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EPA Touts Methane Challenge Program (Ind. Report)
US EPA,
Date: 2016-11-02
In Washington, the U.S. EPA is announcing the founding partners of the ONE Future Emissions Intensity Commitment Option under the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge (Methane Challenge) Program. The Program builds upon the Natural Gas STAR Program, calling on U.S. oil and gas companies to make specific and transparent commitments to reduce methane emissions from their operations.

The Methane Challenge Program, which was launched with 41 founding partners this past March, gives partner companies a platform to make transparent company-wide commitments to cut emissions. Transparency is a fundamental part of the program, and partner achievements will be tracked by submitting annual data directly to EPA which aims to cut oil and gas sector methane emissions by 40 to 45 pct below 2012 levels by 2025.

Access EPA Methane Challenge Program details HERE. (Source: US EPA, 30 Oct., 2016) 31 October 2016) Contact: US EPA, www.epa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  US EPA,  Global Warming,  GHG,  


Iron Horse Energy Storage Project Const. Underway (Ind. Report)
E.ON North America,Tucson Electric Power
Date: 2016-11-02
Following on our Sept. 9th coverage, E.ON reports it has begun construction on its Iron Horse battery energy storage project -- a customized 10 MW, lithium-ion battery energy storage facility with an adjacent 2 MW solar array. The project is located in the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park, southeast of Tucson, and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2017. The facility will quickly respond to shifts in power demand and increase system reliability and efficiency.

E.ON has a ten-year agreement with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to provide frequency response and voltage control through Iron Horse. E.ON provides energy to TEP from its 6.6 MW Tech Park Solar and 13.2 MW Valencia Solar facilities and has partnered with the utility on the turnkey construction of a 17.2 MW solar facility at the U.S. Army's Fort Huachuca Army Base, near Sierra Vista, Arizona. (Source: E.ON, PR, Various Media, 31 Oct., 2016) Contact: E.ON Solar, Steve Trenholm, Pres., Mark Frigo, VP Energy Storage North America, (503) 481-8622, mark.frigo@eon.com, www.eon.com, www.eoncrna.com; TEP, Renewable Energy Dir., Carmine Tilghman, www.tep.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON ,  Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Tucson Electric Power ,  


Ameresco Completes Illinois LFGTE Project (Ind. Report)
Ameresco,Hoosier Energy
Date: 2016-11-02
Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco Inc. is reporting the completion of a 16 MW landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) project at the Orchard Hills Generating Station near Rockford, Illinois. Ameresco contracted for the project's design, permitting, engineering, procurement and construction and is also operating the project for Hoosier Energy.

According to Ameresco, the LFGTE project is the fourth biogas-fueled project it is operating for Hoosier Energy. The facility utilizes six 620 Jenbacher engines to turn landfill gas into sufficient electric power for as many as 8,000 homes. (Source: Ameresco, Other Media, Oct. 21, 2016) Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative, (812) 876-2021, www.hepn.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hoosier Energy,  Ameresco,  Landfill Gas,  Biogas-to-Energy,  Biogas,  


REGI Plans $24Mn Ralston Biorefinery Expansion (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Group,Landus Cooperative
Date: 2016-11-02
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 completed Ralston expansion would increase 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, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com; Landus Cooperative, www.landuscooperative.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Soy,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Energy Group,  Biofuel,  


Offshore Wind Could Grow Over 650 pct by 2030, says IRENA Report (Ind. Report)
IRENA
Date: 2016-11-02
In AbuDjabi, the recently released International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Innovation Outlook: Offshore Wind report has found that offshore wind could potentially grow from 13GW in 2015 to 100GW in 2030.

The report provides an overview of the future developments that will drive the offshore wind power boom, including technology advancements and further cost declines. The report also highlights upcoming innovations including next generation wind turbines with larger blades, as well as floating turbines. The report also makes recommendations for the implementation of policy mechanisms and incentive programmes including provisioning targeted R&D funding, supporting information sharing and skills development, and other measures.

Access the full Innovation Outlook; Offshore Wind report HERE. (Source: IRENA, ESI Africa, 1 Nov., 2016) Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  Offshore Wind,  


Tesla's Musk Touts "Tough as Steel" Solar Panel (New Prod & Tech)
Solar City,Tesla Motors
Date: 2016-11-02
At a recent publicity event in California, Tesla Motors Chairman Elon Musk commented on Tesla's new solar roof tiles.

Musk says the new tempered, textured glass tiles look like ordinary roof tiles but allow light to pass through from above onto a standard flat solar cell. They are "tough as steel" and can weather a "lifetime of abuse from the elements" as well as be fitted with heating elements to melt snow in colder climates. According to Musk, the tiles are "never going to wear out", have a "quasi-infinite lifetime" and are comparable to competing high-efficiency solar panels.

The company expects a slow mid 2017 roll-out SolarCity, under the Tesla and SolarCity brand brand. Pricing information is not presently available. The apparent plan is for Panasonic to produce the solar cells and for Tesla to assemble the "tough as steel" glass tiles. (Source: Tesla, Various Media, 1 Nov., 2016)Contact: SolarCity Corp., Lyndon Rive, Pres., (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com; Tesla, www.teslamotors.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar,  Tesla Motors,  Elon Musk,  Solar City,  


Battery Ventures Acquires UK Michell Instruments Group (M&A)
Battery Venture,Michell Instruments
Date: 2016-11-02
Boston-based Battery Ventures reports it will acquire Ely, UK-based Michell Instruments Group, a designer and manufacturer of sensors and instrumentation for the precise measurement and analysis of humidity, moisture, and oxygen throughout industrial processes.

According to Battery Ventures, Michell's resources will support increased investment in the company's proprietary technology and in complementary acquisitions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. (Source: Battery Ventures, Nov., 2016) Contact: Battrery Ventures, Alicia Halatsis, (650) 292-2046, alicia@battery.com, www.battery.com; Michell Instruments, Mike Bannister, CEO, uk.info@michell.com, www.michell.com/uk

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


NYC Legislation Includes Building Energy Benchmarking (Reg & Leg)
Mayor de Blasio
Date: 2016-11-02
In the Empire State, Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio's office reports the signing ten pieces of legislation into law, including a package of three green buildings bills -- Intro. 1163-A, 1160 and 1165 -- related to energy and water benchmarking, lighting retrofitting and sub-metering requirements for mid-size buildings.

Together these bills are expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 250,000 metric tons and spur retrofits in 16,000 buildings. This legislation also offers additional support for the City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 pct from 2005 levels by 2050.

Intro. 1163-A, requires mid-size building owners to report benchmarking data on their whole building energy and water usage to the City. requires owners of midsize buildings to retrofit the lighting systems in non-residential spaces to comply with the New York City Energy Code by 2025. This is already required for larger buildings. (Source: NYC Office of the Mayor, RealEstateRama, 1 Nov., 2016) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  Mayor de Blasio,  


IFC Forests Bond Investors Choose Cash, Carbon Credits Payout (Ind. Report)
IFC,World Bank,International Finance Corporation
Date: 2016-11-02
The World Bank IFC reports the issuance of a new $152 million Forests Bond to support private sector development and prevent deforestation in developing countries. According to the IFC, between $75 billion -$300 billion will be needed to effectively address developing country deforestation.

The five-year bond has been sold to major global institutional investors -- including CalSTRS, Theehouse Investments LLC, TIAA-CREF, and QBE. Bond proceeds will support IFC's private sector lending in emerging markets. The bond will be listed on the London Stock Exchange. Investors have a choice between a cash or carbon-credit coupon payout.

Tha carbon credit payout follows the UN Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) scheme which offers economic incentives to reduce deforestation and invest in low-carbon growth.

IFC developed the Forests Bond with global mining, metals, and petroleum giant BHP Billiton and Conservation International. BHP Billiton provides a price-support mechanism for the Forests Bond. Forests Bond placement agents include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas and JP Morgan. To date, IFC has raised climate finance through a variety of innovative instruments including $5.6 billion in green bonds, the proceeds of which are invested exclusively in climate-smart projects such as energy efficiency and renewable energy. (Source: IFC, FTSE, Exchange News Direct, 31 Oct., 2016) Contact: IFC World Bank, (202) 473-1000, www.ifc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank IFC,  Carbon Credit,  Deforestation,  


Tesla Ups Powerwall Power, Streamlines Design (Ind. Report)
Tesla,Panasonic
Date: 2016-10-31
Palo Alto-California-headquartered Tesla Motors is reporting the launch of its next generation Powerwall 2.0 home energy storage system. The new units will reportedly be sold through Tesla outlets, unlike the first generation Powerwall which was only available through distributors. Tesla is also planning to ramp up production to meet its expected high demand.

The new Powerwall 2.0 offers twice the energy storage capacity of the original Powerwall unit by utilizing with new battery cells from the Tesla Gigafactory, rather than the Panasonic-Tesla produced battery in the original Powerwall units. (Source: Tesla, electric, 27 Oct., 2016) Contact: Tesla, www.teslamotors.com, http://ir.tesla.com/corporate-governance.cfm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Energy Storage,  Tesla Powerwall,  


Floating Solar PV Cell Test-Bed Launched in Singapore (Int'l)
Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore
Date: 2016-10-31
The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore is reporting the launch of the world's largest floating solar photovoltaic cell test-bed at the Tengeh Reservoir in Tuasin Singapore.

The 1-hectare, $11-million test-bed will be used to study the performance and cost-effectiveness of 10 solar PV systems, each of which has a capacity of 1 kilowatt peak. The systems will be studied and compared to each other at the end of a 6-month study period. The floating system will also be compared against a nearby 20 KW peak roof-top system. The two best-performing floating solar photovoltaic systems will be chosen and placed on a larger trial of 2 megawatt peak capacity. the project is being conducted by the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (Seris).

Previous research found that the floating system can be up to 20 pct more efficient than roof-top systems in tropical countries, and 5 pct more efficient in temperate countries. (Source: Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, Straits Times, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, +65 65 16 41 19, www.seris.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Solar,  Solar,  Solar,  Rooftop SolarPV,  


Natcore Tech Advisor for 1,000 MW Solar Facility (Ind. Report)
Natcore Technology ,DK Ener Group Ltd.
Date: 2016-10-31
Rochester, H.Y.-based solar research firm Natcore Technology Inc. reports it has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to act as a science and technology advisor for a large vertically-integrated solar PV project in the Middle East. The project is being developed by Malta-based DK Ener Group Ltd., an international renewable energy projects developer. The 1,000 MW project would comprise a solar array consisting of 100 individual solar power plants, each with a capacity of at least 10 MW, a manufacturing facility for the production of PV modules; and a solar cell manufacturing facility. (Source: Natcore Technology, DK Ener Group Ltd., 26 Oct., 2016) Contact: Natcore, Chuck Provini, (732)-576-8800, Dr. David Levy, Dir. Research & Technology, (877) 700-6282, info@natcoresolar.com, www.natcoresolar.com; DK Energy US, (210) 648-0365, www.dkenergy.co

More Low-Carbon Energy News DK Energy ,  Natcore Technology ,  Solar PV,  


Collaboration Aims for Energy Net- Zero Marine Base (Ind. Report)
DCO Energy,Constellation Energy,Schneider Electric
Date: 2016-10-31
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) in Albany, Georgia reports it has awarded a $170 million, 23-year energy savings performance contract to Exelon Corporation subsidiary Constellation Energy. The contracted work will enable the 3,600 acre, 400 facility Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) to reduce energy use, increase energy security, and meet energy demands from renewable sources.

The project includes the installation of an 8.5-megawatt biomass-fueled, steam-to-electricity (STE) generator, high-efficiency transformers, lighting and boiler upgrades, as well as system controls for a landfill gas electricity generator and centralized monitoring and operation of electricity generation and distribution for the base. The measures are expected to reduce the total annual electrical consumption by 15 pct -- 7,200 MWh annually. This means the base will achieve Net Zero status as it will be an energy-efficient installation where the annual energy demand will be fully met by renewable energy produced on site.

DCO Energy, LLC will provide engineering, procurement and construction services and Schneider Electric will supply and install system controls, all of which is slated for completion in 2018. (Source: NAVFAC, PR, Business Wire, 27 Oct., 2016) Contact: Constellation, Gary Fromer, Snr. VP Distributed Energy, Kelly Biemer, (410) 470-9700, kelly.biemer@constellation.com, www.constellation.com; Marine Corps Logistics Base, Colie Young, (229) -639-7023, colie.young@usmc.mil; Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.com; Schneider Electric Energy and Sustainability Services, www.schneider-electric.com/ess; DCO Energy Frank DiCola, P.E. and CEO, (856) 878-0071, www.dcoenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DCO Energy,  Constellation Energy,  Schneider Electric,  


IMO Stalls Final Climate Plan Until 2023 (Int'l Report)
IMO
Date: 2016-10-31
At its recent meeting in London, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) agreed to require most blue-water merchant ships to log their fuel consumption but did not call for or act on more stringent CO2 emissions regulations and ship design efficiency requirements. The organization did, however, agreed to forestall a detailed CO2 strategy until 2023, when more data on fleet fuel consumption will be available.

In an apparent effort to placate environmental groups, the IMO created a "road map" towards 2023 final strategy to include additional studies on emissions.

Previously, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) -- Maersk, China Navigation, Wartsila and ABS -- called for the IMO to make specific CO2 reduction commitments, like those adopted the Paris COP21 climate agreement. SSI described this as a "minimum requirement". (Source: IMO, Maritime Exec., Others, 28 Oct., 2016) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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


UK Wind Co-op Launches Second Community Wind Offering (Int'l)
SmallWind Co-op
Date: 2016-10-31
In the UK, Small Wind Co-op reports it has launched the second tranche of shares to fund the installation of community wind turbines in Scotland and Wales. The offer calls for a £100 minimum investment with an expected annual 6.5 pct return over 20 years.

The first share offer this summer met its target of £1 million with over 300 members. The second tranche aims to raise £550,000.

Small Wind is an energy co-op started by Sharenergy, and has helped people set up over 30 successful renewable energy organizations in the past seven years.

Work is currently underway on building turbines at Scottish locations Wemyss Bay and Inverclyde, and in Ceredigion in Wales.(Source: Small Wind Co-op, 28 Oct., 2016) Contact: SmallWind Co-op, Jon Halle, Dir., +44 0 1743 835242, info@smallwind.org.uk, http://smallwind.org.uk; Sharenergy, www.sharenergy.coop

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Community Wind,  SmallWind Co-op,  


Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee Meeting Set for Washington, Nov 17-18 (Events & Conferences)
U.S. Department of Energy
Date: 2016-10-31
The U.S. DOE has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee to be held Nov. 17-18 in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the meeting is to develop advice and guidance that promotes research and development leading to the production of biobased fuels and products. The agenda includes an update on USDA and DOE biomass research and development activities, an update on the Biomass Research and Development Initiative, and annual committee recommendations.

Event attendance and information is available HERE. (Source: Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, U.S. DOE, Federal Register, 26 Oct., 2016) (Source: Federal Register, www.federalregister.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioproduct,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  Biomass ,  U.S. Department of Energy ,  


Con Ed Offers Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Con Edison
Date: 2016-10-31
Following on our Sept. 26th coverage, New York energy supplier Con Edison reports it will pay residential customers up to $1,000 for replacing outdated heating equipment with new energy-efficient equipment. An upgrade over less-efficient systems can cut heating costs by 30 percent which translates into significant cash savings.

Multi-family properties and large commercial and industrial businesses can also lower their energy bills by using free, personalized energy surveys to guide energy efficiency upgrades. The surveys are free for multi-family properties and covered up to 50 percent for commercial and industrial properties.

The average residential gas-heating bill from November 2016 to March 2017 is expected to be about $208 per month based on average monthly usage of 170 therms and normal winter weather. (Source: Con Edison, Various Media, 28 Oct., 2016) Contact: ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094, Greg Elcock, Energy Management, www.coned.com/energyefficiency, www.conedsolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Con Edison,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


Automakers Up Engine Size to Meet Emissions Standards (Ind. Report)

Date: 2016-10-28
According to a new E&T report, European auto makers are expected to increase the size of their engines in order to meet carbon dioxide emissions standards. The reports claims that General Motors, Volkswagen, and Renault plan to discontinue some of their small car engines and enlarge others in order to meet new emissions standards. Smaller motors -- two-cylinders or three-cylinder motors under one liter -- with turbochargers were used in lab emissions tests.

The lab tests showed that the smaller motors passed EU emissions tests, but the conditions under which they were tested were not realistic, reflecting the controlled temperatures and speeds demonstrated in the lab. The turbochargers generate heat that sends NOx emissions soaring in diesels and emits particulates and carbon monoxide from gasoline engines.

The E&T report says next diesel engine will be 25 to 30 pct bigger than its current model when the next generation of engines beginning in 2019, and VW will replace their 1.4 liter three-cylinder diesel with a four-cylinder, 1.6 liter version. The changes come in response to new, more realistic on-road testing by 2019, with a global test standard for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions following in 2021. (Source: E&T, Real Time Digital;, 18 Oct., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Vehicle Emissions,  


IEA Ups Renewable Energy Projections by 13 pct (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2016-10-28
In its just released Medium-Term Renewable Market Report the Paris-headquartered International Energy Agency (IEA) has increased its projections for renewable energy capacity additions by 13 pct between 2015 and 2021.

The Report examines the future of renewable energy as the global economy transitions towards a low-carbon model and looks at how renewable energy is used in the power, heat, and transportation sectors, and how its use will continue to evolve over the next five years in the face of lower fossil fuel prices.

The report notes the continued downward trend that renewable energy costs are experiencing and strong policy support for renewable energy development in some companies. As a result, not only did renewable energy capacity installation surpass coal in 2015 to become the world's largest source of installed power capacity.

Overall, the IEA projects global renewable electricity capacity will grow by 42 pct, or around 825 GW by 2021, up 13 pct over 2015 projections. Renewable energy's share of electricity generation will grow from 23 pct in 2015 to 28 pct in 2021, cover more than 60 pct of the increase in world electricity generation over the medium term, and generate in excess of 7600 TWh by 2021. (Source: IEA, CleanTechnica, Others, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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


Shareholders OK Gamesa, Siemens Wind Merger (Int'l, M&A)
Gamesa,Siemens Wind
Date: 2016-10-28
Spanish wind energy giant Gamesa is reporting that its shareholders have approved a previously announced a merger with Siemens Wind Power and the creation of a new seperate corporate entity headquartered in Spain.

The merger will see Gamesa absorb Siemens's wind power assets in exchange for newly-issued shares in Gamesa.. Siemens would hold 59 pct of the new company and while Iberdrola will retain an 8 pct interest. The merger now requires Spanish regulatory approval. (Source: Gamesa, Various Others, 26 Oct., 2016) Contact: Siemens, Thomas Richterich, CEO Onshore Wind Power and Renewables, +49 69 797 66 60, www.siemens.com; : Gamesa Corp., www.gamesacorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gamesa,  Siemens Wind,  Wind,  


French Solar Roadway Pilot Project Underway (Int'l Report)
Colas
Date: 2016-10-28
Further to our Feb. 1, 2016 coverage, in Tourouvre, north-western France, transport infrastructure company Colas is touting the construction of a €5 million ($5.45 million} 1 kilometer highway embedded with Wattway solar road tiles. Upon completion, the solar road will be connected to the grid and is expected to produce some 17,963 kWh per day.

Wattway is composed of PV cells inserted in superposed layers that ensure tire and weather wear resistance and tire grip. The patented composite material is only a few millimeters thick and can be applied directly on existing pavements with little or no preparation work. Wattway was developed by Colas with support from the French National Institute for Solar Energy. (Source: Colas, Various Media, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: Colas, + 33 1 77 45 20 53, www.wattwaybycolas.com/en; National Institute of Solar Energy, +33 (0) 4 7979 2000, www.ines-solaire.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Colas,  Solar,  Solar Roadways,  


STACE Acquires Soitec's CPV Solar Technology (M&A)
Saint-Augustin Canada Electric Inc,Soitec
Date: 2016-10-28
In Quebec, former General Electric business unit Saint-Augustin Canada Electric Inc (STACE) is reporting the acquisition of the concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology of French semiconductor materials maker Soitec .

According to STACE, it will work in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany to further improve the technology. STACE plans to establish a 20-MW module assembly line based on Soitec's CPV technology next May. The company expects to expand the assembly line to 70 MW by July 2018. (Source: Saint-Augustin Canada Electric Inc., Various Media, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: STACE, (418) 878-6900, www.stacelectric.com; Soitec, Investor Relations Olivier Brice +33 (0) 4-76-92-93-80, olivier.brice@soitec.com, www.soitec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  CPV Solar,  Soitec,  


Rising CO2 Levels a New 'Climate Reality', says WMO (Ind. Report)
World Meteorological Organisation
Date: 2016-10-28
According to the Switzerland-headquartered World Meteorological Organization's Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the world is in a new era of climate change reality with atmospheric CO2 levels at 400 ppm on average across 2015. The Bulletin finds that 2016 will be the first full year to exceed the mark.

The onset of strong 2015 El Nino weather caused a spike in the levels of gas in the atmosphere. This is because droughts were triggered in tropical regions, meaning vegetation was less able to absorb CO2 and the dry conditions led to extra emissions from fires. According to the Global Fire Emission Database, CO2 emissions in Equatorial Asia were more than twice as high as the 1997-2015 average, in part due to serious forest fires in Indonesia. These conditions have helped push the growth in the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere above the average for the last ten years.

The WMO predicts that emissions levels will not fall below 400 ppm for many generations and that the growth of other greenhouse gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide, and their impact will continue to rise. (Source: WMO, Wired, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: World Meteorological Organisation, +41 (0) 22 73 0811, www.wmo.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Meteorological Organisation,  CO2,  Climate Change,  


Bright Minds Challenge Renewable Energy Initiative Launched (Ind. Report)
Bright Minds Challenge
Date: 2016-10-28
In Boston, a group of companies is reporting the launch of the global Bright Minds Challenge to identify and help accelerate the scaling of solutions for 100 pct renewable energy -- focusing on solar and energy storage. The challenge is initiated by DSM, together with Accenture; Greentown Labs; Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, University of Oxford; Solarcentury; SolarAid and Sungevity.

The consortium will provide promising emerging solutions with a tailored package of commercial, technical and mentoring support to help scientists scale up their solution as quickly as possible.

Anyone with a solution relevant to renewable energy – focusing on solar and/or renewable energy storage - can submit an entry. The solution needs to be prototyped, and ready to scale up.

The top three solutions will all receive commercial, technical and mentoring support, with the winner getting 500 hours of tailored help to fast-forward their solution. The hunt for the solutions starts now, with voting taking place in January and February 2017, and the winners being announced in June 2017. (Source: Royal DSM, 26 Oct., 2016) Contact: DSM, Rob van Leen, CIO, www.dsm.com; Bright Minds Challenge, www.sciencecanchangetheworld.org, www.sme.org

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


UN Approves UAE Energy Efficiency Programme (Int'l Report)
Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence
Date: 2016-10-28
In the UAE, Dubai Carbon and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) reports thay have agreed to incentivize the UEA energy efficiency retrofit markets under the UN backed Programme of Activities (PoA) framework. Under the framework, ESCO type and efficient lighting projects can earn carbon credits once included as Component Project Activities (CPAs) within the framework.

The PoAs will be managed by Etihad ESCO, the Dubai Government owned SuperESCO vehicle, with consultancy support from Dubai Carbon, which will also act as the coordinator between UNFCCC, Etihad ESCO, DSCE and CPAs. Once registered, the PoA, Fostering an ESCO Industry in the UAE will become an umbrella programme for small-scale ESCO type projects, that from a financial point of view otherwise may not be suitable to apply for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project Activities. Meanwhile, the Lighting Efficiency PoA will support energy-efficient lighting retrofit projects that cut energy demand and associated emissions. (Source: Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence , PR, ZAWYA, 24 Oct., 2016) Contact: Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, +971 4 307 2600, www.dcce.ae; Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Ivano Iannelli, CEO, +971 4 307 2034, www.dubaisce.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Portland Joining 2030 District Initiative to Improve Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
2030 District
Date: 2016-10-28
Following on our Oct. 18th coverage, the city of Portland, Maine, is slated to join the continent-wide 2030 District initiative with the launch of the Portland 2030 District on Nov. 7. Thirteen U.S. cities, including Dallas, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, as well as Toronto, Ontario, are 2030 District cities.

The goals of the new district are to reduce energy consumption and emissions in existing downtown buildings and new construction, while also promoting alternative transportation, installing energy efficient lighting, establishing electric vehicle charging stations, upgrading windows for greater energy efficiency and others.

To garner city and business community support, the Portland 2030 District will host events to educate builders and building owners on methods to reduce energy and water consumption, and look for ways to reduce downtown traffic and parking problems. It also looks to establish a buildings database and establish a public hub of information on reaching sustainability goals, including best practices, local vendors, financing options and case studies on making buildings more efficient. All data would be updated annually and measured against the internet benchmarking tool developed by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection.

Establishing the Portland 2030 District occurs as city councilors will hold a Nov. 7 public hearing and vote on an amendment to City Code Chapter 6 to require owners of commercial buildings of more than 20,000 sq. ft. or residential buildings of 50 or more units to report annual data on energy and water consumption. The amendment would also require the city to report the same data on municipal buildings of 5,000 sq.ft. or larger. By Dec. 31, 2020, city staff would be required to review data on the properties affected and possibly recommend ordinance amendments to improve energy efficiency and water use. (Source: City of Portland, Forecaster, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: 2030 Districts, www.2030districts.org/portland-maine

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


Energy Efficiency Earns GM ENERGY STAR Recognition (Ind. Report)
General Motors,ENERGY STAR
Date: 2016-10-28
U.S. automaker General Motors (GM) reports that 16 of its facilities have won U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR recognition for their continued efforts to increase energy efficiency.

GM's Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan and Fort Wayne assembly plant in Indiana earned U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance. The certification signifies that these plants are more energy efficient than 75 pct of similar buildings nationwide and meet strict performance levels set by the U.S. EPA.

The various improvements included new doors that isolate air flow, efficient energy management systems, variable-frequency drives that help cooling tower pump systems and fans operate with greater precision, installation of 186,000 LED bulbs and fixtures, and others.

GM's Fort Wayne assembly plant will receive nearly $1 million in utility incentives over the next three years as a result of the upgrades that are expected to save the auto giant $73 million in energy costs in 2016. (Source: GM, NORIA, Oct., 2016) Contact: GM, Al Hildreth, Global Energy Manager, www.gm.com; EPA ENERGY STAR www.energystar.gov

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


Landfill Gas by Any Other Name -- ENER-G Natural Power Gets a New Handle (Ind. Report)
ENER-G Natural Power ,Centrica
Date: 2016-10-28
In the UK, Manchester-based biogas and landfill gas specialist ENER-G Natural Power reports it has taken a new name -- Ylem Energy. The new handle is part of Centrica's recent acquisition of former sister company ENER-G Cogen International.

Ylem Energy is currently developing South Africa's largest landfill gas-to-power initiative, with an £11 million investment in five Johannesburg locations. The company has developed more than 150MW of landfill gas-to-energy projects over the past 25 years in the UK, Poland, Mexico and South Africa. (Source: Ylem Energy , Bioenergy Insights, Others, 27 Oct., 2016) Contact: ENER-G, Ylem Energy, Ian Gadsby, Managing Dir., www.energ-group.com; Centrica plc, Mark Hanafin, Managing Director, +44 (0)1753 494900, www.centrica.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENER-G Natural Power,  Landfill Gas,  Biogas,  Centrica,  


Minn. PACE Project Could be Nation's Largest (Ind. Report)
PACE
Date: 2016-10-26
In St.Paul, Minnesota, the 32-story, 2 million + sq-ft First National Bank Building, and two nearby smaller buildings, have completed a $12 million energy efficiency retrofit. The project, which includes new heating, cooling and energy efficient lighting, was paid for through the largest PACE energy efficiency financing packages likely ever assembled.

The PACE program was managed by the St. Paul Port Authority and Petros PACE Financing of Austin, Texas provided over $10 million in equity. With the upgrades, the the three buildings are expected to cut energy cost by 35 to 40 pct annually.

PACE programs allow building owners to pay off energy improvements on their property assessments over 20 years at competitive interest rates. (Source: Various Media, PACE, MidWest Energy News, Oct., 2016)Contact: PACE, info@pacenow.org, http://pacenow.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE Program,  Energy Efficiency,  


Study Confirms Natural Gas Economy's Lower Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
NOAA,Spark of Freedom Foundation
Date: 2016-10-26
According to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado, methane leakage rates during natural gas production have declined substantially in recent decades, resulting in lower overall methane emissions even as natural gas production increases. The results show the transformation of America's primary electricity source from coal to natural gas has reduced CO2 emissions without increasing methane emissions from fossil fuels.

As compared to coal, natural gas cuts in half the CO2 emissions that are the main focus of global warming advocates, many of whom claim that methane emissions from increasing natural gas production are negating the benefits of CO2 reductions.

During the past decade, U.S. natural gas production has increased by more than 50 pct, and it is projected that there is sufficient natural gas in the ground to power the nation's economy for decades or even centuries to come. Looking forward, natural gas will almost certainly displace even more coal power from America's electricity mix.(Source: Spark of Freedom Foundation, James Taylor, 20 Oct., 2016) Contact: Spark of Freedom Foundation, https://sparkoffreedomfoundation.wordpress.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  CO2,  Natural Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  Global Warming,  Climate Change,  


DOE BTO Funding Promotes Commercial Building Efficiency (Funding)
US DOE Building Technologies Office
Date: 2016-10-26
The US DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) is reporting the availability of $6.5 million for DE-FOA-0001518, Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages. The BTO seeks proposals driving innovation in building technology demonstrations while fostering the collaboration of dynamic demonstration teams. The General Services Administration (GSA) Green Proving Ground program will participate in the review committee and offer demonstration host sites for the successful applicants.

Successful applicants will propose high-impact real building demonstrations led by strategically structured teams that will identify and verify the cost and energy performance of multi-system energy efficiency packages -- groups of technologies that improve efficiency across two building systems: envelope, lighting/electrical, plug, process, heating, ventilation, cooling, refrigeration, energy management and information, sensors and controls.

The funding is intended to generate and disseminate data, case studies and information that lowers perceived risk regarding the efficacy and economic benefits of innovative and under-utilized commercial building technology packages that can save significant amounts of energy in new and existing commercial buildings. The technical and/or non-technical products of the funding will enable investment-level decision-making and will accelerate the development of utility programs for packages of technologies that meet cost-effectiveness thresholds.

Details on DE-FOA-0001518 can be found HERE. (Source: US DOE BTO, ProudGreenBuilding, Oct. 24, 2016) Contact: US DOE Building Technologies Office, energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office; BTO Funding, energy.gov/eere/buildings/listings/funding-opportunities

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Duke Carolinas Issues 750 GWh Renewables RFP (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Renewables,Duke Energy Carolinas
Date: 2016-10-26
Duke Energy reports that its Duke Energy Carolinas subsidiary has issued a RFP for 750 GWh of annual electricity from renewable energy, as well as the associated renewable energy credits (RECs). The RFP is open to wind, solar, landfill gas, biogas and other resources, excluding swine and poultry waste. However, Duke is said to expect the majority of it to be met with solar PV, which the utility estimates would come out to around 400 MW.

Under the RFP, developers can either build the facilities themselves and sell the electricity generated to Duke, or sell the projects to Duke to run. Bidders must already be in the utility’s interconnection queue, and projects must be operational in 2018.

Under the North Carolina Renewables Portfolio Standard Duke's utility subsidiaries are required to fill 12.5 pct of their electric power demand with renewable energy and efficiency measures by 2021. Duke estimates that it either owns or contracts with 1.5 GW of the 2.3 GW of solar PV which has been installed in North Carolina to date. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, PV Mag., Others, October 24, 2016) Contact: Duke Energy, Rob Caldwell, Sr. VP, Distributed Energy Resources, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  Solar,  PV,  Duke Energy Carolinas,  Renewable Energy,  


EMCOR's Forstone Capital Energy Efficiency Project Lauded (Ind. Report)
EMCOR Services New England Mechanical
Date: 2016-10-26
Vernon, Conn.-headquartered EMCOR Group Inc. subsidiary EMCOR Services New England Mechanical (NEMSI)reports it has been awarded a 1st Place Design/Build Award by Contracting Business Magazine, a national HVAC publication. NEMSI was recognized in the 100,000 s/f category for its design and installation of new energy efficient HVAC systems at Forstone Capital in Bridgeport, Conn.

The $2.4 million project cost was offset by $469,000 in utility incentives through the Energize Connecticut program. NEMSI was also instrumental in securing financing for the project through the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program (C-PACE) for $1,992,683. The financing and utility incentive covered the total cost of the project. The upgrades are expected to deliver about $242,000 in annual energy cost savings. (Source: EMCOR Services, Const. Design & Eng., October 21, 2016) Contact: EMCOR Group, EMCOR Services New England Mechanical, Dana Finnegan, Pres., CEO, (866) 890-7794, www.emcorgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  EMCOR,  C-PACE Group,  


Japanese Consortium Studying Saskatchewan CCUS Technologies and Opportunities (Int'l. Ind. Report)
Japan Coal Energy Centre
Date: 2016-10-26
In Tokyo, the Japan Coal Energy Centre (JCOAL), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. are reporting a collaboration with the International CCS Knowledge Centre in Regina, Sask., to assess the feasibility of applying Japanese technologies in future Carbon, Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) projects in Saskatchewan.

The collaboration, which is sponsored by Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), is intended to show how Japanese technologies could improve Carbon Capture and Air Quality Control Systems (QCS) applications for CCUS projects in Saskatchewan, as well as identify potential global applications of and commercial opportunities for the same Japanese technologies.

Through this project, the Japanese Consortium aims to optimize a CCS application with AQCS from the technical and commercial aspects, in order to meet with the requirements in Saskatchewan and contribute to carbon emission reduction in Canada. (Source: J-COAL, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, 24 Oct., 2016) Contact: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Hideo Ikuno, +81-3-6716-5277, h.ikuno@daiya-pr.co.jp, www.mhi.co.jp; J-COAL, www.jcoal.or.jp/eng; NEDO, www.nedo.go.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEDO,  CCUS,  CCS,  Cabon Capture,  Japan Coal Energy Centre ,  


IMO Members Seek Clear Maritime Emissions Target, Legislation (Int'l. Report)
Maersk Line
Date: 2016-10-26
Maritime industry leaders Maersk, Unifeeder, Cargill and 48 other IMO members are reported to be calling for the London-based International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 70) to set a clear, long-term and an ambitious emissions objective. They are also calling for the IMO to help secure increased maritime industry related environmental legislation.

According to the group, it is time for the world to recognize the important role the global shipping industry must play in holding global temperatures "well below 2 degrees C." (Source: Maersk, Tanker Shipping & Trade, Others, 24 Oct., 2016) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  


IMO Members Urged to Drop World's Dirtiest Fuel (Ind. Report)
IMO,Clean Arctic Alliance
Date: 2016-10-26
The London-based Clean Arctic Alliance is calling on members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to end the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in Arctic waters. HFO is already banned throughout Antarctica, and in the national park waters around the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, leaving only a strictly regulated corridor for ships to access the islands.

HFO, a toxic, tar-like sludge that breaks down extremely slowly in cold Arctic waters, is virtually impossible to clean up in the event of a spill and thus poses a severe risk to the Arctic marine environment, related industries and coastal communities.

The burning of heavy fuel oil by ships emits significant quantities of black carbon, potent in accelerating the already rapid pace of Arctic climate change. In the Arctic atmosphere, black carbon absorbs heat from the sun and reflected heat from the snow and ice doubling the warming impact when it settles on the snow and ice surfaces. This increases the surface area of exposed, dark ocean water, and promotes a self-reinforcing cycle of land and sea ice melting and climate warming.

The Clean Arctic Alliance members include: Bellona, Clean Air Task Force, Danish Ecological Council, Environmental Investigation Agency, European Climate Foundation, Friends of the Earth US, Icelandic Nature Conservation Association, Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union, Ocean Conservancy, Pacific Environment, Seas At Risk, Transport & Environment and WWF. (Source: HFO Free Arctic Alliance, PR, 24 Oct., 2016) Contact: HFO-Free Arctic Campaign, Dave Walsh, Communications Advisor, +34 692 826 764 Dave.Walsh@HFOFreeArctic.org, Sian Prior, Advisor, +44 7785 747945 Sian.Prior@HFOFreeArctic.org, www.hfofreearctic.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMOMaritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Black Carbon,  ,  


Swedish Biofuel Tax Cuts Impact Commercial Transport (Int'l.)
Swedish Bioenergy Association
Date: 2016-10-26
According to the Swedish Bioenergy Association (SVEBIO), the August tax cuts given to biofuels in Sweden had a large effect on commercial transport, but little impact on E85 in private transportation sector.

SVEBIO claims that private motorists seem unaware that after 1 August E85 ethanol blend was selling for less that straight gasoline. 100 pct biodiesel sales increased by 33 pct in August, with both rapeseed and hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) reaching year-high levels, while HVO diesel sales jumped 23 pct from July, 2015 levels. Sales of E85 ethanol remained static, despite the tax reductions for both rapeseed diesel and ethanol, according to the SVEBIO release. (Source: Swedish Bioenergy Association, Biofuel Int'l, Various Media, 24 Oct., 2016) Contact: Swedish Bioenergy Association Gustav Melin, CEO, 46 8 441 7080, www.svebio.se/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


U.S. Ethanol Meets Japanese Sustainability Rules, says USGS Study (Ind. Report)
U.S. Grains Council, Nebraska Ethanol Board
Date: 2016-10-26
A recently released U.S. Grains Council (USGC) study reports that a significant portion of U.S. produced corn ethanol will likely meet Japan's 50 pct greenhouse gas reduction threshold over gasoline and thus help open the door for U.S. ethanol exports into the Japanese market.

According to Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator Todd Sneller, the U.S. can supply ETBE or ethyl tert-butyl ether for the Japanese market. ETBE, as a very clean burning fuel, meets Japan's rigorous international sustainability requirements and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals requiring all biofuels to cut greenhouse gas by 50 pct. (Source: USGC, WNAX, 25 Oct., 2016)Contact: U.S. Grains Council, (202) 789-0789, www.grains.org; Nebraska Ethanol Board, www.nebraskacorn.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol,  U.S. Grains Council,  Nebraska Ethanol Board ,  


Battery Storage Project Funds Raise $625Mn (Ind. Report)
Mercom Capital Group
Date: 2016-10-26
Austin, Texas-headquartered clean energy consultancy Mercom Capital Group LLC reports that battery storage residential and commercial project funds have attracted a total of $625 million in four deals during Q3 2016 compared to $175 million in the previous three months. Specifically, Tabuchi America raised $300 million for residential solar-plus-storage installations in July-September 2016. Advanced Microgrid Solutions obtained $ 200 million from Macquarie Capital, while behind-the-meter energy storage systems provider Stem raised up to $100 million from Starwood Energy Group.

As per venture capital (VC) funding, battery storage firms raised a total of $30 million in nine deals for supercapacitors, lithium-based batteries, energy storage management software, energy storage systems, thermal energy storage and flow batteries -- lower than the $125 million raised in Q3 of 2016 and the $96 million in July-September 2015.

Announced debt and public market financing for battery storage technologies rose from $40 million to $51.6 million in Q2 of 2016, with FuelCell raising $40 million through the sale of shares and warrants. (Source: Source: Mercom Capital Group llc , SeeNews, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: Mercom Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, info@mercomcapital.com, http://mercomcapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercom Capital Group news,  Energy Storage news,  Battery news,  


Alberta Earmarks $40Mn for Methane Cutting Technologies (Ind. Report)
Emissions Reduction Alberta
Date: 2016-10-24
In oil-soaked Alberta, the government funded and industry-supported climate change non-profit group Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) -- formerly known as the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation -- reports it will spend as much as $40 million to advance methane emissions reduction technologies across the province.

The increased spending is intended to support the New Democratic Party (NDP) government of Premier Rachel Notley's plan to cut the Province's methane emissions by 45 pct before 2025 under its Climate Leadership Plan.< The government's announcement is being well supported by several key oil and gas industry stakeholders. (Source: Emissions Reduction Alberta, Gov. of Alberta, Global News, Others, 21 Oct., 2016) Contact: Emissions Reduction Alberta Premier of Alberta, Government of Alberta, www.alberta.ca/premier.aspx; Emissions Reduction Alberta, www.eralberta.ca

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


US Carbon Energy Sector Emissions Plunge (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2016-10-24
As previously reported, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says that U.S CO2 emissions have fallen to their lowest level since 1991. The reporet found that emissions from the U.S. energy sector totaled 2,530 million metric tons during the first six months of 2016, which is the lowest in 25 years. The report also projected that energy-related CO2 emissions will decrease to 5,179 million metric tons in 2016.

Exceptionally mild weather and the swing to low-carbon fuels are being credited for the drop. Additionally, coal consumption fell 18 pct and natural gas consumption slipped 1 percent while renewable energy uptake jumped 9 pct in the first half of 2016, the report says. (Source: EIA, Nature World News, 21 Oct., 2016)Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide ,  US EIA,  


25 pct of Global Emissions could be Covered by Carbon Tax, says World Bank (Ind. Report)
World Bank
Date: 2016-10-24
A new WOrld Bank report contends that if policymakers can embed a carbon price within "complimentary" green legislation, then climate change mitigation costs could fall by almost one-third by 2030. The report notes that 25 pct of global emissions could be covered by a carbon price next year. This is largely driven by China, which reportedly plans to introduce the world's largest carbon tax initiative. The Chinese plan could almost double the percentage of emissions covered by existing pricing mechanisms from 13 pct to 20 or 25 pct in 2017.

Since the Paris talks last December, 40 nations -- including seven of the world's largest 10 economies -- now operate with a pricing mechanism, while more than 20 cities and regions offer similar schemes. By 2050, it is believed that the international pricing market could reduce mitigation costs by more than 50 pct. Around $26 billion was generated from pricing mechanisms in 2015 alone -- a 60 pct rise on 2014 levels of revenue.

The report also warns that the introduction of a carbon price may not lead to robust and effective gains unless it is coupled with "complementary policies in a way that enhances the performance of each of the policies."

Access the UN State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2016 report HERE. (Source: World Bank, 21 October 2016) Contact: World Bank, Stephen Hammer, Manager of Climate Policy, John Roome, Sr. Climate Change Dir., (202) 473-1000, www.worldbank.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Price,  Carbon Tax,  World Bank,  


NREL says City-Level Energy Policies Could Significantly Cut Nationwide Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
NETL
Date: 2016-10-24
The US DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reports it recently released Estimating the National Carbon Abatement Potential of City Policies: A Data-Driven Approach report examined the carbon abatement potential of city actions in six policy areas as part of the DOE's Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project.

The report found that by 2035, six city-level policy approaches could cut nationwide carbon emissions by 210-480 million mtpy of carbon emissions -- a 7-19 pct reduction in carbon emissions for the average city relative to current city-level emissions.

The report, illustrates the comparative impacts of city-level energy actions and helps cities better understand how their particular climate and characteristics influence these impacts. For example, by enacting more stringent building energy codes, cities could reduce building energy use by about 10 pct on average. Due to higher natural gas use in colder climates, the carbon reduction potential of building energy code policies is almost double for cities in the Midwest. Additional city actions such as enabling policies enacted at the state or federal level could significantly augment a city's carbon abatement potential.

Collectively, Cities-LEAP resources and tools, funded and supported by funded by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, provide credible data and transparent, usable analytic methodologies to help city policymakers and staff members take more strategic energy actions toward a clean energy future. (Source: NREL, 19 Oct., 2016) Contact: NREL, Eric O'Shaughnessy, lead author on the report www.nrel.gov; US DOE LEAP Program, , http://energy.gov/eere/cities-leading-through-energy-analysis-and-planning

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Verdigris Raises $6.7Mn for Einstein Sensors Ramp-Up (Funding)
Verdigris
Date: 2016-10-24
Mountain View, California-based smart energy startup Verdigris Technologies reports it has raised $6.7 million to scale production of its Einstein smart sensor and frequency detectors.

The sensors are used to predict the failure of machines and improve energy efficiency. Factories, manufacturing facilities, and other large buildings using Verdigris technology to track and manage energy consumption can reduce energy usage 8 to 22 pct, according to the company. Verdigris technology is presently used by Honeywell, Autodesk, Hyatt and Starwood hotels, and others. (Source: Verdigris, GreenTech Media, VB, 20 Oct., 2016) Contact: Verdigris Technologies, (650) 227-3888, www.verdigris.co

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Electrovaya Inks Global Li-ion Battery Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
Electrovaya Inc
Date: 2016-10-24
Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered Electrovaya Inc. reports it has sealed a 3-year deal to supply its 48 volt Litastore battery modules to an unnamed global original equipment manufacturer (OEM) operating in the residential energy storage sector. According to Electrovaya, the deal could be worth as much as $285 million, contingent on projects procured by the OEM. Electrovaya landed the deal through its German subsidiary, Litarion GmbH. which it acquired in 2015. (Source: Electrovaya, CleanTech Canada, 19 Oct., 2016) Contact: Electrovaya, (905) 855-4618, sales@electrovaya.com, www.electrovaya.com; Litarion, Fritz Meuller, Marketing Dir., +49 3578 3735 9425, info@litarion.com, www.litarion.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Electrovaya Inc.,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Li-Ion,  Lithium-Ion,  Litarion,  


Energy Efficiency Saves NY-NJ Port Authority $400K (Ind. Report)
NYNJ Port Authority
Date: 2016-10-24
The New York-New Jesery Port Authority reports it has has realized nearly $400,000 in savings at One World Trade Center through EPACT 179D, a federal Energy Policy Act tax energy efficiency incentive. that encourages the installation of energy efficient measures, agency officials recently announced.

EPACT 179D encourages energy efficiency and independence in the design and construction of public and private buildings. For public projects, it reduces the burden on taxpayers by lowering overall costs for installation of energy efficient equipment and systems.

To dte, the Port Authority's Bus Terminal and Stewart International Airport have made significant investments in energy efficiency and saved more than $660,000 through EPACT 179D.

The Port Authority's Office of Environmental and Energy Programs (OEEP), working with the tax consulting firm Efficiency Energy LLC, is pursuing EPACT 179D benefits at other facilities, including Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports. The tax provision allows the Port Authority to provide its partners with an immediate tax deduction for the value of qualifying energy efficient systems. (Source: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Oct 19, 2016) Contact: NYNJ Port Authority, Pat Foye, Exec. Dir., Christine Weydig, OEEP Director, (212) 435-7000, www.panynj.gov

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ACI-NA Supports Alliance BioEnergy's CTS Process (Ind. Report)
Airports Council International – North America
Date: 2016-10-24
West Palm Beach, Florida-headquartered Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. reports that the Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) has has come out in support of the CTS process for the production of aviation biofuels and Alliance's application to the US DOE for a bio-refinery demonstration plant, producing jet fuel from agriculture and yard waste.

As one of the founding organizations of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), a public-private partnership to promote the development of the aviation biofuels industry, ACI-NA is extremely supportive of efforts to advance the commercialization of aviation biofuels.

The CTS process is a patented, dry mechanical process that can convert virtually any cellulose material into sugars and other products in a matter of minutes with no liquid acids, no applied heat, pressure or hazardous materials. The CTS process when used in the production of ethanol is environmentally friendly, clean, less expensive to build and operate than traditional ethanol plants or other cellulose ethanol technologies, according to Alliance Bioenergy Plus. (Source: Alliance Bioenergy Plus, PR, 19 Oct., 2016)Contact: Airports Council International -- North America, (202) 293-8500, www.aci-na.org: Alliance BioEnergy, Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106, daniel@alliancebioe.com, www.alliancebioe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance BioEnergy Plus,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  


Carbon Storage Signaling Mechanism in Algae Offers Biofuel Production Potential (New Prod & Tech)
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Date: 2016-10-24
Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center are reporting the discovery of a way to make algae better oil producers without sacrificing growth. The findings were published September 6, in a paper titled, Synergism between inositol polyphosphates and TOR kinase signaling in nutrient sensing, growth control and lipid metabolism in Chlamydomonas. James Umen and his team identified a mutation in the green alga Chlamydomonas which substantially removes a constraint that is widely observed in micro-algae where the highest yields of oil can only be obtained from starving cultures.

The researchers found the oil-accumulating mutation in Chlamydomonas (vip1-1) while investigating how two conserved signaling systems interact with one another. One system involves a protein called TOR (target of rapamycin) whose activity is tuned to match cell growth rate with nutrient levels in the environment. The other system involves a family of proteins called VIP that produce highly phosphosphorylated small molecules called inositol polyphosphates that are thought to act as intracellular signals, but whose function in algae is not well-defined. The team found that when TOR-inhibited vip1-1 cells were given light for photosynthesis and supplemented with acetate -- a 'free' source of extra carbon -- their growth was completely arrested. The vip1-1 mutation had no impact on TOR-inhibited cell growth when acetate was removed and atmospheric CO2 was the only carbon source.

The connection between acetate and the growth behavior of vip1-1 cells led the researcher to investigate the mutant further to see if it had other metabolic alterations that could be detected without perturbing TOR signaling. The researchers found that actively growing vip1 cells were oil overaccumulators that made extra storage oil compared to normal cells, and did so without incurring a significant growth penalty. Moreover, under starvation conditions when normal cells boost their oil content significantly, vip1-1 cells increased to double the yields seen in normal cells.

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. DOE, National Science Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. (Source: Donald Danforth Center, PR, NewsWise, 19 Oct., 2016) Contact: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, James Umen, Ph.D.,www.danforthcenter.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Danforth Plant Science Center,  Algae Biofuel,  Carbon Storage,  


Amarillo ISD Scores $244K Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2016-10-21
In the LOne Star State, Xcel Energy reports it is issuing $224,212.19 in energy efficiency rebates to the Amarillo Independent School District. The rebates are for energy efficient lighting and HVAC replacements and retrofits at various school district facilities.

The use of efficient lighting and climate control systems is saving 702,000 kWh annually and cutting 789 kilowatts off the instantaneous demand on Xcel Energy's system.

Xcel Energy offers energy efficiency programs for commercial and residential applications in an effort to free up resources to meet additional demand growth as the city expands. (Source: Xcel Energy, myhighplains.com, 17 Oct., 2016) Contact: Xcel Energy, Energy Efficiency Programs, Bryan Whitson, (806) 378-2887, www.xcelefficiency.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


Avangrid Resumes El Cabo WInd Farm Construction (Ind. Report)
Avangrid
Date: 2016-10-21
Portland, Oregon-headquartered Avangrid Renewables is reporting the resumption of construction of its El Cabo Wind Farm project in Torrance County, New Mexico, the state's largest.

The project will utilize 142 G114-2.1 MW Gamesa turbines totaling 298 MW. The El Cabo project intially began construction in 2013. (Source: Avangrid Renewables, AP, October 17, 2016} Contact: Avangrid Renewables, (503) 796-7000, www.avangridrenewables.us; Gamesa Corp., www.gamesacorp.com

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