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UK Borough Emissions Cuts Deliver $250,000 Savings (Int'l)

Date: 2016-07-01
In the UK, the Stockton Borough Council is reporting the introduction of a range of measures to further reduce CO2 emissions after rising from 54th place in 2015 to 5th in the Local Authority Energy Index rankings.

The council cut its net emissions by 7.8 pct since 2014 with the introduction of LED street lighting; cutting energy consumption in council buildings; switching to renewable energy where possible; improving the council's vehicle fleet cutting the number of car miles traveled, all of whioch resulted in a £250,00 per year savings in energy costs. (Source: Stockton Borough Council, Northern Echo, 29 June, 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions,  

Ginkgo Bioworks, Amyris Partner on Bio-Products (Ind. Report)
Ginkgo Bioworks,Amyris
Date: 2016-07-01
Emeryville, California-headquartered industrial biosecience specialist Amyris Inc reports it has entered into a 3-year partnership with Boston-based Ginkgo Bioworks to jointly develop bio-based products. The two companies combined R&D capabilities is expected to deliver new cultured ingredients into the global market in the next three years.

As part of the deal, Ginkgo Bioworks will broaden the capacity of Amyris's strain engineering by providing access to its world-class foundry. Amyris will provide Ginkgo Bioworks scale up expertise and access to the world's only commercial scale multi-product fermentation facility.

E The partnership is expected to generate over $300 million in incremental value for both companies over the next 5 years. (Source: Amyris Inc., June 29, 2016) Contact: Ginkgo Bioworks, Jason Kelly, CEO, (877) 422-5362,,; Amyris, John Melo, CEO, (510) 450-0761,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ginkgo Bioworks,  Amyris ,  

Introduction to Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage -- Global CCS Institute Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Global CCS Institute
Date: 2016-06-29
"Carbon capture and storage, or CCS, is a process used to capture carbon dioxide gas that is produced by power stations or other types of industrial facilities. To keep CO2 out of the atmosphere, it is captured from the power plant or industry, transported and securely stored underground, permanently.

"CCS is a vital technology for helping the world to meet the climate targets agreed at the 2015 Paris climate talks. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found that achieving the deep cuts in COs emissions necessary to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius would cost 138 pct more without CCS."

Access the Introduction to Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage report HERE. (Source: Global CCS Institute, June, 2016) Contact: Global CCS Institute, Brad Page, CEO, , +61 (0) 3 8620 7300 ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global CCS Institute,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Storage,  Climate ChangeCCS,  

Exelon Planning Buckeye State Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Exelon Corp.
Date: 2016-06-29
The Columbus Business Journal is reporting that the nation's number 12 wind energy operator, Exelon Corp., is planning to install the Buckeye State's 3rd wind farm at an as yet to be identified location.

Exelon presently has 47 wind energy projects in 10 states for a total of 1,191 megawatts, the paper reports. (Source: Exelon Corp, Columbus Business Journal, Others, 27 June, 2016) Contact: Exelon Corp., (312) 394-8351,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Exelon Corp.,  Wind,  

Gulf Power Seeking Additional Wind Wattage (Ind. Report)
Gulf Power
Date: 2016-06-29
In the Sunshine State, Gulf Power, a Southern Company subsidiary and one of Florida's largest wind power purchasers, reports it has petitioned the Florida Public Service Commission to approve the addition of 94 megawatts of wind energy from the Kingfisher Wind farm in Oklahoma. The additional megawatts would bring the company's total energy mix 272 megawatts.

The Kingfisher Wind project utilizes 136 wind turbines to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 77,150 homes for a year. Gulf Power serves roughly 436,000 customers in northwestern Florida. (Source: Gulf Power, WEARTV, 27 June, 2016) Contact: Gulf Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gulf Power,  Wind,  

Free Carbon Calculator Covers Indirect Emissions, Carbon Offsetting (New Prod & Tech)
Carbon Analytics,CarbonCare
Date: 2016-06-29
London-based environmental impact assessment firm Carbon Analytics reports it has partnered with carbon finance organization Climate Care to create an online carbon calculator which calculates carbon emissions for energy uses ranging from direct onsite fuel combustion to indirect emissions such as air travel and event attendance. Using the Carbon Calculator, emissions can then be offset through a portfolio of climate and sustainable development projects delivered by ClimateCare.

The calculator helps measure the impact of activities such as travel, showing emissions from an air flight in tonnes of CO2 which can be offset according to the calculated value with a specified development project. The calculator can also carry out in-depth measurements of business, supply chain and product impacts.

The calculator is freely available for anyone to embed in their own website and can be used by anyone to encourage their online visitors, staff, suppliers and customers to take action.

ClimateCare Calculator details are available HERE, (Source: ClimateCare, 28 June, 2016) Contact: ClimateCare, +44 (0) 1865 591000,,; Carbon Analytics,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Analytics,  CarbonCare,  Carbon Emissions,  

UGI Expands Energy Conservation, Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
UGI Electric Division
Date: 2016-06-29
UGI Electric Division reports the launch of its expanded Energy Efficiency and Conservation program designed to reduce both residential and business customer energy consumption and cut electric power costs.

The Pennsylvania PUC approved program offers 11 different options available for both residential and business customers, including: appliance rebates and recycling; LED lighting discounts; fuel-switching incentives to convert electric heating and appliances to natural gas or solar thermal water heating; home energy audits performed by licensed contractors; a low-income water heater pilot;, which provides a high-efficiency natural gas water; and HVAC tuneups. UGI also provides energy efficiency and related new technology information through print and digital media.

UGI Utilities, Inc. is a natural gas and electric utility delivering reliable, safe and affordable energy to more than 660,000 customers in 45 counties in Pennsylvania and one county in Maryland. (Source: UGI Electric, Reading Eagle, 27 June, 2016)Contact: UGI Electric Division,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Effiociency,  Energy Management,  Energy Conservation,  

Interior Lighting Campaign Nets $13.5Mn Savings (Ind. Report)
Better Buildings Alliance
Date: 2016-06-29
The US DOE reports it is working with public and private sector organizations, interested landlords, tenants, and building owners to adopt solutions that best meet the needs of their buildings for sustainable leasing and upgrades to indoor lighting. There are now over 160 participants and supporters in the Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) and 40 Green Lease Leaders.

A joint effort by the Better Buildings Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation, the Green Lease Leaders program, exemplifies how landlord-tenant cooperation on energy efficiency is no longer a niche practice. Green leases break down the barriers of traditional commercial leases, offering environmental and economic benefits for owners, and tenants alike. This year’s Green Lease Leaders achievements represent more than 375 million square feet of commercial floor space nationwide.

On average, 20 percent of the energy U.S. buildings consume nationwide is by lighting. This represents a large opportunity for building owners and managers to cut energy waste and save money. (Source: DOE, ProudGreenBuilding, June, 2016)Contact: DOE Better Buildings Alliance,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Better Buildings Alliance,  Energy Efficiency,  

Tokyo's First Energy Service Co. Refocuses on Biomass (Int'l)
First Energy Service
Date: 2016-06-29
Tokyo-based First Energy Service Co. has announced that it will shed its sole solar power project and shift its focus to biomass, according to media reports. According to a report in Bloomberg, the company has restructured its business units to focus on woody biomass facilities. It is also expecting strong government subsidies to continue backing its vision. First Energy currently operates two woody biomass facilities and it plans to start a new facility in September.

The little-known Tokyo-based company's commitment to biomass has made it a darling among investors. As of the end of trade Wednesday, First Energy Service Co. had jumped 42 pct in the past month, making it the top performer on the Topix index. (Source: First Energy Service Co., Others, Japan Times, Bloomberg, June 28, 2016) Contact: First Energy Service Co., No contact information is presently available.

More Low-Carbon Energy News First Energy Service,  Biomass,  

Aquion Introduces 24-Volt Aspen Battery System (New Prod & Tech)
Aquion Energy
Date: 2016-06-27
In the Steel City, Aquion Energy, Inc., developer and manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) batteries and energy storage systems is reporting the introduction of the Aspen 24S, a 24-volt version of its award-winning Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) battery. The new product is designed for energy-intensive applications that use solar panels, such as off-grid solar-powered LED lighting, as well as small pumps and motors. It is also an ideal drop-in replacement for existing systems using 24-volt lead-acid batteries.

Aquion's Aspen batteries do not degrade from partial state of charge cycling, contain no heavy metals or toxic chemicals and are non-flammable and are non-explosive. (Source: Aquion Energy, MarketWire, 20 June, 2016) Contact: Aquion Energy, (978) 750-0333,

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

NextEra Energy, AutoGrid Offering DR Programs (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Services,AutoGrid
Date: 2016-06-27
Residential and commercial electricity services provider NextEra Energy Services is reporting the introduction of two new demand response programs for commercial and industrial customers located in PJM markets.

The company is offering ControlComm powered by AutoGrid's Demand Response Optimization & Management System that allows customers to ajust their energy consumption manually or automatically during peak demand or high wholesale electricity price periods.

AutoGrid builds software applications that enable a smarter Energy Internet with a suite of Energy Internet applications that enables utilities, electricity retailers, renewable energy project developers and energy service providers to deliver cost effective, clean and reliable energy by managing networked distributed energy resources (DERs) in real time and at scale. AutoGrid applications are all built on the AutoGrid Energy Data Platform (EDP), with patented Predictive Controls™ technology that leverages petabytes of smart meter, sensor and third-party data, along with powerful data science and high-performance computing algorithms, to monitor, predict, optimize and control the operations of millions of assets connected across global energy networks. (Source: AutoGrid, NextEra Energy Services, 21 June, 2016) Contact: NextEra Energy Services,; AutoGrid, Dr. Amit Narayan, CEO,(415) 820-4176,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Software,  Demand Response,  DR,  NextEra Energy Services,  AutoGrid,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

Wisc. Corn Growers Seeking Member Input on RFS (Ind. Report)
Wisconsin Corn Growers Association
Date: 2016-06-27
The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association (WCGA) is asking farmers to submit comments to the U.S. EPA on the agency's proposed renewable fuel rule and its draft ecological assessment for atrazine. Both issues could impact the prices and cost of production for corn farmers.

On renewable fuels, EPA has proposed to set the renewable volume obligation (RVO) annual target for corn-based ethanol 200 million gallons below the amount set by Congress in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The proposed 2017 RVO standard would effectively cut corn usage by 71.4 million bushels.

"EPA continues to short-change ethanol in its proposed RVOs," said WCGA president Casey Kelleher. "There is no doubt the RFS and ethanol is working for America. EPA's reduction in statutory targets takes us backward on the gains we've made on our environment, our economy and our energy security," Kelleher adds.

"EPA has discounted 7,000 rigorous, high-quality scientific studies and didn't adhere to its own high standards. Studies suggest farming without atrazine could cost corn farmers up to $59 per acre and would require much more tillage, leading to water and nutrient loss," Kelleher emphasized. (Source: Wisconsin Corn Growers Assoc., 21 June, 2016) Contact: Wisconsin Corn Growers Assoc., Casey Kelleher, (719) 520-6600,

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

Eversource Aims to Cut Stamford's Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
Date: 2016-06-27
In Connecticut, the City of Stamford (pop. 126,500) and the Hartford- and Boston-based electric and gas provider Eversource Energy -- formerly Northeast Utilities -- are reporting a 3-year private-public energy efficiency agreement that is expected to cut the city's electric power consumption by 12 pct and save the city over $1 million in energy costs by the year end.

The initiative will begin with an evaluation of 16 city-owned buildings by energy services specialist ConEdison Solutions, after which the city and Eversource will develop an energy management plan to integrate energy efficiency measures. (Source: Eversource, City of Stamford, Westfair, 20 June, 2016) Contact: Eversource, Tilak Subrahmanian, VP Energy Efficiency,; City of Stamford,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource,  Energy Efficiency,  

Adwen Touting World's Longest Wind Turbine Blade (Ind. Report)
Adwen & LM Wind Power
Date: 2016-06-27
Adwen Offshore, an Areva-Gamesa company, is touting its new 88.4 meter wind turbine blade designed for its AD 8-180 wind turbine, an 8 MW wind turbine with a 180 meter rotor diameter. The new blades are being built by Lunderskov, Denmark-headquartered LM Wind Power.

According to an Adwen release, the new 8 MW wind turbine is a big step towards lowering the LCoE of offshore wind energy. The blade is designed for manufacturability and reliability and, at 88.4 meters length, is the best compromise between swept area, energy production, weight and loads transferred to the wind turbine, according to Adwen. (Source: Adwen, CleanTechnica, Others, 23 June, 2016) Contact: Adwen,,; LM Windpower, +45 79 84 00 00,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Adwen,  LM Wind Power,  Wind Turbine Blade,  Wind,  

RFS Policy Instability Continues to Chill Advanced Biofuels Investments (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Date: 2016-06-27
In Washington, the EPA's new methodology for setting annual Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) continues to chill investment in advanced biofuels, according to Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) analysis. Investment patterns clearly demonstrate that EPA is sending a sustained market signal that disincentivizes advanced biofuels, causing a $22.4 billion shortfall in necessary investment.

According to BIO Exec. VP Brent Erickson, "EPA recognizes that its delays in rulemaking from 2013 to 2015 undercut investment in advanced biofuels. The agency fails to recognize, however, that its methodology -- including in the newly proposed 2017 rule -- also undercuts investment in advanced biofuels. Data on investment in the biofuel sector bears out that EPA's methodology has forced producers to consolidate investment in conventional biofuel production capacity and distribution infrastructure, while sacrificing investment in advanced.

"Following yet another year of policy instability, BIO now estimates that EPA's rulemaking delays, unwarranted expansion of its waiver authorities, and methodology for setting annual RVOs has caused a $22.4 billion shortfall in investment in advanced biofuels. EPA is sending a sustained market signal that disincentivizes and discourages advanced biofuel producers, who have reached a stage where investment in proven technologies and processes could rapidly expand availability of cleaner, low-carbon transportation fuels.

"EPA can correct course in the 2017 rule by reversing its use of the general waiver authority to reduce overall volumes, raising advanced biofuel volumes sufficiently to obviate competition among biofuel developers, and ensuring that the U.S. transportation fuel market is open to every gallon of renewable fuel that can be produced."

The report is available for download HERE. (Source: Biotechnology Innovation Organization, PR, 21 June, 2016) Contact: BIO, Paul Winters, Brent Erikson, Exec. VP, (202) 962-9237,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biotechnology Innovation,  Advanced Biofuel,  EPA,  RFS Organization,  

Greensmith to Deliver 10 Grid-Scale Systems in 2016 (Ind. Report)
Date: 2016-06-27
In the Old Dominion State, Herndon-headquartered energy storage software specialist Greensmith Energy is reporting receipt of 63 megawatts (MW) in new orders in 2016 and that it is on track to install over 100 MW of energy storage by the end of the year.

According to Greensmith, it is leveraging its frequency response capabilities and algorithms developed for the U.S. market to actively pursue multiple project opportunities with developers, IPPs and EPCs in both the UK and Germany which are expected to make up 90 pct of all European projects . (Source: Greensmith, June 23, 2016) Contact: Greensmith, John Jung, Pres., CEO, Mallory Sass, (408) 966-5950,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greensmith,  Energy Storage,  

PG&E Replacing Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant with Carbon-Free Resources (Ind. Report)
Pacific Gas & Electric
Date: 2016-06-27
In the Golden State, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) reports it is proposing the shutdown and replacement of its Diablo Canyon, 2.3 GW nuclear plant with solar, wind, and other greenhouse-gas-free energy resources over the next nine years. The utility will also place greater emphasize on energy efficiency,demand response, energy storage, and other reliable demand-side resources.

The utility's proposal will now go to the California Public Utilities Commission for review and possible approval. Under the proposal, PG&E will set up three rounds of resource procurements, the first of which will seek up to 2,000 "gross gigawatt-hours" of energy-efficiency savings to be implemented from 2018 to 2024. The second authorizes PG&E to procure 2,000 GWh of GHG-free energy resources through an all-source solicitation, meant for delivery between 2025 to 2030. The third will target energy delivery starting in 2031, under the state’s new renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that calls for California utilities to procure 50 pct of their energy from renewable resources by 2030 -- a goal that PG&E will raise to 55 percent for itself under its new proposal. (Source: PG&E, Various Sources, GTM, 26 June, 2016)Contact: PG&E, Nick Stavropoulos , Melissa Subbotin, (415) 973-5930,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas & Electric,  

China Can Curb Other GHG Emissions 30 pct by 2030, says WRI (int'l)
World Resources Institute
Date: 2016-06-27
In a recent report,Opportunities to Enhance Non-Carbon Dioxide Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in China, the World Resources Institute (WRI) finds that China has taken positive steps to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. But China also emits a significant amount of GHGs besides carbon dioxide -- methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride and nitrogen trifluoride -- collectively referred to as non-CO2 GHG emissions.

In 2012, China's non-CO2 GHG emissions comprised nearly one-fifth of the country’s total GHG inventory. Moreover, the report finds that these emissions could nearly double by 2030, relative to 2005 levels, if China doesn't take additional measures to curb them. WRI analysis finds that, just by scaling up existing initiatives as listed below China can reduce its non-CO2 GHG emissions by nearly 30 pct by 2030:

  • The Chinese government has set reduction targets for two of its largest sources of non-CO2 GHGs: coal bed methane and HFC emissions. These targets are also supported by financial subsidies and more favorable tax policies.
  • The 2015 Circular Economy Promotion Plan details actions and targets for scaling up waste recycling and reuse (thereby reducing methane emissions) and generating power from low-concentration methane.
  • The 2012 Cleaner Production Promotion Law promotes initiatives that eradicate waste, improve resource utilization, and stimulate cleaner production processes—activities that go hand-in-hand with the mitigation of non-CO2 GHGs.
  • The 13th Five Year Plan (which outlines the strategic vision for China through 2020) explicitly states the need to control non-CO2 GHGs.

    The report finds that three key abatement actions -- tackling methane emissions from coal mining and rice fields, curbing HFC emissions from industry, and reducing nitrous oxide emissions from fertilizer application -- could help China achieve further deep cuts in non-CO2 GHG emissions.

    With accurate GHG data, China can turn its attention toward setting source-specific non-CO2 GHG reduction targets which can be scaled up to sector-level emissions reduction goals and, ultimately, economy-wide GHG targets. (Source: World Resources Institute, 20 June, 2016) Contact: World Resources Institute, (202) 729-7600,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Resources Institute,  China Climate CHange,  Carbon Emissions,  

  • RGGI Considers Clean Power Plan Compliance Options (Ind. Report)
    RGGI, ICF International
    Date: 2016-06-27
    The nine Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) states -- Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- are reported to be considering tightening the emissions cap under the program and potentially raising costs out to 2031, according to a recent presentation and modeling scenarios completed by Fairfax, Virginia-headquartered ICF International.

    A 2.5 pct annual cap reduction could send prices close to $10 per tonne for CO2, while a 5 pct reduction would place prices close to $30 per ton, assuming the the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan is in place and without the use of the market's cost containment reserve.

    The June 17 presentation considers projections from two CPP Reference Cases and five scenarios where RGGI lowers the emissions cap. According to RGGI, the new CPP Reference Case "places mass-based goals in non-RGGI states for existing sources and the new sources complement," while the existing reference case places CPP mass-based goals in non-RGGI states for existing sources and a proposed EPA leakage set-aside.

    In other REGGI news, on June 8th we reported that RGGI carbon allowances prices continued their slide to a new low of $4.53 in the latest auction which sold approximately 15 million allowances for a total of raised $68.3 million. The latest allowance price fell almost 14 pct from March when credits sold for $5.25 each and is the lowest since March 2014.

    The drop in price continued a trend that began earlier this year and led to a 30 pct decline in March auction prices, when compared to the previous auction in December 2015. The decline in prices is being broadly attributed to market uncertainty regarding the future of the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan, and other factors.

    To date, the RGGI alliance has delivered a 45 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and contributed $630 million in renewable and energy efficiency project funding for its member states. (Source: RGGI, Utility Dive, Others, 23 June, 2016) Contact: Contact: ICF International, Steve Anderson, (703) 934-3847,,; RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICF International,  Carbon Price,  RGGI,  Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Greenbacker Loans $25.9Mn to Montana Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Wind Manager,Foundation Windpower LLC ,Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company
    Date: 2016-06-27
    Kansas City, Missouri-headquartered Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC reports it has, through a wholly owned subsidiary, provided a $25.9 million loan to Greenfield Wind Manager, LLC to support the construction of a 25 MW wind generation facility located in Teton County, Montana.

    The Project, which will incorporate 13 GE 2.3 megawatt wind turbines and generate sufficient electricity for 5500 homes, was developed by San Francisco-based Foundation Windpower LLC in partnership with a local developer. (Source: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, 24 June, 2016) Contact: Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company, Charles Wheeler, CEO, (888) 292-3718,; Foundation Windpower, Bob Lewis, (415) 515-3404,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Foundation Windpower LLC ,  Wind,  Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company,  Wind,  

    Hearst Tower Touted with CTBUH Sustainability Award (Ind. Report)
    Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
    Date: 2016-06-27
    In Mid-Town Manhattan, one of the nation's largest diversified media, information and services companies with more than 360 businesses, reports that it's world headquarters building in NYC -- The Hearst Tower -- has been recognized for it's sustainability and efficiency by the Chicago-headquartered Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

    The CTBUH award was created as an opportunity to reflect back on buildings that have been completed and operational for a decade or more and to acknowledge projects that have performed successfully long after the ribbon-cutting ceremonies have passed.

    The 46-story glass-and-steel Hearst Tower, located on Eighth Avenue between 56tth and 57th Streets, is the first U.S. building to earn CTBUH's 10 Year Award. (Source: Hearst, 27 June, 2016) Contact: The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, (312) 283-5599,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    DOE Targets Data Center Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2016-06-24
    Mid-March 2016, the House of Representatives passed a bill to improve federal data center energy efficiency. The legislation specifically called for the DOE to update its 2007 baseline for data center energy efficiency and for the agency and collaborators to address developing and verifying metrics related to energy savings. That same month, the administration announced its Data Center Optimization Initiative, bringing data centers in step with the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) requiring annual agency planning, as well as emphasizing cloud computing and shared services.

    Private cloud services and shared services comprise two of the three approaches available to agencies to meet their fiscal 2018 data center goals. The third approach is to consolidate existing data centers and make them more efficient.

    Previously this month, the DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced that up to $25 million in funding for a new program dedicated to innovating data center energy efficiency. The Energy-efficient Light-wave Integrated Technology Enabling Networks that Enhance Datacenters (ENLITENED) program aims to double datacenter energy efficiency through improvements to data-communications network designs and methods. According to the request for information (RFI), the efforts will be focused on the application of integrated photonic technologies in future data centers. The ENLITENED program will focus on: resolving problems with integration and packaging of photonic interconnects integration and packaging; devices that connect and transmit data (high radix photonic switches); creating new datacenter network architecture; and modeling and simulation of new datacenters with a view to commercialization. If the ENLITENED effort achieves its targets, ARPA-E estimates the deployment of these technologies will double datacenter energy efficiency above what is currently possible. (Source: Federal Industry Analysis: Analysts Perspectives Blog, US DOE, Deltek, 21 June, 2016)Contact: US DOE ARPA-E,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Data Center Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  

    SMLC Shares $70Mn Fed. Energy Efficiency Funds (Ind. Report)
    Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition Support
    Date: 2016-06-24
    As members of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the University of Connecticut (UConn), and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) will share a total of $70 million from the US DOE to boost research to help manufacturers cut costs and increase energy efficiency.

    SMLC is a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry, and non-profits from more than thirty states working to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can improve the efficiency of the U.S. advanced manufacturing sector. (Source: Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, 20 June, 2016) Contact: CCAT, Elliot Ginsberg, CEO, Pres., (860) 291-8832,,; Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, Julie Tran, (310) 206-6532,,

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

    India Proposes Wind Energy Projects Auction (Int'l Report)
    Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy ,India Wind
    Date: 2016-06-24
    In New Delhi, the Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has issued a proposal to auction 1 GW of wind energy capacity across various states in India. Project developers will be free to choose the site of project installation. The base tariff for auctions will be equal to the wind energy tariff determined by the respective state electricity regulatory commission where the project is planned to be implemented. The proposal calls for electric power trading agencies to enter into long term power purchase agreements with wind energy projects. These power traders will in turn sell the electricity to power utilities for a period of 25 years. Project developers selected following the auction will be required to commission the projects with 15 months.

    The proposed auction is intended to allow states that lack wind energy resources to purchase wind generated electricity to help meet their non-solar renewable purchase obligations. The country aims to achieve 60 GW of operational wind energy capacity by March 2022.(Source: Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Planetsave, Various Others, June, 2016) Contact: Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  India Wind,  

    Global Organic Biogas Market Expected to Hit $32Bn by 2023, says GMI (Ind. Report)
    Global Market Insights
    Date: 2016-06-24
    According to Cleveland-based market analyst Global Market Insights (GMI), in terms of volume, organic biogas market demand was more than 22 kilotonnes in 2015 and is likely to surpass 36 kilotonnes by 2023, increasing 6.2 pct annually over the forecast period. The report finds that the global organic biogas market was worth more than $19.5 billion in 2015 and is forecast to exceed $32 billion by 2023, growing at more than 6 pct CAGR from 2016 to 2023.

    Increasing environmental concern coupled with stringent government regulations pertaining to air pollution and waste management was among the key factors to drive regional growth.

    Feedstock types in the market, according to GMI, consist of agri-food industry waste, green waste, wastewater treatment sludge, grease, manure and liquid manure, cultures, and by-products. Agri-food industries waste and grease are expected to witness high demand owing to the presence of methane. Heat and electricity was the largest market segment in 2015, owing to growth in green technology trend and increase in resource depletion.

    Governments worldwide and various environmentalists are promoting biogas as a cleaner alternative to conventional fuels, and numerous biogas plants are expected to be installed in next few years, according to GMI. (Source: Global Market Insights, June, 2016) Contact: Global Market Insights, (216) 525-0600, Dr. Shawana P. Johnson, Pres.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Market Insights,  Biogas ,  

    China Ming Yang Wind Power Completes Privatization (Int'l, M&A)
    China Ming Yang
    Date: 2016-06-24
    Zhongshan-headquartered China Ming Yang Wind Power Group Limited is reporting completion of its February 2, 2016, merger agreement with Regal Ally Limited , a wholly-owned subsidiary of Regal Concord Limited. With the completion of the merger, China Ming Yang ceased to be a publicly-traded company and became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent. (Source: China Ming Yang, 22 June, 2016) Contact: China Ming Yang Wind,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Ming Yang ,  

    DOE Announces $68.4Mn in Funding to Advance CO2 Storage (Funding)
    US DOE Office of Fossil Energy
    Date: 2016-06-24
    The US DOE Office of Fossil Energy has announced the availability of $68.4 million for cost-shared R&D projects that will determine the feasibility of developing onshore and/or offshore geologic storage complexes capable of cumulatively accepting commercial-scale (50+ million metric tons) volumes of CO2. Funding is subject to the availability of appropriations.

    Currently, projects supported by the Carbon Storage Program involving CO2 injection have focused on pilot or short-term, large-scale injection tests. The Carbon Storage Assurance and Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) initiative is intended to develop integrated CCS storage complexes, constructed and permitted for operation in the 2025 timeframe over a series of sequential phases of development.

    Phase I CarbonSAFE: Integrated CCS Pre-Feasibility is soliciting and competitively seeking R&D projects that will provide a pre-feasibility study for a commercial scale geological storage site. Objectives include the formation of a CCS coordination team capable of addressing any regulatory, legislative, technical, public policy, commercial, financial, and other issues specific to commercial scale deployment of the CO2 storage project.

    The projects will develop a plan encompassing technical requirements, as well as both economic feasibility and public acceptance of an eventual storage project. In addition, selected projects will perform a high-level technical evaluation of the sub-basin and potential CO2 source(s).

    Phase II, CarbonSAFE: Storage Complex Feasibility FOA is soliciting and competitively seeking R&D projects to perform the initial characterization of a storage complex identified as having high potential. They will also establish the complex's feasibility for commercial storage (50+ million metric tons CO2). The objectives of this phase include and extend the pre-feasibility work under CarbonSAFE: Integrated CCS Pre-Feasibility, focusing on one or multiple specific reservoirs within the defined storage complex, and comprising efforts in data collection; geologic analysis; identification of contractual and regulatory requirements and development of plans to satisfy them; subsurface modeling to support geologic characterization, risk assessment, and monitoring; and public outreach. (Source: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 22 June, 2016) Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Office of Fossil Energy,  Carbon Storage,  CO2,  

    ICCT Commissions Real-World Vehicle CO2 Emission Tests (R&D)
    Date: 2016-06-24
    The Washington, DC-headquartered International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) reports it has commissioned the Laboratory of Applied Thermodynamics (LAT) of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, to investigate the possibility of evaluating real-world automobile CO2 emissions with generic simulation models. The models would be developed on the basis of Portable Emissions Measuring System (PEMS) data and Real Driving Emissions (RDE) recording, and could therefore potentially extend RDE testing to also cover vehicle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

    The RDE testing procedure will introduce on-road testing as well as not-to-exceed emission -- air pollutant -- limits for new passenger cars in Europe. Further investigations, covering existing vehicle and engine technologies such as gasoline port and direct injection, are needed to support and extend the research findings. (Source: ICCT, PR, Auto World, 21 June, 2016) Contact: International Council on Clean Transportation, (202) 534-1600,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  ICCT,  

    ZSW Ups CIGS Solar Efficiency to 22.6 pct (Ind. Report)
    FraunhoferSolar Energy and Hydrogen Research BadenWürttemberg , Institute for Solar Energy Systems
    Date: 2016-06-22
    In Germany, the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research BadenWurttemberg (ZSW) reports it has boosted the efficiency of CIGS thin-film solar cells to 22.6 pct with a standard size test cells with an area of about 0.5 cm2. ZSW's manufacturing process includes the use of post-deposition treatment of the CIGS surface with alkaline metal compounds incorporated into this layer. The new efficiency record was confirmed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).

    According to ZSW, the industry has improved the record efficiency of cells based on copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) more in past three years than in the previous fifteen. The increase in efficiency will eventually translate to lower cost solar power.

    (Source: ZSW ,CompoundSemi, 16 June, 2016) Contact: Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemberg, Michael Powalla, +49 (0) 711 78 7000,,; Fraunhofer Institute,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ,  

    Notable Quote
    Climate Action Network Europe
    Date: 2016-06-22
    "The (EU) ETS needs an overhaul to be in line with the Paris Agreement goals. Ministers stressed the need for a five year review clause in the ETS Directive, to be able to adapt it to the potential increase of the EU climate target for 2030.

    "It is high time for the EU leaders to step forward and accept that the Paris Agreement requires a revision of all EU policy tools, including the ETS in due time. Only bold reforms can turn the ETS into a functioning policy tool. It is painfully obvious that with the weak reform proposals currently on the table, the ETS will not drive any emission cuts for many years to come, let alone help the EU meet the ambitious Paris Agreement goals." -- Wendel Trio, Director, Climate Action Network Europe,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Action Network Europe news,  EU ETS news,  

    Irish Climate Change Council Calls for Minimum Carbon Price (Int'l)
    Climate Change Advisory Council
    Date: 2016-06-22
    According to the recently established Climate Change Advisory Council, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is not meeting its potential and the current price for carbon, which is currently 80 pct lower than 2008 levels, does not provide sufficient incentive for companies to lower their emissions. Accordingly, the The expert group, which advises the Irish Government on climate change, has come out in favour of a minimum price for carbon under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

    The EU ETS provides a market where a price is put on greenhouse emissions. It relates to fossil-fuel burning energy companies and to heavy industry. The idea behind the market is that heavy emitters would be obliged to purchase carbon credits. (Source: Climate Change Advisory Council, Irish Times, 20 June, 2016) Contact: Ireland Climate Change Advisory Council, Prof. John Fitzgerald,

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

    FLP Plans 2nd Coal Power Plant Purchase, Phase-out (Ind. Report)
    NextEra,Florida Light and Power
    Date: 2016-06-22
    NextEra's Florida Light and Power (FLP) subsidiary reports it has petitioned the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) for approval to purchase Calypso Energy Holdings' 330-MW Indiantown Cogeneration facility for approximately $451 million -- including existing debt. p> The coal-fired plant is equipped with advanced pollution controls, including selective catalytic reduction technology and a zero-discharge water treatment system. The proposed phase-out may prevent more than 657,000 tpy of CO2 emissions.

    If approved, this would be the second coal plant in two years that FPL has sought to purchase and phase out to meet its emissions reductions goals. In August, 2015, the company received approval for the acquisition and phase-out of the 250-MW Cedar Bay Generating Plant. (Source: FP&L, Others, Power Mag., 20 June, 2016) Contact: Florida Power & Light,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Power & Light,  NextEra,  Coal.Carbon Emissions,  

    Biox Snares Methes Energies Mothballed Biodiesel Plant (M&A)
    Biox Corp.
    Date: 2016-06-22
    Hamilton, Ontario-headquartered biodiesel producer BIOX Corporation reports the acquisition of Methes Energies Canada Inc.'s 50 million lpy biodiesel facility in Sombra, Ontario for US$4.5 million.

    The 2009 vintage plant, which is presently mothballed, reportedly never performed at capacity due to working capital shortages and market challenges.

    BIOX will invest an additional C$5 million over the next 12 months to improve the facility's efficiency and enable the use of a broader range of feedstock, specifically lower carbon intensity feedstocks, such as animal fats and recycled cooking oils (Source: BIOX Corp., PR, 17 June, 2016) Contact: Biox Corp., (905) 521-8205,; Methes Energies International Ltd. , Michel G. Laporte, CEO, John Loewen, COO, (702) 932-9964,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biox Corp.,  Methes Energies,  Biodiesel,  

    SolarBiocells Offers New Energy Source (New Prod & Tech)
    University of Calgary,SolarBiocells
    Date: 2016-06-20
    At the University of Calgary, startup Solar Biocells is using algae and micro-organisms which naturally process energy from sunlight and take up CO2 from the atmosphere to grow biomass which in turn, can be converted to liquid methane fuel or biomass pellets. The micro-organisms can be cultivated in closed systems, called bioreactors, on land that is unsuitable for other uses, like agriculture.

    Solar Biocells' technology yields the highest productivity ever reported in the field's scientific literature, according to Solar Biocells. Solar Biocell technology innovations include the use of high pH and alkalinity to promote CO2 absorption rate and to uncouple absorption and uptake; the use of biofilms instead of suspended cells to cut downstream processing costs; and the use of naturally occurring microorganisms instead of a single pre-selected algal strain, which increases their system's overall efficiency. (Source: University of Calgary, PR, UCalgary News, 15 June, 2016) Contact: UCalgary, Energy Bioengineering Group , Marc Strous, Christine Sharp,; Solar Biocells, (403) 210-6404,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Algae,  Algal.Methane,  Biogas,  

    Deinove Validates Deinochem Program Milestone (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-06-20
    French biotech specialist DEINOVE, a developer of innovative processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals by using Deinococcus bacteria reports it has validated the second key milestone of the Deinochem program for the production of biosourced isoprenoids. The program is funded by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME).

    The Deinochem program aims to develop methods for producing compounds of industrial interest from renewable resources by optimizing the natural performance of Deinococcus bacteria. The first target molecules are part of the isoprenoid family (including carotenoids) that may lead to the production of high value specialty ingredients, such as antioxidants and / or high-added value pigments. (Source: Deinove, Biomass Mag., Others, June 15, 2016) Contact: DEINOVE, Emmanuel Petiot, CEO, +33 (0) 4 48 19 01 28,,; French Environment and Energy Management Agency,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DEINOVE,  ADEME,  

    VTT Explores Biofuels Climate Benefits (Ind. Report, R&D)
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Date: 2016-06-20
    In its Renewable Energy Directive, the European Union has set a 10 pct goal for the use of renewable energy in transport by 2020. Only biofuels meeting certain sustainability criteria are included in the renewable energy goals and are allowed to take advantage of national support systems.

    At the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, researcher Kati Koponen is proposing several areas of development for the greenhouse gas assessment method of the criteria.

    The calculation of greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels is based on life cycle assessment. Koponen has studied how a tool, based on life cycle assessment, can be applied to policy-driven decision-making related to biofuels and to the challenges the assessment entails.

    While life cycle assessment has been widely used for assessing the environmental impacts of products, the method still entails challenges related to, for instance, system boundary setting, allocation of emissions between different products as well as the definition of calculation parameters. When life cycle assessment is used in political decision-making, the required simplifications may cause further method-related problems. The research results show that the current EU calculation method alone cannot ensure the climate benefits of biofuels.

    According to the VTT, the EU sustainability criteria should be further developed to ensure the use of bioenergy systems that most effectively support climate change mitigation. (Source: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., June, 2016) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Kati Koponen, Researcher, +358 40 4878123,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel ,  VTT,  

    Alaska Welcomes Support for Energy Efficiency Efforts (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2016-06-20
    In Juneau, Alsaskan Governor Bill Walker reports that the not-for-profit National Governor's Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices has awarded Alaska competitive grant to advance the state's energy efficiency efforts.

    In 2010, the Alaska Legislature set a goal of increasing energy efficiency 15 pct by 2020. Leading the Alaska project is a public-private team comprised of staff from the Governor’s Office, the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Power Association. The project will engage a broad cross-section of interested Alaskans. The NGA will provide technical support and expertise tailored to the state's specific priorities and needs.

    Michigan, New Hampshire and Virginia also receiving NGA energy-efficiency strategies support to reduce waste, lower costs for consumers, improve building quality, enhance economic development and meet environmental goals. (Source: Office of the Alsaka, Others, SeeNews, 16 June, 2016) Contact: Alsaka Gov. Bill Walker, (907) 465-3500,; National Governor's Association, (202) 624-5300,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Heartland Institute Reacts to U.S. House Passing Anti-Carbon Tax Resolution (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Heartland Institute
    Date: 2016-06-20
    "A carbon tax would be a total disaster for the poor, single mothers, and the elderly -- three demographics that liberals pretend to care about when they are not asking for handouts for their environmental special interest groups. Implementing a $25-per-ton tax on carbon dioxide, a gas that you are currently exhaling, would reduce the average household income by approximately $1,400 per year. For someone earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, it would take 193 extra hours of work just to pay off their share of the carbon tax.

    "Too often people talk about the impacts of a particular policy in numbers and percentages, but numbers are abstract concepts that do not really capture the impact these policies will have on everyday people. One of the single greatest determining factors on whether a child excels in school is whether they were read to as a child. If parents have to work an additional 193 hours to pay their carbon taxes, where does that leave time to cook healthy meals for their kids or read to them?

    "These policies are most fiercely advocated by people who already live a comfortable, middle-class-or-better lifestyle. But these same people who say they care about the less-fortunate are consistently the ones sawing the bottom rungs off the ladder through their job-killing proposals." -- Jim Lakely, Director of Communications Jim, Heatrland Institute, (312) 377-4000,, www.heartland,org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Heartland Institute,  Carbon Tax,  

    Gamesa, Siemens Merging Wind Businesses (Int'l, M&A)
    Gamesa, Siemens
    Date: 2016-06-20
    On Friday, German industrial giant Siemens and Spanish wind energy developer Gamesa reported they will merge their wind energy businesses to create a leading global wind power player with a 69 GW installed base worldwide, an order backlog of approximately €20 billion, revenue of €9.3 billion, and an adjusted EBIT of €839 million. Siemens will hold a 59 pct stake and Gamea will hold the balnce of 41 pct.

    The new company's onshore wind headquarters will be in Spain and its offshore base of operations will be in Hamburg, Germany, and Vejle, Denmark. (Source: Gamesa, Siemens, Various Media, 17 June, 2016) )Contact: Gamesa Corp.,; Siemens AG, Joe Kaeser, Pres., CEO, +49 69 797 66 60,

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

    NextEra (NEE) Unit Launches Unique Energy Storage Project
    NextEra Energy
    Date: 2016-06-19
    NextEra Energy, Inc.’s NEE unit, Florida Power & Light company (“FPL”) announced that it will launch an innovative energy storage pilot project. The project is aimed to strengthen the electric grid by testing various applications of advanced battery technologies under real-life conditions. It is an extension of FPL's clean energy research program. FPL will install various types of battery systems in the densely populated regions of Miami-Dade as well as the isolated areas of Monroe county in southern Florida in an effort to study the potential benefits of energy storage, including grid reliability and power quality. FPL expects to begin construction of the project this summer, with most components anticipated to commence operation by the year end.

    The pilot project is expected to facilitate grid management, promote clean energy and generate savings on electricity bills. Notably, FPL is one of the largest clean energy providers in the U.S. and the company boasts the lowest residential utility bills in the state which is also 30% below the national average.

    Per the EIA, solar energy is expected to constitute only 1.2% of the total U.S. utility-scale generation in 2017, indicating immense room for growth. To reap the benefits, FPL is expanding its solar generation capacity to serve its customer base of 4.8 million better. In Feb 2016, FPL began the construction of three solar energy centers, each with capacity of 74.5 megawatts (MW), which are scheduled for completion in 2016 end. Once completed, these plants will nearly triple FPL's solar capacity apart from improving its overall generation mix. (Source: ZACKS, Yahoo, FPL, 17 June, 2016) NextEra Energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy news,  Florida Power & Light news,  

    GEVO, Musket Ink Isobutanol Blending, Distribution Deal (Ind. Report)
    Musket Corp.,GEVO
    Date: 2016-06-17
    Englewood, Colorado isobutanol specialist GEVO Inc. reports it has sealed a deal with the national fuel distributor Musket Corp. to supply isobutanol for blending with gasoline. The supply program is expected to begin with railcar quantities -- approximately 28,000-29,000 gallons -- of isobutanol. . As isobutanol production ramps at Gevo's production facility in Luverne, Minnesota, and isobutanol-blended gasoline becomes more established at retail outlets, Musket expects to expand its purchase quantities.

    Musket is initially targeting retail pumps at Lake Havasu in Arizona, followed by other large marine markets such as Lake Powell, Lake Mead, as well as other large lakes in the western states. Later, Musket also anticipates expanding distribution into its core Oklahoma market. (Source: GEVO, 16 June, 2016) Contact: Musket Corp.,; Gevo Inc., Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358,,

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

    Alliance BioEnergy CTS Process Receives Verification (Ind. Report)
    Alliance BioEnergy Plus
    Date: 2016-06-17
    Following on our June 3rd coverage, West Palm Beach, Florida-headquartered Alliance BioEnergy Plus reports that repeated tests of its patented CTS process have successfully produced fermentable sugars from Distillers Grain (DDG). The test results were evaluated and validated by Ek Laboratories, Inc., formally the Central Florida Institute of Science and Technology.

    The dry mechanical CTS process can convert virtually any cellulose material into sugars and other products in a matter of minutes without liquid acids, applied heat, pressure or hazardous materials. When used in ethanol production, the CTS process is less expensive to build and operate than traditional ethanol plants or other cellulose ethanol technologies.

    The Company will now further optimize the process while preparing a final round of pilot scale tests focused on the recyclability of the various components of the CTS process. (Source: Alliance Bioenergy, NASDAQ, Others, 14 June, 2016) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy, Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106,,; Ek Laboratories,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance BioEnergy Plus,  DDGs,  Cellulosic,  NREL,  

    Univ. of Ark. Examines Biofuel from Perennial Plants Process (R&D)
    University of Arkansas,National Science Foundation
    Date: 2016-06-17
    In Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas reports it has been awarded $400,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate the harvesting of perennial plants such as grass and common weeds grown on marginal lands for renewable energy and biofuel production.

    The research will address the problem of breaking down cellulose fibrils in the biomass so that it can be an economical feedstock.

    Cellulose fibrils are microfibers of inert carbohydrates within plants. Through a time consuming pre-treatmment, these fibrils are seperated into individual carbohydrate chains that can be digested by enzymes. Assoc. Prof. Feng Wang and other chemists are investigating ways to speed up the process.

    To that end, Wang will develop computer models of cellulose fibrils to help scientists understand how they interact with water, alternative solvents and enzymes. The computer models will also lead to the design of catalysts for the pretreatment and hydrolysis of biomass.

    Wang will use a method called adaptive force matching, which relies on a process using repeated iterations for developing simple but highly efficient and accurate force fields. The goal is to understand the mechanisms that prevent scientists from making clean and renewable fuel from biomass. (Source: University of Arkansas, June 14, 2016) Contact: Univ. of Arkansas, Feng Wang, Assoc. Prof., Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, (479) 575-4801, ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Science Foundation,  Biofuel,  

    Germany Legislates Emissions-Free Vehicles by 2030 (Int'l)

    Date: 2016-06-17
    In Bonn, according to a statement from the German Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake, all new cars registered in Germany will be required to be emissions-free by the year 2030. The new requirement is part of Germany's goal of cutting their total carbon dioxide output by 80 pct to 95 pct by 2050.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel's government will attempt to speed emission-free automobile sales this year with cash incentives proving to the be best solutions thus far in other markets such as China, Norway and France.

    According to the German Environment Ministry, the incentives program would help automakers sell around 500,000 electric vehicles within the next 4 years alone. Only 130,000 hybrids and 25,000 full-electric vehicles are registered on German roadways to date compared to 30 million gasoline and 14,5 million diesel vehicles. (Source: German Ministry of Economy, Car Scoops, June, 2016) Contact: Rainer Baake,

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

    GRFA Commits to Biofuels Policies to Achieve COP21 Targets (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Global Renewable Fuels Alliance,COP21,Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2016-06-17
    On June 13, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) President Bliss Baker called on parties to the climate agreement reached at the COP21 meeting in Paris to take immediate action to significantly reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector and incorporate increased biofuels blending as part of their national plans.

    Baker noted that the transportation sector produces an estimated 25-30 pct of the world's GHG emissions, and that low-carbon transport fuel alternatives to crude oil like ethanol are a cost-effective and immediately available option for countries to adopt.

    "The GRFA is encouraged by the support for strong action to address climate change coming out of COP21" Baker said. "But if we are to have any hope of meeting the ambitious targets laid out in that agreement, substantial action is going to have to be taken soon. Biofuels represent a significant step in the right direction that governments can take today," he added.

    Of the 162 intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted to date, more than 60 recognized the advantages of biofuels-supportive policies by including them in their carbon emission reduction plans.

    Baker pointed out that in addition to the parties to the agreement at COP21, third party groups like the B Team coalition of chief executives and the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition have expressed their support for strong public emissions reduction policies that will provide the predictability necessary for the private sector to be able to develop long-term plans.

    "Introducing biofuels supportive policies to reduce emissions from the transportation sector in the short and medium term just makes sense. The biofuels industry will have a significant role to play in international efforts to transition away from carbon-intensive fossil fuels in the transport sector, and the GRFA looks forward to working with governments to develop policies to achieve those goals," Baker concluded. (Source: Global Renewable Fuels Alliance , June 13, 2016) Contact: Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, Bliss Baker, Pres., (416) 847-6497,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Renewable Fuels Alliance,  Biofuel,  COP21,  

    San Diego Airport Lands ISI Sustainability Award (Ind. Report)
    Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure
    Date: 2016-06-17
    The San Diego International Airport (SAN) reports that its Green Build landside project has been awarded the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure's (ISI) Envision rating systems platinum award. according to the website Aviation Pros. SAN is the first airport development to receive an ISI Envision award, and is also the 13th project in North America to receive an Envision rating system award, according to the ISI website. site reports.

    Envision is a rating system specifically designed to rate the sustainability of infrastructure. The ISI Envision system measures sustainability in infrastructure projects in five categories: Quality of Life (QL), Leadership (LD), Natural World (NW), Resource Allocation (RA) and Climate and Risk (CR). These contribute to overall credits for the positive social, economic and environmental impacts in a community in the planning, design and construction of infrastructure projects. (Source: Aviation Pros, San Diego Airport, ProudGreenBuilding, June 13, 2016) Contact: Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure,  

    BREEAM Crosses the Pond to Compete with LEED (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-06-17
    BuildingWise, a US-based LEED certification consultancy, and BRE are reporting a new partnership to bring the international Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) to the United States. BREEAM USA will focus on the BREEAM In-Use standard to address the 5.6 million existing commercial buildings in the US that are not currently benchmarking their sustainability efforts using a "scientifically-based green building certification" such as LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED EB).

    BREEAM, which has completed more than 542,868 certifications and has more than 2.2 million registered buildings in 77 countries, is managed by London-based Building Research Establishment (BRE), is the dominant environmental assessment system for buildings in the UK. The BREEAM In-Use online rating tool allows users to register buildings and assess the facility's performance. (Source: BREEAM, Env. Leader, Others, 8 June, 2016) Contact: BRE Group, Niall Trafford, COO,; BuildingWise, Barry Giles, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  LEED Certification,  Building Sustainability,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Potential Bidders Found for Abengoa's U.S. Ethanol Plants (M&A)
    Abengoa,Abengoa Bioenergy,Green Plains,KAAPA Ethanol
    Date: 2016-06-15
    Bankrupt Spanish renewable energy company and ethanol producer Abengoa has reportedly received has $350 million in bids for its four Midwestern U.S. plants -- Mount Vernon, Ind.; Madison, Ill.; Ravenna, Neb.; and York, Nebraska -- which it seeks to sell as part of its court-ordered global restructuring.

    Omaha-headquartered Green Plains Inc. has offered $200 million in cash for the Mount Vernon and Madison plants while an affiliate of KAAPA Ethanol LLC of Minden, Neb. has bid $115 million in cash for the Ravenna plant, and BioUrja Trading LLC of Houston has offered $45 million in cash for the York plant, according to a bankruptcy court filing. The bids would be subject to a bankruptcy-court overseen auction process. Court papers show the Abenoga units have proposed an Aug. 18 bid deadline, an Aug. 22 auction and an Aug. 25 hearing for the court to review the winning bids. The closing on the sales would be no later than Sept. 30. (Source: Abengoa, Neb. Rural Radio, WSJ, Others, 13 June, 2016)Contact: Abengoa,; Abengoa Bioenergy,; Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP Investor & Media Relations, (402) 884-8700,,; KAAPA Ethanol, (308) 743-2217,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Abengoa,  Abengoa,  Green Plains,  KAAPA Ethanol,   Bioenergy,  

    Notable Quote

    Date: 2016-06-15
    "What we do today is going to have a big impact on the future. I have three, soon to be four, great-grandchildren. I've got to do what I can to see that they have a decent world. And if we let this go on and on the way it's going right now, they're not going to have one. Getting control of carbon is right at the heart of the problem. We have to have a system where all forms of energy bear their full costs. For some, their costs are the costs of producing the energy, but many other forms of energy produce side effects, like pollution, that are a cost of society. The producers don't bear that cost, society does. There has to be a way to level the playing field and cause those forms of energy to bear their true costs. That means putting a price on carbon."

    "We've studied a variety of ways to do that, and to me the most appealing way is a revenue-neutral carbon tax. That is, you distribute all the revenue from the carbon tax in some fashion back to taxpayers, so there is no fiscal drag on the economy. British Columbia has a revenue-neutral carbon tax. They started low and increased the tax over five years to a much higher level, so people could adjust. The revenue is distributed mostly to individuals, so it's popular." -- George Shultz, Economist, Former U.S. Sec. of State

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

    Newlight, Verdezyne Score Green Chemistry Awards (Ind. Report)
    Verdezyne,Newlight Technologies
    Date: 2016-06-15
    The U.S. EPA reports it has recognized Carlsbad, California-based Verdezyne Inc. and Newlight Technologies in Costa Mesa, California, with the Presidential Green Chemistry Award for turning climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities.

    Verdezyne, Inc. produces renewable organic chemicals. Newlight Technologies, LLC, is being recognized for developing a carbon capture technology that combines air with methane emissions to produce a plastic material called AirCarbon.

    Winning technologies are responsible for annually reducing the use or generation of more than 826 million pounds of hazardous chemicals, saving 21 billion gallons of water, and eliminating 7.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent releases to air, according to the EPA. (Source: US EPA, AG West, 13 June, 2016) Contact: EPA Green Chemistry,; USDA Biobased label,; Newlight Technologies, (714) 556-4500,; Verdezyne Inc., E. William Radany, Ph.D., Pres., CEO,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  Methane,  Newlight Technologies,  Verdezyne,  Biochemical,  Green Chemical ,  

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