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Sonnen Increases US Energy Storage Presence (Ind. Report)
Sonnen ,Solar World,Battery,Energy Storage
Date: 2016-01-29
German energy storage specialist Sonnen reports it has opened a U.S headquarters in Los Angeles and that it is is teaming up with SolarWorld, the largest crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer in the U.S., and PetersenDean, a large California-based roofing and solar company, to offer a complete solar-plus-storage package for the U.S. residential market. Sonnen presently has a U.S. distribution network of more than 30 local solar installation companies, and plans to grow that network to 100 dealers by the end of the year.

Sonnen also announced it is working with Spruce, the product of a recent merger between Clean Power Finance and Kilowatt Financial, to develop a financing product focused purely on energy storage. The two companies plan to make financing available to Sonnen’s channel partners in the first quarter of 2016. They’re also working on a solar-plus-storage financing option for release later this year.

Sonnen’s battery system incorporates a Sony Fortelion lithium-ion phosphate battery, an inverter, and a control system that can be accessed via computer, smart phone or through a user interface on the battery. Sonnen offers both commercial and residential scale battery products. (Source: Sonnen North Amercia, GreenTech, 29 Jan., 2016) Contact: Sonnen North America, Boris von Bormann, CEO, www.sonnenbattery.com; SolarWorld AG, SolarWorld USA, (805) 482-6800, www.solarWorld-usa.com

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


Solar Fuel R&D Attracts $200,000 NSF Funding (Funding)
Florida Institute of Technology
Date: 2016-01-29
At the Florida Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry Head Professor Michael Freund has won $200,000 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his development of solar fuel generation. Freund's research focuses on the synthesis of polymers with advanced electronic properties which have potential energy conversion and storage applications.

The sun provides an enormous amount of energy and indeed drives many of the systems currently used for generating energy, such as wind, hydro and biomass. While photovoltaics continue to be developed to convert solar energy into electricity, it is essential that solar-derived energy can be stored when sunlight is not available. Currently, batteries can be used for storage, but the energy density in these systems is low relative to chemical fuels.

Freund and his fellow researchers from California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Ecoles Polytechniques Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, are working to develop an efficient, cost-effective method of converting solar energy directly into fuel through chemical synthesis, solid-state chemistry and physics, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics and mechanisms, as well as theoretical and computational chemistry. Freund's research targets the integration of components within membranes to form systems that function like an artificial leaf. (Source: Florida Tech, 26 Jan., 2016) Contact: National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation Program, http://nsf-cci.com; Florida Institute of Technology, Michael Freund, (321) 674-8000, www.fit.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Fuel,  National Science Foundation,  Energy Storage,  


BAAQMD Commits $300,000 to Climate Change Conference (Funding)
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Date: 2016-01-27
In San Francisco, Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) reports it will spend $300,000 to host a greenhouse gas reduction conference this fall. The agency believes that county and regional governments can spearhead the climate change fight despite having less direct authority than state or federal lawmakers. Pollution officials also believe that city and regional planning for transportation and land-use projects can reduce CO2 volumes and other greenhouse gases.

The planned two-day climate action summit is to be held sometime this coming October days at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. (Source: BAAQMD, San Jose Mercury, Bay Area News Group, 23 Jan., 2016) Contact: BAAQMD, (415) 771-6000, www.baaqmd.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bay Area Air Quality Management District,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  


Missouri Extends Biofuels Infrastructure Grant Program (Ind. Report)
Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, Missouri Department of Agriculture
Date: 2016-01-27
In Jefferson City, the Missouri Department of Agriculture (M-DOA) has extended the application deadline for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership grant program to Feb. 22. The program aims to accelerate the use and availability of higher blends of ethanol fuels as alternatives to conventional unleaded gasoline and, in turn, drive economic development in the state.

The program enables the M-DOA, with support from the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, the state's ethanol refineries and the "Prime the Pump" national ethanol-industry-funded program to work with retailers to install as many as 171 fuel pumps statewide.

Missouri fuel retailers can participate through a special block grant program funded by the USDA grant and administered by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Funding will be awarded for the purchase and installation of ethanol fuel pumps (E15-E85 certified blender, E85 dedicated) and storage tanks. Grant applications and guidelines are available at agriculture.mo.gov. Retailers interested in participating in this program should (Source: Missouri Dept. of Agriculture, 25 Jan., 2016) Contact: The Missouri Department of Agriculture, Richard Fordyce, Dir., Jane McIntosh, (573) 751-4211, agriculture.mo.gov; Missouri Corn, Bradley Shad, Director of Marketing, (800) 827-4181, www.mocorn.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Funding,  


Mainstream Planning 450-MW Scottish Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l)
Mainstream Renewable Power,InterGen NV
Date: 2016-01-27
Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd. reports it is in talks with a consortium led by global power company InterGen NV on its planned $2.8 billion, 450-MW Neart na Gaoithe wind farm off the coast of Scotland.

The InterGen consortium includes Siemens AG's project unit, the Marguerite Fund and Infrared Capital. A quarter of the project costs will be met by equity with the balance debt secured. (Source: Mainstream Renewable Power, Various Others, January 26, 2016) Contact: Mainstream Renewable Power, Andy Kinsella, +353 (0) 1 290 2000, mainstreamrp.com; InterGen NV, (781) 993-3000, www.intergen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News InterGen NV,  Mainstream Renewable Power,  Offshore Wind,  


GoodFuels Marine Biofuels Wins RSB Certification (Ind. Report)
GoodFuels Marine,Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials
Date: 2016-01-27
In Rotterdam, GoodFuels Marine reports that its biofuel products have received the Geneva, Switzerland-based Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials' (RSB's) highest standard of certification for the second year in a row. REB certification assess the sustainable viability of the biomaterials used by GoodFuels to produce bunker fuel.

To be considered sustainable and eligible for the RSB's certification, biomaterials must meet RSB's set of 12 defined principles that include levels of CO2 reduction, human rights impacts, and legal criteria. (Source: GoodFuels, Ship & Bunker, Others, 25 Jan., 2016) Contact: GoodFuels Marine, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, http://goodfuels.com; Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials, +41 22 796 40 37, info@rsb.org, http://rsb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuels,  Marine Biofuel,  Roundtable of Sustainable BiomaterialsMaritime Biofuel,  


NOAA, CU Explore Renewable Energy Transportation (R&D)
Contact: Colorado State University - Boulder,NOAA
Date: 2016-01-27
Scientists and meteorologists from Colorado State University-Boulder (CU) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) believe they can reliably gather wind and solar energy and transfer it to where it's needed, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The goal of the research was to help solve energy issues with existing technology.

The researchers have developed a simulator that analyzes data from wind and solar weather models and effectively determines the best locations to collect energy then calculates the easiest ways to transfer that energy from where it was gathered to energy users.

The study found that the wind is most consistent in the Midwest, and solar strength is more consistent in the south. Energy can be harvested at those hot spots, or where ever the sun shines or the wind blows, and moved through a high voltage transmission network, essentially an "interstate highway of electrical wires." (Source: Colorado State University, Denver ABC, 27 Jan., 2016) Contact: Colorado State University - Boulder, (781) 993-3000, www.colorado.edu; NOAA, Earth System Research Laboratory, Alexander MacDonald, (301) 713-1208, http://www.noaa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  NOAA,  


EDF RE, Salesforce.com Ink 24 MW Wind Power Deal (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewable Energy,Salesforce
Date: 2016-01-27
Independent power producer EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) reports the signing of an agreement to supply 24 MW wind energy from its Salt Fork Wind Project in Texas to San Francisco-headquartered cloud computing specialist Salesforce.com.

Construction of the 174 MW Salt Fork project is underway for completion and commissioning prior to the year end. The project will utilize Electricity Reliability Council of Texas' (ERCOT) Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CRUZ) transmission infrastructure. The project will utilize 87 V100 2.0 MW Vestas wind turbines. (Source: EDF RE, PR, 25 Jan., 2016) Contact: EDF RE, John Marchand, VP, Valuations and Transactions , Sandi Briner, Media, (858) 521-3525, Sandi.Briner@edf-re.com, www.edf-re.com; Salesforce.com, www.salesforce.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


Benzene Spikes Accompanying California Methane Emissions Disaster (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources Board, Aliso Canyon Methane Leak
Date: 2016-01-27
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports that for more than 80 days all attempts to stop the Aliso Canyon Methane Leak natural gas and methane leaking from the Porter Ranch natural gas facility have only made the situation worse.

Scientists and environmental experts say the leak instantly became the biggest single source of methane emissions -- a powerful greenhouse gas that accelerates climate change 86 times more than carbon dioxide -- in the Golden State when it began in October, 2015.

To date, the seemingly unstoppable leak has generated spikes in area benzene gas levels and greenhouse gases levels equivalent to 2.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide since it was reported in October. So much methane is being released that it's expected to boost global warming, experts say, and it will remain in the atmosphere even after the leak is stopped. (Source: Various Sources, Indian Republic, California Air Resources Board, Twitter, 24 Jan., 2016) Contact: California ARB, (916) 322-2990, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Benzene,  Methane,  Natural Gas,  GHGs,  California Air Resources Board,  


Japanese Floating Solar Plant Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
Kyocera
Date: 2016-01-27
Multinational manufacturer Kyocera reports construction is underway on the 13.7 MW, Yamakura Dam floating solar PV power plant in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. The project is expected to be completed for launch in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.

The completed project will utilize approximately 51,000 Kyocera solar modules covering an area of approximately 180,000 square meters. Upon completion, the project will generate an estimated 16,170 MWh of electricity per year, which is enough to power approximately 4,970 households, and offset 8,170 tpy of CO2. (Source: Kyocera, PV, Various Others, 25 Jan., 2016) Contact: Kyocera Solar, Cecilia Aguillon, Marketing Dir., www.kyocerasolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Solar,  Kyocera,  


Johnson Controls, Tyco Merger to Focus on Energy Storage, Building Energy Efficiency (M&A)
Johnson Controls ,Tyco International
Date: 2016-01-27
In a press release, Milwaukee-headquartered Johnson Controls and Delaware-incorporated Tyco International have confirmed plans to merge. Under the terms of the agreement, Johnson Controls shareholders will own about 56 pct of the equity of the combined company and receive approximately $3.9 billion in cash. Tyco shareholders will hold roughly 44 pct of the merged company which will be named Johnson Controls PLC.

The merged company is expected to maintain Tyco's Irish legal domicile and global headquarters in Cork, Ireland while the North America headquarters will be in Milwaukee.

The slimmed-down new company will focus on battery and energy storage technology, building energy efficiency, HVAC systems and related controls for residential and commercial properties. (Source: Johnson Controls, Tyco, The Street, Others, 25 Jan., 2016) Contact: Tyco International, +353 21 423 5000, (609) 720-4200, www.tyco.com; Johnson Controls, www.johnsoncontrols.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Storage,  Energy Management,  


France Commits €300Mn International Solar Alliance (Int'l)
International Solar Alliance
Date: 2016-01-27
French President Francois Hollande has committed €300 million ($325 million) over 5 years to the newly announced International Solar Alliance for the global development of solar energy.

The International Solar Alliance is an initiative announced by Indian prime minister Mr. Modi at the COP 21 Summit in Paris in November. The member countries are to be those that enjoy 300 or more days in a year of bright sunlight. (Source: The Hindu, Various Others, 26 Jan., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Trestle Energy Biofuel Pathway Wins CARB Approval (Ind. Report)
Trestle Energy
Date: 2016-01-27
Following up on out November 10, 2014 coverage, San Diego-based Trestle Energy LLC reports that California's Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved its ethanol production process under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Building on Trestle's 2014 approval by British Columbia -- as detailed in Nov. 10, 2014 edition -- the CARB approval further validates Trestle's technology and clears the way for production and sale of low emissions ethanol into California's fuel market.

Trestle Energy specializes in production systems that offer reliable, scalable and cost-effective methods for producing low-carbon fuels with low lifecycle carbon emissions. The company hopes to apply its technology under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) which would allow American ethanol producers to compete with foreign sugarcane ethanol imports. It would also enable American industries to start delivering on the climate commitments adopted last month in the Paris Agreement (COP21). (Source: Trestle Energy, 26 Jan., 2016) Contact: Trestle Energy, James Rhodes, Pres., (858) 220-9529, info@trestleenergy.com, www.trestleenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Fuel,  Trestle Energy,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


Smart Grid, Battery/Storage and Efficiency Companies Raised $1.7Bn in 2015, says Mercom Report (Ind. Report)
Mercom Capital Group
Date: 2016-01-25
In its just released Smart Grid, Battery/Storage and Energy Efficiency funding, mergers and acquisitions report, Austin, Texas-based Mercom Capital Group, llc reports that Battery/Storage companies purchased $397 million in 37 deals compared to $431 million in 34 deals in 2014. The report found that total corporate funding, including debt and public market financing, totaled $676 million, compared to $921 million in 2014. Flow Battery companies received the most funding with $120 million followed by Energy Storage System companies with $96 million.

The top VC funded companies included VionX Energy which raised $58.1 million, Younicos with $50 million, Stem which brought in $33 million, and Primus Power and UniEnergy Technologies each raising $25 million, according to the report. There was a total of 57 VC investors who participated in Battery/Storage deals in 2015. Three investors were involved in multiple deals including AltEnergy, DBL Partners and Pangaea Ventures with two deals each. Debt and public market financing for Battery/Storage companies fell to $279 million from the $490 million raised in 2014.

Battery/Storage mergers and acquisitions totaled $2.4 billion in 2015 There were 11 M&A transactions in Battery/Storage, of which four transactions were disclosed, totaling $ 2.4 billion compared to 18 M&A transactions (six disclosed) in 2014 for $232 million.(Source: Source: Mercom Capital Group, Solar Servers, Others, Jan., 2016) Contact: Mercom Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, info@mercomcapital.com, http://mercomcapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  


Maxwell Selected for Chinese Ultracapacitor-Based Wind Energy Storage System (Int, Int'l Report)
Maxwell Technologies
Date: 2016-01-25
San Diego-based ultracapacitor-based energy storage and power delivery products developer and manufacturer Maxwell Technologies, Inc. has been selected by Beijing Huadian Tianren Electric Power Control Technology Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China Guodian Corporation, as the core component provider of a wind farm energy storage demonstration project -- the first megawatt-scale, ultracapacitor-based wind farm energy storage system in the world.

Compared with conventional batteries, ultracapacitors discharge and recharge power quicker, with a longer lifetime and better performance in low temperatures. (Source: Maxwell Technologies, PR, Jan. 19, 2016) Contact: Maxwell Technologies, Dr. Franz Fink, Pres., CEO, Sylvania Tse, (617) 236-0500, maxwell@metiscomm.com, www.maxwell.com; China Guodian Corporation, www.cgdc.com.cn; Beijing Huadian Tianren Electric Power Control Technology Co., zhouyue@gdtianren.com, www.gdtianren.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Maxwell Technologies,  Energy Storage,  Ultracapacitor,  


Corvus Touts Improved Li-Ion Battery Specs. (Ind. Report)
Corvus Energy
Date: 2016-01-25
Corvus Energy reports it has validated and is restating the product specifications for its lithium ion battery systems reflecting that the system has double the RMS power capability and substantially more energy capacity than previously reported. Corvus worked with LAEC, a research lab at Simon Fraser University (SFU) on tests of the performance and characteristics of its AT6500 platform. The testing results were found consistent with the performance of Corvus' existing installations.

Corvus has the largest installed base of industrial lithium ion batteries in the maritime industry, including ferries, tugs, offshore supply vessels and port cranes. To recognize these superior specifications, the AT6500 model name will now be revised to AT6700 for the product platform. The Corvus AT6700 has a 10C peak discharge and 3C indefinite RMS rating.

Corvus offers the only purpose-designed industrial lithium-ion battery system with four marine Type Approvals from Lloyds Register, DNV-GL, ABS and Bureau Veritas (pending). It is scalable from 6.5kWh at 50VDC to multiple megawatt-hours at up to 1100VDC. Most large commercial hybrid and electric vessels employ a Corvus ESS, including the world's first all-electric ferry, the Norled Ampere, which traverses Norway's largest fjord. (Source: Corvus Energy, 20 Jan., 2016)Contact: Corvus Energy, Andrew Morden, President & CEO, Sean Puchalski, VP Strategic Marketing & Accounts, (604) 227-0280 ext. 123, spuchalski@corvus-energy.com, www.corvus-energy.com; Simon Fraser University, LAEC Lab, Dr. Majid Bahrami, http://www.sfu.ca/~mbahrami, http://www.sfu.ca/~mbahrami

More Low-Carbon Energy News Corvus Energy,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  Lithium-ion Battery,  


Santa Fe County Solar Energy Center Now Online (Ind. Report)
PNM
Date: 2016-01-25
In New Mexico, the Santa Fe County Solar Energy Center near the community of La Cienega reports that it came online last Thursday. The solar farm, which is intended to replace a portion of the power lost as PNM shuts down part of the coal-powered San Juan Generating Station, is expected to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 3,800 area homes. (Source: PNM, KOAT, 21 Jan., 2016)Contact: PNM, Pat O'Connell, Dir. Resource Planning, (505) 241-2700, www.pnm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PNM,  Solar,  


Old Dominion Legislation Would Cut Carbon Emissions, Protect Coastline (Reg. $ Leg.)

Date: 2016-01-25
In the Old Dominion State, Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach) and Sen. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) are sponsoring bipartisan legislation that they hope will reduce carbon emissions in order to protect Virginia's vulnerable coastline.

Their bills would use emissions fees from power plants to invest in renewable energy projects in the coal regions of Southwest Virginia and annually pump about $125 million into flood protections and more than $80 million into energy efficiency programs for homeowners.

Villanueva is sponsoring House Bill 351, called the Virginia Alternative Energy and Coastal Protection Act. McEachin is behind a similar proposal -- Senate Bill 571. According to McEachin, Virginia is not on pace to meet its goal of a 10 pct energy savings by 2020. He said joining a market-based system like RGGI could put Virginia back on track. (Source: Va. Capitol News Service, Various Others, 21 Jan., 2016) Contact:Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach), http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php?id=H0228; Sen. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico), www.donaldmceachin.com

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


BLM Seeks Curb on Methane, Natural Gas Emissions on Public Lands (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
Bureau of Land Management
Date: 2016-01-25
In Washington, the White House, through the Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM), has announced it will overhaul 30-year-old regulations for oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands to curb methane emissions. The proposal would require oil and gas producers to use currently available technology to limit flaring at oil wells on federal land. It would also require operators to regularly check for natural gas leaks and replace outdated equipment that allows large quantities of gas and methane to escape into the air. The overhaul would reduce flaring by up to 60 pct and venting by up to 46 pct compared to 2013 rates. It would also clarify when oil and gas companies need to pay royalties on flared natural gas and would only affect federal land.

The BLM estimates it would prevent the loss of up to 56 billion cubic-feet of gas a year through venting, flaring or leaks, which could supply around 760,000 households annually. Methane, the second most prevalent greenhouse gas after CO2, is 84 times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping heat. (Source: Bureau of Land Management, Forum News Service., Grand Forks Herald, 22 Jan., 2016) Contact: Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bureau of Land Management,  Metrhane Emissions,  


US Biodiesel Consumption Bumped 2.1Bn Gal. in 2015 (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2016-01-25
Newly released EPA data finds that U.S. consumers used a record of nearly 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, cutting U.S. carbon emissions by at least 18.2 million metric tons.. According to the data, fuel companies reported producing 2.09 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, up from about 1.97 billion gallons in 2014.

The figures also identify a trend in which biodiesel imports rose from 510 million gallons in 2014 to an estimated 670 million gallons in 2015 – an increase of more than 25 percent. imports are increasingly flooding the U.S. market and undercutting U.S. production. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 25 Jan., 2016)Contact: NBB, Anne Steckel, VP Fed. Affairs, Ben Evans, (202) 737-8801, www.biodiesel.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  Biodiesel,  


Heliospectra (publ) receives a grant of SEK 500,000 - for the development of energy-efficient and water-conserving plant cultivations in the Middle East
Heliospectra AB
Date: 2016-01-23
Gotherberg, Sweden-headquartered intelligent lighting specialist Heliospectra AB is reporting receipt of SEK 500,000 in grant funding from the Swedish Energy Agency for Heliospectra's will analyse and improve the possibilities for engaging in energy-efficient, water-conserving growing in the Middle East.

This venture represents a strategically important development project for Heliospectra. It also of utmost significance for the region as a whole, where water is in short supply and is expected to be an even scarcer commodity in the future. The need to identify energy-efficient and, perhaps even more importantly, water- conserving means of growing plants in the Middle East is enormous in places such as the Middle East.

The project's budget stands at an approximate total of SEK 1.7 million, of which the Energy Agency's grant covers 30 percent and Heliospectra is funding the remaining 70 percent. The project is part of a larger cooperation agreement between Heliospectra's part-owner Midroc New Technology and GORD - Gulf Organisation for Research & Development. The aim is to create a pilot facility combining energy-efficient products from Swedish companies in the Midroc portfolio.(Source: Heliospectra, 19 Jan., 2016) Contact: Heliospectra, Staffan Hillberg, CEO, of Heliospectra, +46 (0) 708 36 59 44, staffan.hillberg@heliospectra.com , wwww.heliospectra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Efficient Light news,  

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Net Zero Building Key to Curbing Climate Change (Ind. Report)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2016-01-22
According to the UK-based World Green Building Council (WGBC), the implementation of net zero building practices will be essential to achieving ambitious goals for curbing the severity of global warming.

According to the WGBC, incentivizing the adoption of net zero measures via a certification system is of critical importance as it will spur developers to overcome some of the technical and practical hurdles involved in its implementation. The WGBC also says the introduction of net zero certification will eventually prompt governments to introduce regulation that encourage more climate neutral or climate positive building creation. (Source: WGBC, Sourceable, 12 Jan., 2015) Contact: WGBC, Terri Wills, CEO, +44 7 496 596 496, http://www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  COP21,  Climate Change,  Green Building,  


Renewables Investments Help Control Climate Change (Ind. Report)
IRENA
Date: 2016-01-22
According to a recently released International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) report, the doubling of investments in renewable energy by 2030 would increase global GDP by between $700 billion and $1.3 trillion and increase the global GDP by approximately 1.1 pct for most nations. Oil and gas exporting countries could, however, experience a drop in GDP. The report adds that a doubling of investments in renewables would mean a total 36 pct share for renewable energy in the global energy mix and would have a significant impact on controlling climate change.

The oils and gas sector in Saudi Arabia, for example, represents around 25 pct of GDP and double investments in renewable energy worldwide mean a GDP decline by two pct. Diversifying the economy is the economic answer for fossil fuel exporters such as Saudi Arabia or UAE. This can be achieved by integrating renewable energy into an overall strategy, which also includes the increase of energy efficiency, which the UAE is already doing, according to IRENA. (Source: IRENA, Khaleej Times, 18 Jan., 2016) Contact: IRENA, Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, Timothy Hurst, Chief of Communications, 011 +971 2 417 9000 , thurst@irena.org, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Climate Change,  IRENA,  


Bioenergy Delivering Greenhouse Gas Emission Savings Through UK Bioenergy Value Chains -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Energy Technologies Institute
Date: 2016-01-22
"Bioenergy can play a significant role in the future UK energy system, especially when combined with CCS. Together they can deliver net negative emissions of c.-55 million tpy and meet around 10 pct of UK's energy demand in the 2050s, ultimately reducing the cost of meeting the UK's 2050 GHG emission reduction targets by more than 1 pct of GDP.

"Yet the bioenergy sector is immature in terms of the multiple value chains that could be deployed, and the political and scientific uncertainties around land use change and the sustainability of using biomass for energy. The UK Government has highlighted the need to ensure that bioenergy delivers genuine carbon savings, and that the impact of direct land use change to biomass production is better understood. The work presented here addresses these issues for bioenergy crops in the UK, and has enabled the Energfy Technologies Institute (ETI) to identify options for delivering GHG emission savings through UK bioenergy value chains."

Access the full Bioenergy Delivering Greenhouse Gas Emission Savings Through UK Bioenergy Value Chains report HERE. (Source: Energy Technologies Institute, www.eti.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Technologies Institute,  Bioenergy,  Climate Change,  ,  


Notable Quotes on UK CCS, Renewable Energy
Institution of Chemical Engineer's (IChemE) Energy Centre
Date: 2016-01-22
"If the (UK) governments' signature on the Paris Agreement is to have any credibility, then the UK must adopt CCS for gas as well as coal. There needs to be more clarity and consistency between Downing Street and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). At present, we have conflicting messages on energy policy.

"On one hand, the UK government signed the Paris Agreement to mitigate climate change, and on the other, it has taken decisions that undermine the very fundamentals of reducing carbon emissions - such as removing funding for CCS and from renewable energy sources." (Source: Prof. Geoff Maitland, Vice-Chair, Institution of Chemical Engineers Energy Centre, 18 Jan., 2016) Contact: Institution of Chemical Engineers Energy Centre, http://ichemeblog.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  CCS,  


2015 Energy Efficiency VC Funding Jumps to $852Mn (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2016-01-22
Mercom Capital Group is reporting that VC funding for the Energy Efficiency sector in 2015 increased to $852 million in 67 deals compared to $797 million in 80 deals in 2014. Total corporate funding, including debt and public market financing, was more than $2 billion, compared to $1.2 billion in 2014.

The top VC funded companies were View (formerly Soladigm), which raised $150 million, Verne Global $98 million, Renovate America $90 million, Transphorm $70 million and Clean Fund at $60 million. (Source: Mercom Capital Group. Heindl Server GmbH, Jan. 20, 2016) Contact: Mercom Capital, www.mercomcapital.com

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


PSEG Touts Energy Efficiency Program Savings (Ind. Report)
PSEG Long Island
Date: 2016-01-22
Uniondale, New York-based PSEG Long Island reports that customers participating in energy efficiency programs in 2015 will save more than $60 million and 307,582,000 kWh per year as well as eliminate the carbon dioxide emissions of the total energy consumed by more than 19,300 average Long Island homes.

PSEG Long Island offers rebates on a variety of ENERGY STAR® products. In 2015, residential customers purchased more than 3 million ENERGY STAR light bulbs and fixtures with incentives provided by PSEG Long Island.

More than 12,000 PSEG Long Island residential customers took advantage of ENERGY STAR certified appliance rebates programs, 34,000 scheduled in-home energy assessments, and over 5,000 appliances were recycled. Combined, all of the residential programs are expected to save PSEG customers nearly 200 million kWh and $40 million per year in energy costs.

Additionally, commercial customers completed more than 3,200 energy efficient projects resulting in savings of more than 112 million kWh and electric bill savings of $20 million per year. Approximately 2,200 of the completed projects were for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Independent annual evaluations by Opinion Dynamics Corporation have found PSEG Long Island's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs generated $3.20 in benefits to the utility and its ratepayers for every $1.00 in costs to operate the program, including rebates. (Source: PSEG Long Island, Stockhouse, Others, 19 Jan., 2016) Contact: PSEG Long Island, Dan Eichhorn, VP Customer Services, https://www.psegliny.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PSEG Long Island,  Energy Efficiency,  


RFA Responds to Presidential Wannabe's Campaign Rhetoric (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2016-01-22
"In response to the anti-ethanol rhetoric that has been dominating the presidential campaign in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sent a one-pager to media outlets to correct what it feels are the misconceptions regarding ethanol in general and the Renewable Fuel Standard in particular.

  • First and foremost, there is no "corn ethanol subsidy." The Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (also known as the "blender's tax credit") expired in 2011. Further it was gasoline blenders -- not ethanol producers -- who received a 45 cent per gallon tax credit for each gallon of ethanol blended. The Small Ethanol Producer Tax Credit also expired in 2011.

  • The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is not a tax incentive or subsidy. The RFS has absolutely no impact on the federal budget or tax revenues. Rather, the RFS is a program that guarantees lower-carbon biofuels will have access to a fuel market that is overwhelmingly and unfairly dominated by petroleum.

  • There is also no such thing as a "corn ethanol mandate." The RFS does not mandate the use of corn ethanol or any other type of ethanol. Rather, the RFS requires that oil companies blend increasing volumes of renewable fuels, without specifying the type of renewable fuel. In fact, oil companies may meet their RFS obligations by blending and marketing biogas, renewable diesel, renewable jet fuel, biobutanol, biodiesel, and a host of other renewable fuel options. While a wide variety of renewable fuels are being produced today, ethanol has been the highest-volume and lowest-cost renewable fuel available to meet RFS requirements.

  • What about oil subsidies? While the ethanol industry does not receive any federal subsidies or tax breaks, the oil industry continues to receive an estimated $4 - 5 billion annually in tax breaks, including some programs that have existed for more than a century.

  • In 1916 Congress created the "intangible drilling cost" provision. This allows oil companies to write off up to 70 pct of their drilling costs and depreciate the rest.

  • In 1926, Congress created the "depletion allowance" which effectively modified the tax code to account for the depletion of oil reserves. Under the provision, an oil producer may deduct 15 pct of any gross income from a well. Unlike normal depreciation, this deduction may be claimed by oil companies indefinitely.

  • The "domestic manufacturing deduction" was extended to oil companies in 2004.

  • The oil industry receives other sundry tax incentives, subsidies, and breaks, including the "foreign tax credit" for production of non-conventional fuels, credit for enhanced oil recovery costs, and others. (Source: RFA, Jan., 2016) Contact: RFA, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  ,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Ethanol Blend,  Biofuel,  


  • India's Yes Bank Plans $500Mn London Green Bond Listing (Int'l)
    Yes Bank India
    Date: 2016-01-22
    Following on our November 25, 2015 coverage, India's Yes Bank reports it has signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding to list a green bond of as much as $500 million (€458 million ) on the London Stock Exchange by the end of 2016.

    Yes Bank, the first to issue a green bond in India, has committed to finance 5 GW of Indian renewable energy projects. In February, 2015, the bank raised approximately $147 million (€135 million) from India's first green infrastructure bonds issue. (Source: Yes Bank, Business Standard, Others, 21 Jan., 2016) Contact: YES Bank, Rana Kapoor, CEO, www.yesbank.in

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    Exelon Snares RES' 198MW Oklahoma Wind Project (M&A)
    Renewable Energy Systems,Exelon Generation
    Date: 2016-01-22
    Broomfield, Colorado-headquartered Renewable Energy Systems (RES) reports the sale of its 198 MW Bluestem Wind Project in Beaver County, Oklahoma to Exelon Generation. RES developed the project and is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. Vestas will supply 60 3.3-MW V117 towers for the project which is slated for completion by the year end.

    The Bluestem project will generate approximately 845,000 MWh per year to the Southern Power Pool electrical system.

    Bluestem is RES' seventh Oklahoma wind project and will be Exelon Generation's first in the Sooner State, according to RES. (Source: Excelon Generation, NAW, RES Americas, Jan., 2016) Contact: RES Americas, Glenn Davis, CEO, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225, andrew.fowler@res-americas.com, Raheleh Folkerts, Media, (303) 439-4200, raheleh.folkerts@res-americas.com, www.res-americas.com; Excelon Generation, Corey Hesson, VP Generation Dev., www.exeloncorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Renewable Energy Systems,  Wind,  Exelon Generation,  


    New Methane Emission Rules Mandated in Keystone State (Reg & Leg)
    Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection
    Date: 2016-01-22
    In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced a nation-leading strategy to reduce emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. The plan is designed to protect the environment and public health, reduce climate change, and help businesses reduce the waste of a valuable product by reducing methane leaks and emissions from natural gas well sites, processing facilities, compressor stations and along pipelines. The Keystone State is the nation's second largest natural gas producer, behind Texas.

    Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the U.S. from human activities and is more than 28 to 36 times more potent than CO2. Natural gas and oil industries are estimated to account for 25 pct of U.S. methane emissions. Reducing methane leaks from the oil and gas sector is an essential step to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the impacts of climate change.

    The Keystone State's four-point plan is designed to:

  • Reduce leaks at new unconventional natural gas well pads. The DEP will develop a new general permit for oil and gas exploration, development, and production facilities, requiring Best Available Technology (BAT) for equipment and processes, better record-keeping, and quarterly monitoring inspections.
  • Reduce leaks at new compressor stations and processing facilities. DEP will revise its current general permit, updating best-available technology requirements and applying more stringent LDAR, other requirements to minimize leaks. A new condition will require the use of Tier 4 diesel engines that reduce emissions of particulate matter and nitrous oxide by about 90 pct.
  • To reduce leaks at existing oil and natural gas facilities, the DEP will develop a regulation for existing sources for consideration by the Environmental Quality Board.
  • To cut emissions along production, gathering, transmission and distribution lines, DEP will establish best management practices, including leak detection and repair programs. (Source: Pennsylvania Dept. of Env. Protection, 19 Jan., 2016 ) Contact: Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, www.dep.pa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Natural Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


  • Blue Earth Generator, Lockheed Martin Partner on Brooklyn Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
    Blue Earth Inc, Lockheed Martine
    Date: 2016-01-20
    Henderson, Nevada-headquartered renewables and energy efficiency services specialist Blue Earth Inc. and Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Energy report they have partnered to deliver a combined heat and power project and energy savings measures for the Brooklyn United Methodist Church Home, located in Brooklyn, New York.

    The energy efficiency project includes full lighting upgrades, replacement of existing HVAC units, installation of a larger stand-by generator, domestic boiler upgrades and a new CHP unit.

    Blue Earth will provide construction, operations and maintenance services while Lockheed Martin Energy will manage the design, procurement, and economic modeling to support the project finance activities.

    Lockheed Martin Energy, a unit of Lockheed Martin, delivers comprehensive energy industry solutions that include utility and smart grid solutions, energy efficiency, energy storage, nuclear systems and solutions, ocean energy technology and bio energy generation. (Source: Lockheed Martin Energy, PR, MarketWire, Jan., 2016) Blue Earth, www.blueearthinc.com; Lockheed Martin Energy, www.lockheedmartin.com/energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Earth,  Inc,  .Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Lockheed Martin,  


    Building Value -- Federal Policy Priorities for Advancing Energy Efficiency across Canada -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Toronto Atmospheric Fund
    Date: 2016-01-20
    "Energy use in Canada's buildings sector has grown by 19 pct since 1990, and currently accounts for about 120 million tpy of CO2 eq emissions annually, according to the latest Evaluation Report (June 2015) of the Office of Energy Efficiency. According to the report, building sector energy consumption is expected to continue increasing through 2020.

    "Growing energy consumption places greater pressure on Canada's energy supply management infrastructure and makes individuals and businesses more vulnerable to rising energy prices. Energy efficiency, on the other hand, can reduce emissions while delivering a variety of other societal benefits.

    Despite the benefits of energy efficiency, three primary barriers prevent the adoption and implementation of energy efficiency: (1) limited knowledge and information tools; (2) lack of financial resources; (3) lack of motivation (NRCAN, 2010). As a result, the federal government should use three general mechanisms to mitigate these barriers: capacity building, financial incentives, and regulation.

    "To understand how the federal government can make the most of these mechanisms, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) conducted a high level survey on federal support for advancing energy efficiency and distributed it to a wide range of stakeholders. Based on the responses collected, energy efficiency codes and standards were identified as the most important mechanism the federal government could use, followed by financial incentives and capacity building, respectively. This is consistent with global research on climate change mitigation and energy conservation, which finds that building codes and equipment standards 'have been among the most environmentally and cost-effective instruments for emission reductions' (IPCC, 2014). The responses also provided valuable feedback in terms of the specific policies stakeholders believe the federal government should prioritize under each mechanism."

    Review the full Building Value -- Federal Policy Priorities for Advancing Energy Efficiency Across Canada report HERE. (Source: Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Jan. 18, 2016) Contact: TAF, Bryan Purcell, bpurcell@taf.ca, Vivian Chung, vchung@taf.ca, www.taf.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Toronto Atmospheric Fund,  Eenergy Efficiency,  


    ABN AMRO Joins KLM's Jet BioFuel Programme (Ind. Report)
    KLM, ABN AMRO
    Date: 2016-01-20
    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines reports that ABN AMRO bank has become the 12th member of the airline's Corporate BioFuel Programme.

    Program members pay a surcharge that covers the price difference between sustainable biofuel and traditional kerosene jet fuel. KLM uses the surcharge to purchase sustainable biofuel, which is added to the fuel pumped into KLM aircraft at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and elsewhere. Consequently, the participating corporations reduce CO2 emissions resulting from their business travel, but also contribute to the further development of the biofuel market. The sustainable biofuel for the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme is supplied by SkyNRG, a company founded by KLM in 2010.

    Members of the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme, which was established in 2012, include ABN AMRO, Accenture, CBRE, FMO, FrieslandCampina, City of Amsterdam, Heineken, Loyens & Loeff, Nike, PGGM, Perfetti Van Melle and the Schiphol Group.

    KLM aims to cut CO2 emissions by 20 pct by 2020 (compared to 2011), by way of fleet renewal, utilization of sustainable biofuel, and improved flight efficiency. (Source: KLM, Aviation Tribune, 18 Jan., 2016) Contact: KLM, Pieter Elbers, KLM President and CEO, +31 (0) 20 649 9123, http://www.klm.com/corporate/en/

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


    ICS Rejects IMF's Call for Maritime, Aviation Carbon Tax (Int'l)
    International Monetary Fund, International Chamber of Shipping
    Date: 2016-01-20
    Following up on our Jan. 13th IMF Calls for Aviation, Maritime Fuels Carbon Tax coverage, the London-headquartered International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says it does not support a carbon tax to raise revenue for climate change mitigation as suggested by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in a recent report.

    The IMF report argues that a total of $50 billion could be raised annually from a $30 per tonne carbon tonne tax on the maritime and aviation industries. The reports states that these two industries are "appealing" because their tax base is not targeted by governments to the same extent as land-based industries. Stating that it supports carbon pricing instruments over regulatory approaches to reducing poisonous emissions, the IMF clarifies that "carbon tax" is preferable over carbon trading schemes.

    According to ICS director of policy and external relations, Simon Bennett, the shipping industry does not support market-based measures for emissions reduction, backing rather operational and technical measures. However, if shipping's regulator, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), decides to go with a market-based measure, a simple fuel levy would be acceptable to a "majority" in the shipping industry. Bennett added that a fuel levy is not a carbon tax and would be administered but by the IMO, which could use the funds "to finance CO2 reduction projects which might count towards the sector's CO2 reduction efforts."

    The ICS also rejects the IMF's suggestion of a $30 per carbon tonne price which it says is almost three times higher than the carbon price paid by shore-based industries in developed nations. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping, HIS, 18 Jan., 2016) Contact: ICS, Simon Bennett, Policy Dir., +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org; International Monetary Fund, www.imf.org; International Maritime Organization, www.imo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  International Monetary Fund,  International Chamber of Shipping,  IMO ,  


    IACED Solar Uniting Neighbors Program Receives $500K (Funding)
    IACED Executive Director Andy Fraizer
    Date: 2016-01-20
    The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) reports it will receive $500,000 from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission regarding Duke Energy's Edwardsport integrated gasification combined cycle plant settlement. The funds will support solar projects of less than 0.5 MW for community, educational, religious and nonprofit organizations and/or low-income residential customers in Duke Energy Indiana's service territory.

    Under its Solar Uniting Neighbors (SUN) program, IACED will offer technical and financial assistance to its members and other community partners to install solar energy projects. The SUN program aims to:

  • Leverage investments in solar panels by project sponsors;
  • Remove capital cost barriers to the acquisition and installation of solar photovoltaics;
  • Lower energy costs for transformative community economic development projects;
  • Generate cost off-setting energy credits for surplus electricity production;
  • Create thought leaders in the benefits of solar energy capture and community sustainability. (Source: IACED, 18 Jan., 2016) Contact: IACED, Andy Fraizer, Exec. Dir., (317) 454-8533, www.iaced.org

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  • Array Technologies, Affordable Solar Partner for New Mexico Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
    Array Technologies,Affordable Solar
    Date: 2016-01-20
    In Albuquerque, solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) developer Affordable Solar reports it has partnered with solar tracking specialist Array Technologies, Inc. for solar development projects in New Mexico.

    The partners recently completed the Santa Fe Solar Energy Center and the Santolina Solar Energy Center near Santa Fe and Albuquerque respectively. The projects, which used 78,000+ Jinko modules mounted on ATI's DuraTrack® HZ v3 single-axis trackers, will provide reliable power to the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM). (Source: Affordable Solar, PR, 19 Jan., 2016) Copntact: Affordable Solar,, Kevin Bassalleck, (800) 810-9939, http://www.affordable-solar.com; Array Technologies, Ron Coria, CEO, (505) 881-7567, www.arraytechinc.com;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Affordable Solar,  Solar,  


    Appalachian Power Seeking Wind, Solar Proposals (Ind. Report)
    Appalachian Power
    Date: 2016-01-20
    Further to our Jan. 13th coverage, Charleston, West Virginia-headquartered Appalachian Power reports it is seeking solar and wind power developers and projects of 40 megawatts or more to augment and diversify the utility's ongoing reliance on coal generated electric power. The company is seeking wind and solar power proposals no later than 1 April, 2016.

    Appalachian Power, which is part of the American Electric Power (AEP) system, serves approximately 1 million customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee. (Source: Appalachian Power, WOWK TV, 18 Jan., 2016)(Source: Appalachian Power, Charleston Gazette-Mail, Others, Jan. 2016)) Contact: Appalachian Power, www.appalachianpower.com; AEP, (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Appalachian Power Co.,  Wind,  Solar,  American Electric Power,  


    UK Low-Carbon Engine Tech Receives £74Mn Boost (Int'l Funding)
    Advanced Propulsion Centre
    Date: 2016-01-20
    In the UK, the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) in Coventry reports receipt of £74 million of joint government-industry funding for low-carbon engine projects.

    APC members submitting low-carbon engine technology research projects include the London Taxi Company, Morgan Motor Company, AMG Batteries, Jaguar Land Rover and Parker Hannifin alongside other consortia partners. As part of their submission, each consortium member must provide a forecast for the creation or safeguarding of UK jobs, targeted CO2 reduction and the value for money of their project. Taken together, the projects are expected to reduce 4.3 million tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Advanced Propulsion Centre, Transport Engineer, 18 Jan., 2016) Contact: Advanced Propulsion Center, Jon Beasley, APC Dir., www.apcuk.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Propulsion Centre,  Carbon Emissions,  Transportation Emissions,  


    Indonesian 2016 Palm Oil Exports Dropping (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Indonesian Palm Oil Association,Malaysian Palm Oil Board
    Date: 2016-01-20
    The Jakarta Glob is reporting that in 2016 Indonesia, world's largest palm oil producer and exporter, will cut its palm oil exports and increase its domestic consumption with the blending of more palm oil biodiesel into gasoline transportation fuel. The export cut is expected to be approximately 9 pct below 2015 levels and will be the first drop in the past 5 years.

    Indonesia's palm oil shipments have risen over the past few years, from 16.42 million metric tons in 2010/11 to 25.3 million metric tons last year, according to USDA data. But the trend is likely to change this year with the country promoting the use of biodiesel to cut its oil imports. (Source: Indonesian Palm Oil Association, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Jakarta Globe, 19 Jan., 2016) Contact: Indonesian Palm Oil Association, http://www.indonesianpalmoil.com; Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my

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    Columbia Gas offers online tool for savings
    Columbia Gas of Ohio
    Date: 2016-01-19
    COLUMBUS - Air leaks, cold floors and a lack of consistent heat and comfort could be signs your house is not as energy efficient as it could be. A less than energy efficient home means consumers are losing more than just warm air. Columbia Gas of Ohio, a NiSource Company, now offers Home Energy Checkup, a new online tool for our customers to learn what actions they can take to save energy and money. In about five minutes, customers answer questions about their home, appliances and energy habits. Then, customers receive a personalized report that includes energy efficiency recommendations for their home, potential rebates, and a set of actions they can take to increase comfort, save money and reduce energy usage. "When customers use the Home Energy Checkup, it will help them understand how their home may be wasting energy and costing them money," said Dan Creekmur, president, Columbia Gas of Ohio. "Changes can be made to manage energy usage, while also increasing comfort and doing something positive for the environment." Winter is here! It's not too late to start saving energy now. Complete your Home Energy Checkup today and learn which rebates might be available to you. The tool is available at www.ColumbiaGasOhio.com/Checkup. (Source: Columbia Gas of Ohio, 18 Jan., 2016) Contact: Columbia Gas of Ohio, www.columbiagasohio.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Columbia Gas news,  


    HyperSolar, UCSB Extend Hydrogen-Solar R&D Agreement (R&D)
    HyperSolar, Inc.
    Date: 2016-01-18
    Santa Barbara, California-headquartered HyperSolar, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, announced today that it has extended its sponsored research agreement with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) through June 30 2016. The company is developing its renewable hydrogen producing technology designed to meet the internationally growing demand for hydrogen fuel.

    UCSB has led the scientific efforts that have resulted in numerous breakthroughs towards effectively producing renewable hydrogen fuel at or near the point of distribution. By exceeding the 1.5 Volt milestone needed to produce hydrogen fuel in commercial real world applications, HyperSolar has demonstrated the potential for its technology to become a viable resource for companies and individuals requiring hydrogen fuel to power their various applications.

    HyperSolar is developing a low-cost and submersible hydrogen production particle that can split water molecules under the sun, emulating the core functions of photosynthesis. Each particle is a complete hydrogen generator that contains a novel high voltage solar cell bonded to chemical catalysts by a proprietary encapsulation coating. (Source: HyperSolar, PR, MarketWire, 12 Jan., 2015) Contact: HyerSolar, Tim Young, CEO, (805) 966-6566, info@hypersolar.com, www.hypersolar.com

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    US Wind Turbines Number Over 50,000, says AWEA (Ind. Report)
    AWEA
    Date: 2016-01-18
    The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports that wind power in the U.S. grew to 70 gigawatts of electric power generating capacity spread across 50,000 wind turbines in November. According to AWEA, approximately 4.5 pct of U.S. electricity comes from wind turbines.

    The DOE hopes wind could supply as much as 35 pct of the nation's power by 2050. Since 2008, wind power in the U.S. has grown from 16.7 gigawatts to about 70 gigawatts today. (Source: AWEA,15 Jan., 2016) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO, Lindsay North, Media Relations and Outreach, (202) 431-4587, lnorth@awea.org, www.awea.org

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    Sembcorp, Madhya Pradesh Ink 1-GW Indian Wind Deal (Ind. Report)
    Sembcorp Industries Ltd
    Date: 2016-01-18
    Sembcorp Green Infra Ltd, a subsidiary of Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries Ltd., reports it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) worth $1.03 billion with the Indian Government of Madhya Pradesh for the developement of a 1 GW wind power complex in Madhya Pradesh. The project will be implemented in two phases -- one of 540 MW and one of 407 MW.

    Sembcorp Green Infra presently has over 1 GW of solar and wind power production capacity. (Source: Sembcorp Green Infra Ltd, Others, SeeNews, 15 Jan., 2016) Contact: Sembcorp Industries Ltd, +65 6723 3113, www.sembcorp.com

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    DOE Announces $11Mn in Optimal Grid Efficiency Funding (Funding)
    ARPA-E
    Date: 2016-01-18
    In the nation's capitol, the US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced $11 million in funding for seven transformational projects that will develop realistic, open-access models and data repositorie's new program, Generating Realistic Information for the Development of Distribution and Transmission Algorithms (GRID DATA).

    The GRID DATA program seeks to create new models and data repositories that can be used by members of the research community to develop accurate tests and evaluations for emerging electric grid optimization technologies.

    Five of the GRID DATA projects will develop detailed simulation models for development and testing of transformational power system optimization and control algorithms to enable grid flexibility, improve energy efficiency and substantially reduce the cost of integrating renewable generation technologies onto the grid. These projects will create three different types of grid models (transmission, distribution and hybrid power systems) that include details on electricity generation facilities and customer demand in order to build realistic and open-access power systems.

    Download details on all seven GRID DATA projects HERE. (Source: US DOE News, January 15, 2016) Contact: ARPA.E, ARPA-E@hq.doe.gov, http://arpa-e.energy.gov

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    Japan, Abu Dhabi Discuss Energy Efficiency (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2016-01-18
    In Abu Dhabi, the the Abu Dhabi-Japan Energy Efficiency Improvement Forum, which got underway today, aims to showcase the leading global energy efficiency practices and explore further collaboration on implementation of energy efficiency technologies and measures in the UAE.

    Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) CEO Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi and Yosuke Takagi, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan, inaugurated the forum.

    According to Suwaidi, "The global demand for energy and the energy market is set to grow, putting more pressure on the global energy and environmental systems. These challenges mandate that we unite our efforts and find more innovative and sustainable solutions to improve energy efficiency at our operating sites, homes, buildings, schools and the community at large. Saving energy and using it more efficiently has a direct impact on climate change, reducing emissions, increasing profitability, and boosting the local economy. As a key energy player, ADNOC is at the heart of this strategy, considering energy efficiency as a key strategic priority. ADNOC has developed and implemented many energy efficiency initiativesf rom carbon dioxide capturing and injection to cutting flaring levels, working towards achieving zero water discharge, to developing an integrated operational excellence strategy." (Source: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Emirates News Agency, Others, 18 Jan., 2016)

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    SoCalGas Plans to Capture Porter Ranch Methane Leak (Ind. Report)
    County, Southern California Gas
    Date: 2016-01-18
    In Los Angeles County, Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) is seeking permission from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SMUD) to attempt to capture methane leaking from the Aliso Canyon, Porter Ranch gas storage field and possibly incinerate it.

    SoCalGas estimates that as much as 90 pct of the fugative methane could be captured and transported to a distant location for incineration. To date, the company has made seven separate attempts using industry accepted methods to plug the well but to no avail. The company is now drilling new wells to relieve pressure and reduce the flow of the leak and enable another attempt to plug the well nearer to its source. Burning the methane would eventually create enough pollution to require the same kind of permit that large refineries require. (Source: SMUD, SoCalGas, KQED, 15 Jan., 2015) Contact: Southern California Gas, www.socalgas.com

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    Vietnam Orders Biofuels Push in Hanoi, Other Centers (Int'l)

    Date: 2016-01-18
    The Vietnamese government has ordered Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and six other cities and provinces to switch completely to a locally-produced biofuel, beginning this June. A statement from the Government Office said consumption of E5 blended ethanol has not met governments targets and that the eight cities and provinces need to make more efforts to promote the fuel and at the same time cut sales of the popular RON 92 gasoline by 50 pct.

    Vietnam has a single biodiesel plant and three ethanol production plants. E5 now sells at approximately .68 cents per liter -- 4.3 pct t cheaper than 92-RON. While the government has not set an attractive price, many gas stations poorly promote the new fuel and are not willing to invest in new pumps suitable for E5 since they are afraid of losses. (Source: Thanh Nien News, 18 Jan., 2016)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel news,  E5 news,  Ethanol news,  Biodiesel news,  


    Carinata Biofuel Crop Insurance Available (Ind. Report)
    USDA Risk Management Agency,USDA
    Date: 2016-01-18
    The USDA Risk Management Agency has announced that producers in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota can insure carinata -- aka Ethiopian Mustard -- by written agreement under the canola and rapeseed insurance plans. Producers must submit a written agreement request to their insurance company by the March 15 sales closing date.

    Carinata, a semi-arid plant, is an inedible oilseed sharing characteristics of both mustard and canola and is intended for the biofuel market. Carinata is a rotational crop option that can be used to produce jet fuel and protein meal for livestock.

    (Source: USDA, Risk Management Agency, 15 Jan., 2016) Contact: USDA Risk Management Agency, Eirc Bashore, (406) 657-6447, eric.bashore@rma.usda.gov, www.rma.usda.gov

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    "Alberta Moving from Oil to Clean Energy", says Alberta Env. Minister (Ind. Report)
    Climate Group,Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks
    Date: 2016-01-18
    In 2015, the newly elected government of Rachel Notley announced a new carbon tax starting at C$20 (US$13.8) a ton in 2017, doubling the previous price, while increasing to C$30 (US$20.7) by 2018 and linking it to inflation. The carbon pricing measure also implements an overall oil sands emission limit of 100 megatons. The new measure will target large emitters such as coal-generated power plants, which account for the greatest emissions of CO2 in the province, saving a total of 6 million tons of CO2 emissions between this and the next year, according to Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks, Shannon Phillips.

    "What matters to Alberta is ensuring that our energy economy is resilient for the future. That's why we've undertaken very ambitious policies with respect to a price on carbon, our methane management strategy, our performance standards for large industrial emitters and our efficiency strategy", the Minister added.

    In 2015, Alberta joined The Climate Group's States & Regions Alliance, increasing the number of forward-thinking North American provinces and regions that have successfully implemented a price on carbon. In 2014 Quebec and California, which are already part of the States & Regions Alliance, held their first joint greenhouse gases emission allowances auction, after linking their systems in the first cross border market in North America. Also last year, Ontario, launched a "cap-and-trade" system to curb its emissions, aiming to link it to the system set up by Quebec and California. (Source: Climate Group, Others, 15 Jan., 2016) Contact: The Climate Group, http://www.theclimategroup.org; Shannon Phillips, Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks, www.aep.alberta.ca

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