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£40Mn UK Clean Growth Fund Launched (Int'l. Report)
UK Clean Growth Fund
Date: 2020-05-22
In London, the UK government is reporting the launch of a £40 million venture capital fund for green energy, low-carbon technologies across the power, transport, waste, and building energy efficiency sectors.

The fund seeks investments in early stage, seed or Series A rounds in 'exciting, innovative clean growth start-ups". Qualifying projects could include: energy storage and smart grid systems to bolster resilience in the power system; renewable heating and ventilation technologies across homes and commercial buildings; and bio-fuels and bio-energy systems.

Investment parameters for the fund focus on clean growth technologies, hardware, products and services in sectors including power generation, waste, energy networks, buildings management, industries, bioenergy and alternative fuels. The fund will be managed by Clean Growth Investment Management (CGIM). (Source: UK Clean Growth Fund, 21 May, 2020) Contact: UK Clean Growth Fund, www.gov.uk/government/publications/clean-growth-equity-fund

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Clean Growth Fund,  Low Carbon Energy,  


DOE Announces $25Mn for Grid Management Systems (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2020-04-27
The U.S. DOE has announced $25 million in funding for 10 projects as part of the Performance-based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, and Risk Management(PERFORM) program. These projects will work to develop innovative management systems that represent the relative delivery risk of each asset, like wind farms or power plants, and balance the collective risk of all assets across the grid.

PERFORM teams will design risk scores that communicate the delivery risk of an asset's offer, such as the reliability of electricity from a solar plant due to the weather on a given day. They will also develop grid management systems that internally capture uncertainty and evaluate the system risk to meet or exceed a set baseline. This risk-driven paradigm will enable grid operators to better maintain a supply-demand balance and system reliability, even with the intermittency of renewables. In turn, they can optimally manage the system and assess the true value of essential reliability services in real time, allowing for a more diverse energy mix.

Details and sampling of PERFORM projects HERE. (Source: US EPA, April, 2020) Contact: US DOE ARPA, www.arpa-e.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Energy Management,  Smart Grid,  


BIRD Energy Announces Renewables, Energy Efficiency Funding (Int'l.)
BIRD Foundation, BIRD Energy
Date: 2020-04-01
Reporting from Tel Aviv, BIRD Energy has announced its next funding cycle for US-Israel joint project proposals with a focus on Renewable Energy and Efficiency and Natural Gas Technologies.

Proposal must include R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution - one from the U.S. and one from Israel. The proposal should have significant commercial potential and the project outcome should lead to commercialization.

Examples of research and development topics within the scope of this call are: Solar and Wind Power, Advanced Vehicle Technologies and Alternative Fuels, Natural Gas and other associated technologies, Smart Grid, Storage, Water-Energy Nexus, Advanced Manufacturing or any other Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency technology. This year the topic of AI for Energy Management has also been added to the scope. The conditional grant per project is up to 50 pct of the R&D costs associated with the joint project, and up to a maximum of $1 million per project.

BIRD Energy was established following an agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Israel Ministry of Energy to promote and support joint research and collaborations in the field of Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency. BIRD Energy is administered by the BIRD Foundation, which has been promoting cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies in various technology sectors since 1977. (Source: The BIRD Foundation, PR, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: BIRD Foundation, Limor Nakar-Vincent, Deputy Executive Director of Business Development and BIRD Energy, +972-3-698-8310, limorn@birdf.com; Maya Vardi Shoshani, Director, Business Development, West Coast, -650-752-6485, mayav@birdf.com, www.birdf.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  BIRD Foundation,  BIRD Energy,  


Energy Efficiency Included in BIRD Energy Funding (Int'l. Funding)
BIRD Energy
Date: 2020-04-01
Reporting from Tel Aviv, BIRD Energy has announced its next funding cycle for US-Israel joint project proposals with a focus on energy management, smart grid and energy efficiency among other technologies.

Proposal must include R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution - one from the U.S. and one from Israel. The proposal should have significant commercial potential and the project outcome should lead to commercialization. The conditional grant per project is up to 50 pct of the R&D costs associated with the joint project, and up to a maximum of $1 million per project.

BIRD Energy was established following an agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Israel Ministry of Energy to promote and support joint research and collaborations in the field of Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency. BIRD Energy is administered by the BIRD Foundation, which has been promoting cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies in various technology sectors since 1977. (Source: The BIRD Foundation, PR, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: BIRD Foundation, Limor Nakar-Vincent, Deputy Executive Director of Business Development and BIRD Energy, +972-3-698-8310, limorn@birdf.com; Maya Vardi Shoshani, Director, Business Development, West Coast, -650-752-6485, mayav@birdf.com, www.birdf.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BIRD Energy news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Management news,  Smart Grid news,  


DEWA Touts New Solar, Energy Efficiency R&D Center (Int'l. Report)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2020-03-11
In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports the opening of the 5-GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park research, testing and certification facility focused on solar power, energy efficiency, and the integration of smart grids.

DEWA claims that the new R&D center is the largest, most comprehensive solar testing and certification facility in the UAE. (Source: DEWA, 10 Mar., 2020) Contact: DEWA, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Grid,  


Ameren Investing $7.6Bn in Renewables, Smart Grid Tech (Ind. Report)
Ameren,Ameren Missouri
Date: 2020-03-02
St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri reports that under its Smart Energy Plan it will its will invest $7.6 billion over five-years in wind and solar energy, energy storage and smart meters to serve its customers, primarily in Missouri. The plan includes;
  • More than 2,000 infrastructure improvement projects across the state totaling $5.3 billion in capital investments over the next five years, including approximately $1 billion in electric investments in 2019.

  • Major renewable energy projects to continue the transition to a cleaner energy future for customers, including $1 billion for wind energy in 2020. This also includes modernizing the energy grid to allow Ameren Missouri to add more solar energy and battery storage on the system to cost-effectively boost reliability, particularly in rural areas.

  • New smart grid sensors, switches and self-healing equipment to rapidly detect and isolate outages- reducing the number of outages and speeding power restoration when service interruptions occur.

  • A stronger, more secure energy delivery backbone including installing 12,000 new utility poles for storm hardening, many fortified with composite materials to better withstand severe weather.

  • More than 400 miles of new underground cable and equipment to create a more efficient and reliable underground energy delivery system that better serves customers.

  • Over 70 new or upgraded substations to increase energy service reliability and serve more customers through a streamlined network that is more cost-effective and efficient.

  • Addition of 800,000 smart electric meters through 2023 to give customers more insight and control of their energy options and costs.

    Details of Ameren's Smart Energy Plan are HERE. (Source: Ameren Missouri, Ameren Corporation, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Andrew Kirk, 314.554.4859, akirk@ameren.com, www.ameren.com, Andrew Kirk, 314.554.4859, akirk@ameren.com, Twitter at @AmerenMissouri, Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  


  • 21,000,000 PRIME Alliance Technology Smart Meters Installed (Int'l)
    PRIME Alliance
    Date: 2019-09-20
    In Brussels, the PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution Alliance (PRIME) reports more than 40 participants from over 20 utilities and integrators and certification entities -- CEZ Distribuce, EDP Distribuicao, E-Redes, Iberdrola and others -- attended its fifth annual Utility to Utility User Group Conference in Munich. The conference highlighted the deployment of 21,000,000 smart meters with PRIME Technology worldwide.

    Attending utilities received further clarification on how approximately 80 products have been PRIME certified by laboratory members, such as DNV-GL and Tecnalia.

    PRIME represents a public, open and non-proprietary telecommunications architecture which supports present and future AMM functionalities and enables the building of the electricity networks of the future, or smart grids.

    PRIME aims to establish a complete set of international standards which will allow for full interoperability among equipment and systems from different providers. Thus, competition in the metering market will benefit utilities and its customers.

    The components of PRIME architecture (modulation and coding techniques, protocols, data formats etc.) are not subject to any Intellectual Property Rights. Specifications are comprehensive and detailed enough so that any new entrant will be able to provide interoperable solutions to the market, according to the PRIME website. (Source: PRIME Alliance, PR, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: PRIME Alliance, info@prime-alliance.org, www.prime-alliance.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PRIME Alliance,  Smart Meter,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


    NMSU Granted $5Mn for Phase II Smart Grid R&D (R&D, Funding)
    National Science Foundation,New Mexico State University
    Date: 2019-09-18
    The National Science Foundation (NFS) reports its Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) has awarded New Mexico State University (NMSU)in Las Cruces a second $5 million grant to fund Phase II of the school's collaborative smart grid research.

    The research is aimed at strengthening and improving the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the electric energy grid by addressing infrastructure challenges, security issues and working to create a highly trained and flexible workforce to support the future of the industry. (Source: New Mexico State University, PR, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: NMSU, Prof. Enrico Pontelli, Principal Investigator, Computer Science, (575) 646-6239; (575) 646-1002 - fax, epontell@cs.nmsu.edu, www.nmsu.edu; NSF Public Affairs, (703) 292-8070, www.nsf.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Science Foundation,  New Mexico State University,  Smart Grid,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Portland GE Pilot Addresses Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
    Portland General Electric
    Date: 2019-07-31
    In Oregon, Portland General Electric (PGE) is reporting the launch of a test bed pilot program in three neighborhoods aimed at encouraging residential and business customers to be more proactive in monitoring their energy consumption and cultivating good energy use habits.

    As part of the test pilot, residential customers will be given incentives for using smart-home technologies as well as rebates for shifting their energy use during off-peak times. Commercial customers, meanwhile, will have the option of enrolling in PGE's Energy Partner Smart Thermostat program, which offers free thermostats and installation to qualifying businesses. The program will also give payments for businesses participating in load-control events. Other potential energy-saving opportunities include incentives for customers using rooftop solar or smart devices such as thermostats, water heaters and electric vehicle chargers and batteries.

    PGE worked the Rocky Mountain Institute and an advisory panel to develop the program. PGE will also utilize the advanced communications capabilities and distribution system upgrades in three Oregon cities: Hillsboro, Portland and Milwaukie which have remote controls and other smart grid technologies installed to increase system reliability.

    The launch of the test pilot comes as PGE submitted a new integrated resource plan to the Oregon PUC for approval to add more renewable power, increase energy efficiency and partner with customers to balance energy consumption during peak demand periods. (Source: PGE, PR, Daily Energy Insider, 30 July, 2019) Contact: PGE, Maria Pope, CEO, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444, www.portlandgeneral.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Portland General Electric,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Use,  Energy Efficiency,  


    inteGRIDy Solutions for Energy Efficient Buildings (Ind Report)
    inteGRIDy
    Date: 2019-07-24
    Researchers from the EU-funded inteGRIDy -- Integrated Smart GRID Cross-Functional Solutions for Optimized Synergetic Energy Distribution, Utilization Storage Technologies -- project report they've developed a cloud-based platform to reduce energy use in buildings and battery energy storage systems.

    Launched in 2017, inteGRIDy is running 10 pilot schemes in 8 European countries focused on electricity demand response, enhancing the operation of the distribution grid and energy storage.

    Download one of the 10 projects -- A Demonstration of an Integrated Battery Energy Storage System in Residential and Commercial Buildings -- HERE. (Source: Cordis News, July, 2019) Contact: inteGRIDy, www.integridy.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  


    StorTera, Equilibrium Engineering Lands $2.6Mn for Energy Storage Pilot Project (Ind. Report)
    Equilibrium Engineering,StorTera
    Date: 2019-06-26
    Edinburgh, Scotland-based energy storage specialist StorTera, together with its Kentville, Nova Scotia-headquartered partner Equilibrium Engineering, report receipt of $2.6 million Cdn (£1.6 million) to implement its pilot Alba Nova: A Smart Grid Pilot Using Advanced Battery Storage system.

    The funding from the Power Forward Challenge, a joint initiative between the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Natural Resources Canada, will support the implementation of commercial and domestic battery systems with in-built artificial intelligence that can increase uptake of renewables, save money for customers and utilities, and accelerate carbon reductions by boosting the use of electric energy.

    Alba Nova is run in partnership with the Nova Scotian town of Berwick and the Renewable Energy Storage Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax. (Source: StorTera, The Scotsman, 25 June, 2019)Contact: Equilibrium Engineering, (902) 482-0811, www.equilibrium-engineering.ca; StorTera, +44 131 569 0727, www.liquid-batteries.com


    Eni Pilot Explores Wave Energy in the Adriatic (Int'l Report)
    Eni
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Rome-headquartered, state-owned Italian oil and gas major Eni New Energy SpA reports the installation of a unit that can produce energy from sea waves in a pilot program that could be spread to offshore oil platforms being phased out.

    The pilot plant, which was installed about 90 miles south of Venice along the Adriatic Sea, has a "peak power output of 51 kW" and has been integrated into "the world's only hybrid smart grid wave energy system featuring photovoltaics and energy storage," according to a company statement.

    According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM} the U.S. wave energy resource potential along the outer continental shelf stands at 2,640 TWh per year, of which 1,170 TWh/yr are recoverable -- 1 TWh/yr of energy will supply around 93,850 average U.S. homes with power annually. (Source: Eni New Energy SpA, World News, 28 Mar., 2019)Contact: Eni New Energy SpA, +39 06 598 21, +39 06 598 22141 - fax, www.eni.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Wave Energy,  


    Alabama Power Touts Smart Neighborhood Build Prog. (Ind. Report)
    Alabama Power
    Date: 2018-11-12
    Building on the success of its first Smart Neighborhood program, Alabama Power reports it has developed a home building program to partner with home-builders on smart neighborhoods across the state.

    The Smart Neighborhood Builder Program promotes energy efficiency through collaboration with home-builders to build energy-efficient homes that feature advanced energy products and home automation.

    Smart Community Neighborhood homes feature: enhanced energy-efficiency measures and smart home technologies such as voice-activated security, smart locks, lights, cameras and garage door control; Smart homes also will feature: Google Home smart speakers; Nest Learning thermostats; advanced energy-efficient building features such as improved insulation, high-efficiency heat pump and water heater and Energy Star appliances.

    For the project, Alabama Power representatives will serve as technical experts, supporting builders on program standards and energy-efficient technologies.

    Participating homebuilders include Holland Homes, Harris Doyle Homes and Curtis White Companies. (Source: Alabama Power, Smart Grid Observer, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Alabama Power, Greg Barker, Exec. VP Customer Services, www.alabamapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Building,  Alabama Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Florida Future Fund Proposed to Build Climate Change Resiliency (Ind. Report Attached)
    Center for American Progress
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Infrastructure and Communities for a Changing Climate, a new report from the Center for American Progress and the Pinecrest, Florida-based CLEO Institute suggests the creation of a private and public-funded "Florida Future Fund" to support infrastructure upgrades and flood protections that would make communities more resilient to climate change threats.

    The Florida Future Fund would provide low-interest or interest-free loans and loan guarantees to projects, including investments in parks, the urban tree canopy, clean energy, and smart grids. It would also support energy efficiency upgrades, expand local and regional transportation access, upgrade public transportation systems, and more. Successful implementation of such a fund in Florida could provide a blueprint to other states searching for ways to build resilience to climate change.

    Download the Florida Future Fund Report HERE. (Source: Center for American Progress, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Center for American Progress, Tom Caiazza, (202)-481-7141, tcaiazza@americanprogress.org, www.americanprogress.org; CLEO Institute, (305) 284-0908, www.cleoinstitute.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CLEO Institute,  Center for American Progress,  Limate Change,  


    DOE Launches $2Bn Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-08-10
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a USD2 billion loan guarantee program aimed at developing energy resources, products or services on Native American and Alaskan Native lands. It is the first time the DOE loan guarantee program has been extended to projects carried out by Native American and Alaskan Natives on US tribal lands.

    As much as 90 pct of unpaid principal and interest on loans taken out by recognized Native American or Alaskan Native tribes to carry out projects may be guaranteed via the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program. Tribal borrowers need to invest equity in projects and all project debt needs to come from non-federal lenders, according to the DOE Loan Program Office (LPO), which administers the program.

    Tribal Energy loan guarantees may be awarded for fossil fuel, renewable energy or smart grid projects such as solar or wind power farms or battery-based energy storage projects.

    Download TRIBAL ENERGY LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM details HERE. (Source: US DOE, Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Loan,  Funding,  


    New ASHRAE President Focused on Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    ASHRAE
    Date: 2018-07-27
    Speaking in Houston, new ASHRAE -- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers -- president Sheila Hayter announced that the orgaization's theme "Building Our New Energy Future" will focus on the role of buildings in the evolution of smart grids and renewable energy. "ASHRAE will play a key role in accelerating the use of innovative technologies as we move toward greater energy efficiency and healthier buildings,” Hayter noted.

    While serving ASHRAE president, Hayter will continue her role as a group manager with the DOE NREL in Golden, Colorado, as well as chair of ASHRAE's board of directors and executive committee. (Source: ASHRAE, PR, July, 2018) Contact: ASHRAE, (800) 527-4723, www.ashrae.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ASHRAE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Battery Storage VC Funding Hits $539Mn in H1, says Mercom Report (Ind. Report)
    Mercom Capital Group
    Date: 2018-07-25
    Mercom Capital Group LLC consultancy's report on funding, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the battery storage, smart grid and energy efficiency sectors notes that venture capital (VC) funding for battery storage companies grew to $539 million in the first half of 2018, marking a 12 pct year-on-year rise. The data covers the second quarter and first half of 2018.

    According to the report, corporate funding in battery storage came from 34 investors, with the top dealan $80-million Series D financing round of behind-the-meter battery startup Stem Inc. Germany's Sonnen GmbH, raised $71 million in a financing round led by Shell Ventures. Massachusetts-based materials technology company Ionic Materials raised $65 million and Durapower raises $40 million while thermal energy storage provider Ice Energy also raised $40 million.

    The number of battery storage-related M&A transactions in the six months was eight, only one of which was with a disclosed value. This compares to two such deals in the first half of 2017, according to the Mercon report. (Source: Mercom Capital Group Contact: Mercom Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, info@mercomcapital.com, www.mercomcapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercom Capital Group,  Battery,  Energy Storage ,  


    KEPCO, PGCIL Seeking Indian Renewables Opportunities (Int'l)
    KEPCO,Korea Power Electric Corp
    Date: 2018-07-11
    In Seoul, the state-run Korea Power Electric Corp. (KEPCO) reports it has inked a memorandum of cooperation with the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL) for renewable energy projects in India. The two firms agreed to collaborate for development of renewable energy technologies, including energy storage systems (ESS), smart grids and electric vehicle charging systems, to explore ways to jointly participate India's growing energy market.

    The Indian renewable energy sector attracted more than $42 billion in investments over the past four years for clean technologies, including solar, wind and biomass as well as smart grids and ESS, according to Indian government data. PGCIL is an Indian state-owned electric utilities company that transmits about half of the total power generated in the nation on its transmission network. (Source: KEPCO, Yonhap, Korea BizWire, 10 July, 2018) Contact: PGCIL, www.powergridindia.com; KEPCO, www.kepco.co.kr/eng

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Korea Power Electric,  KEPCO,  Renewable Energy,  


    TerniEnergia Closes on Energy Efficiency Projects Sales (Intl, M&A)
    TerniEnergia,Italeaf,Genera SpA
    Date: 2018-01-10
    TerniEnergia, part of the Italeaf Group, reports it has finalized the sale of two Italian energy efficiency projects to Genera SpA, a 51 pct subsidiary of Genera Group Holdings B. V. and 49 pct owned by the IKAV Investments fund, an active investor in the energy efficiency sector.

    The two energy efficiency project include: an LED lighting system of about 3,800 new high performance lighting points that is expected to save more than 1.1 GWh/year on behalf of a cement factory in Sicily. The sale price was €480,000. The second project, an historic building energy efficiency renovation, includes new insulation, windows replacement, installation of an air conditioning system, a new LED lighting system, an access control system and Building Management System (BMS0, sold for &eur;1.7 million.

    TerniEnergia was established in September 2005 as part of Italeaf Group, is the first Italian smart energy company committed to worldwide integrated and sustainable energy solutions. TerniEnergia, also through its subsidiaries -- Softeco Sismat, Selesoft Consulting, Greenled Industry,GreenAsm, Wisave, Ant Energy -- is active in smart grid, renewable energy, energy efficiency, distributed power generation and carbon emissions reduction projects.(Source: ITALEAF SpA, Website PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: ITALEAF, Filippo Calisti CFO , calisti@italeaf.com, www.italeaf.com; TerniEnergia, www.ternienergia.com; Genera SpA, +39 0744 742310 - 0744 1921760, , www.generaspa.it

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TerniEnergia,  LED Light,  Smart Grid,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Windy City Set for $160Mn LED Street-Light Upgrade (Ind. Report)
    Chicago
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Chicago reports it is set to become one of the largest cities in the world to switch 85 pct of its street lights and street lighting infrastructure to energy and cost saving LEDs over the next four years. The plan will see 270,000 high pressure sodium lights switched to significantly more energy efficient and longer lasting LED lights at an estimated to cost $160 million. The project is expected to begin delivering a return on investment within 2 years. The roll out will also include a smart grid that indicates when a light is not working, so that residents no longer have to report faults. (Source: City of Chicago, BusinessGreen, 8 Jan., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light news,  Street Light news,  Energy Efficient Lighting news,  


    GEF Funding EESL's $454Mn Energy Efficiency Programme (Int'l)
    Global Environment Facility, Energy Efficiency Services Limited
    Date: 2017-11-06
    The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is reporting $454 million in funding to India's Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) Creating and Sustaining Markets for Energy Efficiency project. The project funding is comprised of a $20 million grant and co-financing of $434 million in the form of loans and equity, including a $200 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). EESL further proposes to build an `Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund' (EERF) for sustainable funding mechanism of energy efficiency projects in the country.

    The EERF mechanism will support the 'proof of concept' investments for the new technologies of super-efficient ceiling fans, tri-generation technologies and smart grid-applications and ultimately scaling up energy efficiency financing and programme development to help cover initial investment costs of identified energy efficiency programmes like street lighting, domestic lighting, five-star rated ceiling fans and agricultural pumps.

    The GEF project further brings together many technical and financing partners including United Nations Environment (UN Environment), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW). GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global environmental issues. (Source: GEF, domain-b, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services Limited, www.eeslindia.org; Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEF ,  Energy Efficiency Services Limited ,  


    The Clean Growth Strategy -- Leading the way to a Low Carbon Future -- U.K.'s Clean Energy Strategy Attached (Int'l Report)
    Climate Change,Low-Carbon Energy
    Date: 2017-10-18
    In LOndon, the UK government's just-published Clean Energy Strategy which supposedly leads the way to the low-carbon future that the 2008 Climate Change Act calls for, is being widely criticized as the "same old, shop-worn green remedies -- smart meters, smart grids, EVs, hydrogen, bioenergy, carbon capture and storage, etc. -- dressed up as new solutions at an estimated cost of £20 billion over the next few years.

    Down load The Clean Growth Strategy -- Leading the way to a Low Carbon Future HERE. (Source: UK Gov., Seeking Alpha, Various Other Media, 16 Oct., 2017)

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


    Finland, Uttar Pradesh Explore Smart City, Solar Power Projects Partnership (Int'l)
    Clean Energy
    Date: 2017-10-09
    In Lucknow, India, the government of Uttar Pradesh reports it is in talks with a group of 23 Finnish companies regrading the development of renewable energy, biofuel, electric vehicles, smart grid and smart cities technologies and projects. The Uttar Pradesh government is aims to build partnerships to work on smart city and solar energy projects in the state.

    According to Kimmo Tiilikainen, the Finnish Minister for Environment and Energy , Finland's technology can be used for biomass projects, energy saving projects, management and related clean energy projects. (Source: Finnish Minister for Environment and Energy, Twitter, News18 India, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: Finnish Minister for Environment and Energy. www.ym.fi/en-US

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Cities,  Solar,  Clean Energy,  


    STORNETIC Flywheel Energy Storage System Delivered to EDF (Int'l)
    EDF,Stornetic
    Date: 2017-09-13
    Julich, Germany-headquartered flywheel energy storage specialist STORNETIC reports it has delivered its DuraStor® Flywheel Energy Storage system to the EDF Concept Grid site near Paris where it will be used in an advanced smart grid project. The project will assess the DuraStor® flywheel energy storage technology in a modern grid environment and special customer requirements.

    The STORNETIC DuraStor® flywheel is purely mechanical and designed for a very high number of charging cycles. Applications include Grid Services, Micro Grids and Island Grids, Hybrid-Systems (e.g. in combination with thermal power stations or batteries), breaking energy of rail vehicles, wind energy, and others. (Source: Stornetic, PR, Facebook, 12 Sept,. 2017) Contact: STORNETC, +49 24 61 65-7100, info@stornetic.com, www.stornetic.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF,  Stornetic,  Flywheel,  Energy Storage,  


    Battery Storage, Energy Efficiency Companies Raise $1Bn January - June, 2017 (Ind. Report)
    Mercom Capital Group
    Date: 2017-07-26
    The global clean energy communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital Group reports that global battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency companies raised more than $1 billion in venture capital (VC) funding during the January-June period of this year. In the corresponding period of 2016, $ 807 million was raised.

    In January-June 2017, smart grid companies raised $304 million while VC funding into energy efficiency technology companies totaled $242 million in 20 deals. On a quarter on quarter basis, VC funding for battery storage companies jumped to $422 million in 10 deals in April-June this year compared to $58 million in eight deals in January-March 2017. VC funding into energy efficiency technology companies fell significantly to $29 million in Q2 2017 compared to the $213 million in in Q1 2017, the report said. (Source: Mercom Capital Group, PTI, Financial Express, Others, 25 Jan., 2017) Contact: Mercon Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, info@mercomcapital.com, www.mercomcapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercom Capital Group,  Energy Efficiency,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  SmartGrid,  


    NY Passes Energy Storage Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2017-06-26
    In Albany, a bipartisan coalition of Empire State legislators have unanimously passed NY Senate Bill 5190 and Assembly Bill 6571 to establish an Energy Storage Deployment Program for New York State.

    The legislation directs the Public Service Commission to develop an energy storage deployment program and a storage procurement target for 2030. The legislation aims to ensure that energy storage is among the options that New York regulators and utilities use to increase grid resiliency and integrate more renewable and distributed resources into the grid. (Source: Various Media, Smart Grid Observer, 23 June, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    HiVE Touts Renewables Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    HiVE Energy Systems
    Date: 2017-06-19
    In the Aloha State, Maui-based HiVE Energy Systems reports it has developed a fully integrated energy storage system designed to store one full day of energy needs. Combined with a rooftop photovoltaic system, the HiVE system enables customers to eliminate the resident's monthly utility bills.

    HiVE is an integrated, high performance energy storage solution designed from the ground up to work with any conventional solar system. HiVE's adaptive technology can be scaled for a wide range of residential, industrial, smart grid, and military applications, big or small. Partnering with SunBurst Finance and HNU Energy, HiVE's solar-integrated battery/financing leasing package provides solar installation, battery integration and system management and can be tailored to fit existing solar systems, according to a HiVE release. (Source: HiVE Energy System, Pacific Bus. News, 16 June, 2017) Contact: HiVE Energy Systems, http://hiveenergysystems.com

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