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Green Climate Fund Announces $168Mn in Proposals (Funding)
Green Climate Fund
Date: 2015-11-06
The UN's flagship Green Climate Fund (GCF) is reporting eight funding proposals totaling $168 million -- $25 million in an East African solar fund, $40 million for a Bangladesh climate resilience programme and $22 million for energy efficiency green bonds in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Colombia. Other funding proposals in Africa, Latin America, Fiji, and the Maldives, are all deemed to be critical to the long term success of the COP21 global climate deal, set to be finalized in Paris this December, according to the GCF.

The Green Climate Fund is a fund within the framework of the UNFCCC founded as a mechanism to assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change. The GCF is based in the new Songdo district of Incheon, South Korea. (Source: Green Climate Fund, Various Others, Climate Home, Nov., 2015) Contact: Green Climate Fund, +82 32 458 6059, info@gcfund.org, www.gcfund.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Climate Fund,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  Energy Subsidies,  


PacificLight Promoting Energy Efficiency, Innovation (Int'l)
PacificLight Power Pte
Date: 2015-11-04
In Singapore, PacificLight Power Pte Ltd reports the launch of the PacificLight Centre of Excellence. The Centre aims to promote energy efficiency and encourage new energy management technologies while focusing on power plant innovation and reliability as well as energy retail innovation initiatives.

The Plant Reliability and Innovation programmes include measures to reduce the in-house energy consumption and increase the use of solar PV at the company's power generation plant on Jurong Island.

Other initiatives currently being considered include energy storage solutions and demand side management. (Source: PacificLight Power Pte Ltd, Control Engineering Asia, Others, Oct. 30, 2015)Contact: PacificLight Power Pte Ltd., +65 6603 5959, www.pacificlight.com.sg

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


South Africa Planning 2016 Carbon Tax (Int'l, Ind. Report)
South African National Treasury
Date: 2015-11-04
In Johannesburg, the South African National Treasury reports it will institute its postponed carbon tax in 2016. But, in light of the current state of mining and other distressed sectors, the tax "will be designed to ensure that such sectors are not adversely affected. The tax and revenue recycling measures are also designed to be revenue neutral from a macroeconomic perspective, but will not necessarily be neutral for companies with significant emissions," according to a government release.

The revised carbon tax proposes a basic 60 pct tax-free threshold during the first phase of the carbon tax, from the implementation date up to 2020, an additional 10 pct tax-free allowance for process emissions and an additional tax-free allowance for trade exposed sectors of up to 10 pct amongst other measures. The combined effect of all the tax-free thresholds will be capped at 95 pct and an initial marginal carbon tax rate of R120 per ton of CO2 emitted will apply. However, if all the tax-free thresholds are taken into account the effective carbon tax rate will vary between R6 and R48 per ton of CO2 emitted. (Source: South African National Treasury, Moneyweb, Nov., 2014) Contact: South African National Treasury , www.treasury.gov.za

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  South Africa Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  


NEC Power Plan Calls for Greater Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Date: 2015-11-04
In its recently updated Northwest Power Plan, the Northwest Energy Council (NEC) finds that even in the hydropower-rich Pacific Northwest, it's not possible to have a carbon-free electric power system at an acceptable cost using today's technology. Accordingly, the report recommends that the region should focus on increased energy efficiency plans and initiatives as a way of meeting the EPA's Clean Power Plan regulations and CO2 emissions limits.

Since the NEC's founding 30 years ago, the region has saved an estimated 5,900 megawatts through conservation, relying on more efficient equipment, insulation, heating, cooling and lighting at both homes and businesses. In 2012 alone, energy efficiency, as well as thermal and renewable resources, saved consumers in the region between $1 and $3 billion.

The proposed plan, which calls for approximately 4.500 average MW of new energy efficiency by 2035, indicates that more than 90 pct of the additional power needed over the coming 20 years can be met by energy conservation measures at a cost less than that of building new gas- or coal-fired power plants. (Source: Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Flathead Beacon, 2 Nov., 2015) Contact: Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Phil Rockefeller, Chairman, (503) 222-5161, info@nwcouncil.org, www.nwcouncil.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENergy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  Northwest Power and Conservation Council,  Energy Efficiency,  


Vietnam Sets Carbon Emission Reduction Pledge at 8 pct (Int'l)
Vietnam
Date: 2015-11-04
According to Nguyen Khac Hieu, deputy head of the Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change, Vietnam expects to pledge an 8 pct emissions cut by 2030, raising to 25 pct depending upon the amount of bilateral and multilateral foreign aid it receives. To achieve its goal, Vietnam would need $21.1 billion -- $3.2 billion from local sources and $17.9 billion from international donors.

The country's total GHG emissions are forecast at 787 million tons of CO2 equivalent by 2030, compared to around 247 million tons in 2010. Vietnam had 254 Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects recognized by the CDM Executive Board as of June 2015. Vietnam ranks fourth globally in terms of CDM projects with a potential emissions reduction of around 137.4 million tons of CO2. (Source: VietNam Net Bridge, Various Others, 1 Nov., 2015)

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


RES Closes System 3 Acquisition (Ind. Report, M&A)
Renewable Energy Systems Ltd.
Date: 2015-11-04
Broomfield, Colorado-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd. (RES) reports it has acquired substantially all of the assets, personnel, and equipment of System 3 Inc. (System 3), a specialty electrical contractor based in Sacramento, CA. System 3 specializes in constructing substations, transmission lines, and collection systems in the wind and solar energy market as well as other utility and general commercial and industrial businesses. (Source: RES Americas,Nov., 2015) Contact: RES Americas, Glenn Davis, CEO, Raheleh Folkerts, Media, (303) 439-4200, raheleh.folkerts@res-americas.com, www.res-americas.com; System 3, Joel Leineke, Pres., (916) 979-0550, http://system3inc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Systems Ltd.,  


Hydro Group, Atlantis Resources Ink £51Mn Scottish Tidal Energy Contract (Int'l)
Hydro Group,MeyGen Limited,Atlantis Resources,
Date: 2015-11-04
Aberdeen, Scotland-headquartered sub-sea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group reports it has won a contract with Singapore-based Atlantis Resources to supply sub-sea connection systems for the four-turbine, 398-MW MeyGen tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth, Scotland.

Hydro Group will supply the complete export connection system for one of the tidal turbines, and is currently finalizing details for the second phase of the project. Upon completion, the MeyGen project will generate sufficient power for 175,000 homes in Scotland from up to 269 tidal turbines which will secured to the seabed, beginning in 2016. (Source: Hydro Group, 4 Nov., 2015) Contact: Atlantis Resources, +65 6238 6002, atlantisresourcesltd.com; Hydro Group, +44 (0) 1224 822996, sales@hydrogroupplc.com, http://www.hydrogroupplc.com[endlink

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro Group,  Tidal Energy,  Atlantis Resources,  ,  


Univ. of Iowa Medical Building Awarded LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
University of Iowa
Date: 2015-11-04
The University of Iowa in Iowa City reports that its 256,000 sq-ft Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification .

The $126 million building, which was completed in 2014, houses “high-impact, high-reward” research in diabetes, deafness, and brain science and others. Energy efficient and LEED certified features used in the project include regionally sourced materials and over 75 pct of construction and demolition debris was recycled. (Source: Iowa Now, USGBC 3 Nov., 2015) Contact: University of Iowa, Wendy Moorehead, Facilities Management, (319) 335-1246 Liz Christiansen, UI Office of Sustainability, (319) 335-5516, www.uiowa.edu; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


Shale Gas Methane Emissions' Role in Global Warming Explored -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Cornell University,Methane,Shale Gas
Date: 2015-11-02
A report from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, claims that because of the increase in shale gas development over recent years, the total greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel use in the USA rose between 2009 and 2013, despite the decrease in carbon dioxide emissions. Given the projections for continued expansion of shale gas production, this trend of increasing GHG emissions from fossil fuels is predicted to continue through 2040.

According to report corresponding author Cornell Professor Robert Howarth: "The US EPA has seriously underestimated the importance of methane emissions in general and from shale gas in particular. As a result, the US government has been stating that total greenhouse gas emissions from energy use in the US have been steadily declining since 2008 (which they attribute to switching shale gas for coal for electricity generation, although other studies say the economic downturn has been more important). With better accounting for methane, the new paper concludes that total GHG emissions have actually been rising at their most rapid rate in decades. Methane now accounts for 40 pct of total US GHG emissions from the energy sector. The rapid rise is due to shale gas and shale oil development, and has globally important consequences that are becoming increasing critical as the average temperature of the Earth, compared to the pre-industrial baseline, is expected to double in the next 15 years."

According to Horwath, "methane emissions make it a disastrous idea to consider shale gas as a bridge fuel, letting society continue to use fossil fuels over the next few decades. Rather, we must move as quickly as possible away from all fossil fuels -- shale gas, conventional natural gas, coal, and oil -- and towards a truly sustainable energy future using 21st Century technologies and wind and solar power."

The report is available HERE. (Source: Cornell Univ., Energy and Emission Control Technologies, Dove Press, 21 Oct., 2015) Contact: Cornell Univ., Robert W Howarth Department of Ecology and Environmental Biology, (607) 255-6175, rwh2@cornell.edu, http://www.gulfbase.org/person/view.php?uid=rhowarth

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  GHG,  Slale Gas,  


£75Mn Oxford Univ. Building Seeks BREEAM Certification (Int'l)
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method
Date: 2015-11-02
In the UK, testing is underway at the Oxford University Blavatnik School of Government's new £75 million building which aim's to score an "excellent" rating through the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). The new environmentally friendly building is expected to consume half as much energy as average UK buildings its size and its CO2 emissions could be 42 pct less.

The buildings energy efficiency measures include ventilation using daytime solar blinds for air circulation, a geothermal array of 72 boreholes, rooftop solar, low-energy lighting, a rain harvesting and a and a "green roof." (Source: Oxford University, Oxford Mail, 28 Oct., 2015) Contact: Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, www.breeam.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News BREEAM,  Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  


WRI Comments on Upcoming COP21 Meeting (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
World Resources Institute
Date: 2015-11-02
"We are already seeing significant progress catalyzed by the Paris negotiations. All countries' submissions are stronger now than they were before. With more than 153 countries coming forward with national commitments, we're now seeing a much higher level of cooperation on climate change. These plans point us to a better world with stronger economies, more renewable energy, more livable cities, healthier forests, and more resilient communities. The Paris agreement has not yet been sealed, but is already raising our sights about what's possible.

"Despite the unprecedented level of effort, this report finds that current commitments are not yet sufficient to meet what the world needs. Countries must accelerate their efforts after the Paris summit in order to stave off climate change. The global climate agreement should include a clear mandate for countries to ramp up their commitments and set a long-term signal to phase out emissions as soon as possible." (Source: World Resources Institute, Jennifer Morgan, Global Director, Climate Program, 30 Oct., 2015) Contact: World Resources Institute, (202) 729-7600, www.wri.org

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


IMO Found Lacking in Curbing Maritime Emissions (Ind. Report)
International Maritime Organization
Date: 2015-11-02
In a Maritime CEO Magazine survey, three-quarters of respondents suggested that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has fallen short on tackling maritime shipping emissions. The survey results may be particularly relevant in light of the UN climate change talks in Paris where shipping will be under the spotlight.

In a Sept. 29th release, IMO secretary general Koji Sekimizu said any discussion of shipping 's contribution to global CO2 emissions should be held in house , rather than as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Paris. Sekimizu added that the shipping industry and IMO have taken "significant" measures to addrerss the industries emissions concerns, and that, in his opinion, ship emissions could be slashed by more than 30 pct by 2030.

Previously in October, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) International Transport Forum reported that shipping should reduce carbon emissions by half over the next 35 years and entirely by 2080 with the International Maritime Organization taking the lead. Among the measures ITF suggested was a carbon tax for shipping set at about $25 per tonne of CO2, the receipts of which could feed into the Green Climate Fund. The European parliament is also calling for huge cuts in maritime shipping emissions. (Source: International Maritime Organization, Maritime CEO, Spash24/7, Oct. 27, 2015) Contact: International Maritime Organization , www.imo.org

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


BIO Comments on EPA's 2014--2016 RFS Rule (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuel Standard,Biotechnology Industry Organization
Date: 2015-11-02
"If the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not correct its course in its final rule for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), it will continue to undermine the goals and requirements of the statute, undercut investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels, and raise greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation fuel sector, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) said today in reaction to the transmittal of the final rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review.

According to Brent Erickson, Exec. VP of BIO's Industrial & Environmental Section: "The RFS has been a critical piece of our nation's energy and climate policy. It has driven the investment of billions of dollars in the development and commercial deployment of ultra-low-carbon biofuels. It has spurred innovation beyond biofuels to the development of greener technologies and manufacturing processes while curbing our dependence on foreign oil.

"Unfortunately, as we explained in our official comments on the proposed rule, EPA's new interpretation of its statutory authority to waive the requirements of the RFS statute has already chilled investment for advanced biofuels and has increased U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. If EPA issues a final rule that adopts the approach set forth in the proposed rule, the result will be continued market uncertainty and market constraints that will further undermine sustained investment in advanced biofuels."

BIO represents leading developers and producers of cellulosic and advanced biofuels, including Abengoa Bioenergies in Hugoton, Kan.; DuPont in Nevada, Iowa; Enerkem in Alberta, Canada; GranBio in Alagoas, Brazil; INEOS Bio in Vero Beach, Fla.; POET-DSM in Emmetsburg, Iowa; and ZeaChem in Boardman, Oregon. The advanced biofuel industry has invested more than $6 billion since 2009 to build first-of-a-kind biorefineries around the world. Through the application of industrial biotechnology, BIO members are improving conventional biofuel processes, commercializing advanced and cellulosic biofuel production technologies, and speeding development of new purpose grown energy crops. (Source: Biotechnology Industry Organization, 2 Nov., 2015) Contact: Biotechnology Industry Organization, Brent Erickson, Exec. VP, (202) 962-9200, www.bio.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  Biotechnology Industry Organization,  


InsideIQ Bldg Automation Alliance Expands into NH (Ind. Report)
InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance
Date: 2015-11-02
The InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, an international alliance of independent building automation contractors, reports it is now offering its building systems expertise to commercial facilities throughout the Granite state.

According to the InsideIQ website, InsideIQ aligns the collective experience of the leading independent contractors dedicated to everything for your inside working environment. Agile, adaptable, and cooperative, InsideIQ locally-owned Member companies deliver over $1.4 billion in valuable services annually to high profile Clients. Members offer innovation, sustainability, best practices, independence, and an absolute commitment to excellence and Client satisfaction in building sustainable automation and energy solutions with a localized focus. (Source: InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, 27 Oct., 2015) Contact: InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, Leroy Walden, Pres., http://www.insideiq.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance,  Building Automation,  Sustainable Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


Enel's 126MW Mexican Wind Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power SpA
Date: 2015-10-30
Enel Green Power SpA is reporting that construction of its 126-MW, Palo Alto wind farm in the state of Jalisc is underway. The wind park, which will utilize 43, 3-MW turbines and cost approximately €226 million ($250 million), is expected to come online late in 2016. According to Enel, the fully operational wind farm will generate sufficient energy for an average 200,000 homes.

The Palo Alto wind power plant will be owned by Enel Green Power Mexico subsidiary Energia Limpia de Palo Alto S de RL de CV. (Source: Enel Green, SeeNews, Others, 28 Oct., 2015) Contact: Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power SpA,  Wind,  


Fluidic Provides Energy Storage Systems in Indonesia (Int'l)
Fluidic Energy
Date: 2015-10-30
Scottsdale, Arizona-based Fluidic Energy™ reports it will collaborate with Caterpillar Inc. and the Indonesian state-owned electric utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to provide reliable and renewable electricity to 500 remote villages throughout the island nation of Indonesia.

Under the terms of the collaboration, Indonesia's village grid systems will utilize more than 35MWp of PV panels and in excess of 250MWh of Fluidic Energy storage capacity. As part of the "500 Island" team, Fluidic will supply the energy storage systems including its integrated smart grid intelligence to more than 325,000 households. Fluidic, which presently has manufacturing facilities in Indonesia, designs, manufactures and markets proprietary rechargeable metal-air battery technology in high production volumes. (Source: Fluidic Energy, Others, Oct., 2015) Contact: Fluidic Energy, Steve Scharnhorst, CEO, Katie Avila, (480) 966-0242, www.fluidicenergy.com

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


Green Building Science, Performance Site Launched (Ind. Report)
Green Builder Media
Date: 2015-10-30
Green Builder® Media just launched a new source for building science and performance. This new site is replete with tips and tools to help educate building professionals and consumers and key aspects of high-performance buildings. "Where building performance is concerned, it's what's behind the walls that matters", according to the Green Builder Media release.

Trending now on the site are articles, videos and blogs, including topics such as: foundations, structure, insulation, doors and windows, exteriors, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and surfaces.

Green Builder Media also offers sustainable building resources, such as building code updates, resilient housing, indoor air quality and others (Source: Green Builder Media, PR. 27 Oct., 2015) Contact: Green Builder, (360) 376-4702, www.greenbuildermedia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Building Code,  Energy Efficiency,  


Trina Solar, CITIC Ink $1.57 Bn Credit Agreement (Int'l Report)
Trina Solar
Date: 2015-10-30
Changzhou, China-headquartered solar products specialist Trina Solar Ltd reports it has inked a 5-year cooperation agreement with CITIC Financial Leasing and a 3-year $1.57 billion credit facility with CITIC Bank Corp Ltd. The agreements will give the company access to customized financial products and services, including credit facilities for equipment leasing, upgrades and downstream projects. Another line of credit will be used for trade financing including short-, medium- and long-term loans. Access to foreign currency loans will also be available, according to Trina. (Source: Trina Solar, Various Sources, 28 Oct., 2015) Contact: Trina Solar Limited, Investor Relations, 011 +86 519-8517-6878, ir@trinasolar.com, www.trinasolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trina Solar,  Solar,  


Granite State Takes "Under 2 MOU" CO2 Emissions Pledge (Ind. Report)
Under 2 MOU
Date: 2015-10-30
New Hampshire has joined 48 other states and cities to sign a non-binding agreement to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The pledge is called the "Under 2 MOU" -- MOU is short for memorandum of understanding, and Under 2 refers to the goal of keeping temperatures from increasing more than 2 degrees C. The original "Under 2 MOU" signators include the states of Vermont and California as well as Catalonia, Spain, Ontario Canada and Acre, Brazil. Lombardy and Sardinia, Italy have also joined. Together, the Under 2 MOu membership includes more than 500 million people representing $14.7 trillion worth of GDP.

The goal of the agreement is to push for more aggressive carbon goals in the upcoming Paris talks. There is, however, no mechanism to ensure that the cities and states follow through on their pledges. (Source: NH Public Radio, 27 Oct., 2015) Contact: Under 2 MOU, www.under2mou.org

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


N.H. Using RGGI for Clean Power Plan Compliance (Ind. Report)
New Hampshire,RGGI
Date: 2015-10-30
The Political Mirror is reporting that New Hampshire is using its participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap-and-trade program to comply with the EPA's newly released Clean Power Plan. a rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that aims to cut power plant carbon emissions nationwide.

Fossil-fuel-burning power plants must purchase a RGGI-issued allowance for each ton of CO2 that they emit. The earnings from the RGGI allowances auctions are divided among member states, most of which use the proceeds for energy efficiency programs or, as in New Hampshire, electric ratepayer rebates.

RGGI is the first mandatory market-based regulatory program in the US to reduce GHG emissions. RGGI states include Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. (Source: RGGI, Vermont Business, Political Monitor, 30 Sept., 2015)Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Clean Power Plan,  


Microsoft Claims Manufacturing Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
Microsoft
Date: 2015-10-30
U.S. software giant Microsoft reports that as of July 1, 2015, it has achieved carbon neutrality across its manufacturing operations while its data centers, software development labs, offices and business air travel have been carbon neutral since July 2012. The company credits it carbon neutrality to its internal carbon fee which puts a price on carbon and makes the company's business divisions responsible for the cost of reducing and compensating for the carbon emissions associated with their electricity use and air travel.

Since launching the carbon fee in 2012, the company has purchased more than 10 million MWh of green power and reduced emissions by 7.5 million metric tons. During fiscal year 2015, Microsoft also purchased more than 3 billion kWh of renewable energy -- equal to 100 pct of its global electricity use -- and became the second largest user of green power in the U.S., according to the U.S. EPA.

Microsoft says that 23 percent of the electricity used to power its operations comes from directly purchased renewable energy. The company has also invested $3.1 million in carbon-fee funded efficiency projects and other energy efficiency projects, which have reduced the company’s associated carbon emissions by 18,179 metric tons and resulted in $3.6 million in energy savings. Overall, the carbon fee program has saved Microsoft around $10 million per year. (Source: Microsoft, 27 Oct., 2015)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Microsoft,  Carbon Tax,  


Air Products Touts Texas Methane Reformer Plan (Ind. Report)
Air Products
Date: 2015-10-30
Air Products, the leading global hydrogen provider, reports it will invest $350-$400 million to build, own and operate a world-scale Steam Methane Reformer (SMR) in Baytown, Texas. The new SMR will be built through the global hydrogen alliance between Air Products and Technip, a world leader in project management, engineering and construction, company officials said.

The SMR will produce hydrogen and carbon monoxide to be supplied to customers from Air Products' Gulf Coast Hydrogen and CO Pipeline Networks. Both product capacities from the new facility are already sold-out ahead of the anticipated plant onstream in 2018, company officials said. The SMR and cold box will produce approximately 125 million standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen and a world-scale supply of carbon monoxide. (Source: Air Products, Area Dev. News, Oct. 27, 2015) Contact: Air Products, Marie Folkes, Pres. Industrial Gases, www.airproducts.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Products,  Methane,  Carbon Monoxide,  


Algenol Refocuses for "Commercial Readiness" (Ind. Report)
Algenol
Date: 2015-10-30
In the face of falling gasoline prices, Fort Myers, Florida-headquartered Algenol Biotech LLC reports it is sharpening its focus on advancing its technology for "commercial readiness". To that end, the company has cut its work force by about 20 pct, made top level leadership changes and will be reducing its public profile.

The local employment numbers will continue to meet or exceed the company's obligations, as outlined in the Lee County, Florida, grant. Algenol will also maintain staff to advance its technology, according to an Algenol release.

Algenol's patented technology uses algae to produce ethanol, gasoline, jet and diesel fuel, all at a cost of $1.30 per gallon. The company's process reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 69 pct per gallon compared to traditional gasoline according to the official EPA pathway approval (Source: Algenol, 27 Oct., 2015) Contact: Algenol, (239) 498-2000, info@algenol.com, www.algenolbiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algenol,  


TSX Launching New Climate Change Sub-Indexes (Ind. Report)
Toronto Stock Exchange
Date: 2015-10-30
Yesterday, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) announced it will create three new sub-indexes designed to track the environmental impact of companies that trade on the exchange.

The first sub-index, called the S&P/TSX 60 Carbon Efficient Index, will be a collection of companies on the TSX 60 -- a group of 60 of the largest companies in Canada -- and give them a weighting in the index based on their carbon emissions. Companies with low emissions will have a greater share of the index. Companies that emit a proportionately larger amount of carbon will be underweighted. A second index, the S&P/TSX 60 Carbon Efficient Select Index will function in much the same way but exclude those companies with the largest relative carbon footprint. The third index, called the S&P/TSX 60 Fossil Fuel Free Index is designed to measure the financial performance of S&P/TSX 60 companies that do not own fossil fuel reserves. (Source: Toronto Stock Exchange, CBC News, 27 Oct., 2015) Contact: TSX, https://www.tsx.com

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


Low-Carbon Energy UK's Most Cost Effective Option -- White Paper Attached (Int'l., Ind. Report)
UK Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2015-10-28
According to a recently released Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report, a low-carbon electricity supply is the "more cost-effective" way to meet the UK's power generation needs given its climate change commitments.

In the attached White Paper, the CCC sets out a range of options for the future to help the UK reduce its emissions from electricity in 2030. Reducing electricity emissions will support the reduction of emissions in other sectors, including transport and heating as well as the power sector itself.

The report sets out analysis and scenarios for the power sector in 2030 which the committee will use when it provides its advice to government on the fifth carbon budget on 26 November. This budget will lay out the maximum level of carbon emissions the UK can produce between 2028 and 2032. It also states that onshore wind is a cost-effective way to generate low-carbon energy, while ground-mounted solar is a relatively low-cost renewable technology that can be deployed rapidly.

Download the Power Sector Scenarios for the Fifth Carbon Budget October 2015 HERE. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, The Planner, 23 Oct., 2015) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, Lord Deben, Chairman, +44 (0) 207 591 6080, https://www.theccc.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Committee on Climate Change,  Climate Change,  Low-Carbon Energy,  


Heartland Trashes Clean Power Plan (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Heartland Institute
Date: 2015-10-28
"When you break down the Clean Power Plan to its core, it is simply this: federal energy efficiency standards that will apply to the generation of electricity on a state-by-state basis. The goal, such as it is, of the Clean Power Plan is to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per megawatt of electricity generated in each state (except for Vermont, which doesn't generate any power other than all the hot air spewing from Bernie Sanders). Because electricity generated by coal combustion emits more carbon dioxide per megawatt than any other form of generation, the Clean Power Plan is, de facto, a program to reduce the number of coal-fired power plants in the United States.

"But the fact is that coal has become an ever smaller part of our electric generation portfolio because of the myriad EPA regulations targeting coal that preceded the Clean Power Plan and made all but the most efficient coal-fired power plants economically unfeasible to operate. The Clean Power Plan simply recognizes that unfortunate reality. It will accomplish absolutely nothing that would not have happened without it, except for creating another pile of pointless bureaucratic paperwork of which the EPA is so fond." (Source: heartland Institute, 23 Oct., 2015) Contact: Heartland Institute, Richard J. Trzupek, (312) 377-4000, Policy Advisor, Environment, rtrzupek@trinityconsultants.com, www.heartland.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Power Plan,  Heartland Institute,  


Mexico Planning $46Bn Wind Energy Expansion (Int'l Report)
Envision Energy,ViveEnergia
Date: 2015-10-28
According to a report from the Chartered Institute of Building, Mexico plans to invest $46 billion to quadruple its wind power capacity from 2.5GW in 2014 to 10GW in 2018, and to add a further 22GW of wind energy by 2040.

The move to increased renewable energy generation was outlined in Mexico's submission to the UN in advance of the December COP21 meeting in Paris. This sets out a way for it to reduce carbon emissions by 22 pct by 2030 by making wider use of renewable energy and reduce non-renewable energy generation to 45 pct of Mexico's national energy mix. Mexico is also planning to hold annual energy auctions, with the first set for March, 2016. Energy companies will receive certificates for every MWh of clean energy they generate, and will sell 20-year certificates through the auctions to large electric power users.

As previously reported, Shanghai-based wind turbine manufacturer Envision Energy has acquired a majority stake in a portfolio of Mexican wind energy projects with total capacity of 600MW. Construction work on the projects is set to begin in 2016. Envision and ViveEnergia, a Mexican wind energy supplier, also announced a strategic partnership to develop 1.5GW of wind energy capacity by 2020. (Source: Envision,Chartered Institute of Building, Others, 22 Oct., 2015) Contact: ENVISION Energy, John Childs, Business Dev., 011 +86 21 6031 8000, contact@envisioncn.com, Rafael Valdez Mingramm, Director for Latin America & Caribbean, Tina Liu, +86-151-2101-3157, bi.liu@envisioncn.com, www.envision.com; ViveEnergia, www.viveenergia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Envision Energy,  ViveEnergia,  


DOE Defines Zero Energy Buildings -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2015-10-28
The US DOE reports the release of its A Common Definition of Zero Energy Buildings which defines a zero energy building as "an energy-efficient building where, on a source-energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy." This definition also applies to campuses, portfolios, and communities. In addition to providing clarity across the industry, this new DOE publication provides important guidelines for measurement and implementation, specifically explaining how to utilize this definition for building projects.

The report and definition clarification will help more building owners determine if developing a zero energy building is right for them. By creating this common definition for zero energy buildings, building owners and project teams can now better focus their efforts on implementing strategies to improve the performance of their buildings. Download A Common Definition of Zero Energy Buildings HERE. (Source: US DOE, ACHR News, Oct. 26, 2015)

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LLNL Leads Switchgrass Cultivation R&D (R&D, Ind. Report)
Roberts Noble Foundation,Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Date: 2015-10-28
In California, research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), UC Berkeley, the University of Oklahoma, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is looking into whether switchgrass cultivation could result in an enhancement of key ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, soil fertility and biodiversity. The team recently received funding from the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research to conduct the research. LLNL will receive about $1.6 million over five years.

The team found that switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) can grow and propagate in marginal soils, making it a good candidate for sustainable biofuel production. At LLNL, the team will conduct both isotope tracing studies with the Lab's NanoSIMS imaging mass spectrometer and measurements of gene expression to help identify how probiotic microorganisms alter interactions with switchgrass. (Source: LLNL, Biofuel Digest, 26 Oct., 2015)Contact: LLNL,(925) 422-1100, www.llnl.gov; Roberts Noble Foundation, (580) 223-5810, http://www.noble.org

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Former BLM Execs. Seek Strong Methane Regulations Ind. Report)
Bureau of Land Management
Date: 2015-10-28
In Albuquerque, former Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) directors -- Mike Dombeck (1994 to 1996) and Bob Abbey (2009-2012) -- have sent a letter to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urging strong rules to reduce methane pollution on federal and tribal lands. Methane, a byproduct of oil and gas production, is more than 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping climate-changing heat.

According to the letter, "It's a matter of recognizing that hundreds of millions of dollars are being lost to the American taxpayers. So there's a significant loss -- not only to the environment from air-quality pollution but also a loss of royalties to the treasuries."

The letter added that as much as $330 million worth of natural gas was lost in 2013 through leaks, flaring and venting -- enough to fuel 1.5 million homes. Energy trade groups maintain that regulations will increase production costs, which could lead to even more job loss as the price of oil and gas continues to decline.

The letter pointed to successful efforts in Colorado, where methane rules passed in 2014 have helped bring gas that would have been lost from wells, storage tanks and support facilities to the marketplace. (Source: Methane Facts, Public News Service NM, 2016) Contact: Methane Facts, www.methanefacts.org

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SaskPower Pays $12Mn for Captured CO2 Shortfall (Ind. Report)
Cenovus,SaskPower
Date: 2015-10-28
In Saskatchewan, Saskpower's Boundary Dam Power Station's carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) facility is reported to be more than six months behind in delivering captured CO2 to Calgary-headquartered Cenovus Energy Inc. which uses the CO2 for its enhanced oil recovery operations. The Crown corporation was slated to begin deliveries in April 2014, but the $1.4-billion CCS facility was not operational until October, 2014.

The failure to meet the contracted delivery cost SaskPower $12 million in compensation to Cenovus and may cost an additional $5 million or $6 million since the plant is still operating at less than half of its one million tpy capacity, according to SaskPower CEO Mike Marsh. (Source: SaskPower, Cdn. Press, Others, 27 Oct., 2015) Contact: SaskPower, Mike Marsh, CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com; Cenovus Energy, Jessica Wilkinson, Media, (403) 766-8990, www.cenovus.com

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Vega Biofuels Announces Bio-Coal Production JV (Ind. Report)
Vega Biofuels
Date: 2015-10-28
Norcross, Geogia-headquartered VEGA BIOFUELS, INC. reports it has entered into a Joint Venture Agreement with Virginia based Laoc, Inc., a newly formed company for the manufacturing and marketing of Bio-Coal. The JV will operate under the name of LV, Inc. and will operate from Laoc's facility in Richlands, VA. As previously reported, Vega Biofuels recently entered into a similar agreement with Colorado-headquartered Vencor International, Inc. which has since ceased operations.

Manufactured from timber waste using torrefaction technology, 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 U.S.. (Source: Vega Biofuels Inc.,27 Oct., 2015)Contact: Vega Biofuels Inc., Michael K. Molen, Chairman/CEO, info@vegabiofuels.com, www.vegabiofuels.com

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Miss. Power Launching Free Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Mississippi Power
Date: 2015-10-28
Mississippi Power is touting tomorrow's launch of its "Way to Save" energy efficiency program. The program will provide home energy surveys, free in-home energy audits by trained professionals, and direct installation of energy-saving equipment and measures at no cost to qualified customers throughout the utilities' service area. (Source: Mississippi Power, 26 Oct., 2015) Contact: Mississippi Power, (855) 693-8326, www. mississippipower.com/waystosave

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sPower Wins 68.8MW S. Cal. Public Power Authority PPA (Ind. Report)
sPower,Southern California Public Power Authority
Date: 2015-10-26
Renewable energy provider sPower is reporting the signing of a 20-year PPA with Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) to provide 68.8MWdc of solar power to SCPPA member agencies, the cities of Azusa, Colton, Riverside and Vernon.

Construction on the sPower Antelope DSR 1 and 2 facilities is expected to get underway in mid-2016 for commercial operations before the year end . When fully operational, the facilities will together generate sufficient energy for nearly 10,000 homes and cut approximately 108,000 mtpy of carbon emissions. These projects are the third and fourth sPower-owned facilities with long term SCPPA PPAs. The previous PPAs were for 20MW projects, both of which are on track for 2016 CODs. (Source : sPower, Southern California Public Power Authority, Global, 23 Oct., 2015) Contact: sPower, Ryan Creamer, CEO, Naomi Keller, VP Marketing, (801) 679-3514, nkeller@sPower.com, www.sPower.com; Southern California Public Power Authority, Bryan Cope, Prog. Dev. Director, (626) 797-9364, http://www.scppa.org

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La. Sugarcane Bagasse Pellet Plant on Schedule (Ind. Report)
NFR BioEnergy
Date: 2015-10-26
Further to our Sept. 10th coverage, Plandome, N.Y.-based NFR BioEnergy CT LLC reports that construction of the biorefinery being installed at the Texas Sugar Mill plant in White Castle , Louisiana is on schedule to begin production in July, 2016. Once operational, the biorefinery will process about 200 metric tpy of sugar cane bagasse into biomass pellets that can be burned in coal-fired plants. For every three tons of bagasse processed, about one ton of pellets are produced.

The plants is the first of 10 which NFR plans to install at sugar mills across south Louisiana, at a total cost of about $312 million.

According to the company, Louisiana is an ideal location because the state harvests approximately 13 million tpy of cane, about 35 pct of which is bagasse that can be processed into biomass pellets. (Source: NFR BioEnergy, Greeater Baton Rouge Bus., 22 Oct., 2015) Contact: NFR BioEnergy, Frank Randazzo, COO, Full contact information is unavailable at this time.

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HudsonAlpha Studying Switchgrass as Biofuels Feedstock (R&D)
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Date: 2015-10-26
The US DOE reports it has granted a total of $1.2 million over a 5 year term to the Alabama-based HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Genome Sequencing Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for research aimed at identifying genes in switchgrass, a potential biofuel feedstock. HudsonAlpha will analyze the natural genetic mechanisms of how switchgrass, a native prairie grass, adapts to its local environment. Researchers from seven institutes will contribute to the project, which was awarded a total of $15 million by the DOE Dept. of Biological and Environmental Research. (Source: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Genome Sequencing Center DOE, 25 Oct., 2015) Contact: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, (256) 327-0400, www.hudsonalpha.org

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DEINOVE Advancing Carotenoids Strategy (Ind. Report)
DEINOVE
Date: 2015-10-26
Montpellier, France-headquartered biochemicals specialist DEINOVE has issued the following update on its carotenoids production strategy. Carotenoids are a family of molecules naturally present in many living beings and widely used in the industry for their coloring, antioxidant, and photoprotective properties. The global market for carotenoids is expected to reach $ 1.8 billion by 2019. The challenge that DEINOVE expects to take up is precisely to reduce these costs to meet the high demand.

For some applications, DEINOVE will position itself directly on the production of marketable carotenoids rather than marketing licenses. To do this, DEINOVE will begin with the support of POS Bio-Sciences, which has the necessary infrastructure for the production, purification, and extraction of the molecule; Carotenoids production represents a small volume of very high added value products.

DEINOVE has therefore provided POS Bio-Sciences with a batch of bacterial biomass to produce the first Deinoxanthin samples with two objectives: validate the production process and characterize the specific properties of Deinoxanthin with a commercialization perspective in mind.

In parallel, the DEINOVE teams are optimizing strains for the production of other types of carotenoids that have already been approved for commercial purposes. Proof of concept has been obtained in the laboratory for two molecules. These are widely used as colorants in food, cosmetics, and dietary supplement ingredients. In addition, these molecules may be characterized as platforms, opening the way for other types of carotenoids, i.e. they may themselves be converted into other carotenoids with high added value.

DEINOVE is also focusing on the regulatory procedure, an essential prerequisite for the industrialization of the process. The first toxicity tests have demonstrated the general non-pathogenicity of Deinococcus strains. More specific efficacy tests requiring a more significant production capacity will then be carried out to demonstrate the commercial value of the carotenoids produced by DEINOVE, aiming at U.S. and other regulatory approvals. (Source: DEINOVE, 26 Oct., 2015) Contact: DEINOVE, Emmanuel Petiot, CEO, +33 (0) 4 48 19 01 28, emmanuel.petiot@deinove.com, www.deinove.com

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Toyota Touts Ambitions 90 pct Emissions Cut by 2050 (Int'l)
Toyota
Date: 2015-10-23
Hard on the heels of the recent Volkswagen emissions testing scandal, Japanese auto giant Toyota has promised to involve governments, affiliated companies and other stakeholders in its effort to slash average emissions from Toyota cars by 90 pct by 2050, compared with 2010 levels. The company says fuel cell powered and hybrid vehicles will be key to achieving their goal.

Toyota has also promised to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from production lines during manufacturing in 2030 to about a third of 2001 levels. The company will also develop manufacturing technology that uses hydrogen, and use wind power at its Tahara plant by 2020. It will beef up various recycling measures, including developing ways to build new vehicles from recycled ones. (Source: Toyota, Various Sources, Oct. 19, 2015)

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EDF Building Texas Wind Farm for Procter & Gamble (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewable Energy,Procter & Gamble
Date: 2015-10-23
San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy reports it will build a 123-MW wind farm north of Dallas which will generate sufficient electric power for Procter & Gamble's cleaning products plants in Ohio, Missouri, Louisiana, Kansas and Canada. The power generated from the Tyler Bluff Wind Project will avoid more than 200,000 metric tpy of carbon dioxide emissions. (Source: EDF Renewable Energy, Oct., 2015) Contact: EDF Renewable Energy, Tristan Grimbert, CEO, Sandi Briner, (858) 521-3525, sandi.briner@edf-re.com, www.edf-re.com

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OECD Calls for Greater Carbon Emissions-Cutting Efforts (Int'l)
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Date: 2015-10-23
According to the Paris-headquartered think-tank Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the world's advanced and emerging economies have made progress in cutting greenhouse emissions but more efforts are needed to tackle global warming and stop climate deterioration. the , In a fresh analysis on climate change mitigation in 44 countries and the EU, the OECD urged "governments to significantly accelerate their efforts and strengthen their climate change policies" and "to move from pledges to action."

The OECD report studied the 34 OECD members in addition to Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and South Africa, and the EU bloc, which together account for more than 80 pct of the world's GHG emissions. (Source: OECD, Xinhua, Global Post, Others, 20 Oct., 2015) Contact: OCED, Simon Upton, Env. Dir., 011 +33 1 45 24 82 00, www.oecd.org

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EnSync Energy, Holu Energy Launch Hawaiian Solar, Energy Management Project (Ind. Report)
EnSync Energy Systems,Holu Energy
Date: 2015-10-23
In the Aloha State, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based EnSync Energy Systems (formerly ZBB) and Holu Energy are reporting that work on a combined solar energy distribution generation and advanced energy management system project at the University of the Nations in Hawaii is now underway.

The project, which will feature a 412 KW solar PV unit, EnSync's intelligent energy management platform, and hybrid energy storage technology, is expected to cut the school's electric power costs and facilitate the savings as outlined in a previously announced 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The project will also provide backup power to the university and ease pressure on the grid. Kama'aina Solar Solutions is providing engineering, design and installation services. (Source: EnSync Energy, Energy Mgr., Various Others, 21 Oct., 2015)Contact: EnSync Energy Systems, (262) 253-9800, http://www.ensync.com

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Alliance BioEnergy, RRDA Secure CTS Plant SIte (Ind. Report)
Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc
Date: 2015-10-23
West Palm Beach, Florida-headquartered Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc reports that its' licensee Renewable Resources Development of America, LLC (RRDA) has secured the site for what will be the inaugural commercial CTS plant located in Vidalia, Georgia. The plant will process up to 1,000 metric tpd of sweet onion and pine tree agricultural waste, paper mill process waste and other feedstocks into fermentable sugars for the production of chemical products.

RRDA inked a letter of intent to purchase the property on October 16, and will complete the purchase contract immediately. The site, which is ideally located on a rail line and near agricultural processing facilities, will be included in the Company's FEL 3 engineering efforts, beginning in early November. Ground breaking for the plant is slated for Q1 ,2016, for a mid summer, 2016, startup. (Source: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, 20 Oct., 2015) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Daniel deLiege, CEO, (888) 607-3555, info@alliancebioe.com, http://www.alliancebioe.com; Renewable Resources Development of America, www.rrda-usa.com

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Greenlane Biogas, Sysadvance Ink Distribution Deal (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Biogas,Sysadvance
Date: 2015-10-23
Greenlane Biogas and Portuguese advanced gas separation systems specialist Sysadvance report the signing of a distribution agreement under which Greenlane Biogas will distribute Sysadvance products in Canada, the US and Mexico. The two companies have also agreed to integrate their systems to offer leading biogas upgrading solutions.

Greenlane will distribute Sysadvance's nitrogen and oxygen on-site gas generators, methagen biogas purification system and other gas separation systems. (Source: Greenlane Biogas, BioEnergy Insight, October 20, 2015) Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brent Jaklin, Managing Dir., www.greenlanebiogas.co.uk; Sysadvance, +351 22 943 6790, www.sysadvance.com

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Bay State Edges Out California in Energy-Efficiency (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Date: 2015-10-23
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) just released ninth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, energy efficiency measures continue to flourish in states across the country, with several states -- including California, Maryland, Illinois, Texas, and the nation's capital, Washington, DC -- taking major steps that improved their scores. .

This year's report found:

  • The top 10 states for energy efficiency are Massachusetts, California, Vermont, Rhode Island, Oregon, Connecticut, Maryland, Washington, and New York, with Minnesota and Illinois tied for 10th place. The report also found that 16 states – including North Dakota, Mississippi, Wyoming and others -- fell in the ranks:
  • Savings from electricity efficiency programs in 2014 totaled approximately 25.7million MWh -- a 5.8 pct increase over last year. These savings are equivalent to about 0.7 pct of total retail electricity sales across the nation in 2014. Gas savings for 2014 were reported at 374 million therms (MMTherms), a 35 pct increase over 2013.
  • The leading states in utility-sector energy efficiency programs and policies in 2015 are Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. California, Massachusetts, and New York led the way in energy-efficient transportation policies. Massachusetts promoted smart growth development in cities and municipalities through state-delivered financial incentives. New York is one of the few states in the nation to have a vehicle-miles-traveled reduction target.
  • The leading states in building energy codes and compliance in 2015 are California and Illinois. Only four states, California, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maryland have adopted the latest commercial and residential building energy codes without significant weakening amendments.
  • Massachusetts, Maryland, and California were the highest ranked for combined heat and power policies while California, Illinois, Minnesota, and New York led the way in state government initiatives. (Source: ACEEE, 21 Oct., 2015) Contact: ACEEE, Steve Nadel, Exec. Dir., http://aceee.org, State Scorecard http://aceee.org/state-policy/scorecard

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  • World Energy Efficiency Services Announces Launch (Ind. Report)
    World Energy Efficiency Services
    Date: 2015-10-23
    In Worchester, Mass, a new company, World Energy Efficiency Services LLC reports it is now offering comprehensive energy conservation measures, including lighting, energy management systems (EMS), HVAC, retro-commissioning and the installation of variable frequency drives (VFD). The company also provides energy efficiency services in several utility programs in the Eversource Massachusetts and Connecticut portfolio: NSTAR's Direct Install Program for small businesses; NSTAR's Municipal Program for government entities; WMECO's program for small commercial and industrials; and the Small Business Energy Advantage (SBEA) Program for Connecticut Light & Power; services for the SBEA Program for the United Illuminating Company. (Source: World Energy Efficiency Services, Solar Server, 20 Oct., 2015) Contact: World Energy Services, Rick Galipeau, (860) 916-3653, (774) 420-2764, www.WorldEnergyES.com

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    Amyris Private Offering Raises $57.6Mn (Funding, Ind. Report)
    Amyris Inc.
    Date: 2015-10-21
    Emeryville, California-headquartered Amyris Inc. reports it has priced its private offering of $57.6 million aggregate principal amount of the Company's 9.50 pct Convertible Senior Notes (unsecured) due 2019. The notes will be sold only to qualified institutional buyers and institutional accredited investors in a private placement. The $57.6 million exceeded the $50 million expected offering amount announced on October 14, 2015.

    Amyris uses genetically modified microorganisms to convert plant sugars into fuels and specialty chemicals. (Source: Amyris, Others, Oct, 2015) Contact: Amyris, John Melo, CEO, Amyris, (510) 450-0761, www.amyris.com

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    NYCEEC Finances Big Apple High Performance Buildings (Funding)
    New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation
    Date: 2015-10-21
    In the Big Apple, NYCEEC (New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation, a clean energy and energy efficiency lender, reports issuing a $1.8 million construction loan for the energy efficiency features at a multifamily condominium developed by Hello Living in Brooklyn.

    The 40 unit high performance building is projected to achieve 45 pct energy savings and 62 pct greenhouse gas savings over a conventionally constructed building. The property's efficiency measures include triple pane windows and doors, high efficiency heat pumps and exterior foam insulation in excess of current NYC building codes.

    NYCEEC finances clean energy technologies, including energy efficiency, renewables, demand management, cogeneration and fuel conversions, across all building types and neighborhoods. The organization has financed over $65 million of projects across 4.2 million square-feet since 2012. (Source: NYCEEC, Oct., 2015) Contact: NYCEEC, (646) 797-4630, http://www.nyceec.com

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    SCIenergy Cuts NYC Bldg. Energy Consumption 25 pct (Ind. Report)
    SCIenergy
    Date: 2015-10-21
    In NYC, building energy performance and efficiency specialist SCIenergy is reporting completion of the second phase of an energy retrofit for Time Equities Inc's 320,000 sq-ft mixed-use building at 125 Maiden Lane. The recently completed upgrades are expected to cut building energy consumption by as much as 30 pct.

    Phase 1 of the 125 Maiden Lane project reduced annual energy consumption by more than 25 pct and cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the property by more than 609 Metric tons of CO2e.(Source: SCIenergy, Oct., 2015) Contact: SCIenergy, Inc., J. Brian Ratcliff, (972) 386-5335, www.scienergy.com

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    Algonquin Plans $303Mn Mich. Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Algonquin Power & Utilities,Renewable Energy Systems Americas
    Date: 2015-10-21
    Oakville, Ontario-based Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. reports it will develop a 150 megawatt construction-stage wind project in central Michigan as part of a joint venture with Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc (RES Americas).

    The Deerfield wind power project will utilize 44 Vestas V110-2.0 wind turbines and 28 Vestas V110-2.2 turbines to generate approximately 555.2 GWh annually, and will cost approximately $303 million to complete. The project has a 20-year PPA with an area utility and is slated to be online by the end of 2016. (Source: Algonquin Power & Utility, CleanTech Canada, 19 Oct., 2015) Contact: Algonquin, Ian Robertson, CEO, (905) 465-4500, http://www.algonquinpower.com; RES Americas, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225, www.res-americas.com

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    OFFSETTERS Climate Solutions Now NATUREBANK (Ind. Report)
    Offsetters Climate Solutions
    Date: 2015-10-21
    Vancouver, British Columbia-headquartered Offsetters Climate Solutions Inc. reports that it has changed its name to NatureBank Asset Management Inc. and will continue to trade under the current ticker symbol "COO”" on the Toronto Venture Exchange.

    NatureBank will provide clients a suite of international advisory, technology, and impact investment services for carbon management and natural capital sectors such as cocoa and agro-forestry.

    In July 2015, Offsetters Climate Solutions Inc., a carbon project developer, advisor and technology developer, acquired the issued and outstanding shares of German agro-forestry company Forest Finest Consulting GmbH, and CO2OL Natural Carbon Collection, a German-based voluntary carbon project developer and retailer, to create Forest Finest, an international firm focused on carbon offset development and sustainable agricultural commodities. The Forest Finest team has successfully developed a €23 million portfolio of agro-forestry assets for German retail investors over the last two decades, with a primary focus on sustainable timber and high quality sustainable cocoa. CO2OL has developed, marketed and sold a number of highly charismatic voluntary carbon projects from Latin America including projects which have been layered on existing sustainable agro-forestry programs.

    Under NatureBank, the consulting teams currently operating as Era Ecosystem Services based in North America, and Forest Finest Consulting GmbH based in Germany, will merge under the NatureBank banner. The two voluntary carbon brands of Offsetters and CO2OL will continue to operate under NatureBank, with the Offsetters brand continuing to serve their North American voluntary carbon clients, and the CO2OL brand serving their European voluntary carbon clients. NatureBank maintains offices in Vancouver, Portland Oregon, Zurich, and Bonn with satellite offices in Panama and Vietnam. (Source: Offsetters, NatureBank, 20 Oct., 2015) Contact: NatureBank, (604) 646-0400, www.NatureBank.com

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