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Maplewood Scores EPA Green Power Community Status (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2015-12-11
In the ShowMe State, the City of Maplewood -- pop 7,980 -- reports it reached its n official EPA Green Power Community (GPC) status in a record-breaking four months. To meet the Green Power Community Challenge and become a GPC, the EPA requires that 3 pct of the city's electrical consumption be matched with green energy. Maplewood's goal to match 4,006 MWh per year with green energy almost doubled the percentage set by the EPA.

Maplewood's Green Power Community Challenge represents a joint effort with the City's Sustainability Commission, Ameren Missouri Pure Power and St. Louis-based Microgrid Energy, encouraging local businesses and homeowners to make a commitment to green power through either the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) or the installation of solar power. (Source: Ameren Missouri, 10 Dec., 2015) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Kathleen Beebe, Pure Power Partnership Manager, www.AmerenMissouri.com/PurePower, www.amerenmissouri.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Green Power,  Renewable Energy,  


30th RGGI Auction Yields $115 Mn (Ind. Report)
RGGI
Date: 2015-12-09
Last Wed. in Albany, the 30th quarterly Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction raised $115 million in carbon credit sales which will be shared by the nine RGGI member states. RGGI limits the amount of carbon power plants can emit and requires them to purchase allowances for the carbon they do emit.

The RGGI states are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. The states use most of the proceeds for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. (Source: RGGI, CBS Conn., 5 Dec., 2015)Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Carbon Emissions,  


India's NIWE Launches Wind, Solar Online Maps (Int'l. Report)
National Institute of Wind Energy
Date: 2015-12-09
In India, the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) has just launched two online maps, one each for wind and solar radiation. The Wind Energy Resources Map of India has been launched at 100 meter above the ground, while the solar radiation map has been set up at ground level on the online Geographic Information System platform.

These wind and solar maps are expected to help developers identify potential project sites and assist in the development of infrastructure and transmission systems. The maps are available at www.niwe.res.in. (Source: NIWE, 8 Dec., 2015) Contact: NIWE, +91 44 22 46 3984, www.niwe.res.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Institute of Wind Energy ,  Wind,  Solar,  


REDD+ Gets $5Bn Boost at COP21 (Int'l. Report, Funding)
REDD+,Forest TRends
Date: 2015-12-09
At the COP21 meeting in Paris, Norway, Germany, and the UK have announced a joint agreement pledging $5 billion to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), an extension of the commitment they made last year through the New York Declaration on Forests.

The deal includes new pledges to the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility's Carbon Fund (FCPF) in the amount of $339 million, the REDD Early Movers program (REM) for more than $100 million, and Brazil's Amazon Fund for continued support of approximately $100 million annually. The new pledge is in addition to the $10 billion in current REDD+ pledges but short of the $20 billion a year needed to cut deforestation by 50 pct globally. explained that tracks REDD+ finance flows.

REED+ creates financial incentives to preserve forests as functional ecosystems rather than having them cleared for timber, fuel, or agriculture. Developing and implementing the REDD mechanism has been hindered by difficulties that include the lack of secure land rights in tropical countries; concerns over corruption, benefits distribution, and fraud; governance challenges; and social and environmental outcome concerns. Accordingly, REDD+ has been slow to move forward with only a few projects having been validated and verified. (Source: Forest Trends, Others, 7 Dec., 2015) Contact: Forest Trends, Gustavo Silva-Chavez, Forest Trends REDDX Initiative, Mgr., Kelley Hamrick, (202) 298-3000, info@forest-trends.org, http://www.forest-trends.org; World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership, https://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News REDD+,  Forestation ,  Reforestation,  REDD,  Forest Trends ,  


NDC Touts Zilkha Biomass Moisture Measurement System Installation (Ind. Report)
NDC Technologies,Zilkha
Date: 2015-12-09
NDC Technologies, a global provider of precision measurement and control solutions, is reporting delivery of its in-process Near-Infrared (NIR) moisture monitoring system to black pellet fuel producer Zilkha Biomass Energy LLC's production facility in Selma, Alabama.

The installation includes six NDC CM710e NIR moisture gauges with HMIs and operator workstations for better quality control process performance.

Zilkha Biomass Energy produces the Zilkha Black pellet, a proprietary water-resistant biomass pellet that is transportable and can be stored like coal. (Source: NDC Technologies, Powder Bulk Solids, 7 Dewc., 2015) Contact: NDC Technologiers, (626) 960-3300, enquiries@ndc.com, www.ndc.com; Zilkha, Carole Engelder, Senior Manager, Technology Marketing, (713) 979- 9961, www.zilkhabiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass Moisture,  Zilkha,  


Engaging on Climate Change -- ExxonMobil Position Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2015-12-09
"Society faces a dual energy challenge: We need to expand energy supplies to support economic growth and improve living standards, and we must do so in a way that is environmentally responsible.

"One of the most critical parts of meeting this dual challenge is to understand and address the risks posed by climate change. We believe that the risks of climate change warrant action."

Acess ExxonMobil's Engaging on Climate Change paper HERE (Source: ExxonMobil, Dec., 2015)

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


LanzaTech, INVISTA Developing Metabolic Toolkit Pathway to Bio-Based Butadiene (New Prod & Tech)
LanzaTech,INVISTA
Date: 2015-12-07
Witchitaw, Kansas-headquartered INVISTA and LanzaTech report the development of a metabolic "toolkit" to generate novel metabolic pathways to bio-derived butadiene and key precursors, such as 1,3 butanediol and 2,3 butanediol, resulting in new direct and 2-step processes for butadiene utilizing gas-fermentation technology.

A metabolic toolkit integrates detailed knowledge about a bacterium's genetic configuration with the tools to precisely customize that configuration in order to make a particular product, together with a model to accurately predict the performance of the bacterium. The "toolkit" in in the development stage but is expected to be commercialized within a few years. (Source: LanzaTech, Invista, BioFuels Dig., Others, Dec., 2015) Contact: LanzaTech, Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, www.lanzatech.com; INVISTA, (770) 792-4221, www.invista.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Butadiene,  LanzaTech,  INVISTA,  Biofuel,  Biochemical,  


Siemens Supplying Turbines to Floating Offshore Project (Ind. Report)
Siemens,Offshore Wind
Date: 2015-12-07
In a recent press statement, Siemens reports it will supply 5, SWT-6.0-154 direct drive offshore wind turbines for assembly on floating foundations on the west coast of Norway in 2017 before deployment approximately 18 miles off Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The Hywind Scotland project floating foundations will be located in waters up to 120 metres deep will be ballast-stabilised and fastened to the seabed with mooring lines. (Source: Siemens, Chronicle Daily, 4 Dec., 2015) Contact: Siemens, Michael Hannibal, CEO, Offshore Wind Power and Renewables, +49 180 524 7000, http://www.energy.siemens.com/hq/en/renewable-energy/wind-power/offshore.htm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Offshore Wind,  


Uruguay Boasts 95 pct Renewable Energy Generation (Int'l)

Date: 2015-12-07
The Guardian is reporting that the South American country of Uruguay -- pop. 3,400,000 -- over the past 10 years over the past 10 yearshas dramatically slashed its carbon footprint and grown its renewable energy generation over the past decade, without government subsidies or spiraling consumer costs. According to Ramonb Mendez, head of the country's climate change policy, 94.5 pct t of the Uruguay's electric power is generated by renewables. (Source: The Guardian, Others, TechTimes, 4 Dec., 2015)


SunPower Infinity, Venture Home Solar Partner in NYC Area (Ind. Report)
SunPower Corp.,Venture Home Solar,Infinity Solar
Date: 2015-12-07
SunPower by Infinity Solar, the only SunPower Corp. Master Dealer on the East Coast, has teamed up with Brooklyn-based turnkey solar specialist Venture Home Solar to provide solar panels and installation services in the NYC metropolitan area.

San Jose, CA-based SunPower designs, develops, manufactures, markets and sells high-performance solar electric power technology products, systems and services worldwide for residential, commercial and utility-scale power plant customers. (Source: SunPower by Infinity Solar, Zacks, 3 Dec., 2015) Contact: SunPower, Tom Werner, CEO, Ingrid Ekstrom, (510) 260-8368, iekstrom@sunpower.com, www.sunpower.com; Venture Home Solar, (800) 203-4158, www.venturehomesolar.com; Sun Power by Infinity Solar, (845) 200-3700, www.sunpowerbyinfinitysolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower Corp.,  Solar,  


US Q3 Energy Storage Deployments Set New Record (Ind. Report)
GTM Research, Energy Storage Association
Date: 2015-12-07
According to the Washington, DC-based Energy Storage Association's just released U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, the U.S. deployed 60.3 MW of energy storage capacity in Q3 of 2015 for a year to date total of 108 MW. All previous deployments never surpassed 100 MW in a given year. The report forecasts total deployments of 192 megawatts this year, triple last year's total.

The majority of deployed capacity in Q3 was in the utility-scale (front-of-meter) segment, which had its best quarter since the end of 2012. The utility-scale market deployed 46.6 MW of capacity. The U.S. deployed 13.7 MW of behind-the-meter energy storage in Q3 of the year, bringing the segment's annual total to 18.8 MW. Commercial deployments made up 88 pct of the quarterly behind-the-meter total, while residential deployments accounted for 22 pct.. (Source: GTM Research, U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, Dec., 2015) Contact: Energy Storage Association, (202) 293-0537, info@energystorage.org, http://energystorage.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Energy Storage Association,  


Monsanto Touts Carbon Neutrality, Climate Change Plan (Ind. Report)
Monsanto
Date: 2015-12-04
In St.Louis, Monsanto Company reports it has will make its operations carbon neutral by 2021 through a unique program targeted across its seed and crop protection operations, as well as through collaboration with farmers. To reach its goal, Mopnsanto will focus on the following key area of its business and products:

  • Seed Production -- Monsanto will drive carbon neutral crop production in its own seed production operations by leveraging diverse products and agronomic approaches with the goal of eliminating that portion of its carbon footprint altogether.

  • Crop Protection -- The company also is targeting its crop protection business to be carbon neutral by 2021. Monsanto is also developing a program to provide incentives to farmer customers who adopt carbon neutral crop production methods in exchange for part of their carbon reduction value. Monsanto will use those reductions as offsets to neutralize its remaining carbon footprint.

  • Sharing Data and Increasing Adoption of Best Practices -- Monsanto has developed carbon neutral crop models and will share data and modeling results with the broader agriculture, climate modeling and other communities to help drive the adoption of best practices and to reinforce the role crops can play in reducing carbon emissions.

    At the center of achieving and verifying carbon neutral crop production is the advancement of data science in agriculture. Innovations from The Climate Corporation, a division of Monsanto, and other data scientists have allowed farmers to plant and harvest crops more precisely than ever. The continued integration of this data allows farmers to make more precise decisions, and when used in conjunction with agronomic best practices, can lead to carbon neutral crop production. (Source: Monsanto, PR, 1 Dec., 2015) Contact: Monsanto, www.discover.monsanto.com, www.monsanto.info/climatech15; The Climate Corporation, www.climate.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Monsanto,  Climate Change,  Carbon Neutral,  


  • Antigua Solar-plus-Storage Installation Completed (Ind. Report)
    Meeco AG, PV Energy Ltd
    Date: 2015-12-04
    Uk-based PV Energy Ltd. is reporting the completion and commissioning of a 3-MWp solar-plus-storage system at the VC Bird International Airport in Antigua. The installation, which utilizes more than 12,000 ground-mounted polycrystalline PV panels combined with Meeco's "sun2safe" energy management and storage system, was completed three months ahead of schedule. The system will generate up to 4.645 MWh of electricity per year.

    PV Energy Ltd. was formed by Zug, Switzerland-headquartered Meeco AG and property investor Peter Virdee. Meeco AG delivers solar and energy storage pv systems via its turnkey clean energy solutions, advisory and asset management services. (Source: Meeco Group, Dec., 2015) Contact: Mecco Group, +31 30 233 1328, www.meeco.net; PV Energy Ltd, +44 20 7629 33 66, info@pvenergyltd.com, http://www.pvenergyltd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    Bioenergy R&D Projects Win DOE ARPA-E Grant Funding (R&D, Funding)
    DOE ARPA-E
    Date: 2015-12-04
    As part of $125 million in grant funding to 41 energy technology projects , the US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency (DOE ARPA-E) is funding the following biomass and bioenergy related projects:
  • Converting Biogas to Liquid Fuels by Low Energy Electrical Corona - $2.25 million to Oregon State University to develop a process that converts methane to higher-chain hydrocarbons when passed through a corona discharge at close to ambient temperature. OSU describes it as "a radically different approach to carbon-carbon bond formation that could enable the selective conversion of biogas into high value products with energy expenditure similar to that required for thermal processes." Contact: Oregon State University, www.oregonstate.edu

  • Disruptive Supplies of Affordable Biomass Feedstock Grown in the Open Ocean - $2.14 million to La Canada, California-based Marine BioEnergy Inc. to develop an open ocean cultivation system for macro algal biomass which can be converted to a liquid fuel precursor. Contact: Marine BioEnergy Inc., (819) 952-6018

  • Developing Ground Penetrating Radar for Enhanced Root and Soil Organic Carbon Imaging: Optimizing Bioenergy Crop Adaptation and Agro-ecosystem Services - $4.6 million Texas A&M University AgriLife Research to develop ground penetrating radar antenna arrays for 3D root and soil organic carbon imaging and quantification. The university believes visualization of root traits in soils could enable breeders to select climate-resilient bioenergy crops that provide higher yields, require fewer inputs, improve soil health, and promote carbon sequestration. Contact: Texas A&M University AgriLife Research, (979) 845-4747, agriliferesearch.tamu.edu. (Source: US DOE, Dec., 2015) Contact: DOE ARPA-E, arpa-e.energy.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE ARPA-E,  


  • EU OKs UK aid for RWE Innogy's Biomass-Fired Power Plant (Int'l)
    RWE Innogy,European Commission
    Date: 2015-12-04
    RWE Innogy, the German power giant reports Britain has received European Commission (EC) approval to subsidize the conversion of RWE's Lynemouth coal-fired power plant in northern England to burning woody biomass. The EC approval was granted under an agreement struck under Britain's contracts-for-difference (CfD) electricity pricing mechanism to support the project until 2027. (Source: RWE, Daily Mail, Others Dec., 2015) Contact: RWE Innogy, Peter Terium, CEO, Dr. Hans Bunting, Managing Director, CEO, 011 +49 (0) 201 122-2088, www.rwe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE Innogy,  Biomass,  EC,  


    "RFS Final Rule Provides Stability and Modest Growth for Biodiesel" -- American Soybean Association (Ind. Report)
    American Soybean Association
    Date: 2015-12-04
    "The American Soybean Association (ASA) appreciates EPA, the USDA and the Obama Administration for their contributions to this Final Rule that provides some stability and modest growth for the U.S. biodiesel industry.

    "The Final Rule sets the biomass-based diesel volumes at the following levels: 2014 --1.63 billion gallons; 2015 -- 1.73 billion gallons; 2016 -- 1.9 billion gallons; 2017 -- 2.0 billion gallons. These volume levels represent a modest improvement over the Proposed Rule. The Proposed Rule called for 1.63 billion gallons in 2014, 1.7 in 2015, 1.8 in 2016 and 1.9 in 2017.

    "The volumes established by EPA will provide some certainty to biodiesel producers and feedstock providers and will continue to generate many benefits for consumers and the environment. As outlined in the comments submitted by the ASA in July, the benefits of biodiesel include a more diversified energy market; increased domestic energy production; reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; new jobs and economic development; expanded markets; and reduced soy meal feed costs.

    "While the volumes in the Final Rule do not fully capitalize on the capacity and growth potential of U.S. biodiesel, it does provide a step in the right direction. Accounting for approximately half of the feedstock used, soybean oil remains the largest source of oil for biodiesel production.

    "As an industry we have always advocated for RFS volumes that are modest and achievable and the biodiesel industry has met or exceeded the targets each and every year that the program has been in place," ASA President Wade Cowan commented.

    "By law, EPA is supposed to finalize biomass-based diesel volumes 14 months in advance of the applicable year, making the agency significantly overdue in setting the volumes for 2014, 2015 and 2016. This Final Rule will get the RFS implementation back on track and hopefully enable the EPA to remain on schedule in future years." (Source: American Soybean Association, 30 Nov., 2015) Contact: American Soybean Association, ASA Wade Cowan, Pres., (314) 576-1770, https://soygrowers.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Soybean Association,  RFS,  Biodiesel,  Soy Bean,  Soy Oil,  


    Moroccan Wind Farm Secures $133.2Mn EBRD, BMCE Funding (Int'l)
    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    Date: 2015-12-04
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Casablanca-based Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur (BMCE) report they will provide $133.3mn in financing for the Khalladi wind farm development near Tangiers, Morocco.

    The wind farm is expected to incorporate 40, 3-MW Vestas Wind Systems A/S turbines. Eight-five pct of the project's output is expected to be sold to several major industrial clients and the balance to the national electric utility ONEE. (Source: Utilities ME, Various Others, Dec 1, 2015) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, www.ebrd.com; Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur; www.bmcebank.ma

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,  Wind,  Morocco Wind,  


    Heartland Weighs-In on House Vote to Block Obama's Clean Power Plan (Editorials, Opinions & Asides),
    Cop21, Heartland Institute
    Date: 2015-12-04
    Within days of President Barack Obama's speech at the COP-21 climate conference in Paris, U.S. House lawmakers voted to repeal key aspects of the administration's climate change platform, the Clean Power Plan:

    "The House is to be applauded for following the Senate's lead in exercising their authority under the Congressional Review Act to block the Obama administration's costly, ineffective Clean Power Plan (CPP) regulations. The administration has admitted the CPP will do nothing to prevent rising temperatures or sea levels. And every independent analysis conducted thus far shows the rules will raise energy prices substantially, leaving people and businesses with less income, resulting in lower economic growth and higher unemployment – and, because higher energy prices hurt the poor the most, increased poverty.

    "Because President Obama has promised to veto the resolutions should they reach his desk, Congress's action is largely symbolic but it's a powerful symbol, showing world leaders gathered at the United Nations climate summit in Paris the president's ability to follow through on any commitments the U.S. makes in Paris to enact meaningful domestic climate legislation is sharply limited. By acting now, forcing a presidential veto in the midst of climate negotiations in Paris, the House has reinforced the message to Paris climate negotiators Congress does not back the president's climate pledges." -- H. Sterling Burnett Research Fellow, Environment and Energy Policy The Heartland Institute. Contact: Heartland Institute, Stirling Burnett, (800) 859-1154, hburnett@heartland.org, www.heartland.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21,  Heartland Institute,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    PowerSecure Acquisition Expands Energy Efficiency Offerings (M&A)
    PowerSecure International, Inc.,Energy Services, Inc
    Date: 2015-12-04
    Wake Forest, N.C.-headquartered PowerSecure International Inc. is reporting the acquisition of Lenox, Massachusetts-based Energy Services, Inc., a provider of turnkey energy efficiency services including energy audits, engineering and design, materials procurement, project management, implementation and verification.

    The purchase price was approximately $1.8 million in total consideration, including cash and promissory notes. ESCO could also receive earn-out payments through 2018 if it exceeds certain contracted sales targets that would reflect meaningful growth.

    PowerSecure International, Inc. provides utility and energy technologies to electric utilities and their industrial, institutional and commercial customers. PowerSecure products and services are in the areas of Interactive Distributed Generation, energy efficiency and utility infrastructure. The company's energy efficiency products and services include energy efficient lighting solutions that utilize LED technologies to improve lighting quality, and the design, installation and maintenance of energy conservation measures which the company offers , primarily as a subcontractor, to large energy service company providers. PowerSecure also provides transmission and distribution infrastructure maintenance and construction services, and engineering and regulatory consulting services to utilities. (Source: PowerSecure International, Inc., 2 Dec., 2015) Contact: Power Secure Int'l, Sidney Hinton, CEO, John Bluth, (919) 453-2103, www.powersecure.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PowerSecure International,  Energy Efficiency,  


    ViZn Expands Flow Battery Energy Storage Capabilities (Ind. Report)
    ViZn Energy Systems
    Date: 2015-12-04
    Columbia Falls, Montana-based ViZn Energy Systems -- formerly known as Zinc Air -- energy storage specialist ViZn Energy Systems Inc. is touting its proprietary flow battery technology to enhance the capabilities, reliability and lifetime of all next generation flow battery systems for multi-megawatt energy storage applications.

    The Vanguard II battery stack has demonstrated 20 pct greater capacity and is immune to cycle life degradation, providing more headroom to handle spikes in power requirements for demanding and unpredictable applications on both sides of the meter. All ViZn flow batteries incorporate the new Vanguard II stack control technology which eliminates life-limiting issues such as dendrite growth, simplifies cell balancing, and removes thermal and electrolyte breakdown issues associated with high frequency power switching. This unique multi-use capability is necessary for frequency regulation and other high power applications while adding value to longer duration storage. All of ViZn's systems are highly scalable, adding value for even the largest utility requirements. By interconnecting multiple units, both power and energy capabilities can be increased to offer utilities, as well as commercial & industrial customers the optimal fit for any size project. (Source: ViZn Energy, Others, Dec., 2015) Contact: VioZn Energy Systems, Ron Van Dell, CEO, Paul Siblerud VP Marketing, (406) 755-9462, www.ViZnEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ViZn Energy Systems,  Flow Battery,  


    A.T. Kearney Proposes GHG Reduction Plan (Ind. Report)
    A.T. Kearney
    Date: 2015-12-04
    Global consulting firm A.T. Kearney has proposed a three point market-driven plan that has the potential to reduce GHG emissions by more than 900 million tons in the European Union (EU) and transform the world's energy sector to meet environmental targets and cutting carbon emissions.

    The plan warns that the global desire to reduce GHG emissions will stunt global economic growth unless governments and the energy sector collaborate to decouple the two and includes three important steps toward an energy transition: increase energy efficiency; change the power mix; and replace coal with gas , which offers a significant reduction of COP2 emissions and is cheaper than the current renewables price point.

    To motivate updates to the global power mix, governments must steer away from technology-oriented intervention and toward market- and results-oriented intervention.

    In pricing CO2 emissions, the EU's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is a good approach which should be further developed and included in other sectors, according to Kearney. Globally, the objective should be to integrate other regions such as the U.S., Japan, China, or India into the CO2 market.

    According to A.T. Kearney, the energy sector accounts for two-thirds of global CO2 emissions with power generation contributing significantly to this. Despite strong support for renewables and efficiency efforts, the CO2 intensity of power generation has seen little improvement globally.

    Looking ahead, the importance of the power mix, energy efficiency, and market-driven CO2 pricing will be essential to drive an energy transition, which will accelerate the move to a global low-carbon economy and ensure reductions of CO2-emissions without a negative impact on economic growth, according to Kearney.

    A.T. Kearney is a global management consulting firm that focuses on strategic and operational CEO-agenda issues facing businesses, governments and institutions around the globe. A.T. Kearney maintains offices in 40 countries. (Source: A.T. Kearney , Oil Voice, 27 Nov., 2015) Contact: A.T. Kearney, Florian Haslauer's, Global Head Utilities Practice, www.atkearney.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Greenhouse Gas,  GHG,  


    BREEAM Buildings Deliver Significant Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    BREEAM
    Date: 2015-12-04
    A new briefing paper has detailed the significant contribution that the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) has given to the global carbon reduction and increased energy efficiency in buildings. The paper also details BREEAM's evolution since its creation 25 years ago and how it might develop in future so it continues to challenge the industry to go beyond standard practice.

    According to the report, BREEAM assessed buildings achieve an average 22 pct reduction in CO2 emissions compared to buildings designed to minimum performance requirements. BREEAM "Excellent"-rated buildings save more than 30 pct and "Outstanding" rated buildings save in excess of 50 pct. To date over 530,000 building and homes have applied the standard in over 70 countries around the world.

    The BREEAM energy strategy aims to strengthen the links between schemes covering different building life cycle stages, with a particular focus on the relationship between the New Construction and In-Use schemes, and opportunities for addressing the performance gap. (Source: BREEAM, Scottish Construction Now, 2 Dec., 2015) Contact: BREEAM, Gavin Dunn, Director, +44 (0) 1923 664462, breeam@bre.co.uk, www.breeam.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BREEAM,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Performance,  Green Building,  


    Dutch Climate Coalition Pledges 50 pct Emissions Cut (Int'l)
    Dutch Climate Coalition
    Date: 2015-12-02
    A total of 110 Dutch companies, government agencies and NGO members of the Dutch Climate Coalition are taking concrete measures to halve their CO2 emissions by 2020, according to an announcement by the environmental organization Natuur & Milieu. The Dutch Climate Coalition is an initiative of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, MVO Nederland and Natuur & Milieu. Another 300 companies, governments and NGOs are also part of this Coalition and pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050. These 110 organizations' concrete steps to reduce CO2 emissions together save 2322 kilotons of CO2 in 2020, equivalent to 31.5 million car trips between Amsterdam and Paris.

    Dutch Climate Coalition members include: DSM, FrieslandCampina and Philips and others from the SME sectors as well as the cities of Utrecht, Haarlem and Nijmegen. (Source: Natuur & Milieu, NL Times, Dutch Climate Coalition, 27 Nov., 2015) Contact: Natuur & Milieu, Dutch Climate Coalition, + 31 30 233 1328, https://www.natuurenmilieu.nl

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    ICS Touts Maritime Industry CO2 Emissions Cuts (Int'l. Report)
    International Chamber of Shipping,International Maritime Organization
    Date: 2015-12-02
    According to the London-headquartered International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) the mandatory CO2 reduction measures already adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), combined with the aggressive fuel efficiency measures being taken by merchant ships worldwide, will proportionately deliver far more ambitious CO2 reductions than the pledges so far made by governments.

    According to the ICS, the shipping industry is committed to reducing CO2 per tonne-km by 50 pct or better before 2050 has already reduced its total CO2 emissions by more than 10 pct (2007- 2012) despite continuing growth in maritime trade and reduced CO2 per tonne of cargo transported.

    Present IMO rules require all ships built after 2025 to be at least 30 pct more fuel efficient. (Source: ICS, 24 Nov., 2015) Contact: International Chamber of Shipping, +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org; International Maritime Organization , www.imo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping,  Maritime Emissions,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  International Maritime Organization ,  


    EDF's Pilot Hill Wind Farm Closes Financing (Ind. Report)
    EDF Renewable Energy
    Date: 2015-12-02
    GE Energy Financial Services and MetLife Inc. report the closing of structured equity financing on EDF Renewable Energy's 175-MW Pilot Hill wind project in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties, Illinois.

    Pilot Hill Wind Project, which has achieved commercial operations , will power 100 percent of the energy needs of Microsoft Corporation's Chicago data center under the terms of a 20-year PPA. The project utilizes 91 GE 1.7-100 and 12 GE 1.85-87 wind turbines. Pilot Hill will avoid approximately 365,000 metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: GE Energy Financial Services, 1 Dec., 2015) Contact: EDF Renewable Energy, Tristan Grimbert, CEO, Sandi Briner, (858) 521-3525, sandi.briner@edf-re.com, www.edf-re.com; GE Energy Financial Services, Jaclyn Cole, (203) 961-2934, jaclyn.cole@ge.com, http://geenergyfinancialservices.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Financial Services,  EDF Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


    Vega Biofuels, NOW Partner on Hemp Bio-products (Ind. Report)
    Vega Biofuels, NOW Corp.
    Date: 2015-12-02
    Norcross, Georgia-headquartered bio-Coal producer Vega Biofuels Inc. and Portland, Oregon-based The NOW Corporation are reporting the formation of Vega NOW Inc., a JV company that will test and manufacture green-energy products from industrial hemp using Vega's proprietary torrefaction technology. The JV will operate at The NOW Corporation's property in Colorado.

    The Now Corporation will grow hemp and develop and commercialize of new technologies, products, services, and systems for the alternative energy sector. Vega will provide one torrefaction machine to the JV which will produce and market Bio-Coal and Biochar.

    Bio-Coal has a high energy density of up to 13,000 BTUs/Lb and is considered a renewable energy fuel that meets the Renewable Portfolio Standards and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) in the United States. Bio-Coal can replace traditional coal in existing coal-fired power plants around the world. Biochar is used as a soil enhancement for the agricultural industry to increase the amount of yield from each plant. (Source: VegaBiofuels Inc., PR, Others, Dec., 2015) Contact: Vega Biofuels Inc., Michael K. Molen, Chairman/CEO, (800) 481-0186, info@vegabiofuels.com, www.vegabiofuels.com; The NOW Corp., (212) 367-7701, www.thenowcorporation.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vega Biofuels,  The NOW Corp.,  Hemp,  Bio-coal,  Biochar,  


    Energy Efficiency Saves CMU $10Mn in 7 Years (Ind. Report)
    Central Michigan University, 30 Nov., 2015)
    Date: 2015-12-02
    In Mount Pleasant, Central Michigan University, reports its energy efficiency effort have save the 27,500 +- student school more than $10.8 million since 2008. The saving are despite a 24 pct increase in carbon footprint from 87,439 metric tons in 2008 to 108,972 metric tons last year. The school's carbon footprint is 70 pct comprised of heating, electricity and refrigerants and 22 pct travel, commuting, solid waste, paper purchased and waste water. (Source: Central Michigan University, 30 Nov., 2015) Contact: Central Michigan University, (989) 774-5076, /www.cmich.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Vecoplan System Used in Enerkem's Commercial-Scale Methanol Production (Ind. Report)
    Enerkem,Vecoplan
    Date: 2015-11-30
    Archdale, North Carolina-based recycling technology specialist Vecoplan LLC reports that its recently constructed alternative fuel feedstock preparation system at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre was used in Enerkem Alberta Biofuels' first commercial-scale methanol production in Edmonton, Alberta.

    Vecoplan, under contract by the city of Edmonton, was responsible for all construction of the RDF/waste processing facility, which supplies feedstock to the adjacent Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility for conversion into biofuels and renewable chemicals.

    The mechanical Vecoplan feedstock preparation system produces 100,000 dry metric tons of RDF per year. The feedstock consists of waste that cannot be recycled or composted and has traditionally been sent to a landfill. Enerkem has a 25-year agreement with the city of Edmonton for the feedstock produced at the preparation facility. (Source: Vecoplan, REW, 23 Nov., 2015) Contact: Enerkem Inc., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, apare@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; Vecoplan, (336) 861-6070, www.vecoplanllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Waste-to-Biofuel,  Enerkem,  Methanol,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


    BC Joins Climate Group States & Regions Alliance (Ind. Report)
    The Climate Group,Under2MOU
    Date: 2015-11-30
    The international not-for-profit Climate Group reports that the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) has joined The Climate Group's States & Regions Alliance, a worldwide network of 30 sub-national government leaders that is influencing the international climate dialogue.

    BC was the first North American jurisdiction to introduce a broad-based, revenue-neutral carbon tax, and boasts a carbon-neutral public sector. As a founding signatory of the Under2MOU initiative, BC has achieved carbon neutrality across its public sector for five years. The British Columbian government also reports its climate related activities to The Climate Group's Compact of States and Regions which is the first ever single, global account of GHG reduction targets made by state and regional governments.

    The Climate Group, which maintains offices in China, North America, India and Europe, works with corporate and government partners to develop climate finance mechanisms, business models that promote innovation, and supportive policy frameworks. The group convenes leaders to hard evidence of successful low carbon growth and pilot practical solutions which can be replicated worldwide. (Source: The Climate Group, Nov., 20150 Contact: The Climate Group, Libby Ferguson, Director, (646) 233-0550, info@theclimategroup.org, www.theclimategroup.org, http://www.theclimategroup.org/what-we-do/programs/compact-of-states-and-regions/; Under2MOU, www.under2mou.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Tax,  The Climate Group,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Under2MOU,  


    PBES Touts Lithium Battery Tech. Breakthrough (New Prod & Tech)
    PBES
    Date: 2015-11-30
    Vancouver advanced energy storage technology innovator PBES has released what it says is the first commercialized thermal runway suppression system, eliminating the fire risk associated with lithium batteries. The company reported that in multiple tests, without a single failure, the system demonstrated kilowatt-to- megawatt scale ability to completely control and eliminate thermal runaway.

    The incorporation of PBES' patent-pending Thermal-Stop, CellCool and E-Vent systems, combined with its advanced energy management system, provide safety and protection from the cell level up to the system level. The company notes that its systems are suitable for industrial marine and a host of other applications.

    PBES solutions are currently offered with NMC and Titanate cell chemistry, with performance starting at 3C RMS, and lifespan up to ten years. Payback is typically within 1-3 years. (Source: PBES, 27 Nov., 2015) Contact: PBES, Brent Perry, CEO , info@pbes.com, www.pbes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Mexico, MHI Ink Renewable Energy Cooperation MoU (Ind. Report)
    Manitoba Hydro International
    Date: 2015-11-30
    BN Americas is reporting that Mexico and the Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro International (MHI) have inked an agreement under which they will exchange renewable energy project best practices. In particular, MHI's mini hydroelectric projects, energy storage, high-voltage infrastructure and social impacts expertise will be useful in helping Mexico achieve its renewable energy goals, according to a Mexican Energy Ministry release.

    Mexico's pending energy transition legislation mandates that 25 pct of power be generated from renewable sources by 2018; 30 pct by 2021; 35 pct by 2024; 45 pct by 2036; and 60 pct by 2050.

    MHI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Hydro, is comprised of five divisions: Manitoba Hydro International Utility Services, the Manitoba HVDC Research Centre, W.I.R.E. Services, Manitoba Hydro Telecom, and Manitoba Hydro International Maintenance Services. MHI delivers innovative products and services to assist power utilities, governments, and private sector clients worldwide. (Source: Manitoba Hydro International, BNAmericas, 27 Nov., 2015) Contact: Manitoba Hydro International, (204) 480-5200, info@mhi.ca, www.mhi.ca; Manitoba Hydro, (204) 480-5900, www.hydro.mb.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Manitoba Hydro International,  Renewable Energy,  Manitoba Hydro,  


    Ahead of RFS Announcement: Background on Methodology (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Smoot Tewes Group,
    Date: 2015-11-30
    "With EPA set to release the final RFS rule soon, we would like to send our thoughts on the key issues of deliberation.

    "First, we expect the blending volumes to increase from the May 27th proposal. Gasoline demand is increasing with low pump prices, which increases the demand for ethanol (because ethanol accounts for 10 pct of every gallon of gasoline consumed). This expected upward adjustment does not mean that the proposal is more aggressive -- or pushes the oil industry to blend higher percentages of renewable fuel -- it just means that more ethanol is used in current blends with increased demand for gasoline.

    "Second, EPA should be increasing the numbers further based on more robust analysis of higher biofuel blends like E15 and E85. The proposal was decidedly conservative in this area, and the final rule should reflect that.

    "The big issue, really, is the methodology (the rationale used to reduce the numbers, irrespective of what the final numbers are). If EPA continues to use 'distribution capacity' as a rationale to reduce the blending volumes, they will be inviting the oil industry to not comply with the RFS because the oil industry controls the distribution of all motor fuels.

    "We have called this proposed modification to administering the law a 'loophole' because it would create a year-to-year scenario in which RFS waivers would be based on the oil industry's own refusal to secure and distribute renewable fuel (as well as the oil industry's scheme to block retailers from selling higher blends by rigging their franchise agreements). This means, in effect, that this proposal would reward the oil industry for failing to comply with the law by giving them a waiver that allows them to continue failing to comply with the law.

    "While these new 'distribution waivers' are being proposed to rationalize a reduction in the conventional biofuel pool, the effect would be mainly on advanced biofuels (note: the waiver modification applies to all renewable fuels). To finance an advanced biofuel plant, innovators need to have in hand an off-take agreement (an agreement from an oil company to buy the product once produced). If distribution waivers are allowed, the oil companies have no incentive to sign them and investment in new projects will dry up because the key piece of the potential finance agreement is missing. Furthermore, these 'distribution waivers' would set the dangerous precedent that fossil energy companies can avoid their obligations under America's (Clean Air Act) climate policies by simply refusing to comply, and then citing their own noncompliance as justification for a waiver under the law.

    "Finally, this proposed rule flies in the face of Congress's intent when the RFS was passed. Climate denier Sen. Inhofe proposed writing this loophole into the law at oil lobbyists' behest when the RFS was being considered. But Congress explicitly rejected that approach. Recent letters from Congress to the Administration have made it very clear that the current proposal violates Congressional intent." (Source: The Smoot Tewes Group, 30 Nov., 2015) Contact: Smoot Tewes Group, (202) 524-8456, www.smoottewes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS. Renewable Fuels Standard news,  


    Japan Energy-Efficiency Plan Switching to All LEDs by 2020 (Int'l)
    LED
    Date: 2015-11-27
    The Land of the Rising Sun, Asahi Shimbun is reporting that the Japanese government government plans to phase out all incandescent light bulbs and fluorescent tubes by fiscal 2020 and light up the nation with highly energy-efficient LEDs. A rapid shift to LED light is expected to occur when light bulbs and fluorescent tubes are no longer imported and domestic stocks are exhausted.

    The Japanese government anticipates that the switch over will of cut greenhouse gas emissions and promote the development of a "greener" economy. The government controls fluorescent tubes and LED lamps under the "top-runner system" that restricts production and imports of new merchandise unless it performs better than the most energy-efficient example in the same product category. The government plans to make these changes through revisions of the Rational Use of Energy Law. (Source: Asahi Shimbun, Others, 26 November 2015)

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


    Alberta's Climate Leadership on Methane Lauded (Ind. Report)
    Environmental Defense Fund,Pembina Institute
    Date: 2015-11-27
    Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the Canadian think tank the Pembina Institute are praising the newly elected government of Alberta's ambitious 45 pct by 2025 target for methane reductions from the oil and gas industry.

    A 45 pct methane reduction across Canada would be the equivalent of eliminating 27 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, providing the same climate benefit as taking every passenger car off the road in British Columbia and Alberta according to data from Statistics Canada and Canada's National Inventory Report. In the case of Alberta, the report indicated that upstream methane emissions could be reduced by 45 pct for $2.57 (Cdn) per metric tonne of CO2.

    According to data from Canada's GHG inventory, oil and gas methane emissions are one of the county's largest sources of GHG emissions and are almost double the size of the next largest source of methane in Canada. (Source: EDF, Pembina, Scott Public Affairs, 22 Nov., 2015) Contact: Pembina Institute, Kirk Heuser, (587) 585-4522, kirkh@pembina.org, http://www.pembina.org; EDF, Lauren Whittenberg, (512) 691-3437, lwhittenberg@edf.org, www.edf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Environmental Defense Fund,  Pembina Institute,  


    SaskPower to Double Renewables Capacity by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    SaskPower
    Date: 2015-11-27
    On Wednesday, Saskatchewan utility SaskPower reported it will increase its total renewable energy production capacity to 50 pct by 2030 -- doubling it current renewable energy capacity, 20 pct of which comes from hydro power and 5 pct from wind power.

    According to a SaskPower release, the province has three new wind power projects in development which will deliver an additional 207 MW of power by 2020. SaskPower also plans to install 60 MW of solar power in 2016 and to encourage home solar generation through a net metering review. The utility is exploring geothermal opportunities. (Source: SaskPower, 25 Nov., 2015) Contact: SaskPower, Mike Marsh, CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower,  Wind,  Solar,  Geothermal,  


    DOI Opens Carolina Offshore Wind Review (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Interior Department
    Date: 2015-11-27
    In Washington, the U.S. Interior Department (DOI) reports it will include North Myrtle Beach in new reviews to determine whether wind energy should be developed in more than 1,100 square nautical miles of federal waters more than 3 miles off the South Carolina coast.

    The DOI is requesting proposals to gauge industry interest, as well as preparing to conduct an environmental assessment and scheduling a series of public meetings in January. The region's major investor-owned utilities -- Duke Energy and South Carolina Electric & Gas -- have to date shown little interest in offshore wind, according to a DOI release. (Source: U.S. Interior Department, The State, Various Others, 24 Nov., 2015)Contact: https://www.doi.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


    Rising Sun Solar Installs JuiceBox Energy Storage System in Hawaii (Ind. Report)
    Rising Sun Solar,JuiceBox Energy
    Date: 2015-11-27
    San Jose, California-headquartered energy storage specialist JuiceBox Energy is reporting the first Hawaiin installation of its 8.6 kWh Energy Storage System with Rising Sun Solar on the island of Maui.

    The JuiceBox Energy Lithium-Ion Storage System is an automotive-grade 8.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack with proprietary charge control and energy management system coupled to the Schneider Conext XW+ inverter, which is now listed and approved for use in the Aloha State. The battery management and system delivers over 4000 cycles and has redundant protection mechanisms. The system is designed to support grid-tied, grid isolated in the event of grid failure, and off-grid configurations. (Source: JuiceBox, altenergymag, 23 Nov., 2015) Contact: Rising Sun Solar, www.risingsunsolar.com; JuiceBox Energy, (408) 391-9360, www.juiceboxsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rising Sun Solar,  JuiceBox Energy ,  Energy Storage,  


    Abengoa Bioenergy Seeks Protection from Creditors (Ind. Report)
    Abengoa Bioenergy SA
    Date: 2015-11-27
    Citing a failed funding agreement, Spanish renewable energy giant Abengoa Bioenergy SA reports it has filed for Spanish bankruptcy court protection from its creditors. Under Spanish law, the company now has up to four months to deal with its creditors.

    The company operates ethanol plants in Portales, New Mexico; Colwich, Kansas; Granite City and Mount Vernon, Illinois; as well as Ravenna and York, Nebraska. Earlier this year, the company began production at a plant designed to use wheat straw and switchgrass among other feedstocks in Hugoton, Kansas. Abengoa has a biofuel production capacity of more than 370 million gpy. (Source: Abengoa Bioenergy, DTN/Progressive Farmer, Others, Nov. 25, 2015) Contact: Abengoa, Abengoa Bioenergy, http://www.abengoabioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Abengoa ,  Biofuels,  


    IEA CCC Comments on UK DECC's CCS Commitment (Int'l Report)
    IEA Clean Coal Centre
    Date: 2015-11-25
    In recently released comments on UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Secretary Amber Rudd's energy development plan for the next decade, the IEA Clean Coal Centre (IEA CCC) says the UK's CCS industry risks falling into irrelevance if the DECC's policy is executed as presented.

    "At one time the UK was a leader in the development of CCS. We know the government has recently given its support for CCS projects, such as £4.2 million for research and feasibility work for a proposed 570 MW CCS coal-gasification power station in Grangemouth, Scotland, awarded in March this year. However, it will certainly be hard to promote and sell the technology abroad if there is no commercial deployment in the UK."

    Contrary to the DECC's new energy development plan, the IEA CCC argues that the construction of CCS demonstration plants should proceed promptly, pointing out that, when combined with ultra-supercritical technology, CCS-equipped coal-fired power plants have lower emissions than unabated gas-fired plants. "Building unabated gas-fired power stations locks the UK in to substantial emissions from fossil fuels for possibly the next 40 years," the IEA CCC says.

    A recent IEA CCC report comparing the greenhouse impact of coal and gas found that if the rate of methane leakage is more than 3 pct during the upstream sourcing and processing of natural gas, then the climatic benefit of substituting gas for coal is negated.

    As an example of the potential CCS could play in helping the UK meet its climate targets, the IEA CCC highlighted the White Rose CCS project in Yorkshire as having the potential to not only provide very-low CO2 emitting coal-fired power but also acting as a CCS hub, allowing neighboring industries to also capture and store their CO2 via that White Rose pipeline. (Source: IEA Clean Coal Centre, IEA, World Coal, 20 Nov., 2015) Contact: IEA Clean Coal Centre, +44 20 8877 6280, www.iea-coal.org.uk; DECC, Hon. Amber Rudd , Minister, www.decc.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Clean Coal,  DECC,  Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Proposed Ethanol Plant's Barley Pathway EPA Approved (Ind. Report)
    Montana Advanced Biofuels
    Date: 2015-11-25
    Montana Advanced Biofuels, the developer of a proposed barley-to-ethanol plant for Great Falls, Montana, reports receipt of U.S. EPA approval for its pathway as a D6 renewable fuel and as a D5 advanced biofuel, subject to meeting specified energy and yield levels.

    The proposed plant would use 15.3 million bpy of No. 2 feed barley and 15 million bpy of wheat to produce 70 MMgy of ethanol combined with 83 million ppy vital wheat gluten.

    The company is now seeking financing for the project. (Source: Montana Advanced Biofuels LLC., Ethanol Prod., Others, 23 Nov., 2015) Contact: Montana Advanced Biofuels LLC, Gary Hebener, Pres., (208) 661-5680, http://www.manta.com/c/mtgp7kl/montana-advanced-biofuels-llc

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Barley Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Renewable Fuel,  


    CFS Calls for Inclusion of Soil Health in Climate Mitigation Strategies (Ind. Report)
    Center for Food Safety
    Date: 2015-11-25
    In Washington, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) is calling on world leaders to recognize agro-ecological agriculture as a core climate solution during the upcoming UNFCCC COP21 meeting Paris. The CFS's , newly launched Soil Solutions program is aimed at raising the profile of carbon sequestration through regenerative agriculture, a strategy that it says holds great potential to address the climate crisis.

    Globally, soil has lost 50-70 pct of its original carbon content. When soil organic matter is disturbed, carbon molecules escape and combine with oxygen atoms to create CO2. By some estimates, at least 30 percent of GHGs can be attributed to agricultural practices such as clearing forests to plant monocultures like palm oil plantations.

    Aside from storing carbon, regenerative, agro-ecological systems keep land productive and fertile and facilitate proper water absorption and storage, a critical function. (Source: Center for Food Safety, PR, eNews Park Forest, 23 Nov., 2015) Contact: Center for Food Safety, Diana Donlon, Director, (202) 547-9759, office@centerforfoodsafety.org, http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Soil Carbon,  Carbon Sequestration,  


    Sept. Ethanol Exports Reach New Record Levels (Ind. Report)
    United States Grains Council,USDA
    Date: 2015-11-25
    The United States Grains Council (USGC)reports that U.S. ethanol exports for September were up 6 pct from September 2014, making it the highest recorded quantity sold.

    According to trade data from the USDA's Global Agricultural Trade System, 60 million gallons of U.S. ethanol were exported in September at a value of almost $130 million. Canada purchased 26 million gallons of industrial ethanol totaling $66 million, India purchased 14.3 million gallons for $25 million, while Korea imported 8.5 million gallons at a cost of $19 million. Additionally, Mexico imported 35 pct more ethanol from the U.S. than in the past, or 2.7 million gallons. (Source: United States Grains Council, Crop Protection News, 23 Nov., 2015) Contact: United States Grains Council, (202) 789-0789, www.grains.org; USDA Global Agricultural Trade System, https://apps.fas.usda.gov/gats

    More Low-Carbon Energy News United States Grains Council,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Exports,  


    Alberta Touts Methane Emissions Reduction Plan (Ind. Report)
    Government of Alberta
    Date: 2015-11-25
    On the Canadian prairies, oil-soaked Alberta presently has two carbon offset protocols to support methane reductions in the oil and gas sector: an offset protocol to encourage converting existing pneumatic equipment to highly efficient options and an offset protocol for solution gas conservation.

    Under these two protocols, Alberta says it will reduce its oil and gas operations methane emissions by 45 pct by 2025 by applying new methane emissions design standards at the planning stage of new oil and gas facilities, and developing a 5-year voluntary Joint Initiative on Methane Reduction and Verification that will include industry, environmental groups and Indigenous communities. It will be tasked with taking action on venting and fugitive emissions from existing facilities, including enhanced measurement and reporting requirements for new and existing facilities.

    The Implementation of the new methane design standards will be led by the Alberta Energy Regulator, in collaboration with Alberta Energy and Alberta Environment and Parks. (Source: Government of Alberta, (780) 427-2700, http://alberta.ca

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    Ranger's Solar Plan Kiboshed by Site Lease Problems (Ind. Report)
    Ranger Solar
    Date: 2015-11-25
    Ranger Solar reports that its proposed $25 million solar project in Winslow, Maine has been put on hold due to site leasing problems. The 10-to-20 megawatt solar installation would have been the biggest solar farm in the state.

    Ranger Solar has also proposed a similar-sized solar farm at the regional airport in Sanford, Maine, as well as four large solar arrays in Vermont, according to a Sept. report in vtdigger.org. The Vermont projects have been opposed by government regulators and others on the ground's that the state's power transmission lines could not handle the electricity the solar stations would generate. (Source: Ranger Solar, centralmaine.com, Others, 23 Nov., 2015) Contact: Ranger Solar, info@rangersolar.com, http://www.rangersolar.com

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    Caverion, Soderhamm Seal €29Mn Energy Efficiency Deal (Int'l)
    Caverion
    Date: 2015-11-25
    In Sweden, energy efficiency specialist Caverion and the Municipality of Soderhamm have inked €29 million Energy Performance Contract (EPC) covering the municipality's housing company Faxeholmen AB and other public buildings. The contract includes HVAC, electric power service, information and communication services, security and safety and automation. Caverion will also maintain the buildings and their configuration management until 2019 as well as guarantee a 19 pct energy savings for 10 years.

    The first phase of the project will analyze the energy consumption of the buildings then plan and implement measures that increase the buildings' performance and decrease the energy consumption and environmental impact. In addition, (Source: Caverion Oyj, PR, 23 Nov., 2015) Caverion Sweden, Anders Fagerkrantz, Business Unit Manager, tel. +46 8 705 32 78, anders.fagerkrantz@caverion.se, www.caverion.com

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    Suffolk Joins Energize NY Energy Efficiency Loan Program (Ind. Report)
    Energy Improvement Corporation
    Date: 2015-11-25
    In the Empire State, the Suffolk County Legislature has authorized the county to be added as a municipal member to a New York State sustainable energy loan program. The not-for-profit Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC) will act on behalf of the county to provide loans to qualifying commercial and non-profit property owners for the installation of renewable energy systems and energy efficient measures through its Energize NY program.

    Eligible clean energy improvements include a range of energy efficiency updates, renewable energy and energy storage systems. Energize NY provides qualified property owners with long-term financing with competitive interest rates. The financing is repaid through an annual charge that will be placed under the county portion of the property owner's tax bill, which automatically transfers to a new owner if the property is sold. (Source: Energize New York, Energy Improvement Corporation, 23 Nov., 2015) Contact: Energize NY, Energy Improvement Corporation, Mark Thielking, Exec. Dir.,energizeny.org/eic

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energize New York,  Energy Efficiency Loan,  


    ABO Launches Algae Ind. Roadmap -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Algae Biomass Organization
    Date: 2015-11-23
    As previously reported, the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) has released the seventh iteration of Industrial Algae Measurements (IAM 7.0), to update the common language industry professionals use to evaluate and compare algae operations that can sometimes vary quite widely in their use of technology, the products they market and the inputs used to cultivate difference strains of algae.

    This edition increases the depth and breadth of its predecessors covering; the assessment of cellular-level productivity, lifecycle analysis, policy and regulation, wastewater utilization and management, and appropriate metrics. IAM 7.0 also includes a new visual layout to help readers navigate.

    Though algae processes can be extremely diverse, IAM 7.0 continues to "equally encompass autotrophic, heterotrophic, open pond, photobioreactor, and open water production, as well as harvest and conversion processes for microalgae, macroalgae and cyanobacteria aimed at being process and pathway agnostic."

    In addition, the IAM's "green box" approach simultaneously assesses both economic and sustainability calculations. Regardless of inner workings, this approach functions using common inputs and outputs found in algae operations.

    A free download of the Industrial Algae Measurements (IAM 7.0) is available HERE. (Source: ABO, 19 Nov., 2015) Contact: ABO, www.algaebiomass.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Biomass Organization,  Algae,  Biomass,  


    EU Suing Greece for Tardy Building Energy Reports (Int'l)
    EU
    Date: 2015-11-23
    The European Commission (EC) reports it is taking Greece to the Court of Justice for its inadequate wastewater treatment and its failure to calculate building minimum energy requirement data as required by the Energy Performance of Buildings directive.

    EU Member States are required to measure building minimum energy requirements with "a view to achieving the best combination between investments and savings." The calculations determine a building's energy efficiency and renewable energy potential. Greece is the only Member State which did not comply. (Source: EC EU, Various Others,22 Nov., 2015) Contact: Energy Performance of Buildings -- European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/topics/energy-efficiency/buildings

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


    Gamesa Debuts New Medium Wind Speed Turbine (New Prod & Tech)
    Gamesa
    Date: 2015-11-23
    Spanish wind energy specialist Gamesa is reporting the launch of its new 3.3 MW platform. The G132-3.3 MW is designed especially for medium wind speeds. The new turbine combines a 132-meter rotor with nominal unit capacity of 3.3 MW.

    The new platform builds on the company's 2.0 MW and 2.5 MW platforms, installed in 35 countries (cumulative installed capacity: 20.9 GW), by leveraging the same mechanical and electrical systems but boosting nominal capacity to 3.3 MW. The new turbine's 64.5 meter fiberglass blades features a newly designed aerodynamic edges which increase annual output and minimize noise' Tower heights rane from 84 to 134 meters. According to The first G132-3.3 MW prototype will be installed in mid-2016, while serial production is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2017. (Source: Gamesa, 18 Nov., 2015)Contact: Gamesa Corp., http://www.gamesacorp.com

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


    American Process Wins Nanocellulose Patent (New Prod & Tech)
    American Process Inc.
    Date: 2015-11-23
    Atlanta-based biorefinery innovator American Process Inc. (API) reports it has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 9,187,865 for its BioPlus nanocellulose technology.

    The patent covers an AVAP process for producing a nanocellulose material, as well as many downstream applications using the nanocellulose. The process includes fractionating a biomass feedstock with an acid, a solvent for lignin, and water, to generate cellulose-rich solids; and then mechanically treating the celluloserich solids with a relatively low amount of energy to form cellulose nanofibrils or nanocrystals.

    The AVAP technology is a flexible biorefinery platform to produce various chemicals, materials, sugars, fuels, and energy from lignocellulosic biomass. U.S. Patent No. 9,187,865is the company's 25th patent granted. (Source: American Process Inc., 19 Nov., 2015) Contact: API, Theodora Retsina, Vesa Pylkkanen, CTO, (404) 872-8807, www.americanprocess.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Process Inc.,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  

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