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Westbridge Energy Acquires 221 MWp Texas Solar Project (M&A, Ind. Report)
Westbridge Energy
Date: 2021-10-08
Vancouver, BC-based Westbridge Energy Corporation reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Westbridge Energy (U.S.) Corp, has acquired a 221 MWp solar development project known as Accalia Point Solar located in Cameron County, Texas, U.S. from Aelius Solar Corp.

The Project has secured site control in the form of long-term solar leases covering approximately 1120 acres of primarily cultivated farmland, has kicked off interconnection studies and has completed preliminary environmental analyses. Westbridge anticipates completing the development of Accalia Point Solar and expects to have obtained all necessary permits and be ready to execute an interconnection agreement in Q1 2023.

According to the company website," Westbridge Energy Corp is a renewable energy company focused on originating and profitably exiting utility-scale Solar PV projects that use energy storage and enabling technologies (Intelligent ESG). Our proven approach provides early-stage, risk-adjusted access to high-return clean energy projects in a manner previously inaccessible to small cap investors." (Source: Westbridge Energy Corp., Website Release, 28 Sept., 2021) Contact: Westbridge Energy, Corp., Stefano Romanin, CEO , 604-687-7767, sromanin@westbridge.energy, www.westbridge.energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Westbridge Energy news,  Solar news,  


ILI Offloads 50 MW Scottish Battery Energy Storage Project (M&A)
ILI Group, Eelpower
Date: 2021-10-08
Scottish clean energy developer ILI Group Plc is reporting the sale of the 50MW Fordtown battery energy storage project in Kintore, Aberdeenshire to energy storage asset investor and operator Eelpower for an undisclosed sum.

ILI Group has developed and funded 200MW of battery storage projects and has a further 800MW being prepared for market over 2021-22. In addition to this 1GW of battery storage, the company is looking to develop 3GW of pumped hydro storage. (Source: ILI Group, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: ILI Group, Mark Wilson, CEO, +44 1698 891352, www.ili-energy.com; Eelpower, info@eelpower.co.uk, www.eelpower.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News ILI Group news,  Battery news,  Energy Storage news,  Eelpower news,  


UK Taiyo Power and Storage Ltd Launch Announced (Int'l.)
Low Carbon Alliance Limited
Date: 2021-10-08
London, UK-based clean energy chartered surveying and engineering company Low Carbon Alliance Limited (LCA) reports it and Japanese real estate investor Kajima Europe Ltd. have launched Taiyo Power and Storage Limited, a new joint venture to develop a portfolio of ground-mounted solar, solar and battery hybrid and standalone battery storage plants in the UK with a build-out value of £150 million ($203 million). (Source: Low Carbon Alliance Ltd, Solar Portal, 8 Oct., 2021) Contact: Low Carbon Alliance Limited, +44 0 207 434 8790, www.lowcarbonalliance.co.uk; Kajima Europe, www.kajimaeurope.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low Carbon Alliance Limited news,  Solar news,  Solar+Storage news,  


ILI Nails 50-MW Battery Storage Project Sale (Int'l, M&A)
Land Investments Group
Date: 2021-10-06
In the UK, TLT has completed the sale of a 50MW battery storage project in Kintore near Aberdeen to SUSI Storage Development UK on behalf of clean energy developer ILI Energy Storage PLC (ILI}.

The transaction is the fourth battery storage sale TLT has completed for ILI Group in the last year, and follows the sale of a 50MW project in Nairn to Foresight Group in September.

ILI Group notes it is developing a portfolio of 3 GW of energy storage projects in the UK, distributed between 2 GW of pumped storage hydro and 1 GW of battery storage initiatives. (Source: Intelligent Land Investments Group, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Intelligent Land Investments Group, Mark Wilson, CEO, +44 1698 891352, www.ili-energy.com; SUSI Storage Development, Contact information unavailable.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Land Investments Group,  Battery Energy Storage,  Eelpower,  


AES, Google Partner on Nest Renew Thermostat Launch (Ind. Report)
AES Corporation, Nest thermostat,Google
Date: 2021-10-06
Arlington, Virginia-based AES Corporation reports it is partnering with Google on Nest Renew, a new service for Nest thermostats. At launch, AES will offer Nest Renew through its US utilities, AES Indiana and AES Ohio. Nest Renew is designed to work with compatible Nest thermostats to help prioritize clean energy usage and track the positive difference customers are making on the environment. Nest Renew Premium includes Clean Energy Match, which will match a home's estimated fossil fuel electricity with renewable energy credits (RECs) from US wind and solar. helping to support the growth of clean energy.

Nest Renew will integrate with Uplight, AES' digital technology partner. AES uses Uplight to help speed integration and enable the bundling of multiple utility program options into a simple, consumer-friendly experience. AES is also partnering with Google to identify or develop wind and solar projects that can generate renewable energy certificates (RECs) for Clean Energy Match. (Source: AES Corp., PR, Johnson City Press, Oct., 2021) Contact: AES Corp., Kristina Lund, US Utilities Pres., CEO, Chris Shelton, VP, Chief Products Officer, www.aes.com, www.aes.com/Google-Nest-Renew; Uplight, www.uplight.com; Neste Thermostat, www.nest.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Uplight,  Nest Thermostat,  AES Corp.,  Energy Efficiency,  Google,  


Clean Energy Systems Raises $15Mn for Bioenergy, CCS (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy Systems
Date: 2021-10-04
In the Golden State, Rancho Cordova-based Clean Energy Systems (CES) reports it has raised $15 million in a Series A funding round led by Carbon Direct Capital Management to support a carbon-negative power project in Mendota, California.

CES is collaborating with Schlumberger New Energy, Chevron and Microsoft to develop a plant that will convert local agriculture waste biomass into a renewable synthesis gas that will be mixed with oxygen in a combustor to generate electricity. More than 99 pct of the carbon from the process is expected to be captured for permanent storage by injecting CO2 underground I )CCS) into nearby deep geological formations. (Source: Clean Energy Systems, PR, Website, 20 Sept., 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Systems, Keith Pronske, CEO, 916-638-7967, info@cleanenergysystems.com, www.cleanenergysystems.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Direct,  Clean Energy Systems,  


DOE Offers $2.5Mn Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2021-10-01
In Washington, the U.S. DOE has launched the new Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize that will award a total of up to $2.5 million to 10 groups and organizations to support entrepreneurship and innovation in communities historically under-served in climate and energy technology funding.

The Prize aims to create an inclusive and just innovation ecosystem in climate and energy technologies. Funds will support underrepresented groups and organizations with ongoing or proposed incubation, acceleration, and other community-based innovation services. The prize will also help lower barriers to entry to DOE funding opportunities and other forms of assistance for first-time applicants, people and organizations from underrepresented communities, under served and frontline communities. The prize will:

  • Fund organizations for activities that support, build trust and strengthen relationships and partnerships with underrepresented, under served communities.

  • Enable and enhance business and technology incubation, acceleration, and other community-based and university-based entrepreneurship and innovation in climate and clean energy technologies.

  • Enable clean energy and climate research, commercialization, and entrepreneurship programming and capabilities at colleges and universities that serve large populations of students underrepresented in STEM, Minority Serving Institutions , community colleges, and undergraduate institutions.

  • Foster grassroots innovation related to just and equitable clean energy deployment through activities focusing on community-centric networks and bottom-up solutions for sustainable development, based on the needs of the communities involved.

  • Identify and fund activities that will help traditionally underrepresented groups become aware of, apply for and receive DOE funding, in support of DOE's Justice40 goals.

  • Support community-serving organizations to develop replicable clean energy transitions based on renewable energy and associated opportunities.

  • Organizations eligible to participate in the prize include non-profit and non-governmental organizations; state, local, and tribal governments and government entities; for-profit companies; academic institutions with experience in supporting environmental, climate, and energy justice.

    The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize will be distributed in two phases. In Phase One, up to 10 winners will receive an initial cash prize of $200,000 each, with the opportunity to receive additional awards. Phase One awardees will also receive in-kind mentorship and other support services and be eligible to participate in Phase Two of the prize. In Phase Two, up to three teams will be awarded cash prizes from a prize pool of $500,000. The prize is open for submissions for Phase One until Friday February 25, 2022.

    Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize details HERE. (Source: US DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, PR, 30 Sept., 2021) Contact: US DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, www.energy.gov/diversity/office-economic-impact-and-diversity


  • Lithium-ion Battery Recycling JV Announced (Ind. Report)
    PositivEnergy
    Date: 2021-09-29
    Power Global, a clean energy and mobility products company is reporting a MoU with Miami, Florida-headquartered stationary energy storage integrator PositivEnergy and battery recycling specialist Redivivus.

    The partnership aims to develop stationary energy storage solutions that support projected grid demand from electrification and enable the renewable energy transition in global markets. The stationary storage solution is expected to have a life of 15 to 20 years, at the end of which Redivivus will help reclaim up to 92 pct of materials, while recirculating and reprocessing chemical reagents for direct reuse in the recycling process.

    Redivivus' "no-burn" Redi-Cycle technology recovers battery materials for secondary markets, reducing the reliance on metal mining. Redivivus will offer mobile Redi-Shred recycling units for Power Global service and sales centers in India and build recycling lines at Power Global's factories in Pasadena, California, and Greater Noida, India. (Source: Power Global, PR, Financial Express, 28 Sept., 2021) Contact: Power Global Corp., (833) 461-7474, info@174powerglobal.com, info@power.global, www.power.global; PositivEnergy, info@positivenergy.us, www. positivenergy.us; Redivivus Technology, www.redivivus.tech

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-ion Battery,  PositivEnergy,  Power Global,  Battery Recycling,  


    Energy Storage Specialist Fluence Energy Files IPO (Ind. Report)
    Fluence Energy
    Date: 2021-09-29
    Arlington, Virginia-headquartered global Clean energy storage specialist Fluence Energy Inc. report it has filed for initial public offering (IPO) and plans to list on Nasdaq under the ticker 'FLNC. Details of shares to be offered or at what price have net been revealed.

    Fluence was formed in 2017 as a Siemens-AES Corporation JV.

    JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley are lead underwriters in a syndicate of 16 banks. Proceeds will be used for debt reduction, working capital and other general corporate purposes. The company had a net loss of $74.8 million in the nine months to June 30, and revenue of $430.4 million, according to its filing documents. (Source: Fluence Energy Inc., PR, 28 Sept., 2021) Contact: Fluence Energy Inc., Brett Galura, CEO, (571) 274-9404, www.fluenceenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Fluence,  Energy Storage,  BESS,  


    Vanguard, Enbridge Announce RNG Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Vanguard Renewables, Enbridge
    Date: 2021-09-29
    Wellesley, Mass.-based Vanguard Renewables and Calgary-headquartered North American energy infrastructure developer Enbridge, Inc. are reporting an agreement whereby Enbridge will purchase upwards of 2 billion cubic feet per year of renewable natural gas (RNG) from the anaerobic digesters that Vanguard Renewables will invest $200 million to build in the U.S. Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest.

    Enbridge will invest roughly $100 million in upgrading equipment to convert the farm derived RNG into pipeline quality RNG and provide transportation and marketing services to market that gas to U.S. customers.

    Vanguard Renewables builds, owns, and operates the farm-based anaerobic digestion facilities that sequester the methane from food waste and manure, produce clean energy and low-carbon organic fertilizer, and support regenerative agriculture by returning the food nutrients back to the soil. Host farmers receive cost savings and a new income stream.

    In December 2020, Vanguard launched the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance alongside food industry leaders Dairy Farmers of America, Unilever, and Starbucks. The Alliance is committed to developing a circular solution for food waste reduction, recycling, and decarbonization of the manufacturing and supply chain. (Source: Vanguard Renewables, PR, The Daily Times, 28 Sept., 2021) Contact: Vanguard Renewables, John Hanselman, Founder and CEO, 781-232-7597, www.vanguardrenewables.com; Enbridge, Leanne McNaughton, Communications, 519-619-0370 leanne.mcnaughton@enbridge.com, www.enbridge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vanguard Renewables,  Enbridge,  RNG ,  


    $2.1Mn PACE Energy Efficiency Project Set for Dayton (Ind. Report)
    Property Assessed Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-09-27
    In the Buckeye State, the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority is reporting the issuance and sale of $2.1 million in bonds for a PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) funded energy project at a 21 story building in downtown Dayton.

    The PACE funding will be used to: replace all incandescent and fluorescent lights with higher-efficiency LED lighting; rebuild chillers to reduce power consumption; install a new cooling tower to reduce electric and water consumption; install new HVAC-control automation with remote control access; and coat windows with film to reduce heat reseal all of the building's 1,875 windows. (Source: Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority, PR, Website, 27 Sept., 2021) Contact: Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority, Joseph M. Geraghty, Exec. Dir., 937.853.2535 joe@daytonport.com, www.daytonport.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Atlantic City Electric Launches Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Atlantic City Electric
    Date: 2021-09-24
    In the Garden State, Atlantic City Electric is touting the launch of its multi-faceted, clean energy and climate action plan to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint, deliver innovative solutions that will empower customers to meet their climate change objectives, and drive collaborative efforts with stakeholder and community partners to achieve greater greenhouse gas reduction across South Jersey, while continuing efforts to address the impacts of climate change, including:
  • Transitioning to clean energy use for its own buildings, including purchasing 50 pct carbon-free electricity by 2025, and supporting the 100 pct clean energy goal of New Jersey by 2050.

  • Installing energy efficient lighting at all Atlantic City Electric office buildings and substation facilities as the company works to modernize its buildings through 2025.

  • Completing energy audits to identify additional energy savings opportunities at its major facilities.

  • Electrifying 50 pct of the company's passenger vehicles and medium-duty fleet by 2030 and expanding electric vehicle charging network.

  • Reducing SF6 Impacts by using non SF6 containment equipment wherever possible and enhance monitoring and equipment modernization to help reduce SF6 emissions from existing equipment.

  • Activating company employees to encourage the use of public transportation and rideshare, and improve their own individual GHG footprint.

  • Enhancing the overall resilience of company infrastructure and continuing to assess impacts of climate change on the electric system, taking action to mitigate climate risk and investing to make the grid smarter, stronger and cleaner.

  • Collaborate with government, community, civic, and non-profit partners across New Jersey on innovative actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money and energy, and build resilience.

    The company has also committed to energy efficiency including:

  • New energy efficiency programs, services and tools, including specific opportunities for limited-and moderate-income households, to take control of their energy use and save money.

  • Launching a new Energy Marketplace for discounted energy efficient products like LED bulbs, thermostats, advanced power strips, and more.

  • Simplifying the switch to solar by improving interconnection processes and enhancing the customer solar toolkit to provide a one-stop shop for solar and solar+storage applications.

  • Off-peak hours rates and other incentives. to encourage customers to make the switch to cleaner, more efficient electric vehicles.

    Download Atlantic City Electric's Climate Commitment details HERE. (Source: Atlantic City Electric, PR, Website, Sept., 2021) Contact: Atlantic City Electric, www.atlanticcityelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Atlantic City Electric,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Energy Efficiency Key in Atlantic City Electric Plans (Ind. Report)
    Atlantic City Electric
    Date: 2021-09-24
    In the Garden State, Atlantic City Electric is touting the launch of its multi-faceted, clean energy and climate action plan to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint, deliver innovative solutions that will empower customers to meet their climate change objectives, and drive collaborative efforts with stakeholder and community partners to achieve greater greenhouse gas reduction across South Jersey, while continuing efforts to address the impacts of climate change, including:
  • Transitioning to clean energy use for its own buildings, including purchasing 50 pct carbon-free electricity by 2025, and supporting the 100 pct clean energy goal of New Jersey by 2050.

  • Installing energy efficient lighting at all Atlantic City Electric office buildings and substation facilities as the company works to modernize its buildings through 2025.

  • Completing energy audits to identify additional energy savings opportunities at its major facilities.

  • Electrifying 50 pct of the company's passenger vehicles and medium-duty fleet by 2030 and expanding electric vehicle charging network.

  • Reducing SF6 Impacts by using non SF6 containment equipment wherever possible and enhance monitoring and equipment modernization to help reduce SF6 emissions from existing equipment.

  • Enhancing the overall resilience of company infrastructure and continuing to assess impacts of climate change on the electric system, taking action to mitigate climate risk and investing to make the grid smarter, stronger and cleaner.

  • Collaborate with government, community, civic, and non-profit partners across New Jersey on innovative actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money and energy, and build resilience.

    The company has also committed to energy efficiency including:

  • New energy efficiency programs, services and tools, including specific opportunities for limited-and moderate-income households, to take control of their energy use and save money.

  • Launching a new Energy Marketplace for discounted energy efficient products like LED bulbs, thermostats, advanced power strips, and more.

  • Simplifying the switch to solar by improving interconnection processes and enhancing the customer solar toolkit to provide a one-stop shop for solar and solar+storage applications.

  • Off-peak hours rates and other incentives. to encourage customers to make the switch to cleaner, more efficient electric vehicles.

    Download Atlantic City Electric's Climate Commitment details HERE. (Source: Atlantic City Electric, PR, Website, Sept., 2021) Contact: Atlantic City Electric, www.atlanticcityelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Atlantic City Electric,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Offshore Wind for North Carolina Coalition Launched (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-09-24
    In the Tar Heel State, ten wind advocacy groups have formed the Offshore Wind for North Carolina coalition to lobby and work with state and federal agencies for regulatory certainty and funding to promote and establish a market for offshore wind in North Carolina.

    Members of the new offshore wind coalition include Audubon North Carolina, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Entrepreneurs, North Carolina Coastal Federation, North Carolina Conservation Network, North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, Sierra Club North Carolina and Southeastern Wind Coalition. (Source: Offshore Wind for North Carolina, PR, NCPR, 24 Sept., 2021) Contact: Offshore Wind for North Carolina, info@offshorwindfornorthcarolina.org, www.offshorewindfornorthcarolina.org


    Tariff Proposal Could Devastate U.S. Clean Energy, says SEIA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    SEIA
    Date: 2021-09-24
    "Steep duties proposed by an anonymous group of petitioners would devastate thousands of U.S. solar companies and cause the industry to miss out on 18 GW -- equivalent to the amount of solar capacity installed in all of U.S. history prior to 2015 -- of solar deployment by 2023, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

    "The petitions now before the Department of Commerce would create 50-250 pct duties on imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) panels and cells from Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand. They allege some companies are circumventing antidumping and countervailing duties (CVD) imposed on China in 2012. The three targeted countries account for 80 pct of all panel imports to the United States.

    "Over 190 of America's leading solar companies sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo outlining the catastrophic impact these duties would have on the livelihoods of 231,000 U.S. solar workers and on the nation's efforts to fight climate change. The letter signers include manufacturers, developers, installers, financiers and service providers from across the solar supply chain. 'I cannot overstate the dire threat that these reckless petitions are imposing on hundreds of thousands of American families,' said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA president and CEO. 'The anonymous petitioners are asking the Department of Commerce to not only misinterpret U.S. law, but also overturn a decade of department decisions in solar trade cases, all to benefit a few anonymous petitioners at the expense of the entire U.S. solar economy. We urge Commerce to use its discretion and dismiss these frivolous petitions.'

    "Wood Mackenzie forecasts the U.S. will install roughly 30 GW of new solar capacity in 2022 and 33 GW in 2023. The forecasts, which appear in the Solar Market Insight Q3 2021 report, are already well short of the pace needed to reach President Biden's decarbonization target for 2035 and implementing these duties would be a catastrophic blow to any chance of addressing climate change. The report also notes that recent trade actions, like the AD/CVD circumvention petition could exacerbate supply chain constraints and increase solar prices.

    "The letter makes the case that the anonymous solar tariff petitions are based on a false premise that manufacturing done in Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand is minor and insignificant, and that cells and panels are predominantly made in China and passed through the targeted nations. In fact, significant work is done in Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. Under the law they cannot be subject to AD/CVD circumvention claims and should be dismissed by the Department of Commerce." (Source: Solar Energy Industries Association, Website PR, 22 Sept., 2021) Contact: SEIA, Abigail Ross Hopper, CEO, Jen Bristol, Communications, (202) 556-2886, jbristol@seia.org, www.seia.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SEIA,  Solar,  


    Catalyze Snares Sol Alliance (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Catalyze
    Date: 2021-09-24
    National independent power producer Catalyze is reporting the acquisition of Brooklyn, New York-based solar development firm Sol Alliance. Financial and other terms were not disclosed.

    Catalyze, which has a projects pipeline exceeding 80MW, is backed by energy investors EnCap Investments LP, Yorktown Partners LLC and Mercuria Energy, integrated California-based solar developer PermaCity and battery storage provider Prisma Energy Solutions .

    According to the company website, "Catalyze is on a mission to rapidly accelerate the transition to renewable energy by making it easy and profitable to integrate smart energy resources into new and existing buildings and infrastructure. As a clean energy developer and independent power producer (IPP), we help companies, municipalities and utilities reach their sustainability goals, generate incremental revenue and reduce the impact of the built environment on the planet." (Source: Catalyze, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Catalyze, 888-918-0771, info@catalyze.net, www. catalyze.energy; Sol Alliance, 516-967-2988, www.solalliance.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Catalyze,  Sol Alliance,  Solar,  


    UBC to Develop Bioenergy Products, Systems (Ind. Report, R&D)

    Date: 2021-09-22
    In Vancouver, the University of British Columbia (UBC) is touting its new $8 million, Biorefining Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC), a research and demonstration facility aimed at accelerating the development of low-carbon, market-ready bioenergy products and carbon-negative energy systems .

    Building on work conducted at UBC's Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC), BRIC will bring together top academic researchers and industry partners to create and asses cutting-edge technologies for technical effectiveness and economic potential. Then, working with partner companies, the UBC team will create prototypes and demonstrate their ability to produce first-class bioproducts at scale, including:

  • Advanced two-stage fluidized bed gasification technologies to convert forest, agricultural and municipal waste into low-carbon biofuels;
  • Novel microwave-assisted fluidised bed catalytic pyrolysis technology to improve the quality of two intermediate products in the biofuel production process: bio- and biochar;
  • Novel horizontal pulsating fluidized bed torrefaction technology that will produce second-generation (torrefied) wood pellets for power plants and energy-intense applications .

    "By using biomass residues to their full potential, BC could cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 15 pct of its 2005 levels and its consumption of fossil fuels by nearly a third," according to UBC researcher Dr. Xiaotao Bi. (Source: UBC, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: University of British Columbia, Dr. Xiaotao Bi, Prof. Chemical and Biological Engineering, Dir. BRIC, CERC, 604 822 3238, tony.bi@ubc.ca, www.ubc.ca


  • Energy Efficiency Training Launched in CA (Ind. Report)
    Silicon Valley Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-09-20
    In the Golden State, Sunnyvale-based Silicon Valley Clean Energy and the San Jose Evergreen Community College District Workforce Institute are reporting the launch of FutureFit Fundamentals,. The online course for contractors, apprentices and journeyman focuses on all-electric building systems, appliances, efficiencies and evolving building policies as communities transition to a clean, all-electric future. Training includes all-electric HVAC, heat pump water heating, high-efficiency electric appliances and home solar+battery storage.

    Eligible participants will receive a $500 stipend for course completion and may qualify to receive up to $5,000 for installing selected electric appliances in their home or business. (Source: Silicon Valley Clean Energy, PR, 16 Sept., 2021) Contact: Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Michaela Pippin, 408-721-5301 x1020, michaela.pippin@svcleanenergy.org, www.svcleanenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Community Renewables Launched in Rochester (Ind. Report)
    City of Rochester
    Date: 2021-09-17
    In the Empire State, the City of Rochester reports activation of its Rochester Community Power clean energy program to provide as many as 57,000 city residents and small businesses with locally sourced 100 pct wind and hydro renewable energy.

    The program is the default electricity supply choice so eligible residents and businesses are automatically enrolled. The program will supply more than 300 million kWh per year of renewable energy and roughly 225,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next two years. Joule Assets, as the program administrator (Source: City of Rochester, Rochester Community Power, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Rochester Community Power, info@rochestercommunitypower.com, www.rochester-cp.com; Joule Assets, www.jouleassets.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Joule Assets,  Renewable Energy,  Community Renewable Energy,  Community Solar,  


    Energy Storage Association -- Now is the Time for Energy Storage ITC (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Energy Storage Association
    Date: 2021-09-10
    "More than 700,000 utility customers remain without power more than a week after Hurricane Ida barreled through Louisiana and parts of Mississippi, damaging homes and critical facilities while knocking out more than 2000 miles of transmission needed to deliver electricity to the region.

    "This came a week after Tropical Storm Henri dumped nearly two inches of rain on New York City in a single hour and flooded communities along the coast of New England, causing power outages to more than 120,000 homes. The remnants of Hurricane Ida topped that record, dropping over 3 inches of rain on New York City and shutting down key infrastructure. Both incidents come amidst a year already marred by days-long, statewide outages in Texas, during an unprecedented period of freezing temperatures, and recurring power shut-offs across California in an attempt to forestall the worst wildfires in recent history.

    "Yesterday's infrastructure cannot deal with tomorrow's weather. We need to eliminate carbon-emitting power sources to blunt the long-term climate drivers of extreme weather. And we also need to make our homes, businesses, and electric grids more resilient to those extremes.

    "Most power grids are ill-equipped to confront mounting climate challenges. For example, Hurricane Ida took out all eight transmission lines that carry electricity into New Orleans; Entergy, the principal utility in the area, anticipates weeks before power is restored for most customers. If onsite energy storage, solar, and microgrids had been installed at critical facilities throughout southern Louisiana, they could have enabled continuity of key services during the storm and would have been operating immediately afterward for community benefit, unconstrained by fuel shortages. Importantly, energy storage assets can continue helping well after a disaster has passed.

    "American companies have led the world in large-scale battery installation for homes and businesses, directly on the power grid, and integrated into wind and solar energy facilities. Other storage technologies, like thermal storage in buildings, flow batteries in substations, liquid air storage paired with generators, and renewable power-to-gas hydrogen offer opportunities for even longer durations that can further diversify our sources of power system reliability without adding to carbon pollution.

    "The U.S. energy storage industry has grown up fast, with recent reports showing nine consecutive quarters of increasing deployment in the power system. Companies in the U.S. are on track to install 12,000 MWh of new storage capacity in 2021, enough to power 1.5 million homes through daily peaks and three times the amount added in 2020. Nevertheless, this pace of storage deployment is still much slower than what is needed to equip vulnerable communities for resilience to increasingly extreme weather and meet President Biden's goal of decarbonizing the power system by 2035.

    "Congress has an immediate opportunity, through an energy storage Investment Tax Credit (ITC), to speed storage installations that enable greater deployments of wind, solar, and hydro power while mitigating catastrophic power outages. ITCs have long been an effective policy for driving down technology costs associated with solar power and other clean energy technologies. ITC legislation is a common-sense way to accelerate cost declines in storage technologies that can bolster some of the country's most vulnerable communities.

    "Congress must ensure the nation's power infrastructure is capable of meeting 21st century needs and avoids catastrophic outages like we're seeing now in Louisiana. An ITC that makes energy storage more accessible creates a cleaner and more reliable grid and gives Americans greater control over their fate." (Source: Energy Storage Association, PR, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Energy Storage Assoc., www.energystorage.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage Association news,  Energy STorage news,  


    Rancho Mirage Adds Energy Storage to Solar Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Rancho Mirage
    Date: 2021-09-08
    In the Golden State, the city of Rancho Mirage City Council reports it is adding battery energy storage to its residential solar rebate program.

    The program, which reimburses residents $500 for new solar installations or expansions, was created in 2017 when the city formed the Rancho Mirage Energy Authority to promote clean energy and reduce energy costs for residents.

    The rebates are paid by the Rancho Mirage Energy Authority which has earmarked has s $150,000 for rebates this fiscal year. More than 900 solar rebates totaling more than $450,000 have been paid since 2018. (Source: City of Ranco Mirage, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Rancho Mirage Energy Authority, 760-578-6092, www.ranchomirageenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar+Storage,  


    Conn. PURA Touts Battery Energy Storage Program (Ind. Report)
    Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
    Date: 2021-08-30
    The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) is reporting adoption of a new 9-year Statewide Electric Storage Program that combines up-front incentives with customer performance payments to achieve a goal of 580 MW of new distributed battery deployment. That capacity goal is evenly split between commercial and residential customers.

    For comparison, the Massachusetts Connected Solutions program, which served as a model for the Connecticut program, enrolled about 840 residential battery customers in 2020. In Vermont, Green Mountain Power has placed batteries behind 3,000 residential customer meters. The Connecticut program aims to enroll 10,000 residential customers in its first three years.

    Download Conn. Statewide Electric Storage Program details HERE. (Source: Ct. PURA, Clean Energy Group / Clean Energy States Alliance, 26 Aug., 2021) Contact: Ct. PURA, Taren O'Connor, Director of Legislation, Regulation and Communication, 860-827-2689, Taren.Oconnor@ct.gov, www.ct.gov/pura

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy STorage,  


    Eagle's Nest Lands Energy-Efficiency Incentive (Ind. Report)
    Alliant Energy
    Date: 2021-08-25
    In the Badger State, the Riverwood Senior Living-Eagle's Nest is discovering first-hand how "Focus On Energy" worked with Wisconsin Dells Power and Light and Alliant Energy incentives for using energy-efficient equipment including: LED lighting; occupancy sensors with in-place switches; in-floor heat throughout the building and other energy efficiency upgrades that earned the facility $10,458.52 in incentives from Focus on Energy, according to an Aug. 20 release.

    Riverwood is the first senior living project in the state to use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for energy efficiency upgrades. Riverwood's PACE consultant noted the Eagle's Nest facility 38 pct more energy efficient than what is typically required by code. (Source: Wisconsin Dells Power and Light, Wisconsin Dells Events, 23 Aug., 2021) Contact: Wisconsin Dells Power and Light, www.citywd.org/index.asp?SEC=725C79B5-E2A5-417A-A4AC-76357C6E05A3&Type=B_BASIC

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    Portland Considering City Smokestack Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Portland Oregon
    Date: 2021-08-23
    In Oregon, the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) reports Portland city officials are attempting to resurrect the 2018 Portland Clean Energy Fund -- a tax on emissions from industrial industries to raise about $8 to $11 million a year. The tax proceeds would be used to help meet the city's goal of slashing its carbon emissions in half by 2030 and reducing emissions to zero by 2050.

    The Portland Clean Energy Fund has generated $109 million to date with another $52 million expected before the year end. The fund issues cash grants to nonprofits that will generate green energy projects and jobs for communities of color. (Source: Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Willamette Week, Aug., 2021) Contact: Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 503-623-7700, www.portlandoregon.gov/bps

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


    Standard Solar Snares 35 MW Maine Solar Portfolio (M&A)
    Standard Solar
    Date: 2021-08-23
    Rockville, Maryland-based Standard Solar Inc. is reporting acquisition of 35 MW of solar projects in Maine being developed under the state's Net Energy Billing (NEB) program. The program allows customers to benefit from clean energy savings by offsetting their electrical bills with either owned or shared energy projects, like community solar, which, in turn, spurs further development of these assets within the state.

    The 35 MW acquisition includes five ground-mount projects all of which are expected to commence construction within the next 12 months. Standard Solar's generation portfolio is currently around 200 MW. (Standard Solar, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Standard Solar, 301-944-1200, www.standardsolar.com

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    TC Energy, Irving Oil Ink Decarbonixation MoU (Ind. Report)
    TC Energy, Irving Oil
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Calgary, Alberta-based natural gas-focused midstream energy service provider TC Energy and New Brunswick, Canada-headquartered petroleum refiner Irving Oil are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the development of clean energy projects in Atlantic Canada' The two firms will focus on decarbonizing existing assets and implementing technologies to reduce emissions, including at the 2004-vintage Grandview Cogeneration facility, a 90-MW low-carbon power plant at Irving Oil's 320,000 bpd Saint John refinery -- the largest in Canada.

    The partnership will also consider medium and long-term opportunities that support the decarbonization of local industry through the production and delivery of low-emission hydrogen along with a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) network.

    The scope, time limits and cost estimates of the joint initiatives will be determined by feasibility studies and outstanding regulatory procedures. (Source: TC Energy, Irving Oil, Zacks, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: TC Energy, 403-920-2000, www.tcenergy.com; Irving Oil, www.irvingoil.com/en-CA/discover-irving/contact-us

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    Edmonton Set to Launch 100 Bldg. Retrofits Program (Ind. Report)
    Edmonton Alberta
    Date: 2021-08-20
    On the Canadian prairies, the City of Edmonton (pop. 1.49 million), Albert, City Council reports unanimous approval of a $12.4 million, two-year pilot program to finance energy efficiency and clean energy upgrades to 100 existing Edmonton buildings as part of the city's strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    The program, which will launch in September, will be available to homeowners and organizations for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements to their properties. The project financing will be repaid over time through a clean energy improvement tax.

    The program is primarily funded by a Federation of Canadian Municipalities loan of $8.4 million and a grant of $1.2 million and a $2.1 million contribution by the city. (Source: City of Edmonton City Council, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: City of Edmonton City Council, www.edmonton.ca/city_government/mayor-city-councillors

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    Third Annual Solarize Philly Program Underway (Ind. Report)
    Solarize Philly, Philadelphia Energy Authority
    Date: 2021-08-18
    In the Keystone State, the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is reporting the kick-off of the 3rd annual Philadelphia Solar Week and the opening of enrollment in Solarize Philly, a citywide program to encourage and support Philadelphia homes and businesses to go solar.

    The Solarize Philly program offers new financing options to make solar more accessible to homeowners of all incomes and owners of commercial properties of all sizes. Solarize Philly will be open now through the end of November 2021.

    Since Solarize Philly's 2017 launch, 750+ homes have gone solar and $12 million+ has been invested in communities across the city. Solarize Philly is the largest initiative of its kind in the country. Solarize Philly recently completed a pilot for low- and moderate-income households, which provided grants and low-cost loans to 50 households to go solar.

    The Philadelphia Energy Authority's $1 billion, 10-year Philadelphia Energy Campaign has supported $167 million in energy efficiency and clean energy projects since 2017. (Source: Philadelphia Energy Authority, 16 Aug., 2021) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Authority, Emily Schapira, (215) 203-2906, eschapira@philaenergy.org, www,philaenergy.org; Solarize Philly, www.solarizephilly.org

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    DOE Announces $83Mn to Increase Bldg. Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2021-08-16
    In Washington, the US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has awarded $82.6 million in funding to 44 projects that will lower Americans' energy bills and help meet the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by investing in new energy efficient building technologies, construction practices, and the U.S. buildings-sector workforce.

    The 44 projects across 20 states will improve building energy efficiency through innovations in thermal energy storage, building envelopes, lighting, HVAC, water heating -- as well as by bolstering the energy efficiency workforce with trainings, educational programs, and other technical support. The following are among the 44 funded projects:

  • North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota will develop a novel absorption material that will efficiently store thermal energy.

  • Baryon Inc. based in Wilmington, Delaware will develop an innovative air-conditioning system based on a new method of evaporative cooling combined with dehumidification that can consume 50 to 85 pct less energy than traditional air conditioning systems.

  • In Sidney, Ohio, Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions will design, fabricate, and validate a highly efficient refrigerated display case for use in supermarkets.

  • The New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark will design, prototype, install, test, and evaluate a high-performance residential wall retrofit that can achieve estimated heating and cooling energy savings of 30 pct or more.

  • The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance in Atlanta, Georgia, will develop training resources on electrified building systems such as electric heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, electric vehicle charging systems, and battery storage systems. These resources will help members of the workforce learn how to educate consumers on the benefits of these technologies.

    Download the full list of funded recipients HERE.

    The mission of the DOE EERE is to accelerate the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of technologies and solutions to equitably transition America to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050, and ensure the clean energy economy benefits all Americans. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: US DOE EERE, Building Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

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  • Ottawa Launches Canada Clean Fuels Fund (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resource Canada
    Date: 2021-08-13
    As previously reported, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) has announced the Canada Clean Fuels Fund noting "Canada's clean fuels industry must immediately, and significantly, increase its current capacity to play the critical role needed in our net-zero future. To do this, it will be essential to overcome the barrier of the upfront capital cost that private sector investment faces in the build-out of new clean fuels production capacity."

    To that end, the Clean Fuels Fund will offer cost-shared, conditionally repayable private sector funding for new construction, retrofit or expansion of existing, clean fuel production facilities in Canada.

    Funding program benefits will:

  • grow the domestic production capacity for clean fuels-- clean hydrogen, advanced biofuels, renewable natural gas, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) -- across Canada;

  • offer new opportunities for Canada's energy sector in the transition to producing cleaner sources of energy;

  • support Canada's efforts to reach net-zero by 2050and position Canada globally to reap economic, environmental, and social benefits of transition to clean energy.

    Download Canada Clean Fuels Fund details HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canada Clean Fuels Fund, www.nrcan.gc.ca

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  • "Act NOW, You Idiots" -- Aussie Green Groups Respond to IPCC Climate Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    IPCC
    Date: 2021-08-11
    "No more excuses and no more delays on climate change. This is decision time for every political and business leader in Australia. This is the issue on which you will be judged by history and by the children of Australia, whose futures are on the line.

    "The IPCC Working Group 1 report makes it clear that we are out of control and accelerating towards disaster. Only if we make deep, rapid emissions cuts including the complete phase out of climate-destroying coal, oil and gas do we have a chance of making it to a safer, habitable future powered by clean energy. We could have made emissions cuts decades ago that would have put us on a path to a safer future, but this was blocked by the vested interests of coal, oil and gas and the politicians who have subsidized and protected these big polluters." -- David Ritter, CEO, Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

    The Australian Greens political party noted the IPCC report made it clear the Australian government's current target of reducing emissions by 26 pct -- 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 were "a death sentence" and "amounts to criminal negligence" and called on the government to double or even triple its target.

    "Exceeding 1.5 degrees of warming means that we will lose the Great Barrier Reef, have widespread and sustained drought, more extreme weather events, and catastrophic bush fires will become the norm. The rest of the world understands that if we don't do more by 2030, we all go over the climate cliff," the Green Party warned.

    Not to worry! The the Australian Minister for Energy & Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, noted the (Australian) government remains committed to achieving net zero emissions "as soon as possible -- preferably by 2050." (Source: Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Various Media, upstream, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: Greenpeace Australia Pacific, www.greenpeace.org.au

    Editor's Note --Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently abandoned planned legislation that would enforce a 26 pct cut in Australia's carbon emissions as agreed in the 2015 Paris Climate accord. The Prime Minister is now planning to control emissions with new regulations rather than legislation.

    The 2015 Paris Agreement was "reluctantly" signed by former Aussie PM Tony Abbott who is best remembered for his colorful description of climate change science as "a load of crap!"

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    Gevo NW Iowa to Sell RNG to bp (Ind. Report)
    Gevo, GEVO, bp
    Date: 2021-08-11
    Further to our 3rd May coverage, Englewood, Colorado-based Gevo Inc. reports its wholly-owned dairy manure-based renewable natural gas (RNG) project company -- Gevo NW Iowa RNG, LLC (NW Iowa RNG) has inked agreements with BP Canada Energy Marketing Corp. and BP Products North America Inc. for the sale of NW Iowa RNG's production.

    The NW Iowa RNG project, which is currently under construction for production early nest year, is slated to produce roughly 355,000 MMBtu of RNG per year for sale into the California market under dispensing agreements bp has in place with Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the largest fueling infrastructure in the US for RNG. (Source: Gevo, PR, Website, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Clean Energy Fuels, Andrew J. Littlefair, Pres., CEO, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

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    Emerson Nails Alaska Wind Farm Digitalization Project (Ind. Report)
    Golden Valley Electric Association
    Date: 2021-08-11
    Emerson Automation is reporting completion of a digital transformation project to increase the reliability of clean energy generation at Golden Valley Electric Association's (GVEA) Eva Creek wind farm, the state's largest wind farm.

    Emerson's solutions will simplify management of the Eva Creek wind farm and provide more accurate equipment diagnostics and analytics for forecasting and power dispatch. The end-to-end solution incorporates Emerson's Ovation™ automation platform and OSI Monarch™ software to help the utility achieve a more resilient, responsible and smarter power grid. (Source: Emerson Automation, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Emerson Automation, Bob Yeager, Pres.- Power and Water Solutions, www.emersonautomationexperts.com; Golden Valley Electric Association, 907-452-1151, www.gvea.org

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    New Jersey Clean Energy Startups Funding Announced (Funding)
    Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) , through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following organizations were funded:

  • Andluca Technologies Inc., located in Princeton, is a spin-out of Princeton University that is developing solar-powered smart glass technology. ($74,969), www.andluca.com

  • Arbela Laboratories, located in Randolph, is creating a methanol-fed Pichia platform designed to increase the scale and reduce the costs of biomanufacturing. ($73,000), www. arbelalabs.com

  • Eion NJ Corporation in Princeton is developing a specialty fine-grained mineral material that rapidly captures and stores carbon dioxide when applied to agricultural soils. ($75,000), www.dnb.com/business-directory/company-profiles.eion_corp.c300f040f3b70cd2ba87f619b617c01b.html

  • Farm to Flame Energy, located in Kearny, provides scalable, end-to-end electricity generation systems using biomass for communities in underdeveloped countries. ($74,995), www.farmtoflameenergy.com

  • Green Blu, located in Hamilton, is developing a solar thermal energy-powered brine separation technology for use in desalination, agriculture, and water industries. ($75,000), www.greenblu.co

  • NextGen Battery Technologies, LLC., located in Somerset, is developing a high-voltage, non-flammable solid-state electrolyte for lithium batteries. ($74,939), www.nextgenbattery.com

  • Princeton NuEnergy, located in Bordentown, is developing a battery recycling technology to recycle and reuse used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, portable electronics, and other energy storage devices. ($75,000) www.pnecycle.com

  • RenewCO2, LLC., located in Cranford, is developing an electrochemical process that converts carbon dioxide to plastic precursors and other value-added chemicals conventionally sourced from fossil fuels. ($75,000), www.renewco2.com

  • SunRay Scientific, LLC., located in Eatontown, is commercializing an advanced material adhesive for use in electronics and semiconductor packaging. ($75,000) www.sunrayscientific.com. (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

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  • Bioenergy Included in NJ Clean Energy Funding (Funding)
    New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT), through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following bioenergy-biotech projects and organizations were funded:

  • Farm to Flame Energy, located in Kearny, provides scalable, end-to-end electricity generation systems using biomass for communities in underdeveloped countries. ($74,995), www.farmtoflameenergy.com

  • Green Blu, located in Hamilton, is developing a solar thermal energy-powered brine separation technology for use in desalination, agriculture, and water industries. ($75,000), www.greenblu.co

  • Arbela Laboratories, located in Randolph, is creating a methanol-fed Pichia platform designed to increase the scale and reduce the costs of biomanufacturing. ($73,000), www.arbelalabs.com (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Website PR Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

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  • NJ Clean Energy Funding Climate-Carbon Projects (Funding)
    New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) , through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following organizations were funded:
  • Eion NJ Corporation, located in Princeton, is developing a specialty fine-grained mineral material that rapidly captures and stores carbon dioxide when applied to agricultural soils. ($75,000), www.dnb.com/business-directory/company-profiles.eion_corp.c300f040f3b70cd2ba87f619b617c01b.html

  • RenewCO2, LLC., located in Cranford, is developing an electrochemical process that converts carbon dioxide to plastic precursors and other value-added chemicals conventionally sourced from fossil fuels. ($75,000), www.renewco2.com (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

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  • US Wind Announces Major Offshore Wind Progress (Ind. Report)
    US Wind
    Date: 2021-08-06
    US Wind, Inc., Maryland's leader in offshore wind development, has announced major steps forward in the development of offshore wind energy for Maryland, including: major labor agreements to support the company's first major offshore wind project for Maryland -- the 22-turbine MarWin project -- and all other future projects; anew port facility agreement with Tradepoint Atlantic to develop 90 waterfront acres into a new offshore wind deployment hub, where US Wind will initially invest $77 million via the MarWin project; expansion plans for development of up to an additional 1,200 MW of offshore wind energy with the new Momentum Wind project; and a proposal for a new steel fabrication facility in Baltimore County at the Tradepoint Atlantic site -- Sparrows Point Steel -- to be built in conjunction with Momentum Wind.

    At full capacity, Momentum Wind would include up to 82 turbines and will be Maryland's most ambitious clean energy project, able to fully satisfy the state's offshore wind energy goals and renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

    Catalyzed by a landmark 90-acre lease agreement with Tradepoint Atlantic at Sparrows Point Shipyard, the former home of Bethlehem Steel, US Wind will build on the port investment already committed via the MarWin project to facilitate the investment of an incremental $150 million to develop Sparrows Point Steel, Maryland's first manufacturing facility for monopile offshore wind foundations.

    Founded in 2011, US Wind is majority-owned by Italian renewable energy developer Renexia SpA and a subsidiary of Toto Holding SpA which specializes in large-scale transportation and energy sector construction projects. (Source: US Wind, Website PR, 3 Aug., 2021) Contact: US Wind, Jeff Grybowski, CEO, Nancy Sopko, 410.727.4020, n.sopko@uswindinc.com, www.uswind.com; Tradepoint Atlantic, www.tradepointatlantic.com

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    Oregon Rules to Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Reg. & Leg.)
    Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
    Date: 2021-08-06
    The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released draft rules aimed at dramatically reducing Oregon's greenhouse gas emissions over the coming years and decades.

    The rules, which require approval by the Environmental Quality Commission, would establish enforceable limits on greenhouse gas emissions caused by the use of gasoline, diesel, natural gas, heating oil, propane and other fuels used in homes, cars and businesses. Those limits would be lowered every year, reaching an 80 pct reduction by 2050. Emissions from the generation of electricity used in Oregon are being reduced through a separate program, recently approved by the Oregon legislature and signed by Governor Brown last week.

    DEQ's Climate Protection Program focuses squarely on fossil fuels and on how Oregon communities and businesses can shift over time to cleaner forms of energy. Under the proposed rules, DEQ will set limits on companies supplying most of the fossil fuels used in Oregon.

    A key part of the Climate Protection Program is helping vulnerable communities move to cleaner energy more rapidly. The proposed rules would allow regulated fuel suppliers to meet part of their emission reductions by supporting projects to accelerate affordable clean energy alternatives to gasoline, diesel, natural gas and other fossil fuels and make them available in rural, low-income and communities of color throughout Oregon.

    Modeling conducted as part of the rule-making process shows that the program will significantly reduce emissions without disrupting the state's economy. The public has 60 days to comment on the draft rules. DEQ will review comments and further refine the proposal before bringing it to the Environmental Quality Commission for their consideration late this year.

    Download Greenhouse Gas Emissions Program 2021 details HERE. (Source: Oregon DEQ, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Oregon DEQ, Harry Esteve, 503-951-3856, harry.esteve@deq.state.or.us, www.deq.state.or.us

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    Greenbacker Invests in Commonwealth Energy Partners (Ind. Report)
    Greenbacker,Commonwealth Energy Partners
    Date: 2021-08-04
    NYC-based sustainable infrastructure investment firm Greenbacker Capital Management, LLC reports an affiliated fund has made a strategic investment in Alexandria, Virginia-based Commonwealth Energy Partners (CEP), through the company's subsidiary CEP Solar. The Greenbacker investment will enable CEP to expand and execute on its existing project pipeline, which is focused on solar power and energy storage development in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    The renewable energy market there is expected to grow exponentially, as demand for clean energy accelerates across both Virginia and the region’s broader PJM power market. Driven in part by the 2020 passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which mandates a statewide 100% clean energy standard by 2045, Virginia’s regulated market alone is expected to procure at least one gigawatt of solar annually for the next 15 years. (Source: Greenbacker Capital Management, Website PR, 28 July, 2021) Contact: Commonwealth Energy Partners, 703-373-8138; CEP Solar, www.linkedin.com/company/cep-solar; Greenbacker, (646) 720-9463, www.greenbackercapital.com

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    RES, Octopus Renewables Ink Wind Management Agreement (Ind. Report)
    RES, Octopus Renewables
    Date: 2021-08-02
    Four of the nine are new sites totaling 234.4 MW to the RES portfolio, while the other five will continue to be managed by indpendant renewable energy developer RES after the successful re-tendering of the projects. Takeover of the four new sites: Cour, Beinneun, Grange and Hillhead of Auquhirie is complete, and work has already started to identify asset enhancements to make the sites as efficient as possible.

    The latest agreement means RES now delivers asset management services for over 130 wind, solar and storage assets in the UK and Ireland, with an installed clean energy capacity in excess of 2 GW. (Source: RES, Octopus Renewables, PR, Energy Global, 29 July, 2021)

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    Aussie Carbon Market Trading Platform Launched (Int'l.)
    Carbon Market
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-headquartered Renewable Energy Hub reports the launch of its Core Markets Carbon and Clean Energy Workbench, an over-the-counter platform for wholesale market proponents, project developers and end users.

    The Core Markets platform provides access to spot and forward contracts in carbon and electricity markets with a new suite of clean energy products developed by Renewable Energy Hub, and a full complement data and insights on price, co-benefits visibility and benchmarking of carbon credits and environmental market certificates.

    Renewable Energy Hub has also announced the execution of its first ACCU "Put option" carbon transaction in 100.000 units. (Source: Renewable Energy Hub, PR, RenewEconomy, 2 Aug, 2021) Contact: Renewable Energy Hub, Chris Holliwell, +61 2 9135 4932, www.renewableenergyhub.com.au

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    Terra-Gen Closes Financing on CA Solar+Storage Facility (Ind. Report)
    Terra-Gen
    Date: 2021-08-02
    NYC-headquartered independent renewable energy provider Terra-Gen, LLC reports completion of $804 million financing on the initial phase of its Edwards Sanborn Solar Storage facility in Kern County, California.

    When fully operational the project will produce sufficient clean energy for more than 158,000 homes and displace more than 307,000 tpy of CO2. The Edwards Sanborn Solar Storage facility incorporates 346 MWac of solar modules and 1,501 MWh of battery storage.

    The project is on land leased from Edwards Air Force Base as well as on adjacent private land. Mortenson is the full engineering, procurement and construction contractor on both the solar and energy storage scopes with First Solar supplying the solar modules and LG Chem and Samsung supplying the batteries.

    Terra-Gen, LLC is a leading U.S. developer, owner, and operator of utility-scale renewable energy projects in North America. Terra-Gen owns approximately 1.3 GW and 77MWh of wind, solar and energy storage capacity in operation across 26 renewable power facilities throughout the United States. Terra-Gen was formed in 2007 and is owned by ECP, a leading investor in infrastructure facilitating the energy transition, and First Sentier Investors, a leading global asset manager. (Source: Terra-Gen LLC, PR Contact: Terra-Gen LLC, Jim Pagano, CEO, 646-829-3909, 646-829-3900, jpagano@terra-gen.com, www.terra-gen.com

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    Apex, Plug Power Partner on Green Hydrogen Production (Ind. Report)
    Apex Clean Energy, Plug Power
    Date: 2021-07-28
    Following up on our June 11 coverage, Charlottesville, Virginia-based independent renewable energy developer Apex Clean Energy and Latham, New York-based Plug Power, a provider of turnkey hydrogen solutions, are reporting a 345 MW wind power purchase agreement (PPA) and a development services agreement for a 100 pct renewable "green" hydrogen production facility to be constructed in Camden County, Georgia.

    When fully operational, the plant is anticipated to produce 15 tpd of liquid green hydrogen intended to fuel transportation applications, including material handling and fuel cell electric vehicle fleets. The facility is expected to come in at $84 million with construction starting next year. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, PR, Website, July, 2021) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, 434.220.7595, Fax: 434.220.3712, info@apexcleanenergy.com, www.apexcleanenergy.com; Plug Power, investors@plugpower.com, www.plugpower.com, www.plugpower.com/hydrogen/genfuel

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    Titan Awarded 1.1Mn to ID Dangerous Li-ion Batteries (Funding)
    Titan Advanced Energy Solutions
    Date: 2021-07-28
    Salem, Mass.-based Titan Advanced Energy Solutions, focused on using ultrasound technology to help make batteries run better, safer, and longer lasting, is reporting receipt of $1.1 million in Phase II SBIR funding from the US DOE to develop and build a production-ready prototype of an early warning system that detects hazardous conditions in lithium-ion batteries.

    The Titan award is one of 110 innovative projects from American small businesses and entrepreneurs that the DOE is funding for a total of $127 million.

    The Phase II awards from the DOE's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program go to support the research and development of innovative clean energy technologies toward commercialization.

    Statista, a global business data platform, projects that between 2020 and 2030, the global demand for lithium-ion batteries will increase elevenfold to more than 2 terawatt hours. (Source: Titan Advanced Energy Solutions, PR, 27 July, 2021) Contact: Titan Advanced Energy Solutions, (978) 414-5538, info@titanaes.com, www.titanaes.com

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    B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy Funded (Ind. Report)
    Government of British Columbia
    Date: 2021-07-26
    In Victoria, the Government of British Columbia reports it and Shell Canada are each committing $35 million funding toward the new B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy and are collaborating to decarbonize the economy and scale up clean energy. The Government of Canada has committed up to $35 million for the Centre's projects. The funding is expected to leverage additional public and private-sector investments and participation.

    The Centre will bring together innovators, industry, governments and academics to accelerate the commercialization and scale-up of B.C.-based clean-energy technologies. It will also be a catalyst for new partnerships and world-leading innovation to deliver near- and longer-term carbon emission reductions, according to the release.

    The Centre, which is scheduled to launch this fall, will initially focus on: carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); the production, use and distribution of low-carbon hydrogen; biofuels and synthetic fuels (including marine and aviation fuels --SAF); renewable natural gas; battery technology, storage and energy management systems; and initiate new technology pathways to accelerate larger reductions on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050.

    The Centre will be established as an independent member-based, non-profit corporation to attract a wide range of companies and partners focused on low-carbon innovation and scaling up B.C.-based clean-energy technology. (Source: BC Government PR, 16 July, 2021) Contact: Gov. BC, www.gov.bc.ca

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    UCAP Power, Inc. Snares Maxwell Technologies (Ind. Report, M&A)
    UCAP Power, Maxwell Technologies
    Date: 2021-07-26
    San Diego-based Grantchester C Change Group (GCC), a global private equity investment firm specializing in electrification, infrastructure, and clean energy generation, reports its UCAP Power, Inc. has acquired ultracapacitor/energy storage specialist Maxwell Technologies for an undisclosed price.

    The purchase includes Maxwell's non-dry electrode, ultracapacitor business, other related assets, and the Maxwell brand. (Source: Grantchester Group, PR, 26 July, 2021) Contact: Grantchester Group, Liz Griggs, Managing Partner & CEO, 858-264-1212, www.grantchestergroup.com; Maxwell Technologies, Dr. Franz Fink, Pres., CEO, (617) 236-0500, www.maxwell.com

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    Argonne Awarded $4.15 Mn for Bldg. Efficiency (Funding)
    Argonne National Laboratory
    Date: 2021-07-23
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced over $30 million in federal funding, matched by over $35 million in private sector funds, for 68 projects that will accelerate the commercialization of promising energy technologies -- ranging from clean energy to building efficiency, energy efficiency and next-generation materials.

    The DOE's Argonne National Laboratory was awarded $4.15 million in federal funds, cost-shared by industry partners in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The awards are supported by the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF), which is managed by DOE Office of Technology Transitions.

    Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne is managed by University of Chicago Argonne LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. (Source: Argonne National Laboratory, PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Science, www.energy.gov/science; Argonne National Lab, 630-252-2000, www.anl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Argonne National Laboratory,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Topsoe Tech. Tapped for Cdn. Hydrogen Energy Complex (Ind. Report)
    Haldor Topsoe,Air Products
    Date: 2021-07-23
    Denmark-headquartered Haldor Topsoe reports Air Products has selected Topsoe's SynCOR™ autothermal reforming technology to capture CO2 emissions from the production of blue hydrogen from natural gas at Air Products' planned facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

    The new facility, which is expected to come online in 2024, will capture over 95 pct of the produced CO2, which will then be stored underground. Hydrogen-fueled electricity will power the plant and offset the remaining 5 pct of emissions at the site. The complex will also produce liquid hydrogen for merchant sales and use as a clean transportation fuel.

    The Edmonton hydrogen complex is part of Air Products' aim to produce over 1,500 tpd of hydrogen and capture more than 3 million tpy of CO2 in Alberta alone. Canada's clean energy diversification strategy has tagged hydrogen as a key enabler for Canada to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, the release notes. (Source: Topsoe, PR, Website, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Amy Hebert, CCO, Ulrik Frohlke, Media , +45 27 77 99 68, ulfr@topsoe.com, www.topsoe.com; Air Products, Robert Tikovsky, VP Process Gases, www.airproducts.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Haldor Topsoe,  Hydrogen,  Air Products,  


    Bloomington Launches Green Home Program (Ind. Report)
    Bloomington
    Date: 2021-07-23
    In Illinois, the City of Bloomington is touting the Bloomington Green Home Improvement Program, a partnership between the city's Department of Economic and Sustainable Environment, the not-for-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Friendly Bloomington, and Clean Energy Credit Union -- a low-income designated, federally chartered credit union that offers loans for clean energy projects.

    Under the program, qualified Bloomington homeowners will be eligible for $1,000 rebates and low-interest loans for solar electric system installations, geothermal heat pump systems, energy efficient HVAC , LED lighting and others.

    All eligible Bloomington city residents will be directed to apply directly for a loan from Clean Energy Credit Union at an interest rate reduced by 0.5 pct according to the release. Residents with a household income below $100,000 who verify completion of a green energy project are then eligible for a $1,000 rebate from the city. A federal solar income tax credit of 26 pct is also available for solar or geothermal projects completed in 2021 or 2022. (Source: CDFI Friendly Bloomington, Indiana Daily Student, 22 July, 2021) Contact: CDFI Friendly Bloomington, Brian Payne, Executive Director, www.cdfifriendlybtown.org; Clean Energy Credit Union, www.cleanenergycu.org

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    Alliant Energy Touts 1,000,000 Tree Planting Plan (Ind. Report)
    Alliant Energy
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In its recently released 2021 Corporate Responsibility Report, Madison, Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy noted it will plant 1 million trees across its service area -- Wisconsin and Iowa -- as part of efforts to promote sustainability and transition to clean energy. The utility would be the state's first corporate partner to help Wisconsin fulfill its pledge of planting millions of trees in the next decade to help address climate change.

    Alliant noted the cost of the planting project has not yet been determined but would be funded by shareholders, not ratepayers.

    To date this year, the state of Wisconsin has planted 4.8 million seedlings in rural areas and 42,000 seedlings in urban areas as part of its plan to plant 75 million trees to store almost 29 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next 50 years. One million mature trees can store an estimated 500,000 tpy of carbon dioxide . (Source: Alliant, PR, WPR, 20 July, 2021) Contact: Alliant, Jeff Hanson, Dir. Environmental Services and Corporate Sustainability, (608) 458-3956, www.alliantenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Tree Planting,  Carbon Emissions,  

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