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Newfoundland Carbon Tax Loaded with Exemptions (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-11-12
In Atlantic Canada, the province of Newfoundland-Labrador has unveiled its federally approved carbon tax, climate plan which at least on the surface, protects the province's crucial oil and gas industry. The province is reportedly planning to double oil production in the next decade.

The provincial plan offers exemptions for large producers and consumers alike, including the giant Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project which, when fully online in 2020, will allow the province to completely decommission the bunker oil-burning generator in Holyrood, which emits roughly 10 pct of the province's total 10.3 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the provincial carbon pricing scheme, home heating fuel, off-grid diesel generators, aviation fuel, the interprovincial ferry system and municipalities will be exempted and gasoline prices will rise substantially. After factoring in exemptions, only 76 pct of the province's total GHG emissions will be subject to carbon pricing. The provincial government has also reserved the right to scrap the scheme or any part thereof in the event that any other province refuse to set a plan or abide by the federal backstop, which is likely to happen.(Source: Province of Newfoundland-Labrador, Narwal, 9 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Canada Carbon Tax,  

Woody Biomass Subsidy Challenged in Hew Hampshire (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-11-12
In Concord, the New Hampshire Union Leader is reporting the debate over new legislation requiring the state's utilities to purchase power from wood-burning power plants at higher than market prices is is heating up, thanks to New England Ratepayers Association which filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) challenging the legality of the biomass subsidy bill (SB365) that became law on a veto override in September.

According to the petition, requiring utilities to purchase power from wood-burning plants at above market prices is a violation of federal law that gives FERC sole authority to set wholesale prices for electricity. The petition claims that "precedent from the Supreme Court and this Commission make clear that whatever the states may do to encourage the use of renewable or fuel-diverse generation, they may not advance those objectives by setting the price for wholesale sales of electricity."

The petition asks for a declaratory order that SB 365 is preempted by federal law on or before Feb. 1. That's when electricity customers in the Eversource franchise area, more than 70 pct of the state, would begin paying the higher rates.

New Hampshire's six wood-burning power plants are located in parts of the state served by Eversource, which now faces the requirement to purchase their power. (Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, 8 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Hampshire Woody Biomass,  Eversource,  Woody Biomass,  FERC,  

Bend Wins Second Climate Energy Action Project Grant (Funding)
Bend Oregon
Date: 2018-11-12
In Oregon, the city of Bend -- pop. 94,500 +- -- reports it has qualified for a second $42,500 matching grant from Partners for Places, a national matching grant program. Funding will support the Bend Community Climate Action Planning project efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel consumption.

In July, the city, in partnership with The Environmental Center and The Oregon Community Foundation select Donor Advised Funds, asked Partners for Places for continued support of the Bend Community Climate Action Planning project, which is engaging diverse voices in creating a community climate action plan that balances equity, efficiency, economic development and meaningful climate benefits.

The Bend Climate Action Plan aims to cut community-wide fossil fuel use by 40 pct by 2030 and 70 pct by 2050. and called for development of a community climate action plan. (Source: City of Bend, KTVZ, Nov., 2018) Contact: Partners for Places,; City of Bend Community Climate Action Plan,; City of Bend, Community Dev., (541) 388-5580,

More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Bend,  Bend Oregon,  Energy Efficiency,  

Poland Commits to Develop 8 GW of Offshore Wind (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-09
In Warsaw, Polish State Secretary for Energy reports Poland plans to legislate the development of 8 GW of offshore wind by 2035. The Secretary's announcement was made in conjunction with the opening of a 1 GW onshore wind energy auction on Monday.

According to the Secretary, a survey of bidders participating in the auction suggests the prices will be between €43-63/MWh, with an average of €51/MWh -- lower than recent auctions in France and Germany. The auction is expected to be over-subscribed with more than 1 GW of wind farm projects bidding in.

The State Secretary also announced another onshore wind auction will take place in the coming months. (Source: WindEurope, Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Poland Wind,  Onshore Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

Notable Quote
UK Carbon Capture and Storage Association
Date: 2018-11-09
"Despite an impressive reduction in our power sector emissions over the past decade, the UK stands at a climate change crossroads. In order to have any hope of meeting our existing climate change targets, we need to drive deeper decarbonisation in heating, transport and heavy industry." -- Luke Warren, CEO, UK Carbon Capture and Storage Association.

The UK has 33 pct of Europe's CO2 storage capacity, and as much as the rest of the EU combined -- creating a potentially significant market opportunity to 'sell' storage space. It also has the considerable assets, infrastructure and skills needed to become Europe's leader in developing the technology, according to the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Association. (Source: UK Carbon Capture and Storage Association, Gas World, Nov., 2018) Contact: UK Carbon Capture and Storage Association, Luke Warren, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture & Storage,  

Neste, Clariant Announce Renewable Chemicals Partnership (Int'l)
Neste, Clariant
Date: 2018-11-09
Basel, Switzerland-based Clariant reports it is partnering with Helsinki-headquartered sustainable diesel and renewable chemical specialist Neste and will use C2/C3 monomers derived from Neste's renewable hydrocarbons. The feedstock is manufactured from waste and residue raw materials including used cooking oil and renewable vegetable oils. The C2/C3 monomers will replace those currently used by Clariant to develop advanced polyolefin solutions in several applications.

With this partnership, Clariant will be able to provide sustainable polyolefin solutions derived from renewable hydrocarbons. (Source: Clariant, Chemicals Technology, 7 Nov., 2018) Contact: Neste, Peter Vanacker, CEO, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128,; Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Head of Start-up Business Biofuels & Derivatives, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, Anja Pomrehn, Inv. Relations, +41 61 469 67 45,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Clariant,  Renewable CHemical,  

Denver Rethinks Building Green Roof Regulation (Ind. Report)
Denver Green Roof
Date: 2018-11-09
Following up on our November 8, 2017 coverage, the Denver City Council reports the repeal and replacement of its 2017 building Green Roof requirement. The new regulation requires light-colored cool roofs on new and re-roofed buildings of more than 25,000 sf.

According to city estimates, the original green roof regulation could have added $193,000 -- about 2.8 pct -- to the construction cost of a five-story office building. The new law could cut that increase in half. Apartment buildings of six floors or less will be exempted from this provision. (Source: Denver City Council, Building Design & Construction, Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,  Denver Green Roof,  Energy Efficiency,  

Willis Tower Touts $500Mn Sustainability Upgrades (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2018-11-09
In the Windy City, the Willis Tower -- fka Sears Tower -- owned and managed by EQ Office reports it has earned the US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification. The 110 story building is currently undergoing a $500 million plus renovation, the biggest restorative transformation in the building's 43-year history.

The Willis Tower upgrades include:

  • Installation of high-efficiency lighting systems with improved controls to reduce energy consumption, including the building's newly renovated LED antenna lighting system;

  • Improvements to the building's HVAC exhaust and return fan dampers, which along with the new building automation management system, will enable the operating team to better control temperatures in the building and reduce energy usage;

  • Introduction of all new air media, fan gearboxes and fan blades, along with the installation of new variable frequency drives to all four of the building's cooling towers. The modernization will supply the chillers with lower temperature condensing water, resulting in an approximate 20 percent savings on the electric energy consumed by the cooling towers;

  • Installation of low flow high efficiency units on more than 450 sinks, 650 toilets and urinals, saving approximately 11 million gpy of water consumption and reducing the building's water usage by 30 pct;

  • Replacement of all the building's automatic transfer switches, enhancing the integrity of its electrical infrastructure. (Source: EQ Office, PR, Nov. 7, 2018) Contact: EQ Office,; USGBC Willis Tower,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  

  • Santa Clarita Adding LED Streetlights Citywide (Ind. Report)
    city of Santa Clarita
    Date: 2018-11-07
    In the Golden State, the city of Santa Clarita -- pop. 210,000 -- reports it has begun the city-wide replacement of high-pressure sodium streetlights attached to traffic signals and intersections.

    A total of 529 highway safety light fixtures will be replaced in the first phase, which is expected to be completed not later than 14 Nov. (Source: City of Santa Clarita, SCV News, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: City of Santa Clarita, Kevin Tonoian, (661) 290-2210,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  Energy Efficient Street Light,  

    Valero Expanding Diamond Green Diesel Plant Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Valero Energy,Darling Ingredients
    Date: 2018-11-07
    San Antonio-headquartered Valero Energy Corp. reports its Board of Directors has approved a project to increase production capacity at its Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) plant in Norco, LA. to 675 million gpy of renewable diesel.

    DGD is a JV formed between a subsidiary of Valero and Irving, Texas-based low-carbon feedstock supplier Darling Ingredients Inc.

    With low carbon mandates in North America and Europe projected to continue driving strong demand and premium pricing for renewable diesel, this expansion adds a second, independent parallel plant adjacent to the existing facility and a renewable naphtha finishing facility, which provides incremental low carbon fuel standard credit generation capability. Valero expects the project to be completed in late 2021. (Source: Valero Energy Corp.,PR, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: Darling Ingedients, Melissa A. Gaither, VP IR , (972) 281-4478,,; Valero, Joe Gorder, Pres., John Locke, VP Investor Relations, (210) 345-3077,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero Energy,  Darling Ingredients ,  Green Diesel,  Renewable Diesel,  

    Luminant Awarded $1Mn for Solar Energy Storage Project (Funding)
    Luminant,Vistra Energy
    Date: 2018-11-05
    In the Lone Star State, the Irving-based utility Luminant is reporting receipt of $1 million in grant funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for construction of the state's largest electricity storage facility. The project will be constructed adjacent to Luminant's 180-MW Upton 2 solar power plant in West Texas. The project's 10-MW battery would be the seventh largest in the U.S., according to Luminant.

    This would be the first large battery installation in Texas for Luminant's parent company Vistra Energy, which has already proposed building the world's largest battery in California.

    The Upton 2 plant is one of the largest solar facilities in Texas. At full capacity, it could generate enough electricity to power 56,700 average Texas homes. The battery will be capable of generating 42-megawatt hours of the electricity when fully charged. (Source: Luminant, Dallas Morning News, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Luminant, 214.812.4600,; Texas Commission on Environmental Quality,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Luminant,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

    Facebook's Alabama Data Center Going 100 pct Solar (Ind. Report)
    First Solar Inc, NextEra Energy
    Date: 2018-11-05
    Social media giant Facebook is reporting First Solar Inc. and NextEra Energy will construct two solar projects totaling nearly 380MW of solar generation capacity in Alabama and Tennessee to supply a Facebook data center in Huntsville, Alabama. Terms and time lines have not been disclosed.

    The First Solar project in Colbert County, Alabama, will supply 227 MW, and the NextEra project in Lincoln County, Tennessee, will provide 150 MW, according to the TVA.

    Facebook has committed to run all its data centers and offices with 100 pct renewable energy by 2020. (Source: Facebook, Data Center Knowledge, 2 Nov., 2018) Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,; NextEra Energy Resources,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA,  First Solar ,  NextEra Energy,  

    Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels Dropping NV Energy (Ind. Report)
    Fulcrum Sierra Biofuel
    Date: 2018-11-02
    In the Silver State, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports it has approved California-based Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels' request to drop NV Energy utility as its energy services provider. To complete its exit, Fulcrum must now file with the state Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Nevada Power Company within 120 days.

    Fulcrum plans to use an alternative, independent energy provider for a biorefinery currently under construction in Storey County, Nevada, according to documents submitted to the PUC.

    Six major corporate customers have have opted for substantial "but-outs" to exit NV Energy, including: Barrick Gold, MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment Corp, Peppermill Resorts and Wynn Resorts Ltd. (Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum ,  Fulcrum Sierra Biofuel,  

    Feds Seem Flummoxed by Biomass Energy Carbon Neutrality (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Date: 2018-11-02
    In Washington, the US EPA has reportedly joined the DOE and the USDA in a letter to congressional leaders committing to "encourage the use of biomass as an energy solution and reasserting the view that woody biomass-fired power plants should be viewed as carbon neutral because when the plants eventually re-grow they remove CO2 from the air." The agencies also are committing to collaborate on policies promoting biomass, which could include DOE research and encouraging utilities to substitute wood for coal in power plants.

    But environmentalists say that burning trees releases CO2 previously trapped inside the plant. And when forests are cleared to produce energy, it can take them decades to regrow, if they ever do. The result is a power source that can generate more carbon dioxide emissions than the coal it is sometimes meant to replace.

    On the down side, the EPA's own science advisers have warned that assuming biomass emissions are carbon neutral "is inconsistent with the underlying science."

    The federal agencies joint letter is in response to a provision Congress added to a spending bill directing federal agencies to establish policies that "reflect the carbon neutrality of forest biomass for energy production." Even before that directive, under former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, the agency declared that it generally considered burning biomass for energy as carbon neutral. The EPA has also proposed giving utilities credit for cutting carbon dioxide emissions when they replace some coal in power plants with biomass -- a substitution that would qualify as an efficiency upgrade under the EPA's proposed relaxation of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan curbs on greenhouse gas emissions from electricity. (Source: HoumaToday, Herald, Various Media, Nov., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

    Ontario Premier Passes Promised Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    Ontario Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2018-11-02
    At Queens Park, the conservative Ontario government of freshman premier Doug Ford reports yesterday's promised passage of Bill-4, formally cancelling the province's cap-and-trade program. The government claims the move will save the average family $260 per year, and reduce costs for Ontario businesses.

    With the passage of Bill 4, The Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, the government renewed its pledge to challenge an imposed federal carbon tax and replace it with a "made-in-Ontario" environment plan at an unspecified future date. (Source: Province of Ontario, Various Media, Canadian Biomass 1 Nov., 2018)Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  

    REGI, Phillips 66 Plan WA. Renewable Diesel Facility (Ind. Report)
    REGI, Phillips 66
    Date: 2018-11-02
    Oil industry major Phillips 66 and Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) are reporting plans to construct a large-scale renewable diesel plant adjacent to the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery in Washington state.

    The plant would utilize REG's proprietary BioSynfining® technology for the production of renewable diesel fuel from waste fats, oils and greases, regionally-sourced vegetable oils, animal fats and various other feedstocks. The companies expect to make a final investment decision in 2019, and If approved, begin production in 2021.

    REG owns and operates 13 biomass-based diesel refineries, with a combined effective production capacity of 565 million gpy. This includes REG Geismar, a 75-million gpy plant in Louisiana and the 100 million gpy REG Grays Harbor biodiesel plant in Washington state. (Source: Phillips 66, REGI, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: Phillips 66, Brian Mandell, VP Marketing, Joe Gannon, 832-765-4547,,; REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News REGI,  Phillips 66,  Renewable Diesel,  

    Ace Ethanol D3MAX Equipped Plant Const. Underway (Ind. Report)
    Ace Ethanol,Whitefox
    Date: 2018-10-31
    Grand Forks, North Dakota-headquartered D3MAX and Ace Ethanol LLC are reporting construction is underway on the first D3MAX facility at Ace Ethanol's corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol facility in Stanley, Wisconsin. Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol plant to integrate the patented D3MAX technology with its existing corn dry mill. The integrated facility will employ membrane-based ethanol recovery technology supplied by Whitefox Technologies Technologies, resulting in significant energy savings.

    The D3MAX process is the only corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol process that will not require an independent engineer to validate the cellulosic ethanol production every 500,000 gallons of cellulosic ethanol produced. With the D3MAX process, cellulosic ethanol gallons can be measured directly avoiding the cost of re-certification required by EPA for co-processing and in-situ corn kernel fiber processes, according to D3MAX CTO Mark Yancey.

    D3MAX is a technology company formed by BBI International to license a patented cellulosic ethanol technology to dry mill ethanol plants in the US and Canada. D3MAX technology converts corn fiber and residual starch in distillers grains to cellulosic ethanol. The company aims to license D3MAX technology to existing ethanol plants in Canada and the U.(Source: Ace Ethanol, PR 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ace Ethanol, Neal Kemmet, Pres, CEO, (715) 644-2909,; D3MAX,; Whitefox Technologies, Gillian Harrisson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7953 8446, (403) 210-2999 -- Alberta Office,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ace Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Whitefox ,  

    Exchequer Plans £16 Carbon Tax to Replace EU ETS (Int'l)
    EU ETS, Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-31
    Bloomberg is reporting the Exchequer's (U.K Treasury Department) annual budget is proposing imposition of a £16 ($20 +-) per ton tax on carbon emissions if Brexit talks fail and the UK is excluded from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), early in 2019.

    Bloomberg notes that UK fossil fuel burning power producers presently pay an £18 per ton "floor price" for CO2 emissions PLUS almost £15 per ton for EU ETS carbon allowances for an estimated total of £33 per ton of carbon emissions. If the UK exits the EU without a deal, emitters will pay the £16 per ton under a planned Carbon Emissions Tax to replace the EU ETS carbon-market portion of their emissions costs, plus the floor price which would remain unchanged, according to the Exchequer proposal. (Source: UK Treasury Dept, Bloomberg, Others, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Exchequer,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Tax,  UK Carbon Tax,  

    CSU, NREL Lead $2.1Mn CO2 Utilization for Algae Biofuels R&D (R&D)
    Colorado State University,NREL
    Date: 2018-10-31
    Following up on our October 4, 2017 coverage, a team of five Colorado State University (CSU) and three National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) researchers are reporting a $2.1 million, 3-year effort to increase algae yield for biofuel production by improving carbon dioxide utilization. For the research, New Belgium Brewing will provide CO2 from their fermentation processes, and Qualitas Health, a producer of omega-3 nutraceuticals from algae, will help test the improved CO2 delivery technology. The aim is to improve delivery of CO2 to algae and enhance algae's consumption of the CO2.

    The project is being funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in a collaborative effort to improve the cost-competitiveness and environmental sustainability of microalgae-based fuels and products. (Source: CSU, NREL, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Colorado State University, Prof. Ken Reardon,,; US DOE BETO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Colorado State University,  NREL,  Algae,  CO2,  Biofuel,  

    Trump's Proposed Fuel Efficiency Freeze Challenged (Ind. Report)
    Alt Fuel
    Date: 2018-10-29
    Reuters is reporting a group of 20 U.S. states and several major cities have petitioned the Trump administration to abandon its "unlawful and reckless" proposal to freeze fuel efficiency standards after 2020 and to strip California of the ability to impose its own vehicle emissions rules.

    California, NY, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and the other states and cities are threatening court action if the Trump proposal is advanced. The potential litigants claim Trump's proposal "would deal a substantial blow in the fight against climate change."

    Separately, a group representing major automakers is calling for "the federal government to set achievable future standards that continue to advance environmental and energy goals while recognizing marketplace realities." The automakers are pressing California and the federal government to retain nationwide emissions rules and avoid a prolonged legal battle. The Trump administration's plan would freeze standards at 2020 levels through 2026, hike U.S. oil consumption by about 500,000 bpd by the 2030s but reduce automakers regulatory costs by more than $300 billion, and prohibit California from requiring automakers to sell a rising number of electric vehicles. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 28 Oct., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuels,  Fuel Efficiency,  

    Singapore Utility Touts Blockchain Solar Energy Marketplace (Int'l)
    SP Group
    Date: 2018-10-29
    In a press release, Singapore-based gas and electric power transmission company SP Group is reporting the launch of a blockchain-powered renewable energy certificate (REC) marketplace.

    SP Group, which plans to use blockchain to help the company increase transparency and efficiency, notes that the marketplace will support both local and international RECs -- the documents that serve as proof that a particular amount of electrical energy has been produced by solar batteries.

    The first contracts have already been signed with global real estate developer CDL and multinational banking corporation DBS Bank. Three solar energy sellers -- Cleantech Solar Asia, LYS Energy Solutions and Katoen Natie Singapore -- are also joining the marketplace, according to Cointelegraph.

    Cointelegraph describes blockchain as: "a shared, digitized ledger that cannot be changed once a transaction has been recorded and verified. All parties to the transaction, as well as a significant number of third parties maintain a copy of the ledger (i.e. the blockchain), which means it would be practically impossible to amend every copy of the ledger globally to fake a transaction." (Source: SP Group, PR, Cointelegraph, 28 Oct., 2018) Contact: SP Group, +65 6916 8468,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SP Group,  Solar,  renewable energy certificate,  RECs ,  

    Japan Launches Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Satellite (Int'l)
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
    Date: 2018-10-29
    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) are reporting the launch and earth orbit entry of a Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT-2) on Monday from the Tanegashima Space Centre on Tanegashima island.

    The GOSAT-2 satallite, which was developed and manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric, will orbit the earth at an altitude of 613 kilometres to gather data on methane, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. The satellite will also monitor air pollution by measuring levels of particulate matter such as PM 2.5.

    The satellite will play "a major role in monitoring the impact of climate change and human activities on the carbon cycle and is expected to contribute to climate science and climate change related policies," Mitsubishi Electric said in a statement. Source: Mitsubishi Electric, AAP, SBS News, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Aerospace Exploration Agency,;Mitsubishi Electric,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Mitsubishi Electric,  

    World Energy Invests $350Mn in Cal. Renewable Fuel Plant (M&A)
    World Energy,AltAir,Delek
    Date: 2018-10-26
    Boston-headquartered biodiesel producer World Energy is reporting a $350 million investment over the next two years to complete a conversion of its Paramount, Calif. petroleum refinery to a 305 million gpy renewable fuel refinery.

    As previously reported, World Energy purchased Delek US Holdings Inc.'s interests in renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel producer AltAir Paramount LLC. The deal included AltAir's Paramount Petroleum LLC refinery assets in Paramount, as well an adjacent tank farm, and most of Delek's California pipeline assets. Founded in 1998, World Energy operates biodiesel manufacturing plants in Houston; Natchez, Miss.; Rome, Ga.; Harrisburg, Pa.; and Hamilton, Ontario. In addition to its renewable diesel refinery in Paramount, the company also operates distribution hubs throughout the U.S. and Canada. (Source: World Energy, NGT News, 24 Oct., 2018) Contact: Delek US Holdings, Keith Johnson VP Investor Relations, (615) 435-1366,; AltAir Fuels, Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920, (562) 748-4726,; World Energy, Gene Gebolys, CEO,(617) 889-7300,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Delek,  World Energy,  Renewable Fuel,  

    Longmont Growing Sustainable Business Program (Ind. Report)
    Platte River Power Authority
    Date: 2018-10-26
    The Colorado city of Longmont -- pop. 94,400 -- is touting its Sustainable Business Program for saving Longmont businesses millions of dollars by upgrading water and electrical appliances and other environmentally sustainable practices. The city is now launching a 5-month pilot program aimed at connecting more small and minority-owned businesses to cost-reducing green initiatives.

    While the pilot program will be open to all businesses, Longmont officials are hoping to spread the $3.2 million-worth of benefits received by the city's commercial power customers in the last two years to more small and minority-owned workplaces. Those savings were realized by Longmont businesses through rebates on 530 energy-efficiency improvement projects completed over the past two years through the Efficiency Works program, which is offered in Platte River Power Authority's four member cities -- Longmont, Loveland, Fort Collins and Estes Park.

    The Efficiency Works' rebate programs use funding from the power provider and member municipal utilities for rebates on projects such as converting lighting to LED bulbs, installing high-efficiency air conditioning and heating systems and improving refrigeration systems. The program also encourages urges waste diversions, water use reduction and environmentally sustainable employee transportation recommended by Boulder County's Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) program.

    Throughout Boulder County from 2010 through 2017, the county-funded PACE program has recorded more than $21 million in private investments, matched by $4.3 million in rebates from PACE, toward upgrading the electrical, water, lighting, heating, cooling and waste systems of 1,409 businesses, including 365 in Longmont. (Source: City of Longmont, Longmont Times Call, Other, 24 Oct., 2018)Contact: Platte River Power Authority, (970) 226-4000,; City of Longmont,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiiency,  Platte River Power Authority ,  

    Planned St. Joseph Mo. Biodiesel Plant Cancelled (Ind. Report)
    St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC
    Date: 2018-10-24
    In the Show Me State, the city of St. Joseph -- pop. 76,200 -- mayor's office is reporting a planned $190 million biodiesel plant in the city has been scrapped by the developer St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC. The plant would have used an adjacent railroad to transport biodiesel produced from used restaurant and other waste greases. (Source: City of St. Joseph, St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC., (316) 977-8585,; City of St. Joseph, St. Joseph Mayor Bill McMurray,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  ,  

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    MethaShip Touts Methanol's Maritime Fuel Prospects (Ind. Report)
    Methanol Institute
    Date: 2018-10-24
    The Washington-based Methanol Institute is reporting the findings of the MethaShip Research Project which has concluded that renewable Methanol offers a long term solution for the maritime shipping industry's carbon emission reduction strategy.

    The MethaShip research found that Methanol can offer a dramatic improvement in emissions reduction across multiple ship types once the IMO has established the statutory framework conditions necessary for an industry-wide reduction of CO2 emissions.

    The MethaShip research project concluded that: the properties of Methanol surpass other alternative fuels in shipping; the major benefit is the storage at ambient temperature and ambient pressure without loss; in terms of ship design, Methanol is space-saving, simple and practical with the established advantages of a liquid fuel; methanol offers compelling environmental properties and has the most promising lifecycle analysis when produced from renewable sources; and an already widespread availability could be a key enabler for methanol. (Source: The Methanol Institute, Shipping News, 23 Oct., 2018) Contact: Methanol Institute, (703) 248-3636,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol Institute,  Methanol,  Marine Fuel,  

    St. Joseph Considers PACE Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    PACE Program
    Date: 2018-10-22
    In the Show Me State, the City of St. Joseph -- pop. 76,400 +- -- city council reports it is considering an ordinance to make St. Joseph a Clean Energy District. If passed, the ordinance would provide alternative funding options for businesses and homeowners wanting to make energy efficient through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.

    The PACE program, which would not require additional funding from the city or a special tax from residents, would provide funding for solar paneling, energy efficient hot water heating, HVAC, LED energy efficient lighting and other similar upgrades. (Source: City of St. Joseph, KQ2, 19 Oct., 2018) ontact: City of St. Joseph,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  

    AU, UA Partner on Bio-based Fuel Additive Project (R&D Report)
    Auburn Universit
    Date: 2018-10-22
    Researchers at Auburn University (AU) and the University of Alabama (UA) are working on a bio-based additive to make diesel fuel burn cleaner as part of a $2 million U.S. DOE funded project. The Auburn project is part of about $10 million in funding from the DOE for the co-optimization of engines and fuels.

    The AU project focuses on a process to efficiently produce a bio-based fuel additive called "butyl acetate" -- a naturally occurring organic compound in various fruit but that can also be produced in a lab. The traditional petrochemical-based production is energy consuming and not environmentally friendly, according to Yi Wang, principal investigator for the project and assistant professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering in Auburn's College of Agriculture.

    Auburn researchers have developed a process using a genetically engineered strain of the bacteria Clostridium that has resulted the highest butyl acetate production ever reported in a microbial host. A patent has been filed from this work.

    The additive can be blended with diesel fuel to reduce soot and greenhouse gas emissions and yield cleaner engine operation in cold-weather conditions. Blends with different amounts of butyl acetate will be studied by the engineering researchers at UA.(Source: Auburn University, Tuscaloosa News, 20 Oct., 2018) Contact: Auburn University, Prof. Ajay K. Agrawal, Mechanical Engineering,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  US DOE,  Clean Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Green Fuel,  

    CO2 Solutions Offers Progress Report on Quebec Carbon Capture Project (Ind. Report)
    CO2 Solutions
    Date: 2018-10-19
    Quebec-based enzyme-enabled carbon capture specialist CO2 Solutions Inc. has provided an update on the progress of its first commercial project with Fibrek General Partnership, a subsidiary of Resolute Forest Products Inc. and Serres Toundra Inc.

    The project entails the deployment of a 30-tpd CO2 capture unit and ancillary equipment at a pulp mill in Saint-Félicien, Quebec and the commercial reuse of the captured CO2 by the adjacent Serres Toundra greenhouse facility.

    On Wednesday, 17 October, the absorber and desorber columns, core elements of the capture unit, were installed on site -- a critical step towards the commissioning of the capture unit which is planned for November 2018. A six-month demonstration period will follow the commissioning after which the plant is expected start generating revenues from the sale of the CO2. The Saint-Felicien unit will be the the company's second capture unit operating full-time and its first commercial unit. (Source: CO2 Solutions, PR, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Jeremie Lavoie, 418-842-3456, ext. 223,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  

    Energy Efficiency Upgrades to Save Boaz Schools $6.8Mn (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-10-17
    ABM Industries, a provider of facility solutions, reports it has initiated an Energy Performance Contracting program for Boaz City Schools in Boaz, Alabama.The contracted work is projected to save Boaz City Schools more than $6.8 million in energy and operating costs over a 15-year period. The savings will be used to cover the costs of the upgrades.

    Highlights of the project include:

  • installation of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) laboratory at Boaz Middle School;
  • retrofitting lighting systems to energy-efficient LED lighting at four schools and the board and district offices;
  • rejuvenating HVAC units at five facilities, which will be operated by state-of-the-art HVAC control systems to maximize energy and operational efficiency;
  • refrigeration management programs will be put in place at four of the school system's buildings; and
  • upgrading ventilation systems at all six facilities to reduce outside air from entering, and sealing building envelopes at five facilities.

    The project launched in September 2018 and is scheduled for completion in May 2019. (Source: ABM Industries Inc., , PR, Global News Wire, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: ABM Technical Solutions, Mark Newsome, Pres., Susie A. Choi, (212) 297-9721,, ABM Contraction Program details,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABM,  Energy Efficiency,  

  • EBRD Investing €80Mn in Ukrainian Bioenergy (Int'l. Report)
    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    Date: 2018-10-17
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it plans to invest €80 million in from 10 to 15 Ukrainian bioenergy projects focused on bioethanol, biogas and bio methane fuels production through 2019. The program will be jointly financed with the Global Environment Facility and the Clean Technology Fund.

    Ukraine is reported to have significant untapped capacity in bioenergy production, but faces logistical challenges when it comes to taking advantage of biomass and getting full benefit from the energy potential in vast amounts of agricultural bi-product and waste.

    The EBRD's combined operations and engagement in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia is presently close to €24 billion, according to the bank (Source: EBRD, InterFax Ukraine, KYIV, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,  EBRD,  Bioenergy,  

    $27.5Mn for NY Clean, Energy Efficiency Workforce Training (Funding)
    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In Albany, the office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is reporting the availability of $27.5 million in new funding and incentives for clean energy and energy efficiency workforce development. According the 2018 New York Clean Energy Industry Report by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), more than 151,000 workers are now employed statewide in the clean energy and energy efficiency sectors.

    NYSERDA is making $27.5 million available in workforce development hiring and training incentives to assist clean energy businesses with recruiting and training new employees, upskilling existing workers, and establishing a talent pipeline to reduce businesses cost of attracting and hiring new workers.

    Workforce funding includes: $7 million for Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Training, $10 million for on-the-job training: and $10.5 million for a clean energy internship program. The Empire State ranks 3rd nationally both for energy efficiency employment and solar jobs, and other sectors such as grid modernization and energy storage are growing at a fast pace. The energy efficiency is the largest clean energy technology category in terms of jobs and investments -- employing 117,300 workers in 2017 with firms receiving over $4.1 billion in investments since 2011. (Source: NYSERDA,, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Cuomo's Renewavle Energy Vision New York,; Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Clean Energy,  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,  NYSERDA,  

    Energy Efficiency Included in San Antonio Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    San Antonio, Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In the Lone Star State, the city of San Antonio Office of Sustainability is seeking feedback on its proposed strategies to cut greenhouse gas emissions through its newly developed Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. The plan is expected to be approved and set into action this coming spring.

    The plan has identified buildings and transportation as the largest factors to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Forty-seven pct of the sprawling city's carbon emissions come from building energy consumption and 38 pct of emissions are tied to transportation, according to the plan. Strategies for cutting emissions from buildings include implementing building codes to create structures that require less energy, offering rebate programs for energy efficiency retrofitting spaces and for the use of more efficient appliances. Strategies to lower transportation emissions include increasing the charging fees for EV charging infrastructure, reducing single occupant vehicle use, encouraging public transit and others. (Source: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, San Antonio Express News, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, Douglas Melnick, (210) 207-6103, (210) 207-6934 fax, ,

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

    San Antonio Fine-Tuning Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In the Lone Stare State, the city of San Antonio Office of Sustainability is seeking feedback on its proposed strategies to cut greenhouse gas emissions through its newly developed Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. The plan is expected to be approved and set into action this coming spring.

    The plan has identified buildings and transportation as the largest factors to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Forty-seven pct of the sprawling city's carbon emissions come from building energy consumption and 38 pct of emissions are tied to transportation, according to the plan. Strategies for cutting emissions from buildings include implementing building codes to create structures that require less energy, offering rebate programs for energy efficiency retrofitting spaces and for the use of more efficient appliances. Strategies to lower transportation emissions include increasing the charging fees for EV charging infrastructure, reducing single occupant vehicle use, encouraging public transit and others. (Source: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, San Antonio Express News, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, Douglas Melnick, (210) 207-6103, (210) 207-6934 fax, ,

    Calif. Open Space District Adopting Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-10-15
    Following on the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCCC) climate change report the San Francisco Bay area Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has approved its own climate change policy and action plan. The plan sets ambitious emission reduction goals for the organization and providing a roadmap to achieve them.

    Midpen, which stewards more than 63,000 acres of public open space, including redwood forests which store large amounts of carbon, is targeting a reduction in emissions of 20 pct below its 2016 baseline by 2022, 40 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. To that end, Midpen will reduce emissions from vehicles, equipment, employee commutes, business travel, offices and tenant residences, using renewable diesel fuel, installing electric vehicle chargers,and others. The plan also identifies strategies for reducing or offsetting emissions from livestock grazing in Midpen's open space preserves, enhancing carbon sequestration, reducing preserve visitor transportation emissions and increasing staff and visitor awareness of climate change.

    This goal is in line with the Golden State's climate change policy and the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius.

    The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is a public agency committed to acquiring and preserving open space and agricultural land of regional significance, protect and restore the natural environment and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education. (Source: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Siliconner, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Ana Maria Ruiz, Dir., (650) 691-1200, (650) 691-0485 (fax),,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

    Montreal's Technopole Angus Scores LEED v4 Platinum (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-10-15
    Reporting from Montreal, the Societe de developpement Angus has announced that the development plan for Montreal’s Technopole Angus 37,000-square-metre neighbourhood mixed-use project has obtained LEED v4 Platinum certification for sustainable neighbourhood design.

    The project will include: 360 residential units, 80 pct of which will be social and affordable housing; 45,000 square metres of office space; 3,000 square metres of commercial space; an elementary school and two new public daycare centres; 550 underground parking spaces; and public spaces such as a pedestrian street, urban maple forest, public squares and greenbelts. Sustainability features include an energy loop targeted to be 40 pct more efficient than the ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 and a collection system that reuses 95 pct of rainwater. (Source: Societe de developpement Angus , Daily Commercial News, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: Societe de developpement Angus

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

    SolarEdge Acquiring Korean Battery Maker Kokam (Int'l. M&A)
    Date: 2018-10-12
    Smart energy and inverter company SolarEdge will acquire the South Korean lithium battery manufacturer Kokam. SolarEdge has initially taken a 75 pct share for $88 million with the intention of purchasing the remaining shares in the future.

    Kokam produces lithium-ion batteries for a variety of applications including aerospace, electric vehicles and energy storage systems. It claims to have more than 700MWh of deployments in the field. As well as serving as system integrator to some of its battery storage projects and delivering turnkey systems, the company has a range of batteries that include high power nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) lithium batteries. (Source: SolarEdge, Energy Storage, 11 Oct., 2018) Contact: SolarEdge, Guy Sella, CEO, (510) 498-3200,,; Kokam, Ike Hong, VP, Business Dev., +82 (0)31 3620 137,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarEdge,  Kokam,  Solar,  Battery,  

    €8Mn EU Funding Supports Latvian Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Latvia Central Finance and Contracting Agency
    Date: 2018-10-12
    In Riga, the Latvina Central Finance and Contracting Agency is reporting 32 energy efficiency-related projects have been approved for €8 million in funding support from the EU Cohesion Fund. The approved projects will support support increased energy efficiency of manufacturing enterprises.

    Of the total €8 million Cohesion Fund investment, €4 is earmarked to finance replacement of inefficient manufacturing equipment. The balance will be applied to building energy efficiency upgrades, LED lighting systems, and other related initiatives. (Source: Latvia Central Finance and Contracting Agency, BNN, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: Latvia Central Finance and Contracting Agency , +371 22 306 116,; EU Cohesion Fund,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Notable Quotes Duly Noted -- Republican Feedback on IPCC Report
    Date: 2018-10-12
    "That's the UN. That's the group that was formed to sell this in the first place. They come from that prejudiced perspective." -- Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.). Inhofe is the former chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee and well-known climate change skeptic.

    "We ought to be talking about the things that we can do and still maintain a strong economy, because we're not going to be able to address it unless we keep a strong economy." -- Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D)

    "It was given to me, and I want to look at who drew it because I can give you reports that are fabulous, and I can give you reports that aren't so good. But I will be looking at it, absolutely." -- Pres. Donald Trump

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IPCC,  Climate Change,  

    Notable IPCC Report Quotes Duly Noted
    Date: 2018-10-10
    "It's like a deafening, piercing smoke alarm going off in the kitchen. We have to put out the fire." -- Erik Solheim, Exec. Dir., UN Environment Programme

    "Even if it is technically possible, without aligning the technical, political and social aspects of feasibility, it is not going to happen. To limit warming below 1.5 C, or 2 C for that matter, requires all countries and all sectors to act." -- Glen Peters, Center for International Climate Research in Oslo.

    "The report paints a very gloomy picture. Time is of the essence and there must be action behind the political ambitions if we are to succeed in slowing down climatic change to a manageable level." -- Lars Lilleholt, Denmark Climate Minister

    "We are at a crossroads. The next 10--15 years will be critical." -- Jens Mattias Clausen, Climate & Climate Advisor, Greenpeace. (Source: CPH Post, 8 Oct., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IPCC,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

    Resalta Completes Slovenia's Largest Energy Efficiency Project (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-10-10
    Slovenian energy service company Resalta -- fka GGE -- is reporting the completion of energy efficiency upgrades to 48 public buildings in the City of Ljubljana. The company also notes it has inked a second, €4.8 million energy retrofit agreement for an additional 11 city buildings.

    According to a Resalta press release, the just completed €14.9 million project will deliver energy savings of 8,245 MWh annually and a reduction of 2,956 tpy of CO2 emissions.

    The upgrades included HVAC system improvements, interior lighting conversions to energy efficient LEDs, with more energy-efficient equipment, the adoption of renewable energy sources, the replacement of windows and doors, the renovation of facades, roof insulation and others. of roofs. Resalta will also provide management and maintenance of the equipment and systems installed for the duration of the contract. (Source: Resalta, Balkan Green Energy News, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: Resalta, Luka Komazec,CEO, +386 59 035 200,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Grand Rapids Garners Gold for Green Initiatives (Ind. Report)
    City of Grand Rapids
    Date: 2018-10-10
    The City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, reports receipt of the Michigan Green Communities Network Challenge's Gold Certification for its environmental sustainability initiatives. Highlights from Grand Rapids' application include:
  • Implementation of a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program to support community energy efficiency and renewable energy projects;
  • Establishment of a community sustainability team to coordinate sustainability initiatives;
  • Adoption of a community sustainability plan, a community forestry plan and urban tree canopy goal;
  • Adoption of a policy or ordinance that encourages green infrastructure and a non-motorized transportation plan;
  • Achieving green building certification for a local government building.

    The Michigan Green Communities Network is a partnership of the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Counties and Michigan Townships Association. (Source: City of Grand Rapids, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Grand Rapids, 616.456.3000,,; Michigan Green Communities Network,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Grand Rapids,  Energy Efficiency Green Energy,  

  • Garden State Lauded for Energy Efficiency Effort (Ind. Report)
    American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
    Date: 2018-10-10
    The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has recognized New Jersey -- the Garden State -- as the most improved state on its 2018 annual energy efficiency score card.

    New Jersey's climb from 23rd to 18th place for overall energy efficiency was based largely on Gov. Phil Murphy's commitment to pursue a goal of 21 pct renewable energy by 2020, 35 pct by 2025, 50 pct by 2030 and 100 pct renewable energy by the year 2050. (Source: ACEEE, 8 Oct., 2018)Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy,  Energy Efficiency,  

    National Grid Continues Energy Efficiency Leadership (Ind. Report)
    National Grid,ACEEE
    Date: 2018-10-08
    In its recently released 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) rated National Grid's service area in Mass., Rhode Island, and New York among the top ten in energy efficiency.

    Massachusetts came in first for the eighth year in a row, with R.I. ranked third, and N.Y. moving from seventh in 2017 to sixth this year. R.I. and Mass. were also touted as the top states with utility-sector energy-efficiency programs and policies. (Source: National Grid, PR, 5 Oct., 2018) Contact: National Grid, Louis Rizzo, Energy Programs Operations,; ACEEE, (202) 507-4000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid,  ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Denver Task Force Fine-Tunes Green Roof Ordinance (Ind. Report)
    Denver Green Roof
    Date: 2018-10-08
    Following up on our November 8, 2017 coverage, the citizen-led ballot measure Denver Green Roof Initiative mandating the implementation "green roofs" on existing buildings and new construction is under review.

    The November ordinance assembled provisions from existing legislation in other cities while ignoring Denver's different climate, lack of rain, extreme sun, the city's building code and other Denver specific issues. To address these issues, the city created a Green Roof Review Task Force charged with proposing an amended ordinance that would clarify and improve the mechanics of the original initiative while still obtaining its intended environmental benefits.

    Under the existing ordinance, owners of existing buildings are disincentivized from replacing roofs in need of repair due to limited compliance pathways and the costs associated with those few options.

    To address and corrects these and other related green roof issues, the task force has presented a proposal that exceeds the environmental benefits possible under the existing ordinance and allows for multiple cost-efficient compliance alternatives not available under the present ordinance. The proposal provides an opportunity to creatively combine green space, solar, energy efficiency and certification methods to suit the needs of individual projects. (Source: City of Denver, Colorado Real Estate Journal, October 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,  Energy Efficiency,  Denver Green Roof,  

    NC County Offers Green Building Permit Fee Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Guilford County
    Date: 2018-10-05
    In North Carolina, the Guilford County Planning Department is reporting the launch of program that provides homebuilders with money back on permit fees if they build energy efficient houses and homes with a reduced carbon footprint. The cities of Greensboro and High Point already have programs in place to encourage energy efficiency in newly built homes.

    The Guilford County Planning Department program will be based on the applicable minimum index levels necessary for US DOE ENERGY STAR qualifications at the time the project is complete. The rebate incentives for new construction will be capped at $500 and will apply to houses but not to commercial buildings.

    The program is intended to encourage and promote energy efficiency and green buildings to reduce a home's carbon footprint and to offset the cost of going green. The construction costs of an energy efficient home are expected to be about $5,500 more that a "standard built" home. (Source: Guilford County Planning Department, Guildford News, Oct., 2018) Contact: Guilford County Planning Director, Leslie Bell,

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

    Louisiana Dragging in Energy Efficiency, Savings (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-10-05
    In its annual report, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has ranked the Bayou State 46th in the nation for its energy efficiency programs and policies -- down two spots from 2017 and well behind efficiency leaders such as Massachusetts, California and Rhode Island.

    The ACEEE report looked at six categories to determine how well states were doing, including the types of policies and public benefit programs in place to encourage efficiency among utilities and everyday electricity users. It also looked at transportation policies, building codes and efficiency standards for household appliances.

    Louisiana scored only half a point out of a total of 20 points in the utility and public programs and policies category, but did slightly better when it came to energy efficiency policies for buildings, earning two out of eight possible points -- considerably lower than much of the nation. (Source: NOLA, The Times-Picayune, Oct., 2018) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, ;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Fulcrum Tech, Licenses Fischer Tropsch Technology (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Matthey, BP,Fulcrum BioEnergy
    Date: 2018-10-05
    Oil giant BP and chemicals firm Johnson Matthey (JM) report they have inked an agreement with California based Fulcrum BioEnergy to license their Fischer Tropsch (FT) technology to support Fulcrum's drive to convert municipal solid waste into biobased jet fuel at their new Sierra BioFuels Plant near Reno, Nevada.

    When fully operational early in 2020, the Sierra plant is expected to convert approximately 175,000 tpy of household garbage into roughly 11 million gpy of jet fuel.

    FT technology can operate at large and small scale to economically convert synthesis gas generated from municipal solid waste and other renewable biomass into long-chain hydrocarbons suitable for the production of diesel and jet fuels. (Source: Johnson Matthey, BP, WMW, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: Johnson Matthey,; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Matthey,  BP,  Fulcrum BioEnergy,  

    National Grid Continues Energy Efficiency Leadership (Ind. Report)
    National Grid,American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
    Date: 2018-10-05
    WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard yesterday, and once again, National Grid's service area in three states -- Mass., R.I., and N.Y.-- all ranked among the top ten in energy efficiency.

    Massachusetts ranked number one for the eighth year in a row, with R.I. ranked third, and N.Y. moving from seventh in 2017 to sixth this year. Additionally, in their most recent rankings, ACEEE named R.I. and Mass. as top states with utility-sector energy-efficiency programs and policies. (Source: National Grid, PR, 5 Oct., 2018) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid,  ACEEE,  

    Summary for Policymakers Report on Climate Target Up for Review (Int'l. Report)
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Date: 2018-10-03
    An executive summary of the UN Summary for Policymakers report on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C will be vetted by diplomats under the 195-nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in South Korea this week.

    The report considers what it will take to prevent the Earth's average surface temperature from rising beyond 1.5C (2.7 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels.

    The report notes with "high confidence" that at current GHG emissions levels we will pass the 1.5C marker around 2040. The report adds that to have at least a 50-50 chance of a 1.5 C world, the global economy must, by 2050, become "carbon neutral" and CO2 emissions peak not later than 2020 then fall dramatically.

    The 22-page Summary also details the amount of CO2 we can dump into the atmosphere and still stay under the 1.5C threshold.

    The report also identifies scenarios on the best way to ramp up the fight against climate change: adoption of new technologies to radically reduce energy needs; major reductions in energy consumption habits; removing massive amounts of CO2 out of the air, either though large-scale reforestation, use of biofuels; and direct carbon capture. The report notes the share of primary energy coming from renewables would have to jump to at least 50 pct by mid-century, and the share of coal drop from about 28 to between 1 and 7 pct.

    Download the Sumary for Policymakers HERE. (Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, PhysOrg, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ,  Climate Change,  

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