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Enerkem Garbage-to-Ethanol Plant Seeking Permits (Ind. Report)
Enerkem,SKB Environmental
Date: 2017-04-12
Further to our March 20th coverage, Montreal-based garbage-to-ethanol developer Enerkem has proposed the establishment of a $200 million facility in Inver Grove Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota. The plant would process all of the County's un-recycled solid waste each year into a gasoline additive.

Enerkem has begun applying for the necessary permits with the state Pollution Control Agency. If approved, he privately financed facility wouldn't be built for at least three years. The plant could help the county meet its goal of recycling 75 percent of its waste by 2030, according to Dakota County. The county presently recycles about half its garbage, but that percentage could reach about 65 pct with additional sorting at the new plant. The proposed plant site is owned by SKB Environmental, a Minnesota waste management company, which would be a partner on the project and supply much of the garbage.

Enerkem operates a similar plant in Edmonton, Alberta, and a demonstration facility in Quebec, and is finalizing the design of a second plant to process 1,100 to 1,500 tpd of garbage, outside Montreal. (Source: Enerkem, Star Tribune, 9 April, 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Tim Cesarek, Sr. VP Bus. Dev., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251,,; SKB Environmental, (651) 224-6329,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SKB Environmental,  Enerkem,  Ethanol,  Waste-to-Ethanol,  

Massive NYC Energy Efficiency Program Underway (Ind. Report)
New York City Housing Authority ,Ameresco
Date: 2017-04-12
In the Big Apple, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is reporting that work is underway on its first ever large-scale Energy Performance Contract (EPC) which will reduce annual utility costs by more than $3.5 million by improving energy and water efficiency.

The $56 million project targets nearly 20,000 apartments at 16 public housing developments in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. These upgrades will benefit more than 45,000 public housing residents and contribute to New York City and NYCHA's sustainability efforts.

NYCHA has 4 EPCs in the works worth approximately $300 million, for upgrades upgrade to 120,000 apartments at up to 130 developments, or 67 pct of the Authority’s building portfolio. The scope of work for this first EPC includes apartment and common area lighting fixture and bulb upgrades, the installation of water-conserving fixtures such as aerators and showerheads, comprehensive heating upgrades and others. (Source: New York City Housing Authority, PR, 6 April, 2017) Contact: NYCHA, (212) 360-3322,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City Housing Authority ,  Energy Efficiency,  Ameresco,  

Honeywell Upgrading Summereside's Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Honeywell Building Solutions
Date: 2017-04-12
The City of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, is reporting a partnership with energy services provider Honeywell, for the city's Energy and Facility Renewal Program. The program, which is cost neutral to the city, will look at areas in city facilities, and the city itself, where it can realize improvements and savings in energy usage.

The first phase of the program involves an assessment of the city's building infrastructure, which includes validating the current conditions as well as occupancy schedules. Systems such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, mechanical equipment, lighting, building automation and air distribution systems, as well as street lighting will be areas of focus.

Summerside's annual energy bill, which includes heat and electicity consumed at all city facilities, costs approximately $1 million a year. (Source: City of Summerside, Journal Pioneer, 7 April, 2017) Contact: City of Summerside, Rob Philpott, CFO, (902) 432-1230,; Honeywell Building Solutions, John Rajchert, Pres., (800) 345-6770,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

ComEd's Energy Efficiency Charge Reductions Approved (Ind. Report)
Illinois Commerce Commission
Date: 2017-04-12
In Chicago, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) reports it has approved the utility Commonwealth Edison's (ComEd) energy efficiency programs under the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). The move could save residential customers more than $2.00 per month over the course of 2017.

FEJA helps to pivot Illinois to the new clean economy by growing renewable energy resources and significantly expanding energy efficiency programs. ComEd will now begin transitioning to a new system of funding efficiency programs. Pending ICC approval, FEJA will increase energy efficiency funding for ComEd from $250 million to $400 million per year by 2030, generating over $4 billion in consumer savings and reducing the CO2 by an amount equivalent to removing 18 million cars from the road. New, expanded energy efficiency programs will begin in January 2018. (Source: Illinois Commerce Commission, ComEd, 7 April, 2017) Contact: ComEd Media , (312) 394-3500,; Illinois Commerce Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ComEd,  Energy Efficiency,  

ENGIE, Axium Ink $1.65Bn Energy Management Contract (Ind. Report)
ENGIE North America, Axium Infrastructure US
Date: 2017-04-12
ENGIE North America Inc. and Axium Infrastructure US are reporting receipt of a 50-year, $1.165 billion concession to address The Ohio State University's (OSU) energy sustainability goals for its 485-building campus in Columbus, Ohio.

Principle elements of the energy management project include:

  • Operation and optimization of OSU's utility system, including Energy Conservation Management Services leveraging the existing system and development of future capital improvement projects to improve the university's energy efficiency by 25 pct within 10 years.
  • Construction of a new Energy Advancement and Innovation Center for energy research and commercialization. The Center would create a living laboratory where faculty, students, alumni, entrepreneurs, industry experts, and ENGIE researchers can collaborate on next-generation technologies and services in smart energy systems, renewable energy, and green mobility. The Center will be ENGIE's first research facility in North America, with connectivity across ENGIE's worldwide research and industry network. (Source: ENGIE, OSU, Axium, PR, April, 2017) Contact: ENGIE Group, Julie Vitek, (713) 636-1962,,; Axium, Anne-Sophie Roy, (514)954-3781,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE,  Axium,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  

  • Renewable Plastic Precursor to Grow Cellulosic Biofuel Industry (New Prod & Tech)
    University of Wisconsin–Madison
    Date: 2017-04-12
    Chemical and biological engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M) report they have found a way to produce from biomass a compound used in plastic production. The researchers estimate the compound could lower the cost of ethanol produced from plant material by more than $2 per gallon.

    The development is the latest in an ongoing effort at UW-M to create commodity chemicals currently derived from petroleum out of biomass. These bio-derived chemicals could serve as high value co-products of the biofuels manufacturing process, improving the economics of the cellulosic bio-refinery.

    In their paper published recently by the journal ChemSusChem, Prof. George Huber and collaborators report a new chemical pathway used to produce 1,5-pentanediol, a plastic precursor primarily used to make polyurethanes and polyester plastics. The group's approach is six-times cheaper than a previously reported method, and represents the first economically viable method of producing 1,5-pentanediol from biomass.

    The discovery also provides fundamental chemistry that could be applicable to a wide cross-section of products such as For instance, the same pathway could be used to produce two other plastic precursors - 1,4 butanediol and 1,6 - hexanediol -- currently derived from petroleum and which together represent an annual market of more than $6 billion.

    In the long term, the team will continue to refine their work, collecting the data needed to scale their process up to pilot plant testing. The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is in charge of licensing the technology. (Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison,, 7 April, 2017) Contact: UW-M, Prof. George Huber, (608) 263-0346,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosics,  Bio-chemical,  University of Wisconsin-Madison,  Cellulosic Biofuel,  

    NC Wind Farm, Military Buffer Space Nixed (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2017-04-12
    In the Tar Heel State, the proposed House Bill 470 -- aka the Responsible Wind Energy Implementation Act -- has been shot down as "regulatory overkill" in the NC House .

    The bill proposed the creation of one of the most restrictive wind farm rules in the country. It would require that wind farms be built at least 30 miles from military installations, eliminating wide swaths of land from potential development. The distance from the nearest property boundary would depend on the height of the blades, but would typically range from 5,000 feet to 6,000 feet, considerably further than the 1,500 feet some counties require for 500-foot-tall turbines. (Source: News & Observer, Others, 6 April, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

    EDF Scuttles Longpark 2 Wind Farm Expansion (Int'l Report)
    EDF Energy Renewables
    Date: 2017-04-12
    In the UK, EDF Energy Renewables reports it is abandoning its planned 7-turbine, 14MW Longpark 2 wind farm in the Scottish Borders and has accordingly withdrawn its Section 36 application.

    The original project, which has been in production since 2009, features 19 Senvion MM82 2MW wind turbines. (Source: EDF Energy Renewables, ReNews, April, 2017) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Tim Wheeler, Onshore Wind Development Manager,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Energy Renewables,  Wind,  

    Its a Wrap! Gamesa, Siemens Wind Power Merger Completed (M&A)
    Siemens Wind Power , Gamesa
    Date: 2017-04-12
    Following on our March 15th report, Siemens is confirming unconditional clearance from the European competition authorities and the conclusion of its wind power business merger with Gamesa.

    Subject to pending closing conditions, Siemens and Gamesa expect to close the merger this month, after the registration of the merged entity in the Vizcaya Companies Register. (Source: Siemens, Gamesa, EL&P, 3 April, 2017)Contact: Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, Thomas Richterich, Onshore Wind CEO, +49 69 797 66 60,; Gamesa Corp.,

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

    India's ReNew Power Planning $600Mn IPO (Int'l. Report)
    ReNew Power
    Date: 2017-04-12
    India's largest clean energy producer ReNew Power is reportedly planning an IPO of shares to raise up to $600 million, sometime within the next 12 months. Goldman Sachs, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Asian Development Bank and Global Environment Fund could offload part of their stakes in the proposed IPO that will primarily offer existing, rather than new shares.

    HSBC, Kotak and Bank of America Merrill Lynch are amongst banks vying for a role in arranging the proposed share sale., according to ReNew Power.

    Since it founding in 2011, ReNew Power has raised $850 million in equity from investors, and may raise an additional $200 million prior to its IPO, either through equity or quasi-equity instruments. (Source: ReNew Power, ET Energy World, 7 April, 2017) Contact: ReNew Power, +91 124 489 6670/80,,

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

    UK Tops G7 Nations for Carbon Emissions Decline (Int'l Report)
    G7,Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
    Date: 2017-04-12
    According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), of the wealthy G7 nations, the UK has been the most successful in growing its economy and at the same time its economy and cutting greenhouse gas emissions over the last quarter century. During that time, the country's per capita economic output has more than doubled and its per-capita carbon dioxide emissions fell by a greater percentage than any of the rest of the group of industrialized nations.

    The average Briton's carbon footprint is now 33 pct less than in 1992 and they are more than 130 pct richer. According to the report, reasons for the shift include the 1990s "dash for gas" power, a switch to a more services-based economy, policies since the Climate Change Act was introduced in 2008, energy efficiency schemes and cutting methane from landfill sites. The report also questions the notion that the UK has simply shifted its emissions overseas, with more products bought from manufacture in countries such as China where the greenhouse gas output is then counted. Government data shows these so-called imported emissions peaked in 2007 before the financial crisis and are now, per person, almost exactly what they were in 1997, the study said. (Source: OECD, BelfastTelegraph, April, 2017) Contact: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  UK Carbon Emissions,  G7,  

    Nevada Legislation Aims to Revive Solar Industry (Reg & Leg)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2017-04-12
    Nevada lawmakers in Carson City are debating a package of bills that would increase the amount of credit toward nighttime and cloudy-day power that residential solar users receive as a feed-in tariffs for their excess rooftop solar energy.

    The legislation is intended to correct changes made in 2015-16 that effectively drove up the cost of residential solar and virtually halted the state's previously booming residential-solar industry and caused Sunrun, SolarCity and many small solar contractors to leave the solar business in Nevada.

    Assembly Bill 270 is among five bills aimed at promoting renewable energies. Other measures would require solar companies to make contracts clearer, allow multiple homes to share solar energy and speed up the state's move to renewables. State law currently directs NV Energy, the state's monopolized utility, and any other providers to generate 20 pct of retail electricity from renewable sources. (Source: Nevada Legislature, CBS Las Vegas, AP, 6 April, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  Nevada Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

    Portuguese Airports ACI Carbon Accreditation Raised (Int'l Report)
    Airport Carbon Accreditation ,Airports Council International
    Date: 2017-04-12
    The Airports Council International (ACI) reports it has upgraded Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport, the Porto Santo Airport, and eight others to the second level 'Reduction' of the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA). All ten airports have taken measures to reduce the corresponding carbon footprint to ensure a cleaner and sustainable environment.

    In 2015, the ANA Airports of Portugal were successful in reducing their carbon emissions by 15 pct compared to the average of the three years from 2012 to 2014. An initiative of the ACI, the ACA programme helps airports across the globe manage their carbon emissions. (Source: Airports Council International,, 10 April, 2017) Contact: Airports Council International,; Airport Carbon Accedidation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  Airports Council International,  Airport Carbon Accreditation ,  

    Gainesville Renewable Energy Center Rejects $675Mn (M&A)
    Gainesville Renewable Energy Center
    Date: 2017-04-12
    Further to our February coverage, the Gainesville (Florida) Renewable Energy Center (GREC) reports it has rejected the Gainesville City Commission's offer purchase the GREC plant for $675 million. The rejection came roughly 12 hours after the city commission decided Thursday to accept a recommendation from the Gainesville Regional Utilities' Utility Advisory Board to draft its own contract and lower the price from $750 million to $675 million.

    The city wants to purchase GREC so that it may exit a $2.1 billion contract with the plant and reduce electric bills for GRU customers by about 10 pct. In an original March 22 MoU, which would allow the city to take the next steps toward a buyout of the contract. (Source: Gainesville Renewable Energy Center,, Independent Florida Alligator, 10 April, 2017) Contact: Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, Jim Gordon, Pres., (386) 315-8010,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gainesville Renewable Energy Center,  

    GE Turbine Supplier for 250 MW Texas Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy ,Lincoln Clean Energy
    Date: 2017-04-10
    GE Renewable Energy reports it has been selected by Lincoln Clean Energy to supply 100 of its 2.5-116 wind turbines, along with a 20-year full service agreement, to the Willow Springs wind project. Lincoln Clean Energy is a portfolio company of I Squared Capital.

    The $330 million Willow Springs project is expected to generate approximately 1 million MWh of renewable energy per year,which is sufficient for 90,000 homes. (Source: GE, CleanTechnica, Various Others, 7 April, 2017) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, President & CEO, Onshore Wind,; : Lincoln Clean Energy, (512) 215-4452,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Lincoln Clean Energy,  

    Malaysia to Fight EU Ban on Palm Oil Biofuels (Int'l)
    Palm Oil,Malaysian Palm Oil Board
    Date: 2017-04-10
    In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian officials and legislators have almost unanimously agreed to lobby against the European Parliament's non-binding motion to ban the use of palm oil for biofuel -- biodiesel -- production. The EU regulators are calling for greater vetting of palm and other vegetable oils used in transportation biofuels to meet the EU's renewable transport targets for post-2020 that subsequently could lead to increased carbon emissions, deforestation and rapid climate change.

    To counter the EU's concerns, the Malaysians are calling for direct meetins with EU parliamentarians and a single Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) scheme to ensure that Europe-bound palm oil and other vegetable oil exports are sustainably produced.

    As previously reported, EU lawmakers have called for a wider discussion of palm oil production and use for biofuels with specific focus on the rapidly expanding palm oil industry's harmful impact on climate mitigation and biodiversity.

    After India and before China, the EU is Malaysia's second-largest export market, accounting for 2,059,207 tons of palm oil products in 2016, one third of which is used for biodiesel. Indonesia and Malaysia account for approximately 85 pct of global oil palm production. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, telesur, 5 April, 2017) Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  European Commission,  

    PacifiCorp Plans Major Wyoming Wind Investments Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-04-10
    In a recent regulatory filing, Portland, Oregon-headquartered PacifiCorp reported it is looking to build or enter power purchase agreements for an additional 1,100 MW of wind energy, mostly in Wyoming, at an expected initial cost of $3.5 billion over the next four years. The utility also plans to build a 140-mile transmission line there to accommodate the new and re-powered resources.

    PacifiCorp also intends to retire over 3,600 MW of coal plants by 2036 -- about 60 pct of its coal fleet -- starting at the end of 2018. It also plans to add another 850 MW of wind energy between 2028 and 2036, plus another 1,040 MW of solar over the same period. The plan is to bring the initial 2,000 MW of wind turbines and supporting transmission into service by the end of 2020 to capture the full value of federal production tax credits. (Source: PacifiCorp, PR, Oregonian, 4 April, 2017) Contact: PacifiCorp, Stefan Bird,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PacifiCorp ,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

    PG&E Touts "Step Up & Power Down" Initiative Success (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Gas and Electric Company
    Date: 2017-04-10
    In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reporting that San Francisco, San Jose Redwood City, San Carlos and Woodland, the five cities participating in the "Step Up & Power Down" program have surpassed their goals for the community initiative encouraging businesses and residents to save energy.

    The 18-month Step Up and Power Down initiative was built on the premise that awareness of energy waste, encouraging energy related behavioral change, and taking steps to save energy through building efficiencies delivers energy and costs savings for offices, hotels, retail stores and food service companies in designated downtown areas.

    In San Francisco, 827 companies participated in the initiative and achieved energy savings of 23.5 gigawatt-hour. In San Jose, 448 companies participated and saved 27.6 gigawatt-hours, which is equivalent to the electricity to power more than 2,800 homes for one year. (Source: PG&E, Business Wire, 6 April, 2017) Contact: PG&E, Vincent Davis, Dir. Energy Efficiency, (415) 973-5930,; Step Up & Power Down program,; City of San Jose, Kerrie Romanow, Director of Environmental Services, (408) 535-8550,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric Company,  Energy Efficiency,  

    ENERGY STAR Partners Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    Energy Efficiency,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2017-04-10
    The U.S. EPA and the U.S. DOE are honoring 143 businesses and organizations in 34 states and the District of Columbia for their commitment to saving energy, saving money, and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.

    In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR and all of its partners saved American families and businesses $34 billion on energy bills while helping states achieve their air quality goals.

    The ENERGY STAR program has 16,000 partners including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. Since 1992, the program and its partners have saved American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills and 4.6 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy, while achieving broad emissions reductions -- including 2.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Editor's NoteThe Trump "circus" has described the ENERGY STAR program as a "lower priority and poorly performing" program and is proposing to slash ENERGY STAR's budget and re-focus it on research that can be commercialized and carried out by the private sector, rather than the government. (Source: ENERGY STAR, EPA, PR, 4 April, 2017) Contact: ENERGY STAR,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Amazon, Plug Power Ink Energy Efficiency Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Amazon,Plug Power
    Date: 2017-04-10
    In a bid to boost its energy efficiency, Amazon Inc. has sealed deal with hydrogen fuel cell specialist Plug Power Inc. to use the latter's fuel cells and hydrogen technology to power its fulfillment centers. In addition, the companies will begin working on technology collaboration opportunities, particularly expanding applications for Plug Power's Progen fuel cell engine line. Revenues tied with the agreement could reach about $70 million in 2017, according to a Plug Power release.

    Meanwhile, Amazon secured warrants to acquire up to 55,286,696 common shares of Plug Power at $1.89 per share, based on the 30-day average closing price of the shares on April 4. Amazon is required to spend an aggregate of $600 million over the life of the deal for its warrants to vest. (Source: Plug Power, PR, Library for Smart Investors, 5 April, 2017) Contact: Amazon, (206) 266-1000,; PlugPower, Andy Marsh, CEO, Teal Vivacqua, Inv. Relations, (518) 782-7700,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  PlugPower,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Consumers Energy Boasts Energy Efficient LED Lighting Campaign (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2017-04-10
    As part of its "Light the Moment with ENERGY STAR -- Buy a Bulb, Give a Bulb" campaign, Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy will distribute up to 150,000 high-efficiency LED bulbs free of charge to Michigan families through area food banks. Last October, the utility donated 75,000 LED bulbs to a previous "Buy a Bulb, Give a Bulb" campaign, according to a Consumers Energy release.

    Michigan homes and businesses have saved more than $1 billion on their energy bills since 2009 through Consumers Energy's energy efficiency programs, according to the release. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 6 April, 2017) Contact: Consumers Energy, Theresa Schmidt, Director Residential Energy Efficiency Operations,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  

    Nalcor Establishing Rate Management Reserve Fund (Ind. Report)
    Nalcor Energy
    Date: 2017-04-10
    In Saint John's, the Newfoundland government has ordered the provincial utility Nalcor to establish a $210 million "Preliminary Rate Management Reserve Fund" to help homeowners and business handle expected power rate hikes resulting from the spiraling costs of the ongoing Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. The offset fund will come into force in 2020-21 then increase to $245 million in 2023.

    Additionally, the provincial budget for 2017 includes $5 million, to be used over three years, for a new Home Energy Savings Program geared toward low-income households. The program will issue grant funding for home energy efficiency upgrades. A separate Home Energy Efficiency Loan Program has $4 million set aside, over the next three years, for low-interest financing covering up to $10,000 on home upgrades for improved energy efficiency. (Source: Nalco, The Telegram, 6 April, 2017)Contact: Nalcor Energy, Stan Marshall, Pres., CEO, (709) 737-1440,,

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

    FEDIOL Counters Proposed EU Biofuels Phaseout (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-04-10
    In a recent position paper, FEDIOL, the European trade group representing the vegetable oil and proteinmeal industry, takes the European Commission (EC) to task for its proposal to increase the EU's dependency on fossil fuels and would eliminate an important market outlet to the agricultural sector.

    The EC's decision to phase out conventional biofuels as of 2020 outlines a reduction path which should bring the share of biofuels such as rapeseed biodiesel down to 3.8 pct by 2030. Further difficulties in the development and availability of advanced feedstocks, linked with a lack of confidence by investors in view of the uncertain policy context, render the target set for advanced biofuels overly ambitious and highly unlikely to be achieved. For these reasons, FEDIOL calls on the European Parliament and EC to maintain the 7 pct cap for conventional biofuels and further invest in advanced low-carbon technologies alongside conventional biofuels, so as to meet an overall minimum 15 pct renewables' target in transport.

    The fact sheet -- An EU Without First Generation Biofuels? -- is available HERE. (Source: Fediol. PR. 6 April, 2017) Contact: FEDIOL, Nathalie Lecocq, Director General: + 32 (2) 771 53 30,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  

    US Biodiesel Prod. Dropped 51Mn Gal. in Jan. 2017 (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2017-04-10
    The US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) recently published monthly biodiesel production report for January, 2017, found that U.S. biodiesel was 51 million gallons lower than in December 2016. US biodiesel production was 93 million gallons in January 2017, while production in December was 144 million gallons. Month on month, January 2017's production was lower than 2016, which hit 105 million gallons.

    January 2015 biodiesel production reached only 73 million gallons, making it the lowest producing month since the start of 2015. December and October 2016 were the joint highest producing months with both peaking at 144 million gallons. (Source: US EIA, Various Media, April, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Energy Information Administration,  Biodiesel ,  

    HECO Plans 100 pct Renewable Energy for Molokai (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric Companies
    Date: 2017-04-10
    In the Aloha State, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) has rolled out a statewide plan that sets a goal of 100 pct renewable energy by 2020 for Molokai. The utility is proposing to add 1.4 MW of rooftop PV solar energy to the island's existing 2.3 MW of rooftop solar panels, as well as 5 MW of wind energy over the next 3 years. The plan also calls for a transition to biofuel for an unspecified amount of the island's 12 MW of energy currently being generated from diesel fuel.

    An average Molokai household currently pays around $250 per month for power. With the proposed switch to 100 pct renewable energy, an average monthly power bill is expected to rise from $250 to peak at $350 per month in 2020.

    Overall, the new goal for Molokai in the near term would add 6.4 MW of renewable energy capacity to the the existing capacity of just over 2 MW, increasing Molokai's total renewable energy to 8.5 MW. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, Molokai Dispatch, 7 April, 2017) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780,,

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

    Notable Quote
    American Petroleum Institute
    Date: 2017-04-10
    "Sixty-eight percent of registered voters are concerned about the government requiring increased amounts of ethanol in gasoline and 74 percent agree that federal regulations could contribute to increased costs at the pump. Consumers have spoken loud and clear. The results of a new national API poll on the ethanol mandate send another strong signal to policymakers that RFS reform is desperately needed.

    "Nearly 85 percent of vehicles on the road today were not designed for higher ethanol blends, such as E15. And many automakers say that using E15 could potentially void new car warranties. Higher ethanol blends threaten engines and fuel systems -- potentially forcing drivers to pay for costly repairs, according to industry testing. And the public remains uneasy about that, with three quarters of respondents expressing concern about breaching the blend wall." -- Frank Macchiarola, Dir., American Petroleum Institute, 7 April, 2017 Contact: American PetroleuInstitute, (202) 682-8114,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Renewable Fuels Standard,  American Petroleum Institute ,  

    Okanagan Wind's Pennask Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Okanagan Wind
    Date: 2017-04-10
    In British Columbia, Canada, Okanagan Wind is reporting that its 10 Sevion 3.2 M114 CCV wind turbine Pennask Project is now operational and generating power for the province's electricity grid.

    The Pennask project, which is located on Crown Land, was developed in colaboration with the Penticton Indian Band, the Westbank First Nation, and the Upper Nicola Band. The wind farm is expected to reduce the province's greenhouse gas emissions by 60,000 tpy. (Source: Okanagan Wind, Various Media, Global News, 7 April, 2017) Contact: Okanagan Wind,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Senvion,  

    Wello Penguin Delivers Wave Power to UK Grid (Int'l)
    Wello,European Marine Energy Centre
    Date: 2017-04-10
    In the UK, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) reports the launch and successful operation of Wello's "Penguin" wave energy converter off the west coast of Orkney, Scotland. The Penguin is delivering power to the national grid.

    The Penguin was installed at the EMEC grid-connected wave test site at Billia Croo at the beginning of March by Orkney-based Green Marine. This is the first of three Penguin wave energy converters to be installed over the next three years as part of the CEFOW (Clean Energy from Ocean Waves) project which is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program. The CEFOW consortium spans the full value chain including research organizations, wave converter technology developers, marine service providers and a large multi-national utility company. (Source: European Marine Energy Centre, Wello Ltd., April 7, 2017) Contact: European Marine Energy Centre, +44 185685 2020,; Wello Ltd., +358 9 888 4881,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Ocean Power,  Wave Energy,  

    KPN Joins SBTi Project to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-04-10
    Netherlands-headquartered telecom provider KPN International reports it has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), an initiative to help international companies develop science-based methods to contribute to the reduction in CO2 emissions.

    KPN operates as a 'climate-neutral' company using renewable energy sources and offsetting its use of fossil fuels. It also works on ways to reduce energy in its operations, encourage employees to use public transport, and recycle or sell old network equipment and buildings. In addition, the Dutch operator works on reducing emissions from use of its products and services by customers; these are targeted to fall by 20 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2040, compared to 2014 levels.

    The SBTi initiative counts over 40 members, including companies such as Eneco, Walmart, Sony and Nestle, and more than 180 have said they will work on setting SBTi targets. (Source: KPN, elecompaper, 6 April, 2017) Contact: Science Based Targets initiative ,,' KPN, +31 10 428 9571,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions,  Climate Change,  

    Major ADM Carbon Capture and Storage Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland, Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium
    Date: 2017-04-10
    Archer Daniels Midland Company is reporting that the Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) project, a partnership to permanently store more than 1 million tpy of CO2, has begun operations.

    ICCS is designed to demonstrate the commercial-scale applicability of CCS technology in a saline reservoir. The project is currently permitted to operate for five years and has the potential to store up to 5.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.

    The U.S. DOE supported project captures CO2 created as a byproduct at ADM's Decatur corn processing facility, and stores it safely almost 1.5 miles underground. This is ADM's second CCS project. Previously, the company removed and stored approximately a million tons of carbon over three years as part of the smaller-scale Illinois Basin -- Decatur Project, led by the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium at the University of Illinois.

    The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium is one of seven national research partnerships working to find a balance between our growing energy needs and rising climate concerns by capturing carbon dioxide created in energy production and industrial processes and storing it safely underground in natural geological formations. The MGSC is funded by the U.S. DOE through the National Energy Technology Laboratory via the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Program and by a cost share agreement with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Coal Development, through the Illinois Clean Coal Institute. (Source: ADM, PR, April 7, 2017) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.coms; Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland,  CCS ,  

    Total Inks Technology Centre Mongstad CCS Agreement (Int'l)
    Technology Centre Mongstad,Statoil
    Date: 2017-04-10
    Multinational oil and gas major Total reports the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Minister under which it will join the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), one of the world's largest facilities for testing carbon capture and storage (CCS). TCM has a carbon storage capacity of 100,000 tpy and has enabled companies to facilitate international CCS projects.

    The MoU agreement will extend test operations scheduled for completion this coming August through to 2020. Both Shell and Statoil will be involved in these tests as partners to TCM.

    TCM, which was established in 2012, has developed partnerships with the US Department of Energy. The facility will continue to test new technologies and will assist Statoil's feasibility studies for CCS at three locations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. (Source: Total,, 7 April, 2017) Contact: Technology Centre Mongstad, +47 56 34 52 20,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Technology Centre Mongstad,  Statoil,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  

    Ontario Teachers Pension Fund Urged to Unload High-Carbon Fuel Holdings (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
    Date: 2017-04-10
    In Canada's largest province, a group of Ontario teachers with climate change and other environmental concerns have reportedly called on their &175 billion pension fund to sell its investments in oil and gas companies, including a $65 million stake in oil-sands extractor Suncor, and totally divest itself from the high-carbon fossil fuels sector.

    The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan's fossil fuels holdings include $30 million in Exxon shares, $4.8 million in Kinder Morgan and a share of royalties for oilsands extractor Cenovus, which the fund acquired for $3.3 billion in 2015.

    Although Ontario teachers do not vote directly for the fund's investments, which are overseen by a board appointed by the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF) and the provincial government, they can put pressure on the fund through motions at the OTF and by directly questioning the fund's executives. (Source: Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, National Observer, Others, April 7, 2017) Contact: Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Ron Mock, CEO, (416) 226-2700,,

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

    The Anderson's Albion Ethanol Plant Wins DOT Support (Funding)
    The Andersons Inc., Albion Ethanol
    Date: 2017-04-10
    The Michigan DOT reports it has granted $100,000 for road upgrades in support of The Anderson's Group's $100 million expansion of its Albion Ethanol LLC facility in Sheridan Township, Michigan.

    The Anderson's Group Inc., headquartered in Maumee, Ohio, reported in December 2015 it would increase the facility's ethanol production capacity to 136 million gpy. The plant is managed and operated by The Anderson's and is co-owned by Marathon Petroleum Corp. (Source: The Anderson's Inc., Battle Creek Enquirer , 6 April, 2017) Contact: Anderson's Albion Ethanol, (517) 630-0164,; The Anderson's Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Andersons,  Albion Ethanol ,  

    Court Upholds California Cap-and-Trade Program (Reg & Leg)
    California ARB,California Chamber of Commerce
    Date: 2017-04-10
    California's controversial cap-and-trade program, a cornerstone of the state's battle against climate change, has been upheld by a state appeals court. Two judges on the appeals court panel sided with state officials who argued that the program, which requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, The California Chamber of Commerce's (CCC) 4 year old legal challenge to, and contention that, California's cap and trade system functioned as an unconstitutional and illegal tax and hindrance to business has been dismissed by a three member state court of appeals in Sacramento. The court ruled that the state's Cap-and-Trade system was within the state's authority to regulate. The decision could, however, be appealed to the California Supreme Court. (Source: CCC, LA Times, Various Other Media, 6 April, 2017)Contact: California Chamber of Commerce,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  California Cap-and-Trade,  Cap-and-Trade,  

    Mitsubishi, Kansai Electric Tout Woody Biomass JV (Int'l)
    Mitsubishi Corporation Power Systems,Kansai Electric Power
    Date: 2017-04-10
    Mitsubishi Corporation Power Systems Inc. (MCP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), reports it has joined with The Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc. (KEPCO) to promote and develop a biomass power generation business in Japan.

    The new Aioi Bioenergy Corp. will have an initial capital of ¥450 million , 40 pct of which will be invested by MCP. The project is aiming to facilitate the conversion of fuel used at the second unit of KEPCO's Aioi Power Station in Hyogo Prefecture (capacity 375 MW) from its current heavy oil or crude oil sources to woody biomass. MCP presently operates some 73 MW of power generated from solar projects and is developing and constructing wind and geothermal power generation projects across Japan. (Source: Mistsubishi, World Coal, 6 April, 2017) Contact: Kansai Electric Power,; Mitsubishi Corporation Power Systems,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Mitsubishi,  Biomass,  Kansai Electric Power ,  

    juwi Commissions South African Industrial Solar Installation (Int'l)
    juwi Renewable Energies
    Date: 2017-04-10
    In South Africa, German developer juwi Renewable Energies is reporting the commissioning of a 1 MW, rooftop solar system at the Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria. The project, which was designed and installed by juwi's subsidiary in Cape Town, is juwi's second large solar farm for the real estate company Growthpoint. The Brooklyn Mall installation utilizes 9,600 module 115 W, Version 4, First Solar thin-film modules. The project's Commercial Operation Date (COD) is slated for mid April.(Source: juwi Renewable Energies, PR, April 5, 2017)Contact: juwi Renewable Energies, +27 21831 6100,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News juwi Renewable Energies ,  Rooftop Solar,  Solar,  

    Suniva Announces Solar Plant Layoffs (Ind. Report)
    Suniva Inc,Shunfeng
    Date: 2017-04-10
    Norcross, Georgia-based monocrystalline silicon solar cell maker Suniva, Inc. is reporting the layoff of nearly 60 employees at its Saginaw, Michigan production facility, according to a WARN notice filed with the Michigan Workforce Development Agency at the end of March. In the filing, the company acknowledged that additional further job cuts are possible.

    In a press release Suniva said it was also laying off workers in Norcross, Georgia, due to the expanding global overcapacity, particularly in Asia, and the surge in low-priced imports. The company's majority shareholder is China's Shunfeng International Clean Energy Ltd . (Source: Suniva, April 7, 2017)Contact: Suniva, Matt Card, VP Sales & Marketing, (404) 477-2700,; Shunfeng International Clean Energy, Eric Luo, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Suniva Inc,  Solar,  Shunfeng,  

    Study Links Wealth and Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2017-04-07
    Income Inequality and Carbon Emissions in the United States: A State-Level Analysis, 1997-2012, a new Boston College study has found that U.S., state-level carbon emissions are higher in states with concentrations of wealth. The study found that state-level emissions between 1997 and 2012 were positively associated with the income share of the top 10 pct of a state's population.

    Using the 2012 state data for carbon emissions, the study found a 1 pct increase in the income share of the top 10 pct of a state's population resulted in additional annual carbon emissions, led by: Texas -- 812,325 to 934,174 metric tons, followed by California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, New York and Michigan -- 184,835 to 212,560 metric tons, in that order.

    In addition to income, the analysis considered population size, per capita gross domestic product, urbanization, manufacturing as a percentage of state GDP, fossil fuels production, and the level of state's commitments to environmental regulation in their conclusions. (Source: Ecological Economics, Boston College, 1 April, 2017) Contact: Boston College, Prof. Andrew Jorgenson, (617) 552-1293,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

    SUSI Energy Storage Fund Seeking Institutional Investors (Int'l)
    SUSI Partners
    Date: 2017-04-07
    In Zurich, investment management firm SUSI Partners is reporting its SUSI Energy Storage Fund has received €66 million ($70,4 million) in in funds from insurance companies, pension funds and other institutional investors. The fund is targeting €250 million in total and is already €14 million into its next round. Its investments will include micro-grids as well as assets providing load leveling and ancillary services to grids; in other words the fund is interested in both standalone non-grid connected projects as well as those that sit alongside existing infrastructure in the developed world.

    In October, 2016, the fund invested in 2 storage projects and participated in financing 12MW of energy storage in Ontario, Canada -- a 5MW flywheel-based project and a 7MW lithium-ion battery system. Both of those projects are being executed by US developer Convergent Energy and Power.(Source: SUSI Energy Storage Fund, Energy Storage, SUSI Partners, 4 April, 2017) Contact: SUSI Partners, SUSI Energy Storage Fund, Dr. Tobias Reichmuth, CEO, +41 41 500 01 75,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  ,  

    Greensmith Upgrades 14MWh AEP Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Greensmith Energy
    Date: 2017-04-07
    Herndon, Virginia-headquartered energy storage software specialist Greensmith Energy is reporting the installation of its GEMS software platform at an existing American Electric Power (AEP) energy storage site, enabling it to offer new services including qualifying for the PJM frequency regulation market.

    Greensmith's software upgrade enhanced the safety and reliability of AEP's sodium sulphur battery energy storage system which had been used as a backup system for AEP's distribution network in the region. The upgrade also enabled the 2MW / 14MWh West Virginia system to pass PJM's qualification tests with a high performance score on par with lithium-ion battery systems purpose-built for frequency regulation applications. In August, 2016, AEP, one of the country's largest electric utilities, made a strategic investment in Greensmith. (Source: Greensmith, Bus.Wire, AEP, 4 April, 2017) Contact: Greensmith Energy, John Jung, President and CEO, Mallory Sass, Marketing, (408) 966-5950,,; AEP, Ram Sastry, Vice President, Infrastructure and Business Continuity, , (800) 672-2231,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greensmith Energy,  Energy Storage,  American Electric Power,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  

    Rocky Mtn. Plans $3.5Bn Wind Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2017-04-07
    In its new 20-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), Rocky Mountain Power (RPI) reports it will invest approximately $3.5 billion on wind energy and energy transmission projects in Wyoming and the surrounding regional service area.

    The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a comprehensive decision support tool and road map for meeting the company's objective of providing reliable and least-cost electric service to all of our customers while addressing the substantial risks and uncertainties inherent in the electric utility business. The IRP is developed with considerable public involvement from state utility commission staff, state agencies, customer and industry advocacy groups, project developers, and other stakeholders. The key elements of the IRP include: a finding of resource need, focusing on the first 10 years of a 20-year planning period; the preferred portfolio of supply-side and demand-side resources to meet this need; and an action plan that identifies the steps we will take during the next two to four years to implement the plan.

    Access the Rocky Mountain Power Integrated Resource Plan details HERE. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Wyoming Business Report, 4 April, 2017)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

    ITM Power Seals £3.5Mn 3MW Electrolyser System Deal (Ind. Report)
    ITM Power
    Date: 2017-04-07
    London-headquartered energy storage specialist ITM Power reports its has inked a £3.50 million contract for the deployment of 3MW of electrolysis with associated hydrogen energy equipment, in the UK. Details of the transaction have not been released.

    ITM Power manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions that meet the requirements for grid balancing and energy storage services, and for the production of clean fuel for transport, renewable heat and chemicals.

    The Company presently has £21.79 million of revenue under contract and a total pipeline of £24.65 million, according to a company release. (Source: ITM Power, PR, 3 April, 2017) Contact: ITM Power, +44 (0) 114 244 5111, Geoff Budd, NA Office, (604) 620-8525,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ITM Power,  Energy Storage,  Electrolyser,  

    Port of Oakland HQ Among Top ENERGY STAR Recipients (Ind. Report)
    Port of Oakland,US DOE ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2017-04-07
    In the Golden State, the Port of Oakland headquarters building has received its eleventh consecutive EUS DOE ENERGGY STAR certification for energy efficiency. The Port headquarters is one of only 70 buildings in the State of California to score ENERGY STAR certification and is ranked in the top 19 pct of EPA benchmarked facilities nationwide.

    According to the EPA, on average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings use 35 pct less energy and cause 35 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings. (Source: US DOE ENERGY STAR, Port of Oakland, Port News, April, 2017) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR,; Port of OPakland, (510) 627-1100,

    Editor's Note: Is this the Port of Oakland's Last ENERGY STAR?

    As reported on March 23rd, President Donald Trump's budget blueprint, which serves as a framework for his official budget request to be released in May, calls for many alarming budgetary cutbacks, including the virtual elimination of the EPA's ENERGY STAR program as well as cuts in funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

    The Trump presidential "circus" described the ENERGY STAR program as a "lower priority and poorly performing" program. As for the EERE, the new administration would not eliminate funding entirely, but instead "focuses" the agency on research that can be commercialized and properly carried out by private commercial enterprises, not the government.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  

    UK Carbon-Neutral Lab Scores BREEAM, LEED Certifications (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-04-07
    In the UK, Nottingham University's GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry has been awarded BREEAM Outstanding and LEED platinum certifications for green buildings. The laboratory was constructed from natural materials by infrastructure services firm AECOM, which delivered the project's BREAAM and LEED services, including a carbon-neutral lab powered by solar energy and biofuel. The infrastructure firm also provided mechanical and electrical engineering, ensuring excess heat generated is used by adjacent buildings on the campus.

    The building was designed for minimal energy consumption and incorporates natural ventilation, wind catchers, a "green" roof, a water leak detection system and sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) to deliver energy and water reductions. (Source: ProudGreenBuilding, 5 April, 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,; AECOM, Matthew Butler, Associate Dir of building Engineering,; BREEAM America, Barry Giles,CEO, Niall Trafford, COO,

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

    Aircuity Airside Efficiency Platform Included in NRC Saskatoon Lab (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-04-07
    Newton, Mass.-based Aircuity, maker of smart automated airside solutions, reports that its airside efficiency platform has been included in a major retrofit of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) building in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Aircuity's smart platform saves energy, gives building users access to intelligent data about their spaces, and enables a healthier environment for occupants. The system also improves cognitive function and productivity, reduces environmental health and safety risks and promotes sustainability initiatives as part of a smart building strategy, according to Aircuity. (Source: Aircuity, PR Web, 5 April, 2017) Contact: Aircuity, Dan Diehl, CEO, (866) 602-0700,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aircuity,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

    Iron Mountain's Pa. Data Centers 100 pct Wind Powered (Ind. Report)
    Iron Mountain Incorporated,NJR Clean Energy Ventures
    Date: 2017-04-07
    Global data storage and information management specialist Iron Mountain Incorporated reports it has inked a new 15-year ppa with NJR Clean Energy Ventures . Under the terms of the ppa, Iron Mountain will purchase 100 pct of the electric power requirements of its three Pennsylvania data centers from NJR's 14-turbine, 39.9 MW Ringer Hill Wind Farm in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

    In October, 2016, Iron Mountain signed a PPA to secure enough renewable energy to power 30 pct of its US operations with electricity purchased from the Amazon Wind Farm Texas. (Source: Iron Mountain, ClenTechnica, 5 April, 2017) Contact: Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain Data Centers, Mark Kidd, VP,; NJR Clean Energy Ventures, Joanne Fairechio, (732) 378-4967,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Wind,  NJR Clean Energy Ventures,  

    California, Scotland Ink Climate Change Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding (Ind. Report)
    Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding
    Date: 2017-04-07
    According to a Government of Scotland release, both California and Scotland have set climate and clean energy goals to cut greenhouse gases 80 pct by 2050 and both have signed off on an Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding (Under2MOU). Both jurisdictions recognize there are significant economic benefits in jobs, investment, clean energy and the low carbon economy from taking swift action to combat climate change. To that end, the two governments seek to capitalize on the huge potential of the Under2MOU,and have committed to decisive climate action covering the more t one billion people and over a third of the global economy to which both jurisdictions are signatories.

    In the coming years, there will be crucial opportunities for the Governments of California and Scotland to influence higher global ambition on climate change, and to work together to support climate action through the following opportunities set out in the Under2MOU:

  • Scotland and California will support the efforts of other state, regional, and city signatories to the Under2MOU to share ideas and best practices on how we have reduced greenhouse gases and expanded renewable energy development, including by providing expert staff support to other jurisdictions and to leading working groups within the Under2MOU Coalition on these and related topics;

  • Through the Under2MOU Scotland and California will also share information and best practices with other signatories on how we have undertaken long-term, deep de-carbonization planning;

  • Scotland and California will work individually and together to raise international attention to the actions and ambitious reduction goals of climate leaders at a sub-national level around the globe, including at key upcoming international climate and energy conferences and summits, in the lead-up to 2018 and beyond. (Source: Gov. of Scotland, PR, 3 April, 2017) Contact: Gov, of Scotland, Central Enquiry Unit, +44 131 244 4000,; Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

  • Scotland Sets Wind Power Record in March (Int'l. Report)
    WWF Scotland,WeatherEnergy
    Date: 2017-04-07
    New Wind power data provided by WeatherEnergy indicates that this past March, wind turbines in Scotland generated 1,240,095 MWh of electricity to the National Grid -- sufficient power for 136 pct of Scottish households for the month. This represents 81 pct increase over the same month a year ago, and new record for the month of March.

    When looked at from the overall electricity consumption in Scotland for the month of March, wind power generated the equivalent of 58 pct of the country's entire electricity needs, including homes, business, and industry. However, on Friday the 17th and Sunday the 19th of March, Scotland's wind energy fleet generated output equivalent to more than Scotland’s total power needs for each entire day -- 102 pct and 130 pct equivalent respectively. (Source: WeatherEnergy, CleanTechnica, Others, 4 April, 2017) Contact: WeatherEnergy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Scotland Wind,  WeatherEnergy ,  

    SkyFire to Install Banff's Fenland Center Solar System (Ind. Report)
    Town of Banff,SkyFire Energy
    Date: 2017-04-07
    In the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Town of Banff, Alberta, reports it will install a 950 module, 280-kilowatt rooftop solar pv system at the Fenlands Recreation Centre -- the largest solar PV system in the Bow Valley.

    The $488,932 installation will be partially funded by the Town of Banff and federal and provincial grants.

    Calgary-based Skyfire Energy has contracted for the installation which is expected to be online in June. In 2015, Banff became the first community in Canada to initiate an incentive program that encouraged property owners to install solar photovoltaic systems. (Source: Town of Banff, Crag and Canyon, 4 April, 2017) Contact: Town of Banff, Shannon Ripley, Environmental Services Manager, (403) 762-1200,; SkyFire Energy, (403) 251-0668,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    Upsolar Offering Floating PV Tech in Europe (Int'l Report)
    Upsolar System Italia
    Date: 2017-04-07
    Photovoltaic (PV) modules maker Upsolar is reporting that having deployed a large floating solar array at a test-bed in Singapore in 2016, its technology is now being oppered to European customers through Upsolar System Italia Srl.

    Upsolar's system installations, which utilizes Upsolar modules mounted on galvanized steel assemblies atop high-density polyethylene floats, are gaining market share because of the higher panel efficiency and lower costs of land use, according to the company. (Source: Upsolar System Italia, RenewableNow, 5 April, 2017)Contact: Upsolar System Italia, +39 0 422 185 2222,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Upsolar,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  

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