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Xcel Launches $4M Denver Solar Energy Storage Pilot (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy, Sunverge Energy
Date: 2017-02-20
In Denver , Xcel Energy reports it is partnering with battery vendors Sunverge Energy and Northern Reliabilityl in a $4 million, two-year pilot program that will test the value of storing solar energy in banks of batteries in city's Stapleton neighbourhood.

The pilot project aims to understand how energy storage can help manage the impact of high concentration of rooftop solar energy on a feeder in the Stapleton neighborhood This includes accommodating more solar energy on the grid, while storing excess solar power.

For the project, San Francisco-based Sunverge Energy is providing six in-home batteries and control software while Waitsfield, VT-based Northern Reliability is supplying six, utility-scale batteries. The batteries are expected to be installed in the fall and to comprise two 18-kW batteries, two 36 kW batteries and two 54 kW batteries. (Source: Xcel Energy, Various Media, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, Beth Chacon, Dir. of Grid Storage and Emerging Technologies, (612) 215-5300,; Sunverge, Ken Munson, CEO, (415) 795-3660,; Northern Reliability, (802) 496-2955,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy ,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Sunverge Energy,  

sonnenBatterie Launching Atlanta Energy Storage Hub (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-02-20
German lithium-ion battery rechargeable energy storage specialist Sonnen GmbH reports it is close to completing a new North American Innovation Center in Atlanta, Georgia, which will merge the company's US R&D and manufacturing operations. The facility is expected to begin production in Q2 of this year, and will enable sonnen to develop and produce sonnenBatterie systems for the US market in one central location. (Source: sonnenBatterie, Energy Storage, 16 Feb., 2017)Contact: SonnenBatterie GmbH Boris Von Bormann, CEO, Philipp Schroder, Marketing, (310) 853-2404 - US Office,

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

PVMC, SUNY Poly Launch Solar Opt. Testkit (New Prod & Tech)
DOE Sunshot Initiative,SUNY Polytechnic Institute,U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium
Date: 2017-02-20
As part of the US DOE Sunshot Initiative, and led by SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) in Utica, New York, the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium has announced the launch of the Solar Energy Optimization Testkit, a new set of evaluation capabilities for photovoltaic systems, aimed at providing unparalleled real-time data to industrial and academic partners to analyze ways to optimize their PV power plant system capabilities and costs.

The Testkit is able to obtain and provide actionable solar energy cost and PV performance information from PVMC test and consortium member sites to improve solar cells, components, modules, systems, and operations and maintenance protocols. The PVMC Testkit can be applied to any currently deployed PV system and allows the PVMC to collect and model data and perform key measurements at the sites to validate predictive models. Array owners receive periodic performance reports that compare predicted versus actual performance to help identify where energy losses are occurring, embracing a data-driven approach to maximize cost effective operations and maintenance.

The Testkit, which is available to companies that partner with PVMC, helps users better comprehend the impact of PV system variables, such as light conditions, tilt, and angle, through the use of unmatched hardware analysis and predictive software. Users can also benefit from aggregated data on pre-competitive technologies to promote the further effectiveness of technologies being developed by PVMC partners. (Source: DOE Sun Shot Initiative, U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, PV Tech, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: SUNY Polytechnic Institute, (315) 792-7257,; U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Sunshot Initiative,  U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium,  Solar,  PV,  

Senvion Inks 84-Wind Turbine Australian Order (Int'l)
Senvion,Nexif Energy
Date: 2017-02-20
German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion reports it has inked a conditional deal with Nexif Energy for the EPC contracts and maintenance agreements for the 25 turbine Glen Innes Wind Farm in New South Wales and the 59 turbine Lincoln Gap Wind Farm in South Australia.

Both wind farms will see the introduction of the new Senvion 3.6M140 turbine into the Australian market. Compared to its predecessor, the energy yield has been increased by up to 20 pct at wind speeds of 7.5 m/s, and the lifetime has been extended by 25 pct from 20 to 25 years. Improvements to the blades have resulted in lower sound in all operating modes. Combined, the projects will deliver over 300 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy to Australian consumers.

Since commencing operations in Australia in 2002, Senvion has installed 218 wind turbines from across the Senvion two megawatt series with a cumulated rated power of over 440 MW in Australia. Senvion Australia Pty. Ltd. is the regional subsidiary providing Senvion wind turbine technology and solutions across Australia, New Zealand and the Southern Pacific region. (Source: Senvion, PR, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: Nexif Energy, +65 6302 9120,; Senvion, Andreas Nauen, CEO, Helmut Herold, 011 +49 40 5 55 50 90 0,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nexif Energy,  Nexif Energy,  Wind,  Australia Wind,  

Alstom Transport, CoSMo Company to Develop Rail System Efficiency Application (Ind. Report)
Alstom Transport,CoSMo US
Date: 2017-02-20
Alstom Transport and The CoSMo Company, headquartered in Lyon, France, are reporting a partnership to develop a new application to improve railroad energy efficiency. This application is expected to set the global standard for energy efficiency and to allow rail operators to consider their rail operations as a single unit, rather than individual functions.

As part of their partnership, Alstom Transport design more efficient transport networks to meet higher energy and operational efficiency based on CoSMo's software platform. (Source: Alstom Transport, PR, Mass Transit, Feb 14, 2017) Contact: Alstom Transport, Eric Marie, VP , (800) 245-3723,; The CoSMo Company, Michel Morvan, +33 4 37 66 7157,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alstom,  Energy Efficiency,  

B.C. Carbon Tax Revenue Neutrality Questioned -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Fraser Institute
Date: 2017-02-20
A new study by the Fraser Institute, a non-partisan Canadian think-tank has found that the province of British Columbia's carbon tax is no longer revenue neutral and could actually result in almost $900 million in higher taxes over a six-year period. Indeed, the B.C. government has "effectively raised taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars without British Columbians even knowing about it," according to the attached report>.

Initially in 2008/09, the province's carbon tax was revenue neutral, keeping with the B.C. government's commitment. To offset the new revenue, the government introduced new cuts to personal and business tax rates and a new tax credit for low income earners. However, just five years later the government no longer provided tax cuts to sufficiently offset the additional carbon tax revenue.

Beginning in 2013/14, the government started counting as offsets a number of existing tax credits that pre-dated the introduction of the carbon tax.

Once the pre-existing tax reductions are excluded, B.C. taxpayers paid $226 million in increased taxes in 2013/14 and $151 million in increased taxes in 2014/15. The carbon tax will result in a cumulative $865 million tax increase on British Columbians between 2013/14 and 2018/19, according to the government's own projections.

Access the Fraser Institute's Examining the Revenue Neutrality of British Columbia's Carbon Tax report HERE. (Source: Fraser Institute, PR, MarketWire, 16 Feb., 2017) Contact: Fraser Institiute, Charles Lammam, Director, Fiscal Studies, Bryn Weese, Media, (604) 688-0221 x 589,,

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

Carbon Farming Tax Credit Bill Tabled in NY State (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Farming,New York State
Date: 2017-02-20
In Albany, New York State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (D) has introduced legislation on carbon farming to promote environmentally friendly farming practices through a carbon farming tax credit. According to Barrett, if passed, the Empire State would be first state with such legislation.

The 2014 Farm Bill gave USDA authority to provide technical assistance to farmers and land owners in support of their response to climate change. Barrett says that while other states like California have also begun to develop programs with similar aims, New York's carbon farming tax credit would be the first of its kind to create a tax break for farmers who use climate-smart methods. (Source: New York State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, WAMC, 15 Feb., 2017) Contact: New York State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, (518) 455-5177,

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

$240Mn Soybean Processing Plant Planned for ND (Ind. Report)
North Dakota Soybean Processors
Date: 2017-02-20
North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP), a subsidiary of Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP), is reporting plans to construct a $240 million integrated soybean crush facility and refinery in Spiritwood, ND. The facility, capable of crushing 125,000 soybean bushels daily, will make 900,000 tonnes of soybean meal and 490 lb refined, bleached, and deodorized soybean oil per year, half of which will be used for biodiesel, according to a company release.

MnSP is a member-owned cooperative that owns and operates a soybean crush facility and biodiesel production operation in Brewster, MN. The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission is working with MnSP on a feasibility study. (Source: North Dakota Soybean Processors, Feb., 2017) Contact: North Dakota Soybean Council,; North Dakota Soybean Processors, Scott Austin, GM,

More Low-Carbon Energy News North Dakota Soybean Processors,  Biodiesel,  Soybean,  

Singapore Planning Carbon Tax to Cut GHG Emissions (Int'l)
National Climate Change Secretariat
Date: 2017-02-20
The Singapore Times is reporting that Singapore will impose a carbon price as a way to cut greenhouse emissions and to meet its commitments under last December's Paris Agreement. The Government is now determining the timeline as early as 2010 and what form of carbon pricing to take, according to the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS).

The move follows other NCCS initiatives aimed at the country's pledge to slash emissions intensity to 36 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. To help reach its goal, the government plans to improve manufacturing sector energy efficiency and tighten energy monitoring and reporting requirements for large industrial players. The industry sector, which accounted for 59 pct of Singapore's greenhouse gas emissions in 2012, is expected to take most of the weight of a carbon price. The petroleum refining, chemicals and semiconductor sectors made up the bulk of these emissions. mechanisms to price carbon.

Worldwide carbon prices range from about $1 per tonne of carbon emissions in Poland and Mexico, to $137 per tonne in Sweden, according to the World Bank. (Source: Singapore National Climate Change Secretariat, Singapore Times, 17 Feb., 2017) Contact: Singapore National Climate Change Secretariat,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

RFA Releases 2016 DDG Exports Data (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2017-02-17
According to Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) trade data on ethanol co-products, U.S. exports of distillers grains (DDGs) totaled 11.48 million metric tons (mmt) in 2016, down 10 percent from 2015. An estimated 31 pct of U.S. DDGS production was exported.

China was the leading destination for U.S. DDGs followed by Mexico, Vietnam and South Korea. However, U.S. DDGS exports to China fell 63 pct in 2016 compared to 2015, as the country implemented anti-dumping and countervailing duties against U.S. product. Meanwhile, shipments to nine of the other top-10 markets experienced growth in 2016. DDGS exports to Mexico, Vietnam, South Korea, Turkey and Thailand grew by a combined 2.06 mmt in 2016. The RFA report also found:

  • U.S. DDGS exports had a total value of $2.19 billion in 2016, down 27 percent from 2015 and the lowest in four years. DDGS export prices averaged $191 per metric ton, down 19 percent from 2015 and the lowest in six years;

  • While U.S. DDGS exports to East Asia were down, shipments to other global regions surged. In particular, Southeast Asia and the Middle East experienced dramatic growth;

  • U.S. exports of corn gluten feed (CGF), a wet-mill product, rebounded to a five-year high in 2016. CGF exports were up 43 pct over 2015 levels. Ireland was the top market, receiving 27 pct of total U.S. CGF exports, while Turkey and Israel were other top destinations; and

  • Total exports of corn and corn-based ethanol co-products tallied 73 mnt in 2016, the highest on record. (Source: RFA, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: RFA, Robert White, VP Industry Relations , (202) 289-3835,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  DDGs,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol Co-products,  

  • CSIRO, Ecocentric Partner on Energy Measurement System (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-02-17
    In the Land Down Under, Fremantle-based energy efficiency start-up Ecocentric Energy is reporting a 6-year research and licensing agreement with the Australia Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). The agreement gives Ecocentric access to the CSIRO's cognitive metering technology and commits the two companies to collaborate on the refining and development of Ecocentric's "Numen" system.

    The system recognizes the electrical 'fingerprint' of individual appliances then brings together a building's total energy signal, identifies the appliances present, and separates appliance-specific energy consumption data on the amount of energy an appliance is consuming.

    Where conventional smart meter systems record low-resolution total energy use (generally for the purpose of billing), CSIRO-developed 'cognitive metering' technology identifies individual appliances using a unique signature of high-frequency electrical data. (Source: CSIRO, Climate Control News,, 15 Feb., 2017) Contact: Ecocentric Energy , Tim Bray, CEO, CSIRO , Karl Rodrigues, Energy Director,,

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

    Governors Coalition Calls on Trump to Back Wind & Solar Energy (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition
    Date: 2017-02-17
    The Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, a bipartisan group of governors from across the United States and from both sides of the political divide have penned an open letter to President Donald Trump calling for him to support the development of solar and wind energy.

    The Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition is dedicated to the development of the nation's wind and solar energy resources to meet America's domestic energy demands in an environmentally responsible manner -- while reducing the nation's dependence on imported energy sources and stimulating state and national economic development.

    Down load the full letter HERE. (Source: Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition,

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

    £11Mn SEEP Energy Efficiency Funding Available (Int'l)
    Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) is reporting the availability of £11 million in second-round funding for business, residential and public building energy efficiency related projects. The funding will help local governments and councils test new and innovative energy-saving approaches that can then be implemented when the SEEP program is fully rolled out in 2018.

    Since 2009, SEEP has invested more than £650 million in over one million energy efficiency measures in Scottish households. (Source: Scottish Housing News, 15 Feb., 2017) Contact: Scotland Energy Efficiency Programme , +44 131 244 4000,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Entura, RCR Tomlinson Partnering on 30MW Aussie Wind Farm (Int'l)
    Enture,Hydro Tasmania
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Australia's largest renewable energy producer and water consulting firm Entura, part of Hydro Tasmania, reports it is joining forces with with engineering and infrastructure company RCR Tomlinson to deliver Pacific Hydro's 30MW Yaloak South Wind Farm about an hour away from the city of Melbourne.

    The 30MW Yaloak South Wind Farm will incorporate 14 Senvion turbines capable of producing sufficient electricity for 15,700 homes and abate approximately 70,667 tpy of greenhouse gas pollution .

    RCR will perform engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and commissioning of the Balance of Plant works, including site access roads, hardstands, fences, drainage, wind turbine foundations, substation, electrical reticulation and control system. Entura will undertake the electrical balance of plant design of substations and medium-voltage (MV) collection system. (Source: Entura, Hydro Tasmania, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: Entura,; Hydro Tasmania,; RCR Tomlinson,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Australia Wind,  

    Brisbane City Council Scores 100 pct Carbon Neutrality (Int'l)
    City of Brisbane
    Date: 2017-02-17
    In the Land Down Under, the City of Brisbane (pop. 2.38 million) City Council's Liberal National Party administration is reporting it has achieved its target of 100 pct carbon neutrality.

    The Brisbane council, which reached the landmark through internal energy efficiency and emissions reduction projects, along with renewable energy and carbon offset purchases, is the first major government in Australia to achieve the milestone. The council's greenhouse gas emissions were "equal to zero", with 800,000 tonnes of carbon emissions offset each year, at an annual cost of $6 million. The council measured emissions from all sources, including landfills, electricity, fleet vehicles and the cities' buses and ferries. (Source: City of Brisbane,, 15 Feb., 2017) Contact: Brisbane City Council,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  

    Parliamentarians Approve EU ETS Overhaul (Int'l Report)
    European Parliament
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Meeting in Brussels, European Union parlimentarians (MEPs) have agreed to boost greenhouse-gas emission curbs through the EU carbon market (EU ETS) and to bring EU climate policy into line with the aims of last December's COP21 Paris Agreement on climate change.

    MEPs approved the European Commission (EC) proposal to increase the "linear reduction factor" --- the yearly reduction of credits in order to deliver on the carbon curbs -- by 2.2 pct from 2021, as against 1.74 pct in the existing legislation. This factor should be kept under review with a view to increasing it to 2.4 pct by 2024 at the earliest, say MEPs. The parliamentarians also want to double the MSR's capacity to mop up the excess of credits on the market. When triggered, it would absorb up to 24 pct of the excess of credits in each auctioning year, for the first four years. They agreed that 800 million allowances should be removed from the MSR as of 1 January 2021.

    The draft measures were approved by 379 votes to 263, with 57 abstentions. MEPs will now enter into negotiations with the Maltese Presidency of the Council in order to reach an agreement on the final shape of the legislation, which will then come back to Parliament. (Source: EU, European Parliament, Press Release, Feb, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliament,  Carbon Emissions,  COP21,  EU ETS,  

    POET-DSM Plans Enzyme Manufacturing at Project Liberty (Ind. Report)
    POET-DSM,Project Liberty
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels reports it will construct an on-site enzyme manufacturing (OSM) facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals. The facility will be integrated into the Project Liberty technology package, replicable in future facilities. For Project Liberty, a cellulosic ethanol production from corn stover facility, the OSM will directly pipe enzymes into the Liberty production process without requiring downstream processing, stabilizers and other chemicals required for enzyme transportation.

    New enzymes developed by DSM are also expected to improve effectiveness of the enzyme mix, further reducing costs for the process. CRB has been awarded the contract for the design, engineering and construction management. Basic engineering is complete, and construction is expected to begin in late spring or early summer.

    POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC, is a 50/50 joint venture between Royal DSM and POET, LLC. Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the company is a cooperative effort of two innovators that provides a key to unlocking the opportunity of converting corn crop residue into cellulosic bio-ethanol. an integrated technology package for the conversion of corn crop residue to cellulosic bio-ethanol. (Source: POET-DSM Various Media, EIN, 16 Feb., 2017) Contact: POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, Steve Hartig, General Manager, (630) 780-8171,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET-DSM,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Project Liberty,  

    Enel's Renewables Capacity Up 124 pct in 2016 (Ind. Report)
    Enel Green Energy
    Date: 2017-02-15
    Enel Green Power reports that in 2016 it added 2,018 MW for a 124 pct increase from around 900 MW capacity added in 2015. Much of the new capacity was added in developing markets like Brazil, Mexico, Chile and South Africa.

    In Chile, the company, through a subsidiary, added 542 MW of solar and wind energy projects while in Brazil Enel commissioned the 102 MW Apiacas hydropower park. In Peru, Enel Green Power Peru is developing a 160 MW solar power project for commissioning later this year. In Mexico the company commissioned a cumulative capacity of 229 MW and added 573 MW of renewable energy capacity in the United States. (Source: Enel Global Renewable Energies, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Enel Global Renewable Energies, Francesco Venturini,, Enel Green Power North America, Rafael Gonzalez, CEO, (978) 681-1900,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel,  Enel ,  Renewable Energy,  

    Ann Arbor Plans 2030 District Participation (Ind. Report)
    2030 District
    Date: 2017-02-15
    Property owners and managers in Ann Arbor, Michigan are seeking to join the 2030 District program, a unique private-public partnership formed with the goal of a 50 pct reduction in energy usage, water consumption and transportation emissions.

    Ann Arbor's 2030 District, currently categorized as "emerging," recently received a $15,000 grant from Architecture 2030 and Summit Foundation as a match to various local commitments. Ann Arbon's 2030 District aims to build the founding membership of property owners and managers, professional service providers and community stakeholders for an official 2030 District launch by the end of 2017. The Ann Arbor district also plans to begin hosting events to showcase local and regional high-performing projects while aligning buildings with the technical assistance necessary to monitor of their energy use. The new district will also leverage the private sector in meeting Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan goal of cutting carbon emissions 25 pct by 2025 and 90 pct by 2050.

    Albuquerque, Austin, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Grand Rapids, Ithaca, Loas ANgeles, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Portland Me., San Francisco, Stamford, Seattle and Toronto are all 2300 District participant cities. (Source: mLive, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: 2030 District,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 2030 District,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Benchmarking ,  

    NYC Multifamily Buildings Cut Energy Consumption, Improve Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Metered New York
    Date: 2017-02-15
    In the Big Apple, Metered New York -- part of the Urban Green Council -- is reporting the release of electric meter data from large apartment buildings and commercial structures in New York City. Almost 6,000 multifamily buildings -- almost two-thirds of the total in the city -- submitted energy, occupancy and operational data.

    The data found that between 2010 and 2013 buildings in the city cut energy consumption by 6 pct and carbon emissions by between 6 pct and 8 percent. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent or more in 10 years. (Source: Energy Manager, Metered New York, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Metered New York,; New York Urban Green Council (212) 514-9385,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Metered New York,  New York Urban Green Council,  

    Poet's SD Ethanol Production Tops 1 Bn Gal. Mark (Ind. Report)
    Poet LLC
    Date: 2017-02-15
    Souix Falls, South Dakota-headquartered ethanol producer Poet Inc reports its corn ethanol plant in Chancellor, South Dakota, reached a production milestone of 1 billion gallons of high-quality ethanol in 2016. The Chancellor facility was also the first Poet plant to hit 500 million gallons, a benchmark achieved in 2011.

    The plant, which processes more than 100,000 bpd of corn, is equipped with cutting-edge technologies allowing it to use green energy derived from solid waste and methane gas from the nearby Sioux Falls city landfill. (Source: POET, PR, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380,

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

    UK Firms Collaborating on Coffee-Waste Bioenergy (Int'l Report)
    Caffe Nero,bio-bean,Biomass
    Date: 2017-02-15
    In the UK, Caffe Nero has unveiled plans to recycle coffee grounds from 122 of its London stores to make low-carbon fuel. The scheme is a collaborative effort between the coffee chain and clean technology company bio-bean.

    According to the company, one tonne of waste coffee grounds can create 245 litres of biodiesel, enough to fill four cars. The company also claims that 218 tonnes of used coffee grounds can be processed into 98 tonnes of biomass pellets -- sufficient to heat 435 homes for a year. In addition to the production of 'coffee logs' for woodburners and biomass pellets for biomass boilers, bio-bean is now developing a system to convert the oils from coffee waste in to biodiesel for vehicles. (Source: Caffe Nero, Various Media, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Caffe Nero, Matt Spencer, Commercial Director, +44 117 929 4992,; BioBean, +44 203 744 6500, +44 (0) 7979 495640,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Caffe Nero,  bio-bean,  Biomass Pellet,  

    Oklahoma Third in State Wind Production Rankings (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-02-15
    According to AWEA, the Sooner State has leapfrogged California to become the third ranked state in terms of wind energy production. The third place ranking -- behind Texas and Iowa -- comes in the midst of a debate on a possible tax on wind energy and the role of wind incentives in Oklahoma's future energy economy. (Source: The Oklahoman, AWEA, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO, Lindsay North, Media Relations and Outreach, (202) 431-4587,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  AWEA,  

    Hawaiian Energy Co-op Ahead of Renewables Schedule (Ind. Report)
    Kauai Island Utility Cooperative
    Date: 2017-02-15
    In the Aloha State, the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative utility reports it is well ahead of schedule and has met its goal of generating 50 pct of its energy from renewables by 2023, and now, on the heels of that success, aims to generate 70 pct of its energy from renewables by 2030.

    To meet its goal, the co-op has updated its strategic plan ranging from controlling costs and developing smartgrid technology to wildlife conservation reducing greenhouse emissions. The updated strategic plan includes: holding controllable cost increases at or below inflation; maintaining system reliability at 99.96 pct or better; establishing a rate structure that is fair between classes of members and encourages usage during lowest-cost periods; addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse emissions, adapting to local impacts and developing mitigation measures to protect assets; and obtaining long-term incidental federal and state permits that set requirements for conservation of endangered bird species.

    The co-op will continue investing in energy storage and other technologies to maintain or improve operations, with the eventual goal of a 100 pct renewable future. (Source: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, Cooperative News, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, David Bissell, Pres., CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kauai Island Utility Cooperative,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

    CO2 Solutions Scores Algae Enhancing Enzymes Order (Ind. Report)
    CO2 Solutions
    Date: 2017-02-15
    Quebec City-headquartered enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology specialist CO2 Solutions Inc. is reporting receipt of a $37,500 purchase order from a third party for carbonic anhydrase enzyme (CA) for use in CO2 capture and enhanced algae growth for biofuel products. Order details were not disclosed.

    Algae cultivation and processing is considered an environmentally attractive method to produce biofuel and other value-added bio-products. (Source: CO2 Solutions Inc., PR, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  Enzymes,  Biofuel,  

    Northrop Grumman Plant Wins LEED Gold Cert. (Ind. Report)
    The Austin Company,Northrop Grumman,USGBC
    Date: 2017-02-15
    The Austin Company, a national design, engineering, construction, and location consulting firm reports it has scored USGBC LEED Gold Certification of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems' Building 100 in St. Augustine, Florida. This follows the 2015 award of LEED Silver Certification to Northrop Grumman's Building 228 in Melbourne, Florida.

    Northrop Grumman's Building 100 is a large, highly specialized manufacturing facility featuring:

  • Solar power generation via a film applied directly onto the insulated metal-panel roof system. The solar photovoltaic system generates an average of 312kW of power each day, offsetting a significant amount of the facility's power requirements;

  • A high level of overall energy and water efficiency, including a high-performance building envelope, premium efficiency mechanical equipment, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, and LED lighting. Overall, the building is 40 pct more efficient in energy operating cost than a standard facility of this type;

  • Translucent panels in the manufacturing high bay provide natural light;

  • Preserved wetlands and trees that function as part of the site's drainage system. Combined with a new retention pond, these ecological systems provide irrigation to the site's native landscaping and add to the feel of the outdoor environment;

  • Concrete parking areas provide lower heat island effect;

  • Showers and lockers for employees who bike to work and electric vehicle charging stations for those who drive;

  • Locally sourced construction materials (within 500 miles of the project). (Source: The Austin Co., PR, Aerospace, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: Northrop Grumman,; The Austin Company,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

  • SoCalGas Pilot Biogas Project Scores $1.2Mn Funding (Funding)
    Date: 2017-02-15
    In Los Angeles, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports its pilot hydrothermal wastewater processing project has been awarded $1.2 million in U.S. DOE funding. SoCalGas is part of a consortium conducting the pilot, which will be required to share the cost at a minimum of 50 percent in order to receive federal funds. The consortium is being led by the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation.

    The pilot project will use hydrothermal processing technology to convert wastewater solids into methane -- renewable natural gas as well as liquid fuels. SoCalGas will help oversee the project's design and assist in obtaining state and federal regulatory approvals and incentives. The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, near Oakland, California, will host the pilot system.

    The consortium includes the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, which represents many of the 16,000 wastewater systems in the U.S. The consortium also includes Genifuel Corp. with technology from DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Merrick & Co., Tesoro Corp., Metro Vancouver, MicroBio Engineering, Brown and Caldwell, and several utility partners. (Source: Southern California Gas Company, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  SoCalGas,  Methane,  Renewable Natural Gas,  

    Northern Highlands Efficiency Upgrades Underway (Ind. Report)
    Northern Highlands Regional High School
    Date: 2017-02-13
    Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, New Jersey reports it will begin installing rooftop solar panels, energy efficient windows, LED lighting and other energy efficient upgrades next month.

    The improvements will come at no additional cost to taxpayers and will largely pay for themselves in energy savings over the next 15 years, according to school officials. The projects are being financed under provisions of a state law that authorizes public entities to implement an Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) if the savings generated from reduced energy use will be sufficient to cover the cost of the program's measures. The total cost of the energy efficiency upgrades is approximately $5 million. The projects will result in $4.65 million in energy savings over the next 15 years.

    Honeywell is in the process of preparing bids for the various energy conservation measures. Greenskies Renewable Energy, LLC, the company awarded the solar paneling project, arranged for financing of the $2 million project. (Source: Northern Highlands Regional High School,, 10 Feb., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    RIC Comments on Renewable Fuels, Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Industries Canada
    Date: 2017-02-13
    According to a recent Renewable Industries Canada (RIC)release, for more than three decades, Renewable Industries Canada (RIC) has been the lead association representing Canada's biofuels and bio-based industries, which provide clean and innovative technologies that have contributed to curbing the growth of GHG emissions. Ten years ago, the federal government introduced renewable fuels regulations that required gasoline to be retailed in a blend that included 5 pct ethanol and petroleum diesel to be blended with 2 pct biodiesel. Some provinces have set their own volumetric requirements for ethanol in gasoline that exceed the federal government's requirements, such as Manitoba at 8.5 pct and Saskatchewan at 7.5 pct.

    The existing volumetric requirements on renewable fuels have had an effect equivalent to removing 1 million vehicles from Canada's roads every year. These gains have been achieved without any required change in driving behavior or increased consumer cost. Analysis of life-cycle GHG emissions has shown that ethanol can burn up to 62 pct cleaner than pure gasoline and that biodiesel is up to 99 pct cleaner than petroleum diesel, not to mention the economic benefits that our $3.5 billion industry has brought to the Canadian economy. Renewable Industries Canada is therefore advocating for the increased volumetric requirements with an inclusion of up to 10 pct ethanol, and 5 pct biodiesel. These measures would remove the equivalent of an additional 1 million vehicles from the nation's highways.

    According to the USDA, the U.S. renewable fuel standard (RFS) has resulted in the cumulative CO2 savings of 354 million metric tons over the period of implementation, and U.S. GHG emissions associated with corn-based ethanol are about 43 pct lower than gasoline -- comparable to reducing GHG emissions in the U.S. transportation sector by as much as 35.5 million metric tpy. Increased volumetric requirements also provide market certainty and business opportunity. In Ontario, biodiesel producer BIOX acquired an additional facility that had been shuttered, thanks to the province's Greener Diesel Mandate. At IGPC Ethanol Inc., construction begins this spring on a project that is intended to double production, due to the province's announced intention to increase renewable fuel content in gasoline as part of its climate action plan. Ontario also recently launched consultations aimed at further reducing emissions from gasoline by an additional 5 percent. Ethanol is sure to figure prominently in this equation, and our industry looks forward to continued momentum on both sides of the border. (Source: Renewable Industries Canada, Jim Grey, Chair, 10 Feb., 2017) Contact: Renewable Industries Canada, IGPC Ethanol Inc., (51( 765-2575,; Renewable Industries Canada,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Industries Canada,  IGPC Ethanol,  

    MMPA Adds More Winds to Renewable Power Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
    Date: 2017-02-13
    In Minneapolis, electric power wholesaler Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) is reporting the addition of power from Sempra's 78-MW Black Oak Getty Wind Farm in Stearns County to its renewables portfolio.

    The agency's renewable energy portfolio also includes 44 MW of wind energy from the Oak Glen Wind Farm, 8 MW of bioenergy from Hometown BioEnergy, and renewable energy purchases from other utilities. MMPA signed a long-term contract with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power for the output of the Black Oak Getty Wind Farm. The wind farm, comprised of 39 wind turbines, entered commercial operation in December 2016.

    MMPA wholesales electricity to its member communities who in turn deliver and sell that electricity to the residential and business customers in their communities. Minnesota's Renewable Energy Standard requires 25 pct of the Agency's energy to come from renewable sources by 2025. (Source: Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: MMPA, (612) 349-6868.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Municipal Power Agency ,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

    Vestas Seals 100MW Argentinian Wind Deal (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-02-13
    Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports it will supply and install 100 MW of onshore wind power capacity under the terms of a contract from Argentinian energy company Pampa Energia subsidiary Greenwind. Details of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, as well as a 10-year service agreement, have not been fully revealed.

    The 29 turbines for the Corti wind farm in Bahia Blanca are expected to be delivered in Q3 for commissioning in Q2 of 2018, according to Vestas. The Danish firm has secured 225 MW in Argentinian orders since last December, including contracts from Genneia and YPF Energia Electrica -- a subsidiary of YPF Oil Co. To meet growing demand Vestas opened an office in Buenos Aires last year. (Source: Vestas, Kallanish Energy, 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Onshore Wind,  

    RES Group Deploying Sereema's Windfarm Data Technology (Int'l)
    RES Group,Sereema
    Date: 2017-02-13
    Renewables company RES Group reports it will utilize a Windfit windpower monitoring and data collection data technology at one of its wind farms in France.

    The Windfit solution, which was developed by the Montpellier, France-headquartered company Sereema, is designed to help operators optimize energy production and maintenance strategies for wind farms. Using embedded sensors, Windfit boxes measure wind turbine activity and automatically transmit the information to a cloud platform. Using dedicated algorithms, it then processes the data in real time with the aim of providing a better understanding of the conditions of operation and to allow for a more effective diagnosis of the settings necessary for optimal yield on any windfarm. RES will deploy Windfit group at the Claves windfarm in the south of France, which is equipped with six turbines of 1.75 MW.

    RES is the world's largest independent renewable energy company with a 12 GW portfolio and the expertise to develop, engineer, construct, finance, and operate projects around the globe. RES is active in a range of energy technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission, according to the RES website. (Source: RES Group, PEI, 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: RES Group,; Sereema, +33 4 1193 2937,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RES Group,  Wind,  Sereema,  

    Rhode Island Bill Calls for State Carbon Tax (Reg. & Leg.)
    National Caucus of Environmental Legislators,
    Date: 2017-02-13
    In Rhode Island, members of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) have tabled carbon tax legislation -- H 5369 -- in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The bill includes a trigger clause that neighboring states must enact similar policies for the legislation to go into effect. To that end, Rhode Island NCEL members are working with and supporting NCEL legislators in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New York on similar efforts, according to an NCEL release.

    According to NCEL Executive Director Jeff Mauk, 'Signals now being sent from Washington, D.C. make it clear that it is up to the states to take the lead on climate action and to lay the groundwork for a new energy economy that benefits all Americans." NCEL member and Connecticut State Representative Jonathan Steinberg added the following statement: "Your Connecticut colleagues applaud Rhode Island's commitment to protecting the health of all of us across New England by considering this carbon-pricing plan. Along with our neighbors in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York, we hope to join Rhode Island in forging regional leadership on carbon pricing policy which will ultimately benefit our citizens for generations to come." (Source: National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, PR, 2 Feb., 2017) Contact: National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Jeff Mauk, Exec. Dir., (202) 744-1006,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    Former GOP Heavyweights Want Obama's Clean Power Plan Replaced with Carbon Tax (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Date: 2017-02-13
    James Baker III, former Secretary of State under President George H.W. Bush, past Secretary of State George Schultz and former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr. are reportedly among a group of formerly prominent Republican politicos calling for the imposition of a national carbon tax that would replace the former Obama administration's contentious Clean Power Plan. The proposed carbon tax would be returned to consumers as a "carbon dividend" and spent at their discretion to cover the expected $0.36 per rise in the cost of gasoline.

    The former heavyweights took their proposal right to the top and pitched it to the First Daughter Ivanka, Trump's number-one son in law Jared Kushner and V.P. Mike Pence. Baker is being widely quoted as saying "It's really important that we Republicans have a seat at the table when people start talking about climate change. I don't accept the idea that it's all man made, but I do accept that the risks are sufficiently great that we need to have an insurance policy (when it comes to climate change)."

    The plan also reportedly calls for "border adjustments" -- Mexico and Canada? -- to increase the cost of products from countries that do not have a similar tax. At $40 per ton, the carbon tax plan could raise as much as $300 billion in revenue. The proposal would also protect fossil fuel companies from legal action for any past or future environmental damages. (Source: Breitbart , NY Times, TPM, Various Others, 8 Feb., 2017)

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

    Bethlehem Considers City Climate Change Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
    Date: 2017-02-13
    In the former steel city of Bethlhem, Pennsylvania, City Council last week passed a resolution calling for the creation of a voluntary climate action plan to reduce emissions and fight climate change.

    The broadly supported plan calls for a working group of city officials, experts at local colleges and other community members to devise strategies over the next year by which the city could shrink its carbon footprint. The city will also examine what other cities have done, analyze its own carbon emissions and suggest best practices the city could employ to promote energy conservation and sustainability in municipal operations.

    Bethlehem is a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy which argues that cities, which account for 70 pct of the world's emissions, can have a significant impact on reducing pollution. Since 2014, 512 cities representing 433 million people have signed on to the Compact of Mayors to reduce carbon emissions.. (Source: Bethlehem Morning Call, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy news,  

    Envision Solar Touts ARC™ Charger Follow-on Order (Ind. Report)
    Envision Solar International
    Date: 2017-02-13
    San Diego-based Envision Solar International, Inc., a leading renewable energy Media and Branding, and EV charging product company, is reporting receipt of a follow on Purchase Order for its EV ARC™ product on behalf of the US DOE. The follow on order has already been executed and delivered, according to the company release.

    Invented and manufactured in California, the EV ARC™ fits inside a parking space and generates sufficient solar electricity to power up to 150 miles of EV driving each day. The system's solar electrical generation is enhanced by the patented EnvisionTrak™ solar tracking system which allows the unit to generate as much as 25 pct more power than fixed solar arrays.

    EV ARC™ products are manufactured by combat veterans, the disabled, minorities and other team members. (Source: Envision Solar, Contact: Envisiopn Solar, Desmond Wheatley, CEO , (866) 746-0514,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  EV Charger,  Envision Solar International,  

    MnSP Planning Spiritwood ND Soybean Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Soybean Processors
    Date: 2017-02-13
    The Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) and its subsidiary North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP) are reporting plans to construct a $240 million soybean processing plant at Spiritwood, N.D. The plant would be an integrated soybean crush facility and refinery, crushing 125,000 bpd of soybeans to produce soybean meal, refined, bleached and deodorized soybean oil and biodiesel.

    MnSP, a membership cooperative that owns and operates a soybean crush facility and biodiesel operation in Brewster, Minn., plans to move forward with construction following further due diligence, necessary approvals and a successful engineering study. MnSP is working with the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission to complete the construction feasibility study. (Source: Minnesota Soybean Processors, Jamestown Sun., 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Minnesota Soybean Processors, (507) 842-6677,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Soybean Processors,  Soybean,  Biodiesel,  

    Sierra Energy FastOx Gasifier Pilot Project Scores $150,000 Award (Ind. Report)
    Sierra Energy
    Date: 2017-02-13
    Davis, California-based waste-to-renewable energy specialist Sierra Energy reports receipt of a $150,000 Roddenberry Foundation award for innovation.

    Sierra Energy's patented FastOx gasifier converts municipal waste and biomass waste into renewable diesel and an energy-dense gas with high hydrogen content.

    While the FastOx gasifier is primarily designed to reduce greenhouse gases and dependence on petroleum, most of the award funding will go toward developing a pilot program aimed at waste reduction in the slums of Mexico City. Placing a FastOx gasifier at a landfill site, the company aims to launch a machine that would process 25 tons of waste per day, generating 1 megawatt of electricity. That amount is enough to power at least 1,000 homes. If successful in Mexico, the company could turn to additional markets across Latin America as well as Southeast Asia. (Source: Sierra Energy, Davis Enterprise, 12 Feb., 2017) Sierra Energy, (530) 759-9827,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sierra Energy ,  

    Transco Files to Supply Proposed La. Methanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    FERC,Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line
    Date: 2017-02-10
    Houston headquartered Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC (Transco) reports it has submitted an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a "certificate of public convenience and necessity" for its $33.5 million St. James Supply Project.

    A new interconnection lateral would allow Transco to deliver natural gas to YCI St. James Enterprises' LLC proposed methanol manufacturing plant at the Yuhuang Chemical Plant in St. James Parish, according to the FERC filing. The agreement requires the two parties to enter into a firm transportation service agreement with a 20-year primary term.

    Transco) is an interstate natural gas transmission company. Transco operates about 9,800 miles of natural gas pipeline extending from the Gulf of Mexico to New York. The company also operates 45 gas compressor stations, four underground storage fields, and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility (Source: Transco, NGI, 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., (713) 215-2000

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  FERC,  

    Syracuse Univ. Develops Energy-Efficient Method to Grow, Harvest Microalgae (New Prod & Tech)
    Syracuse University
    Date: 2017-02-10
    In the Empire State, Syracuse University researchers report the development of a new technology for energy and cost efficient cultivation and harvesting of microalgae which can be used for biofuel production.

    Lead researcher Biny Estime's research has been published as a peer-reviewed article in Scientific Reports on Jan. 19. Estime developed a new medium -- Tris-Acetate-Phosphate-Pluronic (TAPP) -- can transition from solution to a gel through relatively small variations in temperature. Microalgae are seeded in the medium at 15 degrees C. When the temperature is increased by 7 degrees C, the medium becomes gelatinous and microalgae then grow in clusters that are up to 10 times larger than those grown in the traditional medium. Once they are grown, the temperature is decreased and the medium is returned to a solution. The algae is separated out through gravity, and can then be harvested.

    The medium prevents algae from growing on the sides of a container, letting light penetrate to each level of algae, thus eliminating the need for constant stirring. The Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering has secured a provisional patent on the process. (Source: Syracuse University, Phys.Org, Feb, 2017) Contact: Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering, Bindy Estime,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Syracuse University,  Algae,  Microalgae,  Biofuel,  

    UPS Investing $18Mn in Facilities Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-02-10
    Atlanta-headquartered international logistics and shipping giant UPS reports it is investing $18 million in 10 MW of solar panels for some of its facilities. The company will install more than 26,000 solar modules on at least eight of its facilities, with the solar electricity generated to provide approximately half of each building's energy needs.

    The 10MW of extra capacity is sufficient for 1,200 homes and to avoid approximately 8,200 metric tpy of carbon emissions. UPS presently operates solar power systems at it facilities in Palm Springs, California, and Lakewood, Parsippany and Secaucus , New Jersey. Between 2009 and the end of 2016, UPS invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally. (Source: UPS, PR, 9 Feb., 2017) Contact: UPS,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News United Parcel Service,  UPS,  Solar,  

    EIB Backing 1,101 Turbine Swedish Wind Farm (Int'l Funding)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2017-02-10
    Following meetings in Luxembourg, the European Investment Bank (EIB) Board of Directors reports approval of loan funding for a 650-MW onshore wind project, part of the Markbygden cluster in Pitea, northern Sweden. GE Financial Services and Macquarie Capital (Europe) Ltd are financial intermediaries in the deal. Loan details and timelines have not been disclosed. The wind park is part of phase I of the Markbygden wind complex incorporating 1,101 wind turbines to be supplied by Svevind AB and Enercon GmbH. (Source: EIB, Various Media, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: EIB, Jonathan Taylor, VP, +352 43 791,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  European Investment Bank,  

    Acciona, Tuto Energy Expand Mexican PV Project (Int'l Report)
    Acciona, Tuto Energy
    Date: 2017-02-10
    In Mexico, Acciona Energia reports it will increase the power generation capacity of its Puerto Libertad, PV project from the present 227 MWp to 339 MWp. The wind farm, which is a 50/50 JV with Tuto Energy Trading, has a long-term PPA with the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

    Upon commissioning in early 2019, the Puerto Libertad facility will generate sufficient electric power for 489,000 average Mexican homes. Acciona Energia will be in charge of the plant's engineering, procurement and construction (EPC). Construction is expected to get underway before the year end. (Source: Acciona, SeeNews, Others, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Tuto Energy Trading,; ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, +34 91 657 64 60,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  Tuto Energy,  Wind,  

    Johnson Controls, East Central College Seal Energy Efficiency Improvements Contract (Ind. Report)
    East Central College,Johnson Controls
    Date: 2017-02-10
    In Union Missouri, East Central College (enrollment 4,180) reports it will enter into 15-year energy efficiency performance contract with Johnson Controls Inc. Under the terms of the $1,253,583 contract, Johnson Controls will carryout interior and exterior lighting upgrades, optimization of water fixtures school-wide, and energy management systems to better control energy costs.

    The contract ensures the college will receive a fixed rate of savings on their monthly utilities. If those savings are not met, Johnson Controls will pay the difference.

    Johnson Controls will have an on-site project manager who will lead local a team of local contractors for each project. Work is expected to get underway this spring. (Source: East Central College, Missourian , 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: East Central College. (636) 584-6500,; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency ,  

    UMN Claims Carbon Emissions Cutting Success (Ind. Report)
    University of Minnesota, American Universities and Colleges Presidents Climate Commitment
    Date: 2017-02-10
    The University of Minnesota in Duluth reports it has cut its nearly 640,000 metric tons of emissions in 2008 to 492,121 metric tons in 2016, and is halfway to meeting its goal of reducing campus carbon emissions 50 percent by 2020.

    The university's Twin Cities Campus Sustainability Committee has outlined the following strategies to reduce energy consumption by 2050: creating a combined power and heat plant; upgrading building energy management systems, implementing green building standards for new construction and reducing laboratory energy; installation of LED lights; and installation of more building green roofs. the school also plans to target energy consumption by laboratories which use 60 pct of the University's energy.

    The University of Minnesota is a member of the American Universities and Colleges Presidents Climate Commitment to achieve carbon neutrality across all the University's campuses by 2050. (Source: University of Minnesota, 9 February 2017) Contact: University of Minnesota, Shane Stennes, Dir. of Sustainability,; American Universities and Colleges Presidents Climate Commitment,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Universities and Colleges Presidents Climate Commitment,  

    UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions Down 38 pct since 1990 (Int'l Report)
    UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    Date: 2017-02-10
    In London, the UK Statistics Authority is reporting that Greenhouse gas emissions dropped 38 pct in the UK from 1990 to 2015. The Authority claims the decline is one of the fastest rates by any developed country, almost surpassing the European Union (EU) targeted 40 pct cut in carbon pollution. The widespread closure of UK coal power plants is considered a major factor in the rapid decline.

    According to the UK-based Carbon Brief: "Changes in the relative wholesale price of coal versus gas, an increase in the UK's carbon tax last April, the closure of the SSI steelworks in Redcar, the rise of renewables and a rebound in nuclear output all contributed to the reduction in coal use in 2015." Carbon Brief added that coal use hit its lowest level for 150 years in 2016.

    In 2015, UK emissions declined by an estimated 3.8 pct compared to 2014 figures, meaning the country is on track to meet its commitments under its carbon budget running to 2017. Greenhouse gas emissions were largely associated with the energy sector, producing 29 per cent of overall emissions, followed by the transportation sector, business sector, residential and then agriculture at 24 pct, 17 pct, 13 pct and 10 pct respectively. (Source: UNEP, UK Statistics Authority, Climate Action, 9 Feb., 2017)Contact: UK Statistics Authority,

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

    Enercon Commissions First E-141 EP4 Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-02-08
    Following on our Nov. 20, 2015 coverage, German wind energy specialist Enercon is reporting the commissioning of the first E-141 EP4 turbine. The prototype of the new low wind speed WEC (wind class III) was installed in Coppanz, Thuringia.

    The E-141 EP4 is based on Enercon's new 4 MW platform that also forms the basis of the new E-126 EP4 for medium wind speed sites (wind class IIa). Both EP4 types have a nominal power output of 4.2 MW.. At sites where wind speeds average 6.5 metres per second it is designed to generate annual yields of more than 13 million kilowatt hours. According to Enercon, it is the world's highest-yielding wind class III WEC at present.

    Production of both the E-126 EP4 and the E-141 EP4 is slated to start early this year. The company plans to install about 150 EP4 WECs in 2017; about 80 of these will be E-141 EP4. (Source: Enercon, Sun & Wind, Others, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: Enercon Gmbh, Arno Hildebrand, EP4 Programme Director,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enercon,  Wind,  

    Iran Commits $3Bn to New Renewable Energy Power Plants (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-02-08
    In Tehran, the Iranian Energy Ministry has announced plans to invest $3 billion in the construction of renewable energy power plants renewable energy power plants with a production capacity of 5,000 MW over the sixth Five-Year Development Plan.

    Iran previously committed to developing more than 7.500 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. (Source: Iran Enenergy Ministry, Various Media, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Iran Energy Ministry,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

    Iowa State Univ. Creates Biomimetic Wind Tree (New Prod & Tech)
    Iowa State University
    Date: 2017-02-08
    Iowa State University scientists report they have developed a tree-like "concept" device with artificial leaves that move with the wind to generate electricity.

    Featuring a metallic trellis, the prototype utilizes plastic flaps fashioned as leaves. The prototype has the potential to be scaled up as an artificial tree by adding more leaves to produce more wind-based electricity. (Source: Iowa State Univ., The Missouri Injury Blog, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: Iowa State Univ., Curtis Mosher, (515)294-6513,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

    Expect the Unexpected -- The Disruptive Power of Low-carbon Technology -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Grantham Institute,Carbon Tracker
    Date: 2017-02-08
    In the attached report, collaborative research from Carbon Tracker and the UK-based Grantham Institute explores how ongoing cost reductions in solar PVs and electric vehicles (EVs) could impact future fossil fuels demand and subsequent CO2 emissions.

    The model put forward shows that solar PV could supply 29 pct of global power generation by 2050, entirely phasing out coal and leaving natural gas with a 1 pct market share. The report also predicts EVs will account for more than two-thirds of the road transport by the mid-century -- a growth trajectory that sees EVs displace approximately 25 million bpd of oil. per day.

    According to the report, a low-carbon transition will be crucial in the power and road transport sectors, which account for approximately half of fossil fuel consumption. The current state of play means that global warming could be limited to 2.4C by 2100 if EV and solar PV deployment reach the levels under the proposed scenario. The report warns that energy companies cannot afford to employ a business-as-usual approach which underestimates these low-carbon advances. Scenarios should now apply the latest cost reductions for solar PVs and EVs, along with the emissions commitments countries have made under the Paris Agreement.

    Download to Expect the Unexpected -- The Disruptive Power of Low-carbon Technology report HERE. (Source: Carbon Tracker, Grantham Institute,, Feb., 2017)Contact: Grantham Institute, ; Carbon Tracker,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Grantham Institute,  Carbon Tracker ,  

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