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US Jan. 2018 Ethanol Exports Drop (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-09
According to recent USDA data, the US exported 88.3 million gallons of ethanol in January, 2018 -- 26 pct less than a year ago and down 49 pct month on month. 154.2 million liters of ethanol to went to Brazil and 71.9 million liters of ethanol was exported to Canada in January, 2018. China, a usual market for US ethanol, was notable for its absence from the exports list. (Source: USDA, Various Media, Platts, 7 Mar., 2018)Contact: USDA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Exports,  

Sky Solar Confirms 1.7-MW Chinese Rooftop PV Project (Int'l)
Sky Solar Holdings
Date: 2018-03-09
Hong Kong-headquartered independent power producer Sky Solar Holdings Ltd reports it will construct its first distributed generation solar plant in China under a 1.7-MW project in Suzhou city. The rooftop PV installation is targeted for completion and commissioning before the year end.

Sky Solar has inked a 25-year PPA for 85 pct of the project's power generation with subsidiaries of Chinese electronic equipment maker Shenzhen Kaifa Technology Co Ltd. (SHE:000021). The remaining 15 pct will be sold to the state-owned State Grid Corp of China. (Source: Sky Solar, Renewables Now, Other Media, 7 Mar., 2018)Contact: SKY Solar Holdings, +81 3 5235 3470,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PV,  Sky Solar Holdings,  Solar,  

Pasadena Passes Revamped Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
City of Pasadena
Date: 2018-03-09
In the Golden State, the Pasadena City Council reports it has approved a draft proposal for the revamping of the city's 2015 Climate Action Plan (CAP) aimed at reducing local greenhouse gases (GHG) 59 pct from 2009 levels by 2035.

The new draft Pasadena Climate Action Plan builds upon and expands existing state programs and policies that address climate change and ultimately establishes a roadmap that enables the city to reach the State's goal of cutting GHG emissions 80 pct below 1990 levels by the year 2050.

The Pasadena CAP strategies include: sustainable transportation and land use; increased energy efficiency and reductions in energy consumption; energy performance standards for buildings; a transition to renewable and carbon-neutral energy; increased urban greening with more trees and park green spaces to absorb CO2, and reducing solid wastes ; reducing solid wastes and associated GHG emissions -- collection, transportation and landfilling of waste as well as the methane created when solid waste in landfills and combustion facilities is decomposed. The plan would use Pasadena's website to provide education and outreach related to zero waste, as well as information on ways to reduce, divert and recycle waste.

In 2009, Pasadena community-wide emissions were 2,044,921 metric tons of carbon dioxide.(Source: Pasadena Weekly, 8 Mar., 2018)Contact: City of Pasadena City Council,

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

France Flaunting Tidal Energy Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
Tidal Energy
Date: 2018-03-09
In Paris, the French Government of President Emmanuel Macron has announced it will launch a preliminary study into the feasibility of tidal energy from tidal zones in Brittany and Normandy, an area with some of the most powerful tides in the world. The world's first tidal power station generating approximately 500 GWh per year was constructed in Brittany in 1966.

Under its 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, France has committed to increasing its share of renewable energy consumption to 23 pct by 2020. Under the Energy Transition Law in 2015, France is committed to generating 40 pct of its energy from renewable sources and increasing the share of renewable energy consumption to 32 pct by 2030. However, as of 2016, France's percentage is holding at just 16 pct . The government has also earmarked €7 billion for the renewable energy sector from 2018 to 2022. (Source: Various Media, southEU summit, Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Energy,  Ocean Energy,  Wave Energy,  

Siemens Gamesa Repowering Mendota Hills Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Leeward Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-03-09
Dallas-headquartered Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC reports Siemens Gamesa will supply 29 of its SG 2.6-126 wind turbines to replace - repower the existing 63, 223-vintage y Gamesa turbines at Leeward's Mendota Hills Wind Farm in Lee County, Illinois. Upon completion, Mendota will utilize fewer turbines to generate more energy -- raising the wind farm's power production from roughly 50 MW to 76 MW.

The repowering project is expected to get underway this month for completion in December of 2018. Siemens Gamesa will continue to provide operations and maintenance services for the Mendota site. (Source: Leeward Renewable Energy, PR, Power, 6 Mar., 2018) Contact: Leeward Renewable Energy , Greg Wolf, CEO. (214) 515-1100,; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy , Jose Antonio Miranda, , CEO, Onshore Americas,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Leeward Renewable Energy ,  

Vattenfall Planning Major Solar Investments (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-03-07
Swedish- government-owned power company Vattenfall is reporting plans to to invest €100 million in large-scale solar energy generation over the next two years, primarily in areas where it can use existing infrastructure to reduce the overall cost of a project.

Vattenfall presently has a 5 MW solar farm in Wales and has finalized investment decisions for three solar projects in the Netherlands totaling 10.5 MW. The company is also planning investments in the Netherlands totaling 40 MW. (Source: Vattenfall, CleanTechnica, Various Media, 5 Mar., 2018)Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Solar,  

Hawkeye Legislators Killing 15 pct Solar Tax Credit (Ind. Report)
Iowa Solar
Date: 2018-03-07
In Des Moines, the Hawkeye State legislature last week voted to begin phasing-out the state's 15 pct solar tax credit beginning this July.

The 15 pct credit, which is capped at $5 million per year, has provided a total of $21.6 million in incentives for nearly 4,000 projects since its founding in 2012. The tax credit is scheduled to start sunsetting next year, with smaller incentives in 2020 and 2021 and only commercial tax credits remaining after 2022. (Source: Various Media, Energy News, 5 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Tax Credit,  

Honeywell Touts Amazon Voice-Ready Thermostat (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2018-03-07
Atlanta-based Honeywell is reporting the launch of its INNCOM e7 Thermostat (e7) that incorporates Amazon Alexa voice control. The e7 is based on a patent-pending Smart Wall Plate design that provides hotel staff with an easy and reliable back-up of the device configuration.

The e7 automatically reduces energy costs and is compatible with most HVAC solutions and equipped for Honeywell's Connected Guest integration. The e7 helps reduce the total cost of ownership by minimizing room downtime and automatically capturing the thermostat configuration. Its wired or wireless flexibility enables simplified installation in new-build or retrofit properties. For maximum flexibility the e7 also provides standalone HVAC control and occupancy-based sensing that customarily requires a door switch monitor and motion sensor. (Source: Honeywell, Hospitality Net, Mar., 2018) Contact: Honeywell, Thurman Melson, VP, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  

Ancient Carbon Found in Canadian Arctic Waters (Ind. Report)
Vrije University
Date: 2018-03-07
The Washington Post is reporting that research from Amsterdam's Vrije University and a U.K. University utilizing radiocarbon dating on the content of waters in Canada's Northwest Territories have found what they described as "abundant pre-industrial carbon." The research is an indicator that ancient carbon released by thawing permafrost could be aggravating climate change to an as yet un-dertermined degree.

The researchers are aiming to establish a basic measurement of the amount of old carbon flowing into Northwest Territories waters, and whether the amounts of old carbon are within usual norms. The research was published in the February journal Environmental Research Letters. (Source: Brinkwire, Washington Post, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Vrije University Amsterdam, Joshua Dean, +31 20 598 9898,

SDG&E Proposes Emergency Serv. Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
San Diego Gas & Electric
Date: 2018-03-07
In the Golden State, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) , a unit of Sempra, reports it seeks to add up to 166 megawatts of energy storage to support fire and police stations, emergency operation centers, and emergency evacuation sites an other rural public-sector facilities, subject to California PUC approvals. The projects would be implemented in phases over the next few years with all projects in operation by 2024.

The utility's plan includes an Energy Storage Customer Program Pilot and incentives for nonprofit care facilities to purchase energy storage systems.

The proposals are in response to California's Assembly Bill 2868 that was signed into law in 2016 and allows the company to add distributed energy storage, according to SDG&E. (Source: SDG&E, Mar., 2018)Contact: San Diego Gas & Electric,

More Low-Carbon Energy News San Diego Gas & Electric,  Energy STorage,  

Enerkem, AkzoNobel Backing Rotterdam Waste Recycling Plant (Int'l)
Enerkem, AkzoNobel
Date: 2018-03-07
Following on our Feb. 21st coverage, a consortium that includes Montreal-based Enerkem has announced an initial €9 million of funding for a proposed waste-to-chemicals plant in Rotterdam. A further €200 million commitment is expected later in the year pending financial approval from the project's lead financial advisor.

If constructed, the plant will convert up to 360,000 tpy of mixed waste into 220,000 tpy (270 million litres) of eco-methanol, a colourless alcohol similar to ethanol. It would also keep approximately 300,000 tpy of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere.

The consortium members include Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam, The project, which will use Enerkem's proprietary technology, is also supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Province of Zuid-Holland and the regional developement authority InnovationQuarter. (Source: Enerkem, Akzo Nobel, Biobased News, Various Media, 6 Mar., 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251,,; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, +31 88 969 7833,; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Enerkem,  AkzoNobel,  

Aemetis Touts Cellulosic Ethanol Demo Success (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-07
Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals producer Aemetis, Inc. is reporting the completion and and operated of an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime, meeting the requirements for a USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan.

In partnership with its key technology providers InEnTec and LanzaTech, Aemetis optimized the integration of an advanced arc furnace and gas fermentation technologies to convert waste biomass into low carbon, renewable cellulosic ethanol and fish meal. The unit was built at the InEnTec Technology Center in Richland, Washington and demonstrated the fully integrated system, including biomass handling, gasification, gas clean up, waste treatment and distillation systems. With a 20-year feedstock supply agreement and a 55-year lease already signed, the 12 million gpy Riverbank plant is expected to begin operations in 2019.

For the demonstration unit, Aemetis used waste orchard wood and nut shells from almond and walnut trees as feedstock, gasified the biomass using a high temperature plasma gasification system to produce syngas, cooled and cleaned the syngas, and supplied the syngas to a patented gas fermentation bioreactor to produce an ethanol "broth" which was distilled to produce commercial grade ethanol.(Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, Newswire, 6 Mar., 2018)Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939,,; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Ethanol,  Cellulosic,  LanzaTech,  

Connecticut Considers Biogas Mandate Legislation (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-03-07
In Hartford, the Connecticut legislature is studying a bill that if passed into law would require gas companies to ensure at least 5 pct of their products or services be from landfill methane -- renewable natural gas (RNG) -- by 2033.

The legislation would create an RNG renewable portfolio standard, establish a procurement process, and direct the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to establish quality standards for RNG, as well as require electric distribution companies to acquire electricity from a biomass facility.

Connecticut reportedly has potential capacity for 41 MW of electricity from RNG that could displace 540,000 tpy of CO2. (Source: Various Media, UtilityDive, 6 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  RNG,  Landfill Methane,  Landfill Gas,  

BioNB Touts Bioscience, Biotech Sector Growth (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-05
In its just released annual report, Fredericton, New Brusnwick-based biotechnology advocacy group BioNB is reporting healthy growth in the province bio technology and bioenergy sector and its impact on the province economy.

According to the report, more than 100 New Brunswick-based companies ranging from startups to established firms have participated in international accelerator programs and won international pitch competitions and are presently active in the province's biotech-bioenergy sector. Some of the ventures have raised millions of dollars in private investment. (Source: BioNB, PR, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: BioNB, Meaghan Seagrave, Exec. Dir., (506) 444-2444,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioNB,  Bioscience,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  

Ingeteam Wins Zuma Energia Wind Control Center Contract (Int'l)
Ingeteam,Zuma Energia
Date: 2018-03-05
Electrical conversion and turbine control equipment specialist Ingeteam reports it has contracted with Mexican renewable energy developer Zuma EnergĂ­a to provide a state-of-the-art control center for its operational wind farm in Oaxaca, PE Ingenio.

The platform, to be located in Mexico City, will collect real time wind farm operation data to help Zuma better manage and optimize the operation and maintenance of its wind turbines, substations, electricity market and the variations of meteorological conditions. All key condition parameters, such as temperatures, vibrations, operating conditions and alarms are monitored and stored in Big Data" databases. (Source: Ingeteam Wind Energy, PR, 26 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ingeteam Wind Energy, Jorge Acedo, R&D Director of Control Systems, Jonathan Taylor, VP, +352 43 791, (414) 934-4100 -- Wisconsin Office,; Zuma Energia,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ingeteam,  Zuma Energia,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

Renewables as Important as Nat. Gas in Cutting Emissions (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy,BNEF
Date: 2018-03-05
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance's (BNEF) Sustainable Energy For America report for 2018 and the Environmental Defense Fund, the impact renewables have had on power sector emissions, which fell 10 pct from 2007 to 2013, have played a larger role in reducing power sector emissions in 2017 than switching to natural gas. Those emissions dropped a hefty 4.2 pct in 2017.

Power generation now follows the transportation sector as the country's largest GHG emitter. In all, total US emissions are lower than they have been since 1991. According to the BNEF figures, between 2007 and 2013, renewables decreased total CO2 emissions by 2.3 to 3.3 pct -- about the same as the 2.5 to 3.6 pct that shifting from coal to natural gas contributed.

Access the Sustainable Energy in America factbook HERE. (Source: BCSE, CleanTechnica, Other Media, 1 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas,  BNEF,  Renewable,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  

Green Climate Fund Supports Zamibian Climate Efforts (Int'l)
Green Climate Fund
Date: 2018-03-05
The South Korean-based Green Climate Fund (GCF) reports it has approved $84.5 million to support two Zambian projects in the energy and agriculture sectors, state media reported. Of the total, $52.2 million will go to the Zambia Renewable Energy Financing Framework supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB) while $32.3 million will be earmarked for an agriculture development project. The share reserved for agriculture will strengthen the capacity of farmers to plan for climate risks that threaten to derail development gains, promote climate resilient agricultural production and diversification practices to improve food security and income generation, improve access to markets, and foster the commercialization of climate-resilient agricultural commodities, and mitigate the effects of climate change on the energy sector.

The GCF, part of the UNFCCC, assists developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change. The GCF program in Zambia is managed by the National Designated Authority. (Source: Green Climate Fund, PR, Media Africa, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Green Climate Fund, +82.32.458.6000,; UNFCCC,

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

Namibia Needs $33Bn to Meet Climate Change Commitment (Int'l)
Development Bank of Southern Africa
Date: 2018-03-05
In the Namibia capital of Windhoek, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) are reporting the country will need nearly $33 billion (US) for climate change adaptation and mitigation as per its Paris Climate Agreement Implementation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions.

According to the Ministry, only 10 pct of the necessary funds can be sourced domestically. Fully 90pct of the needed funds will be raised from multilateral and bilateral sources in line with Article 4 of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) particularly the principle of common but differentiated responsibility. Namibia (pop. 2.587 million) has committed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 89 pct by 2030. (Source: Namibia NewEra, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Development Bank of Southern Africa,; Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism, +264 61 284 2333,; UNFCCC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  UNFCCC,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

Cape Town Launches Landfill Gas Projects (Int'l Report)
City of Cape Town
Date: 2018-03-05
In South Africa, the City of Cape Town Department of Solid Waste Management is reporting the launch of two landfill gas extraction systems at the Coastal Park and Bellville South landfills, with planned similar system under development at the Vissershok South landfill. The projects were developed as carbon-offsetting Clean Development Mechanisms that will generate carbon credits.

The captured gas will be largely used as a fuel for electric power generation for small-scale power projects requiring about 1 MW of electricity -- sufficient to power an energy-intensive operation such as a wastewater treatment facility. (Source: Capetown Department of Solid Waste Management, Creamer Media, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Capetown Department of Solid Waste Management,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  

$41.6Tn Needed to Hold Global Warming Under 2 degrees C, says Report (Ind. Report)
Global Warming
Date: 2018-03-05
According to a report in the Lancet Planetary Health Journal, between $22.1 trillion and $41.6 trillion would be required between 2020 and 2050 for the world to hold average global warming under 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees c). The report adds the estimated cost of measures to limit Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions can be more than offset by reductions in deaths and disease from air pollution, which would cost between $22.1 trillion and 41.6 trillion between 2020 and 2050 for the world to hold average global warming under 2 degrees C.

A lower aspirational limit of 1.5 degree C would cost between $39.7 trillion and $56.1 trillion, but air pollution deaths could be reduced by 21-27 pct to about 100 million between 2020 and 2050 under the 2 degree C scenario, and by 28-32 pct to about 90 million at 1.5 degree C, according to the report.

The world's nations agreed on the 2 degree C limit in Paris in 2015, and committed to voluntary GHG emissions reduction targets that even if met, place the world on a 3 degree C trajectory, scientists say. (Source: ZeeBusiness, AFP, Lancet Planetary Health Journal, 3 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  

CA Vehicle Emissions Test Center Touted (Ind. Report)
California Department of General Services
Date: 2018-03-05
In Sacramento, the California Department of General Services (DGS) reports it has awarded the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) new Southern California Consolidation vehicle emissions testing and research facility to the design-build team of Hensel Phelps, ZGF, and Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

The $368 million, 19-acre project in Riverside near the University of California, Riverside campus, will be one of the largest and most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world. It will also be the world's largest true zero net energy facilities and is being built to US Green Building Council LEED Platinum specifications.

The facility will include test cells for analysis of heavy-duty vehicles, an advanced chemistry laboratory, workspace for accommodating new test methods for future generations of vehicles, space for developing enhanced onboard diagnostics and portable emissions measurement systems, education areas, a media center, flexible conference areas, and a large public auditorium. The facility and campus will be designed and built to reach the highest possible levels of measured sustainability, with the intention to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council and will also meet the state's CALGreen Tier 2 threshold for overall sustainability and energy efficiency. (Source: California Department of General Services, Automotive Testing Technology, March 1, 2018) Contact: California Department of General Services, (916) 376-5000,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  Vehicle Emissions,  California Air Resources Board,  

PSU Leading Global Building Energy Transformation Effort (Ind. Report)
UN, Penn State University
Date: 2018-03-05
In University Park, Penn State University (PSU) reports it has been selected by the United Nations to lead an effort to develop a global energy efficiency standard framework for both new building constructions and building retrofits. Penn State will help provide research and education to support those standards through an interdisciplinary approach.

According to the Penn State project leader Tom Ricard, the building sector is about one-third of the global economy and involves everyone from building code officers to mortgage finance bankers and electricians and carpenters to architects and engineers. Buildings account for about 40 pct of humanity's carbon footprint, he said. "We have technologies today to drive those carbon emissions to near zero and create net zero energy buildings with fairly cost-effective technologies, but there's a number of barriers to that. Those include the way buildings are built and financed; the way people involved in the building sector traditionally interact and the kind of contractual relationships they have; and the technologies are new and haven't been proven in all parts of the world," Richard added.

The big question, according to James Freihaut, the technical director of Penn State at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia and a professor architectural engineering, is how do you get a serially fragmented industry -- where each entity is trying to maximize its own individual profit while minimizing its performance risk relative to the building -- to behave like a virtually, vertically integrated industry that can actually deliver known, measured system performance in a building?

One is that the cost differential isn't that great anymore, Richard said, and the second is that these buildings are high-performance, not just with respect to energy, but to human performance, including health and worker satisfaction and performance. (Source: Penn State, Center Daily Times, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Penn State Univ., Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Tom Richard, Dir., (814) 865-3722,; Institutes of Energy and the Environment, (814) 863-0291,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Garbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Building Energy Efficiency,  

Xcel, Winona Partner on Business Energy Improvement (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-03-05
In Minnesota, the city of Winona and Xcel Energy report they are working with Minnesota's Clean Energy Resource Teams to reach 100 downtown businesses with information on ways to cut energy consumption and save on energy costs. The door-to-door campaign aims to share information on the energy efficiency options such as rebates and incentives available to the city's businesses.

As part of the effort, businesses can sign up for free energy audits available through the Chamber of Commerce Energy Smart program later in March. The audits provide detailed recommendations for saving energy and money, and connect business owners to utility program and rebate options to meet their needs.

The information campaign is part of a continuing partnership with Xcel to encourage the use of renewable energy, cut energy consumption and to reduce the community's energy-related greenhouse gas emissions by 15 pct over the next decade. Since starting their plan, the city of Winona and Xcel have concentrated on residential energy use and implemented programs to improve the efficiency of qualifying households. (Source: Xcel Energy, Wininoa Daily News, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, Partners in Energy,

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

ALLETE Unloading Thunder Spirit Wind Phase 2 (Ind. Report, M&A)
ALLETE Clean Energy
Date: 2018-03-05
Duluth, Minnesota-based ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ALLETE Inc. reports it will sell the 48-MW phase two of the Thunder Spirit wind farm near Hettinger, North Dakota to Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU) for approximately $85 million. The deal, which has been approved by the ND PSC, is expected to close before the year end.

The 107-MW first phase of Thunder Spirit incorporates 43 turbines and generates sufficient power for approximately 30,000 homes.

ALLETE Clean Energy owns and operates approximately 535 MW of wind energy generation at facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon and Pennsylvania. The company was established in 2011 to acquire and develop capital projects to create energy solutions by way of wind, solar, biomass, hydro, natural gas, shale resources, clean coal technology and other emerging technologies. (Source: ALLETE Clean Energy, PR, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Allete Clean Energy, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., , Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ALLETE Clean Energy,  Wind,  

Orsted Launches $33m Biomass Plant Optimization Project (Int'l)
Date: 2018-03-05
In Denmark, Orsted A/S -- fka DONG Energy -- reports work is underway on its $33 million (€26.7 million) project aimed at optimizing a biomass-based co-generation plant in Denmark.

The plan is to build a flue gas condensation facility at the 88-MW Herning Power Station in order to exploit the residual heat in the flue and reduce the consumption of wood chips and wood pellets by about 20 pct. The project is expected to be completed during the fall of 2019. (Source: Orsted, Various Media, 3 Mar, 2018) Contact: Orsted, +45 99 55 11 11,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass ,  

Engie NA Acquiring Solar Specialist SoCore Energy (M&A)
Engie North America, ,SoCore Energy
Date: 2018-03-05
France's Engie SA subsidiary Engie North America reports it has inked a deal to acquire US commercial, industrial and distributed solar specialist SoCore Energy.

The transaction will add 150 MW of operating or shovel-ready solar assets along with 170 MW of projects in late-stage development to Engie NA's portfolio. (Source: Engie North America, , Various Media, Renewables Now, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Engir North America, Frank Demaille, Pres., CEO, (713) 636-0000,,; SoCore Energy, (877) 762-6731,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie North America,  SoCore Energy,  Solar,  

RI Convention Center Authority To Invest In Renewable Energy
Green Development LLC
Date: 2018-03-02
In Providence, the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority reports has inked a vertical net metering PPA with Green Development, LLC for 8.3 million kWh of wind energy per year at a discounted rate.

The Convention Center Authority will purchase power generated by a new wind turbine under construction in Johnston, Rhode Island. It is expected to be operational by the end of this year.

Since spring 2017, Rhode Island has more than doubled the amount of renewable energy in the state. Earlier this month, Governor Gina Raimondo announced that the Office of Energy Resources will collaborate with the state's utilities to procure another 400 MW of renewable energy by the end of this summer. (Source: Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, RI NPR, 23 Feb., 2018) Contact: Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, (401) 458-6000,; Green Development, LLC, Al Bucknam, CEO, (401) 295-4998,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rhode Island,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

LONGi mono PERC Solar Cells Hit Record Efficiency (Ind. Report)
LONGi Solar
Date: 2018-03-02
Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) member LONGi Solar, a subsidiary of LONGI Green Energy Technology, reports its P-type monocrystalline passivated emitter rear cell (PERC) solar cells have reached a record 23.6 pct conversion efficiency. The results were certified by China's National Center of Supervision and Inspection on Solar Photovoltaic Product Quality (CPVT).

Last December, LONGi also reported a record bifaciality reading of 82.15 pct for its Hi-MO2 mono PERC bifacial module. The company also reports it aims to triple monocrystalline ingot and wafer capacity to 45GW in 2020. (Source: lONGi Solar, PV Tech, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: LONGi Solar, Dr. Li Hua, VP R&D, +862 981 566863,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LONGi Solar,  Solar,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  Solar Module,  

Lightsource BP, Mid Kansas Ink 20 MW Solar Agreement (Ind. Report)
Lightsource BP, Mid-Kansas Electric Co.
Date: 2018-03-02
UK-headquartered Lightsource BP reports it has signed a 25-year power purchase and asset acquisition agreement with Sunflower Electric Power Corp. affiliate Mid-Kansas Electric Co. Inc. for a 20 MW solar project in Stanton County, Kansas. The solar facility will be built, owned and operated by Lightsource BP. Mid-Kansas will be purchasing all of the solar energy from the project, and Lightsource BP will provide the capital for project financing and construction which is slated to get underway in early 2019. When completed, the project will be the largest solar facility in Kansas, according to Mid-Kansas. (Source: Lightsource BP, Solar Ind., Various Media, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Lightsource BP, Katherine Ryzhaya, CCO, +44 0 333 200 0755,,; Mid-Kansas Electric Co., Steve Epperson,; Sunflower Electric Power Corp., (785) 628-2208,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsource BP ,  Solar,  Mid-Kansas Electric Co.,  

DuPont Launches Solamet Metallization Pastes (New Prod & Tech_
DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
Date: 2018-03-02
DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions reports the introduction of its Solamet PV21A metallization pastes portfolio with proprietary design that delivers better contact performance and high aspect ratios.

Solamet PV21A metallization paste enables excellent fine line printability that can drive cell efficiency enhancement and maintain high throughput in mass production. The optimal balance of good adhesion and low laydown leads to low cost of ownership for cell manufacturers, according to a DuPont release. The Solamet PV21A product family is designed to fulfill all mainstream cell technology, and includes product series for advanced printing such as double printing, dual print and mesh cross free screen printing. (Source: DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, PR, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions,  PV,  Solar,  

Notable Quote
Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
Date: 2018-03-02
"Ontario is now part of the largest carbon market in North America. That's good news for businesses and consumers. In a linked market, companies have more choice and lower cost options for reducing their greenhouse gas pollution, and that means lower costs for consumers. All of the proceeds raised from the carbon market are being invested into Ontario's economy through green initiatives that fight climate change and help make life better for Ontario residents." -- Hon. Chris Ballard Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change , Anna Milner, (416) 314-6736,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Market,  Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change,  

Ontario Developing Carbon Offset Protocols (Ind. Report)
Ontario,Carbon Offsets
Date: 2018-03-02
At Queens Park, the government of Ontario reports it is developing 13 proposed carbon offset protocols in cooperation with the province of Quebec and will work with the province's Environmental Commissioner (ECO) to address its concerns linked to several of the proposed offset methodologies.

ECO has recommended scrapping at least three of the protocols including additionality, permanence, mitigation potential and leakage. The ECO also recommended that forest management, afforestation and reforestation projects be ineligible to generate carbon offsets for use in the province's carbon market.

Ontario and Quebec -- two of the three WCI member jurisdictions -- are jointly developing the 13 protocols, with California-based Climate Action Reserve tasked with authoring them. (Source: Province of Ontario, Carbon Pulse, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: Ontario Environmental Commissioner,

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ICAP 2018 Emissions Trading Worldwide Status Report (Report Attached)
Date: 2018-03-02
According to the recently released report ICAP Status Report 2018, China has overtaken the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) as the world's largest carbon market, covering more than three gigatons of CO2e.

Since 2005, the share of global emissions capped by an ETS has tripled to almost 15 pct covering more than seven gigatons of carbon dioxide. Major ETS reforms have lifted carbon prices in the EU, California, New Zealand and the US Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and ensure these systems drive decarbonization post 2020.

The report also notes efforts to price carbon are progressing in Latin America and subnationals in North America and Mexico will start piloting a mandatory ETS later this year.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: ICAP, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: ICAP, Jean-Yves Benoit, Dir. Carbon Market,

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Garden State Knocking on RGGI's Gate (Ind. Report)
RGGI, New Jersey RGGI
Date: 2018-03-02
After a lot of posturing and promises, New Jersey's newly elected governor Phil Murphy (D) is knocking on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative's (RGGI) door officially seeking readmission to the successful 9-state cap-and-trade group his predecessor Chris Christie (R) scorned in 2011.

For New Jersey to rejoin the group all of the member states -- Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- must be in agreement. (Source: RGGI, Various Media, 26 Feb., 2018)Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

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Pattern Snares 206Mw of Japanese Renewables Projects (M&A)
Pattern Energy,Green Power Investments
Date: 2018-03-02
In San Francisco, independent power company Pattern Energy Group Inc is reporting the acquisition of 206 megawatts worth of Japanese renewable energy projects and has moved to acquire controlling interest of Japanese renewable energy developer Green Power Investments (GPI).

The portfolio consists of two operating solar projects, the 29 MW Futtsu Solar project near Tokyo and the 10 MW Kanagi Solar project located in the Shimane prefecture. The portfolio also includes the 12 MW Otsuki Wind project located in the Kochi prefecture, and the 33 MW Ohorayama Wind project located on the island of Shikoku, and the 122 MW Tsugaru Wind project located in the Aomori prefecture, both of whicf are under construction.

The cash purchase price for the 122 MW Tsugaru Wind project is approximately $194 million, while the cash purchase price for the remaining 84 MW portfolio is approximately $131.5 million. In addition to the portfolio acquisitions, Pattern Energy also committed to funding the acquisition of a controlling interest in GPI. (Pattern Development 2.0), worth an estimated $27 million. (Source: Pattern Energy Group Inc., PR, 26 Feb., 2018) Contact: Green Power Investments,; Pattern Energy Group, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,

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CARB OKs Targray's NOx Mitigating Biodiesel Additive (Ind. Report)
Targray,California Air Resources Board
Date: 2018-03-02
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports it has certified CATANOX, a NOx mitigating biodiesel additive developed by BQ-9000 biofuels marketer Targray to help meet the Golden State's latest Low Carbon Fuel Standard requirements. The additive was tested in accordance with the Alternative Diesel Fuel regulation and demonstrated NOx emissions equivalent to standard diesel, as well as particulate matter emission reductions of more than 20 pct when compared to the benchmark CARB diesel.

Kirkland, Quebec-headquartered Targray, one of the largest biofuels marketers and distributors in California, is now the second company in the state to offer a CARB-certified NOx mitigation solution for biodiesel blenders. Beginning in March, Targray will offer its CATANOX additive as part of a fully blended, B20- ready turnkey solution at five fuel terminal locations in Stockton, Fresno, Bakersfield and Los Angeles. (Source: Targay, PR, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Targray, (514) 695-8095,; California Air Resources Board,

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Schneider Electric Adds EcoXpert Master Level Partners (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2018-03-02
Energy management and automation provider Schneider Electric has announced the latest group of EcoXpert™ partners to achieve Master Level status in Building Management Systems (BMS) -- building optimization, sustainability and energy efficiency.

The EcoXpert Partner Program is a worldwide network of Schneider Electric trained and certified partners who specialize in power management, building optimization and energy efficiency. Its 3,000 members hail from 40 countries and represent the world's leading system integrators, application providers and technology companies. including Critical Power, Building Management Systems, Lighting & Room Control and Data Connectivity.

EcoXpert BMS Masters develop solutions using EcoStruxure Building, an open, collaborative Internet of Things (IoT) platform for smart buildings that delivers significantly enhanced value across the building ecosystem. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric EcoXpert Partner Program,

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CaGBC Rates Top Green Building Trends for 2018 (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2018-03-02
Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has released its list of the top five green building trends for 2018. "As members of the Canadian green building industry, we see a fundamental shift happening in the way the built environment is perceived as a means to achieve emissions reduction targets. Add to this the introduction of new groundbreaking policies and legislation from governments at all levels, and we are looking at one of the most promising years for our industry in over a decade," according to the CaGBC release."

Details of the CaGBC report are HERE. (Source: CaGBC, 28 Feb., 2018)Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184,,

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Stanford Data Center Lauded for Saving Energy (Ind. Report)
Stanford Research Computing Center
Date: 2018-03-02
According to the US DOE ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance, the Stanford Research Computing Center (SRCC) uses nearly 40 pct less energy per square foot than the national median, prevents more than 1,300 metric tpy of GHGs and outperforms all similar buildings nationwide.

The EPA recognition certifies that buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 pct of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation and other key metrics. (Source: Stanford University Information Technologies, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Stanford Research Computing Center, Scott Prevost, Manager, (650) 721-4040,,; ENERGY STAR,

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Grupo Piasa Commissions Mexican Sugarcane Biomass Plant (Int'l)
Grupo Piasa
Date: 2018-03-02
Mexico's Grupo Piasa is reporting the commissioning of a $61 million, 50-MW biomass plant in Oaxaca state, Mexico. The sugarcane bagasse powered plant will supply electricity to the sugarcane mill and its partners. Surplus power will be sold to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

Grupo Piasa is led by Arca Continental and other bottlers of the Mexican Coca-Cola Industry. (Source: Grupo Piasa, Renewables, 28 fEB., 2018) Contact: Grupo Piasa,

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ezStorage Scores First Self-Storage Project LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-02-28
Columbia, Maryland-headquartered ezStorage Corporation is reporting receipt of USGBC LEED Silver level certification for its Burtonsville self-storage location under USGBC's LEED v4 BD+C: Warehouse and Distribution Center rating system.

The Burtonsville location, which was constructed from the ground up to meet LEED v4 requirements, is ezStorage's 3rd location to receive a LEED certification. (Source: USGBC, ezStorage Corp., PR, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: ezStorage, (443) 539-3000,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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EC Approves EU ETS 2021-2030 Rule Changes (Int'l Report)
EU ETS, European Council
Date: 2018-02-28
In Brussels, the European Council (EC) reports it has formally approved the reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for the period 2021 to 2030. The reform is a significant step towards the EU reaching its target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030, as agreed under the EU's 2030 climate and energy framework, and fulfilling its commitments under the Paris Agreement. The reform includes the following:
  • The cap on the total volume of emissions will be reduced annually by 2.2 pct (linear reduction factor) and the number of allowances to be placed in the market stability reserve will be doubled temporarily until the end of 2023 (feeding rate);

  • A new mechanism to limit the validity of allowances in the market stability reserve above a certain level will become operational in 2023;

  • The revised ETS directive also contains a number of new provisions to protect industry against the risk of carbon leakage and the risk of application of a cross-sectoral correction factor;

  • The share of allowances to be auctioned will be 57 pct, with a conditional lowering of the auction share by 3 pct if the cross-sectoral correction factor is applied;

  • Revised free allocation rules will enable better alignment with the actual production levels of companies, and the benchmark values used to determine free allocation will be updated. The sectors at highest risk of relocating their production outside the EU will receive full free allocation. The free allocation rate for sectors less exposed to carbon leakage will amount to 30 pct. A gradual phase-out of that free allocation for the less exposed sectors will start after 2026, with the exception of the district heating sector.

    The new entrants' reserve will initially contain unused allowances from the current 2013-2020 period and 200 million allowances from the market stability reserve. Up to 200 million allowances will be returned to the market stability reserve if not used during the period 2021-2030.

    The EU ETS sets a cap on how much CO2 heavy industry and power stations can emit. The total volume of allowed emissions is distributed to companies as permits which can be traded. ETS is a cornerstone of the EU's policy to combat climate change and its key tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively. The EU ETS limits emissions from more than 11.000 heavy energy-using installations and airlines operating between the 28 EU member countries and covers around 45 pct of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions. In 2020, emissions from sectors covered by the system will be 21 pct lower than in 2005. (Source: European Council, 27 Feb., 2018)

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  • NZ Emissions Rise While Forestry Carbon Sink Shrinks (Int'l)
    Statistics New Zealand
    Date: 2018-02-28
    In Auckland, Statistics New Zealand is reporting the country's carbon emissions grew slower than growth in the economy while native fores tareas shrank slightly over the same period. According to Stats NZ, that spells difficulty for New Zealand in meeting its Paris climate change accord obligations by 2030, given that plantation forests are currently the country's main fallback for offsetting rising national emissions.

    According to Stats NZ, Greenhouse gas emissions measures between 1990 and 2015, the latest year for which figures are available, show emissions increased from 61 million tpy to 76 million tpy.

    Stats NZ accounts show both a dramatic rise in the total carbon sequestration occurring in maturing plantation forests and a dramatic drop in new planting from a peak at the start of the period of around 100,000 hectares a year to well under 20,000 hectares annually since 2005. That's in spite of the recognition that plantation forest carbon 'sinks' are one New Zealand's best options to meet its climate change commitments. To remedy the situation, the government is ramping up a "billion trees" planting programme over the next decade. (Source: Stats NZ,, 29 Feb., 2018)Contact: Statistics New Zealand,

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    Chinese Shougang LanzaTech JV to Produce Ethanol from CO2 (Int'l)
    LanzaTech,Shougang Group
    Date: 2018-02-28
    Chinese steel and iron producer Shougang Group is reporting the upcoming March opening of a facility that can convert industrial waste gas to sustainable biofuels in the city of Caofeidian.

    The facility will utilize equipment from the joint venture company Shougang LanzaTech to convert industrial waste gas to liquid ethanol with a purity of 99.5 pct and compressed natural gas.

    The facility, which is the world's first commercial project of its kind, uses the technology developed by the U.S. biotech company LanzaTech, and is expected to produce 46,000 tpy of ethanol fuel, 76.5 million tpy of animal feed and 3.3 million cubic meters of compressed natural gas per year. (Source: Shougang Group,, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Shougang Group,; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,

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    84 Mn LPY Ethanol Plant Proposed in Nigeria (Int'l)
    Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
    Date: 2018-02-28
    The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Kogi State Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a fuel-ethanol plant that will produce 84 million litres of biofuel annually.

    The project would be an integrated feedstock plantation and process plants complex and include a cane mill and a raw and refined sugar plant of 126,000 tonnes annually. The Bagasse co-generation plant would generate 64 megawatts of power, and include a 2,000 tpy carbon dioxide recovery and bottling plant as well as approximately produce 63,000 tpy of livestock feed from locally grown sugarcane and/or cassava. (Source: NAN Leadership Ng., , 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: NNPC Group, Dr Maikanti Baru, Managing Dir.,

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    PSC Expands New York's Energy Storage Resources (Ind. Report)
    New York Public Service Commission
    Date: 2018-02-28
    Furthher to our December 8, 2017 report, the New York PSC last week approved two measures aimed at growing energy storage resources in the Empire State and helping to meet Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 1,500 MW energy storage target by 2025.

    Regulators approved a plan for Consolidated Edison Co. to significantly expand the use of battery storage systems in its service territory by simplifying the process for private owners. The PSC also allowed larger storage projects to participate in the state's clean-energy program. The decision raises the maximum rated capacity for projects from 2 MW to 5 MW. The new rules crafted a more straightforward process to allow private energy storage systems to export electricity to ConEd's distribution system. (Source: New York Public Service Commission, Various Media, Utility Dive, 26 Feb., 2018)Contact: New York Public Service Commission,

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    NJ Comfort Partners, Egg Harbor Partner on Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    NJ Comfort Partners, Green Life Energy Solutions
    Date: 2018-02-28
    In the Garden State, the city of Egg Harbor's SustainableEHC "green team" reeports it is partnering with the NJ Comfort Partners program and Green Life Energy Solutions to save residents on the cost of home energy.

    The NJ Comfort Partners program, which is funded through New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and Clean Energy program, provides eligible homeowners with energy efficient lightbulbs, low-flow showerheads, energy efficient refrigerators and thermostats, insulation upgrades, duct sealing and repair, heating and cooling equipment and comprehensive personalized energy education and counseling.

    The energy audit and efficiency measures are provided free of charge by Certified Building Performance Institute contractors. Green Life Energy Solutions of Egg Harbor Township is the local provider and scheduler of the service.

    NJ Comfort Partners has assisted 108,000 low- middle-income households since the program started in 2001. The program is available until June 30 or while funds last. (Source: City of Egg Harbor, SustainableEHC, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: SustainableEHC,; NJ Comfort Partners,; Green Life Energy Solutions, (609) 407-6900,

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    Advance Energy Storage -- Laying Platform for Efficient Electricity Delivery And Management -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-02-28
    According to the just released Advance Energy Storage -- Laying Platform for Efficient Electricity Delivery And Management report from Energias Market Research Pvt. Ltd., the global advance energy storage market is expected to grow from $8.8 billion in 2017 to $17.6 billion in 2024 -- a CAGR of 9.1 pct from 2018 to 2024.

    Factors propelling the growth of market include electric energy storage for energy arbitrage and increasing investment in modernizing the grid for robust and resilient electricity delivery system.

    The report segments the Advance Energy Storage market by technology : mechanical; electrochemical; -- electrical; chemical; biological and others. The report also segments the Advance Energy Storage market by application. The report notes the key players in Advance Energy Storages Market are Alevo, AES, GE, Altair, LG Chem, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd, General Electric Company, and Tesla, Inc., Hitachi,Ltd., Calmac, ABB Ltd. are among others. It also notes that North America represents largest region for the growth of Advance Energy Storages market.

    Global Advance Energy Storage Market Outlook, Trend and Opportunity Analysis, Competitive Insights, Actionable Segmentation & Forecast 2024 details are HERE. Source: Energias Market Research, PR, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Energias Market Research, Manas Nagi , Bus. Dev., (716) 239-4915,,

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    Energesco Completes Major Md. Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    Energesco Solutions
    Date: 2018-02-26
    In the Old Dominion State, Alexandria-based energy conservation specialist Energesco Solutions LLC is reporting completion of five exterior LED light upgrade projects on behalf of real estate developer Federal Captitol Partners (FCP) for their apartment portfolio in St. Charles, Marytland. These exterior LED light upgrades are additional to apartment level LED lighting and water conservation measures implemented by Energesco on behalf of FCP during 2017 at over 2,100 multifamily units in St. Charles, including the installation of approximately 29,000 LED lamps, 2,200 high efficiency showerheads and 3,700 low flow aerators. The five recently completed exterior LED light upgrades are projected to reduce FCP's annual electricity expense by over $25,000.

    Beginning in 2013, Energesco completed exterior LED light upgrades at nine additional FCP apartment properties in St. Charles that have delivered over $95,000 in annual energy costs and earned more than $400,000 in energy rebates. (Source: Energesco Solutions LLC, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Energesco Solutions, William Bennett, CEO, (703) 261-7781,; FCP,

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    Iowa Utilities Want Energy Efficiency "Societal Cost Test" Changes (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2018-02-26
    Midwest Energy News is reporting Hawkeye State utilities and others are lobbying the Iowa Senate to scrap the "societal cost test" model for evaluating utility energy-efficiency programs. Instead, the utilities are calling for a new evaluation measure that considers costs and benefits to both customers and utilities that participate in state rebate or energy conservation programs. (Source: Midwest Energy News, Business Record, 21 Feb., 2018)

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