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  Search Tips, UCapture Offer Innovative Climate Change, Carbon Offset Solution (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-11
Franklin, Tenn.-based is reporting a new partnership with UCapture, the environmentally-focused rewards shopping platform. When consumers install UCapture's free browser extension, a portion of each air filter purchase made through will support environmental projects, including reforestation efforts, methane and landfill gas capture, and renewable energy production. In fact, when shoppers purchase a year supply of air filters, UCapture will offset more than 2000 pound of carbon dioxide at no cost to the consumer. is an online air filter subscription service. UCapture's online shopping platform offsets a users' carbon footprint when they shop with over 2000 online partners. The service is 100 pct free to use, and is designed to combat climate change by funding projects that reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. (Source:, PR, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact:, John Price, Pres.,; UCapture,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offsets,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  

Meyer Burger Reports Solar Cell Production Technology Orders (Int'l)
Meyer Burger Technology
Date: 2017-01-11
Germany-headquartered Meyer Burger Technology Ltd is reporting the conclusion of two contracts totaling approximately $19.588 million with existing Asian customers for high-tech equipment for the mass production of high-quality solar cells.

The equipment utilizes scalable MB PERC technology on the MAiA 2.1 system platform which will deliver a significant increase in cell efficiency, according to aMeyer Burger statement. (Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd., SolarServer, Other Media, Jan. 9, 2017) Contact: Meyer Burger, Peter Pauli, CEO, +41 33 221 2800,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Meyer Burger Technology,  Solar,  

Methane's Effect on Climate 25 pct Greater than Previously Thought, says UK Study (Ind. Report)
Center for International Climate and Environmental Research
Date: 2017-01-11
Researchers at the University of Reading in the UH UK and at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, Norway are reporting that emissions of methane due to human activity have, to date, caused a warming effect which is about one-third of the warming effect due to carbon dioxide emissions -- 25 pct higher than previous estimates.

The research team calculated that while carbon dioxide remains by far the most significant gas driving human-induced climate change, methane, while much less abundant, is even more potent than previously thought. They found that a one tonne emission of methane has the equivalent warming effect of 32 tonnes of carbon dioxide -- up from the previous estimate of 28 tonnes. While previous studies have focused on the role of methane in greenhouse trapping of the infrared energy emitted by the Earth and its atmosphere, this new study also took into account the way methane absorbs energy from the sun, at shorter wavelengths. It shows that much of the extra absorption is in the lower part of the atmosphere, where it has a warming effect.

Human activity has led to more than a doubling of the atmospheric concentration of methane since the 18th century. Methane emissions due to human activity come from agricultural sources, such as livestock, soil management and rice production, and from the production and use of coal, oil and natural gas. (Source: University of Reading,, 10 Jan., 2017) Contact: University of Reading, Professor Keith Shine, Regius Professor of Meteorology and Climate Science,; Center for International Climate and Environmental Research,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane news,  Methane Emissions news,  GHGs news,  Climate CHange news,  

DOE Launches New Manufacturing USA Institute (Ind. Report)
Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance.
Date: 2017-01-11
In Washington, the US DOE is reporting the launch of the New Manufacturing USA Institute located in Rochester, New York. The $140 million Institute, which will focus on materials recycling and reuse for greater energy efficiency and improved manufacturing competitiveness, will be managed by the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance.

As part of the Manufacturing USA initiative, the new Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute will leverage up to $70 million in federal funding, subject to appropriations, and will be matched by $70 million in private cost-share commitments from over 100 partners.

The REMADE Institute will focus on driving down the cost of technologies needed to reuse, recycle and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronic waste and aims to achieve a 50 pct improvement in overall energy efficiency measures that could save billions in energy costs and improve U.S. economic competitiveness by 2027.

U.S. manufacturing accounts for nearly 25 percent of the nation’s total annual energy use. The physical products that are created as a result of manufacturing embody most of that energy. The research and deployment of cost-effective technologies that could reduce the energy used in materials production could offer energy savings of up to 1.6 quadrillion BTU annually in the U.S.-- more than the electricity, oil and other energy consumed by New Hampshire, Hawaii, Delaware, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C. and Vermont combined. (Source: US DOE, Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance. 4 Jan., 2017)Contact: Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance,,

Alberta Issues First $138Mn in Carbon Tax Rebates (Ind. Report)
Alberta Climate Tax
Date: 2017-01-11
Following on our Monday, Jan. 9th coverage, the government of Albert is reporting that just over one million Alberta individuals and families received rebates on the province's new carbon tax last week. The 1.13 million payments totaling approximately $138 million (Cdn) were issued to low- and middle-income singles and families via cheque and direct deposit on Jan. 5.

About 60 pct of Albertans will receive a full rebate but, due to the way the rebates will be paid, the 60 pct total will not be reached until the government has gone through a full year of payments. The rebates are paid in January, April, July and October. People who qualify for $400 or more will receive payments every quarter. People expecting between $200 to $399 will receive payments in January and July, and those getting $100 to $199 will receive their full annual rebate in January.

The provinces $20 per tonne carbon tax, which went into effect Jan. 1, has been controversial since it was introduced in 2016.. (Source: Alberta Environment Minister,, Various Media, CBC News, 10 Jan., 2017)Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773,

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

DOE. USDA Biorefinery Optimization Funding Available (Funding)
Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Date: 2017-01-11
The U.S.Energy Department (DOE) and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA)are reporting $22.7 million in funding to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries (IBR). The DOE is providing $19.8 million and USDA-NIFA is providing up to $2.9 million in funding.

Federal support for first-of-a-kind IBRs could reportedly reduce the technical and financial risks associated with the operation of commercial scale biorefineries.

The DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has identified, via stakeholder engagements through a request for information (RFI) and a biorefinery optimization workshop, areas in which DOE and USDA-NIFA can effectively support technology development and engineering solutions to economically and sustainably overcome technology barriers.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will be coordinated and co-funded by BETO and USDA-NIFA. It seeks applications for projects focused on lowering technical and financial risk, addressing challenges encountered with the successful scale-up, and reliable, continuous operation of IBRs. Upon conclusion of the review process, meritorious proposals may be recommended for funding by either of the participating agencies. This FOA invites applications for: the following four topic areas:

  • robust, continuous handling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks, biosolids, and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and feeding systems to reactors under various operating conditions;
  • high value products from waste and/or other under-valued streams in an IBR.
  • industrial separations within an IBR;
  • analytical modeling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks, and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and reactor feeding systems. (Source: US DOE, Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture,; BETO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Technologies Office,  USDA,  Biorefining,  

  • Gevo Offers Luverne Plant Update (Ind. Report)
    GEVO Inc.
    Date: 2017-01-11
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered isobutanol specialist GEVO, Inc. has provided the following update on the operations of its production facility in Luverne, Minn. for Q4, 2016. Key highlights for the quarter included:
  • The plant produced approximately 190,000 gallons of isobutanol, the highest quarterly production level in GEVO's history, representing an annualized rate of over 750,000 gpy;
  • Demonstrated an isobutanol fermentation production capacity of approximately 1.5 million gpy based on the results measured across the last 6 weeks of production in the quarter;
  • Produced a record number of batches in a quarter since switching the Luverne Plant to the Side-by-Side mode of production, achieving GEVO's targeted back-to-back 5-day turnaround batch times over much of the quarter;
  • Surpassed production cost targets, demonstrating variable costs of production of less than the targeted $3.00-3.50 per gallon1; and
  • Ethanol production continued to operate well in the SBS configuration of the plant, with 2.8 million gallons of ethanol produced in the quarter.

    For the year 2016, the volume of isobutanol production was approximately 440,000 gallons, below the previously announced estimate of approximately 500,000 gallons. The Luverne plant is presently offline for maintenance and upgrades but expected to be back online next week, according to a GEVO release. (Source: Gevo, PR, 9 Jan., 2017)Contact: GEVO Inc., Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel,  

  • U.S. Ethanol Exports Continue to Rise in November (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2017-01-11
    The United States exported 121.9 million gallons (mg) of ethanol in November -- down 7 pct from October but still the third-largest monthly total in five years, according to government trade data released today and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. Brazil was the top market again in November, followed by Canada and China. Year-to-date exports stood at 947.4 mg, implying an annual total of 1.034 billion gallons for calendar year 2016.

    Shipments to Brazil jumped to 50.9 mg in November, representing 42 pct of the monthly total. Exports to Brazil have been rising steadily since May, when the country recorded 6 mg of imports from the U.S. Canada scaled back imports from the prior month as 24.8 mg (20 pct of U.S. ethanol exports) in November. Meanwhile China increased its purchases of U.S. ethanol, pulling in 19.8 mg (16 pct). Other ethanol importeres included India (11.3 mg, or 9 pct), Peru (5.1 mg, or 4 pct), South Korea (3.9 mg, or 3 pct) and Mexico (2.8 mg, or 2 pct). (Source: Renewable Fuels Association , 7 Jan., 2017) Contact: Renewable Fuels Assoc., (202) 289-3835,

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

    HECO Seeking Hawaiian Wind Project Developers (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric Co
    Date: 2017-01-11
    Hawaiian Electric Co. is looking for wind energy farm developers to build these types of projects on Oahu, the state’s largest utility said this week. The Honolulu-based utility said it wants to see if there are independent developers capable of building utility-scale onshore wind projects that would be able to take advantage of the federal investment tax credit for wind power that expires in 2019. The federal investment tax credit for large wind is scheduled to decrease to 24 percent in 2017 and 18 percent in 2018 and expected to sunset at 12 percent in 2019.

    Developers are being asked to respond to an "expression of interest" no later than Jan. 31. Information from these responses may help in the development and issuance of a more formal RFP within a competitive bidding process or the issuance of an alternative means of procurement.

    Additional information is available HERE. (Source: HECO, Pacific Bus. News, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: HECO,_Shelee Kimura, VP Corporate Planning and Business Development,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Co.,  Wind,  

    Nuclear Specialist Areva completes Adwen Sale (Int'l, M&A)
    Date: 2017-01-11
    Following the merger agreement between Gamesa and Siemens in June, French nuclear power firm Areva is reporting completion of its sale of offshore wind joint venture Adwen to partner Gamesa. The sale is in line with Areva's planned refocusing its business on "nuclear fuel cycle activities," according to Areva.

    The Siemens-Gamesa company is expected to seek a third-party purchaser for Adwen once the merger is completed. (Source: AREVA, Wind Power, Various Media, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: Adwen,, Areva,AREVA, Arnaud Bellanger, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Areva,  Adwen,  Wind,  

    Cespa Snares Abengoa's Cadiz Biodiesel Plant (Int'l, M&A)
    Date: 2017-01-11
    Bankrupt Spanish ethanol producer Abengoa is reporting the court approved sale of its 200,000 tpy San Roque biodiesel operation in Palmones de San Roque, Cadiz, to Spanish oil company Cespa for €8 million. Cespa will also pay for all raw feedstock and finished biodiesel on hand at fair market value at time of closing. (Source: Abengoa, El Economista, Various Media, 9 Jan., 2017)Contact: Abengoa,; Cespa,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Abengoa,  Biodiesel,  Cespa,  

    Neste Inks First MY Renewable Diesel Contract (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-01-11
    In Helsinki, Neste reports it has sealed a deal with Lassila & Tikanoja (L&T) under which L&T will use its recently launched Neste MY Renewable Diesel in its waste transportation vehicles in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

    Neste MY Renewable Diesel is produced entirely from waste and residues and has up to p0 pct lower greenhouse gas emissions during the life cycle of the fuel, compared to conventional fossil diesel. (Source: Neste Corporation, PR, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP of Renewable Products, Virpi Kroger, Marketing & Sales Development, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4379,,; Lassila & Tikanoja,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  NEXBTL,  Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  

    NORESCO Wins $22Mn Veterans Affairs Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-01-11
    Following on our August 31st coverage, Phoenix-headquartered energy infrastructure solutions provider NORESCO reports receipt of a contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide nearly $22 million in energy upgrades at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M., and at the El Paso VA Health Care System in El Paso, Texas.

    Through the guaranteed energy savings performance contract, facility improvements will include energy management control system enhancements, air handler upgrades, new boilers, chilled water system improvements, and the installation of high-efficiency LED lighting technology, according to NORESCO.

    Total cost savings over the course of the contract are estimated to be more than $33.8 million and the upgrades will eliminate the introduction of nearly 18.3 million pounds of emissions into the atmosphere. And cut energy costs by as much as 7- pct. (Source: NORESCO, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: Noresco, Michael Beccaria, Snr. VP, (480) 308-0331,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NORESCO,  Energy Efficiency,  

    $1Bn Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project on Line (Ind. Report)
    NRG Energy
    Date: 2017-01-11
    NRG Energy reports that the $1 billion Petra Nova carbon capture project near Houston, Texas, has come into service on time and on budget. The project, which is the world's largest project capturing carbon dioxide emissions from power generation, is a joint venture between NRG Energy, the US electricity group, and JX Nippon Oil & Gas of Japan. The project is capturing CO2 from the equivalent of 240 megawatts of power generation, and covering its costs by using the gas for enhance oil production.

    The PetraNova project received $190 million in grant funding from the US Department of Energy -- a little under one-fifth of the project's costs -- but apart from that the project is entirely run on commercial terms, and can cover its costs at today's oil prices of about $50-$55 per barrel., according to NRG CEO Mauricio Gutierrez . By way of contrast, the other large carbon capture project now nearing completion in the US, Southern Company's Kemper plant in Mississippi, a regulated market, has gone way over budget and behind schedule. In 2010, its budgeted cost was agreed with the state's regulators at $2.8 billion. Now, with start-up scheduled for the end of this month, it is estimated at about $7 billion.

    Petra Nova is fitted at a standard coal-fired unit, capturing the carbon dioxide from the flue gases using a process from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries that has been in use since 1999. NRG and JX have not revealed the cost of capture, but Jesse Jenkins of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology estimates that it works out at about $70 per tonne, unsubsidised. That is already lower than at the world's first large-scale carbon capture project at a power plant, at Boundary Dam in Canada. Completed in 2014, it cost more than Petra Nova, about $1.3 billion and captures less carbon dioxide at 1 million tpy. (Source: NRG, Financial Times, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: NRG Energy Inc., Mauricio Gutierrez, CEO, (713) 537-3000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRG Energy,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  Enhanced Oil Production,  

    Innergex' 150-MW Quebec Wind Farm in Operation (Ind. Report)
    Innergex Renewable Energy
    Date: 2017-01-09
    Canadian renewables developer and operator Innergex Renewable Energy Inc reports the 150-MW Mesgi'g Ugju's'n wind farm in Quebec has begun commercial operation. The Senvion turbine equipped plant is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 30,000 Quebec households a year. The project has a 20-year PPA with Hydro-Quebec. (Source: Innergex Renewable Energy, SeeNews, Others, Jan. 5, 2017)Contact: Innergex Renewable Energy, Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2550,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innergex Renewable Energy,  

    Vattenfall Planning Thanet UK Offshore Wind Expansion (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-01-09
    Swedish wind energy major Vattenfall reports it is proposing to extend its 300-megawatt Thanet offshore wind farm off the coast of Kent in southern England. it said, reviving a plan it scrapped in 2010 due to grid constraints. If approved, the extension work would get underway in 2018 and include an additional 34 wind turbines on the edges of the existing site, which has been in operation since 2010. (Source: Vattenfall, Reuters, Various Media, 5 Jan., 2017)Contact: Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, Vattenfall Wind , +46 8 739 5000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Thanet offshore wind,  Vattenfall,  Offshore Wind,  

    RES, Southern Power JV to Develop Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
    Southern Power,Renewable Energy Systems Americas
    Date: 2017-01-09
    Southern Power, a subsidiary of Georgia-based Southern Company, and Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Inc. (RES) report they will partner to jointly develop and construct 10 different wind power projects that will generate approximately 3,000 MW of energy and enter commercial service between 2018 and 2020.

    Under their agreement, Southern Power would purchase wind turbine equipment from Siemens and Vestas for use in the projects. The equipment will be used to secure current tax credits. RES will act as lead develop and balance-of-plant provider for projects that will use the equipment, allowing Southern Company to serve as co-developer for future projects.

    Southern Power presently owns approximately 2,700 MW of renewable energy across 33 facilities that have either been announced, acquired or are under construction. (Source: Southern Power, Various Media, Daily Energy Insider, Jan., 2017) Contact: Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000,; RES Americas, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power,  Renewable Energy Systems Americas,  Wind,  

    Alberta Carbon Tax Rebates Are in the Mail (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Tax,Alberta
    Date: 2017-01-09
    In oil-soaked Alberta, the provincial government of Premier Rachel Notley (NDP) has begun issuing carbon tax rebate cheques to low and middle-income families.

    A single adult earning up to $47,500 per year will receive a rebate of $200, and a couple making a maximum combined $95,000 per year will get $300. Rebates will rise in 2018, in tandem with the carbon levy, to $300 for singles, $450 for couples. Well over half of all Alberta residents are expected to receive a rebate. The carbon tax is expected to cost an average family about $450 per year.

    The rebate cash is intended to help offset the costs of the new carbon tax. With the carbon tax, the retail price of gasoline has jumped 4.5 cents per litre, diesel is up more than 5 cents per litre , and natural gas is by $1.011 per gigajoule. (Source: Gov. of Alberta, National Observer, Various Media, 6 Jan., 2017)Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773,

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

    Denver Mandates Building Energy Benchmarking (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-01-09
    Following on our Dec. 23rd report, the Denver City Council has now passed the city's Energize Denver Program ordinance aimed at cutting multi-resident and commercial building energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by requiring energy benchmarking. The new ordinance is a key component of Denver's efforts to achieve its 2020 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2020 and by 80 pct by 2050.

    Beginning this year, commercial and multi-family buildings over 25,000 sq-ft in Denver will be required to track and report their EPA ENERGY STAR score. In 2018, buildings over 50,000 square feet will be required to report their score. The ENERGY STAR score measures and tracks their energy use, will be made available to the public on an annual basis. (Source: City of Denver, Institute for Market Transformation, Facility Exec., Jan. 2017) Contact: Denver City Council,; EPA ENERGY STAR,

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

    Beijing Removing 300,000 High-Emission Vehicles in 2017 (Int'l)
    Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Burea
    Date: 2017-01-09
    In China, the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau is reporting that the city will remove 300,000 high-emission vehicles from the city's streets by the year end. The city has removed 340,000 aging high-emission vehicles from roads since the beginning of 2016. The city also plans to slash coal consumption by 30 pct and modernize 2,600 enterprises to meet emission standards.

    According to the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, from December 16 to 21 Beijing and 23 other Chinese cities have announced red smog alerts in response to extreme smog and carbon emissions.

    Editor's Note: With a population of 21.7 million, Beijing's planned removal of 300,000 vehicles seems a half-hearted less than adequate solution to the city's emissions problem. (Source: Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, China Daily, Various Media, 7 Jan., 2017) Contact: Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau,

    GCC Algae Biofuel Prospects Market Opportunity, Key Trends 2014-2020 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Future Market Insights
    Date: 2017-01-09
    According to Future Marketinsights' GCC Algae Biofuel Prospects Market Opportunity, Key Trends 2014-2020 report, half of algae's composition by weight is a lipid oil which been targeted to convert into biodiesel and other alternative fuels including biobutanol, bio-gasoline, methane, ethanol, hydrogen derived renewable fuel and jet fuel.

    The report finds that algae costs more per unit than other biofuel crops but is claimed to yield 10 to 100 times more fuel per unit area. In 2014, the prices of oil were between US $ 56 to US $ 120 per barrel. The cost of producing micro algal biomass in 2014 was $2.95/kg through photo bioreactors. If the annual biomass production capacity is increased to 1000 tons then the cost will reduce to $1.5/kg for a litre of crude oil.

    The extraction of biofuels from algae is largely dependent on organic solvents such as benzene. The companies that are working on innovating algal biofuel technology are Algenol Biofuels Inc., Blue Marble Productions, Solazyme Inc., Sapphire Energy Inc., Diversified Technologies Inc., Origin Oils Inc., Proviron Industries nv, Oilgae and Genifuel Corporation.

    Request Free Report Sample HERE. (Source: Future Market Insights, PR, Jan., 2017) Contact: Future Marketinsights, + 44 (0) 20 7692 8790, (347) 918-3531 ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Biofuel,  Algal,  Biodiesel,  Etanol,  Alternative Fuel,  

    New Haven Scores $864,242 Energy-Efficient Rebate (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls,United Illuminating
    Date: 2017-01-09
    The town of New Haven, Conn., reports receipt of a $864,242 rebate from United Illuminating for energy-efficient upgrades as part of an 18-year performance contract with Johnson Controls for the installation of $6 million of energy efficient upgrades including new boilers, new heating systems, energy-efficient lighting, energy-efficient temperature controls, and other measures in New Haven schools and other buildings.

    New Haven has previously been recognized by Energize Connecticut in the past for its efforts in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy. (Source: Shore Publishing, Zip06, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: Energize Connecticut, (203) 797-0460,; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency,; United Illuminating,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News United Illuminating,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  Johnson Control,  

    Vortex Acquiring TerraForm's 365 MW UK Solar Portfolio (M&A)
    TerraForm Power,SunEdison
    Date: 2017-01-09
    The British solar PV portfolio owned by former SunEdison yieldco vehicle TerraForm Power is reportedly being sold for about £470 million ($581 million) to Vortex, a Europe-based renewable energy investment platform managed by Egyptian investment bank EFG Hermes.

    The 365 MW solar portfolio is comprised of 24 individual ground-mounted solar farms built built by SunEdison in 2014 and 2015 by SunEdison. Each of the portfolio's solar plants are eligible for the government-backed Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) and 14-year PPAs. (Source: Vortex, Various Media, PV Mag., 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: TerraForm Power, (240) 762-7700,,; Vortex Solar Investments, EFG Hermes,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunEdison,  TerraForm Power,  Solar,  

    PGE Confirms Boardman Woody Biomass Test Burns (Ind. Report)
    Portland General Electric
    Date: 2017-01-09
    In Oregon, Portland General Electric reports its plans to conduct a full-scale biomass test burn at its 550-MW Boardman Power Station are moving forward despite reports that the test burns have been delayed. The utility began test burning in December and the initial findings have prompted additional testing in Q1 of 2017. (Source: PGE Boardman, Various Media, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Portland General Electric, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Portland General Electric,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

    DOE BETO Selects WE&RF Led Consortium for Wastewater Bioenergy Project (Ind. Report)
    DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 2017-01-09
    The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) reports it has selected a consortium led by the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) for a pilot project that will use hydrothermal processing technology to produce biocrude oil, biodiesel, renewable natural gas and others from wastewater solids. The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, near Oakland, California, will host the pilot system.

    The consortium includes WE&RF representing many of the 16,000 wastewater systems in the USA, Genifuel Corporation with technology from DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Merrick & Company, Southern California Gas Company, Tesoro Corporation, Metro Vancouver, MicroBio Engineering, Brown and Caldwell, and over a dozen utility partners. (Source: US DOE, WERF, Various Media, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: WERF, (571) 384-2100,,; US DOE BETO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office,  Biosolids,  Biofuel,  

    San Diego installing 14,000 energy-efficient lights

    Date: 2017-01-08
    San Diego plans to replace 14,000 outdoor city lights early this year to make them more energy-efficient and capable of dimming and brightening when appropriate. The new lights will help San Diego meet some of the goals in its ambitious climate action plan, which requires sharp reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. San Diego will pay Current, a “clean” technology corporation based in Boston a subsidiary of General Electric $30.3 million for the new lights over the next 13 years. The city is projecting $2.4 million in annual energy cost savings, an 11,600 MWh cut in energy consumption and a proportionate cut in streetlight maintenance . . And the acquisition of the lights, which come with 10-year warranties, will make the city eligible for rebates from San Diego Gas & Electric. They represent nearly a quarter of the city’s 60,100 outdoor lights. (Source: City of San Diego, Union Tribune, Jan., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light news,  Energy Efficient Lighting news,  

    Utility Closes Power Purchase Deal On Montana Wind Farm
    NorthWestern Energy
    Date: 2017-01-07
    NorthWestern Energy recently entered into an agreement with WKN Montana II to purchase the power from the 80 MW Vivaldi Springtime Wind Project in Montana. After extensive negotiations between the developer and NorthWestern Energy, the price to be paid for the power will be $37.63/MWh. The wind farm is expected to begin construction in the second quarter of 2017 and to be completed by first quarter of 2018. The project will be situated in Stillwater County, located approximately 11 miles north of Reed Point. It will include 26 to 35 turbines (depending on the manufacturer). “This project is a great balance between the need for local economic development and the need for affordable electricity in our local communities,” says Maureen Davey, commissioner of Stillwater County. (Source: NorthWestern Energy, Various Media, 3 Jan, 2017) Contact: NorthWestern Energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NorthWestern Energy news,  Wind news,  

    LG Chem Investing in Biotech-Biochemical Sector (Int'l, R&D)
    LG Chem
    Date: 2017-01-06
    In Seoul, Soth Korean chemicals giant LG Chem Ltd. is confirming plans to focus on the energy and bio sectors in 2017. Last September, the company announced it would merge with its biotech unit, LG Life Sciences Ltd., and indicated it would invest between 300 billion won and 500 billion won (1 won = $0.000838306) annually on biotech-biochemical sector research and development.(Source: LG Chem Ltd., Yonhap, 2 Jan., 2017) Contact: LG Chem, Terry Lee, Public Relations, +82 (2) 3773-6951,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Chem,  Biotech,  Biochemical,  

    Eolus, ZCF Wind Wall Announce Wind Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Eolus North America,ZCF Wind Wall
    Date: 2017-01-06
    The North American arm of Swedish developer Eolus Vind reports it will acquire a 60 pct interest in the development and construction of a wind farm near Tehachapi, California, from from ZCF Wind Wall. Eolus North America added that it has also placed an order with Vestas for turbine components totaling 40MW.

    The two firms plan to develop other wind energy projects in the western US, in addition to the Tehachapi project. (Source: Eolus North America, Various Media, 3 Jan., 2016)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

    Good Traveler Helps Fliers Cut Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
    Good Traveler Program
    Date: 2017-01-06
    In the Lone Star State, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport reports it has joined the Good Traveler Program which allows air travelers to purchase carbon credits as a way to reduce their carbon footprint. Through the Program, a passenger can pay $2 for 1,000 miles of flying and send that money to sustainable projects such as a forestry or wind farm project offsetting 344 lbs. of CO2e.

    The Good Traveler Program began a year ago at the San Diego International Airport and has offset about 9.8 million air miles or 1,770 metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to an airport release. (Source: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin American Statesman, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport,; The Good Traveler,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Good Traveler Program ,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  

    U.S. 2016 Carbon Emissions Fall to 25 year Low (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2017-01-06
    According to new report by the U.S. DOE, U.S. carbon emissions in 2016 fell to a 25-year low. For the first six months of 2016 emissions were at 2,530 million metric tons, the lowest for the first half of a year since 1991. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) attributed the drop to mild weather and the shift from coal to cleaner-burning natural gas and renewable energy in U.S. power production. Overall, the winter of 2016 had the fewest heating degree days , when temperatures drop below 65 degrees F. since 1949. (Source: US EIA,, 3 Jan., 2017)Contact: US EIA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  US EIA,  US DOE,  

    House GOP Targets Coal, Methane Rules for Repeal (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2017-01-06
    In Washington, The Hill is reporting that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Wednesday said the GOP plans to reform the way the executive branch writes regulations, and then to go after specific ones, including the Obama administration's rules on coal mining and methane emissions. “While we haven't yet determined what needs to be repealed first, I expect to start with swift action on at least on the Stream Protection Rule and methane emissions standards, both of which are limits to our energy production," McCarthy said.

    Both the EPA and Dept. of Interior have written rules to limit the methane emissions from oil and natural gas drilling. All of the rules McCarthy mentioned were finalized by Obama last year within the time period that allows Congress to undo them through the Congressional Review Act. (Source: The Hill, Various Others, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: Rep. Kevin McCarhy, (202) 225-2915,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Coal,  

    AFPM Calls for 2016 Cellulosic Biofuel Volumetric Requirement Waiver (Ind. Report)
    American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
    Date: 2017-01-06
    The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) reports it has petitioned the US EPA requesting that it waive its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) 2016 cellulosic biofuels volumes "due to an inadequate domestic supply of such fuel." A waiver would avoid compliance payments for these non-existent cellulosic "phantom fuels" by $50-75 million, according to the AFPM.

    The AFPM syas its refining members are adversely impacted by EPA's "overestimate of 2016 cellulosic biofuel production" and are unable to acquire the requisite amount of cellulosic biofuel Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) to comply with EPA's 2016 cellulosic mandate under the RFS.

    "Although the 2016 compliance year is not complete, it is now obvious that there will be a significant shortfall in the quantity of cellulosic biofuels available for compliance. Indeed, the EPA Moderated Transaction System (EMTS) data posted through October (the most recent data available) confirms that the cellulosic biofuel industry has not produced enough qualified product to enable compliance with the 2016 cellulosic standard. In fact, analyzing the amount of cellulosic fuel produced through November results in a 2016 annualized cellulosic biofuel production rate between 173.8 and 190 million gallons, approximately 40-60 million gallons short of EPA's estimated target," the AFPM said. (Source: AFPM, Various Media, Jan., 2017) Contact: AFPM, C. Thompson, (202) 457-0480,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs,  American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers,  Cellulosic Biofuel,  RFS,  

    Vestas' US Turbine Orders Surpass 1,500 MW in Dec. (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems received 1,512 megawatts' worth of orders for wind turbines and turbine components for wind farms across the U.S., according to a company release.

    Receipt of orders prior to the year end is noteworthy as Dec. 31 is the deadline of the federal wind Production Tax Credit. Projects that start construction in 2016, a definition that includes the option of spending millions of dollars on orders of wind turbines to be installed over the next few years, qualify for a $23 tax credit for every megawatt the wind farm produces ever hour for its first 10 years in operation. For projects that begin construction in 2017, the credit is at 80 pct of the full value; dropping to 60 pct for projects started in 2018; down to 40 pct of the original value for projects started in 2019. (Source: Vestas, Denver Bus. Journal, Other Media, 29 Dec., 2016) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  

    EU Court Confirms EU ETS Carbon Tax on Swiss Flights (Int'l)
    EU ETS,Swiss International Air Lines
    Date: 2017-01-04
    In Luxembourg, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the European Union (EU) is within its rights to apply carbon taxes to flights between Switzerland and EU member states although flights to and from other countries outside the bloc are exempt.

    The Lufthansa-owned Swiss International Air Lines contended that its treatment under the EU's Emission Trading System (EU ETS) infringed on the principle of equal treatment under EU law by treating Switzerland differently from other third countries. The ECJ disagreed with the airline and ruled that the bloc was not obliged to treat all countries outside the bloc equally.

    Although not an EU member, Switzerland has a special trading status within the EU, including on climate legislation. It is also the only nation outside the EU whose flights are subject to the EU ETS. As such, Swiss International Airlines has had to surrender its emissions allowances for flights to and from EEA states and Switzerland. It had sought damages for these carbon permits, worth millions of euros.(Source: Swiss Air, Manila Bulletin, Other Media, Reuters, 27 Dec., 2016) Contact: European Court of Justice,; Swiss International Air Lines,

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

    Oil-Soaked Alberta Carbon Tax Now in Force (Ind, Report)
    Alberta Carbon Tax
    Date: 2017-01-04
    The Canadian province of Alberta has begun 2017 with a carbon levy which, together with stiffer regulations for large industrial emitters, will cover 78-90 pct of Alberta's emissions.

    The provincial levy is charged on all fuels that emit greenhouse gas emissions, depending on the circumstances, at the rate of CAD $20 per tonne in 2017 rising to $30 per tonne in 2018.

    The carbon tax is expected to raise $9.6 billion over the next five years. $3.4 billion will be used to support large scale renewable energy, bioenergy and technology. $2.2 billion will be plowed into green infrastructure, including public transit; and $645 million is earmarked for the Energy Efficiency Alberta program. The remaining $3.4 billion will go towards assisting mitigate the impacts of the levy on low and middle income families, businesses and other groups.

    The province aims to phase out all coal-fired power in the province by 2030 and has set a 30 pct target for renewable energy production.

    Download Alberta carbon levy and rebates details HERE. (Source: Province of Alberta, Various Media, 3 Jan., 2016)Contact: Province of Alberta, Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Carbon Tax,  

    Greens, Chambers of Commerce Question Ontario Cap-and-Trade Program (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Green Party
    Date: 2017-01-04
    In Ontario, 20 Chambers of Commerce and the provincial Green Party report they have joined forces to urge the provincial government to defer or rescind it's cap-and-trade program which came into force Jan. 1. The Green Party is calling for a carbon fee and dividend approach.

    Citing the Ontario Auditor General's report that indicates cap-and-trade will cost businesses and households about $8 billion from 2017 to 2020, the Green Party coalition of chambers expressed concern over the tax's economic impact.

    The Chambers of Commerce group cited the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president was a reason to delay cap-and-trade. According to the group, if Canada imposes a carbon tax and Trump doesn't, Canadian industries will be hurt. (Source: Various Media, Sudbury Star, 26 Dec., 2016) Contact: Ontario Chambers of Commerce,

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

    Volta Power Acquires New Manufacturer Facility (Ind. Report)
    Volta Power Systems
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Volta Power Systems, a lithium-ion energy storage solutions specialist for small to mid-size businesses, reports has secured a 7,800-square-foot manufacturing facility in Holland, Michigan. The new space will accommodate manufacturing and management functions and allow room for continued production growth.

    Volta, which was founded in 2014, manufactures turn-key lithium-ion energy storage systems for recreational vehicles, marine and specialty commercial vehicle applications. Volta systems use tested, automotive-grade lithium-ion technology to provide more energy with less noise, space, weight, and charging time than traditional methods. (Source: Volta Power Systems, PR, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Volta Power Storage, Jack Johnson, (616) 931-3661,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Volta Power Systems ,  Lithium-ion,  Energy Storage,  

    Ormat Snares Viridity's Energy Storage Business (M&A)
    Ormat Technologies,Viridity Energy
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Reno, Nevada-headquartered geothermal energy specialist Ormat Technologies, Inc. reports it will acquire the business and assets of Philadelphia-based demand response, energy management and storage specialist Viridity Energy, Inc. The $35 million acquisition, which is subject to adjustments and performance milestones measured at the end of fiscal years 2017 and 2020, is slated to close early this year.

    Viridity serves primarily retail energy providers, utilities, and large industrial and commercial clients. The company's offerings help clients optimize and monetize their energy management, demand response and storage facilities potential by interacting on their behalf with regional transmission organizations and independent system operators.

    Viridity has over 850 MW across 3,000 sites, including management of a portfolio of non-utility storage assets located in the northeastern US, under contract. (Source: Ormat Technologies, PR, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Ormat Technologies, Smadar Lavi, Investor Relations, (775) 376-2030,,; Viridity Energy, Mack Treece, COO, CEO, (484) 534-2222,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Viridity Energy,  Ormat Technologies,  Energy Storage,  

    120Mn GPY Ethanol Plant Planned for Hawkeye State (Ind. Report)
    Elite Octane
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Ethanol production in Iowa will continue to grow with the planned construction of Elite Octane's 120 million gpy corn ethanol production facility near the community of Atlantic in Cass County, western Iowa. Ground-breaking on the approximate $200 million plant is expected later this year, with production slated for June, 2018.

    The Cass County Board of Supervisors will issue a $4 million bond for infrastructure work on the 102-acre site just outside of Atlantic. (Source: IRFA, Various Media, Wallaces Farmer, 2 Jan., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Elite Octane,  

    Neste Acquiring Shuttered Netherlands Biodiesel Plant (Int'l)
    Neste, Electrawinds ReFuel
    Date: 2017-01-04
    January 3, 2017 Finnish renewable diesel producer Neste reports it has inked an agreement for the purchase of Electrawinds ReFuel B.V.'s shuttered FAME biodiesel plant in Sluiskil in the Netherlands. The purchase price has not been revealed. The deal is expected to be completed prior to 1 April.

    The facility, which has been out of production since 2015, will be used for storage and pre-treatment of feedstocks for Neste's renewable diesel refineries. (Source: Neste. Various Media, Biofuel Int'l, Jan., 2016) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP of Renewable Products, Virpi Kroger, Marketing & Sales Development, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4379, (713) 407-4400 - Houston, Texas office,,; Electrawinds ReFuel B.V., +31 115 478 420,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biodiesel,  

    Senvion Supplying Turbines to Aussie Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
    Senvion,Pacific Hydro
    Date: 2017-01-02
    Hamburg, Germany-based wind turbine giant Senvion reports it has inked a contract with Aussie wind farm developer Pacific Hydro to supply, install and service 14 MM92 turbines at the Yaloak South Wind Farm near Ballan, Victoria. The 28.7 megawatt (MW) wind farm will generate sufficient electric power for approximately 16,000 households. Turbine installation is slated for completion and commissioning by the year end. Senvion has installed 216 wind turbines from across the Senvion two megawatt series with a cumulated rated power of close to 440 MW in Australia since 2002. 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, Various Media, 30 Dec., 2016) Contact: Senvion, Raymond Gilfedder, Managing Director of Senvion Australia, Investor Relations, Dhaval Vakil +44 20 7034 7992,,; Pacific Hydro, Robert Boyle, Yaloak South Wind Farm Project Manager, +61 3 8621 6000,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind,  Pacific Hydro,  

    Southern Power Snares EDF Renewables Texas Wind Farms (M&A)
    EDF Renewables,Southern Power
    Date: 2017-01-02
    Southern Co. unit Southern Power reports it has agreed to purchase 100 pct ownership interest in the 174 MW Salt Fork Wind Project and the 126 MW Tyler Bluff Wind Project from EDF Renewable Energy. Both projects have achieved commercial operation.

    The Salt Fork Wind Project, located in Donley and Gray Counties, Texas, utilizes 87 Vestas wind turbines. The Tyler Bluff Wind Facility in Cooke County, Texas, consists of 52 Siemens wind turbines.

    EDF Renewable Services, the operations and maintenance subsidiary of EDF RE, will provide balance-of-plant services for the projects. (Source: EDF Renewable Energy, Electric Light & Power, Other Media, 29 Dec., 2016) Contact: EDF Renewable Energy,; Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power,  EDF Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

    Petrobras Ethanol Asset Sale Falls $1.5bn Short of Target (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-01-02
    Following on our Oct., 26, 2016 coverage Brazilian oil and gas giant Petrobras reports that the recent sale of its ethanol and petrochemicals assets for $587 million still falls $1.5 billion short of its divestment target for the 2015-2016 period. The asset sale is aimed at slashing the company's $125 billion debt.

    As part of the $587 million sale, Petrobras sold its 46 pct stake in ethanol producer Guarani SA, which was acquired for $202 million by its French partner Tereos SA, which will now own all of the company.

    Petrobras also reported the sale of two petrochemical units -- Petroquimica Suape and Citepe -- to Mexican group Alpek SAB de CV subsidiaries Grupo Petrotemex SA de CV and Dak Americas Exterior SL for $385 million. Petrobras is selling off noncore assets in a bid to reduce its $125 billion debt, the largest in the global oil industry. (Source: Petrobras, MercoPress, 30 Dec., 2016) Contact: Petrobras,; Tereos, Alexis Duval, CEO,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Petrobras ,  Biofuel,  Sugar Ethanol,  Tereos,  

    R.I. Climate Report Looks to Spark Action in 2017 (Ind. Report)
    Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
    Date: 2017-01-02
    In Providence, Rhode Island scientists and policymakers are reported to be looking to local initiatives to prepare for and mitigate the impacts of climate change, according to Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) director Janet Coit. Coit made her comments to the December meeting of the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4), a state agency.

    In its year-end draft report, EC4 recognizes progress on mitigating greenhouse gases but concludes that Rhode Island must make drastic changes to its energy and transportation sectors to meet long-term emission reductions. Forty percent of those emissions come from the transportation sector, 20 pct from electric power production and 20 pct from residential heating.

    The report also states how these sources of emissions might transform over the next 33 years. The biggest changes call for a dramatic shift from natural gas and diesel power to renewable energy, biofuels and electric vehicles. In order to cut emissions 80 pct by 2050, 76 pct of car and truck travel must come from electric vehicles and the vast majority of electric power generation must be fueled by carbon-free sources.

    The report further suggests that can be curtailed by expanding local and state-wide energy-efficiency initiatives and programs, promptly repairing natural-gas leaks, reducing landfill gas emissions and supporting energy storage technologies, all of which can be supported by economic-stimulus programs. Recommended policies include further expansion of regional emission-reduction efforts for New England and eastern Canada. This is includes the successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

    Rhode Island has already reached its emission-reduction target for 2020. The challenge is meeting longer-range cuts -- 45 pct by 2035 and 80 pct by 2050. (Source: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, eco'RI news, 28 Dec., 2016) Contact: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Janet Coit, Dir., (401) 222-6800,; RGGI, (212) 417-3179,; Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council,

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

    P.E.I. Premier Clarifies Imminent Provincial Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    PEI Carbon Tax
    Date: 2017-01-02
    In a recent interview with the Guardian, Wade MacLauchlan, the Premier of Canada's smallest Province, Prince Edward Island, has reiterated that the province's carbon tax -- which comes into force Jan. 1, 2018 -- is "financially neutral" and is not going to be a tax raising measure to deal with other issues. The carbon tax is going to be very tight part of a package aimed at reducing the province's carbon emissions and helping Islanders reduce their use of gasoline for transportation and heating oil.

    The province also has a plan to help wean Islanders off of carbon-based fuels by providing home energy audits and energy efficiency retrofit grants to offset the carbon tax. (Source: Guardian, Various Media, CBC, 28 Dec., 2016)

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

    Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 2017-01-02
    In Washinton, the US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) reports the release of Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy. The report details the agency's blueprint for tackling the challenges and opportunities of building a sustainable U.S. bioeconomy.

    The report sets the foundation for the development of BETO's multi-year program plans, annual operating plans, and technology program areas as well as identifying opportunities to adapt and align BETO activities and project portfolios with those in both the public and private sectors.

    The Strategic Plan centers around four key opportunities: enhancing the bioenergy value proposition; mobilizing the nation's biomass resources; cultivating end-use markets and customers; and expanding stakeholder engagement and collaboration. The Strategic Plan outlines goals for each of these key opportunities, which will be implemented through a range of sub-strategies and measured by specified success indicators.

    Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy details are HERE. (Source: US DOE, BETO, PR, 29 Dec., 2016) Contact: US DOE BETO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Technologies Office ,  

    ACC, SUMEC Co-developing Chinese Solar Projects (Int'l)
    Asia Clean Capital,SUMEC New Energy & Development Co
    Date: 2017-01-02
    Rooftop solar-focused developer Asia Clean Capital Ltd (ACC) has teamed up with a unit of China National Machinery Industry Corp (SINOMACH) to co-develop a 100-MW solar pipeline in Mainland China.

    As part of the newly-signed cooperation agreement, ACC will provide construction and financing for the solar systems, while SUMEC New Energy & Development Co Ltd will deliver technical support, engineering design and other services.

    ACC noted that this cooperation will speed up the development of its rooftop solar business in mainland China. Earlier this year, the company announced partnerships with solar modules suppliers Ten K Solar of the US and Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL) and Canadian Solar (Source: ACC, Various Media, SeeNews, 28 Dec., 2016) Contact: ACC,; SUMEC New Energy & Development Co.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Asia Clean Capital,  Solar,  China Solar,  

    DOE Funds Pilot- and Demo-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower Projects (Funding)
    Date: 2017-01-02
    The US DOE EERE reports the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding under its Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower program.

    The funded projects are required to share the cost at a minimum of 50 pct and to develop and execute plans for the manufacturing of advanced or cellulosic biofuels, bioproducts, refinery-compatible intermediates, and/or biopower in a domestic pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery. Projects could receive additional federal funds of up to $15 million for pilot-scale facilities or $45 million for demonstration-scale facilities.

    The following projects will utilize thermochemical, biochemical, algal, and hybrid conversion technologies to generate the data required to enable future commercial-scale facilities:

  • Atlanta-based AVAPCO, LLC will receive $3.7 million to develop a demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery that combines AVAPCO's biomass-to-ethanol process with project partner Byogy’s alcohol-to-jet process to create an integrated process that produces jet fuel from woody biomass.

  • LanzaTech, Inc. based in Skokie, Illinois will receive $4 million to design, construct, and operate an integrated demonstration-scale biorefinery that will use industrial waste gases to produce 3 million gpy of low-carbon jet and diesel fuels.

  • Global Algae Innovations of San Diego will receive $1.2 million to design a pilot-scale algae biofuel facility with improved productivity of open pond cultivation and more energy-efficient algae harvest.

  • Baltimore-based ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. is receiving $800 to work in collaboration with project partners to design a pilot-scale integrated biorefinery to produce transportation fuels from woody waste and agricultural feedstocks. The project proposes many improvements throughout the system, which in combination would allow for smaller, more cost-effective integrated biorefineries with increased liquid fuel yield.

  • In Carlsbad, California, Rialto Bioenergy, will receive $2 million to design the Rialto Advanced Pyrolysis Integrated Biorefinery facility that will have the capacity to convert 300 tpd of biomass such as food extracted from municipal solid waste and wastewater treatment plant biosolids into up to 6.4 megawatts of carbon-negative, renewable biopower.

  • The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia will receive $1.2 million to design a pilot-scale integrated biorefinery thatl converts residual sludge and solids into biocrude oil, biogas, and fertilizer. (Source: DOE EERE, PR Jan., 2017)Contact: US DOE EERE,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algal,  Algae,  DOE EERE,  Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  Bioproducts,  Cellulosic,  

  • BioAmber, CJCJ Touts Asian Joint Venture (Ind. Report)
    BioAmber, CJ CheilJedang Corp
    Date: 2016-12-23
    Montreal-based BioAmber Inc. reports it has signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (LoI) with South Korea--based CJ CheilJedang Corp. (CJCJ). Under the terms of the agreement, BioAmber and CJCJ plan to establish a joint venture in China to produce up to 36,000 metric tpy of bio-succinic acid for the Chinese market, the world's largest succinic acid market.

    The JV will retrofit an existing CJCJ fermentation facility with BioAmber's succinic acid technology. CJCJ will cover all capital costs required to retrofit their fermentation facility, including plant commissioning and startup for production to begin in Q1 2018. CJCJ would own 65 pct of the JV and BioAmber would hold the balance. The JV would pay BioAmber a technology royalty for having access to BioAmber's proven bio-succinic acid technology, and would pay CJCJ a tolling fee for producing bio-succinic acid on behalf of the JV. Both partners would be entitled to a share of the profits equal to their respective equity ownership positions.

    The joint venture is subject to certain conditions, including technical and commercial due diligence, with the definitive agreements expected to be signed by July 2017. As part of the LoI, BioAmber will be selling CJCJ bio-succinic acid manufactured at its Sarnia, Ontario plant, so that CJCJ can undertake market development in China and South Korea in the first half of 2017. (Source: BioAmber, 20 Dec., 2016) Contact: CJ CheilJedang Corp.,; BioAmber Inc., Jean-Francois Huc, CEO, Jim Hobbs, (514) 844-8000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BioAmber ,  bio-succinic acid,  

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