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Paris Climate Accord Cash for Developing Countries Largely Outstanding (Int'l)
UNFCCC
Date: 2018-05-16
Paris Climate Accord and other international observer organizations are urging rich countries to stop holding back their climate change financial support to developing countries, after the recently concluded UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting on the Paris Agreement Work Program held between 30 April to 10 May, in Bonn, Germany.

The funding is necessary for countries to develop, asses and improve national plans under the Paris Agreement. Without the timely funding, developing countries under the Paris Agreement will suffer the consequences of climate change induced disasters.

UN climate change talks are slated to resume in Bangkok September 3-8, 2018. (Source: Matangi Tonga Online, May, 2018) Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  UNFCCC,  


CPower Energy Wins East Anglia One Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l)
CPower Energy,ScottishPower Renewables
Date: 2018-05-16
In the UK, Colchester-based wind service and resources specialist CPower Energy reports it has secured a preferred supplier contract to supply commissioning engineers during the construction phase of Belfast-based ScottishPower Renewables' East Anglia One, one of the world's largest offshore wind farm projects.

As well as commissioning managers and engineers, CPower Energy is approved to supply engineers for the offshore and onshore substations, wind turbine generators, logistics and supervisory control and data acquisition for the project.

When fully operational in 2020, East Anglia One will supply sufficient power for as many as 600,000 British homes. CPower Energy personnel are expected to start construction work on the project in the next few weeks. (Source: CPower Energy, PR, Insider Media, May, 2018) Contact: CPower Energy, Peter Jorgensen, Managing Dir., +44 (0) 7920854394, info@cpower-energy.com, www.cpower-energy.com; ScottishPower Renewables, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CPower Energy,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market Research Report 2018 -- Market Insights Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-05-16
Market Insights new Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market Research Report 2018 provides a comprehensive analysis of the emerging point of care tests market segments, including their dynamics, size, growth, regulatory requirements, technological trends, competitive landscape, and emerging opportunities for instrument and consumable suppliers. This report also provides market landscape and market share information in the Cellulosic Ethanol market. The report brings together major merger & acquisition, distribution agreement, licensing deals and collaboration deals information in point of care testing market. The report also entails major drivers and challenges of Cellulosic Ethanol market.

The report also examines the technologies, markets and factors influencing the markets for Cellulosic Ethanol. Markets are forecast based on historical activity and current opportunities, technical advances and challenges. The research includes historic data from 2013 to 2017 and forecasts until 2025.

Access Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market Research Report 2018 details HERE. (Source: MarketInsights Reports, May, 2018) Contact: MarketInsightsReports , (704) 266-3234, sales@marketinsightsreports.com, www.marketinsightsreports.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


Piraeus Port Authority Working to Cut Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
Sustainable Ports in the Adriatic-Ionian Region
Date: 2018-05-16
In Greece, the Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) reports it is taking measures to reduce its carbon footprint by effectively reducing its emissions.

The PPA is a partner in the ongoing Sustainable Ports in the Adriatic-Ionian Region (SUPAIR) which aims to slash emissions from shipping and onshore port operations through the creation of a transnational network of port authorities working together to develop action plans and commit to actions that will lead to low-carbon and multimodal transport and mobility solutions. (Source: Piraeus Port Authority,PR, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: Piraeus Port Authority, +30 210 4550000, www.olp.gr

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


National Grid Issues $1Mn Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
National Grid,Rochdale Village
Date: 2018-05-16
National Grid reports it will provide more than $1 million in energy efficiency rebates to the owners of the world's largest housing cooperative, Rochdale Village in Jamaica Queens, New York.

The 120-acre housing co-op includes 20 apartment buildings, a daycare center, three schools, a public library, a business district, two shopping mall and a power plant, saves about 1.3 million therms annually as a result of energy efficiency measures. The co-op is on pace to meet the Big Apple's Carbon Challenge to reduce building emissions by 30 pct by 2025.

Rochdale Village recently completed several energy efficient improvements including, installation of low-flow shower heads in apartments, new roof installations on over 20 structures, and a campus-wide conversion to LED lighting. (Source: National Grid, Energy Insider, 15 May, 2018) Contact: National Grid, Louis Rizzo, Energy Programs Operations, www.nationalgridus.com/NY-Home/Contact-Us; Rochdale Village, www.rochdalevillage.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  Rochdale Village,  


NYCEEC Co-CEO to Advance Energy Efficiency Financing (Ind. Report)
New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation
Date: 2018-05-16
The New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC) announced expanded senior leadership today to accelerate its growth and to deliver on its mission to advance energy efficiency and clean energy financing solutions. Board member Curtis Probst has joined Susan Leeds as co-CEO.

The new leadership team will focus on growing NYCEEC's lending platform and new initiatives to build energy efficiency and clean energy financing markets for commercial and multifamily buildings. On the horizon are the launch of C-PACE in New York City, the strategic expansion of NYCEEC's loan originations to an eight-state region including New York State, and continued innovation in support of critical initiatives such as net-zero affordable housing renovations through RetrofitNY.

NYCEEC is a non-profit finance company that provides loans and financing solutions for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. NYCEEC has financed over $135 million of energy efficiency and clean energy projects across hundreds of buildings and nearly 5,000 affordable housing units. (Source: NYCEEC, PR, PRNewswire, 15 May, 2018) Contact: NYCEEC, Susan Leeds, CEO, Posie Constable, Director of Business Development, Posie Constable, Head of Business Development, (646) 797-4630, pconstable@nyceec.com, www.nyceec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation,  Energy Efficiency ,  


Indian Cabinet Expands National Biofuel Policy (Int'l)
India Biofuel
Date: 2018-05-16
A meeting of the Indian Government Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved a new National Policy on Biofuels . The new policy categorises biofuels as First Generation (1G), which produce bio-ethanol from molasses and bio-diesel from non-edible oilseeds, and Second Generation (2G) ethanol which can be produced from municipal solid waste and Third Generation (3G) fuels like bio-CNG. Till now only 1G ethanol produced from sugarcane was permitted to be mixed in petrol.

The newly approved Policy expands the scope of raw material for ethanol production by allowing use of sugarcane juice, sugar containing materials like sugar beet, sweet sorghum, starch containing materials like corn, cassava, damaged food grains like wheat and broken rice, and rotten potatoes. It also permits use of surplus food grains for production of ethanol for blending with petrol with the approval of National Biofuel Coordination Committee. The policy also encourages setting up of supply chain mechanisms for biodiesel production from non-edible oilseeds, used cooking oil and short gestation crops.

Download the full National Policy on Biofuels HERE. (Source: Press Trust of India, 18 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


Trichy Corp. Studying MSU Biogas Plant Options (Int'l Report)
Trichy Corp
Date: 2018-05-14
In India, the municipal Trichy Corporation is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) for a detailed project feasibility report for the construction of a 100 tpd compressed biogas bottling plant. The plant would use organic municipal solid waste (MSW) to produce compressed natural gas (CNG) that could be used as alternate fuel for transportation of cooking purposes.

If constructed, the facility could produce 4,143.75 kg of methane gas and as many as 300 CNG cylinders per day. (Source: Trichy Corporation, Times of India, 14 May, 2018) www.trichycorporation.gov.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW,  Municipal Solid Waste,  Biogas,  CNG,  


EC Seeks Heavy-Truck Carbon Emissions Cuts (Int'l Report)
European Commission
Date: 2018-05-14
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) will reportedly vote this week on a plan to cut heavy-duty trucks' carbon dioxide emissions by 15 pct by 2025 and 30 pct by 2030. The proposals will offer incentives to encourage truckmakers to manufacture zero-emission vehicles but will not include mandatory production targets. The goals can be reassessed in 2022 in light of progress and technological developments. The European Parliament and national governments will need to approve the new rules, which are in line with an EC proposal for passenger vehicles made in November.

If the heave-duty truck proposals are approved it will be the first time the EU has set binding limits for heavy-duty vehicles' carbon dioxide emissions. Europe approved CO2 limits for passenger vehicles in 2009 and light commercial vehicles in 2011, which came into force in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

Trucks comprise about 5 pct of the vehicles on EU roads but generate nearly 25 pct of emissions, making them an important target of the 28-member trading bloc's carbon reduction efforts. (Source: Financial Times, 12 May, 2018) The EU committed in the Paris climate accord to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030. (Source: EC, Financial Post, Various Media, May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Transportation Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  


Buildings Could Account for 20 pct of NZ's Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
New Zealand Green Building Council
Date: 2018-05-14
A report from the sustainability consultants thinkstep for the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) notes that buildings could be the source of 20 pct of New Zealand's carbon pollution, which contributes "significantly" to climate change.

According to the report, previous estimates, including a recent report by the Productivity Commission, suggested that buildings were responsible for roughly 5 pct of emissions or less. The new report, however, found buildings could amount to 20 pct of New Zealand's carbon footprint when considering their lifetime "embodied" emissions.

The thinkstep report arrived at the larger figure for the climate emissions of buildings than previous studies using a methodology that allocated emissions to a sector at the point of consumption, rather than production, and because it considers the entire life cycle of buildings, including the extraction of raw materials, material production, the electricity and energy use of the building, and the treatment of construction waste. (Source: New Zealand Green Building Council, NZ Herald, 14 May, 2018) Contact: thinkstep, New Zealand Green Building Council, +64 9 379 3996, www.nzgbc.org.nz; thinkstep, Jeff Vickers, +49 711 34 18 17 0, www.thinkstep.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Zealand Green Building Council,  Green Building,  Carbon Emissions,  


Enova Completes Mall of the Emirates Solar Installation (Int'l)
Enova
Date: 2018-05-14
In Dubai, UAE commercial developer Majid Al Futtaim is reporting the commissioning of phase one of the Mall of the Emirates' solar photovoltaic (PV) plant. The facility incorporates 7,291 pv panels fitted to 1,068 carports and has a generation capacity of 3 GWh. Renewable energy and project manager Enova by Veolia oversaw the installation.

The project is part of Majid Al Futtaim's Shopping Malls business unit plan to install solar PV to power three of its shopping malls by 2018. The objective is to source a minimum of 7.5 pct of energy use on site via renewable energy at all new developments and a minimum of 5 pct in existing buildings. (Source: ME Construction News, 13 May, 2018) Contact: Enova by Veolia, Anne Le Guennec, CEO, +971 (0) 420 38111, www.enova-me.com; Majid Al Futtaim, www.majidalfuttaim.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enova,  Solar,  PV,  


Landfill Energy Expert to Lead Fortistar RNG Development Strategy (Ind. Report)
Fortistar, LLC
Date: 2018-05-14
In the Empire State, White Plains-based Fortistar, LLC, a sustainability-focused private company helping to facilitate the transition to a zero-carbon economy, is reporting David Unger, former Director of Renewable Energy at Waste Management, has joined Fortistar as the Senior VP responsible for developing renewable natural gas (RNG) projects.

RNG is carbon-neutral and chemically identical to geological natural gas, and can be used as a transportation fuel in natural gas vehicles and trucks.

Fortistar is an opportunity-oriented, private investment and energy asset management firm focused on lower carbon energy operations, financing and development. Fortistar owns and operates lower carbon energy generating companies in the US and Canada that support the transition to a low carbon economy. These companies include cogeneration facilities; waste-heat recovery power plants; compressed natural gas fueling stations; landfill power plants; projects that reduce carbon in industrial facilities, and biomass facilities. Our portfolio of associated companies includes Generational Power, TruStar Energy, Primary Energy, Fortistar Methane Group, Fortistar Biomass Group, Carbonfree Chemicals, accoreding to Fortistar. (Source: Fortistar, PR, Citzens Tribune, 14 May, 2018) Contact: Fortistar, Mark Comora, Pres., (914) 421-4900, info@fortistar.com, www.fortistar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortistar,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


Power Ledger Partners in Aussie Smart City Initiative (Int'l)
Power Ledger
Date: 2018-05-14
In the Land Down Under, peer-to-peer renewable energy marketplace provider Power Ledger is inviting the residents of Fremantle, Western Australia to become part of the RENeW Nexus Smart Cities and Suburbs Project to aggregate both renewable energy production and rainwater collections of individual households into a wider smart city infrastructure.

The RENeW Nexus initative is supported by Power Ledger, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Synergy, Landcorp, Western Power, the City of Fremantle, and the Australian Government through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

Program participants will receive a WiFi metering device to remotely track data of both production and consumption of energy and water. The collated data will be analyzed to find the best way to achieve an interconnected infrastructure of future smart cities that are able to utilize distributed renewable energy and alternative water systems. (Source: Power Ledger, PR, ICOExaminer, May, 2018) Contact: Power Ledger, +61 8 9322 6659, www.powerledger.io; City of Freemantle, www./mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au/renew-nexus

More Low-Carbon Energy News Power Ledger,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Cities,  


RENEW Wisconsin Incentive Program Funded Through 2022 (Funding)
RENEW Wisconsin
Date: 2018-05-14
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin reports it plans to allocate approximately $5.5 million in incentives per year for 2019 through 2022 to RENEW Wisconsin's Focus on Energy renewable energy programs. This level of funding is expected incentivize approximately 2,000 homes and perhaps 600 or more businesses and nonprofits over the next four years.

Focus on Energy delivers incentives and education to help utility customers cut energy consumption and save money through energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and projects.

Specifically, the commission recommendations included:

  • Allocated approximately $5.5 million per year for renewable energy incentives for 2019-2022.
  • Established that four sub-markets will be served: residential, small business, mid-sized business, and larger business projects. The mid-sized business program will be new for 2019. Nonprofits and local governments fall into the "business" categories as well;
  • Allows flexibility to meet market demand in these four sub-markets;
  • The residential and small business programs will continue to be first-come, first-serve programs. The mid-sized business and large business programs will start out being run through a request-for-proposal process;
  • A study being conducted on the renewable energy programs may inform improvements to the program when it is completed;
  • Opportunities to support rural and agricultural communities using $5 million in unspent funds will be explored, with a staff memorandum on possible options to be developed by July 1. (Source: RENEW Wisconsin, Milwaukee Independent, 13 May, 2018) Contact: RENEW Wisconsin, Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, (608) 255-4044, www.renewwisconsin.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RENEW Wisconsin,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • DEWA, GBCI Ink Dubai Green Building, Energy Efficiency MoU (Int'l)
    Green Business Certification Inc
    Date: 2018-05-14
    In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Washington, DC-headquartered Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), an independent organization that recognizes excellence in green business industry performance and practice in 160 countries.

    Under the MoU, the two organizations will collaborate on building energy efficiency and related issues using the US Green Building Council's LEED Platinum certification standards and programs.

    The MoU supports DEWA's efforts to achieve the Demand Side Management Strategy to reduce electricity and water use by 30 pct by 2030, and the Carbon Abatement Strategy to cut carbon emissions by 16 pct by 2021. (Source: DEWA, Dubai Government Media Office, 13 May, 2018) Contact: Green Business Certification Inc., www.gbci.org; Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.ae; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Green Business Certification Inc.,  DEWA,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    BP Report Outlines Emissions Cutting Efforts (Ind. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2018-05-14
    London-based petroleum fuels and energy giant BP notes it hopes to attain zero net growth in operational emissions and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.5 million tons by 2025.

    BP, which runs the BP Whiting Refinery on the Lake Michigan shoreline, also seeks to target a methane intensity of 0.2 pct going forward. To that end, BP recently installed flare gas recovery systems to reduce flaring at its refineries to zero by 2030. The company also wants to cut methane emissions and improve energy efficiency, which would account for 40 pct of emissions reductions BP strives toward. BP is also investing in 20 different carbon-neutral products, natural gas, biofuels, wind, solar, a more lightweight concrete and startups working toward lower-carbon energy. According to its recently released Advancing the Energy Transition Report BP aims to provide lower-emissions gasoline, develop lower-carbon fuels and expand its lower-carbon business in which it is investing $500 million per year.

    Download the BP Advancing the Energy Transition Report HERE. (Source: BP, NWI,May, 2018) Contact: BP, www.bp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Carbon Emissions.Methane,  


    First Solar Confirms Aussie Solar Farm Financial Closure (Int'l)
    First Solar
    Date: 2018-05-14
    In the Land Down Under, First Solar reports it has closed in financing for the 87MW Beryl Solar Farm in New South Wales. Beryl is one of the largest solar projects in the state to reach financial close.

    Steven Jackson, First Solar's VP of Asia Pacific, said the Beryl project will be one of the first to use the company's new Series 6 thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules. (This means), the Beryl Solar Farm will maximize the energy produced from the site and deliver a lower levelized cost of electricity, Jackson added.

    With a nameplate capacity of up to 445W and 18 pct efficiency, First Solar Series 6 modules are the highest power PV module available for large-scale solar projects.

    The Beryl project will also use single axis tracking technology and Ingeteam inverters. (Source: First Solar, May, 2018)Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  


    Global Bioenergies Consortium Isobutene Demo Funded (Int'l, Funding)
    Global Bioenergies,SkyNRG,Neste
    Date: 2018-05-14
    Evry, France-based Global Bioenergies and an 11 member industrial consortium including Sekab, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol and SkyNRG are reporting receipt of EU funding to demonstrate the production of isobutene from softwood residue derivatives for use in gasoline and jetfuel. The 3-year, €19.7 million project received EU grant funding totaling €13.9 million, €5.7 million of which went to project coordinator Global Bioenergies

    With an estimated forestry residues potential of about 145 million tpy, the European Union has the potential to support the deployment of hundreds of such biorefineries.

    Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies worldwide, and the only one in Europe, that is developing a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. The Company initially focused on the production of isobutene, one of the most important petrochemical building blocks that can be converted into fuels, plastics, organic glass and other applications, according to the company. (Source: Global Bioenergies, PR GlobeNewswire, 14 May, 2018) Contact: Global Bioenergies, Marc Delcourt, CEO, +33 (0)1 64 98 20 50, www.global-bioenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Bioenergies,  Neste,  Isobutene,  SkyNRG,  Aviation Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


    Billionth Gallon of Neste MY Renewable Diesel Sold (Ind. Report)
    Neste Renewable Diesel
    Date: 2018-05-14
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered Neste U.S., Inc. is reporting the sale of its 1 billionth gallon of Neste MY Renewable Diesel sold in North America, effectively helping reduce more than 7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. This is the equivalent of removing 1.6 million passenger vehicles from the road for one year, according to Neste.

    Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon diesel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials, such as waste animal and fish fat, vegetable oils and used cooking oil. It emits up to 80 percent less carbon when compared to petroleum diesel. Unlike biodiesel, Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a drop-in fuel that requires no blending and is compatible with all diesel engines. (Source: Neste US Inc., PR, May, 2018) Contact: Neste US Inc., Jeremy Baines, VP Sales, www.neste.com/en/corporate-info

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste US,  Renewable Diesel,  


    UK Retailer Attributes CO2 Cuts to Renewables, Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Tesco
    Date: 2018-05-11
    UK-headquartered grocery and retail giant Tesco is reporting a 13 pct drop in carbon emissions in 2017, thanks to an increased reliance on renewable energy and investments in energy efficiency. The company achieved a reduction in net carbon intensity per square foot of retail and distribution floor space of 6 pct year on year, according to a company report.

    Tesco's net carbon footprint was 3.42 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) in 2017/18 versus 3.89 million CO2e the prior year.

    The company has set targets in line with the Paris Agreement to reduce CO2 emission 35 pct by 2020, 60 pct by 2025 and 100 pct by 2050 versus 2015/16 levels. It also plans to source 65 pct of it electric power requirement from renewables by 2020 and 100 pct by 2030. (Source: Tesco, Energyst, Various Media, 10 May, 2018) Contact: Tesco, www.tescoplc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions,  Tesco,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Borkum Riffgrund 2 Offshore Installs First Turbine (Int'l)
    Borkum Riffgrund
    Date: 2018-05-11
    Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- is reporting the first of 56 MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW turbines has been erected at the 450-MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind project by Norway-based offshore wind services company Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS. in German waters. Borkum Riffgrund 2, which is owned by Danish offshore wind developer Orsted A/S -- fka DONG Energy -- and a fund managed by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), is expected to be commissioned and operational in 2019. (Source: Orsted, Renewables, Others, Various Media, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Orsted, +45 99 55 11 11, info@orsted.dk, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  DONG Energy,  Borkum Riffgrund ,  Vestas,  Offshore Wind,  


    TNC, XL Catlin Collaborate on Blue Carbon Credits (Ind. Report)
    TNC, XL Catlin
    Date: 2018-05-11
    The Nature Conservancy (TNC)and insurance/reinsurance firm XL Catlin in Bermuda are touting a project to develop Blue Carbon Resilience Credits that will value the combined carbon sequestration and resilience benefits provided by coastal wetland ecosystems.

    With XL Catlin's support, TNC will develop a system of credits assigning a market value to the resilience services provided by these historically under valueded cosystems. The hope behind this initiative is that, for the first time, insurance firms and other businesses will be able to offset their carbon footprint while simultaneously better underdstanding the contribution they are making to reducing coastal hazards in the world's most vulnerable coastal areas.

    Coastal wetlands -- salt marshes, seagrass meadows and mangroves -- sequester billions of tonnes of "blue carbon" from the atmosphere at concentrations up to five times greater than terrestrial forests. As an increasing number of companies are purchasing carbon credits to offset their footprints, this credit will enable a valuation of the carbon sequestration and coastal resilience benefits that wetlands provide both businesses and communities.

    Unlike other climate mitigation solutions coastal wetlands not only sequester carbon, they also protect coastlines by absorbing incoming wave energy and providing storm protection. Additionally, a recent study found that wetlands prevented $625 million in direct flood damages from Hurricane Sandy in the United States. As such, coastal wetlands provide both carbon sequestration and resilience services- a powerful combination in a world of changing climate.

    TNC will explore different options to value the resilience services provided by coastal wetlands and to develop a credit product to support ongoing wetland conservation. One of these options could include a numeric ranking system assigning a dollar value to wetlands based on factors such as their potential for storm impact reduction, location relative to vulnerable communities, local economic activities and assets, and potential benefits from habitat restoration. The figures generated by the rankings, combined with the carbon storage capacity of a given wetland, would generate Blue Carbon Resilience Credits. These credits would then offer organizations the capacity to manage their carbon footprints whilst acting as the funding mechanism for wetland conservation, increasing coastal resilience for communities. (Source: The Nature Conservancy, 10 May, 2018) Contact: The Nature Conservancy, Maria Damanki, Global Managing Director for the Ocean, www.nature.org: XL Catlin, Paul Jardine, CEO, www.xlcatlin.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  


    EC Stiffening Transportation Emission Testing Protocols (Int'l)
    EC
    Date: 2018-05-11
    The European Commission reports that the 28 EU member states have agreed to and rubber stamped a proposed World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) to strengthen auto and van emissions testing. WLTP will replace the mandatory 2017 New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) for all new cars from September 2018.

    The Commission says it has agreed to further tighten Real Driving Emissions (RDE) legislation by introducing independent control of emissions of vehicles during their lifetime. The Commission also proposes that from 2021 all new cars and vans must have "standardized and accessible fuel and energy consumption monitoring on board of the vehicle".

    Following a three-month scrutiny period in the European Parliament and Council, the Commission will adopt the proposals, which would go into force January 1, 2019. (Source: EC, Auto Manufacturer Online, Others, 10 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  


    NFU Comments on White House Renewable Fuel Standard Meeting (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2018-05-11
    In Washington, following Wednesday's White House meeting on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and future of the biofuel industry, the National Farmers Union (NFU) issued the following comments:

    "While there are certainly positives coming out of this meeting, there are several major potential pitfalls that will need to be mitigated as the administration sets out to implement these policies.

    "(The) Farmers Union supports the administration's promises to make E-15 available for year-round use, yet it is absolutely essential we move our transportation fuel market into higher blends of ethanol like E-30. We also appreciate that a cap will not be put on RIN prices, as this would disincentivise the blending of homegrown, renewable fuels in our transportation fuel sector.

    "However, this agreement contains no offset for the dozens of hardship waivers that the administration has handed out to oil refiners. These have waived up to 1.6 billion gallons in RFS volume requirements, effectively destroying demand for the surplus of corn that is keeping farm prices low for farmers. The agreement also includes a particularly detrimental plan to assign RIN credits to biofuel exports, which would both devastate domestic demand for biofuels and likely provoke our trading partners into retaliation.

    "We urge the (Trump) administration to immediately begin implementing a plan that expands use of higher blends of ethanol, as our nation's family farmers need to be rid of burdensome stocks to start earning a decent price from the market. The administration must also avoid any plan that includes RIN credits for biofuel exports and pursue actions that restore the demand for biofuels that was lost as a result of hardship waiver handouts."

    The meeting concluded with an agreement to allow year-round use of E15 gasoline, a limit on RFS 'hardship waivers' being handed out to refiners, and the possibility that RIN credits could be applied to exports of renewable fuel. No cap on RIN prices, nor any offset for the hardship waivers that were handed out to large refiners were included in the agreement. (Source: National Farmers Union, The Pig Site, 10 May, 2018) Contact: National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600, https://nfu.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard ,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  E-15,  National Farmers Union,  


    GE Renewable Energy Announces Chilean Wind Power Project (Int'l)
    GE Renewable Energy,Arroyo Energy
    Date: 2018-05-11
    GE Renewable Energy has announced its first wind energy deal in Chile. The project, with Arroyo Energy Compania de Energias Renovables Limitada, will see GE supply six 3.6 megawatt (MW) turbines. Each will have 137-meter rotors, amounting to 21.8 MW in total, and will be installed at sites in souther Chile.

    "GE believes in Chile's energy sector as a motor for development and we are determined to use our state-of-the-art wind technology to harness the vast wind potential in the country," Vikas Anand, general manager for GE's Onshore Wind Business in the Americas, said in a statement Wednesday.

    The Chilean government aims to have 60 pct or more of the county's electricity generated by renewable sources by 2035 , rising to 70 pct by 2050. The government also plans to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 pct compared to 2007 levels by 2030. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, CNBC News, Others, 10 May, 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com; Arroyo Energy, www.arroyoenergygroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arroyo Energy,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


    Rika Biofuels Commits to Punjab Paddy Straw Biogas Projects (Int'l
    Rika Biofuels
    Date: 2018-05-11
    In Chandigarh, India, the Punjab Punjab Bureau of Industrial Promotion (PBIP) and Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) are reporting the Signing of a MoU with UK-based Rika Biofuels Development Ltd UK for the establishment of bio-gas and bio-CNG plants in the state. The planned facilities will utilize an abundant supply of local "rice paddy straw" with a patented straw extruding technology and anerobic digestion.

    Rika plans to build in excess of 10 bio-CNG plants at a total cost of $100-150 million. Each plant will use approximately 100 metric tpd of paddy straw. The first plant is expected to come online in 2019.

    Rika Biofuels is a specialist anaerobic digestion project developer, specializing in processing problem feed stocks, including high volume manures and agricultural wastes such as crop straws. (Source: Punjab Energy Development Agency, Rika Biofuels, Times of India, May, 2018) Contact: Rika Biofuels, Gregory Krupnikovs, Director, info@rikabiofuels.com, www.bioextruder.co.uk; Punjab Energy Development Agency, +91 172 266 3382, peda.gov.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rika Biofuels ,  Biogas,  anerobic digestion,  


    EC, EIB Guide Clarifies Energy Performance Contracts (Int'l)
    EC.European Investment Bank
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In Brussels, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Commission, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are launching a new Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts.

    The new Guide follows the Eurostat Guidance note on the revised treatment of Energy Performance Contracts in government accounts, issued in September 2017, and explains its practical application, making use of technical assistance resources from the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH).

    The Guide explains in detail how Energy Performance Contracts work and gives a clear overview of the potential impact on government finances. This will help Member States and other stakeholders to better understand the impact that the different features of these contracts have on the classification of the investment undertaken, on or off government balance sheet.

    A major priority is energy efficiency as a part of a low-carbon economy. Here, so-called Energy Performance Contracts, or EPCs for short, can help mobilise private investment and expertise in energy efficiency in public sector buildings. Energy Performance in buildings is part of the legislative package "Clean Energy for all Europeans" -- a key element for achieving a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy.

    The Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts is available HERE. (Source: EuroStat, European Commission, PR 8 May, 2018) Contact: European Commission, Sara Soumillion, sara.soumillion@ec.europa.eu; EIB, Tim Smit , t.smit@eib.org, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Performance,  Energy Management,  European Investment Bank,  


    CarVal Investors Acquires California, Vermont Solar Assets (M&A)
    CleanCapital, X-Elio
    Date: 2018-05-09
    CleanCapital is reporting the formation last month of a $250 million partnership with CarVal Investors and the acquisition of more than 14 MW of solar generating capacity in Vermont and California for an undisclosed amount from Madrid-based developer X-Elio.

    The Minneapolis-headquartered CleanCapital-Carval partnership plans to acquire $1 billion in solar assets and has to date invested nearly $100 million in projects in 10 states, representing 21.6 MW of electricity.

    CleanCapital acquires and bundles US solar farms, then finds qualified investors interested in its portfolios. 21.6 megawatts of electricity. (Source: CarVal Investors, mpactAlpha, 8 May, 2018) Contact: CarVal Investors, (952) 444-780, www.carvalinvestors.com; X-Elio, +34 911 77 0010, www.x-elio.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CleanCapital ,  Solar,  X-Elio,  


    Greenbelt Resources to Assist in Chinese Bioethanol Effort (Int'l)
    Greenbelt Resources
    Date: 2018-05-09
    Paso Robles, California-based waste-to-bioethanol specialist Greenbelt Resources Corporation, is reporting CEO Darren Eng will visit China this month to assist in enhancing the domestic production capacity up to the over 4 billion gallons of ethanol required to meet a Chinese Government mandate.

    In 2017, Greenbelt commissioned a commercial system in New South Wales, Australia that converts wheat processing waste into ethanol, and it received Ecolabel certification from the Indonesian Ministry of the Environment. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995-4726x101, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,  Ethanol,  


    Vancouver, Toronto Green Building Leaders, says CBRE (Ind. Report)
    CBRE
    Date: 2018-05-09
    a recent study by CBRE reveals According to CBRE's inaugural International Green Building Adoption Index, the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Toronto lead the way in terms of office real estate and green building certification. In 10 markets across Australia, Canada and Europe, 18.6 pct of space is now certified "green" as opposed to 6.4 pct in 2007.

    Vancouver (51.6%) and Toronto (51%) are the pacesetters, followed by Sydney (46.5%) and Melbourne (28.8%). London sits bottom of the list of 10, with just 8.7 pct of its office space classed as green.

    Download the CBRE International Green Building Adoption Index HERE. (Source: CBRE, Global Construction,, 8 May, 2018)Construction Global Weekly Contact: CBRE, David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CBRE,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


    Andeavor Claims Major 2016-17 RFS Obligations Savings (Ind. Report)
    Andeavor,Philadelphia Energy Solutions
    Date: 2018-05-09
    Following on our coverage of Philadelphia Energy Solutions bankruptcy, the company's owner, Andeavor, one of the largest U.S. refining companies has reported saving approximately $100 million over the past two years primarily due to a reduction in the RINs obligation for the 2016 and 2017 compliance periods for some of the company's inland refineries.

    The Andeavor announcement late on Monday came after Reuters reported last month that the EPA granted the company a "financial hardship waiver" that freed its smallest refining facilities from the regulation. Andeavor recorded net profits of $1.4 billion in 2017.

    Andeavor's EPA hardship exemptions freed the company's refineries in North Dakota, Utah and New Mexico from having to blend biofuels or purchase RINs for the 2016 compliance period. The company did not explicitly credit small refinery exemptions for the savings, according to the Reuters report. (Source: Andeavor, Reuters, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Andeavor, (210) 626-6000, www.andeavor.com; Philadelphia Energy Solutions, [endlink]www.pes-companies.com[endlink]

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Andeavor,  RFS,  Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  


    KCP&L, Kansas City Partner to Meet Clean Energy Goals (Ind. Report)
    KCP&L
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In the Show Me State, Kansas City and its utility Kansas City Power & Light are working in concert to encourage the city and its metropolitan area of approximately 2.3 million residents to reduce energy consumption and and increase its use of renewable power. To that end, the city's clean energy goals include:
  • Powering 100 pct of city operations with renewable energy within three years;
  • Achieving Energy Star certification for 90 pct of municipal buildings of over 25,000 square feet within five years;
  • Developing residential energy efficiency and community solar programs for city employees;
  • Developing an electric-vehicle purchasing plan and procurement collaborative for fleets of public and tax-exempt entities.

    Additionally, previously this year the utility filed a green tariff and a rate case including a community solar proposal that would allow the utility to acquire wind energy for city operations. The community solar proposal would add at least 3 cents per kilowatt hour for residential customers to the cost of electricity from solar. (Source: KCP&L, Kansas City, Energy News, May, 2018) Contact: KCP&L, Kim Winslow, Dir. of Energy Solutions, www.kcpl.com; Kansas City, Dennis Murphey, Environmental Officer, (816)513-1313, www.kcmo.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News KCP&L,  Renewable Energy,  


  • SB Energy Investing in 300MW Korean Solar Farm (Int'l)
    SB Energy Corp
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Tokyo-based SB Energy Corp., the renewable energy arm of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, reports it has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Daemyung GN consortium to invest in a 300-MW solar farm to be built in Yeongdeok County, North Gyeongsang Province, Korea. The total amount of SoftBank funding has not been revealed.

    Korean solar energy specialist Daemyung GN, together with Intromedic, LS Industrial Systems and Korea East-West Power plan to invest approximately $925 million to construct the 300-MW solar power station. (Source: SoftBank, Maeil Business News Korea, 6 May, 2018) Contact; SoftBank, SBEnergy, SoftBank Group, www.softbank.jp/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SB Energy Corp,  SoftBank,  Solar,  


    Methane GHG "Feedback Loop" Discovered in Freshwater Lakes (R&D)
    Cambridge University
    Date: 2018-05-07
    A new Cambridge University study of chemical reactions that occur when organic matter decomposes in freshwater reports that the debris from trees suppresses production of the greenhouse gas methane while debris from plants found in reed beds actually promotes methane. The report notes that the constantly evolving lakes of the northern hemisphere -- already a major source of methane -- could almost double their emissions in the next fifty years.

    The report findings suggest the discovery of yet another “feedback loop” in which environmental disruption and climate change trigger the release of ever more greenhouse gas that further warms the planet, similar to the concerns over the methane released by fast-melting arctic permafrost. The report also finds up to 77 pct of the methane emissions from an individual lake are the result of the organic matter shed primarily by plants that grow in or near the water. This matter gets buried in the sediment found toward the edge of lakes, where it is consumed by communities of microbes. Methane gets generated as a byproduct, which then bubbles up to the surface.

    The study, funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council, is published in the journal Nature Communications. (Source: Cambridge Univ., Eurasia Review , 6 May, 2018) Contact: Cambridge Univ., Dr. Andrew Tanentzap Department of Plant Sciences. +44 1223 333900, www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Cambridge University,  


    Arkansas Reports Declining Air Pollution Levels (Ind. Report)
    Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.
    Date: 2018-05-07
    The level of regulated air pollutants in Arkansas continued to decline throughout 2016, the latest year for which data are available, according to a report from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The 2017 State of the Air report assessed ground-level ozone concentrations and concentrations of other pollutants regulated by the National Ambient Air Quality Standards program.

    The report notes declines from 2005 to 2016 where the state has monitors in ground-level ozone, particulate matter 2.5 and 10, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and lead. Arkansas is one of only 12 states that meets all federal air quality standards, although it was not meeting ozone standards a few years ago.

    Download the Arkansas State of Air Report HERE. (Source: Arkansas OnLine, 6 May, 2018) Contact: Arkansas DAQ, Tricia Treece, (508) 682-0744, www.adeq.state.ar.us; National Ambient Air Quality Standards, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Ambient_Air_Quality_Standards

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Ambient Air Quality Standards,  


    German Financial Service Giant Abandoning Coal by 2040 (Int'l)
    German Allianz AG
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Munich, Germany-headquartered asset management and financial service giant Allianz AG reports it will no longer offer its insurance services to, or invest its capital in, the coal industry. The company plans to complete its exit from coal completely by 2040.

    The move is reportedly in response to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord and a transition away from high carbon energy generation technologies and to limit the effects of man-made climate change to a 2 degree C increase in average global temperatures. (Source: German Allianz AG, MENAFN, 6 May, 2018) Contact: German Allianz AG, +49 89 38000, www.allianz.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News German Allianz AG,  Coak,  


    EU Increases Climate Change Budget to $383.2Bn (Int'l Report)
    European Union,European Commissiuon
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports that over the period of 2012 to 2027 it will spend fully 25 pct of its budget -- $383.2 billion -- on climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.

    Under the 28 member trading bloc's current budget, $246.7 billion -- 20 pct of the budget -- is presently being spent out to 2020 on combating climate change through investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental protection, and other carbon reduction schemes. (Source: European Commission, EuroStat, EU Newsroom, 6 May, 2018)Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  EC,  European Commission,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


    EuroStat Tallies EU Member Emissions Increases, Cuts (Int'l)
    European Union
    Date: 2018-05-07
    EuroStat, the European Union statistics office, is reporting that Portugal was responsible for the 5th biggest increase in CO2 emissions in 2017 from burning fossil fuels for energy compared with the year before 7.3 pct compared with the EU average increase of 1.8 pct.

    According to EuroStat, Malta had the largest increase at 12.8 pct followed by Estonia 11.3 pct, Bulgaria 8.3 pct, Spain at 7.4 pct and Portugal at 7.3 pct. The best performing countries in cutting CO2 emissions were Finland -5.9 pct, Denmark -5.8 pct, the UK at -3.2 pct, and Ireland at -2.9 pct. Portugal's CO2 emissions represent 1.5 pct of the EU total, where Germany is the largest contributor at 23 pct.. (Source: EuroStat, TPN/Lusa, 6 May, 2018) Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EuroStat,  Carbon Emissions,  European Union,  


    Energy Efficiency Limiting Legislation Inked in Iowa (Reg & Leg)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Following up on our 2 May report, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has approved and signed legislation that caps spending on energy efficiency programs and allows certain customers to cancel fees that support the programs. The legislation does not apply to rural electric cooperatives and 36 municipal utilities which serve approximately one-third of Iowa customers.

    The legislation, which contradicts the 2016 Iowa Energy Plan encouraging greater energy efficiency, caps spending on energy efficiency at 2 pct of annual sales for electricity utilities. It also limits utility expenditures on demand response programs at 2 pct of sales. (Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Energy News, Various Media, 7 May, 2018) Contact: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, www.reynoldsgregg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kim Reynolds,  Energy Efficiency Iowa,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  


    First Aussie Hospital Scores GBCA 4 Star Efficiency Rating (Int'l)
    Green Building Council of Australia
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In the Land Down Under, the Royal Adelaide Hospital has become the first large-scale hospital complex in Australia to achieve a 4 Star Green Star -- Healthcare As Built rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

    According to the World Green Building Council (WGBC), incorporating green design in hospital infrastructure can deliver an 8.5 pct reduction in hospital stays, 15 pct faster recovery rates, a 22 pct reduction in the need for pain medication and an 11 pct reduction in secondary infections. Green Star buildings also deliver significant savings, producing 62 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions and using 66 pct less electricity than average Australian buildings.

    The Royal Adelaide Hospital incorporates abundant natural daylight, 3.8 hectares of landscaped environment with internal themed courtyards, sky gardens across the hospital's nine levels, and a 1.6 hectare green space footprint within the hospital. The facility also incorporates, high efficiency water fittings, a water capture and recycling system, onsite co-generation heating system and other energy conservation and efficiency features.(Source: Green Building Council of Australia, Climate Control News, May, 2018) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Council of Australia,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Management,  


    Waste-derived Biogas Market to See 10.6p ct Annual Growth Through 2022, says BBC Report (Ind. Report)
    BCC Research
    Date: 2018-05-04
    According to Waste-derived Biogas: Global Markets for Anaerobic Digestion Equipment, a report by Wellesley, Mass.-based BCC Research, global focus on renewable energies and increasing environmental regulations aimed at greenhouse gases are helping to drive the waste-derived biogas market to a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.6 pct through 2022, when it could be worth as much as $10.1 billion, according to the report. The report notes:
  • Wastewater/sludge and industrial applications will lead the market in growth, with a CAGR through 2022 of 11.4 pct, although landfill gas, agriculture, and food and municipal wastes will lead by size, with a 2022 value of $5.8 billion.

  • In North America, passive biogas production system growth will be led by Mexico, which anticipates a CAGR of 8.4 pct through 2022, though the US will lead the regional market by size, with a 2022 value of $65.9 million.

  • In Europe, growth will be led by Italy, which anticipates a CAGR of 8.8 pct through 2022, though by size the region will be dominated by France, which anticipates a 2022 value of $83.8 million.

    The report notes that although regulations are not the sole driver of the biogas industry, the report notes, they are a primary one. In Europe, which is home to the world's largest regional anaerobic digester market, the existence, stability and reliability of the legal and political framework is seen as the greatest influence on the market. Germany's rise to become a market leader came after the passage of major renewable energy legislation, and in the UK, the passage of a renewables obligation law provided the framework for a developing anaerobic digestion market.

    Major players in the market mentioned in this report include ADI Systems, AsiaBioGas, BDI-BioEnergy, CH Four, CleanWorld, DVO, Ebara, Gasum, Hitachi Zosen, Inova, Kruger, MWH Global, Niras, Organic Power, Premier Tech Aqua, Republic Services, Sansuy and Turning Earth, among others.

    Research details are available HERE. (Source: BCC Research, 1 May, 2018) Contact: BBC Research, (866) 285-7215, www.bccresearch.com

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  • ReneSola Unloads China DG Solar Stake for $31.5Mn (Int'l. M&A)
    ReneSola, China DG Solar
    Date: 2018-05-04
    ReneSola Ltd is reporting the sale of a 40.13 pct stake in its Zhejiang ReneSola Investment Limited subsidiary to an unnamed investor for approximately $31.5 million.

    ReneSola has over 187 MW of operational DG solar projects and an additional 28 MW under construction, according to the company. By the end of 2018, it intends to own 350 to 400 MW of DG projects in China. (Source: ReneSola Ltd., Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: ReneSola Ltd., China DG Solar, www.renesola.com

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    California Sets Solar, Renewables Records (Ind. Report)
    California Independent System Operator
    Date: 2018-05-04
    The California Independent System Operator reported a new utility-scale solar power generation record on April 26 of 10,521 megawatts. It was the first time in the state’s history that utility-scale solar surpassed 10.5 gigawatts. Then two days later, on Saturday, April 29, that record was broken when 10,539 megawatts were generated at 1:40 PM.

    The Golden State also seta new record for the instantaneous portion of demand met by renewable energy on Saturday at 73 pct, just 15 minutes before the solar record, with solar and wind alone meeting 64 pct of demand, exclusive of an estimated 6.6 gigawatts of behind-the-meter solar available in the state.

    In 2017, California's renewable energy sources -- excluding large hydro plants -- represented 31 pct of Californias in-state electric power generation.(Source: California Independent System Operator Contact: California Independent System Operator, www.caiso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Independent System Operator,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    Ethanol Giant POET Wins Biorenewable Deployment Consortium Achievement Award (Ind. Report)
    Biorenewable Deployment Consortium,POET
    Date: 2018-05-04
    In Omaha, Nebraska, the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) honored POET, a privately held corporation headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the world's largest producer of ethanol and other biorefined products, with the organization's Spring 2018 Achievement Award at its spring meeting in Omaha on May 1, 2018.

    POET is recognized for its leadership in remaining focused on reducing the reliance of the United States on foreign energy, to revitalizing global agriculture, and providing a cleaner, affordable alternative to fossil fuels.

    Since 2006, C has worked to bring together like minded companies to share ideas and partner to deploy bio-processes that can be economic in the long run without government subsidy. BDC holds two symposiums a year for its members, where leading edge information from various bio-companies is shared and tours are made of bio-facilities. BDC acts as a resource to members, working to broker partnerships that can lead to the deployment of commercial facilities. The organization recognizes the need for low cost feedstock, cost effective measures such as integration of processes, high value products, and good management to achieve the economics needed for success.

    POET, the world's largest biofuels producer, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 30-year-old company has a network of 27 production facilities. POET, through its joint venture with DSM, also operates a commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa (Source: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, Masood Akhtar, Pres.,(608) 332- 0189, Masood.Akhtar@biorenewabledc.org, www.biorenewabledc.org; POET. Matt Merritt, Public Relations, (605) 965-2225 / (605) 370-9959, matt.merritt@poet.com, www.poet.com

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    Seajacks to Install Taiwanese Offshore Wind Turbines (Int'l)
    Seajacks,Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2018-05-04
    Great Yarmouth, U.K.-based offshore installation contractor Seajacks UK Ltd. reports it has been awarded a contract from Siemens Gamesa to install its 6MW wind turbines during Phase 2 of the 120MW Formosa 1 Offshore Wind Farm in Taiwan. The project is Seajacks' first renewables contract outside of Europe.

    The 10,000-tonne jack-up Seajacks Zaratan, will site all 20 SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines in the Taiwan Strait, with work set to start in the second quarter of 2019. Seajacks will be installing the turbines for the Macquarie Capital, Orsted and Swancor-owned project in around 30 meters of water, up to 6 km off the coast of Miaoli County in northwest Taiwan. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Seajacks, Marine Log, 2 May, 2018) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable EnergyOffshore, Andreas Nauen., CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en; Seajacks UK Ltd., +44 1492 841400, www.seajacks.com

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    Mt. TRUMPMORE -- Will it Last or Melt? (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-05-04
    Finland-based Project TRUMPMORE, a non-profit organization, is proposing to raise €400,000 for the construction of TRUMPMORE, a Mount Rushmore-size ice monument to U.S, President Donald Trump.

    The project, which will be carried out by a world-leading team of Finnish and Mongolian ice sculptors, is expected to take four weeks to complete and an undetermined period to melt.

    Download project details HERE. (Source: Project TRUMPMORE, May, 2018) Contact: Project Trumpmore, http://projecttrumpmore.com

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    GloMEEP Pilot Project Addressing Maritime Emissions (Int'l Report)
    IMO
    Date: 2018-05-04
    In Kingston, Jamaica reports it is among 10 countries that have been selected to participate in the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project which aims to support the implementation of energy-efficiency measures to reduce maritime shipping industry greenhouse gas emissions.

    GloMEEP member countries -- Argentina, China, Georgia, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Panama, Philippines and South Africa -- will serve as lead pilot countries for implementing legal, policy and institutional reforms; undertake awareness-raising and capacity-building activities and establish public-private partnerships to support low-carbon shipping.

    Jamaica, through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), is currently staging a three-day session to assist maritime administrations, port authorities and their personnel to better understand sources of emissions in ports, identify strategies and solutions and train participants in the use of two new guides -- Guide for a Port Emissions Status Assessment and Guide for the Development of a Port Emissions Reduction Strategy -- which are being developed under the GloMEEP project.

    GloMEEP is being undertaken through partnership involving the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). (Source: Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnership, Jamaica Information Service, 2 May, 2018) Contact: GloMEEP International Maritime Organization, www.glomeep.imo.org

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    California Ready to Mandate New Home Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2018-05-04
    In Sacramento, the The California Energy Commission (CEC) is scheduled to vote Wednesday, May 9, on new energy standards mandating most new homes have solar panels starting in 2020. If approved as expected, the Golden state would be the nation’s first state to mandate solar energy.

    The proposed new rules would deviate slightly from another much-heralded objective -- Requiring all new homes be "net-zero" meaning they would produce enough solar power to offset all electricity and natural gas consumed over the course of a year. Among the highlights:

  • The new solar mandate would apply to all houses, condos and apartment buildings up to three stories tall that obtain building permits after Jan. 1, 2020;

  • Exceptions or alternatives will be allowed when homes are shaded by trees or buildings or when the home's roofs are too small to accommodate solar panels;

  • Solar arrays can be smaller because homes won't have to achieve true net-zero status;

  • Builders installing batteries like the Tesla Powerwall would qualify for "compliance credits" allowing them to further reduce the size of the solar system;

  • Provisions will encourage more electric use or even all-electric homes to reduce natural gas consumption.

    The mandate dates back to 2007 when the California Energy Commission adopted the goal of making homebuilding so efficient the "newly constructed buildings can be net zero energy by 2020 for residences and by 2030 for commercial buildings." (Source: California Energy Commission, Orange County Register, 4 May, 2018) Contact: California Energy Commission

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero,  Solar,  California Energy Commission,  


  • French Boutique Banker Hits Carbon Reduction Target (Int'l)
    Mirova,Natexis Banque Populaire
    Date: 2018-05-04
    Natixis-owned SRI investment specialist Mirova reports it has reached its target of cutting carbon emissions to below 2 degree C across its consolidated equities portfolios and cut its carbon footprint from 3.5 degrees C to 1.7 degrees C two years on from agreeing to meet the target under the Montreal Carbon Pledge and Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition initiatives. The company said it is now within touching distance of its aim to reduce its overall carbon footprint across all asset classes to below 2 degrees C.

    The French firm claims it achieved the target in equities by looking down the value chain at renewable energies and energy efficiency, as well as in listed mid-sized companies not represented in the index.

    Natixis is a Paris-based corporate and investment bank created in November 2006 from the merger of the asset management and investment banking operations of Natexis Banque Populaire and IXIS. (Source: Mirova, CityWire, 3 May, 2018) Contact: Natexis Banque Populaire, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natixis

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


    ADB Delivering on Emissions, Climate Change Commitments (Int'l)
    Asian Development Bank
    Date: 2018-05-04
    The Manila-headquartered Asian Development Bank (ADB) is meeting its goal to increase development finance to the Asia and Pacific region and achieving its development and operational targets, especially in climate change, according to the ADB's recently released 2017 Development Effectiveness Review (DEfR). The DEFR measures how well ADB is executing its corporate strategy and meeting its strategic priorities across 85 results indicators.

    The 2017 DEfR found that the share of ADB operations supporting climate change mitigation and/or adaptation rose to 49 pct in 2015 -- 2017, exceeding the 45 pct 2020 target. Climate change finance, including external sources mobilized by ADB, reached a record $5.16 billion in 2017. This puts ADB in a good position to achieve its $6 billion annual climate financing target by 2020. (Source: Asian Development Bank, 3 May 2018) Contact: Asian Development Bank, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

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