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Social, Economic Inequality Exacerbates Climate Change Impacts, says UN Report (Int'l. Report)
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Date: 2016-10-07
According to World Economic and Social Survey 2016: Climate Change Resilience -- an Opportunity for Reducing Inequalities, a new UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) report, there is increasing evidence that climate change is taking the largest toll on poor and vulnerable people, and these impacts are largely caused by inequalities that increase the risks from climate hazards. The report finds that "persistent inequalities in access to assets, opportunities, political voice and participation, and in some cases, outright discrimination leave large group of people, particularly in arid regions, and community dis-proportionally exposed and vulnerable to climate hazards." The reports adds through transformative policies, governments can "address the root causes of inequalities, to reduce the vulnerabilities of people to climate hazards, building their longer term resilience" and that such policies could help build climate change resilience, close inequality gaps, provide access to financial services, to diversification of the livelihoods, to quality education and health and social security. She added: β€œit is that kind of transformation that leads to development.”

The report argues that while climate adaptation and resilience are overshadowed by mitigation in climate discussions, they are vital for addressing climate change and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

According to the report, the best climate adaptation policies are good development policies that strengthen people's capacity to cope with and adapt to climate hazards in the present and in the medium term. To that end, the report recommends improved access to climate projections, modern information and communications technologies, and geographical information systems to strengthen national capacity to assess impacts of climate hazards and policy options statistically. (Source: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Times of India, India Blooms, Just Earth News, 4 Oct., 2016) Contact: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs,

Ottawa Cracks the Canadian Carbon Tax Whip (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2016-10-07
Followin on our Sept. 21 coverage, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has decreed that "All Canadian jurisdictions will put a price on carbon pollution by 2018. To achieve its goal, the government will set a floor price of C$10 per tonne of carbon pollution in 2018, rising by C$10 each year to a maximum of C$50 per tonne in 2022.

The 13 individual provinces, several of which take exception to the PM's dictatorial approach, will have a choice in how they implement the pricing by imposing a carbon tax or adopting a cap-and-trade system. Some provinces have already imposed a carbon tax, while others have joined a fledgling continental cap-and-trade system with California.

Canada accounts for less than 2 pct of global emissions and the country's carbon emissions linked to global warming have stabilized at just over 700 million tpy -- 208 million tonnes short of the Prime Minister's Paris commitment to cut emissions by 30 pct compared with 2005 levels, by 2030. (Source: Business Times, Various Other Media, 4 Oct., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  

Mexico Tags Bidders for $4Bn in Renewable Energy Projects (Int'l)
Mexico, Renewable Energy
Date: 2016-10-07
According to Energy Business Review, the Mexican government has identified 23 bidders for the development of 36 new PV solar, wind and other clean energy projects over a three year period.

The projects are valued at approximately $4 billion and represent 8,909GWh of capacity of which 54 pct is for photovoltaic plants and 43 pct for wind farms. Power generated from the proposed projects will be sold to state-owned utility under long-term PPAs.

The bidders include Acciona Energy, Iberdrola, Enel, Zuma Energia, Engie and IEnova and others.

Mexico plans to generate 35 pct of total power from renewable sources by 2024. (Source: EBR, Planetsave, Various Others, 4 Oct., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mexico,  Renewable Energy,  

Anaerobic Bacteria Tested for Efficient Biofuel Production (R&D)
White Dog Labs,University of Delaware
Date: 2016-10-07
University of Delaware researchers are reporting they have identified a blend of bacteria and synthesize gas capable of producing much more acetone than other methods while avoiding the CO2 emissions.

Acetogens are anaerobic bacteria that convert CO2 and hydrogen gas into chemicals such as acetone, butanol or ethanol. Researchers tested how Clostridium ljungdahlii would do with mixotrophy, the use of two sources of fuel for the fermentation process, in this case, sugars and synthetic gas. The bacteria consumed both sugar and gas, gave off no carbon dioxide, and produced 38 pct more acetone than the previous maximum.

The project, which could lead to significant advances in biofuel production, was conducted in partnership with the biotechnology firm White Dog Labs Inc. in New Castle, Delaware. (Source: Univ. of Delaware, Crop Biotech Update, 5 Oct., 2016) Contact: Univ. of Delaware,; Bryan Tracy, (302) 220-4763,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Butanol,  Ethanol,  White Dog Labs,  

Europe to Install 140 GW of New Wind Power within Decade, says MAKE Report (Ind. Report)
MAKE Consulting
Date: 2016-10-05
Europe Power Outlook 2016, a new report from Chicago-headquartered MAKE Consulting, finds that despite policy uncertainty across the region, Europe is expected to install over 140 GW of new wind capacity over the next decade. According to the report, "persisting low power prices in Northern Europe and EU state aid regulations are prompting governments to reconsider feed-in tariffs (FiTs) and to design support mechanisms more sensitive to power price fluctuations in order to avert an escalation in public expenditures," all of which have resulted in "unprecedented policy uncertainty" for developers and investors. That "uncertainty" has resulted in a rush to the market in countries where FiTs are expiring, and in the UK, where the early phase-out of the Renewables Obligations scheme left 5 grace periods with a significant pipeline of projects to be completed before the end of this decade.

MAKE Consulting expects the European wind energy market to install 140 GW of new wind energy capacity by 2025, following on from the 14.4 GW of new capacity Europe installed during 2015 when Germany, Poland, Turkey, Finland, and the Netherlands all set new installation records. Regionally, Northern Europe will account for 60 pct of new wind capacity between 2016 and 2025, followed by Southern Europe which will install 28 pct while Eastern Europe will account for the remaining 12 pct. (Source: MAKE Consulting, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 29 Sept., 2016) Contact: MAKE Consulting, (312) 441-9590,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MAKE Consulting,  Wind,  

Aussie Solar Startup Redback Scores $9.3Mn Funding (Int'l)
EnergyAustralia ,Redback Technologies
Date: 2016-10-05
In the Land Down Under, major energy retailer EnergyAustralia reports it is investion AU$9.3 million in Brisbane-based solar energy startup Redback Technologies. The funding will help Redback accelerate the development of a new technology that will allow Australians to have greater control over their energy consumption, save costs, and contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions.

The Redback Generation 2 Smart Hybrid Solar Inverter System is "scalable, easy to install, and offers a faster ROI than its competitiors, according to the manufacturer. The inverter system can be run remotely from a smartphone, through Redback's cloud-enabled intelligent system and is also battery and solar panel agnostic, which means it works with existing systems.

Redback also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The University of Queensland, aimed at accelerating the commercialisation of Redback's affordable solar solutions. The University of Queensland received equity in exchange for exclusive licenses of all technologies developed under the research partner agreement. (Source: Redback, ZDNet, 4 Oct., 2016) Contact: Redback Technologies, Philip Livingston, Managing Dir, +61 7 3346 0723,,; EnergyAustralia,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Inverter,  

Advanced Biofuels Canada Supports Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Advanced Biofuels Canada
Date: 2016-10-05
On the heels of the Canadian federal government's just announced intention to place a national price on carbon emissions Advanced Biofuels Canada has come out in support of the move.

The federal government's action allows provincial or territorial governments to select from types of carbon pricing systems (carbon tax or cap & trade), and to utilize the carbon revenues as they choose (e.g. reduce other taxes, or recycle the revenues into clean economic growth).

"Advanced Biofuels Canada applauds the federal initiative on climate change with this introduction of an economy-wide price on carbon. A well-designed national carbon price system will address economic distortions between provinces and territories, and allow Canada to use border adjustments to maintain competitiveness with our international trading partners.

According to Ian Thomson, President, "The Trudeau government's decision to place a uniform national price on carbon is an important step to reducing transportation sector emissions. An effective carbon price system must put a visible price on the lifecycle carbon emissions of all fuels to support the transition to cleaner transportation fuel choices. Nascent carbon pricing systems in BC (carbon tax) and Quebec (cap & trade) have room for improvement, and all Canadian markets should adopt a common approach to maintain level economic conditions.

"There are cleaner transport fuel options available today, such as sustainable, low carbon advanced biofuels, electricity, hydrogen, and renewable natural gas. In addition to a predictable price on carbon emissions, we call on governments to adopt firm regulatory measures to assure these cleaner, low carbon fuels are available to consumers and that real carbon reductions are achieved in the transportation sector.

"Advanced Biofuels Canada has recommended that Canadian governments adopt a Clean Fuels Strategy to combine firm action on carbon pricing, flexible low carbon fuels regulation, and strategic cleantech investment to leverage Canada's natural resources and demonstrate leadership on transport emissions. This approach will ensure that Canada benefits from the economic growth in the low carbon economy and meets its carbon reduction commitments."

Advanced Biofuels Canada promotes the production and use of low carbon advanced biofuels in Canada, which our members supply across North America and globally. Our members have invested in biofuels processing and supply chain operations across Canada. Advanced biofuels have GHG reductions of at least 50% below comparable fossil fuels, and are made from renewable biomass. Canada has approximately 750 M litres of advanced biofuels production capacity. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson, Pres.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Carbon Price,  Carbon Tax ,  Canada Carbon Tax,  

Lime Awarded $1.35Mn for Small Business Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
LIme Energy,DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Date: 2016-10-05
Newark-based Lime Energy Co. is reporting receipt of a $1.35 million US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy funding agreement to design and deliver an energy efficiency program for low-income communities entitled Achieving Energy Efficiency in Small Businesses in Low-Income Areas..

Under the terms of the funding agreement, Lime Energy will engage 10,000 small businesses and complete 2,500 small business efficiency retrofit projects in low-income areas in Atlanta, Orlando, and Houston.

The participating small businesses will receive Lime Energy's turn-key energy efficiency services including a full energy assessment, presentation of an immediate on-site proposal, and the installation of new energy efficiency equipment. The grant will allow Lime Energy to offer a performance-based contract that minimizes risk for small businesses by measuring and verifying their energy savings using advanced metering technology and a user friendly mobile app. The business are expected to save an estimated $30 million in combined energy costs over a three-year period, (Source: Lime Energy, 3 Oct., 2016) Contact: Lime Energy, Christopher Maresca, Pres., CEO, (201)416-2575,; DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,  LIme Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

India Inks COP21 Paris Climate Agreement (Int'l. Report)
Paris Climate Agreement,India
Date: 2016-10-05
India, the world's fourth-largest carbon emitter with its population of 1.3 billion people, has become the 62nd nation to ratify the Paris agreement on climate change. India accounts for 6 pct of the global CO2 emissions following China, which accounts for 28 pct, the US for 16 pct and the 28 nation European Union trading bloc at 10 pct.

As part of the initial commitments to the agreement, India plans to slash its carbon emission intensity -- emission per unit of GDP -- by 33-35 pct from 2005 levels over 15 years. The country also plans to generate 40 pct of its installed electricity capacity from non-fossil fuels by 2030. To achieve that goal, India will have to shift from coal-based power generation to renewable energy sources.

The Paris Climate Agreement comes into force on the 30th day after the date on which at least 55 countries accounting in total for at least an estimated 55 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions ratify it. (Source: Hindustan Times, Various Media, 4 Sept., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  COP21,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  India Carbon Emissions,  

Gainesville Regional Utilities Opts for Woody Biomass (Ind. Report)
Gainesville Regional Utilities,Gainesville Renewable Energy Center
Date: 2016-10-05
In the Sunshine State, Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) reports it has switched to burning biomass at Deerhaven coal plant. The switch over to biomass, although previously planned, was occasioned by a mechanical breakdown.

GRU's biomass plant was built and is operated by Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (GREC) under a 30-year contract with GRU that allows the utility to idle the biomass plant at will in favour of less expensive coal. (Source: Gainesville Regional Utilities, Various Media , 4 Oct., 2016) Contact: Gainesville Regional Utilities, (352) 334-3434,; Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, (386) 315-8010,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Gainesville Regional Utilities,  Biomass,  

IMO Considering New SOx Emissions Rules (Ind. Report)
Maritime Emissions,International Maritime Organization
Date: 2016-10-05
The London-based International Maritime Organization (IMO) reports that its Marine Environment Protection Committee will meet on Oct. 24-28 to consider the imposition of a global cap on sulfur (SOx) emissions from 2020 or 2025. The organization is considering rules that would see sulfur emissions fall from the current maximum of 3.5 pct of fuel content to 0.5 pct.

The shipping industry is the world's biggest emitter of sulfur, with the SOx content in heavy fuel oil up to 3,500 times higher than the latest European diesel standards for vehicles. Large container ships of 15,000-18,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) consume up to 300 tonnes of high-sulfur fuel daily, while a 300,000 deadweight tonne (DWT) supertanker guzzles up to about 100 tpd.

The European Union has already agreed that the 0.5 percent sulfur requirement will apply in 2020 within 200 nautical miles (370 km) of EU Member States' coasts, regardless of the IMO ruling. (Source: International Maritime Organization, Hellenic Shipping News, Others, Reuters, 4 Oct., 2016) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization,  Sulfer Emissions,  SOx,  Maritime Emissions,  

Russians Studying Arctic Methane Emission Increases (Int'l)
Tomsk Polytechnic University
Date: 2016-10-05
Russian researchers from Tomsk Polytechnic University, in Laptev have found that underwater permafrost degradation and the consequent seeping of methane from the sea floor is greater than previous research in the same area found between 2011 and 2014. The area of spread of methane mega-emissions has also significantly increased in comparison with previous 2011 – 2014 data, according to the recent research.

The researchers are interested in clarifying the role of the submarine permafrost degradation as a factor in the release and effect of methane emissions in the atmosphere. To that end, the research team is investigating how the permafrost ice plugs and prevents huge reserves of gas hydrates from enter the atmosphere. Researchers also hope to determine the quantity of methane, which is 30 times more potent than CO2, buried in the Siberian Arctic shelf and the impact it can have on the polar climate system. (Source: Tomsk Polytechnic University,Siberian Times, 4 Oct., 2016) Contact: Tomsk Polytechnic University, Professor Igor Semiletov, +7 382 270 1838,

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

Check Out Kill-a-Watt EZ Meters at Calif. Library (Ind. Report)
Pacific Gas & Electric
Date: 2016-10-03
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. reports it has donated Kill-A-Watt EZ meters, a device manufactured by P3 International that measures the amount of energy an appliance uses, to the Madera County library. According to PG&E, "the library is perfectly positioned to communicate to hundreds of residents daily about how they can save money through energy efficiency." PG&E says users are finding the device helpful and are astonished at the amount of energy that is used even when the appliance is powered off. (Source: Pacific Gas & Electric, Fresno Bee, Oct. 2, 2016) Contact: PG&E, Steve Newvine, Program Manager, (415) 973-5930,; P3 International Kill-A-Watt EZ (212) 346-7979,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas & Electric,  Energy Management,  Smart Meter,  Energy Efficiency,  

Missouri Lauded for Improved Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Date: 2016-10-03
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranks Missouri 32nd among the states, up 12 spots from 2015. In particular, the Show Me State was recognized for its Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE).

The ACEEE notes that Missouri is the "most-improved" state in the nation this year in terms of energy efficiency. (Source: ACEEE, PNS, 2 Oct., 2016)Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy,  Energy Efficiency,  PACE,  

Bozeman Launches Montana Solar Project (Ind. Report)
NorthWestern Energy
Date: 2016-10-03
In Montana, NorthWestern Energy, the City of Bozeman and Montana State University are reporting the launch of the Bozeman Solar Project . The pilot project will generate 533,000 kWh per year and will be tied to the power grid operated by NorthWestern Energy.

In addition to solar PV panels and smart inverters, the project will involve the installation of 40 residential and 20 commercial advanced meters to help the project partners better understand how solar power aligns with customer needs.

NorthWestern has committed up to $1 million for this project and the City of Bozeman will provide use of the land but has no additional financial responsibility tied to the project. Montana State University will help with research tied to the five-year pilot project. (Source: Northwestern Energy, 30 Sept., 2016) Contact: NorthWestern Energy, Bob Rowe, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  NorthWestern Energy,  

Apex Clean Energy Wins Texas' Novus IV Wind Project (M&A)
Apex Clean Energy,Novus Windpower
Date: 2016-10-03
Charlottesville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy has acquired the Novus IV wind energy project from Novus Windpower, LLC, headquartered in Guymon, Oklahoma. The project, located in Hansford County and Sherman County, Texas, in the north Texas Panhandle, has the potential to bring 360 MW of wind energy into the Southwest Power Pool market. It is expected to begin construction in 2017.

Apex owns three projects in Oklahoma, including the 147-MW Grant Plains Wind facility located in Grant County. The company also recently partnered with Houston-based power company, MP2 Energy, to supply renewable energy and traditional electricity to Fort Hood, a 340-square-mile base outside of Killeen, Texas. The region currently serves 218,000 military and family. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, Various Media, 30 Sept., 2016) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Mark Goodwin , Pres., (434) 220-7595,; Novus Windpower LLC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Apex Clean Energy,  Novus Windpower,  Wind,  

ADB Funds Indian Energy-Efficient LED Lights, Pumps (Int'l)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2016-10-03
The FINANCIAL -- A new $200 million Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan will finance installation of millions of energy-efficient lights in streets and homes and energy-efficient water pumps in farms across India, leading to energy savings of around 3,800 gigawatt-hours per year, equivalent to the annual output of two 300-megawatt coal-fired power stations.

ADB will provide the funds to Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL), a joint venture between the National Thermal Power Corporation, Powergrid Corporation of India, Power Finance Corporation, and Rural Electrification Corporation. EESL will use the ADB funds, and $200 million of its own, to finance energy service activities, and make loans available for installing light-emitting diode (LED) municipal streetlights, energy-efficient domestic lights and fans, and energy-efficient agriculture water pumps.

The entire $400 million project will install 1.5 million LED street lamps, 42 million LED household lamps, ceiling fans and LED tube lights, and 225,000 new pumps. The Indian government's National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency has already launched several initiatives to enhance energy efficiency in energy intensive businesses. Using more LED lights and fans in homes and institutions will mean energy savings of 80%, LED streetlights bring savings of 50%, and efficient water pumps is expected to cut energy consumption by as much as 30 pct. (Source: ADB, The Financial, 3 Oct., 2016)Contact: Asian Development Bank,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  

Wash. Gas Utilities Act Against State's Carbon Cap (Reg & Leg)
Cascade Natural Gas, NW Natural, Avista and Puget Sound Energy
Date: 2016-10-03
Washington State private natural gas utilities Cascade Natural Gas, NW Natural, Avista and Puget Sound Energy on Friday filed a state legal challenge to new state limits on global warming pollution. The private utility companies The same firms brought suit in federal court in Spokane earlier this week.

In all of the challenges, the utilities are seeking to invalidate the new state rule that requires utilities and large polluters to gradually slash greenhouse gas emissions. The state Ecology Department claims that it is acting well within its statutory authority to advance legitimate environmental goals.

The rules limit greenhouse gas emissions from about 65 large sources, such as factories, power plants, landfills and refineries. Many of those businesses must reduce their emissions by an average of 1.7 pct per year starting in 2017. Companies that cannot reduce their emissions sufficiently must buy greenhouse gas offsets to meet their obligations. The plaintiffs are asking the courts to invalidate the rule, but have not asked for a legal stay or restraining order to prevent the carbon limit from taking effect as scheduled on October 17. A (Source: Washington Ecology Department, K5 News, OPB, Northwest News , 30 Sept., 2016)Contact: Washington Ecology Department,; Puget Sound Energy, Kimberly Harris, President & CEO, (425) 454-2000,; Avista Utilities, Heather Rosentrater, VP,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cascade Natural Gas,  NW Natural,  Avista ,  Puget Sound Energy ,  

Court Clears the Tracks for Minnesota B20 Blends (Ind. Report)
American Petroleum Institute
Date: 2016-10-03
A U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota has ruled against a suit originally file in April, 2015, by the American Petroleum Institute and other petroleum industry interests and found that the state's biodiesel mandate is not in conflict with the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and granted a plaintiff motion for summary judgement. The plaintiffs include the state of Minnesota, the National Biodiesel Board, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, Minnesota Biodiesel Council and others. The plaintiffs argued the state mandate is in conflict with the RFS because the federal law prevents the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from imposing per-gallon blending requirements, placing geographical limitations on blending biodiesel, and that the RFS does not impose any time constraints as to when biodiesel can be blended.

According to a Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)report, the mandate up to B10 has led to the expansion of biodiesel production capacity in the state to 63 million gallons. The MDA report also found that the state's production capacity can provide about 91 pct of the B10 need and about 55 pct of biodiesel needed to meet the B20 mandate. (Source: DTN/Progressive Farmer, Other Media, October 1, 2016) Contact: American Petroleum Institute, (202) 682-8000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Blend,  Biodiesel,  American Petroleum Institute ,  

Jet Biofuel Project Expands Jatropha Plantings (Ind. Report)
Monarca,Honeywell UOP ,Zphere Works
Date: 2016-10-03
Mexico City based Zphere Works reports that it plans to produce jatropha-based jet biofuel at a facility in Cancun, in the Yuctan region of Mexico.

The project will include a Honeywell UOP refinery at the plantation which will refine and deliver certified jatropha-based biojet fuel to the Cancun International Airport for use by the Mexican aviation industry. The facility will also produce more than 50 million gpy of low-cost seed oil for export to US refineries. (Source: Zphere Works, 2 Oct., 2016) Contact: Zphere Works, S. de R.L. de C.V, Jack Katz, CEO, +,; Honeywell UOP, Renewable Energy and Chemicals Business, Veronica May, VP,

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

Punjab Pegs Woody Biomass Potential at 2 GW (Int'l. Report)
Industries, Commerce and Renewable Energy
Date: 2016-09-30
In New Delhi, the Government of Punjab's secretary for Industries, Commerce and Renewable Energy, Anirudh Tewari, is reporting that the Punjab government will focus on developing the area's woody biomass potential for power production.

According to Tewari, Punjab currently generates 150 MW of power from biomass but has the potential to raise that number to 2,000 MW of power. Presently, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh lead in terms of total megawatts of commissioned power and cogeneration projects using biomass. (Source: Punjab Secretary of Industries, Commerce and Renewable Energy, Economic Times India, Others, 27 Sept., 2016) Contact: Punjab Secretary of Industries, Commerce and Renewable Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  India Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

BIOCLEANTECH FORUM, Nov. 1-3, Ottawa (Conferences & Events)
Date: 2016-09-30
BioFuelNet NCE and the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation, along with several funding partners will be hosting the BIOCLEANTECH FORUM in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Nov 1-3, 2016.

This timely event is an opportunity for policy makers at every level, large GHG emitters, NGOs, and biomass feedstock and technology suppliers to dialogue on the deployment of Canada's biomass resources and their role in addressing Canada's greenhouse gas reduction commitments and an innovation-rich sustainable economy.

The plenary day will inform federal policy makers on the "whys" of BioCleantech, while the sector day provides real commercial examples from around the world on "how" to implement lower carbon feedstocks into industrial processes.

The BIOCLEANTECH FORUM is targeted to senior members of federal, provincial and local governments, industry representatives, academia, members of the financial community, NGOs and innovators from every sector. This is a not to be missed event!

Review BIOCLEANTECH FORUM program, event and registration details HERE. (Source: BIOCLEANTECH FORUM, 22 Sept., 2016) Contact: BIOCLEANTECH FORUM,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Biotechnology,  GHG,  Climate Change,  

€5.83Mn Boost for NW Europe Bio-based SMEs (Int'l, Funding)
Date: 2016-09-30
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) is reporting the launch of the €5.83 million, three-year BioBase4SME project through its INTERREG NWE Programme to further support the development of the bio-based economy in North West Europe (NWE).

The BioBase4SME will assist start-ups and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in overcoming technological and non-technological barriers on their path to turn bio-based research into commercial innovation.

The program offers training, innovation bio-camps, workshops and financial support of up to €100.000. The BioBase4SME partnership, which includes eight organizations representing leading bio-based economy experts from six different countries, will advise SMEs from across North-West Europe on how to develop new ideas into marketable products.

The BioBase4SME program is a follow-up of the successful 2013-15 Bio Base NWE project which mentored 755 companies and granted 30 innovation grants worth €10,000 to €30,000 for technological assistance. (Source: EC, INTERREG NWE, Renewable Energy) Contact: INTERREG NWE, BioBase4SME Manager, Dr. Lieve Hoflack, +33 (0) 3 70 78 5500, HERE

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Bioeconomy,  

Envia Oklahoma City GTL Plant Construction Completed (Ind. Report)
Velocys ,Envia Energy
Date: 2016-09-30
Following on our February 5th coverage, Velocys plc is reporting the completion of construction of Envia Energy's landfill gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Envia Energy, a joint venture of Velocys, Waste Management, NRG Energy and Ventech, will utilize Velocys' full-scale commercial Fischer-Tropsch reactors.

Pre-commissioning work, including hydro-testing of the lines and vessels, and a rigorous inspection process, is substantially complete. The project is expected to act as the commercial reference plant for its technology, according to Velocys. (Source: Velocys, Various Media, Biomass Mag., 27 Sept., 2016) Contact: Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, (713) 275-5840,,; Ventech Process Equipment, (713) 477-0201,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lanfill Gas,  Velocys ,  Envia Energy,  Fischer-Tropsch,  Gas-to-Liquid,  

AMEC Foster Wheeler Supplying Boiler for 299-MW UK Woody Biomass Plant (Ind. Report, Int'l)
MGT Teesside Ltd,Foster Wheeler
Date: 2016-09-30
In the UK, MGT Teesside Ltd. reports that Foster Wheeler will supply the world's largest circulating fluidized woody biomass boiler (CFB), and long term boiler maintenance, at its planned Tees Renewable Energy Plant near Middlesbrough in North East England.

Per their agreement, AMEC Foster Wheeler will design and supply the 299-MWe unit of the baseload CFB combined-heat-and-power plant, including auxiliary equipment and on-site technical advisory services for construction and supervisory services for commissioning.

Finnvera is partially funding the &877 million project in the amount of $132 million. Macquarie and the Danish pension fund DKA will jointly own the plant, which has also received a U.K. government-support. Construction is expected to get underway before the year end. is scheduled to begin within the next few months for completion in 2020. (Source: MGT Teeside, Various Media, 26 Sept., 2016) Contact: MGT Teesside Ltd.,; AMEC Foster Wheeler,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  AMEC Foster Wheeler,  

OPG Commits to Energy Mix to Cut Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
Ontario Power Generation
Date: 2016-09-30
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) reports that stopped burning coal to create electricity in 2014 and has taken following measures maintain its diverse power generation mix as part of its effort to cut its carbon emissions and address climate change:

  • OPG is refurbishing the Darlington Nuclear station. Canada's largest clean energy project will add $14.9 billion to the Ontario economy and create an average of 8,800 construction jobs per year. The project will also fight climate change by extending the life of this clean-energy asset for another 30 years or more.

  • OPG is continuing operations of the Pickering Nuclear station until 2024. This is expected to save customers $600 million and have the same impact as removing 1.6 million cars annually from the road.

  • OPG will complete construction of the Lower Mattagami Hydroelectric generating stations. The project adds 438 MW of green house gas free electricity Ontario's power grid.

  • OPG will convert the Atikokan and Thunder Bay coal station to use biomass, a fuel beneficial to climate change mitigation. Atikokan is the largest capacity, 100 percent biomass-fueled power plant in North America.

  • OPG will also construct a new $300 million, 28MW hydroelectric generating station north of Smooth Rock Falls.

  • OPG is also seeking approvals for a new solar farm at its former Nanticoke coal facility.

  • The utility is also continuing to invest in hydro stations to ensure low-carbon power and reduce overall carbon emissions. (Source: OPG, Sept., 2016) Contact: Ontario Power Generation, (416) 592-4319,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Power Generation,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

  • Siemens Developing Wind Thermal Storage (New Prod & Tech)
    Date: 2016-09-30
    German engineering giant Siemens AG reports it is developing a low-cost thermal storage system for wind power in partnership with the Technical University Hamburg Harburg (TUHH) and the Hamburg Energie utility company.

    Siemens is currently testing the storage system which converts excess wind power into heat. The heat, at 600 degrees C or more, is stored in rocks and used to drive a compact Siemens steam turbine to generate electricity as needed. The project is presently focused on efficiently charging and discharging the stored energy and the thermal requirements for the storage process. Future testing of the energy conversion system for the spring of 2017. The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. (Source: Siemens,Various Media, SeeNews, Sep 27, 2016) Contact: Siemens,; Siemens Energy Storage,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Wind,  Thermal Energy Storage,  

    Earth's CO2 Levels Cross 400ppm Threshold (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2016-09-30
    According to the Scripps Institute, the CO2 levels in Earth's atmosphere crossed the symbolic 400 parts per million threshold in September and, in all likelihood, will not drop below those levels again.

    While it's true that El Nino's warming effect is primarily responsible for the current highs measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, it should be noted that that human emissions have jumped by 25 pct since the last El Nino in 1997 and 1998. (Source: Scripps Institute, engadget, Other Media, 27 Sept., 2016) Contact: Scripps Institute for Oceanography, Ralph Keeling, (858) 534-3624,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scripps Institute,  CO2 Emissions,  Climate Change,  

    Delhi Airport Recognized for Carbon Neutrality (Int'l)
    Airport Carbon Accreditation, Airports Authority of India
    Date: 2016-09-30
    In New Delhi, Airports Authority of India (AAI) which runs Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport reports that Airport Carbon Accreditation has upgraded Delhi Airport to a level 3+ neutrality -- making it the first carbon neutral airport in Asia-Pacific.

    To score carbon neutrality, the airport completed a variety of updates and measures, including a 7.84 GW solar installation, to cut its carbon footprint. The airport is now focused on energy efficiency, energy conservation and green energy power generation. (Source: Airports Authority of India, Live Mint, 29 Sept., 2016) Contact: Airports Authority of India,; Airport Carbon Accreditation Program, +44 845 868 2708,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Airport Carbon Accreditation ,  

    Reservoir GHG, Methane Emissions Under Estimated (Ind. Report)
    Washington State University
    Date: 2016-09-30
    A new study from Washington State University finds that reservoirs behind dams, the majority of which do not generate electricity, produce as much as 25 pct more greenhouse gas emissions than previously thought.

    The report found that the combined emissions from all man-made dams and reservoirs -- whether for irrigation, drinking water, power generation or other purposes -- accounted for 1.5 pct of the world's greenhouse gas pollution, the majority of which is methane. Consequently, the newer the dam the greater the emissions from rotting vegetation resulting from new flooding and dam construction. Put another way, if reservoirs were a country, they'd be the 8th largest emitter of greenhouse gasses like methane and carbon dioxide. The paper will be published in the journal BioScience. (Source: Washington State University, OPB/EarthFix , Sept. 28, 2016 Contact: Washington State University , Prof. John Harrison, Study Author, (360) 546-9210,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Aussie Solar, Wave, Energy Storage Project Touted (Int'l)
    Carnegie Wave Energy
    Date: 2016-09-30
    In the Land Down Under, Perth-headquartered Carnegie Wave Energy reports it is developing the world's first renewable energy micro-grid utilizing solar and wave energy generation specifically for remote location such as islands.

    The $7.5 million project will integrate 2 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity and a 2 MW/0.5 MWh battery storage system, coupled with Carnegie's CETO6 off-shore wave energy generation technology. The project is being supported with $2.5 million funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

    Carnegie's system is a small-scale power grid designed to operate independently or in conjunction with the Western Australian electricity network's main electrical grid, transferring between off-grid and island mode. Construction on Garden Island is scheduled to get underway before the year end for completion in mid 2017. (Source: ARENA, Various Media, Solarserver, 28 Sept., 2016)Contact: Carnegie Wave Energy, +61 8 9486 4466,; ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carnegie Wave Energy,  ARENA,  Wind,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

    Laboratories Energy Efficiency Initiative Launched (Ind. Report)
    DOE Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2016-09-30
    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is reporting the launch of the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator to advance energy efficiency in laboratory buildings owned and operated by universities, corporations, national laboratories, hospitals, and federal agencies. Through this initiative, partners will pursue ambitious energy-saving targets and strategies that will address key barriers to improving energy efficiency.

    A typical laboratory is nearly four times more energy intensive than an average commercial building and can account for up to 70 pct of a given campus' energy footprint. It's estimated that if all laboratory buildings improved their energy efficiency by 20 pct , annual energy and cost savings could reach about 40 trillion BTUs, or $1 billion.

    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, University of California, Irvine, and the University of Colorado are joining the Smart Labs Accelerator, committing to improve the efficiency of their laboratories by 20 pct in 10 years, with 5 pct savings coming within 3 years through no- and low-cost measures. (Source: US DOE Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, 27 Sept., 2016) Contact: U.S. DOE EERE,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Jamaican Program Cuts Power Consumption 34 pct (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-09-30
    In Kingston, the Jamaican government's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP), which aims to change the government's understanding of, and approach to, energy consumption, is reporting success in the degree to which several ministries, departments and agencies have adopted effective conservation practices and cut their energy usage.

    To date, the programme, which is aiming for a 5 pct annual reduction in the Government's energy consumption, has realized savings of $100 million.

    To help achieve its goal, the government has installed solar tinting and cool-roofing features, smart meters, energy monitoring features and lighting sensors as well as air-conditioning retrofits in government buildings. The government is also promoting energy efficiency and management on an island-wide basis and undertaken an energy efficiency awareness campaign intended to have a long-term effect on energy conservation and use habits.

    According to Acting Chief Technical Director for the government's Planning and Development Division, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, there has been a 34 pct reduction in the amount of electricity used by that office since its implementation of the EECP. (Source: Jamaica Observer, 28 Sept., 2016) Contact: Jamaican Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme,

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

    Peco Proposing $97Mn Solar Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-09-28
    In the Keystone State, Philadelphia utility PECO reports it plans to develop 39 MW of solar capacity in its Southeastern Pennsylvania service territory.

    As part of the initiative, the utility would also create a $3 million grant fund for low-income homeowners to install rooftop solar panels, increase customer access to solar-centric competitive power suppliers, and build, own and operate solar facilities that would generate credits for low-income customers. The plan would also allow customers to purchase monthly blocks of locally generated solar power.

    PECO envisions the construction of 10 MW of solar projects in low-income areas. Ten percent of the revenue would go to 5,000 low-income customers in the form of $50 annual bill credits or rebates. Another proposal calls for the utility to invest $20 million to build 12 MW of local solar projects. PECO would buy the renewable energy credits from the projects to meet its obligations under Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard.

    In total, the proposals are expected to come-in at about $97 million.(Source: PECO, 23 Sept., 2016) Contact: PECO, Liz Murphy, Peco's Snr. VP Regulatory Affairs, (215) 841-5555,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PECO,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  

    Chattanooga Utility Plans Community Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    EPB Electric Power
    Date: 2016-09-28
    Chattanooga, Tennessee city-owned electric utility EPB Electric Power reports it has awarded a $1.7 million contract to a partnership formed by Fayetteville-based Brown Construction Co. and Tennessee Valley Alternative Energy for construction of a 1.35 MW Community Solar (Solar Share) facility at EPB's Distribution Center in Chattanooga.

    The project will receive $1.1 million in grant funding from the Tennessee Valley Authority, which is also funding another community solar project by Appalachian Electric Cooperative in New Market, Tenn. enough power to meet the power needs of Although. The community solar farm will serve approximately 200 homes and allow local residents to own part of the solar farm. A construction date has not been set but project completion is expected in the summer of 2017. (Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press, 23 Sept., 2016) Contact: EPB Electric Power, David Wade, (423) 648-1272,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Community Solar,  

    Green Plains Closes $237Mn Abengoa Bioenergy Acquisitions (M&A)
    Green Plains Inc,Abengoa Bioenergy
    Date: 2016-09-28
    Following on our August 24th coverage, Omaha-headquartered ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. is reporting the conclusion of its previously reported $237-million acquisition of Abengoa Bioenergy's ethanol plants in Madison, Illinois, York, Nebraska and Mount Vernon, Indiana. The acquisition adds 236 million gpy of Green Plains' ethanol production capacity.

    Abengoa Bioenergy is part of the bankrupt Spanish engineering and renewables group Abengoa SA. (Source: Green Plains, Various Media, SeeNews, 27 Sept., 2016) Contact: Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP, (402) 884.8700,,; Abengoa,; Abengoa Bioenergy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains Inc,  Abengoa Bioenergy,  

    SwRI Exploring Pollution-Free Oxyuel Combustion (R&D Report)
    Date: 2016-09-28
    San Antonio, Texas-headquartered Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) reports it is exploring flameless, pressurized "oxyfuel combustion" -- the process of burning a fuel using pure oxygen instead of air as the primary oxidant.

    During oxyfuel combustion, which emits only water and CO2, the nitrogen component of air is not heated, fuel consumption is reduced, and higher flame temperatures are possible.

    The pilot plant will prove that the high-firing temperature and pressure of a flameless combustor will allow the use of a wide range of high-to-low rank coal and lignite while still meeting emission requirements, according to SwRI.

    Clean coal is essentially the process of removing CO2 emissions and other naturally occurring GHGs from coal to burn primarily for electrical power generation. SwRI's goal is the creation of a pollution-free coal-fired power plant. Costs and start and end dates for the project have not been announced. The SwRI project is funded by the Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). (Source: SwRI, Berkeley WV Register Herald, 26 Sept., 2016) Contact: SwRI, Klas Brun, (210) 684-5111,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SwRI,  Carbon Emissions,  Clean Coal,  Oxyfuel,  

    Carbon Emissions Too Cheap to Slow Climate Change, says OECD (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
    Date: 2016-09-28
    According to a just released report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), most carbon emissions around the world are priced too cheap to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving global warming ''' indeed, 70 pct of emissions are priced at $0.00!

    The report, which analyzed 41 OECD countries responsible for some 80 pct of global CO2 emissions, found a major gap between current carbon pricing policies and what should be the minimum estimated cost for carbon given its climate impact. The report suggests a €30 per metric ton price on carbon and adds that raising the cost of carbon can be accomplished through taxes and emissions trading (cap-and-trade) schemes. (Source: OCED, ThinkProgress, 26 Sept., 2016)Contact: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,  Carbon Price,  Carbon Tax,  

    Montreal Meeting Seeks Cap on Aviation Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    Aviation Emissions,COP21
    Date: 2016-09-28
    This week in Montreal, officials from 200 countries are meeting to tackle aviation emissions from international flights -- one of the major sources of CO2 emissions not covered by last Decembers COP21 climate change meeting in Paris. The Paris agreement excluded commercial flights on the technicality that most of aviation's CO2 emissions are produced outside national borders. International aviation accounts for over 2 pct of global carbon emissions -- equivalent to the seventh-biggest emitting country.

    Under the deal being considered in MOntreal, airline emissions would effectively be capped in 2020, with carriers having to offset further growth. The estimated cost of the program could range from $5.3 billion to as much as $23.9 billion in 2035, depending on the going price of carbon at that time. (Source: Various Media, Nasdaq, Sept. 2016)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  COP21,  

    Notable Quote
    Climate Change
    Date: 2016-09-28
    "The U.S., states and cities will need to adopt more ambitious policies and soon (for the U.S.) to be able to fulfill our commitment under the Paris agreement (which is) not strong enough. To avoid the worst consequences of climate change, the U.S. and all nations must cut emissions sooner and by more than called for under the Paris agreement. There's simply no time to lose."

    "We didn't know how to get to the moon when JFK declared the moonshot but we worked hard, innovated and succeeded. The next administration will need to do the same to make sure the United States meets its climate goals." -- MIT Prof. John Sterman Contact: MIT, Prof. John Sterman, (617) 253-1951,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  COP21,  

    GSA Issues Green Building, Building Efficiency RFI (Ind. Report)
    General Services Administration
    Date: 2016-09-28
    In Washington, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. DOE have issued a joint Request for Information (RFI) for next-generation building technologies in support of their respective Green Proving Ground (GPG) and High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst programs.

    RFI responses will be used to identify technologies for evaluation through the GPG program and/or HIT Catalyst program. or both. Selected technologies will be matched with federally owned buildings or commercial buildings, respectively, to pilot measurement and third-party verification.

    RFI is seeking technologies specific to: smart energy analytics; cold climate heat pumps; fans and blowers; chillers, refrigerants, and alternatives to vapor compressor HVAC; and water conservation and reuse, and energy efficiency. GPG works with third-party evaluators to test pre- and early-commercial sustainable building technologies in federally owned buildings. GPG provides deployment recommendations for effective technologies throughout GSA's portfolio to help GSA meet its sustainability goals and lead market transformation.

    DOE's HIT Catalyst program supports the adoption of cost-effective, underutilized commercial building energy efficiency technologies by facilitating the assessment of high impact technologies in commercial buildings. The HIT program aims to transform the market for these technologies through partnerships with the commercial buildings industry through the Better Buildings Alliance, federal leaders, regional non-profits, utility programs, and energy efficiency organizations.

    Concurrently with the issuance of this RFI, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy intends to release a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in cooperation with the GPG program. The funding opportunity will seek innovative partnerships to significantly and rapidly increase the uptake of emerging and underutilized energy efficient and cost-effective building technology packages. Applicants interested in participating in this funding opportunity can find more information at, under Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages..

    Applications are accepted until Friday, November 18, 2016. RFI on, info is available at Direct inquiries regarding the RFI to (Source: GSA, Sept., 2016) Contact: GSA, Matthew Burrell, (202) 357-9582,; HIT Catalyst,; RFI and GPG Program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  General Services Administration,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Global Bioenergies Joins Woody Biomass-Biofuels Consortium (Int'l)
    Global Bioenergies,Preem,Sekab,Sveaskog
    Date: 2016-09-28
    Evry, France headquartered Global Bioenergies reports it has joined the Swedish companies Preem, Sekab and Sveaskog in a consortium to develop gasoline fuel based entirely on forest woody biomass.

    The consortium members will initially consider various plant scenarios to convert woody biomass and forestry residues into bio-isooctane, a high-performance bio-based gasoline derived from bio-isobutene. They will also design a conceptual production plant in Sweden. The project is being funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. (Source: Global Bioenergies, Various Media, 30 Sept., 2016) Contact: Global Bioenergies, Marc Delcourt, CEO, Thomas Buhl, Head of Business Development, +33 (0)1 64 98 20 50,,; Preem,; Sekab, +46 660 79300,; Sveaskog,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Bioenergies,  isobutene,  

    Offshore Wind Radar Operational at Westermost Rough (Ind. Report)
    DONG Energy, SmartWind Technologies
    Date: 2016-09-26
    DONG Energy and Lubock, Texas-based SmartWind Technologies are reporting that BEACon, the world's first beamed radar for offshore wind site conditions and energy assessments is now delivering three-dimensional (3D) data on the wind flow in the 210-MW Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm region.

    The BEACon system provides 3D data on the way in which the wind flows around the 210 MW Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm, measuring the wind conditions up to 35 km offshore. The BEACon program is expected to be in service at Westermost Rough for 18 months. (Source: DONG Energy, SmartWind Technologies, CleanTechnoca, Various Media, Sept., 2016) Contact: SmartWind Technologies, John Schroeder, Co-Founder,,; DONG Energy, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, +45 99 55 11 11,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy ,  SmartWind Technologies,  Offshore Wind,  Westermost Rough,  

    Ameresco Inks $53Mn Prison Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-09-26
    Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has inked a $53.1 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to implement energy and water conservation measures at the Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) Butner in North Carolina.

    The contract is aimed at cutting energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency at the 776-acre prison complex, which includes over 2 million sq-ft of FCC Butner's infrastructure. Ameresco's upgrades will include interior and exterior LED lighting fixtures and controls, comprehensive HVAC control system upgrades, chiller replacements, refrigeration system improvements, and utility sub-metering installations. Ameresco will also construct a 3.1 MW solar PV system to provide more than 15,300 MBtu of on-site renewable energy annually, approximately 8.4 pct of FCC Butner' present electric power consumption, electricity demand. The measures are expected to cut the facility's total energy consumption by 30 pct<.p> Construction is slated to get underway fall for a 2019 completion. (Source: Ameresco, Business Wire, 20 Sept., 2016) Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Notable Quote
    Donald Trump
    Date: 2016-09-26
    "Obama's talking about all of this with the global warming and ... a lot of it's a hoax. It's a hoax. I mean, it's a moneymaking industry, OK? It's a hoax, a lot of it." -- Republican Presidential Hopeful Donald Trump

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  

    Bullfrog Supports FPAC "30 by 30" Climate Challenge (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Wood Council,Forest Products Association of Canada
    Date: 2016-09-26
    Ontario-headquartered Canadian green energy provider Bullfrog Power is reporting a partnership that will see both the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) choose 100 pct green electricity and 100 pct green natural gas for their head offices in Ottawa. The FPAC and CWC commitment builds on FPAC's ambitious "30 by 30" Climate Challenge that proposes to remove 30 megatonnes of CO2 a year by 2030 -- more than 13 pct of the federal government's entire goal. Through the agreement, Bullfrog Power's generators put 100 pct clean, pollution-free electricity onto the grid to match the amount of conventional power that the FPAC and CWC head offices use.

    As previously reported, the CWC supports FPAC's "30 by 30" Climate Challenge to remove 30 megatonnes of CO2 per year by 2030 through forest management practices that can maximize carbon storage in the forest and spur the growth of trees; the use of innovative forest products and clean tech to displace materials made from fossil fuels; and efficiencies at mill sites. (Source: Bullfrog Power, FPAC, Sept. 23, 2016) Contact: Bullfrog Power, Jon McKay, Communications, (416) 360-3464 ext 239,,; Canadian Wood Council, (613) 747-5544 ext 225,; Forest Products Association of Canada: Simon Tuck, Public Relations, (613)563-1441 ext 314,,; 30 X 30 Climate Challenge,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Bullfrog Power,  Canadian Wood Council,  Forest Products Association of Canada,  

    CropEnergies' UK Wheat-Ethanol Plant Set for Start-Up (Int'l)
    CropEnergies AG,Ensus
    Date: 2016-09-26
    Following on our May 23rd coverage, German bioethanol producer CropEnergies AG has announced that it is accepting wheat feed stock deliveries and is ready to ramp-up operations to full capacity at its bioethanol plant in Wilton, northeastern England. The facility, tagged Ensus Ltd., was mothballed in February 2015.

    Ensus revenues in Q2 2016/17 were €182 million, compared to €193 million the same period od 2015. The Ensus plant is expected to generate revenues of between €670 million and €720 million for the end of the 2016/17 financial year according to the company. Its previous forecast was between €640 million and €700 million. (Source: CropEnergies, Biofuels Int'l, Other Media, 23 Sept., 2016) Contact: CropEnergies AG, +49 621 714 19000,; Ensus Ltd., +44 (0) 1642 794040,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CropEnergies AG,  Ensus,  Wheat Ethanol,  

    Sydney Launches Commercial Green Leasing Standard (Int'l)
    Sydney Better Building Partnership
    Date: 2016-09-26
    In the Land Down Under, the city of Sydney's Better Building Partnership (BBP) is reporting the release of a new commercial green leasing standard designed to help both landlords and tenants assess the sustainability and efficiency performance of their property and lease arrangements.

    The online tool makes accessing and applying the standard easy and enables users to produce a lease scorecard and a rating badge that indicates the sustainability of a proposed lease compared to other leases. The standard was reportedly developed in response to the demand for green leasing and related sustainability tools within the fast-growing commercial office sector.

    BBP is a collaborative undertaking between the city of Sydney and leading property owners and building managers that was established to improve building sustainability and help meet the Sustainable Sydney 2030 target of reducing emissions by 70 percent compared to 2006 levels. To date, BBP members have cut their emissions by 45 pct over the past 10 years for a collective $30 million per year saving, according to BPR. (Source: Sydney Better Building Partnership, City of Sydney, Sourceable, 20 Sept., 2016) Contact: Sydney Better Building Partnership,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Sydney Better Building Partnership,  

    ConEdison Touts Energy Efficiency Program, Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-09-26
    On Sept. 20, 2016, Con Edison reported the signing of a joint proposal that will include implementation of new energy efficiency programs and performance incentives that reward Con Edison shareholders for taking actions to save electricity. The proposal includes a 3-year, $99 million funding commitment in support of critical infrastructure investments including the advancement of smart meters, energy efficiency programs and new technologies.

    The program gives Con Edison customers greater control over their energy usage and costs,as well as help integrate new clean energy technology into the grid. It will also help Con Edison to meet New York's Clean Energy Standard which will require 50 pct of New York's electricity to come from renewable energy sources. infrastructure required to meet the standard.

    Access New York Clean Energy Standard details HERE. (Source: ConEdison, Office of the Governor, Sept. 21, 2016) ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094, Greg Elcock, Energy Management,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency,  ConEdison,  

    Netherlands Ups GHG Emissions Target to 55 percent by 2030 (Int'l)

    Date: 2016-09-26
    At the Hague, the Government of the Netherlands reports it has voted to increase the countries emission reduction targets to 25 pct by 2020 and 55 pct by 2030. The increase will bring the Dutch temperature goals in line with last December's COP21, Paris Agreement.

    In 2015, the government closed down five coal fired power stations and is expected to shutter its remaining coal power plants to help it meets it new goal. The Netherlands overall greenhouse gas emissions were 12 pct lower in 2015 than in 1990, according to Reuters. (Source: Guardian, International, Reuters, Others, 24 Sept., 2016)

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