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Vattenfall Offering 1-MW Corporate PPAs in the UK (Int'l)
Date: 2018-05-02
Swedish renewable energy specialist Vattenfall reports it will offer British businesses Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for as little as 1 MW direct from its 165 MW South Kyle Wind Farm.

Vattenfall is behind the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) overlooking U.S. President Donald Trumps golf resort off the coast of North East Scotland. (Source: Vattenfall, PR, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,; EOWDC, Aberdeen Renewables, Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, +44 (0) 1224 522104,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall ,  EOWDC,  Offshore Wind,  PPAs,  

ADM, DuPont Announce Biobased FDME Plant Opening (Ind. Report)
ADM, DuPont
Date: 2018-05-02
DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) are reporting the collaborative opening of the world's first biobased furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) pilot production facility in Decatur, Illinois. FDME technology, which starts with fructose from corn, is a more efficient and simple process than traditional conversion approaches and results in higher yields, lower energy usage and lower capital expenditures.

DuPont's proprietary Bio-PDO*trade; (1,3-propanediol). PTF is a 100 pct renewable polymer that, in bottling applications, can be used to create plastic bottles that are lighter-weight, more sustainable and better performing. (Source: ADM, DuPont, PR, World Grains, 1 May, 2018) Contact: DuPont Industrial Biosciences,; ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont,  Archer Daniels Midland,  DuPont ,  FDME,  Bioplastic,  Biochemical,  

POET Tops ADM in Global Fuel Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-05-02
In Chicago, Reuters is reporting that privately held, Emmetsburg, Iowa-based ethanol producer POET DSM has surpassed industry pioneer and global grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland to become the world's largest ethanol producer.

While POET's annual biofuel capacity has grown to 1.9 billion gpy, and will reach 2 billion by 2019, ADM has cut its market exposure and biofuel production to about 1.6 billion gpy, according to company data. The U.S. ethanol industry has total production capacity of more than 16 billion gpy, according to Reuters. (Source: Reuters, Country Guide, 1 May, 2018) Contact: Archer Daniels Midland, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100,; POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland,  POET,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

Hawkeye Senate Passes Efficiency Incentives Limits (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-05-02
In Des Moines, the Republican-dominated Hawkeye State Senate has ratified a plan that will limit energy efficiency programs run by Iowa utilities, reducing annual charges on gas and electric bills in the state by an estimated $100 million. Even with the cutback, the state's utilities are expected to distribute approximately $150 million worth of rebates and energy efficiency incentives, according to Senator Michael Breitbach.

Supporters say the energy efficiency programs utility companies run in Iowa will be more closely scrutinized, while critics predict utility rates will rise as efforts to reduce energy use are reduced. The bill is awaiting the signature of Gov. Kim Reynolds (R). (Source: Radio Iowa, Various Media, 1 May, 2018)

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

UK CAER Expanding Carbon Capture R&D (Ind. Report)
University of Kentucky
Date: 2018-05-02
In Lexington, the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) reports it will receive over $940,000 from the US DOE's Office of Fossil Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to advance its carbon dioxide capture R&D. The Phase 1 funding is for a three-phase project as part of the U.S. DOE Fossil Fuel Large-Scale Pilot program. The new funding will allow UK CAER to advance its research by nearly 10 times and bring the technology closer to commercialization.

UK CAER's current 0.7 mw small pilot CO2 capture facility that operates at Kentucky Utilities' E.W. Brown Generating Station in Burgin, Kentucky, has led to scientific and engineering breakthroughs in the field, according to the CAER. The post-combustion system features modular equipment and free-standing columns with built-in advanced controls to continually minimize the CO2 capture energy penalty while responding to a dynamic external demand. The new system will combine several facets to simultaneously address capital cost, energy consumption, load change and environmental impact.

Project collaborators include LG&E and Kentucky Utilities, Carbon Clean Solutions, University of Texas at Austin, Membrane Technology Research, Electric Power Research Institute, Huaneng Clean Energy Research Institute, Koch Modular Process Systems, Worley Parsons and Smith Management Group. (Source: University of Kentucky, PR, May, 2018) Contact: University of Kentucky CAER, Kunlei Liu, principal investigator , (859) 257-0200,

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Kentucky,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  

California Extending Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (Reg & Leg)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2018-05-02
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports it is preparing to extend the state's 2011-vintage low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program through 2030, with additional emissions cuts aimed at ultimately reducing the carbon intensity of fuels sold in the Golden State by 20 pct.

The LCFS sets an average carbon content for fuels that declines annually. To stay below that standard, companies need to either change the balance of fuels they sell or buy credits to offset high-emitting fuels.

In addition to ratcheting down the compliance curve -- which currently ends in 2020 at 10 percent below a 2010 baseline -- CARB is looking at new sources of fuels to generate credits, including alternative jet fuel, and is planning to add a new methodology to encourage companies to deploy carbon capture and sequestration (CCS.) The agency is planning to approve the amendments this fall. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Climate Wire, Others, April 30, 2018) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board ,  CARB,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Biofuel,  CCS,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  

Providence Touts RePowerPVD Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
City of Providence
Date: 2018-05-02
Rhode Island's largest city, Providence, has unveiled RePowerPVD, a voluntary energy savings program aimed at helping the city meet its climate goals through energy efficiency. The energy benchmarking program challenges the owners of large buildings to commit to a 20 pct cut in energy consumption by 2025 measured against a 2015 baseline. Commercial buildings are the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions to the city and will help property owners save energy, reduce costs and improve their marketability.

The program will provide building energy benchmarks and help owners track changes in building energy use. Ten city-owned buildings are enrolled in the program. (Source: City of Providance, AP, Bristol Herald, 30 April, 2018) Contact: City of Providence,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benshmarking,  

Mortenson Adds $140Mn in Illinois Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
Mortenson,BHE Renewables
Date: 2018-05-02
Mortenson Construction is reporting the addition of three new Illinois wind farm projects totaling $140. The projects will contribute an additional 289 MW of electricity to the state by the end of 2018 and an additional 194 MWs in 2019.

The projects include the 212-MW Walnut Ridge Wind Project in Bureau and Whiteside Counties for BHE Renewables. The project includes engineering, site and road construction, foundations, interconnect stations and installation of 106 Vestas V110 turbines. Started in August 2017, the wind farm is slated for completion before the year end.

Work is also underway in Lee County at the 15-year-old Mendota Hills Wind Farm for Leeward Renewable Energy LLC. Mortenson is replacing 63 wind turbines with 29 more powerful SG 2.6-126 wind turbines. The repowering project, which will be completed in December 2018, will increase total capacity to 76 MW from roughly 50 MW. (Source: Mortonson Construction , Daily Herald, May, 2018) Contact: Leeward Renewable LLC, Greg Wolf, CEO, (214) 515-1100,; BHE Renewables,; Mortenson Construction, Tim Maag, VP Wind Energ Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mortenson,  Wind,  BHE Renewables,  Leeward Renewable Energy,  

Convergent Acquires Flywheel Energy Storage Projects (M&A)
Convergent Energy
Date: 2018-05-02
New York-headquartered energy storage specialist Convergent Energy + Power is reporting the acquisition of 40 MW of flywheel projects in Stephentown, NY and Hazle Township, PA. from Rockland Capital. Convergent will continue to operate the flywheels to meet evolving energy needs for PJM Interconnection and NYISO grid operators.

With this acquisition, Convergent Energy + Power is now the largest pure-play operator of energy storage in North America, according to the company release. (Source: Convergent Energy + Power, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Convergent Energy + Power, (917) 508-0190,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Flywheel,  Energy Storage,  Convergent Energy ,  

Mercedes Abandons Residential Energy Storage Challenge (Int'l)
Mercedes-Benz Energy
Date: 2018-05-02
Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH reports it is surrendering its planned challenge to Tesla for the U.S. residential energy storage market on the grounds that the Mercedes energy storage product was too expensive for the market. Mercedes Benz had partnered with residential solar installer Vivint for the Mercedes-Benz Energy venture.

According to Mercedes, their energy storage batteries were "overengineered" as a vehicle battery pack and not a stationary home battery pack" and thus "proved too expensive to compete for the sedentary home energy storage role." Mercedes's proposed modular battery system offered between 2.5 kWh to 20 kWh in energy capacity priced between $,000 and as high as $13,000 after installation, compared to Tesla's 14 kWh Powerwall 2 priced at $7,500 installed.

Audi and Nissan have also announced plans to enter the residential energy storage market.(Source: Mercedes Benz, pvbuss, May, 2018) Contact: Tesla Power Pack,; Mercedes-Benz Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Home Energy Storage,  Tesla Battery,  Mercedes-Benz,  Energy Storage,  

Sea-Tac, Partners Promoting Sustainable Aviation Biofuels (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-05-02
In Washington State, the Port of Seattle is reporting that Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Horizon Airlines, Spirit Airlines and others will collaborate on a work plan for providing all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with access to sustainable aviation biofuel.

The partners will work to meet the specific sustainable aviation fuel timetable and goals approved by the Port of Seattle Commission in December 2017 -- a minimum of 10 pct of sustainable jet fuel to be produced locally from sustainable sources within 10 years, increasing to 50 pct by 2050.

Airlines at Sea-Tac are projected to use about 700 million gpy of jet fuel. A 10 pct reduction would eliminate the equivalent of 682,500 metric tpy of airlines greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Seattle Tacoma Airport, PR, May 1, 2018) Contact: Seattle Tacoma Airport, (206) 787-5388,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  

ABFA Seeks Ruling on Pruitt's RFS Refinery Exemptions (Reg & Leg)
Advanced Biofuels Association
Date: 2018-05-02
Reuters is reporting the Washington, DC-based biofuels trade group Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC. to rule whether the Trump administration's U.S. EPA and its administrator Scott Pruitt violated the law in granting a growing number of small refineries exemptions under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), according to a court filing.

"ABFA members are concerned that Administrator Scott Pruitt is granting these exemptions in an arbitrary and capricious manner to undisclosed parties behind closed doors with no accountability for its decision-making process," Michael McAdams, the head of the trade group, said in a statement. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Association, Reuters, May, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association, Michael McAdams, Pres.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Association,  RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  Scott Pruitt,  

Meyer Burger Wins $16Mn Malaysian PERC Equipment Order (Int'l)
Meyer Burger
Date: 2018-04-30
Swiss solar equipment maker Meyer Burger Technology AG is reporting receipt of a €13.4 million ($16.3 million) repeat order from an unnamed customer for its MB PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Contact) cell technology.

The order is for its MAiA 4.1 system for rear side coating of PERC solar cells, which will be used at a production plant in Malaysia. The Swiss firm also secured an order for its fully-integrated FABiA 4.1 platform from the same customer for a manufacturing facility in China. Deliveries of the equipment are slated to begin in Q3, 2018. (Source: Meyer Burger, Renewables, Various Media, 26 APril, 2018) Contact: Meyer Burger, +41 33 221 28 00,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PERC Solar,  Solar,  PV,  

Nordex Touts New 4.8-MW Strong-Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-04-30
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine maker Nordex reports the unveiling of its new N133/4.8, 4.8-MW turbine for strong-wind sites. The N133/4.8 model series is expected to enter production in 2019.

The new turbine extends the company's Delta4000 series has combined the rotor blade from the N131 turbine with the hub and nacelle of the N149/4.0-4.5. With a rotor diameter increased to 133 metres (436.4 ft), the N133/4.8 provides an additional yield of up to 39 pct compared to the previous N100/3300 model, also optimized for strong-wind sites, according to the company announcement. (Source: Nordex, Renewables, April, 2018) Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300,

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

CarbonCure, Airgas Ink Strategic Collaboration (Ind. Report)
CarbonCure Technologies
Date: 2018-04-30
Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure Technologies Inc. is reporting a strategic commercial relationship with Airgas, an Air Liquide company, to collaborate and enhance the cement and concrete industry customer experience of adopting carbon dioxide (CO2) utilization technologies throughout the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

CarbonCure's technology injects carbon dioxide (CO2) sourced from the refineries of industrial emitters into concrete, where the CO2 becomes mineralized, thereby enhancing the strength of the concrete, lowering production costs and making a meaningful contribution toward the global effort to reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions.

CarbonCure is the world leader in a breakthrough market known as CO2 utilization, with nearly 100 installations of its technology across North America. The Global CO2 Initiative estimates that CO2 utilization in the concrete sector alone represents a $400 billion market opportunity.

Airgas offers concrete producers a complete value-added CO2 supply and service supported by its Gulf Coast distribution network. (Source: CarbonCUre Technol;ogies, PR, 27 April, 2018) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Viven, CEO, (902) 442-4020,,; Airgas,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Utilization,  CarbonCure Technologies,  Aigas,  Concrete,  Cement,  

Siemens Gamesa Claims 300 MW Indian Wind Turbine Contract (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa, Sembcorp Energy India
Date: 2018-04-30
Siemens Gamesa has announced receipt of its largest ever wind turbine order in India with the sealing of a 300 MW supply contract to independant power producer Sembcorp Energy India Limited for a wind farm in the state of Gujarat.

Siemens Gamesa will supply 143 of its SG 2.1-122 wind turbines to the project, and will maintain the facility for 10 years following completion which is expected in April of 2019.

Sembcorp Energy India Limited (SEIL) has 4.37 GW worth of power generation capacity across seven Indian states. Siemens Gamesa has more than 5,000 MW worth of installed wind capacity in India,( accoding to the company. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Various Media, April, 2018) Contact: Sembcorp Energy India, +65 6723 3113, +65) 6822 3254,; SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy,

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

EU Members Seeking Climate Change Target Increases (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-04-30
The Irish Times is reporting Ministers in charge of climate action in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Portugal and Luxembourg have called for a more ambitious strategy to counter global warming in response to "alarming scientific analysis" suggesting current measures will not deliver as hoped.

According to Brune Poirson, secretary of state to the French minister for ecological transition, said EU countries "must take more action and we must take it faster."

"Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, member states had agreed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. However, with the EU's current climate policy these goals would not be achieved," the ministers said in a joint statement. The group added member states "are still divided on climate policy -- especially on a carbon price floor setting a higher price on carbon, which would penalize activities contributing to global warming -- an overhaul of emissions trading schemes for heavy emitters of CO2, and how to exit from the use of coal and nuclear power. The carbon price does not send a strong enough signal, the price isn't high enough, the group statement added. (Source: Irish Times, Various Other, 28 April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  

NY Funding to Help Farms Reduce Climate Change Impact (Funding)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-04-30
On Friday in Albany, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reported that the Empire State will spend $2.2 million on a program to help farms curb carbon emissions and prepare for climate change.

The program, now in its fourth year, is intended to support energy efficiency, water management and to help farms prepare for droughts or severe weather resulting from climate change.

Some of the fund recipient farms will use the funding for cover crops to prevent erosion and to absorb carbon or to capture methane from manure. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, AP, Others, April, 2018) Contact: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Gov. Andrew Cuomo,  

Canadian Wood Pellet Producers Optimistic (Ind. Report)
Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Date: 2018-04-30
According to the Canadian National Energy Board, Canadian wood pellet exports jumped by 46 pct in 2016 compared with a year earlier to reach 2.4 million tonnes, while companies have since continued to make investments to further boost production.

The increasing capacity in Canada will help meet demand from both power generation and heating segments that is expected to grow from about 30 million tonnes globally as of last year to 70 million tonnes by 2025. Japan and South Korea will account for much of the increased demand, along with growth from the Netherlands, the U.K. and Denmark as the EU has set a goal of having 35 per cent of power sourced from renewables, including carbon neutral-designated biomass. (Source: Canadian National Energy Board, Infosurhoy, Wood Pellet Association of Canada, April, 2018) Contact: Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Gordon Murray, Exec. Dir., (250) 837-6125,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet Association of Canada,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  Carbon Emissions,  

Bloomberg Confirms $4.5Mn Climate Commitments (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-04-30
Billionaire businessman, philanthropist and thrice Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has confirmed he and his Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation will meet a previously announced $4.5 million shortfall in funding to the UN caused by President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

According to Bloomberg, "The US pledged to work with the rest of the world to fight climate change under the Paris Agreement, and that includes providing our fair share of the funding to help countries reach their goals. Our foundation will uphold our promise to cover any cuts to UN climate funding by the (US) Federal government -- and the American people will uphold our end of the Paris Agreement, with or without Washington." (Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation, UN Environment. 23 April, 2018) Contact: Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Michael Bloomberg,  

"There is no Planet B" -- Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2018-04-30
"By polluting the oceans, not mitigating CO2 emissions, and destroying our biodiversity -- we are killing our planet. Let us face it. There is no planet B."

"We must find a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy. Because what is the meaning of our life, really, if we work and live destroying the planet, one sacrifices things for the future of our children. What is the meaning of our life if our decision, our conscious decision, is to reduce the opportunities for our children and grandchildren."

The French President also said he hoped the US would "one day re-join the landmark Paris climate agreement." -- French President Emmanuel Macron addressing a joint session of the USA Congress last week in Washington. (Source: Various Media, UN Environment, 26 April, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

Catalyst Turns Ammonia into Clean Transport Fuel (New Prod & Tech)
International Research Organization for Advanced Science and Technology (IROAST) in Kumamoto University
Date: 2018-04-30
Researchers at the International Research Organization for Advanced Science and Technology (IROAST) in Kumamoto University are reporting a promising technology that uses hydrogen (H2) as a renewable energy source. Although it is a primary candidate for clean secondary energy, large amounts of H2 can be converted into liquid form for easier storage and transportation. Among the possible forms of liquid H2, ammonia (NH3) is a promising carrier because it has high H2 density, is easily liquefied, and can be produced on a large-scale. NH3 is being seen as a carbon free combustible gas that can be widely used in thermal power generation and industrial furnaces as an alternative to gasoline and light oil.

IROAST researchers have developed a "catalytic combustion method" to add substances that promote or suppress chemical reactions during fuel combustion and suppresses the generation of NOx. (Source: Journal of Catalysis, 26 Mar., Brinkwire, 29 April, 2018) Contact: IROAST, Dr. Satoshi , +81-96-342-3979, szk-kiko[at],

ANB Systems Touting eTRACK Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
ANB Systems
Date: 2018-04-30
Sugar Land, Texas based energy software specialist ANB Systems, Inc. is touting its eTRACK energy efficiency programs that help energy customers save money and reduce pollution. To date, eTRACK, ANB's flagship product, has processed over $2 billion in energy efficiency incentives in the U.S.

eTRACK supports energy efficiency, renewable energy, and demand-side management programs of major utilities in the US. With over 665 programs managed and over 10.5 million energy efficiency measures captured in its workflow management platform, ANB Systems Inc. has made significant contribution towards energy efficiency goals that benefit the environment, according to a company statement.

ANB Systems, Inc. is a leading software provider for the energy build and customize state-of-the-art software solutions for demand-side management operations, renewable energy, and retail energy services. ANB Systems, Inc. empower their clients to become data-savvy and realize operational efficiencies through the implementation of data-tracking and reporting systems, according to a company statement. (Source: ANB Systems Inc., 29 April, 2018) Contact: ANB Systems Inc., S. Balakrishnan, CEO, Sarah Andrews (281) 494-0689,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ANB Systems,  Energy Software,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

Former Birmingham Dept. Store Scores LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-04-30
In downtown Birmingham, Alaabama, the $70 million renovation of the Pizitz Building has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED certification for energy efficiency. The former 1920s department store Pizitz Building was empty for nearly three decades before the 251,210-square-foot building was transformed into 143 apartments, a food hall and retail space.

The redevelopment implemented practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The redevelopment included the repurposing of a parking deck; low-flow water fixtures, creating an open-air atrium to allow for sunlight, recycling 17 pct of building materials, diversion of 65 pct of construction waste from a landfill, and various other energy effic iency features and upgrades. (Source: USGBC, Alabama NewsCenter , 29 April, 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  

U.S. Scored Record Ethanol Exports in 2017 (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-04-30
The U.S. exported nearly 1.4 billion gallons of fuel ethanol in 2017, surpassing the previous record of 1.2 billion gallons set in 2011, and making it a net exporter of ethanol for the eighth straight year. The U.S. has seen continued growth in fuel ethanol exports over the past eight years, as increases in both corn production and ethanol production capacity have outpaced domestic fuel ethanol consumption. U.S. fuel ethanol was exported to 35 countries in 2017.

US Fuel ethanol exports to Brazil hit 450 million gallons in 2017 and accounted for nearly one-third of all U.S. fuel ethanol exports. Canada remained the second-leading destination of U.S. fuel ethanol at nearly 330 million gallons in 2017, followed by China as the third-largest importer of U.S. fuel ethanol in 2016. (Source: EPA,Various Media, MAREX, 28 April, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  USDA,  US Ethanol Export,  

Solar, Wind, Energy Storage Could Meet 80 pct of US Energy Needs, says Study (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-04-13
According to a new study from the University of California Irvine, the California Institute of Technology, and the Carnegie Institute of Science, up to 80 pct of U.S. electric power needs could reliably be met with solar and wind energy if significant investments are made in new transmission lines and large scale battery storage.

The research team estimated the cost of new transmission lines required could be hundreds of billions of dollars, while storing electricity with the cost of today's batteries would likely cost more than a trillion dollars, although the prices of solar and other renewable energy as well as energy storage are expected to continue to fall.

The study notes that meeting 100 pct of U.S. electric power demand with solar and wind alone would be impractical as it would require the ability to store several weeks' worth of electricity. (Source: UC-Irvine, Energy & Environmental Science, Design News, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Carnegie Institution for Science, Ken Caldeira, (650) 704-7212,,; UC-Irvine, Assoc. Prof. Steven Davis, Professor of Earth System Science and study co-author,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UC-Irvine,  Wind,  Solar,  Energy STorage,  

RE&P Launches Texas Energy Efficiency Utility of Rebate Initiative (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy and Power
Date: 2018-04-13
Nevada-headquartered lighting innovation specialist Renewable Energy and Power (RE&P) reports it is initiating approval as Project Sponsors in Texas PUC "standard offer" and market transformation programs available to Texas electrical utility customers.

As required by state legislation, Texas utilities contract with Project Sponsors -- independent, third-party service providers, responsible for implementation of residential and commercial energy efficiency measures. Project Sponsors receive incentive payments from the Transmission & Distribution Utilities (TDUs) for the measures that result in peak demand reductions and energy savings. Project Sponsors include energy service companies, contractors, retail electric providers, national or local companies that provide energy-related products, and product retailers who provide installation services.

The programs are funded through a systems benefits charge on transmission and distribution services and are administered by the utilities. Altogether, several hundred million dollars are available for energy efficient programs in Texas. (Source: Renewable Energy and Power, Inc., PR, Nasdaq, 11 April, 2018) Contact: Renewable Energy and Power, Inc., (702) 685-9524,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED light news,  Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency Rebate news,  

DEEP Details New England Offshore Wind Proposals (Ind. Report)
Deepwater Wind,Baystate Wind
Date: 2018-04-13
A day after two offshore wind developers announced proposals for Connecticut, state regulators released details of three total projects submitted this week, including one from New Bedford, Mass.-based Vineyard Wind LLC.

Vineyard Wind will compete against proposals announced this week by Deepwater Wind and Baystate Wind, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said Wednesday. Vineyard Wind, joint venture between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables, would inject 190 MW of power into Connecticut from a proposed windfarm 14 miles south of Martha's Vineyard.

All three proposals are flexible depending on the results of similar bidding processes ongoing in Massachusetts.

Environmental groups and labor leaders have backed DEEP's request for offshore wind proposals, saying the region has the workforce and logistics to play a major role in a growing market in New England. But supporters of wind power say Connecticut is playing catch-up to Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Maryland — each seeking proposals from private developers for wind farms producing between 400 and 1,100 megawatts of power. (Source: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, The Day, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Deepwater Wind,  Baystate Wind,  

CDP Surveys Corporate Board Climate Change Policies (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-04-13
A Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) survey of 1,681 companies in 14 countries reports more company boards oversee climate change measures in the UK than in any other country. According to the survey, 97 pct of UK companies, the highest proportion among the 14 countries surveyed, disclose Scope 1 emissions, covering fuel combustion, vehicles and unintended gas release, and Scope 2 emissions, or purchased electricity, heat and steam. However, only 17 pct of financial companies were found to declare Scope 3 emissions and only 35 pct of companies will use carbon pricing from next year.

The survey also found that a majority of companies overall have board oversight of climate-related issues, only 10 pct provide financial incentives for directors to manage the risks and opportunities. The largest percentage of companies offering incentives was found in Germany. Companies in the UK, France and Germany lead in giving information across three of the four areas of governance, risk management, metrics and targets stated by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. In North America, the US had the lowest proportion using and preparing to use carbon pricing, 15 and 9 pct respectively, and, at 66 pct, the lowest percentage of companies with board oversight. Canada had the lowest percentage offering the incentives, at 2 pct, and the second lowest proportion providing low-carbon products or services enabling avoided emissions, at 54 pct.

CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. (Source: CDP, TriplePundit, 9 April, 2018) Contact: CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086,,

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

Green Building Initiative Launches Green Globes Pilot (Ind. Report)
Green Building Initiative
Date: 2018-04-13
In Portland, the Green Building Initiative (GBI) reports it will update its American National Standard, Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings. Revisions to the Standard include:
  • The introduction of new sections and criteria including: Site and Building Resilience; Resource Conservation addresses minimized use of raw materials and encourages designing for deconstruction; Moisture Control Analysis as a method of limiting risk of building non-performance; Building Risk Assessment criteria, which spurs teams to review the site for hazards like weather, flooding, soil stability, and earthquake potential and put together emergency response plans.

  • Indoor Domestic Plumbing includes four paths to earn points including the new Path D for Major Renovations.

  • Three paths allow users to choose between three options for assessing projected energy performance.

  • Non-Modeled Energy Efficiency Impacts are assessed and Metering, Monitoring, and Measurement have been revamped to further incentivize sub-metering.

  • The use of a Resource Management Plan and verification of actual performance are encouraged, and there are incentives to incorporate renewable sources of energy.

  • Projects need to attain a minimum 20 pct score in each Assessment Area to receive certification, but consistent with Green Globes’ reputation for flexibility, users are free to choose the criteria within the assessment areas that are most relevant to their projects.

    Green Globes is a leading sustainability rating system for commercial and multi-family buildings. Recognized for its ease of use, inherent flexibility, and customization, Green Globes can be applied to virtually every building type and use. To ensure diversity among the building types and geographic locations participating in the pilot program, GBI offered subsidized involvement for a select number of participants. Current pilot projects include: Federal government warehouse in West Virginia; K-12 school in Florida; Mixed use property in New York; Federal government office in Texas; and Multifamily residential property in Georgia . The pilot is open to all new construction and major renovation projects.

    The GBI is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Developer dedicated to accelerating the adoption of green building best practices. Founded in 2004, the organization is the sole provider of the Green Globes and federal Guiding Principles Compliance building assessment programs. (Source: Source: Green Building Initiative, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Green Building Initiative, (503) 274-0448, ,

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  • Vivergo Fuels Reboots UK Wheat-Ethanol Plant (Int'l Report)
    Vivergo Fuels
    Date: 2018-04-13
    Following up on our November 20, 2017 coverage, Vivergo Fuels has confirmed the reopening of its UK-grown wheat-to-ethanol plant in Hull, UK. The plant, which was shuttered in November due to "poor market conditions", has an annual production capacity of 420 million liters of ethanol and 500,000 mt of DDG high protein feed.

    The Vivergo plant is the UK's largest and Europe's second largest bioethanol producer and the country's largest single producer of DDGs animal feed.

    Vivergo Fuels is a joint venture between AB Sugar and DuPont, with ANB Sugar the majority shareholder. (Source: Virgo Fuels, Various Media, 11 April, 2018)Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivergo,  Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  Wheat Ethanol,  DDGs,  

    Apple Claiming 100 pct Clean Energy Worldwide (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-04-13
    California tech giant Apple reports it has achieved a goal of "100 pct clean energy" for its retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries. Nine of Apple's manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.

    According to an Apple statement, the company and its partners are building renewable energy projects around the world, including solar arrays and wind farms, as well as emerging technologies like biogas fuel cells, micro-hydro generation systems and energy storage technologies. The company added it has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totaling 626 megawatts of generation capacity. It also has 15 more projects in construction. Once built, over 1.4 gigawatts of renewable energy generation will be spread across 11 countries. (Source: Apple, AFP, 10 April, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Apple,  Renewable Energy,  

    Global Wind Power Capacity To Double By 2027, Claims MAKE Consulting

    Date: 2018-04-12
    MAKE Consulting has predicted that annual wind power capacity additions will average out at more than 65 gigawatts (GW) between 2018 and 2027, thanks in part to the increasing demand in offshore wind and the expanding contribution of emerging markets. MAKE Consulting, which is now a part of research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie, published new figures on Friday for the global wind market over the next 10 years. The research, which focused less on resulting capacity and more on regional trends, forecasts annual wind power capacity additions will average out at more than 65 GW from 2018 to 2027. Specifically, MAKE highlights “incentive expirations and markets adjusting to new auction mechanisms” as resulting in a more than 30% increase in annual capacity additions between 2017 and 2020. Further, and fortunately, a second increase in additions will take place between 2023 and 2027 due to the “realization of offshore ambitions and sustained momentum from emerging markets globally.” However, such success is reliant on the global wind energy industry’s ability to continue winning capacity awards at auction, and being able to deliver on time and within budget.

    MAKE predicts that the outlook in Europe will depend more and more on the success of the offshore wind energy sector, which it predicts will account for more than a quarter of new capacity added between 2018 and 2027. Specifically, offshore wind will expand to account for 50% of new capacity in Northern Europe, with the UK unsurprisingly accounting for the majority of this capacity, although Denmark will contribute in the near-term, and Sweden and Ireland will contribute in the long-term.

    Offshore wind will be less important in the rest of Europe, however, contributing only 10% in Western Europe over the next ten years, with France, Germany, and the Netherlands each expected to add more than 5 GW. As for onshore, Germany and France will dominate here. In Southern Europe, a total of 40 GW of new wind capacity is expected. Spain and Turkey will together add more than 13 GW worth of wind power capacity over the next ten years, and Italy will similarly contribute thanks to its new energy plan. Markets in Eastern Europe will contribute annual additions in excess of 1 GW from 2019. China’s wind industry will take a little time to get its motor running following the National Energy Administration’s warning mechanism, but as curtailment levels drop and wind power consumption increases, annual capacity levels will begin to rise. Specifically, MAKE predicts that annual capacity additions will exceed 3 GW between 2022 and 2027. Australia will see two good years of over 1 GW each in 2018 and 2019 before a considerable drop-off due to government apathy. India, on the other hand, will see annual growth through 2022. The forecast for wind in North America is much less impressive, however, after the US narrowly avoided “complete disaster through tax reform negotiations at the end of 2017” which resulted in modified timelines and pushing some capacity into the 2019-20 growth bubble. Annual capacity additions will drop off “considerably” post 2021, to the tune of nearly a threefold decrease in average annual capacity additions between 2022 and 2027 compared to the four years prior. Near-term growth in Latin America is heavily reliant upon a small number of countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. Sustained long-term growth is expected with the addition of new markets from 2020. Annual capacity additions are expected to triple in the Middle East and Africa in 2027 compared to 2018 as a result of contributions made by emerging markets. (Source: Make Consulting, CleanTechnica, Mar., 2018)

    Mass. Offshore Wind Lease Auction Details Expected (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-04-11
    In Washington, the The US Department of Interior (DOI) reports it plans to lease two additional areas offshore Massachusetts totaling 390,000 acres for offshore wind energy development.

    The proposed sale notice (PSN) is expected to be published in the Federal Register today, 11 April 2018 and will include the proposed lease provisions and conditions, auction details as well as the criteria for evaluating competing bids and award procedures. The PSN will also be issued to affirm the continued interest from developers who are already been qualified for commercial wind development off Massachusetts, as well as to gather qualification materials from potential bidders who have been qualified for a wind lease sale in the Bay State. (Source: BOEM, Various Media, EBR, 9 April, 2018) Contact: US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  BOEM,  

    Byogy Renewables Secures Path to Commercialization with ASTM Bio-Jet Fuel Specification (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-04-11
    In a release, San Jose, California-based biofuel specialist Byogy Renewables reports it welcomes last week's ASTM Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) ethanol based specification ballot measure approval.

    This jet fuel specification is a direct nexus between the global ethanol industry and the aviation sector, connecting two mature industries that could never be linked in the past. Now ethanol can be used as a feedstock to make renewable jet fuel.

    The new ASTM specification allows jet fuel, produced from ethanol under the ATJ process, to be sold commercially on a global basis.

    The aviation sector is now subject to global de-carbonization compliance regulations beginning in 2020 under the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Given such great demand, and now with the ATJ specification in place, a full supply chain exists to effectively scale up and drive production costs down while carbon reduction policies are advanced. (Source: Byogy Renewables, Inc., PR, April, 2018) Contact: Byogy, Kevin Weiss, CEO, (408) 800-7704,; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Byogy,  Bifuel,  ASTM,  Aviation Biofuel,  

    GE Renewable Energy Confirms First Jordanian Wind Project (Int'l)
    General Electric Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-04-11
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting it will supply its latest generation of 3.6-137 wind turbines to Mass Energy Group Holding, a subsidiary of Mass Global, for installation at the 100 MW Mass Wind project in the Jordan. When fully operational by the end of 2019, the wind farm is expected to generate sufficient power for 150,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by 233,800 metric tpy. The project is both GE Renewable Energy's and Mass Global's first project in Jordan.

    The project supports the Kingdom of Jordan's commitment to meeting its Vision 2025 renewable energy targets to increase the share of renewable energy in the total energy mix to 11 pct and drive domestic energy production to 39 pct. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, SmarterAnalyst, 9 April, 2018) Contact: Mass Energy Group Holding,; GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business,

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

    Schneider Electric Enhances Albea's Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2018-04-11
    French energy efficiency and management specialist Schneider Electric reports it is partnering with with Albea SA for an integrated energy efficiency and carbon management programme at Albea's personal care packaging facilities by 2020.

    Under the new three-year partnership, Schneider Electric will focus on optimizing utility contracts and rates in addition to standardizing risk management. The new partnership builds on earlier energy efficiency-focused efforts, which helped Albea meet its 15 pct energy consumption reduction goal. Schneider Electric also previously helped Albea to improve CDP reporting, which resulted in improving company ratings from C to B. (Source: Schneider Electric, Power Tech., 10 April, 2018) Contact: Albea SA,; Schneider Electric,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  

    MIT, NREL Study Carbon Tax Effectiveness Scenarios (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
    Date: 2018-04-11
    According to researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a carbon tax on the use of fossil fuels coupled with returning the generated tax revenue to the public in one form or another, can be an effective way to curb GHG emissions and, depending on the mechanism chosen, could be fair and not hurt low-income households.

    In reaching their conclusion, the researchers considered carbon taxes at $25 and $50 per ton of carbon emissions produced and two rates of increase -- 1 pct or 5 pct per year -- as well as three different approaches to dispensing the revenue: an equal rebate to every household; a tax break for individuals; or a corporate tax break.

    The study showed that even the lowest taxation rates could lead to reductions sufficient to meet the U.S. near-term commitment under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. However, the most efficient way of achieving those reductions, in terms of overall impact on the economy, is to use the revenue to reduce taxes on corporate profits or investment income. Rebating equal payments across the board was found to be the least efficient and individual tax breaks came in somewhere in between on both criteria. The researchers suggest a combination of tax breaks to corporations and rebates to the low-income families most affected by the tax could virtually eliminate the regressive aspects of the tax at very little cost in overall efficiency as well as be politically acceptable.

    Their analysis indicates that starting with a $50 per ton carbon tax and increasing it by 5 pct per year would lead to a 63 pct reduction in total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PR, AAAS, 5 April, 2018) Contact: MIT, Sloan School of Management, John Reilly,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index Released (Ind. Report)
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Date: 2018-04-11
    In the Steel City, Carnegie Mellon University is reporting the release of the 2018 Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index. The Index tracks the environmental performance of US power producers and compares current emissions to more than two decades of historical data collected nationwide. This release marks the one-year anniversary of the Index, developed as a new metric to track power sector carbon emissions performance trends.

    The latest data revealed that US power plant emissions averaged 967 lb. CO2 per MWh in 2017, which was down 3.1 pct from the prior year and down 26.8 pct from the annual value of 1,321 lb CO2 per MWh in 2005 The result of 2016 was initially reported as 1,001 lb/MWhr, but was later revised downward to 998 lb/MWhr.

    The Index includes U.S. regional information and trends on fuel types, usage, and emissions, as well as emissions data from other North and South American countries. (Source: Carnegie Mellon University, April, 2018) Contact: Carnegie Mellon University, Ines Azevedo, Professor, Engineering and Public Policy; Climate and Energy Decision Making Center, (412) 268-6657,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carnegie Mellon University,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Green Roof Performance Tool Launched (Ind. Report)
    Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
    Date: 2018-04-11
    Over the past five years Green Roofs for Healthy Cities -- and more recently the Green Infrastructure Foundation -- have been working to establish a set of performance criteria and metrics that apply to green roofs and walls -- the Living Architecture Performance Tool (LAPT).

    LAPT is a 110-credit system that covers the wide range of potential performance benefits and ties into and builds upon existing rating systems such as LEED and SITES. The program aims to improve the performance of living architecture systems by ensuring that they meet minimum standards, and act as a guide for future policy making, project design, installation, and maintenance.

    LAPT is designed to provide the following benefits:

  • Design, installation, maintenance professionals and building owners/developers can use it to maximize potential benefits, identify synergies, ensure long-lasting living architecture projects by strengthening maintenance practices, improve branding and marketing, and integrate living architecture projects into buildings;
  • Policy makers can adopt the LAPT (in whole or part) to inform regulatory or incentive programs, outsource expertise and compliance and ensure living architecture policies are effective by maximizing public benefits;
  • Product manufacturers can develop new products, innovate, or market existing high-performing products to help maximize benefits and achieve LAPT credits. (Source: Green Infrastructure Foundation , Living Architecture Monitor, April, 201) Contact: Green Infrastructure Foundation,; Green Roofs for Healthy Cities,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Infrastructure Foundation,  

  • German Biodiesel Producer Blames Dumping for Cutback (Int'l)
    Natural Energy West
    Date: 2018-04-11
    Hamburg, Germanby-headquartered biodiesel and glycerin producer Natural Energy West GmbH reports it is temporarily cutting biodiesel output by 50 pct due to European Union biodiesel imports from government subsidized Argentinian and Indonesian producers.

    Natural Energy West GmbH, which is jointly owned by German cooperative AGRAVIS, agribusiness Bunge, France's Diester International and German oilseeds crusher C. Thywissen. The company produces about 240,000 tpy of biodiesel at its plant in Marl. Production at the Marl plant will continue as necessary to meet existing contracts, according to a statement. (Source: Natural Energy West, Reuters, 9 April, 2018) Contact: Natural Energy West, Detlef Volz, CEO, +49-2365-4986-554,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Energy West,  Biodiesel,  

    NV Energy Surpasses Renewable Energy Standards (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Following up on our Nov. 10, 2017 coverage, NV Energy reports it has surpassed Nevada's renewable energy requirements for the eighth consecutive year. In 2017, NV Energy had a 24 pct clean energy portfolio that included solar, wind, geothermal and credits from renewable projects. Under law, NV Energy meet a 20 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

    A recently introduced ballot contemplates increasing the RPS gradually over several years -- 26 pct by 2022; 34 pct by 2024; 42 pct by 2027; and 50 pct by 2030. NV Energy has not publicly taken a position on the ballot measure, but the utility did announce plans in January to double its renewable energy delivery by 2023. In the same announcement, the utility said its long-term goal is to move toward 100 percent renewable power. (Source: NV Energy, PR, Nevada Independent, April, 2018) Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Renewable Portfolio Standard ,  

    IRFA Warns Against RFS "War on Rural America" (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2018-04-09
    On Friday, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) , a trade group representing the Hawkeye State's 43 ethanol and 12 biodiesel refineries, called upon Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst to warn Trump that limiting biofuel production would be a "complete abdication of his repeated promises to protect the renewable fuel standard and would be viewed as a declaration of war on rural America."

    The biofuels producers allege that EPA Administrator Pruitt has repeatedly and relentlessly sought ways to subvert Trump's RFS promises and to undermine, if not destroy, the RFS program. "His anti-RFS actions must be put to an end because today Scott Pruitt is essentially making a liar out of President Trump," the group said. (Source: IRFA, Spokesman-Review, Various Media, 6 April, 2018)Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pruitt,  Renewable Fuels,  Biofuel,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  RFS,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

    ClimeCo Awarded Project Developer of the Year Honors (Ind. Report)
    Climate Action Reserve
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Philadelphia-based ClimeCo Corporation reports it has been selectd as Project Developer of the Year by the Climate Action Reserve, in recognition for the Most Registered Carbon Offset Projects in 2017. The Climate Action Reserve (CAR), North America's premier carbon offset registry, presented the 2017 Project Developer of the Year Award for the Most Registered Projects, to ClimeCo Corporation during CAR's Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) annual conference. Award recipients were recognized for leadership to advance climate solutions and strengthen carbon markets through the development of successful carbon offset projects and permanent emissions reductions.

    ClimeCo has registered more than 15 million carbon offsets across 172 reporting periods. The company's offset volume stems from reducing greenhouse gas emissions through several project types, to include N2O Abatement, Destruction of Ozone Depleting Substances, Agricultural Methane Capture, and Organic Waste Composting.

    ClimeCo is a developer, broker and advisor of both voluntary and compliance grade environmental commodity market products across numerous project types, with specialized expertise in California cap-and-trade, voluntary market advisory and transactional services, and project financing of internal CO2 abatement systems. (Source: ClimeCo, PR, 6 April, 2018) Contact: ClimeCo, Bill Flederbach, President & CEO (484) 415-0501,,; Climate Action Reserve,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClimeCo,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Action Reserve,  Carbon Offsets,  

    Cypress Creek Reports BEMC Solar-plus-Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Cyprus Creen,Lockheed Martin
    Date: 2018-04-09
    California-headquartered Cypress Creek Renewables reports the use of Lockheed Martin's GridStar Lithium energy storage solutions for 12 projects totaling $1.5 billion in communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC), primarily in North Carolina.

    The BEMC project includes development, construction, financing and commissioning, and is Cyprus Creek's first foray into solar-plus-storage. (Source: Cyprus Creek Renewables, Energy Storage, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Cypress Creek Renewables, Matthew McGovern, CEO, (310) 581-6299,,; Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, (910) 754-4391,

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    States Act Against EPA's Methane Standards Delays (Reg & Leg)
    EPA,Methane Leak
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Reuters is reporting 14 states have filed suit against the U.S. EPA for delaying or failing to expeditiously issue regulations for curbing emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from existing oil and gas operations as required under the Clean Air Act. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is accused of putting the interests of oil and gas companies ahead of the EPA's obligation to protect air quality, including the control of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit is seeking a court order compelling the EPA to devise and issue the emissions standards in question.

    The legal challenge includes New York State, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Vermont and Iowa, as well as the District of Columbia and the city of Chicago. (Source: Guam Daily Post, Reuters, Others, 6 April, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Methane Emissions,  EPA,  Pruitt,  

    Mertiage Wins ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award (Ind. Report)
    Meritage Homes,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2018-04-06
    For the sixth consecutive year, Scottsdale, Arizona-based builder Meritage Homes reports it has received the US EPA's 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its leadership in protecting the environment by advancing energy efficiency in home building. The company has built more than 40,000 homes that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR requirements since 2010.

    In 2017 alone, Meritage Homes completed more than 7,500 ENERGY STAR certified homes estimated to save more than 68 million kilowatts of electricity, eliminate over 100 million pounds of CO2, and reduce homeowner utility bills by about $8 million annually. (Source: Meritage Homes, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Meritage Homes,; ENERGY STAR,

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    Brookfield Renewable,Bord Gais, Greencoat Capital
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Brookfield Earns €7m on Bord Gáis wind farm sales Brookfield Renewable Partners, the Canadian company that acquired Bord Gáis's wind farms for about €700m in 2014, made a $9m (€7.3m) profit selling 20pc of the assets last year, it has revealed. Brookfield sold 137 megawatts of wind farms in Munster last year to Greencoat Capital for an undisclosed sum. The farms were the Knockacummer facility in Co Cork, which has 100MW of generation capacity, and the 37.6MW Killhills wind farm in Co Tipperary. The assets were spun out by Greencoat Capital as a seed portfolio to Greencoat Renewables, which floated on the Irish Stock Exchange last year. Greencoat is backed by AIB and the Irish Strategic Investment Fund. The two wind farms were part of the Bord Gáis Energy portfolio sold by the State three years ago to meet targets set by the Troika. They were bought as part of a larger portfolio of wind assets and projects in development by Brookfield Renewable Partners in a €700m deal.

    Brookfield has a total of 76 wind facilities North America, Europe, Brazil, and Asia. The wind farms have a total of 3,529MW of installed capacity. Its total wind farm and solar farm assets were valued at $8.6bn at the end of 2017, which included property, plant and equipment of almost $6.9bn. (Source: Brookfield Renewable,, 3 April, 2018) Brookfield Renewable Greencoat Capital Bord Gais

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Renewable news,  Bord Gais news,  Wind news,  Greencoat Capital news,  

    IMO Wrestling with Maritime Shipping Emissions Accord (Int'l)
    International Maritime Organization
    Date: 2018-04-06
    In March, the International Transport Forum (ITF), an autonomous intergovernmental body within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD )reported that the international shipping industry could cut carbon emissions by between 82 pct and 90 pct by 2035 using currently available options such as clean-burning fuels like methanol, hydrogen and ammonia, implementing electric propulsion, hull design improvements and slower sailing speeds, all of which would cost the industry far in excess of an estimated $40 billion.

    The biggest concern to shipowners is that if the IMO fails to come up with a solid "voluntary" plan, the European Union will include shipping in its Emissions Trading Scheme, where a cap is set on permissible greenhouse gases and amounts that can be emitted.

    Shipping was excluded from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement with governments entrusting the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to find a consensus on carbon, sulfur and other emissions and air pollutant reduction measures from ocean going vessels. According to the IMO, shipping contributed about 3.1 pct of total annual CO2 emissions in the period from 2007 to 2012. Vessel emissions are projected to jump between 50 pct and 250 pct by 2050 if no action is taken. (Source: IMO, Others, WSJ, April, 2018)Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,; International Transport Forum,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Transport Forum,  International Maritime Organization ,  Maritime Emissions,  

    BHP Quits World Coal Assoc. Over Climate Change Policies (Int'l)
    BHP Billiton
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Following-up on our Dec. 22, 2017 coverage, Australian global mining giant BHP Billiton is reporting its final decision to leave the World Coal Association (WCA) over differences on climate change. Although largely out of mining coal for power plants, BHP is the world's largest exporter of coal for steel-making.

    BHP came under pressure from Australian green groups last year to leave any industry associations with policies that fail to match the company's support of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. The company indicated it will continue to work with the Minerals Council of Australia in relation to its updated energy and climate policy position. (Source: BHP Billiton, Various Media, Business Day, 5 April, 2018) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333,,; World Coal Alliance,

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