if adopted, could dramatically restructure the state's electric power market. The Governor tasked his Committee on Energy Choice to study and make recommendations on the ramifications of a higher renewable portfolio standard and the community solar program. (Source: Office of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, GTM, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Nev. Gov. Brian Sandoval,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  Solar,  Nevada Solar,  Solar Incentive,  

    ABB Touts New Wind Turbine Transformer (New Prod & Tech)
    Date: 2017-06-23
    Reporting from Zurich, ABB is touting its latest innovation in transformer technology, with the introduction of a 66 kilovolts (kV) WindSTAR transformer that can fit into the tower of a wind turbine. This will enable a new generation of powerful offshore wind turbines to operate at a world record voltage of 66 kV, twice the existing 33 kV level. The boost in voltage level will significantly reduce losses and make the wind generation systems more efficient.

    ABB has delivered five new WindSTAR transformers to MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, to be deployed at the world's first 66 kV offshore wind farm in the UK. The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator (BOD) is a 41.5 megawatt (MW), five-turbine wind farm, located off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland, with the capacity to deliver clean power to 34,000 homes.

    As a follow-up order, ABB will supply another 11 such transformers to be deployed in large-scale offshore wind turbines at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. This offshore wind test and demonstration facility, is located about 2.4 km off the coast of Aberdeen Bay, will incorporate a 92.4-MW offshore wind power plant with capacity to meet the annual electricity demand of nearly 80,000 homes. (Source: ABB, PR, 23 June, 2017)Contact: ABB, +44 (0) 43 317 5404,,

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    Calif. Considers Carbon Foot Print in Purchase Contracts (Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Footprint
    Date: 2017-06-23
    In Sacramento, the California Senate is debating the Buy Clean California Act requiring the state to consider the carbon footprint of materials used in infrastructure projects when purchasing steel, glass, iron, and brass. The measure would direct billions of dollars in spending to low-carbon suppliers such as steel and cement which emit large quantities of CO2.

    Globally, steel accounts for 5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than every plane on Earth. However, California mills tend to be cleaner, by virtue of the state's strict emissions limits , and bills passage would likely result in business for the U.S., and the state's steel industry. The state will also take into account emissions from transportation, meaning California will likely buy more locally sourced steel, cutting down on pollution from shipping beams, pipes, and rebar long distances. (Source: Think Progress, Nexus Media, Others, 21 June, 2017)

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

    Smappee Energy Monitoring Hits American Market (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-06-23
    Smappee, a Belgium-based developer of smart energy monitoring solutions, reports the introduction of its Smappee Plus energy monitoring system to the U.S. market. The product empowers consumers to better manage their electricity use and costs by providing detailed, real-time measurements of their energy production and consumption.

    The product integrates Smappee's patented NILM (Non Intrusive Load Monitoring) technology with sub-metering clamps to measure real-time energy use from household electronics and appliances energy use. Ideally suited for homes with solar and other renewable technologies, Smappee Plus acts as an energy traffic controller by directing the energy flow within a user's home to maximize both energy efficiency and clean energy payback, according to the manufacturer. (Source: Smappee, PR, Builder Mag., 20 June, 2017) Contact: Smappee, (408) 479-3748 -- US Office,,

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    New Australian Catalyst Paves Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel (Int'l)
    University of Adelaide,CSIRO
    Date: 2017-06-23
    In the Land Down Under, University of Adelaide researchers in collaboration with the Australia Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) are reporting development of a process of combining CO2 with hydrogen to produce methane and water without increasing atmospheric CO2.

    The catalyst was synthesized using porous crystals called metal-organic frameworks which allow precise spatial control of the chemical elements.

    This new catalyst efficiently produces almost pure methane from CO2. Carbon-monoxide production has been minimized and stability is high under both continuous reaction for several days and after shutdown and exposure to air. Only a small amount of the catalyst is required for high production of methane which increases economic viability. The catalyst also operates at mild temperatures and low pressures.

    "The catalyst discovery process involved the synthesis and screening of more than one hundred materials. With the help of CSIRO's rapid catalyst testing facility we were able to test all of them quickly allowing the discovery to be made in a much shorter period of time," said , AIM Future Science Platform Director with CSIRO.(Source: University of Adelaide, 20 June, 2017) Contact: University of Adelaide, Prof. Christian Doonan, Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials, +61 (0)8 8313 5770, Mobile: +61 (0)468 736 709,,; CSIRO, Dr. Danielle,

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    Obama Methane Rule Being Enforced During Re-Write (Reg & Leg)
    Methane Rule
    Date: 2017-06-23
    In a statement, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said parts of an Obama-administration methane rule will be enforced even though his agency is in the process of re-writing the controversial legislation that the oil and natural gas industry find "burdensome." Zinke promised to take public comments during the rewrite process to make sure the final rule curtails wasteful flaring while reducing the cost burden to the oil and natural gas industry.

    The methane rule, which was finalized in the dying days of the Obama administration, mandates that energy companies capture rather than flare methane which is about 25 times more potent at trapping heat than CO2 and make up approximately 9 pct of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to EPA estimates. (Source: Smart Brief, AP, 21 June, 2017)

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    Vermont Joins AG's Coalition to Reduce GHG Emissions (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2017-06-23
    Vermont Business Magazine reports that Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has joined a coalition of 14 attorneys general and the City of Chicago to intervene in a lawsuit that supports regulations to prevent greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit is against the US EPA which is seeking to halt the implementation of regulations that stop leaks of greenhouse gas and other harmful air pollutants from new oil and gas sources.

    The motion to intervene in the case -- Clean Air Council v. Pruitt-- supports environmental organizations seeking to immediately stop the EPA's administrative stay of a 2016 rule that would prevent the emission of methane, smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and hazardous air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde from facilities constructed after September 2015.

    Along with Vermont, the motion to intervene includes the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington along with the City of Chicago. (Source: Vermont AG, Vermont Biz., June 21, 2017) Contact: Office of Vermont Attorney General,

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

    Sweden Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2045 (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2017-06-23
    In Copenhagen, a majority of the Swedish legislature has committed to cutting Sweden's net carbon emissions to zero by 2045. The commitment makes Sweden becoming the first country to significantly upgrade its carbon reduction targets since the Paris accord in 2015.

    The legislation establishes an independent Climate Policy Council and requires an updated action plan every four years. Sweden, which previously committed to carbon neutrality by 2050, generates 83 pct of its electricity from nuclear energy and hydropower, having met its 2020 target of 50 pct renewable energy eight years ahead of schedule. The country now plans to cut domestic emissions by at least 85 pct and offset remaining emissions by planting trees or investing in projects abroad. (Source: New Scientist, Futurism, Others, 20 June, 2017)

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    Mexican Adoption of E10 Applauded (Int'l Report)
    Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission
    Date: 2017-06-21
    The Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission's (CRE) recently announced increase in the maximum volume content of anhydrous ethanol as an oxygenate in regular and premium gasoline supplies from 5.8 pct to 10 pct has been welcomed by the U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, and the Renewable Fuels Association.

    The increase is part of ongoing energy reforms in Mexico and follows input from stakeholders in the government, private sector, research scientists and social interest groups. Mexican regulators moved in August 2016 to allow ethanol in local fuel supplies, except in its three largest metropolitan areas -- Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City. (Source: Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, AgWired, Other, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, +52 55 5233 1500,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend,  E10,  

    Florida Legislation Expands Solar Incentives (Reg & Leg)
    Center for Biological Diversity
    Date: 2017-06-21
    In Tallahassee, Florida Governor Rick Scott is reported to have signed Senate Bill 90, a legislative measure expanding tax breaks for commercial and industrial building rooftop solar installations. The bill extends renewable-energy tax breaks already given to residential properties and exempts a percentage of the assessed value of renewable installations from property taxes.

    S.B. 90 is widely seen as a compromise solution to implement a clean energy constitutional amendment approved by 73 pct of Florida voters in August.

    According to the not-for-profit Center for Biological Diversity, the Sunshine State's solar industry ranks only 13 in the nation for installed capacity, although it is third in technical solar potential. The Center also notes that Florida is one of the 10 worst states for blocking distributed solar with bad policies. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, Various Media, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Chad Tudenggongbu, (917) 558-0849,,

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