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DOE CESMII to Address Manufacturing Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute
Date: 2020-11-16
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) announced up to $4 million in new funding to improve energy-intensive manufacturing processes and strengthen America's manufacturing sector.

To accelerate the adoption of Smart Manufacturing (SM) technologies, CESMII is seeking R&D projects that can apply SM solutions to real-world manufacturing process and operation challenges that enable improved energy productivity, performance, quality and efficiency. Increased implementation of SM technologies including sensors, data, and platforms and controls will lead to a more competitive U.S. manufacturing sector.

For this request for proposals, CESMII anticipates making awards with periods of performance of up to six months. Industry partners must provide at least 50 pct of the total project funding. Projects may range from $50,000 to $200,000 (federal + cost share).

Founded in 2016, CESMII accelerates smart manufacturing adoption through the integration of advanced sensors, data analytics, platforms and controls to improve energy productivity and efficiency in manufacturing. (Source: Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, PR, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, www.; EERE's Advanced Manufacturing Office,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Sunman Energy Scores $9.6Mn Australian Gov. Investment (Int'l.)
Sunman Energy
Date: 2020-11-11
In the Land Down Under, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation reports it has invested $9.6 million in the NSW-based solar tech company Sunman Energy.

The company's "eArc" solar cells are 70 pct lighter than glass solar cells, cheaper and easier to transport and install, malleable and durable enough to be glued onto roofs, incorporated into building materials and even shaped to fit refrigerated trucks.

The new funds will be used to expand the applications for the already proven technology and to ramp-up the company's international growth. (Source: Sunman, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: Sunman Energy, Shi Zhengrong, CTO, + 61 402 064 445,,; Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Ian Learmonth, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunman Energy,  Solar Cell,  

UK Port of Tyne Touts Renewable Energy Hub (Int'l. Report)
Port of Tyne
Date: 2020-11-09
In the UK, the Port of Tyne is touting the launch of the Tyne Clean Energy Park as versatile strategic base for the region's rapidly growing renewable energy sector supporting the Government's goal to power every UK home with offshore wind electricity.

As previously reported, the Port was selected as Equinor's flagship operations and maintenance base for what will become the world's largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank.

The River Tyne presently hostso an existing offshore cluster, including South Tyneside Marine College, A&P, Smulders Projects, Shepherd Offshore and TechnipFMC, all of which contributeto a well-established offshore energy supply chain. The Port of Tyne is one of only two deep sea ports in the North-East UK. (Source: Port of Tyne, Northern Echo, Nov., 2020) Contact: Port of Tyne Authority, Matt Beeton, CEO , +44 191 257 1373,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

Alliant Energy Touts Iowa Clean Energy Blueprint (Ind. Report)
Alliant Energy
Date: 2020-11-02
Madison, Wisconsin-based utility Alliant Energy is touting its "Clean Energy Blueprint for Iowa" plan to to increase the use of renewable resources, battery energy storage, build out the state's connected energy network and discontinue coal-fired power generation in Lansing by the end of 2022 while transitioning their Burlington Generating Station to natural gas in 2021.

A key part of the Clean Energy Blueprint, which aligns with changing consumer preferences for more renewable energy, includes adding up to 400 MW of solar by 2023. When the 400 MW of solar is combined with the nearly 1,300 MW of owned-and-operated wind and the power generated by the company's existing solar farms in Dubuque, Marshalltown and Cedar Rapids, as well as other renewable sources, nearly 50 pct of Alliant Energy's Iowa generation portfolio will be from renewables.

As we previously reported, Alliant Energy's 9,500 solar panel equipped Marshalltown Solar Garden and battery energy storage pilot facility at its Marshalltown Generating Station is now online. The 2.55-MW AC solar system generates sufficient power for nearly 400 homes and the system's 548kWh battery can be fully charged within two hours.

Alliant has three solar + battery sites in Iowa, each of which is being used to pilot different combinations of solar power and energy storage technology. Alliant constructed its first solar system at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and has two solar gardens in Dubuque which have been generating clean energy since 2017. (Source: Alliant Energy, PR, Nov. 2020) Contact: Alliant Energy Iowa, Terry Kouba, President ,

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

Weston, Mass. Scores Energy Efficient Lighting Funds (Funding)
Massachusetts Green Communities
Date: 2020-10-30
In August 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $13 million in Green Communities competitive grants to 103 municipalities across Massachusetts to fund clean energy projects. Weston was one of the recipients, receiving close to the $200,000 maximum award for a project expected to save the town an annual $50,000 in energy costs, or 250,000 kilowatts per hour in municipal energy use (roughly 1 pct of Weston's annual total).

The project includes a mixture of interior and exterior lighting upgrades in several town buildings and schools, taking advantage of energy-saving LED technology. The grant-funded upgrade will reduce energy expenses and ease the maintenance schedule compared to the older light fixtures and bulbs for a projected annual cost energy saving $50,000. (Source: Town of Weston Sustainability Committee, 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Massachusetts Green Communities,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Green Communities,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  

Repsol Plans Advanced Biofuels Plant at Cartagena (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-10-28
Madrid-based Repsol is reporting plans to construct a 250,000 tpy advanced transportation biofuels plant at its refinery in Cartagena, Spain. The new facility, which is expected to come in at $222.3 million, will include the commissioning of a hydrogen plant that will fuel a new hydro-treatment unit equipped with cutting-edge technology.

This project is part of Repsol's commitment to the clean energy transition and its goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The advanced biofuels produced at the Cartagena refinery will enable a reduction of 900 000 tpy of CO2, according to the release. (Source: Repsol, HydroCarbon Eng., 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Advanced Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  

Scout Completes 130MW Indiana Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Scout Clean Energy
Date: 2020-10-28
Colorado-based renewable energy developer Scout Clean Energy reports it has closed on construction and tax equity funding for its 130MW Bitter Ridge wind farm in Jay County, Indiana.

The wind farm, which incorporates GE 2.82MW wind turbines, has a 15-year PPA with Constellation, an Exelon company. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR,, 27 Oct., 2020))Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566,,

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

Mass. DOER Issues Clean Energy, Efficiency Grants (Ind. Report)
Mass. DOER
Date: 2020-10-26
In the Bay State, the Department of Energy Resources' (DOER) Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) program reports awarding $250,000 in grant funding to support the development of clean energy projects in 20 cities and towns across Massachusetts.

META grants are used by Massachusetts municipalities, regional school districts, and water/wastewater districts to aid in the management of projects or the performance of studies to support the development of clean energy and energy efficiency in the Commonwealth. Open to all 351 cities and towns, META grants fund the services of expert consultants and contractors to assist with a diverse array of local energy projects.

Projects and studies receiving funding will support the performance of solar photovoltaic site evaluation, heating system replacements, ASHRAE Level II audits, technical analysis of energy use at drinking water and wastewater facilities and technical assistance with efficient building planning, maintenance, and operation. Part of DOER's Green Communities Division, the grants are funded through proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding. 271 Bay State cities and towns accounting for 84 pct of the state's population have earned the Green Communities designation. (Source: Department of Energy Resources, Worcester Telegram, 25 Oct., 2020)Contact: Mass. Department of Energy Resources, 617-626-7300,; RGGI,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Mass DOER,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  RGGI,  

Energy Select New Md. C-PACE Registered Contractor (Ind. Report)
C-PACE,Energy Select LLC
Date: 2020-10-23
Leonardtown-based, Energy Select LLC, is now the only Maryland C-PACE registered contractor in Southern Maryland. Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) focuses on making commercial buildings more energy-efficient. This, in turn, allows county governments to create jobs, retain businesses, and help the local economy.

Government C-PACE policies are structured in such a way as to consider commercial and non-profit energy projects to be just as beneficial to the public as other vital infrastructure. C-PACE allows counties to access funding from private capital. This upfront financing enables commercial property owners to make any necessary energy efficiencies. The improvements are repaid via surcharges on property taxes.

Energy Select provides numerous clean energy solutions that qualify for the C-PACE initiative -- Solar Energy Equipment and High-Efficiency Lighting and Building Systems. The company also provided solar panel installation, energy audits, lighting retrofits, and other money-saving services for both residential and commercial customers. partner with local contractors to provide solutions such as Building Shell or Envelope Improvements. (Source: Energy Select LLC, PR, 22 Oct., 2020) Contact: Energy Select, Steven Tripp, Marketing, (301) 475-6727,, : C-PACE,

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

"Reject Industry Efforts to Derail Clean-Fuel Standard", Suzuki Says (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Canada Clean Fuels Standard,Suzuki Foundation
Date: 2020-10-23
"The UN's annual Emissions Gap Report 2019 found Earth is headed toward 3.2 degrees C warming based on current and estimated emissions trends and called on governments to increase efforts to limit global warming immediately. But Canada isn't even on track to meet its original 2030 emissions-reduction targets.

"Greenpeace recently obtained leaked strategy documents advising industry to push back against measures such as the federal clean fuel standard that prompts a switch to low-carbon fuels by setting limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from fossil fuels. To meet it, fossil-fuel suppliers can buy or generate credits by offering low-carbon alternatives, like biofuels from waste organics or electric-vehicle charging stations. The clean-fuel-credit market is expected to attract investment in low-carbon fuel production and distribution in Canada.

"It's a smart move as the government looks to support economic recovery. Clean-fuels investments generate employment. Clean Energy Canada estimates the regulation could spur the need for up to 31,000 skilled workers to build, operate, and supply new facilities.

Navigator, the PR firm engaged to develop an action plan to counter the clean-fuel standard, advises its unnamed clients to use a "counter-punch strategy" -- to pay lip service to government's climate agenda, wait for the clean-fuel-standard announcement, then orchestrate a hard push-back. Part of the scheme is to convince Canadians that "fighting climate change is a losing battle" by arguing action is too costly. It's dishonest. Energy companies -- and the politicians they're seeking to influence -- know Canada must decarbonize the fuel supply to reduce GHG emissions.

"All the major federal political parties have pledged to meet or exceed Canada's 2030 targets. The clean-fuel standard is projected to reduce annual GHG emissions by 30 million tonnes by 2030 -- equivalent to taking 7 million cars off the road and accounts for 15 pct of Canada's current emissions-reduction target -- more than can be achieved with any other single climate-policy instrument.

"B.C.'s (British Columbia) low-carbon fuel requirement has been in place since 2010 and is credited with delivering one-quarter of B.C.'s emissions reductions between 2007 and 2012 with limited impacts to consumers' pocketbooks. As part of its CleanBC plan, the province recently announced further reductions to the carbon intensity of transportation fuels over the next decade using this instrument. California, Oregon, and the EU have parallel policies. Their experience shows that a clean-fuel standard can reduce emissions, drive innovation, and increase renewable alternatives availability.

"Too often, industry opposition to environmental policies isn't driven by facts but by vested interests. Climate action is in everyone's interest. Government must stand firm on the policies needed to achieve timely emissions reductions. The sooner Canada adopts its clean fuel standard, the better."

Download the UN Emissions Gap Report 2019 HERE. (Source: David Suzuki, Suzuki Foundation, The Straight, 20 Oct, 2020) Contact: Suzuki Foundation, David Suzuki, 604-732-4228,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fuel Standard,  Renewable Fuels,  Suzuki Foundation,  Environment and Climate Change Canada,  

Roanoke Encourages Energy Efficiency with C-PACE (Ind. Report)
City of Roanoke
Date: 2020-10-23
In the Old Dominion State, the City of Roanoke City Council has approved an ordinance enabling Commercial Property Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing for energy efficiency projects in the city of roughly 319,000 residents.

The C-PACE loan program is specifically for energy efficiency and clean energy projects for new construction or renovations. Qualifying projects include energy efficiency improvements, resiliency improvements, water efficiency improvements, and/or stormwater management improvements. C-PACE offers property owners special benefits and the loan covers 100 pct of qualified expenses with no money down with long-term loan repayment that is frequently offset by the energy savings. The loans can range from $30,000 to $20,000,000 therefore, C-PACE is a commercial loan that works for large projects and looks favorably on small business and non-profits . (Source: City of Roanoke, PR, 23 Oct., 2020) Contact: City of Roanoke, Nell Boyle, 540-853-5430 ,,

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

Alliant Unveils Iowa Solar + Storage Garden (Ind. Report)
Alliant Energy
Date: 2020-10-23
In the Hawkeye State, Alliant Energy reports its more than 9,500 solar panel equipped Marshalltown Solar Garden and battery energy storage pilot facility at its Marshalltown Generating Station is now online. The 2.55-MW AC solar system generates sufficient power for nearly 400 homes and can the system's 548kWh battery can be fully charged within two hours.

Alliant has three solar + battery sites in Iowa, each of which is being used to pilot different combinations of solar power and energy storage technology. Alliant constructed its first solar system at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and has two solar gardens in Dubuque which have been generating clean energy since 2017. (Source: Alliant Energy, PR, KWBG, 22 Oct., 2020) Contact: Alliant Energy Iowa, Terry Kouba, President ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Storage,  Solar + Storage,  Alliant Energy,  

Methane Tech. Specialist Opens N.Amer. Subsidiary (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-10-21
Munich, Germany-headquartered renewable methane technology provider Electrochaea GmbH reports the opening of its U.S. subsidiary, Electrochaea Corporation, in Sacramento to develop commercial opportunities and partnerships in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Electrochaea offers a climate-friendly solution to store wind and solar generated electricity and recycle CO2 in the form of renewable methane -- a substitute for fossil fuels and major advancement in transitioning to a clean energy economy.

Over the past six years, Electrochaea developed renewable methane from the lab to industrial-scale pilot plants in Denmark and Switzerland, feeding the national gas grids. In 2019 the company opened a third pilot plant at the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, with support from SoCalGas. The company also has renewable methane projects under development in the U.S. (Source: Electrochaea Corporation , PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Electrochaea Corporation, Mich Hein, CEO, Beth Bray US Communications Director, (773) 241-4948,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Electrochaea,  Methane,  

Belgium Reinforcing Climate, Clean Energy Commitments (Int'l.)
Belgium Wind
Date: 2020-10-19
In Brussels, the incoming governement of Prime Minister Alexander de Croo has announced it support for the European Commission's (EC)proposed emission reduction target of at least 55 pct for 2030 and has hinted at increasing the country's emissions reduction and and clean energy ambitions.

The new Government's draft coalition backs the EC's proposed goal for a higher 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target, reconfirms a gradual nuclear phase-out by 2025, envisages more renewable energy and adapting the 2030 National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP).

Belgium presently has 2.3 GW of onshore wind capacity and 1.6 GW of offshore wind capacity which it foresees expanding to 4,600 GWh up from 1,500 GWh by 2030. It also aims to double the country's North Sea offshore wind capacity to 4 GW in the next decade. (Source: Wind Europe, Oct., 2020) Contact: Wind Europe, +32-2-213-18-67,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Europe,  Belgium Wind,  

$13Mn Committed for Ontario Forest Biomass Projects (Ind. Report)
Woody Biomass,Canada Woody Biomass
Date: 2020-10-19
In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government reports it is spending $13 million on six Northern Ontario projects to help build greener businesses, promote forest sector opportunities facilitate Indigenous community economic development by better positioning them to participate in Canada's bio-economy and benefit from clean energy solutions that use forest-based biomass.

The funding is part of the six-year, $220-million Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Program -- Bio Heat Stream, which aims to reduce reliance on diesel fuel in rural and remote communities. (Source: Chronicle Journal, 18 Oct., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Biomass news,  Woody Biomass news,  

Dominion's VA Offshore Wind Turbines Installed (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy,Orsted
Date: 2020-10-16
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy is reporting the two-turbine, 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach has completed reliability testing and is ready to enter commercial service. Installation of the two pilot turbines was completed in June. Orsted served as the offshore engineering, procurement and construction lead for the pilot project.

The next significant regulatory step for CVOW is to submit the final documentation for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to complete its technical review, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The turbines will remain in operation during this review process. CVOW is the only project currently permitted under the BOEM process and will be the first fully operational wind power generation facility in U.S. federal waters with the capability to generate enough electricity to power up to 3,000 Virginia homes.

Offshore wind generation is a major component of Dominion Energy's comprehensive clean energy strategy to meet standards mandated in the Virginia Clean Economy Act and to achieve the company's net-zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions commitment by 2050. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, 15 Oct., 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy, Joshua Bennett, VP Offshore Wind,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Dominion Energy,  Orsted,  

Notable Quote on Global Emissions
International Energy Agency
Date: 2020-10-14
"Despite a record drop in global emissions this year, the world is far from doing enough to put them into decisive decline. Only faster structural changes to the way we produce and consume energy can break the emissions trend for good.

"Governments have the capacity and the responsibility to take decisive actions to accelerate clean energy transitions and put the world on a path to reaching our climate goals, including net-zero emissions." -- Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., International Energy Agency (IEA, Oct., 2020

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Carbon Emissions,  

Ontario's Largest RNG Project Energy Board Approved (Ind. Report)
Renewable Natural Gas,Enbridge
Date: 2020-10-14
In Toronto, the Ontario Energy Board has given the nod to a $42 million Niagara Falls Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) facility being developed by Enbridge and Walker Industries. When fully operational, the plant will be the largest of its kind in Ontario and generate sufficient renewable energy from landfill waste/biogas to heat 8,750 homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 48,000 tpy.

The Ontario Energy Board has also approved an application from Enbridge to implement a pilot Voluntary Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Program in Ontario starting in 2021. Through the program, customers can choose to support the transition to clean energy through a small monthly contribution to purchase carbon-neutral renewable natural gas. During the first five years of the program, Enbridge Gas anticipates up to 28,000 customers could participate in the program.

The Board notes "Encouraging investments and innovative clean, renewable energy programs are part of the Ontario government's Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help Canada meet its 2030 target." (Source: Ontario Energy Board, Government of Ontario, PR, 12 Oct., 2020)Contact: Ontario Energy Board, 416-314-2455,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Natural Gas,  RNG,  Enbridge,  

Rensselaer Researchers to Develop Air CO2 Capture Material (R&D)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Date: 2020-10-14
With the support of a grant from the Department of Energy, Miao Yu, the Priti and Mukesh Chatter '82 Career Development Chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, will develop a novel porous material capable of capturing even very small concentrations of CO2 in the air and collecting the gas for further use.

The researchers will use amine molecules to trap the CO2, but the bond formed during that chemical reaction must be broken so that the gas can be gathered. And in order to do that, the material has to be heated. Yu and his team will take a unique approach that involves loading amine molecules into a porous material, such as carbon or silica, through which CO2 can pass and get trapped. Another porous coating will cover this material, trapping the amine molecules inside.

The material will be electrospun into porous fibers, which can be woven into mats that could be hung vertically so that air could easily pass, or be blown, through them. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, Yu believes this technology has the potential to generate clean energy in remote places or after natural disasters. (Source: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 13 October 2020) Contact: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Miao Yu, 518-276-6808,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute news,  

Energy Storage Innovation Key to Clean Energy Transition (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2020-10-09
A new joint study from the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) notes affordable and flexible electric power storage technologies have grown 14 pct a year over the past decade, are set to catalyse a worldwide transition to clean energy.

Between 2005 and 2018, patenting activity in batteries and other electricity storage technologies account for nearly 90 pct of all patenting activity in the area of electricity storage -- chiefly driven by advances in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in consumer electronic devices and electric cars. Electric mobility in particular is fostering the development of new lithium-ion chemistries aimed at improving power output, durability, charge/discharge speed and recyclability, the report notes.

Technological progress is also being fueled by the need to integrate larger quantities of renewable energy such as wind and solar power into electricity networks.

The joint study shows that Japan and Korea have established a strong lead in battery technology globally, and that technical progress and mass production in an increasingly mature industry have led to a significant drop in battery prices in recent years. Prices have declined by nearly 90 pct since 2010 in the case of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, and by around two-thirds over the same period for stationary applications, including electricity grid management.

Developing better and cheaper electricity storage is a major challenge for the future. According to the IEA's Sustainable Development Scenario, for the world to meet climate and sustainable energy goals, close to 10 000 gigawatt-hours of batteries and other forms of energy storage will be required worldwide by 2040 -- 50 times the size of the current market.

The study notes Innovation is increasingly recognised as a core part of energy policy and this year the IEA has been introducing more tools to help decision-makers understand the technology landscape, their role in it, and to track progress in innovation and the deployment of technologies. This includes the ETP Clean Energy Technology Guide, a comprehensive new interactive guide to the market readiness of more than 400 clean energy technologies.

Download the ETP Clean Energy Technology Guide HERE. (Source: IEA, Modern Diplomacy, Sept., 2020) Contact: European Patent Office, www.; International Energy Agency,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency ,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

ACEEE 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard Released (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-10-07
The fifth ACEEE City Clean Energy Scorecard measures the progress of city policies and programs that save energy, encourage renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also focusing on equity in development and delivery.

ACEEE ranks 100 large U.S. cities for their energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts across 5 policy areas -- local government operations, community-wide initiatives, buildings, energy and water utilities, and transportation.

In this year's results, New York earns the top spot in the rankings for the first time. followed by Boston and Seattle (tied for second) and Minneapolis and San Francisco (tied for fourth). St. Paul and St. Louis are the most-improved since the 2019 City Scorecard.

The report notes many cities continue to ramp up their clean energy efforts, but bottom-scoring cities are years behind the policy efforts of the leaders. The Scorecard provides a roadmap for cities aiming to take the next step in their pursuit of clean energy by learning from others' successes and adapting best practices to suit their own communities.

Download the ACEEE 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard HERE.. (Source: ACEEE, PR, 6 Oct., 2020) Contact: ACEEE,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

Repsol's Delta Wind Project Now Online (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-10-07
Madrid-based Repsol is reporting its €300 million Delta wind project in the Aragon region of Spain is now grid connected and producing power.

The Delta project is comprised of eight wind farms with a total of 89 wind turbines and 335 MW of installed capacity in the Zaragoza and Teruel provinces. The project is expected to initially operate on a trial basis and to enter into commercial operation at the end of the year when it will produce 992 GWh of clean energy per year, the equivalent of the average annual consumption of 300,000 households, and avoid 1 million tpy of CO2 emissions.

The Delta wind farms is one of seven Repsol renewables projects on the Iberian Peninsula in different phases of development, adding up to a total capacity of 2,300 MW. This, together with its current 2,952 MW of total installed capacity, consolidates Repsol as a leading player in the generation of low emissions electricity in the Iberian Peninsula, according to the company release. (Source: Repsol, PR, 1 Oct., 2020) Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100 / 91 7538000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Wind,  Spain Wind,  

NH Utilities Propose Energy Efficiency Program Expansion (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-10-02
New Hampshire's electric and gas utilities have reportedly submitted a three-year energy efficiency plan to the state's Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC). The plan sets high new energy savings goals for 2021 through 2023 and will now undergo an expedited discussion process with the view of finalizing and instigating the plan on 1 Jan., 2021.

The proposed $350 million plan includes energy savings of 5 pct of the electric utilities' 2019 delivery sales, up from 3.2 pct in the 2018 -- 2020 plan. This would result in about 6.7 million megawatt-hours saved over the life time of the installed measures, according to the utilities. Natural gas energy savings would be 3 pct in the new plan compared to the present 2.1 pct, with funding of about $41.9 million, up from $31.4 million.

Aside from the utilities, the plan has wide support among advocacy groups including Clean Energy New Hampshire and the Acadia Center, as well as the state's consumer advocate. (Source: Clean Energy New Hampshire, Energy News, Sept., 2020) Contact: Clean Energy New Hampshire, NH; New Hampshire PUC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

C40 Cities Commit to Green Investments, Fossil Fuel Cuts (Ind. Report)
C40 Cities
Date: 2020-09-30
In New York, 12 of the world's most influential cities representing over 36 million residents have signed on to C40 Groups Divesting from Fossil Fuels, Investing in a Sustainable Future declaration. The declaration champions fossil fuel-free, green finance as a key strategy for rebuilding equitable, sustainable urban economies and increasing resilience against future crises. Signatories pledge to use their financial might to promote a just and clean energy transition through concrete actions at the city, national and international levels.

Cities signing on to the new declaration -- Berlin, Bristol, Cape Town, Durban, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New Orleans, New York City, Oslo, Pittsburgh, and Vancouver -- commit to build momentum for fossil-free and sustainable investment by:

  • Taking all possible steps to divest city assets from fossil fuel companies and increasing financial investments in climate solutions to help promote decent jobs and a just and green economy.

  • Calling on pension funds to divest from fossil fuel companies and increasing financial investments in climate solutions to help promote decent jobs and a just and green economy.

  • Advocating for fossil-free and sustainable finance by other investors and all levels of government, including by promoting the importance of strong, long-term climate policies and demanding greater transparency.

    According to Energy Policy Tracker, more than $200 billion in COVID-19 recovery funds are being pledged to fossil fuels, though risky investments in coal, oil, and gas are key drivers of the climate emergency. Continued investment in fossil fuels drives emissions that endanger the Paris Climate Agreement goals, jeopardize efforts to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C, and threaten to lock dangerous carbon emissions into economies.

    The Divesting From Fossil Fuels, Investing in a Sustainable Future declaration is a critical next step towards realizing the vision for a Global Green New Deal, announced last October at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. Endorsed by a broad coalition of business and labor leaders, youth activists, and civil society representatives, the Global Green New Deal reaffirms a commitment to protecting the environment, strengthening the economy, and building more equitable communities through inclusive climate action, according to the release.

    C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Inc. is a non-profit organization and is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. (Source: C40 Cities, PR, 22 Sept., 2020) Contact: C40 Cities Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  

  • Atlantic City Electric Proposes Energy Saving Programs (Ind. Report)
    Atlantic City Electric,New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2020-09-30
    In the Garden State, Atlantic City Electric has proposed numerous energy efficiency programs to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) that offer a range of incentives for energy efficiency upgrades, rebates on energy-efficient products, and a mixture of other offerings to help people use less energy. The programs will help the state's Clean Energy Act energy savings goal and help the state meet its climate goals for a clean and sustainable energy future. According to Atlantic City Electric, every dollar invested in these energy efficiency programs customers will receive nearly $4 in benefits.

    Atlantic City Electric's programs are anticipated to result in more than 6,000 job-years, provide more than $500 million to New Jersey's GDP and support local businesses. Participating businesses can also reduce their operating costs by lowering their energy bills. The programs are expected to significantly cut customer energy demands and reduce CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tpy , SOX emissions by 885 tpy and NOX emissions by 783 tpy. (Source: Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Shore Online, 30 Sept., 2020) Contact: Atlantic City Electric,; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Atlantic City Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,  

    Capital Dynamics to Acquire LS Power Solar PV Projects (M&A)
    Capital Dynamics
    Date: 2020-09-28
    In New York, Capital Dynamics, an independent global private asset management firm, reportsn its Clean Energy Infrastructure will acquire interests in three solar photovoltaic (PV) projects from LS Power. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020.

    The 316-MW portfolio includes: 100 pct interest in Centinela Solar Energy, 252 MW in Imperial County, CA; 30 pct interest in Arlington Valley Solar Energy II, 53 MW in Maricopa County, AZ; 100 pct Interest in the 11-MW Dover Sun Park in Dover, DE. All project have PPA agreement in place.

    Capital Dynamics is an independent global asset management firm focusing on private assets including private equity, private credit and clean energy infrastructure. Capital Dynamics' Clean Energy Infrastructure Fund is one of the largest renewable energy investment managers in the world with $6.5 billion assets under management. (Source: Capital Dynamics, PR, 28 Sept., 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics, 212 798 3400,; LS Power,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Capital Dynamics news,  Solar news,  PV news,  LS Power news,  

    Ameren Announces Wind, Solar Energy Expansion Plan (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-09-28
    In the Show Me State, St. Louis-based Ameren is reporting its largest-ever expansion of clean solar and wind generation. The clean energy expansion is included in Ameren Missouri's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), a triennial filing setting out Ameren Missouri's preferred plan to transform its electric power generation portfolio over the coming decades.

    Ameren Missouri's IRP includes investment of nearly $8 billion in renewable energy over the next two decades. By 2030, the company would add 3,100 MW of renewable generation reflecting a combined investment of approximately $4.5 billion. Renewable energy would increase to a total of 5,400 MW by 2040.

    Investments are already underway, with the planned acquisition of two Missouri-based wind energy facilities in the next few months for approximately $1.2 billion.

    Ameren Missouri notes it continues to invest in its existing carbon-free energy sources -- including nuclear, hydro and solar -- while also evaluating and pursuing additional clean energy innovations. Nearly 30 pct of Ameren Missouri's current energy generation comes from these sources. (Source: Ameren Corporation, Ameren Missouri, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Andrew Kirk, 314.554.4859,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren,  Ameren Missouri,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

    Koolen Takes Stake German Energy Storage Specialist (Int'l., M&A)
    Date: 2020-09-28
    In the Netherlands, clean energy conglomerate Koolen Industries reports it is inventing €3 million in Hengelo, Germany-based thermal energy storage specialist Kraftblock. Koolen is looking to boost Kraftblock's nanotechnology-based energy storage system that captures excess heat -- an inevitable by-product of industrial operations -- and reuse it as energy for production.

    Kraftblock's high-temp storage system is significantly more efficient than other thermal storage systems on the market, which mostly use salt or concrete as a storage medium. The German company's solution uses granules, consisting of 85 pct recycled material, storing temperatures of up to 1,300 degrees. By utilizing a modular structure, the system is cost-effective, easily scalable and has a lifespan of some 15,000 cycles, which compares to lithium battery cells that are limited to a maximum of 8,000 cycles. (Source: Koolen Industries, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Koolen Industries, Kees Koolen, CEO, +31 88 007 6000,; Kraftblock, +49 6897 936 161,, www.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kraftblock news,  energy Storage news,  

    ENE, Shaw Renewable Invest Complete Solar Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Energy New England ,D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments
    Date: 2020-09-28
    In the Bay State, Mansfield-based Energy New England LLC (ENE), the largest wholesale risk management and energy trading organization serving the needs of municipal utilities in the northeastern U.S., has completed a major clean energy transaction for 19 Massachusetts and Rhode Island municipal utilities that will add 50 MW of new solar energy to their portfolios in partnership with NYC-headquartered D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI).

    The Gravel Pit Solar III project is slated to begin operating in early 2023 and ENE's customers have signed an agreement with the project with a 25-year term. Gravel Pit Solar III, a proposed portfolio of solar projects DESRI is planning for sites under consideration in western Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, would be an extension of the proposed Gravel Pit Solar project in East Windsor, Conn.

    Gravel Pit Solar III is expected to generate more than 86 million kWh annually and will be the fourth largest Class I Renewable Energy Credit energy transaction ENE has originated for its customers, and its second solar agreement of this size in a year. Over the term of this agreement, the project is anticipated to generate nearly 2 billion kWh of solar energy.

    ENE manages power supply portfolios for more than 20 municipal electric systems throughout New England that collectively serve more than 1,300 MW of load and own more than 550 MW of generation capacity. ENE provides wholesale and retail energy advisory and transaction services for more than 1 billion kWh annually.

    D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) and its affiliates acquire, own, and manage long-term contracted renewable energy assets in North America. DESRI's portfolio of renewable energy projects currently includes 41 wind and solar sites that represent more than 2,400 MW of aggregate capacity. DESRI is a member of the D. E. Shaw group, a global investment and technology development firm with more than $50 billion in investment and committed capital as of June 1, 2020, and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. (Source: D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, PR, 28 Sept., 2020) Contact: ENE,; D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy New England news,  Solar news,  D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments news,  

    PSE&G $1Bn Energy Efficiency Plan Wins NJ Approval (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-09-25
    In the Garden State, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSEG) is reporting New Jersey regulators have approved its energy-efficiency plan allowing the utility to spend nearly $1 billion over three years to get customers to reduce their energy consumption with discount priced thermostats, LED lighting, and energy-efficient appliances.

    The plan, which the utility called "the largest commitment to energy efficiency ever in New Jersey", would direct about $284 million to residential customers and $686 million to commercial and industrial customers. The approved plan is a scaled-down version of the Clean Energy Future proposal that PSE&G announced in 2018, which would have spent $2.8 billion over six years on energy efficiency.

    The approved energy-efficiency plan was part of a larger $4.1 billion package that included proposals to spend $364 million for electric-vehicle infrastructure, including support for nearly 40,000 EV chargers, $180 million for massive utility-scale battery storage, and $800 million for an "Energy Cloud" program that includes the installation of wireless smart meters in every customer's home.

    The approved plan also accommodates low-income residents, multifamily developments, small businesses, local governments and nonprofits and will deliver $1 billion in net customer savings, create 3,200 direct jobs and 1,100 more indirect jobs, and help New Jersey avoid eight million metric tons of carbon emissions through 2050, according to the PSE&G release. (Source: Public Service Electric & Gas, PR, Philadelphia Enquirer, 24 Sept., 2020) Contact: Public Service Electric & Gas,, PSE&G Clean Energy Future,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NJ PSE&G,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Aussie PM says Zero-Emissions Achievable but Won't say When (Int'l. Report)
    Australia, Zero Emissions
    Date: 2020-09-21
    Further to our Jan 15, 2020 coverage when Australian Prime Minster Hon. Scott Morrison (Lib) claimed Australia's carbon emissions will be slashed by 42 pct within this decade -- a far greater reduction than the Australian Department of Environment's latest projection of just 4 pct by 2030 -- the PM now says Australia can achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 but won't commit to making that an explicit target.

    Morrison notes reaching the goal will require more lower emissions technologies and energy sources such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen and to that end his government has pledged to put $1.9 billion into the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFE) while allowing them to back CCS projects which they are presently prohibited from making. (Source: Office of Australian Prime Minster Hon. Scott Morrison, PR, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 Sept., 2020) Contact: Office of Australian Prime Minster Hon. Scott Morrison,; Australian Renewable Energy Agency,; Clean Energy Finance Corporation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AREA,  Australia Climate Change,  Zero Emissions,  Scott Morrison,  

    Nexamp Acquiring 50 MW Maine Community Solar Portfolio (M&A)
    Date: 2020-09-18
    Boston-headquartered solar energy and energy storage provider Nexamp Inc, reports it is acquiring a 50 MW portfolio of Maine community solar projects from Atlanta-headquartered Dimension Energy.

    Dimension Energy developed each of the 10 projects that will contribute millions of kWh of annual renewable electricity production toward Maine's goal of providing 80 pct clean energy by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050.

    Nexamp will build the assets and manage customer subscriptions as the long-term project owner. (Source: Nexamp. PR, Website, Sept., 2020) Contact: Nexamp, Zaid Ashai, CEO, Keith Hevenor, (617) 431-1440,; Dimension Energy Rafael Dobrzynski, CEO ,; Central Maine Power,; Versant Power,

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

    SJG Offers Nest Thermostats to Cut Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    South Jersey Gas
    Date: 2020-09-11
    In Atlantic City, the South Jersey Gas (SJG) utility reports it is offering customers a free "smart" thermostat to help cut energy consumption and save on energy costs.

    Under the offering, customers can choose a $0 Google Nest Thermostat E or a discounted Google Nest Learning Thermostat -- which retails on Amazon in the $320 range -- for $49 after applicable rebates, when they shop on the South Jersey Gas Marketplace.

    Independent studies show that Google Nest thermostats saved people an average of 10 pct to 12 pct on heating and 15 pct on cooling costs for an estimated average savings of $131 to $145 per year, according to the South Jersey Gas release. (Source: South Jersey Gas, PR, Beachcomber, Sept., 2020) Contact: South Jersey Gas, Deborah Franco, VP Clean Energy & Sustainability,; Uplight,; Neste Thermostat,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News South Jersey Gas ,  Thermostat,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Energy Transformation Needed for Net-Zero Emissions (Int'l.)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2020-09-11
    Energy Technology Perspectives 2020 is a major new IEA publication focused on the technology needs and opportunities for reaching international climate and sustainable energy goals. This flagship report offers vital analysis and advice on the clean energy technologies the world needs to meet net-zero emissions objectives.

    The report's comprehensive analysis maps out the technologies needed to tackle emissions in all parts of the energy sector, including areas where technology progress is still lacking such as long-distance transport and heavy industries. It shows the amount of emissions reductions that are required from electrification, hydrogen, bioenergy and carbon capture, utilisation and storage. It also provides an assessment of emissions from existing infrastructure and what can be done to address them.

    Download the Energy Technology Perspectives 2020 report HERE. (Source: IEA, Sept., 2020) Contact: IEA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Energy,  IEA,  

    Mass. DOER Announces Green Communities Awards (Ind. Report)
    Mass. DOER,RGGI
    Date: 2020-09-09
    In the Bay State, the Mass. Department of Energy Resources (DOER) reports the awarding of $13,000,558 in Green Communities competitive grants to 103 municipalities to fund clean energy and energy efficiency projects in furtherance of the state's net zero by 2050 emissions goals.

    These latest awards bring the total awards to more than $136 million to Green Communities in Designation Grants and Competitive Grants since 2010.

    Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding; 271 Massachusetts cities and towns accounting for 84 pct of the state's population have earned the Green Communities designation. Funding for these grants is available through proceeds from carbon allowance auctions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). (Source: Mass. Department of Energy Resources , PR, Worchester Telegram, Sept., 2020) Contact: Mass. Department of Energy Resources, 617-626-7300,; RGGI,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Mass DOER,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  RGGI,  

    DTE Energy Adding 420MW of Solar Power by 2022 (Ind. Report)
    DTE Energy
    Date: 2020-09-04
    In the Motor City, DTE Energy is reporting the upgrading of its MIGreenPower voluntary renewable energy plan to bring an additional 420 MW of solar energy online by 2022. Per the updated plan, the new solar assets will source clean energy purchases from corporate, municipal and industrial customers participating in the company's MIGreenPower program.

    If approved by the the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) DTE would increase its solar generation capacity by nearly ten times by 2022 when its wind and solar energy portfolio would generate sufficient energy to power 900,000 homes as well as offset approximately 4.7 million tons of CO2e.

    DTE's energy generation portfolio presently has 15 wind parks and 31 solar farms capable of producing enough clean energy to power more than 500,000 homes. with plans to add three additional wind parks to its portfolio by the end of 2020. (Source: DTE, Zacks, 2 Sept., 2020)Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994,,

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

    Cloudberry Acquiring Sweden's Scandvind2 (M&A, Int'l. Report)
    Cloudberry Clean Energy,Scanvind2
    Date: 2020-09-02
    Oslo, Norway-headquartered renewable energy developer Cloudberry Clean Energy AS reports it has offered to acquire 100 pct of the shares in Oslo, Norway-based Scanvind2 AS, developer of the 16-turbine Rewind Vanern wind power project in Lake Vanern, Sweden's largest lake.

    Cloudberry notes it has completed operational, financial, and legal due diligence for the acquisition. The sale price is reported to be a combination of reversal of ScanVind2's existing sales credit to Cloudberry, an issuance of about 2.2 million Cloudberry shares at €1.2 and a cash payment not greater than €670,408. (Source: Cloudberry Clean Energy, Website PR, 1 Sept., 2020) Contact: Cloudberrry Clean Energy, Anders Lenborg, CEO, +47 48 89 56 92,,; Scanvind2 AS,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  

    CA Energy Efficiency in the Public Power Sector (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2020-08-26
    According to the California Energy Commission (CEC), energy efficiency and demand reduction programs are key to the Golden State reaching its' 100 pct clean energy goals.

    California's publicly owned utilities (POUs) provide approximately 25 pct of statewide retail electricity consumption. Since 2006, POUs have spent $2.1 billion on energy efficiency and demand reduction programs resulting in 7,545 gigawatt hours (GWh) of reported first year electricity savings and 1,390 MW in peak demand reduction.

    Download the CEC Energy Efficiency in the Public Power Sector report HERE. (Source: California Energy Commission, Website, Aug., 2020) Contact: California Energy Commission,

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    Calif. Refiners Refocusing on Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Diesel
    Date: 2020-08-21
    Further to our August 14 report, Phillips 66, Global Clean Energy, and Marathon Oil are reporting plans to convert their petroleum refineries in the Golden State to renewable diesel production.

    Phillips66 plans to use fats and greases, along with used cooking oil and soybean oil, at its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo to produce 19 million bpy of renewable diesel, gasoline, and aviation fuel starting in 2024. A refinery conversion in Bakersfield will use camelina sativa, an oilseed crop grown in rotation with wheat. Global Clean Energy bought the facility in May. It plans to make renewable diesel starting in 2022 and has a deal to sell 2.5 million bbl per year of the fuel to ExxonMobil.

    Marathon says it may convert its idled refinery in Martinez to renewable diesel, though it has not given an estimate of the plant's expected capacity or when it will come on-line. Neste, Valero, and REG are also supplying renewable diesel to California where fuel companies are required to purchase enough certified low carbon fuel to reduce the carbon intensity of the state's pool of transportation fuel 20 pct from 2011 to 2030. (Source: Phillips 66, Chemical & Engineering News, 18 Aug., 2020)Contact: Phillips 66, Brian Mandell, VP Marketing, Joe Gannon, 832-765-4547,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Phillips 66,  ExxonMobil,  ,  

    Capital Dynamics, Tenaska Plan Calif. BESS Projects (Ind Report)
    Clean Energy Infrastructure
    Date: 2020-08-21
    Zug, Switzerland based asset management firm Capital Dynamics subsidiary Clean Energy Infrastructure reports it and Omaha-headquartered Tenaska will develop nine battery energy storage systems (BESS) with approximately 2,000 MW of capacity in the Cal-ISO market to "help integrate" renewable energy.

    Presently, Clean Energy Infrastructure and Tenaska jointly own two solar facilities in California's Imperial Valley area and are developing additional solar projects. (Source: Capital Dynamics, Website Press Release, , 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics, Benoit Allehaut, +41 41 748 84 44, 212 798 3400 – NYC Office,; Tenaska, Jerry Crouse, CEO,(402) 691-9700,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Infrastructure,  Tenaska,  Energy Storage,  

    Prairie Clean Energy Promoting Flax Straw for Biofuels (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2020-08-21
    In Saskatchewan, Regina-based Prairie Clean Energy is touting its proprietary processing technology and flax straw as a biomass alternative fuel. Flax grown in the Canadian Prairies produces roughly 0.65 tonnes of flax straw per acre with western Canada producing approximately 700,000 tpy, according to the company.

    Prairie Clean Energy's flax straw processing includes shredding, drying, compressing, repackaging and delivering to end users in shipping containers. If flax straw is processed and dried properly, the BTUs it creates are relatively high compared to other potential fuel sources, according to the company.

    Because sales contracts with end users have yet to be finalized, pending tests and assessments, Prairie Clean Energy has not yet finalized 2020 supply contracts with western Canadian flax growers but estimates the company will buy and process as much as 250,000 tpy of baled flax straw within three years. (Source: Prairie Clean Energy, Website, PR, Western Producer, 20 Aug., 2020) Contact: Prairie Clean Energy, Mark Cooper, CEO,

    Siemens Gamesa Claims 473-MW Indian Turbine Order (Int'l. Report)

    Date: 2020-08-19
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA reports receipt of a firm order from Indian renewables developer Adani Green Energy Ltd for 215 units of SG 2.2-122 turbines totaling 473 MW for Adani's wind project in Fatehgarh , Rajasthan state, India. The order includes supply, installation and pre-commissioning. . The wind farm is expected to be commissioned and online in September 2021. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Renewables, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Adani Green Energy More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa news, Wind news, Adani Green Energy news, Philadelphia Energy Launches Second Annual Solar Week (Ind. Report) In the Keystone State, the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is reporting the launch of its second annual “Solarize Philly” program that provides free remote solar assessments and a new Solar Savings Grant Program to households of all income levels. The program , which is the largest of its kind in the nation, has facilitated a $10 million investment in Philadelphia's clean energy economy since 2017.

    PEA also heads up Bright Solar Futures, a workforce development program aimed at establishing the nation's first Solar Energy Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, with U.S. DOE support and PECO utility sponsorship.

    The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is an independent municipal authority created in 2010 to advance clean and affordable energy goals for the City. PEA has facilitated over $100 million in clean energy projects in Philadelphia since 2017, creating more than over 1,000 jobs. PEA’s $1 billion Philadelphia Energy Campaign, which launched in 2016, will create 10,000 jobs by 2026 through the implementation of clean energy and energy efficiency projects. (Source: Philadelphia Energy Authority, PR, 14 Aug., 2020) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Authority,; Solarize Philly, More Low-Carbon Energy News Solarize Philly news, Philadelphia Energy Authority news, Solar news, Statkraft Plans Berry Burn Wind Farm Expansion (Int'l. Report) Norwegian state owned Statkraft AS reports it is seeking Scottish government approval to expand its 66.7-MW Berry Burn wind farm in Moray, Scotland to 104.5 MW with nine additional turbines totalling 37.8 MW. The additional turbines are expected to generate 139.1 GWh of electricity per year, or enough to supply over 35,500 homes. The 29-turbine Berry Burn wind farm originally came online in 2014. (Source: Statkraft, PR, Renewables, 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Stakraft, More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft news, Wind news, Scotland Wind news, Azelio Announces Masdar Renewable Energy Storage Project (Intl. Report) Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered global engineering firm Azelio AB reports along with Masdar and Khalifa University its will install a verification project in Abu Dhabi in Q3 2020 to evaluate Azelio’s renewable energy storage technology for inclusion in the Masdar product portfolio for current and future renewable energy projects. The evaluation project will be set up and installed by ALEC Energy, the solar business division of ALEC Engineering and Contracting LLC, part of the Investment Corporation of Dubai. Azelio and ALEC Energy have signed an MoU, covering a collaboration over 49MW installed capacity of Azelio’s energy storage until 2025. (Source: Azelio, Middle East Technical Review, 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklund, CEO, +46 709 40 35 80,, More Low-Carbon Energy News Azelio news, Energy Storage news, Renewable Energy news, Dominion Energy Snares 62.5MW Virginia Solar Project (M&A, Ind. Report) In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy is reporting acquisition of a 62.5-megawatt solar power project in Orange County from Cypress Creek Renewables . The facility is expected to go online in 2022. Falls Church-based Northrop Grumman Corp. will purchase the facility's renewable energy from the grid to power its operations. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy, Robert Blue, Exec. VP, . Cypress Creek Renewables More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy news, Solar news, Cypress Creek Renewablse news,

    World's Solar, Wind Generated Power Stands at 10 pct (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-08-17
    According to London, UK-headquartered independent climate and "coal to clean energy" think tank EMBER's recently released Global Electricity Review 2020, power generation from wind turbines and solar panels generated 10 pct of the world's electricity in the first half of this year as coal-powered generation declined to the lowest half-year level since at least 1990.

    During the same period, coal-fired generation dropped by 8.3 pct but still accounted for 33 pct of global production -- too high to meet global climate change targets of keeping global temperatures from increasing by more than 2.7 F which, the report claims, needs coal power generation to fall by 13 pct per year for a decade, according to the report.

    The EMBER -- fka "Sandbag" -- report collected data from 48 countries which make up 83 pct of global electricity production. Download the Global Electricity Review 2020 report HERE. (Source: Ember, Aug., 2020) Contact: Ember, (+44) 020 8144 8663,

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    Dubai Airport First GCC Carbon Neutral Airport (Int’l. Report)
    Airport Carbon Accreditation
    Date: 2020-08-17
    In Dubai, Sharjah Airport reports it is the first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member carbon-neutral airport and the second in the Middle East to attain Level 3+ Neutrality accreditation from the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, issued by Airports Council International.

    Environmental and sustainability projects implemented by Sharjah Airport include energy conservation initiatives, clean energy projects and circular economic initiatives to encourage all stakeholders of the airport to engage and contribute to good practice. Besides strictly monitoring electricity and water consumption in the airport, an integrated waste management system, targeted at zero landfill waste was introduced. (Source: Sharjah Airport , PR, Emirates News Agency, 16 Aug., 2020) Contact: Airport Carbon Accreditation, www.aci.aer

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Airport Carbon Accreditation ,  

    ExxonMobil, GCEH Ink Renewable Diesel Offtake Deal (Ind. Report)
    Global Clean Energy Holdings,ExxonMobil
    Date: 2020-08-14
    ExxonMobil is reporting a 5-year off-take agreement with Long Beach, California-based Global Clean Energy Holdings (GCEH) to purchase 2.5 million bpy of renewable diesel from Global Clean Energy's Bakersfield, California, refinery which is being re-tooled to produce renewable diesel from camelina, cooking oil, soybean oil and distillers corn oil and other non-petroleum feedstocks.

    Following scheduled production startup in 2022, ExxonMobil plans to distribute the renewable diesel within California and potentially to other domestic and international markets. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 12 Aug., 2020) Contact: ExxonMobil, Bryan Milton, Pres. ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants Co,; Global Clean Energy Holdings, Richard Palmer, CEO, 424-318-3618,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Clean Energy Holdings,  ExxonMobil,  Renewable Diesel,  

    Bangkok Considering Thailand Carbon Tax (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-08-14
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) is reporting Thailand, which relies heavily on fossil fuels for its energy needs, is considering carbon pricing in an upcoming Climate Change Act to lead a clean energy transition and green economic development while maintaining energy security, supporting innovation, increasing efficiency and driving retirement of emission-intensive assets. The upcoming Climate Change Act is expected to outline specific instruments to prepare for a national emission trading system, with a cabinet decision due in 2022.

    According to the IEA, Thailand's experience of carbon market mechanisms began in 2007, when the government established TGO to implement and manage GHG emissions projects. In 2103, the public body launched the Thailand Voluntary Emission Reduction programme, a baseline and credit programme. By 2020 it had 191 registered projects that are due to reduce emissions by 5.28 Mt CO2-eq annually and the Thailand Carbon Offsetting Program which encourages public and private organisations to calculate their carbon footprint and buy carbon credits to offset their unavoidable emissions.

    In 2015 TGO launched the Thailand Voluntary Emission Trading Scheme to serve as a pilot, setting up the infrastructure to develop a national emission trading system and identify gaps and opportunities. The first phase (2015-17) established and tested the market's design features and the measurement, reporting and verification system. During the second phase (2018-20) TGO aims to encourage wider participation and develop participants' trading capabilities.

    Thailand is aiming to reduce GHG emissions to 20.8 pct below the business-as-usual level by 2030. (Source: IEA , New Europe, Aug., 2020)Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  IEA,  

    Apex Offloading Texas White Mesa Wind Project (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Apex Clean Energy
    Date: 2020-08-14
    Charlottesville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy is reporting the sale of its White Mesa Wind project in Crockett County, Texas, to an unnamed purchaser. The deal includes several power purchase agreements that Apex negotiated with corporate customers, according to a release.

    When fully operational in 2021 the 500 MW White Mesa project will reportedly be the third-largest single-phase, single-site wind farm in the United States. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, Website, 12 Aug., 2020) Contact: Apex Clean Energy,

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

    RIIB Finances $1.3Mn LED Streetlight Project (Ind. Report)
    Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank
    Date: 2020-08-14
    In Providence, the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB) reports it provided $1.3 million in financing to the city of Pawtucket for the conversion of approximately 6,000 streetlights to LED lights for an expected energy costs savings. In 2017 the city borrowed $3.9 million trough RIIB for energy efficiency improvements in municipal buildings.

    Of the $1.3 million, $1 million is for streetlight conversions through the Efficient Building Fund (EBF), and $350,000 is a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan for a storm water mitigation project adjacent to the future Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station.

    The Efficient Buildings Fund provides below-market interest rate loans to municipalities, school districts and quasi-state entities to invest in clean energy projects. Since 2016, the Efficient Buildings Fund has reduced energy, maintenance and debt-service costs for municipalities by approximately $66 million through investments in onshore wind, solar, LED lighting and highly efficient heating and cooling improvements. These projects are estimated to reduce emissions equivalent to the annual carbon footprint of 3,400 American homes. Overall, the Bank's Efficient Buildings Fund has provided $33 million in loans to thirteen borrowers across the state. (Source: Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, PR, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank , (401) 453-4430, www,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Streetlight news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

    EPRI, GTI Initiative Accelerates Low-Carbon Energy Tech (Ind. Report)
    EPRI, Gas Technology Institute
    Date: 2020-08-12
    The Washington, DC-headquartered Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Des Plaines, Illinois-based not-for-profit Gas Technology Institute (GTI) are reporting a five-year, Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI) to accelerate the development and demonstration of low-carbon energy technologies.

    LCRI is an international electris and gas sectors collaborative aimed at advancing global, economy-wide deep decarbonization. With 18 anchor sponsors and $10 million in seed funding, the LCRI leverages the collaborative research model employed by both EPRI and GTI, bringing industry stakeholders together to conduct clean energy R&D.

    The LCRI collaborative aims to: identify and accelerate fundamental development of promising technologies; demonstrate and assess the performance of key technologies and processes; and inform key stakeholders and the public about technology options and potential pathways to a low-carbon future. (Source: EPRI, Green Car Congress, Aug., 2020) Contact: GTI, 847-768-0500 847-768-0501 - fax,, EPRI, 800-313-3774,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Technology Institute,  Electric Power Research Institute,  Low-Carbon Energy ,  

    Notable Climate Change Quote from Apple CEO
    Apple Climate Change
    Date: 2020-08-10
    "Businesses have a profound opportunity to help build a more sustainable future, one born of our common concern for the planet we share. The innovations powering our environmental journey are not only good for the planet -- they've helped us make our products more energy efficient and bring new sources of clean energy online around the world.

    "Climate action can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation, and durable economic growth. With our commitment to carbon neutrality, we hope to be a ripple in the pond that creates a much larger change." -- Tim Cook, CEO, Apple, Aug., 2020

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Apple,  

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