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Isle of Guernsey Introduces Vehicle Carbon Tax (Int'l Report)

Date: 2016-05-04
As of last Sunday, new and used vehicles being registered in Guernsey will subject to a new tax based on CO2. The new tax could cost the island's drives as much as £690 or more depending upon a vehicles fuel. Petrol vehicles with a CO₂ figure below 110g/km and diesel vehicles with a CO₂ figure below 100g/km are zero rated and do not attract any duty.

The duty is being applied as part of the normal vehicle registration process and for new vehicles is done through motor vehicle dealers. It is charged in addition to a first registration fee of £40. The new tax supports Guernsey's 2014 decision to spend £4 million a year on measures to reduce car use. (Source: Various Media, April, 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


Swedes Touting Small-Scale Biomass Co-Gen (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Energy Agency for South East Sweden
Date: 2016-05-04
The Energy Agency for South East Sweden, an Energy Cities member, reports it is testing three different techniques for small-scale biomass-based cogeneration -- gasifier, wet steam turbine and organic Rancine cycle -- which are being built and demonstrated as part of the project Small Scale CHP LIFE+ (2014-2018).

Of the three different CHP techniques being tested, a woody biomass gasifier cogeneration micro scale power plant in the form of a thermal gasifier has replaced an oil-fired boiler at an area dairy farm which is now virtually self-sufficient in heat and producing about 20 pct of its electric power needs. (Source: Energy Agency for South East Sweden, 29 April, 2016) Contact: Energy Agency for South East Sweden, Daniella Johansson, Project Manager +46 76-86 17 000, daniella.johansson@energikontorsydost.se; Energy Cities, www.energy-cities.eu

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


Oracle Acquires Opower for $548Mn (Ind. Report, M&A)
Oracle Corp.,Opower Inc
Date: 2016-05-04
Redwood, California-headquartered Oracle Corp reports it will buy software-as-a-service company Opower Inc. for about $548 million in cash. Opower provides cloud services and big data analysis to help more than 100 global utilities to boost their energy efficiency and provide better customer service.

Opower, based in Arlington, Virginia, analyzes data from more than 60 million utility customers. Utilities, using the information, can help customers meet energy efficiency targets and lower operational costs by figuring out how and when to reduce surges in electricity use.

With the deal, Oracle will have spent $1.2 billion over the last week on cloud acquisitions including Textura at $663 million. (Source: Oracle Corp, 2 May, 2016) Contact: Oracle Corp., http://www.oracle.com/ca-en/corporate/index.html ; Opower, (703) 778-4544, www.opower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Software,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Oracle Corp.,  Opower,  Energy Efficiency,  


Alta Devices Achieves 31.6% Solar Energy Efficiency Record; Changes the Fundamental Economics for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Alta Devices
Date: 2016-05-03
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With its most recent solar efficiency record of 31.6%, Alta Devices, a Hanery company, continues to achieve solar efficiencies that are substantially higher than all other commercially available solar technologies. The increased power-to-weight ratio of Alta’s technology enables dramatically different possibilities for an aircraft using this technology versus any of the other solar power options. Alta Devices also provides solar technology for a variety of other applications including wearable devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) in order to eliminate the need for battery replacement or recharging.) Solar efficiency is measured and certified by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). According to NREL’s testing, Alta Devices’ new dual-junction solar cell is the world’s most efficient 1-sun cell at 31.6% efficiency. This is the seventh overall solar efficiency record that Alta Devices has set since 2010. (Source: Alta Devices, 27 April, 2016) Contact: Alta Devices, Rich Kapusta, Marketing, (408) 585-2050, info@altadevices.com, www.altadevices.com, http://www.altadevices.com/applications/applications-overview

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alta Devices news,  Solar Cell Efficiency news,  Solar news,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alta Devices,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  Solar,  


Sunverge Touts Solar Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
Sunverge
Date: 2016-04-29
San Francisco-headquartered intelligent energy storage systems specialist Sunverge Energy reports that its Solar Integration System (SIS) equipped with Schneider XW6848 and XW5548 inverters meets all Hawaii Electric Companies' (HECO) technical specifications for solar installations.

Sunverge systems add high-capacity storage to solar rooftop installations, allowing customers to capture the power they generate and, thanks to built-in intelligence, automatically use it when demand and energy prices are highest. In addition, Sunverge's storage technology is key to taking advantage of the Customer Self Supply tariff approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) last October. That tariff was designed for customers who want to use all the power generated by their solar panels themselves and do not intend to export excess power to the grid. Based on a typical Hawaii home load profile and the state PUC's proposed time-of-use rates in Oahu, Sunverge customers who select the Customer Self Supply option can save as much as 80 pct on their monthly power bill and enjoy a 7-year ROI.

Sunverge designs and manufactures advanced intelligent energy storage systems that allow utilities to automatically execute demand response programs on an individual customer level or link them into "Virtual Power Plants" to meet peak energy demand across an entire community or service area. (Source: Sunverge Energy, 26 April, 2016) Contact: Sunverge Energy, www.sunverge.com

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


SunEdison Offloading 202MW of Chilean Solar Projects (M&A, Int'l)
sunEdison,Ecotricity
Date: 2016-04-29
The recently enlisted member of the "Chapter Eleven Club" SunEdison reports it has agreed to sell solar projects in Chile totaling 202 MW to local power producer Colbun SA. The sale includes the 145-MW Olmue solar project in the Valparaiso region along with the 57-MW Santa Sofia solar scheme in the Metropolitan region for an undisclosed price. Colbun is also considering the purchase of a project that will expand the Santa Sofia plant's capacity by 30 MW to 40 MW. SunEdison will transfer to Colbun contracts for the supply of 350 GWh of electricity annually to third parties over a 15-year period. SunEdison has also signed an off-take contract under which it would supply 200 GWh per year of solar power to Colbun for the same period.

In other SunEdison divestments, UK-based Ecotricity Group Ltd has acquired SunEdison's home rooftop solar business in the UK. (Source: SunEdison, Various Others, 26 April, 2016)Contact: SunEdison, (314) 770-7325, www.sunedison.com; Ecotricity, Dale Vince, 011 +44 (0) 145 375 6111, www.ecotricity.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunEdison,  Solar,  Ecotricity,  


Verengo Solar, Swell Energy Partnering on Residential Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Verengo Solar,Swell Energy
Date: 2016-04-29
Torrance, California-based residential PV installer Verengo Solar, and home battery provider Swell Energy are jointly announcing a partnership that creates a turn-key, one-stop energy storage and backup power solution for the residential market.

Under the terms of the agreement, Verengo will leverage its leadership position and expertise in the residential solar power installation market and become a preferred installer of Swell Energy's home solar battery products. Among the services offered by the two companies is an energy storage solution that will allow customers to power their homes cleanly and quietly independent of the electrical grid for up to one day or, when paired with solar, potentially indefinitely. (Source: Verengo, PR, MarketWire, 27 April, 2016) Contact: Verengo, Dan Squiller, CEO, David Thoreau PR Manager, (949) 439-8032, dcthoreau@verengosolar.com, 949-439-8032 www.verengosolar.com; Swell Energy, Andrew Meyer, www.swellenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Swell Energy news,  Verengo Solar news,  Solar news,  Energy Storage news,  


Saft Supplying Lithium-Ion Battery System for Finnish Energy Storage Pilot (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Saft Battery,Fortum
Date: 2016-04-29
Paris-headquartered battery technology specialist Saft reports receipt of a megawatt-scale lithium-ion battery energy storage contract by Fortum, the Finnish energy company. Under the terms of the contract, Saft Intensium® Max containerized battery system, with a nominal output of 2 MW and 1 MWh of energy capacity, will be installed at Fortum's Suomenoja power plant as part of the largest ever electricity storage pilot project in the Nordic countries. Installation is expected to be completed this coming Sept. for testing in October.

Fortum aims to research the suitability and optimum usage of batteries used for storing electricity and explore new opportunities offered by electricity storage and by the flexible intermediate storage of electricity. The battery project is an extension of Fortum's pioneering experiment, started in March 2016, in which a virtual power plant (VPP) based on demand flexibility is being built together with customers. The capacity of this power plant will be offered to the national grid company Fingrid to maintain a continuous power balance in the electricity system.

The project's investment cost is about two million euros, for which Fortum will receive a 30 percent energy investment subsidy from the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. (Source: Saft. PR, 26 April, 2016) Contact: Saft, Glen Bowling, Transportation, Telecom & Grid Group Senior VP Sales, www.saftbatteries.com; Fortum, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, Fortum, 011 +358-50-453-6322, vesa.koivisto@fortum.com, www.fortum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saft Battery,  Fortum,  Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Li-ion,  


EOS Climate Solution Curbs HFCs, Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
EOS Climate,American Carbon Registry
Date: 2016-04-29
In San Francisco, EOS Climate reports the completion of the first project to generate Verified Emission Reductions (VERs -- Carbon Credits) from the reclamation and re-use of hyrdofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants. EOS authored the methodology approved by the American Carbon Registry to support global goals to limit HFC refrigerants from reaching the atmosphere.

The HFC credits provide a new option for companies who use large commercial refrigeration equipment to take immediate action on HFC emissions while transitioning equipment to lower GWP alternatives. Hannaford Supermarkets, a buyer participating in this first project, plans to test how the VERs enhance their transition plans and differentiate the company as an environmental leader.

Credits created from this methodology represent carbon emission reductions from the displacement of virgin HFCs with reclaimed and reused HFCs. For this first-in-kind project, recovered HFCs were purified at Hudson Technologies back to virgin-grade standards and sold into the refrigerant aftermarket for reuse. Demand for the credits provides an economic incentive for refrigerant reclaimers to recover and reclaim HFCs, preventing new HFC production and eventual emissions to the atmosphere. (Source: EOS Climate, PR, 26 April, 2016) Contact: EOS Climate, Jeff Cohen, SVP Policy, Sarah McGee, Media, (800) 764-8093, smcgee@eosclimate.com, www.eosclimate.com; American Carbon Registry, www.americancarbonregistry.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Carbon Registry,  EOS Climate,  Carbon Credits,  VERs,  HFC,  HCFC,  


Low-Carbon Fuels, Vehicle Low-Carbon Fuels, Increased Efficiency Will Cut Transport CO2 Emissions 29 pct by 2030, says Lux Research -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Lux Research
Date: 2016-04-29
Driving Down Emissions: Achieving CO2 Emissions Reduction Goals through Biofuels and Alternative Fuel Vehicles, a new analysis from Lux Research finds that the emergence of low-carbon fuels and vehicle efficiency will cut emissions by 29 pct by 2030. The sharp cut in emissions will be realized from a combination of low-carbon fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, light-weight materials and improved fuel efficiency.

According to the report, low-carbon biofuels like cellulosic ethanol, renewable diesel, and biomethane have lower well-to-wheel carbon intensities compared to their first-generation counterparts and play a pivotal role in cutting emissions, as does renewable electricity.

The report evaluated measures needed to meet emission targets set at COP21 and fiund that:

  • Biofuels are key. First-generation biofuels, low-carbon fuels, and natural gas vehicles will together account for at least 45.4 pct of the potential fossil fuel displacement in road transportation in 2030, when global road transportation demand is projected to reach 911 billion gallons;
  • Carbon intensity matters. First-generation biofuels have made incremental reductions in road transportation emissions over the years. But low-carbon biofuels will be the key driver in achieving 2030 emissions reduction goals with an average three to four times lower well-to-wheel carbon intensity profile;
  • Fuel efficiency counts. Without improved fuel efficiencies, emissions reduction falls short of the INDC target in 2030 by nearly 5 pct. Auto makers will have a range of lightweight materials available as multinationals and start-ups develop the next-generations of steel, aluminum and composite technologies.

    The report is part of the Lux Research Alternative Fuels Intelligence service. (Source: Lux Research, PR, 26 April, 2016) Contact: Lux Research Carole Jacques, (617) 502-5314, carole.jacques@luxresearchinc.com, www.luxresearchinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lux Research,  Carbon Emissions,  Alternative Fuels,  


  • Toronto Community Housing Scores $635,000 Energy Efficiency Projects Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Enbridge Gas
    Date: 2016-04-29
    In Ontario, Enbridge Gas reports that through its Affordable Housing Program, Toronto Community Housing is receiving $635,000 in rebates towards 90 new boilers that provide space and water heating to 43 buildings with over 5,000 households. The new boilers are expected to cut approximately $300,000 in annual natural gas costs and reduce 3,000 tpy of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).

    The Enbridge rebate is also intended to offset the costs of energy efficiency improvements made by Toronto Community Housing in 2015 as part of its 10-year capital repair program. The rebate will be reinvested to fund additional energy efficiency upgrades to aging Toronto Community Housing buildings.

    In 2015, Enbridge and Toronto Community Housing signed a MOU to improve the insulation in their single family homes at no cost through Enbridge's Home Winterproofing Program. Enbridge is also working with Toronto Community Housing to improve the mechanical systems and energy performance of their buildings. In addition to the financial incentives, Enbridge offers financial subsidies for energy audits and building assessments to identify potential energy savings. (Source: Enbridge Gas, 28 April, 2016) Contact: Enbridge Gas, Jamie Miller, Pres., Tanya Bruckmueller, Ext. Communications, (855) 884-5112, enbridgegasmedia,@enbridge.com, www.enbridgegas.com; Toronto Community Housing, Greg Spearn, (416) 981-4252, www.torontohousing.ca

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


    World Bank Climate Change Action Plan -- Attached (Ind. Report)
    World Bank Group
    Date: 2016-04-27
    The World Bank Groups Climate Change Action Plan reports that by 2020 it will mobilize over $40 billion in clean energy and climate-friendly investments and enact measures to help developing countries meet their international pledges to curb climate change. The bank aims to support low-carbon investments and encourage client countries to do the same while also encouraging nations to put a price on carbon.

    The World Bank's International Finance Corp. will increase its investments with climate co-benefits by half to $3.5 billion by 2020 and will leverage $13 billion annually by the same year.

    Separately, the bank says it aims to mobilize $25 billion in commercial financing for clean energy over the next five years. Efforts include $2 billion over the next five years to make transportation infrastructure more resilient, create programs for deeply climate-resistant seeds, and help developing countries access meteorological data and early warning systems for planning.

    Download the World Bank report HERE. (Source: World Bank, ClimateWise, ScientificAmerican, April, 2016) Contact: World Bank Group, Rachel Kyte, VP and Special Envoy for Climate Change, John Roome, Sr. Climate Change Dir., (202) 473-1000, www.worldbank.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank Group,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


    Big Apple Mayor Touts Energy Efficiency Initiatives (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2016-04-27
    In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio is trumpeting a series of new energy efficiency initiatives designed to reduce the carbon footprint of New York City's one million or more buildings.

    The initiatives include plans to require buildings to complete cost-effective energy efficiency conservation measures, repair and improve heating systems and assess "deep energy" retrofit measures as part of mandatory energy audits. The measures would slash greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by 2.7 million metric tpy, improve local air quality and save approximately $900 million per year in energy costs. His Worship has promised to cut New York City's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050. (Source: NYC Office of the Mayor, Business Green, 25 April, 2016)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Ameresco Installing Roof-top Solar at Easton Schools (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2016-04-27
    In the Bay State, Framingham-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc is reporting it will design, build, own and operate roof-top solar systems at two Easton schools. The systems will include 2,299 panels installed on the roofs of the schools, generating approximately $79,000 in net metering credits in the first year and upwards of $1.24 million over the 20-year PPA agreement.

    Upon completion, the total installed capacity of the solar systems will be over 700 kW. Annual energy savings for the schools is expected to be nearly 900,000 kWh. (Source: Ameresco, 25 April, 2016) Contact: Town of Easton, (508) 230-0510, www.easton.ma.us; Ameresco Inc., Suzanne Messere, IR, (508) 598-3044, ir@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com Ameresco,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco Inc.,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


    World Bank, IMF Partnering on Carbon Pricing (Ind. Report)
    World Bank,IMF
    Date: 2016-04-27
    The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) report they are partnering to address the issue of climate change and, to that end, have launched a plan involves using economic leverage in harmony with the technical assistance of private organizations to effect changes that the United Nations simply cannot achieve on its own.

    The World Bank and the IMF, among other groups, believe that cutting emissions enough to actually have the necessary effect on climate change will simply not be possible without a financial component. These groups believe the answer lies in forcing polluter nations to pay for the CO2 they emit. The World Bank sees this objective as running in parallel with its primary mission of combating global poverty.

    The World Bank has already created a Carbon Finance Unit to aid nations trying to find ways to put a price on carbon. Eighteen emerging economies -- including China -- have enrolled in program. Similarly, the IMF provides information ways to establish carbon pricing systems, in part as a means to help financially strapped nations to improve their own revenues. (Source: World Bank. IMF, Economy Watch, Others, 26 April, 2016) Contact: World Bank Group, Rachel Kyte, VP and Special Envoy for Climate Change, John Roome, Sr. Climate Change Dir., (202) 473-1000, www.worldbank.org; International Monetary Fund, www.imf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  IMF,  Climate Change,  Carbon Price,  Carbon Tax,  


    University of Ottawa Pruning Investments Portfolio to Cut Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
    University of Ottawa,Montreal Carbon Pledge
    Date: 2016-04-27
    In Canada, the University of Ottawa's Board of Governors reports it will unload a number of carbon-heavy investments in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the school's investment portfolio.

    According to a University press release, "We are reducing the carbon footprint of our entire investment portfolio by at least 30 pct by 2030 -- in line with Canada's national climate commitment. This will reduce far more greenhouse gases than divesting from fossil fuel companies. Solving this problem will require reducing carbon emissions across the whole economy."

    The University of Ottawa is the first Canadian university to adopt the Montreal Carbon Pledge, which asks that signatories measure and publicly disclose the carbon footprints of their investment portfolios on an annual basis. (Source: University of Ottawa, Various Sources, 580 CFRA, 26 April, 2016) Contact: Montreal Carbon Pledge, montrealcarbonpledge@unpri.org, www.montrealpledge.org; University of Ottawa, Allan Rock, Pres., (613) 562-5700, www.uottawa.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Montreal Carbon Pledge,  


    Northern Power Systems Touts Fully Integrated Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Northern Power Systems Corp
    Date: 2016-04-27
    Barre, Vermont-headquartered Northern Power Systems Corp. (NPS) is reporting the release of its FP2000 FlexPhase fully integrated energy storage system (ESS). The FP2000 FlexPhase power conversion system has a wide range of DC voltage optimization, able to be effective with flow, lithium, lead acid or other chemical batteries, as well as mechanical storage options such as flywheels.

    NPS' ESS can be packaged into containers, shelters, trailers, or buildings. With an output power range of 125 kVA -- 2,000 kVA, the duration of rated power can be configured from 15 minutes to 4 hours. Applications include: utility grid support; behind-the-meter demand management, time-of-use, back-up power, critical load support; and hybrid microgrids -- remote/islanded operation, and renewables utilization. (Source: Northern Power Systems Corp., PR, April, 2016) Contact: Northern Power Systems, Pavel Jakovlev, Marketing Manager, (802) 461-2955 ext.7, pjakovlev@northernpower.com, Info@NorthernPower.com, www.northernpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Northern Power Systems,  Energy Storage Corp.,  Energy Storage,  


    Xylem Launches Biogas Digester Support System (Ind. Report)
    Xylem,
    Date: 2016-04-27
    Rye Brook, New York-headquartered water technology specialist Xylem Inc. is reporting the launch of the Flygt BIS 1, a new biogas support system specially adapted for wall-mounting submersible mixers in biogas digesters.

    According to Xylem, "Biogas digesters have a sealed cover which means accessing the tank to change the mixer position is difficult. The Flygt BIS-1 biogas support system allows operators to move the mixer on the guide bar from the outside of the tank." The company offers a full line of biogas mixer products. (Source: Xylem, Bioenergy Insights, Others, 26 April, 2016) Contact: Xylem Inc., Eilert Balssen, Market Manager Biogas and Agriculture, (914) 323-5700, www.xylem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion ,  


    HVAC Contractor Launches Carbon Cutter Program (Ind. Report)
    Donnelly Mechanical
    Date: 2016-04-27
    NYC-based integrated HVAC and energy services contractor Donnelly Mechanical is reporting the launch of its Carbon Cutter Program for commercial building tenants seeking to cut their energy consumption.

    NYC initiated the ‘New York City Carbon Challenge' program with an ambitious goal to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to 80 pct below 2005 gas emission levels. The 10 year roadmap to improve the energy efficiency of buildings aims to reduce the city's building-based emissions by 30 pct by 2025 in order to be on the pathway to 80 x 50. (Source: Donnelly Mechanical, PR, 26 April, 2016) Contact: Donnelly Mechanical Carbon CutterProgram, (718) 925- 3348, http://www.donnellymech.com/carbon-cutter-program; Donnelly Mechanical, (718) 886-1500, http://www.donnellymech.com

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


    MENA, Europe Supergrid Could Facilitate Renewable Energy -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Fraunhofer ISE
    Date: 2016-04-25
    According to a recently released report from Fraunhofer ISE, a megalithic "supergrid" connecting the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region with Europe could enable both regions to reach near-100 pct renewable energy share.

    The report finds that if this near-100 pct expansion of renewable energy in North Africa were to benefit Europe, a transition to "a meshed superimposed HVDC grid with bipolar VSC technology which allows the transmission of fluctuating power from renewable power plants over long distances" would be necessary.

    Concentrated solar thermal power plants (CSP) would play a major role in a renewable-based supply system in the MENA region, complementing the fluctuating generation from the wind and solar which would be the primary methods of generating renewable energy. Integrating European and North African grids would also lead to lower costs, as the fluctuating nature of renewable electricity generation would prefer stronger integration of national electricity markets.

    Access the full report HERE. (Source: Fraunhofer, CleanTecnica, 21 April, 2016) Contact: Fraunhofer ISE, Dr. Werner Platzer, Project Leader, www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fraunhofer ISE,  Renewable Energy,  


    FAA OK's ATJ-SPK Ethanol-based Aviation Jet Fuel (Ind. Report)
    FAA,ASTM International
    Date: 2016-04-25
    The U.S, Federal Aviation Administration, (FAA) reports it has approved Alcohol-to-Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK), a new bio-based aviation jet fuel produced from isobutanol. STJ-SPK was approved with support from technical standards organization ASTM International as an environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum-based jet fuel.

    Other ASTM approved fuels include synthesized iso-paraffins (SIP), hydro-processed esters and fatty acids synthetic paraffinic kerosene (HEFA-SPK), Fischer-Tropsch synthetic paraffinic kerosene (FT-SPK) and Fischer-Tropsch synthetic kerosene with aromatics (FT-SKA), all of which are expected to help the aviation industry meet its climate change goal of carbon neutral growth. (Source: FAA, Flying, Various Others, 19 April, 2016) Contact: FAA, www.faa.gov; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, (877) 909-2782, www.astm.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Isobutanol,  Aviation Biofuel,  FAA,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  ASTM International,  


    KY's Largest Solar Installation Nears Completion (Ind. Report)
    Louisville Gas and Electric
    Date: 2016-04-25
    In Kentucky, Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) and KU are reporting the near completion of what will be the Bluegrass State's largest solar energy producing facility at the E.W. Brown Generating Station in Mercer County. Completion and commissioning is expected this June.

    The 44,000 solar panel facility will generate 19,000 MWh hours of power, sufficient energy for 1,500 homes using 1,000 mWh per month. LG&E and KU are hoping to expand rooftop solar installations statewide. (Source: LG&E, WKYT, 19 April, 2016) Contact: LG&E KU, Scott Straight, www.lge-ku.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Louisville Gas & Electric,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


    Green Businesses Organizations Support Stronger Methane Regulation on Public Lands (Ind. Report)
    Green America Business Network
    Date: 2016-04-25
    In Washington, the Green America Business Network (GBN) and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) hove come out in support of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) proposed regulations of methane from natural gas operations on public lands.

    In their statement of support, the two organizations encouraged the BLM to further limit venting, flaring and leaks from natural gas production on federal and tribal lands, and highlighted the risks to businesses nationwide from climate change. Small businesses in general are vulnerable to climate change, and have less resources to adapt to it. Impacts include disrupting distribution, interrupting farming and production, and rising healthcare costs for employees.

    The groups also called on BLM to strengthen its proposal, including: improving leak detection and repair requirements; enacting better standards for production equipment and strengthening flaring regulation; and ensuring enforcement, transparency, and accountability (including increased ability for public comment for ongoing issues). (Source: American Sustainable Business Council, Green America Business Network, 22 April, 2016) Contact: Green America Business Network, www.greenamerica.org; American Sustainable Business Council, www.asbcouncil.org; Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Emissions,  BLM,  Methane,  


    Notable Quote
    American College of Physicians
    Date: 2016-04-25
    "The American College of Physicians urges physicians to help combat climate change by advocating for effective climate change adaptation and mitigation policies, helping to advance a low-carbon health care sector, and by educating communities about potential health dangers posed by climate change. We need to take action now to protect the health of our community's most vulnerable members -- including our children, our seniors, people with chronic illnesses, and the poor -- because our climate is already changing and people are already being harmed." -- American College of Physicians, President Dr. Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP. 19 April, 2016

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


    Coalition Calls for Swift Passage of Ontario's Climate Change Mitigation, Low-carbon Economy Act (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Clean Economy Alliance
    Date: 2016-04-25
    The Toronto-based Clean Economy Alliance, a group of over 90 organizations representing a broad cross-section of Ontarians that united in 2015 to urge Ontario to show leadership in addressing climate change, is urging the members of the Standing Committee on General Government to cooperate on passing the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act.

    The Alliance and its members are supportive of cap-and-trade, and in favor of a revenue-positive system where the proceeds from the auction of permits are reinvested in further reducing carbon emissions.

    The Alliance submitted comments to Ontario's discussion paper on climate change, issued almost a year ago; responded to the announcement that Ontario had chosen cap-and-trade as its preferred carbon pricing mechanism; submitted a report to the province with recommendations on the design of the system; submitted comments to the Environmental Registry in response to Ontario's paper on cap-and-trade design options; submitted comments to the Environmental Registry concerning the draft legislation; and six Alliance members presented to the Standing Committee tasked with making amendments to this act. (Source: The Clean Economy Alliance, 21 April, 2016) Contact: Ontario Clean Economy Alliance, www.cleaneconomyalliance.ca

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


    IMO Maritime CO2 Plan Blocked, Monitoring Approved (Ind. Report)
    IMO
    Date: 2016-04-25
    In London, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 69) is reported to have failed to agree on a work plan for developing carbon emissions regulations.

    Although many maritime industry groups and member states have called for addressing CO2 emissions within the IMO's regulatory authority, a small group of states -- the BRICS nations, notably China -- opposed developing any plan for regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Despite public support from many developed nations and from a majority of the member states at the meeting, and despite an intervention by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, the discussion of a work proved futile. The MEPC did, however, approve mandatory requirements for ships to record and report their fuel consumption. (Source: IMO, Maritime Executive, April 21, 2016)Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, www.imo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization,  CO2 Emissions,  Maritime Emissions,  IMO,  


    Bloomington Considers Energy Use Disclosure Ordinance (Ind. Report)
    City of Bloomington
    Date: 2016-04-25
    Bloomington, Indiana Mayor John Hamilton reports he will ask the city council for approval of an energy-disclosure ordinance and complete a request for qualifications that would allow the city to enter an energy-savings contract for City-owned facilities. The energy-disclosure ordinance will require owners of buildings of a yet to be determine "significant size" to report their annual energy consumption. The proposal would allow the building owners, residents and the general public to monitor building energy use and discrepancies between similar buildings. According to the Mayor, energy consumption information-sharing would motivate building owners to adopt energy efficient habits once they see how they measure up to others. (Source: City of Bloomington, Indiana Daily Student, 25 April, 2016) Contact: City of Bloomington,www.bloomingtonmn.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Usage,  Energy Consumption,  


    Lockheed Martin Plans Energy Storage Offering (Ind. Report)
    Lockheed Martin,Sun Catalytix
    Date: 2016-04-25
    Lockheed Martin reports it is planning to enter the energy storage market with a new chemistry for flow batteries. The company says the chemistry is based on technology developed by Sun Catalytix, which was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2014.

    The technology relies on an engineered molecule that is a platform for combinations of transition metal ions and ligands, according to Lockheed Martin's product manager Brad Fiebig who says the company developing "fundamentally new flow-battery chemistry" that allows the use of conventional materials in the balance-of-system components.

    Lockheed will target small to medium utility projects and C&I customer uses like demand charge reduction for its lithium-ion offering while attempting to commercialize its flow battery for longer-duration, grid-scale functions. (Source: Lockheed Martin, Utility Dive, Others, 25 April, 2016) Contact: Sun Catalytix, (613) 374-3797, info@suncatalytix.com, www.suncatalttix.com; Lockheed Martin, Richard Brody, Dir., Energy Storage, Janina Baxter, (240) 429-6166, janina.baxter@lmco.com, www.lockheedmartin.com/energysolutions

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Flow Battery,  Sun Catalytix,  Lockheed Martin,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


    Brazilian Corn Ethanol Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Summit Agricultural Group,ICM Inc
    Date: 2016-04-22
    Further to our Mar. 23 coverage, Alden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group reports it has broken ground on a $115 million, 60 MMgy corn ethanol plant in Mato Grosso State in Brazil. The plant , which was designed by Kansas-based ICM Inc, is being constructed by Fiagril, a diversified company with operations including biodiesel, grain trading, crop production inputs and infrastructure development. Construction is expected to be completed in June, 2017.

    The corn ethanol plant will offset Brazil's demand for domestic ethanol that sugar cane ethanol production cannot meet, It will also introduce high-fiber co-products and provide high-value animal feed to the Brazilian livestock industry. (Source: Summit Agricultural Group, Others, April, 2016) Contact: Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, (515) 854-9820, http://summitag.com; ICM Inc., Chris Mitchell, Pres., (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com

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    Peel Ports Great Yarmouth Selected for Siemens Offshore Wind Assembly Point (Int'l)
    Siemens,Peel Ports Great Yarmouth
    Date: 2016-04-22
    In the UK, Peel Ports reports that German energy giant Siemens has chosen Peel Ports Great Yarmouth as its turbine nacelles, blades, towers and electrical modules assembly location and installation base for the 336-MW Galloper offshore wind project off the east coast of England.

    The German group will supply 56, 6-MW turbines for the Galloper project -- an extension of the existing Greater Gabbard wind farm. Offshore construction is slated to get underway this summer for commissioning and operation in 2018. (Source: Peel Ports, Siemens, Others Media, 21 Aprol, 2016) Contact: Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, +49 69 797 66 60, www.siemens.com; Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, +44 1493 335500, www.eastportuk.co.uk

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


    Siemens Supplying Direct-Drive Turbines for Japanese Project (Int'l)
    Siemens
    Date: 2016-04-22
    Siemens reports it will supply 13 of its SWT-3.2-101, 3.2MW direct drive wind turbines for the 41.6MW Eurus Higashi Yurihara wind power project which is under development in Yurihonjo city, located in the north of the mainland Honshu, Japan. The order includes a five year service and maintenance agreement. The wind farm is slated for commissioning and Commercial operations in the Spring of 2018. (Source: Siemens, Various Media, 18 April, 2016)Contact: Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, +49 69 797 66 60, www.siemens.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Wind,  


    Energy Storage, Efficiency Firms Raise $375Mn in Q1, says Mercom Report (Funding)
    Mercom
    Date: 2016-04-22
    According to Austin, Texas-based Mercom Capital Group's recently released report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the smart grid, battery/storage and energy efficiency sectors for Q1, 2016: VC funding for battery and energy storage companies dropped 50 pct with $54 million in 10 deals compared to $108 million in eight deals in Q4, 2015. Year-over-year funding was lower compared to the $69 million in seven deals in Q1, 2015.

    The top VC funded Battery/Storage company this quarter was Sunverge Energy, which raised $36.5 million; VionX Energy raised USD $5 million, Skeleton Technologies brought in $4.3 million from KIC InnoEnergy, Geli raised $3 million while Voltaiq raised $1.6 million. Eight investors participated in Battery and Storage funding this quarter, with Energy Storage System companies raising the most.

    Energy efficiency technology companies raised $ 211 million in VC funding from 31 investors in 14 deals in Q1 compared to the $185 million in 17 deals in Q4, 2015 and $140 million in 15 deals in Q1, 2015. Efficiency Finance companies brought in the most funding. (Source: Mercom Capital Group, 19 April, 2016)Contact: Mercom Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, info@mercomcapital.com, http://mercomcapital.com

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


    Electrochaea BioCat Produces First Methane from CO2 (Ind. Report)
    BioCat, Electrochaea
    Date: 2016-04-22
    In Denmark, Electrochaea GmbH reports that its BioCat Project has produced its first methane using its BioCat reactor system which converts carbon dioxide into methane biogas.

    Electrochaea is developing a disruptive grid-scale energy storage technology known as power-to-gas. Our process converts low-cost and stranded electricity into pipeline-grade renewable gas for direct injection into the existing natural gas grid. The core of the power-to-gas system is a selectively evolved microorganism - a methanogenic archaea - that excels through unprecedented catalytic ability and industrial robustness. The technical advantages of the system translate into lower capital and operating costs and greater operational flexibility than conventional thermochemical methanation processes.

    Electrochaea's power-to-gas technology represents a commercially viable solution for utility-scale energy storage, grid balancing, and carbon recycling. Electrochaea's process converts low-cost and stranded electricity into pipeline-grade renewable gas for direct injection into the existing natural gas grid. The core of the company's power-to-gas system is a selectively evolved microorganism -- a methanogenic archaea -- that excels through unprecedented catalytic ability and industrial robustness. The technical advantages of our solution translate into lower capital and operating costs and greater operational flexibility than conventional thermochemical methanation processes, according to the company website. (Source: Electrochaea GmbH, BioCat Project, April, 2016) Contact: Electrochaea, BioCat, Doris Hafenbrad, CTO, Fernando Keuchen, Project Manager, biocat@electrochaea.com, www.biocat-project.com Electrochaea GmbH, +45 24 25 10 33, www.electrochaea.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Biogas,  


    G3P Wins $458,525 Methane Mitigation System Contract (Ind. Report)
    BioPower Operations Corporation
    Date: 2016-04-22
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based BioPower Operations Corporation (BioPower) reports that its wholly-owned subsidiary Green3Power Operations Inc. Waste Remediation Division (G3P) has begun work on a $458,525 waste remediation project contract for the design and construction of a methane gas mitigation system in Florida. The project is expected to be completed in Q3, 2016.

    G3P utilizes a unique thermal gasification process to convert waste to synthesis gas (syngas) which can then be converted to electricity or, through the use of the Fischer-Tropsch process, into renewable synthetic fuels. Wastes that can be converted include municipal solid waste, tires, construction and demolition debris, industrial waste, sewage sludge, biomass and others.

    G3P has delivered design, permitting, engineering and management services on over 250 waste projects and is currently developing waste-to-energy projects in the U.S and abroad. (Source: BioPower Operations Corporation, MarketWire, 19 April, 2016) Contact: BioPower Operations Corporation, G3P, Dr. Neil Williams, CEO, (954) 202-6660, www.green3power.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  BioPower Operations Corporation,  


    San Francisco Mandates New Building Solar Panels (Ind. Report)
    San Francisco
    Date: 2016-04-22
    In the Golden State, the City of San Francisco has passed legislation requiring all new buildings of 10 stories or less to install solar panels. Building of more than 10 stories are exempt.

    San Francisco Board of Supervisor member Scott Wiener, who supports the legislation, commented: "By increasing our use of solar power, San Francisco is once again leading the nation in the fight against climate change and the reduction of our reliance on fossil fuels."(Source: City of San Francisco, Vox, Others, 20 April, 2016) Contact: City of San Francisco, Board of Supervisors, Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968, scott.wiener@sfgov.org, http://www.sfbos.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    Senate Approves Bill Boosting Clean Coal Research (Reg & Leg)
    Clean Coal
    Date: 2016-04-22
    In the Nation's capitol, Senators have passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, the first such legislation on a decade or more.

    The Act includes four amendments, including provisions that instruct the DOE to continue development of clean coal technologies, as well as provisions that authorize funding for that research. Other amendments designate Clean Coal Technologies as an official DOE fossil energy priority, use pre-authorized funding for clean coal innovation; prioritize clean coal R&D; and authorize a coal technology program budget.

    The bill would also permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) which helps states and local governments acquire and maintain land for public use.

    The bill now moves to the House for consideration. (Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Various Other Media Sources, 21 April, 2016)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Clean Coal,  


    Vestas Touting Multi-Rotor Turbine Tests (New Prod & Tech)
    Vestas
    Date: 2016-04-22
    Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems A/S reports that in coopereation with the Technical University of Denmark it is testing a wind turbine with four rotors attached to a single tower in a bid to reduce weight and costs and improve the competitiveness of wind power. The 0.9-megawatt test turbine was an effort to boost the power of wind turbines without increasing their size and weight, which would lower transportation and installation costs and boost the profitability of wind power, according to Vestas.

    The test turbine uses four 225-kilowatt, refurbished, 1990s-vintage three-blade rotors that have a diameter of 29 meters (95 feet). The capacity of the multiple-rotor turbine is below today's conventional turbines that typically have a capacity of 2 MW and more, but may be scaled up if the concept works. According to Vestas, the test turbine will help it understand the structural dynamics, aerodynamics and loads of the four-rotor concept. One concern is whether the turbine will vibrate so much that the structure suffers damage. (Source: Vestas, April, 2016) Contact: Vestas, Jorge Magalhaes, Sr. VP Innovation & Concepts, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  


    Gaelectric's Wind Portfolio Sale Attracts Strong Interest (Int'l)
    Gaelectric
    Date: 2016-04-22
    Further to our February 29the coverage -- Gaelectric May Offer Stake in Irish Wind Portfolio -- Dublin-headquartered renewable energy and energy storage group Gaelectric reports it has received as many as 20 expressions of interest in its wind farm portfolio, which is likely to have an equity value of between €250 million and €350 million, and an enterprise value of around €750 million, according to the Irish Independant. A sale could include part or all of about 200 megawatts of wind energy output, spread over 23 windfarms that are owned by Gaelectric.

    Gaelectric has hired investment bank Rothschild to handle the sale. Gaelectric intends to invest the wind portfolio sale proceeds in other renewable energy assets and projects, including energy storage, solar and bioenergy, as well as energy trading. (Source: Gaelectric, Irish Independent, Others, 21 April, 2016) Contact: Gaelectric, Brendan McGrath, CEO, +353 1 643 0800, info@gaelectric.ie, www.gaelectric.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gaelectric,  Wind,  


    Union Gas Expands Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (Ind. Report)
    Union Gas
    Date: 2016-04-22
    In Ontario, Union Gas reports it is expanding its ongoing rebate program in southwestern Ontario to include the City of Kingston service area. The program offers rebates of up to $2,500 for eligible renovations to promote energy conservation.

    To participate, homeowners must first have an energy audit done by a certified energy adviser (CEA) to establish a baseline energy-efficiency rating. Homeowners then have 120 days to install two of Union Gas's eligible energy-efficiency measures, after which a second audit is done to determine how effective the energy conservation measures have been.

    A second program for non-customers, which is expected to be launched this summer, will resemble the existing home rebate program, but will be government funded and a part of the Ontario government's $100 million Green Energy Investment fund. (Source: Union Gas, Ontario Green Investment Fund, thewhig.com, 19 April, 2016) Contact: Union Gas Home Reno Rebate Program, www.uniongas.com/homereno, www.uniongas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Union Gas,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


    Ontario Climate Change Strategy -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Climate Change Strategy
    Date: 2016-04-22
    This strategy sets out Ontario's vision for combating climate change and achieving our greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050. It is our plan for a province and a future where greenhouse gas reduction goes hand-in-hand with a growing, efficient, competitive and productive economy. A separate five-year action plan to be released in 2016 will include specific commitments for meeting our 2020 emissions reduction target and establish the necessary framework to meet our 2030 and 2050 targets.

    By 2050, we envision Ontarians will be using less energy and the energy we do use will be from low-carbon sources. Communities will be climate-resilient, complete and compact. More people will choose electric or other zero-emission vehicles and transit to get swiftly and efficiently where they need to go. Agricultural lands, natural areas and ecosystems will be better protected for the benefit and enjoyment of all.

    By 2050, we see an Ontario that will be employing new ways to reduce waste while ensuring that more of the waste produced is reintroduced to the economy. Industries will be thriving while generating fewer or zero emissions. Businesses and innovators will be creating world-leading clean technologies and products that drive new economic growth, productivity and job creation.

    Download the full Ontario Climate Change Strategy HERE. (Source: Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, April, 2016) Contact: Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Glen Murray, www.ontario.ca/ministry-environment-and-climate-change

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    NIST Monitors Sequestered CO2 Leakage (Ind. Report)
    National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Date: 2016-04-22
    Capturing carbon dioxide gas and storing it underground is a promising strategy for reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with Harris Corporation and Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) are seeking ways to monitor CO2 emissions from sequestration sites.

    According to the NIST team, their study findings could permit far more effective monitoring of sequestration sites under real-world conditions, which ordinarily make it difficult to determine whether the carbon dioxide is escaping storage.

    A sticking point is that sequestered carbon dioxide must remain underground for centuries. If more than 0.1 percent of the gas leaks out per year, it's all for nothing. So scientists from around the world have been trying to develop an effective way to monitor sites for potential gas leaks.

    One approach places a system of laser reflectors above the ground directly over a carbon storage site to scan for escaping gas. Collecting useful data, however, requires a half-hour period when the wind does not shift and the sampled atmosphere does not change.

    Enter the NIST-Harris-AER team which has built a laser-based measurement system that collected data over a mock storage site in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The data went to NIST for analysis. NIST developed a mathematical model that considers the change in shape of a gas leakage plume in the wind. In this way, the model factors out other CO2 sources in the sequestration area. The practical upshot is that wind variables and other outdoor field conditions are no longer a constraint and sequestered gas leaks can be pinpointed to within about 5 meters regardless of the wind conditions. (Source: NIST, 20 April, 2016)Contact: NIST, (301) 975-2000, www.nist.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Institute of Standards and Technology,  CCS.CO2,  Methane,  Carbon Sequestration,  GHGs,  


    San Antonio Arena Wins $312,673 in LED Rebates (Ind. Report)
    CPS Energy
    Date: 2016-04-20
    The AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, is reporting the completion of a $110 million infrastructure and technology renovation that included new light-emitting diode (LED) lighting which is expected to save 262,000 kWh and slash annual lighting costs $26,000 per year.

    The energy efficiency project, a partnership between Spurs Sports & Entertainment and Bexar County, the building owner. earned $312,673 in rebates for replacing 500 metal haide lights in the arena's ceiling. (Source: CPS Energy, 19 April, 2016) Contact: CPS Energy, Joe Jones, Acct. Mgr., www. cpsenergy.com

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


    SolarCity Closes $338Mn Funding Round (Funding, Ind. Report)
    SolarCity
    Date: 2016-04-20
    Energy storage and residential solar specialist SolarCity reports it has closed the following funding rounds:

    On April 6, SolarCity announced it had closed a $150 million round of non-recourse financing with Credit Suisse to support deployment of commercial solar energy systems, including battery storage systems.

    On April 7, the California-based company announced it had closed the second round of financing as part of its renewable energy tax equity investment program with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and another investor. The program will finance approximately $188 million in solar projects, covering the upfront cost of the solar equipment and installation. (Source: SolarCity, GTM, Others, 18 April, 2016) Contact: SolarCity Corp., Lyndon Rive, Pres., CEO, (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com

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


    FirstEnergy Unit Seeking Efficiency Plan Approval (Ind. Report)
    FirstEnergy
    Date: 2016-04-20
    Diversified energy company FirstEnergy Corporation's FE Ohio utilities have recently filed for the Public Utilities Commission's of Ohio (PUCO) approval of the company's proposed Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction Portfolio.

    The plan, which will offer a wide range of cost-effective programs to the customers of FirstEnergy's Ohio utilities -- Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating and Toledo Edison -- is expected to be available from Jan 1, 2017 to Dec 31, 2019. The programs include a three-year plan to cut over 800,000 MWh of electric consumption annually.

    The proposal features a wide range of energy conservation measures for low-income, residential, small commercial, industrial, governmental and other customers. The energy efficiency plans will not only offer innovative methods to manage electricity usage, but also ensure environmental benefits by reducing emission levels. (Source: First Energy, Zacks, Others, 18 April, 2016) Contact: First Energy, www.firstenergy.com

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    Apple's Carbon Footprint: 38Mn Metric Tons of GHGs -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Apple Inc.
    Date: 2016-04-20
    Apple's 2016 Environmental Responsibility Report, covering fiscal year 2015, highlights the computer giant's environment related progress and the places where the company is working hard to improve. The company has set the following three priorities where it feels it can have the greatest impact:
  • reduce company impact on climate change by using renewable energy sources and driving energy efficiency in products and facilities;
  • conserve precious resources;
  • pioneer the use of safer materials in company products and processes.
  • .

    The attached report details how the company is approaching each of these priorities, and highlights some key accomplishments to date.

    Access Apple's Environmental Responsibility Report HERE. (Source: Apple. 2Paragraphs, 16 April, 2016)

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    WindFloat Platform Wins Bureau Veritas Approval (Ind. Report)
    WindFloat,Bureau Veritas ,Principle Power
    Date: 2016-04-20
    Bureau Veritas, the international classification society, reports it has given its Approval in Principle for the WindFloat Floating Offshore Wind Turbine (FOWT) foundation.

    WindFloat, which is designed by Berkeley, California-based Principle Power Inc., consists of a ballasted floating platform which supports a multi-megawatt wind turbine generator. The three-column platform is equipped with a closed-loop ballast system to compensate for changes in mean wind velocity and direction. The platform is moored with a three-line catenary mooring system.

    A first WindFloat prototype has been deployed 5 km off the coast of Agucadoura, Portugal since 2011. The second generation of WindFloat technology, addressed by the present Approval In Principle, is intended to be part of a pilot array of floating offshore wind turbines in the French Mediterranean sea, to be developed by ENGIE and EIFFAGE. (Source: Bureau Veritas Scandnavian Oil & Gas, Others, 15 April, 2016) Contact: Principle Power Inc., (510) 647-9539, www.principlepowerinc.com; Bureau Veritas, www.bureauveritas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Principle Power,  Bureau Veritas ,  WindFloat,  Offshore Wind,  


    New Cash for Alaskan Renewable Energy Fund (Ind. Report)
    Alaska Renewable Energy Fund
    Date: 2016-04-20
    Since its founding in 2008, Alaska's Renewable Energy Fund has shouldered the full cost of renewable energy projects statewide, with over 130 currently in the works. So far this year, the state budget includes no money for the fund which previously provided seed money or shouldered the full cost of projects across Alaska.

    In the past, lawmakers have added $25 million per year to the Renewable Energy Fund, which was kicked-off with approximately $100 million. In 2015 the fund received less than $10 million as part of the state's capital budget which this year has dropped to under $80 million, non of which has been earmarked for renewable energy grants and funding.

    A new bill -- SB 196 -- focused primarily on shoring up the endowment for the Power Cost Equalization (PCE) program for rural Alaskans could, however, generate as much as $3 million for the Renewable Energy Fund. SB 196 is presently before the House Finance Committee. (Source: Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Public Media, 15 April, 2016) Contact: Alaska Energy Authority, www.akenergyauthority.org

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


    S2G Begins Bio-Based Glycols Production in Tenn. (Ind. Report)
    S2G BioChemicals, Pennakem
    Date: 2016-04-20
    S2G BioChemicals (S2G), a Vancouver BC-based developer of natural chemical conversion technologies, reports it has begun production of bio-based glycols at the Memphis, Tennessee site of the company's operating partner, PennAKem LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Minafin Group.

    S2G's proprietary process has been integrated into Pennakem's existing chemical facility to convert natural, non-food waste into usable sugar-based glycols. The natural glycols will serve as a drop-in replacement for common petroleum-based chemicals used in a wide range of consumer and industrial products such as resins, PET/PEF plastic drink containers, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, coolants and anti-freeze.

    S2G's sugar-to-glycol technology utilizes low cost renewable feedstocks to co-produce an economical supply of high value specialty chemicals and sustainable bio-glycols for use by consumer and industrial product manufacturers. (Source: Adapted from S2G Press Release, April, 2016) Contact: S2G BioChem, Mark Kirby, Pres., (604) 221-8670, www.s2gbiochem.com; PennAKem, Tom Waldman, CEO, Pres., (901) 320-4000, www.pennakem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Glycol,  S2G BioChemicals,  Biochemical ,  


    Orlando Advances Building Energy Efficiency Strategy (Ind. Report)
    Florida Green Finance Authority
    Date: 2016-04-20
    In the Sunshine State, the Orlando city council reports it has approved financing methods to allow building and energy efficiency upgrades under its Building Energy and Water Efficiency Strategy which requires mid- and large-size building owners to publicly report their buildings' energy consumption.

    The City will work with third-party financial groups including Clean Energy Green Corridor, Florida PACE Funding Agency, and the Florida Green Finance Authority to arrange project funding. Funding could be in place for the fall. (Source: City of Orlando, Orlando Sentinal, 18 April, 2016)Contact: Florida Green Finance Authority, www.flgfa.org; Florida PACE, www.floridapace.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Financing,  PACE,  


    Ingersoll Rand Touts Climate Commitment Success (Ind. Report)
    Ingersoll Rand
    Date: 2016-04-20
    Davidson, North Carolina-based Ingersoll Rand Corporation is touting its Climate Commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its products and operations by 2030. The Ingersoll Rand Climate Commitment pledges to:
  • cut the refrigerant GHG footprint of its products by 50 percent by 2020 and incorporate lower global warming potential (GWP) alternatives across its portfolio by 2030;
  • invest $500 million in product-related research and development over the next five years to fund the long-term reduction of GHG emissions;
  • and reduce company operations-related GHG emissions by 35 pct by 2020.
  • To date, the company's Climate Commitment has supported the avoidance of approximately 2 million metric tons of CO2e globally -- equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions from energy used in more than 270,000 homes or over 2.1 billion pounds of coal burned. By 2030, the company expects to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 million metric tons. (Source: Ingersol Rand, PR, 18 Aptil, 2016) Contact: IngersollRand, Didier Teirlinck, Exec. VP Climate Businesses, Dan Berei, (704) 655-5018, dand.berei@irco.com, www.ingersollrand.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ingersoll Rand,  GHGs,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

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