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USDA REAP Announces Rural Energy Grant Funding (Funding)
USDA, REAP
Date: 2019-08-30
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) reports it will award a total of $9.3 million in grant funding for energy costs reduction to farmers, ag producers, rural-based businesses and institutions in 49 states and Puerto Rico.

Congress appropriated $50 million for REAP grants and loan guarantees in fiscal year 2019. REAP funding can be used for energy audits, renewable energy systems including biomass, geothermal, solar, hydropower biomass and others as well as energy efficiency upgrades such as HVAC energy efficiency improvements, insulation, lighting and refrigeration. (Source: USDA, Farm & Dairy, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: USDA, (202) 690-4730, (f) 202-690-4737, www.rd.usda.gov; REAP, www.rurdev.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  REAP,  


USDA Invests in Energy Efficiency Improvements ... Seven Businesses In New Mexico Among Recipients
USDA Rural Development
Date: 2019-08-25
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Bette Brand has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding grants for projects in all states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions. Under today’s announcement, USDA is investing $9.3 million through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the nation. Congress appropriated $50 million for REAP grants and loan guarantees in fiscal year 2019. USDA will make additional funding announcements in the REAP program in coming weeks. Recipients can use REAP funding for a variety of needs, such as conducting energy audits and installing renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower and solar. Funds also can be used to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems; insulation; and lighting and refrigeration. This announcement includes, seven businesses in rural New Mexico that received funding to purchase energy saving systems. Listed below are the REAP investments made for seven rural businesses in rural New Mexico: • CIA Inc. an insurance company in Ruidoso will receive $9,236 to install a solar array system at that company's building, which will save $1,849 in the company's electric bill every year. • Conley's Lumber Mill in Española will receive $7,897 to install a solar array system at the lumber mill. By installing the solar power system, the company will save $1,857 per year in electricity, which is a 100 percent of the electricity used by the lumber mill for its business. • Four Peaks Energy LLC of Sunland Park will receive $20,000 to upgrade its lighting, HVAC system, and Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) (connected to motors) insulation upgrades, and an environmental shade screen at the Camino Real Landfill Facility. This project will save $17,638 per year in electricity costs. • Pamela N. MacArthur of Rancho De Taos will receive $2,811 to install a solar array system for her horse boarding facility. The solar array will save $529 per year in electricity costs, which is equal to 103 percent of the yearly energy usage for the business. • Joseph J. Mathieu of Deming will receive $7,500 to install LED lighting and energy efficient windows at his Denny’s Restaurant. By installing the energy efficient systems $9,987 in electricity will be saved yearly. • Roxie Properties LLC of Santa Rosa will receive $18,711 to install a solar array system at the El Rancho Motel. The new solar power array will save $5,122 per year in electricity costs for the business. • Taos Veterinary Clinic PC of Taos will receive $ 11,021 to install a solar array system. By installing the solar panels, the business will save $3,796 per year in electricity or a 103 percent of the electricity used by the veterinary clinic.

To view the report in its entirety, view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB). USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. (Source: USDA, 25 Aug., 2019) Contact: USDA Rural Development, www.rd.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA Rural Development news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


HECO Announces Major Renewable Energy Push (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2019-07-19
In the Aloha State, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) is reporting that the acquisition of a variety of clean energy technologies over the next five years will enable the Companies to continue providing reliable service after the closure of the largest fossil fuel plant on Oahu and retirement of Mauis oldest oil-fired plant.

Upon approval by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) anticipated this summer, this second phase of renewable energy procurement will be open to bids and the first projects would come online in 2022.

Estimated targets of new renewable generation of various technologies are the equivalent of 594 MW of solar for Oahu; 135 MW for Maui and 32 to 203 MW for Hawaii Island, depending on whether other renewable energy projects become available. Proposals for Molokai and Lanai will be sought later this summer. The approximately 900 MW of new renewables to be sought -- generating about 2 million mWh annually -- would be among the largest single procurement effort ever undertaken by a U.S. utility.

In addition to variable renewable generation, with or without energy storage, this second phase will be open to standalone storage and grid services that help system operators manage reliability of modern electric grids with diverse, dynamic inputs and outputs. These draft proposals are the result of extensive consultation led by the PUC with participation of the Hawaiian Electric Companies, the Consumer Advocate, and other stakeholders.

For Oahu, new projects are needed to replace the 180-MW coal-fired AES Hawaii plant in Campbell Industrial Park due to close by September 2022. For Maui, the generation and storage is needed for the planned retirement of the 38-MW Kahului Power Plant by the end of 2024. For Hawaii Island, additional renewable generation is sought even assuming the Puna Geothermal Venture plant returns to service and the Hu Honua biomass plant comes online as planned.

View HECO's largest-ever renewable energy plan HERE. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, PR , 17 July, 2019) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Jim Alberts, VP Business Dev. and Strategic Planning, (808) 543-7780, Peter Rosegg, (808) 543.7780, Peter.Rosegg@HawaiianElectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Companies,  HECO,  Renewable Energy,  


USDA REAP Announces New Renewable Energy Funding (Funding)
Rural Energy for America Program
Date: 2019-07-15
The USDA Secretary for Rural Development, Joel Baxley, reports the agency's awarding of 58 grants for projects in 17 states to help reduce energy costs and increase energy efficiency for small rural businesses, farmers and agricultural producers. The grants are being issued through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for which Congress appropriated $50 million in fiscal year 2019.

Under the present announcement, USDA is investing $1 million in renewable energy projects. The REAP grant funding can be used for energy audits and renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower and solar, or for energy efficiency improvements to HVAC systems; insulation; and lighting and refrigeration, and others. (Source: USDA, Elko Daily Free Press, 11 July, 2019) Contact: USDA Rural Energy for America Program, www.rurdev.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rural Energy for America Program,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Wind, Solar Expected to Generate Half of World's Electricity by 2050, says BloombergNEF Report (Ind. Report)
BloombergNEF
Date: 2019-07-03
According to a new report from BloombergNEF, solar, wind, and battery energy storage will enable the power sector to "meet its share of emission cuts required under the Paris climate agreement, at least until 2030" by which time the demand for electric power will increase 62 pct. The world will get about half of its electricity from solar, wind, and battery storage by 2050, the report notes. By 2050, solar and wind will supply almost one half of the world's electricity, with hydro, nuclear and other renewable energy resources providing another 21 pct with geothermal, tidal, hydrogen and others filling the balance, according to BNEF. (Source: BloombergNEF, Utilities, 23 June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  BloombergNEF,  


NV Energy Adding 1,200 MW of New Solar + Storage (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-06-26
In the Silver State, Las Vegas-based NV Energy reports it will seek Nevada PUC approval for the addition of nearly 1,200 MW of new solar PV generation along with 590 MW of battery storage to be added to its energy mix in the form of three projects in southern Nevada. With the addition of these new projects, NV Energy will double its renewable energy by 2023.

Each of the three announced projects -- the 200-mw Arrow Canyon Solar Project with a 75 mw battery storage system; the 300-mw Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center with 135-mw Li-Ion battery energy storage system; and the 690-mw Gemini Solar + Battery Storage Project with a 380 mw AC battery storage system -- are expected to be online by the end of 2023.

NV Energy's current portfolio includes 57 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, biomass and supported rooftop solar projects both in service and under development. (Source: NV Energy, PR, 24 June, 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cameron, CEO, Pres., www.nvenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Solar,  


Hawaiian Geothermal Well Permits Under Review (Reg. & Leg.)
Puna Geothermal Venture
Date: 2019-06-05
In the Aloha State, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald is reporting the Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources is reviewing Puna Geothermal Venture's applications for two new geothermal wells at the site of a power plant damaged by the 2018 Kilauea eruption. The applications are part of the company's attempt to resume operations after damage to its 38-MW geothermal power plant in Puna on the Big Island.

According to Department of Land and Natural Resources, the damaged plant produced 31 pct of the island's power and about half of its renewable energy in 2017. (Source: Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, AP, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Puna Geothermal Venture (Ormat), www.hawaiianelectric.com/.../geothermal/puna-geothermal-venture-(pgv); Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources, (808) 587-0400, dlnr.hawaii.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal. Ormat Technologies,  


NEIF Lauds Home Energy Efficiency Financing Plan (Ind. Report)
National Energy Improvement Fund
Date: 2019-05-03
The Allentown, Pennsylvania-based National Energy Improvement Fund, LLC, (NEIF), a licensed lender and national expert in energy efficiency financing, is trumpeting the availability of its its new NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan.

The plan helps qualifying homeowners finance home improvement and energy efficiency upgrades such as heating and cooling, windows, doors, siding and roofing, air sealing and insulation, electrical and plumbing, geothermal and whole home energy projects. All work must be completed by NEIF-approved contractors.

The NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan is currently available in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia with other states being added shortly. Separately, Maine homeowners can use Efficiency Maine financing, administered by NEIF.

The NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan is simple interest, longer term, fixed rate installment financing from $2,500 to $25,000. There is no lien on the borrower's home, no fees to the borrower and no penalty for pre-payment. The interest rate and monthly payment are locked in for the full term of the loan, up to ten years. To date, $700 million in energy efficiency financing has been placed through the NEIF program. NEIF also provides financing for commercial energy improvements through its NEIF Commercial Energy Finance division and advance funding to contractors for rebates through its Rebate Bridge program. (Source: National Energy Improvement Fund, LLC, PR, 2 May, 2019) Contact: NEIF, Peter Krajsa, NEIF, Co-Chair and Founder, (484) 838-5460, www.neifund.org

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


NV Energy Lauds Nevada Renewables Portfolio Increase (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-04-24
Reporting from Las Vegas, NV Energy joined Governor Steve Sisolak, Senator Chris Brooks and other supporters, as the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 358, which increases Nevada's renewable portfolio standard to 50 pct by 2030.

In a 2018 announcement, NV Energy noted plans to add six more large-scale solar projects, three of which will include battery storage capacity. NV Energy also recently submitted its annually-required renewable portfolio standard (RPS) compliance filing to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, which stated that the company had exceeded the current RPS requirement for the ninth-straight year. Instead of the 20 pct required today, 24 pct of the energy the company provides is generated from renewable resources.

Nevada is a leader in renewable energy, ranking fourth in solar and second in geothermal. NV Energy has fostered renewable development since before a renewable standard was put into place, having signed its first geothermal contract in 1986. Thanks to expanding renewable energy serving our customers and the retirement of coal-fueled generation in Nevada, the state experienced an 85 pct reduction in coal-fueled carbon emissions and reduced carbon emissions from the electric industry by 44 pct from 2005 to 2015.

NV Energy Inc, which provides a range of energy services to more than 1.4 million customers throughout Nevada, is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, do business as NV Energy. (Source: NV Energy, PR 23 April, 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Senior Corporate Communication Specialist, (775) 834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy Portfolio,  Renewable Energy Standard,  


Hydrogenics Inks NZ Green Hydrogen Production Station Deal (Int'l)
Hydrogenics
Date: 2019-04-10
Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered hydrogen specialist Hydrogenics Corporation reports it has inked a supply agreement with Halcyon Power -- a joint venture of New Zealand-based Tuaropaki Trust and Obayashi Corporation of Japan -- for a carbon-free, 1.5 MW hydrogen production facility in New Zealand.The project is expected to be fully operational in 2020.

The carbon-neutral "green" hydrogen will be generated using electricity from stable, cost-effective geothermal energy in Mokai, Taupo, located adjacent to an existing Tuaropaki power plant.

Hydrogenics will provide an onsite hydrogen production plant using the Company's large-scale containerized PEM electrolysis technology to produce as much as 250Nm3 per hour of hydrogen. (Source: Hydrogenics, PR, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Hydrogenics Corp., Daryl Wilson, President & CEO, www.hydrogenics.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogenics,  Hydrogen,  


Innergex Unloading Icelandic Energy Firm HS Orka for $305Mn (M&A)
Innergex,Macquarie Infrastructure
Date: 2019-03-25
Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports it will sell its wholly-owned Magma Energy Sweden A.B. subsidiary which holds a 53.9 pct equity stake in HS Orka, to a Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets managed European infrastructure fund, for $304.8 million subject to customary closing adjustments

.HS Orka holds two operating geothermal facilities (Reykjjanes and Svartsengi) totaling 174 MW, the 10 MW Bruarvirkjun run-of-river hydro project which is under construction, a number of prospective renewable power projects, as well as a 30 pct equity interest in the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa and Resort in Iceland. The fully funded transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions.

Net proceeds from the sale will be used to reimburse the $228 million one-year credit facility contracted in October 2018 at the time of the acquisition of the remaining interest in the Cartier wind farms and operating entities, to deleverage corporate facilities and for general corporate purposes. (Source: Innergex, PR. 25 Mar., 2019) Contact: Innergex, (450) 926-2550, www.innergex.com, info@innergex.com; Macquarie Infrastructure, www.macquarie.com/mgl/com/mic-inc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  Hydro,  Run-of-River,  Innergex,  Macquarie Infrastructure,  


Enel Acquires 650 MW of US Renewable Enenergy Assets (M&A)
Enel SpA,Enel Green Power North America,GE Capital
Date: 2019-03-18
Italian utility Enel SpA is reporting its Enel Green Power North America Inc (EGPNA) unit is acquiring 650 MW of US renewable energy assets from GE Capital's Energy Financial Services for $256 million (&euro226. million), for an enterprise value equal to around $900 million. The acquisition includes geothermal, wind and solar power facilities in Kansas, Utah, North Dakota, Vermont and Nevada. (Source: Enel SpA, Renewables, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com; GE Capital, www.gecapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel SpA,  Enel Green Power North America,  GE Capital,  


ODOE Offers Small-Scale Renewable Energy Project Funding (Funding)
Oregon Department of Energy
Date: 2019-03-15
In Salem, the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) reports the availability of grant funding of up to $250,000 per system for small-scale renewable energy projects. projects that generate power from renewable sources. The deadline for applications is on April 22, 2019. The agency is accepting applications for its Renewable Energy Development Grant program through 22 April, 2019. A total of $2.75 million is available.

Qualified systems must produce electrical energy from a renewable resource such as biomass, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, landfill gas, biogas, or wave, tidal, or ocean thermal energy. Grants are capped at $250,000 per system and may not exceed 35 pct of the project cost. Details are available on ODOE's website. (Source: Oregon Department of Energy, Think Geoenergy, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oregon Department of Energy, (503) 378-4040, askenergy@oregon.gov, www.oregon.gov/ENERGY

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oregon Department of Energy,  


Ormat Reopening Hawaiian Geothermal Plant (Ind. Report)
Ormat Technologies
Date: 2019-03-06
Reno, Nevada-based Ormat Technologies, owner of the 38-MW Puna Geothermal Venture geothermal plant closed during last year's eruption of Kilauea volcano, reports it plans to bring the plant back online by the year end.

The Puna Geothermal Venture plant was taken offline and evacuated soon after the volcano began erupting on May 3. Before the eruption, it provided roughly 25 pct of the Big Island's electric power requirements. (Source: Ormat Technologies, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: Ormat, Isaac Angel, CEO, Smadar Lavi, Investor Relations, (775) 376-2030, slavi@ormat.com, www.ormat.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  Ormat Technologies,  


Illinois College Facility Wins LEED Platinum Certification (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-02-20
The 42,000 square-foot Science & Engineering Building on the Grayslake, Ill., campus of the College of Lake County reports it has been LEED Platinum certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The facility, which opened in January 2018, houses mechatronics, photonics and chemistry classrooms and laboratories and is College of Lake County's first LEED Platinum building.

The facility's energy efficiency -- sustainability features include: photovoltaic solar panels, green roofs of planted vegetation, a geothermal heating and cooling system and energy efficient fume hoods in chemistry labs. Other features include LED lighting and daylight harvesting to reduce the need for electrical lighting. The building's rainwater recovery system collects rain in an underground tank and uses it for waste flushing and reduces potable water use by 41 pct.

Overall, the Science & Engineering Building is designed to reduce building energy use by 66 pct compared with a standard science building of similar size. (Source: College of Lake County, American School and University, Feb., 2019) Contact: College of Lake County, www.clcillinois.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


Dandelion Raises $16Mn for Home Geothermal Systems (Ind. Report)
Dandelion Energy
Date: 2019-02-13
New York-based geothermal startup Dandelion reports it has secured $16 million in financing from GV (fka Google Ventures) and Comcast Ventures, with participation from Lennar Corporation and previous investors NEA, Collaborative Fund, Ground Up, and Zhenfund, among others. The new funding, which brings the company's total capital raised to $23 million, will be used for R&D, the opening of a warehouse and to fuel growth.

The Series A funding comes after Dandelion's acquisition of Geo-Connections, a geothermal software-as-a-service company that develops the underlying technology used in geothermal systems, and precedes the broad launch of Dandelion's "Dandelion Radiate" product that works with traditional radiators. According to Dandelion, its system is four times more efficient than furnaces, almost twice as efficient as traditional air condition systems, and costs between $20,000 to $25,000 to install. (Source: Dandelion, Contact: Dandelion, Kathy Hannun, CEO, info@dandelionenergy.com, https://dandelionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  Dandelion Energy,  


EU Geothermal Energy, Metals Extraction Project Advancing (Int'l)
EU
Date: 2019-02-04
The EU is reporting its Horizon 2020 for Research & Innovation project to create and develop innovative technology that combines the production of geothermal energy with extraction of metals from the geothermal liquid in a single, interlinked process has now entered its final phase. Part of the 42-month Horizon 2020 programme, the Combined Heat Power and Metals (CHPM2030) technology project was intended to lower the costs and reduce the environmental impact of energy production while lessening European dependence on imported raw materials.

The project was divided into eight interconnected "work packages" including: system integration; integrated sustainability assessments; road mapping and preparation of pilot test study areas in Portugal, Romania, Sweden and the UK in order to pave the way for a long-term wider rollout of the CHPM technology.

The results and preliminary outcomes will be presented to the public on May 23, 2019 in Delft, the Netherlands at the final CHPM2030 conference. (Source: CHPM Europe, Industry Europe, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: CHPM Europe, www.chpm2030.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  


California Geothermal Well Lithium Extraction Planned (Ind. Report)
Berkshire Hathaway
Date: 2019-01-24
The Financial Times is reporting Des Moines-headquartered Berkshire Hathaway is developing a plan to extract lithium from its geothermal wells in the Salton Sea, California. The Salton Sea is thought to potentially be among the largest lithium resources in the world.

The project, which anticipates the production of approximately 90,000 tonnes of lithium, is reportedly valued at around $2.5 billion. To that end, the company founded Salton Sea Industries for the venture.

Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. through MidAmerican Energy/ CalEnergy, operates 10 geothermal facilities in the Salton Sea/ Imperial Valley area of California. (Source: Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co, Website, Financial Times, Jan., 2019) Contact: Berkshire Hathaway Energy, (515) 242-3022, info@berkshirehathawayenergyco.com, www.berkshirehathawayenergyco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Berkshire Hathaway,  Geothermal,  Lithium,  


Penzance UK Geothermal Project Seeking Contractor (Int'l Report)
Geothermal Engineering Ltd
Date: 2019-01-23
In the UK, Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) reports it is seeking a contractor to supply, deliver to site, connect, test and commission a Geothermal Heat Pump System in Penzance in Cornwall, UK. The project has already drilled two wells to support the system.

The Penzance project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The closing date for the applications is the 15th of February 2019. (Source: Geothermal Engineering Ltd., Think Geoenergy, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Geothermal Engineering Ltd, Jonathan Beynon, Jonathan.beynon@geothermalengineering.co.uk, www.geothermalengineering.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  


Kenya Power Doubling Geothermal Connections to Grid (Int'l)
Kenya Power
Date: 2019-01-18
In Nairobi, Kenya Power and Light is reporting it will construct a second, 85-kilometre power line between Narok and Bomet to connect western Kenya to cheap power produced at the Olkaria geothermal fields. The first line being constructed by the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) and is scheduled for completion in September.

The project is being financed by the French Development Agency.

Kenya Power and Light is a limited liability company that transmits, distributes and retails electricity throughout Kenya. (Source: Kenya Power & Light, 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: Kenya Power, www.kplc.co.ke

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  


$25.6 Mn for First Canadian Geothermal Power Plant (Funding)
Geothermal
Date: 2019-01-16
In Ottawa, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reports it will provide $25.6 million (Cdn) ($19.28 million) in funding for the country's first geothermal power facility near Estevan, Saskatchewan.

The 5 MW project, spearheaded by Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Deep Earth Energy Production Corporation, is expected to generate sufficient energy to power around 5,000 homes. (Source: Gov't of Canada,Various Media, CNBC, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Deep Earth Energy Production Corporation, Kirsten Marcia P. Geo., Director, President & CEO, 306.261.6979, kmarcia@deepcorp.ca, www.deepcorp.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  


NV Energy 1 GW Solar, Energy Storage Approved (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-01-02
In Reno, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) is reporting approval of NV Energy's planned addition of more than 1 GW of solar power to its portfolio for a doubling of its overall renewable energy capacity by 2023.

The plan foresees PPAs for 1,001 MW of solar PV parks coupled with a total of 100 MW of battery storage facilities at a cost of $2 billion, or more, by the end of 2021.

The proposed projects projects -- Battle Mountain Solar Project, Dodge Flat Solar Center, Fish Springs Ranch, Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Ranch, Copper Mountain Solar 5, and the Techren Solar 5 project -- will expand NV Energy's renewables portfolio to around 3,000 MW. NV Energy's portfolio presently 50 solar, geothermal, hydropower, wind, biomass, and supported rooftop solar projects. (Source: NV Energy, Renewables, 31 Dec., 2018) Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000, www.nvenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy ,  Solar,  


RENEW Wisc. Supports Nonprofit Organizations' Solar Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
RENEW Wisconsin
Date: 2018-12-17
In the Badger State, Madison-based RENEW Wisconsin is reporting 36 Wisconsin nonprofit organizations -- including churches and schools -- are inline to receive $445,000 in solar-power grants for projects aimed at promoting clean energy, increasing energy efficiency and cutting electric power costs. RENEW Wisconsin supports solar power, wind power, biogas, geothermal systems and electric vehicles.

The program is primarily funded by philanthropists Cal and Laurie Coulliard of Deerfield. In two earlier rounds of funding, RENEW Wisconsin issued more than $200,000 in grants, assisting 23 Wisconsin nonprofits invest in more than $1.67 million in solar projects that totaled 730 kilowatts of electricity. The grants fund up to 20 pct of a not-for-profit organization's solar installation costs. (Source: RENEW Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Dec., 2018)Contact: RENEW Wisconsin, Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, (608) 255-4044, www.renewwisconsin.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RENEW Wisconsin,  Renewable Energy,  


UK Adds £100Mn to Sub-Saharan Renewable Platform (Int'l)
Renewable Energy Performance Platform
Date: 2018-12-12
From COP24 in Poland, the UK government reports it will provide £100 million of funding to the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) to support up to 40 new renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa including small-scale solar, wind, geothermal and biomass sources up to 2023.

The funding, which triples the overall funding for the REPP, could unlock an extra £156 million of private finance into renewable energy markets in Africa over the next five years, according to a release from UK Energy and Clean Growth minister Hon.Claire Perry.

The new investment adds to the £48 million previously committed to the REPP programme, which is already supporting 18 renewable energy projects in a range of countries from Tanzania to Burundi.

REPP is an innovative funding platform created by the European Investment Bank and the UNEP, and funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. REPP provides early-stage funding, advisory services, and results-based finance for the development and construction of small and medium-scale renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. (Source: UK Energy and Clean Growth Ministry, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: UK Energy and Clean Growth Ministry, Hon. Claire Perry, Minister, www.gov.uk/government/people/claire-perry; Renewable Energy Performance Platform, www.africa-eu-renewables.org


Green Climate Fund Earmarks $1Bn for Poor Nation Projects (Int'l)
UN Green Climate Fund
Date: 2018-10-24
During a recently concluded four-day meeting in Bahrain, the South Korean-based UN Green Climate Fund announced approval of more than $1 billion funding for 19 new projects to help developing countries tackle climate change. The funding included projects linked to geothermal energy in Indonesia, greener cities in Europe and the Middle East, and protection for coastal communities in India. The Fund also agreed to start seeking fresh money next year as its initial capital of about $6.6 billion is expected to be exhausted soon.

Download UN Green Climate Fund details HERE. (Source: UN Green Climate Fund, Hindu Business Line, Oct., 2018) Contact: UN Green Climate Fund, www.greenclimate.fund

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Climate Fund,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


NV Energy RfP Seeking 350 MW in Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2018-10-19
Nevada utility NV Energy Inc has issued Request for Proposals (RfP), seeking bids for 350 MW or more of Nevada located renewable energy projects -- solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and biogas technologies that could be integrated with battery-energy storage systems.

The successful projects would need to be approved by the Nevada PUC, the utility noted. The deadline for bids is December 10. (Source: NV Energy, Renewables, Others, 17 Oct., 2018)Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000, www.nvenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


Oswego Named EPA Green Power Partner (Ind. Report)
EPA Green Power Partner
Date: 2018-10-15
In the Land of Lincoln, the community of Oswego (pop. 56,000 +-) reports it has been recognized by the the US EPA as a Green Power Partner community. The award is in recognition of the village's Electrical Aggregation Program and its commitment to 100 pct renewable energy.

For the program, the community contracted with clean energy provider MC Squared to purchase most of the energy and all the renewable energy credits for residents and businesses that participate in the Village's Electrical Aggregation program. For residents in the program, the amount they pay on their ComEd bills for their electricity supply supports new energy from a mix of wind and solar projects -- all at the same price as conventional coal -- and gas-powered electricity. Currently, 74 pct of all energy used in Oswego is from renewable resources.

To qualify as a Green Power Partner, communities must use energy from eligible renewable sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, or certain biomass or low-impact hydroelectric sources. The energy must be purchased voluntarily and sourced from renewable facilities less than 15 years old located in the U.S. (Source: Village of Oswego, US EPA, 12 Oct., 2018) Contact: Village of Oswego, Electrical Aggregation (630) 554-3618, www.oswegoil.org; EPA Green Power Partner, www.epa.gov/greenpower

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


Helen Switching to Climate Neutral Renewables (Int'l Report)
City of Helsinki
Date: 2018-09-19
Finland's capitol city of Helsinki reports its fully owned energy company, Helen Ltd, a producer of district heating, power, and district cooling, is converting its largely coal and natural gas energy production processes to climate-neutral renewable energy production and thereby minimize its carbon emissions by 2035 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

In the near term, Helen will utilize biomass-based energy production. The utility will also close its largely coal-fired Hanasaari power plant and develop modifications for new plants. Longer term solutions will entail energy recycling, increased utilization of locally produced renewable energy, energy storage and other initiatives.

The City of Helsinki is aiming to source 15 pct of its power demand from rooftop solar and geothermal energy. (Source: City of Helsinki, Sept., 2018) Contact: City of Helsinki, Helen Ltd, 09 617 8080, www.helen.fi/en

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Zambian RfP Seeks 100 MW of Solar Energy (Int'l Report)
Zambia ,African Development Bank
Date: 2018-09-05
Via the tender, selected developers will be awarded 25-year PPAs for the sale of power to local utility, ZESCO. In Lusaka, the Zambian Ministry of Energy and the GET FiT Zambia Secretariat have issued a Request for Proposal (RfS) for the deployment of 100 MW of solar PV capacity The RfP follows the Request for Qualification phase, which was concluded in June and saw the shortlisting of 10 developers including Enel Green Power, Engie, EDF, and others. Selected developers will be granted a 25-year PPA by the local utility ZESCO.

The tender is being held under the framework of the Zambian REFiT Strategy, an initiative developed with the support of German development bank, KFW. The REFiT program aims to initially tender up to 100 MW of PV and envisages the deployment of 200 MW small- and medium-scale renewable energy projects, up to a maximum size of 20 MW. Eligible renewables include solar PV, hydro, geothermal, biomass, waste energy and wind power. The Department of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the African Development Bank has issued an expression of interest to arrange debt financing for the five 20 MW IPP solar projects. The Zambian government is aiming to deploy 500 MW of solar PV over the next few years. (Source: Zambia Ministry of Energy, PV Mag, September 3, 2018) Contact: Zambia Ministry of Energy, www.mewd,gov.zm; African Development Bank, Amadou Hott, VP Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, +225 2026 3900, www.afdb.org/en

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Univ. of Arkansas Awarded $800,000 for Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
University of Arkansas
Date: 2018-08-31
In Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas reports biological sciences assistant professor Ruben Michael Ceballos has been awarded $800,000 over four years in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research methods to improve the efficiency and environmental soundness in the production of biofuel,

The research is intended to create a way to protect and enhance enzymes in the process to turn organic material into fuel. Ceballos will use a protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools and springs to enhance the conversion process. (Source: University of Arkansas, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: University of Arkansas, Prof. Ruben Michael Ceballos, 479-575-5643, ceballos@uark.edu, https://ceballoslab.uark.edu; National Science Foundation, www.nsf.gov

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Energy Efficiency Saves Berkeley Schools $3.1Mn (Ind. Report)
CMTA Energy Solutions,ENERGY STAR
Date: 2018-08-27
In Martinsburg, West Virginia, CMTA Energy Solutions reports electric power usage consumption at county schools has fallen by approximately 37 pct. It also notes that four more county schools are expected to score between the 98th and 100th percentile in the U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR® program as a result of energy-efficiency performance contracted work at Berkeley County (W.Va.) Schools.

Two years into an energy-savings performance contract, the schools have saved $3.1 million in utility expenses, and more renovations aimed at reducing building operating costs are planned, according to CMTA Energy Solutions. Eight other county school buildings are in the progress of receiving ENEGY STAR certification as a result of a $28 million energy-management project in which the school system embarked in May 2016 with the Kentucky-based firm, officials said.

The work to date has included the installation of seven geothermal heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, replacement of boilers and chillers, installation of more than 23,000 LED lighting fixtures in 35 buildings, thermal "envelope" improvements, computer power management, and district-wide, web-accessible HVAC controls. (Source: CMTA Energy Solutions, Herald Mail, 21 Aug., 2018)Contact: CMTA Energy Solutions, 502-326-3085, www.cmta.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov

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Rome County Approves PACE Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Rome County, PACE
Date: 2018-08-17
In the Empire State, the Rome County Board of Legislators reports the passage of arange of energy efficiency measures, including the Energize NY Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) sustainable energy loan program.

The PACE program covers energy efficient lighting, insulation and air sealing, heating and cooling systems, smart controls, energy storage and combined heat and power, as well as renewable energy installations such as solar photovoltaic, wind, biomass and geothermal.

The PACE program allows eligible commercial, industrial, agricultural, non-profit and residential property owners to obtain (PACE) financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that is repaid through a charge on the property's tax bill. PACE financing is an alternative to traditional project financing and can fund up to 100 pct of the project costs with competitive, fixed interest rates for flexible terms of five to up to 20 years. (Source: Rome Sentinal, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Energize NY, www.energizeny.org; PACE, www.pacenation.us/pace-in-new-york

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Hillsboro Ore. Tops DOE Better Build Challenge (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-08-03
The city of Hillsboro, Oregon, -- pop. 100,000 -- reports it again leads every other city in the country in green power use.

In 2017, the Hillsboro community purchased 1.73 billion kilowatt hours of green power -- electricity that comes from renewable resources like solar, wind and geothermal. The city also offset 35 pct of its power bill with renewable energy. All told, from the city government to the local industry to private residents, almost 65 pct of the electricity used in Hillsboro last year was green power. The city is aiming for 75 pct green power community-wide by 2035.

The city is also switching to LED lighting and sensor technology and has cut its overall energy consumption by 26 pct since 2009, leading the country, at least among members of the DOE Better Build Challenge. (Source: City of Hillsboro, KATU2, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Hillsboro, Peter Brandom, Snr. Project Manager, www.hillsboro-oregon.gov; DOE Better Build Challenge, betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/challenge

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  DOE Better Build Challenge,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Global Clean Energy Investment Data Released (Ind. Report)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance (
Date: 2018-07-13
According to figures released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) on Monday, global investment in clean energy declined by 1 pct on the year but rose 8 pct year-on-year in the second quarter to $76.7 billion.

The decrease reflects a 19 pct drop in solar investment to $71.6 billion, due to the lower capital costs per MW and a slowdown in China. Apart from shrinking solar investments, BNEF projects that China's decision will lead to overcapacity in solar manufacturing and steeper price falls.

Investment in wind projects in the first half of 2018 improved by 33 pct to $57.2 billion, driven by large project financings in various markets, including the US, Taiwan, India, the Netherlands and Norway, according to BNEF.

Smaller clean energy sectors -- biomass and waste, small hydro, geothermal and biofuels -- attracted between $700 million and $1.2 billion of investments, except biofuels which dropped in terms of investment. (Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Renewables Now, 10 July, 2018)

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Va. County Schools Advance Energy Savings Project (Ind Report)
Warren County Public Schools District
Date: 2018-07-09
In the Old Dominion State, the Warren County Public Schools District reports it is proceeding with a $30 million energy efficiency and energy savings project that will include energy-efficient lighting, geothermal heating and cooling systems and solar panels at several of its schools this summer.

The upgrades are part of the school district's 15 month Guaranteed Energy Savings Project. With its solar panels, geothermal system and other energy-saving practices, the school district expects to be energy independent and anticipates selling about $80,000 worth of energy per year back to the Tennessee Valley Authority, in addition to saving a minimum of $850,000 a year in energy costs. (Source: Warren County Public Schools District, Bowling Green Daily News, 7 July, 2018) Contact: Warren County Public Schools District, www.wcps.k12.va.us

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Sooner State Retains Wind Energy Tax Credit (Reg & Leg)
Oklahoma
Date: 2018-07-03
In Norman, the Oklahoma Senate has rejected legislation to end a state tax credit to various renewable energy providers, but primarily the wind energy industry. The tax credit, which is slated to be phased out over the next 10 years, costs state taxpayers approximately $70 million per year.

Under the current 20-year old law, electricity-generating companies earn credits of a fraction of a cent per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated with renewable technologies including wind, hydropower, solar, and geothermal energy sources. The 10 year phase-out of the tax credit began on July 1, 2017. No projects brought on line after that date are eligible for the credit. (Source: Heartland Institute, PR, 2 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Subsidies,  Wind Energy Incentive,  


AfDB Supports Kenyan Geothermal Power Project (Int'l, Funding)
African Development Bank
Date: 2018-06-15
The Ivory Coast-headquartered African Development Bank (AfDB) Climate Investment Fund (CIF) Clean Technology Fund (CTF) is reporting approval of $49.5 million in loan funding -- a senior loan of $29.5 million and a concessional loan of $20 million -- to support Quantum Power East Africa GT Menengai Ltd. 35-MW geothermal project in Kenya.

To support the project, the Government of Kenya is creating an enabling environment to enhance private sector investment through a competitive tender processes intended to lower the unit costs of geothermal power generation as well as lowering the cost of doing business in Kenya.

The project is expected to save up to 95,100 tons of CO2 equivalent and supply sufficient energy to as many as 48,800 households per year at a low generation cost of seven cents/kWh. (Source: AfDB, CPI, 10 June, 2018) Contact: AfDB, Amadou Hott, VP Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, +225 2026 3900, www.afdb.org/en

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$1bn BEV Fund Supports Energy Storage Startups (Funding)
Breakthrough Energy Ventures
Date: 2018-06-15
Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), the $1 billion fund launched by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma, Mukesh Ambani, and George Soros in 2016 to create new energy technologies and fight climate change, is making its first investment. Focusing on the area of energy storage, the fund is investing in two startups: Form Energy Inc.and Quidnet Energy.

BEV will invest $6.4 million along with Evok Innovations in Quidnet Energy and $9 million along with Prelude Ventures in Form Energy. Both startups are developing new technologies to store power.

Quidnet is developing pumped hydro into underground shale rock wells. Form Energy is developing batteries that can store large amounts of energy for extended time periods and overcome the limitations of lithium-ion batteries that can only store energy for short periods.

BEV is "risk-tolerant" and will only invest companies that are capable of cutting global carbon emissions by 500 million metric tons annually. The fund aims aims to focus on grid-scale energy storage, zero-carbon liquid fuels, low-carbon building materials, and geothermal energy. (Source: Breakthrough Energy Ventures, PR, NewsBytes, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Breakthrough Energy Ventures, www.b-t.energy/ventures; Form Energy Inc., https://www.linkedin.com/company/form-energy; Quidnet Energy, www.quidnetenergy.com

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Rocky Mountain Power Seeking Renewables Project Bids (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power
Date: 2018-06-06
Salt Lake City-headquartered Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), a unit of Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, reports it is seeking bids for new solar, wind and geothermal projects in Utah as part of an effort to increase renewable power generation on the PacifiCorp system.

The company is seeking proposals for 308,000 MWh of power generation -- approximately 40 MW of geothermal capacity or approximately 100 to 126 MW of wind or solar capacity -- sufficient power for about 34,000 typical Utah homes.

Customers sponsoring the request for proposal include Park City, Salt Lake City, Summit County, Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and Utah Valley University, which are all working with Rocky Mountain Power to meet their clean air and sustainability goals through renewable energy. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Sun Advocate, 4 June, 2018)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

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Canada Joining International Renewable Energy Agency (Int;l)
International Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2018-05-28
Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Kim Rudd, reports Canada has begun the application process for membership in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable energy accounts for two-thirds of Canada's power generation and approximately 20 pct of its total final energy supply. Renewable power generation in Canada increased from 78 GW in 2009 to 99 GW in 2017. In addition to plentiful hydro resources, Canada also has significant wind, biomass, solar, marine and geothermal energy potential.

Currently, 181 countries and the European Union are engaged in IRENA's work. (Source: International Renewable Energy Agency, Bioenergy International, Other Media 26 May, 2018)Contact: IRENA, Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, Timothy Hurst, Chief of Communications, +971 2 417 9000 , thurst@irena.org, www.irena.org

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NextEra, SRP Complete Arizona Solar+Storage Plant (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources,Salt River Project
Date: 2018-05-18
Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources and Salt River Project (SRP) are touting the opening of Pinal Central Solar Energy Center (PCSEC), a 258,000 panel, 20-MW integrated PV solar plant equipped with a battery energy storage system. PCSEC, Arizona's largest utility-scale solar energy center paired with a battery storage system, will generate sufficient solar energy to power 5,000 homes and will store excess energy in a state-of-the-art 10-MW lithium-ion battery storage system.

SRP will purchase all of the energy produced at the plant, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. SRP, which aims to meet 20 pct of its retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by 2020, is on schedule to meet that goal by utilizing solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power and energy-efficiency measures. SRP also aims to reduce the amount of carbon emissions intensity by 33 pct by 2035, according to a company statement. (Source: nextEra Energy Resources, May, 2018) Contact: Pinal Central Solar Energy Center, www.pinalcentral.com; NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Salt River Project, John Sullivan, Deputy GM, Scott Harelson, (602) 236-2500, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

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Pittsburgh Environmental Center Wins Living Building Certification (Ind. Report)
Frick Environmental Center,Green Building Alliance,USGBC
Date: 2018-05-18
In the Keystone State, Pittsburgh's Frick Environmental Center (FEC) educational center reports it has been awarded Living Building Certification from the Seattle-based Living Future Institute. A project of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh, the FEC is the first municipally-owned building in the U.S. to achieve this designation, according to the project's architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson..

Completed in 2016, the 16,000-sf FEC facility is one of 21 buildings worldwide to score Living Building certification, and only the second in Pennsylvania. FEC is one of the first to meet Building Challenge designation under v2.1, which requires a building to produce as much energy as it consumes annually, eliminate toxic and harmful chemicals, and collect and treat its own water.

A net-zero building, the FEC incorporates solar and geothermal energy to use 40 pct less energy compared to buildings of the same size in the same region. The center is also US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certified for energy efficiency and is a recipient of the Green Building Alliance Wood Design Award from WoodWorks, and an Education Facility Design Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). (Source: Construction Specifier, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Frick Environmental Center, (412) 586-4576, www.pittsburghparks.org/frick-environmental-center; Living Future Institute, (206) 273-2028, https://living-future.org

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NV Energy Surpasses Renewable Energy Standards (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2018-04-09
Following up on our Nov. 10, 2017 coverage, NV Energy reports it has surpassed Nevada's renewable energy requirements for the eighth consecutive year. In 2017, NV Energy had a 24 pct clean energy portfolio that included solar, wind, geothermal and credits from renewable projects. Under law, NV Energy meet a 20 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

A recently introduced ballot contemplates increasing the RPS gradually over several years -- 26 pct by 2022; 34 pct by 2024; 42 pct by 2027; and 50 pct by 2030. NV Energy has not publicly taken a position on the ballot measure, but the utility did announce plans in January to double its renewable energy delivery by 2023. In the same announcement, the utility said its long-term goal is to move toward 100 percent renewable power. (Source: NV Energy, PR, Nevada Independent, April, 2018) Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000, www.nvenergy.com

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Dandelion Geothermal Increases Funding to $6.5Mn (Funding)
Dandelion Geothermal
Date: 2018-04-02
In the Empire State, residential geothermal startup Dandelion Geothermal reports it raised another $4.5 million to bring total funding to $6.5 million.

Dandelion markets geothermal heating and cooling to displace electric and fossil fuel-based systems, including propane and fuel oil common in the northeast. The company has around 70 contracts signed, and dozens of those systems have already been installed, according to the company. (Source: Dandelion Geothermal, Axios, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Dandelion Geothermal, info@dandelionenergy.com, https://dandelionenergy.com

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Iceland, China Seal Geothermal Development Deal (Int'l)
Sinopec Green Energy,Arctic Green Energy
Date: 2018-03-28
Reykjavik, Iceland-headquartered Arctic Green Energy (AGE) has inked an agreement with Sinopec Green Energy Geothermal Dev elopement Co. to supply geothermal heat technology to help China develop clean energy for a new Xiong'an, a 15 million strong economic zone south-west of Beijing, according to Bloomberg. The geothermal deal is being supported with $250 million in loans from the Asian Development Bank.

Scientists from Iceland (pop. 345,000) and China are also helping each other study climate change. (Source: Strait Times, Bloomberg, 25 Mar., 2018) Contact: Sinopec Green Energy, www.sinopecge.com/eng/profile.asp; Arctic Green Energy Corp., +354 558 0880, www.arcticgreencorp.com

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FDB Offers Fijian Renewable Energy Funding (Int'l)
Fiji Development Bank,
Date: 2018-03-26
Fiji's only financial development institution, the Fiji Development Bank , is promoting its Sustainable Energy Financing Facility aimed at scaling up renewable energy investments in the 2,000 +- square kilometer Pacific Island nation of 900,000 residents.

Financing is available for hydro, solar, coconut oil biofuel, energy efficiency equipment, wind, biomass, biogas, wave, tidal, and feasible geothermal systems. This facility also accommodates working capital for the purpose of providing consultancy, design, supply, installation and maintenance or repair services to encourage sustainable investments that address the impacts of climate change.

FDB is accredited as a National Direct Access Entity with the Green Climate Fund. (Source: Fiji Development Bank, Fiji Times, 24 Mar., 2018) Contact: Fiji Development Bank, www.fdb.com.fj

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Keene Exceeds GHG EMissions Reduction Goal (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-03-21
In New Hampshire, the city of Keene (pop. 23,400) reports its 2004 vintage Climate Action Plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions generated by municipal operations by 20 pct from 1995 levels, and emissions generated community-wide by 10 pct from 1995 levels, is ahead of schedule.

The city says it decreased its municipal emissions by 25 pct from 5,899 tons in 1995 to 4,423 tons in 2015, while community-wide emissions decreased by only 2.8 pct from 284,511 tons in 1995 to 276,512 tons in 2015.

Nearly half (46 pct) of the city and the community's greenhouse gas emissions are generated by the transportation sector followed by the residential sector at 28 pct and the commercial and industrial sector at 23 pct.

The emissions decrease can be partially credited to the city decreasing its use of fuel oil, including switching the heating operations of buildings from fuel oil to propane, installing energy efficient lighting, a switch to biodiesel and other low-carbon fuels, the installation of a solar PV system on the roof of City Hall, hydroelectric turbines at the water treatment plant, geothermal heating, and upgraded HVAC systems. (Source: City of Keene, Keene Sentinal, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Keene, Mari Brunner, Planner, 352-5474, https://ci.keene.nh.us

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Climeworks Claims "Historic" First CCS Contracts (Int'l Report)
Climeworks
Date: 2018-02-23
Zurich University spin-off carbon capture and storage (CCS) specialist Climeworks reports it has signed several "historic" contracts for its carbon capture system, which it claims marks the first time a company has been commissioned to permanently remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

Climeworks unveiled the creation of a new market mechanism late last year, through which companies can offset their emissions by paying Climeworks to remove an equivalent amount of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere using its Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology. Unlike traditional offsetting schemes that essentially trade pollution rights, the Climeworks solution involves the direct removal of the same amount of emissions from the atmosphere as the customer is creating.

Once captured, the CO2 is then stored underground in Iceland via the company's 'CarbFix' process. Climeworks opened its Icelandic pilot CCS facility in partnership with utility company Reykjavik Energy last October.

Sited at an existing geothermal power plant, the system draws in ambient air, separates out the pure CO2 using a specially designed filter and pipes it more than 700 metres underground where it reacts with the basaltic bedrock to form solid minerals.

Climeworks, which also opened a commercial carbon capture plant in Zurich last May, aims to filter 1 pct of global CO2 emissions by 2025. (Source: Climeworks, BusinessGreen, Feb., 2018) Contact: Climeworks, Christoph Gebald, CEO, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com; Reykjavik Energy, Edda Sif Aradottir, CarbFix Project Leader , www.or.is/en

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Houston Advanced Research Center Wins LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
Houston Advanced Research Center
Date: 2018-02-14
In the Lone Star State, the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) reports it has been awarded LEED platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), pushing the center a step closer to becoming a Net Zero Energy Building.

The key sustainable elements that contributed to the LEED platinum rating include:

  • Water stewardship -- Rainfall runoff from the roof and parking lot of HARC is directed toward vegetated bioswales. The bioswales feature native and water smart plants and run adjacent to the preserved forest habitats. Natural and restored habitats facilitate landscape regeneration. Low-flow water fixtures in the building are calibrated to reduce potable water use.

  • Energy efficiency -- The facility features geothermal heat exchange, a high-performance building envelope and rain screen, appropriately sized mechanical and air distribution systems, and daylighting and rooftop solar photovoltaics.

  • Materials reduction -- Building design seeks to lessen the carbon footprint of the structural systems, as well as minimize layers of finished materials where possible; exposed structure and polished concrete floors are examples of strategies employed. Thirty-one pct of building materials were locally sourced and building finishes were low in volatile organic compound (VOC) content, and 88 pct of waste generated during construction was recycled.

    HARC is a nonprofit research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air and water issues. (Source: HARC, USGBC, ProudGreenBuilding,Daily Telescope, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Houston Advanced Research Center, Lisa Gonzalez, Pres., CEO, (281) 364-6000, www.harcresearch.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Houston Advanced Research Center,  LEED Platinum,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  


  • Innergex Nails $1.1Bn Altere Power Acquisition (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Innergex Renewable Energy, Alterra Power
    Date: 2018-02-09
    Following up on our November 3, 2017 coverage, Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports the completion of the previously disclosed acquisition of all issued and outstanding common shares of Alterra for $1.1 billion, including the assumption of Alterra's debt.

    The acquisition of Alterrra adds 485 MW (gross 1,049 MW) of renewable energy assets, in operation and under construction, to Innergex's portfolio, bringing the Corporation's total capacity to 1,609 MW (gross 2,896 MW). By 2020, Innergex's net installed capacity is expected to reach over 2,000 MW from a well-diversified resource mix of hydro, wind, solar and geothermal projects in Canada, the U.S., France and Iceland. The acquisition also brings Innergex an extensive pipeline of prospective projects in preliminary stages or in progress, with an estimated net capacity of more than 5,000 MW.

    Innergex develops, acquires, owns and operates run-of-river hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, solar photovoltaic farms and geothermal power generation plants in Canada, France, the US and Iceland. (Source: Innergex Renewable Energy, PR, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: Innergex, Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2556, info@innergex.com, www.innergex.com; Alterra Power Corp., Jon Schintler, VP Project Finance, Peter Lekich, Corporate Communications, (604) 235.6719, info@alterrapower.ca, www.alterrapower.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innergex Renewable Energy,  Alterra Power,  

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