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AZ Senate Moves to Unplug Renewable Energy Standard (Reg & Leg)
Arizona,Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-03-21
In Phoenix, the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission (Public Utilities Commission) reports it has approved HB 2005 giving utilities a way to avoid sourcing half their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. HB 2005, the "Clean Energy for Healthy Arizonans" measure, if approved by the Republican-controlled senate and the state's voters, would sharply boost existing commission rules requiring 15 pct of all power come from renewable sources by 2025.

If passed, HB 2005 would be incorporated into the State Constitution which empowers the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission to set utility rates and determine the appropriate mix of energy sources. Using that authority the commission set the goal of 15 pct from renewable sources by 2025. This initiative would amend the constitution to boost that to 50 pct by 2030. (Source: Arizona Corporation Commission, Payson Roundup, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, (602) 542-4251, www.azcc.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Standard,  Renewable Energy Arizona,  Renewables,  


McDonald's Touts Science-Based CO2 Reduction Targets (Ind. Report)
MacDonalds
Date: 2018-03-21
The fast food juggernaut McDonald's reports the launch of various global "climate science-based" greenhouse gas emissions cutting targets and pledged to reduce emissions from its restaurants and offices around the world by 36 pct by 2030, using 2015 as a baseline year -- a goal approved by the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative. The burger maker also committed to a 31 pct cut in emissions intensity across its entire global supply chain over the same period. Altogether, it said its SBT pledges will save 150 million metric tonnes of CO2 by 2030.

Under the SBT initiative, companies publicly commit to a detailed emissions reduction goal which is then independently verified as being in line with the trajectory suggested by scientists to give the world a reasonable chance of keeping temperature increases below 2 degree C above pre-industrial levels. (Source: MacDonalds, businessgreen, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Science Based Targets initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  SBT,  Science Based Targets,  


East Mesa Public Safety Complex nets LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2018-03-21
In New Mexico, Las Cruces-based WDG Architects and the City of Las Cruces are reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED energy efficiency certification for the new East Mesa Public Safety Complex on Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.

The East Mesa Public Safety Complex LEED certification strategies and solutions included: sustainable site development; water savings; energy efficient materials selection, indoor environmental quality, and others (Source: WDG Architects, Sun News, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: WDG, http://wdg-architects.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


Delek Sells Alt Air Renewable Fuels Facility (M&A, Ind. Report)
Delek US Holdings, AltAir Paramount
Date: 2018-03-21
Franklin, Tennessee-headquartered Delek US Holdings, Inc. reports the sale of AltAir Paramount, LLC and Delek’s Paramount, California refining and pipeline assets to an affiliate of Boston based World Energy, LLC. The sale, which is expected to yield approximately $72.0 million after adjustments, includes all of Delek's membership interests in AltAir Paramount, LLC which operates a 3,000 bpd renewable diesel/ renewable jet fuel facility, Delek's idled Paramount refinery, and associated pipelines and storage tanks.

Vandewater Capital Holdings, the lead investor and controlling shareholder of AltAir Fuels from its inception in 2013 until Delek acquired a controlling stake in October of 2015, brought AltAir from concept to a leading refinery of renewable fuels .

World Energy, one of the largest and longest serving advanced biofuel suppliers in North America, operates biodiesel manufacturing plants in Houston, TX, Natchez, MS, Rome, GA, Harrisburg, PA, and now Paramount, CA. The company also operates distribution hubs nationwide. (Source: Delek, PR, 19 Mar., 2018) Contact: Delek US Holdings, Keith Johnson VP Investor Relations, (615) 435-1366, www.delekus.com; AltAir Fuels, Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920, (562) 748-4726, www.altairfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Delek Holdings,  Renewable Fuels,  AltAir,  


Greenbelt Resources, Biofuels and Energy LLC Ink LOI (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt Resources,Biofuels and Energy, LLC
Date: 2018-03-21
In the Golden State, Paso Robles-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation reports it has inked a Letter of Intent (LOI) with New Mexico-based Biofuels and Energy, LLC (B&E). B&E plans to utilize Greenbelt's proprietary ECOsystem model, which uses a patented membrane dehydration technology to convert agricultural waste into various biobased products such as bioethanol and high protein animal feed.

The first series of B&E projects will be located in Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Greenbelt Resources' small-scale, end-to-end modular systems convert food, beverage and other cellulosic wastes into commercially viable advanced biofuels (bio-ethanol), animal feed, fertilizer and filtered water. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng., CEO, (888) 995- 4726 x101, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,  


Aemetis Completes Advanced Biodiesel Pre-Treatment Unit (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2018-03-21
Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in India has completed construction of an advanced biodiesel pre-treatment unit in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, to process the low-cost feedstocks to be provided to the 50-million gpy plant under a BP Singapore Pte Limited (BPS) supply agreement into low carbon high-quality distilled biodiesel.

The new pre-treatment unit allows the use of high Free Fatty Acid waste feedstocks while meeting the biodiesel quality standards set by international fuel standards.

The advanced biodiesel pre-treatment unit was built to supply biodiesel to the EU and US under the three-year supply agreement signed with BPS in May of 2017. The Aemetis plant in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, is the first and only India biofuels producer approved under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard for delivery of biodiesel into California. (Source: Aemetis, Inc., MENAFN, 16 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  


Italian Energy Giant Targets 1GW of Renewables by 2021 (Int'l Report)
Eni
Date: 2018-03-21
In Rome, energy giant Eni reports it plans to install 1GW of new renewable energy capacity by 2021, rising to 5GW by 2025. To that end, the company plans to invest €1.2 billion between 2018 and 2021 to meet its new targets, with at least a further €600 million invested on wider decarbonization plans, it added.

The company operates oil and gas projects in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia, but highlighted the need for renewables growth in its 2018-2021 strategy. The company previously identified a 463 MW pipeline of solar PV and concentrated solar power (CSP) as part of its 2017-2020 plan, but none of these projects have yet been completed. Eni had signed a framework deal with GE in 2016 to develop renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind, but to-date has no wind power projects installed. (Source: Eni, PR, Various Media, 18 Mar., 2018)Contact: Eni, www.eni.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Renewable Energy,  Renewables,  


Siemens Gamesa Supplying French Wind Projects (Int'l Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-03-21
Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports receipt of orders for 39 onshore wind turbines totaling 104 MW for installation at five wind farms being developed in the regions of Hauts de France, Grand Est, Burgundy and in Western France.

Siemens Gamesa will supply, transport, install and maintain 11 of its SWT-3.2-113 turbines (35.2 MW) for Innovent's Eplessier project in Hauts de France. The company will deliver another 11 SWT-3.2-113 turbines for the ENGIE Green's Les Monts projects in the Grand Est region. Siemens Gamesa will also supply eight SG 2.1-114 turbines with a 16 year service agreement for a 16 MW project in Burgundy and four G97-2.0 MW turbines with a 15-year service contract for an 8 MW project in Western France. The company will also supply another five G97-2.0 MW turbines to an undisclosed customer for a 10 MW wind farm located in Western France. (Source: SiemensGamesa, PR, Various Media, Penn Energy, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Wind Turbine ,  


Gas Natural Fonosa's 40-MW Spanish Wind Farm Underway (Int'l)
Gas Natural Fenosa
Date: 2018-03-21
The renewables arm of Barcelona-based Spanish utility Gas Natural Fenosa reports work is underway on the 40-MW Merengue Wind Park in the city of Plasencia, within the autonomous community of Extremadura. The project, which is estimated at almost €40 million ($49.4 million), will incorporate 15 wind turbines and generate around 155 GWh per year, enough to meet the annual demand of 44,000 homes and offset 120,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.

The company presently has 1,147 MW of installed renewable energy capacity in Spain. (Source: Gas Natural Fenosa, Renewables Now, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: Gas Natural Fenosa, www.gasnaturalfenosa.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Natural Fenosa,  Wind,  


Aemetis Validates Cellulosic Demo Plant Yields (Ind. Report)
Aemetis Inc
Date: 2018-03-19
Following up on our 12 March coverage, Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports Leidos Engineering has validated Aemetis' subsidiary, Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes Inc. ethanol and protein yields produced from the operation of its integrated demonstration unit (IDU) at InEnTec's Technology Center in Richland, Washington.

Aemetis continuously operated its gas fermentation process for over 120 days, meeting the requirements for a USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan. The IDU proved out a yield of 77 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per ton of biomass.

Using adjusted engineering models and subsequent results from the IDU, Leidos engineers expect the yield from the IDU to translate to commercial yields of approximately 96 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per ton of biomass at Aemetis' planned 12 million gpy commercial facility in Riverbank, California. (Source: Aemetis Inc., 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Cellulosic,  


China's Pearl River Delta CCUS Potential Studied (Int'l)
Edinburgh University,CCUS
Date: 2018-03-19
Scientists from Edinburgh University reports they are partnering with Chinese colleagues on the possible development of large-scale Carbon Capture Storage and Utilization (CCSU) opportunities in rocks underneath the Pearl River Basin, one of China's largest rivers and most polluted regions.

The joint effort, which aims to develop the river basin's suitability as a site for carbon storage, is focused on three depleted oil fields in the Huizhou area, and could provide decades of secure CO2 storage offshore for projects such as the Haifeng full-chain offshore CCSU project at a coal-fired power station.

The joint research is supported by the Scottish Funding Council, EPSRC and NERC in partnership with Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS), which includes British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University and the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Strathclyde.

China is the world's largest emitter of CO2 due to its ongoing dependence on coal as a source of energy. Carbon capture and storage could play a crucial role in reducing the country's greenhouse gas emissions and helping it meet its commitment to the Paris Agreement. (Source: Edinburgh University, The National, 16 Mar., 2018) Contact: Edinburgh University, www.ed.ac.uk; British Geological Survey, www.bgs.ac.uk; Scottish Funding Council, www.sfc.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCus,  CCS,  Carbon Dioxide,  


Ithaca Issues Green Building Energy Efficiency Policy (Ind. Report)
Green Building
Date: 2018-03-19
In the Empire State, the City and Town of Ithaca reports it has issued the second draft of its Ithaca Green Building Policy report. The report provides policy recommendations for energy efficiency requirements and related incentives to substantially reduce carbon emissions in all new buildings while emphasizing affordability.

The proposed policy would require all new buildings to be constructed to standards that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 40 pct to 50 pct compared to New York state code standards. The policy would ramp down over time to require all new buildings be designed to a net-zero energy standard within the next 12 years.

The proposed policy would have two compliance paths available to all property owners: a point system where the builder chooses from a menu of over 20 features to achieve six points equaling a 40 pct to 50 pct reduction in greenhouse gases; a second path of compliance allows the use of US Green Building Council LEED and similar rating systems to show a 40 pct to 50 pct reduction in greenhouse gases.

The Green Building Policy second draft report prepared by consultants STREAM Collaborative, Randall + West, and Taitem Engineering is posted at www.ithacagreenbuilding.com. (Source: City of Ithaca, Ithaca Journal, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Ithaca, ngoldsmith@cityofithaca.org, www.cityofthaca,org

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


Natcore Streamlines Ultra-High-Efficiency, Silverless Solar Cell Production (Ind. Report)
Natcore Technology
Date: 2018-03-19
Rochester, New York-headquartered Natcore Technology Inc. reports it has streamlined the fabrication of its revolutionary Natcore Foil Cell™ to allow for even lower-cost production costs. The use of laser processing to create Natcore's innovative, all-back-contact cell structure has been eliminated and replaced by a carrier selective contact process. This is combined with a foil metallization that can be cheaply made with high-speed roll-processing methods. These advances have enabled:
  • The elimination of high-cost silver. Natcore's Foil Cell replaces silver, and its high material costs and complicated production processes, with aluminum foils. At approximately 1/300th the cost of silver, aluminum allows for more metal to be used to maintain conductivity, while also enabling high-speed, high-volume materials handling and processing.

  • The potential for ultra-high efficiencies in an affordable production cell. The silicon heterojunction (SHJ) structure of Natcore's Foil Cell is the same basic structure used to achieve world-record silicon cell efficiencies of over 26 pct by major manufacturers in experimental solar cells. But Natcore's innovative use of pre-fabricated foils to produce this structure will allow, for the first time, the low-cost mass manufacturing of these ultra-high efficiency, all-back-contact solar cells.

    Natcore is targeting over 25 pct real-world efficiency for its eventual production solar cells, roughly a 25 pct performance improvement over many high-end commercial cells being installed today. Natcore has begun an accelerated development program to produce a prototype with the new process, as well as include production cost and efficiency modeling by independent authorities. Natcore plans to pursue partnerships with leaders in the industry to commercialize its technology. The production of this prototype will be a key part of this process. (Source: NatCore, PR 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: NatcoreChuck Provini (585) 286-9180, Info@NatcoreSolar.com, www.natcoresolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natcore Technology,  Solar,  


  • Hawkeye State Energy Efficiency Bill Advancing (Reg & Leg)
    Iowa Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-03-19
    In Des Moines, Iowa State legislators are reportedly advancing legislation that would cap some energy efficiency programs and alter the Iowa Utilities Board oversight of investor-owned utilities. If passed into law, Senate File 2311 would restore a 2 pct cap on energy efficiency programs for electricity and 1.5 pct for natural gas utilities, allow customers to opt out of the programs and require utilities to show on customers' monthly bills how much they are paying to help finance rebates and other incentives for consumer purchases of energy-efficient appliances, furnaces or home insulation.

    Detractors claim changes in the proposed legislation would scale back or eliminate measures that have lowered energy costs and usage, lessened the need for new power plants and have attracted industries to the state. Current energy efficiency programs make the state more attractive and competitive to businesses, according to the Iowa Economic Development Authority. (Source: Hawkeye Community College, Courier, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Senate File 2311 www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=sf2311

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


    MD Green Bank Expedites Renewables, Efficiency Loans (Ind. Report)
    Montgomery County Green Bank
    Date: 2018-03-19
    In Toskville, Maryland, the Montgomery County Green Bank, in partnership with Revere Bank and Ascentium Capital LLC, reports the availability of its Commercial Loan for Energy Efficiency and Renewables (CLEER). The CLEER program aims to bridge the financing gap for energy efficiency, solar PV, and energy storage projects in office, retail, light industrial and multifamily rental properties that are not currently covered by existing programs.

    Under the CLEER program, Montgomery County Green Bank lists eligible contractors, businesses use these contractors to define energy savings scopes of work and Revere Bank and Ascentium Capital provide loans to businesses to finance the eligible scopes of work. The borrowing businesses are considered approved based on credit with loan terms set to match the expected energy savings. Montgomery County Green Bank also provides overall program oversight to ensure the success of the program and track progress towards greenhouse gas reduction goals.

    The CLEER program works in a complementary manner with the Pepco program and builds on its offerings. The CLEER program is primarily funded by proceeds from the merger of Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings Inc. Montgomery County's support for the merger has resulted in over $41 million to the County to create programs benefiting Pepco customers.

    Montgomery County Green Bank is a publicly-chartered nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating affordable clean energy and energy efficiency investment in Montgomery County, MD. It is also the nation's first county-level green bank. In support of the County's goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, Montgomery County Green Bank partners with the private sector to build a more inclusively prosperous, resilient, sustainable, and healthy community by providing affordable financing options for projects that private investors may not currently be able or willing to finance alone. (Source: Montgomery County Green Bank, PR, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Montgomery County Green Bank, Tom Deyo, CEO, www.mcgreenbank.org

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


    EPA, PES Compromise on Renewable Fuel Credits (Ind. Report)
    Philadelphia Energy Solutions
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Further to our 2nd February coverage, Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC caught a break in its Delaware bankruptcy proceedings Monday when it reached an agreement with the federal government to reduce its liability for buying Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) credits as required by the EPA Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). In its January bankruptcy filing, PES said compliance with the RFS program was the "primary driver" behind its decision to seek Chapter 11 protection.

    Under the new agreement, the South Philadelphia-based refiner will retire 138 million RINs before April 1, when it plans to emerge from bankruptcy, and another 64.6 million of the credits after that date.

    Although the price of RINs has been as high as $1.45, it has dropped to about $0.35 its lowest in a year. PES claimed has been paying $75-85 million a year for RINs since 2014, and the cost is now the second-biggest after crude oil. (Source: State Impact Pennsylvania, Law360, Various Media, 13 Mar., 2018)Contact: Philadelphia Energy Solutions, www.pes-companies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  RFS,  


    Is Small Turbine Maker Gaia Gone With the Wind? (Int'l)
    Gaia-Wind
    Date: 2018-03-16
    In the UK, Glasgow-headquartered small wind turbine maker Gaia-Wind has entered provisional liquidation, citing the UK government's failure to plan future small-scale renewables support and export market conditions.

    In addition to the UK, Gaia-Wind turbines are operating Tonga, Japan, Australia, the US, the Caribbean, Sweden, Denmark and Italy. (Source: Gaia-Wind, Various Media, Renewables Now, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Gaia-Wind, +44 (0) 845 871 4242, www.gaia-wind.com

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


    Ice Energy Launches Free HVAC, Energy Storage Program (Ind. Report)
    Ice Energy
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Costa Mesa,California-based distributed thermal energy storage solutions for utilities specialist Ice Energy is reporting the launch of the Keep Your Cool free HVAC replacement and energy storage program, available to qualified businesses in Orange County, California.

    Under the program, Orange County businesses are eligible to receive free, fully installed HVAC and thermal energy storage systems, using Ice Energy's proprietary Ice Bear® solution.

    The Ice Bear provides a unique solution to the problem of peak load management by connecting to one or more standard 5-20 ton rooftop commercial AC units and serving as a thermal battery. Ice Bear systems freeze standard tap water at night when demand for power is low and capacity is abundant. The stored ice is then used during the peak period of the day to provide uninterrupted cooling, using a fraction of the energy required to operate a traditional HVAC system and reducing air conditioning bills by up to 40 pct.

    Ice Energy thermal energy storage products deliver behind-the-meter storage for commercial and industrial HVAC, refrigeration and process cooling systems, and for home AC, providing peak capacity to over 40 utility service territories nationwide. (Source: Ice Energy, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Ice Energy Keep Your Cool , Tony Huffman, (800) 808-9539, thuffman@ice-energy.com, www.keepyourcool.com; Ice Energy, mike Hopkins, Pres, www.ice-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


    NBB Calling for Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Ind. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Further to our December 22nd, 2017 coverage, in a letter to legislators, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and more than 50 of its member organizations is calling on Congress to extend the biodiesel tax credit.

    "The uncertainty created by the lapse of the tax credit is curtailing investments in new plants and capital projects to maintain, improve and expand existing plants. We believe that if the tax credit is extended through at least 2018, the biodiesel industry would experience substantial growth in the near term, which would create significant new employment opportunities.

    "The noise of uncertainty is detrimental to the future of the industry. We've seen biodiesel and renewable diesel production grow from 25 million gallons before the tax credit to nearly 3 billion gallons. Imagine how much farther we could be as an industry if this federal policy mechanism hadn't lapsed so many times," the letter said. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

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


    Smartcool, Total Energy Concepts Merger Announced (M&A)
    Smartcool,Total Energy Concepts
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Vancouver-headquartered Smartcool Systems Inc. reports it is acquiring Minnesota-based Total Energy Concepts (TEC) which will be merged into a wholly owned Nevada division of the Smartcool group of companies. Under the terms of the agreement, Smartcool will acquire 100 pct of TEC in return for $150,000 in cash, $850,000 payable in Smartcool common shares priced at the closing market price on the date before the transaction, and 5,000,000 non-transferable share purchase warrants.

    Smartcool products allow air conditioners, refrigeration equipment and heat pumps to function more efficiently by reducing the energy consumption of their compressors by as much as 40 pct and deliver a RoI in as little as 12 months, according to the company release.

    TEC partners with schools and government agencies to reduce the energy footprint of their buildings. Offering energy project financing, public entities are able to reduce energy costs without capital expenditures. (Source: Smartcool, PR, Streetwise Reports, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: TEC, Damian Smith, CEO, (218) 844-5848, www.totalenergyconcepts.com; SmartCool, James Martin, Bus. Dev, , (604) 904-8632, www.smartcool.net, www.smartcooleco3.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Total Energy Concepts ,  Smartcool,  


    Smithers Wood Pellet Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Pinnacle Pellet,West Fraser Timber
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Prince George, British Columbia-based woody biomass pellet maker Pinnacle Renewable Energy reports it has begun conversion of an existing particle board plant to a wood pellet production facility under the Smithers Pellet Limited Partnership in Smithers, B.C.. The 125,000 metric tpy plant will be 30-pct owned by West Fraser Timber Co. with Pinnacle holding the remaining 70 pct.

    Production is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018. Both fibre supply and customer off-take agreements are in place under long-term agreements, the company reports.

    Pinnacle presently operates six industrial wood pellet production facilities, a port terminal in B.C., and has a new production plant under construction in Entwistle, Alta. (Source: Pinnacle Pellet, PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: West Fraser Timber, www.westfraser.com; Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, www.pinnaclepellet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Pellet,  Wood Pellet,  


    Boundary Dam Surpasses 2Mn tonnes of Captured CO2 (Ind. Report)
    SaskPower
    Date: 2018-03-16
    On the Canadian Prairies, Saskatchewan Power (SaskPower) reports the carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at its coal-fired Boundary Dam Power Station has now captured more than two million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from entering the atmosphere.

    The Boundary Dam CCS project is one of the initiatives the Crown corporation is pursuing to meet the province's power needs. CCS is part of SaskPower's long-term strategy to meet environmental regulations and reduce the company's carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct from 2005 levels, by 2030.

    The facility, which opened 8 month behind schedule in October 2014, was designed to cut CO2 emissions by 1 million tpy. The delays cost SaskPower approximately $80 million in "construction deficiencies" and non-performance penalties. (Source: Saskpower, Estevan Mercury, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Saskpower,  Boundry Dam,  CCS,  


    Cellulosics Beat Corn Ethanol for Climate Impact, says Study (R&D)
    Colorado State University
    Date: 2018-03-16
    A new study from Colorado State University is breathing new life into the concept of biofuels produced from native switchgrass as a better feedstock than corn and other cereal and oilseed crops for biofuel production.

    The researchers used modelling to simulate various growing scenarios, and found a climate footprint ranging from -11 to 10 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule -- the standard way of measuring greenhouse gas emissions. By way of comparison, the impact of using gasoline results in 94 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule. According to John Field, research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at CSU, "What we saw with switchgrass is that you're actually storing carbon in the soil ... you're building up organic matter and sequestering carbon." "They (switchgrass) don't require a lot of fertilizer or irrigation. Farmers don't have to plow up the field every year to plant new crops, and they're good for a decade or longer," Field added.

    The study was published online Feb. 19 in Nature Energy. (Source: Colorado State University, Manitoba Co-operator, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Colorado State University Natural Resource Ecology Lab, John Field, (970) 491-1604, www.ecology.colostate.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Swithgrass,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


    Otary Opts for Siemens Gamesa Turbines for Offshore Project (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,Otary
    Date: 2018-03-14
    Belgian wind energy developer Otary reports it plans to use Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy turbines, including a possible long-term service and maintenance agreement, for its upcoming Mermaid and Seastar offshore wind farms. The Port of Ostend in Belgium will be the offshore hub for construction of the projects.

    (Source: Otary, Offshore Wind, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Otary, +32 59 40 10 00, www.otary.be; SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com; Mermaid THV chief executive Mathias Verkast

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Otary ,  


    GE Installs First of 66 Merkur Offshore Wind Turbines (Int'l)
    GE Renewable Energy ,Merkur Offshore
    Date: 2018-03-14
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting the installation of its first of 66 Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine at the 396MW Merkur Offshore Windfarm in the German North Sea.

    The turbine was pre-assembled and shipped from Merkur's logistics hub in Eemshaven, Netherlands. The project's remaining 65 nacelles, blades and tower pieces will also be assembled and shipped from Eemshaven.

    Upon completion, the Merkur project will be among the largest offshore windfarms in Germany with a generation capacity of 1,750MWh annually -- sufficient power for approximately 500,000 homes. GE will also provide operations and maintenance services at the site for a period of ten years. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Power, Mar., 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy ,  Wind,  Merkur Offshore ,  


    Vestas Scores 72MW Stena Renewables Turbine Order (Int'l)
    Vestas,Stena Renewable
    Date: 2018-03-14
    Vestas is reporting receipt of a 72MW wind turbine order from Goteborg, Sweden-based energy specialist Stena Renewable AB. The orderis for 16 V136-3.45 MW turbines with 3.6 MW power optimised mode specifically increased to 3.8 MW for its Kronoberget wind power project, and 3 V136-3.45 MW turbines in 3.6 MW Power optimized mode for the Fjallberget wind projects in southern Sweden.

    The order includes supply, installation and commissioning as well as a 25-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. Turbine delivery is slated to get underway in 2Q of 2019 for commissioning in Q3, 2019. (Source: Vestas, WindTech, Various Media, 12 Mar., 2018) Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Stena Renewable, +031-85 53 90, www.stenarenewable.se

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stena Renewable,  Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    UK Group Calls for Energy Efficiency Enforcement (Ind. Report)
    Aldgate Group
    Date: 2018-03-14
    In the UK, a report from The Aldersgate Group is calling on Government to: stiffen and rigorously enforce commercial energy efficiency regulations such as Esos and MEES; raise commercial building standards; set clear policy goals to help unlock private sector finance; set and meet de-carbonisation targets; look at structural challenges in financing clean infrastructure; and create tax breaks for energy efficiency investment by businesses. The report also calls on government to lead by example and mandate greater energy efficiency across all publicly owned building stock.

    Aldergate Group members, including Aviva, BT, Cemex, Ikea, Kingfisher, M&S, Nestle, Sky and Tesco, published recommendations to improve non-domestic energy efficiency.

    Download the Aldgate Group energy efficiency recommendations HERE. (Source: Aldergate Group, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aldergate Group, +44 (0) 20 7841 8966, info@aldersgategroup.org.uk, www.alghergategroup.org.uk

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    Growthpoint Announces $94Mn Green Bonds Issuance (Int'l)
    GrowthPoint
    Date: 2018-03-14
    In the Land Down Under, Victoria-headquartered Growthpoint Properties is reporting a $94 million Green Bonds issuance that will be used to fund green buildings and green initiatives to help address climate change in South Africa. The Green Bonds form part of Growthpoint's R20 billion Domestic Medium Term Note (DMTN) Programme and are listed on the JSE market.

    Among the investors in the new Growthpoint Green Bonds is the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCB Fund), an initiative of KfW Development Bank and the German Government backed by additional investors. It aims to promote the development of African capital markets by acting as an anchor investor in primary bond issuance. It has invested around $70 million since inception in 13 countries.

    Growthpoint is a leader in green building and climate change mitigation. Over 86 of its properties are green-certified buildings. The proceeds of the bonds will be used exclusively to finance or refinance Growthpoint's new and existing sustainable green properties and projects that reduce environmental impact.(Source: GrowthPoint, eProperet News, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: GrowthPoint, www.growthpoint.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bonds,  Climate Change,  


    JA Solar Announces Merger Plan Approval (Int'l, M&A)
    JA Solar
    Date: 2018-03-14
    Beijing-headquartered solar products manufacturer JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. reports the Company's shareholders have approved the previously announced merger among the Company, JASO Holdings Limited ( Holdco), JASO Parent Limited, an exempted company with limited liability incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands (Parent), and JASO Acquisition Limited, an exempted company with limited liability incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands and a wholly owned subsidiary of Parent, together with Holdco and Parent.

    The Merger, the Plan of Merger, and the transactions contemplated thereby, were approved by over 90 pct of the ordinary shares voted.general meeting. (Source: JA Solar Holdings, PR, 12 Mar., 2018) (Contact: JA Solar Holdings, www.jasolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JA Solar,  Solar,  


    Canadian Solar Announces New O&M Business Unit (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Solar
    Date: 2018-03-14
    Guelph, Ontario-headquartered solar module manufacturer Canadian Solar Inc. reports it has established a global business unit that will provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for utility-scale solar power plants. The new unit is a result of the need to operate and maintain its own solar power plants in Ontario, Canada, which have been sold off to third-party asset owners.

    Canadian Solar has more than 700 MW under operation and 1.2 GW contracted worldwide, according to its website. (Source: Canadian Solar, Various Media, Renewables Now, 12 Mar., 2018) Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, (519) 954-2057, www.canadiansolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Solar,  


    Ireland Joins Powering Past Coal Alliance (Int'l. Report)
    Powering Past Coal
    Date: 2018-03-14
    In Dublin, Ireland's Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten reports his country will join the "Powering Past Coal" international alliance committed to ending the use of coal for power generation.cIreland was the 27th country to join the international alliance.

    The move means a nationwide ban on the use of smoky coal by 2025, including at the 900-MW ESB Moneypoint generation station, the nation's largest power station. . The ESB has been reducing coal consumption since 2012 but has yet to announce an alternative energy source. ESB Moneypoint is Ireland's only remaining coal-fired powered station using approximately 2 million tpy of imported Coal. (Source: Irish Times, Mar., 2018) Contact: Europe Beyond Coal, www.beyond-coal.eu; Powering Past Coal Alliance, www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/weather/climatechange/canada-international-action/coal-phase-out/alliance-declaration.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Powering Past Coal,  Coal,  


    Landfill Cutting Organics to Reduce Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
    Date: 2018-03-14
    In Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada, the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) reports receipt of $6 million in grant funding from the federal gas tax fund for the Alberni Valley Consolidated Strategic Landfill Diversion Program.

    The program will cut the volume of organic waste entering the landfill and thus reduce landfill gas -- methane -- emissions from the facility. The project is expected to cost $7,425,472. (Source: Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, PR, Alberni Valley News, Mar., 2018)Contact: Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, www.acrd.bc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Metrhane,  


    Battelle-Led MRCSP Touts CCSU Demo Project Success (Ind. Report)
    Battelle,Core Energy LLC
    Date: 2018-03-14
    In Columbus, Ohio, a Battelle-led team known as Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) reports it has successfully stored 1,000,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) as part of its large-scale demonstration project. The MRCSP demo is one of eight such DOE projects helping to develop and deploy carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology.

    In the intervening decade since the project got underway Battelle began the third phase of injection in 2013 and, in conjunction with Traverse City, Michigan-based Core Energy LLC, is monitoring, verifying and accounting for the CO2 being used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the depleted oil fields of Michigan's Northern Reef Trend.

    The MRCSP comprises a 10-state region that generates almost 25 pct of all electricity generated in the country -- more than half of that by burning coal. The MRCSP is one of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships in the U.S. established by DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). (Source: Battelle, PR, Bus.Wire, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Core Energy LLC, www.coreenergyholdings.com; Battelle, Neeraj Gupta, Principal Investigator for the MRCSP, T.R. Massey, (614) 424-5544, masseytr@battelle.org, www.battelle.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership,  Battelle,  Core Energy ,  


    energyOrbit Expanding WECC Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation,Energy Orbit
    Date: 2018-03-14
    In the Badger State, Madison-headquartered not-for-profit Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC) reports it has secured energyOrbit and its cloud software to scale the operational management of their energy efficiency and demand-side management (DSM) programs.

    WECC will leverage the new energyOrbit Marketplace portal to enhance customer engagement and increase participation in energy efficiency programs. The energyOrbit Marketplace provides home and business owners with a simple and intuitive online experience when looking for energy efficiency rebates and incentives.

    Presently, 5 of the 15 largest investor-owned utilities in North America, and other public utilities, cooperatives and third-party implementers, use energyOrbit to manage $1.6 billion in energy efficiency incentive dollars. (Source: energyOrbit, PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: WECC, Mary Woolsey Schlaefer, President and CEO, (800) 969-9322, weccinfo@weccusa.org, www.weccusa.org; Energy Orbit, Udi Merhav, CEO , (866)628-8744 www.energy-orbit.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation,  Energy Orbit,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Honeywell, UNEP Ink Clean Energy, Climate Change MoU (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell, UN Environment
    Date: 2018-03-14
    Honeywell is reporting the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to support energy efficiency, access to affordable and clean energy, and urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

    To that end, the two entities have agreed to support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7 and 13, and to focus on experience-sharing and programs to build capacity and enhance the contribution of the private sector in protecting the environment. (Source: Honeywell, ACHRnews, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com; UN Environment Program, Erik Solheim, Exec. Dir., +254 20 7621 234, executiveoffice@unep.org, www.unep.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell,  UN Environment,  Climate Change,  


    Baker Tilly Provides PACE Financing for Madison Hotel (Ind. Report)
    Property Assessed Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-03-14
    Baker Tilly Capital, LLC, a U.S. boutique investment bank, reports it recently sourced a $1.5 million Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan and $5.1 million in Historic Tax Credits (HTC) to help convert a vacant warehouse into a new hotel in Madison, Wisconsin, the first closed deal for the PACE Wisconsin program.

    PACE financing provides long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and other qualifying improvements made to a property.

    The hotel will feature new historic replica windows, energy efficient aluminum window wall glazing systems and other insulation measures, high efficiency HVAC and lighting systems. (Source: Baker Tilly Capital, RE Journal, 12 Mar., 2018)Contact: Baker Tilly Capital, (312) 729-8000, www.bakertilly.com; PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    Constellation Set for NYCHA Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
    Constellation, New York City Housing Authority
    Date: 2018-03-14
    Constellation, an Exelon company, reports it is set to begin construction this month on $110 million in energy efficiency improvements spanning 340 buildings and more than 28,000 residences for the New York Housing Authority.

    Energy conservation measures implemented via the two energy performance contracts (EPCs) are expected to save the Authority an estimated $8.4 million in the first year with continued savings through the 18-year performance period. The work will take place throughout NYCHA properties in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

    The EPCs align with the NextGeneration NYCHA Sustainability Agenda, which commits to reducing energy consumption by 20 pct by 2026. Energy conservation measures to be implemented include exterior and interior LED lighting, building automation heating controls and water conservation. The project is slated to be completed in December 2019. (Source: Constellation, PR, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: NYCHA, www.nyc.gov/nycha; Constellation, David Snyder, (410) 470-9700, david.snyder@constellation.com, www.constellation.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYCHA,  New York City Housing Authority ,  Constellation,  Energyu Efficiency,  


    South Korean ETS Carbon Permit Rules Changed (Int'l Report)
    South Korean Ministry of Environment
    Date: 2018-03-14
    In Seoul, the South Korean Ministry of Environment has mandated that beginning in 2019, South Korean companies will be required to purchase 3 pct of carbon permits assigned by the central government to each company at a monthly auction at the Korea Exchange during the second phase of the nation's emissions trading scheme (2018-20), also known as the South Korean ETS.

    The permits were distributed to companies free during the first phase (2015-17). Companies eligible to join the auction are those with a bidding price equivalent to or higher than the minimum set by the environment minister each month. The list of industrial categories required to purchase permits will be announced this June. The permit cap for each category will be decided in September. These are the preliminary steps before Seoul's launch of the bidding system the following year. The ministry's latest carbon permit measures are part of the revised greenhouse gas emission trading scheme laws. (Source: South Korean Ministry of Environment Korea Times, 9 Mar., 2018) Contact: South Korean Ministry of Environment, eng.me.go.kr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Korea ETS,  Korea Carbon Market,  Carbon Permit,  


    WinnCompanies Completes DC Community Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    WinnCompanies
    Date: 2018-03-12
    Boston-headquartered real estate and housing developer WinnCompanies is reporting completion of a 651-KW community roof-top solar project at its low-income Terrace Apartments complex in Washington, DC. The project was supported with $1.3 million in grant funding from the District's Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE's) Solar for All Program. Clean energy from the project will be fed into the DC utility grid through a net metering arrangement and the savings will be passed back to qualified low-income residents through credits reflected on their utility bills.

    The Solar for All program seeks to provide the benefits of solar electricity to 100,000 low-income households in Washington and reduce their energy bills by 50 pct by 2032. WinnCompanies has invested more than $50 million in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across its affordable housing portfolio over the past decade. (Source: WinnCompanies, Affordable Housing Finance, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: WinnCompanies, Gilbert Winn, CEO, Darien Crimmin, VP Energy and Sustainability, (617) 742-4500, info@winncompanies.com, www.winncompanies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar,  Solar,  Community Solar,  


    NCGA Claims Negative Consequences of RFS Changes (Ind. Report)
    RFS,National Corn Growers Associatiom
    Date: 2018-03-12
    Following up on our February 28th coverage, National Corn Growers Assn. (NCGA) president Kevin Skunes on March 1 commented as follows on the Trump White House meetings aimed at reaching a compromise to proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): "For corn farmers, the question for the ongoing White House discussions is simple -- what is the problem you are trying to solve? According to EPA, refiners don't have a problem. "EPA concluded in November that refiners are able to recover the cost of RINs through the prices they receive for refined products and that RIN values are not causing economic harm to refiners.

    "For farmers, ethanol blending equals corn demand. Farmers care about RIN values, not because we want them to be high, but because we want the RIN market mechanism to work freely to incentivize (ethanol) blending. Increased blending will, in turn, lower RIN values, exactly the way the RFS is intended to work. Government manipulation of the RIN market, on the other hand, disrupts the incentive to blend."

    An Iowa State study concluded that: a leading Renewable Fuel Standard reform proposal considered by policymakers would allow E15 sales throughout the year and implement a cap on D6 RIN prices between $0.10 to $0.20/RIN; while year-round sales of E15 would encourage retailers to sell the fuel, capping D6 RIN prices would reduce consumption of E15 and E85: a cap on D6 RIN prices between $0.10/gal to $0.20/gal would likely reduce the effective ethanol mandate from 15 billion gallons to about 14.3 billion gallons in 2018; and unless increased ethanol exports compensate for the reduced mandate, corn prices would decrease under the proposal's D6 RIN price cap. (Source: NCGA, Farm Equipment, 9 Mar., 2018) Contact: NCGA, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NCGA,  Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol Blends,  RFS,  


    Vermont Towns Ink Climate, Renewables Resolutions (Ind. Report)
    Vermont,Climate Change
    Date: 2018-03-12
    In Vermont, the Town of Bennington reports it and 35 other towns around the state have passed non-binding resolutions calling on the state governor and legislators in Montpelier to act on climate change.

    The Bennington resolution calls on the state legislature and governor to "commit by act of legislation to the goal of meeting 90 pct of all energy needs within the state from renewable sources by 2050" and "ensure that the transition to renewable energy is fair and equitable for all residents."

    350Vermont organizes, educates, and supports people in Vermont to work together for climate justice -- resisting fossil fuels, building momentum for alternatives, and transforming our communities toward justice and resilience, according to its website. (Source: 350Vermont, Bennington Banner, 11 Mar., 2018) Contact: 350 Vermont, (802) 444-0350, www.350vermont.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 350 Vermont,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  


    RMIT Claims Proton-Battery Breakthrough (New Prod & Tech)
    RMIT University
    Date: 2018-03-12
    In the Land Down Under, researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne claim they have developed an environmentally friendly working rechargeable "proton battery" with the potential to store more energy than currently-available lithium ion batteries.

    With some modifications and scaling up, the proton battery technology could be used for medium-scale storage on electricity grids as well as powering electric vehicles, household storage of electricity from solar PV panels, and other applications.

    The RMIT working prototype uses a carbon electrode as a hydrogen store, coupled with a reversible fuel cell to produce electricity. A major potential advantage of the proton battery is much higher energy efficiency than conventional hydrogen systems, making it comparable to lithium ion batteries.

    RMIT's research on the proton battery has been partially funded by the Australian Defense Science and Technology Group and the US Office of Naval Research Global. (Source: RMIT University, PR, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: RMIT University, Professor John Andrews, +61 3 9925 2000, www.rmit.edu.au

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


    Praj Considering EU 2nd Gen Ethanol Plants (Int'l)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2018-03-12
    Praj Considering EU 2nd Gen Ethanol Plants (Int’l) Following on our 1o May, coverage, Pune, India-based Praj Industries reports it is in advanced stage of discussions with several unidentified potential partners to establish second generation ethanol plants in two counties of the European Union.

    According to Praj, its techno-socio-economic model of 2nd gen ethanol technology is already progressing in India and can be replicated in the developed region like Europe.

    Praj Industries opened India's first integrated bio-refinery for renewable fuels and chemicals from agri-residue including rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, bagasse, cane trash, corn cobs and stover, and other feedstocks in May, 2017. The second-generation bio-refinery demonstration plant boasts a 2nd generation ethanol production capacity of 1 million lpy.

    The Indian governments is calling for a 20 pct ethanol blend ratio in auto fuels. To meet that goal, 10 to 12 second generation ethanol projects with an average 100,000 lpy capacity are expected to be developed. (Source: Praj Industries, Economic Times of India, 11 Mar., 2018)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, info@praj.net, www.praj.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  Cellulosic,  Ethanol,  


    Gore Touts Ontario's "Superior" Cap-and-Trade System (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-03-12
    In his recent Toronto meetings with Liberal Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, former U.S. democratic presidential hopeful, VP and climate change fight pioneer Al Gore praised the province's recently mandated cap-and-trade system as "superior" to a carbon tax in fighting climate change. According to Gore, cap-and-trade lets government work directly with emitters to cut carbon emissions over time.

    Ontario's 2017 vintage cap-and-trade system is aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit. To date, the system has contributed nearly $2.5 billion to Ontario's coffers. (Source: Various Media, Canadaian Press, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 235-5743, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-environment-and-climate-change

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Ontario Carbon Tax,  Cap-and-Trade,  


    European Investment Bank Confirms Solar Commitment (Int'l)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2018-03-12
    Ahead of the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance in New Delhi, European Investment Bank (EIB) reported it provided €1.05 billion of new financing for solar energy projects around the world in 2017. The bank also confirmed strengthened engagement to support significant expansion of solar energy in developing and emerging economies.

    The EIB notes it is committed to increasing support for climate related investment, including renewable energy, in developing and emerging economies to represent 35 pct of overall financing activity.

    New EIB financing for solar investment in 2017 included backing for new projects in India, Mexico and Peru, as well as 13 EU countries. Since 2002 the EIB has financed more than €6.35 billion of new solar energy investment. (Source: EIB, PR, 9 Mar., 2018) (Source: EIB, www.eib.org

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    Sawnee EMC Announces New "Virtual Solar" Program (Ind. Report)
    Sawnee EMC
    Date: 2018-03-12
    Cummings, Georgia-headquartered Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (Sw-awnee EMC) is touting its new "Virtual Solar" energy program for residential and small commercial customers. The program enabales Sawnee EMC members to purchase the output of up to 20 "utility scale solar panels" at somewhere between $15.50 to $45 per month, depending on the amount of output desired and seasonal pricing differences. (Source: Sawnee EMC, PR, 9 Mar., 2018) Contact: Sawnee EMC, Blake House, VP Member Services, (770) 887-2363, customerservice@sawnee.com, www.sawnee.com/virtual-solar

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    Consumers Energy Wind Farms Powering GM Plants (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2018-03-12
    Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports that GM's Flint Metal Center and Flint Engine Operations are now fully powered by wind energy from Cross Winds Energy Park II, a new $90 million wind farm in Tuscola County. Both facilities will use about 110,000 total megawatt hours a year, according to the release.

    The agreement was free of cost for GM which will use transferable renewable energy credits (RINs) to measure emission reduction at its manufacturing sites. Consumers handled direct investment and resourcing. GM plans to run one-fifth of its global facilities on renewable energy by the end of 2018 and all 350 operations by 2050. Consumer's Energy aims to produce more than 40 pct of its energy through renewable sources and energy storage by 2040. (Source: Consumers Energy, Crains Detroit Business, Mar., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Garrick Rochow, VP Operations, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550,info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Solar ,  


    So Sayeth Secretary Perry (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Rick Perry
    Date: 2018-03-09
    "As we progress to a zero emission goal, we can still reduce emissions without draining the growth of our developing nations. Let us unleash innovation, let us invest in emission-free resources like nuclear and hydro [power] while at the same time making fossil fuels cleaner.

    "We support those renewables. Not only are they ultimate clean fuel, but they are inexhaustible by definition." -- US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, 7 Mar., 2018)

    Secretary Perry will also be remembered for his response when asked whether CO2 is the main driver of climate change? "No. Most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in. (Climate change is) one contrived phony mess." -- US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rick Perry,  Renewable Energy Carbon Emissions,  


    Neste Project Slashes Palm Oil Mill Methane Emissions (Int'l)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-03-09
    According to a Helsinki-headquartered Neste release, Neste has long been exploring ways to reduce greenhouse gas emission from palm oil production.

    In 2015, the company initiated a two-year study project to verify the methane emission reduction for a newly applied effluent treatment method. The project, which was conducted by Meo Carbon Solutions in Indonesian palm oil mills in collaboration with Dutch palm oil company KLK. The project used a belt filter press to remove organic matter such as degrading parts of the oil palm fruit in the mill effluent, the source of the methane emissions. The Neste-lead project verified 50 pct reduction in methane emissions at palm oil mills, as validated by Neste.

    In Indonesia and Malaysia, approximately 70 pct of palm oil is produced without methane reduction methods. If all the producers in these countries were to adopt the studied new method, greenhouse gases would be reduced by approximately 4.5 million tpy, better than the 50 pct greenhouse gas emission reduction requirement defined in the Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED) for all biofuels, according to the Neste release. (Source: Neste Oyj, PR, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Neste, Annamari Enstrom, Senior Researcher, +358 10 458 7658, annamari.enstrom(@)neste.com, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Palm Oil,  Methane,  GHGs,  Methane Emissions,  


    PGE Seeking Renewable Energy Bids (Ind. Report)
    Portland General Electric
    Date: 2018-03-09
    In Oregon, Portland General Electric (PGE) reports it is looking to add 100 average megawatts of renewable energy that complies with the state's renewable portfolio standard requiring the utility to source 15 pct of its retail load with renewables, rising to 20 pct in 2020 and ultimately to 50 pct in 2040. Price will be the most important consideration as the bids are scored by an independent evaluator, the utility stressed.

    The bids could include power purchase agreements (PPAs) or any of several ownership structures, including PPAs with purchase options or obligations, sales of existing assets, acquisition of project development assets and rights, joint ownership, and build-own-transfer agreements, the utility notes. PGE plans to submit a final draft RFP to the Oregon PUC by the end of next week, and a tentative schedule sees proposals due by June 15 and the process completed by year end. (Source: PGE, Portland Business Journal, 2 Mar., 2018)Contact: Portland General Electric, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444, www.portlandgeneral.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Portland General Electric,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

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