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India Outlines Energy Efficiency, Conservation Initiatives (Int'l)

Date: 2016-08-01
In Delhi, the Indian Minister of State for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy and Mines has announced thefollowing initiatives as a mechanism to ensure energy efficiency/conservation in domestic, agricultural and commercial sectors of the country:
  • Establishment of appliance standards & labeling to provide the consumer an informed choice about the energy saving and thereby the cost saving potential of the relevant marketed product;

  • Labeling of energy efficient agriculture pump sets up to a connected load of 15 KW;

  • Establishment of specific energy consumption norms for energy intensive industries implemented through the already existing Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) Scheme:

  • Formulation of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) for commercial building energy efficiency improvements;

  • Establishment of multi-storied residential building energy efficiency guidelines;

  • Establishment of Demand Side Management (DSM) in Municipal, Household, Agriculture and Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) sectors;

  • . Promotion of a national energy efficient, LED street lighting program. (Source: India Minister of State for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy and Mines, Business Standard, 1 August, 2016) Contact: Minister of State for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy and Mines,

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

  • ICF Wins KCP&L Energy Efficiency Delivery Contract (Ind. Report)
    ICF International,Kansas City Power and Light
    Date: 2016-07-29
    In the Old Dominion State, Fairfax-based ICF International, a leading provider of professional services and technology-based solutions to government and commercial clients, is reporting a recently signed contract to support Kansas City Power and Light's (KCP&L) residential energy efficiency programs. The contract has a value of approximately $11 million over a three year term.

    Under the contract, ICF will deliver KCP&L's portfolio of residential energy efficiency programs to help customers cut energy consumption and save on energy costs. ICF will supply overall program administration, retailer and trade ally recruitment, residential and multifamily building energy audits, data tracking, creative marketing services and incentive processing. (Source: ICF International, PR,KCP&L, Various Media, 26 July, 2016) Contact: ICF International, Steve Anderson, (703) 934-3847,,;; Kansas City Power and Light,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICF International,  Kansas City Power and Light,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Agricultural Related GHGs on the Rise, says Report (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2016-07-29
    How Does Agriculture Change Our Climate?, recent report from the the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment has found that food production accounts for approximately 30 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions, 21 pct of which come from agriculturally related deforestation and land use changes. According to the report, if land clearing for food production continues at its current pace, emissions from land use changes alone could increase by at least 30 pct in 2050.

    The baseline data used to develop the report comes from the Emissions Database of the FAO's Statistics Division (FAOSTAT. The FAOSTAT data indicate that in 2014 agricultural greenhouse gas emissionshit a record high record high CO2 equivalent of 5.25 billion tons.

    The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the CGIAR network, and international universities contributed to the report. The report noted that Brazil and Indonesia generated almost 50 pct of the total loss of land from tropical deforestation between 2000 and 2012, and that developed countries indirectly spur deforestation through their consumption of meat, palm oil, timber, and soy.

    Deforestation from agriculture accounts for 75 pct of global land clearing, and GHGs from global deforestation account for 10 pct of total emissions.

    The report, which suggests that changes in land management are not enough to reduce emissions, proposes a three-pronged approach that targets a change in consumer behavior: minimizing yield gaps via sustainable intensification, reducing food waste, and modifying dietary habits. (Source: UN, FoodTank, 23 July, 2016

    European Parliament Aims for 100 pct Carbon Neutrality (Int'l)
    European Parliament
    Date: 2016-07-29
    In Brussels, the European Parliament reports that under its most recent emissions and climate change scheme it will become the first 100 pct carbon-neutral EU institution.

    Parliament's first carbon-offsetting scheme, in force since September 2011, included only emissions from official staff travel and vehicles, as well as energy use in Parliament buildings.

    The new EP scheme encompasses all irreducible direct, semi-direct and indirect carbon emissions, including those from flights between EU member countries of origin and Brussels and Strasbourg. (Source: EU Reporter, July 26, 2016)

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

    Online Tool Measures Vehicle Fuel Costs, CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
    EU Joint Research Commission,
    Date: 2016-07-29
    The European Union, European Commission's (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) reports the development and availability of an online "Green Driving Tool" to estimate the fuel costs and CO2 emissions of automobile travel. The "Green Driving Tool", which is part the European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility, was launched in support of the EC's push for the decarbonisation of transport in Europe.

    The interactive, web-based instrument allows for estimating the fuel costs and CO2 emissions of individual car journeys on the basis of variables such as car segment, engine power, fuel type and driving style. The Tool uses detailed map data and vehicle simulations to estimate fuel consumption, costs and CO2 emissions for any given car journey.

    Tool information is available HERE. (Source: EU, Invest EU, July, 2017) Contact: EU Joint Research Center,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

    Nordex Wins 243 MW Texas Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-07-29
    The Hamburg, Germany-headquartered Nordex Group reports it has won a new order for 81 AW125/3000 wind turbines totaling 243 MW for a Texas wind farm installation.

    The turbines, which are designed for IEC-2, medium-wind sites, will be equipped with a 125-meter rotor and installed on an 87.5-meter tubular steel towers. Installation is expected to begin in early 2017.

    To date, Nordex has installed a total of 2,380 MW of wind turbines in the U.S. and over 18 GW of wind energy in more than 25 markets. (Source: Nordex, 27 July, 2016) Contact: Nordex,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  

    Mesa, Sea Box to Deliver Energy Storage Solutions (Ind. Report)
    Mesa Technical Assoc., SeaBox
    Date: 2016-07-29
    Cobleskill, New York-based Mesa Technical Associates, Inc., a provider of turn-key battery power systems and engineering, furnishing, & installation services to electric utilities, and Sea Box, Inc. of Cinnaminson, New Jersey, are reporting a strategic partnership to deliver mass energy storage systems and micro-grid solutions to the North American utility grid.

    The partnership will serve both utilities and industrial manufacturers and directly support initiatives to cut carbon emissions, improve grid efficiency and resilience, and improve deployment of renewable energy sources.

    Mass energy storage systems deliver additional power during peak demand by storing excess energy generated by renewables during low demand cycles, thus reducing the risks of brown-outs and saving billions of dollars that would be required to expand the grid infrastructure. (Source: Mesa Technical Assoc., MMD, 26 July, 2016) Contact: Mesa Technical Assoc., Adam Alalouf , (215)327-1771,,; SeaBox, Andrew Salerno, (856) 303-1101 X 4233,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  

    Global Grid-Connected Energy Storage Capacity to Double in 2016, says IHS Markit Report (Ind. Report)
    IHS Markit
    Date: 2016-07-29
    According to London-headquartered HIS Markit's recently released Grid-Connected Energy Storage Forecast Database, the global energy storage market is expected to double from 1.4 GWh added in 2015 to 2.9 GWh and global grid-connected energy storage capacity will surge to 21 GWh by 2025. The report also finds that over the next decade, Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries will become the mainstream energy-storage technology, and more than 80 percent of global energy storage installations will utilize Li-ion technology by 2025.

    The report finds that Japan and the U.S. will generate approximately 35 pct of energy storage market revenues totaling $50 billion over the next decade.It also finds that one-half of all energy storage installations will occur behind the meter, driven by self-consumption and back-up needs. Eight countries will each have cumulative behind-the-meter storage power exceeding 1 GWh, including Japan, China and the United States, according to the report. The IHS Markit Grid-Connected Energy Storage Forecast Database, includes global grid-connected energy storage forecasts, as well as data and forecasts for key market segments and regions.

    For additional information on the Grid-Connected Energy Storage Forecast Database contact Markit (Source: HIS Markit, PR, 28 July, 2016) Contact: HIS Markit, Lee Graham, (303) 264 9404,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  

    Panasonic Touts "Simulate your Solar System" Simulator (Ind Report)
    Date: 2016-07-29
    Panasonic is reporting the Holland launch of its "Simulate your Solar System" online platform to encourage and promote residential solar installations.

    To operate the simulator, homeowners enter their address, their roof characteristics and their annual electricity consumption for a calculated estimate of how much they could save by installing a solar array on their roof. The platform comes at an important time for residential PV across Europe, as although there has been a decrease in installations in some key markets, such as Germany, the rise of home battery storage is piquing a renewed interest in residential solar, according to Panasonic. (Source: Panasonic, Various Media, PV Mag., 28 July, 2016)Contact: Panasonic,; "Simulate your Solar System" ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Panasonic,  Solar,  

    Neste Supplying Renewable Diesel to Finnish Festival (Int'l)
    Date: 2016-07-29
    Renewable diesel producer Neste reports it has been selected as the environmental partner for Finland's Flow Festival for the third consecutive year. Neste will supply its Renewable Diesel to the festival. The diesel will be used to create electricity.

    Neste's proprietary NEXBTL technology allows the use of almost any waste fat or vegetable oil in the production of high quality renewable diesel and other renewable products.

    The Flow Festival, which will take place between 12 and 14 August in Suvilahti, Helsinki, will be a carbon-neutral event, seeking to minimize emissions through comprehensive environmental work. (Source: Neste, Various Media, 27 July, 2016) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP of Renewable Products, Virpi Kroger, Marketing & Sales Development, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4379,,

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

    Xcel Energy Commissions Border Wind Farm in N.D. (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2016-07-27
    Xcel Energy is reporting the commissioning of its $250 million, 150-MW Border Winds wind farm north of Rolla, North Dakota. According to the company, the 75-turbine project help the company meet mandates for renewable energy production and save money for customers over its expected 20-year lifespan. (Source: Xcel Energy, KX News, 19 July, 2016)Contact: XcelEnergy, (612) 215-5300,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Wind,  

    LM Wind's Turkish Blade Plant Construction Underway (Int'l)
    LM Wind Power
    Date: 2016-07-27
    Danish wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power reports it has broken ground on 17 hectares of land in Bergama, Turkey, for a wind turbine blade production and distribution facility. The factory, which isexpected to ramp up production in mid-2017, will have an annual capacity of 500MW expanding to 2GW.

    The new Turkish plant is the company's 14th blade manufacturing facility worldwide. (Source: LM Wind Power, WindTech, Various Media, 20 July, 2016) Contact: LM Windpower, +45 79 84 00 00,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  

    Brussels Considering Stricter Vehicle CO2 Emission Targets (Int'l)
    European Commission
    Date: 2016-07-27
    In Brussels, the European Commission has reportedly begun consulting on new vehicle CO2 and other emission targets that will come into force beginning in 2020. Fuel efficiency targets for trucks, coaches and buses will be included. The new targets are in keeping with an initiative to lower CO2 and NOX emissions and reduce pollution in European cities.

    EU member states have signed up to climate change goals that will see them slash their total average greenhouse gas emissions 40 pct by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. Cutting road pollution, which involves reducing emissions from petrol and diesel engines as well as the widespread adoption of electric cars, is central to achieving those goals. Brussels wants to eradicate emissions from road transport by 2050. The new targets are subject to European Parliament and individual EU member state approvals. (Source: FT, European Commission,European Union, Various Sources, 20 July, 2016) Contact: European Commission,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Transportation Emissions,  

    Singapore Unveils Tropics Building Energy Efficiency Lab (Int'l)
    BCA Skylab
    Date: 2016-07-27
    In Singapore, Nanyang Technological University is singing the praises of its just launched rotating Skylab that allows "test-bedding of multiple technologies and interactions between technologies, which will provide new insights to building sciences and efficiency research."

    The BCA Skylab's unique rotating feature allows it to simulate different building orientations and test technologies under real world conditions, The 360-degree revolving laboratory was developed in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, a similar rotating lab renowned for its building energy efficiency research.

    . An entire rotation of the 132 square metres Skylab takes 30 minutes. With 200 sensors, across two identical cells for comparison testing, researchers get to experiment with cutting edge green building technologies. New technology is installed in the test cell, and the reference cell will be a copy of a regular room. The sensors measure and monitor energy variations and indoor temperature, among other conditions. This comparative data will allow researchers to the track the changes and make necessary improvements. (Source: BCA Skylab, eco-business, July, 2016) Contact: BCA Skylab, John Keung, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BCA Skylab,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Target Stores Touts First Wind Power Purchase (Ind. Report)
    Target ,Starwood Energy Group
    Date: 2016-07-27
    Big-Box discount retailer Target reports it has entered into its first wind power partnership with Starwood Energy Group's 118 turbine, 211-MW Stephens Ranch Wind Project near Lubock, Texas. Target will purchase a portion of the Stephens Ranch Wind Project's power production to offset 100 pct of the energy used at its 60 stores throughout the Lone Star State.

    The Stephens Ranch, which is projected to avoid approximately 550,000 metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions, feeds into the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) transmission infrastructure in Texas. The power is sold into the ERCOT power market and supported by a long-term, fixed-price hedge agreement. (Source: Target, July, 2016) Contact: Starwood Energy Group, Alex Daberko, VP, (203) 422-7700,; Target Corporate Office, John Leisen, VP Property Management, (800) 440-0680,

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

    Impsa Opens Argentina's First Wind Turbine Plant (Int'l)
    Date: 2016-07-27
    In Mendoza, Argentin renewable energy solutions provider Impsa is reporting that production is underway at the country's first wind turbine manufacturing plant, in Mendoza province. When the final stage of construction is complete, the plant will have an annual production capacity of 150 wind turbines annually, expandable to 300 turbines within six months, according to a company release. (Source: Impsa, 20BN Americas, 22 July, 2016)Contact: Impsa, +54 261 4131 300,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Impsa,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

    £1.2m Awarded for New Orkney Smart Energy System (Int'l)
    Date: 2016-07-27
    The Scottish Local Energy Fund reports it has awarded £1.2 million to the Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development Trust (REWDT) for its Heat Smart Orkney project. The project aims to create a unique local energy community social enterprise which brings together a number of communities across Orkney in an innovative way that uses novel combined generation and demand management technology and local customer contractual relationships to establish Heat Smart Orkney.

    The scheme will link excess wind generated electricity from the grid to newly installed heating systems in approximately 100 homes in the Orkney Islands.

    The energy efficient heating devices are linked to a cloud control center which is switched on when the community turbine receives a curtailment signal. The heating devices and the additional electricity used by the devices will be recorded on a meter and a rebate will be paid to the householder from the additional income received by the turbine.

    Orkney is home to Scotland's highest fuel poverty levels and the electricity grid has to be curtailed, resulting in the community-owned turbine in Rousay being turned off, according to REWDT project manager Michelle Koster. (Source: REWDT, Building Design & Construction, Others, 25 July, 2016)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Community Wind,  

    Proposals for a North American Climate Strategy -- Report Attached (Int'l. Report)
    Center for American Progress.
    Date: 2016-07-27
    Last Friday, U.S. President Barak Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced various initiatives to curb carbon pollution. The initiatives build on the outcomes of the June 29th North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa between President Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. At that meeting, the three leaders committed to sustained collaboration including the ongoing meetings and technical discussions that are needed to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants such as methane and black carbon. They also announced the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council in the fall and another engagement before February to promote investment in clean energy. Also of significance in Friday’s announcement is Mexico’s plan to start using the "social cost" of carbon this year, according to the Center for American Progress.

    The Center for American Progress -- in partnership with an alliance of research institutions from the United States, Mexico, and Canada -- has produced the attached report and recommendations for a coordinated North American climate strategy. Access the Center for American Progress Proposals for a North American Climate Strategy report HERE. (Source: Center for American Progress, 22 July, 2016) Contact: Center for American Progress, Gwynne Taraska, Associate Director of Energy Policy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Center for American Progress,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Pacific Island States Committed to Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
    Date: 2016-07-27
    At last Thursday's Pacific Island States Meeting on International Aviation and Climate Change in Fiji, Pacific Aviation Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to continued concerted actions within their respective capabilities and government action plans to address carbon emissions from international aviation and other sources.

    In a joint statement, the minister said: "We urge that any proposal on a global Market-based Measure (MBM) scheme should take into account and accommodate the special needs and circumstances of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in particular the Pacific Island states, where air transport represents the most viable means of international transportation to support its tourism, trade and commerce for its economy," the ministers noted in a joint statement. "We support the continuation of the leadership of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on environmental issues relating to international civil aviation, including greenhouse gases relating to climate change. We recognise the work of ICAO in this aspect." (Source: Fiji Times, Various Others, 25 July, 2016)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate CHange,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Mexican Ethanol Producers Considering Sorghum (Ind. Report)
    Sorghum,U.S. Grains Council
    Date: 2016-07-27
    The U.S. Grains Council reports that its recently hosted Texas and Kansas trade missions, in partnership with United Sorghum Checkoff Program, gave visiting Mexican ethanol producers and other participants the opportunity to tour facilities and learn more about sorghum as a biofuel feedstock.

    In 2015, the state-owned Mexico Petroleum Company reported it would introduce a pilot ethanol-petroleum program that dramatically increased interest in ethanol in Mexico. The Grain Council and United Sorghum Checkoff Program trade missions were focused on developing the emerging Mexican market and promoting sorghum to meet potential Mexican biofuel production opportunities. (Source: National Association of Farm Broadcasting , AgNet West,, 25 July, 2016) Contact: United Sorghum Checkoff Program, (806) 687-8727,; Mexico Petroleum Company, William Waggoner, (505) 699-2616 - US Office,,; U.S. Grains Council, (202) 789-0789,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sorghum,  Ethanol,  U.S. Grains Council,  

    Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy Declares Distribution to Members (Ind. Report)
    Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2016-07-25
    In the Hawkeye State, Council Bluff-based Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC (SIRE) Board of Directors has declared a distribution of $250 per unit to its members of record as of 15 , 2016. . Based on the current number of units outstanding, the aggregate payment will be approximately $3.3 million, which will paid on 15th August.

    SIRE is located on 275 acres in Council Bluffs, Iowa, operating a 125 million gallon per year ethanol plant. The company also produces more than 365,000 tpy of Dried Distillers' Grain (DDGs) and has the ability to produce Wet Distiller Grains (WDGs). It also produces approximately 90,000 ppd of corn oil. The facility will consume over 44.6 million bpy of corn sourced primarily from southwest Iowa and southeast Nebraska. SIRE began producing ethanol in February, 2009 and sells its ethanol, distillers grains, corn syrup, and corn oil in the continental United States, Mexico and the Pacific Rim. (Source: Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC. 22 July, 2016) Contact: Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, (712) 366-0392,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy,  

    A4E Alliance Supports Biojet Fuels, UN Carbon Emissions Offset Scheme (Int'l Report)
    Airlines for Europe
    Date: 2016-07-25
    In Brussels, the Airlines for Europe Alliance (A4E) reports it has called on all governments to support the UN's proposed carbon emissions offset scheme to ensure the airline industry addresses climate change at a global level. According to A4E, the ambitious target to cap emissions from 2020 can only be achieved if governments agree on a global deal to address carbon emissions as proposed by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

    A4E believes any future growth in carbon emissions will be offset to reduce the impact of aviation on the environment and that governments should support initiatives to develop biojet fuels. It also says a more favorable policy framework is necessary and urgent to create a stable market environment for investors and airlines to advance the use of sustainable biofuels by ensuring sufficient supply and competitive prices. The association adds that support should consist of lowering investment risk and providing policy incentives for biofuel use. A4E also encourages Member States to use bio-waste, in particular for the production of sustainable low carbon fuels for aviation. (Source: A4E, International Airport Review, 22 July, 2016) Contact: A4E, Thomas Reynaert, Managing Director, +32 (0) 2793 0911,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Biofuel,  Biojet Fuel,  Aviation Biofuel ,  

    EU Reveals Member State National CO2 Emission Targets (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2016-07-25
    The European Commission reports it has set new industrial CO2 reduction goals for it member countries and expects coal-dependent Poland to cut emissions by 7 pct from 2005 levels by 2030. In 2014, the trading bloc committed to collectively slash greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030 compared to 1990 levels across all sectors of the economy including transportation, buildings, agriculture, waste, land-use and forestry.

    According to an EU release, the "new framework is based on the principles of fairness, solidarity, cost-effectiveness and environmental integrity." The target for each member state varies widely.Germany and Luxembourg must cut emissions by 40 pct compared to 2005 levels, while Finland and Denmark must cut emissions by 39 pct. Britain and France are asked to cut emissions by 37 pct while Netherlands and Austria should cut their non-EU ETS emissions by 36 pc pct. Little Romania got off lightly at on 2.5 pct. (Source: EC, Warsaw Bus. Journal, Others, 21 July, 2016)

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

    London Gateway Port Wins Planet Mark Recognition (Int'l Report)
    DP World London Gateway
    Date: 2016-07-25
    DP World London Gateway Port, the UK's most advanced deep-sea container terminal, has been awarded the internationally recognized Planet Mark™ for its commitment to lower its carbon emissions by a minimum of 2.5 pct TEU in 2016. The Planet Mark™ certification programme is part of sustainability service provider Planet First.

    DP World London Gateway Port will utilize its existing system to monitor and reduce its carbon emissions. The system provides high quality data and detailed carbon measurement, automated stacking cranes and other hi-tech initiatives including LED lighting for increased efficiency. ( Source: DP World London Gateway Port, Hellenic Shipping News, Port News, July 21, 2016) Contact: Planet First, Steve Malkin, CEO,; DP World London Gateway, Cameron Thorpe, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Planet First,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Buddy Platform Updates Energy Management Acquisition Noveda Tech (M&A)
    Buddy Platform,Noveda Technologies,NYSERDA
    Date: 2016-07-25
    As reported in May, Buddy Platform Ltd's acquisition target Noveda Technologies, Inc. has been selected to be part of The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) $36 million pledge to increase the energy efficiency of New York's commercial buildings.

    In May, Buddy Platform executed a letter of intent to acquire all the assets of Noveda Technologies for $3 million plus additional milestone payments. Noveda's product -– powered by the Buddy Platform -- enables analytics and intelligence that is used by building owners, managers and service providers to monitor and track energy consumption and savings. Noveda is one of only two providers (and the only U.S. provider) for NYSERDA’s $36 million Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) program which is designed to accelerate the adoption of RTEM installations in existing buildings and facilities across the Empire State by funding 30 pct of the integration and installation costs.

    Last week, Buddy Platform achieved its first performance milestone ahead of schedule by successfully marking 20 million discrete connections per day for 3 consecutive weeks. The traffic is sourced from a wide variety of devices including over 4,600 electrical, solar, water and wind meters in over 80 countries. (Source: NYSERDA, Proactive Investors, 23 July , 2016) Contact: NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,; Buddy Platform, (206) 745-9077,; Noveda Technologies Inc., (908) 534-8855,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Noveda Technologies,  Energy Management,  NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Ontario County Selects Ecosystem for Energy Efficiency Retrofit (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-07-25
    In Ontario, the County of Bruce has selected Ecosystem as the winning bidder to provide integrated energy performance contracting (IEPC) services in four county buildings totaling 278,000 sq-ft. The $3.4 million project will generate guaranteed annual energy savings of $273,288 and is expected to receive $251,800 in incentives. In its RFP, the County specifically wanted an Energy Efficiency and Savings Retrofit Project where the savings and grants would pay for the capital investment.

    The energy conservation measures to be implemented include a lighting retrofit, building automation system (BAS) upgrades, a micro combined heat and power plant, and various equipment replacements and upgrades. The project also includes a stakeholder education and awareness program . Ecosystem engineers are currently completing the detailed study, and construction is expected to start in early 2017. (Source: Ecosystem , 25 July, 2016) Contact: Ecosystem, Josephine Pham, Marketing, (416) 649-1298 x 5233,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ecosystem,  Energy Efficiency,  

    DNV GL, Partners Launching Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Practice Guide (Int'l Report)
    DNV GL
    Date: 2016-07-22
    In an effort to promote the commercialization of floating offshore wind turbines, Hamburg, Germany-based DNV GL is reporting the launch of a new multi-participant industry project to develop Recommended Practice for floating offshore wind turbines.

    The new Recommended Practice will build on the experience from the application of the Offshore Standard DNV-OS-J103 Design of Floating Wind Turbine Structures which was published in 2013 and will contain methods and ways to fulfill the requirements set in DNV-OS-J103.

    Ramboll, Ideol, EDF, Marin, STX Solutions Europe, Esteyco, Nautilus Floating Solutions, Dr. Techn. Olav Olsen, NREL, Gicon, Glosten, Atkins and Marintek are among the partners contributing to the development of the new Recommended Practice. (Source: DNV GL, WindTech, 19 July, 2016) Contact: DNV GL, +49 40 361 490,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DNV GL,  Floating Wind Turbine,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

    LPEA Ponders Methane-Capture Power Project (Ind. Report)
    La Plata Electric Association
    Date: 2016-07-22
    In Colorado, the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) is exploring a project with Tulso-headquartered Williford Resourcesa, private oil and gas production company. The project capture methane emissions from about 40 Williford-owned wells in southwestern La Plata County, and would help Williford comply with a Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission order to eliminate gas venting. The captured methane from the Williford wells would produce sufficient waste methane to generate 130 KW of electric power, enough to serve about 100 homes.

    The next step would be for LPEA to enter into a power purchase agreement with Williford. (Source: LPEA, Durango Herald, 21 July, 2016) Contact: LPEA, Dan Harms, Manager of Rates, Technology, Energy Policy, (970) 247-5786,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News La Plata Electric Association.Methane,  Methane Capture,  

    TerraForm , SunEdison Considering Divorce (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-07-22
    US renewables yieldco TerraForm Global Inc reports it is considering a request by bankrupted SunEdison that it facilitate the marketing and sale of SunEdison's interests in it.

    SunEdison established the TerraForm yieldco vehicle to own renewable energy assets in emerging markets. Its latest report, provided at the request of bondholders and their advisors, shows a portfolio of 917 MW, including 307 MW of wind in Brazil, 300 MW of wind and solar parks in India, and other renewable energy capacity in South Africa, Thailand, Cina, Uruguay and Malaysia. (Source: TerraForm Global, Various Media, SeeNews, 20 July, 2016) Contact: SunEdison, (314) 770-7325,; TerraForm Power, (240) 762-7700,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TerraForm,  SunEdison,  

    GAO Calls for Stronger Federal-Lands Methane Emissions Accounting Regulations (Reg & Leg)
    Bureau of Land Management,Government Accountability Office
    Date: 2016-07-22
    In the nation's capitol, the federal watchdog Government Accountability Office (GOA) reports it has found numerous problems and inconsistencies in the instructions the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issues to companies on methane emissions reporting regulations. The GOA also claims that BLM offices have inconsistent policies regarding whether companies should pay royalties for the vented or flared gas.

    As an example, approximately 90 pct of the requests that companies submitted to deliberately vent or flare gas failed to meet the agency's documentation standards, though most were approved. As a result, the Dept. of Interior may not have the accurate information it needs to ensure it is minimizing waste on these leases.

    The BLM is working on a new regulation to reduce methane -- a potent greenhouse gas -- emissions and expects to clarify the instruction inconsistencies that the GAO identified. (Source: U.S. GOA, The Hill, 21 July, 2016) Contact: GOA, (202) 512-3000,,; ; Bureau of Land Management,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Bureau of Land Management,  

    Aussie Energy Efficiency Council Demands Gov. Action (Int'l)
    Energy Efficiency Council
    Date: 2016-07-22
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Energy Efficiency Council (EEC)is calling for urgent government action if the country is to meet its target to improve energy productivity by 40 pct by 2030.

    "On our current trajectory we will fail to meet this target.We need serious reforms to unlock the full benefits of energy efficiency," said EEC CEO Luke Menzel. Menzel added that a real effort to improve energy efficiency is essential to limit increases in energy bills and tap into the global economic opportunities that are emerging as countries move towards a carbon zero world. (Source: Australia Energy Efficiency Council, 19 July, 2016) Contact: Australia Energy Efficiency Council, Luke Menzel, CEO, +61 3 8327 8422,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    PSE&G Grant to Integrate NJ Energy Efficiency Programs (Funding)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2016-07-22
    In Perth Amboy, N.J., the Jewish Renaissance Foundation (JRF), Public Service Gas & Electric utility (PSE&G) and the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) are reporting the issuance of $250,000 in PSE&G grant funding to integrate the JRF's Building Healthy Communities Initiative with the BPU's Comfort Partners Program in the northeastern Middlesex County municipalities.

    The JRF's Building Healthy Communities program works to improve the well-being of low-income residents who live within the City of Perth Amboy and the Central Jersey region. BPU's Comfort Partners, which is administered by PSE&G, offers free energy-saving improvements and energy education to income-eligible families. Services include: comprehensive, personalized energy education and counseling; installation of weather-stripping, HVAC equipment, energy efficient lighting, and other energy efficiency measures such as moisture removal.

    The PSE&G grant will enable these two individual programs to combine their offerings and resources in order to enroll homes that may have been beyond the scope of work for either program individually. (Source: NJBPU, PR, Others, July, 2016) Contact: JRFO, Alexandra Mansonet-Cross, CEO,; PSE&G, Courtney McCormick, VP, Renewables and Energy Solutions,; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NJ Board of Public Utilities,  Energy Efficiency,  PSE&G,  

    Albireo Energy, Advanced Power Control Merge Announced (M&A)
    Albireo Energy
    Date: 2016-07-22
    Edison, New Jersey-headquartered automation and energy services specialist Albireo Energy, LLC reports the addition of Newark, Delaware-based Advanced Power Control, Inc. and Energy Systems Technologies Inc. to its platform. The partnership will bolster Albireo Energy's geographic presence in the Mid -Atlantic region while enhancing its capabilities in lighting controls, demand response, and building analytics. APC and EST will operate as a division of Albireo Energy.

    APC provides turnkey building automation systems, lighting controls, metering, fault detection and diagnostics (FDD), and energy services to universities, military facilities, healthcare institutions, and commercial buildings.

    EST is a product distributor and technology consultant specializing in energy efficiency and controls for electrical and automation systems targeting commercial buildings. (Source: Albireo Energy, LLC, July, 2016) Contact: Albireo Energy, Phil Bomrad, CEO, (847) 612-7214,; Advanced Power Control,; Energy Systems Technologies, (302) 368-0669,

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

    Obama Administration Announces Clean Energy Savings Initiative -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2016-07-22
    In the nation's Capitol, the Obama Administration is announcing a new cross government partnership Clean Energy Savings For All Initiative between the Departments of Energy (DOE), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Agriculture (USDA), Health and Human Services (HHS), Veteran's Affairs (VA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase access to solar energy and promote energy efficiency nationwide, particular in low- and moderate- income communities.

    Through the Initiative, the Administration will work to ensure that every household has options to choose to go solar and put in place additional measures to promote energy efficiency.

    Download the full Clean Energy Savings For All Initiative HERE. (Source: The White House, PR, 19 July, 2016)

    Methane Gas-to-Energy Projects Slated for Atlanta (Ind. Report)
    Republic Services.MAS Energy, Georgia Power
    Date: 2016-07-22
    Republic Services, Inc. and Atlanta-based Mas Energy, LLC are reporting a methane landfill gas-to-energy development project at landfill facilities in Buford, Griffin and Winder, Alabama. Together, the three facilities could eliminate significant GHG emissions and generate 24.1 MW of electric power.

    Georgia Power, I Squared Capital, Crowder Construction Company and Nixon Energy are also participating in the development project. (Source: Republic Services, PR, 3BL Media, 21 July, 2016) Contact: Republic Services, Jamey Amick, Area Pres.,, Mas Energy, (904) 835-0556,,; Georgia Power,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Republic Services,  Landfill Gas,  Metrhane,  Mas Energy,  Georgia Power,  

    MetCom Scores $945,000 Methane Co-Gen System Upgrade (Funding)
    St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission
    Date: 2016-07-22
    In Leonardtown, Maryland, St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) is reporting receipt of $945,000 in grant funding from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). The funds will be used for design, engineering, construction and start-up services related to upgrades to MetCom's methane gas co-generation system at the Marlay-Taylor wastewater treatment facility. The plant's average flow is approximately 4.2 million gpd. (Source: The St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission, SouthernMaryland OnLine, 20 July, 2016) Contact: MetCom, Scott Bundy, Exec. Dir., (301) 737-7400,; Maryland Department of the Environment, (410) 537-3000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  

    Canfor Opens Two Wood pellet Plants in B.C. (Ind. Report)
    Canfor Pulp Products,Canfor
    Date: 2016-07-22
    Following on our June 1st coverage, Wood processing specialist Canfor is reporting the opening of new wood pellet plants worth C$58 million at existing sawmills in Fort St. John and Chetwynd, British Columbia, Canada.

    Together, the two organic rankine cycle (ORC) equipped plants have a combined wood pellet production capacity of 175,000 tpy. The ORC converts 20 pct of the heat generated by the plant's energy system into electricity and the remaining 80 pct of the heat is used to dry sawdust into pellets. (Source: Canfor, Various Media, 21 July, 2016) Contact: Canfor, Don Kayne, (604) 661-5241,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canfor,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  

    Retail Energy Efficiency Calculator Available (New Prod & Tech)
    Retail Industry Leaders Association
    Date: 2016-07-20
    The Retail Industry Leaders Association and the Institute for Market Transformation are touting the launch of their Retail Energy Efficiency Finance Calculator. The calculator was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

    The finance calculator is designed to help retail professionals understand how to leverage external financing to fund energy or sustainability projects within their portfolios, as well as basic finance metrics for specific projects.

    Access the Energy Efficiency Finance Calculator HERE. (Source: Retail Industry Leaders Association, US DOE, USGBC, July, 2016) Contact: Retail Industry Leaders Assoc.,; Institute for Market Transformation,; US DOE

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    French Advisory Committee Recommends Carbon Tax (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2016-07-20
    In Paris, a French government appointed a three-man advisory committee is reported to have recommended to French Environment Minister Segolene Royal that France increase taxation on coal-fired power plants or set stiffer carbon emissions standards. The committee also recommended setting a European carbon floor price of between €20 ($22.08) and €30 in 2020 with 5 - 10 pct annual increase to exceed €50 by 2030.

    The recommendations are intended to encourage a shift to natural gas-fired power plants as a way to help reduce the country's carbon emissions. France currently chairs the UN climate negotiations COP21 and is looking to introduce measures that will strengthen carbon pricing within the EU. (Source: French Env. Ministry, AFP, Various Media, 11 July, 2016) Contact: French Environment Ministry , Segolene Royal, Minister,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  COP21,  Carbon Price,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Senvion Installs 1st of 46 Turbines at Que. Wind Farm (Ind Report)
    Senvion,Innergex Renewable Energy
    Date: 2016-07-20
    Hamburg, Germany-headquartered Senvion reports it has installed the first of 46 3.2M114 turbines at the 150MW Mesgi'g Ugju's'n wind farm in Quebec, Canada. The wind farm is a 50/50 partnership between Longueuil, Quebec-based independent renewable energy power producer Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and the three Mi'gmaq (aboriginal) Nations of Quebec.

    According to Senvion, the 3.2M114 turbines are the largest turbine to be installed in Canada to date. The wind turbines are designed for North American weather and are fitted with a hot air anti-icing system that allows each turbine to generate the maximum power in winter conditions. The project is expected to be commissioned later this year or early in 2017. (Source: Senvion, CBTR, 19 July, 2016)Contact: Senvion, Andreas Nauen, CEO, Helmut Herold, CEO-North America, 011 +49 40 5 55 50 90 0,; Innergex Renewable Energy, Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2550,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind,  Innergex Renewable Energy,  

    Indian Renewables Specialist Exploring $300Mn IPO (Int'l Report)
    Mytrah Energy Ltd
    Date: 2016-07-20
    Hyderabad, India-headquartered renewable energy producer Mytrah Energy (India) Ltd reports it is seeking to raise $100-300 million through an initial public offering (IPO) or from private equity investors.

    The company also plans to provide an exit opportunity to existing investor IDFC Ltd, which holds a $100 million stake in the company. Investors Apollo Global Management Llc, Merrill Lynch International (a unit of Bank of America Merrill Lynch) and IDFC together hold about 25 pct in the Indian unit.

    The company operates about 920 MW of wind energy capacity and recently won projects for about 500MW of solar energy capacity. In April, the Asian Development Bank approved a loan facility of up to $175 million to help fund the company's new wind and solar projects. (Source: Mytrah Energy India, Livemint, Deal Street Asia, 18 July, 2016) Contact: Mytrah Energy, Ravi Kailas, CEO, +91 40 3376 0100,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mytrah Energy,  

    Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas Seeking Investor, Purchaser (Ind. Report)
    Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas
    Date: 2016-07-20
    Struggling Spanish alternative energy giant Abengoa reports it has contracted with Los Angeles-headquartered Ocean Park Advisors to find a purchaser or investor for its 25 million gpy cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas.

    The 400 acre Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas facility consists of a state-of-the-art cellulosic ethanol biorefinery with an integrated, biomass-to-electric power generation plant and a wastewater treatment plant. The entire facility has been mothballed for the about nine months.

    Ocean Park Advisors is a corporate finance advisory firm with experience in mergers and acquisitions in the renewable-fuels industry. (Source: Abengoa,, Various Other Sources, Wichita Eagle, 18 July, 2016) Contact: Ocean Park Advisors, (310) 670-2093,; Abengoa,; Abengoa Bioenergy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Abengoa,  Biomass,  Cellulosic,  

    Malaysia Plans Raise in Biodiesel Blend Rate (Int'l)
    Biodiesel,Malaysian Automotive Association
    Date: 2016-07-20
    The Malaysian Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities reports it is meeting with auto manufacturers to discuss raising the current biodiesel blending mandate from B7 to B10.

    The meeting is intended to address the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA)and its member's concerns about the higher grade biodiesel's possible negative effects on engines. According to the MAA, B10 use may result in fatty-acid methyl esters (FAME) mixing with motor oil, causing the oil to thin and possibly "sludge" the engine. (Source: Various Sources, Sun Daily News, Biofuel Int'l, 18 July, 2016)Contact: Malaysian Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities,; Malaysian Automotive Association, +60 3 7843 9947,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Blend,  Malaysia Biodiesel,  

    Indonesian Study Disputes UN Peat Fire Emissions Data (Int'l)
    Date: 2016-07-20
    In Jakarta, U.S. NASA-funded research by Indonesian and US scientists shows that peat fires in Central Kalimantan in Indonesia released less carbon dioxide than projected by UN climate experts but discharged more potentially hazardous gases.

    The research found that the CO2 released was 8 pct less than the emission factor data by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). According to the researchers, IPCC took peat samples in Sumatra and burned them in a laboratory whereas the new study examined actual burned peat sample from the field. Methane release was also 55 pct less than the IPCC emission factor data.

    The research was led by scientists from the Bogor Agricultural University, Palangka Raya University, Central Kalimantan and Kapuas administrations, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, and the South Dakota State University and Montana University following the massive 2015 peat fires on the island of Sumatra. (Source: Bogor Agricultural University, SciDevNet, 15 July, 2016) Contact: Bogor Agricultural University, +62 251 862 2642, Bambang Hero Saharjo, Report Co-Author, Lead Researcher,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Peat Fire,  GHG Emissions,  CO2,  

    New England Will Meet CPP Goals, says ISO-NE (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-07-20
    At last weeks ISO-New England (ISO-NE) Northeast Energy and Commerce Association Annual Environmental Conference in Marlborough, Mass., panelists concluded that if the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) remains on course despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in February to stay the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) pending legal challenges, the New England states will easily reach their CPP targets. The CPP seeks to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector by 32% below 2005 levels by 2030, with interim reductions required in 2022-2029.

    . According to the Energy Information Administration, ISO-NE's carbon intensity was 1,037 pounds of CO2/MWh in 2015, which is projected to drop to 986 lbs/MWh by 2030, well within the CPP targets of 1,305 lbs/MWh for existing fossil fuel-fired electric steam generating units and 771 lbs/MWh for existing natural gas combined cycle units. (Source: Various Sources, RGGI, ISO-NE, 15 July, 2016) Contact: ISO-NE, Patricio Silva, Senior System Planning Analyst, (413) 540-4220,; RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Clean Power Plan,  ISO-NE,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Energy Efficiency Saves Lowell, Mass. $4.7Mn (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-07-20
    In the Bay State, the city of Lowell reports it has saved about $4.7 million on energy costs since starting an efficiency and solar-energy program designed by energy efficiency specialist Ameresco in 2010. The city expects to save as much as $40 million over the 20-year life of the program.

    The Ameresco program's energy efficiency measures include energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling-equipment upgrades, and the replacement of windows and improving insulation at 28 city schools and 19 other municipal buildings. The program includes a solar installation that alone was projected to save between $1.5 million and $2.5 million a year. The energy efficiency improvements were completed between 2010 and 2012. (Source: Ameresco, City of Lowell, Lowell Sun, 15 July, 2016) Contact: City of Lowell, Katherine Moses, Energy Manager, (978) 674-4000,; Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  

    DOE Invests in Building Energy Conservation Projects (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2016-07-20
    The US DOE reports it will invest $19 million in 18 projects to support the development of building technologies that could help U.S. consumers and businesses save on utility bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs.

    The funding will facilitate the creation of sensors and energy modeling tools, systems to reduce refrigerant leaks and update heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, as well as a gas-powered heat pump that can work in colder climates. The funded projects will also aid entry into the renewable energy market and work to identify air leaks, cut energy losses in buildings and transmit sunlight to building interiors to cut electric power consumption.

    The funded projects will also help the department meet its goal of cutting U.S. buildings energy consumption by 30 pct by 2030.

    The 18 projects are facilitated by the following entities: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (three projects), Carnegie Mellon University, PARC, University of Calif. Berkeley, Clemson University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (four projects), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Optimized Thermal Systems, Columbia University, Iowa State University, Ingersoll Rand, University of Miami and Glint Photonics. (Source: US DOE, Executive Gov, 18 July, 2016)Contact: US, DOE, (202) 586-5000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Energy Conservation,  

    BASF, Linde Group Completes Carbon Capture Pilot (Ind. Report)
    BASF,Linde Group
    Date: 2016-07-20
    Following-up on our Jan. 14, 2015 coverage, chemicals giant BASF and The Linde Group are reporting the completion of a joint pilot project to improve the capture of CO2 from flue gas at a coal fired power plant at the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) in Wilsonville, Alabama.

    Since January 2015, the project operated a pilot plant under a cooperative agreement the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Based on the successful completion, BASF and Linde will begin larger-scale testing and explore commercial opportunities.

    The technology used during the pilot project integrates BASF's advanced aqueous amine-based solvent and process technology, marketed by BASF under the OASE® Blue Brand, with novel CO2-capture process and engineering innovations developed by Linde.

    The pilot project captured more than 90 pct CO2 from the flue gas while the purity of the CO2 was greater than 99.9 pct. The design capacity of the operation was up to 1.5 Megawatt-electric (MWe) and required less than 2.8 gigajoules of regeneration steam per metric ton of CO2.

    The NCCC includes a post-combustion carbon capture facility that allows testing and integration of advanced technologies using actual coal-derived flue gas from an 880-MW pulverized coal unit at Alabama Power's Plant in Gaston. (Source: Linde, BASF, PR, 22 July, 2016) Contact: BASF,; National Carbon Capture Center,; Linde Group, Dr. Andreas Opfermann, Head of Clean Energy and Innovation Management, (800) 232-4726 -North Am. Office,; NETL,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF,  Linde Group,  Carbon Capture,  

    EU Carbon Tax on Swiss Flights found Legal (Int'l)
    EU ETS
    Date: 2016-07-20
    A legal advisor to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has found that the European Union (EU) is within its rights to apply carbon taxes to flights between Switzerland and the EU, even though flights from other countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are currently exempt.

    The finding pertains to a ECJ case brought by Lufthansa-owned Swiss International Air Lines claiming it is being unfairly and unequally treated by the current EU Emission Trading System (ETS). Swiss International is seeking to recover millions of euros worth of permits it claims it was not legally required to pay.

    Switzerland is not a member of EU ETS which imposes a carbon tax on flights within the EU countries plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The EU ETS requires industries to purchase permits to pollute. In response the EU suspended its plans and the ICAO took on the task of devising a carbon tax system for global aviation. The new system is slated to be released later this year. (Source: Various Sources, AirWise, 19 July, 2016)

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

    Distributional Effects of a Carbon Tax in Broader U.S. Fiscal Reform
    Brookings Institution,Tax Policy Center
    Date: 2016-07-18
    "Our results suggest that a carbon tax is regressive when using annual incomes as the base for the incidence measure, but less regressive when using consumption. Our analysis suggests that if policymakers direct about 11 percent of the tax toward the poorest two deciles, for example through greater spending on social safety net programs than would otherwise occur, then those households would on average be no worse off after the carbon tax than they were before. Of course, individual households within those groups might be better or worse off depending on their individual energy consumption patterns and participation in federal spending programs.

    " In the tax swap simulations, we subtract the burden of other taxes that the carbon tax revenue could displace, such as the corporate and personal income taxes, and compute the net effect on households. We analyze revenue-neutral tax shifts under three assumptions about how those other taxes lower households' capital and labor income: all borne by labor, all borne by capital, and a 50/50 split. Although all of the tax swaps lower the overall burden of the carbon tax (as a share of household income) on the poorest two deciles, tax swaps also exacerbate the regressivity of the carbon tax on the high end. This means that the benefit to the highest income households of the reduction in other taxes is greater than their share of the burden of the carbon tax." (Source: Brooking Institution, Tax Policy Center) Contact: Tax Policy Center, Adele C. Morris, Tax

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

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