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Heritage Wind Plans 33-Turbine Barre NY Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy,Heritage Wind
Date: 2020-01-22
In the Empire State, Charlottesville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy's Heritage Wind unit is proposing a wind farm consisting of up to 33 wind turbines generating up to 184.8 megawatts of electricity in Barre.

The project would include wind turbines, access roads, electrical collection lines, substations, permanent meteorological towers, an operations and maintenance building, and construction staging areas. As part of the project's Article 10 process, a Preliminary Scoping Statement was filed on March 16, 2018 with the state siting board. (Source: Heritage Wind, Batavia News, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, 434-220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com; Heritage Wind, (231)935-3659, www.heritagewindenergy.com

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


Conn. Green Bank Offers C-PACE Efficiency Financing (Ind Report)
Connecticut’s Green Bank
Date: 2020-01-17
The Rocky Hill, Conn.-based Connecticut Green Bank, the quasi-public agency tasked with attracting private investment in energy efficiency and renewable power projects, reports it is now offering commercial property Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) loans.

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: Connecticut Green Bank, New Haven Insider, 15 Jan., 2020) Contact: Connecticut Green Bank, Mackey Dykes, VP Financing Programs, 860-563-0015, www.ctgreenbank.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Connecticut Green Bank,  C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Rebound's Energy-Efficient Cooling Technology Raises $5Mn (Funding)
Rebound Technologies
Date: 2020-01-17
In Denver, Rebound Technologies, developer of an energy-efficient and more cost-effective alternative to traditional vapor compression cooling systems, reports the closing of a $5 million Series A financing. The lead investors were Clean Energy Ventures and Skyview Ventures, with participation from Autodesk Foundation, the philanthropic investing arm of multinational software corporation Autodesk.

Rebound's IcePoint® technology reportedly uses significantly less energy than traditional methods, improves the freezing efficiency of cooling systems by 35 pct and potentially prevents 681 MMT of greenhouse gas emissions annually from the cooling sector by 2050.

Rebound will use the new capital to install its first industrial-scale systems with food manufacturers and cold storage logistics companies in North America. The company previously received funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and a group of seed investors including PRIME Coalition, Closed Loop Ventures, and Investors' Circle. About Rebound Technologies. (Source: Rebound Technologies, PR, 16 Jan., 2020)Contact: Rebound Technologies, Kevin Davies, CEO, www.rebound-tech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Minn. CERTs Announces Energy Efficiency Grants (Funding)
Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Team
Date: 2020-01-15
In Minneapolis, Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) reports it is awarding Seed Grants to 35 innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in communities statewide.

The 35 projects received funding across a broad spectrum of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies including LED energy efficient lighting, components of energy education, outreach, community building, R&D and others.

These awards mark the tenth round of Seed Grants from CERTs, totalling over $1.3 million to 393 projects since 2006. (Source: Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams, Cookston Times, 13 Jan., 2020)Contact: Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams, 612-625-8759, info@cleanenergyresourceteams.org, www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  


Brookfield Bids for TerraForm Power (Ind. Report, M&A)
Brookfield Renewables,TerraForm
Date: 2020-01-15
Markham, Ontario-headquartered Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions is reporting a takeover bid for all outstanding shares of clean energy developer TerraForm Power, of which it and its affiliates presently own 62 pct.

TerraForm has stakes in 2,392MW of wind and 1,674MW of solar PV facilities in the US, Europe, Canada, Chile and Uruguay.

The deal is board, regulatory and other approvals. (Source: Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, WindPower, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, Gordon Hicks, CEO, (905) 943-4100, www.brookfieldgis.com; TerraForm Power, (240) 762-7700, information@terraform.com, www.terraform.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Renewables,  TerraForm,  


CFA Announces Energy Efficiency Grant Funding (Ind. Report, Funding)
Energy Efficiency,Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
Date: 2020-01-15
In the Keystone State, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies (CFA) is reporting the availability of grant funding from the Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund for "projects and programs that support the development and use of clean energy technologies and energy efficiency."

The Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, which is managed by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and the Berks County Community Foundation, will distribute a total of nearly $200,000 in funding ranging from $2,000 to $50,000, depending on the scope of the projects.

Grant funding is prioritized for nonprofits, but commercial and industrial organizations also may apply. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Eligible applicants must be located in and/or serve residents in territory served by Met-Ed or Penelec in Pennsylvania. (Source: Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Penna., 14 Jan., 2020) Contact: Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, www.metedpenelecsef.org; Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, 814-536-7741, www.cfalleghenies.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Eficiency Funding,  Energy Efficiency Grants,  


Clean Energy Finance Corp. Touts Green Home Loan Program (Int'l.)
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Date: 2020-01-13
In the Land Down Under, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is launching a green home loan program at 2.44 pct interest for borrowers who meet a minimum seven-star energy rating, which it says is the first loan to use energy efficiency measurement tools to determine eligibility. The Bank Australia -- the first lender to offer the scheme -- will draw on up to $60 million in CEFC finance, providing the interest rate discount to mortgages below $1.5 million

A minimum of seven stars under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) -- which rates the energy efficiency of a home based on its design -- exceeds the minimum standards of the National Construction Code, and homes built to this rating require less energy for heating and cooling.

At a later date, Bank Australia is expected extend the discounted loan program to finance green home improvements, including energy monitoring, energy storage systems, solar hot wate, energy efficient air conditioning and others. (Source: Clean Energy Finance Corp., Domain, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Clean Energy Finance Corporation, www.cefc.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Finance Corporation,  Energy Efficiency ,  


Kresge Foundation Commitment to Advance Solar+Storage, Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report, Funding)
Clean Energy Group
Date: 2020-01-13
The Kresge Foundation, the Montpelier, Vermont-based not-for-profit Clean Energy Group (CEG) and New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC) are reporting a $3.3 million commitment to accelerate the market development of solar PV plus battery storage (solar+storage) technologies in historically under-served communities. The multiyear financing program guaranteed by the Kresge Foundation includes:
  • A $3 million loan guarantee to reduce credit risk for solar+storage projects in low- and moderate-income areas. Structured as a 50 pct payment guarantee to help ensure borrowers' loan payments remain current, this innovative credit enhancement reduces the risk of a payment default to lenders and their investors who provided capital for solar+storage loans.

  • $170,000 in a capacity-building grant to accelerate the participating lender's ability to finance solar+storage projects, build project pipelines and actively engage in information sharing.

  • $120,000 in technical-assistance grants to enable eligible project owners and developers to assess the technical and financial feasibility of new solar+storage projects.

    Clean Energy Group is a national, nonprofit advocacy organization working on innovative technology, finance, and policy programs in the areas of clean energy and climate change.

    Established in 2010 as the nation's first local green bank, NYCEEC is a 501(c)(3) mission-driven lender focused exclusively on energy efficiency and clean energy in buildings. (Source: Clean Energy Group, Vermont Business, 9 Jan., 2020) Contact: NYCEC, Jessica Luk, Director of Development, www.nyceec.com; Clean Energy Group, Robert Sanders, rsanders@cleanegroup.org, www.cleanenergygroup.org; Kresge Foundation, www.kresge.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Group,  Solar+Storage,  Energy Storage,  


  • Guelph Considers Energy Efficiency Finance Program (Ind. Report)
    PACE, City of Guelph
    Date: 2020-01-10
    In Ontario, Our Energy Guelph (OEG), a public interest group has proposed the city of 132,000 residents adopt the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program to assist property owners with energy efficiency retrofit and renewable energy loans through OEG.

    OEG is looking to administer approximately $100 million per year -- from private entities like financial institutions or insurance companies looking for investments in energy efficiency projects -- to finance projects under the PACE program, (Source: Our Energy Guelph, Guelph Mercury Tribune, Jan., 2020)Contact: Our Energy Guelph, Alex Chapman, Exec. Dir., www.ourenergyguelph.ca

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


    Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for the (CLEAN) Future Act Released (Reg. & Leg. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-01-10
    In the nation's capitol, U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) has released the legislative framework of the draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for the (CLEAN) Future Act -- an ambitious new climate plan to ensure the U.S. achieves net-zero greenhouse gas pollution and 100 pct clean energy no later than 2050. The draft bill incorporates both proven and novel concepts, presenting a set of policy proposals that will put the U.S. on the path to a clean and prosperous economy. Specific to carbon emissions and climate change, the draft legislation:
  • Directs all federal agencies to use all existing authorities to put the country on a path toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It does not stipulate which energy sources or strategies qualify, instead taking a technology-inclusive approach to reaching net-zero emissions by mid-century. To ensure federal agencies' collective efforts remain on track, the draft legislation directs the EPA to evaluate each agency's plans, make recommendations and report on progress each year.

  • Empowers the states to complete the transition to a net-zero economy, based on the existing federalism model in the (Obama administration) Clean Air Act. The bill sets a national climate standard of net-zero greenhouse gas pollution in each state by 2050. States are then granted flexibility to develop plans to meet the 2050 and interim standards based on their policy preferences, priorities and circumstances. Each state must submit a climate plan to EPA, which then reviews and approves or disapproves each plan.

  • Establishes a National Climate Bank to mobilize public and private investments in low- and zero-emissions energy technologies, climate resiliency, building efficiency and electrification, industrial decarbonization, grid modernization, agriculture projects, and clean transportation.

  • The draft legislation reduces transportation emissions, the largest source of GHG emissions, by improving vehicle efficiency, accelerating the transition to low- to zero-carbon fuels and building the infrastructure needed for a clean transportation system. The bill directs EPA to set new, increasingly stringent greenhouse gas emission standards for light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including off-road modes of transportation. (Source: Office of Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., Jan., 2020) Contact: Congressman Frank Pallone Jr , Chairman, Energy and Commerce Committee, (202) 225-4671 (202) 225-9665 - fax, https://pallone.house.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • OMPA Adding 40-MW of Wind to Power Mix (Ind. Report)
    Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority,Oklahoma City
    Date: 2020-01-10
    In the Sooner State, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is reporting the addition of 40 more megawatts of wind energy to its resource portfolio. The new wind generation is the product of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Grant Plains Wind Farm in Grant County, Oklahoma.

    The 2016-vintage, 64-turbine wind farm has an overall capacity of 147 megawatts and was constructed by Apex Clean Energy. OMPA, which supplies power to 42 Oklahoma communities, sources 26 pct of its overall power from renewables. (Source: Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, Edmond Sun, Contact: Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, 405-340-5047, www.ompa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority,  Wind,  


    Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for the (CLEAN) Future Act Includes Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-01-10
    In the nation's capitol, U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) has released the legislative framework of the draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for the (CLEAN) Future Act -- an ambitious new plan to ensure the U.S. achieves net-zero greenhouse gas pollution and 100 pct clean energy no later than 2050. The draft bill incorporates both proven and novel concepts, presenting a set of policy proposals that will put the U.S. on the path to a clean and prosperous economy.

    Specific to energy efficiency, the draft legislation aims to improve the efficiency of new and existing buildings, equipment and appliances as well as establishes national energy savings targets for continued improvement of model building energy codes, leading to a requirement of zero-energy-ready buildings by 2030. (Source: Office of Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., Jan., 2020) Contact: Congressman Frank Pallone Jr , Chairman, Energy and Commerce Committee, (202) 225-4671 (202) 225-9665 - fax, https://pallone.house.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Canon City Colorado Community Solar Garden Completed (Ind Report)
    Clean Energy Co, Black Hills Energy
    Date: 2020-01-06
    Cheyenne, Wyoming-headquartered utility Black Hills Energy and its approved third-party partner, Louisville, Colorado-based Clean Energy Co are reporting completion of a 2-MW community solar garden in Canon City, Colorado -- the fifth community solar garden in Black Hills' service territory.

    Canon City holds roughly 40 pct of the solar garden's subscription capacity and the county has about 15 pct with remaining subscribers in Fremont, Custer and Pueblo counties. (Source: Black Hills, Carson City Daily Record, Jan., 2019) Contact: Clean Energy Co., 844-232-7253, info@cleanenergyco.com, www.cleanenergyco.com; Black Hills Energy, 888-890-5554, www.blackhillsenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Hills Energy,  Solar Garden,  Community Solar,  


    Hydrogen Gas Specialist Looses NB Power Funding (Funding)
    JOI Scientific,NB Power
    Date: 2020-01-03
    In Fredericton, the New Brunswick Department of Energy and Resource Development is reporting the provincial utility NB Power has ceased its ongoing financial financial support of Merrit, Florida-based hydrogen gas developer JOI Scientific.

    NB Power had pumped $13 million into the company and reportedly continues to lease a lab space for the company that cost about $20,000 a month.

    The company, which claims its "Hydrogen 2.0" technology isolates hydrogen gas from seawater, which can then be burned to create clean energy, failed to prove its technology by a December 31, 2019 deadline. (Source: NB Power, GlobalNews, 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: NB Power, Gaetan Thomas, CEO, Marc Belliveau, Communications, (506) 458-4203, www.nbpower.com; JOI Scientific, 209-787-3564, info@joiscientific.com, www.joiscientific.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  NB Power,  


    Goldman Sachs Sacks Fossil Fuel Financing (Ind. Report)
    Goldman Sachs
    Date: 2020-01-03
    In the Big Apple, international banking firm Goldman Sachs reports it is the first major U.S.-based bank to publicly declare it will not finance new oil fossil fuel projects in the Arctic and other projects that "significantly convert or degrade a natural habitat". The banking giant also acknowledged the scientific consensus on climate change as "one of the most significant environmental challenges of the 21st century", according to its website.

    Goldman Sachs also noted its commitment to invest $750 billion over the next 10 years in areas that focus on climate transition. As of the end of 2018, Goldman Sachs had financed $80 billion in clean-energy projects toward its goal of financing or investing $150 billion in clean energy by 2025, according to its 2019 annual report and website. (Source: Goldman Sachs, Petroleum Planet, Alaska Journal of Commerce, 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: Goldman Sachs , John Goldstein, Sustainable Finance Group, 212-902-1000, www.goldmansachs.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fissil Fuel,  Goldman Sachs,  Climate Change,  Fossil Fuel,  


    NJ BPU Solar Transition Incentive Program Now In Force (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2019-12-20
    On December 6, 2019, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) issued an order effective December 16, 2019, establishing a Solar Transition Incentive Program (TREC), the key provisions of the Order are as follows:
  • The TREC Program will be available to all solar projects that submitted complete SREC Registration (SRP) Applications after October 29, 2018 that have yet to commence operations but otherwise remain in good standing in the SRP pipeline at the time the BPU determines that 5.1 pct of all electricity sold in New Jersey comes from solar generation;

  • All TREC Program projects will generate a factored Transition Renewable Energy Certificate for each MWh of electricity generated;

  • TRECs will be generated for 15 years and will be purchased by a TREC Administrator who will allocate the TRECs amongst the load serving entities;

  • The Clean Energy Act of 2018 established a cap that prohibits the cost of Class 1 RECs (excluding the cost of offshore wind RECs), which includes the TREC, from amounting to more than 9 pct of the total electric sales during Energy Years 2020 and 2021, and amounting to more than 7 pct of total electric sales during subsequent energy years;

  • The TREC is valued at $65 for energy years 2021, 2022 and 2023, and $189 for each remaining energy year of the projects' 15 year TREC eligibility. The BPU will provide further guidance as to whether the TREC value will remain as set forth above or will be changed to a flat $152 for all 15 years of generation eligibility;

  • TRECs may be sold in the energy year (June 1 -- May 31) in which they are generated and the following energy year. If the TREC is not sold within the applicable window, they may be sold as Class 1 RECs.

    The order now provides some certainty to solar developers and will provide a transition program until the BPU establishes a new long-term incentive program. (Source: NJ BPU, Dec., 2019) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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


  • Renova Power Plant Completes RME Oil Biofuel Upgrade (Int'l.)
    Renova
    Date: 2019-12-16
    In Gothenburg, Swedish waste power plant Renova reports the completion of upgrads to its eight start-up and support burners to operate on with rapeseed methyl ester (RME) oil biofuel. Belgian clean energy company PetroBio completed the upgrade of the existing combustible oil system for operation with RME of which the plant consumes about 550 cubic mpy. (Source: Renova, Biofuels, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: PetroBio, Johanna Linden, CEO , +46 31 335 49 50, info@petro.se, www.petro.se; Ronova, www.renova.se

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renova,  Biofuel,  


    DC High-Performance Building Hub Launched (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy DC Plan
    Date: 2019-12-11
    In the nation's capital, DOEE reports the June, 2019, awarding of grant funding to a team led by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) to develop and operate a High-Performance Building Hub. The Hub will support owners, developers, builders, and designers as they seek to comply with the District's new green building requirements and related policy objectives.

    The Hub will advance the Clean Energy DC Plan and the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018, as well as provide education on the District's Building Energy and Green Construction Codes. The Hub will draw from examples such as the New York City Building Energy Exchange, the Vancouver Zero Emission Building Exchange, and BloxHUB in Copenhagen to support the building and building energy efficiency industries. IMT.org to sign up for updates. (Source: DC.gov, Department of Energy & Environment, Dec., 2019) Contact: High-Performance Building Hub, Kate Johnson, katherine.johnson@dc.gov, IMT, www.imt.org; Clean Energy DC Plan, www.doee.dc.gov › cleanenergydc

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


    APS Solar Installation Slated for Sedona (Ind. Report)
    APS Solar Communities
    Date: 2019-12-11
    In Arizona, the Sedona City Hall reports it will host a 150 kilowatt solar system under the Arizona Public Service's (APS) Solar Communities program that is expected to save the city roughly $90,000 and produce clean energy over the next 20 years.

    APS will install, operate, and maintain the city's solar photovoltaic system free of charge, and the city will receive a monthly bill credit from APS. The program, which is designed to enable non-residential customers as well as limited- and moderate-income customers take advantage of clean solar energy. The project is scheduled for completion in late January. (Source: City of Sadona, APS Solar Communities, Signals AZ, Dec., 2019) Contact: City of Sedona, www.sedonaaz.gov; APS, Solar Communities; www.aps.com/solarcommunities, www.aps.com/en/About/Sustainability-and-Innovation/Technology-and-Innovation/Solar-Communities

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


    ALLETE's North Dakota Glen Ulin Wind Facility Online (Ind. Report)
    ALLETE
    Date: 2019-12-11
    Minnesota-based Allete Inc. subsidiary Allete Clean Energy is reporting its 106-MW Glen Ullin Energy Center west of Bismarck, North Dakota is now online and producing wind power for Xcel Energy customers in the Upper Midwest. The 43-turbine wind facility produces sufficient electric power for about 55,600 homes.

    ALLETE Clean Energy also developed the 107.5-mw Thunder Spirit wind farm near Hettinger and sold it to Montana-Dakota Utilities in 2015. ALLETE Clean Energy expanded Thunder Spirit to about 155 MW and sold the expansion to MDU in 2018. The company is also working on the 80-mw South Peak wind site in Montana with plans to bring it online near the end of the year to sell power to NorthWestern Energy. The company's approximately 300-megawatt Diamond Spring wind project in Oklahoma has broken ground and will sell wind power to Walmart, Starbucks and Smithfield Foods. (Contact: ALLETE, Business North, 10 Dec., 2019) Contact: ALLETE, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952, vmeyer@allete.com, www.allete.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ALLETE CLean Energy,  ALLETE,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


    Norwegian Airline Offers Passenger CO2-Offsetting (Int'l Report)
    Norwegian Airline
    Date: 2019-12-09
    Norwegian, the low-cost airline reports it will join the UNFCCC's Climate Neutral Now Pledge to measure and report its greenhouse gas emissions, reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible and offset remaining emissions with UN Certified Emission Reductions (CERs).

    To that end, Norwegian has partnered with the Oslo-based climate company CHOOOSE to make it easy for customers to offset their carbon footprint as part of the ticketing process.

    When first selecting a flight, Norwegian informs customers how its flights' emissions compares to industry average. The CO2 emissions calculation is based on the official methodology of the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Council of Clean Transportation (ICCT) and Norwegian's own flight emissions data. Next, customers are offered a simple option to offset their calculated carbon footprint directly in the checkout process. For customers that opt in, offsetting is then performed through carefully selected CO2-reducing clean energy projects in regions Norwegian flies to. The projects are certified by the UN and the Gold Standard. The Gold Standard also includes contributions to other UN Sustainable Development Goals. (Source: Norwegian, PR, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: Norwegian, Geir Karlsen, Acting CEO, www.norwegian.com; CHOOSE, Andreas Slettvoll, CEO, hey@chooose.today, wwwchooose.today; International Council of Clean Transportation, www.theicct.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offsetting,  Airline Emissiuons,  Aviation Emissions,  


    Cincinnati Energy Alliance Claims Record PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
    Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
    Date: 2019-12-09
    In the Buckeye State, the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is reporting a record-breaking year in Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing transactions. In 2019, GCEA closed 24 PACE loans valued at nearly $27 million, more than doubling their 2018 total.

    GCEA is a nonprofit organization with a mission to facilitate investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to reduce carbon emissions. ( Source: Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, Dec., 2019) Contact: Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, (513) 621-4232, www.greatercea.org; PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enertgy Efficiency,  PACE,  PACE Financing,  


    Buffalo Stampeding to C-PACE Financing Program (Ind. Report)
    PACE,C-PACE,City of Buffalo
    Date: 2019-12-09
    In the Empire State, the city of Buffalo Common Council's legislative committee has recommended the city participate the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing program. The program provides private capital to commercial and nonprofit building owners for renewable energy and energy-efficient upgrades.

    The statewide not-for-profit Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC) will act on the city's behalf and will administer the new financing program and provide a list of pre-approved lenders.

    Qualifying commercial properties cannot be owned by an individual or single proprietor and cannot be government-owned property. Eligible property owners may be corporations -- both for-profit and not-for-profit -- limited liability companies, partnerships and real estate investment trusts and must be current in mortgage payments and property taxes. (Source: Buffalo Common Council, Buffalo News, 7 Dec., 2019) Contact: Buffalo Common Council, www.buffalony.gov › Common-Council; C-PACE, (877) 325-1882, www.copace.com

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


    ACENY Promotes Case for Carbon Pricing at the NYISO Ind Report)
    Alliance for Clean Energy New York
    Date: 2019-12-09
    Reporting from Albany, the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACENY) has released The Case for Carbon Pricing at the NYISO, a new paper laying out the arguments for New York to integrate the cost of carbon pollution into the State's wholesale electricity market. ACENY is hoping the State will align the markets with New York's ambitious renewable energy goals.

    The Case for Carbon Pricing at the NYISO, puts forth clear arguments in favor of Carbon Pricing:

  • Carbon Pricing will set an example for the Nation of how carbon policy can align with markets;
  • It will complement NY's new climate law and make it more likely that NY's ambitious goals will be met;
  • Lower the costs that would otherwise be paid by state agencies in achieving the Empire State's goals, lower the costs the State needs to invest in transmission, and lower the overall costs of achieving the climate law's mandates; and
  • Be able to be implemented quickly and cost-effectively, with little to no consumer impact, if it has NYS support.

    ACENY is a broad coalition dedicated to promoting clean energy, energy efficiency, a healthy environment, and a strong economy for the Empire State, and is New York's premier advocate for the rapid adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. (Source: ACENY, Dec., 2019) Contact: ACENY, Anne Reynolds, Executive Director, 518.432.1405 x222 (o), 518.248.4556 (m), areynolds@aceny.org, www.aceny.org; NYISO, www.nyiso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance for Clean Energ,  NYISOy New York,  Carbon Price,  Carbon Tax,  


  • Notable Quote from ScottishPower CEO
    COP25,ScottishPower
    Date: 2019-12-06
    "Every green megawatt of electricity will be crucial if we stand any chance of hitting 'net zero' in 2050, so innovation from energy companies is more important than ever.

    "This means squeezing the absolute maximum potential out of every clean energy project that we consider. In the UK and Ireland the perfect blend of clean power from onshore renewables should include a mixture of clean energy technologies.

    "The costs for building wind, solar and batteries have reduced considerably in recent years, and they complement each other very well. They perform best at different times of the day and at different times of the year." -- Keith Anderson, ScottishPower, Speaking at COP25 in Madrid.Contact: ScottishPower, Keith Anderson, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  ScottishPower,  CO25,  


    IEA Announces Nebraska Thunderhead Wind Contract (Ind. Report)
    Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Indianapolis-headquartered Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA), through its IEA Constructors unit, reports receipt of a wind energy project award for construction of the Thunderhead Wind Project in Antelope and Wheeler counties, Nebraska.

    The project will utilize 108 GE wind turbines with 300 megawatts of capacity. The power will be delivered into the Nebraska electrical grid. Project work is underway for completion in September 2020.

    Chicago-based Invenergy developed the project. The company owns and operates large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities across North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe. It has developed 150 projects with more than 24,000 megawatts of power capacity. (Source: IEA, PR, reve 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: IEA, JP Roehm, CEO, (800) 688-3775, Andrew Layman, (765) 828-2580, andre.layman@iea.net, www.iea.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives,  Wind ,  


    Newfoundland Lagging in Canadian Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Efficiency Canada
    Date: 2019-11-27
    In its just released provincial energy efficiency scorecard, Efficiency Canada, a new Carleton University headquartered think tank in Ottawa, has ranked Newfoundland and Labrador in 10th place for its lack of policies on everything from promoting electric vehicle use to improving efficient construction codes and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. "There's just a general lack of attention in Newfoundland to implementing efficiency policies relative to other jurisdictions" including British Columbia which came in first.

    According to the score card, B.C.'s provincial government is charting progress toward 2032, when all new builds will have to be net-zero energy ready and produce as much clean energy as they consume.

    In an effort to address energy efficiency, and by extension climate change, Newfoundland recently expanded its home energy savings program, doubling in the last budget year to $2 million in grants to low income households for insulation, hat pumps and other energy efficiency upgrades. (Source: Efficiency Canada, CBC, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Efficiency Canada, Brendan Haley, Policy Director, info@efficiencycanada.org, www.efficiencycanada.org ; Newfoundland Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, www.mae.gov.nl.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Efficiency Canada,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    La Plata Opts for C-PACE Energy Efficiency Financing (Ind. Report)
    C-PACE
    Date: 2019-11-25
    In Colorafdo, the La Plata County Commissioners recently signed a resolution to participate in the C-PACE (commercial property assessed clean energy) program to encourage energy efficiency projects and help commercial building owners source capital providers, install energy efficiency, renewable energy and water efficiency measures with affordable, long-term financing.

    The program benefits building owners by generating an immediate positive cash flow with no up-front, out-of-pocket expense. C-PACE enables a complete upgrade of the building with eligible energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. At no cost to contractors, C-PACE experts will help identify eligible properties, prepare proposals, and develop, optimize, and present projects incorporating C-PACE financing. (Source: Durango Herald, 24 Nov., 2019) Contact: C-PACE, (877) 325-1882, www.copace.com

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


    First C-PACE Financing Closed in Kane County, Ill. (Ind. Report)
    Illinois Energy Conservation Authority
    Date: 2019-11-25
    The Illinois Energy Conservation Authority NFP (IECA) reports the Kane County Energy Efficiency Program (KEEP) closed a commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) $351,136 financing on roof improvements and a solar PV system for a 48,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor soccer campus facility in Elgin, Illinois. This transaction marks KEEP's first C-PACE financed project. Kane County the first C-PACE program in Illinois.

    The solar PV system will be installed by Naperville-based Bright Life Renewable Energy, LLC. Bright Life initiated the C-PACE application with their client through the IECA, a not-for-profit organization committed to bringing C-PACE program administration to the Chicagoland area. (Source: Illinois Energy Conservation Authority, PR, RE Journals, Nov., 2019) Contact: Illinois Energy Conservation Authority, www.iecapace.org; C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, ckellogg@c-pacealliance.com, www.c-pacealliance.com

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


    $2M Invested in NY ANCA Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    Adirondack North Country Association
    Date: 2019-11-25
    In the Empire State, the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) is touting completion of two New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) programs -- the Cleaner Greener Communities (CGC) One Stop Shop (OSS) Program and the Clean Energy Communities (CEC) Program, both of which are designed to help municipalities reduce costs and increase energy efficiency. Together, the CEC and OSS programs provided over $2M in energy efficiency project funding to the region, according to the ANCA release.

    The OSS program included the creation of four Energy Circuit Rider (ECR) positions and the development of tools and resources. ANCA was awarded the OSS grant in 2015 as part of NYSERDA's Cleaner Greener Communities Program which has assisted 195 North Country communities in completing a variety of clean energy projects including: LED lighting upgrades; building envelope improvements; battery energy storage feasibility studies; net zero design; pellet boiler installations; LED streetlight conversions; electric vehicle charging station installation; solar siting and solar installations.

    Starting in 2016, ANCA's ECRs led an outreach campaign through the CEC program, providing technical and financial support for 35 North Country communities and assisted each in the adoption of at least four of ten "high impact action items" determined by the State as important first steps in achieving its clean energy goals.

    The first 18 communities to achieve CEC designation were awarded $50K-$250 to complete clean energy projects. To date, 19 North Country municipalities have been designated CEC Communities. (Source: ANCA, Adirondack Almanac, 24 Nov., 2019) Contact: ANCA, (518) 891-6200 , energy@adirondack.org, www.adirondack.org; NYSERDA Designated Clean Energy Communities, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities/Designated-Clean-Energy-Communities

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  


    TRC-Q Announces Microalgae Biofuels R&D Projects (Ind. Report)
    Qatar Science & Technology Park,Total
    Date: 2019-11-25
    Reporting from the Qatar Science & Technology Park, Total Research Centre-Qatar (TRC-Q) is announcing the launch of two new research projects using locally sourced microalgae to produce sustainable biofuels and for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). The Centre is also collaborating with Hamad Bin Khalifa University's Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute to develop various clean energy technologies, products and solutions.

    According to the release, TRC-Q currently has projects for analytical organic geochemistry and acid stimulation of wells to improve production, as well as flagship projects related to sustainable development, marine biodiversity biofuels and solar energy Microalgae is a promising pathway to sustainable Biofuels and TRC-Q is working with QU and universities and research organisations in the Netherlands, France and China to explore biofuels, as an option for limiting transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions, according to the release. (Source: Total Research Centre-Qatar, Gulf Times, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Total, www.total.com/en; Total Research Centre-Qatar, Yousef al-Jaber, Dir., www.afaq.total.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae news,  Microalgae.Biofuel news,  


    Notable Quote -- Wind in the Garden State

    Date: 2019-11-22
    "(Wind) There is no other renewable energy resource that provides us with either the electric-generation or economic-growth potential of offshore wind.

    When we reach our goal of 7,500 megawatts, New Jersey's offshore wind infrastructure will generate electricity to power more than 3.2 million homes and meet fifty percent of our state's electric power need." -- NJ Governor Phil Murphy 19 Nov., 2019)

    "If the United States is going to compete and win in the 21st century's global clean energy marketplace, ramping up our nation's wind production is going to be absolutely critical. Offshore wind has an important role to play as an untapped, but potentially massive, emerging market in the U.S. that can drive billions of dollars in economic investment and create tens of thousands of American jobs." -- Gregory Wetstone, Pres. & CEO, American Council on Renewable Energy, CNBC, 19 Nov., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    Mich. Cities Planning Regional Carbon Neutrality Goal (Ind Report)
    City of Ypsilanti
    Date: 2019-11-22
    In Washtenaw County, Michigan, the city of Ypsilanti (pop. 22,000 +-) City Council reports it has resolved to develop a draft plan to achieve carbon neutrality in the community by 2035. The initiative is in line with the city's commitment to locally combat climate change and join the city of Ann Arbor in its sustainability efforts.

    The city of Ann Arbor has declared a climate emergency and set a goal to make the community carbon-neutral by 2030. Ypsilanti plans to work with Ann Arbor officials to develop a regional plan. Washtenaw County allocated $30,000 to hire a consultant to do a greenhouse gas inventory for the county to begin the action plan that could include moving away from fossil fuels, using clean energy, and balancing remaining carbon emissions with offsetting efforts like planting trees to achieve a zero-carbon footprint. (Source: City of Ypsilanti, MLive, 21 Nov., 2019) Contact: City of Ypsilanti, 734-482-1025, www.cityofypsilanti.com

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


    New Mexico Releases Climate Strategy 2019 Report (Ind. Report)
    Mew Mexico Climate Change
    Date: 2019-11-22
    Since Governor Lujan Grisham (D) signed Executive Order 2019-003, bringing New Mexico to the forefront of states taking ambitious climate action, we have made rapid progress towards our goals. New Mexico joined the U.S. Climate Alliance and committed to a statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of at least 45 pct by 2030, as compared to 2005 levels. Legislation signed into law by the Governor during the 2019 legislative session demonstrates the seriousness and speed of our work: New Mexico's landmark Energy Transition Act contains one of the most ambitious renewable energy and zero-carbon electricity standards in the United States and establishes worker and community transition funds. New Mexico's electric utility efficiency standards are stronger than ever. The Climate Change Task Force, which spans all state agencies, has developed an initial suite of ambitious policies to accelerate the state's transition into a clean energy future.

    These policies, which include a methane emission reduction regulatory framework, an update to the state's building codes, and electricity transmission corridors to transport renewable electricity resources to market -- among many others -- are already beginning to come to fruition. This is only the beginning.

    Download the New Mexico Climate Strategy 2019 Report HERE. (Source: Arizona Climate Action, Las Cruces Sun News, Nov., 2019 Contact: Arizona Climate Action, www.climateaction.state.nm.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cliamte Change,  Low-Carbon Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Ellomay Announces PV Dev. Framework Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Ellomay
    Date: 2019-11-20
    Tel-Aviv-based Ellomay Capital Ltd., a renewable energy and power generator and developer of renewable energy and power projects in Europe and Israel, is reporting a Framework Agreement between its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ellomay Luxemburg Holdings and an established and experienced European developer and contractor.

    Under the agreement, the developer will scout and develop photovoltaic greenfield projects in Italy with the aim of reaching an aggregate authorized capacity of at least 250 MW over a three-year period. The Developer is currently in various advanced development stages of projects in an aggregate capacity of approximately 100 MW. It is currently estimated by the Developer that projects with an aggregate capacity of approximately 70 MW will achieve "ready to build" status by the end of 2020.

    The Framework Agreement provides that when the first project under the Framework Agreement achieves the positive environmental impact assessment, the parties will negotiate the terms of a model lump-sum, turnkey EPC contract and O&M contract, which will be executed with the Developer in connection with all projects acquired under the Framework Agreement.

    To date, Ellomay has evaluated numerous opportunities and invested significant funds in the renewable, clean energy and natural resources industries in Israel, Italy and Spain. (Source: Ellomay Capital Ltd., PR, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ellomay, Ran Fridrich, CEO, Kalia Weintraub , CFO, +972 (3) 797-1111, hilai@ellomay.com, www.ellomay.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Ellomay,  


    Northland, Shizen JV Targets Japanese Offshore Wind (Int'l.)
    Northland Power
    Date: 2019-11-18
    Toronto-headquartered renewable energy developer Northland Power is reporting a 50/50 JV with Tokyo-based Shizen Energy to target 600MW of offshore wind capacity projects off Chiba prefecture in the south-east of Japan's main island. Specific projects and detailed plans have not been released.

    Shizen has contributed to the development of about 1GW of renewable energy projects in Japan as well as solar PV projects in Brazil, Vietnam and Thailand. Northland has a net interest in more than 2GW of operational clean energy projects worldwide, including a 60 stake in the 1,044MW Hai Long offshore wind cluster under development in Taiwan. (Source: Japanese Wind Power Association, Northland Power, Wind Power Monthly, 18 Nov., 2019) Contact: Northland Power Inc., David Povall, Exec. VP, (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.com;Shizen Energy, +81 3-3868-0344, www.shizenenergy.net; Japanese Wind Power Association, www.jwpa.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Shizen Energy,  Northland Power ,  Offshore Wind,  Japan Wind,  


    GE Turbines Selected for Oklahoma, S.Dakota Projects (ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy,ENGIE North America
    Date: 2019-11-15
    ENGIE North America reports the selection of GE Renewable Energy to supply 180 onshore wind turbines for two projects -- 88 2-MW GE turbines for the King Plains wind projecting in Oklahoma, and 92 2-MW turbines for the first phase of the Triple H Wind farm in South Dakota.

    The King Plains project dates back to 2015 and was originally developed by APEX Clean Energy. South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved the Triple H project this summer. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Engie, Power Eng., 13 Nov., 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, CEO, www.ge.com/renewableenergy; ENGIE North America, www.engie-na.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  ENGIE,  


    Ygrene Energy Funds Nearly 1,500 SW Fla PACE Projects (Ind Report)
    Ygrene Energy Fund
    Date: 2019-11-15
    Santa Rosa, California-headquartered Ygrene Energy Fund is reporting completion of 1,480 home upgrades in Charlotte, Collier, and Lee counties Florida. Ygrene helps homeowners secure financing for energy efficiency and storm hardening projects through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.

    The projects saw 0.41 mw of solar added to the grid. Combined with other efficiency projects, that's expected to shave 47 million kWh off consumers' utility bills while avoiding 23,000 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere over the lifetime of the upgrades.

    PACE financing allows consumers to repay the cost of the upgrades through assessments on their property tax bill. (Source: Ygrene Energy Fund, Florida Politics, 14 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ygrene Energy Fund, Rocco Fabiano, Pres., CEO, (866) 634-1358, www.ygrene.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ygrene Energy Fund,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    NRDC Questions EU Biomass Power Generation Subsidies (Int'l.)
    National Resources Defense Council
    Date: 2019-11-13
    Burnout: EU Clean Energy Subsidies Lead to Forest Destruction, a new report from the not-for-profit National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) highlights the environmental impact of the practice of burning biomass as fuel.

    For the purpose of allocating energy subsidies, the EU defines biomass as a clean energy source; however, the process of burning wood for electric power production both releases high levels of carbon emissions and contributes to the destruction of forest ecosystems. As forests act as a "carbon sink", absorbing CO2 which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

    The report, which is based on research provided by economic policy consultancy Trinomics, covers biomass subsidies in 15 EU Member States between 2105 and 2018. Overall in 2017, the 15 Member States assessed for the report spent a total of €6.6 billion in direct subsidies for energy production using biomass. The report identifies Denmark as the highest subsidiser of biomass energy per capita followed by the UK and Germany. their renewable energy subsidies on biomass production.

    According to the Burnout: EU Clean Energy Subsidies Lead to Forest Destruction report, "Burning trees for electricity is not renewable and not a viable climate solution. Critically, no EU Member State has formally ruled out burning forest biomass for electricity in the future. That can and should change before we (NRDC) publish our next assessment. In the coming years, we hope and expect that in EU countries where massive biomass industry subsidies have become entrenched, policymakers will redirect this financial support toward genuinely zero-emitting and renewable energy sources like solar and wind. Countries considering new policies and incentives to replace aging fossil fuel-based energy infrastructure, both inside and outside the European Union, must rule out incentives for burning forest biomass instead of or alongside coal." (Source: NRDC, Gov. Europa, 12 Nov., 2019) Contact: NRDC, Kit Kennedy, Snr. Dir. Climate and Clean Energy Programme, 212.727.2700, nrdcinfo@nrdc.org, www.nrdc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Resources Defense Council ,  NRDC,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


    African TDB, UNEP Tout Climate Finance Collaboration (Int'l Report)
    UNEP,Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In Nairobi, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) is reporting a Memorandun of Understanding (MoU) with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) establishing a framework for the joint commitment to addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation, clean energy and other environmental issues and agendas.

    The two institutions will cooperate on supporting eligible TDB Member States to access Green Climate Fund resources to enable them to adapt to the changing climate and develop along a low-emission pathway.

    The African TDB is a multilateral, treaty-based development financial institution, with assets of $6 billion and the mandate to finance and foster trade, regional economic integration and sustainable development through trade finance, project and infrastructure finance, asset management and advisory services. The Bank supports sustainable development, including the reduction of climate risks and expansion of clean energy -- in line with the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, UN Environment Program, PR, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, Michael Awori, COO, www.tdbgroup.org; UNEP, www.unenvironment.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNEP,  Climate Finance,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    DOE Offers $4Mn for High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE EERE,
    Date: 2019-11-08
    The US DOE reports the availability of the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative with up to $4 million funding for new projects to support manufacturers in improving energy efficiency, increasing productivity, and accelerating manufacturing innovation.

    HPC4EI is seeking industry partners to work collaboratively with DOE's National Laboratories on projects that use high performance computing (HPC) to solve key technical challenges in the areas of manufacturing and mobility:

  • HPC for Manufacturing. High performance computing for manufacturing aims to advance innovative clean energy technologies, reduce energy and resource consumption, and infuse advanced computing expertise and technology into the manufacturing industry. The program seeks proposals that require HPC modeling and simulation to overcome impactful manufacturing process challenges resulting in reduced energy consumption and/or increased productivity.

  • HPC for Materials. High performance computing for materials aims to enhance the U.S. materials-development, fabrication, and manufacturing industries; and to investigate, improve, and scale methods that will accelerate the development and deployment of materials that perform well in severe and complex energy application environments. The program seeks proposals that will address key challenges in developing, modifying, and/or qualifying new or modified materials using HPC modeling, simulation, and data analysis. Eligibility for HPC4EI is limited to entities that manufacture products or operate systems in the United States. Selected projects will be awarded up to $300,000 to support computer cycles and work performed by the National Laboratory partners.

    Qualifying industry partner must contribute at least 20 pct of the funding for the project. Partners that have been previously funded under HPC4EI must provide at least 33.3 pct of the funding for the project.

    Since its inception in 2015, HPC4EI has funded 90 projects with more than 40 companies. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, Green Car Congress, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

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  • NATSO Urging Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Opinions & Editorials)
    NATSO
    Date: 2019-11-08
    NATSO, the trade association of America's travel plaza and truckstop industry, issued the following statement with regard to a letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), urging Democratic leadership to support extending the biodiesel tax credit and other clean energy tax extenders:

    "This letter is an extraordinary showing of support for the biodiesel tax credit and other clean energy tax policies. What is especially significant is the ideological and geographic diversity of the Democrats who signed this letter. Many of them have very difficult re-election campaigns ahead of them next year. The fact that lawmakers representing places such as Oklahoma City, Upstate New York, Salt Lake City, and Southern California -- areas far from the farming Midwest -- strongly support biofuels incentives underscores the economic and environmental benefits that these clean energy tax extenders bring to their communities. NATSO is grateful to Representatives Abby Finkenauer and Kendra Horn for their continued leadership on this important issue." (Source: NATSO, PR, The Central Virginian, 6 Nov., 2019) Contact: NATSO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Relations, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman, 703-739-8578, www.natso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NATSO,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit,  


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Wind,  


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

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

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

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

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