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Caban Scores $1.9Mn for Energy Storage Software Expansion (Funding)
Caban Systems
Date: 2019-08-14
In the Golden State, Burlingame-based Caban Systems, a leader in the design and manufacture of software-enabled energy storage systems for the telecommunications industry, is reporting receipt of $1.9 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The funds will be used to expand energy systems production capacity to meet growing customer demand in the state.

The California Public Utilities Commission reported that during 2017 storm outages, "Almost one million customers could not make 9-1-1 calls, more than 790,000 customers experienced loss of communication service, and more than 52,000 businesses experienced service interruptions." Even more recent wildfire-related power outages highlight California's immediate need to accelerate the adoption of energy storage platforms for critical infrastructure.

Grid-independent solutions like those offered by Caban can help both state and telecommunication operators provide reliable communications at all times. Caban System's Burlingame manufacturing line will produce a purpose-built, modular battery storage system that will provide reliable, redundant power sources for critical infrastructure systems across California. (Source: Caban Systems, PR, CISION, Yahoo, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Caban Systems, Alexandra Rasch, Founder & CEO , Jacqueline Castillo, (305) 989-2861, jacqueline@cabansystems.com, www.cabansystems.com

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


Sierra Energy Closes on $33Mn for FastOx Technology (Funding)
Sierra Energy
Date: 2019-08-02
Davis, California-based Sierra Energy Corp.reports it has closed a $33 million series A investment round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and joined by Cox Investment Holdings Inc., BNP Paribas SA, and others. The funding will be used to develop and commercialize the company's FastOx gasification technology, which converts virtually any waste into clean, renewable energy and fuels without burning.

Sierra Energy's FastOx technology, developed by Sierra Energy and supported by grant funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission, uses oxygen and steam to heat waste to 4,000 degrees F at which it breaks down into an energy-dense syngas allowing the recovery of inorganic material as either a non-leaching stone or molten metal, according to the company. Sierra Energy's modular FastOx technology can be scaled to large size, does not produce process emissions and all outputs are saleable, according to the company. (Source: Sierra Energy Corp. , 31 July, 2019) Contact: Sierra Energy Corp., Mike Hart, CEO, (530) 759-9827www.sierraenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sierra Energy,  Syngas,  


San Mateo Reviewing Green Building, Efficiency Codes (Ind. Report)
San Mateo,Green Building
Date: 2019-07-15
In the Golden State, the city of San Mateo (pop. 105,000 +-) is considering new construction energy efficiency incentives to encourage new construction developers to electrify their buildings, install solar panels, expand EV charging capacity and other initiatives in an effort to increase energy efficiency, cur energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ordinances slated for review include two options for builders of new construction to reduce natural gas consumption within their developments. By either building an all-electric structure at the minimum efficiency required by the state's energy code or designing a mixed-fuel building using natural gas and electricity at a higher efficiency level, developers can meet the proposed reach code for electrification, according to a staff report.

For single-family and duplex projects, builders can either construct all-electric buildings or design a mixed-fuel building 15 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which officials estimate could save builders $5,300 in construction costs as compared to a mixed-fuel home. An all-electric design for homes is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 50 pct in most cases as compared to a mixed-fuel design, according to the report.

The proposed ordinance for office buildings would require builders to design an all-electric building or a mixed-fuel development 10 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which could involve using windows less prone to heat, natural sunlight and occupancy sensors. An all-electric office building designed to meet the 2019 state code is estimated to cost $57,300 less to construct compared to a comparable mixed-fuel building, according to the city council's report.

If adopted by the San Mateo city council and the California Energy Commission, the new codes will come into force Jan. 1, 2020. (Source: City of San Mateo, Daily Journal, July, 2019) Contact: City of San Mateo, Andrea Chow, Sustainability Analyst, www.cityofsanmateo.org/477/Building

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Sonoma Clean Power Offers Energy Efficient Equipment (Ind Report)
Sonoma Clean Power
Date: 2019-07-10
In the Golden State, the not-for-profit energy aggregator Sonoma Clean Power reports it is partnering with the California Energy Commission to free energy-saving equipment to commercial businesses and residential customers in exchange for data collection. Customers pay for installation costs, but the energy company will pay for such equipment as lighting, cooling and ventilation, water heating and more, according to SCP.

The data collected will provide insight into best practices for manufacturers and installers and to educate consumers on how upgrades can reduce utility bills.

In the commercial sector there is opportunity for three businesses to receive upgraded lighting; 10 businesses to receive new insulation; and two food service businesses to receive induction cooktops. SCP also has a loan program for residents to try out induction cooktops which the company believes are more energy efficient than standard appliances. For residential customers the company will accept 10 homes to receive cooling and ventilation; 10 homes for air sealing; and 10 homes for grid-integrated water heaters. (Source: Sonoma Clean Power, Index Tribune, 8 July, 2019)Contact: Sonoma Clean Power, (855) 202-2139, www.SonomaCleanPower.org

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Oberon Fuels Planning Renewable Dimethyl Ether Production (Int'l)
Oberon Fuels,California Energy Commission
Date: 2019-07-01
In the Golden State, San Diego-based clean transportation fuel producer Oberon Fuels is reporting receipt of almost $2.9 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The funding is in support of a project to produce the the state's first renewable dimethyl ether (rDME), an economic fuel and key step in the development of a California-based, renewable hydrogen (rH2) pathway to zero-emission mobility fuel.

Oberon plans to upgrade its existing DME pilot facility to demonstration scale to facilitate the first production of this renewable fuel. The company will test modified diesel trucks fueled with rDME, assess the feasibility of converting renewable methanol into rDME and developing associated fueling infrastructure, alongside commercial partners. (Source: Oberon Fuels, Bioenergy Insight, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Oberon Fuels, Rebecca Boudreaux, Pres., (619) 255-9361, Fax - (619)756-6470, info@oberonfuels.com, www.oberonfuels.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

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Miramar's $1.4M Alt. Fuels Program Funded (Ind. Report, Funding)
California Energy Commission
Date: 2019-06-17
In the Golden State, San Diego Miramar College, a public community college, is reporting receipt of a 5-year, $1.4 million contract from the California Energy Commission to develop the Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Training Enhancement Program to help participating students enter the alternative fuels, energy and technology fields.

Students will receive workplace "on the job" training for jobs focusing on reducing carbon emissions from vehicles. The program will be additional to the college's existing automotive technology program. (Source: Miramar College, City News Service, 14 June, 2019) Contact: Miramar College, www.sdmiramar.edu

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Quantum Fuel, QBI Announce Calif. Biogas Collaboration (Ind. Report)
Quantum Fuel
Date: 2019-04-29
Ventura, California-based alternative fuel systems provider Quantum Fuel Systems reports it has partnered with Quantitative BioSciences (QBI) on a new dairy biogas project in Modesto, California.

Under the agreement, QBI will purchase Quantum's newest ten Virtual Pipeline trailers for use in the biogas facility funded by the California Energy Commission. The project is being developed by QBI and Fiscalini Cheese Company, and will result in the construction of a biofuels production facility to purify and compress biomethane from anaerobic digesters into transportation fuel. When fully operational, the he project is expected to produce 450 diesel gallon equivalent of CNG per day, According the Quantum, (Source; Quantum Fuel Systems, BioiEnergy Insights, 25 April, 2019) Contact: Quantum Fuel Systems, Mark Arnold, Pres., 805-308-6067, www.qtww.com; Quantitative BioSciences Inc., Natalie Cookson, CEO, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/quantitative-biosciences-inc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Methane,  Niomethane,  Anaerobic Digestion,  CNG,  


Anaergia Touts CA Food Diversion, Energy Recovery Plant (Ind Report)
Anaergia
Date: 2019-03-13
Further to our December 14, 2018 coverage, Burlington, Ontario-based organics recycling solution provider Anaergia is reporting it will soon launch what it says will be North America's largest food waste diversion and energy recovery facility in Rialto, California. The plant will process 1,000 tpd of locally sourced food waste and bio-solids to produce pipeline-injected renewable natural gas (RNG).

The plant, which is slated to launch in mid-2020, will produce the equivalent of 13 MW of clean energy per year. The net CO2 emissions reduction will be approximately 220,000 metric tpy -- equivalent to removing 47,500 cars off the road. The project is co-funded by the California Energy Commission, U.S. DOE, CalRecycle, the state of California and significant private investment.

Anaergia's proprietary technology separates organics from mixed solid waste of any contamination level to recover energy and make fertilizer. The process involves anaerobic digestion (AD). (Source: Anaergia, Waste 360, Mar., 2019) Contact: Anaergia Andrew Benedek, CEO, (905) 766-3333 info@anaergia.com, www.anaergia.com, City of Rialto, Tom Crowley, Utilities Mgr., (909) 820-2608, www.yourrialto.com

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USDA Commits to $125Mn Aemetis Riverbank Biorefinery (Funding)
Aemetis
Date: 2019-02-13
Following up on our 24th January coverage, Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. is reporting the USDA has issued a Conditional Commitment under the 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program to guarantee a $125 million, 20-year loan to company's cellulosic ethanol plant to be built in Riverbank, California. The Riverbank plant is designed to convert orchard, forest and other biomass waste into cellulosic ethanol with below zero carbon emissions.

The Riverbank biorefinery project recently won a $12 million California state tax waiver and a $5 million California Energy Commission Notice of Proposed Award. Preliminary engineering for the project has been completed and construction is expected to get underway in mid-2019. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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Anaergia's Anaerobic Digestion Rialto Bioenergy Facility Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Anaergia Inc
Date: 2018-12-14
Anaergia Inc. is reporting construction is underway at the Rialto Bioenergy Facility east of Los Angeles, California. The facility will divert 300,000 tpy of organic waste from landfills and, using Anaergia's anaerobic digestion technology, produce the equivalent of 13 mw of clean energy per year. The net CO2 emissions reduction will be approximately 220,000 metric tpy.

The Rialto projectis being developed in collaboration with Waste Management, Republic Services, Southern California Edison, Anaheim Public Utility, Southwest Gas Utility, City of Rialto, the Sanitation Bureau of the City of Los Angeles, and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, and of Orange County. The project is co-funded by the California Energy Commission, U.S. DOE, CalRecycle, State of California and significant private investment. (Source: Anaergia Inc., PR, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Anaergia Inc., Andrew Benedek, CEO, (905) 766-3333 -- Burlington Ontario, info@anaergia.com, www.anaergia.com

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Golden State Rooftop Solar Mandate Wins Final Approval (Ind. Report)
California Rooftop Solar
Date: 2018-12-10
Following up on our May 11th coverage, in Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC) reports it has given the final approval to the state's 2019 Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards requiring all new homes under three stories high install solar panels starting January 1, 2020. The solar solar systems must be sized to net out the annual kilowatt-hour energy usage of the dwelling.

The codes also incentivize "demand responsive technologies" including battery storage and heat pump water heaters. Combined with a host of other energy efficiency upgrades, the revised building codes are expected to slash energy use in new homes by more than 50 pct. (Source: Calif. Energy Commission, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

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Itron, AES Consulting Partner on CA. Smart Home Study (Ind. Report
Itron,California Energy Commission
Date: 2018-11-21
Energy management specialist Itron reports it is partnering with Carlsbad, California-based Alternative Energy Systems (AES)Consulting and other companies to help some 100 Southern California consumers better control distributed energy resources (DERs). Itron was selected by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to provide its load management technology for the Smart Home Study aimed at minimizing consumer energy costs and reducing the negative impacts of distributed resources on the main grid.

Itron's IntelliSOURCE Enterprise Distributed Energy Resource Management System allows both consumer and utilities to communicate with and control solar panels, thermostats, load control switches, water heaters and others DERs. (Source: Itron, PR, Smart Energy, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Itron, Steve Hambric, VP Distributed Energy, www.itron.com; Alternative Energy Systems Consulting, (760)931-2641, www.aesc-inc.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

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Biogas Hydrogen Fuel Station Funded in California (Ind. Report)
California Energy Commission
Date: 2018-11-09
In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission reports approval of $8 million in grant funding for the development of a high-capacity hydrogen fueling station at the Port of Long Beach.

The facility would service and promote the expansion of zero-emission fuel cell electric Class 8 drayage trucks used at the port facility. The station will source its hydrogen "from 100 percent renewable biogas," the Commission release notes. (Source: California Energy Commission, Nov., 2018)Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

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Golden State Moves Closer to Mandatory Home Solar (Reg & Leg)
California Energy Commission
Date: 2018-05-11
Further to our April 4th coverage, the California Energy Commission (CEC) on Wednesday, May 9 voted unanimously to adopt new energy building standards requiring solar panels for virtually all new homes, apartment buildings and condos built in the state, starting in 2020.

Solar is presently included on just 15 to 20 pct of new single-family homes but is, with this legislation, expected to jump to more than 20,000 newly built solar homes in 2020, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

The proposed solar energy standards are subject to California Building Standards Commission approval, which is anticipated in 2019 for implementation in 2020. (Source: California Energy Commission, Times-Standard, 9 May, 2018)Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

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California Ready to Mandate New Home Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
California Energy Commission
Date: 2018-05-04
In Sacramento, the The California Energy Commission (CEC) is scheduled to vote Wednesday, May 9, on new energy standards mandating most new homes have solar panels starting in 2020. If approved as expected, the Golden state would be the nation’s first state to mandate solar energy.

The proposed new rules would deviate slightly from another much-heralded objective -- Requiring all new homes be "net-zero" meaning they would produce enough solar power to offset all electricity and natural gas consumed over the course of a year. Among the highlights:

  • The new solar mandate would apply to all houses, condos and apartment buildings up to three stories tall that obtain building permits after Jan. 1, 2020;

  • Exceptions or alternatives will be allowed when homes are shaded by trees or buildings or when the home's roofs are too small to accommodate solar panels;

  • Solar arrays can be smaller because homes won't have to achieve true net-zero status;

  • Builders installing batteries like the Tesla Powerwall would qualify for "compliance credits" allowing them to further reduce the size of the solar system;

  • Provisions will encourage more electric use or even all-electric homes to reduce natural gas consumption.

    The mandate dates back to 2007 when the California Energy Commission adopted the goal of making homebuilding so efficient the "newly constructed buildings can be net zero energy by 2020 for residences and by 2030 for commercial buildings." (Source: California Energy Commission, Orange County Register, 4 May, 2018) Contact: California Energy Commission

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero,  Solar,  California Energy Commission,  


  • Crimson Renewable Energy, First Element Fuel Score CEC Funds (Funding)
    Crimson Renewable Energy,California Energy Commission
    Date: 2018-01-19
    The California Energy Commission (CEC) reports it has approved $4.4 million in grant funding to Bakersfield-based Crimson Renewable Energy LP to design and operate an advanced commercial-scale biorefinery that converts restaurant trap grease, inedible animal fats, and other low-value feedstocks into biodiesel fuel. The grant is funded through ARFVTP which invests in advanced alternative and renewable fuels and vehicle technologies.

    The CEC also awarded Newport Beach-based First Element Fuel almost $8 million in Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) grants to construct hydrogen fueling stations in Redwood City, Studio City, Beverly Hills, and Mission Hills. (Source: California Energy Commission, Green Car Congress, Others, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: First Element Fuel, (949) 205-5553, www.firstelementfuel.com; Crimson Renewable Energy, (661) 617-8600, www.crimsonrenewable.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Alternative Fuel,  Hydrogen,  


    SoCalGas Establishing, Funding Advanced Energy Community (Ind. Report)
    SoCalGas,University of California-Irvine
    Date: 2017-12-18
    In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports it is partnering with the University of California-Irvine's Advanced Power & Energy Program to design an Advanced Energy Community in an under-served neighborhood in Huntington Beach.

    The community will be planned as a replicable model that optimizes a variety of energy options, including solar, wind and renewable natural gas. It will also consider the capability of storing wind- and solar-generated energy with power-to-gas technology.

    SoCalGas is providing $150,000 in co-funding for the Huntington Beach project, which was proposed in response to a California Energy Commission Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) solicitation. The EPIC program funds clean energy research and demonstration and deployment projects that support the state' energy policy goals and promote greater electricity reliability, lower costs and increased safety. (Source: SoCalGas, PR, 13 Dec., 2017)SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology, www.socalgas.com; University of California-Irvine, https://uci.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of California-Irvine,  SoCalGas,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    Willdan Funded to Research Bundle-Based Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    Willdan,California Energy Commission
    Date: 2017-12-15
    Anaheim, California-headquartered energy efficiency and technical services specialist Willdan Group Inc. reports it has received California Energy Commission (CEC) grant funding to demonstrate emerging energy efficiency technologies through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC). These technologies will be demonstrated at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) headquarters facility in Diamond Bar, California for the purposes of testing for scalability in the larger California commercial market.

    The Bundle-Based Energy Efficiency Technology Solutions for California (BEETS) is a 42 month project that upon completion will improve energy efficiency at the SCAQMD facility by over 20 pct. The project has $4 million in CEC EPIC funding and $2.3 million in matching funding, for a total project budget of $6.3 million, along with several subcontractor donations of time and equipment.

    As part of the BEETS project, Willdan developed three bundles of pre-commercial technologies for the following spaces: laboratory and critical environments, office and exterior spaces, and chilled water plants. Technologies will include chillers using a new refrigerant that does not deplete the ozone layer; LED fixtures with integrated, advanced controls; an advanced building management system; direct current lighting systems; advanced ventilation and laboratory fume hood exhaust systems; wirelessly integrated plug load controls; and a platform capable of demand response. (Source: Willdan PR, 15 Dec., 2017)Contact: Willdan Group Inc., Tom Brisbin, Pres., CEO, Stacy McLaughlin, CFO, (720) 940-6300, smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.willdan.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Willdan,  California Energy Commission,  Energy Efficiency,  


    CEC Supports California Energy Efficiency Initiatives (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2017-12-15
    In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CRC) reports it has created a new advisory group that will consist of members representing disadvantaged communities who will provide advice on proposed clean energy, energy efficiency and pollution reduction programs.

    The CEC also approved a nearly $2 million low-interest loan to the City of Clovis to convert interior and exterior lighting at city buildings to energy efficient LED lights that are expected to save the city more than $125,000 per year in electric utility costs. Funds for the projects came from the Commission's Energy Conservation Assistance Act program, which provides low- and no- interest loans and technical support for energy efficiency projects.

    Additionally, the CEC approved the adoption of building energy efficiency standards for the City of Davis that require single-family homes to be 30 pct more energy efficient than state standards. It also requires multi-family homes to be 25 pct more energy efficient than the state standards. The city will require a combination of efficiency measures and installation of solar panels.

    With these actions, the CEC has approved 14 local ordinances that provide greater energy savings than the current state building energy efficiency standards. (Source: California Energy Commission, PR, 13 Dec., 2017)Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    PARC Secures CalSEED Energy Storage Awards (Funding, R&D)
    PARC,California Clean Energy Fund
    Date: 2017-12-13
    Palo Alto, California-based PARC, a Xerox company, is reporting receipt of two grant awards from the California Energy Commission's California Clean Energy Fund (CalSEED) program to develop a desalination battery for simultaneous desalination and electrical load-shifting, and a membrane-based electro-chemical CO2 removal system for HVAC energy savings.

    The desalination battery combines the ability to desalinate highly saline waters with the ability to store electrical energy. The battery produces desalinated water during discharge without the need for high pressure or expensive maintenance; reduced pretreatment requirements; and the ability to realize high water recovery ratios and enables high renewables penetration on the grid.

    PARC is developing the Membrane-based Electrochemical CO2 Removal System as a retrofit to existing HVAC systems. The PARC system reduces the need for thermal and humidity conditioning of building air by removing CO2 directly without increasing energy consumption.

    PARC is also working on a variety of initiatives ranging from energy storage and efficiency to renewable energy, and others. (Source: PARC, PR, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: PARC, Jessy Rivest, Energy Materials & Systems Hardware Systems Laboratory , (650) 812-4000, www.parc.com; California Clean Energy Fund, (415) 957-0167, www.calcef.org; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Energy Storage,  California Clean Energy Fund,  


    Biodico Touts Community Design Technology (New Prod & Tech)
    Biodico
    Date: 2017-11-10
    Ventura, California-based renewable energy company Biodico is touting its internet-based Master Community Design technology that enables farms and communities in California's Central Valley identify on-site renewable sources of clean energy and then create a plan to convert those resources into electricity and liquid biofuels.

    Biodico's Zero Net Energy Farm (ZNEF) is partially funded by the California Energy Commission and is the world's first fully sustainable liquid biofuel facility to help address energy needs and climate goals in California's Central Valley.

    Privately held Biodico builds, owns and operates sustainable biofuel and renewable energy facilities; conducts R&D with the U.S. Navy; and collaborates with strategic joint venture partners to patent and commercialize proprietary technologies for the sustainable multi-feedstock modular production of next-generation biofuels. (Source: Biodico, Inc., PR, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: Biodico, Trey Teall, VP Operations, (805) 683-8103, www.biodico.com

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    Solar Wind Energy Tower Pre-Certified for Ariz. Project (Ind. Report)
    Solar Wind Energy Tower
    Date: 2017-10-06
    Annapolis, Maryland-headquartered Wind Energy Tower, Inc., developer of the patented Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, reports the California Energy Commission has reviewed and approved its application for the planned 1750 MW San Luis Energy Tower submitted on behalf of Arizona Green Power LLC.

    The planned facility, which is expected to begin commercial operations by December 31, 2021, is estimated to 5,000,000 MWh per year. (Source: Solar Wind Energy Tower, PR, 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: Solar Wind Energy Tower, Inc. (410) 972-4713, info@SWETower.com, www.solarwindenergytower.com; Arizona Green Power, www.arizonagreenpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Wind Energy Tower,  


    PG&E Rebates Boost Napa Schools Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Gas & Electric,Napa Valley Unified School District
    Date: 2017-09-29
    In the Golden State, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) reports that since 2016 it has paid over $39 million in rebates to 385 elementary and secondary school districts that have saved an estimated $45 million in energy costs annually in Northern and Central California.

    One of those districts is the Napa Valley Unified School District, which includes Napa, American Canyon and Yountville. Since 2012, PG&E and the Napa County Energy Watch teamed up on several energy efficiency projects projects at schools throughout the district including the installation of: LED lighting, fan motors for walk-in coolers, water heaters and boilers, power saving software, wireless thermostats on portable buildings, variable speed drives on pool pumps, and others that have saved more than 95,000 kWh and nearly 800 therms of gas.

    California schools spend $700 million on energy annually, according to the California Energy Commission. (Source: PG&E, Currents, 26 Sept., 2017) Contact: PG&E, www.pge.com/schools; Napa Valley Unified School District, Brian Bacinett, Energy and Environmental Compliance Specialist, (707) 253-3715, www.nvusd.k12.ca.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas & Electric,  PGE,  PG&E,  Energy Efficiency,  Efficiency Rebates,  


    CEC Commits $5Mn to Dead Woody-Biomass to Fuel Project (Funding)
    California EnergyCommission
    Date: 2017-09-15
    The California Energy Commission (CEC) reports it has approved $5 million in grant funding to support Shasta County's Fall River Resource Conservation District's development and operation of a biomass facility in the Burney-Hat Creek area.

    The Shasta County biomass facility would be one of the state's first to turn dead trees from the state's recent drought periods into combustible gas. (Source: California Energy Commission, AP, KRCR, 13 Sept., 2017) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov; Fall River Resource Conservation District (530) 336-6591, www.fallriverrcd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  California Energy Commission,  


    Pomona College Committed to Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Pomona College
    Date: 2017-09-11
    In the Golden State, Pomona College in Claremont reports it has committed to "CN 2030" -- carbon neutrality, without purchasing carbon credits, by the year 2030. To that end, the college must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero then offset an equivalent amount of any remaining emissions by retrofitting buildings, installing solar panels, investing in off-site renewables and promoting alternative transportation programs.

    Previously this year, the school received $2.5 million in California Energy Commission grant funding which will enable it to precisely monitor, control and adjust energy use in key buildings and lead to an expected 20 pct saving in energy consumption. The three-year project will enhance existing energy management systems for 10 buildings on campus and will provide for additional occupancy sensors and automated controls as well as optimization of air circulation, lights and thermostats. Since 2010,the College has implemented programs that include real-time metering for electricity, gas and water on all major buildings and education and social marketing programs to help address climate change and promote sustainable behavior. (Source: Pomona College, Inland Empire, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Pomona College, (909) 621-8000, www.pomona.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutrality,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Manteca Plans $6Mn Waste Food-to-Biofuels Prod. (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission,city of Manteca
    Date: 2017-06-26
    The California Energy Commission reports it has awarded the city of Manteca a 50 pct matching grant of $3 million toward construction of a $6 million biofuel production facility at the city's wastewater treatment plant. The San Joaquin Valley Air Quality Control District has also awarded the city a grant to paid to the city when the project is completed and operational.

    The city plans to produce 250,000 gpy of compressed natural gas from 3,410 tpy of food waste from city schools, restaurants, residential garbage which contains 45.7 pct food waste, and other commercial sources. The wastewater treatment plant also generates 107,000 cubic feet of biogas per day and burns natural gas in boilers to heat digesters needed to break down sewage. The fuel will be used to power the city’s fleet of nearly two dozen solid waste collection trucks. (Source: City of Manteca, Manteca Bulletin,, 23 June, 2017) Contact: City of Manteca, Mark Houghton, Public Works Dir., (209) 456-8400, www.ci.manteca.ca.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel news,  CNG news,  California Energy Commission news,  


    California Forest Biomass Project Scores CEC Funding (Funding)
    Camptonville Community Partnership
    Date: 2017-05-03
    In the Golden State, as part of its Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program the California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded $4.9 million in grant funding to the Camptonville Community Partnership's CHP forest biomass project.

    The 3-MW project will be developed in collaboration with ICF INC., the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), Direct Contact, Univ. of California Davis, Babcock Power Environmental, Gaelectric and DE Solutions. The facility's power production will be sold to Pacific Gas and Electric for use in conjoined businesses. (Source: California Energy Commission, Daily Eagle, 1 May, 2017) Contact: Camptonville Community Partnership, Refine Miller, Bioenergy Project Manager, (530) 288-9355, CPP@cville.K12.ca.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Camptonville Community Partnership,  Forest Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    Calgren Renewable Fuels Expanding Biogas Network (Ind. Report)
    Calgren Renewable Fuels
    Date: 2017-04-24
    Further to our April 7th coverage, Tulare County, California-headquartered ethanol producer Calgren Renewable Fuels reports it is permitting some 20 miles of new pipeline in Tulare County to connect approximately 15 Pixley-area dairies to Calgren's biofuel production plant on Highway 99. The company currently connects to just one dairy but will increase biogas volumes by as much as 20 times when the project connects to additional area dairies by the end of 2017 and into next year.

    Calgren is also building a $9 million, 5 million gpy biodiesel plant at their site using some $3.5 million in grant monies from the California Energy Commission, The new biodiesel fuel will be sold into the Fresno market. (Source: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Visala Times-Delta, Others, 21 April, 2017) Contact: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Lyle Schlyer, Pres., (559) 757-3850, lschyler@calgren.com, www.calgren.com

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    Calgren Renewable Fuels Announces Biodiesel Funding (Ind. Report)
    Calgren Renewable Fuels , Jatrodiesel Inc
    Date: 2017-04-07
    In the Golden State, ethanol producer Calgren Renewable Fuels is reporting receipt of a notice of proposed award for $3.6 million from the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program for construction of a supercritical biodiesel plant at Calgren's 57 million gpy corn ethanol plant in Pixley. The award would require $4.9 million in matching funding.

    The 5 million gpy biodiesel facility will be engineered and built by Jatrodiesel Inc., The facility will utilize high-FFA feedstock, including distillers corn oil produced on-site from Calgren's ethanol process, along with brown grease, acid oils and other low-cost feedstocks. The grant is being awarded to Calgren Renewable Fuels through its special-purpose entity, SJV Biodiesel LLC. Startup is expected before the year end. (Source: Calgren Renewable Fuels, PR, April, 2017) Contact: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Lyle Schlyer, Pres., (559) 757-3850, lschyler@calgren.com, www.calgren.com; Jatrodiesel Inc., (937) 847-8050, www.jatrodiesel.com

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    California Forest Bioenergy Project Awarded $4.9Mn (Funding)
    Camptonville Community Partnership
    Date: 2017-03-31
    Further to our Sept. 12, 2016 coverage, in the Golden State, the Camptonville Community Partnership reports its planned community-scale forest bioenergy power plant is proposed to receive $4.9 Mn in funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) as part of its Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Demonstrate and Evaluate Environmentally and Economically Sustainable Woody Biomass-to-Electricity Systems funding program.

    Camptonville's 3 MW direct combustion boiler steam turbine generator power plant will integrate advanced emissions controls and a state-of-the-art low water use condenser and will be the first of its kind in California.

    Camptonville's power plant will utilize forestry waste woody biomass to generate power for export to Pacific Gas & Electric's grid under the California public utilities BioMAT program.

    The project will be implemented by Camptonville Community Partnership in collaboration with Gaelectric, ICF Inc., Center for Sustainable Energy, University of California Davis, Babcock Power Environmental, Direct Contact, and DE Solutions. (Source: Camptonville Community Partnership, USDA, YubaNet.com, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: Camptonville Community Partnership, Refine Miller, Bioenergy Project Manager, (530) 288-9355, CPP@cville.K12.ca.us, www.camptonville.com/ccp_overview.html,www.camptonville.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  Camptonville Community Partnership,  


    Mariposa Biomass Project Wins $5Mn R&D Funding (Funding)
    Mariposa Biomass
    Date: 2017-03-29
    Further to our February 3rd coverage, in the Golden State, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is reporting the Mariposa Biomass Project has been awarded $5 million in grant funding from the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) for construction of a 2.4 MW woody biomass demo facility at the Mariposa County Industrial Park. The Mariposa County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) will be the project administrator.

    The $5 million grant is in response to a June 27, 2016, CEC competitive solicitation to fund applied research and development activities and technology demonstration and deployment activities to advance biomass-to-electric power generation. (Source: CEC, MBP, 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: MBP www.mariposabiomassproject.org; Calif. Energy Commission, Bryan Early, (916) 654-4714, Bryan.Early@energy.ca.gov, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Mariposa Biomass,  California Energy Commission,  


    Calf. Energy Comm. to Set Energy Efficiency Targets (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2017-03-10
    In Sacramento, California Senate Bill 350 directs the California Energy Commission (CEC) to establish energy efficiency targets that achieve a statewide, cumulative doubling of energy efficiency savings in electricity and natural gas final end uses by 2030, to the extent doing so is cost effective, feasible, and does not adversely impact public health and safety. To that end, the CEC is required to conduct a public process that engages with stakeholders.

    The CEC is investigating what enhanced cost effective energy efficiency savings can be achieved from utility programs and from savings to be achieved from other sources, such as codes and standards and market activity. (Source: Calif. Energy Commission, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact:Calif. Energy Commission, Bryan Early, (916) 654-4714, Bryan.Early@energy.ca.gov, www.energy.ca.gov

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    New Leaf Biofuel Doubling Biodiesel Production (Ind. Report)
    New Leaf Biofuel
    Date: 2017-03-10
    In San Diego, biodiesel producer New Leaf Biofuel reports it has received a Notice of Proposed Award of $3.8 million in matching funds from the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (Program).

    The grant, which will help fund a doubling of the company's biodiesel on-site production capacity to 12 MMgy, is provided under the Community-Scale and Commercial-Scale Advanced Biofuels Production Facilities solicitation. Under the terms of the grant, New Leaf will be required to contribute $4.5 million to the project which is expected to be completed and commissioned by Q4 2018.

    New Leaf produces BQ-9000 biodiesel from used cooking oil collected from San Diego area restaurants. (Source: New Leaf Biodiesel, Various Media, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: New Leaf Biofuel, Jennifer Case, Pres., (619) 236-8500, www.newleafbiofuel.com; California Energy Commission Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, http://www.energy.ca.gov/altfuels

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Leaf Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    Navy Planning 44MW Hawaiian Solar-plus-Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    US Navy
    Date: 2017-02-17
    In the Aloha State, the US Navy reports it plans to develop a utility-scale solar farm and energy storage system on the 863.6 hectare Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The proposed installation would add 44 MW of clean energy the Kauai Island Utility cooperative's grid for use by the public and the military. It will be constructed over two phases of 21MW and 23MW respectively, expecting to break ground this coming December. Details about the energy storage part of the project have not been detailed.

    This project is reportedly one of three solar-plus-storage offerings to be built under an understanding between the U.S. Navy and the California Energy Commission, pursuant to a MoU signed in October. (Source: US Navy, Energy Storage, 15 Feb., 2017)

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    BAAQMD Methane Emissions Double Previous Estimates (Ind. Report)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Date: 2017-01-20
    According to a new study from US DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), methane emissions, particularly from landfill and other biological sources in the San Francisco Bay Area (BAAQMD) may be twice as high as previously officially estimated.

    According to the study, methane emissions are about 1.8 times what the BAAQMD has estimated. In statistical parlance, the study results had a 95 pct confidence level that methane emissions are 1.3 to 2.3 times the inventory. The study also found that about 82 pct is from biological -- landfill -- sources and 17 pct from fossil fuel sources. The study combined measurements of air samples from six towers in and around the BAAQMD with calculations based on atmospheric transport models.

    Methane is a short-lived greenhouse gas that traps about 83 times more heat than carbon dioxide per unit mass when averaged over a 20-year timescale. Methane stays in the atmosphere for about 10 years, whereas carbon dioxide may stay in the atmosphere for more than 100 years. The researchers believe methane is 10 to 15 pct of California's total greenhouse gas emissions on a 100-year timescale.

    The research was funded by the California Energy Commission's Natural Gas Research Program. (Source: LBL. News Release, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: LBL, Marc Fischer, Researcher, (510) 486-5539, mlfischer@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov; California Energy Commission, (916) 654-4287, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  Methane,  Landfill Gas,  Methane Emissions,  Climate Change ,  


    Golden State Legislation Would End Coal-Fired Electricity by 2026 (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2017-01-09
    In Sacramento, California State legislator Marc Levine (D) is introducing Assembly Bill 79, a clean-energy proposal that, if passed, would require California electric power providers to stop procuring coal-fired energy incrementally, and completely stop the use of coal by 2026.

    Under the proposal, a maximum of 6 pct of electricity used in the Golden State could be coal-generated by 2018, dropping to to 3 pct by 2024 before a 2026 phaseout. According to a recent California Energy Commission report, the state's reliance on coal-fired electricity has steadily declined since 1996, and that it uses less than most other states. Levine's bill is expected to be heard after Feb. 4, 2017. (Source: Courthouse News, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: California State legislator Marc Levine, www.marclevine.org; California Energy Commission, (916) 654-4287 www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  Coal-Fired Electricity,  California Energy Commission,  


    Calif. Regulates Computer Energy Efficiency (Reg & Leg)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2016-12-19
    Reuters is reporting that California Energy Commission has adopted the nation's first mandatory energy efficiency rules for computers and monitors which account for 3 pct of home electric bills and 7 pct of commercial power costs. When fully implemented the industry-backed plan is expected to save consumers $373 million a year and save at least as much electricity annually as it takes to power every home in San Francisco.

    The new standards will add about $14 to average retail costs of desktops, which are far less energy efficient than laptops. The rule is expected to save consumers more than $40 in electric bills over five years, according to commission estimates.

    Organizations representing the tech industry support the standards and describe them "ambitious but achievable," noting that technology companies are "innovating and creating solutions to the challenges posed by climate change." (Source: California Energy Commission, Various Sources, Star Online, Dec., 2016) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 654-4287 www.energy.ca.gov

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    California Tops in Energy-Efficiency Jobs (ind. Report)
    Environmental Entrepreneurs
    Date: 2016-12-14
    According to a new report by the group Environmental Entrepreneurs, the Golden State leads the nation in energy efficiency job creation with mare than 300,000 active jobs. The report indicates that policies in California are paying off -- even while the state's energy consumption is only increasing by 1 pct a year, according to the California Energy Commission data.

    According to the report, the greatest concentration of energy efficiency jobs in the state is in the metropolitan areas that includes L.A., Long Beach and Santa Ana. Of the companies currently operating in the energy efficiency field, 70 pct are small businesses, the report said. (Source: Public News Service, 13 Dec., 2016) Contact: Environmental Entrepreneurs, (415) 875.6121, victoria@e2.org, www.e2.org; Reports Available https://www.e2.org/energyefficiencyjobs

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    Biodico Begins UC Santa Barbara Biodiesel Deliveries (Ind. Report)
    Biodico Inc.,California Energy Commission
    Date: 2016-12-02
    In the Golden State, Ventura-based Biodico Inc. is reporting its first delivery of used cooking oil-based biodiesel to the University of California, Santa Barbara where it will fuel tractors and other diesel-powered equipment. he biodiesel was produced at Biodico's Zero Net Energy Farm (ZNEF) which is partially funded by the California Energy Commission.

    Biodico builds, owns and operates sustainable biofuel and bioenergy facilities, conducts R&D with the U.S. Navy, and collaborates with joint venture partners to commercialize new technology and initiatives. The company has pioneered advanced, patented and proprietary technologies for the sustainable multi-feedstock modular production of next generation biofuels and bioenergy. (Source: Biodico, 29 Nov., 2016) Contact: Bodico Inc., Russ Teal, Pres., (805) 683-8103, info@biodico.com, http://biodico.com; California Energy Commission Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, www.energy.ca.gov/altfuels

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    Date: 2016-12-01
    Biodico’s ‘ZNEF’ Begins Producing and Delivering Biodiesel to the University of California, Santa Barbara Biodico Inc. today said that it has made its first delivery of biodiesel to the University of California, Santa Barbara. The biodiesel, which was produced from used cooking oil collected at the university, will fuel tractors and other diesel-powered equipment at UCSB. Biodico produced the biodiesel at its “Zero Net Energy Farm” located in the San Joaquin Valley. The ZNEF facility is funded in part by a grant from the California Energy Commission to create an energy solution that generates all electrical and heating power needs from on-site renewable resources, including solar, wind and biomass.

    Biodico is a privately held company headquartered in Ventura, Calif. that (1) builds, owns and operates sustainable biofuel and bioenergy facilities, (2) conducts research and development with the U.S. Navy, and (3) collaborates with strategic joint venture partners to commercialize new technology and initiatives. The company and its management have been pioneers in the industry for the past 23 years, with an emphasis on using advanced, patented and proprietary technologies for the sustainable multi-feedstock modular production of next generation biofuels and bioenergy. (Source: Biodico, 29 Nov., 2016) Contact: Biodico, http://www.biodico.com


    Biodico's Zero Net Energy Farm Assessment Completed (Ind. Report)
    Biodico Inc.,California Energy Commission
    Date: 2016-11-21
    Ventura, California-headquartered biodiesel producer Biodico Inc. reports it has completed its resource assessment to support the next stage of development for its "Zero Net Energy Farm" project.

    Depending on the assessment outcome, Biodico will construct a first-of-its-kind Zero Net Energy Farm to generate sufficient power from onsite biomass and other renewables to meet a farm operations requirements. The project will also provide a template for introducing Biodico's ZNEF technology. The Zero Net Energy Farm project is being partially funded by the California Energy Commission. (Source: Biodico Inc., November 16, 2016) Contact: Bodico Inc., Russ Teal, Pres., (805) 683-8103, info@biodico.com, http://biodico.com; California Energy Commission Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, www.energy.ca.gov/altfuels

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodico Inc,  Biomass,  Renewable Energy,  California Energy Commission,  


    Santa Monica Mandates ZNE Home Construction (Reg & Leg)
    City of Santa Monica
    Date: 2016-11-02
    In the Golden State, the Santa Monica City Council reports the passage of legislation requiring all new single-family homes built in the city of 92,500 be rated at "zero net energy" (ZNE) use. The ordinance also requires non-residential construction be designed to use 10 pct less energy than required by the 2016 California Energy Code, beginning Jan.1, 2017. The ordinance is subject to California Energy Commission approval.

    Santa Monica's ordinance is based on the 2016 California Green Building Standards Code which defines a ZNE building as one where the value of energy produced on-site by renewable energy resources is equal to the value of the energy consumed annually by the building. (Source: CVBT, City of Santa Monica, 28 Oct., 2016) Santa Monica City Council, (310) 393-9975, www.smgov.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Net Energy,  Green Building,  


    California Biodiesel Producer Triples Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Crimson Renewable Energy
    Date: 2016-10-10
    Bakersfield, California-based Crimson Renewable Energy LP is reporting the tripling of its biodiesel from used cooking oil plant production level to 24 million gpy. The expansion was supported by a matching grant from the California Energy Commission's Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The upgrades involved expansion of steam and other existing systems, as well as the installation of new second-generation systems, which will allow the plant to reduce its energy and water consumption as much as 15 pct. (Source: Crimson Renewable Energy, SeeNews, 10 Oct., 2016) Contact: Crimson Renewable, (661) 617-8600, info@crimsonrenewable.com, www.crimsonrenewable.com; California Energy Commission Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, www.energy.ca.gov/altfuels

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Crimson Renewable Energy,  Biodiesel,  

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