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TEP Touts Clean Energy Expansion Plan (Ind. Report)
Tucson Electric Power
Date: 2020-06-29
Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is reporting plans to provide more than 70 pct of its power from wind and solar resources as part of a cleaner energy portfolio that will reduce carbon emissions 80 pct by 2035.

The 15-year 2020 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for a dramatic expansion of wind and solar power resources, supported by efficient natural gas fired generators and energy storage systems the retirement of TEP's remaining coal-fired power plants over the next 12 years. Key IRP elements include:

  • 2,457 MW of new wind and solar power systems, including 457 MW that will be coming online over the next year.

  • 1,400 MW of new energy storage systems.

  • A proposal to ramp down and ultimately retire two units at the coal fired Springerville Generating Station in 2027 and 2032.

  • Eliminating the use of surface water for power generation and a 70 pc treduction in groundwater use.

  • Continued support for energy efficiency programs to reduce usage and peak power demands.

    TEP's CO2 emission reduction goal was developed in partnership with the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment with input from a diverse group of customers, community leaders, local government representatives and environmental advocates. The target represents TEP's fair share of worldwide efforts to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius under the 2015 Paris Agreement. TEP's plan would reduce its CO2 emissions by 80 pct, according to the release.

    Download the TEP 2020 Integrated Resource Plan, HERE. (Source: TEP, PR, 26 June, 2020) Contact: TEP, Joseph Barrios , (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com, www.tep.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power,  Renewable Energ,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


  • Indiana Developer Touts Bifacial Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
    Solar
    Date: 2020-06-29
    Valparaiso, Indiana-based real estate developer and home builder Wayne Enterprises reports the commissioning of their 40.33 kW bifacial roof-mount solar energy system for their new downtown Valparaiso Vale View facility.

    The system was installed by West Layfayette-based Emergent Solar Energy and is expected to generate approximately 50,000 kilowatt-hours of energy annually enough emissions-free, clean energy to offset nearly 2,000 tpy of carbon dioxide -- equivalent to offsetting emissions from 3 million miles driven or the amount sequestered by more than 1,400 acres of U.S. forests. (Source: Wayne Enterprises, PR 27 June, 2020) Contact: Wayne Enterprises, Matthew Welter, CEO, www.wevalpo.com; Emergent Solar Energy, 765-753-9155, www.emergentsolar.energy{

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


    NJ Township Joins Sustainable States Community Energy Challenge (Ind. Report)
    ACEEE
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In the Garden State, Maplewood Township (pop. 25,250) reports it is joining thirty communities in five states in taking the Sustainable States Community Energy Challenge.

    The challenge offers technical assistance, tools and support to assess clean energy and energy efficiency goals and initiatives, and compares related energy achievements across similarly-sized cities, assess future initiatives, and provide project implementation assistance.

    The challenge is a partnership of the Sustainable States Network, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and five state-level sustainability programs, including Sustainable CT, Green Cities California, Sustainable Maryland, Minnesota GreenStep Cities, and Sustainable Jersey.

    Maplewood Township is certified at the silver-level with Sustainable Jersey and has undertaken a number of initiatives to reduce energy use. For example, Maplewood Township: installed public electric vehicle charging stations; implemented an energy aggregation program which reduces costs and increases renewable energy use for residents; completed energy audits of all main buildings; upgraded lighting for energy efficiency in the Municipal Building, the Public Works building and Memorial Library; achieved LEED certification for the police and courts building; replaced old traffic signals with LEDs; participated in a cooperative buying agreement for cheaper and greener energy for buildings and purchased hybrid vehicles when replacing township fleet vehicles. (Source: Maplewood Township, PT, TAPinto.net, July, 2020) Contact: Sustainable States, www.SustainableStates.us Maplewood Township, www.twp.maplewood.nj.us Sustainable States Community Energy Challenge, www.sustainableconnections.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Amesbury Solar-Plus-Storage Project Completed (Ind. Report)
    CS Energy,Kearsarge Energy
    Date: 2020-06-24
    Edison, New Jersey-based clean energy contractor CS Energy is reporting completion of a 4.5MW solar project installation with a 3.8 megawatt-hour (MWh) lithium-ion battery system on a landfill cap site in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

    The project, which was developed as part of a partnership between the City of Amesbury and Kearsarge Energy, was one of the first solar plus energy storage projects to participate in the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program (Source: CS Energy , renews.biz, 24 June, 2020) Contact: CS Energy, Sean Harrington, Dir. Energy Storage, 732 860 4660, www.csenergy.com; Kearsarge Energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CS Energy news,  Solar news,  Energy Storage news,  Kearsarge Energy news,  


    "$16 trillion Investment In Renewables by 2030" -- Notable Quote
    Goldman Sachs
    Date: 2020-06-19
    "Renewable power will become the largest area of spending in the energy industry in 2021, on our estimates, surpassing upstream oil and gas for the first time in history." -- Michele Della Vigna, Goldman Sachs Inc.

    Renewables -- including Biofuels -- will account for roughly 25 pct of all energy spending next year, up from about 15 pct in 2014 , driven in part by diverging costs of capital, as borrowing rates have risen to as high as 20 pct for hydrocarbon projects compared with as little as 3 pct for clean energy. Clean energy affords a "$16 trillion investment opportunity through 2030", according to Goldman Sachs. (Source: Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg Green, June, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Biofuels,  Goldman Sachs,  


    Dow Targeting Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Dow
    Date: 2020-06-17
    Midland Michigan-headquartered Dow has announced aggressive new commitments and targets to address both climate change and plastic waste:
  • By 2030, Dow will reduce its net annual carbon emissions by 5 million metric tons, or 15 pct from its 2020 baseline. Additionally, Dow intends to be carbon neutral by 2050, in alignment with the Paris Agreement, and is committed to implementing and advancing technologies to manufacture products using fewer resources and that help customers reduce their carbon footprints.

  • By 2030, Dow will help stop plastic waste by enabling 1 million metric tons of plastic to be collected, reused or recycled through its direct actions and partnerships. The company is investing and collaborating in key technologies and infrastructure to significantly increase global recycling.

    To date, Dow has reduced its GHG emissions by 15 pct; Incorporated a carbon price into its business planning; and invested in renewable power capacity -- Dow is the number one user of clean energy in the chemicals industry and ranks among the top 25 global corporations in terms of renewable power use, according to the company's Sustainability Report.

    Dow will also collaborate with leading academics, NGOs, auditing experts, technology partners and others in industry to incentivize the development and commercialization of low-carbon products and technologies that ultimately lower global GHG emissions and to ensure that companies are able to account for those GHG reductions., according to its Sustainability Report.

    Download the Dow 2025 Sustainability Goals report HERE. (Source: Dow Chemical, PR, 17 June, 2020) Contact: Dow Chemical, Mary Draves, VP Sustainability, Kyle Bandlow, 989-638-2417 , kbandlow@dow.com, www.corporate.dow.com/en-us.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  Dow Chemical,  


  • Sunrun, SCE Launching Virtual Solar Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Sunrun,Southern California Edison
    Date: 2020-06-17
    In the Golden State, San Francisco-based home solar, battery storage, and energy services specialist Sunrun Inc. reports it is working with regional utility Southern California Edison (SCE) to launch one of the first residential energy storage virtual power plants in operation in the U.S.

    Beginning this month and continuing through mid-2021, Sunrun and SCE will network up to 300 of Sunrun's Brightbox residential rooftop solar plus battery storage systems across Southern California to demonstrate how clean energy stored in Sunrun Brightbox rechargeable solar battery systems can provide the peaking capacity to the electrical grid for Southern California residents.

    The program unlocks additional value for both Sunrun and Sunrun customers. Homeowners will earn an incentive for participating in the program, and Sunrun will generate revenue by managing and dispatching the networked home solar and battery-stored energy to the grid when SCE calls an event to meet local grid operational requirements. (Source: Sunrun, PR, 16 June, 2020) Contact: Sunrun, Lynn Jurich, Co-founder and CEO., (833) 324-5886, www.sunrun.com; Southern California Edison, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement & Management, www.sce.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison,  Sunrun,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    NJBPU OKs Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2020-06-15
    The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is reporting approval of the next generation of Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction programs, including the setting of energy consumption reduction targets at 2.15 pct for electric distribution companies and 1.10 pct for gas distribution companies.

    The just announced Board Order provides for the administration of the energy efficiency programs and establishes the mechanisms for the recovery of costs associated with the programs delivery, performance metrics and targets, an evaluation, measurement, verification framework and program filing and reporting requirements. The Order also includes the following energy efficiency related requirements:

  • The state's utilities will administer core, consistent energy efficiency programs that serve the residential, commercial and industrial, and multifamily sectors. These will include programs that serve moderate-income and small commercial customers.

  • Utilities will also be required to propose a peak demand program to start by program year four.

  • The state will continue to administer the Large Energy Users Program (with the exception of hospitals), combined heat and power projects, as well as state and local government programs. The utilities and state will continue to co-manage the low-income Comfort Partners program. The state will also take the lead on related R&D, workforce development initiatives, public education, and community energy planning grants.

  • Program expenses will be amortized over 10 years, which sets energy efficiency investments on a level playing field relative to other utility investments.

  • Over the next several months, staff will work with the utilities and the Division of Rate Counsel to develop a mechanism for the utilities to recover their lost revenue as an option should utilities not wish to utilize the Lost Revenue Adjustment Mechanism as laid out in the order. Further, the Board has instituted a system of incentives and penalties as required by the Clean Energy Act to encourage performance.

  • Staff will develop and distribute a mechanism for stakeholder comments, and recommend a test that will determine program cost-effectiveness in order to comply with the Clean Energy Act. The state will also hire a statewide evaluator to ensure transparency and accountability for state and utility programs.

  • The BPU will conduct a triennial review process to revisit key energy efficiency decisions, such as reviewing and establishing performance metrics and targets, cost recovery mechanisms, program administration and design, and "cost to achieve" budgets, among others, to ensure that the programs are "best-in-class."

    Other program components include enhanced required reporting and measurement for performance incentives and collection of additional information via a recently completed demographic analysis study to determine energy efficiency market barriers to penetration. (Source: NJ BPU, PR, 10 June, 2020) Contact: NJ BPU, Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Pres., 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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


  • HECO Posts New Renewable Energy Project Details (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric
    Date: 2020-06-05
    Hawaiian Electric (HECO) has posted details of 16 solar-plus-storage or standalone-storage projects selected in the latest phase of the clean energy transition for Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island.

    The name, location, developer, technology, size and estimated completion dates are listed on the Hawaiian Electric renewable project status board at www.hawaiianelectric.com/statusboard along with as links to each project's individual website. Each developer is responsible for ongoing outreach to their prospective neighboring communities, alerting them to plans and responding to concerns.

    If all projects are completed as planned, nearly seven points will be added to HECO's renewable portfolio percentage by 2025. The company expects to reach the mandated 30 pct renewable energy goal by the end of this year with plans in place to exceed 40 pct by 2030, 70 pct by 2040 and 100 pct clean energy for electricity by 2045.

    Review the Hawaiian Electric renewable project status board HERE. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 2 June, 2020) Contact: HECO, Jim Alberts, Snr. VP, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric ,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy,  


    Q Cells Invests in Aussie Energy Storage, Management Tech (Int'l.)
    Q Cells
    Date: 2020-06-03
    In the Land Down Under, Newcastle, New South Wales-based SwitchDin is reporting receipt of a $5 million investment from global solar giant Q-Cells. The investment will help further develop SwitchDin's DER energy management and storage technology while helping Q Cell move beyond rooftops to vertically integrated clean energy solutions.

    SwitchDin gives energy companies -- network operators, electricity retailers and integrated utilities -- the tools they need to securely integrate and manage diverse mixes of small-scale distributed energy resources (DERs) to optimise system-wide outcomes for everyone.

    The company works with players across the energy sector, with clients and partners that include not only utilities, but also equipment manufacturers, solar installers and energy end-users themselves, according to the company website. (Source: SwitchDin, Website, One Stop Off the Grid, June, 2020) Contact: SwitcheDin, Andrew Mears, CEO, +61 2 4786 0426, www.switchdin.com; Hanwha Q Cells, Charles Kim, CEO, www.hanwha-qcells.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Q Cell,  


    EDF, China Energy Invest Announce Chinese Offshore Wind JV (Int'l.)
    EDF Renewables,China Energy Investment Corporation
    Date: 2020-06-03
    In Paris, French state-controlled EDF is reporting its EDF Renewables and EDF China subsidiaries will hold a 37.5 pct stake in a JV partnership with Beijing-based China Energy Investment Corporation Ltd. (CEI) to develop offshore wind farms in China. CEI’s Shenhua Renewable and Shenhua Clean Energy Holdings units will hold the majority shares. (Source: EDF, Reuters, Trade Media, June, 2020) Contact: China Energy Investment Corporation, www.ceic.com; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Offshore Wind,  ,  China Offshore Wind,  


    Norfolk, Neb. Approves C-PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
    C-PACE,PACE
    Date: 2020-06-03
    In the Cornhusker State, the city of Norfolk (pop. 25,000 +-) Council is reporting approval of the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan program to assist commercial developers with energy efficiency and renewable energy project funding.

    PACE loans are long term, fixed rate, non-recourse loans secured by assessments on the property with priority equal to property tax. PACE provides commercial real estate financing for HVAC systems, lighting, energy efficiency, energy conservation measures, water conservation such as low flow toilets and low flow fixtures, as well as renewable energy systems. (Source: City of Norfolk, WJAG, 2 June, 2020) Contact: City of Norfolk, (402) 844-2000, www.norfolkne.gov

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


    Bakersfield Renewable Fuels Finds Investors (Ind. Report)
    Bakersfield Renewable Fuels
    Date: 2020-06-03
    Orion Energy Partners L.P., GCM Grosvenor and Voya Investment Management have entered a capital partnership with Bakersfield Renewable Fuels (BKRF), a special purpose vehicle wholly owned by Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc. (GCE). BKRF was created to purchase an existing refinery in Bakersfield, Calif.

    BKRF will retool a portion of the refinery into a renewable diesel (RD) bio-refinery. The project will use GCE's camelina oil as well as traditional biofuel feedstocks such as waste fats, oils and greases to produce RD, liquid propane, naphtha and others. (Source: GCE, NatGas, Various Media, June, 2020) Contact: Global Clean Energy Holdings, Richard Palmer, CEO , www.gceholdings.com; Orion Energy Partners, 212.292.0345, Info@OrionEnergyPartners.com, www.orionenergypartners.com; GMC Grosvenor, www.gcmgrosvenor.com; VOYA, www. investments.voya.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bakersfield Renewable Fuel,  Orion Energy,  Renewable Diesel ,  Camelina,  


    UIPA, RMP Ink Renewables Cooperation Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power,Utah Inland Port Authority
    Date: 2020-05-29
    In the Beehive State, the Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) and Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) report the inking of a Joint Clean Energy Cooperation Statement to create a sustainable energy supply within the UIPA jurisdictional area. The agreement allows the sharing of data and resources to identify solutions to meet future needs with net 100 pct renewable energy, planning for electrification of freight, cargo and logistics equipment, and energy efficiency programs.

    Work will begin by developing a 10-year power use forecast for the current UIPA jurisdictional land that identifies how much power is needed, followed by a renewable energy generation and storage forecast to serve as a roadmap for future action that includes resource type (wind, solar, battery, renewable energy credits, etc.), resource size (in megawatts), and capital. Additional agreements and approvals on specific projects are anticipated as this work goes forward.(Source: Utah Inland Port Authority , KUTV, 17 May, 2020) Contact: Utah Inland Port Authority, Jack Hedge, Executive Director, www.utahinlandport.org; Rocky Mountain Power, Gary Hoogeveen, Pres., CEO, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Energy Eficiency,  Renewable Energy,  


    Capital Dynamics Acquires 23MW Irish Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
    Capital Dynamics
    Date: 2020-05-27
    Global asset manager Capital Dynamics' European Clean Energy Infrastructure business is reporting acquisition of the 23.1-MW subsidy-free Castlegore Wind Farm project in Northern Ireland from ABO Wind NI for an undisclosed sum.

    The project is expected to commence construction later this year and will be supported by a long-term power purchase agreement once operational.

    With this acquisition, Capital Dynamics manages 7.3GW of gross power generation across more than 100 projects in the US and Europe. (Source: Capital Dynamics, PR, IP&E, 26 May, 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics European Clean Energy Infrastructure, Simon Eaves, Dir., +44 20 7297 0200 -- London Office, www.capdyn.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    NJ Lifts Ban on At-Home Energy-Efficiency Assessments (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2020-05-22
    In Trenton, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) is reporting the lifting of a recently imposed, COVID-19 inspired ban on utilities and energy firms entering homes for energy audit and energy efficiency upgrades.

    After the agency sought to limit access to homes, the state's utilities essentially told contractors to end energy-efficiency work to comply with the directive, virtually shutting down programs to curtail energy use. As a result of the shutdown, New Jersey lost an estimated 11,000 or more energy efficiency sector , according to Environmental Entrepreneurs, and others.

    The Murphy administration has touted energy efficiency as a key component of its plans to shift the Garden State to 100 pct clean energy by 2050, but it is lagging behind mandates to require utilities to achieve significant cuts in energy use. (Source: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, NJ Spotlight, 21 May, 2020) Contact: NJBPU, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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


    Con Edison Affirms Energy Efficiency Commitment (Ind. Report)
    Con Edison
    Date: 2020-05-22
    In New York, Consolidated Edison, Inc CEO John McAvoy reports the company -- one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy-delivery companies -- will triple its energy efficiency programs with an investment of more than $1.5 billion by 2025.

    The program aims to help ConEd customers reduce their reliance on natural gas with incentives for ground and air-source heat pumps and continue its support of electric vehicle adoption, McAvoy said during the company's first virtual-only annual meeting. McAvoy also affirmed Con Edison's Clean Energy Commitment to aggressively pursue reductions in overall energy use. (Source: Consolidated Edison, Inc. 18 May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consolidated Edison news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    UIPA, RMP Announce Energy Efficiency Agreement (ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2020-05-20
    The Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) and Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) are reporting a Joint Clean Energy Cooperation agreement to create a sustainable energy supply within the UIPA jurisdictional area.

    The two organizations will share data and resources to identify solutions to meet future needs with net 100 pct renewable energy, electrification of freight, cargo and logistics equipment, and energy efficiency programs. Additional agreements and approvals on specific projects are also anticipated. (Source: Utah Inland Port Authority , KUTV, 17 May, 2020) Contact: Utah Inland Port Authority, Jack Hedge, Executive Director, www.utahinlandport.org; Rocky Mountain Power, Gary Hoogeveen, Pres., CEO, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


    NYC Green Roof Mandate and Grant Program (Ind. Report Attached)
    New York City Green Roof
    Date: 2020-05-20
    In 2019 New York City passed the Climate Mobilization Act by New York City Council, a suite of legislation to combat the existential threat of climate change, targeting the development of clean energy infrastructure, greenhouse gas reduction, and improvements to ecosystem services through the implementation of green roofs city-wide .

    New York City Green Roof Mandate and Grant Program details are HERE. (Source: living Architecture, May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City Green Roof ,  


    Scout Clean Energy 600-MW Horse Heaven Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Scout Clean Energy
    Date: 2020-05-19
    Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy reports it will apply for a conditional use permit from Benton County, Washington for its 600-MW Horse Heaven Wind Farm project south of Kennewick later this year.

    The project is expected to incorporate as many as 212 GE wind turbines at a total cost of $850 million and generate sufficient energy for approximately 140,000 homes when fully operational in 2022.

    Horse Heaven Wind Farm is subject to regulatory review under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, Facebook, Tri Cities Journal of Business, May, 2020)Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

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


    DOI Approves $1Bn Gemini Solar Project in Nevada (Ind. Report)
    Arevia Power,U.S. Department of the Interior
    Date: 2020-05-15
    The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) reports its approval of Redwood City, California-based Arevia Power's planned 690-MW Gemini Solar Project in Nevada.

    The approximate $1 billion project, which includes 380 MW of battery storage, will serve NV Energy, part of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, as the utility works to meet the Silver State's 50 pct by 2030 and 100 pct clean energy by 2050 mandate. The project's power would feed Las Vegas and potentially additional areas in Southern California. (Source: US DOI, GTM. 11 May, 2020) Contact: U.S. Department of the Interior, www.doi.gov; NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Corporate Communications,, 775-834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com; Arevia Power, Ricardo Graf, CDO, 917-653-8116, ricardo@areviapower.com, www.areviapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arevia Power,  Solar,  U.S. Department of the Interior ,  


    GCEH Converting Calif. Refinery to Biodiesel Production (M&A)
    Global Clean Energy Holdings
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Golden State, Torrance-based Global Clean Energy Holdings (GCEH) Inc. is reporting the $40 million purchase of the idled Alon USA Energy Inc. Big West gasoline and diesel refinery in Kern County.

    GCEH plans to convert the 70,000 bpd facility to produce biodiesel from used cooking oil, soybean oil and camelina. The refinery has not run for 12 consecutive months since 2012. (Source: GCEH, PR, The Bakersfield Californian, 8 May, 2020) Contact: GCEH, Richard Palmer, CEO, www.gceholdings.com; Alon USA Energy www.delekus.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Clean Energy Holdings,  DELEK,  Delek,  Biodiesell,  


    Dominion Quadruples Clean Energy Generation Targets (Ind Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy is reporting it will quadruple its renewable energy generation targets as part of a newly-announced 15-year plan. The plan also calls for the addition of roughly 24,000MW of renewable energy and storage capacityand the installation of 5,000MW of offshore wind energy as well as 16,000MW of solar capacity and 2,700MW of solar energy storage by 2035/ (Source: Dominion Energy, Future Net Zero, May, 2020) Contact: Future Net Zero, www.futurenetzero.com: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    COVID-19 Costing New England Energy Efficiency Jobs (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-05-08
    According to Clean Energy New Hampshire, people who work on making buildings more energy efficient are among the hardest hit in terms of layoffs and lost jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis. Regionally, New England lost nearly 15,000 energy jobs overall that month, mostly in Massachusetts.

    Download the 2019 Clean Energy In New Hampshire report HERE (Source: Clean Energy New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Radio, 6 May, 2020) Contact: Clean Energy New Hampshire, 603-226-4732, www.cleanenergynh.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Clean Energy Trust Invests in Energy Storage Startups (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Trust,Renewance,
    Date: 2020-05-08
    The Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust is reporting recent investments in two early-stage cleantech startups -- Renewance Inc., a software platform and services (software-as-a-service, SaaS) for battery lifecycle management and silicon photonics technology specialist Iris Light Technologies, Inc.

    Renewance provides lifecycle management solutions to the battery energy storage and electric vehicle industries. Services include enabling clients with defect or end-of life batteries to compare, select and contract with battery recyclers on the Renewance Connect platform; turnkey recycling solutions; and several other software solutions and services to ease management of battery energy storage assets throughout the full life cycle.

    The investment in Renewance was made from the Illinois Clean Energy Innovation Fund. As part of the support Clean Energy Trust offers their portfolio, they will also provide both companies with access to resources and programs that have helped current portfolio companies raise more than $140 million of follow-on funding.

    Since 2014, Clean Energy Trust has invested in 33 companies in states located across the Mid-Continental region of the United States. (Source: Clean Energy Trust, PR, Website, May, 2020) Contact: Clean Energy Trust, 312.487.4000, info@cleanenergytrust.org, www.cleanenergytrust.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Trust,  


    UMass Prof. Funded for Wind Blade Damage R&D (Funding, R&D)
    UMass Lowell
    Date: 2020-05-06
    In the Bay State, University of Massachusetts Lowell Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Murat Inalpolat is reporting receipt of $1.4 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE to develop technology to detect wind blade cracking and splitting damage using sound.

    For the project, Inalpolat will mount wireless microphones inside blades, wireless speakers inside the turbine's cavity and another microphone near the turbine to monitor sound and identify damage from changes in audio frequencies, according to a UMass Lowell news release.

    "There is no other technology in today's market that can monitor the condition and safety of turbine blades while they are operating. Our proposed system is low-cost, reliable, robust and it can be installed on both new and existing wind turbines," Inalpolat said in the news release. The turbines are being tested at the state Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, according to the release.

    Inalpolat's project is also supported by the National Science Foundation, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and UMass Lowell's WindSTAR research center. (Source: UMass Lowel, The Sun, 3 May, 2020) Contact: UMass Lowell, Murat Inalpolat, Assist. Prof. Mechanical Engineering, Murat_Inalpolat@uml.edu, www.uml.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Turbine Blade,  UMass Lowell,  


    €30,000 Energy Efficiency Award 2020 Seeks Submissions (Int'l)
    Deutsche Energie-Agentur
    Date: 2020-05-04
    In Berlin, the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (German Energy Agency) reports the launch of its Energy Efficiency Award 2020 and is seeking submissions from private and public organizations that will help companies cut energy consumption and emissions that have an impact on the climate.

    The €30,000 Energy Efficiency Award 2020 is focused on cutting industrial energy consumption, increasing energy efficiency, reducing emissions and generally stimulating the transition to clean energy. The award is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

    Companies of any size and from any industry in Germany or abroad can submit one or more competition entries in the following categories:

  • Complex energy efficiency projects -- For a long time, companies have been implementing multi-layered energy efficiency projects where a large number of measures have to be coordinated with one another. Here systematic thinking and integrated solutions are being sought.

  • From clever to digital / the broad spectrum of energy efficiency -- In this category, low-investment measures are being sought just as much as mature technologies, or digitally supported optimization using software solutions or artificial intelligence, e.g. as part of an energy management system.

  • Achieving more together -- Energy Services as enabler of the energy transition The involvement of service providers is particularly useful where ambitious ideas hit up against limited finances, resources or lack of expertise. Such involvement can range from conception, planning and implementation of a system to finance, system control and maintenance.

  • Concepts for carbon neutral companies -- Innovative ideas and new approaches for a green economy. The energy transition needs innovative ideas. Companies that pursue new approaches to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, or conceive the energy transition in cross-sectoral or holistic terms.

    Download Energy Efficiency Award 2020 details at www.EnergyEfficiencyAward.de. (Source: Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH, May, 2020) Contact: Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH, Tom Raulien , +49 (0)30 66 777-652, +49 (0)30 66 777-699 - fax, raulien@dena.de; www.dena.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • US-MAP Boosts Solar Perovskite Commercialization (Ind Report)
    NREL
    Date: 2020-05-04
    NREL reports it has joined with the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds at the University of Washington, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Toledo to form the US Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites Consortium (US-MAPPS).

    While perovskite cells have shown promise in the lab, more work remains to be done to ensure that the technology is ready for commercial success, according to NREL. Manufacturing, durability, and sustainability remain challenges and will be the consortium's research focus. Members of US-MAP will share R&D, validation, and pilot manufacturing, which will reduce development costs and technology risks for potential investors.

    US-MAP has six major US-based industry players as founding members: BlueDot Photonics, Energy Materials Corporation, First Solar, Hunt Perovskites Technologies, Swift Solar, and Tandem PV. (Source: NREL, Renewable Energy Mag., 1 May, 2020) Contact: NREL, Center for Materials Science, Joseph J. Berry, 303-384-7611, Joe.Berry@nrel.gov, | HERE; US-MAP, HERE

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    Sunrun Prevents 5Mn Metric Tons of CO2 Pollution (Ind. Report)
    Sunrun
    Date: 2020-04-27
    San Francisco-based home solar, battery storage, and energy services specialist Sunrun Inc. reports that through the generation of nearly 2,000 MW of solar energy its customers have saved hundreds of millions of dollars on their electricity bills and prevented more than 5 million metric tons of carbon pollution since the company's 2008 founding, according to the company's just released third annual Impact Report.

    According to the report: Sunrun systems have further prevented the emission nearly 5 million tons of nitrogen oxide pollution since 2008; produced 7.4 billion kilowatt-hours of clean energy since 2007 -- equivalent to taking 1.3 coal-fired power plants offline for a year.

    Download the Sunrum Impact Report HERE. (Source: Sunrun, PR, April, 2020) Contact: Sunrun, Lynn Jurich, CEO, Patrick Jobin , ISVP, IR, (415) 373-5206, investors@sunrun.com www.sunrun.com

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    N.J. Plans Wind Innovation, New Development Institute (Ind Report)
    New Jersey Wind Council
    Date: 2020-04-27
    In the Garden State, the New Jersey Wind Council established by Governor Phil Murphy reports plans to create a Wind Innovation and New Development Institute (WIND) to serve as a center for education, research, innovation, and workforce training related to the development of offshore wind in New Jersey and the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. To that end the WIND institute will:

  • Establish a wind turbine technician occupation in New Jersey -- Wind turbine technicians are critical for industry growth and are in demand across the country. For each project, an individual original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requires dozens of wind turbine technicians to support installation and provide efficient turbine maintenance throughout the lifetime of the wind farm. New Jersey will need to train qualified wind turbine technicians to achieve Murphy's goal of producing 7,500 MW by 2035.

  • Expand the pipeline of trade workers with the skills and qualifications required for offshore wind;

  • Introduce a Global Wind Organization (GWO) Safety Certification program -- Working in the offshore wind industry requires workers on turbines, including wind turbine technicians, to complete the GWO's safety training. New Jersey currently does not provide GWO training.

    As previously reported, Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind is contributing $200,000 to clean energy research and educational outreach activities at New Jersey's Montclair State University's Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center (CESAC). The company will also aid in the advancement of energy research initiatives, the development of educational events and stakeholder engagement activities.

    The Wind Council report is HERE. (Source: New Jersey Wind Council, Maritime Exec., 25 April, 2020) Contact: New Jersey Wind Council, www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200422a.shtml

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey BPU,  New Jersey Wind Council,  Wind,  


  • ACORE, WSA Partnering to Advance Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Wind Solar Alliance,ACORE
    Date: 2020-04-24
    The Wind Solar Alliance (WSA) reports its key educational efforts and programmes for the wholesale power and transmission market will be conducted by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). The key programs, including WSA's grid campaign and jobs tour, will be integrated into ACORE's existing strategy this spring in effort to accelerate the transition to renewable energy.

    According to the WSA, "accelerating the deployment of low-cost wind and solar energy has never been more critical and joining forces with ACORE will allow the WSA to expand its shared goals of outreach and education on the benefits of renewable energy and the policy changes needed to grow the clean energy sector at the pace that American businesses and consumers are demanding." (Source: ACOR, Wind Solar Alliance, Website, April, 2020) Contact: Wind Solar Alliance, Kevin O'Rourke, Exec. Dir., 202-383-2513, info@windsolaralliance.org, www.windsolaralliance.org; American Council on Renewable Energy , Greg Wetstone, www.acore.org

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    First Solar Inks Rabbitbrush Solar LLC PPAs (Ind. Report)
    First Solar,
    Date: 2020-04-24
    Tempe, Arizona-headquartered thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc. reports inking two 15-year PPAs with Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) for power from its 100-MW Rabbitbrush Solar LLC project in Kern County, California. The facility, which will include 20MW of battery storage capacity is expected to come online in Q2, 2022.

    The project will incorporate First Solar's proprietary thin film module technology, designed and developed at the Company's research and development (R&D) centers in Santa Clara, California, and Perrysburg, Ohio. When fully operational, the facility is expected to generate sufficient power for as many as 45,000 average homes, while displacing 62,000 metric tpy of CO2. (Source: First Solar, PR, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Silicon Valley Clean Energy, www.SVCleanEnergy.org; Monterey Bay Community Power, www.mbcp.org; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  


    African Renewable Energy Collaboration Announced (Int'l. Report)
    African Union Commission
    Date: 2020-04-22
    The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA )report they work closely to advance renewable energy across Africa to bolster the continent's response to the Covid-19 crisis.

    The AU and IRENA collaboration complements ongoing AU programmes, which include: the Africa Bioenergy Policy Framework and Guidelines; Renewable Energy in African Island States; Development of Small Hydropower in Africa; Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility; and the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) as well as the Strategy for integrated approach for provision of basic infrastructure in rural and remote areas of Africa. This is in addition to other African initiatives such as Desert to Power, Coalition for Sustainable Energy Access, and the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) -- an Africa owned and led drive to scale up renewable energy -- consolidating efforts from the international community to address the needs of African countries.

    The AU and IRENA will also collaborate in the context of IRENA's Clean Energy Corridors initiatives in East, West and Southern Africa focused on advancing the deployment of renewables through the creation of larger and more robust power markets encouraging cross-border trade of renewable power.

    These commitments build on existing cooperation between the AU and IRENA to strengthen the enabling environment for low-carbon, climate-resilient renewable energy investment as the continent seeks to raise its renewable energy ambition. (Source: African Union Commission, IRENA, Modern Diplomacy, 20 April, 2020) Contact: African Union Commission, www.au.int/en/commission; IRENA, www.irena.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Renewable Energy Agency,  Renewable Energy,  Africa Renewable Energy,  


    Garden State Earmarks RGGI Funds Expenditures (Ind. Report)
    Office of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy
    Date: 2020-04-22
    In Trenton, the administration of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has earmarked roughly 75 pct of the estimated $80 million it will receive each year as its share of RGGI auction proceeds.

    Sixty percent of the RGGI proceeds will go to the New Jersey Economic Development Agency for clean electric transportation initiatives. The state Board of Public Utilities will each receive 20 pct and the state Department of Environmental Protection will receive 20 pct.

    The EDA will establish a Green Bank to leverage funds and stimulate opportunities in the clean energy -- and the funding to capitalize the initiative -- brings New Jersey in line with other leading clean energy states and provides a critical public-private partnership to spur investment in clean energy technologies during a moment of severe economic contraction.

    The NJ DEP will use its allocation to assist coastal communities in protection and enhancement of ecosystems such as salt marshes, tidal wetlands and seagrass beds, which are critical habitat for their ability to store and sequester carbon. The agency also will focus on projects to restore and improve the health of forests, which also store carbon. (Source: Office of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, NJ Spotlight, April, 2020) Contact: Office of NJ Gov. Phil Murphy, twitter.com/GovMurphy; RGGI, www.rggi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy,  RGGI,  Climate Change,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions ,  


    NASA Touts RETScreen Expert for Energy Savings (ind. Report)
    NASA
    Date: 2020-04-22
    In Washington, NASA is touting its Prediction of the Worldwide Energy Resources (POWER) project based at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and supported by NASA's Earth Science Division, as a resource tool for siting renewable energy technology and improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

    The program incorporates NASA satellite data into an desktop software program called RETScreen Expert. RETScreen , a clean energy management software program developed by the Canadian government in collaboration with several international partners, including NASA.

    Most of the environmental parameters -- like temperature, humidity, and winds -- included in the RETScreen project is developed by NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO). Based at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., its computer model and data assimilation techniques enhance NASA Earth observations from more than 20 NASA satellites and missions.

    However, the key data parameter, solar irradiance, provides a long-term record of daily averaged solar variability up to within about a week of real time. This solar variability replicates ground-based measurements very well and can be used to do things like monitor solar photovoltaic panel performance and place solar panels for optimal exposure to sunlight. Wind resources are also incorporated into the POWER models and have important uses for energy efficiency analysis, such as helping to better calculate heat losses from buildings. (Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, April, 2020) Contact: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Paul Stackhouse, project manager, (301) 286-2000, www.nasa.gov › goddard

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    $30Mn Assisted Living Project Partially PACE Funded (Ind. Report)
    Petros PACE Finance Trust
    Date: 2020-04-20
    In Indiana, Indianapolis-based Leo Brown Group, owner of the $30 million Traditions of Lebanon assisted living complex to be developed in Lebanon, is expected to use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to cover $17 million of the project cost in semi-annual assessments of $230,000-$289,000 added to property taxes over 30 years.

    The $17 million, through Petros PACE Finance Trust, includes over $7.7 million in HVAC, energy efficient lighting and improvements and just under $7.9 million in interest.

    Traditions of Lebanon was originally expected to include a 142-unit assisted living complex, including 30 units for memory care and 13 homes for independent living but has been reduced in size. Documents obtained last week indicate the scope of the project changed. The 170,000-square-foot senior living community will now include 48 independent living homes, 64 assisted living units and 30 memory care units. Energy savings from the Brown project are anticipated from HVAC improvements, LED lighting, energy-efficient windows and doors and the “building envelope”. (Source: Dayton Daily News, 18 April, 2020) Contact: Petros PACE Finance Trust LLC, www.petros-pace.com

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


    Greenworks Raises $150Mn for C-PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
    Greenworks
    Date: 2020-04-20
    Greenworks Lending, one of the largest providers of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing in the US, reports raising $150 million in committed capital from Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA. The new funds will increase Greenworks available funding for C-PACE assets across the country.

    According to Greenworks, to date this year it has closed projects across 9 states; including a $ 1.2 million office building project in CA, a $5.1 million hotel project in MO, a $670,000 medical office project in OH, and a $6.7 million office building project and a $856,000 solar project at an auto dealership, both in CT. It also recently closed the first C-PACE project in Delaware and a $722,000 energy efficiency upgrade in Minnesota. The C-PACE program allows building owners to finance qualifying energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements via a voluntary assessment on their property tax bill. (Source: Greenworks, April 2020) Contact: Greenworks Lending, Alexandra Cooley, Co-Founder , COO, Adam Moskowitz, (203) 837-7816, amoskowitz@greenworkslending.com, www.greenworkslending.com; C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, ckellogg@c-pacealliance.com, www.cpacealliance.com

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


    Wood Asset Solutions Wins $100Mn in US Wind EPC Contracts (Int'l)
    Wood Asset Solutions
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In the UK, Aberdeen-headquartered global engineering firm Wood Asset Solutions Plc is reporting approximately $100 million worth of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts from the US onshore wind market. The combined projects will see up to 100 turbines installed.

    American Electric Power (AEP) Renewables' wind farm development in south-central Kansas, and Black Hills Energy Corriedale Wind Energy Project in Cheyenne, Wyoming are among the contracted projects. Wood will also work on four new wind farms in Morrow and Umatilla Counties in Oregon for Orchard Windfarms.

    Wood provides performance-driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets, including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear, and general industrial. (Source: Wood, Energy Voice, 14 April, 2020) Contact: Wood Asset Solutions Plc, www.woodplc.com; Wood Asset Solutions Americas, Stephanie Cox, CEO, www.woodplc.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/57215/ASA-Deep-dive-04_12_18.pdf

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    Gladstone Completes Akron $1Mn PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
    PACE,Gladstone Commercial
    Date: 2020-04-10
    McLean, Virginia-based real estate holding company Gladstone Commercial Corporation is reporting closing on $1.0 million PACE (property assessed clean energy) financing for an 84,000 SF single-story multi-tenant office building in Akron, Ohio.

    The 3.5 pct financing covers 100 pct of the costs of: HVAC upgrades and replacements; conversions from electric to natural gas; updating fume hood controls; fume hood controls; energy efficient interior lighting and energy management system. (Source: Gladstone Commercial, PR, 8 April, 2020) Contact: Gladstone Commercial, Bob Cutlip, Pres, (703) 287-5893, Bob.Cutlip@gladstonecompanies.com, www.gladstonecommercial.com; C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, ckellogg@c-pacealliance.com, www.cpacealliance.com

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


    NJ BPU Restructures Solar Project Funding (Ind Report, Funding)
    NJ BPU
    Date: 2020-04-08
    In the Garden State, the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reports it has moved to close the way it funds New Jersey's solar program. The closing of the existing system was mandated under the 2018 Clean Energy Act, which required the BPU to eliminate the program by this June, or whenever the goal was met for 5.1 pct of the electricity in New Jersey to come from solar.

    The current program was established in 2004 to replace a system giving rebates to fund solar growth. Since then, more than 118,000 residential solar systems were installed statewide, not including many larger commercial and utility-scale projects. (Source: NJ BPU, NJ Spotlight, 7 April, 2020)Contact: NJBPU, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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    Breckenridge, Pivot Energy Ink Community Solar Deal (Ind. Report)
    Pivot Energy
    Date: 2020-04-06
    In Colorado, the Town of Breckenridge is reporting a 20-year agreement to subscribe to 3.6 MW of community solar capacity with Colorado's largest community solar developer, Pivot Energy.

    The 3.6 MW provides the remaining amount of clean energy Breckenridge needs to achieve its goal of 100 pct renewable electricity for municipal facilities by 2025. The agreement is expected to save the ski resort community of 5,000 +- residents more than $700,000 in energy costs over the 20-year agreement without upfront capital costs. (Source: Town of Breckenridge, Pivot Energy, April, 2020) Contact: Town of Breckenridge, 970-453-2251, www.townofbreckenridge.com; Pivot Energy, Rick Hunter, CEO, 888-734-3033, www.pivotenergy.net

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    Dublin PACE Financed Efficiency Upgrades Completed (Ind Report)
    PACE
    Date: 2020-04-03
    McLean, Virginia-based Gladstone Commercial Corporation is reporting completion of a second improvement financing via the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program for a 78,000 square foot office property in Dublin, Ohio.

    The combined financing covered 100 pct of the costs to replace or upgrade the 5-story building's: cooling tower, boiler and HVAC equipment, elevator modernization, energy efficient interior and exterior lighting, a robust energy management system, and other improvements that together are reduce the property's utility costs 39 pct and eliminate more than 400 metric tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Gladstone Commercial Corporation, PR, April, 2020) Contact: Gladstone Commercial Corporation, Bob Cutlip , Pres., (703) 287-5878, Bob.Cutlip@gladstonecompanies.com, www.gladstonecommercial.com, www.gladstonecompanies.com

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    MinnKota Power Touting Project Tundra CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    Minnkota Power
    Date: 2020-03-30
    Further to our 14th Jan., 2019 coverage, Grand Forks, Minnesota-based Minnkota Power Cooperative reports its planned Project Tundra CCS project is expected to capture 90 pct of carbon emissions from a single unit of the 455-MW lignite coal-fired 1970s-era Milton R. Young Station power plant in the city of Center. The project calls for carbon to be pumped into an underground geologic storage area on land underneath the lignite mine that supplies coal to the plant.

    The planned project has received $30 million in federal and $15 million funding from the North Dakota Lignite Research Fund. The University of North Dakota is collaborating with Minnkota on developing the system with ALLETE Clean Energy and ALLETE subsidiary BNI Energy assisting with the development. (Source: Minnkota Power,Ap., 2020) Contact: Minnkota Power, Stacey Dahl, External Affairs, 701-795-4000, www.minnkota.com; Project Tundra, www.projecttundrand.com

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    KeHE Switching to Clean Energy Fuels Redeem™ RNG (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels
    Date: 2020-03-27
    Naperville, Illinois-based employee-owned KeHE Distributors, a leading natural & organic, fresh and specialty food distributor, reports it will begin fueling its vehicles in California with Clean Energy Fuels Corp.'s Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG) this year.

    Redeem™ RNG has been proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 70 pct versus diesel. Clean Energy's Zero Now initiative details are HERE. (Source: KeHE, PR, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: KeHE, Ari Goldsmith, VP Marketing, ari.goldsmith@kehe.com, www.kehe.com; Clean Energy Fuels, Chad Lindholm, VP, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

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    Renewable Fuels Coalition Comments on Admin's Not Seeking SRE Ruling Re-hearing (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Americans for Clean Energy
    Date: 2020-03-27
    Further to our 20th Jan. coverage, a coalition of the Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, American Coalition for Ethanol and National Farmers Union released the following statement:

    "We are pleased the Trump administration has decided not to side with oil refiners in seeking a re-hearing of this unambiguous and well-reasoned court decision in the Tenth Circuit. We trust this also means the administration does not plan to petition the Supreme Court for an appeal. Abiding by the court's ruling is the right thing to do at a time when our industries and rural America are already suffering from the effects of COVID-19, the Saudi-Russia oil price war and ongoing trade disputes.

    "We look to the RFS as a source of demand stability and certainty, especially in these troubling times. Requesting a re-hearing would have only prolonged uncertainty in the marketplace and exacerbated the pain and frustration already being experienced in the Heartland.

    "With this key milestone now behind us, we look forward to EPA applying the Tenth Circuit decision nationwide to all SRE (small refiner exemption) petitions, beginning with the 25 pending petitions for 2019 exemptions."

    The coalition also noted that fully restoring the integrity of the RFS means immediate action to restore 500 million gallons of inappropriately waived 2016 blending requirements, as ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. District in 2017. (Source: Various Media, The Fence Post, 25 Mar., 2020) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, (605) 334-3381 ext. 3389, www.ethanol.org; National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600, www.nfu.org; NCGA, (636) 733-9004, (636) 733-9005 -fax, corninfo@ncga.com, www.ncga.com

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    New Jersey Claims Record Solar Energy Installations (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey
    Date: 2020-03-25
    The New Jersey Clean Energy Program is reporting 447 MW of solar capacity was installed in 2019 and now generates 5 pct -- 3,190 MW -- of the Garden State's electric power needs. The state's previous record for solar installed capacity within a calendar year was in 2011, when 446.8 MW came online.

    New Jersey's new Energy Master Plan calls for 17,000 MW of solar capacity by 2035 and that solar provide 34 pct of the state's energy mix within 30 years. The Clean Energy Program is a statewide program that offers financial incentives, programs and services for New Jersey residents, business owners and local governments to help them save energy, money and the environment. (Source: NJ Clean Energy Program, NJ Spotlight, 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: NJ Clean Energy Program, 866-657-6278, www.njcleanenergy.com

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    Greencoat Snares French Wind Portfolio for €30Mn (M&A, Int'l)
    Greencoat Renewables, John Laing
    Date: 2020-03-25
    Dublin-based Irish renewable infrastructure fund Greencoat Renewables Plc is reporting the €30.3 million ($32.7 million) acquisition of a portfolio of three wind farms from UK infrastructure giant John Laing Group Plc.

    The assets, which come with 16-year long term fixed rate project finance and have an overall net enterprise value of €95 million, include the 20.0MW Passilly wind farm in the Burgundy region, the 21.6MW Sommette wind farm in the Picardy region and the 10.3MW St Martin wind farm in Saint-Martin-l'Ars. With this acquisition Greencoat's total installed capacity increases to 528.1 MW.

    As previously reported Mar.6th John Laing is quitting the standalone solar and wind markets, citing "industry-wide issues" and renewable energy write-downs and falling power prices.

    The company, which claims to have invested approximately £850 million ($1.088 billion) in clean energy projects throughout the 2010s, intends to divest its solar and wind portfolio over the next two years. The company will, however, consider global opportunities that include "technologies that enable high penetration of renewables", transportation electrification and other decarbonisation and energy efficiency ventures. (Source: Greencoat Renewables, PR, IP&E, 23 Mar., 2020)Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, +353 (1) 70 26737 - Dublin, +44 20 7832 9400 - London, www.greencoat-capital.com; John Laing Group plc, +44 (0) 20 7901 3200, enquiries@laing.com, www.laing.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencoat Renewables ,  Wind,  John Laing,  


    Concrete Solutions to Lower GHG Emission, Air Pollution (Ind Report)
    UC Davis
    Date: 2020-03-25
    According to a study from the University of California-Davis, concrete production contributes 8 pct of global greenhouse gases and caused $335 billion per year in damages while strategies to reduce the concrete sector's global GHG emissions could, under some scenarios, increase local air pollution and related health damages.

    While CCS technologies could reduce GHG emissions from concrete production by as much as 28 pct , the study found it could actually increase human health impacts from air pollutants unless the technology itself is powered by clean energy.

    Cement production is responsible for about 32 pct of the total climate damages and 18 pct of health damages of making concrete. That is followed by aggregate production, which is responsible for 34 pct of health damages and 4 pct in climate damages.

    To reduce these impacts, the study suggests the following readily implementable methods to reduce climate damages: cleaner combusting kiln fuel; increase use of limestone filler or other low-impact mineral additions to partially replace cement; clean renewable energy; amine scrubbing and calcium looping which could reduce climate damage costs over 50 pct and 65 pct respectively. They are not yet readily implementable but may become so in the future.

    While the effectiveness of strategies varies by region, the study says that overall, a mixture of the strategies could reduce climate and health damages by 85 pct and 19 pct respectively. (Source: UC Davis, Nature Climate Change, Daily Democrat, UC Davis, Mar., 2020) Contact: UC Davis, Assist. Prof.,Frances Moore, UCD Department of Environmental Science and Policy, fmoore@ucdavis.edu, www.ucdavis.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Concrete,  Cement,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  UC Davis,  


    PNNL Sustainable Energy Sciences Bldg. Underway (Ind. Report)
    PNNL
    Date: 2020-03-23
    Following up on our 24 Jan., 2019-report, in Washington State, the US DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) reports construction is underway on it $90 million, 140,000-square-foot sustainable energy sciences research facility in Richland.

    The new facility is designed to facilitate PNNL collaboration with Washington State's Clean Energy Fund, Battelle and others on sustainable energy solutions as well as showcase scientific energy discoveries and progress. (Source: PNNL, Tri-City Herald, 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: PNNL, Steven Ashby, Dir, www.pnnl.gov

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    IEA Urges Climate Change Focus Amid COVID-19 Crisis (Ind. Report)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2020-03-23
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) Exec. Dir. Dr. Fatih Birol, is urging stakeholders to not lose sight of climate change challenges presented by the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). "We should not allow today's crisis to compromise our efforts to tackle the world's inescapable (climate change) challenge.

    To that end, Birol is urging large-scale investment to boost the development and deployment of clean energy technologies and carbon capture should be "a central part of governments' plans because it will bring the twin benefits of stimulating economies and accelerating clean energy transitions."

    According to IEA, "governments can use the current COVID-19 situation to step up their climate ambitions and launch sustainable stimulus packages focused on clean energy technologies. The coronavirus crisis is already doing significant damage around the world. Rather than compounding the tragedy by allowing it to hinder clean energy transitions, we need to seize the opportunity to help accelerate them." (Source: IEA, Mar., 2020) Contact: IEA, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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