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Georgetown, Texas Goes 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-03-13
In the Lone Star State, the Austin American-Statesman is reporting that with the recent termination of a long-term power contract, the city of Georgetown (pop. 54,900) is now one of the first cities in the U.S. to run on 100 pct renewable energy.

The milestone is met after the city ended a long-term power contract and found new options for power suppliers that would source renewable energy -- including wind and solar power -- from transmission lines in West Texas and the Panhandle. (Source: City of Georgetown, Austin American Statesman, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: City of Georgetown, More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

Jobs and Economics Impacts Resulting from U.S. Wind Projects 2017-2020 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
AWEA,Navigant Consulting
Date: 2017-03-13
Jobs and Economics Impacts Resulting from U.S. Wind Projects 2017-2020, a new study by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Navigant Consulting looks at the jobs and economic impacts resulting from U.S. wind power projects through 2020, and the results are highly encouraging.

Among the reports findings are the following:

  • The U.S. wind market will be in the 8-10 GW/year range through 2020, with cumulative new installed capacity of approximately 35 gigawatts (GW), on top of current U.S. wind power generating capacity of around 82 GW:

  • Total U.S. wind employment will reach 248,000 jobs in 2020. Total new wind economic impact will peak at $24 billion in the same year;

  • The U.S. wind industry will support 865,000 job-years of employment and provide $85 billion in economic impact in 2017-2020;

  • States with the highest total wind employment in 2017-2020 are TX, CO, and IA. Those states will also see the greatest positive economic impact from wind power projects through 2020;

  • Other states with large numbers of wind power jobs from 2017 to 2020 include: Illinois (30.2 thousand jobs), Ohio (28.4 thousand jobs), North Dakota (27.2 thousand jobs), Michigan (26.3 thousand jobs), Minnesota (20.1 thousand jobs), Florida (18.0 thousand jobs), Wisconsin (17.8 thousand jobs), Pennsylvania (15.7 thousand jobs), Oklahoma (14.9 thousand jobs), North Carolina (14.6 thousand jobs), New Mexico (14.2 thousand jobs) and Massachusetts (13.7 thousand jobs).

    Access the Jobs and Economics Impacts Resulting from U.S. Wind Projects 2017-2020 report HERE. (Source: AWEA, Navigant, 10 Mar., 2017)Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO, Lindsay North, Media Relations and Outreach, (202) 431-4587,,; Navigant Consulting Inc., (800) 621-8390,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  AWEA,  Navigant Consulting,  

  • EPA Chops Oil, Gas Ind. Methane Reporting Request (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2017-03-13
    The Trump Administration reports it has withdrawn the Obama administration-EPA request that some 15,000 oil and natural gas companies provide information on their methane emission from field operations. The EPA was seeking information on the numbers and types of equipment used at onshore drilling and production facilities as well as more detailed information on methane emissions sources and control devices.

    Oil and gas operations are the largest industrial source of methane whicg is 25 times more damaging to the atmosphere than CO2, according to EPA. (Source: EPA, Chemical & Engineering News, 8 Mar., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Methane,  

    Sustainable Forest CO2 Impact Confirmed (Ind. Report)
    UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2017-03-13
    A new report from the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, titled Use of North American woody biomass in UK electricity generation, reaffirms the positive impact of U.S. biomass industry on U.S. forests and carbon emissions. The report reaffirms that when sourced sustainably, biomass can play an important role as a baseload renewable energy source. "This report can be added to a growing body of academic and scientific research which shows that using biomass in place of coal can reduce carbon emissions by 74 percent or more," accprding to the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA).

    The report and the accompanying Bioenergy Emissions and Counterfactuals (BEaC) Model was commissioned by the UK government to look at the carbon intensity of different supply chain models for the bioenergy industry and found that normal, widespread industry practices deliver major cuts in carbon emissions when compared to using coal for energy production.

    USIPA is a not-for-profit trade organization that promotes safety and sustainability practices within the US export wood pellet industry, as well as the growth of the overall bioenergy market. USIPA members include Enviva, Fram Renewable Fuels, Georgia Biomass, the Westervelt Company and others. (Source: USIPA, 9 Mar., 2017) Contact: USIPA, Seth Ginter, Exec. Dir.,; UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

    EQTEC Raises £500,000 for Newry Biomass Project (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-03-13
    Madrid-based engineering and biomass gasification and cogeneration power plant specialist EQTEC Iberia SL reports it raised £0.49 million before expenses through the placement of 7,461,538 new ordinary shares to Bulgaria-based EBIOSS Energy. EBIOSS will hold 92,701,197 ordinary shares, equating to 50.03 pct of the then enlarged share capital of the company, according to EQTEC.

    The net proceeds will be used for the ongoing development of the Newry Biomass project, including advancing some of the initial work streams involved in re-powering the plant such as engineering, design and preliminary mechanical and electrical works, as well as other projects. (Source: EQTEC, Didital Look, 9 Mar., 2017) Contact: EQTEC, +34 935 73 9981,; EBIOSS Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EQTEC ,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

    EU Parliamentarians Call for End of Palm Oil Biodiesel (Int'l)
    European Commission
    Date: 2017-03-13
    A group of European Union parliamentarians is reportedly calling for the European Commission to take measure to promote the responsible cultivation of palm oil and phase out its use for biofuels. In 2014, 45 pct of all palm oil imported into Europe was used as transport biofuel fuel.

    Palm oil production leads to deforestation and the destruction of jungles which are replaced by palm plantations. resulting in increased forest fires, the drying up of rivers, soil erosion, loss of groundwater, pollution of waterways and habitat destruction. The EU parliamentarians are calling for strengthened environmental measures to prevent palm oil-related deforestation and phase out the use of palm oil as a component of biodiesel by 2020. Products should also be able to be certified for the socially responsible origin of their palm oil. (Source: EurActiv, Biofuels Int'l, Others , Mar., 2017)

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

    Notable Quotes

    Date: 2017-03-13
    "I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see. "But we don't know that yet. ... We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis." -- US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt) responds to Pruitt:

    "I wish I could come up with another word -- it is pathetic, that that is the position of the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. You have the head of the Environmental Protection Agency who denies ... reality in face of overwhelming scientific evidence. Not only is it sad, it is a real threat to the well-being of this country and the world." -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt) responds to Pruitt

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

    NY Utilities to Develop Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    New York State Public Service Commission
    Date: 2017-03-13
    In Albany. the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) is providing New York utilities with new goals and requirements to help them tap into the benefits of energy storage systems. As part of a PSC order advancing utility planning of Distributed System Implementation Platforms (DSIP), the PSC directed the state's investor-owned utilities to deploy at least two energy storage projects by the end of 2018.

    The order requires utilities to "significantly increase the scope and speed of their energy storage endeavors (and) by no later than December 31, 2018, each individual utility must have energy storage projects deployed and operating at no fewer than two separate distribution substations or feeders." Utilities will strive to have these energy storage systems perform at least two types of grid functions, such as increasing the generating capacity of a substation -- "hosting capacity" -- or help reduce the power needed when energy demand is at peak load.

    The energy storage requirement is part of a broader order by the PUC to improve utility planning under Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), the state's strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system. Under REV, utilities will act as "Distributed System Platforms" (DSP) to develop smaller, cleaner energy systems as well as services to help consumers better manage their electricity usage. The order sets new deadlines and other requirements for utilities to further develop key elements of DSIP planning. The order also adopts a standard for sharing and protecting aggregated customer data and requires utilities to propose standards for the evaluation of energy efficiency in buildings. Sharing aggregated customer usage allows for innovative approaches to energy efficiency and enables DER developers of distributed energy resources to make investment decisions. It will also help community planning and community choice aggregation proposals.

    Under the order, utilities must also provide more information and take other steps to encourage the development of DER, demand -- management and other energy -- saving initiatives (“non[wire alternatives" rather than constructing substations or other infrastructure to meet future energy needs. The utilities must do more to create online portals to provide information to help DER developers and projects to interconnect with the electric grid and improve hosting capacity maps and similar information.

    (Source: NY State Public Service Commission, PR, 9 Mar., 2017) Contact: NY PSC, Jon Sorense, (518) 416-2496,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York State Public Service Commission ,  EnerService Commission ,  Energy Storage ,  Energy Efficiency gy Storage,  

    LGE-KU, EPRI Launch Energy Storage Demo Site (Ind. Report)
    EPRI,Louisville Gas and Electric
    Date: 2017-03-13
    Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), are reporting the launch of a new Energy Storage Research and Demonstration Site near Harrodsburg in Mercer County, Kentucky.

    The project will allow the utilities to develop, test, and evaluate the potential benefits of utility-scale battery 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, resulting in a total hosting capacity of up to three megawatts of energy storage. The first energy storage system installed on the site consists of a 1-MW lithium-ion battery system, a 1-MW smart power inverter and an advanced control system. (Source: Louisville Gas and Electric, Solar Power World, Various Media, 9 Mar, 2017) Contact: Louisville Gas and Electric,; EPRI,

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

    Aquion Energy Loosing Charge with Chapter 11 Filing (Ind. Report)
    Aquion Energy
    Date: 2017-03-13
    In Pittsburgh, sodium-ion battery and large-scale energy storage system specialist Aquion Energy reports it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, halted its factory operations and ceased marketing and sales efforts.

    In 2010, the company received over $5 in grant funding from the US DOE and in 2011 closed on $30 million in private funding from investors the likes of Bill Gates. In 2016 the company scored another $33 million to support its operations. Aquion had also been approved to receive $16.6 million in state grants and loans from the the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, according to the agency's online investment tracker. (Source: Aquion Energy, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Various Media, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: Aquion Energy, Tim Poor, Commercial Officer,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aquion Energy,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  ,  

    Q4 Energy Storage Installations Break Records (Ind. Report)
    GTM Research,U.S. Energy Storage Association
    Date: 2017-03-13
    GTM Research and the U.S. Energy Storage Association are reporting that 230 MW/h of energy storage systems were installed in the US in Q4 of 2016 -- more than the previous 12 quarters combined. That strong finish put the total amount of energy storage systems installed in 2016 at 336 MW/h, or 100 pct over 2015. The U.S. energy storage market is now estimated to reach 7.3 GW in 2022, representing an investment of $3.3 billion.

    According to Ravi Manghani, GTM Research's director of energy storage, "California will play a significant role in the future as utilities there continue to contract energy storage under the state's 1.3-gigawatt mandate. While California took over the pole position in 2016 from PJM, the market shift was also transformational in terms of applications -- from short-duration ancillary services to longer-duration capacity needs," Manghani added. Currently, 88 pct of all installed energy storage capacity in Q4 was delivered within California. (Source: GTM Research, Power Engineering, Various Media, 8 Mar., 2017)Contact: Energy Storage Association, (202) 293-0537,,; GTM Research,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GTM Research,  Energy Storage,  U.S. Energy Storage Association,  

    King Co. Metro, Urban Solar Ink Solar Shelters Deal (Ind. Report)
    King County Metro ,Urban Solar
    Date: 2017-03-10
    In Washington State, King County Metro (Metro) reports its it has inked a 5-year contract with Beaverton, Oregon-based Urban Solar for its PV, LED lighting equipped Solar Shelter Systems. Urban Solar provide solar LED lighting solutions for Metro's transit shelters and stops.

    King County Metro is one of the 10 largest public bus agencies in the United States, with 8,000 bus stops and more than 1,800 public transit bus shelters.

    Urban Solar manufactures solar power systems and commercial LED lighting solutions for transit, transportation, parking lots, pathway and general illumination applications. (Source: King County Metro, Solar Daily, 7 Mar., 2017) Contact: Urban Solar, Jeff Peters, Pres., (503) 356-5516,; King County Metro,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Urban Solar,  Solar,  

    GOP Aims to Kill Buckeye State Renewables Mandates (Reg & Leg)
    Ohio, Renewable Energ
    Date: 2017-03-10
    In the Buckeye State, the Republican dominated Ohio House is considering legislation that would make voluntary the mandates that now require power companies to generate or buy and sell a percentage of their power from wind, solar and other renewable energy technologies.

    The bill would allow customers that have signed a contract with an independent power company to avoid paying the supplier extra charges for green power. It would also let individual power companies decide what percentage of the power it sells has been generated by renewable technologies such as wind and solar. The law currently demands that by 2026, 12.5 pct of the power sold must be from renewables.

    The standards under this proposed legislation would be completely voluntary and there would be no penalties for companies that chose not to sell green power without fines or penalties. And in 2026, even the voluntary benchmarks would be completely eliminated. The legislation does, however, continues rules on Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) but would effectively kill the future value of RECs. (Source:, Various Other Media, 7 Mar., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Standard,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Quebec's Gaz Metro Snares Standard Solar (M&A)
    Gaz Metro,Standard Solar
    Date: 2017-03-10
    Quebec, Canada-based diversified natural gas distributor and energy provider Gaz Metro Limited Partnership reports it will acquire Rockville, Maryland-headquartered Standard Solar, a distributed generation solar projects developer.

    The acquisition is expected to help Gaz Metro expand its renewable energy effort, reduce the energy sector's environmental footprint and lower its greenhouse gas emissions.

    Gaz Metro is engaged in electric distribution and production including solar and wind power, and natural gas distribution, LNG and renewable natural gas.

    The deal is slated to close within the next few weeks subject to regulatory approval. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. (Source: Gaz Metro, EBR, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: Gaz Metro, Sophie Brochu, CEO, Martin Imbleau, Snr. VP, (855) 393-1313,; Standard Solar, Tony Clifford, CEO, (301) 944-0527,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gaz Metro,  Standard Solar,  Solar,  

    Aussie Power Prices Doubled with Axing of Carbon Tax (Int'l)
    Australia Carbon Tax
    Date: 2017-03-10
    In the Land Down Under, an analysis by the University of Melbourne's Climate and Energy College reports that the average wholesale electricity price soared to $134 a megawatt hour in the summer just finished, compared with $65-$67 in the two summers the carbon price was in place. It nearly tripled in 12 months in Queensland and NSW, and doubled in South Australia. Only Victoria among eastern mainland states escaped.

    The dramatic increase, which has been blamed on everything from soaring fuels prices to uncertainty over the fate of aging coal-fired power plants, fuelling mounting calls for a bipartisan energy plan and a return to some form of carbon trading -- carbon tax to limit future price rises, ct emissions and help Australia meet its international climate targets. (Source: University of Melbourne Climate and Energy College, The Australian, 9 Mar., 2017) Contact: University of Melbourne Climate and Energy College, +61 3 8344 4124,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  

    UK to Reset Carbon Price Following EU ETS Brexit (Int'l)
    EU ETS,European Union
    Date: 2017-03-10
    At Whitehall, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond's new budget is suggesting that the UK government will set a new carbon price following Brexit and the country's exit from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

    According to the new budget, starting 2021/22, the government will target a total carbon price and set the specific tax rate at a later date. The budget announcement is intended to pave the way towards a domestic scheme designed to disincentivize high carbon emissions, although previous similar programmes to regulate high energy use have been criticized for allowing the most energy intensive industries a reprieve from regulations. (Source: Various Media, Clean Energy, 9 Mar., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Singapore Stiffening Industrial Emitters Regulations (Int'l)
    Singapore Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2017-03-10
    In Singapore, the government has indicated it will stiffen its existing Energy Conservation Act in an effort to tackle industrial greenhouse gas emissions and thusly tackle climate change, beginning in 2018. The country's industrial sector is thought to be responsible for approximately 60 pct of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions.

    F The Act now requires large energy users to appoint an energy manager, routinely monitor and report energy use and annual emissions, as well as submit annual energy efficiency improvement plans to the National Environment Agency (NEA). Companies will also have to ensure common industrial equipment and systems meet minimum energy performance standards as well as follow a standardized protocol when measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions, all of which will help pave the way for the government's planned carbon tax on power stations and other large emitters from 2019.

    Under the Paris Climate Pact, Singapore pledged to stop any increase to its greenhouse gas emissions by around 2030. (Source: Various Meda, Strait Times, 8 Mar., 2017)

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

    Renewable Fuels Nebraska Opposes RFS Point of Obligation Changes (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Fuels Nebraska
    Date: 2017-03-10
    "Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN) remains strongly opposed to any change in the Point of Obligation if it would undermine the integrity of that important program. RFN is committed to the RFS (Renewale Fuel Standard) because it is good public policy, good for consumers, and good for Nebraska.

    "The challenge facing the Nebraska ethanol industry today is access to the consumer. RFN supports measures that would eliminate barriers to the increased sale of E15 and open new markets for domestic renewable fuels."

    RFN represents ethanol producers in the state of Nebraska, which produces approximately 2.5 billion gpy at 25 plants. (Source: Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Mar., 2017) Contact: Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Mark Palmer, Exec. Dir.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Nebraska ,  Ethanol Blend,  Ethanol,  Point of Obligation,  

    Building Energy Innovators Council Launched (Ind. Report)
    Building Energy Innovators Council
    Date: 2017-03-10
    In Ontario, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS) CEO Gordon Hicks is reporting the launch of the Building Energy Innovators Council (BEIC), an industry-driven initiative to accelerate the collaboration, innovation, and adoption of clean building technologies across Canada. The BEIC will provide input to federal and provincial governments related to the types of incentive programs and policies required to increase adoption of new energy efficient building technologies and renewable energy solutions.

    The BEIC will support utilities and governing bodies such as the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), with the promotion of their renewable energy and energy efficiency incentive programs and ensure they are effectively communicated industry-wide and adopted by owners and occupiers of real estate. The Council will consist of up to 25 founding members including: Brookfield Renewables, NRStor Inc., Cisco, Ecobee, Schneider Electrc, Mitsubishgi, EnerNOC and others. (Source: REMI Network, BEIC, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, Gordon Hicks, CEO, (905) 943-4100,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  

    SRI to Advance Novel CO2 Utilization Strategy (R&D, Funding)
    Southern Research Institute
    Date: 2017-03-10
    The U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy reports it has awarded $800,000 to Southern Research Institute (SRI) to develop cost-efficient and environmentally friendly methods of producing some of the most important chemicals used in manufacturing. SRI is developing a novel nano-engineered catalyst-driven process for the production of light olefins, such as ethylene and propylene, using CO2 from coal-fired flue gas and lower alkanes derived from shale gas as feedstocks.

    Current ethylene and propylene production methods are cash- and energy-intensive as well as large greenhouse gas emitters. By combining CO2 with shale gas, which is readily available in the U.S., our new process promises to have meaningful economic and environmental impact, according to SRI.

    The SRI project supports the Carbon Use and Reuse R&D portfolio being assembled by the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy. The portfolio is developing and testing novel approaches that convert captured CO2 from coal-fired power plants into useable products. (Source: SGO, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: Southern Research, Bill Grieco, Ph.D., VP Energy and Environment, Amit Goyal, Ph.D., Sustainable Chemistry and Catalysis Manager, (205) 581-2000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Research Institute,  CO2,  

    New Leaf Biofuel Doubling Biodiesel Production (Ind. Report)
    New Leaf Biofuel
    Date: 2017-03-10
    In San Diego, biodiesel producer New Leaf Biofuel reports it has received a Notice of Proposed Award of $3.8 million in matching funds from the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (Program).

    The grant, which will help fund a doubling of the company's biodiesel on-site production capacity to 12 MMgy, is provided under the Community-Scale and Commercial-Scale Advanced Biofuels Production Facilities solicitation. Under the terms of the grant, New Leaf will be required to contribute $4.5 million to the project which is expected to be completed and commissioned by Q4 2018.

    New Leaf produces BQ-9000 biodiesel from used cooking oil collected from San Diego area restaurants. (Source: New Leaf Biodiesel, Various Media, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: New Leaf Biofuel, Jennifer Case, Pres., (619) 236-8500,; California Energy Commission Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Leaf Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  

    Delaware Ethanol Storage Project Wins Legal Challenge (REG & Leg)
    Delaware Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board
    Date: 2017-03-08
    The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the Delaware Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board, meeting in the state capital of Dover, has rejected an appeal by the Delaware Audubon Society and the League of Women Voters against a project that is now destined significantly increase the amount of biofuel being stored at and shipped from a Delaware City refinery.

    The two groups contended that the refinery's ethanol stroage and shipping project would amount to the type of bulk product transfer facility specifically barred by the state's landmark environmental zoning law. The Board ruled that the two civic groups that brought the appeal did not show that their members would suffer direct harm from the project. The groups can appeal the ruling to the Delaware Superior Court, although no indication of such a move has been given. (Source: Delaware Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board, News Journal of Wilmington, delawareonline, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: Delaware Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorefining,  Ethanol,  

    USF Planning 1,000-Panel Rooftop Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
    University of South Florida
    Date: 2017-03-08
    In Tampa, the University of South Florida Student Green Energy Fund (SGEF) is reporting the approval of a $1.2 million rooftop solar panel project to be installed at the Marshall Student Center (MSC).

    The 1,000 panel installation is expected to generate approximately 525,000 kilowatt-hours per year, the equivalent to the annual energy use of about 39 homes. The solar installation will also cut USF’s carbon footprint by an estimated 370 metric tpy of carbon dioxide.

    Construction is expected to get underway later this month for completion in May or early June. Funding for the project is a combination of the Administrative fees and Facilities Planning budget. (Source: University of South Florida, 5 Mar., 2017) Contact: University of South Florida,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  

    Ethiopia Seeking Net Carbon Neutrality by 2025 (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Neutral
    Date: 2017-03-08
    In Addis ABaba, the Ethiopian government reports that its Oromia Forested Landscape Program (OFLP) to help mobilize resources toward net carbon neutral by 2025 is scheduled to be implemented this year.

    The $68 million OFLP project was established through two World Bank funds. One fund is for $18 million and is aimed at the restoration of forests on degraded land. The other is a $50 million fund for a program targeting carbon sequestration assessment and performance enhancement. Under the umbrella of the OFLP, environmentally-friendly businesses and industries in local communities, along with forest tourism, are also slated for development.

    The OFLP will receive payments of up to $50 million for verified carbon credits against an agreed forest reference emission level from the World Bank for a decade. The forest reference emission level is part of a critical policy framework that gives countries a point to measure the results they have gained from REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries) implementation. An additional $18 million is under a five-year grant agreement focused on developing approaches that enable sustainable land use and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the BioCarbon Fund for Sustainable Forest Landscapes. The project will monitor and account for forest cover reductions and deforestation, and associated GHG emissions across Oromia by addressing causes of deforestation and degradation.

    Ethiopia’s Resilient Green Economy Strategy (CRGE) underpins the country's goal to become net carbon neutral by 2025. The East African nation aims to accomplish key economic goals while reducing GHG emissions through efforts that include carbon trading. To reach its goal, the country would need to double its forest cover to approximately 30 pct of its landmass, according to MoFEC. (Source: Mongabay, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: BioCarbon Fund,; Ethiopia's Climate-Resilient Green Economy Strategy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Trading,  Carbon Credits,  VCC,  REDD,  Carbon Neutral,  

    GE Touts Global Powering Efficiency Center to Help Reduce Coal Plant Emissions (Ind. Report)
    General Electric
    Date: 2017-03-08
    Following on our 15 June, 2016 coverage, General Electric (GE) is touting its new global Powering Efficiency Center of Excellence (COE) in Baden, Germany. COE applies a total plant hardware and software approach to boost the efficiency of new and existing coal-fired power plants and significantly reduce their emissions. CEO will also create financial and integrated solutions on a worldwide or regional basis.

    The COE aligns with GE's recent study finding that CO2 emissions from the world's steam fleet can be reduced by 11 pct when existing hardware and software solutions are fully applied. Coal-fired power generation provides electricity for about 40 pct of the world and accounts for nearly 75 pct of the electricity sector's carbon emissions due primarily to the inefficiency of older plants.

    GE's Digital Power Plant software is designed to help increase power plant efficiency, cut carbon emissions and meet COP21 greenhouse gas emissions goals. The software interprets data drawn from sensors across the power plant, highlights key factors that may affect performance and takes appropriate action through a closed -loop control system. According to GE, the software can cut CO2 emissions from coal-fired plants by 3 pct and reduce coal consumption by 67,000 tpy with the same MW of output based on a 1,000 MW power plant.

    GE's Digital Power Plant software can enhance the performance and reduce emissions of almost all steam plants -- including non-GE and legacy Alstom plants -- commissioned in the past 25 years, according to GE. (Source: General Electric, PR, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: GE Power, Steve Bolze, President & CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric,  Coal Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  

    ICAO Adopts New Aviation Carbon Emissions Standard (Reg & Leg)
    International Civil Aviation Organization
    Date: 2017-03-08
    The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council reports it has adopted a new aircraft CO2 emissions standard which will reduce the impact of aviation greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate.

    The new standard will be applicable to new aircraft type designs beginning in 2020, as well as to aircraft type designs in-production as of 2023. Presently in-production aircraft which by 2028 do not meet the standard will no longer be able to be produced unless their designs are modified in accordance with the standard, according to a ICAO release.

    ICAO's adoption of the new standard follows last October's agreement on the new Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). (Source: ICAO, Avionics, Others, 6 Mar., 2017)Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Civil Aviation Organization,  Aviation Emissions,  

    Carbon Trust, WBIFC Deal Beefs-Up Livestock Emissions Programme (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Trust,World Bank Group
    Date: 2017-03-08
    Green consultancy the Carbon Trust reports it has inked an agreement with World Bank Group member the International Finance Corp (IFC) aimed at promoting better productivity and reduced greenhouse gases in the Brazilian livestock supply chain which, according to the Carbon Trust, is responsible for over 40 pct of the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

    The agreement is intended to boost collaborative efforts in support of a Carbon Trust program to improve the resource efficiency of Brazil's beef sector and its supply chain. The five year programme would deliver almost $1 billion in energy costs, cut emissions by 16 million tonnes and recover 200,000 hectares of degraded pastureland in Brazil, according to the Carbon Trust .

    The two organizations have agreed to work together to develop a "simple and reliable approach" for measuring the climate-related impacts of IFC's projects in the meat and dairy industries.

    The partnership follows approval last year from the IFC - which is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets - for a new definition for its 'Climate Smart Agri' programme, which includes animal protein as one of three strategic focus areas for reducing the climate impact of farming in emerging economies. (Source: Carbon Trust, BusinessGreen, Others, Mar., 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Tom Delay, CEO, +44 (0) 207 832 4773,; World Bank International Finance Corp,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Livestock Emissions,  Methane,  Carbon Trust,  World Bank IFC,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  

    Ottawa Reviewing Energy Efficiency Regulations (Reg & Leg)
    Natural Resources Canada
    Date: 2017-03-08
    In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government reports it has begun updating minimum energy efficiency and performance standards for products including furnaces, water heaters, vending machines and ceiling fans. The standards updates and improvements are part of Canada's plan to support the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

    The aim is to deliver on the Canada-U.S. commitment to align and further improve energy efficiency standards by 2020 and is part of a series of updates expected over the next few years that will improve energy efficiency across Canada. They will provide Canadians, consumers and businesses with better access to energy-efficient products, saving them money while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    On March 4, 2017, a Notice of Intent was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, outlining the Government's proposed updates to 17 product categories under the Energy Efficiency Regulations. As well, new and updated standards proposed for six heating products would help implement the action plan on energy efficiency standards that was agreed to by federal, provincial and territorial governments last August. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Various Media, Mar., 2017) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Hon. Jim Carr, Minister,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Natural Resources Canada,  

    Is The End of the ENERGY STAR Program Near? (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-03-08
    In Washington, the Trump White House is reportedly considering a draft budget featuring cuts to, or even pulling the plug on, the ENERGY STAR program, a voluntary efficiency standard used by many appliance and other product manufacturers to identify and certfy the appliance's energy consumption and efficiency.

    The White House draft budget would slash ENERGY STAR and related programs, leaving only $5 million "for the closeout or transfer of all the climate protection voluntary partnership programs," subject congressional approval. Contrary to the President's logic, energy efficiency advocates and state regulators say cuts to the ENERGY STAR program are senseless because it saves people money while benefiting the environment. ENERGY STAR spends about $50 million through EPA and $7 million through the DOE, and saved consumers and businesses $34 billion in electric power costs and prevented approximately 300 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in one year.

    Newly-Minted President Trump reportedly also wants to cut the EPA's $8.2 billion spending by 25 pct aand use the funds for increased defense spending. (Source: US DOE ENERGY STAR, Climatewire, E&E News, Others, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR,

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

    Maryland Legislature Approves EmPOWER, Energy Efficiency Extension (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2017-03-08
    In Dover, the Maryland House of Delegates last week voted to extend the state's decade old EmPOWER program and to expand the state's present utility energy efficiency improvement targets of 2 pct for the year 2020. The EmPOWER act requires utilities to cut electricity consumption 10 pct by 2015.The legislation will now head to the Senate for approval. (Source: Various Media, Utility Dive, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: EmPOWER Maryland

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  EmPOWER,  

    Aussies Tout "Electrical Fingerprint" to Reduce Energy Consumption (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Ecocentric Energy,CSIRO
    Date: 2017-03-08
    In the Land Down Under, Fremantle-based energy efficiency specialist Ecocentric Energy is reporting a 6-year research and licensing agreement with the Australia Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).

    Under the terms of their agreement the firms will build on CSIRO's "cognitive metering -- electrical fingerprint" technology that identifies individual appliances and the appliance's energy consumption using a unique signature of high-frequency electrical data. The system gives clearer insights into precisely where energy is being consumed and savings that can be made.

    Under the agreement, Ecocentric will license and use CSIRO's cognitive metering technology and work with CSIRO to further refine the system. (Source: CSIRO, Ecocentric, 5 Mar., 2017) Contact: Ecocentric, Tom Bray, CEO,; CSIRO, Karl Rodrigues, Energy Director,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ecocentric Energy,  CSIRO,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Trinidad Methanol Plants Mothballed (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Methanol Holdings Trinidad
    Date: 2017-03-08
    Methanol Holdings Trinidad Limited (MHTL) reports it will shut down two of its five methanol plants at the Plipdeco Estate in Trinidad due to a natural gas supply shortage. Another company at the Plipdeco Estate Caribbean Ispat, halted operations last year last year due to gas shortages. (Source: Trinidad Guardian, Petroleum World, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: Methanol Holdings Trinidad, (868) 636-2906,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol Holdings Trinidad,  Methanol,  

    SNC-Lavalin Wins Salalah Methanol Oman Plant Contract (Int'l)
    SNC-Lavalin, Linde Group
    Date: 2017-03-08
    Montreal-headquartered engineering firm SNC-Lavalin reports it has been awarded a contract by Salalah Methanol Company LLC (SMC) for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of an anhydrous liquid ammonia plant, including its utilities and off-site infrastructure, in the city of Salalah, in the Sultanate of Oman.

    The project, which is expected to get underway this month, will use Linde Group technology to produce anhydrous liquid. (Source: SNC Lavalin, PR, CNW 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: SNC Lavalin,; Linde Group, Dr. Andreas Opfermann,(800) 232-4726 -North Am. Office,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SNC-Lavalin ,  Methanol,  Linde Group,  

    Penn State, Yale Awarded $1.2Mn for Biofuels R&D (Funding, R&D)
    Penn State University,Yale University
    Date: 2017-03-08
    In State College, Penn State University, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Yuan Xuan and researchers at Yale University say they will work together to identify clean-burning biofuels for next-generation internal combustion engines, thanks to a $1.2 million award from the U.S. DOE Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Initiative (Co-Optima).

    The project is part of Co-Optima's research in powertrain technology in partnership with universities, industry stakeholders and national laboratories. The Co-Optima initiative has two goals: to bring new engines and fuels to market within a decade and to demonstrate new combustion technologies by 2030, with the potential for a 30 pct reduction in petroleum consumption and a 14 pct reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions nationwide.

    "While we expect an increasing number of electric cars in the future, internal combustion engines will continue to dominate the vehicle fleet for the next several decades -- as either prime movers or range extenders. Our research is part of a broad effort to make them more efficient and less polluting," says Xuan. "We are working on just one aspect, sooting behavior of biofuels, of this big problem."

    Yale will conduct laboratory research to measure the tendencies of various biofuels -- alcohols, esters, ethers, anisoles and others -- to release soot when burned, and Xuan will use computation to model emission indexes of the biofuels, enabling the selection of fuels that minimize soot emissions. (Source: Penn State Univ., Mar., 2017) Contact: Penn State Univ., Yuan Xuan; U.S. DOE Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Initiative,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuels,  CO2 Emissions,  Soot,  Transportation Emissions,  

    Schmack Biogas Inks Second French Biomethane Contract (Int'l)
    Schmack Biogas Contracts for Second French Biomethane Plant (Int’l)
    Date: 2017-03-08
    Schwandorf, Germany-headquartered Schmack Biogas GmbH reports has been awarded a further contract from SARL Letang Biomethane as the general contractor for the construction of a "natural gas quality" biomethane plant in Sourdun, northern France.

    The planned biogas plant is expected to produce 250 Nm3/h of raw biogas in the first phase of the development. The plant is designed to accommodate a possible second development phase to increase production to 500 Nm3/h of raw biogas. The raw biogas will be refined to a methane content of at least 97 percent by means of pressure swing adsorption (PSA process). As a result, the biogas will be of natural gas quality and will be able to be fed into Sourdun's local supply network. (Source: Schmack Biogas GmbH, March 2017) Contact: Schmack Biogas GmbH,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biomethane,  Methane,  

    Global Biomass Pellets Market 2017 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Wood Pellet
    Date: 2017-03-08
    The report entitled Global Biomass Pellets Market 2017 presents key insights into the global Biomass Pellets market along with the latest up-to-date industry details and forthcoming Biomass Pellets industry trends, which will assist the readers to focus on product specification and end users driving the overall market revenue and profitability.

    The Global Biomass Pellets Market 2017 offers comprehensive details of the market investors, key industry players which will enable them to make vital decisions in regards to Biomass Pellets growth opportunities and future investment scope.

    This report highlights the prominent industry competitors and provides the deep analysis of the major factors influencing the market. The report also covers the forecasts market study related to industry trends, market volume, market share estimates and company profiles of top industry players. The report also examines the global Biomass Pellets market concerning product type, application service, client and geography. Finally, the research study provides a comprehensive view of the global Biomass Pellets market, offering market size and estimates for the period from 2016 to 2021, keeping in mind the above mentioned factors.

    Access a sample copy and details of the Global Biomass Pellets Market 2017 report HERE. (Source: DailyHover, MarketBiz, 8 Mar., 2017)

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

    HERO Financing OK'd in Hillsborough County, Fla. (Ind. Report)
    HERO Program,Property Assessed Clean Energy
    Date: 2017-03-06
    In Tampa, Florida, the Hillsborough County Commission has approved a measure that will give homeowners access to the HOme Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Program, the nation's largest residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program, later this year. HERO is part of the Florida Development Finance Corporation's (FDFC) residential PACE Program.

    HERO will help Hillsborough County homeowners make energy efficiency, renewable energy and hurricane-protection improvements and to pay for them at a fixed interest rate over time through an additional line item on their property taxes.

    The HERO Program is expected to launch in Florida later this year for an estimated 268,000 eligible homes in unincorporated Hillsborough County. (Source: Hillsborough County Commission, PR, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: PACE,,; Hillsborough County Commission, (813) 272-5660,; HERO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy,  HERO Program,  Energfy Effficiency ,  

    ASE Comments on U.S. Energy Sec. Perry's Confirmation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Alliance to Save Energy, US DOE
    Date: 2017-03-06
    The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)released the following statement on Rick Perry's confirmation as U.S. Energy Secretary: "We look forward to working with Sec. Perry to make sure energy efficiency continues to play a central role in U.S. energy policy. We were encouraged by his comments supporting efficiency at the confirmation hearing, particularly his commitment to Sen. Portman that he would help pass the "Portman-Shaheen" efficiency bill.

    "We are eager to begin working with his team and showing them the real impact that smart efficiency policy has on innovation and economic growth -- whether it's creating a more competitive American manufacturing sector or helping middle-class homeowners cut their energy bills. The fact is we can't meet our nation's energy and environmental goals without strong national efficiency initiatives." (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, PR, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, Kateri Cllahan, Pres.,

    LC Energy Editor's Note: It is difficult to forget the newly-minted Energy Secretary's pledge to eliminate the US Department of Commerce, Department of Education and the ... "Oops, I forget" ... Department of Energy during the Republican presidential nominees debates. Perry's selection seems as poor a choice as giving a fox a key to a hen house.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

    $116M Solar Energy Center Slated for Barefoot Bay (Ind. Report)
    Florida Power & Light
    Date: 2017-03-06
    In the Sunshine State, Florida Power & Light Co. reports it plans to construct a $116 million solar energy center south of Barefoot Bay, in Brevard County . The facility would generate 74.5 megawatts of power, which is enough energy to power about 15,000 homes. Subject to regulatory and other approvals, the facility could break ground before the year end for commissioning in March, 2018.

    FPL presently operates more than 335 MW of solar generating capacity, enough to power 60,000 homes. The includes the 10-megawatt FPL Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center at Kennedy Space Center. (Source: Florida Power & Light, Florida Today, WKMG, Others, 3 Mar., 2017) Contact: FP&L, Eric Silagy, Pres., CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Power & Light,  Solar,  

    UK's CO2 Emissions Hit 19th Century Levels (Int'l)
    Carbon Brief
    Date: 2017-03-06
    According to the Carbon Brief website, carbon dioxide emissions in the UK have slipped to their lowest level since the 19th century as coal use continues its fall. CO2 emissions fell almost 6 pct year-on-year in 2016, Carbon emissions in 2016 are around 36 pct below 1990 levels, against which legal targets to cut climate pollution are measured. The assessment suggests carbon emissions in 2016 were around 381 million tonnes, putting the UK's carbon pollution at its lowest level - apart from during coal mining disputes in the 1920s - since 1894.

    CO2 emissions from coal fell 50 pct in 2016 as use of the fossil fuel dropped by 52 pct , contributing to an overall drop in carbon output of 5.8 pct in 2016 compared with 2015, according to Carbon Brief . The assessment reveals that coal use has fallen 74 pct in just a decade due in part to the falling demand for coal, low priced gasoline, increased use of renewable energy, an increase in carbon taxes and other causes.

    While emissions from coal use fell in 2016, carbon output from gas rose 12.5 pct due to the increased use of the fuel to generate electricity Emissions from oil rose 1.6 pct as low oil prices and economic growth lead to more miles being driven in the UK, the Carbon Brief assessment found.

    The analysis uses energy consumption data from the Department of Energy, Business and Industrial Strategy, and comes ahead of the department's own estimates for UK carbon dioxide emissions which are due to be published at the end of the month. Gas use for home and business heating has been falling for a decade, thanks to more insulation and efficient boilers, but the rate of progress has stalled. Emissions from oil also increased slightly, by 1.6%, as low oil prices and economic growth lead to more miles being driven in the UK, the assessment by Carbon Brief found. The analysis uses energy use figures from the Department of Energy, Business and Industrial Strategy, and comes ahead of the department's own estimates for UK carbon dioxide emissions which are due to be published at the end of the month. (Source: BusinessGreen,Belfast Telegraph, Carbon Brief, Others, 6 Mar., 2017)Contact: UK Statistics Authority,; Carbon Brief,

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

    RMI Scales Community Solar Nationwide (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Institute
    Date: 2017-03-06
    More than a year ago, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) announced its Shine Program would focus on community-scale solar. It claimed that community-scale solar -- 0.5 MW to 5 MW arrays connected to the distribution grid -- could be procured at costs close to utility-scale solar by 2020. However, they could not have predicted the success of the initial projects. As RMI is enabling PPAs at prices 40 pct below median bids, it is seeing increasing interest in community-scale solar and expanding efforts across the nation.

    The following are among the strategies that have enabled RMI to deliver PPAs at lower prices: procure solar through a competitive procurement rather than through a direct agreement with a solar developer; form regional coalitions of buyers and increasing the volume of a portfolio to lower costs even when individual systems are less than 5 MW; extend PPA contract length; and support developers with siting, interconnection, zoning and permitting.

    Going forward, RMI's Shine Program will further reduce costs by testing new opportunities, including: reducing financing costs; cutting costs of land through dual-use applications; simplifying the solar procurement process; and increasing pressure on solar developers to streamline system design.

    RMI's Shine Program is supporting about 100 MW of ongoing projects in New Mexico, New York and Colorado, and exploring new projects in the South and Southeast, including Texas and North Carolina. This work brings them well toward reaching our goal of directly supporting 1 GW of new community-scale solar systems by 2020. (Source: RMI, Mar. 3, 2017)Contact: Rocky Mountain Institute,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Institute,  Solar,  Community Solar,  

    University of BC Mobile Sensors Measure City Emissions -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Uiversity of British Columbia
    Date: 2017-03-06
    At the University of British Columbia, professor Andreas Christen and UBC geography graduate Joseph Lee are reporting the creation of small sensors that attach to vehicles and measure street level carbon dioxide emissions.

    Access the A mobile sensor network to map carbon dioxide emissions in urban environments report HERE. (Source: University of British Columbia, CBC, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: University of British Columbia, Preof. Andreas Christen, (604) 822-6620,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions ,  

    Climate Change Could Release 3.5 pct of Global Methane Deposits by 2100 (Ind. Report)
    Methane,Andalusian Earth Sciences Institute
    Date: 2017-03-06
    A team of researchers from the University of Granada's Andalusian Earth Sciences Institute (IACT) and the UK's University of Cambridge are reporting that 3.5 pct of the world' s deposits of methane hydrate -- equivalent to about 60,000 million tons of carbon -- could begin to melt by 2100 due to climate change and the warming of ocean waters, and thus discharge tons of this potent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

    As explained by one of the authors of this paper, Julyan Cartwright, from the IACT and the Carlos I Institute of Theoretical and Computational Physics (UGR), "there are places under the seas and oceans where methane from lower rock layers emerges. We often find huge deposits of methane hydrates -- solid material containing methane, a potent greenhouse gas -- within the seabed. There is a risk that these deposits could be melted with climate changeand discharge massive amounts of methane into the environment." (Source: Andalusian Earth Sciences Institute, Eurasia Review, Mar., 2017) Contact: Andalusian Earth Sciences Institute,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Seabed Methane,  Climate Change,  

    Oregon Considering Carbon Cap-and-Trade Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2017-03-06
    In Salem, Oregon, state lawmakers are considering legislation that would carbon emissions in the state to help stem climate change and its impacts.

    Senate Bill 557 and House Bill 2135 would create a cap-and-trade program that would link to programs in California, Quebec and other provinces. Both bills would impose a collective cap on greenhouse gas emissions statewide, then auction off allowances to emit those gases. Proceeds would be invested differently, but would generally be returned to communities to help with the transition.

    House Bill 2468 would put a cap on emissions and directs the Environmental Quality Commission to develop the program that would accomplish that goal. Senate Bill 748 would put a cap on emissions and contains a penalty schedule for companies that don’t meet the cap. Another bill, which will be introduced in the House, does not set a cap, but sets an annually increasing tax on carbon. (Source: Statesman Journal, Various Media Sources, Mar., 2017)

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

    ANL, Roeslein Test Wastewater Sludge-to-RNG Tech. (Ind. Report)
    Argonne National Laboratory,Roeslein Alternative Energy
    Date: 2017-03-06
    The U.S. DOE's Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) reports it has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge by incorporating biomass-derived, carbon-sequestering char within the digester, thus creating pipeline-quality renewable natural gas and a biochar co-product.

    ANL has demonstrated success using biochar from gasification of both corn stover and woody sources. Anaerobic digestion usually creates biogas that is mainly a combination of CO2 and methane, and extra steps are required to upgrade the biogas to renewable natural gas by removing the CO2 and other contaminants. Adding biochar directly to the anaerobic digester sequesters the CO2 and creates a biogas stream that is more than 90 pct methane and less than 5 ppb hydrogen sulfide, thus reducing the need for upgrading steps.

    ANL is preparing to scale up the technology with Roeslein Alternative Energy, a company experienced at operating large-scale digester facilities to produce renewable natural gas ecologically and economically. The company plans to perform field demonstrations during 2017 and drive the commercialization of the technology.

    The project received $1.5 million funding from the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) which supports the development of sustainable, cost-competitive biofuels and bioproducts from cellulosic biomass. (Source: Argonne National Laboratory, U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, March 01, 2017) Contact: US DOE BETO,; Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055,,; Argonne National Laboratory, (630) 252-2000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Argonne National Laboratory,  Roeslein Alternative Energy,  Renewable Natural Gas,  Methane,  anaerobic digestion,  

    Hawaiian Airlines Joins Int'l. Climate Change Study (Int'l)
    Hawaiian Airlines
    Date: 2017-03-03
    In Honolulu, Hawaiian Airlines reports it has become the first U.S. airline to join the not-for-profit In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System, a Belgium-based international research project on air quality and climate change. Members include research organizations, universities and weather services from Germany, France and the UK. The organization's data is used by about 200 universities in Europe, the United States, Japan, South America, India and China.

    As part of its participation in the organization, the Hawiian Airlines recently installed air quality sampling equipment on one of its Airbus A330 airplanes. The equipment will collect atmospheric air samples and record key high-altitude greenhouse gas measurements that are expected to yield valuable metrics due to the airlines' central Pacific flights and location. (Source: Hawaiian Airlines, Federal News Radio, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Hawaiian Airlines,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Climate Change,  

    DuPont Intros New Metallization Pastes (New Prod & Tech)
    DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
    Date: 2017-03-03
    DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions is reporting the launch of its DuPont™ Solamet® photovoltaic metallization paste.

    Specifically designed for double printing, Solamet PVD1x and PVD2x comprise an integrated two-layer solution to maximize cell performance. The first layer demonstrates super low contact resistance and excellent fine line printing, while the second layer delivers better electrical conductance and good solderability for high adhesion. This leading solution for double printing enables more than 0.1 pct efficiency gain.

    DuPont is also launching Solamet PVM1x to support the new development of the Mesh-Cross-Free (MCF) screen. Solamet® PVM1x has excellent matchability with various MCF parameters, outstanding printability and yield to both multi and mono wafers with 0.1 pct efficiency gain. (Source: DuPont, PR, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: DuPont Photovoltaics,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont,  DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions,  PV,  Solar,  

    EU Emissions Trading Scheme Set for Overhaul (Int'l. Report)
    EU ETS,European Union
    Date: 2017-03-03
    The European Union member states have reportedly approved an overhaul of the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), including establishment of a €12b billion innovation fund to study and plan for cleaner emissions technology, pollution cuts, and plugging loopholes in current EU ETS legislation.

    The EU ETS is the EUs key policy for combating climate change by reducing emissions from more than 11,000 installations in the power sector and energy intensive industries. The policy involves a market-based cap and trade system which forces companies to purchase "allowances" to emit carbon. There have been widespread concerns that emissions were not being sufficiently capped due to an oversupply of allowances on the carbon market.

    Under the proposed directive the number of allowances can be gradually reduced, to drive up up their cost and provide an incentive for industries to adopt cleaner technologies. With the overhaul, the cap on emissions is expected to fall by 2.2 pct per year until at least 2024. (Source: EU, edie, Guardian, Various Others, 1 Mar. 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Union,  EU ETS,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Calif. Carbon Market Permit Sales Still Miserable (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Markets
    Date: 2017-03-03
    Reuters is reporting that the Golden State's carbon market, along with its Quebec partner market, attracted limited interest and sold only 18 pct of the over 65 million permits offered to businesses at its February 22 sale. The permits cleared at the minimum allowed $13.57 per metric tonne to raise approximately $8.2 million.

    Since its November, 2012 inception, the program has raised approximately $4.4 billion for low-carbon energy, transportation and related state initiatives and programs, including Governor Jerry Brown's proposed $64 billion high speed rail project. (Source: California Air Resources Board, 24 Feb., 2017))Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Carbon Market,  Jerrry Brown,  California Air Resources Board,  

    SolarEdge Rolls Out Residential Solar Solution (New Prod & Tech)
    SolarEdge Technologies
    Date: 2017-03-03
    SolarEdge Technologies is reporting the roll-out of its new complete residential solar energy solution in Europe. The new solution's device control suite manages and monitors solar energy generation, electricity consumption, energy storage and device control for lower costs and greater energy independence. SolarEdge's StorEdge solution shifts consumption to meet PV production patterns and includes a plug-in socket with metering, switch with metering, dry contact switch, and an immersion heater controller, according to the company (Source: SolarEdge Technologies, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: SolarEdgeTechnologies, (510) 498-3200,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarEdge Technologies,  Solar,  

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