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CCUS Project Underway In Mexico City (Int'l Report)
CCUS,Mexican Energy Ministry
Date: 2016-06-01
In Mexico City, UK and Mexican scientists have joined forces to achieve Mexico's goal of cutting carbon emissions by developing power plant carbon emissions capture utilization and storage capacity (CCUS). CCUS sequesters in deep geological formations or provides CO2 for processes, such as petroleum production. The Mexican Energy Ministry, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and the Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage Research Partnership are preliminarily participating in the project until a formal Memorandum of Understanding is concluded.

Mexico aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct below 2002 levels by 2050. (Source: Energy Voice, telesur, Others, 30 May, 2016) Mexican Energy Ministry, www.sener.gob.mx; Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage Research Partnership, www.sccs.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage Research Partnership,  


ENGIE, Toyota, Orascom Ink Egyptian Wind Dev. Deal (Int'l)
Egypt Ministry of Electricity,EDF Suez,Toyota,Orascom
Date: 2016-06-01
In Cairo, the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy reports it has inked a contract with a consortium of ENGIE (formerly GDF Suez), Toyota, and Orascom Group to establish a 250MW wind farm in the Gulf of Suez, beginning next month. To that end, the Ministry has agreed to a 25-year power purchase agreement for the project and the Ministry of Finance will guarantee the project which will be funded by ENGIE, Toyota, and Orascom Group.

The Ministry of Electricity aims to generate 20 pct of country's electric power needs from new renewable energy sources by 2020. (Source: Egypt Ministry of Electricity, Egypt Daily News, 29 May, 2016) Contact: ENGIE, Gerard Mestrallet, CEO, 011 +33 (0) 1 44 22 24 35, www.engie.com; Orascom Group, www.orascom.com; Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, http://www.moee.gov.eg

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE,  EDF Suez,  Toyota,  Orascom,  


Dominion Virginia Looses $40Mn Offshore Wind Pilot Grant (Funding)
Dominion Virginia Power
Date: 2016-06-01
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the U.S. DOE has pulled a $40 million grant in support of Richmond-headquartered Dominion Virginia's proposed wind pilot project 27 miles offshore at Virginia Beach due to the utility's inability to guarantee the project's completion by 2020. In 2015, cost estimates for the project's two turbines came in at nearly double the company's $230 million estimate but now, in 2016, the estimates have been reduced to approximately $300 million. The two turbines are meant to gauge the feasibility of building a larger, 2,000-MW offshore wind farm. (Source: Dominion Virginia, NBC29, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Others, 28 May, 2016)Contact: Dominion Virginia Power , Thomas Farrell II, CEO, (804) 771-6115, www.dom.com/dominion-virginia-power

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Virginia Power,  WInd,  Offshore Wind,  


UK Fighting EU ETS North Sea Carbon Allowance Inequity (Int'l)
EU ETS
Date: 2016-06-01
The Evening Telegraph is reporting that the UK is set to fight an EU loophole which stands to burden North Sea oil and gas explorers with £1.5 billion in carbon emissions allowance costs over the next decade.

The EU ETS cap-and-trade system loophole awards steel, cement and other energy intensive industries free carbon allowances, while power generators can offset the extra charges by passing the costs on to consumers through their bills. Removing this loophole could save the North Sea oil and gas industry billions of pounds of lost revenue, according to Conservative European Parliament Member Ian Duncan who is leading a reform of the EU ETS carbon market. Duncan is calling for free allowances for the North Sea from 2020,and is pushing for an additional £2.85 billion in free carbon allowances for companies that are trialing CCS and new carbon reduction techniques and processes. (Source: Telegraph, Others, 31 May, 2016)

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


CLP India plans $1Bn Indian Solar Investment (Int'l. Report)
CLP India Pvt. Ltd,
Date: 2016-06-01
In Mumbai, CLP India Pvt. Ltd, the Indian unit of Hong Kong-listed CLP Holdings Ltd reports it will invest about $1 billion to establish over 1 GW of solar power capacity in India over the next 3-5 years. CLP India plans to bid for solar projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) and invest in projects won by other bidders including Suzlon Energy Ltd. and others.

India needs as much as $200 billion to meet its target to install 100 GW of solar power and 60,000 MW of wind power by 2022. (Source: CLP, Live Mint, Others, 29 May, 2016) Contact: CLP India, Mahesh Makhija, Dir. Renewable Energy Dev., www.clpindia.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News CLP India,  Solar,  India Solar,  


Costa Rican Wind Projects Secure $149Mn Financing Pkg. (Int'l)
Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy
Date: 2016-06-01
In Central America, the Alisios Wind Projects, owned and sponsored by Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy (Wind) Limited (GME), a subsidiary company of Globeleq Generation Limited and Mesoamerica Power Ltd., have secured $149 million in long-term debt financing through the Netherlands Development Finance Company FMO, Proparco, the private sector investment arm of the French development body Agence Française de Developpement, Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG, Triodos Groenfonds and Oikocredit.

GME's portfolio includes several wind farms in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras. The company develops economically sustainable projects that support the development of the electric power sector in emerging markets. It is wholly owned by Actis Infrastructure Fund 2, a fund managed by Actis. (Source: Globeleg Mesoamerica Energy, 30 May, 2016) Contact: Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy, Alisios, Jay Gallegos, CEO, +44 (0) 203 823 5500, info@globeleq.com, www.globeleq.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Memorial Day Holiday Schedule

Date: 2016-05-30
LC Energy Reports will not be published today, Monday, 30 May, in recognition of the Memorial Day Holiday.

We will resume our regular publishing schedule on Wednesday, June 1st. Thank you.


Xcel Energy Delivering Clean Energy to Communities
Xcel Energy
Date: 2016-05-30
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Xcel Energy’s commitment to clean energy is benefiting the customers and the environment in the communities it serves. By adding wind and solar power, retiring aging coal plants and expanding energy efficiency programs, the company has significantly reduced emissions and water consumption across its operations. In 2015, Xcel Energy’s mercury emissions declined 85 percent, while sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions declined 67 percent at its plants, since 2005. Xcel Energy is on track to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 30 percent by 2020 and has also cut water consumption by 30 percent at its operations, according to the company’s newly released 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report. In 2015, carbon-free energy sources made up 34 percent of Xcel Energy’s electricity supply and the company plans to grow its carbon-free energy sources to 43 percent by 2020. As the nation’s No. 1 utility wind energy provider for 12 consecutive years, Xcel Energy added four new wind farms in 2015, increasing its wind capacity 15 percent. The company expects wind to make up 24 percent of its electricity supply by 2020. Xcel Energy also expects to triple the solar energy on our system by 2020. Xcel Energy also ended coal operations at the Black Dog plant in Minnesota and the Cherokee Unit 3 in Colorado, as the company works to reduce 25 percent of coal-fueled capacity it owns by 2018. (Source: Xcel Energy, PR, 24 May, 2016) Contact: Xcel Energy, (612) 215-5300, eee.xcelenergy.com


Carbon Markets Seen Expanding Post-Paris, But Prices Must Rise To Reduce Emissions

Date: 2016-05-30
25 May 2016 | COLOGNE | Germany | The World Bank and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) each released reports in the opening hours of Carbon Expo here to address the untapped potential of carbon markets to drive lower greenhouse-gas emissions. The World Bank’s effort, called “Carbon Pricing Watch”, showed that governments raised roughly US$26 billion from charging for carbon emissions in 2015, up 60 percent from 2014, as Korea, Portugal, Australia, and the Canadian Province of British Columbia launched new initiatives. The World Bank’s report is a preview of the State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2016, which will be launched later in the year, and it projects a doubling in size of carbon markets to $100 billion if China implements its plan to launch a national emissions trading scheme (ETS) in 2017. As of today, the report notes, 40 countries and over 20 sub-national jurisdictions – cities, states and regions – accounting for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions have already put a price on carbon.

Putting a price on carbon pollution is essential to help countries deliver on their promises for the Paris climate change agreement, as it’s an efficient and effective way to help cut emissions and send a clear signal to the private sector to invest in into cleaner, greener growth,” said John Roome, Senior Director for Climate Change at the World Bank Group. More than 90 countries mentioned emission trading systems, carbon taxes, and other carbon pricing in their national plans submitted for the Paris climate change agreement.

IETA’s survey of market participants showed that more than 80% of them expect existing carbon in the near future, compared with 58% before the Paris Agreement. The IETA report notes that new emissions trading systems (ETSs) are in the work in Canada, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey. “This is the first real test of market sentiment since the Paris Agreement – and the mood is clearly positive,” says opportunities for business to engage in carbon markets around the world.” “We are particularly interested in the prospects for new markets taking seed in the coming years – especially as more than 90 governments stated that market access is essential to fulfilling their Paris pledges, according to analysis by IETA and Environmental Defense Fund.” Need for Higher Price The carbon price respondents feel is needed to achieve the Paris Agreement’s objective to limit warming to well below 2°C jumped by a third this year, to €40. This is in stark contrast to their expectations for prices in major carbon markets from now until 2020, ranging from €6 to €15. “The gap between price expectations for major markets and the price required to achieve the Paris goals reflects the difference between ambition and reality,” says Forrister. “This needs to be addressed urgently if the world’s political aims are to be met.” (Source: Ecosystem Marketplace, 25 May, 2016) IETA President and CEO Dirk Forrister


NY Legislation Would Formalize GHG Reduction Efforts (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2016-05-27
In Albany, 12 Empire State legislator have introduced legislation to codify Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of eliminating human-produced greenhouse gas emissions and replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy statewide by 2050.

The bill would direct the Department of Environmental Conservation within a year to issue regulations requiring reporting of annual emissions from major sources and establish a registry and reporting system measured in tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2-e). The department would determine the 1990s emissions levels, then require statewide reductions to that same level by 2020, followed by deeper periodic reductions over the next 30 years. (Source: Twitter, Various, AP, May 24, 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Cal. Biofuels Ind. Calls for In-State Production Funding (Ind. Report)
California Biodiesel Alliance
Date: 2016-05-27
In Sacramento, the Golden State's biofuel industry is calling on California legislators to earmark $210 million in the Governor's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to incentivize in-state production of low carbon biofuels.

According to California Biodiesel Alliance president Russ Teall, "California has adopted some of the most forward-thinking policies in the nation to combat climate change -- including AB 32, SB 535, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and SB 350 -- and it is up to state legislators to encourage and promote in-state biofuel production to achieve the Governor's goals."

To meet Governor Brown's environmental goals, more than 7 billion gpy of biofuel will be needed in California by 2030. However, a large portion of the state's low carbon fuels are currently imported from out of state and abroad. Through proper funding, California biofuels production could increase from 250 million gpy in 2014 to 906 million gallons in 2019, according to industry projections.

Legislators will determine how much money to allocate toward in-state biofuel production by June 15, 2016, at which point the allocation will be included in the state's budget for the Governor's approval. (Source: PondelWilkinson (Public Relations) Inc., Business Wire, 23 May, 2016) Contact: PondelWilinson, Evan Pondel, (310) 279-5980, epondel@pondel.com; California Biodiesel Alliance, Celia DuBose, Exec. Director, (916) 583-8015, celia.dubose@cabiodieselalliance.org, www.californiabiodieselalliance.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  California Biodiesel Alliance,  


Alaskan Communities Win Woody Biomass Heating Grants (Funding)
USDA Wood Innovation Grant
Date: 2016-05-27
The US Forest Service reports that the Alaskan communities of Haines and Hydaburg will receive Wood Innovation Grant funding for energy efficiency and woody biomass systems.

In the village of Hydaburg, the grant is funding the heat system for the school. Locally sourced cord wood will displace over 24,000 gpy of heating fuel a year. The total project cost is $900,000, with the bulk of the funding coming from the Alaska Energy Authority.

In Haines, a $1.5 million biomass system will heat the borough's schools, some public facilities and a swimming pool with locally sourced wood chips.

Over the past 10 years, about 36 biomass systems have been installed in Alaska. Both the Hydaburg and Haines biomass systems are expected to be completed in 2017. (Source: Alaska Public Media, KTOO Juneau, 24 May, 2016) Contact: USDA Wood Innovations Grant, http://ucanr.edu/sites/WoodyBiomass/Grants_2_142/Woody_Biomass_Utilization_Grant_190/

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


WesTech Bringing Cleanergy Biogas GasBox to US (Ind. Report)
WesTech,Cleanergy
Date: 2016-05-27
Salt Lake City-headquartered WesTech Engineering Inc. reports it is partnering with Goteborg, Sweden-based Cleanergy AB to bring the Cleanergy GasBox biogas generator to the United States. GasBox units are presently installed at closed landfill sites in Norfolk, Shropshire, Yorkshire in the UK, and in Poland, Sweden and Norway.

The GasBox waste-to-energy system converts landfill methane gas into electricity using a Stirling engine unit incorporating a real-time power management system with remote access and optional grid functionality. The GasBox can run on biogas with a methane concentration as low as 18 percent. (Source: WesTech Engineering, Website, 24 May, 2016) Contact: WesTech Engineering, Jim Hanson, Sales Mgr., (801) 265-1000, http://industries.westech-inc.com; Cleanergy, Alexander Vestin, SVP, Bus. Dev., +46 70 566 7000, alexander.vestin@cleanergy.com, www.cleanergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cleanergy,  Biogas,  Landfill Methane,  


Sumitomo Forestry Plans Biomass, Renewables Expansion (Int'l)
Sumitomo Forestry
Date: 2016-05-27
Tokyo-headquartered forest manager and lumber producer Sumitomo Forestry reports it will expand its biomass business and bring five new plants online in Japan and abroad. The company also plans to invest approximately ¥20 billion ($181 million) in renewable energy, including a ¥1 billion, 10 pct stake in Renova, a Japanese environmental technology startup with a track record in biomass and solar power plant development.

Sumitomo Forestry presently has an operating biomass power plants in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, and an additional plant in Hokkaido which is slated to come online within the year. Another biomass plant in Aomori Prefecture is expected to launch in 2017.

Over the next three years, Sumitomo Forestry plans to break ground on one or two wind power plants, and aims to bring a geothermal plant into commercial operation. Sites under consideration for these facilities include portions of the roughly 46,000 hectares of forestland the company owns across Japan.

One new wind farm is expected to cost 10 billion yen or more and would be among the highest capacity of its kind in Japan at around 30,000kW to 60,000kW. The geothermal plant is seen with a capacity of around 2,000kW and a cost of several billion yen. Power will be sold under Japan's feed-in tariff system, wherein utilities buy electricity produced by alternative means at government-mandated prices. (Source: Sumitomo Forestry, Nikkei, 26 May, 2016) Contact: Sumitomo Forestry, +81 3 3214 2220, www.sfc.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sumitomo Forestry,  Biomass,  


Ontario Investing $900Mn in Multi-Resident Building Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Ontario
Date: 2016-05-27
The Canadian province of Ontario reports it will invest as much as $900 million over four years from the province's carbon emissions cap-and-trade proceeds for grants and rebates for energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits to social housing, apartments and multi-tenant residential buildings.

The initiative is part of the province's Climate Change Action Plan. Under the plan, $500 million will be used to retrofit social housing apartments with energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies such as energy-efficient windows, and thermal insulation on piping and other mechanical systems. The program will also help improve energy efficiency in private residential apartment buildings by investing up to $400 million in rebates or grants toward the purchase and installation of energy efficient technologies, like boiler replacements and lighting retrofits. (Source: Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, 25 May, 2016) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing , Hon. Ted McMeekin, Minister, Mark Cripps, (416) 585-6842, Mark.Cripps@ontario.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


Soltec Touts Extreme Weather Single-Axis Solar Tracker (Ind. Report)
Soltec
Date: 2016-05-27
Spanish solar tracker manufacturer Soltec report it will supply its SF Utility Single-Axis Tracker for an unnamed 150-MW solar project in the US.

For this project Soltec has designed product innovations adapting to extreme local climate conditions that includ high snow-load, sub-zero temperatures and local flooding risks. Soltec innovation responded with a special pile design, an extended electronic configuration range reaching down to -40 degree F, and tracker control mechanisms with flood-sensors and snow-load removal operations.

With this project and others in the Americas, Soltec has attained more than 1 GW in annual sales. (Source: Soltec, Web Site, 25 May, 2016) Contact: Soltec, Raul Morales, CEO, +34 968 603 153, (510) 440-9200 -Freemont California Office, usa@soltec.com,www.soltec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Tracker,  


Heraeus Launhes New PERC Metallization Pastes (New Prod & Tech)
Heraeus Photovoltaics
Date: 2016-05-27
West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based Heraeus reports the introduction of two new PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) pastes that it says enable fine line printing with improved conversion efficiencies and adhesion under lower firing temperatures.

According to Heraeus, the SOL9631 front-side paste has new and unique glass chemistry combined with a new organic vehicle system for ultra-fine-line printing, due to a denser microstructure. The paste can be fired at low temperatures but provides enhanced adhesion of the Ag-Silicon, improving grid resistivity and solderability.

The second new SOL326 series paste is designed for back side tabbing of PERC cells. The glass chemistry has been developed to create a controlled reaction between the Ag paste and the dielectric layer.

Newly developed paste additives in SOL326 are said to increase cell efficiencies to over 20 pct while improving Voc and overall module reliability. (Source: Heraeus Photovoltaics, 25 May, 2016) Contact: Heraeus, Andreas Liebheit, President Heraeus Photovoltaics, +49 61 81 35-4429, pv-info@heraeus.com, www.pvsilverpaste.com, www.heraeus.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Heraeus Photovoltaics ,  


Montana Utility Seeking Solar Rate Cuts (Ind. Report)
NorthWestern Energy
Date: 2016-05-25
The Great Falls Tribune is reporting that Montana's largest public utility, NorthWestern Energy, is seeking a sharp cut in rates set by the Montana PSC. NorthWestern, which currently pays $66 per MWh for solar electricity, wants the tariff cut to $34 on the grounds that entering contracts with solar providers at the current rate will mean higher electricity bills for 360,000 Montana customers.

NorthWestern has signed five 25-year PPAs with Cypress Creek Renewables of Santa Monica, California, for 14 MW of solar power from separate Montana solar farms. The deals are the state's first solar power purchase agreements between a solar developer and a utility.

According to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Energy Bureau, if Northwestern's rate cut is allowed, many of the state's approximately 20 proposed solar projects could be put on hold or cancelled. (Source: NorthWestern Energy, Great Falls Tribune, Others, 23 May, 2016) Contact: NorthWestern Energy, www.northwesternenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  NorthWestern Energy,  


London's Metropolitan University Switches to LEDs (Int'l)
London Metropolitan University
Date: 2016-05-25
In the UK, London Metropolitan University has been named as England's number one university for carbon reduction, with the installation of LED lighting as part of a wider scheme including solar photovoltaics, energy efficient fans and air conditioning controls, and other upgrades that slashed the school's carbon emissions by 47 pct. The switch to LED lighting alone has cut the school's energy bills by £55,000 per year and lowered annual carbon emissions by 225 tonnes. (Source: London Metropolitan Univ., edie, 24 May, 2016) Contact: London Metropolitan University, Rachel Ward, Sustainability Mgr., +44 20 7423 0000, www.londonmet.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  


Former GDF Suez Takes Major Green Charge Stake (M&A)
Green Charge Networks,Engie
Date: 2016-05-25
Paris-headquartered ENGIE -- formerly GDF SUEZ -- reports it has taken an 80 pct stake in California-based energy storage specialist Green Charge Networks. Green Charge Networks' portfolio consists of 48 MWh of energy storage projects deployed or under construction at 150 different U.S. locations.

Transaction details have not been announced. (Source: Engie, Green Charge, CleanTechnica, 22 May, 2016) Contact: ENGIE, Gerard Mestrallet, CEO, 011 +33 (0) 1 44 22 24 35, www.engie.com; Green Charge Networks, Vic Shao, CEO, Anne Smith, (408) 313-8089, asmith@GreenCharge.net, www.greencharge.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie,  Green Charge Networks,  Energy Storage,  


GE Reports Vietnamese Wind Energy Dev. MoU (Ind. Report)
General Electric,Viet Nam's Ministry of Industry and Trade
Date: 2016-05-25
U.S. energy giant General Electric reports the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Viet Nam's Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) for the development of at least 1GW of wind energy projects in Vietnam by 2025.

GE will work with local renewable energy firms to develop an expanded wind farm pipeline that will supply sufficient power for almost 2 million Vietnamese households. GE presently operates a wind turbine factory in Haiphong. (Source: General Electric, Various Sources, 23 May, 2016) Contact: Viet Nam Ministry of Industry and Trade, www.moit.gov.vn/en; General Electric, Anne McEntee, Pres. CEO, Onshore Wind, www.ge-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  General Electric Wind,  


GE Intros New North Am. 3.4 MW Wind Turbine (New Prod & Tech)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2016-05-25
GE Renewable Energy is reporting the introduction of a North American version of its new 3 MW wind turbine platform which first debuted in Europe last November.

The platform now includes a new 60 Hz version of the 3.4 MW machine with rotor diameter options of 130 or 137 meters. The 3.4-130 model is mounted at a tower height of 85 meters, while the 3.4-137 climbs to 110 meters. The new onshore turbines are the company's most powerful date; the 3.4-137 delivers up to 24 pct higher output than existing technology. The 3 MW turbines are configurable to meet IEC class IIIA, IIB and IIIB wind conditions. (Source: GE, Various Others, 23 May, 2016) Contact: GE, Anne McEntee, Pres. & CEO, GE Onshore Wind, www.ge-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


Duke Energy Concludes Second Swine Biogas Deal (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy,Optima KV
Date: 2016-05-25
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy is reporting the finalization of a second deal to purchase captured methane gas derived from swine waste at Smithfield Foods farms in Kenansville, N.C.. Under the terms of a 15 year contract, Wilmington, North Carolina-headquartered Optima KV LLC will construct a digester at each farm will produce about 80,000 MMBtus of pipeline-quality captured methane per year. The project is expected to be fully operational by the summer of 2017.

Duke will use the captured methane gas to generate carbon-neutral renewable electricity at its H.F. Lee Station Combined Cycle Plant in Wayne County and the Sutton Combined Cycle Plant in New Hanover County (Source: Duke Energy, 24 May, 2016) Contact: Duke Energy, duke-energy.com; Smithfield Foods, www.smithfoeldfoods.com; Optima KV, (312) 415-0044, http://atgsites.com/optima_kv_llc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy news,  Methane news,  Biogas news,  


U.S. Ethanol Trade Mission Looks to Mexican Market (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy
Date: 2016-05-25
The USDA reports it is leading a group of U.S. ethanol industry players and representatives in meetings with Mexican officials and fuel related private industries this week in Mexico. The meetings are intended to explore possible ethanol and biofuel related trade opportunities for U.S. biofuel producers. U.S. mission participants include the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, the U.S. Grains Council, the USDA and others.

The Mexican state-owned oil company PEMEX is reportdly planning to bgin offering an E6 ethanol blend in select markets. If the E6 offering is expanded it could present significant export opportunites for American ethanol producers. (Source: EPA, Various Others, May 2016) Contact: PEMEX, www.pemex.com; USDA, Kelly Flynn, Public Affairs, (2020 720-6133, www.usda.gov; Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen,CEO, Pres., (202) 269-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; Growth Energy, Jim Miller, VP, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  USDA,  Renewable Fuels Association,  Growth Energy,  PEMEX,  


Energy Efficiency Loans Available to Illinois Municipal Governments (Funding)
Madison County Community Development
Date: 2016-05-23
In the Land of Lincoln, the Madison County Community Development Board reports it has been appointed to administer the U.S. EPA's Energy Efficiency Loan Program for governments wishing to retrofit their facilities for greater energy efficiency.

Up to $100,000 at zero pct interest is available for qualifying projects including: energy efficiency retrofits; energy efficiency and conservation programs for buildings and facilities; energy distribution consumption reduction; the capture of methane and greenhouse gases, and other appropriate activities.

To qualify, the local government must use a qualified firm to conduct an energy audit and the project must increase energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption and reduce energy costs through efficiency improvements in buildings and other appropriate sectors. (Source: Madison County, Advantage News, 18 May, 2016) Contact: Madison County, Peggy Dugger, (618) 296-4383, mmdugger@co.madison,il,us; Madison County Community Development Board, Frank Miles, Admin., (618) 692-8940, www.co.madison.il.us/departments/community_development/index.php

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


AMA Weighs-In on 2017 RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Motorcyclists Association,EPA,RFS
Date: 2016-05-23
According to a release from the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), the EPA 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements would increase the mandated amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply chain despite a low demand for higher ethanol blends and an inadequate distribution and sales network.

The AMA, which opposes any increase in the Renewable Volume Obligations under the RFS, says "Even though the total obligations are lower than the statutory requirements, the EPA is creating an untenable situation for the marketplace and raising the risk to motorcyclists and ATV owners. The country is not on track to meet the 2016 standards, and the distribution network can't absorb any more ethanol. The consumer demand simply is not there."

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is approved by the EPA to operate on ethanol blends higher than 10 pct, according to the AMA. (Source: American Motorcyclists Association, OffRoad, 19 May, 2016) Contact: AMA, Wayne Allard, VP Gov. Relations, (614) 856-1900, http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Ethanol Blend,  Biofuel,  


UK Wheat Bioethanol Plant Set for Trial Production Run (Int'l)
CropEnergies AG,Ensus Ltd.
Date: 2016-05-23
In the UK, ethanol production at the oft-shuttered Ensus Ltd. Wilton on Teessidea biofuel plant is slated to resume this july on a trial basis. Ensus ceased production in February 2015 due to significantly reduced demand in Europe.

The plant, which opened in 2009 but was mothballed in 2011 due to US competition and dwindling demand, was purchased in July, 2013 by Manheim, Germany-headquartered CropEnergies AG in July 2013 and production was restarted but halted again in February, 2015.

The plant, which converts more than 1 million tpy of locally source feed wheat into fuel-grade alcohol, animal feed and carbon dioxide for the food and drinks industry, has an annual capacity of 400,000 cubic metres of bioethanol and 350,000 tonnes of dried protein animal feed (DDGS). (Source: Ensus, FG Insight, BBC, 18 May, 2016) Contact: CropEnergies AG, +49 621 714 19000, www.cropenergies.com; Ensus Ltd., www.ensus.co.uk

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


Gevo, Clariant Ink Ethanol-Based Chemicals Catalyst Deal (Ind. Report)
GEVO,Clariant
Date: 2016-05-23
Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol technology specialist Gevo, Inc. reports it has inked an agreement with Clariant for the development of catalysts to enable Gevo's ETO technology. Gevo's ETO technology, which uses ethanol as a feedstock, produces tailored mixes of propylene, isobutylene and hydrogen as standalone molecules or as feedstocks to produce other products such as diesel fuel and commodity plastics.

Clariant is committed to the development and scale-up of the catalyst, which is expected to continue the advancement of the ETO technology, while Gevo focuses on the ongoing optimization of its core isobutanol technology. Once the ETO technology has been developed and scaled-up, Clariant will be in a position to produce quantities of the catalyst needed to meet commercial production requirements. (Source: Gevo, Chemical Engineering, 19 May, 2016) Contact: Clariant, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, Stefan Brejc, Specialty Catalysts Business, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com; GEVO Inc., Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Clariant,  isobutanol,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  


NY Expanding Affordable Housing Energy Efficiency Prog. (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2016-05-23
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the commitment of $27 million or more in funding to improve the energy efficiency of existing low- to moderate-income (LMI) affordable housing units statewide.

The funding will be available to owners and managers of multifamily housing units to reduce energy costs by investing in whole building and in-unit energy efficiency measures that will lower bills for owners and residents by a total of $450 million over the 15-year lifetime of the improvements.

The $27 million will be provided by NYSERDA's Multifamily Performance Program (MPP) being relaunched through its new, $5 billion ten-year Clean Energy Fund (CEF) which will dedicate a minimum of $234 million to LMI initiatives in its first three years. (Source: NYSERDA, Long Island Exchange, 19 May, 2016) Contact: NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov, www.ny.gov/REV4NY

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Oshkosh Wins 2016 Wisconsin Energy Efficiency Award (Ind. Report)

Date: 2016-05-23
Oshkosh Corporation reports it one of the 2016 Focus on Energy Excellence In Energy Efficiency Award winners.

Oshkosh was selected for the award for: participation in Strategic Energy Management (SEM), devoting personnel and resources to energy reduction and sustainability affairs; communicating with team members about sustainability applications for at home and at work; and implementing energy savings projects as well as for having a plan outlying future vision and initiatives around sustainability and energy savings.

The Focus on Energy program is Wisconsin utilities' statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by the state's investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities. Focus on Energy works with residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The program offers information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed. (Source: OshKosh, Stockhouse, 19 May, 2016) Contact: OshKosh, Patrick Davidson, VP, Inv. Rel., (920) 966-5939, www.sustainability.oshkoshcorp.com, www.oshkoshcorporation.com: Focus on Energy, (800) 762-7077, www.focusonenergy.com


Banks Renewables Seals 47 Senvion Wind Turbine Deal (Int'l Report)
Banks Renewables ,Senvion
Date: 2016-05-23
In the UK, Banks Renewables, the renewable energy division of the Durham-headquartered Banks Group, is reporting a multi-million pound deal with wind turbine manufacturer Senvion for the supply and installation of 47 turbines for three onshore wind farm projects with a total generating capacity of 151 megawatts (MW)turbine investment as part of its construction of three new onshore wind farms. The deal includes a 20-year O&M contract.

Senvion will deliver 47, 3.4M114 turbines to two Scottish sites by April 2018; 26 at the Kype Muir Wind Farm and 15 at the Middle Muir Wind Farm, both in South Lanarkshire. The remaining six turbines will be installed at the Moor House Wind Farm to the North East of Darlington, which is expected to be operational before the end of 2017. Construction is expected to get underway not later than December, 2016. When fully operational, the projects together will generate sufficient electric power for 80,000 homes. (Source: Banks Renewables, neconnected. Co.uk, 19 May, 2016) Contact: Banks Renewables, Richard Dunkley, Exec. Dir., +44 (0) 191 378 6100, www.banksgroup.co.uk; Senvion, Andreas Nauen, CEO, 011 +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

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Norwegian Greenhouse Gas Emissions on the Rise (Int'l)
Norway.GHG,COP21
Date: 2016-05-23
According to Statistics Norway, the country's greenhouse gas emissions rose by 1.5 pct in 2015. Emissions rose to the equivalent of 53.9 million tonnes of CO2 from 53.2 million in 2014, breaking several years of declines, and were above the 51.9 million in the benchmark year of 1990.

The rise, which is being attributed to the oil, gas and industrial sectors, is making it harder for Oslo to meet its goal of cutting emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030 from 1990 levels, as promised at last December's UN COP21 climate change conference in Paris.Now the Norwegian Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen Helgesen says emissions would be between 17 and 20 million tonnes higher by 2020 without existing measures such as penalties for carbon emissions that Norway was among the first to introduce in the 1990s. (Source: Norway Minister of Environment Minister Jakarta Globe, Others, Maqy, 2016) Contact: Norway Minister of Environment Vidar Helgesen Helgesen, +47 22 24 90 90, postmottak@kld.dep.no, www.regjeringen.no/en; Statistics Norway, www.ssb.no/en

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Carbon Trading Still Slow in South Korea (Int'l, Ind. Report)
KRX
Date: 2016-05-23
Following-up on our Feb. 6, 2015 coverage, the Korea Exchange (KRX) in Seoul reports that South Korean companies have rarely traded their carbon emission rights due primarily to a weak supply. Last week, the total volume of traded emission rights stood at 1.08 million tons for a combined figure of 113,000 Korean allowance units and 968,000 Korean credit units. The total trading volume is a meager 0.2 percent of the 500 million ton of emission rights allocated by the government this year.

The KRX carbon trading system was launched in 2015 to allow 525 local companies to reduce their carbon emissions through selling leftover or buying shortages of emissions rights. Companies appear reluctant to sell their leftover emissions rights, which can be rolled over to the next year.

South Korea is the second country in Asia after Kazakhstan to launch a nationwide emissions market. The Korean market has no links to the international carbon market. (Source: KRX, Korean Herald, Others, 22 May, 2016) Contact: Korea Exchange, http://eng.krx.co.kr

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APL Cuts 2015 Maritime CO2 Emissions by 45.5 pct (Int'l. Report)
Neptune Orient Lines
Date: 2016-05-23
Singapore-based marine shipping giant Neptune Orient Lines' APL unit is reporting a 45.5 pct reduction of its fleet CO2 emissions in 2015. The company credits enhanced operational efficiency, stringent maintenance, fleet and voyage optimization, technical improvements coupled with induction of more fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly vessels into the fleet, for the drop in emissions which has been verified by Lloyd's Register Group.

APL advocates utilizing carbon-efficient means of moving cargo in a global economy and supports other stakeholders approaches to improving global goods and the promotion of environmentally responsible practices. (Source: Neptune Orient Lines, APL, shiptechnology.com, 23 May, 2016) Contact: Neptune Orient Lines, APL, Kenneth Glenn. Pres., www.nol.com.sg

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Xcel Upgrading Wisc. Street Lamps with Free LEDs (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2016-05-23
In a move that will save energy and money for Wisconsin municipalities, Xcel Energy is replacing about 25,000 utility-owned fixtures with LEDs in 186 communities over the next five years. The initial switch over to energy efficient LEDs is free of charge to municipalities, although the cost of the fixtures is factored into Xcel's new rate schedule. Even so, the monthly cost to cities will drop by an average of about 99 cents per lamp, which Xcel said will translate to a savings of 4 to 7 pct each month. (Source: Xcel Energy, LaCrosse Tribune, 18 May, 2016) Contact: Xcel Energy, Media Relations, (612) 215-5300 www.xcelenergy.com

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Virgin Islands Scores $1Mn DoI Energy Efficiency Grant (Funding)
U.S. Virgin Island,U.S. Department of the Interior
Date: 2016-05-20
On Tuesday, U.S. Department of the Interior (DoI) reports the approval of almost $1 million for the USVI, part of $3.1 million in grant funding through the Empowering Insular Communities Program from the Office of Insular Affairs.

The funds will provide for two priority projects under the U.S. Virgin Islands Energy Roadmap: establish benchmarks and baselines to track building energy usage and identify high-impact energy conservation measures. Funding will be used to conduct investment-grade audits in a representative sample of residential and commercial buildings and review various approaches to encourage investment in efficiency measures.

The grants include $310,000 to the V.I. Energy Office for an energy efficiency market potential project and $200,000 to create sustainable market opportunities for distributed generation market structure. (Source: US DoI, St.Thomas Source, 19 May, 2016) Contact: US DoI, Department of the Interior, Empowering Insular Communities Program, Office of Insular Affairs, Esther Kia'aina, https://www.doi.gov/oia

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US-Nordic Summit Commits to Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
Climate CHange
Date: 2016-05-20
The recent United States-Nordic Leaders' Summit meeting attendees report they have pledged to "deepen cooperation on key international issues including climate change."

According to a Summit wrap-up report, the leaders recognize that climate change is one of the foremost challenges the world is facing. No effort should be spared in making concrete progress domestically and abroad over the coming decades by shifting to low carbon economies and creating more resilient communities. The United States and the Nordic countries acknowledge the foundational role energy plays in our economies and that energy security is key for overall security. Accordingly, the U.S. and the Nordic countries commit to strengthening European energy security and to join and implement the Paris Agreement, accelerate the transition to a clean energy future, strengthen adaptation efforts, especially in developing countries, protect and restore forests, and continue to take science-based steps to protect the Arctic and its peoples.

The leaders also commit to join the Paris Agreement as soon as possible and to working with developing country partners to assist in strengthening and effectiveness their climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.

The U.S. and the Nordic countries also recognize the potential for the effects of climate change to exacerbate conflict and fragility in vulnerable countries and share the view that foreign policy instruments must contribute to addressing this climate change related challenge effectively.

The U.S. and the Nordic countries will also collaborate on international carbon markets, including a new offset program under the UNFCCC, to ensure the environmental integrity and to avoid the double counting of market-based mitigation actions. The leaders also reconfirm our commitment to combat methane emissions by ensuring each country has developed a national methane reduction plan or otherwise identified and implemented enhanced actions to significantly reduce overall methane emissions and by expanding technical cooperation. (Source: The White House, 13 May, 2016)

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Anything for a Vote! BC Conservatives Would Slash Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2016-05-20
In Canada, the British Columbia Conservative Party has announces that, If elected, it will repeal the Liberal government's contentious carbon tax on the grounds that it was a "costly (Liberal) mistake that is not beneficial to the people of the province."

British Columbia was the first North American political entity to impose a carbon tax. The tax levied on gasoline started at 2.4 cents a litre but now stands at 6.7 cents a litre. According to the sitting Liberal government, the carbon tax will "escalate until we achieve a carbon neutral society." The opposition Conservatives claim the government's determination determination to force British Columbians to pay the "crippling costs of immature, unreliable green technologies means that citizens are being impoverished by their own government." (Source: British Columbia Conservative Party, PR, WireService, 16 May, 2016)Contact: British Columbia Conservative Party, www.bcconservative.ca

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UEA Partners Explore Energy Efficiency Opportunities (Int'l)
Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
Date: 2016-05-20
In Dubai, UAE, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Etihad Energy Service Company (Etihad ESCO) and the Dubai Land Department are reporting the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore new opportunities and identify standards of energy efficiency and conservation across all Dubai Land's operations. This initiative supports the UAE Vision 2021, and the Dubai Plan 2021 to achieve sustainable development in the UAE. It also supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to establish Dubai as an international clean energy and energy efficiency hub. (Source: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy,Zawya, 16 May, 2016) Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, +071 4 307 2034, www.dubaisce.gov.ae/default.aspx; Dubai Land Department, +971 600 555556, www.dubailand.gov.ae/English

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BIO Comments on Proposed 2017 RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Date: 2016-05-20
In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations, has issued the following comments on the EPA's just released proposed rule for the 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):

"The ruling by the EPA fails to put the program fully back on track. The rule undermines the goals of the statute as well as Congress' clear intent, and it continues unnecessarily to create uncertainty for advanced and cellulosic biofuel producers and their investors.

"BIO's member companies have invested billions of dollars to develop advanced and cellulosic biofuel technologies and bring first-of-a-kind, large-scale biorefineries on line. The biofuel industry and fuel retailers are now investing billions more to continue building the infrastructure needed to get these fuels into the market.

"We look forward to reviewing the proposed rule carefully and to submitting considered comments on the rule. However, we are concerned that today's rule fails to recognize and support the industry's commitment and capacity to reach the statutory volumes for advanced and cellulosic biofuels under the RFS program and to continue to grow in the future. While we appreciate the EPA slightly increasing the volume requirements, the rule nevertheless relies on a flawed interpretation of EPA's waiver authority that is inconsistent with the plain text of the Clean Air Act as well as with congressional intent and is currently the subject of litigation in the D.C. Circuit Court. As BIO has explained in past comments to the agency, EPA cannot rely on such an interpretation of the statute to expand its authority and rewrite the rules governing the congressionally established volume requirements. We are concerned that EPA is repeating this and other errors from EPA's untimely final rule for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS volumes, issued late last year.

"We also appreciate and commend the agency's effort to issue the 2017 rule in a timely manner; unfortunately, however, we are concerned that the rule continues to send the wrong signal to biofuel producers. BIO looks forward to working with EPA to correct any problems and flaws in the proposal and get this successful program back on track." (Source: BIO. 18 May, 2016) Contact: BIO, Brent Erickson, Exec. VP, Paul Winters, (202) 962-9237 www.bio.org

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IRFA Lauds Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Funding (Funding)
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2016-05-20
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad today signed into law H.F. 2464, a multifaceted bill that secures funding for the state’s highly successful biodiesel and ethanol blender pump program, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program, through June 30, 2017. Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Policy Director Grant Menke released the following statement:

"We applaud Gov. Branstad and the Iowa Legislature for securing funding to keep the renewable fuels infrastructure program going for another year. While we remain focused on finding a long-term funding solution, this bill will allow us to continue to build upon the momentum that was sparked by the USDA's Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership Program, and ensure that Iowans have greater access to lower-cost, locally-produced renewable fuels blends."

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP) offers cost-share grants to help Iowa fuel retailers upgrade fueling infrastructure to dispense E15, E85 and/or biodiesel blends. Reimbursement can be up to 70 pct of the installation costs a maximum of $50,000 per project, with a five-year commitment to sell registered E15, E85 or biodiesel blends. Program information is available HERE (Source: IRFA, Fuel Marketer News, May, 2016)Contact: IRFA, Mone Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249, info@irfa.org, http://iowarfa.org

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Researchers say Biodiesel a Key to Carbon Reduction (Ind. Report)
Coordinating Research Council,National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2016-05-20
According to a new consensus report from the Alpharetta, Georhia-based Coordinating Research Council (CRC), biodiesel holds significant promise in the effort to reduce carbon emissions. The report also found that carbon emissions from biofuels are declining relative to petroleum.

According to the CRC, in 2015 U.S. biodiesel use cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 18 million tons -- the equivalent CO2 emissions of 3.8 million vehicles.

Research organizations supporting the CRC conclusion includes NREL, US EPA, the California Air Resources Board, and others Each of these institutions has affirmed that US biodiesel reduces GHG emissions by 50 to 85 percent compared to petroleum diesel fuel. Biodiesel is the first and only commercial-scale fuel produced across the U.S. to meet the EPA's definition as an Advanced Biofuel -- meaning the EPA has determined that it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent when compared with petroleum diesel. (Source: CRC, National Biodiesel Board, 17 May, 2016) Contact: Coordinating Research Council, Brent Bailey, Exec. Dir., (678) 795-0506, www.crcao.org; NBB, Don Scott, Dir. of Sustainability, www.biodieselsustainability.com

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Mass. Court Rules DEP Failed to Adopt GHG Limits (Reg & Leg)
Conservation Law Foundation
Date: 2016-05-20
In Boston, the Bay State's highest court has reversed a lower court ruling and sided with the Conservation Law Foundation, the Massachusetts Energy Consumer Alliance and four Boston and Wellesley teenagers who asked the courts to rule that the state hadn't adopted strict GHG emissions limits as mandated in its own 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act.

According to the complainants, the law requires the state DEP to set strict greenhouse gas emissions limits to help the state meet its goal of reducing those emissions by 25 pct by 2020. The DEP's defense claimed that the law's requirements have been met and that the DEP was only required to set "a desired level of declining emission limits." The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court disagreed and ruled that the state hadn't met the law's requirements. What's next? (Source: Conservation Law Foundation, Post Bulletin, Various Others, 17 May, 2016) Contact: Conservation Law Foundation,

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Appeals Court to Rule on Obama's Clean Power Plan (Reg & Leg)
Clean Power Plan, COP21
Date: 2016-05-20
In the Nation's Capitol, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an order scheduling Sept. 27th for oral arguments on the legality of the Obama administration's widely criticized and challenged Clean Power Plan. By skipping the previously scheduled June 2nd hearing date, the appeals court could hasten the contentious Clean Power Plan's appearance before the Supreme Court.

If the Clean Power Plan were struck down by the court, the U.S.' ability to meet its carbon emissions obligations under last December's COP21 agreement would be all the more difficult. (Source: Various Sources, 23 May, 2016)

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GE, Virginia Solar Complete 32-MW Japanese Solar Project (Int'l)
GE Energy Financial Services ,Virginia Solar Group
Date: 2016-05-20
Following-up on our April 1, 2015 coverage, GE Energy Financial Services and Virginia Solar Group are reporting the startup of commercial operations on their jointly owned 32 MW Pacifico Energy Kumenan Mega Solar Project in Okayama prefecture, Japan.

Pacifico Energy K.K. managed the project which was constructed by Toyo Engineering Corp. of Tokyo. Kumenan Solar sells its power to the Chugoku Electric Co., the local utility, under the terms of a 20-year, fixed-rate power purchase agreement. Okayama-based Asahi Dengyo Corp. will provide ongoing operations and maintenance services for the solar plant. The project received a loan from The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and The Chugoku Bank Ltd., and it was also GE Energy Financial Services' first investment in Japan. (Source: GE Energy Financial, SI, Others, 18 May, 2016) Contact: GE Financial Services, http://geenergyfinancialservices.com; Pacifico Energy Hio Cho, 011 +81 3 4540 7837, hcho@pacificoenergy.jp, www.pacificoenergy.jp

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Hannah to Install Tenn.'s Largest Rooftop Solar Project (Ind. Report)
IKEA,Hannah Solar
Date: 2016-05-18
In the Volunteer State, home furnishings retail giant IKEA reports it will install a solar energy system atop its Memphis, Tennessee retail outlet this Summer for commissioning in the Fall.

The 250,675-square-foot solar array will consist of a 1.46 MW system with 4,424 panels generating approximately 2,000,000 kWh of electricity annually . Atlanta-headquartered Hannah Solar has been contracted for the engineering, installation and ongoing servicing. (Source: IKEA, Business Wire, 12 May, 2016) Contact: Hannah Solar, (404) 609-7005, info@hannahsolar.com, www.hannahsolar.com; IKEA, (610) 854-0180, http://www.corporateofficeheadquarters.com/2012/01/ikea-usa-corporate-office-headquarters.html; ikea-usa-corporate-office-headquarters.html

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Notable Quotes
Heartland Institute
Date: 2016-05-18
"EPA's plan to reduce methane emissions can have only one purpose, which will surely be achieved -- namely to injure the economics of every industry that emits methane. It cannot possibly have any impact whatsoever on public health, environmental health, and most surely the temperature of our planet, today, tomorrow or 100 years from now.

"It [methane) is a minor, though effective, greenhouse gas in the tiniest of ways, but its reduction in any number of industries will be costly to the nation's economy, which is most assuredly the intent of our current administration and its Environmental Protection Agency." -- Jay Lehr, Science Director, The Heartland Institute, (312) 377-4000, jlehr@heartland.org, www.heartland.org

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Duke Solar Facilities Win N.C. Regulatory Approval (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2016-05-18
Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered Duke Energy reports that the North Carolina Utilities Commission has given the nod for construction of two solar facilities in Davie and Union counties:
  • The 60-MW Monroe Solar Facility near Monroe in Union County will be buiult on a 400-acre site. Strata Solar in Chapel Hill will design and build the project;
  • The 15.4-MW Mocksville Solar Facility in Davie County will be sited on 110 acres. Crowder Construction in Charlotte will serve as the project engineering, procurement and construction lead.

    Both projects will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Carolinas and will help meet North Carolina's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard. Duke Energy companies have more than 35 solar facilities in the Tar Heel State. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 20 May, 2016) Contact: Duke Energy, Rob Caldwell, Sr. VP, Distributed Energy Resources, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

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  • EPA Methane Rule Regulations Finalized -- Attached (Ind. Report)
    EPA
    Date: 2016-05-18
    The U.S. EPA has issued its final rule aimed at regulating methane emissions from the US oil and gas industry. According to the EPA, the regulations are expected to "to reduce 510,000 short tons of methane in 2025, the equivalent of reducing 11 million metric tons of carbon dioxide." The regulations will also "add an estimated $530 million in additional costs per year by 2025 -- at least 25 percent higher than the preliminary version released in August." The administration claims those costs "will be offset by savings from averting severe storms, floods and other consequences of climate change."

    Rule opponents argue it is an "unscientific, punitive gesture intended to mollify the climate change movement even though the industry has shown significant progress in voluntarily reducing methane emissions.

    Methane in the atmosphere is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide over the short term, and, although less abundant than carbon dioxide, is responsible for at least 25 percent of the warming on Earth, according to the EPA.

    Access the EPA Methane Rule HERE. (Source: EPA, May 16, 2016)

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    NREL Awards Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project Funding (Funding)
    NREL,DOE Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project
    Date: 2016-05-18
    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reports it is awarding four subcontracts under the fourth round of funding through DOE's Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP).

    In the Certification Testing category for turbines with a rotor-swept area less than 200 square meters, Primus Wind Power will receive $150,000 for testing its 400-Watt AIR30 model turbine and Bergey Windpower scored $152,558 for testing its Excel 15 turbine.

    Certification testing for wind turbines is conducted to either the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard or the AWEA Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard.

    In the Type Certification category, which is dedicated to turbines with rotor-swept areas between 200 and 1,000 square meters. Northern Power Systems will receive $424,000 for testing its NPS100-24/37m IEC Class IIIA model wind turbine. Endurance Wind Power will receive $450,000 for testing its model X35 225-kilowatt wind turbine. Type certification for wind turbines in this category is conducted to the IEC standard. (Source: NREL, Windtech, Others, 16 May, 2016) Contact: NREL, www.nrel.gov; DOE Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project, http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-announces-distributed-wind-competitiveness-improvement-project; Bergey Wind Power, Mike Bergey, Pres., (405) 364-4212, mbergey@bergey.com, www.bergey.com; Primus Wind Power, www.primuswindpower.com; Northern Power, (802) 461-2955, www.northern-power.com

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