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Minn. Council on Biofuels Submits Recommendations (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Biofuel
Date: 2020-11-18
In St. Paul, the Minnesota Governor's Council on Biofuels has submitted its recommendations ways to grow Gopher State's biofuels industry and to get the state back on track to meet its renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Among other recommendations, the Governor's Council on Biofuels is calling for a state low-carbon fuel standard, the use of biofuels in state fleet vehicles, increased funding for the AGRI Bioincentive Program to provide a stable market and pathway for biofuels development, and the establishment of an Advanced Biofuels Taskforce to provide further recommendations for legislative or administrative state policy aimed at developing Minnesota's cellulosic natural resources to lower the carbon intensity of energy use in transportation.

Download the Council's comments HERE. (Source: Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 3 Nov., 2020) (Contact: Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 651-201-6000, www.mda.state.mn.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Biofuel,  


Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines Call for White Papers (Ind. Report)
DOE Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) Initiative
Date: 2020-11-18
The US DOE Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) Initiative is seeking proposals to leverage National Laboratory resources and overcome key technical challenges to advancing new liquid fuels and blendstocks, with an emphasis on biofuels from renewable and waste resources, which enable higher efficiency and lower environmental impact engines in on-highway vehicles.

Proposals should address specific technical challenges and barriers that Co-Optima researchers can address to move new fuels closer to market in conjunction with advanced, high-efficiency engines.

C-Optima focuses on developing new high-performance fuels that, when combined with advanced combustion approaches, can boost engine efficiency and cut emissions.

Download details HERE. (Source: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, PR, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, www.energy.gov/eere

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines Initiative,  Biofuel,  


Israel Launches Energy Efficiency, Climate Change Plan (Int'l.)
Israel Climate Chnage
Date: 2020-11-18
The Israeli Ministry of Energy is reporting the launch of a new, 10-year national energy efficiency plan aimed at reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to deal with the climate crisis .

The plan includes promoting the transition to renewable energy, measures to reduce municipal electricity consumption, a reform in the import of electrical products, grant funding support for energy efficiency, building energy bench-marking and rating and an overall increased energy efficiency in government Ministries.

The plan also calls for a ban on the sale of new fossil fuel burning and polluting vehicles as of 2030 and the installation of electric vehicle electric charging infrastructure and clean transportation incentives that the Ministry estimates will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 7.5 pct -- 6 million tpy. (Source: Israel Ministry of Energy, Xinhua, CanIndia News, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: Israel Ministry of Energy, www.gov.il/en/departments/news?OfficeId=0caee7eb-1ebb-4c12-9ed8-7dce94badcb2&skip=0&limit=10

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


Greenbacker Acquires Planned South Dakota solar Project (M&A)
Greenbacker Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-11-18
Greenbacker Renewable Energy has, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, purchased a to-be-constructed 80-MW solar project from Houston-headquartered Broad Reach Power. The project, Fall River Solar, is located in Fall River County, South Dakota and has a 20-year PPA in place with the investment-grade utility Black Hills Power. Greenbacker will oversee the construction which is expected to reach commercial operation in Q4 2022.

With this acquisition, Greenbacker will own roughly 753.5 MW of generating capacity (including assets that are to be constructed), comprising 529.8 MW of utility-scale and distributed solar facilities, 192.6MW of wind facilities, 19.1 MW of battery storage and 12.0MW of biomass facilities, according to the company. (Source: Greenbacker Renewable Energy , PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Charles Wheeler, CEO, generalinquiries@greenbackercapital.com, www.greenbackercapital.com; Broad Reach Power, Steve Vavrik, CEO, www.broadreachpower.com

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TOTAL, ADNOC Collaborate on CO2 Emissions, CCUS (Int'l. Report)
TOTAL, ADNOC
Date: 2020-11-16
In Abu Dhabi, the UAE state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) reports it is joining forces with the Paris-headquartered energy giant TOTAL to investigate joint R&D and deployment opportunities in CO2 emission reductions and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).

The framework agreement expands on the two companies' long-standing partnership and collaboration. Agreed upon targets include improved energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy for oil and gas operations as well as assessing the potential for enhanced oil recovery projects based on CO2 usage. (Source: ADNOC, TOTAL, Offshore, 13 Nov., 2020)Contact: ADNOC, Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO, +971 2 7070000. +971 2 6023389--fax, www.adnoc.ae; TOTAL, www.total.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  ADNOC,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS ,  


DOE Announces $130Mn Funding for Solar Tech. Projects (Funding)
DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies
Date: 2020-11-16
In Washington , the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is reporting the selection of 67 research project across 30 states for a total of $130 million in grant funding to reduce the cost of solar, increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and improve the reliability of the nation's electric grid.

Along with advancing research in photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) and systems integration, the projects in DOE's SETO Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Program include research in artificial intelligence (AI), hybrid plants, and solar with agriculture. The following projects are being funded:

  • PV Hardware Research -- $14 million for eight projects that aim to make PV systems last longer and increase the reliability of solar systems made of silicon solar cells, as well as new technologies like thin-film and bifacial solar cells.

  • Integrated Thermal Energy Storage and Brayton Cycle Equipment Demonstration (Integrated TESTBED) -- $39 million will be awarded to Heliogen, Inc., which will build and operate a supercritical carbon dioxide power cycle that will serve as a test site to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost CSP plants.

  • Systems Integration -- $34 million for 10 research projects that will develop resilient community microgrids to maintain power during and restore power after man-made or natural disasters, improve cybersecurity for PV inverters and power systems, and develop advanced hybrid plants that operate collaboratively with other resources for improved reliability and resilience.

  • AI Applications in Solar Energy with Emphasis on Machine Learning -- $7.3 million for 10 projects that use AI and machine learning to optimize operations and solar forecasting, improve situational awareness on the distribution system and behind the meter, and enable the integration of more solar generation.

  • Innovations in Manufacturing: Hardware Incubator -- $14 million for 10 research projects that will advance innovative prototypes to a pre-commercial stage, including products that support U.S. solar manufacturing and reduce the cost of installation.

  • Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 3 -- $9.7 million for six research projects that will examine how information gets to stakeholders to enable better decision-making about solar and combining solar with energy efficiency, energy storage, and electric vehicles.

  • Solar and Agriculture: System Design, Value Frameworks, and Impacts Analysis -- $7 million for four projects that will advance the technologies, research, and practices necessary for farmers, ranchers, and others to co-locate solar and agriculture.

  • Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS): PV and CSP -- $5 million for 18 projects that advance innovative, novel ideas in PV and CSP that can produce significant results in one year. (Source: US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, Website PR, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office , www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  US DOE EERE,  


  • Toledo Solar Scores $1.7Mn for CdTe Tech. Development (Funding)
    Toledo Solar
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In the Buckeye State, Toledo Solar Inc. reports receipt of $1.7 million in grant funding from the US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to develop semitransparent cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaics, a solar-cell material that could be suitable for use in windows, building facades, and rooftop solar modules a new solar-cell technology believed to be suitable for integration into building construction.

    The company will work with the University of Toledo's Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization Center, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), and Project Vision Dynamics Inc. "to complete development of attractive, low-cost, high-efficiency solar window units and solar building facades through manufacturing innovations in CdTe module technology," according to the release. Prof. Michael J. Heben, the managing director of UT's Wright Center for Photovoltaics noted "Previously proposed options for incorporating photovoltaic power into building structures ave not made sense from a manufacturing point of view -- Toledo Solar's approach is entirely novel, and entirely doable, so the University of Toledo is very excited to be part of this effort."

    Toledo Solar is the only U.S. manufacturer of CdTe thin film PV for both residential and commercial rooftop markets, according to the company website. (Source: Toledo Solar,PR, Toledo Blabe, 14 Nov., 2020) Contact: Toledo Solar, 567-202-4145, info@Toledo-Solar.com, www.toledosolar-inc.com; US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Toledo Solar,  Solar,  


    Ameresco Closes on $30Mn Solar Loan Facility (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In the Bay State, Framingham-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting closing of a construction loan facility for up to $30 million to finance solar projects and assets.

    The financing was secured through Fifth Third Bank, National Association. This non-recourse facility allows Ameresco to draw loan proceeds for solar projects in construction as a bridge to their permanent financing or sale upon commercial operation.(Source: Ameresco, PR, Solar Builder, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Solar,  


    First Samoan Biomass Power Plant Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    Samoa
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In Apia, the Samoan government is reporting the startup of the $11.3 million Tala Afolau Biomass Gasification Power Plant. The first of its kind in the Samoan region, the facility will use weeds and invasive species like tamaligi, puluvao, coconut logs, husks and coconut shells to generate 5 million kWh of electricity -- sufficient power for up to 5,000 families, as well as save the country up to 1.2 million lpy of diesel fuel and eliminate an estimated 3.7 tpy of CO2 associated with diesel power generation.

    The biomass gasification power plant began construction in February 2019 and was completed and grid connected in April 2020. The biomass project is part of Samoa's Improving the Performance and Reliability of Renewable Energy Power Systems project and was funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) via the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union and the German Government's Agency of International Cooperation (EU-GIZ ASCE). (Source: Government of Samoa, PR, 14 Nov., 2020) Contact: UNDP Multi Country Office, +685 23670, laufaleaina.lesa@undp.org, www.ws.undp.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


    HARC Earns Zero-Energy Certification (Ind. Report)
    Houston Advanced Research Center,International Living Future Institute,
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In the Lone Star State, the Woodlands-based not-for-profit Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) reports recept of Zero-Energy status from the Seattle-headquartered International Living Future Institute, making it the first commercial building in Texas to accomplish the feat.

    Today, 100 pct of HARC's energy is sourced from on-site renewable energy, made possible by a $136,000 Green Mountain Energy Sun Club grant that supported the purchase and installation of additional solar panels, associated inverters and hardware on the roof of HARC's LEED® Platinum building.

    The HARC building and campus grounds is 50 pct more energy efficient when compared to LEED® base targets and employs several sustainable features in its design. The building footprint and impervious paving are minimized, bioswales are designed to retain and filter water on-site to reduce the impact to nearby waterways, and the site’s biodiversity is preserved by protecting and restoring native vegetation. The building is also oriented to maximize the daylight reaching the building's interior spaces and rooftop solar installation. Other sustainable strategies include an added high-performance building envelope and rain screen that performs 2.5 times better than a typical enclosure and low-flow fixtures to conserve water while mechanical systems utilize a geothermal heat exchange system for optimal energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and thermal comfort. (Source: Houston Advanced Research Center, PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Green Mountain Sun Club , Diana Maddock, diana.maddock@greenmountain.com, 713-703-4989 www.gmesunclub.org; International Living Future Institute, 206 223 2028, www.living-future.org; Houston Advanced Research Center, Kacey Wilkins, kwilkins@harcresearch.org , 281-364-6092, www.harcresearch.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Houston Advanced Research Center,  International Living Future Institute,  ,  


    Aussie Steelmaker Commits $20Mn to Renewable Energy (Intl. Report)
    BlueScope Steel
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based Australian steelmaker BlueScope Steel reports it plans to invest $20 million to help deliver renewable energy infrastructure in keeping with the New South Wales State Government's recently announced $32 billion, 20-year strategy to transition away from coal-fired power to hydro, wind and solar.

    Most of Australia's renewable energy infrastructure is manufactured offshore and imported. Under its plan, BlueScope "will invest directly in our own plant, but also partner with innovators and entrepreneurs to develop new technology solutions in key industries like renewables, infrastructure, defense, manufacturing and sustainable buildings. An immediate focus will be supporting the manufacture of wind tower, solar farm, pumped hydro, electricity transmission facilities," according to the BlueScope release. (Source: BlueScope Steel, ABC News Australia, 15 Nov., 2020) Contact: BlueScope Steel, www.bluescope.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Australia Renewable Energy news,  


    Goldwind Offloads Texas Rattlesnake Wind Project (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Goldwind Americas
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Goldwind Americas is reporting the sale of the 160MW Rattlesnake Wind project in McCulloch County, Texas, to an investment company advised by Exus Management Partners, an independent investment and asset management firm focused on the renewable energy sector.

    Under the terms of the deal, Goldwind Americas will continue to provide the project with long-term maintenance services.

    The Rattlesnake Wind Project, located in central Texas, utilizes of 64 Goldwind GW109/2500 Permanent Magnet Direct-Drive turbines. The project was purchased by Goldwind in 2016 and reached commercial operation in 2018. (Source: Goldwind Americas, PR, WindTech, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: Goildwind Americas, Lauren La Marche, Marketing, llamarche@goldwindamericas.com, www.goldwindglobal.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwind Americas ,  Wind,  


    SusWIND Aims for Sustainable Wind Blade Technology (Int'l.)
    the National Composites Centre
    Date: 2020-11-13
    In the UK, the National Composites Centre (NCC), in partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and supported by The Crown Estate and RenewableUK, is reporting the launch of the SusWIND Initiative to explore sustainable processes, materials and technologies in the development of composite wind turbine blades.

    The SusWIND initiative is planned for delivery in the following three stages:

  • Wave one will stimulate the supply chain for wind blade recycling and how it leverages the broader supply chain for composites recycling demand with other sectors. Work will include landscape mapping, exploitation routes for upscaling viable technologies and demonstrating the effective use of recycled materials in value-add products for other applications.

  • Wave two will demonstrate options to reduce the environmental footprint of wind blade manufacture through the use of more sustainable and lower impact material feedstock, and through minimising or recycling waste streams.

  • Wave three will develop guidelines to improve wind blade design to minimize waste and increase recycling. (Source: NCC, Website PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: SusWIND, www.nccuk.com/sustainable-composites/activities/suswind; NCC, Richard Oldfield, CEO, www.nccuk.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  Wind Blade,  


  • Bendix Commits to Reduce Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
    Bendix
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Ohio-headquartered Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC reports it has revamped its climate action plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2021 and cutting its carbon emissions in half by 2030 as part of its renewed commitment to adopt the aggressive climate strategy recently launched by its parent company, the Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse AG.

    During the company's 2009-2019 ECCO2 initiative Bendix exceeded the combined goals to reduce energy consumption by 30 pct from its 2009 baseline, by achieving a 42 pct reduction over the past 10 years. Bendix also saved more than 27 million kilowatt-hours of energy and an estimated $2 million over that time frame, through projects focused on more efficient use of lighting, HVAC and compressed air.

    Bendix is set to cut its greenhouse gas emissions from the 2018 baseline in half by 2030 through: continued energy efficiency projects; on-site generation of renewable energy; and the obtaining of green energy combined with carbon offsets. (Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, PR,Morning Journal, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, www.bendix.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissiuons,  Carbon Footprint,  


    Toshiba Abandoning Coal-Fired Plant Construction Business (Int'l.)
    Toshiba
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Japanese conglomerate Toshiba reports it will no longer accept orders for the construction of coal-fired thermal power facilities.

    The announcement is in keeping with the company's goal of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct by 2030 from its base level of 2019 and the commencement of operations of a large-scale carbon capture facility in Fukuoka, Japan. The company also plans to expand its solar renewable energy business to ¥650 billion ($6.17 billion) by 2030, from ¥190 billion yen ($1.80 billion) in 2019.

    Toshiba's announcement comes as coal continues losing ground as Germany's Siemens Energy, U.S. multinational conglomerate General Electric (GE), India's largest coal-fired power generator, NTPC Ltd, and other energy sector majors increasingly abandon Old King Coal. (Source: Toshiba, Mercom India, Nov., 2020) Contact: Toshiba, www.toshiba.co.jp/worldwide/index.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Toshiba news,  Coal news,  


    Pittsburgh Considers Marshall Plan for Appalachia (Ind. Report)
    Pittsburgh
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is promoting a new "Marshall Plan for Middle America" that would transition the Appalachian region away from fossil fuels and toward greener sources of energy and increased energy efficiency. The plan calls for $600 billion in investments over 10 years in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, to fund renewable and energy efficiency projects.

    The Appalachian region plan's lead author, Leslie Marshall, associate director of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Sustainable Business, said the plan is aimed at trying to deal with a "confluence of crises" brought on by the region's reliance on fossil fuels and the treat of climate change.

    The plan, which shares many of the goals of the Green New Deal, does not specify where the money will come from but suggests it could be funded through a mix of tax breaks, public-private partnerships, and alliances between labor, environmental, and academic institutions.

    Research for the project received financial support from the Enel Foundation, which is run by Enel, an Italian energy company with significant renewable energy investments. (Source: State Impact Pennsylvania, The Allegheny Front, 13 Nov., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Renewable Energy news,  


    Arizona Plan Calls for Carbon-Free Utilities by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Arizona Corporation Commission
    Date: 2020-11-11
    In Phoenix, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) is reporting tentative approval of a plan requiring the state's regulated utilities to produce all of their power from carbon-free sources by 2050.

    The plan sets interim goals of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2035, and by three-quarters by 2040. If given final approval, the changes would put Arizona's energy efficiency standards on par with California, Colorado, Nevada and other western states, according to the release. (Source: Arizona Corporation Commission, PR, Public News Serv., 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, Carolyn Buck, Sec.,602-542-3931 , cbuck@azcc.gov, www.azcc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Corporation Commission news,  Renewable Energy Net-Zero Emissions news,  


    Red Rock Power Announces Inch Cape Wind JV (Int'l. Report)
    Red Rock Powe,ESBr
    Date: 2020-11-11
    Edinburgh-based Red Rock Power Limited is reporting a 50:50 joint venture with ESB, the leading Irish energy group, for Inch Cape Offshore Limited and its offshore wind farm development The 72-turbine Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm will be one of Scotland's largest single sources of renewable energy projects and power up to 1 million homes when connected into the national grid at Cockenzie in East Lothian.

    The project recently received approval to increase its capacity to up to one gigawatt having already secured both onshore and offshore consents in 2019. (Source: Red Rock Power Lyd, Website Press Release, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: Red Rock Power, Guy Madgwick, CEO, +44 (0) 131 557 7101, www.redrockpower.co.uk; Inch Cape Wind, +44 (0) 131 557 7101, www.inchcapewind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Inch Cape Wind,  Red Rock Power,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  ESB,  


    Nashville Announces 125-MW Solar Array Project (Ind. Report)
    Nashville , Vanderbilt University
    Date: 2020-11-11
    In the Volunteer State, the city of Nashville has announced a proposal to construct a 125-MW, utility-scale solar array project in partnership with Vanderbilt University, Nashville Electric Service (NES) and the Tennessee Valley Authority . The city will receive 100-MW of the proposed project’s output while Vanderbilt will take 25-MW.

    Legislation to approve the project will go before city council on Nov. 17. The body previously approved a placeholder agreement between the city and TVA and NES this summer for purchase of renewable energy. If approved, the project is slated to be constructed in Oct., 2023 by Nashville-based Silicon Ranch. (Source: City of Nashville, PR, Tenneesean, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: TVA, Doug Perry, VP Commercial Energy Solutions, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.com, www.tva.com; Nashville Electric Service, www.nespower.com; Vanderbilt University, 615-322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu; Silicon Ranch, 615.577.4786, www.siliconranch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Silicon Ranch,  Solar,  TVA,  Nashville Electric Service ,  


    Gulf of Mexico Offshore Wind Initiative Announced (Ind. Report)
    BOEM
    Date: 2020-11-11
    In Baton Rouge, Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) is calling for the US DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to establish a task force that will coordinate commercial leasing proposals for wind energy in federal waters off Louisiana's coast thus creating a business path for the development of wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico.

    A single 600-MW wind farm in the Gulf would produce an estimated 4,400 jobs and $445 million in economic output during the construction phase, based upon modeling the by U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Operations would contribute 150 new permanent jobs, along with an estimated $14 million in annual spending. By 2035, industry forecasts suggest U.S. offshore wind energy capacity could grow to 22 gigawatts through $70 billion of new capital investment in manufacturing and port infrastructure, as well as 45,000 new direct jobs, according to the Governor's release.

    BOEM studies estimate the Gulf of Mexico could produce as much as 10 pct of U.S. wind energy. (Source: Office of Gov. John Bel Edwards, KATC News, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: Office of Gov. John Bel Edwards Harry Vorhoff, Dir., Governor's Office of Coastal Activities. (225) 342-7015, (866)366-1121, gov.louisiana.gov; BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BOEM,  Offshore Wind,  


    Carbon Offsets Support Mass. Habitat for Humanity (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Offset
    Date: 2020-11-11
    In the Bay State, Sandwich-based environmental consulting firm Horsley Witten Group has announced a carbon offset donation in support of the not-for-profit Habitat for Humanity's program for energy efficient and affordable new housing slated for construction this year in Orleans. The planned new housing will have a minimal carbon footprint, be highly energy efficient and incorporate renewable energy in construction.

    Horsley Witten measured the impact of their annual average 300,000 miles of travel across the country and quantified this footprint to then offset it through local opportunities. (Source: Cape Cod.com, 1o Nov., 2020) Contact: Horsley Witten Group, 508-833-6600, www.horsleywitten.com: Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credits,  


    Pinnacle Sets Wood Pellet Production Record (Ind. Report)
    Pinnacle Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-11-11
    Vancouver-headquartered Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. is reporting a record 587,000 metric tons of wood pellet production during Q3, 2020 -- up 13 pct when compared to the Q2 of this year and up 33 pct when compared to Q3, 2019.Download the full report HERE.

    Pinnacle produces sustainable industrial wood pellet fuel for large-scale thermal power generators. The company operates eight industrial wood pellet production facilities in western Canada and one in Alabama, and owns a port terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C. Pinnacle also has long-term take-or-pay contracts with utilities in the U.K., Europe and Asia that represent an average of 108 pct of its production capacity through 2026. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Website PR, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, (604) 270-9613, investors@pinnaclepellet.com, www.pinnaclepellet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Renewable Energy ,  Wood pellet,  


    UK Port of Tyne Touts Renewable Energy Hub (Int'l. Report)
    Port of Tyne
    Date: 2020-11-09
    In the UK, the Port of Tyne is touting the launch of the Tyne Clean Energy Park as versatile strategic base for the region's rapidly growing renewable energy sector supporting the Government's goal to power every UK home with offshore wind electricity.

    As previously reported, the Port was selected as Equinor's flagship operations and maintenance base for what will become the world's largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank.

    The River Tyne presently hostso an existing offshore cluster, including South Tyneside Marine College, A&P, Smulders Projects, Shepherd Offshore and TechnipFMC, all of which contributeto a well-established offshore energy supply chain. The Port of Tyne is one of only two deep sea ports in the North-East UK. (Source: Port of Tyne, Northern Echo, Nov., 2020) Contact: Port of Tyne Authority, Matt Beeton, CEO , +44 191 257 1373, www.portoftyne.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    BioStim Touts "Electromagnetic Biostimulation" (New Prod & Tech)
    AlgaStar
    Date: 2020-11-09
    Gulf Breeze, Florida-based biomass cultivation and R&D specialist AlgaStar Inc. reports its wholly-owned New Mexico-based subsidiary BioStim's patented "electromagnetic biostimulation" research may result in creating more than a 300 pct biomass growth increase and 174 pct increase in lipid oil content in several alga samples over controlled growth conditions.

    BioStim is leading a consortium of small businesses as a part of a New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program which allows local small businesses to work with scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to map the conditions under which biostimulation enhances the growth rate and metabolism for several biological cultures involving algae and bacteria by means of microwave energy for use in the future development of alternative biofuels production and other applications.

    AlgaStar Inc. and its participants won a $1 million Florida state, 20-month, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies (REET) research grant in 2018. Participants included Florida A & M University , NASA at Kennedy Space Center, and ARA, a leading US R& D/engineering firm. (Source: AlgaStar, PR, MENADN, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: AlgaStar Inc., BioSTim Inc., Matthew Ortega, (505) 795-5600, M.Ortega@AlgaStar.com, www.algastar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AlgaStar,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  


    Alfen Supplies Integrated Energy Storage for PZEM Middelburg (Int'l.)
    Alfen,PZEM
    Date: 2020-11-09
    Netherlands-based energy producer and supplier PZEM reports the selection of battery energy storage systems specialist Alfen to supply an energy storage system in combination with grid integration and a charging plaza for electric vehicles at its office in the Middelburg municipality. The combination of products from all three of Alfen's business units -- Smart Grid Solutions, Energy Storage Solutions and Alfen Charging Equipment -- offer a unique and reliable energy storage solution, according to PZEM.

    Alfen's energy storage system, called TheBattery, will be installed at PZEM in Q1, 2021. This battery ensures that the electricity from the network is stored in a 'container battery'. The charging plaza, equipped with 10 smart Alfen Eve Double charge points, has already been successfully installed. If many vehicles are charging simultaneously, the electricity from the energy storage system can be used, reducing the strain on the electricity grid. For the integration with the grid, Alfen also installed a transformer substation, according to the release. (Source: PZEM. PR, Renewable Energy, Nov., 2020) Contact: Affen, +31 36 54 93 400, info@alfen.com, www.alfen.com; PZEM, www.pzem.nl

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy STorage news,  Alfen news,  PZEM news,  


    Shinhan BNP Paribas Funds Commit to Korean Renewables (Int'l.)
    BNP Paribas
    Date: 2020-11-06
    South Korean asset management company Shinhan BNP Paribas Asset Management is reporting a $46 million commitment to ShinhanBNPP Green New Deal Fund No. 1, a new private fund targeting 17.325-MW wind turbines in South Jeolla Province, South Korea. The company also reports a second green finance fund -- Shinhan BNPP Green New Deal Fund No. 2 for photovoltaic power station on Jeju Island, South Korea. Shinhan BNP Paribas is also creating Shinhan BNPP Green New Deal Fund No. 3, a $178.2 million blind pool fund to finance wind power projects, fuel cells and biomass energy development projects.

    Shinhan BNP Paribas is a 65/35 joint venture of Shinhan Financial Group and BNP Paribas Asset Management. Paris-headquartered BNP Paribas S.A. is the world's 8th largest bank by total assets with operations in 72 countries. (Source: BNP Paribas, Korea Herald, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: BNP Paribas, www.group.bnpparibas/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BNP Paribas,  Korea Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Biomass,  


    SN Power Acquiring Vietnam's Dam Nai Wind Power (Int'l., M&A)
    SN Power
    Date: 2020-11-06
    Oslo, Norway-headquartered SN Power AS reports it will acquire all shares in the 39.4 MW Dam Nai Wind Power Joint Stock Company in Vietnam from privately held, Singapore-based Mekong Wind Pte Ltd.

    Dam Nai Wind incorporates 15 Siemens wind turbines with a rated capacity of 2.625 MW generating 123 GWh of power per year. (Source: SN Energy, PR Website, Renewable Energy, Nov., 2020) Contact: SN Energy, + 47 66 71 70 00, info@snpower.com, www.snpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vietnam Wind,  


    AEP Seeks Wind, Solar Energy in Ohio and ERCOT (ind. Report)
    American Electric Power, ERCOT
    Date: 2020-11-06
    AEP Energy Partners (AEPEP), a subsidiary of Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power Company (AEP) is seeking off-take proposals from new solar and new wind facilities located in Ohio and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

    In Ohio, AEP is seeking renewable energy purchase agreements of 10, 12 or 15 years for solar or wind facilities that begin operation between 2021 and 2023.

    For the ERCOT sited projects, the company is seeking renewable energy purchase agreements of 12 years or less for solar facilities that begin operation between 2021 and 2023.

    AEPEP will use the contracted off-take to support the company's growing loads in Ohio and Texas, including the recently passed City of Columbus Electric Service Aggregation Program.

    Complete details about the Requests for Proposals are available at http://aep.com/rfp or by calling Ben Duckworth at (614) 583-7453. (Source: AEP Energy Partners, Website PR, 3 Nov., 2020) Contact: AEP, beduckworth@aepes.com, aepes.com, www.aep.com; ERCOT, www.ercot.com

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    Iberdrola Plans €75Bn Renewable Energy Transition (Int'l. Report)
    Iberdrola
    Date: 2020-11-06
    In Madried, Spanish energy giant Iberdrola AA chairman Ignacio Galan has announced the company will invest €75 billion over the next five years to double its renewable energy capacity and help it capitalize on the global move away from fossil fuels.

    According to Galan, Iberdrola's renewables capacity will rise from 32 GW in 2019 to 60 GW in 2025 -- 26 GW of onshore wind, 16 GW of solar and 14 GW of hydro, with the remainder being offshore wind. (Source: Iberdrola Website News, 5 Nov., 2020)Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Renewable Energy,  


    Wisc. Roadmap Touts Energy Efficiency Successes (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2020-11-06
    In Madison, Wisconsin, FOCUS ON ENERGY® has unveiled its new virtual energy efficiency roadmap highlighting its statewide efforts to deliver energy savings to residents and businesses.

    Focus on Energy -- the Badger State's statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy resources program -- works with utilities to provide energy efficiency resources, services and incentives to eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses energy-saving improvements to their homes and buildings.

    In 2019, a third-party evaluation found Wisconsin runs the most cost-effective energy efficiency programs in the nation, in terms of energy savings per dollar spent. A separate recently released evaluation found every $1 invested in Focus on Energy generates $4.80 in benefits for Wisconsin, including economic benefits, reduced energy costs and reduced pollution.

    Download the Focus on Energy roadmap HERE. (Source: Focus on Energy, WisBusiness, PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Focus on Energy, Erinn Monroe-Nye, Prog. Dir., www.focusonenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Siemens Gamesa Claims 34-Turbine Norwegian Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2020-11-04
    In Madrid, Spanish wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa is reporting a deal valued at €90 million to supply 34 units of its 5.0-145 turbines to Odal Vindkraftverk's wind project in the Norwegian municipality of Nord-Odal.

    Odal Vindkraftverk is 51 pct owned by Akershus Energi and 49 pct owned by the project develope r KLP . The project is expected to be completed during 2021. (Source: SiemensGamesa, PR, renews. 3 Nov., 2020)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    UCSD Renewable Energy Testbed Funded (Ind. Report)
    University of California San Diego
    Date: 2020-11-04
    The University of California San Diego (UCSD) reports it will receive $39 million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for construction of a test-bed to allow universities, utilities and industry to gain a better understanding of how to integrate renewable energy resources into the power grid and "to validate future technologies for autonomous energy grids in real-world scenarios."

    The DERConnect tes-tbed will include more than 2,500 distributed energy resources on the UCSD campus' microgrid, including an energy storage facility, fuel cells and solar panels, a dozen classroom and office buildings and 300 charging stations for electric vehicles.

    The goal is to begin testing equipment in 2022, and to make the testbed available to outside research teams and industry by 2025. (Source: UCSD, PR, Times of San Diego, 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: UCSD, Prof. Jan Kleissl, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, (858) 534-8087, jkleissl@ucsd.edu, www.ucsd.edu; National Science Foundation, www.nsf.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of California San Diego,  Renewable Energy,  National Science Foundation,  Energy Storage,  


    Atlas Renewable Energy Finances Brazilian Solar Project (Int'l.)
    Atlas Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Miami-headquartered Atlas Renewable Energy is reporting a $67 million (US) loan from IDB Invest and Norway's DNB Bank ASA to finance construction of its 187 MW Jacaranda solar project in the municipality of Juazeiro, State of Bahia, Brazil.

    When fully operational, the Jacaranda solar project will generate 440GWh per year – sufficient power for 750,000 inhabitants -- and avoid approximately 35,000 metric tpy of CO2 emissions. The solar project has a 15-year PPA with a Brazilian subsidiary of the American material science giant Dow Inc.

    Atlas Renewable Energy develops, builds, and operates renewable energy projects with long-term contracts across Latin America. The company's portfolio is 2.2GW of contracted projects in development, construction, or operational stages, and aims to expand by an additional 4GW in the next years. (Source: Atlas Renewable Energy, Website News, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Atlas Renewable Energy, 786 358 5614, www.atlasrenewableenergy.com

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


    NTPC Borrows $482MN for Desulphurization, Renewable Energy (Int'l.)
    NTPC
    Date: 2020-11-02
    In New Delhi, India's largest energy conglomerate NTPC Ltd is reporting a ¥50 billion ($482 million) loan agreement through the Japan Bank for International Co-operation's (JBIC) Global Action for Reconciling Economic Growth and Environment Preservation (GREEN) initiative. The JBIC will fund 60 pct of the loan amount and other Japanese commercial banks will fund the remainder under JBIC's guarantee.

    NTPC will use the loan proceeds for power plant flue gas desulphurization (FGD) and renewable energy projects. (Source: NTPC India, Website PR, 1 Nov., 2020) Contact: NTPC India, +91 11 24360100, Fax -- + 91 11 24361018, ntpccc@ntpc.co.in, www.ntpc.co.in

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    Alliant Energy Touts Iowa Clean Energy Blueprint (Ind. Report)
    Alliant Energy
    Date: 2020-11-02
    Madison, Wisconsin-based utility Alliant Energy is touting its "Clean Energy Blueprint for Iowa" plan to to increase the use of renewable resources, battery energy storage, build out the state's connected energy network and discontinue coal-fired power generation in Lansing by the end of 2022 while transitioning their Burlington Generating Station to natural gas in 2021.

    A key part of the Clean Energy Blueprint, which aligns with changing consumer preferences for more renewable energy, includes adding up to 400 MW of solar by 2023. When the 400 MW of solar is combined with the nearly 1,300 MW of owned-and-operated wind and the power generated by the company's existing solar farms in Dubuque, Marshalltown and Cedar Rapids, as well as other renewable sources, nearly 50 pct of Alliant Energy's Iowa generation portfolio will be from renewables.

    As we previously reported, Alliant Energy's 9,500 solar panel equipped Marshalltown Solar Garden and battery energy storage pilot facility at its Marshalltown Generating Station is now online. The 2.55-MW AC solar system generates sufficient power for nearly 400 homes and the system's 548kWh battery can be fully charged within two hours.

    Alliant has three solar + battery sites in Iowa, each of which is being used to pilot different combinations of solar power and energy storage technology. Alliant constructed its first solar system at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and has two solar gardens in Dubuque which have been generating clean energy since 2017. (Source: Alliant Energy, PR, Nov. 2020) Contact: Alliant Energy Iowa, Terry Kouba, President , www.alliantenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Clean Energy Renewable Energy,  


    PG&E Offers ENERGY STAR Product Rebates (Ind. Report)
    PG&E, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-11-02
    In the Golden State, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports its continued to partnership with the US EPA ENERGY STAR program and others to promote the benefits of energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program to help consumers cut energy consumption, save money and shrink their carbon footprint. ENERGY STAR serves as a guide for customers shopping for appliances and looking for potential rebates, such as PG&E's, that help offset the cost of qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances.

    For example, PG&E customers that sign up for the utility's time-of-use rate plan and purchase a qualifying ENERGY STAR smart thermostat may be eligible for a $120 rebate through the end of the year. The amount of the smart thermostat rebate recently increased from $50. The purchase of a smart thermostat combined with a time-of-use rate plan can reduce costs by shifting heating or cooling needs to low energy demand times when energy demand and rates are lower, and the amount of renewable energy is higher. By way of illustration, PG&E notes the following ENERGY STAR product specific savings:

  • LED light bulbs -- ENERGY STAR certified lighting uses up to 90 pct less energy than incandescent bulbs, lasts 15 times longer and saves more than $50 in electricity bills over their lifetime. By replacing the five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs in a home with ENERGY STAR models, customers can save nearly $45 per year.

  • Washing machines and dryers -- Save more than $370 over the lifetime of an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer and even more with an ENERGY STAR washer/dryer pair. Clothes washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating use 25 pct less energy and approximately 33 pct less water than standard models.

  • Water heaters -- Water heaters account for 12 pct of residential energy consumption, costing a household of four up to $630 every year in energy costs. An ENERGY STAR certified electric water heater (known as Heat Pump Water Heaters) uses less than half the energy of a standard model. PG&E offers a $300 rebate for qualifying products.

    PG&E notes if every clothes washer, clothes dryer, dishwasher and refrigerator purchased in the U.S. this year were ENERGY STAR models, the equivalent of the greenhouse gas emissions from 450,000 cars would be avoided, and consumers would save more than $615 million in annual energy costs. (Source: PG&E, PR 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: PG&E, Aaron August, VP Business Development & Customer Engagement, www.pge.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PG&E,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  ENERGY STAR,  


  • Renewables on the Rise 2020 Tracks Renewable Energy Dev. (Ind. Report Attached)
    PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center
    Date: 2020-10-30
    In the Keystone State, the not-for-profit Philadelphia-based PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center has released its Renewables on the Rise 2020 study that documents and compares the growth of solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency and electric vehicle technologies in each state, as well as nationally, over the past decade.

    According to the study, in 2019, the U.S. produced 30 times more solar power and more than triple the amount of wind energy than in 2010. Utility-scale battery energy storage increased 20-fold since 2010 and energy consumption per person declined thanks to improvements in energy efficiency, and more than one million electric vehicles were sold in the U.S.

    Download the Renewables on the Rise 2020 study HERE. (Source: PennEnvironment Policy & Research Center, Website PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: PennEnvironment Policy & Research Center, David Masur, Exec. Dir, Kelly Flanigan, Global Warming Solutions Associate, (215) 732-5897, (215) 732-4599 -- fax, www.pennenvironmentcenter.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Clenera Signs RES for Iowa Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Clenera,
    Date: 2020-10-30
    Boise, Idaho-headquartered privately-held renewable energy company Clenera reports the selection of Renewable Energy Systems (RES) as its EPC partner for the 127.5 MW Wapello Solar Project in Iowa.

    When online, the 800-acre Wapello Solar farm will generate sufficient power for 45,000 households. Central Iowa Power Cooperative will purchase all of the Wapello Solar project's output.

    Clenera acquires, develops, builds and manages utility-scale solar farms and energy storage facilities throughout the U.S. The company's current operating portfolio exceeds 1.3GW with more than 14GW of solar and storage assets in development. (Source: Clenera, PR, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: CIPCO, Bill Cherrier, CEO, www.cipco.net; RES Group, Tim Jordan, Senior VP of Solar Construction, www.res-group.com; Clenera, www.clenera.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Clenera,  Renewable Energy Systems,  


    AZ Regulators Mandate 100% Carbon-Free Energy by 2050 (Reg. & Leg.)
    Arizona Corporation Commission
    Date: 2020-10-30
    In Phoenix, the Arizona Corporation Commission reports approval of new regulations requiring electric utilities to source half of their power from renewable energy by 2035 and phase out utility coal- and natural-gas-burning power plants to cut carbon emissions in half by 2032 and 75 pct by 2040, rising to net-zero emissions in 2050. The carbon reductions would be based on how much carbon a utility's power plants emitted on average in the years 2016-18.

    The new rules update the state's 2006 Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff. (Source: Arizona Corporation Commission, PR, Arizona Republic, 29 Oct., 2020) Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, www.azcc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Corporation Commission news,  Renewable Energy Net-Zero Emissions news,  


    New Fortress Energy Investing in H2Pro (Int'l. Report)
    New Fortress Energy
    Date: 2020-10-28
    New York City-headquartered New Fortress Energy Inc. reports it has made an investment in H2Pro, an Israeli-based company developing a low-cost green hydrogen technology.

    H2Pro's Electrochemical-Thermally Activated Chemical (E-TAC) hydrogen production technology uses renewable energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen in two separate phases. E-TAC is membrane-free, does not require precious metals and is capable of operating at high pressure, reducing costs, according to the release.

    The process, developed at the Technician, Israel Institute of Technology, reaches 95 pct efficiency with nearly 30 pct less renewable electricity than leading electrolysis technologies use to produce hydrogen. (Source: New Fortress Energy, PR, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: New Fortress Energy, Wes Edens, CEO, Joshua Kane, (516) 268-7400, (516) 268-7455, jkane@newfortressenergy.com, Zero, Green Hydrogen Division, zero@newfortressenergy.com, www.newdortressenergy.com; H2Pro, www.h2pro.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel,  New Fortress Energy ,  


    WCSB Plans Alberta Battery Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    WCSB
    Date: 2020-10-28
    On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-headquartered privately-held electric power generation company WCSB Power reports it has agreed to acquire and build Canada's largest battery energy storage system through three 20 MW projects in Alberta.

    For the project, WCSB has procured three Tesla Megapack Batteries, the first of which will be connected to the grid in Rycroft where it will store and distribute renewable energy as needed. The Megapack can also be used as a microgrid if disconnected from the main power grid. In addition to the Rycrft installation, WCSB plans to install 20 MW Megapack's in Grande Prairie and Buffalo Creek, both of which are expected to be completed in 2021. (Source: WCSB, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: WCSB, (587) 747-4050, www.wcsbpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla news,  Energy Storage news,  Tesla Battery news,  Tesla Power Pack news,  


    Renova Developing 75 MW Japanese Biomass Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Renova
    Date: 2020-10-28
    Renewable energy and biomass power developer Renova Inc reports it has made a final investment decision and will proceed with the 75-MW Sendai-Gamo Biomass Project in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

    The Sendai-Gamo Biomass Project will utilise wood pellets and palm kernel shells to generate roughly 553,300 MWh annually -- sufficient power for 170,000 households.

    Sumitomo Forestry, United Purpose Management, Mizuho Leasing, and Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure are participating in the project which is slated to break ground in Feb, 2021 for completion and startup in Nov., 2023. (Source: Renova,Website PR, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Renova Inc., www.renovainc.com

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    Scout Completes 130MW Indiana Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Scout Clean Energy
    Date: 2020-10-28
    Colorado-based renewable energy developer Scout Clean Energy reports it has closed on construction and tax equity funding for its 130MW Bitter Ridge wind farm in Jay County, Indiana.

    The wind farm, which incorporates GE 2.82MW wind turbines, has a 15-year PPA with Constellation, an Exelon company. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR, renews.biz, 27 Oct., 2020))Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

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    Ameresco Upgrading Medford Street Lights to LED (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2020-10-28
    Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. and the City of Medford, Oregon are reporting a $4 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) that will impact approximately 8,000 light fixtures across the City of 81,000 residents .

    The improvements are being financed by a low-interest loan and include converting street lights and parks department lighting to energy efficient LED technology.

    All city and utility-owned street lights, park and parking lot lighting will be converted to LED units. The project is expected to be completed in 2021. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: City of Medford, Karl MacNair, Transportation Manager, www.ci.medford.or.us; Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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    South Korea Announces Carbon Neutrality by 2050 Goal (Int'l.)
    South Korea
    Date: 2020-10-28
    In Seoul, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has announced South Korea will invest in a "Green New Deal" that would see Asia's fourth and the world's tenth largest economy become carbon neutral by 2050.

    To that end, South Korea would replace its coal power generation with renewable energy, replace old buildings and public rental housing with eco-friendly facilities, and expand its fleet of electric and hydrogen power vehicles and rapid EV charging infrastructure. Moon is aiming for renewable energy to generate 20 pct of the coal-reliant country's energy mix by 2030, while closing 40 existing coal-fired power plants by 2034. (Source: Yonhap, Korean Herald, 28 Oct., 2020)

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    Orsted's US Offshore Wind Projects Delayed (Ind. Report)
    Orsted
    Date: 2020-10-28
    Danish renewable energy developer Orsted reports it is waiting for permitting "clarity" from the US DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) environmental impact study of offshore wind projects on the Outer Continental Shelf.

    Orsted now foresees clarity on the permitting timelines being pushed to late 2020 or even into 2021. "Even assuming the permitting process starts moving within the first quarter next year, it appears highly likely that the Revolution Wind, Ocean Wind, Skipjack and Sunrise Wind projects will be delayed beyond the previously expected 2023 and 2024 construction years," the company said. (Source: Orsted, PR, 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Orsted, www.orsted.com

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    Electrifying Heating in Existing Commercial Buildings (ACEEE Report Attached)
    ACEEE
    Date: 2020-10-28
    According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) recently released Electrifying Heating in Existing Commercial Buildings Could Cut Their Emissions 44pct report , replacing gas-burning heating systems in commercial buildings with efficient electrified heat-pumps could reduce these buildings' total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 44 pct and ultimately become "zero carbon" as the electric grid moves toward renewable energy sources.

    The report models the impacts of replacing several types of gas-based heating systems in existing commercial buildings with various electric heat pump systems. In some cases, electrifying heating already pays back for building owners. The report found that about 27 pct of commercial floor space heated with fossil fuel systems can be electrified today with a simple payback of less than 10 years. If policymakers enacted a package of public investments, incentives, and carbon pricing policies, the proportion of commercial building space that can be electrified with this payback would increase to 60 pct, the report notes.

    Access the ACEEE Electrifying Heating in Existing Commercial Buildings Could Cut Their Emissions 44pct report HERE. (Source: ACEEE, PR, 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: ACEEE, 202-507-4000, www.aceee.org

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    $50Bn Aussie Green Hydrogen Hub Project Advancing (Int'l. Report)
    Asian Renewable Energy Hub
    Date: 2020-10-26
    In the Land Down Under, the 26 GW, $50 billion Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH), the world's largest new energy generator that will establish Australia as a major global producer and exporter of green energy in the form of hydrogen, is reported to have been granted Major Project Status from the Federal Government.

    Major Project Status recognizes the strategic significance of a project for Australia. In this case, AREH dovetails with the Government's Technology Investment Roadmap, which highlights hydrogen as a priority technology for development. Major Project Status support will streamline necessary approvals for construction to break ground in 2026.

    The AREH will harness the world-class wind and solar resources of Western Australia's East Pilbara region, dedicating up to 23 GW of capacity for production of green hydrogen and green ammonia and providing up to 3 GW of energy production to local Pilbara users such as mining and mineral processing operations. (Source: AREH, Website, Oct., 2020) Contact: AREH, Brendan Hammond, Project Dir., info@asianrehub.com, www.asianrehub.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Asian Renewable Energy Hub,  Green Hydrogen,  Hydrogen,  


    GE Touting 13MW Offshore Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-10-26
    GE Renewable Energy reports a working version of its 13MW Haliade-X prototype set a record for a single day of electric power generation at 228MWh -- sufficient power for roughly 45 Australian homes for an entire year.

    The 13MW Haliade-X is GE's largest turbine ever, standing 248 metres tall with 107 metre long blades, offering almost double the generation capacity of most wind turbines currently deployed around the world.

    130 units of the 13MW turbine is expected to be deployed at the UK's Dogger Bank Wind Farm starting in 2023. GE notes it has secured 4.8GW worth of orders for the Haliade-X turbine model from U.S. and UK wind projects. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website, Reneweconomy, 23 Oct., 2020) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/contact-us, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind Turbine,  Dogger Bank,  Offshore Wind,  


    Greenfield Acquires Shuttered Corn Plus Ethanol Plant (M&A)
    Greenfield Global,Corn Plus
    Date: 2020-10-26
    Toronto, Ontario-Greenfield Global Inc., Canada's largest fuel ethanol producer, is reporting acquisition of the shuttered 1994-vintage, 48 million gpy Corn Plus Coop ethanol plant in Winnebago, Minnesota -- Greenfield's first fuel ethanol asset in the United States.

    Greenfield currently owns and operates four distilleries, five specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants, and two next-generation biofuel and renewable energy research and development centers. (Source: Greenfield Global, Fairbault Register, 25 Oct., 2020) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, CEO, (613) 698-0116, howard.field@greenfield.com, www.greenfield.com; CornPlus, 507-893-4747, www.cornplus.com

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