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DOE Awarding $30Mn for CCS Feasibility Projects (Ind. Report)
Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise
Date: 2018-05-30
In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy reports it is splitting $29.6 million between three newly selected R&D projects to determine the feasibility of commercial-scale carbon storage complexes as part of the second phase of the cost-shared Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) program.

The selected projects are intended to promote sustainable efforts among fossil resources and cut down on the cost of advanced fossil energy technologies -- permanent geologic storage for carbon dioxide to coincide with the predicted use of transformative carbon capture technologies beginning around 2025.

This marks the second phase of an effort which has already seen approximately $15.4 million distributed among 13 projects. The latest round will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and include projects run by the Battelle Memorial Institute, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and the University of Wyoming. (Source: US DOE, Energy Insider, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise, www.researchfunding.duke.edu/carbon-storage-assurance-facility-enterprise-carbonsafe-storage-complex-facility; DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Storage,  DOE Office of Fossil Energy,  


SunCommon, Hudson Solar Announce Merger (Ind Report, M&A)
SunCommon,Hudson Solar
Date: 2018-05-28
Waterbury-based SunCommon, Vermont's largest solar company, is reporting a merger with the Empire State-based Hudson Solar, completed on Tuesday in Rhinebeck, New York. Details have not been released.

The expansion marks SunCommon's second New York State solar initiative following its joining with Ontario, New York-based Sustainable Energy Developments, based in a rebranded venture known as SunCommon NY, in 2017. (Source: SunCommon, Vermont diggers, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Sun Common, Duane Peterson, Founder and Co-President, (802) 882-8181, www.suncommon.com; Hudson Solar, (866) 452-7652, www.hudsonsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  SunCommon,  


Duly Noted
Advanced Biofuels Business Council
Date: 2018-05-28
According to Advanced Biofuels Business Council Exec. Director Brooke Coleman, "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is going against the President's commitment to rural America. If the EPA head keeps granting hardship waivers to the many refiners who have requested them, then the President's commitment to year-round use of E15 will be rendered useless. It's ridiculous for the EPA administrator to claim he's following the intent of the RFS and the President's commitment to it while at the same time granting those waivers."

Coleman says the RFS renewable fuel obligation rule for 2019 is expected out soon but if the waivers keep getting granted, then the numbers called for in that rule don't mean anything because refiners aren't held accountable to them. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Business Council, May, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Brooke Coleman, Exec. Dir., www.advancedbiofuels.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Business Council ,  EPA,  Pruitt,  RFS,  


Tongwei, LONGI Ink Polysilicon Module Supply Agreement (Int'l)
Tongwei,Longi Green Energy Technology
Date: 2018-05-28
China's Tongwei Solar and LONGI Green Energy Technology have inked a new polysilicon supply deal under which Tongwei will sell sell 4,000 metric tons (MT) of polysilicon to monocrystalline PV module to LONGIthis year, followed by 21,000MT next year and 30,000 in 2020, for a total of 55,000 metric tons through the end of 2020., according to a regulatory filing.

In February, LONGI'S announced its intent to triple its wafer production capacity to 45 GW by 2020. To that end, in April, the company inked a $787 million, 39,600MT polysilicon supply agreement with Daqo New Energy, alongside plans to invest $216.7 million in the construction of a 228 MW PV installation in China's Ningxia Hui region. (Source: Longi, PV Mag, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Tongwei Solar, www.tw-solar.com/en; LONGI Solar, LONGI Green Energy, en.longi-solar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tongwei,  Longi Green Energy Technology,  Solar,  Solar Cell,  


Schneider Promoting GenNext Buildings' Platform (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2018-05-28
Energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric is touting the next generation of EcoStruxure Building, the industry' first open innovation platform of buildings. A part of Schneider's EcoStruxure Architecture, the product is the company's IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled, plug and play, open, interoperable, architecture and platform.

EcoStruxure Building's open, end-to-end IP architecture enables quick, connectivity of IoT devices and provides for edge control and collaboration between building systems and third-party systems and devices.

For developers, systems integrators and members of Schneider Electric's EcoXpert partner program, EcoStruxure Building enables up to 30 pct faster deployment through: Smart Connector framework for creating new system and app functionality; Enterprise Central allows for 10x more scalability to easily execute site expansions; Mobile commissioning, engineering efficiencies, and development applications for speed, repeatability and consistency.

Schneider Electric EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at every level, from Connected Products, Edge Control to Apps, Analytics & Services, said the statement from the company. It has been deployed in 480,000-plus installations, with the support of more than 20,000 system integrators, connecting over 1.5 million assets, according to Schneider Electric. (Source: Schneider Electric, TradeArabia News Service, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.enable.schneider-electric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Management,  Building Energy management,  


Minrav, Nextcom Planning Golan Heights Wind JV (Int'l Report)
Minrav Holdings Ltd., Nextcom Ltd.
Date: 2018-05-28
In Israel, Minrav Holdings Ltd. and Nextcom Ltd. are reporting plans to construct a wind farm in the Golan Heights. The 50-50 joint venture will incorporate 30 3.2-MW wind turbines totally 96 MA capacity. The JV has also signed a 20-year operations and maintenance contract for the project which, when commissioned in spring, 2020, will the country's largest wind farm with generation capacity sufficient for a medium-size city. (Source: Minrav, Globes, 27 May, 2018)Contact: Minrav Holdings, www.minrav.co.il/en; Nextcom, +972 73 2320 0200, www.nextcomgroup.com/en/home

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


Canada Joining International Renewable Energy Agency (Int;l)
International Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2018-05-28
Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Kim Rudd, reports Canada has begun the application process for membership in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable energy accounts for two-thirds of Canada's power generation and approximately 20 pct of its total final energy supply. Renewable power generation in Canada increased from 78 GW in 2009 to 99 GW in 2017. In addition to plentiful hydro resources, Canada also has significant wind, biomass, solar, marine and geothermal energy potential.

Currently, 181 countries and the European Union are engaged in IRENA's work. (Source: International Renewable Energy Agency, Bioenergy International, Other Media 26 May, 2018)Contact: IRENA, Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, Timothy Hurst, Chief of Communications, +971 2 417 9000 , thurst@irena.org, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Renewable Energy Agency ,  


EC Proposes Sustainable Finance in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
Global Witness,EC
Date: 2018-05-28
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) announced last week an action plan on sustainable finance aimed at encouraging the EU financial sector to invest in a greener and cleaner low-carbon economy. The proposals are initially focused on environmental investments but social factors are expected to be included as the proposals progress.

The NGO Global Witness, known for its campaign against "blood diamonds", is calling for robust regulations to curb the excesses of financial deregulation which have driven global deforestation and other abuses that contribute to climate change.

The EC says it aims at becoming a global leader in fighting climate change and achieving the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions agreed at the COP21 Paris Climate accord meeting in December 2015. The impact of climate change already threatens financial stability and leads to major economic losses through floods, land erosion or droughts, the EC acknowledged. To achieve the EU's 2030 climate targets, approximately €180 billion per year of additional investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy would be needed. Mobilizing private capital to fund sustainable investment is essential, the EC added. (Source: EC, Brussels Times, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Global Witness, www.globalwitness.org; European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu

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


DHYBRID, QOS Energy Partner to Monitor Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
DHYBRID, QOS Energy
Date: 2018-05-28
German PV hybrid, energy storage and smart-grid projects specialist DHYBRID is reporting its partnership with Nantes, France-based QOS Energy, the data intelligence cloud specialist, to monitor PV hybrid and energy storage plants. DHYBRID will benefit from the versatility of QOS Energy's monitoring software, which is unique in its ability to aggregate data from all types of energy sources onto one single analytics platform.

DHYBRID designs, installs and operates commercial and utility-scale hybrid plants, offering cost-efficient energy solutions for remote islands and other off-grid sites that need independent, reliable and decentralized electricity. Through this partnership, the two companies will combine DHYBRID's in-house SCADA & control technology with QOS Energy's monitoring solution to successfully meet that challenge and ensure that each plant delivers energy as expected.

QOS Energy's cloud-based monitoring and analytics platform acquires data from any type of plant, data acquisition system or database, a key advantage for the effective and centralised management of large and complex PV projects. With this capability, DHYBRID will be able to increase power production, optimise maintenance processes and lower the downtime of the plants it manages.

The DHYBRID Universal Power Platform (UPP) is a modular energy management system (EMS) and smart-grid control solution that allows the client to get full transparency on the energy consumption and identify cost saving potential. Our DHYBRID UPP technology forms the basis for the future integration of different energy sources into one economic and sustainable hybrid power supply. (Source; Dhybrid, PR, 28 May, 2018) Contact: DHYBRID, www.DHYBRID.de; QOS Energy, +33 (0)2 51 89 46 00, hello@qosenergy.com, www.qosenergy.com]

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


Ontario NDP Candidate Calls for $150 Tonne Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Ontario Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-05-28
In the upcoming June 7 Ontario elections, Ottawa Centre New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Joel Harden isn't pulling his punches calling for a $150 per tonne carbon tax that will increase gas taxes by 35 cents a litre -- roughly $1.40 per gal. -- a $4,100 in new costs per year for a two-car family.

The NDP platform says that if elected, the government would use 25 pct of cap-and-trade revenue to help low-income earners in northern and rural Ontarians adapt to a lower carbon lifestyle and $50 million to a home efficiency retrofit program.

The Progressive Conservative (PC) party says if elected it would scrap the sittingt LIberal government's existing cap-and-trade program and oppose the federal mandated minimum price on carbon emissions. The province's 2017 vintage cap-and-trade system has to date contributed nearly $2.5 billion to Ontario's coffers. (Source: Various Media, Edmonton Sun, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 235-5743, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-environment-and-climate-change

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Cap-and-Trade,  


Exxon Mobil Commits to 15 pct Methane Emission Cut (Ind. Report)
Exxon Mobil
Date: 2018-05-25
Irving, Texas-headquartered petroleum and energy giant Exxon Mobil reports it is committing to new targets to reduce its worldwide methane emissions by 15 pct by 2020, compared to 2016 levels. The commitment includes reducing its natural gas flaring by 25 pct during the same timeframe.

While much of the emission reductions will occur in Exxon Mobil's onshore shale operations in the U.S., the most dramatic declines will be in West Africa, the company claims.

The energy sector -- including oil and coal -- is the largest source of U.S. methane emissions, which are a major contributor to the planet's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. DOE. (Source: ExxonMobil, Houston Chronicle, Others, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon Mobil ,  Methane,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate Change,  


China Expects to Meet COP21 Pledge Ahead of Schedule (Int'l)
China Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-05-25
Speaking from Beijing, Xie Zhenhua, China's chief negotiator at the 2015 Paris climate agreement said the country could meet its pledge to cap carbon emissions ahead of its target of around 2030.

In late 2015, Chine, the world's biggest emitter of climate-warming greenhouse gases, had already met several objectives it promised to fulfil by 2020, including cutting its carbon intensity by 40 pct to 45 percent three years early, Xie Zhenhua added.

China launched the first phase of its nationwide carbon market last December after months of delays. It currently covers only the power sector but will be extended to other emitters at a later stage. (Source: New Stage, Various Media, Reuters, 27 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21,  China Carbon Market,  China Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


Neste Acquiring IH Demeter BV to Guarantee Feedstock (M&A, Int'l)
Neste Oyj
Date: 2018-05-25
Helsinki, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste Oyj reports it will acquire sole control and a 51 pct stake in Dutch animal fats and proteins trader IH Demeter BV.

The terms of the deal, which is subject to regulatory approvals, were not divulged. The new entitiy will be tagged Neste Demeter BV.

The investment supports Neste's strategy to establish a global waste and residue raw material platform to secure feedstock -- raw material availability to meet its production needs, according to a statement.

IH Demeter operates 150 animal fat rendering facilities throughout Europe. (Source: Neste Oyi, PetrolPlaza, Various Media, 25 May, 2018)Contact: Neste Corporation, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; IH Demeter, www.demeter.nl/contact

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste ,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Fuel,  


Indonesia Mandates B-25 Biodiesel Blending from 2019 (Int'l)
Palm Oil Biodiesel
Date: 2018-05-25
In Jakarta, Indonesian New and Renewable Energy Director Rida Mulyana is reporting Indonesia will mandate all tran (B-25) sportation fuel in the country contain 25 pct biodiesel, effective January 2019. to January 2020, after which a 30 pct (B-30) bio-content would be mandatory.

Indonesia is the world's largest producer of palm oil, the raw ingredient for fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) which can be used to make biodiesel. The B-25 program is expected to increase Indonesia's FAME consumption to between 5.5 million and 6 million kilolitres (kl) in 2019 -- more than double the last year's consumption of FAME. The B25 mandate would require the additional production of 750,000 kl of FAME annually. The move is intended to support palm oil production. (Source: Indonesia New and Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation, Reuters, 24 May, 2018) Contact: New and Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation Indonesia, Rida Mulyana,Director General, http://indonesien.ahk.de/fileadmin/ahk_indonesien/Business_Delegations/Energy_Efficiency/Government_s_Policy_on_Energy_Efficiency_and_Renewable_Energy_in_Buildings.pdf; Indonesian Palm Oil Association , https://gapki.id

More Low-Carbon Energy News FAME,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


Aussie Partners Purchasing Origin's Smart Meters Unit (M&A)
Landis+Gyr,Origin Energy
Date: 2018-05-25
In the Land Down Under, a partnership of Sydney-based Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) and global meters giant Landis+Gyr reports it will will $267 million for Origin Energy's Acumen smart meters unit. The move is intended to create a leading business in this key piece of infrastructure for the shift to clean, decentralised energy.

The joint venture, to be known as intelliHUB, will be the country's leading smart meter operator, with long-term cash flows and substantial growth options underpinned by a long-term agreement to deploy and manage digital smart meters for Origin's 4.2 million electricity customers.

Smart meters are becoming crucial as the electricity grid shifts to more decentralised energy resources such as solar panels, batteries and smart appliances. (Source: Landis+Gyr, Australian Financial Review, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Landis+Gyr, Adrian Clark, CEO Australia and NZ, www.landisgyr.com; Origin Energy, Frank Calabria, CEO, www.originenergy.com.au; Pacific Equity Partners, www.pep.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Origin Energy,  Landis&Gyr,  Smart Meter,  


Facebook Inks 294MW Wind PPA in Norway (Int'l Ind. Report)
Facebook
Date: 2018-05-25
Social mega-media player Facebook reports the signing of a 15-year PPA for the entire output of the 294MW, Bjerkreim cluster of three Norwegian wind farms due to come online in late 2019.

The €400 million ($469 million) Bjerkreim cluster will supply 1,000 GWh of electricity per year, enough to help offset the power used by Facebook's Nordic data centers in Odense, Denmark, and Lulea, Sweden.

The Bjerkreim cluster incorporates 70, 4.2-MW Siemens wind turbines and is operated by Luxcara of Germany. Swedish utility Vattenfall will integrate the output into the Nordic grid, provide balancing services, and supply Facebook. The Bjerkreim deal is Facebook's largest single purchase of renewable energy and is Norway's largest wind project to date. (Source: Facebook, DataCenter Dynamics, 24 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Facebook,  Wind,  


World Bank Supporting Indian Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
World Bank
Date: 2018-05-25
The World Bank reports it has approved $300 million of funding to help scale up India's national energy efficiency programme. The Energy Efficiency Services India (EESI) organization will use the money to drive the deployment of energy saving measures in both the residential and public sectors and enhance access to commercial financing.

EESI aims to improve energy efficiency, cut energy consumption and help the country hit its goal of reducing carbon intensity by up to 35 pct by 2030 from 2005 levels The money will be used to create sustainable markets for LED lights and energy efficient ceiling fans, facilitate investments in public street lighting and develop sustainable business models for emerging markets such as efficient air conditioning and agricultural water pumping units. (Source: World Bank, Energy Live, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services India, Saurabh Kumar, Managing Dir., www.eeslindia.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services Limited,  India Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  World Bank,  


Fairbanks Cuts Zayo Data Centers Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
Fairbanks EnergyServices
Date: 2018-05-25
Hingham, Mass.-headquartered design/build energy conservation specialist Fairbanks Energy Services reports it has helped the Zayo Group reduce energy consumption and increase data center capacity with custom solutions at its zColo data centers in Atlanta, New York and Dallas.

At the three data centers Fairbanks Energy installed building management systems(BMS) integrating all of the power and cooling systems, heat exchangers, automated valves and new pumps, dynamic airflow management, optimized hot aisle/cold aisle design with physical best practices to ensure air was being delivered to the racks with minimal mixing of hot and cold air streams. Temperature sensors were also installed, enabling the monitoring of the environment and control of CRAC units in real-time as the data center load and environmental conditions change.

The energy efficiency impact includes 4.4 million annual kWh of savings . The data centers also reclaimed over 45 pct of stranded mechanical capacity and now has the ability to scale to over 150 watts per square feet while being N+1 compliant. (Source: Fairbanks Energy, PR, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Fairbanks Energy Services, Shannon Shea, (781)658-3266 x1006, shannon.shea@fairbanksenergy.com, www.fairbanksenergy.com; Zayo Group, Jenny Gerson, Senior Director of Sustainability and Strategy, (800) 830-3305, www.zayo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Data Center Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Fairbanks Energy Services,  


Growth Energy Comments on EPA, USDA RFS Meeting (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2018-05-25
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released the following statement before Thursday's meeting between the US EPA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to discuss President Trump's plan to preserve U.S. biofuel production:

"We're pleased the USDA is taking up the president's call to action and pressing for an immediate E15 fix, before the start of the summer driving season. As Secretary (Sonny) Perdue has noted, a flood of illegitimate waivers from the EPA has resulted in 'demand destruction' for U.S. farmers at a time when rural communities can least afford it. Even petroleum giants like Marathon are now expecting 'small refinery' handouts.

"Regulators should, instead, focus on the president's plan to reallocate lost biofuel gallons that were siphoned away by EPA waivers. President Trump promised to protect statutory targets under the Renewwable Fuel Standard (RFS), and we support Secretary Perdue's efforts to ensure the EPA upholds that commitment to rural families.

"There is no reason to delay action or attach unrelated gimmicks designed to benefit a few refinery owners. EPA Administrator (Scott) Pruitt should stand by his word in 2017, when he vowed not to pursue an export scheme that would cannibalize demand for U.S. biofuels, destroy farm income, and spark retaliatory tariffs against the entire fuel and farm supply chain." (Source: Grwoth Energy, SCD, 24 May, 2018)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuel,  


Fundy's "Blue Carbon" Sequestration Capacity Explored (Ind. Report)
Blue Carbon,Environment and Climate Change Canada
Date: 2018-05-23
In Atlantic Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada's recent study of the Bay of Fundy coastal ecosystem and its "blue carbon" has estimated the area's carbon sequestration capacity to hold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of carbon-offsetting costs. "Blue carbon" is a term coined by scientists to describe carbon dioxide stored in coastal plants and soil.

On land, forests capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Forests release their carbon every few hundred years, due to fire, tree mortality or human harvesting. By comparison, coastal marshes maintain their carbon for thousands of years. Coastal ecosystems do the same -- but they're much better at it, according to McGill University "Blue Carbon" authority Assoc. Prof. Gail Chmurain. Coastal ecosystems can hold three to five times more carbon than the equivalent area of forest, according to a federal government report.

The financial value of blue carbon comes from its potential for carbon emission credits which the Canadian federal government is introducing. According to government documents, "carbon stored in tidal salt marshes in the Bay of Fundy could have an estimated value of $202 million." That would equal $1 billion in 2022. In terms of Canada's national carbon emissions strategy, blue carbon could be used as an offset to meet international targets and coastal communities could protect or rehabilitate wetlands to generate carbon credits. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, CBC, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, (800) 668-6767, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.htm; McGill University, Assoc. Prof. Gail Chmurain, (514) 926-6854, gail.chmura@mcgill.ca, www.mcgill.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Storage,  


Blue Pillar Joins NYSERDA Energy Mgm't Program (Ind. Report)
Blue Pillar, NYSERDA
Date: 2018-05-23
Frederick, Maryland-based Blue Pillar, the leading Internet of Things (IoT) provider to connect Energy Things®, reports it has been accepted as a Qualified Vendor for Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources.

NYSERDA's RTEM Program prequalifies vendors who can help commercial customers analyze energy usage data and provide, enable, and/or implement actionable items on the basis of the data. Blue Pillar's Aurora® Energy Network of Things® platform provides real-time energy data that helps keep major C&I energy systems within NYSERDA's operating region online with greater resiliency and energy efficiency.

Aurora's greatest competitive advantage has been its ability to utilize a cloud-based and/or local network approach to connecting any Distributed Energy Resource (DER) or legacy asset that generates, stores, consumes, switches or measures electricity. These devices include energy storage, solar panels, building automation systems, and others. (Source: Blue Pillar Inc., PR, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Blue Pillar, Tom Willie, CEO, (317) 723-6136, www.bluepillar.com; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Blue Pillar,  Energy Storage,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


UK PM Pledges to Slash New Bldg. Energy Consumption by 2030 (Int'l)
Clean Growth Grand Challenge
Date: 2018-05-23
In London, UK Prime Minister Theresa May pledged on Monday to halve energy usage from new buildings by 2030, The PM also noted the importance of boosting scientific research and challenged the construction sector to drive innovation and higher standards in order to meet both house building and energy efficiency targets over the next decade.

According to the Prime Minister, by cutting the energy use of new commercial and residential buildings, the UK could reduce energy bills for occupants by as much as 50 pct. The PM noted that the government would also aim to halve the costs of reaching the same standard in existing buildings. The government's Clean Growth Grand Challenge is calling for a minimum 50 pct reduction in all new building energy consumption by 2030. (Source: Impact4All, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: Clean Growth Grand Challenge, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/industrial-strategy-the-grand-challenges/industrial-strategy-the-grand-challenges


GE Onshore Wind Turbines in N.Am Power the Equivalent of 11,000,000 U.S. Homes (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
GE,General Electric
Date: 2018-05-23
"Iowa may conjure up images of sweeping cornfields dotted with farms, but this Midwestern state has been at the forefront of wind energy technology since 1983, when it became the first state to enact a renewable-energy mandate, requiring local investor-owned utilities to use wind or solar sources for power generation. In 2017, Iowa generated 37 percent of its electricity from wind, the largest share nationwide.

"GE Renewable Energy will now add to the state's remarkable base of renewables by helping local utility Alliant Energy erect 190 turbines at two new sites -- Upland Prairie in the state's northwest corner and English Farms further southeast -- to contribute additional 470 megawatts to Iowa's renewables capacity, enough power to supply the equivalent of 180,000 American homes.

"Those two new projects will also propel GE Renewable Energy to break a record of its own: The business unit's onshore wind capacity in North America now exceeds 40 gigawatts. Its 25,000-plus turbines now have the capacity to power the equivalent of 11 million U.S. homes.

"Worldwide, the stats are even more impressive. GE Renewable Energy has more than 60,000 MW of onshore wind turbines installed across the globe -- enough to theoretically supply all of Indonesia.

"Since entering wind energy 15 years ago, GE Renewable Energy has provided turbines for some of the largest sites in the U.S, including the 845 MW Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon and the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center and Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm in Texas. The company also supplied five 6 MW turbines for America's first offshore wind farm near Block Island, Rhode Island.

"GE's own contributions speak to a larger truth: Wind is blowing up. In the last decade, U.S. wind capacity has tripled to 54,000 wind turbines with a combined capacity of nearly 90,000 MW housed in 41 states, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico. Wind power is now the largest source of renewable generating capacity in the U.S., according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)." (Source: General Electric, May 21, 2018) Contact: GE, www.ge.com/contact/general

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Wind,  General Electric,  Wind,  


Virginia Adopts School Renewables Feed-in Tariffs (Reg & Leg)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2018-05-23
In the Old Dominion State, legislation tabled by Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) in the 2018 session directs Dominion Energy to permit schools that generate more energy from on-site wind- or solar-powered sources to sell the power back to the utility. Currently, the excess power goes back to the electrical grid, but school systems are not reimbursed.

Under the legislation, the funds could either be taken by a school system in cash, or applied to offset some of the cost of operating other facilities.

The legislation, which was supported by several school systems and by Dominion Energy, passed both the Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate unopposed. The legislation, which was signed by Gov. Northam in March, gives the state Corporation Commission until Dec. 1 to set up the guidelines for administering the the pilot program. It is slated to run for six years (Source: InsideNova, Various Media, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Dominion Energy, Robert M. Blue, President & CE, Power Delivery Group, www.dominionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy ,  Feed-in Tariff,  FITs,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


NZR Offers Energy Mgm't Software via Open Telekom Cloud (Int'l)
Nordwestdeutsche Zaehlerrevision
Date: 2018-05-23
German energy management specialist Nordwestdeutsche Zaehlerrevision (NZR) reports it is now operating its CountVision software on the Open Telekom Cloud, enabling corporate customers to read energy and consumption meters via the internet and thus identify potential energy waste and savings. Energy suppliers can also use the service to monitor their networks for leaks.

The software can be accessed from the Open Telekom Cloud without NZR's proprietary software, thus reducing IT and other costs. (Source: NZR, Deutsche Telekom, telecompaper News, 22 May, 2018) Contact: NRZ, info@nzr.de, www.nzr.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  


E.On, Google Touting Sunroof Platform for UK Households (Int'l)
E.ON,Google,Sunroof
Date: 2018-05-23
E.On and Google are reporting a partnership to bring their Sunroof platform to British households in the coming weeks. The Sunroof platform uses Google Earth and Google Maps, 3D models and machine learning to provide an accurate estimate of a home's individual solar potential.

As in Germany, E.On will be the first energy company in Britain to offer its customers a digital assessment of the PV potential of their homes.

Ultimately, Sunroof "translates" the determined amount of light into energy and the potential cost savings. Based on this data, customers in Germany can request a complete package consisting of a photovoltaic module and the E.ON SolarCloud, optionally with Aura battery storage. E.On also provides a "sunshine guarantee" to ensure that the solar system achieves the calculated yields, with lower values met with financial compensation by the company.

The two firms are also preparing a market launch in Italy, while the one-year programme in Germany will now be extended until the end of the year. Google launched Sunroof in the United States in 2015. The platform is currently covering approximately 60 million buildings. According to Google, around 79 pct of the roofs covered by the application were suitable for the installation of a solar power generator, while in the south of the country, their percentage reached 90 pct. (Source: E.ON, Google, PR, Impact4All, 22 May, 2018) Contact: E.ON, www.eon-solar.de;

More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON,  Google,  Sunroof,  


Ideol, STX Partner on Floating Offshore Wind Substations (Ind. Report)
STX Europe Offshore Energy,Ideol
Date: 2018-05-23
La Ciotat, France-based Ideol and STX Europe Offshore Energy report they are joining forces to develop a floating substation that will be compatible with both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind farms.

Based on Ideol's shallow-draft Damping Pool concept and designed to operate in the world's most extreme environments, the universal floating substation will remain flexible to client demands and/or specific certification requirements and accommodate both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind farms starting at depths of 30 meters.

The solution aims at being market-ready for France's upcoming floating commercial tenders, accoring to a statement. (Source: Ideol, STX, Windpower Eng., May, 2018) Contact: Ideol, +33 (0)4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en STX Solutions Europe, www.offshore-technology.com/contractors/design-engineering, www.offshorewind.biz/tag/stx-europe-offshore-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News STX Europe Offshore Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Offshore Energy,  Ideol,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  


Conti Solar Breaks Ground on Cleveland Area PV Array (Ind. Report)
Conti Solar,IGS Solar
Date: 2018-05-23
Edison, New Jersey-headquartered engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Conti Solar reports construction is underway on a 4-MW, 17 acre landfill solar park in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), Ohio. The project is slated for completion this summer.

The completed solar project will be owned and operated by IGS Solar. Cleveland Public Power will purchase all of the plant's generated electricity which is expected to exceed 5 million kWh, according to the release. (Source: Conti Solar, Various Media, Renewables Now, 22 May, 2018) Contact: IGS Solar, Hugh Scott, www.igssolarpower.com; Conti Solar, (732) 860-4660, www.contisolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PV,  Landfill Solar,  Conti Solar,  Solar,  IGS Solar,  


NY to Scupper Last Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2020 (Ind. Report)
Andrew Cuomo,
Date: 2018-05-23
In Albany, an announcement from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (Dem) has tagged coal as "a relec of the past" and proposed strict new carbon dioxide standards that spell the doom of the Empire State' two remaining coal-fired power plants.

The initiative part of Governor Cuomo's target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 40 pct by 2030. The state also aims to source 50 pct of its power from renewable energy by 2030. It also follows through on a pledge he made in 2016 to restrict coal use across the state.

The new rulings limit all coal plants to producing no more than 1,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour of electricity generated. The regulations remain open to consultation for the next two months and three public hearings on the matter. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Various Media, 23 May, 2018) Contact: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  Coal,  Climate Change,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


ETW Biomethane Plant Under Construction in France (Int'l)
ETW Energietechnik
Date: 2018-05-23
Last month, German energy plant constructor ETW Energietechnik reported the installation of its first biogas processing plant in Scherwiller, France. The compact ETW SmarCycle® PSA biogas treatment system has a processing capacity of 230 - 385 standard cubic metres of biogas per hour, and was specially developed for the French market. Plant manufacturer Rytec from Baden-Baden is responsible for the entire project development and the installed fermentation line.

According to the release, eEnergy experts assume that by 2030 France will be able to meet one-third of its gas requirements with biomethane. An essential prerequisite for the implementation, however, is the application of efficient and practice-proven processing technologies.

ETW and its French partner GASEO, have integrated ETW SmartCycle technology into a compact, flexible and energy-efficient container concept that reduces space requirements, assembly times and without losses in biomethane quality. The "smart" process control reacts automatically even to large volume flow fluctuations and changing raw gas qualities with loss in yield or quality of the biomethane produced. (Source: ETW Energietechnik PR, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Dr. Oliver Jende, Sales Management +49 2841 9990 203, +49 173 418 6052 jende@etw-energie.de, www.etw-energie.de

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


Stora Enso Touts DuraSense Bio-Plastic (New Prod. & Tech.)
Stora Enso
Date: 2018-05-21
Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso is touting DuraSense, a new bio-based alternative to plastic. According to the company, its new DuraSense material -- which is made of wood fibres, polymers and additives -- will help meet market demand for greener plastics.

Stora Enso's bio-composites, which can be reused as a material up to seven times or recycled along with other plastic materials, can be used to make a wide range of goods, from car parts to kitchen utensils and bottle caps. In 2018, Stora Enso invested €12 in bio-based material production, and claims it will be able to produce 15,000 tpy of DuraSense material at its Hylte Mill in Sweden. (Source: Stora Enso, Business Green, May, 2018) Contact: Stora Enso, Patricia Oddshammar, Head of bio-composites, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stora Enso,  Bio-plastic,  Bio-chemical,  


Ameren Missouri Planning Missouri's Largest Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2018-05-21
St. Louis-headquartered Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation , reports that it has inked an agreement to acquire a 400-MW wind farm to be constructed by an affiliate of Terra-Gen, LLC in Adair and Schuyler counties Missouri.

The wind farm, the Show Me State's largest, will incorporate 175 American-made wind turbines that will generate sufficient electric power for an estimated 120,000 homes. Groundbreaking is expected in summer 2019 for commissioning and power production in 2020.

The transaction is subject to various conditions and regulatory approvals and an acceptable Midcontinent Independent System Operator transmission interconnection agreement.

Ameren Missouri expects to add 100 MW of solar-generated energy over the next 10 years, 50 MW of which is targeted to come online by 2025. (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Ajay Arora, VP Power Operations and Energy Management, www.Ameren.com/Missouri

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Wind,  


UK Climate Campaigners Call for "Rigged" Clean Energy Investments (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-05-21
In London, the Financial Times is reporting UK Members of Parliament "are warning of a 'dramatic and worrying collapse' of clean energy investments in Great Britain in the last three years." The paper notes that While the UK's share of low-carbon energy roughly doubled in the last decade, the government's annual investment in clean energy dropped 10 pct in 2016 and an additional 50 percent in 2017" leaving some MP's concerned that the drop is threatening the country's ability to meet its climate change targets.

According to the Financial Times article, unless government rigs the market in favor of clean energy investments it cannot meet its legally binding climate change targets.

But, as the Guardian recently noted, to boost clean energy's market share government must also penalize or ban fossil fuel investments. Such penalties can come in many forms, not only the obvious ones like carbon taxes and cap-and-trade, but also interminable environmental reviews and permitting delays.

The UK Department for Business, Investment and Industrial Strategy recently published a proposal to weaken the grip of "under-performing local planning authorities that repeatedly fail to determine oil and gas applications within statutory time frames." The Department seeks to expedite environmental reviews of onshore hydraulic fracturing projects.

Thanks in part to offshore natural gas production, which is now declining, the UK has "had competitively-priced energy since 1990 whilst reducing carbon emissions across the economy by 49 pct." (Source: UK Department for Business, Investment, and Industrial Strategy Competative Enterprize Institute, 20 May, 2018)Contact: UK Department for Business, Investment, and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Tax,  


Xcel Expanding Wind Capacity in New Mexico, Texas (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-05-21
Minnesota-headquartered Xcel Energy reports it has received Texas PUC approval to expand its wind energy capacity by 1,230 MW in Texas and New Mexico. New Mexico regulators approved the plan in March.

Xcel Energy's proposal consists of two new wind farms, which will generate most of the new power, but also includes a 30-year PPA with NextEra Energy Resources through which the company will acquire energy from other wind facilities in Texas.

The two new farms are estimated to cost $1.6 billion to construct and are anticipated to save Texas and New Mexico customers $2.8 billion over a 30-year period. The two new facilities, which are expected to come online in 2023, will generate sufficient electric power for more than 360,000 homes annually.

(Source: Xcel, Commercial Property Executive, May, 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Wind,  


UAE, Saudis Lead MENA Renewable Energy Sector (Int'l Report)
Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation
Date: 2018-05-21
According the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), an energy sector development bank, the UAE and Saudi Arabia are leading the Middle East and North Africa's (MENA) renewable energy market, where the demand for power is expected to increase by 6.4 pct annually until 2022.

APICORP notes that MENA's major energy-importing companies are working to improve renewable energy legislation and infrastructure, while most exporting countries have "done little to incorporate renewables."

According to APICORP large oil and gas reserves and cheap extraction costs mean that hydrocarbons continue to meet rising demand in countries like Kuwait and Algeria. Legislative factors such as "policy uncertainty" and the lack of an efficient and supportive regulatory framework, are also contributing factors to the slow uptake of renewable energy. Even so, the UAE and Dubai are "on trackā€ with their renewable energy targets and the introduction of competitive bidding, feed in tariffs (FiTs), tax exemptions, and power-purchase agreements (PPAs) to encourage renewable energy projects.

The MENA countries typically include: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. Ethiopia and Sudan are sometimes included. (Source: APICORP, Construction Week, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation, www.apicorp-arabia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Renewables,  MENA,  


Pattern Reports Mesa Canyon NM Wind Acquisition (M&A)
Pattern Energy Group
Date: 2018-05-21
San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group 2 is reporting the acquisition of 1GW Mesa Canyons wind farm and Western Spirit transmission line in New Mexico from Clean Line Energy Partners for an undisclosed amount. Both projects are at advanced stages of development and are expected to be operational in 2020, said Pattern Energy Group 2 -- aka Pattern Development.

Mesa Canyons will be located on 50,500 hectares of land in Lincoln County and connect to the 345kV AC Western Spirit line that will run for about 225km from the wind farm to Public Service Company of New Mexico's transmission system near Albuquerque. Pattern Development also plans to start work this summer on the 221MW Grady wind farm in New Mexico. The project is slated to enter commercial operations in spring 2019. (Source: Pattern Development, PR, renews, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy Group,  Wind,  


Kenyan Biogas Specialist Wins World Bank Support (Int'l) i
Sistema.bio,
Date: 2018-05-18
In Nairobi, Kenysn biogas/biodigestion specialist Sistema.bio reports receipt of a Sh35 million ($349,000)investment from the World Bank that converts manure into biogas and natural fertilizer have received a investment from a World Bank fund Kenya Climate Ventures Fund.

Sistema.bio will use the funds to scale-up its hybrid reactor biodigesters, delivering sustainable renewable energy and agricultural products to more small farmers in Kenya. Sistema.bio generates revenues from sales of the high-performance bio-digesters and the sale of utility accessories suitable for cooking, heating, mechanical energy and electric power generation. The company also offers interest-free payment plans to small farmers.(Source: Sistema.bio, Capital Business, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Sistema.bio, +254 7044 44215, www.sistema.bio

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C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Program Launched (Int'l)
C40,International Climate Initiative
Date: 2018-05-18
In Lagos, at this weeks launch of the C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Program to support 9 sub-Saharan megacities -- Accra, Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Johannesburg, Lagos, and Tshwane -- Accra Mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah told delegates the Paris Agreement's new Climate Action Planning Programme for Africa would help build technical capacities within African cities to deliver long-term climate action plans and identify mechanisms to facilitate better national and local integration of climate mitigation activities. The mayor stressed the need to ensure long-term improvement to emissions reporting, scenario modeling, and identification of transformative mitigation and adaption actions to deal with Climate change.

The mayor of Accra, who is also C40 Vice Chair for Africa, noted the C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Programme is part of the International Climate Initiative (ICI). The programme was designed in collaboration with climate expects from Ricardo Energy and Environment who will work closely with the cities to develop their action plans and support greater vertical integration between the city and national government climate strategies.

The support will include a dedicated City Advisor based in each City, a series of workshop, and access to expert technical advice as needed. Nairobi and Abidjan have also joined the programme and are anticipated to submit their climate action commitments soon. (Source: Modern Ghana, 17 May, 2018) Contact: International Climate Initiative, www.international-climate-initiative.com/en; C40, Mark Watts, Exec. Dir., contact@c40.org, www.c40.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change Paris CLimate Agreement,  International Climate Initiative,  


ARENA Touts $7Mn Renewables, Grid Stability Initiative (Int'l)
ARENA
Date: 2018-05-18
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is reporting the launch of a $7 million funding initiative designed to test and prove how renewable energy technologies can better provide grid stability and security services.

States like South Australia and Victoria have begun ramping up their renewable energy capacity, and grid managers are beginning to focus on integrating energy storage -- i.e. the mammoth Hornsdale Power Reserve, a 129 MWh Tesla lithium-ion energy storage facility in South Australia, which was turned on for the first time towards the end of 2017.

The new $7 million ($5.23 million US) in funding seeks to further develop new technologies that can provide grid stability and security services as well as support projects such as system strength provision, frequency control ancillary services (FCAS), fast frequency response (FFR), inertia provision and measurement, and other services that may enhance system security. The Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia was a beneficiary of funding from ARENA to trial frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) (as was the 168 MW Musselroe Wind Farm in Tasmania which is still underway) and is now registered for six of eight FCAS markets in Australia. The project will provide valuable insights into the cost-benefit of using pre-curtailment to provide FCAS services from a new technology source. (Source: ARENA, CleanTechnica, 16 May, 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au

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Cadent Gas Advancing UK's First Large-Scale Hydrogen Network (Int'l)
Cadent Gas
Date: 2018-05-18
In the UK, Coventry-headquartered gas distribution giant Cadent reports it will invest over £900 million to develop a large scale hydrogen network to supply more than 10 major industries and refineries in the North West of England.

Cadent claims the pipeline project will help cut the carbon emission by 1 million tpy, roughly equivalent of taking 600,000 vehicles off the road. Reports reveal that at the Cheshire-based new plant, hydrogen will be produced from natural gas using steam methane reformation methods with carbon capture and storage (CCS). (Source: Cadent Gas, AlgosOnline, 13 May, 2018) Contact: Cadent Gas, https://cadentgas.com

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NextEra, SRP Complete Arizona Solar+Storage Plant (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources,Salt River Project
Date: 2018-05-18
Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources and Salt River Project (SRP) are touting the opening of Pinal Central Solar Energy Center (PCSEC), a 258,000 panel, 20-MW integrated PV solar plant equipped with a battery energy storage system. PCSEC, Arizona's largest utility-scale solar energy center paired with a battery storage system, will generate sufficient solar energy to power 5,000 homes and will store excess energy in a state-of-the-art 10-MW lithium-ion battery storage system.

SRP will purchase all of the energy produced at the plant, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. SRP, which aims to meet 20 pct of its retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by 2020, is on schedule to meet that goal by utilizing solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power and energy-efficiency measures. SRP also aims to reduce the amount of carbon emissions intensity by 33 pct by 2035, according to a company statement. (Source: nextEra Energy Resources, May, 2018) Contact: Pinal Central Solar Energy Center, www.pinalcentral.com; NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Salt River Project, John Sullivan, Deputy GM, Scott Harelson, (602) 236-2500, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources,  Salt River Project,  Solar,  Energy STorage ,  


Veridium, IBM Partner on VERDE Carbon Credit Tokens (Int'l)
Veridium
Date: 2018-05-18
Environmental FinTech company Veridium reports it is partnering with IBM to help transform the carbon credit market using blockchain technology.

Veridium, a collaborative initiative of EcoSmart Labs, Brian Kelly Capital Management, IDEAcarbon, Everland and CBL Markets, will leverage IBM's blockchain technology and expertise to transform carbon credits into a new type of digital asset that can be redeemed and traded. IBM will provide the token architecture and token interface with its various industry specific Hyperledger Fabric blockchain platforms.

According to Veridium, integrating the entire process of carbon accounting and offsetting into a digital token on a public, permissioned blockchain network can help make measuring environmental impact, transferring ownership rights, and redeeming the underlying carbon offset more efficient.

The token, called VERDE, will represent carbon accounting and offsetting backed by environmental assets, including Triple Gold REDD+ credits from InfiniteEARTH, which authored the first REDD+ forest carbon accounting methodology, a protocol now embodied in the UN Paris Agreement. (Source: Veridium, Block Tribune, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Veridium, Todd Lemons, CEO, www.veridium.io; IBM, Bridget van Kralingen, Senior VP, Industry Platforms and Blockchain, www.ibm.com/us-en

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PG&E Increases Energy Efficiency Options (Ind. Report)
PG&E
Date: 2018-05-18
In San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports it will double new construction energy efficiency incentives for residential and business customers who lost their homes or businesses in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. To that end, PG&E is teaming up with Sonoma Clean Power and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to offer a "one stop shop" for residential green building incentives for customers in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties who lost their homes in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires.

California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards -- Title 24, Part 6 -- guide residential and non-residential building and construction across the state. The standards help to ensure energy efficiency in new construction to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions associated with buildings, as well as to lower energy costs for California customers. As a result, single family homes built to the latest 2016 standards will use approximately 28 pct less energy for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation and water heating than homes built to the 2013 standards. The state programs offer incentives for building above energy efficiency code requirements based on standard energy design ratings.

Based on PG&E's existing California Advanced Homes Program for new home construction, eligible customers can apply for the new Advanced Energy Rebuild Program to receive up to $17,500 for rebuilding sustainably. Condominiums, apartments and in-law units will be eligible for a portion of the incentives. The program is available through December 31, 2019 or until funds are exhausted.

For business owners, the Savings by Design program currently offers incentives up to $150,000 per building. PG&E will increase the incentives to up to $300,000 per building. Additionally, PG&E will increase its comprehensive design assistance, offer expedited application reviews and engineering and sales support for business customers who lost their property. These changes will be available as they exist today through 2023.

Access California Advanced Homes Program details at cahp-pge.com and Savings by Design at www.pge.com/savingsbydesign. (Source: PG&E, 176 May, 2018) Contact: PG&E, www.pge.com

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Orbital Gas U.K. Snares Second Biomethane Contract (Int'l)
Orbital Gas Systems
Date: 2018-05-18
In Houston, CUI Global, Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Orbital Gas Systems Ltd. has received a second contract valued at $500,000 from a major European industrial company for a biomethane-to-grid unit. Orbital U.K. received its first contract from the same customer in February 2017. The new contract calls for one biomethane-to-grid unit to be delivered in 2018.

Orbital's patented VE Technology® with the ground-breaking GasPT device, offers natural gas operators and users a comprehensive engineering array for the next generation of energy metering systems.

CUI Global, Inc. is a publicly traded company dedicated to maximizing shareholder value through the acquisition and development of innovative companies, products and technologies. (Source: CUI Global, Inc., May, 2018) Contact: CUI Global, www.cuiglobal.com; Orbital Gas Systems UK, Paul White, Pres., www.orbitalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orbital Gas Systems ,  Biomethane,  


Vestas, Vattenfall Partner on 353MW Swedish Wind Project (Int'l)
Vestas,Vattenfall
Date: 2018-05-18
Wind turbine specialist Vestas reports it is partnering with Swedish utility Vattenfall and Danish pension fund PKA to develop a new 353 MW wind energy project at the Blakliden and Fabodberget wind parks in central Sweden. The Blakliden wind park will have 50 turbines, while the Fabodberget site will deploy 34.

Vestas will provide 84 units of its V136-4.2 MW turbines and become a shareholder via a share purchase agreement for 40 pct of the project. PKA and Vattenfall each hold 30 pct of the projected €350 million ($412.34 million) project. Turbine delivery is expected to begin in early 2021 for commissioning before the year end. (Source: Vestas, WindEurope, Various Media, CNBC, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; PKA, www.pka.dk

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


Utah Officially Recognizes Climate Change (Reg. & Leg.)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-05-18
In Salt Lake City, Utah legislator's have passed HCR 007 Concurrent Resolution on Environmental and Economic Stewardship -- a landmark climate change resolution that recognizes the reality of a changing climate, the impact of human activity, and the state's opportunities to respond to it.

Utah is the first "conservative" state legislature to officially acknowledge the existence of climate change, its causes, and the need for solutions.

The legislation prioritizes understanding the science behind climate change, as opposed to its 2010 resolution which agreed with then presidential wanna-be Donald Trump's claim that climate change was a conspiracy invented by the Chinese and urged the EPA to stop all carbon dioxide reduction policies and programs.

The climate change resolution, which was widely supported by industry and environmental groups, handily passed in the Utah House 46-24 and in the Senate 23-3. (Source: Various Media, The Independent, 17 May, 2018)

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


Pittsburgh Environmental Center Wins Living Building Certification (Ind. Report)
Frick Environmental Center,Green Building Alliance,USGBC
Date: 2018-05-18
In the Keystone State, Pittsburgh's Frick Environmental Center (FEC) educational center reports it has been awarded Living Building Certification from the Seattle-based Living Future Institute. A project of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh, the FEC is the first municipally-owned building in the U.S. to achieve this designation, according to the project's architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson..

Completed in 2016, the 16,000-sf FEC facility is one of 21 buildings worldwide to score Living Building certification, and only the second in Pennsylvania. FEC is one of the first to meet Building Challenge designation under v2.1, which requires a building to produce as much energy as it consumes annually, eliminate toxic and harmful chemicals, and collect and treat its own water.

A net-zero building, the FEC incorporates solar and geothermal energy to use 40 pct less energy compared to buildings of the same size in the same region. The center is also US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certified for energy efficiency and is a recipient of the Green Building Alliance Wood Design Award from WoodWorks, and an Education Facility Design Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). (Source: Construction Specifier, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Frick Environmental Center, (412) 586-4576, www.pittsburghparks.org/frick-environmental-center; Living Future Institute, (206) 273-2028, https://living-future.org

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


NorthVolt, Marubeni Ink Li-Ion Battery MoU Agreement (Int'l)
Marubeni, Northvolt
Date: 2018-05-16
Reuters is reporting Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp and Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in a lithium-ion battery business to meet growing demand in Europe.

Northvolt plans to build Europe's largest battery cell plant in Sweden, with the backing of VW-owned truckmaker Scania and Swiss engineering group ABB.

Marubeni is considering supplying Northvolt's battery plant with manufacturing equipment and raw materials including cathode and anode materials. Marubeni also plans to support Northvolt's battery sales and jointly develop a battery recycling business. (Source: Marubeni, Reuters, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: NorthVolt AB, Peter Carlsson, CEO, www.northvolt.com; Marubeni, www.marubeni.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marubeni,  Northvolt,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Li-Ion,  Lithium-Ion,  


Stora Enso Announces DuraSense Bio-Plastic (Int'l Report)
Stora Enso
Date: 2018-05-16
Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso is touting DuraSense, a new bio-based alternative to plastic. According to the company, its new DuraSense material -- which is made of wood fibres, polymers and additives -- will help meet market demand for greener plastics.

Stora Enso's bio-composites, which can be reused as a material up to seven times or recycled along with other plastic materials, can be used to make a wide range of goods, from car parts to kitchen utensils and bottle caps.

In 2018, Stora Enso invested €12 in bio-based material production, and claims it will be able to produce 15,000 tpy of DuraSense material at its Hylte Mill in Sweden. (Source: Stora Enso, Business Green, May, 2018) Contact: Stora Enso, Patricia Oddshammar, Head of bio-composites, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stora Enso,  Bioplastic,  


TUV SUD to Certify Nordex N133/4.8 Wind Turbine (Int'l Report)
TUV SUD ,Nordex
Date: 2018-05-16
Following on our April 30th coverage, TUV SUD reports it will examine, assess and certify the overall design and all key components of Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine maker Nordex's new N133/4.8 wind turbine.

The certification is aimed at confirming the quality of standard-conforming design a according to TUV SUD. Certification, market launch and serial production of the N133/4.8MW turbine is expected in 2019. The N133/4.8MW turbine is the most powerful machine in Nordex's portfolio. (Source: TUV SUD, Various Media, RE News, May, 2018) Contact: TUV SUD, www.tuv-sud.com; Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300, www.nordex-online.com

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