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SEIA Urges Renewable Energy Extension Act Passage (Reg. & Leg.)
SEIA
Date: 2019-10-30
"As organizations representing citizens, consumers, and businesses in all 50 states, we write to ask you to cosponsor H.R. 3961 introduced by Congressman Thompson and Congressman Cook or S.2289 introduced by Senator Cortez-Masto. Both bills would continue the Section 48 and Section 25D Investment Tax Credit (ITC) at the 30 pct level for five years.

"The federal ITC has been a critical innovation policy creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, lowering electricity prices for families and businesses, reducing carbon emissions, and maintaining America's competitive edge in emerging energy technologies. With the ITC set to begin ramping down in 2020, now is the time to continue this important policy."

Download the SEIA letter HERE. Join SEIA's campaign to extend the ITC: seia.org/defendtheitc. (Source: SEIA, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: SEIA, www.seia.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News SEIA,  Solar,  


BOEM Announces South Carolina Offshore Wind Plans (Ind. Report)
Bureau of Energy Management
Date: 2019-10-28
The Bureau of Energy Management (BOEM) reports it is in the planning stage to lease wind energy areas along the South Carolina coast to develop offshore wind energy.

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), only 6 pct of the Palmetto State's energy comes from renewable sources, but none of that is wind which is now cheaper than gas, coal, and nuclear energy. The International Energy Agency reports lower costs of offshore wind could totally eliminate the need for using fossil fuels.

BOEM plans to establish wind energy areas off the sc coast this year. More information on offshore wind leasing is HERE. (Source: BOEM, PR, 26 Oct., 2019) Contact: BOEM, (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bureau of Energy Management,  Offshore Wind,  


EIA Report Calls for Improved Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2019-10-14
In its Energy Efficiency 2018 report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) examines the ways global energy efficiency could be improved over the next two decades. It bases its estimates on a world with 60 pct more building space, 20 pct more people and a GDP that is double what it is today. Those increases will significantly affect energy demand, use and production, so energy efficiency will be critical in controlling their contribution to GHG emissions, according to the report.

The IEA report notes: energy efficiency gains could "allow the world to extract twice as much economic value from the energy it uses today"; efficiency would cut consumer energy bills by more than US$500 billion annually and, by 2040, provide 40 pct of the GHG reductions the world needs to meet Paris Agreement commitments.

Report details and free download HERE. (Source: IES, BIV, 14 Oct., 2019) Contact: EIA, www.eia.org

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


EIA Data Questions RFS "Hardship" Waivers Effect on Ethanol Demand (Ind. Report)
EIA
Date: 2019-10-04
As previously reported, ethanol industry proponents have petitioned the EPA to cease issuing Small Refinery "Hardship" Exemptions (SREs) allowable under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The ethanol industry is trying to convince the EPA that the waivers are hurting their business and, therefore, the agency should stop issuing them.

Month-over-month, official government data tells a very different story. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the ethanol blend rate has remained within normal statistical variation, despite the flood of "hardship" waivers. EIA data shows:

  • The overall physical ethanol consumption for Q1 2019 (the most recent, complete data available) is higher than it was in 2018.

  • The average ethanol blend rate was higher in Q1 2019 (10.21 pct) than in Q1 2018 (10.09 pct).

  • In February 2019, the ethanol blend rate was 10.53 percent -- the highest in the 12 months preceding. And the March 2019 ethanol blend rate was 10.18 percent -- higher than the March 2018 blend rate of 9.75 percent.

    These blend rates have been stable for the past few years, underscoring the truth that ethanol demand is premised partially on the RFS, partially on demand for clean octane and partially on other factors -- not SREs.

    Similarly, when it comes to mid-level ethanol blends like E15, there is no data indicating that SREs are reducing demand. E15 and other mid-level ethanol blend sales have been growing all year and, in the case of E15, sales are higher at this point than they were last year, according to the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied. (Source: American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), EIA, Business & Industry Connection, 3 Oct., 2019) Contact: AFPM, Derrick Morgan, Snr, VP, (202) 586-8800, www.afpm.org; EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  "Hardship" Waiver,  Ethanol.Ethanol Blend,  EIA,  


  • EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2019 -- Projections to 2050 (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2019-09-30
    According to the recently released U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2019 -- Projections to 2050 report, despite renewable energy investment more than tripling globally during the current decade compared to the last 10-year period, most of the power delivered to the world's electric grids during the recent decade was from coal -- still the world's largest source of electricity, providing 38 pct of world electrical generation in 2018, about the same as 1997.

    The world spent about $2.6 trillion on renewable energy projects during the decade, over three times the amount spent from 2000 to 2009. Solar PV investments totaled around $1.3 trillion, and onshore and offshore wind investment totaled around $1 trillion. Globally, solar energy capacity increased by 638 GW between 2009 and 2019, while coal-fired capacity increased by 529 GW, wind capacity increased 487 GW, and natural gas capacity increased 436 GW. In 2018, $41 billion was invested in coal worldwide.

    China's spending on renewable electricity was the highest in the world at $758 billion from 2000 to the first half of 2019. The US was second with $356 billion, followed by Japan at $202 billion. The European nations spent around $698 billion on wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources, with Germany and the UK spending the most. It is expected that 330 GW of new wind power capacity will come online over the next five years, driven primarily by onshore wind power projects in the US and China. Investments in renewable power capacity in 2018, however, dropped 38 pct in China and by 6 pct in the US, while rising 45 pct in Europe.

    The report predicts that electric power demand for coal will fall to 17 pct of total generation by 2050. Moody's Investors Service predicts coal will represent 11 pct of total U.S. power generation by 2030 -- down from 27 pct in 2018. The over 50 pct drop in coal demand from utilities by 2030 implies that coal demand would decline by about 7 pct per year on average over the next 10 years.

    Download the US EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2019 -- Projections to 2050 report HERE. (Source: US EIA, Sept., 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Renewable Energy,  US EIA,  


    SEIA Considers Mass. DOER Solar Expansion Proposal (Ind Report)
    Mass. DOER
    Date: 2019-09-18
    In the Bay State, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) reports it has released plans to reform and expand the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program which incentivizes cost effective solar and promises to double the amount of solar in the commonwealth.

    To meet increasing customer demand for solar energy, DOER proposes adding 800 MW to the SMART incentive program, bringing the total to 2.4 gigawatts. The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) supports this expansion but, in comments to regulators, is calling for even more capacity to be added to the program. To that end, DOER has proposed the dollowing regulatory clarifications and fixes:

  • DOER proposes clarifying SMART metering configurations when projects are paired with storage. The clarification will impact residential and larger scale projects. These issues have drawn the ire of utilities, regulators and solar firms for the past year. DOER guidance on metering is critical.

  • DOER proposes an increase to the stepped-up incentive for municipal projects. A higher incentive would make it easier for cities, towns and school districts to go solar. In addition, DOER proposes more time for municipal projects to meet certain milestones for qualification, recognizing that public projects almost always have to go through a bidding process. SEIA agrees with the intent of this proposal.

  • Fixing compensation for solar projects serving on-site energy needs. Based on the current regulatory framework, some projects without a net metering allocation get reduced values. DOER proposes expanding the use of certain credits and changing the way energy compensation is calculated.

    According to SEIA, the most troubling aspects of DOER's plans involve the treatment of community solar projects, including a proposed five-fold increase in penalties for larger scale solar projects on certain lands. DOER calls for the new penalties to apply to a broader swath of community solar projects and for changes to apply to projects already in development. These proposals would have a negative impact on the community solar market. Increased penalties will halt solar development, with penalties ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to many millions, according to SEIA. (Source: Mass. DOER, Solar Energy Industries Assoc., 16 Sept., 2019)Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, doer.energy@mass.gov, www.mass.gov/doer; SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, info@seia.org, www.seia.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mass. DOER,  Solar,  SEIA,  


  • Turkish Daily Wind Power Generation Sets Record (Int'l. Report)
    Turkey
    Date: 2019-09-18
    In Ankara, the Electricity Transmission Corporation (TEIAS) in Turkey is reporting the country produced 132.90 GWh of wind generated electricity on Sunday, 14th Sept. -- 19 pct of the total power being generated. In this particular time period, wind power became the third largest energy source after imported coal, which generated 157.87 GWh of electricity. Lignite came second with 144.18 GWh. Throughout the period, wind power generation per hour remained above 5 GWh.

    According to TEIAS, Turkey's total installed power capacity was 90.39 GW as of Sept. 15. Wind power installed capacity was 7.27 GW in the same period.

    Turkey has announced plans to boost its wind and solar capacity by 10,000 MW) each in the coming decade through renewable energy resources zone (YEKA) tenders. (Source: Electricity Transmission Corporation, Daily Sabah, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: Electricity Transmission Corporation, www.teias.gov.tr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Turkey Wind,  Wind,  


    Plant-level U.S. Biodiesel Prod. Capacity Data Released (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2019-09-16
    On September 13, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its first annual U.S. Biodiesel Plant Production Capacity Report. The report includes the total biodiesel production capacity for all operating plants in both million gallons per year (gal/y) and barrels per day (b/d) as of January 1, 2019. The names of the reporting plants are organized by Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts (PADD). Like the Ethanol Plant Production Capacity Report, EIA plans to update the report annually.

    The 2019 U.S. Biodiesel Plant Production Capacity Report shows 102 operating biodiesel plants with 2.6 billion gpy in biodiesel production capacity, or 167,000 bpd. More than half of the nation's biodiesel production capacity is in the Midwest region, led by Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. Of the top 15 biodiesel-producing states, 9 are located in the Midwest.

    U.S.biodiesel production topped 1.8 billion gallons (119,000 bpd) in 2018, implying a 72 pct utilization rate based on the nameplate capacity level recorded at the beginning of 2018.

    In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts that U.S. production of biodiesel will reach about 2.0 billion gallons (128,000 bpd) in 2019, resulting in 77 pct utilization of reported nameplate capacity as of January 1, 2019.

    Respondents report the biodiesel production capacity data to EIA on Form EIA-22M, Monthly Biodiesel Production Survey, and EIA publishes the data in the Monthly Biodiesel Production Report. All entities that produce biodiesel that meets ASTM D 6751-07B specifications and is used for commercial purposes within the United States submit Form EIA-22M. Additional data collected on Form EIA-22M include production, sales, stock changes, and feed stock inputs to production. (Source: US EIA Release, Sept., 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov/petroleum/ethanolcapacity

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  U.S. Energy Information Administration,  


    Genneia, PAE Ink Argentinian Wind Agreement (Int'l Report)
    Pan American Energy,Genneia
    Date: 2019-07-24
    Two Argentinian energy majors, Buenos Aires-based Genneia and Pan American Energy (PAE), are reporting a joint wind energy development agreement for two wind power generation projects -- Chubut Norte III and IV -- near the city of Puerto Madryn in Chubut. The estimated investment will be around US $ 190 million, to offer a wind farm of 140 MW and will deliver energy equivalent to the consumption of 197,000 homes.

    Both wind farms are currently under construction with a total of 32 wind turbines that will be connected to the Argentine Interconnection System (SADI) from Q2, 2020. Genneia will be the operating company and will provide construction management services.(Source: Pan American Energy, reve, 23 July, 2019)Contact: Pan American Energy, www.pan-energy.com; Genneia, +54 11 6090-3200, alfredo.bernardi@genneia.com.ar, www.genneia.com.ar/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pan American Energy,  Wind,  ,  


    US Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Expected to Fall (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2019-07-17
    The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reported to be forecasting a 2.2 pct decrease in CO2 emissions for 2019, due primarily to fewer emissions from coal consumption while natural gas CO2 emissions increase and petroleum CO2 emissions remain virtually unchanged.

    For the remainder of 2019, EIA expects relatively mild forecast temperatures will keep energy demand and resulting energy-related CO2 emissions below 2018 levels. Accordingly, the agency forecasts CO2 emissions from coal will decrease by 169 million metric tonnes (MmMmt) in 2019, the largest decrease in CO2 emissions from coal since 2015.

    On the other hand, natural gas CO2 emissions are projected to rise by 53 Mmmt, largely due to forecast changes in the electric power generation mix as natural gas continues to grow as the most prevalent electricity generation fuel. Power generation consumes nearly 92 pct of the coal used in the U.S..

    EIA also projects CO2 emissions from petroleum consumption, which have risen every year for past six years, will be virtually flat in 2019. Petroleum accounted for 45 pct of energy-related CO2 emissions in 2018. (Source: Energy Information Administration, Kallanish Energy, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Energy Information Administration, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Dioxide Emissions,  EIA,  


    Burberry Targets 95 pct Emissions Reduction by 2022 (Int'l)
    Science Based Targets initiative
    Date: 2019-06-26
    UK-headquartered luxury fashion giant Burberry reports it is targeting a 95 pct reduction in its scope 1 and 2 emissions against a 2016 baseline by 2022, as well as a targeted 30 pct absolute reduction in scope 3 emissions by 2030 against the same baseline. The new commitments expand on an existing goal to become a carbon-neutral operation by 2022.

    According to the Burberry release, goals have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and are consistent to the reductions required to limit global warming to 1.5C.

    Burberry has already achieved carbon neutral status across the Americas region, EMEIA retail stores and its UK operations and has reduced its market-based emissions compared to the 2016/17 year, having recorded a 43 pct over a two-year period. (Source: Burberry, edie, 25 June 2019)Contact: Burberry, www.burberryplc.com/en/contacts.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Science Based Targets initiative,  


    EIA Report Issues Biomass 2019-20 Stats, Projections (Ind Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2019-06-17
    In its just released June Short Term Energy Outlook, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is predicting non-hydropower renewables will provide 11 pct of U.S. power generation in 2019, increasing to 13 pct in 2020.

    Non-hydropower renewables provided 10 pct of electricity generation in 2018. Of that total, woody biomass is expected to generate 113,000 MWh per day of electricity this year, increasing to 115,000 MWh per day in 2020. Waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 57,000 MWh per day of electricity in both 2019 and 2020.

    In the electric power sector, waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 48,000 MWh per day in both 2019 and 2020. Generation from wood biomass is expected to reach 37,000 MWh per day this year, increasing to 39,000 MWh per day in 2020. Across other sectors, waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 76,000 MWh per day in both 2019 and 2020, with wood biomass used to generate 9,000 MWh per day in both years.

    The electric power sector is expected to consume 0.269 quadrillion Btu (quad) of waste biomass this year, increasing to 0.27 quad next year. The sector is also expected to consume 0.221 quad of wood biomass in 2019, increasing to 0.232 quad in 2020. The industrial sector is expected to consume 0.169 quad of waste biomass in both 2019 and 2020, along with 1.439 quad of wood biomass in 2019 and 1.401 quad of wood biomass in 2020. The commercial sector is expected to consume 0.044 quad of waste biomass and 0.084 quad of wood biomass in both 2019 and 2020, while the residential sector is expected to consume 0.492 quad of wood biomass this year, falling to 0.488 quad next year.

    Across all sectors, waste biomass consumption is expected to reach 0.482 quad in 2019 and remain at that level into 2020. The consumption of wood biomass is expected to reach 2.238 quad this year, falling to 2.205 quad next year. Biomass capacity in the electric power sector is expected to reach 7,071 MW by the end of this year, including 4,141 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,930 MW of wood biomass capacity, falling to 7,052 MW by the end of 2020, including 4,080 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,972 MW of wood biomass capacity. Biomass capacity across other sectors is expected to reach 6,657 MW by the end of 2019, including 866 MW of waste biomass capacity and 5,791 MW of wood biomass capacity. Capacity is expected to fall slightly to 6,649 MW by the end of 2020, including 866 MW of waste biomass capacity and 5,784 MW of wood biomass capacity. (Source: US EIA, June, 2019)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


    SEIA Encourages Solar-plus-Storage Partnership (Ind. Report)
    SEIA
    Date: 2019-05-31
    The Washington, DC-based Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) reports it is adding divisions to focus more aggressively on solar-plus-storage and solar manufacturing. The organization is also launching committees on energy storage and community solar and establishing a working group to reduce the soft costs of going solar.

    The new divisions are part of the solar industry group's broader governance plan to enter the 2020s as America's leading source of new electric power generation. (Source: SEIA, May, 2019) Contact: SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, info@seia.org, www.seia.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SEIA,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    U.S. Solar Installations Exceed 2 million (Ind. Report)
    SEIA
    Date: 2019-05-10
    The Washington, DC-based Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) reports there are now more than than 2 million solar installations in the United States producing sufficient electricity to power more than 12 million homes. The number of installations in the U.S. is forecast to double to 4 million in 2023, according to energy research firm Wood Mackenzie.

    This year solar, which is now a $17 billion industry, and other renewables -- excluding hydropower -- are expected to provide 11 pct of U.S. electricity generation. By 2024, there will be one solar energy system installed per minute in the United States, Wood Mackenzie said. (Source: SEIA Website, 9 May, 2019) Contact: SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, info@seia.org, www.seia.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SEIA,  Solar,  


    U.S. Soybean Oil for Biodiesel Production Rising (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2019-05-10
    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the share of total soybean oil consumed as a biodiesel feedstock doubled from the current 15 pct to 30 pct as the total U.S. soybean oil supply grew from about 22.5 billion pounds to nearly 26.0 billion pounds between marketing year 2010-2011 and 2017-2018.

    Soybean oil is the most commonly used vegetable oil for biodiesel production, and inputs reached 7.1 billion pounds during the latest soybean oil marketing year which ran from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018. Between marketing year 2010-2011 and marketing year 2017-2018, U.S. domestic biodiesel production grew from 700 million gpy to 1.8 billion gpy. The production increase was largely driven by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandate. (Source: US EIA, Xinhua, 8 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Soybean,  Soybean Oil,  BiodieselBiofuel,  


    US Ethanol Exports Up 23 pct in 2018 (Ind. Report)
    Ethanol
    Date: 2019-04-26
    In Washington, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting US ethanol exports jumped by 23 pct in 2018 reaching 112,000 bpd, up from a previous record high of 91,000 bpd in 2017.

    According to the EIA, at 33,000 bpd Brazil was the top market for US ethanol, followed by Canada at approximately 23,000 bpd while India ranked third, receiving 10,000 bpd of US ethanol followed by South Korea and the Netherlands. (Source: US EIA, 25 April, 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  EIA,  Biofuel,  


    Where's Trump's Former EPA Head Scott Pruitt? (Ind. Report)
    Coal,EPA
    Date: 2019-04-24
    Denver-headquartered Hallador Energy Company, a subsidiary of RailPoint Solutions LLC and Sunrise Coal, reports it has hired former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt to lobby against plans by two electric utilities -- Vectren and NIPSCO -- to shutter aging coal-fired power generation facilities in Indiana by 2030.

    Hallador and Pruitt are urging the Indiana republican controlled legislature to include language in the budget bill that would prohibit the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission from considering Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the commission's decisions about rates and other issues that could impact the future of coal-generated electricity in the state.

    Hallador claims Obama clean air regulations are the reason coal costs more than wind, solar and natural gas. They also claim that once President Trump and current EPA head and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler are finished gutting the Obama clean air regulations, the price of coal will drop. According to U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) US coal consumption has plummeted to its lowest levels in nearly 40 years and more coal-fired power plants closed in the first two years of the Trump administration than during President Obama's entire first term.

    As readers may recall, Pruitt resigned from the EPA in July 2018 after an 18-month tenure best remembered for the seemingly mass handout of Renewable Fuel Standard "hardship" waivers to refineries, spending and ethical scandals. As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Hallador Energy Company, The Environmental Working Group, 23 April, 20190 Contact: Hallador Energy Company, (303) 839-5504, www.halladorenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scott Pruitt,  Coal,  


    NC Solar Power Production Jumps 36 pct in 2018 (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2019-03-20
    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) latest data, North Carolina's annual solar power production jumped 36 pct in 2018, firmly placing the Tar Heel State as the nation's 2nd larget solar power producer behind California. By way of comparison, California's annual solar production rose 15 pct and Arizona's and Nevada's outputs each grew 10 pct in 2018. (Source: US EIA, Duke Energy, Compelo, 18 Mar., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.duke-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Duke Energy North Carolina,  


    EIA Finds Arkansas Slow to Curb CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2019-03-11
    Carbon emissions from the energy sector have been on the decline nationwide, according to a report last week from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. According to the report, Arkansas invested in coal and produced more energy-related carbon emissions but a downward trend in emissions in the state has begun as those investments have shifted to renewable energy and natural gas along with the rest of the nation. Other states had little carbon emissions from electricity generation and had more from the burning of petroleum in manufacturing and from fossil fuels used to heat and cool buildings.

    A pending legal settlement in federal court could trigger the closure of the state's two largest coal-fired plants, principally owned and operated by Entergy Arkansas. The utility has opened solar arrays and announced plans for more in recent years, and would be required under the proposed settlement to invest in hundreds more megawatts of renewable energy in coming years. That settlement is being challenged before the Arkansas Public Service Commission.

    The EIA ranked Arkansas 17th in the country in the production per capita of carbon dioxide -- about 20 metric tons per person. At its highest point, Arkansas' carbon emissions from energy sources was at 69 million metric tons. That was 2014, a year before the state's use of coal-fired plants declined sharply. (Source: US EIA, Arkansas OnLine, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 3 Mar., 2019)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov; Entergy Arkansas, www.entergy-arkansas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Information Administration,  Carbon Emissions,  


    EIA Expects US Biofuels Stability Through 2020 (Ind. Report Attached)
    US EIA
    Date: 2019-03-04
    In its February 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) the US EIA forecasts US fuel ethanol production will remain near current levels, decreasing slightly in 2019 to 1.04 million bpd and increasing to 1.05 million bpd in 2020.

    The report also predicts net imports of biomass-based diesel will stay unchanged. Biomass-based diesel production -- excluding renewable diesel -- was about 120,000 bpd in 2018 and grows to 160,000 bpd in 2020. Total biomass-based diesel consumption will increase from an estimated 134,000 bpd in 2018 to 174,000 bpd in 2020.

    Download the EIA report details HERE. (Source: US EIA, 1 Mar., 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    U.S. Fuel Ethanol Production Falls in February (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2019-02-11
    On February 7th the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported US fuel ethanol production averaged 967,000 bpd in the week to February 1, 2019. This is the lowest since mid-April 2018.

    Download the US EIA Biofuels: Ethanol and Biodiesel Explained report HERE.

    Access EIA Monthly Reviews HERE. (Source: US EIA, Feb, 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Information Administration ,  Ethanol,  


    Coal Part of the US Grid until 2050, says EIA (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2019-01-30
    According to the US Energy Information Administration's just released 2019 Annual Energy Outlook (AEO), coal is here to stay, at least for awhile yet despite recent warnings from top scientists about the urgency of climate action.

    Based on projections about trends in energy—from the amount of fossil fuels produced and sold, to the growth of renewable energy, coal is still projected to provide 17 pct of the United States' electricity in 2050. The EIA projections note that natural gas -- a fossil fuel that is less carbon-emitting than coal but still a problem for climate change -- will increase its share of US electricity production from 34 pct to 39 pct.

    Download the EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2019 projects growing oil, natural gas, renewables production report HERE. (Source: EIA, Jan., 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Energy Information Administration,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  


    EIB, CMZRB to Develop Energy Efficiency Investment Platform (Int'l)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2019-01-23
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Czech Guarantee and Development Bank (CMZRB) have agreed that the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH) will support CMZRB in developing an investment platform for energy efficiency measures in the building sector in the Czech Republic.

    The platform will provide long-term sustainable financing to energy service companies, covering the default and performance risks related to EPC and PBC as well as supporting the best practices and contract standardization to facilitate energy efficiency promoters.

    This innovative approach, led by CMZRB, involves key stakeholders in the energy efficiency market in the Czech Republic and will be supported by key EIB Advisory experts. Support for increasing energy efficiency investments is a priority for the EIB and is in line with EU policies. The EIB supports projects that contribute to reaching the EU's goal of increasing energy efficiency in the Union by 32 pct by the year 2020. (Source: EIB, Emerging Europe, 23 Jan., 2019) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Badger State Burned More Coal in 2017 than 2016 (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2019-01-16
    According to recently released US Energy Information Administration (EIA) data, Wisconsin burned approximately 7 pct more coal in 2017 than 2016 to provide better than half of the Badger State's energy that year.

    Since the most recent data period,coal-powered plants in Pleasant Prairie, Sheboygan and Green Bay have been shutter and replaced with natural gas and renewable energy.

    The Wisconsin Public Service Commission( WPSC) notes that the state's coal consumption has decreased by 28 pct since its peak in 2005, and overall emissions have dropped 20 pct. (Source: WPSC, University of Wisconsin, Wisc. Public Radio, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: The Wisconsin Public Service Commission, 608-266-5481, https://psc.wi.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Notable Quote
    IEA
    Date: 2018-12-12
    "Ethanol is very important because it is part of the solution in terms of reducing the oil import dependence of many countries. At the same time, ethanol will help reduce CO2 emissions from the transport sector as well as other sectors." -- IEA Exec. Dir. Fatih Birol, speaking on the sidelines of the COP24 in Katowice in Poland.

    The IEA, a Paris-based intergovernmental organization, was established in the framework of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 1974 in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis. (Source: EIA, Various Media, 10 Dec., 2018)Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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    Calif. Q2 Renewable Diesel Supply Tops 100Mn Gal. (Ind. Report)
    California ARB
    Date: 2018-11-16
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting that in an effort to meet the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), California has increased its net supply of renewable "green" diesel, reaching 100 million gallons during Q2, 2018 -- 10.1 pct of the total diesel supplied to California during the quarter.

    Administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), LCFS aims to incrementally decrease the carbon intensity of gasoline and diesel fuel by at least 10 pct by 2020 relative to a 2010 baseline.

    Under the state's LCFS, petroleum refiners, gasoline and diesel importers, and transportation fuel wholesales are required to either produce low carbon fuels or purchase credits to demonstrate compliance. But while under the RFS, both biodiesel and renewable diesel meet a 50 pct GHG reduction threshold (and are eligible to generate biomass-based diesel RINs), LCFS uses a measurement called carbon intensity (CI).

    Renewable diesel generates a large number of credits relative to other fuels because it has some of the largest lifecycle GHG reduction compared to other fuels. The total volume of renewable diesel LCFS credits exceeded ethanol credits for the first time this year, reaching about 870,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent during the second quarter. (Source: US EIA, Agri-Pulse, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: CARB, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    EIA Oct. Short-Term Energy Outlook --Renewables, CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
    EIA
    Date: 2018-11-09
    In 2017, the US Energy Information Administration EIA estimates that U.S. wind generation averaged 697,000 MWh per day (MWh/d). EIA forecasts that wind generation will rise by 8 pct to 750,000 MWh/d in 2018 and by a further 6 pct to 793,000 MWh/d in 2019.

    Solar power generates less electricity in the U.S. than wind power but continues to grow at a faster rate. EIA expects solar generation will rise 26 pct from 211,000 MWh/d in 2017 to 267,000 MWh/d in 2018 and jump 14 pct to 305,000 MWh/d in 2019.

    After falling by 0.8 pct in 2017, EIA forecasts that U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will rise by 2.2 pct in 2018 -- largely due to higher natural gas consumption because of a colder winter and a warmer summer than in 2017. Emissions are expected to to fall 1.1 pct in 2019, as forecast temperatures are forecast to return to normal.

    Download the full EIA report HERE. Source: EIA, Oct. 2018) Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov

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    US Meeting Obama's Climate Targets, Despite Trump (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2018-10-31
    Yesterday, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) released data confirming that the U.S. power sector's CO2 emissions have dropped 28 pct since 2005, on target with the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 32 pct t by 2030.

    The EIA attributes this drop to a declining demand for energy, a move to renewable energy, an abundance of inexpensive natural gas and dropping coal consumption.

    According to Union of Concerned Scientists President Kenneth Kimmell, "the trend is expected to continue despite President Donald Trump's efforts."

    For your interest, the Obama Clean Power plan can be downloaded HERE. (Source: US EIA, Earther, 29 Oct., 2018)

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    IEA Predicts Global Ethanol Production Growth (Ind. Report)
    IEA
    Date: 2018-10-10
    In its just released Renewables 2018 market analysis, the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicted that fuel ethanol will account for two-thirds of the worldwide growth in conventional biofuels between 2018 and 2023.

    According to the report, biofuels production is expected to grow 15 pct reaching 43.59 billion gallons and account for 90 pct of the renewables used in transport by 2023. Fuel ethanol accounts for two-thirds of biofuel production growth, while biodiesel and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) account for the remainder.

    The IEA report focuses on the share of renewables within the global power, heat and transportation sectors, with a particular focus on bioenergy. (Source: EIA, Oct., 2018)Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org, www.ieabioenergy.com

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    Solar Groups Move to Streamline Panel Installation Processes (Ind. Report)
    Solar Energy Industries Association,Solar Foundation
    Date: 2018-09-28
    A new initiative spearheaded by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and The Solar Foundation is taking steps to streamline the permitting process and cut the costs of solar panel installation. Presently, the permitting and inspection process adds about $7,000 in direct and indirect costs -- about $1.00 per watt -- to the average residential solar energy system, according to the groups.

    The SolarAPP aims at lowering this cost through an automated, standardized installation process that would include:

  • A safety and skills training and certification program for installers;
  • An online platform, which would be provided to local governments at no cost, to register and automatically screen qualifying energy systems:
  • A list of equipment standards based on the new process;
  • The creation of system design standards;
  • A model for instantaneous permitting for home and small commercial solar and battery storage systems installed by certified installers and contractors.

    The initiative would also include establishing a program administrator to oversee and implement the new standardized process. (Source: Associations Now, Sept., 2018) Contact: SEIA, www.seia.org; Solar Foundation, www.thesolarfoundation.org; Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP) initiative, www.thesolarfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/SolarAPP.pdf

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  • EIA Reports Densified Biomass Fuel Production Stats (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2018-09-17
    According to the US EIA's recently released Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 680,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in May, with sales reaching 610,000 tons.

    The EIA data was collected from 85 densified biofuel manufacturers but does not include data from facilities with annual production capacities of less than 10,000 tons. The 85 manufacturers have a combined production capacity of 11.82 million metric tpy. Production included 132,432 tons of heating pellets and 549,031 tons of utility pellets. Domestic sales of densified biomass fuel reached 90,000 million tons in May, with an average price of $141.72 per ton. Exports in May reached 520,000 tons, at an average price of $144.48 per ton, according to the report. (Source: EIA, Biomass Mag, Other Media, Sept., 2018)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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    Trump's New Affordable Clean Energy Rule Fast Facts (Reg. & Leg.)
    Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2018-08-29
    On August 21, 2018, the U.S. EPA proposed the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule which would establish emission guidelines for states to develop plans to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.

    The ACE rule would replace the 2015 (Obama administration) Clean Power Plan (CPP) which EPA has proposed to repeal because it "exceeded EPA's authority." The CPP was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court and has never gone into effect.

    The ACE rule has several components: a determination of the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for GHG emissions from coal-fired power plants, a list of "candidate technologies" states can use when developing their plans, a new preliminary applicability test for determining whether a physical or operational change made to a power plant may be a "major modification" triggering New Source Review, and new implementation regulations for emission guidelines under Clean Air Act section 111(d). The EPA notes that with CO2 emissions steadily declining:

  • EPA projects that, compared to a no CPP scenario, the ACE rule will reduce CO2 emissions in 2025 by between 13 and 30 million short tons, resulting in $1.6 billion in monetized domestic climate benefits;
  • EPA estimates that the ACE rule could reduce 2030 CO2 emissions by an amount equivalent to the annual emissions of up to 5 million cars. The rule could also reduce co-pollutant emissions by up to 2 pct.;
  • These illustrative scenarios suggest that when states have fully implemented the ACE rule, U.S. power sector CO2 emissions could be around 34 pct below 2005 levels;
  • CO2 emissions in the power sector have steadily declined in recent years due to a range of factors including market forces, technology improvements, regulatory and policy changes. As a result, the industry has increased the use of natural gas and renewable energy sources;
  • These trends have resulted in CO2 emission reductions even as the U.S. has sustained economic growth and job gains across the economy without the (Obama) Clean Power Plan ever going into effect;
  • The (Trump) ACE rule will continue this trend;
  • The power sector emitted roughly 1.9 billion tons of CO2 in 2017, compared to 2.7 billion tons in 2005 -- a 28 pct decrease.
  • Approximately 600 coal-fired electric generating units at 300 facilities could be covered by the ACE rule.

    According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. leads the world in reducing CO2 emissions with U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions falling by 14 pct between 2005 to 2017, with coal-related CO2 emissions down 39 pct over that period. During that time, global energy-related CO2 emissions rose by 21 pct.

    More information and additional fact sheets along with copies of the proposed rule and accompanying Regulatory Impact Analysis are available HERE, www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-08/documents/ace_trends.pdf. (Source: US EPA, EIA, 27 Aug., 2018)

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  • Sunnova Expanding Solar Lease, Loan Options in Illinois (Ind Report)
    Sunnova Energy
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Houston, Texas-headquartered residential solar and energy storage service provider Sunnova Energy reports it is expanding into the state of Illinois, starting with its 25-year solar lease options and quickly adding solar loan products. With the addition of Illinois, Sunnova now operates in 23 U.S. states and territories.

    According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), Illinois currently only generates 0.7 pct of its electricity from solar. While he Illinois Power Agency aims to source 25 pct of the state's energy from renewables by 2025, the state is currently ranked 33rd among states in terms of solar growth. (Source: Sunnova Energy, CleanTechnica, 22 Aug., 2018) Contact: Sunnova Energy, (281) 985-9900, www.sunnova.com

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    Six States Produce 72 pct of U.S. Fuel Ethanol (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2018-08-17
    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana and South Dakota in that order produced 72 pct of the country's total fuel ethanol in 2016 -- 265 million barrels of the total U.S. production amount of 367 million barrels. The top six states are also among the top 10 U.S. producers of corn, the primary feedstock for ethanol production, according to the USDA.

    Between 2006 and 2016, fuel ethanol production more than doubled after the Energy Policy Act of 2005 created the Renewable Fuel Standard. By 2010, most of the gasoline sold in the U.S. was blended with 10 pct ethanol.

    Among the top six ethanol producing states, Iowa can produce more than 102 million bpy of fuel ethanol for about 19 pct of total U.S. ethanol production. Nebraska's production capacity of more than 50 million barrels of fuel ethanol is the second-highest, followed by Illinois at up to 40 million bpy. Minnesota has an ethanol production capacity of 28 million bpy followed by Indiana and South Dakota at 27 million bpy of ethanol annually. (Source: US EIA, Tax, Business & Politics, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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    EIA Reports Continued US Solar, Wind Growth (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-08-10
    According to the just released Energy Information Administration (EIA) Short Term Energy Outlook, (STEO), although solar generates less electricity than wind power, it is growing faster,

    The EIA projects solar generation will go from 211,000 MWh per day in 2017 to 260,000 MWh/d in 2018, a 23 pct increase, and to 290,000 MWh/d in 2019, another 12 pct increase. The latest STEO also cuts the amount of utility-scale solar capacity that the EIA expects to come online in 2019 to 6.3 GW -- a 45 pct drop from the 11.4 GW forecast in last month's STEO.

    The EIA reports that wind generation averaged 697,000 MWh per day in 2017 and forecasts that it will rise by 7 pct to 746,000 MWh/d in 2018 and by another 5 pct in 2019 to 782,000 MWh/d. (Source: US EIA, Utility Dive , Various Media, 8 Aug., 2018)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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    U.S. 2017 Coal Consumption Hits Historic Low (Ind. Report)
    Coal, US EIA
    Date: 2018-08-06
    In its Friday daily brief, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted that the U.S. power sector consumed 661 million short tons of coal last in 2017, the lowest level since 1983 and the fourth straight year for a decline, the brief stated. The report noted "Electric power sector coal consumption in 2017 was 36 pct lower than in 2008, when U.S. coal production reached its highest level." the report read.

    Coal accounts for about 30 pct of total energy used globally and about 40 pct of total electric power generation, the report said. (Source: US EIA, Inforsurhoy, 5 Aug., 2018)

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    Utility Revenue Expands LED Lighting Division (Ind. Report)
    Utility Revenue Services
    Date: 2018-07-20
    Dublin, Ohio energy consultancy Utility Revenue Services, reports it has extended its offerings to include LED lighting analyses , retrofits and and related capital projects. Rapid advancements in solid state lighting along with a precipitous fall in price have lowered the barrier to entry for LED retrofits for apartment properties and have created a compelling business case: energy savings from LED technology is, on average, about 75 pct over traditional technologies, with less heat output and 25-times the lifespan of incandescent.

    The qualifying threshold for EPA's ENERGY STAR for buildings will experience a significant reset at the end of August. For the first time since 2003, scores will be measured against new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA)which projects LED lighting market to be over $100 billion by 2025. In addition to their high operational efficiency, dropping production cost and moderate heat output, smart or connected applications are helping to drive LED's explosive growth.

    To date, the company has improved the performance of over a half million apartment units since 2006. Those assets continue to experience increased net operating income, currently over $45 million annually and growing, according to the release. (Source: Utility Revenue Services, PR, 18 July, 2018) Contact: Utility Revenue Services, Tom Spangler, (804) 475-9601, tspangler@utilityrevenue.com, www.utilityrevenue.com

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    US Banned MTBE Being Exported (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2018-07-16
    The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that in 2017, the US experted an average of 38,000 bpd of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) to primarily Mexico, Chile, and Venezuela.

    MTBE was once commonly used as a motor gasoline additive in the United States but was phased out in the late 2000s as a result of water contamination concerns. Since then, fuel ethanol has replaced MTBE as a gasoline additive. In contrast to MTBE, the use of fuel ethanol has been supported by tax subsidies such as the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit and by the Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates the use of biofuels in the US transportation fuel supply. (Source: US Energy Information Administration, PR, 13 July, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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    Biomass Eclipsed by Solar as US Power Source (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Agency
    Date: 2018-07-11
    According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, U.S. electric power generation from solar resources reached 77 million MWh in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively.

    EIA data also shows that while biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, solar generating capacity has consistently grown. In 2017, December solar capacity additions accounted for 21 pct of the annual total.

    Biomass electricity generation comes from multiple fuel sources which in 2017 had the following make-up of the 64 million MWh generated: wood solids 68 pct; landfill gas 17 pct; municipal solid waste 11 pct; and other biogenic and nonbiogenic materials 4 pct. (Source: US Energy Information Agency, Biofuel Int'l, July, 2018)Contact: EIA, infoctr@eia.gov, www.eia.gov

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    Solar Outshines Biomass as US Power Source (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Agency
    Date: 2018-07-11
    According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, U.S. electric power generation from solar resources reached 77 million MWh in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively.

    EIA data also shows that while biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, solar generating capacity has consistently grown. In 2017, December solar capacity additions accounted for 21 pct of the annual total.

    Biomass electricity generation comes from multiple fuel sources which in 2017 had the following make-up of the 64 million MWh generated: wood solids 68 pct; landfill gas 17 pct; municipal solid waste 11 pct; and other biogenic and nonbiogenic materials 4 pct. (Source: US Energy Information Agency, Biofuel Int'l, July, 2018)Contact: EIA, infoctr@eia.gov, www.eia.gov

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    600,000 Tons of Densified Biomass Fuel Sold in March (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2018-06-29
    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released Monthly (June) Densified Biomass Fuel Report, U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 650,000 tons of densified biomass fuel from 1.27 million tons of raw biomass feedstock in March, with sales reaching 600,000 tons during the month. Production included 147,226 tons of heating pellets and 498,864 tons of utility pellets.

    For the report, the EIA collected data from 86 operating manufacturers of densified biomass fuel. The report does not include data from facilities with annual capacities of less than 10,000 tons, which report data annually rather than monthly. The 86 manufacturers that submitted data in February have a combined annual production capacity of 11.79 million tpy.

    Domestic sales reached 122,727 tons and averaged $149.22 per ton. Exports in March reached 381,319 tons an averaged $174.32 per ton. Inventories of premium/standard wood pellets reached 225,990 tons in March, up from 217,859 tons in February. Inventories of utility pellets reached 345,615 tons in March, up from 255,172 tons in February. (Source: US EIA, June, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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    EIA Details Energy Efficiency Incentives Results (Ind. Report)
    EIA,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-06-29
    According to a US Energy Information Administration (EIA) survey (EIA-861) of electric power sales, revenue, and energy efficiency, U.S. electric utilities reported spending $3.6 billion on energy efficiency customer incentives in 2016, for an average of $24 per customer.

    Most reported spending supported residential and commercial energy efficiency: 43 pct of spending targeted residential customers, 49 pct targeted commercial customers, and the remaining 8 pct targeted industrial customers. Average reported spending per customer varied by state, from $0 in Alaska to $128 in Massachusetts. High-spending states and low-spending states tend to be concentrated in particular regions. By U.S. census region, average utility spending ranged from $11 per customer in the South to $47 per customer in the Northeast. Spending also was higher in certain states with high electricity prices, such as Hawaii, or in certain states with climates that require more energy for heating and cooling, such as Illinois and Arizona.

    Incremental savings as a result of energy efficiency spending for reporting year 2016 totaled 27.5 billion kWh or 0.7 pct of nationwide retail electricity sales. Projected lifecycle savings were much greater, at 354 billion kWh over the lifetime of the efficiency measures used, because some measures that affect heating, cooling, and water heating equipment can provide benefits for several years. Like spending, most savings occurred in the residential and commercial sectors.

    Annual incremental savings also varied by state, from near 0 pct of electricity retail sales in Kansas and Alaska to 3 pct of retail sales in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Average electricity savings by U.S. census region was the highest at 1.2 pct in the Northeast, and the lowest at less than 0.4 pct in the south. (Source: EIA, Today in Energy, June, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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    EIA Details Energy Efficiency Incentives Results (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2018-06-22
    According to a US Energy Information Administration (EIA) survey (EIA-861) of electric power sales, revenue, and energy efficiency, U.S. electric utilities reported spending $3.6 billion on energy efficiency customer incentives in 2016, for an average of $24 per customer.

    Most reported spending supported residential and commercial energy efficiency: 43 pct of spending targeted residential customers, 49 pct targeted commercial customers, and the remaining 8 pct targeted industrial customers. Average reported spending per customer varied by state, from $0 in Alaska to $128 in Massachusetts. High-spending states and low-spending states tend to be concentrated in particular regions. By U.S. census region, average utility spending ranged from $11 per customer in the South to $47 per customer in the Northeast. Spending also was higher in certain states with high electricity prices, such as Hawaii, or in certain states with climates that require more energy for heating and cooling, such as Illinois and Arizona.

    Incremental savings as a result of energy efficiency spending for reporting year 2016 totaled 27.5 billion kWh or 0.7 pct of nationwide retail electricity sales. Projected lifecycle savings were much greater, at 354 billion kWh over the lifetime of the efficiency measures used, because some measures that affect heating, cooling, and water heating equipment can provide benefits for several years. Like spending, most savings occurred in the residential and commercial sectors.

    Annual incremental savings also varied by state, from near 0 pct of electricity retail sales in Kansas and Alaska to 3 pct of retail sales in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Average electricity savings by U.S. census region was the highest at 1.2 pct in the Northeast, and the lowest at less than 0.4 pct in the south. (Source: EIA, Today in Energy, 20 June, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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    Argentinian Wind Project Wins KfW IPEX-Bank Financing (Int'l)
    KfW IPEX-Bank
    Date: 2018-06-13
    In Frankfurt, Germany's KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH reports it has structured a $120.9-million non-recourse financing for power producer Genneiae's 101.4-MW Pomona wind project in Argentina. Deutsche Investitions - und Entwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH is providing an additional $20.7 million in debt financing.

    The Pomona wind project will incorporate 26 Nordex N131/3900 wind turbines. Nordex will also maintain the turbines over 10 years. (Source: KfW IPEX-Bank, Renewables, 12 June, 2018) Contact: KfW IPEX-Bank, www.kfw-ipex-bank.de/International-financing/KfW-IPEX-Bank; Genneia, +54 11 6090 3200, www.genneia.com.ar/en

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    Renewables Subsidies Drop as Renewable Energy Grows (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2018-05-25
    According to the EIA' Direct Federal Financial Interventions and Subsidies in Energy in Fiscal Year 2016 Report, federal subsidies for renewable energy -- including renewable generation of electricity -- dropped to $6.7 billion in FY 2016, a 56 pct decline from FY 2013. renewable subsidies in FY 2010 and FY 2013 were approximately $15 billion, more than double FY 2016 levels, as support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) lessened. Despite the decline, renewable energy continued to receive a large share of total federal energy subsidies, accounting for 46 pct of the FY 2016 total.

    In the report, the EIA defines subsidies as funds a government expends, or revenue it foregoes, to encourage or support certain activities. EIA's report includes the following financial activities: direct expenditures, tax expenditures, research and development (R&D), and credit subsidies to recipients of federal loan guarantees.

    Tax expenditures provided 80 pct of FY 2016 renewables subsidies. Renewable electricity-related tax expenditures provided nearly 70 pct of FY 2013 renewable electricity subsidies, falling to about half that share in FY 2016. Most of this amount went to commercial wind and solar installations from the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The PTC provided an inflation-adjusted tax credit worth 2.4 cents per kilowatthour (kWh) in 2016, while the ITC provided a deduction equal to 30 pct of facility installation costs. EIA estimates the PTC and ITC credits taken in FY 2016 at $1.4 billion and $1.2 billion, respectively.

    Nearly all renewable energy direct expenditures for FY 2010, FY 2013, and FY 2016 resulted from provisions of ARRA -- a broad-based set of programs designed to expedite economic recovery, including energy infrastructure. Under ARRA, DOE has invested more than $31 billion since 2009. Much of this funding supported renewable energy projects, but by FY 2016, most provisions of ARRA energy programs had expired. Direct expenditures for renewable energy decreased 90 pct, from nearly $9 billion in FY 2013 to about $1 billion in FY 2016.

    Although R&D expenditures are small compared with tax expenditures and direct expenditures, R&D provides the foundation for many energy technology advancements and cost reductions. Federal R&D expenditures for renewable energy were estimated at about $850 million for FY 2010 and FY 2013, but they dropped to about $450 million in FY 2016. Another $296 million in federal loan guarantees was distributed to recipients in FY 2010, but in both FY 2013 and FY 2016, federal loan guarantee subsidies were zero. (Source: US Energy Information Administration, May, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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    EC, EIB Guide Clarifies Energy Performance Contracts (Int'l)
    EC.European Investment Bank
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In Brussels, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Commission, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are launching a new Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts.

    The new Guide follows the Eurostat Guidance note on the revised treatment of Energy Performance Contracts in government accounts, issued in September 2017, and explains its practical application, making use of technical assistance resources from the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH).

    The Guide explains in detail how Energy Performance Contracts work and gives a clear overview of the potential impact on government finances. This will help Member States and other stakeholders to better understand the impact that the different features of these contracts have on the classification of the investment undertaken, on or off government balance sheet.

    A major priority is energy efficiency as a part of a low-carbon economy. Here, so-called Energy Performance Contracts, or EPCs for short, can help mobilise private investment and expertise in energy efficiency in public sector buildings. Energy Performance in buildings is part of the legislative package "Clean Energy for all Europeans" -- a key element for achieving a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy.

    The Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts is available HERE. (Source: EuroStat, European Commission, PR 8 May, 2018) Contact: European Commission, Sara Soumillion, sara.soumillion@ec.europa.eu; EIB, Tim Smit , t.smit@eib.org, www.eib.org

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    Renewable Energy Subsidies Declined in 2016, says EIA (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2018-04-30
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting that federal subsidies for renewable energy -- including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity -- fell to $6.7 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016, a 56 pct fall from FY 2013. Renewable subsidies in FY 2016 were about half the amount for FY 2010 and FY 2013, about $15 billion, as support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) lessened.

    EIA defines subsidies as funds that a government expends or revenue it foregoes to encourage or support certain activities. EIA's report includes direct expenditures, tax expenditures, research and development (R&D), and credit subsidies to recipients of federal loan guarantees.

    Tax expenditures provided 80 percent of FY 2016 subsidies for renewables. More than half (51 percent) of the $5.6 billion in renewable tax expenditures went to biofuels which accounted for 77 pct of tax expenditures in FY 2010, but only 31 pct in FY 2013. (Source: US EIA, Grand Island Independent, 28 April, 2018)

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    25 Refineries Exempted from RFS Obligations (Ind. Report)
    RFS,ANdeavor
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Following up on the widely reported US EPA's granting Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) "extreme hardship" waivers to the recently bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES Solutions) refinery, it is interesting to note that of the total 141 operating gasoline refineries in the US (EIA Jan. 2017 data) 25 have received "extreme hardship" waivers, including 3 smaller unites of one of the nation's largest oil refining companies Andeavor -- fka Tesoro Corporation -- which reportedly earned net profits of about $1.5 billion in 2017, according to Reuters coverage. So where's the "extreme hardship"?

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing less than 75,000 bpd and suffering "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: WHTC Radio, Reuters, 3 April, 2018) Contact: Andeavor, (210) 626-6000, www.andeavor.com; Philadelphia Energy Solutions, www.pes-companies.com

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    "More Biofuels Vital to Energy Outlook" - Growth Energy (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2018-02-19
    According to Chris Bliley, Growth Energy VP for regulatory affairs, the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) just released Annual Energy Outlook 2018 demonstrate a clear and growing need for U.S. biofuels. The report predicts an 18 pct increase in miles traveled by U.S. motorists in traditional light-duty vehicles -- an increase from 2.8 trillion miles in 2017 to 3.3 trillion miles in 2050.

    "Blending more homegrown, cost-efficient biofuels into the fuel supply is the ready-made solution to lowering prices at the pump while also dramatically reducing emissions.

    "Federal experts agree that ethanol slashes emissions by 43 pct over the full energy life-cycle-from farm to engine but that the level of carbon savings is rising with each passing year, thanks to innovations in biofuel production and precision agriculture. We must reduce emissions in the transportation sector and that means deploying higher ethanol blends like E15 and E85 as well as mid-level ethanol blends like E30 alongside advanced and cellulosic biofuels. A strong Renewable Fuel Standard is vital to that effort, and we urge the Environmental Protection Agency to reject calls from a few fossil fuel advocates who want to hold back the rapid growth of ethanol production in rural America," Bliley says.

    (Source: Growth Energy, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

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    energy33 Develops Argentinean Sugarcane Bagasse Power Project (Int'l)
    energy33
    Date: 2018-02-16
    Miami-headquartered energy33 reports it will develop a 19 MW biomass power project in Argentina for Genneia, the largest renewable energy generation company in Argentina. The energy will be sold to CAMMESA, the off-taker and system operator in Argentina, under the terms of a 20-year PPA.

    Genneia will invest $49 million to build the 19 MW biomass power plant. Argentinean sugarcane ethanol producer Ingenio La Florida will supply the sugarcane bagasse biomass fuel and lease the land to Genneia. The project is expected to be operational in 2020.

    energy33 specializes in the development of energy projects in Latin America using co-generation, biomass, associated gas and other forms of clean power generation and offers consulting services in the energy sector with its world class technical expertise. (Source: energy33, PR, Digital Journal, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: energy33, to Jose Benitez, Exec. VP, (954) 397-4084, www.energy33.com; Ingenio La Florida, http://balcanes.com.ar/ingenio-y-destileria-la-florida

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