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NRDC Fighting DoE Lightbulb Standards Rollback (Reg. & Leg.)
NRDC,Earthjustice
Date: 2019-11-06
The NYC-headquartered Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and others have filed suit against the US DoE for its rollback of established light bulb efficiency standards in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. According to the NRDC, the "DOE's latest rollback follows a pattern of repeatedly delaying, stalling, and weakening energy efficiency requirements."

In 2007, Republican President George W. Bush signed bipartisan legislation to phase out inefficient incandescent and halogen light bulbs by 1 January 2020. The first tier of standards (phased in between 2012 and 2014) required light bulbs to use 25 to 30 pct less energy than old-style incandescent bulbs. The second tier was due to become effective in 2020, requiring everyday "general service" light bulbs to use about 65 pct less energy.

The lawsuits contend the Trump administration's DoE acted illegally in reversing its 2-year-old rules expanding the types of bulbs required to become more energy efficient as of 1 January 2020, under a law passed by Congress in 2007.

DOE announced this year that it was reversing that decision even though almost 64,000 comments were registered against the rollback, including 37 major electric utilities serving 55 million customers in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Five lighting companies, and their trade association support the DoE's rollback. (Source: NRDC, Smart Energy, Nov., 2019) Contact: NRDC, Kit Kennedy, Snr. Dir. Climate and Clean Energy Programme, 212.727.2700, nrdcinfo@nrdc.org, www.nrdc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRDC,  Earthjusice,  Light Bulb Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  


World's Largest Floating Wind Turbine Expected on Line This Year (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Windplus,ABS,Principle Power
Date: 2019-11-06
Windplus, a consortium of utilities EDP, ENGIE and Repsol along with clean energy firm Principle Power, is touting the development of an 8.4MW floating offshore wind turbine to be deployed in Viana do Castello, Portugal. The turbine is expected to come online before the year end.

The wind turbine has been developed by ABS Group and is the first of three ABS-classed, SEMI Submersible Type units that will make up for a total of 25 MWs of floating offshore wind power. (Source: Principle Power, Smart Energy, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com, www.edp.com/en/windfloat; Repsol, www.repsol.com; Windplus, Dr. Carsten Meyer, 0421 897 660 0, c.meyer@windplus.de, www.windplus.de; ABS, Christopher J. Wiernicki, CEO, www.abs-group.com; Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Principle Power,  ABS Group,  Windplus,  Repsol,  Windfloat Atlantic,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Clean Energy Fuels Announces Calif. RNG, CNG Contacts (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy Fuels Corp
Date: 2019-11-06
In the Golden State, Newport Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is reporting a major fueling infrastructure upgrade for trucks operating in the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach -- the country's largest maritime port complex.

Also in California, the company reports the City of Ontario has inked a 5-year RNG supply contract for roughly 3 million gallons of Redeem™; Nationwide Environmental Services, based in Norwalk, hasinked a 5-year maintenance and RNG supply contract for an anticipated one million gallons of Redeem; the Ccity of Sacramento has contracted for an expected 650,000 gallons of Redeem to fuel approximately 100 solid waste vehicles; Ruan Transportation Management Systems has contracted for an approximate 450,000 gallons of Redeem to fuel an additional 20 CNG tractors for its dairy operations; the City of Commerce has extended its operations and maintenance agreement for six years; and bus and rail service provider Omnitrans has signed a 5-year O&M agreement for two CNG stations that dispense an approximate 4 million gpy of fuel.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. provides natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas (RNG) transportation fuel with a network of approximately 540 stations across North America. The company builds and operates CNG and LNG stations and delivers more CNG, LNG and RNG vehicle fuel than any other company in the U.S., according to the release. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, CEO, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.CleanEnergyFuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Fuels,  Renewable Natural Gas,  RNG,  Alternative Fuel,  


Pennsylvania Slashed Emissions 92 pct Since 1990 (Ind. Report)
Consumer Energy Alliance
Date: 2019-11-06
According to a Consumer Energy Alliance the Keystone State reduced its emissions by 92 pct since 1990, despite growing energy demand, production increasing by 11 times over, and an increase in natural gas plant processing 8 times between 2010 and 2017. Key findings of the study include:
  • 72 pct reduction in nitrogen oxides, a 92 pct decrease in sulfur dioxide, a 53 pct reduction in volatile organic compounds and a 17 pct drop in carbon dioxide emissions.

  • Pennsylvanians spent $3,108 for their energy needs in 2016 with at 25.6 pct of their income going to energy expenses. Residents saved more than $30 billion owing to clean energy and energy efficiency programmes, according to CEA's Energy Savings Report for Pennsylvania report.

    Review study analysis HERE. (Source: Consumer Energy Alliance, Nov., 2019) Contact: Consumer Energy Alliance, www.consumerenergyalliance.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Consumer Energy Alliance,  


  • DC Passes Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act (Reg. & Leg.)
    DC Green Building Advisory Council
    Date: 2019-11-04
    In the nation's capitol, the city of Washington's recently passed Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act's Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) madates that beginning in 2021, owners of buildings over 50,000 square feet that are below a specific energy performance threshold will be required to improve their energy efficiency over the next 5 years.

    Projects below the performance threshold will be able to choose between a performance pathway, which requires that they document a 20 pct reduction in energy usage over the 5 year compliance period, or complete a prescriptive list of required energy efficiency measures. Under the Act, buildings are required to report energy usage and then meet new standards for energy performance or face fines. (Source: GlobeSt.com, 4 Nov., 2019) Contact: DC Green Building Advisory Council, Anica Landreneau, (202) 535-2600, doee.dc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DC Green Building Adory Council,  Green Bvisuilding,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Scout Clean Energy Completes 300MW Texas Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Scout Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy (Scout) reports it has completed construction and received tax equity funds for the 300MW Ranchero Wind Farm located in Crockett County, Texas (Ranchero).

    Scout started of construction on Ranchero in January of this year. The completion follows the recently announced commencement of construction on Scout's 180MW Heart of Texas wind farm in McCullough County, Texas. The utility-scale project will incorporate 120, GE 2.5MW wind turbines with 127-meter rotors. Renewable Energy Systems (RES) constructed the project under a balance-of-plant contract.

    Scout, a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, is developing a portfolio of over 3,000 MW of wind, solar and energy storage projects across 10 US states. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR, 31 Oct., 2019) Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com; Quinbrook, www.quinbrook.com

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


    US DOE Granting $28Mn In Funding For Wind R&D (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-10-28
    In Washington, the US DOE reports it will allocate $28 million in funding to to 13 projects aimed at wind energy cost reductions, with a focus on offshore, distributed and onshore utility-scale wind.

    Of the total, as much as $10 million will go to two offshore wind technology demonstration projects -- Lake Erie Energy Development Corp (LEEDCo) will deploy innovative sensing technologies for tracking bird activity near wind turbines, while the University of Maine will develop a floating substructure design for a 10 MW -- 12 MW wind turbine and install it at a project off Maine.

    Roughly $7 million will support the testing of innovative offshore wind technologies at national-level testing facilities, with the funding to be shared by six projects including Clemson University which is aiming to improve offshore wind turbine nacelle testing. In another project, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre in Boston is seeking to upgrade its testing facility to make possible the structural testing of wind turbine blades with lengths of between 85 metres and 120 metres.

    Other recipients include Oregon State University of Corvallis for tests on the combined effects of wind and waves on floating offshore wind turbines. Four of the 13 selected projects will receive a total of $6 million to support rural utilities by developing technologies that integrate wind with other distributed energy resources. (Source: US DOE, 23 Oct., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Wind,  


    Lawrence County PA. Considering C-PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
    C-PACE
    Date: 2019-10-25
    In western Pennsylvania, the Lawrence County Commissioners report they are considering instituting PA C-PACE -- the Pennsylvania Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program -- to help businesses finance renewable energy and energy efficiency and energy savings projects.

    The program allows commercial building owners to obtain low-cost, long-term energy related financing for existing and new construction of commercial, agricultural, industrial and nonprofit properties. Individual property owners would voluntarily sign up to use C-PACE by developing a project with a private lender and developing the repayment terms. A C-PACE lien would transfer upon the sale of the building to the new property owner.

    Under the program, counties would use their existing tax collection process to collect the C-PACE assessments or loan repayments, and remit those payments to the program administrator who will remit them to the loan provider. (Source: Lawrence County Commissioners, New Castle News, 25 Oct., 2019) Contact: C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, ckellogg@c-pacealliance.com, www.c-pacealliance.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    IRENA Future of Wind Report (Ind. Report Attached)
    IRENA
    Date: 2019-10-23
    Decarbonization of the energy sector and the reduction of carbon emissions to limit climate change is at the heart of the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA'S) energy transformation roadmaps. The attached roadmaps examine and provide an assertive yet technically and economically feasible pathway for the deployment of low-carbon technology towards a sustainable and clean energy future.

    The first is an energy pathway set by current and planned policies. The second is a cleaner climate-resilient pathway based largely on more ambitious, yet achievable, uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, which limits the rise in global temperature to well below 2 degrees C and closer to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and is aligned within the envelope of scenarios presented in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degree C.

    This report outlines the role of wind power in the transformation of the global energy system based on IRENA's climate resilient pathway, specifically the growth in wind power deployments that would be needed in the next three decades to achieve the Paris climate goals.

    Download the IRENA report HERE, (Source: IRENA, Oct., 2019) Contact: IRENA, www.irena.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  Wind,  IPCC,  


    Minneapolis Utilities Exploring Energy Efficiency Improvement Finance Options (Ind. Report)
    CenterPoint,Xcel
    Date: 2019-10-23
    Minneaplis City officials, CenterPoint Energy and electricity provider Xcel Energy report they are looking into "inclusive on-bill financing" programs to help both home owners and renters finance energy efficient appliances and energy efficiency upgrades.

    In June, the city's Clean Energy Partnership -- a collaboration with CenterPoint and Xcel Energy -- created a general outline for an inclusive on-bill financing program.

    Minneapolis has made inclusive financing a priority in a move help an increasing number of city residents seeking energy efficient appliance and energy efficiency upgrade financing in preparation for the city's upcoming 2020 residential energy disclosure ordinance. Under the ordinance, homes and apartment energy consumption will be scored and made available to postential purchasers and renters. (Source: Xcel Energy, CenterPoint, Oct., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy Media Relations, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com; CenterPoint Energy, www.centerpointenergy.com

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


    Energy Efficiency Incentives Database Available (Ind. Report)
    State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
    Date: 2019-10-21
    The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) maintained by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at North Carolina State University provides summaries of state and federal renewable energy and building energy efficiency incentives.

    The data includes programs offered by U.S. territories, local governments, and electric and gas utilities. Incentives can include tax incentives, grants, loans, rebates, industry recruitment/support, performance-based incentives, technical resources, feed-in tariffs, renewable energy credits, solar renewable energy credits and green building incentives.

    DSIRE also includes information on rules, regulations and policies related to the incentives, including public benefit funds, building energy codes, appliance/equipment efficiency standards and energy standards for public buildings.

    The database is limited to incentives and policies from only investor-owned utilities in the U.S., and electric cooperatives and municipal utilities with more than 30,000 customers. (Source: DSIRE, Arizona Business Daily Reports, Oct., 2019) Contact: Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, www.dsireusa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  


    BPA Urges Congress to Support Bldg. Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Building Performance Association
    Date: 2019-10-18
    In Washington, the Building Performance Association (BPA) is urging Congress to act to advance energy efficiency in buildings by maintaining funding for important federal energy efficiency programs and passing legislation that will enable more American families and businesses to access efficiency upgrades.

    Legislation that advances energy efficiency in buildings, especially residential buildings, provides numerous benefits in addition to energy and pollution reductions: supporting small businesses and creating jobs across America, strengthening the durability and resilience of buildings, improving health and comfort, and increasing energy affordability, according to BPA.

    BPA notes the buildings sector is responsible for nearly a third of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. While buildings are a significant contributor to our climate crisis, they can also be a key part of the solution. With an aging building stock across the country we have only scratched the surface on investing in energy efficiency improvements. Congress can address barriers to retrofitting these existing homes and buildings and advance energy efficiency across the entire buildings sector by supporting workforce development and training, providing incentives for homeowners, and ensuring that building efficiency is part of any conversation on clean energy and climate. (Source: Building Performance Association, PR, Oct., 2019) Contact: Building Performance Association, Kara Saul Rinaldi, VP Gov. Affairs, (202) 276-1773, kara.saul-rinaldi@building-performance.org, www.Building-Performance.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    EIB Set to Limit Fossil Fuels Financing (Int'l. Report)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2019-10-16
    The 28-member European Union's Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it is poised to limit funding for fossil fuels and increase support for renewable, clean energy projects as part of it climate change plan. The move to support renewables is reportedly being pushed by Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming president of the European Commission, who wants the EIB to become a "climate bank" and help unlock €1 trillion ($1.1 trillion) to shift the economy toward cleaner forms of energy. Von der Leyen is also calling for the EU to deepen its current target to cut emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030 from 1990 levels.

    In 2018, the EIB invested over €16 billion in climate-action projects. (Source: EIB, Bloomberg, 15 Oct., 2019)Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Clean EnergyEuropean Investment Bank ,  


    Investors Double Renewables Investments by 2030, Survey Predicts (Ind. Report)
    Octopus Group
    Date: 2019-10-16
    A new Octopus Survey Group survey of approximately 100 investors representing an estimated $5.9 trillion in combined assets predicts a joint divestment of 15.6 pct in oil and gas portfolios, almost triple the rate of 5.7 pct predicted for 2020, representing a total of $920 billion out of fossil fuel investments by 2030.

    The Octopus Group survey indicates that renewable energy is set to benefit as institutional investors increase clean energy allocations to 5.2 pct by the end of 2020, and predict this figure more than double to 10.9% by 2029.

    Surveyed companies alone are due to invest $643 billion in renewables over the next decade, with 71 pct of these businesses affirming their belief that investment strategies could be used to make a "material difference" in the fight on climate change. (Source: Octopus Group, Smart Energy, 14 Oct., 2019) Contact: Octopus Group, Matt Setchell, Co-head of Octopus Renewables, www.octopusgroup.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Lake County Ill. Opts for PACE Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    PACE Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-10-14
    Near Chicago, Lake County reports it will create a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program to let owners of commercial buildings finance renewable energy, energy conservation and efficiency improvements at reasonable rates secured by liens against the improved property. Lake County will receive a small fee from each financed project to offset the cost of whatever work the county staff incurs.

    An independent program administrator will link potential borrowers with approved lenders.. The county would collect loan payments and interest over time through an assessment on the borrower's property tax bill to pay off the lien. The next step for Lake County officials is requesting proposals from companies interested in administering the program. Programs in DuPage County and Kane County are run by the not-for-profit Illinois Energy Conservation Authority . (Source: Lake County, Daily Herald, 14 Oct., 2019) Contact: Lake County Administration, 847-377-2250, www.lakecountyil.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  PACE financing,  


    Finger Lakes Climate Fund Touts Carbon Offsets Project (Ind Report)
    Finger Lakes Climate Fund
    Date: 2019-10-14
    In the Empire State, the Ithaca-based Finger Lakes Climate Fund is touting an online carbon offsetting calculator program that allows donors to estimate their carbon pollution and pay a corresponding amount to support local clean energy, energy efficiency and climate related projects.

    The Finger Lakes Climate Fund works to promote clean energy projects in the Finger Lakes area while strengthening the regional economy while offsetting greenhouse gas emissions from buildings or travel.

    Carbon offset donations are used for grants to fund energy efficiency projects and renewables that would not otherwise be possible in low-to-moderate income households in the Finger Lakes region. These grants help pay for insulation, air sealing, energy efficient heating equipment such as heat pumps and pellet stoves, solar panels, and other upgrades to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

    The Finger Lakes Climate Fund is also investigating other cost-effective local carbon offset projects such as soil carbon farming. (Source: Finger Lakes Climate Fund, Yale Climate Connection, Oct., 2019) Contact: Finger Lakes Climate Fund, www.fingerlakesclimatefund.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon OffsetsEnergy Efficiency,  Renewables,  GHG,  Climate Change,  


    NBB Poll Finds Voter Support for RFS and Biodiesel (Ind. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2019-10-11
    According to a recently released National Biodiesel Board (NBB) poll of registered U.S. voters, 81 pct of respondents indicated that a candidate's position on renewable fuels is important, 86 pct said a candidate's position on clean energy is important or very important and 85 pct agreed that it is important that Pres. Trump keep his promises on the RFS.

    Nearly 80 pct expressed support for existing federal advanced biofuels programs, 78 pct support the federal tax incentive for biodiesel, and 79 pct support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) while 79 pct would encourage local communities and governments to promote use of biodiesel. (Source: NBB,Oct., 2019) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  RFS,  Biodiesel,  Ethanol,  Biofuel ,  


    CAP Issues Framework for 100 pct Clean Future by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Center for American Progress
    Date: 2019-10-11
    The Washington-based Center for American Progress (CAP) has released a framework for how the U.S. could cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 43 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 -- consistent with the IPCC's special report on 1.5 degrees C of warming -- and set the U.S. on a path to net-zero emissions by 2050. To that end, the report calls for strong economy-wide targets; sets specific sector-by-sector benchmarks for success; estimates the emission reductions these would deliver; and discusses how to spur the rest of the world to follow along.

    The report lays out how we can build the 100 pct Clean Future in two parts. First, it highlights successful climate action by governors and legislatures in nine states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that have committed to 100 pct clean goals. CAP recommends building on that success at the national level by embracing three key pillars from some of those states: an ambitious 100 pct clean target; a worker-centered approach to ensure good paying, quality jobs; and a plan that is committed to reductions in legacy pollution that has disproportionately affected economically disadvantaged communities and communities of color.

    The second part of the report considers emissions by sector and recommends achievable benchmarks to guide a sustained, concerted, and urgent policy program to achieve a 100 pct Clean Future by 2050:

  • At least 65 pct of electricity must come from clean sources by 2030 and 100 pct no later than 2050.

  • Car and SUV sales must reach 100 pct zero-emission by 2035, and vehicle miles traveled in urban areas must be reduced 18 pct below baseline.

  • All new buildings and appliances must be electric and highly efficient by 2035.

  • The nation must invest at least $120 billion in agriculture by 2030, more than doubling conservation, research, and renewable energy funding.

  • We must cut manufacturing emissions 15 pct by 2030 and set in motion a technology agenda for deep decarbonization.

  • We must protect 30 pct of America's lands and oceans by 2030 and deploy climate-smart agricultural practices on 100 million acres, building toward a gigaton of new carbon sequestration by 2050.

    CAP offers policy recommendations to accomplish these benchmarks and deliver additional emission reductions throughout the report, including a combination of sector-specific deployment policies, direct federal spending, a broad price on carbon pollution, and mandatory emissions reductions in communities historically overburdened by pollution.

    Download the A 100 Percent Clean Future report HERE.

    Download CAP fact sheet HERE. (Source: Center for American Progress, PR, Oct., 2019) Contact: Center for Amercian Progress, Neera Tanden, CEO, Sam Hananel, 202-478-6327, www.americanprogress.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Center for American Progress,  Climate Change,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Climate Crisis and Michigan Report Released (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-10-09
    Climate Crisis and Michigan, a recently released report from U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) highlights data on how the climate is changing and how the Great Lakes State could be impacted. The report covers a wide range of issues and includes data and research from several federal agencies.

    According to Sen. Stabenow, Michigan currently ranks first in the Midwest for clean energy jobs and fifth in the country. Michigan's clean-energy industry is expected to grow another 9 pct in 2019, more than any other Midwestern state.

    Download the The Climate Crisis and Michigan report HERE. (Source: Sen. D. Stabenow, UpNorthLive, 8 Oct., 2019). Contact: Sen. D. Stadenow D. Mich.), www.stabenow.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Battery Management Specialist Titan AES Raises $10Mn (Funding)
    Titan Advanced Energy Solutions Inc
    Date: 2019-10-02
    In the Bay State, Salem-headquartered ultrasound-based battery management expert Titan Advanced Energy Solutions Inc (Titan) reports the conclusion of a $10-million Series A financing round. The new funds are earmarked for product development, staffing and marketing activities.

    Titan's "ionView" technology is used to improve the performance and extending the life-cycle of existing lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, including grid energy storage systems.

    Schneider Electric Ventures, Energy Innovation Capital, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) participated in the transaction. (Source: Titan Advanced Energy Solutions Inc., Oct., 2019) Contact: Titan Advanced Energy Solutions Inc., 561.206.2324, info@titanaes.com, www.titanaes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Li-Ion,  Lithium Ion Battery,  Battery,  Energy Stoage,  Titan Advanced Energy Solutions Inc,  


    Glennmont Snares 211-MW Finnish Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
    Glennmont Partners ,Ilmatar Energy
    Date: 2019-10-02
    London-based fund manager Glennmont Partners is reporting acquisition of the shovel-ready 211.4-MW "Piiparinmaki" wind project in central Finland from Helsinki-headquartered Ilmatar Energy Ltd. Project construction is slated to get underway this month.

    The 41 Vestas turbine deal was handled through Glennmont's €850-million ($926.6 million) Clean Energy Fund III. The purchase price was not revealed. (Source: Glenmont, Renewables, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: Ilmatar Energy Ltd., info@ilmatarwind.fi www.ilmatar.fi; Glennmont Partners, www.glennmont.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Glennmont Partners ,  Wind,  Ilmatar Energy,  


    Apex Clean Energy's Mich. Wind Project Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Apex Clean Energy, DTE
    Date: 2019-10-02
    In Michigan, the Isabella County Planning Commission reports approval of Charlottesville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy's site plan for 82 of a planned 136 turbine turbine wind farm slated for construction in Nottawa and Gilmore townships.

    Site preparation is underway for an expected construction startup and completion in 2020. Apex Clean Energy epectd to sell the entire farm to DTE Energy. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, Morning Sun, 1 Oct., 2019)Contact: Apex Clean Energy, 434-220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Apex Clean Energy,  DTE,  Wind,  DTE,  


    ION Clean Energy Awarded $5.8M for Carbon Capture Tech (Funding)
    ION Clean Energy,Nebraska Public Power District
    Date: 2019-10-02
    Boulder, Colorado-based solvent-based CO2 capture technology specialist ION Clean Energy, Inc. reports it has been selected by the U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and awarded $5.4 million to complete a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for a 600-mw equivalent, CO2 capture system designed to be retrofitted into Nebraska Public Power District's (NPPD) Gerald Gentleman Station in Sutherland, NE.

    The project will provide critical data and insight into the transformative potential of ION's CO2 capture technology when deployed at existing coal-fired power plants.

    ION Clean Energy is commercializing its proprietary liquid absorbent process and working with local and global partners to commercialize and deploy its CO2 capture technology. (Source: ION Energy, PR, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: ION Clean Energy, Alfred "Buz" Brown, CEO, 303.997.7097, info@ioncleanenergy.com, , www.ioncleanenergy.com; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres., www.nppd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nebraska Public Power District,  ION Clean Energy,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


    German Carbon Tax Expected to Raise €19Bn by 2023 (Int'l.)
    German Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-10-02
    In Berlin, the German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz reports the government expects its €10 per ton CO2 pricing starting in 2021 in the buildings and transport sectors will bring in €18.8 billion by 2023 for its Climate Action Package, according to the German business publication Handelsblatt.

    The Climate Action Package is an economic plan for the country's Energy and Climate Fund, which is expected to grow from €6.1 billion this year to €11.75 billion in 2023. Revenues from the European trade of CO2 allowances in energy and industry (EU ETS) are expected to raise an additional €14 billion. The Climate Action Package is intended to put the country on track to meet its 2030 climate targets. (Source: Handelsblatt, Clean Energy Wire, Other Media, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: German Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz, www.bundesfinanzministerium.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  German Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  


    Solar, Wind Now Cheaper Than Coal, says IPPC (Ind. Report)
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-30
    According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) order to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees C over pre-industrial averages within this century -- the goal set by the Paris climate agreement -- the entire world would have to transition to 100 pct clean energy by the middle of the century -- a lofty goal. But up until now, clean energies haven't bee cost competitive in a market flooded with cheap natural gas, coal, and oil. But now, renewables that one needed financial incentives to be adopted at any serious scale, have fallen in price to the point that no government subsidies are required.

    Download the report HERE. Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Yahoo Finance, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Wind ,  


    $350Mn Support for Energy Storage Announced (Int'l. Funding)
    Climate Investment Fund
    Date: 2019-09-27
    The World Bank is reporting several European states have committed to bankroll various World Bank clean energy initiatives in support of renewable energy-- energy storage projects in middle-income and developing countries.

    The funding comes as part of the Climate Investment Funds Global Energy Storage Program's Energy Storage Partnership aimed at financing 17.5GWh of battery storage by 2025 -- over triple the 4-5GWh installed across all developing countries. The program is expected to support middle-income and developing countries as they increase their use of renewables, improve energy security, grid stability and expand electricity access.

    In addition to the UK's £200 million commitment, France and the Netherlands pledged US$55 million and US$44 million respectively for the development of solar in Sub-Saharan Africa.(Source: World Bank, Energy Storage, 24 Sept., 2019)Contact: Climate Investment Fund, www.climateinvestmentfunds.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Storage,  Climate Investment Fund,  


    CalComTouts Ag. Renewable Energy Infrastructure Fund (Ind. Report)
    CalCom Energy
    Date: 2019-09-27
    In the Golden State, Fresno-based CalCom Energy is reporting the launch of the Agriculture Energy Infrastructure Fund, a $100 million resource to build solar and energy storage projects in California.

    The fund, developed in partnership with Symbiont Energy and Live Oak Bank, will enable agriculture companies to build on-site clean energy projects over the next 24 months. The fund, which will provide long-term, lower cost energy through clean energy power purchase agreements (PPAs), is intended to assist agriculture companies and farmers hit hard by the impact of recent California wildfires, lack of grid resiliency and ever-increasing energy and water costs. With a CalCom PPA and on-site solar energy, CalCom customers can cut or eliminate their electricity costs while directly reducing carbon emissions. CalCom estimates potential savings of $250 million in utility bill savings for its customers over the life of the energy assets.

    CalCom Energy develops, finances and builds solar and energy storage projects and has developed more than 200 MW of clean energy projects, including some of the largest agricultural solar farms in the West. (Source: CalCom Energy, PR, 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: CalCom Energy, Dylan Dupre, Pres., CEO, David Williams, Chief Commercial Officer , 559.667.9200, Sales@CalComEnergy.com, www.calcomenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CalCom Energy,  Solar,  Energy STorage,  


    Biodiesel Fueling Specialist Wins $1Mn 76West Prize (Ind Report)
    Optimus Technologies,NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-09-27
    The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reports Pittsburgh--based truck biodiesel fueling systems manufacturer Optimus Technologies is the $1,000,000 first prize winner in the 76West Clean Energy Competition. The 76West competition supports growing clean energy businesses to foster economic development, according to the release.

    A total of $2.5 million was competitively awarded to six companies. A $500,000 winner and four $250,000 winners were also named as part of the competition, which is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

    Other winners included: Radical Plastics of Marblehead, Massachusetts; Buffalo NY-based CleanFiber; Cambridge Crops of Somerville, Massachusetts; Carbon Upcycling Technologies of Calgary, Alberta; and ProsumerGrid of Atlanta, Georgia. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Business Journal News Network, 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: 76West, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All Programs/Programs/76west; Optimus Technologies, Colin Huwyler, CEO, Ian Winner, (412) 727-8228x6, ian.winner@optimustec.com, www.optimustec.com; Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), www.governor.ny.gov, www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form; NYSERDA, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  Optimus Technologies,  Biodiesel,  


    World Biogas Assoc. Calls For Decarbonization Policies (Ind Report)
    World Biogas Association
    Date: 2019-09-20
    Following on from the recent publication of its Global Potential of Biogas report, which demonstrates that biogas could rapidly reduce world GHG emissions by 12 pct, the World Biogas Association (WBA) has issued recommendations to world governments, financial institutions and other key decision makers to support the industry becoming a key player in meeting Paris Agreement commitments and developing a low carbon circular economy.

    The WBA emphasizes the need to move away from fossil fuels and invest in the infrastructure and incentives required to build a powerful anaerobic digestion and biogas industry that will provide a stable and flexible source of clean energy, as well as bio-fertilisers for agriculture and a potent waste management and sanitation solution. The key recommendations focus around:

  • National pledges to reduce GHG emissions, including the removal of fossil fuel subsidies, through their Paris Agreement Nationally Determined Commitments, energy plans, net-zero targets by 2050 and increases in renewable energy production and consumption over the next decade.

  • The inclusion of AD into these pledges and at the core of circular economy strategies, with targets set for the production of biogas, AD included in all incentive policies and AD nominated as the preferred method of treatment for all biodegradable wastes.

  • Policies to increase biodegradable wastes capture, including the provision by local governments of separate food waste collections in both urban centers and rural areas, and mandatory food waste collection and treatment for businesses of a certain size, combined with increased AD capacity to process the new waste stream.

  • The development of a robust infrastructure to enable the collection and processing of feedstock in large communities as well as remote rural areas, its treatment through both large and small scale facilities, and distribution through a network of refueling points for biomethane as a transport fuel and injection points for gas going into the grid.

  • The management of digestate and implementation of regulations and standards for its safe trading and use.

  • Measures to ensure land is managed with due diligence to environmental impact and energy crops are integrated into production in the most sustainable way.

    The World Biogas Association is the global trade association for the biogas, landfill gas and anaerobic digestion (AD) sectors, dedicated to facilitating the adoption of biogas globally. It believes that AD and biogas technologies provide multifaceted opportunities to produce clean, renewable energy while resolving global issues related to development, public health and economic growth.

    Download the Global Potential of Biogas report HERE. (Source: World Biogas Association, PR, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: World Biogas Association, David Newman, Pres., www.worldbiogasassociation.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Biogas Association,  Biogas,  Methane,  


  • Encore Renewable Energy Reports New Funding (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Encore Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-09-18
    Burlingto, Vermont-based Encore Renewable Energy reports it is pushing ahead the development of community-scale solar and energy storage projects on underutilized and "brownfield" sites with a $1.8 million development loan from Durham, North Carolina-based Leyline Renewable Energy's Windstar Fund I, L.P.

    Leyline provides development capital for early- to mid-stage renewable energy developers, which accelerates their development process and the growth of their project pipelines. (Source: EncoreRenewableEnergy, PR, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: Leyline Renewable Energy, Erik Lensch, 919.636.8320, erik.lensch@leyline-energy.com, www.leylinecapital.com; Encore Renewable Energy, 802-861-3023, www.encorerenewableenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Encore Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Utilities Coalition Challenging Trump's ACE Plan (Ind. Report)
    Power Companies Climate Coalition
    Date: 2019-09-18
    Reuters is reporting New York-based Con Edison and eight other U.S. utilities -- the Power Companies Climate Coalition -- have filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants. Trump's plan replaces the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan that would have cut power plant carbon emissions by more than a third from 2005 levels by 2030 by virtually eliminating coal-fired power production.

    According to the filing, Trump's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule undermines efforts already under way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by investing in renewable energy, electric vehicle infrastructure and energy efficiency and other clean technologies.

    ACE allows states three years to devise their own plans to cut emissions mainly by encouraging coal-fired power plants to improve efficiency.

    The coalition members include: Con Edison, Exelon Corp, National Grid, PG&E Corp, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Seattle City Light, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and New York Power Authority. (Source: Con Edison, Guardian, Reuters, 16 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Power Companies Climate Coalition,  Obama Clean Power Plan,  Affordable Clean Energy Plan ,  


    India Calls For Investment in Renewable Energy Parks (Int'l.)
    India Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-09-16
    In New Delhi, the Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is calling for state-run companies to build massive clean energy parks at an expected cost of around $2 billion each. The proposed energy parks will be set up under the existing Solar Park scheme, which provides land and grid connectivity.

    The proposed renewable energy power parks averaging 2,000 MW apiece, are intended to help developers achieve economies of scale, further reduce solar and wind power tariffs, and bolster India's image as a clean energy developer and industry leader. Clean energy presently account for more than 20 pct of India's installed power generation capacity. (Source: Livemint, Financial Tribune, 14 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News India Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    Masdar, EDF Launch Energy Efficiency, Services Firm (Int'l)
    Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)
    Date: 2019-09-13
    At the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and French low-carbon electricity leader EDF are reporting an agreement to launch a new joint venture energy services company in order to expand into non-utility scale building energy efficiency, solar technology below 50 MW and others. The agreement is in line with Masdar's global clean energy ambitions and further supports the UAE's Energy Strategy 2050 objectives to increase renewable energy usage and energy efficiency across the UAE region, according to a release. (Source: Masdar, EDF, Trade Arabia News, Sept., 2019) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ca.ae; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Masdar,  Energy Efficiency,  


    SSHA, Common Energy Partner for Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    Common Energy
    Date: 2019-09-13
    In the Empire State, the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority (SSHA) reports it is partnering with community solar energy specialist Common Energy to increase use of clean energy and use the saving to fund more then $100,000 in energy efficiency investments at SSHA facilities.

    This partnership is supported by NYSERDA through its NY-Sun Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program, which provides funding to address resource gaps and solve market barriers preventing the development of solar installations serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households.

    Common Energy works with businesses and households to connect their existing utility account to local, clean energy projects. (Source: Saratoga Springs Housing Authority, PR, NewsWire, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Saratoga Springs Housing Authority, Malcolm Bliss, www.saratogaspringspha.org; Common Energy, www.commonenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  


    AEP Accelerates CO2 Emissions Reduction Target (Ind. Report)
    American Electric Power
    Date: 2019-09-11
    In the Buckeye State, Columbus-based American Electric Power (AEP) reports it is cutting carbon dioxide emissions faster than anticipated and has revised its 2030 reduction target to 70 pct from 2000 levels. The company's previous target was a 60 pct reduction from 2000 levels by 2030. The company will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 80 pct from 2000 levels by 2050, according to a release.

    To that end, AEP will further invest in renewable generation and transmission and distribution technologies to enhance efficiency, and expanded demand response and energy efficiency programs. AEP's resource plans include adding more than 8,600 megawatts (MW) of new wind and solar generation to serve the company's regulated utility customers by 2030. Between 2019 and 2023, the company plans to invest approximately $2.2 billion in contracted renewables and renewables integrated with energy storage and approximately $25 billion over the next 5 years in its transmission and distribution systems.

    To date, AEP has cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 59 pct since 2000. (Source: AEP, PR, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: AEP Clean Energy Strategy, www.aep.com/investors/ESG .

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions ,  


    Lincoln Proceeding with 230-MW Nebraska Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Lincoln Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-09-06
    Danish energy company Orsted A/S owned Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) reports it is proceeding with construction of the 230-MW, Plum Creek wind farm in Wayne County, Nebraska. When fully online in 2020, the facility is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 100,000 homes. (Source: Lincoln Clean Energy, Kallanish, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, (512) 215-4452, info@lincolnclean.com, www.lincoln-clean-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lincoln Clean Energy,  Orsted,  Wind,  


    Australia Meets 2020 Renewables Target (Int'l. Report)
    Australia
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In the Land Down Under, the Melbourne-based Australian Clean Energy Regulator is reporting Australia met its 2020 target for generating electricity from large-scale renewable energy a year ahead of plan despite more than a decade of climate policy uncertainty.

    The target, launched in 2001 and reduced in 2015, called for Australia to generate 33,000 GWh power from large-scale renewable energy by 2020. Australia's total power generation is presently around 260,000 GWh, according to Reuters.

    The clean energy industry reports A$24 billion ($16 billion US) has been invested in renewable energy in the last 18 months alone, while wind and solar have gone from the most expensive form of power in 2001 to the least expensive today.(Source: Clean Energy Regulator, Reuters, Sept., 2019) Contact: Australia Clean Energy Council, Kane Thornton, CEO, +61 3 9929 4100www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au

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


    Sunrun, Blacks in Green Partner on Inner-City Solar (Ind. Report)
    Sunrun
    Date: 2019-09-04
    In Chicago, not-for-profit environmental and economic development organization Blacks in Green (BIG) reports it is partnering with residential solar, battery energy storage and energy services company, Sunrun, to expand access to solar energy and jobs in the Chicago area. The partnership aims to to increase opportunities for Southside Chicago homeowners to access solar energy and to increase clean energy career opportunities for residents in traditionally under-served and underrepresented communities.

    Under the partnership, Sunrun commits to recruit solar trainees from the BIG network and support BIG at educational events throughout the community so residents can learn about rooftop solar, including the Illinois "Solar for All" low-income solar program to increase access to solar energy for underserved communities. (Source: Blacks in Green, Sunrun, Chiago Defender, 2 Sept., 2019) Contact: Blacks in Green, Naomi Davis, Pres., www.blacksingreen.org; SunRun, Lynn Jurich, CEO, Patrick Jobin, VP, Finance & Investor Relations, (415) 510-4986, investors@sunrun.com, www.sunrun.com

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    Toledo Univ. Granted $750,000 for New Technology (Funding)
    University of Toledo
    Date: 2019-08-30
    In Ohio, the University of Toledo is reportedly slated to receive a $750,000 award from the U.S. DOE Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Energy Technology for the development of low-cost, unassisted photoelectrochemical water-splitting technology -- the process of separation of water into oxygen and hydrogen which has clean energy sector applications. The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy contributed to this project. (Source: University of Toledo Blade, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: University of Toledo, (800) 586-5336, www.utoledo.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Technologies Funding,  


    Poll Finds N.M. Supports Strong Methane, Climate Policies (Ind. Report)
    New Mexico
    Date: 2019-08-30
    A recently released survey by Washingto, DC-based Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research Inc. for The Majority Institute (TMI) has found that New Mexicans strongly support policies, rules and regulations aimed at cutting methane and climate pollution, as well as transitioning to a 100 pct clean energy economy in New Mexico.

    The survey found strong and growing support to reduce methane waste and pollution and the implementation of new methane waste standards statewide as an important part of the boom in Permian Basin development. The survey also found that two-thirds of New Mexico voters want strong limits and the eventual elimination of carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: Majority Institute PR, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Majority Institute, 303-586-3176. www. majorityinstitute.com; Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research, 202-478-8330, www.gqrr.com

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


    Vestas Claims German "Lighthouse" Wind Project (Int'l Report)
    E.ON, Vestas
    Date: 2019-08-28
    Danish global wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports receipt of an order from German utility E.ON's Avacon Natur subsidiary for a 29 MW wind power plant at a steel production facility in Lower Saxony.

    The order is a "lighthouse project" due to its location and limited space on the steel producer's premises, according to Avacon Natur. To accommodate, Vestas will develop specific transportation and installation solutions as well as engineer, procure and construct turbines, foundations, roads and crane pads for the site-specific approach. The project will generate roughly 75 GWh per year -- sufficient power for over 20,000 German households. (Source: Vestas, Clean Energy Wire, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Vestas, +34 689 64 83 91, crtca@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  E.ON,  


    Colorado 150-MW Arriba Wind Farm Project Announced (Ind. Report)
    Holy Cross Energy,Guzman Energy
    Date: 2019-08-26
    Glenwood Springs, Colorado-based Holy Cross Energy (HCE) and Guzman Energy in Denver are reporting an agreement with NGC Partners to develop the 150-MW Arriba Wind Farm in Lincoln County, Colorado. HCE will purchase 100 MW of the project's total 150 MW output which is expected to come online in mid-2021.

    Guzman has the option to commission another 50 MW in increased project size, and expand its share of the project to 100 MW. HCE's is aiming to source 70 pct of its annual energy from clean and renewable sources without increasing power costs for their members.

    NGC Partners is an investment and asset management firm focused on the clean energy sector. (Source: Holy Cross Energy, Facebook, Twitter, 23 Aug., 2019) Contact: Holy Cross Energy, Bryan Hannegan, CEO, (970) 945-5491, www.holycross.com; Guzman Energy, (720) 778-2000, www.guzmanenergy.com; NGC Partners, +34 914 319 994, info@ngcpartners.com, www.ngcpartners.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Holy Cross Energy,  Wind,  


    German Ministry Calls for Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives (Int'l)
    Energy Incentives
    Date: 2019-08-26
    In Bonn, the German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community is supporting the introduction of tax incentives for residential energy efficiency upgrades and renovations. According to the Ministry, tax incentives for home heating systems, insulation and water heating should be possible but would mean at least €1 billion loss in tax revenues.

    Previously, the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU, proposed the issuance of climate bonds with a guaranteed interest rate for citizens who want to invest in climate-friendly, energy efficiency renovations. A premium payable to home owners for scrapping inefficient furnaces, hot water heaters and major appliances was also proposed. Federal interior minister Horst Seehofer previously proposed making the climate-friendly, energy efficiency renovation of older buildings tax deductible. (Source: Merkur, Clean Energy Wire, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Ministry_of_the_Interior,_Building_and_Community

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Incnetives,  


    Habitat Energy Awarded UK Battery Energy Storage Deal (Int'l Report)
    Habitat Energy
    Date: 2019-08-23
    Oxford, UK based start-up Habitat Energy reports it has been selected operate a 40-MW battery storage facility, which is currently under construction in the UK on behalf of clean energy asset investor Arlington Energy. Habitat will provide optimization services for the installation through its algorithmic trading platform and facilitate its marketing.

    The system will be registered as a balancing mechanism (BM) unit and will be one of the UK's largest such systems when it comes online in October.

    The company is also involved in a 50-MW Oxford battery project with Pivot Power, which is planned for completion in 2020. (Source: Habitat Energy, Various Media, 20 Aug, 2019) Contact: Habitat Energy, Dr. Andrew Leurs, CEO, +44 (0)1865 261 470, www.habitat.energy

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


    Oklahoma Follows Only Texas Nat. Wind Energy Growth (Ind. Report)
    Environment America Research & Policy Center,Frontier Group
    Date: 2019-08-23
    According to the just released Renewables on the Rise 2019 -- A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group, Oklahoma, with over 70 entities selling electricity, played second fiddle only to Texas when it came wind energy power generation. The report also noted the Sooner State was among the top 20 states when it comes to energy efficiency improvements over the past decade.

    at the Environment America Research & Policy Center, one of the entities that generated the report, attributed Oklahoma's ranking in that category to energy efficiency programs offered to Oklahoma customers. The report notes that the continuing decline in per-capita energy consumption and the drop in renewable energy costs and prices have fostered continued growth in the wind energy sector, and is expected to continue doing so. (Source: Environment America Research & Policy Center, The Oklahoman, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: Environment America Research & Policy Center, Rob Sargent, Energy Program Director, www.environmentamericacenter.org; Frontier Group, www.frontiergroup.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environment America Research & Policy Center ,  Frontier Group,  Wind,  Oklahoma Wind,  


    NYSERDA Launches Second Phase of Home Energy Efficiency Rating Pilot (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-08-23
    Following up on our March 4th coverage, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the launch of the second phase of its multi-year Home Energy Rating Pilot (Pilot), the first phase of which was launched in February, 2019.

    Under the programme, licensed home inspectors will deliver home energy ratings to home buyers as part of the pre-purchase inspection -- an independent third-party examination report detailing the condition of a home. The aim is to help purchasers understand the efficiency, comfort, and value of the home they are considering purchasing.

    Home energy ratings are similar to vehicle miles per-gallon ratings, providing easy-to-understand visual reports that provide insight into how a home performs in areas like insulation, air sealing, heating and cooling efficiency, and water heating efficiency. With nearly 60 pct of home buyers considering a property that needs renovating, a home energy rating can provide a roadmap of energy efficiency opportunities that can be made after the purchase is complete.

    Under the NYSERDA program, two home energy rating systems will be piloted: the US DOE Home Energy Score and the Pearl Home Certification from Pearl, a private residential energy efficiency certification firm. The pilot is being implemented in four phases through 2020.

    Programme funding is from the state's 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund. (Source: NYSERDA, PR, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Pearl Home Certification, Cynthia Adams, CEO, (888) 557-5543, www.pearlcertification.com; US DOE Home Energy Score, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/downloads/home-energy-score

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pearl Home Certification,  NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Wisc. Gov. Inks Carbon-Free Electric by 2050 Order (Ind. Report)
    Gov. Tony Evers
    Date: 2019-08-19
    In the Badger State, Gov. Tony Evers (D) has again issued an Executive Order to have Wisconsin utilities carbon-free by 2050. The Governor's first carbon-free electricity proposal "missed the cut" when it was stripped out by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee earlier this year.

    The new plan calls for the state Department of Administration to create the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy which will work with other state agencies and utilities to achieve carbon-free energy within the state by 2050.

    Although the Governor's executive order is not a mandate, he has said he is confident the Sustainability and Clean Energy office will work with the state's utilities to achieve the plan's goal. (Source: Office of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, Various Media, 16 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, 608-888-1665, info@tonyevers.com, www.evers.wi.gov


    EDP Renewables Inks Calif. PV, Storage PPA (Ind. Report)
    EDP Renewables North America
    Date: 2019-08-14
    In the Golden State, EDP Renewables North America reports it will sell 110 MW of electricity from the Sonrisa solar farm and battery storage facility to San Jose Clean Energy The 20-year PPA covers 100 MW of solar energy and 10 MW of storage capacity. In June, EDP inked a similar PPA with East Bay Community Energy for 100 MW of photovoltaic and 30 MW of storage.

    The two PPAs together account for 100 pct of the facility's power and storage capacity.(Source: EDP Renewables North America, PR, ReNEWS, Aug., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com; East Bay Community Energy, 833-699-3223, www.ebce.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables North America ,  


    Notable Quote -- The Donald's "Do Nothing" ACE Rule
    ACE, Affordable Clean Energy Rule
    Date: 2019-08-14
    "Without significant course correction, we are careening toward a climate disaster. (the coalition of) States and cities will fight back against this unlawful, do-nothing (Affordable Clean Energy) rule." -- Letitia James , New York Attorney General

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Affordable Clean Energy Rule,  


    FuelCell Energy Touts 9Mn MWh of Power Generation (Ind. Report)
    FuelCell Energy
    Date: 2019-08-14
    Danbury, Conn.-based fuel cell power and energy storage specialist FuelCell Energy, Inc. reports more than 9 million MWh having been generated by SureSource™ fuel cell power plants globally since the first commercial installation.

    SureSource™ fuel cells are a clean energy solution for the need for baseload power, as power is made continuously, positioning them as a perfect complement to the intermittent power sources of wind and solar.

    The company's SureSource™ plants are currently installed and operating on three continents, with many owned by leading utility and industrial companies. Presently, ten U.S. states and Puerto Rico have classified stationary fuel cells in the highest tier of clean power generation due to the high efficiency and resultant low carbon emissions and negligible NOx and particulate matter typical of other combustion sources of baseload power. Fuel Cells are usually classified as carbon-neutral, or in some cases carbon negative, by regulatory authorities due to the renewable nature of the biogas fuel source. (Source: Fuel Cell Energy Inc., PR, Newswire, Street Insider, 5 Aug., 2019) Contact: Fuel Cell Energy, Jennifer Arasimowicz, Interim President, 203-825-6000, info@fce.com, www.fuelcellenergy.com

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