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Burlington Releases Net Zero Energy Roadmap (Ind. Report)
City of Burlington
Date: 2019-09-11
In Vermont, the city of Burlington (pop. 43,000 +-) and the Burlington Electric Department (BED) are reporting release of the city's Net Zero Energy Roadmap, a study of four strategic pathways for the city to become a Net Zero Energy city by 2030. The City also reported it has begun putting the report's strategies into action and has launched a slate of new programs and initiatives designed to help Burlington achieve it Net Zero Energy climate goal.

To reach Net Zero Energy by 2030, the study calls for Burlington to reduce total energy use and increase electrification across the electric, heating, and ground transportation sectors, while continuing to source all of its electricity from renewable generation. The Roadmap identifies important criteria to achieve that goal, including: efficient electric buildings, increased adoption of electric Vehicles (EVs), implementing a district energy system that could reduce fossil fuel consumption by 15 pct, and developing alternative transportation systems and programs.

In response to the city program, Burlington Electric Department announced a slate of new programs and incentives that build on existing initiatives and focus on both building electrification and energy efficiency and transportation, lowering energy consumption and electric rates. (Source: City of Burlington, PR, Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Burlington, Jennifer Green, Director of Sustainability,; Burlington Electric Department, Darren Springer, Gen. Manager,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero-Energy,  City of Burlington,  Energy Efficiency,  

Consumers Willing to Pay More for Net-Zero Energy (Ind. Report)
Propane Education & Research Council
Date: 2019-08-26
A recent survey by the Propane Education & Research Council of 2,200 U.S. adults planning to purchase, remodel or build a home, found most have a favorable opinion of Net-Zero Energy (NZE) homes. Of those surveyed, 83 pct of purchasers would consider an NZE home even if it meant paying more -- cost savings and environmental benefits of NZE homes being the prime motivation.

Of the survey respondents planning to remodel their existing homes, 81 pct said they'd be willing to pay 20 pct to 30 pct more on the cost of their projects to achieve NZE.

Construction professionals estimate, on average, that it would cost 36 pct more for a home to meet ZNE standards compared to a standard home. (Source: Propane Education & Research Council, Realty Business News, 25 Aug., 2019) Contact: Propane Education & Research Council,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Energy,  Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  

Riverhead Town takes pledge to become a ‘climate-smart’ community

Date: 2019-07-21
The town board at its meeting Tuesday adopted a resolution taking the “climate-smart pledge,” the first step in New York State’s “Climate Smart Communities” certification program, which aims to help local governments deal with the impacts of climate change. The board approved the measure 4-0, with Councilwoman Jodi Giglio absent. By adopting the resolution, Riverhead Town becomes a registered community in the program, making a commitment to addressing the 10 areas described by the state program: • build a climate-smart community; • inventory emissions, set goals, and plan for climate action; • decrease energy use; • shift to clean, renewable energy; • use climate-smart materials management; • implement climate-smart land use; • enhance community resilience to climate change; • support a green innovation economy; • inform and inspire the public; These action areas are described in detail here. Local governments then pursue mandatory, priority and optional actions defined by the program to achieve certification by the state as bronze, silver or gold climate-smart communities. The certification is based on a point system, with different points assigned to different actions. The mandatory and priority actions are those “deemed foundational to a successful local climate action program, some of which must be completed for each certification level,” the program website states. Applicants must complete the required number of mandatory and priority actions for each level. Participating in the program does not subject the town to any regulation by the state, the website states. Certification in the program will better position the town for future grant funding, said Councilwoman Catherine Kent, who put the resolution forward at the recommendation of the town’s new Environmental Advisory Committee, which was established in November at her initiative. Kent is the town board liaison to the committee. In Suffolk County, every town except Riverhead, Southold and Shelter Island had already at least registered in the Climate Smart Communities program, according to the CSC website. East Hampton and Southampton are so far the only towns in Suffolk that have achieved a certification; both are certified at the bronze level. (Source: Riverhead Local, 21 July, 2019)

Anellotech Bio-TCat Hits Commercially-Targeted Yields (Ind Report)
Date: 2019-05-08
Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech reports its patented Thermal Catalytic Biomass Conversion technology -- Bio-TCat -- has achieved commercially-targeted yields in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas during six months of continuous process operations.

Bio-TCat technology produces a mixture of benzene, toluene and xylene (AnelloMate BTX), which are bio-based and chemically identical to petroleum-derived counterparts. Bio-TCat technology also produces AnelloMate Distillate, a heavier aromatics product that can be upgraded into a high-quality biofuels blendstock for jet or diesel transportation fuel using conventional refinery processing. Cellulosic ethanol or hydrogen can be made from Bio-TCat's carbon monoxide co-product by using third-party technology.

Anellotech is planning construction of its first commercial plant and is engaging in partnership and funding discussions with existing and new strategic partners. The plant will be capable of processing 500 bone-dry tonnes/day of loblolly pine wood into 40,000 tpy of products including benzene, toluene, xylenes, and C9+ aromatics to use as fuels or for production of bio-based plastics for packaging and consumer products. (Source: Anellotech, PR, GreenCar Congress, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Anellotech Inc., David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anellotech ,  

NETL, SwRI Tout New Methane, GHG Detector (New Prod & Tech)
National Energy Technology LaboratorySouthwest Research Institute,,
Date: 2019-02-18
The U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), along with San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), is touting the Smart Methane Emission Detection System, a next generation of gas leak detection technology that combines remote sensing and artificial intelligence capabilities in a system.

The compact, easily transported new device can detect both above and below ground methane leaks from both above and below-ground from as faraway as 500 feet, process the data it detects rather than simply display information that a human operator has to analyze later. The system can also be programmed to pick up propane, butane, ethanol, heptane, benzene, ethylene and others. (Source: NETL, WVNews, 17 Feb., 2019)Contact: National Energy Technology Laboratory,; SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane ,  National Energy Technology Laboratory,  Southwest Research Institute,  ,  

Oregon Adopts Com. Bldg Energy Efficiency Codes (ind. Report)
Oregon Building Codes Division,
Date: 2018-11-16
In Salem, the Oregon Building Codes Structures Board is reporting the launch of its new Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard -- an optional code to help builders and developers achieve increased energy efficiency in commercial structures. The new standard has been approved and adopted by the Building Codes Division for use statewide.

The code is based on nationally developed standards and establishes a predictable and efficient path for achievable energy-efficiency improvements. Adopting fully vetted, cost-effective, and federally recognized standards provides Oregon businesses with predictability and creates a more efficient regulatory framework.

The adoption of the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard creates a framework for ongoing improvement in energy efficiency, while providing predictability and regulatory efficiency to Oregon businesses. The standard includes a fully programmed online tool allowing builders to enter their construction choices for ventilation, windows, and other elements in order to confirm compliance with Oregon code.

Review the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard HERE. (Source: State of Oregon, Building Codes Div., KTVZ.COM, Nov., 2018) Contact: Oregon Building Codes Division, Mark Long, Admin., (503) 378-4133,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Anellotech Announces Commercial Bio-TCat Progress (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-10-19
Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech is confirming progress in its Bio-TCat technology development program . The company is planning to scale-up design and engineering of a commercial plant with its process development and design partner IFPEN and commercialization, engineering, and licensing partner Axens.

Anellotech's patented Bio-TCat thermal-catalytic technology produces a mixture of benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) which can be used in the production of polymers such as polyester, polycarbonate, and nylon, or high-octane gasoline blendstock. The company notes that co-product gas streams from Bio-TCat can be used to make significant amounts of renewable electricity, hydrogen or cellulosic ethanol using third party technologies. (Source: Anellotech, Public Release, Green Car Congress, 17 Oct., 2018)Contact: Anellotech Inc. David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anellotech,  

Quinbrook's Persimmon Creek Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners,Scout Clean Energy
Date: 2018-09-14
Global investment management company Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners reports it has begun commercial operations at its 200MW Persimmon Creek wind farm in Oklahoma. The 17,000 acres facility incorporates 73 GE 2.5MW turbines.

The project is a JV between Quinbrook and Elawan Wind, US, and was constructed by Florida-based firm Wanzek Construction. The project was financed with equity investments from Quinbrook and Elawan along with tax equity investments from a consortium comprising of GE Energy Financial Services and JP Morgan. To be initially operated under a GE Full Service Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Agreement, Persimmon is reported to be the first project to be completed by the Boulder, Colorado-based wind energy developer and owner-operator Scout Clean Energy. (Source: Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, power Tech, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, (713) 580- 8022,; Scout Clean Energy, Micheal Rucker, Pres., (303) 284-7566,,

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

Xcel's $200Mn Foxtail Wind Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-08-13
Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy is reporting groundbreaking on its 75-turbine, 150-MW Foxtail Wind project southwest of Fargo, North Dakota.

The completed project, which will generate sufficient energy for 80,000 homes, is part of Xcel's planned 70-pct, 1,850-mw expansion of its wind portfolio.

The project is expected to come in at about $200 million with West Fargo-based Wanzek Construction as construction contractor. (Source: Xcel Energy, WDAY, 10 Aug., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy ,  Wind,  Foxtail Wind,  

Con Edison's South Dakota Wind Farm Near Completion (Ind. Report)
Con Edison
Date: 2018-07-16
Con Edison is reported to nearing completion of a 9-turbine wind farm in Brule County, near the community of Kimball, South Dakota. Wanzek Construction was the project contractor.

When fully operational, the $10 million project is expected to generate sufficient power for power about 2,250 homes. (Source: Con Edison, Daily Republic, 14 July, 2018) Contact: Con Edison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, Project Development Director Corey Juhl, (914) 286-7094,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Con Edison,  

Anellotech Scores Additional $6Mn Suntory Investment (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-28
Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech, is reporting two weeks of continuous operation of its seven-story tall TCat-8 pilot plant in Silsbee, Texas, producing primarily benzene, toluene, and xylenes (aromatics) from loblolly pine feedstock. The company also reports receipt of an additional $6 million investment from Suntory Holdings Limited, which was part of a previously announced $15 million package. To date, Suntorys has invested more than $30 million in Anellotech.

The Anellotech Bio-TCat Process's cost-competitive renewable aromatic chemicals are "drop in" replacements for their identical petroleum-derived counterparts, and can be used in manufacturing plastics renewable transportation fuels.

The alliance with Suntory, one of Anellotech's principal strategic investment partners, began in 2012 with the goal of enabling the development and commercialization of cost-competitive 100 pct bio-based plastics for use in beverage bottles. Suntory currently uses 30 pct plant-derived materials for its Mineral Water Suntory Tennensui brands and is pursuing the development of a 100 pct bio-based PET bottle through this alliance, as part of its commitment to sustainable business practices. (Source: Anellotech Inc., PR, 28 Mar., 2018) Contact: Anellotech Inc. David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Suntory news,  Anellotech news,  Biochemical news,  Bioplastic news,  Renewable Fuel news,  PET Plastic news,  

Vertimass Wins New Uses for Field Corn as Feedstock for Sustainable Chemicals Challenge (Ind. Report)
Vertimass, NCGA
Date: 2018-03-07
The National Corn Growers Association named Irvine, California-headquartered Vertimass LLC as one of six awardees of the Consider Corn Challenge: New Uses for Field Corn as Feedstock for Making Sustainable Chemicals Competition.

Vertimass believes their technology of converting sustainable ethanol into fungible gasoline, diesel, jet fuel blend stocks and the chemical building blocks benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX) can substantially increase corn demand in the US. This innovative technology eliminates the ethanol blend wall that currently limits ethanol use and allows for further expansion of renewable fuels and chemicals while maintaining a low greenhouse gas footprint.

According to Vertimass, "This innovative technology will be fully applicable to conversion of ethanol from cellulosic biomass such as agricultural residues and dedicated energy crops and sugars into BTEX and hydrocarbon fuels as it is to corn ethanol." (Source: Vertimass LLC, PR, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Vertimass, Charles Wyman, CEO, John Hannon, COO, (949) 417-4307,; : NCGA, (202) 326-0644,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NCGA,  Vertimass,  Corn,  Ethanol,  Biofuel Feedstock,  

Younicos, TerraForm Ink Wind Energy Storage Deal (Ind. Report)
Younicos, TerraForm Power
Date: 2018-02-05
In Berlin, smart energy and grid solutions based on battery energy storage specialist Younicos reports the signing of an agreement with TerraForm Power to install and commission a 10 MW battery-based energy storage system upgrade at the site of the Kaheawa wind farm in Hawaii. The batteries will be primarily used to provide ramping services to smooth out wind variability. The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018.

Under the terms of the agreement, Younicos will replace existing lead-acid batteries with advanced Samsung SDI lithium-ion batteries, which will be managed by Y.Q, Younicos's proprietary control software. Lithium-ion technology will provide a significantly higher usable energy capacity potential, increase the operational lifetime of the system and enable fully automated operation with no manual battery balancing or state-of-charge management needed. (Source : Younicos Energy, Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, CEO, Philip Hiersemenzel, 011 +49 174 908 8188, (512) 268-8191 -- Austin Texas Office,,; TerraForm Power, (240) 762-7700,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Younicos ,  Energy Storage,  TerraForm Power,  

Anellotech Raises $9M from Suntory Holdings (Funding)
Anellotech,Suntory Holdings
Date: 2018-01-22
In the Empire State, Pearl River based renewable chemicals and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech reports Japanese consumer beverage company Suntory Holdings Limited has invested $9 million as part of a total $25 million investment in Anellotech .

Anellotech's Bio-TCat Process will produce cost-competitive renewable chemicals, benzene, toluene and xylenes from non-food biomass for use in manufacturing polyester, nylon, polycarbonate, polystyrene, or renewable transportation fuels. (Source: Anhellotech, FinSMEs, 21 Jan., 2018)Contact: Anellotech, David Sudolsky, (845) 735-7700,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anellotech,  Suntory Holdings,  

EU Zero Energy Building Directive Acknowledges Challenges (Int'l)
Date: 2017-12-22
According to researchers at the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, EU Directive 31/2010 requires all EU countries to improve the energy efficiency of all buildings, either by constructing new nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEBs) that consume the minimum of energy or retrofitting existing buildings to nZEB standards. Under the directive, all public buildings must be nZEBs as from 1 January, 2019, and by 1 January 2021, all new buildings must be nZEBs.

The directive acknowledges construction in seven Southern Europe countries -- Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain -- have subtle construction and climate differences that make it difficult to directly compare nZEB regulations and programs. The directive also recognizes sociological and technological barriers hampering the retrofitting of existing buildings or development of new nZEBs. The directive also notes "the poor training of practically all the players, starting with the administration, including construction workers, and going right up to citizens, constitutes a huge human chain in which there is still a lack of understanding about what nZEBs are and how to achieve them." (Source: University of the Basque Country, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: University of the Basque Country, Juan María Hidalgo, Study Co-author, +34 946 01 20 00,

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

Green Award "Platinum" Launched for Emissions-Free Shipping (Int'l)
Green Award
Date: 2017-12-18
Green Award, a certification scheme for inland and sea-going ships, has introduced a new Platinum label for ships operating emission-free -- CO2, SOx, NOx and PM. The emissions are avoided for extended periods by use of electrical propulsion powered by batteries or fuel cells. The Green Award certifies ships that demonstrate better than legally required performance in terms of quality, safety and environmental practices.

The first inland navigation vessel with zero emissions is expected to be certified in 2018. Platinum label comes in addition to the existing Bronze, Silver and Gold certification levels within the Green Award programme.

The Green Award Foundation is a neutral, independent foundation, established 1994 on the initiative of the Rotterdam Municipal Port Management and the Dutch Ministry of Transport. Since 1 January 2000 Green Award is completely independent. (Source: Green Award Foundation, Dry Bulk, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Green Award Foundation, +31 10 21 70 200,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shipping Emissions,  Maritime Emussuioons,  

Statoil Wins Floating Wind Farm Energy Storage Contract (Int'l)
Date: 2017-12-01
Upon winning Hywind Scotland's Batwind floating wind farm energy storage contract, Norwegian state-owned Statoil, in partnership with Masdar, reports it has awarded a contract to Berlin-based intelligent energy storage and grid solutions specialist Younicos Energy to deliver a 1 MW/1,3 MWh battery storage system for connection to Hywind Scotland's Batwind project which is expected to be operational in Q2, 2018.

Hywind Scotland, 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is operated by Statoil on behalf of partner Masdar. Statoil holds an ownership share of 75 pct and Masdar 25 pct. (Source: Statoil, Elec. Light & Power, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, CEO, Philip Hiersemenzel, 011 +49 174 908 8188,; Statoil Energy Ventures, Gareth Burns, Irene Rummelhoff, VP, +47 51 99 00 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Younicos,  Batwind,  Statoil,  Wind,  Floating Wind,  

Wanzek Contracts for Xcel's Foxtail Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-27
In North Dakota, West Fargo-based Wanzek Construction has been hired by Xcel Energy to build the utility's $270 million Foxtail Wind Farm in Dickey County, North Dakota. Wanzek will also build the the Freeborn Energy Project in southern Minnesota and Iowa. The cost of the North Dakota project is $270 million. Work is scheduled to begin next spring with completion scheduled for 2019. (Source: Wanzek, PR, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Wanzek Construction, (701) 893-3623,; Xcel Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel,  Wind,  

WKN Unloads 25 MW Swedish Wind Farm Projec (Ind. Report, M&A)
Date: 2017-10-04
Husum, Germany-headquartered turn-key wind energy developer WKN AG is reporting the sale of its seven-turbine, 25.2-MW Laxaskogen Sweden project to an un-named German private investor. Financials details have not been released. The project is expected to be completed and commissioned in Q1 of 2019.

WKN AG is one of the leading developers of turn-key energy projects in Europe and the United States. The comany's activities range from location evaluation and development to planning and financing, to the turn-key construction, operation and administration of energy farms. (Source: WKN AG Website, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: WKN AG, Roland Stanze, CEO, +49 (0) 4841 8944-100

More Low-Carbon Energy News WKN,  Wind,  

Solifor Perthuis Reports Forest Carbon Credits Sale (Ind. Report)
Carbonzero,Enviro EcoCredit
Date: 2017-09-22
In Quebec City, Solifor Perthuis, a partrnership initiative of the Fonds de solidarite FTQ and Scierie Dion & Fils, is reporting the sale of 140,000 tonnes of voluntary carbon credits to Just Energy and TD Bank Group. The transaction was handled by Canadian voluntary carbon credit trader Enviro EcoCredit and Carbonzero and is the largest transaction in Quebec involving forest carbon capture.

The Solifor Perthuis project generated 140,000 tonnes of CO2 reductions by establishing plantation forests dedicated to carbon sequestration. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the carbon credits will be donated to Laval University. (Source: Fonds de solidarite FTQ, PR, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: CarbonZero, Dan Fraleigh, CEO,; Fonds de solidarite FTQ, (514) 850-4835,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviro EcoCredit,  Carbonzero,  Carbon Credits,  

Watertown Mass. Examines Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
Watertown Mass., USGBC
Date: 2017-09-11
In the Bay State, the Watertown Town Council is considering major changes in energy efficiency standards that would require new buildings in all Watertown commercial corridors to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard.

Currently, the town only requires projects to attain LEED Silver if they fall under the Regional Mixed-Use District (RMUD) and need site plan review. Meanwhile, mixed-use developments in several other commercial districts need to be certifiable for the less-rigorous LEED Bronze standard. The benchmark for mandatory LEED compliance will likely still be for buildings that need site plan review, rather than smaller projects. According to Magoon, the Department of Community Development and Planning will craft language for an amendment requiring the LEED Silver standard citywide. (Source: Wicked Local Watertown. 7 Sept, 2017) Contact: Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning, Steve Magoon, Director of Community Development and Planning,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

BETO Validates Vertimass' Catalytic Technology (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-23
Irvne, California-headquartered Vertimass LLC is reporting completion of the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technology Office's (BETO) validation of its low-cost transformative catalytic technology. BETO's verification provided progress on performance, scale-up, and reviewed Vertimass' estimated cost for their technology.

According to Vertimass, BETO's verification paves the way for a demonstration scale of the technology for converting sustainable ethanol into fungible gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel blend stocks and the chemical building blocks benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX). This new Vertimass pathway can enhance use of biomass-derived renewable fuels that lower greenhouse gas emissions and allow ethanol producers to expand their product portfolio. The Vertimass systems can be added to existing ethanol producers' facilities at fractions of the cost of a new facility, according to the company. (Source: Vertimass LLC, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Vertimass, Charles Wyman, CEO, John Hannon, COO, (949) 417-4307,; US DOE BETO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertimass,  Biofuel,  DOE BETO,  

Ont. Bldg. Code Upgraded for Greater Energy Efficiency (Reg & Leg)
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Date: 2017-07-24
At Queen's Park, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs has announced the replacement of the Ontario Building Code, effective January 1, 2019. The changes support the government's Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) of June 2016, with a view to reducing GHG emissions and implementing energy-efficient measures in new homes and large buildings. The concept is to bring these structures closer to being "net-zero energy buildings" (NZEB) where the energy used by the building is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on site.

New and modified requirements include: solar-ready roofs and conduits; reduction of trade-offs between building bnvelope and heating systems for energy efficiency compliance requirement of heat or energy recovery units in all buildings; encouraging "greywater" reuse systems; continuous insulation requirements; energy-efficient windows and sliding doors requirements; air leakage testing and air tightness requirements, and others. (Source: Ministry of Municipal Affairs , Globe, Miller Thompson LLP, Lexolocy, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, (416) 585-7041,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Code,  Ontario Building Code,  

UPM's Straw Ethanol Plants Left Blowing in the Wind (Int'l)
Date: 2017-07-19
The future of Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels' proposed straw bioethanol plants in Myllykoski and Savonlinna in southeast Finland appears to be in doubt with the reported failure of an un-named Shenzen-based Chinese investor to supply €200 million of agreed upon funding.

The Chinese investor was supposed to sign the financing agreement in March this year so that the facilities could begin production in June 2019. The Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy previously awarded €30 million in grant funding to the planned bioethanol plants in an arrangement that is valid until the end of July. (Source: UPM Biofuels, Kouvolan Sanomat, Yle, 17 July, 2017)Contact: UPM Biofuels, +358 45 265 1345,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM,  Bioethanol,  Straw Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  

Vermont Joins AG's Coalition to Reduce GHG Emissions (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-06-23
Vermont Business Magazine reports that Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has joined a coalition of 14 attorneys general and the City of Chicago to intervene in a lawsuit that supports regulations to prevent greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit is against the US EPA which is seeking to halt the implementation of regulations that stop leaks of greenhouse gas and other harmful air pollutants from new oil and gas sources.

The motion to intervene in the case -- Clean Air Council v. Pruitt-- supports environmental organizations seeking to immediately stop the EPA's administrative stay of a 2016 rule that would prevent the emission of methane, smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and hazardous air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde from facilities constructed after September 2015.

Along with Vermont, the motion to intervene includes the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington along with the City of Chicago. (Source: Vermont AG, Vermont Biz., June 21, 2017) Contact: Office of Vermont Attorney General,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  

Anellotech Touts Texas TCat-8 Pilot Plant Tests (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-02
Pearl River, New York-headquartered renewable chemicals and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech reports that its engineers, collaborating with petrochemical company Axens, have completed a successful continuous performance test of the TCat-8 pilot plant as part of unit commissioning in Silsbee, Texas.

The test involved continuous injection of MinFree woody biomass feedstock and production of BTX and other valuable chemical by-products.

Anellotech is developing the Bio-TCat process to produce cost-competitive renewable aromatic chemicals such as benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX) from non-food biomass for use in the production of polyester, nylon, polycarbonate, polystyrene, or for renewable transportation fuels. Bio-TCat co-products, C9+ aromatics and carbon monoxide, can be used to make cellulosic jet and ethanol bio-fuels respectively, using third-party technology.

The Bio-TCat reactor outlet hydrocarbon product requires only mild hydrotreating to remove trace impurities using existing oil refining technology. By using renewable and readily available non-food materials, such as sustainably harvested wood, corn stover and bagasse, the process is less expensive compared to processes relying on sugar as a feedstock. (Source: Anellotech, PR, Industrial Equipment News, June, 2017) Contact: Axens,; Anellotech, David Sudolsky, (845) 735-7700,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anellotech,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  

NZE Townhouse Complex Underway in Scottsdale (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-05-29
In Scottsdale, Arizona Real estate investment firm Caliber and Phoenix-based Net Zero Energy (NZE) developers, MODUS Development, report they have begun construction on their second environmentally sustainable townhouse community development, the Eclipse.

The $9.1 million, 20-unit NZE townhouse project is designed with Zero Energy Star® certification for maximum energy efficiency. The projects features virtual assistants, energy management, security, locks, cameras, smoke detectors, electrical control, and other smartphone applications. (Source: Caliber, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Caliber, Chris Loeffler, CEO,,, MUDUS,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  ,  

Cool Planet Raises $19.3Mn for Biochar Initiative (Funding)
Cool Planet
Date: 2017-03-29
After raising $100 million in 2014 for its biofuel business, Greenwood Village, Colorado-based woody biomass-to-biofuels producer Cool Planet reports it has now raised $19.3 million for its pivot to biochar. The new focus on biochar is in part due to ongoing low oil and gasoline prices which has made biofuels less competitive. North Bridge Venture Partners, which led the $19.3 million Series A round, was also an early investor in Cool Planet's biofuels business.

According to Cool Planet, its Cool Terra product sequesters carbon and enriches soil and boosts crop yields by nearly 15 pct. The company is also investigating ways product could be used reduce livestock methane emissions. (Source: Cool Planet, ImpactAlpha, 27 Mar., 2017)Contact: Cool Planet, Howard Janzen, CEO, Mike Rocke, (940) 584-0490,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cool Planet,  Biochar,  Biofuel,  

GCC Algae Biofuel Prospects Market Opportunity, Key Trends 2014-2020 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Future Market Insights
Date: 2017-01-09
According to Future Marketinsights' GCC Algae Biofuel Prospects Market Opportunity, Key Trends 2014-2020 report, half of algae's composition by weight is a lipid oil which been targeted to convert into biodiesel and other alternative fuels including biobutanol, bio-gasoline, methane, ethanol, hydrogen derived renewable fuel and jet fuel.

The report finds that algae costs more per unit than other biofuel crops but is claimed to yield 10 to 100 times more fuel per unit area. In 2014, the prices of oil were between US $ 56 to US $ 120 per barrel. The cost of producing micro algal biomass in 2014 was $2.95/kg through photo bioreactors. If the annual biomass production capacity is increased to 1000 tons then the cost will reduce to $1.5/kg for a litre of crude oil.

The extraction of biofuels from algae is largely dependent on organic solvents such as benzene. The companies that are working on innovating algal biofuel technology are Algenol Biofuels Inc., Blue Marble Productions, Solazyme Inc., Sapphire Energy Inc., Diversified Technologies Inc., Origin Oils Inc., Proviron Industries nv, Oilgae and Genifuel Corporation.

Request Free Report Sample HERE. (Source: Future Market Insights, PR, Jan., 2017) Contact: Future Marketinsights, + 44 (0) 20 7692 8790, (347) 918-3531 ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Biofuel,  Algal,  Biodiesel,  Etanol,  Alternative Fuel,  

Net Zero Energy Buildings -- Navigant Report Available (Ind. Report)
Navigant Research
Date: 2017-01-06
Net Zero Energy Buildings, a new report from Boulder, Colorado-based Navigant Research analyzes the global market for net zero energy buildings (ZEBs) in the residential and commercial sectors. The report examines major market changes, as well as drivers and barriers, key technology and design trends, and related regulations and outreach programs.

As local and global energy issues continue to intensify, a greater emphasis is being placed on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building energy use. Changes in technology, regulation, and education have allowed ZEBs to penetrate different markets across various building types outside of the single-family residences and one-story office buildings that were first able to achieve zero net energy (ZNE). According to the report, the technology to achieve ZNE is available for almost any building type, yet cost and education remain a challenge.

Net Zero Energy Buildings report details are HERE (Source: Navigant, PR, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456,,,

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Younicos Tapped for Major Battery Energy Storage System (Int'l)
Date: 2016-12-19
Energy storage pioneer Younicos reports it has been selected by Centrica to design one of the world's largest and most sophisticated battery-based energy storage systems.

The 49 MW lithium-ion system will be built at the site of the former Roosecote coal and gas-fired power stations in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK. The facility, which will be owned and operated by the British energy and services company Centrica, is expected to be completed by the winter of 2018.

Berlin-based Younicos, which specializes in intelligent energy storage and grid solutions based on battery technology, has installed nearly 100 MW in more than 20 energy storage projects worldwide. The company maintains offices in Berlin and Austin, Texas. (Source: Younicos, Bus. Wire, 14 Dec., 2016) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, CEO, Philip Hiersemenzel, 011 +49 174 908 8188,,; Centrica Energy,

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Neb. Drivers Save $17Mn with Ethanol-blend Fuel (Ind. Report)
Nebraska Ethanol Board
Date: 2016-12-09
According to the Nebraska Ethanol Board, "Nebraska drivers will save approximately $17 million by using primarily E10 ethanol-blended gasoline in 2016. The savings is based on lower prices for ethanol compared to wholesale gasoline and the state's projected spark-ignition fuel consumption of 900 million gallons.

Between August 2015 and August 2016, the cost of wholesale ethanol averaged 18 cents per gallon less than the minimum octane gasoline allowed to be sold in most of the U.S, according to the US DOE.

"According to the DOE, this year's gasoline consumption by U.S. motorists will exceed 140 billion gallons and 97 pct of this fuel will contain ethanol. U.S. gasoline refiners continue to supply lower-octane gasoline which is typically enhanced with high octane ethanol to meet fuel standards. The octane-boosting capability and cleaner-burning attributes of ethanol make it an indispensable part of the U.S. motor fuel supply.

"The significant role of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply is likely to expand in 2017 to meet the requirements of the national Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In most parts of the country regular gasoline enhanced with ethanol has an octane rating of 87 which is the minimum octane recommended by automakers. According to EPA's Urban Air Toxics report to Congress, U.S. refiners increasingly boost octane by adding refining by-products such as benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylene. Several of these chemicals are known and suspected carcinogens -- aka aromatics -- and they're more expensive additives. Ethanol is much less expensive and cleaner-burning than these toxic petroleum-based chemicals.

Sneller adds "Future growth in the ethanol industry is likely tied directly to automaker efforts to meet increasingly stringent U.S. fuel economy standards. New vehicles will have more efficient, higher compression engines that require even higher octane fuels. Ethanol will continue to play a role as a high-octane, low-carbon renewable choice in the U.S. and abroad.

"Nebraska is the nation's second largest producer of ethanol with 25 plants producing a combined capacity approaching 2.5 billion gallons annually. The ethanol industry has a $5 billion annual economic impact in the state." (Source: Nebraska Ethanol Board, PR, 6 Dec., 2016) Contact: Nebraska Ethanol Board , Todd Sneller, Administrator, (402) 471-2941,

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EIB Supporting Finnish Energy Efficient Building Project (Int'l)
SATO Corporation,European Investment Bank
Date: 2016-11-14
The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it will loan €150 million to support SATO Corporation's financing of new near-zero-energy buildings (NZEBs). The loan will be extended under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) for Europe.

The project, which is focused on the construction of new NZEBs in urban areas in Finland, also foresees energy efficiency investments in existing buildings which will be upgraded to comply with the optimal cost levels as defined by the Finnish Government. The project is expected to generate primary energy savings of 2,461 MWh/y, roughly equal to 460.5ton/yr of CO2 savings. (Source: EIB, SATO Corp., 11 Nov., 2016) Contact: SATO Corp.,; EIB, Jonathan Taylor, VP, +352 43 791,

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