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Date: 2016-11-16
"He (Trump) had visited several ethanol plants. He kicked the tires. He came away from those experiences understanding what ethanol meant as a fuel, understanding what a tremendous economic driver it was throughout rural communities." -- Bob Dineen, Renewable Fuels Assoc., (202) 289-3835,

Editor's Note: We can only hope that "kicking the tires" is an adequate education for the mercurial President Elect.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Bob Dineen,  

NRMCA EDP Program Helps Concrete Producers' Green Building Efforts (Ind. Report)
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
Date: 2016-11-16
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) reports the launch of a new system level Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) verification program to help its members meet new product transparency credits in LEED v4 and other green building standards.

The program meets strict international standards for EPD verification, but streamlines the process. Rather than verify a fixed set of product specific EPDs, the program verifies the software program used to generate environmental impacts of a specific concrete product (mix). This enables a producer to generate new product specific EPDs as needed for each project.

NRMCA member Martin Marietta is the first concrete producer to verify EPDs using the new system level EPD verification procedure. It used an enterprise software tool developed by Climate Earth to generate EPDs that cover 50 concrete mixes produced at six plants in the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S. The software and underlying life cycle data for each plant was reviewed and verified by Sustainable Solutions Corporation, a verifier in NRMCA's EPD program. From this point forward, Martin Marietta can generate EPDs on-demand from each of its six plants using the Climate Earth tool. The verification process and background data is checked periodically to ensure consistency and accuracy. (Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, PR, Nov 14, 2016) Contact: NRMCA, Robert Garbini, Pres., James Bogdan, QEP, LEED-AP, Snr. Director, Sustainability, (412) 420-4138,

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

Germany Plans Massive Carbon Emissions Cuts by 2050 (Int'l)
Date: 2016-11-16
In Bonn, the Guardian is reporting that the German coalition government of Angela Merkel plans to slash German greenhouse gas emissions by 20 pct by 2030, rising to a 80 to 95 pct reduction by the year 2050.

The GHG reduction plan includes the phasing out of "brown" coal -- which releases the highest amount of CO2 emissions per ton when burned. The plan also calls for lower reduction targets for power plants and the loss of a planned minimum price for pollution certificates in the European Union's emissions trading scheme (EU ETS).

In its report, the Guardian notes that German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks first presented CO2 reduction targets for various industry sectors in 2015, but those targets were nixed by special ministers from different parties in the coalition government. (Source: The Guardian, inhabitat, Various Others, 21 Nov., 2016)

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

Canada Investing $2,9Mn in Biomass, Composites Ind. (Funding)
Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba
Date: 2016-11-14
In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food has announced up to $2.9 million to the Winnipeg-based not-for-profit Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba (CIC) for the development of quality standards and measurement techniques for Canadian biomass, and research into overcoming technology barriers to the adoption of natural fibres in the composites industry.

The Growing Forward 2 (GF2), AgriMarketing Program, will provide up to $982,075 to identify quality gaps and develop quality standards and measurement techniques to facilitate the commercialization of Canadian biomass in the biomaterials, biochemical, biofuels and bioenergy sectors. The Program will also provide up to $1.9 million for research into how the strength and quality of composites can be affected by farming practices, varieties and weather. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, MarketWired, Yahoo, 7 Nov., 2016)Contact: Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba, Sean McKay, President and CEO, (204) 262-3400,; Canada Agriculture and Agri-Food,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biochemical,  

Italy Funds District Energy in Cities Initiative (Int'l, Funding)
Italian Ministry of Environment
Date: 2016-11-14
The Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea has announced new support for a UN Environment initiative aimed at doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvements for heating and cooling in buildings by 2030, thus helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The funding for the District Energy in Cities initiative, which sits under the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Partnership, will initially be aimed at district energy and cooling projects in Marrakech. The initiative is already working with Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Chile, India, and Serbia.

UN Environment research shows that modern district energy systems can reduce primary energy consumption for heating and cooling of urban buildings by up to 50 pct. District energy also allows for high levels of affordable renewable energy supply, making them a key measure for cities/countries that aim to achieve 100 pct renewable energy or carbon neutral targets.

The District Energy in Cities Initiative is a partnership coordinated by UN Environment, with financial support from Danida, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and Italy. As one of five accelerators of the SE4All Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, the initiative will support market transformation efforts to shift the heating and cooling sector to energy efficient and renewable energy solutions. (Source: Italian Ministry of Environment Land and Sea , UNEP, Malaysia Sun, 12 Nov., 2016) Contact: Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, Project Manager, Francesca De Crescenzo: +39 0 6572 28249,; Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE), Communications Director, Fadwa Elatrach: +212 06 6138, 8748,; Sustainable Energy for All, Economy Division, Moira O'Brien-Malone: +33 1 44 37 76 12,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable Energy for All ,  Energy Efficiency,  

AIA Issues Carbon Neutral Building Projects Results (Ind. Report)
American Institute of Architects
Date: 2016-11-14
The Washington, DC-headquartered American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports it has assessed the work of firms participating in AIA 2030 Commitment carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030. The assessment found:
  • 152 firms submitted reports - a 9 pct increase from 2014;
  • 2.6 billion gross square feet (GSF) represented in this data - an 8 pct increase;
  • 5,982 whole building projects have been accounted for in this report - a 37 percent increase
  • 4,461 interiors only projects reported - a 16 pct increase;
  • 614 design projects are meeting the 60 pct energy reduction target - a 42 pct increase;
  • 38 pct average Predicted Energy Use Intensity reduction reported by firms - a 1 pct increase;
  • 10 pct of total GSF meeting the previous 60 pct carbon reduction target - a 4 pct decrease;
  • 4 pct of total GSF meeting the new 70 pct carbon reduction target;
  • 59 pct of total GSF using energy modeling to predict operational energy consumption - 9 pct increase.
  • In aggregate, the energy saved from the projects accounted for approximately 21 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of running six coal-fired power plants or powering 2.2 million homes for a year, according to the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. (Source: AIA, 11 Nov., 2016) Contact: AIA, Andrea Love, AIA, Co-chair AIA 2030 Working Group, (800) 212-1837,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral Building,  

    WellDog Announces Chinese Coal-bed Methane JV (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-11-14
    In Laramie, Wyoming, energy-focused technical services provider WellDog reports it has inked a Letter of Intent to form a joint venture with China's Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Energy Resources and Chemical Engineering. The JV will deploy reservoir, production and development technologies to demonstrate profitable coal bed methane (CBM) development in fields in Shaanxi province.

    China's CBM resource is estimated at nearly 40 trillion cubic meters (tcm), with recoverable reserves of about 10 tcm. Over the last few decades, China has dramatically increased investment in CBM technologies, and each of the country's five-year plans has increased CBM production targets, which have been unsuccessful. (Source: WellDog, PR, 11 Nov., 20-16) John Pope, Ph.D., Pres., CEO, (307) 742-6340,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coalbed Methane,  

    Japan Must Cut Emissions 40 pct to Meet Paris Agreement (Int'l)
    Paris Agreement,Kyoto Accord
    Date: 2016-11-11
    In Japan, the House of Representatives reports the ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which replaced the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. Japan aims to achieve a 26 pct reduction in emissions in fiscal 2030 compared to the fiscal 2013 levels. To this end, it is necessary to curtail nationwide emissions from every source by 40 pct.

    To that end, the government has recognized the need to reactivate idle nuclear power plants and is calling for industrial, academic and government sectors to unite and increase their efforts to utilize renewables and other low-carbon energy, develop innovative technologies such as underground carbon dioxide storage (CCS), new materials and implement new emissions cutting initiatives. (Source: Japan News, Yomiuri Shimbun, Nov. 9, 2016)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Accord,  COP21,  Kyoto Accord,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

    Washington State Voters Nix Carbon Tax Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Washington State
    Date: 2016-11-11
    Washington State voters have put the kibosh on Initiative 732, the nation's first direct carbon tax on the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and gasoline. The tax aimed to encourage businesses to conserve energy or switch to clean energy sources by making fossil fuels more expensive. If passed, the carbon tax revenues would have been used to reduce other taxes.

    Businesses generally opposed the tax on the grounds that it would have driven up fuel and energy costs and put Washington companies at a competitive disadvantage. (Source: KVEW-TV, Various Media, 8 Nov., 2016)

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

    MaxGen Snares Next Phase Solar's Commercial Services Unit (M&A)
    MaxGen Energy Services,Next Phase Solar
    Date: 2016-11-11
    In the Golden State, Costa Mesa-based MaxGen Energy Services is reporting the acquisition of the commercial services unit of Berkeley-headquartered Next Phase Solar from Enphase Energy. Financial terms of the deal have not been revealed.

    The acquired business provides solar operations and maintenance services to a range of owners, equipment manufacturers, financiers and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors and adds more than 1,000 sites to MaxGen's portfolio of 3,000 managed sites.

    MaxGen develops, maintains, and operates infrastructure that supports alternative energy technologies. (Source: MaxGen Energy Services, CTBR, 7 Nov., 2016) Contact: MaxGen Energy Services, Mark McLanahan, CEO, (844) 629-4364,; Next Phase Solar, Simon Wilson GM, (510) 984-2027,; Enphase Energy Inc., Christine Bennett, (707) 763-4784, Global Corporate Communications,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enphase Energy,  Next Phase Solar,  MaxGen Energy Services,  

    Powin's Battery Pack Wins Chinese Patent (New Prod & Tech)
    Powin Energy
    Date: 2016-11-11
    Tualatin, Orewgon-based utility battery energy storage specialist Powin Energy Corporation reports the Chinese Intellectual Property Office has awarded Powin a patent for its visionary Battery Pack Operating System (bp-OS). Powin Energy's bp-OS product scored a U.S. patent in JUne, 2016.

    The patented bp-OS takes a unique approach to balancing batteries utilized in stationary storage systems. Rather than working to maintain energy equilibrium across an entire array of batteries that transfers energy between packs -- like an EV battery management system (BMS) which is also often used for large scale storage systems -- Powin's bp-OS balances individual cells to an optimized level by connecting each battery pack to the network. Powin's bp-OS includes a Battery Odometer and Warranty Tracker™ to measure capacity degradation and calculate remaining battery lifetime. (Source: Powin Energy, 9 Nov., 2016) Contact: Powin Energy, Geoff Brown, Pres., Victor Liu, (503) 598-6659,

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

    Biofuels Welcome Trump's Triumph, Stocks Tumble (Ind. Report)
    RFA,Growth Energy,Novozymes
    Date: 2016-11-11
    Biofuels International reports that US biofuels industry players and organizations are voicing support for Presidential-elect Donald Trump with warm greetings and almost pandering phrases:

    "He understands the importance of clean, domestic energy resources and the economic power of value-added agriculture. We are confident Trump will continue to support the expanded production and use of fuel ethanol." -- Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen.

    "Trump has publicly supported the RFS throughout his campaign, and consistently opposed any efforts to roll back this policy. In fact, the RFS was one issue where both candidates found common ground, and we applaud their recognition of the importance that biofuels, like ethanol, play in fueling our country.” -- Growth Energy, CEO Emily Skor

    "During the campaign, the President-elect expressed support for biotechnology generally and bioenergy and agriculture specifically, all core to America's economy and keeping our country on the leading edge of innovation and discovery. It's incumbent on the private sector to imagine and build cutting-edge solutions to solve society's challenges -- but we count on the President-elect to encourage that kind of groundbreaking innovation with smart, consistently-administered policy." -- Novozymes, Adam Monroe Pres. Americas Operations

    At the same time, Trump's triumph sent biofuels shares tumbling as Investors hedged against Trump's victory upsetting the US biofuel market with possible changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) or ditching of RIN compliance credits. Green Plains and Renewable Energy Group shares fell along with the renewable identification number (RIN) prices. Meanwhile, shares of US independent refiners jumped, including CVR Refining, which saw the largest upturn in its share prices in the company's history. (Source: Various Sources, Biofuels International, 10 Nov., 2016) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, CEO, (202) 269-3835,; Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000,; Novozymes, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Donald Trump,  RFA,  Growth Energy,  Novozymes,  

    Visalia Transit Stresses Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Visalia Transit
    Date: 2016-11-11
    In California, the Visalia Transit Center reports it has received U.S. EPA Energy Star certification for energy efficiency and meets strict performance levels set by the EPA.

    The Visalia Transit Center improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building, according to a release.

    Commercial buildings that earn EPA Energy Star certification use an average of 35 pct less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 pct less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. (Source: Visalia Transit, 9 Nov., 2016) Contact: Visalia Transit, Monty Cox, Mgr., (559) 713-4100,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Visalia Transit ,  EPA ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Irish Greenhouse Gas Levels Rising Across the Board (Int'l)

    Date: 2016-11-11
    In Dublin, the Irish Environmental Protection Agency reports that its recently released data for the period 1990 - 2015 indicates that the country's greenhouse gas emissions increased significantly in 2015 and that Ireland is not currently on track to meet its 2020 targets, EU targets or the country's 2050 decarbonization goals.

    For 2015, total national greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to be 59.84 million tonnes CO2 equivalent (Mt CO2 eq)-- 3.7 pct higher than emissions in 2014. The data also finds that energy industries, transportation and agriculture sectors now account for almost 73 pct of the country's greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation sector emissions rose 4.2 pct in 2015 alone and have now increased in each of the last three years. Energy industries emissions jumped 5.4 pct due in large part to increased coal use for electric power generation. Agriculture remains the single largest contributor to the overall emissions at 33 pct. The figures also show that residential sector emissions grew over 5 pct over 2014 levels. (Source: Ireland Environmental Protection Agency, Farm Ireland, 10 Nov., 2016) Contact: Ireland Environmental Protection Agency, Laura Burke, Director General, +44 0 53 116 0600,

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

    Vega Biofuels Torrefaction Unit Ups Bio-Coal Production (Ind. Report)
    Vega Biofuels
    Date: 2016-11-11
    Norcross, Georgia-headquartered Vega Biofuels, Inc. is reporting the completion of its fourth-generation torrefaction machine. The new machine, which includes a pre-dryer that partially dries the woody biomass prior to the torrefaction process, has aproduction capacity of 8-10 tph.

    Vega's torrefaction -- roasting -- technology converts woody biomass into "Bio-Coal", a renewable energy alternative to fossil coal for utility pulverized coal-fired power plants.

    Torrefaction is a partial carbonization process at temperatures between 475 - 575 degrees F (200 - 400 degrees C) in a low oxygen environment. Vega's Bio-Coal has a high-energy density of up to 13,000 BTUs/Lb and is considered a renewable energy fuel that meets the Renewable Portfolio Standards and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs. (Source: Vega Biofuels Inc., PR, 9 Nov., 2016) Contact: Vega Biofuels Inc., Michael K. Molen, Chairman/CEO, (800) 481-0186,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vega Biofuels,  Biochar,  Biocoal,  

    Forest Biomass, Carbon Neutrality and Climate Change Mitigation -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    European Forest Institute
    Date: 2016-11-09
    The newly published Forest Biomass, Carbon Neutrality and Climate Change Mitigation from the European Forest Institute report provides insights into the current scientific debate on forest biomass, carbon neutrality and climate change mitigation. It draws on the science literature to give a balanced and policy-relevant synthesis, from both an EU and global perspective.

    In the EU, bioenergy is currently the largest renewable energy source and most EU Member States have in absolute terms increased the use of forest biomass for energy to reach their 2020 renewable energy targets.

    Download the Think Forest -- Forest Biomass, Carbon Neutrality and Climate Change Mitigation report HERE. (Source: European Forest Institute, Nov., 2016) Contact: European Forest Institute,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Carbon,  Carbon Neutrality,  Forest Biomass,  

    TEP Seeking Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power,Accion Group
    Date: 2016-11-09
    In Arizona, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the design and construction of new, large-scale solar energy projects. The utility is seeking up to 100 MW of capacity under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

    Additionally, the utility , TEP is evaluating proposals for a new 100 MW wind energy project that would be built and owned by a project partner. TEP is seeking projects that can tie into its transmission facilities located in the Four Corners region and along the Arizona/New Mexico border from geographic areas with productive wind resources.

    The company plans to source at least 30 pct of its power from renewable resources by 2030 and anticipates an additional 800 MW of new renewable capacity by the end of 2030, which would boost its total renewable energy portfolio to approximately 1.2 GW. Both RFPs are being managed by New Hampshire-based utility industry consultant Accion Group. (Source: TEP, 7 Nov., 2016) Contact: TEP, Renewable Energy Dir., Carmine Tilghman, Dir. Energy Supply and Renewable Energy, (520) 571-4000,,; Accion Group, (603) 229-1644,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power,  

    UAE CCUS Project Launched and Operational (Int'l. Report)
    Masdar,Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
    Date: 2016-11-09
    The UAE government controlled energy research and investment firm Masdar and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) are reporting the launch of the Al Reyadah project, the first commercial-scale carbon capture, utilization storage (CCUS) facility in the Middle East and North Africa.

    The CCUS facility, which began construction in 2013, is now fully operational with the capacity to sequester up to 800,000 metric tpy tons of carbon dioxide, according to a release. The facility is one of the only 22 large-scale CCUS ventures, either in operation or under construction worldwide, and the first to capture CO2 from iron and steel production, Xinhua news agency reported. (Source: Xinhua, Masdar, Africa.IANS, 6 Nov., 2016) Contact: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar,  CCUS,  Carbon Capture,  Carbon Sequestration,  CCS,  

    Global CCS Institute Applauds Abu Dhabi CCUS Project (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Global CCS Institute
    Date: 2016-11-09
    "The Global CCS Institute reports it welcomes the Al Reyadah project in Abu Dhabi as a critical milestone in making industrial carbon capture and storage (CCS) a commercial reality.

    "The project, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Masdar, the clean technology and renewable energy arm of the Abu Dhabi Government, will capture CO2 from Emirates Steel manufacturing, transfer it to the Al Reyadah plant for compression and dehydration, and transport it through a buried pipeline to ADNOC's NEB and Bab oilfields for enhanced oil recovery, it said.

    "CCS is the only technology capable of achieving deep cuts in emissions from necessary industrial production processes such as iron and steel, cement, fertilisers, and natural gas processing so the opening of Al Reyadah is a major achievement in reducing emissions for this industry. The project is another step towards meeting national as well as global climate targets, and further demonstrates CCS as a proven technology which can to reduce CO2 emissions at the lowest possible cost," said Global CCS Institute CEO Brad Page. "This is a key project in the Institute's portfolio of large-scale CCS projects in operation or under construction which, by the end of 2017, is expected to have operational CO2 capture capacity of approximately 40 million tonnes each year," Page added.

    "The Al Reyadah project is expected to capture and store 800,000 tpy of CO2 emissions and is the first iron and steel project of its kind in the world." (Source: Global CCS Institute,. Trade Arabia News Service , 7 Nov., 2016) Contact: Global CCS Institute, Brad Page, CEO, +61 (0) 3 8620 7300,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global CCS Institute,  CCS,  

    BHP Billiton Backs IFC Forest Bond (Int'l Report)
    BHP Billiton,International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2016-11-09
    In the Land Down Under, mining major BHP Billiton reports it supports the World Bank International Finance Corporation's Forest Bond.

    The bond, which is designed to reduce deforestation and stimulate investment in low-carbon development, reportedly raised $152-million from institutional investors.

    The bond allows investors to receive coupons in the form of carbon credits, generated from avoided deforestation, and issues under the Verified Carbon Standard, instead of cash coupons.

    The bond will support a project in Kenya run under the United Nations climate change mitigation mechanism. BHP is providing a price support mechanism of $12-million to ensure the project could sell a predefined minimum quantity of carbon credits each year until the bond matured, whether or not investors in the bond elected to receive carbon credit coupons. (Source: BHP Billiton, Mining Weekly, Nov., 2016) Contact: IFC World Bank, (202) 473-1000,; BHP, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BHP Billiton,  International Finance Corporation,  IFC,  Deforestation,  

    Better Buildings Launches Smart Energy Analytics Campaign (Ind. Report)
    US DOE Better Buildings
    Date: 2016-11-09
    The US DOE recently announced a new Smart Energy Analytics (SEA) Campaign to encourage the use of cost-effective, energy-saving building analytics platforms in commercial buildings nationwide and to refine best practices. The goal is to engage commercial building owners and operators to use smart energy analytics in 80 million square feet of floor space. The Campaign's initial 18 partners -- Macy's, Univ. of California SF, the Rhode Island Office of Energy and others -- represent a total of 1,800 buildings or 50 million square feet. The 18 partners are committing to use EMIS technologies to cut energy consumption and improve overall building performance, according to the U.S. DOE.

    "Organizations partnering in the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign are taking the lead in demonstrating cutting-edge technology systems and using them to pinpoint and achieve deeper, smarter efficiencies in commercial buildings," Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan said. "This commitment to continuous improvement for measuring and monitoring the energy performance of an entire building or suite of buildings is proof that data matters and informs better decision making."

    The SEA Campaign is the fourth technology campaign under the Better Buildings Alliance, a peer exchange program under the Better Buildings Initiative, and expands on the Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC), Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Campaign (LEEP), and Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign (ARC). Altogether, these campaigns have saved public and private organizations approximately $136 million. (Source: US DOE, Smart Energy Analytics Campaign, ProudGreenBuilding, 8 Nov., 2016)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Better Buildings,  Energy Efficiency,  

    French Offshore Floating Wind Contracts Awarded (Int'l Report)
    EDF Energies Nouvelles
    Date: 2016-11-09
    EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), the renewables arm of electric utility EDF, reports that the French Energy Ministry has selected it for the development of the 24MW PGL floating wind farm at the Faraman site 15km off the Mediterranean coast. The PGL project will incorporate 3, 8-MW Siemens-developed turbines installed on floating foundations, provided by SBM and IPFEN, according to reNews.

    Additionally, Engie, EDP Renovaveis, French bank Caisse des depots (CDC) and Eiffage have secured contracts for the 24MW EFGL wind farm about 13km off the coast in the Leucate area. GE will supply 4, 6MW turbines for the project. (Source: EDF Energies Nouvelles, EBR, reNews, Others, Nov., 2016)Contact: EDF Energies Nouvelles, +33 (0) 1 40 90 2300,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Energies Nouvelles,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  

    Hong Kong Airport Authority Sets New Carbon Cut Target (Int'l)
    Airport Authority Hong Kong
    Date: 2016-11-09
    The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) and its airport business partners have committed to reducing carbon emissions by 10 pct at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) by 2020. To that end, the AA and its partners will implement additional measures, such as optimizing the energy consumption of air-conditioning systems and improving cooling and lighting systems.

    The AA noted that HKIA has reduced carbon intensity by 25.6 pct per workload unit in 2015, when compared to 2008 levels. The mark has already exceeded the original target of reducing carbon emission by 25 pct , which was set in 2010. Since 2010, Hong Kong’s airport community has completed over 400 carbon reduction - energy efficiency initiatives including the installation of more than 100,000 LED lights, cooling systems upgrades and new electric vehicles and charging facilities. An online carbon audit system enables the AA and its partners to monitor and report on progress in specific areas. (Source: Airport Authority Hong Kong,, 7 Nov., 2016) Contact: Airport Authority Hong Kong, Fred Lam, CEO,

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

    Fulcrum BioEnergy, BP Tout Jet Biofuel Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Fulcrum BioEnergy
    Date: 2016-11-09
    Pleasanton, California-based Fulcrum BioEnergy and BP are reporting a major strategic partnership that includes a $30 million BP equity investment in Fulcrum. According to Fulcrum, the partnership accelerates the construction schedule for its next renewable jet fuel plants.

    Fulcrum and BP's aviation division, BP Air, also agreed to terms on a 500 million gallon jet fuel offtake agreement that will provide Air BP with 50 million gpy of low-carbon, drop-in jet fuel. Air BP will also have the opportunity to provide fuel supply chain services for the blending, certification, and delivery of Fulcrum's jet fuel to commercial and military aviation customers. (Source: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Various Media, 8 Nov., 2016) Contact: Fulcrum BioEnergy, Jim Macias, CEO, Pres., (925) 730-0150,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum BioEnergy,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Renewable Jet FUel,  

    Hong Kong Biodiesel Producer Confirms Expansion Plans (Int'l)
    ASB Biodiesel
    Date: 2016-11-09
    Hong Kong-headquartered waste oil biodiesel producer ASB Biodiesel reports it will expand its 100,000-tpy operations in the Pearl River Delta region in South China, starting in 2018. To that end, the company will seek a local partner such as a state-owned oil company. ASB Biodiesel products are sold primarily in Europe and China. (Source: ASB Biodiesel, Biofuel Int'l, Other Media, 8 Nov., 2016) Contact: ASB Biodiesel, Roberto Vazquez, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  ASB Biodiesel,  

    Biodiesel Catalyst Producer Nixes $60Mn Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Interstate Chemical
    Date: 2016-11-09
    Mercer County, Pa.-based Interstate Chemical reports it is scrapping a planned $60 million chemical plant on the site of the former International Paper Co. plant in Erie in favour of an undisclosed Ohio location. The proposed Erie plant was to have produced sodium methylate, a catalyst used in biodiesel production of biodiesel. (Source: Interstate Chemical, Erie Times News, 8 Nov., 2016) Contact: Interstate Chemical, Lou Razzano, Exec. VP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  

    UNM Wins Energy Star Awards for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-11-09
    Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), the state's largest electric power provider, has recognized the University of New Mexico's (UNM) efforts to cut energy consumption with Energy Efficiency Star Awards in the Non-profit Government Entity, Building Tune-up Program, and Distributor Discount Program categories.

    The PNM Business Energy Efficiency Star Awards are given to PNM business customers who saved the highest kilowatt hours (kWh) among all energy efficiency rebate projects paid in 2015, by geographic region.

    UNM was recognized for installing energy-efficient lighting, HVAC systems and other energy efficiency upgrades that together these projects will save 787,077 kWh of electricity annually. (Source: University of New Mexico, PR, 7 Nov., 2016) Contact: PNM, Pat Vincent-Collawn, Pres., (505) 241-4548,; UNM, Donald Swick, Facilities Engineer, (505) 277-0111,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  PNM,  

    METRO AG Inks German Climate Action Plan (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2016-11-09
    Dusseldorf, Germany-headquartered international food wholesaler and retailer METRO AG reports it has joined with 40 companies and industry associations in the signing of Germany's Climate Action Plan and its callfor an 80-95 pct reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The plan also calls for greatly improved energy efficiency and a rapid shift to 100 pct adoption of renewable energy.

    METRO GROUP plans to curb its CO2 output per square meter of sales floor by 50 pct as compared to 2011. To that end, the company will implement energy efficiency measures, use natural coolants and generate in-house renewable energy. (Source: METRO GROUP AG, EPR Retail News, 8 Nov., 2016) Contact: METRO AG, Corp. Com., +49 (0) 211 68 86-42 52,

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

    REGI Plans Ralston Biorefinery Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group Inc.
    Date: 2016-11-09
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) reports it will invest approximately $24 million to expand its 12 million gpy soy biorefinery in Ralston, Iowa, to 30 million gpy. The expansion announcement comes on the heels of Jefferson, Iowa-based Landus Cooperative's recent $27 million SoyPlus Plant Expansion.

    The expansionincreases REGI's cumulative nameplate capacity from its 11 active biomass-based diesel plants across the country to 470 million gpy. (Source: REGI, Various Media, BFI, 31 Oct., 2016)Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres., CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972,,; Landus Cooperative,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group Inc. news,  Biofuel news,  Biorefinery news,  

    NSW Earmarks $500Mn to Achieve Net-zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l)

    Date: 2016-11-07
    In the Land Down Under, the state of New South Wales (NSW) reports the release of a draft document setting a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and allocating $500 million over five years to help the state's transition to renewable energy.

    NSW also plans to shutter all major coal-fired power plants in the state by 2030 in a bid to improve its reliance on renewable energy, currently at 9 pct. Other planned measures include encouraging more use of electric vehicles by changing stamp duty and boost adoption and purchasing more electric cars for government use. For Australia to meet its pledge at the Paris climate summit, emissions must be reduced by 1.9 pct yearly. (Source: ABC, Int'l. Business Times, Others, 3 Nov., 2016)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Carbon Emissions,  Net-Zero Carbon Emissions,  

    Envision Solar Offering Product Financing Options (Ind. Report)
    Envision Solar
    Date: 2016-11-07
    San Diego-headquartered Envision Solar International, Inc. reports it is offering extended-term, low-interest financing options for its solar-powered products through Troy, Michigan-headquartered Lease Corporation of America. The new financing options are available for Envision's suite of patented EV ARC™ and Solar Tree® products manufactured in San Diego by combat veterans, the disabled, minorities and other team members.

    Envision Solar designs, manufactures and deploys unique, renewably energized, EV charging and media and branding systems. All of the Company's products can be enhanced with EnvisionTrak™ patented solar tracking, ARC Technology™ energy storage, SunCharge™ Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and digital advertising packages. (Source: Envision Solar, PR, 1 Nov., 2016) Contact: Envision Solar Int’l. Inc., Desmond Wheatley, CEO, (858) 799-4583,,; Lease Corp. of America,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Envision Solar,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy Finance,  

    Vulcan Selling Kenyan Mini Solar Plants (Int'l, M&A)
    Date: 2016-11-07
    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's multi-billion dollar private firm, Vulcan, reports it will sell 10 mini-grid solar plants in Kenya. The mini-grids connect homes and businesses to solar power to demonstrate business viability of rural mini-grids to investors, empower communities and encourage businesses to invest in off-grid power solutions.

    Vulcan has been selling electricity to rural Kenyans at a tariff of between $1.80 and $4.00 per kWh per unit, depending on their consumption levels. This is higher than charges for solar power connected to the national grid but customers do not pay upfront charges for connection to mini grids. Vulcan's mini grids have a capacity of between 1.5 an 6 kW with each unit powering up to 62 customers. The grids are operated and remotely monitored by Manchester, UK-headquartered using smart meters, making it flexible to track consumption and payment. (Source: Daily Nation, 2 Nov., 2016),; Vulcan,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Grid,  

    Comverge Launches IntelliSOURCE Express™ Demand-Side Energy Management (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-11-07
    Norcross, Georgia-based Comverge, Inc., a cloud-based demand response and energy efficiency solutions for electric utilities specialist, is reporting the launch of IntelliSOURCEExpress™, an enterprise demand response management system (DRMS) designed for municipal and cooperative electric utilities.

    The IntelliSOURCE Express' preconfigured capabilities are based upon best practices that Comverge has developed from other DRMS deployments. IntelliSOURCE Express also includes state-of-the art capabilities for cybersecurity and customer engagement.

    With IntelliSOURCE Express, public power utilities can capitalize on the latest technology being deployed for demand-side management (DSM) programs such as two-way devices, integrated demand response and energy efficiency capabilities. Utilizing IntelliSOURCE Express integrated customer engagement portal, utilities can strengthen member and customer engagement by providing insights and tools to reduce household energy consumption and save on energy bills. IntelliSOURCE Express also provides multiple, redundant layers of security for the application, framework, infrastructure, and communication. IntelliSOURCE Express can be deployed as either a cloud-based or on-premises solution. (Source: Comverge, 3 Nov., 2016) Contact: Comverge, Greg Dukat, President and CEO, Jason Cigarran, VP Marketing, (678) 823-6784,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Comverge,  Energy Efficiency,  

    MAE Offers Retooling for Energy Efficiency Tech Grants (Funding)
    Michigan Agency for Energy
    Date: 2016-11-07
    The Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) reports it is accepting proposals (RFP) and grant applications for retooling projects resulting in energy waste reduction in manufacturing processes and the manufacturing of clean energy technologies. Michigan manufacturers with 500 or fewer employees are eligible. Application deadline is 12 Dec., 2016.

    The grants funding aims to help small businesses make capital investments in energy efficient equipment and other measures that cut energy waste, create or retain jobs, and maintain market competitiveness. Funding requires a 4-to-1 match of the total requested funds ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 for the purchase of equipment related to the project. (Source: Michigan Agency for Energy, Peninsula Reports, 2 Nov., 2016) Contact: Michigan Agency for Energy, Valerie Brader, Exec. Dir., (517) 284-8330,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  

    EC Earmarks €223Mn for Low-carbon Projects (Int'l, Funding)
    European Commission
    Date: 2016-11-07
    The European Commission (EC) reports approval of €222.7 million investment package to support Europe's transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future. The funding is intended to encourage additional investments totaling €398.6 million in 144 new projects in 23 Member States.

    The funds come from the LIFE programme, the EU's funding instrument for the Environment and Climate Action. Since 1992 the LIFE programme has co-financed over 4,300 projects across the EU and in third countries, mobilizing €8.8 billion and contributing €3.9 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.

    In the field of climate action, the investment will support climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation and climate governance and information projects totaling €75.1 million. Selected projects support the EU's target to reduce GHG emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030, contributing to the shift towards a low carbon and climate resilient economy. 2015 projects include peatlands restoration and carbon storage in five EU countries, demonstration of the production of low-emission cement and concrete products in France, enhancing the climate resilience of vineyards in Germany and implementing adaptation measures in urban areas in Cyprus, and others.

    The 15 LIFE Environmental Governance and Information projects have a total budget of €23.2 million, of which the EU will contribute €13.8 million. The 16 LIFE Climate Change Adaptation projects will mobilize €32.9 million, of which the EU will provide €19.4 million.

    The 12 LIFE Climate Change Mitigation projects have a total budget of €35.3 million, of which the EU will contribute €18.0 million. These action grants are awarded to best practice, pilot and demonstration projects in three thematic areas: energy, industry and land use/forestry/agriculture.

    The 6 LIFE Climate Governance and Information projects will improve governance and raise awareness of climate change. They have a total budget of €6.9 million, of which the EU will contribute €4.1 million. (Source: European Commission, 3 Nov., 2016) Contact: EU LIFE Program,

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

    Oil Giants Pledges $1Bn to Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-11-07
    On Friday in response to the official implementation of the Paris COP21 climate deal, some of the world's largem petroleum producers -- Saudi Aramco, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Statoil, Pemex and others -- pledged to invest $1 billion for the development of climate-friendly technologies to reduce carbon emissions as well as help increase gas use.

    A substantion portion of the $1 billion pledge will be used to advance Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Carbon Capture Use and Storage (CCUS) in gas-fired power plants and toward reducing leakages of methane, one of the most polluting greenhouse gases.

    The 10 firms, which jointly produce one-fifth of the world's oil and gas, will also invest in improving efficiency in transport and energy-intensive industries. (Source: Various Sources, Hart Energy, Others, 4 Nov., 2016)

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

    China Releases 13th Five-Year Plan for GHG Emissions (Int'l)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2016-11-07
    In Beijing, the world's greenhouse gas emitter and foremost proponent of "Five-Year Plans" reports that under its 13th Five Year Plan it will slash CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 18 pct by 2020 compared to 2015 figures.

    To achieve its goal, the Chinese government will restrict other greenhouse gas emissions and establish a permanent carbon trading market to help meet its Paris commitment to peaking CO2 emission around 2030. Total energy consumption will be kept within five billion tonnes of standard coal by the end of 2020, and there will be a greater reliance on renewables and other non-fossil fuels. The country will also support low-carbon industries, encourage green technologies, promote a green lifestyle, and encourage low-carbon products such as electric vehicles. (Source: Xinhu, PTI, ET Energy, 5 Nov., 2016)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  China Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Markets,  

    Aria Energy Completes RNG Project Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Aria Energy
    Date: 2016-11-07
    Novi, Michigan-based Aria Energy reports it has completed the expansion of its renewable natural gas facility (RNG) at the Seneca Meadows Landfill. The expansion doubles the processing capacity of the facility to 6,000 scfm -- equal to 50,000 gpd of vehicle fuel. At full capacity, the RNG facility directly reduces methane emission from the landfill by the equivalent of over 33,000 tpy.

    Aria Energy financed, built and operates a 17.6 MW landfill gas-to-electric power generation facility, which has been operational since 1996. In 2014, Aria Energy commissioned the initial stage of the Seneca Energy RNG project, a 3,000 scfm expandable facility, which was the recipient of the EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program 2014 Project of the Year Award. (Source: Aria Energy, 2 Nov., 2016) Contact: Aria Energy, Richard DiGia, President and CEO , Julie Bollenbach, (248) 380-3920,,; Seneca Meadows, Inc. Marcy Neumire, (315) 539-5624,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aria Energy,  Methane,  Landfill Gas,  Renewable Natural Gas,  

    Alberta Bill Caps Oilsands Emissions at 100 MTY (Ind. Report)
    ALberta Oil Sands
    Date: 2016-11-04
    On the Canadian prairies, greenhouse gas emissions from the Alberta oilsands will be capped at 100 megatonnes per year under proposed new legislation from the NDP government of Premier Rachel Nottley.

    In 2014, oilsands accounted for 66 megatonnes of emissions, 24 pct of the oil-soaked province's total, and 9 pct of the Canadian total for that year when there was no legislated limit.

    According to the government, the limit was agreed to by representatives of the province's oilsands industry and environmental groups. The National Energy Board estimates the oilsands aren't expected to hit the 100-megatonne per year level for at least 15 years. Even so, the goal is to remain under that limit by compelling oilsands companies to find innovative ways to extract bitumen. A $30 per tonne carbon price will apply to oil sands projects based on levels set by high-performing facilities. (Source: Alberta Environment Minister Hon. Shannon Phillips, CBC, 11 Nov., 2016) Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Oil Sand,  Carbon Emissions,  Oil Sands Emissions,  Shannon Phillips,  

    Cemtrex Touting Ventilation Air Methane Technology (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-11-04
    Farmingdale, New York-headquartered industrial and manufacturing solutions company Cemtrex Inc. is touting its Methane Catalytic Destruction Reactor (MCDR) technology which, according to the company, destroys Ventilation Air Methane (VAM) gas economically at low temperatures and generates carbon credits for its user. The MCDR, with a starting price around $2 million, pays for itself within 3-4 years from the carbon credit revenue, according to Cemtrex.

    Cemtrex provides advanced custom engineered electronics, emission monitors and instruments for industrial processes, as well as environmental control and air filtration systems for industries and utilities. (Source: Cementrx, Nasdaq, Global Newswire, 2 Nov., 2016) Contact: Cemtrex, Saagar Govil, CEO, (631) 756-9116,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cemtrex,  Carbon Emissions,  Methane,  

    A4A Lauds ICAO's Carbon Emissions Offsetting Scheme (Ind. Report)
    Airlines for America,International Civil Aviation Organization
    Date: 2016-11-04
    According to the airlines trade organization Airlines for America (A4A), "the cost of complying with the carbon-offsetting scheme the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) approved last month will be 'manageable' and preferable to any national or regional effort to regulate aviation emissions."

    Last month in Montreal, ICAO approved a carbon-offsetting strategy designed to cap international airline flight CO2 emissions growth after 2020. As of October 12, 66 of 191 member nations had agreed to participate in the voluntary pilot phase of the global market-based measure scheme, with India and Russia among notable hold-outs. The participating nations represent 86 pct of international air traffic, according to ICAO. (Source: A4A, 2 Nov., 2016) Contact: A4A, Nancy Young, VP Environmental Affairs,; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211,,

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

    CaGBC Launching Zero Carbon Building Standard (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2016-11-04
    The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has unveiled the first phase of its Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative, which will ultimately result in the launch of a Zero Carbon Building Standard, a framework to assess highly energy efficient buildings that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The new standard is intended to advance lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings that support Canada's efforts to reduce GHGs by 30 pct by 2030.

    The Zero Carbon Buildings Framework defines zero carbon buildings and establishes the following key components for the evaluation of building carbon footprints:

  • A greenhouse gas intensity metric for assessing a building's emissions, calculated using regional emissions factors.
  • Energy intensity metrics to incentivize the design of highly efficient, reliable and resilient buildings.
  • A peak energy demand metric to encourage the use of "peak shaving" measures.
  • An embodied carbon metric to recognize the importance of building material lifecycle impacts.
  • A requirement that renewable energy be generated on-site or procured directly in order to ensure the addition of clean power generation.

    The next phases of the Zero Carbon Initiative include the identification of specific pathways to zero carbon, a zero carbon building pilot program and then the development of a verification program. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, PR, 2 Nov., 2016) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184,

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

  • NREL Touts Biofuel-Producing Bacterium Discovery (R&D Report)
    Date: 2016-11-04
    The US DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is reporting the discovery of a metabolic pathway to take up CO2 in Clostridium thermocellum, one of the most efficient bacteria in directly turning cellulosic materials into hydrogen and hydrocarbons biofuels.

    Most bacteria feeding upon organic carbon compounds release CO2 as a waste byproduct, decreasing the maximum amount of products the microorganism can produce per carbon atom measured as carbon efficiency, the lab explained. With the observed improved carbon efficiency, this work inspires future research to redirect more cellular electrons in support of increased hydrogen production.

    According to researcher Katherine Chou, "Our findings pave the way for future engineering of the bacterium as a way to improve carbon efficiency and to reduce the amount of CO2 released into the environment." (Source: NREL, SeeNews, Various Others, 1 Nov., 2016) Contact: NREL, Katherine J. Chou, Research Scientist, (303) 384-7626,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Biofuel,  

    BIO Seeks 2017 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology Papers, Proposals (Ind. Report)
    Biotechnology Innovation Organization
    Date: 2016-11-04
    The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has issued a call for panel session proposals for the 2017 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology at the Palais des congres de Montreal in Quebec, July 23-26, 2017.

    Leaders from the biotechnology industry, academia, and policy community are invited to offer an abstract or a panel proposal in any of the following program tracks: Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms; Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Materials; Agriculture Crop Technologies and Biomass Supply; Synthetic Biology and Genomics Research; Research and Technical Presentations , and Growing Global Biobased Markets.

    Proposed panels should address renewable chemicals, algae for fuels and bioproducts, biobased products, biomass utilization, cellulosic biofuels, metabolic engineering, new chemical pathways, regional economic development, synthetic biology, regulatory issues, new feedstock crops and feedstock sustainability, aviation biofuels, genetically engineered crops, project finance, biopathways to bulk chemicals, enzyme development, green plastics, work force training and specialty chemicals.

    For details and information please visit (Source: BIO, 1 Nov., 2016) Contact: BIO, Caitlin Kennedy, (202) 312-9288,,, Blog:, Twitter: @IAmBiotech, #BIOWC17

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biotechnology Innovation Organization,  

    Snohomish PUD Invests $11.2Mn in Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Snohomish County Public Utility District,
    Date: 2016-11-04
    In Washington State, Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) is touting its $11.2 million MESA 2 battery energy storage project which is being installed in Everett.

    The MESA 2 project, which consists of a vanadium battery system powerful enough to keep the lights on in as many as 1,000 homes for eight hours, is also intended as a "learning tool" for future energy storage projects . The system, which takes up 20 shipping containers, is made by Mukilteo-based UniEnergy Technologies. The software system connecting the battery to the PUD's grid is from Seattle-based Doosan GridTech, formerly 1Energy Systems.

    MESA 2 is slated to come on line in spring, 2017. The project is part of the PUD's effort to spur energy storage technologies and them easier and more economical for utilities to use.

    Snohomish PUB previously received $3.5 million in grant funding from the Washington Clean Energy Fund to support energy storage, a microgrid system, small-scale renewable energy and other new energy technologies. (Source: Snohomish County Public Utility District, Everett Washington Herald, 2 Nov., 2016) Contact: Snohomish PUD, (425) 783-1000,; Washington Clean Energy Fund,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery Energy Storage,  Washington Clean Energy FundSnohomish County Public Utility District,  ,  

    Xcel Considers Dormant Wyoming Wind Farm's Future (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2016-11-04
    In Wyoming, Xcel Energy reports that the future of its mothballed 1998-vintage, 44-turbine Ponnequin wind farm south of Cheyenne is still uncertain. The 30-MW wind farm, which is comprised of both 650-kilowatt and 750-kilowatt turbines, was taken offline in December 2015 and is currently dormant.

    According to Xcels media representative Mark Stutz, the utility is "developing a decommissioning plan, and it is Xcel Energy's intent to return the site to its original state, but other potential options may be explored in the process." Stutz added that the decision to end the wind farm's operations was primarily due to economics, with replacement parts difficult to find, making maintenance more difficult.

    Wind farm decommissioning in Wyoming requires removal of all turbines, towers, substations, buildings, cabling, electrical components, foundations and other associated or ancillary equipment or structures within the facility boundary above and below ground. Decommissioning must begin one year after the end of the useful life of the wind farm or individual turbine or when no electricity is generated from a wind farm or individual turbine for a one-year period. (Source: Xcel Energy,, 1 Nov., 2016) Contact: Xcel Energy, (612) 215-5300,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Wind,  

    Monarca Project to Produce Jatropha BioJet Fuel (Ind. Report)
    Monarca,Honeywell UOP ,Zphere Works
    Date: 2016-11-02
    Following on our October 3rd report, Houston-headquartered Turf Feeding Systems has partnered with South Africa's AgriProjects to create special high-yield jatropha seed oil feedstock for the Monarca Biojetfuel refinery project in the Yucatan of Mexico. The refinery includes a 33,000 hectare Jatropha plantation producing oil feedstock for the refinery.

    The plantation will be an ongoing research facility developing new seed oil crops, new agronomic practices and integrating greenhouse and field evaluations with satellite infrared crop scanning, according to Monarca CEO Jack Katz.

    Monarca plans to initially produce 30,000 gpy of bio jet fuel using Honeywell UOP technology. The fuel will be purchased by Mexico's Federal ASA Aviation Services. (Source: PR Web, 21 Oct., 2016) Contact: Zphere Works, Monarca, Jack Katz, CEO, +52 1 55 2095 4727,; Honeywell UOP, Renewable Energy and Chemicals Business, Veronica May, VP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zphere Works,  Jatropha,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  

    Danish Univ. Scores £2.5Mn Biogas Grant from Apple (Funding)
    Aarhus University,Apple
    Date: 2016-11-02
    In Denmark , Aarhus University reports it has received £2.5 million in grant funding from Apple to support biogas power production for Apple's planned data centre near the University.

    The funding will also support competitive methanisation technologies that can convert the CO2 component in biogas into methane by means of hydrogen produced from renewable electricity. The methane can be stored in the natural gas network and used as the basis for balanced electricity production for the data center. Associate Professor Ottosen. (Source: Aarhus University, FarmingUK, 31 Oct., 2016) Contact: Aarhus University,

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

    Sea-Tac Airport Seals Sustainable Fuel Deal (Ind. Report)
    SkyNRG,Carbon War Room
    Date: 2016-11-02
    In Washington State, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) reports it has inked an agreement to ensure a regular supply of sustainable aviation biofuels. The agreement is the result of partnership between the Port of Seattle, SkyNRG and Carbon War Room (CWR) to investigate long-term financing mechanisms that could supply alternative fuels to all airlines serving Sea-Tac.

    This new partnership aims to accelerate the transition of sustainable aviation fuel from an alternative product used by a few select airlines, to a standard product that is used by all airlines at the airport. (Source: Port of Seattle Commission, Geek Wire, Airport World, 31 Oct., 2016) Contact: Port of SeattleCommission, John Creighton, Pres., (206) 728-3034,; SkyNRG, +31 (0) 20 470 7020,,; Carbon War Room,; Sea-Tac, (206) 787-5388,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  SkyNRG,  Carbon War Room ,  

    IMO Sets 2020 Maritime SOx Emissions Compliance Date (Int'l)
    Date: 2016-11-02
    Following on our October 26th covereage, the London-headquartered international shipping regulatory International Maritime Organization (IMO) reports it has set January 1, 2020 as the implementation date for a global sulphur SOx cap of 0.50 pct mass/mass in maritime fuel oil. The current global limit since Jan. 1, 2012, 3.5 pct m/m.

    Ships can meet the requirement by using low-sulphur compliant fuel oil or approved equivalent methods, such as exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) which “clean” the emissions before they are released into the atmosphere. The new global cap will not change the limits in SOx Emission Control Areas (ECAS) established by IMO. (Source: IMO, Hellenic Shipping News, Int'l. Shipping News, 31 Oct., 2016) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SOx,  Sulphur Emissions,  IMO,  GHG,  

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