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Molten Salt Energy Storage Solution Lauded (New Prod & Tech)
University of South Australia
Date: 2015-08-31
The University of South Australia researchers developing a low-cost energy storage solution that uses salt to store excess electricity have been awarded the ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology. The researcher's patented energy storage technology uses surplus electricity typically from renewable sources to freeze salt compact coils inside a purpose-built storage tank. When that energy is needed, the compact coils release it through melting the salt.

The researchers note that molten salt batteries are used at a number of large-scale solar thermal farms, including the world's biggest solar tower and storage plant, the 110MW Crescent Dunes facility in Nevada, US. They also note that the use of salt as a phase-change material for smaller-scale, rapid-discharge batteries for residential and commercial use is unprecedented. A full-scale commercial version of the technology is presently being used to store cheap night time electricity from the grid at an Australian farm. (Source: University of South Australia, RenewEconomy (with permission) August 28th, 2015) Contact: University of South Australia, 011 +61 8 8302 6611,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  

Nevada Considers Monthly Solar "Demand Charge" (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2015-08-31
American Public Media's Marketplace is reporting that Nevada state regulators are entertaining a NV Energy proposal that would charge rooftop solar panel owners a monthly "demand charge" for being connected to the grid. The fee would take a bite out of the expected saving associated with home solar installations.

The utility behind the proposal wants solar owners to pay their "fair share" for connecting to the grid, which provides power when there is no sun. Nevada solar energy users presently pay relatively little to the utility because of credits. The state is expected to rule on the utility's request next year.

Nevada is not the first state to consider such a fee for solar energy installations. Louisiana, which recently axed the state's solar tax credits, has also considered a $50 per month demand fee. (Source: American Public Media Marketplace,, 27 Aug., 2015) Contact: NV Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  NV Energy,  

Rooftop solar panels to lose '£3,840' payout in drastic cull to green subsidies

Date: 2015-08-31
Solar panels may no longer be viable for domestic users, experts warn, after Government proposes slashing feed-in-tariff by 87pc Householders planning to install solar panels will receive 87pc less in subsidy payments as ministers attempt to halt a £1.5bn overspend on renewable energy. The Government consultation published today follows the recent axing of a £540 million taxpayer-funded scheme, the Green Deal, which gave out loans and cash for energy-efficient home improvements. Now feed-in-tariff payments on domestic solar panels will also be cut, lowering payments by £192 a year for the typical household, according to calculations. The move came after Amber Rudd, energy secretary, said "Government support has driven down the cost of renewable energy significantly" and that renewable energy should "survive without subsidies" due to falling costs. But state-backed incentives to promote solar panel take-up have become considerably less generous in recent years, as the chart, below, shows. Around 700,000 households have installed solar panels since 2010 to take advantage of generous tax-free payments from the Government, in exchange for returning generated electricity to the grid. The payment rate has been reduced nearly every year for those joining the scheme. Solar panels now cost around £6,800 for a typical 4kW system, down from £8,400 three years ago, according to the Renewable Energy Consumer Code Feed-in-tariffs are reviewed every three months but the scale of these latest cuts has come as a shock to installers and green campaigners. Juliet Davenport, who set up green energy firm Good Energy in 2003, said: "The proposed cuts mean installing solar panels is no longer attractive to families. We hope the government will re-think the value renewables bring to the market." James Court of the Renewable Energy Association, a body representing green energy manufacturers, said the cut was "beyond their worst fears" and that "it is hard to see how homeowners could see solar as a viable option for the foreseeable future following these disproportionate cuts." (Source: Telegraph, 30 Aug., 2015)

Wisconsin Wind Farm Still Stymied by Noise (Ind. Report)
Emerging Energies,
Date: 2015-08-31
Following up on our Feb 8the and March 1st, 2013 reports, the Badger State's only $250 million wind farm project was brought to a crawl again when a county judge ruled last week that the Wisconsin Public Service Commission erred when it set restrictions on the noise levels that the project's wind turbines were permitted to emit.

The proposed Highland Wind Farm in the Town of Forest in St. Croix County is being developed by Emerging Energies, a Wisconsin wind project developer. The project will incorporate 41 to 44 turbines.

At issue for the court was the PSC's finding that the wind developer would be considered in compliance with state noise standards if measurements of noise from turbines demonstrate that they are within maximum decibel levels 95% of the time -- or just under 23 hours a day. (Source: Emerging Energies, Sentinel Journal, 28 Aug., 2015) Contact: Emerging Energies of Wisconsin,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emerging Energies,  Wind,  

Europe's First Methanol Station Opens in Denmark (Int'l)
Carbon Recycling International , Green Methanol Infrastructure Consortium
Date: 2015-08-31
In Denmark, a consortium of the Danish petrol company OK a.m.b.a., Hamag and Serenergy -- aka the Green Methanol Infrastructure Consortium -- has opened Europe's first methanol refueling station in Aalborg. The project is supported by the Danish Energy Agency which aims to develop a national network of methanol refueling stations using the current liquid fuels distribution infrastructure.

The Danish project will distribute green methanol -- aka Vulcanol -- produced by Iceland's Carbon Recycling International (CRI). (Source: Carbon Recycling, 30 Aug., 2015) Contact: Carbon Recycling International,; Green Methanol Infrastructure Consortium,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Recycling International ,  Methanol,  

NREL to Help Fed. Agencies Hit Efficiency Targets (Ind. Report)
Date: 2015-08-31
The White House's Executive Order 13693 -- Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade -- allows federal agencies until 2025 to source at least 30 pct of their electricity from renewable sources. That trumps the 20 pcts target established in a 2009 presidential memorandum. The new executive order requires that agencies:
  • Identify a percentage of buildings (larger than 5,000 gross square feet) that are intended to be energy, water, or waste net-zero, and what measures are needed to meet that target;
  • Have half of their new passenger vehicles be either zero emission or plug-in hybrids;
  • and curb the emission of indirect greenhouse gases in absolute terms compared to a 2008 benchmark.

    Executive Order 13693 also mandates that all new federal buildings with planning beginning in 2020 or later be designed to reach net-zero status by 2030. (Source: DOE, NREL, 25 Aug., 2015) Contact: NREL,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Use,  

  • Buffalo's Conventus Building Wins LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2015-08-31
    In Buffalo, Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s new Conventus building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has scored US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for its "core and shell." The 350,000 sq-ft mixed-use building features a 12,000-square-foot "green" roof with drought-tolerant plants to reduce storm water runoff and energy use for cooling, as well as low-flow plumbing fixtures that save over 500,000 gpy of water. The construction also diverted more than 80 pct of waste from landfills, while more than half of the building materials were made from recycled material. The Conventus Building is the only "core and shell" LEED Platinum rated building in Western New York State. (Source: USGBC, Buffalo News, 28 Aug., 2015) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  

    Aussie Territories Upstage Fed's Renewable Energy Effort (Int'l)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2015-08-28
    In the Land Down Under, the government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) goal of sources 90 pct of its energy from renewables by 2020 has upped the anti and now plans to source 100 pct of its energy requirements from renewable energy sources by 2025. ACT has already commissioned three wind farms totaling 200MW and three solar farms totaling 44MW that will take it to 60 per cent renewables by 2017, including rooftop solar. A further 200MW of wind capacity and 50MW of next generation solar capacity (with storage) will raise it to 90 per cent by 2020.

    The Australian federal government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott has set a national target of 50 pct renewables by 2030, which it describes as "more than enough." Abbott is perhaps best remembered for describing climate change as "A load of CRAP,"

    Other Australian states are also set goal that equal or exceed federal levels: Tasmania is presently virtually at 100 pct renewables; South Australia has a 50 pct renewable energy target for 2025 which it will meet well before then; Queensland also has a 50 pct renewable energy target; and Victoria plans to vigorously support wind turbines and rooftop solar installations. (Source: RenewEconomy, Others, 2015)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Renewable Energy,  

    Wyoming Ethanol Calls it Quits (Ind. Report)
    Wyoming Ethanol
    Date: 2015-08-28
    Wyoming Ethanol LLC has cited the low cost of gasoline, the low wholesale price of ethanol and the end of a 40-cent per gallon tax credit as reasons for the shuttering of its 5 million gpy plant in Torrington, Wyoming.

    When it initially opened in 1996, the 2 million gpy per facility received of a 5-year, 40 cents per gallon tax credit from the state legislature. In 2006 Renova Energy purchased Wyoming Ethanol and the 40 cent tax credit was extended to 2012 at a cost of $17 million.

    In 2012, the company again lobbied the state legislature for another a long-term tax credit extension, but the legislature set a cut-off date for 2013 which was then extended to July 1, 2015. The rest, as they say, is history without the tax credit. (Source: Wyoming Ethanol, Various Media, 27 Aug., 2015) Contact: Wyoming Ethanol LLC, (307) 532-2449; Renova Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wyoming Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuels,  Renova Energy,  

    UNDEERC, FCE Developing Nat-Gas-to-Methanol Process (New Prod & Tech)
    University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center
    Date: 2015-08-28
    The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC) in Grand Forks reports that it is working with Danbury, Connecticut-based stationary fuel cell manufacturer FuelCell Energy, Inc. to develop a high-performance electrochemical cell to convert natural gas and other methane-rich gas into methanol. UNDEERC's project participation is being supported through the North Dakota Department of Commerce's Research ND Program.

    The $3.5 million project, which involves new technologies that produce value-added products from both fossil and renewable methane, aims to develop an electrochemical cell that would directly convert methane to methanol and other liquid fuels using advanced metal catalysts. The cost-competitiveness of natural gas can be increased significantly by converting it to liquids, since liquid hydrocarbons, such as methanol, have up to ten times the value of natural gas on an energy basis. (Source: UNDEERC, StreetInsider, 28 Aug., 2015) Contact: UNDEERC, Tom Erickson, Director, Ted Aulich, Project Manager, Senior Research Manager, (701) 777-5000,; FuelCell Energy, Chip Bottone, CEO, Kurt Goddard, VP Investor Relations (203) 830-7494,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fuel Cell Energy,  University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center,  Methanol ,  

    Biofuel Use Saved 589.3 Mn Tons of CO2 Emissions Over Past Decade , says BIO Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Biotechnology Industry Organization
    Date: 2015-08-28
    Over its 10-year lifespan, the Renewable Fuel Standard's (RFS) requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced nearly 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced U.S. transportation-related CO2 emissions by 589.33 million metric tons, according to a just released analysis from the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

    The study found that:

  • Over its 10-year lifespan, the Renewable Fuel Standard has reduced U.S. transportation-related carbon emissions by 589.33 million metric tons;
  • The total reduction is equivalent to removing more than 124 million cars from the road over the decade;
  • The RFS has displaced nearly 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil over the past decade by replacing fossil fuels with homegrown Biofuels;
  • EPA’s recent proposed rules for the RFS would cut short achievable future carbon emission reductions. In 2015 alone, the proposal would add 19.6 million tons of CO2e for the year, equal to putting 7.3 million cars back on the road, compared with achievable levels of biofuel use.

    The BIO study is available for download HERE. (Source: Biotechnology Industry Organization, 24 Aug., 2015) Contact: BIO, Brent Erickson, Exec. VP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuels,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Biotechnology Industry Organization,  

  • IFC Investments Help Mitigate Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    IFC World Bank
    Date: 2015-08-28
    IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, reports that it committed $543 million of its own funds and mobilized another $429 million from other investors for 21 climate-smart projects in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) in the latest fiscal year. In fiscal year 2015, which ended June 30, some 35 pct of IFC's long-term investments in ECA -- 45 pct including mobilized funds -- sought to minimize or reduce GHG emissions and the impact of climate change.

    These projects helped avoid 0.78 million tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of taking 164,000 cars off the road for a year, while reducing local air pollution and the associated health risks, according to IFC. (Source: IFC, Financial, 26 Aug., 2015) Contact: IFC World Bank,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IFC World Bank,  GHG Emissions,  

    Landmark Sydney Opera House 4 Green Star Rated (Int'l Report)
    Green Building Council of Australia
    Date: 2015-08-28
    In the Land Down Under, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has awarded a 4 Star Green Star Performance rating to the iconic Sydney Opera House. The Green Star rating makes the Opera House one of the few World Heritage Buildings that have achieved green certification globally.

    The Opera House earned the 4Green Star rating the installation of new energy-efficient technologies in key performance venues; use of eco-friendly cleaning products; and a Reconciliation Action Plan among a wide range of initiatives in building management, environmental management and social sustainability. (Source: GBCA, 26 Aug., 2015) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Medew, CEO,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Council of Australia ,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  

    E.ON Teams with Aussie Smart Lighting Start-Up (Int'l)
    E.ON,Organic Response
    Date: 2015-08-28
    Frankfort, Germany-headquartered E.ON reports that it is partnering with Melbourne, Australia-based smart lighting controls start-up Organic Response. The two companies will establish marketing and distributions channels for Organic's lighting products in E.ON markets.

    Organic Response's ambient light sensors connects and networks individual light fixtures in open areas such as commercial building offices and corridors and turns them into an energy efficient network that cut energy consumption by as much as 80 pct., E.ON claims. The technology is currently in use in hospitals, schools and a range of public buildings.

    (Source: E.ON, Others, 25 Aug., 2015) Contact: E.ON,; Organic Response, 011 +63 3 9486 9823,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Lighting,  E.ON,  Energy Efficient Light,  

    Hoosier Energy Plan Landfill Gas Power Plant (Ind. Report)
    Hoosier Energy
    Date: 2015-08-28
    Indiana electric power cooperative Hoosier Energy and Randolph Farms Landfill have announced a partnership for the construction of the Cabin Creek renewable energy project, a 4-MW landfill gas facility in rural east-central Indiana. The plant will be the fourth landfill methane gas facility for the electric power supply cooperative and the first landfill gas partnership with the Kalamazoo, Michigan-based waste and recycling company. (Source: Hoosier Energy, MW Real Estate News, 27 Aug., 2015)Contact: Hoosier Energy, Heath Norrick,, Renewable Energy Manager, Steve Smith, Pres., CEO, (812) 876-2021,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hoosier Energy,  Landfill Gas,  Methane,  

    N.D. Regulators OK Xcel's Courtenay Wind Farm Acquisition (M&A)
    Xcel Energy,Geronimo Energy
    Date: 2015-08-28
    In Bismark, North Dakota regulators have given the nod to Xcel Energy's acquisition of the 100-turbine, Courtenay Wind Farm project in southeastern North Dakota. The project was "permitted" in November 2013 after the developer, Edina, Minn.-based Geronimo Energy, was unable to secure financing or a third-party partner for the $300-million-plus project, according to PSC filings.

    Xcel will develop, build, own and operate the wind farm project. Construction is slated to get underway within weeks for a late 2016 commissioning date.

    Xcel Energy Inc. is a utility holding company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, serving more than 3.3 million electric customers and 1.8 million natural gas customers in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. (Source: Xcel Energy, Grand Forks Herald, 24 Aug., 2015) Contact: Xcel Energy,; Geronimo Energy, (952) 988-9000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Geronimo Energy,  

    NY Data Center Wins ENERGY STAR, LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2015-08-28
    Atlanta-headquartered high-performance Internet infrastructure services provider Internap Corporation reports that its New York Metro area data center, located in Secaucus, N.J., has received both U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Platinum Certification and the US EPA's ENERGY STAR certification. Internap received the certifications for identifying and implementing energy efficiency technologies and measures in data centers. (Source: Internap Corp., 25 Aug., 2015) Contact: Internap Corp.,; ENERGY STAR, ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings,; USGBC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Data Center Energy Efficiency,  U.S. Green Building Council,  

    Xcel Touts GHG Emission Reductions (Ind. Report)
    The Climate Registry,Xcel Energy
    Date: 2015-08-28
    Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy is reporting that it is the first U.S. utility to verify and register all of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data with The Climate Registry (TCR) for seven consecutive years. The company's emissions reporting validates its more than 20 pct reduction in CO2 emissions in the last decade.

    Xcel scored Climate Registered™ status by measuring and reporting its emissions from 2005 to 2011. The scope includes direct and indirect GHG emissions associated with providing utility energy service as well as emissions considered optional to report under TCR's best-in-class Electric Power Sector Protocol. All of the emissions data has been third-party verified.

    Xcel says it is on track to cut CO2 emissions by 30 pct by 2020 from 2005 levels. The company's clean energy strategy includes increasing the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, as well as modernizing and retiring power plants. (Source: Xcel Energy, Aug., 2015) Contact: Xcel Energy, Frank Prager, VP, Policy and Federal Affairs,; The Climate Registry,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News The Climate Registry,  Xcel Energy,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Has Joint Implementation Reduced GHG emissions? Lessons Learned for the Design of Carbon Market Mechanisms -- SEI Working Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
    Stockholm Environment Institute
    Date: 2015-08-28
    A study from the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has found that a UN-backed carbon offsetting program was "just like printing money" for Russian and Ukrainian companies.

    The study found that offsets created under the UN scheme significantly undermined the efforts to address climate change and increased emissions by approximately 600 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent. The study found that the majority of the credits from Russia and Ukraine were a sham and no actual emissions were reduced.

    Access the SEI report HERE (Source: SEI, 25 Aug., 2015) Contact: Stockholm Environment Institute,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Market,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offset,  Stockholm Environment Institute,  

    Carbon Credits May Not Represent Actual Emission Reductions, says SEI Report (Ind. Report)
    Stockholm Environment Institute
    Date: 2015-08-26
    In an in-depth review of Joint Implementation's (JI) environmental integrity, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) claims that nearly 75 pcy of carbon credits may not represent actual emission reductions and instead their use to meet mitigation targets may have increased emissions by about 600 million tonnes.

    The JI program's aim is to support climate change mitigation by making it more cost-effective. But, according to the SEI study, the program's outcome has actually undermined global climate action, according to the study.

    Under JI, host countries must cancel one of their emission allowances for every ERU issued, but the SEI found that more than 95 pct of ERUs were issued by countries with significant surpluses of allowances. If those countries issued non-additional ERUs, they would not have to make up the difference by further reducing emissions at home. Thus, ERUs worth about 600 Mt CO2e issued as of March 2015 may not represent actual emission reductions.

    The SEI report also notes that almost two-thirds of JI credits being used in the EU ETS as well as the poor overall quality of JI projects may have undermined the EU's emission reduction target by some 400 Mt CO2e. The massive issuance of questionable credits towards the end of the first Kyoto commitment period also contributed to the collapse of credit prices.

    The study offers recommendations for the upcoming UN climate talks and stresses the need to ensure that countries' pledges under the new climate agreement are truly ambitious. It also calls for the establishment of international accounting rules and robust oversight of international transfers of carbon units, so the problems that have arisen with JI are not repeated under a new climate regime. (Source: Stockholm Environment Institute, TechiNews, 25 Aug., 2015) Contact: Stockholm Environment Institute,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stockholm Environment Institute,  Kyoto,  Joint Implementation,  Carbon Credits,  EU ETS,  

    White House Commits $1Bn to Renewables, Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    White House,Renewable Energy
    Date: 2015-08-26
    The White House has announced several new clean energy programs aimed at helping states meet the president's Clean Power Plan regulations for reducing emissions, including a $1 billion boost for solar energy projects.

    The new funds would seek to improve energy efficiency for American households and boost reliance on solar energy. The White House believes the approach would help consumers save money on electric bills while growing clean energy jobs through the workers needed to make the clean energy upgrades to homes. Monday's announcement included a number of changes to drive more clean energy into the states:

  • The White House will give the DOE $1 billion in new loan guarantee authority to support innovative solar energy projects;

  • The administration will launch a joint DOE and Housing and Urban Development program that seeks to provide homeowners with ways to measure and improve the energy efficiency of their homes. This will be combined with a separate program to allow homeowners to get financing for clean energy improvements for single-family homes;

  • The administration will provide $24 million for 11 projects in seven states "to develop innovative solar technologies;

  • An "Interagency Task Force to Promote a Clean Energy Future for All Americans" will be created, which which will include new commitments from local governments, utilities and businesses to help more than 300,000 low-income households make energy improvements, while investing more than $220 million in "energy saving activities for veterans and low-income customers to help decrease their energy bills;"

  • A Department of Defense "Privatized Housing Solar Challenge" will be created, with companies committing to provide solar power to over 40 military bases;

  • The administration will also seek to approve a new transmission line to bring online a large 485-megawatt solar panel facility online in Riverside County, Nev. for more than 145,000 homes.

    According to a White House fact sheet these actions will help states meet their emission targets under the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The plan places states on the hook to reduce emissions by 32 percent by 2030. (Source: The White House, Examiner, Various Others, 25 Aug., 2015)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy ,  Renewable Energy,  

  • Renovate America Responds to FHA's PACE Ruling (Ind. Report)
    Renovate America,FHA,HERO Program
    Date: 2015-08-26
    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has announced it would develop guidance to insure mortgages for homes with Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) assessments, so long as the assessment is subordinated to an FHA mortgage. This policy statement is a major development in unifying national renewable energy and water and energy efficiency objectives with federal housing policy objectives.

    The FHA insures 7.6 million mortgages nationwide, and has recently been more important than ever for the housing market -- comprising over 20 pct of new mortgage originations.

    J.P. McNeill, CEO of Renovate America which runs the HERO Program and is the nation's leading PACE provider with more than 40,000 funded projects in California in more than 35,000 homes, issued the following statement: "This is a significant step forward for PACE, as it unites national renewable energy and water and energy efficiency objectives with federal housing policy objectives. We are pleased the White House and FHA recognize PACE as 'an innovative mechanism' and enshrine in federal policy today a core principle of the program --'When the property is sold, the remaining PACE loan stays with the more energy efficient property and the next owner is responsible for repaying the loan.' As the policy guidance points out, PACE enables homeowners to benefit from the improvements immediately, spread the cost over time, and transfer the value of the retrofit from one owner to the next.

    "Renovate America, through its HERO Program, has been successfully subordinating the assessment through contract since April of this year. Guidance from federal agencies that endorses these contracts -- and the tool of subordination we launched -- while preserving the key features of PACE, has the potential to unlock alternative sources of capital to accelerate renewable energy and efficiency retrofits for households, and reduce energy costs for consumers.

    "It's encouraging to see the FHA embrace an innovative new payment option designed specifically to address the shortcomings of other financing options for home renovations to encourage energy efficiency and water conservation. PACE lowers a key barrier for families of all means to access these home improvements. Energy efficient mortgages and home equity lines have been available for many years, but studies show they have not been widely effective payment options for homeowners.

    "Since 2011, Renovate America's HERO Program has helped more than 35,000 homeowners make more than $800 million in improvements to their homes which reduce energy and water consumption, saving them over $1.6 billion in estimated future energy costs and more than 1.3 billion gallons of water. Renovate America has helped create more than 6,500 local jobs. We encourage the FHA to work closely with state and local governments to ensure that today's announcement helps to accelerate the availability and acceptance of PACE through contractual subordination." (Source: Renovate America, 24 Aug., 2015)Contact: Renovate America, JP McNeill, CEO, (877) 747-4889,,; PACE,,; HERO Program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HERO Program,  PACE Program,  Renovate America,  HERO Program,  

    Beothuk Seeks Offshore Wind Investors, PPAs (Ind. Report)
    Beothuk Energy
    Date: 2015-08-26
    Saint Johns, Newfoundland-headquartered Beothuk Energy Inc has kicked reports it is seeking investors for its proposed 180MW offshore wind demonstrator project in St George's Bay, Newfoundland.

    Jacob Securities Inc. has been retained to identify both equity and debt financing provisions. Beothuk is also seeking potential power purchase agreements "in multiple jurisdications". (Source: Beothuk Energy, RENews, 23 Aug., 2015) Contact: Beothuk Energy, Kirby Mercer, Pres., CEO, (888) 465-9241,

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

    Univ. of Malta to Utilize ZephIR 300 Wind Lidar (Int'l)
    ZephIR 300 Wind Lidar,University of Malta
    Date: 2015-08-26
    The University of Malta reports that with EU funding support it will utilize a ZephIE 300 wind lidar in its wind energy research and education programs.

    The ZephIR 300, a continuous wave (CW) wind lidar, provides high resolution measurements at an unmatched data rate of 50 Hz, with up to 50 points per second measured in the free space targeted by the sensor, and chosen by the user, anywhere from 33 ft up to 650 ft. This type of CW wind lidar gives accurate wind speed, direction and other wind measurements and characteristics including Turbulence Intensity (TI). (Source: Univ. of Malta, RE Focus, Others, 24 Aug., 2015) Contact: Univ. of Malta,; ZephlR Lidar, Ian Locker,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  ZephIR 300 Lidar,  Wind Lidar,  

    DOE Chief Bullish on Solar Without Subsidies (Ind. Report)
    US DOE,Solar
    Date: 2015-08-26
    In a recent interview, US DOE head Ernest Moniz said solar energy will continue to grow even without the federal energy subsidies that are being phased out at the end of 2016.

    According to Moniz, solar cost reductions have "been incredible for the solar industry, making for an improved value proposition ... in many contexts." The secretary added that the Obama administration supports extending renewable energy subsidies indefinitely, but in a Republican-controlled Congress that is likely to be difficult. The Senate Finance Committee this summer passed a measure that would temporarily re-instate important tax credits for wind energy, but did nothing for solar tax credits that phase out at the end of next year.

    The Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that utility-scale solar energy projects will increase by 100 pct between 2014 and 2016. The EIA says the growth could be due to developers wanting to get projects underway before solar subsidies end in 2016. (Source: US DOE, EIA, Examiner, 24 Aug., 2015)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Solar Subsidies,  

    China Export-Import Loans Secured by Carbon Credits (Int'l)
    Export-Import Bank of China
    Date: 2015-08-26
    Using only carbon credits as collateral, the Export-Import Bank of China has lent $15.60 million to the Yihua Chemical Industry Company (Yihua), a fertilizer producer in Hubei province. The loan is reported to be largest of its kind in China to date. In 2014, Yihua received a $6,241,800 million carbon-backed loan from the China Industrial Bank.

    In 2014, Hubei province distributed 3.24 billion free permits to a variety of companies to cover their emissions. Regulators at the emissions exchange then claimed a 100 pct compliance rate after twice postponing the compliance date by which companies were required to meet their carbon emissions cutting obligations. (Source: The Export-Import Bank of China, Peoples Daily, Reuters, 25 Aug., 2015) (Contact: Export-Import Bank of China,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Export-Import Bank of China,  China Carbon Credits ,  

    Nordic Sisters Top Climate Change Preparedness List (Ind. Report)
    World Economic Forum
    Date: 2015-08-26
    The World Economic Forum's 2015 Global Risks Report has identified the biggest global risks challenging our world today. The 2015 edition highlights the most significant long-term risks worldwide and tags interstate conflict as the most likely source of climate change crisis followed by extreme weather events, water crises and failure to adapt to climate change in terms of global impact.

    On the University of Notre Dame's ND-GAIN Index, a country's vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges is split into measurements of ecosystem services, food, health, human habitat, infrastructure, water, adaptive capacity, exposure and sensitivity. Preparedness for climate change was measured according economic, governance, and social readiness.

    And the the World Economic Forum's climate change preparedness winner is -- Norway , followed by the Nordic sisters Finland, Sweden and Denmark in that order. New Zealand, Germany, the UK and Australia came next followed by Switzerland and the USA. (Source: World Economic Forum, (212) 203-2300,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

    Environmental News: Media Center Kate Kiely, 212-727-4592 or EPA Methane Standards Are a Good Start, Existing Pollution Sources Should be Addressed Next

    Date: 2015-08-25
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 18, 2015)—In another key step to combat dangerous climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency today released proposed Clean Air Act standards for reducing methane pollution from new oil and gas production, processing and transmission equipment nationwide. A statement follows from Meleah Geertsma, senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council: “Curbing the oil and gas industry’s rampant methane pollution problem is the next biggest thing the White House can do to fight climate change after addressing carbon pollution from power plants. “Reducing emissions from new oil and gas operations is an important first step. The largest source of this pollution, however, is the oil and gas infrastructure that already exists across the country. That must be addressed next. “Meaningful progress in combating this potent climate pollutant will require an industrywide cleanup—from infrastructure new and old, nationwide. We are hopeful today’s announcement is just the beginning.” In addition to issuing standards for methane pollution from new oil and gas operations, EPA today proposed standards to regulate other air pollutants (smog-forming “volatile organic compounds, or VOCs) from a limited amount of existing oil and gas operations. These VOC rules will help curb methane leakage from that existing infrastructure at the same time, in these limited places. These standards begin to address methane pollution from the oil and gas sector, the second largest industrial source of climate-changing pollution after power plants. More comprehensive rules for existing oil and gas infrastructure nationwide will be necessary to meet the White House’s goal of cutting methane pollution from the oil and gas industry 40-45 percent by 2025. The oil and gas sector is the largest U.S. industrial emitter of methane, which is the second-biggest driver of climate change after carbon dioxide. Smog-forming and toxic chemicals—including VOCs—that leak from oil and gas sites along with methane also harm air quality, endangering the health of people in neighboring communities. Most of the industry’s methane pollution comes from leaks and intentional venting that can be identified and curbed with existing, low-cost technology and better maintenance practices. NRDC and others released a report last fall that shows how EPA can cut methane pollution in half, while dramatically reducing other harmful air pollution at the same time, by issuing federal standards for new and existing infrastructure nationwide. and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

    California's Golden Energy Efficiency Opportunity: Ramping Up Success to Save Billions and Meet Climate Goals, -- NRDC Report Attached (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2015-08-24
    California's 40-year commitment to energy efficiency has saved Californians $90 billion on their utility bills, created hundreds of thousands of efficiency jobs, and will have avoided the pollution from 41 power plants by the end of the next decade, according to California's Golden Energy Efficiency Opportunity: Ramping Up Success to Save Billions and Meet Climate Goals, a new report Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). But Major Ramp-Up Still Needed to Meet the State's Long-Term Climate and Energy Goals

    The reportdetails the numerous benefits Californians have enjoyed thus far -- including monthly household electricity bills that are $240 per year lower than the national average -- thanks to the state's energy-saving programs, building codes, and appliance standards. The report also shows significant work remains in order to tackle California's climate and energy goals, and save residential, business, industrial, and agricultural consumers even more money while continuing to stimulate the economy.

    Without a substantial acceleration and improvements to the existing implementation process, the current trajectory would fall far short of Governor Jerry Brown's goal to double energy efficiency savings by 2030. Efficiency programs -- along with new building codes and appliance and equipment standards -- would have to save enough energy over the next 15 years to cut the state's total electricity needs by almost one-third and its natural gas use by more than 10 percent, according to the NRDC and E2 report. Along with describing the many benefits to California, the report examines challenges with the current energy efficiency framework for customer-funded programs (which include assistance for weatherizing homes or help for businesses to manage their energy use), minimum energy-saving standards for appliances and equipment, and improved building codes to cut energy waste. It also includes detailed recommendations to improve upon the state's groundbreaking efforts and myriad successes.

    Access the report is HERE. (Source: NRDC, 20 Aug., 2015) Contact: NRDC,; Environmental Entrepreneurs,

    Missouri DED Offering $7.5Mn in Energy Efficiency Loans (Funding)
    Missouri Department of Economic Development
    Date: 2015-08-24
    In the Show Me State, the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) reports that it is now accepting applications for low-interest energy improvement loans to public and private schools and universities, governments, hospitals and similar organizations. A total of $7.5 million is available for energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects statewide.

    The DED is accepting loan applications from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30 for projects costing between $10,000 and $1 million. The loans are to be repaid from energy savings and loans to public schools and local governments do not count against debt limits or require a public vote or bond issuance. The loans are administered as part of the DED's Energy Loan Program. (Source: Missouri Department of Economic Development , Waynesville Daily, 19 Aug/. 2015) Contact: Missouri Department of Economic Development, Mike Downing, Director, (573) 751-4241,;

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

    Mercedes Unplugs Tesla Battery Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
    Mercedes Benz,Tesla
    Date: 2015-08-24 reports that German auto giant Mercedes-Benz will end its vehicle batteries and components supply deal with U.S. battery and EV superstar Tesla Motors Inc. Mercedes-Benz will now produce components for its B-Class electric drive in-house. Mercedes has not indicted the exact date the closure will go into effect.

    In May 2009, Daimler purchased a 9.1 pct stake in Tesla but sold its shares for €600 million in October, 2014. (Source: Mercedes Benz, Others, 19 Aug., 2015)Contact: Tesla Motors,

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

    NMSU Sees Significant Saving with Ameresco Energy Performance Contract (Ind. Report)
    New Mexico State University,Ameresco
    Date: 2015-08-24
    In 2014, New Mexico State University (NMSU) approved an energy performance contract with Framingham, Massachusetts-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. for energy efficiency improvements and upgrades to 48 buildings with a total of nearly 3 million gross square feet at a cost of as much as $45 million.

    The proposed improvements were based on seven energy conservation measures as recommended by Ameresco during a seven-month-long investment-grade audit of all NMSU properties statewide. NMSU opted to proceed with a select number of those projects, several of which are now complete, to test the concept.

    Under the contract, NMSU has 13 years to pay off a $15.7 million bond to pay for the upgrades which range from the installation of new lighting and solar panels to replacing HVAC systems. NMSU will use its annual energy savings to pay off the bond. NSMU has to date realized over $1.7 million in savings. (Source: NMSU, Aug 8, 2015) Contact: NMSU, Patrick Chavez, Director of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing, (575) 646-0111,; Ameresco, Louis Maltezos, Executive VP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Performance,  

    Denso Test Facility to Produce Microalgae Biofuels (Ind. Report)
    Denso Corp.
    Date: 2015-08-24
    Denso Corporation is to build a large 20,000 square metre test facility located in Amakusa, Kumamoto, Japan for the culture of Pseudochoricystis ellipsoidea, an oil-producing microalga patented by Denso.

    The new facility, which is expected to be operational in April, 2016, will perform verification tests needed to establish large-scale microalga cultivation technologies required to improve biofuel production efficiency. The company says by 2018 time frame, it will have established large-scale microalga cultivation technologies. (Source: Denso Corp., AutoCar Pro, 24 Aug., 2015) Contact: DENSO Corp.,

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    Pennsylvania's Pathway to Cutting Carbon Pollution -- NRDC Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    NRDC,EPA CLean Power PLan
    Date: 2015-08-24
    Last week, NRDC issued the attached Understanding the Clean Power Plan, an analysis of the EPA's recently released Clean Power Plan and its impact on Pennsylvania, a traditionally "coal state."

    The NRDC report analyzes where Pennsylvania stands relative to its mass-based carbon reduction goal for existing and new power plants (90.9 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2030, down from the 116.7 million tons emitted in 2012), and how the Commonwealth's electric sector needs to change for it to reach that goal.

    The analysis takes into account the state's existing mix of energy generation (coal, gas, nuclear, hydroelectric, wind, solar, and other), and the changes to that mix that are already being planned or considered. These changes include retirements of older coal plants and the construction of new natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) plants. The analysis also anticipated growth in electricity demand, and Pennsylvania's current Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard and demand-side energy efficiency laws.

    Overall, NRDC concludes that if Pennsylvania takes a flexible, market-based approach for implementing the Clean Power Plan (e.g., a policy that allows for regional trading of mass-based carbon allowances and covers both existing and new power plants) and adopts complementary state energy policies to expand renewable energy and energy efficiency, the Commonwealth can cost-effectively meet its carbon pollution limits and secure great public health, environmental, and economic benefits for its citizens.

    Download the NRDC Pennsylvania's Pathway to Cutting Carbon Pollution report HERE. (Source: NRDC , Blog, Mark Szybist, Senior Program Advocate, Energy and Transportation, 20 Aug., 2015) Contact: NRDC,

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    Mass. Funds Climate Change Education, Preparedness Effort (Funding)
    Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Agency
    Date: 2015-08-24
    The State of Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Agency has awarded $62,943 jointly to the Town of Essex, National Wildlife Federation, Ipswich River Watershed Association and the Essex County Greenbelt Association. The funds will be used to hold workshops, create a website, produce and distribute literature, create maps, and other efforts to disseminate information that is being gleaned from a two-year-long federally-funded study of the impact of climate change on the Great Marsh area. There are six communities within the Great Marsh -- Newburyport, Salisbury, Newbury, Rowley, Ipswich, and Essex.

    The money was part of some $2 million that was given to organizations all along the Massachusetts coast as part of the state's efforts to "advance local efforts to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, as well as implement measures that use natural or non-structural approaches as a viable alternative to hard structures like seawalls and groins." The grant follows a growing interest by state leaders to start planning for the impacts of climate change. (Source: Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Agency, Daily News, 22 August, 2014) Contact: Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Agency, (617) 626-1200,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

    Ameren. ECAP, Enginuity Tout Corn Biomass Project (Ind. Report)
    ECAP, LLC,Enginuity,Ameren
    Date: 2015-08-24
    Ameren Missouri reports it is partnering with the Missouri farmer's organization ECAP and Enginuity to provide an additional source of corn biomass-based renewable energy for the Show Me State. using corn and other agricultural biomass.

    ECAP, which currently provides corn to Missouri-based Laddonia Ethanol, will now provide corn and corn stover -- stalks, shucks and infected corn -- to Ameren for the production of bio-coal. Enginuity will provide the technology that compresses corn biomass with coal in a three-minute process.

    Although the partners have run small scale tests, a large-scale burn has not been scheduled nor has a production site been chosen. (Start: Ameren Missouri, News Tribune, 23 Aug., 2015) Contact: ECAP, LLC,; Ameren Missouri, , Michael Moehn, Pres., CEO, Scott Wibbenmeyer, Mgr. Renewable Energy Dev., Bill Barbieri, Dir. Renewable Energy Strategy, (314) 554-2165,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ECAP LLC,  Enginuity,  Ameren,  

    U.S. 2015 Ethanol Exports Second Highest on Record (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Grains Council,USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
    Date: 2015-08-24
    According the the publication World Grain, U.S ethanoal exports for the year 2015 are expected to be the second largest on record as ethanol export promotion efforts are ramped up by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service.

    While U.S. 2015 ethanol exports to Canada are off 26 pct on a volume basis, all other major markets have shown increases due to strong demand and U.S. ethanol supplies that are competitively priced. Canada is the largest importer of U.S. ethanol.

    US ethanol exports to Brazil and the Philippines, the second and third largest importers,are up 71 pct and 44 pct respectively, to 135 million gallons and 71.2 million gallons. Other markets seeing significant growth during the first 10 months of 2014-15 include India, Korea, Mexico, the E.U., the UAE and Tunisia. (Source: U.S. Grains Council, World Grain, 21 Aug., 2015) Contact: U.S. Grains Council, Mike Dwyer, Chief Economist, (202) 789 0789,; USDA Foreign Agricultural Service,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Ethanol Export,  U.S. Grains Council,  

    Cosan reports increased ethanol sales in second quarter results
    Date: 2015-08-24
    Brazil-based Cosan has reported that Raizen Energia's ethanol sales volume fell 27 pct during the last quarter. Raizen's 23 mills in operation crushed 19.2 million metric tons of sugarcane during Q2, down 8.1 pct compared to the prior year. Raízen Energia's net revenues for ethanol increased 7 pct when compared to Q2, 2014.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Raizen,  Sugar Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Cosan,  

    NordexSE Scores Pakistani 20 Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
    NordexSE,Gul Ahmed Energy Limited
    Date: 2015-08-24
    Nordex SE is reporting receipt of an order for 20, N100/2500 wind turbines with a total capacity of 50 megawatts from Gul Ahmed Wind Power Limited, a subsidiary of Gul Ahmed Energy Limited. The turbines will be installed at the Gul Ahmed wind farm in a semi-desert area near the city of Jhimpir and the Arabian Sea, where temperatures climb as high as 44 degrees.

    Nordex is supplying turbines which are especially designed for harsh environmental conditions. This version of the N100/2500 makes it possible to obtain the largest possible energy yield at this IEC-2 site. (Source: NordexSE, Engineerlive, Others, 24 Aug., 2015) Contact: Gul Ahmed Energy Limited,; Nordex,

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    Notable Quotes
    Climate Change
    Date: 2015-08-24
    On Friday, talk show host Bill Maher brought up current events surrounding climate change and vehemently argued for a carbon tax. "I know we talk about climate change a lot on this show, perhaps too much, but I'm sorry, the planet's dying and I'm going to keep talking about it. This is just what I read this week:"

    "The air in China kills 1.6 million people a year."

    "The sequoia trees, the oldest living things on Earth, over 3,000 years old some of them, and the biggest, and they've never really been in trouble through all that time, now they are."

    "The forest service used to spend 16-percent of their budget fighting forest fires, now its over half. There are now 29,000 forest fighters fighting over 100 fires. I mean, the state of California is literally sinking because the water has been tapped out of the ground so much. We're not so much of a state as a fire pit at this point."

    "2014, the hottest year on record. 2015 looking to be hotter. The heat index in Iran reached 165 degrees, couple of weeks ago."

    Maher then expressed how he wishes someone on the left would -- in the unapologetic spirit of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump -- champion a carbon tax to combat climate change.

    "I just wish there was someone on the left, a sane person on the left, who had what Donald Trump has. The ability to tough it out and say something like, 'We just need a carbon tax.' Because, obviously we need a carbon tax. And we don't have that person on the left." (Source: Bill Mahar, 21 August, 2015)

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

    Microalgae-based Carbon Capture Technology for Biodiesel Prod. Developed in Taiwan (New Prod & Tech)
    Cheng Kung University
    Date: 2015-08-21
    In Tainan, Taiwan, an inter-university research team led by National Cheng Kung University professor Chang Chia-hsiu reports the development of a microalgae-based carbon capture technology and the establishment of China's largest pilot microalgae farm. The project is intended to help the nation conserve energy and reduce its carbon emissions.

    The project technology uses the exhaust emissions and industrial wastewater to breed microalgae, which were first mutated from wild algae with special chemical formulas until they were capable of tolerating the level of heat emitted by factory chimneys. The newly bred microalgae is used to capture carbon dioxide for photosynthesis. The research team found that 1kg of microalgae can of absorb 2kg of carbon dioxide. The team also found that Chlorella and cyanobacteria microalgae, which is common in Taiwan rivers, were the most effective for the project's purposes. The research team has also established a 40 tonne microalgae breeding center for at the university's campus in Annan Tainan. The breeding center is expected to expanded to 200 tonne capacity. Additionally, researchers have developed the technology for extracting biodiesel from microalgae. It has also developed a process for breeding microalgae with rhodotorula rubra, according to Professor Chang.

    The project, which was commissioned and funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, National Sun Yat-sen University, Tunghai University, Fooyin University and National Chiao Tung University, as well as the Metal Industries Research & Development Center. (Source: National Cheng Kung University, Taipei Times, 18 August, 2015) Contact: Cheng Kung University Professor Chang Chia-hsiu, 011 +866 6 275 7575,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microalgae,  Algae,  Biodiese,  Carbon Capturel,  

    Heartland Weighs-In on EPA Proposed Methane Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Heartland Institute
    Date: 2015-08-21
    "The Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring a 40 to 45 percent reduction in methane emissions from 2012 levels from the oil and natural gas industry by 2025 isn't about climate change, it's about President Obama's climate change legacy. There is an important distinction.

    "If this rule were such a slam dunk for the climate, why hasn't the administration told the public how much potential future warming would be mitigated by these regulations? The fact of the matter is, these regulations will drive up costs for consumers and energy producers, but yield no tangible climate benefit.

    "According to EPA estimates, only 1.5 percent of methane is lost during the life cycle of natural gas production, and these estimates were validated by the most recent research on the topic, which found emissions of just 1.6 percent of the life cycle production. At these emission levels, natural gas reduces total greenhouse gas emissions when substituted for burning coal.

    "Make no mistake, there will be negative consequences for this rule. This rule won't hurt Big Oil; it will hurt smaller, independent oil companies who are already operating on thin margins. For an administration that supposedly cares about the little guy on Main Street, his policies seem to indicate otherwise."

    The Heartland Institute is a 31-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. (Source: Heart5land Institute, 20 Aug., 2015) Contact: Heartland Institute, Isaac Orr, Research Fellow, Energy and Environment Policy, (312) 377-4000,;[endlink

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

    Kiwi Bioenergy Assoc. Offers to Help Gov't Meet Emissions Targets (Int'l)
    NZ Bioenergy Assoc.
    Date: 2015-08-21
    In Wellington, the New Zealand Bioenergy Association has criticized that country's government's greenhouse gas emissions program and has offered to help i t achieve its GHG emissions reduction target of halving emissions by 2050.

    The Association, which promotes the replacement of fossil based fuels with energy from renewable sources, claims its strategy, which was released five years ago, could deliver nearly 40 pct of the annual GHG emission reductions required to meet the Government's target ten years ahead of the deadline. Most of the reductions would come from a significant increase in the use of transportation biofuels.

    According the the Bioenergy Association, "We believe that you can create a plan, using existing technologies and resources that are here, that also create jobs and economic growth in the regions, in particular." (Source: NZ Bioenergy Assoc., Radio New Zealand, 18 Aug., 2015) Contact: NZ Bioenergy Association, Brian Cox, CEO, 011 +64 (0) 4385 3398,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Emissions Reduction,  GHG,  ,  Biofuel.Carbon Emissions,  GHG,  

    Diageo Scotch Distillery Adds Anaerobic Digestion (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2015-08-21
    London-headquartered multinational alcoholic beverages giant Diageo reports it has begun operating an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at its Glendullan distillery in Speyside, Scotland.

    The AD facility uses distillery co-products and other feedstock to generate two million cubic metres of biogas per year -- about 8,000 MWh of thermal energy for use at the Glendullan distillery. The AD processes up to 1,000 cubic metres of distillery co-products daily. (Source: Diiago, Resource, Various Others, 18 Aug., 2015) Contact: Diageo, +44 (0) 131 519 2090,

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    IFC Heavily Invested in Asian Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
    International Finance Corporation,World Bank
    Date: 2015-08-21
    The International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank reports it has invested $125 million in China Three Gorges South Asia, to support a series of hydro, solar and wind projects that could provide electricity for up to 11 million people and boost generation capacity by 15 pct. IFC also invested $50 million and mobilised a further $154.5 million for the Pakistani Gulpur Hydropower project.

    Additionally, IFC invested in three wind farms in Sindh to further boost renewable energy regeneration. These include a $15 million investment by IFC and additional $36 million from other investors in Gul Ahmed Wind Power to help the company build and operate a new 50-megawatt wind farm, $30 million in Tenaga Generasi Limited to develop a 49.5-megawatt wind farm and $25 million debt and equity investment to help the Metro Power Company develop a 50-megawatt wind farm in the province.

    IFC also invested $25 million in the pioneering power company, Alcazar Energy, to help develop a series of renewable energy projects in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, with a focus on solar and wind power plants. (Source: IFC, Daily Times, 20 Aug., 2015) Contact: IFC,

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    RWE flicks switch on €2m power-to-gas energy storage plant
    RWE Energy
    Date: 2015-08-21
    Innovative power plant can reserve excess electricity as hydrogen for use when generation dips A pioneering power-to-gas plant that can efficiently store excess renewable energy has been switched on in Ibbenbüren in Germany, utility giant RWE announced this week. The €2m pilot plant, which the company states is the first of its type anywhere in the world, uses a giant electrolyser to convert surplus power from wind turbines into hydrogen, which is then stored so it can later be recalled to generate electricity when renewable energy supply dips. The 150KW facility has an 86 pct utilization rate and has been integrated with the local natural gas network and district heating system, offering the ability to add methane to hydrogen using the waste heat of the electrolyser, according to the company which hopes Additionally, the company. (Source: RWE Energy, Business Green, Aug. 20, 2015) Contact: RWE Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE Energy news,  Energy Storage news,  

    Feed Additive Cuts Cattle Methane Emissions (New Prod & Tech)
    Victorian Department of Agriculture
    Date: 2015-08-19
    In the Land Down Under, beef and dairy cattle produce approximately 11 percent of Australia's annual methane greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research from the Victorian Department of Agriculture (VDA).

    The VDA has developed "3-nitro-oxy-pro-pan-ol" (NOP), a new cattle feed additive than can reduce catlle methane emissions significantly. One gram of NOP per cow per day will reduce the cow's methane emissions by 30 pct with no negative effect on milk production or quality and the cow will add approximately i kg of body weight per week without an increase in feed.

    As an aside, the VDA researchers say that contrary to common belief, cattle "burp" acount for 95 pct of their methane emissions while "farts" bring up the rear. (Source: Victorian Department of Agriculture, 4BC1116 News, August 11, 2015) Contact: Victorian Department of Agriculture, Dr Peter Moate,Senior Dairy Nutrition Research Scientist,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Biogas,  Cow Methane,  GHG,  

    SunEdison, Dominion Partner on Utah Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2015-08-19
    Maryland Heights, MO-based renewable energy developer SunEdison, Inc. and electric utility company, Dominion Resources, Inc report they're establishing a JV for the Four Brothers solar project in Utah.

    The 420 megawatt direct current facility is being developed by SunEdison and is fully funded and presently under construction. The project has a 20-year PPA with Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE) subsidiary PacifiCorp and will generate sufficient electric power for 90,000 homes when it comes online in mid-2016.

    Including funding for construction, Dominion will invest approximately $500 million for a 50 pct cash equity and 99 pct of tax equity stake in Four Brothers, as per the JV terms. A remaining $150 million will be covered by SunEdison to complete the project. (Source: SunEdison, Various Others, Zacks, 13 Aug., 2015) Contact: Berkshire Hathaway Renewables,; SunEdison, R. Phelps Morris, (314) 770-7325,,; Dominion Resources,

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    CDP Lauds DuPont's Chemicals Carbon Management (Ind. Report)
    CDP,DuPont,Carbon Disclosure Project
    Date: 2015-08-19
    In London, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has released a new report on the carbon disclosure record of 18 global chemical firms. U.S. chemicals industry giant DuPont topped the list for its initiatives and success in managing and curbing carbon emissions.

    The report, which is the latest in a series to rate the performance of leading companies across a number of verticals, assessed each chemical company's performance against six key metrics: process and energy efficiency, product innovation, supply chain optimization, carbon exposure, carbon regulation readiness, and water risk. Companies were assigned an A to E rating based on their levels of public disclosure regarding each of these areas and their efforts to improve environmental performance.

    CDP report details are available HERE. (Source: CDP. Green Business, 17 Aug., 2015) Contact: Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), James Magness, Head of Investor Researh, 011 +44 (0) 20 3818 3900,; DuPont,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  DuPont,  Carbon Emissions,  

    EPA Proposing Methane Emission Cuts Regulations (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2015-08-19
    In Washington, the EPA is expected to propose the first-ever federal regulations aimed at cutting oil and natural gas industry methane emissions by 40 pct to 45 pct over the next decade from 2012 levels. The proposal is part of President Obama's regulatory agenda which Earlier this month, issued final rules on cutting carbon emissions from power plants 32 pct by 2030 based on 2005 emissions levels. (Source: EPA, Various Sources, 17 Aug., 2015)

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

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