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Cardiff Woody Biomass CHP Plants Awaiting Approval (Int'l Report)
Woddy Biomass
Date: 2018-06-13
In Wales, the Cardiff City Council is considering a regulatory application from Geraint John Planning on behalf of the Parc Calon Gwyrdd business park for a 9.5MW biomass power plant, The wood bimass plant is expected to get the nod after council officers recommended it for approval.

The proposed biomass plant will produce electricity and thermal energy via steam and would consume up to 75,000 tpy of imported virgin timber, possibly from Latvia, or from established UK distributors or a combination of both. (Source: City of Cardiff, Insider Media, 12 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

Global Biosolids Market 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-06-13
Global Biosolids Market 2018. a new report from Fior Markets highlights potential risks regarding current and future opportunities in the Biosolids market and gives an uncomplicated and meticulous market overview combining statistics and estimates. The report identifies dominating players in the market, industry chain structure, and policies by region. The report also presents corporate profiles of key biosolids market manufacturers including overall revenue, price, market share, size from 2018 to 2023 and contact details for each player.

Download free sample report HERE. Access Full Report with TOC HERE. (Source: Highland Mirror, 12 June, 2018)Contact: Fior Markets,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biosolids,  

Alberta Nixes Commercial Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency Alberta
Date: 2018-06-13
According to a recent Energy Efficiency Alberta release, commercial customers do not qualify for newly announced incentives that promise up to $1 million annually to cover up to 50 pct of the capital costs of a slate of retrofit investments, contrary to previous announcements on the agency's website. The $88-million Custom Energy Solutions program, jointly funded from Alberta's carbon levy and the federal government's Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, is actually targeted solely to the industrial sector.

Although earlier expectations that office buildings and/or warehouse/distribution facilities would qualify for the new retrofit incentives have now been dashed, commercial customers in the prairie province are eligible for over 60 different product rebates for lighting, lighting controls, load sensing plug strips, variable frequency drives, boilers and water heating equipment. (Source: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Various Media, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Jessica Shumlich, Program Manager, (403) 815-4876,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Alberta,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Incentives ,  

Vestas Wins N.Am. Turbine Contracts Totaling 404 MW (Ind. Report)
Vestas,Southern Power
Date: 2018-06-11
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of two wind turbine supply contracts totaling 406 MW. Both contracts are for 2019 delivery. and set to be delivered in 2019.

The first of the two wind supply contracts was awarded by EnerAB, a joint venture between The AES Corporation and Grupo BAL, for 85 units of Vestas' V136-3.45 MW wind turbines for the Mesa la Paz wind park set to be developed in the Llera municipality, Mexico. The contract includes a 15-year service agreement.

Vestas also secured an order for 30 of its V136-3.45 MW turbines totaling 100 MW from Southern Power for the Wildhorse Mountain wind project set to be developed in Oklahoma. The contract include a 20-year service agreement. (Source: Vestas, Various Media, CleanTecnica, , 8 June, 2018) Contact: EnerAB, Juan Ignacio Rubiolo, CEO,; Vestas, Chris Brown, Pres. Vestas Sale and Serivcein the United States and Canada, +45 9730 0000,; Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  EnerAB,  Southern Power,  

Vt. Establishing Large-User Energy Efficiency Program (Ind Report)
Public Utility Commission
Date: 2018-06-11
In Montpelier, Gov. Phil Scott (R) has inked legislation instructing the Vermont Public Utility Commission to create an energy savings account pilot program that will incentivize energy efficiency investments by large energy users that have previously been excluded from existing programs.

The new 3-year program is intended to help businesses reduce operating costs and make it easier for the Green Mountain State to meet its energy efficiency goals. State agencies will select businesses to participate in the program. ( Source: Vermont Public Utility Commission, AP, Various Media, June, 2018) Contact: Vermont Public Utility Commission, Judith C. Whitney, Commission Clerk, (802) 828-2358,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

WPD AG Taps Siemens Gamesa for Taiwan Offshore Wind (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa,wpd
Date: 2018-06-11
In Germany, Bremen-based offshore wind energy developer WPD AG is reporting Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been selected as its preferred wind turbine supplier for its 640-MW Yunlin offshore wind power project in Taiwan.

The two firms have signed a LoI "for exclusive negotiations" for Siemens Gamesa's SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbine. The contract would include a 15-year long-term turbine service agreement.

The Yunlin offshore wind power project is set to be developed around six kilometers offshore in the Taiwan Strait and will incorporate 80 Siemens Gamesas 8 MW wind turbines, with turbine installation set to begin in 2020. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Various Media, Others, 8 June, 2018) Contact: SGRE Offshore, Andreas Nauen., CEO,; WPD AG, +49-421-168-6610, + 49-421-168-6666 – fax,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Taiwan Wind,  wpd,  

UK PM May Pledges Net-Zero Energy Buildings by 2030 (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-06-11
In a recent speech at the Jodrell Bank observatory complex in Cheshire, UK the Prime Minister Theresa May is reported to have vowed to slash the energy use in buildings by half by 2030, as part of her Government's Industrial Strategy. The PM also pledged to halve the energy costs for existing commercial and residential buildings. Heat and power for buildings currently account for 40 pct of country's energy consumption.

The Prime Minister noted that her government's Industrial Strategy would act as a "catalyst for new technologies" that could then be exported to a "global market for clean technologies." The strategy aims to achieve net zero carbon from 2030, as well as set long-term incentives for retrofitting homes and commercial buildings. (Source: edie, Various Other Media, May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Energy Efficiency,  Energy Effeciency,  Net-Zero,  

Energy Efficiency Startups Included in Minn. Loan Program (Funding)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-06-11
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is touting the launch of the Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs (MILE) program. The program will provide interest-free loans of $20,000 to $50,000 to businesses on a one-to-one match from another funder and repay the loan within four years, with no payments required in the first year. Energy efficiency startup businesses are among the sectors eligible for the program.

The funding can be used for working capital, intellectual property development, proof-of-concept activities, commercialization planning, prototype design, market feasibility studies and other startup activities approved by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, a release states. Businesses applying for loans must employ no more than five people and have their headquarters in Minnesota or plan to relocate to the state.

Program details are available HERE. (Source: Daily News Media, 10 June, 2018) Contact: DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Biomass Power, Clean Energy Technologies Ink Cross Promotion Agreement (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy Technologies,Biomass Power Ltd
Date: 2018-06-11
In the Golden State, Costa Mesa-based Clean Energy Technologies (CET), Inc. reports it has inked a cross promotion agreement with biomass waste-to-energy power specialist Biomass Power Limited (BPL). The two firms have agreed cross refer customers and promote and solicit orders for their their own and each others products.

BPL has incorporated CET Clean Cycle II™ Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) heat recovery generator into its waste to energy power plants. The company estimates that between one to four Clean Cycle II™ ORC heat recovery generators will be used in each family of BPL-TEC Stepped Grate Gasification plants built by BPL.

Clean Energy technology allows municipal, commercial, and industrial generating wasted heat from industrial processes or energy production, to improve fuel energy efficiency and reduce maintenance costs for heat recovery. (Source: Clean Energy Technologies, Inc. Contact: Clean Energy Technologies, Inc. Kam Mahdi, CEO, 949-273-4990 x814,, : Biomass Power Ltd., Ben Talbott, CEO, +44 01 785 240 092 ,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Technologies,  Biomass Power Ltd.,  Biomass,  Waste-to-Energy,  

India Planning National Li-Ion Battery Production (Int'l Report)
Central Electro Chemical Research Institute
Date: 2018-06-11
In New Delhi, the Hindustan Times is reporting the Indian government has signed a memorandum of understanding for the transfer of technology developed by Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, in partnership with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and others for the country's first locally developed lithium-ion cells. Indian manufacturers at present rely on imports.

CSIR-CECRI has a demo facility in Chennai that manufactures prototypes of the cells. Indigenously manufacturing the batteries will also bring down the cost. The low cost could also help replace the hazardous lead-acid batteries that are currently in use in many applications. (Source: IOndia Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, HindustanTimes, June, 2018) Contact: Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, Vijayamohanan K. Pilla, Director, +91 4565 241 241,

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

Seoul Tops World's Carbon Footprint List (Int'l Report)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Date: 2018-06-11
According to researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, the South Korean city of Seoul's air quality and carbon footprint are among the worst in the world. Of the 13,000 cities worldwide included in the study, Seoul had the highest carbon dioxide out put of 276.1 metric tpy as of 2015. The results were published Thursday in the international science journal Environmental Research Letters.

Seoul and the metropolitan area often see the daily average of air quality hit "extremely bad" levels, with airborne particulate matter categorized as harmful by the World Health Organization, as it can penetrate the respiratory system. The country's average concentration levels of particulate matter last year marked 44 micrograms per cubic meter and 25 for fine dust, two times higher than other advanced cities, including Paris, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo, during the same period, according to the National Institute of Environmental Research. Nearly 35 pct of the country's particulate matter originates from China, while 9 pct comes from North Korea and the rest stems from within the country, the Institue notes. (Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Korea Herald, 10 June, 2018)Contact: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Daniel Moran, +47 7359 50 00,

LanzaTech, Shougang Launch Chinese Sustainable Ethanol Refinery (Int'l)
Date: 2018-06-11
New Zealand-founded LanzaTech and China's Shougang Group are reporting the launch of an ethanol plant at the Jingtang Steel Mill in Caofeidian, Hebei province, China -- the commercial facility converting industrial emissions to ethanol globally.

The plant utilizes LanzaTech's technology which relies on anaerobic bacteria to ferment stell mill waste emissions. The installation has an ethanol production capacity of 46,000 tpy and has been operational since early May, this year.

According to LanzaTech, the performance of this type of sustainable ethanol in fuel blending applications is indistinguishable from sugar-derived ethanol and meets the ASTM International D4806 standard. (Source: LanzaTeck, Renewables, 11 June, 2018) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,; Shougang Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Biofuel ,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blending,  

Tianjin City Announces Ethanol Blended Gasoline Plan (Int'l)
Date: 2018-06-11
In China, Reuters is reporting that by the end of Sept. the port city of Tianjin -- pop 15,000,000 -- will use ethanol-blended gasoline in most vehicles, according to the city government's website.

Tianjin is expected to use 260,000 tpy of fuel ethanol produced from approximately 780,000 tpy of corn. China is currently sitting on huge stocks of corn estimated to be at about 200 million tonnes, following a now discontinued government stockpiling scheme to support farmers. Although China currently produces under 2.5 million tpy of ethanol the new policy could increase demand to 15 million tpy by 2020, according to a Reuters estimate.

As previously reported, in 2017, China announced plans to roll out E-10 ethanol blended fuel on a national scale by 2020. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, 11 June, 2018)

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

Engie Acquiring Renewables Developer Langa Group (Int'l M&A)
Engie SA
Date: 2018-06-08
French electric utility Engie SA reports it is acquiring Brittany-based renewable energy producer Langa Group to meet its goal of developing 3 GW of wind and almost 2.2 GW of solar by 2021.

Langa is active in solar, wind, biogas and biomass projects and is involved in the entire value chain of its projects. Its portfolio of operating assets is expected to reach 215 MW of installed capacity by the end of the year, including 165 MW of solar power and 39 MW of wind energy. (Source: Engie SA, Renewables Now, 7 JUne, 2018) Contact: Langa Group, Gilles Lebreux, Founder, CEO,; Engie SA, Isabelle Kocher, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie ,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

"I did you a good favor for the farmers yesterday, right? We love the farmers. Right? (Notable Quote)
Date: 2018-06-08
On Wednesday in Washington, under pressure from US corn interests and farming state legislators, President Donald Trump abandoned an overhaul of biofuels policy aimed at reducing costs for the oil industry, sending US renewable fuel credit prices soaring more than 40 pct on Wednesday.

The White House had been poised to announce proposed changes to the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this week after hosting months of difficult negotiations between representatives of Big Oil and Big Corn but delayed the announcement indefinitely. Even so, Trump brashly tried to sugar-coat defeat by exclaiming to his "base" -- "I did you a good favor for the farmers yesterday, right? We love the farmers. Right? (Source: devdiscourse, Various Media Sources, 6 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Ethanol,  Trump,  Biofuel,  

World GBC Calls for Net-Zero Building Sector by 2030 (Int'l)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2018-06-08
In London, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is reporting the launch of its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment calling on built environment sector to set ambitious targets that eliminate carbon emissions, track, verify and report on commitments to eliminate operational carbon emissions from their building stocks.

The initiative is intended the help the building and construction industry meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The building and construction industry accounts for around one-third of global emissions and will need to play a crucial role in keeping the global temperature at sustainable levels. Energy consumption levels in the sector are set to be exacerbated in the next 35 years, with the global building stock expected to double to 415 billion square metres, according to the World GBC.

In November 2017, the UK Government struck an agreement with the construction industry to halve emissions in the built environment over the next eight years. (Source: World Green Building Council, edie, 7 June, 2018) Contact: WGBC, Terri Wills, CEO ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Building,  Green Building,  World Green Building Council,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

15MWh UK Liquid Air Energy Storage Plant Opens (Int'l Report)
Highview Power
Date: 2018-06-06
In the UK, London-headquartered Highview Power reports the startup of its liquid air energy storage (LAES) plant in Bury, greater Manchester. The development, in partnership with energy from waste firm Viridor, is capable of delivering 15MWh of power.

Hihview's technology stores air as a liquid then converts it back to gas. The expansion process releases stored energy, which is used to drive a turbine to generate electricity. The LAES plant at Bury also converts waste heat to power using heat from the on-site landfill gas engines.

According to Highview, LAES could ultimately scale to hundreds of megawatts, potentially storing enough energy to power entire towns. The company is in discussions with several utility firms to build 150MWh units. The Bury development was partially tax-payer funded with an £8 million government grant. Now Highview plans to export the technology, it said. (Source: Highview Power, energyst., Others, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Highview Power CEO Gareth Brett, +44 (0) 207 484 5600

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Stoage,  Highview Power ,  

Rocky Mountain Power Seeking Renewables Project Bids (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power
Date: 2018-06-06
Salt Lake City-headquartered Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), a unit of Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, reports it is seeking bids for new solar, wind and geothermal projects in Utah as part of an effort to increase renewable power generation on the PacifiCorp system.

The company is seeking proposals for 308,000 MWh of power generation -- approximately 40 MW of geothermal capacity or approximately 100 to 126 MW of wind or solar capacity -- sufficient power for about 34,000 typical Utah homes.

Customers sponsoring the request for proposal include Park City, Salt Lake City, Summit County, Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and Utah Valley University, which are all working with Rocky Mountain Power to meet their clean air and sustainability goals through renewable energy. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Sun Advocate, 4 June, 2018)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Renewable Energy,  

World Bank State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2018 - World Bank Report Attached (Ind. Report)
World Bank
Date: 2018-06-06
"Since it was first launched more than a decade ago, the annual State and Trends report has established itself as perhaps the most important reference document -- first on carbon markets and, later, on carbon pricing more broadly -- by providing up-to-date information on developments in initiatives and policies around the world. Previous editions also included analytical discussions on issues that related to these developments.

"The 2018 edition of the report focuses exclusively on data and information on the evolving initiatives that put a price on carbon, in terms of their most current status and emerging trends. It includes an expanded discussion on what the trends are telling us about the underlying motivations of and the direction the world is moving in when it comes to carbon pricing.

"The growing momentum for carbon pricing and the increasing prevalence of the topic in climate change discussions in recent years take us in a new direction for the report. More national and sub-national jurisdictions and private sector entities are adopting carbon pricing.

"This report also includes a reflection on the engagement of non-state actors on climate action and carbon pricing -- a development that characterizes the implementation phase the world has embarked on since the adoption of the Paris Agreement. The inclusion of internal carbon prices in business operations, and how this is incentivizing action on climate change, has raised the need to expand the focus to include an important discussion on how carbon pricing is considered in other economies and the indirect measures taken to provide a carbon price signal."

Download the World Bank Group State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2018 report at

Download an online dashboard to complement the publication HERE. (Source: World Bank Group, May, 2018)Contact: World Bank Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Carbon Price,  

UNL Setting Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals (Ind. Report)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date: 2018-06-06
In the Corn Husker State, University of Nebraska-Lincoln UNL) emitted 182,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2016, according to data reported to the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System -- a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability. According to STARS, UNL has maintained the smallest carbon footprint among Big Ten Conference institutions.

UNL electric power consumption has dropped from 240,000 Btu in 1997 to 146,000 Btu last year, even as square footage was added to campus, student enrollment grew, and more faculty conducted research. Much of the energy reduction is the result of investments in higher-efficiency heating and cooling units, lighting and heating room occupancy sensors, the shuttering of the school's coal fired coal-fired power and central heating plant, a push for greater use of renewable energy and other improvements and initiatives. (Source: UNL, Journal Star, 5 June, 2018) Contact: UNL, Lalit Agarwal, Director Utility and Energy Management, (402)472-4375,, Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  

Turboden Touting 300th Biomass Plant Sale (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-06-06
Brescia, Italy-headquartered Turboden SpA is reporting the sale of its 300th Organic Rankine Cycle biomass plant.

The Rankine Cycle is a thermodynamic cycle that converts heat into work. The heat is supplied to a closed loop, which typically uses water as working fluid. The Organic Rankine Cycle's principle is based on a turbogenerator working as a conventional steam turbine to transform thermal energy into mechanical energy and finally into electric energy through an electrical generator. Instead of generating steam from water, the ORC-system vaporizes an organic fluid, characterized by a molecular mass higher than that of water, which leads to a slower rotation of the turbine, lower pressures and no erosion of the metal parts and blades. (Source: Turboden, PR, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Turboden, Brescia - Italy tel +39 030 3552001

More Low-Carbon Energy News Turboden,  Biomass,  Rankine Cycle ,  

Shell, SkyNRG Collaborating on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (Ind. Report)
Shell Aviation,SkyNRG
Date: 2018-06-06
Shell Aviation and Geneva, Switzerland-based SkyNRG are reporting a long term strategic collaboration aimed at promoting and developing long-term opportunities for low-carbon sustainable aviation fuel. The two firms will jointly fund the effort, according to the release.

SkyNRG, which blends and distributes sustainable aviation fuel as well as developing regional supply chains, has supplied sustainable aviation fuel to more than 25 airlines worldwide, according to the release.

Shell Aviation is a leading aviation fuel and lubricants supplier, delivering fuel to around 850 airports in 32 countries, according to the release. (Source: Shell Aviation, Bifuels Int'l, June, 2018) Contact: SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, CEO. Shell Aviation, Anne Anderson, VP, Merel Laroy, +31 6 30833505,,; Shell Aviation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Shell Aviation,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  

Paris Climate Goals Reachable Without Carbon Capture Tech, IIASA Study Finds (Ind. Report)
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Date: 2018-06-06
A recently released study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Nature Energy is the first to map a pathway to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels without relying on negative emissions technologies that suck carbon dioxide from the the atmosphere.

The study found that the Paris agreement target can be reached through innovations in energy efficiency -- hanges to heating, cooling, transport, appliances and technological devices could both limit climate change and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

"Our analysis shows how a range of new social, behavioral and technological innovations, combined with strong policy support for energy efficiency and low-carbon development can help reverse the historical trajectory of ever-rising energy demand," IIASA acting program director and lead study author Arnulf Grubler said in the press release.

The report focused on innovations that were currently available and calculated what would happen if they were applied at scale. It found that doing so could reduce the energy required for transportation, heating and cooling and meeting the physical needs of the world's population by two to four times.

The paper further explained that the success of its scenario relied on the willingness of populations, governments and businesses to make the changes it advocates. "The global community from world leaders and multinational corporations down to individual consumers and citizens need to act in concert to avoid dangerous climate change while improving human wellbeing. Our scenario offers a roadmap as to how this can be achieved," Grubler added.

Markers on that roadmap included ride-sharing fleets of electric vehicles that could reduce transport energy demand by 60 percent by 2050. Increased energy standards for new buildings and renovations for old ones could reduce energy demand from heating and cooling by 75 percent by 2050. The report further found that changing individual habits on a global scale could make a huge difference. The expanded use of smartphones to do the work of what would have previously been several devices, accompanied by a shift in the younger generation from owning material goods to accessing services as needed could limit the growth in global energy demand to 15 percent by 2050. And following a healthy diet that replaced red meat calories with something else could lower agriculture energy demand and lead to increased forest cover the combined size of Bangladesh and Italy by 2050. The report concluded that reducing overall global energy demand 40 pct by 2050, combined with projected renewable energy growth, would succeed in limiting warming 1.5 degrees without the need for negative emissions. (Source: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, PR, 4 June, 2018) Contact: IIASA , Arnulf Grubler, Report Author, +43 (0) 2236 807 470,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Paris Climate Agreement,  International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis,  

Indian Oil to Use Refinery Waste Gas for Ethanol Prod. (Int'l)
Indian Oil Corp
Date: 2018-06-06
Following up on our April 2nd coverage, the New Delhi-based state-owned Indian Oil Corporation reports it plans to utilize off-gases (waste gas) from its various refineries for the production of ethanol. The first such plant -- a 33,000 lpy capacity unit at the Panipat refinery in Haryana -- is expected to be operational in Q1, 2020.

According to a statement, the unit's ethanol production will have approximately 30 pct lower well-to-wheel carbon footprints per mega joules of energy produced as compared to gasoline production and conventional 2G ethanol production processes respectively.

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has approved a partial grant for the project. (Source: Indian Oil Corp., Outlook, 5 June, 2018)Contact: Indian Oil Corp.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Indian Oil Corp,  

Cyprus Consumers Assoc. Opposes Food Crop Biofuel Prod. (Int'l)
CyprusConsumers Association
Date: 2018-06-04
In Cyprus, the Consumers Association has come out in opposition to the production of biofuels from agricultural products such as potatoes, kolokassi -- a root vegetable aka Taro -- and other products due to water usage issues.

In an open letter sent to the House Energy Committee, the association noted water shortage concerns on the Mediterranean island and recommended feedstocks requiring leas water should be found for the production of biofuels, such as bushes and trees. The association also claimed that using potatoes or kolokassi for biofuel production would dramatically drive up the prices for all fuels, as well as water, food and other products commodities. (Source: Cyprus Consumers Association, Cyprus Mail, 3 June, 2018)Contact: Cyprus Consumers Association,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  

Fishermen Getting Third Crack at NJ Offshore Wind (Ind. Report)
Fishermen’s Energy
Date: 2018-06-04
In the Garden State, thanks to Gov. Phil Murphy's (D) recent signing of NJ bill S-1217, Fishermen's Energy is going to get a third chance to convince the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to approve its twice previously rejected 24-MW pilot offshore wind project about three miles from Atlantic City.

S-1217 requires the BPU to accept an application from Fishermen's and review it within 90 days. The company's two previous proposals were rejected by the BPU as being too expensive for the state's ratepayers, who will pay for the electricity from the wind turbines.

Since the Fishermen's project was last before the BPU, the company reached a preliminary agreement earlier this spring to be acquired by EDF Renewable Energy, a global developer of clean-energy projects. EDF has developed 400 MW of offshore wind capacity in Europe. Orsted, U.S. Wind and Deepwater Wind are planning to develop an offshore wind project in a joint venture with the Public Service Enterprise Group about 16 miles from Cape May. The BPU is currently working on developing a funding mechanism to have ratepayers subsidize offshore wind along the coast. (Source: Fishermen's Energy, NJSpotlight, Various Others, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Fishermen's Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fishermen’s Energy ,  Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Offshore Wind,  

Wyoming Univ. CCS Project Wins CarbonSAFE Funding (Funding, R&D)
Basiin Electric, University of Wyoming,
Date: 2018-06-04
In Laramie, the University of Wyoming (UW) is reporting receipt of $9.77 million in US DOE funding for a two-year, $12.25 million project to determine the feasibility of establishing a commercial-scale geological storage complex for carbon dioxide (CO2) in Wyoming.In addition to the $9.77 million federal grant, cost-sharing contributions from the partners will total about $2.47 million.

For the project, UW, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC), and other partners aim to demonstrate that over 50 million metric tons of CO2 could be stored underground near Basin Electric's 385-mw Dry Fork Station near Gillette.

The grant for the project comes from the DOE's Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) initiative, which seeks to help mitigate CO2 emissions from consumption of fossil fuels. (Source: University of Wyoming, 25 May, 2018) Contact: University of Wyoming, Carbon Management Institute , Scott Quillinan, Project Manager, (307) 766-1121,; Basin Electric Power, Paul Sukut, CEO, Matt Greek, Snr. VP Technology R&D, (701) 223-0441,; DOE Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise , DOE CarbonSAFE details,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Basin Electric,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Storage,  CarbonSAFE,  CCS,  Basin Electric,  

Emirates GBC Launches Regional Energy Benchmarking Program (Int'l)
Emirates Green Building Council
Date: 2018-06-04
In the UAE, the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) is touting its Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Benchmarking Project for schools. The "first-of-its-kind" in the MENA region BEA project assesses the energy and water performance of existing buildings against similar buildings within the same typology. The project aims to establish the first industry energy and water benchmark for schools in the UAE.

The BEA project is a global initiative led by World Resources Institute (WRI) under the UN program Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), which aims to double the global rate of building energy efficiency by 2030. Dubai is the first and only city in the Middle East committed to the BEA, and EmiratesGBC is serving as the BEA City Liaison in partnership with Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) to measure energy performance of 100 buildings in Dubai across hotels, schools and malls.(Source: Emirates Green Building Council, ME Construction News, 3 June, 2018) Contact: Emirates Green Building Council,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emirates Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  

Dubai Marina Tower Awarded LEED Gold Certification (Int'l)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2018-06-04
In Dubai, the Landmark Group reports it office tower in Dubai Marina has scored US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification in the new construction type category.

Landmark Tower, which was designed and constructed as a high-performance building, is now among 16 buildings in Dubai who have received Gold LEED Certification under LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C): New Construction, Ver 3.

The tower's energy efficiency feature include: an overall carbon footprint savings of approximately 1,332 metric tpy -- typical buildings power consumption ranges between 160 Kwh/sqm to 200 Kwh/sqm compared to Landmarks consumption of 113 Kwh/sqm/year; water consumption is 40 pct lower than International Plumbing Council standards; double layered clinical grade MERV 13 filters improve air quality as they remove bacteria, allergens and odour used to maintain the Tower's indoor air quality; automated lighting controlling systems with daylight harvesting and intelligent elevators with energy regenerative motors; toilets with dual flush system and water taps with sensors are also used in the building to avoid water wastage; automated BMS (building management system) throughout the day, and others.

There are 15 LEED Platinum and 86 LEED Gold projects in the UAE under various LEED rating systems. (Source: Landmark Group, USGBC, Various Mewdia, 3 June, 2018) Contact: Landmark Group, +971-45174000,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

IATA Calls for EC to Back Alt, Fuels Incentives (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-06-04
Further to our 28 February, 2018 coverage, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling for the European Council (EC) and Commission (EU) to back incentives for production of aviation alternative-biofuels as part of an imminent renewable energy directive.

The directive includes specific incentives for EU member countries developing their use in aviation which essentially give it twice as much credit against national targets as alternative fuels in other sectors. The directive, which followed European Commission proposals, now awaits the European Council agreement.

The IATA notes that since the first biofuels flight in 2008 there have been more than 100,000 commercial flights using some blend of alternative fuel. (Source: IATA, Flight Global, 3 June, 2018)Contact: IATA, Michael Gill, Director Aviation Environment, +41 22 770 2967,

More Low-Carbon Energy News IATA,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Bifuel,  

EU-EC Proposes 60 pct Climate Project Funding Increase (Int'l)
Date: 2018-06-04
In Brussels, the European Union (EU) European Commission (EC) is proposing an almost 60 pct increase in funding for environment and climate action projects between 2021 and 2027.

To date, the EC has financed more than 4,500 projects and contributed €5.9 billion (£5 billion) climate change and environmental protection projects.

The EC aims to increase its focus on clean energy, nature and biodiversity as well as continue support for the circular economy and climate change mitigation.

For the next EU budget between 2021 and 2027, the Commission is proposing €1.95 billion of support under its LIFE program.

According to Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, "A stronger LIFE programme will play an important role in expanding investments in climate action and clean energy across Europe. By continuing to support climate change mitigation and adaptation, LIFE will also continue to help the EU deliver on its climate goals and commitments under the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals." (Source: EC, Various Media, EnergyLive News, June, 2018) Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Climate Change,  

US Methanol Stalls West Virginia Plant Opening (Ind. Report)
US Methanol
Date: 2018-06-04
US Methanol is reporting that the company's facility in Institute, West Virginia which began construction in Sept, 2017, is now expected to go into production in late 2019 -- more than a year later than first announced in September, 2017).

The facility, which is being relocated from from Brazil, will convert natural gas to methanol as feedstock for the chemical industry in the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. (Source: US Methanol, Bradenton Herald, Various Media, AP, 3 June, 2018) Contact: US Methanol, Frank Bakker, CEO, (681) 205-8511,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Methanol ,  Methanol,  

CEA, Meyer Burger Partner on Solar Module Record (Int'l Report)
Meyer Burger Technology
Date: 2018-06-01
Swiss solar equipment maker Meyer Burger Technology AG in partnership with CEA INES are reporting a new 23.4 pct heterojunction 72 cell module performance record at 410 W. The record module was produced in Thun, Switzerland, on Meyer Burger's SmartWire Connection Technology (SWCT) manufacturing PECVD and PVD equipment. (Source: Meyer Burger, CEA INES, PR, 27 May, 2018) Contact: CEA INES,; Meyer Burger, +41 33 221 28 00,,

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Cadillac Fairview Touts Energy Smart Operations Success (Ind. Report)
Cadillac Fairview
Date: 2018-06-01
Toronto-headquartered high-end commercial property owner and operator Cadillac Fairview (CF) reports it has deployed its Energy Smart Operations (ESO) program in 27 CF buildings across Canada.

CF's data-driven ESO platform enables the organization to instill proactive measures for sustainability, achieve internal energy reduction targets as set by CF's pioneering Green at Work® sustainability program, extend equipment life, reduce both energy costs and tenant issues, and improve overall energy efficiency performance on building certifications.

CF also reports its Yonge Corporate Centre and Simcoe Place buildings in Toronto, and Tour Deloitte in Montreal have been awarded Natural Resources Canada ENERGY STAR certification from for superior energy performance. CF is one the first organizations in Canada to receive LEED and ENERGY STAR certification.

Valued at around $29 billion, CF's Canadian portfolio includes over 38 million square feet of leasable space at 67 properties. (Source: Cadillac Fairview Corp, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Cadillac Fairview, Karen Jalon, Senior Director, Sustainability and Energy Management, (416) 598-8246,; ENERGY STAR Canada,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR Canada,  

Engie Opening Brazilian Green Energy R&D Facility (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-06-01
French energy group Engie reports its Rio de Janeiro- based Engie Brasil will establish a research centre in Brazil to act as the company's regional hub for innovations in wind, solar, biogas and hydrogen projects as well as new technologies for Smart Cities. Engie Brsil has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) and the Santa Catarina government.

The new Engie Lab Brasil, which is expected to open before the year end, will be similar to the company's research facility in Chile.

ENGIE is Brazil's largest private-sector electricity producer, operating 10,290 MW in installed capacity from 32 plants nationwide, equivalent to 6 pct of the country's capacity. Ninety percent of the Group's Brazilian installed capacity comes from clean, renewable sources with low greenhouse gas emissions, a position that is being reinforced with the construction of new wind farms in the Brazilian Northeast. ENGIE is currently building one of Brazil's biggest hydro plants, the Jirau hydropower plant (3,750 MW) under commissioning on the Madeira river, in the state of Rondonia. (Source: Engie Brasil Website, Various Media, 30 May, 2018) Contact: Engie Brasil, Mauricio Bahr, CEO, +55 21 397 45400,

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Ireland's Carbon Emissions Expected to Rise (Int'l Report)
Ireland EPA,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-06-01
In Dublin, the Irish Environmental Protection Agency is projecting the country's total greenhouse gas emissions will increase up to 2020, driven by strong economic growth, increasing fossil fuel consumption under pinned by relatively low fuel prices, and an expanding agriculture sector.

According to EPA projections, Ireland will only achieve a 1 pct reduction by 2020 compared to the 20 pct reduction target – and will struggle to meet 2030 targets on key sectors that are not part of the EU's emissions trading system which covers heavy industry. Contributing factors noted by the EPA include:

  • Energy industry emissions -- primarily from power generation -- are projected to grow strongly from 2020 to 2025 as a result of continuing use of coal and expansion of co-firing of peat and biomass;

  • Transportation emissions are projected to jump from current levels by 17 to 18 pct by 2020, and by 17 to 20 pct by 2030 including a growth in fuel consumption in diesel cars and freight up to 2025. A decline in emissions is projected from 2025 to 2030, resulting from an acceleration in the number of electric vehicles on Irish roads;

  • Agriculture emissions are projected to grow by between 3 to 4 pct by 2020, and 6 to 7 pct by 2030 on current levels based on an expansion of live stock numbers, particularly in dairying -- Ireland has committed to carbon neutrality in agriculture.

    In relation to 2030, Ireland's target calls for a 30 pct reduction of carbon emissions compared to 2005, with binding annual limits over the 2021 to 2030 period. The latest projections indicate Ireland "will exceed the allowable carbon budget implied by those limits by between 47 to 52 million tonnes of over the period, even assuming the allowed-for flexibilities are fully used."

    The Irish EPA Greenhouse Gas Emission Projections 2017 to 2035 report is available on the EPA website (Source: Ireland EPA, Irish Times, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Ireland EPA, Dr. Eimear Cotter, Director Office of Environmental Sustainability,

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

  • DOE Touts Carbon Capture, Utilization Storage Initiative (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-06-01
    At the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) meeting last week in Copenhagen, Denmark, the US DOE announced the launch of two new clean energy initiatives to boost green energy adoption -- the Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) and the Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) initiatives.

    The CCUS initiative will seek to support and accelerate existing CCUS projects such as those undertaken by the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the IEA's Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, Mission Innovation, and the Global CCS Institute.

    The US, Saudi Arabia and Norway will lead the project, with international partners including Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and the UK.

    The technologies are predicted to play a key role in global decarbonization efforts, with nuclear set to make energy-intensive processes such as desalination, hydrogen production and energy storage carbon neutral. Following the Paris Agreement, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and IEA predicted that CCUS would be essential to limiting global warming to 2 degree C. (Source: US DOE, Power Tech, 31 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  

    Methanol Endorsed as Sustainable Marine Fuel (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-06-01
    The Sustainable Marine Methanol (SUMMETH) research project is reporting that methanol offers immediate environmental benefits and a zero-carbon pathway and that there are no obstacles to the efficient use of methanol in converted diesel engines of small maritime ferries and coastal craft. The SUMMETH research switching to methanol would offer close to zero SOx and particulate matter emissions and significantly lower NOx emissions compared to conventional marine fuels or biodiesel.

    SUMMETH also concluded that there are no barriers to bunkering the ferries, since this is already carried out by truck and could easily be switched from diesel to methanol, enabling the ferry operator to immediately reduce particulate emissions and progressively reduce carbon emissions as renewable methanol becomes available.

    The SUMMETH research programme was conducted by SSPA, ScandiNAOS, Marine Benchmark, Lund University, the Swedish Transport Administration Road Ferries, Scania, SMTF and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland with the support from the MARTEC II network and co-funding by the Swedish Maritime Administration, Region Vastra Gotaland, Oiltanking and the Methanol Institute. (Source: SUMMETH, Bunkering, May, 2018) Contact: SUMMETH, +46 31 772 90 66,; Swedish Maritime Administration,; VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Methanol,  Methanol,  Biofuel,  Maritime Fuel,  

    EPA, Pruitt Challenged on RFS "Hardship Waivers" (Reg & Leg)
    RFA,National Corn Growers Association
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Last Wednesday in Denver, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the National Corn Growers Association, the American Coalition for Ethanol and the National Farmers Union, brought suit in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals against the US EPA challenging several supposed "hardship waivers" the agency "secretly" issued to profitable refining companies.

    in their action, the plaintiffs claim the federal agency, led by the increasingly controversial Trump appointee Scot Pruitt, awarded the waivers to two refineries owned by HollyFrontier Corp. and the Wynnewood Refining Co., a subsidiary of Carl Icahn's CVR Refining, without publishing the actions in the Federal Register and that the refineries were profitable and did not qualify for the waivers.

    As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Various Media, NewsOK, 31 May, 2018)Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835,; National Corn Growers Association, Kevin Skunes, Pres., (202) 326-0644,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hardship Waiver,  National Corn Growers Association,  RFA,  EPA Scott Pruitt,  RFS,  

    Green Buildings Mandated in Ajman Emirate, UAE (Int'l. Report)
    Green Building
    Date: 2018-06-01
    In the UAE Emirate of Ajman -- pop. 240,000 -- all villas and other licenses for new buildings, maintenance or other changes that require permits ahead of their construction will be required to meet "Green Building" standards, the emirate's Municipality and Planning Department said on Thursday. Villas under construction or near completion that have already been issued permits prior to this decision are not obligated to conform to the decree.

    The Ajman Municipality and Planning Department "is keen on implementing sustainability standards in all of the emirate' vital sectors in order to establish building sustainability for the future of Ajman," said Ajman Municipality and Planning Department head Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid. (Source: Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, Salam Al Amir, UAE National, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Ajman Municipality and Planning Department,

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

    CLEAResult Supports PG&E Energy Management Initiative (Ind. Report)
    CLEAResult,Pacific Gas and Electric
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Austin, Texas-headquartered CLEAResult, a leader in technology-enabled energy efficiency and demand side management programs for utilities and businesses, reports it will support Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program for customers in Northern and Central California that are food processing facilities.

    SEM is a long-term, holistic approach to energy management that increases energy and cost savings for customers year-over-year through goal setting, progress tracking and reporting of results. This program design includes a whole-facility approach that uses Normalized Metered Energy Consumption (NMEC) and a baseline model to help identify and measure energy savings opportunities from all program activities at participating facilities.

    CLEAResult is North America's largest provider of energy efficiency programs and services tailored to an individual clients' needs. (Source: CLEAResult, PR, 31 May, 2018) Contact: CLEAResult,; PG&E,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric,  CLEAResult,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

    Queensland Gov. Backs Hydrogen Renewable Fuel R&D (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-06-01
    In the Land Down Under, the state of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is reporting her government has earmarked $750,000 in the upcoming State Budget to investigate producing and supplying hydrogen as an alternative energy sources.

    Hydrogen, which is widely considered a serious contender as a renewable fuel source, is made from natural gas via a process called steam reforming. However, significant focus is now on other methods to produce renewable hydrogen from solar power and renewable organic sources such as green waste. Hydrogen can be used as a fuel source or raw material in a variety of applications from industrial and chemical manufacturing to transportation fuels. (Source: Commercial Road Transport News, May, 2018) Contact: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, target=_blank>Renewable Fuel,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Renewable Fuel,  

    Attis Ind. Acquires Greenshift Clean Tech Licensing Business (M&A)
    Attis Industries,GreenShift
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Milton, Georgia-based Attis Industries Inc. is reporting the May 25th completion of an $18 million series of transactions with Alpharetta, Georgia-based GreenShift Corporation and the consequent acquisition of an 80 pct stake in FLUX Carbon LLC, a new investment management JV company.

    FLUX Carbon manages an existing engineering and licensing business, and holds the rights to several proprietary, patented, and patent-pending technologies including methods to increase the efficiency and profitability of corn ethanol production facilities by intercepting and processing corn ethanol co-products into value-added renewable offsets for fossil fuel-derived products.

    About a third of the corn processed by dry mill ethanol plants is converted into ethanol. Another third is emitted to the atmosphere as a relatively pure stream of carbon dioxide. The final third is dried and sold asDDGs, a commercial animal feed, according to a release. (Source: Attis Industries, Inc., PR, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Attis Industries, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661,; GreenShift, 770.886.2734,; FLUX Carbon, 770-886-2734

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Oil,  Ethanol,  Attis Industries,  GreenShift ,  

    Notable Quotes
    Date: 2018-05-30
    "(The) EPA is trying to undermine the RFS program under the cover of night. And there's a reason it has been done in secret -- it's because EPA is acting in contravention of the statute and its own regulations, methodically destroying the demand for renewable fuel." -- RFA Pres. Bob Dineen discussing the EPA's recent granting of numerous RFS "hardship" waivers.

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing less than 75,000 bpd and suffering "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Contact: RFA, Bob Dineen, Pres., (202) 289-3835,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  Bob Dineen,  RFA,  

    APAC Utility-Scale Energy Storage Collaboration Announced (Int'l)
    Lyon, JERA, Fluence
    Date: 2018-05-30
    Lyon, JERA and battery energy storage specialist Fluence are reporting a collaboration agreement to identify and pursue utility-scale battery storage development and investment opportunities in Asia Pacific (APAC) markets.

    The three companies will assess the potential for utilization of utility and industrial scale battery storage solutions in new projects and at existing renewable and thermal generation plants across their collective areas of operation. On those projects to which the companies commit, Lyon will act as project developer, JERA as investor and Fluence as the energy storage solution and service provider.

    Lyon is a leading independent developer of utility-scale battery storage and renewable generation projects. JERA is a joint venture between Japan's TEPCO Fuel & Power Incorporated and Chubu Electric Power Company. Fluence is a Siemens and AES company specialising in global energy storage technology solutions and services. (Source: Lyon, JERA, Fluence, Joint PR, Various Media, Renewable Energy, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Lyon Group, Lyon Group, + 612 8098 0213,; JERA,; Fluence, (883) 358-3623,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lyon,  JERA,  Fluence,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

    Argentina Doubling Biodiesel Export Tax (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-05-30
    In Buenos Aires, Argentinian government reports it will raise its present 8 pct export tax on biodiesel to 15 pct, effective July 1, this year.

    Argentina, one of the world's top biodiesel fuel producers with 1.65 million tons of biodiesel exports in 2017, has been hit by retaliatory tariffs in recent years including the U.S. International Trade Commission anti-dumping duties of 60.44 pct to 276.65 pct.

    The Argentine CIARA-CEC exporters trade association reports it expects the European Union to stop importing biodiesel by imposing new tariffs in September or October. The Chamber sees exports falling to around 700,000 tons this year. (Source: CIARA-CEC, Merco Press, 29 May, 2018) Contact: CIARA-CEC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Argentina Biodiesel,  

    WA Carbon Tax Addresses Environmental Justice (Reg & Leg)
    Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
    Date: 2018-05-30
    In Washington State, "communities of color" are reported to be organizing support for Initiative 1631, a state carbon tax that would charge $15 per ton on carbon emissions starting in 2020.

    Front and Centered, an organization that represents communities of color fighting climate change, notes the disproportionate effects, such as higher asthma rates for children of color, in these communities. According to Front and Centered, "(Initiative) 1631 represents an opportunity to put the cost burden back onto the polluters and holds the largest corporate polluters accountable, because our communities, you know, we've been paying our fair share. And now it's time to make it more equitable, in that sense."

    Thirty-five pct of the fee would be earmarked for communities of color. Fifteen-percent of the carbon tax collected would address the oversized energy burden for low-income households, 10 pct would go to Native American tribes affected by climate change, and a $50-million reserve from the fee would assist displaced fossil-fuel workers. Opponents of the measure say companies could pass the cost of the fee onto Washingtonians. Initiative 1631 is supported by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. (Source: Washington Public News Service, 29 May, 2018)

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

    Dutch Gov. Appealing 2015 GHG Reduction Ruling (Int'l Report)
    Netherlands, GHG
    Date: 2018-05-30
    At the Hague, the Dutch government reports it has appealed a 2015 court ruling which ordered it to slash greenhouse gases by 40 pct over 1990 levels by 2020. The 2015 ruling came as a result of environmental rights group Urgenda's effort to force a national reduction of emissions blamed for global warming.

    The Dutch government's appeal of the 2015 court ruling, challenges the "extent of judges' control over the future policies of the state". A ruling in the case is expected in the coming months.

    In related news, the Dutch government has announced it intended to close two of its oldest coal-fire plants by 2025. Three remaining coal plants will also be closed no later then by 2030. The Netherlands is committed to cut its CO2 emissions by 49 pct by 2030. (Source: Various Media, Space Daily, 28 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissionst,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Nordzucker Cites Market Conditions for Ethanol Production Cut (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-30
    In Germany, Braunschweig-based sugar beet grower and ethanol producer Nordzucker reports it cut its sugar-based ethanol production by 27 pct March 2017/February 2018.

    The company blamed the reduction on higher sugar prices during the first half of its fiscal year and "considerable volatility" in the fuel market. (Source: Nordzucker, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: Nordzucker Ethanol, Boris Kuster, Bioethanol Manager, +49 39209 45-132,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordzucker,  Sugar Beet,  Ethanol,  

    Aviation Sustainable Alternative Fuel Initiative Launched (Ind. Report)
    International Business Aviation Council,
    Date: 2018-05-30
    The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and other aviation industry organization are reporting the joint launch of the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) initiative.

    The initiative aims to reduce business aviation's carbon-environmental footprint where it starts, as opposed to using offsets or other market-based measures. The initiative also addresses the need for for education, as industry players such as operators and fuel providers are not necessarily content with standardization body ASTM's green light and still fear fuel tank and engine damage and warranty issues potentially caused by aviation biofuel usage. The initiative centers on a guide to the use of SAJF.

    The promoters of the initiative are planning a full-scale demonstration at Los Angeles Van Nuys and Paris Le Bourget airports where all aircraft would receive a blend of conventional and sustainable fuel.

    Download the US DOE SAJF details and the full SAJF Value Proposition HERE. (Source: International Business Aviation Council, the National Air Transportation Association, Aviation Week, May 29, 2018) Contact: International Business Aviation Council,; National Air Transportation Association, (202) 774-1535,

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