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Climate Change Notable Quote from Former ExxonMobil CEO
Date: 2021-02-05
"Whether or not anything we do will ultimately influence it (climate change) remains to be seen. One day we'll know the answer to that, but our ability to predict the answer to that is quite complicated." -- Rex Tillerson, Former ExxonMobil CEO, former Trump administration U.S. Sec. of State, Nov., 2020

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil news,  Climate Change news,  

World's First Biofuel Powered Rocket Launched (Ind. Report)
bluShift Aerospace
Date: 2021-02-03
Brunswick, Maine-based bluShift Aerospace is touting the recent launch of its "bio-derived fuel" powered unmanned prototype rocket. The 20-foot rocket reached an altitude of around 4,000 ft in a run designed to test the rocket's propulsion and control systems.

According to the company, its "bio-derived" fuel is completely non-toxic and can serve just as well, if not better in some cases, than traditional rocket fuels and deliver payloads to space at a lower cost per kilogram than traditional RP 1 (refined kerosene rocket propellant) fuel. (Source: bluShift Aerospace, PR, Various Media, Tech Digest, 1 Feb., 2021) Contact: bluShift Aerospace , Sascha Deri, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  

Aussie Researcher Scores $19Mn in Solar R&D Funding (Int'l. R&D)
Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics
Date: 2020-12-14
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics at the University of NSW is reporting receipt of $19 million in grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to support research into new solar cell and fuel materials, boost cell efficiency, and develop new storage products.

The ARENA funds will support the development of new combinations of materials that can be used to generate energy more efficiently and to place the energy generation devices in more places than rooftop panels or solar farms. (Source: Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics, Brisban Times, 12 Dec., 2020) Contact: University of Melbourne, Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics , Dr Renata Egan, research facility Chairperson, +61 3 9035 5511,; ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Photovoltaic,  ARENA,  

Enel Group Plans Green Hydrogen Growth (Int'l. Report)
Enel Group,Hydrogen Europe
Date: 2020-11-30
At last weeks European Hydrogen Forum, a gathering of industry leaders, policy-makers, government representatives and researchers, the Enel Group reported plans to grow its green hydrogen capacity to over 2 GW by 2030 and to integrate electrolyzers with renewable energy plants producing electricity for direct sale and ancillary services to support further renewable penetration in the grid, with green hydrogen also being sold to industrial customers.

According to Enel Group CEO Francesco Starace, the company is developing green hydrogen projects in Spain, Chile and the United States. Starace noted the cement, fertilizer and chemical industries, as well as transport by sea or air cannot be fully electrified and need green hydrogen if we want to achieve a fully decarbonized society going forward. For these sectors, green hydrogen can truly be the answer to decarbonization. Technological development, however, is just in the initial phase and we have to accelerate its pace and study its evolution carefully in order to avoid mistakes in capital allocations and bets in solutions that need to be tested before large investments are put to work, Starace added.

The European Hydrogen Forum was jointly organized by the European Commission's Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) and the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), in partnership with Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research. (Source: Enel Group, Romania Business Review, 27 Nov., 2020) Contact: Enel Group, Francesco Starace, CEO,; Hydrogen Europe,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  Enel Group,  

NSW Green Hydrogen Gets $50Mn Boost (Int'l., Funding Report)

Date: 2020-11-23
In the Land Down Under, the government of New South Wales (NSW) is reporting a ten-year, $50 million funding commitment to help develop the green hydrogen industry in NSW.

"This $50 million investment coupled with the guaranteed supply of low cost renewable power will make green hydrogen projects economically viable from day one," according to the release. (Source: Gov. of NSW, EchoNet Daily, 19 Nov., 2020)

UNSW Sydney Leading Hydrogen Supply Chain Collaboration (Int'l.)
University of New South Wales
Date: 2020-11-20
In the Land Down Under, the University of New South Wales Sydney (UNSW) reports it will lead a consortium of German and Australian research and industry partners to test the feasibility of a renewable energy-based hydrogen supply chain between the two countries.

The two-year feasibility study will look for opportunities to collaborate on the production, storage, transport and use of hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources, as well as assess current technologies, identify regulatory and logistical barriers, and recommend business models for the development of this two-way trade and investment.

Australia and Germany have both released national hydrogen strategies to help support and grow the development of renewable hydrogen as a clean source of energy with the potential to lower national carbon emissions.

UNSW is a world-leader in hydrogen research and home to the ARC Training Centre for The Global Hydrogen Economy, as well as the Hydrogen Energy Research Centre.(Source: UNSW, Website PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: UNSW, Assoc. Prof. Iain MacGill, +61 2 9385 2864,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Renewable Hydrogen ,  

Sunman Energy Scores $9.6Mn Australian Gov. Investment (Int'l.)
Sunman Energy
Date: 2020-11-11
In the Land Down Under, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation reports it has invested $9.6 million in the NSW-based solar tech company Sunman Energy.

The company's "eArc" solar cells are 70 pct lighter than glass solar cells, cheaper and easier to transport and install, malleable and durable enough to be glued onto roofs, incorporated into building materials and even shaped to fit refrigerated trucks.

The new funds will be used to expand the applications for the already proven technology and to ramp-up the company's international growth. (Source: Sunman, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: Sunman Energy, Shi Zhengrong, CTO, + 61 402 064 445,,; Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Ian Learmonth, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunman Energy,  Solar Cell,  

Climate Change Notable Quote from Former ExxonMobil CEO
Date: 2020-10-07
"Whether or not anything we do will ultimately influence it (climate change) remains to be seen. One day we'll know the answer to that, but our ability to predict the answer to that is quite complicated." -- Rex Tillerson, Former ExxonMobil CEO, former Trump administration U.S. Sec. of State

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil news,  Climate Change news,  

RWE Expands Solar Business in the Netherlands (Int'l. Report)
RWE Renewables
Date: 2020-09-04
In the Netherlands, RWE is reporting construction is underway on its 14-mw ground mounted solar farm Kerkrade in Limburg Province. Dutch company Volta Solar is responsible for all construction works as RWE's service provider. The more than 36,000 solar module project is expected to be commission in Summer, 2021.

RWE presently operates seven onshore wind farms with a totaling 300 MW in the Netherlands and currently constructing four new onshore wind farms with more than 115 MW total capacity in the country. The company is also developing projects in Europe as well as in North America with a total capacity of more than 5 gigawatts as well as constructing a 249 MW solar project in NSW, Australia. (Source: RWE, PR, reve, Sept., 2020) Contact: RWE Renewables, Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE Renewables,  Solar,  

Goldwind Australia Project Considers Biofuels (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-08-21
In the Land Down Under, Sydney-headquartered Goldwind Australia reports it is considering the use of renewable hydrogen or biofuels to power a proposed new gas-battery hybrid project near the Gullen Range wind and solar complex.The project includes a 12MW/4MWh battery system and six 12MW gas reciprocating engines.

The project has received $10 million funding from the NSW government Emerging Energy Program, which is targeting new projects that can provide firming support to the NSW energy system, as it transitions away from coal and towards wind and solar for its electricity supplies. (Source: Goldwind Australia, ReNew Economy, 15 Aug., 2020) Contact: GoldWind Australia, +61 (2) 9008 1715,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwind,  

LS Power Connects Gateway Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
LS Power
Date: 2020-08-21
LS Power reports the unveiling of the 250-MW Gateway Energy Storage project in East Otay Mesa, San Diego County, Calif. -- the world's largest battery energy storage project. Gateway Energy Storage, currently at 230 MW and on track to reach 250 MW by the end of the month, follows LS Power's Vista Energy Storage in Vista, California, which has been operating since 2018 and was previously the largest battery storage project in the United States at 40 MW.

LS Power is currently developing the Diablo Energy Storage project in Pittsburg, California; LeConte Energy Storage in Calexico, California; and Ravenswood Energy Storage in Queens, New York. (Source: LS Power, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: LS Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LS Power news,  Energy Storage news,  

Iberdrola Takes Control of Infigen (Ind. Report, M&A)
Iberdrola, Infigen
Date: 2020-08-07
Iberdrola reports it has raised its stake to 52.75 pct and taken control of Sydney, NSW, Australia-based Infigen Energy.

Infigen's onshore wind generation facilities total 670 MW, 268 MW of conventional generation assets and backup energy storage, 246 MW of acquired third-party renewable generation capacity as well as a portfolio of projects at different stages of development for a total capacity greater than 1 gigawatt (GW). (Source: Iberdrola. PR, reve, Contact: Iberdrola,; InfigenEnergy, Ross Rolfe, CEO, +61 2 8031 9901,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Iberdrola,  Infigen,  

Climate Change Notable Quote from Former ExxonMobil CEO
Date: 2020-07-27
"Whether or not anything we do will ultimately influence it (climate change) remains to be seen. One day we'll know the answer to that, but our ability to predict the answer to that is quite complicated." -- Rex Tillerson, Former ExxonMobil CEO, former Trump administration U.S. Sec. of State

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  ExxonMobil news,  

Photon Secures NSW Aussie Solar Farms Financing (Int’l. Report)
Photon Energy
Date: 2020-06-01
In Australia, Photon Energy Australia is reporting financial close on two New South Wales solar farm projects -- the Leeton and Fivebough projects with a combined capacity of 14MW.

Photon will act as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the two projects which are expected to be completed and commissioned in Q4,2020. Battery storage is expected to be added to the solar farms at some point and no PPA have yet been signed.

Photon Energy Australia is a subsidiary of Photon Energy, a global provider of complete large solar power systems,according to the company website. (Source: Photon Energy Australia, PR, ReNew Economy, 30 May, 2020) Contact: Photon Energy Australia, Michael Gartner, Managing Dir.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Photon Energy,  Solar,  Australia Solar,  

Juwi Inks Aussie Wind-Solar-Storage Hybrid Plant (Int'l. Report)
Juwi Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-05-29
In the Land Down Under, Juwi Renewable Energy Pty Ltd , the Brisbane-based unit of German renewables developer Juwi AG reports it has contracted with Contract Power for the construction of a hybrid wind and solar power plant in the town of Esperance in Western Australia.

The project, which is expected to be completed early in 2022, will combine a 4-MW solar farm with two 4.5-MW wind turbines, a lithium ion battery system and gas generators. (Source: Juwi Renewable Energy Australia, Website, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Juwi Renewable Energy, Cameron Garnsworthy, Managing Director, +61 7 3107 0908,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Juwi Renewable Energy news,  Solar news,  Wind news,  Energy Storage news,  

International Universities Climate Alliance Growing (Int'l Report)
International Universities Climate Alliance
Date: 2020-04-08
In the Land Down Under, the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), which is facilitating the establishment of the International Universities Climate Alliance (IUCA), reports that in its first year it has invited 40 of the world's leading universities on climate research to join the Alliance.

IUCA members will work across climate change science, impact, mitigation strategies and adaptation to further and communicate research on the most effective means to meet the unprecedented global challenge of climate change.

(Source: University of New South Wales, Mirage News, 7 April,2020) Contact: International Universities Climate Alliance,; University of New South Wales,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Global Warming,  

Canadian Carbon Tax Bumped Up to $30 per tonne (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2020-04-03
On Wednesday, 1 April, the Canadian federal carbon tax was increased from $20 per tonne to $30 per tonne, despite legal challenges from the provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the severe economic downturn and skyrocketing unemployment due to COVID-19.

As previously reported, the tax will raise $10 per tonne each year until 2022. (Source: Various Media, 604NOW, April, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  

NSW Announces 17.7GW Green Energy Drive (Int'l. Report)
NSW Ministry for Energy and Environment
Date: 2020-03-27
In the Land Down Under, the state government of New South Wales (NSW) reports it will deploy 17.7GW of solar, wind and storage over the next decade, to replace fossil fuel fired power generators and hit net-zero emissions by 2050.

According to the NSW's Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030 comprehensive roadmap, three previously identified rural renewables zones could spur AU$23 billion ($14.1 billion) of private sector investment.

The NSW state government and Australian federal governments have committed to invest almost AU$2 billion ($1.21 billion) in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects over the next ten years, according to the Ministry release. (Source: NSW Ministry for Energy and Environment, PV Tech, 16 Mar., 2020) Contact: Minister for Energy and Environment, Matt Keen, Minister,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia,  NSW,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

NSW Cuts Home Battery Scheme Subsidies (Int'l. Report)
Battery Energy Storage
Date: 2020-03-13
In the Land Down Under, the government of New South Wales, Australia, reports due to a record number of battery installations throughout 2019 its $6000 Home Battery Scheme subsidy has been cut by 30 pct and may be further decreased throughout 2020.

The Energy NSW Home Battery Scheme details are HERE. (Source: Energy NSA, 12 Mar., 2020) Contact: Energy NSW,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery Energy Storage,  

Unpacking the Climate Potential of Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
York University
Date: 2020-02-26
Estimates of the technologically and economically achievable potential for energy efficiency improvements in Canada are significant. Modelling by the International Energy Agency for example, suggests that under ambitious policy scenarios, Canada's GHG emissions could be reduced by approximately 200 million tpy of CO2e -- 28 pect of current emissions -- and with cumulative savings of $1.1 trillion between 2017 and 2050

In addition to offering the potential to make major contributions to a low-carbon sustainable energy transition, energy efficiency improvements can reduce energy costs to consumers, avoid the adverse environmental and social impacts of new energy supplies, improve productivity, strengthen energy security and enhance the resilience of energy systems to the impacts of climate change.

Despite their benefits, energy efficiency initiatives have struggled to achieve their full technological and economic potential to reduce to energy demand. These failures have been due to a range of market, institutional, financial, policy, regulatory, behavioural and informational barriers.

In recent years, new challenges have emerged beyond these traditional and well-understood obstacles. Changes in policy direction, often flowing from changes in governments, have resulted in significant retrenchments, and in some cases wholesale dismantlings, of energy efficiency strategies in North America. The Government of Ontario's decision to terminate its "Conservation First" strategy in March 2019 was among the most dramatic of these developments, but far from unique.

This study seeks to understand the dynamics behind these developments and to identify potential strategies and design principles to inform the development of more effective and resilient governance structures for energy efficiency in Canada. Specifically, the study examines a series of cases in which commitment and consensus around energy efficiency faltered, threatening the stability and, at times, the existence, of energy efficiency programming in a variety of Canadian (BC, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) and the U.S. (Maine, Connecticut and Indiana) jurisdictions.

Download the York University Unpacking the Climate Potential of Energy Efficiency study HERE. (Source: York University, Sustainable Energy Initiative, Feb., 2020) Contact: York University,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  

UPC Renewables Planning 800-MW NSW Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
UPC Renewables Australia
Date: 2020-02-19
In the Land Down Under, UPC/AC Renewables Australia is reporting plans to construct an 800-MW, 175 turbine wind farm with possible energy storage capabilities in New South Wales State. If constructed, the "Valley of the Winds" facility is expected to generate sufficient power for for roughly 590,000 homes a year.

According to the company release, the project is subject to regulatory and environmental approvals and still in the early planning stage.

UPC/AC Renewables Australia is the developer of the 1-GW Robbins Island and Jims Plain wind projects in Tasmania and the 600-MW New England solar park scheme in New South Wales, and has an additional development portfolio of 3 GW located in New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria, according to the company website. (Source: UPC Renewables, Renewables, Feb., 2020) Contact: UPC Renewables Australia, (852) 2673 2233,, › australia

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPC Renewables Australia,  

Green Bldg. Materials Compliance Platform Launched (New Prod. & Serv.)
Green Building
Date: 2020-02-14
In the Land Down Under, Manely, NSW-based Edge Environments is touting its new Building Products Information Rating (BPI) national database that allows the building industry to check the sustainability credentials of construction materials in order to ensure material compliance with regulatory standards and "green" rating requirements.

BPI is intended to give greater transparency the construction industry's thatselection and use of materials that meet sustainability regulations intended for "green" building ratings.

In addition to the green rating of building materials, the free BPI Rating also assesses the expected performance and resilience of products and the companies producing them.

The BPI search platform is the brainchild of Jonas Bengtsson, CEO of sustainability advisory firm Edge Environments and was developed by IT firm ComplyFlow with the backing of a government grant from AusIndustry and support from the Insurance Council of Australia. (Source: Edge Environment, Hotel Management, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: Edge Environment, Jonas Bengtsson, CEO, +61 2 9438 0100,

Climate Change Notable Quote from Former ExxonMobil CEO
Date: 2020-02-05
"Whether or not anything we do will ultimately influence it (climate change) remains to be seen. One day we'll know the answer to that, but our ability to predict the answer to that is quite complicated." -- Rex Tillerson, Former ExxonMobil CEO, former Trump administration U.S. Sec. of State

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Chnage,  Rex Tillerson,  

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

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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  NB Power,  

Irving Cuts Climate Change, Emissions Commitment (Ind. Report)
Irving Oil
Date: 2019-12-23
St.John New Brunswick-based Irving Oil, Canada's largest carbon emitter has reportedly abandoned a previous pledge to cut carbon output by 17 pct from 2005 levels by 2020, in favor of a "keeping up with the Jones" approach of keeping its emissions and environmental performance competitive with its rivals.

In 2017, the 320,000 bpd Irving family owned refinery in St. John emitted just over 3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), according to Environment Canada. In effect, the company is no longer targeting an outright reduction in carbon emissions but is maintaining the status quo as dictated by the top 25 pct of rival refineries in Canada through 2025.

Founded in 1924, privately held Irving Oil operates Canada's largest refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, more than 900 fueling locations and a network of distribution terminals spanning Eastern Canada and New England. It also operates Ireland's only refinery, located in the village of Whitegate, according to Wikepedia. (Source: Irving Oil, Reuters, Chronicle Herald, 20 Dec., 2019) Contact: Irving Oil,

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

Aussie TCorp Acquires Canadian H2O Power (Int'l. M&A)
TCorp, H2O Power
Date: 2019-12-09
In the Land Down Under, New South Wales Treasury Corporation (TCorp)reports it has teamed up with Oshawa, Ontario-based H2O Power and its Canadian Pension Fund owner PSP Investments, in a deal that will see the investment arm of the NSW government own a 49 per stake in eight hydroelectric generation assets based in Ontario, Canada.

H2O Power, the third largest provider of hydroelectric power in Ontario, is a wholly owned private asset within PSP Investments which has never publicly disclosed the power company's value. There are no plans for changes in reservoir management or operations, according to the statement. (Source: TCorp, Investment Mag., Dec., 2019) Contact: TCorp , Stewart Brentnall, CIO,; H2O Power,905.438.8539. 905.438.8226 - fac.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News H2O Power,  Hydroelectric,  ,  

Valent Low-Carbon Tech Raises $30Mn in Funding (Ind. Report)
Valent Low-Carbon Technologies
Date: 2019-12-04
Alberta, Canada-headquartered renewable fuels marketing specialist Valent Low-Carbon Technologies reports it has secured $30 million (Cdn)($2.8 million US) from the Kensington Private Equity Fund, part of Canadian alternative asset investor Kensington Capital Partners Limited, and private investment company CFFI Ventures Inc.

The company, which has operations in the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as well as New York State, focuses on renewable jet/diesel fuel, hydrogen distribution, fuel desulphurisation and related-enabling process technologies. (Source: Valent Low-Carbon Technologies Web Site, 28 Nov., 2019) Contact: Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, Tim Haig, CEO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valent Low-Carbon Technologies,  Renewable Duels,  

NSWAP Awards Community Solar Grant Funding (Ind. Report, Funding)
Roanoke Electric Cooperative,
Date: 2019-10-18
The N.C. Weatherization Assistance Program (NSWAP) reports the issuance of a total $128,000 in grant funding to Roanoke Electric Cooperative, Blue Ridge Energy and Fayetteville Public Works Commission for a pilot community solar program covering a total of 40 low-income homes. NCWAP is also providing weatherization and energy efficiency services to these single-family households.

Fayetteville Public Works Commission will use the funding to support the participation of 10 eligible households in their PWC Community Solar Weatherization Pilot project.

Blue Ridge Energy's Community Solar Savings Pilot will serve 10 households, with each receiving a bill credit for the energy generated by solar panels plus a rate reduction from the standard residential energy charge.

Roanoke Electric Cooperative will serve 20 homes participating in the Upgrade to Save Community Solar Program. The community solar participation will allow the households to share in the community solar garden and receive future billing credits estimated at approximately $365 per year per eligible household for a period of no less than 15 years. (Source: NCWAP,, 15 Oct., 2019) Contact: N.C. Weatherization Assistance Program ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Roanoke Electric Cooperative,  Solar,  Community Solar,  

Rutgers Awarded $1.3Mn for Offshore Wind Turbine Research (Funding)
Rutgers University
Date: 2019-10-11
In the Garden State, New Brunswick-based Rutgers University reports Professor Onur Bilgen, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was recently awarded a U.S. DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), $1,356,872 grant for wind turbine research.

The ARPA-E's Aerodynamic Turbines Lighter and Afloat with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS) program focuses on three areas critical to the successful development of radically new floating offshore wind turbines (FOWT) -- new designs, new computer tools, and experiments that collect data to validate the FOWT designs and computer tools.

Bilgen and his team plans to use their software to design a FOWT that generates more electricity while using fewer materials to manufacture and reducing turbine maintenance and operational costs. (Source: Rutgers University, PR, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: Rutgers University, Professor Onur Bilgen, 848-445-5869,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  Rutgers,  

It's All About "The Donald" (Notable Quote)
Date: 2019-09-13
(Because) "I look better in incandescent light." -- Pres. Donald Trump, 9 Sept. 2019, while speaking in Fayetteville, N.C. in answer to a question on why his administration is rolling back the Light Bulb Efficiency Standard .

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Light Bulb Efficiency Standard,  

Calix Reports CO2 Capture Technology Test Success (Int'l Report
Date: 2019-08-02
NSW Australia-based Calix Ltd. is reporting Project LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement), featuring Calix's CO2 capture technology for lime and cement, has been commissioned and is operating after preliminary testing at Heidelberg Cement's plant at Lixhe in eastern Belgium.

The project consortium includes the world's largest lime and cement companies, with Calix as the core technology provider and project leader.

Construction of the €21 million project was completed in early May. The project, which received €12 million from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is part of the EU's target of reducing CO2 emissions by 80 pct below 1990 levels by 2050. To that end, European cement industry needs to deploy carbon capture across 60 pct of its plants.

Calix's patented "Direct Separation" carbon capture technology will enable Europe's cement and lime industries to reduce their CO2 emissions dramatically without significant energy or capital penalty. The technology works on both lime and cement meal, with calcination near to target levels and CO2 of more than 95 pct purity successfully separated at the top of the reactor, although not yet at full design capacity. which will be tested until the end of 2020. (Source: Calix, Manufacturing Mag., 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: Calix, Mark Sceats, CEO, +61 (2) 8199 7400,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Calix,  Carbon Capture,  Cement,  

National Carbon Bank, Green Energy Trading Merge (M&A, Int'l.)
National Carbon Bank of Australia
Date: 2019-07-26
In the Land Down Under, Hawthorne, Victoria-headquartered environmental certificate agents Green Energy Trading and Brookvale NSW-based National Carbon Bank of Australia have announced their merger and will now work together to unlock the value offered by various incentive schemes for the installation of renewable energy-solar power and energy efficiency projects.

National Carbon Bank of Australia helps businesses and residences take advantage of savings that are available from government state-based schemes and financial incentives to reduce the consumption of electricity through energy savings. (Source: National Carbon Bank of Australia, The Fifth Estate, 24 July, 2019) Contact: National Carbon Bank of Australia, +61 2 9939 5559,; Green Energy Trading, +61 3 9805 0700,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Energy Trading,  

Rutgers, Duke Farms Partner on NJ Carbon Sink Project (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-06-17
In the Garden State, Rutgers University and Duke Farms in Hillsborough Township report they are collaborating on a study to develop 2,700 acres as an experimental carbon sink to absorb and store atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). Higher levels of carbon dioxide are a factor in global warming and climate change.

The Rutgers University researchers, from the New Brunswick, Newark and Camden campuses, will conduct monitoring and research at the largely wooded Duke Farms over five years. The study will begin by compiling baseline data on the presence of carbon in various land types and land management protocols. The Rutgers scientists will then create strategies to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in soil and vegetation. The study will also determine the greenhouse gas emissions supporting the Duke Farms operations compared to the carbon stored on the property. (Source: Rutgers, Bridgewater Courier, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Rutgers Climate Institute, Marjorie Kaplan, Assoc. Dir., (848) 932-5739,; Duke Farms, Michael Catania, Exec. Dir.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Sequestration,  Carbon Sink,  

Manitoba Ups Emission Levels, Dashes Carbon Tax (Ind Report)
Manitoba Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-06-12
In Winnipeg on the Canadian Prairies, Manitoba's Progressive Conservative government reports it aims to reduce annual emissions by one megatonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) by 2022 -- less than half of the previous government's 2017 targeted reductions. To that end, the provincial government announced it is reducing GHG emissions and eliminating a possible carbon tax.

In a statement the Manitoba Minister of Sustainable Dev elopement said; "We've removed the carbon-pricing (tax) element from our plan and are moving forward with getting real emissions reductions. (There are) several more initiatives to come that will help us transition to a low-carbon future without imposing a tax on Manitobans."<

In 2017, the federal Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Manitoba's then proposed carbon tax was insufficient an demanded the province match the federal carbon tax of $20 a tonne rising to $50 per ton by 2022. To date, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick have challenged the federal carbon tax plan. (Source: Manitoba Ministry of Sustainable Development, CBC, Canadian Press, 10 June, 2019) Contact: Manitoba Sustainable Development, Hon. Rochelle Squires, Minister, (204) 945-6784,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Manitoba Carbon Tax,  Canada Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

ERM Offers Small Customer Renewables Deals (Int'l Report)
ERM Power
Date: 2019-05-01
In the Land Down Under, business electric power retailer ERM Power reports it is inviting wind and solar farm developers to offer short-term electricity supply from their projects to support its launch of a new product the would offer renewable power purchase agreements (PPA) to smaller customers unwilling to lock into a 10- or 15-year contract or lacking the internal resources to negotiate their own deal.

Under its new offering, ERM will match-up supply on offer from wind and solar power ventures in NSW and Victoria States with the demands of energy users looking to source a part of their supply from renewables. Customers would pay an agreed upon fixed price for renewable energy over three years, sourcing 5 pct -- 10 pct of their power from that source. The customer can choose their level of participation in increments of 5 pct. Additionally, ERM will aggregate multiple business customers to gain access to large PPAs, giving smaller commercial energy users access to the terms normally available only to larger customers. (Source: ERM Power, Aust. Financial Review. 29 April, 2019) Contact: ERM Power, David Guiver, Wholesale Markets,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ERM Power,  Renewable Energy,  

Canada Invests in Forest Climate Change Adaptation (Ind Report)
Date: 2019-04-17
Climate change needs to be tackled head on in order to build a better future for Canadians. This is why the government is investing in critical adaptation research, while creating good jobs and growing the economy.

Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of $300,000 to University of New Brunswick (UNB) for a climate change adaptation project focused on the socio-economic costs and benefits of adapting to climate-induced changes, such as drought and wind, in Atlantic Canada's forests. Findings from this analysis will help those in the forest sector and communities, including Indigenous peoples, plan and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, News Release, April, 2019) Contact: NRC, Vanessa Adams, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources (343) 543-7645,

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Ottawa Imposes Carbon Tax on Recalcitrant Provinces (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-04-03
As promised, the Canadian federal Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday imposed a carbon tax on the provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan and Manitoba -- all of which are led by Conservatives -- for their failure to impose a provincial emissions reduction program that meets the fed's approval.

The federal levy, which starts at $20 (US$15) per tonne of pollution and rises incrementally to $50 per ton, is expected to add about 4.5 cents to the price of a liter of gasoline, as well as drive up drive up other energy related costs. To ease the pain on consumers, the feds pledged to refund most of the carbon tax cash directly to taxpayers.

Canada's remaining six provinces are exempt from the federal tax having imposed their own carbon tax or cap-and-trade system to help Canada meet its Paris Agreement target of reducing CO2 emissions by 30 pct from 2005 levels by 2030. (Source: Canada Ministry of the Environment, CBC, Various Media, 1 April, 2019)Contact: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister,

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Hawaiian Airlines Seeks Bldg. Energy Efficiencies (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Airlines,Carbon Lighthouse
Date: 2019-03-27
In the Aloha State, Honolulu-based Hawaiian Airlines reports it has contracted with San Francisco-based Carbon Lighthouse to analyze the energy usage and identify opportunities for efficiency at its Airport Center office building.

During the two-month pilot program, Carbon Lighthouse will use dozens of sensors in the 111,109-square-foot building to collect thousands of thermodynamic data points, from air and water temperatures in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment to lighting and occupancy. Carbon Lighthouse then uses its proprietary software to model energy scenarios and optimize the building's existing equipment.

Previously, Hawaiian cut energy use at its airport headquarters by 5.6 pct by optimizing energy efficiency with the installation of LED lighting and motion sensors. (Source: Hawaiian Airlines, Pacific Business News, 25 Mar., 2019) Contact: Hawaiian Lighthouse, Brenden Millstein, CEO, Hawaiian Airlines, Corporate Office,; Carbon Lighthouse,

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Southeast Eco360 Claims Landfill Gas Power Milestone (Ind. Report)
Southeast Eco360
Date: 2019-03-15
In Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick-based not-for-profit landfill operator Southeast Eco360 reports that last December it produced it's 10-millionth kilowatt hour of electricity burning landfill methane. That is enough to power 700 homes for a year, while reducing emissions by 66,000 tonnes.

The plant's power production is sold to the New Brunswick power grid. (Source: Southeast Eco360, CBC, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: Southeast Eco360, Gena Alderson, Waste Conversion Coordinator, (506) 877-1050,

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Scottsbluff Neb. Plans Second Community Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Community Soler
Date: 2019-02-18
In the Corn Husker State, the city of Scottsbluff reports it plans to build a second community solar project following on the heels of a sold-out, 128-kilowatt array in 2017. The 2017 array at the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) office in Scottsbluff was sold out within days and Since going online has generated more than 350,000 kWh of electricity.

After the success of the first project, the city has approached NPPD with a second, 4.6 MW project to be developed by SolSystems. If the project is agreed upon, construction would begin at the end of spring with an operational date sometime in Q4, 2019.

Community solar projects are not subsidized and communities that choose not to participate do not pay costs associated with the facilities that do. Currently, NPPD rates in Scottsbluff for community solar programs are the lowest in the state. NPPD's Sunwise Community Solar program currently includes a 98-kilowatt unit operating in Venango and a 5.7-megawatt facility in Kearney, which is currently the largest solar facility in Nebraska. NPPD is also close to finishing community solar projects in Norfolk, Chadron, O'Neill, Ainsworth ,Pawnee City and Loup City. (Source: Scottsbluff Star-Herald, NPPD, Other media, Feb. 17, 2019) Contact: City of Scottsbluff,; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres.,

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Veracity of Australia's Emissions Cuts Questioned (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-02-06
In the Land Down Under, CSIRO, the Australian research agency is questioning the environmental benefits claimed under the Emissions Reduction Fund (Fund), the Liberal government of Prime Mister Scott Morrison's main climate policy, raising concerns that Australia is overstating its contribution to the fight against climate change. Even so, the Fund is expected to receive up to $1 billion in federal funds over three years as the government seeks to neutralize claims it is failing to address the potential dangers associated with climate change.

The Fund was introduced by the Tony Abbott government in 2014 after it abolished the previous Labor government's carbon tax. Abbott is perhaps best remembered for his comment "climate change is a load of CRAP." The $2.55 billion Fund pays businesses, landowners and others to reduce carbon emissions or capture and store carbon that already exists in the atmosphere.

About half the carbon abatement pledged under the fund -- or 95 million tonnes -- relates to farming projects that use one of two native revegetation method that are presently being examined by a government-appointed committee. has been examining the performance of the revegetation methods. In a joint submission to the committee, CSIRO and the NSW Department of Primary Industries question whether all emission reduction claimed under the methods were genuine and whether existing revegetation successes are attributable to funded projects or to increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations or the changing climate.

The agencies also noted "uncertainty" in the carbon accounting model used to measure abatement under the two methods, which also lacked "underpinning research" to support its predictions. Under the scheme, estimates of abatement should be conservative. However the CSIRO and the department expressed "particular concern" over a reliance on "subjective assessments by project proponents" of factors such as the effect of grazing on carbon stocks. (Source: CSIRO, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: CSIRO, 1300 363 400, +61 3 9545 2176,,

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275-MW Aussie Solar Farm Nears Construction Startup (Int'l)
Edify Energy,Octopus Investments
Date: 2019-01-21
In the Land Down Under, UK-based solar energy investor Octopus Investments and Australian renewable energy specialist Edify Energy are reporting financial close on the $450 million (AUS), 275-MW Darlington Point Solar Farm project in NSW. The project will incorporate more then 820,000 Canadian Solar HiKu modules (CS3W-P) mounted on a single-axis solar tracking systems.

Upon completion, the facility is expected to be Australia's largest solar power station. Details on construction contracts, solar supply contract, and Power Purchase Agreements are expected to be announced within days.

The project is being developed and structured by Edify Energy, which will retain an equity stake in the solar project. Construction is expected to get underway in March, 2019, and when fully operational sometime in early 2020, will displace over 600,000 tpy of CO2 and generate 685,000 MWh of electric power per year -- sufficient to power around 115,000 homes.(Source: Edify Energy, Various Media, 18 Jan., 2019) (Contact: Edify Energy, John Cole, CEO, +61 2 8790 4000, +61 2 8790 4000,,; Octopus Investments, +44 800 316 2295,; Contact: Canadian Solar, Shawn Qu, CEO, (519) 954-2057,

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Hunter Pilot Ethanol Biorefinery Launched in Australia (Int'l)
Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources,
Date: 2019-01-18
In the Land Down Under, the Sydney-based University of Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) and Ethanol Technologies (Ethtec), in partnership with the Muswellbrook Shire Council, reports the development of the Hunter Pilot Biorefinery (HPB), a bio-renewables research facility and an environmentally sustainable process to produce biofuels and other renewable chemicals from crop and forestry waste.

The HPB will be a state-of-the-art facility containing biomass processing and fermentation equipment applicable to a range of biofuel and renewable chemical production technologies.

The first phase of the project received $4.6 million from the New South Wales (NSW) Government under the Growing Local Economies fund to unlock long-term growth opportunities in regional NSW through targeted infrastructure investment.

The foundation project of the Biorefinery is a $30 million cellulosic ethanol pilot plant project by Apace Research Limited (Apace), Ethanol Technologies Limited (Ethtec), the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Chinese engineering company JTL and the University of Newcastle. (Source: University of Newcastle, Australia, PR 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: NIER, Professor Alan Broadfoot, Executive Director, +61 2 4033 9000,; Ethtec, + 61 7 4776 5300, +61 7 4776 5392 - fax,

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Trudeau's Canadian Carbon Tax Now In Force (Reg. & Leg.)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-01-02
In Ottawa, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's controversial carbon tax is now in force. The price on carbon will be C$20 ($15 US) per metric ton rising to C$50 per ton by 2022. A wide-ranging tax on nearly all fuels is also set to take effect in April in four provinces.

The Trudeau government had proposed a 95 pct standard for the cement and lime sectors and 90 pct for production of petrochemicals, steel, certain types of iron, nitric acid and ammonia. All other sectors have a proposed 80 pct threshold. Companies exceeding those levels can pay a tax, or buy credits from more efficient firms.

The industrial emissions plan applies to Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island -- the provinces that are challenging the Trudeau carbon tax plan -- and to electricity and natural gas pipelines in Saskatchewan. Even with the carbon tax in place, Canada is still expected to fall short of its COP15 target of 513 metric megatons of emissions by 2030. (Source: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Bloomberg, Various Media, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister,

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Aussie Hardwood Waste-to-Renewable Diesel Explored (Int'l)
Date: 2018-12-19
Further to our 27th August report, In the Land Down Under, lumber and building materials supplier BORAL and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) are reported to have joined forces to fund a $1.2 million (AUS) feasibility study of a proposed a second-generation woody biomass biorefinery in New South Wales (NSW).

The study will explore the potential conversion of up to 50,000 tonnes of sawmill hardwood residues from a BORAL owned sawmill near Port Macquarie, NSW, into renewable transport-grade diesel and bitumen using world-first technology. The study will consider a mechanical catalytic conversion technology, developed by Spanish-based Global Ecofuel Solutions, combined with the potential biorefinery. The process has never before been used in a production-scale facility.(Source: BORAL, ARENA, AggNet, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773,,; Boral Limited,

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Snowy Hydro Expanding Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Capacity (Int'l)
Snowy Hydro
Date: 2018-12-14
In the Land Down UNder, Cooma, NSW-based Snowy Hydro Limited reports its board has approved a final investment decision to proceed with the proposed Snowy 2.0 pumped-storage hydro expansion, subject to shareholder approval.

Snowy 2.0, a pumped-storage hydro expansion of the existing Snowy Scheme, will provide as much as 2,000 MW of on-demand electric power generation and 350,000 MWh of large-scale energy storage at an expected cost of $4.5 billion.

Snowy Hydro owns and operates about 5,500 MW of generation capacity, including the Snowy Mountains scheme in Australia. (Source: Snowy Hydro Ltd., Hydro World, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Snowy Hydro, + 61 2 6453 2888,,

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NJBPU OKs Rutgers Energy Storage Analysis Contract (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2018-11-02
In the Garden State, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) reports its approval of a 6-month, $300,000 contract under which Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, will perform an analysis of the state's energy storage needs and opportunities.

The analysis is intended to help the state meet the energy storage targets set by the Clean Energy Act of 2018. To that end, the report will summarize the analysis and discuss and quantify the potential benefits and costs associated with increasing energy storage and distributed energy resources in New Jersey. It will also recommend ways to increase opportunities for energy storage and distributed energy resources in the state. Additionally, the analysis will assess whether the implementation of renewable electric energy storage systems would promote the use of electric vehicles in New Jersey as well as the potential impact on renewable energy production.

The 2018 Clean Energy Act calls for 600 MW of energy storage by 2021 and 2,000 MW of energy storage by 2030. (Source: NJBPU, Energy Insider, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: NJBPU, Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Pres.,; Rutgers University,

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Canadian PM Imposing Carbon Tax Plan, Despite Four-Province Opposition (Reg. & Leg. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-10-31
In Ottawa, the Canadian Liberal Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that it will impose a carbon price in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in 2019. Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and the Yukon have either developed their own compliant pricing systems or chosen to adopt the federal option and thus avoided Trudeau's tax plan.

The provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan have however resisted the federal Government's proposals and challenged their constitutionality

. The federal carbon price will apply at a rate of $20 ($15.28 US) per tonne of CO2 equivalent in 2019, rising by $10 per year to a high of $50 per tonne in 2022. The federal carbon pricing system will come into force on January 1, 2019. To ease to imagined pain, the Government has committed to return direct proceeds from the federal pricing system to the province or territory of origin and to help SMEs deal with the additional costs associated with carbon pricing in early 2019. (Source: Gov. of Canada, Various Media, Tax News, 29 Oct., 2018)

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NSW Accelerates Gov. Bldg. Rooftop Solar Program (Int'l)
Date: 2018-08-24
In the Land Down Under, the Government of New South Wales (NSW) state reports it will be accelerating the roll-out of solar panels and has set a target to achieve 25,000 MWh per year of rooftop solar on government buildings by 2021 , increasing to 55,000 MWh a year by 2024. Solar energy targets will be implemented through the Government Resource Efficiency Policy. (Source: NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, 02 9995 5347,, Funding for the projects is being made available from the NSW Government's Climate Change Fund.

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NSW Announces New Power Save Energy Efficiency Measures (Int'l)
New South Wales
Date: 2018-08-22
In the Land Down Under, the government of New South Wales State reports it will invest a further $72 million in energy efficiency measures to cut residential and business power bills statewide. The measures include: $24.5 million for low income tenant nergy efficiency upgrades; $35 million to manufacturing and energy intensive businesses energy efficiency; and $12.5 million in discounts to upgrade inefficient street lights for local councils. (Source: Gov. of NSW, Aug. 20, 2018) Contact: Gov't. of NSW.,

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